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The Books Presented Below Use These Titles

 

 

The First Book of Esdras

The Second Book of Esdras Esdras [sometimes Fourth Book of Ezra]

The Book of Tobit

The Book of Judith

The Rest of the Chapters of the Book of Esther

The Wisdom of Solomon

The Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach, or Ecclesiasticus

The Book of Baruch

The Epistle of Jeremy [sometimes Chapter Six of Baruch]

The Song of the Three Holy Children

The Prayer of Azariah  [missing in one table of contents]

The History of Susanna [in Daniel]

The History of the Destruction of Bel and the Dragon

The Prayer of Manasses King of Judah

The First Book of the Maccabees

The Second Book of the Maccabees

 

 

Here is the table of contents in the order presented below:

 

The First Book of Esdras

The Second Book of Esdras Esdras [sometimes Fourth Book of Ezra]

The Greek Additions to Esther

The First Book of the Maccabees

The Second Book of the Maccabees

The Book of Tobit

The Book of Judith

The Wisdom of Solomon

The Book of Sirach (or Ecclesiasticus)

The Book of Baruch

The Epistle (or letter) of Jeremiah

The Book of Susanna (in Daniel)

The Prayer of Azariah

The Prayer of Manasseh

Bel and the Dragon (in Daniel)

 

 

 

 

The First Book of Esdras

 

 

 

1Esdr 1:1

And Josias held the feast of the passover in Jerusalem unto his Lord,

and offered the passover the fourteenth day of the first month;

 

1Esdr 1:2

Having set the priests according to their daily courses,

being arrayed in long garments, in the temple of the Lord.

 

1Esdr 1:3

And he spake unto the Levites, the holy ministers of Israel,

that they should hallow themselves unto the Lord, to set

the holy ark of the Lord in the house that king Solomon

the son of David had built:

 

1Esdr 1:4

And said, Ye shall no more bear the ark upon your shoulders:

now therefore serve the Lord your God, and minister unto his

people Israel, and prepare you after your families and kindreds,

 

1Esdr 1:5

According as David the king of Israel prescribed,

and according to the magnificence of Solomon his son:

and standing in the temple according to the several dignity

of the families of you the Levites, who minister in the presence

of your brethren the children of Israel,

 

1Esdr 1:6

Offer the passover in order, and make ready the sacrifices

for your brethren, and keep the passover according to the

commandment of the Lord, which was given unto Moses.

 

1Esdr 1:7

And unto the people that was found there Josias gave

thirty thousand lambs and kids, and three thousand calves:

these things were given of the king's allowance,

according as he promised, to the people, to the priests,

and to the Levites.

 

1Esdr 1:8

And Helkias, Zacharias, and Syelus, the governors of the temple,

gave to the priests for the passover two thousand and six hundred sheep,

and three hundred calves.

 

1Esdr 1:9

And Jeconias, and Samaias, and Nathanael his brother, and Assabias,

and Ochiel, and Joram, captains over thousands, gave to the Levites

for the passover five thousand sheep, and seven hundred calves.

 

1Esdr 1:10

And when these things were done, the priests and Levites,

having the unleavened bread, stood in very comely order

according to the kindreds,

 

1Esdr 1:11

And according to the several dignities of the fathers,

before the people, to offer to the Lord, as it is written

in the book of Moses: and thus did they in the morning.

 

1Esdr 1:12

And they roasted the passover with fire, as appertaineth:

as for the sacrifices, they sod them in brass pots and pans

with a good savour,

 

1Esdr 1:13

And set them before all the people: and afterward they prepared

for themselves, and for the priests their brethren, the sons of Aaron.

 

1Esdr 1:14

For the priests offered the fat until night: and the Levites

prepared for themselves, and the priests their brethren,

the sons of Aaron.

 

1Esdr 1:15

The holy singers also, the sons of Asaph, were in their order,

according to the appointment of David, to wit, Asaph, Zacharias,

and Jeduthun, who was of the king's retinue.

 

1Esdr 1:16

Moreover the porters were at every gate; it was not lawful

for any to go from his ordinary service: for their brethren

the Levites prepared for them.

 

1Esdr 1:17

Thus were the things that belonged to the sacrifices

of the Lord accomplished in that day, that they might

hold  the passover,

 

1Esdr 1:18

And offer sacrifices upon the altar of the Lord,

according to the commandment of king Josias.

 

1Esdr 1:19

So the children of Israel which were present held the

passover at that time, and the feast of sweet bread seven days.

 

1Esdr 1:20

And such a passover was not kept in Israel since

the time of the prophet Samuel.

 

1Esdr 1:21

Yea, all the kings of Israel held not such a passover as Josias,

and the priests, and the Levites, and the Jews, held with all Israel

that were found dwelling at Jerusalem.

 

1Esdr 1:22

In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josias was this passover kept.

 

1Esdr 1:23

And the works or Josias were upright before his Lord

with an heart full of godliness.

 

1Esdr 1:24

As for the things that came to pass in his time, they were written

in former times, concerning those that sinned, and did wickedly against

the Lord above all people and kingdoms, and how they grieved him exceedingly,

so that the words of the Lord rose up against Israel.

 

1Esdr 1:25

Now after all these acts of Josias it came to pass,

that Pharaoh the king of Egypt came to raise war at Carchamis

upon Euphrates: and Josias went out against him.

 

1Esdr 1:26

But the king of Egypt sent to him, saying,

What have I to do with thee, O king of Judea?

 

1Esdr 1:27

I am not sent out from the Lord God against thee; for my war

is upon Euphrates: and now the Lord is with me, yea, the Lord is

with me hasting me forward: depart from me, and be not against the Lord.

 

1Esdr 1:28

Howbeit Josias did not turn back his chariot from him,

but undertook to fight with him, not regarding the words

of the prophet Jeremy spoken by the mouth of the Lord:

 

1Esdr 1:29

But joined battle with him in the plain of Magiddo,

and the princes came against king Josias.

 

1Esdr 1:30

Then said the king unto his servants, Carry me away out of

the battle; for I am very weak. And immediately his servants

took him away out of the battle.

 

1Esdr 1:31

Then gat he up upon his second chariot; and being brought

back to Jerusalem died, and was buried in his father's sepulchre.

 

1Esdr 1:32

And in all Jewry they mourned for Josias, yea, Jeremy the prophet

lamented for Josias, and the chief men with the women made lamentation

for him unto this day: and this was given out for an ordinance

to be done continually in all the nation of Israel.

 

1Esdr 1:33

These things are written in the book of the stories of the

kings of Judah, and every one of the acts that Josias did,

and his glory, and his understanding in the law of the Lord,

and the things that he had done before, and the things now recited,

are reported in the book of the kings of Israel and Judea.

 

1Esdr 1:34

And the people took Joachaz the son of Josias, and made him king

instead of Josias his father, when he was twenty and three years old.

 

1Esdr 1:35

And he reigned in Judea and in Jerusalem three months: and

then the king of Egypt deposed him from reigning in Jerusalem.

 

1Esdr 1:36

And he set a tax upon the land of an hundred talents

of silver and one talent of gold.

 

1Esdr 1:37

The king of Egypt also made king Joacim his brother king

of Judea and Jerusalem.

 

1Esdr 1:38

And he bound Joacim and the nobles: but Zaraces his brother

he apprehended, and brought him out of Egypt.

 

1Esdr 1:39

Five and twenty years old was Joacim when he was made king in the land

of Judea and Jerusalem; and he did evil before the Lord.

 

1Esdr 1:40

Wherefore against him Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon came up,

and bound him with a chain of brass, and carried him into Babylon.

 

1Esdr 1:41

Nabuchodonosor also took of the holy vessels of the Lord,

and carried them away, and set them in his own temple at Babylon.

 

1Esdr 1:42

But those things that are recorded of him, and of his uncleaness and impiety,

are written in the chronicles of the kings.

 

1Esdr 1:43

And Joacim his son reigned in his stead:

he was made king being eighteen years old;

 

1Esdr 1:44

And reigned but three months and ten days in Jerusalem;

and did evil before the Lord.

 

1Esdr 1:45

So after a year Nabuchodonosor sent and caused him to be

brought into Babylon with the holy vessels of the Lord;

 

1Esdr 1:46

And made Zedechias king of Judea and Jerusalem, when he was

one and twenty years old; and he reigned eleven years:

 

1Esdr 1:47

And he did evil also in the sight of the Lord, and cared not

for the words that were spoken unto him by the prophet Jeremy

from the mouth of the Lord.

 

1Esdr 1:48

And after that king Nabuchodonosor had made him to swear

by the name of the Lord, he forswore himself, and rebelled;

and hardening his neck, his heart, he transgressed the laws

of the Lord God of Israel.

 

1Esdr 1:49

The governors also of the people and of the priests did many things

against the laws, and passed all the pollutions of all nations,

and defiled the temple of the Lord, which was sanctified in Jerusalem.

 

1Esdr 1:50

Nevertheless the God of their fathers sent by his messenger

to call them back, because he spared them and his tabernacle also.

 

1Esdr 1:51

But they had his messengers in derision; and, look, when the

Lord spake unto them, they made a sport of his prophets:

 

1Esdr 1:52

So far forth, that he, being wroth with his people for their great ungodliness,

commanded the kings of the Chaldees to come up against them;

 

1Esdr 1:53

Who slew their young men with the sword, yea, even within the compass

of their holy temple, and spared neither young man nor maid,

old man nor child, among them; for he delivered all into their hands.

 

1Esdr 1:54

And they took all the holy vessels of the Lord,

both great and small, with the vessels of the ark of God,

and the king's treasures, and carried them away into Babylon.

 

1Esdr 1:55

As for the house of the Lord, they burnt it, and brake down

the walls of Jerusalem, and set fire upon her towers:

 

1Esdr 1:56

And as for her glorious things, they never ceased till they

had consumed and brought them all to nought: and the people

that were not slain with the sword he carried unto Babylon:

 

1Esdr 1:57

Who became servants to him and his children, till the Persians reigned,

to fulfil the word of the Lord spoken by the mouth of Jeremy:

 

1Esdr 1:58

Until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths, the whole time of her

desolation shall she rest, until the full term of seventy years.

 

1Esdr 2:1

In the first year of Cyrus king of the Persians, that the

word of the Lord might be accomplished, that he had promised by

the mouth of Jeremy;

 

1Esdr 2:2

The Lord raised up the spirit of Cyrus the king of the

Persians, and he made proclamation through all his kingdom, and

also by writing,

 

1Esdr 2:3

Saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of the Persians; The Lord of

Israel, the most high Lord, hath made me king of the whole

world,

 

1Esdr 2:4

And commanded me to build him an house at Jerusalem in Jewry.

 

1Esdr 2:5

If therefore there be any of you that are of his people, let

the Lord, even his Lord, be with him, and let him go up to

Jerusalem that is in Judea, and build the house of the Lord of

Israel: for he is the Lord that dwelleth in Jerusalem.

 

1Esdr 2:6

Whosoever then dwell in the places about, let them help him,

those, I say, that are his neighbours, with gold, and with

silver,

 

1Esdr 2:7

With gifts, with horses, and with cattle, and other things,

which have been set forth by vow, for the temple of the Lord at

Jerusalem.

 

1Esdr 2:8

Then the chief of the families of Judea and of the tribe of

Benjamin stood up; the priests also, and the Levites, and all

they whose mind the Lord had moved to go up, and to build an

house for the Lord at Jerusalem,

 

1Esdr 2:9

And they that dwelt round about them, and helped them in all

things with silver and gold, with horses and cattle, and with

very many free gifts of a great number whose minds were stirred

up thereto.

 

1Esdr 2:10

King Cyrus also brought forth the holy vessels, which

Nabuchodonosor had carried away from Jerusalem, and had set up

in his temple of idols.

 

1Esdr 2:11

Now when Cyrus king of the Persians had brought them forth,

he delivered them to Mithridates his treasurer:

 

1Esdr 2:12

And by him they were delivered to Sanabassar the governor of

Judea.

 

1Esdr 2:13

And this was the number of them; A thousand golden cups, and

a thousand of silver, censers of silver twenty nine, vials of

gold thirty, and of silver two thousand four hundred and ten,

and a thousand other vessels.

 

1Esdr 2:14

So all the vessels of gold and of silver, which were carried

away, were five thousand four hundred threescore and nine.

 

1Esdr 2:15

These were brought back by Sanabassar, together with them of

the captivity, from Babylon to Jerusalem.

 

1Esdr 2:16

But in the time of Artexerxes king of the Persians Belemus,

and Mithridates, and Tabellius, and Rathumus, and Beeltethmus,

and Semellius the secretary, with others that were in commission

with them, dwelling in Samaria and other places, wrote unto him

against them that dwelt in Judea and Jerusalem these letters

following;

 

1Esdr 2:17

To king Artexerxes our lord, Thy servants, Rathumus the

storywriter, and Semellius the scribe, and the rest of their

council, and the judges that are in Celosyria and Phenice.

 

1Esdr 2:18

Be it now known to the lord king, that the Jews that are up

from you to us, being come into Jerusalem, that rebellious and

wicked city, do build the marketplaces, and repair the walls of

it and do lay the foundation of the temple.

 

1Esdr 2:19

Now if this city and the walls thereof be made up again, they

will not only refuse to give tribute, but also rebel against

kings.

 

1Esdr 2:20

And forasmuch as the things pertaining to the temple are now

in hand, we think it meet not to neglect such a matter,

 

1Esdr 2:21

But to speak unto our lord the king, to the intent that, if

it be thy pleasure it may be sought out in the books of thy

fathers:

 

1Esdr 2:22

And thou shalt find in the chronicles what is written

concerning these things, and shalt understand that that city was

rebellious, troubling both kings and cities:

 

1Esdr 2:23

And that the Jews were rebellious, and raised always wars

therein; for the which cause even this city was made desolate.

 

1Esdr 2:24

Wherefore now we do declare unto thee, O lord the king, that

if this city be built again, and the walls thereof set up anew,

thou shalt from henceforth have no passage into Celosyria and

Phenice.

 

1Esdr 2:25

Then the king wrote back again to Rathumus the storywriter,

to Beeltethmus, to Semellius the scribe, and to the rest that

were in commission, and dwellers in Samaria and Syria and

Phenice, after this manner;

 

1Esdr 2:26

I have read the epistle which ye have sent unto me: therefore

I commanded to make diligent search, and it hath been found that

that city was from the beginning practising against kings;

 

1Esdr 2:27

And the men therein were given to rebellion and war: and that

mighty kings and fierce were in Jerusalem, who reigned and

exacted tributes in Celosyria and Phenice.

 

1Esdr 2:28

Now therefore I have commanded to hinder those men from

building the city, and heed to be taken that there be no more

done in it;

 

1Esdr 2:29

And that those wicked workers proceed no further to the

annoyance of kings,

 

1Esdr 2:30

Then king Artexerxes his letters being read, Rathumus, and

Semellius the scribe, and the rest that were in commission with

them, removing in haste toward Jerusalem with a troop of

horsemen and a multitude of people in battle array, began to

hinder the builders; and the building of the temple in Jerusalem

ceased until the second year of the reign of Darius king of the

Persians.

 

1Esdr 3:1

Now when Darius reigned, he made a great feast unto all his

subjects, and unto all his household, and unto all the princes

of Media and Persia,

 

1Esdr 3:2

And to all the governors and captains and lieutenants that

were under him, from India unto Ethiopia, of an hundred twenty

and seven provinces.

 

1Esdr 3:3

And when they had eaten and drunken, and being satisfied were

gone home, then Darius the king went into his bedchamber, and

slept, and soon after awaked.

 

1Esdr 3:4

Then three young men, that were of the guard that kept the

king's body, spake one to another;

 

1Esdr 3:5

Let every one of us speak a sentence: he that shall overcome,

and whose sentence shall seem wiser than the others, unto him

shall the king Darius give great gifts, and great things in

token of victory:

 

1Esdr 3:6

As, to be clothed in purple, to drink in gold, and to sleep

upon gold, and a chariot with bridles of gold, and an headtire

of fine linen, and a chain about his neck:

 

1Esdr 3:7

And he shall sit next to Darius because of his wisdom, and

shall be called Darius his cousin.

 

1Esdr 3:8

And then every one wrote his sentence, sealed it, and laid it

under king Darius his pillow;

 

1Esdr 3:9

And said that, when the king is risen, some will give him the

writings; and of whose side the king and the three princes of

Persia shall judge that his sentence is the wisest, to him shall

the victory be given, as was appointed.

 

1Esdr 3:10

The first wrote, Wine is the strongest.

 

1Esdr 3:11

The second wrote, The king is strongest.

 

1Esdr 3:12

The third wrote, Women are strongest: but above all things

Truth beareth away the victory.

 

1Esdr 3:13

Now when the king was risen up, they took their writings, and

delivered them unto him, and so he read them:

 

1Esdr 3:14

And sending forth he called all the princes of Persia and

Media, and the governors, and the captains, and the lieutenants,

and the chief officers;

 

1Esdr 3:15

And sat him down in the royal seat of judgment; and the

writings were read before them.

 

1Esdr 3:16

And he said, Call the young men, and they shall declare their

own sentences. So they were called, and came in.

 

1Esdr 3:17

And he said unto them, Declare unto us your mind concerning

the writings. Then began the first, who had spoken of the

strength of wine;

 

1Esdr 3:18

And he said thus, O ye men, how exceeding strong is wine! it

causeth all men to err that drink it:

 

1Esdr 3:19

It maketh the mind of the king and of the fatherless child to

be all one; of the bondman and of the freeman, of the poor man

and of the rich:

 

1Esdr 3:20

It turneth also every thought into jollity and mirth, so that

a man remembereth neither sorrow nor debt:

 

1Esdr 3:21

And it maketh every heart rich, so that a man remembereth

neither king nor governor; and it maketh to speak all things by

talents:

 

1Esdr 3:22

And when they are in their cups, they forget their love both

to friends and brethren, and a little after draw out swords:

 

1Esdr 3:23

But when they are from the wine, they remember not what they

have done.

 

1Esdr 3:24

O ye men, is not wine the strongest, that enforceth to do

thus? And when he had so spoken, he held his peace.

 

1Esdr 4:1

Then the second, that had spoken of the strength of the king,

began to say,

 

1Esdr 4:2

O ye men, do not men excel in strength that bear rule over

sea and land and all things in them?

 

1Esdr 4:3

But yet the king is more mighty: for he is lord of all these

things, and hath dominion over them; and whatsoever he

commandeth them they do.

 

1Esdr 4:4

If he bid them make war the one against the other, they do

it: if he send them out against the enemies, they go, and break

down mountains walls and towers.

 

1Esdr 4:5

They slay and are slain, and transgress not the king's

commandment: if they get the victory, they bring all to the

king, as well the spoil, as all things else.

 

1Esdr 4:6

Likewise for those that are no soldiers, and have not to do

with wars, but use husbundry, when they have reaped again that

which they had sown, they bring it to the king, and compel one

another to pay tribute unto the king.

 

1Esdr 4:7

And yet he is but one man: if he command to kill, they kill;

if he command to spare, they spare;

 

1Esdr 4:8

If he command to smite, they smite; if he command to make

desolate, they make desolate; if he command to build, they

build;

 

1Esdr 4:9

If he command to cut down, they cut down; if he command to

plant, they plant.

 

1Esdr 4:10

So all his people and his armies obey him: furthermore he

lieth down, he eateth and drinketh, and taketh his rest:

 

1Esdr 4:11

And these keep watch round about him, neither may any one

depart, and do his own business, neither disobey they him in any

thing.

 

1Esdr 4:12

O ye men, how should not the king be mightiest, when in such

sort he is obeyed? And he held his tongue.

 

1Esdr 4:13

Then the third, who had spoken of women, and of the truth,

(this was Zorobabel) began to speak.

 

1Esdr 4:14

O ye men, it is not the great king, nor the multitude of men,

neither is it wine, that excelleth; who is it then that ruleth

them, or hath the lordship over them? are they not women?

 

1Esdr 4:15

Women have borne the king and all the people that bear rule

by sea and land.

 

1Esdr 4:16

Even of them came they: and they nourished them up that

planted the vineyards, from whence the wine cometh.

 

1Esdr 4:17

These also make garments for men; these bring glory unto men;

and without women cannot men be.

 

1Esdr 4:18

Yea, and if men have gathered together gold and silver, or

any other goodly thing, do they not love a woman which is comely

in favour and beauty?

 

1Esdr 4:19

And letting all those things go, do they not gape, and even

with open mouth fix their eyes fast on her; and have not all men

more desire unto her than unto silver or gold, or any goodly

thing whatsoever?

 

1Esdr 4:20

A man leaveth his own father that brought him up, and his own

country, and cleaveth unto his wife.

 

1Esdr 4:21

He sticketh not to spend his life with his wife. and

remembereth neither father, nor mother, nor country.

 

1Esdr 4:22

By this also ye must know that women have dominion over you:

do ye not labour and toil, and give and bring all to the woman?

 

1Esdr 4:23

Yea, a man taketh his sword, and goeth his way to rob and to

steal, to sail upon the sea and upon rivers;

 

1Esdr 4:24

And looketh upon a lion, and goeth in the darkness; and when

he hath stolen, spoiled, and robbed, he bringeth it to his love.

 

1Esdr 4:25

Wherefore a man loveth his wife better than father or mother.

 

1Esdr 4:26

Yea, many there be that have run out of their wits for women,

and become servants for their sakes.

 

1Esdr 4:27

Many also have perished, have erred, and sinned, for women.

 

1Esdr 4:28

And now do ye not believe me? is not the king great in his

power? do not all regions fear to touch him?

 

1Esdr 4:29

Yet did I see him and Apame the king's concubine, the

daughter of the admirable Bartacus, sitting at the right hand of

the king,

 

1Esdr 4:30

And taking the crown from the king's head, and setting it

upon her own head; she also struck the king with her left hand.

 

1Esdr 4:31

And yet for all this the king gaped and gazed upon her with

open mouth: if she laughed upon him, he laughed also: but if she

took any displeasure at him, the king was fain to flatter, that

she might be reconciled to him again.

 

1Esdr 4:32

O ye men, how can it be but women should be strong, seeing

they do thus?

 

1Esdr 4:33

Then the king and the princes looked one upon another: so he

began to speak of the truth.

 

1Esdr 4:34

O ye men, are not women strong? great is the earth, high is

the heaven, swift is the sun in his course, for he compasseth

the heavens round about, and fetcheth his course again to his

own place in one day.

 

1Esdr 4:35

Is he not great that maketh these things? therefore great is

the truth, and stronger than all things.

 

1Esdr 4:36

All the earth crieth upon the truth, and the heaven blesseth

it: all works shake and tremble at it, and with it is no

unrighteous thing.

 

1Esdr 4:37

Wine is wicked, the king is wicked, women are wicked, all the

children of men are wicked, and such are all their wicked works;

and there is no truth in them; in their unrighteousness also

they shall perish.

 

1Esdr 4:38

As for the truth, it endureth, and is alwaYs strong; it

liveth and conquereth for evermore.

 

1Esdr 4:39

With her there is no accepting of persons or rewards; but she

doeth the things that are just, and refraineth from all unjust

and wicked things; and all men do well like of her works.

 

1Esdr 4:40

Neither in her judgment is any unrighteousness; and she is

the strength, kingdom, power, and majesty, of all ages. Blessed

be the God of truth.

 

1Esdr 4:41

And with that he held his peace. And all the people then

shouted, and said, Great is Truth, and mighty above all things.

 

1Esdr 4:42

Then said the king unto him, Ask what thou wilt more than is

appointed in the writing, and we will give it thee, because thou

art found wisest; and thou shalt sit next me, and shalt be

called my cousin.

 

1Esdr 4:43

Then said he unto the king, Remember thy vow, which thou hast

vowed to build Jerusalem, in the day when thou camest to thy

kingdom,

 

1Esdr 4:44

And to send away all the vessels that were taken away out of

Jerusalem, which Cyrus set apart, when he vowed to destroy

Babylon, and to send them again thither.

 

1Esdr 4:45

Thou also hast vowed to build up the temple, which the

Edomites burned when Judea was made desolate by the Chaldees.

 

1Esdr 4:46

And now, O lord the king, this is that which I require, and

which I desire of thee, and this is the princely liberality

proceeding from thyself: I desire therefore that thou make good

the vow, the performance whereof with thine own mouth thou hast

vowed to the King of heaven.

 

1Esdr 4:47

Then Darius the king stood up, and kissed him, and wrote

letters for him unto all the treasurers and lieutenants and

captains and governors, that they should safely convey on their

way both him, and all those that go up with him to build

Jerusalem.

 

1Esdr 4:48

He wrote letters also unto the lieutenants that were in

Celosyria and Phenice, and unto them in Libanus, that they

should bring cedar wood from Libanus unto Jerusalem, and that

they should build the city with him.

 

1Esdr 4:49

Moreover he wrote for all the Jews that went out of his realm

up into Jewry, concerning their freedom, that no officer, no

ruler, no lieutenant, nor treasurer, should forcibly enter into

their doors;

 

1Esdr 4:50

And that all the country which they hold should be free

without tribute; and that the Edomites should give over the

villages of the Jews which then they held:

 

1Esdr 4:51

Yea, that there should be yearly given twenty talents to the

building of the temple, until the time that it were built;

 

1Esdr 4:52

And other ten talents yearly, to maintain the burnt offerings

upon the altar every day, as they had a commandment to offer

seventeen:

 

1Esdr 4:53

And that all they that went from Babylon to build the city

should have free liberty, as well they as their posterity, and

all the priests that went away.

 

1Esdr 4:54

He wrote also concerning. the charges, and the priests'

vestments wherein they minister;

 

1Esdr 4:55

And likewise for the charges of the Levites, to be given them

until the day that the house were finished, and Jerusalem

builded up.

 

1Esdr 4:56

And he commanded to give to all that kept the city pensions

and wages.

 

1Esdr 4:57

He sent away also all the vessels from Babylon, that Cyrus

had set apart; and all that Cyrus had given in commandment, the

same charged he also to be done, and sent unto Jerusalem.

 

1Esdr 4:58

Now when this young man was gone forth, he lifted up his face

to heaven toward Jerusalem, and praised the King of heaven,

 

1Esdr 4:59

And said, From thee cometh victory, from thee cometh wisdom,

and thine is the glory, and I am thy servant.

 

1Esdr 4:60

Blessed art thou, who hast given me wisdom: for to thee I

give thanks, O Lord of our fathers.

 

1Esdr 4:61

And so he took the letters, and went out, and came unto

Babylon, and told it all his brethren.

 

1Esdr 4:62

And they praised the God of their fathers, because he had

given them freedom and liberty

 

1Esdr 4:63

To go up, and to build Jerusalem, and the temple which is

called by his name: and they feasted with instruments of musick

and gladness seven days.

 

1Esdr 5:1

After this were the principal men of the families chosen

according to their tribes, to go up with their wives and sons

and daughters, with their menservants and maidservants, and

their cattle.

 

1Esdr 5:2

And Darius sent with them a thousand horsemen, till they had

brought them back to Jerusalem safely, and with musical

[instruments] tabrets and flutes.

 

1Esdr 5:3

And all their brethren played, and he made them go up

together with them.

 

1Esdr 5:4

And these are the names of the men which went up, according

to their families among their tribes, after their several heads.

 

1Esdr 5:5

The priests, the sons of Phinees the son of Aaron: Jesus the

son of Josedec, the son of Saraias, and Joacim the son of

Zorobabel, the son of Salathiel, of the house of David, out of

the kindred of Phares, of the tribe of Judah;

 

1Esdr 5:6

Who spake wise sentences before Darius the king of Persia in

the second year of his reign, in the month Nisan, which is the

first month.

 

1Esdr 5:7

And these are they of Jewry that came up from the captivity,

where they dwelt as strangers, whom Nabuchodonosor the king of

Babylon had carried away unto Babylon.

 

1Esdr 5:8

And they returned unto Jerusalem, and to the other parts of

Jewry, every man to his own city, who came with Zorobabel, with

Jesus, Nehemias, and Zacharias, and Reesaias, Enenius,

Mardocheus. Beelsarus, Aspharasus, Reelius, Roimus, and Baana,

their guides.

 

1Esdr 5:9

The number of them of the nation, and their governors, sons

of Phoros, two thousand an hundred seventy and two; the sons of

Saphat, four hundred seventy and two:

 

1Esdr 5:10

The sons of Ares, seven hundred fifty and six:

 

1Esdr 5:11

The sons of Phaath Moab, two thousand eight hundred and

twelve:

 

1Esdr 5:12

The sons of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four: the

sons of Zathul, nine hundred forty and five: the sons of Corbe,

seven hundred and five: the sons of Bani, six hundred forty and

eight:

 

1Esdr 5:13

The sons of Bebai, six hundred twenty and three: the sons of

Sadas, three thousand two hundred twenty and two:

 

1Esdr 5:14

The sons of Adonikam, six hundred sixty and seven: the sons

of Bagoi, two thousand sixty and six: the sons of Adin, four

hundred fifty and four:

 

1Esdr 5:15

The sons of Aterezias, ninety and two: the sons of Ceilan and

Azetas threescore and seven: the sons of Azuran, four hundred

thirty and two:

 

1Esdr 5:16

The sons of Ananias, an hundred and one: the sons of Arom,

thirty two: and the sons of Bassa, three hundred twenty and

three: the sons of Azephurith, an hundred and two:

 

1Esdr 5:17

The sons of Meterus, three thousand and five: the sons of

Bethlomon, an hundred twenty and three:

 

1Esdr 5:18

They of Netophah, fifty and five: they of Anathoth, an

hundred fifty and eight: they of Bethsamos, forty and two:

 

1Esdr 5:19

They of Kiriathiarius, twenty and five: they of Caphira and

Beroth, seven hundred forty and three: they of Pira, seven

hundred:

 

1Esdr 5:20

They of Chadias and Ammidoi, four hundred twenty and two:

they of Cirama and Gabdes, six hundred twenty and one:

 

1Esdr 5:21

They of Macalon, an hundred twenty and two: they of Betolius,

fifty and two: the sons of Nephis, an hundred fifty and six:

 

1Esdr 5:22

The sons of Calamolalus and Onus, seven hundred twenty and

five: the sons of Jerechus, two hundred forty and five:

 

1Esdr 5:23

The sons of Annas, three thousand three hundred and thirty.

 

1Esdr 5:24

The priests: the sons of Jeddu, the son of Jesus among the

sons of Sanasib, nine hundred seventy and two: the sons of

Meruth, a thousand fifty and two:

 

1Esdr 5:25

The sons of Phassaron, a thousand forty and seven: the sons

of Carme, a thousand and seventeen.

 

1Esdr 5:26

The Levites: the sons of Jessue, and Cadmiel, and Banuas, and

Sudias, seventy and four.

 

1Esdr 5:27

The holy singers: the sons of Asaph, an hundred twenty and

eight.

 

1Esdr 5:28

The porters: the sons of Salum, the sons of Jatal, the sons

of Talmon, the sons of Dacobi, the sons of Teta, the sons of

Sami, in all an hundred thirty and nine.

 

1Esdr 5:29

The servants of the temple: the sons of Esau, the sons of

Asipha, the sons of Tabaoth, the sons of Ceras, the sons of Sud,

the sons of Phaleas, the sons of Labana, the sons of Graba,

 

1Esdr 5:30

The sons of Acua, the sons of Uta, the sons of Cetab, the

sons of Agaba, the sons of Subai, the sons of Anan, the sons of

Cathua, the sons of Geddur,

 

1Esdr 5:31

The sons of Airus, the sons of Daisan, the sons of Noeba, the

sons of Chaseba, the sons of Gazera, the sons of Azia, the sons

of Phinees, the sons of Azare, the sons of Bastai, the sons of

Asana, the sons of Meani, the sons of Naphisi, the sons of Acub,

the sons of Acipha, the sons of Assur, the sons of Pharacim, the

sons of Basaloth,

 

1Esdr 5:32

The sons of Meeda, the sons of Coutha, the sons of Charea,

the sons of Charcus, the sons of Aserer, the sons of Thomoi, the

sons of Nasith, the sons of Atipha.

 

1Esdr 5:33

The sons of the servants of Solomon: the sons of Azaphion,

the sons of Pharira, the sons of Jeeli, the sons of Lozon, the

sons of Israel, the sons of Sapheth,

 

1Esdr 5:34

The sons of Hagia, the sons of Pharacareth, the sons of

Sabi, the sons of Sarothie, the sons of Masias, the sons of Gar,

the sons of Addus, the sons of Suba, the sons of Apherra, the

sons of Barodis, the sons of Sabat, the sons of Allom.

 

1Esdr 5:35

All the ministers of the temple, and the sons of the servants

of Solomon, were three hundred seventy and two.

 

1Esdr 5:36

These came up from Thermeleth and Thelersas, Charaathalar

leading them, and Aalar;

 

1Esdr 5:37

Neither could they shew their families, nor their stock, how

they were of Israel: the sons of Ladan, the son of Ban, the sons

of Necodan, six hundred fifty and two.

 

1Esdr 5:38

And of the priests that usurped the office of the priesthood,

and were not found: the sons of Obdia, the sons of Accoz, the

sons of Addus, who married Augia one of the daughters of

Barzelus, and was named after his name.

 

1Esdr 5:39

And when the description of the kindred of these men was

sought in the register, and was not found, they were removed

from executing the office of the priesthood:

 

1Esdr 5:40

For unto them said Nehemias and Atharias, that they should

not be partakers of the holy things, till there arose up an high

priest clothed with doctrine and truth.

