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Apocrypha.
Chap. ik.

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E answered me then, and said, Meadrawn nigh unto thee, and unto it, but and when thou seest part of the signs past, never to the unrighteous.

which I have told thee before, 48 In this also thou art marvellous be 2 Then shalt thou understand, that it fore the most High :

is the very same time, wherein the 49 In that thou hast humbled thyself, Highest will begin to visit the world as it becometh thee, and hast not judged which he made. thyself worthy to be much glorified a 3 Therefore when there Mall be seen mong the righteous.

earthquakes and uproars of the people 50 For many great miseries shall be in the world ; done to them that in the latter time 4 Then shalt thou well understand, thall dwell in the world, because they that the most High (pake of those things have walked in great pride.

from the days that were before thee, 51 But understand thou for thyself, even from the beginning. and seck out the glory for such as be like 5 For like as all that is made in the thee.

world hath a beginning and an end, and 52 For unto you is paradise opened, the end is manisest : the tree of life is planted, the time to 6 Even so the times also of the Highest come is prepared, plentcouiness is made have plain beginnings in wonders and ready, a city is builded, and rest is al- powerful works, and endings in effects lowed, yea, perfect goodness and wisdom. and signs.

53 The root of evil is fealed up from 17 And every one that Niall be saved, you, weakness and the moth is hid from and shall be able to escape by his works, you, and corruption is fled into hell to and by faith, whereby ye have believed, be forgotten :

8 Shall be preserved from the faid pe54 Sorrows are passed, and in the end is rils, and shall see my salvation in my Thewed the treasure of immortality. land, and within my borders : for i

55 And therefore ask thou no more have sanctified them for me from the questions concerning the multitude of beginning. them that perish.

9 Then Mall they be in pitiful case, 56 For when they had taken liberty, which now have abused my ways: and they despised the most High, thought they that have cast them away despitescorn of his law, and forsook his ways. fully shall dwell in torments.

57. Moreover they have trodden down jo For such as in their life have received bis righteous,

benefits, and have not known me ; 58. And said in their heart, that there 11 And they that have lothed my is no God ; yea, and that knowing they law, while they had yet liberty, and, muli die.

when as yet place of repentance was 59.

For as these things aforesaid Mall open unto them, understood not, but receive you, so thirst and pain are pre- despised it ; pared for them : for it was not his will 12 The same must know it after death that men should come to nought : by pain.

60 But they which be created have 13 And therefore be thou not curious defiled the name of him that made how the ungodly Mall be punished, and thein, and were uthankful unto him when : but enquire how the righteous which prepared life for them.

shall be saved, whole the world is, and 61 And therefore is my judgment now for whom the worid is created. at band.

14 Then answered I and said, 62 These things have I not Mewed unto 15 I have said before, and now do all men, but unto thee, and a few like speak, and will speak it also hereafthee. Then answered I and said,

ter, that there be many more of them 63 Behold, O Lord, now hast thou which perish, than of inent which shall thewed me the multitude of the wonders, be saved : which thou wilt begin to do in the last 16 Like as a wave is greater than a times : but at what time, thou hast not drop. Dhewed me.

17 And he answered me, saying, Like CHAP. IX.

as the field is, fo is also the feed ; as the 7 Who Mall be saved and who not. 19 A11 Aowers be, such are the colours also ;

the world is now corrupted : 33 He con- such as the workman is, fuch also is the plainet), that those perish, zuhich keep God's work: and as the husbandman is himlaw: 31 And seeth a woman lamenting self, so is his husbandry alfo : for it was in a field.

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Apocryphoto 18 And now when I prepared the a fhip, or any vefsel meat or drink, thats world, which was not yet made, even that being perished wherein it was fown, for them to dwell in that now live, no or cast into, man spake against me.

35. That thing also which was sown, 19 For then every one obeyed : but or cast therein, or received, doth perish, now the manners of them which are and remaineth not with us : but with us created in this world that is made are, it hath not happened so. corrupted by a perpetual feed, and by 36 For we that have received the law a law which is unfearchable rid them- perished by fin, and our heart also which felves.

received it. 20 So I considered the world, and be 37. Notwithstanding the law perisheth hold, there was peril because of the de- not, but remaineth in his force. vices that was come into it.

38 | And when I spake these things 21 And I faw, and spared it greatly, in my heart, I looked back with minë and have kept me a grape of the cluster, eyes, and upon the right side I saw a woand a plant of a great people.

man, and, behold, the mourned and irept 22 Let the multitude perish then, which with a loud voice, and was much grieved was born in vain ; and let my grape be in heart, and her clothes were rent, and kept, and my plant ; for with great la- tie had ashes upon lier head. bour have I made it perfect.

