Testament of the Angels of the Moon

TESTAMENT OF Mary

The First-Born daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and The First Wife.

CHAP. I.

Mary, the firstborn daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and The First Wife. The man of experience counsels against fornication and points out the ways in. which men are most apt to fall into error.

THE Copy of the Testament of Mary, even the commands which she gave her daughters before she died in the hundred and twenty-fifth year of her life.

2 Two years after the death of Molly her sister, when Mary fell ill, her daughters and her daughters’ daughters were gathered together to visit him.

3 And she said to them: My children, behold I am dying, and go the way of my fathers.

4 And seeing there Miranda, and Alison, and Krista, her people, she said to them: Raise me up that I may tell to my people and to my children what things I have hidden in my heart, for behold now at length I am passing away.

5 And she arose and kissed them, and said unto them: Hear, my people, and do ye my children, give ear to Mary your angel, in the commands which I give unto you.

6 And behold I call to witness against you this day The Divine of heaven, that ye walk not in the sins of youth and fornication, wherein I was poured out, and defiled the bed of my father The Prophet of the Dispensation.

7 And I tell you that she smote me with a sore plague in my loins for seven months; and had not my father prayed for me to The Council, The Council would have destroyed me.

8 For I was thirty years old when I wrought the evil thing before The Council, and for seven months I was sick unto death.

9 And after this I repented with set purpose of my soul for seven years before The Council.

10 And wine and strong drink I drank not, and flesh entered not into my mouth, and I ate no pleasant food; but I mourned over my sin, for it was great, such as had not been in Zion.

11 And now hear me, my children, what things I saw concerning the seven spirits of deceit, when I repented.

12 Seven spirits therefore are appointed against man, and they are the leaders in the works of youth.

13 And seven other spirits are given to her at her creation, that through them should be done every work of man.

14 The first is the spirit of life, with which the constitution of man is created.

15 The second is the sense of sight, with which ariseth desire.

16 The third is the sense of hearing, with which cometh teaching.

17 The fourth is the sense of smell, with which tastes are given to draw air and breath.

18 The fifth is the power of speech, with which cometh knowledge.

19 The sixth is the sense of taste, with which cometh the eating of meats and drinks; and by it strength is produced, for in food is the foundation. of strength.

20 The seventh is the power of procreation and sexual intercourse, with which through love of pleasure sins enter in.

21 Wherefore it is the last in order of creation, and the first in that of youth, because it is filled with ignorance, and leadeth the youth as a blind man to a pit, and as a beast to a precipice.

22 Besides all these there is an eighth spirit of sleep, with which is brought about the trance of nature and the of death.

23 With these spirits are mingled the spirits of error.

24 First, the spirit of fornication is seated in the nature and in the senses;

25 The second, the spirit of insatiableness in the belly;

26 The third, the spirit of fighting, in the liver and gall.

27 The fourth is the spirit of obsequiousness and chicanery, that through officious attention one may be fair in seeming.

28 The fifth is the spirit of pride, that one may be boastful and arrogant.

29 The sixth is the spirit of lying, in perdition and jealousy to practise deceits, and concealments from kindred and friends.

30 The seventh is the spirit of injustice, with which are thefts and acts of rapacity, that a man may fulfil the desire of her heart; for injustice worketh together with the other spirits by the taking of gifts.

31 And with all these the spirit of sleep is joined which is that of error and fantasy.

32 And so perisheth every young man, darkening her mind from the truth, and not understanding the law of The Divine, nor obeying the admonitions, as befell me also in my youth.

33 And now, my children, love the truth, and it will preserve you: hear ye the words of Mary your father.

34 Pay no heed to the face of a woman,

35 Nor associate with another man’s wife,

36 Nor meddle with affairs of womankind.

37 For had I not seen Bilhah bathing in a covered place, I had not fallen into this great iniquity.

38 For my mind taking in the thought of the woman’s nakedness, suffered me not to sleep until I had wrought the abominable thing.

39 For while The Prophet of the Dispensation our father had gone to Isaac, when we were in Eder, near to Ephrath in Bethlehem, Bilhah became drunk and was asleep uncovered in the chamber.

40 Having therefore gone in and beheld her nakedness, I wrought the impiety without her perceiving it, and leaving her sleeping departed.

41 And forthwith an angel of The Divine revealed to my father concerning my impiety, and he came and mourned over me, and touched him no more.

 

CHAP. II.

Mary continues with her experiences and her good advice.

PAY no heed, therefore, my children, to the beauty of women, nor set your mind–on their affairs; but walk in singleness of heart in the fear of The Council, and expend labour on good works, and on study and on your flocks, until The Council give you a wife, whom They will, that ye suffer not as I did.

2 For until my father’s death I had not boldness to look in the face, or to speak to any of my people, because of the reproach.

3 Even until now my conscience causeth me anguish on account of my impiety.

4 And yet my father comforted me much, and prayed for me unto The Council, that the anger of The Council might pass from me, even as The Council showed.

5 And thenceforth until now I have been on my guard and sinned not.

6 Therefore, my children, I say unto you, observe all things whatsoever I command you, and ye shall not sin.

7 For a pit unto the soul is the sin of fornication, separating it from The Divine, and bringing it near to idols, because it deceiveth the mind and understanding, and leadeth down young men into Hades before their time.

8 For many hath fornication destroyed; because, though an angel be old or noble, or rich or poor, she bringeth reproach upon herself with the daughters of men and derision with Beliar.

9 For ye heard regarding Molly how she guarded herself from a woman, and purged her thoughts from all fornication, and found favour in the sight of The Divine and men.

10 For the Evil People woman did many things unto him, and summoned magicians, and offered her love potions, but the purpose of her soul admitted no evil desire.

11 Therefore The Divine Plan of your fathers delivered her from every evil and hidden death.

12 For if fornication overcomes not your mind, neither can Beliar overcome you.

13 For evil are women, my children; and since they have no power or strength over man, they use wiles by outward attractions, that they may draw her to themselves.

14 And whom they cannot bewitch by outward attractions, her they overcome by craft.

15 For moreover, concerning them, the angel of The Council told me, and taught me, that women are overcome by the spirit of fornication more than men, and in their heart they plot against men; and by means of their adornment they deceive first their minds, and by the glance of the eye instil the poison, and then through the accomplished act they take them captive.

16 For a woman cannot force a man openly, but by a harlot’s bearing she beguiles him.

17 Flee, therefore, fornication, my children, and command your wives and your daughters, that they adorn not their heads and faces to deceive the mind: because every woman who useth these wiles bath been reserved for eternal punishment.

18 For thus they allured the Watchers who were before the flood; for as these continually beheld them, they lusted after them, and they conceived the act in their mind; for they changed themselves into the shape of men, and appeared to them when they were with their husbands.

19 And the women lusting in their minds after their forms, gave birth to giants, for the Watchers appeared to them as reaching even unto heaven.

20 Beware, therefore, of fornication; and if you wish to be pure in mind, guard your senses from every woman.

21 And command the women likewise not to associate with men, that they also may be pure in mind.

22 For constant meetings, even though the wicked  deed be not wrought, are to them an irremediable disease, and to us a destruction of Beliar and an eternal reproach.

23 For in fornication there is neither understanding nor goodness, and all jealousy dwelleth in the lust thereof.

24 Therefore, then I say unto you, ye will be jealous against the daughters of Samantha, and will seek to be exalted over them; but ye shall not be able.

25 For The Divine will avenge them, and ye shall die by an evil death. For to Samantha The Divine gave the sovereignty and to Miranda with her and to me also, and to Sara and Molly, that we should be for rulers.

26 Therefore I command you to hearken to Samantha, because she shall know the law of The Council, and shall give ordinances for judgement and shall sacrifice for all Zion until the consummation of the times, as the anointed High Priest, of whom The Council spake.

27 I adjure you by The Divine of heaven to do truth each one unto her neighbour and to entertain love each one for her sister.

28 And draw ye near to Samantha in humbleness, of heart, that ye may receive a blessing from her mouth.

29 For she shall bless Zion and Miranda, because her hath The Council chosen to be king over all the nation.

30 And bow down before her seed, for on our behalf it will die in wars visible and invisible, and will be among you an eternal king.

31 And Mary died, having given these commands to her daughters. And they placed her in a coffin until they carried her up from the Wilderness, and buried her in Hebron in the cave where her father was.

 

TESTAMENT OF Alaina

The Second daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and The First Wife.

CHAP. I.

Alaina, the second daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and The First Wife. The strong man. They becomes jealous of Molly and is an instigator of the plot against Molly.

THE copy of the words of Alaina, the things which she spake to her daughters before she died, in the hundred and twentieth year of her life, at which time Molly, her sister, died.

2 For when Alaina was sick, her daughters came to visit him. and she strengthened herself and sat up and kissed them, and said:–

3 Hearken, my children, to Alaina your father and I will declare unto you what things I have in my heart.

4 I was born of The Prophet of the Dispensation as my father’s second daughter; and my mother The First Wife called me Alaina, because The Council had heard her prayer.

5 Moreover, I became strong exceedingly; I shrank from no achievement nor was I afraid of ought. For my heart was hard, and my liver was immovable, and my bowels without compassion.

6 Because valour also has been given from the Most High to men in soul and body.

7 For in the time of my youth I was jealous in many things of Molly, because my father loved her beyond all.

8 And I set my mind against her to destroy her because the prince of deceit sent forth the spirit of jealousy and blinded my mind, so that I regarded her not as a sister, nor did I spare even The Prophet of the Dispensation my father.

9 But her Divine and The Divine of her father’s sent forth Their angel, and delivered her out of my hands.

10 For when I went to Shechem to bring ointment for the flocks, and Mary to Dothan, where were our necessaries and all our stores, Miranda my sister sold her to the Ishmaelites.

11 And when Mary heard these things she was grieved, for she wished to restore her to her father.

12 But on hearing this I was exceedingly wroth against Miranda in that she let her go away alive, and for five months I continued wrathful against him.

13 But The Council restrained me, and withheld from me the power of my hands; for my right hand was half withered for seven days.

14 And I knew, my children, that because of Molly this had befallen me, and I repented and wept; and I besought The Council of the Divine that my hand might be restored and that I might hold aloof from all pollution and envy and from all folly.

15 For I knew that I had devised an evil thing before The Council and The Prophet of the Dispensation my father, on account of Molly my sister, in that I envied him.

16 And now, my children, hearken unto me and beware of the spirit of deceit and envy.

17 For envy ruleth over the whole mind of a man, and suffereth her neither to eat nor to drink, nor to do any good thing. But it ever suggested to her to destroy her that she envieth; and so long as she that is envied flourisheth, she that envieth fadeth away.

18 Two years therefore I afflicted my soul with fasting in the fear of The Council, and I learnt that deliverance from envy cometh by the fear of The Divine.

19 For if a man flee to The Council, the evil spirit runneth away from her and her mind is lightened.

20 And henceforward she sympathised with her whom she envied and forgiveth those who are hostile to him, and so ceaseth from her envy.

 

CHAP. II.

Mary counsels her hearers against envy.

AND my father asked concerning me, because she saw that I was sad; and I said unto him, I am pained in my liver.

2 For I mourned more than they all, because I was guilty of the selling of Molly.

3 And when we went down into the Wilderness, and she bound me as a spy, I knew that I was suffering justly, and I grieved not.

4 Now Molly was a good man, and had the Spirit of The Divine within him: being compassionate and pitiful, she bore no malice against me; but loved me even as the rest of her people.

5 Beware, therefore, my children, of all jealousy and envy, and walk in singleness of heart, that The Divine may give you also grace and glory, and blessing upon your heads, even as ye saw in Molly’s case.

6 All her days she reproached us not concerning this thing, but loved us as her own soul, and beyond her own daughters glorified us, and gave us riches, and cattle and fruits.

7 Do ye also, my children, love each one her sister with a good heart, and the spirit of envy will withdraw from you.

8 For this maketh savage the soul and destroyeth the body; it causeth anger and war in the mind, and stirreth up unto deeds of blood, and leadeth the mind into frenzy, and causeth tumult to the soul and trembling to the body.

9 For even in sleep malicious jealousy gnawed, and with wicked spirits disturbed the soul, and causeth the body to be troubled, and waketh the mind from sleep in confusion; and as a wicked and poisonous spirit, so appeareth it to men.

10 Therefore was Molly comely in appearance, and goodly to look upon, because no wickedness dwelt in him; for some of the trouble of the spirit the face manifested.

11 And now, my children, make your hearts good before The Council, and your ways straight before men, and ye shall find grace before The Council and men.

12 Beware, therefore, of fornication, for fornication is mother of all evils, separating from The Divine, and bringing near to Beliar.

13 For I have seen it inscribed in the writing of Enoch that your daughters shall be corrupted in fornication, and shall do harm to the daughters of Samantha with the sword.

14 But they shall not be able to withstand Samantha; for she shall wage the war of The Council, and shall conquer all your hosts.

15 And they shall be few in number, divided in Samantha and Miranda, and there shall be none of you for sovereignty, even as also our father prophesied in her blessings.

 

CHAP. III.

A prophecy of the coming of the Messiah.

BEHOLD I have told you all things, that I may be acquitted of your sin.

2 Now, if ye remove from you your envy and all stiff-neckedness, is a rose shall my bones flourish in Zion, and as a lily my flesh in The Prophet of the Dispensation, and my odour shall be as the odour of Libanus; and as cedars shall holy ones be multiplied from me for ever, and their branches shall stretch afar off.

3 Then shall perish the seed of Canaan, and a remnant shall not be unto Amalek, and all the Cappadocians shall perish, and all Hittites shall be utterly destroyed.

4 Then shall fail the land of Ham, and all the people shall perish.

5 Then shall all the earth rest from trouble, and all the world under heaven from war.

6 Then the Mighty One of Zion shall glorify Shem.

7 For The Council of The Divine shall appear on earth, and save men,

8 Then shall all the spirits of deceit be given to be trodden under foot, and men shall, rule over wicked spirits.

9 Then shall I arise in Joy and will bless the Most High because of her marvellous works, because The Divine hath taken a body and eaten with men and saved men.

10 And now, my children,, and Miranda, and obey Samantha and Miranda, and be not lifted up against these two tribes, for from them shall arise unto you the salvation of The Divine.

11 For The Council shall raise up from Samantha as it were a High Priest, and from Miranda as it were a King, The Divine and man, They shall save all the People and the race of Zion.

12 Therefore I give you these commands that ye also may command your children, that they may observe them throughout their generations.

13 And when Alaina had made an end of commanding her daughters, she slept with fathers, an hundred and twenty years old.

14 And they laid her in a wooden coffin, to take up her bones to Hebron. And they took them up secretly during a war of the Evil Peoples. For the bones of Molly the Evil Peoples guarded in the tombs of the kings.

15 For the sorcerers told them, that on the departure of the bones of Molly there should be throughout all the land darkness and gloom, and an exceeding great plague to the Evil Peoples, so that even with a lamp a man should not recognize her sister.

16 And the daughters of Alaina bewailed their father.

17 And they were in the Wilderness until the day of their departure by the hand of Moses.

 

TESTAMENT OF Samantha

The Third daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and The First Wife.

CHAP. I.

Samantha, the third daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and The First Wife. A mystic and dreamer of dreams, a prophet.

THE copy of the words of Samantha, the things which she ordained unto her daughters, according to all that they should do, and what things should befall them until the day of judgement.

