Why Are You Unwilling to Be a Foil?
Those who are conquered are foils, and it is only after being perfected that people become models and specimens of the work of the last days. Before being made complete they are foils, tools, as well as objects for service. Those who have been thoroughly conquered by God are the crystallization as well as the models and specimens of His management work. These words that I have used to describe such people may be unremarkable, but they reveal many interesting stories. Those of you who are of little faith will always argue over an unremarkable title until your faces turn red, and at times relationships are even damaged as a result. Although it is just a little title, in your thinking and in your belief, this is not only much more than an inconsequential title, but an important matter pertaining to your fate. So those who are not sensible will often suffer great loss over such a trivial thing as this—this is saving a little, only to lose a lot. Just because of some insignificant title, you will run away and never return. This is because you see life as unimportant and you place too much value on the names by which you are called. So in your spiritual lives, and even in your practical lives, you will often develop many convoluted and strange stories because of your notions regarding status. Perhaps you will not admit this, but I will tell you that such people really do exist in real life, although you have not yet been exposed individually. These kinds of things have happened in each of your lives. If you do not believe it, just look at the vignette below from the life of a sister (or a brother). It is possible that that person is actually you, or perhaps it is someone with whom you are familiar in your life. If I am not mistaken, this vignette describes an experience that you have had. Nothing is lacking in the description, not a single thought or idea is left out, but are all recorded in their entirety within this story. If you do not believe it, just read it first.
This is one little experience from a “spiritual person.”
She felt anxious when she saw that many things the brothers and sisters in the church did were not in line with God’s will, so she began to scold them, saying: “You wretched things! Have you no conscience at all? Why are you actually doing unconscionable things? Why don’t you seek the truth instead of doing whatever you please? … And it’s you I’m saying these things to, but at the same time it’s myself that I hate. I see that God burns with impatience and I feel a fire inside me. I truly am willing to fully carry out the work that God has entrusted to me and I truly want to be of service to you. It is just that right now I am so feeble. God has spent so much time on us and has said so many words, but we are still the same. In my heart, I always feel that I owe so much to God …” (She began to weep, unable to continue speaking.) Then, she began to pray: “Oh God! I beg You to give me strength and move me more than You ever have before, and may Your Spirit work in me. I am willing to cooperate with You. As long as You gain glory in the end, I am willing right now to give all of myself to You, even if it means I must lay down my life. We wish to offer up great praises so that our brothers and sisters can sing and dance with joy to praise Your holy name, glorify You, manifest You, to establish that Your work is true and to give every care to You for the burdens You bear….” She earnestly prayed in this way, and the Holy Spirit really did give a burden to her. During this time, she was exceptionally burdened, and she spent all day reading, writing, and listening. She was as busy as she could possibly be. Her spiritual state was excellent, and in her heart, she was always energetic and burdened. From time to time she weakened and hit a wall, but before long she would regain her normal state. After a period of time like this, her progress was rapid, she was able to gain some understanding of many of God’s words, and she also swiftly learned hymns—overall, her spiritual state was excellent. When she saw that many things in the church were not in line with God’s will, she became anxious and reproached her brothers and sisters, saying: “Is this devotion to your duty? Why are you unable to even pay such a small price? If you don’t want to do it, I will….”
