Acts of Peter
1 But Peter smiled and said unto him, "My son, it is manifest unto God alone wherefore her body is not whole. Know then that God is not weak nor powerless to grant his gift unto my daughter; but that your soul may be convinced, and they that are here present may the more believe."
2 Then he looked unto his daughter and said to her, "Raise yourself up from your place, without any helping you save Jesus only, and walk whole before all these, and come unto me."
3 And she arose and came to him; and the multitude rejoiced at that which was come to pass.
4 Then said Peter unto them: Behold, your heart is convinced that God is not without strength concerning all things that we ask of him.
5 Then they rejoiced yet more and praised God.
6 And Peter said to his daughter: Go unto your place, and lay you down and be again in your infirmity, for this is expedient for me and for you.
7 And the maiden went back and lay down in her place and was as beforetime: and the whole multitude wept, and entreated Peter to make her whole.
8 But Peter said unto them: As the Lord lives, this is expedient for her and for me. For on the day when she was born unto me I saw a vision, and the Lord said unto me, "Peter, this day is a great temptation born unto you, for this daughter will bring hurt unto many souls if her body continue whole." But I thought that the vision did mock me.
9 Now when the maiden was ten years old, a stumbling-block was prepared for many by reason of her.
10 And an exceeding rich man, by name Ptolemaeus, when he had seen the maiden with her mother bathing, sent unto her to take her to wife; but her mother consented not.
11 And he sent often-times to her, and could not wait.
12 Ptolemaeus, unable to win the maiden by fair means, comes and carries her off.
13 Peter hears of it and prays God to protect her. His prayer is heard. She is struck with palsy on one side of her body.
14 The servants of Ptolemaeus brought the maiden and laid her down before the door of the house and departed.
15 But when I perceived it, I and her mother, we went down and found the maiden, that one whole side of her body from her toes even to her head was palsied and withered: and we bore her away, praising the Lord which had preserved his handmaid from defilement and shame.
16 This is the cause of the matter, why the maiden continues so unto this day.
17 Now, then, it is fitting for you to know the end of Ptolemaeus. He went home and sorrowed night and day over that which had befallen him, and by reason of the many tears which he shed, he became blind.
18 And when he had resolved to rise up and hang himself, lo, about the ninth hour of the day, he saw a great light which enlightened the whole house, and heard a voice saying unto him,
19 "Ptolemaeus, God has not given you the vessels for corruption and shame, and yet more does it not become you which have believed in me to defile my virgin, whom you shall know as your sister, even as if I were unto you both one spirit."
20 "But rise up and go quickly unto the house of the apostle Peter, and you shall see my glory; he shall make known unto you what you must do."
21 But Ptolemaeus was not negligent, and bade his servants show him the way and bring him unto me.
22 And when they were come to me, he told me all that had befallen him by the power of our Lord Jesus Christ.
23 Then did he see with the eyes of his flesh, and with the eyes of his soul, and much people believed and hoped in Christ: and he did them good and gave them the gift of God.
24 Thereafter Ptolemaeus died, departing out of this life, and went unto his Lord, and when he made his will he bequeathed a piece of land in the name of my daughter, because through her he had believed in God and was made whole.
25 But I unto whom the disposition thereof fell, exercised it with great carefulness. I sold the land, and God alone knows neither I nor my daughter (received the price). I sold the land and kept nought back of the price, but gave all the money unto the poor.
26 Know therefore, you servant of Jesus Christ, that God directs them that are his, and prepares good for every one of them, although we think that God has forgotten us.
27 Therefore now, brethren, let us be sorrowful and watch and pray, and so shall the goodness of God look upon us, whereon we wait.
28 And yet further discourse did Peter hold before them all, and glorified the name of Christ the Lord and gave them all of the bread: and when he had distributed it, he rose up and went unto his house.
1 Augustine, says to his Manichaean opponent, "The story of Peter killing Ananias and Sapphira by a word is very stupidly blamed by those who in the apocryphal Acts read and admire both the incident I mentioned about the apostle Thomas (the death of the cup-bearer at the feast in his Acts)"
2 'and that the daughter of Peter himself was stricken with palsy at the prayer of her father, and that the daughter of a gardener died at the prayer of Peter.
3 Their answer is that it was expedient for them, that the one should be disabled by palsy and the other should die: but they do not deny that it happened at the prayer of the apostle'.
4 A certain gardener had a daughter, a virgin, her father's only child: he begged Peter to pray for her. Upon his request, the apostle answered him that the Lord would give her that which was useful for her soul. Immediately the girl fell dead.
5 O were your gain and suitable to God, to escape the insolence of the flesh and mortify the boastfulness of the blood!
6 But that old man, faithless, and not knowing the greatness of the heavenly favor, ignorant of the divine benefit, entreated Peter that his only daughter might be raised again. And when she was raised, not many days after, as it might be today, the slave of a believer who lodged in the house ran upon her and ruined the girl, and both of them disappeared.
7 That the dead are not to be mourned overmuch, Peter, speaking to one who lamented without patience the loss of his daughter, said, "So many assaults of the devil, so many warrings of the body, so many disasters of the world has she escaped, and you shed tears as if you knew not what you suffer in yourself (what good has befallen you)."
1 At the time when Paul was sojourning in Rome and confirming many in the faith, it came also to pass that one by name Candida, the wife of Quartus that was over the prisons, heard Paul and paid heed to his words and believed.
2 And when she had instructed her husband also and he believed, Quartus suffered Paul to go where he would away from the city, to whom Paul said, "If it be the will of God, he will reveal it unto me."
3 And after Paul had fasted three days and asked of the Lord that which should be profitable for him, he saw a vision, even the Lord saying unto him, "Arise, Paul, and become a physician in your body (i.e. By going there in person) to them that are in Spain."
4 He therefore, having related to the brethren what God had commanded, nothing doubting, prepared himself to set forth from the city.
5 But when Paul was about to depart, there was great weeping throughout all the brotherhood, because they thought that they should see Paul no more, so that they even rent their clothes.
6 For they had in mind also how that Paul had oftentimes contended with the doctors of the Jews and confuted them, saying, "Christ, upon whom your fathers laid hands, abolished their sabbaths and fasts and holy-days and circumcision, and the doctrines of men and the rest of the traditions he did abolish."
7 But the brethren lamented (and adjured) Paul by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, that he should not be absent above a year, saying, "We know your love for your brethren; forget not us when you are come there, neither begin to forsake us, as little children without a mother."
8 And when they besought him long with tears, there came a sound from heaven, and a great voice saying, "Paul the servant of God is chosen to minister all the days of his life, by the hands of Nero the ungodly and wicked man shall he be perfected before your eyes."
9 And a very great fear fell upon the brethren because of the voice which came from heaven, and they were confirmed yet more in the faith.
10 Now they brought unto Paul bread and water for the sacrifice, that he might make prayer and distribute it to every one.
11 Among whom it befell that a woman named Rufina desired, she also, to receive the Eucharist at the hands of Paul, to whom Paul, filled with the spirit of God, said as she drew near, "Rufina, you come not worthily unto the altar of God, arising from beside one that is not your husband but an adulterer, and assay to receive the Eucharist of God."
12 "For behold Satan shall trouble your heart and cast you down in the sight of all them that believe in the Lord, that they which see and believe may know that they have believed in the living God, the searcher of hearts."
13 "But if you repent of your act, he is faithful that is able to blot out your sin and set you free from this sin."
14 "But if you repent not, while you are yet in the body, devouring fire and outer darkness shall receive you forever."
15 And immediately Rufina fell down, being stricken with palsy, from her head unto the nails of her feet, and she had no power to speak, for her tongue was bound.
16 And when both they that believed (in the faith) and the neophytes saw it, they beat their breasts, remembering their old sins, and mourned and said, "We know not if God will forgive the former sins which we have committed."
17 Then Paul called for silence and said, "Men and brethren which now have begun to believe on Christ, if you continue not in your former works of the tradition of your fathers, and keep yourselves from all guile and wrath and fierceness and adultery and defilement, and from pride and envy and contempt and enmity, Jesus the living God will forgive you that you did in ignorance."
18 "Wherefore, you servants of God, arm yourselves every one in your inner man with peace, patience, gentleness, faith, love, knowledge, wisdom, love of the brethren, hospitality, mercy, abstinence, chastity, kindness, justice; then shall you have for your guide everlastingly the first-begotten of all creation, and shall have strength in peace with our Lord."
19 And when they had heard these things of Paul, they besought him to pray for them.
20 And Paul lifted up his voice and said, "O eternal God, God of the heavens, God of unspeakable majesty (divinity), who have established all things by your word, who have bound upon all the world the chain of your grace, Father of your holy Son Jesus Christ, we together pray you through your Son Jesus Christ, strengthen the souls which were before unbelieving but now are faithful."
21 "Once I was a blasphemer, now I am blasphemed; once I was a persecutor, now do I suffer persecution of others; once I was the enemy of Christ, now I pray that I may be his friend; for I trust in his promise and in his mercy; I account myself faithful and that I have received forgiveness of my former sins."
22 "Wherefore I exhort you also, brethren, to believe in the Lord the Father Almighty, and to put all your trust in our Lord Jesus Christ his Son, believing in him, and no man shall be able to uproot you from his promise."
23 "Bow your knees therefore together and commend me unto the Lord, who am about to set forth unto another nation, that his grace may go before me and dispose my journey aright, that he may receive his vessels holy and believing, that they, giving thanks for my preaching of the word of the Lord, may be well grounded in the faith."
24 But the brethren wept long and prayed unto the Lord with Paul, saying, "Be you, Lord Jesus Christ, with Paul and restore him unto us whole. For we know our weakness which is in us even to this day.
25 And a great multitude of women were kneeling and praying and beseeching Paul; and they kissed his feet and accompanied him unto the harbour.
