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Apocrypha. to see, and I shall shew thee from whence the fathers is brought to nought, and the written wicked heart cometh.
covenants come to none effect, 5 And I said, Tellion, my lord. Then said 24 And we pass away out of the world as he unto me, Go thy way, weigh me the weight grasshoppers, and our life is astonishment and of the fire, or measure me the blast of the wind, fear, and we are not worthy to obtain mercy. or call me again the day that is past.
25 What will he then do unto his name where6 Then answered I and said, What man is by we are called ? of these things have I asked. able to do that, that thou shouldest ask such 26 Then answered he me, and said, The more things of me?
thou searchest, the more thou shalt marvel ; for 7 And he said unto me, If I should ask thee the world hasteth fast to pass away, how great dwellings are in the midst of the sea, 27 And cannot comprehend the things that or how many springs are in the beginning of are promised to the righteous in time to come: the deep, or how many springs are above the for this world is full of unrighteousness and infirmament, or which are the outgoings of para- firmities. dise:
128 But as concerning the things whereof 8 Peradventure thou wouldest say unto me, thou askest me, I will tell thee ; for the evil is I never went down into the deep, nor as yet into sown, but the destruction thereof is not yet hell, neither did I ever climb up into heaven. come.
9 Nevertheless now have I asked thee but 29 If therefore that which is sown be not only of the fire and wind, and of the day where- turned upside down, and if the place where the through thou hast passed, and of things from evil is sown pass not away, then cannot it come which thou canst not be separated, and yet canst that is sown with good. thou give me no answer of them.
30 For the grain of evil seed hath been sown 10 He said moreover unto me, Thine own in the heart of Adam from the beginning, and things, and such as are grown up with thee, how much ungodliness hath it brought up unto canst thou not know;
this time? and how much shall it yet bring forth 11 How should thy vessel then be able to until the time of threshing come? comprehend the way of the Highest, and the 31 Ponder now by thyself, how great fruit of world being now outwardly corrupted, to un- wickedness the grain of evil seed hath brought derstand the corruption that is evident in my forth. sight?
32 And when the ears shall be cut down, 12 Then said I unto him, It were better that which are without number, how great a floor we were not at all, than that we should live shall they fill ? still in wickedness, and to suffer, and not to 33 Then I answered and said, How, and when know wherefore.
shall these things come to pass ? wherefore are 13 He answered me, and said, I went into our years few and evil ? a forest into a plain, and the trees took coun- 34 And he answered me, saying, Do not thou sel,
hasten above the Most Highest : for thy haste 14 And said, Come, let us go and make war is in vain to be above him, for thou hast much against the sea, that it may depart away before exceeded. lis, and that we may make us more woods. 1 35 Did not the souls also of the righteous ask
15 The floods of the sea also in like manner question of these things in their chambers, saytook counsel, and said, Come, let us go up and ing, How long shall I hope on this fashion? subdue the woods of the plain, that there also when cometh the fruit of the floor of our rewe may make us another country.
16 The thought of the wood was in vain, for 36 And unto these things Uriel the archangel the fire came and consumed it.
gave them angwer, and said, Even when the 17 The thought of the floods of the sea came number of seeds is filled in you : for he hath likewise to nought, for the sand stood up and weighed the world in the balance. stopped them
37 By measure hath he measured the times, 18 If thou wert judge now betwixt these two, and by number hath he numbered the times; whom wouldest thou begin to justify? or whom and he doth not move nor stir them, until the wouldest thou condemn ?
said measure be fulfilled. 19 I answered and said, Verily it is a foolish 38 Then answered I and said, O Lord that thought that they both have devised, for the bearest rule, even we all are full of impiety. ground is given unto the wood, and the sea also 39 And for our sakes peradventure it is that hath his place to bear his floods.
the floors of the righteous are not filled, because 20 Then answered he me, and said, Thou hast of the sins of them that dwell upon the earth. given a right judgment, but why judgest thou 40 So he answered me, and said, Go thy way not thyself also ?
