CHAPTER XIX.

1. When the multitude returned to Shalam, the place was more than filled, and the Voice came to Tae, saying:

2. You hast now fulfilled the first part of My kingdom on earth, but, behold, it is yet but a small branch of that which will overspread this great land.

3. Moreover, let the lessons of Uz be a profit unto you* and your*** people.

4. Because the Uzians build large cities, their would-be reformers are powerless to work righteousness amongst the people.

5. Let not the cities of My chosen be large nor more numerous than Shalam is already. Sufficient is such a size to all that is required for the fulfillment of mortal life.

6. Therefore, you should proclaim it unto My chosen, that no city should contain more than three thousand people.

7. Suffice it, then, as I have placed the example of bees before you*, showing how they swarm, and go hence and establish a new hive, according to their numbers, even so should My people go hence, and establish a new place, after the manner of Shalam.

8. This, also, should you proclaim unto them; and you should ask for volunteers in My name to accomplish these things righteously, as an example to coming generations.

9. So Tae called the people together, and proclaimed Jehovih's words, adding also:

10. Whoso volunteer''' to go hence should not find the fullness of Shalam, but, instead, should find discomforts and hard work!

11. Beware of disappointments and trials and hardships. For is it not the way with all men to desire to reap too quickly the harvest, and to consider its fullness, rather than to contemplate the labor of tilling the ground and of sowing?

12. For the spirit of man conceive the result of perfection; but the judgment look''' to the labor required to bring it about.

13. Who, then, having the joys and fullness of Shalam, will turn away from them, in order to build another place, and yet, the while, not repine for his choice?

14. A colony should stand as an individual before Jehovih. A colony may thwart its own righteousness by living for itself only.

15. The whole world is to be redeemed. It is not sufficient for Shalam to say: Behold, I am the fullness of the Father's kingdom. Let others go and do as I have done!

16. The selfishness of a colony should be, therefore, guarded against, even as the selfishness of an individual.

17. Discipline, as regard the means and power of a colony, should manifest in directing to the given purpose of founding the Father's kingdom.

18. Shalam might appropriate her excess of production, by sending into Uz, and giving to the poor.

19. Jehovih forbid that this should be done. The business of Shalam is not to distribute charity where it would thwart its own purpose.

20. Shalam should use her excess of means to extending the Father's kingdom, in building new colonies.

21. Jehovih is with us, and we should draw Uz unto us, to make them know Jehovih. To feed Uz in his debauchery is to send him in the way of destruction.

22. Guard you****, therefore, the appropriations of Shalam to such as labor for Jehovih's kingdom. As we have drawn a few away from Uz, let us prepare to draw more.

23. The way is open for any to go hence to found a new colony. Neither should it be a branch of Shalam, nor a dependent. But it should be an independent sister colony.

24. Neither should it copy after Shalam, saying: Shalam should be our example.

25. This would be following an earthly light.

26. Neither should its people copy after Tae, saying: Tae did so and so, let us also.

27. For this would be following a lower light.

28. But it should follow the Light of Jehovih as it come unto you who found it.

29. Save Jehovih found it, they should fail who attempt it.

30. Jehovih designed not that man should build his house exactly like his neighbor's. The misfortune of man is to copy after others, instead of following Jehovih's Light as it come to himself.

31. Let not this misfortune come unto Shalam's sister colony. Another locality will call for other things. Be mindful of these, and adapt yourselves accordingly.

CHAPTER XX.

1. And there volunteered, and went out of Shalam, two hundred adults and more than three hundred children, of whom more than a hundred were infants.

2. And they went into another part of the country, and came to a place called Busiris, which was unoccupied. And they purchased the country there, and settled, and called the colony Illaem, signifying, healing waters, for there were mineral springs on the place, said to contain great virtue in healing the sick.

3. Now, in a similar manner to Shalam, so did Illaem, building and improving the place. But the people of Illaem had less hardship, for they drew supplies and assistance from Shalam.

4. Nevertheless, they had also many hardships and trials, for several years.

5. And Jehovih prospered Illaem also; so that it came to pass, that it was established in great perfection.

6. As to Shalam, after the first swarm departed, the inhabitants sent back to Uz, of their women, whose allotment it was, and collected yet more infants, castaways and orphans, and brought them to Shalam, and raised them in the same way.

