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Apocrypha. salem before the sanctuary for the space of three being an hundred and five years old, and made months, and Judith remained with them. her maid free; so she died in Bethulia: an

21 After this time every one returned to his they buried her in the cave of her husband own inheritance, and Judith went to Bethulia, Manasses. and remained in her own possession, and was 24 And the house of Israel lamented her in her time honourable in all the country. seven days: and before she died, she did distri

22 And inany desired her, but none knew bute her goods to all them that were nearest her all the days of her life, after that Manasses of kindred to Manasses her husband, and to them her husband was dead, and was gathered to his that were the nearest of her kindred. people.

25 And there was none that made the chil23 But she increased more and more in dren of Israel any more afraid in days of Judith, honour, and waxed old in her husband's house, nor a long time after her death.

1 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 after the Greek. THEN Mardocheus said, God hath donel 7 And at their cry all nations were prepared 1 these things.

to battle, that they might fight against the right5 For I remember a dream which I saw con-eous people. cerning these matters, and nothing thereof 8 And lo, a day of darkness and obscurity, hath failed.

tribulation and anguish, affliction and great up6 A little fountain became a river, and there roar, upon the earth. was light, and the sun, and much water : this 9 And the whole righteous nation was trou river is Esther, whom the king married, and bled, fearing their own evils, and were ready to made queen.

perish. . 7 And the two dragons are I and Aman. 10 Then they cried unto God, and upon their

8 And the nations were those that were as- cry, as it were from a little fountain, was made sembled to destroy the name of the Jews: a great flood, even much water.

9 And my nation is this Israel, which cried 11 The light and the sun rose up, and the to God, and were saved: for the Lord hath lowly were exalted, and devoured the glorious. saved his people, and the Lord hath delivered 12 Now when Mardocheus, who had seen us from all those evils, and God hath wrought this dream, and what God had determined to signs and great wonders, which have not been do, was awake, he bare this dream in mind, done among the Gentiles.

and until night by all means was desirous to JO Therefore hath he made two lots, one for the know it. people of God, and another for all the Gentiles.

CHAP. XII. 11 And these two lots came at the hour, and A ND Mardocheus took his rest in the court time, and day of judgment, before God among A with Gabatha and Tharra, the two eunuchs all nations.

of the king, and keepers of the palace. 12 So God remembered his people, and justi. 2 And he heard their devices, and searched fied his inheritance.

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

4 And the king made a record of these things, TN the fourth year of the reign of Ptolemeus and Mardocheus also wrote thereof. I and Cleopatra, Dositheus, who said he was 5 So the king commanded Mardocheus to a priest and Levite, and Ptoleineus his son, serve in the court, and for this he rewarded him. brought this epistle of Phurim, which they said 6 Howbeit Aman the son of Amadathus the was the same, and that Lysimachus the son of Agagite, who was in great honour with the Ptolemeus, that was in Jerusalem, had inter- king, sought to molest Mardocheus and his preted it.

people because of the eunuchs of the king. 2 In the second year of the reign of Arta

CHAP. XIII. xerxes the great, in the first day of the month THE copy of the letters was this: The great Nisin, Mardocheus the son of Jairus, the son of 1 king Artaxerxes writeth these things to Semnel, the son of Cisai of the tribe of Benja- the princes and governors that are under him min, had a dream;

from India unto Ethiopia, in an hundred and 3 Who was a Jew, and divelt in the city of seven and twenty provinces. Susa, a great man, being a servitor in the king's 2 After that I became lord over many nacourt.

tions, and had dominion over the whole world, 4 He was also one of the captives, which not listed up with presumption of my authority, Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon carried but carrying myself alway with equity and from Jerusalem with Jechonias king of Judca; mildness, I purposed to setile my subjects conand this was his dream.

tinually in a quiet life, and making my king5 Behold, a noise of a tumult, with thunder, dom peaceable, and open for passage to the utand earthquakes, and uproar in the land: most coasts, to renew peace, which is desired of

