. 3/28/2010 My Father is Greater than I – a comment in the Gospels made by Jesus

My Father is Greater than I
Mel West

This image is an unusual copy of the Shroud of Turin where light areas may be more reflective of an infrared image. The beard, which has no corners cut, (a Jewish custom) is highly "reflective" in this rendering. I just followed the light and dark areas on the Shroud, and the image resembles the Mandylion which is the believed source of the early images of Christ.

You may wish to scroll to page 6 to see the quote, "My Father is greater than I." This is what Jesus said
just before He said, "I and my Father are one:"

John 10.11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
10.24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ,
tell us plainly.
10.25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not; the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.
10.26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
10.27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
10.28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
10.29 My Father which gave them me is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
10.29 I and My Father are one.
10.30 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

Continuing on the point of His Father's greatness, Jesus argued that they should judge Him according to the works He does in is Father's name: First He says:

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John 10.34 ..Is it not written in your law, I said Ye are gods? *
John 10.35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came,

and the scripture cannot be broken

10.36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
10.37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
10.38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. 
10.39 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand.

  *See Genesis 3.5: ..For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods,
knowing good and evil; also Psalm 82.6-7: I have said, ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations

Before this Jesus said:

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John 7.16 ...My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
7.17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
7.24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
7.28 [crying in the temple] ...Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not.
7.29 But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.
8.15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.
8.16 and yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.
8.17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.
8.18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.
8.19 Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father:
if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.
8.23 ..ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
8.26 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true;
and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.
8.28 ...When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself;
but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

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8.42 ...If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
8.43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
8.44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.
He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.
When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
8.45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
8.54 ..If I honor myself, my honor is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:
8.55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you:
but I know him and keep his saying.
12.32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
12.34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth forever: and how sayest thou,
The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?
12.35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you.
Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
12.44 ..he that believeth on me, believeth no on me, but on him that sent me.
12.45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
12.46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

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12.47 And if any man hear my words and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
12.48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him:
the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the Last Day.
14.6 ...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
14.7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen Him.
14.15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
14.19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
14.20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
14.24..the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
14.28 ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice,
because I said, I go unto the Father:

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for my Father is geater than I.

15.4 Abide in me and I in you.
15.7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
15.10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
16.33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation:,
but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

  Then in his prayer to the Father he said:

  John 17.4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
17.5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
17.6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were,
and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
17.7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
17.8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them,
and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
17.14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17.15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

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17.16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17.17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
17.19 For their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
17.20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
17.21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us:
that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
18. 37 ..To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth.
Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
6.38 ..I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
6.39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing,
but should raise it up again at the Last Day.
5.39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
5.46..had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
5.47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
4.34 ..My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

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5.19..The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do:
for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
5.20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth:
and he will shew him greater works than these that ye may marvel.
5.22..for the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son.
4.23 But the hour is cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:
for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
4.24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and truth.
3.5 I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
3.6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
3.7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
3.8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh,
and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
6.44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the Last Day.
6.45 It is written in the prophets, and they shall be all taught of God.
Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh to me.

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6.63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing; the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are truth.
3.21..he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
10.7 ..Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
3.12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

The Spirit of Truth

You have heard Jesus speak of bearing witness of the Truth, that the Father is Truth and a Spirit; likewise he spoke of receiving the Spirit of Truth:

John 15.26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth,
which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.
15.27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
16.13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of Truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:
for he shall not speak of himself: but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
16.14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

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16.8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

  Behold, then This Servant:

 Isaiah 42.1 ..whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth: I have put my spirit upon him:
he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
42.2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
42.3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
42.4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
42.5 That saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spred forth the earth,
and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:
42.6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee,
and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
42.7 to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
42.8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
42.9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

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42.10 Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea,
and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.
42.11 Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit:
let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.
42.12 Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.
42.13 The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war:
he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.
42.14 I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman;
I will destroy and devour at once.
42.15 I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.
42.16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known:
I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
42.21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake;

He will magnify the law and make it honourable.
That The LORD will teach Thee in the Way

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Fundamental to everything Jesus told you, is the idea that the Father taught Him and sent Him to teach you and bring you to His way, to be one with Him in the Spirit of Truth. This comes from the early promises to Abraham and that renewed through Moses:

 Exodus 4.15 And thou shalt speak unto him [Aaron], and put words in his mouth:
and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do
4.16...and thou shalt be to him instead of God.

