November 16, 2019

We Forgot Where We Came From

Sin that blinds us has prevented us from remembering where we came from. Do you even know?

When Jesus Christ, in his very short stay here on earth, was asked where he was going, he replied, “I’m going back to where I came from.”

When Jesus Christ asked of his disciples/followers, where are you going, only Mary Magdalene replied, “I’m going back to where I came from.” To the others, Christ answered, “How can you know where you are going if you don’t remember where you came from?”

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First Book of Adam and Eve – Chapter 3

1 God said to Adam, “I have ordained on this earth days and years, and you and your descendants shall live and walk in them, until the days and years are fulfilled; when I shall send the Word that created you, and against which you have transgressed, the Word that made you come out of the garden, and that raised you when you were fallen.
2 Yes, the Word that will again save you when the five and a half days are
fulfilled.”
3 But when Adam heard these words from God, and of the great five and a half days, he did not understand the meaning of them.
4 For Adam was thinking there would be only five and a half days for him until the end of the world.
5 And Adam cried, and prayed to God to explain it to him.
6 Then God in his mercy for Adam who was made after His own image and
likeness, explained to him, that these were 5,000 and 500 years; and how One would then come and save him and his descendants.
7 But before that, God had made this covenant with our father, Adam, in the same terms, before he came out of the garden, when he was by the tree where Eve took of the fruit and gave it to him to eat.
8 Because, when our father Adam came out of the garden, he passed by that tree, and saw how God had changed the appearance of it into another form, and how it shriveled.
9 And as Adam went to it he feared, trembled and fell down; but God in His
mercy lifted him up, and then made this covenant with him.
10 And again, when Adam was by the gate of the garden, and saw the cherub with a sword of flashing fire in his hand, and the cherub grew angry and frowned at him, both Adam and Eve became afraid of him, and thought he meant to put them to death. So they fell on their faces, trembled with fear.
11 But he had pity on them, and showed them mercy; and turning from them went up to heaven, and prayed to the Lord, and said;—
12 “Lord, You sent me to watch at the gate of the garden, with a sword of fire.
13 But when Your servants, Adam and Eve, saw me, they fell on their faces, and were as dead. O my Lord, what shall we do to Your servants?”
14 Then God had pity on them, and showed them mercy, and sent His Angel to keep the garden.
15 And the Word of the Lord came to Adam and Eve, and raised them up.
16 And the Lord said to Adam, “I told you that at the end of the five and a half days, I will send my Word and save you.
17 Strengthen your heart, therefore, and stay in the Cave of Treasures, of which I have before spoken to you.”
18 And when Adam heard this Word from God, he was comforted with that
which God had told him. For He had told him how He would save him.

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The First Book of Adam and Eve – Chapter Two

1 But when our father Adam, and Eve, went out of the garden, they walked the ground on their feet, not knowing they were walking.
2 And when they came to the opening of the gate of the garden, and saw the broad earth spread before them, covered with stones large and small, and with sand, they feared and trembled, and fell on their faces, from the fear that came over them; and they were as dead.
3 Because—whereas until this time they had been in the garden land, beautifully
planted with all manner of trees—they now saw themselves, in a strange land, which they knew not, and had never seen.
4 And because, when they were in the garden they were filled with the grace of a bright nature, and they had not hearts turned toward earthly things.
5 Therefore God had pity on them; and when He saw them fallen before the gate of the garden, He sent His Word to our father, Adam and Eve, and raised them from their fallen state.

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The First Book of Adam and Eve – Chapter One

