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The General Epistle of Barnabas

Chapter 2

2:1 “Seeing then the days are exceeding evil, and the adversary has got the power of this present world we ought to give the more diligence to inquire into the righteous judgements of the Lord.”
2:2 “Now the assistants of our faith/truth are reverence and patience; our fellow-combatants, long-suffering and continence.”
2:3 “While these remain pure in what relates to the Lord, wisdom, and understanding, and science, and knowledge, rejoice together with them.”
2:4 “For God has manifested to us by all the prophets, that he has no occasion for our sacrifices, or burnt-offerings, or oblations: saying this; To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to me, says the Lord.”
2:5 “I am full of the burnt-offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of he-goats.”
2:6 “When you come to appear before me; who has required this at your hands? You shall no more tread my courts.”
2:7 “Bring no more vain oblations, incense is an abomination to me; your new moons and sabbaths; the calling of assemblies I cannot away with, it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting; your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates!”
2:8 “These things therefore has God abolished, that the new law of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is without the yoke of any such necessity, might have the spiritual offering of men themselves.“
2:9 “For so the Lord says again to those heretofore; Did I at all command your fathers when they came out of the land of Egypt concerning burnt-offerings of sacrifices?”
2:10 “But this I commanded them, saying, Let no one of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbor, and love no false oath.”
2:11 “For as much then as we are not without understanding, we ought to apprehend the design of our merciful Father. For he speaks to us, being willing that we who have been in the same error about the sacrifices, should seek and find how to approach to him.”
2:12 “And therefore he thus speaks to us, The sacrifice of God (is a broken spirit,) a broken and contrite heart God will not despise.”
2:13 “Wherefore brothers, we ought the more diligently to inquire after those things that belong to our salvation, that the adversary may not have any entrance to us, and deprive us of our spiritual life.”
2:14 “Wherefore he again speaks to them, concerning these things; you shall not fast as you do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.”
2:15 “Is it such a fast that I have chosen? A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?”
2:16 “But to us he said on this wise. Is not this the fast that I have chosen, to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free; and that you break every yoke?”
2:17 “Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the poor that are cast out to your house? When you see the naked that you cover him, and that you hide not yourself from your own flesh.”
2:18 “Then shall your light break forth as the morning, and your health shall spring forth speedily; and your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your reward.”
2:19 “Then shall you call and the Lord shall answer; you shall cry and he shall say, Here I am. If you put away the yoke from the midst of you, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; and if you draw out your soul to the hungry; and satisfy the afflicted soul.”
2:20 “In this therefore brothers, God has manifested His foreknowledge and love for us; because the people which He has purchased to his beloved Son were to understand in sincerity; and therefore He has shown these things to all of us, that we should not run as proselytes to the Jewish law.”

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