Then speaking of a prophet and an angel the promise of the Messiah was fashioned:

Exodus 23.20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.
23.21 Beware of him; and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.

This is the Judge who teaches and judges. As the Light of the Gentiles he judges the Gentiles. Here are some thoughts and background to consider with respect to that judgment.

Testament of Zebulun 2.19 Have, therefore, yourselves also, my children, compassion towards very man with mercy,
that the Lord also may have compassion and mercy upon you.
2.28 ..I have learnt in the writing of my fathers, that ye shall be divided in Israel, and ye shall follow two kings,
and shall work every abomination.
2.29 And your enemies shall lead you captive, and ye shall be evil entreated among the Gentiles, with many infirmities and tribulations.
2.30 And after these things ye shall remember the Lord and repent, and He shall have mercy upon you, for
He is merciful and compassionate.
2.32 And after these things shall there arise unto you the Lord Himself, the light of righteousness, and ye shall return unto your land.

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2.33 And ye shall see Him in Jerusalem, for His name's sake.
2.34 And again through the wickedness of your works shall ye provoke Him to anger.
2.35 And ye shall be cast away by Him unto the time of consummation.
2.38..upon the ungodly shall the Lord bring eternal fire, and destroy them throughout all generations.

Testament of Judah 3.49 And there is no time at which the works of men can be hid;
for on the heart itself have they been written down before the Lord.
3.50 And the Spirit of Truth testifieth all things, and accuseth all; and the sinner is burnt up by his own heart,
and cannot raise his face to the judge.
4.16..ye shall mingle in the abominations of the Gentiles.
4.17 For which things' sake the Lord shall bring upon you famine and pestilence, death and the sword,
beleaguering by enemies, and revilings of friends, the slaughter of children, the rape of wives, the plundering of possessions,
the burning of the temple of God, the laying waste of the land, the enslavement of yourselves among the Gentiles.
4.19 Until the Lord visit you, when with perfect heart ye repent and walk in all his commandments,
and He bring you up from captivity among the Gentiles.
4.20 And after these things shall a star arise to you from Jacob in peace.
4.21 And a man shall arise from my seed, like the sun of righteousness,

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4.22 Walking with the sons of men in meekness and righteousness;
4.23 And no sin shall be found in him.
4.24 And the heavens shall be opened unto him, to pour out the spirit, even the blessing of the Holy Father;
and he shall pour out the spirit of grace upon you.
4.25 And ye shall be unto Him sons in truth, and ye shall walk in His commandments first and last.
4.26 Then shall the scepter of my kingdom shine forth; and from your root shall arise a stem;
and from it shall grow a rod of righteousness to the Gentiles, to judge and to save all that call upon the Lord.
4.30 And ye shall be the people of the Lord, and have one tongue; and there shall be there no spirit of deceit of Beliar,
for he shall be cast into the fire forever [re: Rev. 19.20].
4.31 And they who have died in grief shall arise in joy, and they who were poor for the Lord's sake shall be made rich,
and they who are put to death for the Lord's sake shall awake to life.

Testament of Levi 4.24 And now I have learnt that for seventy weeks ye shall go astray,
and profane the priesthood, and pollute the sacrifices.
4.25 And ye shall make void the law, and set at nought the words of the prophets by evil perverseness.
4.26 And ye shall persecute righteous men, and hate the godly; the words of the faithful shall ye abhor.
4.27 And a man who reneweth the law in the power of the Most High, ye shall call a deceiver;
and at last ye shall rush upon him to slay him, not knowing his dignity, taking innocent blood through wickedness upon your heads.

