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WISDOM OF SOLOMON. CURELY vain are all men by nature, who # hath least means to help : and for a good w are ignorant of God, and could not out ll journey, he asketh of that which cannot set of the good things that are scen know him a foot forward : that is : neither by considering the works | 19 And for gaining and getting, and for did they acknowledge the work master ; good success of his hands, asketh ability to
2 But deemed either fire, or wind, or the do of him, that is most unable to do anything. swift air, or the circle of the stars, or the vi
CHAP. XIV. olent water, or the lights of heaven, to be the i Though men do not pray to tbeir ships, 5 get gods which govern the world.
they are saved by tbem ratber than by ibeir idols. 3 With whose beauty if they being delight-|| AGAIN, one preparing himself to sail, and ed took them to be gods : let them known about to pass through the raging waves, how much better the Lord of them is : for calleth upon a piece of wood, more rotten the first author of beauty hath created them. | than the vessel that carrieth him.
4 But if they were astonished at their pow. I 2 For verily desire of gain devised that, er and virtue, let them understand by them, and the workman built it by his skill. how inuch mightier he is that made them. 3 But thy providence, O Father, governeth
5 For by the greatness and beauty of the lit : for thou hast made a way in the sea, and creatures, proportionably the maker of them || a safe path in the waves ; is seen.
4 Shewing that thou canst save from all 6 But yet for this they are the less to be danger : yea, though a man went to sea withblamed : for they peradventure err, seeking out art. God, and desirous to find him.
54 Nevertheless thou wouldest not that 7 For being conversant in his works, they the works of thy wisdom should be idle, and search bim diligently, and believe their sight : therefore do men commit their lives to a small because the things are beautiful that are seen. piece of wood, and passing the rough sea in
8 Howbeit, neither are they to be pardoned. || a weak vessel are saved.
9 For if they were able to know so much, 6 For in the old time also, when the proud that they could aim at the world ; how did giants perished, the hope of the world, goy. they not sooner find out the Lord thereof? erned by thy hand, escaped in a weak vessel,
io q Bue miserable are they, and in dead and left to all ages a seed of generation. things is their hope, who called them gods, \ 7 For blessed is the wood whereby rightwhich are the works of men's hands, gold cousness cometh. and silver, to shew art in, and resemblances 8 But that which is made with hands is of beasts, or a stone good for nothing, the cursed, as well it, as he that made it : he, bework of an ancient hand.
cause he made it ; and it, because being cor11 Now a carpenter that felleth timber, ruptible, it was called god. after he hath sawn down a tree meet for the 9 For the ungodly and his ungodliness are purpose, and taken off all the bark skilfully both alike hateful unto God. round about, and hath wrought it handsome 10 For that which is made shall be punly, and made a vessel thereof fit for the ser- ished together with him that made it. vice of man's life;
11 Therefore even upon the idols of the 12 And after spending the refuse of his Gentiles shall there be a visitation : because work to dress his meat, hath filled himself ; in the creature of God they are become an
13 And taking the very refuse among | abomination, and stumbling blocks to the those which served to no use, being a crooked souls of men, and a share to the feet of the piece of wood, and full of knots, hath carved || unwise. it diligently, when he had nothing else to do, 12 For the devising of idols was the beginand formed it by the skill of his understand- ning of spiritual fornication, and the invening, and fashioned it to the image of a man ; tion of them the corruption of life.
14 Or made it like some vile beast, laying 13 For neither were they from the beginit over with vermilion, and with paint col- | ning, neither shall they be for ever. ouringit red,and covering every spot therein ; 14 For by the vain glory of men they en
15 And when he had made a convenient tered into the world, and therefore shall they room for it, set it in a wall, and made it fast || come shortly to an end. with iron :
15 For a father afflicted with untimely 16 For he provided for it that it might not || mourning, when he hath made an image of fall, knowing that it was unable to help it. || his child soon taken away, now honoured him self; for it is an image, and hath need of help : || as a god, which was then a dead man, and de.
17 Then maketh he prayer for his goods, | livered to those that were under him ceremofor his wife and children, and is not ashamed nies and sacrifices. to speak to that which hath no life.
