Catholicos St. Nerses the Great,
St. Bishop Khat
 for God created man for incorruption,
and made him in the image of his own eternity,
 but through the devil’s envy death entered the world,
and those who belong to his party experience it.
 But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.
 In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,
and their departure was thought to be an affliction,
 and their going from us to be their destruction;
but they are at peace.
 For though in the sight of men they were punished,
their hope is full of immortality.
 Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,
because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;
 like gold in the furnace he tried them,
and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them.
 In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,
and will run like sparks through the stubble.
 They will govern nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord will reign over them for ever.
 For thus says the high and lofty One
who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
“I dwell in the high and holy place,
and also with him who is of a contrite and humble spirit,
to revive the spirit of the humble,
and to revive the heart of the contrite.
 For I will not contend for ever,
nor will I always be angry;
for from me proceeds the spirit,
and I have made the breath of life.
 Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God; consider the outcome of their life,
and imitate their faith.
 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.
 Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings; for it is well that the heart be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited their adherents.
 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
 Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues,
 and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles.
 When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour;
 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
 Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death;
 and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
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