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Apocrypha. is with me hasting me forward : depart from 45 So after a year Nabuchodonosor sené mne, and be not against the Lord.
and caused him to be brought unto Babylon, 28 Howbeit, Josias did not turn back his with the holy vessels of the Lord, chariot from him, but undertook to fight with 46 And made Zedechias king of Judea and him, not regarding the words of the prophet Jerusalem, when he was one and twenty years Jeremy, spoken by the mouth of the Lord : old; and he reigned eleven years :
29 But joined battle with him in the plain 47 And he did evil also in the sight of the of Megiddo, and the princes came against Lord, and cared not for the words that were king Josias.
spoken unto him by the prophet Jeremy froma 30 Then said the king unto his servants, || the mouth of the Lord. Carry me away out of the battle; for I am 48 And after that king Nabuchodonosor very weak. And immediately his servants had made him to swear by the name of the took himn away out of the battle.
Lord, he forswore himself, and rebelled; and 31 Then gat he up upon his second char- hardening his neck and his heart, he transiot; and being brought back to Jerusalem gressed the laws of the Lord God of Israel. died, and was buried in his father's sepulchre. 49 The governors also of the people, and
32 ( And in all Jewry they mourned for of the priests, did many things against the Josias, yea, Jeremy the prophet lamented for laws, and passed all the pollutions of all naJosias, and the chief men with the women tions, and defiled the temple of the Lord, made lamentation for him unto this day: and which was sanctified in Jerusalem. this was given out for an ordinance to be done 50 Nevertheless, the God of their hers continually in all the nation of Israel. sent by his messenger to call them back, be.
33 These things are written in the book cause he spared them and his tabernacle also. of the stories of the kings of Judah, and every 51 But they had his messengers in derision; one of the acts that Josias did, and his glory, and look, when the Lord spake unto them, and his understanding in the law of the Lord, they made a sport of his prophets : and the things that he had done before, and 52 So far forth, that he, being wroth with the things now recited, are reported in the his people for their great ungodliness, combook of the kings of Israel and Judea. manded the kings of the Chaldees to come up
34 | And the people took Joachaz the son against them; of Josias, and made him king instead of Josias 53 Who slew their young men with the his father, when he was twenty and three | sword, yea, even within the compass of their
holy temple, and spa neither
young man 35 And he reigned in Judea and in Jeru- nor maid, old man nor child, among them; salem three months : and then the king of for he delivered all into their hands. Egypt deposed him from reigning in Jerusa- 54 And they took all the holy vessels of lem.
the Lord, both great and small, with the ves36 And heset a tax upon the land of an hun sels of the ark of God, and the king's treasdred talents of silver, and one talent of gold.ures, and carried them away into Babylon.
37 The king of Egypt also made king Joa- 55 As for the house of the Lord, they cim his brother king of Judea and Jerusalem. | burnt it, and brake down the walls of Je
38 And he bound Joacim and the nobles : \rusalem, and set fire upon her towers : but Zaraces his brother he apprehended, and 56 And as for her glorious things, they brought him out of Egypt.
never ceased till they had consumed and 39 Five and twenty years old was Joacim brought them all to nought: and the people when he was made king in the land of Judea that were not slain with the sword, he carried and Jerusalem; and he did evil before the unto Babylon : Lord.
57 Who became servants to him and his 40 Wherefore against him Nabuchodono- | children, till the Persians reigned, to fulfil the sor the king of Babylon came up, and bound word of the Lord spoken by the mouth of him with a chain of brass, and carried him || Jeremy : into Babylon.
58 Until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths, 41 (Nabuchodonosor also took of the holy | the whole time of her desolation shall she rest, vessels of the Lord, and carried them away, until the full term of seventy years. and set them in his own temple at Babylon.)
CHAP. II. 42 But those things that are recorded of 1 Cyrus moved by God to build the temple, 5 gioetb him, and of his uncleanness and impiety, are leave to the Jews to return and contribute to it. written in the chronicles of the kings.
