CHAPTER X.

GOD REVEALETH THE CURE FOR REMORSE.

1. Be patient, O man, with your*** neighbor and your*** brother.

2. Many men are far short in righteousness, and without strength to accomplish to the extent the mind conceives;

3. And for having done wrong suffer lamentably, with none to relieve them;

4. For which reason you should provide them honorable comfort.

5. In olden time, such ones confessed to a priest, and he pardoned them, whereby they were quieted and relieved of great distress.

6. In a later time, it was said: Confess you**** one another.

7. But in this day neither of these is compatible with the intelligence of such as should be of Jehovih's kingdom.

8. If then a man have remorse for having wronged a brother or neighbor, he should so acknowledge it to that member, and this should be restitution, even as if the wrong had not been committed.

9. But if he hath wronged the community, then he should acknowledge it to the whole assembly, and that should be restitution, even as if the wrong had not been committed.

10. And in either case he should not take further sorrow or remorse, or shame, nor should any member ever speak of the matter afterward, save to comfort him.

11. But in all cases confession should be made in the name of Jehovih, and forgiveness likewise. But whoso seek''' to justify himself, or to make it appear that he was but partly culpable, or that another led him into it, that man should not be forgiven.

12. If he were led into it--then he who led him know it and should exonerate him.

13. Whoso Jehovih hath created in proximity as to time, country, place and association, the same should not be far distant on many occasions in the next world; and in time to come they should be as if in a house of glass, and all the deeds done while in mortality should be read as if in an open book.

14. For which reason you should not tarry by the way when you hast wronged any man or the community, but go quickly and confess, that your*** spirit become pure in the sight of Jehovih.

15. Though you grieve, saying: Should I humble myself? I say unto you*, this is Godliness, for it is the purification of thyself, and the beginning of power.

16. But if a man wrong himself, as by pollution, dissipation, or otherwise, this is sin against Jehovih; and to Him should he confess privately, making a covenant with his Creator to do so no more , which if he keep, then the wrong is forgiven him, and he should have peace of soul.

CHAPTER XI.

GOD SHOWETH THAT THE RENUNCIATION OF THE UZIANS IS NECESSARY.

1. Hearken, O man, to the discourse of your*** God upon the second resurrection in heaven, and apply you these principles to founding Jehovih's kingdom on earth.

2. Many come to my holy place, saying: Hear me, O God, I am weary of the first resurrection and of the earth. Open the gates of paradise unto your*** servant.

3. And I say unto them: Whoso will put aside all that is below, should dwell in this heaven; but whoso cannot in heart, and mind, and soul renounce all that is below is not prepared to enter.

4. Hath not Jehovih said on earth: Husband and wife should be the model and key of My kingdom?

5. As woman forsake father, mother, brother and sister and become one with her husband, so do they of the first resurrection forsake all the earth and the lowest heaven in order to become one with the kingdom of your*** God.

6. For, save the mind and heart be one with my holy place, the love of improvement will also depart out of that man's soul.

7. Isolation belong''' below the second resurrection, but unity is within it.

8. He who hath disciplined himself to be honest in his own sight may be in error; he who strive to do good on his own account may be in error as to an ultimate good; and in all cases man alone is weak.

9. Yet no man can practice the highest whilst living with those who are inclined downward.

10. In the second resurrection the angels are relieved of individual responsibility, all matters being under the wisdom of the Holy Council, whose head is your*** God.

11. First on earth, monarchies, then republics, then fraternities, the latter of which is now in embryo, and should follow after both the others.

12. Behold, how hard it is for an ignorant man to conceive of a state without a master, or for the people of a republic to understand a state without votes and majorities, and a chief ruler. Yet such should be the fraternities.

13. Have they not resolved their colleges into teachers and pupils? By their superior knowledge do these heads receive their places, yet not as rulers, but teachers.

14. Have they not resolved jurisprudence so that testimony governs the rulings? According to evidence adduced and the knowledge of the judge, so should he decide, and not according to his own volition.

15. Out of the wisdom of the college and the court should you discover the rules of fraternity, and by relieve-watch preserve the brotherhood against caste and dictatorship.

16. See to it then, in departing out of Uz, that you take with you* only things that have proved good, the rest leave behind.

17. As Jehovih gave woman to man, and the twain became one in their aspiration, hope and labor, and especially with reference to their offspring, so should the members of the fraternity be such as having renounced all the world, can become one with one another, and especially for raising up the young to become the Father's edifice on earth.

18. As the husband is the representative head of the family, yet he should not tyrannize over them,1 nor by his rulings make himself a separate entity from the rest.

1 Book of Jehovih's Kingdom draws a separate line for children under fourteen years of age.

CHAPTER XII.

GOD DISCOURSETH ON LOVE.

1. Many will come to you*, inquiring: How sayest you of such as are married, having children of their own? Should they so love the fraternity and the kingdom of Jehovih that they should set aside their filial love, assigning their children wholly to the teachers, day and night?

2. You should answer them: Nay, in all the fullness of their love, let them manifest unto their little ones. And let this be a testimony unto those who have children, how hard it is for foundlings and orphan babes that have none to love or caress them, that such parents may add unto their household others also, showing no partiality. And this is the highest of all mortal attributes, to be impartial in love.

3. Not to abridge love but to extend it, God-like, embracing all people, so should the members of the brotherhood labor with your*** God and his holy angels, for the glory of Jehovih.

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