The Gospel of the Holy Twelve
Also Known as
The Gospel of the Perfect Life
TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL ARAMAIC
"Blessed are they who read,
AND EDITED BY THE REV. GIDEON JASPER RICHARD OUSELEY
Hear and do.
Old things pass away.
Then comes the new,
Out of the darkness,
Ariseth the Light.
"There are many things
which I have to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit
the Spirit of Truth whom I will send unto you from above, shall guide you
into all truth, and bring all things to your remembrance whatsoever I have
said unto you from above, shall guide you into all truth, and bring all
things to your remembrance whatsoever I have said unto you."
"After my departure
there will arise the ignorant and the crafty, and many things will they
ascribe unto Me that I never spake, and many things which I did speak will
they withhold, but the day will come when the clouds shall be rolled away,
and the Sun of Righteousness shall shine forth with healing in his wings."
"I am the Way, the Truth,
the Life. The doctrine which I teach is that which I am. I am It and
It is I."
"There are also many things
which Jesus did, the which if they should be written, I suppose that the
world itself could not contain the books that should be written."--S, John
"In dreams and visions of
the night when deep sleep falleth upon men, then doth the All Wise open
their ears and send to them instructions."--Book of Job.
IN THE NAME OF
THE ALL HOLY AMUN
Here beginneth the Gospel of the Perfect Life of Jesu-Maria, the Christ,
the offspring of David through Joseph and Mary after the flesh, and
the Son of God, through Divine Love and Wisdom, after the Spirit.
From the Ages of Ages is the Eternal Thought, and the Thought is the Word,
and the Word is the Act, and these Three are one in the Eternal Law, and
the Law is with God and the Law proceeds from God. All things are created
by Law and without it is not anything created that existeth. In the Word
is Life and Substance, the Fire and the Light. The Love and the Wisdom,
are One for the Salvation of all. And the Light shineth in darkness and
the darkness concealeth it not. The Word is the one Life-giving Fire, which
shining into the world becometh the fire and light of every soul that entereth
into the world. I am in the world, and the world is in Me, and the world
knoweth it not. I come to my own House, and my friends receive Me not.
But as many as receive and obey, to them is given the power to become the
Sons and Daughters of God, even to them who believe in the Holy Name, who
are born--not of the will of the blood and flesh, but of God. And the Word
is incarnate and dwelleth among us, whose Glory we beheld, full of Grace.
Behold the Goodness, and the Truth and the Beauty of God!
The Parentage And Conception Of John The Baptist
1. THERE was in the days of
Herod, the King of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course
of Abia; and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
2. And they were both righteous
before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord
blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and
they both were now well stricken in years.
3. And it came to pass, that
while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,
according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense
when he went into the temple IOVA. And the whole multitude of the people
were praying without at the time of the offering of incense.
4. And there appeared unto
him an angel of the Lord standing over the altar of incense. And when Zacharias
saw, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him,
Fear not, Zacharias, for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth, shall
bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
5. And thou shalt have joy
and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth; for he shall be great
in the sight of the Lord, and shall neither eat flesh meats, nor drink
strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his
6. And many of the children
of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God; 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.
7. And Zacharias said unto
the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife
is well stricken in years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am
Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee,
and to announce unto thee these glad tidings.
8. And, behold, thou art dumb,
and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed,
then shall thy tongue be loosed that thou mayest believe my words which
shall be fulfilled in their season.
9. And the people waited for
Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. And when
he came out, he could not speak unto them; and they perceived that he had
seen a vision in the temple; for he made signs unto them, and remained
10. And it came to pass, that,
as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed
to his own house. And after those days, his wife Elisabeth, conceived,
and hid herself five months saying, Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in
the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
The Immaculate Conception Of Jesus The Christ
1. AND in the sixth month the
angel Gabriel was sent from God, unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David;
and the virgin's name was Mary.
2. Now Joseph was a just and
rational Mind, and he was skilled in all manner of work in wood and in
stone. And Mary was a tender and discerning Soul, and she wrought veils
for the temple. And they were both pure before God; and of them both was
Jesu-Maria who is called the Christ.
3. And the angel came in unto
her and said, Hail, Mary, thou that art highly favoured, for the Mother
of God is with thee: blessed art thou among women and blessed be the fruit
of thy womb.
