INTRODUCTION TO THE LETTERS OF CLEMENT

  Clement was a disciple of Peter, and Paul mentions him as a faithful fellow worker in his letter to the Philippians, and he became bishop of the church at Rome. His first letter to the Corinthians is in responds to a quest, the faithful leader of the church of Corinthian being put out of his office by dissension and sedition, which he in his letter rebukes, and gives admonition for correction.  That same seditious attitude of the scholars of this and other ages raised the issue as if Clement spoke of worlds other than this earth, when he said; "Worlds beyond the sea."  

As to an answer, depart from these so called brain-surgeons, for Columbus indeed found worlds, that is, a whole continent beyond the sea.  Or what else do these sons of sedition imagine?  And while there is yet another meaning, this is not for them to know.

And regarding that bird called Phoenix, to which many have objected; I have not entered that in this record, even though it may not be incorrect for a speech in wisdom, and wisdom only.  If then anyone wishes to be contentious, I suggest to look in the mirror, and to show me a person who does not fancy himself some absurd fantasy, like grown men still believing that babies come delivered by the Stork.

And will one say that you are not one of these?  Will you dare call me a liar? You will indeed think that this is not so.  You even dare to tell me that you never held any such ignorance as factual.  But now you are not telling the truth.  And how is it that I know that you are not so speaking truth?

Do you not conceive to have gained great knowledge in this last age?  And have you not, as you call it, discovered electricity?  And how do you fancy this electricity?  Is it not that you believe it to be a flow of electrons?  Indeed you do.  Well on how much more preposterous can you get to believe such a backwards thing, a vile lie and deception?  For most assuredly those who coined that ill knowledge were without knowledge.  But you who believed them are no less ignorant.  This definition then of electricity is just as preposterous as the stork to bring babies.

And so you see how you in fact did believe in fantasies, and that I was correct in saying that you lied in denying my claim?  I of course know that you did not intentionally spoke untruth to me, nevertheless it was an untruth, and had you intentionally lied to me, it would have been far worse.  If then you are able to acknowledge your error there is hope for you. 

1 CLEMENT

First letter of Clement to the Corinthians 

      Chapter 1                   TO INDEX

     Recalling the Godliness.

1.  The church of God at Rome to the church of God which is at Corinthian called and sanctified by the will of God through Jesus Christ our Lord, grace and peace from Almighty God by Jesus Christ be multiplied to you.

2.  The sudden and unexpected dangers and calamities, which have befallen us, have made us slow in our consideration of the things in which you inquired of us.

3.  And also by reason of the wicked and detestable sedition so unbecoming to the elect of God which a few hot-headed and self-willed men have fermented to such a degree of madness that your honorable and renowned name - so worthy of all men to be beloved - is thereby greatly blasphemed.

4.  For who - that has ever been among you - has not experienced the firmness of your faith and its truthfulness in all good works, or not admired the temper and moderation of your belief in Christ?  For the magnificence of your hospitality is published abroad and you are thought happy in your perfect and certain knowledge of the gospel.

5.  For you did all things without respect of persons walking according to the law of God being subject to those who had the rule over you, and giving the honor that was fitting to the aged among you,

6.  You commanded the young to think those things that were modest and grave, the women you exhorted to do all things with a pure and blameless conscience loving their husbands as was fitting.

7.  And keeping themselves within the bounds of due obedience they offered their homes with gravity and discretion.

8.  You were all humble minded, not boasting of anything, desiring to be subject rather than to govern, to give rather than to receive - being content with the portion God had dispensed to you.

9.  And carefully listening to His word - you were enlarged in your bowls having His suffering always before you.

10. Thus a firm and blessed and profitable peace was given you, and an insatiable desire of doing good, and a plentiful infusion of the Holy Spirit was on all of you.

11. And being full of good designs, and with great readiness of mind, and with religious confidence you stretched forth your hands to Almighty God asking Him to be merciful to you if in anything you had unwittingly sinned against Him.

12. You contended night and day for the whole brotherhood that with compassion and a good conscience the number of the elect might be saved.

13. You were sincere and without offense towards each other, not mindful of injuries, all sedition and schism was an abomination to you, you bewailed everyone his neighbors sins, esteeming their defects your own.

14. You were kind to one another without grudging, ready to every good work, and being adorned with an altogether virtues conversation, you did all things in the fear of God whose commandments were written on the tables of your heart.

 

      Chapter 2

      Envy - the cause of sedition.

1.  All honor and room was given you, and so was fulfilled what was written: "My beloved ate and drank, he was enlarged waxing fat, and he kicked".

2.  From here came emulation, envy, strife, sedition, persecution, disorder, war, and captivity.

3.  So it was that they who were of no renown lifted themselves up against the honorable, those of no reputation against those who were in respect, the foolish against the wise, the young man against the aged.

4.  Wherefore righteousness and peace departed from you, for everyone had forsaken the fear of the Lord, and grew blind in His faith not walking by the commandments, nor living as it is fitting in Christ.

5.  But everyone followed his own wicked lusts taking-up unjust and wicked envy by which death originally entered into the world.

6.  For thus it is written; "And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground and offered to the Lord, and Abel also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof.

7.  And the Lord had respect to Abel and his offering, but to Cain and his offering He did not have respect, and Cain was very sorrowful and his countenance fell.

8.  And the Lord said to Cain; why are you sorrowful, and why has your countenance fallen?  If you do not offer correctly, not making right division, have you then not sinned?

9.  And Cain said to Abel his brother; Let us go down into the field.  And it came to pass as they were in the field - that Cain rose-up against Abel and slew him."

10.  So you see brothers how envy and emulation wrought the death of a brother.  It was also for this that our father Jacob fled from the face of his brother Esau.

11.  And it was this that caused Joseph to be persecuted to come into bondage.  Envy forced Moses to flee from the face of Pharaoh when he heard his own countryman ask him; "Who made you a judge and ruler over us, will you kill me as you did the Egyptian yesterday?"

12.  Through envy it was that Aaron and Miriam were shut out of the camp from the rest of the congregation for seven days.

13.  Emulation sent Dathan and Abiram early into their graves - because they raised-up sedition against Moses the servant of God.

14.  And for the same reason was David not only hated of strangers, but also was persecuted by Saul the king of Israel.

15.  But not to insist on ancient examples - let us come to those combatants that have been more near to us, and take the brave examples of our own age.

16.  Through zeal and envy the most faithful and righteous pillars of the church have been persecuted to the most grievous deaths.

17.  And let us set before us the holy apostles Peter by unjust envy underwent not one or two but many sufferings till at last being martyred he went to the place of glory that was due to him.

18.  And for the same cause did Paul in like manner receive the reward of his patience, seven times he was in bonds, he was whipped, stoned, and preached both in the east and in the west leaving a glorious report of his faith behind him.

19.  And so having taught the whole world righteousness, for which reason he traveled to the utmost bounds of the west, he at last suffered martyrdom by the command of the governors.

20.  And departing out of the world he went to his holy place having become a most eminent pattern of patience to all ages.

21.  To these holy apostles were joined a very great number of others who because of envy having undergone many pains and torments - in like manner left a glorious example for us.

22.  And not only men, but also women have been persecuted, having suffered very grievous and cruel punishment they finished the course of their faith with firmness, and though weak in body - yet received a glorious reward.

23.  This has estranged the minds of women from their husbands, and changed which our father Adam once said; "This is now bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh.

24.  In a word, Envy and strife have overturned whole cities and rooted out great nations from the earth.

 

       Chapter 3

      Calling to repentance.

1. These things my beloved we write to you not merely for your instruction but also for our own remembrance, for we are all on the same list, and the same combat is prepared for us all.