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4.28 And your holy places shall be laid waste even to the ground because of him.
4.29 And ye shall have no place that is clean; but ye shall be among the Gentiles a curse and a dispersion until He shall again visit you, and in pity shall receive you through faith and water.
5.1 And whereas ye have heard concerning the seventy weeks, hear also concerning the priesthood.
For in each jubilee there shall be a priesthood.
5.12 And after their punishment shall have come from the Lord, the priesthood shall fail.
5.13 Then shall the Lord raise up a new priest.
5.14 And to him all the words of the Lord shall be revealed; and he shall execute a righteous judgment upon the earth for a multitude of days.
5.15 And his star shall arise in heaven as of a king.
5.16 Lighting up the light of knowledge as the sun the day, and he shall be magnified in the world.
5.17 He shall shine forth as the sun on the earth, and shall remove all darkness from under heaven,
and there shall be peace in all the earth.
5.18 The heavens shall exult in his days, and the earth shall be glad, and the clouds shall rejoice;
5.19 And the knowledge of the Lord shall be poured forth upon the earth, as the water of the seas;
5.20 And the angels of the glory of the presence of the Lord shall be glad in him.

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5.21 The heavens shall be opened, and from the temple of glory shall come upon him sanctification,
with the Father's voice as from Abraham to Isaac.
5.22 And the glory of the Most High shall be uttered over him, and the spirit of understanding and sanctification shall rest upon him in the water.
5.23 For he shall give the majesty of the Lord to his sons in truth for evermore.
5.24 And there shall none succeed him for all generations forever.
5.25 And in his priesthood the Gentiles shall be multiplied in knowledge upon the earth,
and enlightened through the grace of the Lord. In his priesthood shall sin come to an end, and the lawless shall cease to do evil.
5.26 And he shall open the gates of paradise, and shall remove the threatening sword against Adam,
and he shall give to the saints to eat from the tree of life, and the spirit of holiness shall be on them.
5.27 And Beliar shall be bound by him, and he shall give power to his children to tread upon evil spirits.
5.30 And now, my children, ye have heard all; choose, therefore, for yourselves either the light,
or the darkness, either the law of the Lord or the works of Beliar.

Testament of Dan 2.6 For I have read in the book of Enoch, the righteous,
that your prince is Satan, and that all the spirits of wickedness and pride will conspire to attend constantly on the sons of Levi,
to cause them to sin before the Lord.
2.22 And the things which ye have heard from your father,
do ye also impart to your children that the Savior of the Gentiles may receive you;
for he is true and long-suffering, meek and lowly, and teacheth by his works the law of God.

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Testament of Gad 1.32..true repentance after a godly sort destroyeth ignorance, and driveth away the darkness,
and enlighteneth the eyes, and giveth knowledge to the soul, and leadeth the mind to salvation.

Testament of Benjamin 1.36 The good inclination receiveth not glory nor dishonor from men,
and it knoweth not any guile, or lie, or fighting or reviling; for the Lord dwelleth in him and lighteth up his soul,
and he rejoiceth towards all men always.
1.37 The good mind hath not two tongues, of blessing and of cursing, of contumely and of honor, of sorrow and of joy,
of quietness and of confusion, of hypocrisy and of truth, of poverty and of wealth;
but it hath one disposition, uncorrupt and pure, concerning all men.
1.46..those who are like Cain in envy and hatred of brethren, shall be punished with the same judgment.
2.5 Nevertheless the temple of God shall be in your portion, and the last temple shall be more glorious than the first.
2.6 And the twelve tribes shall be gathered together there, and all the Gentiles,
until the Most High shall send forth his salvation in the visitation of an only begotten prophet.
2.7 And He shall enter into the first temple, and there shall the Lord be treated with outrage, and He shall be lifted up upon a tree.
2.8 And the veil of the temple shall be rent, and the Spirit of God shall pass on to the Gentiles as fire poured forth.
2.9 And he shall ascend from Hades and shall pass from earth into heaven.
2.10 And I know how lowly He shall be upon earth, and how glorious in heaven.

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2.21 And the Lord shall judge Israel first, for their unrighteousness;
for when He appeared as God in the flesh to deliver them they believed Him not.
2.22 And then shall He judge all the Gentiles, as many as believed Him not when He appeared upon earth.
2.23 And He shall convict Israel through the chosen ones of the Gentiles...
2.26 And there shall rise in the Latter Days one beloved of the Lord, of the tribe of Judah and Levi,
a doer of His good pleasure in his mouth, with new knowledge enlightening the Gentiles.
2.27 Until the consummation of the age shall be in the synagogues of the Gentiles, and among their rulers,
as a strain of music in the mouth.
2.28 And he shall be inscribed in the holy books, both his work and his word, and he shall be a chosen one of God forever.