26 But Dionysius and Balbus, of Asia, knights of Rome, and illustrious men, and a senator by name Demetrius abode by Paul on his right hand and said, "Paul, I would desire to leave the city if I were not a magistrate, that I might not depart from you."
27 Also from Caesar's house Cleobius and Iphitus and Lysimachus and Aristaeus and two matrons Berenice and Philostrate, with Narcissus the presbyter [after they had] accompanied him to the harbour.
28 But whereas a storm of the sea came on, he (Narcissus?) sent the brethren back to Rome, that if any would, he might come down and hear Paul until he set sail; and hearing that, the brethren went up unto the city.
29 And when they told the brethren that had remained in the city, and the report was spread abroad, some on beasts, and some on foot, and others by way of the Tiber came down to the harbour, and were confirmed in the faith for three days, and on the fourth day until the fifth hour, praying together with Paul, and making the offering.
30 And they put all that was needful on the ship and delivered him two young men, believers, to sail with him, and bade him farewell in the Lord and returned to Rome.
1 Now after a few days there was a great commotion in the midst of the church, for some said that they had seen wonderful works done by a certain man whose name was Simon, and that he was at Aricia, and they added further that he said he was a great power of God and without God he did nothing.
2 Is not this the Christ? But we believe in him whom Paul preached unto us; for by him have we seen the dead raised, and men Delivered from divers infirmities; but this man seeks contention, we know it (or, but what this contention is, we know not) for there is no small stir made among us.
3 Perchance also he will now enter into Rome; for yesterday they besought him with great acclamations, saying unto him: You are God in Italy, you are the savior of the Romans; haste quickly unto Rome.
4 But he was speaking to the people with a shrill voice, saying: Tomorrow about the seventh hour you shall see me fly over the gate of the city in the form (habit) wherein you now see me speaking unto you.
5 Therefore, brethren, if it seem good unto you, let us go and await carefully the issue of the matter.
6 They all therefore ran together and came unto the gate. And when it was the seventh hour, behold suddenly a dust was seen in the sky afar off, like a smoke shining with rays stretching far from it.
7 And when he drew near to the gate, suddenly he was not seen: and thereafter he appeared, standing in the midst of the people; whom they all worshipped, and took knowledge that he was the same that was seen of them the day before.
8 And the brethren were not a little offended among themselves, seeing, moreover, that Paul was not at Rome, neither Timotheus nor Barnabas, for they had been sent into Macedonia by Paul, and that there was no man to comfort us, to speak nothing of them that had but just become catechumens.
9 And as Simon exalted himself yet more by the works which he did, and many of them daily called Paul a sorcerer, and others a deceiver, of so great a multitude that had been established in the faith all fell away save Narcissus the presbyter and two women in the lodging of the Biyournians, and four that could no longer go out of their house, but were shut up (day and night).
10 These gave themselves unto prayer (by day and night), beseeching the Lord that Paul might return quickly, or some other that should visit his servants, because the devil had made them fall by his wickedness.
1 And as they prayed and fasted, God was already teaching Peter at Jerusalem of that which should come to pass.
2 For whereas the twelve years which the Lord Christ had enjoined upon him were fulfilled, he showed him a vision after this manner, saying unto him, "Peter, that Simon the sorcerer whom you did cast out of Judaea, convicting him, has again come before you (prevented you) at Rome."
3 "And that shall you know shortly, for all that did believe in me has Satan made to fall by his craft and working; whose Power Simon approves himself to be."
4 "But delay you not. Set forth on the morrow, and there shall you find a ship ready, setting sail for Italy, and within few days I will show you my grace which has in it no grudging."
5 Peter then, admonished by the vision, related it unto the brethren without delay, saying, "It is necessary for me to go up unto Rome to fight with the enemy and adversary of the Lord and of our brethren."
6 And he went down to Caesarea and embarked quickly in the ship, whereof the ladder was already drawn up, not taking any provision with him.
7 But the governor of the ship whose name was Theon looked on Peter and said, "Whatsoever we have, all is your. For what thank have we, if we take in a man like unto ourselves who is in uncertain case (difficulty) and share not all that we have with you? But only let us have a prosperous voyage."
8 But Peter, giving him thanks for that which he offered, himself fasted while he was in the ship, sorrowful in mind and again consoling himself because God accounted him worthy to be a minister in his service.
9 And after a few days the governor of the ship rose up at the hour of his dinner and asked Peter to eat with him, and said to him, "O you, whoever you are, I know you not, but as I reckon, I take you for a servant of God."
10 "For as I was steering my ship at midnight I perceived the voice of a man from heaven saying to me, 'Theon, Theon!' And twice it called me by my name and said to me, 'Among them that sail with you let Peter be greatly honored by you, for by him shall you and the rest be preserved safe without any hurt after such a course as you hope not for.'"
11 And Peter believed that God would vouchsafe to show his providence upon the sea unto them that were in the ship, and thenceforth began Peter to declare unto Theon the mighty works of God, and how the Lord had chosen him from among the apostles, and for what business he sailed unto Italy.
12 And daily he communicated unto him the word of God. And considering him he perceived by his walk that he was of one mind in the faith and a worthy minister [deacon].
13 Now when there was a calm upon the ship in Hadria (the Adriatic), Theon showed it to Peter, saying unto him, "If you will account me worthy, whom you may baptize with the seal of the Lord you have an opportunity."
14 For all that were in the ship had fallen asleep, being drunken.
15 And Peter went down by a rope and baptized Theon in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
16 And he came up out of the water rejoicing with great joy, and Peter also was glad because God had accounted Theon worthy of His name.
17 As it came to pass when Theon was baptized, there appeared in the same place a youth shining and beautiful, saying unto them, "Peace be unto you."
18 And immediately Peter and Theon went up and entered into the cabin; and Peter took bread and gave thanks unto the Lord which had accounted him worthy of his holy ministry,
19 and for that the youth had appeared unto them, saying, "Peace be unto you."
20 And he said, "You best and alone holy One, it is You that have appeared unto us, O God Jesus Christ, and in your name has this man now been washed and sealed with your holy seal."
21 "Therefore in your name do I impart unto him your eucharist, that he may be your perfect servant without blame forever."
22 And as they feasted and rejoiced in the Lord, suddenly there came a wind, not vehement but moderate, at the ship's prow, and ceased not for six days and as many nights, until they came unto Puteoli.
1 And when they had touched at Puteoli, Theon leapt out of the ship and went unto the inn where he was wanting to lodge, to prepare to receive Peter.
2 Now he with whom he lodged was one by name Ariston, which alway feared the Lord, and because of the Name Theon entrusted himself with him.
3 And when he was come to the inn and saw Ariston, Theon said unto him, "God who has accounted you worthy to serve him has communicated his grace unto me also by his holy servant, Peter, who has now sailed with me from Judaea, being commanded by our Lord to come unto Italy."
4 And when he heard that, Ariston fell upon Theon's neck and embraced him and besought him to bring him to the ship and show him Peter.
5 For Ariston said that since Paul set forth unto Spain there was no man of the brethren with whom he could refresh himself, and, moreover, a certain Jew had broken into the city, named Simon, and with his charms of sorcery and his wickedness has he made all the brotherhood fall away this way and that, so that I also fled from Rome, expecting the coming of Peter.
6 For Paul had told us of him, and I also have seen many things in a vision.
7 Now, therefore, I believe in my Lord that he will build up again his ministry, for all this deceit shall be rooted out from among his servants.
8 For our Lord Jesus Christ is faithful, who is able to restore our minds.
9 And when Theon heard these things from Ariston, who wept, his spirit was raised (increased) yet more and he was the more strengthened, because he perceived that he had believed on the living God.
10 But when they came together unto the ship, Peter looked upon them and smiled, being filled with the Spirit; so that Ariston falling on his face at Peter's feet, saying, "Brother and lord, that have part in the holy mysteries and show the right way which is in the Lord Jesus Christ our God, who by you has shown unto us his coming."
11 "We have lost all them whom Paul had delivered unto us, by the working of Satan; but now I trust in the Lord who has commanded you to come unto us, sending you as his messenger, that he has accounted us worthy to see his great and wonderful works by your means."
12 "I pray you therefore, make haste unto the city. For I left the brethren which have stumbled, whom I saw fall into the temptation of the devil, and fled here, saying unto them, "Brethren, stand fast in the faith, for it is of necessity that within these two months the mercy of our Lord bring his servant unto you."
13 "For I had seen a vision, even Paul, saying unto me, 'Ariston, flee you out of the city.'"
14 "And when I heard it, I believed without delay and went forth in the Lord, although I had an infirmity in my flesh, and came here; and day by day I stood upon the sea-shore asking the sailors, 'Has Peter sailed with you?'"
15 "But now through the abundance of the grace of God I entreat you, let us go up unto Rome without delay, lest the teaching of this wicked man prevail yet further."
16 And as Ariston said this with tears, Peter gave him his hand and raised him up from the earth, and Peter also groaning, said with tears, "He has prevented us which tempts all the world by his angels; but he that has power to save his servants from all temptations shall quench his deceits and put him beneath the feet of them that have believed in Christ whom we preach."
17 And, as they entered in at the gate, Theon entreated Peter, saying, You did not refresh yourself on any day in so great a sea voyage. And now after [before] so hard a journey will you set out forthwith from the ship?"
18 "Tarry and refresh yourself, and so shall you set forth. For from away to Rome upon a pavement of flint I fear lest you be hurt by the shaking."
19 But Peter answered and said to them, "What if it come to pass that a millstone were hung upon me, and likewise upon the enemy of our Lord, even as my Lord said unto us of any that offended one of the brethren, and I were drowned in the sea? But it might be not only a millstone, but that which is far worse, even that I which am the enemy of this persecutor of his servants should die afar off from them that have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ."
