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Chap. XLVI.

Apocrypha - 22 With Isaac did he establish likewise | 14 Their sacrifices shall be wholly con{for Abraham his father's sake) the blessing | sumed every day twice continually. of all men, and the covenant,

15 Moses consecrated him, and anointed 23 And made it rest upon the head of Ja him with holy oil: this was appointed unto cob. He acknowledged him in his blessing, him by an everlasting covenant, and to his and gave him an heritage, and divided bis | seed, so long as the heavens should remain, portions; among the twelve tribes did he || chat they should minister unto him, and exepart them.

cute the office of the priesthood, and bless CHAP. XLV.

the people in his name. 1 Tbe praise of Moses, 6 of Aaron, 23 and of 16 He chose him out of all men living to Pbinees.

offer sacrifice to the Lord, incense, and a AND he brought out of him a merciful sweet savour, for a memorial, to make reconA man, which found favour in the sight || ciliation for his people. af all flesh, even Moses, beloved of God and 17 He gave unto him his commandments, men, whose memorial is blessed.

and authority in the statutes of judgments, 2 He made him like to the glorious saints, that he should teach Jacob the testimonies, and magnified him, so that his enemies stood and inform Israel in his laws. in fear of him.

18 Strangers conspired together against 3 By his words he caused the wonders to him, and maligned lim in the wilderness, even cease, and he made him glorious in the sight the men that were of Dathan's and Abiron's of kings, and gave him a commandment for side, and the congregation of Core, with fury his people, and shewed him part of his glory. and wrath.

4 He sanctified him in his faithfulness and 19 This the Lord saw, and it displeased meekness, and chose him out of all men. him, and in his wrathful indignation were

5 He made him to hear his voice, and they consumed : he did wonders upon them, brought him into the dark cloud, and gave to consume them with the fiery flame. him commandments before his face, even the 20 But he made Aaron more honourable, law of life and knowledge, that he inight and gave him an heritage, and divided unto teach Jacob his covenants, and Israel his him the first fruits of the increase; especially judgments.

he prepared bread in abundance : 6. He exalted Aaron, an holy man like 21 For they eat of the sacrifices of the unto him, even his brother, of the tribe of Lord, which he gave unto him and his seed. Levi.

22 Howbeit, in the land of the people he 7 An everlasting covenant he made with || had no inheritance, neither had he any porhim, and gave him the priesthood among the tion among the people: for the Lord himself people; he beautified him with comely orna- || is his portion and inheritance. ments, and clothed him with a robe of glory. 23 ( The third in glory is Phinees the son

8 He put upon him perfect glory; and of Eleazar, because he had zeal in the fear of strengthened him with rich garments, with the Lord, and stood up with good courage breeches, with a long robe, and the ephod. of heart when the people were turned back,

9 And he compassed him with pomegran and made reconciliation for Israel. ates, and with many golden bells round about, 24 Therefore was there a covenant of that as he went there might be a sound, and peace made with him, that he should be the a noise made that might be heard in the tem chief of the sanctuary and of his people, and ple, for a memorial to the children of his that he and his posterity should have the dig. people ;

nity of the priesthood for ever: 10 With an holy garment, with gold, and 25 According to the covenant made with blue silk, and purple, the work of the em David son of Jesse, of the tribe of Juda, that broiderer, with a breastplate of judgment, the inheritance of the king should be to his and with Urim and Thummim ;

posterity alone : so the inheritance of Aaron 11 With twisted scarlet, the work of the should also be unto his seed. cunning workman, with precious stones grav II 26 God give you wisdom in your heart to en like seals, and set in gold, the work of judge his people in righteousness, that their the jeweller, with a writing engraved for a good things be not abolished, and that their memorial, after the number of the tribes of glory may endure for ever. Israel.

CHAP. XLVI. 12 He set a crown of gold upon the mi I The praise of Yosbua, 9 of Celeb, 13 of Samuel. tre, wherein was engraved Holiness, an orna- || TESUS the son of Nave, was valiant in the ment of honour, a costly work, the desires of I wars, and was the successor of Moses in the eyes, goodly and beautiful.

prophecies, who according to his name was 13 Before him there were none such, nei- || made great for the saving of the elect of God, ther did ever any stranger put them on, but and taking vengeance of the enemies that rose only his children and his children's children up against them, that he might set Israel in perpetually.

their inheritance. .


