The EPISTLE of IGNATIUS to the TRALLIANS.
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(William Wake and Solomon Caesar Malan version)



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IGNATIUS, who is also called Theophorus, to the holy church which is at Tralles in Asia: beloved of God the Father of Jesus Christ, elect and worthy of God, having peace [*175:12] through the flesh and blood, and passion of Jesus Christ our hope, in the resurrection which is [*175:13] by him: which also I salute in its fulness, continuing in the apostolical character, wishing all joy and happiness unto it.
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I have [*175:14] heard of your blameless and [*175:15] constant disposition through patience, which [*175:16] not only appears in your outward conversation, but is naturally rooted and grounded in you.
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In like manner as Polybius your bishop has declared unto me, who came to me to Smyrna, by the will of God and Jesus Christ, and so rejoiced together with me [*176:1] in my bonds for Jesus Christ, that in effect I saw your whole [*176:2] church in him.
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Having therefore received [*176:3] testimony of your good will towards me [*176:4] for God's sake, by him; [*176:5] I seemed to find you, as also I knew that ye were the [*176:6] followers of God.
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For [*176:7] whereas ye are subject to your bishop as to Jesus Christ, ye appear to me to live not after the manner of men, but according to Jesus Christ; who died for us, that so believing in his death, ye might [*176:8] escape death.
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It is therefore necessary, that as ye do, so without your bishop, you should do nothing: also be ye subject to your presbyters, as to the Apostles of Jesus Christ our hope; in whom if we walk, we shall be found in him.
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[*176:9] The deacons also, as being the ministers of the mysteries of Jesus Christ, must by all means please ye. For they are not the [*176:10] ministers of meat and drink, but of the church of God. Wherefore they must avoid all offences, as they would do fire.
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In like manner let us reverence the deacons [*176:11] as Jesus Christ; and the bishop as the father; and the presbyters as the Sanhedrim of God, and college of the Apostles.
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Without these there is no [*176:12] church. Concerning all which I am persuaded that ye [*176:13] think after the very same manner: for I have received, and even now have with me, the pattern of your love, in your bishop.
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Whose very [*176:14] look is instructive; and whose mildness [*176:15] powerful: [*176:16] whom I am persuaded, the very Atheists themselves cannot but reverence.
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But because I have a love towards you, I will not write any more sharply unto you about this matter, though I very well might; but now I have done so; lest being a condemned man, I should seem to prescribe to you as an Apostle.
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I have [*176:17] great knowledge in God; but I [*176:18] refrain myself, lest I should perish in my boasting.
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For now I ought the more to fear; and not to hearken to those that would puff me up.
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For they that speak to me, in my praise, chasten me.
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For I indeed [*176:19] desire to suffer, but I cannot tell whether I am worthy so to do.
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[*176:20] And this desire, though to others it does not appear, yet to myself it is for that very reason the more violent. I have, therefore, need of [*176:21] moderation; by which the prince of this world is destroyed.
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Am I not able to write to you of heavenly things?--But I fear lest I should harm you, who are yet but babes in Christ: (excuse me this care;) and lest per chance being not able to receive them, ye should be choken with them.
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For even I myself, although I am in bonds, [*177:1] yet am not therefore able to understand heavenly things:
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As the places of the angels, and the several companies of them, under their respective princes; things visible and invisible; but in these I am yet a learner.
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For many things are wanting to us, that we come not short of God.
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Footnotes

^175:12 In. ^175:13 Unto. ^175:14 Known. ^175:15 Inseparable mind. ^175:16 Which you have not according to use, but according to possession. ^176:1 Who am bound. ^176:2 Multitude. ^176:3 Your benevolence. ^176:4 According to God. ^176:5 Vid. Vossium in loc. ^176:6 Imitators. ^176:7 When. ^176:8 Flee from. ^176:9 Vid Vossium in loc. ^176:10 Deacons. ^176:11 As also the bishop like Jesus Christ the Son of the Father. Vossius in loc. vid. aliter Cotelerium. ^176:12 A church is not called. ^176:13 So do. ^176:14 Habit of body is great instruction. ^176:15 Power. ^176:16 Vid. Vossium et Usserium in loc. ^176:17 I understand many things. ^176:18 Measure. ^176:19 Love. ^176:20 Vid. Annot. Vossii in loc. ^176:21 Mildness. ^177:1 Orders.


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