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Baruch

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Baruch 1:

Chapter 1:22 Verses

25A Baruch

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25B-1:1†††† And these are the wordes of the booke, which Baruch the sonne of Nerias, the sonne of Maasias, the sonne of Sedecias, the sonne of Asadias, the son of Chelcias, wrote in Babylon,

25B-1:2†††† In the fift yere, and in the seuenth day of the moneth, what time as the Caldeans tooke Ierusalem, and burnt it with fire.

25B-1:3†††† And Baruch did reade the words of this booke, in the hearing of Iechonias, the sonne of Ioachim king of Iuda, and in the eares of all the people, that came to the booke.

25B-1:4†††† And in the hearing of the nobles, and of the kings sonnes, and in the hearing of the Elders, and of all the people from the lowest vnto the highest, euen of all them that dwelt at Babylon, by the riuer Sud.

25B-1:5†††† Whereupon they wept, fasted, and prayed before the Lord.

25B-1:6†††† They made also a collection of money, according to euery mans power.

25B-1:7†††† And they sent it to Ierusalem vnto Ioachim the hie Priest the sonne of Chelcias, sonne of Salom, and to the Priestes, and to all the people which were found with him at Ierusalem,

25B-1:8†††† At the same time, when he receiued the vessels of the house of the Lord that were caried out of the Temple, to returne them into the land of Iuda the tenth day of the moneth Siuan, siluer vessels, which Sedecias the sonne of Iosias king of Iuda had made,

25B-1:9†††† After that Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon had caried away Iechonias, and the Princes, and the captiues, and the mightie men, and the people of the land from Ierusalem, and brought them vnto Babylon:

25B-1:10††† And they said, Behold, we haue sent you money, to buy you burnt offerings, and sinne offerings, and incense, and prepare yee Manna, and offer vpon the Altar of the Lord our God,

25B-1:11††† And pray for the life of Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon, and for the life of Balthasar his sonne, that their dayes may be vpon earth as the dayes of heauen.

25B-1:12††† And the Lord wil giue vs strength, and lighten our eyes, and we shall liue vnder the shadow of Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon, and vnder the shadow of Balthasar his sonne, and wee shall serue them many dayes, and finde fauour in their sight.

25B-1:13††† Pray for vs also vnto the Lord our God, (for wee haue sinned against the Lord our God, and vnto this day the fury of the Lord, and his wrath is not turned from vs)

25B-1:14††† And yee shall reade this booke, which we haue sent vnto you, to make confession in the house of the Lord, vpon the feasts and solemne dayes.

25B-1:15††† And yee shall say, To the Lord our God belongeth righteousnesse, but vnto vs the confusion of faces, as it is come to passe this day vnto them of Iuda, & to the inhabitants of Ierusalem,

25B-1:16††† And to our kings, and to our princes, and to our Priests, and to our Prophets, and to our fathers.

25B-1:17††† For wee haue sinned before the Lord,

25B-1:18††† And disobeyed him, and haue not hearkened vnto the voice of the Lord our God, to walke in the commaundements that he gaue vs openly:

25B-1:19††† Since the day that the Lorde brought our forefathers out of the land of Egypt, vnto this present day, wee haue beene disobedient vnto the Lord our God, and we haue beene negligent in not hearing his voice.

25B-1:20††† Wherefore the euils cleaued vnto vs, and the curse which the Lord appointed by Moses his seruant, at the time that he brought our fathers out of the land of Egypt, to giue vs a land that floweth with milke and honie, like as it is to see this day.

25B-1:21††† Neuerthelesse we haue not hearkened vnto the voice of the Lord our God, according vnto all the wordes of the Prophets, whom he sent vnto vs.

25B-1:22††† But euery man followed the imagination of his owne wicked heart, to serue strange gods, and to doe euill in the sight of the Lord our God.

 

 

 

 

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Baruch 2:

Chapter 2:35 Verses

25A Baruch

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25B-2:1†††† Therefore the Lord hath made good his worde, which hee pronounced against vs, and against our Iudges that iudged Israel, and against our kings, and against our princes, and against the men of Israel and Iuda,

25B-2:2†††† To bring vpon vs great plagues, such as neuer happened vnder the whole heauen, as it came to passe in Ierusalem, according to the things that were written in the Law of Moses,

25B-2:3†††† That a man should eat the flesh of his owne sonne, and the flesh of his owne daughter.

25B-2:4†††† Moreouer, he hath deliuered them to be in subiection to all the kingdomes that are round about vs, to be as a reproch and desolation among all the people round about, where the Lord hath scattered them.

