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The Seven Laws of Noah

The Seven Laws of Noah (Hebrew: שבע מצוות בני נח‎‎ Sheva Mitzvot B'nei Noah), also referred to as the Noahide Laws or the Noachide Laws (from the English transliteration of the Hebrew pronunciation of "Noah"), are a set of imperatives which, according to the Talmud, were given by God as a binding set of laws for the "children of Noah", that is, all of humanity. Accordingly, any non-Jew who adheres to these laws because they were given by Moses is regarded as a righteous gentile, and is assured of a place in the world to come (Hebrew: עולם הבא‎‎ Olam Haba), the final reward of the righteous.

The seven Noahide laws as traditionally enumerated are the following:

  1. Do not deny God.
  2. Do not blaspheme God.
  3. Do not murder.
  4. Do not engage in illicit sexual relations.
  5. Do not steal.
  6. Do not eat from a live animal.
  7. Establish courts/legal system to ensure obedience to said laws.

According to the Talmud, the rabbis agree that the seven laws were given to the sons of Noah. Six of the seven laws are exegetically derived from passages in Genesis, with the seventh being the establishing of courts.


The Name of God Is Christ

The name of God, as man incarnated is Jesus

The Meaning of the Word Jehovah

Moses spent many years between youth and old age, working as a shepherd. At the end of this period, God asked him to go back to Egypt and set free the Hebrew people enslaved there. Moses, who had been educated as an Egyptian prince, didn’t know them. He said, “Who shall I say sent me?” God answered, “I AM! Say that I AM sent you”. The Hebrew words for I AM, are Jaweh, corrupted into Jehovah, which some accept as the name of God.

Joshua (Jesus in Hebrew) is the name of Christ incarnated
Jeshua (Jesus in Aramaic) is the name of Christ incarnated

Yeshua (ישוע‬, יֵשׁוּעַ‬ in Hebrew) was a common alternative form of the name יְהוֹשֻׁעַ‬ (Yehoshua – Joshua) in later books of the Hebrew Bible, and among Jews of the Second Temple period. The name corresponds to the Greek spelling Iesous, from which, through the Latin Iesus, comes the English spelling Jesus.


The Bible

The Bible is a Collection of Records, of the various happenings that where recorded for the Instruction of the People later.

For Much Might Be Given Respecting The Bible

This has passed through many hands. Many that would turn that which was written into the meanings that would suit their own purposes, as ye yourselves often do. But if ye will get the spirit of that written there ye may find it will lead thee to the gates of heaven. For, it tells of God, of your home, of His dealings with His peoples in many environs, in many lands. Read it to be wise. Study it to understand. Live it to know that the Christ walks through same with thee. For, as He gave, in righteousness may ye know those things that have been preserved from the foundations of the worlds in thine own experience. For, these are told there in the manners of those that recorded same in their own environ. What wilt Thou write today that will be as the words of life to thy brothers in the ages to come? For, He has given, ye have been called, and ye have a work to do.

In the beginning was the Word

Know the truth of those first expressions in a portion of His description, "In the beginning was the Word." And as these develop, know that is the beginning of the experiences of man in his relationships to the personality in a material world.

The Tanakh

The Tanakh consists of 24 books. The Tanakh also called the Mikra (מקרא‎), meaning "that which is read" or Hebrew Bible, is the canonical collection of Jewish texts, which is also a textual source for the Old Testament of Christians. These texts are composed mainly in Biblical Hebrew, with some passages in Biblical Aramaic (in the books of Daniel, Ezra and others).
The books of the Tanakh were passed on by each generation and, according to rabbinic tradition were accompanied by an oral tradition, called the Oral Torah. The traditional Hebrew text is known as the Masoretic Text.

Tanakh is an acronym of the first Hebrew letter of each of the Masoretic Text's, 3 Traditional Subdivisions:

I. Torah "Teaching", The Books: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, all written by Joshua in Shiloh, the soul of Christ.
II. Nevi'im "Prophets", The Books: Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, a number of these texts where written by
Joseph Prince in Egypt, and other texts where written by Jeshua of Jerusalem, both where the soul of Christ.
III. Ketuvim "Writings", The Books: Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes), Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Chronicles.

Understanding the Bible

The Bible is all one book, and it bears witness to One God Christ. It is one continuous story, the story of man and his relationship to God through the soul. It is a progressing, unfolding story of truth, and nothing in it is told at once, or once and for all. The first 5 books of the Bible together with the book of Joshua where written by Joshua in Shiloh the Soul of Christ.

The first 5 books of the Bible are:

1. Genesis, deals with the beginnings of man and covers the creation and fall of man. In the records that constitute the Book of Genesis are several events given: The Creation of the Earth, the time comprising the Creation of Adam 10,500,000 years, before the 1,900 AD, the period of the flood of Noah 28,000 BC.
2. Exodus, tells of the liberation of Israel: The events of Exodus took place in an era of 5,500 years BC.
3. Leviticus, deals with the methods of worship.
4. Numbers, deals with the disciplines of the Mosaic Law.
5. Deuteronomy, a summary of the other four books.

The books of Joshua, Judges (this record of the Book of Judges was written by many many), Ruth, Samuel I (the book of Samuel I was written by several record keepers and some portions where from those original records from the Book of Judges) and II, Kings I and II, Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther are devoted primarily to the history of Israel as a Nation. This history portrays a form of dictatorship at first, followed by a rule by judges and elders, as a “government by wise men,” down to a royal line of kings. About this time we come to a fine long list of the mistakes that followed, which came about, perhaps, because too much trust had been placed in the princes and kings. The literature of Israel is summed up in the Books of Job, Psalms (part of the material which served to form the Book of Psalms comes from those Records of the time of the Book of Judges, these near that time of those activities of Joshua), Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, the Song of Solomon and Lamentations.

Book of Job, written by Melchizedek
The book of Job as an allegory or story of mankind in the aggregate, is a written record older than the book of Genesis. The Book of Job was written by Melchizedek which is the same Soul of Christ. It is not the story of any particular man at any one time or place but rather of collective man. After the literature of Israel we come to the prophets and exhorters. These are the wonderful old characters such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. Their stories are found primarily in the books which bear their honoured names. With Malachi we come to the end of the Old Testament. The Prophets of Israel not only warned the people of impending calamity but reiterated promises of a Messiah. The prophecies told what the Messiah would be like and asserted that His own Would know Him not. Seeming complications in the coming of the Messiah were hinted at.

The New Testament

The New Testament commences with the four Gospels:

1. Matthew
2. Mark
3. Luke, (Lucius of Cyrene, assisted and helped in the writing of the Gospel of Luke)
4. John

The Gospels deal with the life of Jesus and bear out the old prophets of Israel. He was born of the house of David, of humble background, of a virgin, and was rejected as foretold. Jesus lacked all interest in a worldly career of pomp and ceremony. Instead He brought a new pattern for existence, which has outlasted all political systems of His day. The book of the Acts, which follows the Gospels, is a record of the disciples activities after the ascension, when Jesus had physically left the scene. As the apostles and their followers came together in the old meeting places, new teachers rose up among them. There was a veritable epidemic of healing miracles of all kinds with remarkable events occurring in the lives of otherwise ordinary persons. The book of the Acts shows how the early Church was begun and how it spread around the Mediterranean area. Paul, the great teacher, kept in contact with the new congregations through his Epistles, which we find indited to the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians and others. Some letters were written to helpers such as Timothy, Titus and Philemon. One letter was written to the Hebrews. The book which follows is that of James (one of the brothers of Jesus, head of the church while it had its headquarters in Jerusalem before Rome became the place of the Holy See. Next come the two letters of Peter and then first, second and third John. There follows the book of Jude (Jesus other brother). The last book in the Christian Bible is the Revelation of St. John the Divine. This book was very nearly omitted from the Bible, this book is best described as a manual of discipline for the use of the individual as he seeks to understand something of the relationship to his Source through the soul. It is a roadmap, a book of instructions and a chart of the anatomy of the soul in all its relationships.

Lucius of Cyrene

Lucius of Cyrene, was the Bishop of the Church in Laodicea. Lucius was made, by Paul, and Barnabas, head of the Church, the Mother Church; or the first church in Antioch, and the first church in Jerusalem headed by the brother of the Lord, James, and Peter and Andrew.

Mentioned in the Bible

"Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul." - Acts 13:1

"Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus." - Acts 11:19-20

He is also mentioned in Romans 16:21. Origen identifies the Lucius in Romans with the evangelist Luke (Comm. Rom. 10.39)

The life of Lucius of Cyrene the First Bishop of the Mother Church

Lucius of Cyrene was known in the early portion of the experience as Lucius Ceptulus, of Grecian and Roman parentage, and of the city of Cyrene. As a developing youth and young man, Lucius was known rather as a ne'er-do-well; or one that wandered from pillar to post; or became, as would be termed in the present day parlance, a soldier of fortune. When there were those activities in and about Jerusalem and Galilee of the ministry of the man Jesus, Lucius came into those environs. Being impelled by the experiences with the followers, and the great lessons as given by the Teacher, he became rather as one that was a hanger-on, and of the very intent and purpose that this was to be the time when there was to be a rebellion against the Roman legions, the Romans in the authority. And Lucius looked forward to same; acting rather in the capacity of not an informant but rather as one attempting to keep in touch with the edicts of the various natures between the political forces in Rome and the political forces among the Jews. The entity was disregarded and questioned by those who were of the Jewish faith who were the close followers of the Master; yet it was among those that were sent As those who were to be as teachers, or among the 70. With the arousing, and the demanding that there be more and more of the closer association with the Teacher, Lucius being of the foreign group was rejected as one of the Apostles; yet was questioned mostly by John, Peter, Andrew, James and those of the closer following, as Matthew, Bartholomew; and was the closer affiliated or associated with Thomas. In those activities then that followed the Crucifixion, and the days of the Pentecost, and the sermon or teachings, and when there was beheld by Lucius the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, when Peter spoke in tongues, or as he spoke in his Own tongue, it, the message was Heard by those of Every nation in their Own tongue, this so impressed Lucius that there came a rededicating, and the determination within self to become the closer associated, the closer affiliated with the Disciples or Apostles. But when the persecutions arose, and there was the choice of those that were to act as those called the deacons, as Philip and Stephen and the others, again he was rejected because of his close associations with one later called Paul, or Saul; he being also of Tarsus or of the country, and a Roman, and questioned as to his Jewish ancestry, though claimed by Paul (or Saul) that he was a Jew. His mother was indeed, and of the tribe of Benjamin, though his father was not. Hence we find the questions arose as to the advisability of putting those in position, either as teachers, ministers or those in active service, that were questioned as to their lineal descent. And again the old question as to whether Any were to receive the word but those of the household of faith, or of the Jews. During the sojourn in Jerusalem, though, before the greater persecutions, that is, before the beheading of James the brother of John and the stoning of Stephen, here again we had a great question arise. For Lucius, through the associations with the one who became his companion or wife as ye would call, was entertained and kept by Mary and Martha and Lazarus, thus we find these again made questions. And there is often the confusing of Lucius and Luke, for these were kinsmen; and Lucius and Luke were drawn or thrown together, and with the conversion of Saul (or Paul) (as he became) they followed closer and closer with the activities of Paul. With the acceptance of Lucius by Paul, and part of those in the Caesarean church, Lucius determined, with his companion, to return to the portion of his own land, owing to the persecutions, and to there attempt to establish a church; to be the minister, to be the active force in those portions of the land.

Thus we find in those latter portions of the experience he became the bishop or the director or the president of the Presbytery; or what ye would call the priest or the father or the high counsellor as given to those in the early periods of the Church; that is, the one to whom All Questions were taken respecting what ye would term in the present as theology, or questions pertaining to the laws. In such the entity as the bishop was the last word, other than that there might be the appeal from such a verdict to the church in Jerusalem, or the Apostles themselves. Such disputes brought disturbances at times, when there were the questionings especially as Paul brought into that region as to whether it was well for those in such positions to be married or not. And the declarations as made through the Corinthian and the Ephesian leaders indicate what disturbances there were; because differences arose between Lucius and Paul as well as between Silas and Paul and Barnabas and those that had become the leaders or the real ministers or the missionaries for the Church. Hence this brought into the experience of the entity Lucius disturbance between himself and his companion, because, in the first, the companion was younger in years than Lucius and to them there had been no offspring, no child. This confusion made for periods when there was the withdrawing of the companion, and the closer association of the companion with the teacher that had been the proclaimer and the director in the early experience of the Master's life Himself, or with Judy; and with Elizabeth and with Mary the Mother of the Lord. With those experiences, and with Paul's being carried on in his second and even his third missionary journey, and with Many of the things propounded by him that Lucius had declared as things that were unstable, there again, with the teachings to the companion by Judy, by the Mother of the Lord and Elizabeth in their years of maturity teaching this younger person, was brought to Lucius that which later John proclaimed; that there IS in this church of Laodicea no fault yet it is neither hot nor cold, and that for the lack of its very stand it would find condemning. Those became periods when Lucius then was thrown the closer, or drawn the closer to the companion; and with the birth of the child there were brought those periods of the greater contentment and peace in the latter days of the entity called Lucius, and a seeing of the development of those experiences. In Lucius association with Andrew, there was still questioning, for with Peter the speaker, Andrew the listener, there were disputes as to the advisability of Lucius being put into power; though in the latter portion of the experience, they were rather close associated, and Andrew was a defender of Lucius, After there was the settling between the companion and Lucius, after their separation and then reuniting.


Who actually wrote the four Gospels, in what order, and where were they written?

1. Mark was first dictated, greatly by Peter, and this in those periods just before Peter was carried to Rome.

2. The next was Matthew, written by the one whose name it bears (as for the Specific reasons), to those who were scattered into the upper portions of Palestine and through Laodicea.
This was written 33 to 34 years later than Mark; and while he that wrote same was in exile.

