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Afacrypha 14 For the hope of the ungodly is like | 9 Unto you therefore, O kings, do I speak; dust that is blown away with the wind; like that ye may learn wisdom, and not fall away. a thin froth that is driven away with the N 10 For they that keep holiness holily shall storm; like as the smoke which is dispersed be judged holy : and they that have learned here and there with a tempest, and passeth such things shall find what to answer. away as the remembrance of a guest that tar Wherefore set your affection upon rieth but a day.
my words; desire them, and ye shall be in15 But the righteous live for evermore; structed. their reward also is with the Lord, and the 12 ( Wisdom is glorious, and never fadcare of theni is with the Most High. Weth away : yea, she is easily seen of them that
16 Therefore shall they receive a glorious | love her, and found of such as seek her. kingdom, and a beautiful crown from the 13 She preventeth them that desire her, Lord's hand: for with his right hand shall || in making herself first known unto them. he cover them, and with his arm shall he | 14 Whoso seeketh her early shall have no protect them.
great travail : for he shall find her sitting at 17 He shall take to him his jealousy for his doors. complete armour, and make the creature his 15 To think therefore upon her is weapon for the revenge of bis enemies perfection of wisdom : and whoso watcbeth
18 He shall put on righteousness as a for her shall quickly be without care. breastplate, and true judgment instead of an 16 For she goeth about seeking such as helmet.
are worthy of her, sheweth herself favoura. 19 He shall take holiness for an invinci bly unto them in the ways, and meeteth them ble shield.
in every thought. 20 His severe wrath shall he sharpen for | 17 For the very true beginning of her is a sword, and the world shall fight with him the desire of discipline ; and the care of disagainst the unwise.
cipline is love; 21 Then shall the right aiming thunder- 18 And love is the keeping of her laws ; bolts go abroad ; and from the clouds, as from and the giving heed unto her laws is the asa well drawn bow, shall they fly to the mark. surance of incorruption ;
22 And hailstones full of wrath shall be 19 And incorruption maketh us near uns cast as out of a stone bow, and the water of | to God : the sea shall rage against them, and the floods 20 Therefore the desire of wisdom bringshall cruelly drown them.
eth to a kingdom. 23 Yea, a mighty wind shall stand up a- || 21 9 If your delight be then in thrones gainst them, and like a storm shall blow them and sceptres, o ye kings of the people, honaway : thus iniquity shall lay waste the lour wisdom, that ye may reign for evermore, whole earth, and ill dealing shall overthrow 22 As for wisdom, what she is, and how the thrones of the mighty.
she came up, I will tell you, and will not hide CHAP. VI.
mysteries from you : but will seek her out 1 Kings must give ear : 3 they bave their power from the beginning of her nativity, and bring
from God, 5 who will not spare them. 12 Wis- | the knowledge of her into light, and will not
dom is soon found : 21 princes must seek for it. pass over the truth. D EAR therefore, o ye kings, and under. I 23 Neither will I go with consuming envy: 11 stand ; learn, ye that be judges of the for such a man shall have no fellowship with ends of the earth.
wisdom. 2 Give ear, ye that rule the people, and 24 But the multitude of the wise is the glory in the multitude of nations.
| welfare of the world : and a wise king is the 3 For-power is given you of the Lord, upholding of the people. and sovereignty from the Highest, who shall 25 Receive therefore instruction through try your works, and search out your counsels. | my words, and it shall do you good. 4. Because, being ministers of his kingdom,
CHAP. VII. ye have not judged aright, nor kept the law, i All men have their beginning and end alike. nor walked after the counsel of God; 1 8 He preferred wisdom before all things else.
5 ( Horribly and speedily shall he come T MYSELF also am a mortal man, like to upon you : for a sharp judgment shall be to all, and the offspring of him that was first them that be in high places.
made of the earth, 6 For mercy will soon pardon the meanest : 2 And in my mother's womb was fashionbut mighty men shall be mightily tormented.led to be flesh in the time of ten months, be
7 For he which is Lord over all shall fear ing compacted in blood, of the seed of man, no man's person, neither shall he stand in awe and the pleasure that came with sleep. of any man's greatness : for he hath made i 3 And when I was born, I drew in the the small and great, and carch for all alike. common air, and fell upon the earth, which
8 But a sore trial shall come upon the il lis of like nature, and the first voice which I mighty.
uttered was crying, as all others do.