Apocryped. 2 How great glory gat he, when he did | voice from the earth in prophecy, to blot ous lift up his hands, and stretched out his sword the wickedness of the people. against the cities!

CHAP. XLVII. 3 Who before him so stood to it ? for the | The praise of Natban, 2 of David, 12 of SelLord himself brought his enemies unto him. omon; bis glory and infirmities, &C. 4 Did not the sun go back by his means ?


ND after him rose up Nathan to proand was not one day as long as two ?

phesy in the time of David. 5 He called upon the most high Lord, 2 As is the fat taken away from the when the enemies pressed upon him on every peace offering, so was David chosen out of side; and the great Lord heard him.

the children of Israel. 6 And with hailstones of mighty power he 3 He played with lions as with kids, and made the battle to fall violently upon the na- with bears as with lambs. sions, and in the descent (of Bethhoron) he

4 Slew he not a giant, when he was yet destroyed them that resisted, that the nations but young? and did he not take away remight know all their strength, because he proach from the people, when he lifted up fought in the sight of the Lord, and he fol- his hand with the stone in the sling, and beat lowed the Mighty One.

down the boasting of Goliath? 7 In the time of Moses also he did 5 For he called upon the most high Lord : a work of mercy, he and Caleb the son of and he gave him strength in his right hand Jephunne, in that they withstood the con- to slay that mighty warrior, and set up the gregation, and withheld the people from sin, horn of his people. and appeased the wicked murmuring.

6 So the people honoured him with ten 8 And of six hundred thousand people on thousands, and praised him in the blessings of foot, they two were preserved to bring them the Lord, in that he gave him a crown of into the heritage, even unto the land that glory. floweth with milk and honey.

7 For he destroyed the enemies on every 9 The Lord gave strength also unto Ca- side, and brought to nought the Philistines leh, which remained with him unto his old his adversaries, and brake their horn in sunage: so that he entered upon the high places der unto this day. of the land, and his seed obtained it for an 8 In all his works he praised the Holy heritage :

One most high with words of glory; with 10 That all the children of Israel might his whole heart he sung songs, and loved him see that it is good to follow the Lord. that made him.

11 And concerning the judges, every one 9 He set singers also before the altar, that by name, whose heart went not a whoring, by their voices they might make sweet melnor departed from the Lord, let their mem- ody, and daily sing praises in their songs. ory be blessed :

10 He beautified their feasts, and set in or12 Let their bones flourish out of their der the solemn times until the end, that they place, and let the name of them that were might praise his holy name, and that the temhonoured be continued upon their children. ple might sound from morning.

13 Samuel, the prophet of the Lord, be- 11 The Lord took away his sins, and ex. loved of his Lord, established a kingdom, and alted his horn for ever : he gave him a cova anointed princes over his people.

enant of kings, and a throne of glory in Israel. 14 By the law of the Lord he judged the 12 & After him rose up a wise son, and congregation, and the Lord had respect unto for his sake he dwelt at large. Jacob.

13 Solomon reigned in a peaceable time, 15 By his faithfulness he was found a true and was honoured ; for God made all quiet prophet, and by his word he was known to round about him, that he might build an be faithful in vision.

house in his name, and prepare his sanctuary 16 He called upon the mighty Lord, when for ever. his enemies pressed upon him on every side, 14 How wise wast thou in thy youth, and, when he offered the sucking lamb.

as a flood, filled with understanding ! 17 And the Lord thundered from heaven, 15 Thy soul covered the whole earth, and and with a great noise made his voice to be thou filledst it with dark parables. heard.

16 Thy name went far into the island; 18 And he destroyed the rulers of the Ty- and for thy peace thou wast beloved. rians, and all the princes of the Philistines. 17 The countries marvelled at thee for thy

19 And before his long sleep he made songs, and proverbs, and parables, and inprotestations in the sight of the Lord and his terpretations. anointed, I have not taken any man's goods, 18 By the name of the Lord God, which so much as a shoe : and no man did accuse is called the Lurd God of Israel, thou didst him.

gather gold as tin, and didst multiply silver 20 And after his death he prophesied, and shewed the king his end, and lifted up his 19 Thou didst bow tlıý loins unto women,

as lead.

