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conversant in the secrets of parables.
39:4. He shall serve among great men, and appear before the governor.
39:5. He shall pass into strange countries: for he shall try good and
evil among men.
39:6. He will give his heart to resort early to the Lord that made him,
and he will pray in the sight of the most High.
39:7. He will open his mouth in prayer, and will make supplication for
39:8. For if it shall please the great Lord, he will fill him with the
spirit of understanding:
39:9. And he will pour forth the words of his wisdom as showers, and in
his prayer he will confess to the Lord.
39:10. And he shall direct his counsel, and his knowledge, and in his
secrets shall he meditate.
39:11. He shall shew forth the discipline he hath learned, and shall
glory in the law of the covenant of the Lord.
39:12. Many shall praise his wisdom, and it shall never be forgotten.
39:13. The memory of him shall not depart away, and his name shall be
in request from generation to generation.
39:14. Nations shall declare his wisdom, and the church shall shew
forth his praise.
39:15. If he continue, he shall leave a name above a thousand: and if
he rest, it shall be to his advantage.
39:16. I will yet meditate that I may declare: for I am filled as with
a holy transport.
39:17. By a voice he saith: Hear me, ye divine offspring, and bud forth
as the rose planted by the brooks of waters.
Ye divine offspring. . .He speaks to the children of Israel, the people
of God: whom he exhorts to bud forth and flourish with virtue.
39:18. Give ye a sweet odour as frankincense.
39:19. Send forth flowers, as the lily, and yield a smell, and bring
forth leaves in grace, and praise with canticles, and bless the Lord in
39:20. Magnify his name, and give glory to him with the voice of your
lips, and with the canticles of your mouths, and with harps, and in
praising him, you shall say in this manner:
39:21. All the works of the Lord are exceeding good.
39:22. At his word the waters stood as a heap: and at the words of his
mouth the receptacles of waters:
39:23. For at his commandment favour is shewn, and there is no
diminishing of his salvation.
39:24. The works of all flesh are before him, and there is nothing hid
from his eyes.
39:25. He seeth from eternity to eternity, and there is nothing
wonderful before him.
39:26. There is no saying: What is this, or what is that? for all
things shall be sought in their time.
39:27. His blessing hath overflowed like a river.
39:28. And as a flood hath watered the earth; so shall his wrath
inherit the nations, that have not sought after him.
39:29. Even as he turned the waters into a dry land, and the earth was
made dry: and his ways were made plain for their journey: so to sinners
they are stumblingblocks in his wrath.
39:30. Good things were created for the good from the beginning, so for
the wicked, good and evil things.
39:31. The principal things necessary for the life of men, are water,
fire, and iron, salt, milk, and bread of flour, and honey, and the
cluster of the grape, and oil, and clothing.
39:32. All these things shall be for good to the holy, so to the
sinners and the ungodly they shall be turned into evil.
39:33. There are spirits that are created for vengeance, and in their
fury they lay on grievous torments.
39:34. In the time of destruction they shall pour out their force: and
they shall appease the wrath of him that made them.
39:35. Fire, hail, famine, and death, all these were created for
39:36. The teeth of beasts, and scorpions, and serpents, and the sword
taking vengeance upon the ungodly unto destruction.
39:37. In his commandments they shall feast, and they shall be ready
upon earth when need is, and when their time is come they shall not
transgress his word.
39:38. Therefore from the beginning I was resolved, and I have
meditated, and thought on these things and left them in writing,
39:39. All the works of the Lord are good, and he will furnish every
work in due time.
39:40. It is not to be said: This is worse than that: for all shall be
well approved in their time.
39:41. Now therefore with the whole heart and mouth praise ye him, and
bless the name of the Lord.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 40
The miseries of the life of man are relieved by the grace of God and
40:1. Great labour is created for all men, and a heavy yoke is upon the
children of Adam from the day of their coming out of their mother's
womb, until the day of their burial into the mother of all.
40:2. Their thoughts, and fears of the heart, their imagination of
things to come, and the day of their end:
40:3. From him that sitteth on a glorious throne, unto him that is
humbled in earth and ashes:
40:4. From him that weareth purple, and beareth the crown, even to him
that is covered with rough linen: wrath, envy, trouble, unquietness,
and the fear of death, continual anger, and strife,
40:5. And in the time of rest upon his bed, the sleep of the night
changeth his knowledge.
40:6. A little and as nothing is his rest, and afterward in sleep, as
in the day of keeping watch.
40:7. He is troubled in the vision of his heart, as if he had escaped
in the day of battle. In the time of his safety he rose up, and
wondereth that there is no fear.
40:8. Such things happen to all flesh, from man even to beast, and upon
sinners are sevenfold more.
40:9. Moreover, death, and bloodshed, strife, and sword, oppressions,
famine, and affliction, and scourges:
40:10. All these things are created for the wicked, and for their sakes
came the flood.
40:11. All things that are of the earth, shall return to the earth
again, and all waters shall return to the sea.
40:12. All bribery, and injustice shall be blotted out, and fidelity
shall stand for ever.
40:13. The riches of the unjust shall be dried up like a river, and
shall pass away with a noise like a great thunder in rain.
40:14. While he openeth his hands he shall rejoice: but transgressors
shall pine away in the end.
40:15. The offspring of the ungodly shall not bring forth many
branches, and make a noise as unclean roots upon the top of a rock.
40:16. The weed growing over every water, and at the bank of the river,
shall be pulled up before all grass.
40:17. Grace is like a paradise in blessings, and mercy remaineth for
40:18. The life of a laborer that is content with what he hath, shall
be sweet, and in it thou shalt find a treasure.
40:19. Children, and the building of a city shall establish a name, but
a blameless wife shall be counted above them both.
40:20. Wine and music rejoice the heart, but the love of wisdom is
above them both.
40:21. The flute and the psaltery make a sweet melody, but a pleasant
tongue is above them both.
40:22. Thy eye desireth favour and beauty, but more than these green
40:23. A friend and companion meeting together in season, but above
them both is a wife with her husband.
40:24. Brethren are a help in the time of trouble, but mercy shall
deliver more than they.
40:25. Gold and silver make the feet stand sure: but wise counsel is
above them both.
40:26. Riches and strength lift up the heart: but above these is the
fear of the Lord.
40:27. There is no want in the fear of the Lord, and it needeth not to
seek for help.
40:28. The fear of the Lord is like a paradise of blessing, and they
have covered it above all glory.
40:29. My son, in thy lifetime be not indigent: for it is better to die
than to want.
40:30. The life of him that looketh toward another man's table is not
to be counted a life: for he feedeth his soul with another man's meat.
40:31. But a man, well instructed and taught, will look to himself.
40:32. Begging will be sweet in the mouth of the unwise, but in his
belly there shall burn a fire.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 41
Of the remembrance of death: of an evil and of a good name: of what
things we ought to be ashamed.
41:1. O death, how bitter is the remembrance of thee to a man that hath
peace in his possessions!
41:2. To a man that is at rest, and whose ways are prosperous in all
things, and that is yet able to take meat!
41:3. O death thy sentence is welcome to the man that is in need, and
to him whose strength faileth:
41:4. Who is in a decrepit age, and that is in care about all things,
and to the distrustful that loseth patience!
41:5. Fear not the sentence of death. Remember what things have been
before thee, and what shall come after thee: this sentence is from the
Lord upon all flesh.
41:6. And what shall come upon thee by the good pleasure of the most
High? whether ten, or a hundred, or a thousand years.
41:7. For among the dead there is no accusing of life.
41:8. The children of sinners become children of abominations, and they
that converse near the houses of the ungodly.
