Birds are fooled, and the animals of the forest, by the very charms that bring their destruction. Caves as well as food deceive them. They do not know how to avoid evil, and they are not restrained by the law.
Law is given to humanity, and we choose a doctrine of life, from which we remember that it is possible to live carefully, and recall our own place, and get rid of things that cause death.
Whoever abandons rule condemns himself severely: he will be bound with iron, or lose his position, or be executed—he loses what he ought to be enjoying.
You have been warned by example. Do not commit serious sins. You have been transformed in baptism; have charity, and run away from the bait of the mousetrap, where there is death.
Many martyrdoms are made without shedding blood. Not to covet other people’s property; to wish for the benefit of martyrdom; to control your tongue; to make yourself humble; never to use force willingly or fight back when force is used against you—these things will give you a patient mind. And then, know that you are a martyr!
Based on Commodianus