Phil. 4:1 - NIV, NAB - in The Second Epistle of Clement Concerning Virginity
For ye are "our joy, and our crown," and our hope, and our life, "if so be that ye stand in the Lord."
Ye have been the disciples of Paul and Peter; do not lose what was committed to your trust. Keep in remembrance Euodias,
Cease not therefore to admonish your sons; for I know that, if they will repent with all their heart, they will be enrolled in the Books of Life with the saints."
To meet these its counsels, do you apply the examples of sisters of ours whose names are with the Lord,
Well known was he to apostolic men:
and write them in the book of life;
Paul, also, and Barnabas, and Timothy, with all the others, "whose names are written in the book of life,"
Thus also the apostle of the Lord, beseeching the Macedonians, becomes the interpreter of the divine voice, when he says, "The Lord is at hand; take care that ye be not apprehended empty."
(That) we all know; provided, however, we remember what the same (God) has said through the apostle: "Let your probity appear before men."
Phil. 4:6 - NIV, NAB - in The Second Epistle of Clement Concerning Virginity
anxious care in everything,"
But look to this as the chief gain you are to make by them, that, in all due patience, ye may discharge the duties of your office religiously and piously-that is, in the love of Christ-and despise all transitory objects for the sake of His eternal promises.which in truth surpass all human comprehension and understanding,
"Quod reliquum est, fratres, quaecuque vera, quaecunque honesta, quaecunque justa, quatres, quam aecunque casta, quaecunque amabilia, ques, aecunque bonbilia, ques, quam ingreae famue bonbilia, ques, quam ingredientae; si qua virtus, et si qua laus, ea considerate; quae et didicistis; quae etiam accepistis et audiistis et vidistis in me, ea facite; et Deus pacis erit vobiscum."
And what answer shall we make to Paul, when he says, "If there be any virtue, and, if there be any praise, think on these things, which ye have learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me? "
Everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to lack. I can do all things through Him who strengtheneth me."
He who became a perfect man inwardly strengthening me.
And therefore Paul exclaims with confidence, "I can do all things through Christ, who strengtheneth me; "
Should He even wish us again to contend and struggle for our religion, let the enemy come against us, and we will say to them, "I can do all things, through Christ Jesus our Lord, which strengtheneth me."
Of those, then, who seek to enter in, those who are not able to enter will not be able to do so, because the gates of Hades prevail against them; but in the case of those against whom the gates of Hades will not prevail, those seeking to enter in will be strong, being able to do all things, in Christ Jesus, who strengtheneth them.
Wherefore also Paul says, "I do not seek after a gift, but I seek after fruit."
As Paul also says to the Philippians, "I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things that were sent from you, the odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, pleasing to God."
Mildness, I think, and philanthropy, and eminent piety, are the rules of gnostic assimilation. I affirm that these virtues "are a sacrifice acceptable in the sight of God; "
"having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God."
promising that He knows what is needful for each of His servants-not indeed ponderous necklaces, not burdensome garments, not Gallic mules nor German bearers, which all add lustre to the glory of nuptials; but "sufficiency,"
For, while I was yet a boy, I saw thee in Lower Asia with Polycarp, distinguishing thyself in the royal court,
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