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Chapter LXXIV.

And if Celsus would have us to lead armies in defence of our country, let him know that we do this too, and that not for the purpose of being seen by men, or of vainglory.  For “in secret,” and in our own hearts, there are prayers which ascend as from priests in behalf of our fellow-citizens.  And Christians are benefactors of their country more than others.  For they train up citizens, and inculcate piety to the Supreme Being; and they promote those whose lives in the smallest cities have been good and worthy, to a divine and heavenly city, to whom it may be said, “Thou hast been faithful in the smallest city, come into a great one,”49784978    Luke xix. 17. where “God standeth in the assembly of the gods, and judgeth the gods in the midst;” and He reckons thee among them, if thou no more “die as a man, or fall as one of the princes.”49794979    Ps. lxxxii. 1, 7.


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