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Chapter V.—The duties of deacons, youths, and virgins.

Knowing, then, that “God is not mocked,”365365    Gal. vi. 7. we ought to walk worthy of His commandment and glory. In like manner should the deacons be blameless before the face of His righteousness, as being the servants of God and Christ,366366    Some read, “God in Christ.” and not of men. They must not be slanderers, double-tongued,367367    Comp. 1 Tim. iii. 8. or lovers of money, but temperate in all things, compassionate, industrious, walking according to the truth of the Lord, who was the servant368368    Comp. Matt. xx. 28. of all. If we please Him in this present world, we shall receive also the future world, according as He has promised to us that He will raise us again from the dead, and that if we live369369    Πολιτευσώμεθα, referring to the whole conduct; comp. Phil. i. 27. worthily of Him, “we shall also reign together with Him,”370370    2 Tim. ii. 12. provided only we believe. In like manner, let the young men also be blameless in all things, being especially careful to preserve purity, and keeping themselves in, as with a bridle, from every kind of evil. For it is well that they should be cut off from371371    Some read, ἀνακύπτεσθαι, “to emerge from.” [So Chevallier, but not Wake nor Jacobson. See the note of latter, ad loc.] the lusts that are in the world, since “every lust warreth against the spirit;”372372    1 Pet. ii. 11. and “neither fornicators, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, shall inherit the kingdom of God,”373373    1 Cor. vi. 9, 10. nor those who do things inconsistent and unbecoming. Wherefore, it is needful to abstain from all these things, being subject to the presbyters and deacons, as unto God and Christ. The virgins also must walk in a blameless and pure conscience.

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