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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Be not deceived; God is not mocked.

Your simple children bring In one, that they may sing In solemn lays Their hymns of praise With guileless lips to Christ their King. Acquire me rather than gold, and precious stones, and silver; for my produce is better than choice silver.

Not the woman decked out, but another’s hair, and through them another head. And let husbands love their wives as Christ also has loved the Church.

Clementis Alexandrini Paedagogus

And let not men, therefore, spend their time in barbers’ shops and taverns, babbling nonsense; and let them paedwgogus up hunting for the women who sit near, and ceaselessly talking slander against many to raise a laugh.

But it is not my province, says the Instructor, to teach these any longer.

Such are those addicted to base passionswhose whole body is made smooth by the violent tuggings of pitch-plasters. For as it is best that labour should precede food, so to labour above measure is both very bad, very exhausting, and apt to make us ill. Further, He banishes utterly love of glorysaying, Woe to you, Pharisees! And the Lord being one, is the same Instructor by all these. What can one say on seeing them?

Clement of Alexandria

Her husband also, and he praises her. Nourish yourselves up in the words of faith. 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 alexzndria form. His design does not prevent him from taking paedzgogus large part of his material from the Stoic Musonius Rufusthe master of Epictetus ; but for Clement the real instructor is the incarnate Pedagogus.


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.

Do you not know that spiders, merely by touching the mouth, afflict men with pain? Putting paedagovus lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: She smears them with ceruse. What do you say? The other people is the Gentile — useless; this is the people that follows not Christ. To those who do [not] wish to sin openly, a habit that will escape observation and is not conspicuous is most agreeable, which, when assumed, will allow them to transgress without detection; so that, alexanrdia undistinguishable from others, they may fearlessly go their length in sinning.

For the licentious rush readily into uncleanness, like swine rushing to that part of the hold of the ship which is depressed.

As with Epictetus, true virtue shows itself with him in its external evidences by a natural, simple, and moderate way of living. Break your bread to the hungry; and lead the houseless poor into your house.

Whence the Scripture most strenuously exhorts, Introduce not every one into your house, for the snares of the crafty are paedagoguss. These things are to be observed, and whatever else is commanded in reading the Bible.

And not to be angry at those who act wantonly, is a clear proof of a disposition inclining to the like. Then shall you call, and God will hear you; while you are yet speaking, He will say, I am here.


Servants, be obedient to those that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the singleness of your hearts, as unto Christ; with good-will from alexandtia soul doing service.

For that style of dress is grave, and protects from being gazed at. But you have not so learned Christ; if so be that you have heard Him, and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: The god of the Egyptians appears a beast rolling on a purple couch.

The Instructor (Book III)

Houses skilfully constructed, compact, portable, transparent, covered with fine linen. So they dishonour the Creator of menas if the beauty given by Him were nothing worth. And we must walk suitably to the Word; and if there be a wife and children, the house is not a burden, having learned to change its place along with the sound-minded traveller.

The Sodomites having, through much luxury, fallen into uncleanness, practising adultery shamelessly, and burning with insane love for boys; the All-seeing Word, whose notice those who commit impieties cannot escape, cast His eye on them.

And chastityassuming to itself bonds, appears superior to dissolute licence.

And if drink fail the barbarians, they milk them; and after that their food is spent, they do not spare even their blood, as is reported of furious wolves. But wisdom, and discriminating judgments that are hoary with wisdom, attain maturity with alexancria, and by the vigour of long experience give strength to old age, producing grey hairs, the admirable flower paedgogus venerable wisdom, conciliating confidence.

And we shall find many examples also in other places — as, for instance, respecting prayer: And He enjoins on us by Isaiah: