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Apocrypha 50 And there I vowed a fast unto the God of Israel, even twelve bullocks for all Isyoung men before our Lord, to desire of rael, fourscore and sixteen rams, him a prosperous journey both for us and 66 Threescore and twelve lambs, goats for them that were with us, for our children, and a peace offering, twelve; all of them a sacri. for the cattle :

fice to the Lord. 51 For I was ashamed to ask the king foot- 67 And they delivered the king's commen, and horsemen, and conduct for safe- mandments unto the king's stewards, and to guard against our adversaries.

the governors of Celosyria and Phenice; and 52 For we had said unto the king, That they honoured the people, and the temple of the power of the Lord our God should be | God. with them that seek him, to support them in 68 ( Now when these things were done, all ways.

the rulers came unto me, and said, 53 And again we besought our Lord as 69 The nation of Israel, the princes, the touching these things, and found him favour- priests and Levites, have not put away from able unto us.

them the strange people of the land, nor the 54 Then I separated twelve of the chief of pollutions of the Gentiles, to wit, of the Canathe priests, Esebrias, and Assanias, and ten | anites, Hittites, Pheresites, Jebusites, and the men of their brethren with them :

Moabites, Egyptians, and Edomites. 55 And I weighed them the gold, and the 70 For both they and their sons have marsilver, and the holy vessels of the house of ried with their daughters, and the holy seed our Lord, which the king, and his council, | is mixed with the strange people of the land; and the princes, and all Israel, had given. and from the beginning of this matter the

56 And when I had weighed it, I deliver- rulers and the great men have been partakers ed unto them six hundred and sixty talents of this iniquity. of silver, and silver vessels of an hundred tal- 71 And as soon as I had heard these things, ents, and an hundred talents of gold, I rent my clothes, and the holy garment, and

57 And twenty golden vessels, and twelve pulled off the hair from off my head and vessels of brass, even of fine brass, glittering beard, and sat me down sad and very heavy. like gold.

72 So all they that were then moved at 58 And I said unto them, Both ye are holy the word of the Lord God of Israel, assemunto the Lord, and the vessels are holy, and bled unto me, whilst I mourned for the inithe gold and the silver is a vow unto the quity : but I sat still full of heaviness until Lord, the Lord of our fathers.

the evening sacrifice. 59 Watch ye, and keep them till ye de- 73 Then rising up from the fast, with my liver them to the chief of the priests and Le-clothes and the holy garment rent, and bowvites, and to the principal men of the families ing my knees, and stretching forth my hands of Israel, in Jerusalem, into the chambers of unto the Lord, the house of our God.

74 I said, O Lord, I am confounded and 60 So the priests and the Levites, who had ashamed before thy face; received the silver, and the gold, and the ves- 75 For our sins are multiplied above our sels, brought them unto Jerusalem into the heads, and our ignorances have reached up temple of the Lord.

unto heaven. 61 And from the river Theras we depart- 76 For ever since the time of our fathers, ed the twelfth day of the first month, and we have been and are in great sin, even unto came to Jerusalem by the mighty hand of our Lord, which was with us; and from the 77 And for our sins and our fathers', we, beginning of our journey the Lord delivered with our brethren, and our kings, and our us from every enemy, and so we came to Je- priests, were given up unto the kings of the rusalem.

earth, io the sword, and to captivity, and 62 And when we had been there three for a prey with shame, unto this day. days, the gold and silver that was weighed 78 And now in some measure hath mercy was delivered in the house of our Lord, on been shewed unto us from thee, O Lord, that the fourth day unto Marmoth the priest the there should be left us a root and a name in son of Iri,

the place of thy sanctuary ; 63 And with him was Eleazar the son of 79 And to discover unto us a light in the Phinees, and with them were Jogabad the son house of the Lord our God, and to give us of Jesu, and Moeth the son of Sabban, Le- || food in the time of our servitude. vites : all was delivered them by number and 80 Yea, when we were in bondage, we weight.

were not forsaken of our Lord; but he made 64 And all the weight of them was writ- us gracious before the kings of Persia, so that ten up the same hour.

they gave us food; 65 Moreover, they that were come out of 81 Yea, and honoured the temple of our the captivity offered 'sacrifice unto the Lord || Lord, and raised up the desolate Zion, that

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Apocrypha. they have given us a sure abiding in Jewry 2 And remained there, and did eat no and Jerusalem.

