Verses with the word to in the Apocrypha (1996 verses; showing verse 1 - 500):
1 Esdras 1:2
Having set the priests according to their daily courses, being arrayed in long garments, in the temple of the Lord.
1 Esdras 1:3
And he spake unto the Levites, the holy ministers of Israel, that they should hallow themselves unto the Lord, to set the holy ark of the Lord in the house that king Solomon the son of David had built:
1 Esdras 1:5
According as David the king of Israel prescribed, and according to the magnificence of Solomon his son: and standing in the temple according to the several dignity of the families of you the Levites, who minister in the presence of your brethren the children of Israel,
1 Esdras 1:6
Offer the passover in order, and make ready the sacrifices for your brethren, and keep the passover according to the commandment of the Lord, which was given unto Moses.
1 Esdras 1:7
And unto the people that was found there Josias gave thirty thousand lambs and kids, and three thousand calves: these things were given of the king's allowance, according as he promised, to the people, to the priests, and to the Levites.
1 Esdras 1:8
And Helkias, Zacharias, and Syelus, the governors of the temple, gave to the priests for the passover two thousand and six hundred sheep, and three hundred calves.
1 Esdras 1:9
And Jeconias, and Samaias, and Nathanael his brother, and Assabias, and Ochiel, and Joram, captains over thousands, gave to the Levites for the passover five thousand sheep, and seven hundred calves.
1 Esdras 1:10
And when these things were done, the priests and Levites, having the unleavened bread, stood in very comely order according to the kindreds,
1 Esdras 1:11
And according to the several dignities of the fathers, before the people, to offer to the Lord, as it is written in the book of Moses: and thus did they in the morning.
1 Esdras 1:15
The holy singers also, the sons of Asaph, were in their order, according to the appointment of David, to wit, Asaph, Zacharias, and Jeduthun, who was of the king's retinue.
1 Esdras 1:16
Moreover the porters were at every gate; it was not lawful for any to go from his ordinary service: for their brethren the Levites prepared for them.
1 Esdras 1:17
Thus were the things that belonged to the sacrifices of the Lord accomplished in that day, that they might hold the passover,
1 Esdras 1:18
And offer sacrifices upon the altar of the Lord, according to the commandment of king Josias.
1 Esdras 1:24
As for the things that came to pass in his time, they were written in former times, concerning those that sinned, and did wickedly against the Lord above all people and kingdoms, and how they grieved him exceedingly, so that the words of the Lord rose up against Israel.
1 Esdras 1:25
Now after all these acts of Josias it came to pass, that Pharaoh the king of Egypt came to raise war at Carchamis upon Euphrates: and Josias went out against him.
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 1:28
Howbeit Josias did not turn back his chariot from him, but undertook to fight with him, not regarding the words of the prophet Jeremy spoken by the mouth of the Lord:
1 Esdras 1:31
Then gat he up upon his second chariot; and being brought back to Jerusalem died, and was buried in his father's sepulchre.
1 Esdras 1:32
And in all Jewry they mourned for Josias, yea, Jeremy the prophet lamented for Josias, and the chief men with the women made lamentation for him unto this day: and this was given out for an ordinance to be done continually in all the nation of Israel.
1 Esdras 1:45
So after a year Nabuchodonosor sent and caused him to be brought into Babylon with the holy vessels of the Lord;
1 Esdras 1:48
And after that king Nabuchodonosor had made him to swear by the name of the Lord, he forswore himself, and rebelled; and hardening his neck, his heart, he transgressed the laws of the Lord God of Israel.
1 Esdras 1:50
Nevertheless the God of their fathers sent by his messenger to call them back, because he spared them and his tabernacle also.
1 Esdras 1:52
So far forth, that he, being wroth with his people for their great ungodliness, commanded the kings of the Chaldees to come up against them;
1 Esdras 1:56
And as for her glorious things, they never ceased till they had consumed and brought them all to nought: and the people that were not slain with the sword he carried unto Babylon:
1 Esdras 1:57
Who became servants to him and his children, till the Persians reigned, to fulfil the word of the Lord spoken by the mouth of Jeremy:
1 Esdras 2:4
And commanded me to build him an house at Jerusalem in Jewry.
1 Esdras 2:5
If therefore there be any of you that are of his people, let the Lord, even his Lord, be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem that is in Judea, and build the house of the Lord of Israel: for he is the Lord that dwelleth in Jerusalem.
1 Esdras 2:8
Then the chief of the families of Judea and of the tribe of Benjamin stood up; the priests also, and the Levites, and all they whose mind the Lord had moved to go up, and to build an house for the Lord at Jerusalem,
1 Esdras 2:11
Now when Cyrus king of the Persians had brought them forth, he delivered them to Mithridates his treasurer:
1 Esdras 2:12
And by him they were delivered to Sanabassar the governor of Judea.
1 Esdras 2:15
These were brought back by Sanabassar, together with them of the captivity, from Babylon to Jerusalem.
1 Esdras 2:17
To king Artexerxes our lord, Thy servants, Rathumus the storywriter, and Semellius the scribe, and the rest of their council, and the judges that are in Celosyria and Phenice.
1 Esdras 2:18
Be it now known to the lord king, that the Jews that are up from you to us, being come into Jerusalem, that rebellious and wicked city, do build the marketplaces, and repair the walls of it and do lay the foundation of the temple.
1 Esdras 2:19
Now if this city and the walls thereof be made up again, they will not only refuse to give tribute, but also rebel against kings.
1 Esdras 2:20
And forasmuch as the things pertaining to the temple are now in hand, we think it meet not to neglect such a matter,
1 Esdras 2:21
But to speak unto our lord the king, to the intent that, if it be thy pleasure it may be sought out in the books of thy fathers:
1 Esdras 2:25
Then the king wrote back again to Rathumus the storywriter, to Beeltethmus, to Semellius the scribe, and to the rest that were in commission, and dwellers in Samaria and Syria and Phenice, after this manner;
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 2:27
And the men therein were given to rebellion and war: and that mighty kings and fierce were in Jerusalem, who reigned and exacted tributes in Celosyria and Phenice.
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 2:29
And that those wicked workers proceed no further to the annoyance of kings,
1 Esdras 2:30
Then king Artexerxes his letters being read, Rathumus, and Semellius the scribe, and the rest that were in commission with them, removing in haste toward Jerusalem with a troop of horsemen and a multitude of people in battle array, began to hinder the builders; and the building of the temple in Jerusalem ceased until the second year of the reign of Darius king of the Persians.
