Sunday, February 19, 2017

...And you shall not have an enemy

1:1 There are two ways, one of life and one of death, and there is a great difference between the two ways.
1:2 The way of life is this.
1:3 First of all, you shall love the God who made you;
1:4 secondly, your neighbour as yourself.
1:5 And do nothing to another that you would not have befal yourself.
1:6 Now of these words the doctrine is this.
1:7 Bless those who curse you, and pray for your enemies and fast for those who persecute you;
1:8 for what merit is it, if you love those who love you? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? But love those who hate you, and you shall not have an enemy...

~The Didache ("Teaching"), is a brief anonymous early Christian treatise, dated to the first century.

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