Teaching of the Twelve Apostles)
My child, fly from everything that is evil, and from everything
that is like to it.
2 Be not wrathful, for wrath leadeth unto slaughter; be not
jealous, or contentious, or quarrelsome, for from all these things
3 My child, be not lustful, for lust leadeth unto fornication;
be not a filthy talker; be not a lifter up of the eye, for from
all these things come adulteries.
4 My child, be not an observer of omens, since it leadeth
to idolatry, nor a user of spells, nor an astrologer, nor a travelling
purifier, nor wish to see these things, for from all these things
5 My child, be not a liar, for lying leadeth unto theft;
be not covetous or conceited, for from all these things thefts arise.
6 My child, be not a murmurer, since it leadeth unto blasphemy;
be not self-willed or evil-minded, for from all these things blasphemies
7 but be thou meek, for the meek shall inherit the earth;
8 be thou longsuffering, and compassionate, and harmless,
and peaceable, and good, and fearing alway the words that thou hast
9 Thou shalt not exalt thyself, neither shalt thou put boldness
into thy soul. Thy soul shall not be joined unto the lofty, but
thou shalt walk with the just and humble.
10 Accept the things that happen to thee as good, knowing
that without God nothing happens.
My child, thou shalt remember both night and day him that speaketh
unto thee the Word of God; thou shalt honour him as thou dost the
Lord, for where the teaching of the Lord is given, there is the
2 thou shalt seek out day by day the favour of the saints,
that thou mayest rest in their words;
3 thou shalt not desire schism, but shalt set at peace them
that contend; thou shalt judge righteously; thou shalt not accept
the person of any one to convict him of transgression;
4 thou shalt not doubt whether a thing shall be or not.
5 Be not a stretcher out of thy hand to receive, and a drawer
of it back in giving.
6 If thou hast, give by means of thy hands a redemption for
7 Thou shalt not doubt to give, neither shalt thou murmur
when giving; for thou shouldest know who is the fair recompenser
of the reward.
8 Thou shalt not turn away from him that is in need, but
shalt share with thy brother in all things, and shalt not say that
things are thine own; for if ye are partners in what is immortal,
how much more in what is mortal?
9 Thou shalt not remove thine heart from thy son or from
thy daughter, but from their youth shalt teach them the fear of
10 Thou shalt not command with bitterness thy servant or
thy handmaid, who hope in the same God as thyself, lest they fear
not in consequence the God who is over both; for he cometh not to
call with respect of persons, but those whom the Spirit hath prepared.
11 And do ye servants submit yourselves to your masters with
reverence and fear, as being the type of God.
12 Thou shalt hate all hypocrisy and everything that is not
pleasing to God;
13 thou shalt not abandon the commandments of the Lord, but
shalt guard that which thou hast received, neither adding thereto
nor taking therefrom;
14 thou shalt confess thy transgressions in the Church, and
shalt not come unto prayer with an evil conscience. This is the
path of life.
by Charles H. Hoole