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JUDITH galer to be bet, 2nd betred her, and made : sites Chren: het perished by be bz le a d e 2 7 them for ber: and sbe took, of the Lord branches in tar tard and gave also to the. 13 I wil siap unto the Lord a jew serg: wonen L'12: vitt vin her.

O Lord, tbou ars great and griods,

W C13 4 And they put a garland of osve up olin stream, 10 arbete on her anber raid that was with her, and 14 let ali crearures serve thæ ; fotbra t' werkt papire 2!l the presple in the dance stakest, and they were made, thou das xed lead toj te w en : and all the men oi : forth thy sp:17;. and it created them, ud Jiraci tolved in thior armour with garlands, there is ncoe tha: caa resist ty voice and wth song in their mouhs.

15 For the mountaias shall be mored frog CHAP. XVI.

I their foundations with the waters, the rocks 1 The song of Judith : 23 sbe dirth at Betalia, shali mel: as war at thy presence : yes tbua auitre of great bonour : 24 all Lrael L- art merciful to them that fear thee ment ber death.

16 For all sacrifice is too little for a sweet THEN Judith began to sing this thanks. savour unto thee, and all the fat is not suth

1 giving in all israel, and all the people cient for thy burnt offering : but he that many atter het this song of praise.

teareth the Lord is great at all times. 2 And Judith said, Begin unto my God 1 7 Woe to the nations that rise up against with timbrels, sing unto my Lord with cym my kindred! the Lord Almighty will take bals: tune unto him a new psalm : exalt him, vengeance of them in the day of judgment, and call upon his name.

in putting fire and worms in their flesh; and 3 I or Gd breaketh the battles : for among they shall feel them, and weep for ever. the camps in the midst of the people he hath 18 Now as soon as they entered into Jedelivered me out of the hands of them that rusalem, they worshipped the Lord ; and as persecuted me.

soon as the people were purified, they offer4 Assur came out of the mountains from ed their burnt offerings, and their free wilerthe north, he came with ten thousands of his ings, and their gifts. army, the multiiude whereof stopped the tor- !| 19 Judith also dedicated all the stuff of rents, and their horsemen have covered the Holofernes, which the people had given her, lills.

and gave the canopy, which she had taken out 5 He bragged that he would burn up my of his bed-chamber, for a gift unto the Lord. borders, and kill my young men with the L 20 So the people continued teasting in Jesword, and dash the sucking children against rusalem before the sanctuary for the space of the ground, and make mine infants as a prey, three months, and Judith remained with them. and my virgins as a spoil.

21. After this time every one returned to 6 But the Almighty Lord hath disappoint- his own inheritance, and Judith went to Beed them by the hand of a woman.

thulia, and remained in her own possession, 7 For the mighty one did not fall by the and was in her time honourable in all the young men, neither did the sons of the Titans country. smite him, nor high giants set upon him : but 22 And many desired her, but none knew Judith the daughter of Merari weakened him her all the days of her life, after that Manaswith the beauty of her countenance.

ses her husband was dead, and was gathered 8 For she put off the garment of her wid to his people. owhood for the exaltation of those that were 23 But she increased more and more in oppressed in Israel, and anointed her face honour, and waxed oldin her husband's house, with ointment, and bound her hair in a tire, being an hundred and five years old, and and took a linen garment to deceive him. made her maid free; so she died in Bethulia :

9 Her sandals ravished his eyes, her beauty and they buried her in the cave of her hus. took his mind prisoner, and the fauchion band Manasses. passed through his neck.

24 ( And the house of Israel lamented 10 The Persians quaked at her boldness, her seven days : and before she died, she did and the Medes were daunted at her hardiness | distribute her goods to all them that were

11 Then my afflicted shouted for joy, and nearest of kindred to Manasses her husband, my weak ones cried aloud ; but they were and to them that were the nearest of her astonished : these lifted up their voices, but | kindred. they were overthrown.

25 And there was none that made the 12 The song of the damsels have pierced || children of Israel any more afraid in the days them through, and wounded them as fugi- of Judith, nor a long time after her death.

The rest of the Chapters of the Book of ESTHER, which

are found neither in the Hebrew, nor in the Chaldee.

PART OF THE TENTH CHAPTER 1 6 9 And behold, two great dragons came AFTER THE GREEK.

| forth ready to fight, and their cry was great. Mardocbeus remembereth and expoundetb bis dream 7 And at their cry all nations were pre

of the river and the two dragons. Il pared to battle, that they might fight against THEN Mardocheus said, God hath done | the righteous people. 1 these things.

8 And lo a day of darkness and obscurity, 5 For I remember a dream which I saw tribulation and anguish, affliction and great concerning these matters, and nothing there | uproar, upon the earth. of hath failed.

9 And the whole righteous nation was 6 A little fountain became a river, and troubled, fearing their own evils, and were there was light, and the sun, and much wa- | ready to perish. ter : this river is Esther, whom the king 10 Then they cried unto God, and upon married, and made queen.

their cry, as it were from a little fountain, 7 And the two dragons are I and Aman. was made a great flood, even much water.

8 And the nations were those that were 1 11 The light and the sun rose up, and the assembled to destroy the name of the Jews : || lowly were exalted, and devoured the glorious.

9 And my nation is this Israel, which cried 12 Now when Mardocheus, who had seen to God, and were saved : for the Lord hath this dream, and what God had determined to saved his people, and the Lord hath deliver- || do, was awake, he bare this dream in mind, ed us from all these evils, and God hath and until night by all means was desirous to wrought signs and great wonders, which | know it have not been done among the Gentiles.

CHAP. XII. 10 Therefore hath he made two lots, one || 2 The two eunucb's conspiracy discovered by Mar. for the people of God, and another for all docheus, 5 for wbich the king rewardeth him. the Gentiles.

AND Mardocheus took his rest in the 11 And these two lots came at the hour, Il n court with Gabatha and Tharra, the and time, and day of judgment, before God || two eunuchs of the king, and keepers of the among all nations.

palace. 12 So God remembered his people, and 99 And he heard their devices, and searchjustified his inheritance.

ed out their purposes, and learned that they 13 Therefore those days shall be unto them were about to lay hands upon Artaxerxes the in the month Adar, the fourteenth and fif. || king ; and so he certified the king of them. teenth day of the same month, with an as- | 3 Then the king examined the two eusembly, and joy, and with gladness before nuchs, and after that they had confessed it, God, according to the generations for ever | they were strangled. among his people.

4 And the king made a record of these | CHAP. XI.

things, and Mardocheus also wrote thereof. 2 Tbe stock and quality of Mardocheus : 6 be 5 So the king commanded Mardocheus dreametb of trvo dragons.

to serve in the court, and for this he rewardTN the fourth year of the reign of Ptole- || ed him. 1 meus and Cleopatra, Dositheus, who said 6 Howbeit Aman the son of Amadathus he was a priest and Levite, and Ptolemeus the Agagite, who was in great honour with his son, brought this Epistle of Phurim, ll the king, sought to molest Mardocheus and

they said was the same, and that Ly- || his people because of the two eunuchs of the simachus the son of Ptolemeus, that was in

king. Jerusalem, had interpreted it.

| CHAP. XUI. 2 9 In the second year of the reign of Ar- 1 Tbe copy of the king's letters to destroy the Fews : taxerxes the great, in the first day of the || 8 the prayer of Viardocheus for tbem. month Nisan, Mardocheus the son of Jairus, THE copy of the letters was this : The the son of Semei, the son of Cisai of the tribe I great king Artaxerxes writeth these of Benjamin, had a dream ;

things to the princes and governors that are 3 Who was a Jew, and dwelt in the city of under him from India unto Ethiopia, in an Susa, a great man, being a servitor in the l hundred and seven and ewenty provinces. king's court.

2 After that I became lord over many na4 He was also one of the captives, which tions, and had dominion over the whole Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon carried world, not listed up with presumption of my from Jerusalem with Jechonias king of Ju authority, but carrying myself always with dea; and this was his dream.

equity and mildness, I purposed to settle my 5 Behold, a noise of a tumult, with thun- subjects continually in a quiet life, and maki der, and earthquakes, and uproar in the land : | ing my kingdom peaceable, and open for


Apocrypha. passage to the utmost coasts, to renew peace | 17 Hear my prayer, and be merciful un. which is desired of all men.

to thine inheritance : turn our sorrow into 3 Now when I asked my counsellors how joy, that we may live, O Lord, and praise thy this might be brought to pass, Aman, that name : and destroy not the mouths of them excelled in wisdom among us, and was ap that praise thee, O Lord. proved for his constant good will and stead 18 All Israel in like manner cried most fast fidelity, and had the honour of the sec earnestly unto the Lord, because their death ond place in the kingdom,

was before their eyes. 4 Declared unto us, that in all nations

CHAP. XIV. throughout the world there was scattered a The prayer of Queen Esther for berself, and ber certain malicious people, that had laws con

people. trary to all nations, and continually despised UEEN Esther also, being in fear of death, the commandments of kings, so as the uniting resorted unto the Lord : of our kingdoms, honourably intended by us, | 2 And laid away her glorious apparel, and cannot go forward.

put on the garments of anguish and mourn. 5 Seeing then we understand that this peo- ing: and instead of precious ointments, she ple alone is continually in opposition unto all covered her head with ashes and dung, and men, differing in the strange manner of their she humbled her body greatly, and all the Jaws, and evil affected to our state, working places of her joy she filled with her torn hair. all the mischief whey can, that our kingdom 3 And she prayed unto the Lord God of may not be firmly established :

Israel, saying, O my Lord, thou only art our 6 Therefore have we commanded, that all king : help me desolate woman, which have they that are signified in writing unto you no helper but thee: by Aman, who is ordained over the affairs, 4 For my danger is in mine hand, and is next unto us, shall all with their wives 5 From my youth up I have heard in the and children be utterly destroyed by the tribe of my family, that thou, O Lord, tookest sword of their enemies, without all mercy and || Israel from among all people, and our fathers pity, the fourteenth day of the twelfth month from all their predecessors, for a perpetual Adar of this present year :

inheritance, and thou hast performed what. 7 That they who of old and now also are soever thou didst promise them. malicious, may in one day with violence go 6 And now we have sinned before thee : into the grave, and so ever hereafter cause therefore hast thou given us into the hands our aff:urs to be well settled, and without of our enemies, trouble.

7 Because we worshipped their gods : 0 8 9 Then Mardocheus thought upon all | Lord, thou art righveous. the works of the Lord, and made his prayer 8 Nevertheless it satisfieth them not, that unto him,

we are in bitter captivity : but they have 9 Saying, O Lord, Lord, the King Al stricken hands with their idols, mighty : for the whole world is in thy pow. 9 That they will abolish the thing that er, and if thou hast appointed to save Israel, thou with thy mouth hast ordained, and dethere is no man that can gainsay thee : stroy thine inheritance, and stop the mouth

10 For thou hast made heaven and earth, ll of them that praise thee, and quench the gloand all the wonderous things under the heaven. ry of thy house, and of thine altar,

11 Thou art Lord of all things, and there 10 And open the mouths of the heathen to is no man that can resist thee, which art the set forth the praises of the idols, and to magLord.

nify a fleshly king for ever. 12 Thou knowest all things, and thou 11 O Lord, give not thy sceptre unto them knowest, Lord, that it was neither in con that be nothing, and let them not laugh at tempt nor pride, nor for any desire of glory, our fall ; but turn their device upon themthat I did not bow down to proud Aman. selves, and make him an example, that hath

13 For I could have been content with begun this against us. good will for the salvation of Israel to kiss 12 Remember, O Lord, make thyself the soles of his feet.

known in time of our adiction, and give me 14 But I did this, that I might not prefer | boldness, O King of the nations, and Lord the glory of man above the glory of God : of all power. neither will I worship any but thee, O God, 13 Give me eloquent speech in my mouth neither will I do it in pride.

before the lion : turn his heart to hate him 15 And now, O Lord God and King,spare that fighteth against us, that there may be an thy people : for their eyes are upon us to end of him, and of all that are like minded to bring us to nought; yea, they desire to destroy the inheritance, that hath been thine 14 But deliver us with thine hand, and from the beginning.