41:9. The inheritance of the children of sinners shall perish, and with
their posterity shall be a perpetual reproach.
41:10. The children will complain of an ungodly father, because for his
sake they are in reproach.
41:11. Woe to you, ungodly men, who have forsaken the law of the most
41:12. And if you be born, you shall be born in malediction: and if you
die, in malediction shall be your portion.
41:13. All things that are of the earth, shall return into the earth:
so the ungodly shall from malediction to destruction.
41:14. The mourning of men is about their body, but the name of the
ungodly shall be blotted out.
41:15. Take care of a good name: for this shall continue with thee,
more than a thousand treasures precious and great.
41:16. A good life hath its number of days: but a good name shall
continue for ever.
41:17. My children, keep discipline in peace: for wisdom that is hid,
and a treasure that is not seen, what profit is there in them both?
41:18. Better is the man that hideth his folly, than the man that
hideth his wisdom.
41:19. Wherefore have a shame of these things I am now going to speak
Have a shame, etc. . .That is to say, be ashamed of doing any of these
things, which I am now going to mention; for though sometimes
shamefacedness is not to be indulged: yet it is often good and
necessary: as in the following cases.
41:20. For it is not good to keep all shamefacedness: and all things do
not please all men in opinion.
41:21. Be ashamed of fornication before father and mother: and of a lie
before a governor and a man in power:
41:22. Of an offence before a prince, and a judge: of iniquity before a
congregation and a people:
41:23. Of injustice before a companion and friend: and in regard to the
place where thou dwellest,
41:24. Of theft, and of the truth of God, and the covenant: of leaning
with thy elbow over meat, and of deceit in giving and taking:
41:25. Of silence before them that salute thee: of looking upon a
harlot: and of turning away thy face from thy kinsman.
41:26. Turn not away thy face from thy neighbour, and of taking away a
portion and not restoring.
41:27. Gaze not upon another man's wife, and be not inquisitive after
his handmaid, and approach not her bed.
41:28. Be ashamed of upbraiding speeches before friends: and after thou
hast given, upbraid not.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 42
Of what things we ought not to be ashamed. Cautions with regard to
women. The works and greatness of God.
42:1. Repeat not the word which thou hast heard, and disclose not the
thing that is secret; so shalt thou be truly without confusion, and
shalt find favour before all men: be not ashamed of any of these
things, and accept no person to sin thereby:
42:2. Of the law of the most High, and of his covenant, and of judgment
to justify the ungodly:
42:3. Of the affair of companions and travellers, and of the gift of
the inheritance of friends:
42:4. Of exactness of balance and weights, of getting much or little:
42:5. Of the corruption of buying, and of merchants, and of much
correction of children, and to make the side of a wicked slave to
42:6. Sure keeping is good over a wicked wife.
42:7. Where there are many hands, shut up, and deliver all things in
number, and weight: and put all in writing that thou givest out or
42:8. Be not ashamed to inform the unwise and foolish, and the aged,
that are judged by young men: and thou shalt be well instructed in all
things, and well approved in the sight of all men living.
42:9. The father waketh for the daughter when no man knoweth, and the
care for her taketh away his sleep, when she is young, lest she pass
away the flower of her age, and when she is married, lest she should be
42:10. In her virginity, lest she should be corrupted, and be found
with child in her father's house: and having a husband, lest she should
misbehave herself, or at the least become barren.
42:11. Keep a sure watch over a shameless daughter: lest at anytime she
make thee become a laughingstock to thy enemies, and a byword in the
city, and a reproach among the people, and she make thee ashamed before
all the multitude.
42:12. Behold not everybody's beauty: and tarry not among women.
42:13. For from garments cometh a moth, and from a woman the iniquity
of a man.
42:14. For better is the iniquity of a man, than a woman doing a good
turn, and a woman bringing shame and reproach.
Better is the iniquity, etc. . .That is, there is, commonly speaking,
less danger to be apprehended to the soul from the churlishness, or
injuries we receive from men, than from the flattering favours and
familiarity of women.
42:15. I will now remember the works of the Lord, and I will declare
the things I have seen. By the words of the Lord are his works.
42:16. The sun giving light hath looked upon all things, and full of
the glory of the Lord is his work.
42:17. Hath not the Lord made the saints to declare all his wonderful
works, which the Lord Almighty hath firmly settled to be established
for his glory?
42:18. He hath searched out the deep, and the heart of men: and
considered their crafty devices.
42:19. For the Lord knoweth all knowledge, and hath beheld the signs of
the world, he declareth the things that are past, and the things that
are to come, and revealeth the traces of hidden things.
42:20. No thought escapeth him, and no word can hide itself from him.
42:21. He hath beautified the glorious works of his wisdom: and he is
from eternity to eternity, and to him nothing may be added,
42:22. Nor can he be diminished, and he hath no need of any counsellor.
42:23. O how desirable are all his works, and what we can know is but
as a spark!
42:24. All these things live, and remain for ever, and for every use
all things obey him.
42:25. All things are double, one against another, and he hath made
42:26. He hath established the good things of every one. And who shall
be filled with beholding his glory?
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 43
The works of God are exceedingly glorious and wonderful: no man is able
sufficiently to praise him.
43:1. The firmament on high is his beauty, the beauty of heaven with
its glorious shew.
43:2. The sun when he appeareth shewing forth at his rising, an
admirable instrument, the work of the most High.
43:3. At noon he burneth the earth, and who can abide his burning heat?
As one keeping a furnace in the works of heat:
43:4. The sun three times as much, burneth the mountains, breathing out
fiery vapours, and shining with his beams, he blindeth the eyes.
43:5. Great is the Lord that made him, and at his words he hath
hastened his course.
43:6. And the moon in all in her season, is for a declaration of times
and a sign of the world.
43:7. From the moon is the sign of the festival day, a light that
decreaseth in her perfection.
43:8. The month is called after her name, increasing wonderfully in her
43:9. Being an instrument of the armies on high, shining gloriously in
the firmament of heaven.
43:10. The glory of the stars is the beauty of heaven; the Lord
enlighteneth the world on high.
43:11. By the words of the holy one they stand in judgment, and shall
never fall in their watches.
43:12. Look upon the rainbow, and bless him that made it: it is very
beautiful in its brightness.
43:13. It encompasseth the heaven about with the circle of its glory,
the hands of the most High have displayed it.
43:14. By his commandment he maketh the snow to fall apace, and sendeth
forth swiftly the lightnings of his judgment.
43:15. Through this are the treasures opened, and the clouds fly out
43:16. By his greatness he hath fixed the clouds, and the hailstones
43:17. At his sight shall the mountains be shaken, and at his will the
south wind shall blow.
43:18. The noise of his thunder shall strike the earth, so doth the
northern storm, and the whirlwind:
43:19. And as the birds lighting upon the earth, he scattereth snow,
and the falling thereof, is as the coming down of locusts.
43:20. The eye admireth at the beauty of the whiteness thereof, and the
heart is astonished at the shower thereof.
43:21. He shall pour frost as salt upon the earth: and when it
freezeth, it shall become like the tops of thistles.
43:22. The cold north wind bloweth, and the water is congealed into
crystal; upon every gathering together of waters it shall rest, and
shall clothe the waters as a breastplate.
43:23. And it shall devour the mountains, and burn the wilderness, and
consume all that is green as with fire.
43:24. A present remedy of all is the speedy coming of a cloud, and a
dew that meeteth it, by the heat that cometh, shall overpower it.
43:25. At his word the wind is still, and with his thought he appeaseth
the deep, and the Lord hath planted islands therein.