N the first year king of the die was made king being eighteen years old; accomplished, that he had promised by the
44 And reigned but three months and ten mouth of Jeremy; days in Jerusalem, and did evil before the 2 The Lord raised up the spirit of Cyrus Lord.
the king of the Persians, and he made procla
Apocrypha. mation through all his kingdom, and also by 18 Be it now known to the lord the king, writing,
that the Jews that are come up from you to. 3 Saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of the us, being come into Jerusalem, (that rebellious Persians ; The Lord of Israel, the most high and wicked city) do build the market places, Lord, hath made me king of the whole world, and repair the walls of it, and do lay the
4 And commanded me to build him an || foundation of the temple. house at Jerusalem in Jewry.
19 Now if this city and the walls thereof 5 If therefore there be any of you that are be made up again, they will not only refuse of his people, let the Lord, even his Lord, be to give tribute, but also rebel against kings.. with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem that 20 And forasmuch as the things pertaining is in Judea, and build the house of the Lord to the temple are now in hand, we think it of Israel: for he is the Lord that dwelleth in meet not to neglect such a matter, Jerusalem.
21 But to speak unto our lord the king, to 6 Whosoever then dwell in the places a- the intent that, if it be thy pleasure, it may bout, let them help him, (those, I say, that are be sought out in the books of thy fathers : his neighbours) with gold and with silver, 22 And thou shalt find in the chronicles
7 With gifts, with horses, and with cattle, what is written concerning these things, and and other things, which have been set forth shalt understand that that city was rebellious, by vow, for the temple of the Lord at Jeru- | troubling both kings and cities : salem.
23 And that the Jews were rebellious, and 8 Then the chief of the families of Ju- || raised always wars therein ; for the which dea and of the tribe of Benjamin stood up : cause even this city was made desolate. the priests also and the Levites, and all they 24 Wherefore now we do declare unto whose mind the Lord had moved to go up, and thee, O lord the king, that if this city be built to build an house for the Lord at Jerusalem, || again, and the walls thereof set up anew,
9 And they that dwelt round about them, thou shalt from henceforth have no passage and helped them in all things with silver and into Celosyria and Phenice. gold, with horses and catile, and with very 25 Then the king wrote back again to many free gifts of a great number whose Rathumus the story-writer, to Beeltethmus, minds were stirred up thereto.
to Semellius the scribe, and to the rest that 10 King Cyrus also brought forth the holy || were in commission, and dwellers in Samaria, vessels which Nabuchodonosor had carried and Syria, and Phenice, after this manner : away from Jerusalem, and had set up in his 26 I have read the epistle which ye have temple of idols.
sent unto me ; therefore I commanded to 11 Now when Cyrus king of the Persians make diligent search, and it hath been found, had brought them forth, he delivered them that that city was from the beginning prac, to Mithridates his treasurer :
tising against kings ; 12 And by him they were delivered to 27 And the men therein were given to reSanabassar the governor of Judea.
bellion and war : and that mighty kings and 13 And this was the number of them : A fierce were in Jerusalem, who reigned and thousand golden cups, and a thousand of sil- exacted tributes in Celosyria and Phenice. ver, censers of silver twenty nine, vials of gold 28 Now therefore I have commanded to thirty, and of silver two thousand four hun- hinder those men from building the city, and dred and ten, and a thousand other vessels. heed to be taken that there be no more done
14 So all the vessels of gold and of silver, in it ; which were carried away, were five thousand 29 And that those wicked workers proq four hundred threescore and nine.
ceed no further to the annoyance of kings. 15 These were brought back by Sanabas- 30 Then king Artaxerxes his letters being gar, together with them of the captivity, from read, Rathumus, and Semellius the scribe, Babylon to Jerusalem.
and the rest that were in commission with 16 But in the time of Artaxerxes king of them, removing in haste toward Jerusalem the Persians, Belemus, and Mithridates, and with a troop of horsemen, and a multitude Tabellius, and Rathumus, Beeltethmus, and of people in battle array, began to hinder Semellius the secretary, with others that were the builders ; and the building of the temin commission with them, dwelling in Sama- ple in Jerusalem ceased until the second year ria and other places, wrote unto him against of the reign of Darius king of the Persians, them that dwelt in Judea and Jerusalem
CHAP. III. these letters following:
4 Three strive to excel each otber in wise speech, 17 To king Artaxerxes our lord, Thy ser- es : 9 they refer themselves to the judgment of vants Rathumus the story-writer, and Semel- the king. 18 The first declaretb tbe strength Jius the scribe, and the rest of their council,
of wine. and the judges that are in Celosyria and OW when Darius reigned, he made a Phenice.
great feast unto all his subjects, and un,
Apocrypbe. to all his household, and unto all the princes | bondman and of the freeman, of the poor of Media and Persia,
man and of the rich : 2 And to all the governors, and captains, 20 It turneth also every thought into jolliand lieutenants, that were under him, from ty and mirth, so that a man remembereth India unto Ethiopia, of an hundred twenty neither sorrow nor debt : and seven provinces.
