29. For you were born altogether naked from your mother's womb. Therefore, if you
would clothe yourselves, wrap yourselves round about in the wisdom of God, and gird
yourselves with deep understanding.
30. For there is no shame in the body, but beauty only. Clothe yourselves therefore,
that you might prove the beauty wherewith God has fashioned you.
31. And think not that nakedness is an offense to God: For which of you were born
clothed from your mother’s womb? How then shall you sin, being naked, seeing that
God has fashioned you so?
32. For unto the body is it given to know fully the issues of this life, that you
may prove what is of God and what cometh from some other.
33. Know then that in the beauty of the body is God likewise revealed unto the heart
of all who see; that you, seeing the beauty of some comely form, might perceive more
deeply still the wonders of God within.
34. For in the beauty of both the man and the woman is God likewise formed, for this
mystery I make known in your hearing, that you are likewise two seeds cast down unto
the earth, that by your living you might give rise to still some nobler form, even
Lords many and Gods many.
35. Thus in the man and in the woman is there together found the seedling of God’s
beginning, for have you not heard among yourselves already, how that God was once
a man, even as you?
36. Remove, therefore, from all your judgments the nakedness of both the man and
the woman; for if there should be revealed the beauty of some higher form, what sin
have you committed, seeing that in the coming forth of some outward beauty, the God
within is set free of all boundaries and limitations.
~ Wisdom 9:29-36
44. Reason then within yourselves and in your hand weigh most carefully, for I would
present in your hearing the benefit of your nakedness and sexuality altogether, and
if in your heart you should agree, then are you free to dance before God in the light
of your humanity.
45. For this I tell you truly: that the body of your flesh is made of God, being
in itself most beautiful and desirable, revealing in its comely form the image of
God the Father and the Mother; bearing in its form and passion the similitude of
that God from which you come.
46. For in the softness of your flesh is there made known the line and form of God,
which softness would beckon the hand to touch and the lips to kiss; and in such sweet
communion touch again the God within you, whereby you might know the depth and wonder
of all your soul, filled with goodness and rich reward.
47. How then can you sin, being naked, for even God did draw you from the womb as
one naked and unadorned, causing that you should know in the beginning of your life
that nakedness is no offense to God; but rather that it is a natural and unaffected
state wherein you are unable to hide yourselves away.
48. Why then will you call wicked and vile that which God alone did make? For which
of you were born fully clothed from your mother’s womb?
49. If nakedness be sin, then have you yourselves made God the author of such offenses,
for in your own beginnings did God likewise fashion you.
50. Thus by your own doctrine would you make God the author of confusion, which doctrine
is made of men and not of God, causing that God must yield before the words of men
lest you call him false and darkly fallen, as though he were a devil.
51. Know then that if you would clothe yourselves, then do so only that you might
enhance the beauty of the body which God did give you.
52. But if you would clothe yourselves because of shame, then are you guilty of sin;
for by your own shame do you affront the God which made you, to bring against your
God a hurtful accusation filled with guilt and reproach together.