Testament of Naphtali 2:10

Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs

For God made all things good in their order, the five senses in the head, and He joined on the neck to the head, adding to it the hair also for comeliness and glory, then the heart for understanding, the belly for excrement, and the stomach for (grinding), the windpipe for taking in (the breath), the liver for wrath, the gall for bitterness, the spleen for laughter, the reins for prudence, the muscles of the loins for power, the lungs for drawing in, the loins for strength, and so forth. So then, my children, let all your works be done in order with good intent in the fear of God, and do nothing disorderly in scorn or out of its due season. For if thou bid the eye to hear, it cannot; so neither while ye are in darkness can ye do the works of light.

John 3:19

New Testament

18 The one who believes in him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. 19 Now this is the basis for judging: that the light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil deeds hates the light and does not come to the light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. 21 But the one who practices the truth comes to the light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God.

 Notes and References

"... It is no accident, then, that his insistence on walking in light rather than in darkness reflects the mentality and language of intertestamental Judaism and/or Jewish Christianity. Enoch 92:4-5 promises, 'God will be gracious to the just man . . . and he shall walk in light, while sin shall perish in darkness forever' (see also Enoch 58). Noteworthy is T. Levi 14:3-4: 'As the heaven is purer in the Lord's sight than the earth, so also should you, the lights of Israel, be purer than the Gentiles. But if you be darkened through sin, what will the Gentiles do, living in blindness?' And T. Naphtali 2: 10: 'Neither while you are in darkness can you do the works of light.' ..."

Brown, Raymond E. The Epistles of John (p. 23) Doubleday, 1982

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