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The General Epistle of Barnabas

From, The Lost Books of the Bible
Edits, corrections and cross references by The Firmament

Chapter 1

1:1 “All happiness to you my sons and offspring in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who loved us, in peace.”
1:2 “Having perceived abundance of knowledge of the great and excellent laws of God to be in you, I exceedingly rejoice in your blessed and admirable souls, because you have so worthily received the grace which was grafted in you.”
1:3 “For which cause I am full of joy, hoping the rather to be saved; inasmuch as I truly see a spirit infused in you, from the pure fountain of God.”
1:4 “Having this persuasion, and being fully convinced thereof, because that since I have begun to speak to you, I have had a more than ordinary good success in the way of the law of the Lord which is in Christ.”
1:5 “For which cause brothers, I also think truly that I love you above my own soul: because that therein dwells the greatness of faith/truth and love, as also the hope of that life which is to come.”
1:6 “Wherefore considering this, that if I shall take care to communicate to you a part of what I have received, it shall turn to my reward, that I have served such good souls; I gave diligence to write in a few words to you; that together with your faith/truth, knowledge also may be perfect.”
1:7 “There are therefore three things ordained by the Lord; the hope of life; the beginning and the completion of it.”
1:8 “For the Lord has both declared to us, by the prophets those things that are past; and opened to us the beginnings of those that are to come.”
1:9 “Wherefore, it will behoove us, as he has spoken, to come more holily, and nearer to his altar.”
1:10 “I therefore, not as a teacher, but as one of you, will endeavor to lay before you a few things by which you may, on many accounts, become the more joyful.”

The Lost Chapter of Acts of the Apostles

Edits, corrections and cross references by The Firmament

1 “And Paul, full of the blessings of Christ, and abounding in the spirit, departed out of Rome, determining to go into Spain, for he had a long time proposed to journey there, and was minded also to go from there to Britain.”
2 “For he had heard in Phoenicia that certain of the children of Israel, about the time of the Assyrian captivity, had escaped by sea to “The Isles afar off” as spoken by the Prophet [Esdra], and called by the Romans — Britain.”
3 “And the Lord commanded the gospel to be preached far hence to the Gentiles [nations], and to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” [Matt 10:5-6, 15:24Acts 9:15, 22:21]
4 “And no man hindered Paul; for he testified boldly of Jesus before the tribunes and among the people; and he took with him certain of the brethren which abode with him at Rome, and they took shipping at Ostrium and having the winds fair, were brought safely into a haven of Spain.”
5 “And many people were gathered together from the towns and villages, and the hill country; for they had heard of the conversion of the Apostles, and the many miracles which he had wrought.”
6 “And Paul preached mightily in Spain, and great multitudes believed and were converted, for they perceived he was an apostle sent from God.”
7 “And they departed out of Spain, and Paul and his company finding a ship in Armorica sailing unto Britain, they were therein, and passing along the South Coast, they reached a port called Raphinus.” (This is the Roman name for Sandwich, in Kent. In Saxon times there was, still standing in Sandwich, an old house called the “House of the Apostles” and tradition has it that Paul was one of the Apostles).
8 “Now when it was voiced abroad that the Apostle had landed on their coast, great multitudes of the inhabitants met him, and they treated Paul courteously and he entered in at the east gate of their city, and lodged in the house of an Hebrew and one of his own nation.”
9 “And on the morrow he came and stood upon Mount Lud (Ludgate Hill and Broadway where St. Paul’s Cathedral stands in London, England) and the people thronged at the gate, and assembled in the Broadway, and he preached Christ unto them, and they believed the Word and the testimony of Jesus.”
10 “And at evening the Holy Spirit fell upon Paul, and he prophesied, saying, Behold in the last days the God of Peace shall dwell in the cities, and the inhabitants thereof shall be numbered: and in the seventh numbering of the people, their eyes shall be opened, and the glory of their inheritance shine forth before them. The nations shall come up to worship on the mount that testifies of the patience and long suffering of a servant of the Lord.”
11 “And in the latter days new tidings of the Gospel shall issue forth out of Jerusalem, and the hearts of the people shall rejoice, and behold, fountains shall be opened, and there shall be no more plague.”
12 “In those days there shall be wars and rumors of war; and a king shall rise up, and his sword, shall be for the healing of the nations, and his peacemaking shall abide, and the glory of his kingdom a wonder among princes.” Mat 24:6
13 “And it came to pass that certain of the Druids came unto Paul privately, and showed by their rites and ceremonies they were descended from the Jews [Judahites] which escaped from bondage in the land of Egypt, and the Apostle believed these things, and he gave them the kiss of peace.”
14 “And Paul abode in his lodgings three months confirming in the faith and preaching Christ continually.”
15 “And after these things Paul and his brethren departed from Raphinus and sailed unto Atium in Gaul.”
16 “And Paul preached in the Roman garrison and among the people, exhorting all men to repent and confess/profess their sins.”
17 “And there came to him certain of the Belgae to inquire of him of the new doctrine, and of the man Jesus; and Paul opened his heart unto them and told them all things that had befallen him, howbeit, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; and they departed pondering among themselves upon the things which they had heard.”
18 “And after much preaching and toil, Paul and his fellow laborers passed into Helvetia, and came to Mount Pontius Pilate, where he who condemned the Lord Jesus dashed himself down headlong, and so miserably perished.”
19 “And immediately. a torrent gushed out of the mountain and washed his body, broken in pieces, into a lake.”
20 “And Paul stretched forth his hands upon the water, and prayed unto the Lord, saying 0 Lord God, give a sign unto all nations that here Pontius Pilate which condemned Your only-begotten. Son, plunged down headlong into the pit.”
21 “And while Paul was yet speaking behold, there came a great earthquake, and the face of the waters was changed, and the form of the lake like unto the Son of Man hanging in an agony upon the Cross.”
22 “And a voice came out of heaven saying, Even Pilate has escaped the wrath to come (Second death — Rev. 21:8) for he washed his hands before the multitude at the blood-shedding of the Lord Jesus.” (Matt. 27:24)
23 “When, therefore, Paul and those that were with him saw the earthquake, and heard the voice of the angel, they glorified God, and were mightily strengthened in the spirit.”
24 “And they journeyed and came to Mount Julius where stood two pillars, one on the right hand and one on the left hand, erected by Caesar Augustus.”
25 “And Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, stood up between the two pillars, saying, Men and brethren these stones which you see this day shall testify of my journey here; and verily I say, they shall remain until the outpouring of the Spirit upon all nations, neither shall the way be hindered throughout all generations.”
26 “And they went forth and came unto Ilitricum, intending to go by Macedonia into Asia, and grace was found in all the churches, and they prospered and had peace. Amen!”

