The following line from an old translation of John Chrysostom's Homily 14 on Romans is rather perplexing:

It [creation] was evil intreated for your sake, and became corruptible; yet it has had no wrong done it.

What is meant by "was evil intreated"? I can't find any definitions of "intreat" or "entreat" that would fit here.


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Lexico suggests entreat for intreat and has


archaic [with object and adverbial] Treat (someone) in a specified manner

‘the King, I fear, hath ill entreated her’

which seems to fit admirably: "Creation was treated evilly."

(Lexico's example sentence is a quote from Christopher Marlowe's Edward the Second, which shows just how archaic it is.)

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