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Apocrypha passage to the utmost coasts, to renew peace 17 Hear my prayer, and be merciful unwhich is desired of all men.
to thine inheritance : turn our sorrow into 3 Now when I asked my counsellors how joy, that we may live, O Lord, and praise thy this might be brought to pass, Aman, that name : and destroy not the mouths of them excelled in wisdom among us, and was ap- that praise thee, O Lord. proved for his constant good will and stead- 18 All Israel in like manner cried most fast fidelity, and had the honour of the sec- earnestly unto the Lord, because their death ond place in the kingdom,
was before their eyes. 4 Declared unto us, that in all nations
CHAP. XIV. throughout the world there was scattered a The prayer of Queen Estber for berself, and ber certain malicious people, that had laws con
UEEN Esther also, being in fear of death, the commandments of kings, so as the uniting resorted unto the Lord : of our kingdoms, honourably intended by us, 2 And laid away her glorious apparel, and cannot go forward.
put on the garments of anguish and mourn. 5 Seeing then we understand that this peo- | ing: and instead of precious ointments, she ple alone is continually in opposition unto all covered her head with ashes and dung, and men, differing in the strange manner of their she humbled her body greatly, and all the laws, and evil affected to our state, working places of her joy she filled with her torn hair. all the mischief they can, that our kingdom 3 And she prayed unto the Lord God of may not be firmly established :
Israel, saying, O my Lord, thou only art our 6 Therefore have we commanded, that all king : help me desolate woman, which have they that are signified in writing unto you no helper but thee: by Aman, who is ordained over the affairs, 4 For my danger is in mine hand. and is next unto us, shall all with their wives 5 From my youth up I have heard in the and children be utterly destroyed by the tribe of my family, that thou, O Lord, tookest sword of their enemies, without all mercy and || Israel from among all people, and our fathers pity, the fourteenth day of the twelfth month from all their predecessors, for a perpetual Adar of this present year :
inheritance, and thou hast performed what. 7 That they who of old and now also are soever thou didst promise them. malicious, may in one day with violence go 6 And now we have sinned before thee : into the grave, and so ever hereafter cause therefore hast thou given us into the hands our assurs to be well settled, and without of our enemies, trouble.
7 Because we worshipped their gods : 0 8 4 Then Mardocheus thought upon all || Lord, thou art righteous. the works of the Lord, and made his prayer 8 Nevertheless it satisfieth them not, that unto him,
we are in bitter captivity : but they have 9 Saying, O Lord, Lord, the King Al- | stricken hands with their idols, mighty : for the whole world is in thy pow. 9 That they will abolish the thing that er, and if thou hast appointed to save Israel, thou with thy mouth hast ordained, and dethere is no man that can gainsay thee : stroy thine inheritance, and stop the mouth
10 For thou hast made heaven and earth, of them that praise thee, and quench the gloand all the wonderous things under the heaven. | ry of thy house, and of thine altar,
11 Thou art Lord of all things, and there 10 And open the mouths of the heathen to is no man that can resist thee, which art the set forth the praises of the idols, and to magLord.
nify a fleshly king for ever. 12 Thou knowest all things, and thou il O Lord, give not thy sceptre unto them knowest, Lord, tbat it was neither in con- that be nothing, and let them not laugh at tempt nor pride, nor for any desire of glory, our fall ; but turn their device upon them. that I did not bow down to proud Aman. selves, and make him an example, that hath
13 For I could have been content with | begun this against us. good will for the salvation of Israel to kiss 12 Remember, O Lord, make thyself the soles of his feet.
known in time of our adiction, and give me 14 But I did this, that I might not prefer boldness, 0 King of the nations, and Lord the glory of man above the glory of God:
of all power. neither will I worship any but thee, O God, 13 Give me eloquent speech in my mouth neither will I do it in pride.
before the lion : turn his heart to hate him 15 And now, O Lord God and King,spare that fighteth against us, that there may be an thy people : for their eyes are upon us to end of him, and of all that are like minded to bring us to nought; yea, they desire to de- || him : stroy the inheritance, that hath been thine 14 But deliver us with thine hand, and from the beginning.
