Who in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
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Methodius of Olympus
And hence they sing the Lord's song in a strange land, explaining the law by distorting and degrading it, expecting a sensual kingdom, and setting their hopes on this alien world, which the Word says will pass away,
-the manna-and sufficiently bound to God by His benefits-forgot his Lord and God, saying to Aaron: "Make us gods, to go before us: for that Moses, who ejected us from the land of Egypt, hath quite forsaken us; and what hath befallen him we know not. "And accordingly we, who "were not the people of God "in days bygone, have been made His people, ...