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Apocrypha. AND it came to pass, while the lion 19 And whereas thou saweft the eight

spake these words unto the eagle, small under feathers sticking to her wings, I saw,

this is the interpretation : 2. And, behold, the hcad that remain 20 That in him all there arise eight ed and the four wings appeared no kings, wliofe times shall be but small, and more, and the two went unto it, and set their years fivist. themselves up to reign, and their king 21 And two of them shall perish, the dom was small, and full of uproar. middle time approaching : four shall be

3 And I saw, and, behold, they appear- kept until their end begin to approach : ed no more, and the whole body of the but two shall be kept unto the end. eagle was burnt, so that the earth ras 22 Aud whereas thou saweít three in great fear: thien awaked I out of the heads resting, this is the interpretation : trouble and trance of my mind, and from 23 In his last days shall the most Highi great fear, and said unto my spirit, raise up three kingdoms, and renew many

4 Lo, this hait thou done into ine, in things therein, and they shall have the that thou fearchest out the ways of the dominion of the earth, Higheft.

24 And of those that dwell therein, 5 Lo, yet am I weary in my mind, with much oppreslion, above all those and very weak in my spirit ; and little that were before them: therefore are strength is there in me, for the great fear they called the heads of the eagle. wherewith I am alrighted this night. 25 For these are they that shall ac

6 Therefore will I now befeech the complish his wickedness, and that shall Highesi, that he will comfort me unto finish his last end. the end.

26 And whereas thou fuwest that the 7 And I said, Lord that bearest rule, great head appeared no more, it fignifieth if I have found grace before thy fight, that one of them fhall die upon his bed, and if I am justified with thee before and yet with pain. many others, and r my prayer indeed 27 For the two that remain shall be be come up before thy face;

nain with the sword. 8 Comfort ine then, and Mew me thy 28 For the fuord of the one thall defervant the interpretation and plain dil-vour the other : but at the last shall be ference of this fearful vision, that thou fall through the fword himfelf. mayest perfectly comfort my foul.

29 And whereas thon fairelt two fes9 For thou hast judged me worthy to thers under the wings pasting cver the thew me the last times.

liead that is on the rigiit fide; 10 And he said unto me, This is the 30 It fignifieth that there are they, interpretation ofthe vision :

whom the Highest hath kept unto their II The eagle, li hich thou fawest come end : this is a finai kingilom and full up from the fea, is the kingdom which of trouble, as thou fureft. was seen in the vision of thy brother 31 And the lion, whom thou sarest rifDaniel.

ing up out of the wood, and roaring, and 12 But it was not expounded unto him, speaking to the eagle, and rebuking her therefure now I declare it unto thee. for her unrighteoufness with all the

13 Behold, the days will come, that words which thou hast heard ; there ihall rise up a kingdom upon earth, 32 This is the anointed, which the and it shall be feared above all the king- Highest hati kept for them and for doms that were before it.

their wickedness unto the end: he thall 14 In the fame shall twelve kings reign, reprure thein, and Mall upbraid them one after another:

with their cruelty: Is Whereof the fecond Mall begin to 33 For he thall fet them before him reign, and fall have more time than any alive in judgment, and shall rebuke of the twelve.

them, and correct them. 16 And this do the twelve wings lig 34 For the reit of my people shall he niiy, which thou fawest.

deliver with mercy, those that have been 17 As for the voice which thou heard- preserved upon my borders, and he Mall est speak, and that thou sawelt uot to go make them joyful until the coming of the out from the heads, but from the midst of cay of judgment, whereof I have spoken the body thereof,this is the interpretation: uníu thee from the beginning,

18 That after the time of that king 35 This is the dream that thou fawest, dom there shall arise great frivings, and and these are the interpretations. it fhall fand in peril of failing : never 36 Thou only haft been meet to know theless it shall not then fall, but ihall be this secret of the Highest. restored again to his beginning.

37 Therefore write all these things that

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Apocrypha. thou hast feen in a book, and hide them : tenance to look, all the things trembled

38 And teach them to the wise of the that were seen under him. people, whose hearts thou knoweft may 4 And whenfoever the voice went out comprehend and keep these secrets. of his mouth, all they bumed that heard

32 But wait thou here thyself yet his voice, like as the carth failcth when seven days more, that it inay be shewed it feeleth the fire. thee, whatsoever it pleaseth the Highest 5 And after this I behell, and, io, to declare unto thee. And with that he there was gathered together a multitude went lis way.

of men, out of number, from the four 40 And it came to pass, when all the winds of the heaven, to subdue the man people saw that the seven days were pait, that came out of the sea. and I not come again into the city, they 6 But I beheld, anci, lo, be had graved gathered them all together, from the himself a great mountain, and flew up least unto the greatest, and came unto upon it. me, and said,

