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Demonstration 22 (Of Death and the

50atter Times)
1.Theuprightandrighteousandgoodandwisefearnotnortrembleatdeath,becauseofthegreat
hopethatisbeforethem.Andtheyateverytimearemindfulofdeath,theirexodus,andofthelast
dayinwhichthechildrenofAdamshallbejudged.Theyknowthatbythesentenceofjudgment
deathhasheldsway,becauseAdamtransgressedthecommandmentastheApostlesaid:Death
ruledfromAdamuntoMosesevenoverthosewhosinnednot,sothatalsouponallthechildren
ofAdamitpassed,evenasitpasseduponAdam.AndhowdiddeathrulefromAdamuntoMoses?
Clearly,whenGodlaiddownthecommandmentforAdam,Hewarnedhim,andsaid:Ontheday
thatyoushalleatofthetreeoftheknowledgeofgoodandevil,youshalldiethe
death.Genesis2:17Sowhenhetransgressedthecommandmentandateofthetree,deathruled
overhimandoverallhisprogeny.Evenoverthosewhohadnotsinned,evenoverthemdiddeath
rulethroughAdam'stransgressionofthecommandment.

2.Andwhydidhesay:FromAdamuntoMosesdidDeathrule?Andwhoissoillfurnished
withknowledgeastoimaginethatonlyfromAdamtoMoseshasdeathhaddominion?Yetlethim
understandfromthisthathesaid:Uponallmenitpassed.Thus,uponallmenitpassed
fromMosesuntiltheworldshallend.YetMosespreachedthatitskingdomismadevoid.For
whenAdamtransgressedthecommandmentwherebythesentenceofdeathwaspasseduponhis
progeny,Deathhopedthathewouldbindfastallthesonsofmanandwouldbekingoverthemfor
ever.ButwhenMosescame,heproclaimedtheresurrection,andDeathknewthathiskingdomisto
bemadevoid.ForMosessaid:Reubenshallliveandnotdie,andshallbein
number.Deuteronomy33:6AndwhentheHolyOnecalledMosesfromthebushhesaidthusto
him:IamtheGodofAbraham,ofIsaac,andofJacob.Exodus3:6WhenDeathheardthis
utterance,hetrembledandfearedandwasterrifiedandwasperturbed,andknewthathehadnot
becomekingforeveroverthechildrenofAdam.FromthehourthatheheardGodsayingtoMoses:
IamtheGodofAbraham,ofIsaac,andofJacob,Deathsmotehishandstogether,forhe
learnedthatGodisKingofthedeadandoftheliving,andthatitisappointedtothechildren
ofAdamtocomeforthfromhisdarkness,andarisewiththeirbodies.Andobservethatour
RedeemerJesusalso,whenHerepeatedthisutterancetotheSadducees,whentheyweredisputing
withHimabouttheResurrectionofthedead,thussaid:Godisnot(God)ofthedead,forallare
aliveuntoHim.Luke20:38

3.AndthatGodmightmakeknowntoDeaththathisauthorityisnotforeveroveralltheprogeny
oftheworld,HetranslatedEnochtoHimself,becausehewaswellpleasing,andmadehim
deathless.AndagainHetookupElijahtoheaven,andDeathhadnodominionoverhim.And
Hannahsaid:TheLordmakestodieandcausestoliveHebringsdowntoSheolandraises
up.1Samuel2:6FurthermoreMosessaidasfromthemouthofGod:ImaketodieandIcauseto
live.Deuteronomy32:39AgaintheProphetIsaiahalsosaid:Yourdeadshalllive,andtheirdead
bodiesshallriseagainandthesleepersofthedustshallbeawakened,andshallglorify
You.Isaiah26:19WhenDeathheardallthesethings,amazementseizedhim,andhesathimdown
inmourning.

4.AndwhenJesus,theslayerofDeath,came,andclothedHimselfinaBodyfromtheseedof
Adam,andwascrucifiedinHisBody,andtasteddeathandwhen(Death)perceivedtherebythat
Hehadcomedownuntohim,hewasshakenfromhisplaceandwasagitatedwhenhesawJesus
andheclosedhisgatesandwasnotwillingtoreceiveHim.ThenHebursthisgates,andentered
intohim,andbegantodespoilallhispossessions.Butwhenthedeadsawlightinthedarkness,
theylifteduptheirheadsfromthebondageofdeath,andlookedforth,andsawthesplendourof
theKingMessiah.ThenthepowersofthedarknessofDeathsatinmourning,forhewasdegraded
fromhisauthority.Deathtastedthemedicinethatwasdeadlytohim,andhishandsdroppeddown,
andhelearnedthatthedeadshallliveandescapefromhissway.AndwhenHehadafflictedDeath
bythedespoilingofhispossessions,hewailedandcriedaloudinbitternessandsaid,"Goforth
frommyrealmandenteritnot.Whothenisthisthatcomesinaliveintomyrealm?"Andwhile
Deathwascryingoutinterror(forhesawthathisdarknesswasbeginningtobedoneaway,and
someoftherighteouswhoweresleepingarosetoascendwithHim),thenHemadeknowntohim
thatwhenHeshallcomeinthefullnessoftime,Hewillbringforthalltheprisonersfromhis
power,andtheyshallgoforthtoseethelight.ThenwhenJesushadfulfilledHisministryamong
thedead,DeathsentHimforthfromhisrealm,andsufferedHimnottoremainthere.Andto
devourHimlikeallthedead,hecounteditnotpleasure.HehadnopowerovertheHolyOne,nor
wasHegivenovertocorruption.

