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Chap. XIV.

Apocrypbu. against another, one people against another, il 50 And then shall he shew them great and one realm against another.

wonders. 32 And the time shall be when these | 51 Then said I, O Lord that bearest rule, things shall come to pass, and the signs shall shew me this : Wherefore have I seen the happen which I shewed thee before, and then man coming up from the midst of the sea ? shall my Son be declared, whom thou sawest 52 And he said unto me, Like as thou as a man ascending

canst neither seek out nor know the things 33 And when all the people hear his that are in the deep of the sea : even so can voice, every man shall in their own land no man upon earth see my Son, or those that leave the battle they have one against another. be with him, but in the day time.

34 And an innumerable multitude shall be 53 This is the interpretation of the dream gathered together, as thou sawest them, will, which thou sawest, and whereby thou only ing to come, and to overcome him by fighting. | art here lightened.

35 But he shall stand upon the top of the 54 | For thou hast forsaken thine own mount Sion.

way, and applied thy diligence unto my law, 36 And Sion shall come, and shall be shew- and sought it. ed to all men, being prepared and builded, | 55 Thy life hast thou ordered in wisdom, like as thou sawest the hill graven without and hast called understanding thy mother.

56 And therefore have I shewed thee the 37 And this my Son shall rebuke the treasures of the Highest : after other three wicked inventions of those nations, which for days I will speak other things unto thee, and their wicked life are fallen into the tempest; declare unto thee mighty and wonderous

38 And shall lay before them their evil things. thoughts, and the torments wherewith they 67 Then went I forth into the field, giving shall begin to be tormented, which are like praise and thanks greatly unto the Most unto a fame: and he shall destroy them High because of his wonders, which he did in without labour by the law which is like une time ; to fire.

58 And because he governeth the same, 39 And whereas thou sawest that he gath- and such things as fall in their seasons; and ered another peaceable multitude unto him ; li there I sat three days. 40 Those are the ten tribes, which were

CHAP. XIV. carried away prisoners out of their own land || 1 A voice out of a bush calleth Esdras, 10 tellett in the time of Osea the king, whom Salma

bim that the world waxetb old. nasar the king of Assyria led away captive, A ND it came to pass upon the third day, and he carried them over the waters, and so

I sat under an oak, and behold, there came they into another land.

came a voice out of a bush over against me, 41 But they took this counsel among them and said, Esdras, Esdras. selves, that they would leave the multitude 2 And I said, Here am I, Lord. And I stood of the heathen, and go forth into a further | up upon my feet. country, where never mankind dwelt,

3 Then said he unto me, In the bush I did 42 That they might there keep their stat- manifestly reveal myself unto Moses, and utes which they never kept in their own talked with him, when my people served in land.

43 And they entered into Euphrates by || 4 And I sent him, and led my people out the narrow passages of the river.

of Egypt, and brought him up to the mount 44 For the Most High then shewed signs of Sinai, where I held him by me a long seafor them, and held still the flood, till they | son, were passed over.

5 And told him many wonderous things, 45 For through that country there was a || and shewed him the secrets of the times, and great way to go, namely, of a year and a | the end ; and commanded him, saying, half : and the same region is called Arsareth. 6 These words shalt thou declare, and

46 Then dwelt they there until the lat- these shalt thou bide. ter time ; and now when they shall begin to || 7 And now I say unto thee, come,

8 That thou lay up in thy heart the signs 47 The Highest shall stay the springs of || that I have shewed, and the dreams that thou the stream again, that they may go through : || hast seen, and the interpretations which thou therefore sawest thou the multitude with bast heard : peace.

