13 February 2012

Patristic Quote of the Day

See how Job, too, confesses his sins, and says how sure he is that there is none righteous before the Lord.  He is also sure of this, that 'if we say we have no sin...the truth is not in us.'  While, therefore, God bestows on him His high testimony of righteousness, according to the standard of human conduct, Job himself took his measure from that rule of righteousness, which, as well as he can, he beholds in God.  Knowing this is true, he goes on to say, 'How will a mortal be just before the Lord?' - St. Augustine, On the Merits and Forgiveness of Sins, 2.14/

1 comment:

Larry Luder said...

The Church Father does well to you refer us to Job, not without sin, in his, On Merit and the Forgiveness of Sins. There is much to learn from Job steadfastness in his patience in suffering. Does Job ask a rhetorical question in knowing that his redeemer lives?