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Apocryphe.
II. ESDRAS.

Apocrypba. time that he should have a wife, I made a || do: I will not go into the city, but here will feast.

I die.
CHAP. X.

19 So I proceeded to speak further unto 6 He comforteth the woman in the field: 27 Sbelher, and said,

vanisbeth away, and a city appeareth in ber 20 Do not so, but be counselled by me : place. 40 The angel declareth these visions in for how many are the adversities of Sion ? the field.

be comforted in regard of the sorrow of JeruAND it so came to pass, that when my salem.

son was entered into his wedding cham 21 For thou seest that our sanctuary is laid ber, he fell down, and died.

waste, our altar broken down, our temple 2 Then we all overthrew the lights, and destroyed; all my neighbours rose up to comfort me : 22 Our psaltery is laid on the ground, our so I took my rest unto the second day at night. song is put to silence, our rejoicing is at an

5 And it came to pass, when they had end, the light of our candlestick is put out, all left off to comfort me, to the end I might the ark of our covenant is spoiled, our holy be quiet ; then rose I up by night, and fled, things are defiled, and the name that is called and came hither into this field, as thou seest. upon us is alinost profaned: our children

4 And I do now purpose not to return are put to shame, our priests are burnt, our into the city, but here to stay, and neither to eat nor drink, but continually to mourn and are defiled, and our wives ravished; our rightto fast until I die.

eous men carried away, our little ones de 5 Then left I the meditations wherein 1 stroyed, our young men are brought in bondwas, and spake to her in anger, saying, age, and our strong men are become weak;

6 g Thou foolish woman above all other, 23 And, which is the greatest of all, the seest thou not our mourning, and what hap- | seal of Sion hath now lost her honour ; for peneth unto us?

she is delivered into the hands of them that 7 How that Sion our mother is full of all hate us. heaviness, and much humbled, mourning very | 24 And therefore shake off thy great heav. sore?

iness, and put away the multitude of sorrows, 8 And now seeing we all mourn, and are that the Mighty may be merciful unto thee sad, for we are all in heaviness, art thou again, and the Highest shall give thee rest grieved for one son ?

and ease from thy labour. 9 For ask the earth, and she shall tell thee, 25 And it came to pass, while I was talkthat it is she which ought to mourn for the king with her, behold, her face upon a sudden fall of so many that grow upon her.

shined exceedingly, and her countenance glis. 10 For out of her came all at the first, and tered, so that I was afraid of her, and mused out of her shall all others come, and behold, || what it might be. they walk almost all into destruction, and a | 26 And behold, suddenly she made a multitude of them is utterly rooted out. great cry, very fearful : so that the earth

11 Who then should make more mourning | shook at the noise of the woman. than she that hath lost so great a multitude; || | 27 | And I looked, and behold, the woand not thou, which art sorry but for one ? man appeared unto me no more, but there

12 But if thou sayest unto me, My lamen- was a city builded, and a large place shewed tation is not like the earth's, because I have itself from the foundations : then was I lost the fruit of my womb, which I brought | afraid, and cried with a loud voice, and said, forth with pains, and bare with sorrows; 28 Where is Uriel the angel, who came

13 But the earth not so: for the multitude unto me at the first ? For he hath caused me present in it, according to the course of the to fall into many trançes, and mine end is earth, is gone, as it came :

turned into corruption, and my prayer to 14 Then say I unto thee, Like as thou rebuke. hast brought forth with labour ; even so the 29 And as I was speaking these words, beearth also hath given her fruit, namely, man, I hold, he came unto me, and looked upon me. ever since the beginning unto him that made 30 And lo, I lay as one that had been her.

dead, and mine understanding was taken 15 Now therefore keep thy sorrow to thy from me: and he took me by the right hand, self, and bear with a good courage that and comforted me, and set me upon my feet, which hath befallen thee.

and said unto me, 16 For if thou shalt acknowledge the de 31 What aileth thee? and why art thou termination of God to be just, thou shalt || so disquieted ? and why is thine understandboth receive thy son in time, and shalt be ing troubled, and the thoughts of thine heart? commended among women.

