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Apocrypba.
CHAP. III.

Apocrypba. 36 Flee the shadow of this world, receive || soul, which was the workmanship of thine the joyfulness of your glory : I testify my hands, and didst breathe into him the breath Saviour openly.

of life, and he was made living before thee. 37 o receive the gift that is given you, 6 And thou leddest him into paradise, and be glad, giving thanks unto him that hath | which thy right hand had planted, before called you to the heavenly kingdom.

ever the earth came forward. 38 Arise up and stand, behold the number 7 And unto him thou gavest commandment of those that be sealed in the feast of the Lord; to love thy way: which he transgressed, and

39 Which are departed from the shadow immediately thou appointedst death in him of the world, and have received glorious gar- i and in his generations, of whom came nations, ments of the Lord.

tribes, people, and kindreds out of number. 40 Take thy number, O Sion, and shut up 8 And every people walked after their those of thine that are clothed in white, own will, and did wonderful things before which have fulfilled the law of the Lord. thee, and despised thy commandments.

41 The number of thy children whom 9 And again in process of time thou thou longedst for, is fulfilled : beseech the broughtest the flood upon those that dwelt power of the Lord, that thy people, which in the world, and destroyedst them. have been called from the beginning, may be 10 And it came to pass in every of them, hallowed.

that as death was to Adam, so was the flood 42 I Esdras saw upon the mount Sion a to these. great people, whom I could not number, and 11 Nevertheless, one of them thou leftest, they all praised the Lord with songs. namely, Noah with his household, of whom

43 And in the midst of them there was a came all righteous men. young man of an high stature, taller than all 12 And it happened that when they that the rest, and upon every one of their heads dwelt upon the earth began to multiply, and I he set crowns, and was more exalted ; had gotten them many children, and were a which I marvelled at greatly.

great people, they began again to be more 44 So I asked the angel, and said, Sir, what ungodly than the first. are these?

is Now when they lived so wickedly be45 He answered, and said unto me, These fore thee, thou didst choose thee a man from be they that have put off the mortal clothing, among them, whose name was Abraham. and put on the immortal, and have confessed 14 Him thou lovedst, and unto him only the name of God: now are they crowned, || thou shewedst thy will : and receive palms.

15 And madest an everlasting covenant 46 Then said I unto the angel, What young with him, promising him that thou wouldest person is it that crowneth them, and giveth never forsake his seed. them palms in their hands?

16 And unto him thou gavest Isaac, and 47 So he answered, and said unto me, It is unto Isaac also thou gavest Jacob and Esau. the Son of God, whom they have confessed As for Jacob, thou didst choose him to thee, in the world. Then began I greatly to com- and put by Esau : and so Jacob became a mend them that stood so stilly for the name

great multitude. of the Lord.

17 And it came to pass, that when thou 48 Then the angel said unto me, Go thy leddest his seed out of Egypt, thou broughtway, and tell my people what manner of est them up to the mount Sinai. things, and how great wonders of the Lord 18 And bowing the heavens, thou didst set. thy God thou hast seen.

fast the earth, movedst the whole world, and CHAP. III.

madest the depths to tremble, and troubledst 1 Esdras is troubled, 13 and acknowledgeth the sins the men of that age.

of the people ; 28 yet complaineth of the beatben. 19 And thy glory went through four gates, N the thirtieth year after the ruin of the of fire, and of earthquake, and of wind, and

city, I was in Babylon, and lay troubled of cold; that thou mightest give the law unupon my bed, and my thoughts came up over to the seed of Jacob, and diligence unto the my heart :

generation of Israel. 2 For i saw the desolation of Sion, and the 20 And yet tookest thou not away from wealth of them that dwelt at Babylon. them a wicked heart, that thy law might

3 And my spirit was sore moved, so that bring forth fruit in them. I began to speak words full of fear to the 21 For the first Adam bearing a wicked Most High, and said,

heart transgressed, and was overcome ; and 4 O Lord, who bearest rule, thou spakest so be all they that are born of him. at the beginning, when thou didst plant the 22 Thus infirmity was made permanent; earth (and that thyself alone) and command and the law (also) in the heart of the people edst the people,

with the malignity of the root ; so that the 5 And gavest a body unto Adam without good departed away, and the evil abode still.