1 Esdras 3:2
And to all the governors and captains and lieutenants that were under him, from India unto Ethiopia, of an hundred twenty and seven provinces.
1 Esdras 3:4
Then three young men, that were of the guard that kept the king's body, spake one to another;
1 Esdras 3:6
As, to be clothed in purple, to drink in gold, and to sleep upon gold, and a chariot with bridles of gold, and an headtire of fine linen, and a chain about his neck:
1 Esdras 3:7
And he shall sit next to Darius because of his wisdom, and shall be called Darius his cousin.
1 Esdras 3:9
And said that, when the king is risen, some will give him the writings; and of whose side the king and the three princes of Persia shall judge that his sentence is the wisest, to him shall the victory be given, as was appointed.
1 Esdras 3:18
And he said thus, O ye men, how exceeding strong is wine! it causeth all men to err that drink it:
1 Esdras 3:19
It maketh the mind of the king and of the fatherless child to be all one; of the bondman and of the freeman, of the poor man and of the rich:
1 Esdras 3:21
And it maketh every heart rich, so that a man remembereth neither king nor governor; and it maketh to speak all things by talents:
1 Esdras 3:22
And when they are in their cups, they forget their love both to friends and brethren, and a little after draw out swords:
1 Esdras 3:24
O ye men, is not wine the strongest, that enforceth to do thus? And when he had so spoken, he held his peace.
1 Esdras 4:1
Then the second, that had spoken of the strength of the king, began to say,
1 Esdras 4:5
They slay and are slain, and transgress not the king's commandment: if they get the victory, they bring all to the king, as well the spoil, as all things else.
1 Esdras 4:6
Likewise for those that are no soldiers, and have not to do with wars, but use husbundry, when they have reaped again that which they had sown, they bring it to the king, and compel one another to pay tribute unto the king.
1 Esdras 4:7
And yet he is but one man: if he command to kill, they kill; if he command to spare, they spare;
1 Esdras 4:8
If he command to smite, they smite; if he command to make desolate, they make desolate; if he command to build, they build;
1 Esdras 4:9
If he command to cut down, they cut down; if he command to plant, they plant.
1 Esdras 4:13
Then the third, who had spoken of women, and of the truth, (this was Zorobabel) began to speak.
1 Esdras 4:21
He sticketh not to spend his life with his wife. and remembereth neither father, nor mother, nor country.
1 Esdras 4:22
By this also ye must know that women have dominion over you: do ye not labour and toil, and give and bring all to the woman?
1 Esdras 4:23
Yea, a man taketh his sword, and goeth his way to rob and to steal, to sail upon the sea and upon rivers;
1 Esdras 4:24
And looketh upon a lion, and goeth in the darkness; and when he hath stolen, spoiled, and robbed, he bringeth it to his love.
1 Esdras 4:28
And now do ye not believe me? is not the king great in his power? do not all regions fear to touch him?
1 Esdras 4:31
And yet for all this the king gaped and gazed upon her with open mouth: if she laughed upon him, he laughed also: but if she took any displeasure at him, the king was fain to flatter, that she might be reconciled to him again.
1 Esdras 4:33
Then the king and the princes looked one upon another: so he began to speak of the truth.
1 Esdras 4:34
O ye men, are not women strong? great is the earth, high is the heaven, swift is the sun in his course, for he compasseth the heavens round about, and fetcheth his course again to his own place in one day.
1 Esdras 4:43
Then said he unto the king, Remember thy vow, which thou hast vowed to build Jerusalem, in the day when thou camest to thy kingdom,
1 Esdras 4:44
And to send away all the vessels that were taken away out of Jerusalem, which Cyrus set apart, when he vowed to destroy Babylon, and to send them again thither.
1 Esdras 4:45
Thou also hast vowed to build up the temple, which the Edomites burned when Judea was made desolate by the Chaldees.
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 4:47
Then Darius the king stood up, and kissed him, and wrote letters for him unto all the treasurers and lieutenants and captains and governors, that they should safely convey on their way both him, and all those that go up with him to build Jerusalem.
1 Esdras 4:51
Yea, that there should be yearly given twenty talents to the building of the temple, until the time that it were built;
1 Esdras 4:52
And other ten talents yearly, to maintain the burnt offerings upon the altar every day, as they had a commandment to offer seventeen:
1 Esdras 4:53
And that all they that went from Babylon to build the city should have free liberty, as well they as their posterity, and all the priests that went away.
1 Esdras 4:55
And likewise for the charges of the Levites, to be given them until the day that the house were finished, and Jerusalem builded up.
1 Esdras 4:56
And he commanded to give to all that kept the city pensions and wages.
1 Esdras 4:57
He sent away also all the vessels from Babylon, that Cyrus had set apart; and all that Cyrus had given in commandment, the same charged he also to be done, and sent unto Jerusalem.
1 Esdras 4:58
Now when this young man was gone forth, he lifted up his face to heaven toward Jerusalem, and praised the King of heaven,
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 4:63
To go up, and to build Jerusalem, and the temple which is called by his name: and they feasted with instruments of musick and gladness seven days.
1 Esdras 5:1
After this were the principal men of the families chosen according to their tribes, to go up with their wives and sons and daughters, with their menservants and maidservants, and their cattle.
1 Esdras 5:2
And Darius sent with them a thousand horsemen, till they had brought them back to Jerusalem safely, and with musical [instruments] tabrets and flutes.
1 Esdras 5:4
And these are the names of the men which went up, according to their families among their tribes, after their several heads.
1 Esdras 5:8
And they returned unto Jerusalem, and to the other parts of Jewry, every man to his own city, who came with Zorobabel, with Jesus, Nehemias, and Zacharias, and Reesaias, Enenius, Mardocheus. Beelsarus, Aspharasus, Reelius, Roimus, and Baana, their guides.
1 Esdras 5:43
Four hundred thirty and five camels, seven thousand thirty and six horses, two hundred forty and five mules, five thousand five hundred twenty and five beasts used to the yoke.
1 Esdras 5:44
And certain of the chief of their families, when they came to the temple of God that is in Jerusalem, vowed to set up the house again in his own place according to their ability,
1 Esdras 5:45
And to give into the holy treasury of the works a thousand pounds of gold, five thousand of silver, and an hundred priestly vestments.
1 Esdras 5:49
To offer burnt sacrifices upon it, according as it is expressly commanded in the book of Moses the man of God.