 

1Esdr 5:41

So of Israel, from them of twelve years old and upward, they

were all in number forty thousand, beside menservants and

womenservants two thousand three hundred and sixty.

 

1Esdr 5:42

Their menservants and handmaids were seven thousand three

hundred forty and seven: the singing men and singing women, two

hundred forty and five:

 

1Esdr 5:43

Four hundred thirty and five camels, seven thousand thirty

and six horses, two hundred forty and five mules, five thousand

five hundred twenty and five beasts used to the yoke.

 

1Esdr 5:44

And certain of the chief of their families, when they came to

the temple of God that is in Jerusalem, vowed to set up the

house again in his own place according to their ability,

 

1Esdr 5:45

And to give into the holy treasury of the works a thousand

pounds of gold, five thousand of silver, and an hundred priestly

vestments.

 

1Esdr 5:46

And so dwelt the priests and the Levites and the people in

Jerusalem, and in the country, the singers also and the porters;

and all Israel in their villages.

 

1Esdr 5:47

But when the seventh month was at hand, and when the children

of Israel were every man in his own place, they came all

together with one consent into the open place of the first gate

which is toward the east.

 

1Esdr 5:48

Then stood up Jesus the son of Josedec, and his brethren the

priests and Zorobabel the son of Salathiel, and his brethren,

and made ready the altar of the God of Israel,

 

1Esdr 5:49

To offer burnt sacrifices upon it, according as it is

expressly commanded in the book of Moses the man of God.

 

1Esdr 5:50

And there were gathered unto them out of the other nations of

the land, and they erected the altar upon his own place, because

all the nations of the land were at enmity with them, and

oppressed them; and they offered sacrifices according to the

time, and burnt offerings to the Lord both morning and evening.

 

1Esdr 5:51

Also they held the feast of tabernacles, as it is commanded

in the law, and offered sacrifices daily, as was meet:

 

1Esdr 5:52

And after that, the continual oblations, and the sacrifice of

the sabbaths, and of the new moons, and of all holy feasts.

 

1Esdr 5:53

And all they that had made any vow to God began to offer

sacrifices to God from the first day of the seventh month,

although the temple of the Lord was not yet built.

 

1Esdr 5:54

And they gave unto the masons and carpenters money, meat, and

drink, with cheerfulness.

 

1Esdr 5:55

Unto them of Zidon also and Tyre they gave carrs, that they

should bring cedar trees from Libanus, which should be brought

by floats to the haven of Joppa, according as it was commanded

them by Cyrus king of the Persians.

 

1Esdr 5:56

And in the second year and second month after his coming to

the temple of God at Jerusalem began Zorobabel the son of

Salathiel, and Jesus the son of Josedec, and their brethren, and

the priests, and the Levites, and all they that were come unto

Jerusalem out of the captivity:

 

1Esdr 5:57

And they laid the foundation of the house of God in the first

day of the second month, in the second year after they were come

to Jewry and Jerusalem.

 

1Esdr 5:58

And they appointed the Levites from twenty years old over the

works of the Lord. Then stood up Jesus, and his sons and

brethren, and Cadmiel his brother, and the sons of Madiabun,

with the sons of Joda the son of Eliadun, with their sons and

brethren, all Levites, with one accord setters forward of the

business, labouring to advance the works in the house of God. So

the workmen built the temple of the Lord.

 

1Esdr 5:59

And the priests stood arrayed in their vestments with musical

instruments and trumpets; and the Levites the sons of Asaph had

cymbals,

 

1Esdr 5:60

Singing songs of thanksgiving, and praising the Lord,

according as David the king of Israel had ordained.

 

1Esdr 5:61

And they sung with loud voices songs to the praise of the

Lord, because his mercy and glory is for ever in all Israel.

 

1Esdr 5:62

And all the people sounded trumpets, and shouted with a loud

voice, singing songs of thanksgiving unto the Lord for the

rearing up of the house of the Lord.

 

1Esdr 5:63

Also of the priests and Levites, and of the chief of their

families, the ancients who had seen the former house came to the

building of this with weeping and great crying.

 

1Esdr 5:64

But many with trumpets and joy shouted with loud voice,

 

1Esdr 5:65

Insomuch that the trumpets might not be heard for the weeping

of the people: yet the multitude sounded marvellously, so that

it was heard afar off.

 

1Esdr 5:66

Wherefore when the enemies of the tribe of Judah and Benjamin

heard it, they came to know what that noise of trumpets should

mean.

 

1Esdr 5:67

And they perceived that they that were of the captivity did

build the temple unto the Lord God of Israel.

 

1Esdr 5:68

So they went to Zorobabel and Jesus, and to the chief of the

families, and said unto them, We will build together with you.

 

1Esdr 5:69

For we likewise, as ye, do obey your Lord, and do sacrifice

unto him from the days of Azbazareth the king of the Assyrians,

who brought us hither.

 

1Esdr 5:70

Then Zorobabel and Jesus and the chief of the families of

Israel said unto them, It is not for us and you to build

together an house unto the Lord our God.

 

1Esdr 5:71

We ourselves alone will build unto the Lord of Israel,

according as Cyrus the king of the Persians hath commanded us.

 

1Esdr 5:72

But the heathen of the land lying heavy upon the inhabitants

of Judea, and holding them strait, hindered their building;

 

1Esdr 5:73

And by their secret plots, and popular persuasions and

commotions, they hindered the finishing of the building all the

time that king Cyrus lived: so they were hindered from building

for the space of two years, until the reign of Darius.

 

1Esdr 6:1

Now in the second year of the reign of Darius Aggeus and

Zacharias the son of Addo, the prophets, prophesied unto the

Jews in Jewry and Jerusalem in the name of the Lord God of

Israel, which was upon them.

 

1Esdr 6:2

Then stood up Zorobabel the son of Salatiel, and Jesus the

son of Josedec, and began to build the house of the Lord at

Jerusalem, the prophets of the Lord being with them, and helping

them.

 

1Esdr 6:3

At the same time came unto them Sisinnes the governor of

Syria and Phenice, with Sathrabuzanes and his companions, and

said unto them,

 

1Esdr 6:4

By whose appointment do ye build this house and this roof,

and perform all the other things? and who are the workmen that

perform these things?

 

1Esdr 6:5

Nevertheless the elders of the Jews obtained favour, because

the Lord had visited the captivity;

 

1Esdr 6:6

And they were not hindered from building, until such time as

signification was given unto Darius concerning them, and an

answer received.

 

1Esdr 6:7

The copy of the letters which Sisinnes, governor of Syria and

Phenice, and Sathrabuzanes, with their companions, rulers in

Syria and Phenice, wrote and sent unto Darius; To king Darius,

greeting:

 

1Esdr 6:8

Let all things be known unto our lord the king, that being

come into the country of Judea, and entered into the city of

Jerusalem we found in the city of Jerusalem the ancients of the

Jews that were of the captivity

 

1Esdr 6:9

Building an house unto the Lord, great and new, of hewn and

costly stones, and the timber already laid upon the walls.

 

1Esdr 6:10

And those works are done with great speed, and the work goeth

on prosperously in their hands, and with all glory and diligence

is it made.

 

1Esdr 6:11

Then asked we these elders, saying, By whose commandment

build ye this house, and lay the foundations of these works?

 

1Esdr 6:12

Therefore to the intent that we might give knowledge unto

thee by writing, we demanded of them who were the chief doers,

and we required of them the names in writing of their principal

men.

 

1Esdr 6:13

So they gave us this answer, We are the servants of the Lord

which made heaven and earth.

 

1Esdr 6:14

And as for this house, it was builded many years ago by a

king of Israel great and strong, and was finished.

 

1Esdr 6:15

But when our fathers provoked God unto wrath, and sinned

against the Lord of Israel which is in heaven, he gave them over

into the power of Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon, of the

Chaldees;

 

1Esdr 6:16

Who pulled down the house, and burned it, and carried away

the people captives unto Babylon.

 

1Esdr 6:17

But in the first year that king Cyrus reigned over the

country of Babylon Cyrus the king wrote to build up this house.

 

1Esdr 6:18

And the holy vessels of gold and of silver, that

Nabuchodonosor had carried away out of the house at Jerusalem,

and had set them in his own temple those Cyrus the king brought

forth again out of the temple at Babylon, and they were

delivered to Zorobabel and to Sanabassarus the ruler,

 

1Esdr 6:19

With commandment that he should carry away the same vessels,

and put them in the temple at Jerusalem; and that the temple of

the Lord should be built in his place.

 

1Esdr 6:20

Then the same Sanabassarus, being come hither, laid the

foundations of the house of the Lord at Jerusalem; and from that

time to this being still a building, it is not yet fully ended.

 

1Esdr 6:21

Now therefore, if it seem good unto the king, let search be

made among the records of king Cyrus:

 

1Esdr 6:22

And if it be found that the building of the house of the Lord

at Jerusalem hath been done with the consent of king Cyrus, and

if our lord the king be so minded, let him signify unto us

thereof.

 

1Esdr 6:23

Then commanded king Darius to seek among the records at

Babylon: and so at Ecbatane the palace, which is in the country

of Media, there was found a roll wherein these things were

recorded.

 

1Esdr 6:24

In the first year of the reign of Cyrus king Cyrus commanded

that the house of the Lord at Jerusalem should be built again,

where they do sacrifice with continual fire:

 

1Esdr 6:25

Whose height shall be sixty cubits and the breadth sixty

cubits, with three rows of hewn stones, and one row of new wood

of that country; and the expences thereof to be given out of the

house of king Cyrus:

 

1Esdr 6:26

And that the holy vessels of the house of the Lord, both of

gold and silver, that Nabuchodonosor took out of the house at

Jerusalem, and brought to Babylon, should be restored to the

house at Jerusalem, and be set in the place where they were

before.

 

1Esdr 6:27

And also he commanded that Sisinnes the governor of Syria and

Phenice, and Sathrabuzanes, and their companions, and those

which were appointed rulers in Syria and Phenice, should be

careful not to meddle with the place, but suffer Zorobabel, the

servant of the Lord, and governor of Judea, and the elders of

the Jews, to build the house of the Lord in that place.

 

1Esdr 6:28

I have commanded also to have it built up whole again; and

that they look diligently to help those that be of the captivity

of the Jews, till the house of the Lord be finished:

 

1Esdr 6:29

And out of the tribute of Celosyria and Phenice a portion

carefully to be given these men for the sacrifices of the Lord,

that is, to Zorobabel the governor, for bullocks, and rams, and

lambs;

 

1Esdr 6:30

And also corn, salt, wine, and oil, and that continually

every year without further question, according as the priests

that be in Jerusalem shall signify to be daily spent:

 

1Esdr 6:31

That offerings may be made to the most high God for the king

and for his children, and that they may pray for their lives.

 

1Esdr 6:32

And he commanded that whosoever should transgress, yea, or

make light of any thing afore spoken or written, out of his own

house should a tree be taken, and he thereon be hanged, and all

his goods seized for the king.

 

1Esdr 6:33

The Lord therefore, whose name is there called upon, utterly

destroy every king and nation, that stretcheth out his hand to

hinder or endamage that house of the Lord in Jerusalem.

 

1Esdr 6:34

I Darius the king have ordained that according unto these

things it be done with diligence.

 

1Esdr 7:1

Then Sisinnes the governor of Celosyria and Phenice, and

Sathrabuzanes, with their companions following the commandments

of king Darius,

 

1Esdr 7:2

Did very carefully oversee the holy works, assisting the

ancients of the Jews and governors of the temple.

 

1Esdr 7:3

And so the holy works prospered, when Aggeus and Zacharias

the prophets prophesied.

 

1Esdr 7:4

And they finished these things by the commandment of the Lord

God of Israel, and with the consent of Cyrus, Darius, and

Artexerxes, kings of Persia.

 

1Esdr 7:5

And thus was the holy house finished in the three and

twentieth day of the month Adar, in the sixth year of Darius

king of the Persians

 

1Esdr 7:6

And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and

others that were of the captivity, that were added unto them,

did according to the things written in the book of Moses.

 

1Esdr 7:7

And to the dedication of the temple of the Lord they offered

an hundred bullocks two hundred rams, four hundred lambs;

 

1Esdr 7:8

And twelve goats for the sin of all Israel, according to the

number of the chief of the tribes of Israel.

 

1Esdr 7:9

The priests also and the Levites stood arrayed in their

vestments, according to their kindreds, in the service of the

Lord God of Israel, according to the book of Moses: and the

porters at every gate.

 

1Esdr 7:10

And the children of Israel that were of the captivity held

the passover the fourteenth day of the first month, after that

the priests and the Levites were sanctified.

 

1Esdr 7:11

They that were of the captivity were not all sanctified

together: but the Levites were all sanctified together.

 

1Esdr 7:12

And so they offered the passover for all them of the

captivity, and for their brethren the priests, and for

themselves.

 

1Esdr 7:13

And the children of Israel that came out of the captivity did

eat, even all they that had separated themselves from the

abominations of the people of the land, and sought the Lord.

 

1Esdr 7:14

And they kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days,

making merry before the Lord,

 

1Esdr 7:15

For that he had turned the counsel of the king of Assyria

toward them, to strengthen their hands in the works of the Lord

God of Israel.

 

1Esdr 8:1

And after these things, when Artexerxes the king of the

Persians reigned came Esdras the son of Saraias, the son of

Ezerias, the son of Helchiah, the son of Salum,

 

1Esdr 8:2

The son of Sadduc, the son of Achitob, the son of Amarias,

the son of Ezias, the son of Meremoth, the son of Zaraias, the

son of Savias, the son of Boccas, the son of Abisum, the son of

Phinees, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chief priest.

 

1Esdr 8:3

This Esdras went up from Babylon, as a scribe, being very

ready in the law of Moses, that was given by the God of Israel.

 

1Esdr 8:4

And the king did him honour: for he found grace in his sight

in all his requests.

 

1Esdr 8:5

There went up with him also certain of the children of

Israel, of the priest of the Levites, of the holy singers,

porters, and ministers of the temple, unto Jerusalem,

 

1Esdr 8:6

In the seventh year of the reign of Artexerxes, in the fifth

month, this was the king's seventh year; for they went from

Babylon in the first day of the first month, and came to

Jerusalem, according to the prosperous journey which the Lord

gave them.

 

1Esdr 8:7

For Esdras had very great skill, so that he omitted nothing

of the law and commandments of the Lord, but taught all Israel

the ordinances and judgments.

 

1Esdr 8:8

Now the copy of the commission, which was written from

Artexerxes the king, and came to Esdras the priest and reader of

the law of the Lord, is this that followeth;

 

1Esdr 8:9

King Artexerxes unto Esdras the priest and reader of the law

of the Lord sendeth greeting:

 

1Esdr 8:10

Having determined to deal graciously, I have given order,

that such of the nation of the Jews, and of the priests and

Levites being within our realm, as are willing and desirous

should go with thee unto Jerusalem.

 

1Esdr 8:11

As many therefore as have a mind thereunto, let them depart

with thee, as it hath seemed good both to me and my seven

friends the counsellors;

 

1Esdr 8:12

That they may look unto the affairs of Judea and Jerusalem,

agreeably to that which is in the law of the Lord;

 

1Esdr 8:13

And carry the gifts unto the Lord of Israel to Jerusalem,

which I and my friends have vowed, and all the gold and silver

that in the country of Babylon can be found, to the Lord in

Jerusalem,

 

1Esdr 8:14

With that also which is given of the people for the temple of

the Lord their God at Jerusalem: and that silver and gold may be

collected for bullocks, rams, and lambs, and things thereunto

appertaining;

 

1Esdr 8:15

To the end that they may offer sacrifices unto the Lord upon

the altar of the Lord their God, which is in Jerusalem.

 

1Esdr 8:16

And whatsoever thou and thy brethren will do with the silver

and gold, that do, according to the will of thy God.

 

1Esdr 8:17

And the holy vessels of the Lord, which are given thee for

the use of the temple of thy God, which is in Jerusalem, thou

shalt set before thy God in Jerusalem.

 

1Esdr 8:18

And whatsoever thing else thou shalt remember for the use of

the temple of thy God, thou shalt give it out of the king's

treasury.

 

1Esdr 8:19

And I king Artexerxes have also commanded the keepers of the

treasures in Syria and Phenice, that whatsoever Esdras the

priest and the reader of the law of the most high God shall send

for, they should give it him with speed,

 

1Esdr 8:20

To the sum of an hundred talents of silver, likewise also of

wheat even to an hundred cors, and an hundred pieces of wine,

and other things in abundance.

 

1Esdr 8:21

Let all things be performed after the law of God diligently

unto the most high God, that wrath come not upon the kingdom of

the king and his sons.

 

1Esdr 8:22

I command you also, that ye require no tax, nor any other

imposition, of any of the priests, or Levites, or holy singers,

or porters, or ministers of the temple, or of any that have

doings in this temple, and that no man have authority to impose

any thing upon them.

 

1Esdr 8:23

And thou, Esdras, according to the wisdom of God ordain

judges and justices, that they may judge in all Syria and

Phenice all those that know the law of thy God; and those that

know it not thou shalt teach.

 

1Esdr 8:24

And whosoever shall transgress the law of thy God, and of the

king, shall be punished diligently, whether it be by death, or

other punishment, by penalty of money, or by imprisonment.

 

1Esdr 8:25

Then said Esdras the scribe, Blessed be the only Lord God of

my fathers, who hath put these things into the heart of the

king, to glorify his house that is in Jerusalem:

 

1Esdr 8:26

And hath honoured me in the sight of the king, and his

counsellors, and all his friends and nobles.

 

1Esdr 8:27

Therefore was I encouraged by the help of the Lord my God,

and gathered together men of Israel to go up with me.

 

1Esdr 8:28

And these are the chief according to their families and several

dignities, that went up with me from Babylon in the reign of

king Artexerxes:

 

1Esdr 8:29

Of the sons of Phinees, Gerson: of the sons of Ithamar,

Gamael: of the sons of David, Lettus the son of Sechenias:

 

1Esdr 8:30

Of the sons of Pharez, Zacharias; and with him were counted

an hundred and fifty men:

 

1Esdr 8:31

Of the sons of Pahath Moab, Eliaonias, the son of Zaraias,

and with him two hundred men:

 

1Esdr 8:32

Of the sons of Zathoe, Sechenias the son of Jezelus, and with

him three hundred men: of the sons of Adin, Obeth the son of

Jonathan, and with him two hundred and fifty men:

 

1Esdr 8:33

Of the sons of Elam, Josias son of Gotholias, and with him

seventy men:

 

1Esdr 8:34

Of the sons of Saphatias, Zaraias son of Michael, and with

him threescore and ten men:

 

1Esdr 8:35

Of the sons of Joab, Abadias son of Jezelus, and with him two

hundred and twelve men:

 

1Esdr 8:36

Of the sons of Banid, Assalimoth son of Josaphias, and with

him an hundred and threescore men:

 

1Esdr 8:37

Of the sons of Babi, Zacharias son of Bebai, and with him

twenty and eight men:

 

1Esdr 8:38

Of the sons of Astath, Johannes son of Acatan, and with him

an hundred and ten men:

 

1Esdr 8:39

Of the sons of Adonikam the last, and these are the names of

them, Eliphalet, Jewel, and Samaias, and with them seventy men:

 

1Esdr 8:40

Of the sons of Bago, Uthi the son of Istalcurus, and with him

seventy men.

 

1Esdr 8:41

And these I gathered together to the river called Theras,

where we pitched our tents three days: and then I surveyed them.

 

1Esdr 8:42

But when I had found there none of the priests and Levites,

 

1Esdr 8:43

Then sent I unto Eleazar, and Iduel, and Masman,

 

1Esdr 8:44

And Alnathan, and Mamaias, and Joribas, and Nathan, Eunatan,

Zacharias, and Mosollamon, principal men and learned.

 

1Esdr 8:45

And I bade them that they should go unto Saddeus the captain,

who was in the place of the treasury:

 

1Esdr 8:46

And commanded them that they should speak unto Daddeus, and

to his brethren, and to the treasurers in that place, to send us

such men as might execute the priests' office in the house of

the Lord.

 

1Esdr 8:47

And by the mighty hand of our Lord they brought unto us

skilful men of the sons of Moli the son of Levi, the son of

Israel, Asebebia, and his sons, and his brethren, who were

eighteen.

 

1Esdr 8:48

And Asebia, and Annus, and Osaias his brother, of the sons

of Channuneus, and their sons, were twenty men.

 

1Esdr 8:49

And of the servants of the temple whom David had ordained,

and the principal men for the service of the Levites to wit, the

servants of the temple two hundred and twenty, the catalogue of

whose names were shewed.

 

1Esdr 8:50

And there I vowed a fast unto the young men before our Lord,

to desire of him a prosperous journey both for us and them that

were with us, for our children, and for the cattle:

 

1Esdr 8:51

For I was ashamed to ask the king footmen, and horsemen, and

conduct for safeguard against our adversaries.

 

1Esdr 8:52

For we had said unto the king, that the power of the Lord our

God should be with them that seek him, to support them in all

ways.

 

1Esdr 8:53

And again we besought our Lord as touching these things, and

found him favourable unto us.

 

1Esdr 8:54

Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests,

Esebrias, and Assanias, and ten men of their brethren with them:

 

1Esdr 8:55

And I weighed them the gold, and the silver, and the holy

vessels of the house of our Lord, which the king, and his

council, and the princes, and all Israel, had given.

 

1Esdr 8:56

And when I had weighed it, I delivered unto them six hundred

and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels of an hundred

talents, and an hundred talents of gold,

 

1Esdr 8:57

And twenty golden vessels, and twelve vessels of brass, even

of fine brass, glittering like gold.

 

1Esdr 8:58

And I said unto them, Both ye are holy unto the Lord, and the

vessels are holy, and the gold and the silver is a vow unto the

Lord, the Lord of our fathers.

 

1Esdr 8:59

Watch ye, and keep them till ye deliver them to the chief of

the priests and Levites, and to the principal men of the

families of Israel, in Jerusalem, into the chambers of the house

of our God.

 

1Esdr 8:60

So the priests and the Levites, who had received the silver

and the gold and the vessels, brought them unto Jerusalem, into

the temple of the Lord.

 

1Esdr 8:61

And from the river Theras we departed the twelfth day of the

first month, and came to Jerusalem by the mighty hand of our

Lord, which was with us: and from the beginning of our journey

the Lord delivered us from every enemy, and so we came to

Jerusalem.

 

1Esdr 8:62

And when we had been there three days, the gold and silver

that was weighed was delivered in the house of our Lord on the

fourth day unto Marmoth the priest the son of Iri.

 

1Esdr 8:63

And with him was Eleazar the son of Phinees, and with them

were Josabad the son of Jesu and Moeth the son of Sabban,

Levites: all was delivered them by number and weight.

 

1Esdr 8:64

And all the weight of them was written up the same hour.

 

1Esdr 8:65

Moreover they that were come out of the captivity offered

sacrifice unto the Lord God of Israel, even twelve bullocks for

all Israel, fourscore and sixteen rams,

 

1Esdr 8:66

Threescore and twelve lambs, goats for a peace offering,

twelve; all of them a sacrifice to the Lord.

 

1Esdr 8:67

And they delivered the king's commandments unto the king's

stewards' and to the governors of Celosyria and Phenice; and

they honoured the people and the temple of God.

 

1Esdr 8:68

Now when these things were done, the rulers came unto me, and

said,

 

1Esdr 8:69

The nation of Israel, the princes, the priests and Levites,

have not put away from them the strange people of the land, nor

the pollutions of the Gentiles to wit, of the Canaanites,

Hittites, Pheresites, Jebusites, and the Moabites, Egyptians,

and Edomites.

 

1Esdr 8:70

For both they and their sons have married with their

daughters, and the holy seed is mixed with the strange people of

the land; and from the beginning of this matter the rulers and

the great men have been partakers of this iniquity.

 

1Esdr 8:71

And as soon as I had heard these things, I rent my clothes,

and the holy garment, and pulled off the hair from off my head

and beard, and sat me down sad and very heavy.

 

1Esdr 8:72

So all they that were then moved at the word of the Lord God

of Israel assembled unto me, whilst I mourned for the iniquity:

but I sat still full of heaviness until the evening sacrifice.

 

1Esdr 8:73

Then rising up from the fast with my clothes and the holy

garment rent, and bowing my knees, and stretching forth my hands

unto the Lord,

 

1Esdr 8:74

I said, O Lord, I am confounded and ashamed before thy face;

 

1Esdr 8:75

For our sins are multiplied above our heads, and our

ignorances have reached up unto heaven.

 

1Esdr 8:76

For ever since the time of our fathers we have been and are

in great sin, even unto this day.

 

1Esdr 8:77

And for our sins and our fathers' we with our brethren and

our kings and our priests were given up unto the kings of the

earth, to the sword, and to captivity, and for a prey with

shame, unto this day.

 

1Esdr 8:78

And now in some measure hath mercy been shewed unto us from

thee, O Lord, that there should be left us a root and a name in

the place of thy sanctuary;

 

1Esdr 8:79

And to discover unto us a light in the house of the Lord our

God, and to give us food in the time of our servitude.

 

1Esdr 8:80

Yea, when we were in bondage, we were not forsaken of our

Lord; but he made us gracious before the kings of Persia, so

that they gave us food;

 

1Esdr 8:81

Yea, and honoured the temple of our Lord, and raised up the

desolate Sion, that they have given us a sure abiding in Jewry

and Jerusalem.

 

1Esdr 8:82

And now, O Lord, what shall we say, having these things? for

we have transgressed thy commandments, which thou gavest by the

hand of thy servants the prophets, saying,

 

1Esdr 8:83

That the land, which ye enter into to possess as an heritage,

is a land polluted with the pollutions of the strangers of the

land, and they have filled it with their uncleanness.

 

1Esdr 8:84

Therefore now shall ye not join your daughters unto their

sons, neither shall ye take their daughters unto your sons.

 

1Esdr 8:85

Moreover ye shall never seek to have peace with them, that ye

may be strong, and eat the good things of the land, and that ye

may leave the inheritance of the land unto your children for

evermore.

 

1Esdr 8:86

And all that is befallen is done unto us for our wicked works

and great sins; for thou, O Lord, didst make our sins light,

 

1Esdr 8:87

And didst give unto us such a root: but we have turned back

again to transgress thy law, and to mingle ourselves with the

uncleanness of the nations of the land.

 

1Esdr 8:88

Mightest not thou be angry with us to destroy us, till thou

hadst left us neither root, seed, nor name?

 

1Esdr 8:89

O Lord of Israel, thou art true: for we are left a root this

day.

 

1Esdr 8:90

Behold, now are we before thee in our iniquities, for we

cannot stand any longer by reason of these things before thee.

 

1Esdr 8:91

And as Esdras in his prayer made his confession, weeping, and

lying flat upon the ground before the temple, there gathered

unto him from Jerusalem a very great multitude of men and women

and children: for there was great weeping among the multitude.

 

1Esdr 8:92

Then Jechonias the son of Jeelus, one of the sons of Israel,

called out, and said, O Esdras, we have sinned against the Lord

God, we have married strange women of the nations of the land,

and now is all Israel aloft.

 

1Esdr 8:93

Let us make an oath to the Lord, that we will put away all

our wives, which we have taken of the heathen, with their

children,

 

1Esdr 8:94

Like as thou hast decreed, and as many as do obey the law of

the Lord.

 

1Esdr 8:95

Arise and put in execution: for to thee doth this matter

appertain, and we will be with thee: do valiantly.

 

1Esdr 8:96

So Esdras arose, and took an oath of the chief of the priests

and Levites of all Israel to do after these things; and so they

sware.

 

1Esdr 9:1

Then Esdras rising from the court of the temple went to the

chamber of Joanan the son of Eliasib,

 

1Esdr 9:2

And remained there, and did eat no meat nor drink water,

mourning for the great iniquities of the multitude.

 

1Esdr 9:3

And there was a proclamation in all Jewry and Jerusalem to

all them that were of the captivity, that they should be

gathered together at Jerusalem:

 

1Esdr 9:4

And that whosoever met not there within two or three days

according as the elders that bare rule appointed, their cattle

should be seized to the use of the temple, and himself cast out

from them that were of the captivity.

 

1Esdr 9:5

And in three days were all they of the tribe of Judah and

Benjamin gathered together at Jerusalem the twentieth day of the

ninth month.

 

1Esdr 9:6

And all the multitude sat trembling in the broad court of the

temple because of the present foul weather.

 

1Esdr 9:7

So Esdras arose up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed

the law in marrying strange wives, thereby to increase the sins

of Israel.

 

1Esdr 9:8

And now by confessing give glory unto the Lord God of our

fathers,

 

1Esdr 9:9

And do his will, and separate yourselves from the heathen of

the land, and from the strange women.

 

1Esdr 9:10

Then cried the whole multitude, and said with a loud voice,

Like as thou hast spoken, so will we do.

 

1Esdr 9:11

But forasmuch as the people are many, and it is foul weather,

so that we cannot stand without, and this is not a work of a day

or two, seeing our sin in these things is spread far:

 

1Esdr 9:12

Therefore let the rulers of the multitude stay, and let all

them of our habitations that have strange wives come at the time

appointed,

 

1Esdr 9:13

And with them the rulers and judges of every place, till we

turn away the wrath of the Lord from us for this matter.

 

1Esdr 9:14

Then Jonathan the son of Azael and Ezechias the son of

Theocanus accordingly took this matter upon them: and Mosollam

and Levis and Sabbatheus helped them.

 

1Esdr 9:15

And they that were of the captivity did according to all

these things.

 

1Esdr 9:16

And Esdras the priest chose unto him the principal men of

their families, all by name: and in the first day of the tenth

month they sat together to examine the matter.

 

1Esdr 9:17

So their cause that held strange wives was brought to an end

in the first day of the first month.

 

1Esdr 9:18

And of the priests that were come together, and had strange

wives, there were found:

 

1Esdr 9:19

Of the sons of Jesus the son of Josedec, and his brethren;

Matthelas and Eleazar, and Joribus and Joadanus.

 

1Esdr 9:20

And they gave their hands to put away their wives and to

offer rams to make reconcilement for their errors.

 

1Esdr 9:21

And of the sons of Emmer; Ananias, and Zabdeus, and Eanes,

and Sameius, and Hiereel, and Azarias.

 

1Esdr 9:22

And of the sons of Phaisur; Elionas, Massias Israel, and

Nathanael, and Ocidelus and Talsas.

 

1Esdr 9:23

And of the Levites; Jozabad, and Semis, and Colius, who was

called Calitas, and Patheus, and Judas, and Jonas.

 

1Esdr 9:24

Of the holy singers; Eleazurus, Bacchurus.

 

1Esdr 9:25

Of the porters; Sallumus, and Tolbanes.

 

1Esdr 9:26

Of them of Israel, of the sons of Phoros; Hiermas, and

Eddias, and Melchias, and Maelus, and Eleazar, and Asibias, and

Baanias.

 

1Esdr 9:27

Of the sons of Ela; Matthanias, Zacharias, and Hierielus, and

Hieremoth, and Aedias.

 

1Esdr 9:28

And of the sons of Zamoth; Eliadas, Elisimus, Othonias,

Jarimoth, and Sabatus, and Sardeus.

 

1Esdr 9:29

Of the sons of Babai; Johannes, and Ananias and Josabad, and

Amatheis.

 

1Esdr 9:30

Of the sons of Mani; Olamus, Mamuchus, Jedeus, Jasubus,

Jasael, and Hieremoth.

 

1Esdr 9:31

And of the sons of Addi; Naathus, and Moosias, Lacunus, and

Naidus, and Mathanias, and Sesthel, Balnuus, and Manasseas.

 

1Esdr 9:32

And of the sons of Annas; Elionas and Aseas, and Melchias,

and Sabbeus, and Simon Chosameus.

 

1Esdr 9:33

And of the sons of Asom; Altaneus, and Matthias, and Baanaia,

Eliphalet, and Manasses, and Semei.

 

1Esdr 9:34

And of the sons of Maani; Jeremias, Momdis, Omaerus, Juel,

Mabdai, and Pelias, and Anos, Carabasion, and Enasibus, and

Mamnitanaimus, Eliasis, Bannus, Eliali, Samis, Selemias,

Nathanias: and of the sons of Ozora; Sesis, Esril, Azaelus,

Samatus, Zambis, Josephus.

 

1Esdr 9:35

And of the sons of Ethma; Mazitias, Zabadaias, Edes, Juel,

Banaias.

 

1Esdr 9:36

All these had taken strange wives, and they put them away

with their children.

 

1Esdr 9:37

And the priests and Levites, and they that were of Israel,

dwelt in Jerusalem, and in the country, in the first day of the

seventh month: so the children of Israel were in their

habitations.

 

1Esdr 9:38

And the whole multitude came together with one accord into

the broad place of the holy porch toward the east:

 

1Esdr 9:39

And they spake unto Esdras the priest and reader, that he

would bring the law of Moses, that was given of the Lord God of

Israel.

 

1Esdr 9:40

So Esdras the chief priest brought the law unto the whole

multitude from man to woman, and to all the priests, to hear law

in the first day of the seventh month.

 

1Esdr 9:41

And he read in the broad court before the holy porch from

morning unto midday, before both men and women; and the

multitude gave heed unto the law.

 

1Esdr 9:42

And Esdras the priest and reader of the law stood up upon a

pulpit of wood, which was made for that purpose.

