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Translated by J.B. Lightfoot. Adapt. and mod. (c) 1990. ATHENA DATA PRODUCTS

  Barnabas 1:1

I Bid you greeting, sons and daughters, in the name of the Lord that

loved us, in peace.

Barnabas 1:2

   Seeing that the ordinances of God are great and rich unto you, I

rejoice with an exceeding great and overflowing joy at your blessed

and glorious spirits; so innate is the grace of the spiritual gift

that ye have received.

Barnabas 1:3

Wherefore also I the more congratulate myself hoping to be saved, for

that I truly see the Spirit poured out among you from the riches of

the fount of the Lord. So greatly did the much-desired sight of you

astonish me respecting you.

Barnabas 1:4

Being therefore persuaded of this, and being conscious with myself

that having said much among you I know that the Lord journeyed with

me on the way of righteousness, and am wholly constrained also myself

to this, to love you more than my own soul (for great faith and love

dwelleth in you through the hope of the life which is

His)--considering this therefore, that,

Barnabas 1:5

if it shall be my care to communicate to you some portion of that

which I received, it shall turn to my reward for having ministered to

such spirits, I was eager to send you a trifle, that along with your

faith ye might have your knowledge also perfect.

Barnabas 1:6

Well then, there are three ordinances of the Lord; *the hope of life,

which is the beginning and end of our faith; and righteousness, which

is the beginning and end of judgment; love shown in gladness and

exultation, the testimony of works of righteousness.*

Barnabas 1:7

For the Lord made known to us by His prophets things past and

present, giving us likewise the firstfruits of the taste of things

future. And seeing each of these things severally coming to pass,

according as He spake, we ought to offer a richer and higher offering

to the fear of Him. But I, not as though I were a teacher, but as

one of yourselves, will show forth a few things, whereby ye shall be

gladdened in the present circumstances.

Barnabas 2:1

   Seeing then that the days are evil, and that the Active One himself

has the authority, we ought to give heed to ourselves and to seek out

the ordinances of the Lord.

Barnabas 2:2

The aids of our faith then are fear and patience, and our allies are

long-suffering and self-restraint.

Barnabas 2:3

While these abide in a pure spirit in matters relating to the Lord,

wisdom, understanding, science, knowledge rejoice with them.

Barnabas 2:4

For He hath made manifest to us by all the prophets that He wanteth

neither sacrifices nor whole burnt offerings nor oblations, saying at

one time;

Barnabas 2:5 

What to Me is the multitude of your sacrifices, saith the Lord I am

full of whole burnt-offerings, and the fat of lambs and the blood

of bulls and of goats desire not, not though ye should come to be

seen of Me. or who required these things at your hands? Ye shall

continue no more to tread My court. If ye bring fine flour, it is

in vain; incense is an abomination to Me; your new moons and your

Sabbaths I cannot away with. 

Barnabas 2:6

These things therefore He annulled, that the new law of our Lord

Jesus Christ, being free from the yoke of constraint, might have its

oblation not made by human hands.

Barnabas 2:7

And He saith again unto them; Did command your fathers when they 

went forth from the land of Egypt to bring Me whole burnt offerings

and sacrifices? 

Barnabas 2:8 

Nay, this was My command unto them, Let none of you bear a grudge

of evil against his neighbor in his heart, and love you not a false


Barnabas 2:9

So we ought to perceive, unless we are without understanding, the

mind of the goodness of our Father; for He speaketh to us, desiring

us not to go astray like them but to seek how we may approach Him.

Barnabas 2:10

Thus then speaketh He to us; The sacrifice unto God is a broken 

heart, the smell of a sweet savor unto the Lord is a heart that

glorifies its Maker. We ought therefore, brethren, to learn

accurately concerning our salvation, lest the Evil One having

effected an entrance of error in us should fling us away from our


Barnabas 3:1

   He speaketh again therefore to them concerning these things; 
Wherefore fast ye for Me, saith the Lord, so that your voice is

heard this day crying aloud? This is not the fast which have chosen,

saith the Lord; not a man abasing his soul; 

Barnabas 3:2 

not though ye should bend your neck as a hoop, and put on sackcloth

and make your bed of ashes, not even so shall ye call a fast that is


Barnabas 3:3

But unto us He saith; Behold, this is the fast which I have chosen, 

saith the Lord; loosen every band of wickedness, untie the

tightened cords of forcible contracts, send away the broken ones

released and tear in pieces every unjust bond. Break thy bread to

the hungry, and if thou seest one naked clothe him; bring the

shelterless into thy house, and if thou seest a humble man, thou

shalt not despise him, neither shall any one of thy household and

of thine own seed. 

Barnabas 3:4 

Then shall thy light break forth in the morning, and thy healing

shall arise quickly, and righteousness shall go forth before thy

face, and the glory of God shall environ thee.

Barnabas 3:5 

Then shalt thou cry out and God shall hear thee; while thou art

still speaking, He shall say 'Lo, I am here'; if thou shalt take

away from thee the yoke and the stretching forth of the finger and

the word of murmuring, and shalt give thy bread to the hungry

heartily, and shalt pity the abased soul. 

Barnabas 3:6

To this end therefore, my brethren, He that is long-suffering,

foreseeing that the people whom He had prepared in His well-beloved

would believe in simplicity, manifested to us beforehand concerning

all things, that we might not as novices shipwreck ourselves upon

their law.

Barnabas 4:1

   It behooves us therefore to investigate deeply concerning the

present, and to search out the things which have power to save us.

Let us therefore flee altogether from all the works of lawlessness,

lest the works of lawlessness overpower us; and let us loathe the

error of the present time, that we may be loved for that which is to


Barnabas 4:2

Let us give no relaxation to our soul that it should have liberty to

consort with sinners and wicked men, lest haply we be made like unto


Barnabas 4:3

The last offence is at hand, concerning which the scripture speaketh,

as Enoch saith. For to this end the Master hath cut the seasons and 

the days short, that His beloved might hasten and come to His


Barnabas 4:4

And the prophet also speaketh on this wise; Ten reigns shall reign 

upon the earth, and after them shall arise another king, who shall

bring low three of the kings under one. 