5.AndwhenhehadeagerlysentHimforthandHehadcomeforthfromhisrealm,Heleftwith
him,asapoison,thepromiseoflifethatlittlebylittlehispowershouldbedoneaway.Evenas
whenamanhastakenapoisoninthefoodwhichisgivenfor(thesupportof)life,whenhe
perceivesinhimselfthathehasreceivedpoisoninthefood,thenhecastsupagainfromhisbelly
thefoodinwhichpoisonwasmingledbutthedrugleavesitspowerinhislimbs,sothatlittleby
littlethestructureofhisbodyisdissolvedandcorrupted.SoJesusdeadwasthebringertonought
ofDeathforthroughHimlifeismadetoreign,andthroughHimDeathisabolished,towhomitis
said:ODeath,whereisyourvictory?1Corinthians15:55

6.Therefore,youchildrenofAdam,allyouoverwhomDeathhasruled,bemindfulofDeathand
rememberlifeandtransgressnotthecommandmentasyourfirstfatherdid.OKings,crowned
withthediadem,rememberDeath,whichwilltakeawaythediademsthataresetuponyourheads,
andheshallbekingoveryoutillthetime,whenyoushallriseagainforthejudgment.O
youhaughtyandupliftedandproud,rememberDeath,whichshalldestroyyourhaughtiness,and
dissolvethelimbs,andseparatethejoints,andthebodyanditsformsshallbegivenoverto
corruption.TheloftyonesshallbebroughtlowbyDeath,andthefierceandsternonesshallbe
buriedawayinhisdarkness.Heshalltakeawayallthepride,andtheyshallcorruptawayand
becomedust,untilthejudgment.Oyourich,rememberDeathforwhenthetimeshallcomeand
youshalldrawneartohimthere,youshallnotuseyourwealthandpossessions.Hewillnotplace
daintyviandsbeforeyou,norwillheprepareforyouarichbanquet.Therethebodyof
thegluttonswhousedtolivedelicatelyshallbecorrupted.Theyshallceasefromtheirluxuryand
shallnotrememberit.Therethewormshallconsumetheirbodies,andtheyshallclothethemselves
indarknessovertheirfairapparel.Theyremembernottheendingofthisworld,thatDeathshall
confoundthemwhentheydescendtohim.Sotheyshallsitinoppressionandintheshadowof
death,andshallnotrememberthisworld,untiltheendshallbeandtheyshallriseagainforthe
judgment.Oyourapaciousandextortionersandplunderersofyourfellows,rememberDeath,and
multiplynotyoursinsforinthatplacesinnersrepentnotandhewhohasplunderedhisfellows'
goodsshallnotpossesshisown,butshallgototheplacewheremanshallmakenouseofwealth.
Andheshallcometonoughtandpassawayfromhishonour,buthissinsshallbelaidupagainst
thedayofjudgment.
7.Oyouthattrustinthisworld,letthisworldbedespisedinyoureyesforyouaresojournersand
aliensinthemidstofit,andyouknownotthedaythatyoushallbetakenoutofit.Forsuddenly
shallDeathcome,andseparateandleadawaythelovedchildrenfromtheirparents,and
theparentsfromtheirdarlingchildren.Heleadsawayforhimselfthepreciousonlybegotten
children,andtheirparentsshallbedeprivedofthemandshallcomeintocontempt.Heseparates
preciousfriendsuntohimself,andtheirbelovedweepforthemlamentably.Heleadsawayand
takesprisonersuntohimselfthemthataredesiredfortheirbeauty,thathemayputtoshametheir
formsandcorruptthem.Andthosethataregloriousinaspectheleadsawaytohimself,andthey
becomedustuntilthejudgment.Heleadsawaybetrothedmaidensfromtheirspouses,andbinds
themcaptiveinhisbridalchamber,inhisplaceofgloom.Heleadsawayand
separatesbetrothedhusbandsfromthevirginswhoweredesignedforthemandbetrothedintheir
nameandtheseshallsitinbittermourningoverthem.Heleadsawayandseparatesuntohimself
allthebeautifulyouthswhosupposedthatevenuntooldagetheywouldnotseedeath.Heleads
awayandgathersuntohimselfthelovedinfantsofdays,withwhomtheirparentswerenotsatiated.
Heleadsawaytohimselfthewealthy,thesonsofluxuryAndtheyleavetheirpossessionsasthe
wavesofthesea.Sirach29:18Heleadsawaytohimselftheskilfulartificers,whowereraisingup
theworldbytheirwonderfulworks.Heleadsawaytohimselfthesubtleandthewise,andthey
becomesimple,notdistinguishinggoodfromevil.Heleadsawaytohimselftherichlyendowedof
thisworld,andtheirendowmentsaredestroyedandshallnotbeestablishedforever.Heleads
awaytohimselfthemightyandthegreatones,andtheirmightisbroughtlowandweakened,and
comestoanend.Themthatwereconfidentthattheirmightwouldnotbebroughtlower,intheday
ofdeath,menthatareoflowerdegreethantheirsgathertogethertheirbodies.Theythattrustthat
intheirdeaththeyshallbeburiedwithhonour,itbefallsthemthatthedogsdevourthem.Andthey
thattrustthattheyshallbeburiedintheplacewhereintheywereborn,knownotbutthatinthe
landoftheircaptivitytheyshallevenbegathered(tothegrave)withinsult.Theythattrustedin
theirpossessions,thattheyshouldgivethemininheritancetotheirchildren,fromthemitis
hiddenthattheyshallbeplunderedbytheirenemies.Deathleadsawaytohimselfthebraveand
thewarriors.whothoughttolaywastethegreatworld.Deathleadsawaythemthatadorn
themselveswithallpleasantthings,andtheburialofanassbefallsthemwhentheyareburied.
Deathrulesovertheunborn,andtakesthemcaptivetohimselfbeforetheyareborn.Deathleads
awaytohimselfthemthatarehonouredwithpomps,andtheycomeintocontemptwhenthey
descendtohim,totherealmofdarkness,wherethereisnolight.HeisnotashamedbeforeKings
(thatare)crownedwiththediadem.Heisnotabashedbeforetheloftyandthefierceoneswholay
wastethelands.Deathrespectsnotthepersonsofthehonourable,nordoeshereceiveabribefrom
therich.Deathdespisesnotthepoor,nordoeshissoulscornhimthathasnothing.Deathhonours
notthemthatliveinmagnificence,norwithhimarethegooddistinguishedfromthebad.Hetakes
noaccountoftheaged,ratherthanofchildreninrespectofhonour.Thelordsofprudencehe
makeswithoutunderstanding,andthemthatusedtomakehasteandvexthemselves,inacquiring
possessionstherewithhim,thesearestrippedoftheirgains.Heleadsawaytohimselfslavesand
theirmastersandtherethemastersarenothonouredmorethantheirservants.Smallandgreat
arethere,andtheyhearnotthevoiceoftheoppressor.Theslavewhoisfreedfromhis
masterJob3:1819therepaysnoregardtohimwhousedtooppresshim.Deathbindsandmakes
captivetohimselfthekeepersofprisoners,andtheprisonerswhowereshutup.BymeansofDeath
theprisonersarereleased,andfearnotagainbecauseoftheiroppressors.