 

1Esdr 9:43

And there stood up by him Mattathias, Sammus, Ananias,

Azarias, Urias, Ezecias, Balasamus, upon the right hand:

 

1Esdr 9:44

And upon his left hand stood Phaldaius, Misael, Melchias,

Lothasubus, and Nabarias.

 

1Esdr 9:45

Then took Esdras the book of the law before the multitude:

for he sat honourably in the first place in the sight of them

all.

 

1Esdr 9:46

And when he opened the law, they stood all straight up. So

Esdras blessed the Lord God most High, the God of hosts,

Almighty.

 

1Esdr 9:47

And all the people answered, Amen; and lifting up their hands

they fell to the ground, and worshipped the Lord.

 

1Esdr 9:48

Also Jesus, Anus, Sarabias, Adinus, Jacubus, Sabateas,

Auteas, Maianeas, and Calitas, Asrias, and Joazabdus, and

Ananias, Biatas, the Levites, taught the law of the Lord, making

them withal to understand it.

 

1Esdr 9:49

Then spake Attharates unto Esdras the chief priest. and

reader, and to the Levites that taught the multitude, even to

all, saying,

 

1Esdr 9:50

This day is holy unto the Lord; (for they all wept when they

heard the law:)

 

1Esdr 9:51

Go then, and eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send part

to them that have nothing;

 

1Esdr 9:52

For this day is holy unto the Lord: and be not sorrowful; for

the Lord will bring you to honour.

 

1Esdr 9:53

So the Levites published all things to the people, saying,

This day is holy to the Lord; be not sorrowful.

 

1Esdr 9:54

Then went they their way, every one to eat and drink, and

make merry, and to give part to them that had nothing, and to

make great cheer;

 

1Esdr 9:55

Because they understood the words wherein they were

instructed, and for the which they had been assembled.

 

 

 

The Second Book of Esdras

 

 

 

2Esdr 1:1

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,

 

2Esdr 1:2

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,

 

2Esdr 1:3

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.

 

2Esdr 1:4

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

 

2Esdr 1:5

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 children's children:

 

2Esdr 1:6

Because the sins of their fathers are increased in them: for

they have forgotten me, and have offered unto strange gods.

 

2Esdr 1:7

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 counsels.

 

2Esdr 1:8

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.

 

2Esdr 1:9

How long shall I forbear them, into whom I have done so much good?

 

2Esdr 1:10

Many kings have I destroyed for their sakes; Pharaoh with his

servants and all his power have I smitten down.

 

2Esdr 1:11

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.

 

2Esdr 1:12

Speak thou therefore unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord,

 

2Esdr 1:13

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.

 

2Esdr 1:14

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.

 

2Esdr 1:15

Thus saith the Almighty Lord, The quails were as a token to you;

I gave you tents for your safeguard: nevertheless ye murmured there,

 

2Esdr 1:16

And triumphed not in my name for the destruction of your enemies,

but ever to this day do ye yet murmur.

 

2Esdr 1:17

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,

 

2Esdr 1:18

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 wilderness.

 

2Esdr 1:19

Then had I pity upon your mournings, and gave you manna to eat;

so ye did eat angels' bread.

 

2Esdr 1:20

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.

 

2Esdr 1:21

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.

 

2Esdr 1:22

Thus saith the Almighty Lord, When ye were in the wilderness,

in the river of the Amorites, being athirst, and blaspheming my name,

 

2Esdr 1:23

I gave you not fire for your blasphemies, but cast a tree in the water,

and made the river sweet.

 

2Esdr 1:24

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.

 

2Esdr 1:25

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.

 

2Esdr 1:26

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.

 

2Esdr 1:27

Ye have not as it were forsaken me, but your own selves,

saith the Lord.

 

2Esdr 1:28

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,

 

2Esdr 1:29

That ye would be my people, and I should be your God; that ye

would be my children, and I should be your father?

 

2Esdr 1:30

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.

 

2Esdr 1:31

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.

 

2Esdr 1:32

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.

 

2Esdr 1:33

Thus saith the Almighty Lord, Your house is desolate, I will

cast you out as the wind doth stubble.

 

2Esdr 1:34

And your children shall not be fruitful; for they have

despised my commandment, and done the thing that is an evil

before me.

 

2Esdr 1:35

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.

 

2Esdr 1:36

They have seen no prophets, yet they shall call their sins to

remembrance, and acknowledge them.

 

2Esdr 1:37

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.

 

2Esdr 1:38

And now, brother, behold what glory; and see the people that

come from the east:

 

2Esdr 1:39

Unto whom I will give for leaders, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,

Oseas, Amos, and Micheas, Joel, Abdias, and Jonas,

 

2Esdr 1:40

Nahum, and Abacuc, Sophonias, Aggeus, Zachary, and Malachy,

which is called also an angel of the Lord.

 

2Esdr 2:1

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.

 

2Esdr 2:2

The mother that bare them saith unto them, Go your way, ye

children; for I am a widow and forsaken.

 

2Esdr 2:3

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.

 

2Esdr 2:4

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.

 

2Esdr 2:5

As for me, O father, I call upon thee for a witness over the

mother of these children, which would not keep my covenant,

 

2Esdr 2:6

That thou bring them to confusion, and their mother to a

spoil, that there may be no offspring of them.

 

2Esdr 2:7

Let them be scattered abroad among the heathen, let their

names be put out of the earth: for they have despised my

covenant.

 

2Esdr 2:8

Woe be unto thee, Assur, thou that hidest the unrighteous in

thee! O thou wicked people, remember what I did unto Sodom and

Gomorrha;

 

2Esdr 2:9

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.

 

2Esdr 2:10

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.

 

2Esdr 2:11

Their glory also will I take unto me, and give these the

everlasting tabernacles, which I had prepared for them.

 

2Esdr 2:12

They shall have the tree of life for an ointment of sweet

savour; they shall neither labour, nor be weary.

 

2Esdr 2:13

Go, and ye shall receive: pray for few days unto you, that

they may be shortened: the kingdom is already prepared for you:

watch.

 

2Esdr 2:14

Take heaven and earth to witness; for I have broken the evil

in pieces, and created the good: for I live, saith the Lord.

 

2Esdr 2:15

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.

 

2Esdr 2:16

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.

 

2Esdr 2:17

Fear not, thou mother of the children: for I have chosen

thee, saith the Lord.

 

2Esdr 2:18

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 fruits,

 

2Esdr 2:19

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.

 

2Esdr 2:20

Do right to the widow, judge for the fatherless, give to the

poor, defend the orphan, clothe the naked,

 

2Esdr 2:21

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.

 

2Esdr 2:22

Keep the old and young within thy walls.

 

2Esdr 2:23

Wheresoever thou findest the dead, take them and bury them,

and I will give thee the first place in my resurrection.

 

2Esdr 2:24

Abide still, O my people, and take thy rest, for thy

quietness still come.

 

2Esdr 2:25

Nourish thy children, O thou good nurse; stablish their feet.

 

2Esdr 2:26

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.

 

2Esdr 2:27

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.

 

2Esdr 2:28

The heathen shall envy thee, but they shall be able to do

nothing against thee, saith the Lord.

 

2Esdr 2:29

My hands shall cover thee, so that thy children shall not see

hell.

 

2Esdr 2:30

Be joyful, O thou mother, with thy children; for I will

deliver thee, saith the Lord.

 

2Esdr 2:31

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 Almighty.

 

2Esdr 2:32

Embrace thy children until I come and shew mercy unto them:

for my wells run over, and my grace shall not fail.

 

2Esdr 2:33

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.

 

2Esdr 2:34

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.

 

2Esdr 2:35

Be ready to the reward of the kingdom, for the everlasting

light shall shine upon you for evermore.

 

2Esdr 2:36

Flee the shadow of this world, receive the joyfulness of your

glory: I testify my Saviour openly.

 

2Esdr 2:37

O receive the gift that is given you, and be glad, giving

thanks unto him that hath led you to the heavenly kingdom.

 

2Esdr 2:38

Arise up and stand, behold the number of those that be sealed

in the feast of the Lord;

 

2Esdr 2:39

Which are departed from the shadow of the world, and have

received glorious garments of the Lord.

 

2Esdr 2:40

Take thy number, O Sion, and shut up those of thine that are

clothed in white, which have fulfilled the law of the Lord.

 

2Esdr 2:41

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.

 

2Esdr 2:42

I Esdras saw upon the mount Sion a great people, whom I could

not number, and they all praised the Lord with songs.

 

2Esdr 2:43

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.

 

2Esdr 2:44

So I asked the angel, and said, Sir, what are these?

 

2Esdr 2:45

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.

 

2Esdr 2:46

Then said I unto the angel, What young person is it that

crowneth them, and giveth them palms in their hands?

 

2Esdr 2:47

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.

 

2Esdr 2:48

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.

 

2Esdr 3:1

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:

 

2Esdr 3:2

For I saw the desolation of Sion, and the wealth of them that

dwelt at Babylon.

 

2Esdr 3:3

And my spirit was sore moved, so that I began to speak words

full of fear to the most High, and said,

 

2Esdr 3:4

O Lord, who bearest rule, thou spakest at the beginning, when

thou didst plant the earth, and that thyself alone, and

commandedst the people,

 

2Esdr 3:5

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.

 

2Esdr 3:6

And thou leadest him into paradise, which thy right hand had

planted, before ever the earth came forward.

 

2Esdr 3:7

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.

 

2Esdr 3:8

And every people walked after their own will, and did

wonderful things before thee, and despised thy commandments.

 

2Esdr 3:9

And again in process of time thou broughtest the flood upon

those that dwelt in the world, and destroyedst them.

 

2Esdr 3:10

And it came to pass in every of them, that as death was to

Adam, so was the flood to these.

 

2Esdr 3:11

Nevertheless one of them thou leftest, namely, Noah with his

household, of whom came all righteous men.

 

2Esdr 3:12

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.

 

2Esdr 3:13

Now when they lived so wickedly before thee, thou didst

choose thee a man from among them, whose name was Abraham.

 

2Esdr 3:14

Him thou lovedst, and unto him only thou shewedst thy will:

 

2Esdr 3:15

And madest an everlasting covenant with him, promising him

that thou wouldest never forsake his seed.

 

2Esdr 3:16

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.

 

2Esdr 3:17

And it came to pass, that when thou leadest his seed out of

Egypt, thou broughtest them up to the mount Sinai.

 

2Esdr 3:18

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 age.

 

2Esdr 3:19

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.

 

2Esdr 3:20

And yet tookest thou not away from them a wicked heart, that

thy law might bring forth fruit in them.

 

2Esdr 3:21

For the first Adam bearing a wicked heart transgressed, and

was overcome; and so be all they that are born of him.

 

2Esdr 3:22

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.

 

2Esdr 3:23

So the times passed away, and the years were brought to an

end: then didst thou raise thee up a servant, called David:

 

2Esdr 3:24

Whom thou commandedst to build a city unto thy name, and to

offer incense and oblations unto thee therein.

 

2Esdr 3:25

When this was done many years, then they that inhabited the

city forsook thee,

 

2Esdr 3:26

And in all things did even as Adam and all his generations

had done: for they also had a wicked heart:

 

2Esdr 3:27

And so thou gavest thy city over into the hands of thine

enemies.

 

2Esdr 3:28

Are their deeds then any better that inhabit Babylon, that

they should therefore have the dominion over Sion?

 

2Esdr 3:29

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.

 

2Esdr 3:30

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.

 

2Esdr 3:31

I do not remember how this way may be left: Are they then of

Babylon better than they of Sion?

 

2Esdr 3:32

Or is there any other people that knoweth thee beside Israel?

or what generation hath so believed thy covenants as Jacob?

 

2Esdr 3:33

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.

 

2Esdr 3:34

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 Israel.

 

2Esdr 3:35

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?

 

2Esdr 3:36

Thou shalt find that Israel by name hath kept thy precepts;

but not the heathen.

 

2Esdr 4:1

And the angel that was sent unto me, whose name was Uriel,

gave me an answer,

 

2Esdr 4:2

And said, Thy heart hath gone to far in this world, and

thinkest thou to comprehend the way of the most High?

 

2Esdr 4:3

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:

 

2Esdr 4:4

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 cometh.

 

2Esdr 4:5

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.

 

2Esdr 4:6

Then answered I and said, What man is able to do that, that

thou shouldest ask such things of me?

 

2Esdr 4:7

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 paradise:

 

2Esdr 4:8

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.

 

2Esdr 4:9

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.

 

2Esdr 4:10

He said moreover unto me, Thine own things, and such as are

grown up with thee, canst thou not know;

 

2Esdr 4:11

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?

 

2Esdr 4:12

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 wherefore.

 

2Esdr 4:13

He answered me, and said, I went into a forest into a plain,

and the trees took counsel,

 

2Esdr 4:14

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.

 

2Esdr 4:15

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.

 

2Esdr 4:16

The thought of the wood was in vain, for the fire came and

consumed it.

 

2Esdr 4:17

The thought of the floods of the sea came likewise to nought,

for the sand stood up and stopped them.

 

2Esdr 4:18

If thou wert judge now betwixt these two, whom wouldest thou

begin to justify? or whom wouldest thou condemn?

 

2Esdr 4:19

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.

 

2Esdr 4:20

Then answered he me, and said, Thou hast given a right

judgment, but why judgest thou not thyself also?

 

2Esdr 4:21

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.

 

2Esdr 4:22

Then answered I and said, I beseech thee, O Lord, let me have

understanding:

 

2Esdr 4:23

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,

 

2Esdr 4:24

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.

 

2Esdr 4:25

What will he then do unto his name whereby we are called? of

these things have I asked.

 

2Esdr 4:26

Then answered he me, and said, The more thou searchest, the

more thou shalt marvel; for the world hasteth fast to pass away,

 

2Esdr 4:27

And cannot comprehend the things that are promised to the

righteous in time to come: for this world is full of

unrighteousness and infirmities.

 

2Esdr 4:28

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.

 

2Esdr 4:29

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 with good.

 

2Esdr 4:30

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?

 

2Esdr 4:31

Ponder now by thyself, how great fruit of wickedness the

grain of evil seed hath brought forth.

 

2Esdr 4:32

And when the ears shall be cut down, which are without

number, how great a floor shall they fill?

 

2Esdr 4:33

Then I answered and said, How, and when shall these things

come to pass? wherefore are our years few and evil?

 

2Esdr 4:34

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.

 

2Esdr 4:35

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?

 

2Esdr 4:36

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.

 

2Esdr 4:37

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 be fulfilled.

 

2Esdr 4:38

Then answered I and said, O Lord that bearest rule, even we

all are full of impiety.

 

2Esdr 4:39

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.

 

2Esdr 4:40

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.

 

2Esdr 4:41

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:

 

2Esdr 4:42

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.

 

2Esdr 4:43

From the beginning, look, what thou desirest to see, it shall

be shewed thee.

 

2Esdr 4:44

Then answered I and said, If I have found favour in thy

sight, and if it be possible, and if I be meet therefore,

 

2Esdr 4:45

Shew me then whether there be more to come than is past, or

more past than is to come.

 

2Esdr 4:46

What is past I know, but what is for to come I know not.

 

2Esdr 4:47

And he said unto me, Stand up upon the right side, and I

shall expound the similitude unto thee.

 

2Esdr 4:48

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.

 

2Esdr 4:49

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 still.

 

2Esdr 4:50

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.

 

2Esdr 4:51

Then I prayed, and said, May I live, thinkest thou, until

that time? or what shall happen in those days?

 

2Esdr 4:52

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.

 

2Esdr 5:1

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.

 

2Esdr 5:2

But iniquity shall be increased above that which now thou

seest, or that thou hast heard long ago.

 

2Esdr 5:3

And the land, that thou seest now to have root, shalt thou

see wasted suddenly.

 

2Esdr 5:4

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:

 

2Esdr 5:5

And blood shall drop out of wood, and the stone shall give

his voice, and the people shall be troubled:

 

2Esdr 5:6

And even he shall rule, whom they look not for that dwell

upon the earth, and the fowls shall take their flight away

together:

 

2Esdr 5:7

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.

 

2Esdr 5:8

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:

 

2Esdr 5:9

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,

 

2Esdr 5:10

And shall be sought of many, and yet not be found: then shall

unrighteousness and incontinency be multiplied upon earth.

 

2Esdr 5:11

One land also shall ask another, and say, Is righteousness

that maketh a man righteous gone through thee? And it shall say,

No.

 

2Esdr 5:12

At the same time shall men hope, but nothing obtain: they

shall labour, but their ways shall not prosper.

 

2Esdr 5:13

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.

 

2Esdr 5:14

Then I awaked, and an extreme fearfulness went through all my

body, and my mind was troubled, so that it fainted.

 

2Esdr 5:15

So the angel that was come to talk with me held me, comforted

me, and set me up upon my feet.

 

2Esdr 5:16

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?

 

2Esdr 5:17

Knowest thou not that Israel is committed unto thee in the

land of their captivity?

 

2Esdr 5:18

Up then, and eat bread, and forsake us not, as the shepherd

that leaveth his flock in the hands of cruel wolves.

 

2Esdr 5:19

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.

 

2Esdr 5:20

And so I fasted seven days, mourning and weeping, like as

Uriel the angel commanded me.

 

2Esdr 5:21

And after seven days so it was, that the thoughts of my heart

were very grievous unto me again,

 

2Esdr 5:22

And my soul recovered the spirit of understanding, and I

began to talk with the most High again,

 

2Esdr 5:23

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:

 

2Esdr 5:24

And of all lands of the whole world thou hast chosen thee one

pit: and of all the flowers thereof one lily:

 

2Esdr 5:25

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:

 

2Esdr 5:26

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:

 

2Esdr 5:27

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.

 

2Esdr 5:28

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?

 

2Esdr 5:29

And they which did gainsay thy promises, and believed not thy

covenants, have trodden them down.

 

2Esdr 5:30

If thou didst so much hate thy people, yet shouldest thou

punish them with thine own hands.

 

2Esdr 5:31

Now when I had spoken these words, the angel that came to me

the night afore was sent unto me,

 

2Esdr 5:32

And said unto me, Hear me, and I will instruct thee; hearken

to the thing that I say, and I shall tell thee more.

 

2Esdr 5:33

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 made them?

 

2Esdr 5:34

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.

 

2Esdr 5:35

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 Israel?

 

2Esdr 5:36

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,

 

2Esdr 5:37

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.

 

2Esdr 5:38

And I said, O Lord that bearest rule, who may know these

things, but he that hath not his dwelling with men?

 

2Esdr 5:39

As for me, I am unwise: how may I then speak of these things

whereof thou askest me?

 

2Esdr 5:40

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.

 

2Esdr 5:41

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?

 

2Esdr 5:42

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.

 

2Esdr 5:43

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?

 

2Esdr 5:44

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.

 

2Esdr 5:45

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.

 

2Esdr 5:46

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.

 

2Esdr 5:47

And I said, She cannot: but must do it by distance of time.

 

2Esdr 5:48

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.

 

2Esdr 5:49

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.

 

2Esdr 5:50

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.

 

2Esdr 5:51

He answered me, and said, Ask a woman that beareth children,

and she shall tell thee.

 

2Esdr 5:52

Say unto her, Wherefore are unto they whom thou hast now

brought forth like those that were before, but less of stature?

 

2Esdr 5:53

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.

 

2Esdr 5:54

Consider thou therefore also, how that ye are less of stature

than those that were before you.

 

2Esdr 5:55

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.

 

2Esdr 5:56

Then said I, Lord, I beseech thee, if I have found favour in

thy sight, shew thy servant by whom thou visitest thy creature.

 

2Esdr 6:1

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,

 

2Esdr 6:2

Before it thundered and lightened, or ever the foundations of

paradise were laid,

 

2Esdr 6:3

Before the fair flowers were seen, or ever the moveable

powers were established, before the innumerable multitude of

angels were gathered together,

 

2Esdr 6:4

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,

 

2Esdr 6:5

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:

 

2Esdr 6:6

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 other.

 

2Esdr 6:7

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 followeth?

 

2Esdr 6:8

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.

 

2Esdr 6:9

For Esau is the end of the world, and Jacob is the beginning

of it that followeth.

 

2Esdr 6:10

The hand of man is betwixt the heel and the hand: other

question, Esdras, ask thou not.

 

2Esdr 6:11

I answered then and said, O Lord that bearest rule, if I have

found favour in thy sight,

 

2Esdr 6:12

I beseech thee, shew thy servant the end of thy tokens,

whereof thou shewedst me part the last night.

 

2Esdr 6:13

So he answered and said unto me, Stand up upon thy feet, and

hear a mighty sounding voice.

 

2Esdr 6:14

And it shall be as it were a great motion; but the place

where thou standest shall not be moved.

 

2Esdr 6:15

And therefore when it speaketh be not afraid: for the word is

of the end, and the foundation of the earth is understood.

 

2Esdr 6:16

And why? because the speech of these things trembleth and is

moved: for it knoweth that the end of these things must be

changed.

 

2Esdr 6:17

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.

 

2Esdr 6:18

And it said, Behold, the days come, that I will begin to draw

nigh, and to visit them that dwell upon the earth,

 

2Esdr 6:19

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 be fulfilled;

 

2Esdr 6:20

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:

 

2Esdr 6:21

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.

 

2Esdr 6:22

And suddenly shall the sown places appear unsown, the full

storehouses shall suddenly be found empty:

 

2Esdr 6:23

And tha trumpet shall give a sound, which when every man

heareth, they shall be suddenly afraid.

 

2Esdr 6:24

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.

 

2Esdr 6:25

Whosoever remaineth from all these that I have told thee

shall escape, and see my salvation, and the end of your world.

 

2Esdr 6:26

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.

 

2Esdr 6:27

For evil shall be put out, and deceit shall be quenched.

 

2Esdr 6:28

As for faith, it shall flourish, corruption shall be

overcome, and the truth, which hath been so long without fruit,

shall be declared.

 

2Esdr 6:29

And when he talked with me, behold, I looked by little and

little upon him before whom I stood.

 

2Esdr 6:30

And these words said he unto me; I am come to shew thee the

time of the night to come.

 

2Esdr 6:31

If thou wilt pray yet more, and fast seven days again, I

shall tell thee greater things by day than I have heard.

 

2Esdr 6:32

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.

 

2Esdr 6:33

And therefore hath he sent me to shew thee all these things,

and to say unto thee, Be of good comfort and fear not

 

2Esdr 6:34

And hasten not with the times that are past, to think vain

things, that thou mayest not hasten from the latter times.

 

2Esdr 6:35

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.

 

2Esdr 6:36

And in the eighth night was my heart vexed within me again,

and I began to speak before the most High.

 

2Esdr 6:37

For my spirit was greatly set on fire, and my soul was in

distress.

 

2Esdr 6:38

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.

 

2Esdr 6:39

And then was the spirit, and darkness and silence were on

every side; the sound of man's voice was not yet formed.

 

2Esdr 6:40

Then commandedst thou a fair light to come forth of thy

treasures, that thy work might appear.

 

2Esdr 6:41

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.

 

2Esdr 6:42

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 serve thee.

 

2Esdr 6:43

For as soon as thy word went forth the work was made.

 

2Esdr 6:44

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.

 

2Esdr 6:45

Upon the fourth day thou commandedst that the sun should

shine, and the moon give her light, and the stars should be in

order:

 

2Esdr 6:46

And gavest them a charge to do service unto man, that was to

be made.

 

2Esdr 6:47

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.

 

2Esdr 6:48

For the dumb water and without life brought forth living

things at the commandment of God, that all people might praise

thy wondrous works.

 

2Esdr 6:49

Then didst thou ordain two living creatures, the one thou

calledst Enoch, and the other Leviathan;

 

2Esdr 6:50

And didst separate the one from the other: for the seventh

part, namely, where the water was gathered together, might not

hold them both.

 

2Esdr 6:51

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:

 

2Esdr 6:52

But unto Leviathan thou gavest the seventh part, namely, the

moist; and hast kept him to be devoured of whom thou wilt, and

when.

 

2Esdr 6:53

Upon the sixth day thou gavest commandment unto the earth,

that before thee it should bring forth beasts, cattle, and

creeping things:

 

2Esdr 6:54

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.

 

2Esdr 6:55

All this have I spoken before thee, O Lord, because thou

madest the world for our sakes

 

2Esdr 6:56

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.

 

2Esdr 6:57

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.

 

2Esdr 6:58

But we thy people, whom thou hast called thy firstborn, thy

only begotten, and thy fervent lover, are given into their

hands.

 

2Esdr 6:59

If the world now be made for our sakes, why do we not possess

an inheritance with the world? how long shall this endure?

 

2Esdr 7:1

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:

 

2Esdr 7:2

And he said unto me, Up, Esdras, and hear the words that I am

come to tell thee.

 

2Esdr 7:3

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.

 

2Esdr 7:4

But put the case the entrance were narrow, and like a river;

 

2Esdr 7:5

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?

 

2Esdr 7:6

There is also another thing; A city is builded, and set upon

a broad field, and is full of all good things:

 

2Esdr 7:7

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 water:

 

2Esdr 7:8

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.

 

2Esdr 7:9

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 inheritance?

 

2Esdr 7:10

And I said, It is so, Lord. Then said he unto me, Even so

also is Israel's portion.

 

2Esdr 7:11

Because for their sakes I made the world: and when Adam

transgressed my statutes, then was decreed that now is done.

 

2Esdr 7:12

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.

 

2Esdr 7:13

For the entrances of the elder world were wide and sure, and

brought immortal fruit.

 

2Esdr 7:14

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.

 

2Esdr 7:15

Now therefore why disquietest thou thyself, seeing thou art

but a corruptible man? and why art thou moved, whereas thou art

but mortal?

 

2Esdr 7:16

Why hast thou not considered in thy mind this thing that is

to come, rather than that which is present?

 

2Esdr 7:17

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.

 

2Esdr 7:18

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.

 

2Esdr 7:19

And he said unto me. There is no judge above God, and none

that hath understanding above the Highest.

 

2Esdr 7:20

For there be many that perish in this life, because they

despise the law of God that is set before them.

 

2Esdr 7:21

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 punishment.

 

2Esdr 7:22

Nevertheless they were not obedient unto him; but spake

against him, and imagined vain things;

 

2Esdr 7:23

And deceived themselves by their wicked deeds; and said of

the most High, that he is not; and knew not his ways:

 

2Esdr 7:24

But his law have they despised, and denied his covenants; in

his statutes have they not been faithful, and have not performed

his works.

 

2Esdr 7:25

And therefore, Esdras, for the empty are empty things, and

for the full are the full things.

 

2Esdr 7:26

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.

 

2Esdr 7:27

And whosoever is delivered from the foresaid evils shall see

my wonders.

 

2Esdr 7:28

For my son Jesus shall be revealed with those that be with

him, and they that remain shall rejoice within four hundred

years.

 

2Esdr 7:29

After these years shall my son Christ die, and all men that

have life.

 

2Esdr 7:30

And the world shall be turned into the old silence seven

days, like as in the former judgments: so that no man shall

remain.

 

2Esdr 7:31

And after seven days the world, that yet awaketh not, shall

be raised up, and that shall die that is corrupt

 

2Esdr 7:32

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.

 

2Esdr 7:33

And the most High shall appear upon the seat of judgment, and

misery shall pass away, and the long suffering shall have an

end:

 

2Esdr 7:34

But judgment only shall remain, truth shall stand, and faith

shall wax strong:

 

2Esdr 7:35

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.

 

2Esdr 7:36

Then said I, Abraham prayed first for the Sodomites, and

Moses for the fathers that sinned in the wilderness:

 

2Esdr 7:37

And Jesus after him for Israel in the time of Achan:

 

2Esdr 7:38

And Samuel and David for the destruction: and Solomon for

them that should come to the sanctuary:

 

2Esdr 7:39

And Helias for those that received rain; and for the dead,

that he might live:

 

2Esdr 7:40

And Ezechias for the people in the time of Sennacherib: and

many for many.

 

2Esdr 7:41

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?

 

2Esdr 7:42

He answered me, and said, This present life is not the end

where much glory doth abide; therefore have they prayed for the

weak.

 

2Esdr 7:43

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,

 

2Esdr 7:44

Intemperance is at an end, infidelity is cut off,

righteousness is grown, and truth is sprung up.

 

2Esdr 7:45

Then shall no man be able to save him that is destroyed, nor

to oppress him that hath gotten the victory.

 

2Esdr 7:46

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.

 

2Esdr 7:47

For what profit is it for men now in this present time to

live in heaviness, and after death to look for punishment?

 

2Esdr 7:48

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.

 

2Esdr 7:49

For what profit is it unto us, if there be promised us an

immortal time, whereas we have done the works that bring death?

 

2Esdr 7:50

And that there is promised us an everlasting hope, whereas

ourselves being most wicked are made vain?

 

2Esdr 7:51

And that there are laid up for us dwellings of health and

safety, whereas we have lived wickedly?

 

2Esdr 7:52

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?

 

2Esdr 7:53

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?

 

2Esdr 7:54

(For we have walked in unpleasant places.)

 

2Esdr 7:55

And that the faces of them which have used abstinence shall

shine above the stars, whereas our faces shall be blacker than

darkness?

 

2Esdr 7:56

For while we lived and committed iniquity, we considered not

that we should begin to suffer for it after death.

 

2Esdr 7:57

Then answered he me, and said, This is the condition of the

battle, which man that is born upon the earth shall fight;

 

2Esdr 7:58

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.

 

2Esdr 7:59

For this is the life whereof Moses spake unto the people

while he lived, saying, Choose thee life, that thou mayest live.

 

2Esdr 7:60

Nevertheless they believed not him, nor yet the prophets

after him, no nor me which have spoken unto them,

 

2Esdr 7:61

That there should not be such heaviness in their destruction,

as shall be joy over them that are persuaded to salvation.

 

2Esdr 7:62

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 world,

 

2Esdr 7:63

And upon those also that turn to his law;

 

2Esdr 7:64

And that he is patient, and long suffereth those that have

sinned, as his creatures;

 

2Esdr 7:65

And that he is bountiful, for he is ready to give where it

needeth;

 

2Esdr 7:66

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 to come.

 

2Esdr 7:67

For if he shall not multiply his mercies, the world would not

continue with them that inherit therein.

 

2Esdr 7:68

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.

 

2Esdr 7:69

And being judge, if he should not forgive them that are cured

with his word, and put out the multitude of contentions,

 

2Esdr 7:70

There should be very few left peradventure in an innumerable

multitude.

 

2Esdr 8:1

And he answered me, saying, The most High hath made this

world for many, but the world to come for few.

 

2Esdr 8:2

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 world.

 

2Esdr 8:3

There be many created, but few shall be saved.

 

2Esdr 8:4

So answered I and said, Swallow then down, O my soul,

understanding, and devour wisdom.

 

2Esdr 8:5

For thou hast agreed to give ear, and art willing to

prophesy: for thou hast no longer space than only to live.

 

2Esdr 8:6

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?

 

2Esdr 8:7

For thou art alone, and we all one workmanship of thine

hands, like as thou hast said.

 

2Esdr 8:8

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.

 

2Esdr 8:9

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.

 

2Esdr 8:10

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,

 

2Esdr 8:11

That the thing which is fashioned may be nourished for a

time, till thou disposest it to thy mercy.

 

2Esdr 8:12

Thou broughtest it up with thy righteousness, and nurturedst

it in thy law, and reformedst it with thy judgment.

 

2Esdr 8:13

And thou shalt mortify it as thy creature, and quicken it as

thy work.

 

2Esdr 8:14

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.

 

2Esdr 8:15

Now therefore, Lord, I will speak; touching man in general,

thou knowest best; but touching thy people, for whose sake I am

sorry;

 

2Esdr 8:16

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;

 

2Esdr 8:17

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.

 

2Esdr 8:18

But I have heard the swiftness of the judge which is to come.

 

2Esdr 8:19

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,

 

2Esdr 8:20

O Lord, thou that dwellest in everlastingness which beholdest

from above things in the heaven and in the air;

 

2Esdr 8:21

Whose throne is inestimable; whose glory may not be

comprehended; before whom the hosts of angels stand with

trembling,

 

2Esdr 8:22

Whose service is conversant in wind and fire; whose word is

true, and sayings constant; whose commandment is strong, and

ordinance fearful;

 

2Esdr 8:23

Whose look drieth up the depths, and indignation maketh the

mountains to melt away; which the truth witnesseth:

 

2Esdr 8:24

O hear the prayer of thy servant, and give ear to the

petition of thy creature.

 

2Esdr 8:25

For while I live I will speak, and so long as I have

understanding I will answer.

 

2Esdr 8:26

O look not upon the sins of thy people; but on them which

serve thee in truth.

 

2Esdr 8:27

Regard not the wicked inventions of the heathen, but the

desire of those that keep thy testimonies in afflictions.

 

2Esdr 8:28

Think not upon those that have walked feignedly before thee:

but remember them, which according to thy will have known thy

fear.

 

2Esdr 8:29

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.

 

2Esdr 8:30

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.

 

2Esdr 8:31

For we and our fathers do languish of such diseases: but

because of us sinners thou shalt be called merciful.

 

2Esdr 8:32

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.

 

2Esdr 8:33

For the just, which have many good works laid up with thee,

shall out of their own deeds receive reward.

 

2Esdr 8:34

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?

 

2Esdr 8:35

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.

 

2Esdr 8:36

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 works.

