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Apocrypha. TOR great are thy judgments, and cannot 18 Whether it were a whistling wind, or T be expressed : there ore unnurtured souls a melodious noise of birds among the spread. have erred.
ing branches, or a pleasing fall of water run2 For when unrighteous men thought toning violently, oppress the holy nation ; they being shut up 19 Or a terrible sound of stones cast down, in their houses, the prisoners of darkness, or a running that could not be seen of skip. and fettered with the bonds of a long night, li ping beasts, or a roaring voice of most savlay (there] exiled from the eternal provi age wild beasts, or a rebounding echo from dence.
the hollow mountains; these things made 3 For while they supposed to lie hid in them to swoon for fear. their secret sins, they were scattered under 20 For the whole world shined with clear a dark veil of forgetfulness, being horribly light, and none were hindered in their labour: astonished, and troubled with strange) ap | 21 Over them only was spread an heavy paritions.
night, an image of that darkness which should 4 For neither might the corner that held afterward receive them : but yet were they them keep them (rom fear : but noises (as | unto themselves more grievous than the dark. of waters] falling down sounded about them, ness. and sad visionappeared unto them with
| CHAP. XVIII. heavy countenances.
4 Why Egypt was punished with darkness, 5 5 No power of the fire might give them
and with the deatb of tbeir children. light : neither could the bright flames of the TEVERTHELESS thy saints had a very stars endure to lighten that borrible night. A great light, whose voice they hearing,
6 Only there appeared unto them a fire and not seeing their shape, because they also kindled of itself, very dreadtul: for being had not suffered the same things, they countmuch terrified, they thought the things which led them happy. they saw to be worse than the sight they 2 But for that they did not hurt them now, saw not.
of whom they had been wronged before, 7 As for the illusions of art magick, they they thanked them, and besought them parwere put down, and their vaunting in wis- i don for that they had been enemies. dom was reproved with disgrace.
3. Instead whereof thou gavest them a 8 For they, that promised to drive away burning pillar of fire, both to be a guide of terrors and troubles from a sick soul, were the unknown journey, and an harmless sun sick themselves of fear, worthy to be laugh- || to entertain them honourably. ed at.
4. For they were worthy to be deprived 9 For though no terrible thing did fear of light, and imprisoned in darkness, who them; yet being scared with beasts that pass-had kept thy sous shut up, by whom the uned by, and hissing of serpents,
l corrupt light of the law was to be given unto 10 They died for fear, denying that they the world. saw the air, which could of no side be avoided. | 5 ? And wher, they had determined to
11 For wickedness, condemned by her Il slay the babes of the saints, one child being own witness, is very timorous, and being il cast forth, and saved, to reprove them, thou pressed with conscience, always forecasteth tookest away the multitude of their children, grievous things.
and destroyedst them altogether in a mighty 12 For fear is nothing else but a betraying water. of the succours which reason offereth.
6 Of that night were our fathers certified 13 And the expectation from within, be | afore, that assuredly knowing unto what oaths ing less, counteth the ignorance more than they had given credence, they might afterthe cause which bringeth the torment. ward be of good cheer.
14 But they sleeping the same sleep that 7 So of thy people was accepted both the night, which was indeed intolerable, and ll salvation of the righteous, and destruction of which came upon them out of the bottoms | the enemies. of inevitable hell,
8 For wherewith thou didst punish our 15. Were partiy vexed with monstrous ap- | adversaries, by the same thou didst glorify us, paritions, and partly fainted, their heart fail whom thou badst called. ing them : for a sudden fear, and not looked 9 For the righteous children of good men for, came upon them.
did sacrifice secretly, and with one consent 16 So then whosoever there fell down H made a holy law, that the saints should be was straitly kept, shut up in a prison without like partakers of the same good and evil, iron bars.
the fathers now singing out the songs of praise. 17 For whether he were husbandman, or || 10 But on the other side there sounded shepherd, or a labourer in the field, he was an ill according cry of the enemies, and a laovertaken, and endured that necessity, which mentable noise was carried abroad for chilcould not be avoided : ior they were all || dren that were bewailed. bound with one chain of darkness.
| 11 The master and the servant were pun.
Afcerypis. ished after one manner; and like as the king 1| depart, and sent them hastily away, the so suffered the common person.
I would repent and pursue them. 12 So they altogether had innumerable l 3 For whilst they were yet mourning and dead with one kind of death ; neither were making lamentation at the graves of the dead, the living sufficient to bury them : for in one they added another foolish device, and purmoment the noblest offspring of them was sued them as fugitives, whom they had esdestroyed.
treated to be gone. 13 For whereas they would not believe 4 For the destiny, whereof they were worany thing by reason of the enchantments ; || thy, drew them unto this end, and made :hen upon the destruction of the first-born, they forget the things that had already happened, acknowledged this people to be the sons of that they might fulfil the punishment which God.
was wanting to their torments : 14 For while all things were in quiet si- 5 And that thy people might pass a lence, and that night was in the midst of her wonderful way: but they might find a strange swift course,
death. 15 Thine Almighty word leaped down | 6 For the whole creature in his proper from heaven out of the royal throne, as a kind was fashioned again anew, serving the fierce man of war into the midst of a land of peculiar commandments that were given undestruction,
to them, that thy children might be kept 16 And brought thine unfeigned command without hurt: ment as a sharp sword, and standing up fill 7 As namely, a cloud shadowing the camp; ed all things with death ; and it touched the and where water stood before, dry land apheaven, but it stood upon the earth.
peared; and out of the Red sea a way without ,17 Then suddenly visions of horrible impediment; and out of the violent stream a dreams troubled them sore, and terrors came green field : upon them unlooked for.
8 Where-through all the people went that 18 And one thrown here, and another were defended with thy hand, seeing thy there, half dead, shewed the cause of his death. marvellous strange wonders.
19 For the dreams that troubled them did | 9 For they went at large like horses, and foreshew this, lest they should perish, and not leaped like lambs, praising thee, O Lord, who know why they were amicted.
hadst delivered them. 20 Yea, the tasting of death touched the l 10 For they were yet mindful of the things righteous also, and there was a destruction that were done while they sojourned in the of the multitude in the wilderness : but the strange land, how the ground brought forth wrath endured not long.
flies instead of cattle, and how the river cast 21 For then the blameless man made haste, up a multitude of frogs instead of fishes. and stood forth to defend them; and bring 11 But afterward they saw a new generaing the shield of his proper ministry, evention of fowls, when, being led with their apprayer, and the propitiation of incense, set petite, they asked delicate meats. himself against the wrath, and so brought 12 For quails came up unto them from the calamity to an end, declaring that he was the sea, for their contentment. thy servant.
13 And punishments came upon the sin22 So he overcame the destroyer, not with || ners not without former signs by the force of strength of body, nor force of arms, but with a || thunders : for they suffered justly according word subdued he him that punished, alleging to their own wickedness, insomuch as they the oaths and covenants made with the fathers. used a more hard and hateful behaviour to
23 For when the dead were now fallen ward strangers. down by heaps one upon another, standing 14 For the Sodomites did not receive those, between, he stayed the wrath, and parted the || whom they knew not when they came: but way to the living.
these brought friends into bondage, that had 24 For in the long garment was the whole well deserved of them. world, and in the four rows of the stones was 15 And not only so, but peradventure some the glory of the fathers graven, and thy Ma respect shall be had of those, because they jesty upon the diadem of his head.
used strangers not friendly : 25 Unto these the destroyer gave place, 16 But these very grievously amicted and was afraid of them : for it was enough them, whom they had received with feastings, that they only tasted of the wrath.
and were already made partakers of the same CHAP. XIX.
laws with them. 1 Why God sbewed no mercy to the Egyptians, 17 Therefore even with blindness were
5 and how wonderfully be dealt with bis people. these stricken, as those were at the doors of A s for the ungodly, wrath came upon the righteous man : when, being compassed I them without mercy unto the end : for about with horrible great darkness, every one he knew before what they would do ; sought the passage of his own doors.