6 And behold, two great dragons came forth all men. ready to fight, and their cry was great.

3 Now when I asked my counsellors how this


Apocrypha. might be brought to pass, Aman, that excelled help me, desolate woman, which have no helper in wisdom among us, and was approved for his but thee : constant good will and steadfast fidelity, and had 4 For my danger is in mine hand. the honour of the second place in the kingdom, 5 From my youth up I have heard in the tribe

4 Declared unto us, that in all nations through- of my family, that thou, O Lord, tookest Israel out the world there was scattered a certain ma- from among all people, and our fathers from all licious people, that had laws contrary to all na- their predecessors, for a perpetual inheritance, tions, and continually despised the command- and thou hast performed whatsoever thou didst ments of kings, so as the uniting of our kingdoms, promise them. honourably intended by us, cannot go forward. 6 And now we have sinned before thee:

5 Seeing then we understand that this people therefore hast thou given us into the hands of alone is continually in opposition unto all men, our enemies, differing in the strange manner of their laws, 7 Because we worshipped their gods: O Lord, and evil-affected to our state, working all the thou art righteous. mischief they can, that our kingdom may not 8 Nevertheless it satisfieth them not, that we be firmly established:

are in bitter captivity: but they have stricken 6 Therefore have we commanded, that all hands with their idols, they that are signified in writing unto you by 9 That they will abolish the thing that thou Aman, who is ordained over the affairs, and is with thy mouth hast ordained, and destroy thine next unto us, shall all with their wives and inheritance, and stop the month of them that children be utterly destroyed by the sword of praise thee, and quench the glory of thy house, their enemies, without all mercy and pity, the and of thine altar, fourteenth day of the twelfth month Adar of 10 And open the mouths of the heathen to set this present year:

forth the praises of the idols, and to magnify a 7 That they who of old and now also are ma- fleshly king for ever. licious, may in one day with violence go into 11 O Lord, give not thy sceptre unto them the grave, and so ever hereafter cause our af- that be nothing, and let them not laugh at our fairs to be well settled, and without trouble. fall ; but turn their device upon themselves, and

8 Then Mardocheus thought upon all the make him an example, that hath begun this works of the Lord, and made his prayer unto him, against us.

9 Saying, O Lord, Lord, the King Almighty : 12 Remember, O Lord, make thyself known for the whole world is in thy power, and if thou in time of our affliction, and give me boldness, hast appointed to save Israel, there is no man O King of the nations, and Lord of all power. that can gainsay thee :

I 13 Give me eloquent speech in my mouth 10 For thou hast made heaven and earth, and before the lion : turn his heart to hate him that all the wondrous things under the heaven. fighteth against us, that there may be an end

11 Thou art Lord of all things, and there is of him, and of all that are like-minded to him: no man that can resist thee, which art the Lord. 14 But deliver us with thine hand, and help

12 Thou knowest all things, and thou know me that am desolate, and which have no other est, Lord, that it was neither in contempt nor help but thee. pride, nor for any desire of glory, that I did not 15 Thou knowest all things, O Lord; thou bow down to proud Aman.

knowest that I hate the glory of the unright13 For I could have been content with good eous, and abhor the bed of the uncircumcised, will for the salvation of Israel to kiss the soles and of all the heathen. of his feet.

| 16 Thou knowest my necessity: for I abhor 14 But I did this, that I might not prefer the the sign of my high estate, which is upon mine glory of man above the glory of God: neither head in the days wherein I shew myself, and will I worship any but thee, O God, neither will that I abhor it as a menstruous rag, and that I I do it in pride.

wear it not when I am private by myself. 15 And now, O Lord God and King, spare 17 And that thine handmaid hath not eaten at thy people : for their eyes are upon us to bring Aman's table, and that I have not greatly esus to nourht: vea, they desire to destroy the teemed the king's feast, nor drunk the wine of inheritance, that hath been thine from the be- the drink-offerings.

| 18 Neither had thine handmaid any joy since 16 Despise not the portion which thou hast the day that I was brought hither to this predelivered out of Egypt for thine own self. sent, but in thee, O Lord God of Abraham.