Cuap. XLIX.

Apocrypba. and by thy body thou wast brought into sub-1 13 No word could overcome him; and jection.

after his death his body prophesied. 20 Thou didst stain thy honour, and pol. 14 He did wonders in his life, and at his Jute thy seed : so that thou broughtest wrath | death were his works marvellous. upon thy children, and wast grieved for thy 5 For all this the people repented not, folly.

neither departed they from their sins, till 21 So the kingdom was divided, and out they were spoiled and carried out of their of Ephraim ruled a rebellious kingdom. land, and were scattered through all the earth:

22 But the Lord will never leave off his | yet there remained a small people, and a ruler mercy, neither shall any of his works peris), in the house of David : neither will he abolish the posterity of his 16 Of whom some did that which was elect, and the seed of him that loveth him he pleasing to God, and some multiplied sins. will not take away : wherefore he gave a 17 Ezekias fortified his city, and brought remnant unto Jacob, and out of him a root in water into the midst thereof: he digged unto David.

the hard rock with iron, and made wells for 23 Thus rested Solomon with his fathers, | waters. and of his seed be left behind him Roboam, 18 In his time Sennacherib came up, and even the foolishness of the people, and one sent Rabsaces, and lifted up his hand against that had no understanding, who turned away Sion, and boasted proudly. the people through his counsel. There was 19 Then trembled their hearts and hands, also Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who caused and they were in pain, as women in travail. Israel to sin, and shewed Ephraim the way 20 But they called upon the Lord which of sin :

is merciful, and stretched out their hands to24 And their sins were multiplied exceed ward him : and immediately the Holy One ingly, that they were driven out of the land. heard them out of heaven, and delivered them

25 For they sought out all wickedness, till by the ministry of Esay. the vengeance came upon them.

21 He smote the host of the Assyrians, CHAP. XLVIII.

and his angel destroyed them., 1 The praise of Elias, 12 of Eliseus, 17 and of 22 For Ezekias had done the thing that Ezekias.

pleased the Lord, and was strong in the ways THEN stood up Elias the prophet as fire, of David his father, as Esay the prophet, who 1 and his word burned like a lamp. was great and faithful in his vision, had com

2 He brought à sore famine upon them, manded him. and by his zeal he diminished their number. 23 In his time the sun went backward,

3 By the word of the Lord he shut up the and he lengthened the king's life. heaven, and also three times brought down 24 He saw by an excellent spirit what fire.

should come to pass at the last, and he com4 O Elias, how wast thou honoured in thy | | forted them that mourned in Sion. wonderous deeds! and who may glory like 25 He shewed what should come to pass unto thee!

for ever, and secret things or ever they came. 5 Who didst raise up a dead man from

CHAP. XLIX. death, and his soul from the place of the dead, 1 The praise of Fosias, 4 of David, and Ezekias, by the word of the Most High:

ll 6 of Jeremy, 8 of Ezekiel, 11 Zorobabel, &c. 6 Who broughtest kings to destruction, | THỂ remembrance of Josias is like the and honourable men from their bed :

1 composition of the perfume that is 7 Who beardest the rebuke of the Lord in made by the art of the apothecary : it is Sinai, and in Horeb the judgment of ven sweet as honey in all mouths, and as musick geance :

at a banquet of wine. 8 Who anointedst kings to take revenge, 2 He behaved himself uprightly in the and prophets to succeed after him :

conversion of the people, and took away the 9 Who wast taken up in a whirlwind of abominations of iniquity. fire, and in a chariot of fiery horses :

3 He directed his heart unto the Lord, and 10 Who wast ordained for reproofs in in the time of the ungodly he established the their times, to pacify the wrath of the Lord's worship of God. judgment, before it break forth into fury, 4 All, except David, and Ezekias, and and to turn the heart of the father unto the Josias, were defective : for they forsook the son, and to restore the tribes of Jacob. law of the Most High, even the kings of Juda

11 Blessed are they that saw thee, and slept failed. in love ; for we shall surely live.

5 Therefore he gave their power unto 12 9 Elias it was, who was covered with others, and their glory to a strange nation. a whirlwind : and Eliseus was filled with 6 G They burnt the chosen city of the his spirit: whilst he lived, he was not moved sanctuary, and made the streets desolate, ac. with the presence of any prince, neither could cording to the prophecy of Jeremias. any bring him into subjection.