9 For thou shalt be taken away from all, 48 But those that be left behind of thy and from henceforth thou shalt remain with people are they that are found within my my Son, and with such as be like thee, until borders.

the times be ended. 49 Now when he destroyeth the multitude 10 For the world hath lost his youth, of the nations that are gathered together, he and the times begin to wax old. shall defend his people that remain,

11 For the world is divided into twelve

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Apocrypba. parts, and the ten parts of it are gone already, 1) 31 Then was the land, even the land of and half of a tenth part :

Sion, parted among you by lot : but your 12 And there remaineth that which is af- fathers, and ye yourselves, have done unter the half of the tenth part.

righteousness, and have not kept the ways 13 Now therefore set thine house in order, which the Highest commanded you. and reprove thy people, comfort such of them 32 And forasmuch as he is a righteous as be in trouble, and now renounce corrup- il judge, he took from you in time the thing zion.

that he had given you. 14 Let go from thee mortal thoughts, cast 33 And now are ye here, and your breaway the burdens of man, put off now the thren among you. weak nature,

34 Therefore if so be that ye will subdue 15 And set aside the thoughts that are most your own understanding, and reform your heavy unto thee, and haste thee to flee from hearts, ye shall be kept alive, and after death these times.

ye shall obtain mercy. 16 For yet greater evils than those which || 35 For after death shall the judgment come, thou hast seen happen shall be done here when we shall live again : and then shall the after.

names of the righteous be manifest, and the 17 For look how much the world shall be works of the ungodly shall be declared. weaker through age, so much the more shall 36 Let no man therefore come unto me evils increase upon them that dwell therein. now, nor seek after me these forty days.

18 For the truth is fled far away, and 37 So I took the five men, as he commanded leasing is hard at hand : for now hastéth the || me, and we went into the field, and remained vision to come, which thou hast seen.

there. 19 Then answered I before thee, and said, 58 And the next day, behold, a voice call

20 Behold, Lord, I will go, as thou hast ed me, saying, Esdras, open thy mouth, and commanded me, and reprove the people drink that I give thee to drink which are present : but they that shall be 39 Then opened I my mouth, and behold, born afterward, who shall admonish them ? || he reached me a full cup, which was full as thus the world is set in darkness, and they | it were with water, but the colour of it was that dwell therein are without light.

like fire. 21 For thy law is burnt, therefore no 40 And I took it, and drank : and when I man knoweth the things that are done of thee, had drunk of it, my heart uttered understandor the works that shall begin.

ing, and wisdom grew in my breast, for my 22 But if I have found grace before thee, | spirit strengthened my memory : send the Holy Ghost into me, and I shall || 41 And my mouth was opened, and shut write all that hath been done in the world || no more. since the beginning, which were written in | 42 The Highest gave understanding unto thy law, that men may find thy path, and the five men, and they wrote the wonderful that they which will live in the latter days | visions of the night that were told, which they may live.

knew not: and they sat forty days, and they 23 And he answered me, saying, Go thy | wrote in the day, and at night they ate bread. way, gather the people together, and say unto 43 As for me, I spake in the day, and I them, that they seek thee not for forty days. || held not my tongue by night.

21 But look thou prepare thee many box 44 In forty days they wrote two hundred trces, and take with thee Sarea, Dabria, Sele- || and four books. mia, Ecanus, and Asiel, these five which are 45 And it came to pass, when the forty days ready to write swiftly;

were fulfilled, that the Highest spake, saying, 25 And come hither, and I shall light a || The first that thou hast written publish opencandle of understanding in thine heart, which

ane heart, which ly, that the worthy and unworthy may read it: shall not be put out, till the things be per- 46 But keep the seventy last, that thou forined which thou shalt begin to write. mayest deliver them only to such as be wise

26 And when thou hast done, some things | among the people : shalt thou publish and some things shalt thou | 47 For in them is the spring of understandshew secretly to the wise : tomorrow this ing, the fountain of wisdom, and the stream hour shalt thou begin to write.

of knowledge. 27 Then went I forth as he commanded, 48 And I did so. and gathered all the people together, and said,

CHAP. XV. 28 Hear these words, O Israel.

1 This prophecy is certain. 5 God will tale vene 29 Our fathers at the beginning were geance upon the wicked. 28 An borrible vision. strangers in Egypt, from whence they were | DEHOLD, speak thou in the ears of my delivered :

D people the words of prophecy, which 30 And received the law of life, which I will put in thy mouth, saith the Lord : they kept not, which ye also have transgress- I 2 And cause them to be written in paper: ed after them.

I! for they are faithful and true,

Chap. XV.

Apocrypha 3 Fear not the imaginations against thee, || ners, and my sword shall not cease over them let not the incredulity of them trouble thee, that shed innocent blood upon the earth. that speak against thee.

