1QS 10:17

Community Rule
Dead Sea Scrolls

I will bless Him for His exceeding wonderful deeds at the beginning of fear and dread and in the abode of distress and desolation. I will meditate on His power and will lean on His mercies all day long. I know that judgement of all the living is in His hand, and that all His deeds are truth. I will praise Him when distress is unleashed and will magnify Him also because of His salvation. I will pay to no man the reward of evil; I will pursue him with goodness. For judgement of all the living is with God and it is He who will render to man his reward. I will not envy in a spirit of wickedness, my soul shall not desire the riches of violence. I will not grapple with the men of perdition until the Day of Revenge, but my wrath shall not turn from the men of falsehood and I will not rejoice until judgement is made.

Romans 12:17

New Testament

14 Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly. Do not be conceited. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil; consider what is good before all people. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all people. 19 Do not avenge yourselves, dear friends, but give place to God’s wrath, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Rather, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing this you will be heaping burning coals on his head.

 Notes and References

"... The Essenes believed that their final victory and the annihilation of evil were predestined by God. If the end has not yet come, one is still subject to the evil power of this world ... This view gave rise to a kind of inhuman humanism, so that the Essenes could say of themselves, 'I will repay no one with evil; I will visit them with good, for God judges all things that live and he will repay' ... See especially Romans 12:9-13:7 ..."

Flusser, David & Notley, R. Steven Jesus (pp. 95-98) Magnes Press, 1997

 User Comments

Do you have questions or comments about these texts? Please submit them here.