4. And when she saw him, she
was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation
this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary, for thou hast
found favour with God and, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb and
bring forth a child, and He shall be great and shalt be called a Son of
5. And the Lord God shall
give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the
house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
6. Then said Mary unto the
angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered
and said unto her The Holy Spirit shall come upon Joseph thy Spouse, and
the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee, O Mary, therefore also
that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Christ,
the Child of God, and his Name on earth shalt be called Jesu-Maria, for
he shall save the people from their sins, whosoever shall repent and obey
7. Therefore ye shall eat
no flesh, nor drink strong drink, for the child shall be consecrated unto
God from its mother's womb, and neither flesh nor strong drink shall he
take, nor shall razor touch his head.
8. And, behold, thy cousin
Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the
sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God no thing shall
be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto
me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
9. And in the same day the
angel Gabriel appeared unto Joseph in a dream and said unto him, Hail,
Joseph, thou that art highly favoured, for the Fatherhood of God is with
thee. Blessed art thou among men and blessed be the fruit of thy loins.
10. And as Joseph thought
upon these words he was troubled, and the angel of the Lord said unto him,
Fear not, Joseph, thou Son of David, for thou hast found favour with God,
and behold thou shalt beget a child, and thou shalt call his name Jesu-Maria
for he shall save his people from their sins.
11. Now all this was done
that it might be fulfilled which was written in the prophets saying, Behold
a Maiden shall conceive and be with child and shall bring forth a son,
and shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God Within
12. Then Joseph being raised
from sleep did as the angel had bidden him, and went in unto Mary, his
espoused bride, and she conceived in her womb the Holy One.
13. AND Mary arose in those
days and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judea and
entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
14. And it came to pass, that,
when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb;
and Elisabeth was filled with the power of the Spirit and spake, with a
clear voice and said, Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb.
15. Whence is this to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice
of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the babe leaped for joy. And blessed
is she that believed: for there shall. be a performance of those things
which were told her from the Holy One.
16. And Mary said: My soul
doth magnify Thee, the Eternal, and my spirit doth rejoice in God my Saviour.
For thou hast regarded the low estate of thy handmaiden; for, behold, from
henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
17. For Thou that art mighty
hast done to me great things; and holy is Thy Name. And Thy mercy is on
them that fear Thee from generation to generation.
18. Thou hast shewed strength
with Thy arm; thou hast scattered the proud in the imagination of their
19. Thou hast put down the
mighty from their seats and exalted the humble and the meek. Thou hast
fill the hungry with good things and the rich Thou dost send empty away.
20. Thou dost help thy servant
Israel, in remembrance of thy mercy: as Thou spakest to our ancestors to
Abraham and to his seed for ever. And Mary abode with her about three months
and returned to her own house.
21. And these are the words
that Joseph spake,, saying: Blessed be the God of our fathers and our mothers
in Israel: for in an acceptable time Thou hast heard me, and in the day
of salvation hast Thou helped me.
22. For Thou saids't I will
preserve and make thee a covenant of the people to renew the face of the
earth: and to cause the desolate places to be redeemed from the hands of
23. That thou mayest say to
the captives, Go ye forth and be free; and to them that are in darkness,
Show yourselves in the light. And they shall feed in the ways of pleasantness;
and they shall no more hunt nor worry the creatures which I have made to
rejoice before me.
24. They shall not hunger
nor thirst any more neither shall the heat smite them nor the cold destroy
them. And I will make on all My mountains a way for travellers; and My
high places shall be exalted.
25. Sing ye heavens and rejoice
thou earth; O ye deserts break forth with song: for Thou O God dost comfort
Thy people; and console them that have suffered wrong.
The Nativity of John The Baptist
1. NOW Elisabeth's full time
came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. And her
neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon
her; and they rejoiced with her.
2. And it came to pass, that
on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him
Zacharias, after the name of his father. And his mother answered and said,
Not so; but he shall be called John. And they said unto her, There is none
of thy kindred that is called by thy name.
3. And they made signs to
his father, how he would have him called. And he asked for a writing table,
and wrote, saying, his name is John. And they all marvelled, for his mouth
was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised
4. And great awe came on all
that dwelt round about them; and all these came on all that dwelt round
about them; and all these sayings were made known abroad throughout all
the hilly country of Judea. And all they that heard them laid them up in
their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand
of Jova was with him.