23 The fire is gone forth from his wrath, 4 For all the unfaithful shall die in their and hath consumed the foundations of the unfaithfulness.

earth, and the sinners, like the straw that is 5. Behold, saith the Lord, I will bring kindled. plagues upon the world; the sword, famine, 24 Woe to them that sin, and keep not my death, and destruction.

I commandments ! saith the Lord : 6 For wickedness hath exceedingly pollut 25 I will not spare them : go your way, ed the whole earth, and their hurtful works ye children, from the power, defile not my are fulfilled.

sanctuary. 7 Therefore saith the Lord,

26 For the Lord knoweth all them that 8 I will hold my tongue no more as touch- sin against him, and therefore delivereth he Àng their wickedness, which they profanely them unto death and destruction. commit, neither will I suffer them in those 27 For now are the plagues come upon the

themselves : behold, the innocent and right for God shall not deliver you, because ye have eous blood crieth unto me, and the souls of sinned against him. the just complain continually.

28 g Behold an horrible vision, and the 9 And therefore, saith the Lord, I will sure- appearance thereof from the east : Jy avenge them, and receive unto me all the 29 Where the nations of the dragons of innocent blood from among them.

Arabia shall come out with many chariots, 10 Behold, my people is led as a flock to and the multitude of them shall be carried as the slaughter : I will not suffer them now to the wind upon earth, that all they which hear dwell in the land of Egypt:

them may fear and tremble. 11 But I will bring them with a mighty 30 Also the Carmanians raging in wrath hand and a stretched out arm, and smite E shall go forth as the wild boars of the wood, gypt with plagues, as before, and will destroy and with great power shall they come, and all the land thereof.

join battle with them, and shall waste a por12 Egypt shall mourn, and the foundation tion of the land of the Assyrians. of it shall be smitten with the plague and 31 And then shall the dragons have the punishment that God shall bring upon it. | upper hand, remembering their nature; and

13 They that till the ground shall mourn: | if they shall turn themselves, conspiring tofor their seed shall fail through the blasting I gether in great power to persecute them, and hail, and with a fearful constellation. 32 Then these shall be troubled, and keep

14 Woe to the world, and them that dwell || silence through their power, and shall flee. therein!

33 And from the land of the Assyrians 15 For the sword and their destruction shall the enemy besiege them, and consume draweth nigh, and one people shall stand up some of them, and in their host shall be fear to fight against another, and swords in their and dread, and strife among their kings. hands.

34 Behold clouds from the east and from 16 For there shall be sedition among men, the north unto the south, and they are very and invading one another ; they shall not re horrible to look upon, full of wrath and storm. gard their kings nor princes, and the course 35 They shall smite one upon another, and of their actions shall stand in their power. they shall smite down a great multitude of

17 A man shall desire to go into a city, and | stars upon the earth, even their own star ; shall not be able.

and blood shall be from the sword unto the 18 For because of their pride the cities belly, shall be troubled, the houses shall be destroy-|| 36 And dung ofmen untothe camel's hough. ed, and men shall be afraid.

37 And there shall be great fearfulness and

neighbour, but shall destroy their houses with the wrath shall be afraid, and trembling shall the sword, and spoil their goods, because of come upon them. the lack of bread, and for great tribulation. 38 And then shall there come great storms

20 Behold, saith God, I will call together all from the south, and from the north, and anthe kings of the earth to reverence me, which other part from the west. are from the rising of the sun, from the south, 39 And strong winds shall arise from the from the east, and Libanus ; to turn them- east, and shall open it ; and the cloud which selves one against another, and repay the he raised up in wrath, and the star stirred to things that they have done to them.

cause fear toward the east and west wind, 21 Like as they do yet this day unto my shall be destroyed. chosen, so will I do also, and recompense in 40 The great and mighty clouds shall be their bosom. Thus saith the Lord God, lifted up full of wrath, and the star, that they

22 My right hand shall not spare the sin- may make all the earth afraid, and them that


Apocrypbe. dwell therein : and they shall pour out over || and shall return to Babylon that was destroyed. every high and eminent place an horrible star, || 61 And thou shalt be cast down by them