I help me that am desolate, and which have 16 Despise not the portion which thou || no other helper but thee. hast deļivered out of Egypt for thine own self. I 15 Thou knowest all things, O Lord; thou

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Apocrypha. knowest that I hate the glory of the unright- !! 13 Then said she unto him, I saw thee, eous, and abhor the bed of the uncircumcis- my lord, as an angel of God, and my heart ed, and of all she heathen.

was troubled for fear of thy majesty. 16 Thou knowest my necessity : for I ab 14 For wonderful art thou, lord, and thy hor the sign of my high estate, which is up- | countenance is full of grace. on mine head in the days wherein I shew 15 And as she was speaking, she fell down myselt, and that I abhor it as a menstruous for faintness. ray, and that I wear it not when I am private 16 Then the king was troubled, and all by myself.

his servants comiorted her. 17. And that thine handmaid hath not eat

CHAP. XVI. en at man's table, and that I have not great. | i The letter of Artaxerxes, 10 wherein be taxly esteemed the king's feast, nor drunk the etb Aman, 17 and revoketh the decree procurwine oi the drink offerings.

ed by bim to destroy the Jews. 18 Neither had thine handmaid any joy THE great king Artaxerxes unto the since the day that I was brought hither to I princes and governors of an hundred and this present, but in thee, O Lord God of A seven and twenty provinces from India unto braham.

Ethiopia, and unto all our faithful subjects, 19 O thou mighty God above all, hear the greeting. voice of the forlorn, and deliver us out of the 2 Many, the more often they are honourhands of the mischievous, and deliver me out ed with the great bounty of their gracious of my fear.

princes, the more proud they are waxen, CHAP. XV.

3. And endeavour to hurt not our subjects 6 Estber cometh into the king's presence : 7 she only, but not being able to bear abundance,

faintetb : 8 be taketb ber up, and doth comfort do take in hand to practise also against those ber.

that do them good : AND upon the third day, when she had 4 And take not only thankfulness away

I ended her prayer, she laid away her from among men, but also lifted up with the mourning garments, and put on her glorious glorious words of lewd persons, that were apparel

never good, they think to escape the justice 2 And being gloriously adorned, after she of God, that seeth all things, and hateth evil. had called upon God, who is the beholder and 5 Oftentimes also fair speech of those that saviour of all things, she took two maids with are put in trust to manage iheir friends affairs, her :

hath caused many that are in authority to be 3 And upon the one she leaned, as carry- partakers of innocent blood, and hath en, ing herself daintily;

wrapped them in remediless calamities : 4 And the other followed, bearing up her | 6 Beguiling with the falsehood and deceit train.

of their lewd disposition the innocency and 5 And she was ruddy through the perfec. | goodness of princes. tion of her beauty, and her countenance was 1 7 Now ye may see this, as we have declare cheerful and very amiable : but her heart was ed, not so much' by ancient histories, as ye in anguish for fear.

may, if ye search what hath been wickedly 69 Then having passed through all the done of late through the pestilent behaviour doors, she stood before the king, who sat up- || of them that are unworthily placed in au. on his royal throne, and was clothed with all thority. his robes of majesty, all glittering with gold 8 And we must take care for the time to and precious stones; and he was very dreadful. come, that our kingdom may be quiet and

74 Then lifting up his countenance that peaceable for all men, shone with majesty, he looked very fiercely 9 Both by changing our purposes, and alupon her : and the queen fell down, and was ways judging things that are evident with pale, and fainted, and bowed herself upon more equal proceeding. the head of the maid that went before her. 104 For Aman, a Macedonian, the son of

89 Then God changed the spirit of the || Amadatha, being indeed a stranger from the king into mildness, who in a fear leaped from Persian blood, and far distant from our goodhis throne, and took her in his arms, till she ness, and as a stranger received of us, came to herself again, and comforted her 11 Had so far forth obtained the favour that with loving words, and said unto her, we shew toward every nation, as that he was

9 Esther, what is the matter? I am thy called our father, and was continually honourbrother, be of good cheer :

ed of all men, as the next person unto the king. 10 Thou shalt not die, though our com 12 But he, not bearing his great dignity, mandment be general : come near.

went about to deprive us of our kingdom 11 And so he held up his golden sceptre, and life : and laid it upon her neck,

| 13 Having by manifold and cunning des 12 And embraced her, and said, Speak un- ceits sought of us the destruction as well of to me,

|| Mardocheus, who saved our life, and contin


Apocrypka. ually procured our good, as also of blameless 1 19 Therefore ye shall publish the copy Esther, partaker of our kingdom, with their of this letter in all places, that the Jews may whole nation.

freely live after their own laws. 14 For by these means he thought, find | 20 And ye shall aid them, that even the ing us destitute of friends, to have translated same day, being the thirteenth day of the the kingdom of the Persians to the Mace. | twelth month Adar, they may be avenged donians

on them, who in the time of their affliction 15 But we find that the Jews, whom this shall set upon them. wicked wretch hath delivered to utter de- || 21 For Almighty God hath turned to joy struction, are no evil doers, but live by most | unto them the day wherein the chosen peojust laws.

ple should have perished. 16 And that they be children of the most 22 Ye shall therefore among your solemn high and most mighty living God, who hath feasts keep it an high day wish all feasting: ordered the kingdom both unto us and to 23 That both now and hereafter there may our progenitors in the most excellent manner. be safety to us, and the well affected Per.

17 & Wherefore ye shall do well not to sians; but to those which do conspire against put in execution the letters sent unto you us, a memorial of destruction by Aman the son of Amadatha.

il 24 Therefore every city and country 18 For he, that was the worker of these whatsoever, which shall not do according to things, is hanged at the gates of Susa with il these things, shall be destroyed without merali his family : God, who ruleth all things, icy, with fire and sword, and shall be made speedily rendering vengeance to him accordo | not only unpassable for men, but also most ing to his deserts.

ll hateful to wild beasts and fowls for ever.


| 11 Therefore beware of murmuring, which 9 To whom God sbewetb himself, 4 and wisdom is unprofitable ; and refrain your tongue

berself. 6 An evil speaker cannot lie bid. from backbiting : for there is no word so T OVE righteousness, ye that be judges of | secret, that shall go for nought : and the

L the earth : think of the Lord with a mouth that belieth, slayeth the soul good (heart,) and in simplicity of heart seek 12 Seek not death in the error of your

life: and pull not upon yourselves destruc2 For he will be found of them that tion with the works of your hands. tempt him not : and sheweth himself unto 13 For God made not death: neither bath such as do not distrust him.

he pleasure in the destruction of the living. 3 For froward thoughts separate from 14 For he created all things, that they God: and his power, when it is tried, re- might have their being: and the generations proveth the unwise.

of the world were healthful; and there is

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not enter ; nor dwell in the body that is || kingdom of death upon the earth :

15 (For righteousness is immortal :) 5 For the holy spirit of discipline will fiee 1 16 But ungodly men with their works deceit, and remove from thoughts that are il and words called it to them: for when they without understanding, and will not abide thought to have it their friend, they consumwhen unrighteousness cometh in.

1) ed to ne ught, and made a covenant with it,

ll because they are worthy to take part with it. will not acquit a blasphemer of his words :

CHAP II. for God is witness of his reins, and a true be- || 1 The wicked think this life sbort, 5 and of 10 holder of his heart, and a hearer of his tongue. other after this : 6 therefore they will take

7 For the spirit of the Lord fillcth the their pleasure in this, 10 and conspire against world : and that which containeth all things, tbe just. hath knowledge of the voice.

LOR the ungodly said, reasoning with them8 Therefore he that speaketh unrighteous | T selves, but not aright, Our life is short things cannot be hid : neither shall ven and tedious, and in the death of a man there geance, when it punisheth, pass by him. is no remedy: neither was there any man

9 For inquisition shall be made into the known to have returned from the grave. counsels of the ungodly : and the sound of 2 For we are born at all adventure: and his words shall come unto the Lord for the we shall be hereafter as though we had neve manifestation of his wicked deeds.

er been : for the breath in our nostrils is as 10 For the ear of jealousy heareth all smoke, and a little spark in the moving of things; and the noise of murmurings is not || our heart : hid.

11 3 Which being extinguished, our body

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