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2 Esdras

  

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2 Esdras 1:  

Chapter 1:40 Verses  

15B 2 Esdras

(K.J.V. 1611)

15B-1:1     The second book of the prophet Esdras, the son of Saraias, the son of Azarias, the son of Helchias, the son of Sadamias, the sou of Sadoc, the son of Achitob,

15B-1:2     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 And he spake unto the of Borith, the son of Abisei, the son of Phinees, the son of Eleazar,

15B-1:3     The son of Aaron, of the tribe of Levi; which was captive in the land of the Medes, in the reign of Artexerxes king of the Persians.

15B-1:4     And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

15B-1:5     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:

15B-1:6     Because the sins of their fathers are increased in them: for they have forgotten me, and have offered unto strange gods.

15B-1:7     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.

15B-1:8     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 rebellious people.

15B-1:9     How long shall I forbear them, into whom I have done so much good?

15B-1:10    Many kings have I destroyed for their sakes; Pharaoh with his servants and all his power have I smitten down.

15B-1:11    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.

15B-1:12    Speak thou therefore unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord,

15B-1:13    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.

15B-1:14    I gave you light in a pillar of fire, and great wonders have I done among you; yet have ye forgotten me, saith the Lord.

15B-1:15    Thus saith the Almighty Lord, The quails were as a token to you; I gave you tents for your safeguard: nevertheless ye murmured there,

15B-1:16    And triumphed not in my name for the destruction of your enemies, but ever to this day do ye yet murmur.

15B-1:17    Where are the benefits that I have done for you? when ye were hungry and thirsty in the wilderness, did ye not cry unto me,

15B-1:18    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.

15B-1:19    Then had I pity upon your mournings, and gave you manna to eat; so ye did eat angels' bread.

15B-1:20    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.

15B-1:21    I divided among you a fruitful land, I cast out the Canaanites, the Pherezites, and the Philistines, before you: what shall I yet do more for you? saith the Lord.

15B-1:22    Thus saith the Almighty Lord, When ye were in the wilderness, in the river of the Amorites, being athirst, and blaspheming my name,

15B-1:23    I gave you not fire for your blasphemies, but cast a tree in the water, and made the river sweet.

15B-1:24    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.

15B-1:25    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 you.

15B-1:26    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.

15B-1:27    Ye have not as it were forsaken me, but your own selves, saith the Lord.

15B-1:28    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 babes,

15B-1:29    That ye would be my people, and I should be your God; that ye would be my children, and I should be your father?

15B-1:30    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.

15B-1:31    When ye offer unto me, I will turn my face from you: for your solemn feastdays, your new moons, and your circumcisions, have I forsaken.

15B-1:32    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.

15B-1:33    Thus saith the Almighty Lord, Your house is desolate, I will cast you out as the wind doth stubble.

15B-1:34    And your children shall not be fruitful; for they have despised my commandment, and done the thing that is an evil before me.

15B-1:35    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.

15B-1:36    They have seen no prophets, yet they shall call their sins to remembrance, and acknowledge them.

15B-1:37    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 say.

15B-1:38    And now, brother, behold what glory; and see the people that come from the east:

15B-1:39    Unto whom I will give for leaders, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Oseas, Amos, and Micheas, Joel, Abdias, and Jonas,

15B-1:40    Nahum, and Abacuc, Sophonias, Aggeus, Zachary, and Malachy, which is called also an angel of the Lord.

 

 

 

 

2 Esdras 2:  

Chapter 2:48 Verses  

15B 2 Esdras

(K.J.V. 1611)

15B-2:1     Thus saith the Lord, I brought this people out of bondage, and I gave them my commandments by menservants the prophets; whom they would not hear, but despised my counsels.

15B-2:2     The mother that bare them saith unto them, Go your way, ye children; for I am a widow and forsaken.

15B-2:3     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.

15B-2:4     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.

15B-2:5     As for me, O father, I call upon thee for a witness over the mother of these children, which would not keep my covenant,

15B-2:6     That thou bring them to confusion, and their mother to a spoil, that there may be no offspring of them.

15B-2:7     Let them be scattered abroad among the heathen, let their names be put out of the earth: for they have despised my covenant.

15B-2:8     Woe be unto thee, Assur, thou that hidest the unrighteous in thee! O thou wicked people, remember what I did unto Sodom and Gomorrha;

15B-2:9     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.

15B-2:10    Thus saith the Lord unto Esdras, Tell my people that I will give them the kingdom of Jerusalem, which I would have given unto Israel.

