HE second book of the prophet Esdras,
the son of Saraias, the son of Azarias, the son of Helchias, the
son of Sadamias, the son of Sadoc, the son of Achitob,
The son of Achias, the son of Phinees, the son of Heli, the son of
Amarias, the son of Aziei, the son of Marimoth, the son of Arna,
the son of Ozias, the son of Borith, the son of Abisei, the son of
Phinees, the son of Eleazar,
The son of Aaron, of the tribe of Levi; which was captive in the
land of the Medes, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of the
And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
Go thy way, and shew my people their sinful deeds, and their
children their wickedness which they have done against me; that
they may tell their children's children:
Because the sins of their fathers are increased in them: for they
have forgotten me, and have offered unto strange gods.
Am not I even he that brought them out of the land of Egypt, from
the house of bondage? but they have provoked me unto wrath, and
despised my counsels.
Pull thou off then the hair of thy head, and cast all evil upon
them, for they have not been obedient unto my law, but it is a
How long shall I forbear them, unto whom I have done so much
10 Many kings have I destroyed for their sakes; Pharaoh with
his servants and all his power have I smitten down.
11 All the nations have I destroyed before them and in the
east I have scattered the people of two provinces, even of Tyrus
and Sidon, and have slain all their enemies.
12 Speak thou therefore unto them, saying, Thus saith the
13 I led you through the sea, and in the beginning gave you
a large and safe passage; I gave you Moses for a leader, and Aaron
for a priest.
14 I gave you light in a pillar of fire, and great wonders
have I done among you; yet have ye forgotten me, saith the
15 Thus saith the Almighty Lord, The quails were as a token
for you; I gave you tents for your safeguard: nevertheless ye
16 And triumphed not in my name for the destruction of your
enemies, but ever to this day do ye yet murmur.
17 Where are the benefits that I have done for you? when ye
were hungry and thirsty in the wilderness, did ye not cry unto
18 Saying, Why hast thou brought us into this wilderness to
kill us? it had been better for us to have served the Egyptians,
than to die in this wilderness.
19 Then had I pity upon your mournings, and gave you manna
to eat; so ye did eat angels' bread.
20 When ye were thirsty, did I not cleave the rock, and
waters flowed out to your fill: for the heat I covered you with the
leaves of the trees.
21 I divided among you a fruitful land, I cast out the
Canaanites, the Pheresites, and the Philistines, before you: what
shall I yet do more for you? saith the Lord.
22 Thus saith the Almighty Lord, When ye were in the
wilderness, in the river of the Amorites, being athirst, and
blaspheming my name,
23 I gave you not fire for your blasphemies, but cast a tree
in the water, and made the river sweet.
24 What shall I do unto thee, O Jacob? thou, Juda, wouldest
not obey me: I will turn me to other nations, and unto those will I
give my name, that they may keep my statutes.
25 Seeing ye have forsaken me, I will forsake you also; when
ye desire me to be gracious unto you, I shall have no mercy upon
26 Whensoever ye shall call upon me, I will not hear you:
for ye have defiled your hands with blood, and your feet are swift
to commit manslaughter.
27 Ye have not as it were forsaken me, but your own selves,
saith the Lord.
28 Thus saith the Almighty Lord, Have I not prayed you as a
father his sons, as a mother her daughters, and a nurse her young
29 That ye would be my people, and I should be your God;
that ye would be my children, and I should be your father?
30 I gathered you together, as a hen gathereth her chickens
under her wings: but now, what shall I do unto you? I will cast you
out from my face.
31 When ye offer unto me, I will turn my face from you: for
your solemn feast-days, your new moons, and your circumcisions,
have I forsaken.
32 I sent unto you my servants the prophets, whom ye have
taken and slain and torn their bodies in pieces, whose blood I will
require of your hands, saith the Lord.
33 Thus saith the Almighty Lord, Your house is desolate, I
will cast you out as the wind doth stubble.
34 And your children shall not be fruitful; for they have
despised my commandment, and done the thing that is evil before
35 Your houses will I give to a people that shall come;
which not having heard of me yet shall believe me; to whom I have
shewed no signs, yet they shall do that I have commanded them.
36 They have seen no prophets, yet they shall call their
sins to remembrance, and acknowledge them.
37 I take to witness the grace of the people to come, whose
little ones rejoice in gladness: and though they have not seen me
with bodily eyes, yet in spirit they believe the thing that I
38 And now, brother, behold what glory; and see the people
that cometh from the east:
39 Unto whom I will give for leaders, Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob, Oseas, Amos, and Micheas, Joel, Abdias, and Jonas,
40 Nahum, and Abacuc, Sophonias, Aggeus, Zachary, and
Malachy, which is called also an angel of the Lord.
[ II Esdras: Chapter 1: | Verses: 40 |
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HUS saith the Lord, I brought this
people out of bondage, and I gave them my commandments by my
servants the prophets; whom they would not hear, but despised my
The mother that bare them saith unto them, Go your way, ye
children; for I am a widow and forsaken.
I brought you up with gladness; but with sorrow and heaviness have
I lost you: for ye have sinned before the Lord your God, and done
that thing that is evil before him.
But what shall I now do unto you? I am a widow and forsaken: go
your way, O my children, and ask mercy of the Lord.
As for me, O father, I call upon thee for a witness over the mother
of these children, which would not keep my covenant,
That thou bring them to confusion, and their mother to a spoil,
that there may be no offspring of them.
Let them be scattered abroad among the heathen, let their names be
put out of the earth: for they have despised my covenant,
Woe be unto thee, Assur, thou that hidest the unrighteous in thee!
O thou wicked people, remember what I did unto Sodom and
Whose land lieth in clods of pitch and heaps of ashes: even so also
will I do unto them that hear me not, saith the Almighty Lord,
10 Thus saith the Lord unto Esdras, Tell my people that I
will give them the kingdom of Jerusalem, which I would have given
11 Their glory also will I take unto me, and give these the
everlasting tabernacles, which I had prepared for them.
12 They shall have the tree of life for an ointment of sweet
savour; they shall neither labour, nor be weary,
13 Go, and ye shall receive: pray for few days unto you?
that they may be shortened: the kingdom is already prepared for
14 Take heaven and earth to witness; for I have broken the
evil in pieces, and created the good: for I live, saith the
15 Mother, embrace thy children, and bring them up with
gladness, make their feet as fast as a pillar: for I have chosen
thee, saith the Lord.
16 And those that be dead will I raise up again from their
places, and bring them out of the graves: for I have known my name
17 Fear not, thou mother of the children: for I have chosen
thee, saith the Lord.
18 For thy help will I send my servants Esay and Jeremy,
after whose counsel I have sanctified and prepared for thee twelve
trees laden with divers fruits,
19 And as many fountains flowing with milk and honey, and
seven mighty mountains, whereupon there grow roses and lilies,
whereby I will fill thy children with joy.
20 Do right to the widow, judge for the fatherless, give to
the poor, defend the orphan, clothe the naked,
21 Heal the broken and the weak, laugh not a lame man to
scorn, defend the maimed, and let the blind man come into the sight
of my clearness.
22 Keep the old and young within thy walls.
23 Wheresoever thou findest the dead, take them and bury
them, and I will give thee the first place in my resurrection.
24 Abide still, O my people, and, take thy rest, for thy
quietness shall come.
25 Nourish thy children, O thou good nurse; stablish their
26 As for the servants whom I have given thee, there shall
not one of them perish; for I will require them from among thy
27 Be not weary: for when the day of trouble and heaviness
cometh, others shall weep and be sorrowful, but thou shalt be merry
and have abundance.
28 The heathen shall envy thee, but they shall be able to do
nothing against thee, saith the Lord.
29 My hands shall cover thee, so that thy children shall not
30 Be joyful, O thou mother, with thy children; for I will
deliver thee, saith the Lord.
31 Remember thy children that sleep, for I shall bring them
out of the sides of the earth, and shew mercy unto them: for I am
merciful, saith the Lord Almighty.
32 Embrace thy children until I come and shew mercy unto
them: for my wells run over, and my grace shall not fail.
33 I Esdras received a charge of the Lord upon the mount
Oreb, that I should go unto Israel; but when I came unto them, they
set me at nought, and despised the commandment of the Lord.
34 And therefore I say unto you, O ye heathen, that hear and
understand, look for your Shepherd, he shall give you everlasting
rest; for he is nigh at hand, that shall come in the end of the
35 Be ready to the reward of the kingdom, for the
everlasting light shall shine upon you for evermore.
36 Flee the shadow of this world, receive the joyfulness of
your glory: I testify my Saviour openly.
37 O receive the gift that is given you, be glad, giving
thanks unto him that hath called you to the heavenly kingdom.
38 Arise up and stand, behold the number of those that be
sealed in the feast of the Lord;
39 Which are departed from the shadow of the world, and have
received glorious garments of the Lord.
40 Take thy number, O Sion, and shut up those of thine that
are clothed in white, which have fulfilled the law of the Lord.
41 The number of thy children, whom thou longedst for, is
fulfilled: beseech the power of the Lord, that thy people, which
have been called from the beginning, may be hallowed.
42 I Esdras saw upon the mount Sion a great people, whom I
could not number, and they all praised the Lord with songs.
43 And in the midst of them there was a young man of a high
stature, taller than all the rest, and upon every one of their
heads he set crowns, and was more exalted; which I marvelled at
44 So I asked the angel, and said, Sir, what are these?
45 He answered and said unto me, These be they that have put
off the mortal clothing, and put on the immortal, and have
confessed the name of God: now are they crowned, and receive
46 Then said I unto the angel, what young person is it that
crowneth them, and giveth them palms in their hands:
47 So he answered and said unto me, It is the Son of God,
whom they have confessed in the world. Then began I greatly to
commend them that stood so stiffly for the name of the Lord.
48 Then the angel said unto me, Go thy way, and tell my
people what manner of things, and how great wonders of the Lord thy
God, thou hast seen.
[ II Esdras: Chapter 2: | Verses: 48 |
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N the thirtieth year after the ruin
of the city I was in Babylon, and lay troubled upon my bed, and my
thoughts came up over my heart:
For I saw the desolation of Sion, and the wealth of them that dwelt
And my spirit was sore moved, so that I began to speak words full
of fear to the most High, and said,
O Lord, who bearest rule, thou spakest at the beginning, when thou
didst plant the earth, and that thyself alone, and commandedst the
And gavest a body unto Adam without soul, which was the workmanship
of thine hands, and didst breathe into him the breath of life, and
he was made living before thee.
And thou leddest him into paradise, which thy right hand had
planted, before ever the earth came forward.
And unto him thou gavest commandment to love thy way: which he
transgressed, and immediately thou appointedst death in him and in
his generations, of whom came nations, tribes, people and kindreds,
out of number.
And every people walked after their own will, and did wonderful
things before thee, and despised thy commandments.
And again in process of time thou broughtest the flood upon those
that dwelt in the world, and destroyedst them.
10 And it came to pass in every of them, that as death was
to Adam, so was the flood to these.
11 Nevertheless one of them thou leftest, namely, Noah with
his household, of whom came all righteous men.
12 And it happened, that when they that dwelt upon the earth
began to multiply, and had gotten them many children, and were a
great people, they began again to be more ungodly than the
13 Now when they lived so wickedly before thee, thou didst
choose thee a man from among them, whose name was Abraham.
14 Him thou lovedst, and unto him only thou shewedst thy
15 And madest an everlasting covenant with him, promising
him that thou wouldest never forsake his seed.
