Verses with the word i in the Apocrypha (633 verses; showing verse 1 - 500):
1 Esdras 1:26
But the king of Egypt sent to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, O king of Judea?
1 Esdras 1:27
I am not sent out from the Lord God against thee; for my war is upon Euphrates: and now the Lord is with me, yea, the Lord is with me hasting me forward: depart from me, and be not against the Lord.
1 Esdras 1:30
Then said the king unto his servants, Carry me away out of the battle; for I am very weak. And immediately his servants took him away out of the battle.
1 Esdras 2:6
Whosoever then dwell in the places about, let them help him, those, I say, that are his neighbours, with gold, and with silver,
1 Esdras 2:26
I have read the epistle which ye have sent unto me: therefore I commanded to make diligent search, and it hath been found that that city was from the beginning practising against kings;
1 Esdras 2:28
Now therefore I have commanded to hinder those men from building the city, and heed to be taken that there be no more done in it;
1 Esdras 4:29
Yet did I see him and Apame the king's concubine, the daughter of the admirable Bartacus, sitting at the right hand of the king,
1 Esdras 4:46
And now, O lord the king, this is that which I require, and which I desire of thee, and this is the princely liberality proceeding from thyself: I desire therefore that thou make good the vow, the performance whereof with thine own mouth thou hast vowed to the King of heaven.
1 Esdras 4:59
And said, From thee cometh victory, from thee cometh wisdom, and thine is the glory, and I am thy servant.
1 Esdras 4:60
Blessed art thou, who hast given me wisdom: for to thee I give thanks, O Lord of our fathers.
1 Esdras 6:28
I have commanded also to have it built up whole again; and that they look diligently to help those that be of the captivity of the Jews, till the house of the Lord be finished:
1 Esdras 6:34
I Darius the king have ordained that according unto these things it be done with diligence.
1 Esdras 8:10
Having determined to deal graciously, I have given order, that such of the nation of the Jews, and of the priests and Levites being within our realm, as are willing and desirous should go with thee unto Jerusalem.
1 Esdras 8:13
And carry the gifts unto the Lord of Israel to Jerusalem, which I and my friends have vowed, and all the gold and silver that in the country of Babylon can be found, to the Lord in Jerusalem,
1 Esdras 8:19
And I king Artexerxes have also commanded the keepers of the treasures in Syria and Phenice, that whatsoever Esdras the priest and the reader of the law of the most high God shall send for, they should give it him with speed,
1 Esdras 8:22
I command you also, that ye require no tax, nor any other imposition, of any of the priests, or Levites, or holy singers, or porters, or ministers of the temple, or of any that have doings in this temple, and that no man have authority to impose any thing upon them.
1 Esdras 8:27
Therefore was I encouraged by the help of the Lord my God, and gathered together men of Israel to go up with me.
1 Esdras 8:41
And these I gathered together to the river called Theras, where we pitched our tents three days: and then I surveyed them.
1 Esdras 8:42
But when I had found there none of the priests and Levites,
1 Esdras 8:43
Then sent I unto Eleazar, and Iduel, and Masman,
1 Esdras 8:45
And I bade them that they should go unto Saddeus the captain, who was in the place of the treasury:
1 Esdras 8:50
And there I vowed a fast unto the young men before our Lord, to desire of him a prosperous journey both for us and them that were with us, for our children, and for the cattle:
1 Esdras 8:51
For I was ashamed to ask the king footmen, and horsemen, and conduct for safeguard against our adversaries.
1 Esdras 8:54
Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Esebrias, and Assanias, and ten men of their brethren with them:
1 Esdras 8:55
And I weighed them the gold, and the silver, and the holy vessels of the house of our Lord, which the king, and his council, and the princes, and all Israel, had given.
1 Esdras 8:56
And when I had weighed it, I delivered unto them six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels of an hundred talents, and an hundred talents of gold,
1 Esdras 8:58
And I said unto them, Both ye are holy unto the Lord, and the vessels are holy, and the gold and the silver is a vow unto the Lord, the Lord of our fathers.
1 Esdras 8:71
And as soon as I had heard these things, I rent my clothes, and the holy garment, and pulled off the hair from off my head and beard, and sat me down sad and very heavy.
1 Esdras 8:72
So all they that were then moved at the word of the Lord God of Israel assembled unto me, whilst I mourned for the iniquity: but I sat still full of heaviness until the evening sacrifice.
1 Esdras 8:74
I said, O Lord, I am confounded and ashamed before thy face;
2 Esdras 1:7
Am not I even he that brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage? but they have provoked me unto wrath, and despised my counsels.
2 Esdras 1:9
How long shall I forbear them, into whom I have done so much good?
2 Esdras 1:10
Many kings have I destroyed for their sakes; Pharaoh with his servants and all his power have I smitten down.
2 Esdras 1:11
All the nations have I destroyed before them, and in the east I have scattered the people of two provinces, even of Tyrus and Sidon, and have slain all their enemies.
2 Esdras 1:13
I led you through the sea and in the beginning gave you a large and safe passage; I gave you Moses for a leader, and Aaron for a priest.
2 Esdras 1:14
I gave you light in a pillar of fire, and great wonders have I done among you; yet have ye forgotten me, saith the Lord.
2 Esdras 1:15
Thus saith the Almighty Lord, The quails were as a token to you; I gave you tents for your safeguard: nevertheless ye murmured there,
2 Esdras 1:17
Where are the benefits that I have done for you? when ye were hungry and thirsty in the wilderness, did ye not cry unto me,
2 Esdras 1:19
Then had I pity upon your mournings, and gave you manna to eat; so ye did eat angels' bread.
2 Esdras 1:20
When ye were thirsty, did I not cleave the rock, and waters flowed out to your fill? for the heat I covered you with the leaves of the trees.
2 Esdras 1:21
I divided among you a fruitful land, I cast out the Canaanites, the Pherezites, and the Philistines, before you: what shall I yet do more for you? saith the Lord.
2 Esdras 1:23
I gave you not fire for your blasphemies, but cast a tree in the water, and made the river sweet.
2 Esdras 1:24
What shall I do unto thee, O Jacob? thou, Juda, wouldest not obey me: I will turn me to other nations, and unto those will I give my name, that they may keep my statutes.
2 Esdras 1:25
Seeing ye have forsaken me, I will forsake you also; when ye desire me to be gracious unto you, I shall have no mercy upon you.
2 Esdras 1:26
Whensoever ye shall call upon me, I will not hear you: for ye have defiled your hands with blood, and your feet are swift to commit manslaughter.
2 Esdras 1:28
Thus saith the Almighty Lord, Have I not prayed you as a father his sons, as a mother her daughters, and a nurse her young babes,
2 Esdras 1:29
That ye would be my people, and I should be your God; that ye would be my children, and I should be your father?
2 Esdras 1:30
I gathered you together, as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings: but now, what shall I do unto you? I will cast you out from my face.
2 Esdras 1:31
When ye offer unto me, I will turn my face from you: for your solemn feastdays, your new moons, and your circumcisions, have I forsaken.
2 Esdras 1:32
I sent unto you my servants the prophets, whom ye have taken and slain, and torn their bodies in pieces, whose blood I will require of your hands, saith the Lord.
2 Esdras 1:33
Thus saith the Almighty Lord, Your house is desolate, I will cast you out as the wind doth stubble.
2 Esdras 1:35
Your houses will I give to a people that shall come; which not having heard of me yet shall believe me; to whom I have shewed no signs, yet they shall do that I have commanded them.
2 Esdras 1:37
I take to witness the grace of the people to come, whose little ones rejoice in gladness: and though they have not seen me with bodily eyes, yet in spirit they believe the thing that I say.
2 Esdras 1:39
Unto whom I will give for leaders, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Oseas, Amos, and Micheas, Joel, Abdias, and Jonas,
2 Esdras 2:1
Thus saith the Lord, I brought this people out of bondage, and I gave them my commandments by menservants the prophets; whom they would not hear, but despised my counsels.