43:26. Let them that sail on the sea, tell the dangers thereof: and
when we hear with our ears, we shall admire.
43:27. There are great and wonderful works: a variety of beasts, and of
all living things, and the monstrous creatures of whales.
43:28. Through him is established the end of their journey, and by his
word all things are regulated.
43:29. We shall say much, and yet shall want words: but the sum of our
words is, He is all.
43:30. What shall we be able to do to glorify him? for the Almighty
himself is above all his works.
43:31. The Lord is terrible, and exceeding great, and his power is
43:32. Glorify the Lord as much as ever you can, for he will yet far
exceed, and his magnificence is wonderful.
43:33. Blessing the Lord, exalt him as much as you can; for he is above
43:34. When you exalt him put forth all your strength, and be not
weary: for you can never go far enough.
43:35. Who shall see him, and declare him? and who shall magnify him as
he is from the beginning?
43:36. There are many things hidden from us that are greater than
these: for we have seen but a few of his works.
43:37. But the Lord hath made all things, and to the godly he hath
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 44
The praises of the holy fathers, in particular of Enoch, Noe, Abraham,
Isaac, and Jacob.
44:1. Let us now praise men of renown and our fathers in their
44:2. The Lord hath wrought great glory through his magnificence from
44:3. Such as have borne rule in their dominions, men of great power,
and endued with their wisdom, shewing forth in the prophets the dignity
44:4. And ruling over the present people, and by the strength of wisdom
instructing the people in most holy words.
44:5. Such as by their skill sought out musical tunes, and published
canticles of the scriptures.
44:6. Rich men in virtue, studying beautifulness: living at peace in
44:7. All these have gained glory in their generations, and were
praised in their days.
44:8. They that were born of them have left a name behind them, that
their praises might be related:
44:9. And there are some, of whom there is no memorial: who are
perished, as if they had never been: and are become as if they had
never been born, and their children with them.
44:10. But these were men of mercy, whose godly deeds have not failed:
44:11. Good things continue with their seed,
44:12. Their posterity are a holy inheritance, and their seed hath
stood in the covenants.
44:13. And their children for their sakes remain for ever: their seed
and their glory shall not be forsaken.
44:14. Their bodies are buried in peace, and their name liveth unto
generation and generation.
44:15. Let the people shew forth their wisdom, and the church declare
44:16. Henoch pleased God, and was translated into paradise, that he
may give repentance to the nations.
44:17. Noe was found perfect, just, and in the time of wrath he was
made a reconciliation.
44:18. Therefore was there a remnant left to the earth, when the flood
44:19. The covenants of the world were made with him, that all flesh
should no more be destroyed with the flood.
44:20. Abraham was the great father of a multitude of nations, and
there was not found the like to him in glory, who kept the law of the
most High, and was in covenant with him.
44:21. In his flesh he established the covenant, and in temptation he
was found faithful.
44:22. Therefore by an oath he gave him glory in his posterity, that he
should increase as the dust of the earth,
44:23. And that he would exalt his seed as the stars, and they should
inherit from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth.
44:24. And he did in like manner with Isaac for the sake of Abraham his
44:25. The Lord gave him the blessing of all nations, and confirmed his
covenant upon the head of Jacob.
44:26. He acknowledged him in his blessings, and gave him an
inheritance, and divided him his portion in twelve tribes.
44:27. And he preserved for him men of mercy, that found grace in the
eyes of all flesh.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 45
The praises of Moses, of Aaron, and of Phinees.
45:1. Moses was beloved of God, and men: whose memory is in
45:2. He made him like the saints in glory, and magnified him in the
fear of his enemies, and with his words he made prodigies to cease.
45:3. He glorified him in the sight of kings, and gave him commandments
in the sight of his people, and shewed him his glory.
45:4. He sanctified him in his faith, and meekness, and chose him out
of all flesh.
45:5. For he heard him, and his voice, and brought him into a cloud.
45:6. And he gave him commandments before his face, and a law of life
and instruction, that he might teach Jacob his covenant, and Israel his
45:7. He exalted Aaron his brother, and like to himself of the tribe of
45:8. He made an everlasting covenant with him, and gave him the
priesthood of the nation, and made him blessed in glory,
45:9. And he girded him about with a glorious girdle, and clothed him
with a robe of glory, and crowned him with majestic attire.
45:10. He put upon him a garment to the feet, and breeches, and an
ephod, and he compassed him with many little bells of gold all round
45:11. That as he went there might be a sound, and a noise made that
might be heard in the temple, for a memorial to the children of his
45:12. He gave him a holy robe of gold, and blue, and purple, a woven
work of a wise man, endued with judgment and truth:
45:13. Of twisted scarlet the work of an artist, with precious stones
cut and set in gold, and graven by the work of a lapidary for a
memorial, according to the number of the tribes of Israel.
45:14. And a crown of gold upon his mitre wherein was engraved
Holiness, an ornament of honour: a work of power, and delightful to the
eyes for its beauty.
45:15. Before him there were none so beautiful, even from the
45:16. No stranger was ever clothed with them, but only his children
alone, and his grandchildren for ever.
45:17. His sacrifices were consumed with fire every day.
45:18. Moses filled his hands and anointed him with holy oil.
45:19. This was made to him for an everlasting testament, and to his
seed as the days of heaven, to execute the office of the priesthood,
and to have praise, and to glorify his people in his name.
45:20. He chose him out of all men living, to offer sacrifice to God,
incense, and a good savour, for a memorial to make reconciliation for
45:21. And he gave him power in his commandments, in the covenants of
his judgments, that he should teach Jacob his testimonies, and give
light to Israel in his law.
45:22. And strangers stood up against him, and through envy the men
that were with Dathan and Abiron, compassed him about in the
wilderness, and the congregation of Core in their wrath.
45:23. The Lord God saw and it pleased him not, and they were consumed
in his wrathful indignation.
45:24. He wrought wonders upon them, and consumed them with a flame of
45:25. And he added glory to Aaron, and gave him an inheritance, and
divided unto him the firstfruits of the increase of the earth.
45:26. He prepared them bread in the first place unto fulness: for the
sacrifices also of the Lord they shall eat, which he gave to him, and
to his seed.
45:27. But he shall not inherit among the people in the land, and he
hath no portion among the people: for he himself is his portion and
45:28. Phinees the son of Eleazar is the third in glory, by imitating
him in the fear of the Lord:
45:29. And he stood up in the shameful fall of the people: in the
goodness and readiness of his soul he appeased God for Israel.
45:30. Therefore he made to him a covenant of peace, to be the prince
of the sanctuary, and of his people, that the dignity of priesthood
should be to him and to his seed for ever.
45:31. And a covenant to David the king, the son of Jesse of the tribe
of Juda, an inheritance to him and to his seed, that he might give
wisdom into our heart to judge his people in justice, that their good
things might not be abolished, and he made their glory in their nation
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 46
The praise of Josue, of Caleb, and of Samuel.
46:1. Valiant in war was Jesus the son of Nave, who was successor of
Moses among the prophets, who was great according to his name,
Jesus the son of Nave. . .So Josue is named in the Greek Bibles. For
Josue and Jesus signify the same thing, viz., a saviour.
46:2. Very great for the saving the elect of God, to overthrow the
enemies that rose up against them, that he might get the inheritance
46:3. How great glory did he gain when he lifted up his hands, and
stretched out swords against the cities?
46:4. Who before him hath so resisted? for the Lord himself brought the
46:5. Was not the sun stopped in his anger, and one day made as two?
46:6. He called upon the most high Sovereign when the enemies assaulted
him on every side, and the great and holy God heard him by hailstones
of exceeding great force.
