A BEAUTIFUL DESCRIPTION OF THE POWER OF TRUTH
I went up to the Light (of Truth) as if into a chariot: and the Truth took me and led me:
And carried me across pits and gulleys;
And from the rocks and the waves it preserved me:
And it became to me a haven of Salvation: and set me on the arms of immoral life:
And it went with me and made me rest, and suffered me not to wander, because it was the Truth;
And I ran no risk, because I walked with Him;
And I did not make an error in anything because I obeyed the Truth.
For Error flees away from it, (the Truth) and meets it not: but the Truth proceeds in the right path,
And whatever I did not know, it made clear to me, all the poisons of error, and the plagues of death which they think to be sweetness:
And I saw the destroyer (of destruction) when the bride who is corrupted is adorned: and the bridegroom who corrupts and is corrupted;
And I asked the Truth “who are these ? ” and He said to me, this is the deceiver and the error:
And they are alike in the beloved and in his bride: and they lead astray and corrupt the whole world:
And they invite many to the banquet,
And they give them to drink of the wine of their intoxication, and remove their wisdom and knowledge, and so they make them without intelligence;
And then they leave them; and then these go about like madmen corrupting: seeing that they are without heart, nor do they seek for it!
And I was made wise, so as not to fall into the hands of the deceiver; and I congratulated myself because the Truth went with me;
And my foundations were laid on the hand of the Lord: because He established me.
For He set the root and watered it and fixed it and blessed it; and its fruits are forever.
It struck deep and sprung up and spread out and was full and enlarged;
And the Lord alone was Glorified in His planting and in His husbandry: by His care and by the blessing of His lips,
By the beautiful planting of His right hand: and by the discovery of His planting, and by the thought of His mind.