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3* And they shall praise me in the land of their captivity, and think upon my name.
j 3 And return from their stiff neck, and from their wicked deeds: for they (hall remember the way of their fathers, which sinned before the Lord.
34 And I will bring them again into the iand which 1 promised with an oath unto their fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and they shall be lordiof it; and I will increase them, and they shall not be diminished.
35 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them to be their God, and they shall be ray people: and 1 will no more drive my people of Israel out of the land that I have given them.
CHAP. III. The rest of their prayer and ctnsrffion eontained in that <W which Bjructi -wrote, and sent t* 'Jerusalem.
OLord Almighty, God of Israel, the soul in anguish, the troubled spirit, crieth unto thee.
» Hear, O Lord, and have mercy; for thou art merciful: and have pity upon Ut, because we have sinned before thee.
3 For thou endurest for ever, and we perish utterly.
4 O Lord Almighty, thou God of Israel, hear now the prayers of the dead Israelites, and of their children, which have sinned before thee, and not hearkened unto the voice of thee their God: for the which cause these plagues cleave
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5 Remember not the iniquities of our forefathers: but think upon thy power, and thy name now at this time.
6 For thou art the Lord our God, and thee, O Lord, will we praise.
7 And for this cause thou hast put thy fear in our hearts, to the intent that we should call upon thy name, and praise thee in ourcaptivity: for we have called to mind all the iniquity of our forefathers, that sinned before thee.
8 Behold, we are yet this day in our captivity, where thou hast scattered us, for a reproach and a curse, and to be subject to payments, according to all the iniquities of our fathers, which departed from the Lord our God.
9 Hear, Israel, the commandments of life i give ear to understand wisdom.
to How happeneth it, Israel, that thou art in thine enemies' land, that thou art waxen old in a strange country, that thou art defiled with the dead,
it That thou art counted with them that go down into the grave?
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ii Thou haft forsaken the fountain of wisdom.
13 For if thou hadst walked in the way of God, thou shouldest have dwelled to peace for ever.
14 Learn where is wisdom, where ii strength, where is understanding; that thou mayest know also where is length of days, and life, where is the light of the eyes, and peace.
15 Who hath found out her place? or who hath come into her treasures?
16 Where are the princes of the heathen become, and such as ruled the bealts upon the earth;
iyThey that had their pastime with the fowls of the air, and they that hoarded up silver and gold, wherein men trust, and made no end of their getting?
18 For they that wrought in silver, and were so careful, and whose worts are unsearchable,
19 They are vanished and gone down to the grave, and others are come up is their steads.
10 Young men have seen light, aci dwelt upon the earth: but the way of knowledge have they not known,
»i Nor understood the paths thereof, nor laid hold of it-: their children were far off from that way.
11 It hath not been heard of in Chanaan, neither hath it been seen in Theman.
43 The Agarenes that feck wisdom upon earth, the merchants of Me ran and of Theman, the authors of fables, and searchers out of understanding; none of these have known the way of wisdom, or remember her paths.
34 O Israel, how great is the house of God! and how large is the place of his possession 1
15 Great, and hath none end; high, and unmeasurable.
26 There were the giants famous from the beginning,that were of so great stature, and so expert in war.
»7 Those did not the Lord choose, neither gave he the way of knowledge unto them:
»8 But they were destroyed, because they had no wisdom, and perished through their own foolishness.
»9 Who hath gone upintobeaven,and taken her, and brought her down from the clouds?
30 Who hath gone over the sea, and found her, and will bring her for pure gold r
31 No man knoweth her way, nor thinketh of her path.
3» But knoweth her, and hath found her out ■with his understanding: he that prepared the earth for evermore, hath filled it with fourfooted beasts:
34 But he that knoweth all things
3 3 He that sendeth forth light, and it jroeth, calleth it again, and it obeyeth him with sean
34 The stars (hined in their watches, and rejoiced: when he calleth them, they fay, Here we be; and so with cheerfulness they (hewed light unto him that made them.
35 This is our God, and there (hall none other be accounted of in comparison of him.
3 6 He hath found out all the way of knowledge, and hath given it unto Jacob his servant, and to Israel his beloved.
3 7 Afterward did he (hew himself upon earth, and conversed with men.
TAAhoi of commandments is that •wisdom ivhich nvat commanded in the former chaster.