2 How that having given them leave to 18 For the elements were changed in them
Apocrypba. selves by a kind of harmony, like as in all 21 On the other side, the flames wasted not psaltery notes change the name of the tune, | the flesh of the corruptible living things, and yet are always sounds; which may well though they walked therein ; neither melted be perceived by the sight of the things that they the icy kind of heavenly meat, that was have been done.
of nature apt to melt. 19 For earthly things were turned into 22 For in all things, O Lord, thou didst watery, and the things that before swam in magnify thy people, and glorify them, neither the water, now went upon the ground. didst thou lightly regard them : but didst
20 The fire had power in the water, for assist them in every time and place. getting his own virtue: and the water forgat his own quenching nature.
THE WISDOM OF JESUS THE SON OF SIRACH, OR
ECCLESIASTICUS. A Prologue made by an uncertain author. ll the law, and the prophets, and other books THIS Jesus was the son of Sirach, and of our fathers, and had gotten therein good
1 grandchild to Jesus of the same name judgment, was drawn on also himself to write with him : this man therefore lived in the something pertaining to learning and wislatter times, after the people had been led dom; to the intent that those which are away captive, and called home again, and al desirous to learn, and are addicted to these most after all the prophets. Now his grand things, might profit much more in living acfather Jesus, as he himself witnesseth, was a cording to the law. Wherefore let me intreat mau of great diligence and wisdom among you to read it with favour and attention, the Hebrews, who did not only gather the and to pardon us, wherein we may seem to grave and short sentences of wise men, that come short of some words which we have had been before him, but himself also uttered laboured to interpret. For the same things some of his own, full of much understanding uttered in Hebrew, and translated into anand wisdom. When as therefore the first other tongue, have not the same force in Jesus died, leaving this book almost perfected, them : and not only these things, but the Sirach his son receiving it after him, left it | law itself, and the prophets, and the rest of to his own son Jesus, who having gotten it | the books, have no small difference, when into his hands, compiled it all orderly into they are spoken in their own language. For one volume, and called it Wisdom, entitling || in the eight and thirtieth year coming into it both by his own name, his father's name, Egypt, when Euergetes was king, and conand his grandfather's; alluring the hearer by tinuing there some time, I found a book of the very name of Wisdom to have a greater no small learning : therefore I thought it love to the study of this book. It containeth most necessary for me to bestow some dilitherefore wise sayings, dark sentences, and gence and travail to interpret it; using great parables, and certain particular ancient godly watchfulness and skill in that space to bring stories of men that pleased God; also his the book to an end, and set it forth for them prayer and song ; moreover, what benefits also, which in a strange country are willing God had vouchsafed his people, and what plagues he had heaped upon their enemies. to live after the law. This Jesus did imitate Solomon, and was no
CHAP. I. less famous for wisdom and learning, both i All wisdom is from God. 10 He giveth it to being indeed a man of great learning, and so them that love bim. 11 The fear of God is full reputed also.
of many blessings.
ALL wisdom cometh from the Lord, and is The Prologue of the Wisdom of Jesus the son of n with him for ever. Sirach.
2 Who can number the sand of the sea, and W HEREAS many and great things have the drops of rain, and the days of eternity?
V been delivered unto us by the law 3 Who can find out the height of heaven, and the prophets, and by others that have || and the breadth of the earth, and the deep, followed their steps, for the which things || and wisdom? Israel ought to be commended for learning | 4 Wisdom hath been created before all and wisdom; and whereof not only the read things, and the understanding of prudence ers must needs become skilful themselves, but || from everlasting. also they that desire to learn be able to pro 5 The word of God most high is the founfit them which are without, both by speaking tain of wisdom ; and her ways are everiast. and writing : my grandfather Jesus, when ing commandments. he had much given himself to the reading of 6 To whom hash the root of wisdom been
ECCLESIASTICUS. revealed ? or who hath known her wise | bring dishonour upon thy soul, and so God counsels?
discover the secte:s, and cast thee down in 7 (Coto whom hail the knowledge of the midst of the congregation, because tbou widoo been made manifest ? and who hath camest not in truth to the fear of the Lord, understood her great crperience)
but thy heart is full of deceit. 8 There is one wise and greatly to be
CHAP. II. feared, the Lord sitting upon his throne I God's servants must look for trouble, 7 and be
9 He created ber, and saw her, and num- il patient, and trust in lim : 12 for woe ts team bered her, and poured her out upon all his tbat do not se! works.
M Y son, if thou come to serve the Lord, 10 She is with all flesh according to his || V prepare thy soul for tempration. gift, and he hath given her to them that love 2 Set thy heart aright, and constan:lv en.
dure, and make not haste in time of trouble. 11 The fear of the Lord is honour, and 3 Cleave unto him, and depart not away, glory, and gladnes, and a crown of rejoicing that thou mayest be increased at thy last end.
12 The fear of the Lord maketh a merry 4 Whatsoever is brought upon thee, take heart, and giveth joy, and gladness, and a cheerfully, and be patient when thou art long life.
changed to a low estate. 13 Whoso feareth the Lord, it shall gol 5 for gold is tried in the fire, and acceptwell with him at the last, and he shall find able men in the furnace of adversity. favour in the day of his death.
1 6 Believe in him, and he will belp thice ; 14 To fear the Lord is the beginning of order thy way arist, and trust in lim. wisdom: and it was created with the faith- 7 Ye that rear the Lord, wait for his mer. ful in the womb.
cy; and go not aside, lest ye fall. 15 She hath built an everlasting founda- 1 8 Ye that fear the Lord, believe him; and tion with men, and she shall continue with your reward shall not fail. their seed.
9 Ye that fear the Lord, hope for good, 16 To fear the Lord is fulness of wisdom, and for everlasting joy and mercy. and filleth men with her fruits.
10 Look at the generations of old, and see ; 17 She filleth all their bouse with things did ever any trust in the Lord, and was condesirable, and the garners with her increase.' founded ? or did any abide in his fear, and
18 The fear of the Lord is a crown of was forsaken ? or whom did he evu despise, wisdom, making peace and perfect health to that called upon him? flourish ; both which are the gifts of God: 1 11 For the Lord is full of compassion and and it enlargeth their rejoicing that love him., mercy, long suffering, and very pitiful, and
19 Wisdom raineth down skill and know- forgiveth sins, and saveth in time of affliction. ledge of understanding, and exalteth them: 12 ( Woe be to fearful hearts, and faint to honour that hold her fast.
hands, and the sinner that goeth two ways ! 20 The root of wisdom is to fear the Lord, 1 13 Woe unto him that is faint hearted ! for and the branches thereof are long life. he believeth not; therefore shall he not be
21 The fear of the Lord driveth away defended. sins: and where it is present, it turneth : 14 Woe unto you that have lost patience! away wrath.
and what will ye do when the Lord shall visit 22 A furious man cannot be justified; for you? the sway of his fury shall be his destruction. Il 15 They that fear the Lord will not diso
23 A patient man will bear for a time, and bey his word ; and they that love him will afterward joy shall spring up unto him. keep his ways.
24 He will hide his words for a time, and 16 They that fear the Lord will seek that the lips of many shall declare his wisdom. which is well pleasing unto him ; and they
25 The parables of knowledge are in the that love him shall be filled with the law. treasures of wisdom : but godliness is an 17 They that fear the Lord will prepare abomination to a sinner.
their hearts, and humble their souls in his 26 If thou desire wisdom, keep the com- sight, mandments, and the Lord shall give her un 18 Saying, We will fall into the hands of to thee.
the Lord, and not into the hands of men : for 27 For the fear of the Lord is wisdom and as his majesty is, so is his mercy. instruction: and faith and meekness are his
CHAP. III. delight.
2 Children must bonour and belp botb their parents. 28 Distrust not the fear of the Lord when 21. We may not desire to know all tbings. thou art poor: and come not unto him with LTEAR me your father, O children, and a double heart.
I do thereafter, that ye may be safe. 29 Be not an hypocrite in the sight of 2 4 For the Lord hath given the father men, and take good heed what thou speakest. || honour over the children, and bath confirmed
30 Exalt not thyself, lest thou fall, and the authority of the mother over the sons.
Apocrypba. 3 Whoso honoureth his father maketh an | 26 A stubborn heart shall fare evil at the atonement for his sins:
I last; and he that loveth danger shall perish 4 And he that honoureth his mother is as therein. one that layeth up treasure.
27 An obstinate heart shall be laden with 5 Whoso honoureth his father shall have sorrows : and the wicked man shall heap sin joy of bis own children; and when he maketh || upon sin. his prayer, he shall be heard.
28 In the punishment of the proud there 6 He that honoureth his father shall have || is no remedy; for the plant of wickedness a long life ; and he that is obedient unto the hath taken root in him. Lord shall be a comfort to his mother.
29 The heart of the prudent will under7 He that feareth the Lord will honour || stand a parable ; and an attentive car is the his father, and will do service unto his parents, | desire of a wise man. as to his masters.
30 Water will quench a flaming fire; and 8 Honour thy father and mother both in | alms maketh an atonement for sins. word and deed, that a blessing may come 31 And he that requiteth good turns is upon thee from them.
mindful of that which may come hereafter ; 9 For the blessing of the father establish || and when he falleth, he shall find a stay. eth the houses of children ; but the curse of
CHAP. IV. the mother rooteth out foundations.
1 We may not despise the poor or fatherless, 11 10 Glory not in the dishonour of thy father; but seek for wisdom, 20 and not be ashamed of for thy father's dishonour is no glory unto thee. some things.
11 For the glory of a man is from the hon IMY son, defraud not the poor of his livour of his father, and a mother in dishonour | W ing, and make not the needy eyes to is a reproach to the children.
wait long. 12 My son, help thy father in his age, and 2 Make not an hungry soul sorrowful; grieve him not as long as he liveth.
neither provoke a man in his distress. 13 And if his understanding fail, have pa | 3 Add not more trouble to an heart that tience with him; and despise him not when || is vexed ; and defer not to give to him that thou art in thy full strength.
is in need. 14 For the relieving of thy father shall not 4 Reject not the supplication of the afflicted; be forgotten : and instead of sins it shall be neither turn away thy face from a poor man. added to build thee up.
5 Turn not away thine eye from the needy, 15 In the day of thine aMiction it shall be and give him none occasion to curse thee: remembered; thy sins also shall melt away, 6 For if he curse thee in the bitterness of as the ice in the fair warm weather.
|| his soul, his prayer shall be heard of him that 16 He that forsaketh his father is as a made him. blasphemer; and he that angereth his mother 7 Get thyself the love of the congregation, is cursed of God.
and bow thy head to a great man. 17 My son, go on with thy business in 8 Let it not grieve thee to bow down thine meekness; so shalt thou be beloved of him ear to the poor, and give him a friendly anthat is approved.
swer with meekness. 18 The greater thou art, the more humble 9 Deliver him that suffereth wrong from thyself, and thou shalt find favour before the | the hand of the oppressor : and be not faint
hearted when thou sittest in judgment. 19 Many are in ligh place, and of renown: 10 Be as a father unto the fatherless, and but mysteries are revealed unto the meek instead of an husband unto their mother : sa
20. For the power of the Lord is great, and shalt thou be as a son of the Most High, and he is honoured of the lowly.
he shall love thee more than thy mother doth. 21 Seek not out the things that are too UL 11 9 Wisdom exalteth her children, and hard for thee, neither search the things that layeth hold of them that seek her. are above thy strength.
| 12 He that loveth lier loveth life; and they 22 But what is commanded thee, think that seek to her early shall be filled with joy. thereupon with reverence ; for it is not need. 13 He that holdeth her fast shall inherit ful for thce to see with thire eyes the things || glory ; and wheresoever she entereth, the that are in secret.
Lord will bless. 23 Be not curious in unnecessary matters : 14 They that serve her shall minister to for more things are shewed unto thee than the Holy One : and them that love her the men understand.
Lord doth love. 24 For many are deceived by their own 15 Whoso giveth ear unto her, shall judge vain opinion ; and an evil suspicion hath the nations : and he that attendech unto her overthrown their judgment.
shall dwell securely. 25 Without eyes thou shalt want light : 16 If a man commit himself unto her he profess not the knowledge therefore that thou shall inherit her; and his generation shall hast not.
|| hold her in possession.