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The Jews, then, if they abstain from the kind of service above described, and deem it proper to worship one God as being Lord of all, [are right]; but if they offer Him worship in the way which we have described, they greatly err.

For while the Gentiles, by offering such things to those that are destitute of sense and hearing, furnish an example of madness; they, on the other hand by thinking to offer these things to God as if He needed them, might justly reckon it rather an act of folly than of divine worship.

And to glory in the circumcision of the flesh as a proof of election, and as if, on account of it, they were specially beloved by God,--how is it not a subject of ridicule?

And as to their observing months and days, as if waiting upon the stars and the moon, and their distributing, according to their own tendencies, the appointments of God, and the vicissitudes of the seasons, some for festivities, and others for mourning,--who would deem this a part of divine worship, and not much rather a manifestation of folly?

Might not these, which are now worshipped by you, again be made by men vessels similar to others? But not a single human being will, unless compelled to it, endure such treatment, since he is endowed with sense and reason.

They obey the prescribed laws, and at the same time surpass the laws by their lives. They are unknown and condemned; they are put to death, and restored to life.They dwell in their own countries, but simply as sojourners.As citizens, they share in all things with others, and yet endure all things as if foreigners.The soul dwells in the body, yet is not of the body; and Christians dwell in the world, yet are not of the world.The invisible soul is guarded by the visible body, and Christians are known indeed to be in the world, but their godliness remains invisible.

They obey the prescribed laws, and at the same time surpass the laws by their lives. They are unknown and condemned; they are put to death, and restored to life.

They dwell in their own countries, but simply as sojourners.

As citizens, they share in all things with others, and yet endure all things as if foreigners.

The soul dwells in the body, yet is not of the body; and Christians dwell in the world, yet are not of the world.

The invisible soul is guarded by the visible body, and Christians are known indeed to be in the world, but their godliness remains invisible.

To sum up all in one word--what the soul is in the body, that are Christians in the world.