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The Lords' Second Book


Chapter I

1. GOD said: I, the Lord, for my predecessors and successors and for myself, declare these things unto mortals:

2. The chosen of God, being called I'hins, because they were the fruit of both heaven and earth, were taken into all the earth in the protection of God, his Lords and angels, for the fulfillment of man on the earth for the glory of the Almighty.

3. And I, the Lord, a one-time mortal, with my holy angels, who had sprung from the earth in former times, walked with man to keep him upright in the way he should go.

4. By command of God, the angels watched over man, teaching man oft times unknowingly to himself in all good works and industry. By constant changes of watch did the angels relieve one another daily, weekly and monthly.

5. And in no time did the angels leave the I'hins alone, and without the light of heaven.

6. And whithersoever the I'hins went, there went the angels; and the angels often took on sar'gis, and were seen by man, even daily, and man talked with them face to face.

7. And the angels told man what was good for him; showing him the way of righteousness.

8. And man depended on the Lord p. 98b and his angels for all things helpful to his understanding.

9. Now when the earth was inhabited in many places, and there were thousands of cities and villages, the Lord said unto man:

10. Behold, thou hast made the earth the joy of the Lord; and now I give it into thy keeping. How sayest thou?

11. And man answered: It is well; I can keep the earth, and I shall rejoice thereon because it is the gift of God.

12. The Lord said: If I stay with thee, day and night forever, thou wilt not put forth thine own power and judgment.

13. Man said: Go thy way, O Lord.

14. Then the Lord withdrew awhile, taking his angels with him.

15. Now in those days there were ground people dwelling in the wilderness, who had not the light of heaven in them, neither could they be made to understand.

16. As one may discourse to an ox, and it heedeth not; so was speech to the people of darkness.

17. Nevertheless, in winter, when food was scarce, the ground people came to the cities of the I'hins, beseeching for food. And the I'hins, remembering the commandments of God, went out to them, treating them to everything good to eat.

18. Now, behold, the chosen were tempted by the people of darkness. And it came to pass that a new race was born on the earth, and they were called I'huans, after the manner of the ancient warriors that destroyed the chosen, before the flood.

19. These I'huans were copper colored and were capable of speech.

20. When God beheld what had happened, he called to the I'hins, saying: O ye that could dispense with the Lord! Gave I not unto you the mark of circumcision as a limit to the line of my chosen?

21. Hear me now in my prophecy: The I'huan shall be taught the name of Jehovih, the Great Spirit, and the plans of heaven and earth. And the I'huan shall inhabit the whole earth in time to come; and he shall have dominion over everything on earth, and in the waters on the earth.

22. And in time to come the I'hin race shall disappear from the earth; their like shall not be found on this my footstool.

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23. The I'hins inquired of the Lord when these things should come to pass. The Lord said: In twenty thousand years.

24. The Lord said: From this time forth the I'hins shall not mingle with any other people on the face of the earth. This is my commandment. And whosoever violateth my word shall be cast out of my cities, and go and dwell with the barbarians.

25. Inasmuch as the I'huans are your heirs, and are capable of everlasting life, ye shall be unto them the light of my kingdoms. Teaching them peace, righteousness and mercy; but ye shall in no case suffer them to enter your cities and abide therein.

26. Neither shall ye raise a hand to do them harm. But if they come upon you in multitudes to take your stores, then shall ye depart out of that city, leaving the I'huans to take the goods and food for themselves.

27. For ye shall be an example of non-resistance for the sake of establishing the love of God in them.

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