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Cuap. VI.

Apocrypba. 15 For he hath brought a nation upon 35 For fire shall come upon her from the them from far, a shameless nation, and of a | Everlasting, long to endure ; and she shall strange language, who neither reverenced Il be inhabited of devils for a great time. old man, nor pitied child.

36 O Jerusalem, look about thee toward 16 These have carried away the dear be the east, and behold the joy that cometh unloved children of the widow, and left her to thee from God. that was alone desolate without daughters. 37 Lo, thy sons come, whom thou sentest 17 But what can I help you?

away, they come gathered together from the 18 For he that brought these plagues up-| east to the west by the word of the Holy on you, will deliver you from the hands of || One, rejoicing in the glory of God. your enemies.

CHAP. V. 19 Go your way, O my children, go your || i Jerusalem is moved to rejoice, 5 and to behold way: for I am left desolate.

their return out of captivity with glory. 20 I have put off the clothing of peace, | DUT off, O Jerusalem, the garment of thy and put upon me the sackcloth of my pray || I mourning and aflliction, and put on the · er : I will cry unto the Everlasting in my | comeliness of the glory that cometh from days.

God for ever. 21 Be of good cheer, O my children, cry 2 Cast about thee a double garment of the unto the Lord, and he shall deliver you from righteousness which cometh from God; and the power and hand of the enemies.

set a diadem on thine head of the glory of 22 For my hope is in the Everlasting, that the Everlasting. he will save you ; and joy is come unto me l 3 For God will shew thy brightness unto from the Holy One, because of the mercy | every country under heaven. which shall soon come unto you from the 4 For thy name shall be called of God for Everlasting our Saviour.

ever, The peace of righteousness, and, The 23 For I sent you cut with mourning and | glory of God's worship.

5. Arisc, o Jerusalem, and stand on with joy and gladness for ever.

high, and look about toward the east, and 24 Like as now the neighbours of Sion behold thy children gathered from the west have seen your captivity: so shall they see || unto the east by the word of the Holy One, shortly your salvation from our God, which rejoicing in the remembrance of God. shall come upon you with great glory, and 6 For they departed from thee on foot, brightness of the Everlasting.

and were led away of their enemies: but God 25 My children, suffer patiently the wrath bringeth them unto thee exalted with glory, that is come upon you from God': for thine | as children of the kingdom. enemy hath persecuted thee; but shortly thou 7 For God hath appointed that every high shalt see his destruction, and shalt tread upon hill, and banks of long continuance, should his neck.

be cast down, and valleys filled up, to make 26 My delicate ones have gone rough even the ground, that Israel may go safely in ways, and were taken away as a flock caught the glory of God. of the enemies.

8 Moreover even the woods and every 27 Be of good comfort, O my children, sweet smelling tree shall overshadow Israel and cry unto God : for ye shall be remem | by the commandment of God. bered of him that brought these things upon 9 For God shall lead Israel with joy in the you.

light of his glory with the mercy and right28 For as it was your mind to go astray || eousness that cometh from him. from God : so, being returned, seek him ten

The Epistle of JEREMY. times more.

CHAP. VI. 29 For he that hath brought these plagues | 1 Tle cause of their captivity is their sin. S upon you shall bring you everlasting joy il The place whereto tbey were carried is Babylon. again with your salvation.

A Copy of an epistle which Jeremy sent un30 Take a good heart, O Jerusalem : for to them which were to be led captives in. he that gave thee that name will comfort thee. to Babylon by the king of the Babyloni

81 Miserable are they that afflicted thee, || ans, to certify them as it was commanded and rejoiced at thy fall.

him of God. 32 Miserable are the cities which thy chil DECAUSE of the sins which ye have comdren served : miserable is she that received D mitted before God, ye shall be led away thy sons.

captives into Babylon by Nabuchodonosor 33 For as she rejoiced at thy ruin, and king of the Babylonians. was glad of thy fall : so shali she be grieved 3 ( So when ye be come unto Babylon, for her own desolation.

ye shall remain there many years, and for a 34 For I will take away the rejoicing of long season, namely, seven generations : and her great multicude, and her pride shall be after that I will bring you away peaceably turned into mourning.

from thence,


Aparypha. 4 Now shall ye see in Babylon gods of sil. | 24 Notwithstanding the gold that is about ver, and of gold, and of wood, borne upon them to make them beautiful, except they shoulders, which cause the nations to fear. || wipe off the rust, they will not shine : for

5 Beware therefore that ye in no wise be neither when they were molten did they feel it. like to strangers, neither be ye afraid of them, 25 The things wherein there is no breath when ye see the multitude before them and | are bought for a most high price. behind them, worshipping them.