2.  Wherefore let us lay aside all vain and empty cares, and let us come to the glorious and honorable rule of our holy calling, let us consider what is good and acceptable and well pleasing in the sight of Him who made us.

3.  Let us look steadfastly to the blood of Christ, and see how precious His blood is in the sight of God - which being shed for our salvation has obtained the grace of repentance for the entire world.

4.  Let us look into all the ages that have gone before us, and learn that the Lord gave place to repentance to everyone, to all as would turn to Him.

5.  Noah preached repentance, and as many as listened to him were saved, Jonah announced destruction against the Ninevites, they however repented of their sins appeasing God by their prayers and were saved - even though they were strangers to the covenant of God.

6.  Furthermore, we find how all the ministers of the grace of God spoke by the Holy Spirit of repentance, and even the Lord of all Himself declared with an oath concerning it.

7. "As I live, said the Lord, I desire not the death of sinners but that he should repent."  And adding this good sentence saying, "Turn from your iniquity O house of Israel".

8.  Say to the children of My people; "though your sins should reach from earth to heaven, and though they shall be redder than scarlet, and blacker than sackcloth.  Yet if you turn to Me with all your heart, and call Me Father, I will listen to you as to a holy people."

9.  And in another place He speaks on this wise; "Wash yourself clean, put away the evil of your doing from before My eyes, cease to do evil, learn to do well, seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow."

10.  Come now and let us reason, said the Lord, though your sins be as scarlet yet they shall be white as snow, though they be red as crimson they shall be as wool.

11. If you be willing and obedient you shall eat the good of the land, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it."

12. These things God established by His almighty will desiring that all His beloved should come to repentance. 

 

     Chapter 4 

1.  Let us therefore obey His excellent and glorious will and implore His mercy and goodness, let us fall down on our faces before Him and cast ourselves on His mercy laying aside all vanity and contention and envy which leads to death.

2.  Let us look up to those who have most perfectly ministered to His excellent glory, let us take Enoch for our example, who being found righteous in obedience was translated and knew not death.

3.  Noah being proved to be faithful by his ministry preached repentance to the world - and the Lord saved by him all the living creatures that went with one accord into the ark.

4.  Abraham who was called; God's friend, was in like manner found faithful for he obeyed the commands of God, in obedience he went out of his own country and from his kindred, his father's house.

5.  That so in forsaking a small country and a weak affinity, and a little house, he might inherit the promises of God.

6.  For thus God said to him; "Get yourself out of this country and from your kindred and your father's house to a land that I will show you, and I will make you a great nation, and will bless you, and make your name great.

7.  And you shall be blessed, and I will bless them that bless you, and curse them that curse you, and in you shall all generations of the earth be blessed.

8.  And again when he separated himself from Lot God said to him; "Lift up your eyes and look from where you are - north-wards, south-wards, east-wards, and west-wards, for all the land that you see I will give to you and your seed forever.

9.  And I will make your seed as the dust of the earth, so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall your seed also be numbered.

10. And again He said; "And God brought forth Abraham and said to him; Look towards heaven and count the stars if you are able to number them, for so shall your seed be."

11. And Abraham believed God, and it was counted him for righteousness, through faith and hospitality he had a son given to him in his old age.

12. And through obedience he offered him in sacrifice to God on one of the mountains, which God showed him.

 

      Chapter 5 

1.  By hospitality and Godliness Lot was saved out of Sodom when fire and brimstone destroyed all the high country.

2.  The Lord thereby manifested that He would not forsake them that trusted in Him, but bring punishment and correction to the disobedient.

3.  For his wife who went out with him - being of a different mind, not in the same obedience, was for that same reason set forth for an example being turned into a pillar of salt to this day?

4.  This was so that all men might know that those who are double-minded and distrustful of the power of God - are prepared for condemnation, and to be a sign to all succeeding ages.

5.  By faith and hospitality Rahab the whore was saved, for when Joshua sent spies to search out Jericho and the king knew of it, he sent men to take them to be put to death.

6.  Rahab therefore, being hospitable, received them, and hid them under the stalks of flax on top of her house, and the messengers coming to her asked saying;

7.  Men came to you to spy out the land, so bring them forth, for thus has the king commanded."  But she answered; the two men you seek came to me but are now departed."  Thus not revealing them.

8.  Then she said to the spies "I know that the Lord your God has given you the city into your hands, for the fear of you is fallen on all that live here, when therefore you shall have taken it, save me and my fathers house."

9.  And they answered her "It shall be as you have spoken to us, therefore when you see that we are near - gather all your family on the rooftop and they shall be saved, but all that are found outside of your house shall be destroyed".

10.  And they gave her also a sign - that she should hang a scarlet cloth, with which to show that - by the blood of our Lord there would be redemption to all that believe and hope in God.

11.  So you see my beloved that there was not only faith, but prophecy also in this woman.

 

      Chapter 6 

1.  Let us therefore humble ourselves my brothers, laying aside all pride and boasting and foolishness and anger, and let us do as is written;

2.  For thus said the Holy Spirit, "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, nor the strong man in his strength, nor the rich man in his riches, but let him that glories glory in the Lord, to seek Him and to do justice and judgment".

3.  And above all remember the words of the Lord as He spoke concerning equity and long-suffering; "Be merciful and you shall obtain mercy, forgive and you shall be forgiven, as you do so shall it be done to you, as you give - so shall it be given to you.

4.  And as you judge, so shall you be judged, and as you are kind to others - so shall God be kind to you, and with what measure you measure, you shall be measured to."

5.  By this command and by these rules let us establish ourselves that we may always walk obedient to His holy words being humbly-minded, for so spoke the holy scriptures; "On whom shall I look?  On him who is of a poor and contrite spirit, and that trembles at My word."

6.  It is therefore just and righteous my brothers that we should become obedient to God rather than follow such whom in pride and sedition have made themselves ringleaders of detestable emulation.

7.  For it is not an ordinary harm that we shall be doing ourselves but rather a very great danger if we give ourselves rashly to the wills of men who promote strife and sedition, to turn aside what is fitting.

8.  But let us be kind to one another according to the compassion and sweetness of Him that made us, for it is written;

9.  "The merciful shall inherit the earth, and on them that are outside of it shall come evil, for transgressors shall perish from the earth."

10.  And again He said; "I have seen the wicked in great power and spreading himself like the cedar of Lebanus, but it passed, and behold he was no more, I sought his place, but it could not be found."

11.  Keep innocence, and do what is right, for there shall be a remnant to the man of peace, let us therefore hold fast to those who lawfully follow peace, and not to those who only pretend to desire.

12.  For in a certain place He said "This people honor Me with the lips, but their heart is far from Me."  And again "They bless Me with the mouth, but curse in their hearts."

13.  And again "They loved Him with their mouth, but with their tongue they lied to Him, for their heart was not right with Him, neither were they faithful in His covenant."

14.  Let all deceitful lips become dumb and the tongue that speaks proudly, which say with their tongue; "We will prevail, our lips are our own, who is Lord over us?

15.  "For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy I will arise, said the Lord, and I will set him in safety, I will deal faithfully with him.

 

     Chapter 7 

1.  For Christ is theirs - who is humble, who do not exalt themselves over his flock.  The scepter of the majesty of God our Lord Jesus Christ came not in a show of pride and arrogance though He could have done so, but with humility as the Holy Spirit previously spoke of Him.

2.  For thus said the Lord "Who has believed our report, and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?  For he shall grow-up before Him like a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground.

3.  He had no form or comeliness, and when we should see Him there would be no beauty that we should desire Him, He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.

4.  And we hid as were it our faces from Him, He was despised and we esteemed Him not, surely He has borne our grief’s, and carried our sorrows, yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted.

5.  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was on Him, and with His stripes we were healed.