3. Luke was written by Lucius, rather than Luke; though a companion with Luke during those activities of Paul; and written, of course, unto those of the faith under the Roman Influence, not to the Roman peoples but to the provinces ruled by the Romans, and it was from those sources that the very changes were made, as to the differences in that given by Mark and Matthew.

4. John was written by several; not by the John who was the beloved, but the John who represented or who was the scribe for John the beloved; and as much of same, was written much later. Portions of it were written at different times and combined some 50 years after the Crucifixion.
 

The New Testament

Explained

 

The Books in the New Testament

Matthew

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” - Mathews 5:3

They that have not allowed and do not allow themselves to be directed by other influences than that of Godly-Force itself. They that are not acquainted with the familiar spirits but with the Divine. They that are meek yet proud in their meekness and their humbleness. These are they that are poor in spirit.

“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” - Matthew 5:4

Happy are they that have known sorrow, for their joy will be filled if they trust in the Lord. For He Is the Force, the Power, the Might that Comforts those that mourn for those things even as He wept over Jerusalem and mourned for the cities about same; yet might He not by His own power have commanded that all who would seek not to know be blotted away? Yet man's will, man's desire is that which makes him at a Oneness with the knowledge of God. And to seek and to know and to be Filled is that as comes from those who mourn over those things which they may be able to help but are powerless through the very will of others.

“And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.” Matthew 5:40

Go to the other extreme in being kind and gentle, or, Because ye have little ye say, "I must save, that I be not in want", but there are those who need what little thou hast! For it is indeed as has been given here. If you say, "If I were so and so, if I had this or that, O how much I would give to charity, to the needy" and give not in your present estate, you would not give any at all if you had all at your command! Then His command was as this: If what you have is taken away, give the All, that you may be Filled! For how has it been said? "That alone you give away, that do you possess."

Matthew 6:9–13

After this manner therefore Pray Ye:

“Our Father Who Art In Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom Come.
Thy Will Be Done; As In Heaven, So In Earth.
Give Us For Tomorrow The Needs Of The Body.
Forget Those Trespasses As We Forgive Those,
That Have Trespassed And Do Trespass Against Us.
Be Thou The Guide In The Time Of Trouble, Turmoil, and Temptation.
Lead Us In Paths Of Righteousness for Thy Name's Sake". - Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 11:2-4, Rectified King James Bible

"Where your treasure is, there shall your heart be also." - Matthew 6:21

This is emblematical; as indicated in that whatever influence or force draws the material mind may also draw the mental and the soul experience. What you desire and seek after mentally and spiritually, and what you desire and seek for in the material things are not Always from the same promptings; but where the heart or the treasure is, there is the desire. Hence again is the injunction given that you know in Whom you believe as well as in What you believe; so that you know whether or not thy treasure is laid in that where moth and rust doth not corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal, that is in the Spirit of Truth, in the Christ, in Jesus.

"Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." - Matthew 7:6

"Cast not pearls before dogs nor swine." For as the dog returns to his vomit and the hog to his wallow, so will they that listen at pearls of great price yet have no thought, no mind, no purpose for same.

"Flesh and blood hath not revealed this unto thee, but my father in heaven." - Matthew 16:17

All then who have taken, who do take that which had been given as the example, as the pattern, as the manner of expression, as the acknowledgement of the activities within self, are in that position, that they have touched, do touch as it were the knowledge of God in that His Ways, His Laws, His Love are not only a part of their individual lives but are by them manifested in their daily life, their daily conversation, as one to another. Yes, then, to the Peter in every experience of the body, the mind, the soul.

"And said, Verily I say unto you, Lest ye become as little children ye will in no wise enter in the kingdom of heaven." - Matthew 18:3

Unless you can be just as forgiving, unless you can find it just as easy to forget slights and slurs and things that would make afraid those who would judge others. For with what measure ye mete, it is measured to thee again. Even as He, the Master gave, the faults ye find in others are reflected in thine own mirror of life. And as He gave: "Cast the beam out of thine eye that ye may see to take the mote from thy brother's eye." Keep in that faith as of the first lesson, become as a little child, if ye will be able to be of greater service to others. And unless we All become as little children, lest we all come with the desire, even though there be scorn upon the face, the actions, of many; yet that desire, that love, for those conditions that bring the full concept of the Fatherhood of God is that redeeming force as is manifest in the world. "The children lead where the old dare not follow", for unto him there has been given that message that will reach to those that, to the world, to the theologian as of the present day, will mean the new lesson, the new light, to the young in many places, for that innate desire of the love of the Father is in all.

Mark

"Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein." - Mark 10:15

And unless we All become as little children, lest we all come with the desire, even though there be scorn upon the face, the actions, of many; yet that desire, that love, for those conditions that bring the full concept of the Fatherhood of God is that redeeming force as is manifest in the world. "The children lead where the old dare not follow", for unto him there has been given that message that will reach to those that, to the world, to the theologian as of the present day, will mean the new lesson, the new light, to the young in many places, for that innate desire of the love of the Father is in all.

"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: "I come not to bring peace alone but a sword, to those who have forsaken the way of life; I came to give peace, not as the world counts peace, but as that which makes for those experiences wherein the soul, the individual, is to fulfil those purposes, those activities, for which it's soul came into being.” - Mark 10:34, Rectified King James Bible

“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” - Matthew 12:25

First, find self. Know thy ideal, spiritual, mental, material. Just as thy body, mind and soul are one, so should thy purposes be, thy hopes, thy desires. For, as has been said, a house divided against itself will not stand. So, as the entity analyses self, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman not ashamed, rightly dividing the words of truth, keeping self unspotted from condemnation of others. But hold fast to that which is the Law of One, that ye may know in truth, as has been given, that house, that temple, that soul that finds itself divided against itself becomes one of turmoil. And what gaineth a man though he gain the whole world in fame or fortune and hath lost his own rest, his own peace, his own soul? Learn well that lesson, that, "In union there is strength," and that "A house divided against itself cannot stand." Because a house divided against itself, either mentally, physically, spiritually or any other, must be disrupted. A doubleminded individual fails to impress anyone or to make for peace or harmony within self's expression. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Ye are either for or Against me, saith the Lord, for "This day, as of old, there is set before thee good and evil. Choose Thou whom ye will serve".

Luke

"Where your treasure is, there shall your heart be also." Luke 12:34

This is emblematical; as indicated in that whatever influence or force draws the material mind may also draw the mental and the soul experience. What you desire and seek after mentally and spiritually, and what you desire and seek for in the material things are not Always from the same promptings; but where the heart or the treasure is, there is the desire. Hence again is the injunction given that you know in Whom you believe as well as in What you believe; so that you know whether or not thy treasure is laid in that where moth and rust doth not corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal, that is in the Spirit of Truth, in the Christ, in Jesus.

John

Acts

Romans

1 Corinthians

2 Corinthians

Galatians


Ephesians

"Be angry but sin not." - Ephesians 4:26

One that may control self in anger is beginning the first lessons or laws of experience. One that may control self in anger, that must come as resentment in the speech of individuals, may make for that which disregards the words said; disliking that which would produce such a feeling within self, yet able to love the soul of one that causes or produces such a state of feeling. This is patience, and love, and hope, and meekness, and pureness of heart. The meek shall inherit the earth, said He, the pure in heart shall see God. They are promises! Believest thou Him? Then be angry and sin not is to know that these are thine Own promises, to thee, to thee! You may be angry and laugh and have your own way at the same time. These indicate the abilities to use, then, those influences that may be impelling others. Be sure you use these correctly. For it depends upon the spirit, the purpose, the hope, the desire with which you use the powers that be. Remember, God hath delivered to thee, as to every other soul, that as pertaineth to heaven, to earth and to hell. What do we do with it? It depends upon the spirit ye entertain, for ye become co-creators with the Father, in bringing what? in the earth.


Philippians

Colossians

1 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians


1 Timothy
 

2 Timothy
 

Titus
 

Philemon
 

Hebrews
 

James

What time is referred to in "Be ye patient; stablish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh" James 5:8

As given, this is the time, today, when the time draweth nigh for each soul to become more aware of the necessity of magnifying His presence through the patience borne one to, one with, one of another, that He may be glorified in us, through the promise of the Father that such will be to those that love His coming. Let each live, then, as though they Expected their concept of the Master Christ to Dine with them today. What Would ye have to offer as the fruits of thine own life, thine thoughts, thine acts, thine deeds? For, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my little ones ye have done it unto me."

1 Peter
 

2 Peter
 

1 John
 

2 John
 

3 John

 

The Gospel of Thomas

These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.