7 But I would have seen the region 41 What have we offended thee? and or place wherecut the hill was graven, what evil have we done against thee, and I could not. that thou forsakest us, and filteit here in & And after this I belied, and,lo, allthey this place?

which were gathered together to subdue 42 For of all the prophets thou only art him were fore afraid, and yet durst fight. left us, as a cluster of the vintage, and as 9 And, lo, as he saw the violence of the a candle in a dark place, and as a haven multitude that came, he neither lifted up or ship preserved froin the tempek. his liand, nor held sword, nor any intru

43 Are not the evils which are come ment of war : to us fufiicient ?

10 But only I saw that he sent out 44 If thou shalt forsake us, how much of his mouth as it had been a blast of better had it been for us, if we also had fire, and out of his lips a flaming breath, been burned in the midst of Sion ? and out of his tongue he cast out sparks

45 For we are not better than they that and tempelts. died there. And they wept with a loud Il find they were all mixed together ; voice. Then answered I them, and said, the blaft of fire, the faming breath, and

46 Be of good comfort, О Ifrael; and the great tempest; and fell with violence be not heavy, thou house of Jacob: upon the niultitude which was prepared

47 For the Highest hath you in remem- to fight, and burned them up every one, lo brance, and the Mighty hath not for that upon a sudden of an innuinerable gotten you in temptation.

inultitude nothing was to be perceived, 48 As for me, I have not forsaken but only dur and fmell of smoke : when you, neither am I departed from you : I saw this I was afraid. but am come into this place, to pray 12 Aficrvard fawr I the same man for the defolation of Sion, and that I come down from the mo!intain, and call might seek mercy for the low eíiate of unto him another perceable multitude, your fanctuary.

13 And there came much people unto 49 And now go your way home every him, whereof some were glad, some were man, and after these days will I come forry, fome of them were bound, and

other fonie brought of them that were 50 So the people went their way into ofered; then as I fick through great. the city, like as I commanded them: fear, and I awaked, and said,

51 But I remained still in the field re 14 Thou hast fheved thy fervant those ven days, as the angel commanded ine; wonders from the beginning, and hast and did eat only in those days of the counted me worthy that thou fhouldest flowers of the field, and had my meat receive iny prayer : of the herbs.

15 Shew me now yet the interpretaCHAP. XHI.

tion of this drean, 1 He feeth in bis dream a man coming out of

26 For as I conceive in mine underthe sea. 2,5 The declaratio of bis dreari: standing, woe unto them that shall be left 54 he is praijed, and pronfort io jee more. in those days ! and much more woe unto

a dream by night : 57 For they that were not left were 2 And, lo, there arose a wind from the in heaviness. fea, that it moved all the waves thereof. 13 Now understand I the things that

3 And I beheld, and, lo, that man are laid up in the latter days, which hall waxed lrong with the thousands of happen unto them, and to those that are heaven : and when he turned his coun-left behind.

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Apocrypka. 19 Therefore are they come into great hered to all men, being prepared and perils, and many necefiities, like as there builded, like as thou sawest the hill graven dreains declare.

without hands. 20 Yet it is easier for him that is in 37 And this my Son shall rebuke the danger to come into these things, than wicked inventions of those nations, which to pass away as a cloud out of the world, for their wicked life are fallen into the and not to see the things that happen in tempest ; the last days. And he answered unto 38 And Mall lay before them their evil ille, and said,

thoughts, and the torments wherewith 21 The interpretation of the vision shall they thall begin to be tormented, which I fhew thee, and I will open unto thee are like unto a fame: and he shall destroy the thing that thou hast required.

them without labour by the law which 22. Whereas thou hast spoken of them is like unto fire. that are left behind, this is the inter 39 And whereas thou sawest that he pretation :

gathered another peaceable multitude 23. He that shall endure the peril in unto him; time ath kept himself: they that be

ten tribes, which fallen into danger are such as have works, were carried away prisoners out of their and faith toward the limighty.

own land in the time of Osea the king, 24 Enow this therefore, that they whom Salmanafar the king of Assyria led which be left behind are more blefled away captive, and he carried them over than they that be dead.

the waters, and so came they into ano25 9 This is the meaning of the vision : ther land. Whereas thou sawelt a man coming up 41 But they took this counsel among from the midst of the fea:

themselves, that they would leave the 26 The same is hewhom God the High- multitude of the heathen, and go forth est hath kept a great season, which by his into a further country, where never manown self shall deliver his creature : and he kind dwelt, shall order them that are left behind. 42 That they might there keep their

27. And whereas thou favelt, that out statutes, which they never kept in their of his mouth there came as a blast of own land. wind, and fire, and storm ;

43 And they entered into Euphrates 28 And that he held neither sword, by the narrow pallages of the river. nor any instrument of war, but that the 44 Tor the most High then shewed ruling in of him destroyed the whole figns for them, and held fill the flood, multitule that came to subdue him, this till they were passed over. is the interpretation :

45 For through that country there was 29 Behold, the days come, when the a great way to go; namely; of a year mont High will begin to deliver them that and a half; and the same region is called are upon the carth.

