*”Some persons there were who desired to know our history, and so exhorted me to go on with it; and, above all the rest, Epaphroditus, a man who is a lover of all kind of learning, but is principally delighted with the knowledge of history, and this on account of his having been himself concerned in great affairs, and many turns of fortune, and having shown a wonderful rigour of an excellent nature, and an immovable virtuous resolution in them all.
I yielded to this man’s persuasions, who always excites such as have abilities in what is useful and acceptable, to join their endeavours with his. I was also ashamed myself to permit any laziness of disposition to have a greater influence upon me, than the delight of taking pains in such studies as were very useful: I thereupon stirred up myself, and went on with my work more cheerfully.”
The voice of the Spirit of God is more potent and energizing than the voice of Epaphroditus which drove laziness away from a man (Flavius Josephus) and dragged him into the right side of history.
Therefore be strong, be courageous and awake to your calling; And The Good Lord grant you wisdom and understanding.
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*Culled from the Preface to The Antiquities of the Jews, 1.8 by Flavius Josephus and translated by William Whiston A.M.