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

11 When he put on the robe of honour, 8 9 It was Ezekiel who saw the glorious and was clothed with the perfection of glory, vision, which was shewed him upon the char- || when he went up to the holy altar, he made iot of the cherubims.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

was there made sweet melody. 1 Of Simon tbe son of Onias. 22 How the peo 19 And the people besought the Lord, the ple were taught to praise God, and pray. 27 Most High, by prayer before him that is The conclusion.

merciful, till the solemnity of the Lord was CIMON the high priest, the son of Onias, | ended, and they had finished his service. W who in his life repaired the house again, 20 Then he went down, and lifted up his and in his days fortified the temple :

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

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

22 ( Now therefore bless ye the God of 4 He took care of the temple that it should all, which only doeth wonderous things eve not fall, and fortified the city against be ry where, which exalteth our days from the sieging :

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

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

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

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

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

27 Jesus the son of Sirach of Jerusalem


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

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

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

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

received her, and gat much learning. 2 For thou art my defender and helper, 17 I profited therein, therefore will I asand hast preserved my body from destruc cribe the glory unto him that giveth me tion, and from the snare of the slanderous wisdom. tongue, and from the lips that forge lies, and 18 For I purposed to do after her, and hast been mine helper against mine adver earnestly I followed that which is good; so saries :

shall I not be confounded. 3 And hast delivered me, according to the 19 My soul hath wrestled with her, and multitude of thy mercies and greatness of thy in my doings I was exact : I stretched forth name, from the teeth of them that were rea- || my hands to the heaven above, and bewailed dy to devour me, and out of the hands of my ignorances of her. such as sought after my life, and from the 20 I directed my soul unto her, and I manifold afflictions which I had ;

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

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

22 The Lord hath given me a tongue for 6 By an accusation to the king from an | my reward, and I will praise him therewith. unrighteous tongue my soul drew near even | 29 Draw near unto me, ye unlearned, and unto death, my life was near to the hell be dwell in the house of learning. neath.

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

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

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

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

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

Il time he will give you your reward.


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

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

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


Apocrypba. Joachim king of Juda, and in the ears of ! 19 Since the day that the Lord brought all the people that came to hear the book, | our forefathers out of the land of Egypt,

4 And in the hearing of the nobles, and unto this present day, we have been disobe of the king's sons, and in the hearing of the dient unto the Lord our God, and we have elders, and of all the people, from the lowest been negligent in not hearing his voice. unto the highest, even of all them that 20 Wherefore the evils cleaved unto us, dwelt at Babylon by the river Sud.

and the curse, which the Lord appointed by 5 Whereupon they wept, fasted, and pray- Moses his servant at the time that he brought ed before the Lord.

our fathers out of the land of Egypt, to give 6 They made also a collection of money i us a land that floweth with milk and honey, according to every man's power :

like as it is to see this day. y ( And they sent it to Jerusalem unto | 21 Nevertheless we have not hearkened Joachim the high priest, the son of Chelcias, || unto the voice of the Lord our God, accordson of Salom, and to the priests, and to all | ing unto all the words of the prophets, whom the people which were found with him at he sent unto us : Jerusalem,

22 But every man followed the imagina8 At the same time when he received the tion of his own wicked heart, to serve strange vessels of the house of the Lord, that were gods, and to do evil in the sight of the Lord carried out of the temple, to return them | our God. into the land of Juda, the topth day of tbe

CHAP. II. month Sivan, namely, silver vessels, which Se- The prayer and confession wbicb tbe Yews at Babdecias the son of Josias king of Juda had glon made, and sent in tbat book unto the bretbmade,

ren in Yerusalem. 9 After that Nabuchodonosor king of THEREFORE the Lord hath made good Babylon had carried away Jechonias, and the 1 his word, which he pronounced against princes, and the captives, and the mighty us, and against our judges that judged Israel, men, and the people of the land, from Jeru- and against our kings, and against our princes, salem, and brought them unto Babylon. and against the men of Israel and Juda,

10 And they said, Behold, we have sent 2 To bring upon us great plagues, such as you money to buy you burnt offerings, and never happened under the whole heaven, as sin offerings, and incense, and prepare ye | it came to pass in Jerusalem, according to the manna, and offer upon the altar of the Lord | things that were written in the law of Moses; our God;

3 That a man should eat the flesh of his 11 And pray for the life of Nabuchodon- own son, and the flesh of his own daughter. osor king of Babylon, and for the life of Bal- 4 Moreover he hath delivered them to be thasar his son, that their days may be upon in subjection to all the kingdoms that are earth as the days of heaven:

round about us, to be as a reproach and des 12 And the Lord will give us strength, olation among all the people round about, and lighten our eyes, and we shall live under || where the Lord hath scattered them. the shadow of Nabuchodonosor king of 15 Thus we were cast down, and not exaltBabylon, and under the shadow of Balthasar | ed, because we have sinned against the Lord his son, and we shall serve them many days, our God, and have not been obedient unto his and find favour in their sight.

