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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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1 Thessalonians 4:13
      But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that are asleep; that you sorrow not, even as the rest, which have no hope. There are many things which from ignorance alone cause us sorrow, so that if we come to understand them well, we b ... read more

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17
      For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we that are alive, that are left unto the coming of the Lord, shall in nowise precede them that are fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the A ... read more

1 Thessalonians 4:9, 10
      But concerning love of the brethren we have no need to write unto you: for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another; for indeed you do it toward all the brethren, and those which are in all Macedonia. Why then having discoursed with them ea ... read more

1 Thessalonians 5:1, 2
      But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that anything be written unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. Nothing, as it seems, is so curious, and so fondly prone to ... read more

1 Thessalonians 5:12, 13
      But we beseech you, brethren, to know them that labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; and to esteem them exceeding highly in love for their work's sake. Be at peace among yourselves. It must needs happen that a ruler should h ... read more

1 Thessalonians 5:19-22
      Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. But prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from every form of evil. A thick mist, a darkness and cloud is spread over all the earth. And, showing this, the Apostle said, For we were once ... read more

1 Timothy 1:1, 2
      Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope; unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. [The R.V. omits κυρίου a ... read more

1 Timothy 1:12-14
      And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry [R.V.: to his service, εἰς διακονίαν ]; who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, b ... read more

1 Timothy 1:15, 16
      This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering, for a pattern t ... read more

1 Timothy 1:18, 19
       This charge I commit unto you, son [my child, τέκνον ] Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on you, that you by them might [may] war a good warfare; holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away have made shipwr ... read more

1 Timothy 1:5-7
      Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, ... read more

1 Timothy 2:1-4
      I exhort therefore that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is goo ... read more

1 Timothy 2:11-15
      Let the women learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the trans ... read more

1 Timothy 2:2-4
      That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who wills that all men should be saved, and come unto the knowledge of the truth. If in order to put an end to pu ... read more

1 Timothy 2:8-10
      I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broidered hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly arra ... read more

1 Timothy 3:1-4
      If a man desire the office of a Bishop, he desires a good work. A Bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach; not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but ... read more

1 Timothy 3:8-10
      Likewise must the Deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given much to wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved: then let them use the office of a Deacon, being found bla ... read more

1 Timothy 4:1-3
      Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of demons; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and comm ... read more

1 Timothy 4:11-14
      These things command and teach. Let no man despise your youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not ... read more

1 Timothy 5:11-15
      But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; having condemnation, because they have cast off their first faith. And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only i ... read more

1 Timothy 5:21-23
      I charge you before God and the Lord Jesus Christ and the elect angels, that you observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. Lay hands hastily on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep yourself p ... read more

1 Timothy 5:8
      But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. Many consider that their own virtue is sufficient for their salvation, and if they duly regulate their own life, that ... read more

1 Timothy 6:13-16
      I give you charge in the sight of God, Who quickens all things, and before Christ Jesus, Who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; that thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: which ... read more

1 Timothy 6:2-7
      These things teach and exhort. If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strif ... read more

2 Corinthians 10:1-2
      Now I Paul myself entreat you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I who in your presence am lowly among you, but being absent am of good courage toward you: yea, I beseech you, that I may not when present show courage with the confidence, wherewith ... read more

2 Corinthians 10:7
      You look at the things that are before your face. If any man trusts in himself that he is Christ's, let him consider this again with himself that even as he is Christ's, so also are we. What one may especially admire in Paul among other things is this, ... read more

2 Corinthians 11:1-2
      Would that you could bear with me in a little foolishness and, indeed you do bear with me. Being about to enter upon his own praises he uses much previous correction. And he does this not once or twice, although the necessity of the subject, and what h ... read more

2 Corinthians 11:13
      For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, fashioning themselves into Apostles of Christ. What do you say? They that preach Christ, they that take not money, they that bring not in a different gospel, false apostles? 'Yes,' he says, and for this v ... read more

2 Corinthians 11:21
      Yet whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak in foolishness,) I am bold also. See him again drawing back and using depreciation and correctives beforehand, although he has already even said many such things: Would that you could bear with me in a little foo ... read more

2 Corinthians 12:1
      It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory, [for] I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. What is this? Does he who has spoken such great things say, [It is not expedient] doubtless to glory? as if he had said nothing? No; not as if he h ... read more

