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1 Esdras is troubled, 13 and acknowledgeth
that the heathen were lords over them, being him that hath called you to the hea
more wicked than they. venly kingdom.
TN the thirtieth year after the ruin 38 Arise up and stand, behold the 1 of the city I was in Babylon, and || Or, for number of those that be sealed || in lay troubled upon my bed, and my the feast of the Lord ;
I thoughts came up over my heart :
13 And my spirit was sore moved,
spakest at the beginning, when thou 41 The number of thy children, didst plant the earth, and that thywhom thou longedst for, is fulfilled: self alone, and commandedst the beseech the power of the Lord, that people, thy people, which have been called | 5 a And gavest a body unto Adam a Gen. 2.7.
from the beginning, may be hallowed. without soul, which was the workc Rev. 7.9. 42 c I Esdras saw upon the mount manship of thine hands, and didst
| Lat. conclude.
not number, and they all praised the and he was made living before thee.
6 And thou leddest him into pa-
he transgressed, and immediately thou
| Or, Lord. || Sir, what are these ?
generations, of whom came nations, 45 He answered and said unto me, tribes, people, and kindreds, out of These be they that have put off the number. mortal clothing, and put on the im- 86 And every people walked after • Gen. 6. 12. mortal, and have confessed the name their own will, and did wonderful of God: now are they crowned, and things before thee, and despised thy receive palms.
commandments. 46 Then said I unto the angel, 9 C And again in process of time c Gen. 7. 10. What young person is it that crown-thou broughtest the flood upon those eth them, and giveth them palms in that dwelt in the world, and destroytheir hands?
hold, of whom came all righteous
many children, and were a great
Chap. III. ver. 4. — and commandedst the people,] By animals with which God filled the earth at the first. See “people" are probably here meant the different sorts of Prov. xxx. 25. Junius.
Rom. 9. 13.
Deut. 4. 10.
over into the hands of thine enemies. 13 Now when they lived so wick-' 28 Are their deeds then any better e Gen. 12. 1. edly before thee, e thou didst choose that inhabit Babylon, that they should
thee a man from among them, whose therefore have the dominion over 1 Gen. 17.5. name was ? Abraham.
15 And madest an everlasting co- then my soul saw many evildoers in
thou wouldest never forsake his seed. failed me. Gen. 21. 2. 16 8 And unto him thou gavest 30 For I have seen how thou sufh Gen. 25. 25, Isaac, and h unto Isaac also thou gav- ferest them sinning, and hast spared
est Jacob and Esau. As for Jacob, wicked doers : and hast destroyed thy i Mal. 1. 2. 3. thou i didst choose him to thee, and people, and hast preserved thine ene
put by Esau: and so Jacob became a mies, and hast not signified it.
31 || I do not remember how this į Or, 17 And it came to pass, that when way may be left: Are they then of “
thou leddest his seed out of Egypt, Babylon better than they of Sion ? xod. 19.1. k thou broughtest them up to the 32 Or is there any other people mount Sinai.
that knoweth thee beside Israel ? or
for I have gone here and there
mightest give the law unto the seed 34 Weigh thou therefore our wick1,01, and to of Jacob, || and diligence unto the edness now in the balance, and their's all the generation of Israel, generation of Israel.
also that dwell in the world; and so should keep it 20 And yet tookest thou not away shall thy name no where be found with diligence. from them a wicked heart, that thy but in Israel.
law might bring forth fruit in them. | 35 Or when was it that they which
21 For the first Adam bearing a dwell upon the earth have not sinned
36 Thou shalt find that Israel by
23 So the times passed away, and in God's judgments, 13 and adviseth him
the years were brought to an end : not to meddle with things above his reach. 1.1 Sam. 16. then didst thou raise thee up al
23 Nevertheless Esdras asketh divers ques
tions, and receireth answers to them.
build a city unto thy name, and to A me, whose name was Uriel, gave
2 And said, Thy heart hath gone
forth three similitudes before thee:
wicke lt thou not on the
a lice unto rely on, my lord. the sound came like hicef the floods
me, Go thy ward: I., 18 If thou hy up and stopped eht, for
of a Then gesweer do that, the throne ise hath his placevered he he judg
1 Cor. 2. 14.
5 And I said, Tell on, my lord. 18 If thou wert judge now betwixt
6 Then answered I and said, What is a foolish thought that they both
7 And he said unto me, If I should also hath his place to bear his || floods. 1 Or, estesa ask thee how great dwellings are in 20 Then answered he me, and the midst of the sea, or how many said, Thou hast given a right judgsprings are in the beginning of the ment, but why judgest thou not thydeep, or how many springs are above self also ? the firmament, or which are the out- 21 For like as || the ground is given 10r, goings of paradise:
unto the wood, and the sea to his ***
earth: and he that dwelleth upon the
23 For it was not my mind to be
proach to the heathen, and for what 11 How should thy vessel then be cause the people whom thou hast able to comprehend 'the way of the loved is given over unto ungodly naHighest, and, the world being now tions, and why the law of our foreoutwardly corrupted, to understand fathers is brought to nought, and the
the || corruption that is evident in written covenants come || to none 10r, * incorruption, my sight?
1 25 What will he then do unto his
went into a forest into a plain, and these things have I asked. Judges 9. 8. the a trees took counsel,
26 Then answered he me, and said,
15 The floods of the sea also in things that are promised to the right-
16 The thought of the wood was whereof thou askest me, I will tell
2 Chron. 25. 18.
Apocrypha. thee ; for the evil is sown, but the can she not. And he said unto me, destruction thereof is not yet come. In the grave the chambers of souls
29 If therefore that which is sown are like the womb of a woman:
these places haste to deliver those
time ? and how much shall it yet. 44 Then answered I and said, If I 1 0r, floor. bring forth until the || time of thresh- have found favour in thy sight, and ing come?
if it be possible, and if I be meet
more to come than is past, or more
33 Then I answered and said, | 47: And he said unto me, Stand up
48 So I stood, and saw, and, be-
I 50 Then said he unto me, Con-
so the || quantity which is past did ! Or,
me, I may tell thee of them in part:
1 The signs of the times to come. 23 He
asketh why God, choosing but one people,
41 Then said 'I, No, Lord, that I cerning the tokens, behold, the
1 Or, Jeremiel.
dven- / me, I matokens wheme, and said
a Matt. 24. 12.
thou treadest upon and seest.
wasted suddenly. Ots shalt thou sest saying, Whe people cat
shineet that the see after rant the
Apocrypha. days shall come, that they which (and my mind was troubled, so that it ! Or, shall be dwell upon earth || shall be taken in fainted. great wealth. a great number, and the way of truth 15 So the angel that was come to
shall be hidden, and the land shall be talk with me held me, comforted me,
and set me upon my feet.
that thou hast heard long ago. tain of the people came unto me, ! Or, that.. 3 And the land, || that thou seest saying, Where hast thou been ? and now to have root, shalt thou see why is thy countenance so heavy?
17 Knowest thou not that Israel is
leaveth his flock in the hands of cruel
1 19 Then said I unto him, Go thy
me. And he heard what I said, and
the angel commanded me.
spirit of understanding, and I began
in many places, and the fire shall be 23 And said, O Lord that bearest | Or, slaked. oft || sent out again, and the wild rule, of every wood of the earth, and
beasts shall change their places, and of all the trees thereof, thou hast
24 And of all lands of the whole
sea thou hast filled thee one river:
created thou hast named thee one
27 And among all the multitudes
is approved of all.
thou scattered thy only one people
Or, be directed