8.Theythatlivedaintilyfeardeathbuttheafflictedlookforwardwithhopethattheyshallbe
speedilytakenaway.Alltherichtremblebecauseofdeathbutthepoordesireit,thattheymayrest
fromtheirlabour.Deathterrifiesthemightywhentheyrememberhimbutthesicklookforward
withhopetohimthatthroughhimtheymayforgettheirpains.Againtheyoungchildrenareafraid
ofdeath,forwhenitcomesuponthemtheyshallleavetheirpleasuresbuttheoldmenadvancedin
yearsprayforit,theythatareinneedofdailybread.

9.Thesonsofpeacerememberdeathandtheyforsakeandremovefromthemwrathandenmity.
Assojournerstheydwellinthisworld,andprepareforthemselvesaprovisionforthejourney
beforethem.Onthatwhichisabovetheysettheirthoughts,onthatwhichisabovetheymeditate
andthosethingswhicharebeneaththeireyestheydespise.Theysendawaytheirtreasurestothe
placewherethereisnoperil,theplacewherethereisnomoth,noraretherethieves.Theyabidein
theworldasaliens,sonsofafarlandandlookforwardtobesentoutofthisworldandtocometo
thecity,theplaceoftherighteous.Theyafflictthemselvesintheplaceoftheirsojourningandthey
arenotentangledoroccupiedinthehouseoftheirexile.Everdaybydaytheirfacesareset
upwards,togotothereposeoftheirfathers.Asprisonersaretheyinthisworld,andashostagesof
theKingaretheykept.Totheendtheyhavenorestinthisworld,noris(their)hopeinit,thatit
willcontinueforever.Theythatacquirepossessions,rejoicenotinthem,andtheythatbeget
children,deathfillsthemwithsorrow.Theythatbuildcities,shallnotbeleftinthemandthose
thathastenandtoilforanything,areinnowisetobedistinguishedfromfools.Omanwithout
sense,whosoeverhebewhosetrustisinthisworld!

10.Remember,mybeloved,andcompareandconsiderinyourmind,whoisthereofformer
generationswhohasbeenleftinthisworldsoastocontinueforever?Deathhasledawaythe
formergenerations,thegreatonesandthemightyandthesubtle.Whoistherethatacquiredgreat
possessions,andatthetimewhenhedepartedtookthemwithhim?Thatwhichwasgathered
togetherfromtheearthreturnsbackintoitsbosomandnakeddoesamandepartfromhis
possessions.Thewise,whentheyacquiregoods,sendsomeofthembeforethem,asJobsaid:My
witnessesareheavenandagain:MybrethrenandmyloversarewithGod.AndourLord
commandedthemthatacquirepossessionstomakeforthemselvesfriendsinheaven,andalso
tolayuptreasuresthere.

11.Rememberalsodeath,Owisescribe,thatyourheartbenotliftedup,sothatyoushouldforget
thesentenceofjudgment.Deathleavesnotasidethewise,norrespectsthepersonsofthesubtle.
Deathleadsawaytohimselfthewisescribes,sothattheyforgetthatwhichtheyhavelearned,until
thetimecomesinwhichalltherighteousshallriseagain.

