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20 Res. Behold, O Lord, for I am in dis-||stroy the wall of the daughter of Sion : he tress, my bowels are troubled: my heart is hath stretched out his line, and hath not turned within me, for I am full of bitterness : withdrawn his hand from destroying : and abroad the sword destroyeth, and at home the bulwark hath mourned, and the call there is death alike.

hath been destroyed together. 21 Sin. They have heard that I sigh, and 9 Teth. Her gates are sunk into the there is none to comfort me: all my ene- Iground: he hath destroyed, and broken her mies have heard of my evil; they have rebars: her king and her princes are among joiced that thou hast done it : thou hast||the Gentiles: the law is no more, and ber brought a day of consolation, and they shall prophets have found no vision from the Lord. be like unto me.

10 Jod. The ancients of the daughter of 22 Thau. Let all their evil be present be- Sion sit upon the ground; they have held fore thee: and make vintage of them, as their peace: they have sprinkled their heads thou hast made vintage of me for all my ini- with dust ; they are girded with hair-cloth, quities : for my sighis are many, and mythe virgins of Jerusalem bang down their heart is sorrowful.

heads to the ground. CHAP. II.

11 Caph. My eyes have failed with weeprow hath the Lord covered with ||poured out upon the earth, for the destruc

ing; my bowels are troubled: my liver is in his wrath ! how hath he cast down from children, and the sucklings, fainted away in heaven to the earth the glorious one of Is-lithe streets of the city. rael, and hath not remembered his footstool

12 Lamed. They said to their mothers : in the day of his anger.

Where is corn and wine? when they fainted 2 Beth. The Lord hath cast down headlong, and hath not spared, all that was beau: away as the wounded in the streets of the titul in Jacob : he hath destroyed in his the bosoms of their mothers.

city; when they breathed out their souls in wrath the strong-holds of the virgin of Juda,

13 Mem. To what shall I compare thee and brought them down to the ground: he or to what shall I liken thee, O daughter of hath made the kingdom unclean, and the Jerusalem ? to what shall I equal thee, that princes thereof.

I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of 3 Ghimel

. He hath broken in his fierce Sion? for great as the sea is thy destrucanger all the horn of Israel : he hath drawn|tion : who shall heal thee? back his right hand from before the enemy :

14 Nun. Thy prophets have seen false and he hath kindled in Jacob as it were alland foolish things for thee: and they have flaming fire devouring round about.

not laid open thy iniquity, to excite thee to 4 Daleth. He hath bent his bow as an penance : but they have seen for thee false enemy: he hath fixed bis right hand as an revelations and banishments. adversary: and he hath killed all that was

15 Samech. All they that passed by the fair to behold in the tabernacle of the way have clapped their hands at thee: they daughter of Sion; he hath poured out his have hissed, and wagged their heads at the indignation like fire.

daughter of Jerusalem, saying: Is this the 5 He. The Lord is become as an enemy: Scity of perfect beauty, the joy of all the he hath cast down Israel headlong; he hath learth? overthrown all the walls thereof: he hath

16 Phe. All thy enemies have opened destroyed his strong-holds, and bath multi-their mouth against thee: they have tissed, plied in the daughter of Juda the afflicted and gnashed with the teeth, and have said. both men and women.

We will swallow her up : lo, this is the day 6 Vau. And he hath destroyed his tent which we looked for: we have found it; me as a garden, he hath thrown down his ta haye seen it. bernacle: the Lord hath caused feasts and

17 áin. The Lord hath done that which sabbaths to be forgotten in Sion; and hath||he purposed; he hath fulfilled his word, delivered up king and priest to reproach, which he commanded in the days of old : he and to the indignation of his wrath.

hath destroyed, and hath not spared: and 7 Zain. The Lord hath cast off his altar; he hath caused the enemy to rejoice over he hath cursed his sanctuary :* he hath de thee, and hath set up the horn of thy adverlivered the walls of the towers thereof into saries. the hand of the enemy: they have made a

18 Sade. Their heart cried to the Lord noise in the house of the Lord, as in the days upon the walls of the daughter of Sion: Let of a solemn feast.

tears run down like a torrent day and night: 8 Heth. The Lord hath purposed to de- give thyself no rest, and let not the apple of

chy eye cease. * He hath cursed his sanctuary. That is, 19 Coph. Arise, give praise in the night, he permitted his sanctuary to be destroyed, lin the beginning of the watches: pour out as if it had not been consecrated, but exe-thy heart like water before the face of the crable,

Il Lord : lift up thy bands to him for the life

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of thy little children, that have fainted for we are not consumed: because his commise. hunger at the top of all the streets. rations have not failed.

20 Res. Behold, O Lord, and consider 23 Heth. They are new every morning : whom thou hast thus dealt with : shall wo-great is thy faithfulness. men then eat their own fruit, their children 24 Heth. The Lord is my portion, said my of a span long ? shall the priest, and the pro-soul: therefore will I wait for him. phet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord ? 25 Teth. The Lord is good to them that

21 Sin. The child and the old man lie hope in him, to the soul that seeketh him. without on the ground: my virgins and my 26 Teth. It is good to wait with silence young men are fallen by the sword : thou for the salvation of God. hast slain them in the day of thy wrath : 27 Teth. It is good for a man, when he thou hast killed, and shewn them no pity. hath borne the yoke from his youth.

22 Thau. Thou hast called, as to a festi- 28 Jod. He shall sit solitary, and hold val, those that should terrify me round his peace : because he hath taken it up upon about : and there was none in the day of himself. the wrath of the Lord that escaped and was 29 Jod. He shall put his mouth in the dust, left: those that I brought up, and nourish- if so be there may be hope. ed, my enemy hath consumed them. 30 Jod. He shall shall give his cheek to CHAP. II.

him that striketh him : he shall be filled Am the man that see my poverty with reproaches.

by the rod of his indignation. 31 Caph. For the Lord will not cast off 2 Aleph. He hath led me, and brought for ever. me into darkness, and not into light. 32 Caph. For if he hath cast off, he will

3 Aleph. Only against me he hath turned, also have mercy, according to the multitude and turned again his hand all the day. of his mercies.

4 Beth. My skin and my flesh he hath 33 Caph. For he hath not willingly afmade old: he hath broken my bones. Aicted, nor cast off the children of men,

5 Beth. He hath built round about me, 34 Lamed. To crush under his feet all and he hath compassed me with gall, and the prisoners of the land. labour.

35 Lamed. To turn aside the judgment 6 Beth. He hath set me in dark places, of a man before the face of the most High. as those that are dead for ever.

36 Lamed. To destroy a man wrongfully 7 Ghimel. He hath built against me round in his judgment, the Lord hath not approved. about, that I may not get out: he hath made 37 Mem. Who is he that hath commandmy fetters heavy.

ed a thing to be done, when the Lord com8 Ghimel. Yea, and when I cry, and en. mandeth it not? treat, he hath shut out my prayer.

38 Mem. Shall not both evil and good 9 Ghimel. He hath shut up my ways with proceed out of the mouth of the Highest ? square stones: he hath turned my paths 39 Mem. Why hath a living man murupside down.

mured, man suffering for his sins ? 10 Daleth. He is become to me as a bear 40 Nun. Let us search our ways, and lying in wait: as a lion in secret places. seek, and return to the Lord.

11 Daleth. He hath turned aside my 41 Nun. Let us lift up our hearts with paths, and hath broken me in pieces: he our hands to the Lord in the heavens. hath made me desolate.

42 Nun. We have done wickedly, and 12 Daleth. He hath bent his bow, and provoked thee to wrath: therefore thou art set me as a mark for his arrows.

inexorable. 13 He. He hath shot into my reins the 43 Samech. Thou hast covered in thy daughters of his quiver.

wrath, and hast struck us: thou hast killed, 14 He. I am made a derision to all my and hast not spared. people, their song all the day long.

44 Samech. Thou hast set a cloud before 15 He. He hath filled me with bitterness: thee, that our prayer may not pass through. he hath inebriated me with wormwood. 45 Samech. Thou hast made me as an

16 Vau. And he hath broken my teeth outcast, and refuse in the midst of the peoone by one : he hath fed me with ashes. ple.

17 Vau, And my soul is removed far off 46 Phe. All our enemies have opened from peace: I have forgotten good things. their mouths against us.