2 Esdras 2:2
The mother that bare them saith unto them, Go your way, ye children; for I am a widow and forsaken.
2 Esdras 2:3
I brought you up with gladness; but with sorrow and heaviness have I lost you: for ye have sinned before the Lord your God, and done that thing that is evil before him.
2 Esdras 2:4
But what shall I now do unto you? I am a widow and forsaken: go your way, O my children, and ask mercy of the Lord.
2 Esdras 2:5
As for me, O father, I call upon thee for a witness over the mother of these children, which would not keep my covenant,
2 Esdras 2:8
Woe be unto thee, Assur, thou that hidest the unrighteous in thee! O thou wicked people, remember what I did unto Sodom and Gomorrha;
2 Esdras 2:9
Whose land lieth in clods of pitch and heaps of ashes: even so also will I do unto them that hear me not, saith the Almighty Lord.
2 Esdras 2:10
Thus saith the Lord unto Esdras, Tell my people that I will give them the kingdom of Jerusalem, which I would have given unto Israel.
2 Esdras 2:11
Their glory also will I take unto me, and give these the everlasting tabernacles, which I had prepared for them.
2 Esdras 2:14
Take heaven and earth to witness; for I have broken the evil in pieces, and created the good: for I live, saith the Lord.
2 Esdras 2:15
Mother, embrace thy children, and bring them up with gladness, make their feet as fast as a pillar: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord.
2 Esdras 2:16
And those that be dead will I raise up again from their places, and bring them out of the graves: for I have known my name in Israel.
2 Esdras 2:17
Fear not, thou mother of the children: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord.
2 Esdras 2:18
For thy help will I send my servants Esau and Jeremy, after whose counsel I have sanctified and prepared for thee twelve trees laden with divers fruits,
2 Esdras 2:19
And as many fountains flowing with milk and honey, and seven mighty mountains, whereupon there grow roses and lilies, whereby I will fill thy children with joy.
2 Esdras 2:23
Wheresoever thou findest the dead, take them and bury them, and I will give thee the first place in my resurrection.
2 Esdras 2:26
As for the servants whom I have given thee, there shall not one of them perish; for I will require them from among thy number.
2 Esdras 2:30
Be joyful, O thou mother, with thy children; for I will deliver thee, saith the Lord.
2 Esdras 2:31
Remember thy children that sleep, for I shall bring them out of the sides of the earth, and shew mercy unto them: for I am merciful, saith the Lord Almighty.
2 Esdras 2:32
Embrace thy children until I come and shew mercy unto them: for my wells run over, and my grace shall not fail.
2 Esdras 2:33
I Esdras received a charge of the Lord upon the mount Oreb, that I should go unto Israel; but when I came unto them, they set me at nought, and despised the commandment of the Lord.
2 Esdras 2:34
And therefore I say unto you, O ye heathen, that hear and understand, look for your Shepherd, he shall give you everlasting rest; for he is nigh at hand, that shall come in the end of the world.
2 Esdras 2:36
Flee the shadow of this world, receive the joyfulness of your glory: I testify my Saviour openly.
2 Esdras 2:42
I Esdras saw upon the mount Sion a great people, whom I could not number, and they all praised the Lord with songs.
2 Esdras 2:43
And in the midst of them there was a young man of a high stature, taller than all the rest, and upon every one of their heads he set crowns, and was more exalted; which I marvelled at greatly.
2 Esdras 2:44
So I asked the angel, and said, Sir, what are these?
2 Esdras 2:46
Then said I unto the angel, What young person is it that crowneth them, and giveth them palms in their hands?
2 Esdras 2:47
So he answered and said unto me, It is the Son of God, whom they have confessed in the world. Then began I greatly to commend them that stood so stiffly for the name of the Lord.
2 Esdras 3:1
In the thirtieth year after the ruin of the city I was in Babylon, and lay troubled upon my bed, and my thoughts came up over my heart:
2 Esdras 3:2
For I saw the desolation of Sion, and the wealth of them that dwelt at Babylon.
2 Esdras 3:3
And my spirit was sore moved, so that I began to speak words full of fear to the most High, and said,
2 Esdras 3:29
For when I came thither, and had seen impieties without number, then my soul saw many evildoers in this thirtieth year, so that my heart failed me.
2 Esdras 3:30
For I have seen how thou sufferest them sinning, and hast spared wicked doers: and hast destroyed thy people, and hast preserved thine enemies, and hast not signified it.
2 Esdras 3:31
I do not remember how this way may be left: Are they then of Babylon better than they of Sion?
2 Esdras 3:33
And yet their reward appeareth not, and their labour hath no fruit: for I have gone here and there through the heathen, and I see that they flow in wealth, and think not upon thy commandments.
2 Esdras 4:3
Then said I, Yea, my lord. And he answered me, and said, I am sent to shew thee three ways, and to set forth three similitudes before thee:
2 Esdras 4:4
Whereof if thou canst declare me one, I will shew thee also the way that thou desirest to see, and I shall shew thee from whence the wicked heart cometh.
2 Esdras 4:5
And I said, Tell on, my lord. Then said he unto me, Go thy way, weigh me the weight of the fire, or measure me the blast of the wind, or call me again the day that is past.
2 Esdras 4:6
Then answered I and said, What man is able to do that, that thou shouldest ask such things of me?
2 Esdras 4:7
And he said unto me, If I should ask thee how great dwellings are in the midst of the sea, or how many springs are in the beginning of the deep, or how many springs are above the firmament, or which are the outgoings of paradise:
2 Esdras 4:8
Peradventure thou wouldest say unto me, I never went down into the deep, nor as yet into hell, neither did I ever climb up into heaven.
2 Esdras 4:9
Nevertheless now have I asked thee but only of the fire and wind, and of the day wherethrough thou hast passed, and of things from which thou canst not be separated, and yet canst thou give me no answer of them.
2 Esdras 4:12
Then said I unto him, It were better that we were not at all, than that we should live still in wickedness, and to suffer, and not to know wherefore.
2 Esdras 4:13
He answered me, and said, I went into a forest into a plain, and the trees took counsel,
2 Esdras 4:19
I answered and said, Verily it is a foolish thought that they both have devised, for the ground is given unto the wood, and the sea also hath his place to bear his floods.
2 Esdras 4:22
Then answered I and said, I beseech thee, O Lord, let me have understanding:
2 Esdras 4:25
What will he then do unto his name whereby we are called? of these things have I asked.
2 Esdras 4:28
But as concerning the things whereof thou askest me, I will tell thee; for the evil is sown, but the destruction thereof is not yet come.
2 Esdras 4:33
Then I answered and said, How, and when shall these things come to pass? wherefore are our years few and evil?
2 Esdras 4:35
Did not the souls also of the righteous ask question of these things in their chambers, saying, How long shall I hope on this fashion? when cometh the fruit of the floor of our reward?
2 Esdras 4:38
Then answered I and said, O Lord that bearest rule, even we all are full of impiety.
2 Esdras 4:41
Then said I, No, Lord, that can she not. And he said unto me, In the grave the chambers of souls are like the womb of a woman:
2 Esdras 4:44
Then answered I and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, and if it be possible, and if I be meet therefore,
2 Esdras 4:46
What is past I know, but what is for to come I know not.
2 Esdras 4:47
And he said unto me, Stand up upon the right side, and I shall expound the similitude unto thee.
2 Esdras 4:48
So I stood, and saw, and, behold, an hot burning oven passed by before me: and it happened that when the flame was gone by I looked, and, behold, the smoke remained still.
2 Esdras 4:51
Then I prayed, and said, May I live, thinkest thou, until that time? or what shall happen in those days?
2 Esdras 4:52
He answered me, and said, As for the tokens whereof thou askest me, I may tell thee of them in part: but as touching thy life, I am not sent to shew thee; for I do not know it.
2 Esdras 5:13
To shew thee such tokens I have leave; and if thou wilt pray again, and weep as now, and fast even days, thou shalt hear yet greater things.