! 7 For they entreated him evil, wlio never


Apocrypba. theless was a prophet, sanctified in his moth- 10 And as a fair olive tree budding forth er's womb, that he might root out, and af- fruit, and as a cypress tree which groweth up Aict, and destroy; and that he might build to the clouds. up also, and plant.

11 When he put on the robe of honour, 8 T It was Ezekiel who saw the glorious and was clothed with the perfection of glory, vision, which was shewed him upon the char- when he went up to the holy altar, he made iot of the cherubims.

the garment of holiness honourable. 9 For he made mention of the enemies 12 When he took the portions out of the under the figure of the rain, and directed them priests hands, he himself stood by the hearth that went right.

of the altar, compassed with his brethren 10 And of the twelve prophets let the round about, as a young cedar in Libanos; memorial be blessed, and let their bones and as palm trees compassed they him round flourish again out of their place : for they about. comforted Jacob, and delivered them by as- 13 So were all the sons of Aaron in their sured hope.

glory, and the oblations of the Lord in their 11 How shall we magnify Zorobabel ? hands, before all the congregation of Israel. even he was as a signet on the right hand : 14 And finishing the service at the altar,

12 So was Jesus the son of Josedec : who that he might adorn the offering of the most in their time builded the house, and set up high Almighty, an holy temple to the Lord, which was 15 He stretched out his hand to the cup, prepared for everlasting glory.

and poured of the blood of the grape, he 13 And among the elect was Neemias, poured out at the foot of the altar a sweet whose renown is great, who raised up for us | smelling savour unto the most high King of the walls that were fallen, and set up the gates all. and the bars, and raised up our ruins again. 16 Then shouted the sons of Aaron, and

14 But upon the earth was no man created || sounded the silver trumpets, and made a like Enoch ; for he was taken from the earth. great noise to be heard, for a remembrance

15 Neither was there a man born like unto | before the Most High. Joseph, a governor of his brethren, a stay of 17 Then all the people together hasted, the people, whose bones were regarded of and fell down to the earth upon their faces the Lord.

to worship their Lord God Almiglity, the 16 Sem and Seth were in great honour Most High. among men, and so was Adam above every 18 The singers also sang praises with living thing in the creation.

their voices, with great variety of sounds CHAP. L.

was there made sweet melody. 1 Of Simon tbe son of Onias. 22 How the peo- 19 And the people besought the Lord, the

ple were tanght to praise God, and pray. 27 Most High, by prayer before him that is The conclusion.

merciful, till the solemnity of the Lord was SIMO

IMON the high priest, the son of Onias, I ended, and they had finished his service.

who in his life repaired the house again, 20 Then he went down, and lifted up his and in his days fortified the temple :

hands over the whole congregation of the 2 And by him was built from the founda-children of Israel, to give the blessing of the tion the double height, the high fortress of Lord with his lips, and to rejoice in his name. the wall about the temple:

21 And they bowed themselves down to 3 In his days the cistern to receive water, worship the second time, that they might being in compass as the sea, was covered receive a blessing from the Most High. with plates of brass :

22 { Now therefore bless ye the God of 4 He took care of the temple that it should all, which only doeth wonderous things evenot fall, and fortified the city against be- ry where, which exalteth our days from the sieging :

womb, and dealeth with us according to his 5 How was he honoured in the midst of mercy. the people in his coming out of the sanctuary! 23 He grant us joyfulness of heart, and

6. He was as the morning star in the midst that peace may be in our days in Israel for of a cloud, and as the moon at the full :

7 As the sun shining upon the temple of 24 That he would confirm his mercy with the Most High, and as the rainbow giving us, and deliver us at his time! light in the bright clouds :

25 There be two manner of nations which 8 And as the flower of roses in the spring my heart abhorreth, and the third is no of the year, as lilies by the rivers of waters, | nation: and as the branches of the frankincense tree 26 They that sit upon the mountain of in the time of summer :

