But no prophet who has been tried and is genuine, though he enact a worldly mystery [*](This passage has never been satisfactorily explained: it probably refers to a tendency among some prophets to introduce forms of worship, or of illustration of their teaching, of doubtful propriety, if so the reference below to the prophets of old is perhaps an allusion to Hosea (Hos. 1, 2 ff.).) of the Church, if he teach not others to do what he does himself, shall be judged by you: for he has his judgment with God, for so also did the prophets of old.
But whosoever shall say in a spirit ‘Give me money, or something else,’ you shall not listen to him; but if he tell you to give on behalf of others in want, let none judge him.
Let everyone who comes in the Name of the[*](Travelling Christians) Lord be received; but when you have tested him you shall know him, for you shall have understanding of true and false.[*](Literally, right and left understanding.)
If he who comes is a traveller, help him as much as you can, but he shall not remain with you more than two days, or, if need be, three.
And if he wishes to settle among you and has a craft, let him work for his bread.
But if he has no craft provide for him according to your understanding, so that no man shall live among you in idleness because he is a Christian.
But if he will not do so, he is making traffic of Christ; beware of such.