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1 At what time was this revelation made In the consulship of. Theodosius Augustus the Younger and Cynegius a certain. nobleman then living in Tarsus in the house which was that of. Saint Paul an angel appearing in the night revealed to him. saying that he should open the foundations of the house and. should publish what he found but he thought that these. things were dreams, 2 But the angel coming for the third time beat him and forced. him to open the foundation And digging he found a marble. box inscribed on the sides there was the revelation of Saint. Paul and his shoes in which he walked teaching the word of. God But he feared to open that box and brought it to the. judge when he had received it the judge because it was. sealed with lead sent it to the Emperor Theodosius fearing. lest it might be something else which when he had received. the emperor opened it and found the revelation of Saint Paul. a copy of it he sent to Jerusalem and retained the original. 3 While I was in the body in which I was snatched up to the. third heaven the word of the Lord came to me saying speak to. the people until when will ye transgress and heap sin upon. sin and tempt the Lord who made you Ye are the sons of God. doing the works of the devil in the faith of Christ on account of. the impediments of the world Remember therefore and know. that while every creature serves God the human race alone. sins But it reigns over every creature and sins more than all. 4 For indeed the sun the great light often addressed the Lord. saying Lord God Almighty I look out upon the impieties and. injustices of men permit me and I shall do unto them what are. my powers that they may know that thou art God alone And. there came a voice saying to him I know all these things for. mine eye sees and ear hears but my patience bears them until. they shall be converted and repent But if they do not return to. me I will judge them all, 5 For sometimes the moon and stars addressed the Lord. saying Lord God Almighty to us thou hast given the power of. the night till when shall we look down upon the impieties and. fornications and homicides done by the sons of men Permit us. to do unto them according to our powers that they may know. that thou art God alone And there came a voice unto them. saying I know all these things and mine eye looks forth and. ear hears but my patience bears with them until they shall be. converted and repent But if they do not return unto me I will. judge them, 6 And frequently also the sea exclaimed saying Lord God. Almighty men have defiled thy holy name in me permit me to. arise and cover every wood and orchard and the whole world. until I blot out all the sons of men from before thy face that. they may know that thou art God alone And the voice came. again and said I know all things mine eye seeth everything. and mine ear heareth but my patience bears with them until. they be converted and repent But if they do not return I will. judge them Sometimes the waters also spoke against the sins. of men saying Lord God Almighty all the sons of men have. defiled thy holy name And there came a voice saying I know. all things before they come to pass for mine eye seeth and. mine ear heareth all things but my patience bears with them. until they be converted But if not I will judge them. Frequently also the earth too exclaimed to the Lord against. the sons of men saying Lord God Almighty I above every. other creature of thine am harmed supporting the, fornications adulteries homicides thefts perjuries and magic. and ill doings of men and all the evil they do so that the father. rises up against the son and the son upon the father the alien. against the alien so that each one defiles his neighbour s wife. The father ascends upon the bed of his own son and the son. likewise ascends the couch of his own father and in all these. evils they who offer the sacrifice to thy name have defiled thy. holy place Therefore I am injured above every creature. desiring not to shew my power to myself and my fruits to the. sons of men Permit me and I will destroy the virtue of my. fruits And there came a voice and said I know all things and. there is none who can hide himself from his sin Moreover I. know their impieties but my holiness suffers them until they. be converted and repent But if they do not return unto me I. will judge them, 7 Behold ye sons of men the creature is subject to God but. the human race alone sins For this cause therefore ye sons of. men bless the Lord God unceasingly every hour and every. day but more especially when the sun has set for at that hour. all the angels proceed to the Lord to worship him and to. present the works of men which every man has wrought from. the morning till the evening whether good or evil And there is. a certain angel who proceeds rejoicing concerning the man in. whom he dwells When therefore the sun has set in the first. hour of night in the same hour the angel of every people and. every man and woman who protect and preserve them, because man is the image of God similarly also in the matin. hour which is the twelfth of the night all the angels of men. and women go up to God to worship God and present every. work which each man has wrought whether good or evil. Moreover every day and night the angels show to God an. account of all the acts of the human race To you therefore I. say ye sons of men bless the Lord God without fail all the. days of your life, 8 Therefore at the appointed hour