25B-2:5†††† Thus wee were cast downe and not exalted, because wee haue sinned against the Lord our God, and haue not beene obedient vnto his voice.

25B-2:6†††† To the Lord our God appertaineth righteousnesse: but vnto vs and to our fathers open shame, as appeareth this day.

25B-2:7†††† For all these plagues are come vpon vs, which the Lord hath pronounced against vs,

25B-2:8†††† Yet haue we not prayed before the Lord, that we might turne euery one from the imaginations of his wicked heart.

25B-2:9†††† Wherefore the Lord watched ouer vs for euill, and the Lord hath brought it vpon vs: for the Lord is righteous in all his works, which he hath commanded vs.

25B-2:10††† Yet we haue not hearkened vnto his voice, to walk in the comandements of the Lord, that he hath set before vs.

25B-2:11††† And now O Lord God of Israel, that hast brought thy people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and high arme, and with signes & with wonders, & with great power, and hast gotten thy selfe a name, as appeareth this day:

25B-2:12††† O Lord our God, we haue sinned, we haue done vngodly, wee haue dealt vnrighteously in all thine ordinances.

25B-2:13††† Let thy wrath turne from vs: for we are but a few left among the heathen, where thou hast scattered vs.

25B-2:14††† Heare our prayers, O Lord, and our petitions, and deliuer vs for thine owne sake, and giue vs fauour in the sight of them which haue led vs away:

25B-2:15††† That all the earth may know that thou art ye Lord our God, because Israel & his posterity is called by thy name.

25B-2:16††† O Lord looke downe from thy holy house, & consider vs: bow downe thine eare, O Lord, to heare vs.

25B-2:17††† Open thine eyes and behold: for the dead that are in the graues, whose soules are taken from their bodies, wil giue vnto the Lord neither praise nor righteousnesse.

25B-2:18††† But ye soule that is greatly vexed, which goeth stouping & feeble, and the eyes that faile, and the hungry soule wil giue thee praise & righteousnes O Lord.

25B-2:19††† Therfore wee doe not make our humble supplication before thee, O Lord our God, for the righteousnes of our fathers, and of our kings.

25B-2:20††† For thou hast sent out thy wrath & indignation vpon vs, as thou hast spoken by thy seruants ye prophets, saying,

25B-2:21††† Thus saith the Lord, bow down your shoulders to serue the king of Babylon: so shall ye remaine in the lande that I gaue vnto your fathers.

25B-2:22††† But if ye will not heare the voice of the Lord to serue ye king of Babylon,

25B-2:23††† I will cause to cease out of the cities of Iuda, and from without Ierusalem the voice of mirth, and the voice of ioy: the voice of the bridegrome, and the voice of the bride, and the whole land shall be desolate of inhabitants.

25B-2:24††† But we would not hearken vnto thy voyce, to serue the king of Babylon: therefore hast thou made good the wordes that thou spakest by thy seruants the prophets, namely that the bones of our kings, and the bones of our fathers should be taken out of their places.

25B-2:25††† And loe, they are cast out to the heat of the day, and to the frost of the night, and they died in great miseries, by famine, by sword, and by pestilence.

25B-2:26††† And the house which is called by thy name (hast thou laid waste) as it is to be seene this day, for the wickednesse of the house of Israel, and the house of Iuda.

25B-2:27††† O Lord our God, thou hast dealt with vs after all thy goodnesse, and according to all that great mercie of thine.

25B-2:28††† As thou spakest by thy seruant Moses in the day when thou didst command him to write thy Law, before the children of Israel, saying,

25B-2:29††† If ye will not heare my voyce, surely this very great multitude shalbe turned into a smal among the nations, where I will scatter them.

25B-2:30††† For I knew that they would not heare me: because it is a stiffenecked people: but in the land of their captiuities, they shall remember themselues,

25B-2:31††† And shall know that I am the Lord their God: For I giue them an heart, and eares to heare.

25B-2:32††† And they shal praise me in the land of their captiuitie, and thinke vpon my name,

25B-2:33††† And returne from their stiffe neck, and from their wicked deeds: for they shal remember the way of their fathers which sinned before the Lord.

25B-2:34††† And I will bring them againe into the land which I promised with an oath vnto their fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Iacob, and they shall bee lords of it, and I will increase them, and they shall not be diminished.

25B-2:35††† And I will make an euerlasting couenant with them, to be their God, and they shall be my people: and I will no more driue my people of Israel out of the land that I haue giuen them.

 

 

 

 

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Baruch 3:

Chapter 3:37 Verses

25A Baruch

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25B-3:1†††† O Lord almighty, God of Israel, the soule in anguish, the troubled spirit crieth vnto thee.

