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

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Chapter XXX.—Let Us Do Those Things that Please God, and Flee from Those He Hates, that We May Be Blessed.

Seeing, therefore, that we are the portion of the Holy One, 4142 let us do all those things which pertain to holiness, avoiding all evil-speaking, all abominable and impure embraces, together with all drunkenness, seeking after change, 4143 all abominable lusts, detestable adultery, and execrable pride.  “For God,” [saith the Scripture], “resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble.” 4144   Let us cleave, then, to those to whom grace has been given by God.  Let us clothe ourselves with concord and humility, ever exercising self-control, standing far off from all whispering and evil-speaking, being justified by our works, and not our words.  For [the Scripture] saith, “He that speaketh much, shall also hear much in answer.  And does he that is ready in speech deem himself righteous?  Blessed 4145 is he that is born of woman, who liveth but a short time:  be not given to much speaking.” 4146   Let our praise be in God, and not of ourselves; for God hateth those that commend themselves.  Let testimony to our good 4147 deeds be borne by others, as it was in the case of our righteous forefathers.  Boldness, and arrogance, and audacity belong to 4148 those that are accursed of God; but moderation, humility, and meekness to such as are blessed by Him.


Footnotes

238:4142

I. ἅγια μέρη (holy parts.)

238:4143

Some translate, “youthful lusts.”

238:4144

Prov. 3:34, Jas. 4:6, 1 Pet. 5:5.

238:4145

I. omits.

238:4146

Job 11:2, 3.  The translation is doubtful.

238:4147

I. omits.

238:4148

I. ἐδόθη (was given).


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