1) And he said: "Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death."
2) Jesus said: "Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All."
3) Jesus said: "If those who lead you say to you, 'See, the kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty."
4) Jesus said: "The man old in days will not hesitate to ask a small child seven days old about the place of life, and he will live. For many who are first will become last, and they will become one and the same."
5) Jesus said: "Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you. For there is nothing hidden which will not become manifest."
6) His disciples questioned him and said to him: "Do you want us to fast? How shall we pray? Shall we give alms? What diet shall we observe?" Jesus said: "Do not tell lies, and do not do what you hate, for all things are plain in the sight of heaven. For nothing hidden will not become manifest, and nothing covered will remain without being uncovered."
7) Jesus said: "Blessed is the lion which becomes man when consumed by man; and cursed is the man whom the lion consumes, and the lion becomes man."
8) And he said: "The man is like a wise fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of small fish. Among them the wise fisherman found a fine large fish. He threw all the small fish back into the sea and chose the large fish without difficulty. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear."
(9) Jesus said: "Now the sower went out, took a handful (of seeds), and scattered them. Some fell on the road; the birds came and gathered them up. Others fell on the rock, did not take root in the soil, and did not produce ears. And others fell on thorns; they choked the seed(s) and worms ate them. And others fell on the good soil and it produced good fruit: it bore 60 per measure and 120 per measure."
10) Jesus said: "I have cast fire upon the world, and see, I am guarding it until it blazes."
11) Jesus said: "This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away. The dead are not alive, and the living will not die. In the days when you consumed what is dead, you made it what is alive. When you come to dwell in the light, what will you do? On the day when you were one you became two. But when you become two, what will you do?"
12) The disciples said to Jesus: "We know that you will depart from us. Who is to be our leader?" Jesus said to them: "Wherever you are, you are to go to James the righteous, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being."
13) Jesus said to his disciples: "Compare me to someone and tell me whom I am like." Simon Peter said to him: "You are like a righteous angel." Matthew said to him, "You are like a wise philosopher." Thomas said to him: "Master, my mouth is wholly incapable of saying whom you are like." Jesus said: "I am not your master. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring which I have measured out." And he took him and withdrew and told him three things. When Thomas returned to his companions, they asked him, "What did Jesus say to you?" Thomas said to them, "If I tell you one of the things which he told me, you will pick up stones and throw them at me; a fire will come out of the stones and burn you up."
14) Jesus said to them: "If you fast, you will give rise to sin for yourselves; and if you pray, you will be condemned; and if you give alms, you will do harm to your spirits. When you go into any land and walk about in the districts, if they receive you, eat what they will set before you, and heal the sick among them. For what goes into your mouth will not defile you, but that which issues from your mouth, it is that which will defile you."
15) Jesus said: "When you see one who was not born of woman, prostrate yourselves on your faces and worship him. That one is your father."
16) Jesus said: "Men think, perhaps, that it is peace which I have come to cast upon the world. They do not know that it is dissension which I have come to cast upon the earth: fire, sword, and war. For there will be five in a house: three will be against two, and two against three, the father against the son, and the son against the father. And they will stand solitary."
17) Jesus said: "I shall give you what no eye has seen and what no ear has heard and what no hand has touched and what has never occurred to the human mind."
18) The disciples said to Jesus: "Tell us how our end will be." Jesus said: "Have you discovered, then, the beginning, that you look for the end? For where the beginning is, there will the end be. Blessed is he who will take his place in the beginning; he will know the end and will not experience death."
19) Jesus said: "Blessed is he who came into being before he came into being. If you become my disciples and listen to my words, these stones will minister to you. For there are five trees for you in Paradise which remain undisturbed summer and winter and whose leaves do not fall. Whoever becomes acquainted with them will not experience death."
20) The disciples said to Jesus: "Tell us what the kingdom of heaven is like." He said to them: "It is like a mustard seed. It is the smallest of all seeds. But when it falls on tilled soil, it produces a great plant and becomes a shelter for birds of the sky."
21) Mary said to Jesus: "Whom are your disciples like?" He said: "They are like children who have settled in a field which is not theirs. When the owners of the field come, they will say, 'Let us have back our field.' They (will) undress in their presence in order to let them have back their field and to give it back to them. Therefore I say, if the owner of a house knows that the thief is coming, he will begin his vigil before he comes and will not let him dig through into his house of his domain to carry away his goods. You, then, be on your guard against the world. Arm yourselves with great strength lest the robbers find a way to come to you, for the difficulty which you expect will (surely) materialize. Let there be among you a man of understanding. When the grain ripened, he came quickly with his sickle in his hand and reaped it. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear."
22) Jesus saw infants being suckled. He said to his disciples: "These infants being suckled are like those who enter the kingdom." They said to him: "Shall we then, as children, enter the kingdom?" Jesus said to them: "When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female; and when you fashion eyes in the place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then will you enter the kingdom."
23) Jesus said: "I shall choose you, one out of a thousand, and two out of ten thousand, and they shall stand as a single one."
24) His disciples said to him: "Show us the place where you are, since it is necessary for us to seek it." He said to them: "Whoever has ears, let him hear. There is light within a man of light, and he lights up the whole world. If he does not shine, he is darkness."
25) Jesus said: "Love your brother like your soul, guard him like the pupil of your eye."
26) Jesus said: "You see the mote in your brother's eye, but you do not see the beam in your own eye. When you cast the beam out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to cast the mote from your brother's eye."
27) Jesus said: "If you do not fast as regards the world, you will not find the kingdom. If you do not observe the Sabbath as a Sabbath, you will not see the father."
28) Jesus said: "I took my place in the midst of the world, and I appeared to them in flesh. I found all of them intoxicated; I found none of them thirsty. And my soul became afflicted for the sons of men, because they are blind in their hearts and do not have sight; for empty they came into the world, and empty too they seek to leave the world. But for the moment they are intoxicated. When they shake off their wine, then they will repent."
29) Jesus said: "If the flesh came into being because of spirit, it is a wonder. But if spirit came into being because of the body, it is a wonder of wonders. Indeed, I am amazed at how this great wealth has made its home in this poverty."
30) Jesus said: "Where there are three gods, they are gods. Where there are two or one, I am with him."
31) Jesus said: "No prophet is accepted in his own village; no physician heals those who know him."
32) Jesus said: "A city being built on a high mountain and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden."
33) Jesus said: "Preach from your housetops that which you will hear in your ear. For no one lights a lamp and puts it under a bushel, nor does he put it in a hidden place, but rather he sets it on a lampstand so that everyone who enters and leaves will see its light."
34) Jesus said: "If a blind man leads a blind man, they will both fall into a pit."
35) Jesus said: "It is not possible for anyone to enter the house of a strong man and take it by force unless he binds his hands; then he will (be able to) ransack his house."
36) Jesus said: "Do not be concerned from morning until evening and from evening until morning about what you will wear."
37) His disciples said, "When will you become revealed to us and when shall we see you?" Jesus said: "When you disrobe without being ashamed and take up your garments and place them under your feet like little children and tread on them, then will you see the son of the living one, and you will not be afraid"
38) Jesus said: "Many times have you desired to hear these words which I am saying to you, and you have no one else to hear them from. There will be days when you will look for me and will not find me."
39) Jesus said: "The pharisees and the scribes have taken the keys of knowledge and hidden them. They themselves have not entered, nor have they allowed to enter those who wish to. You, however, be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves."
40) Jesus said: "A grapevine has been planted outside of the father, but being unsound, it will be pulled up by its roots and destroyed."
41) Jesus said: "Whoever has something in his hand will receive more, and whoever has nothing will be deprived of even the little he has."
42) Jesus said: "Become passers-by."
43) His disciples said to him: "Who are you, that you should say these things to us?" Jesus said to them: "You do not realize who I am from what I say to you, but you have become like the Jews, for they (either) love the tree and hate its fruit (or) love the fruit and hate the tree."
44) Jesus said: "Whoever blasphemes against the father will be forgiven, and whoever blasphemes against the son will be forgiven, but whoever blasphemes against the holy spirit will not be forgiven either on earth or in heaven."
45) Jesus said: "Grapes are not harvested from thorns, nor are figs gathered from thistles, for they do not produce fruit. A good man brings forth good from his storehouse; an evil man brings forth evil things from his evil storehouse, which is in his heart, and says evil things. For out of the abundance of the heart he brings forth evil things."
46) Jesus said: "Among those born of women, from Adam until John the Baptist, there is no one so superior to John the Baptist that his eyes should not be lowered (before him). Yet I have said, whichever one of you comes to be a child will be acquainted with the kingdom and will become superior to John."
47) Jesus said: "It is impossible for a man to mount two horses or to stretch two bows. And it is impossible for a servant to serve two masters; otherwise, he will honour the one and treat the other contemptuously. No man drinks old wine and immediately desires to drink new wine. And new wine is not put into old wineskins, lest they burst; nor is old wine put into a new wineskin, lest it spoil it. An old patch is not sewn onto a new garment, because a tear would result."
48) Jesus said: "If two make peace with each other in this one house, they will say to the mountain, 'Move Away,' and it will move away."
49) Jesus said: "Blessed are the solitary and elect, for you will find the kingdom. For you are from it, and to it you will return."
50) Jesus said: "If they say to you, 'Where did you come from?', say to them: 'We came from the light, the place where the light came into being on its own accord and established itself and became manifest through their image.' If they say to you, 'Is it you?', say, 'We are its children, we are the elect of the living father.' If they ask you, 'What is the sign of your father in you?', say to them, 'It is movement and repose.'"
51) His disciples said to him: "When will the repose of the dead come about, and when will the new world come?" He said to them: "What you look forward to has already come, but you do not recognize it."
52) His disciples said to him: "Twenty-four prophets spoke in Israel, and all of them spoke in you." He said to them: "You have omitted the one living in your presence and have spoken (only) of the dead."
53) His disciples said to him: "Is circumcision beneficial or not?" He said to them: "If it were beneficial, their father would beget them already circumcised from their mother. Rather, the true circumcision in spirit has become completely profitable."
54) Jesus said: "Blessed are the poor, for yours is the kingdom of heaven."
55) Jesus said: "Whoever does not hate his father and his mother cannot become a disciple to me. And whoever does not hate his brothers and sisters and take up his cross in my way will not be worthy of me."
56) Jesus said: "Whoever has come to understand the world has found (only) a corpse, and whoever has found a corpse is superior to the world."
57) Jesus said: "The kingdom of the father is like a man who had good seed. His enemy came by night and sowed weeds among the good seed. The man did not allow them to pull up the weeds; he said to them, 'I am afraid that you will go intending to pull up the weeds and pull up the wheat along with them.' For on the day of the harvest the weeds will be plainly visible, and they will be pulled up and burned."
58) Jesus said: "Blessed is the man who has suffered and found life."
59) Jesus said: "Take heed of the living one while you are alive, lest you die and seek to see him and be unable to do so."
60) They saw a Samaritan carrying a lamb on his way to Judea. He said to his disciples: "That man is round about the lamb." They said to him: "So that he may kill it and eat it." He said to them: "While it is alive, he will not eat it, but only when he has killed it and it has become a corpse." They said to him: "He cannot do so otherwise." He said to them, "You too, look for a place for yourself within repose, lest you become a corpse and be eaten."
61) Jesus said: "Two will rest on a bed: the one will die, and the other will live." Salome said: "Who are you, man, that you ... have come up on my couch and eaten from my table?"
Jesus said to her: "I am he who exists from the undivided. I was given some of the things of my father." "I am your disciple." "Therefore I say, if he is destroyed, he will be filled with light, but if he is divided, he will be filled with darkness."
62) Jesus said: "It is to those who are worthy of my mysteries that I tell my mysteries. Do not let your left (hand) know what your right (hand) is doing."
63) Jesus said: "There was a rich man who had much money. He said, 'I shall put my money to use so that I may sow, reap, plant, and fill my storehouse with produce, with the result that I shall lack nothing.' Such were his intentions, but that same night he died. Let him who has ears hear."
64) Jesus said: "A man had received visitors. And when he had prepared the dinner, he sent his servant to invite the guests. He went to the first one and said to him, 'My master invites you.' He said, 'I have claims against some merchants. They are coming to me this evening. I must go and give them my orders. I ask to be excused from the dinner.' He went to another and said to him, 'My master has invited you.' He said to him: 'I have just bought a house and am required for the day. I shall not have any spare time.' He went to another and said to him, 'My master invites you.' He said to him, 'My friend is going to get married, and I am to prepare the banquet. I shall not be able to come. I ask to be excused from the dinner.' He went to another and said to him: 'My master invites you.' He said to him, 'I have just bought a farm, and I am on my way to collect the rent. I shall not be able to come. I ask to be excused.' The servant returned and said to his master: 'Those whom you invited to the dinner have asked to be excused.' The master said to his servant: 'Go outside to the streets and bring back those whom you happen to meet, so that they may dine.' Businessmen and merchants will not enter the places of my father."
65) He said: "There was a good man who owned a vineyard. He leased it to tenant farmers so that they might work it and he might collect the produce from them. He sent his servant so that the tenants might give him the produce of the vineyard. They seized his servant and beat him, all but killing him. The servant went back and told his master. The master said: 'Perhaps he did not recognize them.' He sent another servant. The tenants beat this one as well. Then the owner sent his son and said, 'Perhaps they will show respect to my son.' Because the tenants knew that it was he who was the heir to the vineyard, they seized him and killed him. Let him who has ears hear."
66) Jesus said: "Show me the stone which the builders have rejected. That one is the cornerstone."
67) Jesus said: "If one who knows the all still feels a personal deficiency, he is completely deficient."
68) Jesus said: "Blessed are you when you are hated and persecuted. Wherever you have been persecuted they will find no place."
69) Jesus said: "Blessed are they who have been persecuted within themselves. It is they who have truly come to know the father. Blessed are the hungry, for the belly of him who desires will be filled."
70) Jesus said: "That which you have will save you if you bring it forth from yourselves. That which you do not have within you will kill you if you do not have it within you."
71) Jesus said: "I shall destroy this house, and no one will be able to build it [...]."
72) A man said to him: "Tell my brothers to divide my father's possessions with me." He said to him, "O man, who has made me a divider?" He turned to his disciples and said to them, "I am not a divider, am I?"
73) Jesus said: "The harvest is great but the laborers are few. Beseech the Lord, therefore, to send out laborers to the harvest."
74) He said: "O Lord, there are many around the drinking trough, but there is nothing in the cistern."
75) Jesus said: "Many are standing at the door, but it is the solitary who will enter the bridal chamber."
76) Jesus said: "The kingdom of the father is like a merchant who had a consignment of merchandise and who discovered a pearl. That merchant was shrewd. He sold the merchandise and bought the pearl alone for himself. You too, seek his unfailing and enduring treasure where no moth comes near to devour and no worm destroys."
77) Jesus said: "It is I who am the light which is above them all. It is I who am the all. From me did the all come forth, and unto me did the all extend. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there."
78) Jesus said: "Why have you come out into the desert? To see a reed shaken by the wind? And to see a man clothed in fine garments like your kings and your great men? Upon them are the fine garments, and they are unable to discern the truth."
79) A woman from the crowd said to him: "Blessed are the womb which bore you and the breasts which nourished you." He said to her: "Blessed are those who have heard the word of the father and have truly kept it. For there will be days when you will say, 'Blessed are the womb which has not conceived and the breasts which have not given milk.'"
80) Jesus said: "He who has recognized the world has found the body, but he who has found the body is superior to the world."
81) Jesus said: "Let him who has grown rich be king, and let him who possesses power renounce it."
82) Jesus said: "He who is near me is near the fire, and he who is far from me is far from the kingdom."
83) Jesus said: "The images are manifest to man, but the light in them remains concealed in the image of the light of the father. He will become manifest, but his image will remain concealed by his light."
84) Jesus said: "When you see your likeness, you rejoice. But when you see your images which came into being before you, and which neither die not become manifest, how much you will have to bear!"
85) Jesus said: "Adam came into being from a great power and a great wealth, but he did not become worthy of you. For had he been worthy, he would not have experienced death."
86) Jesus said: "The foxes have their holes and the birds have their nests, but the son of man has no place to lay his head and rest."
87) Jesus said: "Wretched is the body that is dependant upon a body, and wretched is the soul that is dependent on these two."
88) Jesus said: "The angels and the prophets will come to you and give to you those things you (already) have. And you too, give them those things which you have, and say to yourselves, 'When will they come and take what is theirs?'"
89) Jesus said: "Why do you wash the outside of the cup? Do you not realize that he who made the inside is the same one who made the outside?"
90) Jesus said: "Come unto me, for my yoke is easy and my lordship is mild, and you will find repose for yourselves."
91) They said to him: "Tell us who you are so that we may believe in you." He said to them: "You read the face of the sky and of the earth, but you have not recognized the one who is before you, and you do not know how to read this moment."
92) Jesus said: "Seek and you will find. Yet, what you asked me about in former times and which I did not tell you then, now I do desire to tell, but you do not inquire after it."
93) Jesus said: "Do not give what is holy to dogs, lest they throw them on the dung-heap. Do not throw the pearls to swine, lest they [...] it [...]."
94) Jesus said: "He who seeks will find, and he who knocks will be let in."
95) Jesus said: "If you have money, do not lend it at interest, but give it to one from whom you will not get it back."
96) Jesus said: "The kingdom of the father is like a certain woman. She took a little leaven, concealed it in some dough, and made it into large loaves. Let him who has ears hear."
97) Jesus said: "The kingdom of the father is like a certain woman who was carrying a jar full of meal. While she was walking on the road, still some distance from home, the handle of the jar broke and the meal emptied out behind her on the road. She did not realize it; she had noticed no accident. When she reached her house, she set the jar down and found it empty."
98) Jesus said: "The kingdom of the father is like a certain man who wanted to kill a powerful man. In his own house he drew his sword and stuck it into the wall in order to find out whether his hand could carry through. Then he slew the powerful man."
99) The disciples said to him: "Your brothers and your mother are standing outside." He said to them: "Those here who do the will of my father are my brothers and my mother. It is they who will enter the kingdom of my father."
100) They showed Jesus a gold coin and said to him: "Caesar's men demand taxes from us. Give Caesar what belongs to Caesar, give God what belongs to God, and give me what is mine."
101) Jesus said: "Whoever does not hate his father and his mother as I do cannot become a disciple to me. And whoever does not love his father and his mother as I do cannot become a disciple to me. For my mother [...], but my true mother gave me life."
102) Jesus said: "Woe to the pharisees, for they are like a dog sleeping in the manger of oxen, for neither does he eat nor does he let the oxen eat."
103) Jesus said: "Fortunate is the man who knows where the brigands will enter, so that he may get up, muster his domain, and arm himself before they invade."
104) They said to Jesus: "Come, let us pray today and let us fast." Jesus said: "What is the sin that I have committed, or wherein have I been defeated? But when the bridegroom leaves the bridal chamber, then let them fast and pray."
105) Jesus said: "He who knows the father and the mother will be called the son of a harlot."
106) Jesus said: "When you make the two one, you will become the sons of man, and when you say, 'Mountain, move away,' it will move away."
107) Jesus said: "The kingdom is like a shepherd who had a 100 sheep. One of them, the largest, went astray. He left the 99 sheep and looked for that one until he found it. When he had gone to such trouble, he said to the sheep, 'I care for you more than the 99.'"
108) Jesus said: "He who will drink from my mouth will become like me. I myself shall become he, and the things that are hidden will be revealed to him."
109) Jesus said: "The kingdom is like a man who had a hidden treasure in his field without knowing it. And after he died, he left it to his son. The son did not know (about the treasure). He inherited the field and sold it. And the one who bought it went plowing and found the treasure. He began to lend money at interest to whomever he wished."
110) Jesus said: "Whoever finds the world and becomes rich, let him renounce the world."
111) Jesus said: "The heavens and the earth will be rolled up in your presence. And the one who lives from the living one will not see death." Does not Jesus say: "Whoever finds himself is superior to the world?"
112) Jesus said: "Woe to the flesh that depends on the soul; woe to the soul that depends on the flesh."
113) His disciples said to him: "When will the kingdom come?" Jesus said: "It will not come by waiting for it. It will not be a matter of saying 'here it is' or 'there it is.' Rather, the kingdom of the father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it."
114) Simon Peter said to him: "Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life." Jesus said: "I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven." -  "The Gospel of Thomas", Translated by Thomas O. Lambdin, The Nag Hammadi Library.

