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Apocrypha. 4 So ye, and all that inhabit the coast of Israel, shall pursue them, and overthrow them as they go. 5 But before ye do these things, call me Achior the Ammonite, that he may see and know him that despised the house of Israel, and that sent him to us, as it were to his death. 6 Then they called Achior out of the house of Ozias ; and when he was come, and saw the head of Holofernes in a man's hand in the assembly of the people, he fell down on his face, and his spirit failed. 7 But when they had recovered him, he fell at Judith's feet, and reverenced her, and said, Blessed art thou in all the tabernacle of Juda, and in all nations, which hearing thy name shall be astonished. 8 Now therefore tell me all the things that thou hast done in these days. Then Judith declared unto him in the midst of the people all that she had done, from the day that she went forth until that hour she spake unto them. 9 And when she had left off speaking, the people shouted with a loud voice, and made a joyful noise in their city. 10 And when Achior had seen all that the God of Israel had done, he believed in God greatly, and circumcised the flesh of his foreskin, and was joined unto the house of Israel unto this day. 11 * And as soon as the morning arose, they hanged the head of Holoiernes upon the wall, and every man took his weapons, and they went forth by bands unto the straits of the mountain. 12 But when the Assyrians saw them, they sent to their leaders, which came to their captains and tribunes, and to every one of their rulers. 13 So they came to Holofernes' tent, and said to him that had the charge of all his things, Waken now our lord : for the slaves have been bold to come down against us to battle, that they may be utterly destroyed. 14 Then went in Bagoas, and knocked at the door of the tent ; for he thought that he had slept with Judith. 15 M But because none answered, he opened it, and went into the bed-chamber, and found him cast upon the floor dead, and his head was taken from him. 16 Therefore he cried with a loud voice, with weeping, and sighing, and a mighty cry, and rent his garments. 17 After he went into the tent where Judith lodged : and when he found her not, he leaped out to the people, and cried, 18 These slaves have dealt treacherously; one woman of the Hebrews hath brought shame upon the house of king Nabuchodonosor: for behold, Holofernes lish upon the ground without a head 19 When the captains of the Assyrian ar
Apocrypta, my beard these words, they rent their coats, and their minds were wonderfully troubled, and there was a cry and a very great noise throughout the camp. CHAP. XV. 1 The Assyrians cla.ed and slain. 13 The twomen crown judith with a garland. ND when they that were in the tents heard, they were astonished at the thing that was done. 2 And fear and trembling fell upon them, so that there was no man that durst abide in the sight of his neighbour, but rushing out all together, they fled into every way of the plain, and of the hill country. 3 They also that had camped in the mountains round about Bethulia fled away. Then the children of Israel, every one that was a warrior among them, rushed out upon them. 4 Then sent Ozias to Betomasthem, and to Bebai, and Chobai, and Cola, and to all the coasts of Israel, such as should tell the things that were done, and that all should rush forth upon their enemies to destroy them. 5 Now when the children of Israel heard it, they all fell upon them with one consent, and slew them unto Chobai : likewise also they that came from Jerusalem, and from all the hill country, (for men had told them what things were done in the camp of their enemies,) and they that were in Galaad, and in Galilee, chased them with a great slaughter, until they were passed Damascus and the borders thereof. 6 And the residue, that dwelt in Bethulia, fell upon the camp of Assur, and spoiled them, and were greatly enriched. 7 And the children of Israel that returned from the slaughter had that which remained; and the villages and the cities, that were in the mountains and in the plain, gat many spoils : for the multitude was very great. 8 Then Joacim the high priest, and the ancients of the children of Israel that dwelt in Jerusalem, came to behold the good things that God had shewed to Israel, and to see Judith, and to salute her. 9 And when they came unto her, they blessed her with one accord, and said unto her, Thou art the exaltation of Jerusalem, thou art the great glory of Israel, thou art the great rejoicing of our nation : 1o Thou hast done all these things by thine hand : thou hast done much good to Israel, and God is pleased therewith : blessed be thou of the Almighty Lord for evermore. And all the people said, So be it. 11 And the people spoiled the camp the space of thirty days; and they gave unto Judith Holofernes' tent, and all his plate, and beds, and vessels, and all his stuff: and she took it, and laid it on her mule; and made ready her carts, and laid them thercon. 