Luke 10:20

New Testament

16 “The one who listens to you listens to me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” 17 Then the seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name!” 18 So he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Look, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions and on the full force of the enemy, and nothing will hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names stand written in heaven.” 21 On that same occasion Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will.

Pirkei Avot 2:1


1 Rabbi Said: which is the straight path that a man should choose for himself? One which is an honor to the person adopting it, and [on account of which] honor [accrues] to him from others. And be careful with a light commandment as with a grave one, for you did know not the reward for the fulfillment of the commandments. Also, reckon the loss [that may be sustained through the fulfillment] of a commandment against the reward [accruing] thereby, and the gain [that may be obtained through the committing] of a transgression against the loss [entailed] thereby. Apply your mind to three things and you will not come into the clutches of sin: Know what there is above you: an eye that sees, an ear that hears, and all your deeds are written in a book.

 Notes and References

"... There are several categories of 'books' in Jewish literature. Their origin lies in ancient Egyptian and Babylonian religion. In one book are written all of man's acts, both good and bad (see Isaiah 65:6; Malachi 3:16; Psalm 56:8-9, Luke 10:20; Revelation 20:12; Jubilees 3:10; 5:13, 6:29; 30:22; 1 Enoch 47:3; 103:2; 108:7; Pirkei Avot 2:1). There is also the book of life (see Exodus 32:32-33; Psalm 69:28; 1 Enoch 90:20; Testament of Levi 5:5 'the heavenly tables' [which remind one of the Tablets of Fate seized by Marduk). This book 'contains the secret of the future of the world. It is essentially a question not of reading this book, but of opening it. Once the seals are broken the events begin to occur before the seer's eyes.' The same idea occurs when 'the books' refers to the apocalypses themselves. They are to be made public by the breaking of their seals at the end of time (see Daniel 12:4, 9; 1 Enoch 105:1; 4 Esdras 12:37-38; and Revelation 6:3, 5, 6, 9, 12; 8:1) ..."

Lacocque, André The Book of Daniel (p. 177) Cascade Books, 2018

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