6.  All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned everyone to his own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquities of us all.

7.  He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth, He was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearer's is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.

8.  He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who shall declare His generation?  For He was cut-off out of the land of the living, for the transgressions of My people was He stricken.

9.  And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death, He had done no violence, neither was deceit in His mouth.

10.  Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him, He put to Him the grief, and; when Thou shall make His soul an offering for sin - He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.

11.  He shall see the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied by His knowledge shall My righteous servant justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities.

12.  Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, for He poured out His soul to death, and was counted with transgressors, and bore the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors."

13.  And again He said; "I am a worm, and not man, a reproach of men, and despised of the people.  All that see me laugh me to scorn, they stick out their lips and shake their head saying; He trusted in the Lord that He would deliver Him, let Him deliver Him - seeing He delighted in Him.

14.  You see my beloved what the pattern is that has been given us, for if the Lord thus humbled Himself, what should we do who are brought by Him under the yoke of His grace7

15.  Let us be followers of those who went about in sheepskins and in skins of goats preaching the coming of Christ, such were Elijah and Elisha, and Ezekiel the prophets, and let us add to these such others who received like testimony.

16.  Abraham has been greatly witnessed of, having been called the "friend of God", and yet he steadfastly beheld the glory of God with all humility; "I am dust and ashes."

17.  Again of Job it is thus written, that he was just and without blame, one who served God truly and abstained from all evil yet he accusing himself said; "No man is free from pollution, not even if he lived but a single day."

18.  Moses was called faithful in all God's house, and by his conduct the Lord punished Israel with stripes and plagues, and even this man so greatly honored spoke not greatly of himself.

19.  But when the oracle of God was delivered to him out of the bush he said; "Who am I that Thou does sent me?  I am of a slender voice, and of a slow speech.  And again he said; I am as the smoke of a pot."

20.  And what shall we say of David so highly spoken of in the scriptures to whom God said; "I have found a man after My own heart, David the son of Jesse, with My Holy Oil I have anointed him".

21. Yet he himself said to God "Have mercy on me O God according to Thy loving kindness, according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

22.  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin, for I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me, against Thee, only have I sinned, that Thou may be justified when Thou speak, and be clear when Thou judges.

23.  Behold, I was shaped in iniquity, in sin did my mother conceive me, behold, Thou desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden parts Thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

24.  Purse me with hyssop and I shall be clean, wash me and I shall be wither than snow, make me to hear joy and gladness that the bones which Thou has broken may rejoice.

25.  Hide Thy face from my sins and blot out my iniquities, create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

26.  Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me, restore to me the joy of salvation, and uphold me with Thy free Spirit.

27.  Then shall I teach transgressors Thy ways, and sinners shall be converted to Thee, deliver me from bloodguilt O God, Thou God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Thy righteousness.

28.  Open my lips O Lord and my mouth shall show forth Thy praise, for Thou does not require sacrifice, or I would have given it, nor does Thou delight in burnt offerings.

29. But the sacrifices of God - are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart O God these Thou wilt not despise."

       Chapter 8

1.  The humility and Godly fear of these great and excellent men recorded in the scriptures through obedience made thus not only us - but also the generations before us better, even as many as received His holy oracles with fear and truth.

2.  Having therefore so many and such great and glorious examples, let us return that peace which was the mark that from the beginning was set before us.

3.  Let us look up to the Father and Creator of the whole world, and hold fast to His glorious and exceeding gifts and benefits of peace.

4.  Let us consider and behold with the eyes of our understanding His long-suffering will, and think how gentle and patient He is towards His whole creation.

5.  The heavens move by His appointment and are subject to Him in peace, day and night accomplish the courses that He has allotted them, not disturbing one another.

6.  The sun and the moon and all the several companies and constellations of the stars run the courses that He has appointed to them in concord without departing in the least thereof.

7.  The fruitful earth yields its food plentiful in due season to both men and beast, and to all animals that are upon it according to His will not despising nor altering anything of what was ordered by Him.

8.  So also the unfathomable and in-searchable floods of the deep are kept by His command, and the waves of the vast sea being brought together by His order in their several collections pass not the bounds that He has set for them.

9.  But as He appointed it - so it remains, for He said; "to thereto you shall come, and your floods shall be broken within you". 

10.  The ocean, impassable to mankind, and the worlds that are beyond it, are governed by the same commands of their great Master.

11.   Spring and summer, autumn and winter give place to each other peaceably, and the several quarters of the winds fulfill their works in their seasons without offending one another.

12.  The ever-flowing fountain made both for pleasure and health never fails to reach out their breasts to support the life of men; even the smallest creatures live together in peace and harmony with each other.

13.  All these the great Creator and Lord of all commanded to observe peace and harmony, being good to all, but especially to us who flee to His mercy through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom be glory and majesty forever and ever,

Amen.

 

      Chapter 9

1.  Take heed my beloved that His many blessings be not us for condemnation, let us walk worthy of Him doing with one consent what is good and pleasing in His sight.

2.  The Spirit of the Lord is a candle searching out the inward parts of a man, let us therefore consider how near He is to us, and how none of our thoughts or seasoning’s which we frame within ourselves are hid from Him.

3.  It is therefore just that we should not forsake our rank by doing contrary to His will, let us choose to offend a few foolish and inconsiderate men who lift themselves up and glory in their own pride rather than in God.

4.  Let us reverence our Lord Jesus Christ whose blood was given for us, let us honor those who are set over us, let us respect the aged that are among and let us instruct the younger men in the discipline and fear of the Lord.

5.  Let us direct our wives to do what is good, let them show forth a good habit of purity in all their conversation with a sincere affection of meekness.

6.  Let the government of their tongues be manifested by their silence, let their charity be without respect of persons alike towards all such as lawfully fear God, let your children be raised in the instruction of Christ.

7.  And let them especially learn how much power humility has with God, how much a pure and holy love avails with Him, how excellent and great His fear is, and how it will save all such as turn to Him with holiness in a pure mind.

8.  For He is the searcher of the thoughts and counsels of the heart, whose breath is in us, and when it pleases Him - He can take it from us.

 

      Chapter 10 

1.  All these things thus must be confirmed by the faith which is in Christ, for so He Himself speaks to us by His Holy Spirit;

2.  "Come all you children and listen to Me and I will teach you the fear of the Lord, what man is there that desires life, that loves to see good days?

3.  Keep your tongue from evil and your lips that they speak no guile, depart from evil and do good, seek peace and ensue it.

4.  The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears open to their prayers, but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

5.  The righteous cried - and the Lord heard him and delivered him out of all his troubles, many are the troubles of the wicked, but they that trust in the Lord - mercy shall compass them about."

6.  Our all merciful and beneficent Father has bowels of compassion towards them that fear Him, and kindly and lovingly bestows His grace on all such as come to Him with a simple mind.

7.  Let us therefore not waver nor have any doubts in our heart of His excellent and glorious gifts, let it be far from us what is written; "Miserable are the double-minded, and them that are doubtful in heart.

8.  Who say; We have heard these things, our fathers have told them to us, but behold we are grown old and none of them has happened to us."

9.  O you fools, consider the tree.  Take the vine for example; first it sheds its leaves, then it buds, after that it spreads its leaves, then it flowers, then come the sour grapes, and after them follow the ripe fruit.  So you see how in a space of time the fruit of the tree comes to maturity.

10.  Of a truth, yet a little while and His will shall suddenly be accomplished, the Holy Spirit Himself bore witness that He shall come quickly and not tarry, but that the Lord shall suddenly come to His temple.

11.  Let us consider my beloved how the Lord continually shows us that there shall be a future resurrection of which He has made our Lord Jesus Christ the first-fruit raising Him from the dead.