46:7. He made a violent assault against the nation of his enemies, and
in the descent he destroyed the adversaries.
And in the descent. . .Of Beth-horon (Jos. 10.).
46:8. That the nations might know his power, that it is not easy to
fight against God. And he followed the mighty one:
46:9. And in the days of Moses he did a work of mercy, he and Caleb the
son of Jephone, in standing against the enemy, and withholding the
people from sins, and appeasing the wicked murmuring.
46:10. And they two being appointed, were delivered out of the danger
from among the number of six hundred thousand men on foot, to bring
them into their inheritance, into the land that floweth with milk and
46:11. And the Lord gave strength also to Caleb, and his strength
continued even to his old age, so that he went up to the high places of
the land, and his seed obtained it for an inheritance:
46:12. That all the children of Israel might see, that it is good to
obey the holy God.
46:13. Then all the judges, every one by name, whose heart was not
corrupted: who turned not away from the Lord,
46:14. That their memory might be blessed, and their bones spring up
out of their place,
46:15. And their name continue for ever, the glory of the holy men
remaining unto their children.
46:16. Samuel the prophet of the Lord, the beloved of the Lord his God,
established a new government, and anointed princes over his people.
46:17. By the law of the Lord he judged the congregation, and the God
of Jacob beheld, and by his fidelity he was proved a prophet.
46:18. And he was known to be faithful in his words, because he saw the
God of light:
46:19. And called upon the name of the Lord Almighty, in fighting
against the enemies who beset him on every side, when he offered a lamb
46:20. And the Lord thundered from heaven, and with a great noise made
his voice to be heard.
46:21. And he crushed the princes of the Tyrians, and all the lords of
46:22. And before the time of the end of his life in the world, he
protested before the Lord, and his anointed: money, or any thing else,
even to a shoe, he had not taken of any man, and no man did accuse him.
46:23. And after this he slept, and he made known to the king, and
shewed him the end of his life, and he lifted up his voice from the
earth in prophecy to blot out the wickedness of the nation.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 47
The praise of Nathan, of David, and of Solomon: Of his fall and
47:1. Then Nathan the prophet arose in the days of David.
47:2. And as the fat taken away from the flesh, so was David chosen
from among the children of Israel.
47:3. He played with lions as with lambs: and with bears he did in like
manner as with the lambs of the flock, in his youth.
47:4. Did not he kill the giant, and take away reproach from his
47:5. In lifting up his hand, with the stone in the sling he beat down
the boasting of Goliath:
47:6. For he called upon the Lord the Almighty, and he gave strength in
his right hand, to take away the mighty warrior, and to set up the horn
of his nation.
47:7. So in ten thousand did he glorify him, and praised him in the
blessings of the Lord, in offering to him a crown of glory:
47:8. For he destroyed the enemies on every side, and extirpated the
Philistines the adversaries unto this day: he broke their horn for
47:9. In all his works he gave thanks to the holy one, and to the most
High, with words of glory.
47:10. With his whole heart he praised the Lord, and loved God that
made him: and he gave him power against his enemies:
47:11. And he set singers before the altar, and by their voices he made
47:12. And to the festivals he added beauty, and set in order the
solemn times even to the end of his life, that they should praise the
holy name of the Lord, and magnify the holiness of God in the morning.
47:13. The Lord took away his sins, and exalted his horn for ever: and
he gave him a covenant of the kingdom, and a throne of glory in Israel.
47:14. After him arose up a wise son, and for his sake he cast down all
the power of the enemies.
47:15. Solomon reigned in days of peace, and God brought all his
enemies under him, that he might build a house in his name, and prepare
a sanctuary for ever: O how wise wast thou in thy youth!
47:16. And thou wast filled as a river with wisdom, and thy soul
covered the earth.
47:17. And thou didst multiply riddles in parables: thy name went
abroad to the islands far off, and thou wast beloved in thy peace.
47:18. The countries wondered at thee for thy canticles, and proverbs,
and parables, and interpretations,
47:19. And at the name of the Lord God, whose surname is, God of
47:20. Thou didst gather gold as copper, and didst multiply silver as
47:21. And thou didst bow thyself to women: and by thy body thou wast
brought under subjection.
47:22. Thou hast stained thy glory, and defiled thy seed so as to bring
wrath upon thy children, and to have thy folly kindled,
47:23. That thou shouldst make the kingdom to be divided, and out of
Ephraim a rebellious kingdom to rule.
47:24. But God will not leave off his mercy, and he will not destroy,
nor abolish his own works, neither will he cut up by the roots the
offspring of his elect: and he will not utterly take away the seed of
him that loveth the Lord.
47:25. Wherefore he gave a remnant to Jacob, and to David of the same
47:26. And Solomon had an end with his fathers.
47:27. And he left behind him of his seed, the folly of the nation,
47:28. Even Roboam that had little wisdom, who turned away the people
through his counsel:
47:29. And Jeroboam the son of Nabat, who caused Israel to sin, and
shewed Ephraim the way of sin, and their sins were multiplied
47:30. They removed them far away from their land.
47:31. And they sought out all iniquities, till vengeance came upon
them, and put an end to all their sins.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 48
The praise of Elias, of Eliseus, of Ezechias, and of Isaias.
48:1. And Elias the prophet stood up, as a fire, and his word burnt
like a torch.
48:2. He brought a famine upon them, and they that provoked him in
their envy, were reduced to a small number, for they could not endure
the commandments of the Lord.
48:3. By the word of the Lord he shut up the heaven, and he brought
down fire from heaven thrice.
48:4. Thus was Elias magnified in his wondrous works. And who can glory
like to thee?
48:5. Who raisedst up a dead man from below, from the lot of death, by
the word of the Lord God.
48:6. Who broughtest down kings to destruction, and brokest easily
their power in pieces, and the glorious from their bed.
48:7. Who heardest judgment in Sina, and in Horeb the judgments of
48:8. Who anointedst kings to penance, and madest prophets successors
48:9. Who wast taken up in a whirlwind of fire, in a chariot of fiery
48:10. Who art registered in the judgments of times to appease the
wrath of the Lord, to reconcile the heart of the father to the son, and
to restore the tribes of Jacob.
48:11. Blessed are they that saw thee, and were honoured with thy
48:12. For we live only in our life, but after death our name shall not
48:13. Elias was indeed covered with the whirlwind, and his spirit was
filled up in Eliseus: in his days he feared not the prince, and no man
was more powerful than he.
48:14. No word could overcome him, and after death his body prophesied.
48:15. In his life he did great wonders, and in death he wrought
48:16. For all this the people repented not, neither did they depart
from their sins till they were cast out of their land, and were
scattered through all the earth.
48:17. And there was left but a small people, and a prince in the house
48:18. Some of these did that which pleased God: but others committed
48:19. Ezechias fortified his city, and brought in water into the midst
thereof, and he digged a rock with iron, and made a well for water.
48:20. In his days Sennacherib came up, and sent Rabsaces, and lifted
up his hand against them, and he stretched out his hand against Sion,
and became proud through his power.
48:21. Then their hearts and hands trembled, and they were in pain as
women in travail.
48:22. And they called upon the Lord who is merciful, and spreading
their hands, they lifted them up to heaven: and the holy Lord God
quickly heard their voice.
48:23. He was not mindful of their sins, neither did he deliver them up
to their enemies, but he purified them by the hand of Isaias, the holy
48:24. He overthrew the army of the Assyrians, and the angel of the
Lord destroyed them.