17 Hear my prayer, and be merciful unto 19 O thou mighty God above all, hear the thine inheritance : turn our sorrow into jov, that voice of the forlorn, and deliver us out of the we may live, O Lord, and praise thy name : hands of the mischievous, and deliver me out and destroy not the mouths of them that praise of my fear. thee, O Lord.

CHAP. XV. 18 All Israel in like manner cried most ear. A ND upon the third day, when she had ended nestly unto the Lord, because their death was A her prayer, she laid away her mourning before their eyes.

garments, and put on her glorious apparel CHAP. XIV.

2 And being gloriously adorned, after she O VEEN Esther also, being in fear of death, had called upon God, who is the beholder and & resorted unto the Lord:

saviour of all things, she took two maids with 2 And laid away her glorious apparel, and put her: on the garments of anguish and mourning: and 3 And upon the one she leaned, as carrying instead of precious ointments, she covered her herself daintily; head with ashes and dung, and she humbled her 4 And the other followed, bearing up her train. body greatly, and all the places of her joy she 5 And she was ruddy through the perfection filled with her torn hair.

of her beauty, and her countenance was cheer. 3 And she prayed unto the Lord God of Is- ful and very amiable; but her heart was in rael, saying, O my Lord, thou only art our King :languish for fear.



Apocrypha. 6 Then having passed through all the doors, come, that our kingdom may be quiet and she stood before the king, who sat upon his roy- peaceable for all men, al throne, and was clothed with all his robes of 9 Both by changing our purposes, and almajesty, all glittering with gold and precious ways judging things that are evident with more stones; and he was very dreadful.

equal proceeding. 7 Then lifting up his countenance that shone 10 For Aman, a Macedonian, the son of Amawith majesty, he looked very fiercely upon her: datha, being indeed a stranger from the Persian and the queen fell down, and was pale, and blood, and far distant from our goodness, and as a fainted, and bowed herself upon the head of the stranger received of us, maid that went before her.

11 Had so far forth obtained the favour that 8 Then God changed the spirit of the king we shew toward every nation, as that he was into mildness, who in a fear leaped from his called our father, and was continually honoured throne, and took her in his arms, till she came of all men, as the next person unto the king. to herself again, and comforted her with loving 12 But he, not bearing his great dignity, went words, and said unto her,

about to deprive us of our kingdom and life : 9 Esther, what is the matter? I am thy bro! 13 Having by manifold and cunning deceits ther, be of good cheer:

sought of us the destruction as well of Mardo· 10 Thou shalt not die, though our command-cheus, who saved our life, and continually proment be general: come near.

cured our good, as also of blameless Esther. 11 And so he held up his golden sceptre, and partaker of our kingdom, with their whole nalaid it upon her neck,

tion. 12 And embraced her, and said, speak unto 14 For by these means he thought, finding us me.

destitute of friends, to have translated the king. 13 Then said she unto him, I saw thee, my dom of the Persians to the Macedonians. lord, as an angel of God, and my heart was 15 But we find that the Jews, whom this troubled for fear of thy majesty.

wicked wretch hath delivered to utter de14 For wonderful art thou, lord, and thy coun-struction, are no evil-doers, but live by most tenance is full of grace.

just laws: 15 And as she was speaking, she fell down 16 And that they be children of the most for faintness.

high and most mighty living God, who hath 16 Then the king was troubled, and all his ordered the kingdom both unto us and to our servants comforted her.

i progenitors in the most excellent manner. CHAP. XVI.

