Shepherd of Hermas – the 12 Mandates

The angel gave him twelve mandates:

1. Believe in God

2. To live in simplicity and innocence; do not speak evil and give alms to all who beg

3. Love truth and avoid falsehood

4. Preserve chastity in your thoughts

5. Learn patience and generosity

6. To know that with every man, there is a good and an evil spirit

7. To fear God and not to fear the devil

8. To do every good and to refrain from every evil deed

9. To pray to God from the depth of the soul with faith that our prayer will be fulfilled

10. To guard against melancholy as the sister of doubt and anger

11. To question true and false prophecies

12. To guard against every evil desire



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