Rejection of Hired Preachers and Local StaffBoth Plato and Paul agree that: they were to be like hired troops, receiving pay for keeping guard to be no more than would suffice for men of simple life.
- No professional clergy
- None of the apostles were called from the priesthood or the
- "professional clergy" of Jesus' day.
And yet the church spread like wildfire. Have we missed something.
The Catholic church admits that much of its trappings including levitical singers and music was common to all pagan cults. It comes as no surprise therefore that when "religion" becomes respectable (non-Christian) the professionals attack it like flies on a dead rabbit:
"The priests of the pagan temples had been paid from the purse of the Empire, but now Caesar was a Christian and the priests of Mars and Venus hastened to their baptisms.
For the first time in the history of the church, salaries were paid to Christians workers. Tradition has it that Constantine's mother was the first to give the money for the erection of a church building... All this (meetings in homes) was over now. The rags of persecution gave way to softer garments, and the church began to enjoy the feel of silk upon its flesh. Thus the Pergamos stage of church history came into being, the church was married to the world." (Barnhouse, D.G., Revelation, Zondervan, p. 52s
"It should be noted that Hislop in his famous book, The Two Babylons, traces the removal of the Babylonian priesthood to Pergamos. There is, therefore, a distinct connection between the ancient devil worship of Babylon and Pergamos where Satan's throne was declared at one time to be." (Barnhouse, D.G., Revelation, Zondervan).
Hislop also notes that: "According to the fundamental doctrine of the Mysteries, as brought from Pergamos to Rome, the sun was the one only god. Teitan, or Satan, then, was thus recognised as the one only god;
and of that only god, Tammuz or Janus, in his character as the Son, or the woman's seed, was just an incarnation.
More Hislop on Sun Worship showing that the S.U.N. god being promoted is the same worship of the starry host which condemned Israel at Mount Sinai.
"Those who lord it over the people will soon begin to destroy them. The word Balaam means 'the destroyer of the people.' If we turn back to the history of this strange figure as recorded in the book of Numbers we find that which clarifies three passages in the New Testament where 'the error of Balaam' (Jude 11), 'the way of Balaam' (II Pet. 2:15) and 'the doctrine of Balaam' are discussed." (Barnhouse, D.G., Revelation, Zondervan, p. 54).
For those who are not willing to abandon property and go out and preach, God excuses you. However, if you choose to be a vocational preacher as the priests and Levites were vocational civil and religious servants, then Paul established an absolute pattern. You can work while others work and preach to them when they have time to listen. Christ commissioned evangelists to be Paul Reveres who had better not change the message on penalty of death instead of baby sitters.
Myers, Jacob M., Invitation to the Old Testament, Doubleday, 1966 wrote:
"The religious leaders tacitly assented to the fleecing of the public because they were themselves the indirect benefactors.
- Her chiefs judge for pay,
- Her priests teach for reward,
- Her prophets divine for cash,
- Claiming to trust in the Lord, saying, Is not Yahweh among us?
- Evil cannot come against us" (Micah 3:11)
"No wonder local magistrates abominated right at the courts of justice and distorted the truth to gain their own ends. Together they were building Zion with the lifeblood of the poor and making Jerusalem a gigantic cesspool of guilt..The only salvation for Judah, therefore, would be the destruction of the hotbed of iniquity (3:12) so that the people of God might live." (Myers, p. 119).
You might call it the Holy Land and Holy City but God said:
And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. Re.11:8
Otherwise, your ministry has no honor or validity in the lives of widows and those on welfare upon which you ride.
"The system of sermonizing on a text is now almost universally abandoned by all who intend that their hearers should understand the testimony of God.
Orators and exhorters may select a word, a phrase, or a verse; but all who feed the flock of God with knowledge and understanding know that this method is wholly absurd. Alexander Campbell
"Surely official preaching has no authority, either in Scripture, reason, or experience, and it must come to an end sooner or later." (Pulpit Commentary, 1 Cor. p. 464). The operative word is "teach" among believers: See R. L. Dabney, Presbyterian on preaching rather than teaching. Contemporary of but no friend of Alexander Campbell.
