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Psalms 20-29

Psa 20:1-29:11
(1)  To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. May Jehovah hear you in the day of trouble, the name of the God of Jacob set you on high,
(2)  sending you help from the sanctuary, and upholding you out of Zion.
(3)  He will remember all your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah.
(4)  May He grant you according to your own heart, and fulfill all your plans.
(5)  We will rejoice in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up banners; may Jehovah fulfill all your prayers.
(6)  Now I know that Jehovah saves His anointed; He will hear him from His holy Heaven with the saving strengths of His right hand.
(7)  Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of Jehovah our God.
(8)  They have bowed down and fallen; but we have risen and stand upright.
(9)  Save, O Jehovah; let the King hear us when we call.

(1)  To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. The king shall rejoice in Your strength, O Jehovah; and in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
(2)  You have given him his heart’s desire, and have not withheld the prayer of his lips. Selah.
(3)  For You go before him with the blessings of goodness; You set a crown of pure gold on his head.
(4)  He asked life from You; You give to him length of days forever and ever.
(5)  His glory is great in Your salvation; honor and majesty You have laid on him.
(6)  For You have made him most blessed forever; You have rejoiced him in the gladness in Your holy face.
(7)  For the king trusts in Jehovah, and in the mercy of the Most High; he shall not be moved.
(8)  Your hand shall find out all Your enemies; Your right hand shall find out those who hate You.
(9)  You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of Your presence; Jehovah will swallow them up in His wrath, and the fire shall devour them.
(10)  Their fruit shall You destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the sons of men.
(11)  For they intended evil against You; they imagined a wicked thing; they are not able to prevail.
(12)  For You shall make them turn the back; You shall make ready Your arrows on Your strings against their faces.
(13)  Be exalted, O Jehovah, in Your strength; we will sing, and praise Your power.

(1)  To the Chief Musician, on the deer of the dawn. A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why have You forsaken me, and are far from my deliverance, and from the words of my groaning?
(2)  O my God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not answer; and in the night, and am not silent.
(3)  But You are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
(4)  Our fathers trusted in You; they trusted, and You delivered them.
(5)  They cried to You, and were delivered; they trusted in You, and were not ashamed.
(6)  But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people.
(7)  All who see Me mock me; they shoot out the lip; they shake the head, saying,
(8)  He trusted on Jehovah; let Him deliver Him; let Him rescue Him, since He delights in Him!
(9)  For You are He who took Me out of the womb, causing Me to trust while on My mother’s breasts.
(10)  I was cast on You from the womb; You are My God from My mother’s belly.
(11)  Be not far from Me; for trouble is near, for there is none to help.
(12)  Many bulls have circled around Me; strong bulls Of Bashan have surrounded Me.
(13)  They opened wide their mouths on Me, like a ripping and a roaring lion.
(14)  I am poured out like water, and all My bones are spread apart; My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of My bowels.
(15)  My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue clings to My jaws;
(16)  and You have brought Me into the dust of death. For dogs have circled around Me; the band of spoilers have hemmed Me in, piercers of My hands and My feet.
(17)  I can count all My bones; they look and stare at Me.
(18)  They divide My garments among them and cast lots for My clothing.
(19)  But You, O Jehovah, be not far from Me; O My strength, hurry to help Me!
(20)  Deliver My soul from the sword, My only one from the dog’s hand.
(21)  Save Me from the lion’s mouth; from the wild oxen’s horns. You have answered Me.
(22)  I will declare Your name to My brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise You.
(23)  You who fear Jehovah, praise Him; all of you, the seed of Jacob, glorify Him; and fear Him all the seed of Israel.
(24)  For He has not despised nor hated the affliction of the afflicted; and He has not hidden His face from him, but when he cried to Him, He heard.
(25)  My praise shall be of You in the great congregation; I will pay My vows before the ones who fear Him.
(26)  The meek shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek Jehovah shall praise Him; your heart shall live forever.
(27)  All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to Jehovah; and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.
(28)  For the kingdom is Jehovah’s; and He is the ruler among the nations.
(29)  All the fat ones on the earth shall eat and worship; all those who go down to the dust shall bow before Him; and none can keep alive his own soul.
(30)  A seed shall serve Him; it shall be spoken of Jehovah to the coming generation.
(31)  They shall come, and shall declare His righteousness to a people that shall yet be born, that He has done this.

(1)  A Psalm of David. Jehovah is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
(2)  He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
(3)  He restores my soul; He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
(4)  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
(5)  You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
(6)  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of Jehovah forever.
(1)  A Psalm of David. The earth is Jehovah’s, and the fullness of it; the world, and those who dwell in it.
(2)  For He has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.
(3)  Who shall go up into the hill of Jehovah? Or who shall stand in His holy place?
(4)  He who has clean hands and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul to vanity, and has not sworn deceitfully.
(5)  He shall receive the blessing from Jehovah, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
(6)  This is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face, O God of Jacob. Selah.
(7)  Lift up your heads, O gates; and be lifted up, O everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
(8)  Who is this King of glory? Jehovah strong and mighty, Jehovah mighty in battle.
(9)  Lift up your heads, O gates; even lift up, O everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
(10)  Who is this King of glory? Jehovah of Hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah.

Note the strong ‘Two Ways’ vocabulary.

(1)  A Psalm of David. To You, O Jehovah, I lift up my soul.
(2)  O my God, I trust in You; do not let me be ashamed, let not my enemies triumph over me.
(3)  Yea, let none who wait on You be ashamed; let them be ashamed who sin without cause.
(4)  Make me know Your ways, O Jehovah; teach me Your paths.
(5)  Lead me in Your truth, and teach me; for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day long.
(6)  Remember, O Jehovah, Your tender mercies and Your loving-kindnesses; for they are from eternity.
(7)  Do not remember the sins of my youth, or my rebellings; according to Your mercy remember me for Your goodness’ sake, O Jehovah.
(8)  Good and upright is Jehovah; therefore He will teach sinners in the way.
(9)  The meek He will guide in judgment; and the meek He will teach His way.
(10)  All the paths of Jehovah are mercy and truth to those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.
(11)  For Your name’s sake, O Jehovah, pardon my iniquity; for it is great.
(12)  What man is he who fears Jehovah? He shall teach him in the way that he shall choose.
(13)  His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.
(14)  The secret of Jehovah is with those who fear Him; and He will show them His covenant.
(15)  My eyes are ever toward Jehovah; for He shall pluck my feet out of the net.
(16)  Turn to me, and have mercy on me, for I am wasted and afflicted.
(17)  The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses.
(18)  Look on my affliction and my pain, and forgive all my sins.
(19)  Look on my enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
(20)  Keep my soul, and deliver me; let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You.
(21)  Let purity and uprightness keep me; for I wait on You.
(22)  Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

(1)  A Psalm of David. Judge me, O Jehovah; for I have walked in my truthfulness. I have trusted also in Jehovah; I shall not slide.
(2)  Examine me, O Jehovah, and prove me; purify my heart and my mind.
(3)  For Your loving-kindness is before my eyes; and I have walked in Your truth.
(4)  I have not sat with lying men, neither will I go in with hypocrites.
(5) I have hated the congregation of evil-doers, and will not sit with the wicked.
(6)  I will wash my hands in innocency; so I will go around Your altar, O Jehovah,
(7)  so that I may cry out with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all Your wonderful works.
(8)  Jehovah, I have loved the dwelling place of Your house, and the place where Your honor dwells.
(9)  Do not take away my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men
(10)  in whose hands is a plot, and their right hand is full of a bribe.
(11)  But I will walk in my truthfulness; redeem me and be merciful to me.
(12)  My foot stands in an even place; in the congregations I will bless Jehovah.