48:25. For Ezechias did that which pleased God, and walked valiantly in
the way of David his father, which Isaias, the great prophet, and
faithful in the sight of God, had commanded him.
48:26. In his days the sun wen backward, and he lengthened the king's
48:27. With a great spirit he saw the things that are to come to pass
at last, and comforted the mourners in Sion.
48:28. He showed what should come to pass for ever, and secret things
before they came.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 49
The praise of Josias, of Jeremias, Ezechiel, and the twelve prophets.
Also of Zorobabel, Jesus the son of Josedech, Nehemias, Enoch, Joseph,
Seth, Sem, and Adam.
49:1. The memory of Josias is like the composition of a sweet smell
made by the art of a perfumer:
49:2. His remembrance shall be sweet as honey in every mouth, and as
music at a banquet of wine.
49:3. He was directed by God unto the repentance of the nation, and he
took away the abominations of wickedness.
49:4. And he directed his heart towards the Lord, and in the days of
sinners he strengthened godliness.
49:5. Except David, and Ezechias and Josias, all committed sin.
49:6. For the kings of Juda forsook the law of the most High, and
despised the fear of God.
49:7. So they gave their kingdom to others, and their glory to a
49:8. They burnt the chosen city of holiness, and made the streets
thereof desolate according to the prediction of Jeremias.
49:9. For they treated him evil, who was consecrated a prophet from his
mother's womb, to overthrow, and pluck up, and destroy, and to build
again, and renew.
49:10. It was Ezechiel that saw the glorious vision, which was shewn
him upon the chariot of cherubims.
49:11. For he made mention of the enemies under the figure of rain, and
of doing good to them that shewed right ways.
49:12. And may the bones of the twelve prophets spring up out of their
place: for they strengthened Jacob, and redeemed themselves by strong
49:13. How shall we magnify Zorobabel? for he was as a signet on the
49:14. In like manner Jesus the son of Josedec who in their days built
the house, and set up a holy temple to the Lord, prepared for
49:15. And let Nehemias be a long time remembered, who raised up for us
our walls that were cast down, and set up the gates and the bars, who
rebuilt our houses.
49:16. No man was born upon earth like Henoch: for he also was taken up
from the earth.
49:17. Nor as Joseph, who was a man born prince of his brethren, the
support of his family, the ruler of his brethren, the stay of the
49:18. And his bones were visited, and after death they prophesied.
They prophesied. . .That is, by their being carried out of Egypt they
verified the prophetic prediction of Joseph. Gen. 50.
49:19. Seth and Sem obtained glory among men: and above every soul Adam
in the beginning,
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 50
The praises of Simon the high priest. The conclusion.
50:1. Simon the high priest, the son of Onias, who in his life propped
up the house, and in his days fortified the temple.
50:2. By him also the height of the temple was founded, the double
building and the high walls of the temple.
50:3. In his days the wells of water flowed out, and they were filled
as the sea above measure.
50:4. He took care of his nation, and delivered it from destruction.
50:5. He prevailed to enlarge the city, and obtained glory in his
conversation with the people: and enlarged the entrance of the house
and the court.
50:6. He shone in his days as the morning star in the midst of a cloud,
and as the moon at the full.
50:7. And as the sun when it shineth, so did he shine in the temple of
50:8. And as the rainbow giving light in bright clouds, and as the
flower of roses in the days of the spring, and as the lilies that are
on the brink of the water, and as the sweet smelling frankincense in
the time of summer.
50:9. As a bright fire, and frankincense burning in the fire.
50:10. As a massy vessel of gold, adorned with every precious stone.
50:11. As an olive tree budding forth, and a cypress tree rearing
itself on high, when he put on the robe of glory, and was clothed with
the perfection of power.
Clothed with the perfection of power. . .That is, with all the vestments
denoting his dignity and authority.
50:12. When he went up to the holy altar, he honoured the vesture of
50:13. And when he took the portions out of the hands of the priests,
he himself stood by the altar. And about him was the ring of his
brethren: and as the cedar planted in mount Libanus,
50:14. And as branches of palm trees, they stood round about him, and
all the sons of Aaron in their glory.
50:15. And the oblation of the Lord was in their hands, before all the
congregation of Israel: and finishing his service, on the altar, to
honour the offering of the most high King,
50:16. He stretched forth his hand to make a libation, and offered of
the blood of the grape.
50:17. He poured out at the foot of the altar a divine odour to the
most high Prince.
50:18. Then the sons of Aaron shouted, they sounded with beaten
trumpets, and made a great noise to be heard for a remembrance before
50:19. Then all the people together made haste, and fell down to the
earth upon their faces, to adore the Lord their God, and to pray to the
Almighty God the most High.
50:20. And the singers lifted up their voices, and in the great house
the sound of sweet melody was increased.
50:21. And the people in prayer besought the Lord the most High, until
the worship of the Lord was perfected, and they had finished their
50:22. Then coming down, he lifted up his hands over all the
congregation of the children of Israel, to give glory to God with his
lips, and to glory in his name:
50:23. And he repeated his prayer, willing to shew the power of God.
50:24. And now pray ye to the God of all, who hath done great things in
all the earth, who hath increased our days from our mother's womb, and
hath done with us according to his mercy.
50:25. May he grant us joyfulness of heart, and that there be peace in
our days in Israel for ever:
50:26. That Israel may believe that the mercy of God is with us, to
deliver us in his days.
50:27. There are two nations which my soul abhorreth: and the third is
no nation: which I hate:
Abhorreth. . .Viz., with a holy indignation, as enemies of God and
persecutors of his people. Such were then the Edomites who abode in
mount Seir, the Philistines, and the Samaritans who dwelt in Sichem,
and had their schismatical temple in that neighbourhood.
50:28. They that sit on mount Seir, and the Philistines, and the
foolish people that dwell in Sichem.
50:29. Jesus the son of Sirach, of Jerusalem, hath written in this book
the doctrine of wisdom and instruction, who renewed wisdom from his
50:30. Blessed is he that is conversant in these good things and he
that layeth them up in his heart, shall be wise always.
50:31. For if he do them, he shall be strong to do all things: because
the light of God guideth his steps.
Ecclesiasticus Chapter 51
A prayer of praise and thanksgiving.
51:1. A prayer of Jesus the son of Sirach. I will give glory to thee, O
Lord, O King, and I will praise thee, O God my Saviour.
51:2. I will give glory to thy name: for thou hast been a helper and
protector to me.
51:3. And hast preserved my body from destruction, from the snare of an
unjust tongue, and from the lips of them that forge lies, and in the
sight of them that stood by, thou hast been my helper.
51:4. And thou hast delivered me, according to the multitude of the
mercy of thy name, from them that did roar, prepared to devour.
51:5. Out of the hands of them that sought my life, and from the gates
of afflictions, which compassed me about:
51:6. From the oppression of the flame which surrounded me, and in the
midst of the fire I was not burnt.
51:7. From the depth of the belly of hell, and from an unclean tongue,
and from lying words, from an unjust king, and from a slanderous
51:8. My soul shall praise the Lord even to death.
51:9. And my life was drawing near to hell beneath.
51:10. They compassed me on every side, and there was no one that would
help me. I looked for the succour of men, and there was none.
51:11. I remembered thy mercy, O Lord, and thy works, which are from
the beginning of the world.
51:12. How thou deliverest them that wait for thee, O Lord, and savest
them out of the hands of the nations.
51:13. Thou hast exalted my dwelling place upon the earth and I have
prayed for death to pass away.
51:14. I called upon the Lord, the father of my Lord, that he would not
leave me in the day of my trouble, and in the time of the proud without
51:15. I will praise thy name continually, and will praise it with
thanksgiving, and my prayer was heard.