20 And by no exhortation could Theon prevail to persuade him to tarry there even one day.
21 But Theon himself delivered all that was in the ship to be sold for the price which he thought good, and followed Peter unto Rome; whom Ariston brought unto the abode of Narcissus the presbyter.
1 Now the report was noised through the city unto the brethren that were dispersed, because of Simon, that he might show him to be a deceiver and a persecutor of good men.
2 All the multitude therefore ran together to see the apostle of the Lord stay (himself, or the brethren) on Christ.
3 And on the first day of the week, when the multitude was assembled to see Peter, Peter began to say with a loud voice, "You men here present that trust in Christ, you that for a little space have suffered temptation, learn for what cause God sent his Son into the world, and wherefore he made him to be born of the Virgin Mary;"
4 "for would he so have done if not to procure us some grace or dispensation? Even because he would take away all offence and all ignorance and all the contrivance of the devil, his attempts (beginnings) and his strength wherewith he prevailed aforetime, before our God shined forth in the world."
5 "And whereas men through ignorance fell into death by many and divers infirmities, Almighty God, moved with compassion, sent his Son into the world. With whom I was; and He (or I) walked upon the water, whereof I myself remain a witness, and do testify that he then worked in the world by signs and wonders, all of which he did."
6 "I do confess, dearly-beloved brethren, that I was with him: yet I denied him, even our Lord Jesus Christ, and that not once only, but thrice; for there were evil dogs that were come about me as they did unto the Lord's prophets.
7 And the Lord imputed it not unto me, but turned unto me and had compassion on the infirmity of my flesh, when (or so that) afterward I bitterly bewailed myself, and lamented the weakness of my faith, because I was befooled by the devil and kept not in mind the word of my Lord.
8 "And now I say unto you, O men and brethren, which are gathered together in the name of Jesus Christ, against you also has the deceiver Satan aimed his arrows, that you might depart out of the way."
9 "But faint not, brethren, neither let your spirit fall, but be strong and persevere and doubt not."
10 "For if Satan caused me to stumble, whom the Lord had in great honor, so that I denied the light of mine hope, and if he overthrew me and persuaded me to flee as if I had put my trust in a man, what think you will he do unto you which are but young in the faith?"
11 "Did you suppose that he would not turn you away to make you enemies of the kingdom of God, and cast you down into perdition by a new deceit?"
12 "For whomsoever he casts out from the hope of our Lord Jesus Christ, he is a son of perdition forever."
13 "Turn yourselves, therefore, brethren, chosen of the Lord, and be strong in God Almighty, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, whom no man has seen at any time, neither can see, save he who has believed in him."
14 "And be you aware where this temptation has come upon you. For it is not only by words that I would convince you that this is Christ whom I preach, but also by deeds and exceeding great works of power do I exhort you by the faith that is in Christ Jesus, that none of you look for any other save him that was despised and mocked of the Jews, even this Nazarene which was crucified and died and the third day rose again."
1 And the brethren repented and entreated Peter to fight against Simon (who said that he was the power of God, and lodged in the house of Marcellus a senator, whom he had convinced by his charms) saying, "Believe us, brother Peter, there was no man among men so wise as this Marcellus."
2 "All the widows that trusted in Christ had recourse unto him; all the fatherless were fed by him; and what more, brother? All the poor called Marcellus their patron, and his house was called the house of the strangers and of the poor,"
3 "and the emperor said unto him, 'I will keep you out of every office, lest you despoil the provinces to give gifts unto the Christians.'"
4 And Marcellus answered, "All my goods are also yours."
5 And Caesar said to him, "Mine they would be if you kept them for me; but now they are not mine, for you give them to whom you will, and I know not to what vile persons."
6 "Having this, then, before our eyes, brother Peter, we report it to you, how the great mercy of this man is turned unto blasphemy; for if he had not turned, neither should we have departed from the holy faith of God our Lord."
7 "And now does this Marcellus in anger repent him of his good deeds, saying, 'All this substance have I spent in all this time, vainly believing that I gave it for the knowledge of God!'"
8 "So that if any stranger comes to the door of his house, he smites him with a staff and bids him be beaten, saying, "Would God I had not spent so much money upon these impostors.'"
9 "And yet more does he say, blaspheming.
10 "But if there abide in you any mercy of our Lord and aught of the goodness of his commandments, do you succor the error of this man who has done so many alms-deeds unto the servants of God."
11 And Peter, when he perceived this, was smitten with sharp affliction and said, "O the divers arts and temptations of the devil! O the contrivances and devices of the wicked! He that nourishes up for himself a mighty fire in the day of wrath, the destruction of simple men, the ravening wolf, the devourer and scatterer of eternal life!"
12 "You did enmesh the first man in passion of lust and bind him with your old iniquity and with the chain of the flesh. You are wholly the exceeding bitter fruit of the tree of bitterness, who send divers lusts upon men."
13 "You did compel Judas my fellow-disciple and fellow-apostle to do wickedly and deliver up our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall punish you therefor."
14 "You did harden the heart of Herod and did inflame Pharaoh and compel him to fight against Moses the holy servant of God.
15 "You did give boldness unto Caiaphas, that he should deliver our Lord Jesus Christ unto the unrighteous multitude; and even until now you shoot at innocent souls with your poisonous arrows."
16 "You wicked one, enemy of all men, be you accursed from the Church of him the Son of the holy God ommpotent and as a brand cast out of the fire shall you be quenched by the servants of our Lord Jesus Christ."
17 "Upon you let your blackness be turned and upon your children, an evil seed; upon you be turned your wickedness and your threatenings; upon you and your angels be your temptations, you beginning of malice and bottomless pit of darkness!"
18 "Let your darkness that you have be with you and with your vessels which you own!"
19 "Depart from them that shall believe in God; depart from the servants of Christ and from them that desire to be his soldiers."
20 "Keep to yourself your garments of darkness!"
21 "Without cause, you knock at other men's doors, which are not yours; but of Christ Jesus who keeps them."
22 "For you, ravening wolf, would carry off the sheep that are not your but of Christ Jesus, who keeps them with all care and diligence."
1 As Peter was speaking thus with great sorrow of mind, many were added unto them that believed on the Lord.
2 But the brethren besought Peter to join battle with Simon and not suffer him any longer to vex the people.
3 And without delay Peter went quickly out of the synagogue (assembly) and went unto the house of Marcellus, where Simon lodged, and much people followed him.
4 And when he came to the door, he called the porter and said to him, "Go, say unto Simon, 'Peter, from whom you fled out of Judaea, waits for you at the door.'"
5 The porter answered and said to Peter, "Sir, whether you be Peter, I know not. But I have a command; for he had knowledge that yesterday you did enter into the city, and said unto me, 'Whether it be by day or by night, at whatsoever hour he comes, say that I am not within.'"
6 And Peter said to the young man, "You have well said in reporting that which he compelled you to say."
7 And Peter turned unto the people that followed him and said, "You shall now see a great and marvellous wonder."
8 And Peter seeing a great dog bound with a strong chain, went to him and loosed him.
9 And when he was loosed, the dog received a man's voice and said unto Peter, "What do you bid me to do, you servant of the unspeakable and living God?"
10 Peter said unto him, "Go in and say unto Simon in the midst of his company, 'Peter says unto you, "Come forth abroad, for your sake am I come to Rome, you wicked one and deceiver of simple souls."'"
11 And immediately the dog ran and entered in, and rushed into the midst of them that were with Simon, and lifted up his forefeet and in a loud voice said, "You Simon, Peter the servant of Christ who stands at the door says unto you, 'Come forth abroad, for your sake am I come to Rome, you most wicked one and deceiver of simple souls.'"
12 And when Simon heard it, and beheld the incredible sight, he lost the words wherewith he was deceiving them that stood by, and all of them were amazed.
1 But when Marcellus saw it he went out to the door and cast himself at Peter's feet and said, "Peter, I embrace your feet, you holy servant of the holy God; I have sinned greatly."
2 "But exact you not my sins, if there be in you the true faith of Christ, whom you preach, if you remember his commandments, to hate no man, to be unkind to no man, as I learned from your fellow apostle Paul; keep not in mind my faults, but pray for me unto the Lord, the holy Son of God whom I have provoked to wrath -- for I have persecuted his servants -- that I be not delivered with the sins of Simon unto eternal fire;"
3 "who so persuaded me, that I set up a statue to him with this inscription: 'To Simon the new [young] God.'"
4 "If I knew, O Peter, that you could be won with money, I would give you all my substance, yes I would give it and despise it, that I might gain my soul."
5 "If I had sons, I would account them as nothing, if only I might believe in the living God."
6 "But I confess that he would not have deceived me save that he said that he was the power of God; yet will I tell you, O most gentle Peter, I was not worthy to hear you, you servant of God, neither was I established in the faith of God which is in Christ; therefore was I made to stumble."
7 "I beseech you, therefore, take not ill that which I am about to say, that Christ our Lord whom you preach in truth said unto your fellow-apostles in your presence, 'If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, "Remove yourself," and straightway it shall remove itself.'"
8 "But this Simon said that you, Peter, were without faith when you did doubt in the waters."
9 "And I have heard that Christ said this also, 'They that are with me have not understood me.'"
10 "If, then, you upon whom he laid his hands, whom also he chose, did doubt, I, therefore, having this witness, repent me, and take refuge in your prayers."
11 "Receive my soul, who have fallen away from our Lord and from his promise."
12 "But I believe that he will have mercy upon me that repent. For the Almighty is faithful to forgive me my sins."
13 But Peter said with a loud voice, "Unto you, our Lord, be glory and splendour, O God Almighty, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Unto you be praise and glory and honor, world without end. Amen."
14 "Because you have now fully strengthened and established us in you in the sight of all, holy Lord, confirm you Marcellus, and send your peace upon him and upon his house this day."
15 "And whatsoever is lost or out of the way, you alone can turn them all again; we beseech you, Lord, shepherd of the sheep that once were scattered, but now shall be gathered in one by you."
