1. Accordingly, after these things happened Scripturesays, “All the gathering9 cried out in a great voice and gave praise to God because Daniel convicted they who falsely testified from their mouth.”1
2. And so what shall we say? While one said, “The Mastic tree”, yet the other said, “The oak,” in this there is a proof of God.
3. For what did they plan to say? “When we, while we were in possession of the young man, saw him, we
did not unmistakably see what kind of tree it was.”
4. But since divine Scripture instructs us in all things, leading us to truth, in this it is necessary to know2 that they were constrained by the Spirit to name such trees which were not planted in the garden, so that, behold, out of their own mouths they accuse themselves. For if they named some of those which were planted there, they likely would have persuaded the people with this word. But now it is not so, but the things which happened are displayed.
5. For after Daniel tested the misgivings of their hearts3 and also their terrible lust, through their words, which they still had before4 their eyes, and after declaring their secret errors which they did long ago to the daughters of Israel, and having revealed them, they themselves were tested by the Holy Spirit, and being darkened in mind they named foreign5 trees, so that through their words they are shackled by their own selves.6