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| Chapter IV.—Ignatius writes to the churches. |
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Chapter IV.—Ignatius writes to the
And these things he thus spake, and
thus testified, extending his love to Christ so far as one who was about
to1418 secure heaven through his good
confession, and the earnestness of those who joined their prayers to his
in regard to his [approaching] conflict; and to give a recompense to the
Churches, who came to meet him through their rulers, sending1419
letters of thanksgiving to
them, which dropped spiritual grace, along with prayer and exhortation.
Wherefore, seeing all men so kindly affected towards him, and fearing
lest the love of the brotherhood should hinder his zeal towards the
| 1419 The punctuation and
construction are here doubtful. |
while a fair
door of suffering martyrdom was opened to him, he wrote to the Church of
the Romans the Epistle which is here subjoined.
| 1420 Or, “should
prevent him from hastening to the Lord.” |
(See the Epistle as formerly given.)
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