1QS 6Community Rule
1 And furthermore, let no man accuse his companion before the Congregation without having admonished him in the presence of witnesses. These are the ways in which all of them shall walk, each man with his companion, wherever they dwell. The man of lesser rank shall obey th greater in matters of work and money. They shall eat in common an bless in common and deliberate in common Wherever there are ten men of the Council of the Community there shall not lack a Priest among them. And they shall all sit before hi according to their rank and shall be asked their counsel in all things i that order. And when the table has been prepared for eating, and the new wine for drinking, the Priest shall be the first to stretch out his hand to bless the firstfruits of the bread and new wine.
16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others with you, so that at the testimony of two or three witnesses every matter may be established. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. If he refuses to listen to the church, treat him like a Gentile or a tax collector. 18 “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven. 19 Again, I tell you the truth, if two of you on earth agree about whatever you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. 20 For where two or three are assembled in my name, I am there among them.” 21 Then Peter came to him and said, “Lord, how many times must I forgive my brother who sins against me? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, I tell you, but seventy-seven times! 23 “For this reason, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves.
Notes and References
Allison, Dale C. Scriptural Allusions in the New Testament: Light from the Dead Sea Scrolls (p. 26) Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2019
Davies, W. D. Christian Origins and Judaism (pp. 100-101) Westminster Press, 1962
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