voice. 13 Pray for us also unto the Lord our 6 To the Lord our God appertaineth rightGod, for we have sinned against the Lord | eousness : but unto us and to our fathers open our God; and unto this day the fury of the shame, as appeareth this day, Lord and his wrath is not turned from us. 7 For all these plagues are come upon us,

14 And ye shall read this book which we | which the Lord hath pronounced against us. have sent unto you, to make confession in | 8 Yet have we not prayed before the Lord, the house of the Lord, upon the feasts and || that we might turn every one from the imagsolemn days.

inations of his wicked heart. 15 And ye shall say, To the Lord our 9 Wherefore the Lord watched over us for God belongeth righteousness, but unto us the l evil, and the Lord hath brought it upon us : confusion of faces, as it is come to pass this ) for the Lord is righteous in all his works day, unto them of Juda, and to the inhabit- which he hath commanded us. ants of Jerusalem,

10 Yet we have not bearkened unto his 16 And to our kings, and to our princes, voice, to walk in the commandments of the and to our priests, and to our prophets, and Lord, that he hath set before us. to our fathers :

11 And now, O Lord God of Israel, that 17 For we have sinned before the Lord, || hast brought thy people out of the land of

18 And disobeyed him, and have not Egypt with a mighty hand, and high arm, and hearkened unto the voice of the Lord our with signs, and with wonders, and with great God, to walk in the commandments that he power, and hast gotten thyself a name, as as gave us openly :

peareth this day :

Chap. III.

Apocrypha. 12 O Lord our God, we have sinned, we l 29 If ye will not liear my voice, surely have done ungodly, we have dealt unright- || this very great multitude shall be turned eously in all thine ordinances.

into a small number among the nations, where 13 Let thy wrath turn from us : for we I will scatter them. are but a few left among the heathen, where 30 For I knew that they would not hear thou hast scattered us.

me, because it is a stiffnecked people: but 14 Hear our prayers, O Lord, and our in the land of their captivities they shall repetitions, and deliver us for thine own sake, | member themselves, and give us favour in the sight of them which 31 And shall know that I am the Lord have led us away :.

their God : for I will give them an heart, and 15 That all the earth may know that thou || ears to hear : árt the Lord our God, because Israel and his 32 And they shall praise me in the land posterity is called by thy name.

of their captivity, and think upon my name, 16 O Lord, look down from thy holy 33 And return from their suff neck, and house, and consider us: bow down thine ear, || from their wicked deeds : for they shall reO Lord, to hear us..

ll member the way of their fathers, which sin17 Open thine eyes and behold ; for the ned before the Lord. dead that are in the graves, whose souls are 34 And I will bring them again into the taken from their bodies, will give unto the || land which I promised with an oath unto Lord neither praise nor righteousness : their fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and

18 But the soul that is greatly vexed, they shall be lords of it: and I will increase which goeth stooping and feeble, and the them, and they shall not be diminished. eyes that fail, and the hungry soul, will give 35 And I will make an everlasting covethee praise and righteousness, O Lord. nant with them to be their God, and they

19 Therefore we do not make our humble shall be my people: and I will no more supplication before thee, O Lord our God, drive my people of Israel out of the land for the righteousness of our fathers, and of that I have given them. our kings.

CHAP. III. 20 For thou hast sent out thy wrath and The rest of their prayer and confession contained indignation upon us, as thou hast spoken by in that book which Baruch wrote and sent to thy servants the prophets, saying,

Jerusalem. 21 Thus saith the Lord, Bow down your LORD, Almighty, God of Israel, the shoulders to serve the king of Babylon : so soul in anguish, the troubled spirit, shall ye remain in the land that I gave unto crieth unto thee. your fathers.

2 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy; for 22 But if ye will not hear the voice of thou art merciful : and have pity upon us, the Lord, to serve the king of Babylon, because we have sinned before thee.

23 I will cause to cease out of the cities 3 For thou endurest for ever, and we of Juda, and from without Jerusalem, the perish utterly. voice of mirth, and the voice of joy, the voice 4 O Lord Almighty, thou God of Israel, of the bridegroom, and the voice of the hear now the prayers of the dead Israelites, bride: and the whole land shall be desolate and of their children, which have sinned beof inhabitants.

fore thee, and not hearkened unto the voice 24 But we would not hearken unto thy of thee their God: for the which cause these voice, to serve the king of Babylon : there plagues cleave unto us. fore hast thou made good the words that thou 5 Remember not the iniquities of our spakest by thy servants the prophets, namely, | forefathers : but think upon thy power and that the bones of our kings, and the bones of | thy name now at this time. our fathers, should be taken out of their places. 1 6 For thou art the Lord our God, and

25 And lo, they are cast out to the heat of thee, O Lord, will we praise. the day, and to the frost of the night, and 7 And for this cause thou hast put thy they died in great miseries by famine, by fear in our hearts, to the intent that we sword, and by pestilence.

should call upon thy name, and praise thee 26 And the house which is called by thy | in our captivity : ' for we have called to name hast thou laid waste, as it is to be seen mind all the iniquity of our forefathers, that this day, for the wickedness of the house of sinned before thee. Israel and the house of Juda.