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Apocrypbe. 23 So the times passed away, and the years || 5 And I said, Tell on, my lord. Then were brought to an end : then didst thou || said he unto me, Go thy way, weigh me the raise thee up a servant, called David:

weight of the fire, or measure me the blast of 24 Whom thou commandedst to build a | the wind, or call me again the day that is past. city unto thy name, and to offer incense and 6 Then answered I, and said, What man oblations unto thee therein.

is able to do that, that thou shouldest ask 25 When this was done many years, then || such things of me? they that inhabited the city forsook thee, 7 And he said unto me, If I should ask

26 And in all things did even as Adam || thee how great dwellings are in the midst of and all his generations had done : for they the sea, or how many springs are in the bealso had a wicked heart:

ginning of the deep, or how many springs 27 And so thou gavest thy city over into are above the firmament, or which are the the hands of thine enemies.

out-goings of paradise : 28 ? Are their deeds then any better that 8 Peradventure thou wouldest say unto inhabit Babylon, that they should therefore me, I never went down into the deep, nor as have the dominion over Sion ?

yet into hell, neither did I ever climb up 29 For when I came thither, and had seen || into heaven. impieties without number, then my soul saw 9 Nevertheless now have I asked thee but many evil doers in this thirtieth year, so that only of the fire and wind, and of the day my heart failed me.

where-through thou hast passed, and of things 30 For I have seen how thou sufferest from which thou canst not be separated, and them sinning, and hast spared wicked doers : yet canst thou give me no answer of them. and hast destroyed thy people, and hast pre 10 He said moreover unto me, Thine own served thine enemies, and hast not signified it. things, and such as are grown up with thee,

31 I do not remember how this way may canst thou not know; be left : are they then of Babylon better 11 How should thy vessel then be able to than they of Sion ?

comprehend the way of the Highest, and the 32 Or is there any other people that know- || world being now outwardly corrupted, to eth thee beside Israel? or what generation understand the corruption that is evident in hath so believed thy covenants as Jacob? my sight?

33 And yet their reward appeareth not, 12 Then said I unto him, It were better and their labour hath no fruit : for I have that we were not at all, than that we should gone here and there through the heathen, || live still in wickedness, and to suffer, and not and I see that they flow in wealth, and, think to know wherefore. not upon thy commandments.

13 He answered me, and said, I went 34 Weigh thou therefore our wickedness | into a forest into a plain, and the trees took now in the balance, and theirs also that dwell counsel, in the world ; and so shall thy name no 1 14 And said, Come, let us go and make war where be found but in Israel.

against the sea, that it may depart away before 35 Or when was it, that they which us, and that we may make us more woods. dwell upon the earth have not sinned in thy 15 The floods of the sea also in like mansight? or, what people hath so kept thy ner took counsel, and said, Come, let us go commandments ?

up and subdue the woods of the plain, that 36 Thou shalt find that Israel by name there also we may make us another country, hath kept thy precepts; but not the heathen. 16 The thought of the wood was in vain, CHAP. IV.

for the fire came and consumed it. 1 The angel declaretb the ignorance of Esdras in 17 The thought of the floods of the sea

God's judgments, 13 and adviseth him not to came likewise to nought, for the sand stood meddle with things above bis reach.

up and stopped them. AND the angel that was sent unto me, 18 If thou wert judge now betwixt these

1 whose name was Uriel, gave me an an two, whom wouldest thou begin to justify? swer,

or whom wouldest thou condemn ? 2 And said, Thy heart hath gone too far | 19 I answered and said, Verily it is a foolin this world, and, thinkest thou to com- || ish thought that they both have devised, for prehend the way of The Most High? the ground is given unto the wood, and the

3 Then said Í, Yea, my lord. And he an sea also hath his place to bear his floods. swered me, and said, I am sent to shew thee .20 Then answered he me, and said, Thou three ways, and to set forth three similitudes bast given a right judgment, but, why judg. before thee :

est thou not thyself also ? 4 Whereof if thou canst declare me one, 11 21 For like as the ground is given unto . will shew thee also the way that thou desirest | the wood, and the sea to his floods : even so

to see, and I shall shew thee from whence they that dwell upon the earth may underThe wicked heart cometh.