Plato define how a warrior was to be paid. With this Paul agrees.
Socrates. To be sure I will: the chief theme of my yesterday's discourse was the State-how constituted and of what citizens composed it would seem likely to be most perfect.
Timaeus. Yes, Socrates; and what you said of it was very much to our mind.
Socrates. Did we not begin by separating the husbandmen and the artisans from the class of defenders of the State?
Socrates. And when we had given to each one that single employment and particular art which was suited to his nature, we spoke of those who were intended to be our warriors,
and said that they were to be guardians of the city against attacks from within as well as from without, and to have no other employment; they were to be merciful in judging their subjects, of whom they were by nature friends, but fierce to their enemies, when they came across them in battle.
Socrates. We said, if I am not mistaken, that the guardians should be gifted with a temperament in a high degree both passionate and philosophical; and that then they would be as they ought to be, gentle to their friends and fierce with their enemies.
Socrates. And what did we say of their education? Were they not to be trained in gymnastic, and music, and all other sorts of knowledge which were proper for them?
For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine (No, never near wine), no striker, not given to filthy lucre; Titus 1:7KJV
But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Titus 1:8 KJV
He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught,
so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine
and refute those who oppose it. Titus 1:9NIV
Timaeus. Very true.
Socrates. And being thus trained they
were not to consider gold or silver or anything else to be their own private property; they were to be like hired troops, receiving pay for keeping guard from those who were protected by them-
the pay was to be no more than would suffice for men of simple life; and they were to spend in common, and to live together in the continual practice of virtue, which was to be their sole pursuit.
A soldier leaves father, mother and wife; he sleeps on the ground and marches 30 miles; he stands between those who feed him and the enemy; he risks his life like a shepherd risks his life for the sheep. The soldier, unlike the false shepherd, does not feed on the lambs.
And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages. Luke 3:14
Opsonion (g3800) op-so'-nee-on; neut. of a presumed der. of the same as 3795; rations for a soldier, i.e. (by extens.) his stipend or pay: - wages.
I robbed other churches by receiving support from them so as to serve you. 2Co.11:8
Opsarion (g3795) op-sar'-ee-on; neut. of a presumed der. of the base of 3702; a relish to other food (as if cooked sauce), i.e. (spec.) fish (presumably salted and dried as a condiment): - fish.
Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise. Jn.21:13
Paul defined the nature of the support of the evangelist as that which keeps him alive: no preacher can "see godliness as a means of financial gain." Paul never defines the qualifications of a "preacher." Rather, out in sowing the gospel he defines the evangelist in terms of the soldier rather than the professor:
THOU therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 Tim 2: 1
And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 2 Tim 2: 2
It is simply astounding how many God-serving preachers can get entangled in the world to become self-serving. Some have business deals entangling the church because of the credibility of calling themselves CHRISTIANS. We have heard of churches selling bonds and then refusing to pay the interest on time to widows and retirees totally depending on the income. They are indeed those who consume widow's houses.
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 2 Tim 2:3
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 2 Tim 2: 4
And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. 2 Tim 2: 5
Next, the laborer participates ONLY in that which he has earned: He does not let others do the labor and then cheat them of the SAME right:
The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. 2 Tim 2: 6
Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things. 2 Tim 2: 7
Therefore I endure all things for the elects sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 2 Tim 2: 10
Paul insisted in 2 Cor 8 and 9 that "taking up a collection for the poor" was not a commandment. Rather, the Corinthians volunteered to contribute but now a year later there had been no collections. And while Paul might be in Corinth all winter he did not want any collections taken because it would seem like extortion.
I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love. 2 Co.8:8
And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. 2 Cor 8:10
Again, the appeal to sharing food is Paul's example:
But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality: 2 Cor 8:14
As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack. 2 Cor 8:15
And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating. Exod 16:18
Therefore, there is no "take" on Sunday out of which the preacher gets a percentage.