12.  Let us contemplate my beloved the resurrection that is continually placed before us.  Day and night manifests a resurrection to us, the night lies down, and the day arises, and again the day departs and the night comes on.

13.  Let us behold the fruits of the earth, everyone sees how the fruit is sown, the sower goes forth and casts it on the earth, and the seed once fallen on the earth dry and naked in time dissolves

14.  And from the dissolution it is raised again by the great providence of the Lord, and of one seed many arise and bring forth fruit.

 

      Chapter 11

1.  He says at a certain place; "Thou shall raise me up and I shall confess to Thee".  And again "I laid myself down and slept, and awakened because Thou art with me".

2. And again Job says; "Thou shall raise up this flesh of mine that has suffered all these things." 

3.  Having therefore this hope - let us hold fast to Him who is faithful in His promises and righteous in all His judgments, who commanded us that we should not speak lies, how much the more will He therefore Himself not lie?

4.  For nothing is impossible with God, but to lie is impossible for Him, let His faith then be stirred-up again in us, and let us consider that all things are nigh to Him.

5.  By the word of His power He made all things and by the same word He is able to destroy them, who shall say to Him; what art Thou doing?  Or who shall resist the power of His strength?

6.  He will do all things when and as it pleases Him, and nothing shall pass of all that has been determined by Him, all things are open before Him, nor can anything be hid from His counsel.

7.  The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork, day to night speaks, and night to night shows knowledge, there is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.

8.  Seeing then all these things are seen and heard by God - let us fear Him, and lay aside our wicked works which proceeds from ill desires, that through His mercy we may be delivered from the condemnation to come.

9.  For where can anyone of us flee from His mighty hand?  Or what world shall receive any of those who run from Him?

10.  For thus says the scripture in a certain place; "Where shall I flee from the Spirit, or where shall I hide myself from Thy presence?

11.  If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there, and if I shall go to the utmost part of the earth, there is Thy right hand, and if I shall make my bed in the deep, Thy Spirit is there.

12.  Where then shall anyone go, or where shall he run from Him that comprehends all things?"  Let us therefore come to Him with holiness of heart lifting-up chaste and undefiled hands to Him, loving our gracious and merciful Father who made us to partake of His election.

13.  For so it is written; "When the Most High divided the nations, when He separated the sons of Adam, He set the bounds of the nations according to the number of His angels, and His people Jacob became the portion of the Lord, Israel the lot of His inheritance."

14. And so in another place He said, "Behold, the Lord takes to Himself a nation out of the midst of nations, as man takes the first-fruits of his flower, and the Most High shall come out of that nation."

 

      Chapter 12 

1.  We being a part of the Holy One therefore let us do all those things that pertain to holiness, fleeing all evil speaking against one another, and all filthy and impure embraces.

2.  Together with drunkenness, youthful lusts, detestable adultery, and pride, for God said "He resists the proud - but gives grace to the humble."

3.  Let us therefore hold fast to those to whom God has given His grace, and put on unity, being temperate, free from all whispering and detraction.

4.  For He said "Shall he be righteous that speaks and hears many things, or whose tongue is well made?  But rather he shall be blessed - that born of a woman is but a few days old."  Do not therefore use much speech.

5.  Let our praises be of God, not of ourselves, for God hates those that commend themselves, let the witness of our good actions be of others as it was given to the holy men that went before us.

6.  Rashness, arrogance, and confidence, belong to them that are accursed of God, but equity, humility, and mildness, to such as are blessed of Him.

7.  Let us then lay hold of His blessing and consider what the ways are by which we may attain to it.

8.  Let us look on those things that have happened from the beginning, for "why" was out father Abraham blessed?  Was it not because through faith he wrought righteousness and truth?

9.  And Isaac being persuaded of what he knew was to come, cheerfully gave himself up for sacrifice.  And Jacob with humility departed out of his own country fleeing from his brother, and went to Laban and served him, and so the scepter of the twelve tribes of Israel was given to him.

10. And as to what the greatness of this gift was - will appear plainly if we shall take pains to consider all the parts distinctly.

11.  For from him came the priests and Levites, all of which ministered at the altar of God, from him came our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.

12. From him came the kings and the princes and rulers in Judah, nor were the rest of his tribes in any small glory, God having promised that your seed shall be as the stars of heaven.

13. They therefore were all greatly glorified, not for their own sake, nor for their works, or for the righteousness that they themselves wrought, but through His will.

14. And we also being called by the same will in Christ Jesus - are not in ourselves, nor by our own wisdom or knowledge or piety, or the works we have done in the purity of our hearts.

15. But by that faith by which the Almighty God justified all men from the beginning to whom be glory forever and ever, amen.

 

      Chapter 13

1.  What shall we therefore do my brothers?  Shall we be slothful in well doing and lay aside our charity?  God forbid that any such thing should be done by us.

2.  But let us rather hasten with all earnestness and readiness of mind to perfect every good work, for even the Creator and Lord of all things Himself rejoices in His own works.

3.  By His almighty power He affixed the heavens, and by His in-comprehensive wisdom He adorned them, He divided the earth from the water in which it was encompassed, and affixed it as a secure tower on the foundations of His own will.

4.  By His appointment He commanded all the living creatures that are on it to exist, and so likewise the sea and all the creatures in it having first created them - He enclosed them therein by His power.

5.  And above all, He with His holy and pure hands formed man - the most excellent of them, and as to his understanding truly the greatest of all other creatures, (He gave them) the character of His own image.

6.  For so God says "Let us make man in our image, after our own likeness."  So God created man, male and female He created them.

7.  And having thus finished all these things He commended all that He had made, and blessed them saying; "Increase and multiply."

8.  We see how all-righteous men have been adorned with good works, and so also the Lord Himself having adorned Himself with His works, He rejoiced.

9.  Having such examples therefore, let us without delay fulfill His will, and with all our strength work the works of righteousness.

 

     Chapter 14

1. The good workman with his confidence receives the bread of his labor, but the sluggish and lazy cannot look him in the face that puts him to work, must therefore be ready and forward in well doing, for from Rim are all things.

2. And thus He foretells us; "Behold, the Lord comes and His reward is with Him to render to everyone according to his work".

3.  He thus warns us beforehand with all His heart to this end that we should not be slothful nor negligent in well doing.

4.  Let our boasting therefore and our confidence be in God, let us submit ourselves to His will, let us consider the whole multitude of His angels how they stand ready to minister to His will.

5.  Like the scripture says; "Thousands of thousands stood before Him, and ten thousand times ten thousands ministered to Him, and they cried saying; Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Sabaoth, the whole earth is full of His glory."

6.  We therefore, let us gather conscientiously in unity with one another as with one mouth, praying earnestly to Him that He will make us partakers of His great and glorious promises.

7.  For He says "The eye has not seen, nor the ear heard, neither has it entered into the hearts of men the things, which God has prepared for them that wait for Him."

 

      Chapter 15

1. How blessed and wonderful my beloved are the gifts of God, immortal life, brightness in righteousness, truth in full assurance, faith in confidence, temperance in holiness.

2. And all these God has subjected to our understanding, what therefore shall these things be which He has prepared for them that wait for Him?

3. The Creator and Father of spirits, the Lord Most holy, He only knows both the greatness and the beauty of these.

4. Let us therefore strife with all earnestness that we may be found in the number of those that wait for Him, that accordingly we may receive the reward which He has promised.

5. But "how" my beloved shall we do this?  We must fix our minds in faith towards God and seek those things that are pleasing and acceptable to Him.

6. We must act comfortably to His holy will, and follow the way of truth.  Casting all unrighteousness and iniquity from us, together with all covetness, strife, evil manners, deceit, whispering, detractions, and all hatred of God, pride, boasting, vainglory, and ambition.

