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Apocrypha. 16 Therefore shall they receive a glorious the giving heed unto her laws is the assurance kingdom, and a beautiful crown from the Lord's of incorruption ; hand: for with his right hand shall he cover 19 And incorruption maketh us near unto them, and with his arm shall he protect them. God:
17 He shall take to him his jealousy for com- 20 Therefore the desire of wisdom bringeth plete armour, and make the creature his weapon to a kingdom. for the revenge of his enemies.
| 21 If your delight be then in thrones and 18 He shall put on righteousness as a breast-sceptres, O ye kings of the people, honour wisplate, and true judgment instead of an helmet. dom, that ye may reign for overmore.
19 He shall take holiness for an invincible 22 As for wisdom, what she is, and how she shield.
came up, I will tell you, and will not hide 20 His severe wrath shall he sharpen for a mysteries from you: but will seek her out from sword, and the world shall fight with him against the beginning of her nativity, and bring the the unwise.
I knowledge of her into light, and will not pass 21 Then shall the right-aiming thunderbolts over the truth. go abroad ; and from the clouds, as from a well- 23 Neither will I go with consuming envy; drawn bow, shall they fly to the mark. for such a man shall have no fellowship with
22 And hailstones full of wrath shall be cast | wisdom. as out of a stone-bow, and the water of the sea 24 But the multitude of the wise is the welshall rage against them, and the floods shall fare of the world : and a wise king is the upcruelly drown them.
holding of the people. 23 Yea, a mighty wind shall stand up against 25 Receive therefore instruction through my them, and like a storm shall blow them away: words, and it shall do you good. thus iniquity shall lay waste the whole earth,
CHÅP. VII. and ill-dealing shall 'overthrow the thrones of T MYSELF also am a mortal man, like to all, the mighty.
L and the offspring of him that was first made | CHAP. VI.
of the earth; L EAR therefore, 0 ye kings, and under. 2 And in my mother's womb was fashioned 11 stand ; learn, ye that be judges of the ends to be flesh in the time of ten months, being coinof the earth.
pacted in blood, of the seed of man, and the 2 Give ear, ye that rule the people, and glory pleasure that came with sleep. in the multitude of nations.
3 And when I was born, I drew in the com3 For power is given you of the Lord, and mon air, and fell upon the earth, which is of like sovereignty from the Highest, who shall try nature, and the first voice which I uttered was your works, and search out your counsels. crying, as all others do.
4 Because, being ministers of his kingdom, 4 I was nursed in swaddling-clothes, and that ye have not judged aright, nor kept the law, nor with cares. walked after the counsel of God;
15 For there is no king that had any other be5 Horribly and speedily shall he come upon ginning of birth. you: for a sharp judgment shall be to them that 6 For all men have one entrance into life, and be in high places.
the like going out. 6 For mercy will soon pardon the meanest : 7 Wherefore I prayed, and understanding was but mighty men shall be mightily tormented. given me : I called upon God, and the spirit of
7 For he which is Lord over all shall fear no wisdom came to me. man's person, neither shall he stand in awe of 8 I preferred her before sceptres and thrones, any man's greatness : for he hath made the small and esteemed riches nothing in comparison of and great, and careth for all alike.
8 But a sore trial shall come upon the 9 Neither compared I unto her any precious mighty.
stone, because all gold in respect of her is as a 9 Unto you therefore, O kings, do I speak, little sand, and silver shall be counted as clay that ye may learn wisdom, and not fall away : before her.
10 For they that keep holiness holily, shall be 10 I loved her above health and beauty, and judged holy : and they that have learned such chose to have her instead of light : for the light things shall find what to answer.
that cometh from her never goeth out. 11 Wherefore set your affection upon my 11 All good things together came to me with words; desire them, and ye shall be instructed. her, and innumerable riches in her hands.