to a woman with child, and ask of her when she 21 For like as the ground is given unto the hath fulfilled her nine months, if her womb may wood, and the sea to his floods : even so they keep the birth any longer within her. that dwell upon the earth may understand no- 41 Then said I, No, Lord, that can she not. thing but that which is upon the earth : and he And he said unto me, In the grave the chamthat dwelleth above the heavens may only un-bers of souls are like the womb of a woman : derstand the things that are above the height 42 For like as a woman that travaileth maketh of the heavens.
maketh haste to escape the necessity of the tra22 Then answered I and said, I beseech thee, vail : even so do these places haste to deliver O Lord, let me have understanding :
those things that are committed unto them. 23 For it was not my mind to be curious of 43 From the beginning, look, what thou dethe high things, but of such as pass by us daily, sirest to see, it shall be shewed thee. namely, wherefore Israel is given up as a re- 44 Then answered I and said, If I have found proach to the heathen, and for what cause the favour in thy sight, and if it be possible, and if people whom thou hast loved is given over unto I be meet therefore, ungodly nations, and why the law of our fore-l 45 Shew me then whether there be more
Apocrypha. to come than is past, or more past than is to ness went through all my body, and my mind come.
was troubled, so that it fainted. 46 What is past I know, but what is for to 15 So the angel that was come to talk with come I know not.
me held me, comforted me, and set me upon my 47 And he said unto me, Stand up upon the feet. right side, and I shall expound the similitude 16 And in the second night it came to pass, unto thee.
that Salathiel the captain of the people came 48 So I stood, and saw, and behold, an hot unto me, saying, Where hast thou been? and burning oven passed by before me: and it hap- why is thy countenance so heavy? pened, that when the flame was gone by I look- 17 Knowest thou not that Israel is committed ed, and behold, the smoke remained stiil. unto thee in the land of their captivity ?
49 After this there passed by before me a 18 Up then, and eat bread, and forsake us not, watery cloud, and sent down much rain with a as the shepherd that leaveth his flock in the storm ; and when the stormy rain was past, the hands of cruel wolves. drops remained still.
| 19 Then said I unto him, Go thy ways from 50 Then said he unto me, Consider with thy- me, and come not nigh me. And he heard what self; as the rain is more than the drops, and as I said, and went from me. the fire is greater than the smoke; but the drops 20 And so I fasted seven days, mourning and and the smoke remain behind : so the quantity weeping, like as Uriel the angel commanded which is past did more exceed.
me. 51 Then I prayed, and said, May I live, think- 21 And after seven days so it was, that the est thou, until that time? or what shall happen thoughts of my heart were very grievons unto in those days?
me again, 52 He answered me, and said, As for the 22 And my soul recovered the spirit of untokens whereof thou askest me, I may tell thee derstanding, and I began to talk with the Most of them in part : but as touching thy life, I am High again, not sent to shew thee ; for I do not know it. I 23 And said, O Lord that bearest rule, of CHAP. V.
every wood of the earth, and of all the trees TTEVERTHELESS as concerning the to-thereof, thou hast chosen thee one only vine : I kens, behold, the days shall come, that they 24 And of all lands of the whole world thou which dwell upon earth shall be taken in a great hast chosen thee one pit : and of all the flowers number, and the way of truth shall be hidden, thereof one lily : and the land shall be barren of faith.
25 And of all the depths of the sea thou hast 2 But iniquity shall be increased above that filled thee one river: and of all builded cities which now thou seest, or that thou hast heard thou hast hallowed Sion unto thyself: long ago.
1 26 And of all the fowls that are created thou 3 And the land, that thou seest now to have hast named thee one dove: and of all the cattle root, shalt thou see wasted suddenly.
that are made thou hast provided thee one 4 But if the Most High grant thee to live, sheep : thou shalt see after the third trumpet that the 27 And among all the multitudes of people sun shall suddenly shine again in the night, and thou hast gotten thee one people : and unto this the moon thrice in the day :
people, whom thou lovedst, thou gavest a law 5 And blood shall drop out of wood, and the that is approved of all. stone shall give his voice, and the people shall 28 And now, O Lord, why hast thou given be troubled :
this one people over unto many ? and upon the 6 And even he shall rule, whom they look not one root hast thou prepared others, and why for that dwell upon the earth, and the fowls shall hast thou scattered thy only one people among take their flight away together.
many ? 7 And the Sodomitish sea shall cast out fish, 29 And they which did gainsay thy promises, and make a noise in the night, which inany and believed not thy covenants, have trodden have not known : but they shall all hear the them down. voice thereof.
