Jerome, Commentary on Galatians, [J.P. Migne, Editor]. Patrologiae Tomus XXVI. Paris: D’Ambroise, Pres La Barriere D’Enfer, ou Petit-Montrouge, 1845. pp. 307-438.
As he introduces the third part of his commentary on Galatians, Jerome recalls to his readers the lack of careful training and background they are likely to have. Many are led astray by false teachers who appeal to their audiences using beautiful sounding words. Jerome cites Ezekiel 33:32 to demonstrate that the challenge is not new, but that it remains necessary to speak out in every generation (Jerome, Galatians, 399). He is aware that it is important to shed light on the comments of others, not based on eloquence, but on truth. For this idea, Jerome adduces Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 1:26-28, where he emphasizes the power of God to overcome falsehood through simple teaching (Jerome, Galatians, 400). The same apostle determined not to pursue worldly eloquence but the Christ who was crucified for sinners. Jerome is convinced that this is in no manner an easy way out, but a show of God’s power (Jerome, Galatians, 401). Therefore, he intends to speak very clearly.