The General Epistle of Barnabas

Chapter 10

10:1 “Let us now inquire whether the Lord took care to manifest anything beforehand concerning water and the cross.”
10:2 “Now for the former of these, it is written to the people of Israel how they shall not receive that baptism which brings to forgiveness of sins; but shall institute another to themselves that cannot.”
10:3 “For the prophet said this: Be astonished, O Heaven, and let the earth tremble at it, because this people has done two great and wicked things; they have left me, the fountain of living water, and have dug for themselves broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”
10:4 “Is my holy mountain Zion, a desolate wilderness? For you shall be as a young bird when its nest is taken away.”
10:5 “And again the prophet said, I will go before you, and will make plain the mountains, and will break the gates of brass, and will snap in sunder the gates of iron; and will give you dark, and hidden, and invisible treasures, that they may know that I am the Lord God.”
10:6 “And again; He shall dwell in the high den of the strong rock. And then, what follows in the same prophet? His water is faithful/truthful; you shall see the king with glory, and your soul shall learn the reverence of the Lord.”
10:7 “And again he says in another prophet; He that does these things, shall be like a tree planted by the currents of water, which shall give its fruit in its season. Its leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he does it shall prosper.”
10:8 “As for the wicked it is not so with them; but they are as the dust which the wind scatters away from the face of the earth.”
10:9 “Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, neither the sinners in the council of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous and the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
10:10 “Consider how he has joined both the cross and the water together.”
10:11 “For he says this: Blessed are they who put their trust in the cross, descend into the water; for they shall have their reward in due time; then, said he, I will give it to them.”
10:12 “But as concerning the present time, he said, their leaves shall not fall; meaning thereby that every word that shall go out of your mouth, shall through faith/truth and charity be to the conversion and hope of many.”
10:13 “In like manner does another prophet speak. And the land of Jacob was the praise of all the earth; magnifying thereby the vessel of his spirit.”
10:14 “And what follows? And there was a river running on the right hand, and beautiful trees grew up by it; and he that shall eat of them shall live for ever. The signification of which is this: that we go down into the water full of sins and pollutions; but come up again, bringing forth fruit; having in our hearts the reverence and hope which is in Jesus, by the spirit. And whosoever shall eat of them shall live for ever.”
10:15 “That is, whosoever shall listen to those who call them, and shall understand, shall live for ever.”

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