On Honour

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LXVIII. On Honour

1. God is worthy of honour by way of honourable acts
rather than by way of the foulness or sinfulness
whereby many people consider they do Him honour.
 
2. One should honour God in one’s thoughts,
by means of the power (lit. “virtue”) of understanding and loving,
of humility and remembering.
 
3. He is not honouring God
who names Him when singing about Him,
while thinking of the vile deeds he longs to perform.
 
4. Whoever decides to swear by God over a trifling matter
and in so doing opts to bear false witness,
knows not how to honour God’s name.
 
5. Alas! So much has God honoured man
in this world, which man dishonours Him
within his wisdom and his will.
 
6. Such honour pertains to God
that it constitutes the greatest of all <honours>,
namely, that men should die for the love of Him.[1]
 
7. He commits great foulness towards God
who fails to love Him more than he does sin,
which lacks all goodness.
 
8. An honour <proceeding >from God is worth more
than an honour <bestowed by> all people,
which <latter> shall revert to nothing.
 
9. Whoever would like to honour God greatly
should frequently remember
the honour He has rendered us by becoming incarnate.
 
10. He who had the ability to ensure that God was honoured throughout the world,
were he not to do so, should abide in great fear,
because on Judgment Day he shall not be able to exonerate himself.
 

[1] A reference to the voluntary desire for martyrdom.