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The Epistle Of Ignatius To The Philippians by Ignatius

Chapter XII.--The meek reply of Christ.

But the Lord is long-suffering, and does not reduce to nothing him who in his ignorance dares [to utter] such words, but meekly replies, |Get thee hence, Satan.| He does not say, |Get thee behind Me,| for it is not possible that he should be converted; but, |Begone, Satan,| to the course which thou hast chosen. |Begone| to those things to which, through thy malevolence, thou hast been called. For I know Who I am, and by Whom I have been sent, and Whom it behoves Me to worship. For |thou shall worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.| I know the one [God]; I am acquainted with the only [Lord] from whom thou hast become an apostate. I am not an enemy of God; I acknowledge His pre-eminence; I know the Father, who is the author of my generation.
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