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new government, and anointed princes over the end of his life, that they should praise his people.

Une holy name of the Lord, and magnify 17 By the law of the Lord he judged the the holiness of God in the morning. congregation : and the God of Jacob be- 13 The Lord took away his sins, and es. held; and by his fidelity he was proved a alted his horn for ever: and he gave bim a prophet.

covenant of the kingdom, and a throne of 18 And he was known to be faithful in glory in Israel. bis words, because be saw the God of light: 14 After him arose up a wise son, and for

19 And called upon the name of the his sake he cast down all the power of the Lord Almigbty, in fighting against the ene- enemies. mies who beset him on every side, when he 15 Solomon reigned in days of peace, offered a lamb without blemish.

and God brought all his enemies under him, 20 And the Lord thundered from hea that he might build a house in bis name, ven; and with a great noise, made his voice and prepare a sanctuary for ever: O bow to be heard :

wise wast thou in thy youth. 21 And he crushed the princes of the 16 And thou wast filled as a river with Tyrians, and all the lords of the Philistines :/ wisdom, and thy soul covered the earth.

22 And before the time of the end of his 17 And thou didst multiply riddles in palife in the world, he protested before the rables: thy name went abroad to the islands Lord, and his anointed : money or any thing far off, and thou wast beloved in thy peace. else, even to his shoe, he had not taken of 18 The countries wondered at thee for any man: and no man did accuse him. thy canticles, and proverbs, and parables,

23 And after this he slept: and he made and interpretations, known to the king, and shewed him the 19 And at the name of the Lord God, end of his life; and he lifted up his voice whose surname is, God of Israel. from the earth in prophecy to blot out the, 20 Thou didst gather gold as copper, and wickedness of the nation.

didst multiply silver as lead, CHAP. XLVII.

21 And thou didst bow thyself to women:

and by thy body thou wast brought under The praise of Nathan, of David, and of So.

subjection, lomon : of his fall and punishment. 22 Thou hast stained thy glory, and de THE THEN Nathan the prophet arose in the filed thy seed, so as to bring wrath upon thy days of David.

children, and to have thy folly kindled, 2 And as the fat taken away from the 23 That thou shouldst make the kingdom Alesh, so was David chosen from among the to be divided, and out of Ephraim a rebelchildren of Israel.

lious kingdom to rule. 3 He played with lions as with lambs : 24 But God will not leave off his mercy, and with bears he did in like manner as and he will not destroy nor abolish his own with the lambs of the flock, in his youth. works, neither will he cut up by the roots

4 Did not he kill the giant, and take away the offspring of his elect: and he will not reproach from his people ?

utterly take away the seed of him that lov5 In lifting up his hand, with the stone in eth the Lord. the sling he beat down the boasting of Go- 25 Wherefore he gave a remnant to Jaliah:

cob, and to David of the same stock. 6 For he called upon the Lord the Al- 26 And Solomon had an end with his famighty: and he gave strength in his right thers. hand, to take away the mighty warrior, and 27 And he left behind him of his seed, to set up the horn of his nation.

the folly of the nation, 7 So in ten thousand did he glorify him, 28 Even Roboam that had little wisdom, and praised him in the blessings of the who turned away the people through bis Lord, in offering to him a crown of glory : counsel :

8 For he destroyed the enemies on every 29 And Jeroboam the son of Nabat, who side, and extirpated the Philistines the ad- caused Israel to sin, and shewed Ephraim versaries unto this day: he broke their horn the way of sin, and their sins were multifor ever.

plied exceedingly. 9 In all his works he gave thanks to the 30 They removed them far away from holy One, and to the most High, with words their land. of glory:

31 And they sought out all iniquities, till 10 With his whole heart he praised the vengeance came upon them, and put an end Lord, and loved God that made him : and to all their sins. he gave him power against his enemies :

CHAP. XLVIII. 11 And he set singers before the altar : and by their voices he made sweet melo- The praise of Elias, of Eliseus, of Ezechias, dy.

and of Isaias. 12 And to the festivals he added beauty, and set in order the solemn times even ioll AND Elias the prophet stood up, as a

fire, and his word burnt like a torch.

