Here we present and analyze two excerpts from Pindar, the lyric poet.
Olympionikos I, Verse 35
In ancient Greek: «έστι δ’ ανδρί φάμεν εοικός αμφί δαιμόνων καλά μείων γάρ αιτία»
In English: «It is proper for Man to speak well of the gods. Because the mistake/sin is smaller this way»
NovoScriptorium: Man will make mistakes, by definition, Pindar writes. But when he speaks well of the Divine, then his mistakes are smaller/ less. Man’s Doxology of the Divine is considered saving/salutary for him. Probably there is a sub-meaning here about the fact that whoever places God as the center of his life eventually will err less.
Olympionikos I, Verse 64
In ancient Greek: «ει δε θεόν ανήρ τις έλπεταί τι λαθέμεν έρδων, αμαρτάνει»
In English: «If someone hopes that his deeds remain hidden from God, he is mistaken»
NovoScriptorium: The belief that God knows everything about Man is quite clear. He refers to both his obvious and hidden actions, as well as his most secret thoughts and attitudes – as Pindar clearly states in a different excerpt we have already analyzed. God is All-seeing and Almighty. This excerpt is a warning to all those who think they will escape the consequences of their actions.