Let the faithful person, whether man or woman, treat servants kindly, as we have ordained in the foregoing books, and have taught in our epistles.
Masters, render to your servants justice and equity; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bond, free: but Christ is all, and in all."
10 Thou shalt not enjoin aught in thy bitterness upon thy bondman or maidservant, who hope in the same God, lest ever they shall fear not God who is over both;
Let him consider wherein they are equal, even as he is a man. And let him that has a believing master
Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man."
"Continue in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving."
, at which they entered the temple: why should we not understand that, with absolutely perfect indifference, we must pray
Let us therefore strike off and break away from the bonds of sleep, and pray with urgency and watchfulness, as the Apostle Paul bids us, saying, "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same."
Col. 4:2 - NIV, NAB - in Cyprian Treatise XII Three Books of Testimonies Against the Jews
In the Epistle of Paul to the Colossians: "Be instant in prayer, and watch therein."
And he still more clearly reveals that knowledge belongs not to all, by adding: "Praying at the same time for you, that God would open to us a door to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am bound; that I may make it known as I ought to speak."
In addition, it will in my opinion form an appropriate sequel to defend those tenets, on account of which the Greeks assail us, making use of a few Scriptures, if perchance the Jew also may listen
and to the wish of Paul, who taught that "we ought to know how to answer every man; "
Accordingly, we do not say to each of our hearers, "Believe, first of all, that He whom I introduce to thee is the Son of God; "but we put the Gospel before each one, as his character and disposition may fit him to receive it, inasmuch as we have learned to know "how we ought to answer every man."
; let them mark it and admire it, and by reason thereof praise Jesus Christ our Lord in you. Let your conversation always be temperate and modest, and seasoned with religion as with salt.
And again it says: "Let your speech be seasoned with grace. For it is required of a man to know how to give an answer to every one in season."
From this he shows that he was always attached to and inseparable from him. And again he says, in the Epistle to the Colossians: "Luke, the beloved physician, greets you."
Salute thou also Mary my daughter, distinguished both for gravity and erudition, as also "the Church which is in her house."
Of Crete, Titus. Of Athens, Dionysius. Of Tripoli in Phoenicia, Marathones. Of Laodicea in Phrygia, Archippus.
My soul be for yours, when I attain to Jesus. Remember my bonds.
I have sent you this letter through Euphanius the reader, a man honoured of God, and very faithful, happening to meet with him at Rhegium, just as he was going on board ship. Remember my bonds
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