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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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Homily 6 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts II. 22 You men of Israel, hear these my words. [He men of Israel]: it is not for flattery that he uses this term; but, as he has borne hard upon them, he relaxes a little, and puts them in mind of their great ancestor [Israel]. Here again he be ... read more

Homily 6 on the Statues
      This Homily is intended to show that the fear of Magistrates is beneficial. It also contains an account of what occurred, during their journey, to those who were conveying the tidings of the sedition to the Emperor. The case of Jonah is further cited in i ... read more

Homily 60 on Matthew
      Matt. XVIII. 15. If your brother shall trespass against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he shall hear you, you have gained your brother. For, since He had used vehement language against them that cause offense, and on ev ... read more

Homily 61 on Matthew
      Matt. XVIII. 21. Then came Peter to Him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? Jesus says unto him, I say not unto you, Until seven times, but, Until seventy times seven. Peter supposed he was ... read more

Homily 62 on Matthew
      Matt. XIX. 1. And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, He departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judæa beyond Jordan. Having constantly left Judæa on account of the envy of those men, now He frequents it from th ... read more

Homily 63 on Matthew
      Matt. XIX. 16. And, behold, one came and said to Him, Good Master, by doing what, shall I inherit eternal life? Some indeed accuse this young man, as one dissembling and ill-minded, and coming with a temptation to Jesus, but I, though I would not sa ... read more

Homily 64 on Matthew
      Matt. XIX. 27. Then answered Peter and said to Him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed You; what shall we have therefore? All which? O blessed Peter; the rod? The net? The boat? The craft? These things do you tell me of, as all? Yea, says he ... read more

Homily 65 on Matthew
      Matt. XX. 17-19. And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said to them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the Scribes, and they shall condemn Him t ... read more

Homily 66 on Matthew
      Matthew 20:29-30. And as they departed from Jericho, great multitudes followed Him. And, behold, two blind men sitting by the wayside, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, Thou Son of David. See whence H ... read more

Homily 67 on Matthew
      Matthew 21:12-13. And Jesus went into the temple, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers and the seats of them that sold doves, and says unto them, It is written, my house shall be call ... read more

Homily 68 on Matthew
      Matt. XXI. 33-44. Hear another parable. There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and dug a winepress, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country. And when the time of the f ... read more

Homily 69 on Matthew
      Matt. XXII. 1-14. And Jesus answered and spoke again in parables. The kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, which made a marriage for his son; and sent forth his servants to call them which were bidden to the wedding; and they would not come. Agai ... read more

Homily 7 on Ephesians
      Chapter III. Verses 8-11 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, was this grace given, to preach unto the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make all men see what is the dispensation of the mystery, which from all ages has b ... read more

Homily 7 on Matthew
      Matthew 2:4-5. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said to him, in Bethlehem of Judæa. Do you see how all things are done to convict the Jews? ... read more

Homily 7 on Romans
      Rom. III. 9-18 What then have we more than they? For we have proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin. As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God. They a ... read more

Homily 7 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts II. 37 Now when they heard these words (E.V. 'this,') they were pricked in their heart, and said to Peter and to the rest of the Apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Do you see what a great thing gentleness is? More than any vehemence, ... read more

Homily 7 on the Statues
      Recapitulation of former exhortations. Sin brought death and grief into the world, and they tend to its cure. Grief serviceable only for the destruction of sin. Remarks upon the passage, Genesis 1:1 . In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. ... read more

Homily 70 on Matthew
      Matt. XXII. 15. Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle Him in His talk. Then. When? When most of all they ought to have been moved to compunction, when they should have been amazed at His love to man, when they should have ... read more

Homily 71 on Matthew
      Matt. XXII. 34-36. But when the Pharisees had heard that He had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together; and one of them, which was a lawyer, asked Him a question, tempting Him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in th ... read more

Homily 72 on Matthew
      Matt. XXIII. 1-3. Then spoke Jesus to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying, The Scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: all therefore whatsoever they bid you do, that do; but do not after their works. Then. When? When He had said these ... read more

Homily 73 on Matthew
      Matt. XXIII. 14. Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers: therefore you shall receive greater damnation. After this, next He derides them for gluttony: and the grievous thi ... read more

Homily 74 on Matthew
       Woe unto you, because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish their sepulchers, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Not because they build, nor because th ... read more

Homily 75 on Matthew
      Matthew 24:1-2. And Jesus went out from the temple, and departed. And His disciples came to Him to show Him the buildings of the temple. And He answered and said to them, See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, there shall not be left here ... read more

Homily 76 on Matthew
      Matt. XXIV. 16-18. Then let them which be in Judæa flee into the mountains. And let him that is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house. Neither let him which is in his field return back to take his clothes. Having spoken of ... read more