12.Inthatplacetheyshallforgetthisworld.Theretheyhavenowantandtheyshallloveone
anotherwithanabundantlove.Intheirbodiesthereshallbenoheaviness,andlightlyshallthey
flyasdovestotheirwindows.Isaiah60:8Intheirthoughtstheyshallnotthere
rememberwickednessatall,norshallanythingofuncleannessariseintheirheart.Inthatplace
thereshallbenonaturaldesire,fortheretheyshallbeweanedfromallappetites.Thereshallnot
ariseintheirheartangerorlasciviousnessalsotheyshallremovefromthemallthingsthat
gendersins.Ferventintheirheartwillbetheloveofeachotherandhatredwillnotbefixedwithin
thematall.Theyshallhavenoneedtheretobuildhouses,fortheyshallabideinlight,inthe
mansionsofthesaints.Theyshallhavenoneedofwovenraiment,fortheyshallbeclothed
ineternallight.Theyshallhavenoneedoffood,fortheyshallreclineatHistableandbenurtured
forever.Theairofthatregionispleasantandglorious,anditslightshinesout,andisgoodlyand
gladsome.Plantedtherearebeautifultrees,whosefruitsfailnot,andwhoseleavesfallnot.Their
boughsareglorious,theirperfumedelightful,andoftheirtastenosoulshallgrowwearyforever.
Spaciousistheregion,norisitlimitedyetitsinhabitantsshallseeitsdistanceevenasthatwhich
isnear.Theretheinheritanceshallnotbedivided,andnomanshallsaytohisfellow:"Thisis
mineandthatisyours."Theyshallnotbeboundthereinthedesireofcovetousness,norshallthey
goastraythereconcerningremembrance.Thereamanshallnotlovehisneighbourwithspecial
reverence,butabundantlyshalltheyallloveoneanotherafteronefashion.Theyshallnotmarry
wivesthere,norshalltheybegetchildrennorshalltherethemalebedistinguishedfromthe
femalebutallshallbesonsoftheirFatherWhoisinheavenastheProphetsaid:Istherenot
oneFatherofusallistherenotoneGodWhocreatedus?Malachi2:10

13.AndasregardsthatwhichIsaidthattheretheyshallnottakewives,norismaledistinguished
fromfemale,ourLordandHisApostleshavetaughtus.ForourLordsaid:Theythatareworthy
ofthatworld,andofthatresurrectionfromtheabodeofthedead,shallnottakewives,norshall
(women)becomewivestomenfortheycannotdiebuttheyareastheangelsinheaven,andare
thechildrenofGod.Luke20:3536Andtheapostlesaid:Thereisneithermalenorfemale,
neitherbondnorfreebutyouarealloneinJesusChrist.Galatians3:28For,asforEve,tospread
abroadgeneration,GodtookheroutfromAdam,thatshemightbecomethemotherofallliving
butyetinthatworldthereisnofemaleevenasinheavenalsothereisnofemale,norgeneration,
noruseofconcupiscence.Inthatplacethereisnodeficiency,butfullnessandperfection.Theaged
shallnotdieandtheyoungshallnotgrowold.Anditisinexpectationofgrowingoldanddying
thatyoungmentakewivesandbegetchildren,thatwhenthefathersshallhavediedthechildren
mayriseupintheirstead.Nowallthesethingshavetheiruseonlyinthisworld,forinthatplace
thereisnowant,noranydeficiency,norconcupiscence,norgeneration,norending,norfailure,
nordeath,nortermination,noroldage.Thereisneitherhatred,norwrath,norenvy,nor
weariness,nortoil,nordarkness,nornight,norfalsehood.Thereisnotinthatplaceanywantatall
butitisfulloflight,andlife,andgrace,andfullness,andsatisfactionandrenewal,andlove,andall
thegoodpromisesthatarewrittenbutnotyetsealed.Forthereistherethatwhicheyehasnotseen
andearhasnotheard,andwhichhasnotcomeupintotheheartofman,1Corinthians2:9that
whichisunspeakableandwhichamancannotutter.AndtheApostlesaid:ThatwhichGodhas
preparedforthemthatloveHim.1Corinthians2:9Thoughmenshallsaymuch,theyshallnotbe
abletoexpressit.Thatwhicheyehasnotseen,theyareunabletorelateandthatwhichearhasnot
heard,itisnotrighttospeakofinsuchwiseastocompareitwithanythingthattheearhasheard
andtheeyehasseen.Andthatwhichhasnotcomeupuntotheheart,whoistheredarestospeakof
it,asthoughitwaslikeanythingthathascomeupintotheheart?Butthisisrightforaspeaker,to
likenandcallthatplacetheabodeofGod,andtheplaceoflife,theperfectplace,theplaceoflight,
theplaceofglory,theSabbathofGod,thedayofrest,thereposeoftherighteous,thejoyofthejust,
theabodeanddwellingplaceoftherighteousandtheholy,theplaceofourhope,thesureabodeof
ourtrust,theplaceofourtreasure,theplacethatshallassuageourwearinessandremoveour
afflictions,andsootheoursighs.Tothesethingsitisrightforustoliken,andthustocall,that
place.