(1)  A Psalm of David. Jehovah is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Jehovah is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
(2)  When the wicked, my enemies and my foes, came on me to eat my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
(3)  Though an army should camp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me, in this I am trusting.
(4)  One thing I have desired from Jehovah, that I will seek after: that I may dwell in the house of Jehovah all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of Jehovah, and to pray in His temple.
(5)  For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His shelter, in the secrecy of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me up on a rock.
(6)  And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies, my encirclers; and I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle. I will sing; yea, I will sing praises to Jehovah.
(7)  Hear, O Jehovah, when I cry with my voice; and have mercy on me, and answer me.
(8)  My heart says to You, Seek my face; Your face, O Jehovah, I will seek;
(9)  Hide not Your face from me. Turn not Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
(10)  When my father and my mother forsake me, then Jehovah will take me up.
(11)  Teach me Your way, O Jehovah, and lead me in a plain path, because of my enemies.
(12)  Deliver me not over to the will of my enemies; for false witnesses have risen up against me, and he that breathes out cruelty.
(13)  I would have fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of Jehovah in the land of the living.
(14)  Hope in Jehovah; be of good courage, and He shall make your heart strong; yea, hope in Jehovah.

(1)  A Psalm of David. I will cry to You, O Jehovah; my Rock, do not be deaf to me, lest, if You be silent to me, I become like those who go down into the pit.
(2)  Hear the voice of my prayers, when I cry to You, when I lift up my hands toward Your Holy Place.
(3)  Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, who speak peace to their neighbors, yet evil is in their hearts.
(4)  Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their practices, give them according to the work of their hands; give them what they deserve.
(5)  Because they do not pay attention to the works of Jehovah and to the work of His hands, He shall destroy them and never build them up.
(6)  Blessed is Jehovah, because He has heard the voice of my prayers.
(7)  Jehovah is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices; and with my song I will praise Him.
(8)  Jehovah is a strength to them, and He is the saving strength of His anointed.
(9)  Save Your people, and bless Your inheritance; feed them also, and lift them up forever.

(1)  A Psalm of David. Give to Jehovah, O you mighty, give to Jehovah glory and strength.
(2)  Give to Jehovah the glory due to His name; worship Jehovah in the beauty of holiness.
(3)  The voice of Jehovah is on the waters; the God of glory thunders; Jehovah is above many waters.
(4)  The voice of Jehovah is in power, the voice of Jehovah is in majesty.
(5)  The voice of Jehovah breaks the cedars; yea, Jehovah breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
(6)  He also makes them to skip like a calf, Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
(7)  The voice of Jehovah goes through flames of fire.
(8)  The voice of Jehovah shakes the wilderness; Jehovah shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
(9)  The voice of Jehovah causes the does to calve, and uncovers the forests; and in His temple all of it is saying, Glory!
(10)  Jehovah sits on the flood; yea, Jehovah sits as King forever.
(11)  Jehovah will give strength to His people; Jehovah will bless His people with peace.

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The Lord’s Original Teaching, Recovered