16 "So also receive you Marcellus as one of your lambs and suffer him no longer to go astray (revel) in error or ignorance. Yes, Lord, receive him that with anguish and tears entreats you."
17 And as Peter was speaking thus and embraced Mareellus, Peter turned himself unto the multitude that stood by him and saw there one that laughed (smiled), in whom was a very evil spirit. And Peter said unto him: Whosoever you are that did laugh, show yourself openly unto all that are present. And hearing this the young man ran into the court of the house and cried out with a loud voice and dashed himself against the wall and said: Peter, there is a great contention between Simon and the dog whom you sent; for Simon says to the dog: Say that I am not here. Unto whom the dog says more than you did charge him; and when he has accomplished the mystery which you did command him, he shall die at your feet. But Peter said: And you also, devil, whosoever you are, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, go out of that young man and hurt him not at all: show yourself unto all that stand here. When the young man heard it, he ran forth and caught hold on a great statue of marble which was set in the court of the house, and brake it in pieces with his feet. Now it was a statue of Caesar. Which Marcellus beholding smote his forehead and said unto Peter: A great crime has been committed; for if this be made known unto Caesar by some busybody, he will afflict us with sore punishments. And Peter said to him: I see you not the same that you were a little while ago, for you said that you were ready to spend all your substance to save your soul. But if you indeed repent, believing in Christ with your whole heart, take in your hands of the water that runs down, and pray to the Lord, and in his name sprinkle it upon the broken pieces of the statue and it shall be whole as it was before. And Marcellus, nothing doubting, but believing with his whole heart, before he took the water lifted up his hands and said: I believe in you, O Lord Jesu Christ: for I am now proved by your apostle Peter, whether I believe aright in your holy name. Therefore I take water in mine hands, and in your name do I sprinkle these stones that the statue may become whole as it was before. If, therefore, Lord, it be your will that I continue in the body and suffer nothing at Caesar's hand, let this stone be whole as it was before. And he sprinkled the water upon the stones, and the statue became whole, whereat Peter exulted that Marcellus had not doubted in asking of the Lord, and Marcellus was exalted in spirit for that such a sign was first wrought by his hands; and he therefore believed with his whole heart in the name of Jesus Christ the Son of God, by whom all things impossible are made possible.
18 But Simon within the house said thus to the dog: Tell Peter that I am not within. Whom the dog answered in the presence of Marcellus: You exceeding wicked and shameless one, enemy of all that live and believe on Christ Jesus, here is a dumb animal sent unto you which has received a human voice to confound you and show you to be a deceiver and a liar. Have you taken thought so long, to say at last: 'Tell him that I am not within?' Are you not ashamed to utter your feeble and useless words against Peter the minister and apostle of Christ, as if you could hide you from him that has commanded me to speak against you to your face: and that not for your sake but for theirs whom you were deceiving and sending unto destruction? Cursed therefore shall you be, you enemy and corrupter of the way of the truth of Christ, who shall prove by fire that dies not and in outer darkness, your iniquities that you have committed. And having thus said, the dog went forth and the people followed him, leaving Simon alone. And the dog came unto Peter as he sat with the multitude that was come to see Peter's face, and the dog related what he had done unto Simon. And thus was speaking the dog unto the angel and apostle of the true God: Peter, you will have a great contest with the enemy of Christ and his servants, and many that have been deceived by him shall you turn unto the faith; wherefore you shall receive from God the reward of your work. And when the dog had said this he fell down at the apostle Peter's feet and gave up the spirit. And when the great multitude saw with amazement the dog speaking, they began then, some to throw themselves down at Peter's feet, and some said: Show us another sign, that we may believe in you as the minister of the living God, for Simon also did many signs in our presence and therefore did we follow him.
19 And Peter turned and saw a herring (sardine) hung in a window, and took it and said to the people: If you now see this swimming in the water like a fish, will you be able to believe in him whom I preach? And they said with one voice: Truly we will believe you. Then he said -now there was a bath for swimming at hand: In your name, O Jesu Christ, forasmuch as hitherto it is not believed in, in the sight of all these live and swim like a fish. And he cast the herring into the bath, and it lived and began to swim. And all the people saw the fish swimming, and it did not so at that hour only, lest it should be said that it was a delusion (phantasm), but he made it to swim for a long time, so that they brought much people from all quarters and showed them the herring that was made a living fish, so that certain of the people even cast bread to it; and they saw that it was whole. And seeing this, many followed Peter and believed in the Lord.
And they assembled themselves day and night unto the house of Narcissus the presbyter. And Peter discoursed unto them of the scriptures of the prophets and of those things which our Lord Jesus Christ had wrought both in word and in deeds.
20 But Marcellus was confirmed daily by the signs which he saw wrought by Peter through the grace of Jesus Christ which he granted unto him. And Mareellus ran upon Simon as he sat in his house in the dining chamber, and cursed him and said unto him: You most adverse and pestilent of men, corrupter of my soul and my house, who would have made me fall away from my Lord and Savior Christ! And laying hands on him he commanded him to be thrust out of his house. And the servants having received such licence, covered him with reproaches; some buffeted his face, others beat him with sticks, others cast stones, others emptied out vessels full of filth upon his head, even those who on his account had fled from their master and been a long time fettered; and other their fellowservants of whom he had spoken evil to their master reproached him. Saying to him: Now by the will of God who has had mercy on us and on our master, do we recompense you with a fit reward. And Simon, shrewdly beaten and cast out of the house, ran unto the house where Peter lodged, even the house of Narcissus, and standing at the gate cried out: Lo, here am I, Simon: come you down, Peter, and I will convict you that you have believed on a man which is a Jew and a carpenter's son.
21 And when it was told Peter that Simon had said this, Peter sent unto him a woman which had a sucking child, saying to her: Go down quickly, and you will find one that seeks me. For you there is no need that you answer him at all, but keep silence and hear what the child whom you hold shall say unto him. The woman therefore went down. Now the child whom she suckled was seven months old; and it received a man's voice and said unto Simon: O you abhorred of God and men, and destruction of truth, and evil seed of all corruption, O fruit by nature unprofitable! But only for a short and little season shall you be seen, and thereafter eternal punishment is laid up for you. You son of a shameless father, that never put forth your roots for good but for poison, faithless generation void of all hope! You were not confounded when a dog reproved you; I a child am compelled of God to speak, and not even now are you ashamed. But even against your will, on the sabbath day that comes, another shall bring you into the forum of Julius that it may be shown what manner of man you are. Depart therefore from the gate wherein walk the feet of the holy; for you shall no more corrupt the innocent souls whom you did turn out of the way and make sad; in Christ, therefore, shall be shown your evil nature, and your devices shall be cut in pieces. And now speak I this last word unto you: Jesus Christ says to you: Be you stricken dumb in my name, and depart out of Rome until the sabbath that comes. And forthwith he became dumb and his speech was bound; and he went out of Rome until the sabbath and abode in a stable. But the woman returned with the child unto Peter and told him and the rest of the brethren what the child had said unto Simon: and they magnified the Lord which had shown these things unto men.
22 Now when the night fell, Peter, while yet waking, beheld Jesus clad in a vesture of brightness, smiling and saying unto him: Already is much people of the brotherhood returned through me and through the signs which you have wrought in my name. But you shall have a contest of the faith upon the sabbath that comes, and many more of the Gentiles and of the Jews shall be converted in my name unto me who was reproached and mocked and spat upon. For I will be present with you when you ask for signs and wonders, and you shall convert many: but you shall have Simon opposing you by the works of his father; yet all his works shall be shown to be charms and contrivances of sorcery. But now slack you not, and whomsoever I shall send unto you you shall establish in my name. And when it was light, he told the brethren how the Lord had appeared unto him and what he had commanded him:
23 But believe you me, men and brethren, I drove this Simon out of Judaea where he did many evils with his magical charms, lodging in Judaea with a certain woman Eubula, who was of honorable estate in this world, having store of gold and pearls of no small price. Here did Simon enter in by stealth with two others like unto himself, and none of the household saw them two, but Simon only, and by means of a spell they took away all the woman's gold, and disappeared. But Eubula, when she found what was done, began to torture her household, saying: You have taken occasion by this man of God and spoiled me, when you saw him entering in to me to honor a mere woman; but his name is as the name of the Lord.
As I fasted for three days and prayed that this matter should be made plain, I saw in a vision Italicus and Antulus (Antyllus?) whom I had instructed in the name of the Lord, and a boy naked and chained giving me a wheat loaf and saying unto me: Peter, endure yet two days and you shall see the mighty works of God. As for all that is lost out of the house of Eubula, Simon has used are magic and has caused a delusion, and with two others has stolen it away: whom you shall see on the third day at the ninth hour, at the gate which leads unto Neapolis, selling unto a goldsmith by name Agrippinus a young satyr of gold of two pound weight, having in it a precious stone. But for you there is no need that you touch it, lest you be defiled; but let there be with you some of the matron's servants, and you shall show them the shop of the goldsmith and depart from them. For by reason of this matter shall many believe on the name of the Lord, and all that which these men by their devices and wickedness have often-times stolen shall be openly showed. When I heard that, I went unto Eubula and found her sitting with her clothes rent and her hair disordered, mourning; unto whom I said: Eubula, rise up from your mourning and compose your face and order your hair and put on raiment befitting you, and pray unto the Lord Jesus Christ that judges every soul: for he is the invisible Son of God, by whom you must be saved, if only you repent with your whole heart of your former sins: and receive you power from him; for behold, by me the Lord says to you: You shall find all whatsoever you have lost. And after you have received them, take you care that he find you, that you may renounce this present world and seek for everlasting refreshment. Hearken therefore unto this: Let certain of your people keep watch at the gate that leads to Neapolis on the day after tomorrow at about the ninth hour, and they shall see two young men having a young satyr of gold, of two pound weight, set with gems, as a vision has shown me: which thing they will offer for sale to one Agrippinus of the household of godliness and of the faith which is in the Lord Jesus Christ: by whom it shall be showed you that you should believe in the living God and not on Simon the magician, the unstable devil, who has desired that you should remain in sorrow, and your innocent household be tormented; who by fair words and speech only has deceived you, and with his mouth only was speaking of godliness, whereas he is wholly possessed of ungodliness. For when you did think to keep holy-day, and setted up your idol and did veil it and set out all your ornaments upon a table (round three-legged table), he brought in two young men whom no man of yours saw, by a magic charm, and they stole away your ornaments and were no more seen. But his device has had no success (place); for my God has manifested it unto me, to the end you should not be deceived, neither perish in hell, for those sins which you have committed ungodly and contrary to God, who is full of all truth, and the righteous judge of quick and dead; and there is none other hope of life unto men save through him, by whom those things which you have lost are recovered unto you: and now do you gain your own soul.