16 Thus in process of time an ungodly 18 For health, he calleth upon that wliich custom grown strong was kept as a law, and is weak : for lite, prayeth to that which is graven images were worshipped by the comdead : for aid, humbly beseecheth that which mandments of kings.
Apocrypha. 17 Whom men could not honour in pres- 2 For if we sin, we are thine, knowing thy ence, because they dwelt far off, they took power : but we will not sin, knowing that the counterfeit of his visage from far, and we are counted thine. made an express image of a king whom they 3 For to know thee is perfect righteous. honoured, to the end that by this their for- ness: yea, to know thy power is the root of wardness they might flatter him that was ab- immortality, sent, as if he were present.
4 For neither did the mischievous inven. 18 Also the singular diligence of the ar- tion of men deceive us, nor an image spotted tificer did help to set forward the ignorant with divers colours, the painter's fruitless lato more superstition.
bour; 19 For he, peradventure willing to please 5 The sight whereof enticeth fools to lust one in authority, forced all his skill to make after it, and so they desire the form of a dead the resemblance of the best fashion.
image, that hath no breath. 20 And so the multitude, allured by the 6 Both they that make them, they that degrace of the work, took him now for a god, sire them, and they that worship them, are which a little before was but honoured as a lovers of evil things, and are worthy to have
such things to trust upon. 21 And this was an occasion to deceive 7 f For the potter, tempering soft earth, the world: for men, serving either calamity fashioneth every vessel with much labour for or tyranny, did ascribe unto stones and stocks our service : yea, of the same clay he maketh the incommunicable name.
both the vessels that serve for clean uses, and 22 Moreover, this was not enough for
likewise also all such as serve to the contrary : them, that they crred in the knowledge of but what is the use of either sort, the potter God; but whereas they lived in the great
himself is the judge. war of ignorance, those so great plagues 8 And employing his labours lewdly, he called they peace.
maketh a vain god of the same clay, even he 23 For whilst they slew their children in which a little before was made of earth himsacrifices, or used secret ceremonies, or made self, and within a little while after returneth revellings of strange rites;
to the same, out of the which he was taken, 24 They kept neither lives nor marriages || when his life which was lent him shall be deany longer undefiled: but either one slew an- manded. other traitorously,or grieved him by adultery. 9 Notwithstanding his care is, not that he
25 So that there reigned in all men with- shall have much labour, nor that his life is out exception blood, manslaughter, theft, and short : but striveth to excel goldsmiths and dissimulation, corruption, unfaithfulness, tu- silversmiths, and endeavoureth to do like the mults, perjury,
workers in brass, and counteth it his glory 26 Disquieting of good men, forgetfulness to make counterfeit things. of good turns, defiling of souls, changing of 10 His heart is ashes, his hope is more vile kind, disorder in marriages, adultery, and than earth, and his life of less value than clay: shameless uncleanness.
11 Forasmuch as he knew not his Maker, 27 For the worshipping of idols not to and him that inspired into him an active soul, be named is the beginning, the cause, and the | and breathed in a living spirit. end, of all evil.
12 But they counted our life a pastime, 28 For either they are mad when they be and our time here a market for gain : for, say merry, or prophesy lies, or live unjustly, or they, We must be getting every way, though else lightly forswear themselves.
it be by evil means. 29 For insomuch as their trust is in idols 13 For this man, that of earthly matter which have no life; though they swear faise- || maketh brittle vessels and graven images, ly, yet they look not to be hurt.
knoweth himself to offend above all others. 30 Howbeit for both causes shall they be 14 I And all the enemies of thy people, justly punished : both because they thought that hold them in subjection, are most foolish, not well of God, giving heed unto idols, and and are more miserable than very babes. also unjustly swore in deceit, despising holi- 15 For they counted all the idols of the
heathen to be gods : which neither have the 31 For it is not the power of them by use of eyes to see, nor noses to draw breath, whom they swear: but it is the just ven- nor ears to hear, nor fingers of hands to hangeance of sinners, that punisheth always the dle; and as for their feet, they are slow to go. offence of the ungodly.
