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ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus
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Chapter VI.—Renewed cautions.

These things I write to you, thou new olive-tree of Christ, not that I am aware you hold any such opinions, but that I may put you on your guard, as a father does his children. Beware, therefore, of those that hasten to work mischief, those “enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose glory is in their shame.”12401240    Phil. iii. 18, 19. Beware of those “dumb dogs,” those trailing serpents, those scaly12411241    The text is here doubtful. dragons, those asps, and basilisks, and scorpions. For these are subtle wolves,12421242    Literally, “fox-like thoes,” lynxes being perhaps intended. and apes that mimic the appearance of men.


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