Chapter 53

(53.1) For you understand, beloved. You understand well the Holy Scripture, and have looked closely into the words of God. Let us write these things as a reminder.

(53.2) For Moses went up into the mountain, and did forty days and forty nights in fasting and humbleness. God said to him, "Descend quickly, for your people whom you brought out of Egypt have acted lawlessly. They have quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves cast metal images.

(53.3) "And the Lord said to him, 'I have spoken to you once and twice, saying, "I have seen this people, and it is stiff-necked. Let me utterly destroy them, and wipe out their name from under heaven, and I will make you into a great and wonderful nation, and much greater than this."'

(53.4) "And Moses said, 'Certainly not, Lord! Forgive the sins of this people, or else wipe me out of the Book of the Living.'"

(53.5) O great love! O unsurpassed perfection! The servant speaks freely to the Lord, asking forgiveness for the multitude, or that he might be considered worthy to be wiped out with them.