7.  For they that do these things are odious to God, and not only they that do them, but also such as approve of those that do them, for thus spoke the scriptures;

8.  "But to the wicked God said what have you to do to declare My statutes, or that you should take My covenant in your mouth seeing you hate instruction and cast My words behind you?

9. When you saw a thief you consented with him, and so became as partaker adultery, you gave your mouth to evil, your tongue framed deceit, you sit and speak against your brother, you slander your own mother's son.

10. These things you have done, and I kept silence, you thought that I was one altogether like you yourself was, but I will reprove you, and set them in order before your eyes."

11. Consider this therefore you who forget God, lest I tear you in pieces and there be none to deliver, whosoever offers praise glorifies Me, and to him that disposes his way aright will I show the salvation of God.

12. This is the way my beloved in which we find our Savior, Jesus the High Priest of all our offerings, the Defender and Helper of our weakness, by Him we look up to the highest heavens and behold as in a mirror His spotless and most excellent image.

13. By Him are the eyes of our hearts opened by Him our foolish and darkened understanding rejoices to behold His wonderful light.

14. By Him would God have us taste the knowledge of immortality, who being the brightness of His glory - has a name so much more excellent than that of the angels which He obtained by inheritance.

15. For so it is written "Who makes His angels winds, and His ministers a flame of fire.  But to His Son thus said the Lord; :Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee."

16. Ask of Me and I will give you the heathen for Thy inheritance, and the utmost parts of the earth for Thy possession."

17. And again He said to Him "Sit yourself on My right hand till I make your enemies your footstool".  But "who" are His enemies?  They are the wicked and such who suppose their own will to the will of God.

18. Let us therefore march on men and brothers with all earnestness in His laws; let us consider those who fight under our earthly governors, how orderly and readily and with what exact obedience they perform the things that are commanded them.

19. Not all are generals, or colonels, nor captains or lesser officers, but everyone in his respective rank does what is commanded him by the king and them in authority over him.

20. They who are great cannot subsist without those that are little, nor the little without the great, there must thus be a mixture in all things, then there will be use and profit also.

21. Let us for example take our body, the head without the feet is nothing, nor the feet without the head, and even the smallest members of our body are necessary and useful to the whole body.

22. But all conspire together and are subject to one common use, namely the preservation of the whole body.

23. Let therefore our whole body be saved in Christ Jesus and let everyone be subject to his neighbor according to the order in which he is placed by the gift of God.

24. Let not the strong man despise the weak, and let the weak see to it that he reverence the strong, let the rich man distribute to the need of the poor, let the poor bless God that He has given to him by whom his want may be satisfied.

25. Let the wise man show forth his wisdom, not in words, but in good works, let him that is humble not bear witness to himself, but let him leave it to another to bear witness of him.

26. Let him that is pure in the flesh not grow proud of it, knowing that it is of another that he received the gift of continence.

27. Let us therefore consider my brothers of what we are made, and of who and of what kind of men we came into the world as were it out of a grave and from outer darkness.

28. He that made us and formed us brought us into His own world presenting us with His benefits even before we were born.

29. And having thus received all these things from Him - we ought to give thanks to Him in everything, Him to whom be glory forever and ever Amen.

 

      Chapter 16

1.  Foolish and unwise men who have neither prudence nor learning may mock and deride us, desiring to set themselves up in their own conceit.

2.  But what can a mortal man do?  What strength is there in him since he is made of dust, for it is written; "There was no shape before My eyes, I heard the sound of a voice.

3.  Shall a man be pure before the Lord?  Shall he be blameless in his works, behold He does not put trust in His servants, and His angels He charges with folly.

4.  Even the heavens are not clean in His sight, how much less they therefore that dwell in houses of clay, of which we ourselves were made.

5.  He smote them as a moth, and from morning till evening they could not endure, for they were not able to help themselves, thus they perished, He breathed on them and they died, because they had no wisdom.

6.  Call now and see if there be any that will answer you, and to which of the angels will you look?  For wrath kills the foolish man, and envy slays him that is in error.

7.  I have seen the foolish taking root, but lo, his habitation was immediately consumed, their children were far from safety, they perished at the gates of those who were lesser than themselves, and there was no one to help them.

8.  For that which was prepared for them the righteous ate, and they shall not be delivered from evil."

9.  Seeing then that these things are manifested to us, it behooves us to take care that looking into the divine knowledge we are doing all things in order whatsoever the Lord has commanded us to do.

10.  And in particular that we perform our offerings and services to God at their appointed seasons, for these he has commanded to be done not rashly and disorderly, but at certain determined times and hours.

11.  Therefore He ordained by His supreme will and authority, both where and by what persons they are to be performed so that all things might be done orderly and pleasing, and be acceptable to Him.

12.  They therefore who make their offerings at the appointed seasons - are happy and accepted because they obey the command of the Lord, and thus are free from sin

13.  And the same care must be had of the persons that minister to Him.  For the chief Priest has his proper services, and to the priests their proper place is appointed.  And to the Levites appertain their proper ministries, and the layman is confined within the bounds of what is commanded to laymen.

14.  Let every one of you therefore bless God in his proper station with a good conscience and with all gravity, not exceeding the rule of his service that is appointed him.

15.  The daily sacrifices are not offered everywhere, nor the peace offerings nor the sacrifices appointed for sins and transgressions, but only in Jerusalem, nor in just any place there but only at the altar before the temple.

16.  And that which is offered be diligently examined by the High Priest and the other ministers we mentioned, they therefore who do anything which is not agreeable to His will - are punished with death.

17.  Consider my dear brothers how by the better knowledge that God has promised us, we are no longer exposed to so much greater dangers.

 

       Chapter 17

1.  The apostles preached to us from the Lord Jesus Christ, and Jesus from God, Christ therefore was sent by God and the apostles by Christ, so both were orderly sent according to the will of God.

2.  And having received their command, and being thoroughly assured of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, and convinced by the word of God with the fullness of the Holy Spirit, they went abroad publishing that the kingdom of God was at hand.

3.  And thus preaching through countries and cities they appointed the first fruits of their conversion to the bishops and the ministers over such as should afterwards believe having first proved them by the Spirit.

4.  Nor was this any new thing since long before it was written concerning bishops and deacons, for thus says the scriptures; "I will appoint their overseers in righteousness, and their ministers in faith."

5.  And no wonder that they, to whom such work was committed, established such officers - when even Moses, His faithful servant in all His house, set all these things down in the holy scriptures as was commanded him.

6.  For also all the rest of the prophets followed him, they with a single consent giving witness to those things, which were appointed by him.

7.  For he perceiving an emulation to arise among the tribes concerning the priesthood, that they would strife about it, which of them should be adorned that glorious name, he commanded their captains to bring twelve rods each tribe being written on their rod.

8.  And he took them and bound them together and sealed them with the seals of the twelve princes of the tribes, and laid them in the tabernacle of witness on the table of God.

9.  And when he had thus shut the door, he sealed up the keys thereof in like as he had done the rods, and said to them.  "Men and brothers, whatever tribe shall have its rod blossom that tribe is chosen of God to perform the duties of a priest to minister before Him in holy things."

10.  And the morning having come he called Israel together all 600.000 men and showed the princes their seals, and opened the tabernacle of witness and brought forth the rods.

11.  And the rod of Aaron was found not only to have blossomed but also to have fruit on it, and what now my beloved do you think that Moses did not know before-hand what would happen?

12.  Yes verily he did, but to the end that there might be neither division nor tumult in Israel, he did it in this manner that the name of the true and only God might be glorified, for to Him be all glory and honor forever, amen.