51:16. And thou hast saved me from destruction, and hast delivered me
from the evil time.
51:17. Therefore I will give thanks, and praise thee, and bless the
name of the Lord.
51:18. When I was yet young, before I wandered about, I sought for
wisdom openly in my prayer.
51:19. I prayed for her before the temple, and unto the very end I will
seek after her, and she flourished as a grape soon ripe.
51:20. My heart delighted in her, my foot walked in the right way, from
my youth up I sought after her.
51:21. I bowed down my ear a little, and received her.
51:22. I found much wisdom in myself, and profited much therein.
51:23. To him that giveth me wisdom, will I give glory.
51:24. For I have determined to follow her: I have had a zeal for good,
and shall not be confounded.
51:25. My soul hath wrestled for her, and in doing it I have been
51:26. I stretched forth my hands on high, and I bewailed my ignorance
51:27. I directed my soul to her, and in knowledge I found her.
51:28. I possessed my heart with her from the beginning: therefore I
shall not be forsaken.
51:29. My entrails were troubled in seeking her: therefore shall I
possess a good possession.
51:30. The Lord hath given me a tongue for my reward: and with it I
will praise him.
51:31. Draw near to me, ye unlearned, and gather yourselves together
into the hours of discipline.
51:32. Why are ye slow and what do you say of these things? your souls
are exceeding thirsty.
51:33. I have opened my mouth, and have spoken: buy her for yourselves
51:34. And submit your neck to the yoke, and let your soul receive
discipline: for she is near at hand to be found.
51:35. Behold with your eyes how I have laboured a little, and have
found much rest to myself.
51:36. Receive ye discipline as a great sum of money, and possess
abundance of gold by her.
51:37. Let your soul rejoice in his mercy and you shall not be
confounded in his praise.
51:38. Work your work before the time, and he will give you your reward
in his time.
THE PROPHECY OF ISAIAS
This inspired writer is called by the Holy Ghost, the great prophet,
(Ecclesiasticus 48.25,) from the greatness of his prophetic spirit, by
which he hath foretold so long before, and in so clear a manner, the
coming of Christ, the mysteries of our redemption, the calling of the
Gentiles, and the glorious establishment, and perpetual flourishing of
the church of Christ: insomuch that he may seem to have been rather an
evangelist than a prophet. His very name is not without mystery; for
Isaias in Hebrew signifies the salvation of the Lord, or Jesus is the
Lord. He was, according to the tradition of the Hebrews, of the blood
royal of the kings of Juda: and after a most holy life, ended his days
by a glorious martyrdom; being sawed in two, at the command of his
wicked son in law, King Manasses, for reproving his evil ways.
Isaias Chapter 1
The prophet complains of the sins of Juda and Jerusalem, and exhorts
them to a sincere conversion.
1:1. The vision of Isaias the Son of Amos, which he saw concerning Juda
and Jerusalem in the days of Ozias, Joathan, Achaz, and Ezechias, kings
1:2. Hear, O ye heavens, and give ear, O earth, for the Lord hath
spoken. I have brought up children, and exalted them: but they have
1:3. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but
Israel hath not known me, and my people hath not understood.
1:4. Woe to the sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a wicked
seed, ungracious children: they have forsaken the Lord, they have
blasphemed the Holy One of Israel, they are gone away backwards.
1:5. For what shall I strike you any more, you that increase
transgression? the whole head is sick, and the whole heart is sad.
1:6. From the sole of the foot unto the top of the head, there is no
soundness therein: wounds and bruises and swelling sores: they are not
bound up, nor dressed, nor fomented with oil.
1:7. Your land is desolate, your cities are burnt with fire: your
country strangers devour before your face, and it shall be desolate as
when wasted by enemies.
1:8. And the daughter of Sion shall be left as a covert in a vineyard,
and as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, and as a city that is laid
1:9. Except the Lord of hosts had left us seed, we had been as Sodom,
and we should have been like to Gomorrha.
1:10. Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom, give ear to the
law of our God, ye people of Gomorrha.
1:11. To what purpose do you offer me the multitude of your victims,
saith the Lord? I am full, I desire not holocausts of rams, and fat of
fatlings, and blood of calves, and lambs, and buck goats.
1:12. When you came to appear before me, who required these things at
your hands, that you should walk in my courts?
1:13. Offer sacrifice no more in vain: incense is an abomination to me.
The new moons, and the sabbaths and other festivals I will not abide,
your assemblies are wicked.
1:14. My soul hateth your new moons, and your solemnities: they are
become troublesome to me, I am weary of bearing them.
1:15. And when you stretch forth your hands, I will turn away my eyes
from you: and when you multiply prayer, I will not hear: for your hands
are full of blood.
1:16. Wash yourselves, be clean, take away the evil of your devices
from my eyes, cease to do perversely,
1:17. Learn to do well: seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge for
the fatherless, defend the widow.
1:18. And then come, and accuse me, saith the Lord: if your sins be as
scarlet, they shall be made as white as snow: and if they be red as
crimson, they shall be white as wool.
1:19. If you be willing, and will hearken to me, you shall eat the good
things of the land.
1:20. But if you will not, and will provoke me to wrath: the sword
shall devour you because the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
1:21. How is the faithful city, that was full of judgment, become a
harlot? justice dwelt in it, but now murderers.
1:22. Thy silver is turned into dross: thy wine is mingled with water.
1:23. Thy princes are faithless, companions of thieves: they all love
bribes, they run after rewards. They judge not for the fatherless: and
the widow's cause cometh not in to them.
1:24. Therefore saith the Lord the God of hosts, the mighty one of
Israel: Ah! I will comfort myself over my adversaries: and I will be
revenged of my enemies.
1:25. And I will turn my hand to thee, and I will clean purge away thy
dross, and I will take away all thy tin.
1:26. And I will restore thy judges as they were before, and thy
counsellors as of old. After this thou shalt be called the city of the
just, a faithful city.
1:27. Sion shall be redeemed in judgment, and they shall bring her back
1:28. And he shall destroy the wicked, and the sinners together: and
they that have forsaken the Lord, shall be consumed.
1:29. For they shall be confounded for the idols, to which they have
sacrificed: and you shall be ashamed of the gardens which you have
1:30. When you shall be as an oak with the leaves falling off, and as a
garden without water.
1:31. And your strength shall be as the ashes of tow, and your work as
a spark: and both shall burn together, and there shall be none to
Isaias Chapter 2
All nations shall flow to the church of Christ. The Jews shall be
rejected for their sins. Idolatry shall be destroyed.
2:1. The word that Isaias the son of Amos saw, concerning Juda and
2:2. And in the last days the mountain of the house of the Lord shall
be prepared on the top of mountains, and it shall be exalted above the
hills, and all nations shall flow unto it.
The last days. . .The whole time of the new law, from the coming of
Christ till the end of the world, is called in the scripture the last
days; because no other age or time shall come after it, but only
eternity.--Ibid. On the top of mountains, etc. . .This shews the
perpetual visibility of the church of Christ: for a mountain upon the
top of mountains cannot be hid.
2:3. And many people shall go, and say: Come and let us go up to the
mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will
teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall
come forth from Sion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
2:4. And he shall judge the Gentiles, and rebuke many people: and they
shall turn their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into
sickles: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall
they be exercised any more to war.
2:5. O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the
2:6. For thou hast cast off thy people, the house of Jacob: because
they are filled as in times past, and have had soothsayers as the
Philistines, and have adhered to strange children.