18 "Vau. And I said: My end and my 47 Phe. Prophecy is become to us a fear, hope is perished from the Lord.

and a snare, and destruction. 19 Zain. Remember my poverty, and 48 Phe. My eye hath run down with transgression, the wormwood, and the gall. (streams of water, for the destruction of the

20Zain. I will be mindful and remem-daughter of my people. ber; and my soul shall languish within me. 49 Ain. My eye is afflicted, and hath

21 Zain. These things I shall think over not been quiet, because there was no rest : in my heart, therefore will I hope.

50 Ain. Till the Lord regarded and look: 22 Heth. The mercies of the Lord that)ed down from the heavens.

51 Ain. My eye hath wasted my soul be... 8 Heth. Their face is now made blacker cause of all the daughters of my city. than coals, and they are not known in the

52 Sade. My enemies have chased me streets : their skin hath stuck to their bones, and caught me like a bird, without cause. it is withered, and is become like wood.

53 Sade. My life is fallen into the pit, 9 Teth. It was better with them that and they have laid a stone over me. were slain by the sword, than with them

54 Sade. Waters have flowed over my that died with hunger : for these pined bead: I said: I am cut off.

away being consumed for want of the fruits 55 Coph. I have called upon thy name,of the earth. O Lord, from the lowest pit.

10 Jod. The hands of the pitiful women 56 Coph. Thou hast heard my voice : have sodden their own children: they were turn not away thy ear from my sighs, and their meat in the destruction of the daugh. cries.

ter of my people. 57 Coph. Thou drewest near in the day, 11 Caph. The Lord hath accomplished when I called upon thee: thou saidst : Fear his wrath, he hath poured out his fierce not.

anger: and he hath kindled a fire in Sion, 58 Res. Thou hast judged, O Lord, the and it hath devoured the foundations thereof. cause of my soul, thou the Redeemer of my 12 Lamed. The kings of the earth, and life.

all the inhabitants of the world would not 59 Res. Thou hast seen, O Lord, their have believed, that the adversary and the iniquity against me: judge thou my judg. enemy should enter in by the gates of Je. ment.

rusalem. 60 Res. Thou hast seen all their fury, and 13 Mem. For the sins of her prophets, all their thoughts against me.

and the iniquities of her priests, that have 61 Sin. Thou hast heard their reproach, shed the blood of the just in the midst of O Lord, all their imaginations against me. her.

62 Sin. The lips of them that rise up 14 Nun. They have wandered as blind against me: and their devices against me men in the streets, they were defiled with all the day.

blood : and when they could not help walk. 63 Sin. Behold their sitting down, and sing in it, they held up their skirts. their rising up, I am their song.

15 Samech. Depart, you that are defiled, 64 Thau. Thou shalt render them a re- they cried out to them: Depart, get ye compence, O Lord, according to the works hence, touch not: for they quarrelled, and of their hands.

being removed, they said among the Gen65 Thau. Thou shalt give them a buck-tiles : He will no more dwell among them. ler of heart thy labour.

16 Phe. The face of the Lord hath divi. 66 Thau. Thou shalt persecute them in ded them, he will no more regard them: anger, and shalt destroy them from under they respected not the persons of the priests, the heavens, O Lord.

neither had they pity on the ancient. CHAP. IV.

17 Ain. While we were yet standing, our OW is the gold become dim, the eyes failed, expecting help for us in vain, stones of the sanctuary are scattered in the tion that was not able to save. top of every street ?

18 Sade. Our steps have slipped in the 2 Beth. The noble sons of Sion, and they way of our streets, our end draweth near: that were clothed with the best gold: how our days are fulfilled, for our end is come. are they esteemed as earthen vessels, the

19 Coph. Our persecutors were swifter work of the potter's hands?

than the eagles of the air: they pursued us 3 Ghimel. Even the sea-monsters have upon the mountains, they lay in wait for us drawn out the breast, they have given suck in the wilderness. to their young, the daughter of my people 20 Res. The breath of our mouth Christ is cruel, like the ostrich in the desert. the Lord is taken in our sins : to whom we

4 Daleth. The tongue of the suckling said: Under thy shadow we shall live among child hath stuck to the roof of his mouth the Gentiles. forthirst: the little ones have asked for bread, 21 Sin. Rejoice, and be glad, O daughter and there was none to break it unto them. 1 of Edom, that dwellest in the land of Hus:

