you are the salt of the
earth and the light of the world.1 If you lose your flavor and
become dark, the world will be a shell of life, a snake's slough, which a
serpent sheds amid the thorns.2
contain the heavenly flame amid the ashes.3 If you allow
yourselves to die out, the world will be a pile of ashes beyond the gates
babble about your life, because they have no life of their own.
swear by your God, because they have no God of their own.
liar justifies himself with your truth, because he has none of his own.
world's wise men seek wisdom by a roundabout way and return to your
wisdom, because there is no other.
persecute you, because they fear your strength, and they themselves cannot
take it away.
envy you for your courage, for there is nothing to encourage them.
the rich all beg from you, yet no one can give you anything. You are rich,
for you have God. You are wealthy, for you are God-bearers.
soul is the cradle of the Living God. Your heart is His throne. Your mind
is Mount Sinai, where He alone gives tablets of stone and speaks.4
freely with God within you; you will not lose the way, and you will not be
left without shelter. Enter with Him freely through the gates of the day,
and the day will be yours. Enter with Him freely through the gates of the
night, and the night will cringe with its specters, and will show you its
not sell your treasure, for the world cannot pay for it.5
not trade with the universe, for the universe can give nothing except
itself. And its entirety is like paper compared to gold. It will burn up
one day, and will be reduced to a handful of ashes.6 Will it
die? It is already dead, and has nothing without your spiritual treasure.
from one end to the other, cannot store your treasure.
from one end to the other, cannot calculate your treasure.
world persecutes you,7 because you have peace, and it has none.
world envies you, because you have wealth, and it is impoverished.
world fears you, because you have power, and it is powerless.
The world hates you, because you have blessedness, and it is wretched.8
not spite the world, and do not add oil to the fire. For the whole world
is ablaze with the flames of malice.
have been isolated, you say? Are sepulchers really any kind of fellowship?
One person alive in a cemetery is less alone than all the graves of the
are few in number, you say? But you are armed. Your adversaries are bound
world is lifeless without you. You are the channels through which life
pours into the world.
The world is joyless without you. Through you laughter is entering a prison.
not fatten your bodies, for to fatten is to fester. Do not pack mud onto
your bones, for your bones will become sluggish and your souls will
keep the divine Bridegroom9 within you, and beware
lest you frighten Him away. He is truly as timorous as a
if He abandons you, His last dug-out, the world will be a shell of life, a
snake's slough, which a serpent sheds amid the thorns.
Cf. Matt. 5:13-14.
Matt. 5:15-16 and 6:22-23.
Cf. Mark 9:49-50, Luke 3:16 and 12:49.
Cf. Ex. 19 and 20.
Cf. Matt. 13:44-46.
Cf. 2 Pet. 3:10-12.
Cf. Matt. 5:10-12 and John 15:20.
8. Cf. Matt. 10:22 and John 15:18-25.
9. Bridegroom Christ (Cf.
Matt. 9:15 and 25:1-13, John 3:29).