13.  So likewise our apostles knew by our Lord Jesus Christ that contentions arise concerning the ministry.

14.  And therefore having a perfect foreknowledge of this, they appointed such persons as we mentioned, and then gave directions how.  So that when they died that other approved men should succeed in their ministry.

15.  Wherefore we cannot think that those may justly be thrown out of their ministry who were appointed by them, or afterwards chosen by eminent men with the consent of the whole church.

16.  And who with all lowliness and innocence have ministered to the flock of Christ in peace and without self-interest, and who for a long time were commended by all.

17.  For it would be no small sin in us if we disposed those of their ministry holily and without blame fulfilled the duties of it.

18.  Blessed are those priests who having finished their course have obtained a fruitful and perfect dissolution, for they have no fear, lest one should turn out of the place, which was appointed for him.

19.  But we see how you have put out some who lived reputably among you from the ministry, which they had adorned by their innocence.

 

       Chapter 18

      Clement reproves the unjust

1.  You therefore are contentious my brothers, and zealous for things that do not pertain to salvation.

2.  Look into the holy scriptures which are the true words of the Holy Spirit, you know that there is nothing unjust or counterfeit written in them.

3.  There you shall not find that righteous men were ever cast off by such as were themselves good, they were persecuted yes, but that was by the wicked and unjust.

4.  They were cast in prison yes, but that was by those that were unholy, they were stoned, but it was by transgressors.

5.  They were killed, but by accursed men and such as had taken up unjust envy against them, all these things they underwent gloriously.

6.  For what shall we say my brothers, was Daniel cast into the lion's den by men fearing God?  Annanias, Azarias, and Michael were they cast into the fiery furnace by men professing the excellent and glorious worship of the Most High?  God forbid No!

7.  What kind of persons then were those that did these things?  They were men, full of all wickedness, who were incensed to such a great degree as to bring suffering to those who with a holy and blameless purpose of mind worshipped God.

8.  They knew not that the Most High is the protector and defender of all such whom with a pure conscience serve His holy name, to whom be glory forever.

9.  They then who with a full persuasion endured these things are made partakers of glory and honor, and are exalted and lifted up by God in their memorial throughout all ages, Amen.

10.  Wherefore it will behoove us also to follow such examples as these, for it is written "Hold fast to such as are holy, for they that do so shall be sanctified."

11.  And again in another place He said; "With the pure Thou shalt be pure, but with the perverse man Thou shalt be perverse".

12.  Let us therefore join ourselves to the innocent and righteous for such are the elect of God.

13.  Why is there strife, anger, and division, schism, and wars among us?  Have we not all one God and one Christ?  Is not one Spirit of grace poured out on us all?  Have we not all one calling in Christ?

14.  Why then do we rent and tear the members of Christ, and raise sedition's against our own body, and are come to such a height of madness to forget that we are members of one another?

15.  Remember the words of our Lord Jesus how He said.  "Woe to that man by whom offenses come, it were better for him that he had never been born than to have offended one of My elect.  It were better for him that a millstone be tied around his neck and he be cast into the sea than that he should offend one of these little ones."

16.  Your schism has perverted many, and has discouraged many, it has caused indifference in many and grief in us all, and still your sedition continues.

17.  Take the letter of Paul the apostle in your hand, for what was it that he wrote when he first preached the gospel among you?

18.  Verily he by the Spirit admonished you concerning himself and Peter and Apollo, that even then you had already begun to fall into parties and factions among yourselves.

19.  You nevertheless did partially lessen your partiality since you placed your affections upon apostles, men of eminent reputation in the church, and on another who greatly tried was approved by them.

20.  Consider then, we pray you, who they are that have led you astray, and have diminished the reputation of that brotherly love that was so eminent among you.

21.  It is a shame my beloved, yea, a very great shame, and unworthy of your Christian profession to hear that the most firm and ancient church of the Corinthians should by one or two persons be led into sedition against its priests.

22.  And this report is not only come to us, but to those also that differ from us, inasmuch that the name of the Lord is blasphemed through your folly, and you yourselves are brought in danger by it.

23.  Let us therefore with all haste put an end to this sedition, and fall before the Lord, and ask Him with tears that He will be favorably reconciled to us and restore us again to a seemly and holy course of brotherly love.

24.  For this is the gate of righteousness opening to life as it is written.  "Open to Me the gates of righteousness, and I will enter by them and will praise the Lord.  This is the gate of the Lord, and the righteous shall enter into it."

25.  And although many gates are opened, yet this gate of righteousness is that gate in Christ in which they that enter are blessed, and they that direct their way in holiness and righteousness doing all things without disorder.

26.  Let a man be faithful, let him be powerful in speaking knowledge, let him be wise in making an exact judgment of words, let him be pure in all his actions.

27.  And however much higher he may seem above others for doing these things, even so much the more let him be humbly-minded, and seek what is profitable to all men, and not his own advantage.

 

      Chapter 19

1.  He that has the love that is in Christ let him keep the commandment of Christ, for who is able to express the obligations of the love of God?  What man is sufficient to declare the excellence of its beauty, or be fit thereto?

2.  The height to which love leads is inexpressible, love unites us to God, love covers the multitude of sins, love endures all things and is long suffering in all things.

3.  There is nothing base or sordid in love, love lifts not itself over others, admits no division, is not seditious, but does all things in peace and unity.

4.  In love were all the elect of God made perfect, without it nothing is pleasing or acceptable in the sight of God.

5.  Through love did the Lord join us to Himself, for the love that He had towards us - He gave His own blood for us by the will of God, His flesh for our flesh, His soul for our souls.

6.  You see my beloved how great and wonderful love is, and how no expression sufficient to declare its perfection.  But who is fit to be found in it?  These only are - those, which God grants to be so made.

7.  Let us therefore pray to Him and entreat Him that we may be worthy of it, that so we may live in love being blameless without human inclination, without respect of persons.

8.  All the ages of the world from Adam to this day have passed away, but they who were made perfect in love have by the grace of God obtained a place among the righteous, and shall be manifested in the judgment of the kingdom of Christ.

9. For it is written; "Enter into your chambers for a little while till My anger and My indignation shall pass away, and I will remember the good day, and will raise you up out of your graves.

10.  Happy then shall we be my beloved, if we shall have fulfilled the commandment of God in the unity of love, that so through love our sins may be forgiven us.

11.   For so it is written.  "Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, whose sins are covered, blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputes no sin, in whose mouth there is no guile".

12.  This blessing now is fulfilled in those that are chosen of God through Jesus Christ our Lord to whom be glory forever and ever, Amen.

 

     Chapter 20

1. Let us therefore as many as have transgressed by any of the suggestions of the adversary beg God forgiveness.

2.  And as for those who have been the heads of the sedition and factions among you, let them look to the common end of our hope.

3. For as many as are endued with fear and love would rather that "they" fall into trials - than their neighbor, and chose themselves to be condemned rather that the good and just love delivered to us should suffer.

4.  For it befits a man to confess wherein he has transgressed.  And not to his heart as of those who were hardened who raised up sedition against Moses the servant of God, whose punishment was manifested to all men.  For they went down alive into the grave, death swallowing them up.

5.  Pharaoh and his host and all the rulers of Egypt with their chariots and horsemen were for no other cause drowned in the bottom of the red sea, for they hardened their heart after so many signs done in the land of Egypt by Moses.

6.  God is not in want of anything, nor does He demand anything of us but that we should confess our sins to Him, for so spoke the Holy David;

7.  "I will confess to the Lord, and it shall please Him better than a young bullock that has horns and hoofs, let the poor see it and be glad."

8.  And again he said; "Offer to God the sacrifice of praise, and pay your vows to the Most High, and call on Me in the day of trouble, and I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me, the sacrifice of God is a broken spirit."