1 On the third day, God planted the garden in the east of the earth, on the border of the world eastward, beyond which, towards the sun-rising, one finds nothing but water, that encompasses the whole world, and reaches to the borders of heaven.
2 And to the north of the garden there is a sea of water, clear and pure to the taste, unlike anything else; so that, through the clearness thereof, one may look into the depths of the earth.
3 And when a man washes himself in it, he becomes clean of the cleanness
thereof, and white of its whiteness—even if he were dark.
4 And God created that sea of his own good pleasure, for He knew what would come of the man He would make; so that after he had left the garden, on account of his transgression, men should be born in the earth. Among them are righteous ones who will die, whose souls God would raise at the last day; when all of them will return to their flesh, bathe in the water of that sea, and repent of their sins.
5 But when God made Adam go out of the garden, He did not place him on the border of it northward. This was so that he and Eve would not be able to go near to the sea of water where they could wash themselves in it, be cleansed from their sins, erase the transgression they had committed, and be no longer reminded of it in the thought of their punishment.
6 As to the southern side of the garden, God did not want Adam to live there either; because, when the wind blew from the north, it would bring him, on that southern side, the delicious smell of the trees of the garden.
7 Wherefore God did not put Adam there. This was so that he would not be able to smell the sweet smell of those trees, forget his transgression, and find consolation for what he had done by taking delight in the smell of the trees and yet not be cleansed from his transgression.
8 Again, also, because God is merciful and of great pity, and governs all things in a way that He alone knows—He made our father Adam live in the western border of the garden, because on that side the earth is very broad.
9 And God commanded him to live there in a cave in a rock—the Cave of
Treasures below the garden.

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The Sons of Jacob Not Comparable to the Men of Today

Below is an excerpt from the Testament of Judah, the fourth son of Jacob. Judah was chosen by Yahweh to lead the kingdom of the Jews. Judah’s description of some of the things he did as a young man, by today’s standards we would consider him a damned liar. Perhaps men of the day, nearer the Creation than the End of Times, were a whole lot different. Read on.

Hearken, my children, to Judah your father. I was the fourth son born to my
father Jacob; and Leah my mother named 4 me Judah, saying, I give thanks to the Lord, because He hath given me a fourth son also. I was 5 swift in my youth, and obedient to my father in everything. And I honoured my mother and my 6 mother’s sister. And it came to pass, when I became a man, that my father blessed me, saying, Thou shalt be a king, prospering in all things.
2 1, 2 And the Lord showed me favour in all my works both in the field and in the house. I know that 3 I raced a hind, and caught it, and prepared the meat for my father, and he did eat. And the roes I used to master in the chase, and overtake all that was in the plains. A wild mare I overtook, and 4 caught it and tamed it. I slew a lion and plucked a kid out of its mouth. I took a bear by its paw 5 and hurled it down the cliff, and it was crushed. I outran the wild boar, and seizing it as I ran, 6 I tore it in sunder.
A leopard in Hebron leaped upon my dog, and I caught it by the tail, and 7 hurled it on the rocks, and it was broken in twain. I found a wild ox feeding in the fields, and seizing it by the horns, and whirling it round and stunning it, I cast it from me and slew it.
3 1 And when the two kings of the Canaanites came sheathed in armour against our flocks, and much people with them, single-handed I rushed upon the king of Hazor, and smote him on the greaves 2 and dragged him down, and so I Slew him. And the other, the king of Tappuah, as he sat upon his 3 horse, [I slew, and so I scattered all his people. Achor the king] a man of giant stature I found, hurling javelins before and behind as he sat on horseback, and I took up a stone of sixty pounds 4 weight, and hurled it and smote his horse, and killed it. And I fought with (this) other for two 5
hours; and I clave his shield in twain, and I chopped off his feet, and killed him. And as I was 6 stripping off his breastplate, behold nine men his companions began to fight with me. And I wound my garment on my hand; and I slung stones at them, and killed four of them, and the rest fled.

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“The Love of Many Shall be Cold”

I noticed a headline this morning that said, ” Fascist. Communist. Brazilians Spewing Hatred at Each Other.” This headline will take you to a link where the article is titled, “Brazilians are Spewing Hatred at Each Other Ahead of Presidential Runoff.” Like this is endemic to Brazil?

I’m so sick and tired of listening to and reading the political hatred that has gripped this country. There is only one explanation for it. It is the fulfillment of prophecy and the Word of Yehwah.

Matthew 24:12 says, “And because iniquity shall be increased, the love of many shall be cold.”

Matthew 10:35-38, “35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

36 And a man’s enemies shall be they of his own household.

37 He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me. And he that loveth son, or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me.

38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

It is for this reason the world rages in hatred, anger, filth, and immorality. When the focus is on man and man’s creations more than on the Creator, we were told that sin would be on the increase and that the love of many will run cold. With that increase in sin and cold hearts, father and son, mother and daughter, will turn against each other. And we should understand that because such anger and hatred are within us to turn us against our own family members, how then are we going to treat all others?

Fascist? Communist? Maybe. Lost? Absolutely!!

