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Letter 20

To Pope Damasus

Jerome's reply to the foregoing. Exposing the error of Hilary of Poitiers, who supposed the expression to signify redemption of the house of David, he goes on to show that in the gospels it is a quotation from Psa. cxviii. 25 and that its true meaning is save now (so A.V.). Let us, he writes, leave the streamlets of conjecture and return to the fountain-head. It is from the Hebrew writings that the truth is to be drawn. Written at Rome A.D. 383.

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Source. Translated by W.H. Fremantle, G. Lewis and W.G. Martley. From Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Second Series, Vol. 6. Edited by Philip Schaff and Henry Wace. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1893.) Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight. <http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/3001020.htm>.

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