25B-3:2†††† Heare O Lord, and haue mercy: for thou art mercifull, and haue pitty vpon vs, because we haue sinned before thee.

25B-3:3†††† For thou endurest for euer, and we perish vtterly.

25B-3:4†††† O Lord almighty, thou God of Israel, heare now the prayers of the dead Israelites, and of their children, which haue sinned before thee, and not hearkened vnto the voice of thee their God: for the which cause these plagues cleaue vnto vs.

25B-3:5†††† Remember not the iniquities of our forefathers: but thinke vpon thy power and thy name, now at this time.

25B-3:6†††† For thou art the Lord our God, and thee, O Lord, will we praise.

25B-3:7†††† And for this cause thou hast put thy feare in our hearts, to the intent that we should call vpon thy name, and praise thee in our captiuity: for we haue called to minde all the iniquity of our forefathers that sinned before thee.

25B-3:8†††† Behold, we are yet this day in our captiuity, where thou hast scattered vs, for a reproch and a curse, and to be subiect to payments, according to all the iniquities of our fathers which departed from the Lord our God.

25B-3:9†††† Heare, Israel, the commandements of life, giue eare to vnderstand wisedome.

25B-3:10††† How happeneth it, Israel, that thou art in thine enemies land, that thou art waxen old in a strange countrey, that thou art defiled with the dead?

25B-3:11††† That thou art counted with them that goe downe into the graue?

25B-3:12††† Thou hast forsaken the fountaine of wisedome.

25B-3:13††† For if thou hadst walked in the way of God, thou shouldest haue dwelled in peace for euer.

25B-3:14††† Learne where is wisedome, where is strength, where is vnderstanding, that thou mayest know also where is length of daies, and life, where is the light of the eyes and peace.

25B-3:15††† Who hath found out her place? or who hath come into her treasures?

25B-3:16††† Where are the princes of the heathen become, and such as ruled the beasts vpon the earth.

25B-3:17††† They that had their pastime with the foules of the aire, and they that hoorded vp siluer and gold wherein men trust, and made no end of their getting?

25B-3:18††† For they that wrought in siluer, and were so carefull, and whose workes are vnsearchable,

25B-3:19††† They are vanished, and gone downe to the graue, and others are come vp in their steads.

25B-3:20††† Young men haue seene light, and dwelt vpon the earth: but the way of knowledge haue they not knowen,

25B-3:21††† Nor vnderstood the pathes thereof; nor laid hold of it: their children were farre off from that way.

25B-3:22††† It hath not beene heard of in Chanaan: neither hath it beene seene in Theman.

25B-3:23††† The Agarenes that seek wisdome vpon earth, the marchants of Merran, and of Theman, the authors of fables, and searchers out of vnderstanding: none of these haue knowen the way of wisedome, or remember her pathes.

25B-3:24††† O Israel, how great is the house of God? and how large is the place of his possession?

25B-3:25††† Great, and hath none end: high, and vnmeasurable.

25B-3:26††† There were the gyants, famous from the beginning, that were of so great stature, and so expert in warre.

25B-3:27††† Those did not the Lord chuse, neither gaue he the way of knowledge vnto them.

25B-3:28††† But they were destroyed, because they had no wisedome, and perished through their owne foolishnesse.

25B-3:29††† Who hath gone vp into heauen and taken her, and brought her downe from the clouds?

25B-3:30††† Who hath gone ouer the Sea, and found her, & wil bring her for pure gold?

25B-3:31††† No man knoweth her way, nor thinketh of her path.

25B-3:32††† But he that knoweth all things, knoweth her, and hath found her out with his vnderstanding: he that prepared the earth for euermore, hath filled it with fourefooted beasts.

25B-3:33††† He that sendeth forth light, and it goeth: calleth it againe, and it obeyeth him with feare.

25B-3:34††† The starres shined in their watches, and reioyced: when he calleth them, they say, Here we be, and so with cheerefulnesse they shewed light vnto him that made them.

25B-3:35††† This is our God, and there shall none other be accounted of in comparison of him.

25B-3:36††† He hath found out all the way of knowledge, and hath giuen it vnto Iacob his seruant, & to Israel his beloued.

25B-3:37††† Afterward did he shew himselfe vpon earth, and conuersed with men.

 

 

 

 

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Baruch 4:

Chapter 4:37 Verses

25A Baruch

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25B-4:1†††† This is the Booke of the commandements of God: and the Law that endureth for euer: all they that keepe it shall come to life: but such as leaue it, shall die.

25B-4:2†††† Turne thee, O Iacob, & take heed of it: walke in the presence of the light therof, that thou mayest be illuminated.