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Government, Media, Propaganda: The Image of the Beast. Why I Hate it All

I was asked by someone last evening why, it seemed, that I didn’t have much interest in discussing the current events going on in this country and around the world. Below is my basic response, edited in order to share with the public. This may help to explain where I am coming from with information that I share on this website.
There is seldom a day goes by that I don’t desire to simply pull the plug on all of this. Why do I keep doing this? I don’t want to anymore! But I keep feeling that maybe if I can reach one person that might cause them to think for themselves and seek Yehwah for answers instead of man-gods and governments, my work will not have been in vain.
I don’t know. This platform is being censored and controlled more and more with each passing hour. One day soon this website will be gone…probably before I have a chance to decide to pull the plug.
Hang in there! In the meantime, you have decisions to make.
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I don’t know that it is lack of excitement in discussing issues as much as I don’t really follow any of it anymore. I find that all of it is a Satanic lie that is being used to destroy, distract, and deceive the masses in order that they do not keep their eyes on God. And it is working wonderfully. The world is insane. It is pointless to attempt to have a rational conversation with just about everybody.
I was having a bit of a conversation yesterday and I got pretty wound up telling this person how insane we all were because we are addicted (by design) to cellphones and social media. And I have said since the beginning of the technology that it would finish the destruction of society and civilization as we once knew it. I was right. I am right. God is right. I told this person how that we have conversations about this fact and how you “know” and “agree” and yet 5 mins later you got the Beast stuck in your face feeding on your uncontrolled desires to be filled with lies, lies and more lies.
God warned us that if we got caught up in this stuff that one day his people would be gone and perhaps the rest would ask, “What happened?” Or maybe not. That’s the insanity that exists. We mouth that FB, cell phones etc. are terrible. We mouth that the media lies. We mouth that government lies and is corrupt and evil and yet that’s where we turn all our attention. It is insanity to seek help and answers from those that have caused our insanity.
I told this person to just look at what government and media are doing to people. There is absolutely no way to find a reason that all of it is nothing but the work of Satan. I’ve never seen so much anger, hatred, and emotion as I am seeing from people who want to believe the lies. There is no reason to think or believe that anything we are being told or are reading about is truth…NONE! And yet we can’t help ourselves. BE NOT DECEIVED we are told by God and yet we practice and perpetuate the ultimate in deception. How do I know this? Because nobody believes they are deceived. They believe they are the holders of truth. All else is wrong.
I don’t belong to any of this world. I have nothing in common with anything in this world except my trees, garden, digging dirt and going to the bathroom in the morning. The rest of it I want to see destroyed. It can’t come quickly enough.
I was quite vocal yesterday telling this person that we all sit around with our cell phones stuck in our faces, mesmerized by the Beast, the anti-christ, and then we run off to church where they got it all messed up and tell people that one day in the future this beast, this antichrist will rise up and control the people and cause them to only buy and sell if they have his mark. Like it was some long into the future event and they are already living it. Prophecy has come true. They are deceived. They are being lied to. They carry it with them constantly and can’t live without the “image of the beast.” It is destroying all who go to it. And we going WILLINGLY!
And right now probably this person sits on the couch with the “Image” reading lie after lie after lie, believing they have the truth. More than likely they will waste many hours of their life today glued to that evil piece of shit that I have hated since the day it was created. And we thought television was going to destroy society.
So, this person being no different than the rest of us – we know not what we do – agrees with all I said yesterday and then turns and tells me how something has to be done to correct all these “crises” etc. that we are being told are taking place. All I said was, “So you don’t agree that there is no reason to listen to any of that because we don’t know what is true and what isn’t true.”
They said they are trying to find out the truth. And I said you prove my point. The insanity of stating you think the media and the Internet, FB etc. is all lies but yet we select which lying entity we will take information from. WHY? Because they say things we want to hear? YUP!
Insanity, Insanity, Insanity. Jesus come quickly. I can’t take this much longer.
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Acknowledging a Cultural Crisis, Seeking The Wrong Solution

I’ve been involved with media platforms as tools of promoting thought, propaganda, news, subjective discussions, etc. for long enough to have an understanding of how it can and does work. One method of flooding the airwaves is a daily routine but something not everyone is even aware of.