Apocrypla. 4 I was nursed in swaddling clothes, and || 24 For wisdom is more moving than any that with cares.
motion : she passeth and goeth through all 5 For there is no king that had any other || things by reason of her pureness. beginning of birth.
U 25 for she is the breath of the power of 6 For all men have one entrance into life, || God, and a pure influence flowing from the and the like going out.
glory of the Almighty : therefore can no de 7 Wherefore I prayed, and understanding || filed thing fall into her. was given me: I culed upon God, and the spi- || 26 For she is the brightness of the ever. rit of wisdom came to me.
lasting light, the unspotted mirror of the 84 I preferred her before sceptres and power of God, and the image of his goodness. thrones, and esteemed riches nothing in com 27 And being but one, she can do all parison of her.
things : and remaining in herself she maketh 9 Neither compared I unto her any pre- || all things new : and in all ages entering into cious stone, because all gold in respect of her holy souls, she maketh them friends of God, is as a little sand, and silver shall be counted and prophets. as clay before her.
28 For God loveth none but him that 10° I loved her above health and beauty, || dwelleth with wisdom. and chose to have her instead of light : for | 29 For she is more beautiful than the sun, the light that cometh from her never goeth ll and above all the order of stars : being com. out.
pared with the light, she is found before it. 11 All good things together came to me 30 For after this cometh night : but vice with her,and innumerable richesin her hands. shall not prevail against wisdom. 12 And I rejoiced in tbem all, because wis
CHAP. Vill. dom goeth before them : and I knew not that 2 He is in love with wisdom : 4 for be ibat bató she was the mother of them.
it, bath every good thing. 13 I learned diligently, and do communi- || W ISDOM reacheth from one end to ancate her liberally : I do not hide her riches. " other mightily : and sweetly doth she
14 For she is a treasure unto men that order all things. never faileth : which they that use become 2 4 I loved her, and sought ber out from the friends of God, being commended for the my youth, I desired to make ber my spouse, gifts that come from learning.
and I was a lover of her beauty. 15 God hath granted me to speak as I 3 In that she is conversant with God, she would, and to conceive as is meet for the magnifieth her nobility: yea, the Lord of all things that are given me: because it is he || things himself loved her. that leadeth unto wisdom, and directeth the 4 For she is privy to the mysteries of the wise.
knowledge of God, and a lover of his works. 16 For in his hand are both we and our || 5 If riches be a possession to be desired in words; all wisdom also, and knowledge of this life ; what is richer than wisdom, that workmanship.
worketh all things? 17 For he hath given me certain knowl 6 And if prudence work ; who of all that edge of the things that are, namely, to know are, is a more cunning workman than she ? how the world was made, and the operation 7 And if a man love righteousness, her laof the elements :
bours are virtues: for she teacheth temperance 18 The beginning, ending, and midst of |and prudence, justice and fortitude : which the times : the alterations of the turnings | are such things, as men can have nothing of the sun, and the change of seasons : more profitable in their life.
19 The circuits of years, and the positions 8 If a man desire much experience, she of stars :
knoweth things of old, and conjectureth origó: 20 The natures of living creatures, and what is to come : she knoweth the subtilties the furies of wild beasts : the violence of of speeches, and can expound dark sentences : winds, and the reasonings of inen: the diver- || she foresceth signs and wonders, and the sities of plants, and the virtues of roots : events of seasons and times.
21 And all such things as are either secret 9 Therefore I purposed to take her to me or manifest, them I know.
to live with me, knowing that she would be 24 For wisdom, which is the worker of all a counsellor of good things, and a comfort in things, taught me : for in her is an under cares and grief. standing spirit, holy, one only, manifold, sub 10 for her sake I shall have estimation a. til, lively, clear, undefiled, plain, not subject mong the multitude, and honour with the to hurt, loving the thing that is good, quick, elders, though I be young. which cannot be letted, ready to do good, 11 I shall be found of a quick conceit in
23 Kind to man, steadfast, sure, free from judgment, and shall be admired in the sight care, having all power, overseeing all things, || of great men. and going through all understanding, pure 12 When I hold my tongue, they shall bide and meat subtil spirits.
| my leisure, and when I speak, they shall give
Apocrypba. good ear unto me: if I talk much, they shall the city wherein thou dwellest, a resemblance Jay their hands upon their mouth.
of the holy tarbernacle, which thou hast pre13 Moreover by the means of her I shall pared from the beginning. obtain immortality, and leave behind me an 9 And wisdom was with thee: which everlasting memorial to them that come after | knoweth thy works, and was present when
thou inadest the world, and knew what was 14 I shall set the people in order, and the acceptable in thy sight, and right in thy nation shall be subject unto me.
commandments. 15 Horrible tyrants shall be afraid when 10 O send her out of thy holy heavens, they do but hear of me; I shall be found and from the throne of thy glory, that being good among the multitude, and valiant in present she may labour with me, that I may
know what is pleasing unto thee. 16 After I have come into mine house, I will 11 For she knoweth and understandeth all repose myself with her: for her conversation | things, and she shall lead me soberly in my hath no bitterness; and to live with her hath doings, and preserve me in her power. no sorrow, but mirth and joy.
12 So shall my works be acceptable, and 17 Now, when I considered these things then shall I judge thy people righteously, and in myself, and pondered them in mine heart, | be worthy to sit in my father's seat. how that to be allied unto wisdom is immor- 13 f for what man is he that can know tality;
the counsel of God? or who can think what 18 And great pleasure it is to have her the will of the Lord is ? friendship; and in the works of her hands 14 For the thoughts of mortal men are are infinite riches; and in the exercise of con- | miserable, and our devices are but uncertain. ference with her, prudence; and in talking 15 For the corruptible body presseth with her, a good report ; I went about seck- down the soul, and the earthly tarbernacle ing how to take her to me.
weigheth down the mind that museth upon 19 For I was a witty child, and had a good many things. spirit.
16 And hardly do we guess aright at things 20 Yea rather, being good, I came into a that are upon earth, and with labour do we body undefiled.
find the things that are before us : but the 21 Nevertheless, when I perceived that I things that are in heaven who hath searched could not otherwise obtain her, except God
out ? gave her me ; and that was a point of wis- 17 And thy counsel who hath known, dom also to know whose gift she was ; I pray- except thou give wisdom, and send thy Holy ed unto the Lord, and besought him, and Spirit from above ? with my whole heart I said,
18 For so the ways of them which lived CHAP. IX.
on the earth were reformed, and men were 1 A prayer unto God for bis wisdom, 6 without taught the things that are pleasing unto thee,
wbich the best man is nothing worth, 13 nei- || and were saved through wisdom. ther can be tell bow to please God.
1 What wisdom did for Adam, 4 Noe, 5 Abracy, who hast made all.things with thy bam, 6 Lot, and against the five cities, 10 for word,
Jacob, 13 Foseph, 16 Moses, 17 and tóc 2 And ordained man through thy wis- Israelites. dom, that he should have dominion over the Sithe world, that was created alone, and creatures which thou hast made,
3 And order the world according to equity brought him out of his fall, and righteousness, and execute judgment 2 And gave him power to rule all things. with an upright heart:
3 But when the unrighteous went away 4 Give me wisdom, that sitteth by thy from her in his anger, he perished also in the throne ; and reject me not from among thy | fury wherewith he murdered his brother, children:
4 G For whose cause the earth being 5. For I thy servant and son of thine hand drowned with the flood, wisdom again premaid am a feeble person, and of a short time, served it, and directed the course of the and too young for the understanding of judg- righteous in a piece of wood of small value. ment and laws.
5 Moreover, the nations in their wick. 6 | For though a man be never so per- | ed conspiracy being confounded, she found fect among the children of men, yet if thy out the righteous, and preserved him blamewisdom be not with him, he shall be nothing less unto God, and kept him strong against regarded.
his tender compassion toward his son. 7 Thou hast chosen me to be a king of thy 6 ( When the ungodly perished, she depeople, and a judge of thy sons and daughters: | livered the righteous man, who fled from the
8 Thou hast commanded me to build a fire which fell down upon the five cities. temple upon thy holy mount, and an altar in 7 Of wliose wickedness even to this day
Apocrypha the waste land that smoketh is a testimony,|| 4 When they were thirsty, they called up and plants bearing fruit that never come to on thee, and water was given them out of ripeness: and a standing pillar of salt is a the fiinty rock, and their thirst was quenched monument of an unbelieving soul.
out of the hard stone. 8 For regarding not wisdom, they gat not 5 f For by what things their enemia only this hurt, that they knew not the things were punished, by the same they in their which were good; but also left behind them need were benefited. to the world a memorial of their foolishness : 6 For instead of a fountain of a perpetual so that in the things wherein they offended running river troubled with foul blood, they could not so much as be hid.
7 For a manifest reproof of that com. 9 But wisdom delivered from pain those mandment, whereby the infants were slain, that attended upon her.
thou gavest unto them abundance of water 10 q When the righteous fled from his by a means which they hoped not for: brother's wrath, she guided him in right paths, 8 Declaring by that thirst then how thou shewed him the kingdom of God, and gave hadst punished their adversaries. him knowledge of hoiy things, made him 9 For when they were tried, albeit but in rich in his travels, and multiplied tbe fruit of mercy chastised, they knew how the ungodly his labours.
were judged in wrath and tormented, thirste 11 In the covetousness of such as oppressing in another manner than the just. ed him she stood by him, and made him rich. 10 For these thou didst admonish and try,
12 She defended him from his enemies, as a father : but the other, as a severe king, and kept himn safe from those that lay in thou didst condemn and punish. weight, and in a sore conflict she gave him 11 Whether they were absent or present, the victory; that he might know that godli- they were vexed alike. ness is stronger than all.
12 For a double grief came upon them, 13 When the righteous was sold, she and a groaning for the remembrance of things forsook him not, but delivered him from sin : || past. she went down with him into the pit,
13 For when they heard by their owa 14 And left him not in bonds, till she punishments the other to be benefited, they brought him the sceptre of the kingdom, and had some feeling of the Lord. power against those that oppressed him: as for 14 For whom they rejected with scorn, them that had accused him, she shewed them when he was long before thrown out at the to be liars, and gave him perpetual glory. casting forth of the infants, him in the end,
15 She delivered the rigtieous people and when they saw what came to pass, they ad. blameless seed from the nation that oppress-mired. ed them.
15 But for the foolish devices of their 16 q She entered into the soul of the ser- wickedness, wherewith being deceived they vant of the Lord, and withstood dreadful worshipped serpents void of reason, and vite kings in wonders and signs ;
beasts, thou didst send a multitude of un17 ( Rendered to the righteous a reward reasonable beasts upon them for vengeance ; of their labours, guided them in a marvel. 16 That they might know, that wherelous way, and was unto them for a covert by withal a man sinneth, by the same also shall day, and a light of stars in the night season ; he be punished.
18 Brought them through the Red sea, 17 For thy Almighty hand, that made the and led them through much water:
world of matter without form, wanted not 19 But she drowned their enemies, and means to send among them a multitude of east them up out of the bottom of the deep. bears, or fierce lions,
20 Therefore the righteous spoiled the 18 Or unknown wild beasts, full of rage, ungodly, and praised thy holy name, O Lord, newly created, breathing out either a fiery and magnified with one accord thine hand, vapour, or filthy scents of scattered smoke, or that fought for them.
shooting horrible sparkles out of their eyes : 21 For wisdom opened the mouth of the 19 Whereof not only the harm might disdumb, and made the tongues of them that patch them at once, but also the terrible cannot speak eloquent.
sigbt utterly destroy them. CHAP. XI.
20 Yea, and without these might they have 5 Tbe Egyptians were punished, and ibe Israel fallen down with one blast, being persecuted reserved in the same thing.
of vengeance, and scattered abroad through HE the holy
dered all things in measure and number 2 They went through the wilderness that weight. was not inhabited and pitched tents in places 21 For thou canst shew thy great strength where there lay no way.
at all times when thou wilt; and who may 3 They stood against their enemies, and withstand the power of thine armı? were avenged of their adversaries.
22 For the whole world before thee is as
Apocrypha. a little grain of the balance, yea, as a drop of that carest for all, to whom thou mightest the morning dew that falleth down upon the shew that thy judgment is not unright. earth.
14 Neither shall king or tyrant be able to 23 But thou hast mercy upon all ; for thou set his face against thee for any of whom canst do all things, and winkest at the sins of thou hast punished. men, because they should amend.
15 Forsomuch then as thou art righteous 24 For thou lovest all the things that are, thyself, thou orderest all things righteously : and abhorrest nothing which thou hast made thinking it not agreeable with thy power to for never wouldest thou have made any thing, condemn him that hath not deserved to be if thou hadst hated it.
punished. 25 And how could any thing have endur- 16 For thy power is the beginning of ed, if it had not been thy will ? or been pre- || righteousness, and because thou art the Lord served, if not called by ihee?
of all, it maketh thee to be gracious unto all. 26 But thou sparest all : for they are
17 For when men will not believe that thine, O Lord, thou lover of souls.
thou art of a full power, thou shewest thy CHAP. XII.
strength, and among them that know it thou 2 God did not destroy those of Chanaan all at once : makest their boldness manifest.
12 if be bad done so, wbo could control bim ? 18 But tbou, mastering thy power, judgest FO *OR thine incorruptible Spirit is in all with equity,and orderest us with great favour: things.
for thou mayest use power when thou wilt. 2 g Therefore chastenest thou them by lit- 19 But by such works hast thou taught thy tle and little that offend, and warnest them people that the just man should be merciful, by putting them in remembrance wherein and hast made thy children to be of a good they have offended, that leaving their wick- || hope that thou givest repentance for sins. edness they may believe on thee, O Lord. 20 For if thou didst punish the enemies of
3 For it was thy will to destroy by the thy children, and the condemned to death, hands of our fathers both those old inhabitants with such deliberation, giving them time and of thy holy land,
place, whereby they might be delivered from 4 Whom thou hatedst for doing most odious their malice: works of witchcrafts, and wicked sacrifices; 21 With how great circumspection didsť
5 And also those merciless murderers of thou judge thine own sons, unto whose fa. children, and devourers of man's flesh, and thers thou hast sworn, and made covenants of the feasts of blood,
good promises ? 6 With their priests out of the midst of 22 Therefore, whereas thou dost chasten their idolatrous crew, and the parents, that kilo | us, thou scourgest our enemies a thousand led with their own hands souls destitute of times more, to the intent that, when we judge help:
we should carefully think of thy goodness, 7 That the land, which thou esteemedst and when we ourselves are judged, we should above all other, might receive a worthy colo- || look for mercy. ny of God's children.
23 Wherefore, whereas men have lived 8 Nevertheless, even those thou sparedst dissolutely and unrighteously, thou hast toras men, and did send wasps, forerunners of mented them with their own abominations. thine host, to destroy them by little and little. 24 For they went astray very far in the
9 Not that thou wast unable to bring ihe ways of error, and held them for gods, which ungodly under the hand of the righteous in even among the beasts of their enemies were battle, or to destroy them at once with cruel | despised, being deceived, as children of no beasts, or with one rough word :
understanding 10 But executing thy judgments upon 25 Therefore unto them, as to children them by little and little, thou gavest them without the use of reason, thou didst send a place of repentance, not being ignorant that | judgment to mock them, they were a naughty generation, and that 26 But they that would not be reformed their malice was bred in them, and that their by that correction, wherein he dallied with cogitation would never be changed. them, shall feel a judgment worthy of God.
11 For it was a cursed seed from the be- 27 For, look, for what things they grudgginning ; neither didst thou for fear of any || ed, when they were punished, that is, for man give them pardon for those things them whom they thought to be gods ; (now) wherein they sinned.
being punished in them, when they saw it, 12 For who shall say, what hast thou they acknowledged him to be the true God. done ? 'or who shall withstand thy judgment ? | whom before they denied to know ; and or who shall accuse thee for the nations that therefore came extreme damnation upon them. perish, whom thou hast made ? or who shall
CHAP. XIII. come to stand against thee, to be revenged 1 They were not excused that worshipped any of for.the unrighteous meu?
God's works : 10 but most wretched are ibey 13 for neither is there any God but thou that worsbip the works of men's bands.