5. And his father Zacharias
was filled with the holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be thou,
O God of Israel; for thou hast visited and redeemed thy people. And hast
raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of thy servant David.
As thou spakest by the mouth of thy holy prophets, which have been since
the world began.
6. That we should be saved
from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us. To perform the
mercy promised to our ancestors, and to remember thy holy covenant.
7. The oath which thou did'st
sware to our father Abraham, that thou wouldest grant unto us, that we
being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve thee without
fear, in holiness and righteousness before thee all the days of our life.
8. And this child shalt be
called the Prophet of the Highest: for he shalt go before Thy face, O God,
to prepare Thy ways; to give knowledge of salvation unto Thy people by
the remission of their sins.
9. Through the tender mercy
of our God, whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us; to give
light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide
our feet into the way of peace.
10. And the child grew, and
waxed strong in spirit, and his mission was hidden till the day of his
shewing forth unto Israel.
The Nativity Of Jesus The Christ
1. NOW the birth of Jesu-Maria
the Christ was on this wise. It came to pass in those days, that there
went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
And all the people of Syria went to be taxed, every one into his own city,
and it was midwinter.
2. And Joseph with Mary also
went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, unto the
city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because they were of the house
and lineage of David), to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, who was
great with child.
3. And so it was, that, while
they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn child in a Cave, and wrapped him in
swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, which was in the cave; because
there was no room for them in the inn. And behold it was filled with many
lights, on either side Twelve, bright as the Sun in his glory.
4. And there were in the same
cave an ox, and a horse, and an ass, and a sheep, and beneath the manger
was a cat with her little ones, and there were doves also, overhead, and
each had its mate after its kind, the male with the female.
5. Thus it came to pass that
he was born in the midst of the animals which, through the redemption of
man from ignorance and selfishness, he came to redeem from their sufferings,
by the manifestation or the sons and the daughters of God.
6. And there were in the same
country, shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock
by night. And when they came, lo, the angel of God came upon them, and
the glory of the Highest shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.
7. And the angel said unto
them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which
shall be to all people, for unto you is born this day in the city of David
a saviour, which is Christ, the Holy One of God. And this shall be a sign
unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in
8. And suddenly there was
with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace toward men of goodwill.
9. And it came to pass,
as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said
to one another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which
is come to pass, which our God hath made known unto us.
10. And they came with haste,
and found Mary and Joseph in the cave, and the Babe lying in a manger.
And when they had seen these things, they made known abroad the saying
which was told them concerning the child.
11. And all they that
heard it, wondered at those things told them by the shepherds; but Mary
kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds
returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had
heard and seen.
12. AND when eight days were
accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesu-Maria,
as was spoken by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. And when
the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished,
they brought the child to Jerusalem, to present it unto God (as it is written
in the law of Moses, every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy
to the Lord).
13. And, behold, there was
a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and
devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was
upon him. And it was revealed unto him that he should not see death, before
he had seen the Christ of God.
14. And he came by the Spirit
into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do
for him after the custom of the law, he perceived the child as it were
a Pillar of light. Then took he him "up in his arms, and blessed God, and
15. Now lettest thou thy servant
depart in peace, according to thy word. For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
which thou has prepared before the face of all people; to be a light to
lighten the Gentiles, and to be the glory of thy people Israel. And his
parents marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
16. And Simeon blessed them,
and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the falling
and rising again of many in Israel; and for a Sign which shall be spoken
against (yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also), that the
thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
17. And there was one Anna,
a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Aser, of a great
age, who departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and
prayers night and day.
18. And she coming in that
instant gave thanks likewise unto God, and spake of him to all them that
looked for redemption in Jerusalem. And when they had performed all things
according to the law they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.
Manifestation Of Jesus To The Magi
1. Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem
of Judea, in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came certain Magi
men from the east to Jerusalem, who had purified themselves and tasted
not of flesh nor of strong drink, that they might find the Christ whom
they sought. And they said, Where is he that is born King of the Jews?
for we in the East have seen his Star, and are come to worship him.