21 And it maketh every heart rich,so that a 3 And when they had eaten and drunken, man remembereth neither king nor governor; and being satisfied were gone home, then and it maketh to speak all things by talents : Darius the king went into his bed-chamber, 22 And when they are in their cups, they and slept, and soon after awaked.
forget their love both to friends and brethren, 4 ? Then three young men that were of and a little after draw out swords : the guard, that kept the king's body, spake 23 But when they are from the wine, they one to another ;
remember not what they have done. 5 Let every one of us speak a sentence: 24 O ye men, is not wine the strongest, he that shall overcome, and whose sentence that enforceth to do thus? And when he shall seem wiser than the others, unto him had so spoken, he held his peace. shall the king Darius give great gifts and
CHAP. IV. great things in token of victory.
1 The second declaretb the power of a king: 19 6 As, to be clothed in purple, to drink in Tbe third tbe force of women, 33 and of fruth. gold, and to sleep upon gold, and a chariot HEN the secondthat spoken of
Thile strength.com dhe king, bego koncayo linen, and a chain about his neck :
2 Oye men, Do not men excel in strength, 7. And he shall sit next to Darius, because that bear rule over sea and land, and all things of his wisdom, and shall be called Darius his in them? cousin.
3 But yet the king is more mighty : for 8 And then every one wrote his sentence, he is lord of all these things, and hath dosealed it, and laid it under king Darius his minion over them; and whatsoever he come pillow ;
mandeth them they do. 9 And said that, When the king is risen, 4 If he bid them make war the one against some will give him the writings; and of the other, they do it: if he send them out whose side the king and the three princes of against the enemies, they go and break down Persia shall judge that his sentence is the mountains, walls, and towers. wisest, to him shall the victory be given, as 5 They slay and are slain, and transgress was appointed
not the king's commandment: if they get the 10 The first wrote, Wine is the strong- victory, they bring all to the king, as well est.
the spoil, as all things else. 11 The second wrote, The king is the 6 Likewise for those that are no soldiers, strongest.
and have not to do with wars, but use hus12 The third wrote, Women are strong- bandry, when they have reaped again that est : But above all things, truth beareth which they had sown, they bring it to the away the victory.
king, and compel one another to pay tribute 13 , Now when the king was risen up, unto the king they took their writings and delivered them 7 And yet he is but one man : if he com. unto him, and so he read them.
mand to kill, they kill; if he command to 14 And sending forth he called all the spare, they spare ; prince of Persia and Media, and the gov- 8 If he command to smite, they smite ; if ernors, and the captains, and the lieutenants, he command to make desolate, they make desand the chief officers;
olate ; if he command to build, they build ; 15 And sat him down in the royal seat of 9 If he command to cut down, they cut judgment; and the writings were read be down ; if he command to plant, they plant. fore them.
10 So all his people and his armies obey 16 And he said, Call the young men, and him: furthermore, he lieth down, he eateth they shall declare their own sentences. So and drinketh, and taketh his rest : they were called, and came in.
11 And these keep watch round about 17 And he said unto them, Declare unto him, neither may any one depart, and do his us your mind concerning the writings. Then own business, neither disobey they him in began the first, who had spoken of the any thing. strength of wine ;
12 Oye men, How should not the king be 18 And he said thus, O ye men, how ex- mightiest, when in such sort he is obeyed ? ceeding strong is wine! it causeth all men to And he held his tongue. err that drink it :
13 Then the third, who had spoken of 19 It maketh the mind of the king, and of women, and of the truth (this was Zorobabel) the fatherless child, to be all one of the began to speak.