help me that am desolate, and which have 16 Despise not the portion which thou no other helper but thee. hast delivered out of Egypt for thine own self. 15 Thou knowest all things, O Lord; thou
Apocrypha. knowest that I hate the glory of the unright- || 13 Then said she unto him, I saw thee, eous, and abhor the bed of the uncircumcise my lord, as an angel of God, and my heart ed, and of all the heathen.
was troubled for fear of thy majesty. 16 Thou knowest my necessity : for I ab- | 14 For wonderful art thou, lord, and thy hor the sign of my high estate, which is up- | countenance is full of grace. on mine head in the days wherein I shew 15 And as she was speaking, she fell down myselt, and that I abhor it as a menstruous il for faintness. ray, and that I wear it not when I am private 16 Then the king was troubled, and all by myself.
his servants comforted her. 17. And that thine handmaid hath not eat
CHAP. XVI. en at iman's table, and that I have not great. 1 The letter of Artaxerxes, 10 wherein be taxly esteemed the king's feast, nor drunk the eth Aman, 17 and revoketb the decree procurwine on the drink offerings.
ed by bim to destroy the Jews. 18 Neither had thine handmaid any joy THE great king Artaxerxes unto the since the day that I was brought hither to I princes and governors of an hundred and this present, but in thee, O Lord God of A seven and twenty provinces from India unto braham.
Ethiopia, and unto all our faithful subjects, 19 O thou mighty God above all, hear the Il greeting, voice of the forlorn, and deliver us out of the 2 Many, the more often they are honour. hands of the mischievous, and deliver me out ed with the great bounty of their gracious of my fear.
princes, the more proud they are waxen, CHAP. XV.
3 And endeavour to hurt not our subjects 6 Estber cometh into the king's presence : 7 sbe only, but not being able to bear abundance,
faintetb : 8 be taketb ber up, and dotb comfort do take in hand to practise also against those ber.
that do them good : AND upon the third day, when she had 4 And take not only thankfulness away n ended her prayer, she laid away her from among men, but also lifted up with the mourning garments, and put on her glorious glorious words of lewd persons, that were apparel
never good, they think to escape the justice 2 And being gloriously adorned, after she of God, that seeth all things, and hateth evil. had calleci upon God, who is the beholder and 5 Oftentimes also fair speech of those that saviour of all things, she took two maids with are put in trust to manage their friends affairs, her :
hath caused many that are in authority to be 3 And upon the one she leaned, as carry partakers of innocent blood, and hath ening herself daintily;
wrapped them in remediless calamities : 4 And the other followed, bearing up her 6 Beguiling with the falsehood and deceit train
of their lewd disposition the innocency and 5 And she was ruddy through the perfec. goodness of princes. tion of her beauty, and her countenance was 7 Now ye may see this, as we have declara cheerful and very amiable: but her heart was led, not so much by ancient histories, as ye in anguish for fear.
may, if ye search what hath been wickedly 6 ( Then having passed through all the done of late through the pestilent behaviour doors, she stood before the king, who sat up- || of them that are unworthily placed in aus on his royal throne, and was clothed with all thority. his robes of majesty, all glittering with gold 8 And we must take care for the time to and precious stones; and he was very dreadful. come, that our kingdom may be quiet and
79 Then lifting up his countenance that peaceable for all men, shone with majesty, he looked very fiercely 9 Both by changing our purposes, and al. upon her : and the queen fell down, and was ) ways judging things that are evident with pale, and fainted, and bowed herself upon | more equal proceeding. the head of the maid that went before her. 109 For Aman, a Macedonian, the son of
8 Then God changed the spirit of the Amadatha, being indeed a stranger from the king into mildness, who in a fear leaped from || Persian blood, and far distant from our goodhis throne, and took her in his arms, till she ness, and as a stranger received of us, came to herself again, and comforted her 11 Had so far forth obtained the favour that with loving words, and said unto her, we shew toward every nation, as that he was
9 Esther, what is the matter? I am thy called our father, and was continually honourbrother, be of good cheer :
ed of all men, as the next person unto the king. 10 Thou shalt not die, though our com 12 But he, not bearing his great dignity, mandment be general : come near.
went about to deprive us of our kingdom 11 And so he held up his golden sceptre, and life : and laid it upon her neck,
13 Having by manifold and cunning de12 And embraced her, and said, Speak un- ceits sought of us the destruction as well of to me.