THE

2 He brought a famine upon them, and|rians, and the Angel of the Lord destroyed they that provoked him in their envy, were||them. reduced to a small number, for they could 25 For Ezechias did that which pleased not endure the commandments of the Lord. God, and walked valiantly in the way of

3 By the word of the Lord he shut up David his father, which Isaias, the great the heaven, and he brought down fire from prophet, and faithful in the sight of God, heaven thrice.

had commanded him. 4 Thus was Elias magnified in his won- 26 In his days the sun went backward, drous works. And who can glory like to and he lengthened the king's life. thee?

27 With a great spirit he saw the things 5 Who raisedst up a dead man from be-that are come to pass at last, and comforted low, from the lot of death, by the word of the mourners in Sion. the Lord God.

28 He shewed what should come to pass 6 Who broughtest down kings to destruc- for ever, and secret things before they tion, and brokest easily their power in came. pieces, and the glorious from their bed.

CHAP. XLIX. 7 Who hcarest judgment in Sina, and in the praise of Josias, of Jeremias, Ezechiel, Horeb the judgments of vengeance.

and the twelve prophets. Also of Zoroba8 Who anointest kings to penance, and bel, Jesus the son of Josedech, Nehemias, makest prophets successors after thee. Enoch, Joseph, Seth, Sem, and Adam.

9 Who was taken up in a whirlwind of THE memory of Josias is like the comfire, in a chariot of fiery horses.

position of a sweet smell made by the 10 Who art registered in the judgments art of a perfumer, of times to appease the wrath of the Lord, 2 His remembrance shall be sweet as hoto reconcile the heart of the father to the ney in every mouth, and as music at a banson, and to restore the tribes of Jacob.

quet of wine. 11 Blessed are they that saw thee, and 3 He was directed by God unto the rewere honoured with thy friendship. pentance of the nation, and he took away

12 For we live only in our life, but after the abominations of wickedness. * death our name shall not be such.

4 And he directed his heart towards the 13 Elias was indeed covered with the Lord, and in the days of sinners he strengthwhirlwind, and his spirit was filled up in ened godliness. Eliseus: in his days he feared not the prince, 5 Except David, and Ezechias, and Josiand no man was more powerful than he. as, all committed sin.

14 No word could overcome him, and af. 6 For the kings of Juda forsook the law ter death his body prophesied.

of the most High, and despised the fear of 15 In his life he did great wonders, and God. in death he wrought miracles.

7 So they gave their kingdom to others, 16 For all this the people repented not, and their glory to a strange nation. neither did they depart from their sins, till 8 They burnt the chosen city of holiness, they were cast out of their land, and were and made the streets thereof desolate ac, scattered through all the earth.

cording to the prediction of Jeremias. 17 And there was left but a small people, 9 For they created him evil, who was and a prince in the house of David. consecrated a prophet from his mother's

18 Some of these did that which pleased womb, to overthrow, and pluck up, and deGod: but others committed many sins. stroy, and to build again, and renew.

19 Ezechias fortified his city, and brought 10 It was Ezechiel who saw the glorious in water into the midst thereof, and he dig-|vision, which was shewn him upon the chaged a rock with iron, and made a well for|riot of cherubims. water.

11 For he made mention of the enemies 20 In his days Sennacherib came up, and under the figure of rain, and of doing good sent Rabsaces, and lifted up his hand against to them that shewed right ways. them, and he stretched out his hand against|| 12 And may the bones of the twelve Sion, and became proud through his pow. prophets spring up out of their place : for

they strengthened Jacob, and redeemed 21 Then their hearts and hands trembled :|]themselves by strong faith. and they were in pain as women in travail. 13 How shall we magnify Zorobabel ? for.