Testament of Asher 1.29 Nor may it be said that truth is a lie, nor right wrong; for all truth is under the light,
even as all things are under God.
1.38..I know that ye shall sin, and be delivered into the hands of your enemies;
and your land shall be made desolate, and your holy places destroyed, and ye shall be scattered unto the four corners of the earth.
1.39 And ye shall be set at nought in the dispersion vanishing away as water.
1.40 Until the Most High shall visit the earth, coming Himself as man, with men eating and drinking,
and breaking the head of the dragon in the water.
1.41 He shall save Israel and all the Gentiles, God speaking in the person of man.

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Testament of Joseph 2.74 And I saw that from Judah was born a virgin wearing a linen garment,
and from her was born a lamb, without spot; and on his left hand there was as it were a lion;
and all the beasts rushed against him, and the lamb overcame them, and destroyed them and trod them under foot.
2.75 And because of him the angels and men rejoiced, and all the land.
2.76 And these things shall come to pass in their season, in the Last Days.
2.77 Do ye therefore, my children, observe the commandments of the Lord, and honor Levi and Judah;
for from them shall arise unto you the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world, one who saveth all the Gentiles and Israel
2.78 For His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, which shall not pass away...

Testament of Simon 3.11 For the Lord shall raise up from Levi as it were a High Priest,
and from Judah as it were a King, God and man, He shall save all the Gentiles and the race of Israel.

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Daniel 9.24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city to finish the transgression,
and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness,
and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
7.13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven,
and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
7.14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations,
and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

 A Treasury of Thoughts of the Son of Truth

Odes of Solomon 1.1 The Lord is on my head like a crown, and I shall not be without Him.
1.2 They wove for me a crown of truth, and it caused thy branches to bud in me.
3.7 ..with the Lord Most High and Merciful there is no grudging.
3.11 ..he who has pleasure in the Living One, will become living.
3.12 This is the Spirit of the Lord, which doth not lie, which teacheth the sons of men to know his ways.
5.9 ..my hope is upon the Lord, and I will not fear, and because the Lord is my salvation, I will not fear:
5.11 And if all things visible should perish, I shall not die; because the Lord is with me and I am with Him. Hallelujah.
6.5 The Lord has multiplied the knowledge of Himself, and is zealous that these things should be known,
which by His grace have been given to us.

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7.10 He who created wisdom is wiser than His works.
7.11 And He who created me when yet I was not knew what I should do when I came into being:
7.23..ignorance hath been destroyed, because the knowledge of the Lord hath arrived.
9.6 For I announce to you peace, to you His saints;
9.7 That none of those who hear may fall in war, and that those again who have known Him may not perish,
and that those who receive may not be ashamed.
9.8 An everlasting crown forever is Truth. Blessed are they who set it on their heads.
9.11 Put on the crown in the true covenant of the Lord.
10.7..I was unpolluted by my love for them, because they confessed me in high places:
and the traces of the light were set upon their heart.
10.8 And they walked in my life and were saved and became my people forever and ever. Hallelujah.
11.4 From the beginning and even to the end I acquired His knowledge:
11.5 And I was established upon the rock of truth, where He had set me up:
11.10 And the Lord renewed me in His raiment, and possessed me by His light, and from above he gave me rest in incorruption.
12.1 He hath filled me with words of truth; that I may speak the same;

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12.2 And like the flow of waters flows truth from my mouth, and my lips show forth His fruit.
12.3 And He has caused His knowledge to abound in me, because the mouth of the Lord is the true Word, and the door of His light.
12.7 For as its work is, so is its end: for it is light and the dawning of thought.
12.8 And by it the world talk one to the other; and in the Word there were those that were silent.
12.10 And they knew Him who made them, because they were in concord; for the mouth of the Most High spake to them; and His explanation ran by means of it:
12.11 For the dwelling-place of the Word is man: and its truth is love.
13.1 Behold! the Lord is our mirror: open the eyes and see them in Him: and learn the manner of your face.
14.4 Stretch out to me, O Lord, at all times thy right hand: and be my guide even unto the end, according to thy good pleasure.
14.6 Let me be preserved from evil, and let thy meekness O Lord, abide with me, and the fruits of thy love.
15.1 As the sun is the joy to them that seek for its daybreak, so is my joy the Lord.
15.2 Because He is my Sun and His rays have lifted me up; and his light hath dispelled all darkness from my face.
15.3 In Him I have acquired eyes and have seen His holy day:
15.9 Death hath been destroyed before my face: and Sheol hath been abolished by my word.