Arsareth, 30 And he ihall come to the astonish 46 Then dwelt they there until the ment of them that dwell on the earth. latter time; and now when they Mall

31 And one shall undertake to fight begin to come, against another, one city against another, 47 The Highest fhall stay the springs one place againit another, one people of the stream again, that they may go againit another, and one realm againit through: therefore fawest thou the mulanoth:r.

titude with peace. 32 And the time shall be when these 48 But those that be left behind of things thall come to pals, and the signs thy people are they that are found withMall happen which I thered thee before, in my berdlers. and then shall my Sun be declared, whom 49 Now when he destroyeth the multhou fawest as a mild atitinding:

titude of the nations that are gathered 33. And when all the people hear his togeiher, he shall defend his people that voice, every man thall in their own land remain. leave the battle they have one against 50 And then shall he fhew them great another.

wonders. 34 And an innumerable multitude Mall 51 Then said I, O Lord, that bearest be gathered together, as thou saivet them, rule, shew me this: Wherefore have I willing to come, and to overcome him feen the man coming up from the midst by fighting.

of the fea? 35 But he shall stand upon the top of 52 And he said unto me, Like as thou the mount Sion.

canst neither seek out nor know the 36 And Sion ihall come, and shall be things that are in the deep of the sea :

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Apocrypha. even to can no man upon the earth fee order, and reprove thy people, comfort my Son, or those that be with him, but such of them as be in trouble, and now in the day time.

renounce corruption, 53 This is the interpretation of the 14 Let go from thee mortal thoughts, dream which thou fawelt, and whereby cast away the burdens of man, put off thou only art here lightened.

now the weak nature, 54 S For thou balt forsaken thine own 15 And set aside the thoughts that are way, and applied thy diligence unto my molt heavy unto thee, and harte thee to law, and fought it.

flee from these times. 55 Thy lile haft thou ordered in wisdom, 16 For yet gruater evils than those and hast called understanding thy mother. which thou halt leen happen shall be

56 And therefore have I thewed thee done hereafter. the treasures of the Highest : after other 17 For look how much the world mall three days I will speak other things unto be weaker through age, so much the thee, and declare unto thee mighty and more fhall evils increase upon them that wondrous things.

dwell therein. 57 Then went I forth into the field, 18 For the truth is fed far away, and giving praise and thanks greatly unto leasing is hard at hand: for now hafteth the most High because of his wonders, the vilion to come, which thou hast seen. which he did in time;

19 Then answered I before thee, and 58 And because he governeth the same, raid, and such things as fall in their fearons : 20 Behold, Lord, I will go, as thou and there I fat three days.

haft commanded me, and reprove the CUAP. XIV.

people which are present: but they that i A voice out ofabijh cheth Efdras, 10 and ihall be born afterward, who shall admotellett him thet the world auaxeth old. nith them ? thus the world is fet in dark

ND it came to pass upon the third neis, and they that dwell therein are

day, I sat wider an oak, and, be- without light. hold, there cane a voice out of a buih 21 For thy law is burnt, therefore no over againft mc, indiaid, Efdras, Efdras. man knowcih the things that are done

2 Andi i laici, livre am 1, Lorci. And of thee, or the works that shall begin. I food up upon my feet.

22 But if I have found grace before 3 Then fud he untoine, In the bush i thel, fend the Holy Chofi into me, and did manitesiy reveal myteif unto Moles, I finall write all that hath been done in and talked wiih hin, when my people the world lince the beginning, which were served in Egypt:

written in thy law, that men may find 4 And litrithiin, and led my people thy path, and that they which will live in out of Egypt, and brought him up to the latter days may live, the mount of Sinai, where I held hiin by 23. And he answered me, saying, Go me a long scafon,

iliy way, gather the people together, and 5 and toid hin many wondrous things, fay unto them, that they seek thee not and thewed him the secrets of the times, for forty days. and the end; and commanded linn, 24 bút look thou prepare thee many laying

box trees, and take with thee Sarea, Da6 Tlicie words íhalt thou declare, and bria, Sclemia, Ecanus and Afiel, these there shalt thou hide,

five which are ready to write 1wiftly; g And now I say unto thee,

25 And come liither, and i thall light 8 That thou lay up in thy heart the 'a candle of understanding in thine signs that I have theived, and ihe dreams beari, which shall not be put out, tili that thou has feen, and the interpreta- the things be performed which thou shalt tions which ihou hafi heard :

begin to inité. 9 For thou fhalt be taken away from 26 And when thou hast done, fome all, and from henceforth thou thalt re- things thalt thou publish, and some things Pain with my Son, and with rich as befhalt thou shew fecretly to the wise: toHilsethte, until the times beended. morrow this hour shalt thou begin towrite.