While she had a burden, she felt stronger in her faith as the Holy Spirit worked more and more. She would occasionally encounter some difficulties and become negative, but she was able to overcome these. That is, when she experienced the work of the Holy Spirit, even when her condition was wonderful, she still could not avoid meeting with certain difficulties or weakening somewhat. Such things inevitably happen, but before long she was able to come out from those states. When she experienced weakness, she would pray and would feel that her own stature truly was inadequate, but she was willing to cooperate with God. No matter what God did, she was willing to satisfy His will and to obey all of His arrangements. There were some people who had certain opinions and prejudices about her, but she was able to put herself to one side and proactively engage in fellowship with them. This is what people’s states are like when the Holy Spirit is carrying out His normal work. After a certain amount of time, God’s work began to change, and people all entered into another step of work, in which God had different requirements of them. So there were new words spoken that made new requirements of people: “… I have only hate for you, never blessings. I have never had the thought to bless you, nor have I had the thought to make you complete, for you are too rebellious. Because you are crooked and deceitful, and because you are lacking in caliber and you are of low status, you have never been within My sight or in My heart. My work is done with the sole intention of condemning you; My hand has never been far from you, nor has My chastisement. I have continued to judge and curse you. Because you have no understanding of Me, My wrath has always been upon you. Although I have always worked among you, you should know My attitude toward you. It is nothing but disgust—there is no other attitude or opinion. I only want you to act as foils for My wisdom and My great power. You are nothing more than My foils because My righteousness is revealed through your rebelliousness. I have you act as foils for My work, to be the appendages of My work….” As soon as she saw the words, “appendages” and “foils,” she started to think: “How should I follow in light of these words? Having paid such a price, I am still a foil. Isn’t a foil just a service-doer? In the past it was said that we wouldn’t be service-doers, that we’d be God’s people, yet aren’t we still here today in the role of service-doers? Don’t service-doers lack life? No matter how much suffering I endure, God will not praise me for it! After I’m done being a foil, won’t it be over? …” The more she thought about it, the more dejected she became. She felt even worse when she came to the church and saw the states of her brothers and sisters: “You’re not okay! I’m not okay! I’ve become negative. Ugh! What can be done? God still does not want us. In doing this kind of work, there’s no way that He will not make us negative. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I don’t even want to pray. Anyway, I’m not okay right now and I really can’t muster up my internal drive. I have prayed many times but I still can’t, and I’m not willing to continue on. This is how I see it. God says that we are foils, so aren’t foils just service-doers? God says that we are foils, not His sons, and we’re not His people, either. We are not His sons, much less His firstborn sons. We’re nothing, just foils. If that’s what we are, can we possibly have a favorable outcome? Foils have no hope because they do not have life. If we were His sons, His people, then there would be hope in that—we could be made complete. Can foils carry God’s life? Can God put life into those who do service for Him? Those He loves are those who have His life, and only those who have His life are His sons, His people. Although I am negative and weak, I hope that all of you are not negative. I know that regressing and being negative like this cannot satisfy God’s will, but I am not willing to be a foil. I am afraid of being a foil. Anyway, I only have so much energy, and I cannot go on now. I hope that none of you will do as I have done, but will be able to gain some measure of inspiration from me. I feel like I might as well go die! I’ll leave you with some final words before I meet my death—I hope that you can act as foils until the end; maybe in the end, God will praise foils….” When the brothers and sisters saw this, they wondered: “How can she be so negative? Hasn’t she been totally fine the last couple of days? Why has she suddenly lost all her steam? Why isn’t she being normal?” She said: “Don’t say I’m not being normal. Actually, I’m clear about everything in my heart. I know that I have not satisfied God’s will, but isn’t that just because I’m not willing to act as His foil? I haven’t done anything bad. Perhaps one day God will change the title of ‘foils’ into ‘creatures,’ and not only that, but His creatures who are used by Him in important ways. Isn’t there some hope in this? I hope you won’t be negative or discouraged, and can continue to follow God and do your best to serve as foils. In any case, I cannot continue on. Don’t let my actions restrict you.” Other people heard that, and said, “Even if you stop following Him, we will continue, for God has never treated us unfairly. We will not be constrained by your negativity.”