2:7. Their land is filled with silver and gold: and there is no end of
2:8. And their land is filled with horses: and their chariots are
innumerable. Their land also is full of idols: they have adored the
work of their own hands, which their own fingers have made.
2:9. And man hath bowed himself down, and man hath been debased:
therefore forgive them not.
2:10. Enter thou into the rock, and hide thee in the pit from the face
of the fear of the Lord, and from the glory of his majesty.
2:11. The lofty eyes of man are humbled, and the haughtiness of men
shall be made to stoop: and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that
2:12. Because the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that
is proud and highminded, and upon every one that is arrogant, and he
shall be humbled.
2:13. And upon all the tall and lofty cedars of Libanus, and upon all
the oaks of Basan.
2:14. And upon all the high mountains and upon all the elevated hills.
2:15. And upon every high tower, and every fenced wall.
2:16. And upon all the ships of Tharsis, and upon all that is fair to
2:17. And the loftiness of men shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness
of men shall be humbled, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that
2:18. And idols shall be utterly destroyed.
Idols shall be utterly destroyed. . .or utterly pass away. This was
verified by the establishment of Christianity. And by this and other
texts of the like nature, the wild system of some modern sectaries is
abundantly confuted, who charge the whole Christian church with
worshipping idols, for many ages.
2:19. And they shall go into the holes of rocks, and into the caves of
the earth from the face of the fear of the Lord, and from the glory of
his majesty, when he shall rise up to strike the earth.
2:20. In that day a man shall cast away his idols of silver, and his
idols of gold, which he had made for himself to adore, moles and bats.
2:21. And he shall go into the clefts of rocks, and into the holes of
stones from the face of the fear of the Lord, and from the glory of his
majesty, when he shall rise up to strike the earth.
2:22. Cease ye therefore from the man, whose breath is in his nostrils,
for he is reputed high.
Isaias Chapter 3
The confusion and other evils that shall come upon the Jews for their
sins. The pride of their women shall be punished.
3:1. For behold the sovereign Lord of hosts shall take away from
Jerusalem, and from Juda the valiant and the strong, the whole strength
of bread, and the whole strength of water.
3:2. The strong man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet and
the cunning man, and the ancient.
3:3. The captain over fifty, and the honourable in countenance, and the
counsellor, and the architect, and the skilful in eloquent speech.
3:4. And I will give children to be their princes, and the effeminate
shall rule over them.
3:5. And the people shall rush one upon another, and every man against
his neighbour: the child shall make a tumult against the ancient, and
the base against the honourable.
3:6. For a man shall take hold of his brother, one of the house of his
father, saying: Thou hast a garment, be thou our ruler, and let this
ruin be under thy hand.
3:7. In that day he shall answer, saying: I am no healer, and in my
house there is no bread, nor clothing: make me not ruler of the people.
3:8. For Jerusalem is ruined, and Juda is fallen: because their tongue,
and their devices are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of his
3:9. The shew of their countenance hath answered them: and they have
proclaimed abroad their sin as Sodom, and they have not hid it: woe to
their souls, for evils are rendered to them.
3:10. Say to the just man that it is well, for he shall eat the fruit
of his doings.
3:11. Woe to the wicked unto evil: for the reward of his hands shall be
3:12. As for my people, their oppressors have stripped them, and women
have ruled over them. O my people, they that call thee blessed, the
same deceive thee, and destroy the way of thy steps.
3:13. The Lord standeth up to judge, and he standeth to judge the
3:14. The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients of his
people, and its princes: for you have devoured the vineyard, and the
spoil of the poor is in your house.
3:15. Why do you consume my people, and grind the faces of the poor?
saith the Lord the God of hosts.
3:16. And the Lord said: Because the daughters of Sion are haughty, and
have walked with stretched out necks, and wanton glances of their eyes,
and made a noise as they walked with their feet and moved in a set
3:17. The Lord will make bald the crown of the head of the daughters of
Sion, and the Lord will discover their hair.
3:18. In that day the Lord will take away the ornaments of shoes, and
3:19. And chains and necklaces, and bracelets, and bonnets,
3:20. And bodkins, and ornaments of the legs, and tablets, and sweet
balls, and earrings,
3:21. And rings, and jewels hanging on the forehead,
3:22. And changes of apparel, and short cloaks, and fine linen, and
3:23. And lookingglasses, and lawns, and headbands, and fine veils.
3:24. And instead of a sweet smell there shall be stench, and instead
of a girdle, a cord, and instead of curled hair, baldness, and instead
of a stomacher, haircloth.
3:25. Thy fairest men also shall fall by the sword, and thy valiant
ones in battle.
3:26. And her gates shall lament and mourn, and she shall sit desolate
on the ground.
Isaias Chapter 4
After an extremity of evils that shall fall upon the Jews, a remnant
shall be comforted by Christ.
4:1. And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying: We
will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called
by thy name, take away our reproach.
4:2. In that day the bud of the Lord shall be in magnificence and
glory, and the fruit of the earth shall be high, and a great joy to
them that shall have escaped of Israel.
The bud of the Lord. . .That is, Christ.
4:3. And it shall come to pass, that every one that shall be left in
Sion, and that shall remain in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, every
one that is written in life in Jerusalem.
4:4. If the Lord shall wash away the filth of the daughters of Sion,
and shall wash away the blood of Jerusalem out of the midst thereof, by
the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.
4:5. And the Lord will create upon every place of mount Sion, and where
he is called upon, a cloud by day, and a smoke and the brightness of a
flaming fire in the night: for over all the glory shall be a
4:6. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shade in the daytime from
the heat, and for a security and covert from the whirlwind, and from
Isaias Chapter 5
The reprobation of the Jews is foreshewn under the parable of a
vineyard. A woe is pronounced against sinners: the army of God shall
send against them.
5:1. I will sing to my beloved the canticle of my cousin concerning his
vineyard. My beloved had a vineyard on a hill in a fruitful place.
My cousin. . .So the prophet calls Christ, as being of his family and
kindred, by descending from the house of David. Ibid. On a hill,
etc. . .Literally, in the horn, the son of oil.
5:2. And he fenced it in, and picked the stones out of it, and planted
it with the choicest vines, and built a tower in the midst thereof, and
set up a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth
grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.
5:3. And now, O ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and ye men of Juda, judge
between me and my vineyard.
5:4. What is there that I ought to do more to my vineyard, that I have
not done to it? was it that I looked that it should bring forth grapes,
and it hath brought forth wild grapes?
5:5. And now I will shew you what I will do to my vineyard. I will take
away the hedge thereof, and it shall be wasted: I will break down the
wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down.
5:6. And I will make it desolate: it shall not be pruned, and it shall
not be digged: but briers and thorns shall come up: and I will command
the clouds to rain no rain upon it.
5:7. For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel: and
the man of Juda, his pleasant plant: and I looked that he should do
judgment, and behold iniquity: and do justice, and behold a cry.
5:8. Woe to you that join house to house and lay field to field, even
to the end of the place: shall you alone dwell in the midst of the
5:9. These things are in my ears, saith the Lord of hosts: Unless many
great and fair houses shall become desolate, without an inhabitant.
5:10. For ten acres of vineyard shall yield one little measure, and
thirty bushels of seed shall yield three bushels.
5:11. Woe to you that rise up early in the morning to follow
drunkenness, and to drink in the evening, to be inflamed with wine.
5:12. The harp, and the lyre, and, the timbrel and the pipe, and wine
are in your feasts: and the work of the Lord you regard not, nor do you
consider the works of his hands.
5:13. Therefore is my people led away captive, because they had not
knowledge, and their nobles have perished with famine, and their
multitude were dried up with thirst.