14.Again,Deathleadsawaytohimselfkings,thefoundersofcities,whostrengthenthemselvesin
splendour.AndhedoesnotleaveasidetheLordsofthecountries.Deathleadsawayandtakes
captivetohimselftheavariciouswhoarenotsatisfiednorsay"Enough"andheisgreedyforthem
withagreatergreedthantheirs.Deathleadsawaytohimselfthedespoilerswhowerenotby
theirgracerestrainedfromdespoilingtheirfellows.Deathleadsawaytohimselftheoppressors,
andthroughdeatharetheyrestrainedfrominiquity.Deathleadsawaytohimselfthepersecutors,
andthepersecutedhaveresttilltheygotohim.Deathleadsawaytohimselfthemthatswallowup
theirfellows,andthedowntroddenandoppressedhaverestforalittleuntiltheythemselvesalso
areledawayandgothere.Deathleadsawaythemthataboundinmeditations,andalltheyhave
thoughtuponisdissolvedandbroughttonought.Menmeditateuponmanymatters,anddeath
comesuponthemsuddenly,andtheyareledawayandthereaftertheyremembernothingthatthey
havethoughtupon.Thereisonethatmakesplansformanyyears,and(theknowledge)iswithheld
fromhimthatheshallnotsurvivetomorrow.SomesonofAdamisupliftedandvauntshimselfover
hisfellowanddeathcomesuponhimandbringstonoughthisvaunting.Therichmanplansto
addtohispossessions,andheknowsnotthatheshallnotcontinuetopossesseventhatwhichhe
hasacquired.Deathleadsawaytohimselfallthechildrenofmen,andbindsthemfastinhisabode
untilthejudgment.Alsooverthosethathavenotsinnedisheking,becauseofthesentenceof
judgmentthatAdamreceivedforhissins.

15.AndtheLifegivershallcome,theDestroyerofDeath,andshallbringtonoughthispower,from
overthejustandfromoverthewicked.Andthedeadshallarisewithamightyshout,andDeath
shallbeemptiedandstrippedofallthecaptivity.Andforjudgmentshallallthechildren
ofAdambegatheredtogether,andeachshallgototheplacepreparedforhim.Therisenofthe
righteousshallgountolife,andtherisenofthesinnersshallbedelivereduntodeath.Therighteous
whokeptthecommandmentshallgo,andshallnotcomenearuntojudgmentinthedaythatthey
shallriseasDavidasked,AndbringnotyourservantintojudgmentnorwilltheirLordterrify
theminthatday.

16.RememberthattheApostlealsosaid,Weshalljudgeangels.1Corinthians6:3AndourLord
saidtoHisdisciples,Youshallsitontwelvethrones,andjudgetwelvetribesofthehouseofIsrael.
AndEzekielsaidconcerningrighteousmen,Ezekiel23:2425thattheyshalljudgeAholaand
Aholibah.Since,then,therighteousaretojudgethewicked,Hehasmadeclearconcerningthem
thattheyshallnotcomeintojudgment.Andastowhattheapostlessay,thatWeshalljudgeangels,
hear,andIwillinstructyou.Theangelswhoshallbejudgedbytheapostlesarethepriestswhohave
violatedthelawastheProphetsaid,Thelipsofthepriestshallguardknowledge,andthelawshall
theyinquireofhismouthbecauseheistheangeloftheLord,themost
mighty.Malachi2:7Theangelswhoarethepriests,ofwhosemouththelawisinquired,whenthey
transgressthelaw,shallbejudgedatthelastbytheapostles,andthepriestswhoobservethelaw.

17.Andthewickedshallnotariseinthejudgment,norsinnersinthecongregationofthe
righteous.Andevenastherighteouswhoareperfectedingoodworksshallnotcomeintothe
judgmenttobejudged,soofthewickedalsowhosesinsaremany,andthemeasureofwhose
offensesisoverflowing,itshallnotberequiredthattheyshoulddrawnearuntothejudgment,but
whentheyhaverisenagaintheyshallturnbacktoSheol,asDavidsaid,Thewickedshallturnback
toSheol,andallthenationsthatforgetGod.AndIsaiahsaid,Allthenationsareasadropfrom
thebucket,andastheturningofthebalance.Andtheislesasagrainofsandshallbecastaway,
andallthenationsareesteemedasnothingnessbyHim.Fordestructionandtheswordarethey
esteemedbyHim.Thereforelearnandbepersuaded,thatallthenationsthatknownotGodtheir
Maker,areesteemedbyGodasnothingness,andshallnotcomeneartojudgment,butassoonas
theyhaverisenshallturnbacktoSheol.

18.Butalltherestoftheworldwhoarecalledsinnersshallstandinthejudgmentandberebuked.
Thoseinwhomthereisalittleshortcomingwillthejudgerebuke,andmakeknowntothemthat
theyhaveoffended.AndHewillgivethemtheinheritanceoflifeafterthejudgment.And
understandthatourLordhasmadeknowntousinHisGospel,thateverymanaccordingtohis
workshallreceivehisreward.Hethatreceivedmoney,showedtheincreaseonit.Hewhosepound
ortalentproducedtenfold,receivedlife,perfect,innothinglacking.Hewhosepoundortalent
producedfivefold,receivedthehalfoften.Onewasgivenatenfoldauthorityandoneafivefold.
Nowconsiderandsee,thattheincreaseoffiveislessthanthatoftenandthelabourerswho
demandtherewardexcelthemthatreceiveditinsilence.Theywhotoiledalltheday,withboldface
receivetherewardanddemandit,inconfidencethatHewilladdmoretothem.Whiletheywho
workedonehourreceiveitinsilence,andknowthatthroughgracetheyreceivemercyandlife.The
sinnerswhosesinsaremanyshallbecondemnedbytheplaceofjudgment,andshallgointo
torments.Andfromthattimeandonwards,judgmentshallruleoverthem.