8 Behold, we are yet this day in our cap27 O Lord our God, thou hast dealt with tivity, where thou hast scattered us, for a us after all thy goodness, and according reproach and a curse, and to be subject to to all that great mercy of thine,

payments, according to all the iniquities of 28 As thou spakest by thy servant Moses our fathers, which departed from the Lord in the day when thou didst command him to our God. write thy law before the children of Israel, 9 Hear, Israel, the commandments of life : saying,

give ear to understand wisdom,


Apurjela. 10 How happereth it, Israel, that thou art 'derstanding: he that prepared the earth in thine enernies' land, that thou art waren for evermore hath filed it with fourfooted old in a strange country, that thou art defiled: beasts : with the dead,

33 He that sendeth forth light, and it 11 That thou art counted with them that goeth, calleth it again, and it obeyeth hin go down into the grave?

with fear. 12 Thou hast forsaken the fountain of wise S4 The stars shined in their watches, and dom.

rejoiced: when he calleth them, they say, 13 For if thou had t walked in the way of Here we be; and so with cheerfalness they God, thou shouldest bave dwelled in peace for shewed light unto him that made them ever.

35 This is our God, and there shall node 14 Learn where is wisdom, where is Other be accounted of in comparison of him strength, where is understanding ; that thou 36 He hath found out all the way of mayest know also where is length of days, and knowledge, and hath given it unto Jacob his life, where is the light of the eyes, and peace. servant, and to Israel his beloved

15 Who hath found out her place? or 37 Afterward did he shew himself upon who hath come into her treasures ?

earth, and conversed with men. 16 Where are the princes of the heathen

CHAP. IV. become, and such as ruled the beasts upon The book of commandments, is that wisdom bid the earth ;

was commanded in tbe former cbapter. 17 They that had their pastime with the THIS is the book of the commandments fowls of the air, and they that hoarded up sil- | 1 of God, and the law that endureth for ver and gold, wherein men trust, and made no lever : all they that keep it sball come to life ; end of their getting?

but such as leave it shall die. 18 For they that wrought in silver, and 2 Turn thee, O Jacob, and take hold of it: were so careful, and whose works are un- walk in the presence of the light thereof, searchable,

that thou mayest be illuminated. 19 They are vanished and gone down to 3 Give not thine honour to another, nor the grave, and others are come up in their the things that are profitable unto thee to a steads.

strange nation. 20 Young men have seen light, and dwelt 4 0 Israel, happy are we : for things that upon the earth : but the way of knowledge are pleasing to God are made known unto us. have they not known,

5 Be of good cheer, my people, the me21 Nor understood the paths thereof, normorial of Israel. Jaid hold of it: their children were far off 6 Ye were sold to the nations, not for from that way.

(your) destruction : but because ye moved 22 It hath not been heard of in Chanaan, li God to wrath, ye were delivered unto the neither hath it been seen in Theman.

enemies. 23 The Agarenes that seek wisdom upon 7 For ye provoked him that made you by earth, the merchants of Meran and of The- sacrificing unto devils, and not to God.

8 Ye have forgotten the everlasting God, of understanding ; none of these have known that brought you up; and ye have grieved the way of wisdom, or remember her paths. || Jerusalem, that nursed you.

24 O Israel, how great is the house of God! || 9 For when she saw the wrath of God and how large is the place of his possession! || coming upon you, she said, Hearken, Oye

25 Great, and hath none end; high, and un that dwell about Sion : God hath brought measurable.

upon me great mourning ; 26 There were the giants famous from the 10 For I saw the captivity of my sons and beginning, that were of so great stature, and daughters, which the Everlasting brought 80 expert in war.

upon them. 27 Those did not the Lord choose, neither | 11 With joy did I nourish them ; but sent gave he the way of knowledge unto them : them away with weeping and mourning.

28 But they were destroyed, because they 12 Let no man rejoice over me, a widow, had no wisdom, and perished through their and forsaken of many, who for the sins of own foolishness.

my children am left desolate ; because they 29 Who hath gone up into heaven, and tak- || departed from the law of God. en her, and brought her down from the || 19 They knew not his statutes, nor walkclouds ?

ed in the ways of his commandments, nor | 30 Who hath gone over the sea, and trod in the paths of discipline in his right.

31 No man knoweth her way, nor think. 14 Let them that dwell about Sion come, eth of her path.

and remember' ye the captivity of my sons 32 But he that knoweth all things know and daughters, which the Everlasting hath

und her out with his un- || brought upon them.

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