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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol IX:
The Epistles of Clement.: Chapter XXXIV

Early Church Fathers  Index     

Chapter XXXIV.—Great is the Reward of Good Works with God.  Joined Together in Harmony, Let Us Implore that Reward from Him.

The good servant 4168 receives the bread of his labour with confidence; the lazy and slothful cannot look his employer in the face.  It is requisite, therefore, that we be prompt in the practice of well-doing; for of Him are all things.  And thus He forewarns us:  “Behold, the Lord [cometh], and His reward is before His face, to render to every man according to his work.” 4169   He exhorts us, therefore, 4170 with our whole heart to attend to this, 4171 that we be not lazy or slothful in any good work.  Let our boasting and our confidence be in Him.  Let us submit ourselves to His will.  Let us consider the whole multitude of His angels, how they stand ever ready to minister to His will.  For the Scripture saith, “Ten thousand times ten thousand stood around Him, and thousands of thousands ministered unto Him, 4172 and cried, Holy, holy, holy, [is] the Lord of Sabaoth; the whole creation 4173 is full of His glory.” 4174   And let us therefore, conscientiously gathering together in harmony, cry to Him earnestly, as with one mouth, that we may be made partakers of His great and glorious promises.  For [the Scripture] saith, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which He hath prepared for them that wait for 4175 Him.” 4176


Footnotes

239:4168

Or, “labourer.”

239:4169

Isa. 40:10, Isa. 62:11, Rev. 22:12.

239:4170

I. πιστεύοντας (believing).

239:4171

The text here seems to be corrupt.  Some translate, “He warns us with all His heart to this end, that,” etc.

239:4172

Dan. vii. 10.

239:4173

I. γῆ (earth).

239:4174

Isa. vi. 3.

239:4175

I. ἀγαπῶσιν (love).

239:4176

1 Cor. ii. 9.


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