Contents – Book XIII

Contents – Book XIII Book XIII Chapter I He calls upon God, and proposes to himself to worship him. Chapter II All creatures subsist from...

Chapter I – He Calls Upon God, And Proposes To Himself To Worship Him.

BOOK THIRTEEN The mysteries and allegories of the days of creation. Augustine undertakes to interpret Gen. 1:2-31 in a mystical and allegorical fashion so as to exhibit...

Chapter II – All Creatures Subsist From The Plenitude Of Divine Goodness.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER II 2. Indeed, it is from the fullness of thy goodness that thy creation exists at all: to the end that the...

Chapter III – Genesis I. 3, – Of “Light,” – He Understands As It Is Seen In The Spiritual Creature.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER III 4. Now what thou saidst in the beginning of the creation–“Let there be light: and there was light”–I interpret, not unfitly,...

Chapter IV – All Things Have Been Created By The Grace Of God, And Are Not Of Him As Standing Need Of Created Things.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER IV 5. What, therefore, would there have been lacking in thy good, which thou thyself art, even if these things had never...

Chapter V – He Recognises The Trinity In The First Two Verses Of Genesis.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER V 6. See now,[513] how the Trinity appears to me in an enigma. And thou art the Trinity, O my God, since thou,...

Chapter VI – Why The Holy Ghost Should Have Been Mentioned After The Mention Of Heaven And Earth.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER VI 7. But why, O truth-speaking Light? To thee I lift up my heart–let it not teach me vain notions. Disperse its...

Chapter VII – That The Holy Spirit Brings Us To God.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER VII 8. Now let him who is able follow thy apostle with his understanding when he says, “Thy love is shed abroad...

Chapter VIII – That Nothing Whatever, Short Of God, Can Yield To The Rational Creature A Happy Rest.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER VIII 9. The angels fell, and the soul of man fell; thus they indicate to us the deep darkness of the abyss,...

Chapter IX – Why The Holy Spirit Was Only “Borne Over” The Waters.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER IX 10. But was neither the Father nor the Son “moving over the waters”? If we understand this as a motion in...

Chapter X – That Nothing Arose Save By The Gift Of God.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER X 11. Happy would be that creature who, though it was in itself other than thou, still had known no other state...

Chapter XI – That The Symbols Of The Trinity In Man, To Be, To Know, And To Will, Are Never Thoroughly Examined.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XI 12. Who can understand the omnipotent Trinity? And yet who does not speak about it, if indeed it is of it...

Chapter XII – Allegorical Explanation Of Genesis, Chapter I, Concerning The Origin Of The Church And Its Worship.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XII 13. Go forward in your confession, O my faith; say to the Lord your God, “Holy, holy, holy, O Lord my...

Chapter XIII – That The Renewal Of Man Is Not Completed In This World.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XIII 14. But even so, we still live by faith and not by sight, for we are saved by hope; but hope...

Chapter XIV – That Out Of The Children Of The Night And Of The Darkness, Children Of The Light And Day Are Made.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XIV 15. And I myself say: “O my God, where art thou? See now, where art thou?” In thee I take my...

Chapter XV – Allegorical Explanation Of The Firmament And Upper Works, Ver. 6.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XV 16. Now who but thee, our God, didst make for us that firmament of the authority of thy divine Scripture to...

Chapter XVI – That No One But The Unchangeable Light Kows Himself.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XVI 19. For just as thou art the utterly Real, thou alone dost fully know, since thou art immutably, and thou knowest...

Chapter XVII – Allegorical Explanation Of The Sea And The Fruit-Bearing Earth – Verses 9 And 11.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XVII 20. Who has gathered the “embittered ones”[579] into a single society? For they all have the same end, which is temporal and...

Chapter XVIII – Of The Lights And Stars Of Heaven – Of Day And Night, Ver. 14.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XVIII 22. Thus, O Lord, thus I beseech thee: let it happen as thou hast prepared it, as thou givest joy and...

Chapter XIX – All Men Should Become Lights In The Firmament Of Heaven.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XIX 24. But, first, “wash yourselves and make you clean; put away iniquity from your souls and from before my eyes”[595]–so that...

Chapter XX – Concerning Reptiles And Flying Creatures (Ver. 20), – The Sacrament Of Baptism Being Regarded.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XX 26. Also let the sea conceive and bring forth your works, and let the waters bear the moving creatures that have...