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Apocrypha. earth : and he that dwelleth upon the heav- || and he doth not move nor stir them, until the ens, may only understand the things that are said measure be fulfilled. above the height of the heavens.

38 Then answered I, and said, O Lord that 22 Then answered I, and said, I beseech | bearest rule, even we all are full of impiety. thee, O Lord, let me have understanding: 39 And for our sakes peradventure it is

23 For it was not my mind to be curious that the floors of the righteous are not filled, of the high things, but of such as pass by us because of the sins of them that dwell upon daily, namely, wherefore Israel is given up as the earth. a reproach to the heathen, and for what cause 40 So he answered me, and said, Go thy the people whom thou hast loved is given way to a woman with child, and ask of her, over unto ungodly nations, and why the law when she hath fulfilled her nine months, if of our forefathers is brought to nought, and her womb may keep the birth any longer the written covenants come to none effect, within her.

24 And we pass away out of the world as 41 Then said I, No, Lord, that can she not. grasshoppers, and our life is astonishment and And he said unto me, In the grave, the chamfear, and we are not worthy to obtain mercy. bers of souls are like the womb of a woman :

25 What will he then do unto his name 42 For like as a woman that travaileth whereby we are called? Of these things have maketh haste to escape the necessity of the I asked.

travail : even so do these places haste to de26 Then answered he me, and said, The liver those things that are committed unto more thou searchest, the more thou shalt mar- them. vel; for the world hasteth fast to pass away, 43 From the beginning, look, what thou

27 And cannot comprehend the things desirest to see, it shall be shewed thee. that are promised to the righteous in time to 44 Then answered I, and said, If I have come : for this world is full of unrighteous found favour in thy sight, and if it be possiness and infirmities.

ble, and if i be meet therefore, 28 But as concerning the things whereof 45 Shew me then whether there be more thou askest me, I will tell thee: for the evil to come than is past, or more past than is to is sown, but the destruction thereof is not yet come. come.

46 What is past I know, but what is for to 29 If therefore that which is sown be not come I know not. turned upside down, and if the place where 47 And he said unto me, Stand up upon the evil is sown pass not away, then cannot the right side, and I shall expound the simili. it come that is sown with good.

tude unto thee. 30 For the grain of evil seed hath been 48 So I stood, and saw, and behold, an hot sown in the heart of Adam from the beginning, burning oven passed by before me : and it and how much ungodliness hath it brought up happened, that when the fame was gone by I unto this time? and how much shall it yet looked, and behold, the smoke remained still bring forth until the time of threshing come? 49 After this there passed by before me

31 Ponder now by thyself, how great fruit a watery cloud, and sent down much rain of wickedness the grain of evil seed hath with a storm; and when the stormy rain was brought forth.

past, the drops remained still. 32 And when the ears shall be cut down, 50 Then said he unto me, Consider with which are without number, how great a floor thyself; as the rain is more than the drops, shall they fill?

and as the fire is greater than the smoke: but 33 Then I answered, and said, How, and the drops and the smoke remain behind : so when shall these things come to pass ? where the quantity which is past did more exceed fore are our years few and evil?

51 Then I prayed, and said, May I live, 34 And he answered me, saying, Do not thinkest thou, until that time? or what shall thou hasten above the Most Highest : for thy happen in those days ? haste is in vain to be above him, for thou hast 52 He answered me, and said, As for the much exceeded.

tokens whereof thou askest me, I may tell 35 Did not the souls also of the righteous thee of them in part : but as touching thy ask question of these things in their chambers, life, I am not sent to shew thee; for I do not saying, How long shall I hope on this fashion? | know it. when cometh the fruit of the floor of our re

CHAP. V. ward ?

1 The signs of the times to come. 23 He asketb 36 And unto these things Uriel the arch- why God, choosing but one people, did cast then angel gave them answer, and said, Even when the number of seeds is filled in you : for he EVERTHELESS as concerning the tohrath weighed the world in the balance.

kens, behold, the days shall come, that 37 By measure hath he measured the times, they which dwell upon earth shall be taken in and by number hath he numbered the times; | a great number, and the way of truth shall be

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Apocrypha. bidden, and the land shall be barren of faith. || 21 And after seven days so it was, that

2 But iniquity shall be increased above the thoughts of my heart were very grievous that which now thou seest, or that thou hast unto me again, heard long ago.

