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The Didache is also called THE TEACHING OF THE LORD TO THE GENTILES BY THE TWELVE APOSTLES. It is considered the oldest writing apart from the New Testament writings of the apostles, discovered by Philotheus Bryennios.

These portions below are only those portions of the Didache that address the subject of giving by Believers. Portions have been left in regarding false prophets, because to take them out would leave those portions about giving out of context.

Click here for the full Didache, translated by J.B. Lightfoot.

The Didache on the subject of Money:

Didache 1:5
<i>To every man that asketh of thee give, and ask not back</i> for the Father desireth that gifts be given to all from His own bounties. Blessed is he that giveth according to the commandment; for he is guiltless. Woe to him that receiveth; for, if a man receiveth having need, he is guiltless; but he that hath no need shall give satisfaction why and wherefore he received and being put in confinement he shall be examined concerning the deeds that he hath done, and <i>he shall not come out thence until he hath given back the last farthing.</i>

Didache 1:6
Yea, as touching this also it is said; <i>Let thine alms sweat into thine hands, until thou have learnt to whom to give</i>.


Didache 3:5
My child, be not a liar, since lying leads to theft, neither avaricious neither vainglorious; for from all these things thefts are engendered.


Didache 4:1
   My child, <i>thou shalt remember him that speaketh unto thee the word <i>of God</i> night and day, and shalt honor him as the Lord; for whencesoever the Lordship speaketh, there is the Lord.

Didache 4:5
   <i>Be not thou found holding out thy hands to receive, but drawing them in as to giving</i>.

Didache 4:6
If thou hast ought passing through thy hands, thou shalt give a ransom for thy sins.

Didache 4:7
Thou shalt not hesitate to give, neither shalt thou murmur when giving; for thou shalt know who is the good paymaster of thy reward.

Didache 4:8
Thou shalt not turn away from him that is in want, but shalt make thy brother partaker in all things, and shalt not say <i>that anything is thy own</i>. For if ye are fellow-partakers in that which is imperishable, how much rather in the things which are perishable?


Didache 5:2
persecutors of good men, hating truth, loving a lie, not perceiving the reward of righteousness, not <i>cleaving to the good</i> nor to righteous judgment, wakeful not for that which is good but for that which is evil-from whom gentleness and forbearance stand aloof; loving vain things, pursuing a recompense, not pitying the poor man, not toiling for him that is oppressed with toil, not recognizing Him that made them, murderers of children, corrupters of the creatures of God, turning away from him that is in want, oppressing him that is afflicted, advocates of the wealthy, unjust judges of the poor, altogether sinful. May ye be delivered, my children, from all these things.


Didache 6:1
   See lest any man lead you astray from this way of righteousness, for he teacheth thee apart from God.


Didache 11:1
   Whosoever therefore shall come and teach you all these things that have been said before, receive him;

Didache 11:2
but if the teacher himself be perverted and teach a different doctrine to the destruction thereof, hear him not; but if to the increase of righteousness and the knowledge of the Lord, receive him as the Lord.

Didache 11:3
   But concerning the apostles and prophets, so do ye according to the ordinance of the Gospel.

Didache 11:4
Let every apostle, when he cometh to you, be received as the Lord;

Didache 11:5
but he shall not abide more than a single day, or if there be need, a second likewise; but if he abide three days, he is a false prophet.

Didache 11:6
And when he departeth let the apostle receive nothing save bread,until he findeth shelter; but if he ask money, he is a false prophet.

Didache 11:7
And any prophet speaking in the Spirit ye shall not try neither discern; for every sin shall be forgiven, but this sin shall not be forgiven.

Didache 11:8
Yet not every one that speaketh in the Spirit is a prophet, but only if he have the ways of the Lord. From his ways therefore the false prophet and the prophet shall be recognized.

Didache 11:9
And no prophet when he ordereth a table in the Spirit shall eat of it; otherwise he is a false prophet.

