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 Beware of those
“dumb dogs,” those trailing serpents, those scaly12411241
dragons, those asps, and basilisks, and scorpions. For these are
and apes that mimic the appearance of men.