25B-4:3†††† Giue not thine honour to another, nor the things that are profitable vnto thee, to a strange nation.

25B-4:4†††† O Israel, happie are wee: for things that are pleasing to God, are made knowen vnto vs.

25B-4:5†††† Be of good cheare, my people, the memoriall of Israel.

25B-4:6†††† Ye were sold to the nations, not for destruction: but because you moued God to wrath, ye were deliuered vnto the enemies.

25B-4:7†††† For yee prouoked him that made you, by sacrificing vnto deuils, and not to God.

25B-4:8†††† Ye haue forgotten the euerlasting God, that brought you vp, and ye haue grieued Ierusalem that noursed you.

25B-4:9†††† For when shee saw the wrath of God coming vpon you, she said; Hearken, O ye that dwell about Sion: God hath brought vpon me great mourning.

25B-4:10††† For I saw the captiuitie of my sonnes and daughters, which the euerlasting brought vpon them.

25B-4:11††† With ioy did I nourish them: but sent them away with weeping and mourning.

25B-4:12††† Let no man reioyce ouer me a widow, and forsaken of many, who for the sinnes of my children, am left desolate: because they departed from the Law of God.

25B-4:13††† They knew not his statutes, nor walked in the waies of his Commandements, nor trode in the pathes of discipline in his righteousnesse.

25B-4:14††† Let them that dwell about Sion come, and remember ye the captiuity of my sonnes and daughters, which the euerlasting hath brought vpon them.

25B-4:15††† For he hath brought a nation vpon them from far: a shamelesse nation, and of a strange language, who neither reuerenced old man, nor pitied childe.

25B-4:16††† These haue caried away the deare beloued children of the widow, and left her that was alone, desolate without daughters.

25B-4:17††† But what can I helpe you?

25B-4:18††† For he that brought these plagues vpon you, will deliuer you from the hands of your enemies.

25B-4:19††† Goe your way, O my children, goe your way: for I am left desolate.

25B-4:20††† I haue put off the clothing of peace, and put vpon me the sackcloth of my prayer. I will cry vnto the euerlasting in my dayes.

25B-4:21††† Be of good cheare, O my children, cry vnto the Lord: & he shal deliuer you from the power & hand of the enemies.

25B-4:22††† For my hope is in the Euerlasting that hee will saue you, and ioy is come vnto me from the Holy one, because of the mercy which shall soone come vnto you from the euerlasting our Sauiour.

25B-4:23††† For I sent you out with mourning and weeping: but God will giue you to mee againe, with ioy and gladnesse for euer.

25B-4:24††† Like as now the neighbours of Sion haue seene your captiuity: so shall they see shortly your saluation from our God, which shall come vpon you with great glory, and brightnesse of the euerlasting.

25B-4:25††† My children, suffer patiently the wrath that is come vpon you from God: for thine enemy hath persecuted thee: but shortly thou shalt see his destruction, & shalt tread vpon his necke.

25B-4:26††† My delicate ones haue gone rough wayes, and were taken away as a flocke caught of the enemies.

25B-4:27††† Be of good comfort, O my children, and cry vnto God: for you shall be remembred of him that brought these things vpon you.

25B-4:28††† For as it was your minde to goe astray from God: so being returned seeke him ten times more.

25B-4:29††† For he that hath brought these plagues vpon you, shall bring you euerlasting ioy againe with your saluation.

25B-4:30††† Take a good heart, O Ierusalem: for hee that gaue thee that name, will comfort thee.

25B-4:31††† Miserable are they that afflicted thee, and reioyced at thy fall.

25B-4:32††† Miserable are the cities which thy children serued: miserable is she that receiued thy sonnes.

25B-4:33††† For as shee reioyced at thy ruine, and was glad of thy fall: so shall she be grieued for her owne desolation.

25B-4:34††† For I will take away the reioycing of her great multitude, and her pride shalbe turned into mourning.

25B-4:35††† For fire shal come vpon her fro the euerlasting, long to endure: and she shal be inhabited of deuils for a great time.

25B-4:36††† O Ierusalem, looke about thee toward the East, and behold the ioy that commeth vnto thee from God.

25B-4:37††† Loe, thy sonnes come whom thou sentest away: they come gathered together from the East to the West, by the word of the holy One, reioycing in the glory of God.

 

 

 

 

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Baruch 5:

Chapter 5:9 Verses

25A Baruch

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25B-5:1†††† Put off, O Ierusalem, the garment of thy mourning and affliction, and put on the comelinesse of the glory that commeth from God for euer.

25B-5:2†††† Cast about thee a double garment of the righteousnesse which commeth from God, and set a diademe on thine head of the glory of the euerlasting.

