He who utters a loud speech without restraint, unless where there is need, with an imposition of silence or fifty blows. Let him who makes excuses for pardon do penance likewise. He who has replied to a brother on his pointing something out, It is not as you say, except for seniors speaking honestly to juniors, with an imposition of silence or fifty blows; unless this only be allowed, that he should reply to his brother of equal standing, if there is something nearer the truth than what the other says and he remembers it, If you recollect rightly, my brother, and the other on hearing this does not repeat his assertion, but humbly says, I trust that you remember better; I have erred in speech by forgetfulness, and am sorry that I said ill. These are the words of the sons of God, if nothing be in rivalry, [as the apostle says,] nor in vain glory, but in lowliness of spirit each reckoning the other better than himself.
Phil. 2. 3But let him who has excused himself be considered, not a spiritual son of God, but a carnal son of Adam.