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Chapter VIII.—The Best Merchandise.

“Many forms of worship,11131113    [Compare with chapters 8–18 the parallel passage in Recognitions, iv. 14–22.  The resemblances are quite close.—R.] then, having passed away in the world, we come, bringing to you, as good merchantmen, the worship that has been handed down to us from our fathers, and preserved; showing you, as it were, the seeds of plants, and placing them under your judgment and in your power.  Choose that which seems good unto you.  If, therefore, ye choose our wares, not only shall ye be able to escape demons, and the sufferings which are inflicted by demons, but yourselves also putting them to flight, and having them reduced to make supplication to you, shall for ever enjoy future blessings.

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