Rursumque eum a tentatione prohibet.

2 Aug

Satan addresses God, seeking to justify himself, accusing the elect unjustly, and asking God for permission to tempt and afflict them.  God responds to the devil in four ways: he reproaches him for his sin; he contrast his injustice with the justice of the elect; he permits him to test their virtue. and he prohibits him from tempting them successfully.

 

Jeffrey Burton Russel. Lucifer The Devil in the Middle Ages ( Cornell University Press Ithaca and London (c) 1984

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