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7.
1 Macc. 2.
59.

12

8.

Lord: praise and exalt him above all for holy and humble of heart, bless ye the Cp. ver. 16.

5900_all ye beasts and cattle, Lord: praise and exalt him above all

bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him for ever. 660 u Ananias, Azarias, and 4 Dan. 1. 6, P Ps. 148. 11, above all for ever. *60 P O ye children of Misael, bless ye the Lord : praise and

men, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt exalt him above all for ever: v for he 1 Ps. 135. 19. him above all for ever. 6119 0 let Israel hath rescued us from Shell, and saved "Sce Ps. 116.

bless the Lord: praise and exalt him us from the hand of death: he hath deli-
above all for ever. 6290 ye priests 2 of vered us out of the midst of the furnace
the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise and and burning flame, even out of the midst

exalt him above all for ever. 63r0 ye of the fire hath he delivered us. 6700 Cp. See Ps. 113. servants of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good:

praise and exalt him above all for ever. for his mercy endureth for ever. 680 all • Cp. Heb. 6480) ye spirits and souls of the right- ye that worship the Lord, bless the God

eous, bless ye the Lord : praise and exalt of gods, praise him, and give him thanks:
him above all for ever. 650 ye that are for his mercy endureth for ever.

Ps. 134. 1.

1

1 Macc. 4. 24. See Ps. 13. 1. * Ps. 136.2

12. 23.

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Set apart from the beginning of DANIEL, because it is not in the Hebrew,

as neither the Narration of Bel and the Dragon.

&. 3. byer. 31.

• Luke 1. 6.

ver. 7, 15.

50.
See Judith
6. 16.

29. 23.

2 THERE dwelt a man in Babylon, and they were gone out, they parted the one

his name was Joakim: 2 and he took a from the other, and turning back again * Cp. Luke wife, whose name was a Susanna, the they came to the same place; and after

daughter of Helkias, ba very fair wo- that they had asked one another the
man, and one that feared the Lord. cause, they acknowledged their lust: and

3 Her parents also were c righteous, and then appointed they a time both toDeut. 6. 7. taught their daughter d according to the gether, when they might find her alone.

law of Moses. 4 Now Joakim was a 15 And it fell out, as they watched a fit
great rich man, and had a e fair garden day, she went in as aforetime with two
joining unto his house: and to him re- maids only, and she was desirous to
sorted the Jews; because he was more wash herself in j the garden: for it was i ver. 4,7.

honourable than all others. 5 And the hot. 16 And there was nobody there Cp. ver. 41, same year there were appointed Stwo of save the two elders, that had hid them.

the ancients of the people to be judges, selves, and watched her. 17 Then she

I such as the Lord spake of, that wicked said to her maids, Bring me oil and 9 Cp. Jer. ness came from Babylon from ancient washing balls, and shut the garden doors,

judges, who were accounted to govern that I may wash me. 18 And they did

the people. 6 These kept much at Joa- as she bade them, and shut the garden * Cp. Ex. 22. kim's house: and hall that had any doors, and went out themselves at the 9 mg.

suits in law came unto them. 7 Now side doors to fetch the things that she
when the people departed away at noon, had commanded them: and they saw
Susanna went into her husband's gar not the elders, because they were hid.
den to walk. 8 And the two elders be- 19 Now when the maids were gone forth,
held her going in every day, and walking; the two elders rose up, and ran anto
and they were inflamed with love for her, saying, 20 Behold, the garden doors
her. And they perverted their own are shut, k that no man can see us, and Op. Job 2.
mind, and turned away their eyes, that we are in love with thee; therefore con-
they might not look unto heaven, nor sent unto us, and lie with us. 21 If thou
remember just judgements. 10 And albeit wilt not, we will bear witness against
they both were wounded with her love, thee, that a young man was with thee:
yet durst not one shew another his grief. and therefore thou didst send away
11 For they were ashamed to declare thy maids from thee. 22 Then Susanna
their lust, that they desired to have to sighed, and said, 'I am straitened on cp 2 Sam.
do with her. 12 Yet they watched jea- every side: for if I do this thing, mit is
lously from day to day to see her. 13 And death unto me: and if I do it not, I
the one said to the other, Let us now go cannot escape your hands. 23 It is better
home: for it is dinner time. 14 So when for me to fall into your hands, and not

ver. 56.

