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Life of Antony. Section 34. Wherefore there is no need to set much value on these thingsà

34. Wherefore there is no need to set much value on these things, nor for the sake of them to practise a life of discipline and labour; but that living well we may please God. And we neither ought to pray to know the future, nor to ask for it as the reward of our discipline; but our prayer should be that the Lord may be our fellow-helper for victory over the devil. And if even once we have a desire to know the future, let us be pure in mind, for I believe that if a soul is perfectly pure and in its natural state, it is able , being clear-sighted, to see more and further than the demons -- for it has the Lord who reveals to it -- like the soul of Elisha, which saw what was done by Gehazi, and beheld the hosts standing on its side.'

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