The second book of
the prophet Esdras, the son of Saraias, the son of Azarias, the son of Helchias,
the son of Sadamias, the sou of Sadoc, the son of Achitob,
 The son of Achias, the son of Phinees, the son of Heli, the son of
Amarias, the son of Aziei, the son of Marimoth, the son of And he spake unto the
of Borith, the son of Abisei, the son of Phinees, the son of Eleazar,
 The son of Aaron, of the tribe of Levi; which was captive in the land
of the Medes, in the reign of Artexerxes king of the Persians.
 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
 Go thy way, and shew my people their sinful deeds, and their children
their wickedness which they have done against me; that they may tell their
 Because the sins of their fathers are increased in them: for they
have forgotten me, and have offered unto strange gods.
 Am not I even he that brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the
house of bondage? but they have provoked me unto wrath, and despised my
 Pull thou off then the hair of thy head, and cast all evil upon them,
for they have not been obedient unto my law, but it is a rebellious people.
 How long shall I forbear them, into whom I have done so much good?
 Many kings have I destroyed for their sakes; Pharaoh with his
servants and all his power have I smitten down.
 All the nations have I destroyed before them, and in the east I have
scattered the people of two provinces, even of Tyrus and Sidon, and have slain
all their enemies.
 Speak thou therefore unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord,
 I led you through the sea and in the beginning gave you a large and
safe passage; I gave you Moses for a leader, and Aaron for a priest.
 I gave you light in a pillar of fire, and great wonders have I done
among you; yet have ye forgotten me, saith the Lord.
 Thus saith the Almighty Lord, The quails were as a token to you; I
gave you tents for your safeguard: nevertheless ye murmured there,
 And triumphed not in my name for the destruction of your enemies,
but ever to this day do ye yet murmur.
 Where are the benefits that I have done for you? when ye were hungry
and thirsty in the wilderness, did ye not cry unto me,
 Saying, Why hast thou brought us into this wilderness to kill us? it
had been better for us to have served the Egyptians, than to die in this
 Then had I pity upon your mournings, and gave you manna to eat; so
ye did eat angels' bread.
 When ye were thirsty, did I not cleave the rock, and waters flowed
out to your fill? for the heat I covered you with the leaves of the trees.
 I divided among you a fruitful land, I cast out the Canaanites, the
Pherezites, and the Philistines, before you: what shall I yet do more for you?
saith the Lord.
 Thus saith the Almighty Lord, When ye were in the wilderness, in the
river of the Amorites, being athirst, and blaspheming my name,
 I gave you not fire for your blasphemies, but cast a tree in the
water, and made the river sweet.
 What shall I do unto thee, O Jacob? thou, Juda, wouldest not obey
me: I will turn me to other nations, and unto those will I give my name, that
they may keep my statutes.
 Seeing ye have forsaken me, I will forsake you also; when ye desire
me to be gracious unto you, I shall have no mercy upon you.
 Whensoever ye shall call upon me, I will not hear you: for ye have
defiled your hands with blood, and your feet are swift to commit manslaughter.
 Ye have not as it were forsaken me, but your own selves, saith the
 Thus saith the Almighty Lord, Have I not prayed you as a father his
sons, as a mother her daughters, and a nurse her young babes,
 That ye would be my people, and I should be your God; that ye would
be my children, and I should be your father?
 I gathered you together, as a hen gathereth her chickens under her
wings: but now, what shall I do unto you? I will cast you out from my face.
 When ye offer unto me, I will turn my face from you: for your solemn
feastdays, your new moons, and your circumcisions, have I forsaken.
 I sent unto you my servants the prophets, whom ye have taken and
slain, and torn their bodies in pieces, whose blood I will require of your
hands, saith the Lord.
 Thus saith the Almighty Lord, Your house is desolate, I will cast
you out as the wind doth stubble.
 And your children shall not be fruitful; for they have despised my
commandment, and done the thing that is an evil before me.
 Your houses will I give to a people that shall come; which not
having heard of me yet shall believe me; to whom I have shewed no signs, yet
they shall do that I have commanded them.
 They have seen no prophets, yet they shall call their sins to
remembrance, and acknowledge them.
 I take to witness the grace of the people to come, whose little ones
rejoice in gladness: and though they have not seen me with bodily eyes, yet in
spirit they believe the thing that I say.
 And now, brother, behold what glory; and see the people that come
from the east:
 Unto whom I will give for leaders, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Oseas,
Amos, and Micheas, Joel, Abdias, and Jonas,
 Nahum, and Abacuc, Sophonias, Aggeus, Zachary, and Malachy, which is
called also an angel of the Lord.
 Thus saith the Lord,
I brought this people out of bondage, and I gave them my commandments by
menservants the prophets; whom they would not hear, but despised my counsels.
 The mother that bare them saith unto them, Go your way, ye children;
for I am a widow and forsaken.
 I brought you up with gladness; but with sorrow and heaviness have I
lost you: for ye have sinned before the Lord your God, and done that thing that
is evil before him.
 But what shall I now do unto you? I am a widow and forsaken: go your
way, O my children, and ask mercy of the Lord.
 As for me, O father, I call upon thee for a witness over the mother
of these children, which would not keep my covenant,
 That thou bring them to confusion, and their mother to a spoil, that
there may be no offspring of them.
 Let them be scattered abroad among the heathen, let their names be
put out of the earth: for they have despised my covenant.
 Woe be unto thee, Assur, thou that hidest the unrighteous in thee! O
thou wicked people, remember what I did unto Sodom and Gomorrha;
 Whose land lieth in clods of pitch and heaps of ashes: even so also
will I do unto them that hear me not, saith the Almighty Lord.
 Thus saith the Lord unto Esdras, Tell my people that I will give
them the kingdom of Jerusalem, which I would have given unto Israel.
 Their glory also will I take unto me, and give these the everlasting
tabernacles, which I had prepared for them.
 They shall have the tree of life for an ointment of sweet savour;
they shall neither labour, nor be weary.
 Go, and ye shall receive: pray for few days unto you, that they may
be shortened: the kingdom is already prepared for you: watch.
 Take heaven and earth to witness; for I have broken the evil in
pieces, and created the good: for I live, saith the Lord.
 Mother, embrace thy children, and bring them up with gladness, make
their feet as fast as a pillar: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord.
 And those that be dead will I raise up again from their places, and
bring them out of the graves: for I have known my name in Israel.
 Fear not, thou mother of the children: for I have chosen thee, saith
 For thy help will I send my servants Esau and Jeremy, after whose
counsel I have sanctified and prepared for thee twelve trees laden with divers
 And as many fountains flowing with milk and honey, and seven mighty
mountains, whereupon there grow roses and lilies, whereby I will fill thy
children with joy.
 Do right to the widow, judge for the fatherless, give to the poor,
defend the orphan, clothe the naked,
 Heal the broken and the weak, laugh not a lame man to scorn, defend
the maimed, and let the blind man come into the sight of my clearness.
 Keep the old and young within thy walls.
 Wheresoever thou findest the dead, take them and bury them, and I
will give thee the first place in my resurrection.
 Abide still, O my people, and take thy rest, for thy quietness still
 Nourish thy children, O thou good nurse; stablish their feet.
 As for the servants whom I have given thee, there shall not one of
them perish; for I will require them from among thy number.
 Be not weary: for when the day of trouble and heaviness cometh,
others shall weep and be sorrowful, but thou shalt be merry and have abundance.
 The heathen shall envy thee, but they shall be able to do nothing
against thee, saith the Lord.
 My hands shall cover thee, so that thy children shall not see hell.
 Be joyful, O thou mother, with thy children; for I will deliver
thee, saith the Lord.
 Remember thy children that sleep, for I shall bring them out of the
sides of the earth, and shew mercy unto them: for I am merciful, saith the Lord
 Embrace thy children until I come and shew mercy unto them: for my
wells run over, and my grace shall not fail.
 I Esdras received a charge of the Lord upon the mount Oreb, that I
should go unto Israel; but when I came unto them, they set me at nought, and
despised the commandment of the Lord.
 And therefore I say unto you, O ye heathen, that hear and
understand, look for your Shepherd, he shall give you everlasting rest; for he
is nigh at hand, that shall come in the end of the world.
 Be ready to the reward of the kingdom, for the everlasting light
shall shine upon you for evermore.
 Flee the shadow of this world, receive the joyfulness of your glory:
I testify my Saviour openly.
 O receive the gift that is given you, and be glad, giving thanks
unto him that hath led you to the heavenly kingdom.
 Arise up and stand, behold the number of those that be sealed in the
feast of the Lord;
 Which are departed from the shadow of the world, and have received
glorious garments of the Lord.
 Take thy number, O Sion, and shut up those of thine that are clothed
in white, which have fulfilled the law of the Lord.
 The number of thy children, whom thou longedst for, is fulfilled:
beseech the power of the Lord, that thy people, which have been called from the
beginning, may be hallowed.
 I Esdras saw upon the mount Sion a great people, whom I could not
number, and they all praised the Lord with songs.
 And in the midst of them there was a young man of a high stature,
taller than all the rest, and upon every one of their heads he set crowns, and
was more exalted; which I marvelled at greatly.
 So I asked the angel, and said, Sir, what are these?
 He answered and said unto me, These be they that have put off the
mortal clothing, and put on the immortal, and have confessed the name of God:
now are they crowned, and receive palms.
 Then said I unto the angel, What young person is it that crowneth
them, and giveth them palms in their hands?
 So he answered and said unto me, It is the Son of God, whom they
have confessed in the world. Then began I greatly to commend them that stood so
stiffly for the name of the Lord.
 Then the angel said unto me, Go thy way, and tell my people what
manner of things, and how great wonders of the Lord thy God, thou hast seen.
 In the thirtieth year
after the ruin of the city I was in Babylon, and lay troubled upon my bed, and
my thoughts came up over my heart:
 For I saw the desolation of Sion, and the wealth of them that dwelt
 And my spirit was sore moved, so that I began to speak words full of
fear to the most High, and said,
 O Lord, who bearest rule, thou spakest at the beginning, when thou
didst plant the earth, and that thyself alone, and commandedst the people,
 And gavest a body unto Adam without soul, which was the workmanship
of thine hands, and didst breathe into him the breath of life, and he was made
living before thee.
 And thou leadest him into paradise, which thy right hand had planted,
before ever the earth came forward.
 And unto him thou gavest commandment to love thy way: which he
transgressed, and immediately thou appointedst death in him and in his
generations, of whom came nations, tribes, people, and kindreds, out of number.
 And every people walked after their own will, and did wonderful
things before thee, and despised thy commandments.
 And again in process of time thou broughtest the flood upon those
that dwelt in the world, and destroyedst them.
 And it came to pass in every of them, that as death was to Adam, so
was the flood to these.
 Nevertheless one of them thou leftest, namely, Noah with his
household, of whom came all righteous men.
 And it happened, that when they that dwelt upon the earth began to
multiply, and had gotten them many children, and were a great people, they began
again to be more ungodly than the first.
 Now when they lived so wickedly before thee, thou didst choose thee
a man from among them, whose name was Abraham.
 Him thou lovedst, and unto him only thou shewedst thy will:
 And madest an everlasting covenant with him, promising him that thou
wouldest never forsake his seed.