15
& Ps. 64. 3.

24. 14. * Cp. ver. 41. See Lev.

20. 10.

1 Some M88. read o Israel, bless ye.

2 Some MSS. omit of the Lord.

3 Or, the grave Gr. Hades.

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P ver. 2.

32. 23.

18. 5.

24. 65.

Ex. 23. 7.

See Lev.
24. 14.

* Cp. Gen. do it, than n to sin in the sight of the mean these words that thou hast spoken?
39. 9.

Lord. 24 With that Susanna cried with 48 So he standing in the midst of them
a loud voice: and the two elders cried said, Are ye such fools, ye sons of Israel,
out against her. 25 Then ran the one, that without examination or knowledge
and opened the garden doors. 26 So of the truth ye have condemned va "Cp.ver. 57.
when the servants of the house heard daughter of Israel ? 49 Return again
the cry in the garden, they rushed in at to the place of judgement: for these
the side door, to see what had befallen have borne false witness against her.
her. 27 But when the elders had told 50 Wherefore all the people turned again
their tale, the servants were greatly in haste, and the elders said unto him,
ashamed: for there was never such a Come, sit down among us, and shew it

report made of Susanna. 28 And it came us, seeing God bath given thee the
Cp. ver. 6. to pass on the morrow, when the people honour of an elder. 5. Then said Daniel

assembled to her husband Joakim, the unto them, Put them asunder one far
two elders came full of their wicked from another, and I will examine them.
intent against Susanna to put her to 52 So when they were put asunder one
death; 29 and said before the people, from another, he called one of them, and
Send for Susanna, P the daughter of said unto him, O thou that art waxen
Helkias, Joakim's wife. So they sent; old in wickedness, z now are thy sins · Cp. Num.
30 and she came with her father and mo- come home to thee which thou hast com-
ther, her children, and all her kindred. mitted aforetime, 53 a in pronouncing - Cp. Prov.
31 Now Susanna was a very delicate wo- unjust judgement, and condemning the

man, and Pbeauteous to behold. 32 And innocent, and letting the guilty go free;
1 Cp. Gen. these wicked men commanded her qto albeit the Lord saith, The innocent and cited from

be unveiled, (for she was veiled) that righteous shalt thou not slay. 54 Now
they might be filled with her beauty. then, if thou sawest her, tell me, Under
33 Therefore her friends and all that saw what tree sawest thou them companying
her wept. 34 Then the two elders stood together? Who answered, Under a mas-
up in the midst of the people, and rlaid tick tree. 55 And Daniel said, Right

their hands upon her head. 35 And she well hast thou lied against thine own
• Cp. ver. 60. weeping looked up toward heaven: sfor head; for even now the angel of God

her heart trusted in the Lord. 36 And hath received the sentence of God and
the elders said, As we walked in the shall cut thee in two. 56 So he put him ver. 50.

Cp. Matt.
garden alone, this woman came in with aside, and commanded to bring the other,
two maids, and shut the garden doors, and said unto hin O thou d seed of Ca-
and sent the maids away. 37 Then a naan, and not of Judah, beauty hath

d Cp. Ezek young man, who there was hid, came deceived thee, and lust e hath perverted unto her, and lay with her. 38 And we, thine heart. 57 Thus have ye dealt with per. 9. being in a corner of the garden, saw this the daughters of Israel, and they for wickedness, and ran unto them. 39 And fear companied with you: but the Cp. ver. 48. when we saw them together, the man daughter of Judah would not abide your we could not hold: for he was stronger wickedness. 58 Now therefore tell me, than we, and opened the doors, and Under what tree didst thou take them leaped out. 40 But having taken this companying together? Who answered, woman, we asked who the young man Under a holm tree. 59 Then said Daniel was, but she would not tell us: these unto him, Right well hast thou also lied

things do we testify. 41 Then the as. against thine own head: for the angel of * Cp. ver. B. sembly believed them, as those that God waiteth with the sword to cut thee See ver. 55.

