“It says, ‘I will go down and see whether or not they are committing what the cry reaching me suggests.’ What is meant by the expression in all its synkatabasis [considerateness]? ‘I will go down,’ it says, ‘and see’. Does the God of all things shift from place to place? Hardly. It does not mean that; instead, as I have often said, he wants to teach us by the concreteness (pachutes) of the expression that there is need for great akribeia [precision], and that sinners are not condemned by hearsay nor sentences delivered without evidence.”

Hom. XXIV in Gen (PG 54; 414B), quoted in Robert Hill, “Akribeia: A Principle of Chyrostom’s Exegesis” Colloquium 14 (1981):36.

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