 

2Esdr 8:37

Then answered he me, and said, Some things hast thou spoken

aright, and according unto thy words it shall be.

 

2Esdr 8:38

For indeed I will not think on the disposition of them which

have sinned before death, before judgment, before destruction:

 

2Esdr 8:39

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 shall have.

 

2Esdr 8:40

Like as I have spoken now, so shall it come to pass.

 

2Esdr 8:41

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.

 

2Esdr 8:42

I answered then and said, If I have found grace, let me

speak.

 

2Esdr 8:43

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 it:

 

2Esdr 8:44

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.

 

2Esdr 8:45

Be not wroth with us but spare thy people, and have mercy

upon thine own inheritance: for thou art merciful unto thy

creature.

 

2Esdr 8:46

Then answered he me, and said, Things present are for the

present, and things to cometh for such as be to come.

 

2Esdr 8:47

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.

 

2Esdr 8:48

In this also thou art marvellous before the most High:

 

2Esdr 8:49

In that thou hast humbled thyself, as it becometh thee, and

hast not judged thyself worthy to be much glorified among the

righteous.

 

2Esdr 8:50

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.

 

2Esdr 8:51

But understand thou for thyself, and seek out the glory for

such as be like thee.

 

2Esdr 8:52

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.

 

2Esdr 8:53

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:

 

2Esdr 8:54

Sorrows are passed, and in the end is shewed the treasure of

immortality.

 

2Esdr 8:55

And therefore ask thou no more questions concerning the

multitude of them that perish.

 

2Esdr 8:56

For when they had taken liberty, they despised the most High,

thought scorn of his law, and forsook his ways.

 

2Esdr 8:57

Moreover they have trodden down his righteous,

 

2Esdr 8:58

And said in their heart, that there is no God; yea, and that

knowing they must die.

 

2Esdr 8:59

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:

 

2Esdr 8:60

But they which be created have defiled the name of him that

made them, and were unthankful unto him which prepared life for

them.

 

2Esdr 8:61

And therefore is my judgment now at hand.

 

2Esdr 8:62

These things have I not shewed unto all men, but unto thee,

and a few like thee. Then answered I and said,

 

2Esdr 8:63

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.

 

2Esdr 9:1

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,

 

2Esdr 9:2

Then shalt thou understand, that it is the very same time,

wherein the Highest will begin to visit the world which he made.

 

2Esdr 9:3

Therefore when there shall be seen earthquakes and uproars of

the people in the world:

 

2Esdr 9:4

Then shalt thou well understand, that the most High spake of

those things from the days that were before thee, even from the

beginning.

 

2Esdr 9:5

For like as all that is made in the world hath a beginning

and an end, and the end is manifest:

 

2Esdr 9:6

Even so the times also of the Highest have plain beginnings

in wonder and powerful works, and endings in effects and signs.

 

2Esdr 9:7

And every one that shall be saved, and shall be able to

escape by his works, and by faith, whereby ye have believed,

 

2Esdr 9:8

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 beginning.

 

2Esdr 9:9

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.

 

2Esdr 9:10

For such as in their life have received benefits, and have

not known me;

 

2Esdr 9:11

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 it;

 

2Esdr 9:12

The same must know it after death by pain.

 

2Esdr 9:13

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.

 

2Esdr 9:14

Then answered I and said,

 

2Esdr 9:15

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:

 

2Esdr 9:16

Like as a wave is greater than a drop.

 

2Esdr 9:17

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.

 

2Esdr 9:18

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.

 

2Esdr 9:19

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.

 

2Esdr 9:20

So I considered the world, and, behold, there was peril

because of the devices that were come into it.

 

2Esdr 9:21

And I saw, and spared it greatly, and have kept me a grape of

the cluster, and a plant of a great people.

 

2Esdr 9:22

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.

 

2Esdr 9:23

Nevertheless, if thou wilt cease yet seven days more, (but

thou shalt not fast in them,

 

2Esdr 9:24

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 only;)

 

2Esdr 9:25

And pray unto the Highest continually, then will I come and

talk with thee.

 

2Esdr 9:26

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.

 

2Esdr 9:27

After seven days I sat upon the grass, and my heart was vexed

within me, like as before:

 

2Esdr 9:28

And I opened my mouth, and began to talk before the most

High, and said,

 

2Esdr 9:29

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.

 

2Esdr 9:30

And thou spakest saying, Hear me, O Israel; and mark my

words, thou seed of Jacob.

 

2Esdr 9:31

For, behold, I sow my law in you, and it shall bring fruit in

you, and ye shall be honoured in it for ever.

 

2Esdr 9:32

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;

 

2Esdr 9:33

Yet they that received it perished, because they kept not the

thing that was sown in them.

 

2Esdr 9:34

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,

 

2Esdr 9:35

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.

 

2Esdr 9:36

For we that have received the law perish by sin, and our

heart also which received it

 

2Esdr 9:37

Notwithstanding the law perisheth not, but remaineth in his

force.

 

2Esdr 9:38

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.

 

2Esdr 9:39

Then let I my thoughts go that I was in, and turned me unto

her,

 

2Esdr 9:40

And said unto her, Wherefore weepest thou? why art thou so

grieved in thy mind?

 

2Esdr 9:41

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.

 

2Esdr 9:42

And I said unto her, What aileth thee? tell me.

 

2Esdr 9:43

She said unto me, I thy servant have been barren, and had no

child, though I had an husband thirty years,

 

2Esdr 9:44

And those thirty years I did nothing else day and night, and

every hour, but make my, prayer to the Highest.

 

2Esdr 9:45

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 Almighty.

 

2Esdr 9:46

And I nourished him with great travail.

 

2Esdr 9:47

So when he grew up, and came to the time that he should have

a wife, I made a feast.

 

2Esdr 10:1

And it so came to pass, that when my son was entered into his

wedding chamber, he fell down, and died.

 

2Esdr 10:2

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.

 

2Esdr 10:3

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.

 

2Esdr 10:4

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.

 

2Esdr 10:5

Then left I the meditations wherein I was, and spake to her

in anger, saying,

 

2Esdr 10:6

Thou foolish woman above all other, seest thou not our

mourning, and what happeneth unto us?

 

2Esdr 10:7

How that Sion our mother is full of all heaviness, and much

humbled, mourning very sore?

 

2Esdr 10:8

And now, seeing we all mourn and are sad, for we are all in

heaviness, art thou grieved for one son?

 

2Esdr 10:9

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.

 

2Esdr 10:10

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.

 

2Esdr 10:11

Who then should make more mourning than she, that hath lost

so great a multitude; and not thou, which art sorry but for one?

 

2Esdr 10:12

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;

 

2Esdr 10:13

But the earth not so: for the multitude present in it

according to the course of the earth is gone, as it came:

 

2Esdr 10:14

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.

 

2Esdr 10:15

Now therefore keep thy sorrow to thyself, and bear with a

good courage that which hath befallen thee.

 

2Esdr 10:16

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.

 

2Esdr 10:17

Go thy way then into the city to thine husband.

 

2Esdr 10:18

And she said unto me, That will I not do: I will not go into

the city, but here will I die.

 

2Esdr 10:19

So I proceeded to speak further unto her, and said,

 

2Esdr 10:20

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.

 

2Esdr 10:21

For thou seest that our sanctuary is laid waste, our altar

broken down, our temple destroyed;

 

2Esdr 10:22

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;

 

2Esdr 10:23

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.

 

2Esdr 10:24

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.

 

2Esdr 10:25

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.

 

2Esdr 10:26

And, behold, suddenly she made a great cry very fearful: so

that the earth shook at the noise of the woman.

 

2Esdr 10:27

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,

 

2Esdr 10:28

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.

 

2Esdr 10:29

And as I was speaking these words behold, he came unto me,

and looked upon me.

 

2Esdr 10:30

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,

 

2Esdr 10:31

What aileth thee? and why art thou so disquieted? and why is

thine understanding troubled, and the thoughts of thine heart?

 

2Esdr 10:32

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.

 

2Esdr 10:33

And he said unto me, Stand up manfully, and I will advise

thee.

 

2Esdr 10:34

Then said I, Speak on, my lord, in me; only forsake me not,

lest I die frustrate of my hope.

 

2Esdr 10:35

For I have seen that I knew not, and hear that I do not know.

 

2Esdr 10:36

Or is my sense deceived, or my soul in a dream?

 

2Esdr 10:37

Now therefore I beseech thee that thou wilt shew thy servant

of this vision.

 

2Esdr 10:38

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.

 

2Esdr 10:39

He hath seen that thy way is right: for that thou sorrowest

continually for thy people, and makest great lamentation for

Sion.

 

2Esdr 10:40

This therefore is the meaning of the vision which thou lately

sawest:

 

2Esdr 10:41

Thou sawest a woman mourning, and thou begannest to comfort

her:

 

2Esdr 10:42

But now seest thou the likeness of the woman no more, but

there appeared unto thee a city builded.

 

2Esdr 10:43

And whereas she told thee of the death of her son, this is

the solution:

 

2Esdr 10:44

This woman, whom thou sawest is Sion: and whereas she said

unto thee, even she whom thou seest as a city builded,

 

2Esdr 10:45

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.

 

2Esdr 10:46

But after thirty years Solomon builded the city and offered

offerings: and then bare the barren a son.

 

2Esdr 10:47

And whereas she told thee that she nourished him with labour:

that was the dwelling in Jerusalem.

 

2Esdr 10:48

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 Jerusalem.

 

2Esdr 10:49

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.

 

2Esdr 10:50

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:

 

2Esdr 10:51

And therefore I bade thee remain in the field where no house

was builded:

 

2Esdr 10:52

For I knew that the Highest would shew this unto thee.

 

2Esdr 10:53

Therefore I commanded thee to go into the field, where no

foundation of any building was.

 

2Esdr 10:54

For in the place wherein the Highest beginneth to shew his

city, there can no man's building be able to stand.

 

2Esdr 10:55

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:

 

2Esdr 10:56

And then shalt thou hear as much as thine ears may

comprehend.

 

2Esdr 10:57

For thou art blessed above many other, and art called with

the Highest; and so are but few.

 

2Esdr 10:58

But to morrow at night thou shalt remain here;

 

2Esdr 10:59

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.

 

2Esdr 11:1

Then saw I a dream, and, behold, there came up from the sea

an eagle, which had twelve feathered wings, and three heads.

 

2Esdr 11:2

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.

 

2Esdr 11:3

And I beheld, and out of her feathers there grew other

contrary feathers; and they became little feathers and small.

 

2Esdr 11:4

But her heads were at rest: the head in the midst was greater

than the other, yet rested it with the residue.

 

2Esdr 11:5

Moreover I beheld, and, lo, the eagle flew with her feathers,

and reigned upon earth, and over them that dwelt therein.

 

2Esdr 11:6

And I saw that all things under heaven were subject unto her,

and no man spake against her, no, not one creature upon earth.

 

2Esdr 11:7

And I beheld, and, lo, the eagle rose upon her talons, and

spake to her feathers, saying,

 

2Esdr 11:8

Watch not all at once: sleep every one in his own place, and

watch by course:

 

2Esdr 11:9

But let the heads be preserved for the last.

 

2Esdr 11:10

And I beheld, and, lo, the voice went not out of her heads,

but from the midst of her body.

 

2Esdr 11:11

And I numbered her contrary feathers, and, behold, there were

eight of them.

 

2Esdr 11:12

And I looked, and, behold, on the right side there arose one

feather, and reigned over all the earth;

 

2Esdr 11:13

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;

 

2Esdr 11:14

And it happened, that when it reigned, the end of it came

also, like as the first, so that it appeared no more.

 

2Esdr 11:15

Then came there a voice unto it, and said,

 

2Esdr 11:16

Hear thou that hast borne rule over the earth so long: this I

say unto thee, before thou beginnest to appear no more,

 

2Esdr 11:17

There shall none after thee attain unto thy time, neither

unto the half thereof.

 

2Esdr 11:18

Then arose the third, and reigned as the other before, and

appeared no more also.

 

2Esdr 11:19

So went it with all the residue one after another, as that

every one reigned, and then appeared no more.

 

2Esdr 11:20

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:

 

2Esdr 11:21

For some of them were set up, but ruled not.

 

2Esdr 11:22

After this I looked, and, behold, the twelve feathers

appeared no more, nor the two little feathers:

 

2Esdr 11:23

And there was no more upon the eagle's body, but three heads

that rested, and six little wings.

 

2Esdr 11:24

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.

 

2Esdr 11:25

And I beheld, and, lo, the feathers that were under the wing

thought to set up themselves and to have the rule.

 

2Esdr 11:26

And I beheld, and, lo, there was one set up, but shortly it

appeared no more.

 

2Esdr 11:27

And the second was sooner away than the first.

 

2Esdr 11:28

And I beheld, and, lo, the two that remained thought also in

themselves to reign:

 

2Esdr 11:29

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.

 

2Esdr 11:30

And then I saw that the two other heads were joined with it.

 

2Esdr 11:31

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.

 

2Esdr 11:32

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.

 

2Esdr 11:33

And after this I beheld, and, lo, the head that was in the

midst suddenly appeared no more, like as the wings.

 

2Esdr 11:34

But there remained the two heads, which also in like sort

ruled upon the earth, and over those that dwelt therein.

 

2Esdr 11:35

And I beheld, and, lo, the head upon the right side devoured

it that was upon the left side.

 

2Esdr 11:36

Then I head a voice, which said unto me, Look before thee,

and consider the thing that thou seest.

 

2Esdr 11:37

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,

 

2Esdr 11:38

Hear thou, I will talk with thee, and the Highest shall say

unto thee,

 

2Esdr 11:39

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?

 

2Esdr 11:40

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 with deceit.

 

2Esdr 11:41

For the earth hast thou not judged with truth.

 

2Esdr 11:42

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.

 

2Esdr 11:43

Therefore is thy wrongful dealing come up unto the Highest,

and thy pride unto the Mighty.

 

2Esdr 11:44

The Highest also hath looked upon the proud times, and,

behold, they are ended, and his abominations are fulfilled.

 

2Esdr 11:45

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:

 

2Esdr 11:46

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 made her.

 

2Esdr 12:1

And it came to pass, whiles the lion spake these words unto

the eagle, I saw,

 

2Esdr 12:2

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.

 

2Esdr 12:3

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,

 

2Esdr 12:4

Lo, this hast thou done unto me, in that thou searchest out

the ways of the Highest.

 

2Esdr 12:5

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 night.

 

2Esdr 12:6

Therefore will I now beseech the Highest, that he will

comfort me unto the end.

 

2Esdr 12:7

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;

 

2Esdr 12:8

Comfort me then, and shew me thy servant the interpretation

and plain difference of this fearful vision, that thou mayest

perfectly comfort my soul.

 

2Esdr 12:9

For thou hast judged me worthy to shew me the last times.

 

2Esdr 12:10

And he said unto me, This is the interpretation of the

vision:

 

2Esdr 12:11

The eagle, whom thou sawest come up from the sea, is the

kingdom which was seen in the vision of thy brother Daniel.

 

2Esdr 12:12

But it was not expounded unto him, therefore now I declare it

unto thee.

 

2Esdr 12:13

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.

 

2Esdr 12:14

In the same shall twelve kings reign, one after another:

 

2Esdr 12:15

Whereof the second shall begin to reign, and shall have more

time than any of the twelve.

 

2Esdr 12:16

And this do the twelve wings signify, which thou sawest.

 

2Esdr 12:17

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 interpretation:

 

2Esdr 12:18

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.

 

2Esdr 12:19

And whereas thou sawest the eight small under feathers

sticking to her wings, this is the interpretation:

 

2Esdr 12:20

That in him there shall arise eight kings, whose times shall

be but small, and their years swift.

 

2Esdr 12:21

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 end.

 

2Esdr 12:22

And whereas thou sawest three heads resting, this is the

interpretation:

 

2Esdr 12:23

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,

 

2Esdr 12:24

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.

 

2Esdr 12:25

For these are they that shall accomplish his wickedness, and

that shall finish his last end.

 

2Esdr 12:26

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.

 

2Esdr 12:27

For the two that remain shall be slain with the sword.

 

2Esdr 12:28

For the sword of the one shall devour the other: but at the

last shall he fall through the sword himself.

 

2Esdr 12:29

And whereas thou sawest two feathers under the wings passing

over the head that is on the right side;

 

2Esdr 12:30

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.

 

2Esdr 12:31

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;

 

2Esdr 12:32

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.

 

2Esdr 12:33

For he shall set them before him alive in judgment, and shall

rebuke them, and correct them.

 

2Esdr 12:34

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 beginning.

 

2Esdr 12:35

This is the dream that thou sawest, and these are the

interpretations.

 

2Esdr 12:36

Thou only hast been meet to know this secret of the Highest.

 

2Esdr 12:37

Therefore write all these things that thou hast seen in a

book, and hide them:

 

2Esdr 12:38

And teach them to the wise of the people, whose hearts thou

knowest may comprehend and keep these secrets.

 

2Esdr 12:39

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.

 

2Esdr 12:40

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,

 

2Esdr 12:41

What have we offended thee? and what evil have we done

against thee, that thou forsakest us, and sittest here in this

place?

 

2Esdr 12:42

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 the tempest.

 

2Esdr 12:43

Are not the evils which are come to us sufficient?

 

2Esdr 12:44

If thou shalt forsake us, how much better had it been for us,

if we also had been burned in the midst of Sion?

 

2Esdr 12:45

For we are not better than they that died there. And they

wept with a loud voice. Then answered I them, and said,

 

2Esdr 12:46

Be of good comfort, O Israel; and be not heavy, thou house of

Jacob:

 

2Esdr 12:47

For the Highest hath you in remembrance, and the Mighty hath

not forgotten you in temptation.

 

2Esdr 12:48

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.

 

2Esdr 12:49

And now go your way home every man, and after these days will

I come unto you.

 

2Esdr 12:50

So the people went their way into the city, like as I

commanded them:

 

2Esdr 12:51

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

 

2Esdr 13:1

And it came to pass after seven days, I dreamed a dream by

night:

 

2Esdr 13:2

And, lo, there arose a wind from the sea, that it moved all

the waves thereof.

 

2Esdr 13:3

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.

 

2Esdr 13:4

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.

 

2Esdr 13:5

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

 

2Esdr 13:6

But I beheld, and, lo, he had graved himself a great

mountain, and flew up upon it.

 

2Esdr 13:7

But I would have seen the region or place whereout the hill

was graven, and I could not.

 

2Esdr 13:8

And after this I beheld, and, lo, all they which were

gathered together to subdue him were sore afraid, and yet durst

fight.

 

2Esdr 13:9

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:

 

2Esdr 13:10

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.

 

2Esdr 13:11

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.

 

2Esdr 13:12

Afterward saw I the same man come down from the mountain, and

call unto him another peaceable Multitude.

 

2Esdr 13:13

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,

 

2Esdr 13:14

Thou hast shewed thy servant these wonders from the

beginning, and hast counted me worthy that thou shouldest

receive my prayer:

 

2Esdr 13:15

Shew me now yet the interpretation of this dream.

 

2Esdr 13:16

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!

 

2Esdr 13:17

For they that were not left were in heaviness.

 

2Esdr 13:18

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.

 

2Esdr 13:19

Therefore are they come into great perils and many

necessities, like as these dreams declare.

 

2Esdr 13:20

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,

 

2Esdr 13:21

The interpretation of the vision shall I shew thee, and I

will open unto thee the thing that thou hast required.

 

2Esdr 13:22

Whereas thou hast spoken of them that are left behind, this

is the interpretation:

 

2Esdr 13:23

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 Almighty.

 

2Esdr 13:24

Know this therefore, that they which be left behind are more

blessed than they that be dead.

 

2Esdr 13:25

This is the meaning of the vision: Whereas thou sawest a man

coming up from the midst of the sea:

 

2Esdr 13:26

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 left behind.

 

2Esdr 13:27

And whereas thou sawest, that out of his mouth there came as

a blast of wind, and fire, and storm;

 

2Esdr 13:28

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:

 

2Esdr 13:29

Behold, the days come, when the most High will begin to

deliver them that are upon the earth.

 

2Esdr 13:30

And he shall come to the astonishment of them that dwell on

the earth.

 

2Esdr 13:31

And one shall undertake to fight against another, one city

against another, one place against another, one people against

another, and one realm against another.

 

2Esdr 13:32

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.

 

2Esdr 13:33

And when all the people hear his voice, every man shall in

their own land leave the battle they have one against another.

 

2Esdr 13:34

And an innumerable multitude shall be gathered together, as

thou sawest them, willing to come, and to overcome him by

fighting.

 

2Esdr 13:35

But he shall stand upon the top of the mount Sion.

 

2Esdr 13:36

And Sion shall come, and shall be shewed to all men, being

prepared and builded, like as thou sawest the hill graven

without hands.

 

2Esdr 13:37

And this my Son shall rebuke the wicked inventions of those

nations, which for their wicked life are fallen into the

tempest;

 

2Esdr 13:38

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.

 

2Esdr 13:39

And whereas thou sawest that he gathered another peaceable

multitude unto him;

 

2Esdr 13:40

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 another land.

 

2Esdr 13:41

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 mankind dwelt,

 

2Esdr 13:42

That they might there keep their statutes, which they never

kept in their own land.

 

2Esdr 13:43

And they entered into Euphrates by the narrow places of the

river.

 

2Esdr 13:44

For the most High then shewed signs for them, and held still

the flood, till they were passed over.

 

2Esdr 13:45

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.

 

2Esdr 13:46

Then dwelt they there until the latter time; and now when

they shall begin to come,

 

2Esdr 13:47

The Highest shall stay the springs of the stream again, that

they may go through: therefore sawest thou the multitude with

peace.

 

2Esdr 13:48

But those that be left behind of thy people are they that are

found within my borders.

 

2Esdr 13:49

Now when he destroyeth the multitude of the nations that are

gathered together, he shall defend his people that remain.

 

2Esdr 13:50

And then shall he shew them great wonders.

 

2Esdr 13:51

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?

 

2Esdr 13:52

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.

 

2Esdr 13:53

This is the interpretation of the dream which thou sawest,

and whereby thou only art here lightened.

 

2Esdr 13:54

For thou hast forsaken thine own way, and applied thy

diligence unto my law, and sought it.

 

2Esdr 13:55

Thy life hast thou ordered in wisdom, and hast called

understanding thy mother.

 

2Esdr 13:56

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.

 

2Esdr 13:57

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;

 

2Esdr 13:58

And because he governeth the same, and such things as fall in

their seasons: and there I sat three days.

 

2Esdr 14:1

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.

 

2Esdr 14:2

And I said, Here am I, Lord And I stood up upon my feet.

 

2Esdr 14:3

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:

 

2Esdr 14:4

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,

 

2Esdr 14:5

And told him many wondrous things, and shewed him the secrets

of the times, and the end; and commanded him, saying,

 

2Esdr 14:6

These words shalt thou declare, and these shalt thou hide.

 

2Esdr 14:7

And now I say unto thee,

 

2Esdr 14:8

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:

 

2Esdr 14:9

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.

 

2Esdr 14:10

For the world hath lost his youth, and the times begin to wax

old.

 

2Esdr 14:11

For the world is divided into twelve parts, and the ten parts

of it are gone already, and half of a tenth part:

 

2Esdr 14:12

And there remaineth that which is after the half of the tenth

part.

 

2Esdr 14:13

Now therefore set thine house in order, and reprove thy

people, comfort such of them as be in trouble, and now renounce

corruption,

 

2Esdr 14:14

Let go from thee mortal thoughts, cast away the burdens of

man, put off now the weak nature,

 

2Esdr 14:15

And set aside the thoughts that are most heavy unto thee, and

haste thee to flee from these times.

 

2Esdr 14:16

For yet greater evils than those which thou hast seen happen

shall be done hereafter.

 

2Esdr 14:17

For look how much the world shall be weaker through age, so

much the more shall evils increase upon them that dwell therein.

 

2Esdr 14:18

For the time is fled far away, and leasing is hard at hand:

for now hasteth the vision to come, which thou hast seen.

 

2Esdr 14:19

Then answered I before thee, and said,

 

2Esdr 14:20

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.

 

2Esdr 14:21

For thy law is burnt, therefore no man knoweth the things

that are done of thee, or the work that shall begin.

 

2Esdr 14:22

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.

 

2Esdr 14:23

And he answered me, saying, Go thy way, gather the people

together, and say unto them, that they seek thee not for forty

days.

 

2Esdr 14:24

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;

 

2Esdr 14:25

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.

 

2Esdr 14:26

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.

 

2Esdr 14:27

Then went I forth, as he commanded, and gathered all the

people together, and said,

 

2Esdr 14:28

Hear these words, O Israel.

 

2Esdr 14:29

Our fathers at the beginning were strangers in Egypt, from

whence they were delivered:

 

2Esdr 14:30

And received the law of life, which they kept not, which ye

also have transgressed after them.

 

2Esdr 14:31

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.

 

2Esdr 14:32

And forasmuch as he is a righteous judge, he took from you in

time the thing that he had given you.

 

2Esdr 14:33

And now are ye here, and your brethren among you.

 

2Esdr 14:34

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 mercy.

 

2Esdr 14:35

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.

 

2Esdr 14:36

Let no man therefore come unto me now, nor seek after me

these forty days.

 

2Esdr 14:37

So I took the five men, as he commanded me, and we went into

the field, and remained there.

 

2Esdr 14:38

And the next day, behold, a voice called me, saying, Esdras,

open thy mouth, and drink that I give thee to drink.

 

2Esdr 14:39

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.

 

2Esdr 14:40

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 my memory:

 

2Esdr 14:41

And my mouth was opened, and shut no more.

 

2Esdr 14:42

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.

 

2Esdr 14:43

As for me. I spake in the day, and I held not my tongue by

night.

 

2Esdr 14:44

In forty days they wrote two hundred and four books.

 

2Esdr 14:45

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:

 

2Esdr 14:46

But keep the seventy last, that thou mayest deliver them only

to such as be wise among the people:

 

2Esdr 14:47

For in them is the spring of understanding, the fountain of

wisdom, and the stream of knowledge.

 

2Esdr 14:48

And I did so.

 

2Esdr 15:1

Behold, speak thou in the ears of my people the words of

prophecy, which I will put in thy mouth, saith the Lord:

 

2Esdr 15:2

And cause them to be written in paper: for they are faithful

and true.

 

2Esdr 15:3

Fear not the imaginations against thee, let not the

incredulity of them trouble thee, that speak against thee.

 

2Esdr 15:4

For all the unfaithful shall die in their unfaithfulness.

 

2Esdr 15:5

Behold, saith the Lord, I will bring plagues upon the world;

the sword, famine, death, and destruction.

 

2Esdr 15:6

For wickedness hath exceedingly polluted the whole earth, and

their hurtful works are fulfilled.

 

2Esdr 15:7

Therefore saith the Lord,

 

2Esdr 15:8

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.

 

2Esdr 15:9

And therefore, saith the Lord, I will surely avenge them, and

receive unto me all the innocent blood from among them.

 

2Esdr 15:10

Behold, my people is led as a flock to the slaughter: I will

not suffer them now to dwell in the land of Egypt:

 

2Esdr 15:11

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.

 

2Esdr 15:12

Egypt shall mourn, and the foundation of it shall be smitten

with the plague and punishment that God shall bring upon it.

 

2Esdr 15:13

They that till the ground shall mourn: for their seeds shall

fail through the blasting and hail, and with a fearful

constellation.

 

2Esdr 15:14

Woe to the world and them that dwell therein!

 

2Esdr 15:15

For the sword and their destruction draweth nigh, and one

people shall stand up and fight against another, and swords in

their hands.

 

2Esdr 15:16

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.

 

2Esdr 15:17

A man shall desire to go into a city, and shall not be able.

 

2Esdr 15:18

For because of their pride the cities shall be troubled, the

houses shall be destroyed, and men shall be afraid.

 

2Esdr 15:19

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.

 

2Esdr 15:20

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.

 

2Esdr 15:21

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;

 

2Esdr 15:22

My right hand shall not spare the sinners, and my sword shall

not cease over them that shed innocent blood upon the earth.

 

2Esdr 15:23

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.

 

2Esdr 15:24

Woe to them that sin, and keep not my commandments! saith

the Lord.

 

2Esdr 15:25

I will not spare them: go your way, ye children, from the

power, defile not my sanctuary.

 

2Esdr 15:26

For the Lord knoweth all them that sin against him, and

therefore delivereth he them unto death and destruction.

 

2Esdr 15:27

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 him.

 

2Esdr 15:28

Behold an horrible vision, and the appearance thereof from

the east:

 

2Esdr 15:29

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.

 

2Esdr 15:30

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.

 

2Esdr 15:31

And then shall the dragons have the upper hand, remembering

their nature; and if they shall turn themselves, conspiring

together in great power to persecute them,

 

2Esdr 15:32

Then these shall be troubled bled, and keep silence through

their power, and shall flee.

 

2Esdr 15:33

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.

 

2Esdr 15:34

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.

 

2Esdr 15:35

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,

 

2Esdr 15:36

And dung of men unto the camel's hough.

 

2Esdr 15:37

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.

 

2Esdr 15:38

And then shall there come great storms from the south, and

from the north, and another part from the west.

 

2Esdr 15:39

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.

 

2Esdr 15:40

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,

 

2Esdr 15:41

Fire, and hail, and flying swords, and many waters, that all

fields may be full, and all rivers, with the abundance of great

waters.

 

2Esdr 15:42

And they shall break down the cities and walls, mountains and

hills, trees of the wood, and grass of the meadows, and their

corn.

 

2Esdr 15:43

And they shall go stedfastly unto Babylon, and make her

afraid.

 

2Esdr 15:44

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.

 

2Esdr 15:45

And they that remain under her shall do service unto them

that have put her in fear.

 

2Esdr 15:46

And thou, Asia, that art partaker of the hope of Babylon, and

art the glory of her person:

 

2Esdr 15:47

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.

 

2Esdr 15:48

Thou hast followed her that is hated in all her works and

inventions: therefore saith God,

 

2Esdr 15:49

I will send plagues upon thee; widowhood, poverty, famine,

sword, and pestilence, to waste thy houses with destruction and

death.

 

2Esdr 15:50

And the glory of thy Power shall be dried up as a flower, the

heat shall arise that is sent over thee.

 

2Esdr 15:51

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 receive thee.

 

2Esdr 15:52

Would I with jealousy have so proceeded against thee, saith

the Lord,

 

2Esdr 15:53

If thou hadst not always slain my chosen, exalting the stroke

of thine hands, and saying over their dead, when thou wast

drunken,

 

2Esdr 15:54

Set forth the beauty of thy countenance?

 

2Esdr 15:55

The reward of thy whoredom shall be in thy bosom, therefore

shalt thou receive recompence.

 

2Esdr 15:56

Like as thou hast done unto my chosen, saith the Lord, even

so shall God do unto thee, and shall deliver thee into mischief

 

2Esdr 15:57

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.

 

2Esdr 15:58

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.

 

2Esdr 15:59

Thou as unhappy shalt come through the sea, and receive

plagues again.

 

2Esdr 15:60

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.

 

2Esdr 15:61

And thou shalt be cast down by them as stubble, and they

shall be unto thee as fire;

 

2Esdr 15:62

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.

 

2Esdr 15:63

Thy children shall they carry away captive, and, look, what

thou hast, they shall spoil it, and mar the beauty of thy face.

 

2Esdr 16:1

Woe be unto thee, Babylon, and Asia! woe be unto thee, Egypt

and Syria!

 

2Esdr 16:2

Gird up yourselves with cloths of sack and hair, bewail your

children, and be sorry; for your destruction is at hand.

 

2Esdr 16:3

A sword is sent upon you, and who may turn it back?

 

2Esdr 16:4

A fire is sent among you, and who may quench it?

 

2Esdr 16:5

Plagues are sent unto you, and what is he that may drive them

away?

 

2Esdr 16:6

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?

 

2Esdr 16:7

May one turn again the arrow that is shot of a strong archer?

 

2Esdr 16:8

The mighty Lord sendeth the plagues and who is he that can

drive them away?

 

2Esdr 16:9

A fire shall go forth from his wrath, and who is he that may

quench it?

 

2Esdr 16:10

He shall cast lightnings, and who shall not fear? he shall

thunder, and who shall not be afraid?

 

2Esdr 16:11

The Lord shall threaten, and who shall not be utterly beaten

to powder at his presence?

 

2Esdr 16:12

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:

 

2Esdr 16:13

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.

 

2Esdr 16:14

Behold, the plagues are sent, and shall not return again,

until they come upon the earth.

 

2Esdr 16:15

The fire is kindled, and shall not be put out, till it

consume the foundation of the earth.

 

2Esdr 16:16

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 again.

 

2Esdr 16:17

Woe is me! woe is me! who will deliver me in those days?

 

2Esdr 16:18

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?

 

2Esdr 16:19

Behold, famine and plague, tribulation and anguish, are sent

as scourges for amendment.

 

2Esdr 16:20

But for all these things they shall not turn from their

wickedness, nor be always mindful of the scourges.

 

2Esdr 16:21

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.

 

2Esdr 16:22

For many of them that dwell upon earth shall perish of

famine; and the other, that escape the hunger, shall the sword

destroy.

 

2Esdr 16:23

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.

 

2Esdr 16:24

There shall be no man left to till the earth, and to sow it

 

2Esdr 16:25

The trees shall give fruit, and who shall gather them?