Therefore, Paul could not have been speaking of a salaried preacher using "godliness as an occupation."
However, in all normal society when one ate the others ate. But, if he did not labor in earning bread he did not partake of eating bread:
Kopiao ((g2872) kop-ee-ah'-o; from a der. of 2873; to feel fatigue; by impl. to work hard: - (bestow) labour, toil, be wearied.
The elders beyond "occupation" were the leaders of the community. If they then labored to the point of exaustion in fulfilling their only "office" as Preacher-Teacher in the local flock, they would, like the Levites in the temple, be given their food.
Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. 1 Ti. 5:17
Kopos (g2873) kop'-os; from 2875; a cut, i.e. (by anal.) toil (as reducing the strength), lit. or fig.; by impl. pains: - labour, / trouble, weariness.
For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail:
............ for labouring night and day,
............because we would not be chargeable unto any of you,
............ we preached unto you the gospel of God. 1Th.2:9
You cannot make a wage-earning occupation out of preaching FREE grace! This is why evangelists are SENT and not KEPT.
Neither did we eat any mans bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: 2Th.3:8
Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample (approved pattern) unto you to follow us. 2Th.3:9
Paul would never have said that he had the power to take a permanent wage. Rather, Paul had the right of hospitality to live (eat) from their labors.
However, Paul couldn't preach a free gospel and charge for it.
Therefore, Paul set the example with the demand that others follow the example.
A partaker eats when others eats:
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Ac.2:46
And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing. Ac.27:33
In the beautiful story of Paul and Thecla Paul was the provider:
6:1. In the meantime Paul, together with Onesiphorus, his wife and children, was keeping a fast in a certain cave which was in the road from Iconium to Daphne.
6:2. And when they had fasted for several days, the children said to Paul, Father, we are hungry and have nothing with which to buy bread; for Onesiphorus had left all his substance to follow Paul with this family.
6:3. Then Paul, taking off his coat, said to the boy, Go, child, and buy bread, and bring it back.
In Judaism all priests and Levites had an occupation. If he got hungry he got a daily dole of food at the temple. However, if if wasn't on duty then he did not eat:
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 2 Th.3:10
Work means expending energy: it does not mean making plans for new programs.
Work means an occupation:
Ergazomai (g2038) er-gad'-zom-ahee; mid. from 2041; to toil (as a task, occupation, etc.), (by impl.) effect, be engaged in or with, etc.: - commit, do, labor for, minister about, trade (by), work.
But, doesn't the oxen get fed?
The oxen always produced more than it ate! In fact, the oxen bore the burden of the farmer. Therefore, it was right that the oxen be allowed to at least eat. No hint of an early retirement plan, travel expenses or an barn to live in.
First, let's see whether this applies to the preacher:
Lenski collects the sense of the qualification for an elder: "He is already laboring to the point of exhaustion in preaching and teaching." If they were "deacons" in Jerusalem "filled with the holy spirit" Paul later said that they "must hold the mystery of the faith in a clear consience." (the later is a result of baptism). ALL of the duties of church leaders have teaching the Word "as it has been taught" as the focus of their work. History notes that the deacons were not tied to "feeding people."
The elders must ALSO be APT as teachers or "they are not qualified at all." Their focus is shepherding the gathered flock. The Evangelist has the role of collecting the sheep. When an evangelists gets to be an elder there is a conflict of interest and a confusion of roles and neither is done well.
Because I suspect that MOST elders are NOT apt to teach and feed the flock, undue burden is put on the preacher (and family) which makes existence almost unbearable. That is why the task has usually been done by single men with no Career Path.
Paul allows support to those who preach the Word but does not define "Worship Design Minister" or "Marriage Counselor" as having ANY demand on the flock. That is what I mean when I say that the PREACHING role as it has devolved has no authority.
Let the elders that
rule well be counted worthy of double honour,
especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. 1 timothy 5:17
G5092 timï tee-may' From G5099 ; a value, that is, money paid, or (concretely and collectively) valuables; by analogy esteem (especially of the highest degree), or the dignity itself:--honour, precious, price, some.
