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The Clementine Homilies by Unknown

Chapter XXIII.--|Whither Shall I Go from Thy Presence?|

When I had thus spoken, Appion broke in upon my discourse. |What!| said he; |do not the laws of the Greeks also forbid wickedness, and punish adulterers?| Then said I: |Then the gods of the Greeks, who acted contrary to the laws, deserve punishment. But how shall I be able to restrain myself, if I suppose that the gods themselves first practised all wickednesses as well as adultery, and did not suffer punishment; whereas they ought the rather to have suffered, as not being slaves to lust? But if they were subject to it, how were they gods?| Then Appion said: |Let us have in our eye not the gods, but the judges; and looking to them, we shall be afraid to sin.| Then I said: |This is not fitting, O Appion: for he who has his eye upon men will dare to sin, in hope of escaping detection; but he who sets before his soul the all-seeing God, knowing that he cannot escape His notice, will refrain from sinning even in secret.|
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