2. When Herod the king had
heard these things he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when
he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together,
he demanded of them where the Christ should be born.
3. And they said unto him,
Bethlehem of Judea; for thus it is written by the prophet, and thou Bethlehem,
in the land of Judea, art not the least among the princes of Judah; for
out of thee shall come forth a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
4. Then Herod, when he had
privily called the Magi, enquired of them diligently what time the Star
appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently
for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that
I may come and worship him also.
5. When they had heard the
king, they departed; and, lo, the Star which the Magi of the East saw,
and the angel of the Star went before them, till it came and stood over
the place where the young child was, and the Star had the appearance of
6. And as they went on their
way with their camels and asses laden with gifts, and were intent on the
heavens seeking the child by the Star, they forgot for a little, their
weary beasts who had borne thee burden and heat of the day, and were thirsty
and fainting, and the Star was hidden from their sight.
7. In vain they stood and
gazed, and looked one upon the other in their trouble. Then they bethought
them of their camels and asses, and hastened to undo their burdens that
they might have rest.
8. Now there was near Bethlehem
a well by the way, And as they stooped down to draw water for their beasts,
lo, the Star which they had lost appeared to them, being reflected in the
stillness of the water.
9. And when they saw it they
rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
10. And they praised God who
had shewn his mercy unto them even as they shewed mercy unto their thirsty
11. And when they were come
into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell
down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they
presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
12. And being warned of God
in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their
own country another way. And they kindled a fire according to their custom
and worshipped God in the Flame.
13. And when they were departed,
behold the angel of God appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and
take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and there remain
until I bring thee word, for Herod will seek to destroy him.
14. AND when he arose, he
took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt,
and was there for about seven years until the death of Herod, that it might
be fulfilled which was spoken of God by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt
have I called my son.
15. Elizabeth too when she
heard it, took her infant son and went up into a mountain and hid him.
And Herod sent his officers to Zacharias in the temple and said to him,
Where is thy child? And he answered I am a minister of God and am continually
in the temple. I know not where he is.
16. And he sent again, saying,
Tell me truly where is thy son, Dost thou not know thy life is in my hand?
And Zacharias answered, The Lord is witness if thou shed my blood, my spirit
will God receive, for thou sheddest the blood of the innocent.
17. And they slew Zacharias
in the Temple between the holy place and the altar; and the people knew
it, for a voice was heard, Zacharias is slain, and his blood shall not
be washed out until the avenger shall come. And after a time the priests
cast lots, and the lot fell upon Simeon, and he filled his place.
18. Then Herod, when he saw
that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceedingly wroth, and sent forth,
and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts
thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had
diligently enquired of the wise men.
19. Then was fulfilled that
which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice
heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for
her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
20. BUT when Herod was dead,
behold, an angel of God appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt. Saying,
Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and return into the land
of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.
21. And he arose, and took
the young child and his mother and came into the land of Israel. And they
came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth; and he was called the Nazarene.
The Childhood And Youth Of Jesus the Christ
He Delivereth A Lion from The Hunters
1. NOW, Joseph and Mary, his
parents, went up to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover and
they observed the feast after the manner of their brethren, who abstained
from bloodshed and the eating of flesh and from strong drink. And when
he was twelve years old, he went to Jerusalem with them after the custom
of the feast.
2. And when they had fulfilled
the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem;
and his parents knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in
the company, went a day's Journey and they sought him among their kinsfolk
and acquaintance. And when they found him not, turned back to Jerusalem,
3. And it came to pass, that
after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of
the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that
heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
4. And when they saw him,
they were amazed; and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus
dealt with us? Behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And
he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must
be in my Parents' House. And they understood not the saying which he spake
unto them. But his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
5. And a certain prophet seeing
him, said unto him, Behold the Love and the Wisdom of God are one in thee,
therefore in the age to come shalt thou be called Jesu-Maria, for by the
Christ shall God save mankind, which now is verily as the bitterness of
the sea, but it shall yet be turned into sweetness, but to this generation
the Bride shall not be manifest, nor yet to the age to come.
6. And he went down with them,
and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them. And he made wheels, and
yokes, and tables also, with great skill. And Jesus increased in stature,
and in favour with God and man.
