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LIBER XII

1. (1) Multa satagit cor meum, domine, in hac inopia vitae meae, pulsatum verbis sanctae scripturae tuae, et ideo plerumque in sermone copiosa est egestas humanae intellegentiae, quia plus loquitur inquisitio quam inventio, et longior est petitio quam impetratio, et operosior est manus pulsans quam sumens. tenemus promissum: quis corrumpet illud? si deus pro nobis, quis contra nos? “petite et accipietis, quaerite et invenietis, pulsate et aperietur vobis. omnis enim qui petit accipit, et quaerens inveniet, et pulsanti aperietur.” promissa tua sunt, et quis falli timeat cum promittit veritas?

2. (2) Confitetur altitudini tuae humilitas linguae meae, quoniam tu fecisti caelum et terram: hoc caelum quod video terramque quam calco, unde est haec terra quam porto, tu fecisti. sed ubi est caelum caeli, domine, de quo audivimus in voce psalmi: “caelum caeli domino, terram autem dedit filiis hominum”? ubi est1 caelum quod non2

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BOOK XII

BOOK XII

1. (1) My heart is smitten by the words of your holy Scripture, Lk 10:40-42and is preoccupied with many matters, Lord, in this poverty-stricken life of mine. Thus the paucity of human understanding is mainly apparent from its torrent of words: because seeking requires more talk than finding does; and asking takes more time than obtaining does; and the hand that knocks must work harder than the hand that takes. We hold fast to what was promised: who can bring it to ruin? Rom 8:31Mt 7:7-8;Jn 16:24If God is for us, who is against us? “Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and everyone who seeks will find, and to the one who knocks, it will be opened.” These are your promises, and who fears being cheated when Jn 14:6Truth itself is making the promise?1

2. (2) Rom 14:11The lowliness of my tongue makes confession to your sublimity, for you have made heaven and earth: this heaven that I see, and this earth on which I tread Gn 3:19(from which comes this earth that I bear with me), is your making. But where, Lord, is that heaven of heavens that we have heard of from the words of the psalm: Ps 115:16“the heaven of heaven belongs to the Lord, but he has given the earth to

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.augustine-confessions_2014.2014