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16.8 For the word of the Lord searches out all things, both the invisible and that which reveals His thought.
16.15 The treasure-chamber of the light is the sun, and the treasury of the darkness is the night.
16.18 And there is nothing that is without the Lord; for He was before anything came into being.
16.19 And the worlds were made by His word, and by the thought of His heart.
17.1 I was crowned by my God: my crown is living.
17.2 And I was justified in my Lord: my incorruptible salvation is He.
17.4..I received the face and the fashion of a new person, and I walked in it and was saved.
17.5 And the thought of truth led me on. And I walked after it and did not wander:
17.6 And all that have seen me were amazed: and I was regarded by them as a strange person.
17.7 And He who knew and brought me up is the Most High in all His perfection. And He glorified me by His kindness,
and raised my thoughts to the height of His Truth.
17.10 Nothing appeared closed to me: because I was the door of everything.
17.11 I went over all my bond men to loose them; that I might not leave any man bound or binding:
17.12 And I imparted my knowledge without grudging: and my prayer was in my love.
17.13 And I sowed my fruits in hearts, and transformed them into myself: and they received my blessing and lived;
18.4 O Lord, for the sake of them that are deficient do not remove thy word from me!
18.5 Neither for the sake of their words do thou restrain from me thy perfection!
18.6 Let not the luminary be conquered by the darkness; nor let truth flee away from falsehood.
18.9 Thou art my God. Falsehood and death are not in thy mouth.
18.10 For thy will is perfection; and vanity thou knowest not.
18.19..they spake truth from the inspiration which the Most High breathed into them..
20.2..His thought is not like the thought of the world, nor the thought of the flesh, nor like them that serve carnally.
20.3 The sacrifice of the Lord is righteousness, and purity of heart and lips.
21.2 ..I put off darkness and clothed myself with light.
21.3 And my soul acquired a body free from sorrow or affliction or pains.

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21.5 And I was lifted up in His light; and I served before Him.
22.4 He who gave me authority over bonds that I might loose them.
22.5 He that overthrew by my hands the dragon with seven heads: and thou hast set me over his roots that I might destroy his seed.
22.12 ..that the foundation for everything might be thy rock: and on it thou didst build thy kingdom;
and it became the dwelling place of the saints. Hallelujah.
23. 2 Grace is of the elect! and who shall receive it except those who trust in it from the beginning?
23.4 Walk ye in the knowledge of the Most High without grudging: to His exultation and to the perfection of His Knowledge.
24.6..they were corrupt from the beginning: and the end of their corruption was life:
24.7 And every one of them that was imperfect perished: for it was not possible to give them a word that they might remain.
24.8 And the Lord destroyed the imaginations of all them that had not the truth with them.
24.9 For they who in their hearts were lifted up were deficient in wisdom, and so they were rejected,
because the truth was not with them.
25.7 Thou didst set me a lamp at my right and and at my left: and in me there shall be nothing that is not bright:
25.8 And I was clothed with the covering of thy Spirit, and thou didst remove from me my raiment of skin;
25.9 And I became mighty in the truth, and holy by thy righteousness; and all my adversaries were afraid of me;
26.11 Who is able to interpret the wonders of the Lord?

