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The King James Bible 1 Esdras 9
1Then Esdras rising from the court of the temple went to the chamber of Joanan the son of Eliasib,
2And remained there, and did eat no meat nor drink water, mourning for the great iniquities of the multitude.
3And there was a proclamation in all Jewry and Jerusalem to all them that were of the captivity, that they should be gathered together at Jerusalem:
4And that whosoever met not there within two or three days according as the elders that bare rule appointed, their cattle should be seized to the use of the temple, and himself cast out from them that were of the captivity.
5And in three days were all they of the tribe of Judah and Benjamin gathered together at Jerusalem the twentieth day of the ninth month.
6And all the multitude sat trembling in the broad court of the temple because of the present foul weather.
7So Esdras arose up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed the law in marrying strange wives, thereby to increase the sins of Israel.
8And now by confessing give glory unto the Lord God of our fathers,
9And do his will, and separate yourselves from the heathen of the land, and from the strange women.
10Then cried the whole multitude, and said with a loud voice, Like as thou hast spoken, so will we do.
11But forasmuch as the people are many, and it is foul weather, so that we cannot stand without, and this is not a work of a day or two, seeing our sin in these things is spread far:
12Therefore let the rulers of the multitude stay, and let all them of our habitations that have strange wives come at the time appointed,
13And with them the rulers and judges of every place, till we turn away the wrath of the Lord from us for this matter.
14Then Jonathan the son of Azael and Ezechias the son of Theocanus accordingly took this matter upon them: and Mosollam and Levis and Sabbatheus helped them.
15And they that were of the captivity did according to all these things.
16And Esdras the priest chose unto him the principal men of their families, all by name: and in the first day of the tenth month they sat together to examine the matter.
17So their cause that held strange wives was brought to an end in the first day of the first month.
18And of the priests that were come together, and had strange wives, there were found:
19Of the sons of Jesus the son of Josedec, and his brethren; Matthelas and Eleazar, and Joribus and Joadanus.
20And they gave their hands to put away their wives and to offer rams to make reconcilement for their errors.
21And of the sons of Emmer; Ananias, and Zabdeus, and Eanes, and Sameius, and Hiereel, and Azarias.
22And of the sons of Phaisur; Elionas, Massias Israel, and Nathanael, and Ocidelus and Talsas.
23And of the Levites; Jozabad, and Semis, and Colius, who was called Calitas, and Patheus, and Judas, and Jonas.
24Of the holy singers; Eleazurus, Bacchurus.
25Of the porters; Sallumus, and Tolbanes.
26Of them of Israel, of the sons of Phoros; Hiermas, and Eddias, and Melchias, and Maelus, and Eleazar, and Asibias, and Baanias.
27Of the sons of Ela; Matthanias, Zacharias, and Hierielus, and Hieremoth, and Aedias.
28And of the sons of Zamoth; Eliadas, Elisimus, Othonias, Jarimoth, and Sabatus, and Sardeus.
29Of the sons of Babai; Johannes, and Ananias and Josabad, and Amatheis.
30Of the sons of Mani; Olamus, Mamuchus, Jedeus, Jasubus, Jasael, and Hieremoth.
31And of the sons of Addi; Naathus, and Moosias, Lacunus, and Naidus, and Mathanias, and Sesthel, Balnuus, and Manasseas.
32And of the sons of Annas; Elionas and Aseas, and Melchias, and Sabbeus, and Simon Chosameus.
33And of the sons of Asom; Altaneus, and Matthias, and Baanaia, Eliphalet, and Manasses, and Semei.
34And of the sons of Maani; Jeremias, Momdis, Omaerus, Juel, Mabdai, and Pelias, and Anos, Carabasion, and Enasibus, and Mamnitanaimus, Eliasis, Bannus, Eliali, Samis, Selemias, Nathanias: and of the sons of Ozora; Sesis, Esril, Azaelus, Samatus, Zambis, Josephus.