Homily 77 on Matthew
      Matthew 24:33-34. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near: so likewise ye, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Forasmuch as He ... read more

Homily 78 on Matthew
      Matt. XXV. 1-30. Then shall the kingdom of Heaven, He says, be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. But five of them were wise, and the other five foolish, which took not, He says, oil. Then, while ... read more

Homily 79 on Matthew
      MATT. XXV. 31--41. "When the Son of Man shall come in the glory of His Father, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit," says He, "upon the throne of His glory, and He shall divide the sheep from the kids;"[and the one He will accept, because ... read more

Homily 8 on Ephesians
      Chapter IV. Verses 1, 2 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beseech you to walk worthily of the calling wherewith you were called, with all lowliness and meekness. It is the virtue of teachers to aim not at praise, nor at esteem from those under ... read more

Homily 8 on Matthew
      Matt. II. 2. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother. How then says Luke, that He was lying in the manger? Because at the birth indeed she presently laid Him there (for, as was not unlikely, in that large ... read more

Homily 8 on Romans
      Romans IV. 1, 2 What shall we then say that Abraham, our father as pertaining to the flesh, has found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he has whereof to glory; but not before God. He had said (5 manuscripts εἶπεν), that the world had b ... read more

Homily 8 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts III. 1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple, at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. Everywhere we find these two Apostles in great harmony together. To him Simon Peter beckoned. John 13:24 These two also came together to th ... read more

Homily 8 on the Statues
      An exhortation to virtue — and particularly upon the passage, God was walking in Paradise in the cool of the day:— and again on the subject of abstaining from oaths. You have lately heard, how all Scripture brings consolation and comfort, although ... read more

Homily 80 on Matthew
      Matthew 26:6-7. Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, there came unto Him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on His head, as He sat at meat. This woman seems indeed to be one and the sa ... read more

Homily 81 on Matthew
      Matthew 26:17-18. Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Where will You that we prepare for You to eat the Passover? And He said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master says, My tim ... read more

Homily 82 on Matthew
      Matt. XXVI. 26-28. And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and gave thanks, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; This is my body. And He took a cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; T ... read more

Homily 83 on Matthew
      Matt. XXVI. 36-38. Then comes Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and says unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy: and He ... read more

Homily 84 on Matthew
      Matt. XXVI. 51-54. And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched forth his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear. Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again your sword unto his place, for a ... read more

Homily 85 on Matthew
      Matthew 26:67-68. Then did they spit in His face, and buffeted Him, and others smote Him with the palms of their hands, saying, Prophesy unto us, you Christ, who is he that smote you? Wherefore did they these things, when they were to put Him to de ... read more

Homily 86 on Matthew
      Matthew 27:11-12. And Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked Him, saying, Are you the king of the Jews? And Jesus said to him, You say. And when He was accused of the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing. Do you see what He ... read more

Homily 87 on Matthew
      Matt. XXVII. 27-29. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers; and they stripped Him, and put on Him a purple robe; and when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it on H ... read more

Homily 88 on Matthew
      Matt. XXVII. 45-48. Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, and said, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, my God my God, why have you forsaken m ... read more

Homily 89 on Matthew
      Matt. XXVII. 62-64. Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while He was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Co ... read more

Homily 9 on Ephesians
      Chapter IV. Verses 1-3 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beseech you, to walk worthily of the calling wherewith you were called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love; giving diligence to keep the uni ... read more

Homily 9 on Matthew
      Matt. II. 16. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding angry. Yet surely it was a case not for anger, but for fear and awe: he ought to have perceived that he was attempting impossible things. But he is not refrained ... read more

Homily 9 on Romans
      Rom. IV. 23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him for righteousness; but for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe in Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead. After saying many great things of Ab ... read more

Homily 9 on the Acts of the Apostles
      Acts III. 12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, You men of Israel, why marvel ye at this, or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we have made this man to walk? There is greater freedom of speech in ... read more

Homily 9 on the Statues
      Commendation of those who had laid aside the practice of swearing. It is shown that no one need scruple about hearing the divine oracles in the Church after a meal. Answer to the question, Why it was so long before the Holy Scriptures were given? Comment ... read more

Homily 90 on Matthew
      Matt. XXVIII. 11-14. Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and declared unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they had assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money u ... read more

Homily Against Publishing the Errors of the Brethren
      1. I account you happy for the zeal, beloved, with which you flock into the Father's house. For from this zeal I have ground for feeling confidence about your health also with respect to the soul; for indeed the school of the Church is an admirable surger ... read more

Homily on "Father, if it be possible..."
      Against Marcionists and Manichæans On the passage Father if it be possible let this cup pass from me, nevertheless not as I will but as you will: and against Marcionists and Manichæans: also, that we ought not to rush into danger, but to prefer the w ... read more

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