Lectionary Readings for Thursday, June 11th, 2020
Book of Lika Chapter 21, Chapter 22
1. Jehovih had said: All angels below the first resurrection, save infants, shall be known
in heaven and on earth as drujas, for they are such as have not capacity in knowledge or
strength of individuality.
2. As there are on earth paupers and vagrants and beggars and criminals who are
druks, so are there, in hada, spirits that are a great trial to both mortals and angels.
3. And they inhabit mortals and the houses that mortals dwell in. Some mortals have one
or two of them; some a score; and some have hundreds of them. Some of them continue
to inhabit mortal dwellings long after mortals have abandoned them, even till they fall in
ruins. And whoso cometh into such house, the drujas come upon him to live on him and
4. And if a mortal have greater wisdom and strength of soul than the drujas, he ruleth over
them, to a good purpose, reforming them and raising them up out of darkness and
5. But if the drujas have greater power than the mortal, then they pull him down in
darkness, making of him a man to lust after the affairs of earth. Sometimes they help man
to riches and great power; and if he have sons and daughters who are brought up in
idleness and ease and luxury, then the drujas fasten upon them, leading them in their own
way, of lust and debauchery, or hard-heartedness.
6. The flesh-eater is their delight; and the drunkard their great joy. The man of riches, and
kings, and generals, and fighting men, and harlots, and soldiers, are great treasures
to them. And all manner of intoxicating things, that mortals delight in, are great feasts
and rejoicings to them. The priest and the preacher who live in ease and luxury,
performing showy rites and entertainments, are as great harvests for them to revel with.
7. On some occasion the drujas rule over their mortal, and his neighbors call him mad,
and they send him to a mad-house, which is to them a city of delight. When mortals
engage in war, slaying one another, the drujas have great merriment, taking part, by
inspiring the mortals into the conflict.
8. The pleader (lawyer) is a favorite to them, for his vocation bringeth them in the midst
of contention and craft and lying; he is to them a fortunate habitation.
9. The magician that worketh miracles and tricks is their favorite, for with him and
through him, they can make themselves manifest. And when they show themselves, and
are questioned as to who they are, they answer to any name that will please or flatter,
even at times pretending to be Gods and Saviors!
10. The tattling woman that talketh of her neighbors is a good home for drujas; and
if the woman be given to talk evil, they are rejoiced beyond measure. The man
that is a great boaster, and liar, and slanderer, is a choice house for them to dwell in.
11. The cheater and defrauder, the miser and the spendthrift, the curser of Jehovih, the
curser of the Gods, is like a citadel for them to inhabit.
12. They go not, for the most part, away from the mortal they inhabit whilst he
liveth; nay, they have not wisdom or strength to go more than one length away. Some
of them have strength to go to a neighbor or to a neighbor’s house. And if a mortal
curse his neighbor to die, then such drujas as can go to that neighbor, seek out
some poisonous infection and inoculate him to death, which is called casting spells.
13. Nay, there is nothing too low or foul for them; and for the most part they are but
idiots, and deranged imbeciles, answering to any name or request like a man who is
drunk, one so very drunk that he knoweth not and careth not.
14. A large city full of crime and debauchery, and rich and fashionable people, and people
of evil habits, suiteth them better than a country place.
15. Drujas dwell as numerously among the rich and fashionable as amongst the poor; they
fill the bawdy-house and the temples of the idolaters; a court of justice full of pleaders
(lawyers) and criminals is their delightful resort, but a battle in war is a sweet amusement
16. A laboring man that is good and honest is of little value to them, save he be a gross
feeder or drinker of intoxicating wines.
17. A man that marrieth a rich, lazy woman, receiveth with his wife a hundred drujas, or
18. A woman that marrieth a rich, lazy man, or a gambler, receiveth with her husband a
hundred drujas, or more.
19. Drujas rule over mortals more than mortals rule over them. It was because of
their abundance and their power to do evil, that Jehovih commanded His chosen to
marry amongst themselves; and to withdraw from other peoples, and make themselves
a separate and exclusive people, that they might not be inhabited with drujas.
20. When a mortal dieth, and he had dominion over his drujas, not only his spirit will rise
to the first resurrection, but his drujas also, whereupon they are all delivered into light.