 

2Esdr 16:26

The grapes shall ripen, and who shall tread them? for all

places shall be desolate of men:

 

2Esdr 16:27

So that one man shall desire to see another, and to hear his

voice.

 

2Esdr 16:28

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.

 

2Esdr 16:29

As in an orchard of Olives upon every tree there are left

three or four olives;

 

2Esdr 16:30

Or as when a vineyard is gathered, there are left some

clusters of them that diligently seek through the vineyard:

 

2Esdr 16:31

Even so in those days there shall be three or four left by

them that search their houses with the sword.

 

2Esdr 16:32

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.

 

2Esdr 16:33

The virgins shall mourn, having no bridegrooms; the women

shall mourn, having no husbands; their daughters shall mourn,

having no helpers.

 

2Esdr 16:34

In the wars shall their bridegrooms be destroyed, and their

husbands shall perish of famine.

 

2Esdr 16:35

Hear now these things and understand them, ye servants of the

Lord.

 

2Esdr 16:36

Behold, the word of the Lord, receive it: believe not the

gods of whom the Lord spake.

 

2Esdr 16:37

Behold, the plagues draw nigh, and are not slack.

 

2Esdr 16:38

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:

 

2Esdr 16:39

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.

 

2Esdr 16:40

O my people, hear my word: make you ready to thy battle, and

in those evils be even as pilgrims upon the earth.

 

2Esdr 16:41

He that selleth, let him be as he that fleeth away: and he

that buyeth, as one that will lose:

 

2Esdr 16:42

He that occupieth merchandise, as he that hath no profit by

it: and he that buildeth, as he that shall not dwell therein:

 

2Esdr 16:43

He that soweth, as if he should not reap: so also he that

planteth the vineyard, as he that shall not gather the grapes:

 

2Esdr 16:44

They that marry, as they that shall get no children; and they

that marry not, as the widowers.

 

2Esdr 16:45

And therefore they that labour labour in vain:

 

2Esdr 16:46

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.

 

2Esdr 16:47

And they that occupy their merchandise with robbery, the more

they deck their cities, their houses, their possessions, and

their own persons:

 

2Esdr 16:48

The more will I be angry with them for their sin, saith the

Lord.

 

2Esdr 16:49

Like as a whore envieth a right honest and virtuous woman:

 

2Esdr 16:50

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.

 

2Esdr 16:51

And therefore be ye not like thereunto, nor to the works

thereof.

 

2Esdr 16:52

For yet a little, and iniquity shall be taken away out of the

earth, and righteousness shall reign among you.

 

2Esdr 16:53

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.

 

2Esdr 16:54

Behold, the Lord knoweth all the works of men, their

imaginations, their thoughts, and their hearts:

 

2Esdr 16:55

Which spake but the word, Let the earth be made; and it was

made: Let the heaven be made; and it was created.

 

2Esdr 16:56

In his word were the stars made, and he knoweth the number of

them.

 

2Esdr 16:57

He searcheth the deep, and the treasures thereof; he hath

measured the sea, and what it containeth.

 

2Esdr 16:58

He hath shut the sea in the midst of the waters, and with his

word hath he hanged the earth upon the waters.

 

2Esdr 16:59

He spreadeth out the heavens like a vault; upon the waters

hath he founded it.

 

2Esdr 16:60

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 the earth.

 

2Esdr 16:61

He made man, and put his heart in the midst of the body, and

gave him breath, life, and understanding.

 

2Esdr 16:62

Yea and the Spirit of Almighty God, which made all things,

and searcheth out all hidden things in the secrets of the earth,

 

2Esdr 16:63

Surely he knoweth your inventions, and what ye think in your

hearts, even them that sin, and would hide their sin.

 

2Esdr 16:64

Therefore hath the Lord exactly searched out all your works,

and he will put you all to shame.

 

2Esdr 16:65

And when your sins are brought forth, ye shall be ashamed

before men, and your own sins shall be your accusers in that

day.

 

2Esdr 16:66

What will ye do? or how will ye hide your sins before God and

his angels?

 

2Esdr 16:67

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.

 

2Esdr 16:68

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.

 

2Esdr 16:69

And they that consent unto them shall be had in derision and

in reproach, and trodden under foot.

 

2Esdr 16:70

For there shall be in every place, and in the next cities, a

great insurrection upon those that fear the Lord.

 

2Esdr 16:71

They shall be like mad men, sparing none, but still spoiling

and destroying those that fear the Lord.

 

2Esdr 16:72

For they shall waste and take away their goods, and cast them

out of their houses.

 

2Esdr 16:73

Then shall they be known, who are my chosen; and they shall

be tried as the gold in the fire.

 

2Esdr 16:74

Hear, O ye my beloved, saith the Lord: behold, the days of

trouble are at hand, but I will deliver you from the same.

 

2Esdr 16:75

Be ye not afraid neither doubt; for God is your guide,

 

2Esdr 16:76

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 up themselves.

 

2Esdr 16:77

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!

 

2Esdr 16:78

It is left undressed, and is cast into the fire to be

consumed therewith.

 

 

 

 

The Greek Additions to Esther

[The Rest of the Chapters of the Book of Esther]

 

 

 

AddEsth 10:4

Then Mardocheus said, God hath done these things.

 

AddEsth 10:5

For I remember a dream which I saw concerning these matters,

and nothing thereof hath failed.

 

AddEsth 10:6

A little fountain became a river, and there was light, and the

sun, and much water: this river is Esther, whom the king

married, and made queen:

 

AddEsth 10:7

And the two dragons are I and Aman.

 

AddEsth 10:8

And the nations were those that were assembled to destroy the

name of the Jews:

 

AddEsth 10:9

And my nation is this Israel, which cried to God, and were

saved: for the Lord hath saved his people, and the Lord hath

delivered us from all those evils, and God hath wrought signs

and great wonders, which have not been done among the Gentiles.

 

AddEsth 10:10

Therefore hath he made two lots, one for the people of God,

and another for all the Gentiles.

 

AddEsth 10:11

And these two lots came at the hour, and time, and day of

judgment, before God among all nations.

 

AddEsth 10:12

So God remembered his people, and justified his inheritance.

 

AddEsth 10:13

Therefore those days shall be unto them in the month Adar,

the fourteenth and fifteenth day of the same month, with an

assembly, and joy, and with gladness before God, according to

the generations for ever among his people.

 

AddEsth 11:1

In the fourth year of the reign of Ptolemeus and Cleopatra,

Dositheus, who said he was a priest and Levite, and Ptolemeus

his son, brought this epistle of Phurim, which they said was the

same, and that Lysimachus the son of Ptolemeus, that was in

Jerusalem, had interpreted it.

 

AddEsth 11:2

In the second year of the reign of Artexerxes the great, in

the first day of the month Nisan, Mardocheus the son of Jairus,

the son of Semei, the son of Cisai, of the tribe of Benjamin,

had a dream;

 

AddEsth 11:3

Who was a Jew, and dwelt in the city of Susa, a great man,

being a servitor in the king's court.

 

AddEsth 11:4

He was also one of the captives, which Nabuchodonosor the

king of Babylon carried from Jerusalem with Jechonias king of

Judea; and this was his dream:

 

AddEsth 11:5

Behold a noise of a tumult, with thunder, and earthquakes,

and uproar in the land:

 

AddEsth 11:6

And, behold, two great dragons came forth ready to fight, and

their cry was great.

 

AddEsth 11:7

And at their cry all nations were prepared to battle, that

they might fight against the righteous people.

 

AddEsth 11:8

And lo a day of darkness and obscurity, tribulation and

anguish, affliction and great uproar, upon earth.

 

AddEsth 11:9

And the whole righteous nation was troubled, fearing their

own evils, and were ready to perish.

 

AddEsth 11:10

Then they cried unto God, and upon their cry, as it were from

a little fountain, was made a great flood, even much water.

 

AddEsth 11:11

The light and the sun rose up, and the lowly were exalted,

and devoured the glorious.

 

AddEsth 11:12

Now when Mardocheus, who had seen this dream, and what God

had determined to do, was awake, he bare this dream in mind, and

until night by all means was desirous to know it.

 

AddEsth 12:1

And Mardocheus took his rest in the court with Gabatha and

Tharra, the two eunuchs of the king, and keepers of the palace.

 

AddEsth 12:2

And he heard their devices, and searched out their purposes,

and learned that they were about to lay hands upon Artexerxes

the king; and so he certified the king of them.

 

AddEsth 12:3

Then the king examined the two eunuchs, and after that they

had confessed it, they were strangled.

 

AddEsth 12:4

And the king made a record of these things, and Mardocheus

also wrote thereof.

 

AddEsth 12:5

So the king commanded, Mardocheus to serve in the court, and

for this he rewarded him.

 

AddEsth 12:6

Howbeit Aman the son of Amadathus the Agagite, who was in

great honour with the king, sought to molest Mardocheus and his

people because of the two eunuchs of the king.

 

AddEsth 13:1

The copy of the letters was this: The great king Artexerxes

writeth these things to the princes and governours that are under

him from India unto Ethiopia in an hundred and seven and twenty

provinces.

 

AddEsth 13:2

After that I became lord over many nations and had dominion

over the whole world, not lifted up with presumption of my

authority, but carrying myself always with equity and mildness,

I purposed to settle my subjects continually in a quiet life,

and making my kingdom peaceable, and open for passage to the

utmost coasts, to renew peace, which is desired of all men.

 

AddEsth 13:3

Now when I asked my counsellors how this might be brought to

pass, Aman, that excelled in wisdom among us, and was approved

for his constant good will and steadfast fidelity, and had the

honour of the second place in the kingdom,

 

AddEsth 13:4

Declared unto us, that in all nations throughout the world

there was scattered a certain malicious people, that had laws

contrary to ail nations, and continually despised the

commandments of kings, so as the uniting of our kingdoms,

honourably intended by us cannot go forward.

 

AddEsth 13:5

Seeing then we understand that this people alone is

continually in opposition unto all men, differing in the strange

manner of their laws, and evil affected to our state, working

all the mischief they can that our kingdom may not be firmly

established:

 

AddEsth 13:6

Therefore have we commanded, that all they that are signified

in writing unto you by Aman, who is ordained over the affairs,

and is next unto us, shall all, with their wives and children,

be utterly destroyed by the sword of their enemies, without all

mercy and pity, the fourteenth day of the twelfth month Adar of

this present year:

 

AddEsth 13:7

That they, who of old and now also are malicious, may in one

day with violence go into the grave, and so ever hereafter cause

our affairs to be well settled, and without trouble.

 

AddEsth 13:8

Then Mardocheus thought upon all the works of the Lord, and

made his prayer unto him,

 

AddEsth 13:9

Saying, O Lord, Lord, the King Almighty: for the whole world

is in thy power, and if thou hast appointed to save Israel,

there is no man that can gainsay thee:

 

AddEsth 13:10

For thou hast made heaven and earth, and all the wondrous

things under the heaven.

 

AddEsth 13:11

Thou art Lord of all things, and and there is no man that can

resist thee, which art the Lord.

 

AddEsth 13:12

Thou knowest all things, and thou knowest, Lord, that it was

neither in contempt nor pride, nor for any desire of glory, that

I did not bow down to proud Aman.

 

AddEsth 13:13

For I could have been content with good will for the

salvation of Israel to kiss the soles of his feet.

 

AddEsth 13:14

But I did this, that I might not prefer the glory of man

above the glory of God: neither will I worship any but thee, O

God, neither will I do it in pride.

 

AddEsth 13:15

And now, O Lord God and King, spare thy people: for their

eyes are upon us to bring us to nought; yea, they desire to

destroy the inheritance, that hath been thine from the

beginning.

 

AddEsth 13:16

Despise not the portion, which thou hast delivered out of

Egypt for thine own self.

 

AddEsth 13:17

Hear my prayer, and be merciful unto thine inheritance: turn

our sorrow into joy, that we may live, O Lord, and praise thy

name: and destroy not the mouths of them that praise thee, O

Lord.

 

AddEsth 13:18

All Israel in like manner cried most earnestly unto the Lord,

because their death was before their eyes.

 

AddEsth 14:1

Queen Esther also, being in fear of death, resorted unto the

Lord:

 

AddEsth 14:2

And laid away her glorious apparel, and put on the garments

of anguish and mourning: and instead of precious ointments, she

covered her head with ashes and dung, and she humbled her body

greatly, and all the places of her joy she filled with her torn

hair.

 

AddEsth 14:3

And she prayed unto the Lord God of Israel, saying, O my

Lord, thou only art our King: help me, desolate woman, which

have no helper but thee:

 

AddEsth 14:4

For my danger is in mine hand.

 

AddEsth 14:5

From my youth up I have heard in the tribe of my family that

thou, O Lord, tookest Israel from among all people, and our

fathers from all their predecessors, for a perpetual

inheritance, and thou hast performed whatsoever thou didst

promise them.

 

AddEsth 14:6

And now we have sinned before thee: therefore hast thou given

us into the hands of our enemies,

 

AddEsth 14:7

Because we worshipped their gods: O Lord, thou art righteous.

 

AddEsth 14:8

Nevertheless it satisfieth them not, that we are in bitter

captivity: but they have stricken hands with their idols,

 

AddEsth 14:9

That they will abolish the thing that thou with thy mouth

hast ordained, and destroy thine inheritance, and stop the mouth

of them that praise thee, and quench the glory of thy house, and

of thine altar,

 

AddEsth 14:10

And open the mouths of the heathen to set forth the praises

of the idols, and to magnify a fleshly king for ever.

 

AddEsth 14:11

O Lord, give not thy sceptre unto them that be nothing, and

let them not laugh at our fall; but turn their device upon

themselves, and make him an example, that hath begun this

against us.

 

AddEsth 14:12

Remember, O Lord, make thyself known in time of our

affliction, and give me boldness, O King of the nations, and

Lord of all power.

 

AddEsth 14:13

Give me eloquent speech in my mouth before the lion: turn his

heart to hate him that fighteth against us, that there may be an

end of him, and of all that are likeminded to him:

 

AddEsth 14:14

But deliver us with thine hand, and help me that am desolate,

and which have no other help but thee.

 

AddEsth 14:15

Thou knowest all things, O Lord; thou knowest that I hate the

glory of the unrighteous, and abhor the bed of the

uncircumcised, and of all the heathen.

 

AddEsth 14:16

Thou knowest my necessity: for I abhor the sign of my high

estate, which is upon mine head in the days wherein I shew

myself, and that I abhor it as a menstruous rag, and that I wear

it not when I am private by myself.

 

AddEsth 14:17

And that thine handmaid hath not eaten at Aman's table, and

that I have not greatly esteemed the king's feast, nor drunk the

wine of the drink offerings.

 

AddEsth 14:18

Neither had thine handmaid any joy since the day that I was

brought hither to this present, but in thee, O Lord God of

Abraham.

 

AddEsth 14:19

O thou mighty God above all, hear the voice of the forlorn

and deliver us out of the hands of the mischievous, and deliver

me out of my fear.

 

AddEsth 15:1

And upon the third day, when she had ended her prayers, she

laid away her mourning garments, and put on her glorious

apparel.

 

AddEsth 15:2

And being gloriously adorned, after she had called upon God,

who is the beholder and saviour of all things, she took two

maids with her:

 

AddEsth 15:3

And upon the one she leaned, as carrying herself daintily;

 

AddEsth 15:4

And the other followed, bearing up her train.

 

AddEsth 15:5

And she was ruddy through the perfection of her beauty, and

her countenance was cheerful and very amiable: but her heart was

in anguish for fear.

 

AddEsth 15:6

Then having passed through all the doors, she stood before

the king, who sat upon his royal throne, and was clothed with

all his robes of majesty, all glittering with gold and precious

stones; and he was very dreadful.

 

AddEsth 15:7

Then lifting up his countenance that shone with majesty, he

looked very fiercely upon her: and the queen fell down, and was

pale, and fainted, and bowed herself upon the head of the maid

that went before her.

 

AddEsth 15:8

Then God changed the spirit of the king into mildness, who in

a fear leaped from his throne, and took her in his arms, till

she came to herself again, and comforted her with loving words

and said unto her,

 

AddEsth 15:9

Esther, what is the matter? I am thy brother, be of good

cheer:

 

AddEsth 15:10

Thou shalt not die, though our our commandment be general:

come near.

 

AddEsth 15:11

And so be held up his golden sceptre, and laid it upon her

neck,

 

AddEsth 15:12

And embraced her, and said, Speak unto me.

 

AddEsth 15:13

Then said she unto him, I saw thee, my lord, as an angel of

God, and my heart was troubled for fear of thy majesty.

 

AddEsth 15:14

For wonderful art thou, lord, and thy countenance is full of

grace.

 

AddEsth 15:15

And as she was speaking, she fell down for faintness.

 

AddEsth 15:16

Then the king was troubled, and ail his servants comforted

her.

 

AddEsth 16:1

The great king Artexerxes unto the princes and governors of

an hundred and seven and twenty provinces from India unto

Ethiopia, and unto all our faithful subjects, greeting.

 

AddEsth 16:2

Many, the more often they are honoured with the great bounty

of their gracious princes, the more proud they are waxen,

 

AddEsth 16:3

And endeavour to hurt not our subjects only, but not being

able to bear abundance, do take in hand to practise also against

those that do them good:

 

AddEsth 16:4

And take not only thankfulness away from among men, but also

lifted up with the glorious words of lewd persons, that were

never good, they think to escape the justice of God, that seeth

all things and hateth evil.

 

AddEsth 16:5

Oftentimes also fair speech of those, that are put in trust

to manage their friends' affairs, hath caused many that are in

authority to be partakers of innocent blood, and hath enwrapped

them in remediless calamities:

 

AddEsth 16:6

Beguiling with the falsehood and deceit of their lewd

disposition the innocency and goodness of princes.

 

AddEsth 16:7

Now ye may see this, as we have declared, not so much by

ancient histories, as ye may, if ye search what hath been

wickedly done of late through the pestilent behaviour of them

that are unworthily placed in authority.

 

AddEsth 16:8

And we must take care for the time to come, that our kingdom

may be quiet and peaceable for all men,

 

AddEsth 16:9

Both by changing our purposes, and always judging things that

are evident with more equal proceeding.

 

AddEsth 16:10

For Aman, a Macedonian, the son of Amadatha, being indeed a

stranger from the Persian blood, and far distant from our

goodness, and as a stranger received of us,

 

AddEsth 16:11

Had so far forth obtained the favour that we shew toward

every nation, as that he was called our father, and was

continually honoured of all the next person unto the king.

 

AddEsth 16:12

But he, not bearing his great dignity, went about to deprive

us of our kingdom and life:

 

AddEsth 16:13

Having by manifold and cunning deceits sought of us the

destruction, as well of Mardocheus, who saved our life, and

continually procured our good, as also of blameless Esther,

partaker of our kingdom, with their whole nation.

 

AddEsth 16:14

For by these means he thought, finding us destitute of

friends to have translated the kingdom of the Persians to the

Macedonians.

 

AddEsth 16:15

But we find that the Jews, whom this wicked wretch hath

delivered to utter destruction, are no evildoers, but live by

most just laws:

 

AddEsth 16:16

And that they be children of the most high and most mighty,

living God, who hath ordered the kingdom both unto us and to our

progenitors in the most excellent manner.

 

AddEsth 16:17

Wherefore ye shall do well not to put in execution the

letters sent unto you by Aman the son of Amadatha.

 

AddEsth 16:18

For he that was the worker of these things, is hanged at the

gates of Susa with all his family: God, who ruleth all things,

speedily rendering vengeance to him according to his deserts.

 

AddEsth 16:19

Therefore ye shall publish the copy of this letter in all

places, that the Jews may freely live after their own laws.

 

AddEsth 16:20

And ye shall aid them, that even the same day, being the

thirteenth day of the twelfth month Adar, they may be avenged on

them, who in the time of their affliction shall set upon them.

 

AddEsth 16:21

For Almighty God hath turned to joy unto them the day,

wherein the chosen people should have perished.

 

AddEsth 16:22

Ye shall therefore among your solemn feasts keep it an high

day with all feasting:

 

AddEsth 16:23

That both now and hereafter there may be safety to us and the

well affected Persians; but to those which do conspire against

us a memorial of destruction.

 

AddEsth 16:24

Therefore every city and country whatsoever, which shall not

do according to these things, shall be destroyed without mercy

with fire and sword, and shall be made not only unpassable for

men, but also most hateful to wild beasts and fowls for ever.

 

 

 

 

The First Book of the Maccabees

 

 

 

1Mac 1:1

And it happened, after that Alexander son of Philip, the

Macedonian, who came out of the land of Chettiim, had smitten

Darius king of the Persians and Medes, that he reigned in his

stead, the first over Greece,

 

1Mac 1:2

And made many wars, and won many strong holds, and slew the

kings of the earth,

 

1Mac 1:3

And went through to the ends of the earth, and took spoils of

many nations, insomuch that the earth was quiet before him;

whereupon he was exalted and his heart was lifted up.

 

1Mac 1:4

And he gathered a mighty strong host and ruled over

countries, and nations, and kings, who became tributaries unto

him.

 

1Mac 1:5

And after these things he fell sick, and perceived that he

should die.

 

1Mac 1:6

Wherefore he called his servants, such as were honourable,

and had been brought up with him from his youth, and parted his

kingdom among them, while he was yet alive.

 

1Mac 1:7

So Alexander reigned twelves years, and then died.

 

1Mac 1:8

And his servants bare rule every one in his place.

 

1Mac 1:9

And after his death they all put crowns upon themselves; so

did their sons after them many years: and evils were multiplied

in the earth.

 

1Mac 1:10

And there came out of them a wicked root Antiochus surnamed

Epiphanes, son of Antiochus the king, who had been an hostage at

Rome, and he reigned in the hundred and thirty and seventh year

of the kingdom of the Greeks.

 

1Mac 1:11

In those days went there out of Israel wicked men, who

persuaded many, saying, Let us go and make a covenant with the

heathen that are round about us: for since we departed from them

we have had much sorrow.

 

1Mac 1:12

So this device pleased them well.

 

1Mac 1:13

Then certain of the people were so forward herein, that they

went to the king, who gave them licence to do after the

ordinances of the heathen:

 

1Mac 1:14

Whereupon they built a place of exercise at Jerusalem

according to the customs of the heathen:

 

1Mac 1:15

And made themselves uncircumcised, and forsook the holy

covenant, and joined themselves to the heathen, and were sold to

do mischief.

 

1Mac 1:16

Now when the kingdom was established before Antiochus, he

thought to reign over Egypt that he might have the dominion of

two realms.

 

1Mac 1:17

Wherefore he entered into Egypt with a great multitude, with

chariots, and elephants, and horsemen, and a great navy,

 

1Mac 1:18

And made war against Ptolemee king of Egypt: but Ptolemee was

afraid of him, and fled; and many were wounded to death.

 

1Mac 1:19

Thus they got the strong cities in the land of Egypt and he

took the spoils thereof.

 

1Mac 1:20

And after that Antiochus had smitten Egypt, he returned again

in the hundred forty and third year, and went up against Israel

and Jerusalem with a great multitude,

 

1Mac 1:21

And entered proudly into the sanctuary, and took away the

golden altar, and the candlestick of light, and all the vessels

thereof,

 

1Mac 1:22

And the table of the shewbread, and the pouring vessels, and

the vials. and the censers of gold, and the veil, and the crown,

and the golden ornaments that were before the temple, all which

he pulled off.

 

1Mac 1:23

He took also the silver and the gold, and the precious

vessels: also he took the hidden treasures which he found.

 

1Mac 1:24

And when he had taken all away, he went into his own land,

having made a great massacre, and spoken very proudly.

 

1Mac 1:25

Therefore there was a great mourning in Israel, in every

place where they were;

 

1Mac 1:26

So that the princes and elders mourned, the virgins and young

men were made feeble, and the beauty of women was changed.

 

1Mac 1:27

Every bridegroom took up lamentation, and she that sat in the

marriage chamber was in heaviness,

 

1Mac 1:28

The land also was moved for the inhabitants thereof, and all

the house of Jacob was covered with confusion.

 

1Mac 1:29

And after two years fully expired the king sent his chief

collector of tribute unto the cities of Juda, who came unto

Jerusalem with a great multitude,

 

1Mac 1:30

And spake peaceable words unto them, but all was deceit: for

when they had given him credence, he fell suddenly upon the

city, and smote it very sore, and destroyed much people of

Israel.

 

1Mac 1:31

And when he had taken the spoils of the city, he set it on

fire, and pulled down the houses and walls thereof on every

side.

 

1Mac 1:32

But the women and children took they captive, and possessed

the cattle.

 

1Mac 1:33

Then builded they the city of David with a great and strong

wall, and with mighty towers, and made it a strong hold for

them.

 

1Mac 1:34

And they put therein a sinful nation, wicked men, and

fortified themselves therein.

 

1Mac 1:35

They stored it also with armour and victuals, and when they

had gathered together the spoils of Jerusalem, they laid them up

there, and so they became a sore snare:

 

1Mac 1:36

For it was a place to lie in wait against the sanctuary, and

an evil adversary to Israel.

 

1Mac 1:37

Thus they shed innocent blood on every side of the sanctuary,

and defiled it:

 

1Mac 1:38

Insomuch that the inhabitants of Jerusalem fled because of

them: whereupon the city was made an habitation of strangers,

and became strange to those that were born in her; and her own

children left her.

 

1Mac 1:39

Her sanctuary was laid waste like a wilderness, her feasts

were turned into mourning, her sabbaths into reproach her honour

into contempt.

 

1Mac 1:40

As had been her glory, so was her dishonour increased, and

her excellency was turned into mourning.

 

1Mac 1:41

Moreover king Antiochus wrote to his whole kingdom, that all

should be one people,

 

1Mac 1:42

And every one should leave his laws: so all the heathen

agreed according to the commandment of the king.

 

1Mac 1:43

Yea, many also of the Israelites consented to his religion,

and sacrificed unto idols, and profaned the sabbath.

 

1Mac 1:44

For the king had sent letters by messengers unto Jerusalem

and the cities of Juda that they should follow the strange laws

of the land,

 

1Mac 1:45

And forbid burnt offerings, and sacrifice, and drink

offerings, in the temple; and that they should profane the

sabbaths and festival days:

 

1Mac 1:46

And pollute the sanctuary and holy people:

 

1Mac 1:47

Set up altars, and groves, and chapels of idols, and

sacrifice swine's flesh, and unclean beasts:

 

1Mac 1:48

That they should also leave their children uncircumcised, and

make their souls abominable with all manner of uncleanness and

profanation:

 

1Mac 1:49

To the end they might forget the law, and change all the

ordinances.

 

1Mac 1:50

And whosoever would not do according to the commandment of

the king, he said, he should die.

 

1Mac 1:51

In the selfsame manner wrote he to his whole kingdom, and

appointed overseers over all the people, commanding the cities

of Juda to sacrifice, city by city.

 

1Mac 1:52

Then many of the people were gathered unto them, to wit every

one that forsook the law; and so they committed evils in the

land;

 

1Mac 1:53

And drove the Israelites into secret places, even wheresoever

they could flee for succour.

 

1Mac 1:54

Now the fifteenth day of the month Casleu, in the hundred

forty and fifth year, they set up the abomination of desolation

upon the altar, and builded idol altars throughout the cities of

Juda on every side;

 

1Mac 1:55

And burnt incense at the doors of their houses, and in the

streets.

 

1Mac 1:56

And when they had rent in pieces the books of the law which

they found, they burnt them with fire.

 

1Mac 1:57

And whosoever was found with any the book of the testament,

or if any committed to the law, the king's commandment was, that

they should put him to death.

 

1Mac 1:58

Thus did they by their authority unto the Israelites every

month, to as many as were found in the cities.

 

1Mac 1:59

Now the five and twentieth day of the month they did

sacrifice upon the idol altar, which was upon the altar of God.

 

1Mac 1:60

At which time according to the commandment they put to death

certain women, that had caused their children to be circumcised.

 

1Mac 1:61

And they hanged the infants about their necks, and rifled

their houses, and slew them that had circumcised them.

 

1Mac 1:62

Howbeit many in Israel were fully resolved and confirmed in

themselves not to eat any unclean thing.

 

1Mac 1:63

Wherefore the rather to die, that they might not be defiled

with meats, and that they might not profane the holy covenant:

so then they died.

 

1Mac 1:64

And there was very great wrath upon Israel.

 

1Mac 2:1

In those days arose Mattathias the son of John, the son of

Simeon, a priest of the sons of Joarib, from Jerusalem, and

dwelt in Modin.

 

1Mac 2:2

And he had five sons, Joannan, called Caddis:

 

1Mac 2:3

Simon; called Thassi:

 

1Mac 2:4

Judas, who was called Maccabeus:

 

1Mac 2:5

Eleazar, called Avaran: and Jonathan, whose surname was

Apphus.

 

1Mac 2:6

And when he saw the blasphemies that were committed in Juda

and Jerusalem,

 

1Mac 2:7

He said, Woe is me! wherefore was I born to see this misery

of my people, and of the holy city, and to dwell there, when it

was delivered into the hand of the enemy, and the sanctuary into

the hand of strangers?

 

1Mac 2:8

Her temple is become as a man without glory.

 

1Mac 2:9

Her glorious vessels are carried away into captivity, her

infants are slain in the streets, her young men with the sword

of the enemy.

 

1Mac 2:10

What nation hath not had a part in her kingdom and gotten of

her spoils?

 

1Mac 2:11

All her ornaments are taken away; of a free woman she is

become a bondslave.

 

1Mac 2:12

And, behold, our sanctuary, even our beauty and our glory, is

laid waste, and the Gentiles have profaned it.

 

1Mac 2:13

To what end therefore shall we live any longer?

 

1Mac 2:14

Then Mattathias and his sons rent their clothes, and put on

sackcloth, and mourned very sore.

 

1Mac 2:15

In the mean while the king's officers, such as compelled the

people to revolt, came into the city Modin, to make them

sacrifice.

 

1Mac 2:16

And when many of Israel came unto them, Mattathias also and

his sons came together.

 

1Mac 2:17

Then answered the king's officers, and said to Mattathias on

this wise, Thou art a ruler, and an honourable and great man in

this city, and strengthened with sons and brethren:

 

1Mac 2:18

Now therefore come thou first, and fulfil the king's

commandment, like as all the heathen have done, yea, and the men

of Juda also, and such as remain at Jerusalem: so shalt thou and

thy house be in the number of the king's friends, and thou and

thy children shall be honoured with silver and gold, and many

rewards.

 

1Mac 2:19

Then Mattathias answered and spake with a loud voice, Though

all the nations that are under the king's dominion obey him, and

fall away every one from the religion of their fathers, and give

consent to his commandments:

 

1Mac 2:20

Yet will I and my sons and my brethren walk in the covenant

of our fathers.

 

1Mac 2:21

God forbid that we should forsake the law and the ordinances.

 

1Mac 2:22

We will not hearken to the king's words, to go from our

religion, either on the right hand, or the left.

 

1Mac 2:23

Now when he had left speaking these words, there came one of

the Jews in the sight of all to sacrifice on the altar which was

at Modin, according to the king's commandment.

 

1Mac 2:24

Which thing when Mattathias saw, he was inflamed with zeal,

and his reins trembled, neither could he forbear to shew his

anger according to judgment: wherefore he ran, and slew him upon

the altar.

 

1Mac 2:25

Also the king's commissioner, who compelled men to sacrifice,

he killed at that time, and the altar he pulled down.

 

1Mac 2:26

Thus dealt he zealously for the law of God like as Phinees

did unto Zambri the son of Salom.

 

1Mac 2:27

And Mattathias cried throughout the city with a loud voice,

saying, Whosoever is zealous of the law, and maintaineth the

covenant, let him follow me.

 

1Mac 2:28

So he and his sons fled into the mountains, and left all that

ever they had in the city.

 

1Mac 2:29

Then many that sought after justice and judgment went down

into the wilderness, to dwell there:

 

1Mac 2:30

Both they, and their children, and their wives; and their

cattle; because afflictions increased sore upon them.

 

1Mac 2:31

Now when it was told the king's servants, and the host that

was at Jerusalem, in the city of David, that certain men, who

had broken the king's commandment, were gone down into the

secret places in the wilderness,

 

1Mac 2:32

They pursued after them a great number, and having overtaken

them, they camped against them, and made war against them on the

sabbath day.

 

1Mac 2:33

And they said unto them, Let that which ye have done hitherto

suffice; come forth, and do according to the commandment of the

king, and ye shall live.

 

1Mac 2:34

But they said, We will not come forth, neither will we do the

king's commandment, to profane the sabbath day.

 

1Mac 2:35

So then they gave them the battle with all speed.

 

1Mac 2:36

Howbeit they answered them not, neither cast they a stone at

them, nor stopped the places where they lay hid;

 

1Mac 2:37

But said, Let us die all in our innocency: heaven and earth

will testify for us, that ye put us to death wrongfully.

 

1Mac 2:38

So they rose up against them in battle on the sabbath, and

they slew them, with their wives and children and their cattle,

to the number of a thousand people.

 

1Mac 2:39

Now when Mattathias and his friends understood hereof, they

mourned for them right sore.

 

1Mac 2:40

And one of them said to another, If we all do as our brethren

have done, and fight not for our lives and laws against the

heathen, they will now quickly root us out of the earth.

 

1Mac 2:41

At that time therefore they decreed, saying, Whosoever shall

come to make battle with us on the sabbath day, we will fight

against him; neither will we die all, as our brethren that were

murdered im the secret places.

