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Chap. XLIX.

Apocrypba. and by thy body thou wast brought into sub- 13 No word could overcome him ; and jection.

after his death his body prophesied. 20 Thou didst stain thy honour, and pol. 14 He did wonders in his life, and at his Jute thy seed : so that thou broughtest wrath death were his works marvellous. upon thy children, and wast grieved for thy 15 For all this the people repented not, folly.

neither departed they from their sins, till 21 So the kingdom was divided, and out they were spoiled and carried out of their of Ephraim ruled a rebellious kingdom. land, and were scattered through all the earth:

22 But the Lord will never leave off his yet there remained a small people, and a ruler mercy, neither shall any of his works perish, in the house of David : neither will he abolish the posterity of his 16 Of whom some did that which was elect, and the seed of him that loveth him he pleasing to God, and some multiplied sins. will not take away : wherefore he gave a 17 ( Ezekias fortified his city, and brought remnant unto Jacob, and out of him a root in water into the midst thereof : he digged unto David.

the hard rock with iron, and made wells for 29 Thus rested Solomon with his fathers, l waters. and of his seed be left behind him Roboam, 18 In his time Sennacherib came up, and even the foolishness of the people, and one sent Rabsaces, and lifted up his hand against that had no understanding, who turned away Sion, and boasted proudly. the people through his counsel. There was 19 Then trembled their hearts and hands, also Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who caused and they were in pain, as women in travail. Israel to sin, and shewed Ephraim the way 20 But they called upon the Lord which of sin :

is merciful, and stretched out their hands to24 And their sins were multiplied exceed-ward him: and immediately the Holy One ingly, that they were driven out of the land. beard them out of heaven, and delivered them

25 For they sought out all wickedness, till by the ministry of Esay. the vengeance came upon them.

21 He smote the host of the Assyrians, CHAP. XLVIII.

and his angel destroyed them., 1 The praise of Elias, 12 of Eliseus, 17 and of 22 For Ezekias had done the thing that Ezekias.

pleased the Lord, and was strong in the ways THEN stood up Elias the prophet as fire, of David his father, as Esay the prophet, who

was great and faithful in his vision, had com2 He brought à sore famine upon them, manded him. and by his zeal he diminished their number. 23 In his time the sun went backward,

3 By the word of the Lord he shut up the and he lengthened the king's lifc. heaven, and also three times brought down 24 He saw by an excellent spirit what fire.

should come to pass at the last, and he com4 O Elias, how wast thou honoured in thy || forted them that mourned in Sion. wonderous deeds! and who may glory like 25 He shewed what should come to pass unto thee!

for ever, and secret things or ever they came. 5 Who didst raise up a dead man from

CHAP. XLIX. death, and his soul from the place of the dead, 1 The praise of Fosias, 4 of David, and Ezekias, by the word of the Most High:

6 of Jeremy, 8 of Ezekiel, 11 Zorobabel, &c. 6 Who broughtest kings to destruction, THE remembrance of Josias is like the and honourable men from their bed :

composition of the perfume that is 7 Who heardest the rebuke of the Lord in made by the art of the apothecary : it is Sinai, and in Horeb the judgment of ven- sweet as honey in all mouths, and as musick geance :

at a banquet of wine. 8 Who anointedst kings to take revenge, 2 He behaved himself uprightly in the and prophets to succeed after him :

conversion of the people, and cook away the 9 Who wast taken up in a whirlwind of abominations of iniquity. fire, and in a chariot of fiery horses :

3 He directed his heart unto the Lord, and 10 Who wast ordained for reproofs in in the time of the ungodly he established the their times, to pacify the wrath of the Lord's worship of God. judgment, before it break forth into fury, 4 | All, except David, and Ezekias, and and to turn the heart of the father unto the Josias, were defective : for they forsook the son, and to restore the tribes of Jacob. law of the Most High, even the kings of Juda

11 Blessed are they that saw thee, and slept failed. in love ; for we shall surely live.

5 Therefore he gave their power unto 12 9 Elias it was, who was covered with others, and their glory to a strange nation. a whirlwind : and Eliseus was filled with 6 They burnt the chosen city of the his spirit: whilst he lived, he was not moved sanctuary, and made the streets desolate, acwith the presence of any prince, neither could cording to the prophecy of Jeremias. any bring him into subjection.