9.  You my beloved know full well the scriptures, having thoroughly searched in the oracles of God, call them therefore to remembrance, for when Moses went up into the mountain and tarried there forty days and nights fasting and humbling, God said to him;

10.  "Arise Moses, and go down quickly for the people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt have committed wickedness, they have soon transgressed the way that I commanded them, and have made themselves graven images."

11.  And the Lord said to him.  "I have spoken to you several times saying; I have seen this people, and behold it is a stiff-necked people, let me therefore destroy them and put their name out from under heaven, and I will make you a great and wonderful nation that shall be much larger than this."

12.  But Moses said.  "Not so Lord, forgive now this people their sin, or if Thou wilt not, blot me out also of the book of the living".

13.  O admirable love, O in-comprehensive perfection, the servant speaks freely to the Lord, he entreats Him either to forgive the people, or to destroy him together with them.

14.  Who is there among you that is generous?  Who is compassionate?  Who has love?  Let him say, if this sedition, this contention and schism be on my account, that he is ready to depart, to go away wheresoever you please, and whatever you shall command me, only let the flock of Christ be in peace with the elders that are set over them.

15.  He that shall do this shall obtain to himself great honor with the Lord, for there is no place but that will receive him, for the earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof.

16.  These things are well to God, and those that have done them will always be ready to do so, and even the Gentiles have given us examples of this kind.

17.  For we read how many kings and princes in times of pestilence, being warned by their oracles gave themselves up to death, that by their blood they might deliver their country from destruction.

18.  Others have forsaken their cities so they might put an end to the sedition of them, and we know how many among ourselves gave themselves to bonds that thereby they might free others from them.

19.  Again others have sold themselves into bonds that they might feed their brothers with the price of themselves.

20.  And so also many women being strengthened by the grace of God have done many glorious and manly things on such occasions.

21.  The blessed Judith when her city was besieged desired the elders that they would suffer her to go into the camp of their enemies.  And she went exposing herself to danger for the love she bore to her country and her people that were besieged, and the Lord delivered Holofernes into the hands of a woman.

22.  Nor did Esther, being perfect in faith expose herself to any less hazard for the deliverance of the twelve tribes of Israel in danger of being destroyed.  For by fasting and humbling herself she entreated the Great Maker of all things, the God of spirits so that beholding the humility of her soul He delivered the people for whose sake she was in peril.

 

       Chapter 21

1. Let us then also pray for such as are fallen into sin, that being endued with humility and moderation they may submit - not to us, but to the will of God.

2.  For by this means they shall obtain a fruitful and perfect remembrance with mercy, both in our prayers to God and in our mention of them before His saints.

3.  Let us receive correction at which no man ought to repine, the reproof and the correction we exercise towards one another is good and exceedingly profitable, for it unites us more closely to the will of God.

4.  For so says the Holy Scriptures; "The Lord corrected me, He did not deliver to death, for those whom He loves He chastens, He scourges every man whom He receives.

5.  The righteous says "He shall instruct me in mercy, and reprove me, and let not the oil of sinners make my head fat."  And again he says; "Happy is the man whom God corrects."  Do not therefore despise the chastening the Almighty.

6.  For He wounds but binds up again, He shall deliver you in six troubles, yea in seven no evil shall touch you, in famine He shall redeem you from death, and in war from the power of the sword.

7.  You shall be hid from the scourge of the tongue, nor shall you be afraid of destruction when it comes, you shall laugh at the wicked and sinners, nor shall you be afraid of the beast of the earth, the wild beasts shall be at peace with you.

8.  Then shall you know that your house shall be in peace, and the habitation of your tabernacle shall not err, you shall also know that your seed shall be great, and your offspring as the grass of the earth.

9.  You shall come to your grave as the ripe corn that is taken in due time like as the corn comes in its season.

10.  You see my beloved how there shall be a defense to those that are corrected of the Lord, for being a good instructor - He is willing to admonish us by His holy discipline.

11.  You therefore who laid the first foundation of the sedition submit yourselves to your priests, and be instructed to repentance bending the knees your hearts.

12.  Learn to be subject, lay aside all proud and arrogant boasting of your tongues, for it is better for you to be found little in the sheepfold of Christ, than to appear better than others and be cast out of His fold.

13.  For thus spoke the excellent and all virtues wisdom; "Behold I will pour out the word of My Spirit on you, I will make known My speech to you.

14.  Indeed I called, but you would not hear, I stretched out My words, but you regarded them not, you set all My counsels at nothing and would none of My reproof.  So then I will also laugh at your calamity, and mock when your fear comes, when your fear comes as desolation, and your destruction as a whirlwind, when distress and anguish comes on you.

15. Then you will call on Me, but I will not hear you, the wicked shall seek Me, but shall not find Me, because they hated knowledge and did not seek the fear of the Lord.

16. They would not listen to my counsel, they despised all My reproof, therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own ways, and be filled with their own wickedness."

 

      Chapter 22

1.  God now, the Inspector of all things, the Father of spirits and Lord of all flesh, who choose our Lord Jesus Christ, and us by Him to be His special people,  grant to every soul of men that calls on His glorious and holy name;

2.  Faith, fear, peace, long suffering, patience, temperance, holiness, and sobriety to all in our High Priest and Protector Jesus Christ to whom be glory and Majesty and power and honor now and forever.

3.  Send us back the messengers Claudius, Ephebus, Valeritos, and Fortunatus, which we have sent to you with all speed in peace with joy.  That they may so much the quicker acquaint us with your peace and unity which is so much prayed for by us, that we may rejoice in your good order.

4.  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you, and with all that are anywhere called by God through Him, to whom be honor and glory, majesty, might, and eternal dominion by Christ Jesus from everlasting to everlasting.  Amen.

   

2  CLEMENT
The second letter of Clement to the Corinthians

      Chapter 1 

1.  We my brothers ought to think of Jesus Christ as God, as the Judge of the living and the dead, nor should we think any less of our Redeemer.

2.  For if we think small of Him we shall only receive small things from Him, and if we do so, we sin in not considering from where we were called, and by whom and to what end, and how Jesus attested to suffer for our sakes.

3.  What then shall we render in return to Him, or what fruit shall be worthy of what He has given us?

4.  For how great indeed are these advantages which we owe to Him in relation to our holiness, He has illuminated us, and as a Father He called us His children, He saved us who were lost and undone.

5.  What praise shall we give to Him?  Or what reward may serve as an answer to the things which we have received?

6.  We were defective in our understanding, worshipping stones and wood gold silver and brass, the works of the hands of men; our whole life was nothing but death.

7.  And thus being surrounded with darkness, and having a deep mist before our eyes we looked up and by His will we laid aside that cloud which surrounded us.

8.  For He had compassion on us, and being moved in His heart seeing us in error and destruction, and that we had no hope of salvation except by Him, He saved us.

9.  For He called us who were not, for it pleased Him to from nothing, give being.

 

     Chapter 2 

1.  Rejoice you barren who has not born, break forth and sing you who has no travail, for the barren shall have many more children than those that had a husband."

2.  With this He spoke to us, for our church was barren before any children were given to it, and when He said; "Sing you that has no travail," He implied that after the manner of women in travail we should not cease to bring our prayers to God abundantly.

3.  And "That the barren shall have many more children than she who has a husband", was added because our people which seemed to have been forsaken by God, but believed in Him, are become more than they who seemed to have God.

4.  And another scripture says; "I came not to call righteous, but sinners," the meaning of which is, that those who were lost must be saved.

5.  For that is indeed truly great and wonderful, to confirm not the things which are standing, but those that are falling, for so did it seem good to Christ, to save what was lost, and when He came into the world He saved many, calling us who were lost.

