Today’s Reading from the Ancient World

Εις Δοξαν

Today’s ancient reading comes from the Sibylline Oracles, a collection of ecstatic prophecies that were common in the ancient world. This particular text comes from the first book and touches on a number of elements found in the Hebrew Bible and the NT. Enjoy!

Beginning from the first generation of articulate men
down to the very last, I will prophesy all in turn,

such tings as were before, as are, and as will come upon

the world through the impiety of men.

5 First God bids me tell truly how the world

came to be. But you, devious mortal, so that you may never neglect my commands,

attentively make known the most high king. It was he who created

the whole world, saying, “let it come to be” and it came to be.

For he established the earth, draping it around with

10 Tartarus, and he himself gave sweet light.

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