41 Fire, and hail, and flying swords, and as stubble, and they shall be unto thee as fire ; many waters, that all fields may be full, and 62 And shall consume thee, and thy cities, all rivers, with the abundance of great waters. | thy land, and thy mountains ; all thy woods

42 And they shall break down thecities and and thy fruitful trees shall they burn up with walls, mountains and hills, trees of the wood, i fire. and grass of the meadows, and their corn. l 63 Thy children shall they carry away

43 And they shall go steadfastly unto Bab- || captive, and look, what thou hast, they sbaí ylon, and make her afraid.

spoil it, and mar the beauty of thy face. 44 They shall come to her, and besiege

CHAP. XVI. her, the star and all wrath shall they pour || 1 Babylon and other places are threatened. 40 out upon her : then shall the dust and smoke | The servants of the Lord must look for troubles, go up unto the heaven, and all they that be c. about her shall bewail her.

V OE be unto thee, Babylon, and Asia ! 45 And they that remain under her shall VV woe be unto thee; Egypt, and Syria ! do service unto them that have put her in fear. 2 Gird up yourselves with clothes of sack

46 And thou, Asia, that art partaker of and hair, bewail your children, and be sorry; the hope of Babylon, and art the glory of for your destruction is at hand. her person:

|| 3 A sword is sent upon you, and who 47 Woe be unto thee, thou wretch, because may turn it back ? thou hast made thyself like unto her; and 4 A fire is sent among you, and who may hast decked thy daughters in whoredom, that quench it ? they might please and glory in thy lovers, 5 Plagues are sent unto you, and what is which have always desired to commit whore- || he that may drive them away? dom with thee!

6 May any man drive away an hungry 48 Thou hast followed her that is hated | lion in the wood ? or may any one quench in all her works and inventions : therefore the fire in stubble, when it hath begun to şaith God,

burn ? 49 I will send plagues upon thee; widow- | 7 May one turn again the arrow that is hood, poverty, famine, sword, and pestilence, || shot of a strong archer ? to waste thy houses with destruction and death. 8 The mighty Lord sendeth the plagues;

50 And the glory of thy power shall be and who is he that can drive them away? dried up as a flower, when the heat shall a 9 A fire shall go forth from his wrath, and rise that is sent over thee.

who is he that may quench it? 51 Thou shalt be weakened as a poor wo 10 He shall cast lightnings, and who shall man with stripes, and as one chastised with not fear? he shall thunder, and who shall wounds, so that the mighty and lovers shall not be afraid ? not be able to receive thee.

11 The Lord shall threaten, and who 52 Would I with jealousy have so pro- shall not be utterly beaten to powder at his ceeded against thee, saith the Lord,

presence ? 53 If thou hadst not always slain my chosen, 12 The earth quaketh, and the foundåtions exalting the stroke of thine hands, and say. | thereof; the sea ariseth up with waves froin ing over their dead, when thou wast drunken, the deep, and the waves of it are troubled,

54 Set forth the beauty of thy countenance ? and the fishes thereof also, before the Lord,

55 The reward of thy whoredom shall be and before the glory of his power: in thy bosom, therefore shalt thou receive 13 For strong is his right hand that bendrecompense.

eth the bow, his arrows that he shooteth are 56 Like as thou hast done unto my chosen, I sharp, and shall not miss, when they begin to saith the Lord, even so shall God do unto be shot into the ends of the world. thee, and shall deliver thee into mischief. 14 Behold, the plagues are sent, and shall

57 Thy children shall die of hunger, and not return again, until they come upon the thou shalt fall through the sword : thy cit earth. jes shall be broken down, and all thine shall 15 The fire is kindled, and shall not be put perish with the sword in the field.

out,till it consume the foundation of the earth. 58 They that be in the mountains shall die | 16 Like as an arrow which is shot of a of hunger, and eat their own flesh, and drink i mighty archer returneth not backward: even their own blood, for very hunger of bread, so the plagues that shall be sent upon earth and thirst of water.

shall not return again, 59 Thou as unhappy shalt come through 17 Woe is me! woe is me! who will dethe sea, and receive plagues again.

liver me in those days ? 60 And in the passage they shall rush on 18 The beginning of sorrows and great the idle city, and shall destroy some portion mournings ; the beginning of famine and of thy land, and consume part of thy glory, I great death: the beginning of wars, and the


A pocrypha. powers shall stand in fear ; the beginning of ll compass her womb, which pains, when the evils! what shall I do when these evils shall child cometh forth, they slack not a moment : come?