 And unto him thou gavest Isaac, and unto Isaac also thou gavest
Jacob and Esau. As for Jacob, thou didst choose him to thee, and put by Esau:
and so Jacob became a great multitude.
 And it came to pass, that when thou leadest his seed out of Egypt,
thou broughtest them up to the mount Sinai.
 And bowing the heavens, thou didst set fast the earth, movedst the
whole world, and madest the depths to tremble, and troubledst the men of that
 And thy glory went through four gates, of fire, and of earthquake,
and of wind, and of cold; that thou mightest give the law unto the seed of
Jacob, and diligence unto the generation of Israel.
 And yet tookest thou not away from them a wicked heart, that thy law
might bring forth fruit in them.
 For the first Adam bearing a wicked heart transgressed, and was
overcome; and so be all they that are born of him.
 Thus infirmity was made permanent; and the law (also) in the heart
of the people with the malignity of the root; so that the good departed away,
and the evil abode still.
 So the times passed away, and the years were brought to an end: then
didst thou raise thee up a servant, called David:
 Whom thou commandedst to build a city unto thy name, and to offer
incense and oblations unto thee therein.
 When this was done many years, then they that inhabited the city
 And in all things did even as Adam and all his generations had done:
for they also had a wicked heart:
 And so thou gavest thy city over into the hands of thine enemies.
 Are their deeds then any better that inhabit Babylon, that they
should therefore have the dominion over Sion?
 For when I came thither, and had seen impieties without number, then
my soul saw many evildoers in this thirtieth year, so that my heart failed me.
 For I have seen how thou sufferest them sinning, and hast spared
wicked doers: and hast destroyed thy people, and hast preserved thine enemies,
and hast not signified it.
 I do not remember how this way may be left: Are they then of Babylon
better than they of Sion?
 Or is there any other people that knoweth thee beside Israel? or
what generation hath so believed thy covenants as Jacob?
 And yet their reward appeareth not, and their labour hath no fruit:
for I have gone here and there through the heathen, and I see that they flow in
wealth, and think not upon thy commandments.
 Weigh thou therefore our wickedness now in the balance, and their's
also that dwell the world; and so shall thy name no where be found but in
 Or when was it that they which dwell upon the earth have not sinned
in thy sight? or what people have so kept thy commandments?
 Thou shalt find that Israel by name hath kept thy precepts; but not
 And the angel that
was sent unto me, whose name was Uriel, gave me an answer,
 And said, Thy heart hath gone to far in this world, and thinkest thou
to comprehend the way of the most High?
 Then said I, Yea, my lord. And he answered me, and said, I am sent to
shew thee three ways, and to set forth three similitudes before thee:
 Whereof if thou canst declare me one, I will shew thee also the way
that thou desirest to see, and I shall shew thee from whence the wicked heart
 And I said, Tell on, my lord. Then said he unto me, Go thy way, weigh
me the weight of the fire, or measure me the blast of the wind, or call me again
the day that is past.
 Then answered I and said, What man is able to do that, that thou
shouldest ask such things of me?
 And he said unto me, If I should ask thee how great dwellings are in
the midst of the sea, or how many springs are in the beginning of the deep, or
how many springs are above the firmament, or which are the outgoings of
 Peradventure thou wouldest say unto me, I never went down into the
deep, nor as yet into hell, neither did I ever climb up into heaven.
 Nevertheless now have I asked thee but only of the fire and wind, and
of the day wherethrough thou hast passed, and of things from which thou canst
not be separated, and yet canst thou give me no answer of them.
 He said moreover unto me, Thine own things, and such as are grown up
with thee, canst thou not know;
 How should thy vessel then be able to comprehend the way of the
Highest, and, the world being now outwardly corrupted to understand the
corruption that is evident in my sight?
 Then said I unto him, It were better that we were not at all, than
that we should live still in wickedness, and to suffer, and not to know
 He answered me, and said, I went into a forest into a plain, and the
trees took counsel,
 And said, Come, let us go and make war against the sea that it may
depart away before us, and that we may make us more woods.
 The floods of the sea also in like manner took counsel, and said,
Come, let us go up and subdue the woods of the plain, that there also we may
make us another country.
 The thought of the wood was in vain, for the fire came and consumed
 The thought of the floods of the sea came likewise to nought, for
the sand stood up and stopped them.
 If thou wert judge now betwixt these two, whom wouldest thou begin
to justify? or whom wouldest thou condemn?
 I answered and said, Verily it is a foolish thought that they both
have devised, for the ground is given unto the wood, and the sea also hath his
place to bear his floods.
 Then answered he me, and said, Thou hast given a right judgment, but
why judgest thou not thyself also?
 For like as the ground is given unto the wood, and the sea to his
floods: even so they that dwell upon the earth may understand nothing but that
which is upon the earth: and he that dwelleth above the heavens may only
understand the things that are above the height of the heavens.
 Then answered I and said, I beseech thee, O Lord, let me have
 For it was not my mind to be curious of the high things, but of such
as pass by us daily, namely, wherefore Israel is given up as a reproach to the
heathen, and for what cause the people whom thou hast loved is given over unto
ungodly nations, and why the law of our forefathers is brought to nought, and
the written covenants come to none effect,
 And we pass away out of the world as grasshoppers, and our life is
astonishment and fear, and we are not worthy to obtain mercy.
 What will he then do unto his name whereby we are called? of these
things have I asked.
 Then answered he me, and said, The more thou searchest, the more
thou shalt marvel; for the world hasteth fast to pass away,
 And cannot comprehend the things that are promised to the righteous
in time to come: for this world is full of unrighteousness and infirmities.
 But as concerning the things whereof thou askest me, I will tell
thee; for the evil is sown, but the destruction thereof is not yet come.
 If therefore that which is sown be not turned upside down, and if
the place where the evil is sown pass not away, then cannot it come that is sown
 For the grain of evil seed hath been sown in the heart of Adam from
the beginning, and how much ungodliness hath it brought up unto this time? and
how much shall it yet bring forth until the time of threshing come?
 Ponder now by thyself, how great fruit of wickedness the grain of
evil seed hath brought forth.
 And when the ears shall be cut down, which are without number, how
great a floor shall they fill?
 Then I answered and said, How, and when shall these things come to
pass? wherefore are our years few and evil?
 And he answered me, saying, Do not thou hasten above the most
Highest: for thy haste is in vain to be above him, for thou hast much exceeded.
 Did not the souls also of the righteous ask question of these things
in their chambers, saying, How long shall I hope on this fashion? when cometh
the fruit of the floor of our reward?
 And unto these things Uriel the archangel gave them answer, and
said, Even when the number of seeds is filled in you: for he hath weighed the
world in the balance.
 By measure hath he measured the times; and by number hath he
numbered the times; and he doth not move nor stir them, until the said measure
 Then answered I and said, O Lord that bearest rule, even we all are
full of impiety.
 And for our sakes peradventure it is that the floors of the
righteous are not filled, because of the sins of them that dwell upon the earth.
 So he answered me, and said, Go thy way to a woman with child, and
ask of her when she hath fulfilled her nine months, if her womb may keep the
birth any longer within her.
 Then said I, No, Lord, that can she not. And he said unto me, In the
grave the chambers of souls are like the womb of a woman:
 For like as a woman that travaileth maketh haste to escape the
necessity of the travail: even so do these places haste to deliver those things
that are committed unto them.
 From the beginning, look, what thou desirest to see, it shall be
 Then answered I and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, and
if it be possible, and if I be meet therefore,
 Shew me then whether there be more to come than is past, or more
past than is to come.
 What is past I know, but what is for to come I know not.
 And he said unto me, Stand up upon the right side, and I shall
expound the similitude unto thee.
 So I stood, and saw, and, behold, an hot burning oven passed by
before me: and it happened that when the flame was gone by I looked, and,
behold, the smoke remained still.
 After this there passed by before me a watery cloud, and sent down
much rain with a storm; and when the stormy rain was past, the drops remained
 Then said he unto me, Consider with thyself; as the rain is more
than the drops, and as the fire is greater than the smoke; but the drops and the
smoke remain behind: so the quantity which is past did more exceed.
 Then I prayed, and said, May I live, thinkest thou, until that time?
or what shall happen in those days?
 He answered me, and said, As for the tokens whereof thou askest me,
I may tell thee of them in part: but as touching thy life, I am not sent to shew
thee; for I do not know it.
 Nevertheless as
coming the tokens, behold, the days shall come, that they which dwell upon earth
shall be taken in a great number, and the way of truth shall be hidden, and the
land shall be barren of faith.
 But iniquity shall be increased above that which now thou seest, or
that thou hast heard long ago.
 And the land, that thou seest now to have root, shalt thou see wasted
 But if the most High grant thee to live, thou shalt see after the
third trumpet that the sun shall suddenly shine again in the night, and the moon
thrice in the day:
 And blood shall drop out of wood, and the stone shall give his voice,
and the people shall be troubled:
 And even he shall rule, whom they look not for that dwell upon the
earth, and the fowls shall take their flight away together:
 And the Sodomitish sea shall cast out fish, and make a noise in the
night, which many have not known: but they shall all hear the voice thereof.
 There shall be a confusion also in many places, and the fire shall be
oft sent out again, and the wild beasts shall change their places, and
menstruous women shall bring forth monsters:
 And salt waters shall be found in the sweet, and all friends shall
destroy one another; then shall wit hide itself, and understanding withdraw
itself into his secret chamber,
 And shall be sought of many, and yet not be found: then shall
unrighteousness and incontinency be multiplied upon earth.
 One land also shall ask another, and say, Is righteousness that
maketh a man righteous gone through thee? And it shall say, No.
 At the same time shall men hope, but nothing obtain: they shall
labour, but their ways shall not prosper.
 To shew thee such tokens I have leave; and if thou wilt pray again,
and weep as now, and fast even days, thou shalt hear yet greater things.
 Then I awaked, and an extreme fearfulness went through all my body,
and my mind was troubled, so that it fainted.
 So the angel that was come to talk with me held me, comforted me,
and set me up upon my feet.
 And in the second night it came to pass, that Salathiel the captain
of the people came unto me, saying, Where hast thou been? and why is thy
countenance so heavy?
 Knowest thou not that Israel is committed unto thee in the land of
 Up then, and eat bread, and forsake us not, as the shepherd that
leaveth his flock in the hands of cruel wolves.
 Then said I unto him, Go thy ways from me, and come not nigh me. And
he heard what I said, and went from me.
 And so I fasted seven days, mourning and weeping, like as Uriel the
angel commanded me.
 And after seven days so it was, that the thoughts of my heart were
very grievous unto me again,
 And my soul recovered the spirit of understanding, and I began to
talk with the most High again,
 And said, O Lord that bearest rule, of every wood of the earth, and
of all the trees thereof, thou hast chosen thee one only vine:
 And of all lands of the whole world thou hast chosen thee one pit:
and of all the flowers thereof one lily:
 And of all the depths of the sea thou hast filled thee one river:
and of all builded cities thou hast hallowed Sion unto thyself:
 And of all the fowls that are created thou hast named thee one dove:
and of all the cattle that are made thou hast provided thee one sheep:
 And among all the multitudes of people thou hast gotten thee one
people: and unto this people, whom thou lovedst, thou gavest a law that is
approved of all.