12 Wisdom is glorious, and never fadeth 12 And I rejoiced in them all, because wisaway: yea, she is easily seen of them that love dom goeth before them: and I knew not that she her, and found of such as seek her.
was the mother of them. 13 She preventeth them that desire her, in 13 I learned diligently, and do communicate making herself first known unto them.
her liberally: I do not hide her riches. 14 Whoso secketh her early shall have no 14 For she is a treasure unto men, that nefer great travail: for he shall find her sitting at his faileth: which they that use become the friends
of God, being commended for the gifts that come 15 To think therefore upon her is perfection from learning. of wisdom : and whoso watcheth for her shall 15 God hath granted me to speak as I would, quickly be without care.
and to conceive as is meet for the things that are 16 For she goeth about seeking such as are given me : because it is he that leadeth unto worthy of her, sheweth herself favourably unto wisdom, and directeth the wise. them in the ways, and meeteth them in every 16 For in his hand are both we and our words; thought.
all wisdom also, and knowledge of workmanship 17 For the very true beginning of her is the 17 For he hath given me certain knowledge desire of discipline; and the care of discipline is of the things that are, namely, to know how love :
the world was made, and the operation of the 18 And love is the keeping of her laws; andlelements :
Apocrypha. 18 The beginning, ending, and midst of the the multitude, and honour with the elders, times : the alterations of the turning of the though I be young. sun, and the change of seasons :
T u 'I shall be found of a quick conceit in judg. 19 The circuits of years, and the positions ment, and shall be admired in the sight of great of stars :
men. 20 The natures of living creatures, and the 12 When I hold my tongue, they shall abide furies of wild beasts: the violence of winds, my leisure, and when I speak, they shall give and the reasonings of men: the diversities of good ear unto me: if I talk much, they shall lay plants, and the virtues of roots :
their hands upon their mouth. 21 And all such things as are either secret or 13 Moreover by the means of her I shall obmanifest, them I know.
tain immortality, and leave behind me an ever22 For wisdom, which is the worker of all lasting memorial to them that come after me. things, taught me : for in her is an understand. 14 I shall set the people in order, and the naing spirit, holy, one only, manifold, subtil, lively, tions shall be subject unto me, clear, undefiled, plain, not subject to hurt, loving 15 Horrible tyrants shall be afraid when they the thing that is good, quick, which cannot be do but hear of me; I shall be found good among letted, ready to do good,
the multitude, and valiant in war. 23 Kind' to man, steadfast, sure, free from 16 After I have come into my house, I will care, having all power, overseeing all things, repose myself with her : for her conversation and going through all understanding, pure and hath no bitterness; and to live with her hath no most subtil spirits.
sorrow, but mirth and joy. 24 For wisdom is more moving than any mo-l 17 Now, when I considered these things in tion : she passeth and goeth through all things myself, and pondered them in my heart, how by reason of her pureness.
that to be allied unto wisdom is immortality ; 25 For she is the breath of the power of God, 18 And great pleasure it is to have her friendand a pure influence flowing from the glory of ship ; and in the works of her hands are infinite the Almighty: therefore can no defiled thing riches; and in the exercise of conference with fall into her.
her, prudence; and in talking with her, a good 26 For she is the brightness of the everlast- report; I went about seeking how to take her ing ligbt, the unspotted mirror of the power of to me. God, and the image of his goodness.
19 For I was a witty child, and had a good 27 And being but one, she can do all things : spirit. and remaining in herself, she maketh all things 20 Yea rather, being good, I came into a body new: and in all ages entering into holy souls, undefiled. she maketh them friends of God, and prophets.] 21. Nevertheless, when I perceived that I
28 For God loveth none but him that dwell- could not otherwise obtain her, except God gave eth with wisdom.
her me; and that was a point of wisdom also to 29 For she is more beautiful than the sun, know whose gift she was; I prayed unto the and above all the order of stars : being compared Lord, and besought him, and with my whole with the light, she is found before it.
heart I said, 30 For after this cometh night: but vice shall
CHAP. IX. not prevail against wisdom.
In GOD of my fathers, and Lord of mercy, CHAP. VIII.
who hast made all things with thy word, LVISDOM reacheth from one end to another 2 And ordained man through thy wisdom,
mightily: and sweetly doth she order all that he should have dominion over the creatures things.
which thou hast made, 2 I loved her, and sought her out from my 3 And order the world according to equity youth : I desired to make her my spouse, and I and righteousness, and execute judgment with was a lover of her beauty,
lan upright heart: . 3 In that she is conversant with God, she 4 Give me wisdom, that sitteth by thy throne; magnifieth her nobility : yea, the Lord of all and reject me not from among thy children : things himself loved her.