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26.12 For he who could interpret would be dissolved and would become that which is interpreted.
26.13 Like a river which has an abundant fountain, and flows to the help of them that seek it. Hallelujah.
28.4 I believed; therefore I was at rest; for faithful is He in whom I have believed:
28.7..given me to drink, and from that life is the spirit within me, and it cannot die, for it lives.
28.8 They who saw me marveled at me, because I was persecuted, and they supposed that I was swallowed up:
for I seemed to them as one of the lost;
28.9 And my oppression became my salvation; and I was their reprobation because there was no zeal in me.
28.10 Because I did good to ever man I was hated.
29.5 ..thou didst lay my enemies low, and He justified me by His grace.
29.6 For I believed in the Lord's Messiah: and it appeared to me that He is the Lord.
29.7 And He showed him His sign: and He led me by His light, and gave me the rod of His power.
29.10 And the Lord overthrew my enemy by His word, and he became like the stubble which the wind carries away.
30.2 And come all ye thirsty, and take the draught; and rest by the fountain of the Lord.
30.3 For fair it is and pure and gives rest to the soul. Much more pleasant are its waters than honey.

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30.7 Blessed are they who have drunk therefrom and have found rest thereby.
31.7..they made me a debtor when I rose up, me who had been a debtor: and they divided my spoil, though nothing was due to them.
31.10 And I bore their bitterness for humility's sake.
31.11 In order, that I might redeem my people, and inherit it, and that I might not make void my promises to the fathers, to whom I promised the salvation of their seed. Hallelujah. [This show's the Jewish foundation, on the Law, of the writer; ed. note].
32.1 to the blessed there is joy from their hearts, and light from Him that dwells in them:
32.2 And words from the Truth, who was self-originate:
33.1 Again Grace ran and forsook corruption, and came down in Him to bring it to nought.
33.2 And He destroyed perdition from before Him, and devastated all its order;
33.3 And he stood on a lofty summit and uttered His voice from one end of the earth to the other.
33.4 And drew to Him all those who obeyed Him; and there did not appear as it were an evil person.
33.7...and I will enter into you, and will bring you forth from perdition,
33.8 And make you wise in the ways of truth: that you be not destroyed nor perish.

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33.9 Hear ye me and be redeemed. For the Grace of God I am telling among you:
and by my means you shall be redeemed and become blessed.
33.10 I am your judge; and they who have put me on shall not be injured: but they shall possess the new world that is incorrupt.
34.1 No way is hard where there is a simple heart.
34.2 Nor is there any wound where the thoughts are upright:
34.3 Nor is there any storm in the depth of the illuminated thought:
34.4 Where one is surrounded on every side by beauty, there is nothing that is divided.
35.7 I grew great by His bounty, and rested in His perfection.
36.1 I rested in the Spirit of the Lord: and the Spirit raised me on high.
36.2 The Spirit brought me forth before the face of the Lord: and, although a son of man, I was named the Illuminate, the Son of God.
36.7 And my heart poured out as it were a gushing stream of righteousness.
36.8 And my access to Him was in peace; and I was established by the Spirit of His government. Hallelujah.
38.1 I went up to the light of truth as if into a chariot.
38.2 And the Truth took me and led me: and carried me across pits and gulleys; and from the rocks and the waves it preserved me.
38.6 And I did not make an error in anything because I obeyed the Truth.
38.8 Whatever I did not know, it made clear to me..

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40.4 As the fountain gushes out its water,
40.5 So my heart gushes out the praise of the Lord and my lips utter praise to Him, and my tongue His psalms.
41.1 All the Lord's children will praise Him, and will collect the truth of His faith.
41.2 And His children shall be known to Him. Therefore we will sing in His love:
41.3 We live in the Lord by His grace: and life we receive in His Messiah:
41.4 For a great day has shined upon us: and marvelous is He who has given us of His glory.
41.5 Let us, therefore, all of us united together in the name of the Lord, and let us honor Him in His goodness.
41.6 And let our faces shine in His light: and let our hearts meditate in His love by night and by day.
41.8 All those will be astonished that see me. For from another race am I:
41.9 For the Father of truth remembered me: he who possessed me from the beginning:
41.14 The Son of the Most High appeared in the perfection of His Father;
41.15 And light dawned from the Word that was before time in Him.
41.16 The Messiah is truly one; and He was known before the foundation of the world.

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41.17 That He might save souls for ever by the truth of His name: a new song arises from those who love Him. Hallelujah.