Jude
 

Revelation

In the beginning again we would give this, that it may be clarified in the minds of those who seek to have the interpretation of The Revelation in their own experience: Know first that the knowledge of God is a growing thing, for ye grow in grace, in knowledge, in understanding As ye apply that ye Know. But remember, as has been given by Him, to know to do good and do it not is sin. In the interpretation then of the Revelation as given by John in Patmos: This was John's revelation of His experience, and interpreted in the individual by the application of the body of self as a pattern with the attributes physically, mentally, spiritually, in their respective spheres for thine Own revelation. For this to be practical, to be applicable in the experience of each soul, it must be an individual experience; and the varied experiences or activities of an entity in its relationship to the study of self are planned, builded, workable in the pattern as John has given in the Revelation. Each attribute of the body, whether organ or functioning or the expression of same, becomes then in the experience of each soul as a seeker first. Seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you!

In the text written in the Revelation, as recorded in the King James version of same. In making this worth while in the experience of individuals who are seeking for the light, for the revelation that may be theirs as promised in the promises of same, it would be well that there be considered first the conditions which surrounded the writer, the apostle, the beloved, the last of those chosen; writing to a persecuted people, many despairing, many fallen away, yet, many seeking to hold to that which had been delivered to them through the efforts and activities of those upon whom the spirit had fallen by the very indwelling and the manifestations that had become the common knowledge of all. Remember, then, that Peter, chosen as the rock, chosen to open the doors of that known today as the church, had said to this companion: "I will endeavour to keep thee in remembrance; even after my demise I will return to you." - II Peter 1:15

The beloved, then, was banished to the isle, and was in meditation, in prayer, in communion with those saints who were in that position to see, to comprehend the greater needs of those that would carry on. And, as given in the beginning: "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and beheld, and heard, and saw, and was told to Write." Why, then, ye ask now, was this written (this vision) in such a manner that is hard to be interpreted, save in the experience of every soul who seeks to know, to walk in, a closer communion with Him? For the visions, the experiences, the names, the churches, the places, the dragons, the cities, all are but emblems of those forces that may war within the individual in its journey through the material, or from the entering into the material manifestation to the entering into the glory, or the awakening in the spirit, in the inter-between, in the borderland, in the shadow. Hence we find, as the churches are named, they are as the forces that are known as the senses, that must be spiritualized by the will of the individual made one in the very activities in a material world. And the elders and the Lamb are the emblems, are the shadows of those acceptances or rejections that are made in the experiences of the individual. As we find, in the various manners and forms that are presented as the vision or visions proceed, every force that is manifest is of one source; but the soul, the will of the individual, either makes such into a coordinating or cooperating influence in bringing about more and more manifestations in the material world of those experiences that are seen from the spiritual conditions, or the opposite. Why, then, is it presented, ye ask, in the form of symbols? Why is there used those varied activities? These are for those that were, or will be, or may become, through the seeking, those initiated into an understanding of the glories that may be theirs if they will but put into work, into activity, that they know in the present. In seeking, then, do individuals find from the beginning that there is presented, in every line, in every form, that good and bad (as termed) that arises from their activity, in what they do about that knowledge they have respecting law, the love, the mercy, the understanding of the wherefore of the Lamb's advent into the world that they, through His ensample set, may present themselves before that throne even as He, becoming, as given, heirs, joint heirs with Him, as the sons of God, to that Everlasting glory that may be had in Him. Then, seek to know what self is lacking, even as given in the first four chapters (as divided in the present). What is lacking in self? Are ye cold? Are ye hot? Have ye been negligent of the knowledge that is thine? Are ye stiff-necked? Are ye adulterous in thought, in act, in the very glories that are thine? Then, again, may ye not have had through the varied experiences those presentations before the throne, even as the elders twenty and four that are represented by the figures within thine own head, that which is shown in the physical forces of self? Has it not been given to thee, or has not the message come as the rider of the pale, the black, the white, or the red horses that are the figures of the messages that have come to thee in thine varied experiences? Or, art thou among the figures represented in the Babylon, or in the rivers of blood, or in the trees of life? These we see, then, represent Self; self's body-physical, self's body-mental, self's body-spiritual; with the attributes of the body-physical, attributes of the body-mental, attributes of the body-spiritual, and they are One in thee, even as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is one in Him. Then, dost thou seek to enter into the glories of the Father? Whosoever will may come, may take of the water of life freely, even as flows from the throne of the Lamb. For, the very leaves of the trees are for the healing of the nations, and, if ye will accept, the blood cleanses from all unrighteousness. How? From what? Saves self from what? To what are ye called? To know that only from the falling away of self may ye be saved. Unto the glorifying of self in Him may ye be saved. Then, whosoever will, come!

“And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” - Revelation 4:8

The four destructive influences that make the greater desire for the carnal forces, that rise as the beasts within self to destroy. Even as man, in his desire to make for companionship, brought those elements within self's own experience. These must be met. Even as the dragon represents the one that separated self so far as to fight with, to destroy with, those that would make of themselves a kingdom of their own.

“These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” - Revelation 7:14

The great tribulation and periods of tribulation, as given, are the experiences of every soul, every entity. They arise from influences created by man through activity in the sphere of any sojourn. Man may become, with the people of the universe, ruler of any of the various spheres through which the soul passes in its experiences. Hence, as the cycles pass, as the cycles are passing, when there Is come a time, a period of readjusting in the spheres, (as well as in the little earth, the little soul), seek, then, as known, to present self spotless before that throne; even as All are commanded to be circumspect, in thought, in act, to that which is held by self as that necessary for the closer walk with Him. In that manner only may each atom (as man is an atom, or corpuscle, in the body of the Father) become a helpmeet with Him in bringing that to pass that all may be one with Him.

Revelation 8:3-5

The Meaning of the symbol of the angel with the golden censer and the incense described in Revelation 8:3-5
As the influence is visualized in the experience of each soul by the name as implied in "angel", or the good that goes out from the individual soul in its relationships to the influences or forces about same, so is it called or given as the angel with the censer of the activities that emanate from each individual. And as has been given in other illustrations, that ye Are, that of good, rises ever as an incense, sweet before the throne of mercy. Or to take the back track, as it were, and take the angel with the censer, with the incense that is before the image of a soul seeking to become one with the Creative Forces or God, that which has been kind, gentle, patient, merciful, longsuffering in self's experience during a day, rises before the throne of the mercy seat within self to that of an incense of satisfaction. Why? Hate, unkindness, harshness, all such become as base in thine own experience, and as usual one condemns self by saying, "Why can't I do this or that?" And, "What is the use?" Well, and the censer is broken!

Revelation 8-9

The 7 angels described in Rev. 8-9 represent spiritual forces governing the various dimensional planes through which souls pass between incarnations on the earth.

While this explanation becomes a portion of another group's study and activity in the lesson just being approached on Happiness, it may be best explained in this; as to how this must indeed be interpreted in the experience of each soul, whether considered in a material plane in which there is found the real essence of happiness or that in the interim when ye are looked over, or when the promises become more and more as has been interpreted from that given by others, to be absent from the body-physical is to be present in the grace and glory and presence of divinity; or to be those influences that make for an activity in an influence without self. Now ye are studying yourself! Do not confuse the interpretation with that outside of thyself, but Happiness is love of something outside of self! It may never be obtained, may never be known by loving only things within self or self's own domain! Then the expression that has been given by an entity in a sojourn in the earth becomes as a portion of that activity as has been given, "He hath given His angels charge concerning thee, lest at any time ye dash thy foot against a stone." Hence we find that in the expression then of those interims where there are the guiding influences of that we have loved, we have love, for this becomes then very definite. If ye have loved self-glory, if ye have loved the honour of the people more than those thoughts of the mental and spiritual and moral welfare, what manner of angels will direct thee between thy interims? Think on the study then of Self, in thy body, but let it all become as has been So Oft given: Study to show thyself approved unto God, the God in self, the God in thine own consciousness, that Is creative in its essence; rightly divining and dividing the words of truth and light; keeping self unspotted from the world. And ye become lights to those that sit in darkness, to those that wander. Though ye may be reviled, revile not again. Though ye may be spoken of harshly, smile, Smile! For it is upon the river of Life that smiles are made. Not grins! No Cheshire cat activities bring other than those that are of the earth, of such natures that create in the minds and the experiences those things that become repulsive. But the smile of understanding cheers on the hearts of those who are discouraged, who are disheartened. It costs so little! It does thee so much good, and lifts the burdens of so many!

The symbols of Revelation, and the 12 major divisions of the body
Those that are of the general construction and those that are of the keeping alive physical, and those that are in keeping with the influences to the mental, to the material, to the spiritual; and the illustrations are shown in the bodily forces that are opened for those activities in a material plane.

“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.” - Revelation 13:1-10

In what form does the anti-Christ come, spoken of in Revelation? In the spirit of that opposed to the spirit of truth. The fruits of the spirit of the Christ are love, joy, obedience, long-suffering, brotherly love, kindness. Against such there is no law. The spirit of hate, the anti-Christ, is contention, strife, fault-finding, lovers of self, lovers of praise. Those are the anti-Christ, and take possession of groups, masses, and show themselves even in the lives of men.

Revelation 13:8

Will the body, for its own mental development, make a very close study of that book known as Revelation, in the Holy Book, and apply each indicated force In same to the Physical Body, and Understanding will come within self that will make for the directing of the mental abilities that will be most profitable, most beneficial to self And to others. As an illustration, where there is spoken of, as the book becoming bitter within the stomach when eaten, this referring to the application of that as is digested mentally Within an individual. As again when referring to those of the elders, they refer to those elements within the system, the Body, the Physical body, of the Glands of the body, for, as has been given, the Kingdom is within You! This, then; that the Spirit, the soul, the Elements of the Active forces, use those portions Of the physical body as their Temple During an earth's experience.

"The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." - Revelation 13:8

If this is taken in conjunction with many another expression of the Master, it may be the more easily comprehended in the intellectual activities of those who would seek to experience same. As the Master gave: "Before Abraham was I Am before the worlds were I Am." Hence, when there came the necessity in the realm of the spiritual home for the coming of the Lamb into the earth for its redemption, the Truth, the light, the offering was made. Hence the expression as given. For, as has been given, the thought, the mind, is the builder. Then, as each soul builds for that it as a soul is to act, whether in spirit, in mind or in body, the Soul-mind is already in the throes of the influences necessary. Then, when we comprehend we realize there is no time, no space, and that the divinity of the man Jesus was perfect in his Own activity in the earth. For, it was offered even from the first. So, as ye gathered here; ye each have your duties, your obligations, in materiality. Ye each have your promises in your material things, if ye will but follow in the way that has been opened, that has been shown thee, that each in your own experience may be the channel for the greater blessing to thy fellow man. And, as has been given you, ye have been chosen; each one that Chooses to Do His biddings. Then, pray ye the Father that through His Son, the Christ, ye may be shown more of the light, that ye may in This day, in This opportunity He has given thee in thy experience in the material world Now, fulfill that whereunto ye have been called. For, as the Master gave: "Think ye not that ye have a promise through Abraham? or that ye are children of promise through him?, for I say He may raise unto Himself of these stones children unto Abraham." Ye are children of the promise, in Christ. Ye have, of all people, the greater right for glorying in that promise; but if ye allow selfishness, unkindness, evil thoughts, evil communications, or little worries of the day to separate you, then ye have rejected being His children, and must one day, one time, suffer that of being offered on the altar. Then, make much of this opportunity. This, as He gave: "Love ye one another, prefer one another instead of self." Know the Truth, for only truth is of God.

The fall of Babylon as referred to in the 14, 17, and 18th chapters of Revelation

Babylon represented the individual; those periods through which every soul passes in its delving into the varied mysteries that are the experiences of the carnal-mental, the spiritual-mental forces of the body; and, as viewed from that presented, may come to the knowledge only through the Cleansing that is shown must come to those that would be saved from the destructions that are given there.

"And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns." -Revelation 17:7

That which is understood by those that follow in the way of the Lamb, that come to know how man separates himself through the desires to become as the procreator in the beasts; which made the necessity of the shedding of blood for redemption, for it brought sin In the shedding, and only through same may there be the fulfilling; and as given, the heavens and the earth may pass, but His law, His love, His mercy, His grace, endureth for those who Will seek to know His will.

“I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called: The Word of God.” - Revelation 19:11-13

This is the Christ in that it, as the horse, in the experiences of the awakening is the symbol of the messenger; and this Is Christ, Jesus, The Messenger.

“I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.” - Revelation 20:1-3

What is the meaning of one thousand years that Satan is bound?
Is banished. That, as there are the activities of the forty and four thousand, in the same manner that the prayer of ten just should save a city, the deeds, the prayers of the faithful will allow that period when the incarnation of those only that are in the Lord shall rule the earth, and the period is as a thousand years. Thus is Satan bound, thus is Satan banished from the earth. The desire to do evil is only of him. And when there are, as the symbols, those only whose desire and purpose of their heart is to glorify the Father, these will be those periods when this shall come to pass. Be Ye All Determined within thy minds, thy hearts, thy purposes, to be of that number!