1 Esdras 5:50
And there were gathered unto them out of the other nations of the land, and they erected the altar upon his own place, because all the nations of the land were at enmity with them, and oppressed them; and they offered sacrifices according to the time, and burnt offerings to the Lord both morning and evening.
1 Esdras 5:53
And all they that had made any vow to God began to offer sacrifices to God from the first day of the seventh month, although the temple of the Lord was not yet built.
1 Esdras 5:55
Unto them of Zidon also and Tyre they gave carrs, that they should bring cedar trees from Libanus, which should be brought by floats to the haven of Joppa, according as it was commanded them by Cyrus king of the Persians.
1 Esdras 5:56
And in the second year and second month after his coming to the temple of God at Jerusalem began Zorobabel the son of Salathiel, and Jesus the son of Josedec, and their brethren, and the priests, and the Levites, and all they that were come unto Jerusalem out of the captivity:
1 Esdras 5:57
And they laid the foundation of the house of God in the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come to Jewry and Jerusalem.
1 Esdras 5:58
And they appointed the Levites from twenty years old over the works of the Lord. Then stood up Jesus, and his sons and brethren, and Cadmiel his brother, and the sons of Madiabun, with the sons of Joda the son of Eliadun, with their sons and brethren, all Levites, with one accord setters forward of the business, labouring to advance the works in the house of God. So the workmen built the temple of the Lord.
1 Esdras 5:61
And they sung with loud voices songs to the praise of the Lord, because his mercy and glory is for ever in all Israel.
1 Esdras 5:63
Also of the priests and Levites, and of the chief of their families, the ancients who had seen the former house came to the building of this with weeping and great crying.
1 Esdras 5:66
Wherefore when the enemies of the tribe of Judah and Benjamin heard it, they came to know what that noise of trumpets should mean.
1 Esdras 5:68
So they went to Zorobabel and Jesus, and to the chief of the families, and said unto them, We will build together with you.
1 Esdras 5:70
Then Zorobabel and Jesus and the chief of the families of Israel said unto them, It is not for us and you to build together an house unto the Lord our God.
1 Esdras 6:2
Then stood up Zorobabel the son of Salatiel, and Jesus the son of Josedec, and began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, the prophets of the Lord being with them, and helping them.
1 Esdras 6:7
The copy of the letters which Sisinnes, governor of Syria and Phenice, and Sathrabuzanes, with their companions, rulers in Syria and Phenice, wrote and sent unto Darius; To king Darius, greeting:
1 Esdras 6:12
Therefore to the intent that we might give knowledge unto thee by writing, we demanded of them who were the chief doers, and we required of them the names in writing of their principal men.
1 Esdras 6:17
But in the first year that king Cyrus reigned over the country of Babylon Cyrus the king wrote to build up this house.
1 Esdras 6:18
And the holy vessels of gold and of silver, that Nabuchodonosor had carried away out of the house at Jerusalem, and had set them in his own temple those Cyrus the king brought forth again out of the temple at Babylon, and they were delivered to Zorobabel and to Sanabassarus the ruler,
1 Esdras 6:20
Then the same Sanabassarus, being come hither, laid the foundations of the house of the Lord at Jerusalem; and from that time to this being still a building, it is not yet fully ended.
1 Esdras 6:23
Then commanded king Darius to seek among the records at Babylon: and so at Ecbatane the palace, which is in the country of Media, there was found a roll wherein these things were recorded.
1 Esdras 6:25
Whose height shall be sixty cubits and the breadth sixty cubits, with three rows of hewn stones, and one row of new wood of that country; and the expences thereof to be given out of the house of king Cyrus:
1 Esdras 6:26
And that the holy vessels of the house of the Lord, both of gold and silver, that Nabuchodonosor took out of the house at Jerusalem, and brought to Babylon, should be restored to the house at Jerusalem, and be set in the place where they were before.
1 Esdras 6:27
And also he commanded that Sisinnes the governor of Syria and Phenice, and Sathrabuzanes, and their companions, and those which were appointed rulers in Syria and Phenice, should be careful not to meddle with the place, but suffer Zorobabel, the servant of the Lord, and governor of Judea, and the elders of the Jews, to build the house of the Lord in that place.
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 6:29
And out of the tribute of Celosyria and Phenice a portion carefully to be given these men for the sacrifices of the Lord, that is, to Zorobabel the governor, for bullocks, and rams, and lambs;
1 Esdras 6:30
And also corn, salt, wine, and oil, and that continually every year without further question, according as the priests that be in Jerusalem shall signify to be daily spent:
1 Esdras 6:31
That offerings may be made to the most high God for the king and for his children, and that they may pray for their lives.
1 Esdras 6:33
The Lord therefore, whose name is there called upon, utterly destroy every king and nation, that stretcheth out his hand to hinder or endamage that house of the Lord in Jerusalem.
1 Esdras 7:6
And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and others that were of the captivity, that were added unto them, did according to the things written in the book of Moses.
1 Esdras 7:7
And to the dedication of the temple of the Lord they offered an hundred bullocks two hundred rams, four hundred lambs;
1 Esdras 7:8
And twelve goats for the sin of all Israel, according to the number of the chief of the tribes of Israel.
1 Esdras 7:9
The priests also and the Levites stood arrayed in their vestments, according to their kindreds, in the service of the Lord God of Israel, according to the book of Moses: and the porters at every gate.
1 Esdras 7:15
For that he had turned the counsel of the king of Assyria toward them, to strengthen their hands in the works of the Lord God of Israel.
1 Esdras 8:6
In the seventh year of the reign of Artexerxes, in the fifth month, this was the king's seventh year; for they went from Babylon in the first day of the first month, and came to Jerusalem, according to the prosperous journey which the Lord gave them.
1 Esdras 8:8
Now the copy of the commission, which was written from Artexerxes the king, and came to Esdras the priest and reader of the law of the Lord, is this that followeth;
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 8:11
As many therefore as have a mind thereunto, let them depart with thee, as it hath seemed good both to me and my seven friends the counsellors;
1 Esdras 8:12
That they may look unto the affairs of Judea and Jerusalem, agreeably to that which is in the law of the Lord;
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 8:15
To the end that they may offer sacrifices unto the Lord upon the altar of the Lord their God, which is in Jerusalem.
1 Esdras 8:16
And whatsoever thou and thy brethren will do with the silver and gold, that do, according to the will of thy God.
1 Esdras 8:20
To the sum of an hundred talents of silver, likewise also of wheat even to an hundred cors, and an hundred pieces of wine, and other things in abundance.