THIS is the book of the command. ments of God, and the law that endureth for ever: all they that keep it Jhallcome to life; but such as leave it shall die.
* Turn thee, O Jacob, and take hold of itt walk in the presence of the light thereof, that thou mayest be illuminated.
3 Give not thine honour to another, nor the things that are profitable unto thee to a strange nation.
4 O Israel, happy are we: for things that are pleasing to God are made known unto us.
5 Be of good cheer, my people, the memorial of Israel.
6 Ye were sold to the nations, not for [your] destruction: but because ye moved God to wrath, ye were delivered unto the enemies.
7 For ye provoked him that made you by sacrificing unto devils, and not tp God.
8 Ye have forgotten the everlasting God, that brought you up; and ye have grieved Jerusalem, that nursed you:
9 For when (he saw the wrath of God coming upon you, she said, Hearken, O ye that dwell about Sion: God hath brought upon me great mourning;
xo For I saw the captivity of my sons and daughters, which the Everlasting brought upon them.
ii With joy did I nourilh them;
but sent them away with weepBig and
i» Let no man rejoice over me, a widow, and forsaken of many, who for the sins of my children am left desolate; because they departed from the law of Ood.
13 They knew not hit statutes, nor walked in the ways of bis commandment, nor trod in the paths of discipline in his righteousness.
14 Let them that dwell about Sion come, and remember ye the captivity of my sons and daughters, which the Everlasting hath brought upon them.
15 For he hath brought a nation upon them from far, a shameless nation, and of a strange language, who neither reverenced old man, nor pitied child.
16 These have carried away the dearbeloved children of the widow, and left her that was alone desolate without daughters.
17 But what can I help you?
18 For he that brought these plagues upon you will deliver you from the hands of your enemies.
19 Go yuur way, O my children, go your way: for I am left desolate.
*o I have put off the clothing of peace, and put upon me the sackcloth of my prayer: I will cry unto the Everlasting in my days.
a 1 Be of good cheer, Omy children, cry unto the Lord, and he (hall deliver you from the power and hand of the enemies.
11 For my hope is in the Everlasting, that he will save you; and joy is come unto me from the Holy One, because of the mercy which (hall soon come unto you from the Everlasting our Saviour.
a 3 For I sent you out with mourning and weeping: but God will give you to me again with joy and gladness for ever.
a4 Like as now the neighbours of Sion have seen your captivity: so (hall they see shortly your salvation from our God, which (nail come upon you with great glory, and brightness of the Everlasting.
a 5 My children, suffer patiently rte wrath that is come upon you from God: for thine enemy hath persecuted thee; but shortly thou (halt see his destruction, and (halt tread upon his neck.
a6 My delicate ones have gone rou^h ways, and were taken away as a (lock caught of the enemies.
37 Be of good comfort, Omychildren,
Apocrypha. and err unto God: for yfc (hall be remembered of him that brought these things upon you.
18 For as it was your mind to go astray from God: so, being returned, seek him ten times more.
19 For he that hath brought these plagues upon you (hall bring you everlasting ioy again with your salvation.
30 Take a good heart, O Jerusalem: for he that gave thee that name, will comfort thee.
31 Miserable are they that afflicted thee, and reciced at thy fall.
3a Miserable are the cities which thy children served: miserable i3 she that received thy sons.
33 For as (he rejoiced at thy ruin, and was glad of thy fall: so shall (he be grieved for her own desolation.
34 For I will take away the rejoicing of her great multitude, and her pride snail be turned into mourning.
35 For fire (hall come upon her from the Everlasting, long to endure; and (he shall be inhabited of devils for a great time.
'36 O Jerusalem, look about thee toward the east, and behold the joy that cometh unto thee from God.
3 7 Lo, thy sons come, whom thou sentest away, they come gathered together from the east to the weft by the word of the Holy One, rejoicing in the glory of God.
CHAP. V. I JentsaJtt.i is moved to rejoice, $andtobehold t/uir return out of captivity mmh glory.
PUT off, O Jerusalem, the garment of thy mourning and affliction, and put on trie comeliness of the glory that cometh from God for ever.
1 Cast about thee a double garment of the righteousness which cometh from God; and set a d'adem on thine head of the glory of the Everlasting.
3 For God will (hew thy brightness unto every country under heaven.
4 For thv name lhall be called of God for ever, The peace of righteousness, and the glory of God's worlhip.
5 t Arise, O Jerusalem, and stand on high, and look about toward the east, niid behold thy children gathered from the west unto the east by the word of the Holy One, rejoicing in the remembrance of Cod.
6 For they departed from 'thee on foot, and were led away of their ena Wiles: but God brinjjctii them unto thee ex'lted with glory, at diilHren of the kingdom. %
B A R U C H Afetrftha.
7 For God hath appointed that every high hill, and banks of long confirmance, should be cast down, and rallies filled up, to make even the ground, that Israel may go safely in the glory of God.
8 Moreover even the woods and every sweetsmelling tree shall overshadow Israel by the commandment of God.
9 For God shall lead Israel with joy in the light of his glory with the mercy and righteousness that cometh froa him.
The Epistle of JEREMY. CHAP. VI. N a The cause of their captivity ii their jh. 3 The place ivhereto they -were ctmi is Baby ten.
A Copy of an epistle which Jeremyfrot unto them, which were to be Id captives into Babylon by the king of the Babylonians, to certify them, is it was commanded him of God.
a T Because of the Gns which«b3* committed before God, ye shall be M away captives into Babylon by Nairnchodonosor king of the Babylonians
3 HSowhenyebecomeuntoBabylor, ye (hall remain there many yean, and for along season, namely, seven generations: and after that I will bring you away peaceably from thence.
4 Now (hall ye fee in Babylon godicf silver, and of gold, and of wood, bora upon shoulders, which cause the nation to fear.
5 Beware therefore that yeinnowifc be like to strangers, neither be yeafnal of them, when ye fee the multitude before them and behind them, worihif ping them.
6 But fay ye in your hearts, 0 Lori we must worship thee.
7 For mine angel is with you, and 1 myself caring for your fouls.
8 As for their tongue, it is polished by the workman, and they tbemselw are gilded and laid over with gold; fl are they but false, and cannot speak
9 And taking gold, as it were son virgin that loveth to go gay, tbev iwfc crowns for the heads of their gods.
10 Sometime? also the priests convrt from their gods gold and silver, and bestow it upon themselves.
11 Yen, they will give thereof to tM
common harlots, and deck them aim"1
with garments, [being] gods of hlWi
and guds of gold, and wood.
T4 Yet cannot these gods save'themselves from rust and moths, though they be covered with purple raiment.
X3 They wipe their faces because of the dust of the temple, when there is much upon them.
14 And he that cannot put to death one that offendeth him, holdeth a sceptre, as though he were a judge of the country.
15 He bath also in his right hand a dagger and an ax: but cannot deliver himself from war and thieves.
16 Whereby they are known not to be gods: therefore fear them not.
17 For like as a vessel that a man useth is nothing worth when it is broken; even so it is with their gods: ■when they be set up in the temple, their eye» be full of dust through the feet of them that come in.
18 And as the doors are made sure on every side upon him that offendeth the king, as being committed to suffer death: even so the priests make fast their temples with doors, with locks, and bars, left their gods be spoiled with robbers.
19 They light them candles, yea, more than for themselves, whereof they cannot fee one.
»o They are as one of the beams of the temple, yet they fay their hearts are gnawed upon by things creeping out of the earth; and when they eat them and their clothes, they feel it not.
a 1 Their faces are blacked through the smoke that cometh out of the temple.
»•» Upon their bodies and heads sit bats, swallows, and birds, and the cats also.
43 By this ye may know that they are no gods: therefore fear them not.
»4 Notwithstanding the gold that is about them to make them beautiful, except they wipe off the rust, they will not shine: for neither when they were molten did they feel it.
»_$ The things wherein there is no breath are bought for a most high price.
%6 They are borne upon shoulders, having no feet, whereby they declare unto men that they be nothing worth.
»7 They also that serve them are ashamed: for if they fall to the ground at any time, they cannot rise up again of themselves: neither if one set them uptight, can they move of themselves: neither if they be bowed down, can they make themselves straight: but they set gifts before them as unto dead men.
a8 As for the things that are sacrificed unto them, their priests fell and abuse; in like manner their wives lay up part thereof in salt; but unto the poor and impotent they give nothing of it.
»9 Menstruous women and women in childbed eat their sacrifices: by these things ye may know that they are no gods: fear them not.
30 For how can they be called gods? because women set meat before the goda of silver, gold, and wood.
3 r And the priests sit in their temples, having their clothes rent, and their heads and beards shaven, and nothing upon their heads.
3* They roar and cry before their gods, as men do at the feast when one is dead.
33 The priests also take off their garments, and clothe their wives and children.
34 Whether it be evil that one doeth unto them, or good, they are not able to recompense it: they can neither set up a king, nor put him down.
35 In like manner, they can neither give riches nor money: though a man make a vow unto them, and keep it not, they will not require it.
36 They can s3ve no man from death, neither deliver the weak from the mighty.
37 They cannot restore a blind man to his sight, nor help any man in his distress.
38 They can shew no mercy to the widow., nor do good to the fatherless.
39 Their gods of wood, and which are overlaid with gold and silver, are like the stones that be hewn out of the mountain: they that worship them shall be confounded.
40 How should a man then think and say that they are gods, when even the Chaldeans themselves dishonour them}
41 Who if they shall see one dumb that cannot speak, they bring him, and intreat Bel that he may speak, as though he were able to understand.
41 Yet they cannot understand this themselves, and leave them: for they have no knowledge.
43 The women also with cords about them, sitting in the ways, burn bran for perfume: but if any of them drawn by some that palTeth by, lie with him, she reproacheth her fellow, that she was not thought as worthy as herself, nor her cord broken.
44 Whatsoever is done among them is fl» false:
Apocrypha. false: how may it then be thought or said that they are gods?
45 They are made of carpenters and goldsmiths: they can be nothing else than the workmen will have them to be.
46 And they themselves that made them can never continue long; how should then the things that are made of them be gods?
47 For they left lies and reproaches to them that come after.
48 For when there cometh any war or plague upon them, the priests consult with themselves, where they may be hidden with them.
49 How then cannot men perceive that they be no gods, which can neither save themselves from war, nor from plague?
50 For seeing they be but of wood, and overlaid with silver and gold, it shall be known hereafter that they are false:
51 And it shall manifestly appear to all nations and kings that they are no gods, but the works of men's hands, and that there is no work of God in them.
5» Who then may not know that they are no gods?
53 For neither can they set up a king in the land, nor give rain unto men.
54 Neither can they judge their own cause, nor redress a wrong, being unable: for they are as crows between heaven and earth.
55 Whereupon, when fire falleth upon the house of gods of wood, or laid, over with gold or silver, their priests Will flee away, and escape; but they themselves shall be burned asunder like beams. ,
56 Moreover they cannot withstand any king or enemies: how can it t'uen be thought or said that they be gods?
57 Neither are those gods of wood, and laid over with silver or gold', able to escape either from thieves or robbers.
58 Whose gold, and silver, and garments wherewith they are clothed, they that are strong do take, and go away withal: neither are they able to help themselves.
?9 Therefore it is better to be a king that flieweth his power, or else a profit
able vessel in an house, which the owner shall have use of, than such false gods; or to be a door in an house, to keep such things safe as be therein, than such false gods; or a pillar of wood in a palace, than such false gods.
60 For fun, moon, and stars, being bright, and sent to do their offices, are obedient.
61 In like manner, the lightning when it breaketh forth is easy to be seen; and after the same manner, the windbloweth in every country.
6* And when God commandeth the clouds to go over the whole world, they I do as they are bidden.
63 And the fire sent from abore to consume hills and woods doeth as it it commanded: but these are like nato them neither in shew nor power.
64 Wherefore it is neither to be supposed nor said that they are gods, feeing they are able neither to judge causes nor to do good unto men.
65 Knowing therefore that they ar: no gods, fear them not:
66 For they can neither curse nor bless kings:
67 Neither can they shew signs in the heavens among the heathen, nor ftix as the fun, nor give light as the moon.
68 The beasts are better than the* for they can get under a covert, act! help themselves.
69 It is then by no means maniftft unto us that they are gods: therefore fear them not.
70 For as a scarecrow in a garden of cucumbers keepeth nothing: so are their gods of wood, and laid over with silver and gold.
71 And likewise their gods of wood, and laid over with silver and gold, are like to a white thorn in an orchard, tint every bird sitteth upon; as also to a dead body, that is cast into the dark.
71 And ye shall know them to be Do gods by the bright purple that rotttti upon them: and they themselves afterward shall be eaten, and shall be a reproach in the country.
73 Better therefore is the just «ns that hath none idols: for he shall be to from reproach.