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A History Of The Church In Seven Books by Socrates

FOR these reasons the emperor had the highest esteem for Proclus. Indeed he himself was a pattern to all true prelates, and never approved of those who attempted to persecute others. Nay I can confidently affirm, that in meekness he surpassed all those who have ever faithfully borne the sacerdotal office. And what is recorded of Moses in the book of Numbers, “Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth”—may most justly be applied to the emperor Theodosius. It is because of this, that God subdued his enemies without martial conflicts, as the capture of the tyrant John, and the subsequent discomfiture of the barbarians clearly demonstrate. For Divine aid has been afforded this most devout emperor in our times, of a similar kind to what was vouchsafed by the God of the universe to the righteous heretofore. I write not these things from adulation, but simply narrate facts such as everybody can attest.








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