Posted: 09/09/2014 by whocantopit in Bible Lessons


Translated by J.B. Lightfoot.

1Clem prologue:1
The Church of God which sojourneth in Rome to the Church of sojourneth in Corinth, to them which are called and sanctif will of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to you and from Almighty God through Jesus Christ be multiplied.

1Clem 1:1
By reason of the sudden and repeated calamities and reve are befalling us, brethren, we consider that we have been s tardy in giving heed to the matters of dispute that have ar you, dearly beloved, and to the detestable and unholy sedit alien and strange to the elect of God, which a few headstro self-willed persons have kindled to such a pitch of madness name, once revered and renowned and lovely in the sight of hath been greatly reviled.

1Clem 1:2
For who that had sojourned among you did not approve your m virtuous and steadfast faith? Who did not admire your sober forbearing piety in Christ? Who did not publish abroad your magnificent disposition of hospitality? Who did not congrat on your perfect and sound knowledge?

1Clem 1:3
For ye did all things without respect of persons, and ye wa the ordinances of God, submitting yourselves to your rulers rendering to the older men among you the honor which is the On the young too ye enjoined modest and seemly thoughts: an women ye charged to perform all their duties in a blameless seemly and pure conscience, cherishing their own husbands, meet; and ye taught them to keep in the rule of obedience, manage the affairs of their household in seemliness, with a discretion.

1Clem 2:1
And ye were all lowly in mind and free from arrogance, yielding rather than claiming submission, more glad to give than to receive, and content with the provisions which God supplieth. And giving heed unto His words, ye laid them up diligently in your hearts, and His sufferings were before your eyes.

1Clem 2:2
Thus a profound and rich peace was given to all, and an insatiable desire of doing good. An abundant outpouring also of the Holy Spirit fell upon all;

1Clem 2:3
and, being full of holy counsel, in excellent zeal and with a pious confidence ye stretched out your hands to Almighty God, supplicating Him to be propitious, if unwillingly ye had committed any sin.

1Clem 2:4
Ye had conflict day and night for all the brotherhood, that the number of His elect might be saved with fearfulness and intentness of mind.

1Clem 2:5
Ye were sincere and simple and free from malice one towards another.

1Clem 2:6
Every sedition and every schism was abominable to you. Ye mourned over the transgressions of your neighbors: ye judged their shortcomings to be your own.

1Clem 2:7
Ye repented not of any well-doing, but were ready unto every good work.

1Clem 2:8
Being adorned with a most virtuous and honorable life, ye performed all your duties in the fear of Him. The commandments and the ordinances of the Lord were written on the tablets of your hearts.

1Clem 3:1
All glory and enlargement was given unto you, and that was fulfilled which is written My beloved ate and drank and was enlarged and waxed fat and kicked.

1Clem 3:2
Hence come jealousy and envy, strife and sedition, persecution and tumult, war and captivity.

1Clem 3:3
So men were stirred up, the mean against the honorable, the ill reputed against the highly reputed, the foolish against the wise, the young against the elder.

1Clem 3:4
For this cause righteousness and peace stand aloof, while each man hath forsaken the fear of the Lord and become purblind in the faith of Him, neither walketh in the ordinances of His commandments nor liveth according to that which becometh Christ, but each goeth after the lusts of his evil heart, seeing that they have conceived an unrighteous and ungodly jealousy, through which also death entered into the world.

1Clem 4:1
For so it is written, And it came to pass after certain days that Cain brought of the fruits of the earth a sacrifice unto God, and Abel he also brought of the firstlings of the sheep and of their fatness.

1Clem 4:2
And God looked upon Abel and upon his gifts, but unto Cain and unto his sacrifices He gave no heed.

1Clem 4:3
And Cain sorrowed exceedingly, and his countenance fell.

1Clem 4:4
And God said unto Cain, Wherefore art thou very sorrowful and wherefore did thy countenance fall? If thou hast offered aright and hast not divided aright, didst thou not sin? Hold thy peace.

1Clem 4:5
Unto thee shall he turn, and thou shalt rule over him. {This last phrase has also been translated: Be at peace: thine offering returns to thyself, and thou shalt again possess it.}

1Clem 4:6
And Cain said unto Abel his brother, Let us go over unto the plain. And it came to pass, while they Were in the plain, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and slew him.

1Clem 4:7
Ye see, brethren, jealousy and envy wrought a brother’s murder.

1Clem 4:8
By reason of jealousy our father Jacob ran away from the face of Esau his brother.

1Clem 4:9
Jealousy caused Joseph to be persecuted even unto death, and to come even unto bondage.

1Clem 4:10
Jealousy compelled Moses to flee from the face of Pharaoh king of Egypt while it was said to him by his own countryman, Who made thee a judge or a decider over us, Wouldest thou slay me, even as yesterday thou slewest the Egyptian?

1Clem 4:11
By reason of jealousy Aaron and Miriam were lodged outside the camp.

