Stephen bar Sudaili, the Syrian mystic, and the book of Hierotheos

Frothingham F. Stephen bar Sudaili, the Syrian mystic, and the book of Hierotheos. -1886

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23 according to the inclination of his mind to continue in sin
he justly falls into everlasting hell. For the rich man who
filled his barns with many fruits said thus unto his soul:
„Eat, drink, and be merry; thou hast much goods laid up
for many years” *). And thus his mind was bent on making
merry for many years; his life therefore is cut off, hut not
his sin, for his mind was bent upon giving itself up to
enjoyments forever. It is therefore justice which condemns
this man to eternal fire, for, as far as his will was concerned,
he would have lived forever in gluttony. Thus also the
righteous man justly inherits eternal life, because, as far
as his will was concerned, he contemplated serving God
forever, although his life was, beyond his control, cut off
by death from the course of righteousness. Job also, so
admirable in the midst of temptations, is my witness; for,
while he was attacked with ulcers and his body was cor¬
rupted with sore boils, the ulcers of his body mingled to¬
gether , and his members made putrid by the discharge from
his sores, he spoke thus in the intensity of his anguish:
«Until I die mine integrity shall not depart from me. My
righteousness I hold fast and will not let it go” *), and 1 21) Luke XII, 19. 2) Job XXVII, 5—6: »and mine integrity etc.”, an erroneous repetition