Bishop Kaye (Some Account of the Writings and Opinions of Clement of Alexandria, p. 48) translates, “receiving from man that which made man (that on account. Title: The Instructor (Paedagogus). Author: Clement, of Alexandria, Saint, approximately approximately Link: HTML with commentary at CCEL. Paedagogus by Clement of Alexandria. Also spelled “Pædagogus”, originally παιδαγωγός in Greek, commonly translated as “The Instructor” or.
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And such creatures are manifestly shown to be what they are from their external appearance, their clothes, shoes, form, walk, cut dlement their hair, look.
Wherefore also women ought to dress neatly, and bind themselves around with the band of chaste modesty, lest through giddiness they slip away from the truth.
And others, as if they had certain efflorescences, in order to appear comely in the eyes of spectators, stain their faces by adorning them with gay-colored ointments. And the things which He is wont to say to children by the way, while He conducts them to the Master, these He suggests, and adduces the Scriptures themselves in a compendious form, setting forth bare injunctions, accommodating them to the period of guidance, and assigning the interpretation of them to the Master.
And chastityassuming to itself bonds, appears superior to dissolute licence. And if we are called to the kingdom of Godlet us walk worthy of the kingdom, loving God and our neighbour. The miserable dealers in these wares sail, bringing a cargo of fornication, like wine or oil; and others, far more wretched, traffic in pleasures as they do in bread and sauce, not heeding the words of MosesDo not prostitute your daughter, to cause her to be a whore, lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.
For it is not possible otherwise to obtain enjoyment without injury; and each man’s preference of a mode of life is a counterpart of his disposition. For righteousness is true riches; and the Word is more valuable than all treasure, not accruing from cattle and fields, but given by God — riches which cannot be taken away. Nor is it a reproach to a wife — housekeeper and helpmeet — to occupy herself in cooking, so that it may be palatable to her husband. No one who entertains right sentiments would wish to appear a fornicator, were he not the victim of that viceand study to defame the beauty of his form.
Most excellent is what has been said: Depart from the paths of deceit. And appetite, which is the third department, is many-shaped above Proteus, the varying sea-god, who changed himself now into one shape, now into another; and it allures to adulteries, to licentiousness, to seductions.
And it is incumbent on us not to seem, but to be free, trained by Godadopted by God. Knowingthen, the duty of each, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: For what end, then, are such paedagoguus dishes prepared, but to fill one belly?
It also temperance is contented.
Hear, He says, O child, who art rightly instructed, the principal alexaneria of salvation. For as gushing wells, when pumped out, rise again to their former measure, so giving away, being the benignant spring of loveby communicating of its drink to the thirsty, again increases and is replenished, just as the milk is wont to flow into the breasts that alexandra sucked or milked.
For a house sufficient, and less encumbered than the waggon, he takes his horse, and mounting it, is borne where he wishes.
And let not men, therefore, spend clment time in barbers’ shops and taverns, babbling nonsense; and let them give up hunting for the women who sit near, and ceaselessly talking slander against many to raise a laugh. Grant to us who obey Your precepts, that we may perfect the likeness of the image, and with all our power know Him who is the good God paedagogud not a harsh judge.
And that one, in another respect, God guides. For the parting of the hoof a,exandria the equilibrium paedaagogus righteousness, and ruminating points to the proper food of righteousness, the word, which enters from without, like food, by instruction, but is recalled from the mindas from the stomach, to rational recollection.
And shops are erected and opened everywhere; and adepts at this meretricious fornication make a deal of money openly by those who plaster themselves, and give their hair to be pulled out in all ways by those who make it their trade, feeling no shame before the onlookers or those who approach, nor before themselves, being men. And frugality is in the highest degree rich, being equal to unfailing expenditure, bestowed on what is requisite, and alexandriia the degree requisite.
Has she a prominent stomach? For so the hand will be freest for work, in whatever we need it; and the signet will not very easily fall off, being guarded by the large knot of the joint. But, above all, it seems right that we turn away from the sight of women.
Having laid a foundation in the knowledge of divine truth in the first book, he goes on in the Paedagogus to develop a Christian ethic. As you would that men should do unto you, do likewise to them. Cleanse first the inside of the cup, that the outside may be clean also.
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She comes, She goes back, she approaches, she goes back. And now, in truthit is time for me to cease from paeddagogus instruction, and for you to listen to the Teacher.
But whoever neither himself perceives, nor, hearing another, Lays to heart — he is a worthless man.
For know this well, says the apostle, that no fornicator, or unclean person, or covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let this water undulate within itself; let this fire restrain its wrath ; let this air wander into ether; and this earth be consolidated, and acquire motion!