 And now, O Lord, why hast thou given this one people over unto many?
and upon the one root hast thou prepared others, and why hast thou scattered thy
only one people among many?
 And they which did gainsay thy promises, and believed not thy
covenants, have trodden them down.
 If thou didst so much hate thy people, yet shouldest thou punish
them with thine own hands.
 Now when I had spoken these words, the angel that came to me the
night afore was sent unto me,
 And said unto me, Hear me, and I will instruct thee; hearken to the
thing that I say, and I shall tell thee more.
 And I said, Speak on, my Lord. Then said he unto me, Thou art sore
troubled in mind for Israel's sake: lovest thou that people better than he that
 And I said, No, Lord: but of very grief have I spoken: for my reins
pain me every hour, while I labour to comprehend the way of the most High, and
to seek out part of his judgment.
 And he said unto me, Thou canst not. And I said, Wherefore, Lord?
whereunto was I born then? or why was not my mother's womb then my grave, that I
might not have seen the travail of Jacob, and the wearisome toil of the stock of
 And he said unto me, Number me the things that are not yet come,
gather me together the dross that are scattered abroad, make me the flowers
green again that are withered,
 Open me the places that are closed, and bring me forth the winds
that in them are shut up, shew me the image of a voice: and then I will declare
to thee the thing that thou labourest to know.
 And I said, O Lord that bearest rule, who may know these things, but
he that hath not his dwelling with men?
 As for me, I am unwise: how may I then speak of these things whereof
thou askest me?
 Then said he unto me, Like as thou canst do none of these things
that I have spoken of, even so canst thou not find out my judgment, or in the
end the love that I have promised unto my people.
 And I said, Behold, O Lord, yet art thou nigh unto them that be
reserved till the end: and what shall they do that have been before me, or we
that be now, or they that shall come after us?
 And he said unto me, I will liken my judgment unto a ring: like as
there is no slackness of the last, even so there is no swiftness of the first.
 So I answered and said, Couldest thou not make those that have been
made, and be now, and that are for to come, at once; that thou mightest shew thy
judgment the sooner?
 Then answered he me, and said, The creature may not haste above the
maker; neither may the world hold them at once that shall be created therein.
 And I said, As thou hast said unto thy servant, that thou, which
givest life to all, hast given life at once to the creature that thou hast
created, and the creature bare it: even so it might now also bear them that now
be present at once.
 And he said unto me, Ask the womb of a woman, and say unto her, If
thou bringest forth children, why dost thou it not together, but one after
another? pray her therefore to bring forth ten children at once.
 And I said, She cannot: but must do it by distance of time.
 Then said he unto me, Even so have I given the womb of the earth to
those that be sown in it in their times.
 For like as a young child may not bring forth the things that belong
to the aged, even so have I disposed the world which I created.
 And I asked, and said, Seeing thou hast now given me the way, I will
proceed to speak before thee: for our mother, of whom thou hast told me that she
is young, draweth now nigh unto age.
 He answered me, and said, Ask a woman that beareth children, and she
shall tell thee.
 Say unto her, Wherefore are unto they whom thou hast now brought
forth like those that were before, but less of stature?
 And she shall answer thee, They that be born in the the strength of
youth are of one fashion, and they that are born in the time of age, when the
womb faileth, are otherwise.
 Consider thou therefore also, how that ye are less of stature than
those that were before you.
 And so are they that come after you less than ye, as the creatures
which now begin to be old, and have passed over the strength of youth.
 Then said I, Lord, I beseech thee, if I have found favour in thy
sight, shew thy servant by whom thou visitest thy creature.
 And he said unto me,
In the beginning, when the earth was made, before the borders of the world
stood, or ever the winds blew,
 Before it thundered and lightened, or ever the foundations of
paradise were laid,
 Before the fair flowers were seen, or ever the moveable powers were
established, before the innumerable multitude of angels were gathered together,
 Or ever the heights of the air were lifted up, before the measures of
the firmament were named, or ever the chimneys in Sion were hot,
 And ere the present years were sought out, and or ever the inventions
of them that now sin were turned, before they were sealed that have gathered
faith for a treasure:
 Then did I consider these things, and they all were made through me
alone, and through none other: by me also they shall be ended, and by none
 Then answered I and said, What shall be the parting asunder of the
times? or when shall be the end of the first, and the beginning of it that
 And he said unto me, From Abraham unto Isaac, when Jacob and Esau
were born of him, Jacob's hand held first the heel of Esau.
 For Esau is the end of the world, and Jacob is the beginning of it
 The hand of man is betwixt the heel and the hand: other question,
Esdras, ask thou not.
 I answered then and said, O Lord that bearest rule, if I have found
favour in thy sight,
 I beseech thee, shew thy servant the end of thy tokens, whereof thou
shewedst me part the last night.
 So he answered and said unto me, Stand up upon thy feet, and hear a
mighty sounding voice.
 And it shall be as it were a great motion; but the place where thou
standest shall not be moved.
 And therefore when it speaketh be not afraid: for the word is of the
end, and the foundation of the earth is understood.
 And why? because the speech of these things trembleth and is moved:
for it knoweth that the end of these things must be changed.
 And it happened, that when I had heard it I stood up upon my feet,
and hearkened, and, behold, there was a voice that spake, and the sound of it
was like the sound of many waters.
 And it said, Behold, the days come, that I will begin to draw nigh,
and to visit them that dwell upon the earth,
 And will begin to make inquisition of them, what they be that have
hurt unjustly with their unrighteousness, and when the affliction of Sion shall
 And when the world, that shall begin to vanish away, shall be
finished, then will I shew these tokens: the books shall be opened before the
firmament, and they shall see all together:
 And the children of a year old shall speak with their voices, the
women with child shall bring forth untimely children of three or four months
old, and they shall live, and be raised up.
 And suddenly shall the sown places appear unsown, the full
storehouses shall suddenly be found empty:
 And tha trumpet shall give a sound, which when every man heareth,
they shall be suddenly afraid.
 At that time shall friends fight one against another like enemies,
and the earth shall stand in fear with those that dwell therein, the springs of
the fountains shall stand still, and in three hours they shall not run.
 Whosoever remaineth from all these that I have told thee shall
escape, and see my salvation, and the end of your world.
 And the men that are received shall see it, who have not tasted
death from their birth: and the heart of the inhabitants shall be changed, and
turned into another meaning.
 For evil shall be put out, and deceit shall be quenched.
 As for faith, it shall flourish, corruption shall be overcome, and
the truth, which hath been so long without fruit, shall be declared.
 And when he talked with me, behold, I looked by little and little
upon him before whom I stood.
 And these words said he unto me; I am come to shew thee the time of
the night to come.
 If thou wilt pray yet more, and fast seven days again, I shall tell
thee greater things by day than I have heard.
 For thy voice is heard before the most High: for the Mighty hath
seen thy righteous dealing, he hath seen also thy chastity, which thou hast had
ever since thy youth.
 And therefore hath he sent me to shew thee all these things, and to
say unto thee, Be of good comfort and fear not
 And hasten not with the times that are past, to think vain things,
that thou mayest not hasten from the latter times.
 And it came to pass after this, that I wept again, and fasted seven
days in like manner, that I might fulfil the three weeks which he told me.
 And in the eighth night was my heart vexed within me again, and I
began to speak before the most High.
 For my spirit was greatly set on fire, and my soul was in distress.
 And I said, O Lord, thou spakest from the beginning of the creation,
even the first day, and saidst thus; Let heaven and earth be made; and thy word
was a perfect work.
 And then was the spirit, and darkness and silence were on every
side; the sound of man's voice was not yet formed.
 Then commandedst thou a fair light to come forth of thy treasures,
that thy work might appear.
 Upon the second day thou madest the spirit of the firmament, and
commandedst it to part asunder, and to make a division betwixt the waters, that
the one part might go up, and the other remain beneath.
 Upon the third day thou didst command that the waters should be
gathered in the seventh part of the earth: six pats hast thou dried up, and kept
them, to the intent that of these some being planted of God and tilled might
 For as soon as thy word went forth the work was made.
 For immediately there was great and innumerable fruit, and many and
divers pleasures for the taste, and flowers of unchangeable colour, and odours
of wonderful smell: and this was done the third day.
 Upon the fourth day thou commandedst that the sun should shine, and
the moon give her light, and the stars should be in order:
 And gavest them a charge to do service unto man, that was to be
 Upon the fifth day thou saidst unto the seventh part, where the
waters were gathered that it should bring forth living creatures, fowls and
fishes: and so it came to pass.
 For the dumb water and without life brought forth living things at
the commandment of God, that all people might praise thy wondrous works.
 Then didst thou ordain two living creatures, the one thou calledst
Enoch, and the other Leviathan;
 And didst separate the one from the other: for the seventh part,
namely, where the water was gathered together, might not hold them both.
 Unto Enoch thou gavest one part, which was dried up the third day,
that he should dwell in the same part, wherein are a thousand hills:
 But unto Leviathan thou gavest the seventh part, namely, the moist;
and hast kept him to be devoured of whom thou wilt, and when.
 Upon the sixth day thou gavest commandment unto the earth, that
before thee it should bring forth beasts, cattle, and creeping things:
 And after these, Adam also, whom thou madest lord of all thy
creatures: of him come we all, and the people also whom thou hast chosen.
 All this have I spoken before thee, O Lord, because thou madest the
world for our sakes
 As for the other people, which also come of Adam, thou hast said
that they are nothing, but be like unto spittle: and hast likened the abundance
of them unto a drop that falleth from a vessel.
 And now, O Lord, behold, these heathen, which have ever been reputed
as nothing, have begun to be lords over us, and to devour us.
 But we thy people, whom thou hast called thy firstborn, thy only
begotten, and thy fervent lover, are given into their hands.
 If the world now be made for our sakes, why do we not possess an
inheritance with the world? how long shall this endure?
 And when I had made
an end of speaking these words, there was sent unto me the angel which had been
sent unto me the nights afore:
 And he said unto me, Up, Esdras, and hear the words that I am come to
 And I said, Speak on, my God. Then said he unto me, The sea is set in
a wide place, that it might be deep and great.
 But put the case the entrance were narrow, and like a river;
 Who then could go into the sea to look upon it, and to rule it? if he
went not through the narrow, how could he come into the broad?
 There is also another thing; A city is builded, and set upon a broad
field, and is full of all good things:
 The entrance thereof is narrow, and is set in a dangerous place to
fall, like as if there were a fire on the right hand, and on the left a deep
 And one only path between them both, even between the fire and the
water, so small that there could but one man go there at once.
 If this city now were given unto a man for an inheritance, if he
never shall pass the danger set before it, how shall he receive this
 And I said, It is so, Lord. Then said he unto me, Even so also is
 Because for their sakes I made the world: and when Adam transgressed
my statutes, then was decreed that now is done.
 Then were the entrances of this world made narrow, full of sorrow
and travail: they are but few and evil, full of perils,: and very painful.
 For the entrances of the elder world were wide and sure, and brought
 If then they that live labour not to enter these strait and vain
things, they can never receive those that are laid up for them.
 Now therefore why disquietest thou thyself, seeing thou art but a
corruptible man? and why art thou moved, whereas thou art but mortal?
 Why hast thou not considered in thy mind this thing that is to come,
rather than that which is present?
