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Apocrypha. 16 And why? Because the speech of these || thee all these things, and to say unto thee, things trembleth and is moved : for it know. Be of good comfort, and fear not. eth that the end of these things must be 34 And hasten not with the times that are changed.
past, to think vain things, that thou mayest 17 And it happened that when I had not hasten from the latter times. heard it I stood up upon my feet, and heark- 35 And it came to pass after this, that I ened, and behold, there was a voice that
wept again, and fasted seven days in like spake, and the sound of it was like the sound manner, that I might fulfil the three weeks of many waters.
which he told me. 18 And it said, Behold, the days come, 36 And in the eighth night was my heart that I will begin to draw nigh, and to visit vered within me again, and I began to speak them that dwell upon the earth,
before the Most High. 19 And will begin to make inquisition of 37 For my spirit was greatly set on fire, them, what they be that have hurt unjustly || and my soul was in distress. with their unrighteousness, and when the 39 And I said, O Lord, thou spakest from affliction of Sion shall be fulfilled :
the beginning of the creation, even the first 20 And when the world, that shall begin day, and saidst thus ; Let heaven and earth to vanish away, shall be finished, then will be made ; and thy word was a perfect work. shew these tokens : the books shall be open- 39 And then was the spirit, and darked beiore the firmament, and they shall see ness and silence were on every side ; the all together :
sound of man's voice was not yet formed. 21 And the children of a year old shall 40 Then commandedst thou a fair light to speak with their voices, the women with child come forth of thy treasures, that thy work shall bring forth untimely children of three might appear. or four months old, and they shall live, and be 41 Upon the second day thou madest the
spirit of the firmament, and commandedst it 22 And suddenly shall the sown places ap- to part asunder, and to make a division bepear unsown, the full store houses shall sud- twixt the waters, that the one part might go denly be found empty :
up, and the other remain beneath. 23 And the trumpet shall give a sound, 42 Upon the third day thou didst comwhich when every man heareth, they shall mand that the waters should be gathered in be suddenly afraid.
the seventh part of the earth : six parts hast 24 At that time shall friends fight one thou dried up, and kept them, to the intent against another like enemies, and the earth that of these some being planted of God and shall stand in fear with those that dwell there- tilled, might serve thce. in, the springs of the fountains shall stand still, 43 For as soon as thy word went forth the and in three hours they shall not run.
work was made. 25 Whosoever remaineth from all these 44 For immediately there was great and that I have told thee shall escape, and see innumerable fruit, and many and divers pleasmy salvation, and the end of your world. ures for the taste, and flowers of unchangea
26 And the men that are received shall see ble colour, and odours of wonderful smell : it, who have not tasted death from their birth : and this was done the third day. and the heart of the inhabitants shall be 45 Upon the fourth day thou commandedst changed, and turned into another meaning. that the sun should shine, and the moon give
27 For evil shall be put out, and deceit her light, and the stars should be in order : shall be quenched.
46 And gavest them a charge to do ser28 As for faith, it shall flourish, corruption vice unto man, that was to be made. shall be overcome, and the truth which hath 47 Upon the fifth day thou saidst unto been so long without fruit, shall be declared the seventh part, where the waters were
29 And when he talked with me, behold, gathered, that it should bring forth living I looked by little and little upon him before creatures, fowls and fishes : and so it came whom I stood.
30 And these words said he unto me; I am 48 For the dumb water and without life come to shew thee the time of the night to brought forth living things at the command
ment of God, that all people night praise 31 If thou wilt pray yet more, and fast thy wonderous works. seven days again, I shall tell thee greater 49 Then didst thou ordain two living creathings by day than I have heard.
tures, the one thou calledst Enoch, and the 32 For thy voice is heard before the Most other Leviathan ; High: for the Mighty hath seen thy right- 50 And didst separate the one from the eous dealing, he hath seen also thy chastity, other : for the seventh part, namely where which thou hast had ever since thy youth. the water was gathered together, might not
39 And therefore hath he sent me to shew | hold them both
Apocrypbe. 51 Unto Enoch thou gavest one part 9 If this city now were given unto a man which was dried up the third day, that he for an inheritance, if he never shall pass the should dwell in the same part, wherein are danger set before it, how shall he receive a thousand hills :
this inheritance ? 52 But unto Leviathan thou gavest the 10 And I said, it is so, Lord. Then said seventh part, namely, the moist; and hast he unto me, Even so also is Israel's portion. kept him to be devoured of whom thou wilt, 11 Because for their sakes I made the and when.