7 For they entreated him evil, who never

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Apocrypba. theless was a prophet, sanctified in his moth- 10 And as a fair olive tree budding forth er's womb, that he might root out, and af- fruit, and as a cypress tree which groweth up Aict, and destroy; and that he might build to the clouds. up also, and plant.

11 When he put on the robe of honour, 8 T It was Ezekiel who saw the glorious and was clothed with the perfection of glory, vision, which was shewed him upon the char- when he went up to the holy altar, he made iot of the cherubims.

the garment of holiness honourable. 9 For he made mention of the enemies 12 When he took the portions out of the under the figure of the rain, and directed them priests hands, he himself stood by the hearth that went right.

of the altar, compassed with his brethren 10 And of the twelve prophets let the round about, as a young cedar in Libanos; memorial be blessed, and let their bones and as palm trees compassed they him round flourish again out of their place : for they about. comforted Jacob, and delivered them by as- 13 So were all the sons of Aaron in their sured hope.

glory, and the oblations of the Lord in their 11 How shall we magnify Zorobabel ? hands, before all the congregation of Israel. even he was as a signet on the right hand : 14 And finishing the service at the altar,

12 So was Jesus the son of Josedec : who that he might adorn the offering of the most in their time builded the house, and set up high Almighty, an holy temple to the Lord, which was 15 He stretched out his hand to the cup, prepared for everlasting glory.

and poured of the blood of the grape, he 13 And among the elect was Neemias, poured out at the foot of the altar a sweet whose renown is great, who raised up for us | smelling savour unto the most high King of the walls that were fallen, and set up the gates all. and the bars, and raised up our ruins again. 16 Then shouted the sons of Aaron, and

14 But upon the earth was no man created || sounded the silver trumpets, and made a like Enoch ; for he was taken from the earth. great noise to be heard, for a remembrance

15 Neither was there a man born like unto | before the Most High. Joseph, a governor of his brethren, a stay of 17 Then all the people together hasted, the people, whose bones were regarded of and fell down to the earth upon their faces the Lord.

to worship their Lord God Almiglity, the 16 Sem and Seth were in great honour Most High. among men, and so was Adam above every 18 The singers also sang praises with living thing in the creation.

their voices, with great variety of sounds CHAP. L.

was there made sweet melody. 1 Of Simon tbe son of Onias. 22 How the peo- 19 And the people besought the Lord, the

ple were tanght to praise God, and pray. 27 Most High, by prayer before him that is The conclusion.

merciful, till the solemnity of the Lord was SIMO

IMON the high priest, the son of Onias, I ended, and they had finished his service.

who in his life repaired the house again, 20 Then he went down, and lifted up his and in his days fortified the temple :

hands over the whole congregation of the 2 And by him was built from the founda-children of Israel, to give the blessing of the tion the double height, the high fortress of Lord with his lips, and to rejoice in his name. the wall about the temple:

21 And they bowed themselves down to 3 In his days the cistern to receive water, worship the second time, that they might being in compass as the sea, was covered receive a blessing from the Most High. with plates of brass :

22 { Now therefore bless ye the God of 4 He took care of the temple that it should all, which only doeth wonderous things evenot fall, and fortified the city against be- ry where, which exalteth our days from the sieging :

womb, and dealeth with us according to his 5 How was he honoured in the midst of mercy. the people in his coming out of the sanctuary! 23 He grant us joyfulness of heart, and

6. He was as the morning star in the midst that peace may be in our days in Israel for of a cloud, and as the moon at the full :

7 As the sun shining upon the temple of 24 That he would confirm his mercy with the Most High, and as the rainbow giving us, and deliver us at his time! light in the bright clouds :

25 There be two manner of nations which 8 And as the flower of roses in the spring my heart abhorreth, and the third is no of the year, as lilies by the rivers of waters, | nation: and as the branches of the frankincense tree 26 They that sit upon the mountain of in the time of summer :