 Then answered I and said, O Lord that bearest rule, thou hast
ordained in thy law, that the righteous should inherit these things, but that
the ungodly should perish.
 Nevertheless the righteous shall suffer strait things, and hope for
wide: for they that have done wickedly have suffered the strait things, and yet
shall not see the wide.
 And he said unto me. There is no judge above God, and none that hath
understanding above the Highest.
 For there be many that perish in this life, because they despise the
law of God that is set before them.
 For God hath given strait commandment to such as came, what they
should do to live, even as they came, and what they should observe to avoid
 Nevertheless they were not obedient unto him; but spake against him,
and imagined vain things;
 And deceived themselves by their wicked deeds; and said of the most
High, that he is not; and knew not his ways:
 But his law have they despised, and denied his covenants; in his
statutes have they not been faithful, and have not performed his works.
 And therefore, Esdras, for the empty are empty things, and for the
full are the full things.
 Behold, the time shall come, that these tokens which I have told
thee shall come to pass, and the bride shall appear, and she coming forth shall
be seen, that now is withdrawn from the earth.
 And whosoever is delivered from the foresaid evils shall see my
 For my son Jesus shall be revealed with those that be with him, and
they that remain shall rejoice within four hundred years.
 After these years shall my son Christ die, and all men that have
 And the world shall be turned into the old silence seven days, like
as in the former judgments: so that no man shall remain.
 And after seven days the world, that yet awaketh not, shall be
raised up, and that shall die that is corrupt
 And the earth shall restore those that are asleep in her, and so
shall the dust those that dwell in silence, and the secret places shall deliver
those souls that were committed unto them.
 And the most High shall appear upon the seat of judgment, and misery
shall pass away, and the long suffering shall have an end:
 But judgment only shall remain, truth shall stand, and faith shall
 And the work shall follow, and the reward shall be shewed, and the
good deeds shall be of force, and wicked deeds shall bear no rule.
 Then said I, Abraham prayed first for the Sodomites, and Moses for
the fathers that sinned in the wilderness:
 And Jesus after him for Israel in the time of Achan:
 And Samuel and David for the destruction: and Solomon for them that
should come to the sanctuary:
 And Helias for those that received rain; and for the dead, that he
 And Ezechias for the people in the time of Sennacherib: and many for
 Even so now, seeing corruption is grown up, and wickedness
increased, and the righteous have prayed for the ungodly: wherefore shall it not
be so now also?
 He answered me, and said, This present life is not the end where
much glory doth abide; therefore have they prayed for the weak.
 But the day of doom shall be the end of this time, and the beginning
of the immortality for to come, wherein corruption is past,
 Intemperance is at an end, infidelity is cut off, righteousness is
grown, and truth is sprung up.
 Then shall no man be able to save him that is destroyed, nor to
oppress him that hath gotten the victory.
 I answered then and said, This is my first and last saying, that it
had been better not to have given the earth unto Adam: or else, when it was
given him, to have restrained him from sinning.
 For what profit is it for men now in this present time to live in
heaviness, and after death to look for punishment?
 O thou Adam, what hast thou done? for though it was thou that
sinned, thou art not fallen alone, but we all that come of thee.
 For what profit is it unto us, if there be promised us an immortal
time, whereas we have done the works that bring death?
 And that there is promised us an everlasting hope, whereas ourselves
being most wicked are made vain?
 And that there are laid up for us dwellings of health and safety,
whereas we have lived wickedly?
 And that the glory of the most High is kept to defend them which
have led a wary life, whereas we have walked in the most wicked ways of all?
 And that there should be shewed a paradise, whose fruit endureth for
ever, wherein is security and medicine, since we shall not enter into it?
 (For we have walked in unpleasant places.)
 And that the faces of them which have used abstinence shall shine
above the stars, whereas our faces shall be blacker than darkness?
 For while we lived and committed iniquity, we considered not that we
should begin to suffer for it after death.
 Then answered he me, and said, This is the condition of the battle,
which man that is born upon the earth shall fight;
 That, if he be overcome, he shall suffer as thou hast said: but if
he get the victory, he shall receive the thing that I say.
 For this is the life whereof Moses spake unto the people while he
lived, saying, Choose thee life, that thou mayest live.
 Nevertheless they believed not him, nor yet the prophets after him,
no nor me which have spoken unto them,
 That there should not be such heaviness in their destruction, as
shall be joy over them that are persuaded to salvation.
 I answered then, and said, I know, Lord, that the most High is
called merciful, in that he hath mercy upon them which are not yet come into the
 And upon those also that turn to his law;
 And that he is patient, and long suffereth those that have sinned,
as his creatures;
 And that he is bountiful, for he is ready to give where it needeth;
 And that he is of great mercy, for he multiplieth more and more
mercies to them that are present, and that are past, and also to them which are
 For if he shall not multiply his mercies, the world would not
continue with them that inherit therein.
 And he pardoneth; for if he did not so of his goodness, that they
which have committed iniquities might be eased of them, the ten thousandth part
of men should not remain living.
 And being judge, if he should not forgive them that are cured with
his word, and put out the multitude of contentions,
 There should be very few left peradventure in an innumerable
 And he answered me,
saying, The most High hath made this world for many, but the world to come for
 I will tell thee a similitude, Esdras; As when thou askest the earth,
it shall say unto thee, that it giveth much mould whereof earthen vessels are
made, but little dust that gold cometh of: even so is the course of this present
 There be many created, but few shall be saved.
 So answered I and said, Swallow then down, O my soul, understanding,
and devour wisdom.
 For thou hast agreed to give ear, and art willing to prophesy: for
thou hast no longer space than only to live.
 O Lord, if thou suffer not thy servant, that we may pray before thee,
and thou give us seed unto our heart, and culture to our understanding, that
there may come fruit of it; how shall each man live that is corrupt, who beareth
the place of a man?
 For thou art alone, and we all one workmanship of thine hands, like
as thou hast said.
 For when the body is fashioned now in the mother's womb, and thou
givest it members, thy creature is preserved in fire and water, and nine months
doth thy workmanship endure thy creature which is created in her.
 But that which keepeth and is kept shall both be preserved: and when
the time cometh, the womb preserved delivereth up the things that grew in it.
 For thou hast commanded out of the parts of the body, that is to
say, out of the breasts, milk to be given, which is the fruit of the breasts,
 That the thing which is fashioned may be nourished for a time, till
thou disposest it to thy mercy.
 Thou broughtest it up with thy righteousness, and nurturedst it in
thy law, and reformedst it with thy judgment.
 And thou shalt mortify it as thy creature, and quicken it as thy
 If therefore thou shalt destroy him which with so great labour was
fashioned, it is an easy thing to be ordained by thy commandment, that the thing
which was made might be preserved.
 Now therefore, Lord, I will speak; touching man in general, thou
knowest best; but touching thy people, for whose sake I am sorry;
 And for thine inheritance, for whose cause I mourn; and for Israel,
for whom I am heavy; and for Jacob, for whose sake I am troubled;
 Therefore will I begin to pray before thee for myself and for them:
for I see the falls of us that dwell in the land.
 But I have heard the swiftness of the judge which is to come.
 Therefore hear my voice, and understand my words, and I shall speak
before thee. This is the beginning of the words of Esdras, before he was taken
up: and I said,
 O Lord, thou that dwellest in everlastingness which beholdest from
above things in the heaven and in the air;
 Whose throne is inestimable; whose glory may not be comprehended;
before whom the hosts of angels stand with trembling,
 Whose service is conversant in wind and fire; whose word is true,
and sayings constant; whose commandment is strong, and ordinance fearful;
 Whose look drieth up the depths, and indignation maketh the
mountains to melt away; which the truth witnesseth:
 O hear the prayer of thy servant, and give ear to the petition of
 For while I live I will speak, and so long as I have understanding I
 O look not upon the sins of thy people; but on them which serve thee
 Regard not the wicked inventions of the heathen, but the desire of
those that keep thy testimonies in afflictions.
 Think not upon those that have walked feignedly before thee: but
remember them, which according to thy will have known thy fear.
 Let it not be thy will to destroy them which have lived like beasts;
but to look upon them that have clearly taught thy law.
 Take thou no indignation at them which are deemed worse than beasts;
but love them that always put their trust in thy righteousness and glory.
 For we and our fathers do languish of such diseases: but because of
us sinners thou shalt be called merciful.
 For if thou hast a desire to have mercy upon us, thou shalt be
called merciful, to us namely, that have no works of righteousness.
 For the just, which have many good works laid up with thee, shall
out of their own deeds receive reward.
 For what is man, that thou shouldest take displeasure at him? or
what is a corruptible generation, that thou shouldest be so bitter toward it?
 For in truth them is no man among them that be born, but he hath
dealt wickedly; and among the faithful there is none which hath not done amiss.
 For in this, O Lord, thy righteousness and thy goodness shall be
declared, if thou be merciful unto them which have not the confidence of good
 Then answered he me, and said, Some things hast thou spoken aright,
and according unto thy words it shall be.
 For indeed I will not think on the disposition of them which have
sinned before death, before judgment, before destruction:
 But I will rejoice over the disposition of the righteous, and I will
remember also their pilgrimage, and the salvation, and the reward, that they
 Like as I have spoken now, so shall it come to pass.
 For as the husbandman soweth much seed upon the ground, and planteth
many trees, and yet the thing that is sown good in his season cometh not up,
neither doth all that is planted take root: even so is it of them that are sown
in the world; they shall not all be saved.
 I answered then and said, If I have found grace, let me speak.
 Like as the husbandman's seed perisheth, if it come not up, and
receive not thy rain in due season; or if there come too much rain, and corrupt
 Even so perisheth man also, which is formed with thy hands, and is
called thine own image, because thou art like unto him, for whose sake thou hast
made all things, and likened him unto the husbandman's seed.
 Be not wroth with us but spare thy people, and have mercy upon thine
own inheritance: for thou art merciful unto thy creature.
 Then answered he me, and said, Things present are for the present,
and things to cometh for such as be to come.
 For thou comest far short that thou shouldest be able to love my
creature more than I: but I have ofttimes drawn nigh unto thee, and unto it, but
never to the unrighteous.
 In this also thou art marvellous before the most High:
 In that thou hast humbled thyself, as it becometh thee, and hast not
judged thyself worthy to be much glorified among the righteous.
 For many great miseries shall be done to them that in the latter
time shall dwell in the world, because they have walked in great pride.
 But understand thou for thyself, and seek out the glory for such as
be like thee.
 For unto you is paradise opened, the tree of life is planted, the
time to come is prepared, plenteousness is made ready, a city is builded, and
rest is allowed, yea, perfect goodness and wisdom.
 The root of evil is sealed up from you, weakness and the moth is hid
from you, and corruption is fled into hell to be forgotten:
 Sorrows are passed, and in the end is shewed the treasure of
 And therefore ask thou no more questions concerning the multitude of
them that perish.
 For when they had taken liberty, they despised the most High,
thought scorn of his law, and forsook his ways.
 Moreover they have trodden down his righteous,
 And said in their heart, that there is no God; yea, and that knowing
they must die.
 For as the things aforesaid shalt receive you, so thirst and pain
are prepared for them: for it was not his will that men should come to nought:
 But they which be created have defiled the name of him that made
them, and were unthankful unto him which prepared life for them.
