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I called for men, and not for varlets

Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it. Jeremiah 5:1

If you can find a man… i.e., A godly, a zealous man.

For homines permulti, viri perpauci, saith Herodotus: there is a great paucity of good people.

Diogenes is said to have sought for a good man in Athens with a lantern and candle at noonday. And once, when he had made an O yes in the market place, crying out, ‘Ακουσατε ανδρες, Hear, O ye men; and thereupon company came about him to hear what the matter was, he rated them away again with this speech, Ανδρας εκαλεσα, ου καθαρματα, I called for men, and not for varlets. Continue reading “I called for men, and not for varlets”

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It is truth.

 

Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth. (Isaiah 43:9)

It is truth. That there is but one true God.

Phocylides did say so, εις μονος εστι Θεος, & c.

Socrates suffered for holding this truth at Athens.

Plato held the same, but dared not speak out. These are his words:

It is neither easy to find out the maker of all things, nor safe to communicate to the common people what we have found out of him. Continue reading “It is truth.”

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