Lectionary Readings for Friday, September 17th, 2021
Book of Judgement Chapter 34
GOD JUDGETH THE GOVERNMENTS OF MAN.
1. God said: When a man hath young children, he maketh just laws, in order to
teach them discretion, justice, harmony and consideration, in regard to one another.
2. But, when his children attain to be men and women, man no longer holdeth a law over
them, for they become his equals, as brothers and sisters.
3. Even so, in the ancient times, provided I thee, O man, with governments and laws for
different nations and peoples.
4. Nevertheless, I said unto thee: Let thy government be as a father over the people, and
not as a separate matter against them.
5. But thou hast disobeyed my commandments; thy government is as one thing, and thy
people as another thing. That which should be one entity, thou hast made into two.
6. Thy government hath become a separate self from the people; and the people are as
servants, supporting the law-makers, who trade in projects and schemes for their own
profit and glory.
7. Since the earliest days, all the governments of man have drifted into this.
8. When a government no longer filleth the grade, according to the advancement of the
people, behold, thy God withdraweth his heavenly protection from that government. And,
straightway, the people run into anarchy.
9. Lay not the blame of anarchy and revolution and assassinations on the people; my
judgment is against the government in all cases. These conditions of vengeance are but
the fruit resulting from the government’s divergence from the will of Jehovih, and the
march of His light.
10. As, for example, the offspring of inharmonious parents, or of parents wrapt up in
selfishness, are lower in grade than their predecessors, even so do the subjects of a king
decline in grade in proportion to the prevention of liberty and the neglect of general
11. Judgment is rendered against government wherein it provideth not liberty to the
people, and neglecteth providing means for the development of the talents created with
12. In these respects, O man, governments are measured and graded by thy God. And,
whenever a government setteth up itself to enforce and strengthen itself by violence
against justice unto the multitude, behold, I turn away from that government; and I call
away my Lords and holy angels.
13. And, thereupon, drujas come upon that people, and the people fall upon their
government, and destroy it.
14. If a government be a king only, and he have no holy council, then the responsibility of
the shortness is wholly his.
15. But, if the king have a holy council, then the responsibility for shortness lieth partly
with the king and partly with the council.
16. Judgment is rendered against them, not only in this world, but in the es world. And
each and every member of such council shall be bound in the first resurrection until he
hath made amends unto all his people for the shortness he manifested on the earth.
17. Hear the wisdom of thy God, O man, and consider the way of righteousness in the
governments of mortals:
18. The nearer the twain are to being one, that is, the government and the people, the
nearer they are like unto my heavenly kingdoms.
19. The more diverse the government is from the people, the farther it is from the
kingdom of thy God.
20. Let this be a guide unto thee, O man, in prophesying the change and the overthrow
of governments: According to the square of the distance a government is from
Jehovih (which is Righteousness) so is the quickness of its coming change or destruction.
21. Think not these matters are governed by chance or accident: Jehovih is Perfect
Righteousness: the all Everlasting.
22. He is All One. For a people and their government to attain to be all one
with each other, this is great strength, with a long existence and internal peace.
23. This, also, shalt thou consider, O man: All governments are tending toward
oneness with one another. This is the march of Jehovih. None can stay Him.
24. Consider, then, what is wisdom between governments: To make themselves
reciprocal toward one another.
25. A government that setteth up itself for itself, and against other governments, is a
selfish government. And thy God rateth it the same as a selfish man, being diverse from
Jehovih and his kingdoms.
26. Judgment is rendered against such a government. Neither my Lords nor my holy
angels shall bless that government.
27. Governments that practice affiliation, to bring about reciprocal brotherhoods between
governments, are on the right road toward the Father’s everlasting kingdoms.
28. Flatter not thyself, O man, that these matters can escape the observation of thy
God. The affairs, legislations, laws, treaties, and all things whatsoever that
governments accomplish, are known and recorded in the heavens of the earth. And
the leaders, kings and councils, shall, soon or late, face them; and they shall judge
of their own fullness or shortness in serving Jehovih in righteousness and wisdom.