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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.

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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.
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propitious to himself, and was the first person who gained the erown of martyrdom. Enoch, the seventh from God, pleased God, and was translated into Paradise. Noah also by faith delivered himself and his children from the danger of the deluge. Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness. Moses believed, and wrote that the Trinity created the Heaven and the Earth and all that is therein. The holy David and his son Solomon, and Isaiah, and Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, and Daniel, and the rest of the Prophets preached the true God and worshipped him, asserting that the natures which had been created by him, derived the beginning and end of their existence and motion from him ; and that he gave all living things that rational spirit which is called the mind ; and that he regulated the human race in its beginning and progress, and in its end. Lastly, these men, being inspired with the Holy Spirit, announced to us that the Author and Governor of all things, being fettered by no chains, and divisible into no parts, is confined to no place, is in no part changeable, filling heaven and earth with his power, but with a nature which is in need of nothing ; and that he regulates everything which he has created in such a manner that he allows it to practise and exercise its own appropriate motions. Lastly, among those wise men of the world who are accounted fools before God, there is found to be such excessive disagreement, that it is difficult to perceive in what opinion even a diligent reader may rest. But our writers, though they were not contemporaries or fellow-disciples, are still found to agree with one another, and to be at variance in no respect. For they were the organs of God, and therefore they all, if moved by the divine harmony, knew that there was one beginning, one progress, and one end of all things. A.D. 2. These astronomers, through their own skilfulness in their art, without any divine inspiration, came to Jerusalem saying, " Where is he that is born king of the Jews ? For we have seen his star in the East, and are come with gifts to worship him.'' And when Herod heard this, he was alarmed, being a man who had no connection with the royal family ; and having sent for the doctors of the law, he asked of them where Jesus should he born. And they said to him, " In Bethlehem of Judah ; for thus it is written in the book of Micah the Prophet. And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not by any means


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