1 But let every one that cometh in the name of the Lord be received; and then when ye have tested him ye shall know him, for ye shall have understanding on the right hand and on the left.
2 If the comer is a traveler, assist him, so far as ye are able; but he shall not stay with you more than two or three days, if it be necessary.
3 But if he wishes to settle with you, being a craftsman, let him work for and eat his bread.
4 But if he has no craft, according to your wisdom provide how he shall live as a Christian among you, but not in idleness.
5 If he will not do this, he is trafficking upon Christ. Beware of such men.
1 But every true prophet desiring to settle among you is worthy of his food.
2 In like manner a true teacher is also worthy, like the workman, of his food.
3 Every firstfruit then of the produce of the wine-vat and of the threshing-floor, of thy oxen and of thy sheep, thou shalt take and give as the firstfruit to the prophets; for they are your chief-priests.
4 But if ye have not a prophet, give them to the poor.
5 If thou makest bread, take the firstfruit and give according to the commandment.
6 In like manner, when thou openest a jar of wine or of oil, take the firstfruit and give to the prophets;
7 yea and of money and raiment and every possession take the firstfruit, as shall seem good to thee, and give according to the commandment.
1 And on the Lord’s own day gather yourselves together and break bread and give thanks, first confessing your transgressions, that your sacrifice may be pure.
2 And let no man, having his dispute with his fellow, join your assembly until they have been reconciled, that your sacrifice may not be defiled;
3 for this sacrifice it is that was spoken of by the Lord; In every place and at every time offer Me a pure sacrifice; for I am a great king, saith the Lord, and My name is wonderful among the nations.
1 Appoint for yourselves therefore bishops and deacons worthy of the Lord, men who are meek and not lovers of money, and true and approved; for unto you they also perform the service of the prophets and teachers.
2 Therefore despise them not; for they are your honourable men along with the prophets and teachers.
3 And reprove one another, not in anger but in peace, as ye find in the Gospel; and let no one speak to any that has gone wrong towards his neighbor, neither let him hear a word from you, until he repent.
4 But your prayers and your almsgiving and all your deeds so do ye as ye find it in the Gospel of our Lord.
1 Be watchful for your life; let your lamps not be quenched and your loins not ungirded, but be ye ready; for ye know not the hour in which our Lord cometh.
2 And ye shall gather yourselves together frequently, seeking what is fitting for your souls; for the whole time of your faith shall not profit you, if ye be not perfected at the last season.
3 For in the last days the false prophets and corrupters shall be multiplied, and the sheep shall be turned into wolves, and love shall be turned into hate.
4 For as lawlessness increaseth, they shall hate one another and shall persecute and betray. And then the world-deceiver shall appear as a son of God; and shall work signs and wonders, and the earth shall be delivered into his hands; and he shall do unholy things, which have never been since the world began.
5 Then all created mankind shall come to the fire of testing, and many shall be offended and perish; but they that endure in their faith shall be saved by the Curse Himself.
6 And then shall the signs of the truth appear; first a sign of a rift in the heaven, then a sign of a voice of a trumpet, and thirdly a resurrection of the dead;
7 yet not of all, but as it was said: The Lord shall come and all His saints with Him.
8 Then shall the world see the Lord coming upon the clouds of heaven.