Didache 11:10
And every prophet teaching the truth, if he doeth not what he teacheth, is a false prophet.

Didache 11:11
And every prophet approved and found true, if he doeth ought as an outward mystery typical of the Church, and yet teacheth you not to do all that he himself doeth, shall not be judged before you; he hath his judgment in the presence of God; for in like manner also did the prophets of old time.

Didache 11:12
And whosoever shall say in the Spirit, Give me silver or anything else, ye shall not listen to him; but if he tell you to give on behalf of others that are in want, let no man judge him.

Didache 12:1
   But let every one <i>that cometh in the name of the Lord</i> be received; and then when ye have tested him ye shall know him, for ye shall have understanding on the right hand and on the left.

Didache 12:2
If the comer is a traveler, assist him, so far as ye are able; but he shall not stay with you more than two or three days, if it be necessary.

Didache 12:3
But if he wishes to settle with you, being a craftsman, let him work for and eat his bread.

Didache 12:4
But if he has no craft, according to your wisdom provide how he shall live as a Christian among you, but not in idleness.

Didache 12:5
If he will not do this, he is trafficking upon Christ. Beware of such men.

Didache 13:1
   But every time prophet desiring to settle among you is <i>worthy of his food</i>.

Didache 13:2
In like manner a true teacher <i>is</i> also <i>worthy</i>,like <i>the workman, of his food</i>.

Didache 13:3
Every firstfruit then of the produce of the wine-vat and of the threshing-floor, of thy oxen and of thy sheep, thou shalt take and give as the firstfruit to the prophets; for they are your chief-priests.

Didache 13:4
But if ye have not a prophet, give them to the poor.

Didache 13:5
If thou makest bread, take the firstfruit and give according to the commandment.

Didache 13:6
In like manner, when thou openest a jar of wine or of oil, take the firstfruit and give to the prophets;

Didache 13:7
yea and of money and raiment and every possession take the firstfruit, as shall seem good to thee, and give according to the commandment.


Our thanks for the book, The Dollar & The Cross
(An Inside Look At the Church and Money),
by Timothy Sheaff
from which we first became aware of the Didache.
This book is an excellent and 'meaty' resource
regarding the subject.
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Go to our 'Money' Page for more teachings about giving and money in the Christian's life.

And, just for the sake of further interest:

 The Didache on Water Baptism:

Didache 7:1
   But concerning baptism, thus shall ye baptize. Having first recited all these things, baptize <i>in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit</i> in living (running) water.

Didache 7:2
But if thou hast not living water, then baptize in other water; and if thou art not able in cold, then in warm.

Didache 7:3
But if thou hast neither, then pour water on the head thrice in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Didache 7:4
But before the baptism let him that baptizeth and him that is baptized fast, and any others also who are able; and thou shalt order him that is baptized to fast a day or two before.

Didache 8:1
   And let not your fastings be with the hypocrites, for they fast on the second and the fifth day of the week; but do ye keep your fast on the fourth and on the preparation (the sixth) day.
You can see that there were a variety of methods acceptable here in the practices of the early church. So, baptize in a reasonable fashion that does
not violate the Word of God (Mark 1:7-11, Acts 2:38, Romans 6:1-5, Eph. 4:4-6)  

The Didache on Communion (Lord's Supper)
(generally accompanied by worship)

Didache 14:1
   And on the Lord's own day gather yourselves together and break bread and give thanks, first confessing your transgressions, that your sacrifice may be pure.

Didache 14:2
And let no man, having his dispute with his fellow, join your assembly until they have been reconciled, that your sacrifice may not be defiled;

Didache 14:3
for this sacrifice it is that was spoken of by the Lord; <i>In every place and at every time offer me a pure sacrifice; for I am a great king, saith the Lord, and My name is wonderful among the nations.</i>

Click here for the full Didache , translated by J.B. Lightfoot.

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