This is not a wage, not a salary. It might include financial support but it demands RESPECT by the "youngers" who often become PASTORS but, as noted, do not qualify as shepherds.
Tim-ê I. worship, esteem, honour, and in pl. honours, such as are accorded to gods or to superiors, or bestowed (whether by gods or men) as a reward for services, paid to them by the young, 3. a dignity, office, magistracy, and in pl., civic honours.
I don't believe that a Professional Tentmaker would ever be honored as an Elder at the Gate. Nor could he afford to be nor could he serve in the role. Contra all common sense, elders are usually peer-selected because of business sense.
The word means HONORARIUM more than WAGE.
Preaching is not ruling in the command leadership since. He does not rule and make decisions about how the money gets spent without input from those who help feed him. An elder is not an evangelist but a "located preacher." Therefore, the honorable elder is the one who labors "to exhaustion" in preaching and teaching. Paul shows why he is not a ruler who must not be questioned:
Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. 1 Timothy 5:19
Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. 1 Timothy 5:20
All elders must be able teachers but some can devote more time to it than others. If he is not apt and active in preaching and teaching as Pastor-Teacher then he is not leading in any sense. No, business meetings are not part of the leading because it is not related to feeding the flock with the Word. Paul never got paid directly by a congregation because he was not an oxen in this sense.
For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward. 1 timothy 5:18
If the elder is the ruler then he could pay himself. However, Paul shows that the church may or may not give additional help to devoted workers.
Even so the elder might have a secular job like the priests as his primary income. However, Paul understands that Christ gave the teacher food and housing:
And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. Luke 10:7
And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: Luke 10:8
Most people didn't own an oxen. Therefore, an oxen was like a threshing machine owned by some person. When the oxen was laboring while threshing the grain it was not lawful to prevent him form nibbling as he worked.
However, if the oxen insisted on moving into the house of the poor farmer and becoming surrogate father and husband of the family then he had no such "office."
If the oxen decided that all of his offspring should watch while he worked and get paid for it the oxen's life was in jeopardy.
Therefore, the threshing oxen is not a proof-text for a located threshing machine on your budget:
For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? 1 Cor 9: 9
Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope. 1 Cor 9: 10
The seed sower does not make an occupation out of sowing the seed or threshing the grain. Rather, if we call in the "grain drill" to plant the seed of the gospel he does not get a permanent place on the farm to "water and let God give the increase." The sower cannot make the grain grow: no, not even by playing music over it:
If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? 1 Cor 9: 11
Speiro (g4687) spi'-ro; prob. strengthened from 4685 (through the idea of extending); to scatter, i.e. sow (lit. or fig.): - sow (- er), receive seed.
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;Mt.13:38
But, here is the way it is in the Spiritual world: we have the power but we cannot "rule over you" and still be a Spiritual person. Sure, logic says that you should pay it but Jesus says that the price has been paid and the sower is more likely to be "planted" in the soil than to be rewarded with a new golden chariot pulled by 240 horses.
If others be partakers of this power (privilege) over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. 1 Cor 9: 12
For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Mt.7:29 [The scribes were paid]
But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. Matt 23:11
Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things
live of the things of the temple? and
they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? 1 Cor 9: 13
Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel. 1 Cor 9: 14
The things of the temple would be food in the store room. There were no retirement plans in the temple: no vacations, no new chariots, just food.
The work of preaching exists but the office of Preacher does not. The task is defined by the word "evangelist" who is like a Paul Revere who directs his effort outward to radiate the Word from the church.
Preach does not authorize the office of "Dominant Pastor." Rather, a preacher is an evangelist who sows seed but, according to Paul, does not water or try to force the increase:
Kataggello (g2605) kat-ang-gel'-lo; from 2596 and the base of 32; to proclaim, promulgate: - declare, preach, shew, speak of, teach.
