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John Chrysostom (349 - 407)
Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker John Chrysostom in text and pdf format Archbishop of Constantinople, was an important Early Church Father. He is known for his preaching and public speaking, his denunciation of abuse of authority by both ecclesiastical and political leaders, the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, and his ascetic sensibilities. The epithet Χρυσόστομος (Chrysostomos, anglicized as Chrysostom) means "golden-mouthed" in Greek and given for his celebrated eloquence.
The Eastern Orthodox and Byzantine Catholic churches honor him as a saint and count him among the Three Holy Hierarchs, together with Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzus. He is recognized by the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church as a saint and as a Doctor of the Church. Churches of the Western tradition, including the Roman Catholic Church, some Anglican provinces, and some Lutheran churches, commemorate him on 13 September. Some other Lutheran churches and Anglican provinces commemorate him on the traditional Eastern feast day of 27 January. Chrysostom's extant homiletical works are vast, including many hundreds of exegetical homilies on both the New Testament (especially the works of Saint Paul) and the Old Testament (particularly on Genesis). Among his extant exegetical works are sixty-seven homilies on Genesis, fifty-nine on the Psalms, ninety on the Gospel of Matthew, eighty-eight on the Gospel of John, and fifty-five on the Acts of the Apostles.
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"If Your Enemy Hunger, Feed Him"
To those who had not attended the assembly.
To those who had not attended the assembly; on the apostolic saying, If your enemy hunger feed him, and concerning resentment of injuries.
1. I did no good as it seems by the prolonged discourse which I la ... read more
1 Corinthians 10:13
There has no temptation taken you, but such as man can bear: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation make also the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Thus, because ... read more
1 Corinthians 10:25
Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.
Having said that they could not drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of the devils, and having once for all led them away from those tables, by Jewish examples, by human ... read more
1 Corinthians 11:17
But in giving you this charge, I praise you not, that you come together not for the better, but for the worse.
It is necessary in considering the present charge to state also first the occasion of it. For thus again will our discourse be more intelligi ... read more
1 Corinthians 11:2
Now I praise you that you remember me in all things, and hold fast the traditions, even as I delivered them to you.
Having completed the discourse concerning the idol-sacrifices as became him, and having rendered it most perfect in all respects, he pro ... read more
1 Corinthians 11:28
But let a man prove himself, and so let him eat of the bread, and drink of the cup.
What mean these words, when another object is proposed to us? This is Paul's custom, as also I said before, not only to treat of those things which he had proposed to h ... read more
1 Corinthians 12:1-2
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. You know that when you were Gentiles, you were led away unto those dumb idols, howsoever ye might be led.
This whole place is very obscure: but the obscurity is produced by our ig ... read more
1 Corinthians 12:12
For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ.
After soothing them from the considerations that the thing given was of free favor; that they received all from one and the self ... read more
1 Corinthians 12:21
And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you: or again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
Having checked the envy of those in lower rank, and having taken off the dejection which it was likely that they would feel from greater gi ... read more
1 Corinthians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ and severally members thereof.
For lest any should say, What is the example of the body to us? Since the body is a slave to nature but our good deeds are of choice; he applies it to our own concerns; and to signify that w ... read more
1 Corinthians 13:4-5
Love suffers long, and is kind; love envies not; love vaunts not itself, is not puffed up.
Thus, whereas he had showed, that both faith and knowledge and prophecy and tongues and gifts and healing and a perfect life and martyrdom, if love be absent, ar ... read more
1 Corinthians 13:8
But whether there be prophecies, they shall be done away; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall be done away.
Having shown the excellency of love from its being requisite both to the spiritual gifts, and to th ... read more
1 Corinthians 14:1
Follow after love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts; but rather that you may prophesy.
Thus, inasmuch as he had with exactness rehearsed unto them all the excellence of love, he exhorts them in what follows, with alacrity to lay hold of it. Wherefo ... read more
1 Corinthians 14:20
Brethren, be not children in mind; howbeit in malice be ye babes, but in mind be men.
As might be expected, after his long argument and demonstration he adopts a more vehement style and abundance of rebuke; and mentions an example suited to the subject ... read more
1 Corinthians 14:34
Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but let them be in subjection, as also says the law.
Having abated the disturbance both from the tongues and from the prophesyings; and having made a law to preven ... read more
1 Corinthians 15:1-2
Now I make known unto you, brethren, the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye received, wherein also ye stand; by which also you are saved: in what words I preached it unto you.
Having finished the discourse of spiritual gifts, he passes to ... read more
1 Corinthians 15:11
Whether then it be I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.
Having exalted the Apostles and abased himself, then again having exalted himself above them that he might make out an equality: (for he did effect an equality, when he showed that he had ... read more
1 Corinthians 15:29
Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for the dead?
He takes in hand again another topic, establishing what he said at one time from what God does , and at another from th ... read more
1 Corinthians 15:35-36
But some one will say, How are the dead raised? And with what manner of body do they come? Thou foolish one, that which you yourself sowest is not quickened, except it die.
Gentle and lowly as the apostle is to a great degree every where, he here adopt ... read more
1 Corinthians 15:47
The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
Having said that the natural was first, and the spiritual afterward, he again states another difference, speaking of the earthy and the heavenly. For the first difference wa ... read more
1 Corinthians 16:1
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I gave order to the Churches of Galatia, so also do ye.
Having completed his discourse concerning doctrines, and being about to enter upon that which belongs rather to morals, he dismisses every thing el ... read more
1 Corinthians 16:10
Now if Timothy come to you , see that he be with you without fear.