all the angels whatever. rejoicing at once together proceed before God that they may. meet to worship at the hour determined And behold suddenly. it became the hour of meeting and the angels came to worship. in the presence of God and the spirit proceeded to meet them. and there came a voice and said Whence come ye our angels. bearing the burdens of tidings, 9 They answered and said We come from those who have. renounced this world for the sake of thy holy name wandering. as pilgrims and in caves of the rocks and weeping every hour. in which they inhabited the earth and hungering and. thirsting because of thy name with their loins girded having. in theist hands the incense of their hearts and praying and. blessing every hour and restraining and overcoming. themselves weeping and wailing above the rest that inhabit. the earth And we indeed their angels mourn along with. them whither therefore it shall please thee command us to go. and minister lest others also do it but the destitute above the. rest who are on earth And there came the voice of God to them. saying Know ye that now henceforward my grace is appointed. unto you and my help who is my well beloved Son shall be. present with them guiding them every hour ministering also. to them never deserting them since their place is his. habitation, 10 When therefore these angels had retired behold other. angels came to adore in the presence of honour in the. assembly who wept and the spirit of God proceeded to meet. them and there came the voice of God and said Whence come. ye our angels bearing the burdens of the ministry of the. tidings of the world They answered and said in the presence. of God We have arrived from those who called upon thy name. and the impediments of the world made them wretched. devising many occasions every hour not even making one pure. prayer nor out of their whole heart in all the time of their life. what need therefore is there to be present with men who are. sinners And there came the voice of God to them It is. necessary that ye should minister to them until they be. converted and repent but if they do not return to me I will. judge them Know therefore sons of men that whatever things. are wrought by you these angels relate to God whether good. 11 And the angel answered and said unto me Follow me and. I will show you the place of the just where they are led when. they are deceased and after these things taking thee into the. abyss I will show thee the souls of sinners and what sort of. place they are led into when they have deceased And I. proceeded back after the angel and he led me into heaven and. I looked back upon the firmament and I saw in the same place. power and there was there oblivion which deceives and draws. down to itself the hearts of men and the spirit of detraction. and the spirit of fornication and the spirit of madness and the. spirit of insolence and there were there the princes of vices. these I saw under the firmament of heaven and again I looked. back and I saw angels without mercy having no pity whose. countenance was full of madness and their teeth sticking out. beyond the mouth their eyes shone like the morning star of. the east and from the hairs of their head sparks of fire went. out or from their mouth And I asked the angel saying Sir. who are those And the angel answered and said unto me. These are those who are destined to the souls of the impious in. the hour of need who did not believe that they had the Lord. for their helper nor hoped in him, 12 And I looked on high and I saw other angels whose. countenance shone as the sun their loins girded with golden. girdles having palms in their hands and the sign of God. clothed with garments in which was written the name of the. Son of God filled moreover with all meekness and pity and I. asked the angels saying Who are these Lord in so great. beauty and pity And the angel answered and said unto me. These are the angels of justice who are sent to lead up the. souls of the just in the hour of need who believed that they. had the Lord for their helper And I said to him Do the just. and sinners necessarily meet witnesses when they have died. And the angel answered and said to me There is one way by. which all pass over to God but the just having their helper. with them are not confounded when they go to appear in the. sight of God, 13 And I said to the angel I wished to see the souls of the just. and of sinners going out of the world And the angel answered. and said unto me Look down upon the earth And I looked. down from heaven upon the earth and saw the whole world. and it was nothing in my sight and I saw the sons of men as. though they were naught and a wanting and I wondered and. said to the angel Is this the greatness of men And the angel. answered and said unto me It is and these are they who do. evil from morning till evening And I looked and saw a great. cloud of fire spread over the whole world and I said to the. angel What is this my Lord and he said to me This is. injustice stirred up by the princes of sinners, 14 I indeed when I had heard this sighed and wept and said. to the angel I wished to see the souls of the just and of. sinners and to see in what manner they go out of the body. And the angel answered and said unto me Look again upon. the earth And I looked and saw all the world and men were. as naught and a wanting and I looked carefully and saw a. certain man about to die and the angel said to me This one. whom thou seest is a just man And I looked again and saw all. his works