7. AND on a certain day the
child Jesus came to a place where a snare was set for birds, and there
were some boys there. And Jesus said to them, who hath set this snare for
the innocent creatures of God? Behold in a snare shall they in like manner
be caught. And he beheld twelve sparrows as it were dead.
8. And he moved his hands
over them, and said to them, Go, fly away, and while ye live remember me.
And they arose and fled away making a noise. And the Jews, seeing this,
were astonished and told it unto the priests.
9. And other wonders did the
child, and flowers were seen to spring up beneath his feet, where there
had been naught but barren ground before. And his companions stood in awe
10. A certain day after this,
the child Jesus was playing with his companions, younger than himself and
they gathered round him, and chose him as their king. And as he sat they
twined an olive branch with flowers and they made it into a crown, and
they placed it on his heads and a reed in his hand for a sceptre.
11. And they made obeisance
to him, saying, Hail, King of Israel! And he said unto them, Hold your
peace, ye know not what ye say. Tell it not unto any. Such words are not
for you to proclaim, but for them to whom it shall be given.
12. And they marvelled, and
one passing by heard it, and he said, Yea, truly, ye have chosen well,
for he is a comely child and of great nobility.
13. AND in the eighteenth
year of his age, Jesus was espoused unto Miriam, a virgin of the tribe
of Judah with whom he lived seven years, and she died, for God took her,
that he might go on to the higher things which he had to do, and to suffer
for the sons and daughters of men.
14. And Jesus, after that
he had finished his study of the law, went down again into Egypt that he
might learn of the wisdom of the Egyptians, even as Moses did. And going
into the desert, he meditated and fasted and prayed, and obtained the power
of the Holy Name, by which he wrought many miracles.
15. And for seven years he
conversed with God face to face, and he learned the language of birds and
of beasts, and the healing powers of trees, and of herbs, and of flowers,
and the hidden secrets of precious stones, and he learned the motions of
the Sun and the Moon and the stars, and the powers of the letters, and
mysteries of the Square and the Circle and the Transmutation of things,
and of forms, and of numbers, and of signs. From thence he returned to
Nazareth to visit his parents, and he taught there and in Jerusalem as
an accepted Rabbi, even in the temple, none hindering him.
16. AND after a time he went
into Assyria and India and into Persia and into the land of the Chaldeans.
And he visited their temples and conversed with their priests, and their
wise men for many years, doing many wonderful works, healing the sick as
he passed through their countries.
17. And the beasts of the
field had respect unto him and the birds of the air were in no fear of
him, for he made them not afraid, yea even the wild beasts of the desert
perceived the power of God in him, and did him service bearing him from
place to place.
18. For the Spirit of Divine
Humanity filling him, filled all things around him, and made all things
subject unto him, and thus shall yet be fulfilled the words of the prophets,
The lion shall lie down with the calf, and the leopard with the kid, and
the wolf with the lamb, and the bear with the ass, and the with the dove.
And a child shall lead them.
19. And none shall hurt or
destroy in my holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge
of the Holy One even as the waters cover the bed of the sea. And in that
day I will make again a covenant with the beasts of the earth and the fowls
of the air, and the fishes of the sea and with all created things. And
will break the bow and the sword and all the instruments of warfare will
I banish from the earth, and will make them to lie down in safety, and
to live without fear.
20. And I will betroth thee
unto me for ever in righteousness and in peace and in loving kindness,
and thou shalt know thy God, and the earth shalt bring forth the corn the
wine and the oil, and I will say unto them which were not my people, Thou
art my people; and they shall say unto me, Thou art our God.
21. And on a certain day as
he was passing by a mountain side nigh unto the desert, there met him a
lion and many men were pursuing him with stones and javelins to slay him.
22. But Jesus rebuked them,
saying, Why hunt ye these creatures of God, which are more noble than you?
By the cruelties of many generations they were made the enemies of man
who should have been his friends.
23. If the power of God is
shown in them, so also is shown his long suffering and compassion. Cease
ye to persecute this creature who desireth not to harm you, see ye not
how he fleeth from you, and is terrified by your violence?
24. And the lion came and
lay at the feet of Jesus, and shewed love to him; and the people were astonish
, and said, Lo, this man loveth all creatures and hath power to command
even these beasts from the desert, and they obey him.