“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” - Revelation 20:10

That as builded by self; as those emblematical influences are shown through the experiences of the beloved in that builded, that created. For, each soul is a portion of creation, and builds that in a portion of its experience that it, through its physical-mental or spiritual-mental, has builded for itself. And each entity's heaven or hell must, through Some experience, be that which it has builded for itself. Is thy hell one that is filled with fire or brimstone? But know, each and every soul is tried so as by fire; purified, purged; for He, though He were the Son, learned obedience through the things which He suffered. Ye also are known even as ye do, and have done.

Revelation 20:4-6
Revelation 20:12-13


What is meant by the first and second resurrections?
The first is of those who have not tasted death in the sense of the dread of same. The second is of those who have Gained the understanding that in Him there Is no death.

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” - Revelation 21:1

Former things have passed away, when there is beheld within self that the whole will of the Creator, the Father, the place of abode, the forces within and without, make for the New heaven, the New earth.

“I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” - Revelation 21:1-6

When the foundations of the earth are broken up by those very disturbances. Can the mind of man comprehend no desire to sin, no purpose but that the glory of the Son may be manifested in his life? Is this not a new heaven, a new earth? For the former things would have passed away. For as the desires, the purposes, the aims are to bring about the whole change physically, so does it create in the experience of each soul a new vision, a new comprehension. For as has been given, it hath not entered the heart of man to know the glories that have been prepared, that are a part of the experiences of those that love Only the Lord and His ways. Those then that are come into the new life, the new understanding, the new regeneration, there Is then the new Jerusalem. For as has been given, the place is not as a place alone but as a condition, as an experience of the soul. Jerusalem has figuratively, symbolically, meant the holy place, the holy city, for there the ark of the covenant, the ark of the covenant in the minds, the hearts, the understandings, the comprehensions of those who have put away earthly desires and become as the New purposes in their experience, become the new Jerusalem, the new undertakings, the new desires.

"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." - Revelation 21:8

Those that have passed into the understanding and then fall away, become minded of the earthly desires for self-exaltation, know the second death.

“And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; and had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: on the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” - Revelation 21:10-14

That purpose, that estate to which there is the attaining of those who through the purifying, now come to the holy purpose, as the Holy Jerusalem; the Holy of Holies becomes the dwelling as it were of those.

What is meant by the 12 gates?
The twelve manners, the twelve ways, the twelve openings, the twelve experiences of the physical to all, and those that have all been purified in purpose for the activities with same.

What is the significance of the 12 angels?
The twelve purposes as represented by the activities of the openings to the bodily forces for their activities in the experiences of expression in the phases of the activities of the individual.

The 12 names which represent the 12 tribes of the children of Israel.
The same as the twelve gates, the twelve angels, the twelve ways, the twelve understandings; or the approach to Israel the seeker, all seeking not then as the expression of self but as One in the Holy One!

“And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.” - Revelation 21:15-21

What is the golden reed to measure the city, and what is the significance of the stones of the new Jerusalem and their colours? The new understanding, the reed to measure the city, the abilities of each. Not unto all is it given to be ministers, not unto all to be interpreters, not unto all to be this or that; but measured according to that whereunto they have purposed in their hearts. Though all are as one, remember it has been given that the purpose of the heart is to know Yourself to Be yourself and yet one with God even as Jesus, even as is represented in God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit; each knowing themselves to be themselves yet One! So the measurements for those that make the vibrations within themselves that become attuned to the new purpose, the new desire, the new hopes, the New Revelation, the new understandings to do the will of the Father with the will of that made perfect in the Christ.

“And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” - Revelation 22:1

As the river, the water, the life represents the active flow of the purpose of the souls of men made pure in same. Then they flow with that purpose from the throne of God Itself, made pure in the blood of the Lamb, which is in Jesus, the Christ, to those who seek to know His ways.

“In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” - Revelation 22:2

What is meant by the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit that yielded her fruit every month and the leaves of the tree for the healing of the nations? That as the tree planted by the water of life; that is, as the sturdiness of the purpose of the individual in its sureness in the Christ; and the leaves represent the activities that are as for the healing of all that the individual activities may contact, even in material life. And that it is Continuous, as by the month, as for purpose, as for the activities.

“Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” - Revelation 22:10-11

As that period approaches when there shall be those influences of the power of those incarnated in the activities of the earth, then the purposes become set as in that indicated by the activities of each being in that to which they have then given themselves.


Old Testament Explained

The Books in the Old Testament


Genesis

"And He breathed into him the breath of life, and he became a living soul" - Genesis 2:7

Where does the soul come from, and how does it enter the physical body?
"And He breathed into him the breath of life, and he became a living soul", as the breath, the ether from the forces as come into the body of the human when born breathes the breath of life, as it becomes a living soul, provided it has reached that developing in the creation where the soul may enter and find the lodging place. All souls were created in the beginning, and are finding their way back to whence they came.

Where does the soul go when fully developed?
To its Maker.

Know that the message is One; for the Lord thy God is one, and that Jesus Is the one who was promised from that day: "And her seed shall bruise his head." - Genesis 3:15

Exodus

“Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.” - Exodus 19:5-6

And who will be a peculiar people? They who keep the law of the Lord. What is the law? Thou shalt love the Lord, thy God, with all thine heart, thy mind and thy body, and thy neighbour as thyself. This is not talking merely to Jews or Hebrews or Israelites, that is to thee, as it is to each soul who seeks to become one with the Father. Apply these to self.

"For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day" - Exodus 20:11

That each may interpret this to his own comprehension is rather that each becomes aware of the power of the Father in His manifestations in the earth. When it is considered (as was later given, or Written even before this was written) that "a thousand years is as but a day and a day as but a thousand years in the sight of the Lord," then it may be comprehended that this was coloured by the writer in his desire to express to the people the power of the living God; rather than a statement of six days as man comprehends days in the present. Not that it was an impossibility; but rather that men under the environ should be impressed by the omnipotence of that they were called on to worship as God.

Leviticus
 

Numbers
 

Deuteronomy
 

Joshua

"Others may do as they may, but as for me and my house, we will serve the living God." - Joshua 24:15

Do not interpret this to mean those who may be in thine own physical household. Thy house is indeed thy body, That is the temple of the living God. That is the whole house made to conform to the will, the way. "He that loves me keeps my commandments," in body, in mind, in soul.

Judges
 

Ruth
 

1 Samuel
 

2 Samuel
 

1 Kings
 

2 Kings
 

1 Chronicles
 

2 Chronicles
 

Ezra
 

Nehemiah
 

Esther
 

Job
 

Psalm
 

Proverbs

"In all thy getting, my son, get understanding." - Proverbs 4:7

That of Self. When one understands self, and self's relation to its Maker, the duty to its neighbour, its own duty to self, it cannot, it will not be false to man, or to its Maker. Give then more thought, For Thoughts Are Deeds, and are children of the relation reached between the mental and the soul, and has its relation to spirit and soul's plane of existence, as they do in the physical or earth plane. What one thinks continually, they become; what one cherishes in their heart and mind they make a part of the pulsation of their heart, through their own blood cells, and build in their own physical, that which its spirit and soul must feed upon, and that with which it will be possessed, when it passes into the realm for which the other experiences of what it has gained here in the physical plane, must be used. The attributes of the soul and spirit are as many, and as many more, as the attributes of the physical or mental mind. Each, in the beginning, endowed with that same condition, position. Each, in itself, building to itself, through its development known through the ages, as called from the earth plane, that which is manifest upon the earth. With each development, that force, known upon the plane as Will, is given to man over and above all creation; That force that may separate itself from its Maker, for with the Will man may either adhere or contradict the Divine law, those immutable laws, as are set between the Creator and the created. The study of these, through their phases and forms, and especially through any of those phases, wherein the carnal or material or normal forces are laid aside, and the ever present elements of spirit and soul commune with those of the forces as found in each entity. Study those and Know Thyself.

Ecclesiastes
 

Song of Solomon
 

Isaiah
 

Jeremiah
 

Lamentations
 

Ezekiel

Daniel
 

Hosea
 

Joel
 

Amos
 

Obadiah
 

Jonah
 

Micah
 

Nahum
 

Habakkuk
 

Zephaniah
 

Haggai
 

Zechariah
 

Malachi


 


Reincarnation Cases Given in Scriptures

Christ in the body of Jesus, advised his apostles that John the Baptist, was the return of the prophet Elias:

“And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” - Luke 1:17

“But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.” - Matthew 17:12-13

Which other parts of the New Testament Teach Reincarnation?

The Gospel of John: Chapter 3 to 5, and 6 to 8. Then the rest of the Gospel of John as a whole.


Testament of Job

The blameless, the sacrifice, the conqueror in many contests.

Book of Job, called Jobab, his life and the transcript of his Testament.

Chapter 1

1 On the day he became sick and (he) knew that he would have to leave his bodily abode, he called his seven sons and his three daughters together and spake to them as follows: 2 "Form a circle around me, children, and hear, and I shall relate to you what the Lord did for me and all that happened to me. 3 For I am Job your father. 4 Know ye then my children, that you are the generation of a chosen one and take heed of your noble birth. 5 For I am of the sons of Esau. My brother is Nahor, and your mother is Dinah. By her have I become your father. 6 For my first wife died with my other ten children in bitter death. 7 Hear now, children, and I will reveal unto you what happened to me. 8 I was a very rich man living in the East in the land Ausitis, (Utz) and before the Lord had named me Job, I was called Jobab. 9 The beginning of my trial was thus. 10. Near my house there was the idol of one worshipped by the people; and I saw constantly burnt-offerings brought to him as a god. 10 Then I pondered and said to myself: "Is this he who made heaven and earth, the sea and us all How will I know the truth" 11 And in that night as I lay asleep, a voice came and called: "Jobab! Jobab! rise up, and I will tell thee who is the one whom thou wishest to know. 12 This, however, to whom the people bring burnt-offerings and libations, is not God, but this is the power and work of the Seducer (Satan) by which he beguiles the people". 13 And when I heard this, I fell upon the earth and I prostrated myself saying: 14 "O my Lord who speakest for the salvation of my soul. I pray thee, if this is the idol of Satan, I pray thee, let me go hence and destroy it and purify this spot. 15 For there is none that can forbid me doing this, as I am the king of this land, so that those that live in it will no longer be led astray’’. 16 And the voice that spoke out of the flame answered to me: "Thou canst purify this spot. 17. But behold I announce to thee what the Lord ordered me to tell thee, For I am the archangel of the God". 18 .And I said : "Whatever shall be told to his servant. I shall hear". 19. And the archangel, said to me : "Thus speaketh the Lord: If thou undertakest to destroy and takest away the image of Satan, he will set himself with wrath to wage war against thee, and he will display against thee all his malice. 21 He will bring upon thee many severe plagues, and take from thee all that thou hast. 21 He will take away thine children, and will inflict many evils upon thee. 22 Then thou must wrestle like an athlete and resist pain, sure of thy reward, overcome trials and afflictions. 23 But when thou endurest, I shall make thy name renowned throughout all generations of the earth until to the end of the world. 24 And I shall restore thee to all that thou hadst had, and the double part of what thou shalt lose will be given to thee in order that thou mayest know that God does not consider the person but giveth to each who deserveth the good. 25 And also to thee shall it be given, and thou shalt put on a crown of amarant. 26 And at the resurrection thou shalt awaken for eternal life. Then shalt thou know that he Lord is just, and true and mighty". 27 Whereupon, my children, I replied: "I shall from love of God endure until death all that will come upon me, and I shall not shrink back". 28 Then the angel put his seal upon me and left me.

Chapter 2

1 After this I rose up in the night and took fifty slaves and went to the temple of the idol and destroyed it to the ground. 2. And so I went back to my house and gave orders that the door should he firmly locked; saying to my doorkeepers : 3 "If somebody shall ask for me, bring no report to me, but tell him : He investigates urgent affairs. He is inside". 4 Then Satan disguised himself as a beggar and knocked heavily at the door, saying to the door-keeper: 5 "Report to Job and say that I desire to meet him’’, 6 And the door-keeper came in and told me that, but heard from me that I was studying. 7 The Evil One, having failed in this, went away and took upon his shoulder an old, torn basket and went in and spoke to the doorkeeper saying: "Tell Job : Give me bread from thine hands that I may eat". 8 And when I heard this, I gave her burnt bread to give it to him, and I made known to him : "Expect not to eat of my bread, for it is forbidden to thee". 9 But the door-keeper, being ashamed to hand him the burnt and ashy bread, as she did not know that it was Satan, took of her own fine bread and gave it to him. 10 But he took it and, knowing what occured, said to the maiden : "Go hence, bad servant, and bring me the bread that was given thee to hand to me". 11 And the servant cried and spoke in grief: "Thou speakest the truth, saying that I am a bad servant. because I have not done as I was instructed by my master". 12 And he turned back and brought him the burnt bread and said to him : "Thus says my lord : Thou shalt not eat of my bread anymore, for it is forbidden to thee. 13 And this he gave me [saying: This I give] in order that the charge may not be brought against me that I did not give to the enemy who asked".) 14 And when Satan heard this, he sent back the servant to me, saying: "As thou seest this bread all burnt, so shall I soon burn thy body to make it like this". 15 And I replied: "Do what thou desirest to do and accomplish whatever thou plottest. For I am ready to endure whatever thou bringest upon me". 16 And when the devil heard this, he left me, and walking up to under the [highest] heaven, he took from the Lord the oath that he might have power, over all my possessions. 17 And after having taken the power he went and instantly took away all my wealth.