Apocrypba. . 14 Oye men, it is not the great king, nor one upon another : so he began to speak of the multitude of men, neither is it wine that the truth. excelleth : Who is it then that ruleth them, 34 O ye men, Are not women strong ? or hath the lordship over them? Are they Great is the earth, high is the heaven, swift not women ?
is the sun in his course, for he compasseth 15 Women have born the king and all the the heavens round about, and fetcheth his people that bear rule by sea and land. course again to his own place in one day.
16 Even of them came they; and the 35 Is he not great that maketh these things? nourished them up that planted the vineyards therefore great is the truth, and stronger from whence the wine cometh.
than all things. 17 These also make garments for men ; 36 All the earth calleth upon the truth, these bring glory unto men; and without and the heaven blesseth it: all works shake women cannot men be.
and tremble at it; and with it is no unright18 Yea, and if men have gathered together cous thing. gold and silver, or any other goodly thing, 37 Wine is wicked, the king is wicked, Do they not love a woman which is comely women are wicked, all the children of men in favour and beauty?
are wicked, and such are all their wicked 19 And letting all those things go, Do works ; and there is no truth in them : in they not gape, and even with open mouth fix their unrighteousness also they shall perish. their eyes fast on her; and have not all men 38 As for the truth, it endureth, and is almore desire unto her than unto silver or gold, ways strong ; it liveth and conquereth for or any goodly thing whatsoever ?
20 A man leaveth his own father that 39 With her there is no accepting of perbrought him up, and his own country, and sons or rewards; but she doeth the things cleaveth unto his wife.
that are just, and refraineth from all unjust 21 He sticketh not to spend his life with and wicked things ; and all men do well his wife, and remembereth neither father, nor like of her works. mother, nor country.
40 Neither in her judgment is any un22 By this also ye must know that women righteousness ; and she is the strength, kinghave dominion over you : Do ye not labour dom, power, and majesty of all ages. Blessand toil, and give and bring all to the wo- ed be the God of truth. man ?
41 And with that he held his peace. And 23 Yea, a man taketh his sword, and goeth all the people then shouted, and said, Great his way to rob and to steal, to sail upon the is truth, and mighty above all things. sea and upon rivers ;
42 Then said the king unto him, Ask what 24 And looketh upon a lion, and goeth in thou wilt more than is appointed in the writthe darkness; and when he hath stolen, spoiling, and we will give it thee, because thou art ed, and robbed, he bringeth it to his love. found wisest ; and thou shalt sit next me,
25 Wherefore a man loveth his wife bet- and shalt be called my cousin. ter than father or mother.
43 Then said he unto the king, Remember 26 Yea, many there be that have run out thy vow which thou hast vowed, To build of their wits for women, and become servants Jerusalem, in the day when thou camest to for their sakes.
thy kingdom, 27 Many also have perished, have erred, 44 And to send away all the vessels that and sinned, for women.
were taken away out of Jerusalem, which 28 And now, Do ye not believe me? Is Cyrus set apart, when he vowed to destroy not the king great in 'his power? Do not all Babylon, and to send them again thither. regions fear to touch him?
45 Thou also hast vowed to build up the 29 Yet did I see him and Apame the king's temple, which the Edomites burned, when concubine, the daughter of the admirable Bar- Judea was made desolate by the Chaldees. tacus, sitting at the right hand of the king, 46 And now, O lord the king, this is that
30 And taking the crown from the king's which I require, and which I desire of thee, head, and setting it upon her own head : she and this is the princely liberality proceeding also struck the king with her left hand. from thyself : 1 desire therefore that thou
31 And yet for all this the king gaped make good the vow, the performance whereof and gazed upon her with open mouth : if she with thine own mouth thou hast vowed to laughed upon him, he laughed also : but if the King of heaven. she took any displeasure at him, the king was 47 Then Darius the king stood up and fain to flatter, that she might be reconciled to kissed him, and wrote letters for him unto all him again.
the treasurers, and lieutenants, and captains, 32 Oye men, How can it be but women and governors, that they should safely convey should be strong, seeing they do thus ? on their way both him, and all those that go
39 q Then the king and the princes looked up with him to build Jerusalem.
