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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol I:
IGNATIUS: Chapter V.—The duties of husbands...

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Chapter V.—The duties of husbands and wives.

Flee evil arts; but all the more discourse in public regarding them. 1091 Speak to my sisters, that they love the Lord, and be satisfied with their husbands both in the flesh and spirit. In like manner also, exhort my brethren, in the name of Jesus Christ, that they love their wives, even as the Lord the Church. 1092 If any one can continue in a state of purity, 1093 to the honour of Him who is Lord of the flesh, 1094 let him so remain without boasting. If he begins to boast, he is undone; and if he reckon himself greater than the bishop, he is ruined. But it becomes both men and women who marry, to form their union with the approval of the bishop, that their marriage may be according to God, and not after their own lust. Let all things be done to the honour of God. 1095

Flee evil arts; but all the more discourse in public regarding them. Speak to my sisters, that they love the Lord, and be satisfied with their husbands both in the flesh and spirit. In like manner also, exhort my brethren, in the name of Jesus Christ, that they love their wives, even as the Lord the Church. If any one can continue in a state of purity, 1096 to the honour of the flesh of the Lord, let him so remain without boasting. If he shall boast, he is undone; and if he seeks to be more prominent 1097 than the bishop, he is ruined. But it becomes both men and women who marry, to form their union with the approval of the bishop, that their marriage may be according to the Lord, and not after their own lust. Let all things be done to the honour of God. 1098


Footnotes

95:1091

Some insert μή, and render, “rather do not even speak of them.”

95:1092

Eph. v. 25.

95:1093

i.e., in celibacy.

95:1094

Some render, “to the honour of the flesh of the Lord,” as in the longer recension.

95:1095

Comp. 1 Cor. x. 31.

95:1096

i.e., in celibacy.

95:1097

Literally, “if he be known beyond the bishop.”

95:1098

Comp. 1 Cor. x. 31.


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