Aggelos (g32) ang'-el-os; from aggello, [prob. der. from 71; comp. 34] (to bring tidings); a messenger; esp. an "angel"; by impl. a pastor: - angel, messenger
To "live" does not include a retirement plant. To live is to eat. That is what the Levites received but only from those who had been given free lands in canaan. The tithe included sharing only 10% of the food supply to the Levites which included the civil and religious leadership:
Zao (g2198) dzah'-o; a prim. verb; to live (lit. or fig.): - life (- time), (a-) live (-ly), quick.
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Mt.4:4
But I have used none of these things:
neither have I written these things,
that it should be so done unto me:
for it were better for me to die,
PreachersSoldiers.html than that any man should make my glorying void. 1 Cor 9: 15
Again, we note that this is not conjecture: Paul issued direct commands and established his own example as the approved example:
Neither did we eat any mans bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: 2Th.3:8
Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample (approved pattern) unto you to follow us. 2Th.3:9
David's sin was in establishing a "standing army" when there were no battles to be fought. When diverted by a plague in the end of his life he and the commanders of the army reassigned the Levitical musicians (sounders) as staff for the temple.
However, the temple was to help control a people already sentenced to captivity and death for rejecting God and His Word and in demanding "set a king over us."
Paul issued the Direct Command Set the Approved Example as the only way to "test the spirits" of the evangelists.
Commenting on Macedonia's gifts--which Paul called robbery when the men in Corinth wanted to be paid--Lenski stated:
"Paul says that he 'robbed' other churches, he took from them what he should really not have taken, namely 'sustenance.' 'Wages' is too liable to be misunderstood as meaning regular pay,
which Paul never took from any church. This was a fixed principle with him."
"The noun has no article and means some sustenance.' It denotes a gift that was sent to him after had left those churches, which he could, therefore, not refuse. Yet even then he felt that he was robbing those churches,
letting them press something upon him which he would not let the Corinthians press upon him." (Lenski, 2 Cor. p. 1250).
"These men had funds and came to Paul's assistance.
This is sometimes taken to mean that they brought Paul a collection from Philippi or from Macedonia, but the words contain no hint of a collection." (Lenski, 2 Cor. p. 1251).
"These so-called apostles are not in Paul's view genuine apostles at all, but only spurious counterfeits of whom his church should beware. Paul is therefore extremely scornful of those 'false' (2 Cor. 11:13) or, as he ironically describes them, 'superior' apostles (12:11),
who go beyond the boundaries of their commission
and give themselves a position in local churches to which they have no right.
Such men, he says, 'commend themselves' (10:12, 18), 'compare themselves with one another' (v. 12) and 'boast beyond the limits in other men's labours' (v. 15).
In order that the churches 'may make much of them' (Gal. 4:17) they 'put on airs', 'take advantage' of others, 'prey' upon them and, in effect, 'make slaves' of those they are to serve." (Banks, Robert, Paul's Idea of Community, Eerdmans, p. 174).
God warned that the kings would establish a pyramidal ministry system and take the property of the poor and widow and assign it to his own favority "sub ministers."
Jesus fired the "doctors of the law" and sent out simple, untrained evangelists to guarantee that the Word in earthen vessels would not be put through the Sifter of human philosophy.
This means that a "church" does not have a "standing army" of paid staff not directly related to going out beyond the bounds of the church and evangelizing by heralding the gospel. A herald does not "cut N paste" but teaches the word "as it has been taught." Therefore, he needs no Phd from a theological seminary which assuredly could not exist just by teachiing him the Bible as it has been delivered.
However valuable you believe your "program" to be it cannot exist without detracting from the role of the church as synagogue or school and never as a pagan worship center, community club or "venue for Rock and Rap and CCM."
"There is, in our day, a marvellous idolatry of talent; it is strange and a grievous thing to see how men bow down before genius and success.
Draw the distinction sharp and firm between these two things--goodness is one thing, talent is another.
It is an instructive fact that the son of Man came not as a scribe, but as a poor working man. He was a teacher, but not a Rabbi.
