1 Clement 59-65

(59.1) But if anyone disobeys those things spoken by Him through us, let them know that they involve themselves in falling away, and not a little danger.

(59.2) But we will be innocent of this sin, and ask in earnest request, and make supplication, so that He, the Creator of all, might protect unbroken the counted number of His chosen ones in all of the world, through His beloved Son Jesus Christ, through whom He called us from darkness into light, from ignorance into knowledge of the glory of His Name.

(59.3) Grant us, Lord, to hope in the Author of all creation,Your Name opening the eyes of our heart, in order to know You alone: “resting in the Height among Heights, the Holy among Holies,” “humbling the hubris of the proud,” “the Breaker of the reasoning of the nations,” “lifting high the humble” and “humbling the high,” “making rich and making poor,” “killing and making alive,” the only Discoverer of spirits and God of all flesh, “looking into the depths,” the Observer of human works, the Helper of the endangered, the Savior of the despairing, the Creator and Overseer [episkopon] of every spirit, multiplying the nations upon the earth, choosing from all those who love You through Jesus Christ Your beloved Child, through Whom You have disciplined, sanctified, and honored us.

(59.4) Master, we say you are worthy to be “our Helper and Protector.” Save those of us in trouble. Have mercy on the humble. Wake up the fallen. Appear to the praying. Heal the sick. Turn back those led astray of the people. Fill the hungering. Release our prisoners. Lift up the ill. Encourage the weak of spirit. “Let all the nations know that You alone are God,” and Jesus Christ is Your Child, and we are Your people and the sheep of Your pasture.

(60.1) For You, through your good works, have revealed the eternal nature of the world. Lord, You created the inhabited world: Faithful in all generations, Righteous in judgments, Wonderful in strength and majesty, Wise in creating and Intelligent in establishing what exists, Good in what is seen, and Useful to those who trust in You, Merciful and Kind. Forgive us our lawless and unrighteous deeds, and our transgressions and errors.

(60.2) Do not count every sin of Your slaves and slavegirls, but cleanse us with the cleansing of Your truth, and “guide our steps to proceed in holiness of heart,” and “to do what is good and acceptable before You” and before our rulers.

(60.3) Yes, Master, show Your face to us for good things and peace, to cover us with Your mighty hand, and to be rescued from every sin by Your uplifted arm, and rescue us from those unrighteous ones who hate us.

(60.4) Give to us harmony and peace, and to all those dwelling on the earth, just as you gave to our Fathers who called upon You in a holy manner in faith and truth, being obedient to Your Almighty and Glorious Name; and to our rulers and leaders on the earth.

(61.1) Master, You gave the authority of the kingdom to them, through Your magnificent and indescribable power, so that we might know the glory and honor given to them by You, and be subject to them and in no way opposing Your will. Lord, give them health, peace, harmony, and stability so that they faultlessly administer the leadership given them by You.

(61.2) For You, Master, Heavenly King of the Ages, give to the sons of men glory and honor and authority over those who are on the earth. Lord, guide You their will according to what is good and acceptable before you, so that, administering the authority given to them by You in peace and gentleness and piously, they might find You merciful.

(61.3) We profess You are the Only One able to do these things, and are exceedingly good to us, through the High Priest and Defender of our souls, Jesus Christ, through Whom be the glory and the majesty, both now and to the generation of generations, and to the ages of ages, Amen.

(62.1) Indeed, concerning those things which are appropriate to our worship, and those things useful to virtuous life for those willing to lead their lives piously and righteously, we have written sufficiently to you, men, brethren.

(62.2) For we have touched upon every topic, concerning faith and repentance and genuine love and self-control and moderation and patience, reminding that you must be pleasing to the Almighty God in a holy manner, in righteousness and truth and long-suffering, living in harmony without bearing malice, in love and peace with earnest gentleness, just as our aforementioned Fathers were pleasing, being humble-minded in things toward the Father and Creator and God of all people.

(62.3) And we have reminded of these things quite gladly, since we certainly knew we were writing to faithful and reputable men, and to those who have looked closely into the words of the discipline of God.

(63.1) Therefore, it is right, having come upon so many and such examples, to lay down the neck, and fulfill the place of obedience, so that having quieted the foolish rebellions, we may arrive at the goal set before us in truth, without any fault.

(63.2) For you will cause us joy and exultation if, becoming obedient to the things written by us, you cut off through the Holy Spirit the forbidden anger of your jealousy, according to the intercession which we have made for peace and harmony in this letter.

(63.3) For we have sent faithful and prudent men who have conducted themselves among us blamelessly from youth to old age, who also shall be witnesses between you and us.

(63.4) And we have done this so that you know that all our concern both has been and is for you to live in peace immediately.

(64.1) Finally, may the All-seeing God and Master of spirits and Lord of all flesh who chose the Lord Jesus Christ and us through Him as a special people give to every soul having called upon His magnificent and holy Name faith, fear, peace, patience and long-suffering, self-control, purity, and prudence for the good pleasure of His Name, through our High Priest and Defender Jesus Christ, through Whom to Him be glory and majesty, power and honor both now and to all the ages of ages, Amen.

(65.1) And in haste, in peace and with joy, send back to us those messengers from us, Claudius, Ephebos and Valerius Bito, also with Fortunatus, so that they can announce to us soon the prayed for and longed for peace and harmony, so that we can immediately rejoice about your stability.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you, and with all everywhere who are called by God through Him, through Whom to Him be glory, honor, power, majesty and eternal dominion, from the ages to the ages of ages, Amen.

Letter of the Romans to the Corinthians

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