22 And they called upon the Lord who is he was as a signet on the right hand ; merciful, and spreading their hands, they 14 In like manner Jesus the son of Joselifted them up to heaven : and the holy dec? who in their days built the house, and Lord God quickly heard their voice, set up a holy temple to the Lord, prepared

23 He was not mindful of their sins, for everlasting glory. neither did he deliver them up to their ene- 15 And let Nehemias be a long time re. mies, but he purified them by the hand of membered, who raised up for us our walls Isaias the holy prophet.

that were cast down, and set up the gates 24 He overthrew the army of the Assy-lland the bars, who rebuilt our houses.

er.

measure.

16 No man was born upon earth like 15 And the oblation of the Lord was in Henoch: for he also was taken up from the their hands, before all the congregation of earth.

| Israel: and finishing his service, on the al 17 Nor as Joseph, who was a man born tar, to honour the offering of the most High prince of his brethren, the support of his king, family, the ruler of his brethren, the stay of 16 He stretched forth his hand to make the people :

a libation, and offered of the blood of the 18 And his bones were visited, and after grape. death they prophesied.*

17 He poured out at the foot of the altar 19 Seth, and Sem obtained glory among a divine odour to the most high Prince. men : and above every soul Adam in the 18 Then the sons of Aaron shouted, they beginning

sounded with beaten trumpets, and made a CHAP. L.

great noise to be heard for a remembrance The praises of Simon the high priest. The before God. conclusion,

19 Then all the people together made VIMON the high priest, the son of Onias, haste, and fell down to the earth upon their and in his days fortified the temple. pray to the Almighty God the most High.

2 By him also the height of the temple 20 And the singers lifted up their voices, was founded, the double building and the and in the great house the sound of sweet high walls of the temple.

(melody was increased. 3 In his days the wells of water flowed 21 And the people in prayer besought out, and they were filled as the sea above the Lord the most High, until the worship

of the Lord was perfected, and they had 4. He took care of his nation, and deli finished their office. vered it from destruction.

22 Then coming down, he lifted up his 5 He prevailed to enlarge the city, and hands over all the congregation of the cbilobtained glory in his conversation with the dren of Israel, to give glory to God with people: and enlarged the entrance of the his lips, and to glory in his name: house, and the court.

23 And he repeated his prayer, willing 6 He shone in his days as the morning to shew the power of God. star in the midst of a cloud, and as the 24 And now pray ye to the God of all, moon at the full.

who hath done great things in all the earth, 7 And as the sun when it shineth, so did who hath increased our days from our mo. he shine in the temple of God.

ther's womb, and hath done with us accord. 8 And as the rainbow giving light in the ing to his mercy : bright clouds, and as the fower of roses in 25 May he grant us joyfulness of heart, the days of the spring, and as the lilies that and that there be peace in our days in Isare on the brink of the water, and as the rael for ever. sweet smelling frankincense in the time of 26 That Israel may believe that the mer.

cy of God is with us, to deliver us in his 9 As a bright fire, and frankincense burn-days. ing in the fire.

27 There are two nations which my soul 10 As a massy vessel of gold, adorned abhorreth :# and the third is no nation, with every precious stone.

which I hate : 11 As an olive-tree budding forth, and a 28 They that sit on mount Seir, and the cypress-tree rearing itself on high, when he Philistines, and the foolish people that put on the robe of glory, and was clothed dwell in Sichem. with the perfection of power.t

29 Jesus the son of Sirach, of Jerusalem, 12 When he went up to the holy altar, hath written in this book the doctrine of he honoured the vesture of holiness, wisdom and instruction, who renewed wis

13 And when he took the portions ont dom from his heart. of the hands of the priests, he himself stood 30 Blesset is he that is conversant in by the altar. And about him was the ring these good things : and he that layeth them of his brethren : and as the cedar planted in up in his heart, shall be wise always. mount Libanus,

31 For if he do them, he shall be strong 14 And as branches of palm-trees, they to do all things : because the light of God stood round about him, and all the sons of guideth his steps. Aaron in their glory.

