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Apocrygte the waste land that smoketh is a testimony, 4 When they were thirsty, they called upand plants bearing fruit that never come to on thee, and water was given them out of ripeness: and a standing pillar of salt is a | the fiinty rock, and their thirst was quenched monument of an unbelieving soul.
out of the hard stone. 8 For regarding not wisdom, they gat not 5 For by what things their enemies only this hurt, that they knew not the things were punished, by the same they in their which were good, but also left behind them need were benefited. to the world a memorial of their foolishness : 6 For instead of a fountain of a perpetual so that in the things wherein they offended | running river troubled with foul blood, they could not so much as be hid.
7 For a manifest reproof of that com. 9 But wisdom delivered from pain those mandment, whereby the infants were slain, that attended upon her.
thou gavest unto them abundance of water 10 ( When the righteous fled from his by a means which they hoped not for: brother's wrath, she guided him in right paths, 8 Declaring by that thirst then how thou shewed him the kingdom of God, and gave hadst punished their adversaries. him knowledge of holy things, made him 9 For when they were tried, albeit but in rich in his travels, and multiplied tbe fruit of mercy chastised, they knew how the ungodly his labours.
were judged in wrath and tormented, thirsta 11 In the covetousness of such as oppress- ing in another manner than the just. ed him she stood by him, and made him rich. i 10 For these thou didst admonish and try,
12 She defended him from his enemies, li as a father : but the other, as a severe king, and kept him safe from those that lay in thou didst condemn and punish. weight, and in a sore conflict she gave him 11 Whether they were absent or present, the victory; that he might know that godli- ! they were vexed alike. ness is stronger than all.
12 For a double grief came upon them, 13 When the righteous was sold, she || and a groaning for the remembrance of things forsook him not, but delivered him from sin : || past. she went down with him into the pit,
13 For when they heard by their owa 14 And left him not in bonds, till she punishments the other to be benefited, they bronight him the sceptre of the kingdom, and had some feeling of the Lord. power against those that oppressed him: as for 14 For whom they rejected with scorn, them that had accused him, she shewed them when he was long before thrown out at the to be liars, and gave him perpetual glory. casting forth of the infants, him in the end,
15 She delivered the righteous people and when they saw what came to pass, they adblameless seed from the nation that oppress- || mired. ed them.
15 But for the foolish devices of their 16 Slie entered into the soul of the ser- wickedness, wherewith being deceived they vant of the Lord, and withstood dreadful worshipped serpents void of reason, and vite kings in wonders and signs ;
beasts, thou didst send a multitude of un17 ( Rendered to the righteous a reward reasonable beasts upon them for vengeance ; of their labours, guided them in a marvel. 16 That they might know, that where lous way, and was unto them for a covert by | withal a man sinneth, by the same also shall day, and a light of stars in the night season ; | he be punished.
18 Brought thern through the Red sea, 17 For thy Almighty hand, that made the and led them through much water : | world of matter without form, wanted not
19 But she drowned their enemies, and means to send among them a multitude of east them up out of the bottom of the deep. bears, or fierce lions,
20 Therefore the righteous spoiled the 18 Or unknown wild beasts, full of rage, ungodly, and praised thy holy name, O Lord, newly created, breathing out either a fiery and magnified with one accord thine hand, vapour, or filthy scents of scattered smoke, or that fought for them.
shooting horrible sparkles out of their eyes : 21 For wisdom opened the mouth of the | 19 Whereof not only the harm might disdumb, and made the tongues of them that patch them at once, but also the terrible cannot speak eloquent.
sigbt utterly destroy them. CHAP. XI.
20 Yea, and without these might they have 5 The Egyptians were punished, and ibe Israel. fallen down with one blast, being persecuted ites reserved in the same thing.
of vengeance, and scattered abroad through SHE prospered their works in the hand of the breath of thy power : but thou hast or. the holy prophet.
dered all things in measure and number and 2 They went through the wilderness that weight. was not inhabited, and pitched tents in places | 21 For thou canst shew thy great strength where there lay no way.
at all times when thou wilt; and who may 3 They stood against their enemies, and withstand the power of thine arm? were avenged of their adversaries,
22 For the whole world before thee is as
Apocrypha a little grain of the balance, yea, as a drop of that carest for all, to whom thou mightest the morning dew that falleth down upon the shew that thy judgment is not unright. earth.
