Essenes: Members of
a monastic brotherhood of Jews
in Palestine from the 2d century B.C.
to the 2d century A.D.
Jesus Condemneth the
Ill-Treatment Of Animals.
AND some of his disciples came and told him of a
certain Egyptian, a son of Belial, who taught
that it was lawful to torment animals, if their
sufferings brought any profit to men.
And Jesus said unto them, "Verily I say unto
you, they who partake of benefits which are
gotten by wronging one of God's creatures, cannot
be righteous: nor can they touch holy things, or
teach the mysteries of the kingdom, whose hands
are stained with blood, or whose mouths are
defiled with flesh."
God giveth the grains and the fruits of the earth
for food: and for righteous man truly there is no
other lawful sustenance for the body.
The robber who breaketh into the house made by
man is guilty, but they who break into the house
made by God, even of the least of these are the
greater sinners. Wherefore I say unto all who
desire to be my disciples, keep your hands from
bloodshed and let no flesh meat enter your
mouths, for God is just and bountiful, who
ordaineth that man shall live by the fruits and
seeds of the earth alone.
But if any animal suffer greatly, and if its life
be a misery unto it. or if it be dangerous to
you, release it from its life quickly, and with
as little pain as you can, Send it forth in love
and mercy, but torment it not, and God the
Father-Mother will shew mercy unto you, as ye
have shown mercy unto those given into your
And whatsoever ye do unto the Cast of these my
children, ye do it unto me. For I am in them and
they are in me, Yea, I am in all creatures and
all creatures are in me. In all their joys I
rejoice, in all their afflictions I am afflicted.
Wherefore I say unto you: Be ye kind one to
another, and to all the creatures of God.
AND it came to pass the day after, that he came
into a city called Nain; and many of his
disciples went with him, and much people.
Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city,
behold there was a dead man carried out the only
son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much
people of the city was with her.
And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on
her, and said unto her, Weep not, thy son
sleepeth. And he came and touched the bier: and
they that bare him stood still. And he said,
Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
And he that was esteemed dead sat up, and began
to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. And
there came an awe upon all: and they glorified
God, saying, A great prophet is risen up among
us; and God hath visited his people.