7. From this time onward, every year, a goodly number reached the age of fourteen, and they were also liberated from infancy, and admitted as brothers and sisters. And, nearly every year, a swarm departed out of Shalam.

8. In addition to the infants admitted into Shalam, there were also admitted many adults. But these were examined after the same manner as were those at the first founding of Shalam.

9. And none were accepted save those who were Faithists in the All Person, Jehovih, and who were willing to work.

10. But there came many of the poor of Uz, seeking membership for charity's sake.

11. But none of them were admitted. Jehovih had said: The laborers, in establishing My kingdom, should not do for charity's sake. Their labor should be to provide a way to prevent poverty, not to alleviate it. Behold, I will have a new race of people in the world, and they should not waste their substance on those that deny Me.

12. But the poor were fed and sent on their way.

13. Now, it happened that many lazy people from Uz, having heard of the beauty and peace in Shalam, sought also to become members, being willing to make any covenant and to swear any oath, for sake of living in idleness.

14. But the Light of Jehovih had also made this matter clear; so that they were suffered to remain a while in Shalam at work, and to attend the schools of discipline, that they might be judged; and, if found worthy, they were admitted, but if unworthy, they were rejected.

15. But it came to pass, that many who came with no thought of self-resurrection, but came for a home, to be cared for by others, were entirely changed in their habits in a few months, being converted in truth from worthlessness to industry and self-improvement.

16. And many of these became zealous in purification and in good works, even above the average.

17. But nearly all who applied for admittance were poor, or misfortunate, or discouraged with life, and with the ways of the world in particular.

18. Neither came many who were rich; hence the saying, the difficulty for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.

19. For, having corporeal comforts, they took little concern as to the spirit, and especially as to affiliation.

CHAPTER XXI.

OF THE VOICE OF JEHOVIH.

1. This is the sermon of the Voice, as delivered in Shalam to such as were admitted on trial, to wit:

2. My Voice is with all men, saith Jehovih.

3. Whoso is admonished against wrong-doing hath heard Me. By that should he know My Presence.

4 . The man of Uz cry out in mockery: Who hath heard Jehovih? Do the Faithists say, they have heard the Creator's voice? How can empty space speak?

5. But I am sufficient unto all My creations. The ant hear''' Me, and the bee, the bird and the spider and all manner of living things which I created.

6. How think you**** they hear Me, learning to do My will? Go I to them with lips and tongue, or with a trumpet?

7. I am Spirit; I am the Soul of things. By way of the soul is My Voice unto every living creature that I created.

8. But man lock''' up his soul, and will not hear Me.

9. He heed that which come upon his corporeal senses. And this darkness growe upon him, generation after generation.

10. Then he cry out: Where is Jehovih? Who hath heard Him? Perhaps the ancients; but none in this day.

11. Jehovih saith: I am as one on the top of a mountain, calling to all people to come up to Me. But they hearken to darkness at the foot of the mountain, calling them down in corpor.

12. Now, behold, whatsoever you hearest, or seest or readest or any indulgence that raiseth you* upward, the same is My Voice unto you*.

13. But, whatsoever you hearest, or seest or readest that cast''' you* downward, is the voice of darkness.

14. Whoso studie to know the right, should hear Me; whoso strive to be all truth, to himself and to others, already hear''' My Voice.

15. Whoso indulge in anger, or vengeance, or in wrong-doing, cast''' a veil up between Me and himself; he shut out My Voice.

16. It is a talent to hear Me; I bestowed it upon all the living; it is seated in the soul.

17. By cultivation, it growe; yea, it become mighty above all other talents.

18. By its culture, man attain''' to all possibilities, for so I created him.

19. When My Voice is weak, because of the darkness of man, he call''' Me conscience, or set Me aside as a faint impression.

20. But, with culture, behold, My Voice come to man with words and with power.

21. And he know Me, and is mighty in good works and wisdom.

22. And he become a proof before the world, that My Voice is with him.

23. Jehovih saith: Whoso hath not heard Me, is in darkness indeed. He hath not yet turned his thoughts inward to purify himself and seek wisdom.

24. Whoso hath heard Me, know it, and all the world cannot convince him to the contrary.

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