14 Neither shall king or tyrant be able to 23 But thou hast mercy upon all ; for thou || set his face against thee for any of whom canst do all things, and winkest at the sins of thou hast punished. men, because they should amend.
15 Forsomuch then as thou art righteous 24 For thou lovest all the things that are, thyself, thou orderest all things righteously : and abhorrest nothing which thou hast made: | thinking it not agreeable with thy power to for never wouldest thou have made any ching, condemn him that hath not deserved to be if thou hadst hated it.
punished. 25 And how could any thing have endur 16 For thy power is the beginning of ed, if it had not been thy will? or been pre- | righteousness, and because thou art the Lord served, if not called by thee?
of all, it maketh thee to be gracious unto all. 26 But thou sparest all : for they are 17 For when men will not believe that thine, O Lord, thou lover of souls.
thou art of a full power, thou shewest thy CHAP. XII.
strength, and among them that know it thou 2 God did not destroy those of Chanaan all at once : makest their boldness manifest.
12 if be bad done so, wbo could control bim ? 18 But thou, mastering thy power, judgest TOR thine incorruptible Spirit is in all with equity,and orderest us with great favour: I things.
for thou mayest use power when thou wilt. 2 g Therefore chastenest thou them by lit. 19 But by such works hast thou taught thy tle and little that offend, and warnest them people that the just man should be merciful, by putting them in remembrance wherein and hast made thy children to be of a good they have offended, that leaving their wick hope that thou givest repentance for sins. edness they may believe on thee, O Lord. 20 For if thou didst punish the enemies of
3 For it was thy will to destroy by the thy children, and the condemned to death, hands of our fathers both those old inhabitants with such deliberation, giving them time and of thy holy land,
|| place, whereby they might be delivered from 4 Whom thou hatedst for doing most odious their malice: works of witchcrafts, and wicked sacrifices; | 21 With how great circumspection didst
5 And also those merciless murderers of thou judge thine own sons, unto whose fa. children, and devourers of man's flesh, and thers thou hast sworn, and made covenants of the feasts of blood,
good promises ? 6 With their priests out of the midst of 22 Therefore, whereas thou dost chasten their idolatrous crew, and the parents,that kil us, thou scourgest our enemies a thousand led with their own hands souls destitute of || times more, to the intent that, when we judge help:
we should carefully think of thy goodness, 7 That the land, which thou esteemedst || and when we ourselves are judged, we should above all other, might receive a worthy colo look for mercy. ny of God's children.
23 Wherefore, whereas men have lived 8 Nevertheless, even those thou sparedst dissolutely and unrighteously, thou hast toras men, and did send wasps, forerunners of mented them with their own abominations. thine host, to destroy them by little and little. 24 For they went astray very far in the
9 Not that thou wast unable to bring ihe ways of error, and held them for gods, which ungodly under the hand of the righteous in even among the beasts of their enemies were battle, or to destroy them at once with cruel | despised, being deceived, as children of no beasts, or with one rough word :
understanding. 10 But executing thy judgments upon 25 Therefore unto them, as to children them by little and little, thou gavest them without the use of reason, thou didst send a place of repentance, not being ignorant that judgment to mock them, they were a naughty generation, and that 26 But they that would not be reforined their malice was bred in them, and that their by that correction, wherein he dallied with cogitation would never be changed. them, shall feel a judgment worthy of God.
11 For it was a cursed seed from the be 27 For, look, for what things they grudgginning ; neither didst thou for fear of any | ed, when they were punished, that is, for man give them pardon for those things them whom they thought to be gods ; [now! wherein they sinned.
being punished in them, when they saw it, 12 , For who shall say, what hast thou they acknowledged him to be the true God, done ? or who shall withstand thy judgment ? | whom before they denied to know ; and or who shall accuse thee for the nations that | therefore came extreme damnation upon them. perish, whom thou hast made ? or who shall
CHAP. XIII. come to stand against thee, to be revenged || | They were not excused that worshipped any of for.the unrighteous men ?
