If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
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Augustine of Hippo
Serm. in Mont., ii, 21: As above He had cited the birds of the air and the lilies of the field, that our hopes may rise from the less to the greater; so also does He in this place, when He says, “Or what man among you?”.
Or He calls “evil” those who are lovers of this age; whence also the good things which they give are to be called good according to the ir sense who esteem them as good; nay, even in the nature of things they are goods, that is, temporal goods, and such as pertain to this weak life.
Serm., 61, 3: For that good thing which makes men good is God. Gold and silverare good things not as making you good, but as with them you may do good. If then we be evil, yet as having a Father who is good let us not remain ever evil.