35And of the sons of Ethma; Mazitias, Zabadaias, Edes, Juel, Banaias.
36All these had taken strange wives, and they put them away with their children.
37And the priests and Levites, and they that were of Israel, dwelt in Jerusalem, and in the country, in the first day of the seventh month: so the children of Israel were in their habitations.
38And the whole multitude came together with one accord into the broad place of the holy porch toward the east:
39And they spake unto Esdras the priest and reader, that he would bring the law of Moses, that was given of the Lord God of Israel.
40So Esdras the chief priest brought the law unto the whole multitude from man to woman, and to all the priests, to hear law in the first day of the seventh month.
41And he read in the broad court before the holy porch from morning unto midday, before both men and women; and the multitude gave heed unto the law.
42And Esdras the priest and reader of the law stood up upon a pulpit of wood, which was made for that purpose.
43And there stood up by him Mattathias, Sammus, Ananias, Azarias, Urias, Ezecias, Balasamus, upon the right hand:
44And upon his left hand stood Phaldaius, Misael, Melchias, Lothasubus, and Nabarias.
45Then took Esdras the book of the law before the multitude: for he sat honourably in the first place in the sight of them all.
46And when he opened the law, they stood all straight up. So Esdras blessed the Lord God most High, the God of hosts, Almighty.
47And all the people answered, Amen; and lifting up their hands they fell to the ground, and worshipped the Lord.
48Also Jesus, Anus, Sarabias, Adinus, Jacubus, Sabateas, Auteas, Maianeas, and Calitas, Asrias, and Joazabdus, and Ananias, Biatas, the Levites, taught the law of the Lord, making them withal to understand it.
49Then spake Attharates unto Esdras the chief priest. and reader, and to the Levites that taught the multitude, even to all, saying,
50This day is holy unto the Lord; (for they all wept when they heard the law:)
51Go then, and eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send part to them that have nothing;
52For this day is holy unto the Lord: and be not sorrowful; for the Lord will bring you to honour.
53So the Levites published all things to the people, saying, This day is holy to the Lord; be not sorrowful.
54Then went they their way, every one to eat and drink, and make merry, and to give part to them that had nothing, and to make great cheer;
55Because they understood the words wherein they were instructed, and for the which they had been assembled
The King James Bible 2 Esdras 2
1Thus saith the Lord, I brought this people out of bondage, and I gave them my commandments by menservants the prophets; whom they would not hear, but despised my counsels. 2The mother that bare them saith unto them, Go your way, ye children; for I am a widow and forsaken. 3I brought you up with gladness; but with sorrow and heaviness have I lost you: for ye have sinned before the Lord your God, and done that thing that is evil before him. 4But what shall I now do unto you? I am a widow and forsaken: go your way, O my children, and ask mercy of the Lord. 5As for me, O father, I call upon thee for a witness over the mother of these children, which would not keep my covenant, 6That thou bring them to confusion, and their mother to a spoil, that there may be no offspring of them. 7Let them be scattered abroad among the heathen, let their names be put out of the earth: for they have despised my covenant. 8Woe be unto thee, Assur, thou that hidest the unrighteous in thee! O thou wicked people, remember what I did unto Sodom and Gomorrha; 9Whose land lieth in clods of pitch and heaps of ashes: even so also will I do unto them that hear me not, saith the Almighty Lord. 10Thus saith the Lord unto Esdras, Tell my people that I will give them the kingdom of Jerusalem, which I would have given unto Israel. 11Their glory also will I take unto me, and give these the everlasting tabernacles, which I had prepared for them. 12They shall have the tree of life for an ointment of sweet savour; they shall neither labour, nor be weary. 13Go, and ye shall receive: pray for few days unto you, that they may be shortened: the kingdom is already prepared for you: watch. 