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Chapter VI.—Continuation.  Several Other Martyrs.

To these men who spent their lives in the practice of holiness, there is to be added a great multitude of the elect, who, having through envy endured many indignities and tortures, furnished us with a most excellent example.  Through envy, those women, the Danaids40334033    Some suppose these to have been the names of two eminent female martyrs under Nero; others regard the clause as an interpolation. and Dircæ, being persecuted, after they had suffered terrible and unspeakable torments, finished the course of their faith with stedfastness,40344034    Literally, “have reached to the stedfast course of faith.” and though weak in body, received a noble reward.  Envy has alienated wives from their husbands, and changed that saying of our father Adam, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh.”40354035    Gen. ii. 23.  Envy and strife have overthrown40364036    I. κατέσκαψεν (razed to the ground). great cities, and rooted up mighty nations.


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