Sirach 11:4Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus
2 Do not praise individuals for their good looks, or loathe anyone because of appearance alone. 3 The bee is small among flying creatures, but what it produces is the best of sweet things. 4 Do not boast about wearing fine clothes, and do not exalt yourself when you are honored; for the works of the Lord are wonderful, and his works are concealed from humankind. 5 Many kings have had to sit on the ground, but one who was never thought of has worn a crown. 6 Many rulers have been utterly disgraced, and the honored have been handed over to others.
Clement of Alexandria The Instructor 2.11Paedagogus
The Instructor expressly admonishes, Boast not of the clothing of your garment, and be not elated on account of any glory, as it is unlawful. Accordingly, deriding those who are clothed in luxurious garments, He says in the Gospel: Lo, they who live in gorgeous apparel and luxury are in earthly palaces. He says in perishable palaces, where are love of display, love of popularity, and flattery and deceit. But those that wait at the court of heaven around the King of all, are sanctified in the immortal vesture of the Spirit, that is, the flesh, and so put on incorruptibility.
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