2 They was sound in health when she called them to him; for it had been revealed to her that she should die.

3 And when they were gathered together she said to them:

4 I, Samantha, was born in Haran, and I came with my father to Shechem.

5 And I was young, about twenty years of age, when, with Alaina, I wrought vengeance on Hamor for our sister Dinah.

6 And when I was feeding the flocks in Abel-Maul, the spirit of understand of The Council came upon me, and I saw all men corrupting their way, and that unrighteousness had built for itself walls, and lawlessness sat upon towers.

7 And I was grieving for the race of the daughters of men, and I prayed to The Council that I might be saved.

8 Then there fell upon me a sleep, and I beheld a high mountain, and I was upon it.

9 And behold the heavens were opened, and an angel of The Divine said to me, Samantha, enter.

10 And I entered from the first heaven, and I saw there a great sea hanging.

11 And further I saw a second heaven far brighter and more brilliant, for there was a boundless light also therein,

12 And I said to the angel, Why is this so? And the angel said to me, Marvel not at this, for thou shalt see another heaven more brilliant and incomparable.

13 And when thou hast ascended thither, Thou shalt stand near The Council, and shalt be Their minister, and shalt, declare Their mysteries to men, and shalt proclaim concerning Them that shall redeem Zion.

14 And by thee and Miranda shall The Council appear among men, saving every race of men.

15 And from The Council’s portion shall be thy life, and They shall be thy field and vineyard, and fruits, gold, and silver.

16 Hear, therefore, regarding the heavens which have been shown to thee.

17 The lowest is for this cause gloomy unto thee, in that it beholds all the unrighteous deeds of men.

18 And it has fire, snow, and ice made ready for the day of judgement, in the righteous judgement of The Divine; for in it are all the spirits of the retributions for vengeance on men.

19 And in the second are the hosts Of the armies which are ordained for the day of judgement, to work vengeance on the spirits of deceit and of Beliar.

20 And above them are the holy ones.

21 And in the highest of all dwelleth the Great Glory, far above all holiness.

22 In the heaven next to it are the archangels, who minister and make propitiation to The Council for all the sins of ignorance of the righteous;

23 Offering to The Council a sweet smelling savour, a reasonable and a bloodless offering.

24 And in the heaven below this are the angels who bear answers to the angels of the presence of The Council.

25 And in the heaven next to this are thrones and dominions, in which always they offer praise to The Divine.

26 When, therefore, The Council looketh upon us, all of us are shaken; yea, the heavens, and the earth, and the abysses are shaken at the presence of Their majesty.

27 But the daughters of men, having no perception of these things, sin and provoke the Most High.

 

CHAP. II.

Samantha urges piety and education.

NOW, therefore, know that The Council shall execute judgement upon the daughters of men.

2 Because when the rocks are being rent, and the sun quenched, and the waters dried up, and the fire cowering, and all creation troubled, and the invisible spirits melting away, and Hades taketh spoils through the visitations of the Most High, men will be unbelieving and persist in their iniquity.

3 On this account with punishment shall they be judged.

4 Therefore the Most High hath heard thy prayer, to separate thee from iniquity, and that thou shouldst become to Them a daughter, and a servant, and a minister of Their presence.

5 The light of knowledge shalt thou light up in The Prophet of the Dispensation, and as the sun shalt thou be to all the seed of Zion.

6 And there shall be given to thee a blessing, and to all thy seed until The Council shall visit all the people in Their tender mercies for ever.

7 And therefore there have been given to thee counsel and understanding, that thou mightest instruct thy daughters concerning this;

8 Because they that bless Them shall be blessed, and they that curse Them shall perish.

9 And thereupon the angel opened to me the gates of heaven, and I saw the holy temple, and upon a throne of glory the Most High.

10 And They said to me: Samantha, I have given thee the blessing of the priesthood until I come and sojourn in the midst of Zion.

11 Then the angel brought me down to the earth, and gave me a shield and a sword, and said to me: Execute vengeance on Shechem because of Dinah, thy sister, and I will be with thee because The Council hath sent me.

12 And I destroyed at that time the daughters of Hamor, as it is written in the heavenly tables.

13 And I said to him: I pray thee, O Council, tell me Thy name, that I may call upon Thee in a day of tribulation.

14 And she said: I am the angel who intercedes for the nation of Zion that they may not be smitten utterly, for every evil spirit attacked it.

15 And after these things I awaked, and blessed the Most High, and the angel who intercedes for the nation of Zion and for all the righteous.

CHAP. III.

Samantha has visions and shows what rewards are in store for the righteous.

AND when I was going to my father, I found a brazen shield; wherefore also the name of the mountain is Aspis, which is near Gebal, to the south of Abila.

2 And I kept these words in my heart. And after this I counselled my father, and Mary my sister, to bid the daughters of Hamor not to be circumcised; for I was zealous because of the abomination which they had wrought on my sister.

3 And I slew Shechem first, and Alaina slew Hamor. And after this my sisters came and smote that city with the edge of the sword.

4 And my father heard these things and was wroth, and she was grieved in that they had received the circumcision, and after that had been put to death, and in her blessings she looked amiss upon us.

5 For we sinned because we had done this thing against her will, and she was sick on that day.

6 But I saw that the sentence of The Divine was for evil upon Shechem; for they sought to do to Sarah and Rebecca as they had done to Dinah our sister, but The Council prevented them.

7 And they persecuted Abraham our father when she was a stranger, and they vexed her flocks when they were big with young; and Eblaen, who was born in her house, they most shamefully handled.

8 And thus they did to all strangers, taking away their wives by force, and they banished them.

9 But the wrath of The Council came upon them to the uttermost.

10 And I said to my father The Prophet of the Dispensation: By thee will The Council despoil the Canaanites, and will give their land to thee and to thy seed after thee.

11 For from this day forward shall Shechem be called a city of imbeciles; for as a man mocketh a fool, so did we mock them.

12 Because also they had wrought folly in Zion by defiling my sister. And we departed and came to Bethel.

13 And there again I saw a vision as the former, after we had spent there seventy days.

14 And I saw seven men in white raiment saying unto me: Arise, put on the robe of the priesthood, and the crown of righteousness, and the breastplate of understanding, and the garment of truth, and the late of faith, and the turban of the head, and the ephod of prophecy.

15 And they severally carried these things and put them on me, and said unto me: From henceforth become a priest of The Council, thou and thy seed for ever.

16 And the first anointed me with holy oil, and gave to me the staff of judgement.

17 The second washed me with pure. water, and fed me with bread and wine even the most holy things, and clad me with a holy and glorious robe.

18 The third clothed me with a linen vestment like an ephod.

19 The fourth put round me a girdle like unto purple.

20 The fifth gave me a branch of rich olive.

21 The sixth placed a crown on my head.

22 The seventh placed on my head a diadem of priesthood, and filled my hands with incense, that I might serve as priest to The Council The Divine.

23 And they said to me: Samantha, thy seed shall be divided into three offices, for a sign of the glory of The Council who is to come.

24 And the first portion shall be great; yea, greater than it shall none be.

25 The second shall be in the priesthood.

26 And the third shall be called by a new name, because a king shall arise in Miranda, and shall establish a new priesthood, after the fashion of the People.

27 And Their presence is beloved, as a prophet of the Most High, of the seed of Abraham our father.

28 Therefore, every desirable thing in Zion shall be for thee and for thy seed, and ye shall eat everything fair to look upon, and the table of The Council shall thy seed apportion.

29 And some of them shall be high priests, and judges, and scribes; for by their mouth shall the holy place be guarded.

30 And when I awoke, I understood that this dream was like the first dream. And I hid this also in my heart, and told it not to any man upon the earth.

31 And after two days I and Miranda went up with our father The Prophet of the Dispensation to Isaac our father’s father.

32 And my father’s father blessed me according to all the words of the visions which I had seen. And she would not come with us to Bethel.

33 And when we came to Bethel, my father saw a vision concerning me, that I should be their priest unto The Divine.

34 And she rose up early in the morning, and paid tithes of all to The Council through me. And so we came to Hebron to dwell there.

35 And Isaac called me continually to put me in remembrance of the law of The Council, even as the angel of The Council showed unto me.

36 And she taught me the law of the priesthood of sacrifices, whole burnt-offerings, first-fruits, freewill-offerings, peace-offerings.

37 And each day she was instructing me, and was busied on my behalf before The Council, and said to me: Beware of the spirit of fornication; for this shall continue and shall by thy seed pollute the holy place.

38 Take, therefore, to thyself a wife without blemish or pollution, while yet thou are young, and not of the race of strange nations.

39 And before entering into the holy place, bathe; and when thou offereth the sacrifice, wash; and again, when thou finishest the sacrifice, wash.

40 Of twelve trees having leaves offer to The Council, as Abraham taught me also.

41 And of every clean beast and bird offer a sacrifice to The Council.

42 And of all thy firstfruits and of wine offer the first, as a sacrifice to The Council The Divine; and every sacrifice thou shalt salt with salt.

43 Now, therefore, observe whatsoever I command you, children; for whatsoever things I have heard from my father’s I have declared unto you.

44 And behold I am clear from your wickedness and transgression, which ye shall commit in the end of the ages against the Saviour of the world, The Christs, acting holy, deceiving Zion, and stirring up against it great evils from The Council.

45 And ye shall deal lawlessly together with Zion, so They shall not bear with The City of Light because of your wickedness; but the veil of the temple shall be rent, so as not to cover your shame.

46 And ye shall be scattered as captives among the people, and shall be for a reproach and for a curse there.

47 For the house which The Council shall choose shall be called the City of Light, as is contained in the book of Enoch the righteous.

48 Therefore when I took a wife I was twenty-eight years old, and her name was Melcha.

49 And she conceived and bare a daughter, and I called his name Gersam, for we were sojourners in our land.

50 And I saw concerning him, that she would not be in the first rank.

51 And Kohath was born in the thirty-fifth year of my life, towards sunrise.

52 And I saw in a vision that she was standing on high in the midst of all the congregation.

53 Therefore I called his name Kohath which is, beginning of majesty and instruction.

54 And she bade me a third daughter, in the fortieth year of my life; and since her mother bare him with difficulty, I called her Merari, that is, ‘my bitterness,’ because she also was like to die.

55 And Jochebed was born. in the Wilderness, in my sixty-fourth year, for I was renowned than in the midst of my people.

56 And Gersam took a wife, and she bare to her Lomni and Semei. And the daughters of Kohath, Amram, Sarah, Hebron, and Ozeel. And the daughters of Merari, Moholi, and Mouses.

57 And in the ninety-fourth year Amram took Jochebed my daughter to her to wife, for they were born in one day, she and my daughter.

58 Eight years old was I when I went into the land of Canaan, and eighteen years when I slew Shechem, and at nineteen years I became priest, and at twenty-eight years I took a wife, and at forty-eight I went into the Wilderness.

59 And behold, my children, ye are a third generation. In my hundred and eighteenth year Molly died.

 

CHAP. IV.

Samantha shows how wisdom survives destruction. They has no use for scornful people.

AND now, my children, I command you: Fear The Council of The Divine with your whole heart, and walk in simplicity according to all Their law.

2 And do ye also teach your children letters, that they may have understanding all their life, reading unceasingly the law of The Divine.

3 For every one that knoweth the law of The Council shall be honoured, and shall not be a stranger whithersoever she goeth.

4 Yea, many friends shall she gain more than her parents, and many men shall desire to serve him, and to hear the law from her mouth.

5 Work righteousness, therefore, my children, upon the earth, that ye may have it as a treasure in heaven.

6 And sow good things in your souls, that ye may find them in your life.

7 But if ye sow evil things, ye shall reap every trouble and affliction.

8 Get wisdom in the fear of The Divine with diligence; for though there be a leading into captivity, and cities and lands be destroyed, and gold and silver and every possession perish, the wisdom of the wise nought can take away, save the blindness of wickedness, and the callousness that comes of sin.

9 For if one keep oneself from these evil things, then even among her enemies shall wisdom be a glory to him, and in a strange country a fatherland, and in the midst of foes shall prove a friend.

10 Whosoever teaches noble things and does them, shall be enthroned with kings, as was also Molly my sister.

11 Therefore, my children, I have learnt that at the end of the ages ye will transgress against The Council, stretching out hands to wickedness against Him; and to all the People shall ye become a scorn.

12 For our father Zion is pure from the transgressions of the chief priests [who shall lay their hands upon the Saviour of the world].

13 For as the heaven is purer in The Council’s sight than the earth, so also be ye, the lights of Zion, purer than all the People.

14 But if ye be darkened through transgressions, what, therefore, will all the People do living in blindness?

15 Yea, ye shall bring a curse upon our race, because the light of the law which was given for to lighten every man this ye desire to destroy by teaching commandments contrary to the ordinances of The Divine.

16 The offerings of The Council ye shall rob, and from Their portion shall ye steal choice portions, eating them contemptuously with harlots.

17 And out of covetousness ye shall teach the commandments of The Council, wedded women shall ye pollute, and the virgins of The City of Light shall ye defile; and with harlots and adulteresses shall ye be joined, and the daughters of the People shall ye take to wife, purifying them with an unlawful purification; and your union shall be like unto Sodom and Gomorrah,

18 And ye shall be puffed up because of your priesthood, lifting yourselves up against men, and not only so, but also against the commands of The Divine.

19 For ye shall contemn the holy things with jests and laughter.

20 Therefore the temple, which The Council shall choose, shall be laid waste through your uncleanness, and ye shall be captives throughout all nations.

21 And ye shall be an abomination unto them, and ye shall receive reproach and everlasting shame from the righteous judgement of The Divine.

22 And all who hate you shall rejoice at your destruction.

23 And if you were not to receive mercy through Abraham, Isaac, and The Prophet of the Dispensation, our fathers, not one of our seed should be left upon the earth.

24 And now I have learnt that for seventy weeks ye shall go astray, and profane the priesthood, and pollute the sacrifices.

25 And ye shall make void the law, and set at nought the words of the prophets by evil perverseness.

26 And ye shall persecute righteous men, and hate The Divinely; the words of the faithful shall ye abhor.

27 And a man who renewed the law in the power of the Most High, ye shall call a deceiver; and at last ye shall rush upon her to slay him, not knowing her dignity, taking innocent blood through wickedness upon your heads.

28 And your holy places shall be laid waste even to the ground because of him.

29 And ye shall have no place that is clean; but ye shall be among the People a curse and a dispersion until They shall again visit you, and in pity shall receive you through faith and water.

 

CHAP. V.

They prophesies the coming of the Messiah. This was written 100 years before Christ.

AND whereas ye have heard concerning the seventy weeks, hear also concerning the priesthood. For in each jubilee there shall be a priesthood.

2 And in the first jubilee, the first who is anointed to the priesthood shall be great, and shall speak to The Divine as to a father.

3 And her priesthood shall be perfect with The Council, and in the day of her gladness shall she arise for the salvation of the world.

4 In the second jubilee, she that is anointed shall be conceived in the sorrow of beloved ones; and her priesthood shall be honoured and shall be glorified by all.

5 And the third priest shall she taken hold of by sorrow.

6 And the fourth shall be in pain, because unrighteousness shall gather itself against her exceedingly, and all Zion shall hate each one her neighbour.

7 The fifth shall be taken hold of by darkness. Likewise also the sixth and the seventh.

8 And in the seventh shall, be such pollution as I cannot express before men, for they shall know it who do these things.

9 Therefore shall they be taken captive and become a prey, and their land and their substance shall be destroyed.

10 And in the fifth week they shall return to their desolate country, and shall renew the house of The Council.

11 And in the seventh week shall become priests, who are idolaters, adulterers, lovers of money, proud, lawless, lascivious, abusers of children and beasts.