32 And I said, Because thou hast forsaken 17 Go thy way then into the city to thine me, and yet I did according to thy words, husband.

and I went into the field, and lo, I have seen, 18 And she said unto me, That will I not and yet see, that I am not able to express,

Apocrypha.
Ckap. XI.

Apocrypba. 33 And he said unto me, Stand up man- 0 55 And therefore fear not, let not thine fully, and I will advise thee.

heart be affrighted, but go thy way in, and 34 Then said I, Speak on, my lord, in me; see the beauty and greatness of the building, only forsake me not, lest I die frustrate of my | as much as thine eyes be able to see : hope.

56 And then shalt thou hear as much as 35 For I have seen that I knew not, and thine ears may comprehend. hear that I do not know.

57 For thou art blessed above many other, 36 Or is my sense deceived, or my soul and art called with the Highest ; and so are in a dream ?

but few. 37 Now therefore, I beseech thee, that | 58 But tomorrow at night thou shalt rethou wilt shew thy servant of this vision. main here :

38 He answered me then, and said, Hear | 59 And so shall the Highest shew thee me, and I shall inform thee, and tell thee visions of the high things, which the Most wherefore thou art afraid: for the Highest High will do unto them that dwell upon will reveal many secret things unto thee. earth in the last days. So I slept that night

39 He hath seen that thy way is right : || and another, like as he commanded me. for that thou sorrowest continually for thy

CHAP. XI. . people, and makest great lamentation for Sion. | 1 He seeth in his dream an cagle coming out of

40 This therefore is the meaning of the the sea, 37 and a lion out of a wood talking to vision which thou lately sawest :

the eagle. 41 Thou sawest a woman mourning, and IT'HEN saw I a dream, and behold, there thou begannest to comfort her:

I came up from the sea an eagle, which 42 But now seest thou the likeness of the had twelve feathered wings, and three heads. woman no more, but there appeared unto il 2 And I saw, and behold, she spread her thee a city builded.

wings over all the earth, and all the winds of 43 And whereas she told thee of the death the air blew on her, and were gathered toof her son, this is the solution :

gether. 44 This woman, whom thou sawest, is 3 And I beheld, and out of her feathers Sion : and whereas she said unto thee, even there grew other contrary feathers; and they she whom thou seest as a city builded, became little feathers and small.

45 Whereas, I say, she said unto thee, 4 But her heads were at rest : the head in that she hath been thirty years barren : those the midst was greater than the other, yet restare the thirty years wherein there was no ed it with the residue. offering made in her.

5 Moreover I beheld, and lo, the eagle 46 But after thirty years Solomon builded flew with her feathers, and reigned upon the city, and offered offerings : and then bare earth, and over them that dwelt therein. the barren a son.

6 And I saw that all things under heavetr 47 And whereas she told thee that she || were subject unto her, and no man spake nourished him with labour : that was the | against her, no, not one creature upon earth. dwelling in Jerusalem.

7 And I beheld, and lo, the eagle rose up48 But whereas she said unto thee, That on her talons, and spake to her feathers, my son coming into his marriage chamber saying, happened to have a fall, and died : this was 8 Watch not all at once : sleep every one the destruction that came to Jerusalem. in his own place, and watch by course :

49 And behold, thou sawest her likeness, 9 But let the heads be preserved for the and because she mourned for her son, thou last. begannest to comfort her : and of these things 10 And I beheld, and lo, the voice went which have chanced, these are to be opened not out of her heads, but from the midst of unto thee.

her body. 50 For now the Most High seeth that 11 And I numbered her contrary feathers, thou art grieved unfeignedly, and sufferest || and behold, there were eight of them. from thy whole heart for her, so hath he 12 And I looked, and behold, on the right shewed thee the brightness of her glory, and side there arose one feather, and reigned over the comeliness of her beauty :

all the earth; 51 And therefore I bade thee remain in 13 And so it was, that when it reigned, the field, where no house was builded : the end of it came, and the place thereof ap

52 For I knew that the Highest would peared no more : so the next following stood shew this unto thee.

up, and reigned, and had a great time; 53 Therefore I commanded thee to go in 14 And it happened, that when it reignto the field, where no foundation of any | ed, the end of it came also, like as the first, building was.

so that it appeared no more. 54 For in the place wherein the Highest 15 Then came there a voice unto it, and beginneth to shew his city, there can no man's said, building be able to stand

16 Hear thou that hast borne rule over

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Apocrypbas
II. ESDRAS.

Apocrypha. the earth so long : this I say unto thee, Be- || roaring lion chased out of the wood : and I fore thou beginnest to appear mo more, saw that he sent out a man's voice unto the

17 There shall none after thee attain unto | cagle, and said, thy time, neither unto the half thereof.

38 Hear thou, I will talk with thee, and 18 Then arose the third, and reigned as the Highest shall say unto thee, the other before, and appeared no more also. 39 Art not thou it that remainest of the

19 So went it with all the residue one af-| four beasts, whom I madetoreign in my world, ter another, as that every one reigned, and that the end of their times might come then appeared no more.

through them? 20 Then I beheld, and lo, in process of 40 And the fourth came, and overcame time the feathers that followed stood up upon all the beasts that were past, and had power the right side, that they might rule also ; and | over the world with great fearfulness, and some of them ruled, but within a while they over the whole compass of the earth with appeared no more :

much wicked oppression; and so long time 21 For some of them were set up, but rul- || dwelt he upon the earth with deceit. ed not.

41 For the earth hast thou not judged 22 After this I looked, and behold, the |with truth. twelve feathers appeared no more, nor the 42 For thou hast amicted the meek, thou two little feathers :

hast hurt the peaceable, thou hast lored liars, 23 And there was no more upon the ea- and destroyed the dwellings of them that gle's body, but three heads that rested, and brought forth fruit, and hast cast down the six little wings.

walls of such as did thee no harm. 24 Then saw I also that two little feathers 43 Therefore is thy wrongful dealing come divided themselves from the six, and remain up unto the Highest, and thy pride unto the ed under the head that was upon the right Mighty. side : for the four continued in their place. 44 The Highest also hath looked upon the

25 And I beheld, and lo, the feathers that proud times, and behold, they are ended, were under the wing thought to set up them and his abominations are fulfilled. selves, and to have the rule.

45 And therefore appear no more, thou 26 And I beheld, and lo, there was one eagle, nor thy horrible wings, nor thy wicked set up, but shortly it appeared no more. feathers, nor thy malicious heads, nor thy

27 And the second was sooner away than || burtful claws, nor all thy vain body : the first.

46 That all the earth may be refreshed, 28 And I beheld, and lo, the two that re- || and may return, being delivered from thy mained thought also in themselves to reign: | violence, and that she may hope for the judge

29 And when they so thought, behold, ment and mercy of him that made her. there awaked one of the heads that were

CHAP. XII. at rest, namely, it that was in the midst ; for Ili The eagle which be saw is destroyed. 10 Tbe that was greater than the two other heads. vision is interpreted : 37 He is bid to write bis

30 And then I saw that the two other visions. heads werc joined with it

AND it came to pass, while the lion spake 31 And behold, the head was turned with these words unto the eagle, I saw, them that were with it, and did eat up the 2 And behold, the head that remained, two feathers under the wing that would have and the four wings appeared no more, and reigned.

the iwo went unto it, and set themselves up 32 But this head put the whole carth in to reign, and their kingdom was sinall and fear, and bare rule in it over all those that full of uproar. dwelt upon the earth, with much oppres # 3 And I saw, and behold, they appeared sion; and it had the governance of the || no more, and the whole body of the eagle world more than all the wings that had || was burnt, so that the earth was in great been.

fear : then awaked I out of the trouble and 33 And after this I beheld, and lo, the trance of my mind, and from great fear, and head that was in the midst suddenly appear said unto my spirit, ed no more, like as the wings.

4 Lo, this hast thou done upto me, in that 34 But there remained the two heads, | thou searchest out the ways of the Highest. which also in like sort ruled upon the earth, 5 Lo, yet am I weary in my mind, and and over those that dwelt therein.

very weak in my spirit; and little strength 35 And I beheld, and lo, the head upon is there in me, for the great fear wherewith the right side devoured it that was upon the I was aflrighted this night left side.

6 Therefore will I now beseech the High36 Then I heard a voice, which said unto est, that he will comfort me unto the end. me, Look before thee, and consider the thing I 7 And I said, Lord that bearest rule, if I that thou seest.

have found grace before thy sight, and if I 37 ^ And I beheld, and lo as it were a am justified with thee before many others,

Apocrypha.
Caap. XII.

Apocrypha. and if my prayer indead be come up before 28 For the sword of the one shall devour thy face ;

the other : but at the last shall he fall through 8 Comfort me then, and shew me thy ser- || the sword himself. vant the interpretation and plain difference 29 And whereas thou sawest two feathers of this fearful vision, that thou mayest per under the wings passing over the head that fectly comfort my soul.

is on the right side ; oʻlor thou hast judged me worthy to shew 30 lt signifieth that these are they, whom me the last times.

the Highest hath kept unto their end : this10 ( And he said unto me, This is the in- | is the small kingdom and full of trouble, as terpretation of the vision :

thou sawest. 11 The eagle whom thou sawest come up 1 31 And the lion, whom thou sawest rising from the sea, is the kingdom which was seen up out of the wood, and roaring, and speakin the vision of thy brother Daniel.

ing to the eagle, and rebuking her for her 12 But it was not expounded unto him, | unrighteousness with all the words which therefore now I declare it unto thee. I thou hast heard ;

13 Behold, the days will come, that there 32 This is the anointed, which the Highshall rise up a kingdom upon earth, and it est hrath kept for them and for their wickshall be feared above all the kingdoms that edness unto the end : he shall reprove them, were before it.

and shall upbraid them with their cruelty, 14 In the same shall twelve kings reign, 33 For he shall set them before him alive one after another :

in judgment, and shall rebuke them and cor15 Whereof the second shall begin to rect them. reign, and shall have more time than any of 34 For the rest of my people shall he dethe twelve.

liver with mercy, those that have been pre16 And this do the twelve wings signify, served upon my borders, and he shall make which thou sawest.

them joyful until the coming of the day of 17 As for the voice which thou heardest judgment, whereof I have spoken unto thee speak, and that thou sawest not to go out from from the beginning. the heads, but from the midst of the budy 35 This is the dream that thou sawest, thereof, this is the interpretation :

and these are the interpretations. 18 That after the time of that kingdom 36 Thou only hast been meet to know this there shall arise great strivings, and it shall secret of the Highest. stand in peril of falling: nevertheless, it shall | 37 | Therefore write all these things that not then fall, but shall be restored again to thou hast seen in a book, and hide them : his beginning.

38 And teach them to the wise of the peo19 And whereas thou sawest the eight ple, whose hearts thou knowest may comsmall under-feathers sticking to her wings, I prehend and keep these secrets. this is the interpretation :

39 But wait thou here thyself yet seven 20 That in him there shall arise eight kings, days more, that it may be shewed thee, whatwhose times shall be but small, and their soever it pleaseth the Highest to declare years swift.

unto thee. And with that he went his way. 21 And two of them shall perish : the 40 And it came to pass, when all the peomiddle time approaching, four shall be kept ple saw that the seven days were past, and I until their end begin to approach : but two not come again into the city, they gathered shall be kept unto the end.

them all together, from the least unto the 22 And whereas thou sawest three heads greatest, and came unto me, and said, resting, this is the interpretation :

41 What have we offended thee ! and 23 In his last days shall the Most High what evil have we done against thee, that raise up three kingdoms, and renew many thou forsakest us, and sittest here in this Things therein, and they shall have the do place? minion of the earth,

42 For of all the prophets thou only art 24 And of those that dwell therein, with left us, as a cluster of the vintage, and as a much oppression, above all those that were candle in a dark place, and as a haven or before them : therefore are they called the ship preserved from the tempest. heads of the eagle.

43 Are not the evils which are come to 25 for these are they that shall accom us sufficient? plish his wickedness, and that shall finish his 44 If thou shalt forsake us, how mucke last end.

better had it been for us, if we also had been 26 And whereas thou sawest that the burned in the midst of Sion ? great head appeared no more, it signifieth 45 For we are not better than they that that one of them shall die upon his bed, and died there. And they wept with a loud yet with pain.

voice. Then answered I them, and said, 27 For the two that remain shall be slain | 46 Be of good comfort, O Israel, and be with the sword.

|| not heavy, thou house of Jacob :

Apocrypbe.
II. ESDRAS.

Apocryple. 47 For the Highest hath you in remem- || 13 And there came much people unto brance, and the Mighty hath not forgotten him, whereof some were glad, some were you in temptation.

Il sorry, some of them were bound, and other 48 As for me, I have not forsaken you, nei some brought of them that were offered : ther am I departed from you : but am come then was i sick through great fear, and I into this place, to pray for the desolation of awaked, and said, Sion, and that I might seek mercy for the 14 Thou hast shewed thy servant these low estate of your sanctuary.

wonders from the beginning, and hast count49 And now go your way home every man, ed me worthy that thou shouldest receive my and after these days will I come unto you. prayer :

50 So the people went their way into the 15 Shew me now yet the interpretation of city, like as I commanded them :

this dream. 51 But I remained still in the field seven 16 For as I conceive in mine understand. days, as the angel commanded me; and did | ing, woe unto them that shall be left in those eat only in those days of the flowers of the days! and much more woe unto them that field, and had my meat of the herbs.

are not left behind! CHAP. XIII.

17 For they that were not left were in 1 He seeth in his dream a man coming out of the heaviness.

sea. 25 Tbe declaration of his dream : 54 18 Now understand I the things that are be is praised, and promised to see more.

laid up in the latter days, which shall hapA ND it came to pass after seven days, I || pen unto them, and to those that are left I dreamed a dream by night :

behind. . 2 And lo, there arose a wind from the sea, 19 Therefore are they come into great that it moved all the waves thereof.

| perils and many necessities, like as these 3 And I beheld, and lo, that man waxed dreams declare." strong with the thousands of heaven : and 20 Yet is it easier for him that is in danwhen he turned his countenance to look, all ger to come into these things, than to pass the things trembled that were seen under him. away as a cloud out of the world, and not to

4 And whensoever the voice went out of see the things that happen in the last days his mouth, all they burned that heard his And he answered unto me, and said, voice, like as the earth faileth when it feel. || 21 The interpretation of the vision shall I eth the fire.

shew thee, and I will open unto thee the 5 And after this I beheld, and lo, there thing that thou hast required. was gathered together a multitude of men, 22 Whereas thou hast spoken of them that out of number, from the four winds of the are left behind, this is the interpretation : heaven, to subdue the man that came out of 23 He that shall endure the peril in that the sca.

time bath kept himself: they that be fallen 6 But I beheld, and lo, he had graved him- | into danger are such as have works, and faith self a great mountain, and flew up upon it. toward the Almighty.

7 But I would have seen the region or 24 Know this therefore, that they which place whereout the hill was graven, and I || be left behind are more blessed than they could not.

that be dead : 8 And after this I beheld, and lo, all they 25 q This is the meaning of the vision : which were gathered together to subdue him Whereas thou sawest a man coming up from were sore afraid, and yet durst fight. I the midst of the sea :

9 And lo, as he saw the violence of the ll 26 The same is he whom God the Highest multitude that came, he neither lifted up his || hath kept a great season, which by his own hand, nor beld sword, nor any instrument of self shall deliver his creature : and he shall war :

order them that are left behind. 10 But only I saw that he sent out of his 27 And whereas thou sawest, that out of mouth as it had been a blast of fire, and his mouth there came as a blast of wind, and out of his lips a flaming breath, and out of || fire, and storm; his tongue he cast out sparks and tempests. 28 And that he held neither sword, nor

11 And they were all mixed together; the || any instrument of war, but that the rushing blast of fire, the flaming breath, and the great in of him destroyed the whole multitude that tempest; and fell with violence upon the came to subdue him; this is the interpretainultitude which was prepared to fight, and tion : burned them up every one, so that upon a 29 Behold, the days come, when the Most sudden of an innumerable multitude nothing | High will begin to deliver them that are upwas to be perceived, but only dust and smell on the earth. of smoke : when I saw this I was afraid. | 30 And he shall come to the astonishment

12 Afterward I saw the same man come l of them that dwell on the earth. down from the mountain, and call unto him | 31 And one shall undertake to fight against another peaceable multitude.

| another, one city against another, one place

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