22 And my soul recovered the spirit of 3 And the land, that thou seest now to understanding, and I began to talk with the have root, shalt thou see wasted suddenly. Most High again,

4 But if the Most High grant thee to live, 23 & And said, O Lord that bearest rule, thou shalt see after the third trumpet that of every wood of the earth, and of all the trees thesun shall suddenly shine again in the night, thereof, thou hast chosen thee one only vine : and the moon thrice in the day :

24 And of all lands of the whole world 5 And blood shall drop out of the wood, | thou hast chosen thee one pit : and of all and the stone shall give his voice, and the the flowers thereof one lily: people shall be troubled :

25 rind of all the depths of the sea thou 6 And even he shall rule, whom they look hast filled thee one river: and of all builded not for that dwell upon the earth, and the cities thou hast hallowed Sion unto thyself : fowls shall take their flight away together. 26 And of all the fowls that are created

7 And the Sodomitish sea shall cast out thou hast named thee one dove : and of all fish, and make a noise in the night, which the cattle that are made thou hast provided many have not known : but they shall all thee one sheep : hear the voice thereof.

27 And among all the multitudes of peo8 There shall be a confusion also in many ple thou hast gotten thee one people : and places, and the fire shall be oft sent out again, unto this people, whom thou lovedst, thou and the wild beasts shall change their places, gavest a law that is approved of all. and menstruous women shall bring forth 28 And now, O Lord, why hast thou monsters :

given this one people over unto many? And 9 And salt water shall be found in the upon the one root hast thou prepared others, sweet, and all friends shall destroy one anoth- and why hast thou scattered thy only one er; then shall wit hide itself, and understand people among many? ing withdraw itself into his secret chamber, 29 And they which did gainsay thy prom

10 And shall be sought of many, and yet | ises, and believed not thy covenants, have not be found : then shall unrighteousness trodden them down. and incontinency be multiplied upon earth. 30 If thou didst so much hate thy people,

11 One land also shall ask another, and say, || yet shouldest thou punish them with thine Is righteousness that maketh a man righteous

own hands. gone through thee? And it shall say, No. 31 Now when I had spoken these words,

12 At the same time shall men hope, but the angel that came to me the night afore nothing obtain : they shall labour, but their was sent unto me, ways shall not prosper.

32 And said unto me, Hear me, and I will 13 'To shew thee such tokens I have leave; || instruct thee; hearken to the thing that I say, and if thou wilt pray again, and weep as

and I shall tell thee more. now, and fast seven days, thou shalt hear yet 33 And I said, Speak on, my Lord. Then greater things.

said he unto me, Thou art sore troubled in 14 Then I awaked, and an extreme fear- | mind for Israel's sake: lovest thou that peofulness went through all my body, and my ple better than he that made them? mind was troubled, so that it fainted.

34 And I said, No, Lord: but of very grief 15 So the angel hat was come to talk with have I spoken : for my reins pain me every me held me, comforted me, and set me up hour, while I labour to comprehend the way upon my feet.

of the Most High, and to seek out part of his 16 And in the second night it came to || judgment. pass, that Salathiel the captain of the people 35 And he said unto me, Thou canst not. came unto me, saying, Where hast thou been? And I said, Wherefore, Lord ? whereunto and why is thy countenance so heavy ? was I born then, or why was not my mother's

17 Knowest thou not that Israel is commit- womb then my grave, that I might not have ted unto thee in the land of their captivity ? seen the travail of Jacob, and the wearisome

18 Up, then, and eat bread, and forsake toil of the stock of Israel? us not, as the shepherd that leaveth his flock 36 And he said unto me, Number me the in the hands of cruel wolves.

things that are not yet come, gather me to19 Then said I unto him, Go thy ways gether the drops that are scattered abroad, from me, and come not nigh me. And he make me the flowers green again that are heard what I said, and went from me. withered,

20 And so I fasted seven days, mourning 37 Open me the places that are closed, and and weeping, like as Uriel the angel com- | bring me forth the winds that in them are manded me.

shut up, shew me the image of a voice ; and

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Apocrypha. then I will declare to thee the thing that thou 54 Consider thou therefore also, how that labourest to know.