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 8:23
And thou, Esdras, according to the wisdom of God ordain judges and justices, that they may judge in all Syria and Phenice all those that know the law of thy God; and those that know it not thou shalt teach.
1 Esdras 8:25
Then said Esdras the scribe, Blessed be the only Lord God of my fathers, who hath put these things into the heart of the king, to glorify his house that is in Jerusalem:
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 8:28
And these are the chief according to their families and several dignities, that went up with me from Babylon in the reign of king Artexerxes:
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 8:46
And commanded them that they should speak unto Daddeus, and to his brethren, and to the treasurers in that place, to send us such men as might execute the priests' office in the house of the Lord.
1 Esdras 8:49
And of the servants of the temple whom David had ordained, and the principal men for the service of the Levites to wit, the servants of the temple two hundred and twenty, the catalogue of whose names were shewed.
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 8:52
For we had said unto the king, that the power of the Lord our God should be with them that seek him, to support them in all ways.
1 Esdras 8:59
Watch ye, and keep them till ye deliver them to the chief of the priests and Levites, and to the principal men of the families of Israel, in Jerusalem, into the chambers of the house of our God.
1 Esdras 8:61
And from the river Theras we departed the twelfth day of the first month, and came to Jerusalem by the mighty hand of our Lord, which was with us: and from the beginning of our journey the Lord delivered us from every enemy, and so we came to Jerusalem.
1 Esdras 8:66
Threescore and twelve lambs, goats for a peace offering, twelve; all of them a sacrifice to the Lord.
1 Esdras 8:67
And they delivered the king's commandments unto the king's stewards' and to the governors of Celosyria and Phenice; and they honoured the people and the temple of God.
1 Esdras 8:69
The nation of Israel, the princes, the priests and Levites, have not put away from them the strange people of the land, nor the pollutions of the Gentiles to wit, of the Canaanites, Hittites, Pheresites, Jebusites, and the Moabites, Egyptians, and Edomites.
1 Esdras 8:77
And for our sins and our fathers' we with our brethren and our kings and our priests were given up unto the kings of the earth, to the sword, and to captivity, and for a prey with shame, unto this day.
1 Esdras 8:79
And to discover unto us a light in the house of the Lord our God, and to give us food in the time of our servitude.
1 Esdras 8:83
That the land, which ye enter into to possess as an heritage, is a land polluted with the pollutions of the strangers of the land, and they have filled it with their uncleanness.
1 Esdras 8:85
Moreover ye shall never seek to have peace with them, that ye may be strong, and eat the good things of the land, and that ye may leave the inheritance of the land unto your children for evermore.
1 Esdras 8:87
And didst give unto us such a root: but we have turned back again to transgress thy law, and to mingle ourselves with the uncleanness of the nations of the land.
1 Esdras 8:88
Mightest not thou be angry with us to destroy us, till thou hadst left us neither root, seed, nor name?
1 Esdras 8:93
Let us make an oath to the Lord, that we will put away all our wives, which we have taken of the heathen, with their children,
1 Esdras 8:95
Arise and put in execution: for to thee doth this matter appertain, and we will be with thee: do valiantly.
1 Esdras 8:96
So Esdras arose, and took an oath of the chief of the priests and Levites of all Israel to do after these things; and so they sware.
1 Esdras 9:1
Then Esdras rising from the court of the temple went to the chamber of Joanan the son of Eliasib,
1 Esdras 9:3
And there was a proclamation in all Jewry and Jerusalem to all them that were of the captivity, that they should be gathered together at Jerusalem:
1 Esdras 9:4
And that whosoever met not there within two or three days according as the elders that bare rule appointed, their cattle should be seized to the use of the temple, and himself cast out from them that were of the captivity.
1 Esdras 9:7
So Esdras arose up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed the law in marrying strange wives, thereby to increase the sins of Israel.
1 Esdras 9:15
And they that were of the captivity did according to all these things.
1 Esdras 9:16
And Esdras the priest chose unto him the principal men of their families, all by name: and in the first day of the tenth month they sat together to examine the matter.
1 Esdras 9:17
So their cause that held strange wives was brought to an end in the first day of the first month.
1 Esdras 9:20
And they gave their hands to put away their wives and to offer rams to make reconcilement for their errors.
1 Esdras 9:40
So Esdras the chief priest brought the law unto the whole multitude from man to woman, and to all the priests, to hear law in the first day of the seventh month.
1 Esdras 9:47
And all the people answered, Amen; and lifting up their hands they fell to the ground, and worshipped the Lord.
1 Esdras 9:48
Also Jesus, Anus, Sarabias, Adinus, Jacubus, Sabateas, Auteas, Maianeas, and Calitas, Asrias, and Joazabdus, and Ananias, Biatas, the Levites, taught the law of the Lord, making them withal to understand it.
1 Esdras 9:49
Then spake Attharates unto Esdras the chief priest and reader, and to the Levites that taught the multitude, even to all, saying,
1 Esdras 9:51
Go then, and eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send part to them that have nothing;
1 Esdras 9:52
For this day is holy unto the Lord: and be not sorrowful; for the Lord will bring you to honour.
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So the Levites published all things to the people, saying, This day is holy to the Lord; be not sorrowful.
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Then went they their way, every one to eat and drink, and make merry, and to give part to them that had nothing, and to make great cheer;
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Thus saith the Almighty Lord, The quails were as a token to you; I gave you tents for your safeguard: nevertheless ye murmured there,
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And triumphed not in my name for the destruction of your enemies, but ever to this day do ye yet murmur.
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Saying, Why hast thou brought us into this wilderness to kill us? it had been better for us to have served the Egyptians, than to die in this wilderness.
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Then had I pity upon your mournings, and gave you manna to eat; so ye did eat angels' bread.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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They have seen no prophets, yet they shall call their sins to remembrance, and acknowledge them.
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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.
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That thou bring them to confusion, and their mother to a spoil, that there may be no offspring of them.
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Take heaven and earth to witness; for I have broken the evil in pieces, and created the good: for I live, saith the Lord.
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Do right to the widow, judge for the fatherless, give to the poor, defend the orphan, clothe the naked,
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Heal the broken and the weak, laugh not a lame man to scorn, defend the maimed, and let the blind man come into the sight of my clearness.
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The heathen shall envy thee, but they shall be able to do nothing against thee, saith the Lord.
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Be ready to the reward of the kingdom, for the everlasting light shall shine upon you for evermore.
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O receive the gift that is given you, and be glad, giving thanks unto him that hath led you to the heavenly kingdom.