26 They are borne upon shoulders, har6 But say ye in your hearts, O Lord, we ing no feet, whereby they deciare unto men must worship thee.

that they be nothing worth. 7 For mine angel is with you, and I my 27 They also that serve them are ashamed: self caring for your souls.

for if they fall to the ground at any time, 8 As for their tongue, it is polished by they cannot rise up again of themselves ; the workman, and they themselves are gilded neither, if one set them upright, can they and laid over with gold ; yet are they but move of themselves : neither, if they be bow. false, and cannot speak.

cd down, can they make themselves straight: 9 And taking gold, as it were for a virgin but they set gifts before them, as unto dead that loveth to go gay, they make crowns for men. the heads of their gods.

28 As for the things that are sacrificed 10 Sometimes also the priests convey from unto them, their priests sell and abuse ; in their gods gold and silver, and bestow it like manner their wives lay up part thereof upon themselves.

|| in salt; but unto the poor and impotent they Il Yea, they will give thereof to the com- | give nothing of it. mon harlots, and deck them as men with gar 29 Menstruous women and women in ments, [being] gods of silver, and gods of childbed eat their sacrifices : by these things gold, and wood.

ye may know that they are no gods : fear 12 Yet cannot these gods save themselves them not. from rust and moths, though they be cover 30 For how can they be called gods ? beed with purple raiment.

cause women set meat before the gods of sil. 13 They wipe their faces because of the ver, gold, and wood. dust of the temple, when there is much upon | 31 And the priests sit in their temples, them.

having their clothes rent, and their heads and 14 And he that cannot put to death one | beards shaven, and nothing upon their heads. that offendeth him holdeth a sceptre,as though 32 They roar and cry before their gods, he were a judge of the country.

as men do at the feast when one is dead. 15 He hath also in his right hand a dag- || 33 The priests also take off their garments, ger and an ax: but cannot deliver liimself and clothe their wives and children. from war and thieves.

34 Whether it be evil that one doeth unto 16 Whicrely they are known not to be || them, or good, they are not able to recomgods : therefore fear them not.

pense it: they can neither set up a king, nor 17 for like as a vessel that a man useth | put him down. is nothing worth when it is broken ; even 35 In like manner they can neither give so it is with their gods: when they be set up | riches nor money: though a man make a in the temple, their eyes be full of dust vow unto them, and keep it not, they will through the feet of them that come in. not require it.

19 And as the doors are made sure on 36 They can save no man from death, every side upon him that oftendeth the king, || neither deliver the weak from the mighty. as being committed to suffer death : cven so 'l 37 They cannot restore a blind man to his the priests make fast their temples with sight, nor help any man in his distress. doors, with locks, and bars, lest their gods be 33 They can shew no mercy to the widow, spoiled with robbers.

| nor do good to the fatherless. 19 They light them candies, yea, more i 39 Their gods of wood, and which are than for themselves, whereof they cannot see i overlaid with gold and silver, are like the onc.

stones that be hewn out of the mountain : 20 They are as one of the beams of the they that worship them shall be confounded. temple, yei they say their hearts are gnawed 40 How should a man then think and say upon by things creeping out of the earth; that they are gods, when even the Chaldeans and when they eat them and their clothes, I themselves dishonour them? they feel it not.