Il ye are less of stature than those that were 38 And I said, O Lord that bearest rule, || before you. Who may know these things, but he that hath 55 And so are they that come after you not his dwelling with men ?

less than ye, as the creatures which now be39 As for me, I am unwise : How may I gin to be old, and have passedoverthe strength then speak of these things whereof thou ask of youth. est me?

56 Then said I, Lord, I beseech thee, if I 40 Then said he unto me, Like as thou have found favour in thy sight, shew thy sercanst do none of these things that I have || vant by whom thou visitest thy creature. spoken of, even so canst thou not find out my

CHAP. VI, judgment, or in the end the love that I have 1 God's purpose is eternal. 8 The next world promised unto my people.

shall follow this immediately13 What sball 41 And I said, Behold, O Lord, yet art thou fall ou: at the last. nigh unto them that be reserved till the end : AND he said unto me, In the beginning, and what shall they do that have been be 1 when the earth was made, before the fore me, or we that be now, or they that shall borders of the world stood, or ever the winds come after us?

blew, 42 And he said unto me, I will liken my 2 Before it thundered and lightened, or judgment unto a ring : like as there is no ever the foundations of paradise were laid, slackness of the last, even so there is no 3 Before the fair flowers were seen, or ever swiftness of the first.

the moveable powers were established, be43 So I answered, and said, Couldest thou fore the innumerable multitude of angels were not make those that have been made, and be gathered together, now, and that are for to come, at once ; that 4 Or ever the lieights of the air were liste thou mightest shew thy judgment the sooner? ed up, before the measures of the firmament

44 Then answered he me, and said, The were named, or ever the chimneys in Sion creature may not haste above the maker ; were hot, neither may the world hold them at once that 5 And ere the present years were sought shall be created therein.

out, and or ever the inventions of them that 45 And I said, As thou hast said unto thy || now sin were turned, before they were sealed servant, that thou which givest life to all, that have gathered faith for a treasure : hast given life at once to the creature that 6 Then did I considerthese things, and they thou hast created, and the creature bare it : | all were made through me alone, and througlı even so it might now also bear them that now | none other: by me also they shall be ended, be present at once.

and by none other. 46 And he said unto me, Ask the womb 7 Then answered I, and said, What shall of a woman, and say unto her, If thou bring- || be the parting asunder of the times : or when est forth children, why dost thou it not to shall be the end of the first, and the beginning gether, but one after another? Pray her of it that followeth ? therefore to bring forth ten children at once. 8 & And he said unto me, From Abraham

47 And I said, She cannot : but must do unto Isaac, when Jacob and Esau were born it by distance of time.

of him, Jacob's hand held first the heel of 48 Then said he unto me, Even so have I Esau. given the womb of the earth to those that 9 For Esau is the end of the world, and be sown in it in their times.

Jacobis the beginning of it that followeth. 49 For like as a young child may not bring || 10 The hand of man is betwixt the heel forth the things that belong to the aged, even and the hand : other question, Esdras, ask so have I disposed the world which I created. I thou not.

50 And I asked, and said, Seeing thou hast 11 I answered then, and said, O Lord that now given me the way, I will proceed to speak || bearest rule, if I have found favour in thy sight, before thee: for our mother, of whom thou 12 I beseech thee, shew thy servant the hast told me that she is young, draweth now end of thy tokens, whereof thou shewedst me nigh unto age.

part the last night. 51 He answered me, and said, Ask a woman 13 ( So he answered, and said unto me, that beareth children, and she shall tell thee. Stand up upon thy feet, and hear a mighty

52 Say unto her, Wherefore are not they || sounding voice. whom thou hast now brought forth, like those 14 And it shall be as it were a grcat mothat were before, but less of stature ?

tion; but the place where thou standest shall 53 And she shall answer thee, They that l not be moved. be born in the strength of youth are of one 15 And therefore when it speaketh be fashion, and they that are born in the time of not afraid : for the word is of the end, and age, when the womb faileth, are otherwise. the foundation of the earth is understood.

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