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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.
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And my spirit was sore moved, so that I began to speak words full of fear to the most High, and said,
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And unto him thou gavest commandment to love thy way: which he transgressed, and immediately thou appointedst death in him and in his generations, of whom came nations, tribes, people, and kindreds, out of number.
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And it came to pass in every of them, that as death was to Adam, so was the flood to these.
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And it happened, that when they that dwelt upon the earth began to multiply, and had gotten them many children, and were a great people, they began again to be more ungodly than the first.
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And unto him thou gavest Isaac, and unto Isaac also thou gavest Jacob and Esau. As for Jacob, thou didst choose him to thee, and put by Esau: and so Jacob became a great multitude.
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And it came to pass, that when thou leadest his seed out of Egypt, thou broughtest them up to the mount Sinai.
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And bowing the heavens, thou didst set fast the earth, movedst the whole world, and madest the depths to tremble, and troubledst the men of that age.
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So the times passed away, and the years were brought to an end: then didst thou raise thee up a servant, called David:
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Whom thou commandedst to build a city unto thy name, and to offer incense and oblations unto thee therein.
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And said, Thy heart hath gone to far in this world, and thinkest thou to comprehend the way of the most High?
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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:
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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.
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Then answered I and said, What man is able to do that, that thou shouldest ask such things of me?
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How should thy vessel then be able to comprehend the way of the Highest, and, the world being now outwardly corrupted to understand the corruption that is evident in my sight?
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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.
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The thought of the floods of the sea came likewise to nought, for the sand stood up and stopped them.
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If thou wert judge now betwixt these two, whom wouldest thou begin to justify? or whom wouldest thou condemn?
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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.
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For like as the ground is given unto the wood, and the sea to his floods: even so they that dwell upon the earth may understand nothing but that which is upon the earth: and he that dwelleth above the heavens may only understand the things that are above the height of the heavens.
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For it was not my mind to be curious of the high things, but of such as pass by us daily, namely, wherefore Israel is given up as a reproach to the heathen, and for what cause the people whom thou hast loved is given over unto ungodly nations, and why the law of our forefathers is brought to nought, and the written covenants come to none effect,
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And we pass away out of the world as grasshoppers, and our life is astonishment and fear, and we are not worthy to obtain mercy.
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Then answered he me, and said, The more thou searchest, the more thou shalt marvel; for the world hasteth fast to pass away,
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And cannot comprehend the things that are promised to the righteous in time to come: for this world is full of unrighteousness and infirmities.
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Then I answered and said, How, and when shall these things come to pass? wherefore are our years few and evil?
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And he answered me, saying, Do not thou hasten above the most Highest: for thy haste is in vain to be above him, for thou hast much exceeded.
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So he answered me, and said, Go thy way to a woman with child, and ask of her when she hath fulfilled her nine months, if her womb may keep the birth any longer within her.
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For like as a woman that travaileth maketh haste to escape the necessity of the travail: even so do these places haste to deliver those things that are committed unto them.
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From the beginning, look, what thou desirest to see, it shall be shewed thee.
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Shew me then whether there be more to come than is past, or more past than is to come.
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What is past I know, but what is for to come I know not.
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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.
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And the land, that thou seest now to have root, shalt thou see wasted suddenly.
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But if the most High grant thee to live, thou shalt see after the third trumpet that the sun shall suddenly shine again in the night, and the moon thrice in the day:
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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.
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So the angel that was come to talk with me held me, comforted me, and set me up upon my feet.
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And in the second night it came to pass, that Salathiel the captain of the people came unto me, saying, Where hast thou been? and why is thy countenance so heavy?
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And my soul recovered the spirit of understanding, and I began to talk with the most High again,
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Now when I had spoken these words, the angel that came to me the night afore was sent unto me,
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And said unto me, Hear me, and I will instruct thee; hearken to the thing that I say, and I shall tell thee more.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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And he said unto me, Ask the womb of a woman, and say unto her, If thou bringest forth children, why dost thou it not together, but one after another? pray her therefore to bring forth ten children at once.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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And so are they that come after you less than ye, as the creatures which now begin to be old, and have passed over the strength of youth.
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And it said, Behold, the days come, that I will begin to draw nigh, and to visit them that dwell upon the earth,
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And will begin to make inquisition of them, what they be that have hurt unjustly with their unrighteousness, and when the affliction of Sion shall be fulfilled;
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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:
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And these words said he unto me; I am come to shew thee the time of the night to come.
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And therefore hath he sent me to shew thee all these things, and to say unto thee, Be of good comfort and fear not
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And hasten not with the times that are past, to think vain things, that thou mayest not hasten from the latter times.
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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.
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And in the eighth night was my heart vexed within me again, and I began to speak before the most High.
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Then commandedst thou a fair light to come forth of thy treasures, that thy work might appear.
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Upon the second day thou madest the spirit of the firmament, and commandedst it to part asunder, and to make a division betwixt the waters, that the one part might go up, and the other remain beneath.
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Upon the third day thou didst command that the waters should be gathered in the seventh part of the earth: six pats hast thou dried up, and kept them, to the intent that of these some being planted of God and tilled might serve thee.
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And gavest them a charge to do service unto man, that was to be made.
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Upon the fifth day thou saidst unto the seventh part, where the waters were gathered that it should bring forth living creatures, fowls and fishes: and so it came to pass.
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But unto Leviathan thou gavest the seventh part, namely, the moist; and hast kept him to be devoured of whom thou wilt, and when.
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And now, O Lord, behold, these heathen, which have ever been reputed as nothing, have begun to be lords over us, and to devour us.
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And he said unto me, Up, Esdras, and hear the words that I am come to tell thee.
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Who then could go into the sea to look upon it, and to rule it? if he went not through the narrow, how could he come into the broad?
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The entrance thereof is narrow, and is set in a dangerous place to fall, like as if there were a fire on the right hand, and on the left a deep water:
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If then they that live labour not to enter these strait and vain things, they can never receive those that are laid up for them.
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Why hast thou not considered in thy mind this thing that is to come, rather than that which is present?
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For God hath given strait commandment to such as came, what they should do to live, even as they came, and what they should observe to avoid punishment.
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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.
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And Samuel and David for the destruction: and Solomon for them that should come to the sanctuary:
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But the day of doom shall be the end of this time, and the beginning of the immortality for to come, wherein corruption is past,
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Then shall no man be able to save him that is destroyed, nor to oppress him that hath gotten the victory.
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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.
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For what profit is it for men now in this present time to live in heaviness, and after death to look for punishment?