16 For man made them, and he that bor. CHAP. XV.
rowed his own spirit fashioned them: buc 1 We do acknozeledge the true God. 7 The folly no man can make a god like unto himself.
of idol makers, 14 and of the enemies of God's 17 For being mortal, he worketh a dead people.
thing with wicked hands: for he himself is UT long suffering, and in mercy ordering || wliereas he lived once, but they never.
art he :
Apserspoż. 18 Yea, they worshipped those beasts also turneth not; neitier the soul received up code lhat are most liateful : for being compared eth again. togetier, some are worse than otiers.
15 But it is not possible to escape thine 19 Neither are they beautiful, so much as hand. to be desired in respect of beasts: but they 16 For the ungodly, that denied to know weni without the praise of God and his bless- thee, were scourged by the strength of thine ing.
arm : with strange rains, hails, and showers, CHAP. XVI.
were they persecuted, that they could not 2 God gave stronge meat to bis people, to stir avoid, and through fire were they consumed.
up tleir appetite, and vile beasts to their enemies, 17 For, which is most to be wondered at, to take it from tbem : 5 be stung them witb the fire had more force in the water, that bis serpents, Co.
quencheih all things : for the world figliteth THEREFORE by the like were they pun- for the righteous.
18 For sometime the flame was mitigated, beasts tormented.
that it might not burn up the beasts that were 2. Instead of which punishment, dealing sent against the ungodly; but themselves graciously with thine own people, thou pre- miglit see and perceive that they were perseparedst for them meat of a strange taste, even cuted with the judgment of God. quails to stir up their appetite:
19 And at another time it burneth even in 3 To the end that they desiring food, the midst of water above the power of fire, might for the ugly sight of the beasts sent that it might destroy the fruits of an unjust among them loathe even that, which they land. must needs desire; but these, suffering penury 20 Instead whereof thou feddest thine otva for a short space, might be made partakers people with angels' food, and didst send them of a strange taste.
from heaven bread prepared without their 4 For it was requisite, that upon them ex- labour, able to content every man's deligiit, ercising tyranny should come penury, which and agreeing to every taste. they could not avoid : but to these it should 21 For thy sustenance declared thy sweetonly be shewed how their enemies were tor- ness unto thy children, and serving to the apmented
petite of the eater, tempered itself to every 5 for when the horrible fierceness of beast man's liking. came upon these, and they perished with the 22 But snow and ice endured the fire, and stings of crooked serpents, thy wrath endur- melted not, that they might know that fire ed not for ever :
burning in the hail, and sparkling in the rain, 6 But they were troubled for a small sea- did destroy the fruits of the enemies. son, that they might be admonished, having 23 But this again did even forget his own a sign of salvation, to put them in remem- strength, that the righteous might be nourbrance of the commandment of thy law.
ished. 7 For he that turned himself toward it 24 For the creature that serveth thee, who was not saved by the thing that he saw, but art the Maker, increaseth his strength against by thee, that art the Saviour of all.
the unrighteous for their punishment, and 8 And in this thou madest thine enemies abateth his strength for the benefit of such confess, that it is thou who deliverest from all as put their trust in thee. evil :
25 Therefore even then was it altered in9 For them the bitings of grasshoppers and to all fashions, and was obedient to thy grace, flies killed, neither was there found any rem- that nourisheth all things, according to the edy for their life : for they were worthy to desire of them that had need : be punished by such.
26 That thy children, O Lord, whom 10 But thy sons not the very teeth of ven- thou lovest, might know, that it is not the omous dragons overcame : for thy mercy growing of fruits that nourisheth man : but was ever by them, and healed them.
that it is thy word, which preserveth them 11 For they were pricked, that they should that put their trust in thee. remember thy words: and were quickly save 27 For that which was not destroyed of ed, that not falling into deep forgetfulness, the fire, being warined with a little sun beam, they might be continually mindful of thy soon melted away: goodness.
28 That it might be known, that we must 12 For it was neither herb, nor mollifying prevent the sun to give thee thanks, and at plaster that restored them to health : but thy the day-spring pray unto thee. word, O Lord, which healeth all things.
29 For the hope of the unthankful shall 13 For thou hast power of life and death: melt away as the winter's hoar frost, and thou leadest to the gates of hell, and bringest shall run away as unprofitable water. up again.