Mardocheus, who saved our life, and contin
Apocrypbs. ually procured our good, as also of blameless 19 Therefore ye shall publish the copy Esther, partaker of our kingdom, with their of this letter in all places, that the Jews may whole nation,
freely live after their own laws. 14 For by these means he thought, find. 20 And ye shall aid them, that even the ing us destitute of friends, to have translated same day, being the thirteenth day of the the kingdom of the Persians to the Mace twelth month Adar, they may be avenged donians
on them, who in the time of their affliction 15 But we find that the Jews, whom this shall set upon them. wicked wretch hath delivered to utter de. 21 For Almighty God hath turned to joy struction, are no evil doers, but live by most unto them the day' wherein the chosen peo just laws.
ple should have perished. 16 And that they be children of the most 22 Ye shall therefore among your solemn high and most mighty living God, who hath feasts keep it an high day with all feasting : ordered the kingdom both unto us and to 23 That both now and hereafter there may our progenitors in the most excellent manner. be safety to us, and the well affected Per.
17 9 Wherefore ye shall do well not to sians; but to those which do conspire against put in execution the letters sent unto you us, a memorial of destruction. by Aman the son of Amadatha.
24 Therefore every city and country 18 for he, that was the worker of these whatsoever, which shall not do according to things, is hanged at the gates of Susa with these things, shall be destroyed without merali his family: God, who ruleth all things, cy, with fire and sword, and shall be made speedily rendering vengeance to him accord- not only unpassable for men, but also most ing to his deserts.
hateful to wild beasts and fowls for ever.
THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON.
11 Therefore beware of murmuring, which 9 To whom God showeth himself, 4 and wisdom is unprofitable ; and refrain your tongue
"berself. 6 An evil speaker cannot lie bid. from backbiting: for there is no word so OVE righteousness, ye that be judges of secret, that shall go for nought : and the
mouth that belieth, slayeth the soul good (heart,) and in simplicity of heart seek 12 Seek not death in the error of your him.
life: and pull not upon yourselves destruc2 q For he will be found of them that | tion with the works of your hands. tempt him not: and sheweth himself unto 13 For God made not death: neither bath such as do not distrust him.
he pleasure in the destruction of the living. 3 For froward thoughts separate from 14 For he created all things, that they God : and his power, when it is tried, re- might have their being: and the generations proveth the unwise.
of the world were healthful; and there is 4 g For into a malicious soul wisdom shall no poison of destruction in them, nor the not enter ; nor dwell in the body that is kingdom of death upon the earth : subject unto sin.
15 (For righteousness is immortal :) 5 For the holy spirit of discipline will fiee 16 But ungodly men with their works deceit, and remove from thoughts that are and words called it to them: for when they without understanding, and will not abide thought to have it their friend, they consumwhen unrighteousness cometh in.
ed to nught, and made a covenant with it, 6 For wisdom is a loving spirit ; and because they are worthy to take part with it. will not acquit a blasphemer of his words :
CHAP II. for God is witness of his reins, and a true be- 1 The wicked think this life sbort, 5 and of no holder of his heart, and a hearer of his congue. other after this : 6 therefore they will take
7 For the spirit of the Lord filleth the their pleasure in this, 10 and conspire against world : and that which containeth all things, hath knowledge of the voice.
TOR the ungodly said, reasoning with them8 Therefore he that speaketh unrighteous selves, but not aright, Our life is short things cannot be hid : neither shall ven- and tedious, and in the death of a man there geance, when it punisheth, pass by him. is no remedy: neither was there any man
9 For inquisition shall be made into the known to have returned from the grave. counsels of the ungodly : and the sound of 2 For we are born at all adventure: and his words shall come unto the Lord for the we shall be hereafter as though we had neve manifestation of his wicked deeds.
er been : for the breath in our nostrils is as 10 for the ear of jealousy heareth all | smoke, and a little spark in the moving of things; and the noise of murmurings is not
our heart : hid.
3 Which being extinguished, our body
Apocrypba. shall be turned into ashes, and our spirit shall l of righteousness, nor discerned a reward for vanish as the soft air,
blameless souls. 4 And our name shall be forgotten in time, 23 For God created man to be immortal, and and no man shall have our works in remem made him to be an image of his own eternity. brance, and our life shall pass away as the 24 Nevertheless, through envy of the devil trace of a cloud, and shall be dispersed as the came death into the world : and they that do mist that is driven away with the beams of hold of his side do find it. the sun, and overcome with the heat thereof.
CHAP. III. 5 For our time is a very shadow that pass 1 The godly are happy in their death, 5 and in their eth away; and after our end there is no re troubles : 10 the wicked are not, nor their chilturning : for it is fast sealed, so that no man dren, 16 Tbe adulterer and bis seed sball pérish. cometh again.
DUT the souls of the righteous are in the 6 Come on therefore, let us enjoy the good D hand of God, and there shall no torment things that are present : and let us speedily | touch them. use the creatures like as in youth.
2 In the sight of the unwise they seemed to 7 Let us fill ourselves with costly wine die: and their departure is taken for misery, and ointments : and let no flower of the 3 And their going from us to be utter de. spring pass by us:
struction : but they are in peace. 8 Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds, 4 For though they be punished in the sight before they be withered :
9 Let none of us go without his part of 5 ( And having been a little chastised, they our voluptuousness: let us leave tokens of shall be greatly rewarded : for God proved our joyfulness in every place: for this is our them, and found them worthy for himself. portion, and our lot is this.
6 As gold in the furnace hath he tried them, 10 Let us oppress the poor righteous man, and received them as a burnt offering. let us not spare the widow, nor reverence the 7 And in the time of their visitation, they ancient gray hairs of the aged.
shall shine, and run to and fro like sparks 11 Let our strength be the law of justice : among the stubble. for that which is feeble is found to be nothing 8. They shall judge the nations, and have worth.
l dominion over the people, and their Lord shall 12 Therefore let us lie in wait for the reign for ever. righteous : because he is not for our turn, 9 They that put their trust in him shall and he is clean contrary to our doings : he understand the truth : and such as be faithupbraideth us with our offending the law, ful in love shall abide with him : for grace and objecteth to our infamy the transgressings and mercy is to his saints, and he hath care of our education.
for his elect. 13 He professeth to have the knowledge 10 But the ungodly shall be punished of God: and he calleth himself the child of | according to their own imaginations, which the Lord.
have neglected the righteous, and forsaken 14 He was made to reprove our thoughts. the Lord.
15 He is grievous unto us even to behoid : 11 For whoso despiseth wisdom and nurfor his life is not like other men's, his ways ture, he is miserable, and their hope is vain, are of another fashion.
their labours unfruitful, and their works un16 We are esteemed of him as counterfeits : profitable: he abstaineth from our ways as from filthi 12 Their wives are foolish, and their chil. ness : he pronounceth the end of the just to || dren wicked : be blessed, and maketh his boast that God is 13 Their offspring is cursed. Wherefore his father.
blessed is the barren that is undefiled, which 17 Let us see if his words be true: and let hath not known the sinful bed : she shall have us prove what shall happen in the end of him. fruit in the visitation of souls.
18 For if the just man be the son of God, 14 And blessed is the eunuch, which with he will help him, and deliver him from the his hands hath wrought no iniquity, nor imhand of his enemies.
agined wicked things against God: for unto 19 Let us examine him with despitefulness him shall be given the special gift of faith, and torture, that we may know his meekness and an inheritance in the temple of the Lord and prove his patience.
more acceptable to his mind. 20 Let us condemn him with a shameful ! 15 For glorious is the fruit of good labours : death: for by his own saying he shall be re- and the root of wisdom shall never fall away.
16 As for the children of adulterers they 21 Such things they did imagine, and were shall not come to their perfection, and the deceived : for their own wickedness hath seed of an unrighteous bed shall be rooted out. blinded them.
17 For though they live long, yet shall they 22 As for the mysteries of God, they knew | be nothing regarded and their last age shall them not: neither hoped they for the wages | be without honour.
