Ante-Nicene Fathers/Volume V/Hippolytus/The Extant Works and Fragments of Hippolytus/Exegetical/On Matthew

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On Matthew.[1]

Matt. vi. 11.[2]

For this reason we are enjoined to ask what is sufficient for the preservation of the substance of the body: not luxury, but food, which restores what the body loses, and prevents death by hunger; not tables to inflame and drive on to pleasures, nor such things as make the body wax wanton against the soul; but bread, and that, too, not for a great number of years, but what is sufficient for us to-day.


  1. De Magistris, Acta Martyrum Ostiens., p. 405.
  2. He is giving his opinion on the ἐπιούσιον, i.e., the “daily bread.”