2 Esdras 5:14
Then I awaked, and an extreme fearfulness went through all my body, and my mind was troubled, so that it fainted.
2 Esdras 5:19
Then said I unto him, Go thy ways from me, and come not nigh me. And he heard what I said, and went from me.
2 Esdras 5:20
And so I fasted seven days, mourning and weeping, like as Uriel the angel commanded me.
2 Esdras 5:22
And my soul recovered the spirit of understanding, and I began to talk with the most High again,
2 Esdras 5:31
Now when I had spoken these words, the angel that came to me the night afore was sent unto me,
2 Esdras 5:32
And said unto me, Hear me, and I will instruct thee; hearken to the thing that I say, and I shall tell thee more.
2 Esdras 5:33
And I said, Speak on, my Lord. Then said he unto me, Thou art sore troubled in mind for Israel's sake: lovest thou that people better than he that made them?
2 Esdras 5:34
And I said, No, Lord: but of very grief have I spoken: for my reins pain me every hour, while I labour to comprehend the way of the most High, and to seek out part of his judgment.
2 Esdras 5:35
And he said unto me, Thou canst not. And I said, Wherefore, Lord? whereunto was I born then? or why was not my mother's womb then my grave, that I might not have seen the travail of Jacob, and the wearisome toil of the stock of Israel?
2 Esdras 5:37
Open me the places that are closed, and bring me forth the winds that in them are shut up, shew me the image of a voice: and then I will declare to thee the thing that thou labourest to know.
2 Esdras 5:38
And I said, O Lord that bearest rule, who may know these things, but he that hath not his dwelling with men?
2 Esdras 5:39
As for me, I am unwise: how may I then speak of these things whereof thou askest me?
2 Esdras 5:40
Then said he unto me, Like as thou canst do none of these things that I have spoken of, even so canst thou not find out my judgment, or in the end the love that I have promised unto my people.
2 Esdras 5:41
And I said, Behold, O Lord, yet art thou nigh unto them that be reserved till the end: and what shall they do that have been before me, or we that be now, or they that shall come after us?
2 Esdras 5:42
And he said unto me, I will liken my judgment unto a ring: like as there is no slackness of the last, even so there is no swiftness of the first.
2 Esdras 5:43
So I answered and said, Couldest thou not make those that have been made, and be now, and that are for to come, at once; that thou mightest shew thy judgment the sooner?
2 Esdras 5:45
And I said, As thou hast said unto thy servant, that thou, which givest life to all, hast given life at once to the creature that thou hast created, and the creature bare it: even so it might now also bear them that now be present at once.
2 Esdras 5:47
And I said, She cannot: but must do it by distance of time.
2 Esdras 5:48
Then said he unto me, Even so have I given the womb of the earth to those that be sown in it in their times.
2 Esdras 5:49
For like as a young child may not bring forth the things that belong to the aged, even so have I disposed the world which I created.
2 Esdras 5:50
And I asked, and said, Seeing thou hast now given me the way, I will proceed to speak before thee: for our mother, of whom thou hast told me that she is young, draweth now nigh unto age.
2 Esdras 5:56
Then said I, Lord, I beseech thee, if I have found favour in thy sight, shew thy servant by whom thou visitest thy creature.
2 Esdras 6:6
Then did I consider these things, and they all were made through me alone, and through none other: by me also they shall be ended, and by none other.
2 Esdras 6:7
Then answered I and said, What shall be the parting asunder of the times? or when shall be the end of the first, and the beginning of it that followeth?
2 Esdras 6:11
I answered then and said, O Lord that bearest rule, if I have found favour in thy sight,
2 Esdras 6:12
I beseech thee, shew thy servant the end of thy tokens, whereof thou shewedst me part the last night.
2 Esdras 6:17
And it happened, that when I had heard it I stood up upon my feet, and hearkened, and, behold, there was a voice that spake, and the sound of it was like the sound of many waters.
2 Esdras 6:18
And it said, Behold, the days come, that I will begin to draw nigh, and to visit them that dwell upon the earth,
2 Esdras 6:20
And when the world, that shall begin to vanish away, shall be finished, then will I shew these tokens: the books shall be opened before the firmament, and they shall see all together:
2 Esdras 6:25
Whosoever remaineth from all these that I have told thee shall escape, and see my salvation, and the end of your world.
2 Esdras 6:29
And when he talked with me, behold, I looked by little and little upon him before whom I stood.
2 Esdras 6:30
And these words said he unto me; I am come to shew thee the time of the night to come.
2 Esdras 6:31
If thou wilt pray yet more, and fast seven days again, I shall tell thee greater things by day than I have heard.
2 Esdras 6:35
And it came to pass after this, that I wept again, and fasted seven days in like manner, that I might fulfil the three weeks which he told me.
2 Esdras 6:36
And in the eighth night was my heart vexed within me again, and I began to speak before the most High.
2 Esdras 6:38
And I said, O Lord, thou spakest from the beginning of the creation, even the first day, and saidst thus; Let heaven and earth be made; and thy word was a perfect work.
2 Esdras 6:55
All this have I spoken before thee, O Lord, because thou madest the world for our sakes
2 Esdras 7:1
And when I had made an end of speaking these words, there was sent unto me the angel which had been sent unto me the nights afore:
2 Esdras 7:2
And he said unto me, Up, Esdras, and hear the words that I am come to tell thee.
2 Esdras 7:3
And I said, Speak on, my God. Then said he unto me, The sea is set in a wide place, that it might be deep and great.
2 Esdras 7:10
And I said, It is so, Lord. Then said he unto me, Even so also is Israel's portion.
2 Esdras 7:11
Because for their sakes I made the world: and when Adam transgressed my statutes, then was decreed that now is done.
2 Esdras 7:17
Then answered I and said, O Lord that bearest rule, thou hast ordained in thy law, that the righteous should inherit these things, but that the ungodly should perish.
2 Esdras 7:26
Behold, the time shall come, that these tokens which I have told thee shall come to pass, and the bride shall appear, and she coming forth shall be seen, that now is withdrawn from the earth.
2 Esdras 7:36
Then said I, Abraham prayed first for the Sodomites, and Moses for the fathers that sinned in the wilderness:
2 Esdras 7:46
I answered then and said, This is my first and last saying, that it had been better not to have given the earth unto Adam: or else, when it was given him, to have restrained him from sinning.
2 Esdras 7:58
That, if he be overcome, he shall suffer as thou hast said: but if he get the victory, he shall receive the thing that I say.
2 Esdras 7:62
I answered then, and said, I know, Lord, that the most High is called merciful, in that he hath mercy upon them which are not yet come into the world,
2 Esdras 8:2
I will tell thee a similitude, Esdras; As when thou askest the earth, it shall say unto thee, that it giveth much mould whereof earthen vessels are made, but little dust that gold cometh of: even so is the course of this present world.
2 Esdras 8:4
So answered I and said, Swallow then down, O my soul, understanding, and devour wisdom.
2 Esdras 8:15
Now therefore, Lord, I will speak; touching man in general, thou knowest best; but touching thy people, for whose sake I am sorry;
2 Esdras 8:16
And for thine inheritance, for whose cause I mourn; and for Israel, for whom I am heavy; and for Jacob, for whose sake I am troubled;
2 Esdras 8:17
Therefore will I begin to pray before thee for myself and for them: for I see the falls of us that dwell in the land.
2 Esdras 8:18
But I have heard the swiftness of the judge which is to come.
2 Esdras 8:19
Therefore hear my voice, and understand my words, and I shall speak before thee. This is the beginning of the words of Esdras, before he was taken up: and I said,
2 Esdras 8:25
For while I live I will speak, and so long as I have understanding I will answer.
2 Esdras 8:38
For indeed I will not think on the disposition of them which have sinned before death, before judgment, before destruction:
2 Esdras 8:39
But I will rejoice over the disposition of the righteous, and I will remember also their pilgrimage, and the salvation, and the reward, that they shall have.