1 The Teaching of the Lord, by the Twelve Apostles, to the Gentiles.
1.1 There are two ways, one of life, the other of death, and there is a great
difference between the two ways. 1.2 Now the way of life is this: first, you shall
love the God who made you; second, your neighbour as yourself, and
everything that you would not have done to you, do not do to another.
1.3 The teaching that flows from these words is this: Bless those that curse
you and pray for your enemies, fast for those that persecute you. For what
merit is there if you love those that love you? Do not even the Gentiles do the
same? But love those who hate you and you will not have any enemy. 1.4 Avoid
the fleshly and bodily passions. If someone strikes you on your right cheek,
turn the other to him also, and you will be perfect. If someone forces you to go
one mile, go with him two. If someone takes your coat, give him your shirt
also. If someone takes away from you what is yours, do not ask for it back,
since you cannot. 1.5a To everyone asking of you give, and do not ask for it
back, for the Father wishes that gifts be given to all from his own bounty.
[1.5b Blessed is the one who gives according to the commandment, for he is
guiltless. Woe to the one who receives. For if he receives because he has need,
he is guiltless, but if he does not have need, he shall stand trial as to why he
received and for what, and being put in prison he will be examined about what
he has done, and he will not come out of it until he pays the last penny. 1.6 But
of this it was also said, ‘Let your charitable gift sweat in your hands until you
know to whom you give’.]
2.1 The second commandment of the teaching means: 2.2 You shall not
murder, You shall not commit adultery. You shall not corrupt children. You
shall not fornicate. You shall not steal. You shall not practice magic. You shall
not use sorcery. You shall not murder a child by abortion or by killing it once it
is born. You shall not covet what belongs to your neighbour. 2.3 You shall not
swear falsely. You shall not bear false witness. You shall not speak evil. You
shall not harbour a grudge. 2.4 You shall not be double-minded, nor doubletongued,
for the double tongue is a snare of death. 2.5 Your word shall not be
false or empty but fulfilled by action. 2.6 You shall not be covetous, nor a
swindler, nor a hypocrite, nor ill-tempered, nor proud. You shall not plot evil
against your neighbour. 2.7 You shall not hate anyone. But some you shall
reprove, and for some you shall pray. And some you shall love more than your
own life.
3.1 My child, flee from all evil and from everything like it. 3.2 Do not be
angry, for anger leads to murder; nor jealous nor contentious nor hottempered,
for all these things breed murder. 3.3 My child, do not be lustful, for
lust leads to fornication; nor should you use obscene speech or lustful gazes,
for all these breed acts of adultery. 3.4 My child, do not be a soothsayer, for
this leads to idolatry; nor an enchanter, nor an astrologer, nor a magician; do
not be willing to even look at such things, for all these breed idolatry. 3.5 My
child do not be a liar, for lying leads to theft; nor avaricious, nor vainglorious,
for all these breed theft. 3.6 My child, do not be a grumbler, for this leads to
blasphemy; nor self-willed, nor evil-minded, for all these breed blasphemy, 3.7
but be meek, since the meek shall inherit the earth. 3.8 Be patient and merciful,
and guileless, and quiet and good, and always revering the words you have
heard. 3.9 You shall not exalt yourself or admit arrogance into your soul. Your
soul shall not associate with the lofty but you shall walk with those who are
righteous and humble. 3.10 Accept the things that happen to you as good,
knowing that nothing is done without God.
4.1 My child, be mindful night and day of the one who speaks the word of
God to you. You shall honour him as the Lord, for wherever the Lord’s nature
is spoken of, there the Lord is. 4.2 You shall seek out daily the presence of the
saints to find support in their words. 4.3 You shall not cause division; instead
you shall reconcile those who quarrel. You shall judge righteously. You shall
not show partiality in reproving people for their faults. 4.4 You shall not doubt
whether a thing shall be or not. 4.5 Do not be someone holding out your hands
to receive, but closing them when it comes to giving. 4.6 If you have earned
something through the work of your hands, you shall give something as a
ransom for your sins. 4.7 You shall not hesitate to give, nor grumble when
giving, for you will know the good paymaster of your reward. 4.8 You shall not
turn the needy away; but you shall hold everything in common with your
brother, and not say that anything is your own, for if you share in what is
immortal, how much more in mortal things? 4.9 You shall not withhold your
hand from your son or your daughter, but from their youth you shall teach
them the fear of God. 4.10 You shall not command in bitterness your slave or
your maid who trusts in the same God, lest they stop revering the God who is
over you both. For he comes not to call people according to their status but he
comes to those whom the Spirit has prepared. 4.11 And you slaves shall be
subject to your masters, as symbols of God, with reverence and fear. 4.12 You