meat, nor drink water, mourning for the great 82 And now, O Lord, what shall we say, || iniquities of the multitude. having these things ? For we have transgress- 3 And there was a proclamation in all ed thy commandments which thou gavest by || Jewry and Jerusalem to all them that were the hand of thy servants the prophets, saying, of the captivity, that they should be gathered

83 That the land which ye enter into to together at Jerusalem : possess as an heritage, is a land polluted 4 And that whosoever met not there with. with the pollutions of the strangers of the in two or three days, according as the elders laud, and they have filled it with their un- that bare rule appointed, their cattle should cleanness.

be seized to the use of the temple, and himself 84 Therefore now shall ye rot join your cast out from them that were of the captivity. daughters unto their sons, neither shall ye 5 And in three days were all they of the take their daughters unto your sons.

tribe of Juda and Benjamin gathered to85 Moreover, ye shall never seek to have gether at Jerusalem, the twentieth day of the peace with them, that ye may be strong, and ninth month. eat the good things of the land, and that ye 6 And all the multitude sat trembling in may leave the inheritance of the land unto the broad court of the temple because of the your children for evermore.

present foul weather. 86 And all that is befallen, is done unto 7 So Esdras arose up, and said unto them, us for our wicked works, and great sins: for | Ye have transgressed the law in marrying thou, O Lord, didst make our sins light, strange wiyes, thereby to increase the sins of

87 And didst give unto us such a root : but | Israel. we have turned back again to transgress thy 8 And now by confession give glory unto law, and to mingle ourselves with the un- the Lord God of our fathers, cleanness of the nations of the land.

9 And do his will, and separate yourselves 88 Mightest not thou be angry with us to from the heathen of the land, and from the destroy us, till thou hadst left us neither root, || strange women. seed, nor name?

10 & Then cried the whole multitude, and 89 O Lord of Israel, thou art true : for said with a loud voice, Like as thou hast we are left a root this day.

spoken, so will we do. 90 Behold, now are we before thee in our 11 But forasmuch as the people are many, iniquities, for we cannot stand any longer and it is foul weather, so that we cannot by reason of these things before thee. stand without, and this is not a work of a

91 And as Esdras in his prayer made his day or two, seeing our sin in these things is confession, weeping, and lying flat upon | spread far : the ground before the temple, there gathered 12 Therefore let the rulers of the multiunto him from Jerusalem a very great mul- || tude stay, and let all them of our habitatitude of men, and women, and children : fortions that have strange wives come at the there was great weeping among the multitude. time appointed,

92 Then Jechonias the son of Jeelus, one 13 And with them the rulers and judges of the sons of Israel, called out, and said, o of every place, till we turn away the wrath Esdras, we have sinned against the Lord God, of the Lord from us for this matter. we have married strange women of the na- 14 Then Jonathan the son of Azael, and tions of the land, and now is all Israel aloft. Ezechias the son of Theocanus, accordingly

93 Let us make an oath to the Lord, that took this matter upon them : and Mosollam, we will put away all our wives, which we and Levis, and Sabbatheus helped them. have taken of the heathen, with their children, 15 And they that were of the captivity

94 Like as thou hast decreed, and as many did according to all these things. as do obey the law of the Lord.

16 And Esdras the priest chose unto him 95 Arise, and put in execution : for to the principal men of their families, all by thee doth this matter appertain, and we will name: and in the first day of the tenth month be with thee : do valiantly.

they sat together to examine the matter. 96 So Esdras arose, and took an oath of the 17 So their cause that held strange wives chief of the priests and Levites of all Israel was brought to an end in the first day of the to do after these things; and so they sware. first month. CHAP. IX.

18 And of the priests that were come to1 Esdras assembleth all tbe people : 10 they prom- | gether, and had strange wives, there were

ise to put away their strange wives. 40 Tbe || found ; law of Moses is read and declared.

19 Of the sons of Jesus the son of Josedec, THEN Esdras, rising from the court of the and his brethren ; Matthelas, and Eleazar,

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20 And they gave their hands to put away


Apocrypha. their wives, and to offer rams to make recon- 39 And they spake unto Esdras the priest cilement for their errors.

and reader, that he would bring the law of Mo. 21. And of the sons of Emmer ; Ananias, ses, that was given of the Lord God of Israel. and Zabdeus, and Eanes, and Sameius, and 40 g So Esdras the chief priest brought Hiereel, and Azarias.

the law unto the whole multitude from man 22 And of the sons of Phaisur ; Elionas, to woman, and to all the priests, to hear the Massias, Ismael, and Nathanael, and Ocidelus, || law in the first day of the seventh month. and Talsas.

