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Translation: Shepherd of Hermas Parable X Chapter 3

by PastorWilliams on January 16th, 2014

1 “Moreover, I have sent these virgins to you, that they may dwell with you; for I have seen that they are friendly towards you. Therefore you have them as helpers, that you may be the better able to keep His commandments; for it is impossible that these commandments be kept without the help of these virgins. I see too that they are glad to be with you. But I will charge them that they depart not at all from your house. 2 Only purify your house; for in a clean house they will gladly dwell. For they are clean and chaste and industrious, and have favor in the sight of the Lord. If, therefore, they will find your house pure, they will continue with you; but if the slightest pollution arise, they will depart from your house at once. For these virgins do not love pollution in any form.” 3 I said to Him, “I hope, Lord, that I will please them, so that they may gladly dwell in my house for ever. And just as this one, to whom you handed me over, does not complain about me, neither will these complain about me.” 4 He said to the Shepherd, “I know, because God’s slave desires life and keeps these commandments and the virgins in purity will dwell.” 5 After saying these things to the Shepherd again He handed me over and called the virgins. … He said to them, “Inasmuch as I see that you are glad to dwell in this man’s house, I commend to you him and his house, that you depart not at all from his house.” But they heard these words gladly.

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