After going through this experience for a period of time, she was still in a negative state about being a foil, so I said to her: “You have no understanding of My work. You have no understanding of the inner truth, essence, or intended results of My words. You do not know the goals of My work, nor its wisdom. You have no comprehension of My will. You only know to retreat because you are a foil—you occupy yourself far too much with status! What a fool you are! I have said so much to you in the past. I have said I would perfect you; have you forgotten? Did I not speak of being perfected before I ever spoke of foils?” “Hold on, let me think about it. Yes, that’s right! You did say those things before You ever spoke about foils!” “When I spoke of being perfected, did I not say that only after people were conquered would they be perfected?” “Yes!” “Were My words not sincere? Were they not said in good faith?” “Yes! You are a God who has never said anything dishonest—no one can dare to deny this. But You speak in so many different ways.” “Do My ways of speaking not change according to the different steps of work? Are the things that I say not done and said based on your needs?” “You work according to people’s needs and You provide for what they need. This is not untrue!” “Then have the things that I have said to you not been beneficial? Have My chastisements not been carried out for your sake?” “How can You still say that it’s for my own sake! You’ve chastised me almost to the point of death—I don’t want to live any longer. Today You say this, tomorrow You say that. I know You perfecting me is for my own sake, but You have not perfected me—You make me a foil and You still chastise me. You hate me, don’t You? No one dares to believe Your words, and only now have I seen clearly that Your chastisement is only to resolve the hate in Your heart, not to save me. You hid the truth from me before; You said You would perfect me and that chastisement was for perfecting me. So I have always obeyed Your chastisement; I never imagined that today I would bear the title of a foil. God, wouldn’t it be better if You had me act as anything else? Must You make me wear the hat of a foil? I would even accept being a gatekeeper in the kingdom. I have run myself all over the place, but now my hands are empty—I am utterly penniless. Yet even now You tell me, You would have me act as Your foil. How can I even show my face?” “I have done so much chastisement work in the past, and don’t you have understanding? Don’t you have an understanding of yourself? Is chastisement not the judgment of words? Is the title of ‘foil’ not also the judgment of words?” “When You put it like that, are foils that You speak of also a method, a way of judging me? If that is the case, I will follow.” “Then how would you follow Me now?” “Follow You… I still haven’t planned how to follow You. I want You to say something that isn’t about methods. Am I a foil or not? Can foils also be perfected? Can the title of ‘foil’ be changed? Can I bear resounding witness through being a foil, and then become someone who is perfected, who is an exemplar of loving God, and who is God’s intimate? Can I be made complete? Tell me the truth!” “Are you not aware that things are always developing, always changing? As long as you are currently willing to be obedient in your role as a foil then you will be able to change. Whether or not you are a foil has nothing to do with your destiny. The key point is whether or not you can be someone who has a change in their life disposition.” “Tell me! Can You perfect me or not?” “As long as you follow and obey until the end, I guarantee that I can make you perfect.” “And what kind of suffering will I have to experience?” “You will experience adversity, as well as the judgment and chastisement of words, particularly the chastisement of words, which is the same as the chastisement of being a foil!” “The same chastisement as a foil as well? Well, if I can be perfected by You by undergoing adversity, if there’s hope, then that’s fine. Even if it’s just a shred of hope, it is better than being a foil. That title, ‘foil,’ sounds so awful. I’m not willing to be a foil!” “What is so terrible about foils? Are foils not perfectly good in their own right? Are foils unworthy of enjoying blessings? If I say that foils can enjoy blessings, then you will be able to enjoy blessings. Is it not true that people’s titles change because of My work? And yet a mere title is bothering you this much? The fact that you are this kind of foil is well deserved. Are you willing to follow or not?” “Well, can You complete me or not? Can You allow me to enjoy Your blessings?” “Are you willing to follow until the end or not? Are you willing to offer yourself up?” “Let me think it over. A foil can also enjoy Your blessings, and can be made complete. After being made complete I will be Your intimate and understand Your will in its entirety, and I will possess what You possess. I will be able to enjoy what You enjoy, and I will know what You know. … After undergoing adversity and after being perfected, I will be able to enjoy blessings. So what blessings will I actually enjoy?” “Do not worry about what blessings you will enjoy. Even if I told you, these things are beyond your imagination. After being a good foil, you will be conquered, and you will be a successful foil. This is a model and specimen of one who is conquered, but of course you can only become a model and specimen after being conquered.” “What is a model and specimen?” “It is a model and specimen for all Gentiles, that is, those who have not been conquered.” “How many people does that include?” “Very many people. It’s not just the four or five thousand of you—all those who accept this name across the entire world must be conquered.” “So it’s not just five or ten cities!” “Do not worry about this now, and do not concern yourself excessively. Just focus on how you should gain entry right now! I guarantee that you can be made complete.” “To what degree? And what blessings can I enjoy?” “Why are you so worried? I have guaranteed that you can be made complete. Have you forgotten that I am trustworthy?” “It is true that You are trustworthy, but some of Your methods of speaking are always changing. Today You say You guarantee that I can be made complete, but tomorrow You may say it’s uncertain. And to some people You say ‘I guarantee that someone like you cannot be made complete.’ I don’t know what’s going on with Your words. I simply don’t dare believe it.” “So can you offer yourself up or not?” “Offer what?” “Offer up your future and your hopes.” “It’s easy to let go of those things! The main thing is the title of ‘foil’—I really don’t want that. If You remove that title from me then I’ll be open to anything, able to do anything. Aren’t these just minor things? Could You take away that designation?” “That would be easy, would it not? If I can give you that title, I can certainly also take it away. But now is not the time. You must first complete your experience of this step of work, and only then can you gain a new title. The more someone is like you, the more they need to be a foil. The more frightened you are about being a foil, the more I will label you as such. A person like you must be strictly disciplined and dealt with. The more rebellious someone is, the more they will be a service-doer, and in the end, they will gain nothing.” “By seeking so stridently, why can I not cast off the name of ‘foil’? We have followed You all these years and suffered no small amount. We’ve done many things for You. We have stood outside in the wind and rain. We’re late in our youth. We haven’t married or started families, and those of us who have done that have still come out. I stayed in school all the way through high school, but as soon as I heard that You had come, I gave up my opportunity to go to university. And You say that we are foils! We have lost so much! We do all these things, but now it turns out that we’re just Your foils. What does this make my former classmates and my peers think of me? When they see me and ask about my position and my status, how can I not be ashamed to tell them? At first, I paid any price because of my belief in You, and others all mocked me as an idiot. But I still followed and longed for the time that my day would come, when I could show all those who did not believe. But instead, today You tell me that I am a foil. If You gave me the lowest of titles, if You allowed me to be one of the kingdom people, that would be fine! Even if I couldn’t be Your disciple or Your confidant, I’d be fine with just being Your follower! We have followed You all these years, given up our families, and it has been so difficult to continue to seek all the way up until now, and all we have to show for it is the title of ‘foil’! I have abandoned everything for You; I have given up all earthly riches. Before, someone introduced me to a potential partner. He was really handsome and well-dressed; he was the son of a high-level government official. At the time I was interested in him. But as soon as I heard that God had appeared and was carrying out His work, that You were going to lead us into the kingdom and perfect us, and that You asked us to have the resolve to lose no time in leaving everything behind, once I heard that, I saw that I was totally lacking in resolve. Then I steeled myself and turned down that opportunity. After that, he sent gifts to my family several times, but I didn’t even look at them. Do You think I was upset at the time? It was something so good, and it came to nothing. How could I not be upset? I was upset about it for several days to the point that I couldn’t sleep at night, but in the end I still let it go. Every time I prayed, I was moved by the Holy Spirit, who said: ‘Are you willing to sacrifice everything for Me? Are you willing to expend yourself for Me?’ Whenever I thought of those words of Yours, I would weep. I was moved and wept in sadness more times than I know. A year later I heard that the man had gotten married. Needless to say, I was miserable, but I still let that go for Your sake. And all this without even mentioning that my food and clothing are shoddy—I gave up that marriage, I gave up all of this, so You shouldn’t have me act as a foil! I gave up my marriage, the most important event in my life, all for the sake of offering myself up to You. A person’s entire life is nothing more than finding a good partner and having a happy family. I let go of this, this best of all things, and now I have nothing and I am all alone. Where would You have me go? I’ve suffered ever since I started following You. I haven’t had a good life. I’ve given up my family and my career as well as all the delights of the flesh, and this sacrifice that we have all made still isn’t enough to enjoy Your blessings? So now it’s this ‘foil’ thing. God, You have gone too far! Look at us—we have nothing to rely on in this world. Some of us have given up our children, some have given up our work, our spouses,[a] and so on; we have given up all fleshly pleasures. What more hope is there for us? How can we continue to survive in the world? Are these sacrifices that we have made not worth a single penny? Can’t You see that at all? Our status is low and our caliber is lacking—we accept that, but when have we ever not heeded what You wanted us to do? Now You are pitilessly abandoning us and ‘repaying’ us with the title of ‘foil’? Is that all that our sacrifice has brought us? In the end, if people ask me what I’ve gained from believing in God, can I really let them see this word, ‘foil’? How can I open my mouth to say that I’m a foil? I can’t explain that to my parents, and I can’t explain it to my former potential partner. I’ve paid such a great price, and what I get in return is being a foil! Ah! I feel so sad!” (She began pummeling her thighs and weeping.) “If I said that now that I was not going to give you the title of a foil but would instead make you one of My people and instruct you to go forth