And I said unto them, Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot; and while they stand guard, let them shut the doors, and bar them: and appoint guards from the inhabitants of Jerusalem, every one at his station, and every one to be opposite his house.
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Guardians of souls must not be appointed from recent converts or from the common crowd but from those who, freed by the grace of God from the battle of vices, have already trained themselves to keep their mind in Jerusalem (that is, in the “vision of serene peace”) and who can say with the apostle, “But our dwelling is in heaven.” About this people is well said that they appointed “each in his own turn,” namely, so that when their course has been completed and they have been removed from this light, others may immediately be chosen in their place to rule over the faithful; and that there may at no time be a shortage of those who make an effort to keep watch on behalf of the peace of the holy church “because of nighttime fears,” since the truth of prophetic words, in which it is said to the same church, “In the place of your fathers, sons are born to you,” runs continuously to the end of the age. It is also well added, “and each opposite his own house.” For the guardianship of the holy ...
Sun. Literally, "the heat of the sun "or perfect daylight. (Haydock)
They. Syriac and Arabic, "while it was still day "(Calmet) or the sun shone. Before dusk the gates were shut, to prevent any improper person from entering. (Haydock)
House, on the walls. (Calmet)
These things protect a city; as grace a guard over the senses, and watchfulness do the soul. (Worthington) ...