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And that the glory of the most High is kept to defend them which have led a wary life, whereas we have walked in the most wicked ways of all?
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For while we lived and committed iniquity, we considered not that we should begin to suffer for it after death.
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That there should not be such heaviness in their destruction, as shall be joy over them that are persuaded to salvation.
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And upon those also that turn to his law;
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And that he is bountiful, for he is ready to give where it needeth;
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And that he is of great mercy, for he multiplieth more and more mercies to them that are present, and that are past, and also to them which are to come.
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And he answered me, saying, The most High hath made this world for many, but the world to come for few.
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For thou hast agreed to give ear, and art willing to prophesy: for thou hast no longer space than only to live.
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O Lord, if thou suffer not thy servant, that we may pray before thee, and thou give us seed unto our heart, and culture to our understanding, that there may come fruit of it; how shall each man live that is corrupt, who beareth the place of a man?
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For thou hast commanded out of the parts of the body, that is to say, out of the breasts, milk to be given, which is the fruit of the breasts,
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That the thing which is fashioned may be nourished for a time, till thou disposest it to thy mercy.
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If therefore thou shalt destroy him which with so great labour was fashioned, it is an easy thing to be ordained by thy commandment, that the thing which was made might be preserved.
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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.
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But I have heard the swiftness of the judge which is to come.
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Whose look drieth up the depths, and indignation maketh the mountains to melt away; which the truth witnesseth:
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O hear the prayer of thy servant, and give ear to the petition of thy creature.
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Think not upon those that have walked feignedly before thee: but remember them, which according to thy will have known thy fear.
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Let it not be thy will to destroy them which have lived like beasts; but to look upon them that have clearly taught thy law.
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For if thou hast a desire to have mercy upon us, thou shalt be called merciful, to us namely, that have no works of righteousness.
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Like as I have spoken now, so shall it come to pass.
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Then answered he me, and said, Things present are for the present, and things to cometh for such as be to come.
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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.
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In that thou hast humbled thyself, as it becometh thee, and hast not judged thyself worthy to be much glorified among the righteous.
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For many great miseries shall be done to them that in the latter time shall dwell in the world, because they have walked in great pride.
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For unto you is paradise opened, the tree of life is planted, the time to come is prepared, plenteousness is made ready, a city is builded, and rest is allowed, yea, perfect goodness and wisdom.
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The root of evil is sealed up from you, weakness and the moth is hid from you, and corruption is fled into hell to be forgotten:
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For as the things aforesaid shalt receive you, so thirst and pain are prepared for them: for it was not his will that men should come to nought:
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Behold, O Lord, now hast thou shewed me the multitude of the wonders, which thou wilt begin to do in the last times: but at what time, thou hast not shewed me.
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Then shalt thou understand, that it is the very same time, wherein the Highest will begin to visit the world which he made.
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And every one that shall be saved, and shall be able to escape by his works, and by faith, whereby ye have believed,
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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.
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And I opened my mouth, and began to talk before the most High, and said,
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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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So when he grew up, and came to the time that he should have a wife, I made a feast.
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And it so came to pass, that when my son was entered into his wedding chamber, he fell down, and died.
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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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For ask the earth, and she shall tell thee, that it is she which ought to mourn for the fall of so many that grow upon her.
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But the earth not so: for the multitude present in it according to the course of the earth is gone, as it came:
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Now therefore keep thy sorrow to thyself, and bear with a good courage that which hath befallen thee.
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For if thou shalt acknowledge the determination of God to be just, thou shalt both receive thy son in time, and shalt be commended among women.
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Go thy way then into the city to thine husband.
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So I proceeded to speak further unto her, and said,
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Our psaltery is laid on the ground, our song is put to silence, our rejoicing is at an end, the light of our candlestick is put out, the ark of our covenant is spoiled, our holy things are defiled, and the name that is called upon us is almost profaned: our children are put to shame, our priests are burnt, our Levites are gone into captivity, our virgins are defiled, and our wives ravished; our righteous men carried away, our little ones destroyed, our young men are brought in bondage, and our strong men are become weak;
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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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Where is Uriel the angel, who came unto me at the first? for he hath caused me to fall into many trances, and mine end is turned into corruption, and my prayer to rebuke.
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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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Thou sawest a woman mourning, and thou begannest to comfort her:
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But whereas she said unto thee, That my son coming into his marriage chamber happened to have a fail, and died: this was the destruction that came to Jerusalem.
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And, behold, thou sawest her likeness, and because she mourned for her son, thou begannest to comfort her: and of these things which have chanced, these are to be opened 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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For in the place wherein the Highest beginneth to shew his city, there can no man's building be able to stand.
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And therefore fear not, let not thine heart be affrighted, but go thy way in, and see the beauty and greatness of the building, as much as thine eyes be able to see:
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But to morrow at night thou shalt remain here;
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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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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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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, the two that remained thought also in themselves to reign:
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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, behold, the head that remained and the four wings appeared no more, and the two went unto it and set themselves up to reign, and their kingdom was small, and fill of uproar.
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For thou hast judged me worthy to shew me the last times.
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Whereof the second shall begin to reign, and shall have more time than any of the twelve.
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As for the voice which thou heardest speak, and that thou sawest not to go out from the heads but from the midst of the body thereof, this is the interpretation:
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That after the time of that kingdom there shall arise great strivings, and it shall stand in peril of failing: nevertheless it shall not then fall, but shall be restored again to his beginning.
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And whereas thou sawest the eight small under feathers sticking to her wings, this is the interpretation:
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And two of them shall perish, the middle time approaching: four shall be kept until their end begin to approach: but two shall be kept unto the end.
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And the lion, whom thou sawest rising up out of the wood, and roaring, and speaking to the eagle, and rebuking her for her unrighteousness with all the words which thou hast heard;
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Thou only hast been meet to know this secret of the Highest.
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And teach them to the wise of the people, whose hearts thou knowest may comprehend and keep these secrets.
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But wait thou here thyself yet seven days more, that it may be shewed thee, whatsoever it pleaseth the Highest to declare unto thee. And with that he went his way.
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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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Are not the evils which are come to us sufficient?
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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 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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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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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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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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Yet is it easier for him that is in danger to come into these things, than to pass away as a cloud out of the world, and not to see the things that happen in the last days. And he answered unto me, and said,
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And that he held neither sword, nor any instrument of war, but that the rushing in of him destroyed the whole multitude that came to subdue him; this is the interpretation:
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Behold, the days come, when the most High will begin to deliver them that are upon the earth.
