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The General Epistle of Barnabas

Chapter 8

8:1 “And therefore the Scripture again speaks concerning our ears, that God has circumcised them, together with our hearts. For this is what the Lord says by the holy prophets: By the hearing of the ear they obeyed me.”
8:2 “And again, They who are afar off, shall hear and understand what things I have done. And again, Circumcise your hearts, says the Lord.”
8:3 “And again he says, Hear O Israel! For this is what the Lord your God says. And again the Spirit of God prophesies, saying: Who is there that would live for ever, let him hear the voice of my Son.”
8:4 “And again, Hear, O Heaven and give ear O Earth! Because the Lord has spoken these things for a witness.”
8:5 “And again he says, Hear the word of the Lord, you princes of the people. And again, Hear O Children! The voice of one crying in the wilderness.”
8:6 “Wherefore he has circumcised our ears that we should hear his word, and understand. But as for the Jews trust, it is abolished. For the circumcision of which God spoke, was not of the flesh.”
8:7 “But they have transgressed his commands, because the evil one has deceived them. For this God speaks to them; This is what the Lord your God says, Sow not among thorns; but circumcise yourselves to the Lord your God. And what does he mean by this saying? Listen to your Lord.”
8:8 “And again he says, Circumcise the hardness of your heart, and harden not your neck. And again, Behold, says the Lord, all the nations are uncircumcised, (they have not lost their foreskin) but this people is uncircumcised in heart.”
8:9 “But you will say the Jews were circumcised for a sign. And so are all the Syrians and Arabians, and all the idolatrous priests: but are they therefore of the covenant of Israel? And even the Egyptians themselves are circumcised.”
8:10 “Understand therefore, children, these things more fully, that Abraham, who was the first that brought in circumcision, looking forward in the Spirit to Jesus, circumcised, having received the mystery of three letters.”
8:11 “For the Scripture says that Abraham circumcised three hundred and eighteen men of his house. But what therefore was the mystery that was made known to him?”
8:12 “Mark, first the eighteen, and next the three hundred. For the numeral letters of ten and eight are IH. And these denote Jesus.”
8:13 “And because the cross was that by which we were to find grace; therefore he adds, three hundred; the note of which is T (the figure of the cross). Wherefore by two letters he signified Jesus, and by the third his cross.”
8:14 “He who has put the engrafted gift of his doctrine within us, knows that I never taught to any one a more certain truth; but I trust that you are worthy of it.”

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