God's works : 10 but most wretched are ibey 13 for neither is there any God but thou that worship the works of men's bands.
WISDOM OF SOLOXOX
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CHAP. XIV. olent w2261, or the ight: 0; heaven, to be the 1 Isab sah est gran tsb str 5 goda wiich gorera the word.
3 Visth wage bal ither beag deezht-1 A GAN,ose preparing bose to pizod ed took them to be gods: let them ko n about to pesa throczi the ragaz*res, bow much better the Lord of them is : for caneth upon a piece of wood, sore rotia ibe first an:tor of lau!y hath created then than the vessel that carrieth to
4 But if they were astonished at their pow. I 2 For verily desire of gain derived tat, er ard virtue, let them understand by them, and the worlamen boil it by tis shall karw much bisghtier he is that made ther. 3 But thy provideace, O Father, goverde)
5 For by the greatness and beauty of the lit : for thou hast made 2 way in the sez, and creatures, proportionably the maker of them a safe path in the waves ; is seen).
4 Shewing that thou canst szre frore 21 6 but yet for this they are the less to be danger : yes, though a man went to sea withblamed : tor they peradventure err, seekicz out art. Cod, and desirous to find him.
5 ( Nevertheless thou wouldest pot that 7 For being conversant in his works, they the works of thy wisdom should be idle, and search bim diligently, and believe their sight: berefore do men commit their lives to a small became the things are beantiful that are seen. piece of wood, and passing the rough sea in
8 How bet, neither are they to be pardoped a weak vessel are saved.
9 for if they were able to know so much, 6 For in the old time also, when the prood that they could aim at the world ; how did giants perished, the hope of the world, gor. they not sooner find out the Lord thereof? crned by thy hand, escaped in a weak vessel,
io Bul miserable are they, and in dead and left to all ages a seed of generation. things is their hope, who called them gods, 7 For blessed is the wood whereby right. which are the works of men's hands, goldeousness cometh. and silver, to shew art in, and resemblances 8 But that which is made with hands is of beasts, or a stone good for nothing, the cursed, as well it, as he that made it : he, bework of an ancient hand.
cause he made it ; and it, because being cor11 Now a carpenter that felleth timber, || ruptible, it was called god. after he hath sawn down a tree meet for the 9 For the ungodly and his ungodliness are purpose, and taken off all the bark skilfully both alike hateful unto God. round about, and hath wrought it handsome 10 For that which is made shall be punly, and made a vessel thereof fit for the ser- ished together with him that made it. vice of man's life;
11 Therefore even upon the idols of the 12 And after spending the refuse of his Gentiles shall there be a visitation : because work to dress his meat, hath filled himself ; in the creature of God they are become an
13 And taking the very refuse among abomination, and stumbling blocks to the those which served to no use, being a crooked souls of men, and a spare to the feet of the piece of wood, and full of knots, hath carved | unwise. it diligently, when he had nothing else to do, 12 For the devising of idols was the beginand formed it by the skill of his understand- ning of spiritual fornication, and the invening, and fashioned it to the image of a man ; . tion of them the corruption of life.
14 Or made it like some vile beast, laying 1 13 For neither were they from the beginit over with vermilion, and with paint col- || ning, neither shall they be for ever. ouringit red,and covering every spot therein; 14 For by the vain glory of men they en
15 And when he had made a convenient tered into the world, and therefore shall they room for it, set it in a wall, and made it fast come shortly to an end. with iron :
15 For a father aillicted with untimely 16 For he provided for it that it might not mourning, when he hath made an image of fall, knowing that it was unable to help it. || his child soon taken away, now honoured him self; for it is an image, and hath need of help : || as a god, which was then a dead man, and de.
17 Then maketh he prayer for his goods, | livered to those that were under him ceremofor his wife and children, and is not ashamed nies and sacrifices. to speak to that which hath no life. . 16 Thus in process of time an ungodly
18 for health, he calleth upon that which custom grown strong was kept as a law, and is weak : for life, prayeth to that which is graven images were worshipped by the conn. dead : for aid, humbly beseecheth that wlicb | mandments of kings.