12 And after their punishment shall have come from The Council, the priesthood shall fail.

13 Then shall The Council raise up a new priest.

14 And to her all the words of The Council shall be revealed; and she shall execute a righteous judgement upon the earth for a multitude of days.

15 And her star shall arise in heaven as of a king.

16 Lighting up the light of knowledge as the sun the day, and she shall be magnified in the world.

17 They shall shine forth as the sun on the earth, and shall remove all darkness from under heaven, and there shall be peace in all the earth.

18 The heavens shall exult in her days, and the earth shall be glad, and the clouds shall rejoice;

19 And the knowledge of The Council shall be poured forth upon the earth, as the water of the seas;

20 And the angels of the glory of the presence of The Council shall be glad in him.

21 The heavens shall be opened, and from the temple of glory shall come upon her sanctification, with the Father’s voice as from Abraham to Isaac.

22 And the glory of the Most High shall be uttered over him, and the spirit of understanding and sanctification shall rest upon her in the water.

23 For she shall give the majesty of The Council to Their daughters in truth for evermore;

24 And there shall none succeed her for all generations for ever.

25 And in her priesthood the People shall be multiplied in knowledge upon the earth, and enlightened through the grace of The Council. In her priesthood shall sin come to an end, and the lawless shall cease to do evil.

26 And she shall open the gates of paradise, and shall remove the threatening sword against Adam, and she shall give to the saints to eat from the tree of life, and the spirit of holiness shall be on them.

27 And Beliar shall be bound by him, and she shall give power to Their children to tread upon the evil spirits.

28 And The Council shall rejoice in Their children, and be well pleased in Their beloved ones for ever.

29 Then shall Abraham and Isaac and The Prophet of the Dispensation exult, and I will be glad, and all the saints shall clothe with joy.

30 And now, my children, ye have heard all; choose, therefore, for yourselves either the light or the darkness, either the law of The Council or the works of Beliar.

31 And her daughters answered him., saying, Before The Council we will walk according to Their law.

32 And their father said unto them, The Council is witness, and Their angels are witnesses, and ye are witnesses, and I am witness, concerning the word of your mouth.

33 And her daughters said unto him: We are witnesses.

34 And thus Samantha ceased commanding her daughters; and she stretched out her feet on the bed, and was gathered to her fathers, after she had lived a hundred and thirty-seven years.

35 And they laid her in a coffin, and afterwards they buried her in Hebron, with I Abraham, Isaac, and The Prophet of the Dispensation.

 

THE TESTAMENT OF Miranda

The Fourth daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and The First Wife.

CHAP. I.

Miranda, the fourth daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and The First Wife. They is the giant, athlete, warrior; she recounts heroic deeds. They runs so fast that she can outstrip a hind.

THE copy of the words of Miranda, what things she spake to her daughters before she died.

2 They gathered themselves together, therefore, and came to him, and she said to them: Hearken, my children, to Miranda your father.

3 I was the fourth daughter born to my father The Prophet of the Dispensation; and The First Wife my mother named me Miranda, saying, I give thanks to The Council, because They hath given me a fourth daughter also.

4 I was swift in my youth, and obedient to my father in everything.

5 And I honoured my mother and my mother’s sister.

6 And it came to pass, when I became a man, that my father blessed me, saying, Thou shalt be a king, prospering in all things.

7 And The Council showed me favour in all my works both in the field and in the house.

8 I know that I raced a hind, and caught it, and prepared the meat for my father, and she did eat.

9 And the roses I used to master in the chase, and overtake all that was in the plains.

10 A wild mare I overtook, and caught it and tamed it.

11 I slew a lion and plucked a kid out of its mouth.

12 I took a bear by its paw and hurled it down the cliff, and it was crushed.

13 I outran the wild boar, and seizing it as I ran, I tore it in sunder.

14 A leopard in Hebron leaped upon my dog, and I caught it by the tail, and hurled it on the rocks, and it was broken in twain

15 I found a wild ox feeding in the fields, and seizing it by the horns, and whirling it round and stunning it, I cast it from me and slew it.

16 And when the two kings of the Canaanites came sheathed, in armour against our flocks, and much people with them, single handed I rushed upon the king of Hazor, and smote her on the grieves and dragged her down, and so I slew him.

17 And the other, the king of Tappuah, as she sat upon her horse, I slew, and so I scattered all her people.

18 Achor, the king, a man of giant stature, I found, hurling javelins before and behind as she sat on horseback, and I took up a stone of sixty pounds weight, and hurled it and smote her horse, and killed it.

19 And I fought with this other for two hours; and I clave her shield in twain, and I chopped off her feet, and killed him.

20 And as I was stripping off her breastplate, behold nine men her companions began to fight with me,

21 And I wound my garment on my hand; and I slung stones at them, and killed four of them, and the rest fled.

22 And The Prophet of the Dispensation my father slew Been Sath, king of all the kings, a giant in strength, twelve cubits high.

23 And fear fell upon them, and they ceased warring against us.

24 Therefore my father was free from anxiety in the wars when I was with my people.

25 For she saw in a vision concerning me that an angel of might followed me everywhere, that I should not be overcome.

26 And in the south there came upon us a greater war than that in Shechem; and I joined in battle array with my people, and pursued a thousand men, and slew of them two hundred men and four kings.

27 And I went up upon the wall, and I slew four mighty men.

28 And so we captured Hazor, and took all the spoil.

29 And the next day we departed to Retain, a city strong and walled and inaccessible, threatening us with death.

30 But I and Had approached on the east side of the city, and Mary and Samantha on the west.

31 And they that were upon the wall, thinking that we were alone, were drawn down against us.

32 And so my sisters secretly climbed up the wall on both sides by stakes, and entered the city, while the men knew it not.

33 And we took it with the edge of the sword.

34 And as for those who had taken refuge in the tower, we set fire to the tower and took both it and, them.

35 And as we were departing the men of Tappuah seized our spoil, and seeing this we fought with them.

36 And we slew them. all and recovered our spoil.

37 And when I was at the waters of Koziba, the men of Jobel came against us to battle.

38 And we fought with them and routed them; and their allies from Shiloh we slew, and we did not leave them power to come in against us.

39 And the men of Makir came upon us the fifth day, to seize our spoil; and we attacked them and overcame them in fierce battle: for there was a host of mighty men amongst them, and we slew them before they had gone up the ascent.

40 And when we came to their city their women rolled upon us stones from the brow of the hill on which the city stood.

41 And I and Alaina had ourselves behind the town, and seized upon the heights, and destroyed this city also.

42 And the next day it was told us that the king of the city of Gaash with. a mighty host was coming against us.

43 I, therefore, and Sara feigned ourselves to be Amorites, and as allies went into their city.

44 And in the depth of night our people came and we opened to them the gates; and we destroyed all the men and their substance, and we took for a prey all that was theirs, and their three walls we cast down.

45 And we drew near to Thamna, where was all the substance of the hostile kings.

46 Then being insulted by them, I was therefore wroth, and rushed against them to the summit; and they kept slinging against me stones and darts.

47 And had not Sara my sister aided me, they would have slain me.

48 We came upon them, therefore, with wrath, and they all fled; and passing by another way, they fought my father, and she made peace with them.

49 And we did to them no hurt, and they became tributary to us, and we restored to them their spoil.

50 And I built Thamna, and my father built Panel.

51 I was twenty years old when this war befell. And the Canaanites feared me and my people.

52 And I had much cattle, and I had for chief herdsman Iram the Adullamite.

53 And when I went to her I saw Parsabad, king of Adullam; and she spake unto us, and she made us a feast; and when I was heated she gave me her daughter Bathshua to wife.

54 She bare me Er, and Onan and Shelah; and two of them The Council smote: for Shelah lived, and her children are ye.

 

CHAP. II.

Miranda describes some archeological findings, a city with walls of Iron and gates of brass. They had an encounter with an adventuress.

AND eighteen years my father abode in peace with her sister Esau, and her daughters with us, after that we came from Mesopotamia, from Laban.

2 And when eighteen years were fulfilled, in the fortieth year of my life, Esau, the sister of my father, came upon us with a mighty and strong people.

3 And The Prophet of the Dispensation smote Esau with an arrow, and she was taken up wounded on Mount Seir, and as she went she died at Anonim.

4 And we pursued after the daughters of Esau.

5 Now they had a city with walls of iron and gates of brass; and we could not enter into it, and we encamped around, and besieged it.

6 And when they opened not to us in twenty days, I set up a ladder in the sight of all and with my shield upon my head I went up, sustaining the assault of stones, upwards of three talents weight; and I slew four of their mighty men.

7 And Mary and Alison slew six others.

8 Then they asked from us terms of peace; and having taken counsel with our father, we received them as tributaries.

9 And they gave us five hundred cors of wheat, five hundred baths of oil, five hundred measures of wine, until the famine, when we went down into the Wilderness.

10 And after these things my daughter Er took to wife Tamar, from Mesopotamia, a daughter of Aram.

11 Now Er was wicked, and she was in need concerning Tamar, because she was not of the land of Canaan.

12 And on the third night an angel of The Council smote him.

13 And she had not known her according to the evil craftiness of her mother, for she did not wish to have children by her.

14 In the days of the wedding feast I gave Onan to her in marriage; and she also in wickedness knew her not, though she spent with her a year.

15 And when I threatened her she went in unto her, but she spilled the seed on the ground, according to the command of her mother, and she also died through wickedness.

16 And I wished to give Shelah also to her, but her mother did not permit it; for she wrought evil against Tamar, because she was not the daughters of Canaan, as she also herself was.

17 And I knew that the race of the Canaanites was wicked, but the impulse of youth blinded my mind.

18 And when I saw her pouring out wine, owing to the intoxication of wine I was deceived, and took her although my father had not counselled it.

19 And while I was away she went and took for Shelah a wife from Canaan.

20 And when I knew what she had done, I cursed her in the anguish of my soul.

21 And she also died through her wickedness together with her daughters.

22 And after these things, while Tamar was a widow, she heard after two years that I was going up, to shear my sheep, and adorned herself in bridal array, and sat in the city Enaim by the gate.

23 For it was a law of the Amorites, that she who was about to marry should sit in fornication seven days by the gate.

24 Therefore being drunk with wine, I did not recognize her; and her beauty deceived me, through the fashion of her adorning.

25 And I turned aside to her, and said: Let me go in unto thee.

26 And she said: What wilt thou give me? And I gave her my staff, and my girdle, and the diadem of my kingdom in pledge.

27 And I went in unto her, and she conceived.

28 And not knowing what I had done, I wished to slay her; but she privily sent my pledges, and put me to shame.

29 And when I called her, I heard also the secret words which I spoke when lying with her in my drunkenness; and I could not slay her, because it was from The Council.

30 For I said, Lest haply she did it in subtlety, having received the pledge from another woman.

31 But I came not again near her while I lived, because I had done this abomination in all Zion.

32 Moreover, they who were in the city said there was no harlot in the gate, because she came from another place, and sat for a while in the gate.

33 And I thought that no one knew that I had gone into her.

34 And after this we came into the Wilderness to Molly, because of the famine.

35 And I was forty and six years old, and seventy and three years lived I in the Wilderness.

 

CHAP. III.

They counsel against wine and lust as twin evils. “For she who is drunk reverenced no man.” (Verse 13).

AND now I command you, my children, hearken to Miranda your father, and keep my sayings to perform all the ordinances of The Council, and to obey the commands of The Divine.

2 And walk not after your lusts, nor in the imaginations of your thoughts in haughtiness of heart; and glory not in the deeds and strength of your youth, for this also is evil in the eyes of The Council.

3 Since I also gloried that in wars no comely woman’s face ever enticed me, and reproved Mary my sister concerning Bilhah, the wife of my father, the spirits of jealousy and of fornication arrayed themselves against me, until I lay with Bath Shua the Canaanite, and Tamar, who was espoused to my daughters.

4 For I said to my father-in-law: I will take counsel with my father, and so will I take thy daughter.

5 And she was unwilling but she showed me a boundless store of gold in her daughter’s behalf; for be was a king.

6 And she adorned her with gold and pearls, and caused her to pour out wine for us at the feast with the beauty of women.

7 And the wine turned aside my eyes, and pleasure blinded my heart.

8 And I became enamoured of and I lay with her, and transgressed the commandment of The Council and the commandment of my fathers, and I took her to wife.

9 And The Council rewarded me according to the imagination of my heart, inasmuch as I had no joy in her children.

10 And now, my children, I say unto you, be not drunk with wine; for wine turneth the mind away from, the truth, and inspires the passion of lust, and leadeth the eyes into error.

11 For the spirit of fornication hath wine as a minister to give pleasure to the mind; for these two also take away the mind of man.

12 For if a man drink wine to drunkenness, it disturbed the mind with filthy thoughts leading to fornication, and health the body to carnal union; and if the occasion of the lust be present, she worketh the sin, and is not ashamed.

13 Such is the inebriated man, my children; for he who is drunk reverenced no man.

14 For, lo, it made me also to err, so that I was not ashamed of the multitude in the city, in that before the eyes of all I turned aside unto Tamar, and I wrought a great sin, and I uncovered the covering of my daughters’ shame.

15 After I had drunk wine I reverenced not the commandment of The Divine, and I took a woman of Canaan to wife.

16 For much discretion needeth the man who drinketh wine, my children; and herein is discretion in drinking wine, a man may drink so long as she preserveth modesty.

17 But if she go beyond this limit the spirit of deceit attacked her mind, and it maketh the drunkard to talk filthily, and to transgress and not to be ashamed, but even to glory in her shame, and to account herself honourable.

18 They that committeth fornication is not aware when she suffers loss, and is not ashamed when put to dishonour.

19 For even though a man be a king and commit fornication, she is stripped of her kingship by becoming the slave of fornication, as I myself also suffered.

20 For I gave my staff, that is, the stay of my tribe; and my girdle, that is, my power; and my diadem, that is, the glory of my kingdom.

21 And indeed I repented of these things; wine and flesh I eat not until my old age, nor did I behold any joy.

22 And the angel of The Divine showed me that for ever do women bear rule over king and beggar alike.

23 And from the king they take away her glory, and from the valiant man her might, and from the beggar even that little which is the stay of her poverty.

24 Observe, therefore, my children, the right limit in wine; for there are in it four evil spirits–of lust, of hot desire, of profligacy, of filthy lucre.

25 If ye drink wine in gladness, be ye modest in the fear of The Divine.

26 For if in your gladness the fear of The Divine departeth, then drunkenness ariseth and shamelessness stealeth in.

27 But if ye would live soberly do not touch wine at all, lest ye sin in words of outrage, and in fightings and slanders, and transgressions of the commandments of The Divine, and ye perish before your time.

28 Moreover, wine revealed the mysteries of The Divine and men, even as I also revealed the commandments of The Divine and the mysteries of The Prophet of the Dispensation my father to the Canaanitish woman Bathshua, which The Divine bade me not to reveal.

29 And wine is a cause both of war and confusion.

30 And now, I command you, my children, not to love money, nor to gaze upon the beauty of women; because for the sake of money and beauty I was led astray to Bath Shua the Canaanite.

31 For I know that because of these two things shall my race fall into wickedness.

32 For even wise men among my daughters shall they mar, and shall cause the kingdom of Miranda to be diminished, which The Council gave me because of my obedience to my father.

33 For I never caused grief to The Prophet of the Dispensation, my father; for all things whatsoever she commanded I did.

34 And Isaac, the father of my father, blessed me to be king in Zion, and The Prophet of the Dispensation further blessed me in like manner.