and spread the gospel, if I gave you the status for you to do work, would you be able to do it? What have you actually gained from step after step of this work? And yet here you are, regaling Me with your story—you have no shame! You say that you have paid a price but have gained nothing. Could it be that I have neglected to tell you what My conditions are for obtaining a person? Who is My work for? Do you know? Here you are reviving old grievances! Do you even count as a human being anymore? Did you not undertake any suffering that you have experienced of your own volition? And was your suffering not undertaken in order to gain blessings? Have you met My requirements? All you want is to gain blessings. You have no shame! When were My requirements of you ever mandatory? If you are willing to follow Me you must obey Me in all things. Do not try to negotiate terms. After all, I did tell you beforehand that this path is a path of suffering. It is fraught with grim possibilities, with little auspiciousness. Have you forgotten? I have said this many times. If you are willing to suffer, then follow Me. If you are not willing to suffer, then stop. I am not forcing you—you are free to come or go! However, this is how My work is done, and I cannot delay My entire work due to your individual rebelliousness. You may not be willing to obey, but there are others who are. You are all desperate people! You are not afraid of anything! You are negotiating terms with Me—do you want to go on living or not? You plan for yourself and scramble for your own fame and benefit. Is My work not all for you? Are you blind? Before I became flesh, you could not see Me, and these words you have spoken would have been forgivable then, but now I am incarnate and I am working among you, yet you still cannot see? What do you not understand? You say you have suffered loss; so I have become flesh to save you desperate people and have done so much work, and even now you are still complaining—would you not say that I have suffered loss? Has what I have done not all been for you? I apply this title to people based on their current stature. If I call you a ‘foil,’ then a foil is what you immediately become. Likewise, if I call you ‘one of God’s people,’ then that is what you immediately become. Whatever I call you, that is what you are. Is this not all achieved by a few words from My lips? And these few words of Mine are so infuriating to you? Well then, pardon Me! If you do not obey now, in the end you will be cursed—will you be happy then? You do not pay attention to the way of life but only focus on your status and title; what is your life like? I do not deny that you have paid a great price, but take a look at your own stature and practice—and even now, you’re still trying to negotiate terms. Is this the stature that you have gained through your resolve? Do you still have any integrity? Do you have a conscience? Was it I who did something wrong? Were My requirements of you in error? Well, what is it? I would have you act as a foil for a few days and yet you are not willing to do so. What kind of resolve is that? You are all weak-willed, you are cowards! Punishing people like you now is a matter of course!” Once I said this, she did not say a word.
Experiencing this kind of work now, you must have something of a grasp on the steps of God’s work and His methods of transforming people. Having this is the only way to achieve results in transformation. In your seeking, you have too many individual notions, hopes, and futures. The current work is in order to deal with your desire for status and your extravagant desires. Hopes, status, and notions are all classic representations of satanic disposition. The reason that these things exist in people’s hearts is entirely because Satan’s poison is always corroding people’s thoughts, and always people are unable to shake off these temptations of Satan. They are living in the midst of sin yet do not believe it to be sin, and still they think: “We believe in God, so He must bestow blessings on us and arrange everything for us appropriately. We believe in God, so we must be superior to others, and we must have more status and more of a future than anyone else. Since we believe in God, He must give us limitless blessings. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be called believing in God.” For many years, the thoughts that people have relied upon for their survival have been corroding their hearts to the point that they have become treacherous, cowardly, and despicable. Not only do they lack willpower and resolve, but they have also become greedy, arrogant, and willful. They are utterly lacking any resolve that transcends the self, and even more, they don’t have a bit of courage to shake off the strictures of these dark influences. People’s thoughts and lives are so rotten that their perspectives on believing in God are still unbearably hideous, and even when people speak of their perspectives on belief in God it is simply unbearable to hear. People are all cowardly, incompetent, despicable, and fragile. They do not feel disgust for the forces of darkness, and they do not feel love for the light and the truth; instead, they do their utmost to expel them. Are not your current thoughts and perspectives just like this? “Since I believe in God I should just be showered with blessings and it should be ensured that my status never slips and that it remains higher than that of nonbelievers.” You have not been harboring that kind of perspective within you for just one or two years, but for many years. Your transactional way of thinking is overdeveloped. Although you have arrived at this step today, you still have not let go of status but struggle constantly to seek it, and observe it daily, with a deep fear that one day your status will be lost and your name will be ruined. People have never put aside their desire for ease. So, as I judge you thus today, what degree of understanding will you have in the end? You will say that although your status