23 – The Pitfall of Impure Women

John teaches in the night
John in the evenings of the night
John teaches in the nights and says:
Keep me safe my brother, and keep me safe my friend
Keep me safe from pits which women dig.
All these pits shall be filled in.
And all of the pits were silenced
The pits that women dig, (for) a thousand thousand years will not be filled in
She is ritually impure and not firmly established
the dark mountain will devour her
she is ritually impure and not firmly established
she will not swallow the great sea of destruction
she is ritually impure and not firmly established
Their wombs [literally “skirts”] will be empty
she is ritually impure and not firmly established
She will have dead sons.
You curse heaven and earth.
Because she polluted the pure water
and revealed the hidden mysteries
and went out and cast (them) on a dunghill,
sun and moon curse with an evil curse.
Because they lie in your beds,
They pour water on you.
Before you pour water on yourselves,
on the top [literally “head”] of your heads,
Wash! Because if hair is left behind on your heads,
You have not spoken of foul water in this world.
Life is victorious.

About James F. McGrath

Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature, Butler University.
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