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Chapter X.—Exhortations to prayer,
And pray ye without ceasing in behalf of other men.
For there is in them hope of repentance
may attain to God. See,554 then, that they be instructed by your works, if in no other way.
Be ye meek in response to their wrath, humble in
opposition to their boasting: to their blasphemies return555
your prayers; in contrast to their error, be ye
| 555 The verb is here omitted in
the original. |
in the faith; and for their
cruelty, manifest your gentleness. While we take care not to imitate their
conduct, let us be found their brethren in all true kindness; and let us
seek to be followers of the Lord (who ever more unjustly treated, more
destitute, more condemned?), that so no plant of the devil may be found
in you, but ye may remain in all holiness and sobriety in Jesus Christ,
both with respect to the flesh and spirit.
And pray ye without ceasing in behalf of other men;
for there is hope of the repentance, that they may attain to God. For
“cannot he that falls arise again, and he that goes astray
return?”557 Permit them, then, to be
instructed by you. Be ye therefore the ministers of God, and the mouth of
Christ. For thus saith the Lord, “If ye take forth the precious
from the vile, ye shall be as my mouth.”558
ye humble in response to their wrath; oppose to their blasphemies your
earnest prayers; while they go astray, stand ye stedfast in the faith.
Conquer ye their harsh temper by gentleness, their passion by meekness.
For “blessed are the meek;”559
was meek above all men;560
and David was exceeding
Wherefore Paul exhorts as follows:
“The servant of the Lord must not strive, but be gentle towards all
men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose
Do not seek to avenge
yourselves on those that injure you, for says [the Scripture], “If
I have returned evil to those who returned evil to me.”563
Let us make them brethren by our kindness. For
say ye to those that hate you, Ye are our brethren, that the name of the
Lord may be glorified. And let us
imitate the Lord, “who, when He was reviled, reviled not
when He was crucified, He answered
not; “when He suffered, He threatened not;”565
but prayed for His enemies, “Father, forgive them; they
know not what they do.”566
one, the more he is injured, displays the more patience, blessed is he.
If any one is defrauded, if any one is despised, for the name of the
Lord, he truly is the servant of Christ. Take heed that no plant of the
devil be found among you, for such a plant is bitter and salt.
“Watch ye, and be ye sober,”567
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