whatever he had done for the sake of God s name. and all his desires both what he remembered and what he did. not remember they all stood in his sight in the hour of need. and I saw the just man advance and find refreshment and. confidence and before he went out of the world the holy and. the impious angels both attended and I saw them all but the. impious found no place of habitation in him but the holy took. possession of his soul guiding it till it went out of the body. and they roused the soul saying Soul know thy body whence. thou goest out for it is necessary that thou shouldst return to. the same body on the day of the resurrection that thou mayest. receive the things promised to all the just Receiving therefore. the soul from the body they immediately kissed it as. familiarly known to them saying to it Do manfully for thou. hast done the will of God while placed in the earth And there. came to meet him the angel who watched him every day and. said to him Do manfully soul for I rejoice in thee because. thou hast done the will of God on earth for I related to God all. thy works such as they were Similarly also the spirit. proceeded to meet him and said Soul fear not nor be. disturbed until thou comest into a place which thou hast. never known but I will be a helper unto thee for I found in. thee a place of refreshment in the time when I dwelt in thee. while I was on earth And his spirit strengthened him and his. angel received him and led him into heaven and an angel. said Whither runnest thou O soul and dost thou dare to enter. into heaven Wait and let us see if there is anything of ours in. thee and behold we find nothing in thee I see also thy divine. helper and angel and the spirit is rejoicing along with thee. because thou hast done the will of God on earth And they led. him along till he should worship in the sight of God And when. they had ceased immediately Michael and all the army of. angels with one voice adored the footstool of his feet and his. doom saying at the same time to the soul This is your God of. all things who made you in his own image and likeness. Moreover the angel returns and points him out saying God. remember his labours for this is the soul whose works I. related to thee doing according to thy judgment And the spirit. said likewise I am the spirit of vivification inspiring him for I. had refreshment in him in the time when I dwelt in him. doing according to thy judgment And there came the voice of. God and said In as much as this man did not vex me neither. will I vex him for according as he had pity I also will have. pity Let him therefore be handed over to Michael the angel of. the Covenant and let him lead him into the Paradise of joy. that he himself may become co heir with all the saints And. after these things I heard the voices of a thousand thousand. angels and archangels and cherubim and twenty four elders. saying hymns and glorifying the Lord and crying thou art. just O Lord and just are thy judgments and there is no. acceptance of persons with thee but thou rewardest unto every. man according to thy judgment And the angel answered and. said unto me Hast thou believed and known that whatever. each man of you has done he sees in the hour of need And I. said Yes sir, 15 And he saith to me Look again down on the earth and. watch the soul of an impious man going out of the body which. vexed the Lord day and night saying I know nothing else in. this world I eat and drink and enjoy what is in the world for. who is there who has descended into hell and ascending has. declared to us that there is judgment there And again I looked. carefully and saw all the scorn of the sinner and all that he. did and they stood together before him in the hour of need. and it was done to him in that hour in which he was. threatened about his body at the judgment and I said It were. better for him if he had not been born And after these things. there came at the same time the holy angels and the malign. and the soul of the sinner and the holy angels did not find a. place in it Moreover the malign angels cursed it and when. they had drawn it out of the body the angels admonished it a. third time saying O wretched soul look upon thy flesh. whence thou camest out for it is necessary that thou shouldst. return to thy flesh in the day of resurrection that thou mayest. receive the due for thy sins and thy impieties, 16 And when they had led it forth the customary angel. preceded it and said to it O wretched soul I am the angel. belonging to thee relating daily to the Lord thy malign works. whatever thou didst by night or day and if it were in my. power not for one day would I minister to thee but none of. these things was I able to do the judge is pitiful and just and. he himself commanded us that we should not cease to minister. to the soul till you should repent but thou hast lost the time. of repentance I indeed was strange to thee and thou to me Let. us go on then to the just judge I will not dismiss thee before I. know from to day why I was strange to thee And the spirit. confounded him and the angel troubled him When therefore. they had arrived at the power when he started to enter. heaven a labour was imposed upon him above all other. labour error and oblivion and murmuring met him and the. spirit of fornication and the rest of the powers and said to. him Whither goest thou wretched soul and darest thou to. rush into heaven hold that we may see if we have our. qualities in thee since we do not see that thou hast a holy. helper