25B-5:3†††† For God wil shew thy brightnesse vnto euery countrey vnder heauen.

25B-5:4†††† For thy name shall bee called of God for euer, The peace of righteousnesse, and the glory of Gods worship.

25B-5:5†††† Arise, O Ierusalem, and stand on high, and looke about toward the East, and behold thy children gathered from the West vnto the East by the word of the holy One, reioycing in the remembrance of God.

25B-5:6†††† For they departed from thee on foote, and were ledde away of their enemies: but God bringeth them vnto thee exalted with glory, as children of the kingdome.

25B-5:7†††† For God hath appointed that euery high hill, and banks of long continuance should be cast downe, and valleys filled vp, to make euen the ground, that Israel may goe safely in the glory of God.

25B-5:8†††† Moreouer, euen the woods, & euery sweet smelling tree, shall ouershadow Israel by the commandement of God.

25B-5:9†††† For God shall leade Israel with ioy, in the light of his glory, with the mercy and righteousnes that commeth from him.

 

 

 

 

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Baruch 6:

Chapter 6:73 Verses

25A Baruch

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25B-6:1†††† A copy of an Epistle which Ieremie sent vnto them which were to be led captiues into Babylon, by the king of the Babylonians, to certifie them as it was commanded him of God.

25B-6:2†††† Because of ye sinnes which ye haue committed before God, ye shall be led away captiues vnto Babylon by Nabuchodonosor king of the Babylonians.

25B-6:3†††† So when ye be come vnto Babylon, ye shal remaine there many yeeres, and for a long season, namely seuen generations: and after that I will bring you away peaceably from thence.

25B-6:4†††† Now shal ye see in Babylon gods of siluer, and of gold, and of wood, borne vpon shoulders, which cause the nations to feare.

25B-6:5†††† Beware therefore that yee in no wise be like to strangers, neither be yee afraid of them, when yee see the multitude before them, and behinde them, worshipping them.

25B-6:6†††† But say yee in your hearts, O Lord, we must worship thee.

25B-6:7†††† For mine Angel is with you, and I my selfe caring for your soules.

25B-6:8†††† As for their tongue, it is polished by the workeman, and they themselues are guilded and laid ouer with siluer, yet are they but false and cannot speake.

25B-6:9†††† And taking golde, as it were for a virgine that loues to go gay, they make crownes for the heads of their gods.

25B-6:10††† Sometimes also the Priests conuey from their gods golde and siluer, and bestow it vpon themselues.

25B-6:11††† Yea they will giue thereof to the common harlots, and decke them as men with garments gods of siluer, and gods of gold, and wood.

25B-6:12††† Yet cannot these gods saue themselues from rust and moths, though they be couered with purple raiment.

25B-6:13††† They wipe their faces because of the dust of the Temple, when there is much vpon them.

25B-6:14††† And he that cannot put to death one that offendeth him, holdeth a scepter as though hee were a iudge of the countrey.

25B-6:15††† Hee hath also in his right hand a dagger, and an axe: but cannot deliuer himselfe from warre and theeues.

25B-6:16††† Whereby they are knowen not to bee gods, therefore feare them not.

25B-6:17††† For like as a vessell that a man vseth, is nothing worth when it is broken: euen so it is with their gods: when they be set vp in the Temple, their eyes be full of dust, thorow the feet of them that come in.

25B-6:18††† And as the doores are made sure on euery side, vpon him that offendeth the king, as being committed to suffer death: euen so the priests make fast their temples, with doores, with lockes and barres, lest their gods bee spoiled with robbers.

25B-6:19††† They light them candles, yea, more then for themselues, whereof they cannot see one.

25B-6:20††† They are as one of the beames of the temple, yet they say, their hearts are gnawed vpon by things creeping out of the earth, & when they eate them and their clothes, they feele it not.

25B-6:21††† Their faces are blacked, thorow the smoke that comes out of the temple.

25B-6:22††† Upon their bodies and heads, sit battes, swallowes, and birds, and the cats also.

25B-6:23††† By this you may know that they are no gods: therefore feare them not.

25B-6:24††† Notwithstanding the gold that is about them, to make them beautifull, except they wipe off the rust they will not shine: for neither when they were molten did they feele it.

25B-6:25††† The things wherein there is no breath, are bought for a most hie price.

25B-6:26††† They are borne vpon shoulders, hauing no feete, whereby they declare vnto men that they be nothing worth.

25B-6:27††† They also that serue them, are ashamed: for if they fall to the ground at any time, they cannot rise vp againe of themselues: neither if one set them upright can they moue of themselues: neither if they be bowed downe, can they make themselues streight: but they set gifts before them as vnto dead men.