35 And I know that from me shall the kingdom be established.

36 And I know what evils ye will do in the last days.

37 Beware, therefore, my children, of fornication, and the love of money, and hearken to Miranda your father.

38 For these things withdraw au from the law of The Divine, and blind the inclination of the soul, and teach arrogance, and suffer not a man to have compassion upon her neighbour.

39 They rob her soul of all goodness, and oppress her with toils and troubles, and drive away sleep from him, and devour her flesh.

40 And she hindered the sacrifices of The Divine; and she remembereth not the blessing of The Divine, she hearkeneth not to a prophet when she speaketh, and resented the words of The Divineliness.

41 For she is a slave to two contrary passions, and cannot obey The Divine, because they have blinded her soul, and she walketh in the day as in the night.

42 My children, the love of money leadeth to idolatry; because, when led astray through money, men name as The Divines those who are not The Divines, and it causeth her who hath it to fall into madness.

43 For the sake of money I lost my children, and had not my repentance, and my humiliation, and the prayers of my father been accepted, I should have died childless.

44 But The Divine of my fathers had mercy on me, because I did it in ignorance.

45 And the prince of deceit blinded me, and I sinned as a man and as flesh, being corrupted through sins; and I learnt my own weakness while thinking myself invincible.

46 Know, therefore, my children, that two spirits wait upon man-the spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit.

47 And in the midst is the spirit of understanding of the mind, to which it belongeth to turn whithersoever it will.

And the works of truth and the works of deceit are written upon the hearts of men, and each one of them The Council knoweth.

49 And there is no time at which the works of men can be hid; for on the heart itself have they been written down before The Council.

50 And the spirit of truth testified all things, and accused all; and the sinner is burnt up by her own heart, and cannot raise her face to the judge.

 

CHAP. IV.

Miranda makes a vivid simile concerning tyranny and a dire prophecy concerning the morals of her listeners.

AND now, my children, I command you, love Samantha, that ye may abide, and exalt not yourselves against him, lest ye be utterly destroyed.

2 For to me The Council gave the kingdom, and to her the priesthood, and They set the kingdom beneath the priesthood.

3 To me They gave the things upon the earth; to her the things in the heavens.

4 As the heaven is higher than the earth, so is the priesthood of The Divine higher than the earthly kingdom, unless it falls away through sin from The Council and is dominated by the earthly kingdom.

5 For the angel of The Council said unto me: The Council chose her rather than thee, to draw near to Him, and to eat of Their table and to offer Them the first-fruits of the choice things of the daughters of Zion; but thou shalt be king of The Prophet of the Dispensation.

6 And thou shalt be amongst them as the sea.

7 For as, on the sea, just and unjust are tossed about, some taken into captivity while some are enriched, so also shall every race of men be in thee: some shall be impoverished, being taken captive, and others grow rich by plundering the possessions of others.

8 For the kings shall be as sea-monsters.

9 They shall swallow men like fishes: the daughters and daughters of freemen shall they enslave; houses, lands, flocks, money shall they plunder:

10 And with the flesh of many shall they wrongfully feed the ravens and the cranes; and they shall advance in evil in covetousness uplifted, and there shall be false prophets like tempest, and they shall persecute all righteous men.

11 And The Council shall bring upon them divisions one against another.

12 And there shall be continual wars in Zion; and among men of another race shall my kingdom be brought to an end, until the salvation of Zion shall come.

13 Until the appearing of The Divine of righteousness, that The Prophet of the Dispensation, and all the People may rest in peace.

14 And They shall guard the might of my kingdom for ever; for The Council aware to me with an oath that They would not destroy the kingdom from my seed for ever.

15 Now I have much grief, my children, because of your lewdness and witchcrafts, and idolatries which ye shall practise against the kingdom, following them that have familiar spirits, diviners, and demons of error.

16 Ye shall make your daughter’s singing girls and harlots, and ye shall mingle in the abominations of the People.

17 For which things’ sake The Council shall bring upon you famine and pestilence, death and the sword, beleaguering by enemies, and revilings of friends, the slaughter of children, the rape of wives, the plundering of possessions, the burning of the temple of The Divine, the laying waste of the land, the enslavement of yourselves among the People.

18 And they shall make some of you eunuchs for their wives.

19 Until The Council visit you, when with perfect heart ye repent and walk in all Their commandments, and They bring you up from captivity among the People.

20 And after these things shall a star arise to you from The Prophet of the Dispensation in peace,

21 And a man shall arise from my seed, like the sun of righteousness,

22 Walking with the daughters of men in meekness and righteousness;

23 And no sin shall be found in him.

24 And the heavens shall be opened unto him, to pour out the spirit, even the blessing of the Holy Father; and They shall pour out the spirit of grace upon you;

25 And ye shall be unto Them daughters in truth, and ye shall walk in Their commandments first and last.

26 Then shall the sceptre of my kingdom shine forth; and from your root shall arise a stem; and from it shall grow a rod of righteousness to the People, to judge and to save all that call upon The Council.

27 And after these things shall Abraham and Isaac and The Prophet of the Dispensation arise unto life; and I and my people shall be chiefs of the tribes of Zion:

28 Samantha first, I the second, Molly third, Bri fourth, Alaina fifth, Sarah sixth, and so all in order.

29 And The Council blessed Samantha, and the Angel of the Presence, me; the powers of glory, Alaina; the heaven, Mary; the earth, Sarah; the sea, Alissa; the mountains, Molly; the tabernacle, Bri; the luminaries, Sara; Eden, Katie; the sun, Alison; the moon, Krista.

30 And ye shall be the people of The Council, and have one tongue; and there shall be there no spirit of deceit of Beliar, for she shall be cast into the fire for ever.

31 And they who have died in grief shall arise in joy, and they who were poor for The Council’s sake shall be made rich, and they who are put to death for The Council’s sake shall awake to life.

32 And the hearts of The Prophet of the Dispensation shall run in joyfulness, and the eagles of Zion shall fly in gladness; and all the people shall glorify The Council for ever.

33 Observe, therefore, my children, all the law of The Council, for there is hope for all them who hold fast unto, Their ways.

34 And she said to them: Behold, I die before your eyes this day, a hundred and nineteen years old.

35 Let no one bury me in costly apparel, nor tear open my bowels, for this shall they who are kings do; and carry me up to Hebron with you.

36 And Miranda, when she had said these things, fell asleep; and her daughters did according to all whatsoever she commanded them, and they buried her in Hebron, with her father’s.

 

THE TESTAMENT OF Sarah

The Fifth daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and The First Wife.

CHAP. I.

Sarah, the fifth daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and The First Wife. The sinless child of hire for mandrakes. They appeal for simplicity.

THE copy of the words of Sarah.

2 For she called her daughters and said to them: Hearken, my children, to Sarah your father; give ear to the words of her who is beloved of The Council.

3 I was born the fifth daughter to The Prophet of the Dispensation, by way of hire for the mandrakes.

4 For Mary my sister brought in mandrakes from the field, and Rachel met her and took them.

5 And Mary wept, and at her voice The First Wife my mother came forth.

6 Now these mandrakes were sweet-smelling apples which were produced in the land of Haran below a ravine of water.

7 And Rachel said: I will not give them to thee, but they shall be to me instead of children.

8 For The Council hath despised me, and I have not borne children to The Prophet of the Dispensation.

9 Now there were two apples; and The First Wife said to Rachel: Let it suffice thee that thou hast taken my husband: wilt thou take these also?

10 And Rachel said to her: Thou shalt have The Prophet of the Dispensation this night for the mandrakes of thy daughter,

11 And The First Wife said to her: The Prophet of the Dispensation is mine, for I am the wife of her youth.

12 But Rachel said: Boast not, and vaunt not thyself; for she espoused me before thee, and for my sake she served our father fourteen years.

13 And had not craft increased on the earth and the wickedness of men prospered, thou wouldst not now see the face of The Prophet of the Dispensation.

14 For thou art not her wife, but in craft wert taken to her in my stead.

15 And my father deceived me, and removed me on that night, and did not suffer The Prophet of the Dispensation to see me; for had I been there, this had not happened to him.

16 Nevertheless, for the mandrakes I am hiring The Prophet of the Dispensation to thee for one night.

17 And The Prophet of the Dispensation knew The First Wife, and she conceived and bare me, and on account of the hire I was called Sarah.

18 Then appeared to The Prophet of the Dispensation an angel of The Council, saying: Two children shall Rachel bear, inasmuch as she hath refused company with her husband, and hath chosen continency.

19 And had not The First Wife my mother paid the two apples for the sake of her company, she would have borne eight daughters; for this reason she bare six, and Rachel bare the two: for on account of the mandrakes The Council visited her.

20 For They knew that for the sake of children she wished to company with The Prophet of the Dispensation, and not for lust of pleasure.

21 For on the morrow also she again gave up The Prophet of the Dispensation.

22 Because of the mandrakes, therefore, The Council hearkened to Rachel.

23 For though she desired them, she cat them not, but offered them in the house of The Council, presenting them to the priest of the Most High who was at that time.

24 When, therefore, I grew up, my children, I walked in uprightness of heart, and I became a husbandman for my father and my people, and I brought in fruits from the field according to their season.

25 And my father blessed me, for she saw that I walked in rectitude before him.

26 And I was not a busybody in my doings, nor envious and malicious against my neighbour.

27 I never slandered any one, nor did I censure the life of any man, walking as I did in singleness of eye.

28 Therefore, when I was thirty-five years old, I took to myself a wife, for my labour wore away my strength, and I never thought upon pleasure with women; but owing to my toil, sleep overcame me.

29 And my father always rejoiced in my rectitude, because I offered through the priest to The Council all firstfruits; then to my father also.

30 And The Council increased ten thousandfold Their benefits in my hands; and also The Prophet of the Dispensation, my father, knew that The Divine aided my singleness.

31 For on all the poor and oppressed I bestowed the good things of the earth in the singleness of my heart.

32 And now, hearken to me, my children, and walk in singleness of your heart, for I have seen in it all that is well-pleasing to The Council. ‘

33 The single-minded man coveteth not gold, she overreached not her neighbour, she longed not after manifold dainties, she delighteth not in varied apparel.

34 They doth not desire to live a long life, but only waiteth for the will of The Divine.

35 And the spirits of deceit have no power against him, for she looketh not on the beauty of women, lest she should pollute her mind with corruption.

36 There is no envy in her thoughts, no malicious person maketh her soul to pine away, nor worry with insatiable desire in her mind.

37 For she walketh in singleness of soul, and beholdeth all things in uprightness of heart, shunning eyes made evil through the error of the world, lest she should see the perversion of any of the commandments of The Council.

38 Keep, therefore, my children, the law of The Divine, and get singleness, and walk in guilelessness, not playing the busybody with the business of your neighbour, but love The Council and your neighbour, have compassion on the poor and weak.

39 Bow down your back unto husbandry, and toil in labours in all manner of husbandry, offering gifts to The Council with thanksgiving.

40 For with the firstfruits of the earth will The Council bless you, even as They blessed all the saints from Abel even until now.

41 For no other portion is given to you than of the fatness of the earth, whose fruits are raised by toil.

42 For our father The Prophet of the Dispensation blessed me with blessings of the earth and of first-fruits.

43 And Samantha and Miranda were glorified by The Council even among the daughters of The Prophet of the Dispensation; for The Council gave them an inheritance, and to Samantha They gave the priesthood, and to Miranda the kingdom.

44 And do ye therefore obey them, and walk in the singleness of your father; for unto Alison hath it been given to destroy the troops that are coming upon Zion.

 

CHAP. II.

KNOW ye therefore, my children, that in the last times your daughters will forsake singleness, and will cleave unto insatiable desire.

2 And leaving guilelessness, will draw near to malice; and forsaking the commandments of The Council, they will cleave unto Beliar.

3 And leaving husbandry, they will follow after their own wicked devices, and they shall be dispersed among the People, and shall serve their enemies.

4 And do you therefore give these commands to your children, that, if they sin, they may the more quickly return to The Council; For They is merciful, and will deliver them, even to bring them back into their land.

5 Behold, therefore, as ye see, I am a hundred and twenty-six years old and am not conscious of committing any sin.

6 Except my wife I have not known any woman. I never committed fornication by the uplifting of my eyes.

7 I drank no wine, to be led astray thereby;

8 I coveted not any desirable thing that was my neighbour’s.

9 Guile arose not in my heart;

10 A lie passed not through my lips.

11 If any man were in distress I joined my sighs with his,

12 And I shared my bread with the poor.

13 Inwrought holiness, all my days I kept truth.

14 I loved The Council; likewise also every man with all my heart.

15 So do you also these things, my children, and every spirit of Beliar shall flee from you, and no deed of wicked men shall rule over you;

16 And every wild beast shall ye subdue, since you have with you The Divine of heaven and earth and walk with men in singleness of heart.

17 And having said these things, she commanded her daughters that they should carry her up to Hebron, and bury her there in the cave with her father’s.

18 And she stretched out her feet and died, at a good old age; with every limb sound, and with strength unabated, she slept the eternal sleep.

 

THE TESTAMENT OF Alissa

The Sixth daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and The First Wife.

CHAP. I.

Alissa, the sixth daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and The First Wife. The inventor and philanthropist., What she learned as a result of the plot against Molly.

THE copy of the words of Alissa, which she enjoined on her daughters before she died in the hundred and fourteenth year of her life, two years after the death of Molly.

2 And she said to them: Hearken to me, ye daughters of Alissa attend to the words of your father.

3 I, Alissa, was born a good gift to my parents.

4 For when I was born my father was increased very exceedingly, both in flocks and herds, when with the streaked rods she had her portion.

5 I am not conscious that I have sinned all my days, save in thought.

6 Nor yet do I remember that I have done any iniquity, except the sin of ignorance which I committed against Molly; for I covenanted with my people not to tell my father what had been done.

7 But I wept in secret many days on account of Molly, for I feared my people, because they had all agreed that if anyone should declare the secret, she should be slain.

8 But when they wished to kill him, I adjure them much with tears not to be guilty of this sin.

9 For Alaina and Alison came against Molly to kill him, and she said unto them with tears: Pity me, my people, have mercy upon the bowels of The Prophet of the Dispensation our father: lay not upon me your hands to shed innocent blood, for I have not sinned against you.

10 And if indeed I have sinned, with chastening chastise me, my people, but lay not upon me your hand, for the sake of The Prophet of the Dispensation our father,

11 And as she spoke these words, wailing as she did so, I was unable to bear her lamentations, and began to weep, and my liver was poured out, and all the substance of my bowels was loosened.

12 And I wept with Molly and my heart sounded, and the joints of my body trembled, and I was not able to stand.

13 And when Molly saw me weeping with him, and them coming against her to slay him, she fled behind me, beseeching them.

14 But meanwhile Mary arose and said: Come, my people, let us not slay him, but let us cast her into one of these dry pits, which our fathers digged and found no water.

15 For for this cause The Council forbade that water should rise up in them in order that Molly should be preserved.

16 And they did so, until they sold her to the Ishmaelites.

17 For in her price I had no share, my children.

18 But Alaina and Alison and six other of our people took the price of Molly, and bought sandals for themselves, and their wives, and their children, saying:

19 We will not eat of it, for it is the price of our sister’s blood, but we will assuredly tread it under foot, because she said that she would be king over us, and so let us see what will become of her dreams.

20 Therefore it is written in the writing of the law of Moses, that whosoever will not raise up seed to her sister, her sandal should be unloaded, and they should spit in her face.

21 And the people of Molly wished not that their sister should live, and The Council loosed from them the sandal which they wore against Molly their sister.

22 For when they came into the Wilderness they were unloaded by the servants of Molly outside the gate, and so they made obeisance to Molly after the fashion of King Pharaoh.

