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Biblical Quotations from St Jerome are gleanings only, which may be found where his message is in keeping with a more biblical and gospel faith or spirit.

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St. Jerome Quotations (Biblical Gleanings)

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The works of those commonly called or traditionally called "Church Fathers" ought to be resorted to not as the Father's of the Church, for this term in a Biblical and correct sense is reserved for those Apostles and Prophets by whose writings and revelations the Church from the beginning is established and built up. Jesus himself warned, and Paul warned, and John warned, of a darkness and an era of apostasy that would come upon the Church, even a flood, which would be spewed out of the mouth of the dragon, a mystery of iniquity, which would if possible deceive even the elect, if it were possible. In the greater context of the end times, the Church Fathers, in so many volumes preserved, are the record of that falling away that would come and that would allow the man of sin - the Antichrist - to be revealed (2 Thessalonians 2:3). After the good begining of the Gospel, we watch, in these writings and epistles, as the overseers (episkopous) and bishops themselves begin to stray from the Gospel that was originally preached, and finally turn aside "speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them," (Acts 20:28-30). Let all those who seek the truth of the Gospel, refer to the Gospel, to Christ the source and the Spirit of holiness, but let us not establish Christian doctrine upon the corruptions and traditions of men.

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ST. JEROME or Eusebius Hieronymus (340-420ad) is a Saint and Doctor (Doctores Ecclesiae) of the Roman Catholic Church and the translator of the Latin Vulgate Bible. St Jerome lived during an era in which the ecclesiastical church, or rather the Catholic sect of Christianity, sinking into the apostasy that become Medieval Roman Catholicism, was highly regarded and respected. He was an aggressive proponent of a variety of unbiblical doctrines, including asceticism, monasticism, the superiority and singular holiness of virginity, abstinence within marriage, the sinfulness of second marriages, even for widows, the perpetual virginity of Mary and Joseph, and the innate sinfulness or impurity of the marriage bed (1 Timothy 4:1-5). See Notorious Quotations from St Jerome.

However, although Jerome's theology is very often unbiblical, his writings do refute a number of more progressive Catholic doctrines, of which he knew nothing whatsoever. The following quotations are gleaned from his writings.

Quote on Scripture vs. Unwritten Doctrines (Sola Scriptura vs. Tradition):

"As we do not deny what is written, so we do reject what is not written." - St. Jerome

Letters and Select Works, Treatises, The Perpetual Virginity of Blessed Mary by St. Jerome


Quote on Greek Manuscripts being necessarily purer than Latin Translations:

"You with marvellous effrontery contend that the reading of the Greek manuscripts is corrupt, although it is that which nearly all the Greek writers have left us in their books, and not only so, but several of the Latin writers have taken the words the same way. Nor need we now consider the variations in the copies, since the whole record both of the Old and New Testament has since that time been translated into Latin, and we must believe that the water of the fountain flows purer than that of the stream." - St. Jerome

Letters and Select Works, Treatises, The Perpetual Virginity of Blessed Mary by St. Jerome


Quote on the Authority of Scripure (Bible Only or Sola Scriptura):

"We do not so much reject prophecy ... as refuse to receive prophets whose utterances fail to accord with the Scriptures old and new." - St. Jerome

Letters and Select Works, Letter XLI, To Marcella by St. Jerome (Nicene & Post-Nicene Fathers, Series II, Vol VI)


Quote on the Apocryphal Books, Wisdom and Ecclesiasticus (Bible Only or Sola Scriptura):

"As, then, the Church reads Judith, Tobit, and the books of Maccabees, but does not admit them among the canonical Scriptures, so let it read these two volumes for the edification of the people, not to give authority to doctrines of the Church." - St. Jerome

Letters and Select Works, Prefaces to the Books of the Vulgate Version of the Old Testament by St. Jerome (Nicene & Post-Nicene Fathers, Series II, Vol VI)


Quote on Clergy Using the Gospel for Worldy and Financial Gain (Reference Scripture: "Woe unto them! for they have ... ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward." Jude 1:11):

"But now persons who profess religion are not ashamed to seek unjust profits and the good name of Christianity is more often a cloak for fraud than a victim to it. I am ashamed to say it, yet it must be said—we are at least bound to blush for our infamy—while in public we hold out our hands for alms we conceal gold beneath our rags; and to the amazement of every one after living as poor men we die rich and with our purses well-filled." - St. Jerome

Letters and Select Works, Letter CXXV, to Rusticus by St. Jerome


Quote on Clergy Not Exempt from Work (Reference Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 3:8-10):

"If apostles who had the right to live of the Gospel laboured with their own hands that they might be chargeable to no man, and bestowed relief upon others whose carnal things they had a claim to reap as having sown unto them spiritual things; why do you not provide a supply to meet your needs? Make creels of reeds or weave baskets out of pliant osiers. Hoe your ground; mark out your garden into even plots." - St. Jerome

Letters and Select Works, Letter CXXV, to Rusticus by St. Jerome


Quote against those who Fabricate Stories to Extort Money:

"I wish to see the monastic schools turn out soldiers ... who are too conscientious to invent—as some silly men do—monstrous stories of struggles with demons, designed to magnify their heroes in the eyes of the crowd and before all to extort money from it." - St. Jerome

Letters and Select Works, Letter CXXV, to Rusticus by St. Jerome


Quote against Clergy Who Become Rich by Deception and by Cheating the Poor:

"Quite recently we have seen to our sorrow a fortune worthy of Croesus brought to light by a monk’s death, and a city’s alms, collected for the poor, left by will to his sons and successors. ... In this there is, however, nothing strange, for the man had for his companion and teacher one who turned the hunger of the needy into a source of wealth for himself and kept back sums left to the miserable to his own subsequent misery. Yet their cry came up to heaven and entering God’s ears overcame His patience. Wherefore, He sent an angel of woe to say to this new Carmelite, this second Nabal, 'Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be which thou hast provided?'" - St. Jerome

Letters and Select Works, Letter CXXV, to Rusticus by St. Jerome


Quote on Prayer—Praying with the Understanding; not with words that cannot be understand or prayed and felt with emotion:

"The Apostle says: 'I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the understanding also,' (1 Corinthians 14:15) and to the Ephesians, 'make melody in your hearts to the Lord.' (Ephesians 5:19) For he had read the precept of the psalmist: 'Sing ye praises with understanding.' (Psalm 47:7)" - St. Jerome

Letters and Select Works, Letters, Letter CXXV. To Rusticus by St. Jerome


Quote on the Pearl of Great Price and seeking first the kingdom of heaven; the ardent and diligent manner in which a Christian must seek Christ:

"If the merchants of the world undergo such hardships to win a doubtful and passing gain, and if after seeking it through many dangers they only keep it at risk of their lives; what should Christ’s merchant do who 'selleth all that he hath' that he may acquire the 'one pearl of great price;' who with his whole substance buys a field that he may find therein a treasure which neither thief can dig up nor robber carry away?" - St. Jerome

Letters and Select Works, Letters, Letter CXXV. To Rusticus by St. Jerome

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