But she cast herself down before my feet, saying: O man, who you are I know not; but him I received as a servant of God, and whatsoever he asked of me to give it unto the poor, I gave much by his hands, and beside that I did give much unto him. What hurt did I do him, that he should contrive all this against mine house? Unto whom Peter said: There is no faith to be put in words, but in acts and deeds: but we must go on with that we have begun. So I left her and went with two stewards of Eubula and came to Agrippinus and said to him: See that you take note of these men; for tomorrow two young men will come to you, desiring to sell you a young satyr of gold set with jewels, which belongs to the mistress of these: and you shall take it as it were to look upon it, and praise the work of the craftsman, and then when these come in, God will bring the rest to the proof. And on the next day the stewards of the matron came about the ninth hour, and also those young men, willing to sell unto Agrippinus the young satyr of gold. And they being forthwith taken, it was reported unto the matron, and she in distress of mind came to the deputy, and with a loud voice declared all that had befallen her. And when Pompeius the deputy beheld her in distress of mind, who never had come forth abroad, he forthwith rose up from the judgment seat and went unto the praetorium, and bade those men to be brought and tortured; and while they were being tormented they confessed that they did it in the service of Simon, which, said they, persuaded us thereto with money. And being tortured a long time, they confessed that all that Eubula had lost was laid up under the earth in a cave on the other side of the gate, and many other things besides. And when Pompeius heard this, he rose up to go unto the gate, with those two men, each of them bound with two chains. And lo, Simon came in at the gate, seeking them because they tarried long. And he sees a great multitude coming, and those two bound with chains; and he understood and betook him to flight, and appeared no more in Judaea unto this day. But Eubula, when she had recovered all her goods, gave them for the service of the poor, and believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and was comforted; and despised and renounced this world, and gave unto the widows and fatherless, and clothed the poor. And after a long time she received her rest (sleep). Now these things, dearly beloved brethren, were done in Judaea, whereby he that is called the angel of Satan was driven out there.
24 Brethren, dearest and most beloved, let us fast together and pray unto the Lord. For he that drove him out there is able also to root him out of this place: and let him grant unto us power to withstand him and his magical charms, and to prove that he is the angel of Satan. For on the sabbath our Lord shall bring him, though he would not, unto the forum of Julius. Let us therefore bow our knees unto Christ, which hears us, though we cry not; it is he that sees us, though he be not seen with these eyes, yet is he in us: if we will, he will not forsake us. Let us therefore purify our souls of every evil temptation, and God will not depart from us. Yes, if we but wink with our eyes, he is present with us.
25 Now after these things were spoken by Peter, Marcellus also came in, and said: Peter, I have for you cleansed mine whole house from the footsteps (traces) of Simon, and wholly done away even his wicked dust. For I took water and called upon the holy name of Jesus Christ, together with mine other servants which belong unto him, and sprinkled all my house and all the dining chambers and all the porticoes, even unto the outer gate, and said: I know that you, Lord Jesu Christ, are pure and untouched of any uncleanness: so let mine enemy and adversary be driven out from before your face. And now, you blessed one, have I bidden the widows and old women to assemble unto you in my house which is purified (MS. Common), that they may pray with us. And they shall receive every one a piece of gold in the name of the ministry (service), that they may be called indeed servants of Christ. And all else is now prepared for the service. I entreat you, therefore, O blessed Peter, consent unto their request, so that you also pay honor unto (ornament) their prayers in my stead; let us then go and take Narcissus also, and whosoever of the brethren are here. So then Peter consented unto his simplicity, to fulfill his desire, and went forth with him and the rest of the brethren.
26 But Peter entered in, and beheld one of the aged women, a widow, that was blind, and her daughter giving her her hand and leading her into Marcellus' house; and Peter said unto her: Come here, mother: from this day forward Jesus gives you his right hand, by whom we have light unapproachable which no darkness hides; who says unto you by me: Open your eyes and see, and walk by yourself. And forthwith the widow saw Peter laying his hand upon her.
And Peter entered into the dining-hall and saw that the Gospel was being read, and he rolled up the book and said: You men that believe and hope in Christ, learn in what manner the holy Scripture of our Lord ought to be declared: whereof we by his grace wrote that which we could receive, though yet it appear unto you feeble, yet according to our power, even that which can be endured to be born by (or instilled into) human flesh. We ought therefore first to know the will and the goodness of God, how that when error was everywhere spread abroad, and many thousands of men were being cast down into perdition, God was moved by his mercy to show himself in another form and in the likeness of man, concerning which neither the Jews nor we were able worthily to be enlightened. For every one of us according as he could contain the sight, saw, as he was able. Now will I expound unto you that which was newly read unto you. Our Lord, willing that I should behold his majesty in the holy mount -I, when I with the sons of Zebedee saw the brightness of his light, fell as one dead and shut mine eyes, and heard such a voice from him as I am not able to describe, and thought myself to be blinded by his brightness. And when I recovered (breathed again) a little I said within myself: Peradventure my Lord has brought me here that he might blind me. And I said: If this also be your will, Lord, I resist not. And he gave me his hand and raised me up; and when I arose I saw him again in such a form as I was able to take in. As, therefore, the merciful God, dearly beloved brethren, carried our infirmities and bare our sins (as the prophet says: He bears our sins and suffers for us; but we did esteem him to be in affliction and smitten with plagues), for he is in the Father and the Father in him -he also is himself the fullness of all majesty, who has shown unto us all his good things: he did eat and drink for our sakes, himself being neither an-hungered nor thirsty; he carried and bare reproaches for our sakes, he died and rose again because of us; who both defended me when I sinned and comforted me by his greatness, and will comfort you also that you may love him: this God who is great and small, fair and foul, young and old, seen in time and unto eternity invisible; whom the hand of man has not held, yet is he held by his servants; whom no flesh has seen, yet now sees; who is the word proclaimed by the prophets and now appearing (so Gk.: Lat. Not heard of but now known); not subject to suffering, but having now made trial of suffering for our sake (or like unto us); never chastised, yet now chastised; who was before the world and has been comprehended in time; the great beginning of all principality, yet delivered over unto princes; beautiful, but among us lowly; seen of all yet foreseeing all (MS. Foul of view, yet foreseeing). This Jesus you have, brethren, the door, the light, the way, the bread, the water, the life, the resurrection, the refreshment, the pearl, the treasure, the seed, the abundance (harvest), the mustard seed, the vine, the plough, the grace, the faith, the word: he is all things and there is none other greater than he. Unto him be praise, world without end. Amen.
27 And when the ninth hour was fully come, they rose up to make prayer. And behold certain widows, of the aged, unknown to Peter, which sat there, being blind and not believing, cried out, saying unto Peter: We sit together here, O Peter, hoping and believing in Christ Jesus: as therefore you have made one of us to see, we entreat you, lord Peter, grant unto us also his mercy and pity. But Peter said to them: If there be in you the faith that is in Christ, if it be firm in you, then perceive in your mind that which you see not with your eyes, and though your ears are closed, yet let them be open in your mind within you. These eyes shall again be shut, seeing nought but men and oxen and dumb beasts and stones and sticks; but not every eye sees Jesus Christ. Yet now, Lord, let your sweet and holy name succor these persons; do you touch their eyes; for you are able -that these may see with their eyes.
And when all had prayed, the hall wherein they were shone as when it lightens, even with such a light as comes in the clouds, yet not such a light as that of the daytime, but unspeakable, invisible, such as no man can describe, even such that we were beside ourselves with bewilderment, calling on the Lord and saying: Have mercy, Lord, upon us your servants: what we are able to bear, that, Lord, give you us; for this we can neither see nor endure. And as we lay there, only those widows stood up which were blind; and the bright light which appeared unto us entered into their eyes and made them to see. Unto whom Peter said: Tell us what you saw. And they said: We saw an old man of such comeliness as we are not able to declare to you; but others said: We saw a young man; and others: We saw a boy touching our eyes delicately, and so were our eyes opened. Peter therefore magnified the Lord, saying: You only are the Lord God, and of what lips have we need to give you due praise? And how can we give you thanks according to your mercy? Therefore, brethren, as I told you but a little while since, God that is constant is greater than our thoughts, even as we have learned of these aged widows, how that they beheld the Lord in divers forms.
28 And having exhorted them all to think upon (understand) the Lord with their whole heart, he began together with Marcellus and the rest of the brethren to minister unto the virgins of the Lord, and to rest until the morning.
Unto whom Marcellus said: You holy and inviolate virgins of the Lord, hearken: You have a place to abide in, for these things that are called mine, whose are they save yours? Depart not away, but refresh yourselves: for upon the sabbath which comes, even tomorrow, Simon has a controversy with Peter the holy one of God: for as the Lord has ever been with him, lo will Christ the Lord now stand for him as his apostle. For Peter has continued tasting nothing, but fasting yet a day, that he may overcome the wicked adversary and persecutor of the Lord's truth. For lo, my young men are come announcing that they have seen scaffolds being set up in the forum, and much people saying: Tomorrow at daybreak two Jews are to contend here concerning the teaching (?) of God. Now therefore let us watch until the morning, praying and beseeching our Lord Jesus Christ to hear our prayers on behalf of Peter.