Chapter 3

1 For I had one hundred and thirty thousand sheep, and of these I separated seven thousand for the clothing of orphans and widows and of needy and sick ones. 2 I had a herd of eight hundred dogs who watched my sheep and besides these two hundred to watch my house. 3 And I had nine mills working for the whole city and ships to carry goods, and I seat them into every city and into the villages to the feeble and sick and to those that were unfortunate. 4 And I had three hundred and forty thousand nomadic asses, and of these I set aside five hundred, and the offspring of these I order to he sold and the proceeds to be given to the poor and the needy. 5 For from all the lands the poor came to meet me. 6 For the four doors of my house were opened, each, being in charge of a watchman who had to see whether there were any people coming asking alms, and whether they would see me sitting at one of the door’s so that they could leave through the other and take whatever they needed. 7 I also had thirty immovable tables set at all hours for the strangers alone, and I also had twelve tables spread for the widows. 8 And if any one came asking for alms, he found food on my table to take all he needed, and I turned nobody away to leave my door with an empty stomach. 9 I also had three thousand five hundred yokes of oxen, and I selected of these five hundred and had them tend to the plowing. 10 And with these I had done all the work in each field by those who would, take it in charge and the income of their crops I laid aside for the poor on their table. 11 I also had fifty bakeries from which I sent [the bread] to the table for the poor. 12 And I had slaves selected for their service. 13 There were also some strangers who saw my good will; they wished to serve as waiters themselves. 14 Others, being in distress and unable to obtain a living, came with the request saying: 15 "We pray thee, since we also can fill this office of waiters (deacons) and have no possession, have pity upon us and advance money to us in order that we may go into the great cities and sell merchandise. 16 And the surplus of our profit we may give as help to the poor, and then shaII we return to thee thine own (money). 17 And when I heard this, I was glad that they should take this altogether from me for the husbandry of charity for the poor. 18 And with a willing heart I gave them what they wanted, and I accepted their written bond, but would not take any other security from them except the written document. 19 And they went abroad and gave to time poor as far as they were successful. 20 Frequently, however, some of their goods were lost on the road or on the sea, or they would he robbed of them. 21 Then they would come and say: "We pray thee, act generously towards us in order that we may see how we can restore to you thine own". 22 And when I heard this, I had sympathy with them, and handed to them their bond, and often having read it before them tore it up and released them of their debt. saying to them: 23 "What I have consecrated for the benefit of the poor, I shall not take from you’’. 24 And so I accepted nothing from my debtor. 25 And when a man with cheerful heart came to me saying: I am not in need to be compelled to he a paid worker for the poor. 26 But I wish to serve the needy at thy table", and he consented to work, and he ate his share. 27 So I gave him his wages nevertheless, and I went home rejoicing. 28 And when he did not wish to take it, I forced him to do so, saying: "I know that thou art a laboring man who looks for and waits for his wages, and thou must take it." 29 Never did I defer paying the wages of the hireling or any other, nor keep back in my house for a single evening his hire that was due to him. 30 Those that milked the cows and the ewes signaled to the passersby that they should take their share. 31 For the milk flowed in such plenty that it curdled into butter on the hills and by the road side; and by the rocks and the hills the cattle lay which had given birth to their offspring. 32 For my servants grew weary keeping the meat of the widows and the poor and dividing it into small pieces. 33 For they would curse and say: "Oh that we had of his flesh that we could be satisfied’’, although I was very kind to them, 34 I also had six harps [and six slaves to play the harps] and also a cithara, a decachord, and I struck it during the day. 35 And I took the cithara, and the widows responded after their meals. 36 And with the  musical instrument I reminded them of God that they should give praise to the Lord. 37 And when my female slaves would murmur, then I took the musical instruments and played as much as they would have done for their wages, and gave them respite from their labor and sighs.

Chapter 4

1 And my children, after having taken charge of the service, took their meals each day along with their three sisters beginning with the older brother, and made a feast. 2 And I rose in the morning and offered as sin-offering for them fifty rams and nineteen sheep, and what remained as a residue was consecrated to the poor. 3 And I said to them: "Take these as residue and pray for my children. 4 Perchance my sons have sinned before the Lord, speaking in haughtiness of spirit: We are children of this rich man. Ours are all these goods; why should we be servants of the poor’ 5 And speaking thus in a haughty spirit they may have provoked the anger of God, for overbearing pride is an abomination before the Lord." 6 So I brought oxen as offerings to the priest at the altar saying: "May my children never think evil towards God in their hearts.’’ 7 While I lived in this manner, the Seducer could not bear to see the good [I did], and he demanded the warfare of God against me. 8 And he came upon me cruelly. 9 First he burnt up the large number of sheep, then the camels, then he burnt up the cattle and all my herds; or they were captured not only by enemies but also by such as had received benefits from me. 10 And the shepherds came and announced that to me. 11 But when I heard it, I gave praise to God and did not blaspheme. 12 And when the Seducer learned of my fortitude, he plotted new thing’s against me. 13 He disguised himself as King of Persia and besieged my city, and after he had led off all that were therein, he spoke to them in malice, saying in boastful language: 14 "This man Job who has obtained all the goods of the earth and left nothing for others, he has destroyed and torn down the temple of god. 15 Therefore shall I repay to him what he has done to the house of the great god. 16 Now come with me and we shall pillage all that is left in his house." 17 And they answered and said to him: "He has seven sons and three daughters. 18 Take heed lest they flee into other lands and they may become our tyrants and then come over us with force and kill us.’’ 19 And he said: Be not at all afraid. His flocks and his wealth have I destroyed by fire, and the rest have I captured, and behold, his children shall I kill." 20 And having spoken thus, he went and threw the house upon my children and killed them. 21 And my fellow-citizens, seeing that what was said by him had become true, came and pursued me, and robbed me of all that was in my house. 22 And I saw with mine own eyes the pillage of my house, and men without culture and without honor sat at my table and on my couches, and I could not remonstrate against them. 23 For I was exhausted like a woman with her loins let loose from multitude of pains, remembering chiefly that this warfare had been predicted to me by the Lord through His angel. 24 And I became like one who, when seeing the rough sea and the adverse winds, while the lading of the vessel in mid-ocean is too heavy, casts the burden into the sea, saying: 25 "I wish to destroy all this only in order to come safely into the city so that I may take as profit the rescued ship and the best of my things." 26 Thus did I manage my own affairs. 27 But there came another messenger and announced to me the ruin of my own children, and I was shaken with terror. 28 And I tore my clothes and said: The Lord hath given, the Lord hath taken. As it hath deemed best to the Lord, thus it hath come to be. May the name of the Lord be blessed."

Chapter 5

1 And when Satan saw that he could riot put me to despair, he went and asked my body of the Lord in order to inflict plague on me, for the Evil one could not bear my patience. 2 Then the Lord delivered me into his hands to use my body as he wanted, but he gave him no power over my soul. 3. And he came to me as I was sitting on my throne still mourning over my children. 4 And he resembled a great hurricane and turned over my throne and threw me upon the ground. 5 And I continued lying on the floor for three hours. and he smote me with a hard plague from the top of my head to the toes of my feet. 6 And I left the city in great terror and woe and sat down upon a dunghill my body being worm-eaten. 7 And I wet the earth with the moistness of my sore body, for matter flowed off my body, and many worms covered it. 8 And when a single worm crept off my body, I put it back saying: "Remain on the spot where thou hast been placed until He who hath sent thee will order thee elsewhere." 9 Thus I endured for sever years, sitting on a dung-hill outside of the city while being plague-stricken. 10 And I saw with mine own eyes my longed-for children [carried by angels to heaven] 11 And my humbled wife who had been brought to her bridal chamber in such great luxuriousness and with spearmen as body-guards. I saw her do a water-carrier's work like a slave in the house of a common man in order to win some bread and bring it to me. 12 And in my sore affliction I said: "Oh that these braggart city rulers whom I soul not have thought to be equal with my shepherd dogs should now employ my wife as servant!" 13 And after this I took courage again. 14 Yet afterwards they withheld even the bread that it should only have her own nourishment. 15 But she took it and divided it between herself and me, saying woefully: "Woe to me! Forthwith he may no longer feed on bread, and he cannot go to the market to ask bread of the bread-sellers in order to bring it to me that he may eat" 16 And when Satan learned this, he took the guise  of a bread-seller, and it was as if by chance that my wife met him and asked him for bread thinking that it was that sort of man. 17 But Satan said to her : "Give me the value, and then take what thou wishest." 18 Whereupon she answered saying: Where shall I get money Dost thou not know what misfortune happened to me. If thou hast pity, show it to me; if not, thou shalt see." 19 And he replied saying: "If you did not deserve this misfortune, you would not have suffered all this. 20 Now, if there is no silver piece in thine hand, give me the hair of thine head and take three loaves of bread for it, so that ye may live on there for three days. 21 Then she said to herself: "What is the hair of my head in comparison with my starving husband" 22 And so after having pondered over the matter, she said to him: "Rise and cut off my hair". 3 Then he took a pair of scissors and took off the hair of her head in the presence of all, and gave her three loaves of bread. 24 Then she took them and brought them to me. And Satan went behind her on the road, hiding himself as he walked and troubling her heart greatly.

Chapter 6

1 And immediately my wife came near me and crying aloud and weeping she said: "Job! Job! How long wilt thou sit upon the dung-hill outside of the city, pondering yet for a while and expecting to obtain your hoped-for salvation!" 2 And I have been wandering from place to place, roaming about as a hired servant, behold they memory has already died away from earth. 3 And my sons and the daughters that I carried on my bosom and the labors and pains that I sustained have been for nothing 4 And thou sittest in the malodorous state of soreness and worms, passing the nights in the cold air. 5 And I have undergone all trials and troubles and pains, day and night until I succeeded in bringing bread to thee. 6 For your surplus of bread is no longer allowed to me; and as I can scarcely take my own food and divide it between us, I pondered in my heart that it was not right that thou shouldst be in pain and hunger for bread. 7 And so I ventured to go to the market without bashfulness. and when the bread-seller told me: "Give me money. and thou shalt have bread’’. I disclosed to him our state of distress. 8 Then I heard him say : "If thou hast no money, hand me the hair of thy head, and take three loaves of bread in order that ye may live on these for three days’’. 9 And I yielded to the wrong and said to him "Rise and cut off my hair !‘‘ and he rose and in disgrace cut off with the scissors the hair of my head on the market place while the crowd stood by and wondered. 10 Who would then not be astonished saying: "Is this Sitis, the wife of Job, who had fourteen curtains to cover her inner sitting room, and doors within doors so that he was greatly honored who would be brought near her, and now behold, she barters off her hair for bread! 11 Who had camels laden with goods. and they were brought into remote lands to the poor, and now she sells her hair for bread! 12 Behold her who had seven tables immovably set in her house at which each poor man and each stranger ate, and now she sells her hair for bread! 13 Behold her who had the basin wherewith to wash her feet made of gold and silver, and now she walks upon the ground and [sells her hair for bread !] 14 Behold her who had her garments made of byssus interwoven with gold, and now she exchanges her hair for bread! 15 Behold her who had couches of gold and of silver, and now she sells her hair for bread!" 16 In short then, Job, after the many things that have been said to me, I now say in one word to thee : 17 "Since the feebleness of my heart has crushed my bones, rise then and take these loaves of bread and enjoy them, and then speak some word against the Lord and die! 18 For I too, would exchange the torpor of death for the sustenance of my body".  19 But I replied to her "Behold I have been for these seven years plague-stricken, and I have stood the worms of my body, and I was not weighed down in my soul by all these pains. 20 And as to the word which thou sayest: ‘Speak some word against God and die!‘, together with thee I will sustain the evil which thou seest. and let us endure the ruin of all that we have. 21 Yet thou desirest that we should say some word against God and that He should be exchanged for the great Pluto [the god of the nether world.] 22 Why dost thou not remember those great goods which we possessed If these goods come from the lands of the Lord, should not we also endure evils and be high-minded in everything until the Lord will have mercy again and show pity to us 23 Dost thou not see the Seducer stand behind thee and confound thy thoughts in order that thou shouldst beguile me 24 And he turned to Satan and said : "Why dost thou not come openly to me Stop hiding thyself thou wretched one, 25 Does the lion show his strength in the weasel cage Or does the bird fly in the basket I now tell thee: Go away and wage thy war against me". 26 Then he went of from behind my wife and placed himself before me crying and he said : Behold, Job, I yield and give way to thee who art but flesh while I am a spirit. 27 Thou art plague-stricken, but I am in great trouble. 28 For I am like a wrestler contesting with a wrestler who has, in a single-handed combat, torn down his antagonist and covered him with dust and broken every limb of his, whereas the other one who lies beneath, having displayed his bravery, gives forth sounds of triumph testifying to his own superior excellence. 29 Thus thou, O Job, art beneath and stricken with plague and pain, and yet thou hast carried the victory in the wrestling-match with me, and behold, I yield to thee". 30. Then he left me abashed. 31 Now my children, do you also show a firm heart in all the evil that happens to you, for greater than all things is firmness of heart.