  Similar Pearls from Ecclesiasticus (The Wisdom of Sirach)

1.18 To fear the Lord is a crown of wisdom, making peace and healing health flourish.
1.30 Do not exalt yourself, or you may fall, and bring disgrace upon yourself;
and the Lord will reveal your secrets and prostrate you before all the congregation, because you did not come to the fear of the Lord.
2.13 Alas for a faint heart, for it does not believe.
2.14 Those who fear the Lord will not disobey his words, and those who love him will keep his ways.
2.16 Those who fear the Lord will seek his favor, and those who love him will be filled with the Law.
3.18 The greater you are, the more you must practice humility.
3.30 As water will quench a blazing fire, so Charity will atone for sin.
4.1 My child, do not defraud the poor man of his living, and do not make the eyes of the needy wait.
4.11 Wisdom makes her sons exalted, and lays hold of those who seek her.
4.12 Whoever loves her loves life.
4.15 Whoever obeys her will judge the heathen.
4.23 ..Wisdom is known through speech, and instruction through the spoken word.

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4.28 Contend for the truth to the death, and the Lord will fight for you.
5.12 If you possess understanding, answer your neighbor, but if you do not have it, keep your hand over your mouth!
5.13 Both glory and disgrace come from speaking, and a man's tongue is his downfall.
6.4 A wicked heart will destroy its possessor.
6.9 And there are friends who turn into enemies.
6.14 A faithful friend is a strong protection; a man who has found one has found a treasure.
6.18 My child, from your youth up cultivate education, and you will keep on finding wisdom until you are gray.
6.19 Approach her like a man who plows and sows, and wait for her abundant crops...
6.20 She seems very harsh, to the undisciplined, and a thoughtless man cannot abide her.
6.21 She will rest on him like a great stone to test him, and he will not delay to throw her off.
6.22 For wisdom is what her name implies, and to most men she is invisible.
6.26 Come to her with all your heart, and follow her ways with all your might.
6.27 Inquire and search, and she will be made known to you, and when you have grasped her, do not let her go.

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6.28 For at last you will find the rest she gives, and you will find her turning into gladness.
6.29 Her fetters will become your strong defense, and her collars a splendid robe.
6.30 She wears gold ornaments, and her chains are purple thread.
6.36 If you see a man of understanding, go to him early, and let your feet wear out his doorstep.
7.4 Do not ask the Lord for pre-eminence, or the king for a seat of honor.
7.5 Do not justify yourself in the sight of the Lord, or show off your wisdom before the king.
7.13 Do not consent to utter any lie.
7.33 A present pleases every man alive, and in the case of the dead, do not withhold your kindness.
10.14 The Lord tears down the thrones of rulers, and seats the humble-minded in their places.
11.26..it is easy in the Lord's sight when a man dies to repay him according to his ways.
12.14..who will pity a man who approaches a sinner, and mingles with his sins?
12.13 The man who touches pitch will get his hands dirty, and the man who associates with a proud person will become like him.
13.19 Wild asses are the prey of lions in the wilderness, just as the poor are the pasture for the rich.
15.1 ..He who masters the Law will win her.

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15.2 She will meet him like a mother, and receive him like a bride.
15.3 She will feed him with the bread of understanding, and give him the water of wisdom to drink.
15.7 Men with no understanding will not win her, and sinners will not see her.
15.8 She is far from pride, and liars give no heed to her.
15.10 .. praise must be uttered in wisdom.
15.15 If you will, you can keep the commandments.
15.17 Life and death are before a man, and whichever he chooses will be given him.
15.20 ..He [the Lord] has not commanded anyone to be ungodly, and he has given no one permission to sin.
16.4 ..from one man of understanding, a city will be peopled, but a tribe of lawless men will be destroyed.
16.6..in a disobedient nation wrath burns.
16.12 Great as is his mercy, so great is his correction also; He will judge a man by his doings.
18.13 ..the mercy of the Lord is for all mankind, reproving and training and teaching them,
and bringing them back as a shepherd does his flock.
18.18 A fool ungraciously abuses people..
18.28 Every man of understanding recognizes wisdom, and will thank the man who finds her.