30 If thou didst so much hate thy people, vet 8 There shall be a confusion also in many shouldest thou punish them with thine own places, and the fire shall be oft sent out again, hands. and the wild beasts shall change their places, 31 Now when I had spoken these words, the and menstruous women shall bring forth mon- angel that came to me the night afore was sent sters :
unto me, 9 And salt waters shall be found in the sweet, 32 And said unto me, Hear me, and I will inand all friends shall destroy one another; then struct thee; hearken to the thing that I say, shall wit hide iiself, and understanding with- and I shall thee more. draw itself into his secret chamber,
33 And I said, Speak on, my lord. Then 10 And shall be sought of many, and yet not said he unto me, Thou art sore troubled in mind be found: then shall unrighteousness and incon- for Israel's sake: lovest thou that people better tinency be multiplied upon earth.
than he that made them? 11 One land also shall ask another, and say, 34 And I said, No, Lord: but of very grief Is righteousness that maketh a man righteous have I spoken : for my reins pain me every gone through thec? and it shall say, No. hour, while I labour to comprehend the way
12 At the same time shall men hope, but no- of the Most High, and to seek out part of his thing obtain: they shall labour, but their ways judgment. shall not prosper.
135 And he said unto me, Thou canst not. And 13 To shew thee such tokens I have leave; I said, Wherefore, Lord ? whereunto was I bora and if thou wilt pray again, and weep as now, then? or why was not my mother's womb then and fast seven days, thou shalt hear yet greater my grave, that I might not have seen the tra. things.
vail of Jacob, and the wearisome toil of the stock 14 Then I awaked, and an extreme fearful-l of Israel?
Apocrypha. 36 And he said unto me, Number me the be old, and have passed over the strength of things that are not yet come, gather me toge- youth. ther the drops that are scattered abroad, make 56 Then said I, Lord, I beseech thee, if I me the flowers green again that are withered, have found favour in thy sight, shew thy ser.
37 Open me the places that are closed, and vant by whom thou visitest thy creature. bring me forth the winds that in them are shut
| CHAP. VI. up, shew me the image of a voice : and then I AND he said unto me, In the beginning, when will declare to thee the thing that thou labourest A the earth was made, before the borders of to know.
the world stood, or ever the winds blew, 38 And I said, O Lord that bearest rule, who 2 Before it thundered and lightened, or ever may know these things, but he that hath not his the foundations of paradise were laid, dwelling with men?
3 Before the fair flowers were seen, or ever 39 As for me, I am unwise: how may I then the moveable powers were established, before the speak of these things whereof thou askest innumerable multitude of angels were gathered me?
together, 40 Then said he unto me, Like as thou canst 4 Or ever the heights of the air were lifted do none of these things that I have spoken of, up, before the measures of the firmament were even so canst thou not find out my judgment, named, or ever the chimneys in Sion were hot, or in the end the love that I have promised unto 5 And ere the present years were sought out, my people.
and or ever the inventions of them that now sin 41 And I said, Behold, O Lord, yet art thou were turned, before they were sealed that have nigh unto them that be reserved till the end : gathered faith for a treasure : and what shall they do that have been before 6 Then did I consider these things, and they me, or we that be now, or they that shall come all were made through me alone, and through after us?
none other : by me also they shall be ended, 42 And he said unto me, I will liken my and by none other. judgment unto a ring : like as there is no slack-! 7 Then answered I and said, What shall be ness of the last, even so there is no swiftness the parting asunder of the times? or when shall the first.
be the end of the first, and the beginning of it 43 So I answered and said, Couldest thou not that followeth ? make those that have been made, and be now, 8 And he said unto me, From Abraham unto and that are for to come, at once ; that thou Isaac, when Jacob and Esau were born of him, mightest shew thy judgment the sooner? Jacob's hand held first the heel of Esau.