5:14. Therefore hath hell enlarged her soul, and opened her mouth
without any bounds, and their strong ones, and their people, and their
high and glorious ones shall go down into it.
5:15. And man shall be brought down, and man shall be humbled, and the
eyes of the lofty shall be brought low.
5:16. And the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and the holy
God shall be sanctified in justice.
5:17. And the lambs shall feed according to their order, and strangers
shall eat the deserts turned into fruitfulness.
5:18. Woe to you that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as
the rope of a cart.
5:19. That say: Let him make haste, and let his work come quickly, that
we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel come, that
we may know it.
5:20. Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness
for light, and light for darkness: that put bitter for sweet, and sweet
5:21. Woe to you that are wise in your own eyes, and prudent in your
5:22. Woe to you that are mighty to drink wine, and stout men at
5:23. That justify the wicked for gifts, and take away the justice of
the just from him.
5:24. Therefore as the tongue of the fire devoureth the stubble, and
the heat of the flame consumeth it: so shall their root be as ashes,
and their bud shall go up as dust: for they have cast away the law of
the Lord of hosts, and have blasphemed the word of the Holy One of
5:25. Therefore is the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people,
and he hath stretched out his hand upon them, and struck them: and the
mountains were troubles, and their carcasses became as dung in the
midst of the streets. For after this his anger is not turned away, but
his hand is stretched out still.
5:26. And he will lift up a sign to the nations afar off, and will
whistle to them from the ends of the earth: and behold they shall come
with speed swiftly.
5:27. There is none that shall faint, nor labour among them: they shall
not slumber nor sleep, neither shall the girdle of their loins be
loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken.
5:28. Their arrows are sharp, and all their bows are bent. The hoofs of
their horses shall be like the flint, and their wheels like the
violence of a tempest.
5:29. Their roaring like that of a lion, they shall roar like young
lions: yea they shall roar, and take hold of the prey, and they shall
keep fast hold of it, and there shall be none to deliver it.
5:30. And they shall make a noise against them that day, like the
roaring of the sea; we shall look towards the land, and behold darkness
of tribulation, and the light is darkened with the mist thereof.
Isaias Chapter 6
A glorious vision, in which the prophet's lips are cleansed: he
foretelleth the obstinacy of the Jews.
6:1. In the year that king Ozias died, I saw the Lord sitting upon a
throne high and elevated: and his train filled the temple.
6:2. Upon it stood the seraphims: the one had six wings, and the other
had six wings: with two they covered his face, and with two they
covered his feet, and with two they flew.
6:3. And they cried one to another, and said: Holy, holy, holy, the
Lord God of hosts, all the earth is full of his glory,
6:4. And the lintels of the doors were moved at the voice of him that
cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
6:5. And I said: Woe is me, because I have held my peace; because I am
a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people that hath
unclean lips, and I have seen with my eyes the King the Lord of hosts.
6:6. And one of the seraphims flew to me, and in his hand was a live
coal, which he had taken with the tongs off the altar.
6:7. And he touched my mouth, and said: Behold this hath touched thy
lips, and thy iniquities shall be taken away, and thy sin shall be
6:8. And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: Whom shall I send? and
who shall go for us? And I said: Lo, here am I, send me.
6:9. And he said: Go, and thou shalt say to this people: Hearing, hear,
and understand not: and see the vision, and know it not.
6:10. Blind the heart of this people, and make their ears heavy, and
shut their eyes: lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their
ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted and I heal
6:11. And I said: How long, O Lord? And he said: Until the cities be
wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land
shall be left desolate.
6:12. And the Lord shall remove men far away, and she shall be
multiplied that was left in the midst of the earth.
6:13. And there shall be still a tithing therein, and she shall turn,
and shall be made a show as a turpentine tree, and as an oak that
spreadeth its branches: that which shall stand therein, shall be a holy
Isaias Chapter 7
The prophet assures king Achaz that the two kings his enemies shall not
take Jerusalem. A virgin shall conceive and bear a son.
7:1. And it came to pass in the days of Achaz the son of Joathan, the
son of Ozias, king of Juda, that Rasin king of Syria and Phacee the son
of Romelia king of Israel, came up to Jerusalem, to fight against it:
but they could not prevail over it.
7:2. And they told the house of David, saying: Syria hath rested upon
Ephraim, and his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the
trees of the woods are moved with the wind.
7:3. And the Lord said to Isaias: Go forth to meet Achaz, thou and
Jasub thy son that is left, to the conduit of the upper pool in the way
of the fuller's field.
7:4. And thou shalt say to him: See thou be quiet: fear not, and let
not thy heart be afraid of the two tails of these firebrands, smoking
with the wrath of the fury of Rasin king of Syria, and of the son of
7:5. Because Syria hath taken counsel against thee, unto the evil of
Ephraim and the son of Romelia, saying:
7:6. Let us go up to Juda, and rouse it up, and draw it away to us, and
make the son of Tabeel king in the midst thereof.
7:7. Thus saith the Lord God: It shall not stand, and this shall not
7:8. But the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is
Rasin: and within threescore and five years, Ephraim shall cease to be
7:9. And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is the
son of Romelia. If you will not believe, you shall not continue.
7:10. And the Lord spoke again to Achaz, saying:
7:11. Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God, either unto the depth of
hell, or unto the height above.
7:12. And Achaz said: I will not ask, and I will not tempt the Lord.
7:13. And he said: Hear ye therefore, O house of David: Is it a small
thing for you to be grievous to men, that you are grievous to my God
7:14. Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin
shall conceive, and bear a son and his name shall be called Emmanuel.
7:15. He shall eat butter and honey, that he may know to refuse the
evil, and to choose the good.
7:16. For before the child know to refuse the evil and to choose the
good, the land which thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of the face of
her two kings.
7:17. The Lord shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon the
house of thy father, days that have not come since the time of the
separation of Ephraim from Juda with the king of the Assyrians.
7:18. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall hiss
for the fly, that is in the uttermost parts of the rivers of Egypt, and
for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.
7:19. And they shall come, and shall all of them rest in the torrents
of the valleys, and in the holes of the rocks, and upon all places set
with shrubs, and in all hollow places.
7:20. In that day the Lord shall shave with a razor that is hired by
them that are beyond the river, by the king of the Assyrians, the head
and the hairs of the feet, and the whole beard.
7:21. And it shall come to pass in that day, that a man shall nourish a
young cow, and two sheep.
7:22. And for the abundance of milk he shall eat butter: for butter and
honey shall every one eat that shall be left in the midst of the land.
7:23. And it shall come to pass in that day, that every place where
there were a thousand vines, at a thousand pieces of silver, shall
become thorns and briers.
7:24. With arrows and with bows they shall go in thither: for briers
and thorns shall be in all the land.
7:25. And as for the hills that shall be raked with a rake, the fear of
thorns and briers shall not come thither, but they shall be for the ox
to feed on, and the lesser cattle to tread upon.
Isaias Chapter 8
The name of a child that is to be born: many evils shall come upon the
Jews for their sins.
8:1. And the Lord said to me: Take thee a great book, and write in it
with a man's pen. Take away the spoils with speed, quickly take the
8:2. And I took unto me faithful witnesses, Urias the priest, and
Zacharias the son of Barachias.
8:3. And I went to the prophetess, and she conceived, and bore a son.
And the Lord said to me: Call his name, Hasten to take away the spoils:
Make hast to take away the prey.
8:4. For before the child know to call his father and his mother, the
strength of Damascus, and the spoils of Samaria shall be taken away
before the king of the Assyrians.
8:5. And the Lord spoke to me again, saying: