Philippians 4:3

New Testament

1 So then, my brothers and sisters, dear friends whom I long to see, my joy and crown, stand in the Lord in this way, my dear friends! 2 I appeal to Euodia and to Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3 Yes, I say also to you, true companion, help them. They have struggled together in the gospel ministry along with me and Clement and my other coworkers, whose names are in the book of life. 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice! 5 Let everyone see your gentleness. The Lord is near! 6 Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God.

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. 2 Rabban Gamaliel the son of Rabbi Judah Hanasi said: excellent is the study of the Torah when combined with a worldly occupation, for toil in them both keeps sin out of one’s mind; But [study of the] Torah which is not combined with a worldly occupation, in the end comes to be neglected and becomes the cause of sin. And all who labor with the community, should labor with them for the sake Heaven, for the merit of their forefathers sustains them (the community), and their (the forefather’s) righteousness endures for ever; And as for you, [God in such case says] I credit you with a rich reward, as if you [yourselves] had [actually] accomplished [it all].

 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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