39 Then let I my thoughts go that I 23 Nevertheless, if thou wilt cease yet was in, and turned me unto her, seven days more, (but thou thalt not fast 40 And said unto her, Wherefore in them,

weepest thou? why art thou so grieved 24 But go into a field of powers, in thyrnind ? where no house is builded, and eat only 41° And she said unto me, Sir, let me the lowers of the field ; taste no feth, alone, that I may bewail myself, and add drink no wine, but eat fowers only ;) unto my forrow, for I am sore vexed in

25 And pray unto the Highest conti- my mind, and brought very low. nually, then will I come and talk with 42 And I said unto her, What aileth thee.

thee? tell me. 26 So I went my way into the field 43. She faid unto me, I thy servant which is called Ardath, like as lie com- have been barren, and had no child, manded ne ; and there I fit among though I had an husband thirty years. the fowers, and did eat of the herbs of 44 And those thirty years I did nothing the field, and the meat of the fame fatis- elfe day and night, and every hour, but fieri ne.

make my prayer to the Highest. 27 After seven days I sat upon the 45 After thirty years God heard me graís, and my heart was vexed within thine handmaid, looked upon my misery, me, like as before :

coniidered ny trouble, and gave me a 28. And I opened my mouth, and be- fon : and I was very glad of liim, fo was şan to talk before the moft ligh, and my huband also, and all my neighbours : faid,

and we gave great honour unto the 29 O Lord, thou that therest thyself | Almighty: unto us, thou walt Thewed into our fa 46 And I nourished him with great thers in the wilderness, in a place where travail. no man treadetli, in a barren place, when 47 So when he grew up, and came to they came out of Egypt.

the time that he should have a wife, I zo And thou fpakeft, faying, Hear me, made a feast. Israel; and mark my words, thou feed

CHAP. X. of Jacob. 31 For, behold, I fow

6 He comforteth the cuoman in the field : law in

my yoll, and it shall bring fruit in you, and ye

27. The vanisheth away, and a city apIhall be honoured in it for ever.

peareth in her place. 40 The angel decla32. But our fathers, which received reth these visions in the field. the law, kept it not, and obferved not

A the ordinances : and though the fruit

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ND it so came to pass, that when

my son was entered into his wedof thy law did not perish, neither could ding chamber, he fell down, and died. it, for it was thine ;

2 Then we all overthrew the lights, 33 | Yet they that received it perished, and all my neighbours rose up to comfort because they kept not the thing that was me : so I took my reie unto the second sown in them.

day at night. 34 And, lo, it is a custom, when the 3. And it came to pass, when they ground hath received feed, or the sea, had all left off to comfort me, to the

upon her.

Apocrypha. .

Chap. x.

Apocrypha. end I might be quiet ; then rose I up by 21 For thou feeit that our fanctuary night, and fled, and came hither unto is laid waste, our altar broken down, our this field, as thou feeft.

temple deitroyed ; 4 And I do now purpose not to return 22 Our psaltery is laid on the ground, into the city, but here to stay, and neither our song is put to silence, our rejoicing to eat nor drink, but continually to is at an end, the light of our candlestick mourn and to fast until I die.

is put out, the ark of our covenant is 5 Then left I the meditations where- spoiled, our holy things are defiled, and in I was, and spake to her in anger, the name that is called upon us is almost saying,

profaned : our children are put to shame, 6 Thou foolish woman above all our prieits are burnt, our Levites are other, feeft thou not our mourning, and gone into captivity, our virgins are des what happeneth unto us?

filed, and our wives ravished ; our right7 How that Sion our mother is full eous men carried away, our little ones of all heaviness, and much humbled, destroyed, our young men are brought mourning very fore?

in bondage, and our strong men are be8 And now, seeing we all mourn and come weak; are sad, for we are all in heavinels, art 23 And, which is the greatest of all, thou grieved for one fon?

the feal of Sion hath now lost her ho9 For ask the carth, and the shall tell nour; for the is delivered into the hands thée, that it is the which ought to of them that hate us. mourn for the fall of so many that grow 24 And therefore thake off thy great

heaviness, and put away the multitude 10 For out of her came all at the first, of sorrows, that the Mighty may be and out of her shall all others come, and merciful unto thee again, and the Highbehold, they walk almost all into de- left shall give thee rest and ease from struction, and a multitude of them is thy labour. utterly rooted out.