Samaria, and they that dwell among the 9 As fire and incense in the censer, and as Philistines, and that foolish people that dwell a vessel of beaten gold set with all manner in Sichem. of precious stones :

27 9 Jesus the son of Sirach of Jerusalem



Apocrypha. hath written in this book the instruction of || 12 For thou savedst me from destruction, understanding and knowledge, who out of || and deliveredst me from the evil time : his heart poured forth wisdom.

| therefore will I give thanks, and praise thee, 28 Blessed is he that shall be exercised in and bless thy name, O Lord. these things; and he that layeth them up in 13 When I was yet young, or ever I went his heart shall become wise.

abroad, I desired wisdom openly in my 29 For if he do them, he shall be strong prayer. to all things : for the light of the Lord lead 14 I prayed for her before the temple, eth him, who giveth wisdom to the godly and will seek her out even to the end. Blessed be the Lord for ever. Amen, Amen. 15 Even from the flower till the grape CHAP. LI.

was ripe hath my heart delighted in her : A prayer of Jesus the son of Siracb. my foot went the right way, from my youth I WILL thank thee, O Lord and King, and up sought I after her. 1 praise thee, O God my Saviour : I do 16 I bowed down mine ear a little, and give praise unto thy name :

received her, and gat much learning. 2 For thou art my defender and helper, ||

| 17 I profited therein, therefore will I asand hast preserved my body from destruc- || cribe the glory unto him that giveth me tion, and from the snare of the slanderous wisdom. tongue, and from the lips that forge lies, and 18 For I purposed to do after her, and hast been mine helper against mine adver earnestly I followed that which is good; so saries :

shall I not be confounded. 8 And hast delivered me, according to the | 19 My soul hath wrestled with her, and multitude of thy mercies and greatness of thy || in my doings I was exact: I stretched forth name, from the teeth of them that were rea- || my hands to the heaven above, and bewailed dy to devour me, and out of the hands of my ignorances of her. such as sought after my life, and from the I 20 I directed my soul unto her, and I manifold afflictions which I had ;

found her in pureness : I have had my heart 4 From the choking of fire on every side, ll joined with her from the beginning, thereand from the midst of the fire which I kindled | fore shall I not be forsaken. not;

21 My heart was troubled in seeking 5 From the depth of the belly of hell, || her : therefore have I gotten a good possesfrom an unclean tongue, and from lying sion. words.

22 The Lord hath given me a tongue for 6 By an accusation to the king from an || my reward, and I will praise him there with. unrighteous tongue my soul drew near even 23 Draw near unto me, ye unlearned, and unto death, my life was near to the hell be dwell in the house of learning. neath.

24 Wherefore are ye slow, and what say 7 They compassed me on every side, and ye of these things, seeing your souls are very there was no man to help me: I looked for thirsty ? the succour of men, but there was none. 25' I opened my mouth, and said, Buy her

8 Then thought I upon thy mercy, O for yourselves without money. Lord, and upon thy acts of old, how thou 26 Put your neck under the yoke, and let deliverest such as wait for thee, and savest your soul receive instruction : she is hard at them out of the hands of the enemies. hand to find.

9 Then lifted I up my supplication from the 27 Behold with your eyes, how that I earth, and prayed for deliverance from death. || have had but little labour, and have gotten

10 I called upon the Lord, the Father of unto me much rest. my Lord, that he would not leave me in the 28 Get learning with a great sum of mondays of my trouble, and in the time of the ey, and get much gold by her. proud, when there was no help

29 Let your soul rejoice in his mercy, 11 I will praise thy name continually, and and be not ashamed of his praise. will sing praise with thanksgiving; and so 30 Work your work betimes, and in his my prayer was heard :

Il time he will give you your reward.


ll of Asadias, the son of Chelcias, wrote in 1 Baruch wrote a book in Babylon : 7 the Jews | Babylon.

send money and the book to the brethren at 2. In the fifth year, and in the seventh day Yerusalem.

ll of the month, what time as the Chaldeans A ND these are the words of the book, took Jerusalem, and burnt it with fire. N1 which Baruch the son of Nerias, the 3 And Baruch did read the words of this son of Maasias, the son of Sedecias, the son book in the hearing of Jechonias the son of

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