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Greatest. ...maketh not ashamed. It is Christ that justifieth.

La foy en Christ est celle mesme pierre
Sur laquelle est basti tout l’edifice
Du temple sainct, comme dit Christ à Pierre:
C’est elle aussi par qui avons justice,
Qui à beaux fruicts produire est si propice,
Que d’elle sort ceste vive esperance,
Puis charité dont part en abondance.
Toute bonne oeuvre ennemie de vice.


1.   Cf. 1 Cor 13:13; Romans 5:5 and 8:33

2.  Earlier copies within this edition have a different engraving. This one is better suited to the text. The idea of Christ as the rock comes from 1 Corinthians 10:4, and also Ephesians 2:21-22; for Peter as the rock and the ‘temple sainct’, Matthew 16:18.

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  • Charity, 'Caritas'; 'Carità' (Ripa) ~ one of the Three Theological Virtues [11M33] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Faith, 'Fides'; 'Fede', 'Fede catholica', 'Fede christiana', 'Fede christiana catholica' (Ripa) ~ one of the Three Theological Virtues [11M31] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • good tree bears good fruit; corrupt tree bears evil fruit ~ proverbial saying of Christ (Matthew 7:17-18, 12:33; Luke 6:43) [73C8182] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Hope, 'Spes'; 'Speranza divina e certa' (Ripa) ~ one of the Three Theological Virtues [11M32] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Hope; 'Speranza', 'Speranza delle fatiche' (Ripa) [56D1] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Justice; 'Forza alla giustitia sottoposta', 'Giustitia', 'Giustitia retta', 'Giustitia rigorosa', 'Impietà e violenza soggetta alla giustitia', (Ripa) [59C2] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Justification, Vindication [57B3] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Strength, Power; 'Fortezza', 'Fortezza d'Animo e di corpo', 'Fortezza del corpo congiunta con la generosità dell'animo', 'Fortezza & valore del corpo congiunto con la prudenza & virtù del animo', 'Forza' (Ripa) [54A7] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • the great commandment in the law ~ doctrine of Christ on love, etc. (Matthew 22:34-40) [73C7459] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Vice, Evil, Sin; 'Peccato' (Ripa) [11N1] Search | Browse Iconclass

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