And Marcellus turned to sleep for a short space, and awoke and said unto Peter: O Peter, you apostle of Christ, let us go boldly unto that which lies before us. For just now when I turned myself to sleep for a little, I beheld you sitting in a high place and before you a great multitude, and a woman exceeding foul, in sight like an Ethiopian, not an Egyptian, but altogether black and filyour, clothed in rags, and with an iron collar about her neck and chains upon her hands and feet, dancing. And when you saw me you said to me with a loud voice: Marcellus the whole power of Simon and of his God is this woman that dances; do you behead her. And I said to you: Brother Peter, I am a senator of a high race, and I have never defiled my hands, neither killed so much as a sparrow at any time. And you hearing it did begin to cry out yet more: Come you, our true sword, Jesu Christ. And cut not off only the head of this devil, but hew all her limbs in pieces in the sight of all these Whom I have approved in your service. And immediately one like unto you, O Peter, having a sword, hewed her in pieces: so that I looked earnestly upon you both, both on you and on him that cut in pieces that devil, and marveled greatly to see how alike you were. And I awaked, and have told unto you these signs of Christ. And when Peter heard it he was the more filled with courage, for that Marcellus had seen these things, knowing that the Lord alway cares for his own. And being joyful and refreshed by these words, he rose up to go unto the forum.
29 Now the brethren were gathered together, and all that were in Rome, and took places every one for a piece of gold: there came together also the senators and the prefects and those in authority. And Peter came and stood in the midst, and all cried out: Show us, O Peter, who is your God and what is his greatness which has given you confidence. Begrudge not the Romans; they are lovers of the gods. We have had proof of Simon, let us have it of you; convince us, both of you, whom we ought truly to believe. And as they said these things, Simon also came in, and standing in trouble of mind at Peter's side, at first he looked at him.
And after long silence Peter said: You men of Rome, be you true judges unto us, for I say that I have believed on the living and true God; and I promise to give you proofs of him, which are known unto me, as many among you also can bear witness. For you see that this man is now rebuked and silent, knowing that I drove him out of Judaea because of the deceits which he practised upon Eubula, an honorable and simple woman, by his art magic; and being driven out from there, he is come here, thinking to escape notice among you; and lo, he stands face to face with me. Say now, Simon, did you not at Jerusalem fall at my feet and Paul's, when you saw the healings that were wrought by our hands, and say: I pray you take of me a payment as much as you will, that I may be able to lay hands on men and do such mighty works? And we when we heard it cursed you, saying: Do you think to tempt us as if we desired to possess money? And now, fear you not at all? My name is Peter, because the Lord Christ vouchsafed to call me 'prepared for all things': for I trust in the living God by whom I shall put down your sorceries. Now let him do in your presence the wonders which he did aforetime: and what I have now said of him, will you not believe it?
But Simon said: You presume to speak of Jesus of Nazareth, the son of a carpenter, and a carpenter himself, whose birth is recorded (or whose race dwells) in Judaea. Hear you, Peter: the Romans have understanding: they are no fools. And he turned to the people and said: You men of Rome, is God born? Is he crucified? He that has a master is no God. And when he so was speaking, many said: You say well, Simon.
30 But Peter said: Anathema upon your words against (or in) Christ! Presume you to speak thus, whereas the prophet says of him: Who shall declare his generation? And another prophet says: And we saw him and he had no beauty nor comeliness. And: In the last times shall a child be born of the Holy Spirit: his mother knows not a man, neither does any man say that he is his father. And again he says: She has brought forth and not brought forth.[From the apocryphal Ezekiel (lost)] And again: Is it a small thing for you to weary men (lit. Is it a small thing that you make a contest for men)? Behold, a virgin shall conceive in the womb. And another prophet says, honouring the Father: Neither did we hear her voice, neither did a midwife come in. Another prophet says: Born not of the womb of a woman, but from a heavenly place came he down. And: A stone was cut out without hands, and smote all the kingdoms. And: The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner; and he calls him a stone elect, precious. And again a prophet says concerning him: And behold, I saw one like the Son of man coming upon a cloud. And what more? O you men of Rome, if you knew the Scriptures of the prophets, I would expound all unto you: by which Scriptures it was necessary that this should be spoken in a mystery, and that the kingdom of God should be perfected. But these things shall be opened unto you hereafter. Now turn I unto you, Simon: do you some one thing of those wherewith you did before deceive them, and I will bring it to nought through my Lord Jesus Christ. And Simon plucked up his boldness and said: If the prefect allow it (prepare yourselves and delay not for my sake).
31 But the prefect desired to show patience unto both, that he might not appear to do aught unjustly. And the prefect put forward one of his servants and said thus unto Simon: Take this man and deliver him to death. And to Peter he said: And do you revive him. And unto the people the prefect said: It is now for you to judge whether of these two is acceptable unto God, he that kills or he that makes alive. And straightway Simon was speaking in the ear of the lad and made him speechless, and he died.
And as there began to be a murmuring among the people, one of the widows who were nourished (refreshed) in Marcellus' house, standing behind the multitude, cried out: O Peter, servant of God, my son is dead, the only one that I had. And the people made place for her and led her unto Peter: and she cast herself down at his feet, saying: I had one only son, which with his hands (shoulders) furnished me with nourishment: he raised me up, he carried me: now that he is dead, who shall reach me a hand? Unto whom Peter said: Go, with these for witness, and bring here your son, that they may see and be able to believe that by the power of God he is raised, and that this man (Simon) may behold it and fail (or, and she when she saw him, fell down). And Peter said to the young men: We have need of some young men, and, moreover, of such as will believe. And forthwith thirty young men arose, which were prepared to carry her or to bring there her son that was dead. And whereas the widow was hardly returned to herself, the young men took her up; and she was crying out and saying: Lo, my son, the servant of Christ has sent unto you: tearing her hair and her face. Now the young men which were come examined (Gk. Apparently, held) the lad's nostrils to see whether he were indeed dead; and seeing that he was dead of a truth, they had compassion on the old woman and said: If you so will, mother, and have confidence in the God of Peter, we will take him up and carry him there that he may raise him up and restore him unto you.
32 And as they said these things, the prefect (in the forum, Lat.), looking earnestly upon Peter (said: What say you Peter?) Behold my lad is dead, who also is dear unto the emperor, and I spared him not, though I had with me other young men; but I desired rather to make trial (tempt) of you and of the God whom you (preach), whether you be true, and therefore I would have this lad die. And Peter said: God is not tempted nor proved, O Agrippa, but if he be loved and entreated he hears them that are worthy. But since now my God and Lord Jesus Christ is tempted among you, who has done so great signs and wonders by my hands to turn you from your sins -now also in the sight of all do you, Lord, at my word, by your power raise up him whom Simon has slain by touching him. And Peter said unto the master of the lad: Go, take hold on his right hand, and you shall have him alive and walking with you. And Agrippa the prefect ran and went to the lad and took his hand and raised him up. And all the multitude seeing it cried: One is the God, one is the God of Peter.
33 In the meanwhile the widow's son also was brought upon a bed by the young men, and the people made way for them and brought them unto Peter. And Peter lifted up his eyes unto heaven and stretched forth his hands and said: O holy Father of your Son Jesus Christ. Who have granted us your power, that we may through you ask and obtain, and despise all that is in the world, and follow you only, who are seen of few and would be known of many: shine you about us, Lord, enlighten us, appear you, raise up the son of this aged widow, which cannot help herself without her son. And I, repeating the word of Christ my Lord, say unto you: Young man, arise and walk with your mother so long as you can do her good; and thereafter shall you serve me after a higher sort, ministering in the lot of a deacon of the bishop (or, and of a bishop). And immediately the dead man rose up, and the multitudes saw it and marveled, and the people cried out: You are God the Savior, you, the God of Peter, the invisible God, the Savior. And they was speaking among themselves, marvelling indeed at the power of a man that called upon his Lord with a word; and they received it unto sanctification.
34 The fame of it therefore being spread throughout the city, there came the mother of a certain senator, and cast herself into the midst of the people, and fell at Peter's feet, saying: I have learned from my people that you are a servant of the merciful God, and do impart his grace unto all them that desire this light. Impart therefore the light unto my son, for I know that you begrudge none; turn not away from a matron that entreats you. Unto whom Peter said: Will you believe on my God, by whom your son shall be raised? And the mother said with a loud voice, weeping: I believe, O Peter, I believe! And all the people cried out: Grant the mother her son. But Peter said: Let him be brought here before all these. And Peter turned himself to the people and said: You men of Rome, I also am one of yourselves, and bear a man's body and am a sinner, but have obtained mercy: look not therefore upon me as though I did by mine own power that which I do, but by the power of my Lord Jesus Christ, who is the judge of quick and dead. In him do I believe and by him am I sent, and have confidence when I call upon him to raise the dead. Go you therefore also, O woman, and cause your son to be brought here and to rise again. And the woman passed through the midst of the people and went into the street, running, with great joy, and believing in her mind she came unto her house, and by means of her young men she took him up and came unto the forum. Now she bade the young men put caps [pilei, a sign that they were now freed.] on their heads, and to walk before the bier, and all that she had determined to burn upon the body of her son to be born before his bier; and when Peter saw it he had compassion upon the dead body and upon her. And she came unto the multitude, while all bewailed her; and a great crowd of senators and matrons followed after, to behold the wonderful works of God: for this Nicostratus which was dead was exceeding noble and beloved of the senate. And they brought him and set him down before Peter. And Peter called for silence, and with a loud voice said: You men of Rome, let there now be a just judgment between me and Simon; and judge you whether of us two believes in the living God, he or I. Let him raise up the body that lies here, and believe in him as the angel of God. But if he be not able, and I call upon my God and restore the son alive unto his mother, then believe you that this man is a sorcerer and a deceiver, which is entertained among you. And when all they heard these things, they thought that it was right which Peter had spoken, and they encouraged Simon, saying: Now, if there be aught in you, show it openly! Either overcome, or you shall be overcome! (or, convince us, or you shall be convicted). Why stand you still? Come, begin! But Simon, when he saw them all instant with him, stood silent; and thereafter, when he saw the people silent and looking upon him, Simon cried out, saying: You men of Rome, if you behold the dead man arise, will you cast Peter out of the city? And all the people said: We will not only cast him out, but on the very instant will we burn him with fire.