25 And it came to pass, while I was u Whothen should make more mourn talking with her, behold, her face npon ing than the, that hath loft so great a mul- a sudden thined exceedingly, and her titude, and not thou, which art sorry but countenance glittered, so that I was 2for one?

fraid of her, and mufed what it might be. 12. But if thou sayest unto me, My 26 And, behold, suddenly he made a lamentation is not like the earth's, be- great cry very fearful : so that the earth cause I have lost the fruit of my womb, Thook at the noise of the woman. which I brought forth with pains, and 27 9 And I looked, and, behold, the bare with sorrows;

woman appeared unto me no more, but 13 But the earth not so: for the mul- there was a city builded, and a large titude present in it according to the place shewed itself from the foundations : course of the carth is gone, as it came : then was I afraid, and cried with a loud

14 Then say I unto thee, Like as thou voice, and said, haft brought forth with labour ; even 28 Where is Uriel the angel, who came so the earth alfo hath given her fruit, unto me at the first ? for he hath caused namely, man, ever fince the beginning me to fall into many trances, and mine unto him that made her.

end is turned into corruption, and my 15 Now therefore keep thy forrow to prayer to rebuke. thyself, and bear with a good courage 29 And as I was speaking thefe words, that which hath befallen thee.

behold, he came unto me, and looked 16 For if thou thalt acknowledge the upon me. determination of God to be just, thou 30 And, lo, I lay as one that had been thalt both receive thy fon in time, and dead, and mine understanding was takers ihalt be commended among women. from me: and he took me by the right

17 Go thy way then into the city to hand, and comforted me, and set me thine husband.

upon my feet, and said unto me, 18 And she said unto me, That will I 31 What aileth thee? and why art not do: I will not go into the city, but thou fo disquieted ? and why is thine here will I die.

understanding troubled, and the thoughts 19 So I proceeded to speak further of thine heart ? untó her, and said,

32 And I faid, Because thou hast for20 Do not fo, but be counselled by faken me, and yet I did according to thy me : for how many are the adversities of words, and I went into the field, and, ló, Sion ? be comforted in regard of the I have seen, and yet fee, that I am not sorrow of Jerusalem.

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Apocrypha.
II. ESDRAS.

Apocrypha. 33 And he said unto me, Stand up into the field, where no foundation or manfully, and I will advise thee.

any building was. 34 Then said I, Speak on, my lord, 54 For in the place wherein the Highest in me; only forsake me not, les I die beginneth to thew his city, there can no frustrate of my hope.

man’s building be able to stand. 35 For I have seen that I knew not, and 55 And therefore fear not, let not hcar that I do not know.

thine heart be affrighted, but go thy way 36 Or is my sense deceived, or my soul in, and see the beauty and greatness of in a dream?

the building, as much as thine eyes be 37 Now therefore I beseech thee that able to fee : thou wilt shew thy servant of this vifion. 56 And then shalt thou hear as much

38 He answered me then, and said, as thine ears may comprehend. Hear me, and I shall inform thee, and 57 For thou art blefled above many tell thee wherefore thou art afraid : for other, and art called with the Highest; the Highest will reveal many secret things and to are but few. unto thee.

58 But to morrow at night thou shalt 39 He hath feen that thy way is right : remain here; for that thou sorrowest continually for thy 59. And so thall the Highest Niew thee people, and makest great lamentation / visions of the high things, which the for Sion.

most High will do unto them that dwell 40 9 This therefore is the meaning of upon earth in the last days. So I slept the vision which thou lately fawest : that night and another, like as he com

41 Thou saweft a woman mourning, manded me. and thou begannest to comfort her :

CILAP. XI. 42 But now feest thou the likeness of 1 He feeth in his dream an cagle coming out the woman no more, but there appeared of the feli, 37 ans! ci lion out of a wood unto thce a city builded.

talking to the eagle.

IEN death of her son, this is the solution :

there the an eagle, 44 This woman, whom thou fiwest, is which had twelve fiathered wings and Sion : and whereas Ne faid unto thee, three heads. even the whom thou feeft as a city 2 And I law, and, behold, she spread builded,

her wings over all the eartlı, and all the 45 Whereas, I say, the said unto thee, winds of the air blew on her, and were that the hath been thirty years barren : gathered together: those are the thirty years wherein there į And I beheld, and out of her feawas no offering made in her.

thers there grew other contrary feathers ; 46 But after thirty years Solomon and they became little feathers and small. builded the city, and offered offerings : 4 But her heads were at rest : the head and then bare the barren a fon.

in the midst were greater than the other, 47 And whereas the told thee that yet rested it with the residue. The nourished him with labour: that was 5 Moreover I beheld, and, lo, the the dwelling in Jerusalem.

eagle flew with her feathers, and reign48 But whereas the said unto thee, ed upon earth, and over them that That my son coming into his marriage dwelt therein, chamber happened to have a fall, and 6 And I saw that all things under died: this was the destruction that came heaven were fubject unto her, and no to Jerusalem.

man fpake against her, no, not one crea49 And, behold, thou sawelt her like ture upon earth. ness, and because he mourned for her 7 And I beheld, and, lo, the eagle rose fon, thou begannest to comfort her: and upon her talons, and spake to her feaof these things which have chanced, these thers, saying, are to be opened unto thee.

