網頁圖片
PDF

Apocrypha.
Chap. XLIII.

Apocrypha. kinsman; or to take away a portion or a gift ; ll 17 'The Lord hath not given power to the or to gaze upon another man's wife; saints to declare all his marvellous works,

22 Or to be over busy with his maid, and which the Almighty Lord firmly settled, that come not near her bed; or of upbraiding whatsoever is, might be established for his speeches before friends; and after thou hast || glory. given, upbraid not ;

18 He seeketh out the deep, and the heart, 23 Or of iterating and speaking again that and considereth their crafty devices : for the which thou hast heard; and of revealing of Lord knoweth all that may be known, and secrets.

he beholdeth the signs of the world. 24 So shalt thon be truly shamefaced, and || 19 He declareth the things that are past, find favour before all men.

and for to come, and revealeth the steps of CHAP. XLII.

hidden things. 1 Wbereof we sbould not be ashamed. 15 The 20 No thought escapeth him, neither any works and greatness of God.

word is hidden from him. o f these things be not thou ashamed, and 21 He hath garnished the excellent works

accept no person to sin thereby : of his wisdom, and he is from everlasting to 2 Of the law of the Most High, and his everlasting : unto him may nothing be added, covenant; and of judgment to justify the un neither can he be diminished, and he hath godly ;

no need of any counsellor. 3 Of reckoning with thy partners and trav 22 O how desirable are all his works! and ellers; or of the gift of the horitage of friends; that a man may see even to a spark.

4 Of exactness of balance and weights; or 23 All these things live and remain for of getting much or little ;

ever for all uses, and they are all obedient. 5 And of merchants indifferent selling; of 24 All things are double one against anmuch correction of children ; and to make Other : and he hath made nothing imperfect. the side of an evil servant to bleed.

25 One thing establisheth the good of 6 Sure keeping is good, where an evil wife another : and who shall be filled with beholdis ; and shut up, where many hands are. ing his glory? 7 Deliver all things in number and weight;

CHAP. XLII. and put all in writing that thou givest out, or The works of God in beaven, in earth, and in the receivest in.

sea, are exceeding glorious and wonderful. 8 Be not ashamed to inform the unwise THE pride of the height, the clear firmaand foolish, and the extreme aged that con- | I meni, the beauty of heaven, with his glo. tendeth with those that are young : thus shalt | rious shew; thou be truly learned, and approved of all 2 The sun when it appeareth, declaring men living.

|| at his rising a marvellous instrument, the 9 The father waketh for the daughter, work of the Most High: when no man knoweth ; and the care for her 3 At noon it parcheth the country, and taketh away sleep : when she is young, lest who can abide the burning heat thereof? she pass away the flower of her age; and be 4 A man blowing a furnace is in works of ing married, lest she should be hated : heat, but the sun burneth the mountains tbree

10 In her virginity, lest she should be de times more ; breathing out fiery vapours, and filed and gotten with child in her father's sending forth bright beams, it dimmech the house; and having an husband, lest she should eyes. misbehave herself; and when she is married, 5 Great is the Lord that made it; and at lest she should be barren.

his commandment it runneth hastily. 11 Keep a sure watch over a shameless 1 6 He made the moon also to serve in her daughter, lest she make thee a laughing-stock season for a declaration of times, and a sign to thine enemies, and a byword in the city, ll of the world. and a reproach among the people, and make 1 7 From the moon is the sign of feasts, a thee ashamed before the multitude.

light that decreaseth in her perfection. 12 Behold not every body's beauty, and sit 8 The month is called after her name, innot in the midst of women.

creasing wonderfully in her changing, being 13 For from garments cometh a moth, and an instrument of the armies above, shining in from women wickedness.

the firmament of heaven; 14 Better is the churlishness of a man than 9 The beauty of heaven, the glory of the a courteous woman, a woman, I say, which stars, an ornament giving light in the highest bringeth shame and reproach.

places of the Lord. 15 I will now remember the works of 10 At the commandment of the Holy One the Lord, and declare the things that I have they will stand in their order, and never faint seen : in the words of the Lord are his works in their watches.

16 The sun that giveth light looketh upon 11 Look upon the rainbow, and praise all things, and the work thereof is full of the || him that made it ; very beautiful it is in the glory of the Lord.

Il brightness thereof.

