Ante-Nicene Fathers/Volume IV/Commodianus/The Instructions of Commodianus/Chapter 72

Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol. IV, Commodianus, The Instructions of Commodianus by Commodianus, translated by Robert Ernest Wallis
Chapter 72

LXXII.—To the Poor in Health.

What can healthful poverty do, unless wealth be present?  Assuredly, if thou hast the means, at once communicate also to thy brother.  Be responsible to thyself for one, lest thou shouldst be said to be proud.  I promise that thou shalt live more secure than the rich man.  Receive into thy ears the teaching of the great Solomon:  God hates the poor man to be a pleader on high.[1]  Therefore submit thyself, and give honour to Him that is powerful; for the soft speech—thou knowest the proverb—melts.[2]  One is conquered by service, even although there be an ancient anger.  If the tongue be silent, thou hast found nothing better.  If there should not wholesomely be an art whereby life may be governed, either give aid or direction by the command of Him that is mighty.  Let it not shame or grieve you that a healthy man should have faith.  In the treasury, besides, thou oughtest to give of thy labour, even as that widow whom the Anointed One preferred.[3]


  1. [Prov. xxiii. 11.]
  2. [Prov. xv. 1.]
  3. [Mark xii. 42; Luke xxi. 2.]