 And therefore is my judgment now at hand.
 These things have I not shewed unto all men, but unto thee, and a
few like thee. Then answered I and said,
 Behold, O Lord, now hast thou shewed me the multitude of the
wonders, which thou wilt begin to do in the last times: but at what time, thou
hast not shewed me.
 He answered me then,
and said, Measure thou the time diligently in itself: and when thou seest part
of the signs past, which I have told thee before,
 Then shalt thou understand, that it is the very same time, wherein
the Highest will begin to visit the world which he made.
 Therefore when there shall be seen earthquakes and uproars of the
people in the world:
 Then shalt thou well understand, that the most High spake of those
things from the days that were before thee, even from the beginning.
 For like as all that is made in the world hath a beginning and an
end, and the end is manifest:
 Even so the times also of the Highest have plain beginnings in wonder
and powerful works, and endings in effects and signs.
 And every one that shall be saved, and shall be able to escape by his
works, and by faith, whereby ye have believed,
 Shall be preserved from the said perils, and shall see my salvation
in my land, and within my borders: for I have sanctified them for me from the
 Then shall they be in pitiful case, which now have abused my ways:
and they that have cast them away despitefully shall dwell in torments.
 For such as in their life have received benefits, and have not known
 And they that have loathed my law, while they had yet liberty, and,
when as yet place of repentance was open unto them, understood not, but despised
 The same must know it after death by pain.
 And therefore be thou not curious how the ungodly shall be punished,
and when: but enquire how the righteous shall be saved, whose the world is, and
for whom the world is created.
 Then answered I and said,
 I have said before, and now do speak, and will speak it also
hereafter, that there be many more of them which perish, than of them which
shall be saved:
 Like as a wave is greater than a drop.
 And he answered me, saying, Like as the field is, so is also the
seed; as the flowers be, such are the colours also; such as the workman is, such
also is the work; and as the husbandman ls himself, so is his husbandry also:
for it was the time of the world.
 And now when I prepared the world, which was not yet made, even for
them to dwell in that now live, no man spake against me.
 For then every one obeyed: but now the manners of them which are
created in this world that is made are corrupted by a perpetual seed, and by a
law which is unsearchable rid themselves.
 So I considered the world, and, behold, there was peril because of
the devices that were come into it.
 And I saw, and spared it greatly, and have kept me a grape of the
cluster, and a plant of a great people.
 Let the multitude perish then, which was born in vain; and let my
grape be kept, and my plant; for with great labour have I made it perfect.
 Nevertheless, if thou wilt cease yet seven days more, (but thou
shalt not fast in them,
 But go into a field of flowers, where no house is builded, and eat
only the flowers of the field; taste no flesh, drink no wine, but eat flowers
 And pray unto the Highest continually, then will I come and talk
 So I went my way into the field which is called Ardath, like as he
commanded me; and there I sat among the flowers, and did eat of the herbs of the
field, and the meat of the same satisfied me.
 After seven days I sat upon the grass, and my heart was vexed within
me, like as before:
 And I opened my mouth, and began to talk before the most High, and
 O Lord, thou that shewest thyself unto us, thou wast shewed unto our
fathers in the wilderness, in a place where no man treadeth, in a barren place,
when they came out of Egypt.
 And thou spakest saying, Hear me, O Israel; and mark my words, thou
seed of Jacob.
 For, behold, I sow my law in you, and it shall bring fruit in you,
and ye shall be honoured in it for ever.
 But our fathers, which received the law, kept it not, and observed
not thy ordinances: and though the fruit of thy law did not perish, neither
could it, for it was thine;
 Yet they that received it perished, because they kept not the thing
that was sown in them.
 And, lo, it ls a custom, when the ground hath received seed, or the
sea a ship, or any vessel meat or drink, that, that being perished wherein it
was sown or cast into,
 That thing also which was sown, or cast therein, or received, doth
perish, and remaineth not with us: but with us it hath not happened so.
 For we that have received the law perish by sin, and our heart also
which received it
 Notwithstanding the law perisheth not, but remaineth in his force.
 And when I spake these things in my heart, I looked back with mine
eyes, and upon the right side I saw a woman, and, behold, she mourned and wept
with a loud voice, and was much grieved in heart, and her clothes were rent, and
she had ashes upon her head.
 Then let I my thoughts go that I was in, and turned me unto her,
 And said unto her, Wherefore weepest thou? why art thou so grieved
in thy mind?
 And she said unto me, Sir, let me alone, that I may bewail myself,
and add unto my sorrow, for I am sore vexed in my mind, and brought very low.
 And I said unto her, What aileth thee? tell me.
 She said unto me, I thy servant have been barren, and had no child,
though I had an husband thirty years,
 And those thirty years I did nothing else day and night, and every
hour, but make my, prayer to the Highest.
 After thirty years God heard me thine handmaid, looked upon my
misery, considered my trouble, and gave me a son: and I was very glad of him, so
was my husband also, and all my neighbours: and we gave great honour unto the
 And I nourished him with great travail.
 So when he grew up, and came to the time that he should have a wife,
I made a feast.
 And it so came to
pass, that when my son was entered into his wedding chamber, he fell down, and
 Then we all overthrew the lights, and all my neighbours rose up to
comfort me: so I took my rest unto the second day at night.
 And it came to pass, when they had all left off to comfort me, to the
end I might be quiet; then rose I up by night and fled, and came hither into
this field, as thou seest.
 And I do now purpose not to return into the city, but here to stay,
and neither to eat nor drink, but continually to mourn and to fast until I die.
 Then left I the meditations wherein I was, and spake to her in anger,
 Thou foolish woman above all other, seest thou not our mourning, and
what happeneth unto us?
 How that Sion our mother is full of all heaviness, and much humbled,
mourning very sore?
 And now, seeing we all mourn and are sad, for we are all in
heaviness, art thou grieved for one son?
 For ask the earth, and she shall tell thee, that it is she which
ought to mourn for the fall of so many that grow upon her.
 For out of her came all at the first, and out of her shall all
others come, and, behold, they walk almost all into destruction, and a multitude
of them is utterly rooted out.
 Who then should make more mourning than she, that hath lost so great
a multitude; and not thou, which art sorry but for one?
 But if thou sayest unto me, My lamentation is not like the earth's,
because I have lost the fruit of my womb, which I brought forth with pains, and
bare with sorrows;
 But the earth not so: for the multitude present in it according to
the course of the earth is gone, as it came:
 Then say I unto thee, Like as thou hast brought forth with labour;
even so the earth also hath given her fruit, namely, man, ever since the
beginning unto him that made her.
 Now therefore keep thy sorrow to thyself, and bear with a good
courage that which hath befallen thee.
 For if thou shalt acknowledge the determination of God to be just,
thou shalt both receive thy son in time, and shalt be commended among women.
 Go thy way then into the city to thine husband.
 And she said unto me, That will I not do: I will not go into the
city, but here will I die.
 So I proceeded to speak further unto her, and said,
 Do not so, but be counselled. by me: for how many are the
adversities of Sion? be comforted in regard of the sorrow of Jerusalem.
 For thou seest that our sanctuary is laid waste, our altar broken
down, our temple destroyed;
 Our psaltery is laid on the ground, our song is put to silence, our
rejoicing is at an end, the light of our candlestick is put out, the ark of our
covenant is spoiled, our holy things are defiled, and the name that is called
upon us is almost profaned: our children are put to shame, our priests are
burnt, our Levites are gone into captivity, our virgins are defiled, and our
wives ravished; our righteous men carried away, our little ones destroyed, our
young men are brought in bondage, and our strong men are become weak;
 And, which is the greatest of all, the seal of Sion hath now lost
her honour; for she is delivered into the hands of them that hate us.
 And therefore shake off thy great heaviness, and put away the
multitude of sorrows, that the Mighty may be merciful unto thee again, and the
Highest shall give thee rest and ease from thy labour.
 And it came to pass while I was talking with her, behold, her face
upon a sudden shined exceedingly, and her countenance glistered, so that I was
afraid of her, and mused what it might be.
 And, behold, suddenly she made a great cry very fearful: so that the
earth shook at the noise of the woman.
 And I looked, and, behold, the woman appeared unto me no more, but
there was a city builded, and a large place shewed itself from the foundations:
then was I afraid, and cried with a loud voice, and said,
 Where is Uriel the angel, who came unto me at the first? for he hath
caused me to fall into many trances, and mine end is turned into corruption, and
my prayer to rebuke.
 And as I was speaking these words behold, he came unto me, and
looked upon me.
 And, lo, I lay as one that had been dead, and mine understanding was
taken from me: and he took me by the right hand, and comforted me, and set me
upon my feet, and said unto me,
 What aileth thee? and why art thou so disquieted? and why is thine
understanding troubled, and the thoughts of thine heart?
 And I said, Because thou hast forsaken me, and yet I did according
to thy words, and I went into the field, and, lo, I have seen, and yet see, that
I am not able to express.
 And he said unto me, Stand up manfully, and I will advise thee.
 Then said I, Speak on, my lord, in me; only forsake me not, lest I
die frustrate of my hope.
 For I have seen that I knew not, and hear that I do not know.
 Or is my sense deceived, or my soul in a dream?
 Now therefore I beseech thee that thou wilt shew thy servant of this
 He answered me then, and said, Hear me, and I shall inform thee, and
tell thee wherefore thou art afraid: for the Highest will reveal many secret
things unto thee.
 He hath seen that thy way is right: for that thou sorrowest
continually for thy people, and makest great lamentation for Sion.
 This therefore is the meaning of the vision which thou lately
 Thou sawest a woman mourning, and thou begannest to comfort her:
 But now seest thou the likeness of the woman no more, but there
appeared unto thee a city builded.
 And whereas she told thee of the death of her son, this is the
 This woman, whom thou sawest is Sion: and whereas she said unto
thee, even she whom thou seest as a city builded,
 Whereas, I say, she said unto thee, that she hath been thirty years
barren: those are the thirty years wherein there was no offering made in her.
 But after thirty years Solomon builded the city and offered
offerings: and then bare the barren a son.
 And whereas she told thee that she nourished him with labour: that
was the dwelling in Jerusalem.
 But whereas she said unto thee, That my son coming into his marriage
chamber happened to have a fail, and died: this was the destruction that came to
 And, behold, thou sawest her likeness, and because she mourned for
her son, thou begannest to comfort her: and of these things which have chanced,
these are to be opened unto thee.
 For now the most High seeth that thou art grieved unfeignedly, and
sufferest from thy whole heart for her, so hath he shewed thee the brightness of
her glory, and the comeliness of her beauty:
 And therefore I bade thee remain in the field where no house was
 For I knew that the Highest would shew this unto thee.
 Therefore I commanded thee to go into the field, where no foundation
of any building was.
 For in the place wherein the Highest beginneth to shew his city,
there can no man's building be able to stand.
 And therefore fear not, let not thine heart be affrighted, but go
thy way in, and see the beauty and greatness of the building, as much as thine
eyes be able to see:
 And then shalt thou hear as much as thine ears may comprehend.
 For thou art blessed above many other, and art called with the
Highest; and so are but few.
 But to morrow at night thou shalt remain here;
 And so shall the Highest shew thee visions of the high things, which
the most High will do unto them that dwell upon the earth in the last days. So I
slept that night and another, like as he commanded me.
