Discovered by Constantine Tischendorf at Mt. Sinai by H. T. Anderson, begun in
Copyright \u00a92004 Jackson H. Snyder II
1 VISION ONE.
2 The master, who reared me, had sold me to one Rhoda in Rome.
3 After many years, I met her again, and began to love her as a sister.
4 After a certain time I saw her bathing in the river Tiber;
5 and I gave her my hand, and led her out of the river.
6 So, seeing her beauty, I reasoned in my heart, saying, Happy were I, if I had
such an one to wife both in beauty and in character.
7 I merely reflected on this and nothing more.
8 After a certain time, as I was journeying to Cumae, and glorifying God's
no man could pass
10 for the place was precipitous, and broken into clefts by reason of the waters.
11 When then I had crossed the river, I came into the level country, and knelt
desired, greeting me from heaven, saying, Good morrow, Hermas.
13 And, looking at her, I said to her, Lady, what doest thou here?
14 Then she answered me, I was taken up, that I might convict thee of thy sins
before the Lord.
15 I said to her, Dost thou now convict me?
16 Nay, not so, said she, but hear the words, that I shall say to thee.
17 God, Who dwelleth in the heavens, and created out of nothing the things which
19 In what way?
20 Did I ever speak an unseemly word unto thee?
21 Did I not always regard thee as a goddess?
22 Did I not always respect thee as a sister?
23 How couldst thou falsely charge me, lady, with such villainy and uncleanness?
24 Laughing she saith unto me, The desire after evil entered into thine heart.
25 Nay, thinkest thou not that it is an evil deed for a righteous man, if the evil
desire should enter into his heart?
26 It is indeed a sin and a great one too, saith she;
27 for the righteous man entertaineth righteous purposes.
28 While then, his purposes are righteous, his repute stands stedfast in the
1 AS soon as she had spoken these words the heavens were shut;
2 myself, If this sin is recorded against me, how can I be saved?
3 Or how shall I propitiate God for my sins which are full-blown?
4 Or with what words shall I entreat the Lord that He may be propitious unto me?
5 While I was advising and discussing these matters in my heart,
6 I see before me a great white chair of snow-white wool and there came an aged
lady in glistening raiment, having a book in her hands,
7 and she sat down alone, and she saluted me, Good morrow, Hermas.
8 Then I grieved and weeping, said, Good morrow, lady.
9 And she said to me, Why so gloomy, Hermas, thou that art patient and good-
tempered, and art always smiling?
10 Why so downcast in thy looks, and far from cheerful?
11 And I said to her, Because of an excellent ladys saying that I had sinned
15 that it should desire an evil deed, and especially if it be Hermas the temperate,
who abstaineth from every evil desire, and is full of all simplicity and of great
didst suffer it to become fearfully corrupt.
3 Therefore the Lord is wroth with thee.
4 But He will heal all thy past sins, which have been committed in thy family;
5 for by reason of their sins and iniquities thou hast been corrupted by the affairs
strengthen thee, and establish thee in His glory.
7 Only be not thou careless, but take courage, and strengthen thy family.
8 For as the smith hammering his work conquers the task which he wills, so also
doth righteous discourse repeated daily conquer all evil.
9 Cease not therefore to reprove thy children;
10 for I know that if they shall repent with all their heart, they shall be written in
as I read?
12 Then say I, Yes, lady.
13 She saith to me, Be attentive, and hear the glories of God.
14 I listened with attention and with wonder to that which I had no power to
15 for all the words were terrible, such as man cannot bear.
16 The last words however I remembered, for they were suitable for us and
great wisdom created the world,
18 and by His glorious purpose clothed His creation with comeliness,
19 and by His strong word fixed the heaven,
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