Perhaps some one may think there is something unworthy of Timothy's courage in this piece of advice. But not on Timothy's account is this said, but for the hearers' sake: lest by their ... read more
1 Corinthians 1:1-3
Paul, called to be an Apostle of Jesus Christ, through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, unto the Church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be Saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord ... read more
1 Corinthians 1:10
1 Corinthians 1:10
Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak of the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
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1 Corinthians 1:18-20
For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but to us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the prudence of the prudent will I reject. Where is the Wise? Where is the Scribe ... read more
1 Corinthians 1:26-27
For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, [are called;] but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise.
He has said that the foolishness of ... read more
1 Corinthians 1:4-5
1 Corinthians 1:4-5
I thank my God always concerning you, for the Grace of God which was given you in Jesus Christ; that in every thing you were enriched in him.
1. That which he exhorts others to do, saying, Philippians 4:6 Let your requests with ... read more
1 Corinthians 2:1-2
And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.
Nothing was ever more prepared for co ... read more
1 Corinthians 2:6-7
Howbeit we speak wisdom among the perfect, yet a wisdom not of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, which are coming to naught; but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, even the wisdom that has been hidden, which God fore-ordained before the worlds ... read more
1 Corinthians 3:1-3
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto Carnal, as unto babes in Christ. I fed you with milk, and not with meat: for you were not yet able to bear it; nay, not even now are you able. For you are yet carnal.
After having ... read more
1 Corinthians 3:12-15
If any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, stubble; each man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it is revealed in fire; and the fire shall prove each man's work of what sort it is. If an ... read more
1 Corinthians 3:18-19
Let no man deceive himself. If any man (ἐνὗμῖν omitted.) thinks that he is wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.
As I said before, having launched out before t ... read more
1 Corinthians 4:10
"We are fools for Christ's sake: (For it is necessary from this point to resume our discourse:) but you are wise in Christ: we are weak, but you are strong: you have glory, but we have dishonor.
Having filled his speech with much severity which conveys ... read more
1 Corinthians 4:17
For this cause have I sent unto you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, who shall put you in remembrance of my ways which be in Christ Jesus.
Consider here also, I entreat, the noble soul, the soul more glowing and keener than fi ... read more
1 Corinthians 4:3-5
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea I judge not my own self. For I know nothing against myself, yet am I not hereby justified: but He that judges me is the Lord.
Together with all other ills, I ... read more
1 Corinthians 4:6
Now these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes; that in us you might learn not to think of men above that which is written.
So long as there was need of expressions as harsh as these, he refrained from d ... read more
1 Corinthians 5:1-2
It is actually reported that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not even named among the Gentiles, that one of you has his father's wife. And you are puffed up, and did not rather mourn, that he that had done this deed might be tak ... read more
1 Corinthians 5:9-11
I wrote to you in my epistle to have no company with fornicators: yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous and extortioners, or with idolaters, for then must ye needs go out of the world: but now I write unto you not to ... read more
1 Corinthians 6:12
All things are lawful for me, but not all things are expedient. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought into the power of any.
Here he glances at the gluttons. For since he intends to assail the fornicator again, and fornication arises ... read more
1 Corinthians 6:15-16
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ, and make them members of a harlot? God forbid.
Having passed on from the fornicator to the covetous person, he comes back to the former from the latte ... read more
1 Corinthians 7:1-2
Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote to me: it is good for a man not to touch a woman. But because of fornications, let each man have his own wife; and let each woman have her own husband.
Having corrected the three heaviest things laid to their ... read more
1 Corinthians 8:1
Now concerning things sacrificed to idols: we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.
It is necessary first to say what the meaning of this passage is: for so shall we readily comprehend the Apostle's discourse. For he th ... read more
1 Corinthians 9:1
Am I not an Apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?
Inasmuch as he had said, If meat make my brother to stumble I will eat no flesh forever; a thing which he had not yet done, but professed he wou ... read more
1 Corinthians 9:13-14
Do you not know that they which minister about sacred things eat of the temple? And they which wait upon the altar have their portion with the altar? Even so did the Lord ordain that they which proclaim the Gospel should live of the Gospel.
He takes gr ... read more
1 Corinthians 9:24
Do you not know that they which run in a race run all, but one receives the prize?
Having pointed out the manifold usefulness of condescension and that this is the highest perfectness, and that he himself having risen higher than all towards perfection ... read more
1 Thessalonians 1:1-3
Paul, and Silvanus, and Timothy, unto the Church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you, and peace. We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; remembering without ceasing your w ... read more
1 Thessalonians 1:8-10
For from you has sounded forth the word of the Lord, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is gone forth; so that we need not to speak anything. For they themselves report concerning us what manner of entering in ... read more
1 Thessalonians 2:9-12
For you remember, brethren, our labor and travail: for working night and day, that we might not burden any of you, we preached unto you the Gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how holily and righteously and unblamably we behaved ourselves towa ... read more
1 Thessalonians 3:5-8
For this cause I also, when I could no longer forbear, sent that I might know your faith, lest by any means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor should be in vain. But when Timothy came even now unto us from you, and brought us glad tidings of your ... read more
1 Thessalonians 4:1-3
Finally then, brethren, we beseech and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that, as you received of us how you ought to walk and to please God, so you abound more and more. For you know what charge we gave you through the Lord Jesus Christ. For this is the will ... read more