14Take heaven and earth to witness; for I have broken the evil in pieces, and created the good: for I live, saith the Lord. 15Mother, embrace thy children, and bring them up with gladness, make their feet as fast as a pillar: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord. 16And those that be dead will I raise up again from their places, and bring them out of the graves: for I have known my name in Israel. 17Fear not, thou mother of the children: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord. 18For thy help will I send my servants Esau and Jeremy, after whose counsel I have sanctified and prepared for thee twelve trees laden with divers fruits, 19And as many fountains flowing with milk and honey, and seven mighty mountains, whereupon there grow roses and lilies, whereby I will fill thy children with joy. 20Do right to the widow, judge for the fatherless, give to the poor, defend the orphan, clothe the naked, 21Heal the broken and the weak, laugh not a lame man to scorn, defend the maimed, and let the blind man come into the sight of my clearness. 22Keep the old and young within thy walls. 23Wheresoever thou findest the dead, take them and bury them, and I will give thee the first place in my resurrection. 24Abide still, O my people, and take thy rest, for thy quietness still come. 25Nourish thy children, O thou good nurse; stablish their feet. 26As for the servants whom I have given thee, there shall not one of them perish; for I will require them from among thy number. 27Be not weary: for when the day of trouble and heaviness cometh, others shall weep and be sorrowful, but thou shalt be merry and have abundance. 28The heathen shall envy thee, but they shall be able to do nothing against thee, saith the Lord. 29My hands shall cover thee, so that thy children shall not see hell. 30Be joyful, O thou mother, with thy children; for I will deliver thee, saith the Lord. 31Remember thy children that sleep, for I shall bring them out of the sides of the earth, and shew mercy unto them: for I am merciful, saith the Lord Almighty. 32Embrace thy children until I come and shew mercy unto them: for my wells run over, and my grace shall not fail. 33I Esdras received a charge of the Lord upon the mount Oreb, that I should go unto Israel; but when I came unto them, they set me at nought, and despised the commandment of the Lord. 34And therefore I say unto you, O ye heathen, that hear and understand, look for your Shepherd, he shall give you everlasting rest; for he is nigh at hand, that shall come in the end of the world. 35Be ready to the reward of the kingdom, for the everlasting light shall shine upon you for evermore. 36Flee the shadow of this world, receive the joyfulness of your glory: I testify my Saviour openly. 37O receive the gift that is given you, and be glad, giving thanks unto him that hath led you to the heavenly kingdom. 38Arise up and stand, behold the number of those that be sealed in the feast of the Lord; 39Which are departed from the shadow of the world, and have received glorious garments of the Lord. 40Take thy number, O Sion, and shut up those of thine that are clothed in white, which have fulfilled the law of the Lord. 41The number of thy children, whom thou longedst for, is fulfilled: beseech the power of the Lord, that thy people, which have been called from the beginning, may be hallowed. 42I Esdras saw upon the mount Sion a great people, whom I could not number, and they all praised the Lord with songs. 43And in the midst of them there was a young man of a high stature, taller than all the rest, and upon every one of their heads he set crowns, and was more exalted; which I marvelled at greatly. 44So I asked the angel, and said, Sir, what are these? 45He answered and said unto me, These be they that have put off the mortal clothing, and put on the immortal, and have confessed the name of God: now are they crowned, and receive palms. 46Then said I unto the angel, What young person is it that crowneth them, and giveth them palms in their hands? 47So he answered and said unto me, It is the Son of God, whom they have confessed in the world. Then began I greatly to commend them that stood so stiffly for the name of the Lord. 48Then the angel said unto me, Go thy way, and tell my people what manner of things, and how great wonders of the Lord thy God, thou hast seen.
