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Chapter LXIV.—Declaration of Simon’s Wickedness.

When he who had returned from Simon had thus spoken, Peter ordered him to sit down in the court.  And he himself going forth, and seeing immense crowds, far more than on the previous days, stood in his usual place; and pointing out him who had come, began to discourse as follows:  “This man whom I point out to you, brethren, has just come to me, telling me of the wicked practices of Simon, and how he has thrown the implements of his wickedness into the sea, not induced to do so by repentance, but being afraid lest, being detected, he should be subjected to the public laws.  And he asked this man, as he tells me, to remain with him, promising him immense gifts; and when he could not persuade him to do so, he left him, reproaching him for sluggishness, and set out for Rome.”  When Peter had intimated this to the crowd, the man himself who had returned from Simon stood up, and began to state to the people everything relating to Simon’s crimes.  And when they were shocked by the things which they heard that Simon had done by his magical acts, Peter said:710710    [With the remainder of the book compare Homily III. 58–73.  The resemblance is general rather than particular.—R.]


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