Anf-01 v.vi.iv Pg 7 Husbands, love your wives, as fellow-servants of God, as your own body, as the partners of your life, and your co-adjutors in the procreation of children. <index subject1="Virgins exhorted" title="81" id="v.vi.iv-p7.2"/>Virgins, have Christ alone before your eyes, and His Father in your prayers, being enlightened by the Spirit. May I have pleasure in your purity, as that of Elijah, or as of Joshua the son of Nun, as of Melchizedek, or as of Elisha, as of Jeremiah, or as of John the Baptist, as of the beloved disciple, as of Timothy, as of Titus, as of Evodius, as of Clement, who departed this life in [perfect] chastity,909
1 Cor. vii. 22.
909 There was a prevalent opinion among the ancient Christian writers, that all these holy men lived a life of [chaste] celibacy. <index subject1="Marriage" title="81" id="v.vi.iv-p8.1"/>Not, however, that I blame the other blessed [saints] because they entered into the married state, of which I have just spoken.910
910 Or, “it is not because, etc., that I have mentioned these.”