2 Corinthians 12:11
      I have become foolish in glorying; ye compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you. Having fully completed what he had to say about his own praises, he did not stay at this; but again excuses himself and asks pardon for what he said, declari ... read more

2 Corinthians 12:16-18
      But be it so, I myself did not burden you: but being crafty, I caught you with guile. Did I take advantage of you by any one of them whom I have sent unto you? I exhorted Titus, and with him I sent the brother. Did Titus take any advantage of you? Walked ... read more

2 Corinthians 13:1
      This is the third time I am coming to you. At the mouth of two witnesses or three shall every word be established. The wisdom of Paul and his much tender affection, one may observe in many other circumstances, but especially in this, his being so abund ... read more

2 Corinthians 13:10
      For this cause I write these things while absent, that I may not when present deal sharply, according to the authority which the Lord gave me for building up, and not for casting down. He was sensible he had spoken more vehemently than his wont, and es ... read more

2 Corinthians 1:1-4
      Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the Church of God, which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in the whole of Achaia: grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Ble ... read more

2 Corinthians 1:12
      For our glorying is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom, but in the grace of God, we behaved ourselves in the world. Here again he opens to us yet another ground of comfort, and that not small, ... read more

2 Corinthians 1:23
      But I call God for a witness upon my soul, that to spare you I forbare to come unto Corinth. What do you say, O blessed Paul? To spare them you came not to Corinth? Surely you present us with something of a contradiction. For a little above you said th ... read more

2 Corinthians 1:6-7
      Whether we be afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation, which works in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: and our hope for you is steadfast. Having spoken of one, and that the chief ground of comfort and consolatio ... read more

2 Corinthians 2:12-13
      Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ, and when a door was opened unto me in the Lord, I had no relief for my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother. These words seem on the one hand to be unworthy of Paul, if because of a brother's a ... read more

2 Corinthians 3:1
      Are we beginning, again to commend ourselves? Or need we, as do some, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? He anticipates and puts himself an objection which others would have urged against him, 'You vaunt yourself;' and ... read more

2 Corinthians 3:7-8
      But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, came with glory, so that the children of Israel could not look steadfastly upon the face of Moses, for the glory of his face; which glory was passing away: how shall not rather the ministra ... read more

2 Corinthians 4:1-2
      Therefore seeing we have this ministry, even as we obtained mercy we faint not, but we have renounced the hidden things of shame. Seeing he had uttered great things and had set himself and all the faithful before Moses, aware of the height and greatnes ... read more

2 Corinthians 4:8-9
      We are pressed on every side, yet not straitened; perplexed, yet not unto despair; pursued, yet not forsaken. He still dwells upon proving that the whole work is to be ascribed to the power of God, repressing the highmindedness of those that glory in t ... read more

2 Corinthians 5:1
      For we know, that if the earthly house of our tabernacle be dissolved, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens. Again he arouses their zeal because many trials drew on. For it was likely that they, in consequen ... read more

2 Corinthians 5:11
      Knowing therefore the fear of the Lord, we persuade men but we are made manifest unto God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences. Knowing therefore, he says, these things, that terrible seat of judgment, we do every thing so as ... read more

2 Corinthians 6:1-2
      And working together with Him we intreat also that you receive not the grace of God in vain. For he says, At an acceptable time I hearkened unto you. And in a day of salvation did I succor you. For since he said, God beseeches, and we are ambassadors a ... read more

2 Corinthians 6:11-12
      Our mouth is open unto you, O you Corinthians, our heart is enlarged, you are not straitened in us, but you are straitened in your own affections. Having detailed his own trials and afflictions, for in patience, says he, in afflictions, in necessities, ... read more

2 Corinthians 7:13
      And in your comfort, we joyed the more exceedingly for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all. See again how he exalts their praises, and shows their love. For having said, 'I was pleased that my Epistle wrought so much and ... read more

2 Corinthians 7:2-4
      Open your hearts to us: we wronged no man, we corrupted no man, we took advantage of no man. I say it not to condemn you; for l have said before, [as I have also declared above] , that you are in our hearts to die together and live together. Again he r ... read more

2 Corinthians 7:8-9
      So that though I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it, though I did regret. He goes on to apologize for his Epistle, when, (the sin having been corrected,) to treat them tenderly was unattended with danger; and he shows the advantage of th ... read more

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