I write to all the Churches, and declare to all men,
that I willingly die for the sake of God, if so be that ye hinder me not.
I entreat of you not to be [affected] towards me with a love which is
unseasonable. Leave me to become [the prey of] the beasts, that by their
means I may be accounted worthy of God. I am the wheat of God, and by the
teeth of the beasts I shall be ground,11631163 that I
may be found the pure bread of God. Provoke ye greatly11641164 the wild beasts, that they may be for me a
grave, and may leave nothing of my body, in order that, when I have
fallen asleep, I may not be a burden upon any one. Then shall I be in
truth a disciple of Jesus Christ, when the world seeth not even my body.
Entreat of our Lord in my behalf, that through these instruments I may be
found a sacrifice to God. I do not, like Peter and Paul, issue orders
unto you. They are11651165 apostles, but I
am one condemned; they indeed are free, but I am a slave, even until now.
But if I suffer, I shall be the freed-man of Jesus Christ, and I shall
rise in Him from the dead, free. And now being in bonds, I learn to