shall hate all hypocrisy and all that is not pleasing to the Lord. 4.13 You shall
not abandon the commandments of the Lord but shall keep what you have
received without adding or subtracting anything. 4.14 In the assembly you shall
confess your faults, and you shall not approach prayer with an evil conscience.
This is the way of life.
5.1 And the way of death is this. First of all, it is evil and full of
accursedness; murder, adultery, lust, fornication, theft, idolatry, magic, sorcery,
robbery, false witness, hypocrisy, doubleness of heart, treachery, pride, malice,
stubbornness, covetousness, obscene speech, jealousy, insolence, arrogance,
boastfulness. 5.2 Those who are persecutors of the good, hating truth, loving
falsehood, not knowing the reward of the righteous, not adhering to the good
nor to righteous judgement, lying awake not for what is good but for what is
evil, those who are far from being meek and patient, loving what is futile,
seeking repayment, not showing mercy to the poor, not labouring for the
oppressed, not recognizing him who made them, murderers of children,
corrupters of God’s creatures, who turn away from the needy, oppressing the
afflicted, defenders of the rich, unjust judges of the poor and altogether sinful.
[May you be delivered from all this.]
6.1 See that no one leads you astray from this way of teaching, since the one
who does so teaches apart from God. 6.2 If you are able to bear the whole
yoke of the Lord, you will be perfect, but if you cannot, do what you can. 6.3
Concerning food, bear what you can, but abstain strictly from food offered to
idols, for it is worship of dead gods.
7.1 Concerning baptism, baptize thus: [After you have repeated all these
things.] Baptize in the name of the [the Lord]
[cf. 9.5, later changed to ‘Father, Son and Holy Spirit’] in running water.
[7.2 If you do not have running water, baptize in other water; if you cannot
in cold, then in warm. 7.3. But if you have neither, pour water on the head
three times in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.]
7.4 Before the baptism, let the one baptizing and the one being baptized, and
any others who are able, fast.
[Command the one being baptized to fast for one or two days beforehand.
8.1 Do not let your fasts coincide with those of the hypocrites. They fast on
Monday and Thursday; you, though, should fast on Wednesday and Friday. 8.2
And do not pray as the hypocrites, but as the Lord commanded in his gospel
pray thus:
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come, Your
will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our bread for the
morrow, And forgive us our sin, As we forgive those who sin against us. And
lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil. For the power and glory are yours forever.
8.3 Pray this three times a day.]
9.1 Concerning the eucharist, give thanks thus:
9.2 First, concerning the cup: We give thanks to you, our Father, For the
holy vine of David your servant which you have revealed to us through Jesus
your servant. To you be glory for ever. 9.3 And concerning the fragment: We
give thanks to you, our Father, For the life and knowledge, which you have
revealed to us through Jesus your servant. To you be glory for ever. 9.4 As this
fragment lay scattered upon the mountains and has been gathered to become
one, so gather your Church from the ends of the earth into your kingdom. For
the glory and power are yours, through Jesus Christ, forever. 9.5 Let no one eat
or drink of your eucharist but those baptized in the name of the Lord,
[For concerning this the Lord has said, ‘Do not give to dogs what is holy’.]
[10.1 After you have had your fill, give thanks thus: 10.2 We give thanks to
you holy Father for your holy Name which you have made to dwell in our
hearts and for the knowledge, faith and immortality which you have revealed to
us through Jesus your servant. To you be glory for ever. 10.3 You Lord
almighty have created everything for the sake of your Name; you have given
human beings food and drink to partake with enjoyment so that they might
give thanks; but to us you have given the grace of spiritual food and drink and
of eternal life through Jesus your servant. 10.4 Above all we give you thanks
because you are mighty. To you be glory for ever. 10.5 Remember Lord your
Church, to preserve it from all evil and to make it perfect in your love. And,
sanctified, gather it from the four winds into your kingdom which you have
prepared for it. Because yours is the power and the glory for ever. 10.6 Let
grace come and let this world pass away. Hosanna to the house of David.. If
anyone is holy let him come, if anyone is not let him repent. Maranatha. Amen.
10.7 Allow the prophets to give thanks as much as they wish …]
[11.1 Whoever comes teaching all the above, receive him. 11.2 But if the
teacher himself turns away and teaches another teaching, to destroy them, do
not listen to him. But if it aims at promoting righteousness and knowledge of
the Lord, then receive him as the Lord.]
11.3 Concerning apostles
[and prophets, according to the directions in the gospel, act in this way.]
11.4 let every apostle who comes to you be received as the Lord.
11.5 He shall stay only one day, or, if need be, another day too. If he stays
three days, he is a false prophet. 11.6 When the apostle leaves, let him receive
nothing but enough bread to see him through until he finds lodging. If he asks