1Clem 4:12
Jealousy brought Dathan and Abiram down alive to hades, because they made sedition against Moses the servant of God.

1Clem 4:13
By reason of jealousy David was envied not only by the Philistines, but was persecuted also by Saul [king of Israel].

1Clem 5:1
But, to pass from the examples of ancient days, let us come to those champions who lived nearest to our time. Let us set before us the noble examples which belong to our generation.

1Clem 5:2
By reason of jealousy and envy the greatest and most righteous pillars of the Church were persecuted, and contended even unto death.

1Clem 5:3
Let us set before our eyes the good Apostles.

1Clem 5:4
There was Peter who by reason of unrighteous jealousy endured not one not one but many labors, and thus having borne his testimony went to his appointed place of glory.

1Clem 5:5
By reason of jealousy and strife Paul by his example pointed out the prize of patient endurance. After that he had been seven times in bonds, had been driven into exile, had been stoned, had preached in the East and in the West, he won the noble renown which was the reward of his faith,

1Clem 5:6
having taught righteousness unto the whole world and having reached the farthest bounds of the West; and when he had borne his testimony before the rulers, so he departed from the world and went unto the holy place, having been found a notable pattern of patient endurance.

1Clem 6:1
Unto these men of holy lives was gathered a vast multitude of the elect, who through many indignities and tortures, being the victims of jealousy, set a brave example among ourselves.

1Clem 6:2
By reason of jealousy women being persecuted, after that they had suffered cruel and unholy insults as Danaids and Dircae, safely reached the goal in the race of faith, and received a noble reward, feeble though they were in body.

1Clem 6:3
Jealousy hath estranged wives from their husbands and changed the saying of our father Adam, This now is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.

1Clem 6:4
Jealousy and strife have overthrown great cities and uprooted great nations.

1Clem 7:1
These things, dearly beloved, we write, not only as admonishing you, but also as putting ourselves in remembrance. For we are in the same lists, and the same contest awaiteth us.

1Clem 7:2
Wherefore let us forsake idle and vain thoughts; and let us conform to the glorious and venerable rule which hath been handed down to us;

1Clem 7:3
and let us see what is good and what is pleasant and what is acceptable in the sight of Him that made us.

1Clem 7:4
Let us fix our eyes on the blood of Christ and understand how precious it is unto His Father, because being shed for our salvation it won for the whole world the grace of repentance.

1Clem 7:5
Let us review all the generations in turn, and learn how from generation to generation the Master hath given a place for repentance unto them that desire to turn to Him.

1Clem 7:6
Noah preached repentance, and they that obeyed were saved.

1Clem 7:7
Jonah preached destruction unto the men of Nineveh; but they, repenting of their sins, obtained pardon of God by their supplications and received salvation, albeit they were aliens from God.

1Clem 8:1The ministers of the grace of God through the Holy Spirit spake concerning repentance.

1Clem 8:2
Yea and the Master of the universe Himself spake concerning repentance with an oath:

1Clem 8:3
for, as I live saith the Lord, I desire not the death of the sinner, so much as his repentance,

1Clem 8:4
and He added also a merciful judgment: Repent ye, O house of Israel, of your iniquity; say unto the sons of My people, Though your sins reach from the earth even unto the heaven, and though they be redder than scarlet and blacker than sackcloth, and ye turn unto Me with your whole heart and say Father, I will give ear unto you as unto a holy people.

1Clem 8:5
And in another place He saith on this wise, Wash, be ye clean. Put away your iniquities from your souls out of My sight. Cease from your iniquities; learn to do good; seek out judgment; defend him that is wronged: give judgment for the orphan, and execute righteousness for the widow; and come and let us reason together, saith He; and though your sins be as crimson, I will make them white as snow; and though they be as scarlet, I will make them white as wool. And if ye be willing and will hearken unto Me, ye shall eat the good things of the earth; but if ye be not willing, neither hearken unto Me, a sword shall devour you; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken these things.

1Clem 8:6
Seeing then that He desireth all His beloved to be partakers of repentance, He confirmed it by an act of His almighty will.

1Clem 9:1
Wherefore let us be obedient unto His excellent and glorious will; and presenting ourselves as suppliants of His mercy and goodness, let us fall down before Him and betake ourselves unto His compassions, forsaking the vain toil and the strife and the jealousy which leadeth unto death.
1Clem 9:2
Let us fix our eyes on them that ministered perfectly unto His excellent glory.

1Clem 9:3
Let us set before us Enoch, who being found righteous in obedience was translated, and his death was not found.

1Clem 9:4
Noah, being found faithful, by his ministration preached regeneration unto the world, and through him the Master saved the living creatures that entered into the ark in concord.

1Clem 10:1
Abraham, who was called the ‘friend,’ was found faithful in that he rendered obedience unto the words of God.

1Clem 10:2
He through obedience went forth from his land and from his kindred and from his father’s house, that leaving a scanty land and a feeble kindred and a mean house he might inherit the promises of God.


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