17 Wherefore ye shall do well not to put in THE great king Artaxerxes unto the prin- execution the letters sent unto you by Aman

1 ces and governors of an hundred and seven the son of Amadatha. and twenty provinces from India unto Ethiopia, 18 For he, that was the worker of these and unto all our faithful subjects, greeting. things, is hanged at the gates of Susa with all

2 Many, the more often they are honoured his family: God, who ruleth all things, speedily with the great bounty of their gracious princes, rendering vengeance to him according to his the more proud they are waxen,

deserts. 3 And endeavour to hurt not our subjects 19 Therefore ye shall publish the copy of this only, but not being able to bear abundance, do letter in all places, that the Jews may freely live take in hand to practise also against those that after their own laws. do them good :

20 And ye shall aid them, that even the same 4 And take not only thankfulness away from day, being the thirteenth day of the twelfth among men, but also lifted up with the glorious month Adar, they may be avenged on them, words of lewd persons, that were never good, who in the time of their affliction shall set upon they think to escape the justice of God, that them. seeth all things, and hateth evil.

| 21 For Almighty God hath turned to joy unto 5 Oftentimes also fair speech of those that them the day wherein the chosen people should are put in trust to manage their friends' affairs, have perished. hath caused many that are in authority to be 22 Ye shall therefore among your solemn partakers of innocent blood, and hath enwrap- feasts keep it an high day with all feasting: ped them in remediless calamities:

| 23 That both now and hereafter there may 6 Beguiling with the falsehood and deceit of be safety to us, and the well-affected Persians; their lewd disposition the innocency and good- but to those which do conspire against us, a ness of princes.

memorial of destruction. 7 Now ye may see this, as we have declared, 24 Therefore every city and country whatsonot so much by ancient histories, as ye may, if ever, which shall not do according to these ye search what hath been wickedly done of things, shall be destroyed without mercy, with late through the pestilent behaviour of them fire and sword, and shall be made not only unthat are unworthily placed in authority. passable for men, but also most hateful to wild

8 And we must take care for the time tol beasts and fowls for ever.



3 For froward thoughts separate from God: 1 OVE righteousness, ye that be judges of and his power, when it is tried, reproveth the I the earth: think of the Lord with a good unwise. (heart,) and in simplicity of heart seek him. 4 For into a malicious soul wisdom shall not

? For he will be found of them that tempt enter; nor dwell in the body that is subject him not; and sheweth himself unto such as do unto sin. not distrust him.

| 5 For the holy spirit of discipline will flee


Apocrypha. deceit, and remove from thoughts that are with.l 10 Let us oppress the poor righteous man, let out understanding, and will not abide when un- us not spare the widow, nor reverence the anrighteousness cometh in.

cient grey hairs of the aged. 6 For wisdom is a loving spirit ; and will not 11 Let our strength be the law of justice: for acquit a blasphemer of his words: for God is that which is feeble is found to be nothing worth, witness of his reins, and a true beholder of his 12 Therefore let us lie in wait for the rightheart, and a hearer of his tongue.

eous; because he is not for our turn, and he is 7 For the Spirit of the Lord filleth the world : clean contrary to our doings: he upbraideth us and that which containeth all things, hath know- with our offending the law, and objecteth to our ledge of the voice.

infamy the transgressings of our education. 8. Therefore he that speaketh unrighteous 13 He professeth to have the knowledge of things cannot be hid: neither shall vengeance, God: and he calleth himself the child of the when it punisheth, pass by him.

Lord. 9 For inquisition shall be made into the coun- 14 He was made to reprove our thoughts. sels of the ungodly : and the sound of his words 15 He is grievous unto us even to behold: shall come unto the Lord for the manifestation for his life is not like other men's, his ways are of his wicked deeds.

of another fashion. 10 For the ear of jealousy heareth all things: 16 We are esteemed of him as counterfeits : and the noise of murmurings is not hid. The abstaineth from our ways as from filthiness.

11 Therefore beware of murmuring, which he pronounceth the end of the just to be blessis unprofitable; and refrain your tongue from ed, and maketh his boast that God is his father. backbiting : for there is no word so secret, that 17 Let us see if his words be true: and let shall go for nought: and the mouth that belieth, us prove what shall happen in the end of him. slayeth the soul.

118 For if the just man be the son of God, he 12 Seek not death in the error of your life : will help him, and deliver him from the hand and pull not upon yourselves destruction with of his enemies. the works of your hands.

19 Let us examine him with despitefulness 13 For God made not death: neither hath he and torture, that we may know his meekness, pleasure in the destruction of the living and prove his patience.