Most “news” agencies are not independent creators of news and information. They collect it from one source and then the Media, as a whole, becomes a giant echo chamber. The question might then become is this a planned event or is it happenstance? It might be both but be assured that if someone wants to rapidly spread something, all systems are in place to carry out a massive and rapidly spreading propaganda machine.

It seems on several occasions of late writers are talking about America’s “Cultural Crisis.” Let’s not kid ourselves. If you or I perceive that America’s Culture is in crisis, is that not our opinion – a subjective determination based on our own lifestyle and moral compass, if we have one at all?

But let’s not debate whether America’s Culture is in crisis. It is being discussed and therefore there must be a reason.

One of the reasons I suspect that the Parkland, Florida school shooting was a planned out event is because of what transpired after the shooting. It is virtually impossible to have put together all of the events that transpired after the school shooting unless at least some or many of those plans were in place beforehand. No other shooting event caused such a seemingly united attempt at addressing the destruction of the Second Amendment with proportionately little attention given to a “Cultural Crisis” up until now.

The point of all this is to draw attention to what the Media is doing in its plans to promote and perpetuate what it intends to or are told to do.

So we have articles and opinion pieces showing up attempting to address a “Cultural Crisis.” Why?

Maybe someday we will understand all the ins and outs as to who and what is behind the mass Media but for now we must deal with it and hope and pray that our knowledge base is strong enough and accurate enough to recognize when we are being bamboozled and when we are not, and/or we can divide truth from fiction.

As I see it, one of the problems with any of the discussions I have read about a cultural crisis isn’t about what constitutes this crisis but the solutions offered to counter the crisis. It seems that whether you are a progressive/liberal or a conservative, because of our indoctrination we tend to always assume the high ground and that we have the answers. It only becomes necessary to take the high ground when solutions offered are only presented as being from the Right or the Left as though those are the only two places where answers are found.

For regular readers, recall that I have often said that one of the more serious issues Americans face in this country is that we have all become programmed to see everything as either Right or Left- problems are right or left, solutions are right or left.

With all this in mind, two recent articles were sent to me that attempt to address America’s cultural crisis and the threats driving this nation toward civil war.

In John Hawkings piece published at Townhall, he lists “7 Forces Driving America Toward Civil War,” he mentions as two items, “Lack of a Shared Culture” and “Moral Decline.” While the acknowledgment of these two items is presented, both are given as problems caused by the false paradigm of Left vs. Right, and thus any proposals for solutions are therefore given within that same context.

Hawkins doesn’t necessarily present his discussion on culture as being in crisis, I would suppose that if he deems it worthy of an ingredient that may ultimately lead to civil war, then one might conclude he considers the issues confronting the American culture are in crisis.

The author’s idea of a moral decline isn’t that much in line with what I would describe as a moral decline. Hawkins sees the moral decline as “A large number of Americans HAVE LOST their principles, manners and virtue and it shows through from the sort of politicians they elect, to their rudeness online, to the sort of shallow hedonism and fame whoring they find appealing.”

No solutions are offered.

It should be said that a moral decline and a cultural crisis go hand in hand and cannot be separated.

The second article is a Lee Edwards piece published in the National Review. His work goes quite a bit deeper into history and offering quotes and the work of many conservatives from the past up until the present. Edwards offers existing past performances, mostly including those of Russell Kirk, as the solution to America’s Cultural Crisis.

Again, there is little argument about those things in our society that are listed as being a problem. He quotes Judge Robert Bork when he warned: “We are on the road to cultural disaster.” Bork blames Liberalism: “radical egalitarianism becomes tyranny and radical individualism descends into hedonism.”

I’m not fond of these kinds of statements because in describing egalitarianism and individualism, both are qualified with the subjective adjective “radical.” It makes it more difficult to completely understand what the owner of those words really meant. I work very hard at my individualism but I see none of that as even approaching hedonism. Does that mean my support of individualism is not radical? Where is the line drawn? Not to get off topic.

It’s difficult to argue with Edwards’ assessment of the results of a progressive lifestyle which basically views all things in what some of us would call a post-normal society – wrong is right, black is white, bad is good, etc.

He also lists C. Northcote Parkinson’s 6 Stages of Decadence – political over-centralization, excessive taxes and government interference, top-heavy intrusive government, crooks and criminals in government, debt, liberal sentimentality.