Apocryphs. . 18 Or, if they die quickly, they have no but God shall laugh them to scorn ; and the hope, neither comfort in the day of trial. shall hereafter be a vile carcase, and 3 re
19 For horrible is the end of the unright- proach among the dead for evermore. eous generation.
19 For he shall rend them, and cast them CHAP. IV.
down headlong, that they shall be peechless: 1 Tbe chaste man shall be crowned. 3 Bastard | and he shall shake them from the foundation; slips shall not tbrive.
and they shall be utterly laid waste, and be B ETTER it is to have no children, and to in sorrow; and their memorial shail perista
have virtue: for the memorial thereof is 20 And when they cast up the accounts of immortal : because it is known with God, and their sins, they shall come with fear : and with men.
their own iniquities shall convince them to 2 When it is present, men take example at their face. it; and when it is gone, they desire it: it
CHAP. V. weareth a crown, and triumpheth for ever, I The wicked shall zonder at the godly, 4 and conhaving gotten the victory, striving for unde- fess their error, 5 and the vanity of their lives. filed rewards.
'HEN shall the righteous man stand in 3 g But the multiplying brood of the un- great boldness before the face of such godly shall not thrive, nor take deep rooting as have afflicted him, and made no account from bastard slips, nor lay any fast foundation. of his labours.
4 For though they flourish in branches for 2 When they see it, they shall be troubled a time; yet standing not fast, they shall be with terrible fear, and shall be amazed at the shaken with the wind, and through the force strangeness of his salvation, so far beyond all of winds tKey shall be rooted out.
that they looked for. 5 The imperfect branches shall be broken 3 And they repenting and groaning for off, their fruit unprofitable, not ripe to eat, anguish of spirit shall say within themselves, yea, meet for nothing.
This was he, whom we had sometimes in de6 For children begotten of unlawful beds, rision, and a proverb of reproach : are witnesses of wickedness against their pa- 4 q We fools accounted his life madness, rents in their trial.
and his end to be without honour : 7 But though the righteous be prevented 5 ( How is he numbered among the chilwith death, yet shall he be at rest.
dren of God, and his lot is among the saints! 8 For honourable age is not that which 6 Therefore have we erred from the way standeth in length of time, nor that is meas- of truth, and the light of righteousness hath ured by number of years.
not shined unto us, and the sun of righteous9 But wisdom is the gray hair unto men, ness rose not upon us. and an unspotted life is old age.
7 We wearied ourselves in the way of 10 He pleased God, and was beloved of | wickedness and destruction : yea, we have him :
: so that living among sinners he was gone through deserts, where there lay no translated.
way: but as for the way of the Lord, we 11 Yea, speedily was he taken away, lest have not known it. that wickedness should alter his understand- 8 What hath pride profited us? or what ing, or deceit beguile his soul.
good hath riches with our vaunting brought 12 For the bewitching of naughtiness doth obscure things that are honcst; and the wan- 9 All those things are passed away like dering of concupiscence doth undermine the a shadow, and as a post that hasteth by; simple mind.
10 And as a ship that passeth over the 13 He, being made perfect in a short time, waves of the water, which when it is gone fulfilled a long time :
by, the trace thereof cannot be found, neither 14 For his soul pleased the Lord: there the pathway of the keel in the waves ; fore hasted he to take bim away from among 11 Or as when a bird hath flown through the wicked.
the air, there is no token of her way to be 15 This the people saw, and understood it found, but the light air being beaten with not, neither laid they up this in their minds, the stroke of her wings, and parted with the that his grace and mercy is with his saints, violent noise and motion of them, is passed and that he hath respect unto his chosen. through, and therein afterward no sign
16 Thus the righteous that is dead shall where she went is to be found; condemn the ungodly which are living ; and 12 Or like as when an arrow is shot at a youth that is soon perfected the many years mark, it parteth the air, which immediately and old age of the unrighteous.
cometh together again, so that a man cannot 17 For they shall see the end of the wise, know where it went through: and shall not understand what God in his 13 Even so we in like manner, as soon as counsel hath decreed of him, and to what we were born, began to draw to our end, and end the Lord hath set him in safety. had no sign of virtue to shew; but were
18 They shall see him, and despise him; consumed in our own wickedness.