Apocrypha.
ECCLESIASTICUS.

Apocrypba. 12 It compasscth the heaven about with a || 2 The Lord hath wrought great glory by glorious circle, and the hands of the Most them through his great power from the beHigh have bended it.

ginning. 19 By his commandment he maketh the | 3 Such as did bear rule in their kingdoms, snow to fall apace, and sendeth swiftly the || men renowned for their power, giving counlightnings of his judgment.

sel by their understanding, and declaring 14 Through this the treasures are open- prophecies : ed: and clouds fly forth as fowls.

4 Leaders of the people by their counsels, 15 By his great power he maketh the clouds and by their knowledge of learning meet for firm, and the hailstones are broken small. the people, wise and eloquent in their in

16 At his sight the mountains are shaken, li structions: and at his will the south wind bloweth. 5 Such as found out musical tunes, and re

17 The noise of the thunder maketh the cited verses in writing: earth to tremble : so doth the northern storm 6 Rich men furnished with ability, living and the whirlwind: as birds flying he scat- peaceably in their habitations: tereth the snow, and the falling down thereof 7 All these were honoured in their generais as the lighting of grasshoppers :

tions, and were the glory of their times. 18 The eye marvelleih at the beauty of 8 There be of them, that have left a name the whiteness thereof, and the heart is aston- | behind them, that their praises might be reished at the raining of it.

ported. 19 The hoar frost also as salt he poureth l 9 And some there be, which have no meon the earth, and being congealed, it lieth on morial ; who are perished, as though they the top of sharp stakes.

had never been ; and are become as thought 20 When the cold north wind bloweth, they had never been born ; and their chil. and the water is congealed into ice, it abid dren after them. eth upon every gathering together of water, 10 But these were merciful men, whose and ciotheth the water as with a breastplate. righteousness hath not been forgotten.

21 It devoureth the mountains, and burn 11 With their seed shall continually reeth the wilderness, and consumeth the grass main a good inheritance, and their children as fire.

are within the covenant. 22 A present remedy of all is a mist coming 12 Their seed standeth fast, and their speedily: a dew coming after heat refresheth. children for their sakes.

23 By his counsel he appeaseth the deep, 13 Their seed shall remain for ever, and and planteth islands therein.

their glory shall not be blotted out. 24 They that sail on the sea tell of the 14 Their bodies are buried in peace; but danger thereof; and when we hear it with their name liveth for evermore. our ears, we marvel thereat.

15 The people will tell of their wisdom, 25 For therein be strange and wonderous and the congregation will shew forth their works, variety of all kinds of beasts and I praise. whales created.

16 Enoch pleased the Lord, and was trans26 By him the end of them hath prosper | lated, being an example of repentance to all ous success, and by his word all things consist. generations.

27 We may speak much, and yet come 17 Noah was found perfect and righteous; short : wherefore in sum, he is all."

in the time of wrath he was taken in ex28 How shall we be able to magnify him? change (for the world]; therefore was he for he is great above all his works.

left as a remnant unto the earth, when the 29 The Lord is terrible and very great, il flood came. and marvellous is his power.

18 An everlasting covenant was made 30 When ye glorify the Lord, exalt him with him, that all flesh should perish no more as much as ye can ; for even yet will he far || by the flood. exceed : and when ye exait him, put forth 19 Abraham was a great father of many all your strength, and be not weary ; for ye people : in glory was there none like unto can never go far enough.

him ; 31 Who hath seen him that he might tell 20 Who kept the law of the Most High, us ? and who can magnify him as he is ? and was in covenant with him : he estab.

32 There are yet hid greater things than lished the covenant in his fleshı ; and when these be, for we have seen but a few of his he was proved, he was found faithful. works.

21 Therefore he assured him by an oath, 33 For the Lord hath made all things; that he would bless the nations in his seed, and to the godly hath he given wisdom. and that he would multiply him as the dust CHAP. XLIV.

of the earth, and exalt his seed as the stars, The praise of certain boly men.

and cause them to `inherit from sea to sea, T ET us now praise famous men, and our and from the river unto the utmost part of I fathers that begat us,

the land.

Apocrypha.
Chap. XLVI.

Apocrypha. : 22 With Isaac did he establish likewise | 14 Their sacrifices shall be wholly cona (for Abraham his father's sake) the blessing || sumed every day twice continually. of all men, and the covenant,

15 Moses consecrated him, and anointed 23 And made it rest upon the head of Ja- || him with holy oil: this was appointed unto cob. He acknowledged him in his blessing, him by an everlasting covenant, and to his and gave him an heritage, and divided his seed, so long as the heavens should remain, portions; among the twelve tribes did he || that they should minister unto him, and exepart them.

cute the office of the priesthood, and bless CHAP. XLV.

the people in his name. 1 The praise of Moses, 6 of Aaron, 23 and of 16 He chose him out of all men living to Pbinees.

offer sacrifice to the Lord, incense, and a AND he brought out of him a merciful sweet savour, for a memorial, to make recon.

man, which found favour in the sight ciliation for his people. af all flesh, even Moses, beloved of God and 17 He gave unto him his commandinents, men, whose memorial is blessed.

and authority in the statutes of judgments, 2 He made him like to the glorious saints, that he should teach Jacob the testimonies, and magnified him, so that his enemies stood and inform Israel in his laws. in fear of him.

18 Strangers conspired together against 3 By his words he caused the wonders to him, and maligned him in the wilderness, even cease, and he made him glorious in the sight | the men that were of Dathan's and Abiron's of kings, and gave him a commandment for side, and the congregation of Core, with fury his people, and shewed him part of his glory. and wrath.

4 He sanctified him in his faithfulness and 19 This the Lord saw, and it displeased meekness, and chose him out of all men. him, and in his wrathful indignation were

5 He made him to hear his voice, and they consumed : he did wonders upon them, brought him into the dark cloud, and gave to consume them with the fiery flame. him commandments before his face, even the 20 But he made Aaron more honourable, law of life and knowledge, that he might || and gave him an heritage, and divided unto teach Jacob his covenants, and Israel his him the first fruits of the increase; especially judgments.

he prepared bread in abundance : 6 He exalted Aaron, an holy man like 21 For they eat of the sacrifices of the unto him, even his brother, of the tribe of Lord, which he gave unto him and his seed. Levi.

22 Howbeit, in the land of the people he 7 An everlasting covenant he made with had no inheritance, neither had he any porhim, and gave him the priesthood among the tion among the people: for the Lord himself people; he beautified him with comely orna is his portion and inheritance. ients, and clothed him with a robe of glory. 23 q The third in glory is Phinees the son

8 He put upon him perfect glory, and of Eleazar, because he had zeal in the fear of strengthened him with rich garments, with the Lord, and stood up with good courage breeches, with a long robe, and the ephod. of heart when the people were turned back,

- 9 And he compassed him with pomegran- and made reconciliation for Israel. ates, and with many golden bells round about, 24 Therefore was there a covenant of that as he went there might be a sound, and peace made with him, that he should be the a noise made that might be heard in the tem chief of the sanctuary and of his people, and ple, for a memorial to the children of his people;

nity of the priesthood for ever: 10 With an holy garment, with gold, and 25 According to the covenant made with blue silk, and purple, the work of the em- || David son of Jesse, of the tribe of Juda, that broiderer, with a breastplate of judgment, the inheritance of the king should be to his and with Urim and Thummim ;

posterity alone : so the inheritance of Aaron 11 With twisted scarlet, the work of the should also be unto his seed. cunning workman, with precious stones grav. L 26 God give you wisdom in your heart to en like seals, and set in gold, the work of judge his people in righteousness, that their the jeweller, with a writing engraved for a || good things be not abolished, and that their memorial, after the number of the tribes of glory may endure for ever. Israel.

CHAP. XLVI. 12 He set a crown of gold upon the mi- || 1 Tbe praise of Fosbua, 9 of Caleb, 13 of Samuel. tre, wherein was engraved Holiness, an orna. || TESUS the son of Nave, was valiant in the ment of honour, a costly work, the desires of J wars, and was the successor of Moses in the eyes, goodly and beautiful.

prophecies, who according to his name was 13 Before him there were none such, nei- | made great for the saving of the elect of God, ther did ever any stranger put them on, but and taking vengeance of the enemies that rose only his children and his children's children | up against them, that he might set Israel in perpetually.

Jl their inheritance, .

Apocrypic.
ECCLESIASTICUS.

Apocrypha. 2 How great glory gat he, when he did || voice from the earth in prophecy, to blot ous lift up his hands, and stretched out his sword | the wickedness of the people. against the cities!

CHAP. XLVII. 3 Who before him so stood to it ? for the 1 The praise of Nathan, 2 of David, 12 of SelLord himself brought his enemies unto him. omon ; bis glory and informities, &C.

4 Did not the sun go back by his means? | AND after him rose up Nathan to proand was not one day as long as two ?

A phesy in the time of David. 5 He called upon the most high Lord, 1 2 q As is the fat taken away from the when the enemies pressed upon him on every peace offering, so was David chosen out of side ; and the great Lord heard him.

the children of Israel. 6 And with hailstones of mighty power he 3 He played with lions as with kids, and made the battle to fall violently upon the na- with bears as with lambs. sions, and in the descent (of Bethhoron) he 4 Slew he not a giant, when he was yes destroyed them that resisted, that the nations but young? and did he not take away remight know all their strength, because he proach from the people, when he lifted up fought in the sight of the Lord, and he fol his hand with the stone in the sling, and beat lowed the Mighty One.

down the boasting of Goliath? 7 In the time of Moses also he did 5 For he called upon the most high Lord : a work of mercy, he and Caleb the son of and he gave him strength in his right hand Jephunne, in that they withstood the con- | to slay that mighty warrior, and set up the gregation, and withheld the people from sin, horn of his people. and appeased the wicked murmuring.

6 So the people honoured him with ten 8 And of six hundred thousand people on thousands, and praised him in the blessings of foot, they two were preserved to bring them the Lord, in that he gave him a crown of into the heritage, even unto the land that glory. floweth with milk and honey.

7 For he destroyed the enemies on every 9 The Lord gave strength also unto Ca- side, and brought to nought the Philistines leh, which remained with him unto his old his adversaries, and brake their horn in sunage: so that he entered upon the high places der unto this day. of the land, and his secd obtained it for an | 8 In all his works he praised the Holy heritage :

One most high with words of glory; with 10 That all the children of Israel might his whole heart he sung songs, and loved him sce that it is good to follow the Lord. that made him.

11 And concerning the judges, every one 9 He set singers also before the altar, that by name, whose heart went not a whoring, 1 by their voices they might make sweet melnor departed from the Lord, let their mem ody, and daily sing praises in their songs. ory be blessed :

10 He beautified their feasts, and set in or12 Let their bones flourish out of their der the solemn times until the end, that they place, and let the name of them that were might praise his holy name, and that the temhonoured be continued upon their children. ple might sound from morning.

13 Samuel, the prophet of the Lord, be 11 The Lord took away his sins, and ex. loved of his Lord, established a kingdom, and alted his horn for ever : he gave him a cove anointed princes over his people.

enant of kings, and a throne of glory in Israel. 14 By the law of the Lord he judged the 12 ( After him rose up a wise son, and congregation, and the Lord had respect unto for his sake he dwelt at large. Jacob.

13 Solomon reigned in a peaceable time, 15 By his faithfulness he was found a true and was honoured ; for God made all quiet prophet, and by his word he was known to | round about him, that he might build an be faithful in vision.

house in his name, and prepare his sanctuary 16 He called upon the mighty Lord, when for ever. his enemies pressed upon him on every side, 14 How wise wast thou in thy youth, and, when he offered the sucking lamb. . as a food, filled with understanding !

17 And the Lord thundered from heaven, 15 Thy soul covered the whole earth, and and with a great noise made his voice to be thou filledst it with dark parables. heard.

16 Thy name went far into the island; 18 And he destroyed the rulers of the Ty- and for thy peace thou wast beloved. rians, and all the princes of the Philistines. 17 The countries marvelled at thee for thy

19 And before his long sleep he made | songs, and proverbs, and parables, and inprotestations in the sight of the Lord and his terpretations. anointed, I have not taken any man's goods, 18 By the name of the Lord God, whicha so much as a shoe : and no man did accuse is called the Lord God of Israel, thou didst bim.

i gather gold as tin, and didst multiply silver 20 And after his death he prophesied, and as 'lead. shewed the king his end, and lifted up his | 19 Thou didst bow thy loins unto women,

Apocrypba.
Cuap. XLIX.

Apocrypba. and by thy body thou wast brought into sub-1 13 No word could overcome him; and jection.

after his death his body prophesied. 20 Thou didst stain thy honour, and pol 14 He did wonders in his life, and at his lute thy seed : so that thou broughtest wrath death were his works marvellous. upon thy children, and wast grieved for thy 15 For all this the people repented not, folly.

neither departed they from their sins, till 21 So the kingdom was divided, and out they were spoiled and carried out of their of Ephraim ruled a rebellious kingdom. land, and were scattered through all the earth:

22 But the Lord will never leave off his yet there remained a small people, and a ruler mercy, neither shall any of his works perish, in the house of David : neither will he abolish the posterity of his || 16 Of whom some did that which was elect, and the seed of him that loveth him he pleasing to God, and some multiplied sins. will not take away : wherefore he gave a 17 Ezekias fortified his city, and brought remnant unto Jacob, and out of him a root in water into the midst thereof: he digged unto David.

the hard rock with iron, and made wells for 23 Thus rested Solomon with his fathers, waters. and of his seed he left behind him Roboam, 18 In his time Sennacherib came up, and even the foolishness of the people, and one sent Rabsaces, and lifted up his hand against that had no understanding, who turned away | Sion, and boasted proudly. the people through his counsel. There was 19 Then trembled their hearts and hands, also Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who caused and they were in pain, as women in travail. Israel to sin, and shewed Ephraim the way 20 But they called upon the Lord which of sin :

is merciful, and stretched out their hands to24 And their sins were multiplied exceed ward him : and immediately the Holy One ingly, that they were driven out of the land. || heard them out of heaven, and delivered them

25 For they sought out all wickedness, till by the ministry of Esay. the vengeance came upon them.

21 He smote the host of the Assyrians, CHAP. XLVIII.

and his angel destroyed them. 1 The praise of Elias, 12 of Eliseus, 17 and of I 22 For Ezekias had done the thing that Ezekias.

pleased the Lord, and was strong in the ways THEN stood up Elias the prophet as fire, || of David his father, as Esay the prophet, who 1 and his word burned like a lamp. was great and faithful in his vision, had com.

2 He brought a sore famine upon them, | manded him. and by his zeal he diminished their number. 23 In his time the sun went backward,

3 By the word of the Lord he shut up the and he lengthened the king's life. heaven, and also three times brought down 24 He saw by an excellent spirit what fire.

should come to pass at the last, and he com4 O Elias, how wast thou honoured in thy | forted them that mourned in Sion. wonderous deeds! and who may glory like 25 He shewed what should come to pass unto thee!

for ever, and secret things or ever they came. 5 Who didst raise up a dead man from

CHAP. XLIX. death, and his soul from the place of the dead, || 1 The praise of Fosias, 4 of David, and Ezekias, by the word of the Most High:

1 6 of Jeremy, 8 of Ezekiel, 11 Zorobabel, &c. 6 Who broughtest kings to destruction, I THẾ remembrance of Josias is like the and honourable men from their bed :

composition of the perfume that is 7 Who heardest the rebuke of the Lord in made by the art of the apothecary : it is Sinai, and in Horeb the judgment of ven- || sweet as honey in all mouths, and as musick geance :

at a banquet of wine. 8 Who anointedst kings to take revenge, 2 He behaved himself uprightly in the and prophets to succeed after him :

conversion of the people, and took away the 9 Who wast taken up in a whirlwind of abominations of iniquity. fire, and in a chariot of fiery horses :

3 He directed his heart unto the Lord, and 10 Who wast ordained for reproofs in in the time of the ungodly he established the their times, to pacify the wrath of the Lord's worship of God. judgment, before it break forth into fury, 4 All, except David, and Ezekias, and and to turn the heart of the father unto the Josias, were defective : for they forsook the son, and to restore the tribes of Jacob. law of the Most High, even the kings of Juda

11 Blessed are they that saw thee, and slept failed. in love ; for we shall surely live.

5 Therefore he gave their power unto 12 9 Elias it was, who was covered with others, and their glory to a strange nation. a whirlwind : and Eliseus was filled with 6 & They burnt the chosen city of the his spirit: whilst he lived, he was not moved | sanctuary, and made the streets desolate, ac. with the presence of any prince, neither could || cording to the prophecy of Jeremias. iany bring him into suljection.

l 7 For they entreated him evil, who never

« 上一頁繼續 »