 

1Mac 2:42

Then came there unto him a company of Assideans who were

mighty men of Israel, even all such as were voluntarily devoted

unto the law.

 

1Mac 2:43

Also all they that fled for persecution joined themselves

unto them, and were a stay unto them.

 

1Mac 2:44

So they joined their forces, and smote sinful men in their

anger, and wicked men in their wrath: but the rest fled to the

heathen for succour.

 

1Mac 2:45

Then Mattathias and his friends went round about, and pulled

down the altars:

 

1Mac 2:46

And what children soever they found within the coast of

Israel uncircumcised, those they circumcised valiantly.

 

1Mac 2:47

They pursued also after the proud men, and the work prospered

in their hand.

 

1Mac 2:48

So they recovered the law out of the hand of the Gentiles,

and out of the hand of kings, neither suffered they the sinner

to triumph.

 

1Mac 2:49

Now when the time drew near that Mattathias should die, he

said unto his sons, Now hath pride and rebuke gotten strength,

and the time of destruction, and the wrath of indignation:

 

1Mac 2:50

Now therefore, my sons, be ye zealous for the law, and give

your lives for the covenant of your fathers.

 

1Mac 2:51

Call to remembrance what acts our fathers did in their time;

so shall ye receive great honour and an everlasting name.

 

1Mac 2:52

Was not Abraham found faithful in temptation, and it was

imputed unto him for righteousness?

 

1Mac 2:53

Joseph in the time of his distress kept the commandment and

was made lord of Egypt.

 

1Mac 2:54

Phinees our father in being zealous and fervent obtained the

covenant of an everlasting priesthood.

 

1Mac 2:55

Jesus for fulfilling the word was made a judge in Israel.

 

1Mac 2:56

Caleb for bearing witness before the congregation received

the heritage of the land.

 

1Mac 2:57

David for being merciful possessed the throne of an

everlasting kingdom.

 

1Mac 2:58

Elias for being zealous and fervent for the law was taken up

into heaven.

 

1Mac 2:59

Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, by believing were saved out of

the flame.

 

1Mac 2:60

Daniel for his innocency was delivered from the mouth of

lions.

 

1Mac 2:61

And thus consider ye throughout all ages, that none that put

their trust in him shall be overcome.

 

1Mac 2:62

Fear not then the words of a sinful man: for his glory shall

be dung and worms.

 

1Mac 2:63

To day he shall be lifted up and to morrow he shall not be

found, because he is returned into his dust, and his thought is

come to nothing.

 

1Mac 2:64

Wherefore, ye my sons, be valiant and shew yourselves men in

the behalf of the law; for by it shall ye obtain glory.

 

1Mac 2:65

And behold, I know that your brother Simon is a man of

counsel, give ear unto him alway: he shall be a father unto you.

 

1Mac 2:66

As for Judas Maccabeus, he hath been mighty and strong, even

from his youth up: let him be your captain, and fight the battle

of the people.

 

1Mac 2:67

Take also unto you all those that observe the law, and avenge

ye the wrong of your people.

 

1Mac 2:68

Recompense fully the heathen, and take heed to the

commandments of the law.

 

1Mac 2:69

So he blessed them, and was gathered to his fathers.

 

1Mac 2:70

And he died in the hundred forty and sixth year, and his sons

buried him in the sepulchres of his fathers at Modin, and all

Israel made great lamentation for him.

 

1Mac 3:1

Then his son Judas, called Maccabeus, rose up in his stead.

 

1Mac 3:2

And all his brethren helped him, and so did all they that

held with his father, and they fought with cheerfulness the

battle of Israel.

 

1Mac 3:3

So he gat his people great honour, and put on a breastplate

as a giant, and girt his warlike harness about him, and he made

battles, protecting the host with his sword.

 

1Mac 3:4

In his acts he was like a lion, and like a lion's whelp

roaring for his prey.

 

1Mac 3:5

For He pursued the wicked, and sought them out, and burnt up

those that vexed his people.

 

1Mac 3:6

Wherefore the wicked shrunk for fear of him, and all the

workers of iniquity were troubled, because salvation prospered

in his hand.

 

1Mac 3:7

He grieved also many kings, and made Jacob glad with his

acts, and his memorial is blessed for ever.

 

1Mac 3:8

Moreover he went through the cities of Juda, destroying the

ungodly out of them, and turning away wrath from Israel:

 

1Mac 3:9

So that he was renowned unto the utmost part of the earth,

and he received unto him such as were ready to perish.

 

1Mac 3:10

Then Apollonius gathered the Gentiles together, and a great

host out of Samaria, to fight against Israel.

 

1Mac 3:11

Which thing when Judas perceived, he went forth to meet him,

and so he smote him, and slew him: many also fell down slain,

but the rest fled.

 

1Mac 3:12

Wherefore Judas took their spoils, and Apollonius' sword

also, and therewith he fought all his life long.

 

1Mac 3:13

Now when Seron, a prince of the army of Syria, heard say that

Judas had gathered unto him a multitude and company of the

faithful to go out with him to war;

 

1Mac 3:14

He said, I will get me a name and honour in the kingdom; for

I will go fight with Judas and them that are with him, who

despise the king's commandment.

 

1Mac 3:15

So he made him ready to go up, and there went with him a

mighty host of the ungodly to help him, and to be avenged of the

children of Israel.

 

1Mac 3:16

And when he came near to the going up of Bethhoron, Judas

went forth to meet him with a small company:

 

1Mac 3:17

Who, when they saw the host coming to meet them, said unto

Judas, How shall we be able, being so few, to fight against so

great a multitude and so strong, seeing we are ready to faint

with fasting all this day?

 

1Mac 3:18

Unto whom Judas answered, It is no hard matter for many to be

shut up in the hands of a few; and with the God of heaven it is

all one, to deliver with a great multitude, or a small company:

 

1Mac 3:19

For the victory of battle standeth not in the multitude of an

host; but strength cometh from heaven.

 

1Mac 3:20

They come against us in much pride and iniquity to destroy

us, and our wives and children, and to spoil us:

 

1Mac 3:21

But we fight for our lives and our laws.

 

1Mac 3:22

Wherefore the Lord himself will overthrow them before our

face: and as for you, be ye not afraid of them.

 

1Mac 3:23

Now as soon as he had left off speaking, he leapt suddenly

upon them, and so Seron and his host was overthrown before him.

 

1Mac 3:24

And they pursued them from the going down of Bethhoron unto

the plain, where were slain about eight hundred men of them; and

the residue fled into the land of the Philistines.

 

1Mac 3:25

Then began the fear of Judas and his brethren, and an

exceeding great dread, to fall upon the nations round about

them:

 

1Mac 3:26

Insomuch as his fame came unto the king, and all nations

talked of the battles of Judas.

 

1Mac 3:27

Now when king Antiochus heard these things, he was full of

indignation: wherefore he sent and gathered together all the

forces of his realm, even a very strong army.

 

1Mac 3:28

He opened also his treasure, and gave his soldiers pay for a

year, commanding them to be ready whensoever he should need

them.

 

1Mac 3:29

Nevertheless, when he saw that the money of his treasures

failed and that the tributes in the country were small, because

of the dissension and plague, which he had brought upon the land

in taking away the laws which had been of old time;

 

1Mac 3:30

He feared that he should not be able to bear the charges any

longer, nor to have such gifts to give so liberally as he did

before: for he had abounded above the kings that were before

him.

 

1Mac 3:31

Wherefore, being greatly perplexed in his mind, he determined

to go into Persia, there to take the tributes of the countries,

and to gather much money.

 

1Mac 3:32

So he left Lysias, a nobleman, and one of the blood royal, to

oversee the affairs of the king from the river Euphrates unto

the borders of Egypt:

 

1Mac 3:33

And to bring up his son Antiochus, until he came again.

 

1Mac 3:34

Moreover he delivered unto him the half of his forces, and

the elephants, and gave him charge of all things that he would

have done, as also concerning them that dwelt in Juda and

Jerusalem:

 

1Mac 3:35

To wit, that he should send an army against them, to destroy

and root out the strength of Israel, and the remnant of

Jerusalem, and to take away their memorial from that place;

 

1Mac 3:36

And that he should place strangers in all their quarters, and

divide their land by lot.

 

1Mac 3:37

So the king took the half of the forces that remained, and

departed from Antioch, his royal city, the hundred forty and

seventh year; and having passed the river Euphrates, he went

through the high countries.

 

1Mac 3:38

Then Lysias chose Ptolemee the son of Dorymenes, Nicanor, and

Gorgias, mighty men of the king's friends:

 

1Mac 3:39

And with them he sent forty thousand footmen, and seven

thousand horsemen, to go into the land of Juda, and to destroy

it, as the king commanded.

 

1Mac 3:40

So they went forth with all their power, and came and pitched

by Emmaus in the plain country.

 

1Mac 3:41

And the merchants of the country, hearing the fame of them,

took silver and gold very much, with servants, and came into the

camp to buy the children of Israel for slaves: a power also of

Syria and of the land of the Philistines joined themselves unto

them.

 

1Mac 3:42

Now when Judas and his brethren saw that miseries were

multiplied, and that the forces did encamp themselves in their

borders: for they knew how the king had given commandment to

destroy the people, and utterly abolish them;

 

1Mac 3:43

They said one to another, Let us restore the decayed fortune

of our people, and let us fight for our people and the

sanctuary.

 

1Mac 3:44

Then was the congregation gathered together, that they might

be ready for battle, and that they might pray, and ask mercy and

compassion.

 

1Mac 3:45

Now Jerusalem lay void as a wilderness, there was none of her

children that went in or out: the sanctuary also was trodden

down, and aliens kept the strong hold; the heathen had their

habitation in that place; and joy was taken from Jacob, and the

pipe with the harp ceased.

 

1Mac 3:46

Wherefore the Israelites assembled themselves together, and

came to Maspha, over against Jerusalem; for in Maspha was the

place where they prayed aforetime in Israel.

 

1Mac 3:47

Then they fasted that day, and put on sackcloth, and cast

ashes upon their heads, and rent their clothes,

 

1Mac 3:48

And laid open the book of the law, wherein the heathen had

sought to paint the likeness of their images.

 

1Mac 3:49

They brought also the priests' garments, and the firstfruits,

and the tithes: and the Nazarites they stirred up, who had

accomplished their days.

 

1Mac 3:50

Then cried they with a loud voice toward heaven, saying, What

shall we do with these, and whither shall we carry them away?

 

1Mac 3:51

For thy sanctuary is trodden down and profaned, and thy

priests are in heaviness, and brought low.

 

1Mac 3:52

And lo, the heathen are assembled together against us to

destroy us: what things they imagine against us, thou knowest.

 

1Mac 3:53

How shall we be able to stand against them, except thou, O

God, be our help?

 

1Mac 3:54

Then sounded they with trumpets, and cried with a loud voice.

 

1Mac 3:55

And after this Judas ordained captains over the people, even

captains over thousands, and over hundreds, and over fifties,

and over tens.

 

1Mac 3:56

But as for such as were building houses, or had betrothed

wives, or were planting vineyards, or were fearful, those he

commanded that they should return, every man to his own house,

according to the law.

 

1Mac 3:57

So the camp removed, and pitched upon the south side of

Emmaus.

 

1Mac 3:58

And Judas said, arm yourselves, and be valiant men, and see

that ye be in readiness against the morning, that ye may fight

with these nations, that are assembled together against us to

destroy us and our sanctuary:

 

1Mac 3:59

For it is better for us to die in battle, than to behold the

calamities of our people and our sanctuary.

 

1Mac 3:60

Nevertheless, as the will of God is in heaven, so let him do.

 

1Mac 4:1

Then took Gorgias five thousand footmen, and a thousand of

the best horsemen, and removed out of the camp by night;

 

1Mac 4:2

To the end he might rush in upon the camp of the Jews, and

smite them suddenly. And the men of the fortress were his

guides.

 

1Mac 4:3

Now when Judas heard thereof he himself removed, and the

valiant men with him, that he might smite the king's army which

was at Emmaus,

 

1Mac 4:4

While as yet the forces were dispersed from the camp.

 

1Mac 4:5

In the mean season came Gorgias by night into the camp of

Judas: and when he found no man there, he sought them in the

mountains: for said he, These fellows flee from us

 

1Mac 4:6

But as soon as it was day, Judas shewed himself in the plain

with three thousand men, who nevertheless had neither armour nor

swords to their minds.

 

1Mac 4:7

And they saw the camp of the heathen, that it was strong and

well harnessed, and compassed round about with horsemen; and

these were expert of war.

 

1Mac 4:8

Then said Judas to the men that were with him, Fear ye not

their multitude, neither be ye afraid of their assault.

 

1Mac 4:9

Remember how our fathers were delivered in the Red sea, when

Pharaoh pursued them with an army.

 

1Mac 4:10

Now therefore let us cry unto heaven, if peradventure the

Lord will have mercy upon us, and remember the covenant of our

fathers, and destroy this host before our face this day:

 

1Mac 4:11

That so all the heathen may know that there is one who

delivereth and saveth Israel.

 

1Mac 4:12

Then the strangers lifted up their eyes, and saw them coming

over against them.

 

1Mac 4:13

Wherefore they went out of the camp to battle; but they that

were with Judas sounded their trumpets.

 

1Mac 4:14

So they joined battle, and the heathen being discomfited fled

into the plain.

 

1Mac 4:15

Howbeit all the hindmost of them were slain with the sword:

for they pursued them unto Gazera, and unto the plains of

Idumea, and Azotus, and Jamnia, so that there were slain of them

upon a three thousand men.

 

1Mac 4:16

This done, Judas returned again with his host from pursuing

them,

 

1Mac 4:17

And said to the people, Be not greedy of the spoil inasmuch

as there is a battle before us,

 

1Mac 4:18

And Gorgias and his host are here by us in the mountain: but

stand ye now against our enemies, and overcome them, and after

this ye may boldly take the spoils.

 

1Mac 4:19

As Judas was yet speaking these words, there appeared a part

of them looking out of the mountain:

 

1Mac 4:20

Who when they perceived that the Jews had put their host to

flight and were burning the tents; for the smoke that was seen

declared what was done:

 

1Mac 4:21

When therefore they perceived these things, they were sore

afraid, and seeing also the host of Judas in the plain ready to

fight,

 

1Mac 4:22

They fled every one into the land of strangers.

 

1Mac 4:23

Then Judas returned to spoil the tents, where they got much

gold, and silver, and blue silk, and purple of the sea, and

great riches.

 

1Mac 4:24

After this they went home, and sung a song of thanksgiving,

and praised the Lord in heaven: because it is good, because his

mercy endureth forever.

 

1Mac 4:25

Thus Israel had a great deliverance that day.

 

1Mac 4:26

Now all the strangers that had escaped came and told Lysias

what had happened:

 

1Mac 4:27

Who, when he heard thereof, was confounded and discouraged,

because neither such things as he would were done unto Israel,

nor such things as the king commanded him were come to pass.

 

1Mac 4:28

The next year therefore following Lysias gathered together

threescore thousand choice men of foot, and five thousand

horsemen, that he might subdue them.

 

1Mac 4:29

So they came into Idumea, and pitched their tents at

Bethsura, and Judas met them with ten thousand men.

 

1Mac 4:30

And when he saw that mighty army, he prayed and said, Blessed

art thou, O Saviour of Israel, who didst quell the violence of

the mighty man by the hand of thy servant David, and gavest the

host of strangers into the hands of Jonathan the son of Saul,

and his armourbearer;

 

1Mac 4:31

Shut up this army in the hand of thy people Israel, and let

them be confounded in their power and horsemen:

 

1Mac 4:32

Make them to be of no courage, and cause the boldness of

their strength to fall away, and let them quake at their

destruction:

 

1Mac 4:33

Cast them down with the sword of them that love thee, and let

all those that know thy name praise thee with thanksgiving.

 

1Mac 4:34

So they joined battle; and there were slain of the host of

Lysias about five thousand men, even before them were they

slain.

 

1Mac 4:35

Now when Lysias saw his army put to flight, and the manliness

of Judas' soldiers, and how they were ready either to live or

die valiantly, he went into Antiochia, and gathered together a

company of strangers, and having made his army greater than it

was, he purposed to come again into Judea.

 

1Mac 4:36

Then said Judas and his brethren, Behold, our enemies are

discomfited: let us go up to cleanse and dedicate the sanctuary.

 

1Mac 4:37

Upon this all the host assembled themselves together, and

went up into mount Sion.

 

1Mac 4:38

And when they saw the sanctuary desolate, and the altar

profaned, and the gates burned up, and shrubs growing in the

courts as in a forest, or in one of the mountains, yea, and the

priests' chambers pulled down;

 

1Mac 4:39

They rent their clothes, and made great lamentation, and cast

ashes upon their heads,

 

1Mac 4:40

And fell down flat to the ground upon their faces, and blew

an alarm with the trumpets, and cried toward heaven.

 

1Mac 4:41

Then Judas appointed certain men to fight against those that

were in the fortress, until he had cleansed the sanctuary.

 

1Mac 4:42

So he chose priests of blameless conversation, such as had

pleasure in the law:

 

1Mac 4:43

Who cleansed the sanctuary, and bare out the defiled stones

into an unclean place.

 

1Mac 4:44

And when as they consulted what to do with the altar of burnt

offerings, which was profaned;

 

1Mac 4:45

They thought it best to pull it down, lest it should be a

reproach to them, because the heathen had defiled it: wherefore

they pulled it down,

 

1Mac 4:46

And laid up the stones in the mountain of the temple in a

convenient place, until there should come a prophet to shew what

should be done with them.

 

1Mac 4:47

Then they took whole stones according to the law, and built a

new altar according to the former;

 

1Mac 4:48

And made up the sanctuary, and the things that were within

the temple, and hallowed the courts.

 

1Mac 4:49

They made also new holy vessels, and into the temple they

brought the candlestick, and the altar of burnt offerings, and

of incense, and the table.

 

1Mac 4:50

And upon the altar they burned incense, and the lamps that

were upon the candlestick they lighted, that they might give

light in the temple.

 

1Mac 4:51

Furthermore they set the loaves upon the table, and spread

out the veils, and finished all the works which they had begun

to make.

 

1Mac 4:52

Now on the five and twentieth day of the ninth month, which

is called the month Casleu, in the hundred forty and eighth

year, they rose up betimes in the morning,

 

1Mac 4:53

And offered sacrifice according to the law upon the new altar

of burnt offerings, which they had made.

 

1Mac 4:54

Look, at what time and what day the heathen had profaned it,

even in that was it dedicated with songs, and citherns, and

harps, and cymbals.

 

1Mac 4:55

Then all the people fell upon their faces, worshipping and

praising the God of heaven, who had given them good success.

 

1Mac 4:56

And so they kept the dedication of the altar eight days and

offered burnt offerings with gladness, and sacrificed the

sacrifice of deliverance and praise.

 

1Mac 4:57

They decked also the forefront of the temple with crowns of

gold, and with shields; and the gates and the chambers they

renewed, and hanged doors upon them.

 

1Mac 4:58

Thus was there very great gladness among the people, for that

the reproach of the heathen was put away.

 

1Mac 4:59

Moreover Judas and his brethren with the whole congregation

of Israel ordained, that the days of the dedication of the altar

should be kept in their season from year to year by the space of

eight days, from the five and twentieth day of the month Casleu,

with mirth and gladness.

 

1Mac 4:60

At that time also they builded up the mount Sion with high

walls and strong towers round about, lest the Gentiles should

come and tread it down as they had done before.

 

1Mac 4:61

And they set there a garrison to keep it, and fortified

Bethsura to preserve it; that the people might have a defence

against Idumea.

 

1Mac 5:1

Now when the nations round about heard that the altar was

built and the sanctuary renewed as before, it displeased them

very much.

 

1Mac 5:2

Wherefore they thought to destroy the generation of Jacob

that was among them, and thereupon they began to slay and

destroy the people.

 

1Mac 5:3

Then Judas fought against the children of Esau in Idumea at

Arabattine, because they besieged Gael: and he gave them a great

overthrow, and abated their courage, and took their spoils.

 

1Mac 5:4

Also he remembered the injury of the children of Bean, who

had been a snare and an offence unto the people, in that they

lay in wait for them in the ways.

 

1Mac 5:5

He shut them up therefore in the towers, and encamped against

them, and destroyed them utterly, and burned the towers of that

place with fire, and all that were therein.

 

1Mac 5:6

Afterward he passed over to the children of Ammon, where he

found a mighty power, and much people, with Timotheus their

captain.

 

1Mac 5:7

So he fought many battles with them, till at length they were

discomfited before him; and he smote them.

 

1Mac 5:8

And when he had taken Jazar, with the towns belonging

thereto, he returned into Judea.

 

1Mac 5:9

Then the heathen that were at Galaad assembled themselves

together against the Israelites that were in their quarters, to

destroy them; but they fled to the fortress of Dathema.

 

1Mac 5:10

And sent letters unto Judas and his brethren, The heathen

that are round about us are assembled together against us to

destroy us:

 

1Mac 5:11

And they are preparing to come and take the fortress

whereunto we are fled, Timotheus being captain of their host.

 

1Mac 5:12

Come now therefore, and deliver us from their hands, for many

of us are slain:

 

1Mac 5:13

Yea, all our brethren that were in the places of Tobie are

put to death: their wives and their children also they have

carried away captives, and borne away their stuff; and they have

destroyed there about a thousand men.

 

1Mac 5:14

While these letters were yet reading, behold, there came

other messengers from Galilee with their clothes rent, who

reported on this wise,

 

1Mac 5:15

And said, They of Ptolemais, and of Tyrus, and Sidon, and all

Galilee of the Gentiles, are assembled together against us to

consume us.

 

1Mac 5:16

Now when Judas and the people heard these words, there

assembled a great congregation together, to consult what they

should do for their brethren, that were in trouble, and

assaulted of them.

 

1Mac 5:17

Then said Judas unto Simon his brother, Choose thee out men,

and go and deliver thy brethren that are in Galilee, for I and

Jonathan my brother will go into the country of Galaad.

 

1Mac 5:18

So he left Joseph the son of Zacharias, and Azarias, captains

of the people, with the remnant of the host in Judea to keep it.

 

1Mac 5:19

Unto whom he gave commandment, saying, Take ye the charge of

this people, and see that ye make not war against the heathen

until the time that we come again.

 

1Mac 5:20

Now unto Simon were given three thousand men to go into

Galilee, and unto Judas eight thousand men for the country of

Galaad.

 

1Mac 5:21

Then went Simon into Galilee, where he fought many battles

with the heathen, so that the heathen were discomfited by him.

 

1Mac 5:22

And he pursued them unto the gate of Ptolemais; and there

were slain of the heathen about three thousand men, whose spoils

he took.

 

1Mac 5:23

And those that were in Galilee, and in Arbattis, with their

wives and their children, and all that they had, took he away

with him, and brought them into Judea with great joy.

 

1Mac 5:24

Judas Maccabeus also and his brother Jonathan went over

Jordan, and travelled three days' journey in the wilderness,

 

1Mac 5:25

Where they met with the Nabathites, who came unto them in a

peaceable manner, and told them every thing that had happened to

their brethren in the land of Galaad:

 

1Mac 5:26

And how that many of them were shut up in Bosora, and Bosor,

and Alema, Casphor, Maked, and Carnaim; all these cities are

strong and great:

 

1Mac 5:27

And that they were shut up in the rest of the cities of the

country of Galaad, and that against to morrow they had appointed

to bring their host against the forts, and to take them, and to

destroy them all in one day.

 

1Mac 5:28

Hereupon Judas and his host turned suddenly by the way of the

wilderness unto Bosora; and when he had won the city, he slew

all the males with the edge of the sword, and took all their

spoils, and burned the city with fire,

 

1Mac 5:29

From whence he removed by night, and went till he came to the

fortress.

 

1Mac 5:30

And betimes in the morning they looked up, and, behold, there

was an innumerable people bearing ladders and other engines of

war, to take the fortress: for they assaulted them.

 

1Mac 5:31

When Judas therefore saw that the battle was begun, and that

the cry of the city went up to heaven, with trumpets, and a

great sound,

 

1Mac 5:32

He said unto his host, Fight this day for your brethren.

 

1Mac 5:33

So he went forth behind them in three companies, who sounded

their trumpets, and cried with prayer.

 

1Mac 5:34

Then the host of Timotheus, knowing that it was Maccabeus,

fled from him: wherefore he smote them with a great slaughter;

so that there were killed of them that day about eight thousand

men.

 

1Mac 5:35

This done, Judas turned aside to Maspha; and after he had

assaulted it he took and slew all the males therein, and

received the spoils thereof and and burnt it with fire.

 

1Mac 5:36

From thence went he, and took Casphon, Maged, Bosor, and the

other cities of the country of Galaad.

 

1Mac 5:37

After these things gathered Timotheus another host and

encamped against Raphon beyond the brook.

 

1Mac 5:38

So Judas sent men to espy the host, who brought him word,

saying, All the heathen that be round about us are assembled

unto them, even a very great host.

 

1Mac 5:39

He hath also hired the Arabians to help them and they have

pitched their tents beyond the brook, ready to come and fight

against thee. Upon this Judas went to meet them.

 

1Mac 5:40

Then Timotheus said unto the captains of his host, When Judas

and his host come near the brook, if he pass over first unto us,

we shall not be able to withstand him; for he will mightily

prevail against us:

 

1Mac 5:41

But if he be afraid, and camp beyond the river, we shall go

over unto him, and prevail against him.

 

1Mac 5:42

Now when Judas came near the brook, he caused the scribes of

the people to remain by the brook: unto whom he gave

commandment, saying, Suffer no man to remain in the camp, but

let all come to the battle.

 

1Mac 5:43

So he went first over unto them, and all the people after

him: then all the heathen, being discomfited before him, cast

away their weapons, and fled unto the temple that was at

Carnaim.

 

1Mac 5:44

But they took the city, and burned the temple with all that

were therein. Thus was Carnaim subdued, neither could they stand

any longer before Judas.

 

1Mac 5:45

Then Judas gathered together all the Israelites that were in

the country of Galaad, from the least unto the greatest, even

their wives, and their children, and their stuff, a very great

host, to the end they might come into the land of Judea.

 

1Mac 5:46

Now when they came unto Ephron, (this was a great city in the

way as they should go, very well fortified) they could not turn

from it, either on the right hand or the left, but must needs

pass through the midst of it.

 

1Mac 5:47

Then they of the city shut them out, and stopped up the gates

with stones.

 

1Mac 5:48

Whereupon Judas sent unto them in peaceable manner, saying,

Let us pass through your land to go into our own country, and

none shall do you any hurt; we will only pass through on foot:

howbeit they would not open unto him.

 

1Mac 5:49

Wherefore Judas commanded a proclamation to be made

throughout the host, that every man should pitch his tent in the

place where he was.

 

1Mac 5:50

So the soldiers pitched, and assaulted the city all that day

and all that night, till at the length the city was delivered

into his hands:

 

1Mac 5:51

Who then slew all the males with the edge of the sword, and

rased the city, and took the spoils thereof, and passed through

the city over them that were slain.

 

1Mac 5:52

After this went they over Jordan into the great plain before

Bethsan.

 

1Mac 5:53

And Judas gathered together those that came behind, and

exhorted the people all the way through, till they came into the

land of Judea.

 

1Mac 5:54

So they went up to mount Sion with joy and gladness, where

they offered burnt offerings, because not one of them were slain

until they had returned in peace.

 

1Mac 5:55

Now what time as Judas and Jonathan were in the land of

Galaad, and Simon his brother in Galilee before Ptolemais,

 

1Mac 5:56

Joseph the son of Zacharias, and Azarias, captains of the

garrisons, heard of the valiant acts and warlike deeds which

they had done.

 

1Mac 5:57

Wherefore they said, Let us also get us a name, and go fight

against the heathen that are round about us.

 

1Mac 5:58

So when they had given charge unto the garrison that was with

them, they went toward Jamnia.

 

1Mac 5:59

Then came Gorgias and his men out of the city to fight

against them.

 

1Mac 5:60

And so it was, that Joseph and Azaras were put to flight, and

pursued unto the borders of Judea: and there were slain that day

of the people of Israel about two thousand men.

 

1Mac 5:61

Thus was there a great overthrow among the children of

Israel, because they were not obedient unto Judas and his

brethren, but thought to do some valiant act.

 

1Mac 5:62

Moreover these men came not of the seed of those, by whose

hand deliverance was given unto Israel.

 

1Mac 5:63

Howbeit the man Judas and his brethren were greatly renowned

in the sight of all Israel, and of all the heathen, wheresoever

their name was heard of;

 

1Mac 5:64

Insomuch as the the people assembled unto them with joyful

acclamations.

 

1Mac 5:65

Afterward went Judas forth with his brethren, and fought

against the children of Esau in the land toward the south, where

he smote Hebron, and the towns thereof, and pulled down the

fortress of it, and burned the towers thereof round about.

 

1Mac 5:66

From thence he removed to go into the land of the

Philistines, and passed through Samaria.

 

1Mac 5:67

At that time certain priests, desirous to shew their valour,

were slain in battle, for that they went out to fight

unadvisedly.

 

1Mac 5:68

So Judas turned to Azotus in the land of the Philistines, and

when he had pulled down their altars, and burned their carved

images with fire, and spoiled their cities, he returned into the

land of Judea.

 

1Mac 6:1

About that time king Antiochus travelling through the high

countries heard say, that Elymais in the country of Persia was a

city greatly renowned for riches, silver, and gold;

 

1Mac 6:2

And that there was in it a very rich temple, wherein were

coverings of gold, and breastplates, and shields, which

Alexander, son of Philip, the Macedonian king, who reigned first

among the Grecians, had left there.

 

1Mac 6:3

Wherefore he came and sought to take the city, and to spoil

it; but he was not able, because they of the city, having had

warning thereof,

 

1Mac 6:4

Rose up against him in battle: so he fled, and departed

thence with great heaviness, and returned to Babylon.

 

1Mac 6:5

Moreover there came one who brought him tidings into Persia,

that the armies, which went against the land of Judea, were put

to flight:

 

1Mac 6:6

And that Lysias, who went forth first with a great power was

driven away of the Jews; and that they were made strong by the

armour, and power, and store of spoils, which they had gotten of

the armies, whom they had destroyed:

 

1Mac 6:7

Also that they had pulled down the abomination, which he had

set up upon the altar in Jerusalem, and that they had compassed

about the sanctuary with high walls, as before, and his city

Bethsura.

 

1Mac 6:8

Now when the king heard these words, he was astonished and

sore moved: whereupon he laid him down upon his bed, and fell

sick for grief, because it had not befallen him as he looked

for.

 

1Mac 6:9

And there he continued many days: for his grief was ever more

and more, and he made account that he should die.

 

1Mac 6:10

Wherefore he called for all his friends, and said unto them,

The sleep is gone from mine eyes, and my heart faileth for very

care.

 

1Mac 6:11

And I thought with myself, Into what tribulation am I come,

and how great a flood of misery is it, wherein now I am! for I

was bountiful and beloved in my power.

 

1Mac 6:12

But now I remember the evils that I did at Jerusalem, and

that I took all the vessels of gold and silver that were

therein, and sent to destroy the inhabitants of Judea without a

cause.

 

1Mac 6:13

I perceive therefore that for this cause these troubles are

come upon me, and, behold, I perish through great grief in a

strange land.

 

1Mac 6:14

Then called he for Philip, one of his friends, who he made

ruler over all his realm,

 

1Mac 6:15

And gave him the crown, and his robe, and his signet, to the

end he should bring up his son Antiochus, and nourish him up for

the kingdom.

 

1Mac 6:16

So king Antiochus died there in the hundred forty and ninth

year.

 

1Mac 6:17

Now when Lysias knew that the king was dead, he set up

Antiochus his son, whom he had brought up being young, to reign

in his stead, and his name he called Eupator.

 

1Mac 6:18

About this time they that were in the tower shut up the

Israelites round about the sanctuary, and sought always their

hurt, and the strengthening of the heathen.

 

1Mac 6:19

Wherefore Judas, purposing to destroy them, called all the

people together to besiege them.

 

1Mac 6:20

So they came together, and besieged them in the hundred and

fiftieth year, and he made mounts for shot against them, and

other engines.

 

1Mac 6:21

Howbeit certain of them that were besieged got forth, unto

whom some ungodly men of Israel joined themselves:

 

1Mac 6:22

And they went unto the king, and said, How long will it be

ere thou execute judgment, and avenge our brethren?

 

1Mac 6:23

We have been willing to serve thy father, and to do as he

would have us, and to obey his commandments;

 

1Mac 6:24

For which cause they of our nation besiege the tower, and are

alienated from us: moreover as many of us as they could light on

they slew, and spoiled our inheritance.

 

1Mac 6:25

Neither have they stretched out their hand against us only,

but also against their borders.

 

1Mac 6:26

And, behold, this day are they besieging the tower at

Jerusalem, to take it: the sanctuary also and Bethsura have they

fortified.

 

1Mac 6:27

Wherefore if thou dost not prevent them quickly, they will do

the greater things than these, neither shalt thou be able to

rule them.

 

1Mac 6:28

Now when the king heard this, he was angry, and gathered

together all his friends, and the captains of his army, and

those that had charge of the horse.

 

1Mac 6:29

There came also unto him from other kingdoms, and from isles

of the sea, bands of hired soldiers.

