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ANF05. Fathers of the Third Century: Hippolytus, Cyprian, Caius, Novatian, Appendix
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95. That we are to live with the good, but to avoid the evil.

In Solomon, in the Proverbs: “Bring not the impious man into the habitation of the righteous.”45734573    Prov. xxiv. 15. Also in the same, in Ecclesiasticus: “Let righteous men be thy guests.”45744574    Ecclus. ix. 16. And again: “The faithful friend is a medicine of life and of immortality.”45754575    Ecclus. vi. 16. Also in the same place:  “Be thou far from the man who has the power to slay, and thou shalt not suspect fear.”45764576    Ecclus. ix. 13. Also in the same place:  “Blessed is he who findeth a true friend, and who speaketh righteousness to the listening ear.”45774577    Ecclus. xxv. 9. Also in the same place:  “Hedge thine ears with thorns, and hear not a wicked tongue.”45784578    Ecclus. xxviii. 24.  Also in the seventeenth Psalm: “With the righteous Thou shalt be justified; and with the innocent man Thou shalt be innocent; and with the froward man Thou shalt be froward.”45794579    Ps. xviii. 25, 26. Also in the first Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians: “Evil communications corrupt good dispositions.”45804580    1 Cor. xv. 33.


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