The Preaching of John The Baptist
1. NOW in the fifteenth year
of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea,
and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee (Caiaphas being the high priest, and
Annas chief of the Sanhedrim) the word of God came unto John the son of
Zacharias, in the wilderness.
2. And he came into all the
country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission
of sins. As it is written in the prophets, Behold I send my messenger before
thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee; the voice of one crying
in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Holy One, make straight the
paths of the Anointed.
3. Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall
be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth. And all flesh
shall see the salvation of God.
4. And the same John had his
raiment of camel's hair, and a girdle of the same about his loins,
and his meat was the fruit of the locust tree and wild honey. Then went
out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan,
and were baptized of him in the Jordan confessing their sins.
5. And he said to the multitude
that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of disobedient ones,
who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore
fruits worthy of repentance and begin not to say within yourselves, We
have Abraham to our father.
6. For I say unto you, that
God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now
also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which
bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
7. And the wealthier people
asked him, saying, What shall we do then? He answereth and saith unto them,
He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that
hath food let him do likewise.
8. Then came also certain
taxgatherers to be baptised and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?
And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you,
and be merciful after your power.
9. And the soldiers likewise
demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do
violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with sufficient
10. And to all he spake, saying,
Keep yourselves from blood and things strangled and from dead bodies of
birds and beasts, and from all deeds of cruelty, and from all that is gotten
of wrong; Think ye the blood of beasts and birds will wash away sin! I
tell you Nay, Speak the Truth. Be just, Be merciful to one another and
to all creatures that live, and walk humbly with your God.
11. And as the people were
in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were
the Christ or not, John answered; saying unto them all, I indeed baptize
you with water; but One mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes
I am not worthy to unloose.
12. He shall also baptize
you with water and with fire. Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly
purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff
he will burn with fire unquenchable. And many other things in his exortation
preached he unto the people.
Lection VIII: Baptism of Jesu-Maria The Christ
1. AND it was in the midst
of the summer, the tenth month. Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan
unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbade him, saying, I have
need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering
said unto him, Suffer it to be so now, for thus it becometh us to fulfil
all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
2. And Jesus, when he was
baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and, lo, the heavens were
opened unto him, and a bright cloud stood over him, and from behind the
cloud Twelve Rays of light, and thence in the form of a Dove, the Spirit
of God descending and lighting upon him. And, lo, a voice from heaven saying,
This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; this day have I begotten
3. And John bare witness of
him ,saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred
before me, for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received,
and grace for grace. For the law was in part given by Moses, but grace
and truth cometh in fulness by Jesus Christ.
4. No man hath seen God at
any time. The only begotten which cometh from the bosom of the Eternal
in the same is God revealed. And this is the record of John, when the Jews
sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art I thou ? And
he deified not, but confessed I am not the Christ.
5. And they asked him, What
then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not, Art thou that prophet of
whom Moses spake? And he answered, No. Then said they unto him, Who art
thou ? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou
of thyself? And he said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness,
Make straight the way of the Holy One, as said the Prophet Esaias.
6. And they which were sent
were of the Pharisees, and they asked him and said unto him, Why
baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that
prophet of whom Moses spake?
7. John answered them, saying,
I baptize with water; but there standeth One among you, whom ye know not,
He shall baptize with water and with fire. He it is who coming after me
is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
8. These things were done
in Bethabara, beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. And Jesus began
at this time to be thirty years of age, being after the flesh indeed the
Son of Joseph and Mary; but after the Spirit. the Christ, the Son of God,
the Father and Mother Eternal, as was declared by the Spirit of holiness
9. AND Joseph was the son
of Jacob and Elisheba, and Mary was the daughter of Eli (called Joachim)
and Anna, who were the children of David and Bathsheba, of Judah and Shela,
of Jacob and Leah, of Isaac and Rebecca, of Abraham and Sarah, of Seth
and Maat, of Adam and Eve, who were the children of God.
Lection IX: The Four Temptations
1. THEN was Jesus led up of
the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the Devil. And the wild
beasts of the desert were around him, and became subject unto him. And
when he had fasted forty days and forty nights he was afterwards an hungered.
2. And when the tempter came
to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be
made bread, for it is written, I will feed thee with the finest of wheat
and with honey, out of the rock will I satisfy thee.