12 Then all the women of Israel ran toApocrypha. gether to see her, and blessed her, and made a dance among them for her; and she took branches in her hand, and gave also to the women that were with her. 13 * And they put a garland of olive upon her and her maid that was with her, and she went before all the people in the dance, leading all the women ; and all the men of Israel followed in their armour with garlands, and with songs in their mouths. CHAP. XVI. 1 The song of judith : 23 be dicts at Bethulia, a widow of great bonour - 24 all Israel lament her death. To Judith began to sing this thanksgiving in all Israel, and all the people sang after her this song of praise. 2 And Judith said, Begin unto my God with timbrels, sing unto my Lord with cymbals: tune unto him a new psalm : exalt him, and call upon his name. 3 For God breaketh the battles: for among the camps in the midst of the people he hath delivered me out of the hands of them that persecuted me. 4 Assur came out of the mountains from the north, he came with ten thousands of his army, the multitude whereof stopped the torrents, and their horsemen have covered the hills. , 5. He bragged that he would burn up my borders, and kill my young men with the sword, and dash the sucking children against the ground, and make mine infants as a prey, and my virgins as a spoil. 6 But the Almighty Lord hath disappointed them by the hand of a woman. 7 For the mighty one did not fall by the young men, neither did the sons of the Titans smite him, nor high giants set upon him : but Judith the daughter of Merari weakened him with the beauty of her countenance. 8 For she put off the garment of her widowhood for the exaltation of those that were oppressed in Israel, and anointed her face with ointment, and bound her hair in a tire, and took a linen garment to deceive him. 9 Her sandals ravished his eyes, her beauty took his mind prisoner, and the fauchion passed through his neck. 10 The Persians quaked at her boldness, and the Medes were daunted at her hardiness. 11 Then my afflicted shouted for joy, and my weak ones cried aloud; but they were astonished : these lifted up their voices, but they were overthrown. 12 The sons of the damsels have pierced them through, and wounded them as fugi
4pocrypha. tives children: they perished by the battle of the Lord. 13 I will sing unto the Lord a new song: O Lord, thou art great and glorious, wonderful in strength, and invincible. 14 Let all creatures serve thee : for thou spakest, and they were made, thou didst send forth thy spirit, and it created them, arid there is none that can resist thy voice. 15 For the mountains shall be moved from their foundations with the waters, the rocks shall melt as wax at thy presence : yet thou art merciful to them that fear thee. 16 For all sacrifice is too little for a sweet savour unto thee, and all the fat is not sufficient for thy burnt offering : but he that feareth the Lord is great at all times. 17 Woe to the nations that rise up against my kindreds the Lord Almighty will take vengeance of them in the day of judgment, in putting fire and worms in their flesh; and they shall feel them, and weep for ever. 18 Now as soon as they entered into Jerusalem, they worshipped the Lord ; and as soon as the people were purified, they offered their burnt offerings, and their free offerings, and their gifts. 19 Judith also dedicated all the stuff of Holofernes, which the people had given her, and gave the canopy, which she had taken out of his bed-chamber, for a gift unto the Lord. 20 So the people continued feasting in Jerusalem before the sanctuary for the space of three months, and Judith remained with them. 21 After this time every one returned to his own inheritance, and Judith went to Bethulia, and remained in her own possession, and was in her time honourable in all the country. 22 And many desired her, but none knew her all the days of her life, after that Manasses her husband was dead, and was gathered to his people. 23 °. But she increased more and more in honour, and waxed old in her husband's house, being an hundred and five years old, and made her maid free; so she died in Bethulia: and they buried her in the cave of her husband Manasses. 24 " And the house of Israel lamented her seven days: and before she died, she did distribute her goods to all them that were nearest of kindred to Manasses her husband, and to them that were the nearest of her kindred. 25 And there was none that made the children of Israel any more afraid in the days of Judith, nor a long time after her death.
The rest of the Chanters of the Book of FSTHER, which
are found neither in the Hebrew, nor in the Chaldee.
