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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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John 1:9
      That was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world. 1. The reason, O children greatly beloved, why we entertain you portion by portion with the thoughts taken from the Scriptures, and do not at once pour all forth to you, is, that ... read more

John 1:9-10
      That was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world. 1. Nothing hinders us from handling today also the same words, since before we were prevented by the setting forth of doctrines, from considering all that was read. Where now are ... read more

John 20:10-23
      Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. But Mary stood without at the sepulcher, weeping. 1. Full of feeling somehow is the female sex, and more inclined to pity. I say this, lest you should wonder how it could be that Mary wept bitterly ... read more

John 20:24-21:14
      But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, We have seen the Lord. But he said, Except I shall see in His hands — I will not believe. 1. As to believe carelessly and in a ... read more

John 21:15-25
      So when they had dined, Jesus says to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, do you love Me more than these? He says unto Him, Yea, Lord, You know that I love You. 1. There are indeed many other things which are able to give us boldness towards God, and to sh ... read more

John 2:11-22
      This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee. 1. Frequent and fierce is the devil in his attacks, on all sides besieging our salvation; we therefore must watch and be sober, and everywhere fortify ourselves against his assault, for if he but g ... read more

John 2:23-3:4
      Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, in the feast, many believed on Him. 1. Of the men of that time some clung to their error, others laid hold on the truth, while of these last, some having retained it for a little while again fell off from it. ... read more

John 2:4-10
      Woman, what have I to do with you? My hour is not yet come. 1. In preaching the word there is some toil, and this Paul declares when he says, Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctr ... read more

John 3:12-16
      If I have told you earthly things, and you believe not, how shall you believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man has ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of Man which is in heaven. 1. What I have often said I ... read more

John 3:17-20
      For God sent not His Son to condemn the world, but to save the world. 1. Many of the more careless sort of persons, using the lovingkindness of God to increase the magnitude of their sins and the excess of their disregard, speak in this way, There is no ... read more

John 3:22-30
      And He came and His disciples into the land of Judæa, and there He tarried with them (and baptized). 1. Nothing can be clearer or mightier than the truth, just as nothing is weaker than falsehood, though it be shaded by ten thousand veils. For even so i ... read more

John 3:31-34
      He that comes from above is above all; he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaks of the earth. 1. A dreadful thing is the love of glory, dreadful and full of many evils; it is a thorn hard to be extracted, a wild beast untamable and many headed, arm ... read more

John 3:35-4:12
      The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. He that believes in the Son has everlasting life, and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him. 1. Great is shown to be in all things the gain of ... read more

John 3:5
      Verily I say unto you, Unless a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. 1. Little children who go daily to their teachers receive their lessons, and repeat them, and never cease from this kind of acquisition, but ... read more

John 3:6-11
      That which is born of the flesh is flesh: and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 1. Great mysteries are they, of which the Only-begotten Son of God has counted us worthy; great, and such as we were not worthy of, but such as it was meet for Him ... read more

John 4:13-22
      Jesus answered and said to her, Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him, shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlast ... read more

John 4:23-27
      Jesus says unto her, Woman, believe Me, the hour comes, when you shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship ye know not what; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 1. Everywhere, beloved, we hav ... read more

John 4:28-39
      The woman then left her water pot, and went her way into the city, and says to the men, Come, see a Man which told me all things that ever I did; is not this the Christ? 1. We require much fervor and uproused zeal, for without these it is impossible to o ... read more

John 4:40-53
      So when the Samaritans had come unto Him, they besought Him that He would tarry with them: and He abode there two days. And many more believed because of His own Word; and said to the woman, Now we believe, not because of your saying: for we have heard Hi ... read more

John 4:54-5:3
      This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when He had come out of Judæa into Galilee. After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 1. As in gold mines one skillful in what relates to them would not endure to overlook ... read more

John 5:14-21
      Afterward Jesus finds him in the Temple, and said to him, Behold, you are made whole; sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto you. 1. A fearful thing is sin, fearful, and the ruin of the soul, and the mischief oftentimes through its excess has overflow ... read more

John 5:23-30
      For My Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son; that all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. 1. Beloved, we need great diligence in all things, for we shall render account of and undergo a strict enquiry both ... read more

John 5:31-39
      If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true; there is another that bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which he witnesses of Me is true. 1. If any one unpracticed in the art undertake to work a mine, he will get no gold, but confound ... read more

John 5:39-47
      Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think you have eternal life; and they are they which testify of Me. And ye will not come to Me that you might have [eternal ] life. 1. Beloved, let us make great account of spiritual things, and not think that it i ... read more

John 5:6-13
      Jesus says unto him, Will you be made whole? The impotent man answered Him, Yea, Sir, but I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool. 1. Great is the profit of the divine Scriptures, and all-sufficient is the aid which comes from ... read more