109 For the world hath loli his youth, 27 Then went I forth, as he commandand the times begin to wax old.

ed, and gathered all the people together, II For the world is divided into tivelve and said, parts, and the ten parts of it are gone 28 litar these words, O Ifrael. already, and half of a tenth part :

29 Our fathers at the beginning were 12 And there remaineth that which is strangers in Egypt, from whence they aiter the half of the tenth part.

were delivered : 13 Now therefore fet thine house in 30 And received the law of life, which

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I This propiecy is certain. 5 God will take 31 The locale lani, even izeiand of

qenginil? ipon i he wicked. 28 sin hora Sion, parted among younict: fer your ri? l; 21;4011. fathering and ye yourselves, have done uil.

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BEHOLD, speak thou in the ears of my

people the words of prophecy, which which the Iliret commanded you. I will put in thy inouth, faith the Lord:

32. A:::!101inlich as he is a righteous 2 And cause them to be written in paji'et, be took from you in time the per: for they are faithful and true. thing inat he had given yoll.

3 Fear not the imaginations against 33. And now are ye here, and your thee, Ict not the incredulity of them brethren among yoll,

trouble thee, that speak against thee. 34 Therefore is so be that ye will sub 4 For all the unfaithful thall die in due your o in undenanding, and reform their unfaithfulnels. your hearts, ye Mhall be kept alive, and 5 Bchold, faith the Lord, I will bring aficr death

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plagues upon the crid ; the sword, fa35 For after death all the judgment minc, cleaih, and dieitruction. coine, when we hall live again : and 6 Bor wickedness hath exceedingly poltheu l'all the names of the righteous belluted the whole eath, and their burtful inuifell, and the works of the ungodly works are fulfilled. shall be declared.

7 Therefore faith the Lord, 36 Lcinoman therefore come unto me 3 I will hold 12y tongue no more as now, nor feck after me those lurty dars. touching their wickedness, which they

37 So I took the five men, as he com- profarely commit, neither will I sufier nandud ne, and we went into the ficld, them in those things, in which they and remained there.

uckeelly exercise themselves : behold, 38 And the nexî day, behold, a volcc, ihe innocent and righteous blood crieth called me, saying, Ifuras, open inyunto ill, and the souls of the just commouth, and drink that I give thee to plain continually. drink.

9. And therefore, fuith the Lord, I will 39 Then opered I my mouth, and, be- fucly avenge thuin, and receive unto me hold, hercachcine a full cup, which was fail the innocent blood from among them. full as it were with water, lut the colour 10 Behold, my people is led as a flock oi it was like fire.

io the slaughter: I will not suffer them 40 And I took it, and drank: and now to dwill in the land of Lgypt: when I haid drank of it, my heart it 11 But I will bring them with a mighty tered nuriethanding, and wiklon grew hand and a firetched out arm, and Imité in by !017, für my spirit firengthưied Lopi with plazlies, as beicre, and will my hierry

deliioy all the land thereof. 41 And my mouth 12 cmned, and 1 2 Egypt ihall mourn, and the founBut 10 TE

dation of it thall be fmitten with the **2 'Inc Ligler gave understanding un- plague and punishment that God shall to the live m«l,ind they rote tlie won bring upon it. derul vificos of the night that were toki, 13 They thit til the ground shall wfichili y}27W not: and they fit foriy moun: for their fied ihall jail through days, and they wrote in the day, and at the biafting and hail, an with a fearful ni, be th: y até bread.

Confulationi. 4. Asíur iris ! fpake in the day, and 14. Koe to the world and them that I hj?notir y longue by night.

cwel therein! 44 la inty days thcy wrote tivo hun 15 for the sword and their defiruction drech andraricoks.

draveti nig!, ani one people thall stand 45 Audite me to pass, when the forty up to fiqht against another, and fiords days veie inlfilled, that the Iligheit in their hands. fpaie, saying, The firit that thou haft 16 For there hall be fedition among written publin openly, that the worthy mchi, and invading one another; they and in werthy may read it :

shall not regard their kings nor princes, 46 Lut keep the seventy last, that thou and the courle of their actions Mall stand mayest deliver them only to fuch as be in their power. wise amor; the people :

17 A man thall desire to go into a city, 47 For in them is the spring of under and shall not be able. funding, the fountain of wisdom, and the 18 For because of their pride the cities stream of krovledye.

Mall be troubled, the houses shall be de48 And I did fo.

Atroyed, and men shall be afraid.

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