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Apocrypha. 46 O ye dews and storms of snow, bless 59 O all ye beasts and cattle, bless ye
the ye the Lord : praise and exalt him above all Lord : praise and exalt him above all for for ever.
47 O ye nights and days, bless ye the 60 O ye children of men, bless ye the Lord : praise and exalt him above all for ever. Lord : praise and exalt him above all for
48 O ye light and darkness, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for 61 d Israel, bless ye the Lord : praise and
exalt him above all for ever. 49 O ye ice and cold, bless ye the Lord : 62 Oye priests of the Lord, bless ye the praise and exalt him above all for ever. Lord: praise and exalt him above all for
50 ye frost and snow, bless ye the Lord : praise and exalt him above all for 63 Oye servants of the Lord, bless ye
the Lord: praise and exalt him above all 51 O ye lightnings and clouds, bless ye for ever. the Lord : praise and exalt him above all 64 O ye spirits and souls of the righteous, for ever.
bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him 52 O let the earth bless the Lord : praise above all for ever. and exalt him above all for ever.
65 Oye holy and humble men of heart, 53 O ye mountains and little hills, bless bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all
all for ever.
66 O Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, bless 54 O all ye things that grow on the earth, || ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all bless ye the Lord : praise and exalt him for ever: for he hath delivered us from hcil, above all for ever.
and saved us from the hand of death, and de55 0 ye fountains, bless ye the Lord : livered us out of the midst of the furnace and praise and exalt him above all for ever. burning flame : even out of the midst of the
56 Oye seas and rivers, bless ye the Lord: fire hath he delivered us. praise and exalt him above all for ever.
67 O give thanks unto the Lord, because 57 O ye whales, and all that move in the he is gracious: for his mercy enduretb for waters, bless ye the Lord : praise and exalt ever. him above all for ever.
68 O all ye that worship the Lord, bless 58 O all ye fowls of the air, bless ye the the God of gods, praise him, and give him Lord : praise and exalt him above all for ever. thanks : for his mercy enduretb for ever.
is THE HISTORY OF SUSANNA, Set apart from the Beginning of DANIEL, because it is not in the Hebrew, as neither
the Narration of BEL and the DRAGON. Two judges bide themselves in the garden of Su. 8 And the two elders saw her going in
sanna to bave tbeir pleasure of ber. every day, and walking ; so that their lust T "HERE dwelt a man in Babylon, called was inflamed toward her. Joacim:
9 And they perverted their own mind, 2 And he took a wife, whose name was and turned
eyes, that they might Susanna, the daughter of Chelcias, a very fair not look unto heaven, nor remember just woman, and one that feared the Lord.
judgments. 3 Her parents also were righteous, and 10 And albeit they both were wounded taught their daughter according to the law with her love, yet durst not one shew another of Moses.
his grief. 4 Now Joacim was a great rich man, and 11 For they were ashamed to declare had a fair garden joining unto his house : and their lust, that they desired to have to do with to him resorted the Jews; because he was her. more honourable than all others.
12 Yet they watched diligently from day 5 The same year were appointed two of to day to see her. the ancients of the people to be judges, such 13 And the one said to the other, Let us as the Lord spake of, that wickedness came now go home : for it is dinner time. from Babylon from ancient judges, who 14 So when they were gone out, they seemed to govern the people.
parted the one from the other, and turning 6 These kept much at Joacim's house : | back again they came to the same place; and all that had any suits in law came unto and after they had asked one another the them.
cause, they acknowledged their lust : then 7 Now when the people departed away at appointed they a time both together, when noon, Susanna went into her husband's gar- | they might find her alone. den to walk,
15 And it fell out, as they watched a fit
Apocrypha. time, she went in as before, with two maids !!. 35 And she weeping looked up toward only, and she was desirous to wash herself in heaven : for her heart trusted in the Lord. the girilen : for it was hot.
36 And the elders said, As we walked in 16 And there was no body there save the il the garden alone, this woman came in with two elders, that had hid themselves, and two maids, and shut the garden doors, and watched licr.
sent the maids away. 17 Then she said to her maids, Bring me 37 Then a young man, who there was hid, oil and wasling balls, and shut the garden came unto her, and lay with her. doors, that I may wash me.
88 Then we that stood in a corner of the 18 And they did as she bade them, and garden, seeing this wickedness, ran unto them. shut the garden doors, and went out them- 39 And when we saw them together, the selves at privy doors to fetch the things that man we could not hold: for he was stronger she had commanded them: but they saw not than we, and opened the door, and leaped out. the elders, becau e they were lid.
40 But having taken this woman, we ask. 19 Now when the maids were gone forth, | ed who the young man was, but she would the two elders rose up, and ran unto her, not tell us : these things do we testify. saying,
41 Then the assembly believed them, as 20 Behold, the garden doors are shut, those that were the elders and judges of the that no man can see us, and we are in love people : so they condemned her to death. with thee; thcietore consent unto us, and 49 Then Susanna cried out with a loud lie with us.
voice, and said, 0 everlasting God, that 2 if thou wilt not, we will bear witness knowest the secrets, and knowest all things against thee, that a young man was with before they be: thee: and therefore thou didst send away thy 43 Thou knowest that they have borne maids from thee.
false witness against me, and behold, I must 22 Then Susanna sighed, and said, I am die ; whereas I never did such things as these straitened on every side : for if I do this men have maliciously invented against me. thing, it is death unto me: and if I do it not, 44 And the Lord heard her voice. I cannot escape your hands.
45 Therefore whev she was led to be pur 23 It is better for me to fall into your to death, the Lord raised up the holy spirit hands, and not to do it, than to sin in the of a young youth, whose name was Daniel: sight of the Lord.
46 Who cried with a loud voice, I am 24 With that Susanna cried with a loud | clear from the blood of this woman. voice : and the two elders cried out against 47 Then all the people turned them tober.
ward him, and said, What mean these words 25 Then ran the one, and opened the gar- | that thou hast spoken? den door.
48 So he standing in the midst of them 26 So when the servants of the house said, Are ye such fools, ye sons of Israel, that heard the cry in the garden, they rushed in without examination or knowledge of the ar a privy door, to see what was done unto her. | truth ye have condemned a daughter of Israel?
27 But when the elders had deciared their 49 Return again to the place of judgment: matter, the servants were greatly ashamed for they have borne false witness against her. for there never was such a report made of 50 Wherefore all the people turned again Susanna.
in haste, and the elders said unto him, Come, 28 And it came to pass the next day, sit down among us, and shew it us, seeing when the people were assembled to her hus- God hath given thee the honour of an elder. band Joacim, the two elders came also fuil 51 Then said Daniel unto them, Put these of mischievous imagination against Susanna two aside one far from another, and I will to put lier to death ;
examine them. 29 And said before the people, Send for 52 So when they were put asunder one Susanna, the daughter of Chelcias, Joaciin's | from another, he called one of them, and said wife. And so they sent.
unto him, O thou that art waxen old in wick30 So she came with her father and moth-eduess, now thy sins which thou hast comer, her children, and all her kindred.
mitted aforetinie are come to light. 31 Now Susanna was a very delicate 53 For thou hast pronounced false judgwoman, and beauteous to behold.
ment, and hast condemned the innocent, and 32 And there wicked men commanded to hast let the guilty go tree ; albeit the Lord uncover her face, (for she was covered) that saith, The innocent and righteous shalt thou they might be filled with her beauty.
not slay. 33 Therefore her friends and all that saw 54 Now then, if thou hast seen her, tell
me, Under what tree sawest thou them com31 Then the two elders stood up in the panying together? Who answered, Under a midst of the people, and laid their hands up | mastick tree. on her lead.
55 And Daniel said, Very well; thou hast
Apocrypha. . lied against thine own head; for even now cut thee in two, that he may destroy you. the angel of God hath received the sentence 60 With that all the assembly cried out of God to cut thecin two.
with a loud voice, and praised God, who sav56 So he put him aside, and commanded to cth them that trust in him. bring the other, and said unto him, I thou 61 And they arose against the two elders, seed of Canaan, and not of Juda, beauty hath for Daniel had convicred them of false witdeceived thee, and lust hath perverted chine ness by their own mouth. heart.
62 And according to the law of Moses they 57 Thus have ye dealt with the daugh- did unto them in such sort as they maliciously ters of Israel, and they for fear companied intended to do to their neighbour: and they with you: but the daughter of Juda would put them to death. Thus the innocent blood not abide your wickedness.
was saved the same dav. 58 Now therefore tell me, Under what 63 Therefore Chelcias and his wife praised tree didst thou take them companying togeth- God for their daughter Susanna, with Joacim er? who answered, Under a holi tree. her husband, and all the kindred, because
59 Then said Daniel unto him, Well; thou there was no dishonesty found in her. hast also lied against thine own head : for 64 from that day forth was Daniel had in the angel of God waiteth with the sword to l! great reputation in the sight of the people.
THE HISTORY OF THE DESTRUCTION OF
BEL AND THE DRAGON,
Cut off from the End of DANIEL. 19 The fraud of Bel's priests is discovered by And the king went with Daniel into the tem
Daniel : 32 he is preserved in the lions' den, | ple of Bel. 42 and his enemies cast into the same.
11 So Bel's priests said, Lo, we go out : А
ND king Astyages was gathered to his but thou, o king, set on the meat, and make
fathers, and Cyrus of Persia received ready the wine, and shut the door fast, and liis kingdom.
seal it with thine own signet ; 2 And Daniel conversed with the king, 12 And tomorrow when thou comest in, and was honoured above all his friends. if thou findest not that Bel hath eaten up all,
3 Now the Babylonians had an idol, called we will suffer death ; or else Daniel, that Bel, and there were spent upon him every speakerh falsely against us. day twelve measures of fine flour, and forty 13 And they little regarded it: for under sheep, and six vessels of wine.
the table they had made a privy entrance, 4 And the king worshipped it, and went whereby they entered in continually, and condaily to adore it : but Daniel worshipped his sumed those things. own God. And the king said unto hin, Why 14 So when they were gone forth, the king dost not thou worship Bel ?
set meats before Bel. Now Daniel had com5 Who answered and said, Because I may manded his servants to bring ashes, and those not worship idols made with hands, but the they strewed throughout all the temple in the living God, who hath created the heaven and presence of the king alone : then went they the earth, and hath sovereignty over all flesh. out and shut the door, and sealed it with the
6 Then said the king unto him, Thinkest king's signet, and so departed. thou not that Bel is a living god ? Seest thou 15 Now in the night came the priests not how much he eateth and drinketh every with their wives and children, as they
were wont to do, and did eat and drink up 7 Then Daniel smiled, and said, o king, be all. not deceived: for this is but clay within, and 16 In the morning betimes the king arose, brass without, and did never eat or drink any and Daniel with him. thing:
17 And the king said, Daniel, Are the seals 8 So the king was wroth, and called for whole ? And he said, Yea, o king, they be his priests, and said unto tbem, If
whole. not who this is that devoureth these expenses, 18 And as soon as he had opened the door, ye shall die.
the king looked upon the table, and cried 9 But if ye can certify me that Bel de- with a loud voice, Great art thou, O Bel, voureth them, then Daniel shall die : for he and with thee is no deceit at all. hath spoken blasphemy against Bel. And 19 & Then laughed Daniel, and held the Daniel said unto the king, Let it be accord- king that he should not go in, and said, Being to thy word.
hold now the pavement, and mark well whose 10 Now the priests of Bel were three score footsteps are these. and ten, beside their wives and children. 20 And the king said, I see the footsteps
Apocrypis of men, women, and cluildren. And then the ! 31 Who cast him into the lions' dea: king was angry,
where he was six days. 21 And took the priests with their wives 32 And in the den there were seven I and children, who showed him the privy ions, and they had given them every day two doors, where they came in, and consumed, carca.es, and two sheep: which then were such things as were upon the table.
not given to them, to the intent they might 22 Therefore the king slew them, and de-devour Daniel. livered Bel into Daniel's power, who destroy- 33 Now there was in Jewry a prophe, ed him and his temple.
called Habbacuc, who had made portage, and 23 And in that same place there was a had broken bread in a bowl, and was going grcat Dragon, which they of Babylon wor- into the field, for to bring it to the reapers shipped.
34 But the angel of the Lord said unto 24 And the king said unto Daniel, Wilt Habbacuc, Go, carry the dinner that thou thou also say that this is of brass ? Lo, he hast into Babylon unto Daniel, who is in the Liveth, he eateth and drinketh ; thou canst lion's den. not say that he is no living god; therefore 35 And Habbacuc said, Lord, I never saw worship him.
Babylon ; neither do I know where the den is. 25 Then said Daniel unto the king, I will 36 Then the angel of the Lord took him worship the Lord iny God : for he is the liv- " by the crown, and bare him by the hair of ing God.
| luis head, and through the vehemency of his 26 But give me leave, O king, and I shall spirit set him in Babylon over the den. slay this dragon without sword or staff. The 37 And Habbacuc cried, saying, O Daniel, king said, I give thee leave.
Daniel, take the dinner which God hath sent 27 Then Daniel took pitch, and fat, and thee. hair, and did seethe them together, and made 38 And Daniel said, Thou hast remembered lumps thereof: this he put in the dragon's | me, O God: neither hast thou forsaken them mouth, and so the dragon burst in sunder : | that seek thee and love thee. and Daniel said, Lo, these are the gods ye 39 So Daniel arose, and did eat : and the worship.
angel of the Lord set Habbacuc in his own 28 When they of Babylon heard that, they || place again immediately. took great indignation, and conspired against 40 Upon the seventh day the king went to the king, saying, The king is become a Jew, | bewail Daniel: and when he came to the den, and he hath destroyed Bel, he hath slain the he looked in, and behold, Daniel was sitting Dragon, and put the priests to death.
41 Then cried the king with a loud voice, 29 So they came to the king, and said, saying, Great art thou, O Lord God of DanDeliver us Daniel, or else we will destroy | iel, and there is none other beside thee. thee and thine house.
42 And he drew him out, and cast those 30 Now when the king saw that they that were the cause of his destruction into pressed him sore, being constrained, he de- the den: and they were devoured in a molivered Daniel unto them :
ment before his face.
TIIE PRAYER OF MANASSES, KING OF JUDAH,
When he was holden CAPTIVE in BABYLON. O
LORD, Almighty God of our fathers, unto sinners, that they may be saved. Thou
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and of their | therefore, O Lord, that art the God of the righteous seed; who hast made heaven and just, hast not appointed repentance to the earth, with all the ornament thereof; who just, as to Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, hast bound the sea by the word of thy com- which have not sinned against thee ; but mandment ; who hast shut up the deep, and thou last appointed repentance unto me that scaled it by thy terrible and glorious name; am a sinner : for I have sinned above the whom all men fear, and tremble before thy number of the sands of the sea. My transpower; for the Majesty of thy glory cannot gressions, O Lord, are multiplied : my transbe borne, and thine angry threatening to- gressions are multiplied, and I am not worthy ward sinners is importable: but thy merci- to behold and see the height of heaven for ful promise is unmeasurable and unsearcha- | the multitude of mine iniquities. I am bow. ble ; for thou art the most high Lord, ofed down with many iron bands, that I cannot great compassion, long suffering, very mer- lift up mine head, neither have any release : ciful, and repentest of the evils of men. Thou, for I have provoked thy wrath, and done evil O Lord, according to thy great goodness hast before thee: I did not thy will, neither kept promised repentance and forgiveness to them I thy commandments: I have set up abomithat have sinned against thee: and of thine nations, and have multiplied offences. Now infinite mercies hast appointed repentance ll therefore I bow the knee of mine heart, be
Apocrypha. seeching thee of grace. I have sinned, 0 || For thou art the God, even the God of them Lord, I have sinned, and I acknowledge that repent; and in me thou wilt shew all mine iniquities : wherefore I humbly be thy goodness : for thou wilt save me, that seech thee, forgive me, O Lord, forgive am unworthy, according to thy great mercy. me, and destroy me not with mine in- Therefore I will praise thee for ever all the iquities
. be not angry with me for ever, days of my life : for all the powers of the by reserving evil for me ; neither con- heavens do praise thee, and thine is the glory demn me into the lower parts of the earth. Il for ever and ever.
nos THE FIRST BOOK OF THE MACCABEES. CHAP. I.
and forsook the holy covenant, and joined 14 Antiocbus giveth leave to set up the fashions of themselves to the heathen, and were sold to the Gentiles in Jerusalem, 22 and spoiletb it, &c. | do mischief. ND it happened, after that Alexander 16 Now when the kingdom was establish
ed before Antiochus, he thought to reigni out of the land of Chettiim, had smitten Da- over Egypt, that lie might have the dominion rius king of the Persians and Medes, that he of two realms. reigned in his stead, the first over Greece, 17 Wherefore he entered into Egypt with
2 And made many wars, and won many a great multitude, with chariots, and ele. strong holds, and slew the kings of the earth, | phants, and horsemen, and a great navy,
3 And went through to the ends of the 18 And made war against Ptolemee king earth, and took spoils of many nations, inso- of Egypt: but Ptolemee was afraid of him, much that the earth was quiet before him ; and fled; and many were wounded to death. whercupon he was exalted, and his heart was 19 Thus they got the strong cities in the
land of Egypt, and lie took the spoils thereof. 4 And he gathered a mighty strong host, 20 And after that Antiochus had smitten and ruled over countries, and nations, and Egypt, he returned again in the hundred kings, who became tributaries unto him. forty and third year, and went up against
5 And after these things he fell sick, and Israel and Jerusalem with a great multitude, perceived that he should die.
21 And entered proudly into the sanctu6 Wherefore he called his servants, such | ary, and took away the golden altar, and the as were honourable, and had been brought || candlestick of light, and all the vessels thereof, up with him from his youth, and parted his 22 ( And the table of the shew-bread, and kingdom among them, while he was yet alive. the pouring vessels, and the vials, and the
7 So Alexander reigned twelve years, and censers of gold, and the veil, and the crowns, tben died.
and the golden ornaments that were before 8 And his servants bare rule every one in the temple, all which he pulled off. his place.
23 He took also the silver and the gold, 9 And after his death they all put crowns and the precious vessels : also he took the upon themselves; so did their sons after them hidden treasures which he found. many years: and evils were multiplied in 24 And when he had taken all away, he the earth.
went into his own land, having made a great 10 And there came out of them a wicked massacre, and spoken very proudly. root, Antiochus surnamed Epiphanes, son of 25 Therefore there was great mourning Antiochus the king, who had been an hostage | in Israel, in every place where they were ; at Rome, and he reigned in the hundred and 26 So that the princes and elders mournthirty and seventh year of the kingdom of ed, the virgins and young men were made the Greeks.
feeble, and the beauty of women was change 11 In those days went there out of Israel ed. wicked men, who persuaded many,saying, Let 27 Every bridegroom took up lamentaus go and make a covenant with the heathen tion, and she that sat in the marriage chamthat are round about us; for since we de- ber was in heaviness. parted from them, we have had much sorrow. 28 The land also was moved for the in
12 So this device pleased them well. habitants thereof, and all the house of Jacob
13 Then certain of the people were so was covered with confusion. forward herein, that they went to the king, 29 And after two years fully expired the who gave them license to do after the ordi- king sent his chief collector of tribute unto nances of the heathen :
the cities of Juda, who came unto Jerusalem 14 Whereupon they built a place of ex- with a great multitude ; ercise at Jerusalem according to the customs 30 And spake peaceable words unto them, of the heathen:
but all was deceit: for when they had given 15 And made themselves umcircumcised, li him credence, he felt suddenly upon the city,