cursive Greek writing of the original Didache
During the 2013 Arès Pilgrimage the blog presented the
Epistle to Diagnotus.
Here is the Didache during the 2014 Pilgrimage ; it dates
back to the late 1st century or early 2d century.
This very old treatise is written in Greek and gives an idea
of the spirit of the the early Christianity which The
Revelation of Arès enables us to renew in a way much
purer than this treatise which already shows an
ecclediastical sacramental organisation unrelated to Jesus'
I have deleted the parts of the Didache that show a
corruption of Jesus' pure teaching.
or the Lord's teaching conveyed by the twelve apostles to
There Are Two Ways
1:1 There are two ways, one of life and one of death! and
there is a great difference between the two ways.
1:2 The way of life is this: First, you shall love God who
made you. And second, love your neighbor as yourself, and do
not do to another what you would not want done to you.
1:3 The meaning of these sayings is this: Bless those who
curse you, and pray for your enemies, and fast for those who
persecute you. For what reward is there for loving those who
love you? Do not the heathens do the same? But you should
love those who hate you, and then you shall have no enemies.
1:4 Abstain from fleshly and bodily lusts: If someone
strikes your right cheek, turn the other also, and be
perfect. If someone forces you to go one mile, go two. If
someone takes your cloak, give also your coat. If someone
takes from you what is yours, don't ask for it back. You
1:5 Give to every one who asks you, and don't ask for it
back. The Father wants his blessings shared. Happy is the
giver who lives according to this rule, for that one is
guiltless. But the receiver must beware; for if one receives
who has need, he is guiltless, but if one receives not
having need, he shall stand trial, answering why he received
and for what use. If he is found guilty he shall not escape
until he pays back the last penny.
1:6 However, concerning this, there is a saying: "Let your
alms sweat in your hands until you know to whom to give
The Second Commandment
2:1 The second commandment of the teaching is this:
2:2 Do not commit murder; do not commit adultery; do not
corrupt boys; do not have illicit sex; do not steal; do not
practice magic; do not practice witchcraft; you shall not
murder a child, whether it be born or unborn. Do not covet
the things of your neighbor.
2:3 Do not swear or bear false witness. Do not speak evil of
others; do not bear grudges.
2:4 You should not be double-minded or double-tongued, for a
double-tongue is a deadly snare.
2:5 Your speech should not be false nor empty, but fulfilled
2:6 Do not be covetous, or greedy, or hypocritical, or
malicious, or arrogant. Do not have designs against your
2:7 Hate no one; correct some, pray for others, and some you
should love more than your own life.
My Child, Flee Evil!
3:1 My child, flee evil of all kinds and everything like it.
3:2 Don't be prone to anger, for anger leads to murder.
Don't be jealous or quarrelsome or hot-tempered, for all
these things lead to murder.
3:3 My child, don't be lustful, for lust leads to illicit
sex. Don't be a filthy talker or allow your eyes a free
reign, for these lead to adultery.
3:4 My child, don't observe omens (don't be a seer), since
it leads to idolatry. Don't be an enchanter, or an
astrologer, or a purifier, or be willing to see or hear
about these things, for these all lead to idolatry.
3:5 My child, don't be a liar, since a lie leads to theft.
Don't love money or seek glory, for these things lead to
3:6 My child, don't grumble, since it leads to blasphemy,
and don't be self-willed or evil-minded, for all these
things lead to blasphemy.
3:7 On the contrary, be gentle, since the gentle will
inherit the earth.
3:8 Be long-suffering and pitiful and guileless and gentle
and good, and with trembling, treasure the words you have
3:9 Don't exalt yourself or open your heart to
overconfidence. Don't be on intimate terms with mighty
people, but with just and lowly ones.
3:10 Accept whatever happens to you as a blessing, knowing
that nothing comes to pass apart from God.
My Child, remember!
4:1 My child, remember day and night him who speaks the word
of God to you, and honor him as the Lord. For wherever his
lordship is spoken of, there he is.]
4:2 Seek each day the faces of the saints, in order that you
may be refreshed by their words.
4:3 Do not initiate divisions, but rather bring peace to
those who contend against one another. Judge righteously,
and do not take social status into account when reproving
4:4 Do not waver in your decisions.
4:5 Do not be one who opens his hands to receive, or closes
them when it is time to give.
4:6 If you have anything, by your hands you should give
ransom for your sins.
4:7 Do not hesitate to give, and do not complain about it.
You will know in time who is the good Rewarder.
4:8 Do not turn away from one who is in want; rather, share
all things with your brother, and do not say that they are
your own. For if you are sharers in what is imperishable,
how much more in things which perish!
4:9 Do not remove your hand from your son or daughter; teach
them the fear of God from their youth.
4:10 Do not give orders to your servants when you are angry,
for they hope in the same God, and they may lose the fear of
God, who is over both of you. God is surely not coming to
call on us according to our outward appearance or station in
life, but to them whom the Spirit has prepared.