Barnabas 4:5

In like manner Daniel speaketh concerning the same; And I saw the

forth beast to be wicked and strong and more intractable than all

the beasts of the earth, and how there arose from him ten horns,

and from these a little horn and excrescence, and how that it

abased under one three of the great horns. 

Barnabas 4:6

Ye ought therefore to understand. Moreover I ask you this one thing

besides, as being one of yourselves and loving you all in particular

more than my own soul, to give heed to yourselves now, and not to

liken yourselves to certain persons who pile up sin upon sin, saying

that our covenant remains to them also.

Barnabas 4:7

Ours it is; but they lost it in this way for ever, when Moses had

just received it. For the scripture saith; And Moses was in the

mountain fasting forty days and forty nights, and he received the

covenant from the Lord, even tablets of stone written with the

finger of the hand of the Lord. 

Barnabas 4:8

But they lost it by turning unto idols. For thus saith the Lord; 

Moses, Moses, come down quickly; for thy people whom thou

broughtest out of the land of Egypt hath done unlawfully. And

Moses understood, and threw the two tables from his hands; and their

covenant was broken in pieces, that the covenant of the beloved Jesus

might be sealed unto our hearts in the hope which springeth from

faith in Him.

Barnabas 4:9

But though I would fain write many things, not as a teacher, but as

becometh one who loveth you not to fall short of that which we

possess, I was anxious to write to you, being your devoted slave.

Wherefore let us take heed in these last days. For the whole time of

our faith shall profit us nothing, unless we now, in the season of

lawlessness and in the offenses that shall be, as becometh sons of

God, offer resistance, that the Black One may not effect an entrance.

Barnabas 4:10

Let us flee from all vanity, let us entirely hate the works of the

evil way. Do not entering in privily stand apart by yourselves, as

if ye were already justified, but assemble yourselves together and

consult concerning the common welfare.

Barnabas 4:11

For the scripture saith; Woe unto them that are wise for

themselves, and understanding in their own sight. Let us become

spiritual, let us become a temple perfect unto God. As far as in us

lies, let us exercise ourselves in the fear of God, [and] let us

strive to keep His commandments, that we may rejoice in His


Barnabas 4:12

The Lord judgeth the world without respect of persons; each man shall

receive according to his deeds. If he be good, his righteousness

shall go before him in the way; if he be evil, the recompense of his

evil-doing is before him; lest perchance,

Barnabas 4:13

if we relax as men that are called, we should slumber over our sins,

and the prince of evil receive power against us and thrust us out

from the kingdom of the Lord.

Barnabas 4:14

Moreover understand this also, my brothers. When ye see that after

so many signs and wonders wrought in Israel, even then they were

abandoned, let us give heed, lest haply we be found, as the scripture

saith, many are called but few are chosen. 

Barnabas 5:1

   For to this end the Lord endured to deliver His flesh unto

corruption, that by the remission of sins we might be cleansed, which

cleansing is through the blood of His sprinkling.

Barnabas 5:2

For the scripture concerning Him containeth some things relating to

Israel, and some things relating to us. And it speaketh thus; He

was wounded for your transgressions, and He hath been bruised for

our sins; by His stripes we were healed. As a sheep He was led to

slaughter, as a lamb is dumb before his shearer. 

Barnabas 5:3

We ought therefore to be very thankful unto the Lord, for that He

both revealed unto us the past, and made us wise in the present, and

as regards the future we are not without understanding.

Barnabas 5:4

Now the scripture saith; Not unjustly is the net spread for the

birds. He meaneth this that a man shall justly perish, who having

the knowledge of the way of righteousness forceth himself into the

way of darkness.

Barnabas 5:5

There is yet this also, my brethren; if the Lord endured to suffer

for our souls, though He was Lord of the whole world, unto whom God

said from the foundation of the world, Let us make man after our

image and likeness, how then did He endure to suffer at the hand

of men?

Barnabas 5:6

Understand ye. The prophets, receiving grace from Him, prophesied

concerning Him. But He Himself endured that He might destroy death

and show forth the resurrection of the dead, for that He must needs

be manifested in the flesh;

Barnabas 5:7

that at the same time He might redeem the promise made to the

fathers, and by preparing the new people for Himself might show,

while He was on earth, that having brought about the resurrection He

will Himself exercise judgment.

Barnabas 5:8

Yea and further, He preached teaching Israel and performing so many

wonders and miracles, and He loved him exceedingly.

Barnabas 5:9

And when He chose His own apostles who were to proclaim His Gospel,

who that He might show that He came not to call the righteous but

sinners were sinners above every sin, then He manifested Himself

to be the Son of God.

Barnabas 5:10

For if He had not come in the flesh neither would men have looked

upon Him and been saved, forasmuch as when they look upon the sun

that shall cease to be, which is the work of His own hands, they

cannot face its rays.

Barnabas 5:11

Therefore the Son of God came in the flesh to this end, that He might

sum up the complete tale of their sins against those who persecuted

and slew His prophets.

Barnabas 5:12

To this end therefore He endured. For God saith of the wounds of His

flesh that they came from them; When they shall smite their own

shepherd, then shall the sheep of the flock be lost. 

Barnabas 5:13

But He Himself desired so to suffer; for it was necessary for Him to

suffer on a tree. For he that prophesied said concerning Him, Spare

My soul form the sword; and, Pierce My flesh with nails, for the

congregations of evil-doers have risen up against Me. 

Barnabas 5:14

And again He saith; Behold I have given My back to stripes, and My

cheeks to smitings, and My face did I set as a hard rock. 

Barnabas 6:1

   When then He gave the commandment, what saith He? Who is he that

disputeth with Me? Let him oppose Me. Or who is he that goeth to

law with Me? Let him draw nigh unto the servant of the Lord, 

Barnabas 6:2 

Woe unto you, for ye all shall wax old as a garment, and the moth

shall consume you. And again the prophet saith, seeing that as a

hard stone He was ordained for crushing; Behold I will put into the

fountains of Zion a stone very precious, elect, a chief

corner-stone, honorable. 

