28 – John Teaches about Punishments

John teaches in the nights
John in the evening of the nights
John teaches in the nights and says,
“Haughty roots fall off,
And houses which are built shall be destroyed.
Is there no one who says to them,
‘Good be unto you!’
And is it not quickly replied to him,
‘And unto you in the midst of this world’?”

The Jews gathered
And went to John and said to him,
“We adjure you, John
by the King of Light whom you worship.
We adjure you, John, by Sunday
and the dawn of the day whose name is dear and great.
There is deficient judgment.
What shall happen concerning adultery?
On the one who is mixed up in theft,
What judgment shall be passed?
On the one who commits adultery with his friend’s wife,
What judgment shall be passed?
On every man who lets one go and keeps one,
What judgment shall be passed?
On every woman who commits adultery,
What judgment shall be passed?
On one who goes unto lying soothsayers and fortune tellers,
What judgment shall be passed?
On everyone who drinks wine in a tavern
and works drunkenness and poverty inside it,
What judgment shall be passed?
On the one who goes to a prostitute
and sows his seed in falsehood
and from him she becomes pregnant
(so that) she takes a sweet poison
and goes out in the marketplaces and miscarries,
and eye of the child sees the mother
but the mother does not see the child,
What judgment shall be passed?
On everyone who, after sleeping with his wife
does not wash himself with water,
What judgment shall be passed?
On a woman who does not wash with water,
What judgment shall be passed?
On every one of those who approaches his wife
the first day of impurity and menstruation
and sleeps with her
What judgment shall be passed?
On everyone who practices usury,
And charges interest on gold and silver,
What judgment shall be passed?
On everyone who loves gold and silver,
And does no good with it,
What judgment shall be passed?
On everyone who smells the scent of Life,
But does not mention the name of Life over it,
What judgment shall be passed?
On everyone who works foul works,
What judgment shall be passed?
On everyone who dyes his hand and foot
And distorts the appearance which the Lord ordained for him,
What judgment shall be passed?
On everyone that loves dyed materials and dyeing,
What judgment shall be passed?”

When the Jews said these things,
John cried out with a loud cry and shouted and said,
“God forbid that the great and mighty Light
should seek a garment from the dregs!

Everyone who is at fault in adultery shall be set on fire.
Everyone who is at fault in theft
shall be bound in the dark mountain.
Everyone who commits adultery with his friend’s wife
shall be set on fire until his spirit yields.
Every widow who commits adultery shall be bound in the dark mountain.
Every bride who commits adultery
shall be chastised to their limit with torture machines,
And her eye will not behold Abatur.
Everyone who lets one go and keeps one
Shall be tortured in vessels of ice and fire.
The woman who commits adultery shall become kindling for an oven,
And her eyes will not be opened to the house of Life.
Everyone who goes to deceitful soothsayers and fortune-tellers
Shall be tortured in vessels of ice.
Everyone who drinks wine in a tavern
And drunkenly drinks his fill
and engages in the drums and revelry and harlotry within
Shall be raked over combs in fetters,
And his eye will not behold Abatur.
Everyone who goes unto a prostitute and sows seed of falsehood
And she becomes pregnant by him
And she takes poison and goes out to the dung heap
And puts the child down, and digs a hole and a grave for it
She buries it and with her heel she tramples it,
And the eyes of the child see its mother
But the mother does not see the child.
The child dies in the dungheap
And its mother weeps secretly for it –
(Such) will be held accountable in those purgatories
By ravenous and raging dogs.
The mute and deaf will hold him accountable,
And his eye will not behold Abatur,
And his name will not be remembered by the house of Life.
Everyone who approaches his wife and does not wash in water
Shall dwell in the bowels of Leviathan.
The woman who does not wash in water
Will be beaten with blow upon blow
And the Pure Name will curse her
And she will not receive the final exorcism.
She will be struck by a guardian of light,
And her name will be blotted out from the house of Life.
Every one of these men who lies with his wife
on the first day when she washes in water
from uncleanness and menstruation
Shall be made to stand in clouds of darkness.
Everyone who practices usury
And charges interest on gold and silver
Shall be taken up into the mountain -
The mountain of darkness.
Everyone who loves gold and silver
and does no good with them,
He will die two deaths in one and be cut off.
Everyone who smells the scent of life
And does not mention the name of Life over it
Shall be questioned in the house of Abatur.
Everyone who works ugly works with the sword
Will be taken away by the sword of the seven planets.
Everyone who dyes his hand and his foot
And distorts the image ordained for him by the Lord
In his hand he will take hold of coals
And with his lips he will blow the flame.
He will ask for death but will not die -
Life will not approach him and will not allow him to die,
And he will not be refreshed from his suffering
To be raised up to see the place of light.
(Because of the baptism with which he is baptized in the Jordan,
he is not condemned to the dwelling place of the sinner.)
Everyone who loves to wear dyed material at prayers
Will be dressed in darkness.
He will put on shrouds of gloom
And sandals of flame they will place on his feet.
Darkness goes out before him,
Gloom follows after him,
These devils, these demons become his companion.
Because he loves dyed garments,
He is held accountable and kept in purgatory
Until his spirit expires.

Unto you I spoke
and I instructed concerning righteousness
the elect souls who worship Life.
They will not do ugly works
And will not sink to the place of darkness to be held accountable.

Life is victorious,
and victorious is the man who goes there.
Your friends are not condemned.

Life is victorious!

About James F. McGrath

Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature, Butler University.
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One Response to 28 – John Teaches about Punishments

  1. christine says:

    After John says “God forbid that the great and mighty Light
    should seek a garment from the dregs! … The rest of the writing can’t be John the Baptist. Sounds like a person who likes to torture. It would be helpful if these writings were dated. Thanks.

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