16 And unto him thou gavest Isaac, and unto Isaac also thou
gavest Jacob and Esau. As for Jacob, thou didst choose him to thee,
and put by Esau: and so Jacob became a great multitude.
17 And it came to pass, that when thou leddest his seed out
of Egypt, thou broughtest them up to the mount Sinai.
18 And bowing the heavens, thou didst set fast the earth,
movedst the whole world and madest the depths to tremble, and
troubledst the men of that age.
19 And thy glory went through four gates, of fire, and of
earthquake, and of wind, and of cold; that thou mightest give the
law unto the seed of Jacob, and diligence unto the generation of
20 And yet tookest thou not away from them a wicked heart,
that thy law might bring forth fruit in them.
21 For the first Adam bearing a wicked heart transgressed,
and was overcome; and so be all they that are born of him.
22 Thus infirmity was made permanent; and the law (also) in
the heart of the people with the malignity of the root; so that the
good departed away, and the evil abode still.
23 So the times passed away, and the years were brought to
an end: then didst thou raise thee up a servant, called David:
24 Whom thou commandedst to build a city unto thy name, and
to offer incense and oblations unto thee therein.
25 When this was done many years, then they that inhabited
the city forsook thee,
26 And in all things did even as Adam and all his
generations had done: for they also had a wicked heart:
27 And so thou gavest thy city over into the hands of thine
28 Are their deeds then any better that inhabit Babylon,
that they should therefore have the dominion over Sion?
29 For when I came thither, and had seen impieties without
number, then my soul saw many evildoers in this thirtieth year, so
that my heart failed me.
30 For I have seen how thou sufferest them sinning, and hast
spared wicked doers: and hast destroyed thy people, and hast
preserved thine enemies, and hast not signified it.
31 I do not remember how this way may be left: Are they then
of Babylon better than they of Sion?
32 Or is there any other people that knoweth thee beside
Israel? or what generation hath so believed thy covenants as
33 And yet their reward appeareth not, and their labour hath
no fruit: for I have gone here and there through the heathen, and I
see that they flow in wealth, and think not upon thy
34 Weigh thou therefore our wickedness now in the balance,
and theirs also that dwell in the world; and so shall thy name no
where be found but in Israel.
35 Or when was it that they which dwell upon the earth have
not sinned in thy sight? or what people have so kept thy
36 Thou shalt find that Israel by name hath kept thy
precepts; but not the heathen.
[ II Esdras: Chapter 3: | Verses: 36 |
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ND the angel that was sent unto me,
whose name was Uriel, gave me an answer,
And said, Thy heart hath gone too far in this world, and thinkest
thou to comprehend the way of the most High?
Then said I, Yea, my lord. And he answered me, and said, I am sent
to shew thee three ways, and to set forth three similitudes before
Whereof if thou canst declare me one, I will shew thee also the way
that thou desirest to see, and I shall shew thee from whence the
wicked heart cometh.
And I said, Tell on, my lord. Then said he unto me, Go thy way,
weigh me the weight of the fire, or measure me the blast of the
wind, or call me again the day that is past.
Then answered I and said, What man is able to do that, that thou
shouldest ask such things of me?
And he said unto me, If I should ask thee how great dwellings are
in the midst of the sea, or how many springs are in the beginning
of the deep, or how many springs are above the firmament, or which
are the outgoings of paradise:
Peradventure thou wouldest say unto me, I never went down into the
deep, nor as yet into hell, neither did I ever climb up into
Nevertheless now have I asked thee but only of the fire and wind,
and of the day wherethrough thou hast passed, and of things from
which thou canst not be separated, and yet canst thou give me no
answer of them.
10 He said moreover unto me, Thine own things, and such as
are grown up with thee, canst thou not know;
11 How should thy vessel then be able to comprehend the way
of the Highest, and, the world being now outwardly corrupted, to
understand the corruption that is evident in my sight?
12 Then said I unto him, It were better that we were not at
all, than that we should live still in wickedness, and to suffer,
and not to know wherefore.
13 He answered me, and said, I went into a forest into a
plain, and the trees took counsel,
14 And said, Come, let us go and make war against the sea,
that it may depart away before us, and that we may make us more
15 The floods of the sea also in like manner took counsel,
and said, Come, let us go up and subdue the woods of the plain,
that there also we may make us another country.
16 The thought of the wood was in vain, for the fire came
and consumed it.
17 The thought of the floods of the sea came likewise to
nought, for the sand stood up and stopped them.
18 If thou wert judge now betwixt these two, whom wouldest
thou begin to justify? or whom wouldest thou condemn?
19 I answered and said, Verily it is a foolish thought that
they both have devised, for the ground is given unto the wood, and
the sea also hath his place to bear his floods.
20 Then answered he me, and said, Thou hast given a right
judgment, but why judgest thou not thyself also?
21 For like as the ground is given unto the wood, and the
sea to his floods: even so they that dwell upon the earth may
understand nothing but that which is upon the earth: and he that
dwelleth above the heavens may only understand the things that are
above the height of the heavens.
22 Then answered I and said, I beseech thee, O Lord, let me
23 For it was not my mind to be curious of the high things,
but of such as pass by us daily, namely, wherefore Israel is given
up as a reproach to the heathen, and for what cause the people whom
thou hast loved is given over unto ungodly nations, and why the law
of our forefathers is brought to nought, and the written covenants
come to none effect,
24 And we pass away out of the world as grasshoppers and our
life is astonishment and fear, and we are not worthy to obtain
25 What will he then do unto his name whereby we are called?
of these things have I asked.
26 Then answered he me, and said, The more thou searchest,
the more thou shalt marvel; for the world hasteth fast to pass
27 And cannot comprehend the things that are promised to the
righteous in time to come: for this world is full of
unrighteousness and infirmities.
28 But as concerning the things whereof thou askest me, I
will tell thee; for the evil is sown, but the destruction thereof
is not yet come.
29 If therefore that which is sown be not turned upside
down, and if the place where the evil is sown pass not away, then
cannot it come that is sown with good.
30 For the grain of evil seed hath been sown in the heart of
Adam from the beginning, and how much ungodliness hath it brought
up unto this time? and how much shall it yet bring forth until the
time of threshing come?
31 Ponder now by thyself, how great fruit of wickedness the
grain of evil seed hath brought forth.
32 And when the ears shall be cut down, which are without
number, how great a floor shall they fill?
33 Then I answered and said, How, and when shall these
things come to pass? wherefore are our years few and evil?
34 And he answered me, saying, Do not thou hasten above the
most Highest: for thy haste is in vain to be above him, for thou
hast much exceeded.
35 Did not the souls also of the righteous ask question of
these things in their chambers, saying, How long shall I hope on
this fashion? when cometh the fruit of the floor of our reward?
36 And unto these things Uriel the archangel gave them
answer, and said, Even when the number of seeds is filled in you:
for he hath weighed the world in the balance.
37 By measure hath he measured the times, and by number hath
he numbered the times; and he doth not move nor stir them, until
the said measure be fulfilled.
38 Then answered I and said, O Lord that bearest rule, even
we all are full of impiety.
39 And for our sakes peradventure it is that the floors of
the righteous are not filled, because of the sins of them that
dwell upon the earth.
40 So he answered me and said, Go thy way to a woman with
child, and ask of her when she hath fulfilled her nine months, if
her womb may keep the birth any longer within her.
41 Then said I, No, Lord that can she not. And he said unto
me, In the grave the chambers of souls are like the womb of a
42 For like as a woman that travaileth maketh haste to
escape the necessity of the travail: even so do these places haste
to deliver those things that are committed unto them.
43 From the beginning, look, what thou desirest to see, it
shall be shewed thee.
44 Then answered I and said, If I have found favour in thy
sight, and if it be possible, and if I be meet therefore,
45 Shew me then whether there be more to come than is past,
or more past than is to come.
46 What is past I know, but what is for to come I know
47 And he said unto me, Stand up upon the right side, and I
shall expound the similitude unto thee.
48 So I stood, and saw, and, behold, an hot burning oven
passed by before me: and it happened, that when the flame was gone
by I looked, and, behold, the smoke remained still.
49 After this there passed by before me a watery cloud, and
sent down much rain with a storm; and when the stormy rain was
past, the drops remained still.
50 Then said he unto me, Consider with thyself; as the rain
is more than the drops, and as the fire is greater than the smoke;
but the drops and the smoke remain behind: so the quantity which is
past did more exceed.
51 Then I prayed, and said, May I live, thinkest thou, until
that time? or what shall happen in those days?
52 He answered me, and said, As for the tokens whereof thou
askest me, I may tell thee of them in part: but as touching thy
life, I am not sent to shew thee; for I do not know it.
[ II Esdras: Chapter 4: | Verses: 52 |
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EVERTHELESS as concerning the tokens,
behold, the days shall come, that they which dwell upon earth shall
be taken in a great number, and the way of truth shall be hidden,
and the land shall be barren of faith.
But iniquity shall be increased above that which now thou seest, or
that thou hast heard long ago.
And the land, that thou seest now to have root, shalt thou see
But if the most High grant thee to live, thou shalt see after the
third trumpet that the sun shall suddenly shine again in the night,
and the moon thrice in the day:
And blood shall drop out of wood, and the stone shall give his
voice, and the people shall be troubled:
And even he shall rule, whom they look not for that dwell upon the
earth, and the fowls shall take their flight away together:
And the Sodomitish sea shall cast out fish, and make a noise in the
night, which many have not known: but they shall all hear the voice
There shall be a confusion also in many places, and the fire shall
be oft sent out again, and the wild beasts shall change their
places, and menstruous women shall bring forth monsters:
And salt waters shall be found in the sweet, and all friends shall
destroy one another; then shall wit hide itself, and understanding
withdrawn itself into his secret chamber,
10 And shall be sought of many, and yet not be found: then
shall unrighteousness and incontinency be multiplied upon
11 One land also shall ask another, and say, Is
righteousness that maketh a man righteous gone through thee? And it
shall say, No.
12 At the same time shall men hope, but nothing obtain: they
shall labour, but their ways shall not prosper.
13 To shew thee such tokens I have leave; and if thou wilt
pray again, and weep as now, and fast seven days, thou shalt hear
yet greater things.
14 Then I awaked, and an extreme fearfulness went through
all my body, and my mind was troubled, so that it fainted.
15 So the angel that was come to talk with me held me,
comforted me, and set me up upon my feet.
16 And in the second night it came to pass, that Salathiel
the captain of the people came unto me, saying, Where hast thou
been? and why is thy countenance so heavy?
17 Knowest thou not that Israel is committed unto thee in
the land of their captivity?
18 Up then, and eat bread, and forsake us not, as the
shepherd that leaveth his flock in the hands of cruel wolves.
19 Then said I unto him, Go thy ways from me, and come not
nigh me. And he heard what I said, and went from me.
20 And so I fasted seven days, mourning and weeping, like as
Uriel the angel commanded me.
21 And after seven days so it was, that the thoughts of my
heart were very grievous unto me again,
22 And my soul recovered the spirit of understanding, and I
began to talk with the most High again,
23 And said, O Lord that bearest rule, of every wood of the
earth, and of all the trees thereof, thou hast chosen thee one only
24 And of all lands of the whole world thou hast chosen thee
one pit: and of all the flowers thereof one lily:
25 And of all the depths of the sea thou hast filled thee
one river: and of all builded cities thou hast hallowed Sion unto
26 And of all the fowls that are created thou hast named
thee one dove: and of all the cattle that are made thou hast
provided thee one sheep:
27 And among all the multitudes of peoples thou hast gotten
thee one people: and unto this people, whom thou lovedst, thou
gavest a law that is approved of all.