14 For he created all things, that they might 20Let us condemn him with a shameful have their being: and the generations of the death: for by his own saying he shall be reworld were healthful; and there is no poison spected. of destruction in them, nor the kingdom of death.21 Such things they did imagine, and were upon the earth:

deceived: for their own wickedness hath blind. * 15 (For righteousness is immortal:)

cd them. 16 But ungodly men with their works and 22 As for the mysteries of God, they knete words called it to them: for when they thought them not: neither hoped they for the wages to have it their friend, they.consumed to nought, of righteousness, nor discerned a reward for and made a covenant with it, because they are blameless souls. worthy to take part with it.

23 For God created man to be immortal, and CHAP. II.

made him to be an image of his own eternity.. TVOR the ungodly said, reasoning with them- 24 Nevertheless, through envy of the devil T selves, but not aright, Our life is short and came death into the world : and they that do tedious, and in the death of a man there is no hold of his side do find it. reinedy : neither was there any man known to

CHAP. III. have returned from the grave.

IRUT the souls of the righteous are in the 2 For we are born at all adventure: and we D hand of God, and there shall no torment shall be hereafter as though we had never been : touch them. for the breath in our nostrils is as smoke, and a 2 In the sight of the unwise they seemed to little spark in the moving of our heart: jdie: and their departure is taken for misery,

3 Which being extinguished, our body shall 3 And their going from us to be utter debe turned into ashes, and our spirit shall vanish struction : but they are in peace. as the soft air,

4 For though they be punished in the sight 4 And our name shall be forgotten in time, of men, yet is their hope full of immortality. and no man shall have our works in remem- 5 And having been a little chastised, they brance, and our life shall pass away as the trace shall be greatly rewarded : for God proved them, of a cloud, and shall be dispersed as a mist that and found them worthy for himself is driven away with the beams of the sun, and! 6 As gold in the furnace hath he tried thern, overcome with the heat thereof.

and received them as a burnt-offering. 5 For our time is a very shadow that passeth 7 And in the time of their visitation, they away; and after our end there is no returning: shall shine, and run to and fro like sparks among for it is fast sealed, so that no man cometh the stubble. again.

8 They shall judge the nations, and have doR6 Come on therefore, let us enjoy the good minion over the people, and their Lord shall things that are present: and let us speedily use reign for ever. the creatures like as in youth.

1 5 They that put their trust in him shall un7 Let us fill ourselves with costly wine and derstand the truth: and such as be faithful in ointments : and let no flower of the spring pass love shall abide with him : for grace and mercy by us :

Jis to his saints, and he hath care for his elect. 8 Let us crown ourselves with rose-buds, be 10 But the ungodly shall be punished accord. fore they be withered.

ing to their own imaginations, which have neg. 9 Let none of us go without his part of our lected the righteous, and forsaken the Lord. voluptuousness : let us leave tokens of our joyful- 11 For whoso despiseth wisdom and nurtere, noss in every place: for this is our portion, and he is miserable, and their hope is vain, their leour lot is this.

bours unfruitful, and their works unprofitable :


Apocrypha. 12 Their wives are foolish, and their children 17 For they shall see the end of the wise, and wicked:

shall not understand what God in his counsel 13 Their offspring is cursed. Wherefore hath decreed of him, and to what end the Lord blessed is the barren that is undefiled, which hath set him in safety. hath not known the sinful bed : she shall have 18 They shall see him, and despise him ; but fruit in the visitation of souls.

God shall laugh them to scorn: and they shall 14 And blessed is the eunuch, which with hereafter be a vile carcass, and a reproach his hands hath wrought no iniquity, nor ima- Jamong the dead for evermore. gined wicked things against God: for unto him! 19 For he shall rend them, and cast them shall be given the special gift of faith, and an down headlong, that they shall be speechless ; inheritance in the temple of the Lord more ac- and he shall shake them from the foundation ; ceptable to his mind.

and they shall be utterly laid waste, and be in 15 For glorious is the fruit of good labours : sorrow; and their memorial shall perish. and the root of wisdom shall never fall away. 20 And when they cast up the accounts of