19.Furthermore,hearkenuntotheApostlewhosaid,Everymanaccordinghisworkshallreceive
hisreward.1Corinthians3:8Hethattoiledlittle,shallreceiveaccordingtohisremissnessandhe
thatmademuchspeed,shallberewardedaccordingtohisspeed.AndJobalsosaid,Farbeitfrom
GodtodoiniquityandfarbeitfromHimtodosin.Foraccordingtoaman'sworkswillHe
rewardhim,andamanshallreceiveaccordinghisways.Job34:1011AndalsotheApostle
said,Starexcelsstarinbrightness.Soalsoistheresurrectionofthedead.1Corinthians15:41
42Thereforeknowthat,evenwhenmenshallenterintolife,yetrewardshallexcelreward,
andgloryshallexcelglory,andrecompenseshallexcelrecompense.Degreeishigherthandegree
andlightismoregoodlythanlightinaspect.Thesunexcelsthemoon,andthemoonisgreater
thanthestarsthatarewithher.Andobservethatthemoonandthestarsarealsounderthepower
ofthesun,andtheirlightisswallowedupinthesplendourofthesun.Andthesunhaspoweralong
withthemoonandthestars,thathemaynotabolishthenightwhichhasbeenseparatedfromthe
day.Andwhenthesunwascreated,hewascalledaluminary.Andobservethatthesunandthe
moonandthestarsareallcalledluminariesbutluminaryexcelsluminary.Thesunobscuresthe
lightofthemoon,andthemoonlikewisedarkensthelightofthestarsandstarexcelsstarinits
light.

20.Andunderstand(this)also,fromthatwhichisofthisworld,thosewholabourwithtoil,and
fromthehiredmenwhoworkwiththeirfellows.Therearesomewhohiretheirfellowmenbyday
wages,and(these)receivethewageoftheirtoilandtherearesomewhoarehiredforthemonth,
andcomputeandreceivethewageforthetime,atthetimeagreed.Andthedaywageis
distinguishedfromthemonthlywageandyearlyexceedsmonthlywage.

21.Andalsoagain,understanditfromtheauthoritythatisinthisworld.Therearesomewho
pleasethekingbytheiractivity,andreceivehonourfromthoseinauthority.Onereceivesacrown
fromtheking,tobecomegovernorinoneofthecountries.Andundertheauthorityofanother,the
kingplacestownsandalsoheexcelshisinferiorsinhisattire.Somereceivepresentsandgifts,and
onehonourisdistinguishedfromanother.Thereisonetowhomthekinggivesthehonourofbeing
stewardoverallthetreasury.Another,accordingtohislowercondition,servestheking,andhis
authorityisonlytoprovidethedailyfood.

22.Alsoinrespectofpenalty,Isaythatallmenarenotequal.Hethathasdonegreatwickednessis
greatlytormented.Andhethathasoffendednotsomuchislesstormented.Someshallgointo
outerdarkness,wherethereisweepingandgnashingofteeth.Matthew7:12Othersshallbecast
intothefire,accordingastheydeserveforitisnotwrittenthattheyshallgnashtheirteeth,nor
thatthereisdarknessthere.Someshallbecastintoanotherplace,aplacewheretheirwormshall
notdie,andtheirfireshallnotbequenched,andtheyshallbecameanastonishmenttoall
flesh.Isaiah66:24InthefacesofothersthedoorshallbeclosedandtheJudgewillsaytothem:
Iknowyounot.Matthew25:12Andconsiderthat,astherewardforgooddeedsisnotequalfor
allmen,soitisalsoforevildeeds.Notinonefashionshallmenbejudged,buteverymanaccording
tohisworksshallreceivehisrequital,becausetheJudgeisclothedinrighteousnessandregards
notthepersonsofmen.
23.AndevenasIhaveshowedyouconcerningtheworld,howonehonourexcelsanother,ofthose
thatkingsandrulersofthisworldgivetothosebeneaththemalsoconcerningthisIhaveshowed
you,thatevenaskingshavegoodgiftstogivetothosehonouredbythem,soalsotheyhaveprisons
andchainsandfetters,whicharevariouskindsofbonds.Onemanoffendsthekingwithagrievous
offense,andwithoutinquiryheisdeliveredovertodeath.Anotheroffends,yetisnotdeservingof
deathheisputinbondsuntilheisjudgedandischastised,andthekingremitshisoffense.There
isanotherwhomthekinghasheldinregardandoutsidetheprisonhouseheiskeptinfreedom,
withoutchainsandwithoutbonds.Hethatisputtodeathisdistinguishedfromhimthatisbound
andthepunishmentofoneexceedsthatofanother,accordingtothedesertofhisoffense.Butcome
toourRedeemer,Whosaid:ManyarethemansionsinMyFather'shouse.John14:2

