Hymn to a Universal God

Fragment P.Col. Inv. 1171

Hail Heaven, hail Poseidon
Dwelling in the southern region
Protecting cities
Hail the beginning, hail the end of everything
... establishing an equal destiny
... and bringer of light, hail you greatest
delightful gifts
... guide of the summer ...

Revelation 22:13

New Testament

10 Then he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy contained in this book, because the time is near. 11 The evildoer must continue to do evil, and the one who is morally filthy must continue to be filthy. The one who is righteous must continue to act righteously, and the one who is holy must continue to be holy.” 12 (Look ! I am coming soon, and my reward is with me to pay each one according to what he has done! 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end!) 14 Blessed are those who wash their robes so they can have access to the tree of life and can enter into the city by the gates.

 Notes and References

"... Compare with Christ as 'beginning' and 'end' in Revelation 21:6; 22:13 ..."

Koenen, L. Ein Hymnus auf den Allgott (P. Col. inv. 1171) (pp. 19-21) Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, Bd. 4, 1969

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