44 Then answered he me, and said, The crea- 9 For Esau is the end of the world, and Jature may not haste above the maker ; neither cob is the beginning of it that followeth. may the world hold them at once that shall be 10 The hand of man is betwixt the heel and created therein.
the hand : other question, Esdras, ask thou not. 45 And I said, As thou hast said unto thy 11 I answered then and said, O Lord that servant, that thou which givest life to all, hast bearest rule, if I have found favour in thy sight, given life at once to the creature that thou hast 12 I beseech thee, shew thy servant the end created, and the creature bare it: even so it of thy tokens, whereof thou shewedst me part night now also bear them that now be present the last night. at once.
13 So he answered and said unto me, Stand 46 And he said unto me, Ask the womb of a up upon thy feet, and hear a mighty sounding woman, and say unto her, If thou bringest forth voice. children, why dost thou it not together, but one 14 And it shall be as it were a great motion ; after another? pray her therefore to bring forth but the place were thou standest shall not be ten children at once.
moved. 47 And I said, She cannot : but must do it by 15 And therefore when it speaketh be not distance of time.
afraid: for the word is of the end, and the foun 48 Then said he unto me, Even so have I dation of the earth is understood." given the womb of the earth to those that be 16 And why? because the speech of these sown in it in their times.
things trembleth and is moved : for it knoweth 49 For like as a young child may not bring that the end of these things must be changed. forth the things that belong to the aged, even so 17 And it happened that when I had heard have I disposed the world which I created. it I stood up upon my feet, and hearkened, and
50 And I asked, and said, Seeing thou hast behold, there was a voice that spake, and the now given me the way, I will proceed to speak sound of it was like the sound of many waters. before thee : for our mother, of whom thou hast 18 And it said, Behold, the days come, that I told me that she is young, draweth now nigh will begin to draw nigh, and to visit them that unto age.
dwell upon the earth, 51 He answered me, and said, Ask a woman 19 And will begin to make inquisition of them, that beareth children, and she shall tell thee. what they be that have hurt unjustly with their
32 Say unto her, Wherefore are not they unrighteousness, and when the affliction of Sion whom thou hast now brought forth, like those shall be fulfilled; that were before, but less of stature ?
1 20 And when the world, that shall begin to 53 And she shall answer thee, They that be vanish away, shall be finished, then will I shew born in the strength of youth are of one fashion, these tokens: the books shall be opened before and they that are born in the time of age, when the firmament, and they shall see all together : the womb failoth, are otherwise.
| 21 And the children of a year old shall speak 54 Consider thou therefore also, how that ye with their voices, the women with child shall are less of stature than those that were before bring forth untimely children of three or four
months old, and they shall live, and be raised 57 And so are they that come after you less up. than ye, as the creatures which now begin to! 22 And suddenly shall the sown places appear
Apocrypha. unsown, the full store-houses shall suddenly be and odours of wonderful smell : and this was found empty:
done the third day. 23 And the trumpet shall give a sound, which 45 Upon the fourth day thou commandedst when every man heareth, they shall be suddenly that the sun should shine, and the moon give afraid.
Ther light, and the stars should be in order : 24 At that time shall friends fight one against 46 And gavest them a charge to do service another like enemies, and the earth shall stand unto man, that was to be made. in fear with those that dwell therein, the springs 47 Upon the fifth day thou saidst unto the of the fountains shall stand still, and in three seventh part, where the waters were gathered, hours they shall not run.
that it should bring forth living creatures, fowls 25 Whosoever reinaineth from all these that and fishes: and so it came to pass. I have told thee shall escape, and see my salva- 48 For the dumb water and without life tion, and the end of your world.
brought forth living things at the command26 And the men that are received shall see it, ment of God, that all people might praise thy who have not tasted death from their birth : and wondrous works. the heart of the inhabitants shall be changed, 49 Then didst thou ordain two living creaand turned into another meaning
stures, the one thou calledst Enoch, and the other 27 For evil shall be put out, and deceit shall Leviathan ; be quenched.
1 50 And didst separate the one from the other: 28 As for faith, it shall flourish, corruption for the seventh part, namely, where the water shall be overcome, and the truth, which hath was gathered together, might not hold them been so long without fruit, shall be declared. both."