24.Mybeloved,menwhoareinferiorinunderstanding,disputeaboutthisthatIwritetoyou,and
say:"Whatistheplaceinwhichtherighteousshallreceiveagoodrewardandwhatistheplace
inwhicharetorments,inwhichthewickedshallreceivethepunishmentsoftheirworks?"Oman
thatthinkestthus,Iwillaskyou,andtellme,whyisdeathcalleddeath,andwhyisSheolcalled
Sheol?ForitiswrittenthatwhenKorahandhiscompanionsmadeaschismagainstMoses,the
earthopenedhermouthandswallowedthemup,andtheywentdownaliveinto
Sheol.Numbers16:3233ThereforethatwasthemouthofSheolthatwasopenedinthewilderness.
Davidalsosaid,ThewickedshallturnbacktoSheol.WesaythattoSheol,inwhichKorahandhis
companionswereswallowedup,thereshallthewickedbeturnedback.ForGodhaspower,ifHe
chooses,togiveinheritanceoflifeinheaven,andifitpleaseHim,intheearth.JesusourLord
said,Blessedarethepoorinspirit,fortheirsisthekingdomofheaven.Matthew5:3Andtooneof
thosewhowerecrucifiedwithHim,whobelievedonhimHeswore:YoushallbewithMetodayin
thegardenEden.Luke23:43AndtheApostlesaid,Whentherighteousshallriseagain,theyshall
flyupwardstomeetourRedeemer.1Thessalonians4:17But,however,wesaythus:Thatwhich
ourRedeemersaidtousistrue:Heavenandearthshallpassaway.Matthew24:35Andthe
Apostlesaid,Hopewhichisseenisnothope.Romans8:24AndtheProphetsaid,Theheavensshall
passawayassmoke,andtheearthasagarmentshallwearawayanditsinhabitantsshall
becomelikeit.Isaiah51:6AndJobsaidconcerningthosethatsleep,Tilltheheavenswearout,they
shallnotbearoused,norshalltheywakeoutoftheirsleep.Job14:12Fromthesethingsbe
persuadedthatthisearth,inwhichthechildrenofAdamaresown,andthefirmamentthatisover
men,(even)thatfirmamentwhichissettodividetheupperheavensfromtheearthandthislife,
shallpassaway,andwearout,andbedestroyed.AndGodwillmakeanewthingforthechildrenof
Adam,andtheyshallinheritinheritancesintheKingdomofHeaven.IfHeshallgivethem
inheritanceintheearth,itshallbecalledthekingdomofheaven.AndifinHeaven,itiseasyfor
Himtodo.Forwiththekingsoftheearthalso,althougheachoneofthemabidesinhisownplace,
yeteveryplacetowhichtheirauthorityextends,iscalledtheirkingdom.Sothesunisaluminary
setintheheaven,yetforeveryplacetowhichitsraysextend,itsauthoritysuffices,whetheronsea
oronland.Andobservethattheprincesoftheworldalsohavebanquetingsanddelights,andin
everyplaceorstateintowhichtheygo,theirbanquetingsarewiththemandinwhateverplace
pleasesthem,theymakeaprisonhouse.Forthesunintwelvehourscirclesround,fromtheeast
untothewestandwhenhehasaccomplishedhiscourse,hislightishiddeninthenighttime,and
thenightisnotdisturbedbyhispower.Andinthehoursofthenightthesunturnsroundinhis
rapidcourse,andturningroundbeginstoruninhisaccustomedpath.Asforthesunthatiswith
you,youwiseman,fromyourchildhoodtillthecompletionofyouroldage,youknownotwherehe
runsinthenighttime,soastocircleroundtotheplaceofitscourse.Isitnecessaryforyouto
inquireintothosethingsthatarehiddenfromyou?
25.ThesememorialsIhavewrittenforourbrethrenandbeloved,thechildrenoftheChurchof
God,thatwhenthesecomeintotheirhandsinvariousplaces,andwhentheyreadinthem,they
mayalsoremembermyinsignificanceintheirprayers,andmayknowthatIamasinneralso,and
fallshortbutthatthisismyfaith,thatIhavesetforthfromthebeginningandwritten,inthese
chapterswritten(byme).Faithisthefoundation,anduponfaith(rest)theworksthatbecomeit.
AndafterFaith(Iwrote)thattherearetwocommandmentsofLove.AndafterLove,Ihavewritten
ofFasting,initsdemonstrationalsoalongwithitsworks.AndafterFasting,IwroteofPrayerinits
fruitandinitsworks.AndafterPrayer,havewrittenaboutWarandaboutwhateverDanielwrote
concerningthekingdoms.AndafterWar,IhavewrittenoftheexhortationforMonks.Andafterthe
Monks,IhavewrittenaboutRepentance.AndafterRepentance,Ihavewrittenabout
theResurrectionofthedead.AndaftertheResurrectionofthedead,Ihavewritten
aboutHumility.AndafterHumility,IhavewrittenofthePastors,theteachers.Andafterthe
Pastors,IhavewrittenabouttheCircumcisioninwhichthepeopleoftheJewspridethemselves.
AndaftertheCircumcision,IhavewrittenaboutthePassover,andaboutthefourteenthday.And
afterthePassover,IhavewrittenabouttheSabbath,inwhichtheJewsarepuffedup.Andafter
theSabbath,IhavewrittenanExhortation,onaccountofthedissensionwhichhappenedinour
days.AndaftertheExhortation,IhavewrittenaboutMeats,thosethattheJewsdeemunclean.
AndaftertheMeats,IhavewrittenabouttheGentiles,thattheyhaveenteredinandbecomeheirs
insteadoftheoriginalpeople.AndaftertheGentiles,IhavewrittenandprovedthatGodhasaSon.
AndaftertheSonofGod,IhavewrittenagainsttheJews,whospeakinjuriouslyaboutVirginity.
AndaftertheapologyaboutVirginity,IhavewrittenagainAgainsttheJews,whosay:"Itis
appointedforustobegatheredtogether."Andafterthatdefence,IhavewrittenaboutAlmsgiving
tothePoor.AndafterthePoor,IhavewrittenademonstrationaboutThePersecuted.Andafterthe
Persecuted,IhavewrittenattheendaboutDeathandtheLastTimes.Thesetwentytwodiscourses
haveIwrittenaccordingtothetwentytwolettersofthealphabet.ThefirsttenIwroteinthesix
hundredandfortyeighthyearofthekingdomofAlexanderthesonofPhiliptheMacedonian,asis
writtenintheendofthem.AndthesetwelvelastIwroteinthesixhundredandfiftyfifthyearof
thekingdomoftheGreeksandoftheRomans,whichisthekingdomofAlexander,andinthe
thirtyfifthyearofthePersianKing.

