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The General Epistle of Barnabas

Chapter 15

15:1 “But the way of darkness is crooked and full of cursing. For it is the way of eternal death, with punishment; in which they that walk meet those things that destroy their own souls.”
15:2 “Such are; idolatry, confidence, pride of power, hypocrisy, double-mindedness, adultery, dashing to pieces, rapine, pride, transgression, deceit, malice, arrogance, witchcraft, covetousness, and the want/lack of the fear/reverence of God.”
15:3 “In this walk those who are the persecutors of them that are good; haters of truth; lovers of lies; who know not the reward of righteousness, nor cleave to any thing that is good.”
15:4 “Who administer not righteous judgement to the widow and orphan; who watch for wickedness and not for the reverence of the Lord.”
15:5 “From whom gentleness and patience are far off; who love vanity, and follow after rewards; having no compassion upon the poor; nor take any pains for such as are heavy laden and oppressed.”
15:6 “Ready to evil speaking, not knowing him that made them; murderers of children; corrupters of the creatures of God; that turn away from the needy; oppress the afflicted; are the advocates of the rich, but unjust judges of the poor; being altogether sinners.”
15:7 “It is therefore fitting that learning the just commands of the Lord, which we have before mentioned, we should walk in them. For he who does such things shall be glorified in the kingdom of God.”
15:8 “But he that chooses the other part shall be destroyed, together with his works. For this cause there shall be both a resurrection, and a retribution.”
15:9 “I beseech those that are in high estate among you, (if so be you will take the counsel which with a good intention I offer to you,) you have those with you towards whom you may do good; do not forsake them.”
15:10 “For the day is at hand in which all things shall be destroyed, together with the wicked one. The Lord is near, and his reward is with him.”
15:11 “I beseech you, therefore, again, and again, be as good lawgivers to one another; continue faithful/truthful counselors to each other; remove from among you all hypocrisy.”
15:12 “And may God, the Lord of all the world give you wisdom, knowledge, counsel, and understanding of his judgements in patience.”
15:13 “Be you taught of God; seeking what it is the Lord requires of you, and doing it; that you may be saved in the day of judgement.”
15:14 “And if there be among you any remembrance of what is good, think of me; meditating upon these things, that both my desire and my watching for you may turn to a good account.”
15:15 “I beseech you; I ask it as a favor of you; while you are in this beautiful tabernacle of the body, be wanting in none of these things; but without ceasing seek them, and fulfil every command. For these things are fitting and worthy to be done.”
15:16 “Wherefore I have given the more diligence to write to you, according to my ability, that you might rejoice. Farewell, children, of love and peace.”
15:17 “The Lord of glory and of all grace, be with your spirit, Amen.”

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