 

1Mac 6:30

So that the number of his army was an hundred thousand

footmen, and twenty thousand horsemen, and two and thirty

elephants exercised in battle.

 

1Mac 6:31

These went through Idumea, and pitched against Bethsura,

which they assaulted many days, making engines of war; but they

of Bethsura came out, and burned them with fire, and fought

valiantly.

 

1Mac 6:32

Upon this Judas removed from the tower, and pitched in

Bathzacharias, over against the king's camp.

 

1Mac 6:33

Then the king rising very early marched fiercely with his

host toward Bathzacharias, where his armies made them ready to

battle, and sounded the trumpets.

 

1Mac 6:34

And to the end they might provoke the elephants to fight,

they shewed them the blood of grapes and mulberries.

 

1Mac 6:35

Moreover they divided the beasts among the armies, and for

every elephant they appointed a thousand men, armed with coats

of mail, and with helmets of brass on their heads; and beside

this, for every beast were ordained five hundred horsemen of the

best.

 

1Mac 6:36

These were ready at every occasion: wheresoever the beast

was, and whithersoever the beast went, they went also, neither

departed they from him.

 

1Mac 6:37

And upon the beasts were there strong towers of wood, which

covered every one of them, and were girt fast unto them with

devices: there were also upon every one two and thirty strong

men, that fought upon them, beside the Indian that ruled him.

 

1Mac 6:38

As for the remnant of the horsemen, they set them on this

side and that side at the two parts of the host giving them

signs what to do, and being harnessed all over amidst the ranks.

 

1Mac 6:39

Now when the sun shone upon the shields of gold and brass,

the mountains glistered therewith, and shined like lamps of

fire.

 

1Mac 6:40

So part of the king's army being spread upon the high

mountains, and part on the valleys below, they marched on safely

and in order.

 

1Mac 6:41

Wherefore all that heard the noise of their multitude, and

the marching of the company, and the rattling of the harness,

were moved: for the army was very great and mighty.

 

1Mac 6:42

Then Judas and his host drew near, and entered into battle,

and there were slain of the king's army six hundred men.

 

1Mac 6:43

Eleazar also, surnamed Savaran, perceiving that one of the

beasts, armed with royal harness, was higher than all the rest,

and supposing that the king was upon him,

 

1Mac 6:44

Put himself in jeopardy, to the end he might deliver his

people, and get him a perpetual name:

 

1Mac 6:45

Wherefore he ran upon him courageously through the midst of

the battle, slaying on the right hand and on the left, so that

they were divided from him on both sides.

 

1Mac 6:46

Which done, he crept under the elephant, and thrust him

under, and slew him: whereupon the elephant fell down upon him,

and there he died.

 

1Mac 6:47

Howbeit the rest of the Jews seeing the strength of the king,

and the violence of his forces, turned away from them.

 

1Mac 6:48

Then the king's army went up to Jerusalem to meet them, and

the king pitched his tents against Judea, and against mount

Sion.

 

1Mac 6:49

But with them that were in Bethsura he made peace: for they

came out of the city, because they had no victuals there to

endure the siege, it being a year of rest to the land.

 

1Mac 6:50

So the king took Bethsura, and set a garrison there to keep

it.

 

1Mac 6:51

As for the sanctuary, he besieged it many days: and set there

artillery with engines and instruments to cast fire and stones,

and pieces to cast darts and slings.

 

1Mac 6:52

Whereupon they also made engines against their engines, and

held them battle a long season.

 

1Mac 6:53

Yet at the last, their vessels being without victuals, (for

that it was the seventh year, and they in Judea that were

delivered from the Gentiles, had eaten up the residue of the

store;)

 

1Mac 6:54

There were but a few left in the sanctuary, because the

famine did so prevail against them, that they were fain to

disperse themselves, every man to his own place.

 

1Mac 6:55

At that time Lysias heard say, that Philip, whom Antiochus

the king, whiles he lived, had appointed to bring up his son

Antiochus, that he might be king,

 

1Mac 6:56

Was returned out of Persia and Media, and the king's host

also that went with him, and that he sought to take unto him the

ruling of the affairs.

 

1Mac 6:57

Wherefore he went in all haste, and said to the king and the

captains of the host and the company, We decay daily, and our

victuals are but small, and the place we lay siege unto is

strong, and the affairs of the kingdom lie upon us:

 

1Mac 6:58

Now therefore let us be friends with these men, and make

peace with them, and with all their nation;

 

1Mac 6:59

And covenant with them, that they shall live after their

laws, as they did before: for they are therefore displeased, and

have done all these things, because we abolished their laws.

 

1Mac 6:60

So the king and the princes were content: wherefore he sent

unto them to make peace; and they accepted thereof.

 

1Mac 6:61

Also the king and the princes made an oath unto them:

whereupon they went out of the strong hold.

 

1Mac 6:62

Then the king entered into mount Sion; but when he saw the

strength of the place, he broke his oath that he had made, and

gave commandment to pull down the wall round about.

 

1Mac 6:63

Afterward departed he in all haste, and returned unto

Antiochia, where he found Philip to be master of the city: so he

fought against him, and took the city by force.

 

1Mac 7:1

In the hundred and one and fiftieth year Demetrius the son of

Seleucus departed from Rome, and came up with a few men unto a

city of the sea coast, and reigned there.

 

1Mac 7:2

And as he entered into the palace of his ancestors, so it

was, that his forces had taken Antiochus and Lysias, to bring

them unto him.

 

1Mac 7:3

Wherefore, when he knew it, he said, Let me not see their

faces.

 

1Mac 7:4

So his host slew them. Now when Demetrius was set upon the

throne of his kingdom,

 

1Mac 7:5

There came unto him all the wicked and ungodly men of Israel,

having Alcimus, who was desirous to be high priest, for their

captain:

 

1Mac 7:6

And they accused the people to the king, saying, Judas and

his brethren have slain all thy friends, and driven us out of

our own land.

 

1Mac 7:7

Now therefore send some man whom thou trustest, and let him

go and see what havock he hath made among us, and in the king's

land, and let him punish them with all them that aid them.

 

1Mac 7:8

Then the king chose Bacchides, a friend of the king, who

ruled beyond the flood, and was a great man in the kingdom, and

faithful to the king,

 

1Mac 7:9

And him he sent with that wicked Alcimus, whom he made high

priest, and commanded that he should take vengeance of the

children of Israel.

 

1Mac 7:10

So they departed, and came with a great power into the land

of Judea, where they sent messengers to Judas and his brethren

with peaceable words deceitfully.

 

1Mac 7:11

But they gave no heed to their words; for they saw that they

were come with a great power.

 

1Mac 7:12

Then did there assemble unto Alcimus and Bacchides a company

of scribes, to require justice.

 

1Mac 7:13

Now the Assideans were the first among the children of Israel

that sought peace of them:

 

1Mac 7:14

For said they, One that is a priest of the seed of Aaron is

come with this army, and he will do us no wrong.

 

1Mac 7:15

So he spake unto them, peaceably, and sware unto them,

saying, we will procure the harm neither of you nor your

friends.

 

1Mac 7:16

Whereupon they believed him: howbeit he took of them

threescore men, and slew them in one day, according to the words

which he wrote,

 

1Mac 7:17

The flesh of thy saints have they cast out, and their blood

have they shed round about Jerusalem, and there was none to bury

them.

 

1Mac 7:18

Wherefore the fear and dread of them fell upon all the

people, who said, There is neither truth nor righteousness in

them; for they have broken the covenant and oath that they made.

 

1Mac 7:19

After this, removed Bacchides from Jerusalem, and pitched his

tents in Bezeth, where he sent and took many of the men that had

forsaken him, and certain of the people also, and when he had

slain them, he cast them into the great pit.

 

1Mac 7:20

Then committed he the country to Alcimus, and left with him a

power to aid him: so Bacchides went to the king.

 

1Mac 7:21

But Alcimus contended for the high priesthood.

 

1Mac 7:22

And unto him resorted all such as troubled the people, who,

after they had gotten the land of Juda into their power, did

much hurt in Israel.

 

1Mac 7:23

Now when Judas saw all the mischief that Alcimus and his

company had done among the Israelites, even above the heathen,

 

1Mac 7:24

He went out into all the coasts of Judea round about, and

took vengeance of them that had revolted from him, so that they

durst no more go forth into the country.

 

1Mac 7:25

On the other side, when Alcimus saw that Judas and his

company had gotten the upper hand, and knew that he was not able

to abide their force, he went again to the king, and said all

the worst of them that he could.

 

1Mac 7:26

Then the king sent Nicanor, one of his honourable princes, a

man that bare deadly hate unto Israel, with commandment to

destroy the people.

 

1Mac 7:27

So Nicanor came to Jerusalem with a great force; and sent

unto Judas and his brethren deceitfully with friendly words,

saying,

 

1Mac 7:28

Let there be no battle between me and you; I will come with a

few men, that I may see you in peace.

 

1Mac 7:29

He came therefore to Judas, and they saluted one another

peaceably. Howbeit the enemies were prepared to take away Judas

by violence.

 

1Mac 7:30

Which thing after it was known to Judas, to wit, that he came

unto him with deceit, he was sore afraid of him, and would see

his face no more.

 

1Mac 7:31

Nicanor also, when he saw that his counsel was discovered,

went out to fight against Judas beside Capharsalama:

 

1Mac 7:32

Where there were slain of Nicanor's side about five thousand

men, and the rest fled into the city of David.

 

1Mac 7:33

After this went Nicanor up to mount Sion, and there came out

of the sanctuary certain of the priests and certain of the

elders of the people, to salute him peaceably, and to shew him

the burnt sacrifice that was offered for the king.

 

1Mac 7:34

But he mocked them, and laughed at them, and abused them

shamefully, and spake proudly,

 

1Mac 7:35

And sware in his wrath, saying, Unless Judas and his host be

now delivered into my hands, if ever I come again in safety, I

will burn up this house: and with that he went out in a great

rage.

 

1Mac 7:36

Then the priests entered in, and stood before the altar and

the temple, weeping, and saying,

 

1Mac 7:37

Thou, O Lord, didst choose this house to be called by thy

name, and to be a house of prayer and petition for thy people:

 

1Mac 7:38

Be avenged of this man and his host, and let them fall by the

sword: remember their blasphemies, and suffer them not to

continue any longer.

 

1Mac 7:39

So Nicanor went out of Jerusalem, and pitched his tents in

Bethhoron, where an host out of Syria met him.

 

1Mac 7:40

But Judas pitched in Adasa with three thousand men, and there

he prayed, saying,

 

1Mac 7:41

O Lord, when they that were sent from the king of the

Assyrians blasphemed, thine angel went out, and smote an hundred

fourscore and five thousand of them.

 

1Mac 7:42

Even so destroy thou this host before us this day, that the

rest may know that he hath spoken blasphemously against thy

sanctuary, and judge thou him according to his wickedness.

 

1Mac 7:43

So the thirteenth day of the month Adar the hosts joined

battle: but Nicanor's host was discomfited, and he himself was

first slain in the battle.

 

1Mac 7:44

Now when Nicanor's host saw that he was slain, they cast away

their weapons, and fled.

 

1Mac 7:45

Then they pursued after them a day's journey, from Adasa unto

Gazera, sounding an alarm after them with their trumpets.

 

1Mac 7:46

Whereupon they came forth out of all the towns of Judea round

about, and closed them in; so that they, turning back upon them

that pursued them, were all slain with the sword, and not one of

them was left.

 

1Mac 7:47

Afterwards they took the spoils, and the prey, and smote off

Nicanors head, and his right hand, which he stretched out so

proudly, and brought them away, and hanged them up toward

Jerusalem.

 

1Mac 7:48

For this cause the people rejoiced greatly, and they kept

that day a day of great gladness.

 

1Mac 7:49

Moreover they ordained to keep yearly this day, being the

thirteenth of Adar.

 

1Mac 7:50

Thus the land of Juda was in rest a little while.

 

1Mac 8:1

Now Judas had heard of the the Romans, that they were mighty

and valiant men, and such as would lovingly accept all that

joined themselves unto them, and make a league of amity with all

that came unto them;

 

1Mac 8:2

And that they were men of great valour. It was told him also

of their wars and noble acts which they had done among the

Galatians, and how they had conquered them, and brought them

under tribute;

 

1Mac 8:3

And what they had done in the country of Spain, for the

winning of the mines of the silver and gold which is there;

 

1Mac 8:4

And that by their policy and patience they had conquered all

the place, though it were very far from them; and the kings also

that came against them from the uttermost part of the earth,

till they had discomfited them, and given them a great

overthrow, so that the rest did give them tribute every year:

 

1Mac 8:5

Beside this, how they had discomfited in battle Philip, and

Perseus, king of the Citims, with others that lifted up

themselves against them, and had overcome them:

 

1Mac 8:6

How also Antiochus the great king of Asia, that came against

them in battle, having an hundred and twenty elephants, with

horsemen, and chariots, and a very great army, was discomfited

by them;

 

1Mac 8:7

And how they took him alive, and covenanted that he and such

as reigned after him should pay a great tribute, and give

hostages, and that which was agreed upon,

 

1Mac 8:8

And the country of India, and Media and Lydia and of the

goodliest countries, which they took of him, and gave to king

Eumenes:

 

1Mac 8:9

Moreover how the Grecians had determined to come and destroy

them;

 

1Mac 8:10

And that they, having knowledge thereof sent against them a

certain captain, and fighting with them slew many of them, and

carried away captives their wives and their children, and

spoiled them, and took possession of their lands, and pulled

down their strong holds, and brought them to be their servants

unto this day:

 

1Mac 8:11

It was told him besides, how they destroyed and brought under

their dominion all other kingdoms and isles that at any time

resisted them;

 

1Mac 8:12

But with their friends and such as relied upon them they kept

amity: and that they had conquered kingdoms both far and nigh,

insomuch as all that heard of their name were afraid of them:

 

1Mac 8:13

Also that, whom they would help to a kingdom, those reign;

and whom again they would, they displace: finally, that they

were greatly exalted:

 

1Mac 8:14

Yet for all this none of them wore a crown or was clothed in

purple, to be magnified thereby:

 

1Mac 8:15

Moreover how they had made for themselves a senate house,

wherein three hundred and twenty men sat in council daily,

consulting alway for the people, to the end they might be well

ordered:

 

1Mac 8:16

And that they committed their government to one man every

year, who ruled over all their country, and that all were

obedient to that one, and that there was neither envy nor

emmulation among them.

 

1Mac 8:17

In consideration of these things, Judas chose Eupolemus the

son of John, the son of Accos, and Jason the son of Eleazar, and

sent them to Rome, to make a league of amity and confederacy

with them,

 

1Mac 8:18

And to intreat them that they would take the yoke from them;

for they saw that the kingdom of the Grecians did oppress Israel

with servitude.

 

1Mac 8:19

They went therefore to Rome, which was a very great journey,

and came into the senate, where they spake and said.

 

1Mac 8:20

Judas Maccabeus with his brethren, and the people of the

Jews, have sent us unto you, to make a confederacy and peace

with you, and that we might be registered your confederates and

friends.

 

1Mac 8:21

So that matter pleased the Romans well.

 

1Mac 8:22

And this is the copy of the epistle which the senate wrote

back again in tables of brass, and sent to Jerusalem, that there

they might have by them a memorial of peace and confederacy:

 

1Mac 8:23

Good success be to the Romans, and to the people of the Jews,

by sea and by land for ever: the sword also and enemy be far

from them,

 

1Mac 8:24

If there come first any war upon the Romans or any of their

confederates throughout all their dominion,

 

1Mac 8:25

The people of the Jews shall help them, as the time shall be

appointed, with all their heart:

 

1Mac 8:26

Neither shall they give any thing unto them that make war

upon them, or aid them with victuals, weapons, money, or ships,

as it hath seemed good unto the Romans; but they shall keep

their covenants without taking any thing therefore.

 

1Mac 8:27

In the same manner also, if war come first upon the nation of

the Jews, the Romans shall help them with all their heart,

according as the time shall be appointed them:

 

1Mac 8:28

Neither shall victuals be given to them that take part

against them, or weapons, or money, or ships, as it hath seemed

good to the Romans; but they shall keep their covenants, and

that without deceit.

 

1Mac 8:29

According to these articles did the Romans make a covenant

with the people of the Jews.

 

1Mac 8:30

Howbeit if hereafter the one party or the other shall think

to meet to add or diminish any thing, they may do it at their

pleasures, and whatsoever they shall add or take away shall be

ratified.

 

1Mac 8:31

And as touching the evils that Demetrius doeth to the Jews,

we have written unto him, saying, Wherefore thou made thy yoke

heavy upon our friends and confederates the Jews?

 

1Mac 8:32

If therefore they complain any more against thee, we will do

them justice, and fight with thee by sea and by land.

 

1Mac 9:1

Furthermore, when Demetrius heard the Nicanor and his host

were slain in battle, he sent Bacchides and Alcimus into the

land of Judea the second time, and with them the chief strength

of his host:

 

1Mac 9:2

Who went forth by the way that leadeth to Galgala, and

pitched their tents before Masaloth, which is in Arbela, and

after they had won it, they slew much people.

 

1Mac 9:3

Also the first month of the hundred fifty and second year

they encamped before Jerusalem:

 

1Mac 9:4

From whence they removed, and went to Berea, with twenty

thousand footmen and two thousand horsemen.

 

1Mac 9:5

Now Judas had pitched his tents at Eleasa, and three thousand

chosen men with him:

 

1Mac 9:6

Who seeing the multitude of the other army to he so great

were sore afraid; whereupon many conveyed themselves out of the

host, insomuch as abode of them no more but eight hundred men.

 

1Mac 9:7

When Judas therefore saw that his host slipt away, and that

the battle pressed upon him, he was sore troubled in mind, and

much distressed, for that he had no time to gather them

together.

 

1Mac 9:8

Nevertheless unto them that remained he said, Let us arise

and go up against our enemies, if peradventure we may be able to

fight with them.

 

1Mac 9:9

But they dehorted him, saying, We shall never be able: let us

now rather save our lives, and hereafter we will return with our

brethren, and fight against them: for we are but few.

 

1Mac 9:10

Then Judas said, God forbid that I should do this thing, and

flee away from them: if our time be come, let us die manfully

for our brethren, and let us not stain our honour.

 

1Mac 9:11

With that the host of Bacchides removed out of their tents,

and stood over against them, their horsemen being divided into

two troops, and their slingers and archers going before the host

and they that marched in the foreward were all mighty men.

 

1Mac 9:12

As for Bacchides, he was in the right wing: so the host drew

near on the two parts, and sounded their trumpets.

 

1Mac 9:13

They also of Judas' side, even they sounded their trumpets

also, so that the earth shook at the noise of the armies, and

the battle continued from morning till night.

 

1Mac 9:14

Now when Judas perceived that Bacchides and the strength of

his army were on the right side, he took with him all the hardy

men,

 

1Mac 9:15

Who discomfited the right wing, and pursued them unto the

mount Azotus.

 

1Mac 9:16

But when they of the left wing saw that they of the right

wing were discomfited, they followed upon Judas and those that

were with him hard at the heels from behind:

 

1Mac 9:17

Whereupon there was a sore battle, insomuch as many were

slain on both parts.

 

1Mac 9:18

Judas also was killed, and the remnant fled.

 

1Mac 9:19

THen Jonathan and Simon took Judas their brother, and buried

him in the sepulchre of his fathers in Modin.

 

1Mac 9:20

Moreover they bewailed him, and all Israel made great

lamentation for him, and mourned many days, saying,

 

1Mac 9:21

How is the valiant man fallen, that delivered Israel!

 

1Mac 9:22

As for the other things concerning Judas and his wars, and

the noble acts which he did, and his greatness, they are not

written: for they were very many.

 

1Mac 9:23

Now after the death of Judas the wicked began to put forth

their heads in all the coasts of Israel, and there arose up all

such as wrought iniquity.

 

1Mac 9:24

In those days also was there a very great famine, by reason

whereof the country revolted, and went with them.

 

1Mac 9:25

Then Bacchides chose the wicked men, and made them lords of

the country.

 

1Mac 9:26

And they made enquiry and search for Judas' friends, and

brought them unto Bacchides, who took vengeance of them, and

used them despitefully.

 

1Mac 9:27

So was there a great affliction in Israel, the like whereof

was not since the time that a prophet was not seen among them.

 

1Mac 9:28

For this cause all Judas' friends came together, and said

unto Jonathan,

 

1Mac 9:29

Since thy brother Judas died, we have no man like him to go

forth against our enemies, and Bacchides, and against them of

our nation that are adversaries to us.

 

1Mac 9:30

Now therefore we have chosen thee this day to be our prince

and captain in his stead, that thou mayest fight our battles.

 

1Mac 9:31

Upon this Jonathan took the governance upon him at that time,

and rose up instead of his brother Judas.

 

1Mac 9:32

But when Bacchides gat knowledge thereof, he sought for to

slay him

 

1Mac 9:33

Then Jonathan, and Simon his brother, and all that were with

him, perceiving that, fled into the wilderness of Thecoe, and

pitched their tents by the water of the pool Asphar.

 

1Mac 9:34

Which when Bacchides understood, he came near to Jordan with

all his host upon the sabbath day.

 

1Mac 9:35

Now Jonathan had sent his brother John, a captain of the

people, to pray his friends the Nabathites, that they might

leave with them their carriage, which was much.

 

1Mac 9:36

But the children of Jambri came out of Medaba, and took John,

and all that he had, and went their way with it.

 

1Mac 9:37

After this came word to Jonathan and Simon his brother, that

the children of Jambri made a great marriage, and were bringing

the bride from Nadabatha with a great train, as being the

daughter of one of the great princes of Chanaan.

 

1Mac 9:38

Therefore they remembered John their brother, and went up,

and hid themselves under the covert of the mountain:

 

1Mac 9:39

Where they lifted up their eyes, and looked, and, behold,

there was much ado and great carriage: and the bridegroom came

forth, and his friends and brethren, to meet them with drums,

and instruments of musick, and many weapons.

 

1Mac 9:40

Then Jonathan and they that were with him rose up against

them from the place where they lay in ambush, and made a

slaughter of them in such sort, as many fell down dead, and the

remnant fled into the mountain, and they took all their spoils.

 

1Mac 9:41

Thus was the marriage turned into mourning, and the noise of

their melody into lamentation.

 

1Mac 9:42

So when they had avenged fully the blood of their brother,

they turned again to the marsh of Jordan.

 

1Mac 9:43

Now when Bacchides heard hereof, he came on the sabbath day

unto the banks of Jordan with a great power.

 

1Mac 9:44

Then Jonathan said to his company, Let us go up now and fight

for our lives, for it standeth not with us to day, as in time

past:

 

1Mac 9:45

For, behold, the battle is before us and behind us, and the

water of Jordan on this side and that side, the marsh likewise

and wood, neither is there place for us to turn aside.

 

1Mac 9:46

Wherefore cry ye now unto heaven, that ye may be delivered

from the hand of your enemies.

 

1Mac 9:47

With that they joined battle, and Jonathan stretched forth

his hand to smite Bacchides, but he turned back from him.

 

1Mac 9:48

Then Jonathan and they that were with him leapt into Jordan,

and swam over unto the other bank: howbeit the other passed not

over Jordan unto them.

 

1Mac 9:49

So there were slain of Bacchides' side that day about a

thousand men.

 

1Mac 9:50

Afterward returned Bacchides to Jerusalem and repaired the

strong cites in Judea; the fort in Jericho, and Emmaus, and

Bethhoron, and Bethel, and Thamnatha, Pharathoni, and Taphon,

these did he strengthen with high walls, with gates and with

bars.

 

1Mac 9:51

And in them he set a garrison, that they might work malice

upon Israel.

 

1Mac 9:52

He fortified also the city Bethsura, and Gazera, and the

tower, and put forces in them, and provision of victuals.

 

1Mac 9:53

Besides, he took the chief men's sons in the country for

hostages, and put them into the tower at Jerusalem to be kept.

 

1Mac 9:54

Moreover in the hundred fifty and third year, in the second

month, Alcimus commanded that the wall of the inner court of the

sanctuary should be pulled down; he pulled down also the works

of the prophets

 

1Mac 9:55

And as he began to pull down, even at that time was Alcimus

plagued, and his enterprizes hindered: for his mouth was

stopped, and he was taken with a palsy, so that he could no more

speak any thing, nor give order concerning his house.

 

1Mac 9:56

So Alcimus died at that time with great torment.

 

1Mac 9:57

Now when Bacchides saw that Alcimus was dead, he returned to

the king: whereupon the land of Judea was in rest two years.

 

1Mac 9:58

Then all the ungodly men held a council, saying, Behold,

Jonathan and his company are at ease, and dwell without care:

now therefore we will bring Bacchides hither, who shall take

them all in one night.

 

1Mac 9:59

So they went and consulted with him.

 

1Mac 9:60

Then removed he, and came with a great host, and sent letters

privily to his adherents in Judea, that they should take

Jonathan and those that were with him: howbeit they could not,

because their counsel was known unto them.

 

1Mac 9:61

Wherefore they took of the men of the country, that were

authors of that mischief, about fifty persons, and slew them.

 

1Mac 9:62

Afterward Jonathan, and Simon, and they that were with him,

got them away to Bethbasi, which is in the wilderness, and they

repaired the decays thereof, and made it strong.

 

1Mac 9:63

Which thing when Bacchides knew, he gathered together all his

host, and sent word to them that were of Judea.

 

1Mac 9:64

Then went he and laid siege against Bethbasi; and they fought

against it a long season and made engines of war.

 

1Mac 9:65

But Jonathan left his brother Simon in the city, and went

forth himself into the country, and with a certain number went

he forth.

 

1Mac 9:66

And he smote Odonarkes and his brethren, and the children of

Phasiron in their tent.

 

1Mac 9:67

And when he began to smite them, and came up with his forces,

Simon and his company went out of the city, and burned up the

engines of war,

 

1Mac 9:68

And fought against Bacchides, who was discomfited by them,

and they afflicted him sore: for his counsel and travail was in

vain.

 

1Mac 9:69

Wherefore he was very wroth at the wicked men that gave him

counsel to come into the country, inasmuch as he slew many of

them, and purposed to return into his own country.

 

1Mac 9:70

Whereof when Jonathan had knowledge, he sent ambassadors unto

him, to the end he should make peace with him, and deliver them

the prisoners.

 

1Mac 9:71

Which thing he accepted, and did according to his demands,

and sware unto him that he would never do him harm all the days

of his life.

 

1Mac 9:72

When therefore he had restored unto him the prisoners that he

had taken aforetime out of the land of Judea, he returned and

went his way into his own land, neither came he any more into

their borders.

 

1Mac 9:73

Thus the sword ceased from Israel: but Jonathan dwelt at

Machmas, and began to govern the people; and he destroyed the

ungodly men out of Israel.

 

1Mac 10:1

In the hundred and sixtieth year Alexander, the son of

Antiochus surnamed Epiphanes, went up and took Ptolemais: for

the people had received him, by means whereof he reigned there,

 

1Mac 10:2

Now when king Demetrius heard thereof, he gathered together

an exceeding great host, and went forth against him to fight.

 

1Mac 10:3

Moreover Demetrius sent letters unto Jonathan with loving

words, so as he magnified him.

 

1Mac 10:4

For said he, Let us first make peace with him, before he join

with Alexander against us:

 

1Mac 10:5

Else he will remember all the evils that we have done against

him, and against his brethren and his people.

 

1Mac 10:6

Wherefore he gave him authority to gather together an host,

and to provide weapons, that he might aid him in battle: he

commanded also that the hostages that were in the tower should

be delivered him.

 

1Mac 10:7

Then came Jonathan to Jerusalem, and read the letters in the

audience of all the people, and of them that were in the tower:

 

1Mac 10:8

Who were sore afraid, when they heard that the king had given

him authority to gather together an host.

 

1Mac 10:9

Whereupon they of the tower delivered their hostages unto

Jonathan, and he delivered them unto their parents.

 

1Mac 10:10

This done, Jonathan settled himself in Jerusalem, and began

to build and repair the city.

 

1Mac 10:11

And he commanded the workmen to build the walls and the mount

Sion and about with square stones for fortification; and they

did so.

 

1Mac 10:12

Then the strangers, that were in the fortresses which

Bacchides had built, fled away;

 

1Mac 10:13

Insomuch as every man left his place, and went into his own

country.

 

1Mac 10:14

Only at Bethsura certain of those that had forsaken the law

and the commandments remained still: for it was their place of

refuge.

 

1Mac 10:15

Now when king Alexander had heard what promises Demetrius had

sent unto Jonathan: when also it was told him of the battles and

noble acts which he and his brethren had done, and of the pains

that they had endured,

 

1Mac 10:16

He said, Shall we find such another man? now therefore we

will make him our friend and confederate.

 

1Mac 10:17

Upon this he wrote a letter, and sent it unto him, according

to these words, saying,

 

1Mac 10:18

King Alexander to his brother Jonathan sendeth greeting:

 

1Mac 10:19

We have heard of thee, that thou art a man of great power,

and meet to be our friend.

 

1Mac 10:20

Wherefore now this day we ordain thee to be the high priest

of thy nation, and to be called the king's friend; (and

therewithal he sent him a purple robe and a crown of gold:) and

require thee to take our part, and keep friendship with us.

 

1Mac 10:21

So in the seventh month of the hundred and sixtieth year, at

the feast of the tabernacles, Jonathan put on the holy robe, and

gathered together forces, and provided much armour.

 

1Mac 10:22

Whereof when Demetrius heard, he was very sorry, and said,

 

1Mac 10:23

What have we done, that Alexander hath prevented us in making

amity with the Jews to strengthen himself?

 

1Mac 10:24

I also will write unto them words of encouragement, and

promise them dignities and gifts, that I may have their aid.

 

1Mac 10:25

He sent unto them therefore to this effect: King Demetrius

unto the people of the Jews sendeth greeting:

 

1Mac 10:26

Whereas ye have kept covenants with us, and continued in our

friendship, not joining yourselves with our enemies, we have

heard hereof, and are glad.

 

1Mac 10:27

Wherefore now continue ye still to be faithful unto us, and

we will well recompense you for the things ye do in our behalf,

 

1Mac 10:28

And will grant you many immunities, and give you rewards.

 

1Mac 10:29

And now do I free you, and for your sake I release all the

Jews, from tributes, and from the customs of salt, and from

crown taxes,

 

1Mac 10:30

And from that which appertaineth unto me to receive for the

third part or the seed, and the half of the fruit of the trees,

I release it from this day forth, so that they shall not be

taken of the land of Judea, nor of the three governments which

are added thereunto out of the country of Samaria and Galilee,

from this day forth for evermore.

 

1Mac 10:31

Let Jerusalem also be holy and free, with the borders

thereof, both from tenths and tributes.

 

1Mac 10:32

And as for the tower which is at Jerusalem, I yield up

authority over it, and give the high priest, that he may set in

it such men as he shall choose to keep it.

 

1Mac 10:33

Moreover I freely set at liberty every one of the Jews, that

were carried captives out of the land of Judea into any part of

my kingdom, and I will that all my officers remit the tributes

even of their cattle.

 

1Mac 10:34

Furthermore I will that all the feasts, and sabbaths, and new

moons, and solemn days, and the three days before the feast, and

the three days after the feast shall be all of immunity and

freedom for all the Jews in my realm.

 

1Mac 10:35

Also no man shall have authority to meddle with or to molest

any of them in any matter.

 

1Mac 10:36

I will further, that there be enrolled among the king's

forces about thirty thousand men of the Jews, unto whom pay

shall be given, as belongeth to all king's forces.

 

1Mac 10:37

And of them some shall be placed in the king's strong holds,

of whom also some shall be set over the affairs of the kingdom,

which are of trust: and I will that their overseers and

governors be of themselves, and that they live after their own

laws, even as the king hath commanded in the land of Judea.

 

1Mac 10:38

And concerning the three governments that are added to Judea

from the country of Samaria, let them be joined with Judea, that

they may be reckoned to be under one, nor bound to obey other

authority than the high priest's.

 

1Mac 10:39

As for Ptolemais, and the land pertaining thereto, I give it

as a free gift to the sanctuary at Jerusalem for the necessary

expences of the sanctuary.

 

1Mac 10:40

Moreover I give every year fifteen thousand shekels of silver

out of the king's accounts from the places appertaining.

 

1Mac 10:41

And all the overplus, which the officers payed not in as in

former time, from henceforth shall be given toward the works of

the temple.

 

1Mac 10:42

And beside this, the five thousand shekels of silver, which

they took from the uses of the temple out of the accounts year

by year, even those things shall be released, because they

appertain to the priests that minister.

 

1Mac 10:43

And whosoever they be that flee unto the temple at Jerusalem,

or be within the liberties hereof, being indebted unto the king,

or for any other matter, let them be at liberty, and all that

they have in my realm.

 

1Mac 10:44

For the building also and repairing of the works of the

sanctuary expences shall be given of the king's accounts.

 

1Mac 10:45

Yea, and for the building of the walls of Jerusalem, and the

fortifying thereof round about, expences shall be given out of

the king's accounts, as also for the building of the walls in

Judea.

 

1Mac 10:46

Now when Jonathan and the people heard these words, they gave

no credit unto them, nor received them, because they remembered

the great evil that he had done in Israel; for he had afflicted

them very sore.

 

1Mac 10:47

But with Alexander they were well pleased, because he was the

first that entreated of true peace with them, and they were

confederate with him always.