26.ThesethingsIhavewrittenaccordingtowhatIhaveattainedto.Butifanyoneshallreadthese
discourses,andfindwordsthatdonotagreewithhisthought,heoughtnottoscornthembecause
whatsoeveriswritteninthesechapterswasnotwrittenaccordingtothethoughtofoneman,nor
forthepersuasionofonereaderbutaccordingtothethoughtofalltheChurch,andforthe
persuasionofallfaith.Ifheshallreadandhearwithpersuasion,itiswellandifnot,itismeetfor
metosaythatIwroteforthoseopentopersuasionandnotformockers.Andifagainanyreader
shouldfindwordsthatarespokenbyusinonefashion,andbyanothersageinanotherfashion,let
himnotbedisturbedatthisforeverymanspeakstohishearersaccordingtowhathecanattainto.
SoI,whohavewrittenthesethings,evenifsomeofthewordsdonotagreewithwhatother
speakershavesaid,yetsaythisthatthosesageshavespokenwell,yetitseemedgoodtometo
speakthus.Andifanymanshallspeakanddemonstratetomeaboutanymatter,Iwillreceive
instructionfromhimwithoutcontention.Everyonewhoreadsthesacredscriptures,bothformer
andlatter,inbothcovenants,andreadswithpersuasion,willlearnandteach.Butifhestrives
aboutanythingthathedoesnotunderstand,hisminddoesnotreceiveteaching.Butifhefinds
wordsthataretoodifficultforhim,andhedoesnotunderstandtheirforce,lethimsay
thus,"Whatsoeveriswritteniswrittenwell,butIhavenotattainedtotheunderstandingofit."And
ifheshallaskaboutthemattersthataretoohardforhimofwiseanddiscerningmenwhoinquire
intodoctrine,then,whentenwisemenshallspeaktohimintendifferentwaysaboutonematter,
lethimacceptthatwhichpleaseshimandifanypleasenothim,lethimnotscornthesagesforthe
wordofGodislikeapearl,thathasabeautifulappearanceonwhateversideyouturnit.And
remember,Odisciple,whatDavidsaid,FromallmyteachershaveIlearned.AndtheApostlesaid:
ReadeveryScripturethatisintheSpiritofGod.Andproveeverythingholdfastthatwhich
isgoodandfleefromeveryevilthing.Forifthedaysofamanshouldbemanyasallthedaysof
theworldfromAdamtotheendoftheages,andheshouldsitandmeditateupontheHoly
Scriptures,hewouldnotcomprehendalltheforceofthedepthofthewords.Andmancannotrise
uptothewisdomofGodasIhavewritteninthetenthdiscourse.But,however,thewordsofall
speakerswhodonottakefromthegreattreasure,areaccursedandtobedespised.Fortheimageof
theking(onhiscoin)isreceivedwhereveritgoesbut(thecoin)inwhichthereisbasemetal,is
rejectedandisnotreceived.Andifanyoneshouldsay,"Thesediscourseswerespokenbysuchan
one"lethimcarefullylearnthattobecarefultoinquireaboutthespeakerisnotcommandedhim.I
alsoaccordingtomyinsignificancehavewrittenthesethings,amansprungfromAdam,and
fashionedbythehandsofGod,adiscipleoftheHolyScriptures.ForourLordsaid:Everyone
thatasksreceives,andhethatseeksfinds,andforhimthatknocksitshallbe
opened.Matthew7:8Andtheprophetsaid:Iwillpouroutmyspirituponallfleshinthelast
days,andtheyshallprophesy.Joel2:28ThereforewhoevershallreadanythingthatIhavewritten
above,lethimreadwithpersuasion,andprayfortheauthorasabrotheroftheBodythatthrough
thepetitionofalltheChurchofGodhissinsmaybeforgiven.Andletwhoeverreadsunderstand
whatiswritten:Lethimthathearstheword,communicatetohimthatcauseshimtohear,in
allgoodthings.Galatians6:6Andagainitiswritten,Thesowerandthereaper
shallrejoicetogether.John4:36AndEverymanaccordingtohislaboursshallreceivehis
reward.1Corinthians3:8AndThereisnothinghiddenthatshallnotberevealedtoevery
man.Matthew10:26