Ante-Nicene Fathers/Volume I/IRENAEUS/Fragments from the Lost Writings of Irenaeus/XXV.

Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol. I, Fragments from the Lost Writings of Irenaeus by Irenaeus, translated by Philip Schaff et al.


“To inflict vengeance from the Lord on Midian.”[1] For this man (Balaam), when he speaks no longer in the Spirit of God, but contrary to God’s law, by setting up a different law with regard to fornication,[2] is certainly not then to be counted as a prophet, but as a soothsayer. For he who did not keep to the commandment of God, received the just recompense of his own evil devices.[3]


  1. Num. xxxi. 3.
  2. Num. xxxi. 16.
  3. Num. xxxi. 8.