CHAP. XVII. 14 A man indeed killeth through his mal- 1 Wby the Egyptians were punished with darko ise : and the spirit, when it is gone forth, re. ness, 11 T be terrors of an ill conscience.
Apocrypha . TOR great are thy judgments, and cannot 18 Whether it were a whistling wind, or
a melodious noise of birds among the spreadhave erred.
ing branches, or a pleasing fall of water run2 For when unrighteous men thought to ning violently, oppress the holy nation ; they being shut up 19 Or a terrible sound of stones cast down, in their houses, the prisoners of darkness, or a running that could not be seen of skip. and fettered with the bonds of a long night, ping beasts, or a roaring voice of most savlay (there) exiled from the eternal provi-age wild beasts, or a rebounding echo from dence.
the hollow mountains; these things made 3 For while they supposed to lie hid in them to swoon for fear. their secret sins, they were scattered under 20 For the whole world shined with clear a dark veil of forgetfulness, being horribly light, and none were hindered in their labour: astonished, and troubled with strange) ap- 21 Over them only was spread an heavy paritions.
night, an image of that darkuess which should 4 For neither might the corner that held afterward receive them : but yet were they them keep them from fear : but noises (as unto themselves more grievous than the dark. of waters] falling down sounded about them, and sad visions appeared unto them with
CHAP. XVIII. heavy countenances.
4 Why Egypt was punisbed with darkness, 5 5 No power of the fire might give them and with the deatb of their children.
TEVERTHELESS thy saints had a very stars endure to lighten that borrible night.
great light, whose voice they hearing, 6 Only there appeared unto them a fire and not seeing their shape, because they also kindled of itself, very dreadful : for being had not suffered the same things, they countmuch terrified, they thought the things which ed them happy. they saw to be worse than the sight they 2 But for that they did not hurt them now,
of whom they had been wronged before, 7 As for the illusions of art magick, they they thanked them, and besought them parwere put down, and their vaunting in wis- don for that they had been enemies. dom was reproved with disgrace.
3 Instead whereof thou gavest them a 8 For they, that promised to drive away burning pillar of fire, both to be a guide of terrors and troubles from a sick soul, were the unknown journey, and an harmless sun sick themselves of fear, worthy to be laugh- to entertain them honourably. ed at.
4. f For they were worthy to be deprived 9 For though no terrible thing did fear of light, and imprisoned in darkness, who them; yet being scared with beasts that pass- had kept thy sous shut up, by whom the uned by, and bissing of serpents,
corrupt light of the law was to be given unto 10 They died for fear, denying that they the world. saw the air, which could of no side be avoided. 5 And wher, they had determined to
11 For wickedness, condemned by her slay the babes of the saints, one child being own witness, is very timorous, and being cast forth, and saved, to reprove them, thou pressed with conscience, always forecasteth tookest away the multitude of their childrer, grievous things.
and destroyedst them altogether in a mighty 12 For fear is nothing else but a betraying water. of the succours which reason offereth.
6 Of that night were our fathers certified 13 And the expectation from within, be afore, that assuredly knowing unto what oaths ing less, counteth the ignorance more than they had given credence, they might afterthe cause which bringeth the torment. ward be of good cheer.
14 But they sleeping the same sleep that 7 So of thy people was accepted both the night, which was indeed intolerable, and saivation of the righteous, and destruction of which came upon them out of the bottoms | the enemies. of inevitable hell,
8 For wherewith thou didst punish our 15. Were partly vexed with monstrous ap- adversaries, by the same thou didst glorify us, paritions, and partly fainted, their heart fail- whom thou hadst called. ing them : for a sudden fear, and not looked 9 For the righteous children of good men for, came upon them.
did sacrifice secretly, and with one consent 16 So then whosoever there fell down made a holy law, that the saints should be was straitly kept, shut up in a prison without like partakers of the same good and evil, iron bars.
the fathers now singing out the songs of praise. 17 For whether he were husbandman, or 10 But on the other side there sounded shepherd, or a labourer in the field, he was an ill according cry of ihe enemies, and a laovertaken, and endured that necessity, which mentable noise was carried abroad for chilcould not be avoided : or they were all | dren that were bewailed. bound with one chain of darkness.