Barnabas 6:3

Then again what saith He; And whosoever shall set his hope on Him,

shall live forever. Is our hope then set upon a stone? Far be it.

But it is because the Lord hath set His flesh in strength. For He

saith; And He set Me as a hard rock. 

Barnabas 6:4

And the prophet saith again; The stone which the builders rejected,

this became the head and the corner. And again He saith; This is

the great and wonderful day, which the Lord made. 

Barnabas 6:5

I write to you the more simply, that ye may understand, I who am the

offscouring of your love.

Barnabas 6:6

What then saith the prophet again? The assembly of evildoers

gathered around Me, they surrounded Me as bees surround a comb;

and; For My garment they cast a lot. 

Barnabas 6:7

Forasmuch then as He was about to be manifested in the flesh and to

suffer, His suffering was manifested beforehand. For the prophet

saith concerning Israel; Woe unto their soul, for they have

counseled evil counsel against themselves saying, Let us bind the

righteous one, for he is unprofitable for us. 

Barnabas 6:8

What sayeth the other prophet Moses unto them? Behold, these things

saith the Lord God; enter into the good land which the Lord swear

unto Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and inherit it, a land flowing with

milk and honey. 

Barnabas 6:9

But what saith knowledge? Understand ye. Set your hope on Him who

is about to be manifested to you in the flesh, even Jesus. For man

is earth suffering; for from the face of the earth came the creation

of Adam.

Barnabas 6:10

What then saith He? Into the good land, a land flowing with milk

and honey. Blessed is our Lord, brethren, who established among us

wisdom and understanding of His secret things. For the prophet

speaketh a parable concerning the Lord. Who shall comprehend, save

he that is wise and prudent and that loveth his Lord?

Barnabas 6:11

Forasmuch then as He renewed us in the remission of sins, He made us

to be a new type, so that we should have the soul of children, as if

He were recreating us.

Barnabas 6:12

For the scripture saith concerning us, how He saith to the Son; Let

us make man after our image and after our likeness, and let them

rule over the beasts of the earth and the fowls of the heaven and

the fishes of the sea. And the Lord said when He saw the fair

creation of us men; Increase and multiply and fill the earth. 

These words refer to the Son.

Barnabas 6:13

Again I will shew thee how the Lord speaketh concerning us. He made

a second creation at the last; and the Lord saith; Behold I make

the last things as the first. In reference to this then the

prophet preached; Enter into a land flowing with milk and honey,

and be lords over it. 

Barnabas 6:14

Behold then we have been created anew, as He saith again in another

prophet; Behold, saith the Lord, I will take out from these, that

is to say, from those whom the Spirit of the Lord foresaw, their

stony hearts, and will put into them hearts of flesh; for He

Himself was to be manifested in the flesh and to dwell in us.

Barnabas 6:15

For a holy temple unto the Lord, my brethren, is the abode of our


Barnabas 6:16

For the Lord saith again; For wherein shall I appear unto the Lord

my God and be glorified? I will make confession unto Thee in the

assembly of my brethren, and I will sing unto Thee in the midst of

the assembly of the saints. We therefore are they whom He brought

into the good land.

Barnabas 6:17

What then is the milk and the honey Because the child is first kept

alive by honey, and then by milk. So in like manner we also, being

kept alive by our faith in the promise and by the word, shall live

and be lords of the earth.

Barnabas 6:18

Now we have already said above; And let them increase and multiply

and rule over the fishes. But who is he that is able [now] to rule

over beasts and fishes and fowls of the heaven; for we ought to

perceive that to rule implieth power, so that one should give orders

and have dominion.

Barnabas 6:19

If then this cometh not to pass now, assuredly He spake to us for the

hereafter, when we ourselves shall be made perfect so that we may

become heirs of the covenant of the Lord.

Barnabas 7:1

   Understand therefore, children of gladness, that the good Lord

manifested all things to us beforehand, that we might know to whom we

ought in all things to render thanksgiving and praise.

Barnabas 7:2

If then the Son of God, being Lord and future Judge of quick and

dead, suffered that His wound might give us life, let us believe that

the Son of God could not suffer except for our sakes.

Barnabas 7:3

But moreover when crucified He had vinegar and gall given Him to

drink. Hear how on this matter the priests of the temple have

revealed. Seeing that there is a commandment in scripture, 

Whatsoever shall not observe the fast shall surely die, the Lord

commanded, because He was in His own person about to offer the vessel

of His Spirit a sacrifice for our sins, that the type also which was

given in Isaac who was offered upon the alter should be fulfilled.

Barnabas 7:4

What then saith He in the prophet? And let them eat of the goat

that is offered at the fast for all their sins. Attend carefully; 

And let all the priests alone eat the entrails unwashed with


Barnabas 7:5

Wherefore? Since ye are to give Me, who am to offer My flesh for the

sins of My new people, gall with vinegar to drink, eat ye alone,

while the people fasteth and waileth in sackcloth and ashes; that He

might shew that He must suffer at their hands. 

Barnabas 7:6

Attend ye to the commandments which He gave. Take two goats, fair

and alike, and offer them, and let the priest take the one for a

whole burnt offering for sins. 

Barnabas 7:7

But the other one--what must they do with it? Accursed, saith He, 

is the one. Give heed how the type of Jesus is revealed.

Barnabas 7:8 

And do ye all spit upon it and goad it, and place scarlet wool

about its head, and so let it be cast into the wilderness. And

when it is so done, he that taketh the goat into the wilderness

leadeth it, and taketh off the wool, and putteth it upon the branch

which is called Rachia, the same whereof we are wont to eat the

shoots when we find them in the country. Of this briar alone is the

fruit thus sweet.

Barnabas 7:9

What then meaneth this? Give heed. The one at the alter, and the

other accursed. And moreover the accursed one crowned. For they

shall see Him in that day wearing the long scarlet robe about His

flesh, and shall say, Is not this He, Whom once we crucified and set

at nought and spat upon; verily this was He, Who then said that He

was the Son of God.