· Abhorreth, viz. With a holy indigna. They prophesied. That is, by their be- tion, as enemies of God and persecutors of ing carried out of Egypt they verified the his people. Such were then the Edomites prophetic prediction of Joseph, Gen. L. who abode in mount Seir, the Philistines,

Clothed with the perfection of power. and the Samaritans who dwelt in Sichem, That is, with all the vestments denoting his and had their schismatical temple in that dignity and authority.

neighbourhood.

summer.

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CHAP. LI.

dered about, I sought for wisdom openly in A prayer of praise and thanksgiving. my prayer.

will give glory to thee, O Lord, O king, and unto the very end I will seek after her, and I will praise thee, O God my saviour. and she flourished as a grape soon ripe.

2 I will give glory to thy name : for thou 20 My heart delighted in her, my foot hast been a helper and protector to me. walked in the right way, from my youth up

3 And hast preserved my body from des I sought after her. truction, from the snare of an unjust tongue, 21 I bowed down my ear a little, and reand from the lips of them that forge lies,||ceived her. and in the sight of them that stood by, thou 22 I found much wisdom in myself, and hast been my helper.

I profited much therein. 4 And thou hast delivered me, according||.23 To him that giveth me wisdom, will I to the multitude of the mercy of thy name,||give glory. from them that did roar, prepared to de. 24 For I have determined to follow her : vour.

I have had a zeal for good, and shall not be 5 Out of the hands of them that sought|confounded. my life, and from the gates of afflictions, 25 My soul hath wrestled for her, and in which compassed me about :

doing it I have been confirmed. 6 From the oppression of the flame which 261 stretched forth my hands on high, surrounded me, and in the midst of the fire and I bewailed my ignorance of her. I was not burnt.

27 I directed my soul to her, and in 7 From the depth of the belly of hell,||knowledge I found her. and from an unclean tongue, and from lying 28 I possessed my heart with her from words, from an unjust king, and from a slan-| the beginning : therefore I shall not be forderous tongue :

saken. 8 My soul shall praise the Lord even to 29 My entrails were troubled in seeking death.

her: therefore shall I possess a good pos9 And my life was drawing near to hell/session. beneath.

30 The Lord bath given me a tongue 10 They compassed me on every side, for my reward: and with it I will praise and there was no one that would help him. me. I looked for the succour of men, and 31 Draw near to me, ye unlearned, and there was none.

gather yourselves together into the house 11 I remembered thy mercy, O Lord,||of discipline. and thy works, which are from the begin- 32 Why are ye slow ? and what do you ning of the world.

say of these things ? your souls are exceed12 How thou deliverest them that waiting thirsty. for thee, O Lord, and savest them out of the 33 I have opened my mouth, and have hands of the nations,

spoken : buy her for yourselves without 13 Thou hast exalted my dwelling-place silver, upon the earth, and I have prayed for death 34 And submit your neck to the yoke, to pass away:

and let your soul receive discipline : for she 14 I called upon the Lord, the father of||is near at hand to be found. my Lord, that he would not leave me in the 35 Behold with your eyes how I have laday of my trouble, and in the time of the boured a little, and have found much rest to proud, without help.

llmyself. 15 I will praise thy name continually, and 36 Receive ye discipline as a great sum vill praise it with thanksgiving, and my lof money, and possess abundance of gold by prayer was heard.

her. 16 And thou hast saved me from destruc- 37 Let your soul rejoice in his mercy, tion, and hast delivered me from the evil and you shall not be confounded in his time.

praise, 17 Therefore I will give thanks, and 38 Work your work before the time, praise thee, and bless the name of the Lord. and he will give you your reward in his 18 When I was yet young, before I wan-Utime.

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PROPHECY OF ISAIAS.