11 The master and the servant were pune
Apocrypis. ished after one manner; and like as the king || depart, and sent them hastily away, they so suffered the common person.
would repent and pursue them. 12 So they altogether had innumerable 3 For whilst they were yet mourning and dcad with one kind of death ; neither were making lamentation at the graves of the dead, the living sufficient to bury them : for in one they added another foolish device, and purmoment the noblest offspring of them was sued them as fugitives, whom they had esdestroyed.
treated to be gone. 13 For whereas they would not believe 4 For the destiny, whereof they were worany thing by reason of the enchantments ; || thy, drew them unto this end, and made :hen upon the destruction of the first-born, they forget the things that had already happened, acknowledged this people to be the sons of that they might fulfil the punishment which God.
was wanting to their torments : 14 For while all things were in quiet si- 5 And that thy people might pass a lence, and that night was in the midst of her wonderful way: but they might find a strange swift course,
death. 15 Tnine Almighty word leaped down
6 For the whole creature in his proper from heaven out of the royal throne, as a kind was fashioned again anew, serving the fierce man of war into the midst of a land of peculiar commandments that were given undestruction,
to them, that thy children might be kept 16 And brought thine unseigned command without hurt : ment as a sharp sword, and standing up fill- 7 As namely, a cloud shadowing the camp; ed all things with death ; and it touched the || and where water stood before, dry land ape heaven, but it stood upon the earth.
peared; and out of the Red sea a way without 17 Then suddenly visions of horrible impediment; and out of the violent stream a dreams troubled them'sore, and terrors came
green field : upon them unlooked for.
8 Where-through all the people went that 18 And one thrown here, and another were defended with thy hand, seeing thy there, half dead, shewed the cause of his death. marvellous strange wonders.
19 For the dreams that troubled them did 9 For they went at large like horses, and foreshew this, lest they should perish, and not leaped like lambs, praising thee, O Lord, who know why they were amicted.
hadst delivered them. 20 Yea, the tasting of death touched the 10 For they were yet mindful of the things righteous also, and there was a destruction that were done while they sojourned in the of the multitude in the wilderness : but the strange land, how the ground brought forth wrath endured not long.
flies instead of cattle, and how the river cast 21 For then the blameless man made haste, up a multitude of frogs instead of fishes. and stood forth to defend them; and bring- 11 But afterward they saw a new generaing the shield of his proper ministry, even tion of fowls, when, being led with their apprayer, and the propitiation of incense, set petite, they asked delicate meats. himself against the wrath, and so brought 12 For quails came up unto them from the calamity to an end, declaring that he was the sea, for their contentment. thy servant.
13 And punishments came upon the sin22 So he overcame the destroyer, not with ners not without former signs by the force of strength of body, nor force of arms, but with a thunders : for they suffered justly according word subdued he him that punished, alleging to their own wickedness, insomuch as they the oaths and covenants made with the fathers. I used a more hard and hateful behaviour to
23 For when the dead were now fallen | ward strangers. down by heaps one upon another, standing 14 For the Sodomites did not receive those, between, he stayed the wrath, and parted the whom they knew not when they came: but way to the living.
these brought friends into bondage, that had 24 For in the long garment was the whole well deserved of them. world, and in the four rows of the stones was 15 And not only so, but peradventure sone the glory of the fathers graven, and thy Ma- respect shall be had of those, because they jesty upon the diadem of his head.
used strangers not friendly : 25 Unto these the destroyer gave place, 16 But these very grievously alicted and was afraid of them : for it was enough them, whom they had received with feastings, that they only tasted of the wrath.
and were already made partakers of the same CHAP. XIX.
laws with them. 1 W by God skewed no mercy to the Egyptians,
17 Therefore even with blindness were 5 and low wonderfully be dealt with bis people
. these stricken, as those were at the doors of S for the ungodly, wrath came upon the righteous man : when, being compassed he knew before what they would do ; sought the passage of his own doors.
2 How that having given them leave to 18 For the elements were changed in then