Barnabas 7:10

For how is He like the goat? For this reason it says the goats

shall be fair and alike, that, when they shall see Him coming

then, they may be astonished at the likeness of the goat. Therefore

behold the type of Jesus that was to suffer.

Barnabas 7:11

But what meaneth it, that they place the wool in the midst of the

thorns? It is a type of Jesus set forth for the Church, since

whosoever should desire to take away the scarlet wool it behoved him

to suffer many things owing to the terrible nature of the thorn, and

through affliction to win the mastery over it. Thus, He saith, they

that desire to see Me, and to attain unto My kingdom, must lay hold

on Me through tribulation and affliction.

Barnabas 8:1

   But what think ye meaneth the type, where the commandment is given

to Israel that those men, whose sins are full grown, offer an heifer

and slaughter and burn it, and then that the children take up the

ashes, and cast them into vessels, and twist the scarlet wool on a

tree (see here again is the type of the cross and the scarlet wool),

and the hyssop, and that this done the children should sprinkle the

people one by one, that they may be purified from their sins?

Barnabas 8:2

Understand ye how in all plainness it is spoken unto you; the calf is

Jesus, the men that offer it, being sinners, are they that offered

Him for the slaughter. After this it is no more men (who offer); the

glory is no more for sinners.

Barnabas 8:3

The children who sprinkle are they that preached unto us the

forgiveness of sins and the purification of our heart, they to whom,

being twelve in number for a testimony unto the tribes (for there are

twelve tribes of Israel), He gave authority over the Gospel, that

they should preach it.

Barnabas 8:4

But wherefore are the children that sprinkle three in number? For a

testimony unto Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, because these are mighty

before God.

Barnabas 8:5

Then there is the placing the wool on the tree. This means that the

kingdom of Jesus is on the cross, and that they who set their hope on

Him shall live for ever.

Barnabas 8:6

And why is there the wool and the hyssop at the same time? Because

in His kingdom there shall be evil and foul days, in which we shall

be saved; for he who suffers pain in the flesh is healed through the

foulness of the hyssop.

Barnabas 8:7

Now to us indeed it is manifest that these things so befell for this

reason, but to them they were dark, because they heard not the voice

of the Lord.

Barnabas 9:1

   Furthermore He saith concerning the ears, how that it is our heart

which He circumcised. The Lord saith in the prophet; With the

hearing of the ears they listened to Me. And again He saith;

They that are afar off shall hear with their ears, and shall

perceive what I have done. And; Be ye circumcised in your

hearts, saith the Lord.

Barnabas 9:2

And again He saith; Hear, O Israel, for thus saith the Lord thy

God. Who is he that desireth to live forever, let him hear with his

ears the voice of My servant. ~y

And again He saith; Hear, O heaven, and give ear, O earth, for the 

Lord hath spoken these things for a testimony. And again He saith;

Hear the words of the Lord, ye rulers of this people. And again He

saith; Hear, O my children, the voice of one crying in the

wilderness. Therefore He circumcised our ears, that hearing the

word we might believe.

Barnabas 9:3

But moreover the circumcision, in which they have confidence, is

abolished; for He hath said that a circumcision not of the flesh

should be practiced. But they transgressed, for an evil angel taught

them cleverness.

Barnabas 9:4

He saith unto them; Thus saith the Lord your God (so I find the

commandment); sow not upon thorns, be ye circumcised in to your 

Lord. And what saith He? Be ye circumcised in the hardness of 

your heart; and then ye will not harden your neck. Take this

again; Behold, saith the Lord, all the Gentiles are uncircumcised 

in their foreskin, but this people is uncircumcised in their 


Barnabas 9:5

But thou wilt say; In truth the people hath been circumcised for a

seal. Nay, but so likewise is every Syrian and Arabian and all the

priests of the idols. Do all those then too belong to their

covenant? Moreover the Egyptians also are included among the


Barnabas 9:6

Learn therefore, children of love, concerning all things abundantly,

that Abraham, who first appointed circumcision, looked forward in the

spirit unto Jesus, when he circumcised having received the ordinances

of three letters.

Barnabas 9:7

For the scripture saith; And Abraham circumcised of his household 

eighteen males and three hundred. What then was the knowledge

given unto him? Understand ye that He saith the eighteen first,

and then after an interval three hundred In the eighteen 'I'

stands for ten, 'H' for eight. Here thou hast JESUS (IHSOYS). And

because the cross in the 'T' was to have grace, He saith also three

hundred. So He revealeth Jesus in the two letters, and in the

remaining one the cross.

Barnabas 9:8

He who placed within us the innate gift of His covenant knoweth; no

man hath ever learnt from me a more genuine word; but I know that ye

are worthy.

Barnabas 10:1

   But forasmuch as Moses said; Ye shall not eat seine nor eagle nor 
falcon nor crow nor any fish which hath no scale upon it, he

received in his understanding three ordinances.

Barnabas 10:2

Yea and further He saith unto them in Deuteronomy; And I will lay 

as a covenant upon this people My ordinances. So then it is not a

commandment of God that they should not bite with their teeth, but

Moses spake it in spirit.

Barnabas 10:3

Accordingly he mentioned the swine with this intent. Thou shalt not

cleave, saith he, to such men who are like unto swine; that is, when

they are in luxury they forget the Lord, but when they are in want

they recognize the Lord, just as the swine when it eateth knoweth not

his lord, but when it is hungry it crieth out, and when it has

received food again it is silent.

Barnabas 10:4 

Neither shalt thou eat eagle nor falcon nor kite nor crow. Thou

shalt not, He saith, cleave unto, or be likened to, such men who now

not how to provide food for themselves by toil and sweat, but in

their lawlessness seize what belongeth to others, and as if they were

walking in guilelessness watch and search about for some one to rob

in their rapacity, just as these birds alone do not provide food for

themselves, but sit idle and seek how they may eat the meat that

belongeth to others, being pestilent in their evil-doings. 

Barnabas 10:5 

And thou shalt not eat, saith He, lamprey nor polypus nor cuttle

fish . Thou shalt not, He meaneth, become like unto such men, who

are desperately wicked, and are already condemned to death, just as

these fishes alone are accursed and swim in the depths, not swimming

on the surface like the rest, but dwell on the ground beneath the

deep sea.

Barnabas 10:6 

Moreover thou shalt not eat the hare. Why so? Thou shalt not be

found a corrupter of boys, nor shalt thou become like such persons;

for the hare gaineth one passage in the body every year; for

according to the number of years it lives it has just so many


Barnabas 10:7

Again, neither shalt thou eat the hyena; thou shalt not, saith He,

become an adulterer or a fornicator, neither shalt thou resemble such

persons. Why so? Because this animal changeth its nature year by

year, and becometh at one time male and at another female.

Barnabas 10:8

Moreover He hath hated the weasel also and with good reason. Thou

shalt not, saith He, become such as those men of whom we hear as

working iniquity with their mouth for uncleanness, neither shalt thou

cleave unto impure women who work iniquity with their mouth. For

this animal conceiveth with its mouth.

Barnabas 10:9

Concerning meats then Moses received three decrees to this effect and

uttered them in a spiritual sense; but they accepted them according

to the lust of the flesh, as though they referred to eating.

Barnabas 10:10

And David also receiveth knowledge of the same three decrees, and

saith; Blessed is the man who hath not gone in the council of the

ungodly--even as the fishes go in darkness into the depths; and

hath not stood in the path of sinners--just as they who pretend to

fear the Lord sin like swine; and hath not sat on the seat of the

destroyers--as the birds that are seated for prey. Ye have now the

complete lesson concerning eating.

Barnabas 10:11

Again Moses saith; Ye shall everything that divideth the hoof and

cheweth the cud. What meaneth he? He that receiveth the food

knoweth Him that giveth him the food, and being refreshed appeareth

to rejoice in him. Well said he, having regard to the commandment.

What then meaneth he? Cleave unto those that fear the Lord, with

those who meditate in their heart on the distinction of the word

which they have received, with those who tell of the ordinances of

the Lord and keep them, with those who know that meditation is a work

of gladness and who chew the cud of the word of the Lord. But why

that which divideth the hoof? Because the righteous man both walketh

in this world, and at the same time looketh for the holy world to

come. Ye see how wise a lawgiver Moses was.

Barnabas 10:12

But whence should they perceive or understand these things? Howbeit

we having justly perceived the commandments tell them as the Lord

willed. To this end He circumcised our ears and hearts, that we

might understand these things.

Barnabas 11:1

   But let us enquire whether the Lord took care to signify before hand

concerning the water and the cross. Now concerning the water it is

written in reference to Israel, how that they would not receive the

baptism which bringeth remission of sins, but would build for


Barnabas 11:2

For the prophet saith; Be astonished, O heaven, and let the earth

shudder the more at this, for this people hath done two evil

things; they abandoned Me the fountain of life, and they digged for

themselves a pit of death. 

Barnabas 11:3 

Is My holy mountain of Sinai a desert rock? for ye shall be as the

fledglings of a bird, which flutter aloft when deprived of their


Barnabas 11:4

And again the prophet saith; I will go before thee, and level

mountains and crush gates of brass and break in pieces bolts of

iron, and I will give thee treasures dark, concealed, unseen, that

they may know that I am the Lord God. 

Barnabas 11:5

And; Thou shalt dwell in a lofty cave of a strong rock. And; His

water shall be sure; ye shall see the King in glory, and your soul

shall meditate on the fear of the Lord. 

Barnabas 11:6

And again He saith in another prophet; And He that doeth these

things shall be as the tree that is planted by the parting streams

of waters, which shall yield his fruit at his proper season, and

his leaf shall not fall off, and all things whatsoever he doeth

shall prosper. 

Barnabas 11:7 

Not so are the ungodly, not so, but are as the dust which the wind

scattereth from the face of the earth. Therefore ungodly men shall

not stand in judgment, neither sinners in the council of the

righteous; for the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous, and the

way of the ungodly shall perish. 

Barnabas 11:8

Ye perceive how He pointed out the water and the cross at the same

time. For this is the meaning; Blessed are they that set their hope

on the cross, and go down into the water; for He speaketh of the

reward at his proper season; then, saith He, I will repay. But now

what saith He? His leaves shall not fall off; He meaneth by this

that every word, which shall come forth from you through your mouth

in faith and love, shall be for the conversion and hope of many.

Barnabas 11:9

And again another prophet saith; And the land of Jacob was praised

above the whole earth. He meaneth this; He glorifieth the vessel

of His Spirit.

Barnabas 11:10

Next what saith He? And there was a river streaming from the right

hand, and beautiful trees rose up from it; and whosoever shall eat

of them shall live forever. 

Barnabas 11:11

This He saith, because we go down into the water laden with sins and

filth, and rise up from it bearing fruit in the heart, resting our

fear and hope on Jesus in the spirit. And whosoever shall eat of

these shall live forever; He meaneth this; whosoever, saith He,

shall hear these things spoken and shall believe, shall live forever.

Barnabas 12:1

   In like manner again He defineth concerning the cross in another

prophet, who saith; And when shall these things be accomplished?

saith the Lord. Whenever a tree shall be bended and stand upright,

and whensoever blood shall drop from a tree. Again thou art taught

concerning the cross, and Him that was to be crucified.

Barnabas 12:2

And He saith again in Moses, when war was waged against Israel by men

of another nation, and that He might remind them when the war was

waged against them that for their sins they were delivered unto

death; the Spirit saith to the heart of Moses, that he should make a

type of the cross and of Him that was to suffer, that unless, saith

He, they shall set their hope on Him, war shall be waged against them

for ever. Moses therefore pileth arms one upon another in the midst

of the encounter, and standing on higher ground than any he stretched

out his hands, and so Israel was again victorious. Then, whenever he

lowered them, they were slain with the sword.

Barnabas 12:3

Wherefore was this? That they might learn that they cannot be saved,

unless they should set their hope on Him.

Barnabas 12:4

And again in another prophet He saith; The whole day long have I

stretched out My hands to a disobedient people that did gainsay My

righteous way. 

Barnabas 12:5

Again Moses maketh a type of Jesus, how that He must suffer, and that

He Himself whom they shall think to have destroyed shall make alive

in an emblem when Israel was falling. For the Lord caused all manner

of serpents to bite them, and they died (forasmuch as the

transgression was wrought in Eve through the serpent), that He might

convince them that by reason of their transgression they should be

delivered over to the affliction of death.

Barnabas 12:6

Yea and further though Moses gave the commandment; Ye shall not

have a molten or a carved image for your God, yet he himself made

one that he might show them a type of Jesus. So Moses maketh a brazen

serpent, and setteth it up conspicuously, and summoneth the people by


Barnabas 12:7

When therefore they were assembled together they entreated Moses that

he should offer up intercession for them that they might be healed.

And Moses said unto them; Whensoever, said he, one of you shall be

bitten, let him come to the serpent which is placed on the tree, and

let him believe and hope that the serpent being himself dead can make

alive; and forthwith he shall be saved. And so they did. Here again

thou hast in these things also the glory of Jesus, how that in Him

and unto Him are all things.

Barnabas 12:8

What again saith Moses unto Jesus (Joshua) the son of Nun, when he

giveth him this name, as being a prophet, that all the people might

give ear to him alone, because the Father revealeth all things

concerning His Son Jesus?

Barnabas 12:9

Moses therefore saith to Jesus the son of Nun, giving him this name,

when he sent him as a spy on the land; Take a book in thy hands,

and write what the Lord saith, how the Son of God shall cut up by

the roots all the house of Amalek in the last days. 

Barnabas 12:10

Behold again it is Jesus, not a son of man, but the Son of God, and

He was revealed in the flesh in a figure. Since then men will say

that Christ is the son of David, David himself prophesieth being

afraid and understanding the error of sinners; The Lord said unto

my Lord, Sit thou on My right hand until I set thine enemies for a

footstool under Thy feet. 

Barnabas 12:11

And again thus sayith Isaiah; The Lord said unto my Christ the

Lord, of whose right hand I laid hold, that the nations should give

ear before Him, and I will break down the strength of kings. See

how David calleth Him Lord, and calleth Him not Son.

Barnabas 13:1

   Now let us see whether this people or the first people hath the

inheritance, and whether the covenant had reference to us or to them.

Barnabas 13:2

Hear then what the scripture saith concerning the people; And Isaac

prayed concerning Rebecca his wife, for she was barren. And she

conceived. Then Rebecca went out to enquire of the Lord. And the

Lord said unto her; Two nations are in thy womb, and two peoples in

thy belly, and one people shall vanquish another people, and the

greater shall serve the less. 

Barnabas 13:3

Ye ought to understand who Isaac is, and who Rebecca is, and in whose

case He hath shown that the one people is greater than the other.

Barnabas 13:4

And in another prophecy Jacob speaketh more plainly to Joseph his

son, saying; Behold, the Lord hath not bereft me of thy face; bring

me thy sons, that I may bless them. 

Barnabas 13:5

And he brought Ephraim and Manasseh, desiring that Manasseh should be

blessed, because he was the elder; for Joseph led him by the right

hand of his father Jacob. But Jacob saw in the spirit a type of the

people that should come afterwards. And what saith He? And Jacob

crossed his hands, and placed his right hand on the head of

Ephraim, the second and younger, and blessed him. And Joseph said

unto Jacob, Transfer thy right hand to the head of Manasseh, for he

is my first born son. And Jacob said to Joseph, I know it, my son,

I know it; but the greater shall serve the less. Yet this one also

shall be blessed. 

Barnabas 13:6

Mark in whose cases He ordained that this people should be first and

heir of the covenant.

Barnabas 13:7

If then besides this He also recorded it through Abraham, we attain

the completion of our knowledge. What then saith he to Abraham when

he alone believed, and was ascribed for righteousness? Behold I

have made thee, Abraham, a father of nations that believe in God in


Barnabas 14:1

   Yea verily, but as regards the covenant which He swear to the

fathers to give it to the people let us see whether He hath actually

given it. He hath given it, but they themselves were not found worthy

to receive it by reason of their sins.

Barnabas 14:2

For the prophet saith; And Moses was fasting in Mount Sinai forty

days and forty nights, that he might receive the covenant of the

Lord to give to the people. And [Moses] received from the Lord the

two tables which were written by the finger of the hand of the Lord

in the spirit. And Moses took them, and brought them down to give

them to the people.

Barnabas 14:3

And the Lord said unto Moses; Moses, Moses, come down quickly; for

thy people, whom thou leddest forth from the land of Egypt, hath

done wickedly. And Moses perceived that they had made for

themselves again molten images, and he cast them out of his hands

and the tables of the covenant of the Lord were broken in pieces. 

Barnabas 14:4

Moses received them, but they themselves were not found worthy. But

how did we receive them? Mark this. Moses received them being a

servant, but the Lord himself gave them to us to be the people of His

inheritance, having endured patiently for our sakes.

Barnabas 14:5

But He was made manifest, in order that at the same time they might

be perfected in their sins, and we might receive the covenant through

Him who inherited it, even the Lord Jesus, who was prepared

beforehand hereunto, that appearing in person He might redeem out of

darkness our hearts which had already been paid over unto death and

delivered up to the iniquity of error, and thus establish the

covenant in us through the word.

Barnabas 14:6

For it is written how the Father chargeth Him to deliver us from

darkness, and to prepare a holy people for Himself.

Barnabas 14:7

Therefore saith the prophet; I the Lord thy God called thee in

righteousness, and I will lay hold of thy hand and will strengthen

thee, and I have given thee to be a covenant of the race, a light

to the Gentiles, to open the eyes of the blind, and to bring forth

them that are bound from their fetters, and them that sit in

darkness from their prison house. We perceive then whence we were


Barnabas 14:8

Again the prophet saith; Behold I have set Thee to be a light unto

the Gentiles, that Thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of

the earth; thus saith the Lord that ransomed thee, even God. 

Barnabas 14:9

Again the prophet saith; The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,

wherefore He anointed Me to preach good tidings to the humble; He

hath sent Me to heal them that are broken-hearted, to preach

release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to

proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord and the day of recompense,

to comfort all that mourn. 

Barnabas 15:1

   Moreover concerning the Sabbath likewise it is written in the Ten

Words, in which He spake to Moses face to face on Mount Sinai; And

ye shall hallow the Sabbath of the Lord with pure hands and with a

pure heart. 

Barnabas 15:2

And in another place He saith; If my sons observe the Sabbath then

I will bestow My mercy upon them. 

Barnabas 15:3

Of the Sabbath He speaketh in the beginning of the creation; And

God made the works of His hands in six days, and He ended on the

seventh day, and rested on it, and He hallowed it. 

Barnabas 15:4

Give heed, children, what this meaneth; He ended in six days. He

meaneth this, that in six thousand years the Lord shall bring all

things to an end; for the day with Him signifyeth a thousand years;

and this He himself beareth me witness, saying; Behold, the day of

the Lord shall be as a thousand years. Therefore, children, in six

days, that is in six thousand years, everything shall come to an end.

Barnabas 15:5 

And He rested on the seventh day. this He meaneth; when His Son

shall come, and shall abolish the time of the Lawless One, and shall

judge the ungodly, and shall change the sun and the moon and the

stars, then shall he truly rest on the seventh day.

Barnabas 15:6

Yea and furthermore He saith; Thou shalt hallow it with pure hands

and with a pure heart. If therefore a man is able now to hallow

the day which God hallowed, though he be pure in heart, we have gone

utterly astray.

Barnabas 15:7

But if after all then and not till then shall we truly rest and

hallow it, when we shall ourselves be able to do so after being

justified and receiving the promise, when iniquity is no more and all

things have been made new by the Lord, we shall be able to hallow it

then, because we ourselves shall have been hallowed first.

Barnabas 15:8

Finally He saith to them; Your new moons and your Sabbaths I cannot

away with. Ye see what is His meaning ; it is not your present

Sabbaths that are acceptable [unto Me], but the Sabbath which I have

made, in the which, when I have set all things at rest, I will make

the beginning of the eighth day which is the beginning of another


Barnabas 15:9

Wherefore also we keep the eighth day for rejoicing, in the which

also Jesus rose from the dead, and having been manifested ascended

into the heavens.

Barnabas 16:1

   Moreover I will tell you likewise concerning the temple, how these

wretched men being led astray set their hope on the building, and not

on their God that made them, as being a house of God.

Barnabas 16:2

For like the Gentiles almost they consecrated Him in the temple. But

what saith the Lord abolishing the temple? Learn ye. Who hath

measured the heaven with a span, or hath measured the earth with

his hand? Have not I, saith the Lord? The heaven is My throne and

the earth the footstool of My feet. What manner of house will ye

build for Me? Or what shall be my resting place? Ye perceive that

their hope is vain.

Barnabas 16:3

Furthermore He saith again; Behold they that pulled down this

temple themselves shall build it. 

Barnabas 16:4

So it cometh to pass; for because they went to war it was pulled down

by their enemies. Now also the very servants of their enemies shall

build it up.

Barnabas 16:5

Again, it was revealed how the city and the temple and the people of

Israel should be betrayed. For the scripture saith; And it shall be

in the last days, that the Lord shall deliver up the sheep of the

pasture and the fold and the tower thereof to destruction. And it

came to pass as the Lord spake.

Barnabas 16:6

But let us enquire whether there be any temple of God. There is; in

the place where he himself undertakes to make and finish it. For it

is written And it shall come to pass, when the week is being

accomplished, the temple of God shall be built gloriously in the

name of the Lord. 

Barnabas 16:7

I find then that there is a temple, How then shall it be built in

the name of the Lord? Understand ye. Before we believed on God, the

abode of our heart was corrupt and weak, a temple truly built by

hands; for it was full of idolatry and was a house of demons, because

we did whatsoever was contrary to God.

Barnabas 16:8 

But it shall be built in the name of the Lord. Give heed then that

the temple of the Lord may be built gloriously.

Barnabas 16:9

How? Understand ye. By receiving the remission of our sins and

hoping on the Name we became new, created afresh from the beginning.

Wherefore God dwelleth truly in our habitation within us. How? The

word of his faith, the calling of his promise, the wisdom of the

ordinances, the commandments of the teaching, He Himself prophesying

in us, He Himself dwelling in us, opening for us who had been in

bondage unto death the door of the temple, which is the mouth, and

giving us repentance leadeth us to the incorruptible temple.

Barnabas 16:10

For he that desireth to be saved looketh not to the man, but to Him

that dwelleth and speaketh in him, being amazed at this that he has

never at any time heard these words from the mouth of the speaker,

nor himself ever desired to hear them. This is the spiritual temple

built up to the Lord.

Barnabas 17:1

   So far as it was possible with all simplicity to declare it unto

you, my soul hopeth that I have not omitted anything [of the matters

pertaining unto salvation and so failed in my desire].

Barnabas 17:2

For if I should write to you concerning things immediate or future,

ye would not understand them, because they are put in parables. So

much then for this.

Barnabas 18:1

   But let us pass on to another lesson and teaching. There are two

ways of teaching and of power, the one of light and the other of

darkness; and there is a great difference between the two ways. For

on the one are stationed the light giving angels of God, on the other

the angels of Satan.

Barnabas 18:2

And the one is the Lord from all eternity and unto all eternity,

whereas the other is Lord of the season of iniquity that now is.

Barnabas 19:1

   This then is the way of light, if anyone desiring to travel on the

way to his appointed place would be zealous in his works. The

knowledge then which is given to us whereby we may walk therein is as


Barnabas 19:2

Thou shalt love Him that made thee, thou shalt fear Him that created

thee, thou shalt glorify Him that redeemed thee from death; thou

shalt be simple in heart and rich in spirit; thou shalt not cleave to

those who walk the way of death; thou shalt hate everything that is

not pleasing to God; thou shalt hate all hypocrisy; thou shalt never

forsake the commandments of the Lord.

Barnabas 19:3

Thou shalt not exalt thyself, but shalt be lowly minded in all

things. Thou shalt not assume glory to thyself. Thou shalt not

entertain a wicked design against thy neighbor; thou shalt not admit

boldness into thy soul.

Barnabas 19:4

Thou shalt not commit fornication, thou shalt not commit 

adultery, thou shalt not corrupt boys. The word of God shall not

come forth from thee where any are unclean. Thou shalt not make a

difference in a person to reprove him for a transgression. Thou shalt

be meek, thou shalt be quiet, thou shalt be fearing the words 

which thou hast heard. Thou shalt not bear a grudge against thy


Barnabas 19:5

Thou shalt not doubt whether a thing shall be or not be. Thou shalt

not take the name of the Lord in vain. Thou shalt love thy

neighbor more than thine own soul. Thou shalt not murder a child by

abortion, nor again shalt thou kill it when it is born. Thou shalt

not withhold thy hand from thy son or daughter, but from their youth

thou shalt teach them the fear of God.

Barnabas 19:6

Thou shalt not be found coveting thy neighbors goods; thou shalt not

be found greedy of gain. Neither shalt thou cleave with thy soul to

the lofty, but shalt walk with the humble and righteous. The

accidents that befall thee thou shalt receive as good, knowing that

nothing is done without God. Thou shalt not be double minded nor

double tongued.

Barnabas 19:7

Thou shalt be subject unto thy masters as to a type of God in shame

and fear. Thou shalt not command in bitterness thy bondservant or

thine handmaid who set their hope on the same God, lest haply, they

should cease to fear the God who is over both of you; for He came not

to call with respect of persons, but to call those whom the Spirit

hath prepared.

Barnabas 19:8

Thou shalt make thy neighbor partake in all things, and shalt not say 

that anything is thine own. For if ye are fellow partakers in that

which is imperishable, how much rather shall ye be in the things

which are perishable. Thou shalt not be hasty with thine own tongue,

for the mouth is the snare of death. So far as thou art able, thou

shalt be pure for thy soul's sake.

Barnabas 19:9 

Be not thou found holding out thy hands to receive, and drawing

them in to give. Thou shalt love as the apple of thine eye every

one that speaketh unto thee the word of the Lord.

Barnabas 19:10 

Thou shalt remember the day of judgment night and day, and thou

shalt seek out day by day the persons of the saints, either laboring

by word and going to exhort them and meditating how thou mayest save

souls by thy word, or thou shalt work with thy hands for a ransom for

thy sins.

Barnabas 19:11

Thou shall not hesitate to give, neither shalt thou murmur when

giving, but thou shalt know who is the good paymaster of thy reward.

Thou shalt keep those things which thou hast received, neither adding

to them nor taking away from them. Thou shalt utterly hate the Evil

One. Thou shalt judge righteously.

Barnabas 19:12

Thou shalt not make a schism, but thou shalt pacify them that contend

by bringing them together. Thou shalt confess thy sins. Thou shalt

not betake thyself to prayer with an evil conscience. This is the

way of light.

Barnabas 20:1

   But the way of the Black One is crooked and full of a curse. For it

is a way of eternal death with punishment wherein are the things that

destroy men's souls--idolatry, boldness, exhalation of power,

hypocrisy, doubleness of heart, adultery, murder, plundering, pride,

transgression, treachery, malice, stubbornness, witchcraft, magic,

covetousness, absence of the fear of God;

Barnabas 20:2

persecutors of good men, hating the truth, loving lies, not

perceiving the reward of righteousness, not cleaving to the good

nor to the righteous judgment, paying no heed to the widow and the

orphan, wakeful not for the fear of God but for that which is evil;

men from whom gentleness and forbearance stand aloof and far off;

loving vain things, pursuing a recompense, not pitying the poor man,

not toiling for him that is oppressed with toil, ready to slander,

not recognizing Him that made them murderers of children, corrupters

of the creatures of God, turning away from him that is in want,

oppressing him that is afflicted, advocates of the wealthy, unjust

judges of the poor, sinful in all things.

Barnabas 21:1

   It is good therefore to learn the ordinances of the Lord, as many as

have been written above, and to walk in them. For he that doeth these

things shall be glorified in the kingdom of God; whereas he that

chooseth their opposites shall perish together with his works. For

this cause is the resurrection, for this the recompense.

Barnabas 21:2

I entreat those of you who are in a higher station, if ye will

receive any counsel of good advice from me, keep amongst you those to

whom ye may do good. Fail not.

Barnabas 21:3

The day is at hand, in which everything shall be destroyed together

with the Evil One. The Lord is at hand and his reward. 

Barnabas 21:4

Again and again I entreat you; be good lawgivers one to another;

continue faithful councilors to yourselves; take away from you all


Barnabas 21:5

And may God, who is Lord of the whole world, give you wisdom,

judgment, learning, knowledge of His ordinances, patience.

Barnabas 21:6

And be ye taught of God, seeking diligently what the Lord requireth

of you, and act that ye may be found in the day of judgment.

Barnabas 21:7

But if you have any remembrance of good, call me to mind when ye

practice these things these things, that both my desire and my

watchfulness may lead to some good result. I entreat you asking it

as a favor.

Barnabas 21:8

So long as the good vessel (of the body) is with you, be lacking in

none of these things, but search them out constantly, and fulfill

every commandment; for they deserve it.

Barnabas 21:9

For this reason I was the more eager to write to you so far as I was

able, that I might give you joy. Fare ye well, children of love and

peace. The Lord of glory and of every grace be with your spirit.


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