world : and when Adam transgressed my 53 Upon the sixth day thou gavest com- statutes, then was decreed that now is done. mandment unto the earth, that before thee 12 Then were the entrances of this it should bring forth beasts, cattle, and creep world made narrow, full of sorrow and trave ing things:
ail : they are but few and evil, full of perils, 54 And after these, Adam also, whom and very painful. thou madest lord of all thy creatures : of 13 For the entrances of the elder world him come we all, and the people also whom were wide and sure, and brought immortal thou hast chosen.
fruit. 55 All this have I spoken before thee, O 14 If then they that live labour not to enLord, because thou madest the world for our ter these strait and vain things, they can never sakes.
receive those that are laid up for them. 56 As for the other people, which also 15 Now therefore why disquietest thou come of Adam, thou hast said that they are thyself, seeing thou art but a corruptible man? nothing, but be like unto spittle : and hast and why art thou moved, whereas thou art likened the abundance of them unto a drop but mortal ? that falleth from a vessel.
16 Why hast thou not considered in thy 57 And now, O Lord, behold, these hea- | mind this thing that is to come, rather than then, which have ever been reputed as noth- that which is present ? ing, have begun to be lords over us, and to 17 Then answered I, and said, O Lord devour us.
that bearest rule, thou hast ordained in thy 58 But we thy people, whom thou hast | law, that the righteous should inherit these called thy first-born, thy only-begotten, and things, but that the ungodly should perish. thy fervent lover, are given into their hands. 18 Nevertheless, the righteous shall suffer
59 If the world now be made for our strait things, and hope for wide: for they sakes, why do we not possess an inheritance that have done wickedly have suffered the with the world ? How long shall this endure? strait things, and yet shall not see the wide. CHAP. VII.
19 And he said unto me, There is no 4 The way is narrow : 12 when it was made judge above God, and none that hath under
28 All sball die, and rise again. standing above the Highest. 33 Cbrist shall sit in judgment.
20 For there be many that perish in this A
ND when I had made an end of speak- Life, because they despise the law of God
ing these words, there was sent unto that is set before them. me the angel which had been sent unto me 21 For God hath given strait commandthe nights afore:
ment to such as came, what they should do 2 And he said unto me, Up, Esdras, and to live, even as they came, and what they hear the words that I am come to tell thee. should observe to avoid punishment.
3 And I said, Speak on, my God. Then 22 Nevertheless, they were not obedient said he unto me, The sea is set in a wide unto him ; but spake against him, and imagplace, that it might be deep and great.
ined vain things; 4 But put the case the entrance were nar- 23 And deceived themselves by their wickrow, and like a river ;
ed deeds; and said of the Most High, Thac 5 Who then could go into the sea to look he is not; and knew not his ways : upon it, and to rule it? If he went not 24 But his law have they despised, and dethrough the narrow, how could he come into nied his covenant ; in his statutes have they the broad?
not been faithful, and have not performed his 6. There is also another thing ; A city is | works. builded, and set upon a broad field, and is 25 And therefore, Esdras, for the empty are full of all good things :
empty things, and for the fullarethe full things. 7 The entrance thereof is narrow, and 26' Behold, the time shall come, that these set in a dangerous place to fall, like as if there tokens which I have told thee shall come to were a fire on the right hand, and on the left | pass, and the bride shall appear, and she coma deep water :
ing forth shall be seen, that now is withdrawn 8 And one only path between them both, from the earth. even between the fire and the water, so small 27 And whosoever is delivered from the that there could but one man go there at once. | foresaid evils shall see my wonders.
Apocrypbe. 28 g For my son Jesus shall be revealed | For though it was thou that sinned, thou art with those that be with him, and they that not fallen alone, but we all that come of thee? remain shall rejoice within four hundred years. 49 For what profit is it unto us, if there be
29 After these years shall my son Christ promised us an immortal time, whereas we die, and all men that have life.
have done the works that bring death? 30 And the world shall be turned into the 50 And that there is promised us an everold silence seven days, like as in the former i lasting hope, whereas ourselves being most judgments : so that no man shall remain. wicked are made vain ?
31 And after seven days the world, that yet 51 And that there are laid up for us dwellawaketh not, shall be raised up, and that shall ings of health and safety, whereas we have die that is corrupt.
lived wickedly? 32 And the earth shall restore those that 52 And that the glory of the Most High are asleep in her, and so shall the dust those is kept to defend them which have led a that dwell in silence, and the secret places wary life, whereas we have walked in the shall deliver those souls that were committed most wicked ways of all ? unto them.
53 And that there should be shewed a 33 g And the Most High shall appear up- | paradise, whose fruit endureth forever, whereon the seat of judgment, and misery shall pass in is security and medicine, since we shall not away, and the long-suffering shall have an end. enter into it?
34 But judgment only shall remain, truth 54 (For we have walked in unpleasant sball stand, and faith shall wax strong : places.)
35 And the work shall follow, and the re- 55 And that the faces of them which have ward shall be shewed, and the good deeds used abstinence shall shine above the stars, shall be of force, and wicked deeds shall bear whereas our faces shall be blacker than darkno rule.
ness ? 36 Then said I, Abraham prayed first for 56 For while we lived and committed inthe Sodomites, and Moses for the fathers that iquity, we considered not that we should sinned in the wilderness :
begin to suffer for it after death. 37 And Jesus after him for Israel in the 57 Then answered he me, and said, This time of Achan :
is the condition of the battle, which man that 38 And Samuel and David for the destruc- | is born upon the earth shall fight ; tion: and Solomon for them that should 58 That, if he be overcome, he shall suffer come to the sanctuary :
as thou hast said: but if he get the victory, 39 And Helias for those that received rain; he shall receive the thing that I say. and for the dead, that he might live :
59 for this is the life whereof Moses spake 40 And Ezechias for the people in the time unto the people while he lived, saying, of Sennacherib : and many for many: Choose thee lite, that thou mayest live.
41 Even so now,seeing corruption is grown 60 Nevertheless they believed not him, up, and wickedness increased, and the right- | nor yet the prophets after him, no nor me eous have prayed for the ungodly: where- || which have spoken unto them, fore shall it not be so now also ?
61 That there should not be such heavi. 42 He answered me, and said, This present ness, in their destruction, as shall be joy over life is not the end where much glory doth them that are persuaded to salvation. abide ; therefore have they prayed for the 62 I answered then, and said, I know, Lord, weak.
that the Most High is called merciful, in that 43 But the day of doom shall be the end he hath mercy upon them which are not yet of this time, and the beginning of the immor- come into the world, tality for to come, wherein corruption is past, 63 And upon those also that turn to his
44 Intemperance is at an end, infidelity is law ; cut off, righteousness is grown, and truth is 64 And that he is patient, and long suffer. sprung up.
eth those that have sioned, as his creatures ; 45 Then shall no man be able to save him 65 And that he is bountiful, for he is reathat is destroyed, nor to oppress him that dy to give where it needeth ; hath gotten the victory.
66 And that he is of grea: mercy, for he 46 I answered then and said, This is my multiplieth more and more mercies to them first and last saying, that it had been better that are present, and that are past, and also not to have given the earth unto Adam : or to them which are to come. else, when it was given him, to have restrained 67 For if he shall not multiply his mercies, him from sinning.
the world would not continue with them that 47 For what profit is it for men now in inherit therein this present time to live in heaviness, and after 68 And he pardoneth ; for if he did not death to look for punishment ?
so o: his goodness, that they which have com48 O thou Adam, what hast thou done ? | mitted iniquities might be eased of them, the
Apocrypbe. ten thousandth part of men should not re- touching man in general, thou knowest best ; main living
but touching thy people, for whose sake I 69 And being judge, if he should not for
am sorry; give them that are cured with his word, and 16 And for thine inheritance, for whose put out the multitude of contentions, cause I mourn; and for Israel, for whom I
70 There should be very few left perad- am heavy; and for Jacob, for whose sake I venture in an innumerable multitude. am troubled ; CHAP. VIII.
17 Therefore will I begin to pray before 1 Many created, but few saved. 6 He asketh || thee for myself and for them : for I see the
wby God destroyetb bis own work, 26 and || falls of us that dwell in the land. prayeth God to look upon the people wbich only 18 But I have heard the swiftness of the
judge which is to come. A
ND he answered me, saying, The Most 19 Therefore hear my voice, and under
High hath made this world for many, stand my words, and I shall speak before thee. but the world to come for few.
This is the beginning of the words of Esdras, 2 I will tell thee a similitude, Esdras ; As || before he was taken up: and I said, when thou asketh the earth, it shall say un- 20 O Lord, thou that dwellest in everlastto thee, That it giveth much mould whereof ingness, which beholdest from above things earthen vessels are made, but little dust that in the heaven and in the air ; gold cometh of ; even so is the course of this 21 Whose throne is inestimable ; whose
glory may not be comprehended; before 3 There be many created, but few shall whom the hosts of angels stand with trembe saved.
bling, 4 So answered I, and said, Swallow then 22 Whose service is conversant in wind down, O my soul, understanding, and devour and fire; whose word is true, and sayings wisdom.
constant; whose commandment is strong, and 5 For thou hast agreed to give ear, and art ordinance fearful ; willing to prophesy: for thou hast no longer 23 Whose look drieth up the depths, and space than only to live.
indignation maketh the mountains to melt 6 O Lord, if thou suffer not thy servant, || away ; which the truth witnesseth : that we may pray before thee, and thou give 24 O hear the prayer of thy servant, and us seed unto our heart, and culture to our give ear to the petition of thy creature. understanding, that there may come fruit of 25 For while I live I will speak, and so it ; how shall each man live that is corrupt, || long as I have understanding I will answer. who beareth the place of a man ?
26 go look not upon the sins of thy peo7 For thou art alone, and we all one work- ple; but on them which serve thee in truth. manship of thine hands, like as thou hast said. 27 Regard not the wicked inventions of
8 For when the body is fashioned now in the heathen, but the desire of those that the mother's womb, and thou givest it mem- keep thy testimonies in afflictions. bers, thy creature is preserved in fire and wa- 28 Think not upon those that have walk.
and nine months doth thy workmanshiped feignedly before thee : but remember endure thy creature which is created in her. them, which according tothy will have known
9 But that which keepeth and is kept thy fear. shall both be preserved : and when the time 29 Let it not be thy will to destroy them со eth, the womb preserved delivereth up which have lived like beasts; but to look upthe things that grew in it.
on them that have clearly taught thy law. 10 For thou hast commanded out of the 30 Take thou no indignation at them which parts of the body, that is to say, out of the are deemed worse than beasts ; but love them breast, milk to be given, which is the fruit of that always put their trust in thy righteousthe breasts,
ness and glory. 11 That the thing which is fashioned may 31 For we and our fathers do languish of be nourished for a time, till thou disposest such diseases : but because of us sinners thou it to thy mercy.
shalt be called merciful. 12 Thou broughtest it up with thy right- 32 For if thou hast a desire to have mereousness, and nurturedst it in thy law, and re- cy upon us, thou shalt be called merciful, to formedst it with thy judgment.
us namely, that have no works of righteous. 13 And thou shalt mortity it as thy creature, and quicken it as thy work.
33 For the jusi, which have many good 1.4, If therefore thou shalt destroy him works laid up with thee, shall out of their which with so great labour was fashioned, it is own deeds receive reward. an easy thing to be ordained by thy command- 34 For what is man, that thou shouldest ment, that the thing which was inade might take displeasure at him? or what is a corbe preserved.
ruptible generation, that thou shouldest be 15 Now therefore, Lord, I will speak ; || so bitter toward it ?
Apocrypbe. 35 For in truth there is no man among 53 The root of evil is sealed up from you, them that be born, but he hath dealt wicked weakness and the moth is hid from you, and ly; and among the faithful there is none corruption is fled into hell to be forgotten : which hath not done amiss.
54 Sorrows are passed, and in the end is 36 For in this, O Lord, thy righteousness shewed the treasure of immortality. and thy goodness shall be declared, if thou be 55 And therefore ask thou no more ques mercitul unio them which have not the con- tions concerning the multitude of them that fidence of good works.
perish. 37 Then answered he me, and said, Some 56 For when they had taken liberiy, they things hast thou spoken aright, and accord despised the Most High, thought scorn of ing unto thy words it shall be.
his law, and forsook his ways. 38 For indeed I will not think on the dis- 57 Moreover they have trodden down position of them which have sinned before his righteous, death, before judgment, before destruction : 58 And said in their heart, that there is no
39 But I will rejoice over the disposition God; yea, and that knowing they must die. of the righteous, and I will remember also 59 For as the things aforesaid shall receive their pilgrimage, and the salvation, and the you, so chirst and pain are prepared for them : reward, that they shall have.
for it was not his will that men should come 40 Like as I have spoken now, so shall it to nought : come to pass.
60 But they which be created have defiled 41 For as the husbandman soweth much the name of him that made them, and were seed upon the ground, and planteth many unthankful unto him which prepared life for trees, and yet the thing that is sown good in his them. season cometh not up, neither doth all that is 61 And therefore is my judgment now at plantedtake root: even so is it of them that are hand. sown in the world; they shall not all be saved. 62 These things have I not shewed unto
24 I answered then, and said, If I have all men, but unto thee, and a few like thee. found grace, let me speak.
Then answered I, and said, 43 Like as the husbandman's seed perish- 63 Behold, O Lord, now hast thou sheweth, if it come not up, and receive not thy rain ed me the multitude of the wonders, which in due season: or if there come too much rain, I thou wilt begin to do in the last times : but and corrupt it :
at what time, thou hast not shewed me. 44 Even so perisheth man also, which is
CHAP. IX. formed with thy hands, and is called thine | 7 Who shall be saved, and who not. 19 All tbe own image, because thou art like unto him, world is now corrupted : 33 be complainetb for whose sake thou hast made all things, and that those perisb which keep God's law : 38 likened him unto the husbandman's seed. and seeth a woman lamenting in a field.
answered me people, and have mercy upon thine own inheritance : 'for thou art merciful unto thy when thou seest part of the signs past, which creature.
I have told thee before, 16 Then answered he me, and said, 'Things 2 Then shalt thou understand, that it is present are for the present, and things to the very same time, wherein the Highest will come for such as bc to come.
begin to visit the world which he made. 47 For thou comest far short that thou 3 Therefore when there shall be seen shouldest be able to love my creature more earthquakes and uproars of the people in the than I : but I have oft times drawn nigh unto world : thee, and unto it, but never to theunrighteous. 4 Then shalt thou well understand, that the
48 In this also thou art marvellous before Most High spake of those things from the the Most High :
days that were before thee, even from the 49 In that thou hast humbled thyself, as beginning. it becometh thee, and hast not judged thyself 5 For like as all that is made in the world worthy to be much glorified among the right hath a beginning and an end, and the end is eous.
manifest : 50 For many great miseries shall be done to 6 Even so the times also of the Highest them that in the latter time shall dwell in the have plain beginnings in wonders and pow. world, because they have walked in great pride.erful works, and endings in effects and signs.
51 But understand thou for thyself, and 7 And every one that shall be saved, seck out the glory for such as be like thee. and shall be able to escape by his works, and
52 For unto you is paradise opened, the by faith, whereby ye have believed, tree of life is planted, the time to come is 8 Shall be preserved from the said perils, prepared, plenteousness is made ready, a city and shall see my salvation in my land, and is builded, and rest is allowed, yea, perfect within my borders : for I have sanctified goodness and wisdom.
them for me from the beginning.