The King James Bible 2 Esdras 1
1The second book of the prophet Esdras, the son of Saraias, the son of Azarias, the son of Helchias, the son of Sadamias, the sou of Sadoc, the son of Achitob, 2The son of Achias, the son of Phinees, the son of Heli, the son of Amarias, the son of Aziei, the son of Marimoth, the son of And he spake unto the of Borith, the son of Abisei, the son of Phinees, the son of Eleazar, 3The son of Aaron, of the tribe of Levi; which was captive in the land of the Medes, in the reign of Artexerxes king of the Persians. 4And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 5Go thy way, and shew my people their sinful deeds, and their children their wickedness which they have done against me; that they may tell their children's children: 6Because the sins of their fathers are increased in them: for they have forgotten me, and have offered unto strange gods. 7Am not I even he that brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage? but they have provoked me unto wrath, and despised my counsels. 8Pull thou off then the hair of thy head, and cast all evil upon them, for they have not been obedient unto my law, but it is a rebellious people. 9How long shall I forbear them, into whom I have done so much good? 10Many kings have I destroyed for their sakes; Pharaoh with his servants and all his power have I smitten down. 11All the nations have I destroyed before them, and in the east I have scattered the people of two provinces, even of Tyrus and Sidon, and have slain all their enemies. 12Speak thou therefore unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord, 13I led you through the sea and in the beginning gave you a large and safe passage; I gave you Moses for a leader, and Aaron for a priest. 14I gave you light in a pillar of fire, and great wonders have I done among you; yet have ye forgotten me, saith the Lord. 15Thus saith the Almighty Lord, The quails were as a token to you; I gave you tents for your safeguard: nevertheless ye murmured there, 16And triumphed not in my name for the destruction of your enemies, but ever to this day do ye yet murmur. 17Where are the benefits that I have done for you? when ye were hungry and thirsty in the wilderness, did ye not cry unto me, 18Saying, Why hast thou brought us into this wilderness to kill us? it had been better for us to have served the Egyptians, than to die in this wilderness. 19Then had I pity upon your mournings, and gave you manna to eat; so ye did eat angels' bread. 20When ye were thirsty, did I not cleave the rock, and waters flowed out to your fill? for the heat I covered you with the leaves of the trees. 21I divided among you a fruitful land, I cast out the Canaanites, the Pherezites, and the Philistines, before you: what shall I yet do more for you? saith the Lord. 22Thus saith the Almighty Lord, When ye were in the wilderness, in the river of the Amorites, being athirst, and blaspheming my name, 23I gave you not fire for your blasphemies, but cast a tree in the water, and made the river sweet. 24What shall I do unto thee, O Jacob? thou, Juda, wouldest not obey me: I will turn me to other nations, and unto those will I give my name, that they may keep my statutes. 25Seeing ye have forsaken me, I will forsake you also; when ye desire me to be gracious unto you, I shall have no mercy upon you. 26Whensoever ye shall call upon me, I will not hear you: for ye have defiled your hands with blood, and your feet are swift to commit manslaughter. 27Ye have not as it were forsaken me, but your own selves, saith the Lord. 28Thus saith the Almighty Lord, Have I not prayed you as a father his sons, as a mother her daughters, and a nurse her young babes, 29That ye would be my people, and I should be your God; that ye would be my children, and I should be your father? 30I gathered you together, as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings: but now, what shall I do unto you? I will cast you out from my face. 31When ye offer unto me, I will turn my face from you: for your solemn feastdays, your new moons, and your circumcisions, have I forsaken. 32I sent unto you my servants the prophets, whom ye have taken and slain, and torn their bodies in pieces, whose blood I will require of your hands, saith the Lord. 33Thus saith the Almighty Lord, Your house is desolate, I will cast you out as the wind doth stubble. 34And your children shall not be fruitful; for they have despised my commandment, and done the thing that is an evil before me. 35Your houses will I give to a people that shall come; which not having heard of me yet shall believe me; to whom I have shewed no signs, yet they shall do that I have commanded them. 36They have seen no prophets, yet they shall call their sins to remembrance, and acknowledge them. 37I take to witness the grace of the people to come, whose little ones rejoice in gladness: and though they have not seen me with bodily eyes, yet in spirit they believe the thing that I say. 38And now, brother, behold what glory; and see the people that come from the east: 39Unto whom I will give for leaders, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Oseas, Amos, and Micheas, Joel, Abdias, and Jonas, 40Nahum, and Abacuc, Sophonias, Aggeus, Zachary, and Malachy, which is called also an angel of the Lord.