Apocrypha. 17 Whom men could not honour in presa i 2 For if we sin, we are thine, knowing thy ence, because they dwelt far off, they took | power : but we will not sin, knowing that the counterfeit of his visage from far, and we are counted thine. made an express image of a king whom they l 3 For to know thee is perfect righteous. honoured, to the end that by this their for ness : yea, to know thy power is the root of wardness they might flaiter him that was ab immortality. sent, as if he were present.
4 For neither did the mischievous inven18 Also the singular diligence of the ar tion of men deceive us, nor an image spotted tificer did help to set forward the ignorant with divers colours, the painter's fruitless lato more superstition.
bour ; 19 For he, peradventure willing to please 5 The sight whereof enticeth fools to lust one in authority, forced all his skill to make after it, and so they desire the form of a dead the resemblance of the best fashion.
| image, that hath no breath. 20 And so the multitude, allured by the 6 Both they that make them, they that degrace of the work, took him now for a god, sire them, and they that worship them, are which a little before was but honoured as a lovers of evil things, and are worthy to have man.
such things to trust upon. 21 And this was an occasion to deceive 1 7 & For the potter, tempering soft earth, the world: for men, serving either calamity || fashioneth every vessel with much labour for or tyranny, did ascribe unto stones and stocks | our service : yea, of the same clay he makech the incommunicable name.
both the vessels that serve for clean uses, and 22 Moreover, this was not enough for
r. this was not enough for || likewise also all such as serve to the contrary : them, that they crred in the knowledge of but what is the use of either sort, the potter God; but whereas they lived in the great himself is the judge, war of ignorance, those so great plagues 8 And employing his labours lewdly, he called they peace.
maketh a vain god of the same clay, even he 23 For whilst they slew their children in which a little before was made of earth himsacrifices, or used secret ceremonies, or made | self, and within a little while after returneth revellings of strange rites;
to the same, out of the which he was taken, 24 They kept neither lives nor marriages 1 when his life which was lent him shall be deany longer undefiled: but either one slew an- || manded. other traitorously,or grieved him by adultery. 9 Notwithstanding his care is, not that he
25 So that there reigned in all men with shall have much labour, nor that his life is out exception blood, manslaughter, theft, and short : but striveth to excel goldsmiths and dissimulation, corruption, unfaithfulness, tu- || silversmiths, and endeavoureth to do like the mults, perjury,
workers in brass, and counteth it his glory 26 Disquieting of good men, forgetfulness to make counterfeit things. of good turns, defiling of souls, changing of | 10 His heart is ashes, his hope is more vile kind, disorder in marriages, adultery, and than earth, and his life of less value than clay: shameless uncleanness.
11 Forasmuch as he knew not his Maker, 27 For the worshipping of idols not to and him that inspired into him an active soul, be named is the beginning, the cause, and the || and breathed in a living spirit. end, of all evil.
12 But they counted our life a pastime, 28 For either they are mad when they be ll and our time here a market for gain : for, say merry, or prophesy lies, or live unjustly, or they, We must be getting every way, though else lightly forswear themselves.
it be by evil means. 29 For insomuch as their trust is in idols 13 For this man, that of earthly matter which have no life; though they swear faise- || maketh brittle vessels and graven images, ly, yet they look not to be hurt.
knoweth himself to offend above all others. 30 Howbeit for both causes shall they be 14 ( And all the enemies of thy people, justly punished : both because they thought that hold them in subjection, are most foolish, not well of God, giving heed unto idols, and and are more miserable than very babes. also unjustly swore in deceit, despising holi- | 15 For they counted all the idols of the ness.
heathen to be gods : which neither have the 31 For it is not the power of them by use of eyes to see, nor noses to draw breath, whom they swear: but it is the just ven- | nor ears to hear, nor fingers of hands to hangeance of sinners, that punisheth always the dle; and as for their feet, they are slow to go. offence of the ungodly.
16 For man made them, and he that borCHAP. XV.
rowed his own spirit fashioned them: but 1 We do acknowledore the true God. 7 The folly no man can make a god like unto himself.
of idol makers, 14 and of the enemics of God's || 17 For being mortal, he worketh a dead people.
thing with wicked hands: for he himself is RUT thou. O God, art gracious and true, better than the things which he worshippeth:
D long suffering, and in mercy ordering whereas he lived once, but they never. all things.