is not high, you have nonetheless enjoyed the elevation of God. Because you are of lowly birth you do not have status, but you gain status because God elevates you—this is something He bestowed upon you. Today you are able to personally receive God’s training, His chastisement, and His judgment. This, even more so, is His elevation. You are able to personally receive His purification and burning. This is God’s great love. Through the ages there has not been a single person who has received His purification and burning, and not a single person has been able to be perfected by His words. God is now speaking with you face to face, purifying you, revealing your inner rebelliousness—this truly is His elevation. What abilities do people have? Whether they are the sons of David or the descendants of Moab, in sum, people are created beings who have nothing worthy of boasting about. Since you are God’s creatures, you must perform the duty of a creature. There are no other requirements of you. This is how you should pray: “Oh God! Whether I have status or not, I now understand myself. If my status is high it is because of Your elevation, and if it is low it is because of Your ordination. Everything is in Your hands. I have neither any choices, nor any complaints. You ordained that I would be born in this country and among this people, and all that I should do is to be completely obedient under Your dominion because everything is within what You have ordained. I do not give thought to status; after all, I am but a creature. If You place me in the bottomless pit, in the lake of fire and brimstone, I am nothing but a creature. If You use me, I am a creature. If You perfect me, I am yet a creature. If You do not perfect me, I will still love You because I am no more than a creature. I am nothing more than a minuscule creature created by the Lord of creation, just one among all created humans. It was You who created me, and now You have once again placed me in Your hands to do with me as You will. I am willing to be Your tool and Your foil because everything is what You have ordained. No one can change it. All things and all events are in Your hands.” When the time comes that you will no longer give thought to status, then you will break free from it. Only then will you be able to confidently and boldly seek, and only then can your heart become free of any constraints. Once people have been extricated from these things, then they will have no more concerns. What are the concerns for the majority of you right now? You are always constrained by status and constantly concerned over your own prospects. You are always turning the pages of God’s utterances, wishing to read sayings concerning mankind’s destination and wanting to know what your prospects are and what your destination will be. You wonder, “Do I really have any prospects? Has God taken them away? God only says I am a foil; what, then, are my prospects?” It is difficult for you to put aside your prospects and destiny. You are now followers, and you have gained some understanding of this stage of work. However, you have still not put aside your desire for status. When your status is high you seek well, but when your status is low you no longer seek. The blessings of status are always on your mind. Why is it that the majority of people cannot remove themselves from negativity? Is the answer not invariably because of bleak prospects? As soon as God’s utterances are issued you hurry to see what your status and identity really are. You prioritize status and identity, and relegate vision to second place. In third is “that you should gain entry,” and in fourth place is God’s current will. You first look at whether God’s title for you as “foils” has changed or not. You read and read, and when you see that the title of “foil” has been removed, you become happy and profusely thank God and praise His great power. But if you see that you are still foils, you become upset and the drive in your heart immediately dissipates. The more you seek in this way, the less you will reap. The greater a person’s desire for status, the more seriously they will have to be dealt with and the more they will have to undergo great refinement. Such people are worthless! They must be dealt with and judged adequately in order for them to thoroughly let go of these things. If you pursue this way until the end, you will reap nothing. Those who do not pursue life cannot be transformed, and those who do not thirst for the truth cannot gain the truth. You do not focus on pursuing personal transformation and entry, but focus instead on extravagant desires and things that constrain your love for God and prevent you from drawing close to Him. Can those things transform you? Can they bring you into the kingdom? If the object of your pursuit is not to seek the truth, then you may as well take advantage of this opportunity and return to the world to make a go of it. Wasting your time this way is really not worth it—why torture yourself? Is it not true that you could enjoy all sorts of things out in the beautiful world? Money, beautiful women, status, vanity, family, children, and so on—are these products of the world not the best things that you could enjoy? What use is it to wander around here looking for a place where you can be happy? The Son of man has nowhere to lay His head, so how could you have a place of ease? How could He create for you a beautiful place of ease? Is that possible? Aside from My judgment, today you can only receive teachings on the truth. You cannot gain comfort from Me and you cannot gain the bed of roses that you long for night and day. I will not bestow upon you the riches of the world. If you pursue genuinely, then I am willing to give you the way of life in its entirety, to have you be like a fish back in water. If you do not pursue genuinely, I will take it all back. I am not willing to give the words from My mouth to those who are greedy for comfort, who are just like pigs and dogs!
a. The original text reads “wives.”