for money he is a false prophet.
[11.7 … and every prophet speaking in the Spirit neither test nor judge; every
sin shall be forgiven, but this sin shall not be forgiven. 11.8 But not every one
speaking in the Spirit is a prophet, but only those whose behaviour is as the
Lord’s, by their actions you can discern the false prophet from the prophet.
11.9 Every prophet calling for a table of food in the Spirit will not eat of it. If
he does he is a false prophet.]
[11.10 And every prophet teaching the truth who does not do what he
teaches is a false prophet. 11.11 But every prophet tested and found true who
lives ‘the mystery of the church in the world’ and does not teach others to do
the same – do not judge him. His judgment is with God. For the prophets of
old also lived/acted in this way.]
[11.12 If any prophet, speaking in the Spirit says, ‘Give me money’, or
anything else, do not listen to him. On the other hand, if he calls you to give it
to someone who is in need, do not judge him.
12.1 Let everyone who comes in the name of the Lord be received, after
that, when you have tested him, you will know what he is like – for you will
have right and left perception. 12.2a If the one who comes is a traveller, help
him as much as you can, 12.2b but he shall not stay with you more than two or
three days if this is necessary. 12.3 But if he wants to settle with you, and he is a
craftsman, let him work and so eat. 12.4 If he has no craft, see to it in your own
understanding that no one lives among you in idleness because he is a
Christian. 12.5 If he is unwilling to do this, he is trading on Christ. Be on your
guard against such people.]
[13.1 But every true prophet, who wants to settle with you is worthy of his
food, 13.2 In the same way, a true teacher is worthy, just as the worker is
worthy of his food. 13.3 Therefore, when you take any firstfruits of what is
produced by the wine press and the threshing floor, by cows and by sheep, you
shall give the firstfruits to the prophets, for they are your High Priests. 13.4 If,
however, you have no prophet, give them to the poor. 13.5 If you make bread,
take the firstfruits and give them according to the commandment. 13.6
Likewise, when you open a jar of wine or oil, take the firstfruits and give them
to the prophets. 13.7 Take the firstfruits of money and clothing and whatever
you own as you think best and give them according to the commandment.
14.1 Assembling on every Sunday of the Lord, break bread and give thanks,
confessing your faults besides so that your sacrifice may be clean. 14.2 Let no
one engaged in a dispute with his comrade join you until they have been
reconciled, lest your sacrifice be profaned. 14.3 This is the sacrifice of which
the Lord has said: “‘to offer me a clean sacrifice in every place and time,
because I am a great king,’ says the Lord, ‘and my name is wonderful among
the nations.'”
15.1 Elect, then, for yourselves bishops and deacons worthy of the Lord,
meek men who are not lovers of money, who are true and have proved
themselves, for they too perform the functions of prophets and teachers for
you. 15.2 So do not disregard them, for they are persons who hold a place of
honour among you, together with the prophets and teachers.]
[15.3 Correct one another not in anger but in peace, as you have it in the
gospel; and let no one speak to anyone who wrongs another, let him not hear a
word from you, until he has repented. 15.4 Perform you prayers and your
almsgiving and everything you do as you have it in the gospel of our Lord.]
16.1 Watch over your life. Let your lamps not go out and let your loins not
be ungirded but be ready, for you do not know the hour at which our Lord is
coming. 16.2 You shall assemble frequently, seeking what your souls need, for
the whole time of your faith will be of no profit to you unless you are perfected
at the final hour.
16.3 In the last days shall be multiplied false prophets and corruption and
shall turn the sheep into wolves and love shall turn into hate. 16.4a For with
the increase of lawlessness they shall hate one another and shall persecute and
betray. 16.4b And then shall appear the world-deceiver as a son of God and he
shall do signs and wonders and the earth shall be betrayed into his hands and
he shall do godless things that have not been done since the beginning of the
age.
16.5 Then human creation shall pass into the fire of testing and many shall
be caused to stumble and be lost, but those who persevere in their faith shall be
saved by the curse itself. 16.6 And then shall appear the signs of truth first the
sign of extension in heaven next the sign of the trumpet call and third the
resurrection of the dead. [16.7 not of all the dead, but, as it says, ‘the Lord shall
come, and all his holy ones with him’.]
16.8 Then the world shall see the Lord coming upon the clouds of heaven,
and all the holy ones with him, on his royal throne, to judge the world-deceiver
and to reward each according to his deeds. 16.9 Then the evil shall go away into
eternal punishment but the righteous shall enter into life eternal, inheriting
those things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard and which has not
arisen in the heart of man. Those things which God has prepared for those
who love him.

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