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Chapter XIX.—The way of light.
The way of light, then, is as follows. If any one desires to travel to the appointed place, he must be zealous in his works. The knowledge, therefore, which is given to us for the purpose of walking in this way, is the following. Thou shalt love Him that created thee:16871687 Cod. Sin. inserts, “Thou shalt fear Him that formed thee.” thou shalt glorify Him that redeemed thee from death. Thou shalt be simple in heart, and rich in spirit. Thou shalt not join thyself to those who walk in the way of death. Thou shalt hate doing what is unpleasing to God: thou shalt hate all hypocrisy. Thou shalt not forsake the commandments of the Lord. Thou shalt not exalt thyself, but shalt be of a lowly mind.16881688 Cod. Sin. adds, “in all things.” Thou shalt not take glory to thyself. Thou shalt not take evil counsel against thy neighbour. Thou shalt not allow over-boldness to enter into thy soul.16891689 Literally, “shalt not give insolence to thy soul.” Thou shalt not commit fornication: thou shalt not commit adultery: thou shalt not be a corrupter of youth. Thou shalt not let the word of God issue from thy lips with any kind of impurity.16901690 “That is, while proclaiming the Gospel, thou shalt not in any way be of corrupt morals.”—Hefele. Thou shalt not accept persons when thou reprovest any one for transgression. Thou shalt be meek: thou shalt be peaceable. Thou shalt tremble at the words which thou hearest.16911691 Isa. lxvi. 2. All the preceding clauses are given in Cod. Sin. in distinct lines. Thou shalt not be mindful of evil against thy brother. Thou shalt not be of doubtful mind16921692 Comp. Jas. i. 8. as to whether a thing shall be or not. Thou shalt not take the name16931693 Cod. Sin. has “thy name,” but this is corrected as above. of the Lord in vain. Thou shalt love thy neighbour more than thine own soul.16941694 Cod. Sin. corrects to, “as thine own soul.” Thou shalt not slay the child by procuring abortion; nor, again, shalt thou destroy it after it is born. Thou shalt not withdraw thy hand from thy son, or from thy daughter, but from their infancy thou shalt teach them the fear of the Lord.16951695 Cod. Sin. has, “of God.” Thou shalt not covet what is thy neighbour’s, nor shalt thou be avaricious. Thou shalt not be joined in soul with the haughty, but thou shalt be reckoned with the righteous and lowly. Receive thou as good things the trials16961696 “Difficulties,” or “troubles.” which come upon thee.16971697 Cod. Sin. adds, “knowing that without God nothing happens.” Thou shalt not be of double mind or of double tongue,16981698 Cod. Sin. has, “talkative,” and omits the following clause. for a double tongue is a snare of death. Thou shalt be subject16991699 Cod. Sin. has, “Thou shalt be subject (ὑποταγήσῃ— untouched by the corrector) to masters as a type of God.” to the Lord, and to [other] masters as the image of God, with modesty and fear. Thou shalt not issue orders with bitterness to thy maidservant or thy man-servant, who trust in the same [God17001700 Inserted in Cod. Sin. ], lest thou shouldst not17011701 Cod. Sin. has, “they should not.” reverence that God who is above both; for He came to call men not according to their outward appearance,17021702 Comp. Eph. vi. 9. but according as the Spirit had prepared them.17031703 Comp. Rom. viii. 29, 30. Thou shalt communicate in all things with thy neighbour; thou shalt not call17041704 Cod. Sin. has, “and not call.” things thine own; for if ye are partakers in common of things which are incorruptible,17051705 Cod. Sin. has, “in that which is incorruptible.” how much more [should you be] of those things which are corruptible!17061706 Cod. Sin. has, “in things that are subject to death,” but is corrected as above. Thou shalt not be hasty with thy tongue, for the mouth is a snare of death. As far as possible, thou shalt be pure in thy soul. Do not be ready to stretch forth thy hands to take, whilst thou contractest them to give. Thou shalt love, as the apple of thine eye, every one that speaketh to thee the word of the Lord. Thou shalt remember the day of judgment, night and day. Thou shalt seek out every day the faces of the saints,17071707 Or, “the persons of the saints.” Cod. Sin. omits this clause, but it is added by the corrector. either by word examining them, and going to exhort them, and meditating how to save a soul by the word,17081708 The text is here confused in all the editions; we have followed that of Dressel. Cod. Sin. is defective. Hilgenfeld’s text reads, “Thou shalt seek out every day the faces of the saints, either labouring by word and going to exhort them, and meditating to save a soul by the word, or by thy hands thou shalt labour for the redemption of thy sins”—almost identical with that given above. or by thy hands thou shalt labour for the redemption of thy sins. Thou shalt not hesitate to give, nor murmur when thou givest. “Give to every one that asketh thee,”17091709 Cod. Sin. omits this quotation from Matt. v. 42 or Luke vi. 30, but it is added by a corrector. and thou shalt know who is the good Recompenser of the reward. Thou shalt preserve what thou hast received [in charge], neither adding to it nor taking from it. To the last thou shalt hate the wicked17101710 Cod. Sin. has, “hate evil.” [one].17111711 Cod. Sin. inserts “and.” Thou shalt judge righteously. Thou shalt not make a schism, but thou shalt pacify those that contend by bringing them together. Thou shalt 149 confess thy sins. Thou shalt not go to prayer with an evil conscience. This is the way of light.17121712 Cod. Sin. omits this clause: it is inserted by a corrector.
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