Chapter 7

1 At this time the kings heard what had happened to me and they rose and came to me. each from his land to visit me and to comfort me. 2. And when they came near me, they cried with a loud voice and each tore his clothes. 3 And after they had prostrated themselves, touching the earth with their heads, they sat down next to me for seven days and seven nights, and none spoke a word. 4 They were four in numbers: Eliplaz, the king of Teman, and Balad, and Sophar, and Elilhu. 5 And when they had taken their seat, they conversed about what had happened to me. 6 Now when for time first time they had come to me and I had shown them my precious stones, they were astonished and said : 7 "If of us three kings all our possessions would be brought together into one, it would not come up to the precious stones of .Jobab’s kingdom (crown). For thou art of greater nobility than all the people of the East. 8 And when, therefore, they now came to the land of Ausitis "Uz" to visit me, they asked in the city : "Where is Jobab, the ruler of this whole land" 9 And they told them concerning me: "He sitteth upon the dung-hill outside of the city for he has not entered the city’ for seven years". 10 And then again they- inquired concerning my possessions, and there was revealed to them all that happened to me. 11 And when they had learned this, they went out of the city with the inhabitants, and my fellow-citizens pointed me out to them. 12 But these remonstrated and said: "Surely, this is not Jobab’’. 13 And while they hesitated, there said Eliphaz. the King of Teman: "Come let us step near and see." 14 And when they came near I remembered them, and I wept very much when I learned the purpose of their journey. 15 And I threw earth upon my head, and while shaking my head I revealed unto them that I was [Job]. 16 And when they saw me shake my head they threw themselves down upon the ground, all overcome with emotion 17 And while their hosts were standing around, I saw the three kings lie upon the ground for three hours like dead. 18 Then they rose and said to each other: We cannot believe that this is Jobab". 19 And finally, after they had for seven day’s inquired after everything concerning me and searched for my flocks and other possessions, they said: 20 "Do we not know how many goods were sent by him to the cities and the villages round about to be given to the poor, aside from all that was given away by him within his own house How then could he have fallen into such a state of perdition and misery !" 21 And after the seven days Elihu said to the kings : "Come let us step near and examine him accurately, whether he truly is Jobab or not" 22 And they, being not half a mile (stadium) distant from his malodorous body, they rose and stepped near, carrying perfume in their hands, while their soldiers went with them and threw fragrant incense round about them so that they could come near me. 23 And after they had thus passed three hours, covering the way with aroma, they drew nigh. 24 And Eliphaz began and said : "Art thou, indeed, Job, our fellow-king Art thou the one who owned the great glory 25 Art thou he who once shone like the sun of day upon the whole earth Art thou he who once resembled the moon and the stars effulgent throughout the night" 26 And I answered him and said: "I am", and thereupon all wept and lamented, and they sang a royal song of lamentation, their whole army joining them in a chorus. 27 And again Eliphaz said to me : "Art thou he who had ordered seven thousand sheep to be given for the clothing of the poor Whither, then hath gone the glory of thy throne 28 Art thou he who had ordered three thousand cattle to do the plowing of the field for the poor Wither, then hath thy glory gone! 29 Art thou he who had golden couches, and now thou sittest upon a dung hill [" Whither then hath thy glory gone !"] 30 Art thou he who had sixty tables set for the poor Art thou he who had censer’s for the fine perfume made of precious stones, and now thou art in a malodorous state Whither then hath thy glory gone! 31 Art thou he who had golden candelabras set upon silver stands; and now must thou long for the natural gleam of the moon ["Whither then hath thy glory gone !"] 32 Art thou the one who had ointment made of the spices of frankincense, and now thou art in a state of repulsiveness! [Whither then hath thy glory gone !"] 33 Art thou he who laughed the wrong doers and sinners to scorn and now thou hast become a laughingstock to all !" [Whither then hath thine glory gone] 34 And when Eliphaz had for a long time cried and lamented, while all the others joined him, so that the commotion was very great, I said to them : 35 Be silent and I will show you my throne, and the glory of its splendor: My glory will be everlasting. 36 The whole world shall perish, and its glory shall vanish, and all those who hold fast to it, will remain beneath, but my throne is in the upper world and its glory and splendor will be to the right of the Savior in the heavens. 37 My throne exists in the life of the "holy ones" and its glory in the imperishable world. 38 For rivers will he dried up and their arrogance shall go down to the depth of the abyss, but the streams of my land in which my throne is erected, shall not dry up, but shall remain unbroken in strength. 39 The kings perish and the rulers vanish, and their glory and pride is as the shadow in a looking glass, but my Kingdom lasts forever and ever, and its glory and beauty is in the chariot of my Father).

Chapter 8

1 When I spoke thus to them, Ehiphaz. became angry and said to the other friends "For what purpose is it that we have come here with our hosts to comfort him 9 Behold, he upbraids us. Therefore let us return to our countries. 2 This man sits here in misery worm-eaten amidst an unbearable state of putrefaction, and yet he challenges its saving : ‘Kingdoms shall perish and their rulers, but my Kingdom, says he, shall last forever’". 3 Eliphaz, then, rose in great commotion, and, turning away from them in great fury, said’: "I go hence. We have indeed come to comfort him, but he declares war to us in view of our armies". 4 But then Baldad seized him by the hand and said :" Not thus ought one to speak to an afflicted man, and especially to one stricken down with so many plagues. 5 Behold, we, being in good health, dared not approach him on account of the offensive odor, except with the help of plenty of fragrant aroma. But thou, Eliphaz. art forgetful of all this. 6 Let me speak plainly. Let us be magnanimous and learn what is the cause Must he in remembering his former days of happiness not become mad in his mind 7 Who should not be altogether perplexed seeing himself thus lapse into misfortune and plagues But let me step near him that I may find by what cause is he thus" 9 And Baldad rose and approached me saying: "Art thou Job" and he said: "Is thy heart still in good keeping 9 And I said: "I did not hold fast to the earthly things, since the earth with all that inhabit it is unstable. But my heart holds fast to the heaven, because there is no trouble in heaven". 10 Then Baldad rejoined and said: "We know that the earth is unstable, for it changes according to season. At times it is in a state of peace, and at times it is in a state of war. But of the heaven we hear that it is perfectly steady. 11 But art thou truly in a state of calmness Therefore let me ask and speak, and when thou answerest me to my first word, I shall have a second question to ask, and if again thou answerest in well-set words, it will be manifest that thy heart has not been unbalanced". 12 And I said: "Upon what dost thou set thy hope" And I said: "Upon the living God". 13. And he said to me: "Who deprived thee of all thou didst possess And who inflicted thee with these plagues 9" And I said: "God". 14 And he said: "If thou still placest thy hope upon God, how can He do wrong in judgment, having brought upon thee these plagues and misfortunes, and having taken from thee all thy possessions 15 And since He has taken these, it is clear that He has given thee nothing. No king will disgrace his soldier who has served him well as body-guard" 16 [And I answered saying] : "Who understands the depths of the Lord and of His wisdom to be able to accuse God of injustice" 17 [And Baldad said] : "Answer me, o Job, to this. Again I say to thee: ‘If thou art in a state of calm reason, teach me if thou hast wisdom: 18 Why do we see the sun rise in the East and set in the West And again when rising in the morning we find him rise in the East Tell me thy- thought about this’’ 19 Then said I: "Why shall I betray (babble forth) the mighty mysteries of God And should my mouth stumble in revealing things belonging to the Master Never! 20 Who are we that we should pry into matters concerning the upper world while we are only of flesh, nay, earth and ashes! 21 In order that you know that my heart is sound, hear what I ask you: 22 Through the stomach cometh food, and water you drink through the mouth, and then it flows through the same throat, and when the two go down to become excrement, they again part; who effects this separation". 23 And Baldad said: "I do not know". And I rejoined and said to him : "If thou dost not understand even the exits of the body, how canst thou understand the celestial circuits" 24 Then Sophar rejoined and said: "We do not inquire after our own affairs, but we desire to know whether thou art in a sound state, and behold, we see that thy reason has not been shaken. 25. What now dost thou wish that we should do for thee Behold, we have come here and brought the physicians of three kings, and if thou wishest, thou mayest he cured by them". 26 But I answered and said: "My cure and my restoration cometh from God, the Maker of physicians".

Chapter 9

1 And when I spoke thus to them, behold, there my wife Sitis came running, dressed in rags. from the service of the master by whom she was employed as slave though she had been forbidden to leave, lest the kings, on seeing her, might take her as captive. 2 And when she came, she threw herself prostrate to their feet, crying and saying: ‘‘Remember’. Eliphaz and ye other friends, what I was once with you, and how I have changed, how I am now dressed to meet you’’ 3 Then the kings broke forth in great weeping and, being in double perplexity, they kept silent. But Eliphaz took his purple mantle and cast it about her to wrap herself up with it. 4 But she asked him saying: "I ask as favor of you, my Lords, that you order your soldiers that they should dig among the ruins of our house which fell upon my children, so that their bones could be brought in a perfect state to the tombs. 5 Fir as we have, owing to our misfortune, no power at all, and so we may at least see their bones. 6 For have I like a brute the motherly feeling of wild beasts that my ten children should have perished on one day and not to one of them could I give a decent burial’’ 7 And the kings gave order that the ruins of my house should be dug up. But I prohibited it, saving 8 ‘‘Do not go to the trouble in vain; for my children will not he found, for they are in the keeping of their Maker and Ruler’’. 9 And the kings answered and said: "Who will gainsay that he is out of his mind and raves 10 For while we desire to bring the bones of his children back, he forbids us to do so saying: ‘They have been taken and placed the keeping of their Maker’. Therefore prove unto us the truth". 11 But I said to them: "Raise me that I may stand up, and they lifted me, holding up my arms from both sides. 12 And I stood upright, and pronounced first the praise of God and after the prayer I said to them : ‘‘Look with your eyes to the East’’. 13 And they looked and saw my children with crowns near the glory of the King, the Ruler of heaven. 14 And when my wife Sitis saw this, she fell to the ground and prostrated [herself] before God, saying: ‘‘Now I know that my memory remains with the Lord". 15 And after she had spoken this, and the evening came, she went to the city, back to the master whom she served as slave, and lay herself down at the manger of the cattle and died there from exhaustion. 16 And when her despotic master searched for her and did not find her, he came to the fold of his herds, and there he saw her stretched out upon the manger dead, while all the animals around were crying about her. 17 And all who saw her wept and lamented, and the cry extended throughout the whole city. 18 And the people brought her down and wrapt her up and buried her by the house which had fallen upon her children. 19 And the poor of the city made a great mourning for her and said: "Behold this Sitis whose like in nobility and in glory is not found in any woman. Alas ! she was not found worthy of a proper tomb!‘‘ 20 The dirge for her you will find in the record.

Chapter 10

1 But Eliphaz and those that were with him were astonished at these things, and they sat down with me and replying to me, spoke in boastful words concerning me for twenty seven days. 2 They repeated it again and again that I suffered deservedly thus for having committed many sins, and that there was no hope left for me, but I retorted to these men in zest of contention myself. 3 And they rose in anger, ready to part in wrathful spirit. But Elihu conjured them to stay yet a little while until he would have shown them what it was. 4 "For", said he, "so many days did you pass, allowing Job to boast that he is just. But I shall no longer suffer it. 5 For from the beginning did I continue crying over him, remembering his former happiness. But now he speaks boastfully and in overbearing pride he says that he has his throne in the heavens. 6 Therefore, hear me, and I will tell you what is the cause of his destiny. 7 Then, imbued with the spirit of Satan. Elihu spoke hard words which are written down in the records left of Elihu. 8 And after he had ended, God appeared to me in a storm and in clouds, and spoke. blaming Elihu and showing me that he who had spoken was not a man, but a wild beast. 9 And when God had finished speaking to me, the Lord spoke to Eliphaz: "Thou and thy friends have sinned in that ye have not spoken the truth concerning my servant Job. 10 Therefore rise up and make him bring a sin-offering for you in order that your sins may be forgiven; for were it not for him, I would have destroyed you’’. 11 And so they brought to me all that belonged to a sacrifice, and I took it and brought for them a sin-offering, and the Lord received it favorably and forgave them their wrong. 12 Then when Eliphaz, Baldad and Sophar saw that God had graciously pardoned their sin through His servant Job, but that He did not deign to pardon Elihu, then did Eliphaz begin to sing a hymn, while the others responded, their soldiers also joining while standing by the altar. 13 And Eliphaz spoke thus "Taken off is the sin and our injustice gone; 14 But Elihu, the evil one, shall have no remembrance among the living; his luminary is extinguished and has lost its light. 15 The glory of his lamp will announce itself for him, for he is the son of darkness. and not of light. 16 The doorkeepers of the place of darkness shall give him their glory and beauty as share; His Kingdom hath vanished, his throne hath moldered, and the honor of his stature is in (Sheol) Hades. 17 For he has loved the beauty of the serpent and the scales (skins) of’ the dracon his gall and his venom belongs to the Northern One (Zphuni = Adder). 18 For he did not own himself unto the Lord nor did he fear him, but he hated those whom He hath chosen (known). 19 Thus God forgot him, and "the holy ones" forsook him, his wrath and anger shall be unto him desolation and he will have no mercy in his heart nor peace, because he, had the venom of an adder on his tongue. 20 Righteous is the Lord, and His judgments are true, With him there is no preference of person, for He judgeth all alike. 21 Behold, the Lord cometh! Behold, the "holy ones" have been prepared: The crowns and the prizes of the victors precede them! 22 Let the saints rejoice, and let their hearts exult in gladness; for they shall receive the glory which is in store for them.