39 Even so shall not the plagues be slack 19 Behold, famine and plague, tribulation to come upon the earth, and the world shall and anguisn, are sent as scourges for amend mourn, and sorrows shall come upon it on ment.

every side. 20 But for all these things they shall not | 40 GO my people, hear my word: make turn from their wickedness, nor be always you ready to the battle, and in those evils be mindful of the scourges...

| even as pilgrims upon the earth. 21 Behold, victuals shall be so good, cheap 41 He that selleth, let him be as he that upon earth, that they shall think themselves | fleeth away: and he that buyeth, as one that to be in good case, and even then shall evils will lose : grow upon earth, sword, famine, and great | 42 He that occupieth merchandise, as he confusion.

that hath no profit by it: and he that build22 For many of them that dwell upon | eth, as he that shall not dwell therein:. earth shall perish of famine; and the others 43 He that soweth, as if he should not that escape the hunger, shall the sword de- || reap : so also he that planteth the vineyard, stroy.

as he that shall not gather the grapes : 23 And the dead shall be cast out as dung, 44 They that marry, as they that shall get and there shall be no man to comfort them: no children: and they that marry not, as for the earth shall be wasted, and the cities the widowers. shall be cast down.

45 And therefore they that labour, labour 24 There shall be no man left to till the in vain : earth, and to sow it.

46 For strangers shall reap their fruits, 25 The trees shall give fruit, and who | and spoil their goods, overthrow their houses, shall gather them?

and take their children captives, for in cap26 The grapes shall ripen, and who shall tivity and famine shall they get children. tread them ? for all places shall be desolate 47 And they that occupy their merchanof men :

dise with robbery, the more they deck their 27 So that one man shall desire to see cities, their houses, their possessions, and their another, and to hear his voice.

own persons : 28 For of a city there shall be ten left, 48 The more will I be angry with them and two of the field, which shall hide them- | for their sin, saith the Lord. selves in the thick groves, and in the clefts of 49. Like as a whore envieth a right honest the rocks.

| and virtuous woman : . 29 As in an orchard of olives upon every 50 So shall righteousness hate iniquity, tree there are left three or four olives ; when she decketh herself, and shall accuse

30 Or as when a vineyard is gathered, her to her face, when he cometh that shall there are left some clusters of them that dili defend him that diligently searcheth out ev. gently seek through the vineyard :

ery sin upon earth. 31 Even so in those days there shall be 51 And therefore be ye not like therethree or four left by them that search their | unto, nor to the works thereof. houses with the sword.

52 For yet a little, and iniquity shall be 32 And the earth shall be laid waste, and taken away out of the earth, and righteous. the fields thereof shall wax old, and her ways ness shall reign among you. and all her paths shall grow full of thorns, 53 Let not the sinner say that he hath because no man shall travel therethrough. I not sinned : for God shall burn coals of fire

33 The virgins shall mourn, having no upon his head, which saith before the Lord bridegrooms; the women shall mourn, hav. God and his glory, I have not signed. ing no husbands; their daugliters shall mourn, 54 Behold, the Lord knoweth all the works having no helpers.

of men, their imaginations, their thoughts, 34 In the wars shall their bridegrooms be and their hearts : destroyed, and their husbands shall perish of 55 Which spake but the word, Let the famine.

earth be made ; and it was made : Let the 35 Hear now these things, and understand heaven be made ; and it was created. them, ye servants of the Lord.

56 In his word were the stars made, and 96 Behold the word of the Lord, receive | he knoweth the number of them. it : believe not the gods of whom the Lord 57 He searcheth the deep, and the treasspake.

ures thereof; he hath measured the sea, and 37 Behold, the plagues draw nigh, and are what it containeth. not slack.

| 58 He hath shut the sea in the midst of 38 As when a woman with child in the the waters, and with his word hath he hangninth month bringeth forth her son, within od the earth upon the waters. awo or three hours of her birth great pains 59 He spreadeth ont the heavens like a

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