[...] which [...] purpose [... after ...] us [...] apostles [...]. We
sailed [...] of the body. Others were not anxious in their hearts. And
in our hearts, we were united. We agreed to fulfill the ministry to
which the Lord appointed us. And we made a covenant with each other.
We went down to the sea at an opportune moment, which came to us from
the Lord. We found a ship moored at the shore ready to embark, and we
spoke with the sailors of the ship about our coming aboard with them.
They showed great kindliness toward us as was ordained by the Lord. And
after we had embarked, we sailed a day and a night. After that, a wind
came up behind the ship and brought us to a small city in the midst of
And I, Peter, inquired about the name of this city from residents who
were standing on the dock. A man among them answered, saying, "The name
of this city is Habitation, that is, Foundation [...] endurance." And
the leader among them holding the palm branch at the edge of the dock.
And after we had gone ashore with the baggage, I went into the city, to
seek advice about lodging.
A man came out wearing a cloth bound around his waist, and a gold
belt girded it. Also a napkin was tied over his chest, extending over
his shoulders and covering his head and his hands.
I was staring at the man, because he was beautiful in his form and
stature. There were four parts of his body that I saw: the soles of his
feet and a part of his chest and the palms of his hands and his visage.
These things I was able to see. A book cover like (those of) my books
was in his left hand. A staff of styrax wood was in his right hand. His
voice was resounding as he slowly spoke, crying out in the city, "Pearlsl
I, indeed, thought he was a man of that city. I said to him, "My
brother and my friend!" He answered me, then, saying, "Rightly did you
say, 'My brother and my friend.' What is it you seek from me?" I said to
him, "I ask you about lodging for me and the brothers also, because we
are strangers here." He said to me, "For this reason have I myself just
said, 'My brother and my friend,' because I also am a fellow stranger
And having said these things, he cried out, "Pearls! Pearls!" The
rich men of that city heard his voice. They came out of their hidden
storerooms. And some were looking out from the storerooms of their
houses. Others looked out from their upper windows. And they did not see
(that they could gain) anything from him, because there was no pouch on
his back nor bundle inside his cloth and napkin. And because of their
disdain they did not even acknowledge him. He, for his part, did not
reveal himself to them. They returned to their storerooms, saying, "This
man is mocking us."
And the poor of that city heard his voice, and they came to the man
who sells this pearl. They said, "Please take the trouble to show us the
pearl so that we may, then, see it with our (own) eyes. For we are the
poor. And we do not have this [...] price to pay for it. But show us
that we might say to our friends that we saw a pearl with our (own)
eyes." He answered, saying to them, "If it is possible, come to my city,
so that I may not only show it before your (very) eyes, but give it to
you for nothing."
And indeed they, the poor of that city, heard and said, "Since we are
beggars, we surely know that a man does not give a pearl to a beggar,
but (it is) bread and money that is usually received. Now then, the
kindness which we want to receive from you (is) that you show us the
pearl before our eyes. And we will say to our friends proudly that we
saw a pearl with our (own) eyes" - because it is not found among the
poor, especially such beggars (as these). He answered (and) said to
them, "If it is possible, you yourselves come to my city, so that I may
not only show you it, but give it to you for nothing." The poor and the
beggars rejoiced because of the man who gives for nothing.
The men asked Peter about the hardships. Peter answered and told
those things that he had heard about the hardships of the way. Because
they are interpreters of the hardships in their ministry.
He said to the man who sells this pearl, "I want to know your name
and the hardships of the way to your city because we are strangers and
servants of God. It is necessary for us to spread the word of God in
every city harmoniously." He answered and said, "If you seek my name,
Lithargoel is my name, the interpretation of which is, the light,
"And also (concerning) the road to the city, which you asked me
about, I will tell you about it. No man is able to go on that road,
except one who has forsaken everything that he has and has fasted daily
from stage to stage. For many are the robbers and wild beasts on that
road. The one who carries bread with him on the road, the black dogs
kill because of the bread. The one who carries a costly garment of the
world with him, the robbers kill because of the garment. The one who
carries water with him, the wolves kill because of the water, since they
were thirsty for it. The one who is anxious about meat and green
vegetables, the lions eat because of the meat. If he evades the lions,
the bulls devour him because of the green vegetables."
When he had said these things to me, I sighed within myself, saying,
"Great hardships are on the road! If only Jesus would give us power to
walk it!" He looked at me since my face was sad, and I sighed. He said
to me, "Why do you sigh, if you, indeed, know this name "Jesus" and
believe him? He is a great power for giving strength. For I too believe
in the Father who sent him."
I replied, asking him, "What is the name of the place to which you
go, your city?" He said to me, "This is the name of my city, 'Nine
Gates.' Let us praise God as we are mindful that the tenth is the head."