5 For I thy servant, and son of thine hand4 For she is privy to the mysteries of the maid, am a feeble person, and of a short time, knowledge of God, and a lover of his works. and too young for the understanding of judg
5 If riches be a possession to be desired in ment and laws. this life what is richer than wisdom, that 6 For though a man be never so perfect worketh all things ?
among the children of men, yet if thy wisdom 6 And if prudence work ; who of all that are, be not with him, he shall be nothing regarded. is a more cunning workman than she? 17 Thou hast chosen me to be a king of thy
7 And if a man love righteousness, her la- people, and a judge of thy sons and daughters : bours are virtues : for she teacheth temperance 8 Thou hast commanded me to build a temand prudence, justice and fortitude: which are ple upon thy holy mount, and an altar in the such things, as men can have nothing more city wherein thou dwellest, a resemblance of profitable in their life.
the holy tabernacle, which thou hast prepared 8 If a man desire much experience, she know- from the beginning. eth things of old, and conjectureth aright what is 9 And wisdom was with thee: which knowto come: she knoweth the subtilties of speeches, eth thy works, and was present when thou and can expound dark sentences: she foreseeth madest the world, and knew what was acceptasigns and wonders, and the events of seasons ble in thy sight, and right in thy commandand times.
ments. 9 Therefore I purposed to take her to me to 10 O send her out of thy holy heavens, and live with me, knowing that she would be a from the throne of thy glory, that being present counsellor of good things, and a comfort in cares she may labour with me, that I may know what and grief.
is pleasing unto thee. 10 For her sake I shall have estimation among 11 For she knoweth and understandeth all
Apocrypha. things, and she shall lead me soberly in my that had accused him, she shewed them to be doings, and preserve me in her power.
liars, and gave him perpetual glory. 12 So shall my works be acceptable, and then 15 She delivered the righteous people and shall I judge thy people righteously, and be wor- blameless seed from the nation that oppressed thy to sit in my father's seat.
them. 13 For what man is he that can know the coun- 16 She entered into the soul of the servant sel of God? or who can think what the will of of the Lord, and withstood dreadful kings in the Lord is?
| wonders and signs; 14 For the thoughts of mortal men are mise- 17 Rendered to the righteous a reward of rable, and our devices are but uncertain. their labours, guided them in a marvellous way,
15 For the corruptible body presseth down the and was unto them for a covert by day, and a soul, and the earthly tabernacle weigheth down light of stars in the night-season; the mind that museth upon many things.
18 Brought them through the Red Sea, and 16 And hardly do we guess aright at things led them through much water: that are upon earth, and with labour do we find 19 But she drowned their enemies, and cast the things that are before us : but the things them ap out of the bottom of the deep. that are in heaven who hath searched out ? 20 Therefore the righteous spoiled the un
17 And thy counsel who hath known, except godly, and praised thy holy name, O Lord, and thou give wisdom, and send thy Holy Spirit magnified with one accord thine hand that fought from above ?
for them. 18 For so the ways of them which lived on 21 For wisdom opened the mouth of the the earth were reformed, and men were taught dumb, and made the tongues of them that canthe things that are pleasing unto thee, and were not speak eloquent. saved through wisdom.
CHE prospered their works in the hand of SHE preserved the first-formed father of the the holy prophet.
world, that was created alone, and brought 2 They went through the wilderness that was him out of his fall,
not inhabited, and pitched tents in places where 2 And gave him power to rule all things. there lay no way.
3 But when the unrighteous went away from 3 They stood against their enemies, and were her in his anger, he perished also in the fury avenged of their adversaries. wherewith he murdered his brother.
4 When they were thirsty, they called upon 4 For whose cause the earth being drowned thee, and water was given them out of the flinty with the flood, wisdom again preserved it, and rock, and their thirst was quenched out of the directed the course of the righteous in a piece hard stone. of wood of small value.
5 For by what things their enemies were 5 Moreover, the nations in their wicked con-punished, by the same they in their need were spiracy being confounded, she found out the benefited. righteous, and preserved him blameless unto 6 For instead of a fountain of a perpetual God, and kept him strong against his tender running river troubled with foul blood, compassion toward his son.
