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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol I:
IGNATIUS: Chapter I.—Praise of the Ephesians.

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Chapter I.—Praise of the Ephesians.

I have become acquainted with your name, much-beloved in God, which ye have acquired by the habit of righteousness, according to the faith and love in Jesus Christ our Saviour. Being the followers 490 of God, and stirring up 491 yourselves by the blood of God, ye have perfectly accomplished the work which was beseeming to you. For, on hearing that I came bound from Syria for the common name and hope, trusting through your prayers to be permitted to fight with beasts at Rome, that so by martyrdom I may indeed become the disciple of Him “who gave Himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God,” 492 [ye hastened to see me 493 ]. I received, therefore, 494 your whole multitude in the name of God, through Onesimus, a man of inexpressible love, 495 and your bishop in the flesh, whom I pray you by Jesus Christ to love, and that you would all seek to be like him. And blessed be He who has granted unto you, being worthy, to obtain such an excellent bishop.

I have become acquainted with your greatly-desired name in God, which ye have acquired by the habit of righteousness, according to the faith and love in Christ Jesus our Saviour. Being the followers 496 of the love of God towards man, and stirring up 497 yourselves by the blood of Christ, you have perfectly accomplished the work which was beseeming to you. For, on hearing that I came bound from Syria for the sake of Christ, our common hope, trusting through your prayers to be permitted to fight with beasts at Rome, that so by martyrdom I may indeed become the disciple of Him “who gave Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God,” 498 [ye hastened to see me 499 ]. I have therefore received your whole multitude in the name of God, through Onesimus, a man of inexpressible love, 500 and who is your bishop, whom I pray you by Jesus Christ to love, and that you would all seek to be like him. Blessed be God, who has granted unto you, who are yourselves so excellent, to obtain such an excellent bishop.


Footnotes

49:490

Literally, “imitators;” comp. Eph. v. 1.

49:491

Comp. in the Greek, 2 Tim. i. 6.

49:492

Eph. v. 2.

49:493

This is wanting in the Greek.

49:494

Literally, “since therefore,” without any apodosis.

49:495

Or, “unspeakably beloved.”

49:496

Literally, “imitators;” comp. Eph. v. 1.

49:497

Comp. in the Greek, 2 Tim. i. 6.

49:498

Eph. v. 2.

49:499

This is wanting in the Greek.

49:500

Or, “unspeakably beloved.”


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