The King James Bible 1 Esdras 8
1And after these things, when Artexerxes the king of the Persians reigned came Esdras the son of Saraias, the son of Ezerias, the son of Helchiah, the son of Salum,
2The son of Sadduc, the son of Achitob, the son of Amarias, the son of Ezias, the son of Meremoth, the son of Zaraias, the son of Savias, the son of Boccas, the son of Abisum, the son of Phinees, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chief priest.
3This Esdras went up from Babylon, as a scribe, being very ready in the law of Moses, that was given by the God of Israel.
4And the king did him honour: for he found grace in his sight in all his requests.
5There went up with him also certain of the children of Israel, of the priest of the Levites, of the holy singers, porters, and ministers of the temple, unto Jerusalem,
6In the seventh year of the reign of Artexerxes, in the fifth month, this was the king's seventh year; for they went from Babylon in the first day of the first month, and came to Jerusalem, according to the prosperous journey which the Lord gave them.
7For Esdras had very great skill, so that he omitted nothing of the law and commandments of the Lord, but taught all Israel the ordinances and judgments.
8Now the copy of the commission, which was written from Artexerxes the king, and came to Esdras the priest and reader of the law of the Lord, is this that followeth;
9King Artexerxes unto Esdras the priest and reader of the law of the Lord sendeth greeting:
10Having determined to deal graciously, I have given order, that such of the nation of the Jews, and of the priests and Levites being within our realm, as are willing and desirous should go with thee unto Jerusalem.
11As many therefore as have a mind thereunto, let them depart with thee, as it hath seemed good both to me and my seven friends the counsellors;
12That they may look unto the affairs of Judea and Jerusalem, agreeably to that which is in the law of the Lord;
13And carry the gifts unto the Lord of Israel to Jerusalem, which I and my friends have vowed, and all the gold and silver that in the country of Babylon can be found, to the Lord in Jerusalem,
14With that also which is given of the people for the temple of the Lord their God at Jerusalem: and that silver and gold may be collected for bullocks, rams, and lambs, and things thereunto appertaining;
15To the end that they may offer sacrifices unto the Lord upon the altar of the Lord their God, which is in Jerusalem.
16And whatsoever thou and thy brethren will do with the silver and gold, that do, according to the will of thy God.
17And the holy vessels of the Lord, which are given thee for the use of the temple of thy God, which is in Jerusalem, thou shalt set before thy God in Jerusalem.
18And whatsoever thing else thou shalt remember for the use of the temple of thy God, thou shalt give it out of the king's treasury.
19And I king Artexerxes have also commanded the keepers of the treasures in Syria and Phenice, that whatsoever Esdras the priest and the reader of the law of the most high God shall send for, they should give it him with speed,
20To the sum of an hundred talents of silver, likewise also of wheat even to an hundred cors, and an hundred pieces of wine, and other things in abundance.
21Let all things be performed after the law of God diligently unto the most high God, that wrath come not upon the kingdom of the king and his sons.
22I command you also, that ye require no tax, nor any other imposition, of any of the priests, or Levites, or holy singers, or porters, or ministers of the temple, or of any that have doings in this temple, and that no man have authority to impose any thing upon them.
23And thou, Esdras, according to the wisdom of God ordain judges and justices, that they may judge in all Syria and Phenice all those that know the law of thy God; and those that know it not thou shalt teach.
24And whosoever shall transgress the law of thy God, and of the king, shall be punished diligently, whether it be by death, or other punishment, by penalty of money, or by imprisonment.
25Then said Esdras the scribe, Blessed be the only Lord God of my fathers, who hath put these things into the heart of the king, to glorify his house that is in Jerusalem:
26And hath honoured me in the sight of the king, and his counsellors, and all his friends and nobles.
27Therefore was I encouraged by the help of the Lord my God, and gathered together men of Israel to go up with me.
