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Lightfoot's Apostolic Fathers In English - J. B. Lightfoot, D. D., D.C. L., LL. D.

As I prayed in the house, and sat on the couch, there entered a man glorious in his visage, in the garb of a shepherd, with a white skin wrapped about him, and with a wallet on his shoulders and a staff in his hand. And he saluted me, and I saluted him in return. 2And he immediately sat down by my side, and he saith unto me, ‘I was sent by the most holy angel, that I might dwell with thee the remaining days of thy life.’ 3I thought he came to tempt me, and I say unto him, “Why, who art thou? For I know,’ say I, “unto whom I was delivered.’ He saith to me, ‘Dost thou not recognise me?’ ‘No,’ I say. ‘I,’ saith he, ‘am the shepherd, unto whom thou wast delivered.’ 4While he was still speaking, his form was changed, and I recognised him as being the same, to whom I was delivered; and straightway I was confounded, and fear seized me, and I was altogether overwhelmed with distress that I had answered him so wickedly and senselessly. 5But he answered and said unto me, ‘Be not confounded, but strengthen thyself in my commandments which I am about to command thee. For I was sent,’ saith he, ‘that I might show thee again all the things which thou didst see before, merely the heads which are convenient for you. First of all, write down my commandments and my parables; and the other matters thou shalt write down as I shall show them to thee. The reason why,’ saith he, ‘I command thee to write down first the commandments and parables is, that thou mayest read them off-hand, and mayest be able to keep them.’ 6So I wrote down the commandments and parables, as he commanded me. 7If then, when ye hear them, ye keep them and walk in them, and do them with a pure heart, ye shall receive from the Lord all things that He promised you; but if, when ye hear them, ye do not repent, but still add to your sins, ye shall receive from the Lord the opposite. All these the shepherd, the angel of repentance, commanded me so to write.








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