Then Simon went to the head of the dead man and stooped down and thrice raised himself up (or, and said thrice: Raise yourself), and showed the people that he (the dead) lifted his head and moved it, and opened his eyes and bowed himself a little unto Simon. And straightway they began to ask for wood and torches, wherewith to burn Peter. But Peter receiving strength of Christ, lifted up his voice and said unto them that cried out against him: Now see I, you people of Rome, that you are -I must not say fools and vain, so long as your eyes and your ears and your hearts are blinded. How long shall your understanding be darkened? See you not that you are bewitched, supposing that a dead man is raised, who has not lifted himself up? It would have sufficed me, you men of Rome, to hold my peace and die without speaking, and to leave you among the deceits of this world; but I have the chastisement of fire unquenchable before mine eyes. If therefore it seem good unto you, let the dead man speak, let him arise if he lives, let him loose his jaw that is bound, with his hands, let him call upon his mother, let him say unto you that cry out: Wherefore cry you? Let him beckon unto us with his hand. If now you would see that he is dead, and yourselves bewitched, let this man depart from the bier, who has persuaded you to depart from Christ, and you shall see that the dead man is such as you saw him brought here.
But Agrippa the prefect had no longer patience, but thrust away Simon with his own hands, and again the dead man lay as he was before. And the people were enraged, and turned away from the sorcery of Simon and began to cry out: Hearken, O Caesar! If now the dead rises not, let Simon burn instead of Peter, for truly he has blinded us. But Peter stretched forth his hand and said: O men of Rome, have patience! I say not unto you that if the lad be raised Simon shall burn; for if I say it, you will do it. The people cried out: Against your will, Peter, we will do it. Unto whom Peter said: If you continue in this mind the lad shall not arise: for we know not to render evil for evil, but we have learned to love our enemies and pray for our persecutors. For if even this man can repent, it were better; for God will not remember evil. Let him come, therefore, into the light of Christ; but if he cannot, let him possess the part of his father the devil, but let not your hands be defiled. And when he had thus spoken unto the people, he went unto the lad, and before he raised him, he said to his mother: These young men whom you have set free in the honor of your son, can yet serve their God when he lives, being free; for I know that the soul of some is hurt if they shall see your son arise and know that these shall yet be in bondage: but let them all continue free and receive their sustenance as they did before, for your son is about to rise again; and let them be with him. And Peter looked long upon her, to see her thoughts. And the mother of the lad said: What other can I do? Therefore before the prefect I say: whatsoever I was minded to burn upon the body of my son, let them possess it. And Peter said: Let the residue be distributed unto the widows. Then Peter rejoiced in soul and said in the spirit: O Lord that are merciful, Jesu Christ, show yourself unto your Peter that calls upon you like as you have always shown him mercy and loving-kindness: and in the presence of all these which have obtained freedom, that these may become your servants, let Nicostratus now arise. And Peter touched the lad's side and said: Arise. And the lad arose and put off his grave clothes and sat up and loosed his jaw, and asked for other raiment; and he came down from the bier and said unto Peter: I pray you, O man of God, let us go unto our Lord Christ whom I saw speaking with me; who also showed me unto you and said to you: Bring him here unto me, for he is mine. And when Peter heard this of the lad, he was strengthened yet more in soul by the help of the Lord; and Peter said unto the people: You men of Rome, it is thus that the dead are raised up, thus do they converse, thus do they arise and walk, and live so long time as God wills. Now therefore, you that have come together unto the sight, if you turn not from these your evil ways, and from all your gods that are made with hands, and from all uncleanness and passion of lust, receive fellowship with Christ, believing, that you may obtain everlasting life.
35 And in the same hour they worshipped him as a God, falling down at his feet, and the sick whom they had at home, that he might heal them.
But the prefect seeing that so great a multitude waited upon Peter, signified to Peter that he should withdraw himself: and Peter told the people to come unto Marcellus' house. But the mother of the lad besought Peter to set foot in her house. But Peter had appointed to be with Marcellus on the Lord's day, to see the widows even as Marcellus had promised, to minister unto them with his own hands. The lad therefore that was risen again said: I depart not from Peter. And his mother, glad and rejoicing, went unto her own house. And on the next day after the sabbath she came to Marcellus' house bringing unto Peter two thousand pieces of gold, and saying unto Peter: Divide these among the virgins of Christ which serve him. But the lad that was risen from the dead, when he saw that he had given nothing to any man, went home and opened the press and himself offered four thousand pieces of gold, saying unto Peter: Lo, I also which was raised, offer a double offering, and myself also from this day forward as a speaking sacrifice unto God.
36 Now on the Lord's day as Peter discoursed unto the brethren and exhorted them unto the faith of Christ, there being present many of the senate and many knights and rich women and matrons, and being confirmed in the faith, one woman that was there, exceeding rich, which was surnamed Chryse because every vessel of hers was of gold -for from her birth she never used a vessel of silver or glass, but golden ones only- said unto Peter: Peter, you servant of God, he whom you call God appeared unto me in a dream and said: Chryse, carry you unto Peter my minister ten thousand pieces of gold; for you owe them to him. I have therefore brought them, fearing lest some harm should be done me by him that appeared unto me, which also departed unto heaven. And so saying, she laid down the money and departed. And Peter seeing it glorified the Lord, for that they that were in need should be refreshed. Certain, therefore, of them that were there said unto him: Peter, have you not done ill to receive the money of her? For she is ill spoken of throughout all Rome for fornication, and because she keeps not to one husband, yes, she even has to do with the young men of her house. Be not therefore a partner with the table of Chryse, but let that which came from her be returned unto her. But Peter hearing it laughed and said to the brethren: What this woman is in the rest of her way of life, I know not, but in that I have received this money, I did it not foolishly; for she did pay it as a debtor unto Christ, and gives it unto the servants of Christ: for he himself has provided for them.
37 And they brought unto him also the sick on the sabbath, beseeching that they might recover of their diseases. And many were healed that were sick of the palsy, and the gout, and fevers tertian and quartan, and of every disease of the body were they healed, believing in the name of Jesus Christ, and very many were added every day unto the grace of the Lord.
But Simon the magician, after a few days were past, promised the multitude to convict Peter that he believed not in the true God but was deceived. And when he did many lying wonders, they that were firm in the faith derided him. For in diningchambers he made certain spirits enter in, which were only an appearance, and not existing in truth. And what should I more say? Though he had often-times been convicted of sorcory, he made lame men seem whole for a little space, and blind likewise, and once he appeared to make many dead to live and move, as he did with Nicostratus (Gk. Stratonicus). But Peter followed him throughout and convicted him always unto the beholders: and when he now made a sorry figure and was derided by the people of Rome and disbelieved for that he never succeeded m the things which he promised to perform, being in such a plight at last he said to them: Men of Rome, you think now that Peter has prevailed over me, as more powerful, and you pay more heed to him: you are deceived. For tomorrow I shall forsake you, godless and impious that you are, and fly up unto God whose Power I am, though I am become weak. Whereas, then, you have fallen, I am He that stands, and I shall go up to my Father and say unto him: Me also, even your son that stands, have they desired to pull down; but I consented not unto them, and am returned back unto myself.
38 And already on the morrow a great multitude assembled at the Sacred Way to see him flying. And Peter came unto the place, having seen a vision (or, to see the sight), that he might convict him in this also; for when Simon entered into Rome, he amazed the multitudes by flying: but Peter that convicted him was then not yet living at Rome: which city he thus deceived by illusion, so that some were carried away by him (amazed at him).
So then this man standing on an high place beheld Peter and began to say: Peter, at this time when I am going up before all this people that behold me, I say unto you: If your God is able, whom the Jews put to death, and stoned you that were chosen of him, let him show that faith in him is faith in God, and let it appear at this time, if it be worthy of God. For I, ascending up, will show myself unto all this multitude, who I am. And behold when he was lifted up on high, and all beheld him raised up above all Rome and the temples thereof and the mountains, the faithful looked toward Peter. And Peter seeing the strangeness of the sight cried unto the Lord Jesus Christ: If you suffer this man to accomplish that which he has set about, now will all they that have believed on you be offended, and the signs and wonders which you have given them through me will not be believed: hasten your grace, O Lord, and let him fall from the height and be disabled; and let him not die but be brought to nought, and break his leg in three places. And he fell from the height and brake his leg in three places. Then every man cast stones at him and went away home, and thenceforth believed Peter.
But one of the friends of Simon came quickly out of the way (or arrived from a journey), Gemellus by name, of whom Simon had received much money, having a Greek woman to wife, and saw him that he had broken his leg, and said: O Simon, if the Power of God is broken to pieces, shall not that God whose Power you are, himself be blinded? Gemellus therefore also ran and followed Peter, saying unto him: I also would be of them that believe on Christ. And Peter said: Is there any that grudges it, my brother? Come you and sit with us.
But Simon in his affliction found some to carry him by night on a bed from Rome unto Aricia; and he abode there a space, and was brought there unto Terracina to one Castor that was banished from Rome upon an accusation of sorcery. And there he was sorely cut (Lat. By two physicians), and so Simon the angel of Satan came to his end.
