1:5 And I went on a little,
brethren, and behold, I see a cloud of dust rising
as it were to heaven, and I began to say within
myself, "Can it be that cattle are coming, and
raising a cloud of dust?" for it was just about a
stade from me.
1:6 As the cloud of dust waxed
greater and greater, I suspected that it was
something supernatural. Then the sun shone out a
little, and behold, I see a huge beast like some
sea-monster, and from its mouth fiery locusts issued
forth. And the beast was about a hundred feet in
length, and its head was as it were of pottery.
1:7 And I began to weep, and to
entreat the Lord that He would rescue me from it.
And I remembered the word which I had heard, "Be not
of doubtful mind, Hermas."
1:8 Having therefore, brethren,
put on the faith of the Lord and called to mind the
mighty works that He had taught me, I took courage
and gave myself up to the beast. Now the beast was
coming on with such a rush, that it might have
ruined a city.
1:9 I come near it, and, huge
monster as it was, it stretcheth itself on the
ground, and merely put forth its tongue, and stirred
not at all until I had passed by it.
1:10 And the beast had on its
head four colors; black then fire and blood color,
then gold, then white.
2:1 Now after I had passed the
beast, and had gone forward about thirty feet,
behold, there meeteth me a virgin arrayed as if she
were going forth from a bridal-chamber all in white
and with white sandals, veiled up to her forehead,
and her head-covering consisted of a turban, and her
hair was white.