PART OF THE TENTH CHAPTER after or the G to E ero. Mardocheus remembereth and expoundeth his dream of the river and the two dragons. HEN Mardocheus said, God hath done these things. 5 For I remember a dream which I saw concerning these matters, and nothing thereof hath failed. 6 A little fountain became a river, and there was light, and the sun, and much water: this river is Esther, whom the king married, and made queen. 7 *nd the two dragons are I and Aman. 8 And the nations were those that were assembled to destroy the name of the Jews: 9 And my nation is this 1srael, which cried to God, and were saved : for the Lord hath saved his people, and the Lord hath delivered us from all those evils, and God hath wrought signs and great wonders, which have not been done among the Gentiles. 10 Therefore hath he made two lots, one for the people of God, and another for all the Gentiles. 11 And these two lots came at the hour, and time, and day of judgment, before God among all nations. 12 So God remembered his people, and justified his inheritance. 13 Therefore those days shall be unto them in the month Adar, the fourteenth and fifteenth day of the same month, with an assembly, and joy, and with gladness before God, according to the generations for ever among his people. CHAP. XI. 2 The stock and quality of Murdochew: ; 6 he dreameth of two dragons. I. the fourth year of the reign of Ptole. meus and Cleopatra, Dositheus, who said he was a priest and Levite, and Ptolemeus his son, brought this Epistle of Phurim, which they said was the same, and that Lysimachus the son of Ptolemens, that was in Jerusalem, had interpreted it. 2 * In the second year of the reign of Artaxerxes the great, in the first day of the month Nisan, Mardocheus the son of Jairus, the son of Semei, the son of Cisai of the tribe of Benjamin, had a dream ; 3 Who was a Jew, and dwelt in the city of Susa, a great man, being a servitor in the king's court. 4 He was also one of the captives, which Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon carried from Jerusalem with Jechonias king of Judea; and this was his dream. 5 Behold, a noise of a tumult, with thunder, and earthquakes, and uproar in the land:
6 * And behold, two great dragons came forth ready to fight, and their cry was great. 7 And at their cry all nations were prepared to battle, that they might fight against the righteous people. 8 And lo a day of darkness and obscurity, tribulation and anguish, affliction and great uproar, upon the earth. 9 And the whole righteous nation was troubled, fearing their own evils, and were ready to perish. 10 Then they cried unto God, and upon their cry, as it were from a little fountain, was made a great flood, even much water. 11 The light and the sun rose up, and the lowly were exalted, and devoured the glorious. 12 Now when Mardocheus, who had seen this dream, and what God had determined to do, was awake, he bare this dream in mind, and until night by all means was desirous to know it, CHAP. XII. 2 The two eunuch’, conspiracy discovered by Mardocheus, 5 for which the king reward-th him. ND Mardocheus took his rest in the court with Gabatha and Tharra, the two eunuchs of the king, and keepers of the palace. 2 * And he heard their devices, and searched out their purposes, and learned that they were about to lay hands upon Artaxerxes the king ; and so he certified the king of them. 3 Then the king examined the two eunuchs, and after that they had confessed it, they were strangled. 4 And the king made a record of these things, and Mardocheus also wrote thereof. 5 * So the king commanded Mardocheus to serve in the court, and for this he rewarded him. 6 Howbeit Aman the son of Amadathus the Agagite, who was in great honour with the king, sought to molest Mardocheus and his people because of the two eunuchs of the king. CHAP. XIII. 1 The copy of the king', letters to destroy the Yew . 8 the prayer of wardocheus for too. Th; copy of the letters was this : The great king Artaxerxes writeth these things to the princes and governors that are under him from India unto Ethiopia, in an hundred and seven and twenty provinces. 2 After that I became lord over many nations, and had dominion over the whole world, not listed up with presumption of my authority, but carrying myself always with cquity and mildness, I purposed to settle my subjects continually in a quiet life, and making my kingdom peaceable, and open for passage to the utmost coasts, to renew peace which is desired of all men. 3 Now when I asked my counsellors how this might be brought to pass, Aman, that excelled in wisdom among us, and was approved for his constant good will and steadfast fidelity, and had the honour of the second place in the kingdom, 4 Declared unto us, that in all nations throughout the world there was scattered a certain malicious people, that had laws contrary to all nations, and continually despised the commandments of kings, so as the uniting of our kingdoms, honourably intended by us, cannot go forward. 