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Author: Luke Smith <luke@lukesmith.xyz>
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diff --git a/kjv.tsv b/kjv.tsv @@ -23143,6 +23143,5547 @@ Malachi Mal 39 4 3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes u Malachi Mal 39 4 4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Malachi Mal 39 4 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: Malachi Mal 39 4 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. +Tobit Tob 67 1 1 The book of the words of Tobit, son of Tobiel, the son of Ananiel, the son of Aduel, the son of Gabael, of the seed of Asael, of the tribe of Nephthali; +Tobit Tob 67 1 2 Who in the time of Enemessar king of the Assyrians was led captive out of Thisbe, which is at the right hand of that city, which is called properly Nephthali in Galilee above Aser. +Tobit Tob 67 1 3 I Tobit have walked all the days of my life in the ways of truth and justice, and I did many almsdeeds to my brethren, and my nation, who came with me to Nineve, into the land of the Assyrians. +Tobit Tob 67 1 4 And when I was in mine own country, in the land of Israel being but young, all the tribe of Nephthali my father fell from the house of Jerusalem, which was chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, that all the tribes should sacrifice there, where the temple of the habitation of the most High was consecrated and built for all ages. +Tobit Tob 67 1 5 Now all the tribes which together revolted, and the house of my father Nephthali, sacrificed unto the heifer Baal. +Tobit Tob 67 1 6 But I alone went often to Jerusalem at the feasts, as it was ordained unto all the people of Israel by an everlasting decree, having the firstfruits and tenths of increase, with that which was first shorn; and them gave I at the altar to the priests the children of Aaron. +Tobit Tob 67 1 7 The first tenth part of all increase I gave to the sons of Aaron, who ministered at Jerusalem: another tenth part I sold away, and went, and spent it every year at Jerusalem: +Tobit Tob 67 1 8 And the third I gave unto them to whom it was meet, as Debora my father's mother had commanded me, because I was left an orphan by my father. +Tobit Tob 67 1 9 Furthermore, when I was come to the age of a man, I married Anna of mine own kindred, and of her I begat Tobias. +Tobit Tob 67 1 10 And when we were carried away captives to Nineve, all my brethren and those that were of my kindred did eat of the bread of the Gentiles. +Tobit Tob 67 1 11 But I kept myself from eating; +Tobit Tob 67 1 12 Because I remembered God with all my heart. +Tobit Tob 67 1 13 And the most High gave me grace and favour before Enemessar, so that I was his purveyor. +Tobit Tob 67 1 14 And I went into Media, and left in trust with Gabael, the brother of Gabrias, at Rages a city of Media ten talents of silver. +Tobit Tob 67 1 15 Now when Enemessar was dead, Sennacherib his son reigned in his stead; whose estate was troubled, that I could not go into Media. +Tobit Tob 67 1 16 And in the time of Enemessar I gave many alms to my brethren, and gave my bread to the hungry, +Tobit Tob 67 1 17 And my clothes to the naked: and if I saw any of my nation dead, or cast about the walls of Nineve, I buried him. +Tobit Tob 67 1 18 And if the king Sennacherib had slain any, when he was come, and fled from Judea, I buried them privily; for in his wrath he killed many; but the bodies were not found, when they were sought for of the king. +Tobit Tob 67 1 19 And when one of the Ninevites went and complained of me to the king, that I buried them, and hid myself; understanding that I was sought for to be put to death, I withdrew myself for fear. +Tobit Tob 67 1 20 Then all my goods were forcibly taken away, neither was there any thing left me, beside my wife Anna and my son Tobias. +Tobit Tob 67 1 21 And there passed not five and fifty days, before two of his sons killed him, and they fled into the mountains of Ararath; and Sarchedonus his son reigned in his stead; who appointed over his father's accounts, and over all his affairs, Achiacharus my brother Anael's son. +Tobit Tob 67 1 22 And Achiacharus intreating for me, I returned to Nineve. Now Achiacharus was cupbearer, and keeper of the signet, and steward, and overseer of the accounts: and Sarchedonus appointed him next unto him: and he was my brother's son. +Tobit Tob 67 2 1 Now when I was come home again, and my wife Anna was restored unto me, with my son Tobias, in the feast of Pentecost, which is the holy feast of the seven weeks, there was a good dinner prepared me, in the which I sat down to eat. +Tobit Tob 67 2 2 And when I saw abundance of meat, I said to my son, Go and bring what poor man soever thou shalt find out of our brethren, who is mindful of the Lord; and, lo, I tarry for thee. +Tobit Tob 67 2 3 But he came again, and said, Father, one of our nation is strangled, and is cast out in the marketplace. +Tobit Tob 67 2 4 Then before I had tasted of any meat, I started up, and took him up into a room until the going down of the sun. +Tobit Tob 67 2 5 Then I returned, and washed myself, and ate my meat in heaviness, +Tobit Tob 67 2 6 Remembering that prophecy of Amos, as he said, Your feasts shall be turned into mourning, and all your mirth into lamentation. +Tobit Tob 67 2 7 Therefore I wept: and after the going down of the sun I went and made a grave, and buried him. +Tobit Tob 67 2 8 But my neighbours mocked me, and said, This man is not yet afraid to be put to death for this matter: who fled away; and yet, lo, he burieth the dead again. +Tobit Tob 67 2 9 The same night also I returned from the burial, and slept by the wall of my courtyard, being polluted and my face was uncovered: +Tobit Tob 67 2 10 And I knew not that there were sparrows in the wall, and mine eyes being open, the sparrows muted warm dung into mine eyes, and a whiteness came in mine eyes: and I went to the physicians, but they helped me not: moreover Achiacharus did nourish me, until I went into Elymais. +Tobit Tob 67 2 11 And my wife Anna did take women's works to do. +Tobit Tob 67 2 12 And when she had sent them home to the owners, they paid her wages, and gave her also besides a kid. +Tobit Tob 67 2 13 And when it was in my house, and began to cry, I said unto her, From whence is this kid? is it not stolen? render it to the owners; for it is not lawful to eat any thing that is stolen. +Tobit Tob 67 2 14 But she replied upon me, It was given for a gift more than the wages. Howbeit I did not believe her, but bade her render it to the owners: and I was abashed at her. But she replied upon me, Where are thine alms and thy righteous deeds? behold, thou and all thy works are known. +Tobit Tob 67 3 1 Then I being grieved did weep, and in my sorrow prayed, saying, +Tobit Tob 67 3 2 O Lord, thou art just, and all thy works and all thy ways are mercy and truth, and thou judgest truly and justly for ever. +Tobit Tob 67 3 3 Remember me, and look on me, punish me not for my sins and ignorances, and the sins of my fathers, who have sinned before thee: +Tobit Tob 67 3 4 For they obeyed not thy commandments: wherefore thou hast delivered us for a spoil, and unto captivity, and unto death, and for a proverb of reproach to all the nations among whom we are dispersed. +Tobit Tob 67 3 5 And now thy judgments are many and true: deal with me according to my sins and my fathers': because we have not kept thy commandments, neither have walked in truth before thee. +Tobit Tob 67 3 6 Now therefore deal with me as seemeth best unto thee, and command my spirit to be taken from me, that I may be dissolved, and become earth: for it is profitable for me to die rather than to live, because I have heard false reproaches, and have much sorrow: command therefore that I may now be delivered out of this distress, and go into the everlasting place: turn not thy face away from me. +Tobit Tob 67 3 7 It came to pass the same day, that in Ecbatane a city of Media Sara the daughter of Raguel was also reproached by her father's maids; +Tobit Tob 67 3 8 Because that she had been married to seven husbands, whom Asmodeus the evil spirit had killed, before they had lain with her. Dost thou not know, said they, that thou hast strangled thine husbands? thou hast had already seven husbands, neither wast thou named after any of them. +Tobit Tob 67 3 9 Wherefore dost thou beat us for them? if they be dead, go thy ways after them, let us never see of thee either son or daughter. +Tobit Tob 67 3 10 Whe she heard these things, she was very sorrowful, so that she thought to have strangled herself; and she said, I am the only daughter of my father, and if I do this, it shall be a reproach unto him, and I shall bring his old age with sorrow unto the grave. +Tobit Tob 67 3 11 Then she prayed toward the window, and said, Blessed art thou, O Lord my God, and thine holy and glorious name is blessed and honourable for ever: let all thy works praise thee for ever. +Tobit Tob 67 3 12 And now, O Lord, I set mine eyes and my face toward thee, +Tobit Tob 67 3 13 And say, Take me out of the earth, that I may hear no more the reproach. +Tobit Tob 67 3 14 Thou knowest, Lord, that I am pure from all sin with man, +Tobit Tob 67 3 15 And that I never polluted my name, nor the name of my father, in the land of my captivity: I am the only daughter of my father, neither hath he any child to be his heir, neither any near kinsman, nor any son of his alive, to whom I may keep myself for a wife: my seven husbands are already dead; and why should I live? but if it please not thee that I should die, command some regard to be had of me, and pity taken of me, that I hear no more reproach. +Tobit Tob 67 3 16 So the prayers of them both were heard before the majesty of the great God. +Tobit Tob 67 3 17 And Raphael was sent to heal them both, that is, to scale away the whiteness of Tobit's eyes, and to give Sara the daughter of Raguel for a wife to Tobias the son of Tobit; and to bind Asmodeus the evil spirit; because she belonged to Tobias by right of inheritance. The selfsame time came Tobit home, and entered into his house, and Sara the daughter of Raguel came down from her upper chamber. +Tobit Tob 67 4 1 In that day Tobit remembered the money which he had committed to Gabael in Rages of Media, +Tobit Tob 67 4 2 And said with himself, I have wished for death; wherefore do I not call for my son Tobias that I may signify to him of the money before I die? +Tobit Tob 67 4 3 And when he had called him, he said, My son, when I am dead, bury me; and despise not thy mother, but honour her all the days of thy life, and do that which shall please her, and grieve her not. +Tobit Tob 67 4 4 Remember, my son, that she saw many dangers for thee, when thou wast in her womb: and when she is dead, bury her by me in one grave. +Tobit Tob 67 4 5 My son, be mindful of the Lord our God all thy days, and let not thy will be set to sin, or to transgress his commandments: do uprightly all thy life long, and follow not the ways of unrighteousness. +Tobit Tob 67 4 6 For if thou deal truly, thy doings shall prosperously succeed to thee, and to all them that live justly. +Tobit Tob 67 4 7 Give alms of thy substance; and when thou givest alms, let not thine eye be envious, neither turn thy face from any poor, and the face of God shall not be turned away from thee. +Tobit Tob 67 4 8 If thou hast abundance give alms accordingly: if thou have but a little, be not afraid to give according to that little: +Tobit Tob 67 4 9 For thou layest up a good treasure for thyself against the day of necessity. +Tobit Tob 67 4 10 Because that alms do deliver from death, and suffereth not to come into darkness. +Tobit Tob 67 4 11 For alms is a good gift unto all that give it in the sight of the most High. +Tobit Tob 67 4 12 Beware of all whoredom, my son, and chiefly take a wife of the seed of thy fathers, and take not a strange woman to wife, which is not of thy father's tribe: for we are the children of the prophets, Noe, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: remember, my son, that our fathers from the beginning, even that they all married wives of their own kindred, and were blessed in their children, and their seed shall inherit the land. +Tobit Tob 67 4 13 Now therefore, my son, love thy brethren, and despise not in thy heart thy brethren, the sons and daughters of thy people, in not taking a wife of them: for in pride is destruction and much trouble, and in lewdness is decay and great want: for lewdness is the mother of famine. +Tobit Tob 67 4 14 Let not the wages of any man, which hath wrought for thee, tarry with thee, but give him it out of hand: for if thou serve God, he will also repay thee: be circumspect my son, in all things thou doest, and be wise in all thy conversation. +Tobit Tob 67 4 15 Do that to no man which thou hatest: drink not wine to make thee drunken: neither let drunkenness go with thee in thy journey. +Tobit Tob 67 4 16 Give of thy bread to the hungry, and of thy garments to them that are naked; and according to thine abundance give alms: and let not thine eye be envious, when thou givest alms. +Tobit Tob 67 4 17 Pour out thy bread on the burial of the just, but give nothing to the wicked. +Tobit Tob 67 4 18 Ask counsel of all that are wise, and despise not any counsel that is profitable. +Tobit Tob 67 4 19 Bless the Lord thy God alway, and desire of him that thy ways may be directed, and that all thy paths and counsels may prosper: for every nation hath not counsel; but the Lord himself giveth all good things, and he humbleth whom he will, as he will; now therefore, my son, remember my commandments, neither let them be put out of thy mind. +Tobit Tob 67 4 20 And now I signify this to they that I committed ten talents to Gabael the son of Gabrias at Rages in Media. +Tobit Tob 67 4 21 And fear not, my son, that we are made poor: for thou hast much wealth, if thou fear God, and depart from all sin, and do that which is pleasing in his sight. +Tobit Tob 67 5 1 Tobias then answered and said, Father, I will do all things which thou hast commanded me: +Tobit Tob 67 5 2 But how can I receive the money, seeing I know him not? +Tobit Tob 67 5 3 Then he gave him the handwriting, and said unto him, Seek thee a man which may go with thee, whiles I yet live, and I will give him wages: and go and receive the money. +Tobit Tob 67 5 4 Therefore when he went to seek a man, he found Raphael that was an angel. +Tobit Tob 67 5 5 But he knew not; and he said unto him, Canst thou go with me to Rages? and knowest thou those places well? +Tobit Tob 67 5 6 To whom the angel said, I will go with thee, and I know the way well: for I have lodged with our brother Gabael. +Tobit Tob 67 5 7 Then Tobias said unto him, Tarry for me, till I tell my father. +Tobit Tob 67 5 8 Then he said unto him, Go and tarry not. So he went in and said to his father, Behold, I have found one which will go with me. Then he said, Call him unto me, that I may know of what tribe he is, and whether he be a trusty man to go with thee. +Tobit Tob 67 5 9 So he called him, and he came in, and they saluted one another. +Tobit Tob 67 5 10 Then Tobit said unto him, Brother, shew me of what tribe and family thou art. +Tobit Tob 67 5 11 To whom he said, Dost thou seek for a tribe or family, or an hired man to go with thy son? Then Tobit said unto him, I would know, brother, thy kindred and name. +Tobit Tob 67 5 12 Then he said, I am Azarias, the son of Ananias the great, and of thy brethren. +Tobit Tob 67 5 13 Then Tobit said, Thou art welcome, brother; be not now angry with me, because I have enquired to know thy tribe and thy family; for thou art my brother, of an honest and good stock: for I know Ananias and Jonathas, sons of that great Samaias, as we went together to Jerusalem to worship, and offered the firstborn, and the tenths of the fruits; and they were not seduced with the error of our brethren: my brother, thou art of a good stock. +Tobit Tob 67 5 14 But tell me, what wages shall I give thee? wilt thou a drachm a day, and things necessary, as to mine own son? +Tobit Tob 67 5 15 Yea, moreover, if ye return safe, I will add something to thy wages. +Tobit Tob 67 5 16 So they were well pleased. Then said he to Tobias, Prepare thyself for the journey, and God send you a good journey. And when his son had prepared all things for the journey, his father said, Go thou with this man, and God, which dwelleth in heaven, prosper your journey, and the angel of God keep you company. So they went forth both, and the young man's dog with them. +Tobit Tob 67 5 17 But Anna his mother wept, and said to Tobit, Why hast thou sent away our son? is he not the staff of our hand, in going in and out before us? +Tobit Tob 67 5 18 Be not greedy to add money to money: but let it be as refuse in respect of our child. +Tobit Tob 67 5 19 For that which the Lord hath given us to live with doth suffice us. +Tobit Tob 67 5 20 Then said Tobit to her, Take no care, my sister; he shall return in safety, and thine eyes shall see him. +Tobit Tob 67 5 21 For the good angel will keep him company, and his journey shall be prosperous, and he shall return safe. +Tobit Tob 67 5 22 Then she made an end of weeping. +Tobit Tob 67 6 1 And as they went on their journey, they came in the evening to the river Tigris, and they lodged there. +Tobit Tob 67 6 2 And when the young man went down to wash himself, a fish leaped out of the river, and would have devoured him. +Tobit Tob 67 6 3 Then the angel said unto him, Take the fish. And the young man laid hold of the fish, and drew it to land. +Tobit Tob 67 6 4 To whom the angel said, Open the fish, and take the heart and the liver and the gall, and put them up safely. +Tobit Tob 67 6 5 So the young man did as the angel commanded him; and when they had roasted the fish, they did eat it: then they both went on their way, till they drew near to Ecbatane. +Tobit Tob 67 6 6 Then the young man said to the angel, Brother Azarias, to what use is the heart and the liver and the gal of the fish? +Tobit Tob 67 6 7 And he said unto him, Touching the heart and the liver, if a devil or an evil spirit trouble any, we must make a smoke thereof before the man or the woman, and the party shall be no more vexed. +Tobit Tob 67 6 8 As for the gall, it is good to anoint a man that hath whiteness in his eyes, and he shall be healed. +Tobit Tob 67 6 9 And when they were come near to Rages, +Tobit Tob 67 6 10 The angel said to the young man, Brother, to day we shall lodge with Raguel, who is thy cousin; he also hath one only daughter, named Sara; I will speak for her, that she may be given thee for a wife. +Tobit Tob 67 6 11 For to thee doth the right of her appertain, seeing thou only art of her kindred. +Tobit Tob 67 6 12 And the maid is fair and wise: now therefore hear me, and I will speak to her father; and when we return from Rages we will celebrate the marriage: for I know that Raguel cannot marry her to another according to the law of Moses, but he shall be guilty of death, because the right of inheritance doth rather appertain to thee than to any other. +Tobit Tob 67 6 13 Then the young man answered the angel, I have heard, brother Azarias that this maid hath been given to seven men, who all died in the marriage chamber. +Tobit Tob 67 6 14 And now I am the only son of my father, and I am afraid, lest if I go in unto her, I die, as the other before: for a wicked spirit loveth her, which hurteth no body, but those which come unto her; wherefore I also fear lest I die, and bring my father's and my mother's life because of me to the grave with sorrow: for they have no other son to bury them. +Tobit Tob 67 6 15 Then the angel said unto him, Dost thou not remember the precepts which thy father gave thee, that thou shouldest marry a wife of thine own kindred? wherefore hear me, O my brother; for she shall be given thee to wife; and make thou no reckoning of the evil spirit; for this same night shall she be given thee in marriage. +Tobit Tob 67 6 16 And when thou shalt come into the marriage chamber, thou shalt take the ashes of perfume, and shalt lay upon them some of the heart and liver of the fish, and shalt make a smoke with it: +Tobit Tob 67 6 17 And the devil shall smell it, and flee away, and never come again any more: but when thou shalt come to her, rise up both of you, and pray to God which is merciful, who will have pity on you, and save you: fear not, for she is appointed unto thee from the beginning; and thou shalt preserve her, and she shall go with thee. Moreover I suppose that she shall bear thee children. Now when Tobias had heard these things, he loved her, and his heart was effectually joined to her. +Tobit Tob 67 7 1 And when they were come to Ecbatane, they came to the house of Raguel, and Sara met them: and after they had saluted one another, she brought them into the house. +Tobit Tob 67 7 2 Then said Raguel to Edna his wife, How like is this young man to Tobit my cousin! +Tobit Tob 67 7 3 And Raguel asked them, From whence are ye, brethren? To whom they said, We are of the sons of Nephthalim, which are captives in Nineve. +Tobit Tob 67 7 4 Then he said to them, Do ye know Tobit our kinsman? And they said, We know him. Then said he, Is he in good health? +Tobit Tob 67 7 5 And they said, He is both alive, and in good health: and Tobias said, He is my father. +Tobit Tob 67 7 6 Then Raguel leaped up, and kissed him, and wept, +Tobit Tob 67 7 7 And blessed him, and said unto him, Thou art the son of an honest and good man. But when he had heard that Tobit was blind, he was sorrowful, and wept. +Tobit Tob 67 7 8 And likewise Edna his wife and Sara his daughter wept. Moreover they entertained them cheerfully; and after that they had killed a ram of the flock, they set store of meat on the table. Then said Tobias to Raphael, Brother Azarias, speak of those things of which thou didst talk in the way, and let this business be dispatched. +Tobit Tob 67 7 9 So he communicated the matter with Raguel: and Raguel said to Tobias, Eat and drink, and make merry: +Tobit Tob 67 7 10 For it is meet that thou shouldest marry my daughter: nevertheless I will declare unto thee the truth. +Tobit Tob 67 7 11 I have given my daughter in marriage to seven men, who died that night they came in unto her: nevertheless for the present be merry. But Tobias said, I will eat nothing here, till we agree and swear one to another. +Tobit Tob 67 7 12 Raguel said, Then take her from henceforth according to the manner, for thou art her cousin, and she is thine, and the merciful God give you good success in all things. +Tobit Tob 67 7 13 Then he called his daughter Sara, and she came to her father, and he took her by the hand, and gave her to be wife to Tobias, saying, Behold, take her after the law of Moses, and lead her away to thy father. And he blessed them; +Tobit Tob 67 7 14 And called Edna his wife, and took paper, and did write an instrument of covenants, and sealed it. +Tobit Tob 67 7 15 Then they began to eat. +Tobit Tob 67 7 16 After Raguel called his wife Edna, and said unto her, Sister, prepare another chamber, and bring her in thither. +Tobit Tob 67 7 17 Which when she had done as he had bidden her, she brought her thither: and she wept, and she received the tears of her daughter, and said unto her, +Tobit Tob 67 7 18 Be of good comfort, my daughter; the Lord of heaven and earth give thee joy for this thy sorrow: be of good comfort, my daughter. +Tobit Tob 67 8 1 And when they had supped, they brought Tobias in unto her. +Tobit Tob 67 8 2 And as he went, he remembered the words of Raphael, and took the ashes of the perfumes, and put the heart and the liver of the fish thereupon, and made a smoke therewith. +Tobit Tob 67 8 3 The which smell when the evil spirit had smelled, he fled into the utmost parts of Egypt, and the angel bound him. +Tobit Tob 67 8 4 And after that they were both shut in together, Tobias rose out of the bed, and said, Sister, arise, and let us pray that God would have pity on us. +Tobit Tob 67 8 5 Then began Tobias to say, Blessed art thou, O God of our fathers, and blessed is thy holy and glorious name for ever; let the heavens bless thee, and all thy creatures. +Tobit Tob 67 8 6 Thou madest Adam, and gavest him Eve his wife for an helper and stay: of them came mankind: thou hast said, It is not good that man should be alone; let us make unto him an aid like unto himself. +Tobit Tob 67 8 7 And now, O Lord, I take not this my sister for lust but uprightly: therefore mercifully ordain that we may become aged together. +Tobit Tob 67 8 8 And she said with him, Amen. +Tobit Tob 67 8 9 So they slept both that night. And Raguel arose, and went and made a grave, +Tobit Tob 67 8 10 Saying, I fear lest he also be dead. +Tobit Tob 67 8 11 But when Raguel was come into his house, +Tobit Tob 67 8 12 He said unto his wife Edna. Send one of the maids, and let her see whether he be alive: if he be not, that we may bury him, and no man know it. +Tobit Tob 67 8 13 So the maid opened the door, and went in, and found them both asleep, +Tobit Tob 67 8 14 And came forth, and told them that he was alive. +Tobit Tob 67 8 15 Then Raguel praised God, and said, O God, thou art worthy to be praised with all pure and holy praise; therefore let thy saints praise thee with all thy creatures; and let all thine angels and thine elect praise thee for ever. +Tobit Tob 67 8 16 Thou art to be praised, for thou hast made me joyful; and that is not come to me which I suspected; but thou hast dealt with us according to thy great mercy. +Tobit Tob 67 8 17 Thou art to be praised because thou hast had mercy of two that were the only begotten children of their fathers: grant them mercy, O Lord, and finish their life in health with joy and mercy. +Tobit Tob 67 8 18 Then Raguel bade his servants to fill the grave. +Tobit Tob 67 8 19 And he kept the wedding feast fourteen days. +Tobit Tob 67 8 20 For before the days of the marriage were finished, Raguel had said unto him by an oath, that he should not depart till the fourteen days of the marriage were expired; +Tobit Tob 67 8 21 And then he should take the half of his goods, and go in safety to his father; and should have the rest when I and my wife be dead. +Tobit Tob 67 9 1 Then Tobias called Raphael, and said unto him, +Tobit Tob 67 9 2 Brother Azarias, take with thee a servant, and two camels, and go to Rages of Media to Gabael, and bring me the money, and bring him to the wedding. +Tobit Tob 67 9 3 For Raguel hath sworn that I shall not depart. +Tobit Tob 67 9 4 But my father counteth the days; and if I tarry long, he will be very sorry. +Tobit Tob 67 9 5 So Raphael went out, and lodged with Gabael, and gave him the handwriting: who brought forth bags which were sealed up, and gave them to him. +Tobit Tob 67 9 6 And early in the morning they went forth both together, and came to the wedding: and Tobias blessed his wife. +Tobit Tob 67 10 1 Now Tobit his father counted every day: and when the days of the journey were expired, and they came not, +Tobit Tob 67 10 2 Then Tobit said, Are they detained? or is Gabael dead, and there is no man to give him the money? +Tobit Tob 67 10 3 Therefore he was very sorry. +Tobit Tob 67 10 4 Then his wife said unto him, My son is dead, seeing he stayeth long; and she began to wail him, and said, +Tobit Tob 67 10 5 Now I care for nothing, my son, since I have let thee go, the light of mine eyes. +Tobit Tob 67 10 6 To whom Tobit said, Hold thy peace, take no care, for he is safe. +Tobit Tob 67 10 7 But she said, Hold thy peace, and deceive me not; my son is dead. And she went out every day into the way which they went, and did eat no meat on the daytime, and ceased not whole nights to bewail her son Tobias, until the fourteen days of the wedding were expired, which Raguel had sworn that he should spend there. Then Tobias said to Raguel, Let me go, for my father and my mother look no more to see me. +Tobit Tob 67 10 8 But his father in law said unto him, Tarry with me, and I will send to thy father, and they shall declare unto him how things go with thee. +Tobit Tob 67 10 9 But Tobias said, No; but let me go to my father. +Tobit Tob 67 10 10 Then Raguel arose, and gave him Sara his wife, and half his goods, servants, and cattle, and money: +Tobit Tob 67 10 11 And he blessed them, and sent them away, saying, The God of heaven give you a prosperous journey, my children. +Tobit Tob 67 10 12 And he said to his daughter, Honour thy father and thy mother in law, which are now thy parents, that I may hear good report of thee. And he kissed her. Edna also said to Tobias, The Lord of heaven restore thee, my dear brother, and grant that I may see thy children of my daughter Sara before I die, that I may rejoice before the Lord: behold, I commit my daughter unto thee of special trust; where are do not entreat her evil. +Tobit Tob 67 11 1 After these things Tobias went his way, praising God that he had given him a prosperous journey, and blessed Raguel and Edna his wife, and went on his way till they drew near unto Nineve. +Tobit Tob 67 11 2 Then Raphael said to Tobias, Thou knowest, brother, how thou didst leave thy father: +Tobit Tob 67 11 3 Let us haste before thy wife, and prepare the house. +Tobit Tob 67 11 4 And take in thine hand the gall of the fish. So they went their way, and the dog went after them. +Tobit Tob 67 11 5 Now Anna sat looking about toward the way for her son. +Tobit Tob 67 11 6 And when she espied him coming, she said to his father, Behold, thy son cometh, and the man that went with him. +Tobit Tob 67 11 7 Then said Raphael, I know, Tobias, that thy father will open his eyes. +Tobit Tob 67 11 8 Therefore anoint thou his eyes with the gall, and being pricked therewith, he shall rub, and the whiteness shall fall away, and he shall see thee. +Tobit Tob 67 11 9 Then Anna ran forth, and fell upon the neck of her son, and said unto him, Seeing I have seen thee, my son, from henceforth I am content to die. And they wept both. +Tobit Tob 67 11 10 Tobit also went forth toward the door, and stumbled: but his son ran unto him, +Tobit Tob 67 11 11 And took hold of his father: and he strake of the gall on his fathers' eyes, saying, Be of good hope, my father. +Tobit Tob 67 11 12 And when his eyes began to smart, he rubbed them; +Tobit Tob 67 11 13 And the whiteness pilled away from the corners of his eyes: and when he saw his son, he fell upon his neck. +Tobit Tob 67 11 14 And he wept, and said, Blessed art thou, O God, and blessed is thy name for ever; and blessed are all thine holy angels: +Tobit Tob 67 11 15 For thou hast scourged, and hast taken pity on me: for, behold, I see my son Tobias. And his son went in rejoicing, and told his father the great things that had happened to him in Media. +Tobit Tob 67 11 16 Then Tobit went out to meet his daughter in law at the gate of Nineve, rejoicing and praising God: and they which saw him go marvelled, because he had received his sight. +Tobit Tob 67 11 17 But Tobias gave thanks before them, because God had mercy on him. And when he came near to Sara his daughter in law, he blessed her, saying, Thou art welcome, daughter: God be blessed, which hath brought thee unto us, and blessed be thy father and thy mother. And there was joy among all his brethren which were at Nineve. +Tobit Tob 67 11 18 And Achiacharus, and Nasbas his brother's son, came: +Tobit Tob 67 11 19 And Tobias' wedding was kept seven days with great joy. +Tobit Tob 67 12 1 Then Tobit called his son Tobias, and said unto him, My son, see that the man have his wages, which went with thee, and thou must give him more. +Tobit Tob 67 12 2 And Tobias said unto him, O father, it is no harm to me to give him half of those things which I have brought: +Tobit Tob 67 12 3 For he hath brought me again to thee in safety, and made whole my wife, and brought me the money, and likewise healed thee. +Tobit Tob 67 12 4 Then the old man said, It is due unto him. +Tobit Tob 67 12 5 So he called the angel, and he said unto him, Take half of all that ye have brought and go away in safety. +Tobit Tob 67 12 6 Then he took them both apart, and said unto them, Bless God, praise him, and magnify him, and praise him for the things which he hath done unto you in the sight of all that live. It is good to praise God, and exalt his name, and honourably to shew forth the works of God; therefore be not slack to praise him. +Tobit Tob 67 12 7 It is good to keep close the secret of a king, but it is honourable to reveal the works of God. Do that which is good, and no evil shall touch you. +Tobit Tob 67 12 8 Prayer is good with fasting and alms and righteousness. A little with righteousness is better than much with unrighteousness. It is better to give alms than to lay up gold: +Tobit Tob 67 12 9 For alms doth deliver from death, and shall purge away all sin. Those that exercise alms and righteousness shall be filled with life: +Tobit Tob 67 12 10 But they that sin are enemies to their own life. +Tobit Tob 67 12 11 Surely I will keep close nothing from you. For I said, It was good to keep close the secret of a king, but that it was honourable to reveal the works of God. +Tobit Tob 67 12 12 Now therefore, when thou didst pray, and Sara thy daughter in law, I did bring the remembrance of your prayers before the Holy One: and when thou didst bury the dead, I was with thee likewise. +Tobit Tob 67 12 13 And when thou didst not delay to rise up, and leave thy dinner, to go and cover the dead, thy good deed was not hid from me: but I was with thee. +Tobit Tob 67 12 14 And now God hath sent me to heal thee and Sara thy daughter in law. +Tobit Tob 67 12 15 I am Raphael, one of the seven holy angels, which present the prayers of the saints, and which go in and out before the glory of the Holy One. +Tobit Tob 67 12 16 Then they were both troubled, and fell upon their faces: for they feared. +Tobit Tob 67 12 17 But he said unto them, Fear not, for it shall go well with you; praise God therefore. +Tobit Tob 67 12 18 For not of any favour of mine, but by the will of our God I came; wherefore praise him for ever. +Tobit Tob 67 12 19 All these days I did appear unto you; but I did neither eat nor drink, but ye did see a vision. +Tobit Tob 67 12 20 Now therefore give God thanks: for I go up to him that sent me; but write all things which are done in a book. +Tobit Tob 67 12 21 And when they arose, they saw him no more. +Tobit Tob 67 12 22 Then they confessed the great and wonderful works of God, and how the angel of the Lord had appeared unto them. +Tobit Tob 67 13 1 Then Tobit wrote a prayer of rejoicing, and said, Blessed be God that liveth for ever, and blessed be his kingdom. +Tobit Tob 67 13 2 For he doth scourge, and hath mercy: he leadeth down to hell, and bringeth up again: neither is there any that can avoid his hand. +Tobit Tob 67 13 3 Confess him before the Gentiles, ye children of Israel: for he hath scattered us among them. +Tobit Tob 67 13 4 There declare his greatness, and extol him before all the living: for he is our Lord, and he is the God our Father for ever. +Tobit Tob 67 13 5 And he will scourge us for our iniquities, and will have mercy again, and will gather us out of all nations, among whom he hath scattered us. +Tobit Tob 67 13 6 If ye turn to him with your whole heart, and with your whole mind, and deal uprightly before him, then will he turn unto you, and will not hide his face from you. Therefore see what he will do with you, and confess him with your whole mouth, and praise the Lord of might, and extol the everlasting King. In the land of my captivity do I praise him, and declare his might and majesty to a sinful nation. O ye sinners, turn and do justice before him: who can tell if he will accept you, and have mercy on you? +Tobit Tob 67 13 7 I will extol my God, and my soul shall praise the King of heaven, and shall rejoice in his greatness. +Tobit Tob 67 13 8 Let all men speak, and let all praise him for his righteousness. +Tobit Tob 67 13 9 O Jerusalem, the holy city, he will scourge thee for thy children's works, and will have mercy again on the sons of the righteous. +Tobit Tob 67 13 10 Give praise to the Lord, for he is good: and praise the everlasting King, that his tabernacle may be builded in thee again with joy, and let him make joyful there in thee those that are captives, and love in thee for ever those that are miserable. +Tobit Tob 67 13 11 Many nations shall come from far to the name of the Lord God with gifts in their hands, even gifts to the King of heaven; all generations shall praise thee with great joy. +Tobit Tob 67 13 12 Cursed are all they which hate thee, and blessed shall all be which love thee for ever. +Tobit Tob 67 13 13 Rejoice and be glad for the children of the just: for they shall be gathered together, and shall bless the Lord of the just. +Tobit Tob 67 13 14 O blessed are they which love thee, for they shall rejoice in thy peace: blessed are they which have been sorrowful for all thy scourges; for they shall rejoice for thee, when they have seen all thy glory, and shall be glad for ever. +Tobit Tob 67 13 15 Let my soul bless God the great King. +Tobit Tob 67 13 16 For Jerusalem shall be built up with sapphires and emeralds, and precious stone: thy walls and towers and battlements with pure gold. +Tobit Tob 67 13 17 And the streets of Jerusalem shall be paved with beryl and carbuncle and stones of Ophir. +Tobit Tob 67 13 18 And all her streets shall say, Alleluia; and they shall praise him, saying, Blessed be God, which hath extolled it for ever. +Tobit Tob 67 14 1 So Tobit made an end of praising God. +Tobit Tob 67 14 2 And he was eight and fifty years old when he lost his sight, which was restored to him after eight years: and he gave alms, and he increased in the fear of the Lord God, and praised him. +Tobit Tob 67 14 3 And when he was very aged he called his son, and the sons of his son, and said to him, My son, take thy children; for, behold, I am aged, and am ready to depart out of this life. +Tobit Tob 67 14 4 Go into Media my son, for I surely believe those things which Jonas the prophet spake of Nineve, that it shall be overthrown; and that for a time peace shall rather be in Media; and that our brethren shall lie scattered in the earth from that good land: and Jerusalem shall be desolate, and the house of God in it shall be burned, and shall be desolate for a time; +Tobit Tob 67 14 5 And that again God will have mercy on them, and bring them again into the land, where they shall build a temple, but not like to the first, until the time of that age be fulfilled; and afterward they shall return from all places of their captivity, and build up Jerusalem gloriously, and the house of God shall be built in it for ever with a glorious building, as the prophets have spoken thereof. +Tobit Tob 67 14 6 And all nations shall turn, and fear the Lord God truly, and shall bury their idols. +Tobit Tob 67 14 7 So shall all nations praise the Lord, and his people shall confess God, and the Lord shall exalt his people; and all those which love the Lord God in truth and justice shall rejoice, shewing mercy to our brethren. +Tobit Tob 67 14 8 And now, my son, depart out of Nineve, because that those things which the prophet Jonas spake shall surely come to pass. +Tobit Tob 67 14 9 But keep thou the law and the commandments, and shew thyself merciful and just, that it may go well with thee. +Tobit Tob 67 14 10 And bury me decently, and thy mother with me; but tarry no longer at Nineve. Remember, my son, how Aman handled Achiacharus that brought him up, how out of light he brought him into darkness, and how he rewarded him again: yet Achiacharus was saved, but the other had his reward: for he went down into darkness. Manasses gave alms, and escaped the snares of death which they had set for him: but Aman fell into the snare, and perished. +Tobit Tob 67 14 11 Wherefore now, my son, consider what alms doeth, and how righteousness doth deliver. When he had said these things, he gave up the ghost in the bed, being an hundred and eight and fifty years old; and he buried him honourably. +Tobit Tob 67 14 12 And when Anna his mother was dead, he buried her with his father. But Tobias departed with his wife and children to Ecbatane to Raguel his father in law, +Tobit Tob 67 14 13 Where he became old with honour, and he buried his father and mother in law honourably, and he inherited their substance, and his father Tobit's. +Tobit Tob 67 14 14 And he died at Ecbatane in Media, being an hundred and seven and twenty years old. +Tobit Tob 67 14 15 But before he died he heard of the destruction of Nineve, which was taken by Nabuchodonosor and Assuerus: and before his death he rejoiced over Nineve. +Judith Jdt 68 1 1 In the twelfth year of the reign of Nabuchodonosor, who reigned in Nineve, the great city; in the days of Arphaxad, which reigned over the Medes in Ecbatane, +Judith Jdt 68 1 2 And built in Ecbatane walls round about of stones hewn three cubits broad and six cubits long, and made the height of the wall seventy cubits, and the breadth thereof fifty cubits: +Judith Jdt 68 1 3 And set the towers thereof upon the gates of it an hundred cubits high, and the breadth thereof in the foundation threescore cubits: +Judith Jdt 68 1 4 And he made the gates thereof, even gates that were raised to the height of seventy cubits, and the breadth of them was forty cubits, for the going forth of his mighty armies, and for the setting in array of his footmen: +Judith Jdt 68 1 5 Even in those days king Nabuchodonosor made war with king Arphaxad in the great plain, which is the plain in the borders of Ragau. +Judith Jdt 68 1 6 And there came unto him all they that dwelt in the hill country, and all that dwelt by Euphrates, and Tigris and Hydaspes, and the plain of Arioch the king of the Elymeans, and very many nations of the sons of Chelod, assembled themselves to the battle. +Judith Jdt 68 1 7 Then Nabuchodonosor king of the Assyrians sent unto all that dwelt in Persia, and to all that dwelt westward, and to those that dwelt in Cilicia, and Damascus, and Libanus, and Antilibanus, and to all that dwelt upon the sea coast, +Judith Jdt 68 1 8 And to those among the nations that were of Carmel, and Galaad, and the higher Galilee, and the great plain of Esdrelom, +Judith Jdt 68 1 9 And to all that were in Samaria and the cities thereof, and beyond Jordan unto Jerusalem, and Betane, and Chelus, and Kades, and the river of Egypt, and Taphnes, and Ramesse, and all the land of Gesem, +Judith Jdt 68 1 10 Until ye come beyond Tanis and Memphis, and to all the inhabitants of Egypt, until ye come to the borders of Ethiopia. +Judith Jdt 68 1 11 But all the inhabitants of the land made light of the commandment of Nabuchodonosor king of the Assyrians, neither went they with him to the battle; for they were not afraid of him: yea, he was before them as one man, and they sent away his ambassadors from them without effect, and with disgrace. +Judith Jdt 68 1 12 Therefore Nabuchodonosor was very angry with all this country, and sware by his throne and kingdom, that he would surely be avenged upon all those coasts of Cilicia, and Damascus, and Syria, and that he would slay with the sword all the inhabitants of the land of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and all Judea, and all that were in Egypt, till ye come to the borders of the two seas. +Judith Jdt 68 1 13 Then he marched in battle array with his power against king Arphaxad in the seventeenth year, and he prevailed in his battle: for he overthrew all the power of Arphaxad, and all his horsemen, and all his chariots, +Judith Jdt 68 1 14 And became lord of his cities, and came unto Ecbatane, and took the towers, and spoiled the streets thereof, and turned the beauty thereof into shame. +Judith Jdt 68 1 15 He took also Arphaxad in the mountains of Ragau, and smote him through with his darts, and destroyed him utterly that day. +Judith Jdt 68 1 16 So he returned afterward to Nineve, both he and all his company of sundry nations being a very great multitude of men of war, and there he took his ease, and banqueted, both he and his army, an hundred and twenty days. +Judith Jdt 68 2 1 And in the eighteenth year, the two and twentieth day of the first month, there was talk in the house of Nabuchodonosor king of the Assyrians that he should, as he said, avenge himself on all the earth. +Judith Jdt 68 2 2 So he called unto him all his officers, and all his nobles, and communicated with them his secret counsel, and concluded the afflicting of the whole earth out of his own mouth. +Judith Jdt 68 2 3 Then they decreed to destroy all flesh, that did not obey the commandment of his mouth. +Judith Jdt 68 2 4 And when he had ended his counsel, Nabuchodonosor king of the Assyrians called Holofernes the chief captain of his army, which was next unto him, and said unto him. +Judith Jdt 68 2 5 Thus saith the great king, the lord of the whole earth, Behold, thou shalt go forth from my presence, and take with thee men that trust in their own strength, of footmen an hundred and twenty thousand; and the number of horses with their riders twelve thousand. +Judith Jdt 68 2 6 And thou shalt go against all the west country, because they disobeyed my commandment. +Judith Jdt 68 2 7 And thou shalt declare unto that they prepare for me earth and water: for I will go forth in my wrath against them and will cover the whole face of the earth with the feet of mine army, and I will give them for a spoil unto them: +Judith Jdt 68 2 8 So that their slain shall fill their valleys and brooks and the river shall be filled with their dead, till it overflow: +Judith Jdt 68 2 9 And I will lead them captives to the utmost parts of all the earth. +Judith Jdt 68 2 10 Thou therefore shalt go forth. and take beforehand for me all their coasts: and if they will yield themselves unto thee, thou shalt reserve them for me till the day of their punishment. +Judith Jdt 68 2 11 But concerning them that rebel, let not thine eye spare them; but put them to the slaughter, and spoil them wheresoever thou goest. +Judith Jdt 68 2 12 For as I live, and by the power of my kingdom, whatsoever I have spoken, that will I do by mine hand. +Judith Jdt 68 2 13 And take thou heed that thou transgress none of the commandments of thy lord, but accomplish them fully, as I have commanded thee, and defer not to do them. +Judith Jdt 68 2 14 Then Holofernes went forth from the presence of his lord, and called all the governors and captains, and the officers of the army of Assur; +Judith Jdt 68 2 15 And he mustered the chosen men for the battle, as his lord had commanded him, unto an hundred and twenty thousand, and twelve thousand archers on horseback; +Judith Jdt 68 2 16 And he ranged them, as a great army is ordered for the war. +Judith Jdt 68 2 17 And he took camels and asses for their carriages, a very great number; and sheep and oxen and goats without number for their provision: +Judith Jdt 68 2 18 And plenty of victual for every man of the army, and very much gold and silver out of the king's house. +Judith Jdt 68 2 19 Then he went forth and all his power to go before king Nabuchodonosor in the voyage, and to cover all the face of the earth westward with their chariots, and horsemen, and their chosen footmen. +Judith Jdt 68 2 20 A great number also sundry countries came with them like locusts, and like the sand of the earth: for the multitude was without number. +Judith Jdt 68 2 21 And they went forth of Nineve three days' journey toward the plain of Bectileth, and pitched from Bectileth near the mountain which is at the left hand of the upper Cilicia. +Judith Jdt 68 2 22 Then he took all his army, his footmen, and horsemen and chariots, and went from thence into the hill country; +Judith Jdt 68 2 23 And destroyed Phud and Lud, and spoiled all the children of Rasses, and the children of Israel, which were toward the wilderness at the south of the land of the Chellians. +Judith Jdt 68 2 24 Then he went over Euphrates, and went through Mesopotamia, and destroyed all the high cities that were upon the river Arbonai, till ye come to the sea. +Judith Jdt 68 2 25 And he took the borders of Cilicia, and killed all that resisted him, and came to the borders of Japheth, which were toward the south, over against Arabia. +Judith Jdt 68 2 26 He compassed also all the children of Madian, and burned up their tabernacles, and spoiled their sheepcotes. +Judith Jdt 68 2 27 Then he went down into the plain of Damascus in the time of wheat harvest, and burnt up all their fields, and destroyed their flocks and herds, also he spoiled their cities, and utterly wasted their countries, and smote all their young men with the edge of the sword. +Judith Jdt 68 2 28 Therefore the fear and dread of him fell upon all the inhabitants of the sea coasts, which were in Sidon and Tyrus, and them that dwelt in Sur and Ocina, and all that dwelt in Jemnaan; and they that dwelt in Azotus and Ascalon feared him greatly. +Judith Jdt 68 3 1 So they sent ambassadors unto him to treat of peace, saying, +Judith Jdt 68 3 2 Behold, we the servants of Nabuchodonosor the great king lie before thee; use us as shall be good in thy sight. +Judith Jdt 68 3 3 Behold, our houses, and all our places, and all our fields of wheat, and flocks, and herds, and all the lodges of our tents lie before thy face; use them as it pleaseth thee. +Judith Jdt 68 3 4 Behold, even our cities and the inhabitants thereof are thy servants; come and deal with them as seemeth good unto thee. +Judith Jdt 68 3 5 So the men came to Holofernes, and declared unto him after this manner. +Judith Jdt 68 3 6 Then came he down toward the sea coast, both he and his army, and set garrisons in the high cities, and took out of them chosen men for aid. +Judith Jdt 68 3 7 So they and all the country round about received them with garlands, with dances, and with timbrels. +Judith Jdt 68 3 8 Yet he did cast down their frontiers, and cut down their groves: for he had decreed to destroy all the gods of the land, that all nations should worship Nabuchodonosor only, and that all tongues and tribes should call upon him as god. +Judith Jdt 68 3 9 Also he came over against Esdraelon near unto Judea, over against the great strait of Judea. +Judith Jdt 68 3 10 And he pitched between Geba and Scythopolis, and there he tarried a whole month, that he might gather together all the carriages of his army. +Judith Jdt 68 4 1 Now the children of Israel, that dwelt in Judea, heard all that Holofernes the chief captain of Nabuchodonosor king of the Assyrians had done to the nations, and after what manner he had spoiled all their temples, and brought them to nought. +Judith Jdt 68 4 2 Therefore they were exceedingly afraid of him, and were troubled for Jerusalem, and for the temple of the Lord their God: +Judith Jdt 68 4 3 For they were newly returned from the captivity, and all the people of Judea were lately gathered together: and the vessels, and the altar, and the house, were sanctified after the profanation. +Judith Jdt 68 4 4 Therefore they sent into all the coasts of Samaria, and the villages and to Bethoron, and Belmen, and Jericho, and to Choba, and Esora, and to the valley of Salem: +Judith Jdt 68 4 5 And possessed themselves beforehand of all the tops of the high mountains, and fortified the villages that were in them, and laid up victuals for the provision of war: for their fields were of late reaped. +Judith Jdt 68 4 6 Also Joacim the high priest, which was in those days in Jerusalem, wrote to them that dwelt in Bethulia, and Betomestham, which is over against Esdraelon toward the open country, near to Dothaim, +Judith Jdt 68 4 7 Charging them to keep the passages of the hill country: for by them there was an entrance into Judea, and it was easy to stop them that would come up, because the passage was straight, for two men at the most. +Judith Jdt 68 4 8 And the children of Israel did as Joacim the high priest had commanded them, with the ancients of all the people of Israel, which dwelt at Jerusalem. +Judith Jdt 68 4 9 Then every man of Israel cried to God with great fervency, and with great vehemency did they humble their souls: +Judith Jdt 68 4 10 Both they, and their wives and their children, and their cattle, and every stranger and hireling, and their servants bought with money, put sackcloth upon their loins. +Judith Jdt 68 4 11 Thus every man and women, and the little children, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, fell before the temple, and cast ashes upon their heads, and spread out their sackcloth before the face of the Lord: also they put sackcloth about the altar, +Judith Jdt 68 4 12 And cried to the God of Israel all with one consent earnestly, that he would not give their children for a prey, and their wives for a spoil, and the cities of their inheritance to destruction, and the sanctuary to profanation and reproach, and for the nations to rejoice at. +Judith Jdt 68 4 13 So God heard their prayers, and looked upon their afflictions: for the people fasted many days in all Judea and Jerusalem before the sanctuary of the Lord Almighty. +Judith Jdt 68 4 14 And Joacim the high priest, and all the priests that stood before the Lord, and they which ministered unto the Lord, had their loins girt with sackcloth, and offered the daily burnt offerings, with the vows and free gifts of the people, +Judith Jdt 68 4 15 And had ashes on their mitres, and cried unto the Lord with all their power, that he would look upon all the house of Israel graciously. +Judith Jdt 68 5 1 Then was it declared to Holofernes, the chief captain of the army of Assur, that the children of Israel had prepared for war, and had shut up the passages of the hill country, and had fortified all the tops of the high hills and had laid impediments in the champaign countries: +Judith Jdt 68 5 2 Wherewith he was very angry, and called all the princes of Moab, and the captains of Ammon, and all the governors of the sea coast, +Judith Jdt 68 5 3 And he said unto them, Tell me now, ye sons of Chanaan, who this people is, that dwelleth in the hill country, and what are the cities that they inhabit, and what is the multitude of their army, and wherein is their power and strength, and what king is set over them, or captain of their army; +Judith Jdt 68 5 4 And why have they determined not to come and meet me, more than all the inhabitants of the west. +Judith Jdt 68 5 5 Then said Achior, the captain of all the sons of Ammon, Let my lord now hear a word from the mouth of thy servant, and I will declare unto thee the truth concerning this people, which dwelleth near thee, and inhabiteth the hill countries: and there shall no lie come out of the mouth of thy servant. +Judith Jdt 68 5 6 This people are descended of the Chaldeans: +Judith Jdt 68 5 7 And they sojourned heretofore in Mesopotamia, because they would not follow the gods of their fathers, which were in the land of Chaldea. +Judith Jdt 68 5 8 For they left the way of their ancestors, and worshipped the God of heaven, the God whom they knew: so they cast them out from the face of their gods, and they fled into Mesopotamia, and sojourned there many days. +Judith Jdt 68 5 9 Then their God commanded them to depart from the place where they sojourned, and to go into the land of Chanaan: where they dwelt, and were increased with gold and silver, and with very much cattle. +Judith Jdt 68 5 10 But when a famine covered all the land of Chanaan, they went down into Egypt, and sojourned there, while they were nourished, and became there a great multitude, so that one could not number their nation. +Judith Jdt 68 5 11 Therefore the king of Egypt rose up against them, and dealt subtilly with them, and brought them low with labouring in brick, and made them slaves. +Judith Jdt 68 5 12 Then they cried unto their God, and he smote all the land of Egypt with incurable plagues: so the Egyptians cast them out of their sight. +Judith Jdt 68 5 13 And God dried the Red sea before them, +Judith Jdt 68 5 14 And brought them to mount Sina, and Cades-Barne, and cast forth all that dwelt in the wilderness. +Judith Jdt 68 5 15 So they dwelt in the land of the Amorites, and they destroyed by their strength all them of Esebon, and passing over Jordan they possessed all the hill country. +Judith Jdt 68 5 16 And they cast forth before them the Chanaanite, the Pherezite, the Jebusite, and the Sychemite, and all the Gergesites, and they dwelt in that country many days. +Judith Jdt 68 5 17 And whilst they sinned not before their God, they prospered, because the God that hateth iniquity was with them. +Judith Jdt 68 5 18 But when they departed from the way which he appointed them, they were destroyed in many battles very sore, and were led captives into a land that was not their's, and the temple of their God was cast to the ground, and their cities were taken by the enemies. +Judith Jdt 68 5 19 But now are they returned to their God, and are come up from the places where they were scattered, and have possessed Jerusalem, where their sanctuary is, and are seated in the hill country; for it was desolate. +Judith Jdt 68 5 20 Now therefore, my lord and governor, if there be any error against this people, and they sin against their God, let us consider that this shall be their ruin, and let us go up, and we shall overcome them. +Judith Jdt 68 5 21 But if there be no iniquity in their nation, let my lord now pass by, lest their Lord defend them, and their God be for them, and we become a reproach before all the world. +Judith Jdt 68 5 22 And when Achior had finished these sayings, all the people standing round about the tent murmured, and the chief men of Holofernes, and all that dwelt by the sea side, and in Moab, spake that he should kill him. +Judith Jdt 68 5 23 For, say they, we will not be afraid of the face of the children of Israel: for, lo, it is a people that have no strength nor power for a strong battle +Judith Jdt 68 5 24 Now therefore, lord Holofernes, we will go up, and they shall be a prey to be devoured of all thine army. +Judith Jdt 68 6 1 And when the tumult of men that were about the council was ceased, Holofernes the chief captain of the army of Assur said unto Achior and all the Moabites before all the company of other nations, +Judith Jdt 68 6 2 And who art thou, Achior, and the hirelings of Ephraim, that thou hast prophesied against us as to day, and hast said, that we should not make war with the people of Israel, because their God will defend them? and who is God but Nabuchodonosor? +Judith Jdt 68 6 3 He will send his power, and will destroy them from the face of the earth, and their God shall not deliver them: but we his servants will destroy them as one man; for they are not able to sustain the power of our horses. +Judith Jdt 68 6 4 For with them we will tread them under foot, and their mountains shall be drunken with their blood, and their fields shall be filled with their dead bodies, and their footsteps shall not be able to stand before us, for they shall utterly perish, saith king Nabuchodonosor, lord of all the earth: for he said, None of my words shall be in vain. +Judith Jdt 68 6 5 And thou, Achior, an hireling of Ammon, which hast spoken these words in the day of thine iniquity, shalt see my face no more from this day, until I take vengeance of this nation that came out of Egypt. +Judith Jdt 68 6 6 And then shall the sword of mine army, and the multitude of them that serve me, pass through thy sides, and thou shalt fall among their slain, when I return. +Judith Jdt 68 6 7 Now therefore my servants shall bring thee back into the hill country, and shall set thee in one of the cities of the passages: +Judith Jdt 68 6 8 And thou shalt not perish, till thou be destroyed with them. +Judith Jdt 68 6 9 And if thou persuade thyself in thy mind that they shall be taken, let not thy countenance fall: I have spoken it, and none of my words shall be in vain. +Judith Jdt 68 6 10 Then Holofernes commanded his servants, that waited in his tent, to take Achior, and bring him to Bethulia, and deliver him into the hands of the children of Israel. +Judith Jdt 68 6 11 So his servants took him, and brought him out of the camp into the plain, and they went from the midst of the plain into the hill country, and came unto the fountains that were under Bethulia. +Judith Jdt 68 6 12 And when the men of the city saw them, they took up their weapons, and went out of the city to the top of the hill: and every man that used a sling kept them from coming up by casting of stones against them. +Judith Jdt 68 6 13 Nevertheless having gotten privily under the hill, they bound Achior, and cast him down, and left him at the foot of the hill, and returned to their lord. +Judith Jdt 68 6 14 But the Israelites descended from their city, and came unto him, and loosed him, and brought him to Bethulia, and presented him to the governors of the city: +Judith Jdt 68 6 15 Which were in those days Ozias the son of Micha, of the tribe of Simeon, and Chabris the son of Gothoniel, and Charmis the son of Melchiel. +Judith Jdt 68 6 16 And they called together all the ancients of the city, and all their youth ran together, and their women, to the assembly, and they set Achior in the midst of all their people. Then Ozias asked him of that which was done. +Judith Jdt 68 6 17 And he answered and declared unto them the words of the council of Holofernes, and all the words that he had spoken in the midst of the princes of Assur, and whatsoever Holofernes had spoken proudly against the house of Israel. +Judith Jdt 68 6 18 Then the people fell down and worshipped God, and cried unto God. saying, +Judith Jdt 68 6 19 O Lord God of heaven, behold their pride, and pity the low estate of our nation, and look upon the face of those that are sanctified unto thee this day. +Judith Jdt 68 6 20 Then they comforted Achior, and praised him greatly. +Judith Jdt 68 6 21 And Ozias took him out of the assembly unto his house, and made a feast to the elders; and they called on the God of Israel all that night for help. +Judith Jdt 68 7 1 The next day Holofernes commanded all his army, and all his people which were come to take his part, that they should remove their camp against Bethulia, to take aforehand the ascents of the hill country, and to make war against the children of Israel. +Judith Jdt 68 7 2 Then their strong men removed their camps in that day, and the army of the men of war was an hundred and seventy thousand footmen, and twelve thousand horsemen, beside the baggage, and other men that were afoot among them, a very great multitude. +Judith Jdt 68 7 3 And they camped in the valley near unto Bethulia, by the fountain, and they spread themselves in breadth over Dothaim even to Belmaim, and in length from Bethulia unto Cynamon, which is over against Esdraelon. +Judith Jdt 68 7 4 Now the children of Israel, when they saw the multitude of them, were greatly troubled, and said every one to his neighbour, Now will these men lick up the face of the earth; for neither the high mountains, nor the valleys, nor the hills, are able to bear their weight. +Judith Jdt 68 7 5 Then every man took up his weapons of war, and when they had kindled fires upon their towers, they remained and watched all that night. +Judith Jdt 68 7 6 But in the second day Holofernes brought forth all his horsemen in the sight of the children of Israel which were in Bethulia, +Judith Jdt 68 7 7 And viewed the passages up to the city, and came to the fountains of their waters, and took them, and set garrisons of men of war over them, and he himself removed toward his people. +Judith Jdt 68 7 8 Then came unto him all the chief of the children of Esau, and all the governors of the people of Moab, and the captains of the sea coast, and said, +Judith Jdt 68 7 9 Let our lord now hear a word, that there be not an overthrow in thine army. +Judith Jdt 68 7 10 For this people of the children of Israel do not trust in their spears, but in the height of the mountains wherein they dwell, because it is not easy to come up to the tops of their mountains. +Judith Jdt 68 7 11 Now therefore, my lord, fight not against them in battle array, and there shall not so much as one man of thy people perish. +Judith Jdt 68 7 12 Remain in thy camp, and keep all the men of thine army, and let thy servants get into their hands the fountain of water, which issueth forth of the foot of the mountain: +Judith Jdt 68 7 13 For all the inhabitants of Bethulia have their water thence; so shall thirst kill them, and they shall give up their city, and we and our people shall go up to the tops of the mountains that are near, and will camp upon them, to watch that none go out of the city. +Judith Jdt 68 7 14 So they and their wives and their children shall be consumed with fire, and before the sword come against them, they shall be overthrown in the streets where they dwell. +Judith Jdt 68 7 15 Thus shalt thou render them an evil reward; because they rebelled, and met not thy person peaceably. +Judith Jdt 68 7 16 And these words pleased Holofernes and all his servants, and he appointed to do as they had spoken. +Judith Jdt 68 7 17 So the camp of the children of Ammon departed, and with them five thousand of the Assyrians, and they pitched in the valley, and took the waters, and the fountains of the waters of the children of Israel. +Judith Jdt 68 7 18 Then the children of Esau went up with the children of Ammon, and camped in the hill country over against Dothaim: and they sent some of them toward the south, and toward the east over against Ekrebel, which is near unto Chusi, that is upon the brook Mochmur; and the rest of the army of the Assyrians camped in the plain, and covered the face of the whole land; and their tents and carriages were pitched to a very great multitude. +Judith Jdt 68 7 19 Then the children of Israel cried unto the Lord their God, because their heart failed, for all their enemies had compassed them round about, and there was no way to escape out from among them. +Judith Jdt 68 7 20 Thus all the company of Assur remained about them, both their footmen, chariots, and horsemen, four and thirty days, so that all their vessels of water failed all the inhibitants of Bethulia. +Judith Jdt 68 7 21 And the cisterns were emptied, and they had not water to drink their fill for one day; for they gave them drink by measure. +Judith Jdt 68 7 22 Therefore their young children were out of heart, and their women and young men fainted for thirst, and fell down in the streets of the city, and by the passages of the gates, and there was no longer any strength in them. +Judith Jdt 68 7 23 Then all the people assembled to Ozias, and to the chief of the city, both young men, and women, and children, and cried with a loud voice, and said before all the elders, +Judith Jdt 68 7 24 God be judge between us and you: for ye have done us great injury, in that ye have not required peace of the children of Assur. +Judith Jdt 68 7 25 For now we have no helper: but God hath sold us into their hands, that we should be thrown down before them with thirst and great destruction. +Judith Jdt 68 7 26 Now therefore call them unto you, and deliver the whole city for a spoil to the people of Holofernes, and to all his army. +Judith Jdt 68 7 27 For it is better for us to be made a spoil unto them, than to die for thirst: for we will be his servants, that our souls may live, and not see the death of our infants before our eyes, nor our wives nor our children to die. +Judith Jdt 68 7 28 We take to witness against you the heaven and the earth, and our God and Lord of our fathers, which punisheth us according to our sins and the sins of our fathers, that he do not according as we have said this day. +Judith Jdt 68 7 29 Then there was great weeping with one consent in the midst of the assembly; and they cried unto the Lord God with a loud voice. +Judith Jdt 68 7 30 Then said Ozias to them, Brethren, be of good courage, let us yet endure five days, in the which space the Lord our God may turn his mercy toward us; for he will not forsake us utterly. +Judith Jdt 68 7 31 And if these days pass, and there come no help unto us, I will do according to your word. +Judith Jdt 68 7 32 And he dispersed the people, every one to their own charge; and they went unto the walls and towers of their city, and sent the women and children into their houses: and they were very low brought in the city. +Judith Jdt 68 8 1 Now at that time Judith heard thereof, which was the daughter of Merari, the son of Ox, the son of Joseph, the son of Ozel, the son of Elcia, the son of Ananias, the son of Gedeon, the son of Raphaim, the son of Acitho, the son of Eliu, the son of Eliab, the son of Nathanael, the son of Samael, the son of Salasadal, the son of Israel. +Judith Jdt 68 8 2 And Manasses was her husband, of her tribe and kindred, who died in the barley harvest. +Judith Jdt 68 8 3 For as he stood overseeing them that bound sheaves in the field, the heat came upon his head, and he fell on his bed, and died in the city of Bethulia: and they buried him with his fathers in the field between Dothaim and Balamo. +Judith Jdt 68 8 4 So Judith was a widow in her house three years and four months. +Judith Jdt 68 8 5 And she made her a tent upon the top of her house, and put on sackcloth upon her loins and ware her widow's apparel. +Judith Jdt 68 8 6 And she fasted all the days of her widowhood, save the eves of the sabbaths, and the sabbaths, and the eves of the new moons, and the new moons and the feasts and solemn days of the house of Israel. +Judith Jdt 68 8 7 She was also of a goodly countenance, and very beautiful to behold: and her husband Manasses had left her gold, and silver, and menservants and maidservants, and cattle, and lands; and she remained upon them. +Judith Jdt 68 8 8 And there was none that gave her an ill word; as she feared God greatly. +Judith Jdt 68 8 9 Now when she heard the evil words of the people against the governor, that they fainted for lack of water; for Judith had heard all the words that Ozias had spoken unto them, and that he had sworn to deliver the city unto the Assyrians after five days; +Judith Jdt 68 8 10 Then she sent her waitingwoman, that had the government of all things that she had, to call Ozias and Chabris and Charmis, the ancients of the city. +Judith Jdt 68 8 11 And they came unto her, and she said unto them, Hear me now, O ye governors of the inhabitants of Bethulia: for your words that ye have spoken before the people this day are not right, touching this oath which ye made and pronounced between God and you, and have promised to deliver the city to our enemies, unless within these days the Lord turn to help you. +Judith Jdt 68 8 12 And now who are ye that have tempted God this day, and stand instead of God among the children of men? +Judith Jdt 68 8 13 And now try the Lord Almighty, but ye shall never know any thing. +Judith Jdt 68 8 14 For ye cannot find the depth of the heart of man, neither can ye perceive the things that he thinketh: then how can ye search out God, that hath made all these things, and know his mind, or comprehend his purpose? Nay, my brethren, provoke not the Lord our God to anger. +Judith Jdt 68 8 15 For if he will not help us within these five days, he hath power to defend us when he will, even every day, or to destroy us before our enemies. +Judith Jdt 68 8 16 Do not bind the counsels of the Lord our God: for God is not as man, that he may be threatened; neither is he as the son of man, that he should be wavering. +Judith Jdt 68 8 17 Therefore let us wait for salvation of him, and call upon him to help us, and he will hear our voice, if it please him. +Judith Jdt 68 8 18 For there arose none in our age, neither is there any now in these days neither tribe, nor family, nor people, nor city among us, which worship gods made with hands, as hath been aforetime. +Judith Jdt 68 8 19 For the which cause our fathers were given to the sword, and for a spoil, and had a great fall before our enemies. +Judith Jdt 68 8 20 But we know none other god, therefore we trust that he will not despise us, nor any of our nation. +Judith Jdt 68 8 21 For if we be taken so, all Judea shall lie waste, and our sanctuary shall be spoiled; and he will require the profanation thereof at our mouth. +Judith Jdt 68 8 22 And the slaughter of our brethren, and the captivity of the country, and the desolation of our inheritance, will he turn upon our heads among the Gentiles, wheresoever we shall be in bondage; and we shall be an offence and a reproach to all them that possess us. +Judith Jdt 68 8 23 For our servitude shall not be directed to favour: but the Lord our God shall turn it to dishonour. +Judith Jdt 68 8 24 Now therefore, O brethren, let us shew an example to our brethren, because their hearts depend upon us, and the sanctuary, and the house, and the altar, rest upon us. +Judith Jdt 68 8 25 Moreover let us give thanks to the Lord our God, which trieth us, even as he did our fathers. +Judith Jdt 68 8 26 Remember what things he did to Abraham, and how he tried Isaac, and what happened to Jacob in Mesopotamia of Syria, when he kept the sheep of Laban his mother's brother. +Judith Jdt 68 8 27 For he hath not tried us in the fire, as he did them, for the examination of their hearts, neither hath he taken vengeance on us: but the Lord doth scourge them that come near unto him, to admonish them. +Judith Jdt 68 8 28 Then said Ozias to her, All that thou hast spoken hast thou spoken with a good heart, and there is none that may gainsay thy words. +Judith Jdt 68 8 29 For this is not the first day wherein thy wisdom is manifested; but from the beginning of thy days all the people have known thy understanding, because the disposition of thine heart is good. +Judith Jdt 68 8 30 But the people were very thirsty, and compelled us to do unto them as we have spoken, and to bring an oath upon ourselves, which we will not break. +Judith Jdt 68 8 31 Therefore now pray thou for us, because thou art a godly woman, and the Lord will send us rain to fill our cisterns, and we shall faint no more. +Judith Jdt 68 8 32 Then said Judith unto them, Hear me, and I will do a thing, which shall go throughout all generations to the children of our nation. +Judith Jdt 68 8 33 Ye shall stand this night in the gate, and I will go forth with my waitingwoman: and within the days that ye have promised to deliver the city to our enemies the Lord will visit Israel by mine hand. +Judith Jdt 68 8 34 But enquire not ye of mine act: for I will not declare it unto you, till the things be finished that I do. +Judith Jdt 68 8 35 Then said Ozias and the princes unto her, Go in peace, and the Lord God be before thee, to take vengeance on our enemies. +Judith Jdt 68 8 36 So they returned from the tent, and went to their wards. +Judith Jdt 68 9 1 Judith fell upon her face, and put ashes upon her head, and uncovered the sackcloth wherewith she was clothed; and about the time that the incense of that evening was offered in Jerusalem in the house of the Lord Judith cried with a loud voice, and said, +Judith Jdt 68 9 2 O Lord God of my father Simeon, to whom thou gavest a sword to take vengeance of the strangers, who loosened the girdle of a maid to defile her, and discovered the thigh to her shame, and polluted her virginity to her reproach; for thou saidst, It shall not be so; and yet they did so: +Judith Jdt 68 9 3 Wherefore thou gavest their rulers to be slain, so that they dyed their bed in blood, being deceived, and smotest the servants with their lords, and the lords upon their thrones; +Judith Jdt 68 9 4 And hast given their wives for a prey, and their daughters to be captives, and all their spoils to be divided among thy dear children; which were moved with thy zeal, and abhorred the pollution of their blood, and called upon thee for aid: O God, O my God, hear me also a widow. +Judith Jdt 68 9 5 For thou hast wrought not only those things, but also the things which fell out before, and which ensued after; thou hast thought upon the things which are now, and which are to come. +Judith Jdt 68 9 6 Yea, what things thou didst determine were ready at hand, and said, Lo, we are here: for all thy ways are prepared, and thy judgments are in thy foreknowledge. +Judith Jdt 68 9 7 For, behold, the Assyrians are multiplied in their power; they are exalted with horse and man; they glory in the strength of their footmen; they trust in shield, and spear, and bow, and sling; and know not that thou art the Lord that breakest the battles: the Lord is thy name. +Judith Jdt 68 9 8 Throw down their strength in thy power, and bring down their force in thy wrath: for they have purposed to defile thy sanctuary, and to pollute the tabernacle where thy glorious name resteth and to cast down with sword the horn of thy altar. +Judith Jdt 68 9 9 Behold their pride, and send thy wrath upon their heads: give into mine hand, which am a widow, the power that I have conceived. +Judith Jdt 68 9 10 Smite by the deceit of my lips the servant with the prince, and the prince with the servant: break down their stateliness by the hand of a woman. +Judith Jdt 68 9 11 For thy power standeth not in multitude nor thy might in strong men: for thou art a God of the afflicted, an helper of the oppressed, an upholder of the weak, a protector of the forlorn, a saviour of them that are without hope. +Judith Jdt 68 9 12 I pray thee, I pray thee, O God of my father, and God of the inheritance of Israel, Lord of the heavens and earth, Creator of the waters, king of every creature, hear thou my prayer: +Judith Jdt 68 9 13 And make my speech and deceit to be their wound and stripe, who have purposed cruel things against thy covenant, and thy hallowed house, and against the top of Sion, and against the house of the possession of thy children. +Judith Jdt 68 9 14 And make every nation and tribe to acknowledge that thou art the God of all power and might, and that there is none other that protecteth the people of Israel but thou. +Judith Jdt 68 10 1 Now after that she had ceased to cry unto the God of Israel, and bad made an end of all these words. +Judith Jdt 68 10 2 She rose where she had fallen down, and called her maid, and went down into the house in the which she abode in the sabbath days, and in her feast days, +Judith Jdt 68 10 3 And pulled off the sackcloth which she had on, and put off the garments of her widowhood, and washed her body all over with water, and anointed herself with precious ointment, and braided the hair of her head, and put on a tire upon it, and put on her garments of gladness, wherewith she was clad during the life of Manasses her husband. +Judith Jdt 68 10 4 And she took sandals upon her feet, and put about her her bracelets, and her chains, and her rings, and her earrings, and all her ornaments, and decked herself bravely, to allure the eyes of all men that should see her. +Judith Jdt 68 10 5 Then she gave her maid a bottle of wine, and a cruse of oil, and filled a bag with parched corn, and lumps of figs, and with fine bread; so she folded all these things together, and laid them upon her. +Judith Jdt 68 10 6 Thus they went forth to the gate of the city of Bethulia, and found standing there Ozias and the ancients of the city, Chabris and Charmis. +Judith Jdt 68 10 7 And when they saw her, that her countenance was altered, and her apparel was changed, they wondered at her beauty very greatly, and said unto her. +Judith Jdt 68 10 8 The God, the God of our fathers give thee favour, and accomplish thine enterprizes to the glory of the children of Israel, and to the exaltation of Jerusalem. Then they worshipped God. +Judith Jdt 68 10 9 And she said unto them, Command the gates of the city to be opened unto me, that I may go forth to accomplish the things whereof ye have spoken with me. So they commanded the young men to open unto her, as she had spoken. +Judith Jdt 68 10 10 And when they had done so, Judith went out, she, and her maid with her; and the men of the city looked after her, until she was gone down the mountain, and till she had passed the valley, and could see her no more. +Judith Jdt 68 10 11 Thus they went straight forth in the valley: and the first watch of the Assyrians met her, +Judith Jdt 68 10 12 And took her, and asked her, Of what people art thou? and whence comest thou? and whither goest thou? And she said, I am a woman of the Hebrews, and am fled from them: for they shall be given you to be consumed: +Judith Jdt 68 10 13 And I am coming before Holofernes the chief captain of your army, to declare words of truth; and I will shew him a way, whereby he shall go, and win all the hill country, without losing the body or life of any one of his men. +Judith Jdt 68 10 14 Now when the men heard her words, and beheld her countenance, they wondered greatly at her beauty, and said unto her, +Judith Jdt 68 10 15 Thou hast saved thy life, in that thou hast hasted to come down to the presence of our lord: now therefore come to his tent, and some of us shall conduct thee, until they have delivered thee to his hands. +Judith Jdt 68 10 16 And when thou standest before him, be not afraid in thine heart, but shew unto him according to thy word; and he will entreat thee well. +Judith Jdt 68 10 17 Then they chose out of them an hundred men to accompany her and her maid; and they brought her to the tent of Holofernes. +Judith Jdt 68 10 18 Then was there a concourse throughout all the camp: for her coming was noised among the tents, and they came about her, as she stood without the tent of Holofernes, till they told him of her. +Judith Jdt 68 10 19 And they wondered at her beauty, and admired the children of Israel because of her, and every one said to his neighbour, Who would despise this people, that have among them such women? surely it is not good that one man of them be left who being let go might deceive the whole earth. +Judith Jdt 68 10 20 And they that lay near Holofernes went out, and all his servants and they brought her into the tent. +Judith Jdt 68 10 21 Now Holofernes rested upon his bed under a canopy, which was woven with purple, and gold, and emeralds, and precious stones. +Judith Jdt 68 10 22 So they shewed him of her; and he came out before his tent with silver lamps going before him. +Judith Jdt 68 10 23 And when Judith was come before him and his servants they all marvelled at the beauty of her countenance; and she fell down upon her face, and did reverence unto him: and his servants took her up. +Judith Jdt 68 11 1 Then said Holofernes unto her, Woman, be of good comfort, fear not in thine heart: for I never hurt any that was willing to serve Nabuchodonosor, the king of all the earth. +Judith Jdt 68 11 2 Now therefore, if thy people that dwelleth in the mountains had not set light by me, I would not have lifted up my spear against them: but they have done these things to themselves. +Judith Jdt 68 11 3 But now tell me wherefore thou art fled from them, and art come unto us: for thou art come for safeguard; be of good comfort, thou shalt live this night, and hereafter: +Judith Jdt 68 11 4 For none shall hurt thee, but entreat thee well, as they do the servants of king Nabuchodonosor my lord. +Judith Jdt 68 11 5 Then Judith said unto him, Receive the words of thy servant, and suffer thine handmaid to speak in thy presence, and I will declare no lie to my lord this night. +Judith Jdt 68 11 6 And if thou wilt follow the words of thine handmaid, God will bring the thing perfectly to pass by thee; and my lord shall not fail of his purposes. +Judith Jdt 68 11 7 As Nabuchodonosor king of all the earth liveth, and as his power liveth, who hath sent thee for the upholding of every living thing: for not only men shall serve him by thee, but also the beasts of the field, and the cattle, and the fowls of the air, shall live by thy power under Nabuchodonosor and all his house. +Judith Jdt 68 11 8 For we have heard of thy wisdom and thy policies, and it is reported in all the earth, that thou only art excellent in all the kingdom, and mighty in knowledge, and wonderful in feats of war. +Judith Jdt 68 11 9 Now as concerning the matter, which Achior did speak in thy council, we have heard his words; for the men of Bethulia saved him, and he declared unto them all that he had spoken unto thee. +Judith Jdt 68 11 10 Therefore, O lord and governor, respect not his word; but lay it up in thine heart, for it is true: for our nation shall not be punished, neither can sword prevail against them, except they sin against their God. +Judith Jdt 68 11 11 And now, that my lord be not defeated and frustrate of his purpose, even death is now fallen upon them, and their sin hath overtaken them, wherewith they will provoke their God to anger whensoever they shall do that which is not fit to be done: +Judith Jdt 68 11 12 For their victuals fail them, and all their water is scant, and they have determined to lay hands upon their cattle, and purposed to consume all those things, that God hath forbidden them to eat by his laws: +Judith Jdt 68 11 13 And are resolved to spend the firstfruits of the the tenths of wine and oil, which they had sanctified, and reserved for the priests that serve in Jerusalem before the face of our God; the which things it is not lawful for any of the people so much as to touch with their hands. +Judith Jdt 68 11 14 For they have sent some to Jerusalem, because they also that dwell there have done the like, to bring them a licence from the senate. +Judith Jdt 68 11 15 Now when they shall bring them word, they will forthwith do it, and they shall be given to thee to be destroyed the same day. +Judith Jdt 68 11 16 Wherefore I thine handmaid, knowing all this, am fled from their presence; and God hath sent me to work things with thee, whereat all the earth shall be astonished, and whosoever shall hear it. +Judith Jdt 68 11 17 For thy servant is religious, and serveth the God of heaven day and night: now therefore, my lord, I will remain with thee, and thy servant will go out by night into the valley, and I will pray unto God, and he will tell me when they have committed their sins: +Judith Jdt 68 11 18 And I will come and shew it unto thee: then thou shalt go forth with all thine army, and there shall be none of them that shall resist thee. +Judith Jdt 68 11 19 And I will lead thee through the midst of Judea, until thou come before Jerusalem; and I will set thy throne in the midst thereof; and thou shalt drive them as sheep that have no shepherd, and a dog shall not so much as open his mouth at thee: for these things were told me according to my foreknowledge, and they were declared unto me, and I am sent to tell thee. +Judith Jdt 68 11 20 Then her words pleased Holofernes and all his servants; and they marvelled at her wisdom, and said, +Judith Jdt 68 11 21 There is not such a woman from one end of the earth to the other, both for beauty of face, and wisdom of words. +Judith Jdt 68 11 22 Likewise Holofernes said unto her. God hath done well to send thee before the people, that strength might be in our hands and destruction upon them that lightly regard my lord. +Judith Jdt 68 11 23 And now thou art both beautiful in thy countenance, and witty in thy words: surely if thou do as thou hast spoken thy God shall be my God, and thou shalt dwell in the house of king Nabuchodonosor, and shalt be renowned through the whole earth. +Judith Jdt 68 12 1 Then he commanded to bring her in where his plate was set; and bade that they should prepare for her of his own meats, and that she should drink of his own wine. +Judith Jdt 68 12 2 And Judith said, I will not eat thereof, lest there be an offence: but provision shall be made for me of the things that I have brought. +Judith Jdt 68 12 3 Then Holofernes said unto her, If thy provision should fail, how should we give thee the like? for there be none with us of thy nation. +Judith Jdt 68 12 4 Then said Judith unto him As thy soul liveth, my lord, thine handmaid shall not spend those things that I have, before the Lord work by mine hand the things that he hath determined. +Judith Jdt 68 12 5 Then the servants of Holofernes brought her into the tent, and she slept till midnight, and she arose when it was toward the morning watch, +Judith Jdt 68 12 6 And sent to Holofernes, saving, Let my lord now command that thine handmaid may go forth unto prayer. +Judith Jdt 68 12 7 Then Holofernes commanded his guard that they should not stay her: thus she abode in the camp three days, and went out in the night into the valley of Bethulia, and washed herself in a fountain of water by the camp. +Judith Jdt 68 12 8 And when she came out, she besought the Lord God of Israel to direct her way to the raising up of the children of her people. +Judith Jdt 68 12 9 So she came in clean, and remained in the tent, until she did eat her meat at evening. +Judith Jdt 68 12 10 And in the fourth day Holofernes made a feast to his own servants only, and called none of the officers to the banquet. +Judith Jdt 68 12 11 Then said he to Bagoas the eunuch, who had charge over all that he had, Go now, and persuade this Hebrew woman which is with thee, that she come unto us, and eat and drink with us. +Judith Jdt 68 12 12 For, lo, it will be a shame for our person, if we shall let such a woman go, not having had her company; for if we draw her not unto us, she will laugh us to scorn. +Judith Jdt 68 12 13 Then went Bagoas from the presence of Holofernes, and came to her, and he said, Let not this fair damsel fear to come to my lord, and to be honoured in his presence, and drink wine, and be merry with us and be made this day as one of the daughters of the Assyrians, which serve in the house of Nabuchodonosor. +Judith Jdt 68 12 14 Then said Judith unto him, Who am I now, that I should gainsay my lord? surely whatsoever pleaseth him I will do speedily, and it shall be my joy unto the day of my death. +Judith Jdt 68 12 15 So she arose, and decked herself with her apparel and all her woman's attire, and her maid went and laid soft skins on the ground for her over against Holofernes, which she had received of Bagoas far her daily use, that she might sit and eat upon them. +Judith Jdt 68 12 16 Now when Judith came in and sat down, Holofernes his heart was ravished with her, and his mind was moved, and he desired greatly her company; for he waited a time to deceive her, from the day that he had seen her. +Judith Jdt 68 12 17 Then said Holofernes unto her, Drink now, and be merry with us. +Judith Jdt 68 12 18 So Judith said, I will drink now, my lord, because my life is magnified in me this day more than all the days since I was born. +Judith Jdt 68 12 19 Then she took and ate and drank before him what her maid had prepared. +Judith Jdt 68 12 20 And Holofernes took great delight in her, and drank more wine than he had drunk at any time in one day since he was born. +Judith Jdt 68 13 1 Now when the evening was come, his servants made haste to depart, and Bagoas shut his tent without, and dismissed the waiters from the presence of his lord; and they went to their beds: for they were all weary, because the feast had been long. +Judith Jdt 68 13 2 And Judith was left along in the tent, and Holofernes lying along upon his bed: for he was filled with wine. +Judith Jdt 68 13 3 Now Judith had commanded her maid to stand without her bedchamber, and to wait for her. coming forth, as she did daily: for she said she would go forth to her prayers, and she spake to Bagoas according to the same purpose. +Judith Jdt 68 13 4 So all went forth and none was left in the bedchamber, neither little nor great. Then Judith, standing by his bed, said in her heart, O Lord God of all power, look at this present upon the works of mine hands for the exaltation of Jerusalem. +Judith Jdt 68 13 5 For now is the time to help thine inheritance, and to execute thine enterprizes to the destruction of the enemies which are risen against us. +Judith Jdt 68 13 6 Then she came to the pillar of the bed, which was at Holofernes' head, and took down his fauchion from thence, +Judith Jdt 68 13 7 And approached to his bed, and took hold of the hair of his head, and said, Strengthen me, O Lord God of Israel, this day. +Judith Jdt 68 13 8 And she smote twice upon his neck with all her might, and she took away his head from him. +Judith Jdt 68 13 9 And tumbled his body down from the bed, and pulled down the canopy from the pillars; and anon after she went forth, and gave Holofernes his head to her maid; +Judith Jdt 68 13 10 And she put it in her bag of meat: so they twain went together according to their custom unto prayer: and when they passed the camp, they compassed the valley, and went up the mountain of Bethulia, and came to the gates thereof. +Judith Jdt 68 13 11 Then said Judith afar off, to the watchmen at the gate, Open, open now the gate: God, even our God, is with us, to shew his power yet in Jerusalem, and his forces against the enemy, as he hath even done this day. +Judith Jdt 68 13 12 Now when the men of her city heard her voice, they made haste to go down to the gate of their city, and they called the elders of the city. +Judith Jdt 68 13 13 And then they ran all together, both small and great, for it was strange unto them that she was come: so they opened the gate, and received them, and made a fire for a light, and stood round about them. +Judith Jdt 68 13 14 Then she said to them with a loud voice, Praise, praise God, praise God, I say, for he hath not taken away his mercy from the house of Israel, but hath destroyed our enemies by mine hands this night. +Judith Jdt 68 13 15 So she took the head out of the bag, and shewed it, and said unto them, behold the head of Holofernes, the chief captain of the army of Assur, and behold the canopy, wherein he did lie in his drunkenness; and the Lord hath smitten him by the hand of a woman. +Judith Jdt 68 13 16 As the Lord liveth, who hath kept me in my way that I went, my countenance hath deceived him to his destruction, and yet hath he not committed sin with me, to defile and shame me. +Judith Jdt 68 13 17 Then all the people were wonderfully astonished, and bowed themselves and worshipped God, and said with one accord, Blessed be thou, O our God, which hast this day brought to nought the enemies of thy people. +Judith Jdt 68 13 18 Then said Ozias unto her, O daughter, blessed art thou of the most high God above all the women upon the earth; and blessed be the Lord God, which hath created the heavens and the earth, which hath directed thee to the cutting off of the head of the chief of our enemies. +Judith Jdt 68 13 19 For this thy confidence shall not depart from the heart of men, which remember the power of God for ever. +Judith Jdt 68 13 20 And God turn these things to thee for a perpetual praise, to visit thee in good things because thou hast not spared thy life for the affliction of our nation, but hast revenged our ruin, walking a straight way before our God. And all the people said; So be it, so be it. +Judith Jdt 68 14 1 Then said Judith unto them, Hear me now, my brethren, and take this head, and hang it upon the highest place of your walls. +Judith Jdt 68 14 2 And so soon as the morning shall appear, and the sun shall come forth upon the earth, take ye every one his weapons, and go forth every valiant man out of the city, and set ye a captain over them, as though ye would go down into the field toward the watch of the Assyrians; but go not down. +Judith Jdt 68 14 3 Then they shall take their armour, and shall go into their camp, and raise up the captains of the army of Assur, and shall run to the tent of Holofernes, but shall not find him: then fear shall fall upon them, and they shall flee before your face. +Judith Jdt 68 14 4 So ye, and all that inhabit the coast of Israel, shall pursue them, and overthrow them as they go. +Judith Jdt 68 14 5 But before ye do these things, call me Achior the Ammonite, that he may see and know him that despised the house of Israel, and that sent him to us as it were to his death. +Judith Jdt 68 14 6 Then they called Achior out of the house of Ozias; and when he was come, and saw the head of Holofernes in a man's hand in the assembly of the people, he fell down on his face, and his spirit failed. +Judith Jdt 68 14 7 But when they had recovered him, he fell at Judith's feet, and reverenced her, and said, Blessed art thou in all the tabernacles of Juda, and in all nations, which hearing thy name shall be astonished. +Judith Jdt 68 14 8 Now therefore tell me all the things that thou hast done in these days. Then Judith declared unto him in the midst of the people all that she had done, from the day that she went forth until that hour she spake unto them. +Judith Jdt 68 14 9 And when she had left off speaking, the people shouted with a loud voice, and made a joyful noise in their city. +Judith Jdt 68 14 10 And when Achior had seen all that the God of Israel had done, he believed in God greatly, and circumcised the flesh of his foreskin, and was joined unto the house of Israel unto this day. +Judith Jdt 68 14 11 And as soon as the morning arose, they hanged the head of Holofernes upon the wall, and every man took his weapons, and they went forth by bands unto the straits of the mountain. +Judith Jdt 68 14 12 But when the Assyrians saw them, they sent to their leaders, which came to their captains and tribunes, and to every one of their rulers. +Judith Jdt 68 14 13 So they came to Holofernes' tent, and said to him that had the charge of all his things, Waken now our lord: for the slaves have been bold to come down against us to battle, that they may be utterly destroyed. +Judith Jdt 68 14 14 Then went in Bagoas, and knocked at the door of the tent; for he thought that he had slept with Judith. +Judith Jdt 68 14 15 But because none answered, he opened it, and went into the bedchamber, and found him cast upon the floor dead, and his head was taken from him. +Judith Jdt 68 14 16 Therefore he cried with a loud voice, with weeping, and sighing, and a mighty cry, and rent his garments. +Judith Jdt 68 14 17 After he went into the tent where Judith lodged: and when he found her not, he leaped out to the people, and cried, +Judith Jdt 68 14 18 These slaves have dealt treacherously; one woman of the Hebrews hath brought shame upon the house of king Nabuchodonosor: for, behold, Holofernes lieth upon the ground without a head. +Judith Jdt 68 14 19 When the captains of the Assyrians' army heard these words, they rent their coats and their minds were wonderfully troubled, and there was a cry and a very great noise throughout the camp. +Judith Jdt 68 15 1 And when they that were in the tents heard, they were astonished at the thing that was done. +Judith Jdt 68 15 2 And fear and trembling fell upon them, so that there was no man that durst abide in the sight of his neighbour, but rushing out all together, they fled into every way of the plain, and of the hill country. +Judith Jdt 68 15 3 They also that had camped in the mountains round about Bethulia fled away. Then the children of Israel, every one that was a warrior among them, rushed out upon them. +Judith Jdt 68 15 4 Then sent Ozias to Betomasthem, and to Bebai, and Chobai, and Cola and to all the coasts of Israel, such as should tell the things that were done, and that all should rush forth upon their enemies to destroy them. +Judith Jdt 68 15 5 Now when the children of Israel heard it, they all fell upon them with one consent, and slew them unto Chobai: likewise also they that came from Jerusalem, and from all the hill country, (for men had told them what things were done in the camp of their enemies) and they that were in Galaad, and in Galilee, chased them with a great slaughter, until they were past Damascus and the borders thereof. +Judith Jdt 68 15 6 And the residue that dwelt at Bethulia, fell upon the camp of Assur, and spoiled them, and were greatly enriched. +Judith Jdt 68 15 7 And the children of Israel that returned from the slaughter had that which remained; and the villages and the cities, that were in the mountains and in the plain, gat many spoils: for the multitude was very great. +Judith Jdt 68 15 8 Then Joacim the high priest, and the ancients of the children of Israel that dwelt in Jerusalem, came to behold the good things that God had shewed to Israel, and to see Judith, and to salute her. +Judith Jdt 68 15 9 And when they came unto her, they blessed her with one accord, and said unto her, Thou art the exaltation of Jerusalem, thou art the great glory of Israel, thou art the great rejoicing of our nation: +Judith Jdt 68 15 10 Thou hast done all these things by thine hand: thou hast done much good to Israel, and God is pleased therewith: blessed be thou of the Almighty Lord for evermore. And all the people said, So be it. +Judith Jdt 68 15 11 And the people spoiled the camp the space of thirty days: and they gave unto Judith Holofernes his tent, and all his plate, and beds, and vessels, and all his stuff: and she took it and laid it on her mule; and made ready her carts, and laid them thereon. +Judith Jdt 68 15 12 Then all the women of Israel ran together to see her, and blessed her, and made a dance among them for her: and she took branches in her hand, and gave also to the women that were with her. +Judith Jdt 68 15 13 And they put a garland of olive upon her and her maid that was with her, and she went before all the people in the dance, leading all the women: and all the men of Israel followed in their armour with garlands, and with songs in their mouths. +Judith Jdt 68 16 1 Then Judith began to sing this thanksgiving in all Israel, and all the people sang after her this song of praise. +Judith Jdt 68 16 2 And Judith said, Begin unto my God with timbrels, sing unto my Lord with cymbals: tune unto him a new psalm: exalt him, and call upon his name. +Judith Jdt 68 16 3 For God breaketh the battles: for among the camps in the midst of the people he hath delivered me out of the hands of them that persecuted me. +Judith Jdt 68 16 4 Assur came out of the mountains from the north, he came with ten thousands of his army, the multitude whereof stopped the torrents, and their horsemen have covered the hills. +Judith Jdt 68 16 5 He bragged that he would burn up my borders, and kill my young men with the sword, and dash the sucking children against the ground, and make mine infants as a prey, and my virgins as a spoil. +Judith Jdt 68 16 6 But the Almighty Lord hath disappointed them by the hand of a woman. +Judith Jdt 68 16 7 For the mighty one did not fall by the young men, neither did the sons of the Titans smite him, nor high giants set upon him: but Judith the daughter of Merari weakened him with the beauty of her countenance. +Judith Jdt 68 16 8 For she put off the garment of her widowhood for the exaltation of those that were oppressed in Israel, and anointed her face with ointment, and bound her hair in a tire, and took a linen garment to deceive him. +Judith Jdt 68 16 9 Her sandals ravished his eyes, her beauty took his mind prisoner, and the fauchion passed through his neck. +Judith Jdt 68 16 10 The Persians quaked at her boldness, and the Medes were daunted at her hardiness. +Judith Jdt 68 16 11 Then my afflicted shouted for joy, and my weak ones cried aloud; but they were astonished: these lifted up their voices, but they were overthrown. +Judith Jdt 68 16 12 The sons of the damsels have pierced them through, and wounded them as fugatives' children: they perished by the battle of the Lord. +Judith Jdt 68 16 13 I will sing unto the Lord a new song: O Lord, thou art great and glorious, wonderful in strength, and invincible. +Judith Jdt 68 16 14 Let all creatures serve thee: for thou spakest, and they were made, thou didst send forth thy spirit, and it created them, and there is none that can resist thy voice. +Judith Jdt 68 16 15 For the mountains shall be moved from their foundations with the waters, the rocks shall melt as wax at thy presence: yet thou art merciful to them that fear thee. +Judith Jdt 68 16 16 For all sacrifice is too little for a sweet savour unto thee, and all the fat is not sufficient for thy burnt offering: but he that feareth the Lord is great at all times. +Judith Jdt 68 16 17 Woe to the nations that rise up against my kindred! the Lord Almighty will take vengeance of them in the day of judgment, in putting fire and worms in their flesh; and they shall feel them, and weep for ever. +Judith Jdt 68 16 18 Now as soon as they entered into Jerusalem, they worshipped the Lord; and as soon as the people were purified, they offered their burnt offerings, and their free offerings, and their gifts. +Judith Jdt 68 16 19 Judith also dedicated all the stuff of Holofernes, which the people had given her, and gave the canopy, which she had taken out of his bedchamber, for a gift unto the Lord. +Judith Jdt 68 16 20 So the people continued feasting in Jerusalem before the sanctuary for the space of three months and Judith remained with them. +Judith Jdt 68 16 21 After this time every one returned to his own inheritance, and Judith went to Bethulia, and remained in her own possession, and was in her time honourable in all the country. +Judith Jdt 68 16 22 And many desired her, but none knew her all the days of her life, after that Manasses her husband was dead, and was gathered to his people. +Judith Jdt 68 16 23 But she increased more and more in honour, and waxed old in her husband's house, being an hundred and five years old, and made her maid free; so she died in Bethulia: and they buried her in the cave of her husband Manasses. +Judith Jdt 68 16 24 And the house of Israel lamented her seven days: and before she died, she did distribute her goods to all them that were nearest of kindred to Manasses her husband, and to them that were the nearest of her kindred. +Judith Jdt 68 16 25 And there was none that made the children of Israel any more afraid in the days of Judith, nor a long time after her death. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 1 1 Love righteousness, ye that be judges of the earth: think of the Lord with a good (heart,) and in simplicity of heart seek him. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 1 2 For he will be found of them that tempt him not; and sheweth himself unto such as do not distrust him. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 1 3 For froward thoughts separate from God: and his power, when it is tried, reproveth the unwise. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 1 4 For into a malicious soul wisdom shall not enter; nor dwell in the body that is subject unto sin. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 1 5 For the holy spirit of discipline will flee deceit, and remove from thoughts that are without understanding, and will not abide when unrighteousness cometh in. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 1 6 For wisdom is a loving spirit; and will not acquit a blasphemer of his words: for God is witness of his reins, and a true beholder of his heart, and a hearer of his tongue. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 1 7 For the Spirit of the Lord filleth the world: and that which containeth all things hath knowledge of the voice. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 1 8 Therefore he that speaketh unrighteous things cannot be hid: neither shall vengeance, when it punisheth, pass by him. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 1 9 For inquisition shall be made into the counsels of the ungodly: and the sound of his words shall come unto the Lord for the manifestation of his wicked deeds. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 1 10 For the ear of jealousy heareth all things: and the noise of murmurings is not hid. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 1 11 Therefore beware of murmuring, which is unprofitable; and refrain your tongue from backbiting: for there is no word so secret, that shall go for nought: and the mouth that belieth slayeth the soul. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 1 12 Seek not death in the error of your life: and pull not upon yourselves destruction with the works of your hands. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 1 13 For God made not death: neither hath he pleasure in the destruction of the living. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 1 14 For he created all things, that they might have their being: and the generations of the world were healthful; and there is no poison of destruction in them, nor the kingdom of death upon the earth: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 1 15 (For righteousness is immortal:) +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 1 16 But ungodly men with their works and words called it to them: for when they thought to have it their friend, they consumed to nought, and made a covenant with it, because they are worthy to take part with it. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 1 For the ungodly said, reasoning with themselves, but not aright, Our life is short and tedious, and in the death of a man there is no remedy: neither was there any man known to have returned from the grave. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 2 For we are born at all adventure: and we shall be hereafter as though we had never been: for the breath in our nostrils is as smoke, and a little spark in the moving of our heart: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 3 Which being extinguished, our body shall be turned into ashes, and our spirit shall vanish as the soft air, +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 4 And our name shall be forgotten in time, and no man shall have our works in remembrance, and our life shall pass away as the trace of a cloud, and shall be dispersed as a mist, that is driven away with the beams of the sun, and overcome with the heat thereof. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 5 For our time is a very shadow that passeth away; and after our end there is no returning: for it is fast sealed, so that no man cometh again. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 6 Come on therefore, let us enjoy the good things that are present: and let us speedily use the creatures like as in youth. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 7 Let us fill ourselves with costly wine and ointments: and let no flower of the spring pass by us: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 8 Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds, before they be withered: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 9 Let none of us go without his part of our voluptuousness: let us leave tokens of our joyfulness in every place: for this is our portion, and our lot is this. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 10 Let us oppress the poor righteous man, let us not spare the widow, nor reverence the ancient gray hairs of the aged. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 11 Let our strength be the law of justice: for that which is feeble is found to be nothing worth. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 12 Therefore let us lie in wait for the righteous; because he is not for our turn, and he is clean contrary to our doings: he upbraideth us with our offending the law, and objecteth to our infamy the transgressings of our education. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 13 He professeth to have the knowledge of God: and he calleth himself the child of the Lord. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 14 He was made to reprove our thoughts. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 15 He is grievous unto us even to behold: for his life is not like other men's, his ways are of another fashion. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 16 We are esteemed of him as counterfeits: he abstaineth from our ways as from filthiness: he pronounceth the end of the just to be blessed, and maketh his boast that God is his father. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 17 Let us see if his words be true: and let us prove what shall happen in the end of him. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 18 For if the just man be the son of God, he will help him, and deliver him from the hand of his enemies. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 19 Let us examine him with despitefulness and torture, that we may know his meekness, and prove his patience. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 20 Let us condemn him with a shameful death: for by his own saying he shall be respected. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 21 Such things they did imagine, and were deceived: for their own wickedness hath blinded them. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 22 As for the mysteries of God, they kn ew them not: neither hoped they for the wages of righteousness, nor discerned a reward for blameless souls. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 23 For God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of his own eternity. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 2 24 Nevertheless through envy of the devil came death into the world: and they that do hold of his side do find it. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 3 1 But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and there shall no torment touch them. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 3 2 In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure is taken for misery, +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 3 3 And their going from us to be utter destruction: but they are in peace. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 3 4 For though they be punished in the sight of men, yet is their hope full of immortality. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 3 5 And having been a little chastised, they shall be greatly rewarded: for God proved them, and found them worthy for himself. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 3 6 As gold in the furnace hath he tried them, and received them as a burnt offering. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 3 7 And in the time of their visitation they shall shine, and run to and fro like sparks among the stubble. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 3 8 They shall judge the nations, and have dominion over the people, and their Lord shall reign for ever. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 3 9 They that put their trust in him shall understand the truth: and such as be faithful in love shall abide with him: for grace and mercy is to his saints, and he hath care for his elect. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 3 10 But the ungodly shall be punished according to their own imaginations, which have neglected the righteous, and forsaken the Lord. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 3 11 For whoso despiseth wisdom and nurture, he is miserable, and their hope is vain, their labours unfruitful, and their works unprofitable: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 3 12 Their wives are foolish, and their children wicked: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 3 13 Their offspring is cursed. Wherefore blessed is the barren that is undefiled, which hath not known the sinful bed: she shall have fruit in the visitation of souls. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 3 14 And blessed is the eunuch, which with his hands hath wrought no iniquity, nor imagined wicked things against God: for unto him shall be given the special gift of faith, and an inheritance in the temple of the Lord more acceptable to his mind. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 3 15 For glorious is the fruit of good labours: and the root of wisdom shall never fall away. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 3 16 As for the children of adulterers, they shall not come to their perfection, and the seed of an unrighteous bed shall be rooted out. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 3 17 For though they live long, yet shall they be nothing regarded: and their last age shall be without honour. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 3 18 Or, if they die quickly, they have no hope, neither comfort in the day of trial. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 3 19 For horrible is the end of the unrighteous generation. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 4 1 Better it is to have no children, and to have virtue: for the memorial thereof is immortal: because it is known with God, and with men. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 4 2 When it is present, men take example at it; and when it is gone, they desire it: it weareth a crown, and triumpheth for ever, having gotten the victory, striving for undefiled rewards. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 4 3 But the multiplying brood of the ungodly shall not thrive, nor take deep rooting from bastard slips, nor lay any fast foundation. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 4 4 For though they flourish in branches for a time; yet standing not last, they shall be shaken with the wind, and through the force of winds they shall be rooted out. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 4 5 The imperfect branches shall be broken off, their fruit unprofitable, not ripe to eat, yea, meet for nothing. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 4 6 For children begotten of unlawful beds are witnesses of wickedness against their parents in their trial. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 4 7 But though the righteous be prevented with death, yet shall he be in rest. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 4 8 For honourable age is not that which standeth in length of time, nor that is measured by number of years. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 4 9 But wisdom is the gray hair unto men, and an unspotted life is old age. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 4 10 He pleased God, and was beloved of him: so that living among sinners he was translated. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 4 11 Yea speedily was he taken away, lest that wickedness should alter his understanding, or deceit beguile his soul. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 4 12 For the bewitching of naughtiness doth obscure things that are honest; and the wandering of concupiscence doth undermine the simple mind. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 4 13 He, being made perfect in a short time, fulfilled a long time: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 4 14 For his soul pleased the Lord: therefore hasted he to take him away from among the wicked. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 4 15 This the people saw, and understood it not, neither laid they up this in their minds, That his grace and mercy is with his saints, and that he hath respect unto his chosen. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 4 16 Thus the righteous that is dead shall condemn the ungodly which are living; and youth that is soon perfected the many years and old age of the unrighteous. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 4 17 For they shall see the end of the wise, and shall not understand what God in his counsel hath decreed of him, and to what end the Lord hath set him in safety. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 4 18 They shall see him, and despise him; but God shall laugh them to scorn: and they shall hereafter be a vile carcase, and a reproach among the dead for evermore. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 4 19 For he shall rend them, and cast them down headlong, that they shall be speechless; and he shall shake them from the foundation; and they shall be utterly laid waste, and be in sorrow; and their memorial shall perish. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 4 20 And when they cast up the accounts of their sins, they shall come with fear: and their own iniquities shall convince them to their face. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 1 Then shall the righteous man stand in great boldness before the face of such as have afflicted him, and made no account of his labours. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 2 When they see it, they shall be troubled with terrible fear, and shall be amazed at the strangeness of his salvation, so far beyond all that they looked for. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 3 And they repenting and groaning for anguish of spirit shall say within themselves, This was he, whom we had sometimes in derision, and a proverb of reproach: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 4 We fools accounted his life madness, and his end to be without honour: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 5 How is he numbered among the children of God, and his lot is among the saints! +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 6 Therefore have we erred from the way of truth, and the light of righteousness hath not shined unto us, and the sun of righteousness rose not upon us. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 7 We wearied ourselves in the way of wickedness and destruction: yea, we have gone through deserts, where there lay no way: but as for the way of the Lord, we have not known it. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 8 What hath pride profited us? or what good hath riches with our vaunting brought us? +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 9 All those things are passed away like a shadow, and as a post that hasted by; +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 10 And as a ship that passeth over the waves of the water, which when it is gone by, the trace thereof cannot be found, neither the pathway of the keel in the waves; +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 11 Or as when a bird hath flown through the air, there is no token of her way to be found, but the light air being beaten with the stroke of her wings and parted with the violent noise and motion of them, is passed through, and therein afterwards no sign where she went is to be found; +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 12 Or like as when an arrow is shot at a mark, it parteth the air, which immediately cometh together again, so that a man cannot know where it went through: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 13 Even so we in like manner, as soon as we were born, began to draw to our end, and had no sign of virtue to shew; but were consumed in our own wickedness. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 14 For the hope of the Godly is like dust that is blown away with the wind; like a thin froth that is driven away with the storm; like as the smoke which is dispersed here and there with a tempest, and passeth away as the remembrance of a guest that tarrieth but a day. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 15 But the righteous live for evermore; their reward also is with the Lord, and the care of them is with the most High. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 16 Therefore shall they receive a glorious kingdom, and a beautiful crown from the Lord's hand: for with his right hand shall he cover them, and with his arm shall he protect them. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 17 He shall take to him his jealousy for complete armour, and make the creature his weapon for the revenge of his enemies. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 18 He shall put on righteousness as a breastplate, and true judgment instead of an helmet. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 19 He shall take holiness for an invincible shield. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 20 His severe wrath shall he sharpen for a sword, and the world shall fight with him against the unwise. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 21 Then shall the right aiming thunderbolts go abroad; and from the clouds, as from a well drawn bow, shall they fly to the mark. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 22 And hailstones full of wrath shall be cast as out of a stone bow, and the water of the sea shall rage against them, and the floods shall cruelly drown them. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 5 23 Yea, a mighty wind shall stand up against them, and like a storm shall blow them away: thus iniquity shall lay waste the whole earth, and ill dealing shall overthrow the thrones of the mighty. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 1 Hear therefore, O ye kings, and understand; learn, ye that be judges of the ends of the earth. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 2 Give ear, ye that rule the people, and glory in the multitude of nations. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 3 For power is given you of the Lord, and sovereignty from the Highest, who shall try your works, and search out your counsels. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 4 Because, being ministers of his kingdom, ye have not judged aright, nor kept the law, nor walked after the counsel of God; +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 5 Horribly and speedily shall he come upon you: for a sharp judgment shall be to them that be in high places. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 6 For mercy will soon pardon the meanest: but mighty men shall be mightily tormented. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 7 For he which is Lord over all shall fear no man's person, neither shall he stand in awe of any man's greatness: for he hath made the small and great, and careth for all alike. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 8 But a sore trial shall come upon the mighty. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 9 Unto you therefore, O kings, do I speak, that ye may learn wisdom, and not fall away. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 10 For they that keep holiness holily shall be judged holy: and they that have learned such things shall find what to answer. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 11 Wherefore set your affection upon my words; desire them, and ye shall be instructed. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 12 Wisdom is glorious, and never fadeth away: yea, she is easily seen of them that love her, and found of such as seek her. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 13 She preventeth them that desire her, in making herself first known unto them. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 14 Whoso seeketh her early shall have no great travail: for he shall find her sitting at his doors. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 15 To think therefore upon her is perfection of wisdom: and whoso watcheth for her shall quickly be without care. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 16 For she goeth about seeking such as are worthy of her, sheweth herself favourably unto them in the ways, and meeteth them in every thought. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 17 For the very true beginning of her is the desire of discipline; and the care of discipline is love; +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 18 And love is the keeping of her laws; and the giving heed unto her laws is the assurance of incorruption; +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 19 And incorruption maketh us near unto God: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 20 Therefore the desire of wisdom bringeth to a kingdom. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 21 If your delight be then in thrones and sceptres, O ye kings of the people, honour wisdom, that ye may reign for evermore. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 22 As for wisdom, what she is, and how she came up, I will tell you, and will not hide mysteries from you: but will seek her out from the beginning of her nativity, and bring the knowledge of her into light, and will not pass over the truth. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 23 Neither will I go with consuming envy; for such a man shall have no fellowship with wisdom. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 24 But the multitude of the wise is the welfare of the world: and a wise king is the upholding of the people. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 6 25 Receive therefore instruction through my words, and it shall do you good. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 1 I myself also am a mortal man, like to all, and the offspring of him that was first made of the earth, +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 2 And in my mother's womb was fashioned to be flesh in the time of ten months, being compacted in blood, of the seed of man, and the pleasure that came with sleep. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 3 And when I was born, I drew in the common air, and fell upon the earth, which is of like nature, and the first voice which I uttered was crying, as all others do. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 4 I was nursed in swaddling clothes, and that with cares. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 5 For there is no king that had any other beginning of birth. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 6 For all men have one entrance into life, and the like going out. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 7 Wherefore I prayed, and understanding was given me: I called upon God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 8 I preferred her before sceptres and thrones, and esteemed riches nothing in comparison of her. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 9 Neither compared I unto her any precious stone, because all gold in respect of her is as a little sand, and silver shall be counted as clay before her. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 10 I loved her above health and beauty, and chose to have her instead of light: for the light that cometh from her never goeth out. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 11 All good things together came to me with her, and innumerable riches in her hands. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 12 And I rejoiced in them all, because wisdom goeth before them: and I knew not that she was the mother of them. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 13 I learned diligently, and do communicate her liberally: I do not hide her riches. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 14 For she is a treasure unto men that never faileth: which they that use become the friends of God, being commended for the gifts that come from learning. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 15 God hath granted me to speak as I would, and to conceive as is meet for the things that are given me: because it is he that leadeth unto wisdom, and directeth the wise. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 16 For in his hand are both we and our words; all wisdom also, and knowledge of workmanship. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 17 For he hath given me certain knowledge of the things that are, namely, to know how the world was made, and the operation of the elements: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 18 The beginning, ending, and midst of the times: the alterations of the turning of the sun, and the change of seasons: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 19 The circuits of years, and the positions of stars: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 20 The natures of living creatures, and the furies of wild beasts: the violence of winds, and the reasonings of men: the diversities of plants and the virtues of roots: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 21 And all such things as are either secret or manifest, them I know. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 22 For wisdom, which is the worker of all things, taught me: for in her is an understanding spirit holy, one only, manifold, subtil, lively, clear, undefiled, plain, not subject to hurt, loving the thing that is good quick, which cannot be letted, ready to do good, +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 23 Kind to man, steadfast, sure, free from care, having all power, overseeing all things, and going through all understanding, pure, and most subtil, spirits. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 24 For wisdom is more moving than any motion: she passeth and goeth through all things by reason of her pureness. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 25 For she is the breath of the power of God, and a pure influence flowing from the glory of the Almighty: therefore can no defiled thing fall into her. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 26 For she is the brightness of the everlasting light, the unspotted mirror of the power of God, and the image of his goodness. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 27 And being but one, she can do all things: and remaining in herself, she maketh all things new: and in all ages entering into holy souls, she maketh them friends of God, and prophets. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 28 For God loveth none but him that dwelleth with wisdom. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 29 For she is more beautiful than the sun, and above all the order of stars: being compared with the light, she is found before it. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 7 30 For after this cometh night: but vice shall not prevail against wisdom. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 8 1 Wisdom reacheth from one end to another mightily: and sweetly doth she order all things. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 8 2 I loved her, and sought her out from my youth, I desired to make her my spouse, and I was a lover of her beauty. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 8 3 In that she is conversant with God, she magnifieth her nobility: yea, the Lord of all things himself loved her. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 8 4 For she is privy to the mysteries of the knowledge of God, and a lover of his works. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 8 5 If riches be a possession to be desired in this life; what is richer than wisdom, that worketh all things? +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 8 6 And if prudence work; who of all that are is a more cunning workman than she? +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 8 7 And if a man love righteousness her labours are virtues: for she teacheth temperance and prudence, justice and fortitude: which are such things, as en can have nothing more profitable in their life. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 8 8 If a man desire much experience, she knoweth things of old, and conjectureth aright what is to come: she knoweth the subtilties of speeches, and can expound dark sentences: she foreseeth signs and wonders, and the events of seasons and times. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 8 9 Therefore I purposed to take her to me to live with me, knowing that she would be a counsellor of good things, and a comfort in cares and grief. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 8 10 For her sake I shall have estimation among the multitude, and honour with the elders, though I be young. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 8 11 I shall be found of a quick conceit in judgment, and shall be admired in the sight of great men. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 8 12 When I hold my tongue, they shall bide my leisure, and when I speak, they shall give good ear unto me: if I talk much, they shall lay their hands upon their mouth. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 8 13 Moreover by the means of her I shall obtain immortality, and leave behind me an everlasting memorial to them that come after me. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 8 14 I shall set the people in order, and the nations shall be subject unto me. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 8 15 Horrible tyrants shall be afraid, when they do but hear of me; I shall be found good among the multitude, and valiant in war. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 8 16 After I am come into mine house, I will repose myself with her: for her conversation hath no bitterness; and to live with her hath no sorrow, but mirth and joy. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 8 17 Now when I considered these things in myself, and pondered them in my heart, how that to be allied unto wisdom is immortality; +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 8 18 And great pleasure it is to have her friendship; and in the works of her hands are infinite riches; and in the exercise of conference with her, prudence; and in talking with her, a good report; I went about seeking how to take her to me. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 8 19 For I was a witty child, and had a good spirit. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 8 20 Yea rather, being good, I came into a body undefiled. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 8 21 Nevertheless, when I perceived that I could not otherwise obtain her, except God gave her me; and that was a point of wisdom also to know whose gift she was; I prayed unto the Lord, and besought him, and with my whole heart I said, +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 9 1 O God of my fathers, and Lord of mercy, who hast made all things with thy word, +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 9 2 And ordained man through thy wisdom, that he should have dominion over the creatures which thou hast made, +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 9 3 And order the world according to equity and righteousness, and execute judgment with an upright heart: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 9 4 Give me wisdom, that sitteth by thy throne; and reject me not from among thy children: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 9 5 For I thy servant and son of thine handmaid am a feeble person, and of a short time, and too young for the understanding of judgment and laws. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 9 6 For though a man be never so perfect among the children of men, yet if thy wisdom be not with him, he shall be nothing regarded. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 9 7 Thou hast chosen me to be a king of thy people, and a judge of thy sons and daughters: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 9 8 Thou hast commanded me to build a temple upon thy holy mount, and an altar in the city wherein thou dwellest, a resemblance of the holy tabernacle, which thou hast prepared from the beginning. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 9 9 And wisdom was with thee: which knoweth thy works, and was present when thou madest the world, and knew what was acceptable in thy sight, and right in thy commandments. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 9 10 O send her out of thy holy heavens, and from the throne of thy glory, that being present she may labour with me, that I may know what is pleasing unto thee. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 9 11 For she knoweth and understandeth all things, and she shall lead me soberly in my doings, and preserve me in her power. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 9 12 So shall my works be acceptable, and then shall I judge thy people righteously, and be worthy to sit in my father's seat. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 9 13 For what man is he that can know the counsel of God? or who can think what the will of the Lord is? +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 9 14 For the thoughts of mortal men are miserable, and our devices are but uncertain. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 9 15 For the corruptible body presseth down the soul, and the earthy tabernacle weigheth down the mind that museth upon many things. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 9 16 And hardly do we guess aright at things that are upon earth, and with labour do we find the things that are before us: but the things that are in heaven who hath searched out? +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 9 17 And thy counsel who hath known, except thou give wisdom, and send thy Holy Spirit from above? +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 9 18 For so the ways of them which lived on the earth were reformed, and men were taught the things that are pleasing unto thee, and were saved through wisdom. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 10 1 She preserved the first formed father of the world, that was created alone, and brought him out of his fall, +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 10 2 And gave him power to rule all things. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 10 3 But when the unrighteous went away from her in his anger, he perished also in the fury wherewith he murdered his brother. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 10 4 For whose cause the earth being drowned with the flood, wisdom again preserved it, and directed the course of the righteous in a piece of wood of small value. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 10 5 Moreover, the nations in their wicked conspiracy being confounded, she found out the righteous, and preserved him blameless unto God, and kept him strong against his tender compassion toward his son. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 10 6 When the ungodly perished, she delivered the righteous man, who fled from the fire which fell down upon the five cities. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 10 7 Of whose wickedness even to this day the waste land that smoketh is a testimony, and plants bearing fruit that never come to ripeness: and a standing pillar of salt is a monument of an unbelieving soul. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 10 8 For regarding not wisdom, they gat not only this hurt, that they knew not the things which were good; but also left behind them to the world a memorial of their foolishness: so that in the things wherein they offended they could not so much as be hid. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 10 9 But wisdom delivered from pain those that attended upon her. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 10 10 When the righteous fled from his brother's wrath she guided him in right paths, shewed him the kingdom of God, and gave him knowledge of holy things, made him rich in his travels, and multiplied the fruit of his labours. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 10 11 In the covetousness of such as oppressed him she stood by him, and made him rich. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 10 12 She defended him from his enemies, and kept him safe from those that lay in wait, and in a sore conflict she gave him the victory; that he might know that goodness is stronger than all. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 10 13 When the righteous was sold, she forsook him not, but delivered him from sin: she went down with him into the pit, +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 10 14 And left him not in bonds, till she brought him the sceptre of the kingdom, and power against those that oppressed him: as for them that had accused him, she shewed them to be liars, and gave him perpetual glory. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 10 15 She delivered the righteous people and blameless seed from the nation that oppressed them. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 10 16 She entered into the soul of the servant of the Lord, and withstood dreadful kings in wonders and signs; +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 10 17 Rendered to the righteous a reward of their labours, guided them in a marvellous way, and was unto them for a cover by day, and a light of stars in the night season; +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 10 18 Brought them through the Red sea, and led them through much water: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 10 19 But she drowned their enemies, and cast them up out of the bottom of the deep. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 10 20 Therefore the righteous spoiled the ungodly, and praised thy holy name, O Lord, and magnified with one accord thine hand, that fought for them. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 10 21 For wisdom opened the mouth of the dumb, and made the tongues of them that cannot speak eloquent. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 1 She prospered their works in the hand of the holy prophet. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 2 They went through the wilderness that was not inhabited, and pitched tents in places where there lay no way. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 3 They stood against their enemies, and were avenged of their adversaries. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 4 When they were thirsty, they called upon thee, and water was given them out of the flinty rock, and their thirst was quenched out of the hard stone. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 5 For by what things their enemies were punished, by the same they in their need were benefited. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 6 For instead of a perpetual running river troubled with foul blood, +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 7 For a manifest reproof of that commandment, whereby the infants were slain, thou gavest unto them abundance of water by a means which they hoped not for: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 8 Declaring by that thirst then how thou hadst punished their adversaries. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 9 For when they were tried albeit but in mercy chastised, they knew how the ungodly were judged in wrath and tormented, thirsting in another manner than the just. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 10 For these thou didst admonish and try, as a father: but the other, as a severe king, thou didst condemn and punish. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 11 Whether they were absent or present, they were vexed alike. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 12 For a double grief came upon them, and a groaning for the remembrance of things past. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 13 For when they heard by their own punishments the other to be benefited, they had some feeling of the Lord. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 14 For whom they respected with scorn, when he was long before thrown out at the casting forth of the infants, him in the end, when they saw what came to pass, they admired. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 15 But for the foolish devices of their wickedness, wherewith being deceived they worshipped serpents void of reason, and vile beasts, thou didst send a multitude of unreasonable beasts upon them for vengeance; +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 16 That they might know, that wherewithal a man sinneth, by the same also shall he be punished. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 17 For thy Almighty hand, that made the world of matter without form, wanted not means to send among them a multitude of bears or fierce lions, +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 18 Or unknown wild beasts, full of rage, newly created, breathing out either a fiery vapour, or filthy scents of scattered smoke, or shooting horrible sparkles out of their eyes: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 19 Whereof not only the harm might dispatch them at once, but also the terrible sight utterly destroy them. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 20 Yea, and without these might they have fallen down with one blast, being persecuted of vengeance, and scattered abroad through the breath of thy power: but thou hast ordered all things in measure and number and weight. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 21 For thou canst shew thy great strength at all times when thou wilt; and who may withstand the power of thine arm? +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 22 For the whole world before thee is as a little grain of the balance, yea, as a drop of the morning dew that falleth down upon the earth. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 23 But thou hast mercy upon all; for thou canst do all things, and winkest at the sins of men, because they should amend. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 24 For thou lovest all the things that are, and abhorrest nothing which thou hast made: for never wouldest thou have made any thing, if thou hadst hated it. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 25 And how could any thing have endured, if it had not been thy will? or been preserved, if not called by thee? +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 11 26 But thou sparest all: for they are thine, O Lord, thou lover of souls. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 1 For thine incorruptible Spirit is in all things. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 2 Therefore chastenest thou them by little and little that offend, and warnest them by putting them in remembrance wherein they have offended, that leaving their wickedness they may believe on thee, O Lord. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 3 For it was thy will to destroy by the hands of our fathers both those old inhabitants of thy holy land, +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 4 Whom thou hatedst for doing most odious works of witchcrafts, and wicked sacrifices; +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 5 And also those merciless murderers of children, and devourers of man's flesh, and the feasts of blood, +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 6 With their priests out of the midst of their idolatrous crew, and the parents, that killed with their own hands souls destitute of help: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 7 That the land, which thou esteemedst above all other, might receive a worthy colony of God's children. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 8 Nevertheless even those thou sparedst as men, and didst send wasps, forerunners of thine host, to destroy them by little and little. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 9 Not that thou wast unable to bring the ungodly under the hand of the righteous in battle, or to destroy them at once with cruel beasts, or with one rough word: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 10 But executing thy judgments upon them by little and little, thou gavest them place of repentance, not being ignorant that they were a naughty generation, and that their malice was bred in them, and that their cogitation would never be changed. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 11 For it was a cursed seed from the beginning; neither didst thou for fear of any man give them pardon for those things wherein they sinned. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 12 For who shall say, What hast thou done? or who shall withstand thy judgment? or who shall accuse thee for the nations that perish, whom thou made? or who shall come to stand against thee, to be revenged for the unrighteous men? +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 13 For neither is there any God but thou that careth for all, to whom thou mightest shew that thy judgment is not unright. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 14 Neither shall king or tyrant be able to set his face against thee for any whom thou hast punished. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 15 Forsomuch then as thou art righteous thyself, thou orderest all things righteously: thinking it not agreeable with thy power to condemn him that hath not deserved to be punished. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 16 For thy power is the beginning of righteousness, and because thou art the Lord of all, it maketh thee to be gracious unto all. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 17 For when men will not believe that thou art of a full power, thou shewest thy strength, and among them that know it thou makest their boldness manifest. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 18 But thou, mastering thy power, judgest with equity, and orderest us with great favour: for thou mayest use power when thou wilt. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 19 But by such works hast thou taught thy people that the just man should be merciful, and hast made thy children to be of a good hope that thou givest repentance for sins. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 20 For if thou didst punish the enemies of thy children, and the condemned to death, with such deliberation, giving them time and place, whereby they might be delivered from their malice: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 21 With how great circumspection didst thou judge thine own sons, unto whose fathers thou hast sworn, and made covenants of good promises? +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 22 Therefore, whereas thou dost chasten us, thou scourgest our enemies a thousand times more, to the intent that, when we judge, we should carefully think of thy goodness, and when we ourselves are judged, we should look for mercy. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 23 Wherefore, whereas men have lived dissolutely and unrighteously, thou hast tormented them with their own abominations. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 24 For they went astray very far in the ways of error, and held them for gods, which even among the beasts of their enemies were despised, being deceived, as children of no understanding. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 25 Therefore unto them, as to children without the use of reason, thou didst send a judgment to mock them. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 26 But they that would not be reformed by that correction, wherein he dallied with them, shall feel a judgment worthy of God. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 12 27 For, look, for what things they grudged, when they were punished, that is, for them whom they thought to be gods; [now] being punished in them, when they saw it, they acknowledged him to be the true God, whom before they denied to know: and therefore came extreme damnation upon them. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 13 1 Surely vain are all men by nature, who are ignorant of God, and could not out of the good things that are seen know him that is: neither by considering the works did they acknowledge the workmaster; +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 13 2 But deemed either fire, or wind, or the swift air, or the circle of the stars, or the violent water, or the lights of heaven, to be the gods which govern the world. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 13 3 With whose beauty if they being delighted took them to be gods; let them know how much better the Lord of them is: for the first author of beauty hath created them. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 13 4 But if they were astonished at their power and virtue, let them understand by them, how much mightier he is that made them. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 13 5 For by the greatness and beauty of the creatures proportionably the maker of them is seen. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 13 6 But yet for this they are the less to be blamed: for they peradventure err, seeking God, and desirous to find him. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 13 7 For being conversant in his works they search him diligently, and believe their sight: because the things are beautiful that are seen. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 13 8 Howbeit neither are they to be pardoned. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 13 9 For if they were able to know so much, that they could aim at the world; how did they not sooner find out the Lord thereof? +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 13 10 But miserable are they, and in dead things is their hope, who call them gods, which are the works of men's hands, gold and silver, to shew art in, and resemblances of beasts, or a stone good for nothing, the work of an ancient hand. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 13 11 Now a carpenter that felleth timber, after he hath sawn down a tree meet for the purpose, and taken off all the bark skilfully round about, and hath wrought it handsomely, and made a vessel thereof fit for the service of man's life; +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 13 12 And after spending the refuse of his work to dress his meat, hath filled himself; +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 13 13 And taking the very refuse among those which served to no use, being a crooked piece of wood, and full of knots, hath carved it diligently, when he had nothing else to do, and formed it by the skill of his understanding, and fashioned it to the image of a man; +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 13 14 Or made it like some vile beast, laying it over with vermilion, and with paint colouring it red, and covering every spot therein; +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 13 15 And when he had made a convenient room for it, set it in a wall, and made it fast with iron: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 13 16 For he provided for it that it might not fall, knowing that it was unable to help itself; for it is an image, and hath need of help: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 13 17 Then maketh he prayer for his goods, for his wife and children, and is not ashamed to speak to that which hath no life. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 13 18 For health he calleth upon that which is weak: for life prayeth to that which is dead; for aid humbly beseecheth that which hath least means to help: and for a good journey he asketh of that which cannot set a foot forward: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 13 19 And for gaining and getting, and for good success of his hands, asketh ability to do of him, that is most unable to do any thing. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 1 Again, one preparing himself to sail, and about to pass through the raging waves, calleth upon a piece of wood more rotten than the vessel that carrieth him. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 2 For verily desire of gain devised that, and the workman built it by his skill. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 3 But thy providence, O Father, governeth it: for thou hast made a way in the sea, and a safe path in the waves; +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 4 Shewing that thou canst save from all danger: yea, though a man went to sea without art. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 5 Nevertheless thou wouldest not that the works of thy wisdom should be idle, and therefore do men commit their lives to a small piece of wood, and passing the rough sea in a weak vessel are saved. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 6 For in the old time also, when the proud giants perished, the hope of the world governed by thy hand escaped in a weak vessel, and left to all ages a seed of generation. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 7 For blessed is the wood whereby righteousness cometh. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 8 But that which is made with hands is cursed, as well it, as he that made it: he, because he made it; and it, because, being corruptible, it was called god. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 9 For the ungodly and his ungodliness are both alike hateful unto God. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 10 For that which is made shall be punished together with him that made it. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 11 Therefore even upon the idols of the Gentiles shall there be a visitation: because in the creature of God they are become an abomination, and stumblingblocks to the souls of men, and a snare to the feet of the unwise. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 12 For the devising of idols was the beginning of spiritual fornication, and the invention of them the corruption of life. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 13 For neither were they from the beginning, neither shall they be for ever. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 14 For by the vain glory of men they entered into the world, and therefore shall they come shortly to an end. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 15 For a father afflicted with untimely mourning, when he hath made an image of his child soon taken away, now honoured him as a god, which was then a dead man, and delivered to those that were under him ceremonies and sacrifices. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 16 Thus in process of time an ungodly custom grown strong was kept as a law, and graven images were worshipped by the commandments of kings. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 17 Whom men could not honour in presence, because they dwelt far off, they took the counterfeit of his visage from far, and made an express image of a king whom they honoured, to the end that by this their forwardness they might flatter him that was absent, as if he were present. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 18 Also the singular diligence of the artificer did help to set forward the ignorant to more superstition. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 19 For he, peradventure willing to please one in authority, forced all his skill to make the resemblance of the best fashion. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 20 And so the multitude, allured by the grace of the work, took him now for a god, which a little before was but honoured. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 21 And this was an occasion to deceive the world: for men, serving either calamity or tyranny, did ascribe unto stones and stocks the incommunicable name. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 22 Moreover this was not enough for them, that they erred in the knowledge of God; but whereas they lived in the great war of ignorance, those so great plagues called they peace. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 23 For whilst they slew their children in sacrifices, or used secret ceremonies, or made revellings of strange rites; +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 24 They kept neither lives nor marriages any longer undefiled: but either one slew another traiterously, or grieved him by adultery. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 25 So that there reigned in all men without exception blood, manslaughter, theft, and dissimulation, corruption, unfaithfulness, tumults, perjury, +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 26 Disquieting of good men, forgetfulness of good turns, defiling of souls, changing of kind, disorder in marriages, adultery, and shameless uncleanness. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 27 For the worshipping of idols not to be named is the beginning, the cause, and the end, of all evil. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 28 For either they are mad when they be merry, or prophesy lies, or live unjustly, or else lightly forswear themselves. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 29 For insomuch as their trust is in idols, which have no life; though they swear falsely, yet they look not to be hurt. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 30 Howbeit for both causes shall they be justly punished: both because they thought not well of God, giving heed unto idols, and also unjustly swore in deceit, despising holiness. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 14 31 For it is not the power of them by whom they swear: but it is the just vengeance of sinners, that punisheth always the offence of the ungodly. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 15 1 But thou, O God, art gracious and true, longsuffering, and in mercy ordering all things, +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 15 2 For if we sin, we are thine, knowing thy power: but we will not sin, knowing that we are counted thine. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 15 3 For to know thee is perfect righteousness: yea, to know thy power is the root of immortality. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 15 4 For neither did the mischievous invention of men deceive us, nor an image spotted with divers colours, the painter's fruitless labour; +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 15 5 The sight whereof enticeth fools to lust after it, and so they desire the form of a dead image, that hath no breath. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 15 6 Both they that make them, they that desire them, and they that worship them, are lovers of evil things, and are worthy to have such things to trust upon. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 15 7 For the potter, tempering soft earth, fashioneth every vessel with much labour for our service: yea, of the same clay he maketh both the vessels that serve for clean uses, and likewise also all such as serve to the contrary: but what is the use of either sort, the potter himself is the judge. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 15 8 And employing his labours lewdly, he maketh a vain god of the same clay, even he which a little before was made of earth himself, and within a little while after returneth to the same, out when his life which was lent him shall be demanded. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 15 9 Notwithstanding his care is, not that he shall have much labour, nor that his life is short: but striveth to excel goldsmiths and silversmiths, and endeavoureth to do like the workers in brass, and counteth it his glory to make counterfeit things. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 15 10 His heart is ashes, his hope is more vile than earth, and his life of less value than clay: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 15 11 Forasmuch as he knew not his Maker, and him that inspired into him an active soul, and breathed in a living spirit. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 15 12 But they counted our life a pastime, and our time here a market for gain: for, say they, we must be getting every way, though it be by evil means. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 15 13 For this man, that of earthly matter maketh brittle vessels and graven images, knoweth himself to offend above all others. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 15 14 And all the enemies of thy people, that hold them in subjection, are most foolish, and are more miserable than very babes. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 15 15 For they counted all the idols of the heathen to be gods: which neither have the use of eyes to see, nor noses to draw breath, nor ears to hear, nor fingers of hands to handle; and as for their feet, they are slow to go. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 15 16 For man made them, and he that borrowed his own spirit fashioned them: but no man can make a god like unto himself. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 15 17 For being mortal, he worketh a dead thing with wicked hands: for he himself is better than the things which he worshippeth: whereas he lived once, but they never. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 15 18 Yea, they worshipped those beasts also that are most hateful: for being compared together, some are worse than others. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 15 19 Neither are they beautiful, so much as to be desired in respect of beasts: but they went without the praise of God and his blessing. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 1 Therefore by the like were they punished worthily, and by the multitude of beasts tormented. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 2 Instead of which punishment, dealing graciously with thine own people, thou preparedst for them meat of a strange taste, even quails to stir up their appetite: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 3 To the end that they, desiring food, might for the ugly sight of the beasts sent among them lothe even that, which they must needs desire; but these, suffering penury for a short space, might be made partakers of a strange taste. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 4 For it was requisite, that upon them exercising tyranny should come penury, which they could not avoid: but to these it should only be shewed how their enemies were tormented. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 5 For when the horrible fierceness of beasts came upon these, and they perished with the stings of crooked serpents, thy wrath endured not for ever: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 6 But they were troubled for a small season, that they might be admonished, having a sign of salvation, to put them in remembrance of the commandment of thy law. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 7 For he that turned himself toward it was not saved by the thing that he saw, but by thee, that art the Saviour of all. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 8 And in this thou madest thine enemies confess, that it is thou who deliverest from all evil: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 9 For them the bitings of grasshoppers and flies killed, neither was there found any remedy for their life: for they were worthy to be punished by such. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 10 But thy sons not the very teeth of venomous dragons overcame: for thy mercy was ever by them, and healed them. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 11 For they were pricked, that they should remember thy words; and were quickly saved, that not falling into deep forgetfulness, they might be continually mindful of thy goodness. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 12 For it was neither herb, nor mollifying plaister, that restored them to health: but thy word, O Lord, which healeth all things. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 13 For thou hast power of life and death: thou leadest to the gates of hell, and bringest up again. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 14 A man indeed killeth through his malice: and the spirit, when it is gone forth, returneth not; neither the soul received up cometh again. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 15 But it is not possible to escape thine hand. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 16 For the ungodly, that denied to know thee, were scourged by the strength of thine arm: with strange rains, hails, and showers, were they persecuted, that they could not avoid, and through fire were they consumed. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 17 For, which is most to be wondered at, the fire had more force in the water, that quencheth all things: for the world fighteth for the righteous. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 18 For sometime the flame was mitigated, that it might not burn up the beasts that were sent against the ungodly; but themselves might see and perceive that they were persecuted with the judgment of God. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 19 And at another time it burneth even in the midst of water above the power of fire, that it might destroy the fruits of an unjust land. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 20 Instead whereof thou feddest thine own people with angels' food, and didst send them from heaven bread prepared without their labour, able to content every man's delight, and agreeing to every taste. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 21 For thy sustenance declared thy sweetness unto thy children, and serving to the appetite of the eater, tempered itself to every man's liking. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 22 But snow and ice endured the fire, and melted not, that they might know that fire burning in the hail, and sparkling in the rain, did destroy the fruits of the enemies. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 23 But this again did even forget his own strength, that the righteous might be nourished. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 24 For the creature that serveth thee, who art the Maker increaseth his strength against the unrighteous for their punishment, and abateth his strength for the benefit of such as put their trust in thee. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 25 Therefore even then was it altered into all fashions, and was obedient to thy grace, that nourisheth all things, according to the desire of them that had need: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 26 That thy children, O Lord, whom thou lovest, might know, that it is not the growing of fruits that nourisheth man: but that it is thy word, which preserveth them that put their trust in thee. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 27 For that which was not destroyed of the fire, being warmed with a little sunbeam, soon melted away: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 28 That it might be known, that we must prevent the sun to give thee thanks, and at the dayspring pray unto thee. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 16 29 For the hope of the unthankful shall melt away as the winter's hoar frost, and shall run away as unprofitable water. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 17 1 For great are thy judgments, and cannot be expressed: therefore unnurtured souls have erred. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 17 2 For when unrighteous men thought to oppress the holy nation; they being shut up in their houses, the prisoners of darkness, and fettered with the bonds of a long night, lay [there] exiled from the eternal providence. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 17 3 For while they supposed to lie hid in their secret sins, they were scattered under a dark veil of forgetfulness, being horribly astonished, and troubled with [strange] apparitions. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 17 4 For neither might the corner that held them keep them from fear: but noises [as of waters] falling down sounded about them, and sad visions appeared unto them with heavy countenances. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 17 5 No power of the fire might give them light: neither could the bright flames of the stars endure to lighten that horrible night. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 17 6 Only there appeared unto them a fire kindled of itself, very dreadful: for being much terrified, they thought the things which they saw to be worse than the sight they saw not. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 17 7 As for the illusions of art magick, they were put down, and their vaunting in wisdom was reproved with disgrace. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 17 8 For they, that promised to drive away terrors and troubles from a sick soul, were sick themselves of fear, worthy to be laughed at. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 17 9 For though no terrible thing did fear them; yet being scared with beasts that passed by, and hissing of serpents, +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 17 10 They died for fear, denying that they saw the air, which could of no side be avoided. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 17 11 For wickedness, condemned by her own witness, is very timorous, and being pressed with conscience, always forecasteth grievous things. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 17 12 For fear is nothing else but a betraying of the succours which reason offereth. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 17 13 And the expectation from within, being less, counteth the ignorance more than the cause which bringeth the torment. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 17 14 But they sleeping the same sleep that night, which was indeed intolerable, and which came upon them out of the bottoms of inevitable hell, +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 17 15 Were partly vexed with monstrous apparitions, and partly fainted, their heart failing them: for a sudden fear, and not looked for, came upon them. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 17 16 So then whosoever there fell down was straitly kept, shut up in a prison without iron bars, +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 17 17 For whether he were husbandman, or shepherd, or a labourer in the field, he was overtaken, and endured that necessity, which could not be avoided: for they were all bound with one chain of darkness. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 17 18 Whether it were a whistling wind, or a melodious noise of birds among the spreading branches, or a pleasing fall of water running violently, +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 17 19 Or a terrible sound of stones cast down, or a running that could not be seen of skipping beasts, or a roaring voice of most savage wild beasts, or a rebounding echo from the hollow mountains; these things made them to swoon for fear. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 17 20 For the whole world shined with clear light, and none were hindered in their labour: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 17 21 Over them only was spread an heavy night, an image of that darkness which should afterward receive them: but yet were they unto themselves more grievous than the darkness. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 1 Nevertheless thy saints had a very great light, whose voice they hearing, and not seeing their shape, because they also had not suffered the same things, they counted them happy. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 2 But for that they did not hurt them now, of whom they had been wronged before, they thanked them, and besought them pardon for that they had been enemies. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 3 Instead whereof thou gavest them a burning pillar of fire, both to be a guide of the unknown journey, and an harmless sun to entertain them honourably. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 4 For they were worthy to be deprived of light and imprisoned in darkness, who had kept thy sons shut up, by whom the uncorrupt light of the law was to be given unto the world. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 5 And when they had determined to slay the babes of the saints, one child being cast forth, and saved, to reprove them, thou tookest away the multitude of their children, and destroyedst them altogether in a mighty water. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 6 Of that night were our fathers certified afore, that assuredly knowing unto what oaths they had given credence, they might afterwards be of good cheer. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 7 So of thy people was accepted both the salvation of the righteous, and destruction of the enemies. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 8 For wherewith thou didst punish our adversaries, by the same thou didst glorify us, whom thou hadst called. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 9 For the righteous children of good men did sacrifice secretly, and with one consent made a holy law, that the saints should be like partakers of the same good and evil, the fathers now singing out the songs of praise. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 10 But on the other side there sounded an ill according cry of the enemies, and a lamentable noise was carried abroad for children that were bewailed. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 11 The master and the servant were punished after one manner; and like as the king, so suffered the common person. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 12 So they all together had innumerable dead with one kind of death; neither were the living sufficient to bury them: for in one moment the noblest offspring of them was destroyed. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 13 For whereas they would not believe any thing by reason of the enchantments; upon the destruction of the firstborn, they acknowledged this people to be the sons of God. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 14 For while all things were in quiet silence, and that night was in the midst of her swift course, +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 15 Thine Almighty word leaped down from heaven out of thy royal throne, as a fierce man of war into the midst of a land of destruction, +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 16 And brought thine unfeigned commandment as a sharp sword, and standing up filled all things with death; and it touched the heaven, but it stood upon the earth. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 17 Then suddenly visions of horrible dreams troubled them sore, and terrors came upon them unlooked for. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 18 And one thrown here, and another there, half dead, shewed the cause of his death. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 19 For the dreams that troubled them did foreshew this, lest they should perish, and not know why they were afflicted. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 20 Yea, the tasting of death touched the righteous also, and there was a destruction of the multitude in the wilderness: but the wrath endured not long. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 21 For then the blameless man made haste, and stood forth to defend them; and bringing the shield of his proper ministry, even prayer, and the propitiation of incense, set himself against the wrath, and so brought the calamity to an end, declaring that he was thy servant. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 22 So he overcame the destroyer, not with strength of body, nor force of arms, but with a word subdued him that punished, alleging the oaths and covenants made with the fathers. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 23 For when the dead were now fallen down by heaps one upon another, standing between, he stayed the wrath, and parted the way to the living. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 24 For in the long garment was the whole world, and in the four rows of the stones was the glory of the fathers graven, and thy Majesty upon the daidem of his head. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 18 25 Unto these the destroyer gave place, and was afraid of them: for it was enough that they only tasted of the wrath. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 19 1 As for the ungodly, wrath came upon them without mercy unto the end: for he knew before what they would do; +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 19 2 How that having given them leave to depart, and sent them hastily away, they would repent and pursue them. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 19 3 For whilst they were yet mourning and making lamentation at the graves of the dead, they added another foolish device, and pursued them as fugitives, whom they had intreated to be gone. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 19 4 For the destiny, whereof they were worthy, drew them unto this end, and made them forget the things that had already happened, that they might fulfil the punishment which was wanting to their torments: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 19 5 And that thy people might pass a wonderful way: but they might find a strange death. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 19 6 For the whole creature in his proper kind was fashioned again anew, serving the peculiar commandments that were given unto them, that thy children might be kept without hurt: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 19 7 As namely, a cloud shadowing the camp; and where water stood before, dry land appeared; and out of the Red sea a way without impediment; and out of the violent stream a green field: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 19 8 Wherethrough all the people went that were defended with thy hand, seeing thy marvellous strange wonders. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 19 9 For they went at large like horses, and leaped like lambs, praising thee, O Lord, who hadst delivered them. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 19 10 For they were yet mindful of the things that were done while they sojourned in the strange land, how the ground brought forth flies instead of cattle, and how the river cast up a multitude of frogs instead of fishes. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 19 11 But afterwards they saw a new generation of fowls, when, being led with their appetite, they asked delicate meats. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 19 12 For quails came up unto them from the sea for their contentment. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 19 13 And punishments came upon the sinners not without former signs by the force of thunders: for they suffered justly according to their own wickedness, insomuch as they used a more hard and hateful behaviour toward strangers. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 19 14 For the Sodomites did not receive those, whom they knew not when they came: but these brought friends into bondage, that had well deserved of them. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 19 15 And not only so, but peradventure some respect shall be had of those, because they used strangers not friendly: +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 19 16 But these very grievously afflicted them, whom they had received with feastings, and were already made partakers of the same laws with them. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 19 17 Therefore even with blindness were these stricken, as those were at the doors of the righteous man: when, being compassed about with horrible great darkness, every one sought the passage of his own doors. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 19 18 For the elements were changed in themselves by a kind of harmony, like as in a psaltery notes change the name of the tune, and yet are always sounds; which may well be perceived by the sight of the things that have been done. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 19 19 For earthly things were turned into watery, and the things, that before swam in the water, now went upon the ground. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 19 20 The fire had power in the water, forgetting his own virtue: and the water forgat his own quenching nature. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 19 21 On the other side, the flames wasted not the flesh of the corruptible living things, though they walked therein; neither melted they the icy kind of heavenly meat that was of nature apt to melt. +Wisdom of Solomon Wis 70 19 22 For in all things, O Lord, thou didst magnify thy people, and glorify them, neither didst thou lightly regard them: but didst assist them in every time and place. +Sirach Sir 71 1 1 All wisdom cometh from the Lord, and is with him for ever. +Sirach Sir 71 1 2 Who can number the sand of the sea, and the drops of rain, and the days of eternity? +Sirach Sir 71 1 3 Who can find out the height of heaven, and the breadth of the earth, and the deep, and wisdom? +Sirach Sir 71 1 4 Wisdom hath been created before all things, and the understanding of prudence from everlasting. +Sirach Sir 71 1 5 The word of God most high is the fountain of wisdom; and her ways are everlasting commandments. +Sirach Sir 71 1 6 To whom hath the root of wisdom been revealed? or who hath known her wise counsels? +Sirach Sir 71 1 7 [Unto whom hath the knowledge of wisdom been made manifest? and who hath understood her great experience?] +Sirach Sir 71 1 8 There is one wise and greatly to be feared, the Lord sitting upon his throne. +Sirach Sir 71 1 9 He created her, and saw her, and numbered her, and poured her out upon all his works. +Sirach Sir 71 1 10 She is with all flesh according to his gift, and he hath given her to them that love him. +Sirach Sir 71 1 11 The fear of the Lord is honour, and glory, and gladness, and a crown of rejoicing. +Sirach Sir 71 1 12 The fear of the Lord maketh a merry heart, and giveth joy, and gladness, and a long life. +Sirach Sir 71 1 13 Whoso feareth the Lord, it shall go well with him at the last, and he shall find favour in the day of his death. +Sirach Sir 71 1 14 To fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and it was created with the faithful in the womb. +Sirach Sir 71 1 15 She hath built an everlasting foundation with men, and she shall continue with their seed. +Sirach Sir 71 1 16 To fear the Lord is fulness of wisdom, and filleth men with her fruits. +Sirach Sir 71 1 17 She filleth all their house with things desirable, and the garners with her increase. +Sirach Sir 71 1 18 The fear of the Lord is a crown of wisdom, making peace and perfect health to flourish; both which are the gifts of God: and it enlargeth their rejoicing that love him. +Sirach Sir 71 1 19 Wisdom raineth down skill and knowledge of understanding standing, and exalteth them to honour that hold her fast. +Sirach Sir 71 1 20 The root of wisdom is to fear the Lord, and the branches thereof are long life. +Sirach Sir 71 1 21 The fear of the Lord driveth away sins: and where it is present, it turneth away wrath. +Sirach Sir 71 1 22 A furious man cannot be justified; for the sway of his fury shall be his destruction. +Sirach Sir 71 1 23 A patient man will tear for a time, and afterward joy shall spring up unto him. +Sirach Sir 71 1 24 He will hide his words for a time, and the lips of many shall declare his wisdom. +Sirach Sir 71 1 25 The parables of knowledge are in the treasures of wisdom: but godliness is an abomination to a sinner. +Sirach Sir 71 1 26 If thou desire wisdom, keep the commandments, and the Lord shall give her unto thee. +Sirach Sir 71 1 27 For the fear of the Lord is wisdom and instruction: and faith and meekness are his delight. +Sirach Sir 71 1 28 Distrust not the fear of the Lord when thou art poor: and come not unto him with a double heart. +Sirach Sir 71 1 29 Be not an hypocrite in the sight of men, and take good heed what thou speakest. +Sirach Sir 71 1 30 Exalt not thyself, lest thou fall, and bring dishonour upon thy soul, and so God discover thy secrets, and cast thee down in the midst of the congregation, because thou camest not in truth to the fear of the Lord, but thy heart is full of deceit. +Sirach Sir 71 2 1 My son, if thou come to serve the Lord, prepare thy soul for temptation. +Sirach Sir 71 2 2 Set thy heart aright, and constantly endure, and make not haste in time of trouble. +Sirach Sir 71 2 3 Cleave unto him, and depart not away, that thou mayest be increased at thy last end. +Sirach Sir 71 2 4 Whatsoever is brought upon thee take cheerfully, and be patient when thou art changed to a low estate. +Sirach Sir 71 2 5 For gold is tried in the fire, and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity. +Sirach Sir 71 2 6 Believe in him, and he will help thee; order thy way aright, and trust in him. +Sirach Sir 71 2 7 Ye that fear the Lord, wait for his mercy; and go not aside, lest ye fall. +Sirach Sir 71 2 8 Ye that fear the Lord, believe him; and your reward shall not fail. +Sirach Sir 71 2 9 Ye that fear the Lord, hope for good, and for everlasting joy and mercy. +Sirach Sir 71 2 10 Look at the generations of old, and see; did ever any trust in the Lord, and was confounded? or did any abide in his fear, and was forsaken? or whom did he ever despise, that called upon him? +Sirach Sir 71 2 11 For the Lord is full of compassion and mercy, longsuffering, and very pitiful, and forgiveth sins, and saveth in time of affliction. +Sirach Sir 71 2 12 Woe be to fearful hearts, and faint hands, and the sinner that goeth two ways! +Sirach Sir 71 2 13 Woe unto him that is fainthearted! for he believeth not; therefore shall he not be defended. +Sirach Sir 71 2 14 Woe unto you that have lost patience! and what will ye do when the Lord shall visit you? +Sirach Sir 71 2 15 They that fear the Lord will not disobey his Word; and they that love him will keep his ways. +Sirach Sir 71 2 16 They that fear the Lord will seek that which is well, pleasing unto him; and they that love him shall be filled with the law. +Sirach Sir 71 2 17 They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and humble their souls in his sight, +Sirach Sir 71 2 18 Saying, We will fall into the hands of the Lord, and not into the hands of men: for as his majesty is, so is his mercy. +Sirach Sir 71 3 1 Hear me your father, O children, and do thereafter, that ye may be safe. +Sirach Sir 71 3 2 For the Lord hath given the father honour over the children, and hath confirmed the authority of the mother over the sons. +Sirach Sir 71 3 3 Whoso honoureth his father maketh an atonement for his sins: +Sirach Sir 71 3 4 And he that honoureth his mother is as one that layeth up treasure. +Sirach Sir 71 3 5 Whoso honoureth his father shall have joy of his own children; and when he maketh his prayer, he shall be heard. +Sirach Sir 71 3 6 He that honoureth his father shall have a long life; and he that is obedient unto the Lord shall be a comfort to his mother. +Sirach Sir 71 3 7 He that feareth the Lord will honour his father, and will do service unto his parents, as to his masters. +Sirach Sir 71 3 8 Honour thy father and mother both in word and deed, that a blessing may come upon thee from them. +Sirach Sir 71 3 9 For the blessing of the father establisheth the houses of children; but the curse of the mother rooteth out foundations. +Sirach Sir 71 3 10 Glory not in the dishonour of thy father; for thy father's dishonour is no glory unto thee. +Sirach Sir 71 3 11 For the glory of a man is from the honour of his father; and a mother in dishonour is a reproach to the children. +Sirach Sir 71 3 12 My son, help thy father in his age, and grieve him not as long as he liveth. +Sirach Sir 71 3 13 And if his understanding fail, have patience with him; and despise him not when thou art in thy full strength. +Sirach Sir 71 3 14 For the relieving of thy father shall not be forgotten: and instead of sins it shall be added to build thee up. +Sirach Sir 71 3 15 In the day of thine affliction it shall be remembered; thy sins also shall melt away, as the ice in the fair warm weather. +Sirach Sir 71 3 16 He that forsaketh his father is as a blasphemer; and he that angereth his mother is cursed: of God. +Sirach Sir 71 3 17 My son, go on with thy business in meekness; so shalt thou be beloved of him that is approved. +Sirach Sir 71 3 18 The greater thou art, the more humble thyself, and thou shalt find favour before the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 3 19 Many are in high place, and of renown: but mysteries are revealed unto the meek. +Sirach Sir 71 3 20 For the power of the Lord is great, and he is honoured of the lowly. +Sirach Sir 71 3 21 Seek not out things that are too hard for thee, neither search the things that are above thy strength. +Sirach Sir 71 3 22 But what is commanded thee, think thereupon with reverence, for it is not needful for thee to see with thine eyes the things that are in secret. +Sirach Sir 71 3 23 Be not curious in unnecessary matters: for more things are shewed unto thee than men understand. +Sirach Sir 71 3 24 For many are deceived by their own vain opinion; and an evil suspicion hath overthrown their judgment. +Sirach Sir 71 3 25 Without eyes thou shalt want light: profess not the knowledge therefore that thou hast not. +Sirach Sir 71 3 26 A stubborn heart shall fare evil at the last; and he that loveth danger shall perish therein. +Sirach Sir 71 3 27 An obstinate heart shall be laden with sorrows; and the wicked man shall heap sin upon sin. +Sirach Sir 71 3 28 In the punishment of the proud there is no remedy; for the plant of wickedness hath taken root in him. +Sirach Sir 71 3 29 The heart of the prudent will understand a parable; and an attentive ear is the desire of a wise man. +Sirach Sir 71 3 30 Water will quench a flaming fire; and alms maketh an atonement for sins. +Sirach Sir 71 3 31 And he that requiteth good turns is mindful of that which may come hereafter; and when he falleth, he shall find a stay. +Sirach Sir 71 4 1 My son, defraud not the poor of his living, and make not the needy eyes to wait long. +Sirach Sir 71 4 2 Make not an hungry soul sorrowful; neither provoke a man in his distress. +Sirach Sir 71 4 3 Add not more trouble to an heart that is vexed; and defer not to give to him that is in need. +Sirach Sir 71 4 4 Reject not the supplication of the afflicted; neither turn away thy face from a poor man. +Sirach Sir 71 4 5 Turn not away thine eye from the needy, and give him none occasion to curse thee: +Sirach Sir 71 4 6 For if he curse thee in the bitterness of his soul, his prayer shall be heard of him that made him. +Sirach Sir 71 4 7 Get thyself the love of the congregation, and bow thy head to a great man. +Sirach Sir 71 4 8 Let it not grieve thee to bow down thine ear to the poor, and give him a friendly answer with meekness. +Sirach Sir 71 4 9 Deliver him that suffereth wrong from the hand of the oppressor; and be not fainthearted when thou sittest in judgment. +Sirach Sir 71 4 10 Be as a father unto the fatherless, and instead of an husband unto their mother: so shalt thou be as the son of the most High, and he shall love thee more than thy mother doth. +Sirach Sir 71 4 11 Wisdom exalteth her children, and layeth hold of them that seek her. +Sirach Sir 71 4 12 He that loveth her loveth life; and they that seek to her early shall be filled with joy. +Sirach Sir 71 4 13 He that holdeth her fast shall inherit glory; and wheresoever she entereth, the Lord will bless. +Sirach Sir 71 4 14 They that serve her shall minister to the Holy One: and them that love her the Lord doth love. +Sirach Sir 71 4 15 Whoso giveth ear unto her shall judge the nations: and he that attendeth unto her shall dwell securely. +Sirach Sir 71 4 16 If a man commit himself unto her, he shall inherit her; and his generation shall hold her in possession. +Sirach Sir 71 4 17 For at the first she will walk with him by crooked ways, and bring fear and dread upon him, and torment him with her discipline, until she may trust his soul, and try him by her laws. +Sirach Sir 71 4 18 Then will she return the straight way unto him, and comfort him, and shew him her secrets. +Sirach Sir 71 4 19 But if he go wrong, she will forsake him, and give him over to his own ruin. +Sirach Sir 71 4 20 Observe the opportunity, and beware of evil; and be not ashamed when it concerneth thy soul. +Sirach Sir 71 4 21 For there is a shame that bringeth sin; and there is a shame which is glory and grace. +Sirach Sir 71 4 22 Accept no person against thy soul, and let not the reverence of any man cause thee to fall. +Sirach Sir 71 4 23 And refrain not to speak, when there is occasion to do good, and hide not thy wisdom in her beauty. +Sirach Sir 71 4 24 For by speech wisdom shall be known: and learning by the word of the tongue. +Sirach Sir 71 4 25 In no wise speak against the truth; but be abashed of the error of thine ignorance. +Sirach Sir 71 4 26 Be not ashamed to confess thy sins; and force not the course of the river. +Sirach Sir 71 4 27 Make not thyself an underling to a foolish man; neither accept the person of the mighty. +Sirach Sir 71 4 28 Strive for the truth unto death, and the Lord shall fight for thee. +Sirach Sir 71 4 29 Be not hasty in thy tongue, and in thy deeds slack and remiss. +Sirach Sir 71 4 30 Be not as a lion in thy house, nor frantick among thy servants. +Sirach Sir 71 4 31 Let not thine hand be stretched out to receive, and shut when thou shouldest repay. +Sirach Sir 71 5 1 Set thy heart upon thy goods; and say not, I have enough for my life. +Sirach Sir 71 5 2 Follow not thine own mind and thy strength, to walk in the ways of thy heart: +Sirach Sir 71 5 3 And say not, Who shall controul me for my works? for the Lord will surely revenge thy pride. +Sirach Sir 71 5 4 Say not, I have sinned, and what harm hath happened unto me? for the Lord is longsuffering, he will in no wise let thee go. +Sirach Sir 71 5 5 Concerning propitiation, be not without fear to add sin unto sin: +Sirach Sir 71 5 6 And say not His mercy is great; he will be pacified for the multitude of my sins: for mercy and wrath come from him, and his indignation resteth upon sinners. +Sirach Sir 71 5 7 Make no tarrying to turn to the Lord, and put not off from day to day: for suddenly shall the wrath of the Lord come forth, and in thy security thou shalt be destroyed, and perish in the day of vengeance. +Sirach Sir 71 5 8 Set not thine heart upon goods unjustly gotten, for they shall not profit thee in the day of calamity. +Sirach Sir 71 5 9 Winnow not with every wind, and go not into every way: for so doth the sinner that hath a double tongue. +Sirach Sir 71 5 10 Be stedfast in thy understanding; and let thy word be the same. +Sirach Sir 71 5 11 Be swift to hear; and let thy life be sincere; and with patience give answer. +Sirach Sir 71 5 12 If thou hast understanding, answer thy neighbour; if not, lay thy hand upon thy mouth. +Sirach Sir 71 5 13 Honour and shame is in talk: and the tongue of man is his fall. +Sirach Sir 71 5 14 Be not called a whisperer, and lie not in wait with thy tongue: for a foul shame is upon the thief, and an evil condemnation upon the double tongue. +Sirach Sir 71 5 15 Be not ignorant of any thing in a great matter or a small. +Sirach Sir 71 6 1 Instead of a friend become not an enemy; for [thereby] thou shalt inherit an ill name, shame, and reproach: even so shall a sinner that hath a double tongue. +Sirach Sir 71 6 2 Extol not thyself in the counsel of thine own heart; that thy soul be not torn in pieces as a bull [straying alone.] +Sirach Sir 71 6 3 Thou shalt eat up thy leaves, and lose thy fruit, and leave thyself as a dry tree. +Sirach Sir 71 6 4 A wicked soul shall destroy him that hath it, and shall make him to be laughed to scorn of his enemies. +Sirach Sir 71 6 5 Sweet language will multiply friends: and a fairspeaking tongue will increase kind greetings. +Sirach Sir 71 6 6 Be in peace with many: nevertheless have but one counsellor of a thousand. +Sirach Sir 71 6 7 If thou wouldest get a friend, prove him first and be not hasty to credit him. +Sirach Sir 71 6 8 For some man is a friend for his own occasion, and will not abide in the day of thy trouble. +Sirach Sir 71 6 9 And there is a friend, who being turned to enmity, and strife will discover thy reproach. +Sirach Sir 71 6 10 Again, some friend is a companion at the table, and will not continue in the day of thy affliction. +Sirach Sir 71 6 11 But in thy prosperity he will be as thyself, and will be bold over thy servants. +Sirach Sir 71 6 12 If thou be brought low, he will be against thee, and will hide himself from thy face. +Sirach Sir 71 6 13 Separate thyself from thine enemies, and take heed of thy friends. +Sirach Sir 71 6 14 A faithfull friend is a strong defence: and he that hath found such an one hath found a treasure. +Sirach Sir 71 6 15 Nothing doth countervail a faithful friend, and his excellency is invaluable. +Sirach Sir 71 6 16 A faithful friend is the medicine of life; and they that fear the Lord shall find him. +Sirach Sir 71 6 17 Whoso feareth the Lord shall direct his friendship aright: for as he is, so shall his neighbour be also. +Sirach Sir 71 6 18 My son, gather instruction from thy youth up: so shalt thou find wisdom till thine old age. +Sirach Sir 71 6 19 Come unto her as one that ploweth and soweth, and wait for her good fruits: for thou shalt not toil much in labouring about her, but thou shalt eat of her fruits right soon. +Sirach Sir 71 6 20 She is very unpleasant to the unlearned: he that is without understanding will not remain with her. +Sirach Sir 71 6 21 She will lie upon him as a mighty stone of trial; and he will cast her from him ere it be long. +Sirach Sir 71 6 22 For wisdom is according to her name, and she is not manifest unto many. +Sirach Sir 71 6 23 Give ear, my son, receive my advice, and refuse not my counsel, +Sirach Sir 71 6 24 And put thy feet into her fetters, and thy neck into her chain. +Sirach Sir 71 6 25 Bow down thy shoulder, and bear her, and be not grieved with her bonds. +Sirach Sir 71 6 26 Come unto her with thy whole heart, and keep her ways with all thy power. +Sirach Sir 71 6 27 Search, and seek, and she shall be made known unto thee: and when thou hast got hold of her, let her not go. +Sirach Sir 71 6 28 For at the last thou shalt find her rest, and that shall be turned to thy joy. +Sirach Sir 71 6 29 Then shall her fetters be a strong defence for thee, and her chains a robe of glory. +Sirach Sir 71 6 30 For there is a golden ornament upon her, and her bands are purple lace. +Sirach Sir 71 6 31 Thou shalt put her on as a robe of honour, and shalt put her about thee as a crown of joy. +Sirach Sir 71 6 32 My son, if thou wilt, thou shalt be taught: and if thou wilt apply thy mind, thou shalt be prudent. +Sirach Sir 71 6 33 If thou love to hear, thou shalt receive understanding: and if thou bow thine ear, thou shalt be wise, +Sirach Sir 71 6 34 Stand in the multitude of the elders; and cleave unto him that is wise. +Sirach Sir 71 6 35 Be willing to hear every godly discourse; and let not the parables of understanding escape thee. +Sirach Sir 71 6 36 And if thou seest a man of understanding, get thee betimes unto him, and let thy foot wear the steps of his door. +Sirach Sir 71 6 37 Let thy mind be upon the ordinances of the Lord and meditate continually in his commandments: he shall establish thine heart, and give thee wisdom at thine owns desire. +Sirach Sir 71 7 1 Do no evil, so shall no harm come unto thee. +Sirach Sir 71 7 2 Depart from the unjust, and iniquity shall turn away from thee. +Sirach Sir 71 7 3 My son, sow not upon the furrows of unrighteousness, and thou shalt not reap them sevenfold. +Sirach Sir 71 7 4 Seek not of the Lord preeminence, neither of the king the seat of honour. +Sirach Sir 71 7 5 justify not thyself before the Lord; and boast not of thy wisdom before the king. +Sirach Sir 71 7 6 Seek not to be judge, being not able to take away iniquity; lest at any time thou fear the person of the mighty, an stumblingblock in the way of thy uprightness. +Sirach Sir 71 7 7 Offend not against the multitude of a city, and then thou shalt not cast thyself down among the people. +Sirach Sir 71 7 8 Bind not one sin upon another; for in one thou shalt not be unpunished. +Sirach Sir 71 7 9 Say not, God will look upon the multitude of my oblations, and when I offer to the most high God, he will accept it. +Sirach Sir 71 7 10 Be not fainthearted when thou makest thy prayer, and neglect not to give alms. +Sirach Sir 71 7 11 Laugh no man to scorn in the bitterness of his soul: for there is one which humbleth and exalteth. +Sirach Sir 71 7 12 Devise not a lie against thy brother; neither do the like to thy friend. +Sirach Sir 71 7 13 Use not to make any manner of lie: for the custom thereof is not good. +Sirach Sir 71 7 14 Use not many words in a multitude of elders, and make not much babbling when thou prayest. +Sirach Sir 71 7 15 Hate not laborious work, neither husbandry, which the most High hath ordained. +Sirach Sir 71 7 16 Number not thyself among the multitude of sinners, but remember that wrath will not tarry long. +Sirach Sir 71 7 17 Humble thyself greatly: for the vengeance of the ungodly is fire and worms. +Sirach Sir 71 7 18 Change not a friend for any good by no means; neither a faithful brother for the gold of Ophir. +Sirach Sir 71 7 19 Forego not a wise and good woman: for her grace is above gold. +Sirach Sir 71 7 20 Whereas thy servant worketh truly, entreat him not evil. nor the hireling that bestoweth himself wholly for thee. +Sirach Sir 71 7 21 Let thy soul love a good servant, and defraud him not of liberty. +Sirach Sir 71 7 22 Hast thou cattle? have an eye to them: and if they be for thy profit, keep them with thee. +Sirach Sir 71 7 23 Hast thou children? instruct them, and bow down their neck from their youth. +Sirach Sir 71 7 24 Hast thou daughters? have a care of their body, and shew not thyself cheerful toward them. +Sirach Sir 71 7 25 Marry thy daughter, and so shalt thou have performed a weighty matter: but give her to a man of understanding. +Sirach Sir 71 7 26 Hast thou a wife after thy mind? forsake her not: but give not thyself over to a light woman. +Sirach Sir 71 7 27 Honour thy father with thy whole heart, and forget not the sorrows of thy mother. +Sirach Sir 71 7 28 Remember that thou wast begotten of them; and how canst thou recompense them the things that they have done for thee? +Sirach Sir 71 7 29 Fear the Lord with all thy soul, and reverence his priests. +Sirach Sir 71 7 30 Love him that made thee with all thy strength, and forsake not his ministers. +Sirach Sir 71 7 31 Fear the Lord, and honor the priest; and give him his portion, as it is commanded thee; the firstfruits, and the trespass offering, and the gift of the shoulders, and the sacrifice of sanctification, and the firstfruits of the holy things. +Sirach Sir 71 7 32 And stretch thine hand unto the poor, that thy blessing may be perfected. +Sirach Sir 71 7 33 A gift hath grace in the sight of every man living; and for the dead detain it not. +Sirach Sir 71 7 34 Fail not to be with them that weep, and mourn with them that mourn. +Sirach Sir 71 7 35 Be not slow to visit the sick: for that shall make thee to be beloved. +Sirach Sir 71 7 36 Whatsoever thou takest in hand, remember the end, and thou shalt never do amiss. +Sirach Sir 71 8 1 Strive not with a mighty man' lest thou fall into his hands. +Sirach Sir 71 8 2 Be not at variance with a rich man, lest he overweigh thee: for gold hath destroyed many, and perverted the hearts of kings. +Sirach Sir 71 8 3 Strive not with a man that is full of tongue, and heap not wood upon his fire. +Sirach Sir 71 8 4 Jest not with a rude man, lest thy ancestors be disgraced. +Sirach Sir 71 8 5 Reproach not a man that turneth from sin, but remember that we are all worthy of punishment. +Sirach Sir 71 8 6 Dishonour not a man in his old age: for even some of us wax old. +Sirach Sir 71 8 7 Rejoice not over thy greatest enemy being dead, but remember that we die all. +Sirach Sir 71 8 8 Despise not the discourse of the wise, but acquaint thyself with their proverbs: for of them thou shalt learn instruction, and how to serve great men with ease. +Sirach Sir 71 8 9 Miss not the discourse of the elders: for they also learned of their fathers, and of them thou shalt learn understanding, and to give answer as need requireth. +Sirach Sir 71 8 10 Kindle not the coals of a sinner, lest thou be burnt with the flame of his fire. +Sirach Sir 71 8 11 Rise not up [in anger] at the presence of an injurious person, lest he lie in wait to entrap thee in thy words +Sirach Sir 71 8 12 Lend not unto him that is mightier than thyself; for if thou lendest him, count it but lost. +Sirach Sir 71 8 13 Be not surety above thy power: for if thou be surety, take care to pay it. +Sirach Sir 71 8 14 Go not to law with a judge; for they will judge for him according to his honour. +Sirach Sir 71 8 15 Travel not by the way with a bold fellow, lest he become grievous unto thee: for he will do according to his own will, and thou shalt perish with him through his folly. +Sirach Sir 71 8 16 Strive not with an angry man, and go not with him into a solitary place: for blood is as nothing in his sight, and where there is no help, he will overthrow thee. +Sirach Sir 71 8 17 Consult not with a fool; for he cannot keep counsel. +Sirach Sir 71 8 18 Do no secret thing before a stranger; for thou knowest not what he will bring forth. +Sirach Sir 71 8 19 Open not thine heart to every man, lest he requite thee with a shrewd turn. +Sirach Sir 71 9 1 Be not jealous over the wife of thy bosom, and teach her not an evil lesson against thyself. +Sirach Sir 71 9 2 Give not thy soul unto a woman to set her foot upon thy substance. +Sirach Sir 71 9 3 Meet not with an harlot, lest thou fall into her snares. +Sirach Sir 71 9 4 Use not much the company of a woman that is a singer, lest thou be taken with her attempts. +Sirach Sir 71 9 5 Gaze not on a maid, that thou fall not by those things that are precious in her. +Sirach Sir 71 9 6 Give not thy soul unto harlots, that thou lose not thine inheritance. +Sirach Sir 71 9 7 Look not round about thee in the streets of the city, neither wander thou in the solitary place thereof. +Sirach Sir 71 9 8 Turn away thine eye from a beautiful woman, and look not upon another's beauty; for many have been deceived by the beauty of a woman; for herewith love is kindled as a fire. +Sirach Sir 71 9 9 Sit not at all with another man's wife, nor sit down with her in thine arms, and spend not thy money with her at the wine; lest thine heart incline unto her, and so through thy desire thou fall into destruction. +Sirach Sir 71 9 10 Forsake not an old friend; for the new is not comparable to him: a new friend is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure. +Sirach Sir 71 9 11 Envy not the glory of a sinner: for thou knowest not what shall be his end. +Sirach Sir 71 9 12 Delight not in the thing that the ungodly have pleasure in; but remember they shall not go unpunished unto their grave. +Sirach Sir 71 9 13 Keep thee far from the man that hath power to kill; so shalt thou not doubt the fear of death: and if thou come unto him, make no fault, lest he take away thy life presently: remember that thou goest in the midst of snares, and that thou walkest upon the battlements of the city. +Sirach Sir 71 9 14 As near as thou canst, guess at thy neighbour, and consult with the wise. +Sirach Sir 71 9 15 Let thy talk be with the wise, and all thy communication in the law of the most High. +Sirach Sir 71 9 16 And let just men eat and drink with thee; and let thy glorying be in the fear of the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 9 17 For the hand of the artificer the work shall be commended: and the wise ruler of the people for his speech. +Sirach Sir 71 9 18 A man of an ill tongue is dangerous in his city; and he that is rash in his talk shall be hated. +Sirach Sir 71 10 1 A wise judge will instruct his people; and the government of a prudent man is well ordered. +Sirach Sir 71 10 2 As the judge of the people is himself, so are his officers; and what manner of man the ruler of the city is, such are all they that dwell therein. +Sirach Sir 71 10 3 An unwise king destroyeth his people; but through the prudence of them which are in authority the city shall be inhabited. +Sirach Sir 71 10 4 The power of the earth is in the hand of the Lord, and in due time he will set over it one that is profitable. +Sirach Sir 71 10 5 In the hand of God is the prosperity of man: and upon the person of the scribe shall he lay his honour. +Sirach Sir 71 10 6 Bear not hatred to thy neighbour for every wrong; and do nothing at all by injurious practices. +Sirach Sir 71 10 7 Pride is hateful before God and man: and by both doth one commit iniquity. +Sirach Sir 71 10 8 Because of unrighteous dealings, injuries, and riches got by deceit, the kingdom is translated from one people to another. +Sirach Sir 71 10 9 Why is earth and ashes proud? There is not a more wicked thing than a covetous man: for such an one setteth his own soul to sale; because while he liveth he casteth away his bowels. +Sirach Sir 71 10 10 The physician cutteth off a long disease; and he that is to day a king to morrow shall die. +Sirach Sir 71 10 11 For when a man is dead, he shall inherit creeping things, beasts, and worms. +Sirach Sir 71 10 12 The beginning of pride is when one departeth from God, and his heart is turned away from his Maker. +Sirach Sir 71 10 13 For pride is the beginning of sin, and he that hath it shall pour out abomination: and therefore the Lord brought upon them strange calamities, and overthrew them utterly. +Sirach Sir 71 10 14 The Lord hath cast down the thrones of proud princes, and set up the meek in their stead. +Sirach Sir 71 10 15 The Lord hath plucked up the roots of the proud nations, and planted the lowly in their place. +Sirach Sir 71 10 16 The Lord overthrew countries of the heathen, and destroyed them to the foundations of the earth. +Sirach Sir 71 10 17 He took some of them away, and destroyed them, and hath made their memorial to cease from the earth. +Sirach Sir 71 10 18 Pride was not made for men, nor furious anger for them that are born of a woman. +Sirach Sir 71 10 19 They that fear the Lord are a sure seed, and they that love him an honourable plant: they that regard not the law are a dishonourable seed; they that transgress the commandments are a deceivable seed. +Sirach Sir 71 10 20 Among brethren he that is chief is honorable; so are they that fear the Lord in his eyes. +Sirach Sir 71 10 21 The fear of the Lord goeth before the obtaining of authority: but roughness and pride is the losing thereof. +Sirach Sir 71 10 22 Whether he be rich, noble, or poor, their glory is the fear of the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 10 23 It is not meet to despise the poor man that hath understanding; neither is it convenient to magnify a sinful man. +Sirach Sir 71 10 24 Great men, and judges, and potentates, shall be honoured; yet is there none of them greater than he that feareth the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 10 25 Unto the servant that is wise shall they that are free do service: and he that hath knowledge will not grudge when he is reformed. +Sirach Sir 71 10 26 Be not overwise in doing thy business; and boast not thyself in the time of thy distress. +Sirach Sir 71 10 27 Better is he that laboureth, and aboundeth in all things, than he that boasteth himself, and wanteth bread. +Sirach Sir 71 10 28 My son, glorify thy soul in meekness, and give it honour according to the dignity thereof. +Sirach Sir 71 10 29 Who will justify him that sinneth against his own soul? and who will honour him that dishonoureth his own life? +Sirach Sir 71 10 30 The poor man is honoured for his skill, and the rich man is honoured for his riches. +Sirach Sir 71 10 31 He that is honoured in poverty, how much more in riches? and he that is dishonourable in riches, how much more in poverty? +Sirach Sir 71 11 1 Wisdom lifteth up the head of him that is of low degree, and maketh him to sit among great men. +Sirach Sir 71 11 2 Commend not a man for his beauty; neither abhor a man for his outward appearance. +Sirach Sir 71 11 3 The bee is little among such as fly; but her fruit is the chief of sweet things. +Sirach Sir 71 11 4 Boast not of thy clothing and raiment, and exalt not thyself in the day of honour: for the works of the Lord are wonderful, and his works among men are hidden. +Sirach Sir 71 11 5 Many kings have sat down upon the ground; and one that was never thought of hath worn the crown. +Sirach Sir 71 11 6 Many mighty men have been greatly disgraced; and the honourable delivered into other men's hands. +Sirach Sir 71 11 7 Blame not before thou hast examined the truth: understand first, and then rebuke. +Sirach Sir 71 11 8 Answer not before thou hast heard the cause: neither interrupt men in the midst of their talk. +Sirach Sir 71 11 9 Strive not in a matter that concerneth thee not; and sit not in judgment with sinners. +Sirach Sir 71 11 10 My son, meddle not with many matters: for if thou meddle much, thou shalt not be innocent; and if thou follow after, thou shalt not obtain, neither shalt thou escape by fleeing. +Sirach Sir 71 11 11 There is one that laboureth, and taketh pains, and maketh haste, and is so much the more behind. +Sirach Sir 71 11 12 Again, there is another that is slow, and hath need of help, wanting ability, and full of poverty; yet the eye of the Lord looked upon him for good, and set him up from his low estate, +Sirach Sir 71 11 13 And lifted up his head from misery; so that many that saw from him is peace over all the +Sirach Sir 71 11 14 Prosperity and adversity, life and death, poverty and riches, come of the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 11 15 Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of the law, are of the Lord: love, and the way of good works, are from him. +Sirach Sir 71 11 16 Error and darkness had their beginning together with sinners: and evil shall wax old with them that glory therein. +Sirach Sir 71 11 17 The gift of the Lord remaineth with the ungodly, and his favour bringeth prosperity for ever. +Sirach Sir 71 11 18 There is that waxeth rich by his wariness and pinching, and this his the portion of his reward: +Sirach Sir 71 11 19 Whereas he saith, I have found rest, and now will eat continually of my goods; and yet he knoweth not what time shall come upon him, and that he must leave those things to others, and die. +Sirach Sir 71 11 20 Be stedfast in thy covenant, and be conversant therein, and wax old in thy work. +Sirach Sir 71 11 21 Marvel not at the works of sinners; but trust in the Lord, and abide in thy labour: for it is an easy thing in the sight of the Lord on the sudden to make a poor man rich. +Sirach Sir 71 11 22 The blessing of the Lord is in the reward of the godly, and suddenly he maketh his blessing flourish. +Sirach Sir 71 11 23 Say not, What profit is there of my service? and what good things shall I have hereafter? +Sirach Sir 71 11 24 Again, say not, I have enough, and possess many things, and what evil shall I have hereafter? +Sirach Sir 71 11 25 In the day of prosperity there is a forgetfulness of affliction: and in the day of affliction there is no more remembrance of prosperity. +Sirach Sir 71 11 26 For it is an easy thing unto the Lord in the day of death to reward a man according to his ways. +Sirach Sir 71 11 27 The affliction of an hour maketh a man forget pleasure: and in his end his deeds shall be discovered. +Sirach Sir 71 11 28 Judge none blessed before his death: for a man shall be known in his children. +Sirach Sir 71 11 29 Bring not every man into thine house: for the deceitful man hath many trains. +Sirach Sir 71 11 30 Like as a partridge taken [and kept] in a cage, so is the heart of the proud; and like as a spy, watcheth he for thy fall: +Sirach Sir 71 11 31 For he lieth in wait, and turneth good into evil, and in things worthy praise will lay blame upon thee. +Sirach Sir 71 11 32 Of a spark of fire a heap of coals is kindled: and a sinful man layeth wait for blood. +Sirach Sir 71 11 33 Take heed of a mischievous man, for he worketh wickedness; lest he bring upon thee a perpetual blot. +Sirach Sir 71 11 34 Receive a stranger into thine house, and he will disturb thee, and turn thee out of thine own. +Sirach Sir 71 12 1 When thou wilt do good know to whom thou doest it; so shalt thou be thanked for thy benefits. +Sirach Sir 71 12 2 Do good to the godly man, and thou shalt find a recompence; and if not from him, yet from the most High. +Sirach Sir 71 12 3 There can no good come to him that is always occupied in evil, nor to him that giveth no alms. +Sirach Sir 71 12 4 Give to the godly man, and help not a sinner. +Sirach Sir 71 12 5 Do well unto him that is lowly, but give not to the ungodly: hold back thy bread, and give it not unto him, lest he overmaster thee thereby: for [else] thou shalt receive twice as much evil for all the good thou shalt have done unto him. +Sirach Sir 71 12 6 For the most High hateth sinners, and will repay vengeance unto the ungodly, and keepeth them against the mighty day of their punishment. +Sirach Sir 71 12 7 Give unto the good, and help not the sinner. +Sirach Sir 71 12 8 A friend cannot be known in prosperity: and an enemy cannot be hidden in adversity. +Sirach Sir 71 12 9 In the prosperity of a man enemies will be grieved: but in his adversity even a friend will depart. +Sirach Sir 71 12 10 Never trust thine enemy: for like as iron rusteth, so is his wickedness. +Sirach Sir 71 12 11 Though he humble himself, and go crouching, yet take good heed and beware of him, and thou shalt be unto him as if thou hadst wiped a lookingglass, and thou shalt know that his rust hath not been altogether wiped away. +Sirach Sir 71 12 12 Set him not by thee, lest, when he hath overthrown thee, he stand up in thy place; neither let him sit at thy right hand, lest he seek to take thy seat, and thou at the last remember my words, and be pricked therewith. +Sirach Sir 71 12 13 Who will pity a charmer that is bitten with a serpent, or any such as come nigh wild beasts? +Sirach Sir 71 12 14 So one that goeth to a sinner, and is defiled with him in his sins, who will pity? +Sirach Sir 71 12 15 For a while he will abide with thee, but if thou begin to fall, he will not tarry. +Sirach Sir 71 12 16 An enemy speaketh sweetly with his lips, but in his heart he imagineth how to throw thee into a pit: he will weep with his eyes, but if he find opportunity, he will not be satisfied with blood. +Sirach Sir 71 12 17 If adversity come upon thee, thou shalt find him there first; and though he pretend to help thee, yet shall he undermine thee. +Sirach Sir 71 12 18 He will shake his head, and clap his hands, and whisper much, and change his countenance. +Sirach Sir 71 13 1 He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith; and he that hath fellowship with a proud man shall be like unto him. +Sirach Sir 71 13 2 Burden not thyself above thy power while thou livest; and have no fellowship with one that is mightier and richer than thyself: for how agree the kettle and the earthen pot together? for if the one be smitten against the other, it shall be broken. +Sirach Sir 71 13 3 The rich man hath done wrong, and yet he threateneth withal: the poor is wronged, and he must intreat also. +Sirach Sir 71 13 4 If thou be for his profit, he will use thee: but if thou have nothing, he will forsake thee. +Sirach Sir 71 13 5 If thou have any thing, he will live with thee: yea, he will make thee bare, and will not be sorry for it. +Sirach Sir 71 13 6 If he have need of thee, he will deceive thee, and smile upon thee, and put thee in hope; he will speak thee fair, and say, What wantest thou? +Sirach Sir 71 13 7 And he will shame thee by his meats, until he have drawn thee dry twice or thrice, and at the last he will laugh thee to scorn afterward, when he seeth thee, he will forsake thee, and shake his head at thee. +Sirach Sir 71 13 8 Beware that thou be not deceived and brought down in thy jollity. +Sirach Sir 71 13 9 If thou be invited of a mighty man, withdraw thyself, and so much the more will he invite thee. +Sirach Sir 71 13 10 Press thou not upon him, lest thou be put back; stand not far off, lest thou be forgotten. +Sirach Sir 71 13 11 Affect not to be made equal unto him in talk, and believe not his many words: for with much communication will he tempt thee, and smiling upon thee will get out thy secrets: +Sirach Sir 71 13 12 But cruelly he will lay up thy words, and will not spare to do thee hurt, and to put thee in prison. +Sirach Sir 71 13 13 Observe, and take good heed, for thou walkest in peril of thy overthrowing: when thou hearest these things, awake in thy sleep. +Sirach Sir 71 13 14 Love the Lord all thy life, and call upon him for thy salvation. +Sirach Sir 71 13 15 Every beast loveth his like, and every man loveth his neighbor. +Sirach Sir 71 13 16 All flesh consorteth according to kind, and a man will cleave to his like. +Sirach Sir 71 13 17 What fellowship hath the wolf with the lamb? so the sinner with the godly. +Sirach Sir 71 13 18 What agreement is there between the hyena and a dog? and what peace between the rich and the poor? +Sirach Sir 71 13 19 As the wild ass is the lion's prey in the wilderness: so the rich eat up the poor. +Sirach Sir 71 13 20 As the proud hate humility: so doth the rich abhor the poor. +Sirach Sir 71 13 21 A rich man beginning to fall is held up of his friends: but a poor man being down is thrust away by his friends. +Sirach Sir 71 13 22 When a rich man is fallen, he hath many helpers: he speaketh things not to be spoken, and yet men justify him: the poor man slipped, and yet they rebuked him too; he spake wisely, and could have no place. +Sirach Sir 71 13 23 When a rich man speaketh, every man holdeth his tongue, and, look, what he saith, they extol it to the clouds: but if the poor man speak, they say, What fellow is this? and if he stumble, they will help to overthrow him. +Sirach Sir 71 13 24 Riches are good unto him that hath no sin, and poverty is evil in the mouth of the ungodly. +Sirach Sir 71 13 25 The heart of a man changeth his countenance, whether it be for good or evil: and a merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance. +Sirach Sir 71 13 26 A cheerful countenance is a token of a heart that is in prosperity; and the finding out of parables is a wearisome labour of the mind. +Sirach Sir 71 14 1 Blessed is the man that hath not slipped with his mouth, and is not pricked with the multitude of sins. +Sirach Sir 71 14 2 Blessed is he whose conscience hath not condemned him, and who is not fallen from his hope in the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 14 3 Riches are not comely for a niggard: and what should an envious man do with money? +Sirach Sir 71 14 4 He that gathereth by defrauding his own soul gathereth for others, that shall spend his goods riotously. +Sirach Sir 71 14 5 He that is evil to himself, to whom will he be good? he shall not take pleasure in his goods. +Sirach Sir 71 14 6 There is none worse than he that envieth himself; and this is a recompence of his wickedness. +Sirach Sir 71 14 7 And if he doeth good, he doeth it unwillingly; and at the last he will declare his wickedness. +Sirach Sir 71 14 8 The envious man hath a wicked eye; he turneth away his face, and despiseth men. +Sirach Sir 71 14 9 A covetous man's eye is not satisfied with his portion; and the iniquity of the wicked drieth up his soul. +Sirach Sir 71 14 10 A wicked eye envieth [his] bread, and he is a niggard at his table. +Sirach Sir 71 14 11 My son, according to thy ability do good to thyself, and give the Lord his due offering. +Sirach Sir 71 14 12 Remember that death will not be long in coming, and that the covenant of the grave is not shewed unto thee. +Sirach Sir 71 14 13 Do good unto thy friend before thou die, and according to thy ability stretch out thy hand and give to him. +Sirach Sir 71 14 14 Defraud not thyself of the good day, and let not the part of a good desire overpass thee. +Sirach Sir 71 14 15 Shalt thou not leave thy travails unto another? and thy labours to be divided by lot? +Sirach Sir 71 14 16 Give, and take, and sanctify thy soul; for there is no seeking of dainties in the grave. +Sirach Sir 71 14 17 All flesh waxeth old as a garment: for the covenant from the beginning is, Thou shalt die the death. +Sirach Sir 71 14 18 As of the green leaves on a thick tree, some fall, and some grow; so is the generation of flesh and blood, one cometh to an end, and another is born. +Sirach Sir 71 14 19 Every work rotteth and consumeth away, and the worker thereof shall go withal. +Sirach Sir 71 14 20 Blessed is the man that doth meditate good things in wisdom, and that reasoneth of holy things by his understanding. ing. +Sirach Sir 71 14 21 He that considereth her ways in his heart shall also have understanding in her secrets. +Sirach Sir 71 14 22 Go after her as one that traceth, and lie in wait in her ways. +Sirach Sir 71 14 23 He that prieth in at her windows shall also hearken at her doors. +Sirach Sir 71 14 24 He that doth lodge near her house shall also fasten a pin in her walls. +Sirach Sir 71 14 25 He shall pitch his tent nigh unto her, and shall lodge in a lodging where good things are. +Sirach Sir 71 14 26 He shall set his children under her shelter, and shall lodge under her branches. +Sirach Sir 71 14 27 By her he shall be covered from heat, and in her glory shall he dwell. +Sirach Sir 71 15 1 He that feareth the Lord will do good, and he that hath the knowledge of the law shall obtain her. +Sirach Sir 71 15 2 And as a mother shall she meet him, and receive him as a wife married of a virgin. +Sirach Sir 71 15 3 With the bread of understanding shall she feed him, and give him the water of wisdom to drink. +Sirach Sir 71 15 4 He shall be stayed upon her, and shall not be moved; and shall rely upon her, and shall not be confounded. +Sirach Sir 71 15 5 She shall exalt him above his neighbours, and in the midst of the congregation shall she open his mouth. +Sirach Sir 71 15 6 He shall find joy and a crown of gladness, and she shall cause him to inherit an everlasting name. +Sirach Sir 71 15 7 But foolish men shall not attain unto her, and sinners shall not see her. +Sirach Sir 71 15 8 For she is far from pride, and men that are liars cannot remember her. +Sirach Sir 71 15 9 Praise is not seemly in the mouth of a sinner, for it was not sent him of the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 15 10 For praise shall be uttered in wisdom, and the Lord will prosper it. +Sirach Sir 71 15 11 Say not thou, It is through the Lord that I fell away: for thou oughtest not to do the things that he hateth. +Sirach Sir 71 15 12 Say not thou, He hath caused me to err: for he hath no need of the sinful man. +Sirach Sir 71 15 13 The Lord hateth all abomination; and they that fear God love it not. +Sirach Sir 71 15 14 He himself made man from the beginning, and left him in the hand of his counsel; +Sirach Sir 71 15 15 If thou wilt, to keep the commandments, and to perform acceptable faithfulness. +Sirach Sir 71 15 16 He hath set fire and water before thee: stretch forth thy hand unto whether thou wilt. +Sirach Sir 71 15 17 Before man is life and death; and whether him liketh shall be given him. +Sirach Sir 71 15 18 For the wisdom of the Lord is great, and he is mighty in power, and beholdeth all things: +Sirach Sir 71 15 19 And his eyes are upon them that fear him, and he knoweth every work of man. +Sirach Sir 71 15 20 He hath commanded no man to do wickedly, neither hath he given any man licence to sin. +Sirach Sir 71 16 1 Desire not a multitude of unprofitable children, neither delight in ungodly sons. +Sirach Sir 71 16 2 Though they multiply, rejoice not in them, except the fear of the Lord be with them. +Sirach Sir 71 16 3 Trust not thou in their life, neither respect their multitude: for one that is just is better than a thousand; and better it is to die without children, than to have them that are ungodly. +Sirach Sir 71 16 4 For by one that hath understanding shall the city be replenished: but the kindred of the wicked shall speedily become desolate. +Sirach Sir 71 16 5 Many such things have I seen with mine eyes, and mine ear hath heard greater things than these. +Sirach Sir 71 16 6 In the congregation of the ungodly shall a fire be kindled; and in a rebellious nation wrath is set on fire. +Sirach Sir 71 16 7 He was not pacified toward the old giants, who fell away in the strength of their foolishness. +Sirach Sir 71 16 8 Neither spared he the place where Lot sojourned, but abhorred them for their pride. +Sirach Sir 71 16 9 He pitied not the people of perdition, who were taken away in their sins: +Sirach Sir 71 16 10 Nor the six hundred thousand footmen, who were gathered together in the hardness of their hearts. +Sirach Sir 71 16 11 And if there be one stiffnecked among the people, it is marvel if he escape unpunished: for mercy and wrath are with him; he is mighty to forgive, and to pour out displeasure. +Sirach Sir 71 16 12 As his mercy is great, so is his correction also: he judgeth a man according to his works +Sirach Sir 71 16 13 The sinner shall not escape with his spoils: and the patience of the godly shall not be frustrate. +Sirach Sir 71 16 14 Make way for every work of mercy: for every man shall find according to his works. +Sirach Sir 71 16 15 The Lord hardened Pharaoh, that he should not know him, that his powerful works might be known to the world. +Sirach Sir 71 16 16 His mercy is manifest to every creature; and he hath separated his light from the darkness with an adamant. +Sirach Sir 71 16 17 Say not thou, I will hide myself from the Lord: shall any remember me from above? I shall not be remembered among so many people: for what is my soul among such an infinite number of creatures? +Sirach Sir 71 16 18 Behold, the heaven, and the heaven of heavens, the deep, and the earth, and all that therein is, shall be moved when he shall visit. +Sirach Sir 71 16 19 The mountains also and foundations of the earth be shaken with trembling, when the Lord looketh upon them. +Sirach Sir 71 16 20 No heart can think upon these things worthily: and who is able to conceive his ways? +Sirach Sir 71 16 21 It is a tempest which no man can see: for the most part of his works are hid. +Sirach Sir 71 16 22 Who can declare the works of his justice? or who can endure them? for his covenant is afar off, and the trial of all things is in the end. +Sirach Sir 71 16 23 He that wanteth understanding will think upon vain things: and a foolish man erring imagineth follies. +Sirach Sir 71 16 24 by son, hearken unto me, and learn knowledge, and mark my words with thy heart. +Sirach Sir 71 16 25 I will shew forth doctrine in weight, and declare his knowledge exactly. +Sirach Sir 71 16 26 The works of the Lord are done in judgment from the beginning: and from the time he made them he disposed the parts thereof. +Sirach Sir 71 16 27 He garnished his works for ever, and in his hand are the chief of them unto all generations: they neither labour, nor are weary, nor cease from their works. +Sirach Sir 71 16 28 None of them hindereth another, and they shall never disobey his word. +Sirach Sir 71 16 29 After this the Lord looked upon the earth, and filled it with his blessings. +Sirach Sir 71 16 30 With all manner of living things hath he covered the face thereof; and they shall return into it again. +Sirach Sir 71 17 1 The Lord created man of the earth, and turned him into it again. +Sirach Sir 71 17 2 He gave them few days, and a short time, and power also over the things therein. +Sirach Sir 71 17 3 He endued them with strength by themselves, and made them according to his image, +Sirach Sir 71 17 4 And put the fear of man upon all flesh, and gave him dominion over beasts and fowls. +Sirach Sir 71 17 5 They received the use of the five operations of the Lord, and in the sixth place he imparted them understanding, and in the seventh speech, an interpreter of the cogitations thereof. +Sirach Sir 71 17 6 Counsel, and a tongue, and eyes, ears, and a heart, gave he them to understand. +Sirach Sir 71 17 7 Withal he filled them with the knowledge of understanding, and shewed them good and evil. +Sirach Sir 71 17 8 He set his eye upon their hearts, that he might shew them the greatness of his works. +Sirach Sir 71 17 9 He gave them to glory in his marvellous acts for ever, that they might declare his works with understanding. +Sirach Sir 71 17 10 And the elect shall praise his holy name. +Sirach Sir 71 17 11 Beside this he gave them knowledge, and the law of life for an heritage. +Sirach Sir 71 17 12 He made an everlasting covenant with them, and shewed them his judgments. +Sirach Sir 71 17 13 Their eyes saw the majesty of his glory, and their ears heard his glorious voice. +Sirach Sir 71 17 14 And he said unto them, Beware of all unrighteousness; and he gave every man commandment concerning his neighbour. +Sirach Sir 71 17 15 Their ways are ever before him, and shall not be hid from his eyes. +Sirach Sir 71 17 16 Every man from his youth is given to evil; neither could they make to themselves fleshy hearts for stony. +Sirach Sir 71 17 17 For in the division of the nations of the whole earth he set a ruler over every people; but Israel is the Lord's portion: +Sirach Sir 71 17 18 Whom, being his firstborn, he nourisheth with discipline, and giving him the light of his love doth not forsake him. +Sirach Sir 71 17 19 Therefore all their works are as the sun before him, and his eyes are continually upon their ways. +Sirach Sir 71 17 20 None of their unrighteous deeds are hid from him, but all their sins are before the Lord +Sirach Sir 71 17 21 But the Lord being gracious and knowing his workmanship, neither left nor forsook them, but spared them. +Sirach Sir 71 17 22 The alms of a man is as a signet with him, and he will keep the good deeds of man as the apple of the eye, and give repentance to his sons and daughters. +Sirach Sir 71 17 23 Afterwards he will rise up and reward them, and render their recompence upon their heads. +Sirach Sir 71 17 24 But unto them that repent, he granted them return, and comforted those that failed in patience. +Sirach Sir 71 17 25 Return unto the Lord, and forsake thy sins, make thy prayer before his face, and offend less. +Sirach Sir 71 17 26 Turn again to the most High, and turn away from iniquity: for he will lead thee out of darkness into the light of health, and hate thou abomination vehemently. +Sirach Sir 71 17 27 Who shall praise the most High in the grave, instead of them which live and give thanks? +Sirach Sir 71 17 28 Thanksgiving perisheth from the dead, as from one that is not: the living and sound in heart shall praise the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 17 29 How great is the lovingkindness of the Lord our God, and his compassion unto such as turn unto him in holiness! +Sirach Sir 71 17 30 For all things cannot be in men, because the son of man is not immortal. +Sirach Sir 71 17 31 What is brighter than the sun? yet the light thereof faileth; and flesh and blood will imagine evil. +Sirach Sir 71 17 32 He vieweth the power of the height of heaven; and all men are but earth and ashes. +Sirach Sir 71 18 1 He that liveth for ever Hath created all things in general. +Sirach Sir 71 18 2 The Lord only is righteous, and there is none other but he, +Sirach Sir 71 18 3 Who governeth the world with the palm of his hand, and all things obey his will: for he is the King of all, by his power dividing holy things among them from profane. +Sirach Sir 71 18 4 To whom hath he given power to declare his works? and who shall find out his noble acts? +Sirach Sir 71 18 5 Who shall number the strength of his majesty? and who shall also tell out his mercies? +Sirach Sir 71 18 6 As for the wondrous works of the Lord, there may nothing be taken from them, neither may any thing be put unto them, neither can the ground of them be found out. +Sirach Sir 71 18 7 When a man hath done, then he beginneth; and when he leaveth off, then he shall be doubtful. +Sirach Sir 71 18 8 What is man, and whereto serveth he? what is his good, and what is his evil? +Sirach Sir 71 18 9 The number of a man's days at the most are an hundred years. +Sirach Sir 71 18 10 As a drop of water unto the sea, and a gravelstone in comparison of the sand; so are a thousand years to the days of eternity. +Sirach Sir 71 18 11 Therefore is God patient with them, and poureth forth his mercy upon them. +Sirach Sir 71 18 12 He saw and perceived their end to be evil; therefore he multiplied his compassion. +Sirach Sir 71 18 13 The mercy of man is toward his neighbour; but the mercy of the Lord is upon all flesh: he reproveth, and nurtureth, and teacheth and bringeth again, as a shepherd his flock. +Sirach Sir 71 18 14 He hath mercy on them that receive discipline, and that diligently seek after his judgments. +Sirach Sir 71 18 15 My son, blemish not thy good deeds, neither use uncomfortable words when thou givest any thing. +Sirach Sir 71 18 16 Shall not the dew asswage the heat? so is a word better than a gift. +Sirach Sir 71 18 17 Lo, is not a word better than a gift? but both are with a gracious man. +Sirach Sir 71 18 18 A fool will upbraid churlishly, and a gift of the envious consumeth the eyes. +Sirach Sir 71 18 19 Learn before thou speak, and use physick or ever thou be sick. +Sirach Sir 71 18 20 Before judgment examine thyself, and in the day of visitation thou shalt find mercy. +Sirach Sir 71 18 21 Humble thyself before thou be sick, and in the time of sins shew repentance. +Sirach Sir 71 18 22 Let nothing hinder thee to pay thy vow in due time, and defer not until death to be justified. +Sirach Sir 71 18 23 Before thou prayest, prepare thyself; and be not as one that tempteth the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 18 24 Think upon the wrath that shall be at the end, and the time of vengeance, when he shall turn away his face. +Sirach Sir 71 18 25 When thou hast enough, remember the time of hunger: and when thou art rich, think upon poverty and need. +Sirach Sir 71 18 26 From the morning until the evening the time is changed, and all things are soon done before the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 18 27 A wise man will fear in every thing, and in the day of sinning he will beware of offence: but a fool will not observe time. +Sirach Sir 71 18 28 Every man of understanding knoweth wisdom, and will give praise unto him that found her. +Sirach Sir 71 18 29 They that were of understanding in sayings became also wise themselves, and poured forth exquisite parables. +Sirach Sir 71 18 30 Go not after thy lusts, but refrain thyself from thine appetites. +Sirach Sir 71 18 31 If thou givest thy soul the desires that please her, she will make thee a laughingstock to thine enemies that malign thee. +Sirach Sir 71 18 32 Take not pleasure in much good cheer, neither be tied to the expence thereof. +Sirach Sir 71 18 33 Be not made a beggar by banqueting upon borrowing, when thou hast nothing in thy purse: for thou shalt lie in wait for thine own life, and be talked on. +Sirach Sir 71 19 1 A labouring man that A is given to drunkenness shall not be rich: and he that contemneth small things shall fall by little and little. +Sirach Sir 71 19 2 Wine and women will make men of understanding to fall away: and he that cleaveth to harlots will become impudent. +Sirach Sir 71 19 3 Moths and worms shall have him to heritage, and a bold man shall be taken away. +Sirach Sir 71 19 4 He that is hasty to give credit is lightminded; and he that sinneth shall offend against his own soul. +Sirach Sir 71 19 5 Whoso taketh pleasure in wickedness shall be condemned: but he that resisteth pleasures crowneth his life. +Sirach Sir 71 19 6 He that can rule his tongue shall live without strife; and he that hateth babbling shall have less evil. +Sirach Sir 71 19 7 Rehearse not unto another that which is told unto thee, and thou shalt fare never the worse. +Sirach Sir 71 19 8 Whether it be to friend or foe, talk not of other men's lives; and if thou canst without offence, reveal them not. +Sirach Sir 71 19 9 For he heard and observed thee, and when time cometh he will hate thee. +Sirach Sir 71 19 10 If thou hast heard a word, let it die with thee; and be bold, it will not burst thee. +Sirach Sir 71 19 11 A fool travaileth with a word, as a woman in labour of a child. +Sirach Sir 71 19 12 As an arrow that sticketh in a man's thigh, so is a word within a fool's belly. +Sirach Sir 71 19 13 Admonish a friend, it may be he hath not done it: and if he have done it, that he do it no more. +Sirach Sir 71 19 14 Admonish thy friend, it may be he hath not said it: and if he have, that he speak it not again. +Sirach Sir 71 19 15 Admonish a friend: for many times it is a slander, and believe not every tale. +Sirach Sir 71 19 16 There is one that slippeth in his speech, but not from his heart; and who is he that hath not offended with his tongue? +Sirach Sir 71 19 17 Admonish thy neighbour before thou threaten him; and not being angry, give place to the law of the most High. +Sirach Sir 71 19 18 The fear of the Lord is the first step to be accepted [of him,] and wisdom obtaineth his love. +Sirach Sir 71 19 19 The knowledge of the commandments of the Lord is the doctrine of life: and they that do things that please him shall receive the fruit of the tree of immortality. +Sirach Sir 71 19 20 The fear of the Lord is all wisdom; and in all wisdom is the performance of the law, and the knowledge of his omnipotency. +Sirach Sir 71 19 21 If a servant say to his master, I will not do as it pleaseth thee; though afterward he do it, he angereth him that nourisheth him. +Sirach Sir 71 19 22 The knowledge of wickedness is not wisdom, neither at any time the counsel of sinners prudence. +Sirach Sir 71 19 23 There is a wickedness, and the same an abomination; and there is a fool wanting in wisdom. +Sirach Sir 71 19 24 He that hath small understanding, and feareth God, is better than one that hath much wisdom, and transgresseth the law of the most High. +Sirach Sir 71 19 25 There is an exquisite subtilty, and the same is unjust; and there is one that turneth aside to make judgment appear; and there is a wise man that justifieth in judgment. +Sirach Sir 71 19 26 There is a wicked man that hangeth down his head sadly; but inwardly he is full of deceit, +Sirach Sir 71 19 27 Casting down his countenance, and making as if he heard not: where he is not known, he will do thee a mischief before thou be aware. +Sirach Sir 71 19 28 And if for want of power he be hindered from sinning, yet when he findeth opportunity he will do evil. +Sirach Sir 71 19 29 A man may be known by his look, and one that hath understanding by his countenance, when thou meetest him. +Sirach Sir 71 19 30 A man's attire, and excessive laughter, and gait, shew what he is. +Sirach Sir 71 20 1 There is a reproof that is not comely: again, some man holdeth his tongue, and he is wise. +Sirach Sir 71 20 2 It is much better to reprove, than to be angry secretly: and he that confesseth his fault shall be preserved from hurt. +Sirach Sir 71 20 3 How good is it, when thou art reproved, to shew repentance! for so shalt thou escape wilful sin. +Sirach Sir 71 20 4 As is the lust of an eunuch to deflower a virgin; so is he that executeth judgment with violence. +Sirach Sir 71 20 5 There is one that keepeth silence, and is found wise: and another by much babbling becometh hateful. +Sirach Sir 71 20 6 Some man holdeth his tongue, because he hath not to answer: and some keepeth silence, knowing his time. +Sirach Sir 71 20 7 A wise man will hold his tongue till he see opportunity: but a babbler and a fool will regard no time. +Sirach Sir 71 20 8 He that useth many words shall be abhorred; and he that taketh to himself authority therein shall be hated. +Sirach Sir 71 20 9 There is a sinner that hath good success in evil things; and there is a gain that turneth to loss. +Sirach Sir 71 20 10 There is a gift that shall not profit thee; and there is a gift whose recompence is double. +Sirach Sir 71 20 11 There is an abasement because of glory; and there is that lifteth up his head from a low estate. +Sirach Sir 71 20 12 There is that buyeth much for a little, and repayeth it sevenfold. +Sirach Sir 71 20 13 A wise man by his words maketh him beloved: but the graces of fools shall be poured out. +Sirach Sir 71 20 14 The gift of a fool shall do thee no good when thou hast it; neither yet of the envious for his necessity: for he looketh to receive many things for one. +Sirach Sir 71 20 15 He giveth little, and upbraideth much; he openeth his mouth like a crier; to day he lendeth, and to morrow will he ask it again: such an one is to be hated of God and man. +Sirach Sir 71 20 16 The fool saith, I have no friends, I have no thank for all my good deeds, and they that eat my bread speak evil of me. +Sirach Sir 71 20 17 How oft, and of how many shall he be laughed to scorn! for he knoweth not aright what it is to have; and it is all one unto him as if he had it not. +Sirach Sir 71 20 18 To slip upon a pavement is better than to slip with the tongue: so the fall of the wicked shall come speedily. +Sirach Sir 71 20 19 An unseasonable tale will always be in the mouth of the unwise. +Sirach Sir 71 20 20 A wise sentence shall be rejected when it cometh out of a fool's mouth; for he will not speak it in due season. +Sirach Sir 71 20 21 There is that is hindered from sinning through want: and when he taketh rest, he shall not be troubled. +Sirach Sir 71 20 22 There is that destroyeth his own soul through bashfulness, and by accepting of persons overthroweth himself. +Sirach Sir 71 20 23 There is that for bashfulness promiseth to his friend, and maketh him his enemy for nothing. +Sirach Sir 71 20 24 A lie is a foul blot in a man, yet it is continually in the mouth of the untaught. +Sirach Sir 71 20 25 A thief is better than a man that is accustomed to lie: but they both shall have destruction to heritage. +Sirach Sir 71 20 26 The disposition of a liar is dishonourable, and his shame is ever with him. +Sirach Sir 71 20 27 A wise man shall promote himself to honour with his words: and he that hath understanding will please great men. +Sirach Sir 71 20 28 He that tilleth his land shall increase his heap: and he that pleaseth great men shall get pardon for iniquity. +Sirach Sir 71 20 29 Presents and gifts blind the eyes of the wise, and stop up his mouth that he cannot reprove. +Sirach Sir 71 20 30 Wisdom that is hid, and treasure that is hoarded up, what profit is in them both? +Sirach Sir 71 20 31 Better is he that hideth his folly than a man that hideth his wisdom. +Sirach Sir 71 20 32 Necessary patience in seeking ing the Lord is better than he that leadeth his life without a guide. +Sirach Sir 71 21 1 My son, hast thou sinned? do so no more, but ask pardon for thy former sins. +Sirach Sir 71 21 2 Flee from sin as from the face of a serpent: for if thou comest too near it, it will bite thee: the teeth thereof are as the teeth of a lion, slaying the souls of men. +Sirach Sir 71 21 3 All iniquity is as a two edged sword, the wounds whereof cannot be healed. +Sirach Sir 71 21 4 To terrify and do wrong will waste riches: thus the house of proud men shall be made desolate. +Sirach Sir 71 21 5 A prayer out of a poor man's mouth reacheth to the ears of God, and his judgment cometh speedily. +Sirach Sir 71 21 6 He that hateth to be reproved is in the way of sinners: but he that feareth the Lord will repent from his heart. +Sirach Sir 71 21 7 An eloquent man is known far and near; but a man of understanding knoweth when he slippeth. +Sirach Sir 71 21 8 He that buildeth his house with other men's money is like one that gathereth himself stones for the tomb of his burial. +Sirach Sir 71 21 9 The congregation of the wicked is like tow wrapped together: and the end of them is a flame of fire to destroy them. +Sirach Sir 71 21 10 The way of sinners is made plain with stones, but at the end thereof is the pit of hell. +Sirach Sir 71 21 11 He that keepeth the law of the Lord getteth the understanding thereof: and the perfection of the fear of the Lord is wisdom. +Sirach Sir 71 21 12 He that is not wise will not be taught: but there is a wisdom which multiplieth bitterness. +Sirach Sir 71 21 13 The knowledge of a wise man shall abound like a flood: and his counsel is like a pure fountain of life. +Sirach Sir 71 21 14 The inner parts of a fool are like a broken vessel, and he will hold no knowledge as long as he liveth. +Sirach Sir 71 21 15 If a skilful man hear a wise word, he will commend it, and add unto it: but as soon as one of no understanding heareth it, it displeaseth him, and he casteth it behind his back. +Sirach Sir 71 21 16 The talking of a fool is like a burden in the way: but grace shall be found in the lips of the wise. +Sirach Sir 71 21 17 They enquire at the mouth of the wise man in the congregation, and they shall ponder his words in their heart. +Sirach Sir 71 21 18 As is a house that is destroyed, so is wisdom to a fool: and the knowledge of the unwise is as talk without sense. +Sirach Sir 71 21 19 Doctrine unto fools is as fetters on the feet, and like manacles on the right hand. +Sirach Sir 71 21 20 A fool lifteth up his voice with laughter; but a wise man doth scarce smile a little. +Sirach Sir 71 21 21 Learning is unto a wise man as an ornament of gold, and like a bracelet upon his right arm. +Sirach Sir 71 21 22 A foolish man's foot is soon in his [neighbour's] house: but a man of experience is ashamed of him. +Sirach Sir 71 21 23 A fool will peep in at the door into the house: but he that is well nurtured will stand without. +Sirach Sir 71 21 24 It is the rudeness of a man to hearken at the door: but a wise man will be grieved with the disgrace. +Sirach Sir 71 21 25 The lips of talkers will be telling such things as pertain not unto them: but the words of such as have understanding are weighed in the balance. +Sirach Sir 71 21 26 The heart of fools is in their mouth: but the mouth of the wise is in their heart. +Sirach Sir 71 21 27 When the ungodly curseth Satan, he curseth his own soul. +Sirach Sir 71 21 28 A whisperer defileth his own soul, and is hated wheresoever he dwelleth. +Sirach Sir 71 22 1 A slothful man is compared to a filthy stone, and every one will hiss him out to his disgrace. +Sirach Sir 71 22 2 A slothful man is compared to the filth of a dunghill: every man that takes it up will shake his hand. +Sirach Sir 71 22 3 An evilnurtured man is the dishonour of his father that begat him: and a [foolish] daughter is born to his loss. +Sirach Sir 71 22 4 A wise daughter shall bring an inheritance to her husband: but she that liveth dishonestly is her father's heaviness. +Sirach Sir 71 22 5 She that is bold dishonoureth both her father and her husband, but they both shall despise her. +Sirach Sir 71 22 6 A tale out of season [is as] musick in mourning: but stripes and correction of wisdom are never out of time. +Sirach Sir 71 22 7 Whoso teacheth a fool is as one that glueth a potsherd together, and as he that waketh one from a sound sleep. +Sirach Sir 71 22 8 He that telleth a tale to a fool speaketh to one in a slumber: when he hath told his tale, he will say, What is the matter? +Sirach Sir 71 22 9 If children live honestly, and have wherewithal, they shall cover the baseness of their parents. +Sirach Sir 71 22 10 But children, being haughty, through disdain and want of nurture do stain the nobility of their kindred. +Sirach Sir 71 22 11 Weep for the dead, for he hath lost the light: and weep for the fool, for he wanteth understanding: make little weeping for the dead, for he is at rest: but the life of the fool is worse than death. +Sirach Sir 71 22 12 Seven days do men mourn for him that is dead; but for a fool and an ungodly man all the days of his life. +Sirach Sir 71 22 13 Talk not much with a fool, and go not to him that hath no understanding: beware of him, lest thou have trouble, and thou shalt never be defiled with his fooleries: depart from him, and thou shalt find rest, and never be disquieted with madness. +Sirach Sir 71 22 14 What is heavier than lead? and what is the name thereof, but a fool? +Sirach Sir 71 22 15 Sand, and salt, and a mass of iron, is easier to bear, than a man without understanding. +Sirach Sir 71 22 16 As timber girt and bound together in a building cannot be loosed with shaking: so the heart that is stablished by advised counsel shall fear at no time. +Sirach Sir 71 22 17 A heart settled upon a thought of understanding is as a fair plaistering on the wall of a gallery. +Sirach Sir 71 22 18 Pales set on an high place will never stand against the wind: so a fearful heart in the imagination of a fool cannot stand against any fear. +Sirach Sir 71 22 19 He that pricketh the eye will make tears to fall: and he that pricketh the heart maketh it to shew her knowledge. +Sirach Sir 71 22 20 Whoso casteth a stone at the birds frayeth them away: and he that upbraideth his friend breaketh friendship. +Sirach Sir 71 22 21 Though thou drewest a sword at thy friend, yet despair not: for there may be a returning [to favour.] +Sirach Sir 71 22 22 If thou hast opened thy mouth against thy friend, fear not; for there may be a reconciliation: except for upbraiding, or pride, or disclosing of secrets, or a treacherous wound: for for these things every friend will depart. +Sirach Sir 71 22 23 Be faithful to thy neighbour in his poverty, that thou mayest rejoice in his prosperity: abide stedfast unto him in the time of his trouble, that thou mayest be heir with him in his heritage: for a mean estate is not always to be contemned: nor the rich that is foolish to be had in admiration. +Sirach Sir 71 22 24 As the vapour and smoke of a furnace goeth before the fire; so reviling before blood. +Sirach Sir 71 22 25 I will not be ashamed to defend a friend; neither will I hide myself from him. +Sirach Sir 71 22 26 And if any evil happen unto me by him, every one that heareth it will beware of him. +Sirach Sir 71 22 27 Who shall set a watch before my mouth, and a seal of wisdom upon my lips, that I fall not suddenly by them, and that my tongue destroy me not? +Sirach Sir 71 23 1 O Lord, Father and Governor of all my whole life, leave me not to their counsels, and let me not fall by them. +Sirach Sir 71 23 2 Who will set scourges over my thoughts, and the discipline of wisdom over mine heart? that they spare me not for mine ignorances, and it pass not by my sins: +Sirach Sir 71 23 3 Lest mine ignorances increase, and my sins abound to my destruction, and I fall before mine adversaries, and mine enemy rejoice over me, whose hope is far from thy mercy. +Sirach Sir 71 23 4 O Lord, Father and God of my life, give me not a proud look, but turn away from thy servants always a haughty mind. +Sirach Sir 71 23 5 Turn away from me vain hopes and concupiscence, and thou shalt hold him up that is desirous always to serve thee. +Sirach Sir 71 23 6 Let not the greediness of the belly nor lust of the flesh take hold of me; and give not over me thy servant into an impudent mind. +Sirach Sir 71 23 7 Hear, O ye children, the discipline of the mouth: he that keepeth it shall never be taken in his lips. +Sirach Sir 71 23 8 The sinner shall be left in his foolishness: both the evil speaker and the proud shall fall thereby. +Sirach Sir 71 23 9 Accustom not thy mouth to swearing; neither use thyself to the naming of the Holy One. +Sirach Sir 71 23 10 For as a servant that is continually beaten shall not be without a blue mark: so he that sweareth and nameth God continually shall not be faultless. +Sirach Sir 71 23 11 A man that useth much swearing shall be filled with iniquity, and the plague shall never depart from his house: if he shall offend, his sin shall be upon him: and if he acknowledge not his sin, he maketh a double offence: and if he swear in vain, he shall not be innocent, but his house shall be full of calamities. +Sirach Sir 71 23 12 There is a word that is clothed about with death: God grant that it be not found in the heritage of Jacob; for all such things shall be far from the godly, and they shall not wallow in their sins. +Sirach Sir 71 23 13 Use not thy mouth to intemperate swearing, for therein is the word of sin. +Sirach Sir 71 23 14 Remember thy father and thy mother, when thou sittest among great men. Be not forgetful before them, and so thou by thy custom become a fool, and wish that thou hadst not been born, and curse they day of thy nativity. +Sirach Sir 71 23 15 The man that is accustomed to opprobrious words will never be reformed all the days of his life. +Sirach Sir 71 23 16 Two sorts of men multiply sin, and the third will bring wrath: a hot mind is as a burning fire, it will never be quenched till it be consumed: a fornicator in the body of his flesh will never cease till he hath kindled a fire. +Sirach Sir 71 23 17 All bread is sweet to a whoremonger, he will not leave off till he die. +Sirach Sir 71 23 18 A man that breaketh wedlock, saying thus in his heart, Who seeth me? I am compassed about with darkness, the walls cover me, and no body seeth me; what need I to fear? the most High will not remember my sins: +Sirach Sir 71 23 19 Such a man only feareth the eyes of men, and knoweth not that the eyes of the Lord are ten thousand times brighter than the sun, beholding all the ways of men, and considering the most secret parts. +Sirach Sir 71 23 20 He knew all things ere ever they were created; so also after they were perfected he looked upon them all. +Sirach Sir 71 23 21 This man shall be punished in the streets of the city, and where he suspecteth not he shall be taken. +Sirach Sir 71 23 22 Thus shall it go also with the wife that leaveth her husband, and bringeth in an heir by another. +Sirach Sir 71 23 23 For first, she hath disobeyed the law of the most High; and secondly, she hath trespassed against her own husband; and thirdly, she hath played the whore in adultery, and brought children by another man. +Sirach Sir 71 23 24 She shall be brought out into the congregation, and inquisition shall be made of her children. +Sirach Sir 71 23 25 Her children shall not take root, and her branches shall bring forth no fruit. +Sirach Sir 71 23 26 She shall leave her memory to be cursed, and her reproach shall not be blotted out. +Sirach Sir 71 23 27 And they that remain shall know that there is nothing better than the fear of the Lord, and that there is nothing sweeter than to take heed unto the commandments of the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 23 28 It is great glory to follow the Lord, and to be received of him is long life. +Sirach Sir 71 24 1 Wisdom shall praise herself, and shall glory in the midst of her people. +Sirach Sir 71 24 2 In the congregation of the most High shall she open her mouth, and triumph before his power. +Sirach Sir 71 24 3 I came out of the mouth of the most High, and covered the earth as a cloud. +Sirach Sir 71 24 4 I dwelt in high places, and my throne is in a cloudy pillar. +Sirach Sir 71 24 5 I alone compassed the circuit of heaven, and walked in the bottom of the deep. +Sirach Sir 71 24 6 In the waves of the sea and in all the earth, and in every people and nation, I got a possession. +Sirach Sir 71 24 7 With all these I sought rest: and in whose inheritance shall I abide? +Sirach Sir 71 24 8 So the Creator of all things gave me a commandment, and he that made me caused my tabernacle to rest, and said, Let thy dwelling be in Jacob, and thine inheritance in Israel. +Sirach Sir 71 24 9 He created me from the beginning before the world, and I shall never fail. +Sirach Sir 71 24 10 In the holy tabernacle I served before him; and so was I established in Sion. +Sirach Sir 71 24 11 Likewise in the beloved city he gave me rest, and in Jerusalem was my power. +Sirach Sir 71 24 12 And I took root in an honourable people, even in the portion of the Lord's inheritance. +Sirach Sir 71 24 13 I was exalted like a cedar in Libanus, and as a cypress tree upon the mountains of Hermon. +Sirach Sir 71 24 14 I was exalted like a palm tree in En-gaddi, and as a rose plant in Jericho, as a fair olive tree in a pleasant field, and grew up as a plane tree by the water. +Sirach Sir 71 24 15 I gave a sweet smell like cinnamon and aspalathus, and I yielded a pleasant odour like the best myrrh, as galbanum, and onyx, and sweet storax, and as the fume of frankincense in the tabernacle. +Sirach Sir 71 24 16 As the turpentine tree I stretched out my branches, and my branches are the branches of honour and grace. +Sirach Sir 71 24 17 As the vine brought I forth pleasant savour, and my flowers are the fruit of honour and riches. +Sirach Sir 71 24 18 I am the mother of fair love, and fear, and knowledge, and holy hope: I therefore, being eternal, am given to all my children which are named of him. +Sirach Sir 71 24 19 Come unto me, all ye that be desirous of me, and fill yourselves with my fruits. +Sirach Sir 71 24 20 For my memorial is sweeter than honey, and mine inheritance than the honeycomb. +Sirach Sir 71 24 21 They that eat me shall yet be hungry, and they that drink me shall yet be thirsty. +Sirach Sir 71 24 22 He that obeyeth me shall never be confounded, and they that work by me shall not do amiss. +Sirach Sir 71 24 23 All these things are the book of the covenant of the most high God, even the law which Moses commanded for an heritage unto the congregations of Jacob. +Sirach Sir 71 24 24 Faint not to be strong in the Lord; that he may confirm you, cleave unto him: for the Lord Almighty is God alone, and beside him there is no other Saviour. +Sirach Sir 71 24 25 He filleth all things with his wisdom, as Phison and as Tigris in the time of the new fruits. +Sirach Sir 71 24 26 He maketh the understanding to abound like Euphrates, and as Jordan in the time of the harvest. +Sirach Sir 71 24 27 He maketh the doctrine of knowledge appear as the light, and as Geon in the time of vintage. +Sirach Sir 71 24 28 The first man knew her not perfectly: no more shall the last find her out. +Sirach Sir 71 24 29 For her thoughts are more than the sea, and her counsels profounder than the great deep. +Sirach Sir 71 24 30 I also came out as a brook from a river, and as a conduit into a garden. +Sirach Sir 71 24 31 I said, I will water my best garden, and will water abundantly my garden bed: and, lo, my brook became a river, and my river became a sea. +Sirach Sir 71 24 32 I will yet make doctrine to shine as the morning, and will send forth her light afar off. +Sirach Sir 71 24 33 I will yet pour out doctrine as prophecy, and leave it to all ages for ever. +Sirach Sir 71 24 34 Behold that I have not laboured for myself only, but for all them that seek wisdom. +Sirach Sir 71 25 1 In three things I was beautified, and stood up beautiful both before God and men: the unity of brethren, the love of neighbours, a man and a wife that agree together. +Sirach Sir 71 25 2 Three sorts of men my soul hateth, and I am greatly offended at their life: a poor man that is proud, a rich man that is a liar, and an old adulterer that doateth. +Sirach Sir 71 25 3 If thou hast gathered nothing in thy youth, how canst thou find any thing in thine age? +Sirach Sir 71 25 4 O how comely a thing is judgment for gray hairs, and for ancient men to know counsel! +Sirach Sir 71 25 5 O how comely is the wisdom of old men, and understanding and counsel to men of honour. +Sirach Sir 71 25 6 Much experience is the crown of old men, and the fear of God is their glory. +Sirach Sir 71 25 7 There be nine things which I have judged in mine heart to be happy, and the tenth I will utter with my tongue: A man that hath joy of his children; and he that liveth to see the fall of his enemy: +Sirach Sir 71 25 8 Well is him that dwelleth with a wife of understanding, and that hath not slipped with his tongue, and that hath not served a man more unworthy than himself: +Sirach Sir 71 25 9 Well is him that hath found prudence, and he that speaketh in the ears of them that will hear: +Sirach Sir 71 25 10 O how great is he that findeth wisdom! yet is there none above him that feareth the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 25 11 But the love of the Lord passeth all things for illumination: he that holdeth it, whereto shall he be likened? +Sirach Sir 71 25 12 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of his love: and faith is the beginning of cleaving unto him. +Sirach Sir 71 25 13 [Give me] any plague, but the plague of the heart: and any wickedness, but the wickedness of a woman: +Sirach Sir 71 25 14 And any affliction, but the affliction from them that hate me: and any revenge, but the revenge of enemies. +Sirach Sir 71 25 15 There is no head above the head of a serpent; and there is no wrath above the wrath of an enemy. +Sirach Sir 71 25 16 I had rather dwell with a lion and a dragon, than to keep house with a wicked woman. +Sirach Sir 71 25 17 The wickedness of a woman changeth her face, and darkeneth her countenance like sackcloth. +Sirach Sir 71 25 18 Her husband shall sit among his neighbours; and when he heareth it shall sigh bitterly. +Sirach Sir 71 25 19 All wickedness is but little to the wickedness of a woman: let the portion of a sinner fall upon her. +Sirach Sir 71 25 20 As the climbing up a sandy way is to the feet of the aged, so is a wife full of words to a quiet man. +Sirach Sir 71 25 21 Stumble not at the beauty of a woman, and desire her not for pleasure. +Sirach Sir 71 25 22 A woman, if she maintain her husband, is full of anger, impudence, and much reproach. +Sirach Sir 71 25 23 A wicked woman abateth the courage, maketh an heavy countenance and a wounded heart: a woman that will not comfort her husband in distress maketh weak hands and feeble knees. +Sirach Sir 71 25 24 Of the woman came the beginning of sin, and through her we all die. +Sirach Sir 71 25 25 Give the water no passage; neither a wicked woman liberty to gad abroad. +Sirach Sir 71 25 26 If she go not as thou wouldest have her, cut her off from thy flesh, and give her a bill of divorce, and let her go. +Sirach Sir 71 26 1 Blessed is the man that hath a virtuous wife, for the number of his days shall be double. +Sirach Sir 71 26 2 A virtuous woman rejoiceth her husband, and he shall fulfil the years of his life in peace. +Sirach Sir 71 26 3 A good wife is a good portion, which shall be given in the portion of them that fear the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 26 4 Whether a man be rich or poor, if he have a good heart toward the Lord, he shall at all times rejoice with a cheerful countenance. +Sirach Sir 71 26 5 There be three things that mine heart feareth; and for the fourth I was sore afraid: the slander of a city, the gathering together of an unruly multitude, and a false accusation: all these are worse than death. +Sirach Sir 71 26 6 But a grief of heart and sorrow is a woman that is jealous over another woman, and a scourge of the tongue which communicateth with all. +Sirach Sir 71 26 7 An evil wife is a yoke shaken to and fro: he that hath hold of her is as though he held a scorpion. +Sirach Sir 71 26 8 A drunken woman and a gadder abroad causeth great anger, and she will not cover her own shame. +Sirach Sir 71 26 9 The whoredom of a woman may be known in her haughty looks and eyelids. +Sirach Sir 71 26 10 If thy daughter be shameless, keep her in straitly, lest she abuse herself through overmuch liberty. +Sirach Sir 71 26 11 Watch over an impudent eye: and marvel not if she trespass against thee. +Sirach Sir 71 26 12 She will open her mouth, as a thirsty traveller when he hath found a fountain, and drink of every water near her: by every hedge will she sit down, and open her quiver against every arrow. +Sirach Sir 71 26 13 The grace of a wife delighteth her husband, and her discretion will fatten his bones. +Sirach Sir 71 26 14 A silent and loving woman is a gift of the Lord; and there is nothing so much worth as a mind well instructed. +Sirach Sir 71 26 15 A shamefaced and faithful woman is a double grace, and her continent mind cannot be valued. +Sirach Sir 71 26 16 As the sun when it ariseth in the high heaven; so is the beauty of a good wife in the ordering of her house. +Sirach Sir 71 26 17 As the clear light is upon the holy candlestick; so is the beauty of the face in ripe age. +Sirach Sir 71 26 18 As the golden pillars are upon the sockets of silver; so are the fair feet with a constant heart. +Sirach Sir 71 26 19 My son, keep the flower of thine age sound; and give not thy strength to strangers. +Sirach Sir 71 26 20 When thou hast gotten a fruitful possession through all the field, sow it with thine own seed, trusting in the goodness of thy stock. +Sirach Sir 71 26 21 So thy race which thou leavest shall be magnified, having the confidence of their good descent. +Sirach Sir 71 26 22 An harlot shall be accounted as spittle; but a married woman is a tower against death to her husband. +Sirach Sir 71 26 23 A wicked woman is given as a portion to a wicked man: but a godly woman is given to him that feareth the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 26 24 A dishonest woman contemneth shame: but an honest woman will reverence her husband. +Sirach Sir 71 26 25 A shameless woman shall be counted as a dog; but she that is shamefaced will fear the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 26 26 A woman that honoureth her husband shall be judged wise of all; but she that dishonoureth him in her pride shall be counted ungodly of all. +Sirach Sir 71 26 27 A loud crying woman and a scold shall be sought out to drive away the enemies. +Sirach Sir 71 26 28 There be two things that grieve my heart; and the third maketh me angry: a man of war that suffereth poverty; and men of understanding that are not set by; and one that returneth from righteousness to sin; the Lord prepareth such an one for the sword. +Sirach Sir 71 26 29 A merchant shall hardly keep himself from doing wrong; and an huckster shall not be freed from sin. +Sirach Sir 71 27 1 Many have sinned for a small matter; and he that seeketh for abundance will turn his eyes away. +Sirach Sir 71 27 2 As a nail sticketh fast between the joinings of the stones; so doth sin stick close between buying and selling. +Sirach Sir 71 27 3 Unless a man hold himself diligently in the fear of the Lord, his house shall soon be overthrown. +Sirach Sir 71 27 4 As when one sifteth with a sieve, the refuse remaineth; so the filth of man in his talk. +Sirach Sir 71 27 5 The furnace proveth the potter's vessels; so the trial of man is in his reasoning. +Sirach Sir 71 27 6 The fruit declareth if the tree have been dressed; so is the utterance of a conceit in the heart of man. +Sirach Sir 71 27 7 Praise no man before thou hearest him speak; for this is the trial of men. +Sirach Sir 71 27 8 If thou followest righteousness, thou shalt obtain her, and put her on, as a glorious long robe. +Sirach Sir 71 27 9 The birds will resort unto their like; so will truth return unto them that practise in her. +Sirach Sir 71 27 10 As the lion lieth in wait for the prey; so sin for them that work iniquity. +Sirach Sir 71 27 11 The discourse of a godly man is always with wisdom; but a fool changeth as the moon. +Sirach Sir 71 27 12 If thou be among the indiscreet, observe the time; but be continually among men of understanding. +Sirach Sir 71 27 13 The discourse of fools is irksome, and their sport is the wantonness of sin. +Sirach Sir 71 27 14 The talk of him that sweareth much maketh the hair stand upright; and their brawls make one stop his ears. +Sirach Sir 71 27 15 The strife of the proud is bloodshedding, and their revilings are grievous to the ear. +Sirach Sir 71 27 16 Whoso discovereth secrets loseth his credit; and shall never find friend to his mind. +Sirach Sir 71 27 17 Love thy friend, and be faithful unto him: but if thou betrayest his secrets, follow no more after him. +Sirach Sir 71 27 18 For as a man hath destroyed his enemy; so hast thou lost the love of thy neighbor. +Sirach Sir 71 27 19 As one that letteth a bird go out of his hand, so hast thou let thy neighbour go, and shalt not get him again +Sirach Sir 71 27 20 Follow after him no more, for he is too far off; he is as a roe escaped out of the snare. +Sirach Sir 71 27 21 As for a wound, it may be bound up; and after reviling there may be reconcilement: but he that betrayeth secrets is without hope. +Sirach Sir 71 27 22 He that winketh with the eyes worketh evil: and he that knoweth him will depart from him. +Sirach Sir 71 27 23 When thou art present, he will speak sweetly, and will admire thy words: but at the last he will writhe his mouth, and slander thy sayings. +Sirach Sir 71 27 24 I have hated many things, but nothing like him; for the Lord will hate him. +Sirach Sir 71 27 25 Whoso casteth a stone on high casteth it on his own head; and a deceitful stroke shall make wounds. +Sirach Sir 71 27 26 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that setteth a trap shall be taken therein. +Sirach Sir 71 27 27 He that worketh mischief, it shall fall upon him, and he shall not know whence it cometh. +Sirach Sir 71 27 28 Mockery and reproach are from the proud; but vengeance, as a lion, shall lie in wait for them. +Sirach Sir 71 27 29 They that rejoice at the fall of the righteous shall be taken in the snare; and anguish shall consume them before they die. +Sirach Sir 71 27 30 Malice and wrath, even these are abominations; and the sinful man shall have them both. +Sirach Sir 71 28 1 He that revengeth shall find vengeance from the Lord, and he will surely keep his sins [in remembrance.] +Sirach Sir 71 28 2 Forgive thy neighbour the hurt that he hath done unto thee, so shall thy sins also be forgiven when thou prayest. +Sirach Sir 71 28 3 One man beareth hatred against another, and doth he seek pardon from the Lord? +Sirach Sir 71 28 4 He sheweth no mercy to a man, which is like himself: and doth he ask forgiveness of his own sins? +Sirach Sir 71 28 5 If he that is but flesh nourish hatred, who will intreat for pardon of his sins? +Sirach Sir 71 28 6 Remember thy end, and let enmity cease; [remember] corruption and death, and abide in the commandments. +Sirach Sir 71 28 7 Remember the commandments, and bear no malice to thy neighbour: [remember] the covenant of the Highest, and wink at ignorance. +Sirach Sir 71 28 8 Abstain from strife, and thou shalt diminish thy sins: for a furious man will kindle strife, +Sirach Sir 71 28 9 A sinful man disquieteth friends, and maketh debate among them that be at peace. +Sirach Sir 71 28 10 As the matter of the fire is, so it burneth: and as a man's strength is, so is his wrath; and according to his riches his anger riseth; and the stronger they are which contend, the more they will be inflamed. +Sirach Sir 71 28 11 An hasty contention kindleth a fire: and an hasty fighting sheddeth blood. +Sirach Sir 71 28 12 If thou blow the spark, it shall burn: if thou spit upon it, it shall be quenched: and both these come out of thy mouth. +Sirach Sir 71 28 13 Curse the whisperer and doubletongued: for such have destroyed many that were at peace. +Sirach Sir 71 28 14 A backbiting tongue hath disquieted many, and driven them from nation to nation: strong cities hath it pulled down, and overthrown the houses of great men. +Sirach Sir 71 28 15 A backbiting tongue hath cast out virtuous women, and deprived them of their labours. +Sirach Sir 71 28 16 Whoso hearkeneth unto it shall never find rest, and never dwell quietly. +Sirach Sir 71 28 17 The stroke of the whip maketh marks in the flesh: but the stroke of the tongue breaketh the bones. +Sirach Sir 71 28 18 Many have fallen by the edge of the sword: but not so many as have fallen by the tongue. +Sirach Sir 71 28 19 Well is he that is defended through the venom thereof; who hath not drawn the yoke thereof, nor hath been bound in her bands. +Sirach Sir 71 28 20 For the yoke thereof is a yoke of iron, and the bands thereof are bands of brass. +Sirach Sir 71 28 21 The death thereof is an evil death, the grave were better than it. +Sirach Sir 71 28 22 It shall not have rule over them that fear God, neither shall they be burned with the flame thereof. +Sirach Sir 71 28 23 Such as forsake the Lord shall fall into it; and it shall burn in them, and not be quenched; it shall be sent upon them as a lion, and devour them as a leopard. +Sirach Sir 71 28 24 Look that thou hedge thy possession about with thorns, and bind up thy silver and gold, +Sirach Sir 71 28 25 And weigh thy words in a balance, and make a door and bar for thy mouth. +Sirach Sir 71 28 26 Beware thou slide not by it, lest thou fall before him that lieth in wait. +Sirach Sir 71 29 1 He that is merciful will lend unto his neighbour; and he that strengtheneth his hand keepeth the commandments. +Sirach Sir 71 29 2 Lend to thy neighbour in time of his need, and pay thou thy neighbour again in due season. +Sirach Sir 71 29 3 Keep thy word, and deal faithfully with him, and thou shalt always find the thing that is necessary for thee. +Sirach Sir 71 29 4 Many, when a thing was lent them, reckoned it to be found, and put them to trouble that helped them. +Sirach Sir 71 29 5 Till he hath received, he will kiss a man's hand; and for his neighbour's money he will speak submissly: but when he should repay, he will prolong the time, and return words of grief, and complain of the time. +Sirach Sir 71 29 6 If he prevail, he shall hardly receive the half, and he will count as if he had found it: if not, he hath deprived him of his money, and he hath gotten him an enemy without cause: he payeth him with cursings and railings; and for honour he will pay him disgrace. +Sirach Sir 71 29 7 Many therefore have refused to lend for other men's ill dealing, fearing to be defrauded. +Sirach Sir 71 29 8 Yet have thou patience with a man in poor estate, and delay not to shew him mercy. +Sirach Sir 71 29 9 Help the poor for the commandment's sake, and turn him not away because of his poverty. +Sirach Sir 71 29 10 Lose thy money for thy brother and thy friend, and let it not rust under a stone to be lost. +Sirach Sir 71 29 11 Lay up thy treasure according to the commandments of the most High, and it shall bring thee more profit than gold. +Sirach Sir 71 29 12 Shut up alms in thy storehouses: and it shall deliver thee from all affliction. +Sirach Sir 71 29 13 It shall fight for thee against thine enemies better than a mighty shield and strong spear. +Sirach Sir 71 29 14 An honest man is surety for his neighbour: but he that is impudent will forsake him. +Sirach Sir 71 29 15 Forget not the friendship of thy surety, for he hath given his life for thee. +Sirach Sir 71 29 16 A sinner will overthrow the good estate of his surety: +Sirach Sir 71 29 17 And he that is of an unthankful mind will leave him [in danger] that delivered him. +Sirach Sir 71 29 18 Suretiship hath undone many of good estate, and shaken them as a wave of the sea: mighty men hath it driven from their houses, so that they wandered among strange nations. +Sirach Sir 71 29 19 A wicked man transgressing the commandments of the Lord shall fall into suretiship: and he that undertaketh and followeth other men's business for gain shall fall into suits. +Sirach Sir 71 29 20 Help thy neighbour according to thy power, and beware that thou thyself fall not into the same. +Sirach Sir 71 29 21 The chief thing for life is water, and bread, and clothing, and an house to cover shame. +Sirach Sir 71 29 22 Better is the life of a poor man in a mean cottage, than delicate fare in another man's house. +Sirach Sir 71 29 23 Be it little or much, hold thee contented, that thou hear not the reproach of thy house. +Sirach Sir 71 29 24 For it is a miserable life to go from house to house: for where thou art a stranger, thou darest not open thy mouth. +Sirach Sir 71 29 25 Thou shalt entertain, and feast, and have no thanks: moreover thou shalt hear bitter words: +Sirach Sir 71 29 26 Come, thou stranger, and furnish a table, and feed me of that thou hast ready. +Sirach Sir 71 29 27 Give place, thou stranger, to an honourable man; my brother cometh to be lodged, and I have need of mine house. +Sirach Sir 71 29 28 These things are grievous to a man of understanding; the upbraiding of houseroom, and reproaching of the lender. +Sirach Sir 71 30 1 He that loveth his son causeth him oft to feel the rod, that he may have joy of him in the end. +Sirach Sir 71 30 2 He that chastiseth his son shall have joy in him, and shall rejoice of him among his acquaintance. +Sirach Sir 71 30 3 He that teacheth his son grieveth the enemy: and before his friends he shall rejoice of him. +Sirach Sir 71 30 4 Though his father die, yet he is as though he were not dead: for he hath left one behind him that is like himself. +Sirach Sir 71 30 5 While he lived, he saw and rejoiced in him: and when he died, he was not sorrowful. +Sirach Sir 71 30 6 He left behind him an avenger against his enemies, and one that shall requite kindness to his friends. +Sirach Sir 71 30 7 He that maketh too much of his son shall bind up his wounds; and his bowels will be troubled at every cry. +Sirach Sir 71 30 8 An horse not broken becometh headstrong: and a child left to himself will be wilful. +Sirach Sir 71 30 9 Cocker thy child, and he shall make thee afraid: play with him, and he will bring thee to heaviness. +Sirach Sir 71 30 10 Laugh not with him, lest thou have sorrow with him, and lest thou gnash thy teeth in the end. +Sirach Sir 71 30 11 Give him no liberty in his youth, and wink not at his follies. +Sirach Sir 71 30 12 Bow down his neck while he is young, and beat him on the sides while he is a child, lest he wax stubborn, and be disobedient unto thee, and so bring sorrow to thine heart. +Sirach Sir 71 30 13 Chastise thy son, and hold him to labour, lest his lewd behaviour be an offence unto thee. +Sirach Sir 71 30 14 Better is the poor, being sound and strong of constitution, than a rich man that is afflicted in his body. +Sirach Sir 71 30 15 Health and good estate of body are above all gold, and a strong body above infinite wealth. +Sirach Sir 71 30 16 There is no riches above a sound body, and no joy above the joy of the heart. +Sirach Sir 71 30 17 Death is better than a bitter life or continual sickness. +Sirach Sir 71 30 18 Delicates poured upon a mouth shut up are as messes of meat set upon a grave. +Sirach Sir 71 30 19 What good doeth the offering unto an idol? for neither can it eat nor smell: so is he that is persecuted of the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 30 20 He seeth with his eyes and groaneth, as an eunuch that embraceth a virgin and sigheth. +Sirach Sir 71 30 21 Give not over thy mind to heaviness, and afflict not thyself in thine own counsel. +Sirach Sir 71 30 22 The gladness of the heart is the life of man, and the joyfulness of a man prolongeth his days. +Sirach Sir 71 30 23 Love thine own soul, and comfort thy heart, remove sorrow far from thee: for sorrow hath killed many, and there is no profit therein. +Sirach Sir 71 30 24 Envy and wrath shorten the life, and carefulness bringeth age before the time. +Sirach Sir 71 30 25 A cheerful and good heart will have a care of his meat and diet. +Sirach Sir 71 31 1 Watching for riches consumeth the flesh, and the care thereof driveth away sleep. +Sirach Sir 71 31 2 Watching care will not let a man slumber, as a sore disease breaketh sleep, +Sirach Sir 71 31 3 The rich hath great labour in gathering riches together; and when he resteth, he is filled with his delicates. +Sirach Sir 71 31 4 The poor laboureth in his poor estate; and when he leaveth off, he is still needy. +Sirach Sir 71 31 5 He that loveth gold shall not be justified, and he that followeth corruption shall have enough thereof. +Sirach Sir 71 31 6 Gold hath been the ruin of many, and their destruction was present. +Sirach Sir 71 31 7 It is a stumblingblock unto them that sacrifice unto it, and every fool shall be taken therewith. +Sirach Sir 71 31 8 Blessed is the rich that is found without blemish, and hath not gone after gold. +Sirach Sir 71 31 9 Who is he? and we will call him blessed: for wonderful things hath he done among his people. +Sirach Sir 71 31 10 Who hath been tried thereby, and found perfect? then let him glory. Who might offend, and hath not offended? or done evil, and hath not done it? +Sirach Sir 71 31 11 His goods shall be established, and the congregation shall declare his alms. +Sirach Sir 71 31 12 If thou sit at a bountiful table, be not greedy upon it, and say not, There is much meat on it. +Sirach Sir 71 31 13 Remember that a wicked eye is an evil thing: and what is created more wicked than an eye? therefore it weepeth upon every occasion. +Sirach Sir 71 31 14 Stretch not thine hand whithersoever it looketh, and thrust it not with him into the dish. +Sirach Sir 71 31 15 Judge not thy neighbour by thyself: and be discreet in every point. +Sirach Sir 71 31 16 Eat as it becometh a man, those things which are set before thee; and devour note, lest thou be hated. +Sirach Sir 71 31 17 Leave off first for manners' sake; and be not unsatiable, lest thou offend. +Sirach Sir 71 31 18 When thou sittest among many, reach not thine hand out first of all. +Sirach Sir 71 31 19 A very little is sufficient for a man well nurtured, and he fetcheth not his wind short upon his bed. +Sirach Sir 71 31 20 Sound sleep cometh of moderate eating: he riseth early, and his wits are with him: but the pain of watching, and choler, and pangs of the belly, are with an unsatiable man. +Sirach Sir 71 31 21 And if thou hast been forced to eat, arise, go forth, vomit, and thou shalt have rest. +Sirach Sir 71 31 22 My son, hear me, and despise me not, and at the last thou shalt find as I told thee: in all thy works be quick, so shall there no sickness come unto thee. +Sirach Sir 71 31 23 Whoso is liberal of his meat, men shall speak well of him; and the report of his good housekeeping will be believed. +Sirach Sir 71 31 24 But against him that is a niggard of his meat the whole city shall murmur; and the testimonies of his niggardness shall not be doubted of. +Sirach Sir 71 31 25 Shew not thy valiantness in wine; for wine hath destroyed many. +Sirach Sir 71 31 26 The furnace proveth the edge by dipping: so doth wine the hearts of the proud by drunkeness. +Sirach Sir 71 31 27 Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad. +Sirach Sir 71 31 28 Wine measurably drunk and in season bringeth gladness of the heart, and cheerfulness of the mind: +Sirach Sir 71 31 29 But wine drunken with excess maketh bitterness of the mind, with brawling and quarrelling. +Sirach Sir 71 31 30 Drunkenness increaseth the rage of a fool till he offend: it diminisheth strength, and maketh wounds. +Sirach Sir 71 31 31 Rebuke not thy neighbour at the wine, and despise him not in his mirth: give him no despiteful words, and press not upon him with urging him [to drink.] +Sirach Sir 71 32 1 If thou be made the master [of a feast,] lift not thyself up, but be among them as one of the rest; take diligent care for them, and so sit down. +Sirach Sir 71 32 2 And when thou hast done all thy office, take thy place, that thou mayest be merry with them, and receive a crown for thy well ordering of the feast. +Sirach Sir 71 32 3 Speak, thou that art the elder, for it becometh thee, but with sound judgment; and hinder not musick. +Sirach Sir 71 32 4 Pour not out words where there is a musician, and shew not forth wisdom out of time. +Sirach Sir 71 32 5 A concert of musick in a banquet of wine is as a signet of carbuncle set in gold. +Sirach Sir 71 32 6 As a signet of an emerald set in a work of gold, so is the melody of musick with pleasant wine. +Sirach Sir 71 32 7 Speak, young man, if there be need of thee: and yet scarcely when thou art twice asked. +Sirach Sir 71 32 8 Let thy speech be short, comprehending much in few words; be as one that knoweth and yet holdeth his tongue. +Sirach Sir 71 32 9 If thou be among great men, make not thyself equal with them; and when ancient men are in place, use not many words. +Sirach Sir 71 32 10 Before the thunder goeth lightning; and before a shamefaced man shall go favour. +Sirach Sir 71 32 11 Rise up betimes, and be not the last; but get thee home without delay. +Sirach Sir 71 32 12 There take thy pastime, and do what thou wilt: but sin not by proud speech. +Sirach Sir 71 32 13 And for these things bless him that made thee, and hath replenished thee with his good things. +Sirach Sir 71 32 14 Whoso feareth the Lord will receive his discipline; and they that seek him early shall find favour. +Sirach Sir 71 32 15 He that seeketh the law shall be filled therewith: but the hypocrite will be offended thereat. +Sirach Sir 71 32 16 They that fear the Lord shall find judgment, and shall kindle justice as a light. +Sirach Sir 71 32 17 A sinful man will not be reproved, but findeth an excuse according to his will. +Sirach Sir 71 32 18 A man of counsel will be considerate; but a strange and proud man is not daunted with fear, even when of himself he hath done without counsel. +Sirach Sir 71 32 19 Do nothing without advice; and when thou hast once done, repent not. +Sirach Sir 71 32 20 Go not in a way wherein thou mayest fall, and stumble not among the stones. +Sirach Sir 71 32 21 Be not confident in a plain way. +Sirach Sir 71 32 22 And beware of thine own children. +Sirach Sir 71 32 23 In every good work trust thy own soul; for this is the keeping of the commandments. +Sirach Sir 71 32 24 He that believeth in the Lord taketh heed to the commandment; and he that trusteth in him shall fare never the worse. +Sirach Sir 71 33 1 There shall no evil happen unto him that feareth the Lord; but in temptation even again he will deliver him. +Sirach Sir 71 33 2 A wise man hateth not the law; but he that is an hypocrite therein is as a ship in a storm. +Sirach Sir 71 33 3 A man of understanding trusteth in the law; and the law is faithful unto him, as an oracle. +Sirach Sir 71 33 4 Prepare what to say, and so thou shalt be heard: and bind up instruction, and then make answer. +Sirach Sir 71 33 5 The heart of the foolish is like a cartwheel; and his thoughts are like a rolling axletree. +Sirach Sir 71 33 6 A stallion horse is as a mocking friend, he neigheth under every one that sitteth upon him. +Sirach Sir 71 33 7 Why doth one day excel another, when as all the light of every day in the year is of the sun? +Sirach Sir 71 33 8 By the knowledge of the Lord they were distinguished: and he altered seasons and feasts. +Sirach Sir 71 33 9 Some of them hath he made high days, and hallowed them, and some of them hath he made ordinary days. +Sirach Sir 71 33 10 And all men are from the ground, and Adam was created of earth: +Sirach Sir 71 33 11 In much knowledge the Lord hath divided them, and made their ways diverse. +Sirach Sir 71 33 12 Some of them hath he blessed and exalted and some of them he sanctified, and set near himself: but some of them hath he cursed and brought low, and turned out of their places. +Sirach Sir 71 33 13 As the clay is in the potter's hand, to fashion it at his pleasure: so man is in the hand of him that made him, to render to them as liketh him best. +Sirach Sir 71 33 14 Good is set against evil, and life against death: so is the godly against the sinner, and the sinner against the godly. +Sirach Sir 71 33 15 So look upon all the works of the most High; and there are two and two, one against another. +Sirach Sir 71 33 16 I awaked up last of all, as one that gathereth after the grapegatherers: by the blessing of the Lord I profited, and tred my winepress like a gatherer of grapes. +Sirach Sir 71 33 17 Consider that I laboured not for myself only, but for all them that seek learning. +Sirach Sir 71 33 18 Hear me, O ye great men of the people, and hearken with your ears, ye rulers of the congregation. +Sirach Sir 71 33 19 Give not thy son and wife, thy brother and friend, power over thee while thou livest, and give not thy goods to another: lest it repent thee, and thou intreat for the same again. +Sirach Sir 71 33 20 As long as thou livest and hast breath in thee, give not thyself over to any. +Sirach Sir 71 33 21 For better it is that thy children should seek to thee, than that thou shouldest stand to their courtesy. +Sirach Sir 71 33 22 In all thy works keep to thyself the preeminence; leave not a stain in thine honour. +Sirach Sir 71 33 23 At the time when thou shalt end thy days, and finish thy life, distribute thine inheritance. +Sirach Sir 71 33 24 Fodder, a wand, and burdens, are for the ass; and bread, correction, and work, for a servant. . +Sirach Sir 71 33 25 If thou set thy servant to labour, thou shalt find rest: but if thou let him go idle, he shall seek liberty. +Sirach Sir 71 33 26 A yoke and a collar do bow the neck: so are tortures and torments for an evil servant. +Sirach Sir 71 33 27 Send him to labour, that he be not idle; for idleness teacheth much evil. +Sirach Sir 71 33 28 Set him to work, as is fit for him: if he be not obedient, put on more heavy fetters. +Sirach Sir 71 33 29 But be not excessive toward any; and without discretion do nothing. +Sirach Sir 71 33 30 If thou have a servant, let him be unto thee as thyself, because thou hast bought him with a price. +Sirach Sir 71 33 31 If thou have a servant, entreat him as a brother: for thou hast need of him, as of thine own soul: if thou entreat him evil, and he run from thee, which way wilt thou go to seek him? +Sirach Sir 71 34 1 The hopes of a man void of understanding are vain and false: and dreams lift up fools. +Sirach Sir 71 34 2 Whoso regardeth dreams is like him that catcheth at a shadow, and followeth after the wind. +Sirach Sir 71 34 3 The vision of dreams is the resemblance of one thing to another, even as the likeness of a face to a face. +Sirach Sir 71 34 4 Of an unclean thing what can be cleansed? and from that thing which is false what truth can come? +Sirach Sir 71 34 5 Divinations, and soothsayings, and dreams, are vain: and the heart fancieth, as a woman's heart in travail. +Sirach Sir 71 34 6 If they be not sent from the most High in thy visitation, set not thy heart upon them. +Sirach Sir 71 34 7 For dreams have deceived many, and they have failed that put their trust in them. +Sirach Sir 71 34 8 The law shall be found perfect without lies: and wisdom is perfection to a faithful mouth. +Sirach Sir 71 34 9 A man that hath travelled knoweth many things; and he that hath much experience will declare wisdom. +Sirach Sir 71 34 10 He that hath no experience knoweth little: but he that hath travelled is full of prudence. +Sirach Sir 71 34 11 When I travelled, I saw many things; and I understand more than I can express. +Sirach Sir 71 34 12 I was ofttimes in danger of death: yet I was delivered because of these things. +Sirach Sir 71 34 13 The spirit of those that fear the Lord shall live; for their hope is in him that saveth them. +Sirach Sir 71 34 14 Whoso feareth the Lord shall not fear nor be afraid; for he is his hope. +Sirach Sir 71 34 15 Blessed is the soul of him that feareth the Lord: to whom doth he look? and who is his strength? +Sirach Sir 71 34 16 For the eyes of the Lord are upon them that love him, he is their mighty protection and strong stay, a defence from heat, and a cover from the sun at noon, a preservation from stumbling, and an help from falling. +Sirach Sir 71 34 17 He raiseth up the soul, and lighteneth the eyes: he giveth health, life, and blessing. +Sirach Sir 71 34 18 He that sacrificeth of a thing wrongfully gotten, his offering is ridiculous; and the gifts of unjust men are not accepted. +Sirach Sir 71 34 19 The most High is not pleased with the offerings of the wicked; neither is he pacified for sin by the multitude of sacrifices. +Sirach Sir 71 34 20 Whoso bringeth an offering of the goods of the poor doeth as one that killeth the son before his father's eyes. +Sirach Sir 71 34 21 The bread of the needy is their life: he that defraudeth him thereof is a man of blood. +Sirach Sir 71 34 22 He that taketh away his neighbour's living slayeth him; and he that defraudeth the labourer of his hire is a bloodshedder. +Sirach Sir 71 34 23 When one buildeth, and another pulleth down, what profit have they then but labour? +Sirach Sir 71 34 24 When one prayeth, and another curseth, whose voice will the Lord hear? +Sirach Sir 71 34 25 He that washeth himself after the touching of a dead body, if he touch it again, what availeth his washing? +Sirach Sir 71 34 26 So is it with a man that fasteth for his sins, and goeth again, and doeth the same: who will hear his prayer? or what doth his humbling profit him? +Sirach Sir 71 35 1 He that keepeth the law bringeth offerings enough: he that taketh heed to the commandment offereth a peace offering. +Sirach Sir 71 35 2 He that requiteth a goodturn offereth fine flour; and he that giveth alms sacrificeth praise. +Sirach Sir 71 35 3 To depart from wickedness is a thing pleasing to the Lord; and to forsake unrighteousness is a propitiation. +Sirach Sir 71 35 4 Thou shalt not appear empty before the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 35 5 For all these things [are to be done] because of the commandment. +Sirach Sir 71 35 6 The offering of the righteous maketh the altar fat, and the sweet savour thereof is before the most High. +Sirach Sir 71 35 7 The sacrifice of a just man is acceptable. and the memorial thereof shall never be forgotten. +Sirach Sir 71 35 8 Give the Lord his honour with a good eye, and diminish not the firstfruits of thine hands. +Sirach Sir 71 35 9 In all thy gifts shew a cheerful countenance, and dedicate thy tithes with gladness. +Sirach Sir 71 35 10 Give unto the most High according as he hath enriched thee; and as thou hast gotten, give with a cheerful eye. +Sirach Sir 71 35 11 For the Lord recompenseth, and will give thee seven times as much. +Sirach Sir 71 35 12 Do not think to corrupt with gifts; for such he will not receive: and trust not to unrighteous sacrifices; for the Lord is judge, and with him is no respect of persons. +Sirach Sir 71 35 13 He will not accept any person against a poor man, but will hear the prayer of the oppressed. +Sirach Sir 71 35 14 He will not despise the supplication of the fatherless; nor the widow, when she poureth out her complaint. +Sirach Sir 71 35 15 Do not the tears run down the widow's cheeks? and is not her cry against him that causeth them to fall? +Sirach Sir 71 35 16 He that serveth the Lord shall be accepted with favour, and his prayer shall reach unto the clouds. +Sirach Sir 71 35 17 The prayer of the humble pierceth the clouds: and till it come nigh, he will not be comforted; and will not depart, till the most High shall behold to judge righteously, and execute judgment. +Sirach Sir 71 35 18 For the Lord will not be slack, neither will the Mighty be patient toward them, till he have smitten in sunder the loins of the unmerciful, and repayed vengeance to the heathen; till he have taken away the multitude of the proud, and broken the sceptre of the unrighteous; +Sirach Sir 71 35 19 Till he have rendered to every man according to his deeds, and to the works of men according to their devices; till he have judged the cause of his people, and made them to rejoice in his mercy. +Sirach Sir 71 35 20 Mercy is seasonable in the time of affliction, as clouds of rain in the time of drought. +Sirach Sir 71 36 1 Have mercy upon us, O Lord God of all, and behold us: +Sirach Sir 71 36 2 And send thy fear upon all the nations that seek not after thee. +Sirach Sir 71 36 3 Lift up thy hand against the strange nations, and let them see thy power. +Sirach Sir 71 36 4 As thou wast sanctified in us before them: so be thou magnified among them before us. +Sirach Sir 71 36 5 And let them know thee, as we have known thee, that there is no God but only thou, O God. +Sirach Sir 71 36 6 Shew new signs, and make other strange wonders: glorify thy hand and thy right arm, that they may set forth thy wondrous works. +Sirach Sir 71 36 7 Raise up indignation, and pour out wrath: take away the adversary, and destroy the enemy. +Sirach Sir 71 36 8 Sake the time short, remember the covenant, and let them declare thy wonderful works. +Sirach Sir 71 36 9 Let him that escapeth be consumed by the rage of the fire; and let them perish that oppress the people. +Sirach Sir 71 36 10 Smite in sunder the heads of the rulers of the heathen, that say, There is none other but we. +Sirach Sir 71 36 11 Gather all the tribes of Jacob together, and inherit thou them, as from the beginning. +Sirach Sir 71 36 12 O Lord, have mercy upon the people that is called by thy name, and upon Israel, whom thou hast named thy firstborn. +Sirach Sir 71 36 13 O be merciful unto Jerusalem, thy holy city, the place of thy rest. +Sirach Sir 71 36 14 Fill Sion with thine unspeakable oracles, and thy people with thy glory: +Sirach Sir 71 36 15 Give testimony unto those that thou hast possessed from the beginning, and raise up prophets that have been in thy name. +Sirach Sir 71 36 16 Reward them that wait for thee, and let thy prophets be found faithful. +Sirach Sir 71 36 17 O Lord, hear the prayer of thy servants, according to the blessing of Aaron over thy people, that all they which dwell upon the earth may know that thou art the Lord, the eternal God. +Sirach Sir 71 36 18 The belly devoureth all meats, yet is one meat better than another. +Sirach Sir 71 36 19 As the palate tasteth divers kinds of venison: so doth an heart of understanding false speeches. +Sirach Sir 71 36 20 A froward heart causeth heaviness: but a man of experience will recompense him. +Sirach Sir 71 36 21 A woman will receive every man, yet is one daughter better than another. +Sirach Sir 71 36 22 The beauty of a woman cheereth the countenance, and a man loveth nothing better. +Sirach Sir 71 36 23 If there be kindness, meekness, and comfort, in her tongue, then is not her husband like other men. +Sirach Sir 71 36 24 He that getteth a wife beginneth a possession, a help like unto himself, and a pillar of rest. +Sirach Sir 71 36 25 Where no hedge is, there the possession is spoiled: and he that hath no wife will wander up and down mourning. +Sirach Sir 71 36 26 Who will trust a thief well appointed, that skippeth from city to city? so [who will believe] a man that hath no house, and lodgeth wheresoever the night taketh him? +Sirach Sir 71 37 1 Every friend saith, I am his friend also: but there is a friend, which is only a friend in name. +Sirach Sir 71 37 2 Is it not a grief unto death, when a companion and friend is turned to an enemy? +Sirach Sir 71 37 3 O wicked imagination, whence camest thou in to cover the earth with deceit? +Sirach Sir 71 37 4 There is a companion, which rejoiceth in the prosperity of a friend, but in the time of trouble will be against him. +Sirach Sir 71 37 5 There is a companion, which helpeth his friend for the belly, and taketh up the buckler against the enemy. +Sirach Sir 71 37 6 Forget not thy friend in thy mind, and be not unmindful of him in thy riches. +Sirach Sir 71 37 7 Every counsellor extolleth counsel; but there is some that counselleth for himself. +Sirach Sir 71 37 8 Beware of a counsellor, and know before what need he hath; for he will counsel for himself; lest he cast the lot upon thee, +Sirach Sir 71 37 9 And say unto thee, Thy way is good: and afterward he stand on the other side, to see what shall befall thee. +Sirach Sir 71 37 10 Consult not with one that suspecteth thee: and hide thy counsel from such as envy thee. +Sirach Sir 71 37 11 Neither consult with a woman touching her of whom she is jealous; neither with a coward in matters of war; nor with a merchant concerning exchange; nor with a buyer of selling; nor with an envious man of thankfulness; nor with an unmerciful man touching kindness; nor with the slothful for any work; nor with an hireling for a year of finishing work; nor with an idle servant of much business: hearken not unto these in any matter of counsel. +Sirach Sir 71 37 12 But be continually with a godly man, whom thou knowest to keep the commandments of the Lord, whose, mind is according to thy mind, and will sorrow with thee, if thou shalt miscarry. +Sirach Sir 71 37 13 And let the counsel of thine own heart stand: for there is no man more faithful unto thee than it. +Sirach Sir 71 37 14 For a man's mind is sometime wont to tell him more than seven watchmen, that sit above in an high tower. +Sirach Sir 71 37 15 And above all this pray to the most High, that he will direct thy way in truth. +Sirach Sir 71 37 16 Let reason go before every enterprize, and counsel before every action. +Sirach Sir 71 37 17 The countenance is a sign of changing of the heart. +Sirach Sir 71 37 18 Four manner of things appear: good and evil, life and death: but the tongue ruleth over them continually. +Sirach Sir 71 37 19 There is one that is wise and teacheth many, and yet is unprofitable to himself. +Sirach Sir 71 37 20 There is one that sheweth wisdom in words, and is hated: he shall be destitute of all food. +Sirach Sir 71 37 21 For grace is not given, him from the Lord, because he is deprived of all wisdom. +Sirach Sir 71 37 22 Another is wise to himself; and the fruits of understanding are commendable in his mouth. +Sirach Sir 71 37 23 A wise man instructeth his people; and the fruits of his understanding fail not. +Sirach Sir 71 37 24 A wise man shall be filled with blessing; and all they that see him shall count him happy. +Sirach Sir 71 37 25 The days of the life of man may be numbered: but the days of Israel are innumerable. +Sirach Sir 71 37 26 A wise man shall inherit glory among his people, and his name shall be perpetual. +Sirach Sir 71 37 27 My son, prove thy soul in thy life, and see what is evil for it, and give not that unto it. +Sirach Sir 71 37 28 For all things are not profitable for all men, neither hath every soul pleasure in every thing. +Sirach Sir 71 37 29 Be not unsatiable in any dainty thing, nor too greedy upon meats: +Sirach Sir 71 37 30 For excess of meats bringeth sickness, and surfeiting will turn into choler. +Sirach Sir 71 37 31 By surfeiting have many perished; but he that taketh heed prolongeth his life. +Sirach Sir 71 38 1 Honour a physician with the honour due unto him for the uses which ye may have of him: for the Lord hath created him. +Sirach Sir 71 38 2 For of the most High cometh healing, and he shall receive honour of the king. +Sirach Sir 71 38 3 The skill of the physician shall lift up his head: and in the sight of great men he shall be in admiration. +Sirach Sir 71 38 4 The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them. +Sirach Sir 71 38 5 Was not the water made sweet with wood, that the virtue thereof might be known? +Sirach Sir 71 38 6 And he hath given men skill, that he might be honoured in his marvellous works. +Sirach Sir 71 38 7 With such doth he heal [men,] and taketh away their pains. +Sirach Sir 71 38 8 Of such doth the apothecary make a confection; and of his works there is no end; and from him is peace over all the earth, +Sirach Sir 71 38 9 My son, in thy sickness be not negligent: but pray unto the Lord, and he will make thee whole. +Sirach Sir 71 38 10 Leave off from sin, and order thine hands aright, and cleanse thy heart from all wickedness. +Sirach Sir 71 38 11 Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of fine flour; and make a fat offering, as not being. +Sirach Sir 71 38 12 Then give place to the physician, for the Lord hath created him: let him not go from thee, for thou hast need of him. +Sirach Sir 71 38 13 There is a time when in their hands there is good success. +Sirach Sir 71 38 14 For they shall also pray unto the Lord, that he would prosper that, which they give for ease and remedy to prolong life. +Sirach Sir 71 38 15 He that sinneth before his Maker, let him fall into the hand of the physician. +Sirach Sir 71 38 16 My son, let tears fall down over the dead, and begin to lament, as if thou hadst suffered great harm thyself; and then cover his body according to the custom, and neglect not his burial. +Sirach Sir 71 38 17 Weep bitterly, and make great moan, and use lamentation, as he is worthy, and that a day or two, lest thou be evil spoken of: and then comfort thyself for thy heaviness. +Sirach Sir 71 38 18 For of heaviness cometh death, and the heaviness of the heart breaketh strength. +Sirach Sir 71 38 19 In affliction also sorrow remaineth: and the life of the poor is the curse of the heart. +Sirach Sir 71 38 20 Take no heaviness to heart: drive it away, and member the last end. +Sirach Sir 71 38 21 Forget it not, for there is no turning again: thou shalt not do him good, but hurt thyself. +Sirach Sir 71 38 22 Remember my judgment: for thine also shall be so; yesterday for me, and to day for thee. +Sirach Sir 71 38 23 When the dead is at rest, let his remembrance rest; and be comforted for him, when his Spirit is departed from him. +Sirach Sir 71 38 24 The wisdom of a learned man cometh by opportunity of leisure: and he that hath little business shall become wise. +Sirach Sir 71 38 25 How can he get wisdom that holdeth the plough, and that glorieth in the goad, that driveth oxen, and is occupied in their labours, and whose talk is of bullocks? +Sirach Sir 71 38 26 He giveth his mind to make furrows; and is diligent to give the kine fodder. +Sirach Sir 71 38 27 So every carpenter and workmaster, that laboureth night and day: and they that cut and grave seals, and are diligent to make great variety, and give themselves to counterfeit imagery, and watch to finish a work: +Sirach Sir 71 38 28 The smith also sitting by the anvil, and considering the iron work, the vapour of the fire wasteth his flesh, and he fighteth with the heat of the furnace: the noise of the hammer and the anvil is ever in his ears, and his eyes look still upon the pattern of the thing that he maketh; he setteth his mind to finish his work, and watcheth to polish it perfectly: +Sirach Sir 71 38 29 So doth the potter sitting at his work, and turning the wheel about with his feet, who is alway carefully set at his work, and maketh all his work by number; +Sirach Sir 71 38 30 He fashioneth the clay with his arm, and boweth down his strength before his feet; he applieth himself to lead it over; and he is diligent to make clean the furnace: +Sirach Sir 71 38 31 All these trust to their hands: and every one is wise in his work. +Sirach Sir 71 38 32 Without these cannot a city be inhabited: and they shall not dwell where they will, nor go up and down: +Sirach Sir 71 38 33 They shall not be sought for in publick counsel, nor sit high in the congregation: they shall not sit on the judges' seat, nor understand the sentence of judgment: they cannot declare justice and judgment; and they shall not be found where parables are spoken. +Sirach Sir 71 38 34 But they will maintain the state of the world, and [all] their desire is in the work of their craft. +Sirach Sir 71 39 1 But he that giveth his mind to the law of the most High, and is occupied in the meditation thereof, will seek out the wisdom of all the ancient, and be occupied in prophecies. +Sirach Sir 71 39 2 He will keep the sayings of the renowned men: and where subtil parables are, he will be there also. +Sirach Sir 71 39 3 He will seek out the secrets of grave sentences, and be conversant in dark parables. +Sirach Sir 71 39 4 He shall serve among great men, and appear before princes: he will travel through strange countries; for he hath tried the good and the evil among men. +Sirach Sir 71 39 5 He will give his heart to resort early to the Lord that made him, and will pray before the most High, and will open his mouth in prayer, and make supplication for his sins. +Sirach Sir 71 39 6 When the great Lord will, he shall be filled with the spirit of understanding: he shall pour out wise sentences, and give thanks unto the Lord in his prayer. +Sirach Sir 71 39 7 He shall direct his counsel and knowledge, and in his secrets shall he meditate. +Sirach Sir 71 39 8 He shall shew forth that which he hath learned, and shall glory in the law of the covenant of the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 39 9 Many shall commend his understanding; and so long as the world endureth, it shall not be blotted out; his memorial shall not depart away, and his name shall live from generation to generation. +Sirach Sir 71 39 10 Nations shall shew forth his wisdom, and the congregation shall declare his praise. +Sirach Sir 71 39 11 If he die, he shall leave a greater name than a thousand: and if he live, he shall increase it. +Sirach Sir 71 39 12 Yet have I more to say, which I have thought upon; for I am filled as the moon at the full. +Sirach Sir 71 39 13 Hearken unto me, ye holy children, and bud forth as a rose growing by the brook of the field: +Sirach Sir 71 39 14 And give ye a sweet savour as frankincense, and flourish as a lily, send forth a smell, and sing a song of praise, bless the Lord in all his works. +Sirach Sir 71 39 15 Magnify his name, and shew forth his praise with the songs of your lips, and with harps, and in praising him ye shall say after this manner: +Sirach Sir 71 39 16 All the works of the Lord are exceeding good, and whatsoever he commandeth shall be accomplished in due season. +Sirach Sir 71 39 17 And none may say, What is this? wherefore is that? for at time convenient they shall all be sought out: at his commandment the waters stood as an heap, and at the words of his mouth the receptacles of waters. +Sirach Sir 71 39 18 At his commandment is done whatsoever pleaseth him; and none can hinder, when he will save. +Sirach Sir 71 39 19 The works of all flesh are before him, and nothing can be hid from his eyes. +Sirach Sir 71 39 20 He seeth from everlasting to everlasting; and there is nothing wonderful before him. +Sirach Sir 71 39 21 A man need not to say, What is this? wherefore is that? for he hath made all things for their uses. +Sirach Sir 71 39 22 His blessing covered the dry land as a river, and watered it as a flood. +Sirach Sir 71 39 23 As he hath turned the waters into saltness: so shall the heathen inherit his wrath. +Sirach Sir 71 39 24 As his ways are plain unto the holy; so are they stumblingblocks unto the wicked. +Sirach Sir 71 39 25 For the good are good things created from the beginning: so evil things for sinners. +Sirach Sir 71 39 26 The principal things for the whole use of man's life are water, fire, iron, and salt, flour of wheat, honey, milk, and the blood of the grape, and oil, and clothing. +Sirach Sir 71 39 27 All these things are for good to the godly: so to the sinners they are turned into evil. +Sirach Sir 71 39 28 There be spirits that are created for vengeance, which in their fury lay on sore strokes; in the time of destruction they pour out their force, and appease the wrath of him that made them. +Sirach Sir 71 39 29 Fire, and hail, and famine, and death, all these were created for vengeance; +Sirach Sir 71 39 30 Teeth of wild beasts, and scorpions, serpents, and the sword punishing the wicked to destruction. +Sirach Sir 71 39 31 They shall rejoice in his commandment, and they shall be ready upon earth, when need is; and when their time is come, they shall not transgress his word. +Sirach Sir 71 39 32 Therefore from the beginning I was resolved, and thought upon these things, and have left them in writing. +Sirach Sir 71 39 33 All the works of the Lord are good: and he will give every needful thing in due season. +Sirach Sir 71 39 34 So that a man cannot say, This is worse than that: for in time they shall all be well approved. +Sirach Sir 71 39 35 And therefore praise ye the Lord with the whole heart and mouth, and bless the name of the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 40 1 Great travail is created for every man, and an heavy yoke is upon the sons of Adam, from the day that they go out of their mother's womb, till the day that they return to the mother of all things. +Sirach Sir 71 40 2 Their imagination of things to come, and the day of death, [trouble] their thoughts, and [cause] fear of heart; +Sirach Sir 71 40 3 From him that sitteth on a throne of glory, unto him that is humbled in earth and ashes; +Sirach Sir 71 40 4 From him that weareth purple and a crown, unto him that is clothed with a linen frock. +Sirach Sir 71 40 5 Wrath, and envy, trouble, and unquietness, fear of death, and anger, and strife, and in the time of rest upon his bed his night sleep, do change his knowledge. +Sirach Sir 71 40 6 A little or nothing is his rest, and afterward he is in his sleep, as in a day of keeping watch, troubled in the vision of his heart, as if he were escaped out of a battle. +Sirach Sir 71 40 7 When all is safe, he awaketh, and marvelleth that the fear was nothing. +Sirach Sir 71 40 8 [Such things happen] unto all flesh, both man and beast, and that is sevenfold more upon sinners. +Sirach Sir 71 40 9 Death, and bloodshed, strife, and sword, calamities, famine, tribulation, and the scourge; +Sirach Sir 71 40 10 These things are created for the wicked, and for their sakes came the flood. +Sirach Sir 71 40 11 All things that are of the earth shall turn to the earth again: and that which is of the waters doth return into the sea. +Sirach Sir 71 40 12 All bribery and injustice shall be blotted out: but true dealing shall endure for ever. +Sirach Sir 71 40 13 The goods of the unjust shall be dried up like a river, and shall vanish with noise, like a great thunder in rain. +Sirach Sir 71 40 14 While he openeth his hand he shall rejoice: so shall transgressors come to nought. +Sirach Sir 71 40 15 The children of the ungodly shall not bring forth many branches: but are as unclean roots upon a hard rock. +Sirach Sir 71 40 16 The weed growing upon every water and bank of a river shall be pulled up before all grass. +Sirach Sir 71 40 17 Bountifulness is as a most fruitful garden, and mercifulness endureth for ever. +Sirach Sir 71 40 18 To labour, and to be content with that a man hath, is a sweet life: but he that findeth a treasure is above them both. +Sirach Sir 71 40 19 Children and the building of a city continue a man's name: but a blameless wife is counted above them both. +Sirach Sir 71 40 20 Wine and musick rejoice the heart: but the love of wisdom is above them both. +Sirach Sir 71 40 21 The pipe and the psaltery make sweet melody: but a pleasant tongue is above them both. +Sirach Sir 71 40 22 Thine eye desireth favour and beauty: but more than both corn while it is green. +Sirach Sir 71 40 23 A friend and companion never meet amiss: but above both is a wife with her husband. +Sirach Sir 71 40 24 Brethren and help are against time of trouble: but alms shall deliver more than them both. +Sirach Sir 71 40 25 Gold and silver make the foot stand sure: but counsel is esteemed above them both. +Sirach Sir 71 40 26 Riches and strength lift up the heart: but the fear of the Lord is above them both: there is no want in the fear of the Lord, and it needeth not to seek help. +Sirach Sir 71 40 27 The fear of the Lord is a fruitful garden, and covereth him above all glory. +Sirach Sir 71 40 28 My son, lead not a beggar's life; for better it is to die than to beg. +Sirach Sir 71 40 29 The life of him that dependeth on another man's table is not to be counted for a life; for he polluteth himself with other men's meat: but a wise man well nurtured will beware thereof. +Sirach Sir 71 40 30 Begging is sweet in the mouth of the shameless: but in his belly there shall burn a fire. +Sirach Sir 71 41 1 O death, how bitter is the remembrance of thee to a man that liveth at rest in his possessions, unto the man that hath nothing to vex him, and that hath prosperity in all things: yea, unto him that is yet able to receive meat! +Sirach Sir 71 41 2 O death, acceptable is thy sentence unto the needy, and unto him whose strength faileth, that is now in the last age, and is vexed with all things, and to him that despaireth, and hath lost patience! +Sirach Sir 71 41 3 Fear not the sentence of death, remember them that have been before thee, and that come after; for this is the sentence of the Lord over all flesh. +Sirach Sir 71 41 4 And why art thou against the pleasure of the most High? there is no inquisition in the grave, whether thou have lived ten, or an hundred, or a thousand years. +Sirach Sir 71 41 5 The children of sinners are abominable children, and they that are conversant in the dwelling of the ungodly. +Sirach Sir 71 41 6 The inheritance of sinners' children shall perish, and their posterity shall have a perpetual reproach. +Sirach Sir 71 41 7 The children will complain of an ungodly father, because they shall be reproached for his sake. +Sirach Sir 71 41 8 Woe be unto you, ungodly men, which have forsaken the law of the most high God! for if ye increase, it shall be to your destruction: +Sirach Sir 71 41 9 And if ye be born, ye shall be born to a curse: and if ye die, a curse shall be your portion. +Sirach Sir 71 41 10 All that are of the earth shall turn to earth again: so the ungodly shall go from a curse to destruction. +Sirach Sir 71 41 11 The mourning of men is about their bodies: but an ill name of sinners shall be blotted out. +Sirach Sir 71 41 12 Have regard to thy name; for that shall continue with thee above a thousand great treasures of gold. +Sirach Sir 71 41 13 A good life hath but few days: but a good name endureth for ever. +Sirach Sir 71 41 14 My children, keep discipline in peace: for wisdom that is hid, and a treasure that is not seen, what profit is in them both? +Sirach Sir 71 41 15 A man that hideth his foolishness is better than a man that hideth his wisdom. +Sirach Sir 71 41 16 Therefore be shamefaced according to my word: for it is not good to retain all shamefacedness; neither is it altogether approved in every thing. +Sirach Sir 71 41 17 Be ashamed of whoredom before father and mother: and of a lie before a prince and a mighty man; +Sirach Sir 71 41 18 Of an offence before a judge and ruler; of iniquity before a congregation and people; of unjust dealing before thy partner and friend; +Sirach Sir 71 41 19 And of theft in regard of the place where thou sojournest, and in regard of the truth of God and his covenant; and to lean with thine elbow upon the meat; and of scorning to give and take; +Sirach Sir 71 41 20 And of silence before them that salute thee; and to look upon an harlot; +Sirach Sir 71 41 21 And to turn away thy face from thy kinsman; or to take away a portion or a gift; or to gaze upon another man's wife. +Sirach Sir 71 41 22 Or to be overbusy with his maid, and come not near her bed; or of upbraiding speeches before friends; and after thou hast given, upbraid not; +Sirach Sir 71 41 23 Or of iterating and speaking again that which thou hast heard; and of revealing of secrets. +Sirach Sir 71 41 24 So shalt thou be truly shamefaced and find favour before all men. +Sirach Sir 71 42 1 Of these things be not thou ashamed, and accept no person to sin thereby: +Sirach Sir 71 42 2 Of the law of the most High, and his covenant; and of judgment to justify the ungodly; +Sirach Sir 71 42 3 Of reckoning with thy partners and travellers; or of the gift of the heritage of friends; +Sirach Sir 71 42 4 Of exactness of balance and weights; or of getting much or little; +Sirach Sir 71 42 5 And of merchants' indifferent selling; of much correction of children; and to make the side of an evil servant to bleed. +Sirach Sir 71 42 6 Sure keeping is good, where an evil wife is; and shut up, where many hands are. +Sirach Sir 71 42 7 Deliver all things in number and weight; and put all in writing that thou givest out, or receivest in. +Sirach Sir 71 42 8 Be not ashamed to inform the unwise and foolish, and the extreme aged that contendeth with those that are young: thus shalt thou be truly learned, and approved of all men living. +Sirach Sir 71 42 9 The father waketh for the daughter, when no man knoweth; and the care for her taketh away sleep: when she is young, lest she pass away the flower of her age; and being married, lest she should be hated: +Sirach Sir 71 42 10 In her virginity, lest she should be defiled and gotten with child in her father's house; and having an husband, lest she should misbehave herself; and when she is married, lest she should be barren. +Sirach Sir 71 42 11 Keep a sure watch over a shameless daughter, lest she make thee a laughingstock to thine enemies, and a byword in the city, and a reproach among the people, and make thee ashamed before the multitude. +Sirach Sir 71 42 12 Behold not every body's beauty, and sit not in the midst of women. +Sirach Sir 71 42 13 For from garments cometh a moth, and from women wickedness. +Sirach Sir 71 42 14 Better is the churlishness of a man than a courteous woman, a woman, I say, which bringeth shame and reproach. +Sirach Sir 71 42 15 I will now remember the works of the Lord, and declare the things that I have seen: In the words of the Lord are his works. +Sirach Sir 71 42 16 The sun that giveth light looketh upon all things, and the work thereof is full of the glory of the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 42 17 The Lord hath not given power to the saints to declare all his marvellous works, which the Almighty Lord firmly settled, that whatsoever is might be established for his glory. +Sirach Sir 71 42 18 He seeketh out the deep, and the heart, and considereth their crafty devices: for the Lord knoweth all that may be known, and he beholdeth the signs of the world. +Sirach Sir 71 42 19 He declareth the things that are past, and for to come, and revealeth the steps of hidden things. +Sirach Sir 71 42 20 No thought escapeth him, neither any word is hidden from him. +Sirach Sir 71 42 21 He hath garnished the excellent works of his wisdom, and he is from everlasting to everlasting: unto him may nothing be added, neither can he be diminished, and he hath no need of any counsellor. +Sirach Sir 71 42 22 Oh how desirable are all his works! and that a man may see even to a spark. +Sirach Sir 71 42 23 All these things live and remain for ever for all uses, and they are all obedient. +Sirach Sir 71 42 24 All things are double one against another: and he hath made nothing imperfect. +Sirach Sir 71 42 25 One thing establisheth the good or another: and who shall be filled with beholding his glory? +Sirach Sir 71 43 1 The pride of the height, the clear firmament, the beauty of heaven, with his glorious shew; +Sirach Sir 71 43 2 The sun when it appeareth, declaring at his rising a marvellous instrument, the work of the most High: +Sirach Sir 71 43 3 At noon it parcheth the country, and who can abide the burning heat thereof? +Sirach Sir 71 43 4 A man blowing a furnace is in works of heat, but the sun burneth the mountains three times more; breathing out fiery vapours, and sending forth bright beams, it dimmeth the eyes. +Sirach Sir 71 43 5 Great is the Lord that made it; and at his commandment runneth hastily. +Sirach Sir 71 43 6 He made the moon also to serve in her season for a declaration of times, and a sign of the world. +Sirach Sir 71 43 7 From the moon is the sign of feasts, a light that decreaseth in her perfection. +Sirach Sir 71 43 8 The month is called after her name, increasing wonderfully in her changing, being an instrument of the armies above, shining in the firmament of heaven; +Sirach Sir 71 43 9 The beauty of heaven, the glory of the stars, an ornament giving light in the highest places of the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 43 10 At the commandment of the Holy One they will stand in their order, and never faint in their watches. +Sirach Sir 71 43 11 Look upon the rainbow, and praise him that made it; very beautiful it is in the brightness thereof. +Sirach Sir 71 43 12 It compasseth the heaven about with a glorious circle, and the hands of the most High have bended it. +Sirach Sir 71 43 13 By his commandment he maketh the snow to fall aplace, and sendeth swiftly the lightnings of his judgment. +Sirach Sir 71 43 14 Through this the treasures are opened: and clouds fly forth as fowls. +Sirach Sir 71 43 15 By his great power he maketh the clouds firm, and the hailstones are broken small. +Sirach Sir 71 43 16 At his sight the mountains are shaken, and at his will the south wind bloweth. +Sirach Sir 71 43 17 The noise of the thunder maketh the earth to tremble: so doth the northern storm and the whirlwind: as birds flying he scattereth the snow, and the falling down thereof is as the lighting of grasshoppers: +Sirach Sir 71 43 18 The eye marvelleth at the beauty of the whiteness thereof, and the heart is astonished at the raining of it. +Sirach Sir 71 43 19 The hoarfrost also as salt he poureth on the earth, and being congealed, it lieth on the top of sharp stakes. +Sirach Sir 71 43 20 When the cold north wind bloweth, and the water is congealed into ice, it abideth upon every gathering together of water, and clotheth the water as with a breastplate. +Sirach Sir 71 43 21 It devoureth the mountains, and burneth the wilderness, and consumeth the grass as fire. +Sirach Sir 71 43 22 A present remedy of all is a mist coming speedily, a dew coming after heat refresheth. +Sirach Sir 71 43 23 By his counsel he appeaseth the deep, and planteth islands therein. +Sirach Sir 71 43 24 They that sail on the sea tell of the danger thereof; and when we hear it with our ears, we marvel thereat. +Sirach Sir 71 43 25 For therein be strange and wondrous works, variety of all kinds of beasts and whales created. +Sirach Sir 71 43 26 By him the end of them hath prosperous success, and by his word all things consist. +Sirach Sir 71 43 27 We may speak much, and yet come short: wherefore in sum, he is all. +Sirach Sir 71 43 28 How shall we be able to magnify him? for he is great above all his works. +Sirach Sir 71 43 29 The Lord is terrible and very great, and marvellous is his power. +Sirach Sir 71 43 30 When ye glorify the Lord, exalt him as much as ye can; for even yet will he far exceed: and when ye exalt him, put forth all your strength, and be not weary; for ye can never go far enough. +Sirach Sir 71 43 31 Who hath seen him, that he might tell us? and who can magnify him as he is? +Sirach Sir 71 43 32 There are yet hid greater things than these be, for we have seen but a few of his works. +Sirach Sir 71 43 33 For the Lord hath made all things; and to the godly hath he given wisdom. +Sirach Sir 71 44 1 Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us. +Sirach Sir 71 44 2 The Lord hath wrought great glory by them through his great power from the beginning. +Sirach Sir 71 44 3 Such as did bear rule in their kingdoms, men renowned for their power, giving counsel by their understanding, and declaring prophecies: +Sirach Sir 71 44 4 Leaders of the people by their counsels, and by their knowledge of learning meet for the people, wise and eloquent are their instructions: +Sirach Sir 71 44 5 Such as found out musical tunes, and recited verses in writing: +Sirach Sir 71 44 6 Rich men furnished with ability, living peaceably in their habitations: +Sirach Sir 71 44 7 All these were honoured in their generations, and were the glory of their times. +Sirach Sir 71 44 8 There be of them, that have left a name behind them, that their praises might be reported. +Sirach Sir 71 44 9 And some there be, which have no memorial; who are perished, as though they had never been; and are become as though they had never been born; and their children after them. +Sirach Sir 71 44 10 But these were merciful men, whose righteousness hath not been forgotten. +Sirach Sir 71 44 11 With their seed shall continually remain a good inheritance, and their children are within the covenant. +Sirach Sir 71 44 12 Their seed standeth fast, and their children for their sakes. +Sirach Sir 71 44 13 Their seed shall remain for ever, and their glory shall not be blotted out. +Sirach Sir 71 44 14 Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth for evermore. +Sirach Sir 71 44 15 The people will tell of their wisdom, and the congregation will shew forth their praise. +Sirach Sir 71 44 16 Enoch pleased the Lord, and was translated, being an example of repentance to all generations. +Sirach Sir 71 44 17 Noah was found perfect and righteous; in the time of wrath he was taken in exchange [for the world;] therefore was he left as a remnant unto the earth, when the flood came. +Sirach Sir 71 44 18 An everlasting covenant was made with him, that all flesh should perish no more by the flood. +Sirach Sir 71 44 19 Abraham was a great father of many people: in glory was there none like unto him; +Sirach Sir 71 44 20 Who kept the law of the most High, and was in covenant with him: he established the covenant in his flesh; and when he was proved, he was found faithful. +Sirach Sir 71 44 21 Therefore he assured him by an oath, that he would bless the nations in his seed, and that he would multiply him as the dust of the earth, and exalt his seed as the stars, and cause them to inherit from sea to sea, and from the river unto the utmost part of the land. +Sirach Sir 71 44 22 With Isaac did he establish likewise [for Abraham his father's sake] the blessing of all men, and the covenant, And made it rest upon the head of Jacob. He acknowledged him in his blessing, and gave him an heritage, and divided his portions; among the twelve tribes did he part them. +Sirach Sir 71 45 1 And he brought out of him a merciful man, which found favour in the sight of all flesh, even Moses, beloved of God and men, whose memorial is blessed. +Sirach Sir 71 45 2 He made him like to the glorious saints, and magnified him, so that his enemies stood in fear of him. +Sirach Sir 71 45 3 By his words he caused the wonders to cease, and he made him glorious in the sight of kings, and gave him a commandment for his people, and shewed him part of his glory. +Sirach Sir 71 45 4 He sanctified him in his faithfuless and meekness, and chose him out of all men. +Sirach Sir 71 45 5 He made him to hear his voice, and brought him into the dark cloud, and gave him commandments before his face, even the law of life and knowledge, that he might teach Jacob his covenants, and Israel his judgments. +Sirach Sir 71 45 6 He exalted Aaron, an holy man like unto him, even his brother, of the tribe of Levi. +Sirach Sir 71 45 7 An everlasting covenant he made with him and gave him the priesthood among the people; he beautified him with comely ornaments, and clothed him with a robe of glory. +Sirach Sir 71 45 8 He put upon him perfect glory; and strengthened him with rich garments, with breeches, with a long robe, and the ephod. +Sirach Sir 71 45 9 And he compassed him with pomegranates, and with many golden bells round about, that as he went there might be a sound, and a noise made that might be heard in the temple, for a memorial to the children of his people; +Sirach Sir 71 45 10 With an holy garment, with gold, and blue silk, and purple, the work of the embroidere, with a breastplate of judgment, and with Urim and Thummim; +Sirach Sir 71 45 11 With twisted scarlet, the work of the cunning workman, with precious stones graven like seals, and set in gold, the work of the jeweller, with a writing engraved for a memorial, after the number of the tribes of Israel. +Sirach Sir 71 45 12 He set a crown of gold upon the mitre, wherein was engraved Holiness, an ornament of honour, a costly work, the desires of the eyes, goodly and beautiful. +Sirach Sir 71 45 13 Before him there were none such, neither did ever any stranger put them on, but only his children and his children's children perpetually. +Sirach Sir 71 45 14 Their sacrifices shall be wholly consumed every day twice continually. +Sirach Sir 71 45 15 Moses consecrated him, and anointed him with holy oil: this was appointed unto him by an everlasting covenant, and to his seed, so long as the heavens should remain, that they should minister unto him, and execute the office of the priesthood, and bless the people in his name. +Sirach Sir 71 45 16 He chose him out of all men living to offer sacrifices to the Lord, incense, and a sweet savour, for a memorial, to make reconciliation for his people. +Sirach Sir 71 45 17 He gave unto him his commandments, and authority in the statutes of judgments, that he should teach Jacob the testimonies, and inform Israel in his laws. +Sirach Sir 71 45 18 Strangers conspired together against him, and maligned him in the wilderness, even the men that were of Dathan's and Abiron's side, and the congregation of Core, with fury and wrath. +Sirach Sir 71 45 19 This the Lord saw, and it displeased him, and in his wrathful indignation were they consumed: he did wonders upon them, to consume them with the fiery flame. +Sirach Sir 71 45 20 But he made Aaron more honourable, and gave him an heritage, and divided unto him the firstfruits of the increase; especially he prepared bread in abundance: +Sirach Sir 71 45 21 For they eat of the sacrifices of the Lord, which he gave unto him and his seed. +Sirach Sir 71 45 22 Howbeit in the land of the people he had no inheritance, neither had he any portion among the people: for the Lord himself is his portion and inheritance. +Sirach Sir 71 45 23 The third in glory is Phinees the son of Eleazar, because he had zeal in the fear of the Lord, and stood up with good courage of heart: when the people were turned back, and made reconciliation for Israel. +Sirach Sir 71 45 24 Therefore was there a covenant of peace made with him, that he should be the chief of the sanctuary and of his people, and that he and his posterity should have the dignity of the priesthood for ever: +Sirach Sir 71 45 25 According to the covenant made with David son of Jesse, of the tribe of Juda, that the inheritance of the king should be to his posterity alone: so the inheritance of Aaron should also be unto his seed. +Sirach Sir 71 45 26 God give you wisdom in your heart to judge his people in righteousness, that their good things be not abolished, and that their glory may endure for ever. +Sirach Sir 71 46 1 Jesus the son a Nave was valiant in the wars, and was the successor of Moses in prophecies, who according to his name was made great for the saving of the elect of God, and taking vengeance of the enemies that rose up against them, that he might set Israel in their inheritance. +Sirach Sir 71 46 2 How great glory gat he, when he did lift up his hands, and stretched out his sword against the cities! +Sirach Sir 71 46 3 Who before him so stood to it? for the Lord himself brought his enemies unto him. +Sirach Sir 71 46 4 Did not the sun go back by his means? and was not one day as long as two? +Sirach Sir 71 46 5 He called upon the most high Lord, when the enemies pressed upon him on every side; and the great Lord heard him. +Sirach Sir 71 46 6 And with hailstones of mighty power he made the battle to fall violently upon the nations, and in the descent [of Beth-horon] he destroyed them that resisted, that the nations might know all their strength, because he fought in the sight of the Lord, and he followed the Mighty One. +Sirach Sir 71 46 7 In the time of Moses also he did a work of mercy, he and Caleb the son of Jephunne, in that they withstood the congregation, and withheld the people from sin, and appeased the wicked murmuring. +Sirach Sir 71 46 8 And of six hundred thousand people on foot, they two were preserved to bring them in to the heritage, even unto the land that floweth with milk and honey. +Sirach Sir 71 46 9 The Lord gave strength also unto Caleb, which remained with him unto his old age: so that he entered upon the high places of the land, and his seed obtained it for an heritage: +Sirach Sir 71 46 10 That all the children of Israel might see that it is good to follow the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 46 11 And concerning the judges, every one by name, whose heart went not a whoring, nor departed from the Lord, let their memory be blessed. +Sirach Sir 71 46 12 Let their bones flourish out of their place, and let the name of them that were honoured be continued upon their children. +Sirach Sir 71 46 13 Samuel, the prophet of the Lord, beloved of his Lord, established a kingdom, and anointed princes over his people. +Sirach Sir 71 46 14 By the law of the Lord he judged the congregation, and the Lord had respect unto Jacob. +Sirach Sir 71 46 15 By his faithfulness he was found a true prophet, and by his word he was known to be faithful in vision. +Sirach Sir 71 46 16 He called upon the mighty Lord, when his enemies pressed upon him on every side, when he offered the sucking lamb. +Sirach Sir 71 46 17 And the Lord thundered from heaven, and with a great noise made his voice to be heard. +Sirach Sir 71 46 18 And he destroyed the rulers of the Tyrians, and all the princes cf the Philistines. +Sirach Sir 71 46 19 And before his long sleep he made protestations in the sight of the Lord and his anointed, I have not taken any man's goods, so much as a shoe: and no man did accuse him. +Sirach Sir 71 46 20 And after his death he prophesied, and shewed the king his end, and lifted up his voice from the earth in prophecy, to blot out the wickedness of the people. +Sirach Sir 71 47 1 And after him rose up Nathan to prophesy in the time of David. +Sirach Sir 71 47 2 As is the fat taken away from the peace offering, so was David chosen out of the children of Israel. +Sirach Sir 71 47 3 He played with lions as with kids, and with bears as with lambs. +Sirach Sir 71 47 4 Slew he not a giant, when he was yet but young? and did he not take away reproach from the people, when he lifted up his hand with the stone in the sling, and beat down the boasting of Goliath? +Sirach Sir 71 47 5 For he called upon the most high Lord; and he gave him strength in his right hand to slay that mighty warrior, and set up the horn of his people. +Sirach Sir 71 47 6 So the people honoured him with ten thousands, and praised him in the blessings of the Lord, in that he gave him a crown of glory. +Sirach Sir 71 47 7 For he destroyed the enemies on every side, and brought to nought the Philistines his adversaries, and brake their horn in sunder unto this day. +Sirach Sir 71 47 8 In all his works he praised the Holy One most high with words of glory; with his whole heart he sung songs, and loved him that made him. +Sirach Sir 71 47 9 He set singers also before the altar, that by their voices they might make sweet melody, and daily sing praises in their songs. +Sirach Sir 71 47 10 He beautified their feasts, and set in order the solemn times until the end, that they might praise his holy name, and that the temple might sound from morning. +Sirach Sir 71 47 11 The Lord took away his sins, and exalted his horn for ever: he gave him a covenant of kings, and a throne of glory in Israel. +Sirach Sir 71 47 12 After him rose up a wise son, and for his sake he dwelt at large. +Sirach Sir 71 47 13 Solomon reigned in a peaceable time, and was honoured; for God made all quiet round about him, that he might build an house in his name, and prepare his sanctuary for ever. +Sirach Sir 71 47 14 How wise wast thou in thy youth and, as a flood, filled with understanding! +Sirach Sir 71 47 15 Thy soul covered the whole earth, and thou filledst it with dark parables. +Sirach Sir 71 47 16 Thy name went far unto the islands; and for thy peace thou wast beloved. +Sirach Sir 71 47 17 The countries marvelled at thee for thy songs, and proverbs, and parables, and interpretations. +Sirach Sir 71 47 18 By the name of the Lord God, which is called the Lord God of Israel, thou didst gather gold as tin and didst multiply silver as lead. +Sirach Sir 71 47 19 Thou didst bow thy loins unto women, and by thy body thou wast brought into subjection. +Sirach Sir 71 47 20 Thou didst stain thy honour, and pollute thy seed: so that thou broughtest wrath upon thy children, and wast grieved for thy folly. +Sirach Sir 71 47 21 So the kingdom was divided, and out of Ephraim ruled a rebellious kingdom. +Sirach Sir 71 47 22 But the Lord will never leave off his mercy, neither shall any of his works perish, neither will he abolish the posterity of his elect, and the seed of him that loveth him he will not take away: wherefore he gave a remnant unto Jacob, and out of him a root unto David. +Sirach Sir 71 47 23 Thus rested Solomon with his fathers, and of his seed he left behind him Roboam, even the foolishness of the people, and one that had no understanding, who turned away the people through his counsel. There was also Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin, and shewed Ephraim the way of sin: +Sirach Sir 71 47 24 And their sins were multiplied exceedingly, that they were driven out of the land. +Sirach Sir 71 47 25 For they sought out all wickedness, till the vengeance came upon them. +Sirach Sir 71 48 1 Then stood up Elias the prophet as fire, and his word burned like a lamp. +Sirach Sir 71 48 2 He brought a sore famine upon them, and by his zeal he diminished their number. +Sirach Sir 71 48 3 By the word of the Lord he shut up the heaven, and also three times brought down fire. +Sirach Sir 71 48 4 O Elias, how wast thou honoured in thy wondrous deeds! and who may glory like unto thee! +Sirach Sir 71 48 5 Who didst raise up a dead man from death, and his soul from the place of the dead, by the word of the most High: +Sirach Sir 71 48 6 Who broughtest kings to destruction, and honorable men from their bed: +Sirach Sir 71 48 7 Who heardest the rebuke of the Lord in Sinai, and in Horeb the judgment of vengeance: +Sirach Sir 71 48 8 Who annointedst kings to take revenge, and prophets to succeed after him: +Sirach Sir 71 48 9 Who was taken up in a whirlwind of fire, and in a chariot of fiery horses: +Sirach Sir 71 48 10 Who wast ordained for reproofs in their times, to pacify the wrath of the Lord's judgment, before it brake forth into fury, and to turn the heart of the father unto the son, and to restore the tribes of Jacob. +Sirach Sir 71 48 11 Blessed are they that saw thee, and slept in love; for we shall surely live. +Sirach Sir 71 48 12 Elias it was, who was covered with a whirlwind: and Eliseus was filled with his spirit: whilst he lived, he was not moved with the presence of any prince, neither could any bring him into subjection. +Sirach Sir 71 48 13 No word could overcome him; and after his death his body prophesied. +Sirach Sir 71 48 14 He did wonders in his life, and at his death were his works marvellous. +Sirach Sir 71 48 15 For all this the people repented not, neither departed they from their sins, till they were spoiled and carried out of their land, and were scattered through all the earth: yet there remained a small people, and a ruler in the house of David: +Sirach Sir 71 48 16 Of whom some did that which was pleasing to God, and some multiplied sins. +Sirach Sir 71 48 17 Ezekias fortified his city, and brought in water into the midst thereof: he digged the hard rock with iron, and made wells for waters. +Sirach Sir 71 48 18 In his time Sennacherib came up, and sent Rabsaces, and lifted up his hand against Sion, and boasted proudly. +Sirach Sir 71 48 19 Then trembled their hearts and hands, and they were in pain, as women in travail. +Sirach Sir 71 48 20 But they called upon the Lord which is merciful, and stretched out their hands toward him: and immediately the Holy One heard them out of heaven, and delivered them by the ministry of Esay. +Sirach Sir 71 48 21 He smote the host of the Assyrians, and his angel destroyed them. +Sirach Sir 71 48 22 For Ezekias had done the thing that pleased the Lord, and was strong in the ways of David his father, as Esay the prophet, who was great and faithful in his vision, had commanded him. +Sirach Sir 71 48 23 In his time the sun went backward, and he lengthened the king's life. +Sirach Sir 71 48 24 He saw by an excellent spirit what should come to pass at the last, and he comforted them that mourned in Sion. +Sirach Sir 71 48 25 He shewed what should come to pass for ever, and secret things or ever they came. +Sirach Sir 71 49 1 The remembrance of Josias is like the composition of the perfume that is made by the art of the apothecary: it is sweet as honey in all mouths, and as musick at a banquet of wine. +Sirach Sir 71 49 2 He behaved himself uprightly in the conversion of the people, and took away the abominations of iniquity. +Sirach Sir 71 49 3 He directed his heart unto the Lord, and in the time of the ungodly he established the worship of God. +Sirach Sir 71 49 4 All, except David and Ezekias and Josias, were defective: for they forsook the law of the most High, even the kings of Juda failed. +Sirach Sir 71 49 5 Therefore he gave their power unto others, and their glory to a strange nation. +Sirach Sir 71 49 6 They burnt the chosen city of the sanctuary, and made the streets desolate, according to the prophecy of Jeremias. +Sirach Sir 71 49 7 For they entreated him evil, who nevertheless was a prophet, sanctified in his mother's womb, that he might root out, and afflict, and destroy; and that he might build up also, and plant. +Sirach Sir 71 49 8 It was Ezekiel who saw the glorious vision, which was shewed him upon the chariot of the cherubims. +Sirach Sir 71 49 9 For he made mention of the enemies under the figure of the rain, and directed them that went right. +Sirach Sir 71 49 10 And of the twelve prophets let the memorial be blessed, and let their bones flourish again out of their place: for they comforted Jacob, and delivered them by assured hope. +Sirach Sir 71 49 11 How shall we magnify Zorobabel? even he was as a signet on the right hand: +Sirach Sir 71 49 12 So was Jesus the son of Josedec: who in their time builded the house, and set up an holy temple to the Lord, which was prepared for everlasting glory. +Sirach Sir 71 49 13 And among the elect was Neemias, whose renown is great, who raised up for us the walls that were fallen, and set up the gates and the bars, and raised up our ruins again. +Sirach Sir 71 49 14 But upon the earth was no man created like Enoch; for he was taken from the earth. +Sirach Sir 71 49 15 Neither was there a young man born like Joseph, a governor of his brethren, a stay of the people, whose bones were regarded of the Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 49 16 Sem and Seth were in great honour among men, and so was Adam above every living thing in creation. +Sirach Sir 71 50 1 Simon the high priest, the son of Onias, who in his life repaired the house again, and in his days fortified the temple: +Sirach Sir 71 50 2 And by him was built from the foundation the double height, the high fortress of the wall about the temple: +Sirach Sir 71 50 3 In his days the cistern to receive water, being in compass as the sea, was covered with plates of brass: +Sirach Sir 71 50 4 He took care of the temple that it should not fall, and fortified the city against besieging: +Sirach Sir 71 50 5 How was he honoured in the midst of the people in his coming out of the sanctuary! +Sirach Sir 71 50 6 He was as the morning star in the midst of a cloud, and as the moon at the full: +Sirach Sir 71 50 7 As the sun shining upon the temple of the most High, and as the rainbow giving light in the bright clouds: +Sirach Sir 71 50 8 And as the flower of roses in the spring of the year, as lilies by the rivers of waters, and as the branches of the frankincense tree in the time of summer: +Sirach Sir 71 50 9 As fire and incense in the censer, and as a vessel of beaten gold set with all manner of precious stones: +Sirach Sir 71 50 10 And as a fair olive tree budding forth fruit, and as a cypress tree which groweth up to the clouds. +Sirach Sir 71 50 11 When he put on the robe of honour, and was clothed with the perfection of glory, when he went up to the holy altar, he made the garment of holiness honourable. +Sirach Sir 71 50 12 When he took the portions out of the priests' hands, he himself stood by the hearth of the altar, compassed about, as a young cedar in Libanus; and as palm trees compassed they him round about. +Sirach Sir 71 50 13 So were all the sons of Aaron in their glory, and the oblations of the Lord in their hands, before all the congregation of Israel. +Sirach Sir 71 50 14 And finishing the service at the altar, that he might adorn the offering of the most high Almighty, +Sirach Sir 71 50 15 He stretched out his hand to the cup, and poured of the blood of the grape, he poured out at the foot of the altar a sweetsmelling savour unto the most high King of all. +Sirach Sir 71 50 16 Then shouted the sons of Aaron, and sounded the silver trumpets, and made a great noise to be heard, for a remembrance before the most High. +Sirach Sir 71 50 17 Then all the people together hasted, and fell down to the earth upon their faces to worship their Lord God Almighty, the most High. +Sirach Sir 71 50 18 The singers also sang praises with their voices, with great variety of sounds was there made sweet melody. +Sirach Sir 71 50 19 And the people besought the Lord, the most High, by prayer before him that is merciful, till the solemnity of the Lord was ended, and they had finished his service. +Sirach Sir 71 50 20 Then he went down, and lifted up his hands over the whole congregation of the children of Israel, to give the blessing of the Lord with his lips, and to rejoice in his name. +Sirach Sir 71 50 21 And they bowed themselves down to worship the second time, that they might receive a blessing from the most High. +Sirach Sir 71 50 22 Now therefore bless ye the God of all, which only doeth wondrous things every where, which exalteth our days from the womb, and dealeth with us according to his mercy. +Sirach Sir 71 50 23 He grant us joyfulness of heart, and that peace may be in our days in Israel for ever: +Sirach Sir 71 50 24 That he would confirm his mercy with us, and deliver us at his time! +Sirach Sir 71 50 25 There be two manner of nations which my heart abhorreth, and the third is no nation: +Sirach Sir 71 50 26 They that sit upon the mountain of Samaria, and they that dwell among the Philistines, and that foolish people that dwell in Sichem. +Sirach Sir 71 50 27 Jesus the son of Sirach of Jerusalem hath written in this book the instruction of understanding and knowledge, who out of his heart poured forth wisdom. +Sirach Sir 71 50 28 Blessed is he that shall be exercised in these things; and he that layeth them up in his heart shall become wise. +Sirach Sir 71 50 29 For if he do them, he shall be strong to all things: for the light of the Lord leadeth him, who giveth wisdom to the godly. Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever. Amen, Amen. +Sirach Sir 71 A Prayer of Jesus the son of Sirach. +Sirach Sir 71 51 1 I will thank thee, O Lord and King, and praise thee, O God my Saviour: I do give praise unto thy name: +Sirach Sir 71 51 2 For thou art my defender and helper, and has preserved my body from destruction, and from the snare of the slanderous tongue, and from the lips that forge lies, and has been mine helper against mine adversaries: +Sirach Sir 71 51 3 And hast delivered me, according to the multitude of they mercies and greatness of thy name, from the teeth of them that were ready to devour me, and out of the hands of such as sought after my life, and from the manifold afflictions which I had; +Sirach Sir 71 51 4 From the choking of fire on every side, and from the midst of the fire which I kindled not; +Sirach Sir 71 51 5 From the depth of the belly of hell, from an unclean tongue, and from lying words. +Sirach Sir 71 51 6 By an accusation to the king from an unrighteous tongue my soul drew near even unto death, my life was near to the hell beneath. +Sirach Sir 71 51 7 They compassed me on every side, and there was no man to help me: I looked for the succour of men, but there was none. +Sirach Sir 71 51 8 Then thought I upon thy mercy, O Lord, and upon thy acts of old, how thou deliverest such as wait for thee, and savest them out of the hands of the enemies. +Sirach Sir 71 51 9 Then lifted I up my supplications from the earth, and prayed for deliverance from death. +Sirach Sir 71 51 10 I called upon the Lord, the Father of my Lord, that he would not leave me in the days of my trouble, and in the time of the proud, when there was no help. +Sirach Sir 71 51 11 I will praise thy name continually, and will sing praises with thanksgiving; and so my prayer was heard: +Sirach Sir 71 51 12 For thou savedst me from destruction, and deliveredst me from the evil time: therefore will I give thanks, and praise thee, and bless they name, O Lord. +Sirach Sir 71 51 13 When I was yet young, or ever I went abroad, I desired wisdom openly in my prayer. +Sirach Sir 71 51 14 I prayed for her before the temple, and will seek her out even to the end. +Sirach Sir 71 51 15 Even from the flower till the grape was ripe hath my heart delighted in her: my foot went the right way, from my youth up sought I after her. +Sirach Sir 71 51 16 I bowed down mine ear a little, and received her, and gat much learning. +Sirach Sir 71 51 17 I profited therein, therefore will I ascribe glory unto him that giveth me wisdom. +Sirach Sir 71 51 18 For I purposed to do after her, and earnestly I followed that which is good; so shall I not be confounded. +Sirach Sir 71 51 19 My soul hath wrestled with her, and in my doings I was exact: I stretched forth my hands to the heaven above, and bewailed my ignorances of her. +Sirach Sir 71 51 20 I directed my soul unto her, and I found her in pureness: I have had my heart joined with her from the beginning, therefore shall I not be foresaken. +Sirach Sir 71 51 21 My heart was troubled in seeking her: therefore have I gotten a good possession. +Sirach Sir 71 51 22 The Lord hath given me a tongue for my reward, and I will praise him therewith. +Sirach Sir 71 51 23 Draw near unto me, ye unlearned, and dwell in the house of learning. +Sirach Sir 71 51 24 Wherefore are ye slow, and what say ye to these things, seeing your souls are very thirsty? +Sirach Sir 71 51 25 I opened my mouth, and said, Buy her for yourselves without money. +Sirach Sir 71 51 26 Put your neck under the yoke, and let your soul receive instruction: she is hard at hand to find. +Sirach Sir 71 51 27 Behold with your eyes, how that I have but little labour, and have gotten unto me much rest. +Sirach Sir 71 51 28 Get learning with a great sum of money, and get much gold by her. +Sirach Sir 71 51 29 Let your soul rejoice in his mercy, and be not ashamed of his praise. +Sirach Sir 71 51 30 Work your work betimes, and in his time he will give you your reward. +Baruch Bar 72 1 1 And these are the words of the book, which Baruch the son of Nerias, the son of Maasias, the son of Sedecias, the son of Asadias, the son of Chelcias, wrote in Babylon, +Baruch Bar 72 1 2 In the fifth year, and in the seventh day of the month, what time as the Chaldeans took Jerusalem, and burnt it with fire. +Baruch Bar 72 1 3 And Baruch did read the words of this book in the hearing of Jechonias the son of Joachim king of Juda, and in the ears of all the people that came to hear the book, +Baruch Bar 72 1 4 And in the hearing of the nobles, and of the king's sons, and in the hearing of the elders, and of all the people, from the lowest unto the highest, even of all them that dwelt at Babylon by the river Sud. +Baruch Bar 72 1 5 Whereupon they wept, fasted, and prayed before the Lord. +Baruch Bar 72 1 6 They made also a collection of money according to every man's power: +Baruch Bar 72 1 7 And they sent it to Jerusalem unto Joachim the high priest, the son of Chelcias, son of Salom, and to the priests, and to all the people which were found with him at Jerusalem, +Baruch Bar 72 1 8 At the same time when he received the vessels of the house of the Lord, that were carried out of the temple, to return them into the land of Juda, the tenth day of the month Sivan, namely, silver vessels, which Sedecias the son of Josias king of Jada had made, +Baruch Bar 72 1 9 After that Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon had carried away Jechonias, and the princes, and the captives, and the mighty men, and the people of the land, from Jerusalem, and brought them unto Babylon. +Baruch Bar 72 1 10 And they said, Behold, we have sent you money to buy you burnt offerings, and sin offerings, and incense, and prepare ye manna, and offer upon the altar of the Lord our God; +Baruch Bar 72 1 11 And pray for the life of Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon, and for the life of Balthasar his son, that their days may be upon earth as the days of heaven: +Baruch Bar 72 1 12 And the Lord will give us strength, and lighten our eyes, and we shall live under the shadow of Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon, and under the shadow of Balthasar his son, and we shall serve them many days, and find favour in their sight. +Baruch Bar 72 1 13 Pray for us also unto the Lord our God, for we have sinned against the Lord our God; and unto this day the fury of the Lord and his wrath is not turned from us. +Baruch Bar 72 1 14 And ye shall read this book which we have sent unto you, to make confession in the house of the Lord, upon the feasts and solemn days. +Baruch Bar 72 1 15 And ye shall say, To the Lord our God belongeth righteousness, but unto us the confusion of faces, as it is come to pass this day, unto them of Juda, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, +Baruch Bar 72 1 16 And to our kings, and to our princes, and to our priests, and to our prophets, and to our fathers: +Baruch Bar 72 1 17 For we have sinned before the Lord, +Baruch Bar 72 1 18 And disobeyed him, and have not hearkened unto the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in the commandments that he gave us openly: +Baruch Bar 72 1 19 Since the day that the Lord brought our forefathers out of the land of Egypt, unto this present day, we have been disobedient unto the Lord our God, and we have been negligent in not hearing his voice. +Baruch Bar 72 1 20 Wherefore the evils cleaved unto us, and the curse, which the Lord appointed by Moses his servant at the time that he brought our fathers out of the land of Egypt, to give us a land that floweth with milk and honey, like as it is to see this day. +Baruch Bar 72 1 21 Nevertheless we have not hearkened unto the voice of the Lord our God, according unto all the words of the prophets, whom he sent unto us: +Baruch Bar 72 1 22 But every man followed the imagination of his own wicked heart, to serve strange gods, and to do evil in the sight of the Lord our God. +Baruch Bar 72 2 1 Therefore the Lord hath made good his word, which he pronounced against us, and against our judges that judged Israel, and against our kings, and against our princes, and against the men of Israel and Juda, +Baruch Bar 72 2 2 To bring upon us great plagues, such as never happened under the whole heaven, as it came to pass in Jerusalem, according to the things that were written in the law of Moses; +Baruch Bar 72 2 3 That a man should eat the flesh of his own son, and the flesh of his own daughter. +Baruch Bar 72 2 4 Moreover he hath delivered them to be in subjection to all the kingdoms that are round about us, to be as a reproach and desolation among all the people round about, where the Lord hath scattered them. +Baruch Bar 72 2 5 Thus we were cast down, and not exalted, because we have sinned against the Lord our God, and have not been obedient unto his voice. +Baruch Bar 72 2 6 To the Lord our God appertaineth righteousness: but unto us and to our fathers open shame, as appeareth this day. +Baruch Bar 72 2 7 For all these plagues are come upon us, which the Lord hath pronounced against us +Baruch Bar 72 2 8 Yet have we not prayed before the Lord, that we might turn every one from the imaginations of his wicked heart. +Baruch Bar 72 2 9 Wherefore the Lord watched over us for evil, and the Lord hath brought it upon us: for the Lord is righteous in all his works which he hath commanded us. +Baruch Bar 72 2 10 Yet we have not hearkened unto his voice, to walk in the commandments of the Lord, that he hath set before us. +Baruch Bar 72 2 11 And now, O Lord God of Israel, that hast brought thy people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and high arm, and with signs, and with wonders, and with great power, and hast gotten thyself a name, as appeareth this day: +Baruch Bar 72 2 12 O Lord our God, we have sinned, we have done ungodly, we have dealt unrighteously in all thine ordinances. +Baruch Bar 72 2 13 Let thy wrath turn from us: for we are but a few left among the heathen, where thou hast scattered us. +Baruch Bar 72 2 14 Hear our prayers, O Lord, and our petitions, and deliver us for thine own sake, and give us favour in the sight of them which have led us away: +Baruch Bar 72 2 15 That all the earth may know that thou art the Lord our God, because Israel and his posterity is called by thy name. +Baruch Bar 72 2 16 O Lord, look down from thine holy house, and consider us: bow down thine ear, O Lord, to hear us. +Baruch Bar 72 2 17 Open thine eyes, and behold; for the dead that are in the graves, whose souls are taken from their bodies, will give unto the Lord neither praise nor righteousness: +Baruch Bar 72 2 18 But the soul that is greatly vexed, which goeth stooping and feeble, and the eyes that fail, and the hungry soul, will give thee praise and righteousness, O Lord. +Baruch Bar 72 2 19 Therefore we do not make our humble supplication before thee, O Lord our God, for the righteousness of our fathers, and of our kings. +Baruch Bar 72 2 20 For thou hast sent out thy wrath and indignation upon us, as thou hast spoken by thy servants the prophets, saying, +Baruch Bar 72 2 21 Thus saith the Lord, Bow down your shoulders to serve the king of Babylon: so shall ye remain in the land that I gave unto your fathers. +Baruch Bar 72 2 22 But if ye will not hear the voice of the Lord, to serve the king of Babylon, +Baruch Bar 72 2 23 I will cause to cease out of the cites of Judah, and from without Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of joy, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: and the whole land shall be desolate of inhabitants. +Baruch Bar 72 2 24 But we would not hearken unto thy voice, to serve the king of Babylon: therefore hast thou made good the words that thou spakest by thy servants the prophets, namely, that the bones of our kings, and the bones of our fathers, should be taken out of their place. +Baruch Bar 72 2 25 And, lo, they are cast out to the heat of the day, and to the frost of the night, and they died in great miseries by famine, by sword, and by pestilence. +Baruch Bar 72 2 26 And the house which is called by thy name hast thou laid waste, as it is to be seen this day, for the wickedness of the house of Israel and the house of Juda. +Baruch Bar 72 2 27 O Lord our God, thou hast dealt with us after all thy goodness, and according to all that great mercy of thine, +Baruch Bar 72 2 28 As thou spakest by thy servant Moses in the day when thou didst command him to write the law before the children of Israel, saying, +Baruch Bar 72 2 29 If ye will not hear my voice, surely this very great multitude shall be turned into a small number among the nations, where I will scatter them. +Baruch Bar 72 2 30 For I knew that they would not hear me, because it is a stiffnecked people: but in the land of their captivities they shall remember themselves. +Baruch Bar 72 2 31 And shall know that I am the Lord their God: for I will give them an heart, and ears to hear: +Baruch Bar 72 2 32 And they shall praise me in the land of their captivity, and think upon my name, +Baruch Bar 72 2 33 And return from their stiff neck, and from their wicked deeds: for they shall remember the way of their fathers, which sinned before the Lord. +Baruch Bar 72 2 34 And I will bring them again into the land which I promised with an oath unto their fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and they shall be lords of it: and I will increase them, and they shall not be diminished. +Baruch Bar 72 2 35 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them to be their God, and they shall be my people: and I will no more drive my people of Israel out of the land that I have given them. +Baruch Bar 72 3 1 O Lord Almighty, God of Israel, the soul in anguish the troubled spirit, crieth unto thee. +Baruch Bar 72 3 2 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy; ar thou art merciful: and have pity upon us, because we have sinned before thee. +Baruch Bar 72 3 3 For thou endurest for ever, and we perish utterly. +Baruch Bar 72 3 4 O Lord Almighty, thou God of Israel, hear now the prayers of the dead Israelites, and of their children, which have sinned before thee, and not hearkened unto the voice of thee their God: for the which cause these plagues cleave unto us. +Baruch Bar 72 3 5 Remember not the iniquities of our forefathers: but think upon thy power and thy name now at this time. +Baruch Bar 72 3 6 For thou art the Lord our God, and thee, O Lord, will we praise. +Baruch Bar 72 3 7 And for this cause thou hast put thy fear in our hearts, to the intent that we should call upon thy name, and praise thee in our captivity: for we have called to mind all the iniquity of our forefathers, that sinned before thee. +Baruch Bar 72 3 8 Behold, we are yet this day in our captivity, where thou hast scattered us, for a reproach and a curse, and to be subject to payments, according to all the iniquities of our fathers, which departed from the Lord our God. +Baruch Bar 72 3 9 Hear, Israel, the commandments of life: give ear to understand wisdom. +Baruch Bar 72 3 10 How happeneth it Israel, that thou art in thine enemies' land, that thou art waxen old in a strange country, that thou art defiled with the dead, +Baruch Bar 72 3 11 That thou art counted with them that go down into the grave? +Baruch Bar 72 3 12 Thou hast forsaken the fountain of wisdom. +Baruch Bar 72 3 13 For if thou hadst walked in the way of God, thou shouldest have dwelled in peace for ever. +Baruch Bar 72 3 14 Learn where is wisdom, where is strength, where is understanding; that thou mayest know also where is length of days, and life, where is the light of the eyes, and peace. +Baruch Bar 72 3 15 Who hath found out her place? or who hath come into her treasures ? +Baruch Bar 72 3 16 Where are the princes of the heathen become, and such as ruled the beasts upon the earth; +Baruch Bar 72 3 17 They that had their pastime with the fowls of the air, and they that hoarded up silver and gold, wherein men trust, and made no end of their getting? +Baruch Bar 72 3 18 For they that wrought in silver, and were so careful, and whose works are unsearchable, +Baruch Bar 72 3 19 They are vanished and gone down to the grave, and others are come up in their steads. +Baruch Bar 72 3 20 Young men have seen light, and dwelt upon the earth: but the way of knowledge have they not known, +Baruch Bar 72 3 21 Nor understood the paths thereof, nor laid hold of it: their children were far off from that way. +Baruch Bar 72 3 22 It hath not been heard of in Chanaan, neither hath it been seen in Theman. +Baruch Bar 72 3 23 The Agarenes that seek wisdom upon earth, the merchants of Meran and of Theman, the authors of fables, and searchers out of understanding; none of these have known the way of wisdom, or remember her paths. +Baruch Bar 72 3 24 O Israel, how great is the house of God! and how large is the place of his possession! +Baruch Bar 72 3 25 Great, and hath none end; high, and unmeasurable. +Baruch Bar 72 3 26 There were the giants famous from the beginning, that were of so great stature, and so expert in war. +Baruch Bar 72 3 27 Those did not the Lord choose, neither gave he the way of knowledge unto them: +Baruch Bar 72 3 28 But they were destroyed, because they had no wisdom, and perished through their own foolishness. +Baruch Bar 72 3 29 Who hath gone up into heaven, and taken her, and brought her down from the clouds? +Baruch Bar 72 3 30 Who hath gone over the sea, and found her, and will bring her for pure gold? +Baruch Bar 72 3 31 No man knoweth her way, nor thinketh of her path. +Baruch Bar 72 3 32 But he that knoweth all things knoweth her, and hath found her out with his understanding: he that prepared the earth for evermore hath filled it with fourfooted beasts: +Baruch Bar 72 3 33 He that sendeth forth light, and it goeth, calleth it again, and it obeyeth him with fear. +Baruch Bar 72 3 34 The stars shined in their watches, and rejoiced: when he calleth them, they say, Here we be; and so with cheerfulness they shewed light unto him that made them. +Baruch Bar 72 3 35 This is our God, and there shall none other be accounted of in comparison of him +Baruch Bar 72 3 36 He hath found out all the way of knowledge, and hath given it unto Jacob his servant, and to Israel his beloved. +Baruch Bar 72 3 37 Afterward did he shew himself upon earth, and conversed with men. +Baruch Bar 72 4 1 This is the book of the commandments of God, and the law that endureth for ever: all they that keep it shall come to life; but such as leave it shall die. +Baruch Bar 72 4 2 Turn thee, O Jacob, and take hold of it: walk in the presence of the light thereof, that thou mayest be illuminated. +Baruch Bar 72 4 3 Give not thine honour to another, nor the things that are profitable unto thee to a strange nation. +Baruch Bar 72 4 4 O Israel, happy are we: for things that are pleasing to God are made known unto us. +Baruch Bar 72 4 5 Be of good cheer, my people, the memorial of Israel. +Baruch Bar 72 4 6 Ye were sold to the nations, not for [your] destruction: but because ye moved God to wrath, ye were delivered unto the enemies. +Baruch Bar 72 4 7 For ye provoked him that made you by sacrificing unto devils, and not to God. +Baruch Bar 72 4 8 Ye have forgotten the everlasting God, that brought you up; and ye have grieved Jerusalem, that nursed you. +Baruch Bar 72 4 9 For when she saw the wrath of God coming upon you, she said, Hearken, O ye that dwell about Sion: God hath brought upon me great mourning; +Baruch Bar 72 4 10 For I saw the captivity of my sons and daughters, which the Everlasting brought upon them. +Baruch Bar 72 4 11 With joy did I nourish them; but sent them away with weeping and mourning. +Baruch Bar 72 4 12 Let no man rejoice over me, a widow, and forsaken of many, who for the sins of my children am left desolate; because they departed from the law of God. +Baruch Bar 72 4 13 They knew not his statutes, nor walked in the ways of his commandments, nor trod in the paths of discipline in his righteousness. +Baruch Bar 72 4 14 Let them that dwell about Sion come, and remember ye the captivity of my sons and daughters, which the Everlasting hath brought upon them. +Baruch Bar 72 4 15 For he hath brought a nation upon them from far, a shameless nation, and of a strange language, who neither reverenced old man, nor pitied child. +Baruch Bar 72 4 16 These have carried away the dear beloved children of the widow, and left her that was alone desolate without daughters. +Baruch Bar 72 4 17 But what can I help you? +Baruch Bar 72 4 18 For he that brought these plagues upon you will deliver you from the hands of your enemies. +Baruch Bar 72 4 19 Go your way, O my children, go your way: for I am left desolate. +Baruch Bar 72 4 20 I have put off the clothing of peace, and put upon me the sackcloth of my prayer: I will cry unto the Everlasting in my days. +Baruch Bar 72 4 21 Be of good cheer, O my children, cry unto the Lord, and he will deliver you from the power and hand of the enemies. +Baruch Bar 72 4 22 For my hope is in the Everlasting, that he will save you; and joy is come unto me from the Holy One, because of the mercy which shall soon come unto you from the Everlasting our Saviour. +Baruch Bar 72 4 23 For I sent you out with mourning and weeping: but God will give you to me again with joy and gladness for ever. +Baruch Bar 72 4 24 Like as now the neighbours of Sion have seen your captivity: so shall they see shortly your salvation from our God which shall come upon you with great glory, and brightness of the Everlasting. +Baruch Bar 72 4 25 My children, suffer patiently the wrath that is come upon you from God: for thine enemy hath persecuted thee; but shortly thou shalt see his destruction, and shalt tread upon his neck. +Baruch Bar 72 4 26 My delicate ones have gone rough ways, and were taken away as a flock caught of the enemies. +Baruch Bar 72 4 27 Be of good comfort, O my children, and cry unto God: for ye shall be remembered of him that brought these things upon you. +Baruch Bar 72 4 28 For as it was your mind to go astray from God: so, being returned, seek him ten times more. +Baruch Bar 72 4 29 For he that hath brought these plagues upon you shall bring you everlasting joy with your salvation. +Baruch Bar 72 4 30 Take a good heart, O Jerusalem: for he that gave thee that name will comfort thee. +Baruch Bar 72 4 31 Miserable are they that afflicted thee, and rejoiced at thy fall. +Baruch Bar 72 4 32 Miserable are the cities which thy children served: miserable is she that received thy sons. +Baruch Bar 72 4 33 For as she rejoiced at thy ruin, and was glad of thy fall: so shall she be grieved for her own desolation. +Baruch Bar 72 4 34 For I will take away the rejoicing of her great multitude, and her pride shall be turned into mourning. +Baruch Bar 72 4 35 For fire shall come upon her from the Everlasting, long to endure; and she shall be inhabited of devils for a great time. +Baruch Bar 72 4 36 O Jerusalem, look about thee toward the east, and behold the joy that cometh unto thee from God. +Baruch Bar 72 4 37 Lo, thy sons come, whom thou sentest away, they come gathered together from the east to the west by the word of the Holy One, rejoicing in the glory of God. +Baruch Bar 72 5 1 Put off, O Jerusalem, the garment of mourning and affliction, and put on the comeliness of the glory that cometh from God for ever. +Baruch Bar 72 5 2 Cast about thee a double garment of the righteousness which cometh from God; and set a diadem on thine head of the glory of the Everlasting. +Baruch Bar 72 5 3 For God will shew thy brightness unto every country under heaven. +Baruch Bar 72 5 4 For thy name shall be called of God for ever The peace of righteousness, and The glory of God's worship. +Baruch Bar 72 5 5 Arise, O Jerusalem, and stand on high, and look about toward the east, and behold thy children gathered from the west unto the east by the word of the Holy One, rejoicing in the remembrance of God. +Baruch Bar 72 5 6 For they departed from thee on foot, and were led away of their enemies: but God bringeth them unto thee exalted with glory, as children of the kingdom. +Baruch Bar 72 5 7 For God hath appointed that every high hill, and banks of long continuance, should be cast down, and valleys filled up, to make even the ground, that Israel may go safely in the glory of God, +Baruch Bar 72 5 8 Moreover even the woods and every sweetsmelling tree shall overshadow Israel by the commandment of God. +Baruch Bar 72 5 9 For God shall lead Israel with joy in the light of his glory with the mercy and righteousness that cometh from him. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 1 And they walked in the midst of the fire, praising God, and blessing the Lord. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 2 Then Azarias stood up, and prayed on this manner; and opening his mouth in the midst of the fire said, +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 3 Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers: thy name is worthy to be praised and glorified for evermore: +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 4 For thou art righteous in all the things that thou hast done to us: yea, true are all thy works, thy ways are right, and all thy judgments truth. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 5 In all the things that thou hast brought upon us, and upon the holy city of our fathers, even Jerusalem, thou hast executed true judgment: for according to truth and judgment didst thou bring all these things upon us because of our sins. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 6 For we have sinned and committed iniquity, departing from thee. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 7 In all things have we trespassed, and not obeyed thy commandments, nor kept them, neither done as thou hast commanded us, that it might go well with us. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 8 Wherefore all that thou hast brought upon us, and every thing that thou hast done to us, thou hast done in true judgment. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 9 And thou didst deliver us into the hands of lawless enemies, most hateful forsakers of God, and to an unjust king, and the most wicked in all the world. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 10 And now we cannot open our mouths, we are become a shame and reproach to thy servants; and to them that worship thee. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 11 Yet deliver us not up wholly, for thy name's sake, neither disannul thou thy covenant: +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 12 And cause not thy mercy to depart from us, for thy beloved Abraham's sake, for thy servant Issac's sake, and for thy holy Israel's sake; +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 13 To whom thou hast spoken and promised, that thou wouldest multiply their seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand that lieth upon the seashore. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 14 For we, O Lord, are become less than any nation, and be kept under this day in all the world because of our sins. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 15 Neither is there at this time prince, or prophet, or leader, or burnt offering, or sacrifice, or oblation, or incense, or place to sacrifice before thee, and to find mercy. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 16 Nevertheless in a contrite heart and an humble spirit let us be accepted. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 17 Like as in the burnt offerings of rams and bullocks, and like as in ten thousands of fat lambs: so let our sacrifice be in thy sight this day, and grant that we may wholly go after thee: for they shall not be confounded that put their trust in thee. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 18 And now we follow thee with all our heart, we fear thee, and seek thy face. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 19 Put us not to shame: but deal with us after thy lovingkindness, and according to the multitude of thy mercies. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 20 Deliver us also according to thy marvellous works, and give glory to thy name, O Lord: and let all them that do thy servants hurt be ashamed; +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 21 And let them be confounded in all their power and might, and let their strength be broken; +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 22 And let them know that thou art God, the only God, and glorious over the whole world. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 23 And the king's servants, that put them in, ceased not to make the oven hot with rosin, pitch, tow, and small wood; +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 24 So that the flame streamed forth above the furnace forty and nine cubits. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 25 And it passed through, and burned those Chaldeans it found about the furnace. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 26 But the angel of the Lord came down into the oven together with Azarias and his fellows, and smote the flame of the fire out of the oven; +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 27 And made the midst of the furnace as it had been a moist whistling wind, so that the fire touched them not at all, neither hurt nor troubled them. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 28 Then the three, as out of one mouth, praised, glorified, and blessed, God in the furnace, saying, +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 29 Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers: and to be praised and exalted above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 30 And blessed is thy glorious and holy name: and to be praised and exalted above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 31 Blessed art thou in the temple of thine holy glory: and to be praised and glorified above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 32 Blessed art thou that beholdest the depths, and sittest upon the cherubims: and to be praised and exalted above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 33 Blessed art thou on the glorious throne of thy kingdom: and to be praised and glorified above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 34 Blessed art thou in the firmament of heaven: and above all to be praised and glorified for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 35 O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord : praise and exalt him above all for ever, +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 36 O ye heavens, bless ye the Lord : praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 37 O ye angels of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 38 O all ye waters that be above the heaven, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 39 O all ye powers of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 40 O ye sun and moon, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 41 O ye stars of heaven, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 42 O every shower and dew, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 43 O all ye winds, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever, +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 44 O ye fire and heat, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 45 O ye winter and summer, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 46 0 ye dews and storms of snow, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 47 O ye nights and days, bless ye the Lord: bless and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 48 O ye light and darkness, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 49 O ye ice and cold, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 50 O ye frost and snow, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 51 O ye lightnings and clouds, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 52 O let the earth bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 53 O ye mountains and little hills, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 54 O all ye things that grow in the earth, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 55 O ye mountains, bless ye the Lord: Praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 56 O ye seas and rivers, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 57 O ye whales, and all that move in the waters, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 58 O all ye fowls of the air, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 59 O all ye beasts and cattle, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 60 O ye children of men, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 61 O Israel, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 62 O ye priests of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 63 O ye servants of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 64 O ye spirits and souls of the righteous, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 65 O ye holy and humble men of heart, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 66 O Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever: far he hath delivered us from hell, and saved us from the hand of death, and delivered us out of the midst of the furnace and burning flame: even out of the midst of the fire hath he delivered us. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 67 O give thanks unto the Lord, because he is gracious: for his mercy endureth for ever. +Prayer of Azariah Azar 73 1 68 O all ye that worship the Lord, bless the God of gods, praise him, and give him thanks: for his mercy endureth for ever. +Susanna Sus 74 1 1 There dwelt a man in Babylon, called Joacim: +Susanna Sus 74 1 2 And he took a wife, whose name was Susanna, the daughter of Chelcias, a very fair woman, and one that feared the Lord. +Susanna Sus 74 1 3 Her parents also were righteous, and taught their daughter according to the law of Moses. +Susanna Sus 74 1 4 Now Joacim was a great rich man, and had a fair garden joining unto his house: and to him resorted the Jews; because he was more honourable than all others. +Susanna Sus 74 1 5 The same year were appointed two of the ancients of the people to be judges, such as the Lord spake of, that wickedness came from Babylon from ancient judges, who seemed to govern the people. +Susanna Sus 74 1 6 These kept much at Joacim's house: and all that had any suits in law came unto them. +Susanna Sus 74 1 7 Now when the people departed away at noon, Susanna went into her husband's garden to walk. +Susanna Sus 74 1 8 And the two elders saw her going in every day, and walking; so that their lust was inflamed toward her. +Susanna Sus 74 1 9 And they perverted their own mind, and turned away their eyes, that they might not look unto heaven, nor remember just judgments. +Susanna Sus 74 1 10 And albeit they both were wounded with her love, yet durst not one shew another his grief. +Susanna Sus 74 1 11 For they were ashamed to declare their lust, that they desired to have to do with her. +Susanna Sus 74 1 12 Yet they watched diligently from day to day to see her. +Susanna Sus 74 1 13 And the one said to the other, Let us now go home: for it is dinner time. +Susanna Sus 74 1 14 So when they were gone out, they parted the one from the other, and turning back again they came to the same place; and after that they had asked one another the cause, they acknowledged their lust: then appointed they a time both together, when they might find her alone. +Susanna Sus 74 1 15 And it fell out, as they watched a fit time, she went in as before with two maids only, and she was desirous to wash herself in the garden: for it was hot. +Susanna Sus 74 1 16 And there was no body there save the two elders, that had hid themselves, and watched her. +Susanna Sus 74 1 17 Then she said to her maids, Bring me oil and washing balls, and shut the garden doors, that I may wash me. +Susanna Sus 74 1 18 And they did as she bade them, and shut the garden doors, and went out themselves at privy doors to fetch the things that she had commanded them: but they saw not the elders, because they were hid. +Susanna Sus 74 1 19 Now when the maids were gone forth, the two elders rose up, and ran unto her, saying, +Susanna Sus 74 1 20 Behold, the garden doors are shut, that no man can see us, and we are in love with thee; therefore consent unto us, and lie with us. +Susanna Sus 74 1 21 If thou wilt not, we will bear witness against thee, that a young man was with thee: and therefore thou didst send away thy maids from thee. +Susanna Sus 74 1 22 Then Susanna sighed, and said, I am straitened on every side: for if I do this thing, it is death unto me: and if I do it not I cannot escape your hands. +Susanna Sus 74 1 23 It is better for me to fall into your hands, and not do it, than to sin in the sight of the Lord. +Susanna Sus 74 1 24 With that Susanna cried with a loud voice: and the two elders cried out against her. +Susanna Sus 74 1 25 Then ran the one, and opened the garden door. +Susanna Sus 74 1 26 So when the servants of the house heard the cry in the garden, they rushed in at the privy door, to see what was done unto her. +Susanna Sus 74 1 27 But when the elders had declared their matter, the servants were greatly ashamed: for there was never such a report made of Susanna. +Susanna Sus 74 1 28 And it came to pass the next day, when the people were assembled to her husband Joacim, the two elders came also full of mischievous imagination against Susanna to put her to death; +Susanna Sus 74 1 29 And said before the people, Send for Susanna, the daughter of Chelcias, Joacim's wife. And so they sent. +Susanna Sus 74 1 30 So she came with her father and mother, her children, and all her kindred. +Susanna Sus 74 1 31 Now Susanna was a very delicate woman, and beauteous to behold. +Susanna Sus 74 1 32 And these wicked men commanded to uncover her face, (for she was covered) that they might be filled with her beauty. +Susanna Sus 74 1 33 Therefore her friends and all that saw her wept. +Susanna Sus 74 1 34 Then the two elders stood up in the midst of the people, and laid their hands upon her head. +Susanna Sus 74 1 35 And she weeping looked up toward heaven: for her heart trusted in the Lord. +Susanna Sus 74 1 36 And the elders said, As we walked in the garden alone, this woman came in with two maids, and shut the garden doors, and sent the maids away. +Susanna Sus 74 1 37 Then a young man, who there was hid, came unto her, and lay with her. +Susanna Sus 74 1 38 Then we that stood in a corner of the garden, seeing this wickedness, ran unto them. +Susanna Sus 74 1 39 And when we saw them together, the man we could not hold: for he was stronger than we, and opened the door, and leaped out. +Susanna Sus 74 1 40 But having taken this woman, we asked who the young man was, but she would not tell us: these things do we testify. +Susanna Sus 74 1 41 Then the assembly believed them as those that were the elders and judges of the people: so they condemned her to death. +Susanna Sus 74 1 42 Then Susanna cried out with a loud voice, and said, O everlasting God, that knowest the secrets, and knowest all things before they be: +Susanna Sus 74 1 43 Thou knowest that they have borne false witness against me, and, behold, I must die; whereas I never did such things as these men have maliciously invented against me. +Susanna Sus 74 1 44 And the Lord heard her voice. +Susanna Sus 74 1 45 Therefore when she was led to be put to death, the Lord raised up the holy spirit of a young youth whose name was Daniel: +Susanna Sus 74 1 46 Who cried with a loud voice, I am clear from the blood of this woman. +Susanna Sus 74 1 47 Then all the people turned them toward him, and said, What mean these words that thou hast spoken? +Susanna Sus 74 1 48 So he standing in the midst of them said, Are ye such fools, ye sons of Israel, that without examination or knowledge of the truth ye have condemned a daughter of Israel? +Susanna Sus 74 1 49 Return again to the place of judgment: for they have borne false witness against her. +Susanna Sus 74 1 50 Wherefore all the people turned again in haste, and the elders said unto him, Come, sit down among us, and shew it us, seeing God hath given thee the honour of an elder. +Susanna Sus 74 1 51 Then said Daniel unto them, Put these two aside one far from another, and I will examine them. +Susanna Sus 74 1 52 So when they were put asunder one from another, he called one of them, and said unto him, O thou that art waxen old in wickedness, now thy sins which thou hast committed aforetime are come to light. +Susanna Sus 74 1 53 For thou hast pronounced false judgment and hast condemned the innocent and hast let the guilty go free; albeit the Lord saith, The innocent and righteous shalt thou not slay. +Susanna Sus 74 1 54 Now then, if thou hast seen her, tell me, Under what tree sawest thou them companying together? Who answered, Under a mastick tree. +Susanna Sus 74 1 55 And Daniel said, Very well; thou hast lied against thine own head; for even now the angel of God hath received the sentence of God to cut thee in two. +Susanna Sus 74 1 56 So he put him aside, and commanded to bring the other, and said unto him, O thou seed of Chanaan, and not of Juda, beauty hath deceived thee, and lust hath perverted thine heart. +Susanna Sus 74 1 57 Thus have ye dealt with the daughters of Israel, and they for fear companied with you: but the daughter of Juda would not abide your wickedness. +Susanna Sus 74 1 58 Now therefore tell me, Under what tree didst thou take them companying together? Who answered, Under an holm tree. +Susanna Sus 74 1 59 Then said Daniel unto him, Well; thou hast also lied against thine own head: for the angel of God waiteth with the sword to cut thee in two, that he may destroy you. +Susanna Sus 74 1 60 With that all the assembly cried out with a loud voice, and praised God, who saveth them that trust in him. +Susanna Sus 74 1 61 And they arose against the two elders, for Daniel had convicted them of false witness by their own mouth: +Susanna Sus 74 1 62 And according to the law of Moses they did unto them in such sort as they maliciously intended to do to their neighbour: and they put them to death. Thus the innocent blood was saved the same day. +Susanna Sus 74 1 63 Therefore Chelcias and his wife praised God for their daughter Susanna, with Joacim her husband, and all the kindred, because there was no dishonesty found in her. +Susanna Sus 74 1 64 From that day forth was Daniel had in great reputation in the sight of the people. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 1 And king Astyages was gathered to his fathers, and Cyrus of Persia received his kingdom. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 2 And Daniel conversed with the king, and was honoured above all his friends. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 3 Now the Babylons had an idol, called Bel, and there were spent upon him every day twelve great measures of fine flour, and forty sheep, and six vessels of wine. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 4 And the king worshipped it and went daily to adore it: but Daniel worshipped his own God. And the king said unto him, Why dost not thou worship Bel? +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 5 Who answered and said, Because I may not worship idols made with hands, but the living God, who hath created the heaven and the earth, and hath sovereignty over all flesh. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 6 Then said the king unto him, Thinkest thou not that Bel is a living God? seest thou not how much he eateth and drinketh every day? +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 7 Then Daniel smiled, and said, O king, be not deceived: for this is but clay within, and brass without, and did never eat or drink any thing. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 8 So the king was wroth, and called for his priests, and said unto them, If ye tell me not who this is that devoureth these expences, ye shall die. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 9 But if ye can certify me that Bel devoureth them, then Daniel shall die: for he hath spoken blasphemy against Bel. And Daniel said unto the king, Let it be according to thy word. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 10 Now the priests of Bel were threescore and ten, beside their wives and children. And the king went with Daniel into the temple of Bel. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 11 So Bel's priests said, Lo, we go out: but thou, O king, set on the meat, and make ready the wine, and shut the door fast and seal it with thine own signet; +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 12 And to morrow when thou comest in, if thou findest not that Bel hath eaten up all, we will suffer death: or else Daniel, that speaketh falsely against us. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 13 And they little regarded it: for under the table they had made a privy entrance, whereby they entered in continually, and consumed those things. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 14 So when they were gone forth, the king set meats before Bel. Now Daniel had commanded his servants to bring ashes, and those they strewed throughout all the temple in the presence of the king alone: then went they out, and shut the door, and sealed it with the king's signet, and so departed. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 15 Now in the night came the priests with their wives and children, as they were wont to do, and did eat and drink up all. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 16 In the morning betime the king arose, and Daniel with him. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 17 And the king said, Daniel, are the seals whole? And he said, Yea, O king, they be whole. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 18 And as soon as he had opened the dour, the king looked upon the table, and cried with a loud voice, Great art thou, O Bel, and with thee is no deceit at all. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 19 Then laughed Daniel, and held the king that he should not go in, and said, Behold now the pavement, and mark well whose footsteps are these. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 20 And the king said, I see the footsteps of men, women, and children. And then the king was angry, +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 21 And took the priests with their wives and children, who shewed him the privy doors, where they came in, and consumed such things as were upon the table. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 22 Therefore the king slew them, and delivered Bel into Daniel's power, who destroyed him and his temple. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 23 And in that same place there was a great dragon, which they of Babylon worshipped. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 24 And the king said unto Daniel, Wilt thou also say that this is of brass? lo, he liveth, he eateth and drinketh; thou canst not say that he is no living god: therefore worship him. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 25 Then said Daniel unto the king, I will worship the Lord my God: for he is the living God. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 26 But give me leave, O king, and I shall slay this dragon without sword or staff. The king said, I give thee leave. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 27 Then Daniel took pitch, and fat, and hair, and did seethe them together, and made lumps thereof: this he put in the dragon's mouth, and so the dragon burst in sunder : and Daniel said, Lo, these are the gods ye worship. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 28 When they of Babylon heard that, they took great indignation, and conspired against the king, saying, The king is become a Jew, and he hath destroyed Bel, he hath slain the dragon, and put the priests to death. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 29 So they came to the king, and said, Deliver us Daniel, or else we will destroy thee and thine house. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 30 Now when the king saw that they pressed him sore, being constrained, he delivered Daniel unto them: +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 31 Who cast him into the lions' den: where he was six days. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 32 And in the den there were seven lions, and they had given them every day two carcases, and two sheep: which then were not given to them, to the intent they might devour Daniel. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 33 Now there was in Jewry a prophet, called Habbacuc, who had made pottage, and had broken bread in a bowl, and was going into the field, for to bring it to the reapers. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 34 But the angel of the Lord said unto Habbacuc, Go, carry the dinner that thou hast into Babylon unto Daniel, who is in the lions' den. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 35 And Habbacuc said, Lord, I never saw Babylon; neither do I know where the den is. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 36 Then the angel of the Lord took him by the crown, and bare him by the hair of his head, and through the vehemency of his spirit set him in Babylon over the den. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 37 And Habbacuc cried, saying, O Daniel, Daniel, take the dinner which God hath sent thee. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 38 And Daniel said, Thou hast remembered me, O God: neither hast thou forsaken them that seek thee and love thee. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 39 So Daniel arose, and did eat: and the angel of the Lord set Habbacuc in his own place again immediately. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 40 Upon the seventh day the king went to bewail Daniel: and when he came to the den, he looked in, and behold, Daniel was sitting. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 41 Then cried the king with a loud voice, saying, Great art Lord God of Daniel, and there is none other beside thee. +Bel and the Dragon Bel 75 1 42 And he drew him out, and cast those that were the cause of his destruction into the den: and they were devoured in a moment before his face. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 1 And it happened, after that Alexander son of Philip, the Macedonian, who came out of the land of Chettiim, had smitten Darius king of the Persians and Medes, that he reigned in his stead, the first over Greece, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 2 And made many wars, and won many strong holds, and slew the kings of the earth, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 3 And went through to the ends of the earth, and took spoils of many nations, insomuch that the earth was quiet before him; whereupon he was exalted and his heart was lifted up. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 4 And he gathered a mighty strong host and ruled over countries, and nations, and kings, who became tributaries unto him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 5 And after these things he fell sick, and perceived that he should die. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 6 Wherefore he called his servants, such as were honourable, and had been brought up with him from his youth, and parted his kingdom among them, while he was yet alive. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 7 So Alexander reigned twelves years, and then died. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 8 And his servants bare rule every one in his place. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 9 And after his death they all put crowns upon themselves; so did their sons after them many years: and evils were multiplied in the earth. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 10 And there came out of them a wicked root Antiochus surnamed Epiphanes, son of Antiochus the king, who had been an hostage at Rome, and he reigned in the hundred and thirty and seventh year of the kingdom of the Greeks. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 11 In those days went there out of Israel wicked men, who persuaded many, saying, Let us go and make a covenant with the heathen that are round about us: for since we departed from them we have had much sorrow. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 12 So this device pleased them well. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 13 Then certain of the people were so forward herein, that they went to the king, who gave them licence to do after the ordinances of the heathen: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 14 Whereupon they built a place of exercise at Jerusalem according to the customs of the heathen: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 15 And made themselves uncircumcised, and forsook the holy covenant, and joined themselves to the heathen, and were sold to do mischief. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 16 Now when the kingdom was established before Antiochus, he thought to reign over Egypt that he might have the dominion of two realms. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 17 Wherefore he entered into Egypt with a great multitude, with chariots, and elephants, and horsemen, and a great navy, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 18 And made war against Ptolemee king of Egypt: but Ptolemee was afraid of him, and fled; and many were wounded to death. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 19 Thus they got the strong cities in the land of Egypt and he took the spoils thereof. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 20 And after that Antiochus had smitten Egypt, he returned again in the hundred forty and third year, and went up against Israel and Jerusalem with a great multitude, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 21 And entered proudly into the sanctuary, and took away the golden altar, and the candlestick of light, and all the vessels thereof, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 22 And the table of the shewbread, and the pouring vessels, and the vials. and the censers of gold, and the veil, and the crown, and the golden ornaments that were before the temple, all which he pulled off. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 23 He took also the silver and the gold, and the precious vessels: also he took the hidden treasures which he found. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 24 And when he had taken all away, he went into his own land, having made a great massacre, and spoken very proudly. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 25 Therefore there was a great mourning in Israel, in every place where they were; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 26 So that the princes and elders mourned, the virgins and young men were made feeble, and the beauty of women was changed. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 27 Every bridegroom took up lamentation, and she that sat in the marriage chamber was in heaviness, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 28 The land also was moved for the inhabitants thereof, and all the house of Jacob was covered with confusion. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 29 And after two years fully expired the king sent his chief collector of tribute unto the cities of Juda, who came unto Jerusalem with a great multitude, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 30 And spake peaceable words unto them, but all was deceit: for when they had given him credence, he fell suddenly upon the city, and smote it very sore, and destroyed much people of Israel. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 31 And when he had taken the spoils of the city, he set it on fire, and pulled down the houses and walls thereof on every side. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 32 But the women and children took they captive, and possessed the cattle. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 33 Then builded they the city of David with a great and strong wall, and with mighty towers, and made it a strong hold for them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 34 And they put therein a sinful nation, wicked men, and fortified themselves therein. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 35 They stored it also with armour and victuals, and when they had gathered together the spoils of Jerusalem, they laid them up there, and so they became a sore snare: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 36 For it was a place to lie in wait against the sanctuary, and an evil adversary to Israel. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 37 Thus they shed innocent blood on every side of the sanctuary, and defiled it: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 38 Insomuch that the inhabitants of Jerusalem fled because of them: whereupon the city was made an habitation of strangers, and became strange to those that were born in her; and her own children left her. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 39 Her sanctuary was laid waste like a wilderness, her feasts were turned into mourning, her sabbaths into reproach her honour into contempt. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 40 As had been her glory, so was her dishonour increased, and her excellency was turned into mourning. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 41 Moreover king Antiochus wrote to his whole kingdom, that all should be one people, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 42 And every one should leave his laws: so all the heathen agreed according to the commandment of the king. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 43 Yea, many also of the Israelites consented to his religion, and sacrificed unto idols, and profaned the sabbath. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 44 For the king had sent letters by messengers unto Jerusalem and the cities of Juda that they should follow the strange laws of the land, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 45 And forbid burnt offerings, and sacrifice, and drink offerings, in the temple; and that they should profane the sabbaths and festival days: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 46 And pollute the sanctuary and holy people: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 47 Set up altars, and groves, and chapels of idols, and sacrifice swine's flesh, and unclean beasts: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 48 That they should also leave their children uncircumcised, and make their souls abominable with all manner of uncleanness and profanation: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 49 To the end they might forget the law, and change all the ordinances. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 50 And whosoever would not do according to the commandment of the king, he said, he should die. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 51 In the selfsame manner wrote he to his whole kingdom, and appointed overseers over all the people, commanding the cities of Juda to sacrifice, city by city. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 52 Then many of the people were gathered unto them, to wit every one that forsook the law; and so they committed evils in the land; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 53 And drove the Israelites into secret places, even wheresoever they could flee for succour. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 54 Now the fifteenth day of the month Casleu, in the hundred forty and fifth year, they set up the abomination of desolation upon the altar, and builded idol altars throughout the cities of Juda on every side; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 55 And burnt incense at the doors of their houses, and in the streets. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 56 And when they had rent in pieces the books of the law which they found, they burnt them with fire. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 57 And whosoever was found with any the book of the testament, or if any committed to the law, the king's commandment was, that they should put him to death. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 58 Thus did they by their authority unto the Israelites every month, to as many as were found in the cities. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 59 Now the five and twentieth day of the month they did sacrifice upon the idol altar, which was upon the altar of God. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 60 At which time according to the commandment they put to death certain women, that had caused their children to be circumcised. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 61 And they hanged the infants about their necks, and rifled their houses, and slew them that had circumcised them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 62 Howbeit many in Israel were fully resolved and confirmed in themselves not to eat any unclean thing. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 63 Wherefore the rather to die, that they might not be defiled with meats, and that they might not profane the holy covenant: so then they died. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 1 64 And there was very great wrath upon Israel. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 1 In those days arose Mattathias the son of John, the son of Simeon, a priest of the sons of Joarib, from Jerusalem, and dwelt in Modin. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 2 And he had five sons, Joannan, called Caddis: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 3 Simon; called Thassi: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 4 Judas, who was called Maccabeus: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 5 Eleazar, called Avaran: and Jonathan, whose surname was Apphus. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 6 And when he saw the blasphemies that were committed in Juda and Jerusalem, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 7 He said, Woe is me! wherefore was I born to see this misery of my people, and of the holy city, and to dwell there, when it was delivered into the hand of the enemy, and the sanctuary into the hand of strangers? +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 8 Her temple is become as a man without glory. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 9 Her glorious vessels are carried away into captivity, her infants are slain in the streets, her young men with the sword of the enemy. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 10 What nation hath not had a part in her kingdom and gotten of her spoils? +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 11 All her ornaments are taken away; of a free woman she is become a bondslave. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 12 And, behold, our sanctuary, even our beauty and our glory, is laid waste, and the Gentiles have profaned it. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 13 To what end therefore shall we live any longer? +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 14 Then Mattathias and his sons rent their clothes, and put on sackcloth, and mourned very sore. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 15 In the mean while the king's officers, such as compelled the people to revolt, came into the city Modin, to make them sacrifice. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 16 And when many of Israel came unto them, Mattathias also and his sons came together. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 17 Then answered the king's officers, and said to Mattathias on this wise, Thou art a ruler, and an honourable and great man in this city, and strengthened with sons and brethren: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 18 Now therefore come thou first, and fulfil the king's commandment, like as all the heathen have done, yea, and the men of Juda also, and such as remain at Jerusalem: so shalt thou and thy house be in the number of the king's friends, and thou and thy children shall be honoured with silver and gold, and many rewards. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 19 Then Mattathias answered and spake with a loud voice, Though all the nations that are under the king's dominion obey him, and fall away every one from the religion of their fathers, and give consent to his commandments: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 20 Yet will I and my sons and my brethren walk in the covenant of our fathers. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 21 God forbid that we should forsake the law and the ordinances. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 22 We will not hearken to the king's words, to go from our religion, either on the right hand, or the left. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 23 Now when he had left speaking these words, there came one of the Jews in the sight of all to sacrifice on the altar which was at Modin, according to the king's commandment. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 24 Which thing when Mattathias saw, he was inflamed with zeal, and his reins trembled, neither could he forbear to shew his anger according to judgment: wherefore he ran, and slew him upon the altar. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 25 Also the king's commissioner, who compelled men to sacrifice, he killed at that time, and the altar he pulled down. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 26 Thus dealt he zealously for the law of God like as Phinees did unto Zambri the son of Salom. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 27 And Mattathias cried throughout the city with a loud voice, saying, Whosoever is zealous of the law, and maintaineth the covenant, let him follow me. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 28 So he and his sons fled into the mountains, and left all that ever they had in the city. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 29 Then many that sought after justice and judgment went down into the wilderness, to dwell there: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 30 Both they, and their children, and their wives; and their cattle; because afflictions increased sore upon them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 31 Now when it was told the king's servants, and the host that was at Jerusalem, in the city of David, that certain men, who had broken the king's commandment, were gone down into the secret places in the wilderness, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 32 They pursued after them a great number, and having overtaken them, they camped against them, and made war against them on the sabbath day. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 33 And they said unto them, Let that which ye have done hitherto suffice; come forth, and do according to the commandment of the king, and ye shall live. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 34 But they said, We will not come forth, neither will we do the king's commandment, to profane the sabbath day. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 35 So then they gave them the battle with all speed. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 36 Howbeit they answered them not, neither cast they a stone at them, nor stopped the places where they lay hid; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 37 But said, Let us die all in our innocency: heaven and earth will testify for us, that ye put us to death wrongfully. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 38 So they rose up against them in battle on the sabbath, and they slew them, with their wives and children and their cattle, to the number of a thousand people. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 39 Now when Mattathias and his friends understood hereof, they mourned for them right sore. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 40 And one of them said to another, If we all do as our brethren have done, and fight not for our lives and laws against the heathen, they will now quickly root us out of the earth. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 41 At that time therefore they decreed, saying, Whosoever shall come to make battle with us on the sabbath day, we will fight against him; neither will we die all, as our brethren that were murdered im the secret places. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 42 Then came there unto him a company of Assideans who were mighty men of Israel, even all such as were voluntarily devoted unto the law. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 43 Also all they that fled for persecution joined themselves unto them, and were a stay unto them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 44 So they joined their forces, and smote sinful men in their anger, and wicked men in their wrath: but the rest fled to the heathen for succour. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 45 Then Mattathias and his friends went round about, and pulled down the altars: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 46 And what children soever they found within the coast of Israel uncircumcised, those they circumcised valiantly. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 47 They pursued also after the proud men, and the work prospered in their hand. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 48 So they recovered the law out of the hand of the Gentiles, and out of the hand of kings, neither suffered they the sinner to triumph. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 49 Now when the time drew near that Mattathias should die, he said unto his sons, Now hath pride and rebuke gotten strength, and the time of destruction, and the wrath of indignation: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 50 Now therefore, my sons, be ye zealous for the law, and give your lives for the covenant of your fathers. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 51 Call to remembrance what acts our fathers did in their time; so shall ye receive great honour and an everlasting name. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 52 Was not Abraham found faithful in temptation, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness? +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 53 Joseph in the time of his distress kept the commandment and was made lord of Egypt. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 54 Phinees our father in being zealous and fervent obtained the covenant of an everlasting priesthood. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 55 Jesus for fulfilling the word was made a judge in Israel. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 56 Caleb for bearing witness before the congregation received the heritage of the land. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 57 David for being merciful possessed the throne of an everlasting kingdom. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 58 Elias for being zealous and fervent for the law was taken up into heaven. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 59 Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, by believing were saved out of the flame. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 60 Daniel for his innocency was delivered from the mouth of lions. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 61 And thus consider ye throughout all ages, that none that put their trust in him shall be overcome. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 62 Fear not then the words of a sinful man: for his glory shall be dung and worms. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 63 To day he shall be lifted up and to morrow he shall not be found, because he is returned into his dust, and his thought is come to nothing. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 64 Wherefore, ye my sons, be valiant and shew yourselves men in the behalf of the law; for by it shall ye obtain glory. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 65 And behold, I know that your brother Simon is a man of counsel, give ear unto him alway: he shall be a father unto you. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 66 As for Judas Maccabeus, he hath been mighty and strong, even from his youth up: let him be your captain, and fight the battle of the people. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 67 Take also unto you all those that observe the law, and avenge ye the wrong of your people. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 68 Recompense fully the heathen, and take heed to the commandments of the law. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 69 So he blessed them, and was gathered to his fathers. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 2 70 And he died in the hundred forty and sixth year, and his sons buried him in the sepulchres of his fathers at Modin, and all Israel made great lamentation for him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 1 Then his son Judas, called Maccabeus, rose up in his stead. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 2 And all his brethren helped him, and so did all they that held with his father, and they fought with cheerfulness the battle of Israel. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 3 So he gat his people great honour, and put on a breastplate as a giant, and girt his warlike harness about him, and he made battles, protecting the host with his sword. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 4 In his acts he was like a lion, and like a lion's whelp roaring for his prey. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 5 For He pursued the wicked, and sought them out, and burnt up those that vexed his people. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 6 Wherefore the wicked shrunk for fear of him, and all the workers of iniquity were troubled, because salvation prospered in his hand. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 7 He grieved also many kings, and made Jacob glad with his acts, and his memorial is blessed for ever. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 8 Moreover he went through the cities of Juda, destroying the ungodly out of them, and turning away wrath from Israel: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 9 So that he was renowned unto the utmost part of the earth, and he received unto him such as were ready to perish. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 10 Then Apollonius gathered the Gentiles together, and a great host out of Samaria, to fight against Israel. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 11 Which thing when Judas perceived, he went forth to meet him, and so he smote him, and slew him: many also fell down slain, but the rest fled. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 12 Wherefore Judas took their spoils, and Apollonius' sword also, and therewith he fought all his life long. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 13 Now when Seron, a prince of the army of Syria, heard say that Judas had gathered unto him a multitude and company of the faithful to go out with him to war; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 14 He said, I will get me a name and honour in the kingdom; for I will go fight with Judas and them that are with him, who despise the king's commandment. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 15 So he made him ready to go up, and there went with him a mighty host of the ungodly to help him, and to be avenged of the children of Israel. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 16 And when he came near to the going up of Bethhoron, Judas went forth to meet him with a small company: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 17 Who, when they saw the host coming to meet them, said unto Judas, How shall we be able, being so few, to fight against so great a multitude and so strong, seeing we are ready to faint with fasting all this day? +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 18 Unto whom Judas answered, It is no hard matter for many to be shut up in the hands of a few; and with the God of heaven it is all one, to deliver with a great multitude, or a small company: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 19 For the victory of battle standeth not in the multitude of an host; but strength cometh from heaven. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 20 They come against us in much pride and iniquity to destroy us, and our wives and children, and to spoil us: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 21 But we fight for our lives and our laws. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 22 Wherefore the Lord himself will overthrow them before our face: and as for you, be ye not afraid of them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 23 Now as soon as he had left off speaking, he leapt suddenly upon them, and so Seron and his host was overthrown before him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 24 And they pursued them from the going down of Bethhoron unto the plain, where were slain about eight hundred men of them; and the residue fled into the land of the Philistines. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 25 Then began the fear of Judas and his brethren, and an exceeding great dread, to fall upon the nations round about them: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 26 Insomuch as his fame came unto the king, and all nations talked of the battles of Judas. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 27 Now when king Antiochus heard these things, he was full of indignation: wherefore he sent and gathered together all the forces of his realm, even a very strong army. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 28 He opened also his treasure, and gave his soldiers pay for a year, commanding them to be ready whensoever he should need them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 29 Nevertheless, when he saw that the money of his treasures failed and that the tributes in the country were small, because of the dissension and plague, which he had brought upon the land in taking away the laws which had been of old time; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 30 He feared that he should not be able to bear the charges any longer, nor to have such gifts to give so liberally as he did before: for he had abounded above the kings that were before him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 31 Wherefore, being greatly perplexed in his mind, he determined to go into Persia, there to take the tributes of the countries, and to gather much money. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 32 So he left Lysias, a nobleman, and one of the blood royal, to oversee the affairs of the king from the river Euphrates unto the borders of Egypt: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 33 And to bring up his son Antiochus, until he came again. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 34 Moreover he delivered unto him the half of his forces, and the elephants, and gave him charge of all things that he would have done, as also concerning them that dwelt in Juda and Jerusalem: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 35 To wit, that he should send an army against them, to destroy and root out the strength of Israel, and the remnant of Jerusalem, and to take away their memorial from that place; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 36 And that he should place strangers in all their quarters, and divide their land by lot. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 37 So the king took the half of the forces that remained, and departed from Antioch, his royal city, the hundred forty and seventh year; and having passed the river Euphrates, he went through the high countries. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 38 Then Lysias chose Ptolemee the son of Dorymenes, Nicanor, and Gorgias, mighty men of the king's friends: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 39 And with them he sent forty thousand footmen, and seven thousand horsemen, to go into the land of Juda, and to destroy it, as the king commanded. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 40 So they went forth with all their power, and came and pitched by Emmaus in the plain country. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 41 And the merchants of the country, hearing the fame of them, took silver and gold very much, with servants, and came into the camp to buy the children of Israel for slaves: a power also of Syria and of the land of the Philistines joined themselves unto them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 42 Now when Judas and his brethren saw that miseries were multiplied, and that the forces did encamp themselves in their borders: for they knew how the king had given commandment to destroy the people, and utterly abolish them; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 43 They said one to another, Let us restore the decayed fortune of our people, and let us fight for our people and the sanctuary. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 44 Then was the congregation gathered together, that they might be ready for battle, and that they might pray, and ask mercy and compassion. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 45 Now Jerusalem lay void as a wilderness, there was none of her children that went in or out: the sanctuary also was trodden down, and aliens kept the strong hold; the heathen had their habitation in that place; and joy was taken from Jacob, and the pipe with the harp ceased. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 46 Wherefore the Israelites assembled themselves together, and came to Maspha, over against Jerusalem; for in Maspha was the place where they prayed aforetime in Israel. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 47 Then they fasted that day, and put on sackcloth, and cast ashes upon their heads, and rent their clothes, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 48 And laid open the book of the law, wherein the heathen had sought to paint the likeness of their images. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 49 They brought also the priests' garments, and the firstfruits, and the tithes: and the Nazarites they stirred up, who had accomplished their days. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 50 Then cried they with a loud voice toward heaven, saying, What shall we do with these, and whither shall we carry them away? +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 51 For thy sanctuary is trodden down and profaned, and thy priests are in heaviness, and brought low. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 52 And lo, the heathen are assembled together against us to destroy us: what things they imagine against us, thou knowest. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 53 How shall we be able to stand against them, except thou, O God, be our help? +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 54 Then sounded they with trumpets, and cried with a loud voice. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 55 And after this Judas ordained captains over the people, even captains over thousands, and over hundreds, and over fifties, and over tens. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 56 But as for such as were building houses, or had betrothed wives, or were planting vineyards, or were fearful, those he commanded that they should return, every man to his own house, according to the law. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 57 So the camp removed, and pitched upon the south side of Emmaus. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 58 And Judas said, arm yourselves, and be valiant men, and see that ye be in readiness against the morning, that ye may fight with these nations, that are assembled together against us to destroy us and our sanctuary: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 59 For it is better for us to die in battle, than to behold the calamities of our people and our sanctuary. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 3 60 Nevertheless, as the will of God is in heaven, so let him do. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 1 Then took Gorgias five thousand footmen, and a thousand of the best horsemen, and removed out of the camp by night; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 2 To the end he might rush in upon the camp of the Jews, and smite them suddenly. And the men of the fortress were his guides. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 3 Now when Judas heard thereof he himself removed, and the valiant men with him, that he might smite the king's army which was at Emmaus, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 4 While as yet the forces were dispersed from the camp. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 5 In the mean season came Gorgias by night into the camp of Judas: and when he found no man there, he sought them in the mountains: for said he, These fellows flee from us +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 6 But as soon as it was day, Judas shewed himself in the plain with three thousand men, who nevertheless had neither armour nor swords to their minds. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 7 And they saw the camp of the heathen, that it was strong and well harnessed, and compassed round about with horsemen; and these were expert of war. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 8 Then said Judas to the men that were with him, Fear ye not their multitude, neither be ye afraid of their assault. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 9 Remember how our fathers were delivered in the Red sea, when Pharaoh pursued them with an army. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 10 Now therefore let us cry unto heaven, if peradventure the Lord will have mercy upon us, and remember the covenant of our fathers, and destroy this host before our face this day: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 11 That so all the heathen may know that there is one who delivereth and saveth Israel. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 12 Then the strangers lifted up their eyes, and saw them coming over against them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 13 Wherefore they went out of the camp to battle; but they that were with Judas sounded their trumpets. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 14 So they joined battle, and the heathen being discomfited fled into the plain. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 15 Howbeit all the hindmost of them were slain with the sword: for they pursued them unto Gazera, and unto the plains of Idumea, and Azotus, and Jamnia, so that there were slain of them upon a three thousand men. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 16 This done, Judas returned again with his host from pursuing them, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 17 And said to the people, Be not greedy of the spoil inasmuch as there is a battle before us, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 18 And Gorgias and his host are here by us in the mountain: but stand ye now against our enemies, and overcome them, and after this ye may boldly take the spoils. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 19 As Judas was yet speaking these words, there appeared a part of them looking out of the mountain: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 20 Who when they perceived that the Jews had put their host to flight and were burning the tents; for the smoke that was seen declared what was done: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 21 When therefore they perceived these things, they were sore afraid, and seeing also the host of Judas in the plain ready to fight, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 22 They fled every one into the land of strangers. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 23 Then Judas returned to spoil the tents, where they got much gold, and silver, and blue silk, and purple of the sea, and great riches. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 24 After this they went home, and sung a song of thanksgiving, and praised the Lord in heaven: because it is good, because his mercy endureth forever. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 25 Thus Israel had a great deliverance that day. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 26 Now all the strangers that had escaped came and told Lysias what had happened: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 27 Who, when he heard thereof, was confounded and discouraged, because neither such things as he would were done unto Israel, nor such things as the king commanded him were come to pass. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 28 The next year therefore following Lysias gathered together threescore thousand choice men of foot, and five thousand horsemen, that he might subdue them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 29 So they came into Idumea, and pitched their tents at Bethsura, and Judas met them with ten thousand men. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 30 And when he saw that mighty army, he prayed and said, Blessed art thou, O Saviour of Israel, who didst quell the violence of the mighty man by the hand of thy servant David, and gavest the host of strangers into the hands of Jonathan the son of Saul, and his armourbearer; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 31 Shut up this army in the hand of thy people Israel, and let them be confounded in their power and horsemen: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 32 Make them to be of no courage, and cause the boldness of their strength to fall away, and let them quake at their destruction: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 33 Cast them down with the sword of them that love thee, and let all those that know thy name praise thee with thanksgiving. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 34 So they joined battle; and there were slain of the host of Lysias about five thousand men, even before them were they slain. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 35 Now when Lysias saw his army put to flight, and the manliness of Judas' soldiers, and how they were ready either to live or die valiantly, he went into Antiochia, and gathered together a company of strangers, and having made his army greater than it was, he purposed to come again into Judea. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 36 Then said Judas and his brethren, Behold, our enemies are discomfited: let us go up to cleanse and dedicate the sanctuary. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 37 Upon this all the host assembled themselves together, and went up into mount Sion. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 38 And when they saw the sanctuary desolate, and the altar profaned, and the gates burned up, and shrubs growing in the courts as in a forest, or in one of the mountains, yea, and the priests' chambers pulled down; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 39 They rent their clothes, and made great lamentation, and cast ashes upon their heads, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 40 And fell down flat to the ground upon their faces, and blew an alarm with the trumpets, and cried toward heaven. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 41 Then Judas appointed certain men to fight against those that were in the fortress, until he had cleansed the sanctuary. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 42 So he chose priests of blameless conversation, such as had pleasure in the law: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 43 Who cleansed the sanctuary, and bare out the defiled stones into an unclean place. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 44 And when as they consulted what to do with the altar of burnt offerings, which was profaned; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 45 They thought it best to pull it down, lest it should be a reproach to them, because the heathen had defiled it: wherefore they pulled it down, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 46 And laid up the stones in the mountain of the temple in a convenient place, until there should come a prophet to shew what should be done with them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 47 Then they took whole stones according to the law, and built a new altar according to the former; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 48 And made up the sanctuary, and the things that were within the temple, and hallowed the courts. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 49 They made also new holy vessels, and into the temple they brought the candlestick, and the altar of burnt offerings, and of incense, and the table. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 50 And upon the altar they burned incense, and the lamps that were upon the candlestick they lighted, that they might give light in the temple. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 51 Furthermore they set the loaves upon the table, and spread out the veils, and finished all the works which they had begun to make. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 52 Now on the five and twentieth day of the ninth month, which is called the month Casleu, in the hundred forty and eighth year, they rose up betimes in the morning, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 53 And offered sacrifice according to the law upon the new altar of burnt offerings, which they had made. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 54 Look, at what time and what day the heathen had profaned it, even in that was it dedicated with songs, and citherns, and harps, and cymbals. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 55 Then all the people fell upon their faces, worshipping and praising the God of heaven, who had given them good success. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 56 And so they kept the dedication of the altar eight days and offered burnt offerings with gladness, and sacrificed the sacrifice of deliverance and praise. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 57 They decked also the forefront of the temple with crowns of gold, and with shields; and the gates and the chambers they renewed, and hanged doors upon them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 58 Thus was there very great gladness among the people, for that the reproach of the heathen was put away. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 59 Moreover Judas and his brethren with the whole congregation of Israel ordained, that the days of the dedication of the altar should be kept in their season from year to year by the space of eight days, from the five and twentieth day of the month Casleu, with mirth and gladness. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 60 At that time also they builded up the mount Sion with high walls and strong towers round about, lest the Gentiles should come and tread it down as they had done before. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 4 61 And they set there a garrison to keep it, and fortified Bethsura to preserve it; that the people might have a defence against Idumea. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 1 Now when the nations round about heard that the altar was built and the sanctuary renewed as before, it displeased them very much. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 2 Wherefore they thought to destroy the generation of Jacob that was among them, and thereupon they began to slay and destroy the people. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 3 Then Judas fought against the children of Esau in Idumea at Arabattine, because they besieged Gael: and he gave them a great overthrow, and abated their courage, and took their spoils. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 4 Also he remembered the injury of the children of Bean, who had been a snare and an offence unto the people, in that they lay in wait for them in the ways. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 5 He shut them up therefore in the towers, and encamped against them, and destroyed them utterly, and burned the towers of that place with fire, and all that were therein. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 6 Afterward he passed over to the children of Ammon, where he found a mighty power, and much people, with Timotheus their captain. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 7 So he fought many battles with them, till at length they were discomfited before him; and he smote them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 8 And when he had taken Jazar, with the towns belonging thereto, he returned into Judea. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 9 Then the heathen that were at Galaad assembled themselves together against the Israelites that were in their quarters, to destroy them; but they fled to the fortress of Dathema. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 10 And sent letters unto Judas and his brethren, The heathen that are round about us are assembled together against us to destroy us: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 11 And they are preparing to come and take the fortress whereunto we are fled, Timotheus being captain of their host. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 12 Come now therefore, and deliver us from their hands, for many of us are slain: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 13 Yea, all our brethren that were in the places of Tobie are put to death: their wives and their children also they have carried away captives, and borne away their stuff; and they have destroyed there about a thousand men. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 14 While these letters were yet reading, behold, there came other messengers from Galilee with their clothes rent, who reported on this wise, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 15 And said, They of Ptolemais, and of Tyrus, and Sidon, and all Galilee of the Gentiles, are assembled together against us to consume us. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 16 Now when Judas and the people heard these words, there assembled a great congregation together, to consult what they should do for their brethren, that were in trouble, and assaulted of them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 17 Then said Judas unto Simon his brother, Choose thee out men, and go and deliver thy brethren that are in Galilee, for I and Jonathan my brother will go into the country of Galaad. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 18 So he left Joseph the son of Zacharias, and Azarias, captains of the people, with the remnant of the host in Judea to keep it. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 19 Unto whom he gave commandment, saying, Take ye the charge of this people, and see that ye make not war against the heathen until the time that we come again. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 20 Now unto Simon were given three thousand men to go into Galilee, and unto Judas eight thousand men for the country of Galaad. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 21 Then went Simon into Galilee, where he fought many battles with the heathen, so that the heathen were discomfited by him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 22 And he pursued them unto the gate of Ptolemais; and there were slain of the heathen about three thousand men, whose spoils he took. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 23 And those that were in Galilee, and in Arbattis, with their wives and their children, and all that they had, took he away with him, and brought them into Judea with great joy. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 24 Judas Maccabeus also and his brother Jonathan went over Jordan, and travelled three days' journey in the wilderness, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 25 Where they met with the Nabathites, who came unto them in a peaceable manner, and told them every thing that had happened to their brethren in the land of Galaad: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 26 And how that many of them were shut up in Bosora, and Bosor, and Alema, Casphor, Maked, and Carnaim; all these cities are strong and great: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 27 And that they were shut up in the rest of the cities of the country of Galaad, and that against to morrow they had appointed to bring their host against the forts, and to take them, and to destroy them all in one day. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 28 Hereupon Judas and his host turned suddenly by the way of the wilderness unto Bosora; and when he had won the city, he slew all the males with the edge of the sword, and took all their spoils, and burned the city with fire, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 29 From whence he removed by night, and went till he came to the fortress. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 30 And betimes in the morning they looked up, and, behold, there was an innumerable people bearing ladders and other engines of war, to take the fortress: for they assaulted them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 31 When Judas therefore saw that the battle was begun, and that the cry of the city went up to heaven, with trumpets, and a great sound, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 32 He said unto his host, Fight this day for your brethren. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 33 So he went forth behind them in three companies, who sounded their trumpets, and cried with prayer. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 34 Then the host of Timotheus, knowing that it was Maccabeus, fled from him: wherefore he smote them with a great slaughter; so that there were killed of them that day about eight thousand men. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 35 This done, Judas turned aside to Maspha; and after he had assaulted it he took and slew all the males therein, and received the spoils thereof and and burnt it with fire. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 36 From thence went he, and took Casphon, Maged, Bosor, and the other cities of the country of Galaad. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 37 After these things gathered Timotheus another host and encamped against Raphon beyond the brook. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 38 So Judas sent men to espy the host, who brought him word, saying, All the heathen that be round about us are assembled unto them, even a very great host. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 39 He hath also hired the Arabians to help them and they have pitched their tents beyond the brook, ready to come and fight against thee. Upon this Judas went to meet them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 40 Then Timotheus said unto the captains of his host, When Judas and his host come near the brook, if he pass over first unto us, we shall not be able to withstand him; for he will mightily prevail against us: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 41 But if he be afraid, and camp beyond the river, we shall go over unto him, and prevail against him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 42 Now when Judas came near the brook, he caused the scribes of the people to remain by the brook: unto whom he gave commandment, saying, Suffer no man to remain in the camp, but let all come to the battle. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 43 So he went first over unto them, and all the people after him: then all the heathen, being discomfited before him, cast away their weapons, and fled unto the temple that was at Carnaim. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 44 But they took the city, and burned the temple with all that were therein. Thus was Carnaim subdued, neither could they stand any longer before Judas. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 45 Then Judas gathered together all the Israelites that were in the country of Galaad, from the least unto the greatest, even their wives, and their children, and their stuff, a very great host, to the end they might come into the land of Judea. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 46 Now when they came unto Ephron, (this was a great city in the way as they should go, very well fortified) they could not turn from it, either on the right hand or the left, but must needs pass through the midst of it. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 47 Then they of the city shut them out, and stopped up the gates with stones. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 48 Whereupon Judas sent unto them in peaceable manner, saying, Let us pass through your land to go into our own country, and none shall do you any hurt; we will only pass through on foot: howbeit they would not open unto him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 49 Wherefore Judas commanded a proclamation to be made throughout the host, that every man should pitch his tent in the place where he was. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 50 So the soldiers pitched, and assaulted the city all that day and all that night, till at the length the city was delivered into his hands: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 51 Who then slew all the males with the edge of the sword, and rased the city, and took the spoils thereof, and passed through the city over them that were slain. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 52 After this went they over Jordan into the great plain before Bethsan. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 53 And Judas gathered together those that came behind, and exhorted the people all the way through, till they came into the land of Judea. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 54 So they went up to mount Sion with joy and gladness, where they offered burnt offerings, because not one of them were slain until they had returned in peace. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 55 Now what time as Judas and Jonathan were in the land of Galaad, and Simon his brother in Galilee before Ptolemais, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 56 Joseph the son of Zacharias, and Azarias, captains of the garrisons, heard of the valiant acts and warlike deeds which they had done. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 57 Wherefore they said, Let us also get us a name, and go fight against the heathen that are round about us. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 58 So when they had given charge unto the garrison that was with them, they went toward Jamnia. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 59 Then came Gorgias and his men out of the city to fight against them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 60 And so it was, that Joseph and Azaras were put to flight, and pursued unto the borders of Judea: and there were slain that day of the people of Israel about two thousand men. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 61 Thus was there a great overthrow among the children of Israel, because they were not obedient unto Judas and his brethren, but thought to do some valiant act. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 62 Moreover these men came not of the seed of those, by whose hand deliverance was given unto Israel. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 63 Howbeit the man Judas and his brethren were greatly renowned in the sight of all Israel, and of all the heathen, wheresoever their name was heard of; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 64 Insomuch as the the people assembled unto them with joyful acclamations. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 65 Afterward went Judas forth with his brethren, and fought against the children of Esau in the land toward the south, where he smote Hebron, and the towns thereof, and pulled down the fortress of it, and burned the towers thereof round about. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 66 From thence he removed to go into the land of the Philistines, and passed through Samaria. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 67 At that time certain priests, desirous to shew their valour, were slain in battle, for that they went out to fight unadvisedly. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 5 68 So Judas turned to Azotus in the land of the Philistines, and when he had pulled down their altars, and burned their carved images with fire, and spoiled their cities, he returned into the land of Judea. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 1 About that time king Antiochus travelling through the high countries heard say, that Elymais in the country of Persia was a city greatly renowned for riches, silver, and gold; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 2 And that there was in it a very rich temple, wherein were coverings of gold, and breastplates, and shields, which Alexander, son of Philip, the Macedonian king, who reigned first among the Grecians, had left there. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 3 Wherefore he came and sought to take the city, and to spoil it; but he was not able, because they of the city, having had warning thereof, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 4 Rose up against him in battle: so he fled, and departed thence with great heaviness, and returned to Babylon. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 5 Moreover there came one who brought him tidings into Persia, that the armies, which went against the land of Judea, were put to flight: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 6 And that Lysias, who went forth first with a great power was driven away of the Jews; and that they were made strong by the armour, and power, and store of spoils, which they had gotten of the armies, whom they had destroyed: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 7 Also that they had pulled down the abomination, which he had set up upon the altar in Jerusalem, and that they had compassed about the sanctuary with high walls, as before, and his city Bethsura. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 8 Now when the king heard these words, he was astonished and sore moved: whereupon he laid him down upon his bed, and fell sick for grief, because it had not befallen him as he looked for. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 9 And there he continued many days: for his grief was ever more and more, and he made account that he should die. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 10 Wherefore he called for all his friends, and said unto them, The sleep is gone from mine eyes, and my heart faileth for very care. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 11 And I thought with myself, Into what tribulation am I come, and how great a flood of misery is it, wherein now I am! for I was bountiful and beloved in my power. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 12 But now I remember the evils that I did at Jerusalem, and that I took all the vessels of gold and silver that were therein, and sent to destroy the inhabitants of Judea without a cause. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 13 I perceive therefore that for this cause these troubles are come upon me, and, behold, I perish through great grief in a strange land. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 14 Then called he for Philip, one of his friends, who he made ruler over all his realm, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 15 And gave him the crown, and his robe, and his signet, to the end he should bring up his son Antiochus, and nourish him up for the kingdom. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 16 So king Antiochus died there in the hundred forty and ninth year. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 17 Now when Lysias knew that the king was dead, he set up Antiochus his son, whom he had brought up being young, to reign in his stead, and his name he called Eupator. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 18 About this time they that were in the tower shut up the Israelites round about the sanctuary, and sought always their hurt, and the strengthening of the heathen. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 19 Wherefore Judas, purposing to destroy them, called all the people together to besiege them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 20 So they came together, and besieged them in the hundred and fiftieth year, and he made mounts for shot against them, and other engines. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 21 Howbeit certain of them that were besieged got forth, unto whom some ungodly men of Israel joined themselves: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 22 And they went unto the king, and said, How long will it be ere thou execute judgment, and avenge our brethren? +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 23 We have been willing to serve thy father, and to do as he would have us, and to obey his commandments; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 24 For which cause they of our nation besiege the tower, and are alienated from us: moreover as many of us as they could light on they slew, and spoiled our inheritance. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 25 Neither have they stretched out their hand against us only, but also against their borders. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 26 And, behold, this day are they besieging the tower at Jerusalem, to take it: the sanctuary also and Bethsura have they fortified. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 27 Wherefore if thou dost not prevent them quickly, they will do the greater things than these, neither shalt thou be able to rule them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 28 Now when the king heard this, he was angry, and gathered together all his friends, and the captains of his army, and those that had charge of the horse. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 29 There came also unto him from other kingdoms, and from isles of the sea, bands of hired soldiers. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 30 So that the number of his army was an hundred thousand footmen, and twenty thousand horsemen, and two and thirty elephants exercised in battle. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 31 These went through Idumea, and pitched against Bethsura, which they assaulted many days, making engines of war; but they of Bethsura came out, and burned them with fire, and fought valiantly. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 32 Upon this Judas removed from the tower, and pitched in Bathzacharias, over against the king's camp. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 33 Then the king rising very early marched fiercely with his host toward Bathzacharias, where his armies made them ready to battle, and sounded the trumpets. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 34 And to the end they might provoke the elephants to fight, they shewed them the blood of grapes and mulberries. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 35 Moreover they divided the beasts among the armies, and for every elephant they appointed a thousand men, armed with coats of mail, and with helmets of brass on their heads; and beside this, for every beast were ordained five hundred horsemen of the best. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 36 These were ready at every occasion: wheresoever the beast was, and whithersoever the beast went, they went also, neither departed they from him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 37 And upon the beasts were there strong towers of wood, which covered every one of them, and were girt fast unto them with devices: there were also upon every one two and thirty strong men, that fought upon them, beside the Indian that ruled him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 38 As for the remnant of the horsemen, they set them on this side and that side at the two parts of the host giving them signs what to do, and being harnessed all over amidst the ranks. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 39 Now when the sun shone upon the shields of gold and brass, the mountains glistered therewith, and shined like lamps of fire. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 40 So part of the king's army being spread upon the high mountains, and part on the valleys below, they marched on safely and in order. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 41 Wherefore all that heard the noise of their multitude, and the marching of the company, and the rattling of the harness, were moved: for the army was very great and mighty. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 42 Then Judas and his host drew near, and entered into battle, and there were slain of the king's army six hundred men. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 43 Eleazar also, surnamed Savaran, perceiving that one of the beasts, armed with royal harness, was higher than all the rest, and supposing that the king was upon him, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 44 Put himself in jeopardy, to the end he might deliver his people, and get him a perpetual name: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 45 Wherefore he ran upon him courageously through the midst of the battle, slaying on the right hand and on the left, so that they were divided from him on both sides. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 46 Which done, he crept under the elephant, and thrust him under, and slew him: whereupon the elephant fell down upon him, and there he died. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 47 Howbeit the rest of the Jews seeing the strength of the king, and the violence of his forces, turned away from them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 48 Then the king's army went up to Jerusalem to meet them, and the king pitched his tents against Judea, and against mount Sion. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 49 But with them that were in Bethsura he made peace: for they came out of the city, because they had no victuals there to endure the siege, it being a year of rest to the land. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 50 So the king took Bethsura, and set a garrison there to keep it. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 51 As for the sanctuary, he besieged it many days: and set there artillery with engines and instruments to cast fire and stones, and pieces to cast darts and slings. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 52 Whereupon they also made engines against their engines, and held them battle a long season. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 53 Yet at the last, their vessels being without victuals, (for that it was the seventh year, and they in Judea that were delivered from the Gentiles, had eaten up the residue of the store;) +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 54 There were but a few left in the sanctuary, because the famine did so prevail against them, that they were fain to disperse themselves, every man to his own place. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 55 At that time Lysias heard say, that Philip, whom Antiochus the king, whiles he lived, had appointed to bring up his son Antiochus, that he might be king, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 56 Was returned out of Persia and Media, and the king's host also that went with him, and that he sought to take unto him the ruling of the affairs. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 57 Wherefore he went in all haste, and said to the king and the captains of the host and the company, We decay daily, and our victuals are but small, and the place we lay siege unto is strong, and the affairs of the kingdom lie upon us: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 58 Now therefore let us be friends with these men, and make peace with them, and with all their nation; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 59 And covenant with them, that they shall live after their laws, as they did before: for they are therefore displeased, and have done all these things, because we abolished their laws. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 60 So the king and the princes were content: wherefore he sent unto them to make peace; and they accepted thereof. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 61 Also the king and the princes made an oath unto them: whereupon they went out of the strong hold. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 62 Then the king entered into mount Sion; but when he saw the strength of the place, he broke his oath that he had made, and gave commandment to pull down the wall round about. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 6 63 Afterward departed he in all haste, and returned unto Antiochia, where he found Philip to be master of the city: so he fought against him, and took the city by force. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 1 In the hundred and one and fiftieth year Demetrius the son of Seleucus departed from Rome, and came up with a few men unto a city of the sea coast, and reigned there. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 2 And as he entered into the palace of his ancestors, so it was, that his forces had taken Antiochus and Lysias, to bring them unto him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 3 Wherefore, when he knew it, he said, Let me not see their faces. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 4 So his host slew them. Now when Demetrius was set upon the throne of his kingdom, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 5 There came unto him all the wicked and ungodly men of Israel, having Alcimus, who was desirous to be high priest, for their captain: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 6 And they accused the people to the king, saying, Judas and his brethren have slain all thy friends, and driven us out of our own land. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 7 Now therefore send some man whom thou trustest, and let him go and see what havock he hath made among us, and in the king's land, and let him punish them with all them that aid them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 8 Then the king chose Bacchides, a friend of the king, who ruled beyond the flood, and was a great man in the kingdom, and faithful to the king, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 9 And him he sent with that wicked Alcimus, whom he made high priest, and commanded that he should take vengeance of the children of Israel. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 10 So they departed, and came with a great power into the land of Judea, where they sent messengers to Judas and his brethren with peaceable words deceitfully. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 11 But they gave no heed to their words; for they saw that they were come with a great power. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 12 Then did there assemble unto Alcimus and Bacchides a company of scribes, to require justice. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 13 Now the Assideans were the first among the children of Israel that sought peace of them: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 14 For said they, One that is a priest of the seed of Aaron is come with this army, and he will do us no wrong. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 15 So he spake unto them, peaceably, and sware unto them, saying, we will procure the harm neither of you nor your friends. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 16 Whereupon they believed him: howbeit he took of them threescore men, and slew them in one day, according to the words which he wrote, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 17 The flesh of thy saints have they cast out, and their blood have they shed round about Jerusalem, and there was none to bury them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 18 Wherefore the fear and dread of them fell upon all the people, who said, There is neither truth nor righteousness in them; for they have broken the covenant and oath that they made. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 19 After this, removed Bacchides from Jerusalem, and pitched his tents in Bezeth, where he sent and took many of the men that had forsaken him, and certain of the people also, and when he had slain them, he cast them into the great pit. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 20 Then committed he the country to Alcimus, and left with him a power to aid him: so Bacchides went to the king. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 21 But Alcimus contended for the high priesthood. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 22 And unto him resorted all such as troubled the people, who, after they had gotten the land of Juda into their power, did much hurt in Israel. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 23 Now when Judas saw all the mischief that Alcimus and his company had done among the Israelites, even above the heathen, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 24 He went out into all the coasts of Judea round about, and took vengeance of them that had revolted from him, so that they durst no more go forth into the country. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 25 On the other side, when Alcimus saw that Judas and his company had gotten the upper hand, and knew that he was not able to abide their force, he went again to the king, and said all the worst of them that he could. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 26 Then the king sent Nicanor, one of his honourable princes, a man that bare deadly hate unto Israel, with commandment to destroy the people. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 27 So Nicanor came to Jerusalem with a great force; and sent unto Judas and his brethren deceitfully with friendly words, saying, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 28 Let there be no battle between me and you; I will come with a few men, that I may see you in peace. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 29 He came therefore to Judas, and they saluted one another peaceably. Howbeit the enemies were prepared to take away Judas by violence. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 30 Which thing after it was known to Judas, to wit, that he came unto him with deceit, he was sore afraid of him, and would see his face no more. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 31 Nicanor also, when he saw that his counsel was discovered, went out to fight against Judas beside Capharsalama: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 32 Where there were slain of Nicanor's side about five thousand men, and the rest fled into the city of David. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 33 After this went Nicanor up to mount Sion, and there came out of the sanctuary certain of the priests and certain of the elders of the people, to salute him peaceably, and to shew him the burnt sacrifice that was offered for the king. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 34 But he mocked them, and laughed at them, and abused them shamefully, and spake proudly, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 35 And sware in his wrath, saying, Unless Judas and his host be now delivered into my hands, if ever I come again in safety, I will burn up this house: and with that he went out in a great rage. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 36 Then the priests entered in, and stood before the altar and the temple, weeping, and saying, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 37 Thou, O Lord, didst choose this house to be called by thy name, and to be a house of prayer and petition for thy people: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 38 Be avenged of this man and his host, and let them fall by the sword: remember their blasphemies, and suffer them not to continue any longer. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 39 So Nicanor went out of Jerusalem, and pitched his tents in Bethhoron, where an host out of Syria met him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 40 But Judas pitched in Adasa with three thousand men, and there he prayed, saying, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 41 O Lord, when they that were sent from the king of the Assyrians blasphemed, thine angel went out, and smote an hundred fourscore and five thousand of them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 42 Even so destroy thou this host before us this day, that the rest may know that he hath spoken blasphemously against thy sanctuary, and judge thou him according to his wickedness. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 43 So the thirteenth day of the month Adar the hosts joined battle: but Nicanor's host was discomfited, and he himself was first slain in the battle. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 44 Now when Nicanor's host saw that he was slain, they cast away their weapons, and fled. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 45 Then they pursued after them a day's journey, from Adasa unto Gazera, sounding an alarm after them with their trumpets. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 46 Whereupon they came forth out of all the towns of Judea round about, and closed them in; so that they, turning back upon them that pursued them, were all slain with the sword, and not one of them was left. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 47 Afterwards they took the spoils, and the prey, and smote off Nicanors head, and his right hand, which he stretched out so proudly, and brought them away, and hanged them up toward Jerusalem. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 48 For this cause the people rejoiced greatly, and they kept that day a day of great gladness. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 49 Moreover they ordained to keep yearly this day, being the thirteenth of Adar. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 7 50 Thus the land of Juda was in rest a little while. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 1 Now Judas had heard of the the Romans, that they were mighty and valiant men, and such as would lovingly accept all that joined themselves unto them, and make a league of amity with all that came unto them; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 2 And that they were men of great valour. It was told him also of their wars and noble acts which they had done among the Galatians, and how they had conquered them, and brought them under tribute; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 3 And what they had done in the country of Spain, for the winning of the mines of the silver and gold which is there; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 4 And that by their policy and patience they had conquered all the place, though it were very far from them; and the kings also that came against them from the uttermost part of the earth, till they had discomfited them, and given them a great overthrow, so that the rest did give them tribute every year: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 5 Beside this, how they had discomfited in battle Philip, and Perseus, king of the Citims, with others that lifted up themselves against them, and had overcome them: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 6 How also Antiochus the great king of Asia, that came against them in battle, having an hundred and twenty elephants, with horsemen, and chariots, and a very great army, was discomfited by them; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 7 And how they took him alive, and covenanted that he and such as reigned after him should pay a great tribute, and give hostages, and that which was agreed upon, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 8 And the country of India, and Media and Lydia and of the goodliest countries, which they took of him, and gave to king Eumenes: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 9 Moreover how the Grecians had determined to come and destroy them; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 10 And that they, having knowledge thereof sent against them a certain captain, and fighting with them slew many of them, and carried away captives their wives and their children, and spoiled them, and took possession of their lands, and pulled down their strong holds, and brought them to be their servants unto this day: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 11 It was told him besides, how they destroyed and brought under their dominion all other kingdoms and isles that at any time resisted them; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 12 But with their friends and such as relied upon them they kept amity: and that they had conquered kingdoms both far and nigh, insomuch as all that heard of their name were afraid of them: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 13 Also that, whom they would help to a kingdom, those reign; and whom again they would, they displace: finally, that they were greatly exalted: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 14 Yet for all this none of them wore a crown or was clothed in purple, to be magnified thereby: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 15 Moreover how they had made for themselves a senate house, wherein three hundred and twenty men sat in council daily, consulting alway for the people, to the end they might be well ordered: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 16 And that they committed their government to one man every year, who ruled over all their country, and that all were obedient to that one, and that there was neither envy nor emmulation among them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 17 In consideration of these things, Judas chose Eupolemus the son of John, the son of Accos, and Jason the son of Eleazar, and sent them to Rome, to make a league of amity and confederacy with them, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 18 And to intreat them that they would take the yoke from them; for they saw that the kingdom of the Grecians did oppress Israel with servitude. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 19 They went therefore to Rome, which was a very great journey, and came into the senate, where they spake and said. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 20 Judas Maccabeus with his brethren, and the people of the Jews, have sent us unto you, to make a confederacy and peace with you, and that we might be registered your confederates and friends. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 21 So that matter pleased the Romans well. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 22 And this is the copy of the epistle which the senate wrote back again in tables of brass, and sent to Jerusalem, that there they might have by them a memorial of peace and confederacy: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 23 Good success be to the Romans, and to the people of the Jews, by sea and by land for ever: the sword also and enemy be far from them, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 24 If there come first any war upon the Romans or any of their confederates throughout all their dominion, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 25 The people of the Jews shall help them, as the time shall be appointed, with all their heart: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 26 Neither shall they give any thing unto them that make war upon them, or aid them with victuals, weapons, money, or ships, as it hath seemed good unto the Romans; but they shall keep their covenants without taking any thing therefore. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 27 In the same manner also, if war come first upon the nation of the Jews, the Romans shall help them with all their heart, according as the time shall be appointed them: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 28 Neither shall victuals be given to them that take part against them, or weapons, or money, or ships, as it hath seemed good to the Romans; but they shall keep their covenants, and that without deceit. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 29 According to these articles did the Romans make a covenant with the people of the Jews. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 30 Howbeit if hereafter the one party or the other shall think to meet to add or diminish any thing, they may do it at their pleasures, and whatsoever they shall add or take away shall be ratified. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 31 And as touching the evils that Demetrius doeth to the Jews, we have written unto him, saying, Wherefore thou made thy yoke heavy upon our friends and confederates the Jews? +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 8 32 If therefore they complain any more against thee, we will do them justice, and fight with thee by sea and by land. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 1 Furthermore, when Demetrius heard the Nicanor and his host were slain in battle, he sent Bacchides and Alcimus into the land of Judea the second time, and with them the chief strength of his host: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 2 Who went forth by the way that leadeth to Galgala, and pitched their tents before Masaloth, which is in Arbela, and after they had won it, they slew much people. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 3 Also the first month of the hundred fifty and second year they encamped before Jerusalem: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 4 From whence they removed, and went to Berea, with twenty thousand footmen and two thousand horsemen. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 5 Now Judas had pitched his tents at Eleasa, and three thousand chosen men with him: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 6 Who seeing the multitude of the other army to he so great were sore afraid; whereupon many conveyed themselves out of the host, insomuch as abode of them no more but eight hundred men. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 7 When Judas therefore saw that his host slipt away, and that the battle pressed upon him, he was sore troubled in mind, and much distressed, for that he had no time to gather them together. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 8 Nevertheless unto them that remained he said, Let us arise and go up against our enemies, if peradventure we may be able to fight with them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 9 But they dehorted him, saying, We shall never be able: let us now rather save our lives, and hereafter we will return with our brethren, and fight against them: for we are but few. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 10 Then Judas said, God forbid that I should do this thing, and flee away from them: if our time be come, let us die manfully for our brethren, and let us not stain our honour. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 11 With that the host of Bacchides removed out of their tents, and stood over against them, their horsemen being divided into two troops, and their slingers and archers going before the host and they that marched in the foreward were all mighty men. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 12 As for Bacchides, he was in the right wing: so the host drew near on the two parts, and sounded their trumpets. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 13 They also of Judas' side, even they sounded their trumpets also, so that the earth shook at the noise of the armies, and the battle continued from morning till night. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 14 Now when Judas perceived that Bacchides and the strength of his army were on the right side, he took with him all the hardy men, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 15 Who discomfited the right wing, and pursued them unto the mount Azotus. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 16 But when they of the left wing saw that they of the right wing were discomfited, they followed upon Judas and those that were with him hard at the heels from behind: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 17 Whereupon there was a sore battle, insomuch as many were slain on both parts. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 18 Judas also was killed, and the remnant fled. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 19 THen Jonathan and Simon took Judas their brother, and buried him in the sepulchre of his fathers in Modin. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 20 Moreover they bewailed him, and all Israel made great lamentation for him, and mourned many days, saying, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 21 How is the valiant man fallen, that delivered Israel! +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 22 As for the other things concerning Judas and his wars, and the noble acts which he did, and his greatness, they are not written: for they were very many. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 23 Now after the death of Judas the wicked began to put forth their heads in all the coasts of Israel, and there arose up all such as wrought iniquity. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 24 In those days also was there a very great famine, by reason whereof the country revolted, and went with them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 25 Then Bacchides chose the wicked men, and made them lords of the country. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 26 And they made enquiry and search for Judas' friends, and brought them unto Bacchides, who took vengeance of them, and used them despitefully. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 27 So was there a great affliction in Israel, the like whereof was not since the time that a prophet was not seen among them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 28 For this cause all Judas' friends came together, and said unto Jonathan, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 29 Since thy brother Judas died, we have no man like him to go forth against our enemies, and Bacchides, and against them of our nation that are adversaries to us. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 30 Now therefore we have chosen thee this day to be our prince and captain in his stead, that thou mayest fight our battles. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 31 Upon this Jonathan took the governance upon him at that time, and rose up instead of his brother Judas. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 32 But when Bacchides gat knowledge thereof, he sought for to slay him +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 33 Then Jonathan, and Simon his brother, and all that were with him, perceiving that, fled into the wilderness of Thecoe, and pitched their tents by the water of the pool Asphar. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 34 Which when Bacchides understood, he came near to Jordan with all his host upon the sabbath day. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 35 Now Jonathan had sent his brother John, a captain of the people, to pray his friends the Nabathites, that they might leave with them their carriage, which was much. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 36 But the children of Jambri came out of Medaba, and took John, and all that he had, and went their way with it. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 37 After this came word to Jonathan and Simon his brother, that the children of Jambri made a great marriage, and were bringing the bride from Nadabatha with a great train, as being the daughter of one of the great princes of Chanaan. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 38 Therefore they remembered John their brother, and went up, and hid themselves under the covert of the mountain: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 39 Where they lifted up their eyes, and looked, and, behold, there was much ado and great carriage: and the bridegroom came forth, and his friends and brethren, to meet them with drums, and instruments of musick, and many weapons. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 40 Then Jonathan and they that were with him rose up against them from the place where they lay in ambush, and made a slaughter of them in such sort, as many fell down dead, and the remnant fled into the mountain, and they took all their spoils. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 41 Thus was the marriage turned into mourning, and the noise of their melody into lamentation. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 42 So when they had avenged fully the blood of their brother, they turned again to the marsh of Jordan. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 43 Now when Bacchides heard hereof, he came on the sabbath day unto the banks of Jordan with a great power. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 44 Then Jonathan said to his company, Let us go up now and fight for our lives, for it standeth not with us to day, as in time past: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 45 For, behold, the battle is before us and behind us, and the water of Jordan on this side and that side, the marsh likewise and wood, neither is there place for us to turn aside. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 46 Wherefore cry ye now unto heaven, that ye may be delivered from the hand of your enemies. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 47 With that they joined battle, and Jonathan stretched forth his hand to smite Bacchides, but he turned back from him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 48 Then Jonathan and they that were with him leapt into Jordan, and swam over unto the other bank: howbeit the other passed not over Jordan unto them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 49 So there were slain of Bacchides' side that day about a thousand men. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 50 Afterward returned Bacchides to Jerusalem and repaired the strong cites in Judea; the fort in Jericho, and Emmaus, and Bethhoron, and Bethel, and Thamnatha, Pharathoni, and Taphon, these did he strengthen with high walls, with gates and with bars. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 51 And in them he set a garrison, that they might work malice upon Israel. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 52 He fortified also the city Bethsura, and Gazera, and the tower, and put forces in them, and provision of victuals. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 53 Besides, he took the chief men's sons in the country for hostages, and put them into the tower at Jerusalem to be kept. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 54 Moreover in the hundred fifty and third year, in the second month, Alcimus commanded that the wall of the inner court of the sanctuary should be pulled down; he pulled down also the works of the prophets +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 55 And as he began to pull down, even at that time was Alcimus plagued, and his enterprizes hindered: for his mouth was stopped, and he was taken with a palsy, so that he could no more speak any thing, nor give order concerning his house. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 56 So Alcimus died at that time with great torment. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 57 Now when Bacchides saw that Alcimus was dead, he returned to the king: whereupon the land of Judea was in rest two years. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 58 Then all the ungodly men held a council, saying, Behold, Jonathan and his company are at ease, and dwell without care: now therefore we will bring Bacchides hither, who shall take them all in one night. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 59 So they went and consulted with him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 60 Then removed he, and came with a great host, and sent letters privily to his adherents in Judea, that they should take Jonathan and those that were with him: howbeit they could not, because their counsel was known unto them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 61 Wherefore they took of the men of the country, that were authors of that mischief, about fifty persons, and slew them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 62 Afterward Jonathan, and Simon, and they that were with him, got them away to Bethbasi, which is in the wilderness, and they repaired the decays thereof, and made it strong. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 63 Which thing when Bacchides knew, he gathered together all his host, and sent word to them that were of Judea. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 64 Then went he and laid siege against Bethbasi; and they fought against it a long season and made engines of war. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 65 But Jonathan left his brother Simon in the city, and went forth himself into the country, and with a certain number went he forth. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 66 And he smote Odonarkes and his brethren, and the children of Phasiron in their tent. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 67 And when he began to smite them, and came up with his forces, Simon and his company went out of the city, and burned up the engines of war, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 68 And fought against Bacchides, who was discomfited by them, and they afflicted him sore: for his counsel and travail was in vain. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 69 Wherefore he was very wroth at the wicked men that gave him counsel to come into the country, inasmuch as he slew many of them, and purposed to return into his own country. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 70 Whereof when Jonathan had knowledge, he sent ambassadors unto him, to the end he should make peace with him, and deliver them the prisoners. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 71 Which thing he accepted, and did according to his demands, and sware unto him that he would never do him harm all the days of his life. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 72 When therefore he had restored unto him the prisoners that he had taken aforetime out of the land of Judea, he returned and went his way into his own land, neither came he any more into their borders. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 9 73 Thus the sword ceased from Israel: but Jonathan dwelt at Machmas, and began to govern the people; and he destroyed the ungodly men out of Israel. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 1 In the hundred and sixtieth year Alexander, the son of Antiochus surnamed Epiphanes, went up and took Ptolemais: for the people had received him, by means whereof he reigned there, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 2 Now when king Demetrius heard thereof, he gathered together an exceeding great host, and went forth against him to fight. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 3 Moreover Demetrius sent letters unto Jonathan with loving words, so as he magnified him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 4 For said he, Let us first make peace with him, before he join with Alexander against us: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 5 Else he will remember all the evils that we have done against him, and against his brethren and his people. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 6 Wherefore he gave him authority to gather together an host, and to provide weapons, that he might aid him in battle: he commanded also that the hostages that were in the tower should be delivered him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 7 Then came Jonathan to Jerusalem, and read the letters in the audience of all the people, and of them that were in the tower: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 8 Who were sore afraid, when they heard that the king had given him authority to gather together an host. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 9 Whereupon they of the tower delivered their hostages unto Jonathan, and he delivered them unto their parents. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 10 This done, Jonathan settled himself in Jerusalem, and began to build and repair the city. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 11 And he commanded the workmen to build the walls and the mount Sion and about with square stones for fortification; and they did so. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 12 Then the strangers, that were in the fortresses which Bacchides had built, fled away; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 13 Insomuch as every man left his place, and went into his own country. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 14 Only at Bethsura certain of those that had forsaken the law and the commandments remained still: for it was their place of refuge. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 15 Now when king Alexander had heard what promises Demetrius had sent unto Jonathan: when also it was told him of the battles and noble acts which he and his brethren had done, and of the pains that they had endured, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 16 He said, Shall we find such another man? now therefore we will make him our friend and confederate. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 17 Upon this he wrote a letter, and sent it unto him, according to these words, saying, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 18 King Alexander to his brother Jonathan sendeth greeting: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 19 We have heard of thee, that thou art a man of great power, and meet to be our friend. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 20 Wherefore now this day we ordain thee to be the high priest of thy nation, and to be called the king's friend; (and therewithal he sent him a purple robe and a crown of gold:) and require thee to take our part, and keep friendship with us. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 21 So in the seventh month of the hundred and sixtieth year, at the feast of the tabernacles, Jonathan put on the holy robe, and gathered together forces, and provided much armour. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 22 Whereof when Demetrius heard, he was very sorry, and said, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 23 What have we done, that Alexander hath prevented us in making amity with the Jews to strengthen himself? +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 24 I also will write unto them words of encouragement, and promise them dignities and gifts, that I may have their aid. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 25 He sent unto them therefore to this effect: King Demetrius unto the people of the Jews sendeth greeting: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 26 Whereas ye have kept covenants with us, and continued in our friendship, not joining yourselves with our enemies, we have heard hereof, and are glad. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 27 Wherefore now continue ye still to be faithful unto us, and we will well recompense you for the things ye do in our behalf, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 28 And will grant you many immunities, and give you rewards. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 29 And now do I free you, and for your sake I release all the Jews, from tributes, and from the customs of salt, and from crown taxes, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 30 And from that which appertaineth unto me to receive for the third part or the seed, and the half of the fruit of the trees, I release it from this day forth, so that they shall not be taken of the land of Judea, nor of the three governments which are added thereunto out of the country of Samaria and Galilee, from this day forth for evermore. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 31 Let Jerusalem also be holy and free, with the borders thereof, both from tenths and tributes. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 32 And as for the tower which is at Jerusalem, I yield up authority over it, and give the high priest, that he may set in it such men as he shall choose to keep it. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 33 Moreover I freely set at liberty every one of the Jews, that were carried captives out of the land of Judea into any part of my kingdom, and I will that all my officers remit the tributes even of their cattle. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 34 Furthermore I will that all the feasts, and sabbaths, and new moons, and solemn days, and the three days before the feast, and the three days after the feast shall be all of immunity and freedom for all the Jews in my realm. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 35 Also no man shall have authority to meddle with or to molest any of them in any matter. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 36 I will further, that there be enrolled among the king's forces about thirty thousand men of the Jews, unto whom pay shall be given, as belongeth to all king's forces. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 37 And of them some shall be placed in the king's strong holds, of whom also some shall be set over the affairs of the kingdom, which are of trust: and I will that their overseers and governors be of themselves, and that they live after their own laws, even as the king hath commanded in the land of Judea. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 38 And concerning the three governments that are added to Judea from the country of Samaria, let them be joined with Judea, that they may be reckoned to be under one, nor bound to obey other authority than the high priest's. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 39 As for Ptolemais, and the land pertaining thereto, I give it as a free gift to the sanctuary at Jerusalem for the necessary expences of the sanctuary. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 40 Moreover I give every year fifteen thousand shekels of silver out of the king's accounts from the places appertaining. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 41 And all the overplus, which the officers payed not in as in former time, from henceforth shall be given toward the works of the temple. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 42 And beside this, the five thousand shekels of silver, which they took from the uses of the temple out of the accounts year by year, even those things shall be released, because they appertain to the priests that minister. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 43 And whosoever they be that flee unto the temple at Jerusalem, or be within the liberties hereof, being indebted unto the king, or for any other matter, let them be at liberty, and all that they have in my realm. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 44 For the building also and repairing of the works of the sanctuary expences shall be given of the king's accounts. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 45 Yea, and for the building of the walls of Jerusalem, and the fortifying thereof round about, expences shall be given out of the king's accounts, as also for the building of the walls in Judea. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 46 Now when Jonathan and the people heard these words, they gave no credit unto them, nor received them, because they remembered the great evil that he had done in Israel; for he had afflicted them very sore. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 47 But with Alexander they were well pleased, because he was the first that entreated of true peace with them, and they were confederate with him always. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 48 Then gathered king Alexander great forces, and camped over against Demetrius. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 49 And after the two kings had joined battle, Demetrius' host fled: but Alexander followed after him, and prevailed against them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 50 And he continued the battle very sore until the sun went down: and that day was Demetrius slain. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 51 Afterward Alexander sent ambassadors to Ptolemee king of Egypt with a message to this effect: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 52 Forasmuch as I am come again to my realm, and am set in the throne of my progenitors, and have gotten the dominion, and overthrown Demetrius, and recovered our country; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 53 For after I had joined battle with him, both he and his host was discomfited by us, so that we sit in the throne of his kingdom: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 54 Now therefore let us make a league of amity together, and give me now thy daughter to wife: and I will be thy son in law, and will give both thee and her as according to thy dignity. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 55 Then Ptolemee the king gave answer, saying, Happy be the day wherein thou didst return into the land of thy fathers, and satest in the throne of their kingdom. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 56 And now will I do to thee, as thou hast written: meet me therefore at Ptolemais, that we may see one another; for I will marry my daughter to thee according to thy desire. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 57 So Ptolemee went out of Egypt with his daughter Cleopatra, and they came unto Ptolemais in the hundred threescore and second year: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 58 Where king Alexander meeting him, he gave unto him his daughter Cleopatra, and celebrated her marriage at Ptolemais with great glory, as the manner of kings is. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 59 Now king Alexander had written unto Jonathan, that he should come and meet him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 60 Who thereupon went honourably to Ptolemais, where he met the two kings, and gave them and their friends silver and gold, and many presents, and found favour in their sight. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 61 At that time certain pestilent fellows of Israel, men of a wicked life, assembled themselves against him, to accuse him: but the king would not hear them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 62 Yea more than that, the king commanded to take off his garments, and clothe him in purple: and they did so. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 63 And he made him sit by himself, and said into his princes, Go with him into the midst of the city, and make proclamation, that no man complain against him of any matter, and that no man trouble him for any manner of cause. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 64 Now when his accusers saw that he was honored according to the proclamation, and clothed in purple, they fled all away. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 65 So the king honoured him, and wrote him among his chief friends, and made him a duke, and partaker of his dominion. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 66 Afterward Jonathan returned to Jerusalem with peace and gladness. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 67 Furthermore in the; hundred threescore and fifth year came Demetrius son of Demetrius out of Crete into the land of his fathers: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 68 Whereof when king Alexander heard tell, he was right sorry, and returned into Antioch. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 69 Then Demetrius made Apollonius the governor of Celosyria his general, who gathered together a great host, and camped in Jamnia, and sent unto Jonathan the high priest, saying, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 70 Thou alone liftest up thyself against us, and I am laughed to scorn for thy sake, and reproached: and why dost thou vaunt thy power against us in the mountains? +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 71 Now therefore, if thou trustest in thine own strength, come down to us into the plain field, and there let us try the matter together: for with me is the power of the cities. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 72 Ask and learn who I am, and the rest that take our part, and they shall tell thee that thy foot is not able to to flight in their own land. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 73 Wherefore now thou shalt not be able to abide the horsemen and so great a power in the plain, where is neither stone nor flint, nor place to flee unto. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 74 So when Jonathan heard these words of Apollonius, he was moved in his mind, and choosing ten thousand men he went out of Jerusalem, where Simon his brother met him for to help him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 75 And he pitched his tents against Joppa: but; they of Joppa shut him out of the city, because Apollonius had a garrison there. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 76 Then Jonathan laid siege unto it: whereupon they of the city let him in for fear: and so Jonathan won Joppa. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 77 Whereof when Apollonius heard, he took three thousand horsemen, with a great host of footmen, and went to Azotus as one that journeyed, and therewithal drew him forth into the plain. because he had a great number of horsemen, in whom he put his trust. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 78 Then Jonathan followed after him to Azotus, where the armies joined battle. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 79 Now Apollonius had left a thousand horsemen in ambush. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 80 And Jonathan knew that there was an ambushment behind him; for they had compassed in his host, and cast darts at the people, from morning till evening. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 81 But the people stood still, as Jonathan had commanded them: and so the enemies' horses were tired. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 82 Then brought Simon forth his host, and set them against the footmen, (for the horsemen were spent) who were discomfited by him, and fled. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 83 The horsemen also, being scattered in the field, fled to Azotus, and went into Bethdagon, their idol's temple, for safety. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 84 But Jonathan set fire on Azotus, and the cities round about it, and took their spoils; and the temple of Dagon, with them that were fled into it, he burned with fire. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 85 Thus there were burned and slain with the sword well nigh eight thousand men. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 86 And from thence Jonathan removed his host, and camped against Ascalon, where the men of the city came forth, and met him with great pomp. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 87 After this returned Jonathan and his host unto Jerusalem, having any spoils. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 88 Now when king ALexander heard these things, he honoured Jonathan yet more. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 10 89 And sent him a buckle of gold, as the use is to be given to such as are of the king's blood: he gave him also Accaron with the borders thereof in possession. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 1 And the king of Egypt gathered together a great host, like the sand that lieth upon the sea shore, and many ships, and went about through deceit to get Alexander's kingdom, and join it to his own. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 2 Whereupon he took his journey into Spain in peaceable manner, so as they of the cities opened unto him, and met him: for king Alexander had commanded them so to do, because he was his brother in law. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 3 Now as Ptolemee entered into the cities, he set in every one of them a garrison of soldiers to keep it. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 4 And when he came near to Azotus, they shewed him the temple of Dagon that was burnt, and Azotus and the suburbs thereof that were destroyed, and the bodies that were cast abroad and them that he had burnt in the battle; for they had made heaps of them by the way where he should pass. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 5 Also they told the king whatsoever Jonathan had done, to the intent he might blame him: but the king held his peace. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 6 Then Jonathan met the king with great pomp at Joppa, where they saluted one another, and lodged. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 7 Afterward Jonathan, when he had gone with the king to the river called Eleutherus, returned again to Jerusalem. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 8 King Ptolemee therefore, having gotten the dominion of the cities by the sea unto Seleucia upon the sea coast, imagined wicked counsels against Alexander. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 9 Whereupon he sent ambasadors unto king Demetrius, saying, Come, let us make a league betwixt us, and I will give thee my daughter whom Alexander hath, and thou shalt reign in thy father's kingdom: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 10 For I repent that I gave my daughter unto him, for he sought to slay me. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 11 Thus did he slander him, because he was desirous of his kingdom. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 12 Wherefore he took his daughter from him, and gave her to Demetrius, and forsook Alexander, so that their hatred was openly known. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 13 Then Ptolemee entered into Antioch, where he set two crowns upon his head, the crown of Asia, and of Egypt. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 14 In the mean season was king Alexander in Cilicia, because those that dwelt in those parts had revolted from him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 15 But when Alexander heard of this, he came to war against him: whereupon king Ptolemee brought forth his host, and met him with a mighty power, and put him to flight. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 16 So Alexander fled into Arabia there to be defended; but king Ptolemee was exalted: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 17 For Zabdiel the Arabian took off Alexander's head, and sent it unto Ptolemee. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 18 King Ptolemee also died the third day after, and they that were in the strong holds were slain one of another. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 19 By this means Demetrius reigned in the hundred threescore and seventh year. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 20 At the same time Jonathan gathered together them that were in Judea to take the tower that was in Jerusalem: and he made many engines of war against it. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 21 Then came ungodly persons, who hated their own people, went unto the king, and told him that Jonathan besieged the tower, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 22 Whereof when he heard, he was angry, and immediately removing, he came to Ptolemais, and wrote unto Jonathan, that he should not lay siege to the tower, but come and speak with him at Ptolemais in great haste. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 23 Nevertheless Jonathan, when he heard this, commanded to besiege it still: and he chose certain of the elders of Israel and the priests, and put himself in peril; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 24 And took silver and gold, and raiment, and divers presents besides, and went to Ptolemais unto the king, where he found favour in his sight. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 25 And though certain ungodly men of the people had made complaints against him, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 26 Yet the king entreated him as his predecessors had done before, and promoted him in the sight of all his friends, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 27 And confirmed him in the high priesthood, and in all the honours that he had before, and gave him preeminence among his chief friends. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 28 Then Jonathan desired the king, that he would make Judea free from tribute, as also the three governments, with the country of Samaria; and he promised him three hundred talents. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 29 So the king consented, and wrote letters unto Jonathan of all these things after this manner: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 30 King Demetrius unto his brother Jonathan, and unto the nation of the Jews, sendeth greeting: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 31 We send you here a copy of the letter which we did write unto our cousin Lasthenes concerning you, that ye might see it. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 32 King Demetrius unto his father Lasthenes sendeth greeting: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 33 We are determined to do good to the people of the Jews, who are our friends, and keep covenants with us, because of their good will toward us. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 34 Wherefore we have ratified unto them the borders of Judea, with the three governments of Apherema and Lydda and Ramathem, that are added unto Judea from the country of Samaria, and all things appertaining unto them, for all such as do sacrifice in Jerusalem, instead of the payments which the king received of them yearly aforetime out of the fruits of the earth and of trees. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 35 And as for other things that belong unto us, of the tithes and customs pertaining unto us, as also the saltpits, and the crown taxes, which are due unto us, we discharge them of them all for their relief. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 36 And nothing hereof shall be revoked from this time forth for ever. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 37 Now therefore see that thou make a copy of these things, and let it be delivered unto Jonathan, and set upon the holy mount in a conspicuous place. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 38 After this, when king Demetrius saw that the land was quiet before him, and that no resistance was made against him, he sent away all his forces, every one to his own place, except certain bands of strangers, whom he had gathered from the isles of the heathen: wherefore all the forces of his fathers hated him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 39 Moreover there was one Tryphon, that had been of Alexander's part afore, who, seeing that all the host murmured against Demetrius, went to Simalcue the Arabian that brought up Antiochus the young son of Alexander, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 40 And lay sore upon him to deliver him this young Antiochus, that he might reign in his father's stead: he told him therefore all that Demetrius had done, and how his men of war were at enmity with him, and there he remained a long season. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 41 In the mean time Jonathan sent unto king Demetrius, that he would cast those of the tower out of Jerusalem, and those also in the fortresses: for they fought against Israel. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 42 So Demetrius sent unto Jonathan, saying, I will not only do this for thee and thy people, but I will greatly honour thee and thy nation, if opportunity serve. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 43 Now therefore thou shalt do well, if thou send me men to help me; for all my forces are gone from me. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 44 Upon this Jonathan sent him three thousand strong men unto Antioch: and when they came to the king, the king was very glad of their coming. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 45 Howbeit they that were of the city gathered themselves together into the midst of the city, to the number of an hundred and twenty thousand men, and would have slain the king. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 46 Wherefore the king fled into the court, but they of the city kept the passages of the city, and began to fight. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 47 Then the king called to the Jews for help, who came unto him all at once, and dispersing themselves through the city slew that day in the city to the number of an hundred thousand. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 48 Also they set fire on the city, and gat many spoils that day, and delivered the king. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 49 So when they of the city saw that the Jews had got the city as they would, their courage was abated: wherefore they made supplication to the king, and cried, saying, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 50 Grant us peace, and let the Jews cease from assaulting us and the city. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 51 With that they cast away their weapons, and made peace; and the Jews were honoured in the sight of the king, and in the sight of all that were in his realm; and they returned to Jerusalem, having great spoils. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 52 So king Demetrius sat on the throne of his kingdom, and the land was quiet before him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 53 Nevertheless he dissembled in all that ever he spake, and estranged himself from Jonathan, neither rewarded he him according to the benefits which he had received of him, but troubled him very sore. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 54 After this returned Tryphon, and with him the young child Antiochus, who reigned, and was crowned. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 55 Then there gathered unto him all the men of war, whom Demetrius had put away, and they fought against Demetrius, who turned his back and fled. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 56 Moreover Tryphon took the elephants, and won Antioch. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 57 At that time young Antiochus wrote unto Jonathan, saying, I confirm thee in the high priesthood, and appoint thee ruler over the four governments, and to be one of the king's friends. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 58 Upon this he sent him golden vessels to be served in, and gave him leave to drink in gold, and to be clothed in purple, and to wear a golden buckle. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 59 His brother Simon also he made captain from the place called The ladder of Tyrus unto the borders of Egypt. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 60 Then Jonathan went forth, and passed through the cities beyond the water, and all the forces of Syria gathered themselves unto him for to help him: and when he came to Ascalon, they of the city met him honourably. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 61 From whence he went to Gaza, but they of Gaza shut him out; wherefore he laid siege unto it, and burned the suburbs thereof with fire, and spoiled them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 62 Afterward, when they of Gaza made supplication unto Jonathan, he made peace with them, and took the sons of their chief men for hostages, and sent them to Jerusalem, and passed through the country unto Damascus. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 63 Now when Jonathan heard that Demetrius' princes were come to Cades, which is in Galilee, with a great power, purposing to remove him out of the country, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 64 He went to meet them, and left Simon his brother in the country. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 65 Then Simon encamped against Bethsura and fought against it a long season, and shut it up: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 66 But they desired to have peace with him, which he granted them, and then put them out from thence, and took the city, and set a garrison in it. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 67 As for Jonathan and his host, they pitched at the water of Gennesar, from whence betimes in the morning they gat them to the plain of Nasor. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 68 And, behold, the host of strangers met them in the plain, who, having laid men in ambush for him in the mountains, came themselves over against him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 69 So when they that lay in ambush rose out of their places and joined battle, all that were of Jonathan's side fled; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 70 Insomuch as there was not one of them left, except Mattathias the son of Absalom, and Judas the son of Calphi, the captains of the host. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 71 Then Jonathan rent his clothes, and cast earth upon his head, and prayed. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 72 Afterwards turning again to battle, he put them to flight, and so they ran away. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 73 Now when his own men that were fled saw this, they turned again unto him, and with him pursued them to Cades, even unto their own tents, and there they camped. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 11 74 So there were slain of the heathen that day about three thousand men: but Jonathan returned to Jerusalem. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 1 Now when Jonathan saw that time served him, he chose certain men, and sent them to Rome, for to confirm and renew the friendship that they had with them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 2 He sent letters also to the Lacedemonians, and to other places, for the same purpose. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 3 So they went unto Rome, and entered into the senate, and said, Jonathan the high priest, and the people of the Jews, sent us unto you, to the end ye should renew the friendship, which ye had with them, and league, as in former time. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 4 Upon this the Romans gave them letters unto the governors of every place that they should bring them into the land of Judea peaceably. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 5 And this is the copy of the letters which Jonathan wrote to the Lacedemonians: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 6 Jonathan the high priest, and the elders of the nation, and the priests, and the other of the Jews, unto the Lacedemonians their brethren send greeting: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 7 There were letters sent in times past unto Onias the high priest from Darius, who reigned then among you, to signify that ye are our brethren, as the copy here underwritten doth specify. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 8 At which time Onias entreated the ambassador that was sent honourably, and received the letters, wherein declaration was made of the league and friendship. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 9 Therefore we also, albeit we need none of these things, that we have the holy books of scripture in our hands to comfort us, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 10 Have nevertheless attempted to send unto you for the renewing of brotherhood and friendship, lest we should become strangers unto you altogether: for there is a long time passed since ye sent unto us. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 11 We therefore at all times without ceasing, both in our feasts, and other convenient days, do remember you in the sacrifices which we offer, and in our prayers, as reason is, and as it becometh us to think upon our brethren: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 12 And we are right glad of your honour. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 13 As for ourselves, we have had great troubles and wars on every side, forsomuch as the kings that are round about us have fought against us. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 14 Howbeit we would not be troublesome unto you, nor to others of our confederates and friends, in these wars: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 15 For we have help from heaven that succoureth us, so as we are delivered from our enemies, and our enemies are brought under foot. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 16 For this cause we chose Numenius the son of Antiochus, and Antipater he son of Jason, and sent them unto the Romans, to renew the amity that we had with them, and the former league. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 17 We commanded them also to go unto you, and to salute and to deliver you our letters concerning the renewing of our brotherhood. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 18 Wherefore now ye shall do well to give us an answer thereto. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 19 And this is the copy of the letters which Oniares sent. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 20 Areus king of the Lacedemonians to Onias the high priest, greeting: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 21 It is found in writing, that the Lacedemonians and Jews are brethren, and that they are of the stock of Abraham: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 22 Now therefore, since this is come to our knowledge, ye shall do well to write unto us of your prosperity. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 23 We do write back again to you, that your cattle and goods are our's, and our's are your's We do command therefore our ambassadors to make report unto you on this wise. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 24 Now when Jonathan heard that Demebius' princes were come to fight against him with a greater host than afore, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 25 He removed from Jerusalem, and met them in the land of Amathis: for he gave them no respite to enter his country. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 26 He sent spies also unto their tents, who came again, and told him that they were appointed to come upon them in the night season. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 27 Wherefore so soon as the sun was down, Jonathan commanded his men to watch, and to be in arms, that all the night long they might be ready to fight: also he sent forth centinels round about the host. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 28 But when the adversaries heard that Jonathan and his men were ready for battle, they feared, and trembled in their hearts, and they kindled fires in their camp. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 29 Howbeit Jonathan and his company knew it not till the morning: for they saw the lights burning. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 30 Then Jonathan pursued after them, but overtook them not: for they were gone over the river Eleutherus. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 31 Wherefore Jonathan turned to the Arabians, who were called Zabadeans, and smote them, and took their spoils. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 32 And removing thence, he came to Damascus, and so passed through all the country, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 33 Simon also went forth, and passed through the country unto Ascalon, and the holds there adjoining, from whence he turned aside to Joppa, and won it. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 34 For he had heard that they would deliver the hold unto them that took Demetrius' part; wherefore he set a garrison there to keep it. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 35 After this came Jonathan home again, and calling the elders of the people together, he consulted with them about building strong holds in Judea, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 36 And making the walls of Jerusalem higher, and raising a great mount between the tower and the city, for to separate it from the city, that so it might be alone, that men might neither sell nor buy in it. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 37 Upon this they came together to build up the city, forasmuch as part of the wall toward the brook on the east side was fallen down, and they repaired that which was called Caphenatha. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 38 Simon also set up Adida in Sephela, and made it strong with gates and bars. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 39 Now Tryphon went about to get the kingdom of Asia, and to kill Antiochus the king, that he might set the crown upon his own head. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 40 Howbeit he was afraid that Jonathan would not suffer him, and that he would fight against him; wherefore he sought a way how to take Jonathan, that he might kill him. So he removed, and came to Bethsan. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 41 Then Jonathan went out to meet him with forty thousand men chosen for the battle, and came to Bethsan. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 42 Now when Tryphon saw Jonathan came with so great a force, he durst not stretch his hand against him; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 43 But received him honourably, and commended him unto all his friends, and gave him gifts, and commanded his men of war to be as obedient unto him, as to himself. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 44 Unto Jonathan also he said, Why hast thou brought all this people to so great trouble, seeing there is no war betwixt us? +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 45 Therefore send them now home again, and choose a few men to wait on thee, and come thou with me to Ptolemais, for I will give it thee, and the rest of the strong holds and forces, and all that have any charge: as for me, I will return and depart: for this is the cause of my coming. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 46 So Jonathan believing him did as he bade him, and sent away his host, who went into the land of Judea. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 47 And with himself he retained but three thousand men, of whom he sent two thousand into Galilee, and one thousand went with him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 48 Now as soon as Jonathan entered into Ptolemais, they of Ptolemais shut the gates and took him, and all them that came with him they slew with the sword. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 49 Then sent Tryphon an host of footmen and horsemen into Galilee, and into the great plain, to destroy all Jonathan's company. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 50 But when they knew that Jonathan and they that were with him were taken and slain, they encouraged one another; and went close together, prepared to fight. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 51 They therefore that followed upon them, perceiving that they were ready to fight for their lives, turned back again. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 52 Whereupon they all came into the land of Judea peaceably, and there they bewailed Jonathan, and them that were with him, and they were sore afraid; wherefore all Israel made great lamentation. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 12 53 Then all the heathen that were round about then sought to destroy them: for said they, They have no captain, nor any to help them: now therefore let us make war upon them, and take away their memorial from among men. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 1 Now when Simon heard that Tryphon had gathered together a great host to invade the land of Judea, and destroy it, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 2 And saw that the people was in great trembling and fear, he went up to Jerusalem, and gathered the people together, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 3 And gave them exhortation, saying, Ye yourselves know what great things I, and my brethren, and my father's house, have done for the laws and the sanctuary, the battles also and troubles which we have seen. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 4 By reason whereof all my brethren are slain for Israel's sake, and I am left alone. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 5 Now therefore be it far from me, that I should spare mine own life in any time of trouble: for I am no better than my brethren. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 6 Doubtless I will avenge my nation, and the sanctuary, and our wives, and our children: for all the heathen are gathered to destroy us of very malice. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 7 Now as soon as the people heard these words, their spirit revived. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 8 And they answered with a loud voice, saying, Thou shalt be our leader instead of Judas and Jonathan thy brother. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 9 Fight thou our battles, and whatsoever, thou commandest us, that will we do. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 10 So then he gathered together all the men of war, and made haste to finish the walls of Jerusalem, and he fortified it round about. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 11 Also he sent Jonathan the son of Absolom, and with him a great power, to Joppa: who casting out them that were therein remained there in it. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 12 So Tryphon removed from Ptolemaus with a great power to invade the land of Judea, and Jonathan was with him in ward. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 13 But Simon pitched his tents at Adida, over against the plain. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 14 Now when Tryphon knew that Simon was risen up instead of his brother Jonathan, and meant to join battle with him, he sent messengers unto him, saying, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 15 Whereas we have Jonathan thy brother in hold, it is for money that he is owing unto the king's treasure, concerning the business that was committed unto him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 16 Wherefore now send an hundred talents of silver, and two of his sons for hostages, that when he is at liberty he may not revolt from us, and we will let him go. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 17 Hereupon Simon, albeit he perceived that they spake deceitfully unto him yet sent he the money and the children, lest peradventure he should procure to himself great hatred of the people: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 18 Who might have said, Because I sent him not the money and the children, therefore is Jonathan dead. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 19 So he sent them the children and the hundred talents: howbeit Tryphon dissembled neither would he let Jonathan go. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 20 And after this came Tryphon to invade the land, and destroy it, going round about by the way that leadeth unto Adora: but Simon and his host marched against him in every place, wheresoever he went. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 21 Now they that were in the tower sent messengers unto Tryphon, to the end that he should hasten his coming unto them by the wilderness, and send them victuals. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 22 Wherefore Tryphon made ready all his horsemen to come that night: but there fell a very great snow, by reason whereof he came not. So he departed, and came into the country of Galaad. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 23 And when he came near to Bascama he slew Jonathan, who was buried there. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 24 Afterward Tryphon returned and went into his own land. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 25 Then sent Simon, and took the bones of Jonathan his brother, and buried them in Modin, the city of his fathers. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 26 And all Israel made great lamentation for him, and bewailed him many days. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 27 Simon also built a monument upon the sepulchre of his father and his brethren, and raised it aloft to the sight, with hewn stone behind and before. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 28 Moreover he set up seven pyramids, one against another, for his father, and his mother, and his four brethren. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 29 And in these he made cunning devices, about the which he set great pillars, and upon the pillars he made all their armour for a perpetual memory, and by the armour ships carved, that they might be seen of all that sail on the sea. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 30 This is the sepulchre which he made at Modin, and it standeth yet unto this day. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 31 Now Tryphon dealt deceitfully with the young king Antiochus, and slew him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 32 And he reigned in his stead, and crowned himself king of Asia, and brought a great calamity upon the land. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 33 Then Simon built up the strong holds in Judea, and fenced them about with high towers, and great walls, and gates, and bars, and laid up victuals therein. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 34 Moreover Simon chose men, and sent to king Demetrius, to the end he should give the land an immunity, because all that Tryphon did was to spoil. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 35 Unto whom king Demetrius answered and wrote after this manner: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 36 King Demetrius unto Simon the high priest, and friend of kings, as also unto the elders and nation of the Jews, sendeth greeting: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 37 The golden crown, and the scarlet robe, which ye sent unto us, we have received: and we are ready to make a stedfast peace with you, yea, and to write unto our officers, to confirm the immunities which we have granted. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 38 And whatsoever covenants we have made with you shall stand; and the strong holds, which ye have builded, shall be your own. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 39 As for any oversight or fault committed unto this day, we forgive it, and the crown tax also, which ye owe us: and if there were any other tribute paid in Jerusalem, it shall no more be paid. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 40 And look who are meet among you to be in our court, let then be enrolled, and let there be peace betwixt us. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 41 Thus the yoke of the heathen was taken away from Israel in the hundred and seventieth year. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 42 Then the people of Israel began to write in their instruments and contracts, In the first year of Simon the high priest, the governor and leader of the Jews. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 43 In those days Simon camped against Gaza and besieged it round about; he made also an engine of war, and set it by the city, and battered a certain tower, and took it. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 44 And they that were in the engine leaped into the city; whereupon there was a great uproar in the city: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 45 Insomuch as the people of the city rent their clothes, and climbed upon the walls with their wives and children, and cried with a loud voice, beseeching Simon to grant them peace. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 46 And they said, Deal not with us according to our wickedness, but according to thy mercy. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 47 So Simon was appeased toward them, and fought no more against them, but put them out of the city, and cleansed the houses wherein the idols were, and so entered into it with songs and thanksgiving. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 48 Yea, he put all uncleanness out of it, and placed such men there as would keep the law, and made it stronger than it was before, and built therein a dwellingplace for himself. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 49 They also of the tower in Jerusalem were kept so strait, that they could neither come forth, nor go into the country, nor buy, nor sell: wherefore they were in great distress for want of victuals, and a great number of them perished through famine. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 50 Then cried they to Simon, beseeching him to be at one with them: which thing he granted them; and when he had put them out from thence, he cleansed the tower from pollutions: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 51 And entered into it the three and twentieth day of the second month in the hundred seventy and first year, with thanksgiving, and branches of palm trees, and with harps, and cymbals, and with viols, and hymns, and songs: because there was destroyed a great enemy out of Israel. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 52 He ordained also that that day should be kept every year with gladness. Moreover the hill of the temple that was by the tower he made stronger than it was, and there he dwelt himself with his company. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 13 53 And when Simon saw that John his son was a valiant man, he made him captain of all the hosts; and he dwelt in Gazera. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 1 Now in the hundred threescore and twelfth year king Demetrius gathered his forces together, and went into Media to get him help to fight against Tryphone. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 2 But when Arsaces, the king of Persia and Media, heard that Demetrius was entered within his borders, he sent one of his princes to take him alive: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 3 Who went and smote the host of Demetrius, and took him, and brought him to Arsaces, by whom he was put in ward. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 4 As for the land of Judea, that was quiet all the days of Simon; for he sought the good of his nation in such wise, as that evermore his authority and honour pleased them well. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 5 And as he was honourable in all his acts, so in this, that he took Joppa for an haven, and made an entrance to the isles of the sea, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 6 And enlarged the bounds of his nation, and recovered the country, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 7 And gathered together a great number of captives, and had the dominion of Gazera, and Bethsura, and the tower, out of the which he took all uncleaness, neither was there any that resisted him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 8 Then did they till their ground in peace, and the earth gave her increase, and the trees of the field their fruit. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 9 The ancient men sat all in the streets, communing together of good things, and the young men put on glorious and warlike apparel. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 10 He provided victuals for the cities, and set in them all manner of munition, so that his honourable name was renowned unto the end of the world. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 11 He made peace in the land, and Israel rejoiced with great joy: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 12 For every man sat under his vine and his fig tree, and there was none to fray them: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 13 Neither was there any left in the land to fight against them: yea, the kings themselves were overthrown in those days. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 14 Moreover he strengthened all those of his people that were brought low: the law he searched out; and every contemner of the law and wicked person he took away. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 15 He beautified the sanctuary, and multiplied vessels of the temple. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 16 Now when it was heard at Rome, and as far as Sparta, that Jonathan was dead, they were very sorry. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 17 But as soon as they heard that his brother Simon was made high priest in his stead, and ruled the country, and the cities therein: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 18 They wrote unto him in tables of brass, to renew the friendship and league which they had made with Judas and Jonathan his brethren: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 19 Which writings were read before the congregation at Jerusalem. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 20 And this is the copy of the letters that the Lacedemonians sent; The rulers of the Lacedemonians, with the city, unto Simon the high priest, and the elders, and priests, and residue of the people of the Jews, our brethren, send greeting: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 21 The ambassadors that were sent unto our people certified us of your glory and honour: wherefore we were glad of their coming, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 22 And did register the things that they spake in the council of the people in this manner; Numenius son of Antiochus, and Antipater son of Jason, the Jews' ambassadors, came unto us to renew the friendship they had with us. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 23 And it pleased the people to entertain the men honourably, and to put the copy of their ambassage in publick records, to the end the people of the Lacedemonians might have a memorial thereof: furthermore we have written a copy thereof unto Simon the high priest. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 24 After this Simon sent Numenius to Rome with a great shield of gold of a thousand pound weight to confirm the league with them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 25 Whereof when the people heard, they said, What thanks shall we give to Simon and his sons? +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 26 For he and his brethren and the house of his father have established Israel, and chased away in fight their enemies from them, and confirmed their liberty. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 27 So then they wrote it in tables of brass, which they set upon pillars in mount Sion: and this is the copy of the writing; The eighteenth day of the month Elul, in the hundred threescore and twelfth year, being the third year of Simon the high priest, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 28 At Saramel in the great congregation of the priests, and people, and rulers of the nation, and elders of the country, were these things notified unto us. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 29 Forasmuch as oftentimes there have been wars in the country, wherein for the maintenance of their sanctuary, and the law, Simon the son of Mattathias, of the posterity of Jarib, together with his brethren, put themselves in jeopardy, and resisting the enemies of their nation did their nation great honour: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 30 (For after that Jonathan, having gathered his nation together, and been their high priest, was added to his people, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 31 Their enemies prepared to invade their country, that they might destroy it, and lay hands on the sanctuary: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 32 At which time Simon rose up, and fought for his nation, and spent much of his own substance, and armed the valiant men of his nation and gave them wages, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 33 And fortified the cities of Judea, together with Bethsura, that lieth upon the borders of Judea, where the armour of the enemies had been before; but he set a garrison of Jews there: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 34 Moreover he fortified Joppa, which lieth upon the sea, and Gazera, that bordereth upon Azotus, where the enemies had dwelt before: but he placed Jews there, and furnished them with all things convenient for the reparation thereof.) +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 35 The people therefore sang the acts of Simon, and unto what glory he thought to bring his nation, made him their governor and chief priest, because he had done all these things, and for the justice and faith which he kept to his nation, and for that he sought by all means to exalt his people. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 36 For in his time things prospered in his hands, so that the heathen were taken out of their country, and they also that were in the city of David in Jerusalem, who had made themselves a tower, out of which they issued, and polluted all about the sanctuary, and did much hurt in the holy place: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 37 But he placed Jews therein. and fortified it for the safety of the country and the city, and raised up the walls of Jerusalem. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 38 King Demetrius also confirmed him in the high priesthood according to those things, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 39 And made him one of his friends, and honoured him with great honour. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 40 For he had heard say, that the Romans had called the Jews their friends and confederates and brethren; and that they had entertained the ambassadors of Simon honourably; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 41 Also that the Jews and priests were well pleased that Simon should be their governor and high priest for ever, until there should arise a faithful prophet; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 42 Moreover that he should be their captain, and should take charge of the sanctuary, to set them over their works, and over the country, and over the armour, and over the fortresses, that, I say, he should take charge of the sanctuary; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 43 Beside this, that he should be obeyed of every man, and that all the writings in the country should be made in his name, and that he should be clothed in purple, and wear gold: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 44 Also that it should be lawful for none of the people or priests to break any of these things, or to gainsay his words, or to gather an assembly in the country without him, or to be clothed in purple, or wear a buckle of gold; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 45 And whosoever should do otherwise, or break any of these things, he should be punished. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 46 Thus it liked all the people to deal with Simon, and to do as hath been said. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 47 Then Simon accepted hereof, and was well pleased to be high priest, and captain and governor of the Jews and priests, and to defend them all. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 48 So they commanded that this writing should be put in tables of brass, and that they should be set up within the compass of the sanctuary in a conspicuous place; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 14 49 Also that the copies thereof should be laid up in the treasury, to the end that Simon and his sons might have them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 1 Moreover Antiochus son of Demetrius the king sent letters from the isles of the sea unto Simon the priest and prince of the Jews, and to all the people; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 2 The contents whereof were these: King Antiochus to Simon the high priest and prince of his nation, and to the people of the Jews, greeting: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 3 Forasmuch as certain pestilent men have usurped the kingdom of our fathers, and my purpose is to challenge it again, that I may restore it to the old estate, and to that end have gathered a multitude of foreign soldiers together, and prepared ships of war; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 4 My meaning also being to go through the country, that I may be avenged of them that have destroyed it, and made many cities in the kingdom desolate: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 5 Now therefore I confirm unto thee all the oblations which the kings before me granted thee, and whatsoever gifts besides they granted. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 6 I give thee leave also to coin money for thy country with thine own stamp. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 7 And as concerning Jerusalem and the sanctuary, let them be free; and all the armour that thou hast made, and fortresses that thou hast built, and keepest in thine hands, let them remain unto thee. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 8 And if anything be, or shall be, owing to the king, let it be forgiven thee from this time forth for evermore. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 9 Furthermore, when we have obtained our kingdom, we will honour thee, and thy nation, and thy temple, with great honour, so that your honour shall be known throughout the world. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 10 In the hundred threescore and fourteenth year went Antiochus into the land of his fathers: at which time all the forces came together unto him, so that few were left with Tryphon. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 11 Wherefore being pursued by king Antiochus, he fled unto Dora, which lieth by the sea side: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 12 For he saw that troubles came upon him all at once, and that his forces had forsaken him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 13 Then camped Antiochus against Dora, having with him an hundred and twenty thousand men of war, and eight thousand horsemen. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 14 And when he had compassed the city round about, and joined ships close to the town on the sea side, he vexed the city by land and by sea, neither suffered he any to go out or in. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 15 In the mean season came Numenius and his company from Rome, having letters to the kings and countries; wherein were written these things: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 16 Lucius, consul of the Romans unto king Ptolemee, greeting: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 17 The Jews' ambassadors, our friends and confederates, came unto us to renew the old friendship and league, being sent from Simon the high priest, and from the people of the Jews: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 18 And they brought a shield of gold of a thousand pound. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 19 We thought it good therefore to write unto the kings and countries, that they should do them no harm, nor fight against them, their cities, or countries, nor yet aid their enemies against them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 20 It seemed also good to us to receive the shield of them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 21 If therefore there be any pestilent fellows, that have fled from their country unto you, deliver them unto Simon the high priest, that he may punish them according to their own law. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 22 The same things wrote he likewise unto Demetrius the king, and Attalus, to Ariarathes, and Arsaces, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 23 And to all the countries and to Sampsames, and the Lacedemonians, and to Delus, and Myndus, and Sicyon, and Caria, and Samos, and Pamphylia, and Lycia, and Halicarnassus, and Rhodus, and Aradus, and Cos, and Side, and Aradus, and Gortyna, and Cnidus, and Cyprus, and Cyrene. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 24 And the copy hereof they wrote to Simon the high priest. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 25 So Antiochus the king camped against Dora the second day, assaulting it continually, and making engines, by which means he shut up Tryphon, that he could neither go out nor in. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 26 At that time Simon sent him two thousand chosen men to aid him; silver also, and gold, and much armour. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 27 Nevertheless he would not receive them, but brake all the covenants which he had made with him afore, and became strange unto him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 28 Furthermore he sent unto him Athenobius, one of his friends, to commune with him, and say, Ye withhold Joppa and Gazera; with the tower that is in Jerusalem, which are cities of my realm. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 29 The borders thereof ye have wasted, and done great hurt in the land, and got the dominion of many places within my kingdom. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 30 Now therefore deliver the cities which ye have taken, and the tributes of the places, whereof ye have gotten dominion without the borders of Judea: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 31 Or else give me for them five hundred talents of silver; and for the harm that ye have done, and the tributes of the cities, other five hundred talents: if not, we will come and fight against you +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 32 So Athenobius the king's friend came to Jerusalem: and when he saw the glory of Simon, and the cupboard of gold and silver plate, and his great attendance, he was astonished, and told him the king's message. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 33 Then answered Simon, and said unto him, We have neither taken other men's land, nor holden that which appertaineth to others, but the inheritance of our fathers, which our enemies had wrongfully in possession a certain time. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 34 Wherefore we, having opportunity, hold the inheritance of our fathers. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 35 And whereas thou demandest Joppa and Gazera, albeit they did great harm unto the people in our country, yet will we give thee an hundred talents for them. Hereunto Athenobius answered him not a word; +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 36 But returned in a rage to the king, and made report unto him of these speeches, and of the glory of Simon, and of all that he had seen: whereupon the king was exceeding wroth. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 37 In the mean time fled Tryphon by ship unto Orthosias. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 38 Then the king made Cendebeus captain of the sea coast, and gave him an host of footmen and horsemen, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 39 And commanded him to remove his host toward Judea; also he commanded him to build up Cedron, and to fortify the gates, and to war against the people; but as for the king himself, he pursued Tryphon. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 40 So Cendebeus came to Jamnia and began to provoke the people and to invade Judea, and to take the people prisoners, and slay them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 15 41 And when he had built up Cedrou, he set horsemen there, and an host of footmen, to the end that issuing out they might make outroads upon the ways of Judea, as the king had commanded him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 1 Then came up John from Gazera, and told Simon his father what Cendebeus had done. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 2 Wherefore Simon called his two eldest sons, Judas and John, and said unto them, I, and my brethren, and my father's house, have ever from my youth unto this day fought against the enemies of Israel; and things have prospered so well in our hands, that we have delivered Israel oftentimes. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 3 But now I am old, and ye, by God's mercy, are of a sufficient age: be ye instead of me and my brother, and go and fight for our nation, and the help from heaven be with you. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 4 So he chose out of the country twenty thousand men of war with horsemen, who went out against Cendebeus, and rested that night at Modin. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 5 And when as they rose in the morning, and went into the plain, behold, a mighty great host both of footmen and horsemen came against them: howbeit there was a water brook betwixt them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 6 So he and his people pitched over against them: and when he saw that the people were afraid to go over the water brook, he went first over himself, and then the men seeing him passed through after him. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 7 That done, he divided his men, and set the horsemen in the midst of the footmen: for the enemies' horsemen were very many. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 8 Then sounded they with the holy trumpets: whereupon Cendebeus and his host were put to flight, so that many of them were slain, and the remnant gat them to the strong hold. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 9 At that time was Judas John's brother wounded; but John still followed after them, until he came to Cedron, which Cendebeus had built. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 10 So they fled even unto the towers in the fields of Azotus; wherefore he burned it with fire: so that there were slain of them about two thousand men. Afterward he returned into the land of Judea in peace. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 11 Moreover in the plain of Jericho was Ptolemeus the son of Abubus made captain, and he had abundance of silver and gold: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 12 For he was the high priest's son in law. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 13 Wherefore his heart being lifted up, he thought to get the country to himself, and thereupon consulted deceitfully against Simon and his sons to destroy them. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 14 Now Simon was visiting the cities that were in the country, and taking care for the good ordering of them; at which time he came down himself to Jericho with his sons, Mattathias and Judas, in the hundred threescore and seventeenth year, in the eleventh month, called Sabat: +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 15 Where the son of Abubus receiving them deceitfully into a little hold, called Docus, which he had built, made them a great banquet: howbeit he had hid men there. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 16 So when Simon and his sons had drunk largely, Ptolemee and his men rose up, and took their weapons, and came upon Simon into the banqueting place, and slew him, and his two sons, and certain of his servants. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 17 In which doing he committed a great treachery, and recompensed evil for good. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 18 Then Ptolemee wrote these things, and sent to the king, that he should send him an host to aid him, and he would deliver him the country and cities. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 19 He sent others also to Gazera to kill John: and unto the tribunes he sent letters to come unto him, that he might give them silver, and gold, and rewards. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 20 And others he sent to take Jerusalem, and the mountain of the temple. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 21 Now one had run afore to Gazera and told John that his father and brethren were slain, and, quoth he, Ptolemee hath sent to slay thee also. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 22 Hereof when he heard, he was sore astonished: so he laid hands on them that were come to destroy him, and slew them; for he knew that they sought to make him away. +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 23 As concerning the rest of the acts of John, and his wars, and worthy deeds which he did, and the building of the walls which he made, and his doings, +1 Maccabees 1Mac 76 16 24 Behold, these are written in the chronicles of his priesthood, from the time he was made high priest after his father. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 1 The brethren, the Jews that be at Jerusalem and in the land of Judea, wish unto the brethren, the Jews that are throughout Egypt health and peace: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 2 God be gracious unto you, and remember his covenant that he made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, his faithful servants; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 3 And give you all an heart to serve him, and to do his will, with a good courage and a willing mind; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 4 And open your hearts in his law and commandments, and send you peace, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 5 And hear your prayers, and be at one with you, and never forsake you in time of trouble. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 6 And now we be here praying for you. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 7 What time as Demetrius reigned, in the hundred threescore and ninth year, we the Jews wrote unto you in the extremity of trouble that came upon us in those years, from the time that Jason and his company revolted from the holy land and kingdom, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 8 And burned the porch, and shed innocent blood: then we prayed unto the Lord, and were heard; we offered also sacrifices and fine flour, and lighted the lamps, and set forth the loaves. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 9 And now see that ye keep the feast of tabernacles in the month Casleu. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 10 In the hundred fourscore and eighth year, the people that were at Jerusalem and in Judea, and the council, and Judas, sent greeting and health unto Aristobulus, king Ptolemeus' master, who was of the stock of the anointed priests, and to the Jews that were in Egypt: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 11 Insomuch as God hath delivered us from great perils, we thank him highly, as having been in battle against a king. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 12 For he cast them out that fought within the holy city. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 13 For when the leader was come into Persia, and the army with him that seemed invincible, they were slain in the temple of Nanea by the deceit of Nanea's priests. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 14 For Antiochus, as though he would marry her, came into the place, and his friends that were with him, to receive money in name of a dowry. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 15 Which when the priests of Nanea had set forth, and he was entered with a small company into the compass of the temple, they shut the temple as soon as Antiochus was come in: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 16 And opening a privy door of the roof, they threw stones like thunderbolts, and struck down the captain, hewed them in pieces, smote off their heads and cast them to those that were without. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 17 Blessed be our God in all things, who hath delivered up the ungodly. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 18 Therefore whereas we are now purposed to keep the purification of the temple upon the five and twentieth day of the month Casleu, we thought it necessary to certify you thereof, that ye also might keep it, as the feast of the tabernacles, and of the fire, which was given us when Neemias offered sacrifice, after that he had builded the temple and the altar. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 19 For when our fathers were led into Persia, the priests that were then devout took the fire of the altar privily, and hid it in an hollow place of a pit without water, where they kept it sure, so that the place was unknown to all men. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 20 Now after many years, when it pleased God, Neemias, being sent from the king of Persia, did send of the posterity of those priests that had hid it to the fire: but when they told us they found no fire, but thick water; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 21 Then commanded he them to draw it up, and to bring it; and when the sacrifices were laid on, Neemias commanded the priests to sprinkle the wood and the things laid thereupon with the water. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 22 When this was done, and the time came that the sun shone, which afore was hid in the cloud, there was a great fire kindled, so that every man marvelled. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 23 And the priests made a prayer whilst the sacrifice was consuming, I say, both the priests, and all the rest, Jonathan beginning, and the rest answering thereunto, as Neemias did. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 24 And the prayer was after this manner; O Lord, Lord God, Creator of all things, who art fearful and strong, and righteous, and merciful, and the only and gracious King, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 25 The only giver of all things, the only just, almighty, and everlasting, thou that deliverest Israel from all trouble, and didst choose the fathers, and sanctify them: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 26 Receive the sacrifice for thy whole people Israel, and preserve thine own portion, and sanctify it. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 27 Gather those together that are scattered from us, deliver them that serve among the heathen, look upon them that are despised and abhorred, and let the heathen know that thou art our God. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 28 Punish them that oppress us, and with pride do us wrong. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 29 Plant thy people again in thy holy place, as Moses hath spoken. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 30 And the priests sung psalms of thanksgiving. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 31 Now when the sacrifice was consumed, Neemias commanded the water that was left to be poured on the great stones. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 32 When this was done, there was kindled a flame: but it was consumed by the light that shined from the altar. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 33 So when this matter was known, it was told the king of Persia, that in the place, where the priests that were led away had hid the fire, there appeared water, and that Neemias had purified the sacrifices therewith. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 34 Then the king, inclosing the place, made it holy, after he had tried the matter. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 35 And the king took many gifts, and bestowed thereof on those whom he would gratify. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 1 36 And Neemias called this thing Naphthar, which is as much as to say, a cleansing: but many men call it Nephi. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 1 It is also found in the records, that Jeremy the prophet commanded them that were carried away to take of the fire, as it hath been signified: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 2 And how that the prophet, having given them the law, charged them not to forget the commandments of the Lord, and that they should not err in their minds, when they see images of silver and gold, with their ornaments. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 3 And with other such speeches exhorted he them, that the law should not depart from their hearts. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 4 It was also contained in the same writing, that the prophet, being warned of God, commanded the tabernacle and the ark to go with him, as he went forth into the mountain, where Moses climbed up, and saw the heritage of God. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 5 And when Jeremy came thither, he found an hollow cave, wherein he laid the tabernacle, and the ark, and the altar of incense, and so stopped the door. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 6 And some of those that followed him came to mark the way, but they could not find it. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 7 Which when Jeremy perceived, he blamed them, saying, As for that place, it shall be unknown until the time that God gather his people again together, and receive them unto mercy. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 8 Then shall the Lord shew them these things, and the glory of the Lord shall appear, and the cloud also, as it was shewed under Moses, and as when Solomon desired that the place might be honourably sanctified. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 9 It was also declared, that he being wise offered the sacrifice of dedication, and of the finishing of the temple. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 10 And as when Moses prayed unto the Lord, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the sacrifices: even so prayed Solomon also, and the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offerings. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 11 And Moses said, Because the sin offering was not to be eaten, it was consumed. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 12 So Solomon kept those eight days. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 13 The same things also were reported in the writings and commentaries of Neemias; and how he founding a library gathered together the acts of the kings, and the prophets, and of David, and the epistles of the kings concerning the holy gifts. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 14 In like manner also Judas gathered together all those things that were lost by reason of the war we had, and they remain with us, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 15 Wherefore if ye have need thereof, send some to fetch them unto you. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 16 Whereas we then are about to celebrate the purification, we have written unto you, and ye shall do well, if ye keep the same days. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 17 We hope also, that the God, that delivered all his people, and gave them all an heritage, and the kingdom, and the priesthood, and the sanctuary, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 18 As he promised in the law, will shortly have mercy upon us, and gather us together out of every land under heaven into the holy place: for he hath delivered us out of great troubles, and hath purified the place. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 19 Now as concerning Judas Maccabeus, and his brethren, and the purification of the great temple, and the dedication of the altar, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 20 And the wars against Antiochus Epiphanes, and Eupator his son, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 21 And the manifest signs that came from heaven unto those that behaved themselves manfully to their honour for Judaism: so that, being but a few, they overcame the whole country, and chased barbarous multitudes, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 22 And recovered again the temple renowned all the world over, and freed the city, and upheld the laws which were going down, the Lord being gracious unto them with all favour: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 23 All these things, I say, being declared by Jason of Cyrene in five books, we will assay to abridge in one volume. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 24 For considering the infinite number, and the difficulty which they find that desire to look into the narrations of the story, for the variety of the matter, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 25 We have been careful, that they that will read may have delight, and that they that are desirous to commit to memory might have ease, and that all into whose hands it comes might have profit. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 26 Therefore to us, that have taken upon us this painful labour of abridging, it was not easy, but a matter of sweat and watching; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 27 Even as it is no ease unto him that prepareth a banquet, and seeketh the benefit of others: yet for the pleasuring of many we will undertake gladly this great pains; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 28 Leaving to the author the exact handling of every particular, and labouring to follow the rules of an abridgement. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 29 For as the master builder of a new house must care for the whole building; but he that undertaketh to set it out, and paint it, must seek out fit things for the adorning thereof: even so I think it is with us. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 30 To stand upon every point, and go over things at large, and to be curious in particulars, belongeth to the first author of the story: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 31 But to use brevity, and avoid much labouring of the work, is to be granted to him that will make an abridgment. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 2 32 Here then will we begin the story: only adding thus much to that which hath been said, that it is a foolish thing to make a long prologue, and to be short in the story itself. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 1 Now when the holy city was inhabited with all peace, and the laws were kept very well, because of the godliness of Onias the high priest, and his hatred of wickedness, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 2 It came to pass that even the kings themselves did honour the place, and magnify the temple with their best gifts; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 3 Insomuch that Seleucus of Asia of his own revenues bare all the costs belonging to the service of the sacrifices. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 4 But one Simon of the tribe of Benjamin, who was made governor of the temple, fell out with the high priest about disorder in the city. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 5 And when he could not overcome Onias, he gat him to Apollonius the son of Thraseas, who then was governor of Celosyria and Phenice, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 6 And told him that the treasury in Jerusalem was full of infinite sums of money, so that the multitude of their riches, which did not pertain to the account of the sacrifices, was innumerable, and that it was possible to bring all into the king's hand. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 7 Now when Apollonius came to the king, and had shewed him of the money whereof he was told, the king chose out Heliodorus his treasurer, and sent him with a commandment to bring him the foresaid money. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 8 So forthwith Heliodorus took his journey; under a colour of visiting the cities of Celosyria and Phenice, but indeed to fulfil the king's purpose. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 9 And when he was come to Jerusalem, and had been courteously received of the high priest of the city, he told him what intelligence was given of the money, and declared wherefore he came, and asked if these things were so indeed. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 10 Then the high priest told him that there was such money laid up for the relief of widows and fatherless children: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 11 And that some of it belonged to Hircanus son of Tobias, a man of great dignity, and not as that wicked Simon had misinformed: the sum whereof in all was four hundred talents of silver, and two hundred of gold: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 12 And that it was altogether impossible that such wrongs should be done unto them, that had committed it to the holiness of the place, and to the majesty and inviolable sanctity of the temple, honoured over all the world. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 13 But Heliodorus, because of the king's commandment given him, said, That in any wise it must be brought into the king's treasury. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 14 So at the day which he appointed he entered in to order this matter: wherefore there was no small agony throughout the whole city. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 15 But the priests, prostrating themselves before the altar in their priests' vestments, called unto heaven upon him that made a law concerning things given to he kept, that they should safely be preserved for such as had committed them to be kept. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 16 Then whoso had looked the high priest in the face, it would have wounded his heart: for his countenance and the changing of his colour declared the inward agony of his mind. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 17 For the man was so compassed with fear and horror of the body, that it was manifest to them that looked upon him, what sorrow he had now in his heart. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 18 Others ran flocking out of their houses to the general supplication, because the place was like to come into contempt. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 19 And the women, girt with sackcloth under their breasts, abounded in the streets, and the virgins that were kept in ran, some to the gates, and some to the walls, and others looked out of the windows. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 20 And all, holding their hands toward heaven, made supplication. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 21 Then it would have pitied a man to see the falling down of the multitude of all sorts, and the fear of the high priest being in such an agony. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 22 They then called upon the Almighty Lord to keep the things committed of trust safe and sure for those that had committed them. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 23 Nevertheless Heliodorus executed that which was decreed. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 24 Now as he was there present himself with his guard about the treasury, the Lord of spirits, and the Prince of all power, caused a great apparition, so that all that presumed to come in with him were astonished at the power of God, and fainted, and were sore afraid. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 25 For there appeared unto them an horse with a terrible rider upon him, and adorned with a very fair covering, and he ran fiercely, and smote at Heliodorus with his forefeet, and it seemed that he that sat upon the horse had complete harness of gold. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 26 Moreover two other young men appeared before him, notable in strength, excellent in beauty, and comely in apparel, who stood by him on either side; and scourged him continually, and gave him many sore stripes. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 27 And Heliodorus fell suddenly unto the ground, and was compassed with great darkness: but they that were with him took him up, and put him into a litter. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 28 Thus him, that lately came with a great train and with all his guard into the said treasury, they carried out, being unable to help himself with his weapons: and manifestly they acknowledged the power of God. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 29 For he by the hand of God was cast down, and lay speechless without all hope of life. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 30 But they praised the Lord, that had miraculously honoured his own place: for the temple; which a little afore was full of fear and trouble, when the Almighty Lord appeared, was filled with joy and gladness. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 31 Then straightways certain of Heliodorus' friends prayed Onias, that he would call upon the most High to grant him his life, who lay ready to give up the ghost. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 32 So the high priest, suspecting lest the king should misconceive that some treachery had been done to Heliodorus by the Jews, offered a sacrifice for the health of the man. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 33 Now as the high priest was making an atonement, the same young men in the same clothing appeared and stood beside Heliodorus, saying, Give Onias the high priest great thanks, insomuch as for his sake the Lord hath granted thee life: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 34 And seeing that thou hast been scourged from heaven, declare unto all men the mighty power of God. And when they had spoken these words, they appeared no more. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 35 So Heliodorus, after he had offered sacrifice unto the Lord, and made great vows unto him that had saved his life, and saluted Onias, returned with his host to the king. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 36 Then testified he to all men the works of the great God, which he had seen with his eyes. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 37 And when the king Heliodorus, who might be a fit man to be sent yet once again to Jerusalem, he said, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 38 If thou hast any enemy or traitor, send him thither, and thou shalt receive him well scourged, if he escape with his life: for in that place, no doubt; there is an especial power of God. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 39 For he that dwelleth in heaven hath his eye on that place, and defendeth it; and he beateth and destroyeth them that come to hurt it. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 3 40 And the things concerning Heliodorus, and the keeping of the treasury, fell out on this sort. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 1 This Simon now, of whom we spake afore, having been a betrayer of the money, and of his country, slandered Onias, as if he ha terrified Heliodorus, and been the worker of these evils. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 2 Thus was he bold to call him a traitor, that had deserved well of the city, and tendered his own nation, and was so zealous of the laws. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 3 But when their hatred went so far, that by one of Simon's faction murders were committed, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 4 Onias seeing the danger of this contention, and that Apollonius, as being the governor of Celosyria and Phenice, did rage, and increase Simon's malice, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 5 He went to the king, not to be an accuser of his countrymen, but seeking the good of all, both publick and private: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 6 For he saw that it was impossible that the state should continue quiet, and Simon leave his folly, unless the king did look thereunto. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 7 But after the death of Seleucus, when Antiochus, called Epiphanes, took the kingdom, Jason the brother of Onias laboured underhand to be high priest, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 8 Promising unto the king by intercession three hundred and threescore talents of silver, and of another revenue eighty talents: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 9 Beside this, he promised to assign an hundred and fifty more, if he might have licence to set him up a place for exercise, and for the training up of youth in the fashions of the heathen, and to write them of Jerusalem by the name of Antiochians. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 10 Which when the king had granted, and he had gotten into his hand the rule he forthwith brought his own nation to Greekish fashion. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 11 And the royal privileges granted of special favour to the Jews by the means of John the father of Eupolemus, who went ambassador to Rome for amity and aid, he took away; and putting down the governments which were according to the law, he brought up new customs against the law: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 12 For he built gladly a place of exercise under the tower itself, and brought the chief young men under his subjection, and made them wear a hat. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 13 Now such was the height of Greek fashions, and increase of heathenish manners, through the exceeding profaneness of Jason, that ungodly wretch, and no high priest; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 14 That the priests had no courage to serve any more at the altar, but despising the temple, and neglecting the sacrifices, hastened to be partakers of the unlawful allowance in the place of exercise, after the game of Discus called them forth; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 15 Not setting by the honours of their fathers, but liking the glory of the Grecians best of all. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 16 By reason whereof sore calamity came upon them: for they had them to be their enemies and avengers, whose custom they followed so earnestly, and unto whom they desired to be like in all things. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 17 For it is not a light thing to do wickedly against the laws of God: but the time following shall declare these things. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 18 Now when the game that was used every faith year was kept at Tyrus, the king being present, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 19 This ungracious Jason sent special messengers from Jerusalem, who were Antiochians, to carry three hundred drachms of silver to the sacrifice of Hercules, which even the bearers thereof thought fit not to bestow upon the sacrifice, because it was not convenient, but to be reserved for other charges. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 20 This money then, in regard of the sender, was appointed to Hercules' sacrifice; but because of the bearers thereof, it was employed to the making of gallies. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 21 Now when Apollonius the son of Menestheus was sent into Egypt for the coronation of king Ptolemeus Philometor, Antiochus, understanding him not to be well affected to his affairs, provided for his own safety: whereupon he came to Joppa, and from thence to Jerusalem: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 22 Where he was honourably received of Jason, and of the city, and was brought in with torch alight, and with great shoutings: and so afterward went with his host unto Phenice. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 23 Three years afterward Jason sent Menelaus, the aforesaid Simon's brother, to bear the money unto the king, and to put him in mind of certain necessary matters. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 24 But he being brought to the presence of the king, when he had magnified him for the glorious appearance of his power, got the priesthood to himself, offering more than Jason by three hundred talents of silver. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 25 So he came with the king's mandate, bringing nothing worthy the high priesthood, but having the fury of a cruel tyrant, and the rage of a savage beast. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 26 Then Jason, who had undermined his own brother, being undermined by another, was compelled to flee into the country of the Ammonites. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 27 So Menelaus got the principality: but as for the money that he had promised unto the king, he took no good order for it, albeit Sostratis the ruler of the castle required it: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 28 For unto him appertained the gathering of the customs. Wherefore they were both called before the king. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 29 Now Menelaus left his brother Lysimachus in his stead in the priesthood; and Sostratus left Crates, who was governor of the Cyprians. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 30 While those things were in doing, they of Tarsus and Mallos made insurrection, because they were given to the king's concubine, called Antiochus. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 31 Then came the king in all haste to appease matters, leaving Andronicus, a man in authority, for his deputy. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 32 Now Menelaus, supposing that he had gotten a convenient time, stole certain vessels of gold out of the temple, and gave some of them to Andronicus, and some he sold into Tyrus and the cities round about. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 33 Which when Onias knew of a surety, he reproved him, and withdrew himself into a sanctuary at Daphne, that lieth by Antiochia. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 34 Wherefore Menelaus, taking Andronicus apart, prayed, him to get Onias into his hands; who being persuaded thereunto, and coming to Onias in deceit, gave him his right hand with oaths; and though he were suspected by him, yet persuaded he him to come forth of the sanctuary: whom forthwith he shut up without regard of justice. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 35 For the which cause not only the Jews, but many also of other nations, took great indignation, and were much grieved for the unjust murder of the man. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 36 And when the king was come again from the places about Cilicia, the Jews that were in the city, and certain of the Greeks that abhorred the fact also, complained because Onias was slain without cause. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 37 Therefore Antiochus was heartily sorry, and moved to pity, and wept, because of the sober and modest behaviour of him that was dead. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 38 And being kindled with anger, forthwith he took away Andronicus his purple, and rent off his clothes, and leading him through the whole city unto that very place, where he had committed impiety against Onias, there slew he the cursed murderer. Thus the Lord rewarded him his punishment, as he had deserved. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 39 Now when many sacrileges had been committed in the city by Lysimachus with the consent of Menelaus, and the fruit thereof was spread abroad, the multitude gathered themselves together against Lysimachus, many vessels of gold being already carried away. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 40 Whereupon the common people rising, and being filled with rage, Lysimachus armed about three thousand men, and began first to offer violence; one Auranus being the leader, a man far gone in years, and no less in folly. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 41 They then seeing the attempt of Lysimachus, some of them caught stones, some clubs, others taking handfuls of dust, that was next at hand, cast them all together upon Lysimachus, and those that set upon them. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 42 Thus many of them they wounded, and some they struck to the ground, and all of them they forced to flee: but as for the churchrobber himself, him they killed beside the treasury. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 43 Of these matters therefore there was an accusation laid against Menelaus. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 44 Now when the king came to Tyrus, three men that were sent from the senate pleaded the cause before him: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 45 But Menelaus, being now convicted, promised Ptolemee the son of Dorymenes to give him much money, if he would pacify the king toward him. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 46 Whereupon Ptolemee taking the king aside into a certain gallery, as it were to take the air, brought him to be of another mind: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 47 Insomuch that he discharged Menelaus from the accusations, who notwithstanding was cause of all the mischief: and those poor men, who, if they had told their cause, yea, before the Scythians, should have been judged innocent, them he condemned to death. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 48 Thus they that followed the matter for the city, and for the people, and for the holy vessels, did soon suffer unjust punishment. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 49 Wherefore even they of Tyrus, moved with hatred of that wicked deed, caused them to be honourably buried. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 4 50 And so through the covetousness of them that were of power Menelaus remained still in authority, increasing in malice, and being a great traitor to the citizens. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 1 About the same time Antiochus prepared his second voyage into Egypt: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 2 And then it happened, that through all the city, for the space almost of forty days, there were seen horsemen running in the air, in cloth of gold, and armed with lances, like a band of soldiers, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 3 And troops of horsemen in array, encountering and running one against another, with shaking of shields, and multitude of pikes, and drawing of swords, and casting of darts, and glittering of golden ornaments, and harness of all sorts. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 4 Wherefore every man prayed that that apparition might turn to good. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 5 Now when there was gone forth a false rumour, as though Antiochus had been dead, Jason took at the least a thousand men, and suddenly made an assault upon the city; and they that were upon the walls being put back, and the city at length taken, Menelaus fled into the castle: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 6 But Jason slew his own citizens without mercy, not considering that to get the day of them of his own nation would be a most unhappy day for him; but thinking they had been his enemies, and not his countrymen, whom he conquered. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 7 Howbeit for all this he obtained not the principality, but at the last received shame for the reward of his treason, and fled again into the country of the Ammonites. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 8 In the end therefore he had an unhappy return, being accused before Aretas the king of the Arabians, fleeing from city to city, pursued of all men, hated as a forsaker of the laws, and being had in abomination as an open enemy of his country and countrymen, he was cast out into Egypt. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 9 Thus he that had driven many out of their country perished in a strange land, retiring to the Lacedemonians, and thinking there to find succour by reason of his kindred: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 10 And he that had cast out many unburied had none to mourn for him, nor any solemn funerals at all, nor sepulchre with his fathers. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 11 Now when this that was done came to the king's car, he thought that Judea had revolted: whereupon removing out of Egypt in a furious mind, he took the city by force of arms, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 12 And commanded his men of war not to spare such as they met, and to slay such as went up upon the houses. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 13 Thus there was killing of young and old, making away of men, women, and children, slaying of virgins and infants. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 14 And there were destroyed within the space of three whole days fourscore thousand, whereof forty thousand were slain in the conflict; and no fewer sold than slain. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 15 Yet was he not content with this, but presumed to go into the most holy temple of all the world; Menelaus, that traitor to the laws, and to his own country, being his guide: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 16 And taking the holy vessels with polluted hands, and with profane hands pulling down the things that were dedicated by other kings to the augmentation and glory and honour of the place, he gave them away. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 17 And so haughty was Antiochus in mind, that he considered not that the Lord was angry for a while for the sins of them that dwelt in the city, and therefore his eye was not upon the place. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 18 For had they not been formerly wrapped in many sins, this man, as soon as he had come, had forthwith been scourged, and put back from his presumption, as Heliodorus was, whom Seleucus the king sent to view the treasury. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 19 Nevertheless God did not choose the people for the place's sake, but the place far the people's sake. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 20 And therefore the place itself, that was partaker with them of the adversity that happened to the nation, did afterward communicate in the benefits sent from the Lord: and as it was forsaken in the wrath of the Almighty, so again, the great Lord being reconciled, it was set up with all glory. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 21 So when Antiochus had carried out of the temple a thousand and eight hundred talents, he departed in all haste unto Antiochia, weening in his pride to make the land navigable, and the sea passable by foot: such was the haughtiness of his mind. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 22 And he left governors to vex the nation: at Jerusalem, Philip, for his country a Phrygian, and for manners more barbarous than he that set him there; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 23 And at Garizim, Andronicus; and besides, Menelaus, who worse than all the rest bare an heavy hand over the citizens, having a malicious mind against his countrymen the Jews. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 24 He sent also that detestable ringleader Apollonius with an army of two and twenty thousand, commanding him to slay all those that were in their best age, and to sell the women and the younger sort: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 25 Who coming to Jerusalem, and pretending peace, did forbear till the holy day of the sabbath, when taking the Jews keeping holy day, he commanded his men to arm themselves. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 26 And so he slew all them that were gone to the celebrating of the sabbath, and running through the city with weapons slew great multitudes. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 5 27 But Judas Maccabeus with nine others, or thereabout, withdrew himself into the wilderness, and lived in the mountains after the manner of beasts, with his company, who fed on herbs continually, lest they should be partakers of the pollution. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 1 Not long after this the king sent an old man of Athens to compel the Jews to depart from the laws of their fathers, and not to live after the laws of God: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 2 And to pollute also the temple in Jerusalem, and to call it the temple of Jupiter Olympius; and that in Garizim, of Jupiter the Defender of strangers, as they did desire that dwelt in the place. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 3 The coming in of this mischief was sore and grievous to the people: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 4 For the temple was filled with riot and revelling by the Gentiles, who dallied with harlots, and had to do with women within the circuit of the holy places, and besides that brought in things that were not lawful. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 5 The altar also was filled with profane things, which the law forbiddeth. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 6 Neither was it lawful for a man to keep sabbath days or ancient fasts, or to profess himself at all to be a Jew. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 7 And in the day of the king's birth every month they were brought by bitter constraint to eat of the sacrifices; and when the fast of Bacchus was kept, the Jews were compelled to go in procession to Bacchus, carrying ivy. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 8 Moreover there went out a decree to the neighbour cities of the heathen, by the suggestion of Ptolemee, against the Jews, that they should observe the same fashions, and be partakers of their sacrifices: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 9 And whoso would not conform themselves to the manners of the Gentiles should be put to death. Then might a man have seen the present misery. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 10 For there were two women brought, who had circumcised their children; whom when they had openly led round about the city, the babes handing at their breasts, they cast them down headlong from the wall. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 11 And others, that had run together into caves near by, to keep the sabbath day secretly, being discovered by Philip, were all burnt together, because they made a conscience to help themselves for the honour of the most sacred day. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 12 Now I beseech those that read this book, that they be not discouraged for these calamities, but that they judge those punishments not to be for destruction, but for a chastening of our nation. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 13 For it is a token of his great goodness, when wicked doers are not suffered any long time, but forthwith punished. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 14 For not as with other nations, whom the Lord patiently forbeareth to punish, till they be come to the fulness of their sins, so dealeth he with us, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 15 Lest that, being come to the height of sin, afterwards he should take vengeance of us. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 16 And therefore he never withdraweth his mercy from us: and though he punish with adversity, yet doth he never forsake his people. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 17 But let this that we at spoken be for a warning unto us. And now will we come to the declaring of the matter in a few words. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 18 Eleazar, one of the principal scribes, an aged man, and of a well favoured countenance, was constrained to open his mouth, and to eat swine's flesh. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 19 But he, choosing rather to die gloriously, than to live stained with such an abomination, spit it forth, and came of his own accord to the torment, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 20 As it behoved them to come, that are resolute to stand out against such things, as are not lawful for love of life to be tasted. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 21 But they that had the charge of that wicked feast, for the old acquaintance they had with the man, taking him aside, besought him to bring flesh of his own provision, such as was lawful for him to use, and make as if he did eat of the flesh taken from the sacrifice commanded by the king; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 22 That in so doing he might be delivered from death, and for the old friendship with them find favour. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 23 But he began to consider discreetly, and as became his age, and the excellency of his ancient years, and the honour of his gray head, whereon was come, and his most honest education from a child, or rather the holy law made and given by God: therefore he answered accordingly, and willed them straightways to send him to the grave. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 24 For it becometh not our age, said he, in any wise to dissemble, whereby many young persons might think that Eleazar, being fourscore years old and ten, were now gone to a strange religion; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 25 And so they through mine hypocrisy, and desire to live a little time and a moment longer, should be deceived by me, and I get a stain to mine old age, and make it abominable. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 26 For though for the present time I should be delivered from the punishment of men: yet should I not escape the hand of the Almighty, neither alive, nor dead. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 27 Wherefore now, manfully changing this life, I will shew myself such an one as mine age requireth, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 28 And leave a notable example to such as be young to die willingly and courageously for the honourable and holy laws. And when he had said these words, immediately he went to the torment: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 29 They that led him changing the good will they bare him a little before into hatred, because the foresaid speeches proceeded, as they thought, from a desperate mind. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 30 But when he was ready to die with stripes, he groaned, and said, It is manifest unto the Lord, that hath the holy knowledge, that whereas I might have been delivered from death, I now endure sore pains in body by being beaten: but in soul am well content to suffer these things, because I fear him. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 6 31 And thus this man died, leaving his death for an example of a noble courage, and a memorial of virtue, not only unto young men, but unto all his nation. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 1 It came to pass also, that seven brethren with their mother were taken, and compelled by the king against the law to taste swine's flesh, and were tormented with scourges and whips. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 2 But one of them that spake first said thus, What wouldest thou ask or learn of us? we are ready to die, rather than to transgress the laws of our fathers. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 3 Then the king, being in a rage, commanded pans and caldrons to be made hot: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 4 Which forthwith being heated, he commanded to cut out the tongue of him that spake first, and to cut off the utmost parts of his body, the rest of his brethren and his mother looking on. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 5 Now when he was thus maimed in all his members, he commanded him being yet alive to be brought to the fire, and to be fried in the pan: and as the vapour of the pan was for a good space dispersed, they exhorted one another with the mother to die manfully, saying thus, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 6 The Lord God looketh upon us, and in truth hath comfort in us, as Moses in his song, which witnessed to their faces, declared, saying, And he shall be comforted in his servants. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 7 So when the first was dead after this number, they brought the second to make him a mocking stock: and when they had pulled off the skin of his head with the hair, they asked him, Wilt thou eat, before thou be punished throughout every member of thy body? +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 8 But he answered in his own language, and said, No. Wherefore he also received the next torment in order, as the former did. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 9 And when he was at the last gasp, he said, Thou like a fury takest us out of this present life, but the King of the world shall raise us up, who have died for his laws, unto everlasting life. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 10 After him was the third made a mocking stock: and when he was required, he put out his tongue, and that right soon, holding forth his hands manfully. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 11 And said courageously, These I had from heaven; and for his laws I despise them; and from him I hope to receive them again. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 12 Insomuch that the king, and they that were with him, marvelled at the young man's courage, for that he nothing regarded the pains. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 13 Now when this man was dead also, they tormented and mangled the fourth in like manner. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 14 So when he was ready to die he said thus, It is good, being put to death by men, to look for hope from God to be raised up again by him: as for thee, thou shalt have no resurrection to life. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 15 Afterward they brought the fifth also, and mangled him. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 16 Then looked he unto the king, and said, Thou hast power over men, thou art corruptible, thou doest what thou wilt; yet think not that our nation is forsaken of God; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 17 But abide a while, and behold his great power, how he will torment thee and thy seed. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 18 After him also they brought the sixth, who being ready to die said, Be not deceived without cause: for we suffer these things for ourselves, having sinned against our God: therefore marvellous things are done unto us. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 19 But think not thou, that takest in hand to strive against God, that thou shalt escape unpunished. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 20 But the mother was marvellous above all, and worthy of honourable memory: for when she saw her seven sons slain within the space of one day, she bare it with a good courage, because of the hope that she had in the Lord. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 21 Yea, she exhorted every one of them in her own language, filled with courageous spirits; and stirring up her womanish thoughts with a manly stomach, she said unto them, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 22 I cannot tell how ye came into my womb: for I neither gave you breath nor life, neither was it I that formed the members of every one of you; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 23 But doubtless the Creator of the world, who formed the generation of man, and found out the beginning of all things, will also of his own mercy give you breath and life again, as ye now regard not your own selves for his laws' sake. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 24 Now Antiochus, thinking himself despised, and suspecting it to be a reproachful speech, whilst the youngest was yet alive, did not only exhort him by words, but also assured him with oaths, that he would make him both a rich and a happy man, if he would turn from the laws of his fathers; and that also he would take him for his friend, and trust him with affairs. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 25 But when the young man would in no case hearken unto him, the king called his mother, and exhorted her that she would counsel the young man to save his life. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 26 And when he had exhorted her with many words, she promised him that she would counsel her son. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 27 But she bowing herself toward him, laughing the cruel tyrant to scorn, spake in her country language on this manner; O my son, have pity upon me that bare thee nine months in my womb, and gave thee such three years, and nourished thee, and brought thee up unto this age, and endured the troubles of education. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 28 I beseech thee, my son, look upon the heaven and the earth, and all that is therein, and consider that God made them of things that were not; and so was mankind made likewise. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 29 Fear not this tormentor, but, being worthy of thy brethren, take thy death that I may receive thee again in mercy with thy brethren. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 30 Whiles she was yet speaking these words, the young man said, Whom wait ye for? I will not obey the king's commandment: but I will obey the commandment of the law that was given unto our fathers by Moses. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 31 And thou, that hast been the author of all mischief against the Hebrews, shalt not escape the hands of God. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 32 For we suffer because of our sins. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 33 And though the living Lord be angry with us a little while for our chastening and correction, yet shall he be at one again with his servants. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 34 But thou, O godless man, and of all other most wicked, be not lifted up without a cause, nor puffed up with uncertain hopes, lifting up thy hand against the servants of God: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 35 For thou hast not yet escaped the judgment of Almighty God, who seeth all things. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 36 For our brethren, who now have suffered a short pain, are dead under God's covenant of everlasting life: but thou, through the judgment of God, shalt receive just punishment for thy pride. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 37 But I, as my brethren, offer up my body and life for the laws of our fathers, beseeching God that he would speedily be merciful unto our nation; and that thou by torments and plagues mayest confess, that he alone is God; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 38 And that in me and my brethren the wrath of the Almighty, which is justly brought upon our nation, may cease. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 39 Than the king' being in a rage, handed him worse than all the rest, and took it grievously that he was mocked. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 40 So this man died undefiled, and put his whole trust in the Lord. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 41 Last of all after the sons the mother died. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 7 42 Let this be enough now to have spoken concerning the idolatrous feasts, and the extreme tortures. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 1 Then Judas Maccabeus, and they that were with him, went privily into the towns, and called their kinsfolks together, and took unto them all such as continued in the Jews' religion, and assembled about six thousand men. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 2 And they called upon the Lord, that he would look upon the people that was trodden down of all; and also pity the temple profaned of ungodly men; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 3 And that he would have compassion upon the city, sore defaced, and ready to be made even with the ground; and hear the blood that cried unto him, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 4 And remember the wicked slaughter of harmless infants, and the blasphemies committed against his name; and that he would shew his hatred against the wicked. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 5 Now when Maccabeus had his company about him, he could not be withstood by the heathen: for the wrath of the Lord was turned into mercy. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 6 Therefore he came at unawares, and burnt up towns and cities, and got into his hands the most commodious places, and overcame and put to flight no small number of his enemies. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 7 But specially took he advantage of the night for such privy attempts, insomuch that the fruit of his holiness was spread every where. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 8 So when Philip saw that this man increased by little and little, and that things prospered with him still more and more, he wrote unto Ptolemeus, the governor of Celosyria and Phenice, to yield more aid to the king's affairs. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 9 Then forthwith choosing Nicanor the son of Patroclus, one of his special friends, he sent him with no fewer than twenty thousand of all nations under him, to root out the whole generation of the Jews; and with him he joined also Gorgias a captain, who in matters of war had great experience. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 10 So Nicanor undertook to make so much money of the captive Jews, as should defray the tribute of two thousand talents, which the king was to pay to the Romans. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 11 Wherefore immediately he sent to the cities upon the sea coast, proclaiming a sale of the captive Jews, and promising that they should have fourscore and ten bodies for one talent, not expecting the vengeance that was to follow upon him from the Almighty God. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 12 Now when word was brought unto Judas of Nicanor's coming, and he had imparted unto those that were with him that the army was at hand, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 13 They that were fearful, and distrusted the justice of God, fled, and conveyed themselves away. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 14 Others sold all that they had left, and withal besought the Lord to deliver them, sold by the wicked Nicanor before they met together: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 15 And if not for their own sakes, yet for the covenants he had made with their fathers, and for his holy and glorious name's sake, by which they were called. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 16 So Maccabeus called his men together unto the number of six thousand, and exhorted them not to be stricken with terror of the enemy, nor to fear the great multitude of the heathen, who came wrongly against them; but to fight manfully, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 17 And to set before their eyes the injury that they had unjustly done to the holy place, and the cruel handling of the city, whereof they made a mockery, and also the taking away of the government of their forefathers: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 18 For they, said he, trust in their weapons and boldness; but our confidence is in the Almighty who at a beck can cast down both them that come against us, and also all the world. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 19 Moreover, he recounted unto them what helps their forefathers had found, and how they were delivered, when under Sennacherib an hundred fourscore and five thousand perished. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 20 And he told them of the battle that they had in Babylon with the Galatians, how they came but eight thousand in all to the business, with four thousand Macedonians, and that the Macedonians being perplexed, the eight thousand destroyed an hundred and twenty thousand because of the help that they had from heaven, and so received a great booty. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 21 Thus when he had made them bold with these words, and ready to die for the law and the country, he divided his army into four parts; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 22 And joined with himself his own brethren, leaders of each band, to wit Simon, and Joseph, and Jonathan, giving each one fifteen hundred men. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 23 Also he appointed Eleazar to read the holy book: and when he had given them this watchword, The help of God; himself leading the first band, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 24 And by the help of the Almighty they slew above nine thousand of their enemies, and wounded and maimed the most part of Nicanor's host, and so put all to flight; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 25 And took their money that came to buy them, and pursued them far: but lacking time they returned: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 26 For it was the day before the sabbath, and therefore they would no longer pursue them. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 27 So when they had gathered their armour together, and spoiled their enemies, they occupied themselves about the sabbath, yielding exceeding praise and thanks to the Lord, who had preserved them unto that day, which was the beginning of mercy distilling upon them. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 28 And after the sabbath, when they had given part of the spoils to the maimed, and the widows, and orphans, the residue they divided among themselves and their servants. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 29 When this was done, and they had made a common supplication, they besought the merciful Lord to be reconciled with his servants for ever. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 30 Moreover of those that were with Timotheus and Bacchides, who fought against them, they slew above twenty thousand, and very easily got high and strong holds, and divided among themselves many spoils more, and made the maimed, orphans, widows, yea, and the aged also, equal in spoils with themselves. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 31 And when they had gathered their armour together, they laid them up all carefully in convenient places, and the remnant of the spoils they brought to Jerusalem. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 32 They slew also Philarches, that wicked person, who was with Timotheus, and had annoyed the Jews many ways. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 33 Furthermore at such time as they kept the feast for the victory in their country they burnt Callisthenes, that had set fire upon the holy gates, who had fled into a little house; and so he received a reward meet for his wickedness. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 34 As for that most ungracious Nicanor, who had brought a thousand merchants to buy the Jews, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 35 He was through the help of the Lord brought down by them, of whom he made least account; and putting off his glorious apparel, and discharging his company, he came like a fugitive servant through the midland unto Antioch having very great dishonour, for that his host was destroyed. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 8 36 Thus he, that took upon him to make good to the Romans their tribute by means of captives in Jerusalem, told abroad, that the Jews had God to fight for them, and therefore they could not be hurt, because they followed the laws that he gave them. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 1 About that time came Antiochus with dishonour out of the country of Persia +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 2 For he had entered the city called Persepolis, and went about to rob the temple, and to hold the city; whereupon the multitude running to defend themselves with their weapons put them to flight; and so it happened, that Antiochus being put to flight of the inhabitants returned with shame. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 3 Now when he came to Ecbatane, news was brought him what had happened unto Nicanor and Timotheus. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 4 Then swelling with anger. he thought to avenge upon the Jews the disgrace done unto him by those that made him flee. Therefore commanded he his chariotman to drive without ceasing, and to dispatch the journey, the judgment of God now following him. For he had spoken proudly in this sort, That he would come to Jerusalem and make it a common burying place of the Jews. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 5 But the Lord Almighty, the God of Isreal, smote him with an incurable and invisible plague: or as soon as he had spoken these words, a pain of the bowels that was remediless came upon him, and sore torments of the inner parts; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 6 And that most justly: for he had tormented other men's bowels with many and strange torments. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 7 Howbeit he nothing at all ceased from his bragging, but still was filled with pride, breathing out fire in his rage against the Jews, and commanding to haste the journey: but it came to pass that he fell down from his chariot, carried violently; so that having a sore fall, all the members of his body were much pained. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 8 And thus he that a little afore thought he might command the waves of the sea, (so proud was he beyond the condition of man) and weigh the high mountains in a balance, was now cast on the ground, and carried in an horselitter, shewing forth unto all the manifest power of God. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 9 So that the worms rose up out of the body of this wicked man, and whiles he lived in sorrow and pain, his flesh fell away, and the filthiness of his smell was noisome to all his army. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 10 And the man, that thought a little afore he could reach to the stars of heaven, no man could endure to carry for his intolerable stink. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 11 Here therefore, being plagued, he began to leave off his great pride, and to come to the knowledge of himself by the scourge of God, his pain increasing every moment. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 12 And when he himself could not abide his own smell, he said these words, It is meet to be subject unto God, and that a man that is mortal should not proudly think of himself if he were God. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 13 This wicked person vowed also unto the Lord, who now no more would have mercy upon him, saying thus, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 14 That the holy city (to the which he was going in haste to lay it even with the ground, and to make it a common buryingplace,) he would set at liberty: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 15 And as touching the Jews, whom he had judged not worthy so much as to be buried, but to be cast out with their children to be devoured of the fowls and wild beasts, he would make them all equals to the citizens of Athens: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 16 And the holy temple, which before he had spoiled, he would garnish with goodly gifts, and restore all the holy vessels with many more, and out of his own revenue defray the charges belonging to the sacrifices: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 17 Yea, and that also he would become a Jew himself, and go through all the world that was inhabited, and declare the power of God. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 18 But for all this his pains would not cease: for the just judgment of God was come upon him: therefore despairing of his health, he wrote unto the Jews the letter underwritten, containing the form of a supplication, after this manner: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 19 Antiochus, king and governor, to the good Jews his citizens wisheth much joy, health, and prosperity: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 20 If ye and your children fare well, and your affairs be to your contentment, I give very great thanks to God, having my hope in heaven. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 21 As for me, I was weak, or else I would have remembered kindly your honour and good will returning out of Persia, and being taken with a grievous disease, I thought it necessary to care for the common safety of all: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 22 Not distrusting mine health, but having great hope to escape this sickness. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 23 But considering that even my father, at what time he led an army into the high countries. appointed a successor, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 24 To the end that, if any thing fell out contrary to expectation, or if any tidings were brought that were grievous, they of the land, knowing to whom the state was left, might not be troubled: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 25 Again, considering how that the princes that are borderers and neighbours unto my kingdom wait for opportunities, and expect what shall be the event. I have appointed my son Antiochus king, whom I often committed and commended unto many of you, when I went up into the high provinces; to whom I have written as followeth: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 26 Therefore I pray and request you to remember the benefits that I have done unto you generally, and in special, and that every man will be still faithful to me and my son. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 27 For I am persuaded that he understanding my mind will favourably and graciously yield to your desires. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 28 Thus the murderer and blasphemer having suffered most grievously, as he entreated other men, so died he a miserable death in a strange country in the mountains. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 9 29 And Philip, that was brought up with him, carried away his body, who also fearing the son of Antiochus went into Egypt to Ptolemeus Philometor. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 1 Now Maccabeus and his company, the Lord guiding them, recovered the temple and the city: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 2 But the altars which the heathen had built in the open street, and also the chapels, they pulled down. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 3 And having cleansed the temple they made another altar, and striking stones they took fire out of them, and offered a sacrifice after two years, and set forth incense, and lights, and shewbread. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 4 When that was done, they fell flat down, and besought the Lord that they might come no more into such troubles; but if they sinned any more against him, that he himself would chasten them with mercy, and that they might not be delivered unto the blasphemous and barbarous nations. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 5 Now upon the same day that the strangers profaned the temple, on the very same day it was cleansed again, even the five and twentieth day of the same month, which is Casleu. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 6 And they kept the eight days with gladness, as in the feast of the tabernacles, remembering that not long afore they had held the feast of the tabernacles, when as they wandered in the mountains and dens like beasts. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 7 Therefore they bare branches, and fair boughs, and palms also, and sang psalms unto him that had given them good success in cleansing his place. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 8 They ordained also by a common statute and decree, That every year those days should be kept of the whole nation of the Jews. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 9 And this was the end of Antiochus, called Epiphanes. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 10 Now will we declare the acts of Antiochus Eupator, who was the son of this wicked man, gathering briefly the calamities of the wars. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 11 So when he was come to the crown, he set one Lysias over the affairs of his realm, and appointed him his chief governor of Celosyria and Phenice. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 12 For Ptolemeus, that was called Macron, choosing rather to do justice unto the Jews for the wrong that had been done unto them, endeavoured to continue peace with them. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 13 Whereupon being accused of the king's friends before Eupator, and called traitor at every word because he had left Cyprus, that Philometor had committed unto him, and departed to Antiochus Epiphanes, and seeing that he was in no honourable place, he was so discouraged, that he poisoned himself and died. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 14 But when Gorgias was governor of the holds, he hired soldiers, and nourished war continually with the Jews: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 15 And therewithall the Idumeans, having gotten into their hands the most commodious holds, kept the Jews occupied, and receiving those that were banished from Jerusalem, they went about to nourish war. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 16 Then they that were with Maccabeus made supplication, and besought God that he would be their helper; and so they ran with violence upon the strong holds of the Idumeans, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 17 And assaulting them strongly, they won the holds, and kept off all that fought upon the wall, and slew all that fell into their hands, and killed no fewer than twenty thousand. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 18 And because certain, who were no less than nine thousand, were fled together into two very strong castles, having all manner of things convenient to sustain the siege, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 19 Maccabeus left Simon and Joseph, and Zaccheus also, and them that were with him, who were enough to besiege them, and departed himself unto those places which more needed his help. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 20 Now they that were with Simon, being led with covetousness, were persuaded for money through certain of those that were in the castle, and took seventy thousand drachms, and let some of them escape. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 21 But when it was told Maccabeus what was done, he called the governors of the people together, and accused those men, that they had sold their brethren for money, and set their enemies free to fight against them. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 22 So he slew those that were found traitors, and immediately took the two castles. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 23 And having good success with his weapons in all things he took in hand, he slew in the two holds more than twenty thousand. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 24 Now Timotheus, whom the Jews had overcome before, when he had gathered a great multitude of foreign forces, and horses out of Asia not a few, came as though he would take Jewry by force of arms. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 25 But when he drew near, they that were with Maccabeus turned themselves to pray unto God, and sprinkled earth upon their heads, and girded their loins with sackcloth, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 26 And fell down at the foot of the altar, and besought him to be merciful to them, and to be an enemy to their enemies, and an adversary to their adversaries, as the law declareth. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 27 So after the prayer they took their weapons, and went on further from the city: and when they drew near to their enemies, they kept by themselves. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 28 Now the sun being newly risen, they joined both together; the one part having together with their virtue their refuge also unto the Lord for a pledge of their success and victory: the other side making their rage leader of their battle +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 29 But when the battle waxed strong, there appeared unto the enemies from heaven five comely men upon horses, with bridles of gold, and two of them led the Jews, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 30 And took Maccabeus betwixt them, and covered him on every side weapons, and kept him safe, but shot arrows and lightnings against the enemies: so that being confounded with blindness, and full of trouble, they were killed. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 31 And there were slain of footmen twenty thousand and five hundred, and six hundred horsemen. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 32 As for Timotheus himself, he fled into a very strong hold, called Gawra, where Chereas was governor. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 33 But they that were with Maccabeus laid siege against the fortress courageously four days. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 34 And they that were within, trusting to the strength of the place, blasphemed exceedingly, and uttered wicked words. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 35 Nevertheless upon the fifth day early twenty young men of Maccabeus' company, inflamed with anger because of the blasphemies, assaulted the wall manly, and with a fierce courage killed all that they met withal. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 36 Others likewise ascending after them, whiles they were busied with them that were within, burnt the towers, and kindling fires burnt the blasphemers alive; and others broke open the gates, and, having received in the rest of the army, took the city, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 37 And killed Timotheus, that was hid in a certain pit, and Chereas his brother, with Apollophanes. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 10 38 When this was done, they praised the Lord with psalms and thanksgiving, who had done so great things for Israel, and given them the victory. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 1 Not long after the, Lysias the king's protector and cousin, who also managed the affairs, took sore displeasure for the things that were done. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 2 And when he had gathered about fourscore thousand with all the horsemen, he came against the Jews, thinking to make the city an habitation of the Gentiles, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 3 And to make a gain of the temple, as of the other chapels of the heathen, and to set the high priesthood to sale every year: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 4 Not at all considering the power of God but puffed up with his ten thousands of footmen, and his thousands of horsemen, and his fourscore elephants. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 5 So he came to Judea, and drew near to Bethsura, which was a strong town, but distant from Jerusalem about five furlongs, and he laid sore siege unto it. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 6 Now when they that were with Maccabeus heard that he besieged the holds, they and all the people with lamentation and tears besought the Lord that he would send a good angel to deliver Israel. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 7 Then Maccabeus himself first of all took weapons, exhorting the other that they would jeopard themselves together with him to help their brethren: so they went forth together with a willing mind. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 8 And as they were at Jerusalem, there appeared before them on horseback one in white clothing, shaking his armour of gold. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 9 Then they praised the merciful God all together, and took heart, insomuch that they were ready not only to fight with men, but with most cruel beasts, and to pierce through walls of iron. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 10 Thus they marched forward in their armour, having an helper from heaven: for the Lord was merciful unto them +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 11 And giving a charge upon their enemies like lions, they slew eleven thousand footmen, and sixteen hundred horsemen, and put all the other to flight. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 12 Many of them also being wounded escaped naked; and Lysias himself fled away shamefully, and so escaped. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 13 Who, as he was a man of understanding, casting with himself what loss he had had, and considering that the Hebrews could not be overcome, because the Almighty God helped them, he sent unto them, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 14 And persuaded them to agree to all reasonable conditions, and promised that he would persuade the king that he must needs be a friend unto them. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 15 Then Maccabeus consented to all that Lysias desired, being careful of the common good; and whatsoever Maccabeus wrote unto Lysias concerning the Jews, the king granted it. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 16 For there were letters written unto the Jews from Lysias to this effect: Lysias unto the people of the Jews sendeth greeting: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 17 John and Absolom, who were sent from you, delivered me the petition subscribed, and made request for the performance of the contents thereof. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 18 Therefore what things soever were meet to be reported to the king, I have declared them, and he hath granted as much as might be. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 19 And if then ye will keep yourselves loyal to the state, hereafter also will I endeavour to be a means of your good. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 20 But of the particulars I have given order both to these and the other that came from me, to commune with you. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 21 Fare ye well. The hundred and eight and fortieth year, the four and twentieth day of the month Dioscorinthius. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 22 Now the king's letter contained these words: King Antiochus unto his brother Lysias sendeth greeting: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 23 Since our father is translated unto the gods, our will is, that they that are in our realm live quietly, that every one may attend upon his own affairs. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 24 We understand also that the Jews would not consent to our father, for to be brought unto the custom of the Gentiles, but had rather keep their own manner of living: for the which cause they require of us, that we should suffer them to live after their own laws. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 25 Wherefore our mind is, that this nation shall be in rest, and we have determined to restore them their temple, that they may live according to the customs of their forefathers. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 26 Thou shalt do well therefore to send unto them, and grant them peace, that when they are certified of our mind, they may be of good comfort, and ever go cheerfully about their own affairs. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 27 And the letter of the king unto the nation of the Jews was after this manner: King Antiochus sendeth greeting unto the council, and the rest of the Jews: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 28 If ye fare well, we have our desire; we are also in good health. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 29 Menelaus declared unto us, that your desire was to return home, and to follow your own business: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 30 Wherefore they that will depart shall have safe conduct till the thirtieth day of Xanthicus with security. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 31 And the Jews shall use their own kind of meats and laws, as before; and none of them any manner of ways shall be molested for things ignorantly done. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 32 I have sent also Menelaus, that he may comfort you. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 33 Fare ye well. In the hundred forty and eighth year, and the fifteenth day of the month Xanthicus. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 34 The Romans also sent unto them a letter containing these words: Quintus Memmius and Titus Manlius, ambassadors of the Romans, send greeting unto the people of the Jews. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 35 Whatsoever Lysias the king's cousin hath granted, therewith we also are well pleased. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 36 But touching such things as he judged to be referred to the king, after ye have advised thereof, send one forthwith, that we may declare as it is convenient for you: for we are now going to Antioch. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 37 Therefore send some with speed, that we may know what is your mind. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 11 38 Farewell. This hundred and eight and fortieth year, the fifteenth day of the month Xanthicus. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 1 When these covenants were made, Lysias went unto the king, and the Jews were about their husbandry. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 2 But of the governours of several places, Timotheus, and Apollonius the son of Genneus, also Hieronymus, and Demophon, and beside them Nicanor the governor of Cyprus, would not suffer them to be quiet and live in peace. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 3 The men of Joppa also did such an ungodly deed: they prayed the Jews that dwelt among them to go with their wives and children into the boats which they had prepared, as though they had meant them no hurt. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 4 Who accepted of it according to the common decree of the city, as being desirous to live in peace, and suspecting nothing: but when they were gone forth into the deep, they drowned no less than two hundred of them. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 5 When Judas heard of this cruelty done unto his countrymen, he commanded those that were with him to make them ready. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 6 And calling upon God the righteous Judge, he came against those murderers of his brethren, and burnt the haven by night, and set the boats on fire, and those that fled thither he slew. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 7 And when the town was shut up, he went backward, as if he would return to root out all them of the city of Joppa. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 8 But when he heard that the Jamnites were minded to do in like manner unto the Jews that dwelt among them, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 9 He came upon the Jamnites also by night, and set fire on the haven and the navy, so that the light of the fire was seen at Jerusalem two hundred and forty furlongs off. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 10 Now when they were gone from thence nine furlongs in their journey toward Timotheus, no fewer than five thousand men on foot and five hundred horsemen of the Arabians set upon him. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 11 Whereupon there was a very sore battle; but Judas' side by the help of God got the victory; so that the Nomades of Arabia, being overcome, besought Judas for peace, promising both to give him cattle, and to pleasure him otherwise. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 12 Then Judas, thinking indeed that they would be profitable in many things, granted them peace: whereupon they shook hands, and so they departed to their tents. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 13 He went also about to make a bridge to a certain strong city, which was fenced about with walls, and inhabited by people of divers countries; and the name of it was Caspis. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 14 But they that were within it put such trust in the strength of the walls and provision of victuals, that they behaved themselves rudely toward them that were with Judas, railing and blaspheming, and uttering such words as were not to be spoken. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 15 Wherefore Judas with his company, calling upon the great Lord of the world, who without rams or engines of war did cast down Jericho in the time of Joshua, gave a fierce assault against the walls, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 16 And took the city by the will of God, and made unspeakable slaughters, insomuch that a lake two furlongs broad near adjoining thereunto, being filled full, was seen running with blood. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 17 Then departed they from thence seven hundred and fifty furlongs, and came to Characa unto the Jews that are called Tubieni. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 18 But as for Timotheus, they found him not in the places: for before he had dispatched any thing, he departed from thence, having left a very strong garrison in a certain hold. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 19 Howbeit Dositheus and Sosipater, who were of Maccabeus' captains, went forth, and slew those that Timotheus had left in the fortress, above ten thousand men. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 20 And Maccabeus ranged his army by bands, and set them over the bands, and went against Timotheus, who had about him an hundred and twenty thousand men of foot, and two thousand and five hundred horsemen. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 21 Now when Timotheus had knowledge of Judas' coming, he sent the women and children and the other baggage unto a fortress called Carnion: for the town was hard to besiege, and uneasy to come unto, by reason of the straitness of all the places. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 22 But when Judas his first band came in sight, the enemies, being smitten with fear and terror through the appearing of him who seeth all things, fled amain, one running into this way, another that way, so as that they were often hurt of their own men, and wounded with the points of their own swords. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 23 Judas also was very earnest in pursuing them, killing those wicked wretches, of whom he slew about thirty thousand men. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 24 Moreover Timotheus himself fell into the hands of Dositheus and Sosipater, whom he besought with much craft to let him go with his life, because he had many of the Jews' parents, and the brethren of some of them, who, if they put him to death, should not be regarded. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 25 So when he had assured them with many words that he would restore them without hurt, according to the agreement, they let him go for the saving of their brethren. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 26 Then Maccabeus marched forth to Carnion, and to the temple of Atargatis, and there he slew five and twenty thousand persons. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 27 And after he had put to flight and destroyed them, Judas removed the host toward Ephron, a strong city, wherein Lysias abode, and a great multitude of divers nations, and the strong young men kept the walls, and defended them mightily: wherein also was great provision of engines and darts. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 28 But when Judas and his company had called upon Almighty God, who with his power breaketh the strength of his enemies, they won the city, and slew twenty and five thousand of them that were within, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 29 From thence they departed to Scythopolis, which lieth six hundred furlongs from Jerusalem, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 30 But when the Jews that dwelt there had testified that the Scythopolitans dealt lovingly with them, and entreated them kindly in the time of their adversity; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 31 They gave them thanks, desiring them to be friendly still unto them: and so they came to Jerusalem, the feast of the weeks approaching. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 32 And after the feast, called Pentecost, they went forth against Gorgias the governor of Idumea, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 33 Who came out with three thousand men of foot and four hundred horsemen. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 34 And it happened that in their fighting together a few of the Jews were slain. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 35 At which time Dositheus, one of Bacenor's company, who was on horseback, and a strong man, was still upon Gorgias, and taking hold of his coat drew him by force; and when he would have taken that cursed man alive, a horseman of Thracia coming upon him smote off his shoulder, so that Gorgias fled unto Marisa. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 36 Now when they that were with Gorgias had fought long, and were weary, Judas called upon the Lord, that he would shew himself to be their helper and leader of the battle. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 37 And with that he began in his own language, and sung psalms with a loud voice, and rushing unawares upon Gorgias' men, he put them to flight. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 38 So Judas gathered his host, and came into the city of Odollam, And when the seventh day came, they purified themselves, as the custom was, and kept the sabbath in the same place. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 39 And upon the day following, as the use had been, Judas and his company came to take up the bodies of them that were slain, and to bury them with their kinsmen in their fathers' graves. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 40 Now under the coats of every one that was slain they found things consecrated to the idols of the Jamnites, which is forbidden the Jews by the law. Then every man saw that this was the cause wherefore they were slain. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 41 All men therefore praising the Lord, the righteous Judge, who had opened the things that were hid, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 42 Betook themselves unto prayer, and besought him that the sin committed might wholly be put out of remembrance. Besides, that noble Judas exhorted the people to keep themselves from sin, forsomuch as they saw before their eyes the things that came to pass for the sins of those that were slain. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 43 And when he had made a gathering throughout the company to the sum of two thousand drachms of silver, he sent it to Jerusalem to offer a sin offering, doing therein very well and honestly, in that he was mindful of the resurrection: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 44 For if he had not hoped that they that were slain should have risen again, it had been superfluous and vain to pray for the dead. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 12 45 And also in that he perceived that there was great favour laid up for those that died godly, it was an holy and good thought. Whereupon he made a reconciliation for the dead, that they might be delivered from sin. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 1 In the hundred forty and ninth year it was told Judas, that Antiochus Eupator was coming with a great power into Judea, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 2 And with him Lysias his protector, and ruler of his affairs, having either of them a Grecian power of footmen, an hundred and ten thousand, and horsemen five thousand and three hundred, and elephants two and twenty, and three hundred chariots armed with hooks. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 3 Menelaus also joined himself with them, and with great dissimulation encouraged Antiochus, not for the safeguard of the country, but because he thought to have been made governor. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 4 But the King of kings moved Antiochus' mind against this wicked wretch, and Lysias informed the king that this man was the cause of all mischief, so that the king commanded to bring him unto Berea, and to put him to death, as the manner is in that place. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 5 Now there was in that place a tower of fifty cubits high, full of ashes, and it had a round instrument which on every side hanged down into the ashes. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 6 And whosoever was condemned of sacrilege, or had committed any other grievous crime, there did all men thrust him unto death. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 7 Such a death it happened that wicked man to die, not having so much as burial in the earth; and that most justly: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 8 For inasmuch as he had committed many sins about the altar, whose fire and ashes were holy, he received his death in ashes. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 9 Now the king came with a barbarous and haughty mind to do far worse to the Jews, than had been done in his father's time. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 10 Which things when Judas perceived, he commanded the multitude to call upon the Lord night and day, that if ever at any other time, he would now also help them, being at the point to be put from their law, from their country, and from the holy temple: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 11 And that he would not suffer the people, that had even now been but a little refreshed, to be in subjection to the blasphemous nations. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 12 So when they had all done this together, and besought the merciful Lord with weeping and fasting, and lying flat upon the ground three days long, Judas, having exhorted them, commanded they should be in a readiness. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 13 And Judas, being apart with the elders, determined, before the king's host should enter into Judea, and get the city, to go forth and try the matter in fight by the help of the Lord. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 14 So when he had committed all to the Creator of the world, and exhorted his soldiers to fight manfully, even unto death, for the laws, the temple, the city, the country, and the commonwealth, he camped by Modin: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 15 And having given the watchword to them that were about him, Victory is of God; with the most valiant and choice young men he went in into the king's tent by night, and slew in the camp about four thousand men, and the chiefest of the elephants, with all that were upon him. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 16 And at last they filled the camp with fear and tumult, and departed with good success. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 17 This was done in the break of the day, because the protection of the Lord did help him. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 18 Now when the king had taken a taste of the manliness of the Jews, he went about to take the holds by policy, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 19 And marched toward Bethsura, which was a strong hold of the Jews: but he was put to flight, failed, and lost of his men: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 20 For Judas had conveyed unto them that were in it such things as were necessary. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 21 But Rhodocus, who was in the Jews' host, disclosed the secrets to the enemies; therefore he was sought out, and when they had gotten him, they put him in prison. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 22 The king treated with them in Bethsum the second time, gave his hand, took their's, departed, fought with Judas, was overcome; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 23 Heard that Philip, who was left over the affairs in Antioch, was desperately bent, confounded, intreated the Jews, submitted himself, and sware to all equal conditions, agreed with them, and offered sacrifice, honoured the temple, and dealt kindly with the place, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 24 And accepted well of Maccabeus, made him principal governor from Ptolemais unto the Gerrhenians; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 25 Came to Ptolemais: the people there were grieved for the covenants; for they stormed, because they would make their covenants void: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 13 26 Lysias went up to the judgment seat, said as much as could be in defence of the cause, persuaded, pacified, made them well affected, returned to Antioch. Thus it went touching the king's coming and departing. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 1 After three years was Judas informed, that Demetrius the son of Seleucus, having entered by the haven of Tripolis with a great power and navy, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 2 Had taken the country, and killed Antiochus, and Lysias his protector. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 3 Now one Alcimus, who had been high priest, and had defiled himself wilfully in the times of their mingling with the Gentiles, seeing that by no means he could save himself, nor have any more access to the holy altar, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 4 Came to king Demetrius in the hundred and one and fiftieth year, presenting unto him a crown of gold, and a palm, and also of the boughs which were used solemnly in the temple: and so that day he held his peace. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 5 Howbeit having gotten opportunity to further his foolish enterprize, and being called into counsel by Demetrius, and asked how the Jews stood affected, and what they intended, he answered thereunto: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 6 Those of the Jews that he called Assideans, whose captain is Judas Maccabeus, nourish war and are seditious, and will not let the rest be in peace. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 7 Therefore I, being deprived of mine ancestors' honour, I mean the high priesthood, am now come hither: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 8 First, verily for the unfeigned care I have of things pertaining to the king; and secondly, even for that I intend the good of mine own countrymen: for all our nation is in no small misery through the unadvised dealing of them aforersaid. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 9 Wherefore, O king, seeing knowest all these things, be careful for the country, and our nation, which is pressed on every side, according to the clemency that thou readily shewest unto all. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 10 For as long as Judas liveth, it is not possible that the state should be quiet. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 11 This was no sooner spoken of him, but others of the king's friends, being maliciously set against Judas, did more incense Demetrius. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 12 And forthwith calling Nicanor, who had been master of the elephants, and making him governor over Judea, he sent him forth, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 13 Commanding him to slay Judas, and to scatter them that were with him, and to make Alcimus high priest of the great temple. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 14 Then the heathen, that had fled out of Judea from Judas, came to Nicanor by flocks, thinking the harm and calamities ot the Jews to be their welfare. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 15 Now when the Jews heard of Nicanor's coming, and that the heathen were up against them, they cast earth upon their heads, and made supplication to him that had established his people for ever, and who always helpeth his portion with manifestation of his presence. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 16 So at the commandment of the captain they removed straightways from thence, and came near unto them at the town of Dessau. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 17 Now Simon, Judas' brother, had joined battle with Nicanor, but was somewhat discomfited through the sudden silence of his enemies. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 18 Nevertheless Nicanor, hearing of the manliness of them that were with Judas, and the courageousness that they had to fight for their country, durst not try the matter by the sword. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 19 Wherefore he sent Posidonius, and Theodotus, and Mattathias, to make peace. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 20 So when they had taken long advisement thereupon, and the captain had made the multitude acquainted therewith, and it appeared that they were all of one mind, they consented to the covenants, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 21 And appointed a day to meet in together by themselves: and when the day came, and stools were set for either of them, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 22 Ludas placed armed men ready in convenient places, lest some treachery should be suddenly practised by the enemies: so they made a peaceable conference. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 23 Now Nicanor abode in Jerusalem, and did no hurt, but sent away the people that came flocking unto him. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 24 And he would not willingly have Judas out of his sight: for he love the man from his heart +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 25 He prayed him also to take a wife, and to beget children: so he married, was quiet, and took part of this life. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 26 But Alcimus, perceiving the love that was betwixt them, and considering the covenants that were made, came to Demetrius, and told him that Nicanor was not well affected toward the state; for that he had ordained Judas, a traitor to his realm, to be the king's successor. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 27 Then the king being in a rage, and provoked with the accusations of the most wicked man, wrote to Nicanor, signifying that he was much displeased with the covenants, and commanding him that he should send Maccabeus prisoner in all haste unto Antioch. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 28 When this came to Nicanor's hearing, he was much confounded in himself, and took it grievously that he should make void the articles which were agreed upon, the man being in no fault. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 29 But because there was no dealing against the king, he watched his time to accomplish this thing by policy. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 30 Notwithstanding, when Maccabeus saw that Nicanor began to be churlish unto him, and that he entreated him more roughly than he was wont, perceiving that such sour behaviour came not of good, he gathered together not a few of his men, and withdrew himself from Nicanor. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 31 But the other, knowing that he was notably prevented by Judas' policy, came into the great and holy temple, and commanded the priests, that were offering their usual sacrifices, to deliver him the man. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 32 And when they sware that they could not tell where the man was whom he sought, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 33 He stretched out his right hand toward the temple, and made an oath in this manner: If ye will not deliver me Judas as a prisoner, I will lay this temple of God even with the ground, and I will break down the altar, and erect a notable temple unto Bacchus. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 34 After these words he departed. Then the priests lifted up their hands toward heaven, and besought him that was ever a defender of their nation, saying in this manner; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 35 Thou, O Lord of all things, who hast need of nothing, wast pleased that the temple of thine habitation should be among us: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 36 Therefore now, O holy Lord of all holiness, keep this house ever undefiled, which lately was cleansed, and stop every unrighteous mouth. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 37 Now was there accused unto Nicanor one Razis, one of the elders of Jerusalem, a lover of his countrymen, and a man of very good report, who for his kindness was called a father of the Jews. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 38 For in the former times, when they mingled not themselves with the Gentiles, he had been accused of Judaism, and did boldly jeopard his body and life with all vehemency for the religion of the Jews. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 39 So Nicanor, willing to declare the hate that he bare unto the Jews, sent above five hundred men of war to take him: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 40 For he thought by taking him to do the Jews much hurt. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 41 Now when the multitude would have taken the tower, and violently broken into the outer door, and bade that fire should be brought to burn it, he being ready to be taken on every side fell upon his sword; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 42 Choosing rather to die manfully, than to come into the hands of the wicked, to be abused otherwise than beseemed his noble birth: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 43 But missing his stroke through haste, the multitude also rushing within the doors, he ran boldly up to the wall, and cast himself down manfully among the thickest of them. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 44 But they quickly giving back, and a space being made, he fell down into the midst of the void place. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 45 Nevertheless, while there was yet breath within him, being inflamed with anger, he rose up; and though his blood gushed out like spouts of water, and his wounds were grievous, yet he ran through the midst of the throng; and standing upon a steep rock, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 14 46 When as his blood was now quite gone, he plucked out his bowels, and taking them in both his hands, he cast them upon the throng, and calling upon the Lord of life and spirit to restore him those again, he thus died. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 1 But Nicanor, hearing that Judas and his company were in the strong places about Samaria, resolved without any danger to set upon them on the sabbath day. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 2 Nevertheless the Jews that were compelled to go with him said, O destroy not so cruelly and barbarously, but give honour to that day, which he, that seeth all things, hath honoured with holiness above all other days. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 3 Then the most ungracious wretch demanded, if there were a Mighty one in heaven, that had commanded the sabbath day to be kept. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 4 And when they said, There is in heaven a living Lord, and mighty, who commanded the seventh day to be kept: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 5 Then said the other, And I also am mighty upon earth, and I command to take arms, and to do the king's business. Yet he obtained not to have his wicked will done. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 6 So Nicanor in exceeding pride and haughtiness determined to set up a publick monument of his victory over Judas and them that were with him. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 7 But Maccabeus had ever sure confidence that the Lord would help him: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 8 Wherefore he exhorted his people not to fear the coming of the heathen against them, but to remember the help which in former times they had received from heaven, and now to expect the victory and aid, which should come unto them from the Almighty. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 9 And so comforting them out of the law and the prophets, and withal putting them in mind of the battles that they won afore, he made them more cheerful. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 10 And when he had stirred up their minds, he gave them their charge, shewing them therewithall the falsehood of the heathen, and the breach of oaths. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 11 Thus he armed every one of them, not so much with defence of shields and spears, as with comfortable and good words: and beside that, he told them a dream worthy to be believed, as if it had been so indeed, which did not a little rejoice them. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 12 And this was his vision: That Onias, who had been high priest, a virtuous and a good man, reverend in conversation, gentle in condition, well spoken also, and exercised from a child in all points of virtue, holding up his hands prayed for the whole body of the Jews. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 13 This done, in like manner there appeared a man with gray hairs, and exceeding glorious, who was of a wonderful and excellent majesty. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 14 Then Onias answered, saying, This is a lover of the brethren, who prayeth much for the people, and for the holy city, to wit, Jeremias the prophet of God. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 15 Whereupon Jeremias holding forth his right hand gave to Judas a sword of gold, and in giving it spake thus, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 16 Take this holy sword, a gift from God, with the which thou shalt wound the adversaries. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 17 Thus being well comforted by the words of Judas, which were very good, and able to stir them up to valour, and to encourage the hearts of the young men, they determined not to pitch camp, but courageously to set upon them, and manfully to try the matter by conflict, because the city and the sanctuary and the temple were in danger. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 18 For the care that they took for their wives, and their children, their brethren, and folks, was in least account with them: but the greatest and principal fear was for the holy temple. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 19 Also they that were in the city took not the least care, being troubled for the conflict abroad. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 20 And now, when as all looked what should be the trial, and the enemies were already come near, and the army was set in array, and the beasts conveniently placed, and the horsemen set in wings, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 21 Maccabeus seeing the coming of the multitude, and the divers preparations of armour, and the fierceness of the beasts, stretched out his hands toward heaven, and called upon the Lord that worketh wonders, knowing that victory cometh not by arms, but even as it seemeth good to him, he giveth it to such as are worthy: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 22 Therefore in his prayer he said after this manner; O Lord, thou didst send thine angel in the time of Ezekias king of Judea, and didst slay in the host of Sennacherib an hundred fourscore and five thousand: +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 23 Wherefore now also, O Lord of heaven, send a good angel before us for a fear and dread unto them; +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 24 And through the might of thine arm let those be stricken with terror, that come against thy holy people to blaspheme. And he ended thus. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 25 Then Nicanor and they that were with him came forward with trumpets and songs. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 26 But Judas and his company encountered the enemies with invocation and prayer. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 27 So that fighting with their hands, and praying unto God with their hearts, they slew no less than thirty and five thousand men: for through the appearance of God they were greatly cheered. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 28 Now when the battle was done, returning again with joy, they knew that Nicanor lay dead in his harness. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 29 Then they made a great shout and a noise, praising the Almighty in their own language. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 30 And Judas, who was ever the chief defender of the citizens both in body and mind, and who continued his love toward his countrymen all his life, commanded to strike off Nicanor's head, and his hand with his shoulder, and bring them to Jerusalem. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 31 So when he was there, and called them of his nation together, and set the priests before the altar, he sent for them that were of the tower, +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 32 And shewed them vile Nicanor's head, and the hand of that blasphemer, which with proud brags he had stretched out against the holy temple of the Almighty. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 33 And when he had cut out the tongue of that ungodly Nicanor, he commanded that they should give it by pieces unto the fowls, and hang up the reward of his madness before the temple. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 34 So every man praised toward the heaven the glorious Lord, saying, Blessed be he that hath kept his own place undefiled. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 35 He hanged also Nicanor's head upon the tower, an evident and manifest sign unto all of the help of the Lord. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 36 And they ordained all with a common decree in no case to let that day pass without solemnity, but to celebrate the thirtieth day of the twelfth month, which in the Syrian tongue is called Adar, the day before Mardocheus' day. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 37 Thus went it with Nicanor: and from that time forth the Hebrews had the city in their power. And here will I make an end. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 38 And if I have done well, and as is fitting the story, it is that which I desired: but if slenderly and meanly, it is that which I could attain unto. +2 Maccabees 2Mac 77 15 39 For as it is hurtful to drink wine or water alone; and as wine mingled with water is pleasant, and delighteth the taste: even so speech finely framed delighteth the ears of them that read the story. And here shall be an end. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 1 And Josias held the feast of the passover in Jerusalem unto his Lord, and offered the passover the fourteenth day of the first month; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 2 Having set the priests according to their daily courses, being arrayed in long garments, in the temple of the Lord. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 3 And he spake unto the Levites, the holy ministers of Israel, that they should hallow themselves unto the Lord, to set the holy ark of the Lord in the house that king Solomon the son of David had built: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 4 And said, Ye shall no more bear the ark upon your shoulders: now therefore serve the Lord your God, and minister unto his people Israel, and prepare you after your families and kindreds, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 5 According as David the king of Israel prescribed, and according to the magnificence of Solomon his son: and standing in the temple according to the several dignity of the families of you the Levites, who minister in the presence of your brethren the children of Israel, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 6 Offer the passover in order, and make ready the sacrifices for your brethren, and keep the passover according to the commandment of the Lord, which was given unto Moses. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 7 And unto the people that was found there Josias gave thirty thousand lambs and kids, and three thousand calves: these things were given of the king's allowance, according as he promised, to the people, to the priests, and to the Levites. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 8 And Helkias, Zacharias, and Syelus, the governors of the temple, gave to the priests for the passover two thousand and six hundred sheep, and three hundred calves. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 9 And Jeconias, and Samaias, and Nathanael his brother, and Assabias, and Ochiel, and Joram, captains over thousands, gave to the Levites for the passover five thousand sheep, and seven hundred calves. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 10 And when these things were done, the priests and Levites, having the unleavened bread, stood in very comely order according to the kindreds, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 11 And according to the several dignities of the fathers, before the people, to offer to the Lord, as it is written in the book of Moses: and thus did they in the morning. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 12 And they roasted the passover with fire, as appertaineth: as for the sacrifices, they sod them in brass pots and pans with a good savour, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 13 And set them before all the people: and afterward they prepared for themselves, and for the priests their brethren, the sons of Aaron. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 14 For the priests offered the fat until night: and the Levites prepared for themselves, and the priests their brethren, the sons of Aaron. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 15 The holy singers also, the sons of Asaph, were in their order, according to the appointment of David, to wit, Asaph, Zacharias, and Jeduthun, who was of the king's retinue. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 16 Moreover the porters were at every gate; it was not lawful for any to go from his ordinary service: for their brethren the Levites prepared for them. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 17 Thus were the things that belonged to the sacrifices of the Lord accomplished in that day, that they might hold the passover, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 18 And offer sacrifices upon the altar of the Lord, according to the commandment of king Josias. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 19 So the children of Israel which were present held the passover at that time, and the feast of sweet bread seven days. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 20 And such a passover was not kept in Israel since the time of the prophet Samuel. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 21 Yea, all the kings of Israel held not such a passover as Josias, and the priests, and the Levites, and the Jews, held with all Israel that were found dwelling at Jerusalem. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 22 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josias was this passover kept. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 23 And the works or Josias were upright before his Lord with an heart full of godliness. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 24 As for the things that came to pass in his time, they were written in former times, concerning those that sinned, and did wickedly against the Lord above all people and kingdoms, and how they grieved him exceedingly, so that the words of the Lord rose up against Israel. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 25 Now after all these acts of Josias it came to pass, that Pharaoh the king of Egypt came to raise war at Carchamis upon Euphrates: and Josias went out against him. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 26 But the king of Egypt sent to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, O king of Judea? +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 27 I am not sent out from the Lord God against thee; for my war is upon Euphrates: and now the Lord is with me, yea, the Lord is with me hasting me forward: depart from me, and be not against the Lord. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 28 Howbeit Josias did not turn back his chariot from him, but undertook to fight with him, not regarding the words of the prophet Jeremy spoken by the mouth of the Lord: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 29 But joined battle with him in the plain of Magiddo, and the princes came against king Josias. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 30 Then said the king unto his servants, Carry me away out of the battle; for I am very weak. And immediately his servants took him away out of the battle. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 31 Then gat he up upon his second chariot; and being brought back to Jerusalem died, and was buried in his father's sepulchre. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 32 And in all Jewry they mourned for Josias, yea, Jeremy the prophet lamented for Josias, and the chief men with the women made lamentation for him unto this day: and this was given out for an ordinance to be done continually in all the nation of Israel. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 33 These things are written in the book of the stories of the kings of Judah, and every one of the acts that Josias did, and his glory, and his understanding in the law of the Lord, and the things that he had done before, and the things now recited, are reported in the book of the kings of Israel and Judea. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 34 And the people took Joachaz the son of Josias, and made him king instead of Josias his father, when he was twenty and three years old. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 35 And he reigned in Judea and in Jerusalem three months: and then the king of Egypt deposed him from reigning in Jerusalem. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 36 And he set a tax upon the land of an hundred talents of silver and one talent of gold. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 37 The king of Egypt also made king Joacim his brother king of Judea and Jerusalem. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 38 And he bound Joacim and the nobles: but Zaraces his brother he apprehended, and brought him out of Egypt. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 39 Five and twenty years old was Joacim when he was made king in the land of Judea and Jerusalem; and he did evil before the Lord. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 40 Wherefore against him Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon came up, and bound him with a chain of brass, and carried him into Babylon. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 41 Nabuchodonosor also took of the holy vessels of the Lord, and carried them away, and set them in his own temple at Babylon. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 42 But those things that are recorded of him, and of his uncleaness and impiety, are written in the chronicles of the kings. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 43 And Joacim his son reigned in his stead: he was made king being eighteen years old; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 44 And reigned but three months and ten days in Jerusalem; and did evil before the Lord. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 45 So after a year Nabuchodonosor sent and caused him to be brought into Babylon with the holy vessels of the Lord; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 46 And made Zedechias king of Judea and Jerusalem, when he was one and twenty years old; and he reigned eleven years: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 47 And he did evil also in the sight of the Lord, and cared not for the words that were spoken unto him by the prophet Jeremy from the mouth of the Lord. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 48 And after that king Nabuchodonosor had made him to swear by the name of the Lord, he forswore himself, and rebelled; and hardening his neck, his heart, he transgressed the laws of the Lord God of Israel. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 49 The governors also of the people and of the priests did many things against the laws, and passed all the pollutions of all nations, and defiled the temple of the Lord, which was sanctified in Jerusalem. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 50 Nevertheless the God of their fathers sent by his messenger to call them back, because he spared them and his tabernacle also. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 51 But they had his messengers in derision; and, look, when the Lord spake unto them, they made a sport of his prophets: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 52 So far forth, that he, being wroth with his people for their great ungodliness, commanded the kings of the Chaldees to come up against them; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 53 Who slew their young men with the sword, yea, even within the compass of their holy temple, and spared neither young man nor maid, old man nor child, among them; for he delivered all into their hands. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 54 And they took all the holy vessels of the Lord, both great and small, with the vessels of the ark of God, and the king's treasures, and carried them away into Babylon. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 55 As for the house of the Lord, they burnt it, and brake down the walls of Jerusalem, and set fire upon her towers: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 56 And as for her glorious things, they never ceased till they had consumed and brought them all to nought: and the people that were not slain with the sword he carried unto Babylon: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 57 Who became servants to him and his children, till the Persians reigned, to fulfil the word of the Lord spoken by the mouth of Jeremy: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 1 58 Until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths, the whole time of her desolation shall she rest, until the full term of seventy years. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 1 In the first year of Cyrus king of the Persians, that the word of the Lord might be accomplished, that he had promised by the mouth of Jeremy; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 2 The Lord raised up the spirit of Cyrus the king of the Persians, and he made proclamation through all his kingdom, and also by writing, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 3 Saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of the Persians; The Lord of Israel, the most high Lord, hath made me king of the whole world, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 4 And commanded me to build him an house at Jerusalem in Jewry. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 5 If therefore there be any of you that are of his people, let the Lord, even his Lord, be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem that is in Judea, and build the house of the Lord of Israel: for he is the Lord that dwelleth in Jerusalem. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 6 Whosoever then dwell in the places about, let them help him, those, I say, that are his neighbours, with gold, and with silver, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 7 With gifts, with horses, and with cattle, and other things, which have been set forth by vow, for the temple of the Lord at Jerusalem. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 8 Then the chief of the families of Judea and of the tribe of Benjamin stood up; the priests also, and the Levites, and all they whose mind the Lord had moved to go up, and to build an house for the Lord at Jerusalem, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 9 And they that dwelt round about them, and helped them in all things with silver and gold, with horses and cattle, and with very many free gifts of a great number whose minds were stirred up thereto. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 10 King Cyrus also brought forth the holy vessels, which Nabuchodonosor had carried away from Jerusalem, and had set up in his temple of idols. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 11 Now when Cyrus king of the Persians had brought them forth, he delivered them to Mithridates his treasurer: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 12 And by him they were delivered to Sanabassar the governor of Judea. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 13 And this was the number of them; A thousand golden cups, and a thousand of silver, censers of silver twenty nine, vials of gold thirty, and of silver two thousand four hundred and ten, and a thousand other vessels. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 14 So all the vessels of gold and of silver, which were carried away, were five thousand four hundred threescore and nine. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 15 These were brought back by Sanabassar, together with them of the captivity, from Babylon to Jerusalem. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 16 But in the time of Artexerxes king of the Persians Belemus, and Mithridates, and Tabellius, and Rathumus, and Beeltethmus, and Semellius the secretary, with others that were in commission with them, dwelling in Samaria and other places, wrote unto him against them that dwelt in Judea and Jerusalem these letters following; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 17 To king Artexerxes our lord, Thy servants, Rathumus the storywriter, and Semellius the scribe, and the rest of their council, and the judges that are in Celosyria and Phenice. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 18 Be it now known to the lord king, that the Jews that are up from you to us, being come into Jerusalem, that rebellious and wicked city, do build the marketplaces, and repair the walls of it and do lay the foundation of the temple. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 19 Now if this city and the walls thereof be made up again, they will not only refuse to give tribute, but also rebel against kings. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 20 And forasmuch as the things pertaining to the temple are now in hand, we think it meet not to neglect such a matter, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 21 But to speak unto our lord the king, to the intent that, if it be thy pleasure it may be sought out in the books of thy fathers: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 22 And thou shalt find in the chronicles what is written concerning these things, and shalt understand that that city was rebellious, troubling both kings and cities: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 23 And that the Jews were rebellious, and raised always wars therein; for the which cause even this city was made desolate. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 24 Wherefore now we do declare unto thee, O lord the king, that if this city be built again, and the walls thereof set up anew, thou shalt from henceforth have no passage into Celosyria and Phenice. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 25 Then the king wrote back again to Rathumus the storywriter, to Beeltethmus, to Semellius the scribe, and to the rest that were in commission, and dwellers in Samaria and Syria and Phenice, after this manner; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 26 I have read the epistle which ye have sent unto me: therefore I commanded to make diligent search, and it hath been found that that city was from the beginning practising against kings; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 27 And the men therein were given to rebellion and war: and that mighty kings and fierce were in Jerusalem, who reigned and exacted tributes in Celosyria and Phenice. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 28 Now therefore I have commanded to hinder those men from building the city, and heed to be taken that there be no more done in it; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 29 And that those wicked workers proceed no further to the annoyance of kings, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 2 30 Then king Artexerxes his letters being read, Rathumus, and Semellius the scribe, and the rest that were in commission with them, removing in haste toward Jerusalem with a troop of horsemen and a multitude of people in battle array, began to hinder the builders; and the building of the temple in Jerusalem ceased until the second year of the reign of Darius king of the Persians. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 1 Now when Darius reigned, he made a great feast unto all his subjects, and unto all his household, and unto all the princes of Media and Persia, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 2 And to all the governors and captains and lieutenants that were under him, from India unto Ethiopia, of an hundred twenty and seven provinces. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 3 And when they had eaten and drunken, and being satisfied were gone home, then Darius the king went into his bedchamber, and slept, and soon after awaked. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 4 Then three young men, that were of the guard that kept the king's body, spake one to another; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 5 Let every one of us speak a sentence: he that shall overcome, and whose sentence shall seem wiser than the others, unto him shall the king Darius give great gifts, and great things in token of victory: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 6 As, to be clothed in purple, to drink in gold, and to sleep upon gold, and a chariot with bridles of gold, and an headtire of fine linen, and a chain about his neck: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 7 And he shall sit next to Darius because of his wisdom, and shall be called Darius his cousin. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 8 And then every one wrote his sentence, sealed it, and laid it under king Darius his pillow; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 9 And said that, when the king is risen, some will give him the writings; and of whose side the king and the three princes of Persia shall judge that his sentence is the wisest, to him shall the victory be given, as was appointed. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 10 The first wrote, Wine is the strongest. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 11 The second wrote, The king is strongest. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 12 The third wrote, Women are strongest: but above all things Truth beareth away the victory. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 13 Now when the king was risen up, they took their writings, and delivered them unto him, and so he read them: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 14 And sending forth he called all the princes of Persia and Media, and the governors, and the captains, and the lieutenants, and the chief officers; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 15 And sat him down in the royal seat of judgment; and the writings were read before them. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 16 And he said, Call the young men, and they shall declare their own sentences. So they were called, and came in. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 17 And he said unto them, Declare unto us your mind concerning the writings. Then began the first, who had spoken of the strength of wine; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 18 And he said thus, O ye men, how exceeding strong is wine! it causeth all men to err that drink it: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 19 It maketh the mind of the king and of the fatherless child to be all one; of the bondman and of the freeman, of the poor man and of the rich: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 20 It turneth also every thought into jollity and mirth, so that a man remembereth neither sorrow nor debt: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 21 And it maketh every heart rich, so that a man remembereth neither king nor governor; and it maketh to speak all things by talents: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 22 And when they are in their cups, they forget their love both to friends and brethren, and a little after draw out swords: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 23 But when they are from the wine, they remember not what they have done. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 3 24 O ye men, is not wine the strongest, that enforceth to do thus? And when he had so spoken, he held his peace. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 1 Then the second, that had spoken of the strength of the king, began to say, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 2 O ye men, do not men excel in strength that bear rule over sea and land and all things in them? +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 3 But yet the king is more mighty: for he is lord of all these things, and hath dominion over them; and whatsoever he commandeth them they do. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 4 If he bid them make war the one against the other, they do it: if he send them out against the enemies, they go, and break down mountains walls and towers. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 5 They slay and are slain, and transgress not the king's commandment: if they get the victory, they bring all to the king, as well the spoil, as all things else. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 6 Likewise for those that are no soldiers, and have not to do with wars, but use husbundry, when they have reaped again that which they had sown, they bring it to the king, and compel one another to pay tribute unto the king. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 7 And yet he is but one man: if he command to kill, they kill; if he command to spare, they spare; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 8 If he command to smite, they smite; if he command to make desolate, they make desolate; if he command to build, they build; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 9 If he command to cut down, they cut down; if he command to plant, they plant. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 10 So all his people and his armies obey him: furthermore he lieth down, he eateth and drinketh, and taketh his rest: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 11 And these keep watch round about him, neither may any one depart, and do his own business, neither disobey they him in any thing. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 12 O ye men, how should not the king be mightiest, when in such sort he is obeyed? And he held his tongue. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 13 Then the third, who had spoken of women, and of the truth, (this was Zorobabel) began to speak. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 14 O ye men, it is not the great king, nor the multitude of men, neither is it wine, that excelleth; who is it then that ruleth them, or hath the lordship over them? are they not women? +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 15 Women have borne the king and all the people that bear rule by sea and land. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 16 Even of them came they: and they nourished them up that planted the vineyards, from whence the wine cometh. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 17 These also make garments for men; these bring glory unto men; and without women cannot men be. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 18 Yea, and if men have gathered together gold and silver, or any other goodly thing, do they not love a woman which is comely in favour and beauty? +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 19 And letting all those things go, do they not gape, and even with open mouth fix their eyes fast on her; and have not all men more desire unto her than unto silver or gold, or any goodly thing whatsoever? +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 20 A man leaveth his own father that brought him up, and his own country, and cleaveth unto his wife. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 21 He sticketh not to spend his life with his wife. and remembereth neither father, nor mother, nor country. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 22 By this also ye must know that women have dominion over you: do ye not labour and toil, and give and bring all to the woman? +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 23 Yea, a man taketh his sword, and goeth his way to rob and to steal, to sail upon the sea and upon rivers; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 24 And looketh upon a lion, and goeth in the darkness; and when he hath stolen, spoiled, and robbed, he bringeth it to his love. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 25 Wherefore a man loveth his wife better than father or mother. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 26 Yea, many there be that have run out of their wits for women, and become servants for their sakes. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 27 Many also have perished, have erred, and sinned, for women. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 28 And now do ye not believe me? is not the king great in his power? do not all regions fear to touch him? +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 29 Yet did I see him and Apame the king's concubine, the daughter of the admirable Bartacus, sitting at the right hand of the king, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 30 And taking the crown from the king's head, and setting it upon her own head; she also struck the king with her left hand. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 31 And yet for all this the king gaped and gazed upon her with open mouth: if she laughed upon him, he laughed also: but if she took any displeasure at him, the king was fain to flatter, that she might be reconciled to him again. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 32 O ye men, how can it be but women should be strong, seeing they do thus? +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 33 Then the king and the princes looked one upon another: so he began to speak of the truth. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 34 O ye men, are not women strong? great is the earth, high is the heaven, swift is the sun in his course, for he compasseth the heavens round about, and fetcheth his course again to his own place in one day. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 35 Is he not great that maketh these things? therefore great is the truth, and stronger than all things. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 36 All the earth crieth upon the truth, and the heaven blesseth it: all works shake and tremble at it, and with it is no unrighteous thing. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 37 Wine is wicked, the king is wicked, women are wicked, all the children of men are wicked, and such are all their wicked works; and there is no truth in them; in their unrighteousness also they shall perish. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 38 As for the truth, it endureth, and is alwaYs strong; it liveth and conquereth for evermore. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 39 With her there is no accepting of persons or rewards; but she doeth the things that are just, and refraineth from all unjust and wicked things; and all men do well like of her works. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 40 Neither in her judgment is any unrighteousness; and she is the strength, kingdom, power, and majesty, of all ages. Blessed be the God of truth. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 41 And with that he held his peace. And all the people then shouted, and said, Great is Truth, and mighty above all things. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 42 Then said the king unto him, Ask what thou wilt more than is appointed in the writing, and we will give it thee, because thou art found wisest; and thou shalt sit next me, and shalt be called my cousin. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 43 Then said he unto the king, Remember thy vow, which thou hast vowed to build Jerusalem, in the day when thou camest to thy kingdom, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 44 And to send away all the vessels that were taken away out of Jerusalem, which Cyrus set apart, when he vowed to destroy Babylon, and to send them again thither. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 45 Thou also hast vowed to build up the temple, which the Edomites burned when Judea was made desolate by the Chaldees. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 46 And now, O lord the king, this is that which I require, and which I desire of thee, and this is the princely liberality proceeding from thyself: I desire therefore that thou make good the vow, the performance whereof with thine own mouth thou hast vowed to the King of heaven. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 47 Then Darius the king stood up, and kissed him, and wrote letters for him unto all the treasurers and lieutenants and captains and governors, that they should safely convey on their way both him, and all those that go up with him to build Jerusalem. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 48 He wrote letters also unto the lieutenants that were in Celosyria and Phenice, and unto them in Libanus, that they should bring cedar wood from Libanus unto Jerusalem, and that they should build the city with him. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 49 Moreover he wrote for all the Jews that went out of his realm up into Jewry, concerning their freedom, that no officer, no ruler, no lieutenant, nor treasurer, should forcibly enter into their doors; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 50 And that all the country which they hold should be free without tribute; and that the Edomites should give over the villages of the Jews which then they held: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 51 Yea, that there should be yearly given twenty talents to the building of the temple, until the time that it were built; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 52 And other ten talents yearly, to maintain the burnt offerings upon the altar every day, as they had a commandment to offer seventeen: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 53 And that all they that went from Babylon to build the city should have free liberty, as well they as their posterity, and all the priests that went away. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 54 He wrote also concerning. the charges, and the priests' vestments wherein they minister; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 55 And likewise for the charges of the Levites, to be given them until the day that the house were finished, and Jerusalem builded up. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 56 And he commanded to give to all that kept the city pensions and wages. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 57 He sent away also all the vessels from Babylon, that Cyrus had set apart; and all that Cyrus had given in commandment, the same charged he also to be done, and sent unto Jerusalem. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 58 Now when this young man was gone forth, he lifted up his face to heaven toward Jerusalem, and praised the King of heaven, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 59 And said, From thee cometh victory, from thee cometh wisdom, and thine is the glory, and I am thy servant. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 60 Blessed art thou, who hast given me wisdom: for to thee I give thanks, O Lord of our fathers. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 61 And so he took the letters, and went out, and came unto Babylon, and told it all his brethren. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 62 And they praised the God of their fathers, because he had given them freedom and liberty +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 4 63 To go up, and to build Jerusalem, and the temple which is called by his name: and they feasted with instruments of musick and gladness seven days. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 1 After this were the principal men of the families chosen according to their tribes, to go up with their wives and sons and daughters, with their menservants and maidservants, and their cattle. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 2 And Darius sent with them a thousand horsemen, till they had brought them back to Jerusalem safely, and with musical [instruments] tabrets and flutes. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 3 And all their brethren played, and he made them go up together with them. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 4 And these are the names of the men which went up, according to their families among their tribes, after their several heads. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 5 The priests, the sons of Phinees the son of Aaron: Jesus the son of Josedec, the son of Saraias, and Joacim the son of Zorobabel, the son of Salathiel, of the house of David, out of the kindred of Phares, of the tribe of Judah; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 6 Who spake wise sentences before Darius the king of Persia in the second year of his reign, in the month Nisan, which is the first month. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 7 And these are they of Jewry that came up from the captivity, where they dwelt as strangers, whom Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 8 And they returned unto Jerusalem, and to the other parts of Jewry, every man to his own city, who came with Zorobabel, with Jesus, Nehemias, and Zacharias, and Reesaias, Enenius, Mardocheus. Beelsarus, Aspharasus, Reelius, Roimus, and Baana, their guides. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 9 The number of them of the nation, and their governors, sons of Phoros, two thousand an hundred seventy and two; the sons of Saphat, four hundred seventy and two: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 10 The sons of Ares, seven hundred fifty and six: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 11 The sons of Phaath Moab, two thousand eight hundred and twelve: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 12 The sons of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four: the sons of Zathul, nine hundred forty and five: the sons of Corbe, seven hundred and five: the sons of Bani, six hundred forty and eight: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 13 The sons of Bebai, six hundred twenty and three: the sons of Sadas, three thousand two hundred twenty and two: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 14 The sons of Adonikam, six hundred sixty and seven: the sons of Bagoi, two thousand sixty and six: the sons of Adin, four hundred fifty and four: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 15 The sons of Aterezias, ninety and two: the sons of Ceilan and Azetas threescore and seven: the sons of Azuran, four hundred thirty and two: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 16 The sons of Ananias, an hundred and one: the sons of Arom, thirty two: and the sons of Bassa, three hundred twenty and three: the sons of Azephurith, an hundred and two: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 17 The sons of Meterus, three thousand and five: the sons of Bethlomon, an hundred twenty and three: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 18 They of Netophah, fifty and five: they of Anathoth, an hundred fifty and eight: they of Bethsamos, forty and two: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 19 They of Kiriathiarius, twenty and five: they of Caphira and Beroth, seven hundred forty and three: they of Pira, seven hundred: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 20 They of Chadias and Ammidoi, four hundred twenty and two: they of Cirama and Gabdes, six hundred twenty and one: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 21 They of Macalon, an hundred twenty and two: they of Betolius, fifty and two: the sons of Nephis, an hundred fifty and six: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 22 The sons of Calamolalus and Onus, seven hundred twenty and five: the sons of Jerechus, two hundred forty and five: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 23 The sons of Annas, three thousand three hundred and thirty. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 24 The priests: the sons of Jeddu, the son of Jesus among the sons of Sanasib, nine hundred seventy and two: the sons of Meruth, a thousand fifty and two: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 25 The sons of Phassaron, a thousand forty and seven: the sons of Carme, a thousand and seventeen. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 26 The Levites: the sons of Jessue, and Cadmiel, and Banuas, and Sudias, seventy and four. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 27 The holy singers: the sons of Asaph, an hundred twenty and eight. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 28 The porters: the sons of Salum, the sons of Jatal, the sons of Talmon, the sons of Dacobi, the sons of Teta, the sons of Sami, in all an hundred thirty and nine. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 29 The servants of the temple: the sons of Esau, the sons of Asipha, the sons of Tabaoth, the sons of Ceras, the sons of Sud, the sons of Phaleas, the sons of Labana, the sons of Graba, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 30 The sons of Acua, the sons of Uta, the sons of Cetab, the sons of Agaba, the sons of Subai, the sons of Anan, the sons of Cathua, the sons of Geddur, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 31 The sons of Airus, the sons of Daisan, the sons of Noeba, the sons of Chaseba, the sons of Gazera, the sons of Azia, the sons of Phinees, the sons of Azare, the sons of Bastai, the sons of Asana, the sons of Meani, the sons of Naphisi, the sons of Acub, the sons of Acipha, the sons of Assur, the sons of Pharacim, the sons of Basaloth, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 32 The sons of Meeda, the sons of Coutha, the sons of Charea, the sons of Charcus, the sons of Aserer, the sons of Thomoi, the sons of Nasith, the sons of Atipha. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 33 The sons of the servants of Solomon: the sons of Azaphion, the sons of Pharira, the sons of Jeeli, the sons of Lozon, the sons of Israel, the sons of Sapheth, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 34 The sons of Hagia, the sons of Pharacareth, the sons of Sabi, the sons of Sarothie, the sons of Masias, the sons of Gar, the sons of Addus, the sons of Suba, the sons of Apherra, the sons of Barodis, the sons of Sabat, the sons of Allom. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 35 All the ministers of the temple, and the sons of the servants of Solomon, were three hundred seventy and two. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 36 These came up from Thermeleth and Thelersas, Charaathalar leading them, and Aalar; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 37 Neither could they shew their families, nor their stock, how they were of Israel: the sons of Ladan, the son of Ban, the sons of Necodan, six hundred fifty and two. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 38 And of the priests that usurped the office of the priesthood, and were not found: the sons of Obdia, the sons of Accoz, the sons of Addus, who married Augia one of the daughters of Barzelus, and was named after his name. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 39 And when the description of the kindred of these men was sought in the register, and was not found, they were removed from executing the office of the priesthood: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 40 For unto them said Nehemias and Atharias, that they should not be partakers of the holy things, till there arose up an high priest clothed with doctrine and truth. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 41 So of Israel, from them of twelve years old and upward, they were all in number forty thousand, beside menservants and womenservants two thousand three hundred and sixty. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 42 Their menservants and handmaids were seven thousand three hundred forty and seven: the singing men and singing women, two hundred forty and five: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 43 Four hundred thirty and five camels, seven thousand thirty and six horses, two hundred forty and five mules, five thousand five hundred twenty and five beasts used to the yoke. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 44 And certain of the chief of their families, when they came to the temple of God that is in Jerusalem, vowed to set up the house again in his own place according to their ability, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 45 And to give into the holy treasury of the works a thousand pounds of gold, five thousand of silver, and an hundred priestly vestments. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 46 And so dwelt the priests and the Levites and the people in Jerusalem, and in the country, the singers also and the porters; and all Israel in their villages. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 47 But when the seventh month was at hand, and when the children of Israel were every man in his own place, they came all together with one consent into the open place of the first gate which is toward the east. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 48 Then stood up Jesus the son of Josedec, and his brethren the priests and Zorobabel the son of Salathiel, and his brethren, and made ready the altar of the God of Israel, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 49 To offer burnt sacrifices upon it, according as it is expressly commanded in the book of Moses the man of God. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 50 And there were gathered unto them out of the other nations of the land, and they erected the altar upon his own place, because all the nations of the land were at enmity with them, and oppressed them; and they offered sacrifices according to the time, and burnt offerings to the Lord both morning and evening. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 51 Also they held the feast of tabernacles, as it is commanded in the law, and offered sacrifices daily, as was meet: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 52 And after that, the continual oblations, and the sacrifice of the sabbaths, and of the new moons, and of all holy feasts. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 53 And all they that had made any vow to God began to offer sacrifices to God from the first day of the seventh month, although the temple of the Lord was not yet built. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 54 And they gave unto the masons and carpenters money, meat, and drink, with cheerfulness. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 55 Unto them of Zidon also and Tyre they gave carrs, that they should bring cedar trees from Libanus, which should be brought by floats to the haven of Joppa, according as it was commanded them by Cyrus king of the Persians. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 56 And in the second year and second month after his coming to the temple of God at Jerusalem began Zorobabel the son of Salathiel, and Jesus the son of Josedec, and their brethren, and the priests, and the Levites, and all they that were come unto Jerusalem out of the captivity: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 57 And they laid the foundation of the house of God in the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come to Jewry and Jerusalem. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 58 And they appointed the Levites from twenty years old over the works of the Lord. Then stood up Jesus, and his sons and brethren, and Cadmiel his brother, and the sons of Madiabun, with the sons of Joda the son of Eliadun, with their sons and brethren, all Levites, with one accord setters forward of the business, labouring to advance the works in the house of God. So the workmen built the temple of the Lord. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 59 And the priests stood arrayed in their vestments with musical instruments and trumpets; and the Levites the sons of Asaph had cymbals, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 60 Singing songs of thanksgiving, and praising the Lord, according as David the king of Israel had ordained. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 61 And they sung with loud voices songs to the praise of the Lord, because his mercy and glory is for ever in all Israel. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 62 And all the people sounded trumpets, and shouted with a loud voice, singing songs of thanksgiving unto the Lord for the rearing up of the house of the Lord. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 63 Also of the priests and Levites, and of the chief of their families, the ancients who had seen the former house came to the building of this with weeping and great crying. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 64 But many with trumpets and joy shouted with loud voice, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 65 Insomuch that the trumpets might not be heard for the weeping of the people: yet the multitude sounded marvellously, so that it was heard afar off. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 66 Wherefore when the enemies of the tribe of Judah and Benjamin heard it, they came to know what that noise of trumpets should mean. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 67 And they perceived that they that were of the captivity did build the temple unto the Lord God of Israel. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 68 So they went to Zorobabel and Jesus, and to the chief of the families, and said unto them, We will build together with you. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 69 For we likewise, as ye, do obey your Lord, and do sacrifice unto him from the days of Azbazareth the king of the Assyrians, who brought us hither. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 70 Then Zorobabel and Jesus and the chief of the families of Israel said unto them, It is not for us and you to build together an house unto the Lord our God. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 71 We ourselves alone will build unto the Lord of Israel, according as Cyrus the king of the Persians hath commanded us. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 72 But the heathen of the land lying heavy upon the inhabitants of Judea, and holding them strait, hindered their building; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 5 73 And by their secret plots, and popular persuasions and commotions, they hindered the finishing of the building all the time that king Cyrus lived: so they were hindered from building for the space of two years, until the reign of Darius. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 1 Now in the second year of the reign of Darius Aggeus and Zacharias the son of Addo, the prophets, prophesied unto the Jews in Jewry and Jerusalem in the name of the Lord God of Israel, which was upon them. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 2 Then stood up Zorobabel the son of Salatiel, and Jesus the son of Josedec, and began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, the prophets of the Lord being with them, and helping them. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 3 At the same time came unto them Sisinnes the governor of Syria and Phenice, with Sathrabuzanes and his companions, and said unto them, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 4 By whose appointment do ye build this house and this roof, and perform all the other things? and who are the workmen that perform these things? +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 5 Nevertheless the elders of the Jews obtained favour, because the Lord had visited the captivity; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 6 And they were not hindered from building, until such time as signification was given unto Darius concerning them, and an answer received. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 7 The copy of the letters which Sisinnes, governor of Syria and Phenice, and Sathrabuzanes, with their companions, rulers in Syria and Phenice, wrote and sent unto Darius; To king Darius, greeting: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 8 Let all things be known unto our lord the king, that being come into the country of Judea, and entered into the city of Jerusalem we found in the city of Jerusalem the ancients of the Jews that were of the captivity +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 9 Building an house unto the Lord, great and new, of hewn and costly stones, and the timber already laid upon the walls. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 10 And those works are done with great speed, and the work goeth on prosperously in their hands, and with all glory and diligence is it made. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 11 Then asked we these elders, saying, By whose commandment build ye this house, and lay the foundations of these works? +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 12 Therefore to the intent that we might give knowledge unto thee by writing, we demanded of them who were the chief doers, and we required of them the names in writing of their principal men. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 13 So they gave us this answer, We are the servants of the Lord which made heaven and earth. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 14 And as for this house, it was builded many years ago by a king of Israel great and strong, and was finished. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 15 But when our fathers provoked God unto wrath, and sinned against the Lord of Israel which is in heaven, he gave them over into the power of Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon, of the Chaldees; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 16 Who pulled down the house, and burned it, and carried away the people captives unto Babylon. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 17 But in the first year that king Cyrus reigned over the country of Babylon Cyrus the king wrote to build up this house. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 18 And the holy vessels of gold and of silver, that Nabuchodonosor had carried away out of the house at Jerusalem, and had set them in his own temple those Cyrus the king brought forth again out of the temple at Babylon, and they were delivered to Zorobabel and to Sanabassarus the ruler, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 19 With commandment that he should carry away the same vessels, and put them in the temple at Jerusalem; and that the temple of the Lord should be built in his place. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 20 Then the same Sanabassarus, being come hither, laid the foundations of the house of the Lord at Jerusalem; and from that time to this being still a building, it is not yet fully ended. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 21 Now therefore, if it seem good unto the king, let search be made among the records of king Cyrus: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 22 And if it be found that the building of the house of the Lord at Jerusalem hath been done with the consent of king Cyrus, and if our lord the king be so minded, let him signify unto us thereof. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 23 Then commanded king Darius to seek among the records at Babylon: and so at Ecbatane the palace, which is in the country of Media, there was found a roll wherein these things were recorded. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 24 In the first year of the reign of Cyrus king Cyrus commanded that the house of the Lord at Jerusalem should be built again, where they do sacrifice with continual fire: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 25 Whose height shall be sixty cubits and the breadth sixty cubits, with three rows of hewn stones, and one row of new wood of that country; and the expences thereof to be given out of the house of king Cyrus: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 26 And that the holy vessels of the house of the Lord, both of gold and silver, that Nabuchodonosor took out of the house at Jerusalem, and brought to Babylon, should be restored to the house at Jerusalem, and be set in the place where they were before. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 27 And also he commanded that Sisinnes the governor of Syria and Phenice, and Sathrabuzanes, and their companions, and those which were appointed rulers in Syria and Phenice, should be careful not to meddle with the place, but suffer Zorobabel, the servant of the Lord, and governor of Judea, and the elders of the Jews, to build the house of the Lord in that place. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 28 I have commanded also to have it built up whole again; and that they look diligently to help those that be of the captivity of the Jews, till the house of the Lord be finished: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 29 And out of the tribute of Celosyria and Phenice a portion carefully to be given these men for the sacrifices of the Lord, that is, to Zorobabel the governor, for bullocks, and rams, and lambs; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 30 And also corn, salt, wine, and oil, and that continually every year without further question, according as the priests that be in Jerusalem shall signify to be daily spent: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 31 That offerings may be made to the most high God for the king and for his children, and that they may pray for their lives. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 32 And he commanded that whosoever should transgress, yea, or make light of any thing afore spoken or written, out of his own house should a tree be taken, and he thereon be hanged, and all his goods seized for the king. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 33 The Lord therefore, whose name is there called upon, utterly destroy every king and nation, that stretcheth out his hand to hinder or endamage that house of the Lord in Jerusalem. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 6 34 I Darius the king have ordained that according unto these things it be done with diligence. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 7 1 Then Sisinnes the governor of Celosyria and Phenice, and Sathrabuzanes, with their companions following the commandments of king Darius, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 7 2 Did very carefully oversee the holy works, assisting the ancients of the Jews and governors of the temple. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 7 3 And so the holy works prospered, when Aggeus and Zacharias the prophets prophesied. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 7 4 And they finished these things by the commandment of the Lord God of Israel, and with the consent of Cyrus, Darius, and Artexerxes, kings of Persia. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 7 5 And thus was the holy house finished in the three and twentieth day of the month Adar, in the sixth year of Darius king of the Persians +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 7 6 And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and others that were of the captivity, that were added unto them, did according to the things written in the book of Moses. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 7 7 And to the dedication of the temple of the Lord they offered an hundred bullocks two hundred rams, four hundred lambs; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 7 8 And twelve goats for the sin of all Israel, according to the number of the chief of the tribes of Israel. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 7 9 The priests also and the Levites stood arrayed in their vestments, according to their kindreds, in the service of the Lord God of Israel, according to the book of Moses: and the porters at every gate. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 7 10 And the children of Israel that were of the captivity held the passover the fourteenth day of the first month, after that the priests and the Levites were sanctified. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 7 11 They that were of the captivity were not all sanctified together: but the Levites were all sanctified together. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 7 12 And so they offered the passover for all them of the captivity, and for their brethren the priests, and for themselves. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 7 13 And the children of Israel that came out of the captivity did eat, even all they that had separated themselves from the abominations of the people of the land, and sought the Lord. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 7 14 And they kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days, making merry before the Lord, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 7 15 For that he had turned the counsel of the king of Assyria toward them, to strengthen their hands in the works of the Lord God of Israel. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 1 And after these things, when Artexerxes the king of the Persians reigned came Esdras the son of Saraias, the son of Ezerias, the son of Helchiah, the son of Salum, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 2 The son of Sadduc, the son of Achitob, the son of Amarias, the son of Ezias, the son of Meremoth, the son of Zaraias, the son of Savias, the son of Boccas, the son of Abisum, the son of Phinees, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chief priest. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 3 This Esdras went up from Babylon, as a scribe, being very ready in the law of Moses, that was given by the God of Israel. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 4 And the king did him honour: for he found grace in his sight in all his requests. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 5 There went up with him also certain of the children of Israel, of the priest of the Levites, of the holy singers, porters, and ministers of the temple, unto Jerusalem, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 6 In the seventh year of the reign of Artexerxes, in the fifth month, this was the king's seventh year; for they went from Babylon in the first day of the first month, and came to Jerusalem, according to the prosperous journey which the Lord gave them. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 7 For Esdras had very great skill, so that he omitted nothing of the law and commandments of the Lord, but taught all Israel the ordinances and judgments. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 8 Now the copy of the commission, which was written from Artexerxes the king, and came to Esdras the priest and reader of the law of the Lord, is this that followeth; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 9 King Artexerxes unto Esdras the priest and reader of the law of the Lord sendeth greeting: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 10 Having determined to deal graciously, I have given order, that such of the nation of the Jews, and of the priests and Levites being within our realm, as are willing and desirous should go with thee unto Jerusalem. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 11 As many therefore as have a mind thereunto, let them depart with thee, as it hath seemed good both to me and my seven friends the counsellors; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 12 That they may look unto the affairs of Judea and Jerusalem, agreeably to that which is in the law of the Lord; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 13 And carry the gifts unto the Lord of Israel to Jerusalem, which I and my friends have vowed, and all the gold and silver that in the country of Babylon can be found, to the Lord in Jerusalem, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 14 With that also which is given of the people for the temple of the Lord their God at Jerusalem: and that silver and gold may be collected for bullocks, rams, and lambs, and things thereunto appertaining; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 15 To the end that they may offer sacrifices unto the Lord upon the altar of the Lord their God, which is in Jerusalem. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 16 And whatsoever thou and thy brethren will do with the silver and gold, that do, according to the will of thy God. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 17 And the holy vessels of the Lord, which are given thee for the use of the temple of thy God, which is in Jerusalem, thou shalt set before thy God in Jerusalem. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 18 And whatsoever thing else thou shalt remember for the use of the temple of thy God, thou shalt give it out of the king's treasury. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 19 And I king Artexerxes have also commanded the keepers of the treasures in Syria and Phenice, that whatsoever Esdras the priest and the reader of the law of the most high God shall send for, they should give it him with speed, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 20 To the sum of an hundred talents of silver, likewise also of wheat even to an hundred cors, and an hundred pieces of wine, and other things in abundance. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 21 Let all things be performed after the law of God diligently unto the most high God, that wrath come not upon the kingdom of the king and his sons. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 22 I command you also, that ye require no tax, nor any other imposition, of any of the priests, or Levites, or holy singers, or porters, or ministers of the temple, or of any that have doings in this temple, and that no man have authority to impose any thing upon them. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 23 And thou, Esdras, according to the wisdom of God ordain judges and justices, that they may judge in all Syria and Phenice all those that know the law of thy God; and those that know it not thou shalt teach. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 24 And whosoever shall transgress the law of thy God, and of the king, shall be punished diligently, whether it be by death, or other punishment, by penalty of money, or by imprisonment. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 25 Then said Esdras the scribe, Blessed be the only Lord God of my fathers, who hath put these things into the heart of the king, to glorify his house that is in Jerusalem: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 26 And hath honoured me in the sight of the king, and his counsellors, and all his friends and nobles. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 27 Therefore was I encouraged by the help of the Lord my God, and gathered together men of Israel to go up with me. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 28 And these are the chief according to their families and several dignities, that went up with me from Babylon in the reign of king Artexerxes: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 29 Of the sons of Phinees, Gerson: of the sons of Ithamar, Gamael: of the sons of David, Lettus the son of Sechenias: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 30 Of the sons of Pharez, Zacharias; and with him were counted an hundred and fifty men: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 31 Of the sons of Pahath Moab, Eliaonias, the son of Zaraias, and with him two hundred men: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 32 Of the sons of Zathoe, Sechenias the son of Jezelus, and with him three hundred men: of the sons of Adin, Obeth the son of Jonathan, and with him two hundred and fifty men: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 33 Of the sons of Elam, Josias son of Gotholias, and with him seventy men: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 34 Of the sons of Saphatias, Zaraias son of Michael, and with him threescore and ten men: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 35 Of the sons of Joab, Abadias son of Jezelus, and with him two hundred and twelve men: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 36 Of the sons of Banid, Assalimoth son of Josaphias, and with him an hundred and threescore men: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 37 Of the sons of Babi, Zacharias son of Bebai, and with him twenty and eight men: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 38 Of the sons of Astath, Johannes son of Acatan, and with him an hundred and ten men: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 39 Of the sons of Adonikam the last, and these are the names of them, Eliphalet, Jewel, and Samaias, and with them seventy men: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 40 Of the sons of Bago, Uthi the son of Istalcurus, and with him seventy men. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 41 And these I gathered together to the river called Theras, where we pitched our tents three days: and then I surveyed them. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 42 But when I had found there none of the priests and Levites, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 43 Then sent I unto Eleazar, and Iduel, and Masman, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 44 And Alnathan, and Mamaias, and Joribas, and Nathan, Eunatan, Zacharias, and Mosollamon, principal men and learned. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 45 And I bade them that they should go unto Saddeus the captain, who was in the place of the treasury: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 46 And commanded them that they should speak unto Daddeus, and to his brethren, and to the treasurers in that place, to send us such men as might execute the priests' office in the house of the Lord. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 47 And by the mighty hand of our Lord they brought unto us skilful men of the sons of Moli the son of Levi, the son of Israel, Asebebia, and his sons, and his brethren, who were eighteen. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 48 And Asebia, and Annus, and Osaias his brother, of the sons of Channuneus, and their sons, were twenty men. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 49 And of the servants of the temple whom David had ordained, and the principal men for the service of the Levites to wit, the servants of the temple two hundred and twenty, the catalogue of whose names were shewed. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 50 And there I vowed a fast unto the young men before our Lord, to desire of him a prosperous journey both for us and them that were with us, for our children, and for the cattle: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 51 For I was ashamed to ask the king footmen, and horsemen, and conduct for safeguard against our adversaries. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 52 For we had said unto the king, that the power of the Lord our God should be with them that seek him, to support them in all ways. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 53 And again we besought our Lord as touching these things, and found him favourable unto us. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 54 Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Esebrias, and Assanias, and ten men of their brethren with them: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 55 And I weighed them the gold, and the silver, and the holy vessels of the house of our Lord, which the king, and his council, and the princes, and all Israel, had given. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 56 And when I had weighed it, I delivered unto them six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels of an hundred talents, and an hundred talents of gold, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 57 And twenty golden vessels, and twelve vessels of brass, even of fine brass, glittering like gold. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 58 And I said unto them, Both ye are holy unto the Lord, and the vessels are holy, and the gold and the silver is a vow unto the Lord, the Lord of our fathers. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 59 Watch ye, and keep them till ye deliver them to the chief of the priests and Levites, and to the principal men of the families of Israel, in Jerusalem, into the chambers of the house of our God. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 60 So the priests and the Levites, who had received the silver and the gold and the vessels, brought them unto Jerusalem, into the temple of the Lord. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 61 And from the river Theras we departed the twelfth day of the first month, and came to Jerusalem by the mighty hand of our Lord, which was with us: and from the beginning of our journey the Lord delivered us from every enemy, and so we came to Jerusalem. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 62 And when we had been there three days, the gold and silver that was weighed was delivered in the house of our Lord on the fourth day unto Marmoth the priest the son of Iri. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 63 And with him was Eleazar the son of Phinees, and with them were Josabad the son of Jesu and Moeth the son of Sabban, Levites: all was delivered them by number and weight. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 64 And all the weight of them was written up the same hour. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 65 Moreover they that were come out of the captivity offered sacrifice unto the Lord God of Israel, even twelve bullocks for all Israel, fourscore and sixteen rams, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 66 Threescore and twelve lambs, goats for a peace offering, twelve; all of them a sacrifice to the Lord. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 67 And they delivered the king's commandments unto the king's stewards' and to the governors of Celosyria and Phenice; and they honoured the people and the temple of God. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 68 Now when these things were done, the rulers came unto me, and said, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 69 The nation of Israel, the princes, the priests and Levites, have not put away from them the strange people of the land, nor the pollutions of the Gentiles to wit, of the Canaanites, Hittites, Pheresites, Jebusites, and the Moabites, Egyptians, and Edomites. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 70 For both they and their sons have married with their daughters, and the holy seed is mixed with the strange people of the land; and from the beginning of this matter the rulers and the great men have been partakers of this iniquity. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 71 And as soon as I had heard these things, I rent my clothes, and the holy garment, and pulled off the hair from off my head and beard, and sat me down sad and very heavy. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 72 So all they that were then moved at the word of the Lord God of Israel assembled unto me, whilst I mourned for the iniquity: but I sat still full of heaviness until the evening sacrifice. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 73 Then rising up from the fast with my clothes and the holy garment rent, and bowing my knees, and stretching forth my hands unto the Lord, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 74 I said, O Lord, I am confounded and ashamed before thy face; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 75 For our sins are multiplied above our heads, and our ignorances have reached up unto heaven. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 76 For ever since the time of our fathers we have been and are in great sin, even unto this day. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 77 And for our sins and our fathers' we with our brethren and our kings and our priests were given up unto the kings of the earth, to the sword, and to captivity, and for a prey with shame, unto this day. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 78 And now in some measure hath mercy been shewed unto us from thee, O Lord, that there should be left us a root and a name in the place of thy sanctuary; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 79 And to discover unto us a light in the house of the Lord our God, and to give us food in the time of our servitude. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 80 Yea, when we were in bondage, we were not forsaken of our Lord; but he made us gracious before the kings of Persia, so that they gave us food; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 81 Yea, and honoured the temple of our Lord, and raised up the desolate Sion, that they have given us a sure abiding in Jewry and Jerusalem. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 82 And now, O Lord, what shall we say, having these things? for we have transgressed thy commandments, which thou gavest by the hand of thy servants the prophets, saying, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 83 That the land, which ye enter into to possess as an heritage, is a land polluted with the pollutions of the strangers of the land, and they have filled it with their uncleanness. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 84 Therefore now shall ye not join your daughters unto their sons, neither shall ye take their daughters unto your sons. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 85 Moreover ye shall never seek to have peace with them, that ye may be strong, and eat the good things of the land, and that ye may leave the inheritance of the land unto your children for evermore. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 86 And all that is befallen is done unto us for our wicked works and great sins; for thou, O Lord, didst make our sins light, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 87 And didst give unto us such a root: but we have turned back again to transgress thy law, and to mingle ourselves with the uncleanness of the nations of the land. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 88 Mightest not thou be angry with us to destroy us, till thou hadst left us neither root, seed, nor name? +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 89 O Lord of Israel, thou art true: for we are left a root this day. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 90 Behold, now are we before thee in our iniquities, for we cannot stand any longer by reason of these things before thee. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 91 And as Esdras in his prayer made his confession, weeping, and lying flat upon the ground before the temple, there gathered unto him from Jerusalem a very great multitude of men and women and children: for there was great weeping among the multitude. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 92 Then Jechonias the son of Jeelus, one of the sons of Israel, called out, and said, O Esdras, we have sinned against the Lord God, we have married strange women of the nations of the land, and now is all Israel aloft. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 93 Let us make an oath to the Lord, that we will put away all our wives, which we have taken of the heathen, with their children, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 94 Like as thou hast decreed, and as many as do obey the law of the Lord. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 95 Arise and put in execution: for to thee doth this matter appertain, and we will be with thee: do valiantly. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 8 96 So Esdras arose, and took an oath of the chief of the priests and Levites of all Israel to do after these things; and so they sware. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 1 Then Esdras rising from the court of the temple went to the chamber of Joanan the son of Eliasib, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 2 And remained there, and did eat no meat nor drink water, mourning for the great iniquities of the multitude. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 3 And there was a proclamation in all Jewry and Jerusalem to all them that were of the captivity, that they should be gathered together at Jerusalem: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 4 And that whosoever met not there within two or three days according as the elders that bare rule appointed, their cattle should be seized to the use of the temple, and himself cast out from them that were of the captivity. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 5 And in three days were all they of the tribe of Judah and Benjamin gathered together at Jerusalem the twentieth day of the ninth month. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 6 And all the multitude sat trembling in the broad court of the temple because of the present foul weather. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 7 So Esdras arose up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed the law in marrying strange wives, thereby to increase the sins of Israel. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 8 And now by confessing give glory unto the Lord God of our fathers, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 9 And do his will, and separate yourselves from the heathen of the land, and from the strange women. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 10 Then cried the whole multitude, and said with a loud voice, Like as thou hast spoken, so will we do. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 11 But forasmuch as the people are many, and it is foul weather, so that we cannot stand without, and this is not a work of a day or two, seeing our sin in these things is spread far: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 12 Therefore let the rulers of the multitude stay, and let all them of our habitations that have strange wives come at the time appointed, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 13 And with them the rulers and judges of every place, till we turn away the wrath of the Lord from us for this matter. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 14 Then Jonathan the son of Azael and Ezechias the son of Theocanus accordingly took this matter upon them: and Mosollam and Levis and Sabbatheus helped them. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 15 And they that were of the captivity did according to all these things. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 16 And Esdras the priest chose unto him the principal men of their families, all by name: and in the first day of the tenth month they sat together to examine the matter. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 17 So their cause that held strange wives was brought to an end in the first day of the first month. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 18 And of the priests that were come together, and had strange wives, there were found: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 19 Of the sons of Jesus the son of Josedec, and his brethren; Matthelas and Eleazar, and Joribus and Joadanus. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 20 And they gave their hands to put away their wives and to offer rams to make reconcilement for their errors. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 21 And of the sons of Emmer; Ananias, and Zabdeus, and Eanes, and Sameius, and Hiereel, and Azarias. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 22 And of the sons of Phaisur; Elionas, Massias Israel, and Nathanael, and Ocidelus and Talsas. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 23 And of the Levites; Jozabad, and Semis, and Colius, who was called Calitas, and Patheus, and Judas, and Jonas. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 24 Of the holy singers; Eleazurus, Bacchurus. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 25 Of the porters; Sallumus, and Tolbanes. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 26 Of them of Israel, of the sons of Phoros; Hiermas, and Eddias, and Melchias, and Maelus, and Eleazar, and Asibias, and Baanias. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 27 Of the sons of Ela; Matthanias, Zacharias, and Hierielus, and Hieremoth, and Aedias. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 28 And of the sons of Zamoth; Eliadas, Elisimus, Othonias, Jarimoth, and Sabatus, and Sardeus. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 29 Of the sons of Babai; Johannes, and Ananias and Josabad, and Amatheis. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 30 Of the sons of Mani; Olamus, Mamuchus, Jedeus, Jasubus, Jasael, and Hieremoth. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 31 And of the sons of Addi; Naathus, and Moosias, Lacunus, and Naidus, and Mathanias, and Sesthel, Balnuus, and Manasseas. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 32 And of the sons of Annas; Elionas and Aseas, and Melchias, and Sabbeus, and Simon Chosameus. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 33 And of the sons of Asom; Altaneus, and Matthias, and Baanaia, Eliphalet, and Manasses, and Semei. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 34 And of the sons of Maani; Jeremias, Momdis, Omaerus, Juel, Mabdai, and Pelias, and Anos, Carabasion, and Enasibus, and Mamnitanaimus, Eliasis, Bannus, Eliali, Samis, Selemias, Nathanias: and of the sons of Ozora; Sesis, Esril, Azaelus, Samatus, Zambis, Josephus. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 35 And of the sons of Ethma; Mazitias, Zabadaias, Edes, Juel, Banaias. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 36 All these had taken strange wives, and they put them away with their children. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 37 And the priests and Levites, and they that were of Israel, dwelt in Jerusalem, and in the country, in the first day of the seventh month: so the children of Israel were in their habitations. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 38 And the whole multitude came together with one accord into the broad place of the holy porch toward the east: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 39 And they spake unto Esdras the priest and reader, that he would bring the law of Moses, that was given of the Lord God of Israel. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 40 So Esdras the chief priest brought the law unto the whole multitude from man to woman, and to all the priests, to hear law in the first day of the seventh month. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 41 And he read in the broad court before the holy porch from morning unto midday, before both men and women; and the multitude gave heed unto the law. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 42 And Esdras the priest and reader of the law stood up upon a pulpit of wood, which was made for that purpose. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 43 And there stood up by him Mattathias, Sammus, Ananias, Azarias, Urias, Ezecias, Balasamus, upon the right hand: +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 44 And upon his left hand stood Phaldaius, Misael, Melchias, Lothasubus, and Nabarias. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 45 Then took Esdras the book of the law before the multitude: for he sat honourably in the first place in the sight of them all. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 46 And when he opened the law, they stood all straight up. So Esdras blessed the Lord God most High, the God of hosts, Almighty. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 47 And all the people answered, Amen; and lifting up their hands they fell to the ground, and worshipped the Lord. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 48 Also Jesus, Anus, Sarabias, Adinus, Jacubus, Sabateas, Auteas, Maianeas, and Calitas, Asrias, and Joazabdus, and Ananias, Biatas, the Levites, taught the law of the Lord, making them withal to understand it. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 49 Then spake Attharates unto Esdras the chief priest. and reader, and to the Levites that taught the multitude, even to all, saying, +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 50 This day is holy unto the Lord; (for they all wept when they heard the law:) +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 51 Go then, and eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send part to them that have nothing; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 52 For this day is holy unto the Lord: and be not sorrowful; for the Lord will bring you to honour. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 53 So the Levites published all things to the people, saying, This day is holy to the Lord; be not sorrowful. +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 54 Then went they their way, every one to eat and drink, and make merry, and to give part to them that had nothing, and to make great cheer; +1 Esdras 1Esd 78 9 55 Because they understood the words wherein they were instructed, and for the which they had been assembled. +Prayer of Manasseh Man 79 1 1 O Lord, Almighty God of our fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and of their righteous seed; +Prayer of Manasseh Man 79 1 2 who hast made heaven and earth, with all the ornament thereof; +Prayer of Manasseh Man 79 1 3 who hast bound the sea by the word of thy commandment; who hast shut up the deep, and sealed it by thy terrible and glorious name; +Prayer of Manasseh Man 79 1 4 whom all men fear, and tremble before thy power; for the majesty of thy glory cannot be borne, and thine angry threatening toward sinners is importable: +Prayer of Manasseh Man 79 1 5 but thy merciful promise is unmeasurable and unsearchable; +Prayer of Manasseh Man 79 1 6 for thou art the most high Lord, of great compassion, longsuffering, very merciful, and repentest of the evils of men. Thou, O Lord, according to thy great goodness hast promised repentance and forgiveness to them that have sinned against thee: and of thine infinite mercies hast appointed repentance unto sinners, that they may be saved. +Prayer of Manasseh Man 79 1 7 Thou therefore, O Lord, that art the God of the just, hast not appointed repentance to the just, as to Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, which have not sinned against thee; but thou hast appointed repentance unto me that am a sinner: +Prayer of Manasseh Man 79 1 8 for I have sinned above the number of the sands of the sea. My transgressions, O Lord, are multiplied: my transgressions are multiplied, and I am not worthy to behold and see the height of heaven for the multitude of mine iniquities. +Prayer of Manasseh Man 79 1 9 I am bowed down with many iron bands, that I cannot lift up mine head, neither have any release: for I have provoked thy wrath, and done evil before thee: I did not thy will, neither kept I thy commandments: I have set up abominations, and have multiplied offences. +Prayer of Manasseh Man 79 1 10 Now therefore I bow the knee of mine heart, beseeching thee of grace. +Prayer of Manasseh Man 79 1 11 I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, and I acknowledge mine iniquities: +Prayer of Manasseh Man 79 1 12 wherefore, I humbly beseech thee, forgive me, O Lord, forgive me, and destroy me not with mine iniquites. Be not angry with me for ever, by reserving evil for me; neither condemn me to the lower parts of the earth. For thou art the God, even the God of them that repent; +Prayer of Manasseh Man 79 1 13 and in me thou wilt shew all thy goodness: for thou wilt save me, that am unworthy, according to thy great mercy. +Prayer of Manasseh Man 79 1 14 Therefore I will praise thee for ever all the days of my life: for all the powers of the heavens do praise thee, and thine is the glory for ever and ever. Amen. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 1 The second book of the prophet Esdras, the son of Saraias, the son of Azarias, the son of Helchias, the son of Sadamias, the sou of Sadoc, the son of Achitob, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 2 The son of Achias, the son of Phinees, the son of Heli, the son of Amarias, the son of Aziei, the son of Marimoth, the son of And he spake unto the of Borith, the son of Abisei, the son of Phinees, the son of Eleazar, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 3 The son of Aaron, of the tribe of Levi; which was captive in the land of the Medes, in the reign of Artexerxes king of the Persians. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 4 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 5 Go thy way, and shew my people their sinful deeds, and their children their wickedness which they have done against me; that they may tell their children's children: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 6 Because the sins of their fathers are increased in them: for they have forgotten me, and have offered unto strange gods. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 7 Am not I even he that brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage? but they have provoked me unto wrath, and despised my counsels. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 8 Pull thou off then the hair of thy head, and cast all evil upon them, for they have not been obedient unto my law, but it is a rebellious people. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 9 How long shall I forbear them, into whom I have done so much good? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 10 Many kings have I destroyed for their sakes; Pharaoh with his servants and all his power have I smitten down. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 11 All the nations have I destroyed before them, and in the east I have scattered the people of two provinces, even of Tyrus and Sidon, and have slain all their enemies. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 12 Speak thou therefore unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 13 I led you through the sea and in the beginning gave you a large and safe passage; I gave you Moses for a leader, and Aaron for a priest. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 14 I gave you light in a pillar of fire, and great wonders have I done among you; yet have ye forgotten me, saith the Lord. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 15 Thus saith the Almighty Lord, The quails were as a token to you; I gave you tents for your safeguard: nevertheless ye murmured there, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 16 And triumphed not in my name for the destruction of your enemies, but ever to this day do ye yet murmur. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 17 Where are the benefits that I have done for you? when ye were hungry and thirsty in the wilderness, did ye not cry unto me, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 18 Saying, Why hast thou brought us into this wilderness to kill us? it had been better for us to have served the Egyptians, than to die in this wilderness. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 19 Then had I pity upon your mournings, and gave you manna to eat; so ye did eat angels' bread. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 20 When ye were thirsty, did I not cleave the rock, and waters flowed out to your fill? for the heat I covered you with the leaves of the trees. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 21 I divided among you a fruitful land, I cast out the Canaanites, the Pherezites, and the Philistines, before you: what shall I yet do more for you? saith the Lord. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 22 Thus saith the Almighty Lord, When ye were in the wilderness, in the river of the Amorites, being athirst, and blaspheming my name, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 23 I gave you not fire for your blasphemies, but cast a tree in the water, and made the river sweet. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 24 What shall I do unto thee, O Jacob? thou, Juda, wouldest not obey me: I will turn me to other nations, and unto those will I give my name, that they may keep my statutes. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 25 Seeing ye have forsaken me, I will forsake you also; when ye desire me to be gracious unto you, I shall have no mercy upon you. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 26 Whensoever ye shall call upon me, I will not hear you: for ye have defiled your hands with blood, and your feet are swift to commit manslaughter. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 27 Ye have not as it were forsaken me, but your own selves, saith the Lord. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 28 Thus saith the Almighty Lord, Have I not prayed you as a father his sons, as a mother her daughters, and a nurse her young babes, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 29 That ye would be my people, and I should be your God; that ye would be my children, and I should be your father? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 30 I gathered you together, as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings: but now, what shall I do unto you? I will cast you out from my face. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 31 When ye offer unto me, I will turn my face from you: for your solemn feastdays, your new moons, and your circumcisions, have I forsaken. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 32 I sent unto you my servants the prophets, whom ye have taken and slain, and torn their bodies in pieces, whose blood I will require of your hands, saith the Lord. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 33 Thus saith the Almighty Lord, Your house is desolate, I will cast you out as the wind doth stubble. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 34 And your children shall not be fruitful; for they have despised my commandment, and done the thing that is an evil before me. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 35 Your houses will I give to a people that shall come; which not having heard of me yet shall believe me; to whom I have shewed no signs, yet they shall do that I have commanded them. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 36 They have seen no prophets, yet they shall call their sins to remembrance, and acknowledge them. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 37 I take to witness the grace of the people to come, whose little ones rejoice in gladness: and though they have not seen me with bodily eyes, yet in spirit they believe the thing that I say. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 38 And now, brother, behold what glory; and see the people that come from the east: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 39 Unto whom I will give for leaders, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Oseas, Amos, and Micheas, Joel, Abdias, and Jonas, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 1 40 Nahum, and Abacuc, Sophonias, Aggeus, Zachary, and Malachy, which is called also an angel of the Lord. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 1 Thus saith the Lord, I brought this people out of bondage, and I gave them my commandments by menservants the prophets; whom they would not hear, but despised my counsels. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 2 The mother that bare them saith unto them, Go your way, ye children; for I am a widow and forsaken. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 3 I brought you up with gladness; but with sorrow and heaviness have I lost you: for ye have sinned before the Lord your God, and done that thing that is evil before him. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 4 But what shall I now do unto you? I am a widow and forsaken: go your way, O my children, and ask mercy of the Lord. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 5 As for me, O father, I call upon thee for a witness over the mother of these children, which would not keep my covenant, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 6 That thou bring them to confusion, and their mother to a spoil, that there may be no offspring of them. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 7 Let them be scattered abroad among the heathen, let their names be put out of the earth: for they have despised my covenant. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 8 Woe be unto thee, Assur, thou that hidest the unrighteous in thee! O thou wicked people, remember what I did unto Sodom and Gomorrha; +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 9 Whose land lieth in clods of pitch and heaps of ashes: even so also will I do unto them that hear me not, saith the Almighty Lord. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 10 Thus saith the Lord unto Esdras, Tell my people that I will give them the kingdom of Jerusalem, which I would have given unto Israel. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 11 Their glory also will I take unto me, and give these the everlasting tabernacles, which I had prepared for them. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 12 They shall have the tree of life for an ointment of sweet savour; they shall neither labour, nor be weary. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 13 Go, and ye shall receive: pray for few days unto you, that they may be shortened: the kingdom is already prepared for you: watch. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 14 Take heaven and earth to witness; for I have broken the evil in pieces, and created the good: for I live, saith the Lord. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 15 Mother, embrace thy children, and bring them up with gladness, make their feet as fast as a pillar: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 16 And those that be dead will I raise up again from their places, and bring them out of the graves: for I have known my name in Israel. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 17 Fear not, thou mother of the children: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 18 For thy help will I send my servants Esau and Jeremy, after whose counsel I have sanctified and prepared for thee twelve trees laden with divers fruits, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 19 And as many fountains flowing with milk and honey, and seven mighty mountains, whereupon there grow roses and lilies, whereby I will fill thy children with joy. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 20 Do right to the widow, judge for the fatherless, give to the poor, defend the orphan, clothe the naked, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 21 Heal the broken and the weak, laugh not a lame man to scorn, defend the maimed, and let the blind man come into the sight of my clearness. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 22 Keep the old and young within thy walls. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 23 Wheresoever thou findest the dead, take them and bury them, and I will give thee the first place in my resurrection. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 24 Abide still, O my people, and take thy rest, for thy quietness still come. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 25 Nourish thy children, O thou good nurse; stablish their feet. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 26 As for the servants whom I have given thee, there shall not one of them perish; for I will require them from among thy number. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 27 Be not weary: for when the day of trouble and heaviness cometh, others shall weep and be sorrowful, but thou shalt be merry and have abundance. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 28 The heathen shall envy thee, but they shall be able to do nothing against thee, saith the Lord. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 29 My hands shall cover thee, so that thy children shall not see hell. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 30 Be joyful, O thou mother, with thy children; for I will deliver thee, saith the Lord. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 31 Remember thy children that sleep, for I shall bring them out of the sides of the earth, and shew mercy unto them: for I am merciful, saith the Lord Almighty. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 32 Embrace thy children until I come and shew mercy unto them: for my wells run over, and my grace shall not fail. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 33 I Esdras received a charge of the Lord upon the mount Oreb, that I should go unto Israel; but when I came unto them, they set me at nought, and despised the commandment of the Lord. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 34 And therefore I say unto you, O ye heathen, that hear and understand, look for your Shepherd, he shall give you everlasting rest; for he is nigh at hand, that shall come in the end of the world. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 35 Be ready to the reward of the kingdom, for the everlasting light shall shine upon you for evermore. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 36 Flee the shadow of this world, receive the joyfulness of your glory: I testify my Saviour openly. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 37 O receive the gift that is given you, and be glad, giving thanks unto him that hath led you to the heavenly kingdom. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 38 Arise up and stand, behold the number of those that be sealed in the feast of the Lord; +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 39 Which are departed from the shadow of the world, and have received glorious garments of the Lord. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 40 Take thy number, O Sion, and shut up those of thine that are clothed in white, which have fulfilled the law of the Lord. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 41 The number of thy children, whom thou longedst for, is fulfilled: beseech the power of the Lord, that thy people, which have been called from the beginning, may be hallowed. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 42 I Esdras saw upon the mount Sion a great people, whom I could not number, and they all praised the Lord with songs. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 43 And in the midst of them there was a young man of a high stature, taller than all the rest, and upon every one of their heads he set crowns, and was more exalted; which I marvelled at greatly. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 44 So I asked the angel, and said, Sir, what are these? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 45 He answered and said unto me, These be they that have put off the mortal clothing, and put on the immortal, and have confessed the name of God: now are they crowned, and receive palms. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 46 Then said I unto the angel, What young person is it that crowneth them, and giveth them palms in their hands? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 47 So he answered and said unto me, It is the Son of God, whom they have confessed in the world. Then began I greatly to commend them that stood so stiffly for the name of the Lord. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 2 48 Then the angel said unto me, Go thy way, and tell my people what manner of things, and how great wonders of the Lord thy God, thou hast seen. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 1 In the thirtieth year after the ruin of the city I was in Babylon, and lay troubled upon my bed, and my thoughts came up over my heart: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 2 For I saw the desolation of Sion, and the wealth of them that dwelt at Babylon. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 3 And my spirit was sore moved, so that I began to speak words full of fear to the most High, and said, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 4 O Lord, who bearest rule, thou spakest at the beginning, when thou didst plant the earth, and that thyself alone, and commandedst the people, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 5 And gavest a body unto Adam without soul, which was the workmanship of thine hands, and didst breathe into him the breath of life, and he was made living before thee. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 6 And thou leadest him into paradise, which thy right hand had planted, before ever the earth came forward. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 7 And unto him thou gavest commandment to love thy way: which he transgressed, and immediately thou appointedst death in him and in his generations, of whom came nations, tribes, people, and kindreds, out of number. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 8 And every people walked after their own will, and did wonderful things before thee, and despised thy commandments. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 9 And again in process of time thou broughtest the flood upon those that dwelt in the world, and destroyedst them. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 10 And it came to pass in every of them, that as death was to Adam, so was the flood to these. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 11 Nevertheless one of them thou leftest, namely, Noah with his household, of whom came all righteous men. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 12 And it happened, that when they that dwelt upon the earth began to multiply, and had gotten them many children, and were a great people, they began again to be more ungodly than the first. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 13 Now when they lived so wickedly before thee, thou didst choose thee a man from among them, whose name was Abraham. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 14 Him thou lovedst, and unto him only thou shewedst thy will: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 15 And madest an everlasting covenant with him, promising him that thou wouldest never forsake his seed. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 16 And unto him thou gavest Isaac, and unto Isaac also thou gavest Jacob and Esau. As for Jacob, thou didst choose him to thee, and put by Esau: and so Jacob became a great multitude. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 17 And it came to pass, that when thou leadest his seed out of Egypt, thou broughtest them up to the mount Sinai. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 18 And bowing the heavens, thou didst set fast the earth, movedst the whole world, and madest the depths to tremble, and troubledst the men of that age. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 19 And thy glory went through four gates, of fire, and of earthquake, and of wind, and of cold; that thou mightest give the law unto the seed of Jacob, and diligence unto the generation of Israel. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 20 And yet tookest thou not away from them a wicked heart, that thy law might bring forth fruit in them. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 21 For the first Adam bearing a wicked heart transgressed, and was overcome; and so be all they that are born of him. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 22 Thus infirmity was made permanent; and the law (also) in the heart of the people with the malignity of the root; so that the good departed away, and the evil abode still. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 23 So the times passed away, and the years were brought to an end: then didst thou raise thee up a servant, called David: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 24 Whom thou commandedst to build a city unto thy name, and to offer incense and oblations unto thee therein. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 25 When this was done many years, then they that inhabited the city forsook thee, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 26 And in all things did even as Adam and all his generations had done: for they also had a wicked heart: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 27 And so thou gavest thy city over into the hands of thine enemies. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 28 Are their deeds then any better that inhabit Babylon, that they should therefore have the dominion over Sion? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 29 For when I came thither, and had seen impieties without number, then my soul saw many evildoers in this thirtieth year, so that my heart failed me. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 30 For I have seen how thou sufferest them sinning, and hast spared wicked doers: and hast destroyed thy people, and hast preserved thine enemies, and hast not signified it. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 31 I do not remember how this way may be left: Are they then of Babylon better than they of Sion? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 32 Or is there any other people that knoweth thee beside Israel? or what generation hath so believed thy covenants as Jacob? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 33 And yet their reward appeareth not, and their labour hath no fruit: for I have gone here and there through the heathen, and I see that they flow in wealth, and think not upon thy commandments. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 34 Weigh thou therefore our wickedness now in the balance, and their's also that dwell the world; and so shall thy name no where be found but in Israel. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 35 Or when was it that they which dwell upon the earth have not sinned in thy sight? or what people have so kept thy commandments? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 3 36 Thou shalt find that Israel by name hath kept thy precepts; but not the heathen. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 1 And the angel that was sent unto me, whose name was Uriel, gave me an answer, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 2 And said, Thy heart hath gone to far in this world, and thinkest thou to comprehend the way of the most High? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 3 Then said I, Yea, my lord. And he answered me, and said, I am sent to shew thee three ways, and to set forth three similitudes before thee: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 4 Whereof if thou canst declare me one, I will shew thee also the way that thou desirest to see, and I shall shew thee from whence the wicked heart cometh. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 5 And I said, Tell on, my lord. Then said he unto me, Go thy way, weigh me the weight of the fire, or measure me the blast of the wind, or call me again the day that is past. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 6 Then answered I and said, What man is able to do that, that thou shouldest ask such things of me? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 7 And he said unto me, If I should ask thee how great dwellings are in the midst of the sea, or how many springs are in the beginning of the deep, or how many springs are above the firmament, or which are the outgoings of paradise: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 8 Peradventure thou wouldest say unto me, I never went down into the deep, nor as yet into hell, neither did I ever climb up into heaven. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 9 Nevertheless now have I asked thee but only of the fire and wind, and of the day wherethrough thou hast passed, and of things from which thou canst not be separated, and yet canst thou give me no answer of them. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 10 He said moreover unto me, Thine own things, and such as are grown up with thee, canst thou not know; +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 11 How should thy vessel then be able to comprehend the way of the Highest, and, the world being now outwardly corrupted to understand the corruption that is evident in my sight? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 12 Then said I unto him, It were better that we were not at all, than that we should live still in wickedness, and to suffer, and not to know wherefore. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 13 He answered me, and said, I went into a forest into a plain, and the trees took counsel, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 14 And said, Come, let us go and make war against the sea that it may depart away before us, and that we may make us more woods. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 15 The floods of the sea also in like manner took counsel, and said, Come, let us go up and subdue the woods of the plain, that there also we may make us another country. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 16 The thought of the wood was in vain, for the fire came and consumed it. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 17 The thought of the floods of the sea came likewise to nought, for the sand stood up and stopped them. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 18 If thou wert judge now betwixt these two, whom wouldest thou begin to justify? or whom wouldest thou condemn? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 19 I answered and said, Verily it is a foolish thought that they both have devised, for the ground is given unto the wood, and the sea also hath his place to bear his floods. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 20 Then answered he me, and said, Thou hast given a right judgment, but why judgest thou not thyself also? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 21 For like as the ground is given unto the wood, and the sea to his floods: even so they that dwell upon the earth may understand nothing but that which is upon the earth: and he that dwelleth above the heavens may only understand the things that are above the height of the heavens. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 22 Then answered I and said, I beseech thee, O Lord, let me have understanding: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 23 For it was not my mind to be curious of the high things, but of such as pass by us daily, namely, wherefore Israel is given up as a reproach to the heathen, and for what cause the people whom thou hast loved is given over unto ungodly nations, and why the law of our forefathers is brought to nought, and the written covenants come to none effect, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 24 And we pass away out of the world as grasshoppers, and our life is astonishment and fear, and we are not worthy to obtain mercy. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 25 What will he then do unto his name whereby we are called? of these things have I asked. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 26 Then answered he me, and said, The more thou searchest, the more thou shalt marvel; for the world hasteth fast to pass away, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 27 And cannot comprehend the things that are promised to the righteous in time to come: for this world is full of unrighteousness and infirmities. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 28 But as concerning the things whereof thou askest me, I will tell thee; for the evil is sown, but the destruction thereof is not yet come. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 29 If therefore that which is sown be not turned upside down, and if the place where the evil is sown pass not away, then cannot it come that is sown with good. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 30 For the grain of evil seed hath been sown in the heart of Adam from the beginning, and how much ungodliness hath it brought up unto this time? and how much shall it yet bring forth until the time of threshing come? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 31 Ponder now by thyself, how great fruit of wickedness the grain of evil seed hath brought forth. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 32 And when the ears shall be cut down, which are without number, how great a floor shall they fill? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 33 Then I answered and said, How, and when shall these things come to pass? wherefore are our years few and evil? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 34 And he answered me, saying, Do not thou hasten above the most Highest: for thy haste is in vain to be above him, for thou hast much exceeded. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 35 Did not the souls also of the righteous ask question of these things in their chambers, saying, How long shall I hope on this fashion? when cometh the fruit of the floor of our reward? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 36 And unto these things Uriel the archangel gave them answer, and said, Even when the number of seeds is filled in you: for he hath weighed the world in the balance. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 37 By measure hath he measured the times; and by number hath he numbered the times; and he doth not move nor stir them, until the said measure be fulfilled. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 38 Then answered I and said, O Lord that bearest rule, even we all are full of impiety. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 39 And for our sakes peradventure it is that the floors of the righteous are not filled, because of the sins of them that dwell upon the earth. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 40 So he answered me, and said, Go thy way to a woman with child, and ask of her when she hath fulfilled her nine months, if her womb may keep the birth any longer within her. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 41 Then said I, No, Lord, that can she not. And he said unto me, In the grave the chambers of souls are like the womb of a woman: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 42 For like as a woman that travaileth maketh haste to escape the necessity of the travail: even so do these places haste to deliver those things that are committed unto them. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 43 From the beginning, look, what thou desirest to see, it shall be shewed thee. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 44 Then answered I and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, and if it be possible, and if I be meet therefore, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 45 Shew me then whether there be more to come than is past, or more past than is to come. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 46 What is past I know, but what is for to come I know not. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 47 And he said unto me, Stand up upon the right side, and I shall expound the similitude unto thee. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 48 So I stood, and saw, and, behold, an hot burning oven passed by before me: and it happened that when the flame was gone by I looked, and, behold, the smoke remained still. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 49 After this there passed by before me a watery cloud, and sent down much rain with a storm; and when the stormy rain was past, the drops remained still. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 50 Then said he unto me, Consider with thyself; as the rain is more than the drops, and as the fire is greater than the smoke; but the drops and the smoke remain behind: so the quantity which is past did more exceed. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 51 Then I prayed, and said, May I live, thinkest thou, until that time? or what shall happen in those days? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 4 52 He answered me, and said, As for the tokens whereof thou askest me, I may tell thee of them in part: but as touching thy life, I am not sent to shew thee; for I do not know it. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 1 Nevertheless as coming the tokens, behold, the days shall come, that they which dwell upon earth shall be taken in a great number, and the way of truth shall be hidden, and the land shall be barren of faith. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 2 But iniquity shall be increased above that which now thou seest, or that thou hast heard long ago. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 3 And the land, that thou seest now to have root, shalt thou see wasted suddenly. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 4 But if the most High grant thee to live, thou shalt see after the third trumpet that the sun shall suddenly shine again in the night, and the moon thrice in the day: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 5 And blood shall drop out of wood, and the stone shall give his voice, and the people shall be troubled: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 6 And even he shall rule, whom they look not for that dwell upon the earth, and the fowls shall take their flight away together: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 7 And the Sodomitish sea shall cast out fish, and make a noise in the night, which many have not known: but they shall all hear the voice thereof. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 8 There shall be a confusion also in many places, and the fire shall be oft sent out again, and the wild beasts shall change their places, and menstruous women shall bring forth monsters: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 9 And salt waters shall be found in the sweet, and all friends shall destroy one another; then shall wit hide itself, and understanding withdraw itself into his secret chamber, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 10 And shall be sought of many, and yet not be found: then shall unrighteousness and incontinency be multiplied upon earth. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 11 One land also shall ask another, and say, Is righteousness that maketh a man righteous gone through thee? And it shall say, No. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 12 At the same time shall men hope, but nothing obtain: they shall labour, but their ways shall not prosper. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 13 To shew thee such tokens I have leave; and if thou wilt pray again, and weep as now, and fast even days, thou shalt hear yet greater things. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 14 Then I awaked, and an extreme fearfulness went through all my body, and my mind was troubled, so that it fainted. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 15 So the angel that was come to talk with me held me, comforted me, and set me up upon my feet. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 16 And in the second night it came to pass, that Salathiel the captain of the people came unto me, saying, Where hast thou been? and why is thy countenance so heavy? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 17 Knowest thou not that Israel is committed unto thee in the land of their captivity? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 18 Up then, and eat bread, and forsake us not, as the shepherd that leaveth his flock in the hands of cruel wolves. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 19 Then said I unto him, Go thy ways from me, and come not nigh me. And he heard what I said, and went from me. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 20 And so I fasted seven days, mourning and weeping, like as Uriel the angel commanded me. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 21 And after seven days so it was, that the thoughts of my heart were very grievous unto me again, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 22 And my soul recovered the spirit of understanding, and I began to talk with the most High again, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 23 And said, O Lord that bearest rule, of every wood of the earth, and of all the trees thereof, thou hast chosen thee one only vine: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 24 And of all lands of the whole world thou hast chosen thee one pit: and of all the flowers thereof one lily: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 25 And of all the depths of the sea thou hast filled thee one river: and of all builded cities thou hast hallowed Sion unto thyself: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 26 And of all the fowls that are created thou hast named thee one dove: and of all the cattle that are made thou hast provided thee one sheep: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 27 And among all the multitudes of people thou hast gotten thee one people: and unto this people, whom thou lovedst, thou gavest a law that is approved of all. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 28 And now, O Lord, why hast thou given this one people over unto many? and upon the one root hast thou prepared others, and why hast thou scattered thy only one people among many? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 29 And they which did gainsay thy promises, and believed not thy covenants, have trodden them down. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 30 If thou didst so much hate thy people, yet shouldest thou punish them with thine own hands. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 31 Now when I had spoken these words, the angel that came to me the night afore was sent unto me, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 32 And said unto me, Hear me, and I will instruct thee; hearken to the thing that I say, and I shall tell thee more. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 33 And I said, Speak on, my Lord. Then said he unto me, Thou art sore troubled in mind for Israel's sake: lovest thou that people better than he that made them? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 34 And I said, No, Lord: but of very grief have I spoken: for my reins pain me every hour, while I labour to comprehend the way of the most High, and to seek out part of his judgment. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 35 And he said unto me, Thou canst not. And I said, Wherefore, Lord? whereunto was I born then? or why was not my mother's womb then my grave, that I might not have seen the travail of Jacob, and the wearisome toil of the stock of Israel? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 36 And he said unto me, Number me the things that are not yet come, gather me together the dross that are scattered abroad, make me the flowers green again that are withered, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 37 Open me the places that are closed, and bring me forth the winds that in them are shut up, shew me the image of a voice: and then I will declare to thee the thing that thou labourest to know. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 38 And I said, O Lord that bearest rule, who may know these things, but he that hath not his dwelling with men? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 39 As for me, I am unwise: how may I then speak of these things whereof thou askest me? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 40 Then said he unto me, Like as thou canst do none of these things that I have spoken of, even so canst thou not find out my judgment, or in the end the love that I have promised unto my people. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 41 And I said, Behold, O Lord, yet art thou nigh unto them that be reserved till the end: and what shall they do that have been before me, or we that be now, or they that shall come after us? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 42 And he said unto me, I will liken my judgment unto a ring: like as there is no slackness of the last, even so there is no swiftness of the first. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 43 So I answered and said, Couldest thou not make those that have been made, and be now, and that are for to come, at once; that thou mightest shew thy judgment the sooner? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 44 Then answered he me, and said, The creature may not haste above the maker; neither may the world hold them at once that shall be created therein. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 45 And I said, As thou hast said unto thy servant, that thou, which givest life to all, hast given life at once to the creature that thou hast created, and the creature bare it: even so it might now also bear them that now be present at once. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 46 And he said unto me, Ask the womb of a woman, and say unto her, If thou bringest forth children, why dost thou it not together, but one after another? pray her therefore to bring forth ten children at once. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 47 And I said, She cannot: but must do it by distance of time. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 48 Then said he unto me, Even so have I given the womb of the earth to those that be sown in it in their times. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 49 For like as a young child may not bring forth the things that belong to the aged, even so have I disposed the world which I created. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 50 And I asked, and said, Seeing thou hast now given me the way, I will proceed to speak before thee: for our mother, of whom thou hast told me that she is young, draweth now nigh unto age. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 51 He answered me, and said, Ask a woman that beareth children, and she shall tell thee. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 52 Say unto her, Wherefore are unto they whom thou hast now brought forth like those that were before, but less of stature? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 53 And she shall answer thee, They that be born in the the strength of youth are of one fashion, and they that are born in the time of age, when the womb faileth, are otherwise. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 54 Consider thou therefore also, how that ye are less of stature than those that were before you. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 55 And so are they that come after you less than ye, as the creatures which now begin to be old, and have passed over the strength of youth. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 5 56 Then said I, Lord, I beseech thee, if I have found favour in thy sight, shew thy servant by whom thou visitest thy creature. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 1 And he said unto me, In the beginning, when the earth was made, before the borders of the world stood, or ever the winds blew, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 2 Before it thundered and lightened, or ever the foundations of paradise were laid, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 3 Before the fair flowers were seen, or ever the moveable powers were established, before the innumerable multitude of angels were gathered together, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 4 Or ever the heights of the air were lifted up, before the measures of the firmament were named, or ever the chimneys in Sion were hot, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 5 And ere the present years were sought out, and or ever the inventions of them that now sin were turned, before they were sealed that have gathered faith for a treasure: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 6 Then did I consider these things, and they all were made through me alone, and through none other: by me also they shall be ended, and by none other. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 7 Then answered I and said, What shall be the parting asunder of the times? or when shall be the end of the first, and the beginning of it that followeth? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 8 And he said unto me, From Abraham unto Isaac, when Jacob and Esau were born of him, Jacob's hand held first the heel of Esau. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 9 For Esau is the end of the world, and Jacob is the beginning of it that followeth. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 10 The hand of man is betwixt the heel and the hand: other question, Esdras, ask thou not. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 11 I answered then and said, O Lord that bearest rule, if I have found favour in thy sight, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 12 I beseech thee, shew thy servant the end of thy tokens, whereof thou shewedst me part the last night. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 13 So he answered and said unto me, Stand up upon thy feet, and hear a mighty sounding voice. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 14 And it shall be as it were a great motion; but the place where thou standest shall not be moved. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 15 And therefore when it speaketh be not afraid: for the word is of the end, and the foundation of the earth is understood. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 16 And why? because the speech of these things trembleth and is moved: for it knoweth that the end of these things must be changed. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 17 And it happened, that when I had heard it I stood up upon my feet, and hearkened, and, behold, there was a voice that spake, and the sound of it was like the sound of many waters. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 18 And it said, Behold, the days come, that I will begin to draw nigh, and to visit them that dwell upon the earth, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 19 And will begin to make inquisition of them, what they be that have hurt unjustly with their unrighteousness, and when the affliction of Sion shall be fulfilled; +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 20 And when the world, that shall begin to vanish away, shall be finished, then will I shew these tokens: the books shall be opened before the firmament, and they shall see all together: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 21 And the children of a year old shall speak with their voices, the women with child shall bring forth untimely children of three or four months old, and they shall live, and be raised up. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 22 And suddenly shall the sown places appear unsown, the full storehouses shall suddenly be found empty: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 23 And tha trumpet shall give a sound, which when every man heareth, they shall be suddenly afraid. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 24 At that time shall friends fight one against another like enemies, and the earth shall stand in fear with those that dwell therein, the springs of the fountains shall stand still, and in three hours they shall not run. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 25 Whosoever remaineth from all these that I have told thee shall escape, and see my salvation, and the end of your world. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 26 And the men that are received shall see it, who have not tasted death from their birth: and the heart of the inhabitants shall be changed, and turned into another meaning. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 27 For evil shall be put out, and deceit shall be quenched. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 28 As for faith, it shall flourish, corruption shall be overcome, and the truth, which hath been so long without fruit, shall be declared. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 29 And when he talked with me, behold, I looked by little and little upon him before whom I stood. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 30 And these words said he unto me; I am come to shew thee the time of the night to come. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 31 If thou wilt pray yet more, and fast seven days again, I shall tell thee greater things by day than I have heard. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 32 For thy voice is heard before the most High: for the Mighty hath seen thy righteous dealing, he hath seen also thy chastity, which thou hast had ever since thy youth. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 33 And therefore hath he sent me to shew thee all these things, and to say unto thee, Be of good comfort and fear not +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 34 And hasten not with the times that are past, to think vain things, that thou mayest not hasten from the latter times. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 35 And it came to pass after this, that I wept again, and fasted seven days in like manner, that I might fulfil the three weeks which he told me. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 36 And in the eighth night was my heart vexed within me again, and I began to speak before the most High. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 37 For my spirit was greatly set on fire, and my soul was in distress. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 38 And I said, O Lord, thou spakest from the beginning of the creation, even the first day, and saidst thus; Let heaven and earth be made; and thy word was a perfect work. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 39 And then was the spirit, and darkness and silence were on every side; the sound of man's voice was not yet formed. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 40 Then commandedst thou a fair light to come forth of thy treasures, that thy work might appear. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 41 Upon the second day thou madest the spirit of the firmament, and commandedst it to part asunder, and to make a division betwixt the waters, that the one part might go up, and the other remain beneath. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 42 Upon the third day thou didst command that the waters should be gathered in the seventh part of the earth: six pats hast thou dried up, and kept them, to the intent that of these some being planted of God and tilled might serve thee. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 43 For as soon as thy word went forth the work was made. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 44 For immediately there was great and innumerable fruit, and many and divers pleasures for the taste, and flowers of unchangeable colour, and odours of wonderful smell: and this was done the third day. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 45 Upon the fourth day thou commandedst that the sun should shine, and the moon give her light, and the stars should be in order: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 46 And gavest them a charge to do service unto man, that was to be made. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 47 Upon the fifth day thou saidst unto the seventh part, where the waters were gathered that it should bring forth living creatures, fowls and fishes: and so it came to pass. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 48 For the dumb water and without life brought forth living things at the commandment of God, that all people might praise thy wondrous works. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 49 Then didst thou ordain two living creatures, the one thou calledst Enoch, and the other Leviathan; +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 50 And didst separate the one from the other: for the seventh part, namely, where the water was gathered together, might not hold them both. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 51 Unto Enoch thou gavest one part, which was dried up the third day, that he should dwell in the same part, wherein are a thousand hills: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 52 But unto Leviathan thou gavest the seventh part, namely, the moist; and hast kept him to be devoured of whom thou wilt, and when. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 53 Upon the sixth day thou gavest commandment unto the earth, that before thee it should bring forth beasts, cattle, and creeping things: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 54 And after these, Adam also, whom thou madest lord of all thy creatures: of him come we all, and the people also whom thou hast chosen. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 55 All this have I spoken before thee, O Lord, because thou madest the world for our sakes +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 56 As for the other people, which also come of Adam, thou hast said that they are nothing, but be like unto spittle: and hast likened the abundance of them unto a drop that falleth from a vessel. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 57 And now, O Lord, behold, these heathen, which have ever been reputed as nothing, have begun to be lords over us, and to devour us. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 58 But we thy people, whom thou hast called thy firstborn, thy only begotten, and thy fervent lover, are given into their hands. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 6 59 If the world now be made for our sakes, why do we not possess an inheritance with the world? how long shall this endure? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 1 And when I had made an end of speaking these words, there was sent unto me the angel which had been sent unto me the nights afore: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 2 And he said unto me, Up, Esdras, and hear the words that I am come to tell thee. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 3 And I said, Speak on, my God. Then said he unto me, The sea is set in a wide place, that it might be deep and great. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 4 But put the case the entrance were narrow, and like a river; +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 5 Who then could go into the sea to look upon it, and to rule it? if he went not through the narrow, how could he come into the broad? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 6 There is also another thing; A city is builded, and set upon a broad field, and is full of all good things: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 7 The entrance thereof is narrow, and is set in a dangerous place to fall, like as if there were a fire on the right hand, and on the left a deep water: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 8 And one only path between them both, even between the fire and the water, so small that there could but one man go there at once. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 9 If this city now were given unto a man for an inheritance, if he never shall pass the danger set before it, how shall he receive this inheritance? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 10 And I said, It is so, Lord. Then said he unto me, Even so also is Israel's portion. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 11 Because for their sakes I made the world: and when Adam transgressed my statutes, then was decreed that now is done. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 12 Then were the entrances of this world made narrow, full of sorrow and travail: they are but few and evil, full of perils,: and very painful. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 13 For the entrances of the elder world were wide and sure, and brought immortal fruit. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 14 If then they that live labour not to enter these strait and vain things, they can never receive those that are laid up for them. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 15 Now therefore why disquietest thou thyself, seeing thou art but a corruptible man? and why art thou moved, whereas thou art but mortal? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 16 Why hast thou not considered in thy mind this thing that is to come, rather than that which is present? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 17 Then answered I and said, O Lord that bearest rule, thou hast ordained in thy law, that the righteous should inherit these things, but that the ungodly should perish. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 18 Nevertheless the righteous shall suffer strait things, and hope for wide: for they that have done wickedly have suffered the strait things, and yet shall not see the wide. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 19 And he said unto me. There is no judge above God, and none that hath understanding above the Highest. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 20 For there be many that perish in this life, because they despise the law of God that is set before them. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 21 For God hath given strait commandment to such as came, what they should do to live, even as they came, and what they should observe to avoid punishment. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 22 Nevertheless they were not obedient unto him; but spake against him, and imagined vain things; +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 23 And deceived themselves by their wicked deeds; and said of the most High, that he is not; and knew not his ways: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 24 But his law have they despised, and denied his covenants; in his statutes have they not been faithful, and have not performed his works. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 25 And therefore, Esdras, for the empty are empty things, and for the full are the full things. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 26 Behold, the time shall come, that these tokens which I have told thee shall come to pass, and the bride shall appear, and she coming forth shall be seen, that now is withdrawn from the earth. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 27 And whosoever is delivered from the foresaid evils shall see my wonders. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 28 For my son Jesus shall be revealed with those that be with him, and they that remain shall rejoice within four hundred years. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 29 After these years shall my son Christ die, and all men that have life. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 30 And the world shall be turned into the old silence seven days, like as in the former judgments: so that no man shall remain. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 31 And after seven days the world, that yet awaketh not, shall be raised up, and that shall die that is corrupt +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 32 And the earth shall restore those that are asleep in her, and so shall the dust those that dwell in silence, and the secret places shall deliver those souls that were committed unto them. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 33 And the most High shall appear upon the seat of judgment, and misery shall pass away, and the long suffering shall have an end: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 34 But judgment only shall remain, truth shall stand, and faith shall wax strong: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 35 And the work shall follow, and the reward shall be shewed, and the good deeds shall be of force, and wicked deeds shall bear no rule. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 36 Then said I, Abraham prayed first for the Sodomites, and Moses for the fathers that sinned in the wilderness: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 37 And Jesus after him for Israel in the time of Achan: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 38 And Samuel and David for the destruction: and Solomon for them that should come to the sanctuary: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 39 And Helias for those that received rain; and for the dead, that he might live: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 40 And Ezechias for the people in the time of Sennacherib: and many for many. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 41 Even so now, seeing corruption is grown up, and wickedness increased, and the righteous have prayed for the ungodly: wherefore shall it not be so now also? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 42 He answered me, and said, This present life is not the end where much glory doth abide; therefore have they prayed for the weak. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 43 But the day of doom shall be the end of this time, and the beginning of the immortality for to come, wherein corruption is past, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 44 Intemperance is at an end, infidelity is cut off, righteousness is grown, and truth is sprung up. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 45 Then shall no man be able to save him that is destroyed, nor to oppress him that hath gotten the victory. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 46 I answered then and said, This is my first and last saying, that it had been better not to have given the earth unto Adam: or else, when it was given him, to have restrained him from sinning. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 47 For what profit is it for men now in this present time to live in heaviness, and after death to look for punishment? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 48 O thou Adam, what hast thou done? for though it was thou that sinned, thou art not fallen alone, but we all that come of thee. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 49 For what profit is it unto us, if there be promised us an immortal time, whereas we have done the works that bring death? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 50 And that there is promised us an everlasting hope, whereas ourselves being most wicked are made vain? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 51 And that there are laid up for us dwellings of health and safety, whereas we have lived wickedly? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 52 And that the glory of the most High is kept to defend them which have led a wary life, whereas we have walked in the most wicked ways of all? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 53 And that there should be shewed a paradise, whose fruit endureth for ever, wherein is security and medicine, since we shall not enter into it? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 54 (For we have walked in unpleasant places.) +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 55 And that the faces of them which have used abstinence shall shine above the stars, whereas our faces shall be blacker than darkness? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 56 For while we lived and committed iniquity, we considered not that we should begin to suffer for it after death. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 57 Then answered he me, and said, This is the condition of the battle, which man that is born upon the earth shall fight; +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 58 That, if he be overcome, he shall suffer as thou hast said: but if he get the victory, he shall receive the thing that I say. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 59 For this is the life whereof Moses spake unto the people while he lived, saying, Choose thee life, that thou mayest live. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 60 Nevertheless they believed not him, nor yet the prophets after him, no nor me which have spoken unto them, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 61 That there should not be such heaviness in their destruction, as shall be joy over them that are persuaded to salvation. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 62 I answered then, and said, I know, Lord, that the most High is called merciful, in that he hath mercy upon them which are not yet come into the world, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 63 And upon those also that turn to his law; +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 64 And that he is patient, and long suffereth those that have sinned, as his creatures; +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 65 And that he is bountiful, for he is ready to give where it needeth; +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 66 And that he is of great mercy, for he multiplieth more and more mercies to them that are present, and that are past, and also to them which are to come. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 67 For if he shall not multiply his mercies, the world would not continue with them that inherit therein. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 68 And he pardoneth; for if he did not so of his goodness, that they which have committed iniquities might be eased of them, the ten thousandth part of men should not remain living. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 69 And being judge, if he should not forgive them that are cured with his word, and put out the multitude of contentions, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 7 70 There should be very few left peradventure in an innumerable multitude. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 1 And he answered me, saying, The most High hath made this world for many, but the world to come for few. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 2 I will tell thee a similitude, Esdras; As when thou askest the earth, it shall say unto thee, that it giveth much mould whereof earthen vessels are made, but little dust that gold cometh of: even so is the course of this present world. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 3 There be many created, but few shall be saved. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 4 So answered I and said, Swallow then down, O my soul, understanding, and devour wisdom. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 5 For thou hast agreed to give ear, and art willing to prophesy: for thou hast no longer space than only to live. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 6 O Lord, if thou suffer not thy servant, that we may pray before thee, and thou give us seed unto our heart, and culture to our understanding, that there may come fruit of it; how shall each man live that is corrupt, who beareth the place of a man? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 7 For thou art alone, and we all one workmanship of thine hands, like as thou hast said. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 8 For when the body is fashioned now in the mother's womb, and thou givest it members, thy creature is preserved in fire and water, and nine months doth thy workmanship endure thy creature which is created in her. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 9 But that which keepeth and is kept shall both be preserved: and when the time cometh, the womb preserved delivereth up the things that grew in it. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 10 For thou hast commanded out of the parts of the body, that is to say, out of the breasts, milk to be given, which is the fruit of the breasts, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 11 That the thing which is fashioned may be nourished for a time, till thou disposest it to thy mercy. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 12 Thou broughtest it up with thy righteousness, and nurturedst it in thy law, and reformedst it with thy judgment. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 13 And thou shalt mortify it as thy creature, and quicken it as thy work. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 14 If therefore thou shalt destroy him which with so great labour was fashioned, it is an easy thing to be ordained by thy commandment, that the thing which was made might be preserved. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 15 Now therefore, Lord, I will speak; touching man in general, thou knowest best; but touching thy people, for whose sake I am sorry; +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 16 And for thine inheritance, for whose cause I mourn; and for Israel, for whom I am heavy; and for Jacob, for whose sake I am troubled; +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 17 Therefore will I begin to pray before thee for myself and for them: for I see the falls of us that dwell in the land. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 18 But I have heard the swiftness of the judge which is to come. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 19 Therefore hear my voice, and understand my words, and I shall speak before thee. This is the beginning of the words of Esdras, before he was taken up: and I said, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 20 O Lord, thou that dwellest in everlastingness which beholdest from above things in the heaven and in the air; +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 21 Whose throne is inestimable; whose glory may not be comprehended; before whom the hosts of angels stand with trembling, +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 22 Whose service is conversant in wind and fire; whose word is true, and sayings constant; whose commandment is strong, and ordinance fearful; +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 23 Whose look drieth up the depths, and indignation maketh the mountains to melt away; which the truth witnesseth: +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 24 O hear the prayer of thy servant, and give ear to the petition of thy creature. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 25 For while I live I will speak, and so long as I have understanding I will answer. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 26 O look not upon the sins of thy people; but on them which serve thee in truth. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 27 Regard not the wicked inventions of the heathen, but the desire of those that keep thy testimonies in afflictions. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 28 Think not upon those that have walked feignedly before thee: but remember them, which according to thy will have known thy fear. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 29 Let it not be thy will to destroy them which have lived like beasts; but to look upon them that have clearly taught thy law. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 30 Take thou no indignation at them which are deemed worse than beasts; but love them that always put their trust in thy righteousness and glory. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 31 For we and our fathers do languish of such diseases: but because of us sinners thou shalt be called merciful. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 32 For if thou hast a desire to have mercy upon us, thou shalt be called merciful, to us namely, that have no works of righteousness. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 33 For the just, which have many good works laid up with thee, shall out of their own deeds receive reward. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 34 For what is man, that thou shouldest take displeasure at him? or what is a corruptible generation, that thou shouldest be so bitter toward it? +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 35 For in truth them is no man among them that be born, but he hath dealt wickedly; and among the faithful there is none which hath not done amiss. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 36 For in this, O Lord, thy righteousness and thy goodness shall be declared, if thou be merciful unto them which have not the confidence of good works. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 37 Then answered he me, and said, Some things hast thou spoken aright, and according unto thy words it shall be. +2 Esdras 2Esd 80 8 38 For