Sirach 3:17

Deuterocanon (Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus)

15 in the day of your distress it will be remembered in your favor; like frost in fair weather, your sins will melt away. 16 Whoever forsakes a father is like a blasphemer, and whoever angers a mother is cursed by the Lord. 17 My child, perform your tasks with humility; then you will be loved by those whom God accepts. 18 The greater you are, the more you must humble yourself; so you will find favor in the sight of the Lord. 20 For great is the might of the Lord; but by the humble he is glorified. Source

Date: 195-175 B.C.E. (based on scholarly estimates)

Augustine Confessions 13.21

Patristic

But Your Word, O God, is the fountain of eternal life, and passes not away; therefore this departure is kept in check by Your word when it is said to us, Be not conformed unto this world, so that the earth may bring forth a living soul in the fountain of life — a soul restrained in Your Word, by Your Evangelists, by imitating the followers of Your Christ. For this is after his kind; because a man is stimulated to emulation by his friend. Be, says he, as I am, for I am as you are. Thus in the living soul shall there be good beasts, in gentleness of action. For You have commanded, saying, Go on with your business in meekness, and you shall be beloved by all men; and good cattle, which neither if they eat, shall they over-abound, nor if they do not eat, have they any want... Source

Date: 397-400 C.E. (based on scholarly estimates)
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