were elders of the people and judges: so in two, that he may destroy you. 60 With * Op. ver. 22. u they condemned her to death. 42 Then that all the assembly cried out with a

Susanna cried out with a loud voice, loud voice, and blessed God, who saveth

and said, O everlasting God, v that them that hope in him. 61 And they Op. ver. 35.
Dan. 2. 23, knowest the secrets, that knowest all arose against the two elders, for Daniel
See Ps. 139. things before they be: 43 thou knowest had convicted them of false witness out

that they have borne false witness of their own mouth: 62 and i according to Deut. 19.
against me, and, behold, I must die; the law of Moses they did unto them in
whereas I never did such things as these such sort as they maliciously intended to
men have maliciously invented against do to their neighbour: and they put them

44 And the Lord heard her voice. to death, and the innocent blood was saved

45 Therefore when she was led away u to the same day. 63 Thereforej Helkias and ver. 2, 20. "Cr 2 Chr. be put to death, God w raised up the his wife praised God for their daughter & Hag. 1.

holy spirit of a young youth, whose Susanna, with Joakim her husband, and

name was Daniel : 46 and he cried with he kindred, becau there was no
* Matt. 27. a loud voice, *I am clear from the blood dishonesty found in her. 64 And from
24 (Gk.).

of this woman. 47 Then all the people that day forth was Daniel had in great
turned them toward him, and said, What reputation in the sight of the people.

24. 51
& Luke 12.
46.

16. 3.

Ps. 44. 21.

1-4.

19.
Cp. Prov.
19. 5.

me.

36. 22

11.

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BEL AND THE DRAGON.

& 10. 1.

46. 1.

cCp. Dan. 6. 10.

4. See Ps.42.2 & Rest of

And king Astyages was gathered to in the night came the priests with their * Pan. 6. 28 his fathers, and a Cyrus the Persian re- wives and children, as they were wont

ceived his kingdom. 2 And Daniel lived to do, and did eat and drink up all.
with the king, and was honoured above 16 In the morning betime the king arose,

all his friends. 3 Now the Babylonians and Daniel with him. 17 And the king b See Isai. had an idol, called "Bel, and there were said, Daniel, are the seals whole? And

spent upon him every day twelve great he said, Yea, o king, they be whole.
measures of fine flour, and forty sheep, 18 And as soon as he had opened the
and six firkins of wine. 4 And the king door, the king looked upon the table,
did honour to it, and went daily to and cried with a loud voice, Great art
worship it: Cbut Daniel worshipped his thou, O Bel, and with thee is no deceit
own God. And the king said unto him, at all. 19 Then I laughed Daniel, and ver. 7.
Why dost thou not worship Bel? 5 And held the king that he should not go in,

he said, Because I may not do honour and said, Behold now the pavement, d See P8. 115. to idols d made with hands, but to ethe and mark well whose footsteps are

living God, who hath created the heaven these. 20 And the king said, I see the

and the earth, and hath sovereignty over footsteps of men, women, and children. Esth. 16.16. all flesh. 6 Then said the king unto him, And then the king was angry, ar and

Thinkest thou not that Bel is a living took the priests with their wives and
god? or seest thou not how much he children, who shewed him kthe privy *Cp. ver. 13.

eateth and drinketh every day? 7 Then doors, where they came in, and con/ ver. 19. Daniel Klaughed, and said, 0 king, be sumed such things as were upon the

not deceived: for this is but clay within, table. 22 ? Therefore the king slew them, Cp. ver. 28. " Ecclus. 30. and brass without, and did never geat and delivered Bel into Daniel's power,

19.

h Cp. ver. 3.

