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Chapter III.24032403     About one-half of the matter of this chapter is to be found, in well-nigh the same order, scattered through Apostolic Constitutions, vii. 6 –8. The precepts are aimed at minor sins, and require no particular comment. This chapter has the largest number of Greek words not found in the New Testament.  —Other Sins Forbidden.

1. My child,24042404     The address “my child” does not occur in the parallel passages.   flee from every evil thing, and from every likeness of it. 2. Be not prone to anger, for anger leadeth the way to murder; neither jealous, nor quarrelsome, nor of hot temper; for out of all these murders are engendered. 3. My child, be not a lustful one; for lust leadeth the way to fornication; neither a filthy talker, nor of lofty eye; for out of all these adulteries are engendered. 4. My child, be not an observer of omens, since it leadeth the way to idolatry; neither an enchanter, nor an astrologer, nor a purifier, nor be willing to took at these things; for out of all these idolatry is engendered. 5. My child, be not a liar, since a lie leadeth the way to theft; neither money-loving, nor vainglorious, for out of all these thefts are engendered. 6. My child, be not a murmurer, since it leadeth the way to blasphemy; neither self-willed nor evil-minded, for out of all these blasphemies are engendered. 7. But be thou meek, since the meek shall inherit the earth.24052405     Matt. v. 5.   8. Be long-suffering and pitiful and guileless and gentle and good and always trembling at the words which thou hast heard.24062406     Isa. lxvi. 2, 5; Apostolic Constitutions, vii. 8.   9. Thou shalt not exalt thyself,24072407     Comp. Luke xviii. 14.   nor give over-confidence to thy soul. Thy soul shall not be joined with lofty ones, but with just and lowly ones shall it have its intercourse. 10. The workings that befall thee receive as good, knowing that apart from God nothing cometh to pass.24082408     Ecclus. ii. 4. So Bryennios. Comp. last part of Apostolic Constitutions vii. 8.    

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