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The Epistle Of Ignatius To The Magnesians by Ignatius

Chapter XII.--Ye are superior to me.

May I enjoy you in all respects, if indeed I be worthy! For though I am bound, I am not worthy to be compared to any of you that are at liberty. I know that ye are not puffed up, for ye have Jesus Christ in yourselves. And all the more when I commend you, I know that ye cherish modesty of spirit; as it is written, |The righteous man is his own accuser.|

May I enjoy you in all respects, if indeed I be worthy! For though I am bound, I am not worthy to be compared to one of you that are at liberty. I know that ye are not puffed up, for ye have Jesus in yourselves. And all the more when I commend you, I know that ye cherish modesty of spirit; as it is written, |The righteous man is his own accuser;| and again, |Declare thou first thine iniquities, that thou mayest be justified;| and again, |When ye shall have done all things that are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants;| |for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.| For says [the Scripture], |God be merciful to me a sinner.| Therefore those great ones, Abraham and Job, styled themselves |dust and ashes before God. And David says, |Who am I before Thee, O Lord, that Thou hast glorified me hitherto?| And Moses, who was |the meekest of all men,| saith to God, |I am of a feeble voice, and of a slow tongue.| Be ye therefore also of a humble spirit, that ye may be exalted; for |he that abaseth himself shall be exalted, and he that exalteth himself shall be abased.|

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