7 For a manifest reproof of that command6 'When the ungodly perished, she delivered ment, whereby the infants were slain, thou the righteous man, who fled from the fire which gavest unto them abundance of water by a fell down upon the five cities.
means which they hoped not for: 7 of whose wickedness even to this day the 8 Declaring by that thirst then how thou waste land that smoketh is a testimony, and hadst punished their adversaries. plants bearing fruit that never come to ripe. 9 For when they were tried, albeit but in ness : and a standing pillar of salt is a monu- mercy chastised, they knew how the ungodly ment of an unbelieving soul,
were judged in wrath' and tormented, thirsting 8 For regarding not wisdom, they gat not in another manner than the just. only this hurt, that they knew not the things 10 For these thou didst admonish and try, as which were good; but also left behind them to a father: but the other, as a severe king, thou the world a memorial of their foolishness :' so didst condemn and punish. that in the things wherein they offended they 11 Whether they were absent or present, they could not so much as be hid.
were vexed alike. - 9 But wisdom delivered from pain those that 12 For a double grief came upon them, and attended upon her.
la groaning for the remembrance of things 10 When the righteous fled from his brother's past. wrath, she guided him in right paths, shewed 13 For when they heard by their own punishhim the kingdom of God, and gave him know- ments the other to be benefited, they had some ledge of holy things, made him rich in his tra- feeling of the Lord. vels, and multiplied the fruit of his labours. 14 For whom they rejected with scorn, when
11 In the covetousness of such as oppressed he was long before thrown out at the casting him she stood by him, and made him rich. forth of the infants, him in the end, when they
12 She defended him from his enemies, and saw what came to pass, they admired. kept him safe from those that lay in wait, and 15 But for the foolish devices of their wick. in a sore conflict she gave him the victory ; edness, wherewith being deceived they wor that he might know that godliness is stronger shipped serpents void of reason, and vile beasts, than all.
|thou didst send a multitude of unreasonable 13 When the righteous was sold, she forsook beasts upon them for vengeance; him not, but delivered him from sin : she went 16 That they might know, that wherewithal down with him into the pit,
a man sinneth, by the same also shall be be 14 And left him not in bonds, till she brought punished. him the sceptre of the kingdom, and power 17 For thine Almighty hand, that made the against those that oppressed him : as for them world of matter without form, wanted not means
Apocrypha. to send among them a multitude of bears, or stand against thee, to be revenged for the unfierce lions,
righteous men? 18 Or unknown wild beasts, full of rage, 13 For neither is there any God but thou that newly created, breathing out either a fiery va- careth for all, to whom thou mightest show that pour, or filthy scents of scattered smoke, or thy judgment is not unright. shooting horrible sparkles out of their eyes: 14 Neither shall king or tyrant be able to set
19 Whereof not only the harm might de his face against thee for any whom thou hast spatch them at once, but also the terrible sight punished. utterly destroy them.
! 15 Forsomuch then as thou art righteous thy20 Yea, and without these might they have self, thou orderest all things righteously : thinkfallen down with one blast, being persecuted of ing it not agreeable with thy power to condemn vengeance, and scattered abroad through the him that hath not deserved to be punished. breath of thy power: but thou hast ordered all 16 For thy power is the beginning of rightthings in measure and number and weight. eousness, and because thou art the Lord of all,
21 For thou canst shew thy great strength at it maketh thee to be gracious unto all. all times when thou wilt ; and who may with 17 For when men will not believe that thou art stand the power of thine arm?
of a full power, thou shewest thy strength, and 22 For the whole world before thee is as al among them that know it thou makest their little grain of the balance, yea, as a drop of the boldness manifest. morning dew that falleth down upon the earth. 18 But thou, mastering thy power, judgest
23 But thou hast mercy upon all ; for thou with equity, and orderest us with great favour. canst do all things, and winkest at the sins of for thou mayest use power when thou wilt. men, because they should amend.
119 But by such works hast thou taught thy 24 For thou lovest all the things that are, people that the just man should be merciful, and and abhorrest nothing which thou hast made: hast made thy children to be of a good hope that for never wouldest thou have made any thing, thou givest repentance for sins. if thou hadst hated it.
