Stephen bar Sudaili, the Syrian mystic, and the book of Hierotheos

Frothingham F. Stephen bar Sudaili, the Syrian mystic, and the book of Hierotheos. -1886

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41 //For I was an hungered and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty
and ye gave me drink: I was sick and ye visited me: naked
and ye clothed me. I was in prison and ye came unto me.
Therefore come in peace, ye blessed of my Father” *). Who
would not long for this word so full of every conso¬
lation , and hasten to disperse and distribute among the
needy all his possessions, that he may hear God saying unto
him, “Gome in peace”? And who is there that would not
fear and be filled with terror and trembling and hasten to
do good works, lest he be joined unto those to whom the
terrible Judge says: //Depart, ye cursed, into everlasting heU”.
Life everlasting, and hell everlasting: there is no end to
life, and no termination to hell. To the day-light which
is on the right hand there is no evening, and to the outer
night-darkness on the left there is no morning. The bridegroom enters and the door of the bride-chamber
is closed, and is not opened unto those who knock, lest the
bride be covered with shame at the time when the honor
of the bride-chamber should be guarded *). Noah closed the
door of the ark and opened it not unto fornicators that they
might be protected with him from the great deluge. When
judgment has been rendered, supplication is of no avail.
When the door of the bride-chamber has been closed, the
bride *) will not open unto the invited guests who entreat,
saying: //Lord, Lord, open unto us”. But He answers and
says unto them: //I know you not at all” ’). He did not 1 21) From Matthew XXV, 34—35« 2) From Matthew XXV, 10—12. 8) Here seem? to be a mistake of the copyist for rtfi&U* »the bridegroom”. Frothingham, Bar Sudaili* 2