5 He. They that were fed delicately have to thee also shall the cup come, thou shalt died in the streets: they that were brought be made drunk and naked. up in scarlet, have embraced the dung. 22 Thau. Thy iniquity is accomplished,

6 Vau. And the iniquity of the daughter) O daughter of Sion, he will no more carry of my people is made greater than the sin of Sodom, which was overthrown in a mo- * Christ, &c. This according to the let. ment, and hands took nothing in her. ter, is spoken of their king, who is called

7 Zain. Her Nazarites were whiter than the Christ, that is, the Anointed of the Lord. snow, purer than milk, more ruddy than the But it also relates, in the spiritual sense, to old ivory, fairer than the sapphire.

Christ our Lord, suffering for our sins:

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thee away into captivity: he hath visited|| 11 They oppressed the women in Sion, thy iniquity, o daughter of Edom, he hath and the virgins in the cities of Juda. discovered thy sins.

12 The princes were hanged up by their

hand : they did not respect the persons of THE PRAYER OF JEREMIAS THE

the ancient. PROPHET.

13 They abused the young men inde

cently: and the children feil under the CHAP. V.


14 The ancients have ceased from the us : consider and behold our reproach.gates: the young men from the quire of 2 Our inheritance is turned to aliens : the singers. our houses to strangers.

15 The joy of our heart is ceased, our 3 We are become orphans without a dancing is turned into mourning. father: our mothers are as widows.

16 The crown is fallen from our head: 4 We have drunk our water for money : | wo to us, because we have sinned. we have bought our wood.

17 Therefore is our heart sorrowful ; 5 We were dragged by the necks, we therefore are our eyes become dim, vere weary, and no rest was given us. 18 For mount Sion, because it is destroy

6 We have given our hand to Egypt, and|ed, foxes have walked upon it. to the Assyrians, that we might be satisfied 19 But thou, O Lord, shalt remain for with bread.

ever, thy throne from generation to genera7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not :tion. and we have borne their iniquities.

20 Why wilt thou forget us for ever? why 8 Servants have ruled over us: there wilt thou forsake us for a long time? was none to redeem us out of their hand. 21 Convert us, O Lord, to thee; and we

9 We fetched our bread at the peril of|| shall be converted: renew our days, as our lives, because of the sword in the desert. from the beginning.

10 Our skin was burnt as an oven, by 22 But thou hast utterly rejected us; reason of the violence of the famine. thou art exceedingly angry against us.



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a man of noble extraction, and|| 4 And in the hearing of the nobles, the learned in the law, secretary and disciplesons of the kings, and in the hearing of the to the prophet Jeremias, and a sharer in ancients, and in the hearing of the people, his labours and persecutions : which is the from the least even to the greatesst of them, reason why the ancient futhers have con-| that dwelt in Babylonia, by the river Sodi. sidered this book as a part of the prophecy 5 And when they heard it, they wept, of Jeremias, and have usually quoted it and fasted, and prayed before the Lord. under his name.

6 And they made a collection of money, CHAP. I.

according to every man's power.

7 And they sent it to Jerusalem to JoaThe Jews of Babylon send the book of Ba| kim the priest, the son of Helcias, the son

ruch, with money to Jerusalem, requesting of Salom, and to the priests, and to all the their brethren there io offer sacrifice, and people, that were found with him in Jeruto pray for the king and for them, acknow-salem: ledging their manifold sins.

8 At the time when he received the ves. ND these are the words of the booksels of the temple of the Lord, which had son of Maasias, the son of Sedecias, the son turn them into the land of Juda the tenth of Sedei, the son of Helcias, wrote in Baby- day of the month Sivan, the silver vessels, lonia,

which Sedecias the son of Josias king of Ju2 In the fifth year, in the seventh day da had made, of the month, at the time that the Chal- 9 After that Nabuchodonosor the king deans took Jerusalem, and burnt it with of Babylon had carried away Jechonias,

and the princes, and all the powerful men, 3 And Baruch read the words of this and the people of the land, from Jerusalem, book in the hearing of Jechonias the son of and brought the bound to Babylon. Joakim king of Juda, and in the hearing of 10 And they said: Behold, we have sent all the people that came to hear the book, ll you money: buy with it holocausts, and