Apocrypla. 48 He wrote letters also unto the lieuten- | tribes, to go up with their wives, and sons, ants that were in Celosyria and Phenice, and and daughters, with their men-servants, and unto them in Libanus, that they should bring i maid-servants, and their cattle. cedar wood from Libanus unto Jerusalem, 2 And Darius sent with them a thousand and that they should build the city with him. horsemen, till they had brought them back
49 Moreover he wrote for all the Jews to Jerusalem safely, and with musical instruthat went out of his realm up into Jewry, | ments) tabrets and Nutes. concerning their freedom, that no officer, no 3 And all their brethren played, and he ruler, no lieutenant, nor treasurer, should | made them go up together with them. forcibly enter into their doors;
4 And these are the names of the men 50 And that all the country which they | which went up, according to their families, hold should be free without tribute; and among their tribes, after their several heads. that the Edomites should give over the vil- 5 The priests, the cons of Phinees the son lages of the Jews which then they held : of Aaron: Jesus the son of Josedec the son
51 Yea, that there should be yearly given of Saraias, and Joacim the son of Zorobabel twenty talents to the building of the temple, the son of Salathiel of the house of David, until the time that it were built ;
out of the kindred of Phares, of the tribe of 52 And other ten talents yearly, to main- | Judah ; tain the burnt offerings upon the altar every 6 Who spake wise sentences before Darius day, as they had a commandment to offer the king of Persia in the second year of his
reign, in the month Nisan, which is the first 53 And that all they that went from Baby- | month. ylon to build the city should have free lib- 7 And these are they of Jewry that came erty, as well they as their posterity, and all up from the captivity, where they dwelt as the priests that went away.
strangers, whom Nabuchodonosor the king 54 He wrote also concerning the charges, of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon. and the priests' vestments wherein they min- 8 And they returned unto Jerusalem, and
to the other parts of Jewry, every man to 55 And likewise for the charges of the his own city, who came with Zorobabel, Levites, to be given them, until the day that with Jesus, Nehemias, and Zacharias, and the house were finished, and Jerusalem build | Reesaias, Enenius, Mardocheus, Beelsarus,
Aspharasus, Reelius, Roimus, and Baana, their 56 And he commanded to give to all that guides. kept the city pensions and wages.
9 The number of them of the nation, and 57 He sent away also all the vessels from their governors, sons of Phoros, two thousand Babylon, that Cyrus had set apart; and all an hundred seventy and two; the sons of that Cyrus had given in commandment, the Saphat, four hundred seventy and two: same charged he also to be done, and sent 10 The sons of Ares, seven hundred fifty unto Jerusalem.
and six : 58 Now when this young man was gone 1 The sons of Phaath Moab, two thouforth, he lifted up his face to heaven, toward || sand eight hundred and twelve: Jerusalem, and praised the King of heaven, 12 The sons of Elam, a thousand two hun.
59 And said, From thee cometh victory, dred fifty and four : the sons of Zathui, nine from thee cometh wisdom, and thine is the hundred forty and five : the sons of Corbe, glory, and I am thy servant.
seven hundred and five : the sons of Bani, 60 Blessed art thou, who hast given me six hundred forty and eight : wisdom : for to thee I give thanks, O Lord 13 The sons of Bebai, six hundred twenty of our fathers.
and three : the sons of Sadas, three thousand 61 And so he took the letters, and went two hundred twenty and two : out, and came unto Babylon, and told it all 14 The sons of Adonikam, six hundred his brethren.
sixty and seven : the sons of Bagoi, two 62 And they praised the God of their fa- | thousand sixty and six: the sons of Adin, thers, because he had given them freedom four hundred fifty and four : and liberty
15 The sons of Aterezias, ninety and two: 63 To go up, and to build Jerusalem, and the sons of Ceilan and Azetas, threescore and the temple which is called by his name: and seven : the sons of Azuran, four hundred they feasted with instruments of musick and thirty and two : gladness seven days.
16 The sons of Ananias, an hundred and CHAP. V.
one: the sons of Arom, thirty two: and the 4 The names and number of the Jerus that returned sons of Bassa, three hundred twenty and bome. 57 The foundation of the temple is laid.three : the sons of Azephurith, an hundred
the families chosen according to their 17 The sons of Meterus, three thousand
and two :