Sacred Texts  Christianity  Early Church Fathers  Index  Previous  Next 

Chapter IV.—The same subject continued.

Josiah also, beloved of God, when as yet he could scarcely speak articulately, convicts those who were possessed of a wicked spirit as being false in their speech, and deceivers of the people. He also reveals the deceit of the demons, and openly exposes those that are no gods; yea, while yet an infant he slays their priests, and overturns their altars, and defiles the place where sacrifices were offered with dead bodies, and throws down the temples, and cuts down the groves, and breaks in pieces the pillars, and breaks open the tombs of the ungodly, that not a relic of the wicked might any longer exist. 1370 To such an extent did he display zeal in the cause of godliness, and prove himself a punisher of the ungodly, while he as yet faltered in speech like a child. David, too, who was at once a prophet and a king, and the root of our Saviour according to the flesh, while yet a youth is anointed by Samuel to be king. 1371 For he himself says in a certain place, “I was small among my brethren, and the youngest in the house of my father.” 1372



2 Kings 22:0, 2 Kings 23:0


1 Sam. xvi.


Ps. cl. 1 (in the Septuagint; not found at all in Hebrew).

Next: Chapter V.—Expressions of respect...