Edwards uses Kirk’s words describing those issues that need to be addressed to expose the liberal agenda that is driving America’s culture into crisis: militant secularism, soft socialism, legalistic internationalism, rabid egalitarianism, arrogant relativism, and radical societal change.

All of this and a few words about the water that Donald Trump must walk on and the solution is to begin a systematic approach to rebuild our culture on conservative principles. Many so-called conservative principles I see as far better, at least from the perspective that those principles include a certain degree of liberty and individualism. But these are still man’s values and solutions.

Included in the suggested solutions is a call to look to a higher existence in order to make us into a “good” society. This is typical of Catholicism’s call to their gOD and not our Creator. Until the American Society individually and as a whole can seek Yahweh for guidance and direction, man’s solutions will fail. That is the reason we are where we are at now.

It is mostly a cop-out to claim the high ground when Americans say we are an “exceptional” nation, basically good, who gives a lot of money to charity, etc. etc. but isn’t this really a lot about easing our guilt phobias?

Not all givers are this way but to live the lifestyles so prevalent in American Culture, which is decadent, selfish, hedonistic, and perverse, then pop into the church, give a few bucks, somehow makes us a good society?

It’s a daily event now that we read about some display of our radical Godless society – mass murders, random killings, terrorism, evil bloody attacks, etc. and we want to blame liberalism for them, believing that conservativism wouldn’t do those things.

Our culture continues to move further and further away from Yahweh. The Scriptures told us this would happen and here it is. Commend those who want to expose the realities of our culture and offer their solutions. Real solutions can come from only one place. It must begin with the individual. Isn’t this why a Godless society strives to destroy individualism?

If we all get on the right track, all the rest will no longer be a problem.

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Yahweh Gives, Man Takes Away (Known as Stealing)

I was sent a news story that actually appears in the Western AG Reporter (online – free subscription required). There is nothing special or unique about this story. It seems to be repeated every day. A man struggles to exercise the commands and rights given him by his Creator in order to make a living raising ranch animals.

I can only speak for what is obviously going on in America with a perverted love fest between misled and misguided citizens and animals in general.

We’ve all heard the cliche love is blind. Well, there is so much unnatural “love” for animals, much of the inhabitants of this country are so blinded they are failing to see Yahweh’s purpose in his creation of all animals and the “dominion” he gave his children over that resource.

Much of what the Scriptures talk about concerning unnatural affection for any animal is addressing having sex with an animal. We know that exists and has for centuries. This is not the perversion of which I am referring.

Some people also like to cherry-pick passages from Scripture that they believe instructs us not to “abuse” the animals. The King James Bible online groups together their idea of verses instructing us about animal cruelty. I will tell you now it is near impossible to understand the verses selected without having the full context, do yourself a favor and do your homework. In general, Yahweh tells us that we should take care of our beasts of burden, much in the same way that a man that makes his living driving a truck should take care of his truck. It is difficult for most people to separate their understanding of the differences between animal cruelty and responsibly taking care of the resource Yahweh gave us.

Let’s look at the Book of Genesis, Chapter 1 beginning at verse 24 where Moses describes Yahweh’s creation of the animals of the world and describes His intent and purposes. (Note: Contained in [brackets] you will find word, terms, and definitions from the original Hebrew in hopes that it might help you better understand.)

24 ¶ Moreover God said, Let the earth bring forth [yâtsâ’ – go (causatively bring) out, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, direct and proximate] the living thing [nephesh – a breathing creature, that is, animal or (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense] to his kind, cattle, and that which creepeth, and the beast of the earth according to his kind, and it was so.

25 And God made the beast of the earth according to his kind, and the cattle according to his kind, and every creeping thing of the earth according to his kind: and God saw that it was good.

26 Furthermore God said, Let us make man in our image according to our likeness, and let them rule [râdâh – to tread down, that is, subjugate; specifically to crumble off: – (come to, make to) have dominion, prevail against, reign, (bear, make to) rule, (-r, over), take.] the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the heaven, and over the beasts, and over all the earth, and over everything that creepeth and moveth on the earth.

27 Thus God created the man in his image: in the image of God created he him: he created them male and female.

28 And God blessed them, and God said to them, Bring forth fruit, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, [ kâbash –to tread down; hence negatively to disregard; positively to conquer, subjugate, violate: – bring into bondage, force, keep under, subdue, bring into subjection.] rule over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the heaven, and over every beast that moveth upon the earth.