 

1Mac 10:48

Then gathered king Alexander great forces, and camped over

against Demetrius.

 

1Mac 10:49

And after the two kings had joined battle, Demetrius' host

fled: but Alexander followed after him, and prevailed against

them.

 

1Mac 10:50

And he continued the battle very sore until the sun went

down: and that day was Demetrius slain.

 

1Mac 10:51

Afterward Alexander sent ambassadors to Ptolemee king of

Egypt with a message to this effect:

 

1Mac 10:52

Forasmuch as I am come again to my realm, and am set in the

throne of my progenitors, and have gotten the dominion, and

overthrown Demetrius, and recovered our country;

 

1Mac 10:53

For after I had joined battle with him, both he and his host

was discomfited by us, so that we sit in the throne of his

kingdom:

 

1Mac 10:54

Now therefore let us make a league of amity together, and

give me now thy daughter to wife: and I will be thy son in law,

and will give both thee and her as according to thy dignity.

 

1Mac 10:55

Then Ptolemee the king gave answer, saying, Happy be the day

wherein thou didst return into the land of thy fathers, and

satest in the throne of their kingdom.

 

1Mac 10:56

And now will I do to thee, as thou hast written: meet me

therefore at Ptolemais, that we may see one another; for I will

marry my daughter to thee according to thy desire.

 

1Mac 10:57

So Ptolemee went out of Egypt with his daughter Cleopatra,

and they came unto Ptolemais in the hundred threescore and

second year:

 

1Mac 10:58

Where king Alexander meeting him, he gave unto him his

daughter Cleopatra, and celebrated her marriage at Ptolemais

with great glory, as the manner of kings is.

 

1Mac 10:59

Now king Alexander had written unto Jonathan, that he should

come and meet him.

 

1Mac 10:60

Who thereupon went honourably to Ptolemais, where he met the

two kings, and gave them and their friends silver and gold, and

many presents, and found favour in their sight.

 

1Mac 10:61

At that time certain pestilent fellows of Israel, men of a

wicked life, assembled themselves against him, to accuse him:

but the king would not hear them.

 

1Mac 10:62

Yea more than that, the king commanded to take off his

garments, and clothe him in purple: and they did so.

 

1Mac 10:63

And he made him sit by himself, and said into his princes, Go

with him into the midst of the city, and make proclamation, that

no man complain against him of any matter, and that no man

trouble him for any manner of cause.

 

1Mac 10:64

Now when his accusers saw that he was honored according to

the proclamation, and clothed in purple, they fled all away.

 

1Mac 10:65

So the king honoured him, and wrote him among his chief

friends, and made him a duke, and partaker of his dominion.

 

1Mac 10:66

Afterward Jonathan returned to Jerusalem with peace and

gladness.

 

1Mac 10:67

Furthermore in the; hundred threescore and fifth year came

Demetrius son of Demetrius out of Crete into the land of his

fathers:

 

1Mac 10:68

Whereof when king Alexander heard tell, he was right sorry,

and returned into Antioch.

 

1Mac 10:69

Then Demetrius made Apollonius the governor of Celosyria his

general, who gathered together a great host, and camped in

Jamnia, and sent unto Jonathan the high priest, saying,

 

1Mac 10:70

Thou alone liftest up thyself against us, and I am laughed to

scorn for thy sake, and reproached: and why dost thou vaunt thy

power against us in the mountains?

 

1Mac 10:71

Now therefore, if thou trustest in thine own strength, come

down to us into the plain field, and there let us try the matter

together: for with me is the power of the cities.

 

1Mac 10:72

Ask and learn who I am, and the rest that take our part, and

they shall tell thee that thy foot is not able to to flight in

their own land.

 

1Mac 10:73

Wherefore now thou shalt not be able to abide the horsemen

and so great a power in the plain, where is neither stone nor

flint, nor place to flee unto.

 

1Mac 10:74

So when Jonathan heard these words of Apollonius, he was

moved in his mind, and choosing ten thousand men he went out of

Jerusalem, where Simon his brother met him for to help him.

 

1Mac 10:75

And he pitched his tents against Joppa: but; they of Joppa

shut him out of the city, because Apollonius had a garrison

there.

 

1Mac 10:76

Then Jonathan laid siege unto it: whereupon they of the city

let him in for fear: and so Jonathan won Joppa.

 

1Mac 10:77

Whereof when Apollonius heard, he took three thousand

horsemen, with a great host of footmen, and went to Azotus as

one that journeyed, and therewithal drew him forth into the

plain. because he had a great number of horsemen, in whom he put

his trust.

 

1Mac 10:78

Then Jonathan followed after him to Azotus, where the armies

joined battle.

 

1Mac 10:79

Now Apollonius had left a thousand horsemen in ambush.

 

1Mac 10:80

And Jonathan knew that there was an ambushment behind him;

for they had compassed in his host, and cast darts at the

people, from morning till evening.

 

1Mac 10:81

But the people stood still, as Jonathan had commanded them:

and so the enemies' horses were tired.

 

1Mac 10:82

Then brought Simon forth his host, and set them against the

footmen, (for the horsemen were spent) who were discomfited by

him, and fled.

 

1Mac 10:83

The horsemen also, being scattered in the field, fled to

Azotus, and went into Bethdagon, their idol's temple, for

safety.

 

1Mac 10:84

But Jonathan set fire on Azotus, and the cities round about

it, and took their spoils; and the temple of Dagon, with them

that were fled into it, he burned with fire.

 

1Mac 10:85

Thus there were burned and slain with the sword well nigh

eight thousand men.

 

1Mac 10:86

And from thence Jonathan removed his host, and camped against

Ascalon, where the men of the city came forth, and met him with

great pomp.

 

1Mac 10:87

After this returned Jonathan and his host unto Jerusalem,

having any spoils.

 

1Mac 10:88

Now when king ALexander heard these things, he honoured

Jonathan yet more.

 

1Mac 10:89

And sent him a buckle of gold, as the use is to be given to

such as are of the king's blood: he gave him also Accaron with

the borders thereof in possession.

 

1Mac 11:1

And the king of Egypt gathered together a great host, like

the sand that lieth upon the sea shore, and many ships, and went

about through deceit to get Alexander's kingdom, and join it to

his own.

 

1Mac 11:2

Whereupon he took his journey into Spain in peaceable manner,

so as they of the cities opened unto him, and met him: for king

Alexander had commanded them so to do, because he was his

brother in law.

 

1Mac 11:3

Now as Ptolemee entered into the cities, he set in every one

of them a garrison of soldiers to keep it.

 

1Mac 11:4

And when he came near to Azotus, they shewed him the temple

of Dagon that was burnt, and Azotus and the suburbs thereof that

were destroyed, and the bodies that were cast abroad and them

that he had burnt in the battle; for they had made heaps of them

by the way where he should pass.

 

1Mac 11:5

Also they told the king whatsoever Jonathan had done, to the

intent he might blame him: but the king held his peace.

 

1Mac 11:6

Then Jonathan met the king with great pomp at Joppa, where

they saluted one another, and lodged.

 

1Mac 11:7

Afterward Jonathan, when he had gone with the king to the

river called Eleutherus, returned again to Jerusalem.

 

1Mac 11:8

King Ptolemee therefore, having gotten the dominion of the

cities by the sea unto Seleucia upon the sea coast, imagined

wicked counsels against Alexander.

 

1Mac 11:9

Whereupon he sent ambasadors unto king Demetrius, saying,

Come, let us make a league betwixt us, and I will give thee my

daughter whom Alexander hath, and thou shalt reign in thy

father's kingdom:

 

1Mac 11:10

For I repent that I gave my daughter unto him, for he sought

to slay me.

 

1Mac 11:11

Thus did he slander him, because he was desirous of his

kingdom.

 

1Mac 11:12

Wherefore he took his daughter from him, and gave her to

Demetrius, and forsook Alexander, so that their hatred was

openly known.

 

1Mac 11:13

Then Ptolemee entered into Antioch, where he set two crowns

upon his head, the crown of Asia, and of Egypt.

 

1Mac 11:14

In the mean season was king Alexander in Cilicia, because

those that dwelt in those parts had revolted from him.

 

1Mac 11:15

But when Alexander heard of this, he came to war against him:

whereupon king Ptolemee brought forth his host, and met him with

a mighty power, and put him to flight.

 

1Mac 11:16

So Alexander fled into Arabia there to be defended; but king

Ptolemee was exalted:

 

1Mac 11:17

For Zabdiel the Arabian took off Alexander's head, and sent

it unto Ptolemee.

 

1Mac 11:18

King Ptolemee also died the third day after, and they that

were in the strong holds were slain one of another.

 

1Mac 11:19

By this means Demetrius reigned in the hundred threescore and

seventh year.

 

1Mac 11:20

At the same time Jonathan gathered together them that were in

Judea to take the tower that was in Jerusalem: and he made many

engines of war against it.

 

1Mac 11:21

Then came ungodly persons, who hated their own people, went

unto the king, and told him that Jonathan besieged the tower,

 

1Mac 11:22

Whereof when he heard, he was angry, and immediately

removing, he came to Ptolemais, and wrote unto Jonathan, that he

should not lay siege to the tower, but come and speak with him

at Ptolemais in great haste.

 

1Mac 11:23

Nevertheless Jonathan, when he heard this, commanded to

besiege it still: and he chose certain of the elders of Israel

and the priests, and put himself in peril;

 

1Mac 11:24

And took silver and gold, and raiment, and divers presents

besides, and went to Ptolemais unto the king, where he found

favour in his sight.

 

1Mac 11:25

And though certain ungodly men of the people had made

complaints against him,

 

1Mac 11:26

Yet the king entreated him as his predecessors had done

before, and promoted him in the sight of all his friends,

 

1Mac 11:27

And confirmed him in the high priesthood, and in all the

honours that he had before, and gave him preeminence among his

chief friends.

 

1Mac 11:28

Then Jonathan desired the king, that he would make Judea free

from tribute, as also the three governments, with the country of

Samaria; and he promised him three hundred talents.

 

1Mac 11:29

So the king consented, and wrote letters unto Jonathan of all

these things after this manner:

 

1Mac 11:30

King Demetrius unto his brother Jonathan, and unto the nation

of the Jews, sendeth greeting:

 

1Mac 11:31

We send you here a copy of the letter which we did write unto

our cousin Lasthenes concerning you, that ye might see it.

 

1Mac 11:32

King Demetrius unto his father Lasthenes sendeth greeting:

 

1Mac 11:33

We are determined to do good to the people of the Jews, who

are our friends, and keep covenants with us, because of their

good will toward us.

 

1Mac 11:34

Wherefore we have ratified unto them the borders of Judea,

with the three governments of Apherema and Lydda and Ramathem,

that are added unto Judea from the country of Samaria, and all

things appertaining unto them, for all such as do sacrifice in

Jerusalem, instead of the payments which the king received of

them yearly aforetime out of the fruits of the earth and of

trees.

 

1Mac 11:35

And as for other things that belong unto us, of the tithes

and customs pertaining unto us, as also the saltpits, and the

crown taxes, which are due unto us, we discharge them of them

all for their relief.

 

1Mac 11:36

And nothing hereof shall be revoked from this time forth for

ever.

 

1Mac 11:37

Now therefore see that thou make a copy of these things, and

let it be delivered unto Jonathan, and set upon the holy mount

in a conspicuous place.

 

1Mac 11:38

After this, when king Demetrius saw that the land was quiet

before him, and that no resistance was made against him, he sent

away all his forces, every one to his own place, except certain

bands of strangers, whom he had gathered from the isles of the

heathen: wherefore all the forces of his fathers hated him.

 

1Mac 11:39

Moreover there was one Tryphon, that had been of Alexander's

part afore, who, seeing that all the host murmured against

Demetrius, went to Simalcue the Arabian that brought up

Antiochus the young son of Alexander,

 

1Mac 11:40

And lay sore upon him to deliver him this young Antiochus,

that he might reign in his father's stead: he told him therefore

all that Demetrius had done, and how his men of war were at

enmity with him, and there he remained a long season.

 

1Mac 11:41

In the mean time Jonathan sent unto king Demetrius, that he

would cast those of the tower out of Jerusalem, and those also

in the fortresses: for they fought against Israel.

 

1Mac 11:42

So Demetrius sent unto Jonathan, saying, I will not only do

this for thee and thy people, but I will greatly honour thee and

thy nation, if opportunity serve.

 

1Mac 11:43

Now therefore thou shalt do well, if thou send me men to help

me; for all my forces are gone from me.

 

1Mac 11:44

Upon this Jonathan sent him three thousand strong men unto

Antioch: and when they came to the king, the king was very glad

of their coming.

 

1Mac 11:45

Howbeit they that were of the city gathered themselves

together into the midst of the city, to the number of an hundred

and twenty thousand men, and would have slain the king.

 

1Mac 11:46

Wherefore the king fled into the court, but they of the city

kept the passages of the city, and began to fight.

 

1Mac 11:47

Then the king called to the Jews for help, who came unto him

all at once, and dispersing themselves through the city slew

that day in the city to the number of an hundred thousand.

 

1Mac 11:48

Also they set fire on the city, and gat many spoils that day,

and delivered the king.

 

1Mac 11:49

So when they of the city saw that the Jews had got the city

as they would, their courage was abated: wherefore they made

supplication to the king, and cried, saying,

 

1Mac 11:50

Grant us peace, and let the Jews cease from assaulting us and

the city.

 

1Mac 11:51

With that they cast away their weapons, and made peace; and

the Jews were honoured in the sight of the king, and in the

sight of all that were in his realm; and they returned to

Jerusalem, having great spoils.

 

1Mac 11:52

So king Demetrius sat on the throne of his kingdom, and the

land was quiet before him.

 

1Mac 11:53

Nevertheless he dissembled in all that ever he spake, and

estranged himself from Jonathan, neither rewarded he him

according to the benefits which he had received of him, but

troubled him very sore.

 

1Mac 11:54

After this returned Tryphon, and with him the young child

Antiochus, who reigned, and was crowned.

 

1Mac 11:55

Then there gathered unto him all the men of war, whom

Demetrius had put away, and they fought against Demetrius, who

turned his back and fled.

 

1Mac 11:56

Moreover Tryphon took the elephants, and won Antioch.

 

1Mac 11:57

At that time young Antiochus wrote unto Jonathan, saying, I

confirm thee in the high priesthood, and appoint thee ruler over

the four governments, and to be one of the king's friends.

 

1Mac 11:58

Upon this he sent him golden vessels to be served in, and

gave him leave to drink in gold, and to be clothed in purple,

and to wear a golden buckle.

 

1Mac 11:59

His brother Simon also he made captain from the place called

The ladder of Tyrus unto the borders of Egypt.

 

1Mac 11:60

Then Jonathan went forth, and passed through the cities

beyond the water, and all the forces of Syria gathered

themselves unto him for to help him: and when he came to

Ascalon, they of the city met him honourably.

 

1Mac 11:61

From whence he went to Gaza, but they of Gaza shut him out;

wherefore he laid siege unto it, and burned the suburbs thereof

with fire, and spoiled them.

 

1Mac 11:62

Afterward, when they of Gaza made supplication unto Jonathan,

he made peace with them, and took the sons of their chief men

for hostages, and sent them to Jerusalem, and passed through the

country unto Damascus.

 

1Mac 11:63

Now when Jonathan heard that Demetrius' princes were come to

Cades, which is in Galilee, with a great power, purposing to

remove him out of the country,

 

1Mac 11:64

He went to meet them, and left Simon his brother in the

country.

 

1Mac 11:65

Then Simon encamped against Bethsura and fought against it a

long season, and shut it up:

 

1Mac 11:66

But they desired to have peace with him, which he granted

them, and then put them out from thence, and took the city, and

set a garrison in it.

 

1Mac 11:67

As for Jonathan and his host, they pitched at the water of

Gennesar, from whence betimes in the morning they gat them to

the plain of Nasor.

 

1Mac 11:68

And, behold, the host of strangers met them in the plain,

who, having laid men in ambush for him in the mountains, came

themselves over against him.

 

1Mac 11:69

So when they that lay in ambush rose out of their places and

joined battle, all that were of Jonathan's side fled;

 

1Mac 11:70

Insomuch as there was not one of them left, except Mattathias

the son of Absalom, and Judas the son of Calphi, the captains of

the host.

 

1Mac 11:71

Then Jonathan rent his clothes, and cast earth upon his head,

and prayed.

 

1Mac 11:72

Afterwards turning again to battle, he put them to flight,

and so they ran away.

 

1Mac 11:73

Now when his own men that were fled saw this, they turned

again unto him, and with him pursued them to Cades, even unto

their own tents, and there they camped.

 

1Mac 11:74

So there were slain of the heathen that day about three

thousand men: but Jonathan returned to Jerusalem.

 

1Mac 12:1

Now when Jonathan saw that time served him, he chose certain

men, and sent them to Rome, for to confirm and renew the

friendship that they had with them.

 

1Mac 12:2

He sent letters also to the Lacedemonians, and to other

places, for the same purpose.

 

1Mac 12:3

So they went unto Rome, and entered into the senate, and

said, Jonathan the high priest, and the people of the Jews, sent

us unto you, to the end ye should renew the friendship, which ye

had with them, and league, as in former time.

 

1Mac 12:4

Upon this the Romans gave them letters unto the governors of

every place that they should bring them into the land of Judea

peaceably.

 

1Mac 12:5

And this is the copy of the letters which Jonathan wrote to

the Lacedemonians:

 

1Mac 12:6

Jonathan the high priest, and the elders of the nation, and

the priests, and the other of the Jews, unto the Lacedemonians

their brethren send greeting:

 

1Mac 12:7

There were letters sent in times past unto Onias the high

priest from Darius, who reigned then among you, to signify that

ye are our brethren, as the copy here underwritten doth specify.

 

1Mac 12:8

At which time Onias entreated the ambassador that was sent

honourably, and received the letters, wherein declaration was

made of the league and friendship.

 

1Mac 12:9

Therefore we also, albeit we need none of these things, that

we have the holy books of scripture in our hands to comfort us,

 

1Mac 12:10

Have nevertheless attempted to send unto you for the renewing

of brotherhood and friendship, lest we should become strangers

unto you altogether: for there is a long time passed since ye

sent unto us.

 

1Mac 12:11

We therefore at all times without ceasing, both in our

feasts, and other convenient days, do remember you in the

sacrifices which we offer, and in our prayers, as reason is, and

as it becometh us to think upon our brethren:

 

1Mac 12:12

And we are right glad of your honour.

 

1Mac 12:13

As for ourselves, we have had great troubles and wars on

every side, forsomuch as the kings that are round about us have

fought against us.

 

1Mac 12:14

Howbeit we would not be troublesome unto you, nor to others

of our confederates and friends, in these wars:

 

1Mac 12:15

For we have help from heaven that succoureth us, so as we are

delivered from our enemies, and our enemies are brought under

foot.

 

1Mac 12:16

For this cause we chose Numenius the son of Antiochus, and

Antipater he son of Jason, and sent them unto the Romans, to

renew the amity that we had with them, and the former league.

 

1Mac 12:17

We commanded them also to go unto you, and to salute and to

deliver you our letters concerning the renewing of our

brotherhood.

 

1Mac 12:18

Wherefore now ye shall do well to give us an answer thereto.

 

1Mac 12:19

And this is the copy of the letters which Oniares sent.

 

1Mac 12:20

Areus king of the Lacedemonians to Onias the high priest,

greeting:

 

1Mac 12:21

It is found in writing, that the Lacedemonians and Jews are

brethren, and that they are of the stock of Abraham:

 

1Mac 12:22

Now therefore, since this is come to our knowledge, ye shall

do well to write unto us of your prosperity.

 

1Mac 12:23

We do write back again to you, that your cattle and goods are

our's, and our's are your's We do command therefore our

ambassadors to make report unto you on this wise.

 

1Mac 12:24

Now when Jonathan heard that Demebius' princes were come to

fight against him with a greater host than afore,

 

1Mac 12:25

He removed from Jerusalem, and met them in the land of

Amathis: for he gave them no respite to enter his country.

 

1Mac 12:26

He sent spies also unto their tents, who came again, and told

him that they were appointed to come upon them in the night

season.

 

1Mac 12:27

Wherefore so soon as the sun was down, Jonathan commanded his

men to watch, and to be in arms, that all the night long they

might be ready to fight: also he sent forth centinels round

about the host.

 

1Mac 12:28

But when the adversaries heard that Jonathan and his men were

ready for battle, they feared, and trembled in their hearts, and

they kindled fires in their camp.

 

1Mac 12:29

Howbeit Jonathan and his company knew it not till the

morning: for they saw the lights burning.

 

1Mac 12:30

Then Jonathan pursued after them, but overtook them not: for

they were gone over the river Eleutherus.

 

1Mac 12:31

Wherefore Jonathan turned to the Arabians, who were called

Zabadeans, and smote them, and took their spoils.

 

1Mac 12:32

And removing thence, he came to Damascus, and so passed

through all the country,

 

1Mac 12:33

Simon also went forth, and passed through the country unto

Ascalon, and the holds there adjoining, from whence he turned

aside to Joppa, and won it.

 

1Mac 12:34

For he had heard that they would deliver the hold unto them

that took Demetrius' part; wherefore he set a garrison there to

keep it.

 

1Mac 12:35

After this came Jonathan home again, and calling the elders

of the people together, he consulted with them about building

strong holds in Judea,

 

1Mac 12:36

And making the walls of Jerusalem higher, and raising a great

mount between the tower and the city, for to separate it from

the city, that so it might be alone, that men might neither sell

nor buy in it.

 

1Mac 12:37

Upon this they came together to build up the city, forasmuch

as part of the wall toward the brook on the east side was fallen

down, and they repaired that which was called Caphenatha.

 

1Mac 12:38

Simon also set up Adida in Sephela, and made it strong with

gates and bars.

 

1Mac 12:39

Now Tryphon went about to get the kingdom of Asia, and to

kill Antiochus the king, that he might set the crown upon his

own head.

 

1Mac 12:40

Howbeit he was afraid that Jonathan would not suffer him, and

that he would fight against him; wherefore he sought a way how

to take Jonathan, that he might kill him. So he removed, and

came to Bethsan.

 

1Mac 12:41

Then Jonathan went out to meet him with forty thousand men

chosen for the battle, and came to Bethsan.

 

1Mac 12:42

Now when Tryphon saw Jonathan came with so great a force, he

durst not stretch his hand against him;

 

1Mac 12:43

But received him honourably, and commended him unto all his

friends, and gave him gifts, and commanded his men of war to be

as obedient unto him, as to himself.

 

1Mac 12:44

Unto Jonathan also he said, Why hast thou brought all this

people to so great trouble, seeing there is no war betwixt us?

 

1Mac 12:45

Therefore send them now home again, and choose a few men to

wait on thee, and come thou with me to Ptolemais, for I will

give it thee, and the rest of the strong holds and forces, and

all that have any charge: as for me, I will return and depart:

for this is the cause of my coming.

 

1Mac 12:46

So Jonathan believing him did as he bade him, and sent away

his host, who went into the land of Judea.

 

1Mac 12:47

And with himself he retained but three thousand men, of whom

he sent two thousand into Galilee, and one thousand went with

him.

 

1Mac 12:48

Now as soon as Jonathan entered into Ptolemais, they of

Ptolemais shut the gates and took him, and all them that came

with him they slew with the sword.

 

1Mac 12:49

Then sent Tryphon an host of footmen and horsemen into

Galilee, and into the great plain, to destroy all Jonathan's

company.

 

1Mac 12:50

But when they knew that Jonathan and they that were with him

were taken and slain, they encouraged one another; and went

close together, prepared to fight.

 

1Mac 12:51

They therefore that followed upon them, perceiving that they

were ready to fight for their lives, turned back again.

 

1Mac 12:52

Whereupon they all came into the land of Judea peaceably, and

there they bewailed Jonathan, and them that were with him, and

they were sore afraid; wherefore all Israel made great

lamentation.

 

1Mac 12:53

Then all the heathen that were round about then sought to

destroy them: for said they, They have no captain, nor any to

help them: now therefore let us make war upon them, and take

away their memorial from among men.

 

1Mac 13:1

Now when Simon heard that Tryphon had gathered together a

great host to invade the land of Judea, and destroy it,

 

1Mac 13:2

And saw that the people was in great trembling and fear, he

went up to Jerusalem, and gathered the people together,

 

1Mac 13:3

And gave them exhortation, saying, Ye yourselves know what

great things I, and my brethren, and my father's house, have

done for the laws and the sanctuary, the battles also and

troubles which we have seen.

 

1Mac 13:4

By reason whereof all my brethren are slain for Israel's

sake, and I am left alone.

 

1Mac 13:5

Now therefore be it far from me, that I should spare mine own

life in any time of trouble: for I am no better than my

brethren.

 

1Mac 13:6

Doubtless I will avenge my nation, and the sanctuary, and our

wives, and our children: for all the heathen are gathered to

destroy us of very malice.

 

1Mac 13:7

Now as soon as the people heard these words, their spirit

revived.

 

1Mac 13:8

And they answered with a loud voice, saying, Thou shalt be

our leader instead of Judas and Jonathan thy brother.

 

1Mac 13:9

Fight thou our battles, and whatsoever, thou commandest us,

that will we do.

 

1Mac 13:10

So then he gathered together all the men of war, and made

haste to finish the walls of Jerusalem, and he fortified it

round about.

 

1Mac 13:11

Also he sent Jonathan the son of Absolom, and with him a

great power, to Joppa: who casting out them that were therein

remained there in it.

 

1Mac 13:12

So Tryphon removed from Ptolemaus with a great power to

invade the land of Judea, and Jonathan was with him in ward.

 

1Mac 13:13

But Simon pitched his tents at Adida, over against the plain.

 

1Mac 13:14

Now when Tryphon knew that Simon was risen up instead of his

brother Jonathan, and meant to join battle with him, he sent

messengers unto him, saying,

 

1Mac 13:15

Whereas we have Jonathan thy brother in hold, it is for money

that he is owing unto the king's treasure, concerning the

business that was committed unto him.

 

1Mac 13:16

Wherefore now send an hundred talents of silver, and two of

his sons for hostages, that when he is at liberty he may not

revolt from us, and we will let him go.

 

1Mac 13:17

Hereupon Simon, albeit he perceived that they spake

deceitfully unto him yet sent he the money and the children,

lest peradventure he should procure to himself great hatred of

the people:

 

1Mac 13:18

Who might have said, Because I sent him not the money and the

children, therefore is Jonathan dead.

 

1Mac 13:19

So he sent them the children and the hundred talents: howbeit

Tryphon dissembled neither would he let Jonathan go.

 

1Mac 13:20

And after this came Tryphon to invade the land, and destroy

it, going round about by the way that leadeth unto Adora: but

Simon and his host marched against him in every place,

wheresoever he went.

 

1Mac 13:21

Now they that were in the tower sent messengers unto Tryphon,

to the end that he should hasten his coming unto them by the

wilderness, and send them victuals.

 

1Mac 13:22

Wherefore Tryphon made ready all his horsemen to come that

night: but there fell a very great snow, by reason whereof he

came not. So he departed, and came into the country of Galaad.

 

1Mac 13:23

And when he came near to Bascama he slew Jonathan, who was

buried there.

 

1Mac 13:24

Afterward Tryphon returned and went into his own land.

 

1Mac 13:25

Then sent Simon, and took the bones of Jonathan his brother,

and buried them in Modin, the city of his fathers.

 

1Mac 13:26

And all Israel made great lamentation for him, and bewailed

him many days.

 

1Mac 13:27

Simon also built a monument upon the sepulchre of his father

and his brethren, and raised it aloft to the sight, with hewn

stone behind and before.

 

1Mac 13:28

Moreover he set up seven pyramids, one against another, for

his father, and his mother, and his four brethren.

 

1Mac 13:29

And in these he made cunning devices, about the which he set

great pillars, and upon the pillars he made all their armour for

a perpetual memory, and by the armour ships carved, that they

might be seen of all that sail on the sea.

 

1Mac 13:30

This is the sepulchre which he made at Modin, and it standeth

yet unto this day.

 

1Mac 13:31

Now Tryphon dealt deceitfully with the young king Antiochus,

and slew him.

 

1Mac 13:32

And he reigned in his stead, and crowned himself king of

Asia, and brought a great calamity upon the land.

 

1Mac 13:33

Then Simon built up the strong holds in Judea, and fenced

them about with high towers, and great walls, and gates, and

bars, and laid up victuals therein.

 

1Mac 13:34

Moreover Simon chose men, and sent to king Demetrius, to the

end he should give the land an immunity, because all that

Tryphon did was to spoil.

 

1Mac 13:35

Unto whom king Demetrius answered and wrote after this

manner:

 

1Mac 13:36

King Demetrius unto Simon the high priest, and friend of

kings, as also unto the elders and nation of the Jews, sendeth

greeting:

 

1Mac 13:37

The golden crown, and the scarlet robe, which ye sent unto

us, we have received: and we are ready to make a stedfast peace

with you, yea, and to write unto our officers, to confirm the

immunities which we have granted.

 

1Mac 13:38

And whatsoever covenants we have made with you shall stand;

and the strong holds, which ye have builded, shall be your own.

 

1Mac 13:39

As for any oversight or fault committed unto this day, we

forgive it, and the crown tax also, which ye owe us: and if

there were any other tribute paid in Jerusalem, it shall no more

be paid.

 

1Mac 13:40

And look who are meet among you to be in our court, let then

be enrolled, and let there be peace betwixt us.

 

1Mac 13:41

Thus the yoke of the heathen was taken away from Israel in

the hundred and seventieth year.

 

1Mac 13:42

Then the people of Israel began to write in their instruments

and contracts, In the first year of Simon the high priest, the

governor and leader of the Jews.

 

1Mac 13:43

In those days Simon camped against Gaza and besieged it round

about; he made also an engine of war, and set it by the city,

and battered a certain tower, and took it.

 

1Mac 13:44

And they that were in the engine leaped into the city;

whereupon there was a great uproar in the city:

 

1Mac 13:45

Insomuch as the people of the city rent their clothes, and

climbed upon the walls with their wives and children, and cried

with a loud voice, beseeching Simon to grant them peace.

 

1Mac 13:46

And they said, Deal not with us according to our wickedness,

but according to thy mercy.

 

1Mac 13:47

So Simon was appeased toward them, and fought no more against

them, but put them out of the city, and cleansed the houses

wherein the idols were, and so entered into it with songs and

thanksgiving.

 

1Mac 13:48

Yea, he put all uncleanness out of it, and placed such men

there as would keep the law, and made it stronger than it was

before, and built therein a dwellingplace for himself.

 

1Mac 13:49

They also of the tower in Jerusalem were kept so strait, that

they could neither come forth, nor go into the country, nor buy,

nor sell: wherefore they were in great distress for want of

victuals, and a great number of them perished through famine.

 

1Mac 13:50

Then cried they to Simon, beseeching him to be at one with

them: which thing he granted them; and when he had put them out

from thence, he cleansed the tower from pollutions:

 

1Mac 13:51

And entered into it the three and twentieth day of the second

month in the hundred seventy and first year, with thanksgiving,

and branches of palm trees, and with harps, and cymbals, and

with viols, and hymns, and songs: because there was destroyed a

great enemy out of Israel.

 

1Mac 13:52

He ordained also that that day should be kept every year with

gladness. Moreover the hill of the temple that was by the tower

he made stronger than it was, and there he dwelt himself with

his company.

 

1Mac 13:53

And when Simon saw that John his son was a valiant man, he

made him captain of all the hosts; and he dwelt in Gazera.

 

1Mac 14:1

Now in the hundred threescore and twelfth year king Demetrius

gathered his forces together, and went into Media to get him

help to fight against Tryphone.

 

1Mac 14:2

But when Arsaces, the king of Persia and Media, heard that

Demetrius was entered within his borders, he sent one of his

princes to take him alive:

 

1Mac 14:3

Who went and smote the host of Demetrius, and took him, and

brought him to Arsaces, by whom he was put in ward.

 

1Mac 14:4

As for the land of Judea, that was quiet all the days of

Simon; for he sought the good of his nation in such wise, as

that evermore his authority and honour pleased them well.

 

1Mac 14:5

And as he was honourable in all his acts, so in this, that he

took Joppa for an haven, and made an entrance to the isles of

the sea,

 

1Mac 14:6

And enlarged the bounds of his nation, and recovered the

country,

 

1Mac 14:7

And gathered together a great number of captives, and had the

dominion of Gazera, and Bethsura, and the tower, out of the

which he took all uncleaness, neither was there any that

resisted him.

 

1Mac 14:8

Then did they till their ground in peace, and the earth gave

her increase, and the trees of the field their fruit.

 

1Mac 14:9

The ancient men sat all in the streets, communing together of

good things, and the young men put on glorious and warlike

apparel.

 

1Mac 14:10

He provided victuals for the cities, and set in them all

manner of munition, so that his honourable name was renowned

unto the end of the world.

 

1Mac 14:11

He made peace in the land, and Israel rejoiced with great

joy:

 

1Mac 14:12

For every man sat under his vine and his fig tree, and there

was none to fray them:

 

1Mac 14:13

Neither was there any left in the land to fight against them:

yea, the kings themselves were overthrown in those days.

 

1Mac 14:14

Moreover he strengthened all those of his people that were

brought low: the law he searched out; and every contemner of the

law and wicked person he took away.

 

1Mac 14:15

He beautified the sanctuary, and multiplied vessels of the

temple.

 

1Mac 14:16