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19.20 The fear of the Lord is the sum of wisdom, and in all wisdom the Law is fulfilled.
19.22 The knowledge of wickedness is not wisdom, and where the counsel of sinners is, there is no understanding.
20.13 A man who speaks wisely makes himself beloved; but the pleasant speeches of fools are thrown away.
20.20 A proverb on the lips of a fool will be refused, for he will not utter it at the proper time.
20.24 A lie is a bad blot in a man; it is continually found on the lips of the ignorant.
20.26 Dishonor is habitual with a liar, and his shame attends him continually.
20.31 A man who conceals his folly is better than a man who conceals his wisdom.
21.6 A man who hates reproof is walking in the sinner's steps, but he who fears the Lord will turn to him in his heart.
21.9 An assembly of wicked men is like tow wrapped together; for their end is a blazing fire.
21.14 The heart of a fool is like a broken dish; it will hold no knowledge.
21.15 If a man of understanding hears a wise saying, he commends it, and adds to it; a self-indulgent man hears it,
and it displeases him, and he throws it behind his back.
21.18 To a fool wisdom is like a ruined house, and the knowledge of a man without understanding
is words that will not bear investigation.
21.26..the mouth of wise men is their mind.

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21.7 The man who teaches a fool is gluing a potsherd together, or rousing a sleeper out of a deep sleep.
22.11 Weep for one who is dead, for light has failed him; and weep over a fool, for understanding has failed him.
22.15 Sand and salt and a lump of iron are easier to bear than a man without understanding.
22.16 A wooden girder fastened in a building is not loosened by an earthquake;
so a mind established on well-considered thought will not be afraid in an emergency.
22.19..the man who pricks the heart makes it show feeling.
22.24 The vapor and smoke from the furnace precede the fire; so abuse precedes bloodshed.
24.4 I lived on the heights, and my throne was on the pillar of a cloud.
24.19 Come to me, you who desire me, and fill yourselves with my produce.
24.21 Those who eat me will still be hungry, and those who drink me will still be thirsty.
24.23..the Law which Moses ordained for us..which overflows with understanding like the Euphrates,
24.26 And like the Jordan in harvest time; which makes instruction shine forth like light.
24.32 I will again make instruction dawn like the daybreak, and make it shine forth afar.
24.33 I will pour out teaching again like prophecy, and leave it behind for endless generations.
24.34 Observe that I have not labored for myself only, but for all who seek her out.

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27.8 If you pursue what is right, you will overtake it, and put it on like a splendid robe.
28.2 Forgive your neighbor his wrongdoing; then your sins will be forgiven when you pray.
28.13 Curse the whisperer and the deceitful man; for he has destroyed many who were at peace;
28.14 A third person's tongue has stirred many up, and removed them from one nation to another;
it has torn down strongly fortified cities, and overthrown the houses of the great.
28.18 Many have fallen by the edge of the sword, but not so many as have fallen by the tongue.
29.8 Be patient with a poor man, and do not make him wait for charity.
29.9 For the commandment's sake help the needy man, and in view of his need, do not send him away unsatisfied.
29.11 Lay up your treasure according to the commandments of the Most High, and it will be more profitable to you than gold.
29.12 Store up gifts to charity in your storerooms, and it will deliver you from all harm.
31.5..the man who pursues profits will be led astray by them.
31.8 Happy is the rich man who is found blameless, and does not go after gold;
31.9 Who is he? that we may congratulate him, for he has worked wonders among his people.
31.10 Who has been tested by it and been found perfect?
32.15 The man who pursues the law will get his fill of it, but the hypocrite will be tripped up by it.
33.27 ..idleness teaches much evil..

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34.9 ..wisdom finds perfection in truthful lips.
34.21 Scanty fare is the living of the poor; the man who deprives them of it is a murderous man.
35.3..avoiding wrongdoing is atonement.
35.4 Do not appear before the Lord empty-handed..
35.12 Do not try to bribe him [God] for He will not accept it..
35.13 He will show no partiality against the poor, but will listen to the prayer of the man who is wronged.
35.17 The prayer of the humble pierces the clouds, and until it reaches God, he will not be consoled.
He will not leave off until the Most High considers him, and does justice to the upright, and passes judgment.
35.19..and repays men's deeds according to their thoughts..




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