And after that I heard voices in the height of heaven. saying Present that wretched soul to God that it may know. that it is God that it despised When therefore it had entered. heaven all the angels saw it a thousand thousand exclaimed. with one voice all saying Woe to thee wretched soul for the. sake of thy works which thou didst on earth what answer art. thou about to give to God when thou shalt have approached to. adore him The angel who was with it answered and said. Weep with me my beloved for I have not found rest in this. soul And the angels answered him and said Let such a soul be. taken away from the midst of ours for from the time he. entered the stink of him crosses to us angels And after these. things it was presented that it might worship in the sight of. God and an angel of God showed him God who made him after. his own image and likeness Moreover his angel ran before him. saying Lord God Almighty I am the angel of this soul whose. works I presented to thee day and night not doing according to. thy judgment And the spirit likewise said I am the spirit who. dwelt in it from the time it was made in itself moreover I. know it and it has not followed my will judge it Lord. according to thy judgment And there came the voice of God to. it and said Where is thy fruit which thou has made worthy of. the goods which thou hast received Have I put a distance of. one day between thee and the just man Did I not make the. sun to arise upon thee as upon the just But the soul was. silent having nothing to answer and again there came a voice. saying Just is the judgment of God and there is no acceptance. of persons with God for whoever shall have done mercy on. them shall he have mercy and whoever shall not have pitied. neither shall God pity him Let him therefore be handed over. to the angel Tartaruch who is set over the punishments and. let him place him in outer darkness where there is weeping. and gnashing of teeth and let him be there till the great day of. judgment And after these things I heard the voice of angels. and archangels saying Thou art just Lord and thy judgment. 17 And again I saw and behold a soul which was led forward. by two angels weeping and saying Have pity on me just God. God the judge for to day is seven days since I went out of my. body and I was handed over to these two angels and they led. me through to those places which I had never seen And God. the just judge saith to him What hast thou done for thou. never didst mercy wherefore thou wast handed over to such. angels as have no mercy and because thou didst not do. uprightly so neither did they act piously with thee in the hour. of thy need Confess therefore thy sins which thou didst. commit when placed in the world And he answered and said. Lord I did not sin And the Lord the just Lord was angered in. fury when it said I did not sin because it lied and God said. Dost thou think thou art still in the world if any one of you. sinning there conceal and hide his sin from his neighbour. here indeed nothing whatever shall be hid for when the souls. come to adore in sight of the throne both the good works and. the sins of each one are made manifest And hearing these. things the soul was silent having no answer And I heard the. Lord God the just judge again saying Come angel of this. soul and stand in the midst And the angel of the sinful soul. came having in his hands a manuscript and said These. Lord in my hands are all the sins of this soul from his youth. till to day from the tenth year of his birth and if thou. command Lord I will also relate his acts from the beginning. of his fifteenth year And the Lord God the just judge said I. say unto thee angel I do not expect of thee an account of him. since he began to be fifteen years old but state his sins for five. years before he died and before he came hither And again. God the just judge said For by myself I swear and by my. holy angels and by my virtue that if he had repented five. years before he died on account of one year s life oblivion. would now be thrown over all the evils which he sinned before. and he would have indulgence and remission of sins now. indeed he shall perish And the angel of the sinful soul. answered and said Lord command that angel to exhibit those. 18 And in that same hour the souls were exhibited in the. midst and the soul of the sinner knew them and the Lord said. to the soul of the sinner I say unto thee soul confess thy work. which thou wroughtest in these souls whom thou seest when. they were in the world And he answered and said Lord it is. not yet a full year since I slew this one and poured his blood. upon the ground and with another a woman I committed. fornication not this alone but I also greatly harmed her in. taking away her goods And the Lord God the just judge said. Either thou didst not know that he who does violence to. another if he dies first who sustains the violence is kept in. this place until the doer of hurt dies and then both stand in. the presence of the judge and now each receives according to. his deed And I heard a voice of one saying Let that soul be. delivered into the hands of Tartarus and led down into hell he. shall lead him into the lower prison and he shall be put in. torments and left there till the great day of judgment And. again I heard a thousand thousand angels saying hymns to the. Lord and crying Thou art just O Lord and just are thy. 19 The angel answered and said unto me Hast thou perceived. all these things and I said Yes sir And he said to me Follow.