Joseph and Aseneth

Edits, corrections and cross references by The Firmament

Chapter 1

1:1 “And it happened in the first year of the seven years of plenty, in the second month, on the fifth of the month. Pharaoh sent Joseph out to drive around the whole land of Egypt.”
1:2 “And Joseph came in the fourth month of the first year, on the eighteenth of the month, into the territory of Heliopolis, and was gathering the grain of that region like the sand of the sea.”
1:3 “And there was a man in that city, a satrap of Pharaoh, and this man was a chief of all the satraps and the noblemen of Pharaoh. And this man was exceedingly rich and prudent and gentle, and he was a counselor of Pharaoh, because he was understanding beyond all the noblemen of Pharaoh. And the name of that man was Pentephres, priest of Heliopolis.”
1:4 “And he had a daughter, a virgin of eighteen years, she was very tall and handsome and beautiful to look at beyond all virgins on the earth.”
1:5 “And this girl had nothing similar to the virgins of the Egyptians, but she was in every respect similar to the daughters of the Hebrews; and she was tall as Sarah and handsome as Rebecca and beautiful as Rachel. And the name of that virgin was Aseneth.”
1:6 “And the fame of her beauty spread all over that land and to the ends of the inhabited world. And all the sons of the noblemen and the sons of the satraps and the sons of all kings, all of them young and powerful, asked for her hand in marriage, and there was much wrangling among them over Aseneth, and they made attempts to fight against each other because of her.”
1:7 “And Pharaoh’s firstborn son heard about her and he kept entreating his father to give her to him for his wife. And his firstborn son said to Pharaoh, Father, give me Aseneth, the daughter of Pentephres, the priest of Heliopolis, for my wife.”
1:8 “And Pharaoh, his father, said to him, Why do you seek a wife that is beneath you, and you are king of the whole land of Egypt?”
1:9 “Behold, is not the daughter of the king of Moab, Joakim, betrothed to you, and she is a queen and exceedingly beautiful? This one take for your wife.”

Psalm 19

The Heavens declare the Glory of God; and The Firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night shows knowledge.
There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a Tabernacle for the Sun,
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices as a strong man to run a race.
His going forth is from the end of the Heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hidden from the heat thereof.
The Law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the Testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
The Statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the Commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The reverence of the Lord is pure, enduring for ever: the Judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is your servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
12 Who can understand sin? cleanse me from hidden faults.
13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

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