Sirach 15:9Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus
7 The foolish will not obtain her, and sinners will not see her. 8 She is far from arrogance, and liars will never think of her. 9 Praise is unseemly on the lips of a sinner, for it has not been sent from the Lord. 10 For in wisdom must praise be uttered, and the Lord will make it prosper. 11 Do not say, "It was the Lord's doing that I fell away"; for he does not do what he hates.
John Chrysostom Homily 35 on Acts
And (the demon) wished to bring them into temptation: (therefore) to provoke them, the same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which show unto us the way of salvation. O thou accursed, thou execrable one! If then you know that it is His way of salvation that they show, why do you not come out freely? But just what Simon wished, when he said, Give me, that on whomsoever I lay my hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost, the same did this demon: since he saw them becoming famous, here also he plays the hypocrite: by this means he thought to be allowed to remain in the body, if he should preach the same things. But if Christ receive not testimony from man, meaning John, much less from a demon. Praise is not comely in the mouth of a sinner, much less from a demon. For that they preach is not of men, but of the Holy Ghost.
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