Chorus

23 Our sins are forgiven, our injustice has been cleansed, but Elihu hath no remembrance among the living". 24 After Eliphaz had finished the hymn, we rose and went back to the city, each to the house where they lived. 25 And the people made a feast for me in gratitude and delight of God, and all my friends came back to me. 26 And all those who had seen me in my former state of happiness, asked me saying: "What are those three things here amongst us"

Chapter 11

1 But I being desirous to take up again my work of benevolence for the poor, asked them saying: 2 "Give me each a lamb for the clothing of the poor in their state of nakedness, and four drachmas (coins) of silver or gold" 3 Then the Lord blessed all that was left to me, and after a few days I became rich again in merchandise, in flocks and all things which I had lost, and I received all in double number again. 4 Then I also took as wife your mother and became the father of you ten in place of the ten children that had died. 5 And now, my children, let me admonish you: "Behold I die. You will take my place. 6 Only do not forsake the Lord. Be charitable towards the poor; Do not disregard the feeble. Take not unto yourselves wives from strangers. 7 Behold, my children, I shall divide among you what I possess, so that each may have control over his own and have full power to do good with his share". 8 And after he had spoken thus, he brought all his goods and divided them among his seven sons, but he gave nothing of his goods to his daughters. 9 Then they said to their father: "Our lord and father! Are we not also thy children Why, then, dost thou not also give us a share of thy possessions" 10 Then said Job to his daughters : "Do not become angry my daughters. I have not forgotten you. Behold, I have preserved for you a possession better than that which your brothers have taken". 11 And he called his daughter whose name was Day (Yemima) and said to her: "Take this double ring used as a key and go to the treasure-house and bring me the golden casket, that I may give you your possession’’. 12 And she went and brought it to him, and he opened it and took out three-stringed girdles about the appearance of which no man can speak. 13 For they were not earthly work, but celestial sparks of light flashed through them like the rays of the sun. 14 And he gave one string to each of His daughters and said: "Put these as girdles around you in order that all the days of your life they may encircle you and endow you with every thing good". 15 And the other daughter whose name was Kassiah said: "Is this the possession of which thou sayest it is better than that of our brothers What now Can we live on this" 16 And their father said to them: "Not only have you here sufficient to live on, but these bring you into a better world to live in, in the heavens. 17 Or do you not know my children, the value of these things here Hear then! When the Lord had deemed me worthy to have compassion on me and to take off my body the plagues and the worms, He called me and handed to me these three strings. 15 And He said to me: ‘Rise and gird up thy loins like a man I will demand of thee and declare thou unto me'. 19 And I took them and girt them around my loins, and immediately did the worms leave my body, and likewise did the plagues, and my whole body took new strength through the Lord, and thus I passed on, as though I had never suffered. 20 But also in my heart I forgot the pains. Then spoke the Lord unto me in His great power and showed to me all that was and will be. 21 Now then, my children, in keeping these, you will not have the enemy plotting against you nor [evil] intentions in your mind because this is a charm (Phylacterion) from the Lord. 22 Rise then and gird these around you before I die in order that you may see the angels come at my parting so that you may behold with wonder the powers of God". 23 Then rose the one whose name was Day (Yemima) and girt herself; and immediately she departed her body, as her father had said, and she put on another heart, as if she never cared for earthly things. 24 And she sang angelic hymns in the voice of angels, and she chanted forth the angelic praise of God while dancing. 25 Then the other daughter, Kassia by name, put on the girdle, and her heart was transformed, so that she no longer wished for worldly things. 26 And her mouth assumed the dialect of the heavenly rulers (Archonts) and she sang the donology of the work of the High Place and if any one wishes to know the work of the heavens he may take an insight into the hymns of Kassia. 27 Then did the other daughter by the name of Amalthea’s Horn (Keren Happukh) gird herself and her mouth spoke in the language of those on high; for her heart was transformed, being lifted above the worldly things. 28 She spoke in the dialect of the Cherubim, singing the praise of the Ruler of the cosmic powers (virtues) and extolling their (His) glory. 29 And he who desires to follow the vestiges of the "Glory of the Father" will find them written down in the Prayers of Amalthea’s Horn.

Chapter 12

1 After these three had finished singing hymns. did I Nahor (Neros) brother of Job sit down next to him, as he lay down. 2 And I heard the marvelous (great) things of the three daughters of my brother, one always succeeding the other amidst awful silence. 3 And I wrote down this book containing the hymns except the hymns and signs of the [holy] Word, for these were the great things of God. 4 And Job lay down from sickness on his couch, yet without pain and suffering, because his pain did not take strong hold of him on account of, the charm of the girdle which he had wound around himself. 5 But after three days Job saw the holy angels come for his soul, and instantly he rose and took the cithara and gave it to his daughter Day (Yemima). 6 And to Kassia he gave a censer (with perfume = Kassia, and to Amalthea’s horn (= music) he gave a timbrel in order that they might bless the holy angels who came for his soul. 7 And they took these, and sang, and played on the psaltery and praised and glorified God in the holy dialect. 8 And after this he came He who sitteth upon the great chariot and kissed Job, while his three daughters looked on, but the others saw it not. 9 And He took the soul of Job and He soared upward, taking her (the soul) by the arm and carrying her upon the chariot, and He went towards the East. 10 His body, however, was brought to the grave while the three daughters marched ahead, having put on their girdles and singing hymns in praise of God. 11 Then held Nahor (Nereos) his brother and his seven sons, with the rest of the people and the poor, the orphans and the feeble ones, a great mourning over him, saying: 12 "Woe unto us, for today has been taken from us the strength of the feeble, the light of the blind, the father of the orphans; 13 The receiver of strangers has been taken off the leader of the erring, the cover of the naked. the shield of the widows. Who would not mourn for the man of God! 14 And as they were mourning in this and in that form, they would not suffer him to be put into the grave. 15 After three days, however, he was finally put into the grave, like one in sweet slumber, and he received the name of the good (beautiful) who will remain renowned throughout all generations of the world. 16 He left seven sons and three daughters, and there were no daughters found on earth as fair as the daughters of Job. 17 The name of Job was formerly Jobab, and he was called Job by the Lord. 18 He had lived before his plague eighty five years, and after the plague he took the double share of all; hence also his year’s he doubled, which is 170 years. Thus he lived altogether 255 years. 19 And, he saw sons of his sons unto the fourth generation. It is written that he will rise up with those whom the Lord will reawaken. To our Lord by glory. Amen." - Translated by M. R. James in "Apocrypha anecdota 2. Texts and Studies 5/1. Cambridge: University Press, 1897". (Scanned and edited by Diane Morgan for the Wesley Center for Applied Technology at Northwest Nazarene University, Copyright 2000 by the Wesley Center for Applied Theology).


The Gospel of Peter

Introduction

"The early testimonies about this book have been set forth already. The present fragment was discovered in 1884 in a tomb at Akhmimin Egypt. The manuscript in which it is a little book containing a portion of the Book of Enoch in Greek, this fragment on the Passion and another, a description of Heaven and Hell, which is either (as I now think) a second fragment of the Gospel, We have seen that the Gospel of Peter is quoted by writers of the latter end of the second century. It has been contended that Justin Martyr also used it soon after the middle of that century, but the evidence is not demonstrative. I believe it is not safe to date the book much earlier than A.D. 150. It uses all four canonical Gospels, and is the earliest uncanonical account of the Passion that exists. It is not wholly orthodox: for it throws doubt on the reality of the Lord's sufferings, and by consequence upon the reality of his human body. In other words it is, as Serapion of Antioch indicated, of a Docetic character. Another characteristic of it is its extremely anti-Jewish attitude. Blame is thrown on the Jews wherever possible, and Pilate is white-washed. In this case I give, in Roman and Arabic figures respectively, a double division into sections and verses. The first is that of Armitage Robinson, the second that of Harnack."

FRAGMENT I

"I. 1 But of the Jews no man washed his hands, neither did Herod nor any one of his judges: and whereas they would not 2 wash, Pilate rose up. And then Herod the king commanded that the Lord should be taken into their hands, saying unto them: All that I commanded you to do unto him, do ye

II. 3 Now there stood there Joseph the friend of Pilate and of the Lord, and he, knowing that they were about to crucify him, came unto Pilate and begged the body of Jesus for burial. And Pilate sending unto Herod, begged his body. 5 And Herod said: Brother Pilate, even if none had begged for him, we should have buried him, since also the Sabbath dawneth; for it is written in the law that the sun should not set upon one that hath been slain (murdered).

III. 6 And he delivered him unto the people before the first day of (or on the day before the) unleavened bread, even their feast. And they having taken the Lord pushed him as they ran, and said: Let us hale the Son of God, now that 7 we have gotten authority over him. And they put on him a purple robe, and made him sit upon the seat of judgement, 8 saying: Give righteous judgement, thou King of Israel. And one of them brought a crown of thorns and set it upon the 9 Lord's head; and others stood and did spit in his eyes, and others buffeted his cheeks; and others did prick him with a reed, and some of them scourged him, saying With this honour let us honour (or at this price let us value) the son of God.

IV. 10 And they brought two malefactors, and crucified the 11 Lord between them. But he kept silence, as one feeling no pain. And when they set the cross upright, they wrote 12 thereon: This is the King of Israel. And they laid his garments before him, and divided them among themselves and 13 cast the lot upon them. But one of those malefactors reproached them, saying: We have thus suffered for the evils which we have done; but this man which hath become the 14 saviour of men, wherein hath he injured you? And they were wroth with him, and commanded that his legs should not be broken, that so he might die in torment.

V. 15 Now it was noonday, and darkness prevailed over all Judaea: and they were troubled and in an agony lest the sun should have set, for that he yet lived: for it is written for them that the sun should not set upon him that hath been 16 slain (murdered). And one of them said: Give ye him to drink gall with vinegar: and they mingled it and gave him 17 to drink: and they fulfilled all things and accomplished 18 their sins upon their own heads. And many went about with 19 lamps, supposing that it was night: and some fell. And the Lord cried out aloud saying: My power, my power, thou hast forsaken me. And when he had so said, he was taken up.

20 And in the same hour was the veil of the temple of Jerusalem rent in two.

VI. 21 And then they plucked the nails from the hands of the Lord and laid him upon the earth: and the whole earth was shaken, and there came a great fear on all.

22 Then the sun shone forth, and it was found to be the ninth 23 hour. And the Jews rejoiced, and gave his body unto Joseph to bury it, because he had beheld all the good things which 24 he did. And he took the Lord and washed him and wrapped him in linen and brought him unto his own sepulchre, which is called the Garden of Joseph.

VII. 25 Then the Jews and the elders and the priests, when they perceived how great evil they had done themselves, began to lament and to say: Woe unto our sins: the judgement and the end of Jerusalem is drawn nigh.

26 But I with my fellows was in grief, and we were wounded in our minds and would have hid ourselves; for we were sought after by them as malefactors, and as thinking to set 27 the temple on fire. And beside all these things we were fasting, and we sat mourning and weeping night and day until the Sabbath.

VIII. 28 But the scribes and Pharisees and elders gathered one with another, for they had heard that all the people were murmuring and beating their breasts, saying: If these very great signs have come to pass at his death, behold how 29 righteous he was. And the elders were afraid and came unto 30 Pilate, entreating him and saying: Give us soldiers that we (or they) may watch his sepulchre for three days, lest his disciples come and steal him away and the people suppose 31 that he is risen from the dead, and do us hurt. And Pilate gave them Petronius the centurion with soldiers to watch the sepulchre; and the elders and scribes came with them unto 32 the tomb, and when they had rolled a great stone to keep out (al. together with) the centurion and the soldiers, then all 33 that were there together set it upon the door of the tomb; and plastered thereon seven seals; and they pitched a tent there and kept watch.

IX. 34 And early in the morning as the Sabbath dawned, there came a multitude from Jerusalem and the region roundabout to see the sepulchre that had been sealed.

35 Now in the night whereon the Lord's day dawned, as the soldiers were keeping guard two by two in every watch, 36 there came a great sound in the heaven, and they saw the heavens opened and two men descend thence, shining with (lit. having) a great light, and drawing near unto the sepulchre. 37 And that stone which had been set on the door rolled away of itself and went back to the side, and the sepulchre was

X. 38 opened and both of the young men entered in. When therefore those soldiers saw that, they waked up the centurion and the elders (for they also were there keeping 39 watch); and while they were yet telling them the things which they had seen, they saw again three men come out of the sepulchre, and two of them sustaining the other (lit. the 40 one), and a cross following, after them. And of the two they saw that their heads reached unto heaven, but of him that 41 was led by them that it overpassed the heavens. And they 42 heard a voice out of the heavens saying: Hast thou (or Thou hast) preached unto them that sleep? And an answer was heard from the cross, saying: Yea.

XI. 43 Those men therefore took counsel one with another to go and report these things unto Pilate. And while they yet thought thereabout, again the heavens were opened and a 45 man descended and entered into the tomb. And they that were with the centurion (or the centurion and they that were with him) when they saw that, hasted to go by night unto Pilate and left the sepulchre whereon they were keeping watch, and told all that they had seen, and were in great agony, saying: Of a truth he was the son of God.

46 Pilate answered and said: I am clear from the blood of 47 the son of God, but thus it seemed good unto you. Then all they came and besought him and exhorted him to charge the centurion and the soldiers to tell nothing of that they had 48 seen: For, said they, it is expedient for us to incur the greatest sin before God, rather than to (and not to) fall into 49 the hands of the people of the Jews and to be stoned. Pilate therefore charged the centurion and the soldiers that they should say nothing.

XII. 50 Now early on the Lord's day Mary Magdalene, a disciple (fem.) of the Lord-which, being afraid because of the Jews, for they were inflamed with anger, had not performed at the sepulchre of the Lord those things which women are accustomed to do unto them that die and are 51 beloved of them-took with her the women her friends and 52 came unto the tomb where he was laid. And they feared lest the Jews should see them, and said: Even if we were not able to weep and lament him on that day whereon he was 53 crucified, yet let us now do so at his tomb. But who will roll away for us the stone also that is set upon the door of the tomb, that we may enter in and sit beside him and perform 54 that which is due? for the stone was great, and we fear lest any man see us. And if we cannot do so, yet let us cast down at the door these things which we bring for a memorial of him, and we will weep and lament until we come unto our house.

XIII. 55 And they went and found the sepulchre open : and they drew near and looked in there, and saw there a young man sitting in the midst of the sepulchre, of a fair countenance and clad in very bright raiment, which said unto them: 56 Wherefore are ye come? whom seek ye? not him that was crucified? He is risen and is departed; but if ye believe it not, look in and see the place where he lay, that he is not here: for he is risen and is departed thither whence he was sent. 57 Then the women were affrighted and fled.

XV. 58 Now it was the last day of unleavened bread, and many were coming forth of the city and returning unto their 59 own homes because the feast was at an end. But we, the twelve disciples of the Lord, were weeping and were in sorrow, and each one being grieved for that which had befallen 60 departed unto his own house. But I, Simon Peter, and Andrew my brother, took our nets and went unto the sea: and there was with us Levi the son of Alphaeus, whom the Lord (For Fragment II see Apocalypse of Peter.)" - in "The Apocryphal New Testament" M. R. James, Translation and Notes, 1924. (Scanned and Edited by Joshua Williams Northwest Nazarene College 1995).
 

 

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