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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25 mine integrity shall never depart from me. What judge
would not award the everlasting kingdom to this steadfast
mind, thus bent on the course of righteousness that he might
live forever! Therefore it is meet for us to say, //Righteous art thou,
0 Lord, and upright are thy judgments*), and thy righteous¬
ness is above all blame. Thy ways are upright *) and in
them are no stumbling-blocks”. Justly does the sinner fall into
fire everlasting, because his thoughts were bent on sinning
for ever, neither did he turn unto repentance. The righteous
also are worthy of eternal life, because they devoted
their souls and minds to walk forever in the way of
righteousness. We ought, however, while we yet have time, to sow
good works, that we may receive a great-recompense for
but little labor; for an excellent life of but few days, the
kingdom of heaven which has no end. (We ought) to
flee from pleasures of short duration, lest through them we
bring upon ourselves eternal torments. But thou, 0 pious
man, hasten thy course after excellent things: //forget what
is behind thee, and strive after what is before thee” *).
Let not the good thou hast done dwell upon thy mind, lest
ijt prevent thee from doing what thou hast still to do. But
every day that the sun rises upon thee inake a beginning
of goods works to do them, and every day complete them, 11) Psalm CXIX, 137. 2) Cf. Psalm CXLV, 17. Revel. XV, 3. 3) Philip. Ill, 13.