SSP: Confessio 11 and Isaiah 32

This post is part of an ongoing series on the Scriptures of Saint Patrick of Ireland.

Confessio 11 & Isaiah 32:4  
Patrick O’Loughlin (147) ‘The tongue of the stammerers will learn quickly to speak peace.’
  Bieler (63) & Conneely (32) Linguae balbutientes velociter discent loqui pacem.
Isaiah 32:4    
  Vulgate lingua balborum velociter loquetur et plane
  Vetus Latina N/A
  Septuaginta αἱ γλῶσσαι αἱ ψελλίζουσαι ταχὺ μαθήσονται λαλεῖν εἰρήνην

This passage—often called a Vetus Latina reading[1]—actually does not exist in any period Old Latin manuscript. A significant shift in terminology—from discent loqui pacem to loquetur et plane—suggests a non-Vulgate version. Apparently, existing studies have conflated “non-Vulgate” with “Vetus Latina.” Even the Septuagint here does not give clear indicators as to where Patrick’s quotation came from. It is possible that he possessed a “lost” version of the text, that he was simply citing from memory, or that he made modifications to the form of this passage.


[1] O’Loughlin, Discovering Saint Patrick, 147.

Published by Jacob J. Prahlow

Husband of Hayley. Dad of Bree and Judah. Lead pastor at Arise Church. MATS from Saint Louis University, MA from Wake Forest University, BA from Valparaiso University. Theologian and writer here and at Conciliar Post. Find me on social at @pastorjakestl

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