or drink anything. 8 So the king was who overthrew him and his temple.
wroth, and called for his priests, and 23 And in that same place there was
said unto them, If ye tell me not who a great 1 dragon, which they of Babylon
this is that devoureth h these expenses, worshipped. 24 And the king said unto
ye shall die. 9 But if ye can shew me Daniel, Wilt thou also say m that this is ** Cp. ver. 7.
that Bel devoureth them, then Daniel of brass ? lo, he liveth, and eateth and
shall die: for he hath spoken blasphemy drinketh; thou canst not say that he is
against Bel. And Daniel said unto the no living god: therefore worship him.
king, Let it be according to thy word. 25 Then said Daniel, n I will worship the * See Deut.
io Now the priests of Bel were three. Lord my God: for he is a living God.
score and ten, beside their wives and 26 But give me leave, 0 king, and I shall
children. And the king went with slay this dragon without sword or staff.
Daniel into the temple of Bel. 11 So The king said, I give thee leave. 27 Then
Bel's priests said, Lo, we will get us Daniel took pitch, and fat, and hair,
out: but thou, O king, set on the meat, and did seethe them together, and

and mingle the wine and set it forth, made lumps thereof: this he put in the (p. Dan, 6. and shut the door fast, and i seal it with dragon's mouth, so the dragon did eat

thine own signet; 12 and when thou and burst in sunder: and Daniel said,
comest in the morning, if thou find not Lo, these are the gods ye worship.
that Bel hath eaten up all, we will suffer 28 When they of Babylon heard that,
death: or else Daniel, that speaketh they took great indignation, and con-
falsely against us. 13 And they little spired against the king, saying, The
regarded it: for under the table they king is become a Jew, and he ohath Cp. ver. 2.
had made a privy entrance, whereby pulled down Bel, and slain the dragon,
they entered in continually, and con- and put the priests to the sword. 29 So
sumed those things. 14 And it came to they came to the king, and said, Deliver
pass, when they were gone forth, the us Daniel, or else we will destroy thee
king set the meat before Bel. Now and thine house. 30 Now when the king
Daniel had commanded his servants to saw that they pressed him sore, being
bring ashes, and they strewed all the constrained, the king delivered Daniel
temple with them in the presence of the unto them: 31 p who cast him into the P Çp. Dan.
king alone: then went they out, and lions' den: where he was six days.
shut the door, and i sealed it with the 32 And in the den there were seven
king's signet, and so departed. 15 Now lions, and they had given them every

6. 13.

17.

6. 16.

1 Or, serpent

v. 32.)

9 Cp. Hab.
1. 1
& 3. 1.

10.

BEL AND THE DRAGON-THE PRAYER OF MANASSES.
day two carcases, and two sheep: which saying, O Daniel, Daniel, s take the din-Cp. 1 Kin.

17.
then were not given to them, to the ner which God hath sent thee. 38 And
intent they might devour Daniel. Daniel said, Thou hast remembered me,

33 Now there was in Jewry Ithe pro. O God: (neither hast thou forsaken Cp Ps. 8. phet 1 Habakkuk, who had made pottage, them that love thee. 39 So Daniel arose, and had broken bread into a bowl, and and did eat: and the angel of God set was going into the field, for to bring it Habakkuk in his own place again immeto the reapers. 34 But the angel of the diately. 40 Upon the seventh day u the Cp. Dan, Lord said unto Habakkuk, Go carry the king came to bewail Daniel: and when dinner that thou hast into Babylon unto he came to the den, he looked in, and, Daniel, in the lions' den. 35 And Habak- behold, Daniel was sitting. 41 Then kuk said, Lord, I never saw Babylon; cried the king with a loud voice, saying, neither do I know where the den is. Great art thou, O Lord, thou v God of Cp. Dan. 36 Then the angel of the Lord rtook Daniel, and there is none other beside him by the crown, and lifted him up thee. 42 And he drew him out, and by the hair of his head, and with the wcast those that were the cause of his * Cp. Dan. blast of his breath set him in Babylon destruction into the den: and they were over the den. 37 And Habakkuk cried, devoured in a moment before his face.

6. 19

6. 26.

Cp. Ezek. 8. 3.

6. 24.

THE

PRAYER OF MANASSES

KING OF JUDAH,

WHEN HE WAS HOLDEN CAPTIVE IN BABYLON.

