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Apocrypha. 9 Then shall they be in pitiful case, which 28 And I opened my mouth, and began now have abused my ways : and they that to talk before the Most High, and said, have cast them away despitefully shall dwell 29 O Lord, thou that shewest thyself unto in torments.

us, thou wast shewed unto our fathers in 10 For such as in their life have received the wilderness, in a place where no man benefits, and have not known me ;

treadeth, in a barren place, when they came 11 And they that have loathed my law, out of Egypt. while they had yet liberty, and when as yet 30 And thou spakest, saying, Here me, 0 place of repentance was open unto them, un- Israel; and mark my words, thou seed of derstood not, but despised it ;

Jacob. 12 The same must know it after death by 31 For behold, I sow my law in you, and

it shall bring fruit in you, and ye shall be hon13 And therefore be thou not curious oured in it for ever. how the ungodly shall be punished, and when : 32 But our fathers, which received the law, but inquire how the righteous shall be saved, kept it not, and observed not thy ordinanwhose the world is, and for whom the world ces : and though the fruit of thy law did not is created.

perish, neither could it, for it was thine ; 14 Then answered I, and said,

33 G Yet they that received it perished, 15 I have said before, and now do speak, because they kept not the thing that was and will speak it also hereafter, That there sown in them. be many more of them which perish, than of 34 And lo, it is a custom, when the them which shall be saved :

ground hath received seed, or the sea a ship, 16 Like as a wave is greater than a drop or any vessel meat or drink, that, that being

17 And he answered me, saying, Like as perished wherein it was sown or cast into, the field is, so is also the seed; as the flow- 35 That thing also which was sown, or ers be, such are the colours also; such as the cast therein, or received, doth perish, and workman is, such also is the work; and as remaineth not with us : but with us it hath the husbandman is himself, so is his husband- not happened so. sy also : for it was the time of the world. 36 For we that have received the law

18 And now when I prepared the world perish by sin, and our heart also which rewhich was not yet made, even for them to ceiveth it. dwell in that now live, no man spake against 37 Notwithstanding, the law perisheth not, me.

but remaineth in his force. 19 ( For then every one obeyed: but now 38 ( And when I spake these things in the manners of them which are created in my heart, I looked back with mine eyes, and this world that is made are corrupted by a upon the right side I saw a woman, and beperpetual seed, and by a law which is un hold, she mourned and wept with a loud voice, searchable rid themselves.

and was much grieved in heart, and her 20 So I considered the world, and behold, || clothes were rent, and she had ashes upon there was peril because of the devices that her head. were come into it.

39 Then let I my thoughts go that I was 21 And I saw, and spared it greatly, and || in, and turned me unto her, have kept me a grape of the cluster, and a 40 And said unto her, Wherefore weepest plant of a great people.

thou? why art thou so grieved in thy mind? 22 Let the multitude perish then, which 41 And she said unto me, Sir, let me alone, was born in vain ; and let my grape be kept, that I may bewail myself, and add unto my and my plant ; for with great labour have I sorrow, for I am sore vexed in my mind, and made it perfect.

brought very low. 23 Nevertheless, if thou wilt cease yet sev- 42 And I said unto her, What aileth thee? en days more, (but thou shalt not fast in them, || tell me.

24 But go into a field of flowers, where 43 She said unto me, I thy servant have no house is builded, and eat only the flowers been barren, and had no child, though I had of the field ; taste no flesh, drink no wine, an husband thirty years. but eat flowers only ;)

44 And those thirty years I did nothing 25 And pray unto the Highest continu- else day and night, and every hour, but ally, then will I come and talk with thee. make my prayer to the Highest.

26 So I went my way into the field which 45 After thirty years God heard me thine is called Ardath, like as he commanded me ; handmaid, looked upon my misery, considerand there I sat among the nowers, and dided my trouble, and gave me a son : and ! eat of the herbs of the feld, and the meat of was very glad of him, so was my husband the same satisfied me.

also, and all my neighbours : and we gave 27 After seven days I sat upon the grass, great honour unto the Almighty. and my heart was vexed within me, like as 46 And I nourished him with grcat travail. before ;

47 So when he grew up, and came to the


Apocrypha. .

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.

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

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

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

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

3 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 alınost 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 | Levites are gone into captivity, our virgins 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. I 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 ing 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, hold, he came unto me, and looked upon me. ever since the beginning unto him that made 30 And lo, 1 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 being 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,


the eagle.

in Thou sawest a woman mourning, and Theme cap from the sea an eagle, which


Apocrypha. 33 And he said unto me, Stand up man- 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 eagle coming out of

40 g This therefore is the meaning of the the sea, 37 and a lion out of a wood talking to vision which

dream, , thou begannest to comfort her :

42 But now seest thou the likeness of the had twelve feathered wings, and three heads. woman no more, but there appeared unto 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 few 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 heaven 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 cd, 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 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.


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

17 There shall none after thee attain unto eagle, 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 madeto reign 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 afflicted 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 hurtful 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 judg

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 1 The eagle which be saw is destroyed.

1o The 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 were with it.

ND it came to pass, while the lion spake

als and behold, wiel head was turned with Athese compreso unos me eagle, I saw

the two went unto it, and set themselves up 32 But this head put the whole earth in to reign, and their kingdom was small 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 unto 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 affrighted 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 7 And I said, Lord that bearest rule, if I that thou seest.

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

Caap. XII.

Apocrypha. and if my prayer indeed 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 ; 9 Por 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 : this 10 ( And he said unto me, This is the in- is the small kingdom and full of trouble, as terpretation of the vision :

thou sawest. ii The eagle whom thou sawest come up 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.

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 wick. shall 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 ihe 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, 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 bis 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 :

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