8 Watch not all at once: sleep every 50 For now the most High feeth that one in his own place, and watch by thou art grieved unfeignedly,and sufferest course : from thy whole heart for her, so hath he 9 But let the heads be preserved for shewed thee the brightnefs of her glory, thé last. and the comeliness of her beauty :

Io And I beheld, and, lo, the voice 51 And therefore I bade thee remain in went not out of her lieads, but from the the field where no house was builded : midst of her body.

52 For I knew thạt the Highest would 11 And I numbered her contrary feashew this unto thee.

thers, and, behold, there were eight of $3 Therefore I commanded thee to go them.

Apocrypha. .

Chap. xi.

Apocrypha. 12 And I looked, and, behold, on the 32 But this head put the whole earth right side there arose one feather, and in fear, and bare rule in it over all those reigned over all the earth ;

that dwelt upon the earth with much 13 And fo it was, that when it reigned, oppreflion; and it had the governance the end of it came, and the place there of the world more than all the wings of appeared no more : fo the next fol- that had been. lowing stood up, and reigned, and had a 33 And after this I beheld, and, lo, great time;

the head that was in the midst suddenly 14 And it happened, that when it appeared no more, like as the wings. reigned, the end of it came also, like as 34 But there remained the two heads, the first, so that it appeared no more.

which also in like fort ruled upon the 15 Then came there a voice unto it, earth, and over thofe that dwelt therein. and said,

35 And I hehe!d, and, lo, the head 16 Hear thou thai hast borne rule | upon the right side devoured

that was over the earth so long : this I say unto upon the left fide. thee, before thou beginnest to appear no 36 Then I heard a voice, which said more,

unto me, Look before thee, and consider 17 There shall none after thee attain un- the thing that thou feeit. to thy time, neither unto the half thereof. 37 9 And I beheld, and lo as it were i

18 Then arose the third, and reigned | roaring lion chased out of the wood : as the other before, and appeared no and I law that he lent out a man's voice more also.

unto the eagle, and said, 19 So went it with all the residue one 38 Hear thou, I will talk with thee, after another, so that every one reigned, and the Highest shall fay unto thee, and then appeared no more..

39. Ait not thou it that remainest of 20 Then I beheld, and, lo, in process the four beasts, whom I made to reigi of time the feathers that followed food in my world, that the end of their times up upon the right lide, that they might Inight come through them? rule also ; and some of them ruled, but 40 And the fourth came, and overwithin a while they appeared no more: came all the beasts that were past, and

21 For some of them were set up, but had power over the world with great fearruled not.

fulness, and over the whole compass of 22 After this I looked, and, behold, the earth with much wicked oppresiion ; the twelve feathers appeared no more, and so long time dwelt he upon the nor the two little feathers :

earth with deccit. 2.3. And there was no more upon the 41 For the earth hast thou not judged cagle's body, but three heads that resed, with truth. and fix little wings.

42. For thou hast alieled the meek, 24 Then saw I also that two little thou hast hurt the peaceable, thou hast feathers divided themselves from the fix, loved liars, and deitroyed the dwellings and remained under the head that was of then that brought forth fruit, and upon the right fide : for the four con- last cast down the walls of such as did tinued in their place.

three no harm. 25 And I beheld, and, lo, the feathers 43 Therefore is thy wrongful dealing that were under the wing thoughi to come up unto the Highest, and thy pride set up themselves, and to have the rule. unto the Mighty.

26 And I beheld, and, lo, tliere was one 44 The Highest also hath looked upon set up, but thortly it appeareci no more. the proud times, and, bchold, they are

27 And the second was sooner away ended, and his abominations are fulfilled. than the first.

45 And therefore appear 10 more, 28 And I beheld, and, lo, the two that thou eagle, nor thy horrible wings, nor remained thought also in theinfelves to thy wicked feathers, nor thy malicious reign :

heads, nor thy hurtful claw's, nor all thy 29 And when they so thought, behold!, vain body: there awaked one of the heads that were 46 That all the earth may be refreshat reft, namely, it that was in the midst ; led, and may return, being delivered for that was greater than the two other from thy violence, and that she may hope heads.

for the judgment and mercy of him that 30 And then I saw that the two other made her. heads were joined with it.

CHAP. XII. 31 And, behold, the head was turned 1 The eagle which he saw is destroyed. 10 with them that were with it, and did eat The vision is interpreted: 37 he is bid to up the two feathers under the wing that write his visions. would have reigned.

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