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He saw that the enemy was dissembling in the guise of a friend of mankind approaching us as the counsellor.
But God revealed his love toward us as a good God to the envy and consternation of the enemy.

As I said before, the devil envied us, carrying us into slavery;
God summoned us to sonship.

The enemy let us be cast out of Paradise,
but the Lord opened the gate of heaven to us.

We were wronged in the Paradise of delight,
but the one who acted wickedly toward us in the place of our rest was thrown out of the heavens down upon the earth, and you, the man of earth, were taken up to heaven.

--St. Rufus of Shotep, fifth exegesis on Luke 1:26-27, (late 6th, early 7th century)


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