Chapter XXXVIII.—Let the members of
the Church submit themselves, and no one exalt himself above another.
Let our whole body, then, be preserved in Christ
Jesus; and let every one be subject to his neighbour, according to the
bestowed upon him. Let the strong not despise the weak, and let the weak
show respect unto the strong. Let the rich man provide for the wants of
the poor; and let the poor man bless God, because He hath given him one
by whom his need may be supplied. Let the wise man display his wisdom,
not by [mere] words, but through good deeds. Let the humble not bear
testimony to himself, but leave witness to be borne to him by
another.167167 Let him that is pure in
the flesh not grow proud168168 of it, and boast,
knowing that it was another who bestowed on him the gift of continence.
Let us consider, then, brethren, of what matter we were made,—who
and what manner of beings we came into the world, as it were out of a
sepulchre, and from utter darkness.169169
He who made us and fashioned us, having prepared His bountiful gifts for
us before we were born, introduced us into His world. Since, therefore, we receive all these
things from Him, we ought for everything to give Him thanks; to whom be
glory for ever and ever. Amen.