 Then saw I a dream,
and, behold, there came up from the sea an eagle, which had twelve feathered
wings, and three heads.
 And I saw, and, behold, she spread her wings over all the earth, and
all the winds of the air blew on her, and were gathered together.
 And I beheld, and out of her feathers there grew other contrary
feathers; and they became little feathers and small.
 But her heads were at rest: the head in the midst was greater than
the other, yet rested it with the residue.
 Moreover I beheld, and, lo, the eagle flew with her feathers, and
reigned upon earth, and over them that dwelt therein.
 And I saw that all things under heaven were subject unto her, and no
man spake against her, no, not one creature upon earth.
 And I beheld, and, lo, the eagle rose upon her talons, and spake to
her feathers, saying,
 Watch not all at once: sleep every one in his own place, and watch by
 But let the heads be preserved for the last.
 And I beheld, and, lo, the voice went not out of her heads, but from
the midst of her body.
 And I numbered her contrary feathers, and, behold, there were eight
 And I looked, and, behold, on the right side there arose one
feather, and reigned over all the earth;
 And so it was, that when it reigned, the end of it came, and the
place thereof appeared no more: so the next following stood up. and reigned, and
had a great time;
 And it happened, that when it reigned, the end of it came also, like
as the first, so that it appeared no more.
 Then came there a voice unto it, and said,
 Hear thou that hast borne rule over the earth so long: this I say
unto thee, before thou beginnest to appear no more,
 There shall none after thee attain unto thy time, neither unto the
 Then arose the third, and reigned as the other before, and appeared
no more also.
 So went it with all the residue one after another, as that every one
reigned, and then appeared no more.
 Then I beheld, and, lo, in process of time the feathers that
followed stood up upon the right side, that they might rule also; and some of
them ruled, but within a while they appeared no more:
 For some of them were set up, but ruled not.
 After this I looked, and, behold, the twelve feathers appeared no
more, nor the two little feathers:
 And there was no more upon the eagle's body, but three heads that
rested, and six little wings.
 Then saw I also that two little feathers divided themselves from the
six, and remained under the head that was upon the right side: for the four
continued in their place.
 And I beheld, and, lo, the feathers that were under the wing thought
to set up themselves and to have the rule.
 And I beheld, and, lo, there was one set up, but shortly it appeared
 And the second was sooner away than the first.
 And I beheld, and, lo, the two that remained thought also in
themselves to reign:
 And when they so thought, behold, there awaked one of the heads that
were at rest, namely, it that was in the midst; for that was greater than the
two other heads.
 And then I saw that the two other heads were joined with it.
 And, behold, the head was turned with them that were with it, and
did eat up the two feathers under the wing that would have reigned.
 But this head put the whole earth in fear, and bare rule in it over
all those that dwelt upon the earth with much oppression; and it had the
governance of the world more than all the wings that had been.
 And after this I beheld, and, lo, the head that was in the midst
suddenly appeared no more, like as the wings.
 But there remained the two heads, which also in like sort ruled upon
the earth, and over those that dwelt therein.
 And I beheld, and, lo, the head upon the right side devoured it that
was upon the left side.
 Then I head a voice, which said unto me, Look before thee, and
consider the thing that thou seest.
 And I beheld, and lo, as it were a roaring lion chased out of the
wood: and I saw that he sent out a man's voice unto the eagle, and said,
 Hear thou, I will talk with thee, and the Highest shall say unto
 Art not thou it that remainest of the four beasts, whom I made to
reign in my world, that the end of their times might come through them?
 And the fourth came, and overcame all the beasts that were past, and
had power over the world with great fearfulness, and over the whole compass of
the earth with much wicked oppression; and so long time dwelt he upon the earth
 For the earth hast thou not judged with truth.
 For thou hast afflicted the meek, thou hast hurt the peaceable, thou
hast loved liars, and destroyed the dwellings of them that brought forth fruit,
and hast cast down the walls of such as did thee no harm.
 Therefore is thy wrongful dealing come up unto the Highest, and thy
pride unto the Mighty.
 The Highest also hath looked upon the proud times, and, behold, they
are ended, and his abominations are fulfilled.
 And therefore appear no more, thou eagle, nor thy horrible wings,
nor thy wicked feathers nor thy malicious heads, nor thy hurtful claws, nor all
thy vain body:
 That all the earth may be refreshed, and may return, being delivered
from thy violence, and that she may hope for the judgment and mercy of him that
 And it came to pass,
whiles the lion spake these words unto the eagle, I saw,
 And, behold, the head that remained and the four wings appeared no
more, and the two went unto it and set themselves up to reign, and their kingdom
was small, and fill of uproar.
 And I saw, and, behold, they appeared no more, and the whole body of
the eagle was burnt so that the earth was in great fear: then awaked I out of
the trouble and trance of my mind, and from great fear, and said unto my spirit,
 Lo, this hast thou done unto me, in that thou searchest out the ways
of the Highest.
 Lo, yet am I weary in my mind, and very weak in my spirit; and little
strength is there in me, for the great fear wherewith I was afflicted this
 Therefore will I now beseech the Highest, that he will comfort me
unto the end.
 And I said, Lord that bearest rule, if I have found grace before thy
sight, and if I am justified with thee before many others, and if my prayer
indeed be come up before thy face;
 Comfort me then, and shew me thy servant the interpretation and plain
difference of this fearful vision, that thou mayest perfectly comfort my soul.
 For thou hast judged me worthy to shew me the last times.
 And he said unto me, This is the interpretation of the vision:
 The eagle, whom thou sawest come up from the sea, is the kingdom
which was seen in the vision of thy brother Daniel.
 But it was not expounded unto him, therefore now I declare it unto
 Behold, the days will come, that there shall rise up a kingdom upon
earth, and it shall be feared above all the kingdoms that were before it.
 In the same shall twelve kings reign, one after another:
 Whereof the second shall begin to reign, and shall have more time
than any of the twelve.
 And this do the twelve wings signify, which thou sawest.
 As for the voice which thou heardest speak, and that thou sawest not
to go out from the heads but from the midst of the body thereof, this is the
 That after the time of that kingdom there shall arise great
strivings, and it shall stand in peril of failing: nevertheless it shall not
then fall, but shall be restored again to his beginning.
 And whereas thou sawest the eight small under feathers sticking to
her wings, this is the interpretation:
 That in him there shall arise eight kings, whose times shall be but
small, and their years swift.
 And two of them shall perish, the middle time approaching: four
shall be kept until their end begin to approach: but two shall be kept unto the
 And whereas thou sawest three heads resting, this is the
 In his last days shall the most High raise up three kingdoms, and
renew many things therein, and they shall have the dominion of the earth,
 And of those that dwell therein, with much oppression, above all
those that were before them: therefore are they called the heads of the eagle.
 For these are they that shall accomplish his wickedness, and that
shall finish his last end.
 And whereas thou sawest that the great head appeared no more, it
signifieth that one of them shall die upon his bed, and yet with pain.
 For the two that remain shall be slain with the sword.
 For the sword of the one shall devour the other: but at the last
shall he fall through the sword himself.
 And whereas thou sawest two feathers under the wings passing over
the head that is on the right side;
 It signifieth that these are they, whom the Highest hath kept unto
their end: this is the small kingdom and full of trouble, as thou sawest.
 And the lion, whom thou sawest rising up out of the wood, and
roaring, and speaking to the eagle, and rebuking her for her unrighteousness
with all the words which thou hast heard;
 This is the anointed, which the Highest hath kept for them and for
their wickedness unto the end: he shall reprove them, and shall upbraid them
with their cruelty.
 For he shall set them before him alive in judgment, and shall rebuke
them, and correct them.
 For the rest of my people shall he deliver with mercy, those that
have been pressed upon my borders, and he shall make them joyful until the
coming of the day of judgment, whereof I have spoken unto thee from the the
 This is the dream that thou sawest, and these are the
 Thou only hast been meet to know this secret of the Highest.
 Therefore write all these things that thou hast seen in a book, and
 And teach them to the wise of the people, whose hearts thou knowest
may comprehend and keep these secrets.
 But wait thou here thyself yet seven days more, that it may be
shewed thee, whatsoever it pleaseth the Highest to declare unto thee. And with
that he went his way.
 And it came to pass, when all the people saw that the seven days
were past, and I not come again into the city, they gathered them all together,
from the least unto the greatest, and came unto me, and said,
 What have we offended thee? and what evil have we done against thee,
that thou forsakest us, and sittest here in this place?
 For of all the prophets thou only art left us, as a cluster of the
vintage, and as a candle in a dark place, and as a haven or ship preserved from
 Are not the evils which are come to us sufficient?
 If thou shalt forsake us, how much better had it been for us, if we
also had been burned in the midst of Sion?
 For we are not better than they that died there. And they wept with
a loud voice. Then answered I them, and said,
 Be of good comfort, O Israel; and be not heavy, thou house of Jacob:
 For the Highest hath you in remembrance, and the Mighty hath not
forgotten you in temptation.
 As for me, I have not forsaken you, neither am I departed from you:
but am come into this place, to pray for the desolation of Sion, and that I
might seek mercy for the low estate of your sanctuary.
 And now go your way home every man, and after these days will I come
 So the people went their way into the city, like as I commanded
 But I remained still in the field seven days, as the angel commanded
me; and did eat only in those days of the flowers of the field, and had my meat
of the herbs
 And it came to pass
after seven days, I dreamed a dream by night:
 And, lo, there arose a wind from the sea, that it moved all the waves
 And I beheld, and, lo, that man waxed strong with the thousands of
heaven: and when he turned his countenance to look, all the things trembled that
were seen under him.
 And whensoever the voice went out of his mouth, all they burned that
heard his voice, like as the earth faileth when it feeleth the fire.
 And after this I beheld, and, lo, there was gathered together a
multitude of men, out of number, from the four winds of the heaven, to subdue
the man that came out of the sea
 But I beheld, and, lo, he had graved himself a great mountain, and
flew up upon it.
 But I would have seen the region or place whereout the hill was
graven, and I could not.
 And after this I beheld, and, lo, all they which were gathered
together to subdue him were sore afraid, and yet durst fight.
 And, lo, as he saw the violence of the multitude that came, he
neither lifted up his hand, nor held sword, nor any instrument of war:
 But only I saw that he sent out of his mouth as it had been a blast
of fire, and out of his lips a flaming breath, and out of his tongue he cast out
sparks and tempests.
 And they were all mixed together; the blast of fire, the flaming
breath, and the great tempest; and fell with violence upon the multitude which
was prepared to fight, and burned them up every one, so that upon a sudden of an
innumerable multitude nothing was to be perceived, but only dust and smell of
smoke: when I saw this I was afraid.
 Afterward saw I the same man come down from the mountain, and call
unto him another peaceable Multitude.
 And there came much people unto him, whereof some were glad, some
were sorry, and some of them were bound, and other some brought of them that
were offered: then was I sick through great fear, and I awaked, and said,
 Thou hast shewed thy servant these wonders from the beginning, and
hast counted me worthy that thou shouldest receive my prayer:
 Shew me now yet the interpretation of this dream.
 For as I conceive in mine understanding, woe unto them that shall be
left in those days and much more woe unto them that are not left behind!