15B-2:11    Their glory also will I take unto me, and give these the everlasting tabernacles, which I had prepared for them.

15B-2:12    They shall have the tree of life for an ointment of sweet savour; they shall neither labour, nor be weary.

15B-2:13    Go, and ye shall receive: pray for few days unto you, that they may be shortened: the kingdom is already prepared for you: watch.

15B-2:14    Take heaven and earth to witness; for I have broken the evil in pieces, and created the good: for I live, saith the Lord.

15B-2:15    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.

15B-2:16    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 in Israel.

15B-2:17    Fear not, thou mother of the children: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord.

15B-2:18    For thy help will I send my servants Esau and Jeremy, after whose counsel I have sanctified and prepared for thee twelve trees laden with divers fruits,

15B-2:19    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.

15B-2:20    Do right to the widow, judge for the fatherless, give to the poor, defend the orphan, clothe the naked,

15B-2:21    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.

15B-2:22    Keep the old and young within thy walls.

15B-2:23    Wheresoever thou findest the dead, take them and bury them, and I will give thee the first place in my resurrection.

15B-2:24    Abide still, O my people, and take thy rest, for thy quietness still come.

15B-2:25    Nourish thy children, O thou good nurse; stablish their feet.

15B-2:26    As for the servants whom I have given thee, there shall not one of them perish; for I will require them from among thy number.

15B-2:27    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.

15B-2:28    The heathen shall envy thee, but they shall be able to do nothing against thee, saith the Lord.

15B-2:29    My hands shall cover thee, so that thy children shall not see hell.

15B-2:30    Be joyful, O thou mother, with thy children; for I will deliver thee, saith the Lord.

15B-2:31    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.

15B-2:32    Embrace thy children until I come and shew mercy unto them: for my wells run over, and my grace shall not fail.

15B-2:33    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.

15B-2:34    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 world.

15B-2:35    Be ready to the reward of the kingdom, for the everlasting light shall shine upon you for evermore.

15B-2:36    Flee the shadow of this world, receive the joyfulness of your glory: I testify my Saviour openly.

15B-2:37    O receive the gift that is given you, and be glad, giving thanks unto him that hath led you to the heavenly kingdom.

15B-2:38    Arise up and stand, behold the number of those that be sealed in the feast of the Lord;

15B-2:39    Which are departed from the shadow of the world, and have received glorious garments of the Lord.

15B-2:40    Take thy number, O Sion, and shut up those of thine that are clothed in white, which have fulfilled the law of the Lord.

15B-2:41    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.

15B-2:42    I Esdras saw upon the mount Sion a great people, whom I could not number, and they all praised the Lord with songs.

15B-2:43    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 greatly.

15B-2:44    So I asked the angel, and said, Sir, what are these?

15B-2:45    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 palms.

15B-2:46    Then said I unto the angel, What young person is it that crowneth them, and giveth them palms in their hands?

15B-2:47    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.

15B-2:48    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.

 

 

 

 

 

2 Esdras 3:  

Chapter 3:36 Verses  

15B 2 Esdras

(K.J.V. 1611)

15B-3:1     In 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:

15B-3:2     For I saw the desolation of Sion, and the wealth of them that dwelt at Babylon.

15B-3:3     And my spirit was sore moved, so that I began to speak words full of fear to the most High, and said,

15B-3:4     O Lord, who bearest rule, thou spakest at the beginning, when thou didst plant the earth, and that thyself alone, and commandedst the people,

15B-3:5     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.

15B-3:6     And thou leadest him into paradise, which thy right hand had planted, before ever the earth came forward.

15B-3:7     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.

15B-3:8     And every people walked after their own will, and did wonderful things before thee, and despised thy commandments.

15B-3:9     And again in process of time thou broughtest the flood upon those that dwelt in the world, and destroyedst them.

15B-3:10    And it came to pass in every of them, that as death was to Adam, so was the flood to these.

15B-3:11    Nevertheless one of them thou leftest, namely, Noah with his household, of whom came all righteous men.

15B-3:12    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 first.

15B-3:13    Now when they lived so wickedly before thee, thou didst choose thee a man from among them, whose name was Abraham.

15B-3:14    Him thou lovedst, and unto him only thou shewedst thy will:

15B-3:15    And madest an everlasting covenant with him, promising him that thou wouldest never forsake his seed.

15B-3:16    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.

15B-3:17    And it came to pass, that when thou leadest his seed out of Egypt, thou broughtest them up to the mount Sinai.

15B-3:18    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.

15B-3:19    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 Israel.

15B-3:20    And yet tookest thou not away from them a wicked heart, that thy law might bring forth fruit in them.

15B-3:21    For the first Adam bearing a wicked heart transgressed, and was overcome; and so be all they that are born of him.

15B-3:22    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.

15B-3:23    So the times passed away, and the years were brought to an end: then didst thou raise thee up a servant, called David:

15B-3:24    Whom thou commandedst to build a city unto thy name, and to offer incense and oblations unto thee therein.

15B-3:25    When this was done many years, then they that inhabited the city forsook thee,

15B-3:26    And in all things did even as Adam and all his generations had done: for they also had a wicked heart:

15B-3:27    And so thou gavest thy city over into the hands of thine enemies.

15B-3:28    Are their deeds then any better that inhabit Babylon, that they should therefore have the dominion over Sion?

15B-3:29    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.

15B-3:30    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.

15B-3:31    I do not remember how this way may be left: Are they then of Babylon better than they of Sion?

15B-3:32    Or is there any other people that knoweth thee beside Israel? or what generation hath so believed thy covenants as Jacob?

15B-3:33    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 commandments.

15B-3:34    Weigh thou therefore our wickedness now in the balance, and their's also that dwell the world; and so shall thy name no where be found but in Israel.

15B-3:35    Or when was it that they which dwell upon the earth have not sinned in thy sight? or what people have so kept thy commandments?

15B-3:36    Thou shalt find that Israel by name hath kept thy precepts; but not the heathen.

 

 

 

 

2 Esdras 4:  

Chapter 4:52 Verses  

15B 2 Esdras

(K.J.V. 1611)

15B-4:1     And the angel that was sent unto me, whose name was Uriel, gave me an answer,

15B-4:2     And said, Thy heart hath gone to far in this world, and thinkest thou to comprehend the way of the most High?

15B-4:3     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 thee:

15B-4:4     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.

15B-4:5     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.

15B-4:6     Then answered I and said, What man is able to do that, that thou shouldest ask such things of me?

15B-4:7     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:

15B-4:8     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 heaven.

15B-4:9     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.

15B-4:10    He said moreover unto me, Thine own things, and such as are grown up with thee, canst thou not know;

15B-4:11    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?

15B-4:12    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.

15B-4:13    He answered me, and said, I went into a forest into a plain, and the trees took counsel,

15B-4:14    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 woods.

15B-4:15    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.

15B-4:16    The thought of the wood was in vain, for the fire came and consumed it.

15B-4:17    The thought of the floods of the sea came likewise to nought, for the sand stood up and stopped them.

15B-4:18    If thou wert judge now betwixt these two, whom wouldest thou begin to justify? or whom wouldest thou condemn?

15B-4:19    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.

15B-4:20    Then answered he me, and said, Thou hast given a right judgment, but why judgest thou not thyself also?

15B-4:21    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.

15B-4:22    Then answered I and said, I beseech thee, O Lord, let me have understanding:

15B-4:23    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,

15B-4:24    And we pass away out of the world as grasshoppers, and our life is astonishment and fear, and we are not worthy to obtain mercy.

15B-4:25    What will he then do unto his name whereby we are called? of these things have I asked.

15B-4:26    Then answered he me, and said, The more thou searchest, the more thou shalt marvel; for the world hasteth fast to pass away,

15B-4:27    And cannot comprehend the things that are promised to the righteous in time to come: for this world is full of unrighteousness and infirmities.

15B-4:28    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.

15B-4:29    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.

15B-4:30    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?

15B-4:31    Ponder now by thyself, how great fruit of wickedness the grain of evil seed hath brought forth.

15B-4:32    And when the ears shall be cut down, which are without number, how great a floor shall they fill?

15B-4:33    Then I answered and said, How, and when shall these things come to pass? wherefore are our years few and evil?

15B-4:34    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.

15B-4:35    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?

15B-4:36    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.

15B-4:37    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.

15B-4:38    Then answered I and said, O Lord that bearest rule, even we all are full of impiety.

15B-4:39    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.

15B-4:40    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.

15B-4:41    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 woman:

15B-4:42    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.

15B-4:43    From the beginning, look, what thou desirest to see, it shall be shewed thee.

15B-4:44    Then answered I and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, and if it be possible, and if I be meet therefore,

15B-4:45    Shew me then whether there be more to come than is past, or more past than is to come.

15B-4:46    What is past I know, but what is for to come I know not.

15B-4:47    And he said unto me, Stand up upon the right side, and I shall expound the similitude unto thee.

15B-4:48    So I stood, and saw, and, behold, an hot burning oven passed by before me: and it happened that when the