1 For your immortal spirit is in all things. 2 Therefore you correct little by little those who trespass, and you remind and warn them of the things through which they sin, so that they may be freed from wickedness and put their trust in you, O Lord. 3 Those who lived long ago in your holy land 4 you hated for their detestable practices, their works of sorcery and unholy rites, 5 their merciless slaughter of children, and their sacrificial feasting on human flesh and blood. These initiates from the midst of a heathen cult, 6 these parents who murder helpless lives, you willed to destroy by the hands of our ancestors, 7 so that the land most precious of all to you might receive a worthy colony of the servants of God. 8 But even these you spared, since they were but mortals, and sent wasps as forerunners of your army to destroy them little by little, 9 though you were not unable to give the ungodly into the hands of the righteous in battle, or to destroy them at one blow by dread wild animals or your stern word. 10But judging them little by little you gave them an opportunity to repent,though you were not unaware that their origin was eviland their wickedness inborn,and that their way of thinking would never change.11 For they were an accursed race from the beginning, and it was not through fear of anyone that you left them unpunished for their sins.
Date: 100-50 B.C.E. (based on scholarly estimates)
1 Clement 7:5
(First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians)
1 These things, dearly beloved, we write, not only as admonishing you but also as putting ourselves in remembrance. For we are in the same lists, and the same contest awaiteth us. 2 Wherefore let us forsake idle and vain thoughts; and let us confort to the glorious and venerable rule which hath been handed down to us. 3 and let us see what is good and what is pleasant and what isacceptable in the sight of Him that made us. 4 Let us fix our eyes on the blood of Christ and understand how precious it is unto His Father, because being shed for our salvation it won for the whole world the grace of repentance. 5Let us review all the generations in turn, and learn how from generation to generation the Master hath given a place for repentance unto them that desire to turn to Him.6 Noah preached repentance, and they that obeyed were saved. 7 Jonah preached destruction unto the men of Nineveh; but they repenting of their sins, obtained pardon of God by their supplications and received salvation, albeit they were aliens froGod.