29 And God said, Behold, I have given unto you every herb bearing seed, which is upon all the earth, and every tree, wherein is the fruit of a tree bearing seed: that shall be to you for meat. [‘ôklâh – food: – consume, devour, eat, food, meat.]

30 Likewise to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the heaven, and to everything that moveth upon the earth, which hath life in itself, every green herb shall be for meat, and it was so. (emboldening added.)

There are key points to consider. Verse 26 refers to “dominion” or “rule” depending on which translated version you are using. That is why I refer back to the original written Word in Hebrew. The Hebrew word “râdâh” means to subjugate, to have dominion over, to rule, to take. The Hebrew language is different than our “English” language. One Hebrew word can have many meanings and uses. However, it appears this particular word has a narrowly focused meaning.

Yahweh commanded Adam to take control over all of these things and fill the earth but most importantly that all these things were provided for “meat” – meaning food to eat.

But I realized there are other issues at play here and therein lies many of the difficulties in sharing of those resources that our Creator gave us.

The first big obstacle might be that you don’t believe in Yahweh and that He created all things. Perhaps it’s Evolution or some other belief. That is fine with me. I have no intention of trying to force you to change your ways simply because you don’t believe the same as me. I only expect the same in return. You want to take all from me. I want only to take what is responsible to “fill the earth” and sustain, have dominion over, the resource to ensure its healthy existence. Isn’t that what Yahweh intended?

Which brings us to another very serious problem. Many people don’t care what millions of us believe and what we choose to practice. Their selfishness and greed cause them to demand – to demand such things as no more subjugating, ruling, taking, and having dominion over the beasts of the field, the fishes in the waters and fowl of the air for MEAT (food). They demand to deny me that gift of Yahweh and yet I demand nothing of them.

I have a deep appreciation of animals. They are Yahweh’s creation. But I also have a deep appreciation of what He told Adam was the purpose of those resources and it was not to let them become diseased and a useless object to only be looked up at one’s whim. To control, to rule over, to subjugate and have dominion of the beasts of the earth, fishes of the sea, and fowl of the air doesn’t mean hands off and let them do their own thing.

If it was intended by Yahweh that His Creation would “balance itself” he would have told us so and given different instructions.

He didn’t!

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Differentiating the Powers

The Complete Works of Flavius Josephus, Book XI, Chapter 3, Sections 1-6

2. Now, in the first year of the king’s reign, Darius feasted those that were about him, and those born in his house, with the rulers of the Medes, and princes of the Persians, and the toparchs of India and Ethiopia, and the generals of the armies of his hundred and twenty-seven provinces. But when they had eaten and drunk to satiety, and abundantly, they every one departed to go to bed at their own houses, and Darius the king went to bed; but after he had rested a little part of the night, he awaked, and not being able to sleep any more, he fell into conversation with the three guards of his body, and promised, that to him who should make an oration about points that he should inquire of, such as should be most agreeable to truth, and to the dictates of wisdom, he would grant it as a reward of his victory, to put on a purple garment, and to drink in cups of gold, and to sleep upon gold, and to have a chariot with bridles of gold, and a head tire of fine linen, and a chain of gold about his neck, and to sit next to himself, on account of his wisdom; “and,” says he, “he shall be called my cousin.” Now when he had promised to give them these gifts, he asked the first of them, “Whether wine was not the strongest?”–the second, “Whether kings were not such?” — and the third, “Whether women were not such? or whether truth was not the strongest of all?” When he had proposed that they should make their inquiries about these problems, he went to rest; but in the morning he sent for his great men, his princes, and toparchs of Persia and Media, and set himself down in the place where he used to give audience, and bid each of the guards of his body to declare what they thought proper concerning the proposed questions, in the hearing of them all.

3. Accordingly, the first of them began to speak of the strength of wine, and demonstrated it thus: “When,” said he,” I am to give my opinion of wine, O you men, I find that it exceeds every thing, by the following indications: It deceives the mind of those that drink it, and reduces that of the king to the same state with that of the orphan, and he who stands in need of a tutor; and erects that of the slave to the boldness of him that is free; and that of the needy becomes like that of the rich man, for it changes and renews the souls of men when it gets into them; and it quenches the sorrow of those that are under calamities, and makes men forget the debts they owe to others, and makes them think themselves to be of all men the richest; it makes them talk of no small things, but of talents, and such other names as become wealthy men only; nay more, it makes them insensible of their commanders, and of their kings, and takes away the remembrance of their friends and companions, for it arms men even against those that are dearest to them, and makes them appear the greatest strangers to them; and when they are become sober, and they have slept out their wine in the night, they arise without knowing any thing they have done in their cups. I take these for signs of power, and by them discover that wine is the strongest and most insuperable of all things.”