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And he shall come to the astonishment of them that dwell on the earth.
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And one shall undertake to fight against another, one city against another, one place against another, one people against another, and one realm against another.
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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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And an innumerable multitude shall be gathered together, as thou sawest them, willing to come, and to overcome him by fighting.
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And Sion shall come, and shall be shewed to all men, being prepared and builded, like as thou sawest the hill graven without hands.
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And shall lay before them their evil thoughts, and the torments wherewith they shall begin to be tormented, which are like unto a flame: and he shall destroy them without labour by the law which is like unto me.
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For through that country there was a great way to go, namely, of a year and a half: and the same region is called Arsareth.
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Then dwelt they there until the latter time; and now when they shall begin to come,
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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 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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For the world hath lost his youth, and the times begin to wax old.
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And set aside the thoughts that are most heavy unto thee, and haste thee to flee from these times.
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For the time is fled far away, and leasing is hard at hand: for now hasteth the vision to come, which thou hast seen.
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But look thou prepare thee many box trees, and take with thee Sarea, Dabria, Selemia, Ecanus, and Asiel, these five which are ready to write swiftly;
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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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And when thou hast done, some things shalt thou publish, and some things shalt thou shew secretly to the wise: to morrow this hour shalt thou begin to write.
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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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And it came to pass, when the forty days were filled, that the Highest spake, saying, The first that thou hast written publish openly, that the worthy and unworthy may read it:
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But keep the seventy last, that thou mayest deliver them only to such as be wise among the people:
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And cause them to be written in paper: for they are faithful and true.
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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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Woe to the world and them that dwell therein!
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A man shall desire to go into a city, and shall not be able.
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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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Woe to them that sin, and keep not my commandments! saith the Lord.
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And then shall the dragons have the upper hand, remembering their nature; and if they shall turn themselves, conspiring together in great power to persecute them,
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Behold clouds from the east and from the north unto the south, and they are very horrible to look upon, full of wrath and storm.
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And strong winds shall arise from the east, and shall open it; and the cloud which he raised up in wrath, and the star stirred to cause fear toward the east and west wind, shall be destroyed.
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They shall come to her, and besiege her, the star and all wrath shall they pour out upon her: then shall the dust and smoke go up unto the heaven, and all they that be about her shall bewail her.
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Woe be unto thee, thou wretch, because thou hast made thyself like unto her; and hast decked thy daughters in whoredom, that they might please and glory in thy lovers, which have always desired to commit whoredom with thee.
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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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Thou shalt be weakened as a poor woman with stripes, and as one chastised with wounds, so that the mighty and lovers shall not be able to receive thee.
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And in the passage they shall rush on the idle city, and shall destroy some portion of thy land, and consume part of thy glory, and shall return to Babylon that was destroyed.
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May any man drive away an hungry lion in the wood? or may any one quench the fire in stubble, when it hath begun to burn?
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The Lord shall threaten, and who shall not be utterly beaten to powder at his presence?
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For strong is his right hand that bendeth the bow, his arrows that he shooteth are sharp, and shall not miss, when they begin to be shot into the ends of the world.
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Behold, victuals shall be so good cheap upon earth, that they shall think themselves to be in good case, and even then shall evils grow upon earth, sword, famine, and great confusion.
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And the dead shall be cast out as dung, and there shall be no man to comfort them: for the earth shall be wasted, and the cities shall be cast down.
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There shall be no man left to till the earth, and to sow it
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So that one man shall desire to see another, and to hear his voice.
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Even so shall not the plagues be slack to come upon the earth, and the world shall mourn, and sorrows shall come upon it on every side.
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O my people, hear my word: make you ready to thy battle, and in those evils be even as pilgrims upon the earth.
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So shall righteousness hate iniquity, when she decketh herself, and shall accuse her to her face, when he cometh that shall defend him that diligently searcheth out every sin upon earth.
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And therefore be ye not like thereunto, nor to the works thereof.
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In the desert hath he made springs of water, and pools upon the tops of the mountains, that the floods might pour down from the high rocks to water the earth.
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Therefore hath the Lord exactly searched out all your works, and he will put you all to shame.
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Behold, God himself is the judge, fear him: leave off from your sins, and forget your iniquities, to meddle no more with them for ever: so shall God lead you forth, and deliver you from all trouble.
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It is left undressed, and is cast into the fire to be consumed therewith.
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.
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.
And when we were carried away captives to Nineve, all my brethren and those that were of my kindred did eat of the bread of the Gentiles.
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 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.
But my neighbours mocked me, and said, This man is not yet afraid to be put to death for this matter: who fled away; and yet, lo, he burieth the dead again.
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 my wife Anna did take women's works to do.
And when she had sent them home to the owners, they paid her wages, and gave her also besides a kid.
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.
For they obeyed not thy commandments: wherefore thou hast delivered us for a spoil, and unto captivity, and unto death, and for a proverb of reproach to all the nations among whom we are dispersed.
And now thy judgments are many and true: deal with me according to my sins and my fathers': because we have not kept thy commandments, neither have walked in truth before thee.
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.
It came to pass the same day, that in Ecbatane a city of Media Sara the daughter of Raguel was also reproached by her father's maids;
Because that she had been married to seven husbands, whom Asmodeus the evil spirit had killed, before they had lain with her. Dost thou not know, said they, that thou hast strangled thine husbands? thou hast had already seven husbands, neither wast thou named after any of them.
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 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 Raphael was sent to heal them both, that is, to scale away the whiteness of Tobit's eyes, and to give Sara the daughter of Raguel for a wife to Tobias the son of Tobit; and to bind Asmodeus the evil spirit; because she belonged to Tobias by right of inheritance. The selfsame time came Tobit home, and entered into his house, and Sara the daughter of Raguel came down from her upper chamber.
In that day Tobit remembered the money which he had committed to Gabael in Rages of Media,
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?
My son, be mindful of the Lord our God all thy days, and let not thy will be set to sin, or to transgress his commandments: do uprightly all thy life long, and follow not the ways of unrighteousness.
For if thou deal truly, thy doings shall prosperously succeed to thee, and to all them that live justly.
If thou hast abundance give alms accordingly: if thou have but a little, be not afraid to give according to that little:
Because that alms do deliver from death, and suffereth not to come into darkness.
Beware of all whoredom, my son, and chiefly take a wife of the seed of thy fathers, and take not a strange woman to wife, which is not of thy father's tribe: for we are the children of the prophets, Noe, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: remember, my son, that our fathers from the beginning, even that they all married wives of their own kindred, and were blessed in their children, and their seed shall inherit the land.
