Friday, May 22, 2009

Theodoret of Cyrus: Marriage Enjoined by God

Let marriage be held in honor by all and the marriage bed undefiled; God judges fornicators and adulterers (v.4): one is lawful, the other unlawful. The former God enjoined from the beginning, "Let us make him a helpmate like himself;" he formed her, brought her to him, joined them together and bestowed the marriage blessing in the words, "Increase, multiply and fill the earth." Adultery and fornication, on the other hand, intemperate thoughts introduced.

- Theodoret of Cyrus (around A.D. 393 to around A.D. 457), Commentary on Hebrews, Chapter 13, in Theodoret of Cyrus, Commentary on the Letters of St. Paul, Volume 2, p. 193 (2001), Robert C. Hill translator.