. Matt. 6. 9.

6.

9. 6
& Ps. 40. 12.

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33. 11.

21.2, 11
& 2 Chr. 33.
7.

O Lord Almighty, a that art in heaven, sands of the sea. My transgressions - Isai. 59. 12. Luke 11. 2 bthou God of our fathers, of Abraham, are multiplied, 50 Lord: my transgresSee Ex. 3. and Isaac, and Jacob, and of ctheir sions are multiplied, and *I am not * Cp. Ezra

righteous seed; who hast made heaven worthy to behold and see the height of e Cp. Ecclús. 10. 19. and earth, with all the 2 ornament there- heaven for the multitude of mine ini. d See Job 38. of; d who hast bound the sea by the quities. I am bowed down l with many 'Cp. 2 Chr.

word of thy commandment; who hast iron bands, that k I cannot lift up mine
shut up the deep, and sealed it by thy head 6 by reason of my sins, neither
terrible and glorious name; whom all have I any respite: for I have provoked
things fear, yea, tremble before thy thy wrath, and done that which is evil
power; for the majesty of thy glory before thee: 'I did not thy will, neither
cannot be borne, and the anger of thy kept I thy commandments: mI have "Cp.2 Kin.
threatening toward sinners is import- set up abominations, and have multiplied

able: thy merciful promise is unmeasur- 8 detestable things. Now therefore I Rom. 11.31. able and eunsearchable; for thou art the bow the knee of mine heart, beseeching

Lord Most High, I of great compassion, thee of grace. I have sinned, O Lord,
longsuffering and abundant in mercy, I have sinned, and n I acknowledge mine * Ps. 51. 3.
and repentest sof bringing evils upon iniquities: but, I humbly beseech thee,
men. Thou, O Lord, according to thy forgive me, O Lord, forgive me, and
great goodness hast promised repent. destroy me not with mine iniquities.
ance and forgiveness to them that have Be not angry with me for ever, by re-
sinned against thee: and of thine infinite serving evil for me; neither condemn

mercies hast appointed repentance unto me into the lower parts of the earth. 9 Cp. ? Cor. sinners, I that they may be saved. Thou For thou, o0 Lord, art the God of them

See Ps. 63. therefore, O Lord, that art the God of that repent; and in me thou wilt shew the just, hast not appointed repentance all thy goodness : for thou wilt save me, PCp. Ps. 103. to the just, to Abraham, and Isaac, and that am unworthy, according to thy great

Jacob, which have not sinned against mercy. And I will praise thee for ever all Chr. 2. Cp. Wis- thee; but I thou hast appointed repent. the days of my life: Pfor all the host of

ance unto me that am a sinner: for I heaven doth sing thy praise, and a thine iCp. P's. 40.

have sinned i above the number of the is the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

. 3. . Joel 2. 13.

Ecclus. 2. 11. See Ps. 86. 15.

• Isai. 44. 23.

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Alex. Ms. omits Thou... saved.

The Alex. MS. omits ( Lord...multiplied. * Some authorities
omit by reason of my sins. 7 The Alex. MS. omits I did... commandments. 8 Or, stumblingblocks
• Another reading is, o God.

135

THE FIRST BOOK

OF THE

MACCABEES.

& ch. 6. 2.

# See 1 Kin. 21. 20.

b ch. &. 3. See Gen 10. 4.

11, 25 & 2 Mace.

* ch. 3, 34
& 6, 30, 34,
35, 46
& 8. 6.
2 Macc. 11.

38, 52.

2 Macc. 4.
21
& 9. 29.

8.

11-16.

+ See Ex. 25. 31-37.