[Here the Martyrdom proper begins in the Patmos MS. And the versions.]
39 Now Peter was in Rome rejoicing in the Lord with the brethren, and giving thanks night and day for the multitude which was brought daily unto the holy name by the grace of the Lord. And there were gathered also unto Peter the concubines of Agrippa the prefect, being four, Agrippina and Nicaria and Euphemia and Doris; and they, hearing the word concerning chastity and all the oracles of the Lord, were smitten in their souls, and agreeing together to remain pure from the bed of Agrippa they were vexed by him.
Now as Agrippa was perplexed and grieved concerning them -and he loved them greatly- he observed and sent men quietly to see where they went, and found that they went unto Peter. He said therefore unto them when they returned: That Christian has taught you to have no dealings with me: know you that I will both destroy you, and burn him alive. They, then, endured to suffer all manner of evil at Agrippa's hand, if only they might not suffer the passion of love, being strengthened by the might of Jesus.
40 And a certain woman which was exceeding beautiful, the wife of Albinus, Caesar's friend, by name Xanthippe, came, she also, unto Peter, with the rest of the matrons, and withdrew herself, she also, from Albinus. He therefore being mad, and loving Xanthippe, and marvelling that she would not sleep even upon the same bed with him, raged like a wild beast and would have dispatched Peter; for he knew that he was the cause of her separating from his bed. Many other women also, loving the word of chastity, separated themselves from their husbands, because they desired them to worship God in sobriety and cleanness. And whereas there was great trouble in Rome, Albinus made known his state unto Agrippa, saying to him: Either do you avenge me of Peter that has withdrawn my wife, or I will avenge myself. And Agrippa said: I have suffered the same at his hand, for he has withdrawn my concubines. And Albinus said unto him: Why then tarry you, Agrippa? Let us find him and put him to death for a dealer in curious arts, that we may have our wives again, and avenge them also which are not able to put him to death, whose wives also he has parted from them.
41 And as they considered these things, Xanthippe took knowledge of the counsel of her husband with Agrippa, and sent and showed Peter, that he might depart from Rome. And the rest of the brethren, together with Marcellus, besought him to depart. But Peter said unto them: Shall we be runaways, brethren? And they said to him: No, but that you may yet be able to serve the Lord. And he obeyed the brethren's voice and went forth alone, saying: Let none of you come forth with me, but I will go forth alone, having changed the fashion of mine apparel. And as he went forth of the city, he saw the Lord entering into Rome. And when he saw him, he said: Lord, where go you thus (or here)? And the Lord said unto him: I go into Rome to be crucified. And Peter said unto him: Lord, are you (being) crucified again? He said unto him: Yes, Peter, I am (being) crucified again. And Peter came to himself: and having beheld the Lord ascending up into heaven, he returned to Rome, rejoicing, and glorifying the Lord, for that he said: I am being crucified: the which was about to befall Peter.
42 He went up therefore again unto the brethren, and told them that which had been seen by him: and they lamented in soul, weeping and saying: We beseech you, Peter, take thought for us that are young. And Peter said unto them: If it be the Lord's will, it comes to pass, even if we will it not; but for you, the Lord is able to establish you in his faith, and will found you therein and make you spread abroad, whom he himself has planted, that you also may plant others through him. But I, so long as the Lord will that I be in the flesh, resist not; and again if he take me to him I rejoice and am glad.
And while Peter thus was speaking, and all the brethren wept, behold four soldiers took him and led him unto Agrippa. And he in his madness (disease) commanded him to be crucified on an accusation of godlessness.
The whole multitude of the brethren therefore ran together, both of rich and poor, orphans and widows, weak and strong, desiring to see and to rescue Peter, while the people shouted with one voice, and would not be silenced: What wrong has Peter done, O Agrippa? Wherein has he hurt you? Tell the Romans! And others said: We fear lest if this man die, his Lord destroy us all.
And Peter when he came unto the place stilled the people and said: You men that are soldiers of Christ! You men that hope in Christ! Remember the signs and wonders which you have seen wrought through me, remember the compassion of God, how many cures he has wrought for you. Wait for him that comes and shall reward every man according to his doings. And now be you not bitter against Agrippa; for he is the minister of his father's working. And this comes to pass at all events, for the Lord has manifested unto me that which befalls. But why delay I and draw not near unto the cross?
43 And having approached and standing by the cross he began to say: O name of the cross, you hidden mystery! O grace ineffable that is pronounced in the name of the cross! O nature of man, that cannot be separated from God! O love (friendship) unspeakable and inseparable, that cannot be shown forth by unclean lips! I seize you now, I that am at the end of my delivery away (or, of my coming here). I will declare you, what you are: I will not keep silence of the mystery of the cross which of old was shut and hidden from my soul. Let not the cross be unto you which hope in Christ, this which appears: for it is another thing, different from that which appears, even this passion which is according to that of Christ. And now above all, because you that can hear are able to hear it of me, that am at the last and final hour of my life, hearken: Separate your souls from every thing that is of the senses, from every thing that appears, and does not exist in truth. Blind these eyes of yours, close these ears of yours, put away your doings that are seen; and you shall perceive that which concerns Christ, and the whole mystery of your salvation: and let thus much be said unto you that hear, as if it had not been spoken. But now it is time for you, Peter, to deliver up your body unto them that take it. Receive it then, you unto whom it belongs. I beseech you the executioners, crucify me thus, with the head downward and not otherwise: and the reason wherefore, I will tell unto them that hear.
44 And when they had hanged him up after the manner he desired, he began again to say: You men unto whom it belongs to hear, hearken to that which I shall declare unto you at this especial time as I hang here. Learn you the mystery of all nature, and the beginning of all things, what it was. For the first man, whose race I bear in mine appearance (or, of the race of whom I bear the likeness), fell (was born) head downwards, and showed forth a manner of birth such as was not heretofore: for it was dead, having no motion. He, then, being pulled down -who also cast his first state down upon the earth- established this whole disposition of all things, being hanged up an image of the creation wherein he made the things of the right hand into left hand and the left hand into right hand, and changed about all the marks of their nature, so that he thought those things that were not fair to be fair, and those that were in truth evil, to be good. Concerning which the Lord says in a mystery: Unless you make the things of the right hand as those of the left, and those of the left as those of the right, and those that are above as those below, and those that are behind as those that are before, you shall not have knowedge of the kingdom.
This thought, therefore, have I declared unto you; and the figure wherein you now see me hanging is the representation of that man that first came unto birth. You therefore, my beloved, and you that hear me and that shall hear, ought to cease from your former error and return back again. For it is right to mount upon the cross of Christ, who is the word stretched out, the one and only, of whom the spirit says: For what else is Christ, but the word, the sound of God? So that the word is the upright beam whereon I am crucified. And the sound is that which crosses it, the nature of man. And the nail which holds the cross-tree unto the upright in the midst thereof is the conversion and repentance of man.
45 Now whereas you have made known and revealed these things unto me, O word of life, called now by me wood (or, word called now by me the tree of life), I give you thanks, not with these lips that are nailed unto the cross, nor with this tongue by which truth and falsehood issue forth, nor with this word which comes forth by means of art whose nature is material, but with that voice do I give you thanks, O King, which is perceived (understood) in silence, which is not heard openly, which proceeds not forth by organs of the body, which goes not into ears of flesh, which is not heard of corruptible substance, which exists not in the world, neither is sent forth upon earth, nor written in books, which is owned by one and not by another: but with this, O Jesu Christ, do I give you thanks, with the silence of a voice, wherewith the spirit that is in me loves you, speaks unto you, sees you, and beseeches you. You are perceived of the spirit only, you are unto me father, you my mother, you my brother, you my friend, you my bondsman, you my steward: you are the All and the All is in you: and you Are, and there is nought else that is save you only.
Unto him therefore do you also, brethren, flee, and if you learn that in him alone you exist, you shall obtain those things whereof he says unto you: 'which neither eye has seen nor ear heard, neither have they entered into the heart of man.' We ask, therefore, for that which you have promised to give unto us, O you undefiled Jesu. We praise you, we give you thanks, and confess to you, glorifying you, even we men that are yet without strength, for you are God alone, and none other: to whom be glory now and unto all ages. Amen.
46 And when the multitude that stood by pronounced the Amen with a great sound, together with the Amen Peter gave up his spirit unto the Lord.
And Marcellus not asking leave of any, for it was not possible, when he saw that Peter had given up the spirit, took him down from the cross with his own hands and washed him in milk and wine: and cut fine seven minae of mastic, and of myrrh and aloes and indian leaf other fifty, and perfumed (embalmed) his body and filled a coffin of marble of great price with Attic honey and laid it in his own tomb.
But Peter by night appeared unto Marcellus and said: Marcellus, have you heard that the Lord says: Let the dead be buried of their own dead? And when Marcellus said: Yes, Peter said to him: That, then, which you have spent on the dead, you have lost: for you being alive have like a dead man cared for the dead. And Marcellus awoke and told the brethren of the appearing of Peter: and he was with them that had been established in the faith of Christ by Peter, himself also being established yet more until the coming of Paul unto Rome.
47 But Nero, learning thereafter that Peter was departed out of this life, blamed the prefect Agrippa, because he had been put to death without his knowledge; for he desired to punish him more sorely and with greater torment, because Peter had made disciples of certain of them that served him, and had caused them to depart from him: so that he was very wrathful and for a long season was speaking not unto Agrippa: for he sought to destroy all them that had been made disciples by Peter. And he beheld by night one that scourged him and said unto him: Nero, you can not now persecute nor destroy the servants of Christ: refrain therefore your hands from them. And so Nero, being greatly affrighted by such a vision, abstained from harming the disciples at that time when Peter also departed this life.
48 And thenceforth the brethren were rejoicing with one mind and exulting in the Lord, glorifying the God and Savior (Father?) of our Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, unto whom be glory, world without end. Amen.