29 And when he talked with me, behold, I 51 Unto Enoch thou gavest one part, which looked by little and little upon him before whom was dried up the third day, that he should dwell I stood.
in the same part, wherein are a thousand hills : 30 And these words said he unto me; I am 52 But unto Leviathan thou gavest the secome to shew thee the time of the night to come. venth part, namely, the moist; and hast kept
31 If thou wilt pray yet more, and fast seven him to be devoured of whom thou wilt, and days again, I shall tell thee greater things by when. day than I have heard.
53 Upon the sixth day thou gavest command32 For thy voice is heard before the Most ment unto the earth, that before thee it should High: for the Mighty hath seen thy righteous bring forth beasts, cattle, and creeping things: dealing, he hath soen also thy chastity, which 54 And after these, Adam also, whom thou thou hast had ever since thy youth.
madest lord of all thy creatures : of him come we 33 And therefore hath he sent me to slew all, and the people also whom thou hast chosen. thee all these things, and to say unto thee, Be 55 All this have I spoken before thee, O Lord, of good comfort, and fear not.
because thou madest the world for our sakes. 34 And hasten not with the times that are 56 As for the other people, which also come past, to think vain things, that thou mayest not of Adain, thou hast said that they are nothing, hasten from the latter times.
but be like unto spittle : and hast likened the 35 And it came to pass after this, that I wept abundance of them unto a drop that falleth from again, and fasted seven days in like manner, a vessel. that I might fulfil the three weeks which he 57 And now, O Lord, behold, these heathen, told me.
which have ever been reputed as nothing, hare 36 And in the eighth night was my heart begun to be lords over us, and to devour us. vexed within me again, and I began to speak 58 But we thy people, whom thou hast called before the Most High.
thy first-born, thy only-begotten, and thy fer37 For my spirit was greatly set on fire, and vent lover, are given into their hands. my soul was in distress.
59 If the world now be made for our sakes, 38 And I said, O Lord, thou spakest from the why do we not possess an inheritance with the beginning of the creation, even the first day, world ? how long shall this endure : and saidst thus; Let heaven and earth be made;
CHAP. VII. and thy word was a perfect work.
LA ND when I had made an end of speaking 39 And then was the spirit, and darkness and f these words, there was sent unto me the silence were on every side; the sound of man's angel which had been sent unto me the nights voice was not yet formed.
afore : 40 Then commandedst thou a fair light to 2 And he said unto me, Up, Esdras, and hear come forth of thy treasures, that thy work inight the words that I am come to tell thee. appear.
13 And I said, Speak on, my God. Then said 41 Upon the second day thou madest the he unto me, The sea is set in a wide place, that spirit of the firmament, and commandedst it to it might be deep and great. part asunder, and to make a division betwixt 4 But put the case the entrance were narrow, the waters, that the one part might go up, and and like a river; the other remain beneath.
5 Who then could go into the sea to look 42 Upon the third day thou didst command upon it, and to rule it ? if he went not through that the waters should be gathered in the se- the narrow, how could he come into the broad? venth part of the carth: six parts hast thou 6 There is also another thing ; A city is build. dried up, and kept them, to the intent that of ed, and set upon a broad field, and is full of all these some being planted of God and tilled might good things: serve thee.
7 The entrance thereof is narrow, and is set in 43 For as soon as thy word went forth the a dangerous place to fall, like as if there were a work was made.
fire on the right hand, and on the left a deep 44 For immediately there was great and in-water: numerable fruit, and many and divers pleasures 8 And one only path between them bosh, for the taste, and flowers of unchangeable colour,leven between the fire and the water, so small
Apocrypha. that there could but one man go there at| 32 And the earth shall restore those that are once.
asleep in her, and so shall the dust those that 9 If this city now were given unto a man for dwell in silence, and the secret places shall an inheritance, if he never shall pass the danger deliver those souls that were committed unto set before it, how shall he receive this inherit them. ance.
33 And the Most High shall appear upon the 10 And I said, It is so, Lord. Then said he seat of judgment, and misery shall pass away, unto me, Even so also is Israel's portion and the long-suffering shall have an end :
11 Because for their sakes I made the world : 34 But judgment oniy shall remain, truth and when Adam transgressed my statutes, then shall stand, and faith shall wax strong: was decreed that now is done.