20 For if thou didst punish the enemies of 25 And how could any thing have endured, thy children, and the condemned to death, with if it had not been thy will? or been preserved, such deliberation, giving them time and place, if not called by thee?
whereby they might be delivered from their 26 But thou sparest all: for they are thine, malice: O Lord, thou lover of souls.
21 With how great circumspection didst thou CHAP. XII.
judge thine own sons, unto whose fathers thou TVOR thine incorruptible Spirit is in all hast sworn, and made covenants of good proI things.
mises ? 2 Therefore chastenest thou them by little 22 Therefore, whereas thou dost chasten us, and little that offend, and warnest them by thou scourgest our enemies a thousand times putting them in reinembrance wherein they more, to the intent that, when we judge we have offended, that leaving their wickedness they should carefully think of thy goodness, and when may believe on thee, O Lord.
we ourselves are judged, we should look for 3 For it was thy will to destroy by the hands mercy. of our fathers both those old inhabitants of thy 23'Wherefore, whereas men have lived dis. holy land,
solutely and unrighteously, thou hast tormented 4 Whom thou hatedst for doing most odious them with their own abominations. . works of witchcrafts, and wicked sacrifices ; 24 For they went astray very far in the ways
5 And also those merciless murderers of of error, and held them for gods, which even children, and devourers of man's flesh, and the among the beasts of their enemies were defeasts of blood,
spised, being deceived, as children of no under6 With their priests out of the midst of their standing. idolatrous crew, and the parents that killed with 25 Therefore unto them, as to children withitheir own hands souls destitute of help:
out the use of reason, thou didst send a judgment 7 That the land, which thou esteemedst above to mock them. all other, might receive a worthy colony of God's 20 But they that would not be reformed by children.
that correction, wherein he dallied with them, 8 Nevertheless, even those thou sparedst as shall feel a judgment worthy of God. men, and didst send wasps, forerunners of thine 27 For, look, for what things they grudged, host, to destroy them by little and little
when they were punished, that is, for them 9 Not that thou wast unable to bring the whom they thought to be gods; (now) being ungodly under the hand of the righteous in bat-punished in thein, when thcy saw it, they actle, or to destroy them at once with cruel beasts, knowledged him to be the truc God, whom beor with one rough word:
fore they denied to know; and therefore camo 10 But executing thy judgments upon them extremo damnation upon them. by little and little, thou gavest them place of
CHAP. XII. repentance, not being ignorant that they were a naughty generation, and that their malice was SURELY vain are all men by nature, who bred in them, and that their cogitation would are ignorant of God, and could not out of never be changed.
the good things that are seen know him that is : 11 For it was a cursed seed from the begin- neither, by considering the works, did they acning ; neither didst thou for fear of any man knowledge the work-master; give them pardon for those things wherein they 2 But deemed cither fire, or wind, or the sinned.
swift air, or the circle of the stars, or the vio12 For who shall say, What hast thou donc ? lent water, or the lights of heaven, to be the or who shall withstand thy judgment? or who gods which govern the world. shall accuse thee for the nations that perish, l 3 With whose beally if they being delighita whom thou hast made ? or who shall come to led took them to be gods; let them know how
Apocrypha. much better the lord of them is : for the first 6 For in the old time also, when the proud author of beauty hath created them.
giants perished, the hope of the world, governed 4 But if they were astonished at their power by thy hand, escaped in a weak vessel, and left and virtue, let them understand by them, how to all ages 'a seed of generation much mightier he is that inade them. | 7 For blessed is the wood whereby righteous
5 For by the greatness and beauty of the ness cometh. creatures, proportionably the maker of them is 8 But that which is made with hands is seen.
cursed, as well it, as he that made it: he, be6 But yet for this they are the less to be cause he made it ; and it, because being corruptiblamed: for they peradventure err, seeking ble, it was called God. God, and desirous to find him.
9 For the ungodly and his ungodliness are 7 For being conversant in his works, they both alike hateful unto God. search him diligently, and believe their sight": 10 For that which is made shall be punished because the things are beautiful that are seen. together with him that made it.
