Testament of Naphtali 8:4

Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs

And lo! my children, I have shown unto you the last times, how everything shall come to pass in Israel. Do ye also, therefore, charge your children that they be united to Levi and to Judah; For through them shall salvation arise unto Israel, And in them shall Jacob be blessed. For through their tribes shall God appear [dwelling among men] on earth, To save the race of Israel, And to gather together the righteous from amongst the Gentiles. If ye work that which is good, my children, Both men and angels shall bless you; And God shall be glorified among the Gentiles through you, And the devil shall flee from you, And the wild beasts shall fear you, And the Lord shall love you, [And the angels shall cleave to you]. As a man who has trained a child well is kept in kindly remembrance: So also for a good work there is a good remembrance before God. But him that doeth not that which is good, Both angels and men shall curse, And God shall be dishonoured among the Gentiles through him, And the devil shall make him as his own peculiar instrument, And every wild beast shall master him, And the Lord shall hate him.

1 Peter 2:12

New Testament

9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11 Dear friends, I urge you as foreigners and exiles to keep away from fleshly desires that do battle against the soul, 12 and maintain good conduct among the non-Christians, so that though they now malign you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God when he appears.

 Notes and References

"... 'That they may see your good works (Matthew 7:16-20, 21-23) and glorify your Father in heaven' is a concern echoed in Testament of Naphtali 8:4 ('God shall be glorified among the Gentiles through you, but through him that does not that which is good, God shall be dishonored'), 1 Peter 2:12 ('may see your good deeds and glorify God'), and Pirkei Avot 1:11; 2:2, 12 (good works honor God's name). The role of disciples in verses 13-16 is seen in terms of mission: both of being (you are salt, light) and of doing (good works). Disciples are to act in line with their nature. Jesus is saying, 'I have made you into something, now be it.' The scope of their mission is universal (of the earth or world). Its goal is to glorify God ..."

Talbert, Charles H. Reading the Sermon on the Mount: Character Formation and Decision Making in Matthew 5-7 (p. 56) University of South Carolina Press, 2004

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