41 And he read in the broad court before 23 And of the Levites; Jozabad, and Se- the holy porch from morning unto midday, mis, and Colius, who was called Calitas, and before both men and women ; and all the Patheus, and Judas, and Jonas.

multitude gave heed unto the law. 24 Of the holy singers ; Eleazurus, Bac- 42 And Esdras the priest and reader of the churus.

law stood up upon a pulpit of wood, which 25 Of the porters; Sallumus, and Tolbanes. was made for that purpose.

26 Of them of Israel, of the sons of Pho- 43 And there stood up by him Mattathisos; Hiermas, and Eddias, and Melchias, and as, Sammus, Ananias, Azarias, Urias, Ezecias, Maelus, and Eleazar, and Asibias, and Baanias. Balasamus, upon the right hand :

27 Of the sons of Ela ; Matthanias, Zacha- 44 And upon his left hand stood Phaldaius, rias, and Hierielus, and Hieremoth, and sedias. | Misael, Melchias, Lothasubus, and Nabarias.

28 And of the sons of Zamoth ; Eliadas, 45 Then took Esdras the book of the law Elisimus, Othonias, Jarimoth, and Sabatus, before the multitude : for he sat honourably and Sardeus.

in the first place in the sight of them all. 29 Of the sons of Bebai ; Johannes, and 46 And when he opened the law, they stood Ananias, and Josabad, and Amatheis. all straight up. So Esdras blessed the Lord

30 Of the sons of Mani; Olamus, Mamu-God most high, the God of hosts, Almighty. chus, Jedeus, Jasubus, Jasael, and Hieremoth. 47 And all the people answered, Amen;

31 And of the sons of Addi; Naathus, and lifting up their hands they fell to the and Moosias, Lacunus, and Naidus, and Math- ground, and worshipped the Lord. anias, and Sesthel, Balnuus, and Manasseas. 48 Also Jesus, Anus, Sarabias, Adinus, Ja

32 And of the sons of Annas ; Elionas, cubus, Sabatteas, Auteas, Maianeas, and Caliand Aseas, and Melchius, and Sabbeus, and tas, Azarias, and Joazabdus, and Ananias, Simon Chosameus.

Biatas, the Levites, taught the law of the S3 And of the sons of Asom ; Altaneus, Lord, making them withal to understand it. and Matthias, and Bannaia, Eliphalat, and 49 ? Then spake Attharates unto Esdras Manasses, and Semci.

the chief priest and reader, and to the Levites 34 And of the sons of Maani ; Jeremias, that taught the multitude, even to all, saying, Momdis, Omaerus, Juel, Mabdai, and Pelias, 50 This day is holy unto the Lord : (for and Anos, Carabasion, and Enasibus, and they all wept when they heard the law :) Mamnitanaimus, Eliasis, Bannus, Eliali, Sa- 51 Go then, and eat the fat, and drink the mis, Selemias, Nathanias : and of the sons of sweet, and send part to them that have cothOzora ; Sesis, Esril, Azaelus, Samatus, Zam- | ing; bis, Josephus.

52 For this day is holy unto the Lord : and 35 And of the sons of Ethma : Mazitias, be not sorrowful; for the Lord will bring Zabadaias, Edes, Juel, Banaias.

36 All these had taken strange wives, and 53 So the Levites published all things to they put them away with their children. the people, saying, This day is holy to the

37 And the priests and Levites, and they | Lord: be pot sorrowful. that were of Israel dwelt in Jerusalem, and 54 Then went they their way, every one in the country, in the first day of the seventh to eat and drink, and make merry, and to give month : so the children of Israel were in part to them that had nothing, and to make their habitations.

38 And the whole multitude came to- 55 Because they understood the words gether with one accord into the broad place wherein they were instructed, and for the of the holy porch toward the east :

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son of Helchias, the son of Sadamias, the son 1 Esdras is commanded to reprove the people. 24 of Sadoc, the son of Achitob, God threateneth to cast them off.

2 The son of Achias, the son of Phinees, "HE second book of the prophet Esdras, the son of Heli, the son of Amarias, the son

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Apocrypha. Arna, the son of Ozias, the son of Borith, the I cast out the Canaanites, the Pherezites, and son of Abisei, the son of Phinees, the son of the Philistines, before you : what shall I yet Eleazar,

do more for you? saith the Lord. 3 The son of Aaron, of the tribe of Levi; 22 Thus saith the Almighty Lord, When which was captive in the land of the Medes, ye were in the wilderness, in the river of the in the reign of Artaxerxes king of the Persians. | Amorites, being athirst, and blaspheming my

4 And the word of the Lord came unto name, me, saying,

23 I gave you not fire for your blasphe5 Go thy way, and shew my people their mies, but cast a tree in the water, and made sinful deeds, and their children their wicked- the river sweet. ness which they have done against me; that 24 q What shall I do unto thee, O Jacob? they may tell their children's children: Thou Juda wouldest not obey me: I will turn

6 Because the sins of their fathers are in- me to other nations, and unto those will I give creased in them: for they have forgotten my name, that they may keep my statutes. me, and have offered unto strange gods. 25 Seeing ye have forsaken me, I will for.

7 Am not I even he that brought them | sake you also; when ye desire me to be graout of the land of Egypt, from the house of cious unto you, I shall have no mercy upon bondage ? But they have provoked me unto you. wrath, and despised my counsels.

26 Whensoever ye shall call upon me, I 8 Pull thou off then the hair of thy head, will not hear you: for ye have defiled your and cast all evil upon them, for they have not hands with blood, and your feet are swift to been obedient unto my law, but it is a rebel- | commit manslaughter. lious people.

27 Ye have not as it were forsaken me, 9 How long shall I forbear them unto | but your own selves, saith the Lord. whom I have done so much good ?

28 Thus saith the Almighty Lord, Have I 10 Many kings have 1 destroyed for their not prayed you as a father his sons, as a mother sakes; Pharaoh with his servants, and all his | her daughters, and a nurse her young babes, power have I smitten down.

29 That ye would be my people, and I 11 All the nations have I destroyed before should be your God; that ye would be my them, and in the east I have scattered the children, and I should be your father? people of two provinces, even of Tyrus and 30 I gathered you together, as a hen gathSidon, and have slain all their enemies. ereth her chickens under her wings: but

12 Speak thou therefore unto them, say- now, what shall I do unto you? I will cast ing, thus saith the Lord,

you out from my face. 13 I led you through the sea, and in the 31 When ye offer unto me, I will turn my beginning gave you a large and safe passage: face from you : for your solemn feast days, I gave you Moses for a leader, and Aaron your new moons, and your circumcisions, for a priest.

have I forsaken. 14 I gave you light in a pillar of fire, and 32 I sent unto you my servants the progreat wonders have I done among you; yet phets, whom ye have taken and slain, and have ye forgotten me, saith the Lord. torn their bodies in pieces, whose blood I will

15 Thus saith the Almighty Lord, The require of your hands, saith the Lord. quails were as a token to you ; I gave you 33 Thus saith the Almighty Lord, Your tents for your safeguard: nevertheless, ye house is desolate, I will cast you out as the murmured there,

wind doth stubble. 16 And triumphed not in my name for 34 And your children shall not be fruitful; the destruction of your enemies, but ever to for they have despised my commandment, this day do ye yet murmur.

and done the thing that is evil before me. 17 Where are the benefits that I have done 35 Your houses will I give to a people that for you? When ye were hungry and thirsty shall come ; which not having he: rd of me in the wilderness, did ye not cry unto me,

yet shall believe me : to whom I have shew18 Saying, Why hast thou brought us into ed no signs, yet they shall do that I have this wilderness to kill us? It had been better || commanded them. for us to have served the Egyptians, than to 36 They have seen no prophets, yet they die in this wilderness.

shall call their sins to remembrance, and ac19 'Then had I picy upon your mournings, knowledge them. and gave you manna to eat; so ye did eat 37 I take to witness the grace of the peoangels' bread.

ple to come, whose little ones rejoice in glad20 When ye were thirsty, did I not cleave ness: and though they have not seen me the rock, and waters flowed out to your fill? | with bodily eyes, yet in spirit they believe For the heat I covered you with the leaves of the thing that I say. the trees.

38 And now, brother, behold what glory; 21 I divided among you a fruitful land; | and see the people that come from the east :



Apocrypha. 39 Unto whom I will give for leaders, A. || again from their places, and bring them out braham, Isaac, and Jacob, Oseas, Amos, and of the graves : for I have known my name Micheas, Joel, Abdias, and Jonas,

in Israel. 40 Nahum, and Abacuc, Sophonias, Ag. 17 Fear not, thou mother of the children : geus, Zachary, and Malachy, which is called for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord. also an angel of the Lord.

18 For thy help will I send my servants, CHAP. II.

Esay and Jeremy, after whose counsel I have 1 God complaineth of bis people : 10 yet Esdras is sanctified and prepared for thee twelve trees zuilled to comfort them.

laden with divers fruits, 'HUS saith the Lord, I brought this peo- 19 And as many fountains flowing with

milk and honey, and seven mighty mounmy commandments by my servants the pro- tains, whereupon there grow roses and lilies, phets; whom they would not hear, but de- whereby I will fill thy children with joy. spised my counsels.

20 Do right to the widow, judge for the 2 The mother that bare them, saith unto fatherless, give to the poor, defend the orphan, them, Go your way, ye children; for I am clothe the naked, a widow and forsaken.

21 Heal the broken and the weak, laugh 3 I brought you up with gladness ; but not a lame man to scorn, defend the maimed, with sorrow and heaviness have I lost you: and let the blind man come into the sight of for ye have sinned before the Lord your God, my clearness. and done that thing that is evil before him. 22 Keep the old and young within thy

4 But what shall I now do unto you? I walls. am a widow and forsaken: go your way, O 23 Wheresoever thou findest the dead, my children, and ask mercy of the Lord. take them and bury them, and I will give thee

5 As for me, O father, I call upon thee for the first place in my resurrection. a witness over the mother of these children, 24 Abide still, O my people, and take thy which would not keep my covenant, rest, for thy quietness shall come.

6 That thou bring them to confusion, and 25 Nourish thy children, Othou good their mother to a spoil, that there may be no nurse; stablish their feet. offspring of them.

26 As for the servants whom I have given 7 Let them be scattered abroad among thee, there shall not one of them perish; for the heathen, let their names be put out of the I will require them from among thy number. earth : for they have despised my covenant. 27 Be not weary : for when the day of

8 Woe be unto thee, Assur, thou that hid- trouble and heaviness cometh, others shall est the unrighteous in thee! O thou wicked weep and be sorrowful, but thou shalt be people, remember what I did unto Sodom and merry, and have abundance. Gomorrah ;

28 The heathen shall envy thee, but they 9 Whose land lieth in clods of pitch and shall be able to do nothing against thee, heaps of ashes : even so also will I do unto saith the Lord. them that hear me not, saith the Almighty 29 My hands shall cover thee, so that thy Lord.

children shall not see hell. 10 & Thus saith the Lord unto Esdras, 30 Be joyful, O thou mother, with thy chilTell my people, that I will give them the dren; for I will deliver thee, saith the Lord. kingdom of Jerusalem, which I would have 31 Remember thy children that sleep, for given unto Israel.

I shall bring them out of the sides of the - 11 Their glory also will I take unto me, earth, and shew mercy unto them : for I am and give these the everlasting tabernacles, merciful, saith the Lord Almighty. which I had prepared for them.

32 Embrace thy children until I come, and 12 They shall have the tree of life for an shew mercy unto them : for my wells run ointment of sweet savour ; they shall nei- over, and my grace shall not fail. ther labour, nor be weary.

33 1 Esdras received a charge of the Lord 13 Go, and ye shall receive: pray for few upon the mount Oreb, that I should go unto days unto you, that they may be shortened : | Israel ; but when I came unto them, they set the kingdom is already prepared for you : me at nought, and despised the commandwatch.

ment of the Lord. 14 Take heaven and earth to witness; for 34 And therefore I say unto you, Oye have broken the evil in pieces, and created heathen, that hear and understand, Look for the good : for I live, saith the Lord.

your shepherd, he shall give you everlasting 15 Mother, embrace thy children, and rest ; for he is nigh at hand, that shall come bring them up with gladness; make their | in the end of the world. feet as fast as a pillar : for I have chosen 35 Be ready to the reward of the kingdom, thee, saith the Lord.

for the everlasting light shall shine upon you 16 And those that be dead will I raise up for evermore.

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