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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol I:
IGNATIUS: Chapter VI.—The duties of the...

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Chapter VI.—The duties of the Christian flock.

Give ye 1099 heed to the bishop, that God also may give heed to you. My soul be for theirs 1100 that are submissive to the bishop, to the presbyters, and to the deacons, and may my portion be along with them in God! Labour together with one another; strive in company together; run together; suffer together; sleep together; and awake together, as the stewards, and associates, 1101 and servants of God. Please ye Him under whom ye fight, and from whom ye receive your wages. Let none of you be found a deserter. Let your baptism endure as your arms; your faith as your helmet; your love as your spear; your patience as a complete panoply. Let your works be the charge 1102 assigned to you, that ye may receive a worthy recompense. Be long-suffering, therefore, with one another, in meekness, as God is towards you. May I have joy of you for ever! 1103

Give ye 1104 heed to the bishop, that God also may give heed to you. My soul be for theirs 1105 that are submissive to the bishop, to the presbytery, and to the deacons: may I have my portion with them from God! Labour together with one another; strive in company together; run together; suffer together; sleep together; and awake together, as the stewards, and associates, 1106 and servants of God. Please ye Him under whom ye fight, and from whom ye shall receive your wages. Let none of you be found a deserter. Let your baptism endure as your arms; your faith as your helmet; your love as your spear; your patience as a complete panoply. Let your works be the charge assigned to you, that you may obtain for them a most worthy 1107 recompense. Be long-suffering, therefore, with one another, in meekness, and God shall be so with you. May I have joy of you for ever! 1108


Footnotes

95:1099

As this Epistle, though sent to the bishop, was meant to be read to the people, Ignatius here directly addresses them.

95:1100

Comp. chap. ii. etc.

95:1101

Or, “assessors.”

95:1102

A military reference, simply implying the idea of faithful effort leading to future reward.

95:1103

Comp. Ignatius’ Epistle to the Ephesians, chap. ii.

95:1104

As this Epistle, though sent to the bishop, was meant to be read to the people, Ignatius here directly addresses them.

95:1105

Comp. chap. ii. etc.

95:1106

Or, “assessors.”

95:1107

Literally, “worthy of God.”

95:1108

Comp. Ignatius’ Epistle to the Ephesians, chap. ii.


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