 For they that were not left were in heaviness.
 Now understand I the things that are laid up in the latter days,
which shall happen unto them, and to those that are left behind.
 Therefore are they come into great perils and many necessities, like
as these dreams declare.
 Yet is it easier for him that is in danger to come into these
things, than to pass away as a cloud out of the world, and not to see the things
that happen in the last days. And he answered unto me, and said,
 The interpretation of the vision shall I shew thee, and I will open
unto thee the thing that thou hast required.
 Whereas thou hast spoken of them that are left behind, this is the
 He that shall endure the peril in that time hath kept himself: they
that be fallen into danger are such as have works, and faith toward the
 Know this therefore, that they which be left behind are more blessed
than they that be dead.
 This is the meaning of the vision: Whereas thou sawest a man coming
up from the midst of the sea:
 The same is he whom God the Highest hath kept a great season, which
by his own self shall deliver his creature: and he shall order them that are
 And whereas thou sawest, that out of his mouth there came as a blast
of wind, and fire, and storm;
 And that he held neither sword, nor any instrument of war, but that
the rushing in of him destroyed the whole multitude that came to subdue him;
this is the interpretation:
 Behold, the days come, when the most High will begin to deliver them
that are upon the earth.
 And he shall come to the astonishment of them that dwell on the
 And one shall undertake to fight against another, one city against
another, one place against another, one people against another, and one realm
 And the time shall be when these things shall come to pass, and the
signs shall happen which I shewed thee before, and then shall my Son be
declared, whom thou sawest as a man ascending.
 And when all the people hear his voice, every man shall in their own
land leave the battle they have one against another.
 And an innumerable multitude shall be gathered together, as thou
sawest them, willing to come, and to overcome him by fighting.
 But he shall stand upon the top of the mount Sion.
 And Sion shall come, and shall be shewed to all men, being prepared
and builded, like as thou sawest the hill graven without hands.
 And this my Son shall rebuke the wicked inventions of those nations,
which for their wicked life are fallen into the tempest;
 And shall lay before them their evil thoughts, and the torments
wherewith they shall begin to be tormented, which are like unto a flame: and he
shall destroy them without labour by the law which is like unto me.
 And whereas thou sawest that he gathered another peaceable multitude
 Those are the ten tribes, which were carried away prisoners out of
their own land in the time of Osea the king, whom Salmanasar the king of Assyria
led away captive, and he carried them over the waters, and so came they into
 But they took this counsel among themselves, that they would leave
the multitude of the heathen, and go forth into a further country, where never
 That they might there keep their statutes, which they never kept in
their own land.
 And they entered into Euphrates by the narrow places of the river.
 For the most High then shewed signs for them, and held still the
flood, till they were passed over.
 For through that country there was a great way to go, namely, of a
year and a half: and the same region is called Arsareth.
 Then dwelt they there until the latter time; and now when they shall
begin to come,
 The Highest shall stay the springs of the stream again, that they
may go through: therefore sawest thou the multitude with peace.
 But those that be left behind of thy people are they that are found
within my borders.
 Now when he destroyeth the multitude of the nations that are
gathered together, he shall defend his people that remain.
 And then shall he shew them great wonders.
 Then said I, O Lord that bearest rule, shew me this: Wherefore have
I seen the man coming up from the midst of the sea?
 And he said unto me, Like as thou canst neither seek out nor know
the things that are in the deep of the sea: even so can no man upon earth see my
Son, or those that be with him, but in the day time.
 This is the interpretation of the dream which thou sawest, and
whereby thou only art here lightened.
 For thou hast forsaken thine own way, and applied thy diligence unto
my law, and sought it.
 Thy life hast thou ordered in wisdom, and hast called understanding
 And therefore have I shewed thee the treasures of the Highest: after
other three days I will speak other things unto thee, and declare unto thee
mighty and wondrous things.
 Then went I forth into the field, giving praise and thanks greatly
unto the most High because of his wonders which he did in time;
 And because he governeth the same, and such things as fall in their
seasons: and there I sat three days.
 And it came to pass
upon the third day, I sat under an oak, and, behold, there came a voice out of a
bush over against me, and said, Esdras, Esdras.
 And I said, Here am I, Lord And I stood up upon my feet.
 Then said he unto me, In the bush I did manifestly reveal myself unto
Moses, and talked with him, when my people served in Egypt:
 And I sent him and led my people out of Egypt, and brought him up to
the mount of where I held him by me a long season,
 And told him many wondrous things, and shewed him the secrets of the
times, and the end; and commanded him, saying,
 These words shalt thou declare, and these shalt thou hide.
 And now I say unto thee,
 That thou lay up in thy heart the signs that I have shewed, and the
dreams that thou hast seen, and the interpretations which thou hast heard:
 For thou shalt be taken away from all, and from henceforth thou shalt
remain with my Son, and with such as be like thee, until the times be ended.
 For the world hath lost his youth, and the times begin to wax old.
 For the world is divided into twelve parts, and the ten parts of it
are gone already, and half of a tenth part:
 And there remaineth that which is after the half of the tenth part.
 Now therefore set thine house in order, and reprove thy people,
comfort such of them as be in trouble, and now renounce corruption,
 Let go from thee mortal thoughts, cast away the burdens of man, put
off now the weak nature,
 And set aside the thoughts that are most heavy unto thee, and haste
thee to flee from these times.
 For yet greater evils than those which thou hast seen happen shall
be done hereafter.
 For look how much the world shall be weaker through age, so much the
more shall evils increase upon them that dwell therein.
 For the time is fled far away, and leasing is hard at hand: for now
hasteth the vision to come, which thou hast seen.
 Then answered I before thee, and said,
 Behold, Lord, I will go, as thou hast commanded me, and reprove the
people which are present: but they that shall be born afterward, who shall
admonish them? thus the world is set in darkness, and they that dwell therein
are without light.
 For thy law is burnt, therefore no man knoweth the things that are
done of thee, or the work that shall begin.
 But if I have found grace before thee, send the Holy Ghost into me,
and I shall write all that hath been done in the world since the beginning,
which were written in thy law, that men may find thy path, and that they which
will live in the latter days may live.
 And he answered me, saying, Go thy way, gather the people together,
and say unto them, that they seek thee not for forty days.
 But look thou prepare thee many box trees, and take with thee Sarea,
Dabria, Selemia, Ecanus, and Asiel, these five which are ready to write swiftly;
 And come hither, and I shall light a candle of understanding in
thine heart, which shall not be put out, till the things be performed which thou
shalt begin to write.
 And when thou hast done, some things shalt thou publish, and some
things shalt thou shew secretly to the wise: to morrow this hour shalt thou
begin to write.
 Then went I forth, as he commanded, and gathered all the people
together, and said,
 Hear these words, O Israel.
 Our fathers at the beginning were strangers in Egypt, from whence
they were delivered:
 And received the law of life, which they kept not, which ye also
have transgressed after them.
 Then was the land, even the land of Sion, parted among you by lot:
but your fathers, and ye yourselves, have done unrighteousness, and have not
kept the ways which the Highest commanded you.
 And forasmuch as he is a righteous judge, he took from you in time
the thing that he had given you.
 And now are ye here, and your brethren among you.
 Therefore if so be that ye will subdue your own understanding, and
reform your hearts, ye shall be kept alive and after death ye shall obtain
 For after death shall the judgment come, when we shall live again:
and then shall the names of the righteous be manifest, and the works of the
ungodly shall be declared.
 Let no man therefore come unto me now, nor seek after me these forty
 So I took the five men, as he commanded me, and we went into the
field, and remained there.
 And the next day, behold, a voice called me, saying, Esdras, open
thy mouth, and drink that I give thee to drink.
 Then opened I my mouth, and, behold, he reached me a full cup, which
was full as it were with water, but the colour of it was like fire.
 And I took it, and drank: and when I had drunk of it, my heart
uttered understanding, and wisdom grew in my breast, for my spirit strengthened
 And my mouth was opened, and shut no more.
 The Highest gave understanding unto the five men, and they wrote the
wonderful visions of the night that were told, which they knew not: and they sat
forty days, and they wrote in the day, and at night they ate bread.
 As for me. I spake in the day, and I held not my tongue by night.
 In forty days they wrote two hundred and four books.
 And it came to pass, when the forty days were filled, that the
Highest spake, saying, The first that thou hast written publish openly, that the
worthy and unworthy may read it:
 But keep the seventy last, that thou mayest deliver them only to
such as be wise among the people:
 For in them is the spring of understanding, the fountain of wisdom,
and the stream of knowledge.
 And I did so.
 Behold, speak thou in
the ears of my people the words of prophecy, which I will put in thy mouth,
saith the Lord:
 And cause them to be written in paper: for they are faithful and
 Fear not the imaginations against thee, let not the incredulity of
them trouble thee, that speak against thee.
 For all the unfaithful shall die in their unfaithfulness.
 Behold, saith the Lord, I will bring plagues upon the world; the
sword, famine, death, and destruction.
 For wickedness hath exceedingly polluted the whole earth, and their
hurtful works are fulfilled.
 Therefore saith the Lord,
 I will hold my tongue no more as touching their wickedness, which
they profanely commit, neither will I suffer them in those things, in which they
wickedly exercise themselves: behold, the innocent and righteous blood crieth
unto me, and the souls of the just complain continually.
 And therefore, saith the Lord, I will surely avenge them, and receive
unto me all the innocent blood from among them.
 Behold, my people is led as a flock to the slaughter: I will not
suffer them now to dwell in the land of Egypt:
 But I will bring them with a mighty hand and a stretched out arm,
and smite Egypt with plagues, as before, and will destroy all the land thereof.
 Egypt shall mourn, and the foundation of it shall be smitten with
the plague and punishment that God shall bring upon it.
 They that till the ground shall mourn: for their seeds shall fail
through the blasting and hail, and with a fearful constellation.
 Woe to the world and them that dwell therein!
 For the sword and their destruction draweth nigh, and one people
shall stand up and fight against another, and swords in their hands.
 For there shall be sedition among men, and invading one another;
they shall not regard their kings nor princes, and the course of their actions
shall stand in their power.
 A man shall desire to go into a city, and shall not be able.
 For because of their pride the cities shall be troubled, the houses
shall be destroyed, and men shall be afraid.
 A man shall have no pity upon his neighbour, but shall destroy their
houses with the sword, and spoil their goods, because of the lack of bread, and
for great tribulation.
 Behold, saith God, I will call together all the kings of the earth
to reverence me, which are from the rising of the sun, from the south, from the
east, and Libanus; to turn themselves one against another, and repay the things
that they have done to them.
 Like as they do yet this day unto my chosen, so will I do also, and
recompense in their bosom. Thus saith the Lord God;
 My right hand shall not spare the sinners, and my sword shall not
cease over them that shed innocent blood upon the earth.
 The fire is gone forth from his wrath, and hath consumed the
foundations of the earth, and the sinners, like the straw that is kindled.
 Woe to them that sin, and keep not my commandments! saith the Lord.
 I will not spare them: go your way, ye children, from the power,
defile not my sanctuary.
 For the Lord knoweth all them that sin against him, and therefore
delivereth he them unto death and destruction.
