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WHERE DID YOU FIND YOUR PROPERTY?

from the Speech on Avarice, * § 7, Translated by Elpenor * Greek Fonts ||| St Basil Home Page


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Isn't it true, that you fell off the womb naked? Isn't it true, that naked you shall return to the earth? Where is your present property from? If you think that it came to you by itself, you don't believe in God, you don't acknowledge the creator and you are not thankful to Him who gave it to you. But if you agree and confess that you have it from God, tell us the reason why He gave it to you.

Is God unjust, dividing unequally the goods of our life? Why are you rich, while the other is poor? Isn't it, if not for any other reason, in order for you to gain a reward for your kindness and faithful providence, and for him to be honored with the great awards of patience? But you, having gathered everything inside the bosom of avarice which is always empty, do you think that you wrong no one, while you strip so many people?
Οὐχὶ γυμνὸς ἐξέπεσας τῆς γαστρός; οὐ γυμνὸς πάλιν εἰς τὴν γῆν ὑποστρέψεις; Τὰ δὲ παρόντα σοι πόθεν; Εἰ μὲν ἀπὸ ταυτομάτου λέγεις͵ ἄθεος εἶ͵ μὴ γνωρίζων τὸν κτίσαντα͵ μηδὲ χάριν ἔχων τῷ δεδωκότι· εἰ δὲ ὁμολογεῖς εἶναι παρὰ Θεοῦ͵ εἰπὲ τὸν λόγον ἡμῖν δι΄ ὃν ἔλαβες.

Μὴ ἄδικος ὁ Θεὸς͵ ὁ ἀνίσως ἡμῖν διαιρῶν τὰ τοῦ βίου; Διὰ τί σὺ μὲν πλουτεῖς͵ ἐκεῖνος δὲ πένεται; ῍Η πάντως͵ ἵνα καὶ σὺ χρηστότητος καὶ πιστῆς οἰκονομίας μισθὸν ὑποδέξῃ͵ κἀκεῖνος τοῖς μεγάλοις ἄθλοις τῆς ὑπομονῆς τιμηθῇ; Σὺ δὲ͵ πάντα τοῖς ἀπληρώτοις τῆς πλεονεξίας κόλποις περιλαβὼν͵ οὐδένα οἴει ἀδικεῖν τοσούτους ἀποστερῶν;
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