Sirach 19:29

Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus

26 There is the villain bowed down in mourning, but inwardly he is full of deceit. 27 He hides his face and pretends not to hear, but when no one notices, he will take advantage of you. 28 Even if lack of strength keeps him from sinning, he will nevertheless do evil when he finds the opportunity. 29 A person is known by his appearance, and a sensible person is known when first met, face to face. 30 A person's attire and hearty laughter, and the way he walks, show what he is.

Clement of Alexandria The Instructor 3.3


What, then, will not women with strong propensities to lust practice, when they look on men perpetrating such enormities? Rather we ought not to call such as these men, but lewd wretches (βατάλοι), and effeminate (γύνιδες), whose voices are feeble, and whose clothes are womanish both in feel and dye. And such creatures are manifestly shown to be what they are from their external appearance, their clothes, shoes, form, walk, cut of their hair, look. For from his look shall a man be known, says the Scripture, from meeting a man the man is known: the dress of a man, the step of his foot, the laugh of his teeth, tell tales of him.

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