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Maximus then mentions other instances of wrong or foolish prayers, including some from Homer.
WHAT is the meaning of these stories, best of poets ? Is God a greedy creature whom we can bribe, no better than the mass of mankind? And shall we accept your saying, 'The gods themselves can be bent' ? Or on the contrary is divinity unbending, unwavering, inexorable ? To change one's decisions and dispositions is no mark of a good man, much less of God. If one who bends and changes makes his change for the better, his original purpose was bad : if he changes from the best to the worse, the change was bad: 2 and divinity is remote from evil. Again, the man who prays was either worthy or unworthy to obtain his desire. If he is worthy, he will obtain it without prayer ; if unworthy, he will not obtain it even by prayer. The deserving, who omit to pray, do not thereby become undeserving, nor do the undeserving, who pray, become therefore deserving. On the contrary he who is worthy to receive is all the more worthy, because he does not trouble God ; and he who is unworthy is all the more so because he troubles Him. We must attribute courage and modesty to the former, for his courage makes him believe that he will obtain, and his modesty keeps him silent even though he should not, and ignorance and wickedness to the latter, for his ignorance makes him pray and his wickedness makes him unworthy to receive. Suppose God were a general, and some person fit for the baggage train requested of Him a position in the ranks, while another suitable for armed service held his tongue. Would God not decide according to the needs of the service, and permit the one to act as a bearer while He assigned the other to the ranks ? Yet a general might be ignorant of the facts, or be deceived or bribed. But that is not the character of God. He will not give to prayer contrary to merit, nor fail to give to those who deserve but do not pray.

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