This inpired writer, is called by the Holy 10 Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers

Ghosi, Ecclesiastic. xlviii. 25. the great lof Sodom, give ear to the law of our God, prophet; from the greatness of his pro-lye people of Gomorrha. phetic spirit, by which he hath foretold, so 11 To what purpose do you offer me the long before, and in so clear a manner, the multitude of your victims, saith the Lord? coming of Christ, the mysteries of our re-i am full, I desire not holocausts of rams, demption, the calling of the Gentiles, and and fat of fatlings, and blood of calves, and the glorious establishment, and perpetuallambs, and buck-goats. flourishing of the church of Christ i inso- 12 When you came to appear before me, much that he may seem to have been rather who required these things at your hands, an evangelist than a prophet. His very that you should walk in my courts? name is not without mystery : for Isaias in 13 Offer sacrifice no more in vain : incense Hebrew signifies the salvation of the Lord, is an abomination to me. The new moons, or, Jesus is the Lord. He was, according and the sabbaths, and other festivals, I will to the tradition of the Hebrews, of the blood not abide, your assemblies are wicked. royal of the kings of Juda : and after a 14 My soul hateth your new moons, most holy life, ended his days by a glorious and your solemnities: they are become martyrdom ; being sawed in two, at the com-troublesome to me, I am weary of bearing mand of his wicked son-in-law, king Ma-them. nasses, for reproving his evil ways. 15 And when you stretch forth your CHAP. I.

hands, I will turn away my eyes from you: The prophet complains of the sins of Juda and when you multiply prayer, I will not

and Jerusalem : and exhorts them to a sin-hear: for your hands are full of blood. cere conversion.

16 Wash yourselves, be clean, take away VE vision of Isaias the son of Amos, the evil of your devices from my eyes : rusalem in the days of Ozias, Joathan, Ach- 17 Learn to do well: seek judgment, reaz, and Ezechias, kings of Juda.

lieve the oppressed, judge for the father. 2 Hear, O ye heavens, and give ear, o less, defend the widow. earth, for the Lord hath spoken. I have 18 And then come, and accuse me, saith brought up children, and exalted them : but the Lord: if your sins be as scarlet, they they have despised me.

shall be made as white as snow : and if they 3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the be red as crimson, they shall be white as ass his master's crib : but Israel hath not wool. known me, and my people hath not under- 19 If you be willing, and will hearken to stood.

me, you shall eat the good things of the 4 Wo to the sinful nation, a people laden land. with iniquity, a wicked seed, ungracious 20 But if you will not, and will provoke children: they have forsaken the Lord,||

me to wrath : the sword shall devour you, they have blasphemed the Holy One of Is-because the mouth of the Lord hath spoken rael, they are gone away backwards. lit.

5 For what shall I strike you any m 21 How is the faithful city, that was full you that increase transgression ? the whole of judgment, become a harlot ? justice head is sick, and the whole heart is sad. dwelt in it, but now murderers.

6 From the sole of the foot unto the top 22 Thy silver is turned into dross : thy of the head, there is no soundness therein :wine is mingled with water. wounds and bruises and swelling sores : 23 Thy princes are faithless, companions they are not bound up, nor dressed, nor of thieves: they all love bribes, they run fomented with oil.

after rewards. They judge not for the fa. 7 Your land is desolate, your cities are therless : and the widow's cause cometh not burnt with fire: your country strangers de- in to them. vour before your face, and it shall be deso-| 24 Therefore saith the Lord the God of late as when wasted by enemies.

/hosts, the mighty one of Israel: Ah! I will 8 And the daughter of Sion shall be left|comfort myself over my adversaries: and I as a covert in a vineyard, and as a lodge in a will be revenged of my enemies. garden of cucumbers, and as a city that is 25 And I will turn my hand to thee, and laid waste.

I will clean purge away thy dross, and I 9 Except the Lord of hosts had left us will take away all thy tin. seed, we had been as Sodom, and we should|| 26 And I will restore thy judges as they have been like to Gomorrha.

were before, and thy counsellors as of old.

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