41 Who it they shall see one dumb that 21 Their faces are blacked through the cannot speak, they bring him, and entreat Bel smoke that cometh out of the temple. that he may speak, as though he were able to

22 Upon their bodies and heads sit bats, i understand. swallows, and birds, and the cats also.. 42 Yet they cannot understand this then

29 By this ye may know that they are no li selves, and leave them : for they have no gods : Therefore fear them not.



A fosrypha. 43 The women also with cords about strong do take, and go away withal : neither them, sitting in the ways, burn bran for per are they able to help themselves.

fume : but if any of them, drawn by some il 59 Therefore it is better to be a king that ' that passeth by, lie with him, she reproach- || shewcth his power, or else a profitable vessel

eth her fellow, that she was not thought as in an house, which the owner shall have use worthy as herself, nor her cord broken. ll of, than such false gods; or to be a door in

44 Whatsoever is done among them is an house, to keep such things safe as be therefalse : how may it then be thought or said in, than such false gods; or a pillar of wood that they are gods?

in a palace, than such false gods. 45 They are made of carpenters and gold 60 For sun, moon, and stars, being bright, smiths : they can be nothing else than the land sent to do their offices, are obedient. workmen will have them to be.

61 In like manner the lightning when it 46 And they themselves that made them ll breaketh forth is easy to be seen; and after can never continue long; how should then the same manner the wind bloweth in every the things that are made of them be gods? country.

47 For they left lies and reproaches to 62 And when God commandeth the clouds them that come after.

|| to go over the whole world, they do as they 48 For when there cometh any war or are bidden. plague upon them, the priests consult with 63 And the fire sent from above to conthemselves, where they may be hidden with sume hills and woods doeth as it is comthem.

manded: but these are like unto ahem nei49 How then cannot men perceive that ther in shew nor power. they be no gods, which can neither save 64 Wherefore it is neither to be supposed themselves from war nor from plague? | nor said that they are gods, seeing they are

50 For seeing they be but of wood, and able neither to judge causes, nor to do good overlaid with silver and gold, it shall be , unto men. known hereafter that they are false :

65 Knowing therefore that they are no 51 And it shall manifestly appear to all gods, fear them not : nations and kings that they are no gods, but 66 For they can neither curse nor bless kings: the works of men's hands, and that there is 67 Neither can they shew signs in the no work of God in them.

heavens among the heathen, nor shine as the 52. Who then may not know that they are sun, nor give light as the moon. no gods?

68 The beasts are better than they: for 53 For neither can they set up a king in they can get under a covert, and help themthe land, nor give rain unto men.

selves. 54 Neither can they judge their own cause, 69 It is then by no means manifest unto nor redress a wrong, being unable : for they l us that they are gods: therefore fear them not. are as crows between heaven and earth.

70 For as a scarecrow in a garden of cu55 Whereupon when fire falleth upon the cumbers keepeth nothing : so are their gods house of gods of wood, or laid over with gold 1) of wood, and laid over with silver and gold. or silver, their priests will flee away, and es 71 And likewise their gods of wood, and cape ; but they themselves shall be burned | laid over with silver and gold, are like to a asunder like bcams.

white thorn in an orchard, that every bird 56 Moreover they cannot withstand any sitteth upon; as also to a dead body that is king or enemies : how can it then be thought | cast into the dark or said that they be gods ?

72 And ye shall know them to be no god3 57 Neither are those gods of wood, and || by the bright purple that rotteth upon them : laid over with silver or gold, able to escape and they themselves afterward shall be eaten, either from thieves or robbers.

and shall be a reproach in the country. 58 Whose gold, and silver, and garments 73 Better therefore is the just man that hath wherewith they are clothed, they that are none idols : for he shall be far from reproach.


w wrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr THE SONG OF THE THREE HOLY CHILDREN, Which followeth in the third Chapter of DANIEL after this place-fill dorun boundt

into the midst of the burning fiery furnace-overse 23. That which followeth is
not in the Hebrew, to wit, And they walked unto these words, Then Nebuchad-
nezzar-Verse 24.
2 Azarias his prayer and confession in the flame, in this manner; and opening his mouth in

28 The song of the three children in the oven. | the midst of the fire said,
AND they walked in the midst of the fire, 3 Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our
n praising God, and blessing the Lord. | fathers : thy name is worthy to be praised
9 I Then Azarias stood up, and prayed and glorified for evermore :


Apocrypée, 4 For thou art righteous in all the things ! 22 And let them know that thou art that thou hast done to us : yea, true are all | Lord, the only God, and glorious over the thy works, thy ways are right, and all thy whole world. judgments truth.