2 Esdras 8:40
Like as I have spoken now, so shall it come to pass.
2 Esdras 8:42
I answered then and said, If I have found grace, let me speak.
2 Esdras 8:47
For thou comest far short that thou shouldest be able to love my creature more than I: but I have ofttimes drawn nigh unto thee, and unto it, but never to the unrighteous.
2 Esdras 8:62
These things have I not shewed unto all men, but unto thee, and a few like thee. Then answered I and said,
2 Esdras 9:1
He answered me then, and said, Measure thou the time diligently in itself: and when thou seest part of the signs past, which I have told thee before,
2 Esdras 9:8
Shall be preserved from the said perils, and shall see my salvation in my land, and within my borders: for I have sanctified them for me from the beginning.
2 Esdras 9:14
Then answered I and said,
2 Esdras 9:15
I have said before, and now do speak, and will speak it also hereafter, that there be many more of them which perish, than of them which shall be saved:
2 Esdras 9:18
And now when I prepared the world, which was not yet made, even for them to dwell in that now live, no man spake against me.
2 Esdras 9:20
So I considered the world, and, behold, there was peril because of the devices that were come into it.
2 Esdras 9:21
And I saw, and spared it greatly, and have kept me a grape of the cluster, and a plant of a great people.
2 Esdras 9:22
Let the multitude perish then, which was born in vain; and let my grape be kept, and my plant; for with great labour have I made it perfect.
2 Esdras 9:25
And pray unto the Highest continually, then will I come and talk with thee.
2 Esdras 9:26
So I went my way into the field which is called Ardath, like as he commanded me; and there I sat among the flowers, and did eat of the herbs of the field, and the meat of the same satisfied me.
2 Esdras 9:27
After seven days I sat upon the grass, and my heart was vexed within me, like as before:
2 Esdras 9:28
And I opened my mouth, and began to talk before the most High, and said,
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For, behold, I sow my law in you, and it shall bring fruit in you, and ye shall be honoured in it for ever.
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And when I spake these things in my heart, I looked back with mine eyes, and upon the right side I saw a woman, and, behold, she mourned and wept with a loud voice, and was much grieved in heart, and her clothes were rent, and she had ashes upon her head.
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Then let I my thoughts go that I was in, and turned me unto her,
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And she said unto me, Sir, let me alone, that I may bewail myself, and add unto my sorrow, for I am sore vexed in my mind, and brought very low.
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And I said unto her, What aileth thee? tell me.
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She said unto me, I thy servant have been barren, and had no child, though I had an husband thirty years,
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And those thirty years I did nothing else day and night, and every hour, but make my, prayer to the Highest.
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After thirty years God heard me thine handmaid, looked upon my misery, considered my trouble, and gave me a son: and I was very glad of him, so was my husband also, and all my neighbours: and we gave great honour unto the Almighty.
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And I nourished him with great travail.
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So when he grew up, and came to the time that he should have a wife, I made a feast.
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Then we all overthrew the lights, and all my neighbours rose up to comfort me: so I took my rest unto the second day at night.
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And it came to pass, when they had all left off to comfort me, to the end I might be quiet; then rose I up by night and fled, and came hither into this field, as thou seest.
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And I do now purpose not to return into the city, but here to stay, and neither to eat nor drink, but continually to mourn and to fast until I die.
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Then left I the meditations wherein I was, and spake to her in anger, saying,
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But if thou sayest unto me, My lamentation is not like the earth's, because I have lost the fruit of my womb, which I brought forth with pains, and bare with sorrows;
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Then say I unto thee, Like as thou hast brought forth with labour; even so the earth also hath given her fruit, namely, man, ever since the beginning unto him that made her.
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And she said unto me, That will I not do: I will not go into the city, but here will I die.
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So I proceeded to speak further unto her, and said,
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And it came to pass while I was talking with her, behold, her face upon a sudden shined exceedingly, and her countenance glistered, so that I was afraid of her, and mused what it might be.
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And I looked, and, behold, the woman appeared unto me no more, but there was a city builded, and a large place shewed itself from the foundations: then was I afraid, and cried with a loud voice, and said,
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And as I was speaking these words behold, he came unto me, and looked upon me.
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And, lo, I lay as one that had been dead, and mine understanding was taken from me: and he took me by the right hand, and comforted me, and set me upon my feet, and said unto me,
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And I said, Because thou hast forsaken me, and yet I did according to thy words, and I went into the field, and, lo, I have seen, and yet see, that I am not able to express.
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And he said unto me, Stand up manfully, and I will advise thee.
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Then said I, Speak on, my lord, in me; only forsake me not, lest I die frustrate of my hope.
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For I have seen that I knew not, and hear that I do not know.
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Now therefore I beseech thee that thou wilt shew thy servant of this vision.
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He answered me then, and said, Hear me, and I shall inform thee, and tell thee wherefore thou art afraid: for the Highest will reveal many secret things unto thee.
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Whereas, I say, she said unto thee, that she hath been thirty years barren: those are the thirty years wherein there was no offering made in her.
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And therefore I bade thee remain in the field where no house was builded:
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For I knew that the Highest would shew this unto thee.
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Therefore I commanded thee to go into the field, where no foundation of any building was.
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And so shall the Highest shew thee visions of the high things, which the most High will do unto them that dwell upon the earth in the last days. So I slept that night and another, like as he commanded me.
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Then saw I a dream, and, behold, there came up from the sea an eagle, which had twelve feathered wings, and three heads.
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And I saw, and, behold, she spread her wings over all the earth, and all the winds of the air blew on her, and were gathered together.
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And I beheld, and out of her feathers there grew other contrary feathers; and they became little feathers and small.
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Moreover I beheld, and, lo, the eagle flew with her feathers, and reigned upon earth, and over them that dwelt therein.
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And I saw that all things under heaven were subject unto her, and no man spake against her, no, not one creature upon earth.
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And I beheld, and, lo, the eagle rose upon her talons, and spake to her feathers, saying,
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And I beheld, and, lo, the voice went not out of her heads, but from the midst of her body.
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And I numbered her contrary feathers, and, behold, there were eight of them.
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And I looked, and, behold, on the right side there arose one feather, and reigned over all the earth;
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Hear thou that hast borne rule over the earth so long: this I say unto thee, before thou beginnest to appear no more,
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Then I beheld, and, lo, in process of time the feathers that followed stood up upon the right side, that they might rule also; and some of them ruled, but within a while they appeared no more:
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After this I looked, and, behold, the twelve feathers appeared no more, nor the two little feathers:
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Then saw I also that two little feathers divided themselves from the six, and remained under the head that was upon the right side: for the four continued in their place.
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And I beheld, and, lo, the feathers that were under the wing thought to set up themselves and to have the rule.
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And I beheld, and, lo, there was one set up, but shortly it appeared no more.
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And I beheld, and, lo, the two that remained thought also in themselves to reign:
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And then I saw that the two other heads were joined with it.
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And after this I beheld, and, lo, the head that was in the midst suddenly appeared no more, like as the wings.
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And I beheld, and, lo, the head upon the right side devoured it that was upon the left side.
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Then I head a voice, which said unto me, Look before thee, and consider the thing that thou seest.
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And I beheld, and lo, as it were a roaring lion chased out of the wood: and I saw that he sent out a man's voice unto the eagle, and said,
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Hear thou, I will talk with thee, and the Highest shall say unto thee,
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Art not thou it that remainest of the four beasts, whom I made to reign in my world, that the end of their times might come through them?
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And it came to pass, whiles the lion spake these words unto the eagle, I saw,
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And I saw, and, behold, they appeared no more, and the whole body of the eagle was burnt so that the earth was in great fear: then awaked I out of the trouble and trance of my mind, and from great fear, and said unto my spirit,
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Lo, yet am I weary in my mind, and very weak in my spirit; and little strength is there in me, for the great fear wherewith I was afflicted this night.
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Therefore will I now beseech the Highest, that he will comfort me unto the end.