1 35 And the work shall follow, and the re12 Then were the entrances of this world ward shall be shewed, and the good deeds shall made narrow, full of sorrow and travail : they be of force, and wicked deeds shall bear no rule. are but few and evil, full of perils, and very 36 Then said I, Abraham prayed first for the painful.
Sodomites, and Moses for the fathers that sinned 13 For the entrances of the elder world were in the wilderness : wide and sure, and brought immortal fruit. l 37 And Jesus after him for Israel in the time
14 If then they that live, labour not to enter of Achan : these strait and vain things, they can never re- 38 And Samuel and David for the destrucceive those that are laid up for them.
tion : and Solomon for them that should come 15 Now therefore why disquietest thou thy- to the sanctuary : self, seeing thou art but a corruptible man? and 39 And Helias for those that received rain; why art thou moved, whereas thou art but mor- and for the dead, that he might live : tal?
40 And Ezechias for the people in the time 16 Why hast thou not considered in thy mind of Sennacherib: and many for many. this thing that is to come, rather than that 41 Even so now, seeing corruption is grown which is present ?
up, and wickedness increased, and the righteous 17 Then answered I and said, O Lord that have prayed for the ungodly: wherefore shall it bearest rule, thou hast ordained in thy law, not be so now also ? that the righteous should inherit these things, 42 He answered me, and said, This present but that the ungodly should perish.
life is not the end where much glory doth abide ; 18 Nevertheless, the righteous shall suffer therefore have they prayed for the weak. strait things, and hope for wide : for they that! 43 But the day of doom shall be the end of have done wickedly have suffered the strait this time, and the beginning of the immortality things, and yet shall not see the wide.
for to come, wherein corruption is past, 19 And he said unto me, There is no judge 44 Intemperance is at an end, infidelity is above God, and none that hath understanding cut off, righteousness is grown, and truth is above the Highest.
sprung up. 20 For there be many that perish in this life, '45 Then shall no man be able to save him because they despise the law of God that is set that is destroyed, nor to oppress him that hath before them.
gotten the victory. 21 For God hath given strait commandment146 I answered then and said, This is my first to such as came, what they should do to live, and last saying, that it had been better not to even as they came, and what they should ob-have given the earth unto Adam : or else, when serve to avoid punishment.
it was given him, to have restrained him from Nevertheless, they were not obedient unto sinning. him ; but spake against him, and imagined vain 47 For what profit is it for men now in this things;
present time to live in heaviness, and after death 23 And deceived themselves by their wicked to look for punishment ? deeds; and said of the Most High, that he is 48 ( thou Adam, what hast thou done! for not; and knew not his ways:
though it was thou that sinned, thou art not 24 But his law have they despised, and de- fallen alone, but we all that come of thee. nied his covenants; in his statutes have they 49 For what profit is it unto us, if there be not been faithful, and have not performed his promised us an immortal time, whereas we have works.
done the works that bring death? 25 And therefore, Esdras, for the empty are 50 And that there is promised us an everempty things, and for the full are the full things. lasting hope, whereas ourselves being most
26 Behold, the time shall come, that these wicked are made vain ? tokens which I have told thee shall come to 51 And that there are laid up for us dwellpass, and the bride shall appear, and she coming ings of health and safety, whereas we have lived forth shall be seen, that now is withdrawn from wickedly? the earth.
52 And that the glory of the Most High is 27 And whosoever is delivered from the fore- kept to defend them which have led a wary life, said evils shall see my wonders.
whereas we have walked in the most wicked 28 For my son Jesus shall be revealed with ways of all ? those that be with him, and they that remain 53 And that there should be shewed a parashall rejoice within four hundred years.
dise, whose fruit endureth for ever, wherein is 29 After these years shall my son Christ die, security and medicine, since we shall not enter and all men that have life.
into it 30 And the world shall be turned into the old 54 (For we have walked in unpleasant places.) silence seven days, like as in the former judg.) 55 And that the faces of them which have ments : so that no man shall remain
used abstinence shall shine above the stars, 31 And after seven days the world, that yet whereas our faces shall be blacker than darkawaketh not, shall be raised up, and that shall ness? die that is corrupi.
56 For while we lived and committed iniqui