Samaria, and they that dwell among the 9 As fire and incense in the censer, and as Philistines, and that foolish people that dwell a vessel of beaten gold set with all manner in Sichem. of precious stones :

27 9 Jesus the son of Sirach of Jerusalem


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Apocrypla. hath written in this book the instruction of 12 For thou savedst me from destruction, understanding and knowledge, who out of and deliveredst me from the evil time: his heart poured forth wisdom.

therefore will I give thanks, and praise thee, 28 Blessed is he that shall be exercised in and bless thy name, O Lord. these things; and he that layeth them up in 13 When I was yet young, or ever I went his heart shall become wise.

abroad, I desired wisdom openly in my 29 For if he do them, he shall be strong prayer. to all things : for the light of the Lord lead- 14 I prayed for her before the temple, eth him, who giveth wisdom to the godly. and will seek her out even to the end. Blessed be the Lord for ever. Amen, Amen.

15 Even from the flower till the grape CHAP. LI.

was ripe hath my heart delighted in her : A prayer of Jesus the son of Siracb. my foot went the right way, from my youth

praise thee, O God my Saviour: I do 16 I bowed down mine ear a little, and give praise unto thy name :

received her, and gat much learning. 2 For thou art my defender and helper, 17 I profited therein, therefore will I asand hast preserved my body from destruc- || cribe the glory unto him that giveth me tion, and from the snare of the slanderous | wisdom. tongue, and from the lips that forge lies, and 18 For I purposed to do after her, and hast been mine helper against mine adver- | earnestly I followed that which is good; so saries :

shall I not be confounded. 3 And hast delivered me, according to the 19 My soul hath wrestled with her, and multitude of thy mercies and greatness of thy | in my doings I was exact : I stretched forth name, from the teeth of them that were rea- my hands to the heaven above, and bewailed dy to devour me, and out of the hands of my ignorances of her. such as sought after my life, and from the 20 I directed my soul unto her, and I manifold afflictions which I had ;

found her in pureness : I have had my heart 4 From the choking of fire on every side, | joined with her from the beginning, there. and from the midst of the fire which I kindled || fore shall I not be forsaken. not ;

21 My heart was troubled in seeking 5 From the depth of the belly of hell, | her : therefore have I gotten a good possesfrom an unclean tongue, and from lying sion. words.

22 The Lord hath given me a tongue for 6 By an accusation to the king from an my reward, and I will praise him therewith. unrighteous tongue my soul drew near even 23 Draw near unto me, ye unlearned, and unto death, my life was near to the hell be- dwell in the house of learning. neath.

24 Wherefore are ye slow, and what say 7 They compassed me on every side, and ye of these things, seeing your souls are very there was no man to help me: I looked for thirsty ? the succour of men, but there was none. 25 I opened my mouth, and said, Buy her

8 Then thought I upon thy mercy, o for yourselves without money. Lord, and upon thy acts of old, how thou 26 Put your neck under the yoke, and let deliverest such as wait for thee, and savest your soul receive instruction : she is hard at them out of the hands of the enemies. hand to find.

9 Then lifted I up my supplication from the 27 Behold with your eyes, how that I earth, and prayed for deliverance from death. have had but little labour, and have gotten

10 I called upon the Lord, the Father of unto me much rest. my Lord, that he would not leave me in the 28 Get learning with a great sum of mondays of my trouble, and in the time of the ey, and get much gold by her. proud, when there was no help.

29 Let your soul rejoice in his mercy, 11 I will praise thy name continually, and and be not ashamed of his praise. will sing praise with thanksgiving; and so 30 Work your work betimes, and in his my prayer was heard :

time he will give you your reward.


of Asadias, the son of Chelcias, wrote in 1 Baruch wrote a book in Babylon : 7 the Jews | Babylon. send money and the book to tbe bretbren at 2 In the fifth year, and in the seventh day Jerusalem

of the month, what time as the Chaldeans A Niche Bauenthe words of the booked took terus Blen, handi brent itbrico son of Maasias, the son of Sedecias, the son book in the hearing of Jechonias the son of

Apocrypha. .