3. But he answered and said,
It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that
proceeded out of the mouth of God.
4. Then the Devil placeth
before him a woman, of exceeding beauty and comeliness and of subtle wit,
and a ready understanding withal, and he said unto him. Take her as thou
wilt, for her desire is unto thee, and thou shalt have love and happiness
and comfort all thy life, and see thy children's children, yea is
it not written, It is not good for man that he should be alone?
5. And Jesu-Maria said, Get
thee behind me, for it is written, Be not led away by the beauty of woman,
yea, all flesh is as grass and the flower of the field; the grass withereth
and the flower fadeth away, but the Word of the Eternal endureth for ever.
My work is to teach and to heal the children of men, and he that is born
of God keepeth his seed within him.
6. And the Devil taketh him
up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the Temple. And
saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down; for it is
written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee; and in their
hands they shall bear thee up lest at any time thou dash thy foot against
7. And Jesus said unto him,
It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
8. Then the Devil took him
up into an exceeding high mountain in the midst of a great plain and, round
about, twelve cities and their peoples, and shown from thence he shown
unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the Devil
said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them:
for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will, I give it: for
it is written, thou shalt have dominion from sea to sea, so thou shalt
judge thy people with righteousness and thy poor with mercy, and. make
a full end of oppression. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall
9. And Jesu-Maria answered
and said unto him, get thee behind me, Satan; for it is written, Thou shalt
worship thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve. Without the power of God,
the end of evil cannot come.
10. Then the Devil having
ended all the temptations leaveth him and departed for a season. And behold,
angels of God came and ministered unto him.
Joseph And Mary
Make A Feast Unto Jesus
Andrew And Peter Find Jesus
1. AND when he had returned
from the wilderness, the same day, his parents made him a feast, and they
gave unto him the gifts which the Magi had presented to him in his infancy.
And Mary said, These things have we kept for thee even to this day, and
she gave unto him the gold and the frankincense and the myrrh. And he took
of the frankincense, but of the gold he gave unto his parents for the poor,
and of the myrrh he gave unto Mary who is called Magdalene.
2. Now this Mary was of the
city of Magdala in Galilee. And she was a great sinner, and had seduced
many by her beauty and comeliness. And the same came unto Jesus by night
and confessed her sins, and he put forth his hand and healed her, and cast
out of her seven demons, and he said unto her, Go in peace, thy sins are
forgiven thee. And she arose and left all and followed him, and ministered
unto him of her substance, during the days of his ministry in Israel.
3. THE next day John saw Jesus
coming unto him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, which by righteousness
taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, He was before
me; and I knew him not; but that he should be made manifest to Israel;
therefore am I come baptizing with water.
4. And John bare record, saying,
I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a Dove, and it abode upon
him. And I knew him not, but he that sent me to baptize with water, the
same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and
remaining on him, the same is he which baptized with water and with fire,
even the Spirit. And I saw, and bare record that this was the Son of God.
5. THE day after, John stood
by the Jordan and two of his disciples. And looking upon Jesus as he walked,
he saith, Behold the Christ, the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard
him speak, and they followed Jesus.
6. Then Jesus turned and saw
them following and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi
(which is, being interpreted, Master), where dwellest thou? He saith unto
them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him
that day: for it was about the tenth hour.
7. One of the two which heard
John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first
findeth his own brother Simon and said unto him, We have found the Messias,
which is, being interpreted the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus And
when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon Bar Jona: thou shalt be
called Kephas (which is, by interpretation, a rock).
8. THE day following, Jesus
goeth forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow
me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth
Nathanael, who is called Bar Tholmai, and saith unto him, We have found
him, Of whom Moses in the law and the Prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth,
the son of Joseph and Mary, And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any
good thing come out of Nazareth ? Philip said unto him, Come and see.
9. Jesus saw Nathanael coming
to him and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said
unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the Fig
tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art
the Son of God. thou art the King of Israel. Yea, under the Fig tree did
I find thee.
10. Jesus answered and said
unto him, Nathanael Bar Tholmai, because I said unto thee, I saw thee under
the Fig tree, believest thou ? thou shalt see greater things than these.
And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, hereafter ye shall
see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the
Son of man.
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