Blessed be He that Blots Out in Water Misdeeds that are Without Measure! – St.Ephraim the Syrian


Blessed be He that Blots Out in Water Misdeeds that are Without Measure! – St.Ephraim the Syrian 

1. Descend my sealed brethren, put ye on our Lord, — and be rejoined to His lineage, for He is son of a great lineage, — as He has said in His Word.

2. From on high is His Nature, and from beneath His Vesture. — Each that puts off his vesture, commingled is that vesture, with His Vesture forever.

3. Ye too in the water, receive from him the vesture, — that wastes not or is lost for it is the vesture that vests — them that are vested in it forever.

4. But the blessed Priest, is daysman between two: — the covenant shall be made before Him, He is daysman of his Lord, — and surety on our part.

5. The Godhead in the water, lo! has mingled His leaven; — for the creatures of dust, that leaven raises up, — and the Godhead joins them.

6. For it is the leaven of the Lord, that can glide into the bondman, — and raise him to freedom; it has joined the bondman to the lineage, — of Him the Lord of all.

7. For the bondman who has put on Him, Who makes all free in the waters, — though bondman he be on earth, is son of the free on high, — for freedom he has put on.

8. The freeman who has put on, that Angel in the waters, — is as the fellow of servants, that he may be made like to the Lord, — Who became bondman unto bondmen.

9. He Who enriches all came down, and put on poverty, — that He might divide to the poor, the stores that were hidden, — out of the treasure-house of the water.

10. The lowly one again that has put on, the Giver of all greatness, in the water, — even though he be base in the sight of fools, yet is great in the sight of the Watchers, — for that he is clad in greatness.

11. For like as He Who is great, Who became lowly in His love, — by the unbelievers was persecuted, and by the Watchers was worshipped, — was made lowly and makes the lowly great.

12. Thus let him be lowly who is great, that in him the lowly may be great: — Let us be like to Him Who is greater than all, Who became less than all: — He was made lowly, and makes all men great.

13. The meek man who has put on Him Who is great, in the water, — though humble be his countenance, very great is his discernment, — for He Who is exalted above all dwells in him.

14. For who could be found to despise the bush of thorn, — the despised and humble, wherein the Majesty in fire, — made its dwelling within?

15. Who again could be found, to despise Moses, — the meek and slow of speech, — when that excelling glory — dwelt upon his meekness?

16. They that despised him despised his Lord; the wicked that despised him — the earth swallowed up in anger; the Levites who scorned Him, — the fire devoured in fury.

17. Of Him Christ commanded, “Thou shalt not call him Raca,” who is baptized and has put Him on; for whoso despises the despised, despises with him the Mighty.

18. In Eden and in the world, are parables of our Lord; — and what tongue can gather, the similitudes of His mysteries? — for He is figured all of Him in all things.

19. In the Scriptures He is written of; on Nature He is impressed; — His crown is figured in kings, in prophets His truth, His atonement in priests.

20. In the rod was He of Moses, and in the hyssops of Aaron, — and in the crown of David: to the prophets pertains His similitude, to the Apostles His Gospel.

21. Revelations beheld Thee, proverbs looked for Thee, — mysteries expected Thee, similitudes saluted Thee, parables showed types of Thee.

22. The Covenant of Moses looked forward to the Gospel: — all things of old time, flew on and alighted thereon, in the new Covenant.

23. Lo! the prophets have poured out on Him, their glorious mysteries; — the priests and kings have poured out upon Him, their wonderful types: — they all have poured them out on all of Him.

24. Christ overcame and surpassed, by His teachings the mysteries, — by His interpretations the parables; as the sea into its midst — receives all streams.

25. For Christ is the sea, and He can receive — the fountains and brooks, the rivers and streams, that flow from the midst of the Scriptures.

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