Chapter XXI – Concerning The Living Soul, Birds, And Fishes (Ver. 24), – The Sacrament Of The Eucharist Being Regarded.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XXI 29. And thus, in thy Word, it was not the depth of the sea but “the earth,”[611] separated from the brackishness of...

Chapter XXII – He Explains The Divine Image (Ver. 26.) Of The Renewal Of The Mind.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XXII 32. Thus, O Lord, our God, our Creator, when our affections have been turned from the love of the world, in...

Chapter XXIII – That To Have Power Over All Things (Ver. 26) Is To Judge Spiritually Of All.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XXIII 33. Now this phrase, “he judges all things,” means that man has dominion over the fish of the sea, and over...

Chapter XXIV – Why God Has Blessed Men, Fishes, Flying Creatures, And Not Herbs And The Other Animals.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XXIV 35. But what is this; what kind of mystery is this? Behold, O Lord, thou dost bless men in order that...

Chapter XXV – He Explains The Fruits Of The Earth (Ver. 29) Of Works Of Mercy.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XXV 38. I also desire to say, O my Lord God, what the following Scripture suggests to me. Indeed, I will speak...

Chapter XXVI – In The Confessing Of Benefits, Computation Is Made Not As To The “Gift,” But As To The “Fruit,” – That Is, The Good And Right Will Of The Giver.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XXVI 39. Those who find their joy in it are fed by these “fruits”; but those whose god is their belly find...

Chapter XXVII – Many Are Ignorant As To This, And Ask For Miracles, Which Are Signified Under The Names Of “Fishes” And “Whales.”

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XXVII 42. Therefore I will speak before thee, O Lord, what is true, in order that the uninstructed[645] and the infidels, who require...

Chapter XXVIII – He Proceeds To The Last Verse, “All Things Are Very Good,” – That Is, The Work Being Altogether Good.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XXVIII 43. And thou, O God, didst see everything that thou hadst made and, behold, it was very good.[646] We also see the...

Chapter XXIX – Although It Is Said Eight Times That “God Saw That It Was Good,” Yet Time Has No Relation To God And His Word.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XXIX 44. And I looked attentively to find whether it was seven or eight times that thou didst see thy works were...

Chapter XXX – He Refutes The Opinions Of The Manichaeans And The Gnostics Concerning The Origin Of The World.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XXX 45. And I heard this, O Lord my God, and drank up a drop of sweetness from thy truth, and understood...

Chapter XXXI – We Do Not See “That It Was Good,” But Through The Spirit Of God, Which Is In Us.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XXXI 46. But for those who see these things through thy Spirit, it is thou who seest them in them. When, therefore,...

Chapter XXXII – Of The Particular Works Of God, More Especially Of Man.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XXXII 47. Thanks be to thee, O Lord! We see the heaven and the earth, either the corporeal part–higher and lower–or the...

Chapter XXXIII – The World Was Created By God Out Of Nothing.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XXXIII 48. Let thy works praise thee, that we may love thee; and let us love thee that thy works may praise...

Chapter XXXIV – He Briefly Repeats The Allegorical Interpretation Of Genesis (Chapter 1), And Confesses That We See It By The Divine Spirit.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XXXIV 49. We have also explored the question of what thou didst desire to figure forth, both in the creation and in...

Chapter XXXV – He Prays God For That Peace Of Rest Which Hath No Evening.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XXXV 50. O Lord God, grant us thy peace–for thou hast given us all things. Grant us the peace of quietness, the...

Chapter XXXVI – The Seventh Day, Without Evening And Setting, The Image Of Eternal Life And Rest In God.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XXXVI 51. But the seventh day is without an evening, and it has no setting, for thou hast sanctified it with an...

Chapter XXXVII – Of Rest In God, Who Ever Worketh, And Yet Is Ever At Rest.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XXXVII 52. For then also thou shalt so rest in us as now thou workest in us; and, thus, that will be...

Chapter XXXVIII – Of The Difference Between The Knowledge Of God And Of Men, And Of The Repose Which Is To Be Sought From God Only.

BOOK THIRTEEN CHAPTER XXXVIII 53. We can see all those things which thou hast made because they are–but they are because thou seest them.[654] And we...