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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol I:
IGNATIUS: Chapter IV.—Exhortations.

Early Church Fathers  Index     

Chapter IV.—Exhortations.

Let not widows be neglected. Be thou, after the Lord, their protector 1084 and friend. Let nothing be done without thy consent; neither do thou anything without the approval of God, which indeed thou dost not, inasmuch as thou art stedfast. Let your assembling together be of frequent 1085 occurrence: seek after all by name. 1086 Do not despise either male or female slaves, yet neither let them be puffed up with conceit, but rather let them p. 95 submit themselves 1087 the more, for the glory of God, that they may obtain from God a better liberty. Let them not long to be set free [from slavery] at the public expense, that they be not found slaves to their own desires.

Let not the widows be neglected. Be thou, after the Lord, their protector and friend. Let nothing be done without thy consent; neither do thou anything without the approval of God, which indeed thou doest not. Be thou stedfast. Let your assembling together be of frequent 1088 occurrence: seek after all by name. 1089 Do not despise either male or female slaves, yet neither let them be puffed up with conceit, but rather let them submit themselves 1090 the more, for the glory of God, that they may obtain from God a better liberty. Let them not wish to be set free [from slavery] at the public expense, that they be not found slaves to their own desires.


Footnotes

94:1084

The word in the original (φροντιστής) denotes one who thinks or cares for another.

94:1085

Some refer the words to more frequent meetings, and others to these meetings being more numerous; no comparison is necessarily implied.

94:1086

i.e., so as to bring them out to the public assembly.

95:1087

Or, “act the part of slaves.”

95:1088

Some refer the words to more frequent meetings, and others to these meetings being more numerous; no comparison is necessarily implied.

95:1089

i.e., so as to bring them out to the public assembly.

95:1090

Or, “act the part of slaves.”


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