28 And now, O Lord, why hast thou given this one people over
unto many? and upon the one root hast thou prepared others, and why
hast thou scattered thy only one people among many?
29 And they which did gainsay thy promises, and believed not
thy covenants, have trodden them down.
30 If thou didst so much hate thy people, yet shouldest thou
punish them with thine own hands.
31 Now when I had spoken these words, the angel that came to
me the night afore was sent unto me,
32 And said unto me, Hear me and I will instruct thee;
hearken to the thing that I say, and I shall tell thee more.
33 And I said, Speak on, my Lord. Then said he unto me, Thou
art sore troubled in mind for Israel's sake: lovest thou that
people better than he that made them?
34 And I said, No, Lord: but of very grief have I spoken:
for my reins pain me every hour, while I labour to comprehend the
way of the most High, and to seek out part of his judgment.
35 And he said unto me, Thou canst not. And I said,
Wherefore, Lord? whereunto was I born then? or why was not my
mother's womb then my grave, that I might not have seen the
travail of Jacob, and the wearisome toil of the stock of
36 And he said unto me, Number me the things that are not
yet come, gather me together the drops that are scattered abroad,
make me the flowers green again that are withered,
37 Open me the places that are closed, and bring me forth
the winds that in them are shut up, shew me the image of a voice:
and then I will declare to thee the thing that thou labourest to
38 And I said, O Lord that bearest rule, who may know these
things, but he that hath not his dwelling with men?
39 As for me, I am unwise: how may I then speak of these
things whereof thou askest me?
40 Then said he unto me, Like as thou canst do none of these
things that I have spoken of, even so canst thou not find out my
judgment, or in the end the love that I have promised unto my
41 And I said, Behold, O Lord, yet art thou nigh unto them
that be reserved till the end: and what shall they do that have
been before me, or we [that be now], or they that shall come after
42 And he said unto me, I will liken my judgment unto a
ring: like as there is no slackness of the last, even so there is
no swiftness of the first.
43 So I answered and said, Couldest thou not make those that
have been made, and be now, and that are for to come, at once; that
thou mightest shew thy judgment the sooner?
44 Then answered he me, and said, The creature may not haste
above the maker; neither may the world hold them at once that shall
be created therein.
45 And I said, As thou hast said unto thy servant, that
thou, which givest life to all, hast given life at once to the
creature that thou hast created, and the creature bare it: even so
it might now also bear them that now be present at once.
46 And he said unto me, Ask the womb of a woman, and say
unto her, If thou bringest forth children, why dost thou it not
together, but one after another? pray her therefore to bring forth
ten children at once.
47 And I said, She cannot: but must do it by distance of
48 Then said he unto me, Even so have I given the womb of
the earth to those that be so in it in their times.
49 For like as a young child may not bring forth the things
that belong to the aged, even so have I disposed the world which I
50 And I asked, and said, Seeing thou hast now given me the
way, I will proceed to speak before thee: for our mother, of whom
thou hast told me that she is young, draweth now nigh unto age.
51 He answered me, and said, Ask a woman that beareth
children, and she shall tell thee.
52 Say unto her, Wherefore are not they whom thou hast now
brought forth like those that were before, but less of stature?
53 And she shall answer thee, They that be born in the
strength of youth are of one fashion, and they that are born in the
time of age, when the womb faileth, are otherwise.
54 Consider thou therefore also, how that ye are less of
stature than those that were before you.
55 And so are they that come after you less than ye, as the
creatures which now begin to be old, and have passed over the
strength of youth.
56 Then said I, Lord, I beseech thee, if I have found favour
in thy sight, shew thy servant by whom thou visitest thy
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ND he said unto me, In the beginning,
when the earth was made, before the borders of the world stood, or
ever the winds blew,
Before it thundered and lightened, or ever the foundations of
paradise were laid,
Before the fair flowers were seen, or ever the moveable powers were
established, before the innumerable multitude of angels were
Or ever the heights of the air were lifted up, before the measures
of the firmament were named, or ever the chimneys in Sion were
And ere the present years were sought out, and or ever the
inventions of them that now sin were turned, before they were
sealed that have gathered faith for a treasure:
Then did I consider these things, and they all were made through me
alone, and through none other: by me also they shall be ended, and
by none other.
Then answered I and said, What shall be the parting asunder of the
times? or when shall be the end of the first, and the beginning of
it that followeth?
And he said unto me, From Abraham unto Isaac, when Jacob and Esau
were born of him, Jacob's hand held first the heel of Esau.
For Esau is the end of the world, and Jacob is the beginning of it
10 The hand of man is betwixt the heel and the hand: other
question, Esdras, ask thou not.
11 I answered then and said, O Lord that bearest rule, if I
have found favour in thy sight,
12 I beseech thee, shew thy servant the end of thy tokens,
whereof thou shewedst me part the last night.
13 So he answered and said unto me, Stand up upon thy feet,
and hear a mighty sounding voice.
14 And it shall be as it were a great motion; but the place
where thou standest shall not be moved.
15 And therefore when it speaketh be not afraid: for the
word is of the end, and the foundation of the earth is
16 And why? because the speech of these things trembleth and
is moved: for it knoweth that the end of these things must be
17 And it happened, that when I had heard it I stood up upon
my feet, and hearkened, and, behold, there was a voice that spake,
and the sound of it was like the sound of many waters.
18 And it said, Behold, the days come, that I will begin to
draw nigh, and to visit them that dwell upon the earth,
19 And will begin to make inquisition of them, what they be
that have hurt unjustly with their unrighteousness, and when the
affliction of Sion shall be fulfilled;
20 And when the world, that shall begin to vanish away,
shall be finished, then will I shew these tokens: the books shall
be opened before the firmament, and they shall see all
21 And the children of a year old shall with their voices,
the women with child shall bring forth untimely children of three
or four months old, and they shall live, and be raised up.
22 And suddenly shall the sown places appear unsown, the
full storehouses shall suddenly be found empty:
23 And the trumpet shall give a sound which when every man
heareth, they shall be suddenly afraid.
24 At that time shall friends fight one against another like
enemies, and the earth shall stand in fear with those that dwell
therein, the springs of the fountains shall stand still, and in
three hours they shall not run.
25 Whosoever remaineth from all these that I have told thee
shall escape, and see my salvation, and the end of your world.
26 And the men that are received shall see it, who have not
tasted death from their birth: and the heart of the inhabitants
shall be changed, and turned into another meaning.
27 For evil shall be put out, and deceit shall be
28 As for faith, it shall flourish, corruption shall be
overcome, and the truth, which hath been so long without fruit,
shall be declared.
29 And when he talked with me, behold, I looked by little
and little upon him before whom I stood.
30 And these words said he unto me; I am come to shew thee
the time of the night to come.
31 If thou wilt pray yet more, and fast seven days again, I
shall tell thee greater things by day than I have heard.
32 For thy voice is heard before the most High: for the
Mighty hath seen thy righteous dealing, he hath seen also thy
chastity, which thou hast had ever since thy youth.
33 And therefore hath he sent me to shew thee all these
things, and to say unto thee, Be of good comfort, and fear not.
34 And hasten not with the times that are past, to think
vain things, that thou mayest not hasten from the latter times.
35 And it came to pass after this, that I wept again, and
fasted seven days in like manner, that I might fulfil the three
weeks which he told me.
36 And in the eighth night was my heart vexed within me
again, and I began to speak before the most High.
37 For my spirit was greatly set on fire, and my soul was in
38 And I said, O Lord, thou spakest from the beginning of
the creation, even the first day, and saidst thus; Let heaven and
earth be made; and thy word was a perfect work.
39 And then was the spirit, and darkness and silence were on
every side; the sound of man's voice was not yet formed.
40 Then commandedst thou a fair light to come forth of thy
treasures, that thy work might appear.
41 Upon the second day thou madest the spirit of the
firmament, and commandedst it to part asunder and to make a
division betwixt the waters, that the one part might go up, and the
other remain beneath.
42 Upon the third day thou didst command that the waters
should be gathered in the seventh part of the earth: six parts hast
thou dried up, and kept them, to the intent that of these some
being planted of God and tilled might serve thee.
43 For as soon as thy word went forth the work was made.
44 For immediately there was great and innumerable fruit,
and many and divers pleasures for the taste, and flowers of
unchangeable colour, and odours of wonderful smell: and this was
done the third day.
45 Upon the fourth day thou commandedst that the sun should
shine, and the moon give her light, and the stars should be in
46 And gavest them a charge to do service unto man, that was
to be made.
47 Upon the fifth day thou saidst unto the seventh part,
where the waters were gathered that it should bring forth living
creatures, fowls and fishes: and so it came to pass.
48 For the dumb water and without life brought forth living
things at the commandment of God, that all people might praise thy
49 Then didst thou ordain two living creatures, the one thou
calledst Enoch, and the other Leviathan;
50 And didst separate the one from the other: for the
seventh part (namely, where the water was gathered together) might
not hold them both.
51 Unto Enoch thou gavest one part, which was dried up the
third day, that he should dwell in the same part, wherein are a
52 But unto Leviathan thou gavest the seventh part, namely,
the moist; and hast kept him to be devoured of whom thou wilt, and
53 Upon the sixth day thou gavest commandment unto the
earth, that before thee it should bring forth beasts, cattle, and
54 And after these, Adam also, whom thou madest lord of all
thy creatures: of him come we all, and the people also whom thou
55 All this have I spoken before thee, O Lord, because thou
madest the world for our sakes.
56 As for the other people, which also come of Adam, thou
hast said that they are nothing, but be like unto spittle: and hast
likened the abundance of them unto a drop that falleth from a
57 And now, O Lord, behold, these heathen, which have ever
been reputed as nothing, have begun to be lords over us, and to
58 But we thy people (whom thou hast called thy firstborn,
thy only begotten, and thy fervent lover) are given into their
59 If the world now be made for our sakes, why do we not
possess an inheritance with the world? how long shall this
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ND when I had made an end of speaking
these words, there was sent unto me the angel which had been sent
unto me the nights afore:
And he said unto me, Up, Esdras, and hear the words that I am come
to tell thee.
And I said, Speak on, my God. Then said he unto me, The sea is set
in a wide place, that it might be deep and great.
But put the case the entrance were narrow, and like a river;
Who then could go into the sea to look upon it, and to rule it? if
he went not through the narrow, how could he come into the
There is also another thing; A city is builded, and set upon a
broad field, and is full of all good things:
The entrance thereof is narrow, and is set in a dangerous place to
fall, like as if there were a fire on the right hand, and on the
left a deep water:
And one only path between them both, even between the fire and the
water, so small that there could but one man go there at once.
If this city now were given unto a man for an inheritance, if he
never shall pass the danger set before it, how shall he receive
10 And I said, It is so, Lord. Then said he unto me, Even so
also is Israel's portion.
11 Because for their sakes I made the world: and when Adam
transgressed my statutes, then was decreed that now is done.
12 Then were the entrances of this world made narrow, full
of sorrow and travail: they are but few and evil, full of perils,
and very painful.
13 For the entrance of the elder world were wide and sure,
and brought immortal fruit.
14 If then they that live labour not to enter these strait
and vain things, they can never receive those that are laid up for
15 Now therefore why disquietest thou thyself, seeing thou
art but a corruptible man? and why art thou moved, whereas thou art
16 Why hast thou not considered in thy mind this thing that
is to come, rather than that which is present?
17 Then answered I and said, O Lord that bearest rule, thou
hast ordained in thy law, that the righteous should inherit these
things, but that the ungodly should perish.
18 Nevertheless the righteous shall suffer strait things,
and hope for wide: for they that have done wickedly have suffered
the strait things, and yet shall not see the wide.
19 And he said unto me, There is no judge above God, and
none that hath understanding above the Highest.
20 For there be many that perish in this life, because they
despise the law of God that is set before them.
21 For God hath given strait commandment to such as came,
what they should do to live, even as they came, and what they
should observe to avoid punishment.
22 Nevertheless they were not obedient unto him; but spake
against him, and imagined vain things;
23 And deceived themselves by their wicked deeds; and said
of the most High, that he is not; and knew not his ways:
24 But his law have they despised, and denied his covenants:
in his statutes have they not been faithful, and have not performed
25 And therefore, Esdras, for the empty are empty things,
and for the full are the full things.
26 Behold, the time shall come, that these tokens which I
have told thee shall come to pass, and the bride shall appear, and
she coming forth shall be seen, that now is withdrawn from the
27 And whosoever is delivered from the foresaid evils shall
see my wonders.
28 For my son Jesus shall be revealed with those that be
with him, and they that remain shall rejoice within four hundred
29 After these years shall my son Christ die, and all men
that have life.
30 And the world shall be turned into the old silence seven
days, like as in the former judgments: so that no man shall
31 And after seven days the world, that yet awaketh not,
shall be raised up, and that shall die that is corrupt.
32 And the earth shall restore those that are asleep in her,
and so shall the dust those that dwell in silence, and the secret
places shall deliver those souls that were committed unto them.
33 And the most High shall appear upon the seat of judgment,
and misery shall pass away, and the long suffering shall have an
34 But judgment only shall remain, truth shall stand, and
faith shall wax strong:
35 And the work shall follow, and the reward shall be
shewed, and the good deeds shall be of force, and wicked deeds
shall bear no rule.
36 Then said I, Abraham prayed first for the Sodomites, and
Moses for the fathers that sinned in the wilderness:
37 And Jesus after him for Israel in the time of Achan:
38 And Samuel and David for the destruction: and Solomon for
them that should come to the sanctuary:
39 And Helias for those that received rain; and for the
dead, that he might live:
40 And Ezechias for the people in the time of Sennacherib:
and many for many.
41 Even so now, seeing corruption is grown up, and
wickedness increased, and the righteous have prayed for the
ungodly; wherefore shall it not be so now also?
42 He answered me, and said, This present life is not the
end where much glory doth abide; therefore have they prayed for the
43 But the day of doom shall be the end of this time, and
the beginning of the immortality for to come, wherein corruption is
44 Intemperance is at an end, infidelity is cut off,
righteousness is grown, and truth is sprung up.
45 Then shall no man be able to save him that is destroyed,
nor to oppress him that hath gotten the victory.
46 I answered then and said, This is my first and last
saying, that it had been better not to have given the earth unto
Adam: or else, when it was given him, to have restrained him from
47 For what profit is it for men now in this present time to
live in heaviness, and after death to look for punishment?
48 O thou Adam, what hast thou done? for though it was thou
that sinned, thou art not fallen alone, but we all that come of
49 For what profit is it unto us, if there be promised us an
immortal time, whereas we have done the works that bring death?
50 And that there is promised us an everlasting hope,
whereas ourselves being most wicked are made vain?
51 And that there are laid up for us dwellings of health and
safety, whereas we have lived wickedly?
52 And that the glory of the most High is kept to defend
them which have led a wary life, whereas we have walked in the most
wicked ways of all?
53 And that there should be shewed a paradise, whose fruit
endureth for ever, wherein is security and medicine, since we shall
not enter into it?
54 (For we have walked in unpleasant places.)
55 And that the faces of them which have used abstinence
shall shine above the stars, whereas our faces shall be blacker
56 For while we lived and committed iniquity, we considered
not that we should begin to suffer for it after death.
57 Then answered he me, and said, This is the condition of
the battle, which man that is born upon the earth shall fight;
58 That, if he be overcome, he shall suffer as thou hast
said: but if he get the victory, he shall receive the thing that I
59 For this is the life whereof Moses spake unto the people
while he lived, saying, Choose thee life, that thou mayest
60 Nevertheless they believed not him, nor yet the prophets
after him, no nor me which have spoken unto them.
61 That there should not be such heaviness in their
destruction, as shall be joy over them that are persuaded to
62 I answered then, and said, I know, Lord, that the most
High is called merciful, in that he hath mercy upon them which are
not yet come into the world,
63 And upon those also that turn to his law;
64 And that he is patient, and long suffereth those that
have sinned, as his creatures;
65 And that he is bountiful, for he is ready to give where
66 And that he is of great mercy, for he multiplieth more
and more mercies to them that are present, and that are past, and
also to them which are to come.
67 For if he shall not multiply his mercies, the world would
not continue with them that inherit therein,
68 And he pardoneth; for if he did not so of his goodness,
that they which have committed iniquities might be eased of them,
the ten thousandth part of men should not remain living.
69 And being judge, if he should not forgive them that are
cured with his word, and put out the multitude of contentions,
70 There should be very few left peradventure in an
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ND he answered me, saying, The most
High hath made this world for many, but the world to come for
I will tell thee a similitude, Esdras; As when thou askest the
earth, it shall say unto thee, that it giveth much mould whereof
earthen vessels are made, but little dust that gold cometh of: even
so is the course of this present world,
There be many created, but few shall be saved.
So answered I and said, Swallow then down, O my soul,
understanding, and devour wisdom.
For thou hast agreed to give ear, and art willing to prophesy: for
thou hast no longer space than only to live.
O Lord, if thou suffer not thy servant, that we may pray before
thee, and thou give us seed unto our heart, and culture to our
understanding, that there may come fruit of it; how shall each man
live that is corrupt, who beareth the place of a man?
For thou art alone, and we all one workmanship of thine hands, like
as thou hast said.
For when the body is fashioned now in the mother's womb, and
thou givest it members, thy creature is preserved in fire and
water, and nine months doth thy workmanship endure thy creature
which is created in her.
But that which keepeth and is kept shall both be preserved: and
when the time cometh, the womb preserved delivereth up the things
that grew in it.
10 For thou hast commanded out of the parts of the body,
that is to say, out of the breasts, milk to be given, which is the
fruit of the breasts,
11 That the thing which is fashioned may be nourished for a
time, till thou disposest it to thy mercy.
12 Thou broughtest it up with thy righteousness, and
nurturedst it in thy law, and reformedst it with thy judgment,
13 And thou shalt mortify it as thy creature, and quicken it
as thy work.
14 If therefore thou shalt destroy him which with so great
labour was fashioned, it is an easy thing to be ordained by thy
commandment, that the thing which was made might be preserved.
15 Now therefore, Lord, I will speak; touching man in
general, thou knowest best; but touching thy people, for whose sake
I am sorry;
16 And for thine inheritance, for whose cause I mourn; and
for Israel, for whom I am heavy; and for Jacob, for whose sake I am
17 Therefore will I begin to pray before thee for myself and
for them: for I see the falls of us that dwell in the land.
18 But I have heard the swiftness of the judge which is to
19 Therefore hear my voice, and understand my words, and I
shall speak before thee. This is the beginning of the words of
Esdras, before he was taken up: and I said,
20 O Lord, thou that dwellest in everlastingness, which
beholdest from above things in the heaven and in the air;
21 Whose throne is inestimable; whose glory may not be
comprehended; before whom the hosts of angels stand with
22 (Whose service is conversant in wind and fire,) whose
word is true, and sayings constant; whose commandment is strong,
and ordinance fearful;
23 Whose look drieth up the depths, and indignation maketh
the mountains to melt away; which the truth witnesseth:
24 O hear the prayer of thy servant, and give ear to the
petition of thy creature,
25 For while I live I will speak, and so long as I have
understanding I will answer.
26 O look not upon the sins of thy people; but on them which
serve thee in truth.
27 Regard not the wicked inventions of the heathen, but the
desire of those that keep thy testimonies in afflictions.
28 Think not upon those that have walked feignedly before
thee: but remember them, which according to thy will have known thy
29 Let it not be thy will to destroy them which have lived
like beasts; but to look upon them that have clearly taught thy
30 Take thou no indignation at them which are deemed worse
than beasts; but love them that always put their trust in thy
righteousness and glory.
31 For we and our fathers do languish of such diseases: but
because of us sinners thou shalt be called merciful.
32 For if thou hast a desire to have mercy upon us, thou
shalt be called merciful, to us namely, that have no works of
33 For the just, which have many good works laid up with
thee, shall out of their own deeds receive reward.
34 For what is man, that thou shouldest take displeasure at
him? or what is a corruptible generation, that thou shouldest be so
bitter toward it?
35 For in truth there is no man among them that be born, but
he hath dealt wickedly; and among the faithful there is none which
hath not done amiss.
36 For in this, O Lord, thy righteousness and thy goodness
shall be declared, if thou be merciful unto them which have not the
confidence of good works.
37 Then answered he me, and said, Some things hast thou
spoken aright, and according unto thy words it shall be.
38 For indeed I will not think on the disposition of them
which have sinned before death, before judgment, before
39 But I will rejoice over the disposition of the righteous,
and I will remember also their pilgrimage, and the salvation, and
the reward, that they shall have.
40 Like as I have spoken now, so shall it come to pass.
41 For as the husbandman soweth much seed upon the ground,
and planteth many trees, and yet the thing that is sown good in his
season cometh not up, neither doth all that is planted take root:
even so is it of them that are sown in the world; they shall not
all be saved.
42 I answered then and said, If I have found grace, let me
43 Like as the husbandman's seed perisheth, if it come
not up, and receive not thy rain in due season; or if there come
too much rain, and corrupt it:
44 Even so perisheth man also, which is formed with thy
hands, and is called thine own image, because thou art like unto
him, for whose sake thou hast made all things, and likened him unto
the husbandman's seed.
45 Be not wroth with us, but spare thy people, and have
mercy upon thine own inheritance: for thou art merciful unto thy
46 Then answered he me, and said, Things present are for the
present, and things to come for such as be to come.
47 For thou comest far short that thou shouldest be able to
love my creature more than I: but I have ofttimes drawn nigh unto
thee, and unto it, but never to the unrighteous.
48 In this also thou art marvellous before the most
49 In that thou hast humbled thyself, as it becometh thee,
and hast not judged thyself worthy to be much glorified among the
50 For many great miseries shall be done to them that in the
latter time shall dwell in the world, because they have walked in
51 But understand thou for thyself, and seek out the glory
for such as be like thee.
52 For unto you is paradise opened, the tree of life is
planted, the time to come is prepared, plenteousness is made ready,
a city is builded, and rest is allowed, yea, perfect goodness and
53 The root of evil is sealed up from you, weakness and the
moth is hid from you, and corruption is fled into hell to be
54 Sorrows are passed, and in the end is shewed the treasure
55 And therefore ask thou no more questions concerning the
multitude of them that perish.
56 For when they had taken liberty, they despised the most
High, thought scorn of his law, and forsook his ways.
57 Moreover they have trodden down his righteous,
58 And said in their heart, that there is no God; yea, and
that knowing they must die.
59 For as the things aforesaid shall receive you, so thirst
and pain are prepared for them: for it was not his will that men
should come to nought:
60 But they which be created have defiled the name of him
that made them, and were unthankful unto him which prepared life
61 And therefore is my judgment now at hand.
62 These things have I not shewed unto all men, but unto
thee, and a few like thee. Then answered I and said,
63 Behold, O Lord, now hast thou shewed me the multitude of
the wonders, which thou wilt begin to do in the last times: but at
what time, thou hast not shewed me.
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E answered me then, and said, Measure
thou the time diligently in itself: and when thou seest part of the
signs past, which I have told thee before,
Then shalt thou understand, that it is the very same time, wherein
the Highest will begin to visit the world which he made.
Therefore when there shall be seen earthquakes and uproars of the
people in the world:
Then shalt thou well understand, that the most High spake of those
things from the days that were before thee, even from the
For like as all that is made in the world hath a beginning and an
end, and the end is manifest:
Even so the times also of the Highest have plain beginnings in
wonders and powerful works, and endings in effects and signs.
And every one that shall be saved, and shall be able to escape by
his works, and by faith, whereby ye have believed,
Shall be preserved from the said perils, and shall see my salvation
in my land, and within my borders: for I have sanctified them for
me from the beginning.
Then shall they be in pitiful case, which now have abused my ways:
and they that have cast them away despitefully shall dwell in
10 For such as in their life have received benefits, and
have not known me;
11 And they that have loathed my law, while they had yet
liberty, and, when as yet place of repentance was open unto them,
understood not, but despised it;
12 The same must know it after death by pain.
13 And therefore be thou not curious how the ungodly shall
be punished, and when: but inquire how the righteous shall be
saved, whose the world is, and for whom the world is created.
14 Then answered I and said,
15 I have said before, and now do speak, and will speak it
also hereafter, that there be many more of them which perish, than
of them which shall be saved:
16 Like as a wave is greater than a drop.
17 And he answered me, saying, Like as the field is, so is
also the seed; as the flowers be, such are the colours also; such
as the workman is, such also is the work; and as the husbandman is
himself, so is his husbandry also: for it was the time of the
18 And now when I prepared the world, which, was not yet
made, even for them to dwell in that now live, no man spake against
19 For then every one obeyed: but now the manners of them
which are created in this world that is made are corrupted by a
perpetual seed, and by a law which is unsearchable rid
20 So I considered the world, and, behold, there was peril
because of the devices that were come into it.
21 And I saw, and spared it greatly, and have kept me a
grape of the cluster, and a plant of a great people.
22 Let the multitude perish then, which was born in vain;
and let my grape be kept, and my plant; for with great labour have
I made it perfect.
23 Nevertheless, if thou wilt cease yet seven days more,
(but thou shalt not fast in them,
24 But go into a field of flowers, where no house is
builded, and eat only the flowers of the field; taste no flesh,
drink no wine, but eat flowers only;)
25 And pray unto the Highest continually, then will I come
and talk with thee.
26 So I went my way into the field which is called Ardath,
like as he commanded me; and there I sat among the flowers, and did
eat of the herbs of the field, and the meat of the same satisfied
27 After seven days I sat upon the grass, and my heart was
vexed within me, like as before:
28 And I opened my mouth, and began to talk before the most
High, and said,
29 O Lord, thou that shewest thyself unto us, thou wast
shewed unto our fathers in the wilderness, in a place where no man
treadeth, in a barren place, when they came out of Egypt.
30 And thou spakest, saying, Hear me, O Israel; and mark my
words, thou seed of Jacob.
31 For behold, I sow my law in you, and it shall bring fruit
in you, and ye shall be honoured in it for ever.
32 But our fathers, which received the law, kept it not, and
observed not thy ordinances: and though the fruit of thy law did
not perish, neither could it, for it was thine;
33 Yet they that received it perished, because they kept not
the thing that was sown in them.
34 And, lo, it is a custom, when the ground hath received
seed, or the sea a ship, or any vessel meat or drink, that, that
being perished wherein it was sown or cast into,
35 That thing also which was sown, or cast therein, or
received, doth perish, and remaineth not with us: but with us it
hath not happened so.
36 For we that have received the law perish by sin, and our
heart also which received it.
37 Notwithstanding the law perisheth not, but remaineth in
38 And when I spake these things in my heart, I looked back
with mine eyes, and upon the right side I saw a woman, and, behold,
she mourned and wept with a loud voice, and was much grieved in
heart, and her clothes were rent, and she had ashes upon her
39 Then let I my thoughts go that I was in, and turned me
40 And said unto her, Wherefore weepest thou? why art thou
so grieved in thy mind?
41 And she said unto me, Sir, let me alone, that I may
bewail myself, and add unto my sorrow, for I am sore vexed in my
mind, and brought very low.
42 And I said unto her, What aileth thee? tell me.
43 She said unto me, I thy servant have been barren, and had
no child, though I had an husband thirty years.
44 And those thirty years I did nothing else day and night,
and every hour, but make my prayer to the Highest.
45 After thirty years God heard me thine handmaid, looked
upon my misery, considered my trouble, and gave me a son: and I was
very glad of him, so was my husband also, and all my neighbours:
and we gave great honour unto the Almighty.
46 And I nourished him with great travail.
47 So when he grew up, and came to the time that he should
have a wife, I made a feast.
[ II Esdras: Chapter 9: | Verses: 47 |
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ND it so came to pass, that when my
son was entered into his wedding chamber, he fell down, and
Then we all overthrew the lights, and all my neighbours rose up to
comfort me: so I took my rest unto the second day at night.
And it came to pass, when they had all left off to comfort me, to
the end I might be quiet; then rose I up by night, and fled, and
came hither into this field, as thou seest.
And I do now purpose not to return into the city, but here to stay,
and neither to eat nor drink, but continually to mourn and to fast
until I die.
Then left I the meditations wherein I was, and spake to her in
Thou foolish woman above all other, seest thou not our mourning,
and what happeneth unto us?
How that Sion our mother is full of all heaviness, and much
humbled, mourning very sore?
And now, seeing we all mourn and are sad, for we are all in
heaviness, art thou grieved for one son?
For ask the earth, and she shall tell thee, that it is she which
ought to mourn for the fall of so many that grow upon her.
10 For out of her came all at the first, and out of her
shall all others come, and, behold, they walk almost all into
destruction, and a multitude of them is utterly rooted out.
11 Who then should make more mourning than she, that hath
lost so great a multitude; and not thou, which art sorry but for
12 But if thou sayest unto me, My lamentation is not like
the earth's, because I have lost the fruit of my womb, which I
brought forth with pains, and bare with sorrows;
13 But the earth not so: for the multitude present in it
according to the course of the earth is gone, as it came:
14 Then say I unto thee, Like as thou hast brought forth
with labour; even so the earth also hath given her fruit, namely,
man, ever since the beginning unto him that made her.
15 Now therefore keep thy sorrow to thyself, and bear with a
good courage that which hath befallen thee.
16 For if thou shalt acknowledge the determination of God to
be just, thou shalt both receive thy son in time, and shalt be
commended among women.
17 Go thy way then into the city to thine husband.
18 And she said unto me, That will I not do: I will not go
into the city, but here will I die.
19 So I proceeded to speak further unto her, and said,
20 Do not so, but be counselled by me: for how many are the
adversities of Sion? be comforted in regard of the sorrow of
21 For thou seest that our sanctuary is laid waste, our
altar broken down, our temple destroyed;
22 Our psaltery is laid on the ground, our song is put to
silence, our rejoicing is at an end, the light of our candlestick
is put out, the ark of our covenant is spoiled, our holy things are
defiled, and the name that is called upon us is almost profaned:
our children are put to shame, our priests are burnt, our Levites
are gone into captivity, our virgins are defiled, and our wives
ravished; our righteous men carried away, our little ones
destroyed, our young men are brought in bondage, and our strong men
are become weak;
23 And, which is the greatest of all, the seal of Sion hath
now lost her honour; for she is delivered into the hands of them
that hate us.
24 And therefore shake off thy great heaviness, and put away
the multitude of sorrows, that the Mighty may be merciful unto thee
again, and the Highest shall give thee rest and ease from thy
25 And it came to pass, while I was talking with her,
behold, her face upon a sudden shined exceedingly, and her
countenance glistered, so that I was afraid of her, and mused what
it might be.
26 And, behold, suddenly she made a great cry very fearful:
so that the earth shook at the noise of the woman.
27 And I looked, and, behold, the woman appeared unto me no
more, but there was a city builded, and a large place shewed itself
from the foundations: then was I afraid, and cried with a loud
voice, and said,
28 Where is Uriel the angel, who came unto me at the first?
for he hath caused me to fall into many trances, and mine end is
turned into corruption, and my prayer to rebuke.
29 And as I was speaking these words, behold, he came unto
me, and looked upon me.
30 And, lo, I lay as one that had been dead, and mine
understanding was taken from me: and he took me by the right hand,
and comforted me, and set me upon my feet, and said unto me,
31 What aileth thee? and why art thou so disquieted? and why
is thine understanding troubled, and the thoughts of thine
32 And I said, Because thou hast forsaken me, and yet I did
according to thy words, and I went into the field, and, lo, I have
seen, and yet see, that I am not able to express.
33 And he said unto me, Stand up manfully, and I will advise
34 Then said I, Speak on, my lord, in me; only forsake me
not, lest I die frustrate of my hope.
35 For I have seen that I knew not, and hear that I do not
36 Or is my sense deceived, or my soul in a dream?
37 Now therefore I beseech thee that thou wilt shew thy
servant of this vision.
38 He answered me then, and said, Hear me, and I shall
inform thee, and tell thee wherefore thou art afraid: for the
Highest will reveal many secret things unto thee.
39 He hath seen that thy way is right: for that thou
sorrowest continually for thy people, and makest great lamentation
40 This therefore is the meaning of the vision which thou
41 Thou sawest a woman mourning, and thou begannest to
42 But now seest thou the likeness of the woman no more, but
there appeared unto thee a city builded.
43 And whereas she told thee of the death of her son, this
is the solution:
44 This woman, whom thou sawest, is Sion: and whereas she
said unto thee, (even she whom thou seest as a city builded,)
45 Whereas, I say, she said unto thee, that she hath been
thirty years barren: those are the thirty years wherein there was
no offering made in her.
46 But after thirty years Solomon builded the city, and
offered offerings: and then bare the barren a son.
47 And whereas she told thee that she nourished him with
labour: that was the dwelling in Jerusalem.
48 But whereas she said unto thee, That my son coming into
his marriage chamber happened to have a fall, and died: this was
the destruction that came to Jerusalem.
49 And, behold, thou sawest her likeness, and because she
mourned for her son, thou begannest to comfort her: and of these
things which have chanced, these are to be opened unto thee.
50 For now the most High seeth that thou art grieved
unfeignedly, and sufferest from thy whole heart for her, so hath he
shewed thee the brightness of her glory, and the comeliness of her
51 And therefore I bade thee remain in the field where no
house was builded:
52 For I knew that the Highest would shew this unto
53 Therefore I commanded thee to go into the field, where no
foundation of any building was.
54 For in the place wherein the Highest beginneth to shew
his city, there can no man's building be able to stand.
55 And therefore fear not, let not thine heart be
affrighted, but go thy way in, and see the beauty and greatness of
the building, as much as thine eyes be able to see:
56 And then shalt thou hear as much as thine ears may
57 For thou art blessed above many other, and art called
with the Highest; and so are but few.
58 But tomorrow at night thou shalt remain here;
59 And so shall the Highest shew thee visions of the high
things, which the most High will do unto them that dwell upon earth
in the last days. So I slept that night and another, like as he
[ II Esdras: Chapter 10: | Verses: 59 |
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HEN saw I a dream, and, behold, there
came up from the sea an eagle, which had twelve feathered wings,
and three heads.
And I saw, and, behold, she spread her wings over all the earth,
and all the winds of the air blew on her, and were gathered
And I beheld, and out of her feathers there grew other contrary
feathers; and they became little feathers and small.
But her heads were at rest: the head in the midst was greater than
the other, yet rested it with the residue.
Moreover I beheld, and, lo, the eagle flew with her feathers, and
reigned upon earth, and over them that dwelt therein.
And I saw that all things under heaven were subject unto her, and
no man spake against her, no, not one creature upon earth.
And I beheld, and, lo, the eagle rose upon her talons, and spake to
her feathers, saying,
Watch not all at once: sleep every one in his own place, and watch
But let the heads be preserved for the last.
10 And I beheld, and, lo, the voice went not out of her
heads, but from the midst of her body.
11 And I numbered her contrary feathers, and, behold, there
were eight of them.
12 And I looked, and, behold, on the right side there arose
one feather, and reigned over all the earth;
13 And so it was, that when it reined, the end of it came,
and the place thereof appeared no more: so the next following stood
up, and reigned, and had a great time;
14 And it happened, that when it reigned, the end of it came
also, like as the first, so that it appeared no more.
15 Then came there a voice unto it, and said,
16 Hear thou that hast borne rule over the earth so long:
this I say unto thee, before thou beginnest to appear no more,
17 There shall none after thee attain unto thy time, neither
unto the half thereof.
18 Then arose the third, and reigned as the other before,
and appeared no more also.
19 So went it with all the residue one after another, as
that every one reigned, and then appeared no more.
20 Then I beheld, and, lo, in process of time the feathers
that followed stood up upon the right side, that they might rule
also; and some of them ruled, but within a while they appeared no
21 For some of them were set up, but ruled not.
22 After this I looked, and, behold, the twelve feathers
appeared no more, nor the two little feathers:
23 And there was no more upon the eagle's body, but
three heads that rested, and six little wings.
24 Then saw I also that two little feathers divided
themselves from the six, and remained under the head that was upon
the right side: for the four continued in their place.
25 And I beheld, and, lo, the feathers that were under the
wing thought to set up themselves, and to have the rule.
26 And I beheld, and, lo, there was one set up, but shortly
it appeared no more.
27 And the second was sooner away than the first.
28 And I beheld, and, lo, the two that remained thought also
in themselves to reign:
29 And when they so thought, behold, there awaked one of the
heads that were at rest, namely, it that was in the midst; for that
was greater than the two other heads.
30 And then I saw that the two other heads were joined with
31 And, behold, the head was turned with them that were with
it, and did eat up the two feathers under the wing that would have
32 But this head put the whole earth in fear, and bare rule
in it over all those that dwelt upon the earth with much
oppression; and it had the governance of the world more than all
the wings that had been.
33 And after this I beheld, and, lo, the head that was in
the midst suddenly appeared no more, like as the wings.
34 But there remained the two heads, which also in like sort
ruled upon the earth, and over those that dwelt therein.
35 And I beheld, and, lo, the head upon the right side
devoured it that was upon the left side.
36 then I heard a voice, which said unto me, Look before
thee, and consider the thing that thou seest.
37 And I beheld, and lo as it were a roaring lion chased out
of the wood: and I saw that he sent out a man's voice unto the
eagle, and said,
38 Hear thou, I will talk with thee, and the Highest shall
say unto thee,
39 Art not thou it that remainest of the four beasts, whom I
made to reign in my world, that the end of their times might come
40 And the fourth came, and overcame all the beasts that
were past, and had power over the world with great fearfulness, and
over the whole compass of the earth with much wicked oppression;
and so long time dwelt he upon the earth with deceit.
41 For the earth hast thou not judged with truth.
42 For thou hast afflicted the meek, thou hast hurt the
peaceable, thou hast loved liars, and destroyed the dwellings of
them that brought forth fruit, and hast cast down the walls of such
as did thee no harm.
43 Therefore is thy wrongful dealing come up unto the
Highest, and thy pride unto the Mighty.
44 The Highest also hath looked upon the proud times, and,
behold, they are ended, and his abominations are fulfilled.
45 And therefore appear no more, thou eagle, nor thy
horrible wings, nor thy wicked feathers, nor thy malicious heads,
nor thy hurtful claws, nor all thy vain body:
46 That all the earth may be refreshed, and may return,
being delivered from thy violence, and that she may hope for the
judgment and mercy of him that made her.
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ND it came to pass, whiles the lion
spake these words unto the eagle, I saw,
And, behold, the head that remained and the four wings appeared no
more, and the two went unto it, and set themselves up to reign, and
their kingdom was small, and full of uproar.
And I saw, and, behold, they appeared no more, and the whole body
of the eagle was burnt, so that the earth was in great fear: then
awaked I out of the trouble and trance of my mind, and from great
fear, and said unto my spirit,
Lo, this hast thou done unto me, in that thou searchest out the
ways of the Highest.
Lo, yet am I weary in my mind, and very weak in my spirit; and
little strength is there in me, for the great fear wherewith I was
affrighted this night.
Therefore will I now beseech the Highest, that he will comfort me
unto the end.
And I said, Lord that bearest rule, if I have found grace before
thy sight, and if I am justified with thee before many others, and
if my prayer indeed be come up before thy face;
Comfort me then, and shew me thy servant the interpretation and
plain difference of this fearful vision, that thou mayest perfectly
comfort my soul.
For thou hast judged me worthy to shew me the last times.
10 And he said unto me, This is the interpretation of the
11 The eagle, whom thou sawest come up from the sea, is the
kingdom which was seen in the vision of thy brother Daniel.
12 But it was not expounded unto him, therefore now I
declare it unto thee.
13 Behold, the days will come, that there shall rise up a
kingdom upon earth, and it shall be feared above all the kingdoms
that were before it.
14 In the same shall twelve kings reign, one after
15 Whereof the second shall begin to reign, and shall have
more time than any of the twelve.
16 And this do the twelve wings signify, which thou
17 As for the voice which thou heardest speak, and that thou
sawest not to go out from the heads, but from the midst of the body
thereof, this is the interpretation:
18 That after the time of that kingdom there shall arise
great strivings, and it shall stand in peril of falling:
nevertheless it shall not then fall, but shall be restored again to
19 And whereas thou sawest the eight small under feathers
sticking to her wings, this is the interpretation:
20 That in him there shall arise eight kings, whose times
shall be but small, and their years swift.
21 And two of them shall perish, the middle time
approaching: four shall be kept until their end begin to approach:
but two shall be kept unto the end.
22 And whereas thou sawest three heads resting, this is the
23 In his last days shall the most High raise up three
kingdoms, and renew many things therein, and they shall have the
dominion of the earth,
24 And of those that dwell therein, with much oppression,
above all those that were before them: therefore are they called
the heads of the eagle.
25 For these are they that shall accomplish his wickedness,
and that shall finish his last end.
26 And whereas thou sawest that the great head appeared no
more, it signifieth that one of them shall die upon his bed, and
yet with pain.
27 For the two that remain shall be slain with the
28 For the sword of the one shall devour the other: but at
the last shall he fall through the sword himself.
29 And whereas thou sawest two feathers under the wings
passing over the head that is on the right side;
30 It signifieth that these are they, whom the Highest hath
kept unto their end: this is the small kingdom and full of trouble,
as thou sawest.
31 And the lion, whom thou sawest rising up out of the wood,
and roaring, and speaking to the eagle, and rebuking her for her
unrighteousness with all the words which thou hast heard;
32 This is the anointed, which the Highest hath kept for
them and for their wickedness unto the end: he shall reprove them,
and shall upbraid them with their cruelty.
33 For he shall set them before him alive in judgment, and
shall rebuke them, and correct them.
34 For the rest of my people shall he deliver with mercy,
those that have been preserved upon my borders, and he shall make
them joyful until the coming of the day of judgment, whereof I have
spoken unto thee from the beginning.
35 This is the dream that thou sawest, and these are the
36 Thou only hast been meet to know this secret of the
37 Therefore write all these things that thou hast seen in a
book, and hide them:
38 And teach them to the wise of the people, whose hearts
thou knowest may comprehend and keep these secrets.
39 But wait thou here thyself yet seven days more, that it
may be shewed thee, whatsoever it pleaseth the Highest to declare
unto thee. And with that he went his way.
40 And it came to pass, when all the people saw that the
seven days were past, and I not come again into the city, they
gathered them all together, from the least unto the greatest, and
came unto me, and said,
41 What have we offended thee? and what evil have we done
against thee, that thou forsakest us, and sittest here in this
42 For of all the prophets thou only art left us, as a
cluster of the vintage, and as a candle in a dark place, and as a
haven or ship preserved from the tempest.
43 Are not the evils which are come to us sufficient?
44 If thou shalt forsake us, how much better had it been for
us, if we also had been burned in the midst of Sion:
45 For we are not better than they that died there. And they
wept with a loud voice. Then answered I them, and said,
46 Be of good comfort, O Israel; and be not heavy, thou
house of Jacob:
47 For the Highest hath you in remembrance, and the Mighty
hath not forgotten you in temptation.
48 As for me, I have not forsaken you, neither am I departed
from you: but am come into this place, to pray for the desolation
of Sion, and that I might seek mercy for the low estate of your
49 And now go your way home every man, and after these days
will I come unto you.
50 So the people went their way into the city, like as I
51 But I remained still in the field seven days, as the
angel commanded me; and did eat only in those days of the flowers
of the field, and had my meat of the herbs.
[ II Esdras: Chapter 12: | Verses: 51 |
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ND it came to pass after seven days,
I dreamed a dream by night:
And, lo, there arose a wind from the sea, that it moved all the
And I beheld, and, lo, that man waxed strong with the thousands of
heaven: and when he turned his countenance to look, all the things
trembled that were seen under him.
And whensoever the voice went out of his mouth, all they burned
that heard his voice, like as the earth faileth when it feeleth the
And after this I beheld, and, lo, there was gathered together a
multitude of men, out of number, from the four winds of the heaven,
to subdue the man that came out of the sea.
But I beheld, and, lo, he had graved himself a great mountain, and
flew up upon it.
But I would have seen the region or place whereout the hill was
graven, and I could not.
And after this I beheld, and, lo, all they which were gathered
together to subdue him were sore afraid, and yet durst fight.
And, lo, as he saw the violence of the multitude that came, he
neither lifted up his hand, nor held sword, nor any instrument of
10 But only I saw that he sent out of his mouth as it had
been a blast of fire, and out of his lips a flaming breath, and out
of his tongue he cast out sparks and tempests.
11 And they were all mixed together; the blast of fire, the
flaming breath, and the great tempest; and fell with violence upon
the multitude which was prepared to fight, and burned them up every
one, so that upon a sudden of an innumerable multitude nothing was
to be perceived, but only dust and smell of smoke: when I saw this
I was afraid.
12 Afterward I saw the same man come down from the mountain,
and call unto him another peaceable multitude.
13 And there came much people unto him, whereof some were
glad, some were sorry, some of them were bound, and other some
brought of them that were offered: then was I sick through great
fear, and I awaked, and said,
14 Thou hast shewed thy servant these wonders from the
beginning, and hast counted me worthy that thou shouldest receive
15 Shew me now yet the interpretation of this dream.
16 For as I conceive in mine understanding, woe unto them
that shall be left in those days! and much more woe unto them that
are not left behind!
17 For they that were not left were in heaviness.
18 Now understand I the things that are laid up in the
latter days, which shall happen unto them, and to those that are
19 Therefore are they come into great perils and many
necessities, like as these dreams declare.
20 Yet is it easier for him that is in danger to come into
these things, than to pass away as a cloud out of the world, and
not to see the things that happen in the last days. And he answered
unto me, and said,
21 The interpretation of the vision shall I shew thee, and I
will open unto thee the thing that thou hast required.
22 Whereas thou hast spoken of them that are left behind,
this is the interpretation:
23 He that shall endure the peril in that time hath kept
himself: they that be fallen into danger are such as have works,
and faith toward the Almighty.
24 Know this therefore, that they which be left behind are
more blessed than they that be dead.
25 This is the meaning of the vision: Whereas thou sawest a
man coming up from the midst of the sea:
26 The same is he whom God the Highest hath kept a great
season, which by his own self shall deliver his creature: and he
shall order them that are left behind.
27 And whereas thou sawest, that out of his mouth there came
as a blast of wind, and fire, and storm;
28 And that he held neither sword, nor any instrument of
war, but that the rushing in of him destroyed the whole multitude
that came to subdue him; this is the interpretation:
29 Behold, the days come, when the most High will begin to
deliver them that are upon the earth.
30 And he shall come to the astonishment of them that dwell
on the earth.
31 And one shall undertake to fight against another, one
city against another, one place against another, one people against
another, and one realm against another.
32 And the time shall be when these things shall come to
pass, and the signs shall happen which I shewed thee before, and
then shall my Son be declared, whom thou sawest as a man
33 And when all the people hear his voice, every man shall
in their own land leave the battle they have one against
34 And an innumerable multitude shall be gathered together,
as thou sawest them, willing to come, and to overcome him by
35 But he shall stand upon the top of the mount Sion.
36 And Sion shall come, and shall be shewed to all men,
being prepared and builded, like as thou sawest the hill graven
37 And this my Son shall rebuke the wicked inventions of
those nations, which for their wicked life are fallen into the
38 And shall lay before them their evil thoughts, and the
torments wherewith they shall begin to be tormented, which are like
unto a flame: and he shall destroy them without labour by the law
which is like unto fire.
39 And whereas thou sawest that he gathered another
peaceable multitude unto him;
40 Those are the ten tribes, which were carried away
prisoners out of their own land in the time of Oseas the king, whom
Salmanasar the king of Assyria led away captive, and he carried
them over the waters, and so came they into another land.
41 But they took this counsel among themselves, that they
would leave the multitude of the heathen, and go forth into a
further country, where never mankind dwelt,
42 That they might there keep their statutes, which they
never kept in their own land.
43 And they entered into Euphrates by the narrow passages of
44 For the most High then shewed signs for them, and held
still the flood, till they were passed over.
45 For through that country there was a great way to go,
namely, of a year and a half: and the same region is called
46 Then dwelt they there until the latter time; and now when
they shall begin to come,
47 The Highest shall stay the springs of the stream again,
that they may go through: therefore sawest thou the multitude with
48 But those that be left behind of thy people are they that
are found within my borders.
49 Now when he destroyeth the multitude of the nations that
are gathered together, he shall defend his people that remain.
50 And then shall he shew them great wonders.
51 Then said I, O Lord that bearest rule, shew me this:
Wherefore have I seen the man coming up from the midst of the
52 And he said unto me, Like as thou canst neither seek out
nor know the things that are in the deep of the sea: even so can no
man upon earth see my Son, or those that be with him, but in the
53 This is the interpretation of the dream which thou
sawest, and whereby thou only art here lightened.
54 For thou hast forsaken thine own way, and applied thy
diligence unto my law, and sought it.
55 Thy life hast thou ordered in wisdom, and hast called
understanding thy mother.
56 And therefore have I shewed thee the treasures of the
Highest: after other three days I will speak other things unto
thee, and declare unto thee mighty and wondrous things.
57 Then went I forth into the field, giving praise and
thanks greatly unto the most High because of his wonders, which he
did in time;
58 And because he governeth the same, and such things as
fall in their seasons: and there I sat three days.
[ II Esdras: Chapter 13: | Verses: 58 |
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ND it came to pass upon the third
day, I sat under an oak, and, behold, there came a voice out of a
bush over against me, and said, Esdras, Esdras.
And I said, Here am I, Lord. And I stood up upon my feet.
Then said he unto me, In the bush I did manifestly reveal myself
unto Moses, and talked with him, when my people served in
And I sent him, and led my people out of Egypt, and brought him up
to the mount of Sinai, where I held him by me a long season,
And told him many wondrous things, and shewed him the secrets of
the times, and the end; and commanded him, saying,
These words shalt thou declare, and these shalt thou hide.
And now I say unto thee,
That thou lay up in thy heart the signs that I have shewed, and the
dreams that thou hast seen, and the interpretations which thou hast
For thou shalt be taken away from all, and from henceforth thou
shalt remain with my Son, and with such as be like thee, until the
times be ended.
10 For the world hath lost his youth, and the times begin to
11 For the world is divided into twelve parts and the ten
parts of it are gone already, and half of a tenth part:
12 And there remaineth that which is after the half of the
13 Now therefore set thine house in order, and reprove thy
people, comfort such of them as be in trouble, and now renounce
14 Let go from thee mortal thoughts, cast away the burdens
of man, put off now the weak nature,
15 And set aside the thoughts that are most heavy unto thee,
and haste thee to flee from these times.
16 For yet greater evils than those which thou hast seen
happen shall be done hereafter.
17 For look how much the world shall be weaker through age,
so much the more shall evils increase upon them that dwell
18 For the truth is fled far away, and leasing is hard at
hand: for now hasteth the vision to come, which thou hast seen.
19 Then answered I before thee, and said,
20 Behold, Lord, I will go, as thou hast commanded me, and
reprove the people which are present: but they that shall be born
afterward, who shall admonish them? thus the world is set in
darkness, and they that dwell therein are without light.
21 For thy law is burnt, therefore no man knoweth the things
that are done of thee, or the works that shall begin.
22 But if I have found grace before thee, send the Holy
Ghost into me, and I shall write all that hath been done in the
world since the beginning, which were written in thy law, that men
may find thy path, and that they which will live in the latter days
23 And he answered me, saying, Go thy way, gather the people
together, and say unto them, that they seek thee not for forty
24 But look thou prepare thee many box trees, and take with
thee Sarea, Dabria, Selemia, Ecanus, and Asiel, these five which
are ready to write swiftly;
25 And come hither, and I shall light a candle of
understanding in thine heart, which shall not be put out, till the
things be performed which thou shalt begin to write.
26 And when thou hast done, some things shalt thou publish,
and some things shalt thou shew secretly to the wise: to morrow
this hour shalt thou begin to write.
27 Then went I forth, as he commanded, and gathered all the
people together, and said,
28 Hear these words, O Israel.
29 Our fathers at the beginning were strangers in Egypt,
from whence they were delivered:
30 And received the law of life, which they kept not, which
ye also have transgressed after them.
31 Then was the land, even the land of Sion, parted among
you by lot: but your fathers, and ye yourselves, have done
unrighteousness, and have not kept the ways which the Highest
32 And forasmuch as he is a righteous judge, he took from
you in time the thing that he had given you.
33 And now are ye here, and your brethren among you.
34 Therefore if so be that ye will subdue your own
understanding, and reform your hearts, ye shall be kept alive, and
after death ye shall obtain mercy.
35 For after death shall the judgment come, when we shall
live again: and then shall the names of the righteous be manifest,
and the works of the ungodly shall be declared.
36 Let no man therefore come unto me now, nor seek after me
these forty days.
37 So I took the five men, as he commanded me, and we went
into the field, and remained there.
38 And the next day, behold, a voice called me, saying
Esdras, open thy mouth, and drink that I give thee to drink.
39 Then opened I my mouth, and, behold, he reached me a full
cup, which was full as it were with water, but the colour of it was
40 And I took it, and drank: and when I had drunk of it, my
heart uttered understanding, and wisdom grew in my breast, for my
spirit strengthened my memory:
41 And my mouth was opened, and shut no more.
42 The Highest gave understanding unto the five men, and
they wrote the wonderful visions of the night that were told, which
they knew not: and they sat forty days, and they wrote in the day,
and at night they ate bread.
43 As for me, I spake in the day, and I held not my tongue
44 In forty days they wrote two hundred and four books.
45 And it came to pass, when the forty days were fulfilled,
that the Highest spake, saying, The first that thou hast written
publish openly, that the worthy and unworthy may read it:
46 But keep the seventy last, that thou mayest deliver them
only to such as be wise among the people:
47 For in them is the spring of understanding, the fountain
of wisdom, and the stream of knowledge.
48 And I did so.
[ II Esdras: Chapter 14: | Verses: 48 |
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EHOLD, speak thou in the ears of my
people the words of prophecy, which I will put in thy mouth, saith
And cause them to be written in paper: for they are faithful and
Fear not the imaginations against thee, let not the incredulity of
them trouble thee, that speak against thee.
For all the unfaithful shall die in their unfaithfulness.
Behold, saith the Lord, I will bring plagues upon the world; the
sword, famine, death, and destruction.
For wickedness hath exceedingly polluted the whole earth, and their
hurtful works are fulfilled.
Therefore saith the Lord,
I will hold my tongue no more as touching their wickedness, which
they profanely commit, neither will I suffer them in those things,
in which they wickedly exercise themselves: behold, the innocent
and righteous blood crieth unto me, and the souls of the just
And therefore, saith the Lord, I will surely avenge them, and
receive unto me all the innocent blood from among them.
10 Behold, my people is led as a flock to the slaughter: I
will not suffer them now to dwell in the land of Egypt:
11 But I will bring them with a mighty hand and a stretched
out arm, and smite Egypt with plagues, as before, and will destroy
all the land thereof.
12 Egypt shall mourn, and the foundation of it shall be
smitten with the plague and punishment that God shall bring upon
13 They that till the ground shall mourn: for their seeds
shall fail through the blasting and hail, and with a fearful
14 Woe to the world and them that dwell therein!
15 For the sword and their destruction draweth nigh, and one
people shall stand up to fight against another, and swords in their
16 For there shall be sedition among men, and invading one
another; they shall not regard their kings nor princes, and the
course of their actions shall stand in their power.
17 A man shall desire to go into a city, and shall not be
18 For because of their pride the cities shall be troubled,
the houses shall be destroyed, and men shall be afraid.
19 A man shall have no pity upon his neighbour, but shall
destroy their houses with the sword, and spoil their goods, because
of the lack of bread, and for great tribulation.
20 Behold, saith God, I will call together all the kings of
the earth to reverence me, which are from the rising of the sun,
from the south, from the east, and Libanus; to turn themselves one
against another, and repay the things that they have done to
21 Like as they do yet this day unto my chosen, so will I do
also, and recompense in their bosom. Thus saith the Lord God;
22 My right hand shall not spare the sinners, and my sword
shall not cease over them that shed innocent blood upon the
23 The fire is gone forth from his wrath, and hath consumed
the foundations of the earth, and the sinners, like the straw that
24 Woe to them that sin, and keep not my commandments! saith
25 I will not spare them: go your way, ye children, from the
power, defile not my sanctuary.
26 For the Lord knoweth all them that sin against him, and
therefore delivereth he them unto death and destruction.
27 For now are the plagues come upon the whole earth, and ye
shall remain in them: for God shall not deliver you, because ye
have sinned against him.
28 Behold an horrible vision, and the appearance thereof
from the east:
29 Where the nations of the dragons of Arabia shall come out
with many chariots and the multitude of them shall be carried as
the wind upon earth, that all they which hear them may fear and
30 Also the Carmanians raging in wrath shall go forth as the
wild boars of the wood, and with great power shall they come, and
join battle with them, and shall waste a portion of the land of the
31 And then shall the dragons have the upper hand,
remembering their nature; and if they shall turn themselves,
conspiring together in great power to persecute them,
32 Then these shall be troubled, and keep silence through
their power, and shall flee.
33 And from the land of the Assyrians shall the enemy
besiege them, and consume some of them, and in their host shall be
fear and dread, and strife among their kings.
34 Behold clouds from the east and from the north unto the
south, and they are very horrible to look upon, full of wrath and
35 They shall smite one upon another, and they shall smite
down a great multitude of stars upon the earth, even their own
star: and blood shall be from the sword unto the belly,
36 And dung of men unto the camel's hough.
37 And there shall be great fearfulness and trembling upon
earth: and they that see the wrath shall be afraid, and trembling
shall come upon them.
38 And then shall there come great storms from the south,
and from the north, and another part from the west.
39 And strong winds shall arise from the east, and shall
open it; and the cloud which he raised up in wrath, and the star
stirred to cause fear toward the east and west wind, shall be
40 The great and mighty clouds shall be lifted up full of
wrath, and the star, that they may make all the earth afraid, and
them that dwell therein; and they shall pour out over every high
and eminent place an horrible star,
41 Fire, and hall, and flying swords, and many waters, that
all fields may be full, and all rivers, with the abundance of great
42 And they shall break down the cities and walls, mountains
and hills trees of the wood, and grass of the meadows, and their
43 And they shall go stedfastly unto Babylon, and make her
44 They shall come to her, and besiege her, the star and all
wrath shall they pour out upon her: then shall the dust and smoke
go up unto the heaven, and all they that be about her shall bewail
45 And they that remain under her shall do service unto them
that have put her in fear.
46 And thou, Asia, that art partaker of the hope of Babylon,
and art the glory of her person:
47 Woe be unto thee, thou wretch, because thou hast made
thyself like unto her; and hast decked thy daughters in whoredom,
that they might please and glory in thy lovers, which have always
desired to commit whoredom with thee!
48 Thou hast followed her that is hated in all her works and
inventions: therefore saith God,
49 I will send plagues upon thee; widowhood, poverty,
famine, sword, and pestilence, to waste thy houses with destruction
50 And the glory of thy power shall be dried up as a flower
when the heat shall arise that is sent over thee.
51 Thou shalt be weakened as a poor woman with stripes, and
as one chastised with wounds, so that the mighty and lovers shall
not be able to receive thee.
52 Would I with jealousy have so proceeded against thee,
saith the Lord
53 If thou hadst not always slain my chosen, exalting the
stroke of thine hands, and saying over their dead, when thou wast
54 Set forth the beauty of thy countenance?
55 The reward of thy whoredom shall be in thy bosom,
therefore shalt thou receive recompense.
56 Like as thou hast done unto my chosen, saith the Lord,
even so shall God do unto thee, and shall deliver thee into
57 Thy children shall die of hunger, and thou shalt fail
through the sword: thy cities shall be broken down, and all thine
shall perish with the sword in the field.
58 They that be in the mountains shall die of hunger, and
eat their own flesh, and drink their own blood, for very hunger of
bread, and thirst of water.
59 Thou as unhappy shalt come through the sea, and receive
60 And in the passage they shall rush on the idle city, and
shall destroy some portion of thy land, and consume part of thy
glory, and shall return to Babylon that was destroyed.
61 And thou shalt be cast down by them as stubble, and they
shall be unto thee as fire;
62 And shall consume thee, and thy cities, thy land, and thy
mountains; all thy woods and thy fruitful trees shall they burn up
63 Thy children shall they carry away captive, and, look,
what thou hast, they shall spoil it, and mar the beauty of thy
[ II Esdras: Chapter 15: | Verses: 63 |
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OE be unto thee, Babylon, and Asia!
woe be unto thee, Egypt, and Syria!
Gird up yourselves with cloths of sack and hair, bewail your
children, and be sorry; for your destruction is at hand.
A sword is sent upon you, and who may turn it back?
A fire is sent among you, and who may quench it?
Plagues are sent unto you, and what is he that may drive them
May any man drive away an hungry lion in the wood? or may any one
quench the fire in stubble, when it hath begun to burn?
May one turn again the arrow that is shot of a strong archer?
The mighty Lord sendeth the plagues, and who is he that can drive
A fire shall go forth from his wrath, and who is he that may quench
10 He shall cast lightnings, and who shall not fear? he
shall thunder, and who shall not be afraid?
11 The Lord shall threaten, and who shall not be utterly
beaten to powder at his presence?
12 The earth quaketh, and the foundations thereof; the sea
ariseth up with waves from the deep, and the waves of it are
troubled, and the fishes thereof also, before the Lord, and before
the glory of his power:
13 For strong is his right hand that bendeth the bow, his
arrows that he shooteth are sharp, and shall not miss, when they
begin to be shot into the ends of the world.
14 Behold, the plagues are sent, and shall not return again,
until they come upon the earth.
15 The fire is kindled, and shall not be put out, till it
consume the foundation of the earth.
16 Like as an arrow which is shot of a mighty archer
returneth not backward: even so the plagues that shall be sent upon
earth shall not return again.
17 Woe is me! woe is me! who will deliver me in those
18 The beginning of sorrows and great mournings; the
beginning of famine and great death; the beginning of wars, and the
powers shall stand in fear; the beginning of evils! what shall I do
when these evils shall come?
19 Behold, famine and plague, tribulation and anguish, are
sent as scourges for amendment.
20 But for all these things they shall not turn from their
wickedness, nor be always mindful of the scourges.
21 Behold, victuals shall be so good cheap upon earth, that
they shall think themselves to be in good case, and even then shall
evils grow upon earth, sword, famine, and great confusion.
22 For many of them that dwell upon earth shall perish of
famine; and the other, that escape the hunger, shall the sword
23 And the dead shall be cast out as dung, and there shall
be no man to comfort them: for the earth shall be wasted, and the
cities shall be cast down.
24 There shall be no man left to till the earth, and to sow
25 The trees shall give fruit, and who shall gather
26 The grapes shall ripen, and who shall tread them? for all
places shall be desolate of men:
27 So that one man shall desire to see another, and to hear
28 For of a city there shall be ten left, and two of the
field, which shall hide themselves in the thick groves, and in the
clefts of the rocks.
29 As in an orchard of olives upon every tree there are left
three or four olives;
30 Or as when a vineyard is gathered, there are left some
clusters of them that diligently seek through the vineyard:
31 Even so in those days there shall be three or four left
by them that search their houses with the sword.
32 And the earth shall be laid waste, and the fields thereof
shall wax old, and her ways and all her paths shall grow full of
thorns, because no man shall travel therethrough.
33 The virgins shall mourn, having no bridegrooms; the women
shall mourn, having no husbands; their daughters shall mourn,
having no helpers.
34 In the wars shall their bridegrooms be destroyed, and
their husbands shall perish of famine.
35 Hear now these things, and understand them, ye servants
of the Lord.
36 Behold the word of the Lord, receive it: believe not the
gods of whom the Lord spake.
37 Behold, the plagues draw nigh, and are not slack.
38 As when a woman with child in the ninth month bringeth
forth her son, within two or three hours of her birth great pains
compass her womb, which pains, when the child cometh forth, they
slack not a moment:
39 Even so shall not the plagues be slack to come upon the
earth, and the world shall mourn, and sorrows shall come upon it on
40 O my people, hear my word: make you ready to the battle,
and in those evils be even as pilgrims upon the earth.
41 He that selleth, let him be as he that fleeth away: and
he that buyeth, as one that will lose:
42 He that occupieth merchandise, as he that hath no profit
by it: and he that buildeth, as he that shall not dwell
43 He that soweth, as if he should not reap: so also he that
planteth the vineyard, as he that shall not gather the grapes:
44 They that marry, as they that shall get no children; and
they that marry not, as the widowers.
45 And therefore they that labour, labour in vain:
46 For strangers shall reap their fruits, and spoil their
goods, overthrow their houses, and take their children captives,
for in captivity and famine shall they get children.
47 And they that occupy their merchandise with robbery, the
more they deck their cities, their houses, their possessions, and
their own persons:
48 The more will I be angry with them for their sin, saith
49 Like as a whore envieth a right honest and virtuous
50 So shall righteousness hate iniquity, when she decketh
herself, and shall accuse her to her face, when he cometh that
shall defend him that diligently searcheth out every sin upon
51 And therefore be ye not like thereunto, nor to the works
52 For yet a little, and iniquity shall be taken away out of
the earth, and righteousness shall reign among you.
53 Let not the sinner say that he hath not sinned: for God
shall burn coals of fire upon his head, which saith before the Lord
God and his glory, I have not sinned.
54 Behold, the Lord knoweth all the works of men, their
imaginations, their thoughts, and their hearts:
55 Which spake but the word, Let the earth be made; and it
was made: Let the heaven be made; and it was created.
56 In his word were the stars made, and he knoweth the
number of them.
57 He searcheth the deep, and the treasures thereof; he hath
measured the sea, and what it containeth.
58 He hath shut the sea in the midst of the waters, and with
his word hath he hanged the earth upon the waters.
59 He spreadeth out the heavens like a vault; upon the
waters hath he founded it.
60 In the desert hath he made springs of water, and pools
upon the tops of the mountains, that the floods might pour down
from the high rocks to water the earth.
61 He made man, and put his heart in the midst of the body,
and gave him breath life, and understanding.
62 Yea, and the Spirit of Almighty God, which made all
things, and searcheth out all hidden things in the secrets of the
63 Surely he knoweth your inventions, and what ye think in
our hearts? even them that sin, and would hide their sin.
64 Therefore hath the Lord exactly searched out all your
works, and he will put you all to shame.
65 And when your sins are brought forth, ye shall be ashamed
before many and your own sins shall be your accusers in that
66 What will ye do? or how will ye hide your sins before God
and his angels?
67 Behold, God himself is the judge, fear him: leave off
from your sins, and forget your iniquities, to meddle no more with
them for ever: so shall God lead you forth, and deliver you from
68 For, behold, the burning wrath of a great multitude is
kindled over you, and they shall take away certain of you, and feed
you, being idle, with things offered unto idols.
69 And they that consent unto them shall be had in derision
and in reproach, and trodden under foot.
70 For there shall be in every place, and in the next
cities, a great insurrection upon those that fear the Lord.
71 They shall be like mad men, sparing none, but still
spoiling and destroying those that fear the Lord.
72 For they shall waste and take away their goods, and cast
them out of their houses.
73 Then shall they be known, who are my chosen; and they
shall be tried as the gold in the fire.
74 Hear, O ye my beloved, saith the Lord: behold, the days
of trouble are at hand, but I will deliver you from the same.
75 Be ye not afraid, neither doubt; for God is your
76 And the guide of them who keep my commandments and
precepts, saith the Lord God: let not your sins weigh you down, and
let not your iniquities lift up themselves.
77 Woe be unto them that are bound with their sins, and
covered with their iniquities, like as a field is covered over with
bushes, and the path thereof covered with thorns, that no man may
78 It is left undressed, and is cast into the fire to be