5 Seeing then we understand that this people alone is continually in opposition unto all men, differing in the strange manner of their laws, and evil affected to our state, working all the mischief they can, that our kingdom may not be firmly established : 6 Therefore have we commanded, that all they that are signified in writing unto you by Aman, who is ordained over the affairs, and is next unto us, shall all with their wives and children be utterly destroyed by the sword of their enemies, without all mercy and pity, the fourteenth day of the twelfth month Adar of this present year : 7 That they who of old and now also are malicious, may in one day with violence go into the grave, and so ever hereafter cause our affairs to be well settled, and without trouble. 8 * Then Mardocheus thought upon all the works of the Lord, and made his prayer unto him, 9 saying, O Lord, Lord, the King Almighty for the whole world is in thy power, and if thou hast appointed to save Israel, there is no man that can gainsay thee: 10 For thou hast made heaven and earth, and all the wonderous thingsunder the heaven, 11 Thou art Lord of all things, and there is no man that can resist thee, which art the Lord. 12 Thou knowest all things, and thou knowest, Lord, that it was neither in contempt nor pride, nor for any desire of glory, that I did not bow down to proud Aman. 13 For I could have been content with good will for the salvation of Israel to kiss the soles of his feet. 14 But I did this, that I might not prefer the glory of man above the glory of God: neither will I worship any but thee, O God, neither will I do it in pride. 15 And now, O Lord God and King,spare tly people : for their eyes are upon us to bring us to nought 5 yea, they desire to destroy the inheritance, that hath been thine from the beginning. 16 Despise not the portion which thou hast delivered out of Egypt for thine own self,
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17 Hear my prayer, and be merciful unto thine inheritance : turn our sorrow into joy, that we may live, O Lord, and praise thy name : and destroy not the mouths of them that praise thee, O Lord. 18 All Israel in like manner cried most earnestly unto the Lord, because their death was before their eyes. CHAP. XIV. The prayer of Queen Esther for Berself, and lar people. UEEN Esther also, being in fear of death, resorted unto the Lord : 2 And laid away her glorious apparel, and put on the garments of anguish and mourning: and instead of precious ointments, she covered her head with ashes and dung, aud she humbled her body greatly, and all the places of her joy she filled with her torn hair. 3 And she prayed unto the Lord God of Israel, saying, O my Lord, thou only art our king : help me desolate woman, which have no helper but thee: 4 For my danger is in mine hand. 5 From my youth up I have heard in the tribe of my family, that thou, O Lord, tookest lsrael from among all people, and our fathers from all their predecessors, for a perpetual inheritance, and thou hast performed whatsoever thou didst promise them, 6 And now we have sinned before thee; therefore hast thou given us into the hands of our enemies, 7 Because we worshipped their gods: 0 Lord, thou art righteous. 8 Nevertheless it satisfieth them not, that we are in bitter captivity; but they have stricken hands with their idols, 9 That they will abolish the thing that thou with thy mouth hast ordained, and destroy thine inheritance, and stop the mouth of them that praise thee, and quench the glory of thy house, and of thine altar, 10 And open the mouths of the heathen to set forth the praises of the idols, and to magnify a fleshly king for ever, il O Lord, give not thy sceptre unto them that be nothing, and let them not laugh at our fall ; but turn their device upon them: selves, and make him an example, that hath begun this against us. 12 Remember, O Lord, make thyself known in time of our affliction, and give me boldness, O King of the nations, and Lord of all power, 13 Give me eloquent speech in my mouth before the lion : turn his heart to hate him that fighteth against us, that there may be an so of him, and of all that are like minded to lm : 14 But deliver us with thine hand, and help me that am desolate, and which have no other helper but thee.
