What recompense then shall we give unto Him? Or what fruit worthy of
His own gift to us? And how many mercies do we owe to Him!
For He bestowed the light upon us; He spake to us, as a father to his
sons; He saved us, when we were perishing.
What praise then shall we give to Him? Or what payment of recompense
for those things which we received?
We who were maimed in our understanding, and worshipped stocks and
stones and gold and silver and bronze, the works of men; and our
whole life was nothing else but death. While then we were thus
wrapped in darkness and oppressed with this thick mist in our vision,
we recovered our sight, putting off by His will the cloud wherein we
For He had mercy on us, and in His compassion saved us, having beheld
in us much error and perdition, even when we had no hope of
salvation, save that which came from Him.
For He called us, when we were not, and from not being He willed us
–2 Clement 1:3-8