16 As for the children of adulterers, they their sins, they shall come with fear : and their shall not come to their perfection, and the seed own iniquities shall convince them to their of an unrighteous bed shall be rooted out. face. 17 For though they live long, yet shall they

CHAP. V. be nothing regarded : and their last age shall be THEN shall the righteous man stand in without honour :

1 great boldness before the face of such as 18 Or, if they die quickly, they have no hope, have afflicted him, and made no account of his neither comfort in the day of trial.

labours. 19 For horrible is the end of the unrighteous 2 When they see it, they shall be troubled generation.

with terrible fear, and shall be amazed at the CHAP. IV.

strangeness of his salvation, so far beyond all P ETTER it is to have no children, and to that they looked for.

D have virtue : for the memorial thereof is 3 And they repenting and groaning for anguish immortal : because it is known with God, and of spirit shall say within themselves, This was with men.

he, whom we had sometimes in derision, and 2 When it is present, men take example at it ; a proverb of reproach: and when it is gone, they desire it: it weareth 4 We fools accounted his lifo madness, and a crown, and triumpheth for ever, having gotten his end to be without honour : the victory, striving for undefiled rewards. 5 How is he numbered among the children

3 But the multiplying brood of the ungodly of God, and his lot is among the saints ! shall not thrive, nor take deep rooting from bas.! 6 Therefore have we erred from the way of tard slips, nor lay any fast foundation.

truth, and the light of righteousness hath not 4 For though they flourish in branches for a shined unto us, and the sun of righteousness rose time ; yet standing not fast, they shall be sha- not upon us. ken with the wind, and through the force of 7 We wearied ourselves in the way of wick. winds they shall be rooted out.

Wedness and destruction : yea, we have gone 5 The imperfect branches shall be broken through deserts, where there lay no way: but off, their fruit unprofitable, not ripe to eat, yea, as for the way of the Lord, we have not meet for nothing

known it. 6 For children begotten of unlawful beds, are 8 What hath pride profited us? or what witnesses of wickedness against their parents good hath riches with our vaunting brought us? in their trial.

9 All those things are passed away like a 7 But though the righteous be prevented shadow, and as a post that hasteth by; with death, yet shall he be at rest.

10 And as a ship that passeth over the waves 8 For honourable age is not that which of the water, which when it is gone by, the trace standeth in length of time, nor that is measured thereof cannot be found, neither the pathway by number of years.

of the keel in the waves ; 9 But wisdom is the gray hair unto men, and 11 Or as when a bird hath flown through the an unspotted life is old age.

air, there is no token of her way to be found, 10 He pleased God, and was beloved of him : but the light air being beaten with the stroke so that living among sinners he was translated. of her wings, and parted with the violent noise

11 Yea, speedily was he taken away, lest and motion of them, is passed through, and that wickedness should alter his understanding, therein afterward no sign where she went is to or deceit beguile his soul.

be found; 12 For the bewitching of naughtiness doth 12 Or like as when an arrow is shot at a obscure things that are honest ; and the wan- mark, it parteth the air, which immediately dering of concupiscence doth undermine the cometh together again, so that a man cannot simple mind.

know where it went through: 13 He, being made perfect in a short time, 13 Even so we in like manner, as soon as we fulfilled a long time:

were born, began to draw to our end, and had 14 For his soul pleased the Lord : therefore no sign of virtue to shew; but were consumed hasted he to take him away from among the in our own wickedness. wicked,

| 14 For the hope of the ungodly is like dust 15 This the people saw, and understood it that is blown away with the wind, like a thin not, neither laid they up this in their minds, froth that is driven away with the storm ; like That his grace and mercy is with his saints, as the smoke which is dispersed here and there and that he hath respect unto his chosen. with a tempest, and passeth away as the re

16 Thus the righteous that is dead shall con- membrance of a guest that tarrieth but a day. demn the ungodly which are living; and youth 15 But the righteous live for evermore; their that is soon perfected, the many years and old reward also is with the Lord, and the care of age of the unrighteous.

them is with the Most High.

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