8 Howbeit, neither are they to be pardoned. 11 Therefore even upon the idols of the Gen
9 For if they were able to know so much, tiles shall there be a visitation : because in the that they could aim at the world; how did they creature of God they are become an abominanot’sooner find out the Lord thereof?
tion, and stumbling-blocks to the souls of men, 10 But miserable are they, and in dead things and a spare to the feet of the unwise. is their hope, who called them gods which are 12 For the devising of idols was the beginthe works of men's hands, gold and silver, to ning of spiritual fornication, and the invention shew art in, and resemblances of beasts, or a of them the corruption of life. stone good for nothing, the work of an ancient 13 For neither were they from the beginhand.
ning, neither shall they be for ever. 11 Now a carpenter that felleth timber, after 14 For by the vain-glory of men they en. he hath sawn down a tree meet for the purpose, tered into the world, and therefore shall they and taken off all the bark skilfully round about, come shortly to an end. and hath wrought it handsomely, and made a 15 For a father afflicted with untimely mournvessel thereof fit for the service of man's life ; ing, when he hath made an image of his child
12 And after spending the refuse of his work soon taken away, now honoured him as a god, to dress his meat, hath filled himself;
which was then a dead man, and delivered to 13 And taking the very refuse among those those that were under him ceremonies and see which served to no use, being a crooked piece crifices. of wood, and full of knots, hath carved it dili- 16 Thus in process of time an ungodly cusgently, when he had nothing else to do, and tom grown strong was kept as a law, and graformed it by the skill of his understanding, and ven images were worshipped by the command fashioned it to the image of a man;
ments of kings. 14 Or made it like some vile beast, laying it 17 Whom men could not honour in presence, over with vermilion, and with paint colouring it because they dwelt far off, they took the counred, and covering every spot therein;
terfeit of his visage from far, and made an ex. 15 And when he had made a convenient room press image of a king whom they honoured, to for it, set it in a wall, and made it fast with the end that by this their forwardness they might iron :
fatter him that was absent, as if he were 16 For he provided for it that it might not present. fall, knowing that it was unable to help itself;l 18 Also the singular diligence of the artifor it is an image, and hath need of help: ficer did help to set forward the ignorant to
17 Then maketh he prayer for his goods, for more superstition. his wife and children, and is not ashamed to 19 For he, peradventure, willing to please speak to that which hath no life.
one in authority, forced all his skill to make the 18 For health, he called upon that which is resemblance of the best fashion. weak : for life, prayeth to that which is dead: 20 And so the multitude, allured by the grace for aid, humbly beseecheth that which hath least of the work, took him now for a god, which a means to help: and for a good journey, he asketh little before was but honoured as a man. of that which cannot set a foot forward:
21 And this was an occasion to deceive the 19 And for gaining and getting, and for good world: for men, serving either calamity or success of his hands, asketh ability to do, of him tyranny, did ascribe unto stones and stocks the that is most unable to do any thing.
incommunicable name. CHAP. XIV.
22 Moreover, this was not enough for them, AGAIN, one preparing himself to sail, and that they erred in the knowledge of God; but Al about to pass through the raging waves, whereas they lived in the great war of ignocalleth upon a piece of wood, more rotten than rance, those so great plagues called they peace, the vessel that carrieth him.
23 For whilst they slew their children in sa. 2 For verily desire of gain devised that, and crifices, or used secret ceremonies, or nade the workman built it by his skill.
revellings of strange rites; 3 But thy providence, O Father, governeth 24 They kept neither lives nor marriages any it: for thou hast made a way in the sea, and a longer undefiled: but either one siew another safe path in the waves;
traitorously, or gricved him by adultery. 4 Shewing that thou canst save from all 25 So that there reigned in all men without danger : yea, though a man went to sea with exception, blood, manslaughter, theft, and disout art.
simulation, corruption, unfaithfulness, tumults, 5 Nevertheless thou wouldest not that the perjury, works of thy wisdom should be idle, and there. I 26 Disquieting of good men, forgetfulness of fore do men commit their lives to a small piece rood turns, defiling of souls, changing of kind, of wood, and passing the rough sea in a weak disorder m marriages, adultery, and shameless vessel are saved,