 For now are the plagues come upon the whole earth and ye shall
remain in them: for God shall not deliver you, because ye have sinned against
 Behold an horrible vision, and the appearance thereof from the east:
 Where the nations of the dragons of Arabia shall come out with many
chariots, and the multitude of them shall be carried as the wind upon earth,
that all they which hear them may fear and tremble.
 Also the Carmanians raging in wrath shall go forth as the wild boars
of the wood, and with great power shall they come, and join battle with them,
and shall waste a portion of the land of the Assyrians.
 And then shall the dragons have the upper hand, remembering their
nature; and if they shall turn themselves, conspiring together in great power to
 Then these shall be troubled bled, and keep silence through their
power, and shall flee.
 And from the land of the Assyrians shall the enemy besiege them, and
consume some of them, and in their host shall be fear and dread, and strife
among their kings.
 Behold clouds from the east and from the north unto the south, and
they are very horrible to look upon, full of wrath and storm.
 They shall smite one upon another, and they shall smite down a great
multitude of stars upon the earth, even their own star; and blood shall be from
the sword unto the belly,
 And dung of men unto the camel's hough.
 And there shall be great fearfulness and trembling upon earth: and
they that see the wrath shall be afraid, and trembling shall come upon them.
 And then shall there come great storms from the south, and from the
north, and another part from the west.
 And strong winds shall arise from the east, and shall open it; and
the cloud which he raised up in wrath, and the star stirred to cause fear toward
the east and west wind, shall be destroyed.
 The great and mighty clouds shall be puffed up full of wrath, and
the star, that they may make all the earth afraid, and them that dwell therein;
and they shall pour out over every high and eminent place an horrible star,
 Fire, and hail, and flying swords, and many waters, that all fields
may be full, and all rivers, with the abundance of great waters.
 And they shall break down the cities and walls, mountains and hills,
trees of the wood, and grass of the meadows, and their corn.
 And they shall go stedfastly unto Babylon, and make her afraid.
 They shall come to her, and besiege her, the star and all wrath
shall they pour out upon her: then shall the dust and smoke go up unto the
heaven, and all they that be about her shall bewail her.
 And they that remain under her shall do service unto them that have
put her in fear.
 And thou, Asia, that art partaker of the hope of Babylon, and art
the glory of her person:
 Woe be unto thee, thou wretch, because thou hast made thyself like
unto her; and hast decked thy daughters in whoredom, that they might please and
glory in thy lovers, which have always desired to commit whoredom with thee.
 Thou hast followed her that is hated in all her works and
inventions: therefore saith God,
 I will send plagues upon thee; widowhood, poverty, famine, sword,
and pestilence, to waste thy houses with destruction and death.
 And the glory of thy Power shall be dried up as a flower, the heat
shall arise that is sent over thee.
 Thou shalt be weakened as a poor woman with stripes, and as one
chastised with wounds, so that the mighty and lovers shall not be able to
 Would I with jealousy have so proceeded against thee, saith the
 If thou hadst not always slain my chosen, exalting the stroke of
thine hands, and saying over their dead, when thou wast drunken,
 Set forth the beauty of thy countenance?
 The reward of thy whoredom shall be in thy bosom, therefore shalt
thou receive recompence.
 Like as thou hast done unto my chosen, saith the Lord, even so shall
God do unto thee, and shall deliver thee into mischief
 Thy children shall die of hunger, and thou shalt fall through the
sword: thy cities shall be broken down, and all thine shall perish with the
sword in the field.
 They that be in the mountains shall die of hunger, and eat their own
flesh, and drink their own blood, for very hunger of bread, and thirst of water.
 Thou as unhappy shalt come through the sea, and receive plagues
 And in the passage they shall rush on the idle city, and shall
destroy some portion of thy land, and consume part of thy glory, and shall
return to Babylon that was destroyed.
 And thou shalt be cast down by them as stubble, and they shall be
unto thee as fire;
 And shall consume thee, and thy cities, thy land, and thy mountains;
all thy woods and thy fruitful trees shall they burn up with fire.
 Thy children shall they carry away captive, and, look, what thou
hast, they shall spoil it, and mar the beauty of thy face.
 Woe be unto thee,
Babylon, and Asia! woe be unto thee, Egypt and Syria!
 Gird up yourselves with cloths of sack and hair, bewail your
children, and be sorry; for your destruction is at hand.
 A sword is sent upon you, and who may turn it back?
 A fire is sent among you, and who may quench it?
 Plagues are sent unto you, and what is he that may drive them away?
 May any man drive away an hungry lion in the wood? or may any one
quench the fire in stubble, when it hath begun to burn?
 May one turn again the arrow that is shot of a strong archer?
 The mighty Lord sendeth the plagues and who is he that can drive them
 A fire shall go forth from his wrath, and who is he that may quench
 He shall cast lightnings, and who shall not fear? he shall thunder,
and who shall not be afraid?
 The Lord shall threaten, and who shall not be utterly beaten to
powder at his presence?
 The earth quaketh, and the foundations thereof; the sea ariseth up
with waves from the deep, and the waves of it are troubled, and the fishes
thereof also, before the Lord, and before the glory of his power:
 For strong is his right hand that bendeth the bow, his arrows that
he shooteth are sharp, and shall not miss, when they begin to be shot into the
ends of the world.
 Behold, the plagues are sent, and shall not return again, until they
come upon the earth.
 The fire is kindled, and shall not be put out, till it consume the
foundation of the earth.
 Like as an arrow which is shot of a mighty archer returneth not
backward: even so the plagues that shall be sent upon earth shall not return
 Woe is me! woe is me! who will deliver me in those days?
 The beginning of sorrows and great mournings; the beginning of
famine and great death; the beginning of wars, and the powers shall stand in
fear; the beginning of evils! what shall I do when these evils shall come?
 Behold, famine and plague, tribulation and anguish, are sent as
scourges for amendment.
 But for all these things they shall not turn from their wickedness,
nor be always mindful of the scourges.
 Behold, victuals shall be so good cheap upon earth, that they shall
think themselves to be in good case, and even then shall evils grow upon earth,
sword, famine, and great confusion.
 For many of them that dwell upon earth shall perish of famine; and
the other, that escape the hunger, shall the sword destroy.
 And the dead shall be cast out as dung, and there shall be no man to
comfort them: for the earth shall be wasted, and the cities shall be cast down.
 There shall be no man left to till the earth, and to sow it
 The trees shall give fruit, and who shall gather them?
 The grapes shall ripen, and who shall tread them? for all places
shall be desolate of men:
 So that one man shall desire to see another, and to hear his voice.
 For of a city there shall be ten left, and two of the field, which
shall hide themselves in the thick groves, and in the clefts of the rocks.
 As in an orchard of Olives upon every tree there are left three or
 Or as when a vineyard is gathered, there are left some clusters of
them that diligently seek through the vineyard:
 Even so in those days there shall be three or four left by them that
search their houses with the sword.
 And the earth shall be laid waste, and the fields thereof shall wax
old, and her ways and all her paths shall grow full of thorns, because no man
shall travel therethrough.
 The virgins shall mourn, having no bridegrooms; the women shall
mourn, having no husbands; their daughters shall mourn, having no helpers.
 In the wars shall their bridegrooms be destroyed, and their husbands
shall perish of famine.
 Hear now these things and understand them, ye servants of the Lord.
 Behold, the word of the Lord, receive it: believe not the gods of
whom the Lord spake.
 Behold, the plagues draw nigh, and are not slack.
 As when a woman with child in the ninth month bringeth forth her
son, with two or three hours of her birth great pains compass her womb, which
pains, when the child cometh forth, they slack not a moment:
 Even so shall not the plagues be slack to come upon the earth, and
the world shall mourn, and sorrows shall come upon it on every side.
 O my people, hear my word: make you ready to thy battle, and in
those evils be even as pilgrims upon the earth.
 He that selleth, let him be as he that fleeth away: and he that
buyeth, as one that will lose:
 He that occupieth merchandise, as he that hath no profit by it: and
he that buildeth, as he that shall not dwell therein:
 He that soweth, as if he should not reap: so also he that planteth
the vineyard, as he that shall not gather the grapes:
 They that marry, as they that shall get no children; and they that
marry not, as the widowers.
 And therefore they that labour labour in vain:
 For strangers shall reap their fruits, and spoil their goods,
overthrow their houses, and take their children captives, for in captivity and
famine shall they get children.
 And they that occupy their merchandise with robbery, the more they
deck their cities, their houses, their possessions, and their own persons:
 The more will I be angry with them for their sin, saith the Lord.
 Like as a whore envieth a right honest and virtuous woman:
 So shall righteousness hate iniquity, when she decketh herself, and
shall accuse her to her face, when he cometh that shall defend him that
diligently searcheth out every sin upon earth.
 And therefore be ye not like thereunto, nor to the works thereof.
 For yet a little, and iniquity shall be taken away out of the earth,
and righteousness shall reign among you.
 Let not the sinner say that he hath not sinned: for God shall burn
coals of fire upon his head, which saith before the Lord God and his glory, I
have not sinned.
 Behold, the Lord knoweth all the works of men, their imaginations,
their thoughts, and their hearts:
 Which spake but the word, Let the earth be made; and it was made:
Let the heaven be made; and it was created.
 In his word were the stars made, and he knoweth the number of them.
 He searcheth the deep, and the treasures thereof; he hath measured
the sea, and what it containeth.
 He hath shut the sea in the midst of the waters, and with his word
hath he hanged the earth upon the waters.
 He spreadeth out the heavens like a vault; upon the waters hath he
 In the desert hath he made springs of water, and pools upon the tops
of the mountains, that the floods might pour down from the high rocks to water
 He made man, and put his heart in the midst of the body, and gave
him breath, life, and understanding.
 Yea and the Spirit of Almighty God, which made all things, and
searcheth out all hidden things in the secrets of the earth,
 Surely he knoweth your inventions, and what ye think in your hearts,
even them that sin, and would hide their sin.
 Therefore hath the Lord exactly searched out all your works, and he
will put you all to shame.
 And when your sins are brought forth, ye shall be ashamed before
men, and your own sins shall be your accusers in that day.
 What will ye do? or how will ye hide your sins before God and his
 Behold, God himself is the judge, fear him: leave off from your
sins, and forget your iniquities, to meddle no more with them for ever: so shall
God lead you forth, and deliver you from all trouble.
 For, behold, the burning wrath of a great multitude is kindled over
you, and they shall take away certain of you, and feed you, being idle, with
things offered unto idols.
 And they that consent unto them shall be had in derision and in
reproach, and trodden under foot.
 For there shall be in every place, and in the next cities, a great
insurrection upon those that fear the Lord.
 They shall be like mad men, sparing none, but still spoiling and
destroying those that fear the Lord.
 For they shall waste and take away their goods, and cast them out of
 Then shall they be known, who are my chosen; and they shall be tried
as the gold in the fire.
 Hear, O ye my beloved, saith the Lord: behold, the days of trouble
are at hand, but I will deliver you from the same.
 Be ye not afraid neither doubt; for God is your guide,
 And the guide of them who keep my commandments and precepts, saith
the Lord God: let not your sins weigh you down, and let not your iniquities lift
 Woe be unto them that are bound with their sins, and covered with
their iniquities like as a field is covered over with bushes, and the path
thereof covered with thorns, that no man may travel through!
 It is left undressed, and is cast into the fire to be consumed