Ajserspoż. 18 Yea, they worslipped those beasts also turneth not; neitier the soul received up come that are most hateful : for being compared leth again. together, some are worse than others.
15 But it is not possible to escape thine 19 Neither are they beautiful, so much as i land. to be desired in respect of beasts: but they 16 For the ungodly, that denied to know went without the praise of God and his bless- / thee, were scourged by the streagth of thine
arm : with strange rains, hails, and slowers, CHAP. XVI.
were they persecuted, that they could not 2 God gave stronge mest to bis people, to stir | avoid, and through fire were they consumed.
up their appetite, and vile beasts to their enemies, 17 For, which is most to be wondered at, to take it from tbem : 5 be stung them witb the fire had more force in the water, that bis serpents, c.
quencheih all things : for the world fighteth THEREFORE by the like were they pun. for the righteous.
1 ished worthily, and by the multitude of 18 For sometime the flame was mitigated, beasts tormented.
that it might not burn up the beasts that were 2 Instead of which punishment, dealing sent against the ungodly ; but themselves graciously with thine own people, thou pre- might see and perceive that they were perse paredst for them meat of a strange taste, even cuted with the judgment of God. quails to stir up their appetite:
19 And at another time it burneth even in 3 To the end that they desiring food, the midst of water above the power of fire, might for the ugly sight of the beasts sent that it might destroy the fruits of an unjust among them loathe even that, which they land. must needs desire ; but these, suffering penury i 20 Instead whereof thou feddest thine owa for a short space, might be made partakers people with angels' food, and didst send them of a strange taste.
from heaven bread prepared without their 4 For it was requisite, that upon them ex. labour, able to content every man's deligiit, crcising tyranny should come penury, which and agreeing to every taste. they could not avoid : but to these it should 21 For thy sustenance declared thy sweet. only be shewed how their enemies were tor ness unto thy children, and serving to the apmented
petite of the eater, tempered itself to every 5 for when the horrible fierceness of beasts || man's liking. came upon these, and they perished with the 22 But snow and ice endured the fire, and stings of crooked serpents, thy wrath endur- | melted not, that they might know that fire ed not for ever :
burning in the hail, and sparkling in the rain, 6 But they were troubled for a small sea. || did destroy the fruits of the enemies. son, that they might be admonished, having || 23 But this again did even forget his own a sign of salvation, to put them in remem- strength, that the righteous might be nour. brance of the commandment of thy law. ished.
7 For he that turned himself toward it 24 For the creature that serveth thee, who was not saved by the thing that he saw, but || art the Maker, increaseth his strength against by thee, that art the Saviour of all.
the unrighteous for their punishment, and 8 And in this thou madest thine enemies abateth his strength for the benefit of such confess, that it is thou who deliverest from all as put their trust in thee. evil :
25 Therefore even then was it altered in9 For them the bitings of grasshoppers and to all fashions, and was obedient to thy grace, flies killed, neither was there found any rem- || that nourisheth all things, according to the edy for their life : for they were worthy to desire of them that had need : be punished by such.
26 That thy children, O Lord, whom 10 But thy sons not the very teeth of ven- | thou lovest, might know, that it is not the omous dragons overcame : for thy mercy growing of fruits that nourisheth man : but was ever by them, and healed them.
that it is thy word, which preserveth them 11 For they were pricked, that they should that put their trust in thee. remember thy words: and were quickly sav. 27 For that wbich was not destroyed of ed, that not falling into deep forgetfulness, the fire, being warned with a little sun beain, they might be continually mindful of thy soon melted away : goodness.
28 That it might be known, that we must 12 For it was neither herb, nor mollifying prevent the sun to give thee thanks, and at plaster that restored them to health : but thy the day-spring pray unto thee. . word, O Lord, which healeth all things.
29 For the hope of the unthankful shall 13 For thou hast power of life and death: | melt away as the winter's hoar frost, and thou leadest to the gates of hell, and bringest || shall run away as unprofitable water. up again.
CHAP. XVII. 14 A man indeed killeth through his mal- | 1 W by the Egyptians were punished with dark ise : and the spirit, when it is gone forth, re n ess, 11 The terrors of an ill conscience.