4. As soon as the first had given the forementioned demonstrations of the strength of wine, he left off; and the next to him began to speak about the strength of a king, and demonstrated that it was the strongest of all, and more powerful than any thing else that appears to have any force or wisdom. He began his demonstration after the following manner; and said,” They are men who govern all things; they force the earth and the sea to become profitable to them in what they desire, and over these men do kings rule, and over them they have authority. Now those who rule over that animal which is of all the strongest and most powerful, must needs deserve to be esteemed insuperable in power and force. For example, when these kings command their subjects to make wars, and undergo dangers, they are hearkened to; and when they send them against their enemies, their power is so great that they are obeyed. They command men to level mountains, and to pull down walls and towers; nay, when they are commanded to be killed and to kill, they submit to it, that they may not appear to transgress the king’s commands; and when they have conquered, they bring what they have gained in the war to the king. Those also who are not soldiers, but cultivate the ground, and plough it, and when, after they have endured the labor and all the inconveniences of such works of husbandry, they have reaped and gathered in their fruits, they bring tributes to the king; and whatsoever it is which the king says or commands, it is done of necessity, and that without any delay, while he in the mean time is satiated with all sorts of food and pleasures, and sleeps in quiet. He is guarded by such as watch, and such as are, as it were, fixed down to the place through fear; for no one dares leave him, even when he is asleep, nor does any one go away and take care of his own affairs; but he esteems this one thing the only work of necessity, to guard the king, and accordingly to this he wholly addicts himself. How then can it be otherwise, but that it must appear that the king exceeds all in strength, while so great a multitude obeys his injunctions?”

5. Now when this man had held his peace, the third of them, who was Zorobabel, began to instruct them about women, and about truth, who said thus: “Wine is strong, as is the king also, whom all men obey, but women are superior to them in power; for it was a woman that brought the king into the world; and for those that plant the vines and make the wine, they are women who bear them, and bring them up: nor indeed is there any thing which we do not receive from them; for these women weave garments for us, and our household affairs are by their means taken care of, and preserved in safety; nor can we live separate from women. And when we have gotten a great deal of gold and silver, and any other thing that is of great value, and deserving regard, and see a beautiful woman, we leave all these things, and with open mouth fix our eyes upon her countenance, and are willing to forsake what we have, that we may enjoy her beauty, and procure it to ourselves. We also leave father, and mother, and the earth that nourishes us, and frequently forget our dearest friends, for the sake of women; nay, we are so hardy as to lay down our lives for them. But what will chiefly make you take notice of the strength of women is this that follows: Do not we take pains, and endure a great deal of trouble, and that both by land and sea, and when we have procured somewhat as the fruit of our labors, do not we bring them to the women, as to our mistresses, and bestow them upon them? Nay, I once saw the king, who is lord of so many people, smitten on the face by Apame, the daughter of Rabsases Themasius, his concubine, and his diadem taken away from him, and put upon her own head, while he bore it patiently; and when she smiled he smiled, and when she was angry he was sad; and according to the change of her passions, he flattered his wife, and drew her to reconciliation by the great humiliation of himself to her, if at my time he saw her displeased at him.”

6. And when the princes and rulers looked one upon another, he began to speak about truth; and he said, “I have already demonstrated how powerful women are; but both these women themselves, and the king himself, are weaker than truth; for although the earth be large, and the heaven high, and the course of the sun swift, yet are all these moved according to the will of God, who is true and righteous, for which cause we also ought to esteem truth to be the strongest of all things, and that what is unrighteous is of no force against it. Moreover, all things else that have any strength are mortal and short-lived, but truth is a thing that is immortal and eternal. It affords us not indeed such a beauty as will wither away by time, nor such riches as may be taken away by fortune, but righteous rules and laws. It distinguishes them from injustice, and puts what is unrighteous to rebuke.”

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