25B-6:28††† As for the things that are sacrificed vnto them, their priests sell and abuse: in like maner their wiues lay vp part thereof in salt: but vnto the poore and impotent, they giue nothing of it.

25B-6:29††† Menstruous women, and women in childbed eate their sacrifices: by these things ye may know that they are no gods: feare them not.

25B-6:30††† For how can they be called gods? Because women set meate before the gods of siluer, gold, and wood.

25B-6:31††† And the priests sit in their temples, hauing their clothes rent, and their heads and beards shauen, and nothing vpon their heads.

25B-6:32††† They roare and crie before their gods: as men doe at the feast when one is dead.

25B-6:33††† The priestes also take off their garments, and clothe their wiues and children.

25B-6:34††† Whether it be euill that one doth vnto them, or good: they are not able to recompense it: they can neither set vp a king, nor put him downe.

25B-6:35††† In like maner, they can neither giue riches nor money: though a man make a vowe vnto them, and keepe it not, they will not require it.

25B-6:36††† They can saue no man from death, neither deliuer the weake from the mightie.

25B-6:37††† They cannot restore a blind man to his sight, nor helpe any man in his distresse.

25B-6:38††† They can shew no mercie to the widow: nor doe good to the fatherlesse.

25B-6:39††† Their gods of wood, and which are ouerlaid with gold, and siluer, are like the stones that be hewen out of the mountaine: they that worship them shall be confounded.

25B-6:40††† How should a man then thinke and say that they are gods? When euen the Chaldeans theselues dishonor them.

25B-6:41††† Who if they shall see one dumbe that cannot speake, they bring him and intreate Bel that he may speake, as though he were able to vnderstand.

25B-6:42††† Yet they cannot vnderstand this themselues, and leaue them: for they haue no knowledge.

25B-6:43††† The women also with cordes aboue them, sitting in the wayes, burne branne for perfume: but if any of them drawen by some that passeth by, lie with him, she reproacheth her fellow that she was not thought as worthy as her selfe, nor her cord broken.

25B-6:44††† Whatsoeuer is done among them is false: how may it then be thought or said that they are gods?

25B-6:45††† They are made of carpenters, and goldsmiths, they can be nothing else, then the workman will haue them to be.

25B-6:46††† And they themselues that made them, can neuer continue long, how should then the things that are made of them, be gods?

25B-6:47††† For they left lies and reproaches to them that come after.

25B-6:48††† For when there commeth any warre or plague vpon them, the priests consult with themselues, where they may be hidden with them.

25B-6:49††† How then cannot men perceiue, that they be no gods, which can neither saue themselues from warre nor from plague?

25B-6:50††† For seeing they be but of wood, and ouerlaide with siluer and gold: it shall be knowen heereafter that they are false.

25B-6:51††† And it shall manifestly appeare to all nations and kings, that they are no gods: but the workes of mens hands, and that there is no worke of God in them.

25B-6:52††† Who then may not know that they are no gods?

25B-6:53††† For neither can they set vp a king in the land, nor giue raine vnto men.

25B-6:54††† Neither can they iudge their owne cause, nor redresse a wrong being vnable: for they are as crowes between heauen and earth.

25B-6:55††† Whereupon when fire falleth vpon the house of gods of wood, or layd ouer with gold or siluer, their priests will fly away, & escape: but they themselues shall be burnt asunder like beames.

25B-6:56††† Moreouer they cannot withstand any king or enemies: how can it then be thought or said that they be gods?

25B-6:57††† Neither are those gods of wood, and layd ouer with siluer or gold able to escape either from theeues or robbers.

25B-6:58††† Whose gold, and siluer, and garments wherwith they are clothed, they that are strong doe take, and goe away withall: neither are they able to helpe themselues.

25B-6:59††† Therefore it is better to be a king that sheweth his power, or else a profitable vessell in an house, which the owner shall haue vse of, then such false gods: or to be a doore in an house to keepe such things safe as be therein, then such false gods: or a pillar of wood in a palace, then such false gods.

25B-6:60††† For Sunne, Moone, and starres, being bright and sent to doe their offices, are obedient.

25B-6:61††† In like maner the lightning when it breaketh forth is easie to bee seene, and after the same maner the wind bloweth in euery country.

25B-6:62††† And when God commandeth the clouds to goe ouer the whole world: they doe as they are bidden:

25B-6:63††† And the fire sent from aboue to consume hilles and woods, doth as it is commanded: but these are like vnto them neither in shew, nor power.

25B-6:64††† Wherefore it is neither to be supposed nor said, that they are gods, seeing they are able, neither to iudge causes, nor to doe good vnto men.

25B-6:65††† Knowing therefore that they are no gods, feare them not.

25B-6:66††† For they can neither curse nor blesse kings.

25B-6:67††† Neither can they signes in the heauens among the heathen: nor shine as the Sunne, nor giue light as the Moone.

25B-6:68††† The beasts are better then they: for they can get vnder a couert, and helpe themselues.

25B-6:69††† It is then by no meanes manifest vnto vs that they are gods: therefore feare them not.

25B-6:70††† For as a scarcrow in a garden of Cucumbers keepeth nothing: so are their gods of wood, and laid ouer with siluer and gold.

25B-6:71††† And likewise their gods of wood, and laid ouer with siluer and gold, are like to a white thorne in an orchard that euery bird sitteth vpon: as also to a dead body, that is cast into the darke.

25B-6:72††† And you shall know them to be no gods, by the bright purple that rotteth vpon them: and they themselues afterward shall be eaten, and shall be a reproach in the country.

25B-6:73††† Better therefore is the iust man that hath none idoles: for he shall be farre from reproach.

 

 

 

 

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Letter of Jeremiah

A copy of an epistle,

which Jeremy sent unto them which were to be led captives into Babylon by the king of the Babylonians,

to certify them,

as it was commanded him of God.

Letter of Jeremiah 1

25C-1:1†††† Because of the sins which ye have committed before God, ye shall be led away captives into Babylon by Nabuchodonosor king of the Babylonians.

25C-1:2†††† So when ye be come unto Babylon, ye shall remain there many years, and for a long season, namely, seven generations: and after that I will bring you away peaceably from thence.

25C-1:3†††† Now shall ye see in Babylon gods of silver, and of gold, and of wood, borne upon shoulders, which cause the nations to fear.

25C-1:4†††† Beware therefore that ye in no wise be like to strangers, neither be ye and of them, when ye see the multitude before them and behind them, worshipping them.

25C-1:5†††† But say ye in your hearts, O Lord, we must worship thee.

25C-1:6†††† For mine angel is with you, and I myself caring for your souls.

25C-1:7†††† As for their tongue, it is polished by the workman, and they themselves are gilded and laid over with silver; yet are they but false, and cannot speak.

25C-1:8†††† And taking gold, as it were for a virgin that loveth to go gay, they make crowns for the heads of their gods.

25C-1:9†††† Sometimes also the priests convey from their gods gold and silver, and bestow it upon themselves.

25C-1:10††† Yea, they will give thereof to the common harlots, and deck them as men with garments, [being] gods of silver, and gods of gold, and wood.

25C-1:11††† Yet cannot these gods save themselves from rust and moth, though they be covered with purple raiment.

25C-1:12††† They wipe their faces because of the dust of the temple, when there is much upon them.

25C-1:13††† And he that cannot put to death one that offendeth him holdeth a sceptre, as though he were a judge of the country.

25C-1:14††† He hath also in his right hand a dagger and an ax: but cannot deliver himself from war and thieves.

25C-1:15††† Whereby they are known not to be gods: therefore fear them not.

25C-1:16††† For like as a vessel that a man useth is nothing worth when it is broken; even so it is with their gods: when they be set up in the temple, their eyes be full of dust through the feet of them that come in.

25C-1:17††† And as the doors are made sure on every side upon him that offendeth the king, as being committed to suffer death: even so the priests make fast their temples with doors, with locks, and bars, lest their gods be spoiled with robbers.

25C-1:18††† They light them candles, yea, more than for themselves, whereof they cannot see one.

25C-1:19††† They are as one of the beams of the temple, yet they say their hearts are gnawed upon by things creeping out of the earth; and when they eat them and their clothes, they feel it not.

25C-1:20††† Their faces are blacked through the smoke that cometh out of the temple.

25C-1:21††† Upon their bodies and heads sit bats, swallows, and birds, and the cats also.

25C-1:22††† By this ye may know that they are no gods: therefore fear them not.

25C-1:23††† Notwithstanding the gold that is about them to make them beautiful, except they wipe off the rust, they will not shine: for neither when they were molten did they feel it.

25C-1:24††† The things wherein there is no breath are bought for a most high price.

25C-1:25††† They are borne upon shoulders, having no feet whereby they declare unto men that they be nothing worth.

25C-1:26††† They also that serve them are ashamed: for if they fall to the ground at any time, they cannot rise up again of themselves: neither, if one set them upright, can they move of themselves: neither, if they be bowed down, can they make themselves straight: but they set gifts before them as unto dead men.

