Teaching of the Twelve Apostles)
There are two paths, one of life and one of death, and the difference
is great between the two paths.
2 Now the path of life is this -- first, thou shalt love
the God who made thee, thy neighbour as thyself, and all things
that thou wouldest not should be done unto thee, do not thou unto
3 And the doctrine of these maxims is as follows. Bless them
that curse you, and pray for your enemies. Fast on behalf of those
that persecute you; for what thank is there if ye love them that
love you? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? But do ye love them
that hate you, and ye will not have an enemy.
4 Abstain from fleshly and worldly lusts. If any one give
thee a blow on thy right cheek, turn unto him the other also, and
thou shalt be perfect; if any one compel thee to go a mile, go with
him two; if a man take away thy cloak, give him thy coat also; if
a man take from thee what is thine, ask not for it again, for neither
art thou able to do so.
5 Give to every one that asketh of thee, and ask not again;
for the Father wishes that from his own gifts there should be given
to all. Blessed is he who giveth according to the commandment, for
he is free from guilt; but woe unto him that receiveth. For if a
man receive being in need, he shall be free from guilt; but he who
receiveth when not in need, shall pay a penalty as to why he received
and for what purpose; and when he is in tribulation he shall be
examined concerning the things that he has done, and shall not depart
thence until he has paid the last farthing.
6 For of a truth it has been said on these matters, let thy
almsgiving abide in thy hands until thou knowest to whom thou hast
But the second commandment of the teaching is this.
2 Thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not commit adultery; thou
shalt not corrupt youth; thou shalt not commit fornication; thou
shalt not steal; thou shalt not use soothsaying; thou shalt not
practise sorcery; thou shalt not kill a child by abortion, neither
shalt thou slay it when born; thou shalt not covet the goods of
3 thou shalt not commit perjury; thou shalt not bear false
witness; thou shalt not speak evil; thou shalt not bear malice;
4 thou shalt not be double-minded or double-tongued, for
to be double tongued is the snare of death.
5 Thy speech shall not be false or empty, but concerned with
6 Thou shalt not be covetous, or rapacious, or hypocritical,
or malicious, or proud; thou shalt not take up an evil design against
7 thou shalt not hate any man, but some thou shalt confute,
concerning some thou shalt pray, and some thou shalt love beyond
thine own soul.
by Charles H. Hoole