21. When a mortal dieth, and his drujas had dominion over him, then his spirit becometh
a druj also, and he becometh one with them, fastening on whoso cometh in the way;
but if it be in a house and no mortal cometh, upon whom they can fasten, then they
remain in that house. And here they may remain a year or ten years or a hundred years,
in darkness, knowing nothing, doing nothing, until other angels come and deliver
them, which is often no easy matter, requiring bodily force to carry them away.
22. Jehovih gave certain signs unto both angels and mortals, whereby it shall be known
both on earth and in heaven which is master over the other, a mortal or his drujas, and,
consequently, such matter determineth to what place the spirit of a man will most readily
fall after death.
23. If the mortal can not control his habit for intoxication, or gluttony, or avarice, or
debauchery, or laziness, or lying, or hypocrisy, preaching what he practiceth not, or
sexual indulgence, or vengeance, or anger, or tattling mischievously, then is he, indeed, a
victim in the hands of drujas, and at the time of his death, he becometh one with them.
24. For if he have not power to rule in such matters whilst he is in the mortal world, he
will be no stronger by the loss of his corporeal body.
25. If the mortal, on the other hand, shall have risen to control himself over these habits
and desires, then will he be indeed, at the time of death, already entered into the first
resurrection; and the drujas, if he have any, will be delivered also.
26. And not the words and professions of either mortals or drujas, nor their prayers, nor
religious rites and ceremonies are of any value unto them; but by the works and behavior
of mortals are all things known and proven.
27. So that Jehovih’s high-raised Gods but need pass over a corporeal city once, to
determine whether it be in resurrection or declension. And such Gods put their angel
laborers to work, sorting them as a mortal would his cattle.
28. And if a city be badly cast in drujas, dragging mortals down to destruction spiritually;
then the angels inspire such mortals as are in the way of resurrection to move out of the
city, and after that they cast the city in fire and burn it down.
29. And whilst it is burning, and the drujas distracted with the show, the angels of
power come upon them and carry them off, hundreds of millions of them. And
the mortals are thus cleared of them that would have bound them in darkness and death.
30. In this matter the infidel curseth Jehovih because the houses are burned, for he
judgeth matters by the things his soul was set upon. He saith: What a foolish God! How
wicked to burn a city.
31. For he understandeth not that all things are Jehovih’s; and that His Gods under him
work not for man’s earthly aggrandizement, which is the curse of his spirit, but they work
for his spiritual resurrection in their own way, according to the Father’s light in them.
32. To accomplish the resurrection of the drujas dwelling with mortals on the earth, had
Lika, Son of Jehovih, appointed At’yesonitus, with his twelve generals, very Gods in
wisdom and power, each one to a certain division of the earth.
1. Jehovih spake to Lika, saying: These are My ways; reveal thou Me unto them. They
that know Me not, shall be made to know Me; My labors shall rise up before them, and
their understanding shall be opened.
2. They shall know what I mean when I say I will destroy or I will build up. I have
heard man in his vanity, that judgeth Me. His eyes are on the earth only, and in
houses and riches. Because I take them away from him, he complaineth against Me.
3. I gave man an example in his own child that delighteth in sweets, and idleness, and
vain pleasures. Man taketh these from his child, saying: Behold, they are not good for
thee, save in great temperance!
4. Wherein have I injured thee, O man? Wherein destroyed I aught that contributed to thy
spirit? Wherein have I suffered destruction to come upon thee, whilst thou followedst My
commandments? Why shalt thou complain because I laid great cities in ashes? Sawest
thou the millions of drujas thou wert holding down in darkness by thy evil habits?
5. I am not in anger, nor pull I down, nor burn I up any place in a passion. As thou goest
forth to destroy a row of houses to stay a great conflagration, shall the people murmur?
For thy hand is stretched forth to do a good work for the whole city.
6. My heavens are magnified cities, and when a mortal wing offendeth, behold, I clip it
short. They are all Mine; and none can question My authority with Mine own, which I
wield for the resurrection of the whole.