1 AND it came to pass, after that joined themselves to the 3 Gentiles, and
I a Alexander
the Macedonian, the

son m sold themselves to do evil.
of Philip, who came out of the land 16 And the kingdom was well ordered
of b Chittim, and smote Darius king of in the sight of Antiochus, and he thought
the Persians and Medes, it came to pass, to reign over Egypt, that he might reign
after he had smitten him, that he over the two kingdoms. 17 And n he * Cp. Dan.
reigned in his stead, in former time, over entered into Egypt with a great multi-
1 Greece. 2 And he fought many battles, tude, with chariots, and with elephants, 5. 1.
and won many strongholds, and slew and with horsemen, and with a great
the kings of the earth, 3 and went 5 navy; 18 and he made war against
through to the ends of the earth, and P Ptolemy king of Egypt; and Ptolemy
took spoils of a multitude of nations. was put to shame before him, and fled;

4, al. * Cp. ch. 11. And cthe earth was quiet before him, I and many fell wounded to death. 19 And P ch. 10.51.

and he was exalted, and his heart was they got possession of the strong cities
lifted up, 4 and he gathered together an in the land of Egypt; and he took the
exceeding strong host, and ruled over spoils of Egypt.

& Co. ch. 16.
countries and nations and principalities, 20 And Antiochus, after that he had
and they became tributary unto him. smitten Egypt, rreturned in the hun. See

2 Macc, 5. 5 And after these things he fell sick, and dred and forty and third year, and went perceived that he should die. 6 And he up against Israel and Jerusalem with a called his servants, which were honour- 5 great multitude, 21 and entered presumpable, which had been brought up with tuously into the sanctuary, and took him from his youth, and he divided the golden altar, and the candlestick See Ex. 30. unto them his kingdom, while he was of the light, and all that pertained thereyet alive. 7 And Alexander reigned to, 22 and u the table of the shewbread, iwelve years, and he died. 8 And his and v the cups to pour withal, and the "See Ex. 25.

servants bare rule, each one in his place. bowls, and the golden censers, and w the ech. 6. 15 9 And they did all put ddiadems upon veil, and the crowns, and the adorning of " See Ex. 26.

themselves after that he was dead, and gold which was on the face of the temple,
so did their sons after them many and he scaled it all off. 33 y And he took

* Cp ch.4 rears: and they multiplied evils in the the silver and the gold and the precious op. ch. 2. earth.

vessels; and he took the hidden treaso And there came forth out of them a sures which he found. 24 And when he Cp. Deut. e sinful root, / Antiochus Epiphanes, son had taken all, he went away into his

of Antiochus the king, who had been own land, and he made a great slaugh- See 2 Macc. 2 Macc. 2.

a hostage at Rome, and he reigned in ter, and spake very presumptuously.

2 the hundred and thirty and seventh 25 And there came great mourning upon Cp. ch. 3.

year of the kingdom of the Greeks. Israel, in every place where they were;

11 In those days I came there forth 26 and the rulers and elders groaned, & 2 Macc.

out of Israel transgressors of the the virgins and young men were made See Deut. law, and persuaded many, saying, Let feeble, and the beauty of the women was

us go and make a covenant with the changed. 27a Every bridegroom took up * Cp. Jer. 7.
3 Gentiles that are round about us; lamentation, she that sat in the mar.
for since we were parted from them riage chamber was in heaviness. 28 And

many evils have befallen us. 12 And the the land was moved for the inhabitants En Judg. saying was good in their eyes. 13 And thereof, and all the house of Jacob was

certain of the people were forward here- clothed with shame. Sce 2 Macc. in and i went to the king, and he gave 29 And after 7two full years othe king p:2 Macc.

them licence to do after the ordinances sent a chief collector of tribute unto the *Cp.2 Macc. of the 3 Gentiles. 14 And k they built a cities of Judah, and he came unto Jeru. 4. 9, 12,

place of exercise in Jerusalem accord- salem with a great multitude. 30C And Cp: 2 Mace. ing to the laws of the 3 Gentiles; 15 and he spake words of peace unto them in

5. 25, 28. Cp. I Cor.

Ithey made themselves uncircumcised, subtilty, and they gave him credence:
and forsook the holy covenant, and and he fell upon the city suddenly, and

23-30.
Ex. 25, 29.

& 8. 14.

31-33.

57.

9.

29. 18.

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2 circa B.C. 176. 3 Or, nations: and so throughout this book,

4 Gr. heavy 5 Or, armament

e circa B.C. 170. Gr. two years of days.

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