Chapter IX.—Exhortations to the
discharge of relative duties.
Ye husbands, love your wives; and ye wives, your
husbands. Ye children, reverence your parents. Ye parents, “bring
up your children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”12121212
Honour those [who continue] in
virginity, as the priestesses of Christ; and the widows [that persevere]
in gravity of behaviour, as the altar of God. Ye servants, wait upon your
masters with [respectful] fear. Ye masters, issue orders to your servants
with tenderness. Let no one among you be idle; for idleness is the mother
of want. I do not enjoin these things as being a person of any
consequence, although I am in bonds [for Christ]; but as a brother, I put
you in mind of them. The Lord be with you!