After this I went away from him in peace.
As I was about to go and call my friends, I saw waves and large high
walls surrounding the bounds of the city. I marveled at the great things
I saw. I saw an old man sitting and I asked him if the name of the city
was really Habitation. He [...], "Habitation [...]." He said to me, "You
speak truly, for we inhabit here because we endure."
I responded, saying, "Justly [...] have men named it [...], because
(by) everyone who endures his trials, cities are inhabited, and a
precious kingdom comes from them, because they endure in the midst of
the apostasies and the difficulties of the storms. So that in this way,
the city of everyone who endures the burden of his yoke of faith will be
inhabited, and he will be included in the kingdom of heaven."
I hurried and went and called my friends so that we might go to the
city that he, Lithargoel, appointed for us. In a bond of faith we
forsook everything as he had said (to do). We evaded the robbers,
because they did not find their garments with us. We evaded the wolves,
because they did not find the water with us for which they thirsted. We
evaded the lions, because they did not find the desire for meat with us.
We evaded the bulls [...] they did not find green vegetables.
A great joy came upon us and a peaceful carefreeness like that of our
Lord. We rested ourselves in front of the gate, and we talked with each
other about that which is not a distraction of this world. Rather we
continued in contemplation of the faith.
As we discussed the robbers on the road, whom we evaded, behold
Lithargoel, having changed, came out to us. He had the appearance of a
physician, since an unguent box was under his arm, and a young disciple
was following him carrying a pouch full of medicine. We did not
Peter responded and said to him, "We want you to do us a favor,
because we are strangers, and take us to the house of Lithargoel before
evening comes." He said, "In uprightness of heart I will show it to you.
But I am amazed at how you knew this good man. For he does not reveal
himself to every man, because he himself is the son of a great king.
Rest yourselves a little so that I may go and heal this man and come
(back)." He hurried and came (back) quickly.
He said to Peter, "Peter!" And Peter was frightened, for how did he
know that his name was Peter? Peter responded to the Savior, "How do you
know me, for you called my name?" Lithargoel answered, "I want to ask
you who gave the name Peter to you?" He said to him, "It was Jesus
Christ, the son of the living God. He gave this name to me." He answered
and said, "It is I! Recognize me, Peter." He loosened the garment, which
clothed him - the one into which he had changed himself because of us -
revealing to us in truth that it was he.
We prostrated ourselves on the ground and worshipped him. We
comprised eleven disciples. He stretched forth his hand and caused us to
stand. We spoke with him humbly. Our heads were bowed down in
unworthiness as we said, "What you wish we will do. But give us power to
do what you wish at all times."
He gave them the unguent box and the pouch that was in the hand of
the young disciple. He commanded them like this, saying, "Go into the
city from which you came, which is called Habitation. Continue in
endurance as you teach all those who have believed in my name, because I
have endured in hardships of the faith. I will give you your reward. To
the poor of that city give what they need in order to live until I give
them what is better, which I told you that I will give you for nothing."
Peter answered and said to him, "Lord, you have taught us to forsake
the world and everything in it. We have renounced them for your sake.
What we are concerned about (now) is the food for a single day. Where
will we be able to find the needs that you ask us to provide for the
The Lord answered and said, "O Peter, it was necessary that you
understand the parable that I told you! Do you not understand that my
name, which you teach, surpasses all riches, and the wisdom of God
surpasses gold, and silver and precious stone(s)?"
He gave them the pouch of medicine and said, "Heal all the sick of
the city who believe in my name." Peter was afraid to reply to him for
the second time. He signaled to the one who was beside him, who was
John: "You talk this time." John answered and said, "Lord, before you we
are afraid to say many words. But it is you who asks us to practice this
skill. We have not been taught to be physicians. How then will we know
how to heal bodies as you have told us?"
He answered them, "Rightly have you spoken, John, for I know that the
physicians of this world heal what belongs to the world. The physicians
of souls, however, heal the heart. Heal the bodies first, therefore, so
that through the real powers of healing for their bodies, without
medicine of the world, they may believe in you, that you have power to
heal the illnesses of the heart also.
"The rich men of the city, however, those who did not see fit even to
acknowledge me, but who reveled in their wealth and pride - with such as
these, therefore, do not dine in their houses nor be friends with them,
lest their partiality influence you. For many in the churches have shown
partiality to the rich, because they also are sinful, and they give
occasion for others to sin. But judge them with uprightness, so that
your ministry may be glorified, and that my name also, may be glorified
in the churches." The disciples answered and said, "Yes, truly this is
what is fitting to do."
They prostrated themselves on the ground and worshipped him. He
caused them to stand and departed from them in peace. Amen