Hundredfold Martyrs - Ps-Cyprian - Sermo de centesima, sexagesima, tricesima -

Steven Avery

Psalm 50:7

The Transmission of Sin: Augustine and the Pre Augustinian Sources (2013)
Pier Franco Beatrice and Adam Kamesar

With regard to the hypothesis that we are putting forward here, [De Cent. (47)] and its ascetic ideology are of great significance. In particular, the author attributes to baptism the sacramental function of cleansing a person from the offense committed by being born in the flesh, that is, original sin. (48) For the expression “delictum primae nativitatis” quite clearly refers to the encratite exegesis of Ps 50:7, which we encountered for the first time in the dossier employed by Julius Cassian. It finds a parallel, for Latin-speaking Africa, in the reading for this verse that is given by Augustine and by the Verona Psalter: “in iniquitatibus conceptus sum et in delictis (or peccatis) mater mea me in utero aluit.” (49)"

(49.) See above, p. 98 n. 11. Fulgentius of Ruspe, De veritate praedestinationis et gratiae 1.4.10 (CCh 91A, 464), may also be regarded as a witness for this African reading.

Psalm 51:5 (AV)
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.