Do that to no man which thou hatest: drink not wine to make thee drunken: neither let drunkenness go with thee in thy journey.
Give of thy bread to the hungry, and of thy garments to them that are naked; and according to thine abundance give alms: and let not thine eye be envious, when thou givest alms.
Pour out thy bread on the burial of the just, but give nothing to the wicked.
And now I signify this to they that I committed ten talents to Gabael the son of Gabrias at Rages in Media.
Therefore when he went to seek a man, he found Raphael that was an angel.
But he knew not; and he said unto him, Canst thou go with me to Rages? and knowest thou those places well?
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 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 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.
So they were well pleased. Then said he to Tobias, Prepare thyself for the journey, and God send you a good journey. And when his son had prepared all things far the journey, his father said, Go thou with this man, and God, which dwelleth in heaven, prosper your journey, and the angel of God keep you company. So they went forth both, and the young man's dog with them.
But Anna his mother wept, and said to Tobit, Why hast thou sent away our son? is he not the staff of our hand, in going in and out before us?
Be not greedy to add money to money: but let it be as refuse in respect of our child.
For that which the Lord hath given us to live with doth suffice us.
Then said Tobit to her, Take no care, my sister; he shall return in safety, and thine eyes shall see him.
And as they went on their journey, they came in the evening to the river Tigris, and they lodged there.
And when the young man went down to wash himself, a fish leaped out of the river, and would have devoured him.
Then the angel said unto him, Take the fish. And the young man laid hold of the fish, and drew it to land.
To whom the angel said, Open the fish, and take the heart and the liver and the gall, and put them up safely.
So the young man did as the angel commanded him; and when they had roasted the fish, they did eat it: then they both went on their way, till they drew near to Ecbatane.
Then the young man said to the angel, Brother Azarias, to what use is the heart and the liver and the gal of the fish?
As for the gall, it is good to anoint a man that hath whiteness in his eyes, and he shall be healed.
And when they were come near to Rages,
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.
For to thee doth the right of her appertain, seeing thou only art of her kindred.
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.
Then the angel said unto him, Dost thou not remember the precepts which thy father gave thee, that thou shouldest marry a wife of thine own kindred? wherefore hear me, O my brother; for she shall be given thee to wife; and make thou no reckoning of the evil spirit; for this same night shall she be given thee in marriage.
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.
And when they were come to Ecbatane, they came to the house of Raguel, and Sara met them: and after they had saluted one another, she brought them into the house.
Then said Raguel to Edna his wife, How like is this young man to Tobit my cousin!
And Raguel asked them, From whence are ye, brethren? To whom they said, We are of the sons of Nephthalim, which are captives in Nineve.
Then he said to them, Do ye know Tobit our kinsman? And they said, We know him. Then said he, Is he in good health?
And likewise Edna his wife and Sara his daughter wept. Moreover they entertained them cheerfully; and after that they had killed a ram of the flock, they set store of meat on the table. Then said Tobias to Raphael, Brother Azarias, speak of those things of which thou didst talk in the way, and let this business be dispatched.
So he communicated the matter with Raguel: and Raguel said to Tobias, Eat and drink, and make merry:
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.
Raguel said, Then take her from henceforth according to the manner, for thou art her cousin, and she is thine, and the merciful God give you good success in all things.
Then he called his daughter Sara, and she came to her father, and he took her by the hand, and gave her to be wife to Tobias, saying, Behold, take her after the law of Moses, and lead her away to thy father. And he blessed them;
Then they began to eat.
Then began Tobias to say, Blessed art thou, O God of our fathers, and blessed is thy holy and glorious name for ever; let the heavens bless thee, and all thy creatures.
Then Raguel praised God, and said, O God, thou art worthy to be praised with all pure and holy praise; therefore let thy saints praise thee with all thy creatures; and let all thine angels and thine elect praise thee for ever.
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.
Thou art to be praised because thou hast had mercy of two that were the only begotten children of their fathers: grant them mercy, O Lord, and finish their life in health with joy and mercy.
Then Raguel bade his servants to fill the grave.
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.
Brother Azarias, take with thee a servant, and two camels, and go to Rages of Media to Gabael, and bring me the money, and bring him to the wedding.
So Raphael went out, and lodged with Gabael, and gave him the handwriting: who brought forth bags which were sealed up, and gave them to him.
And early in the morning they went forth both together, and came to the wedding: and Tobias blessed his wife.
Then Tobit said, Are they detained? or is Gabael dead, and there is no man to give him the money?
Then his wife said unto him, My son is dead, seeing he stayeth long; and she began to wail him, and said,
To whom Tobit said, Hold thy peace, take no care, for he is safe.
But she said, Hold thy peace, and deceive me not; my son is dead. And she went out every day into the way which they went, and did eat no meat on the daytime, and ceased not whole nights to bewail her son Tobias, until the fourteen days of the wedding were expired, which Raguel had sworn that he should spend there. Then Tobias said to Raguel, Let me go, for my father and my mother look no more to see me.
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.
But Tobias said, No; but let me go to my father.
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 Raphael said to Tobias, Thou knowest, brother, how thou didst leave thy father:
And when she espied him coming, she said to his father, Behold, thy son cometh, and the man that went with him.
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.
And when his eyes began to smart, he rubbed them;
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.
Then Tobit went out to meet his daughter in law at the gate of Nineve, rejoicing and praising God: and they which saw him go marvelled, because he had received his sight.
But Tobias gave thanks before them, because God had mercy on him. And when he came near to Sara his daughter in law, he blessed her, saying, Thou art welcome, daughter: God be blessed, which hath brought thee unto us, and blessed be thy father and thy mother. And there was joy among all his brethren which were at Nineve.
And Tobias said unto him, O father, it is no harm to me to give him half of those things which I have brought:
For he hath brought me again to thee in safety, and made whole my wife, and brought me the money, and likewise healed thee.
Then he took them both apart, and said unto them, Bless God, praise him, and magnify him, and praise him for the things which he hath done unto you in the sight of all that live. It is good to praise God, and exalt his name, and honourably to shew forth the works of God; therefore be not slack to praise him.
It is good to keep close the secret of a king, but it is honourable to reveal the works of God. Do that which is good, and no evil shall touch you.
Prayer is good with fasting and alms and righteousness. A little with righteousness is better than much with unrighteousness. It is better to give alms than to lay up gold: