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CHAP. I.

I Jostas his charge to the priests and Letuts. 7 A great pajfover is itpis 32 his death is much lamented: 34 hissucccjfcrr. si The temple, citj, and people art destroyed'. s6 The rest are carried unto Babylon.

AND Josias, beld the feast of the passover in Jerusalem unto his Lord, and ottered the passover the fourteenth day of the first month; a Having set the priests according to tbeirdaily courses, being arrayed in long garments, in the temple of the Lord.

j And he spake unto the Levites, the holy minister! of Israel, that they should hallow themselves unto the Lord, to set the holy ark of the Lord in the house that king Solomon the son of David had built:

4 And said, Ye shall no more bear the ark upon your shoulders: now therefore serve the Lord your God, and minister unto his people Israel, and prepare you aitcr your families and kindreds,

j According as David the king of Israel prescribed, and according to the magnificence of Solomon his son: and standing in the temple, according to the several dignity of the families of you the Levites, who minister in the presence os your brethren the children of Israel,

6 Offer the passover in order, and make ready the sacrificei for your brethren, and keep the passover according to the commandment of the Lord, which was given unto Moses.

7 1 And unco the people that was found there, JoGas gave thirty thousand lambs and kids, and three thousand calves: these things were given of the king's allowance, according as he promised to the people, to the priests, and to the Levites.

8AndHelkias,Zacharias, andSyelus, the governors of the temple, gave to the Priests, for the passover, two thousand and six hundred sheep, and three hundred calves.

9 And Jeconias, and Samaias, and Nathanael his brother, aod Assabias, and I

Ochiel, and Joram, captains over thousands, gave to the Levites for the passover, live thousand sheep, and seven hundred calves.

10 And when these things were done, the priests and Levites, having the unleavened bread, stood in very comely order, according to the kindreds,

11 And according to the several dignities of the fathers before the people, to offer to the Lord, as it is written in the book of Moses: and thus did they in the morning.

i% And they roasted the passover with fire, as appertained: as for the sacrifices, they sod them in brass pots, and pans, with a good favour,

13 And set them before all the people: and afterward they prepared for themselves, and for the priests their brethren, the sons oFAaron.

14 For the priests offered the fat until night: and the Levites prepared for themselves, and the priests their brethren, the sons of Aaron.

15 The holy fingers also, the sons of Asaph, were in their order, according to the appointment of David, to wit, Asaph, Zacharias, and Jeduthua, who was of the king's retinue.

16 Moreover, the porters were at every gate; it was not lawful for any to go from his ordinary service: so* their brethren the Levites prepared for them.

17 Thus were the things that belonged to the sacrifices of the Lord accomplished in that day, that they might hold the passover,

18 And offer sacrifices upon the altar of the Lord, according to the commandment of king Josias.

19 So the children of Israel which were present, beld the passover at that time, and the feast of sweet bread, seven days.

ao Aud such a passover was not kept in Israel since the time of the prophet Samuel.

ai Yea, all the kings of Israel held

not such a passover as Josias, and

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Jews, held with all Israel that were found dwelling at Jerusalem.

7,% In the eighteenth year of the reign of Jofias was this pafrover kept.

aj And the work* of Josias were upright "before his LoTa.Wth an heart full of godliness.

34 As for the things that carae to pass in bis time, they were written in former times, concerning those that finned, and did wickedly against the Lord above all people and kingdoms, and how they gneved him exceedingly, so that the words of the Lord rose up against Israel.

»5 Now after all these acts of Jonas, it came to pass, that Pharaoh the king of Egypt came to raise war at Carchamis upon Euphrates: and Josias went out against him.

a6 But the king of Egypt sent to him, saying, What have I to do with thee,O king of Judea? . 17 I am not sent out from the Lord God against thee: for my war is upon "Euphrates, and now the Lord is with me, yea, the Lord is with me, hasting me forward: depart from me, and be not against the Lord.

»8 Howbeit, Jofias did not turn back his chariot from him, but undertook to fight with him, not regarding the words of the prophet Jeremy, spoken by the mouth of the Lord:

99 But joined battle with htm in the plain of Magiddo; and the princes ame against king Jofias.

30 Then said the king untb his servants, Carry me away but df the'b,tttle; for I am very weak: and immediately hit servants took him away out of the

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31 Then gat he up Upon his second chariot; and being brought bade to Jerusalem, died, and was burled in hie father's sepulchre.

3» H And in all Jewry (hey mourned for Jofias, yea, Jeremy the prophet lamented for Josias, and the chief men with the women made lamentation for him unto this day: and this was given <>ut for an ordinance to be done continually hi all the nation of Israel.

33 These things are Written in the book of the stories of the kings of Ju <dah, and every one of the acts that Jofias did, and his glory, and his understanding in the law of the Lord, and the things that he had done before, and 'the things now recited, are reported in the book of the kings of Israel and Judea.

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341 And the people took Joachaz the son of Josias, and made him king instead of Josias his father, when he was twenty and three years old.

35 And he reigned in Judea and in Jerusalem three months: and then the king of Egypt deposed him from reigning in Jerusalem.

36 And he set a tax upon the land of an hundred talents of silver, and one talent of gold.

37 The king of Egypt also made king Joacim his brother king of Judea and Jerusalem.

j8 And he bound Joacim and the noble's: but Zaraces his brother be apprehended, and brought him out of Egypt.

39 Five and twenty years old wai Joacim when he was made king in the land of Judea and Jerusalem: and be did evil before the Lord.

40 Wherefore against him Nabncbodonosor the king of Babylon came up, and bound him with a chain of brast, and carried him into Babylon.

41 Nabuchodonosor also took of the holy vessels of the Lord, and carried them away, and set them in his own temple at Babylon.

41 But those things that are recorded of him, and of bis unclcannefs ami impiety, are written in the chronicle! of the kings.

43 And Joacim his son reigned in his stead: he was made king being eighteen years old;

44 And reigned but three month* and ten days in Jerusalem; and did evil before the Lord.

45SoafterayearNabuchodonoforsent and caused him to be brought into Babylon, with the holy vessels of the -Lord;

46 And made Zedechias king of Judea and Jerusalem, when he was erne and twenty years old; and he reigned eleven years:

47 And he did evil also in the figi: of the Lord, and cared not for the words that were spoken unto him.by the prophet Jeremy from the month of the Lord.

48 And after that king Nabuchodonosor had made him to swear by the name of the Lord, he forswore himself, and rebelled; and hardening hrt neck, and his heart, he transgressed the laws of the Lord God of Israel.

49 The governors also of the people, and of the priests, did many thins: against the laws, and passed all the pollutions of all nations, and defiled the

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temple of the Lord, which was sanctified in Jerusalem.

jo Nevertheless, the God of their fathers lent by his messenger to call tbem back, because he spared them, and his tabernacle also 4

51 But they had his messengers in derision; and look, when the Lord spake unto them, they made a sport of his prophets:

5» So far forth, that he being wroth with his people, for their great ungodliness, commanded the kings of the Chaldees to come up against them;

Si Who flew therr young men with the sword, yea, even within the compase of their holy temple, and spared neither young man nor maid, oli man nor child, among them; for he delivered all into thi'ir hands.

54 And they took all the holy, vessels of the Lord, both great and small, with the vessels of the ark of God, and the king's t rcafiires, aud carried (hem away into Babylon.

55 As for the house of the Lord, they burnt it, and brake down the walls of Jerusa'em, and sec fire upon her towers.

56 r. And as for her glorious things, they never ceased till they bad consumed and brought tbem all to nought: and the people that were not slain with the sword, 'he carried unto Babylon:

Si Who became servapts to him and his children, till the Persians reigned, to fulfil the word of the Lord spoken by the mouth of Jeremy:

$i Until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths, the whole time of her desolation shall the rest, until the full term of seventy years.

CHAP. II. 1 Cyruj riuved by God to buildthi temp'.e,

5 givtth Utrue tfi the Jevii to return and

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IN the first year of Cvrus king of the Persians, that the word of the Lordmight be accomplished that he had promised by the mouth of Jeremy;

» The Lqrd raised up the spirit of Cyrus the king of the Persians, and be Biade proclamation through all his kingdom, and also by writing,

3 Saving, Thru faith Cyrus king of the Persians; The Lord of Israel, the most high Lord, hath made me king of «e whole world,

4 And commanded me to build him *n house at Jerusalem in Jewry.

5 ^ If therefore there be any of you «at are of his people, let the Lord,even *"« Lord, be with him, and let hhn

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go up to Jerusalem that is in Judeaaud build the house of the Lord of Israe): for he is the Lord that dwelletb. in Jerusalem.

6 Whosoever then dwell in the places about, let them help him, those, I fay, that are his neighbours, with gold and with silver,

7 With gifts, with horses, and with cattle, and other things, which have been set forth by vow, for the temple of the Lord at Jerusalem.

8 ^ Then the chief of the families of Judea and of the tribe of Benjamin stood up; the priests also, and the Levites, and all they whose mind the Lord had moved to go up, and to build an house for the Lord at Jerusalem,

9 And they that dwelt round about them, and helped them in all things with silver and gold, with horses, and cattle, and with very many free gifts of a great number, whose minds were stirred up thereto.

10 King Cyrus also brought forth the holy vessels, which Nabuchodonosor had carried away frqm Jerusalem, and bad set up in his temple of idols.

it Now when Cyrus king of the Persians had brought them forth, he delivered them to Mithridates his treasurer:

l» And by him they were delivered to Sanabassar the governor of Judea.

13 And this was the number of them. A thouCind goldep cups, and a thousand of silver, censers of silver twenty nitre, vials of gold thirty, and of silver tw6 thousand four hundred and fen, and a thousand other vessels.

14 So all the vessels of gold and of silver, which were carried away, were five thousand four hundred threescore and nine.

15 These were brought back by Sanabassar, together with them of the captivity, from Babylon to Jerusalem.

16 But in the time of Artaxerxes king of the Persians, Belemus, and Mithridates,andTabelIius,andRathumus,and Beeltethmus, and Semellius the secretary, with others that were in commission with them, dwelling in Samaria, and other places, wrote unto him against them that dwelt in Judea and Jerusalem, these letters following;

17 To king Artaxerxes our lord, thy servants Rathumus the story writer, and Semellius the seribe, and the rest of their council, and the judges that are in Celosyria, and Phenice.

18 Be it now known to the lord the t A a iiug,

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king, that the Jews that are come up from you to us, being come into Jerusalem, that rebellious and wicked city, do build the market places, and repair the walls of it, and do lay the foundation of the temple.

19 Now if this city, and the walls thereof, be made up again, they will not only refuse to give tribute, but also rebel against kings.

30 And forasmuch as the things pertaining to the temple are now in hand, we think it meet not to neglect such a matter,

»i But to speak unto our lord the king, to the intent, that if it be thy pleasure, it may be sought out in the books of thy fathers:

31 And thou shalt find in the chro nicies what is written concerning these things, and (halt understand that that city was rebellious, troubling both kings and cities:

33 And that the Jews were rebellious, and raised always wars therein; for the which cause even this city was made desolate.

34 Wherefore now we do declare unto thee, O lord the king, that if this city be built again, and the walls thereof set up anew, thou (halt from henceforth have no passage into Celosyria and Fhenice.

45 Then the king wrote back again to Rathumus the story writer, to Beeltethmus, to Semellius the scribe, and to the rest that were in commission, and dwellers in Samaria, and Syria, and Phenice, after this manner;

36 I have read the epistle which ye have sent unto me: therefore 1 commanded to make diligent search, and it hath been found, that that city was from the beginning practising against kings;

»7 And the men therein were given to rebellion, and war; and that mighty kings and fierce were in Jerusalem, who reigned and exacted tributes in Celosyria and Phenice.

38 Now therefore I have commanded to hinder those men from building the city, and heed to be taken that there be no more done in it;

39 And that those wicked workers proceed no further to the annoyance of kings.

30 Then king Artaxerxes his letters being read, Rathumus, and Semellius the scribe, and the rest that were in commission with them, removing in haste toward Jerusalem with a troop

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of horsemen, and a multitude of people in battle array, began to hinder the builders; and the building of the temple in Jerusalem ceased until the second year of the reign of Darius king of the Persians.

CHAP. III. 4 Three strive to excel each other in v/ist speeches: 9 they refer themfekei to tie judgement of the ting. 18 The frst itclareth the strength of wine. NOW when Darius reigned, he made a great feast unto all his subjects, and unto all his houlhold, and unto all the princes of Media and Persia,

4 And to all the governors, and captains, and lieutenants, that were under him, from India unto Ethiopia, of an hundred twenty and seven provinces.

3 And when theyhadeatenanddrunken, and being satisfied were gone home, then Darius the king went into his bedchamber, and slept, and soon aster awaked.

41 Then three young men that were of the guard, that kept the king's body, spake one to another;

5 Let every one of us speak a sentence : he that (hall overcome, and whose sentence shall seem wiser than the others, unto him shall the king Darius gi»e great gifts, and great things, in token ef vidlory:

6 As, to be clothed in purple, to drink in gold, and to deep upon gold, and a chariot with bridles of gold, aud in head tire of fine linen, and a chain about his neck:

7 And he shall fit next to Darius, because of his wisdom, and shall be called Darius his cousin.

8 And then every one wrote his sentence, sealed it, and laid it under king Darius his pillar;

9 And said, That when the king is risen, some will give him the writings; and of whose side the king and the three princes of Persia (hall judge, that his sentence is the wisest, to him (hall the victory be given, as was appointed.

to The first wrote, Wine is the strongest.

11 The second wrote, The king w strongest.

13 The third wrote, Women art strongest; but above all things, Trutn beareth away the victory.

13 1 Now when the king was rises up, they took their writings and delivered them unto him, and so he read them:

14 And sending forth he called all tie

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princes of Persia and Media, and the governors, and the captains, and the lieutenants, and the chief officers;

15 And fat him down in the royal feat of judgement, and the writings were read before them.

16 And he said, Call the young men, and they shall declare their own sentences. So they were called, and came in.

T7 And he said unto them, Declare unto us your mind concerning the writings. Then began the first, who had spoken of the strength of wine;

181 And he said thus, O ye men, how exceeding strong is wine ! it causeth all men to err that drink it:

19 It maketh the mind of the king, and of the fatherless child, to be all one: of the bondman, and of the freeman, of the poor man, and of the rich:

ao It turneth also every thought into jollity and mirth, so that a man remembereth neither sorrow nor debt:

ai And it maketh every heart rich, so that a man remembereth neither king nor governor; and it maketh to speak all things by talents:

ai And when they are in their cups, they forget their love both to friends and brethren, and a little after draw out swords:

a 3 But when they are from the wine, they remembernot what they have done.

a4 O ye men, is not wine the strongest,that enforceth to do thus ? And when be had so spoken, he held his peace.

CHAP. IV. I The second declares h the power of a king.

13 The thirdthejorceof •women, 33 and

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THEN the second, that had spoken of the strength of the king, began to sey,

a O ye men, do not men excel in strength, that bear rule over sea and land, and all things in them?

3 But yet the king is more mighty: for be is lord of all these things, and hath dominion over them; and whatsoever he commandeth them they do.

4 If he bid them make war the one against the other, they do it: if he send tbem out against the enemies, they go, and break down mountains, walls, and towers.

5 They Day and are slain, and transgress net the king's commandment: if they get the victory, they bring all to the king, as well the spoil, as all things else.

6 Likewise for those that are no soldiers, and have not to do with wan,

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but use husbandry, when they have reaped again that which they bad sown, they bring it to the king, and compel one another to pay tribute unto the king.

7 And yet he is but one man: if he command to kill, they kill; if he command to spare, they spare;

8 If he command to smite, they smite; if he command to make desolate, they make desolate; if be command to build, they build;

9 If he command to cut down, they cut down; if he command to plant, they plant.

10 So all his people and his armies obey him: furthermore he Heth down, he eateth and drinketh, and taketh his rest:

11 And these keep watch round about him, neither may any one depart, and do his own business, neither disobey they him in any thing.

1* Oyemen.how should not the king be mightiest, when in such sort he is obeyed? And be held his tongue.

13 H Then the third, who had spoken of women, and of the truth, (this was Zorobabel,) began to speak.

14 O ye men, it is not the great kine, nor the multitude of men, neither is it wine that excelled:; who is it then that ruleth them, or hath the lordlhip over them? are they not women?

15 Women have borne the king and all the people, that bare rule by sea and land.

16 Even of them came they; and they nourished them tip that planted the vineyards, from whence the wine cometb.

17 These also make garments for men, these bring glory unto men; and without women cannot men be.

18 Yea, and if men have gathered together gold and silver, or any other goodly thing, do they not love a woman, which is comely in favour and beauty?

19 And letting all those things go, do they not gape, and even with open mouth fix their eyes fast on her; and have not all men more desire unto her than unto silver or gold, Ot any goodly thing whatsoever i

ao A man leaveth his own father that brought him up, and his own country, and cleaveth unto his wife.

ai He sticketh not to spend his life with his wife, and remembereth neither father, nor mother, nor country.

aa By this also ye must know, that

women have dominion over you: do ye

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