John 6:1-7
      After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, into the parts of Tiberias. And a great multitude followed Him, because they saw the miracles which He did on them that were diseased. And Jesus departed into a mountain, and there sat with His discip ... read more

John 6:16-25
      And when even was now come, His disciples went down unto the sea and entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come unto them. And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. 1. Christ prov ... read more

John 6:26-27
      Jesus answered them, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, You seek Me, not because ye saw the miracles but because ye did eat of the loaves and were filled. Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures unto everlasting life. ... read more

John 6:28-40
      Then said they unto Him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent. They said therefore unto Him, What sign do you show then, that we may see a ... read more

John 6:41-52
      The Jews then murmured at Him, because He said, I am the Bread which came down from heaven; and they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, I came down from heaven? 1. Whose god is their ... read more

John 6:53-70
      Jesus therefore said to them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His blood, you have not eternal life in yourselves. Whoever eats My flesh, and drinks My blood, has life in himself. 1. When we converse o ... read more

John 7:1-8
      After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill Him. Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand. 1. Nothing is worse than envy and malice; through these death entered into the world. For whe ... read more

John 7:25-35
      Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill? But, lo, he speaks boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ? Howbeit we know this man whence he is. 1. Nothing is placed in ... read more

John 7:37-44
      In the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 1. They who come to the ... read more

John 7:45-8:19
      Then came the officers to the Chief Priests and Pharisees; and they said to them, Why have ye not brought him? The officers answered, Never man spoke like this Man. 1. There is nothing clearer, nothing simpler than the truth, if we deal not perversely; j ... read more

John 7:9-24
      When He had said these words unto them, He abode still in Galilee. But when His brethren had gone up, then went He up also unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. 1. The things done by Christ after the manner of men, are not so done only to ... read more

John 8:20-31
      These words spoke Jesus in the treasury, as He taught in the Temple; and no man laid hands on Him, for His hour was not yet come. 1. Oh the folly of the Jews! seeking Him as they did before the Passover, and then having found Him in the midst of them, an ... read more

John 8:31-46
      Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If you continue in My word, then are you My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 1. Beloved, our condition needs much endurance; and endurance is produced ... read more

John 8:48-59
      Then answered the Jews, and said to Him, Say we not well that you are a Samaritan, and hast a devil? Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honor My Father. 1. A shameless and a forward thing is wickedness, and when it ought to hide itself, then is it ... read more

John 9:1-5
      And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 1. And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth. Be ... read more

John 9:17-34
      They say unto the blind man again, What do you say of him, that he has opened your eyes? He said, He is a Prophet. The Jews then did not believe. 1. We must go over the Scriptures not in a chance way or carelessly, but with all exactness, that we be not ... read more

John 9:34-10:12
      And they cast him out. And Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, Do you believe in the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is He, Lord, that I might believe in Him? And the rest. 1. They who for the sake of ... read more

John 9:6-16
      When Jesus had thus spoken, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, and said, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam. 1. Those who intend to gain any advantage from what they read, must not pa ... read more

Letter to a Young Widow
      The date of the following letter can be determined within very narrow limits. It contains a reference (c. 5) to the defeat and death of the Emperor Valens in the battle with the Goths at Hadrianople, in A.D. 378, as a recent event. The Emperor who is desc ... read more

Letter to Some Priests of Antioch
      The following letter is added as a specimen, out of a very large number, of the natural, almost playful style, and tone of warm affection, in which Chrysostom wrote to his intimate friends. All his extant letters were written during his exile, and therefo ... read more

Letters to Olympias - Part 1
      The deaconess Olympias to whom seventeen of Chrysostom's extant letters are addressed was the most eminent of his female friends. She belonged to a Pagan family of high rank, and was born about 368. Her father Seleucus who was a count of the Empire died w ... read more

Letters to Olympias - Part 2
      4. Do not then now desire death, nor neglect the means of cure; for indeed this would not be safe. On this account Paul also exhorts Timothy to take the greatest care of himself. As regards infirmity then enough has now been said. But if it is separation ... read more

No One Can Harm the Man Who Does Not Harm Himself - Part 1
      1. I know well that to coarse-minded persons, who are greedy in the pursuit of present things, and are nailed to earth, and enslaved to physical pleasure, and have no strong hold upon spiritual ideas, this treatise will be of a strange and paradoxical kin ... read more

No One Can Harm the Man Who Does Not Harm Himself - Part 2
      10. But do you wish to take vengeance on those who have annoyed you? This, as I was saying just now, is the very reason why wealth ought specially to be avoided. For it prepares you to thrust the sword against yourself, and renders you liable to a heavier ... read more

On St. Babylas
      1. I was anxious today to pay the debt which I promised you when I was lately here. But what am I to do? In the meanwhile, the blessed Babylas has appeared, and has called me to himself, uttering no voice, but attracting our attention by the brightness of ... read more

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