6.  Seeing then He showed such great mercy towards us, who were alive, we therefore no longer meddle with sacrifices to dead gods, nor worship them, for we have been brought to the knowledge of the Father of truth.

7.  And by what shall we show that we indeed know Him, if not by affirming that His knowledge is in us, for even He Himself said; "Whosoever shall confess Me before men, him will I confess before My Father."

8.  This therefore is our reward, if we confess Him by whom we are saved, but now wherein must we confess Him?

9.  This is in doing those things which He said, and not disobeying His commandments, and by worshipping Him not only with our lips, but with all our heart, and with all our mind.

10.  For He said in Isaiah "This people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me."

11.  Let us then not only call Him Lord, for such will not save us, for He said: "Not everyone who says Lord, Lord shall be saved, but he that does righteousness

12.  Therefore my brothers let us confess Him by our works, by loving one another, in not committing adultery, nor speaking evil against one another, nor envy one another, but by being temperate, merciful and good.

13.  Let us have a mutual sense of one another's sufferings, and not be desires of money, but let us by our good works confess God, and not by what is contrary.

14.  And let us not fear men, but rather God, for if we do such wicked things, the Lord has said;

15.  Though you should be joined to Me in My very bosom, and keep not My commandments, I will cast you off, and say to you, depart from Me you workers of iniquity.

 

     Chapter 3

1.  For this reason therefore my dear brothers, leave your wandering in this world willingly, if even for your conscience sake, and do the will of Him that has called us, and not fear to depart from this world.

2.  For the Lord said; "You shall be as sheep in the midst of wolves."  And Peter answering said; "What if the wolves shall tears the sheep in pieces?"  Jesus then said to Peter;

3.  "Let not the sheep fear the wolves that kill them."  You also thus fear not those who kill you, after which they can do no more to you, but fear Him who after you are dead has power to cast both body and soul into hells fire.

4.  For consider my brothers that the wandering of this flesh in this present world is but little and of short duration, while the promise of Christ is great and wonderful.

5.  What then must we do to attain to it?  We must order our conversation holily and righteously, and look on all things of this world as none of ours, and not desire them.

6.  For if we desire them we fall from the way of righteousness, for thus said the Lord; No servant can serve two masters, if therefore we shall desire to serve God and mammon it will be without profit to us.

7.  For what wil1 it profit one if he gains the whole wor1d, but lose his own soul?  This world, and the world to come, are two enemies; this one is of corruption, but the other renounces corruption.

8.  We cannot be friends of both, but most choose between one or the other, and we consider it better to hate the present things as little and short lived and corruptible, and to love those which are to come which are truly good and incorruptible.

9.  For if we do the will of Christ we shall find rest, but if not, nothing shall deliver us from eternal punishment, for thus said the scripture in Ezekiel "If Noah Job, and Daniel should rise up, they shall not deliver their children from captivity."

10.  If thus such righteous men are not able by their righteousness to deliver their children, how can we hope to enter the kingdom of God except by keeping our baptism holy and undefiled?

11.  Or who shall be our advocate - lest we are found to have done what is holy and just?  Let us therefore my brothers contend with all earnestness knowing that our combat is at hand.

12.  Not all are crowned, but only they that labor much and strive gloriously, let us therefore contend in such way that we may all be crowned.

13.  Let us run the straight road, the incorruptible race, and pass in great numbers into it, striving to receive the crown, but, and if we cannot all be crowned, let us come as near to it as we are able.

14.  And consider that he who contends in a corruptible combat - if he does not do what is fair, he is punished and cast from the list.  What then do you think they shall suffer who do anything that is not fitting in the combat of immortality?

15.  For thus spoke the prophet concerning those who kept not their seal; "Their worm shall not die, and their fire shall not be put out, and they shall be for a spectacle to all flesh".

16.  Let us therefore repent while we are yet on the earth.  For we are as clay in the hand of the Artificer.  For as the potter makes a vessel that turns amiss in his hands, he makes it anew, but if it has gone as far as the oven, he can no more remedy it.

17.  We therefore while we are in this world should repent with our whole heart for whatever evil we have done while we have yet time to repentance that we may be saved by the Lord.

18.  For after we depart from this world we shall no longer be able to confess our sins, nor repent, let us therefore do the will of the Father and keep our flesh pure observing the commandments of the Lord.

19. Lay hold of eternal life, for the Lord said in the gospel "If you keep not that which is little, who will give you what is great?"  For I say to you that he who is faithful in what is least, is also faithful in much.

20. This therefore is what He said keep your bodies pure and your seal without spot that you may receive eternal life.

 

      Chapter 4

1.  And let no one among you say that this very flesh is not judged, nor raised up, for consider in what you were when you were saved, and what you were when you looked up if not this flesh in which you are.

2.  We must therefore keep our flesh as the temple of God, for as you were called in the flesh, so you will come to judgment in the flesh.

3.  Our one Lord Jesus Christ who saved us, being first a Spirit - was made flesh, and so called us, even so we shall in this flesh receive the reward.

4.  Let us therefore love one another that we may attain to the kingdom of God, for while we have time to be healed let us deliver ourselves up to God our Physician giving our reward to Him.

5.  And what reward shall we give?  It is repentance out of a pure heart, for He knows all things beforehand, and searches our very hearts.

6.  Let us therefore give praise to Him, and not only with our mouths but also with all our souls that He may receive us as children, for so the Lord said; they are My brothers who do the will of My Father.

7.  Wherefore my dear brothers let us do the will of the Father who has called us - that we may live, let us pursue virtue and forsake wickedness which leads to sin.

8.  And let us flee all ungodliness so that evil overtakes us not, for if we shall do our best to live well - peace shall follow us.

9.  And yet how hard is it to find a man who does this, for almost all are led by human fears choosing rather the present enjoyments than the future promise.

10.  For they know not how great a torment the present enjoyment brings with it, nor what delight the future promises.

11.  And if they themselves only did this - it might be more readily endured, but they go out and infect innocent souls with their evil doctrines, not knowing that themselves as well as those that hear them shall receive a double condemnation.

12.  Let us therefore serve God with a pure heart, and we shall be righteous, but if we serve Him not, because we believe not the promise of God, we shall be miserable.

13.  For thus said the prophet; "Miserable are the double-minded, who have doubts in their heart saying; these things were spoken and heard in the days of our fathers, but we have seen none of them though we expected them day by day."

14. O you fools, compare yourselves to a tree, take the vine fore example, it sheds its leaves, then it buds, then come the sour grapes, then the ripe fruit, even so My people have born its disorders and afflictions but shall hereafter receive good things.

15.  Therefore my brothers let us not doubt in our minds, but let us expect with hope that we may receive our reward, for He is faithful who has promised that He will render to everyone a reward according to his work.

16.  If thus we shall do what is just in the sight of God, we shall enter into His kingdom and receive His promises which neither the eye has seen, nor ear has heard, nor have entered into the hearts of men.

17.  Let us thus every hour expect the kingdom of God in love and righteousness, because we know not the day of God's appearing.

 

     Chapter 5

1. For the Lord Himself being asked by a certain person as to when His kingdom would come answered "When two shall be one, and that which is outside as that which is within, and the male with the female neither male nor female".

2. Two then are one - when we speak the truth to each other, and that which is without as that which is within, He means this;

3. He calls the soul as that which is within, and the body as that which is without, as therefore your body appears - so let your soul be seen by its good works.

4. And the male with the female, neither male nor female, means; He calls our anger the male, our lust the female.

5. When therefore a man is come to such a passing that he is subject to neither, but having dispelled the mist arising from them, and being full of shame, he by repentance shall have united both his soul and the spirit in the obedience of reason.

6. Then it will be as Paul said; there is in us neither male nor female.

End.