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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol VIII:
Pseudo-Clementine Literature.: Chapter LXI

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Chapter LXI.—Monarchy.

“But if any one of those present, being able to instruct the ignorance of men, shrink from it, thinking only of his own ease, let him expect to hear this sentence:  ‘O wicked and slothful servant, thou oughtest to have given my money to the exchangers, and I at my coming should have got my own.  Cast out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness.’ 1022   And with good reason; ‘for,’ says He, ‘it is thine, O man, to prove my words, as silver and money are proved among the exchangers.’ 1023   Therefore the multitude of the faithful ought to obey some one, that they may live in harmony.  For that which tends to the government of one person, in the form of monarchy, enables the subjects to enjoy peace by means of good order; but in case of all, through desire of ruling, being unwilling to submit to one only, they must altogether fall by reason of division.


Footnotes

249:1022

Matt. xxv. 27-30.

249:1023

Probably from an apocryphal Gospel.


Next: Chapter LXII

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