Apocrypba. Joachim king of Juda, and in the ears of 19 Since the day that the Lord brought all the people that came to hear the book, our forefathers out of the land of Egypt,

4 And in the hearing of the nobles, and unto this present day, we have been disobeof the king's sons, and in the hearing of the dient unto the Lord our God, and we have elders, and of all the people, from the lowest been negligent in not hearing his voice. unto the highest, even of all them that 20 Wherefore the evils cleaved unto us, dwelt at Babylon by the river Sud.

and the curse, which the Lord appointed by 5 Whereupon they wept, fasted, and pray- Moses his servant at the time that he brought ed before the Lord.

our fathers out of the land of Egypt, to give 6 They made also a collection of money us a land that floweth with milk and honey, according to every man's power :

like as it is to see this day. 7 And they sent it to Jerusalem unto 21. Nevertheless we have not hearkened Joachim the high priest, the son of Chelcias, unto the voice of the Lord our God, accords son of Salom, and to the priests, and to all ing unto all the words of the prophets, whom the people which were found with him at he sent unto us : Jerusalem,

22 But every man followed the imagina8 At the same time when he received the tion of his own wicked heart, to serve strange vessels of the house of the Lord, that were gods, and to do evil in the sight of the Lord carried out of the temple, to return them

our God. into the land of Juda, the tenth day of tbe

CHAP. II. month Sivan, namely, silver vessels, which Se- The prayer and confession which tbe Yews et Batdecias the son of Josias king of Juda had glon made, and sent in that book unto the bretó made,

ren in Jerusalem. 9 After that Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon had carried away Jechonias, and the

"HEREFORE the Lord hath made good THER

his word, which he pronounced against princes, and the captives, and the mighty us, and against our judges that judged Israel, men, and the people of the land, from Jeru- and against our kings, and against our princes, salem, and brought them unto Babylon. and against the men of Israel and Juda,

10 And they said, Behold, we have sent 2 To bring upon us great plagues, such as you money to buy you burnt offerings, and never happened under the whole heaven, as sin offerings, and incense, and prepare ye it came to pass in Jerusalem, according to the manna, and offer upon the altar of the Lord | things that were written in the law of Moses; our God;

3 That a man should eat the flesh of his 11 And pray for the life of Nabuchodon- own son, and the flesh of his own daughter. osor king of Babylon, and for the life of Bal- 4 Moreover he hath delivered them to be thasar his son, that their days may be upon in subjection to all the kingdoms that are earth as the days of heaven :

round about us, to be as a reproach and des12 And the Lord will give us strength, olation among all the people round about, and lighten our eyes, and we shall live under where the Lord hath scattered them. the shadow of Nabuchodonosor king of 5 Thus we were cast down, and not exaltBabylon, and under the shadow of Balthasar | ed, because we have sinned against the Lord his son, and we shall serve them many days, our God, and have not been obedient unto his and find favour in their sight.

voice. 13 Pray for us also unto the Lord our 6 To the Lord our God appertaineth rightGod, for we have sinned against the Lord eousness : but unto us and to our fathers open our God; and unto this day the fury of the shame, as appeareth this day. Lord and his wrath is not turned from us. 7 For all these plagues are come upon us,

14 And ye shall read this book which we which the Lord hath pronounced against us. have sent unto you, to make confession in 8 Yet have we not prayed before the Lord, the bouse of the Lord, upon the feasts and that we might turn every one from the imagsolemn days.

inations of his wicked beart. 15 And ye shall say, To the Lord our 9 Wherefore the Lord watched over us for God belongeth righteousness, but unto us the evil, and the Lord hath brought it upon us : confusion of faces, as it is come to pass this for the Lord is righteous in all his works day, unto them of Juda, and to the inhabit- | which he hath commanded us. ants of Jerusalem,

10 Yet we have not hearkened unto his 16 And to our kings, and to our princes, voice, to walk in the commandments of the and to our priests, and to our prophets, and Lord, that he hath set before us. to our fathers :

11 And now, O Lord God of Israel, that 17 For we have sinned before the Lord, hast brought thy people out of the land of 18 And disobeyed him, and have not Egypt with a mighty hand, and high arm, and hearkened unto the voice of the Lord our with signs, and with wonders, and with great God, to walk in the commandments that he power, and hast gotten thyself a name, as of gave us openly :

peareth this day :


