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Chapter VII.--|Not to Be Ministered Unto, But to Minister.|

But I, when I heard this, fell a-trembling and weeping, that such a word should be spoken by a man to whom all the men of this generation are inferior in point of knowledge and piety. But he, seeing me weeping, asked the cause of my tears. Then I said, |In what have I sinned so that you have spoken to me such a word?| Then Peter answered, |If it were wrong of me to speak of being your servant, you were first in fault in asking to be mine.| Then I said, |The cases are not parallel; for to do this indeed becomes me well; but it is terrible for you, the herald of God, and who savest our souls, to do this to me.| Then Peter answered, |I should agree with you, but that our Lord, who came for the salvation of all the world, being alone noble above all, submitted to the condition of a servant, that He might persuade us not to be ashamed to perform the ministrations of servants to our brethren, however well-born we may be.| Then I said, |If I think to overcome you in argument, I am foolish. However, I thank the providence of God, that I have been thought worthy to have you instead of parents.|
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