7. Thou hast wept because of the destruction of the books of great learning of the
ancients; but thou knowest not thine own words. Saw I not, O man, that thou wouldst
never wean thyself from the doctrines of the dark ages if the books of great learning were
8. In all ages of the world thou hast been bound to the ancients; thou art forever searching
backward for wisdom; and to the angels of the dead who pretend to be ancients. I behold
the latter, and that they are drujas.
9. I send wise angels down to them to deliver them out of darkness. And they come and
bear the drujas away from thee, for thine own good and theirs. My wise angels suffer
mortals to burn up the books of the ancients; for I command them to make thee open
thine understanding to the living present.
10. Jehovih spake to At’yesonitus, and through him to the twelve Gods of deliverance,
11. Go forth, My son, in wisdom and power. Thy labor requireth great strength and
stratagems. For thou shalt find the drujas fast bound to mortals and to mortal
habitations (houses). As a drowning man clingeth to a log, so cling the drujas to
mortals. As a delirious man, mad with drunkenness, flieth in fear from his best
friends, so will the drujas fly from thee, and thy hosts who shall attempt to deliver them.
12. They will inspire their mortals to dread an innovation of the ancient doctrines. Yea,
the twain, not knowing it, will bind themselves together with great tenacity.
13. But thou shalt deliver them apart nevertheless, by stratagem, or persuasion, or with a
strong hand. And when thou hast them separate, thou shalt surround the drujas with
flames of fire, and carry them off to the boats, which are bulwarked with fire. And
thou shalt deliver them in the places My Son, Yussamis, hath ready prepared for them.
14. Thou shalt not only deliver the drujas, but cause mortals to hate them.
15. Mortal kings shall issue edicts against magicians and prophets and seers and priests;
and the consultation of spirits shall come to an end. And man on the earth shall turn to his
own soul, which is My light within him, and he shall cultivate it and learn to think for
16. At’yesonitus prepared a record to give to mortals, and it was by inspiration so given.
And the nature of the record was to teach mortals to be guarded against drujas, and know
who was afflicted with them.
17. This, then, that followeth is said record, even as it standeth to this day in the libraries
of heaven, to wit:
18. The man that saith: I pity my neighbors, they are surrounded with drujas!
19. The man that saith: Fools only believe in obsession!
20. The man that saith: There is no All Person!
21. The man that saith: My way is wisdom; thine is wicked!
22. The man that saith: Let no one dictate to me! I will have nothing but liberty to the
23. The man that saith: As the priest thinketh, so do I!
24. The man that saith: That thou hadst my knowledge!
25. The man that saith: The ancients were wiser than we!
26. The man that saith: The ancients were fools!
27. The man that saith: Whoso seeth not as I do is a heathen!
28. The man that saith: Whoso worshippeth not my God is wicked!
29. The man that saith: Wisdom is book-learning!
30. The man that saith: There is no wisdom in books!
31. The man that saith: My book is sacred; it containeth the sum of all revelation and
32. The man that saith: There is no inspiration, nor words thereof!
33. The followers of the ancients only.
34. He who will have nothing to do with the ancients.
35. He who ignoreth rites and ceremonies and prayers.
36. He who dependeth on rites and ceremonies and prayers.
37. Whoso denieth the Ever Present Person.
38. Whoso followeth the counsel of angels or men.
39. Whoso will not learn from the counsel of men and angels.
40. Whoso feeleth prayers and confessions to be good for others, but not necessary for
41. Or saith: I will lead and supervise; be thou my servant!
42. Or saith: Behold my rights!
43. Or: Behold my earnings!
44. Or: Behold my possessions!
45. Or talketh of himself and his experiences.
46. Or tattleth of others.
47. Or judgeth his brother, or criticiseth him.
48. The self-righteous, who saith: Behold me, I am holy!
49. Or who desireth not new light, or saith: The old is good enough!
50. Whoso laboreth for himself only.
51. Whoso laboreth not for others in his wisdom and strength.
52. That seeketh his own ease.
53. That considereth not others’welfare more than his own.
54. The hypocrite preaching one way and practicing another.
55. That speaketh not openly his doctrines, lest his words profit not his earthly means and
56. At’yesonitus said: For these are all as much under the bondage of drujas as is the
drunkard, or harlot, or murderer. And after death their spirits float into the same hada of