Apocrypha. 12 O Lord our God, we have sinned, we 29 If ye will not hear my voice, surely have done ungodly, we have dealt unright- this very great multitude shall be turned eously in all thine ordinances.

into a small number among the nations, where 13 Let thy wrath turn from us : for we I will scatter them. are but a few left among the heathen, where 30 For I knew that they would not hear thou hast scattered us.

me, because it is a stiffnecked people: buc 14 Hear our prayers, O Lord, and our in the land of their captivities they shall repetitions, and deliver us for thine own sake, member themselves, and give us favour in the sight of them which 31 And shall know that I am the Lord have led us away :

their God : for I will give them an heart, and 15 That all the earth may know that thou ears to hear : art the Lord our God, because Israel and his 32 And they shall praise me in the land posterity is called by thy name.

of their captivity, and think upon my name, 16 O Lord, look down from thy holy 33 And return from their stiff neck, and house, and consider us: bow down thine ear, from their wicked deeds : for they shall reO Lord, to hear us.

member the way of their fathers, which sin17 Open thine eyes and behold; for the ned before the Lord. dead that are in the graves, whose souls are 34 And I will bring them again into the taken from their bodies, will give unto the land which I promised with an oath unto Lord neither praise nor righteousness : their fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and

18 But the soul that is greatly vexed, they shall be lords of it: and I will increase which goeth stooping and feeble, and the || them, and they shall not be diminished. eyes that fail, and the hungry soul, will give 35 And I will make an everlasting covethee praise and righteousness, O Lord. nant with them to be their God, and they

19 Therefore we do not make our humble | shall be my people: and I will no more supplication before thee, O Lord our God, drive my people of Israel out of the land for the righteousness of our fathers, and of that I have given them. our kings.

CHAP. III. 20 For thou hast sent out thy wrath and The rest of their prayer and confession contained indignation upon us, as thou hast spoken by in that book which Barucb wrote and sent to thy servants the prophets, saying,

Jerusalem. shoulders to serve the king of Babylon : so soul in anguish, the troubled spirit, shall ye remain in the land that I gave unto crieth unto thee. your fathers.

2 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy; for 22 But if ye will not hear the voice of thou art merciful: and have pity upon us, the Lord, to serve the king of Babylon, because we have sinned before thee.

23 I will cause to cease out of the cities 3 For thou endurest for ever, and we of Juda, and from without Jerusalem, the perish utterly. voice of mirth, and the voice of joy, the voice 4 O Lord Almighty, thou God of Israel, of the bridegroom, and the voice of the hear now the prayers of the dead Israelites, bride: and the whole land shall be desolate and of their children, which have sinned beof inhabitants.

fore thee, and not hearkened unto the voice 24 But we would not hearken unto thy | of thee their God: for the which cause these voice, to serve the king of Babylon : there- || plagues cleave unto us. fore hast thou made good the words that thou 5 Remember not the iniquities of our spakest by thy servants the prophets, namely, forefathers : but think upon thy power and that the bones of our kings, and the bones of thy name now at this time. our fathers, should be taken out of their places. 6 For thou art the Lord our God, and

25 And lo, they are cast out to the heat of thee, O Lord, will we praise. the day, and to the frost of the night, and 7 And for this cause thou hast put thy they died in great miseries by famine, by fear in our hearts, to the intent that we sword, and by pestilence.

should call upon thy name, and praise thee 26 And the house which is called by thy in our captivity : ' for we have called to name hast thou laid waste, as it is to be seen mind all the iniquity of our forefathers, that this day, for the wickedness of the house of sinned before thee. Israel and the house of Juda.

8 Behold, we are yet this day in our cap27 O Lord our God, thou hast dealt with tivity, where thou hast scattered us, for a us after all thy goodness, and according reproach and a curse, and to be subject to to all that great mercy of thine,

payments, according to all the iniquities of 28 As thou spakest by thy servant Moses our fathers, which departed from the Lord in the day when thou didst command him to our God. write thy law before the children of Israel, 9 Hear, Israel, the commandments of life :

give ear to understand wisdom,

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