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

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p. 229 The First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians.  3998


Chapter I.—The Salutation.  Praise of the Corinthians Before the Breaking Forth of Schism Among Them.

The church of God which sojourns at Rome, to the church of God sojourning at Corinth, to them that are called and sanctified by the will of God, through our Lord Jesus Christ:  Grace unto you, and peace, from Almighty God through Jesus Christ, be multiplied.

Owing, dear brethren, to the sudden and successive calamitous events 3999 which have happened to ourselves, we feel that we have been somewhat tardy in turning our attention to the points respecting which you consulted us; and especially to that shameful and detestable sedition, utterly abhorrent to the elect of God, which a few rash and self-confident persons have kindled to such a pitch of frenzy, that your venerable and illustrious name, worthy to be universally loved, has suffered grievous injury. 4000   For who ever dwelt even for a short time among you, and did not find your faith to be as fruitful of virtue as it was firmly established? 4001   Who did not admire the sobriety and moderation of your godliness in Christ?  Who did not proclaim the magnificence of your habitual hospitality?  And who did not rejoice over your perfect and well-grounded knowledge?  For ye did all things without respect of persons, and walked in the commandments of God, being obedient to those who had the rule over you, and giving all fitting honour to the presbyters among you.  Ye enjoined young men to be of a sober and serious mind, ye instructed your wives to do all things with a blameless, becoming, and pure conscience, loving their husbands as in duty bound; and ye taught them that, living in the rule of obedience, they should manage their household affairs becomingly, and be in every respect marked by discretion.



According to I, the title is “Clement’s (Epistle) to the Corinthians.”  A includes in a Table of Contents of the New Testament after the Apocalypse:

“Clement’s Epistle I.”

“Clement’s Epistle II.”

The space for the title for the 1st Epistle is mutilated, and we find only “.…Corinthians I.;” the 2d Epistle has no title.

On the authority of Eusebius, Jerome, Georgius Syncellus, the earlier editions give the titles, “First Epistle of Saint Clement, Bishop of Rome, to the Corinthians, written in name of the Church of Rome,” “Second Epistle of Saint Clement, Bishop of Rome, to the Corinthians.”


I, περιστάσεις (critical experiences).


Literally “is greatly blasphemed.”


Literally, “did not prove your all-virtuous and firm faith.”

Next: Chapter II