25C-1:27††† As for the things that are sacrificed unto them, their priests sell and abuse; in like manner their wives lay up part thereof in salt; but unto the poor and impotent they give nothing of it.

25C-1:28††† Menstruous women and women in childbed eat their sacrifices: by these things ye may know that they are no gods: fear them not.

25C-1:29††† For how can they be called gods? because women set meat before the gods of silver, gold, and wood.

25C-1:30††† And the priests sit in their temples, having their clothes rent, and their heads and beards shaven, and nothing upon their heads.

25C-1:31††† They roar and cry before their gods, as men do at the feast when one is dead.

25C-1:32††† The priests also take off their garments, and clothe their wives and children.

25C-1:33††† Whether it be evil that one doeth unto them, or good, they are not able to recompense it: they can neither set up a king, nor put him down.

25C-1:34††† In like manner, they can neither give riches nor money: though a man make a vow unto them, and keep it not, they will not require it.

25C-1:35††† They can save no man from death, neither deliver the weak from the mighty.

25C-1:36††† They cannot restore a blind man to his sight, nor help any man in his distress.

25C-1:37††† They can shew no mercy to the widow, nor do good to the fatherless.

25C-1:38††† Their gods of wood, and which are overlaid with gold and silver, are like the stones that be hewn out of the mountain: they that worship them shall be confounded.

25C-1:39††† How should a man then think and say that they are gods, when even the Chaldeans themselves dishonour them?

25C-1:40††† Who if they shall see one dumb that cannot speak, they bring him, and intreat Bel that he may speak, as though he were able to understand.

25C-1:41††† Yet they cannot understand this themselves, and leave them: for they have no knowledge.

25C-1:42††† The women also with cords about them, sitting in the ways, burn bran for perfume: but if any of them, drawn by some that passeth by, lie with him, she reproacheth her fellow, that she was not thought as worthy as herself, nor her cord broken.

25C-1:43††† Whatsoever is done among them is false: how may it then be thought or said that they are gods?

25C-1:44††† They are made of carpenters and goldsmiths: they can be nothing else than the workmen will have them to be.

25C-1:45††† And they themselves that made them can never continue long; how should then the things that are made of them be gods?

25C-1:46††† For they left lies and reproaches to them that come after.

25C-1:47††† For when there cometh any war or plague upon them, the priests consult with themselves, where they may be hidden with them.

25C-1:48††† How then cannot men perceive that they be no gods, which can neither save themselves from war, nor from plague?

25C-1:49††† For seeing they be but of wood, and overlaid with silver and gold, it shall be known hereafter that they are false:

25C-1:50††† And it shall manifestly appear to all nations and kings that they are no gods, but the works of men's hands, and that there is no work of God in them.

25C-1:51††† Who then may not know that they are no gods?

25C-1:52††† For neither can they set up a king in the land, nor give rain unto men.

25C-1:53††† Neither can they judge their own cause, nor redress a wrong, being unable: for they are as crows between heaven and earth.

25C-1:54††† Whereupon when fire falleth upon the house of gods of wood, or laid over with gold or silver, their priests will flee away, and escape; but they themselves shall be burned asunder like beams.

25C-1:55††† Moreover they cannot withstand any king or enemies: how can it then be thought or said that they be gods?

25C-1:56††† Neither are those gods of wood, and laid over with silver or gold, able to escape either from thieves or robbers.

25C-1:57††† Whose gold, and silver, and garments wherewith they are clothed, they that are strong take, and go away withal: neither are they able to help themselves.

25C-1:58††† Therefore it is better to be a king that sheweth his power, or else a profitable vessel in an house, which the owner shall have use of, than such false gods; or to be a door in an house, to keep such things therein, than such false gods. or a pillar of wood in a a palace, than such false gods.

25C-1:59††† For sun, moon, and stars, being bright and sent to do their offices, are obedient.

25C-1:60††† In like manner the lightning when it breaketh forth is easy to be seen; and after the same manner the wind bloweth in every country.

25C-1:61††† And when God commandeth the clouds to go over the whole world, they do as they are bidden.

25C-1:62††† And the fire sent from above to consume hills and woods doeth as it is commanded: but these are like unto them neither in shew nor power.

25C-1:63††† Wherefore it is neither to be supposed nor said that they are gods, seeing, they are able neither to judge causes, nor to do good unto men.

25C-1:64††† Knowing therefore that they are no gods, fear them not,

25C-1:65††† For they can neither curse nor bless kings:

25C-1:66††† Neither can they shew signs in the heavens among the heathen, nor shine as the sun, nor give light as the moon.

25C-1:67††† The beasts are better than they: for they can get under a cover and help themselves. </