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frankincense, and make meat-offerings and salem, according to the things that are va offerings for sin at the altar of the Lord our ten in the law of Moses : God:

3 That a man should eat the flesh of his 11 And pray ye for the life of Nabucho own son, and the flesh of his own daughter. Jonosor the king of Babylon, and for the 4 And he hath delivered them up to be life of Balthassar his son, that their days under the hand of all the kings that are may be upon earth as the days of heaven: round about us, to be a reproach, and deso

12 And that the Lord may give us lation among all the people, among whom strength, and enlighten our eyes, that we the Lord hath scattered us. may live under the shadow of Nabuchodo. 5 And we are brought under, and are not nosor the king of Babylon, and under the uppermost : because we have sinned against shadow of Balthassar his son ; and may serve the Lord our God, by not obeying his voice. them many days, and may find favour in 6 To the Lord our God belongeth justice : their sight.

but to us, and to our fathers confusion of 13 And pray ye for us to the Lord our face, as at this day. God: for we have sinned against the Lord 7 For the Lord hath pronounced against our God; and his wrath is not turned away us all these evils that are come upon us : from us even to this day.

8 And we have not entreated the face 14 And read ye this book, which we have of the Lord our God, that we might return sent to you to be read in the temple of the every one of us from our most wicked Lord, on feasts and proper days.

ways. 15 And you shall say: To the Lord our 9 And the Lord hath watched orer us for God belongeth justice, but to us confusion evil, and hath brought it upon us : for the of our face; as it is come to pass at this Lord is just in all his works which he hath day to all Juda, and to the inhabitants of commanded us : Jerusalem,

10 And we have not hearkened to his 16 To our king's, and to our princes, and voice, to walk in the commandments of the to our priests, and to our prophets, and to Lord which he hath set before us. our fathers.

11 And now, O Lord God of Israel, who 17 We have sinned before the Lord our hast brought thy people out of the land of God, and have not believed him, nor put Egypt with a strong band, and with signs, our trust in him :

and with wonders, and with thy great power, 18 And we were not obedient to him, and with a mighty arm, and hast made thee and we have not hearkened to the voice of a name as at this day. the Lord our God, to walk in his command- 12 We have sinned, we have done wickments, which he hath given us.

ledly, we bave acted unjustly, O Lord our 19 From the day that he brought our fa-God, against all thy justices. thers out of the land of Egypt, even to this 13 Let thy wrath be turned away from day, we were disobedient to the Lord oursus : for we are left a few among the nations, God: and going astray we turned away where thou hast scattered us. from hearing his voice.

14 Hear, O Lord, our prayers, and our 20 And many evils have cleaved to us, petitions, and deliver us for thy own sake: and the curses which the Lord foretold by and grant that we may find favour in the Moses his servant: who brought our fathers sight of them that have led us away; out of the land of Egypt, to give us a land 15 That all the earth may know that thou flowing with milk and honey, as at this day. art the Lord our God, and that thy name

21 And we have not hearkened to the is called upon Israel, and upon his posvoice of the Lord our God according to all terity. the words of the prophets whom he sent 16 Look down upon us, O Lord, fron

thy holy house, and incline tby ear, and 22 And we have gone away every man hear us. after the inclinations of his own wicked 17 Open thy eyes, and behold: for the heart, to serve strange gods, and to do evil dead that are in hell, whose spirit is taken in the sight of the Lord our God. uway from their bowels, shall not give glory CHAP. II.

and justice* to the Lord :

18 But the soul that is sorrowful for the A further confession of the sins of the people, greatness of evil she hath done, and goeth and of the justice of God.

bowed down, and feeble, and the eyes that THEREFORE the Lord our God hath fail, and the hungry soul giveth glory and to us, and to our judges that have judged 19 For it is not for the justices of our faIsrael, and to our kings, and to our princes, and to all Israel and Juda :

* Justice, &c. They that are in hell shall 2 That the Lord would bring upon us not give justice to God; that is, they shall great evils, such as never happened under not acknowledge and glorify his justice, as heaven, as they have come to pass in Jeru- penitent sinners do upon earth.

to us :

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