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And I said, Lord that bearest rule, if I have found grace before thy sight, and if I am justified with thee before many others, and if my prayer indeed be come up before thy face;
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But it was not expounded unto him, therefore now I declare it unto thee.
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For the rest of my people shall he deliver with mercy, those that have been pressed upon my borders, and he shall make them joyful until the coming of the day of judgment, whereof I have spoken unto thee from the the beginning.
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And it came to pass, when all the people saw that the seven days were past, and I not come again into the city, they gathered them all together, from the least unto the greatest, and came unto me, and said,
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For we are not better than they that died there. And they wept with a loud voice. Then answered I them, and said,
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As for me, I have not forsaken you, neither am I departed from you: but am come into this place, to pray for the desolation of Sion, and that I might seek mercy for the low estate of your sanctuary.
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And now go your way home every man, and after these days will I come unto you.
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So the people went their way into the city, like as I commanded them:
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But I remained still in the field seven days, as the angel commanded me; and did eat only in those days of the flowers of the field, and had my meat of the herbs.
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And it came to pass after seven days, I dreamed a dream by night:
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And I beheld, and, lo, that man waxed strong with the thousands of heaven: and when he turned his countenance to look, all the things trembled that were seen under him.
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And after this I beheld, and, lo, there was gathered together a multitude of men, out of number, from the four winds of the heaven, to subdue the man that came out of the sea
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But I beheld, and, lo, he had graved himself a great mountain, and flew up upon it.
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But I would have seen the region or place whereout the hill was graven, and I could not.
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And after this I beheld, and, lo, all they which were gathered together to subdue him were sore afraid, and yet durst fight.
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But only I saw that he sent out of his mouth as it had been a blast of fire, and out of his lips a flaming breath, and out of his tongue he cast out sparks and tempests.
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And they were all mixed together; the blast of fire, the flaming breath, and the great tempest; and fell with violence upon the multitude which was prepared to fight, and burned them up every one, so that upon a sudden of an innumerable multitude nothing was to be perceived, but only dust and smell of smoke: when I saw this I was afraid.
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Afterward saw I the same man come down from the mountain, and call unto him another peaceable Multitude.
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And there came much people unto him, whereof some were glad, some were sorry, and some of them were bound, and other some brought of them that were offered: then was I sick through great fear, and I awaked, and said,
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For as I conceive in mine understanding, woe unto them that shall be left in those days and much more woe unto them that are not left behind!
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Now understand I the things that are laid up in the latter days, which shall happen unto them, and to those that are left behind.
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The interpretation of the vision shall I shew thee, and I will open unto thee the thing that thou hast required.
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And the time shall be when these things shall come to pass, and the signs shall happen which I shewed thee before, and then shall my Son be declared, whom thou sawest as a man ascending.
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Then said I, O Lord that bearest rule, shew me this: Wherefore have I seen the man coming up from the midst of the sea?
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And therefore have I shewed thee the treasures of the Highest: after other three days I will speak other things unto thee, and declare unto thee mighty and wondrous things.
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Then went I forth into the field, giving praise and thanks greatly unto the most High because of his wonders which he did in time;
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And because he governeth the same, and such things as fall in their seasons: and there I sat three days.
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And it came to pass upon the third day, I sat under an oak, and, behold, there came a voice out of a bush over against me, and said, Esdras, Esdras.
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And I said, Here am I, Lord And I stood up upon my feet.
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Then said he unto me, In the bush I did manifestly reveal myself unto Moses, and talked with him, when my people served in Egypt:
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And I sent him and led my people out of Egypt, and brought him up to the mount of where I held him by me a long season,
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And now I say unto thee,
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That thou lay up in thy heart the signs that I have shewed, and the dreams that thou hast seen, and the interpretations which thou hast heard:
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Then answered I before thee, and said,
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Behold, Lord, I will go, as thou hast commanded me, and reprove the people which are present: but they that shall be born afterward, who shall admonish them? thus the world is set in darkness, and they that dwell therein are without light.
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But if I have found grace before thee, send the Holy Ghost into me, and I shall write all that hath been done in the world since the beginning, which were written in thy law, that men may find thy path, and that they which will live in the latter days may live.
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And come hither, and I shall light a candle of understanding in thine heart, which shall not be put out, till the things be performed which thou shalt begin to write.
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Then went I forth, as he commanded, and gathered all the people together, and said,
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So I took the five men, as he commanded me, and we went into the field, and remained there.
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And the next day, behold, a voice called me, saying, Esdras, open thy mouth, and drink that I give thee to drink.
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Then opened I my mouth, and, behold, he reached me a full cup, which was full as it were with water, but the colour of it was like fire.
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And I took it, and drank: and when I had drunk of it, my heart uttered understanding, and wisdom grew in my breast, for my spirit strengthened my memory:
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As for me. I spake in the day, and I held not my tongue by night.
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And I did so.
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Behold, speak thou in the ears of my people the words of prophecy, which I will put in thy mouth, saith the Lord:
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Behold, saith the Lord, I will bring plagues upon the world; the sword, famine, death, and destruction.
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I will hold my tongue no more as touching their wickedness, which they profanely commit, neither will I suffer them in those things, in which they wickedly exercise themselves: behold, the innocent and righteous blood crieth unto me, and the souls of the just complain continually.
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And therefore, saith the Lord, I will surely avenge them, and receive unto me all the innocent blood from among them.
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Behold, my people is led as a flock to the slaughter: I will not suffer them now to dwell in the land of Egypt:
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But I will bring them with a mighty hand and a stretched out arm, and smite Egypt with plagues, as before, and will destroy all the land thereof.
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Behold, saith God, I will call together all the kings of the earth to reverence me, which are from the rising of the sun, from the south, from the east, and Libanus; to turn themselves one against another, and repay the things that they have done to them.
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Like as they do yet this day unto my chosen, so will I do also, and recompense in their bosom. Thus saith the Lord God;
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I will not spare them: go your way, ye children, from the power, defile not my sanctuary.
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I will send plagues upon thee; widowhood, poverty, famine, sword, and pestilence, to waste thy houses with destruction and death.
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Would I with jealousy have so proceeded against thee, saith the Lord,
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The beginning of sorrows and great mournings; the beginning of famine and great death; the beginning of wars, and the powers shall stand in fear; the beginning of evils! what shall I do when these evils shall come?
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The more will I be angry with them for their sin, saith the Lord.
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Let not the sinner say that he hath not sinned: for God shall burn coals of fire upon his head, which saith before the Lord God and his glory, I have not sinned.
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Hear, O ye my beloved, saith the Lord: behold, the days of trouble are at hand, but I will deliver you from the same.
I Tobit have walked all the days of my life in the ways of truth and justice, and I did many almsdeeds to my brethren, and my nation, who came with me to Nineve, into the land of the Assyrians.
And when I was in mine own country, in the land of Israel being but young, all the tribe of Nephthali my father fell from the house of Jerusalem, which was chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, that all the tribes should sacrifice there, where the temple of the habitation of the most High was consecrated and built for all ages.
But I alone went often to Jerusalem at the feasts, as it was ordained unto all the people of Israel by an everlasting decree, having the firstfruits and tenths of increase, with that which was first shorn; and them gave I at the altar to the priests the children of Aaron.
The first tenth part of all increase I gave to the sons of Aaron, who ministered at Jerusalem: another tenth part I sold away, and went, and spent it every year at Jerusalem:
And the third I gave unto them to whom it was meet, as Debora my father's mother had commanded me, because I was left an orphan by my father.
Furthermore, when I was come to the age of a man, I married Anna of mine own kindred, and of her I begat Tobias.
But I kept myself from eating;
Because I remembered God with all my heart.
And the most High gave me grace and favour before Enemessar, so that I was his purveyor.
And I went into Media, and left in trust with Gabael, the brother of Gabrias, at Rages a city of Media ten talents of silver.
Now when Enemessar was dead, Sennacherib his son reigned in his stead; whose estate was troubled, that I could not go into Media.
And in the time of Enemessar I gave many alms to my brethren, and gave my bread to the hungry,
And my clothes to the naked: and if I saw any of my nation dead, or cast about the walls of Nineve, I buried him.
And if the king Sennacherib had slain any, when he was come, and fled from Judea, I buried them privily; for in his wrath he killed many; but the bodies were not found, when they were sought for of the king.
And when one of the Ninevites went and complained of me to the king, that I buried them, and hid myself; understanding that I was sought for to be put to death, I withdrew myself for fear.
And Achiacharus intreating for me, I returned to Nineve. Now Achiacharus was cupbearer, and keeper of the signet, and steward, and overseer of the accounts: and Sarchedonus appointed him next unto him: and he was my brother's son.
Now when I was come home again, and my wife Anna was restored unto me, with my son Tobias, in the feast of Pentecost, which is the holy feast of the seven weeks, there was a good dinner prepared me, in the which I sat down to eat.
And when I saw abundance of meat, I said to my son, Go and bring what poor man soever thou shalt find out of our brethren, who is mindful of the Lord; and, lo, I tarry for thee.
Then before I had tasted of any meat, I started up, and took him up into a room until the going down of the sun.
Then I returned, and washed myself, and ate my meat in heaviness,
Therefore I wept: and after the going down of the sun I went and made a grave, and buried him.
The same night also I returned from the burial, and slept by the wall of my courtyard, being polluted and my face was uncovered:
And I knew not that there were sparrows in the wall, and mine eyes being open, the sparrows muted warm dung into mine eyes, and a whiteness came in mine eyes: and I went to the physicians, but they helped me not: moreover Achiacharus did nourish me, until I went into Elymais.
And when it was in my house, and began to cry, I said unto her, From whence is this kid? is it not stolen? render it to the owners; for it is not lawful to eat any thing that is stolen.
But she replied upon me, It was given for a gift more than the wages. Howbeit I did not believe her, but bade her render it to the owners: and I was abashed at her. But she replied upon me, Where are thine alms and thy righteous deeds? behold, thou and all thy works are known.
Then I being grieved did weep, and in my sorrow prayed, saying,
Now therefore deal with me as seemeth best unto thee, and command my spirit to be taken from me, that I may be dissolved, and become earth: for it is profitable for me to die rather than to live, because I have heard false reproaches, and have much sorrow: command therefore that I may now be delivered out of this distress, and go into the everlasting place: turn not thy face away from me.
Whe she heard these things, she was very sorrowful, so that she thought to have strangled herself; and she said, I am the only daughter of my father, and if I do this, it shall be a reproach unto him, and I shall bring his old age with sorrow unto the grave.
And now, O Lord, I set I mine eyes and my face toward thee,
And say, Take me out of the earth, that I may hear no more the reproach.
Thou knowest, Lord, that I am pure from all sin with man,
And that I never polluted my name, nor the name of my father, in the land of my captivity: I am the only daughter of my father, neither hath he any child to be his heir, neither any near kinsman, nor any son of his alive, to whom I may keep myself for a wife: my seven husbands are already dead; and why should I live? but if it please not thee that I should die, command some regard to be had of me, and pity taken of me, that I hear no more reproach.
And said with himself, I have wished for death; wherefore do I not call for my son Tobias that I may signify to him of the money before I die?
And when he had called him, he said, My son, when I am dead, bury me; and despise not thy mother, but honour her all the days of thy life, and do that which shall please her, and grieve her not.
And now I signify this to they that I committed ten talents to Gabael the son of Gabrias at Rages in Media.
Tobias then answered and said, Father, I will do all things which thou hast commanded me:
But how can I receive the money, seeing I know him not?
Then he gave him the handwriting, and said unto him, Seek thee a man which may go with thee, whiles I yet live, and I will give him wages: and go and receive the money.
To whom the angel said, I will go with thee, and I know the way well: for I have lodged with our brother Gabael.
Then Tobias said unto him, Tarry for me, till I tell my father.
Then he said unto him, Go and tarry not. So he went in and said to his father, Behold, I have found one which will go with me. Then he said, Call him unto me, that I may know of what tribe he is, and whether he be a trusty man to go with thee.
To whom he said, Dost thou seek for a tribe or family, or an hired man to go with thy son? Then Tobit said unto him, I would know, brother, thy kindred and name.
Then he said, I am Azarias, the son of Ananias the great, and of thy brethren.
Then Tobit said, Thou art welcome, brother; be not now angry with me, because I have enquired to know thy tribe and thy family; for thou art my brother, of an honest and good stock: for I know Ananias and Jonathas, sons of that great Samaias, as we went together to Jerusalem to worship, and offered the firstborn, and the tenths of the fruits; and they were not seduced with the error of our brethren: my brother, thou art of a good stock.
But tell me, what wages shall I give thee? wilt thou a drachm a day, and things necessary, as to mine own son?
Yea, moreover, if ye return safe, I will add something to thy wages.
The angel said to the young man, Brother, to day we shall lodge with Raguel, who is thy cousin; he also hath one only daughter, named Sara; I will speak for her, that she may be given thee for a wife.
And the maid is fair and wise: now therefore hear me, and I will speak to her father; and when we return from Rages we will celebrate the marriage: for I know that Raguel cannot marry her to another according to the law of Moses, but he shall be guilty of death, because the right of inheritance doth rather appertain to thee than to any other.
Then the young man answered the angel, I have heard, brother Azarias that this maid hath been given to seven men, who all died in the marriage chamber.
And now I am the only son of my father, and I am afraid, lest if I go in unto her, I die, as the other before: for a wicked spirit loveth her, which hurteth no body, but those which come unto her; wherefore I also fear lest I die, and bring my father's and my mother's life because of me to the grave with sorrow: for they have no other son to bury them.
And the devil shall smell it, and flee away, and never come again any more: but when thou shalt come to her, rise up both of you, and pray to God which is merciful, who will have pity on you, and save you: fear not, for she is appointed unto thee from the beginning; and thou shalt preserve her, and she shall go with thee. Moreover I suppose that she shall bear thee children. Now when Tobias had heard these things, he loved her, and his heart was effectually joined to her.
For it is meet that thou shouldest marry my daughter: nevertheless I will declare unto thee the truth.
I have given my daughter in marriage to seven men, who died that night they came in unto her: nevertheless for the present be merry. But Tobias said, I will eat nothing here, till we agree and swear one to another.
And now, O Lord, I take not this my sister for lush but uprightly: therefore mercifully ordain that we may become aged together.
Saying, I fear lest he also be dead.
Thou art to be praised, for thou hast made me joyful; and that is not come to me which I suspected; but thou hast dealt with us according to thy great mercy.
And then he should take the half of his goods, and go in safety to his father; and should have the rest when I and my wife be dead.
For Raguel hath sworn that I shall not depart.
But my father counteth the days; and if I tarry long, he will be very sorry.
Now I care for nothing, my son, since I have let thee go, the light of mine eyes.
But his father in law said unto him, Tarry with me, and I will send to thy father, and they shall declare unto him how things go with thee.
And he said to his daughter, Honour thy father and thy mother in law, which are now thy parents, that I may hear good report of thee. And he kissed her. Edna also said to Tobias, The Lord of heaven restore thee, my dear brother, and grant that I may see thy children of my daughter Sara before I die, that I may rejoice before the Lord: behold, I commit my daughter unto thee of special trust; where are do not entreat her evil.
Then said Raphael, I know, Tobias, that thy father will open his eyes.
Then Anna ran forth, and fell upon the neck of her son, and said unto him, Seeing I have seen thee, my son, from henceforth I am content to die. And they wept both.
For thou hast scourged, and hast taken pity on me: for, behold, I see my son Tobias. And his son went in rejoicing, and told his father the great things that had happened to him in Media.
And Tobias said unto him, O father, it is no harm to me to give him half of those things which I have brought:
Surely I will keep close nothing from you. For I said, It was good to keep close the secret of a king, but that it was honourable to reveal the works of God.
Now therefore, when thou didst pray, and Sara thy daughter in law, I did bring the remembrance of your prayers before the Holy One: and when thou didst bury the dead, I was with thee likewise.
And when thou didst not delay to rise up, and leave thy dinner, to go and cover the dead, thy good deed was not hid from me: but I was with thee.
I am Raphael, one of the seven holy angels, which present the prayers of the saints, and which go in and out before the glory of the Holy One.
For not of any favour of mine, but by the will of our God I came; wherefore praise him for ever.
All these days I did appear unto you; but I did neither eat nor drink, but ye did see a vision.
Now therefore give God thanks: for I go up to him that sent me; but write all things which are done in a book.
If ye turn to him with your whole heart, and with your whole mind, and deal uprightly before him, then will he turn unto you, and will not hide his face from you. Therefore see what he will do with you, and confess him with your whole mouth, and praise the Lord of might, and extol the everlasting King. In the land of my captivity do I praise him, and declare his might and majesty to a sinful nation. O ye sinners, turn and do justice before him: who can tell if he will accept you, and have mercy on you?
I will extol my God, and my soul shall praise the King of heaven, and shall rejoice in his greatness.
And when he was very aged he called his son, and the sons of his son, and said to him, My son, take thy children; for, behold, I am aged, and am ready to depart out of this life.
Go into Media my son, for I surely believe those things which Jonas the prophet spake of Nineve, that it shall be overthrown; and that for a time peace shall rather be in Media; and that our brethren shall lie scattered in the earth from that good land: and Jerusalem shall be desolate, and the house of God in it shall be burned, and shall be desolate for a time;
And thou shalt declare unto that they prepare for me earth and water: for I will go forth in my wrath against them and will cover the whole face of the earth with the feet of mine army, and I will give them for a spoil unto them:
And I will lead them captives to the utmost parts of all the earth.
For as I live, and by the power of my kingdom, whatsoever I have spoken, that will I do by mine hand.
And take thou heed that thou transgress none of the commandments of thy lord, but accomplish them fully, as I have commanded thee, and defer not to do them.
Then said Achior, the captain of all the sons of Ammon, Let my lord now hear a word from the mouth of thy servant, and I will declare unto thee the truth concerning this people, which dwelleth near thee, and inhabiteth the hill countries: and there shall no lie come out of the mouth of thy servant.
And thou, Achior, an hireling of Ammon, which hast spoken these words in the day of thine iniquity, shalt see my face no more from this day, until I take vengeance of this nation that came out of Egypt.
And then shall the sword of mine army, and the multitude of them that serve me, pass through thy sides, and thou shalt fall among their slain, when I return.
And if thou persuade thyself in thy mind that they shall be taken, let not thy countenance fall: I have spoken it, and none of my words shall be in vain.
And if these days pass, and there come no help unto us, I will do according to your word.
Then said Judith unto them, Hear me, and I will do a thing, which shall go throughout all generations to the children of our nation.
Ye shall stand this night in the gate, and I will go forth with my waitingwoman: and within the days that ye have promised to deliver the city to our enemies the Lord will visit Israel by mine hand.
But enquire not ye of mine act: for I will not declare it unto you, till the things be finished that I do.
Behold their pride, and send thy wrath upon their heads: give into mine hand, which am a widow, the power that I have conceived.
I pray thee, I pray thee, O God of my father, and God of the inheritance of Israel, Lord of the heavens and earth, Creator of the waters, king of every creature, hear thou my prayer:
And she said unto them, Command the gates of the city to be opened unto me, that I may go forth to accomplish the things whereof ye have spoken with me. So they commanded the young men to open unto her, as she had spoken.
And took her, and asked her, Of what people art thou? and whence comest thou? and whither goest thou? And she said, I am a woman of the Hebrews, and am fled from them: for they shall be given you to be consumed:
And I am coming before Holofernes the chief captain of your army, to declare words of truth; and I will shew him a way, whereby he shall go, and win all the hill country, without losing the body or life of any one of his men.
Then said Holofernes unto her, Woman, be of good comfort, fear not in thine heart: for I never hurt any that was willing to serve Nabuchodonosor, the king of all the earth.
Now therefore, if thy people that dwelleth in the mountains had not set light by me, I would not have lifted up my spear against them: but they have done these things to themselves.
Then Judith said unto him, Receive the words of thy servant, and suffer thine handmaid to speak in thy presence, and I will declare no lie to my lord this night.
Wherefore I thine handmaid, knowing all this, am fled from their presence; and God hath sent me to work things with thee, whereat all the earth shall be astonished, and whosoever shall hear it.
For thy servant is religious, and serveth the God of heaven day and night: now therefore, my lord, I will remain with thee, and thy servant will go out by night into the valley, and I will pray unto God, and he will tell me when they have committed their sins:
And I will come and shew it unto thee: then thou shalt go forth with all thine army, and there shall be none of them that shall resist thee.
And I will lead thee through the midst of Judea, until thou come before Jerusalem; and I will set thy throne in the midst thereof; and thou shalt drive them as sheep that have no shepherd, and a dog shall not so much as open his mouth at thee: for these things were told me according to my foreknowledge, and they were declared unto me, and I am sent to tell thee.
And Judith said, I will not eat thereof, lest there be an offence: but provision shall be made for me of the things that I have brought.
Then said Judith unto him As thy soul liveth, my lord, thine handmaid shall not spend those things that I have, before the Lord work by mine hand the things that he hath determined.
Then said Judith unto him, Who am I now, that I should gainsay my lord? surely whatsoever pleaseth him I will do speedily, and it shall be my joy unto the day of my death.
So Judith said, I will drink now, my lord, because my life is magnified in me this day more than all the days since I was born.
Then she said to them with a loud voice, Praise, praise God, praise God, I say, for he hath not taken away his mercy from the house of Israel, but hath destroyed our enemies by mine hands this night.
As the Lord liveth, who hath kept me in my way that I went, my countenance hath deceived him to his destruction, and yet hath he not committed sin with me, to defile and shame me.
I will sing unto the Lord a new song: O Lord, thou art great and glorious, wonderful in strength, and invincible.
Wisdom of Solomon 6:9
Unto you therefore, O kings, do I speak, that ye may learn wisdom, and not fall away.
Wisdom of Solomon 6:22
As for wisdom, what she is, and how she came up, I will tell you, and will not hide mysteries from you: but will seek her out from the beginning of her nativity, and bring the knowledge of her into light, and will not pass over the truth.
Wisdom of Solomon 6:23
Neither will I go with consuming envy; for such a man shall have no fellowship with wisdom.
Wisdom of Solomon 7:1
I myself also am a mortal man, like to all, and the offspring of him that was first made of the earth,
Wisdom of Solomon 7:3
And when I was born, I drew in the common air, and fell upon the earth, which is of like nature, and the first voice which I uttered was crying, as all others do.
Wisdom of Solomon 7:4
I was nursed in swaddling clothes, and that with cares.
Wisdom of Solomon 7:7
Wherefore I prayed, and understanding was given me: I called upon God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
Wisdom of Solomon 7:8
I preferred her before sceptres and thrones, and esteemed riches nothing in comparison of her.
Wisdom of Solomon 7:9
Neither compared I unto her any precious stone, because all gold in respect of her is as a little sand, and silver shall be counted as clay before her.
Wisdom of Solomon 7:10
I loved her above health and beauty, and chose to have her instead of light: for the light that cometh from her never goeth out.
Wisdom of Solomon 7:12
And I rejoiced in them all, because wisdom goeth before them: and I knew not that she was the mother of them.
Wisdom of Solomon 7:13
I learned diligently, and do communicate her liberally: I do not hide her riches.
Wisdom of Solomon 7:15
God hath granted me to speak as I would, and to conceive as is meet for the things that are given me: because it is he that leadeth unto wisdom, and directeth the wise.
Wisdom of Solomon 7:21
And all such things as are either secret or manifest, them I know.
Wisdom of Solomon 8:2
I loved her, and sought her out from my youth, I desired to make her my spouse, and I was a lover of her beauty.
Wisdom of Solomon 8:9
Therefore I purposed to take her to me to live with me, knowing that she would be a counsellor of good things, and a comfort in cares and grief.
Wisdom of Solomon 8:10
For her sake I shall have estimation among the multitude, and honour with the elders, though I be young.
Wisdom of Solomon 8:11
I shall be found of a quick conceit in judgment, and shall be admired in the sight of great men.
Wisdom of Solomon 8:12
When I hold my tongue, they shall bide my leisure, and when I speak, they shall give good ear unto me: if I talk much, they shall lay their hands upon their mouth.
Wisdom of Solomon 8:13
Moreover by the means of her I shall obtain immortality, and leave behind me an everlasting memorial to them that come after me.
Wisdom of Solomon 8:14
I shall set the people in order, and the nations shall be subject unto me.
Wisdom of Solomon 8:15
Horrible tyrants shall be afraid, when they do but hear of me; I shall be found good among the multitude, and valiant in war.
Wisdom of Solomon 8:16
After I am come into mine house, I will repose myself with her: for her conversation hath no bitterness; and to live with her hath no sorrow, but mirth and joy.
Wisdom of Solomon 8:17
Now when I considered these things in myself, and pondered them in my heart, how that to be allied unto wisdom is immortality;
Wisdom of Solomon 8:18
And great pleasure it is to have her friendship; and in the works of her hands are infinite riches; and in the exercise of conference with her, prudence; and in talking with her, a good report; I went about seeking how to take her to me.
Wisdom of Solomon 8:19
For I was a witty child, and had a good spirit.
Wisdom of Solomon 8:20
Yea rather, being good, I came into a body undefiled.
Wisdom of Solomon 8:21
Nevertheless, when I perceived that I could not otherwise obtain her, except God gave her me; and that was a point of wisdom also to know whose gift she was; I prayed unto the Lord, and besought him, and with my whole heart I said,
Wisdom of Solomon 9:5
For I thy servant and son of thine handmaid am a feeble person, and of a short time, and too young for the understanding of judgment and laws.
Wisdom of Solomon 9:10
O send her out of thy holy heavens, and from the throne of thy glory, that being present she may labour with me, that I may know what is pleasing unto thee.
Wisdom of Solomon 9:12
So shall my works be acceptable, and then shall I judge thy people righteously, and be worthy to sit in my father's seat.
Set thy heart upon thy goods; and say not, I have enough for my life.
Say not, I have sinned, and what harm hath happened unto me? for the Lord is longsuffering, he will in no wise let thee go.
Say not, God will look upon the multitude of my oblations, and when I offer to the most high God, he will accept it.
Whereas he saith, I have found rest, and now will eat continually of my goods; and yet he knoweth not what time shall come upon him, and that he must leave those things to others, and die.
Say not, What profit is there of my service? and what good things shall I have hereafter?
Again, say not, I have enough, and possess many things, and what evil shall I have hereafter?
Say not thou, It is through the Lord that I fell away: for thou oughtest not to do the things that he hateth.
Many such things have I seen with mine eyes, and mine ear hath heard greater things than these.
Say not thou, I will hide myself from the Lord: shall any remember me from above? I shall not be remembered among so many people: for what is my soul among such an infinite number of creatures?
I will shew forth doctrine in weight, and declare his knowledge exactly.
If a servant say to his master, I will not do as it pleaseth thee; though afterward he do it, he angereth him that nourisheth him.
The fool saith, I have no friends, I have no thank for all my good deeds, and they that eat my bread speak evil of me.
I will not be ashamed to defend a friend; neither will I hide myself from him.
Who shall set a watch before my mouth, and a seal of wisdom upon my lips, that I fall not suddenly by them, and that my tongue destroy me not?
Lest mine ignorances increase, and my sins abound to my destruction, and I fall before mine adversaries, and mine enemy rejoice over me, whose hope is far from thy mercy.
A man that breaketh wedlock, saying thus in his heart, Who seeth me? I am compassed about with darkness, the walls cover me, and no body seeth me; what need I to fear? the most High will not remember my sins:
I came out of the mouth of the most High, and covered the earth as a cloud.
I dwelt in high places, and my throne is in a cloudy pillar.
I alone compassed the circuit of heaven, and walked in the bottom of the deep.
In the waves of the sea and in all the earth, and in every people and nation, I got a possession.
With all these I sought rest: and in whose inheritance shall I abide?
He created me from the beginning before the world, and I shall never fail.
In the holy tabernacle I served before him; and so was I established in Sion.
And I took root in an honourable people, even in the portion of the Lord's inheritance.
I was exalted like a cedar in Libanus, and as a cypress tree upon the mountains of Hermon.
I was exalted like a palm tree in En-gaddi, and as a rose plant in Jericho, as a fair olive tree in a pleasant field, and grew up as a plane tree by the water.
I gave a sweet smell like cinnamon and aspalathus, and I yielded a pleasant odour like the best myrrh, as galbanum, and onyx, and sweet storax, and as the fume of frankincense in the tabernacle.
As the turpentine tree I stretched out my branches, and my branches are the branches of honour and grace.
As the vine brought I forth pleasant savour, and my flowers are the fruit of honour and riches.
I am the mother of fair love, and fear, and knowledge, and holy hope: I therefore, being eternal, am given to all my children which are named of him.
I also came out as a brook from a river, and as a conduit into a garden.
I said, I will water my best garden, and will water abundantly my garden bed: and, lo, my brook became a river, and my river became a sea.
I will yet make doctrine to shine as the morning, and will send forth her light afar off.
I will yet pour out doctrine as prophecy, and leave it to all ages for ever.
Behold that I have not laboured for myself only, but for all them that seek wisdom.
In three things I was beautified, and stood up beautiful both before God and men: the unity of brethren, the love of neighbours, a man and a wife that agree together.
Three sorts of men my soul hateth, and I am greatly offended at their life: a poor man that is proud, a rich man that is a liar, and an old adulterer that doateth.
There be nine things which I have judged in mine heart to be happy, and the tenth I will utter with my tongue: A man that hath joy of his children; and he that liveth to see the fall of his enemy:
I had rather dwell with a lion and a dragon, than to keep house with a wicked woman.
There be three things that mine heart feareth; and for the fourth I was sore afraid: the slander of a city, the gathering together of an unruly multitude, and a false accusation: all these are worse than death.
I have hated many things, but nothing like him; for the Lord will hate him.
Give place, thou stranger, to an honourable man; my brother cometh to be lodged, and I have need of mine house.
My son, hear me, and despise me not, and at the last thou shalt find as I told thee: in all thy works be quick, so shall there no sickness come unto thee.
I awaked up last of all, as one that gathereth after the grapegatherers: by the blessing of the Lord I profited, and tred my winepress like a gatherer of grapes.
Consider that I laboured not for myself only, but for all them that seek learning.
When I travelled, I saw many things; and I understand more than I can express.
I was ofttimes in danger of death: yet I was delivered because of these things.
Every friend saith, I am his friend also: but there is a friend, which is only a friend in name.
Yet have I more to say, which I have thought upon; for I am filled as the moon at the full.
Therefore from the beginning I was resolved, and thought upon these things, and have left them in writing.
Better is the churlishness of a man than a courteous woman, a woman, I say, which bringeth shame and reproach.
I will now remember the works of the Lord, and declare the things that I have seen: In the words of the Lord are his works.
And before his long sleep he made protestations in the sight of the Lord and his anointed, I have not taken any man's goods, so much as a shoe: and no man did accuse him.
<i>[A Prayer of Jesus the son of Sirach.]i> I will thank thee, O Lord and King, and praise thee, O God my Saviour: I do give praise unto thy name:
And hast delivered me, according to the multitude of they mercies and greatness of thy name, from the teeth of them that were ready to devour me, and out of the hands of such as sought after my life, and from the manifold afflictions which I had;