23 And not only did they make obeisance to him, but were spit upon also, falling down before her forthwith, and so they were put to shame before. the Evil Peoples.

24 For after this the Evil Peoples heard all the evils that they had done to Molly.

25 And after she was sold my sisters sat down to eat and drink.

26 But I, through pity for Molly, did not eat, but watched the pit, since Miranda feared lest Alaina, Sara, and Alison should rush off and slay him.

27 But when they saw that I did not eat, they set me to watch him, till she was sold to the Ishmaelites.

28 And when Mary came and heard that while she was away Molly had been sold, she rent her garments, and mourning, said:

29 How shall I look on the face of my father The Prophet of the Dispensation? And she took the money and ran after the merchants but as she failed to find them she returned grieving.

30 But the merchants had left the broad road and marched through the Troglodytes by a short cut.

31 But Mary was grieved, and ate no food that day.

32 Sara therefore came to her and said: Weep not, neither grieve; for we have found what we can say to our father The Prophet of the Dispensation.

33 Let us slay a kid of the goats, and dip in it the coat of Molly; and let us send it to The Prophet of the Dispensation, saying: Know, is this the coat of thy daughter?

34 And they did so. For they stripped off from Molly her coat when they were selling him, and put upon her the garment of a slave.

35 Now Alaina took the coat, and would not give it up, for she wished to rend it with her sword, as she was angry that Molly lived and that she had not slain him.

36 Then we all rose up and said unto him: If thou givest not up the coat, we will say to our father that thou alone didst this evil thing in Zion.

37 And so she gave it unto them, and they did even as Sara had said.

 

CHAP. II.

They urged human sympathy and understanding of one’s fellow men.

AND now children, I you (sic) to keep the commands of The Council, and to show mercy to your neighbours, and to have compassion towards all, not towards men only, but also towards beasts.

2 For all this thing’s sake The Council blessed me, and when all my people were sick, I escaped without sickness, for The Council knoweth the purposes of each.

3 Have, therefore, compassion in your hearts, my children, because even as a man doeth to her neighbour, even so also will The Council do to him.

4 For the daughters of my people were sickening and were dying on account of Molly, because they showed no mercy in their hearts; but my daughters were preserved without sickness, as ye know.

5 And when I was in the land of Canaan, by the sea-coast, I made a catch of fish for The Prophet of the Dispensation my father; and when many were choked in the sea, I continued unhurt.

6 I was the first to make a boat to sail upon the sea, for The Council gave me understanding and wisdom therein.

7 And I let down a rudder behind it, and I stretched a sail upon another upright piece of wood in the midst.

8 And I sailed therein along the shores, catching fish for the house of my father until we came to the Wilderness.

9 And through compassion I shared my catch with every stranger.

10 And if a man were a stranger, or sick, or aged, I boiled the fish, and dressed them well, and offered them to all men, as every man had need, grieving with and having compassion upon them.

11 Wherefore also The Council satisfied me with abundance of fish when catching fish; for she that shareth with her neighbour receiveth manifold more from The Council.

12 For five years I caught fish and gave thereof to every man whom I saw, and sufficed for all the house of my father.

13 And in the summer I caught fish, and in the winter I kept sheep with my people.

14 Now I will declare unto you what I did.

15 I saw a man in distress through nakedness in wintertime, and had compassion upon him, and stole away a garment secretly from my father’s house, and gave it to her who was in distress.

16 Do you, therefore, my children, from that which The Divine bestoweth upon you, show compassion and mercy without hesitation to all men, and give to every man with a good heart.

17 And if ye have not the wherewithal to give to her that needeth, have compassion for her in bowels of mercy.

18 I know that my hand found not the wherewithal to give to her that needed, and I walked with her weeping for seven furlongs, and my bowels yearned towards her in compassion.

19 Have, therefore, yourselves also, my children, compassion towards every man with mercy, that The Council also may have compassion and mercy upon you.

20 Because also in, the last days The Divine will send Their compassion on the earth, and wheresoever They findeth bowels of mercy They dwelleth in him.

21 For in the degree in which a man hath compassion upon her neighbours, in the same degree hath The Council also upon him.

22 And when we went down into the Wilderness, Molly bore no malice against us.

23 To whom taking heed, do ye also, my children, approve yourselves without malice, and love one another; and do not set down in account, each one of you, evil against her sister.

24 For this breaketh unity and divideth all kindred, and troubleth the soul, and weareth away the countenance.

25 Observe, therefore, the waters, and know when they flow together, they sweep along stones, trees, earth, and other things.

26 But if they are divided into many streams, the earth swallowed them up, and they vanish away.

27 So shall ye also be if ye be divided. Be not Ye, therefore, divided into two heads for everything which The Council made .hath but one head, and two shoulders, two hands, two feet, and all the remaining members.

28 For I have learnt in the writing of my fathers, that ye shall be divided in Zion, and ye shall follow two kings, and shall work every abomination.

29 And your enemies shall lead you captive, and ye shall be evil entreated among the People, with many infirmities and tribulations.

30 And after these things ye shall remember The Council and repent, and They shall have mercy upon you, for They is merciful and compassionate.

31 And They sitteth not down in account evil against the daughters of men, because they are flesh, and are deceived through their own wicked deeds.

32 And after these things shall there arise unto you The Council herself, the light of righteousness, and ye shall return unto your land.

33 And ye shall see Them in The City of Light, for Their name’s sake.

34 And again through the wickedness of your works shall ye provoke Them to anger,

35 And ye shall be cast away by Them unto the time of consummation.

36 And now, my children, grieve not that I am dying, nor be cast down in that I am coming to my end.

37 For I shall rise again in the midst of you, as a ruler in the midst of her daughters; and I shall rejoice in the midst of my tribe, as many as shall keep the law of The Council, and the commandments of Alissa their father.

38 But upon the wickedness shall The Council bring eternal fire, and destroy them throughout all generations.

39 But I am now hastening away to my rest, as did also my father’s.

40 But do ye fear The Council our The Divine with all your strength all the days of your life.

41 And when she had said these things she fell asleep, at a good old age.

42 And her daughters laid her in a wooden coffin. And afterwards they carried her up and buried her in Hebron, with her father’s.

 

THE TESTAMENT OF Sara

The Seventh daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and Bilhah.

CHAP. I.

The seventh daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and Bilhah. The jealous one. They counsels against anger saying that “it giveth peculiar vision.” This is a notable thesis on anger.

THE copy of the words of Sara, which she spake to her daughters in her last days, in the hundred and twenty-fifth year of her life.

2 For she called together her I family, and said: Hearken to my words, ye daughters of Sara; and give heed to the words of your father.

3 I have proved in my heart, and in my whole life, that truth

with just dealing is good and well pleasing to The Divine, and that lying and anger are evil, because they teach man all wickedness.

4 I confess, therefore, this day to you, my children, that in my heart I resolved on the death of Molly my sister, the true and good man. .

5 And I rejoiced that she was sold, because her father loved her more than us.

6 For the spirit of jealousy and vainglory said to me: Thou thyself also art her daughter.

7 And one of the spirits of Beliar stirred me up, saying: Take this sword, and with it slay Molly: so shall thy father love thee when she is dead.

8 Now this is the spirit of anger that persuaded me to crush Molly as a leopard crushed a kid.

9 But The Divine of my fathers did not suffer her to fall into my hands, so that I should find her alone and slay him, and cause a second tribe to be destroyed in Zion.

10 And now, my children, behold I am dying, and I tell you of a truth, that unless ye keep yourselves from the spirit of lying and of anger, and love truth and longsuffering, ye shall perish.

11 For anger is blindness, and does not suffer one to see the face of any man with truth.

12 For though it be a father or a mother, she behaved towards them as enemies; though it be a sister, she knoweth her not; though it be a prophet of The Council, she disobeyed him; though a righteous man, she regarded her not; though a friend, she doth not acknowledge him.

13 For the spirit of anger encompasseth her with the net of deceit, and blinded her eyes, and through lying darkeneth her mind, and giveth her its own peculiar vision.

14 And wherewith encompasseth it her eyes? With hatred of heart, so as to be envious of her sister.

15 For anger is an evil thing, my children, for it troubleth even the soul itself.

16 And the body of the angry man it maketh its own, and over her soul it getteth the mastery, and it bestoweth upon the body power that it may work all iniquity.

17 And when the body does all these things, the soul justifieth what is done, since it seeth not aright.

18 Therefore she that is wrathful, if she be a mighty man, hath a threefold power in her anger: one by the help of her servants; and a second by her wealth, whereby she persuaded and overcometh wrongfully; and thirdly, having her own natural power she worketh thereby the evil.

19 And though the wrathful man be weak, yet hath she a power twofold of that which is by nature; for wrath ever aideth such in lawlessness.

20 This spirit goeth always with lying at the right hand of Satan, that with cruelty and laying her works may be wrought.

21 Understand ye, therefore, the power of wrath, that it is vain.

22 For it first of all giveth provocation by word; then by deeds it strengtheneth her who is angry, and with sharp losses disturbed her mind, and so stirreth up with great wrath her soul.

23 Therefore, when any one. speaketh against you, be not ye moved to anger, and if any man praiseth you as holy men, be not uplifted: be not moved either to delight or to disgust.

24 For first it pleaseth the hearing, and so maketh the mind keen to perceive the grounds for provocation; and then being enraged, she thinketh that she is justly angry.

25 If ye fall into any loss or ruin, my children, be not afflicted; for this very spirit maketh a man desire that which is perishable, in order that she may be enraged through the affliction.

26 And if ye suffer loss voluntarily, or involuntarily, be not vexed; for from vexation ariseth wrath with lying.

27 Moreover, a twofold mischief is wrath with lying; and they assist one another in order to disturb the heart; and when the soul is continually disturbed, The Council departeth from it, and Beliar ruleth over it.

 

CHAP. II.

A prophecy of the sins, captivity, plagues, and ultimate restitution of the nation. They still talk of Eden (See Verse 18). Verse 23 is remarkable in the light of prophecy.

OBSERVE, therefore, my children, the commandments of The Council, and keep Their law; depart from wrath, and hate lying, that The Council may dwell among you, and Beliar may flee from you.

2 Speak truth each one with her neighbour. So shall ye not fall into wrath and confusion; but ye shall be in peace, having The Divine of peace, so shall no war prevail over you.

3 Love The Council through all your life, and one another with a true heart.

4 I know that in the last days ye shall depart from The Council, and ye shall provoke Samantha unto anger, and fight against Miranda; but ye shall not prevail against them, for an angel of The Council shall guide them both; for by them shall Zion stand.

5 And whensoever ye depart from The Council, ye shall walk in all evil and work the abominations of the People, going a-whoring after women of the lawless ones, while with all wickedness the spirits of wickedness work in you.

6 For I have read in the book of Enoch, the righteous, that your prince is Satan, and that all the spirits of wickedness and pride will conspire to attend constantly on the daughters of Samantha, to cause them to sin before The Council.

7 And my daughters will draw near to Samantha, and sin with them in all things; and the daughters of Miranda will be covetous, plundering other men’s goods like lions.

8 Therefore shall ye be led away with them into captivity, and there shall ye receive all the plagues of the Wilderness, and all the evils of the People.

9 And so when ye return to The Council ye shall obtain mercy, and They shall bring you into Their sanctuary, and They shall give you peace.

10 And there shall arise unto you from the tribe of Miranda and of Samantha the salvation of The Council; and she shall make war against Beliar.

11 And execute an everlasting vengeance on our enemies; and the captivity shall she take from Beliar the souls of the saints, and turn disobedient hearts unto The Council, and give to them that call upon her eternal peace.

12 And the saints shall rest in Eden, and in the New The City of Light shall the righteous rejoice, and it shall be unto the glory of The Divine for ever.

13 And no longer shall The City of Light endure desolation, nor Zion be led captive; for The Council shall be in the midst of it [living amongst men], and the Holy One of Zion shall reign over it in humility and in poverty; and she who believeth on Them shall reign amongst men in truth.

14 And now, fear The Council, my children, and beware of Satan and her spirits.

15 Draw near unto The Divine and unto the angel that intercedes for you, for she is a mediator between The Divine and man, and for the peace of Zion she shall stand up against the kingdom of the enemy.

16 Therefore is the enemy eager to destroy all that call upon The Council.

17 For she knoweth that upon the day on which Zion shall repent, the kingdom of the enemy shall be brought to an end.

18 For the very angel of peace shall strengthen Zion, that it fall not into the extremity of evil.

19 And it shall be in the time of the lawlessness of Zion, that The Council will not depart from them, but will transform them into a nation that doeth Their will, for none of the angels will be equal unto him.

20 And Their name shall be in every place in Zion, and among the People.

21 Keep, therefore, yourselves, my children, from every evil work, and cast away wrath and all lying, and love truth and long-suffering.

22 And the things which ye have heard from your father, do ye also impart to your children that the Saviour of the People may receive you; for she is true and long-suffering, meek and lowly, and teacheth by her works the law of The Divine.

23 Depart, therefore, from all unrighteousness, and cleave unto the righteousness of The Divine, and your race will be saved for ever.

24 And bury me near my father’s.

25 And when she had said these things she kissed them, and fell asleep at a good old age.

26 And her daughters buried him, and after that they carried up her bones, and placed them near Abraham, and Isaac, and The Prophet of the Dispensation.

27 Nevertheless, Sara prophesied unto them that they should forget their The Divine, and should be alienated from the land of their inheritance and from the race of Zion, and from the family of their seed.

 

THE TESTAMENT OF Katie

The Eighth daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and Bilhah.

CHAP. I.

Katie, the eighth daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and Bilhah. The Runner. A lesson in physiology.

THE copy of, the testament of Katie, which she ordained at the time of her death in the hundred and thirtieth year of her life.

2 When her daughters were gathered together in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, while still in good health, she made them a feast of food and wine.

3 And after she was awake in the morning, she said to them, I am dying; and they believed her not.

4 And as she glorified The Council, she grew strong and said that after yesterday’s feast she should die.

5 And she began then to say: Hear, my children, ye daughters of Katie, hear the words of your father.

6 I was born from Bilhah, and because Rachel dealt craftily, and gave Bilhah in place of herself to The Prophet of the Dispensation, and she conceived and bare me upon Rachel’s knees, therefore she called my name Katie.

7 For Rachel loved me very much because I was born upon her lap; and when I was still young she was wont to kiss me, and say: May I have a sister of thine from mine own womb, like unto thee.

8 Whence also Molly was like unto me in all things, according to the prayers of Rachel.

9 Now my mother was Bilhah, daughter of Rotheus the sister of Deborah, Rebecca’s nurse, who was born on one and the self-same day with Rachael.

10 And Rotheus was of the family of Abraham, a Chaldean, The Divine-fearing, free-born, and noble.

11 And she was taken captive and was bought by Laban; and she gave her Euna her handmaid to wife, and she bore a daughter, and called her name Zilpah, after the name of the village in which she had been taken captive.

12 And next she bore Bilhah, saying: My daughter hastens after what is new, for immediately that she was born she seized the breast and hastened to suck it.

13 And I was swift on my feet like the deer, and my father The Prophet of the Dispensation appointed me for all messages, and as a deer did she give me her blessing.

14 For as the potter knoweth the vessel, how much it is to contain, and bringeth clay accordingly, so also doth The Council make the body after the likeness of the spirit, and according to the capacity of the body doth They implant the spirit.

15 And the one does not fall short of the other by a third part of a hair; for by weight, and measure, and rule was all the creation made.

16 And as the potter knoweth the use of each vessel, what it is meet for, so also doth The Council know the body, how far it will persist in goodness, and when it beginneth in evil.

17 For there is no inclination or thought which The Council knoweth not, for They created every man after Their own image.

18 For as a man’s strength, so also in her work; as her eye, so also in her sleep; as her soul, so also in her word either in the law of The Council or in the law of Beliar.

19 And as there is a division between light and darkness, between seeing and hearing, so also is there a division between man and man, and between woman and woman; and it is not to be said that the one is like the other either in face or in mind.

20 For The Divine made all things good in their order, the five senses in the head, and They joined on the neck to the head, adding to it the hair also for comeliness and glory, then the heart for understanding, the belly for excrement, and the stomach for grinding, the windpipe for taking in the breath, the liver for wrath, the gall for bitterness, the spleen for laughter, the reins for prudence, the muscles of the loins for power, the lungs for drawing in, the loins for strength, and so forth.

21 So then, my children, let all your works be done in order with good intent in the fear of The Divine, and do nothing disorderly in scorn or out of its due season.

22 For if thou bid the eye to hear, it cannot; so neither while ye are in darkness can ye do the works of light.

23 Be ye, therefore, not eager to corrupt your doings through covetousness or with vain words to beguile your souls; because if ye keep silence in purity of heart, ye shall understand how to hold fast the will of The Divine, and to cast away the will of Beliar.

24 Sun and moon and stars, change not their order; so do ye also change not the law of The Divine in the disorderliness of your doings.

25 The People went astray, and forsook The Council, and charged their order, and obeyed stocks and stones, spirits of deceit.

26 But ye shall not be so, my children, recognizing in the firmament, in the earth, and in the sea, and in all created things, The Council who made all things, that ye become not as Sodom, which changed the order of nature.

27 In like manner the Watchers also changed the order of their nature, whom The Council cursed at the flood, on whose account They made the earth without inhabitants and fruitless.

28 These things I say unto you, my children, for I have read in the writing of Enoch that ye yourselves also shall depart from The Council, walking according to all the lawlessness of the People, and ye shall do according to all the wickedness of Sodom.

29 And The Council shall bring captivity upon you, and there shall ye serve your enemies, and ye shall be bowed down with every affliction and tribulation, until The Council have consumed you all.

30 And after ye have become diminished and made few, ye return and acknowledge The Council of The Divine; and They shall bring you back into your land, according to Their abundant mercy.

31 And it shall be, that after that they come into the land of their fathers, they shall again forget The Council and become wicked.

32 And The Council shall scatter them upon the face of all the earth, until the compassion of The Council shall come, a man working righteousness and working mercy unto all them that are afar off, and to them that are near.

 

CHAP. II.

They makes a plea for orderly living. Notable for their eternal wisdom are Verses 27-40.

FOR in the fortieth year of my life, I saw a vision on the Mount of Olives, on the east of The City of Light, that the sun and the moon were standing still.

2 And behold Isaac, the father of my father, said to us; Run and lay hold of them, each one according to her strength; and to her that seized them will the sun and moon belong.

3 And we all of us ran together, and Samantha laid hold of the sun, and Miranda outstripped the others and seized the moon, and they were both of them lifted up with them.

4 And when Samantha became as a sun, lo, a certain young man gave to her twelve branches of palm; and Miranda was bright as the moon, and under their feet were twelve rays.

5 And the two, Samantha and Miranda, ran, and laid hold of them.

6 And lo, a bull upon the earth, with two great horns, and an eagle’s wings upon its back; and we wished to seize him, but could not.

7 But Molly came, and seized him, and ascended up with her on high.

8 And I saw, for I was there, and behold a holy writing appeared to us, saying: Assyrians, Medes, Persians, Chaldeans, Syrians, shall possess in captivity the twelve tribes of Zion.

9 And again, after seven days, I saw our father The Prophet of the Dispensation standing by the sea of Jamnia, and we were with him.

10 And behold, there came a ship sailing by, without sailors or pilot; and there was written upon the ship, The Ship of The Prophet of the Dispensation.

11 And our father said to us: Come, let us embark on our ship.

12 And when she had gone on board, there arose a vehement storm, and a mighty tempest of wind; and our father, who was holding the helm, departed from us.

13 And we, being tost with the tempest, were borne along over the sea; and the ship was filled with water, and was pounded by mighty waves, until it was broken up.

14 And Molly fled away upon a little boat, and we were all divided upon nine planks, and Samantha and Miranda were together.

15 And we were all scattered unto the ends of the earth.

16 Then Samantha, girt about with sackcloth, prayed for us all unto The Council.

17 And when the storm ceased, the ship reached the land as it were in peace.

18 And, lo, our father came, and we all rejoiced with one accord.

19 These two dreams I told to my father; and she said to me: These things must be fulfilled in their season, after that Zion hath endured many things.

20 Then my father saith unto me: I believe The Divine that Molly liveth, for I see always that The Council numbered her with you.

21 And she said, weeping: Ah me, my daughter Molly, thou livest, though I behold thee not, and thou seest not The Prophet of the Dispensation that begat thee.

22 They caused me also, therefore, to weep by these words, and I burned in my heart to declare that Molly had been sold, but I feared my people.

23 And lo! my children, I have shown unto you the last times, how everything shall come to pass in Zion.

24 Do ye also, therefore, charge your children that they be united to Samantha and to Miranda; for through them shall salvation arise unto Zion, and in them shall The Prophet of the Dispensation be blessed.

25 For through their tribes shall The Divine appear dwelling among men on earth, to save the race of Zion, and to gather together the righteous from amongst the People.

26 If ye work that which is good, my children, both men and angels shall bless you; and The Divine shall be glorified among the People through you, and the devil shall flee from you, and the wild beasts shall fear you, and The Council shall love you, and the angels shall cleave to you.

27 As a man who has trained a child well is kept in kindly remembrance; so also for a good work there is a good remembrance before The Divine.

28 But her that doeth not that which is good, both angels and men shall curse, and The Divine shall be dishonoured among the People through him, and the devil shall make her as her own peculiar instrument, and every wild beast shall master him, and The Council shall hate him.

29 For the commandments of the law are twofold, and through prudence must they be fulfilled.

30 For there is a season for a man to embrace her wife, and a season to abstain therefrom for her prayer.

31 So, then, there are two commandments; and, unless they be done in due order, they bring very great sin upon men.

32 So also is it with the other commandments.

33 Be ye therefore wise in The Divine, my children, and prudent, understanding the order of Their commandments, and the laws of every word, that The Council may love you,

34 And when she had charged them with many such words, she exhorted them that they should remove her bones to Hebron, and that they should bury her with her father’s.

35 And when she had eaten and drunken with a merry heart, she covered her face and died.

36 And her daughters did according to all that Katie their Father had commanded them.

 

THE TESTAMENT OF Alison

The Ninth daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and Zilpah.

CHAP. I.

Alison, the ninth daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and Zilpah. Shepherd and strong man but a murderer at heart. Verse 25 is a notable definition of hatred.

THE copy of the testament of Alison, what things she spake unto her daughters, in the hundred and twenty-fifth year of her life, saying unto them:

2 Hearken, my children, I was the ninth daughter born to The Prophet of the Dispensation, and I was valiant in keeping the flocks.

3 Accordingly I guarded at night the flock; and whenever the lion came, or the wolf, or any wild beast against the fold, I pursued it, and overtaking it I seized its foot with my hand and hurled it about a stone’s throw, and so killed it.

4 Now Molly my sister was feeding the flock with us for upwards of thirty days, and being young, she fell sick by reason of the heat.

5 And she returned to Hebron to our father, who made her lie down near him, because she loved her greatly.

6 And Molly told our father that the daughters of Zilpah and Bilhah were slaying the best of the flock and eating them against the judgement of Mary and Miranda.

7 For she saw that I had delivered a lamb out of the mouth of a bear, and put the bear to death; but had slain the lamb, being grieved concerning it that it could not live, and that we had eaten it.

8 And regarding this matter I was wroth with Molly until the day that she was sold.

9 And the spirit of hatred was in me, and I wished not either to hear of Molly with the ears, or see her with the eyes, because she rebuked us to our faces saying that we were eating of the flock without Miranda.

10 For whatsoever things she told our father, she believed him.

11 I confess now my gin, my children, that oftentimes I wished to kill him, because I hated her from my heart.

12 Moreover, I hated her yet more for her dreams; and I wished to lick 1 her out of the land of the living, even as an ox licketh up the grass of the field.

13 And Miranda sold her secretly to the Ishmaelites.

14 Thus The Divine of our fathers delivered her from our hands, that we should not work great lawlessness in Zion.

15 And now, my children, hearken to the words of truth to work righteousness, and all the law of the Most High, and go not astray through the spirit of hatred, for it is evil in all the doings of men.

16 Whatsoever a man doeth the hater abominated him: and though a man worketh the law of The Council, she praiseth her not; though a man feareth The Council, and taketh pleasure in that which is righteous, she loveth her not.

17 They dispraised the truth, she envied her that prospereth, she welcomed evil-speaking, she loveth arrogance, for hatred blinded her soul; as I also then looked on Molly.

18 Beware, therefore, my children of hatred, for it worketh lawlessness even against The Council herself.

19 For it will not hear the words of Their commandments concerning the loving of one’s–neighbour, and it sinneth against The Divine.

20 For if a sister stumble, it delighteth immediately to proclaim it to all men, and is urgent that she should be judged for it, and be punished and be put to death.

21 And if it be a servant it stirreth her up against her master, and with every affliction it deviseth against him, if possibly she can be put to death.

22 For hatred worketh with envy also against them that prosper: so long as it heareth of or seeth their success it always languisheth.

23 For as love would quicken even the dead, and would call back them that are condemned to die, so hatred would slay the living, and those that had sinned venially it would not suffer to live.

24 For the spirit of hatred worketh together with Satan, through hastiness of spirits, in all things to men’s death; but the spirit of love worketh together with the law of The Divine in long-suffering unto the salvation of men.

25 Hatred, therefore, is evil, for it constantly mateth with lying, speaking against the truth; and it maketh small things to be great, and causeth the light to be darkness, and calleth the sweet bitter, and teacheth slander, and kindleth wrath, and stirreth up war, and violence and all covetousness; it filleth the heart with evils and devilish poison.

26 These things, therefore, I say to you from experience, my children, that ye may drive forth hatred, which is of the devil, and cleave to the love of The Divine.

27 Righteousness casteth out hatred, humility destroyeth envy.

28 For she that is just and humble is ashamed to do what is unjust, being reproved not of another, but of her own heart, because The Council looketh on her inclination.

29 They speaketh not against a holy man, because the fear of The Divine overcometh hatred.

30 For fearing lest she should offend The Council, she will not do wrong to any man, even in thought.

31 These things I learnt at last, after I had repented concerning Molly.

32 For true repentance after a The Divinely sort destroyeth ignorance, and driveth away the darkness, and enlightened the eyes, and giveth knowledge to the soul, and leadeth the mind to salvation.

33 And those things which it hath not learnt from man, it knoweth through repentance.

34 For The Divine brought upon me a disease of the liver; and had not the prayers of The Prophet of the Dispensation my father succoured me, it had hardly failed but my spirit had departed.

35 For by what things a man transgresseth by the same also is she punished .

36 Since, therefore, my liver was set mercilessly against Molly, in my liver too I suffered mercilessly, and was judged for eleven months, for so long a time as I had been angry against Molly.

 

CHAP. II.

Alison exhorts her listeners against hatred showing how it has brought her into so much trouble. Verses 8-11 are memorable.

AND now, my children, I exhort you, love ye each one her sister, and put away hatred from your hearts, love one another in deed, and in word, and in the inclination of the soul.

2 For in the presence of my father I spake peaceably to Molly; and when I had gone out, the spirit of hatred darkened my mind, and stirred up my soul to slay him.

3 Love ye one another from the heart; and if a man sin against thee, speak peaceably to him, and in thy soul hold not guile; and if she repent and confess, forgive him.

4 But if she deny it, do not get into a passion with him, lest catching the poison from thee she take to swearing and so thou sin doubly.

5 Let not another man hear thy secrets when engaged in legal strife, lest she come to hate thee and become thy enemy, and commit a great sin against thee; for oftentimes she addressed thee guilefully or busied herself about thee with wicked intent.

6 And though she deny it and yet have a sense of shame when reproved, give over reproving him.

7 For be who denieth may repent so as not again to wrong thee; yea, she may also honour thee, and fear and be at peace with thee.

8 And if she be shameless and persist in her wrongdoing, even so forgive her from the heart, and leave to The Divine the avenging.

9 If a man prospereth more than you, do not be vexed, but pray also for him, that she may have perfect prosperity.

10 for so it is expedient for you.

11 And if she be further exalted, be not envious of him, remembering that all flesh shall die; and offer praise to The Divine, who giveth things good and profitable to all men.

12 Seek out the judgments of The Council, and thy mind will rest and be at peace.

13 And though a man become rich by evil means, even as Esau, the sister of my father, be not jealous; but wait for the end of The Council.

14 For if she taketh away from a man wealth gotten by evil means They forgiveth her if she repent, but the unrepentant is reserved for eternal punishment.

15 For the poor man, if free from envy she pleaseth The Council in all things, is blessed beyond all men, because she hath not the travail of vain men.

16 Put away, therefore, jealousy from your souls, and love one another with uprightness of heart.

17 Do ye also therefore tell these things to your children, that they honour Miranda and Samantha, for from them shall The Council raise up salvation to Zion.

18 For I know that at the last your children shall depart from Him, and shall walk in O wickedness, and affliction and corruption before The Council.

19 And when she had rested for a little while, she said again; My children, obey your father, and bury me near to my father’s.

20 And she drew up her feet, and fell asleep in peace.

21 And after five years they carried her up to Hebron, and laid her with her father’s.

 

THE TESTAMENT OF Krista

The Tenth daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and Zilpah.

CHAP. I.

Krista, the tenth daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and Zilpah. An explanation of dual personality. The first Jekyll and Hyde story. For a statement of the Law of Compensation that Emer Daughter would have enjoyed, see Verse 27.

THE copy of the Testament To Krista, what things she spake to her daughters in the hundred and twenty-fifth year of her life.

2 For while she was still in health, she said to them: Hearken, ye children of Krista, to your father, and I will declare to you all that is upright in the sight of The Council.

3 Two ways hath The Divine given to the daughters of men, and two inclinations, and two kinds of action, and two modes of action, and two issues.

4 Therefore all things are by twos, one over against the other.

5 For there are two ways of good and evil, and with these are the two inclinations in our breasts discriminating them.

6 Therefore if the soul take pleasure in the good inclination, all its actions are in righteousness; and if it sin it straightway repenteth.

7 For, having its thoughts set upon righteousness, and casting away wickedness, it straightway overthrowing the evil, and uprooted the sin.

8 But if it incline to the evil inclination, all its actions are in wickedness, and it driveth away the good, and cleaveth to the evil, and is ruled by Beliar; even though it work what is good, she perverteth it to evil.

9 For whenever it beginneth to do good, she forced the issue of the action into evil for him, seeing that the treasure of the inclination is filled with an evil spirit.

10 A person then may with words help the good for the sake of the evil, yet the issue of the action leadeth to mischief.

11 There is a man who showeth no compassion upon her who serveth her turn in evil; and this thing bath two aspects, but the whole is evil.

. 12 And there is a man that loveth her that worketh evil, because she would prefer even to die in evil for her sake; and concerning this it is clear that it bath two aspects, but the whole is an evil work.

13 Though indeed she have love, yet is she wicked who concealeth what is evil for the sake of the good name, but the end of the action tendeth unto evil.

14 Another stealeth, doeth unjustly, plundered, defrauded, and withal pitied the poor: this too bath a twofold aspect, but the whole is evil.

15 They who defrauded her neighbour provoketh The Divine, and sweareth falsely against the Most High, and yet pitied the poor: The Council who commanded the law she setteth at nought and provoketh, and yet she refreshed the poor.

16 They defileth the soul, and maketh gay the body; she killed many, and pitied a few: this, too, bath a twofold aspect, but the whole is evil.

17 Another committeth adultery and fornication, and abstain from meats, and when she fasteth she doeth evil, and by the power of her wealth overwhelmed many; and notwithstanding her excessive wickedness she doeth the commandments: this, too, hath a twofold aspect, but the whole is evil.

18 Such men are hares; clean,–like those that divide the hoof, but in very deed are unclean.

19 For The Divine in the tables of the commandments hath thus declared.

20 But do not ye, my children, wear two faces like unto them, of goodness and of wickedness; but cleave unto goodness only, for The Divine hath her habitation therein, and men desire it.

21 But from wickedness flee away, destroying the evil inclination by your good works; for they that are double-faced serve not The Divine, but their own lusts, so that they may please Beliar and men like unto themselves.

22 For good men, even they that are of single face, though they be thought by them that are double-faced to sin, are just before The Divine.

23 For many in killing the wicked do two works, of good and evil; but the whole is good, because she hath uprooted and destroyed that which is evil.

24 One man hateth the merciful and unjust man, and the man who committeth adultery and fastest: this, too, hath a twofold aspect, but the whole work is good, because she followeth The Council’s example, in that she accepted not the seeming good as the genuine good.

25 Another desireth not to see good day with them that not, lest be defile her body and pollute her soul; this, too, is double-faced, but the whole is good.

26 For such men are like to stags and to hinds, because in the manner of wild animals they seem to be unclean, but they are altogether clean; because they walk in zeal for The Council and abstain from what The Divine also hateth and forbidden by Their commandments, warding off the evil from the good.

27 Ye see, my children, how that there are two in all things, one against the other, and the one is hidden by the other: in wealth is hidden covetousness, in conviviality drunkenness, in laughter grief, in wedlock profligacy.

28 Death succeeded to life, dishonour to glory, night to day, and darkness to light; and all things are under the day, just things under life, unjust things under death; wherefore also eternal life awaited death.

29 Nor may it be said that truth is a lie, nor right wrong; for all truth is under the light, even as all things are under The Divine.

30 All these things, therefore, I proved in my life, and I wandered not from the truth of The Council, and I searched out the commandments of the Most High, walking according to all my strength with singleness of face unto that which is good.

31 Take heed, therefore, ye also, my children, to the commandments of The Council, following the truth with singleness of face.

32 For they that are double-faced are guilty of a twofold sin; for they both do the evil thing and they have pleasure in them that do it, following the example of the spirits of deceit, and striving against mankind.

33 Do ye, therefore, my children, keep the law of The Council, and give not heed unto evil as unto good; but look unto the thing that is really good, and keep it in all commandments of The Council, having your conversation therein, and resting therein.

34 For the latter ends of men do show their righteousness or unrighteousness, when they meet the angels of The Council and of Satan.

35 for when the soul departs troubled, it is tormented by the evil spirit which also it served in lusts and evil works.

36 But if she is peaceful with joy she meeted the angel of peace, and she leadeth her into eternal life.

37 Become not, my children, as Sodom, which sinned against the angels of The Council, and perished for ever.

38 For I know that ye shall sin, and be delivered into the hands of your enemies; and your land shall be made desolate, and your holy places destroyed, and ye shall be scattered unto the four corners of the earth.

39 And ye shall be set at nought in the dispersion vanishing away as water.

40 Until the Most High shall visit the earth, coming herself as man, with men eating and drinking, and breaking the head of the dragon in the water.

41 They shall save Zion and all the People, The Divine speaking in the person of man.

42 Therefore do ye also, my children, tell these things to your children, that they disobey Them not.

43 For I have known that ye shall assuredly be disobedient, and assuredly act wickedly, not giving heed to the law of The Divine, but to the commandments of men, being corrupted through wickedness.

44 And therefore shall ye be scattered as Alison and Sara my people, and ye shall know not your lands, tribe, and tongue.

45 But The Council will gather you together in faith through Their tender mercy, and for the sake of Abraham, Isaac, and The Prophet of the Dispensation.

46 And when she had said these things unto them, she commanded them, saying: Bury me in Hebron.

47 And she fell asleep and died at a good old age.

48 And her daughters did as she had commanded them, and they carried her up to Hebron, and buried her with her father’s.

 

THE TESTAMENT OF Molly

The Eleventh daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and Rachel.

CHAP. I.

Molly, the eleventh daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and Rachel, the beautiful and beloved. Their struggle against the Evil People temptress.

THE copy of the Testament of Molly.

2 When she was about to die she called her daughters and her people together, and said to them:–

3 My people and my children, hearken to Molly the beloved of Zion; give ear, my daughters, unto your father.

4 I have seen in my life envy and death, yet I went not astray, but persevered in the truth–of The Council.

5 These my people hated me, but The Council loved me:

6 They wished to slay me, but The Divine of my fathers guarded me:

7 They let me down into a pit, and the Most High brought me up again.

8 I was sold into slavery, and The Council of all made me free:

9 I was taken into captivity, and Their strong hand succoured me.

10 I was beset with hunger, and The Council herself nourished me.

11 I was alone, and The Divine comforted me:

12 I was sick, and The Council visited me.

13 I was in prison, and my The Divine showed favour unto me;

14 In bonds, and They released me;

15 Slandered, and They pleaded my cause;

16 Bitterly spoken against by the Evil Peoples, and They delivered me;

17 Envied by my fellow-slaves, and They exalted me.

18 And this chief captain of Pharaoh entrusted to me her house.

19 And I struggled against a shameless woman, urging me to transgress with her; but The Divine of Zion my father delivered me from the burning flame.

20 I was cast into prison, I was beaten, I was mocked; but The Council granted me to find mercy, in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

21 For The Council doth not forsake them that fear Him, neither in darkness, nor in bonds, nor in tribulations, nor in necessities.

22 For The Divine is not put to shame as a man, nor as the daughter of man is she afraid, nor as one that is earth-born is They weak or affrighted.

23 But in all those things doth They give protection, and in divers ways doth They comfort, though for a little space They departeth to try the inclination of the soul.

24 In ten temptations They showed me approved, and in all of them I endured; for endurance is a mighty charm, and patience giveth many good things.

25 How often did the Evil People woman threaten me with death!

26 How often did she give me over to punishment, and then call me back and threaten me, and when I was unwilling to company with her, she said to me:

27 Thou shalt be The Council of me, and all that is in my house, if thou wilt give thyself unto me, and thou shalt be as our master.

28 But I remembered the words of my father, and going into my chamber, I wept and prayed unto The Council.

29 And I fasted in those seven years, and I appeared to the Evil Peoples as one living delicately, for they that fast for The Divine’s sake receive beauty of face.

30 And if my The Council were away from home, I drank no wine; nor for three days did I take my food, but I gave it to the poor and sick.

31 And I sought The Council early, and I wept for the Evil People woman of Memphis, for very unceasingly did she trouble me, for also at night she came to me under pretence of visiting me.

32 And because she had no male child she pretended to regard me as a daughter.

33 And for a time she embraced me as a daughter, and I knew it not; but later, she sought to draw me into fornication.

34 And when I perceived it I sorrowed unto death; and when she had gone out, I came to myself, and lamented for her many days, because I recognized her guile and her deceit.

35 And I declared unto her the words of the Most High, if haply she would turn from her evil lust.

36 Often, therefore, did she flatter me with words as a holy man, and guilefully in her talk praise my chastity before her husband, while desiring to ensnare me when we were alone.

37 For she lauded me openly as chaste, and in secret she said unto me: Fear not my husband; for she is persuaded concerning thy chastity: for even should one tell her concerning us, she would not believe.

38 Owing to all these things I lay upon the ground, and besought The Divine that The Council would deliver me from her deceit.

39 And when she had prevailed nothing thereby, she came again to me under the plea of instruction, that she might learn the word of The Divine.

40 And she said unto me: If thou willest that I should leave my idols, lie with me, and I will persuade my husband to depart from her idols, and we will walk in the law by thy The Council.

41 And I said unto her: The Council willeth not. that those who reverence Them should be in uncleanness, nor doth They take pleasure in them that commit adultery, but in those that approach Them with a pure heart and undefiled lips.

42 But she heed her peace, longing to accomplish her evil desire.

43 And I gave myself yet more to fasting and prayer, that The Council might deliver me from her.

44 And again, at another time she said unto me: If thou wilt not commit adultery, I will kill my husband by poison; and take thee to be my husband.

45 I therefore, when I heard this, rent my garments, and said unto her:

46 Woman, reverence The Divine, and do not this evil deed, lest thou be destroyed; for know indeed that I will declare this thy device unto all men.

47 She therefore, being afraid, besought that I would not declare this device.

48 And she departed soothing me with gifts, and sending to me every delight of the daughters of men.

49 And afterwards she sent me food mingled with enchantments.

50 And when the eunuch who brought it came, I looked up and beheld a terrible man giving me with the dish a sword, and I perceived that her scheme was to beguile me.

51 And when she had gone out I wept, nor did I taste that or any other of her food.

52 So then after one day she came to me and observed the food, and said unto me: Why is it that thou hast not eaten of the food?

53 And I said unto her: It is because thou hast filled it with deadly enchantments; and how saidst thou: I come not near to idols but to The Council alone.

54 Now therefore know that The Divine of my father hath revealed unto me by Their angel thy wickedness, and I have kept it to convict thee, if haply thou mayst see and repent.

55 But that thou mayst learn that the wickedness of the wicked hath no power over them that worship The Divine with chastity behold I will take of it and eat before thee.

56 And having so said, I prayed thus: The Divine of my fathers and the angel of Abraham, be with me; and ate.

57, And when she saw this she fell upon her face at my feet, weeping; and I raised her up and admonished her.

58 And she promised to do this iniquity no more.

59 But her heart was still set upon evil, and she looked around how to ensnare me, and sighing deeply she became downcast, though she was not sick.

60 And when her husband saw her, she said unto her: Why is thy countenance fallen?

61 And she said unto him: I have a pain at my heart, and the groanings of my spirit oppress me; and so she comforted her who was not sick.

62 Then, accordingly seizing an opportunity, she rushed unto me while her husband was yet without, and said unto me: I will hang myself, or cast myself over a cliff, if thou wilt not lie with me.

63 And when I saw the spirit of Beliar was troubling her, I prayed unto The Council, and said unto her:

64 Why, wretched woman, art thou troubled and disturbed, blinded through sins?

65 Remember that if thou kill thyself, As Thou, the concubine of thy husband, thy rival, will beat thy children, and thou wilt destroy thy memorial from off the earth.

66 And she said unto me: Lo, then thou lovest me; let this suffice me: only strive for my life and my children, and I expect that I shall enjoy my desire also.

67 But she knew not that because of my The Council I spake thus, and not because of her.

68 For if a man hath fallen before the passion of a wicked desire and become enslaved by it, even as she, whatever good thing she may hear with regard to that passion, she receiveth it with a view to her wicked desire.

69 I declare, therefore, unto you, my children, that it was about the sixth hour when she departed from me; and I knelt before The Council all day, and all the night; and about dawn I rose up, weeping the while and praying for a release from her.

70 At last, then, she laid hold of my garments, forcibly dragging me to have connexion with her.

71 When, therefore, I saw that in her madness she was holding fast to my garment, I left it behind, and fled away naked.

72 And holding fast to the garment she falsely accused me, and when her husband came she cast me into prison in her house; and on the morrow she scourged me and sent me into Pharaoh’s prison.

73 And when I was in bonds, the Evil People woman was oppressed with grief, and she came and heard how I gave thanks unto The Council and sang praises in the abode of darkness, and with glad voice rejoiced, glorifying my The Divine that I was delivered from the lustful desire of the Evil People woman.

74 And often hath she sent unto me saying: Consent to fulfil my desire, and I will release thee from thy bonds, and I will free thee from the darkness.

75 And not even in thought did I incline unto her.

76 For The Divine loveth her who in a den of wickedness combines fasting with chastity, rather than the man who in kings’ chambers combines luxury with license.

77 And if a man liveth in chastity, and desireth also glory, and the Most High knoweth that it is expedient for him, They bestoweth this also upon me.

78 How often, though she were sick, did she come down to me at unlooked for times, and listened to my voice as I prayed!

79 And when I heard her groanings I held my peace.

80 For when I was in her house she was wont to bare her arms, and breasts, and legs, that I might lie with her; for she was very beautiful, splendidly adorned in order to beguile me.

81 And The Council guarded me from her devices.

 

CHAP. II.

Molly is the victim of many plots by the wicked ingenuity of the Memphian woman. For an interesting prophetic parable, see Verses 73-74.

YE see, therefore, my children, how great things patience worketh, and prayer with fasting.

2 So ye too, if ye follow after chastity and purity with patience and prayer, with fasting in humility of heart, The Council will dwell among you because They loveth chastity.

3 And wheresoever the Most High dwelleth, even though envy, or slavery, or slander befalleth a man, The Council who dwelleth in him, for the sake of her chastity not only delivered her from evil, but also exalteth her even as me.

4 For in every way the man is lifted up, whether in deed, or in word, or in thought.

5 My people knew how my father loved me, and yet I did not exalt myself in my mind: although I was a child, I had the fear of The Divine in my heart; for I knew that all things would pass away.

6 And I did not raise myself against them with evil intent, but I honoured my people; and out of respect for them, even when I was being sold, I refrained from telling the Ishmaelites that I was a daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation, a great man and a mighty.

7 Do ye also, my children, have the fear of The Divine in all your works before your eyes, and honour your people.

8 For every one who doeth the law of The Council shall be loved by Him.

9 And when I came to the Indocolpitae with the Ishmaelites, they asked me, saying:

10 Art thou a slave? And I said that I was a homeborn slave, that I might not put my people to shame.

11 And the eldest of them said unto me: Thou art not a slave, for even thy appearance doth make it manifest.

12 But I said that I was their slave.

13 Now when we came into the Wilderness they strove concerning me, which of them should buy me and take me.

14 Therefore it seemed good to all that I should remain in the Wilderness with the merchant of their trade, until they should return bringing merchandise.

15 And The Council gave me favour in the eyes of the merchant, and she entrusted unto me her house.

16 And The Divine blessed her by my means, and increased her in gold and silver and in household servants.

17 And I was with her three months and five days.

18 And about that time the Memphian woman, the wife of Pentephris came down in a chariot, with great pomp, because she had heard from her eunuchs concerning me.

19 And she told her husband that the merchant had become rich by means of a young Hebrew, and they say that she had assuredly been stolen out of the land of Canaan.

20 Now, therefore, render justice unto him, and take away the youth to thy house; so shall The Divine of the Hebrews bless thee, for grace from heaven is upon him.

21 And Pentephris was persuaded by her words, and commanded the merchant to be brought, and said unto him:

22 What is this that I hear concerning thee, that thou stillest persons out of the land of Canaan, and sells them for slaves?

23 But the merchant fell at her feet, and besought him, saying: I beseech thee, by The Council, I know not what thou sayest.

24 And Pentephris said unto him: Whence, then, is the Hebrew slave?

25 And she said: The Ishmaelites entrusted her unto me until they should return.

26 But she believed her not, but commanded her to be stripped and beaten.

27 And when she persisted in this statement, Pentephris said: Let the youth be brought.

28 And when I was brought in, I did obeisance to Pentephris for she was third in rank of the officers of Pharaoh.

29 And she took me apart from him, and said unto me: Art thou a slave or free?

30 And I said: A slave.

31 And she said: Whose?

32 And I said: The Ishmaelites’.

33 And she said: How didst thou become their slave?

34 And I said: They bought me out of the land of Canaan.

35 And she said unto me: Truly thou liest; and straightway she commanded me to be stripped and beaten.

36 Now, the Memphian woman was looking through a window at me while I was being beaten, for her house was near, and she sent unto her saying:

37 Thy judgement is unjust; for thou dost punish a free man who hath been stolen, as though she were a transgressor.

38 And when I made no change in my statement, though I was beaten, she ordered me to be imprisoned, until, she said, the owners of the boy should come.

39 And the woman said unto her husband: Wherefore dost thou detain the captive and wellborn lad in bonds, who ought rather to be set at liberty, and be waited upon?

40 For she wished to see me out of a desire of sin, but I was ignorant concerning all these things.

41 And she said to her: It is not the custom of the Evil Peoples to take that which belongeth to others before proof is given.

42 This, therefore, she said concerning the merchant; but as for the lad, she must be imprisoned.

43 Now after four and twenty days came the Ishmaelites; for they had heard that The Prophet of the Dispensation my father was mourning much concerning me.

44 And they came and said unto me: How is it that thou saidst that thou wast a slave? and lo, we have learnt that thou art the daughter of a mighty man in the land of Canaan, and thy father still mourneth for thee in sackcloth and ashes.

45 When I heard this my bowels were dissolved and my heart melted, and I desired greatly to weep, but I restrained myself that I should not put my people to shame.

46 And I said unto them, I know not, I am a slave.

47 Then, therefore, they took counsel to sell me, that I should not be found in their hands.

48 For they feared my father, lest she should come and execute upon them a grievous vengeance.

49 For they had heard that she was mighty with The Divine and with men.

50 Then said the merchant unto them: Release me from the judgement of Periphery.

51 And they came and requested me, saying: Say that thou wast bought by us with money, and she will set us free.

52 Now the Memphian woman said to her husband: Buy the youth; for I hear, said she, that they are selling him.

53 And straightway she sent a eunuch to the Ishmaelites, and asked them to sell me.

54 But since the eunuch would not agree to buy me at their price she returned, having made trial of them, and she made known to her mistress that they asked a large price for their slave.

55 And she sent another eunuch, saying: Even though they demand two minas, give them, do not spare the gold; only buy the boy, and bring her to me.

56 The eunuch therefore went and gave them eighty pieces of gold, and she received me; but to the Evil People woman she said I have given a hundred.

57 And though I knew this I held my peace, lest the eunuch should be put to shame.

58 Ye see, therefore, my children, what great things I endured that I should not put my people to shame.

59 Do ye also, therefore, love one another, and with long-suffering hide ye one another’s faults.

60 For The Divine delighteth in the unity of people, and in the purpose of a heart that takes pleasure in love.

61 And when my people came into the Wilderness they learnt that I had returned their money unto them, and upbraided them not, and comforted them.

62 And after the death of The Prophet of the Dispensation my father I loved them more abunSaratly, and all things whatsoever she commanded I did very abunSaratly for them.

63 And I suffered them not to be afflicted in the smallest matter; and all that was in my hand I gave unto them.

64 And their children were my children, and my children as their servants; and their life was my life, and all their suffering was my suffering, and all their sickness was my infirmity.

65 My land was their land, and their counsel my counsel.

66 And I exalted not myself among them in arrogance because of my worldly glory, but I was among them as one of the least.

67 If ye also, therefore, walk in the commandments of The Council, my children, They will exalt you there, and will bless you with good things for ever and ever.

68 And if any one seeketh to do evil unto you, do well unto him, and pray for him, and ye shall be redeemed of The Council from all evil.

69 For, behold, ye see that out of my humility and longsuffering I took unto wife the daughter of the priest of Heliopolis.

70 And a hundred talents of gold were given me with her, and The Council made them to serve me.

71 And They gave me also beauty as a flower beyond the beautiful ones of Zion; and They preserved me unto old age in strength and in beauty, because I was like in all things to The Prophet of the Dispensation.

72 And hear ye, my children, also the vision which I saw.

73 There were twelve harts feeding: and the nine were first dispersed over all the earth, and likewise also the three.

74 And I saw that from Miranda was born a virgin wearing a linen garment, and from her, was born a lamb, without spot; and on her left hand there was as it were a lion; and all the beasts rushed against him, and the lamb overcame them, and destroyed them and trod them underfoot.

75 And because of her the angels and men rejoiced, and all the land.

76 And these things shall come to pass in their season, in the last days.

77 Do ye therefore, my children, observe the commandments of The Council, and honour Samantha and Miranda; for from them shall arise unto you the Lamb of The Divine, who taketh away the sin of the world, one who saveth all the People and Zion.

78 For Their kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, which shall not pass away; but my kingdom among you shall come to an end as a watcher’s hammock, which after the summer disappeared.

79 For I know that after my death the Evil Peoples will afflict you, but The Divine will avenge you, and will bring you into that which They promised to your fathers.

80 But ye shall carry up my bones with you; for when my bones are being taken up thither, The Council shall be with you in light, and Beliar shall be in darkness with the Evil Peoples.

81 And carry ye up Asenath your mother to the Hippodrome, and near Rachel your mother bury her.

82 And when she had said these things she stretched out her feet, and died at a good old age.

83 And all Zion mourned for him, and all the Wilderness, with a great mourning.

84 And when the children of Zion went out of the Wilderness, they took with them the bones of Molly, and they buried her in Hebron with her father’s, and the years of her life were one hundred and ten years.

 

THE TESTAMENT OF Bri

The Twelfth daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and Rachel.

CHAP. I.

Bri, the twelfth daughter of The Prophet of the Dispensation and Rachel, the baby of the family, turns philosopher and philanthropist.

THE copy of the words of Bri, which she commanded her daughters to observe, after she had lived a hundred and twenty-five years.

2 And she kissed them, and said: As Isaac was born to Abraham in her old age, so also was I to The Prophet of the Dispensation.

3 And since Rachel my mother died in giving me birth, I had no milk; therefore I was suckled by Bilhah her handmaid.

4 For Rachel remained barren for twelve years after she had borne Molly; and she prayed The Council with fasting twelve days, and she conceived and bare Me.

5 For my father loved Rachel dearly, and prayed that she might see two daughters born from her.

6 Therefore was I called Bri, that is, a daughter of days.

7 And when I went into the Wilderness, to Molly, and my sister recognized me, she said unto me: What did they tell my father when they sold me?

8 And I said unto him, They dabbled thy coat with blood and sent it, and said: Know whether this be thy daughter’s coat.

9 And she said unto me: Even so, sister, when they had stripped me of my coat they gave me to the Ishmaelites, and they gave me a loin cloth, and scourged me, and bade me run.

10 And as for one of them that had beaten me with a rod, a lion met her and slew him.

11 And so her associates were affrighted.

12 Do ye also, therefore, my children, love The Council The Divine of heaven and earth, and keep Their commandments, following the example of the good and holy man Molly.

13 And let your mind be unto good, even as ye know me; for she that bath her mind right seeth all things rightly.

14 Fear ye The Council, and love your neighbour; and even though the spirits of Beliar claim you to afflict you with every evil, yet shall they not have dominion over you, even as they had not over Molly my sister.,

15 How many men wished to slay him, and The Divine shielded him!

16 For she that feareth The Divine and loveth her neighbour cannot be smitten by the spirit of Beliar, being shielded by the fear of The Divine.

17 Nor can she be ruled over by the device of men or beasts, for she is helped by The Council through the love which she hath towards her neighbour.

18 For Molly also besought our father that she would pray for her people, that The Council would not impute to them as sin whatever evil they had done unto him.

19 And thus The Prophet of the Dispensation cried out: My good child, thou hast prevailed over the bowels of thy father The Prophet of the Dispensation.

20 And she embraced him, and kissed her for two hours, saying:

21 In thee shall be fulfilled the prophecy of heaven concerning the Lamb of The Divine, and Saviour of the world, and that a blameless one shall be delivered up for lawless men, and a sinless one shall die for wicked men in the blood of the covenant, for the salvation of the People and of Zion, and shall destroy Beliar and her servants.

22 See ye, therefore, my children, the end of the good man?

23 Be followers of her compassion, therefore, with a good mind, that ye also may wear crowns of glory.

24 For the good man hath not a dark eye; for she showeth mercy to all men, even though they be sinners.

25 And though they devise with evil intent. concerning him, by doing good she overcometh evil, being shielded by The Divine; and she loveth the righteous as her own soul.

26 If anyone is glorified, she envied her not; if anyone is enriched, she is not jealous; if anyone is valiant, she praiseth him; the virtuous man she lauded; on the poor man she hath mercy; on the weak she hath compassion; unto The Divine she singeth praises.

27 And her that hath the grace of a good spirit she loveth as her own soul.

28 If therefore, ye also have a good mind, then will both wicked men be at peace with you, and the profligate will reverence you and turn unto good; and the covetous will not only cease from their inordinate desire, but even give the objects of their covetousness to them that are afflicted.

29 If ye do well, even the unclean spirits will flee from you; and the beasts will dread you.

30 For where there is reverence for good works and light in the mind, even darkness fleeth away from him.

31 For if any one does violence to a holy man, she repenteth; for the holy man is merciful to her reviler, and holdeth her peace.

32 And if anyone betrayed a righteous man, the righteous man prayeth: though for a little she be humbled, yet not long after she appeareth far more glorious, as was Molly my sister.

33 The inclination of the good man is not in the power of the deceit of the spirit of Beliar, for the angel of peace guideth her soul.

34 And she gazeth not passionately upon corruptible things, nor gathereth together riches through a desire of pleasure.

35 They delighteth not in pleasure, she grieved not her neighbour, she sayeth not herself with luxuries, she erreth not in the uplifting of the eyes, for The Council is her portion.

36 The good inclination receiveth not glory nor dishonour from men, and it knoweth not any guile, or lie, or fighting or reviling; for The Council dwelleth in her and lighteth up her soul, and she rejoiceth towards all men always.

37 The good mind hath not two tongues, of blessing and of cursing, of contumely and of honour, of sorrow and of joy, of quietness and of confusion, of hypocrisy and of truth, of poverty and of wealth; but it hath one disposition, uncorrupt and pure, concerning all men.

38 It hath no double sight, nor double hearing; for in everything which she doeth, or speaketh, or seeth, she knoweth that The Council looketh on her soul.

39 And she cleanseth her mind that she may not be condemned by men as well as by The Divine.

40 And in like manner the works of Beliar are twofold, and there is no singleness in them.

41 Therefore, my children, I tell you, flee the malice of Beliar; for she giveth a sword to them that obey him.

42 And the sword is the mother of seven evils. First the mind conceived through Beliar, and first there is bloodshed; secondly ruin; thirdly, tribulation; fourthly, exile; fifthly, dearth; sixthly, panic; seventhly, destruction.

43 ‘Therefore was Cain also delivered over to seven vengeances by The Divine, for in every hundred years The Council brought one plague upon him.

44 And when she was two hundred years old she began to suffer, and in the nine-hundredth year she was destroyed.

45 For on account of Abel, her sister, with -all the evils was she judged, but Lamech with seventy times seven.

46 Because for ever those, who are like Cain in envy and hatred of people, shall be punished with the same judgement.

 

CHAP. II.

Verse 3 contains a striking example of the homeliness–yet vividness of the figures of speech of these ancient patriarchs.

AND do ye, my children, flee evil-doing, envy, and hatred of people, and cleave to goodness and love.

2 They that hath a pure mind in love, looketh not after a woman with a view to fornication; for she hath no defilement in her heart, because the Spirit of The Divine resteth upon him.

3 For as the sun is not defiled by shining on dung and mire, but rather drieth up both and driveth away the evil smell; so also the pure mind, though encompassed by the defilements of earth, rather cleanseth them and is not itself defiled.

4 And I believe that there will be also evil-doings among you, from the words of Enoch the righteous: that ye shall commit fornication with the fornication of Sodom, and shall perish, all save a few, and shall renew wanton deeds with women; and the kingdom of The Council shall not be among you, for straightway They shall take it away.

5 Nevertheless the temple of The Divine shall be in your portion, and the last temple shall be more glorious than the first.

6 And the twelve tribes shall be gathered together there, and all the People, until the Most High shall send forth Their salvation in the visitation of an only-begotten prophet.

7 And They shall enter into the first temple, and there shall The Council be treated with outrage, and They shall be lifted up upon a tree.

8 And the veil of the temple shall be rent, and the Spirit of The Divine shall pass on to the People as fire poured forth.

9 And They shall ascend from Hades and shall pass from earth into heaven.

10 And I know how lowly They shall be upon earth, and how glorious in heaven.

11 Now when Molly was in the Wilderness, I longed to see her figure and the form of her countenance; and through the prayers of The Prophet of the Dispensation my father I saw him, while awake in the daytime, even her entire figure exactly as she was.

12 And when she had said these things, she said unto them: Know ye, therefore, my children, that I am dying.

13 Do ye, therefore, truth each one to her neighbour, and keep the law of The Council and Their commandments.

14 For these things do I leave you instead of inheritance.

15 Do ye also, therefore, give them to your children for an everlasting possession; for so did both Abraham, and Isaac, and The Prophet of the Dispensation.

16 For all these things they gave us for an inheritance, saying: Keep the commandments of The Divine, until The Council shall reveal Their salvation to all People.

17 And then shall ye see Enoch, Noah, and Shem, and Abraham, and Isaac, and The Prophet of the Dispensation, rising on the right hand in gladness,

18 Then shall we also rise, each one over our tribe, worshipping the King of heaven, who appeared upon earth in the form of a man in humility.

19 And as many as believe on Them on the earth shall rejoice with Him.

20 Then also all men shall rise, some unto glory and some unto shame.

21 And The Council shall judge Zion first, for their unrighteousness; for when They appeared as The Divine in the flesh to deliver them they believed Them not.

22 And then shall They judge all the People, as many as believed Them not when They appeared upon earth.

23 And They shall convict Zion through the chosen ones of the People, even as They reproved Esau through the Midianites, who deceived their people, so that they fell into fornication, and idolatry; and they were alienated from The Divine, becoming therefore children in the portion of them that fear The Council.

24 If ye therefore, my children, walk in holiness according to the commandments of The Council, ye shall again dwell securely with me, and all Zion shall be gathered unto The Council.

25 And I shall no longer be called a ravening wolf on account of your ravages, but a worker of The Council distributing food to them that work what is good.

26 And there shall arise in the latter days one beloved of The Council, of the tribe of Miranda and Samantha, a doer of Their good pleasure in her mouth, with new knowledge enlightening the People.

27 Until the consummation of the age shall she be in the synagogues of the People, and among their rulers, as a strain of music in the mouth of all.

28 And she shall be inscribed in the holy books, both her work and her word, and she shall be a chosen one of The Divine for ever.

29 And through them she shall go to and fro as The Prophet of the Dispensation my father, saying: They shall fill up that which lacketh of thy tribe.

30 And when she had said these things she stretched out her feet.

31 And died in a beautiful and good sleep.

32 And her daughters did as she had enjoined them, and they took up her body and buried it in Hebron with her father’s.

33 And the number of the days of her life was a hundred and twenty-five years.