23 | And the king's servants, that put 5 In all the things which thou hast brought them in, ceased not to make the oven hot upon us, and upon the holy city of our fa- with rosin, pitch, tow, and small wood; thers, even Jerusalem, thou hast executed true 24 So that the flame streamed forth above judgment : for according to truth and judge the furnace forty and nine cubits. ment didst thou bring all these things upon 25 And it passed through, and burned us because of our sins.

thosc Chaldeans it found about the furnace. 6 For we have sinned and committed in 26 But the angel of the Lord came down iquity, departing from thee.

into the oven together with Azarias and his 7 In all things have we trespassed, and pot | fellows, and smote the flame of the fire out obeyed thy commandments, nor kept them, of the oven; neither done as thou hast commanded us, that 27 And made the midst of the furnace as it might go well with us.

it had been a moist whistling wind, so that 8 Wherefore all that thou hast brought the fire touched them not at all, neither hurt upon us, and every thing that thou hast done nor troubled them. to us, thou hast done in true judgment.

28 ( Then the three, as out of one mouth, 9 And thou didst deliver us into the hands praised, glorified, and blessed God in the furof lawless enemies, most hateful forsakers of nace, saying, God, and to an unjust king, and the most | 29 Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our wicked in all the world.

fathers : and to be praised and exalted above 10 And now we cannot open our mouths, all for ever. we are become a shame and reproach to thy 30 And blessed is thy glorious and holy servants, and to them that worship thee. name : and to be praised and exalted above

11 Yet deliver us not up wholly, for thy all for ever. name's sake, neither disannul thou thy cove 31 Blessed art thou in the temple of thine nant :

tly glory: and to be praised and glorified 12 And cause not thy mercy to depart above all for ever. from us, for thy beloved Abraham's sake, for 32 Blessed art thou that beholdest the thy servant Isaac's sake, and for thy holy Is depths, and sittest upon the cherubims : and rael's sake;

to be praised and exalted above all for ever, 13 To whom thou hast spoken and prom- $3 Blessed art thou on the glorious throne ised, That thou wouldest multiply their seed of thy kingdom: and to be praised and glori. as the stars of heaven, and as the sand that | fied above all for ever. lieth upon the sea shore.

34 Blessed art thou in the firmament of 14 For we, O Lord, are become less than || heaven : and above all to be praised and gloany nation, and be kept under this day in all rified for ever. the world becaure of our sins.

35 O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye 15 Neither is there at this time prince, or the Lord : praise and exalt him above all for prophet, or leader, or burnt offering, or sa ever. crifice, or oblation, or incense, or place to 36 Oye heavens, bless ye the Lord: praise sacrifice before thee, and to find mercy. and exalt him above all for ever.

16 Nevertheless in a contrite heart and an 37 O ye angels of the Lord, bless ye the bumble spirit let us be accepted.

Lord : praise and exalt him above all for ever, • 17 Like as in the burnt offerings of rams 38 o all ye waters that be above the and bullocks, and like as in ten thousands of heaven, bless ye the Lord : praise and exalt fat lambs : so let our sacrifice be in thy sight him above all for ever... this day, and grant that we may wholly go 39 O all ye powers of the Lord, bless ye after thee : for they shall not be confounded the Lord : praise and exalt him above all that put their trust in thee.

for ever. 18 And now we follow thee with all our 40 () ye sun and moon, bless ye the Lord: heart, we fear thee, and seek thy face. praise and exalt him above all for ever.

19 Put us not to shame: but deal with 41 ) ye stars of heaven, bless ye the Lord : us after thy loving kindness, and according praise and exalt him above all for ever. to the multitude of thy mercies.

42 O every shower and dew, bless ye the 20 Deliver us also according to thy mar Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. vellous works, and give glory to thy name, 43 o all ye winds, bless ye the Lordi O Lord: and let all them that do thy ser- || praise and exalt him above all for ever. vants hurt be ashamed;

44 O ye fire and heat, bless ye the Lord : 21 And let them be confounded in all || praise and exalt him above all for ever. their power and might, and let their strength 45 O ye winter and summer, bless ye the be broken ;

|| Lord : praise and exalt him above all for ever.


Apocrypha. 46 O ye dews and storms of snow, bless 11 59 O all ye beasts and cattle, bless ye the ye the Lord : praise and exalt him above all Lord : praise and exalt him above all for for ever.

ever. 47 Oye nights and days, bless ye the 60 Oye children of men, bless ye the Lord : praise and exalt him above all for ever. Lord: praise and exalt him above all for

48 Oye light and darkness, bless ye the ever. Lord : praise and exalt him above all for 61 o Israel, bless ye the Lord: praise and ever.

exalt him above all for ever. 49 O ye ice and cold, bless ye the Lord : 62 ( ye priests of the Lord, bless ye the praise and exalt him above all for ever. Lord : praise and exalt him above all for

50 Oye frost and snow, bless ye the ever. Lord : praise and exalt him above all for 63 0 ye servants of the Lord, bless ye ever.

the Lord: praise and exalt him above all 51 O ye lightnings and clouds, bless ye for ever. the Lord : praise and exalt him above all 64 Oye spirits and souls of the righteous, for ever,

bless ye the Lord : praise and exalt him 52 O let the earth bless the Lord : praise | above all for ever. and exalt him above all for ever.

65 O ye holy and humble men of heart, 53 O ye mountains and little hills, bless bless ye the Lord : praise and exalt him above ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all | all for ever. for ever.

66 O Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, bless 54 O all ye things that grow on the earth, || ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him for ever: for he hath delivered us from heil, above all for ever.

and saved us from the hand of death, and de55 0 ye fountains, bless ye the Lord : | livered us out of the midst of the furnace and praise and exalt him above all for ever. burning fame : even out of the midst of the

56 Oye seas and rivers, bless ye the Lord : fire hath he delivered us. praise and exalt him above all for ever. 67 O give thanks unto the Lord, because

57 Oye whales, and all that move in the he is gracious: for his mercy enduretb for waters, bless ye the Lord : praise and exalt || ever. him above all for ever.

68 O all ye that worship the Lord, bless 58 O all ye fowls of the air, bless ye the | the God of gods, praise him, and give him Lord : praise and exalt him above all for ever. I thanks: for his mercy endureth for ever. worsronrussrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

THE HISTORY OF SUSANNA, Set apart from the Beginning of DANIEL, because it is not in the Hebrew, as neither

the Narration of BEL and the DRAGON. Tevo judges bide themselves in the garden of Su 1 8 And the two elders saw her going in

sanna to bave tbeir plcasure of ber. every day, and walking ; so that their lust THERE dwelt a man in Babylon, called || was inflamed toward her. 1 Joacim :

9 And they perverted their own mind, 2 And he took a wife, whose name was and turned away their eyes, that they might Susanna, the daughter of Chelcias, a very fair not look unto heaven, nor remember just woman, and one that feared the Lord.

judgments. 3 Her parents also were righteous, and 10 And albeit they both were wounded taught their daughter according to the law with her love, yet durst not one shew another of Moses.

his grief. 4 Now Joacim was a great rich man, and 11 For they were ashamed to declare had a fair garden joining unto his house: and their lust, that they desired to have to do with to him resorted the Jews; because he was her. more honourable than all others. . 12 Yet they watched diligently from day

5 The same year were appointed two of to day to see her. the ancients of the people to be judges, such 13' And the one said to the other, Let us as the Lord spake of, that wickedness came now go home : for it is dinner time. from Babylon from ancient judges, who 14 So when they were gone out, they seemed to govern the people.

patted the one from the other, and turning 6 These kept much at Joacim's house : back again they came to the same place; and all that had any suits in law came unto and after they had asked one another the

cause, they acknowledged their lust: then 7 Now when the people departed away at appointed they a time both together, when noon, Susanna went into her husband's gar- || they might find her alone. den to walk,

15 And it fell out, as they watched a fit


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