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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19 say, I will not open unto you, but A know you not”. The
bridegroom answered the foolish virgins, who had willingly
allowed the light of their lamps to go out, «I know you not”;
that is: //Raise not your supplications, for they will not be
accepted; defile not the chamber of the bridegroom when the
honor of the bride should be guarded therein; remove the
smoke of your extinguished lamps from the door of the bride*
chamber, for behold the guests who are with the bridegroom
■ in the guest-chamber are illuminated with the lights of the
wise virgins. Gome in peace, ye blessed of my Father;
come in peace, ye givers of alms; come in peace, ye feed¬
ers of the poor; come in peace, ye sowers of good works;
come, inherit the kingdom prepared for you on account of
the excellence of your good deeds. Depart, ye cursed, into
the fire prepared for the devil and all his ministers” *). //It
_ is a most terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living
God” *). It is an offence full of foolishness that, for the
enjoyments of a short while, a man should be led into en¬
tering hell, to which there is no end. They work iniquities
during a certain small number of days, but their torments
have no limit of days or years, for there are no days or
nights. Perhaps thou wilt say: How can a just judge, for 1 21) A paraphrase of Matthew XX V,. 84—41* 2) Hebrews X, 31.