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Chapter III.

Of those things which are spoken of God anthropomorphically.

For if when these things are said of God they are to be understood literally in a material gross signification, then also He sleeps, as it is said, “Arise, wherefore sleepest thou, O Lord?”920920    Ps. xliii. (xliv.) 23. though it is elsewhere said of Him: “Behold he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.”921921    Ps. cxx. (cxxi.) 4. And He stands and sits, since He says, “Heaven is my seat, and earth the footstool for my feet:”922922    Isa. lxvi. 1. though He “measure out the heaven with his hand, and holdeth the earth in his fist.”923923    Isa. xl. 12. And He is “drunken with wine” as it is said, “The Lord awoke like a sleeper, a mighty man, drunken with wine;”924924    Ps. lxxvii. (lxxviii.) 65. He “who only hath immortality and dwelleth in the light which no man can approach unto:”925925    1 Tim. vi. 16. not to say anything of the “ignorance” and “forgetfulness,” of which we often find mention in Holy Scripture: nor lastly of the outline of His limbs, which are spoken of as arranged and ordered like a man’s; e.g., the hair, head, nostrils, eyes, face, hands, arms, fingers, belly, and feet: if we are willing to take all of which according to the bare literal sense, we must think of God as in fashion with the outline of limbs, and a bodily form; which indeed is shocking even to speak of, and must be far from our thoughts.


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