Sirach 23:6

Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus

4 O Lord, Father and God of my life, do not give me haughty eyes 5 and remove evil desire from me. 6 Let neither gluttony nor lust overcome me, and do not give me over to shameless passion. 7 Listen, my children, to instruction concerning the mouth; the one who observes it will never be caught. 8 Sinners are overtaken through their lips; by them the reviler and the arrogant are tripped up.

Augustine Confessions 10.31


Lo! A soldier of the celestial camp — not dust as we are. But remember, O Lord, that we are dust, and that of dust You have created man; and he was lost, and is found. Nor could he do this of his own power, seeing that he whom I so loved, saying these things through the afflatus of Your inspiration, was of that same dust. I can, says he, do all things through Him which strengthens me. Strengthen me, that I may be able. Give what You command, and command what You will. He confesses to have received, and when he glories, he glories in the Lord. Another have I heard entreating that he might receive —Take from me, says he, the greediness of the belly; by which it appears, O my holy God, that You give when what You command to be done is done.

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