Pindar’s urge for doxology of the Divine

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.

Research-Analysis for NovoScriptorium: Isidoros Aggelos

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