When once the idolatry of talent enters the Church, then farewell to spirituality;
when men ask their teachers, not for that which will make them more humble and God-like, but for the excitement of an intellectual banquet, then farewell to Christian progress.' (F. W. Robertson, Hastings on 1 Cor. p. 10).
"If this be so:
1. Should Christian teaching be regarded as a profession? It is so now: men are brought up to it, trained for it, and live by it, as architects, lawyers, doctors.
Surely preaching the gospel should no more be regarded as a profession than the talk of loving parents to children.
2. Is the Church justified in confining its attention to the ministry of one man? In most modern congregation there are some Christian men who, by natural ability, by experimental knowledge and inspiration, are far more qualified to instruct and comfort the people than their professional and stated minister.
Surely official preaching has no authority, either in Scripture, reason, or experience, and
it must come to an end sooner or later." (Pulpit Commentary, 1 Cor. p. 464).
If you are stealing from the widow and giving it to the Super Preacher (Paul's words) then you are also stealing from the honest evangelist, from God and from the lost. Until you get rid of the preacher's pyramid of power including sister singers just like the towers of Babylon then you are not in any sense a Restored church.
They you can "point out" the elders who are already "laboring to the point of exhaustion in preaching and teaching" rather than peer-selecting men who are as "apt to chase a coon as apt to teach the Word as it has been taught."
When you violate that Direct, Spiritual Law then God sends you strong delusions who are stand up commedians (buffoons) and "talent" out of the theatrical community.
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences
contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them Romans 16:17
For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Romans 16:18
Exa^pa^taō , Ep. iter. —deceive or beguile, deceive thoroughly, “eitina pou . . eti elpetai exapatēsein” Il.9.371, cf. Od.9.414, Pi.O.1.29, Hdt.1.153, Ar. V.901
Myth: 2. fiction (Opposite. logos, historic truth), Pi.O.1.29 (pl.), N.7.23 (pl.), Pl.Phd.61b, Prt.320c, 324d, etc. Hes. WD 194
Hes. WD 194  Men will dishonor their parents as they grow quickly old, and will carp at them, chiding them with bitter words, hard-hearted they, not knowing the fear of the gods. They will not repay their aged parents the cost of their nurture, for might shall be their right: and one man will sack another's city.  There will be no favor for the man who keeps his oath or for the just or for the good; but rather men will praise the evil-doer and his violent dealing. Strength will be right, and reverence will cease to be; and the wicked will hurt the worthy man, speaking false words against him, and will swear an oath upon them
Poikilos 2. of Art, p. humnos a song of changeful strain or full of diverse art, id=Pind.; so, poikilon kitharizōn [harp, guitar]
Pind. O. 1 From there glorious song enfolds the wisdom of poets, so that they loudly sing  the son of Cronus, when they arrive at the rich and blessed hearth of Hieron,
Yes, there are many marvels, and yet I suppose the speech of mortals
beyond the true account can be deceptive,
stories adorned with embroidered lies;
 and Grace, who fashions all gentle things for men, confers esteem and often contrives to make believable the unbelievable. But the days to come are the wisest witnesses.
Poieō , A make, produce, first of something material, as manufactures, works of arttēs lexeōs the forms (modes) used in poetry, such as entreaty, threat, command, Id.Po.1456b9); ta tēs kōmōdias
2. create, bring into existence, “genos anthrōpōn poiein” Id.R.576a;
Lexis 2. diction, style, hē enthade l. the style used here (in courts of justice), Pl.Ap.17d; Mousēs l. poetical diction7. a figure in Dancing, Ar.V.1485: mostly in pl., figures, gestures (cf. skhēmation),
skhēma “skhēmata pros ton aulon [flute] orkheisthai” X.Smp.7.5; en . . mousikē kai skhēmata . . kai melē enesti figures and tunes, Pl.Lg.655a;
You cannot look at Sister Singer or Program Pusher without taking your eyes and the eyes of the flock off Jesus. It cannot be done or Jesus would have enjoined it.
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