The Might of the People Who Fear God

 

Those who fear God are as a giant among dwarfs or as a lion roaring among dogs and foxes, entrusting their faith in the Lord.

Those who fear God, even if they are among wicked people, are not afraid.

They have within themselves the fear of God and carry the invincible weapon of faith, through which they can succeed in everything, even in what for many may seem difficult and hard to accomplish.

They are a giant among dwarfs or as a lion roaring among dogs and foxes, entrusting their faith in the Lord.

With the strength of their judgement they frighten their hearts, turning the word of wisdom as a rod of iron.

(Translation from St. Symeon the New Theologian, Cele 225 de capete teologice şi practice, translation, introduction and notes by Prof. Dumitru Stăniloae, in „Filocalia”, vol. VI, Editura Institutului Biblic și de Misiune Ortodoxă, Bucureşti, 1977, p. 37)

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