15 Thou knowest all things, O Lord; thou
Apocrypka. knowest that I hate the glory of the unrighteous, and abhor the bed of the uncircumcised, and of all the heathen. 16 Thou knowest my necessity : for I abhor the sign of my high estate, which is upon mine head in the days wherein I shew myself, and that I abhor it as a menstrucus rag, and that I wear it not when I am private by myself. 17. And that thine handmaid hath not eaten at Aman's table, and that I have not great. ly esteemed the king's feast, nor drunk the wine o' the drink offerings. 18 Neither had thine handmaid any joy since the day that I was brought hither to this present, but in thee, O Lord God of Abraham. 19 O thou mighty God above all, hear the
voice of the forlorn, and deliver us out of the hands of the mischievous, and deliver me out of my fear.
CHAP. XV. 6 Esther cometh into the king's presence : 7 she faintetb .. 8 he taketh her up, and dots, comfort ber. ND upon the third day, when she had ended her prayer, she laid away her mourning garments, and put on her glorious apparel. 2 And being gloriously adorned, after she had called upon God, who is the beholder and saviour of all things, she took two maids with her : 3 And upon the one she leaned, as carrying herself daintily ; 4 And the other followed, bearing up her train. 5 And she was ruddy through the perfec. tion of her beauty, and her countenance was cheerful and very amiable : but her heart was in anguish for fear. 6 * Then having passed through all the doors, she stood before the king, who sat upon his royal throne, and was clothed with all his robes of majesty, all glittering with gold and precious stones; and he was very dreadful. 7 * Then lifting up his countenance that shone with majesty, he looked very fiercely upon her : and the queen fell down, and was pale, and fainted, and bowed herself upon the head of the maid that went before her. 8 * Then God changed the spirit of the king into mildness, who in a fear leaped from his throne, and took her in his arms, till she came to herself again, and comforted her with loving words, and said unto her, 9 Esther, what is the matter I am thy brother, be of good cheer: 1 O Thou shalt not die, though our commandment be general : come near. 11 And so he held up his golden sceptre, and laid it upon her neck, 12 And embraced her, and said, Speak unto me,
XVI. Aéecrypha. 13 Then said she unto him, I saw thee, my lord, as an angel of God, and my heart was troubled for fear of thy majesty. 14 For wonderful art thou, lord, and thy countenance is full of grace. 15 And as she was speaking, she fell down for faintness. 16 Then the king was troubled, and all his servants comforted her. CHAP. XVI. 1 The letter of Artaxerxes, 10 wherein be taxeth Aman, 17 and revoketh the decree procured by him to destroy the jews. T. great king Artaxerxes unto the princes and governors of an hundred and seven and twenty provinces from India unto Ethiopia, and unto all our faithful subjects, greeting. 2 Many, the more often they are honoured with the great bounty of their gracious princes, the more proud they are waxen, 3 And endeavour to hurt not our subjects only, but not being able to bear abundance, do take in hand to practise also against those that do them good : 4 And take not only thankfulness away from among men, but also lifted up with the glorious words of lewd persons, that were never good, they think to escape the justice of God, that seeth all things, and hateth evil. 5 Oftentimes also fair speech of those that are put in trust to manage their friends affairs, hath caused many that are in authority to be partakers of innocent blood, and hath enwrapped them in remediless calamities: 6 Beguiling with the falsehood and deceit of their lewd disposition the innocency and goodness of princes. 7 Now ye may see this, as we have declared, not so much by ancient histories, as ye may, if ye search what hath been wickedly done of late through the pestilent behaviour of them that are unworthily placed in authority. 8 Ånd we must take care for the time to come, that our kingdom may be quiet and peaceable for all men, 9 Both by changing our purposes, and always judging things that are evident with more equal proceeding. 10 * For Aman, a Macedonian, the son of Amadatha, being indeed a stranger from the Persian blood, and far distant from our goodness, and as a stranger received of us, 11 Had so far forth obtained the favour that we shew toward every nation, as that he was called our father, and was continually honoured of all men, as the next person unto the king. 12 But he, not bearing his great dignity, went about to deprive us of our kingdom. and iife : 13 Having by manifold and cunning deceits sought of us the destruction as well of
Mardocheus, who saved our life, and contin