4:11 And you, servants, be subject to your masters as to
God's image, in modesty and fear.
4:12 You should hate all hypocrisy and everything which is
not pleasing to the Lord.
4:13 Do not in any way neglect the commandments of the Lord,
but keep what you have received, neither adding nor taking
4:14 In your gatherings, confess your transgressions, and do
not come for prayer with a guilty conscience.
This is the way of life!
The Way of Death
5:1 The way of death, on the other hand, is this: It is evil
and accursed—murders, adulteries, lust, illicit sex, thefts,
idolatries, magical arts, sorceries, robberies, false
haughtiness, depravity, self-will, greediness, filthy
talking, jealousy, over-confidence, loftiness,
boastfulness—those who do not fear God.
5:2 The way of death is the way of those who persecute the
good, hate the truth, love lies, and do not understand the
reward for righteousness. They do not cleave to good or
righteous judgment; they do not watch for what is good, but
for what is evil. They are strangers to meekness and
patience, loving vanities, pursuing revenge, without pity
for the needy and oppressed. They do not know their Creator;
they are murderers of children, destroyers of God's image.
They turn away from those who are in need, making matters
worse for those who are distressed. They are advocates for
the rich, unjust judges of the poor. In a word, the way of
death is full of those who are steeped in sin. Be delivered,
children, from all of this!
See That No One Leads You Astray!
6:1 See that no one leads you astray from the way of this
teaching, since all other teachings train you without God.
6:2 For if you are able to bear the entire yoke of the Lord,
you will be perfect; but if you are not able, then at least
do what you can.
6:3 Concerning food, do what you are able to do and be on
guard against meat offered to idols, for that is to worship
Baptism (see The Revelation of Arès Vigil 20)
Fasts and prayers
8:1 Your fasts should not be with the hypocrites, for they
fast on Mondays and Thursdays. You should fast on Wednesdays
8:2 And do not pray like the hypocrites, but rather as the
Lord commanded in the gospel: Our Father in heaven, holy be
your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as
it is in heaven. Give us enough bread day-by-day. And
forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from
the evil one.
8:3 Pray this three times each day (and once each night, Rev
of Arès 12/5)
The Eucharist (Thre is no eucharist ine The Revelation
of Arès, but the Memory of the Sacrifice Rev of
Arès 10/4. The best way to realize it consists in
being a penitent and a harvester of
penitents. These two actions — one is internal, the
other is external — are much more difficult than token
gestures which look like a mass).
Welcome Anyone Coming in the Name of the Lord
12:1 Welcome anyone coming in the name of Jesus. Receive
everyone who comes in the name of Jesus, but then, test them
and use your discretion.
12:2 If he who comes is a transient, assist him as far as
you are able; but he should not remain with you more than
two or three days, if need be.
12:3 If he wants to stay with you, and is a craftsman, let
him work for his living.
12:4 But if he has no trade, use your judgment in providing
for him; for a Christian should not live idle in your midst.
12:5 If he is dissatisfied with this sort of an arrangement,
he is a Christ peddler. Watch that you keep away from such
About every genuine prophet
13:1 Every genuine prophet who wants to live among you is
worthy of support.
13:2 So also, every true teacher is, like a workman,
entitled to his support.
13:3 Every first fruit, therefore, of the products of
vintage and harvest, of cattle and of sheep, should be given
as first fruits to the prophets, for they are your high
13:4 But if you have no prophet, give it all to the poor.
13:5 If you bake bread, take the first loaf and give it
according to the commandment.
13:6 If you open a new jar of wine or of oil, take the first
fruit and give it to the prophets.
13:7 If you acquire money or cloth or any other possession,
set aside a portion first, as it may seem good to you, and
give according to the commandment.
Watch Over Your Life
16:1 Watch over your Life, that your lamps are
never quenched, and that your loins are never unloosed. Be
ready, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
16:2 Come together often, seeking the things that are good
for your souls. A life of faith will not profit you if you
are not made perfect at the end of time.
16:3 For in the last days false prophets and corrupters will
be plenty, and the sheep will be turned into wolves, and
love will be turned into hate.
16:4 When lawlessness increases, they will hate and
persecute and betray one another, and then the
world-deceiver will appear claiming to be the Son of God,
and he will do signs and wonders, and the earth will be
delivered into his hands, and he will do iniquitous things
that have not been seen since the beginning of the world.
16:5 Then humankind will enter into the fire of trial, and
many will be made to stumble and many will perish; but those
who endure in their faith will be saved from under the curse
16:6 And then the signs of the truth will appear: the first
sign, an opening of the heavens; the second sign, the
sounding of the trumpet; and the third sign, the
resurrection of the dead—
16:7 not of every one, but as it is said: "Then the Lord my
God will come, and all the holy ones with him."
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