28And these are the chief according to their families and several dignities, that went up with me from Babylon in the reign of king Artexerxes:
29Of the sons of Phinees, Gerson: of the sons of Ithamar, Gamael: of the sons of David, Lettus the son of Sechenias:
30Of the sons of Pharez, Zacharias; and with him were counted an hundred and fifty men:
31Of the sons of Pahath Moab, Eliaonias, the son of Zaraias, and with him two hundred men:
32Of the sons of Zathoe, Sechenias the son of Jezelus, and with him three hundred men: of the sons of Adin, Obeth the son of Jonathan, and with him two hundred and fifty men:
33Of the sons of Elam, Josias son of Gotholias, and with him seventy men:
34Of the sons of Saphatias, Zaraias son of Michael, and with him threescore and ten men:
35Of the sons of Joab, Abadias son of Jezelus, and with him two hundred and twelve men:
36Of the sons of Banid, Assalimoth son of Josaphias, and with him an hundred and threescore men:
37Of the sons of Babi, Zacharias son of Bebai, and with him twenty and eight men:
38Of the sons of Astath, Johannes son of Acatan, and with him an hundred and ten men:
39Of the sons of Adonikam the last, and these are the names of them, Eliphalet, Jewel, and Samaias, and with them seventy men:
40Of the sons of Bago, Uthi the son of Istalcurus, and with him seventy men.
41And these I gathered together to the river called Theras, where we pitched our tents three days: and then I surveyed them.
42But when I had found there none of the priests and Levites,
43Then sent I unto Eleazar, and Iduel, and Masman,
44And Alnathan, and Mamaias, and Joribas, and Nathan, Eunatan, Zacharias, and Mosollamon, principal men and learned.
45And I bade them that they should go unto Saddeus the captain, who was in the place of the treasury:
46And commanded them that they should speak unto Daddeus, and to his brethren, and to the treasurers in that place, to send us such men as might execute the priests' office in the house of the Lord.
47And by the mighty hand of our Lord they brought unto us skilful men of the sons of Moli the son of Levi, the son of Israel, Asebebia, and his sons, and his brethren, who were eighteen.
48And Asebia, and Annus, and Osaias his brother, of the sons of Channuneus, and their sons, were twenty men.
49And of the servants of the temple whom David had ordained, and the principal men for the service of the Levites to wit, the servants of the temple two hundred and twenty, the catalogue of whose names were shewed.
50And there I vowed a fast unto the young men before our Lord, to desire of him a prosperous journey both for us and them that were with us, for our children, and for the cattle:
51For I was ashamed to ask the king footmen, and horsemen, and conduct for safeguard against our adversaries.
52For we had said unto the king, that the power of the Lord our God should be with them that seek him, to support them in all ways.
53And again we besought our Lord as touching these things, and found him favourable unto us.
54Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Esebrias, and Assanias, and ten men of their brethren with them:
55And I weighed them the gold, and the silver, and the holy vessels of the house of our Lord, which the king, and his council, and the princes, and all Israel, had given.
56And when I had weighed it, I delivered unto them six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels of an hundred talents, and an hundred talents of gold,
57And twenty golden vessels, and twelve vessels of brass, even of fine brass, glittering like gold.
58And I said unto them, Both ye are holy unto the Lord, and the vessels are holy, and the gold and the silver is a vow unto the Lord, the Lord of our fathers.
59Watch ye, and keep them till ye deliver them to the chief of the priests and Levites, and to the principal men of the families of Israel, in Jerusalem, into the chambers of the house of our God.
60So the priests and the Levites, who had received the silver and the gold and the vessels, brought them unto Jerusalem, into the temple of the Lord.
61And from the river Theras we departed the twelfth day of the first month, and came to Jerusalem by the mighty hand of our Lord, which was with us: and from the beginning of our journey the Lord delivered us from every enemy, and so we came to Jerusalem.
62And when we had been there three days, the gold and silver that was weighed was delivered in the house of our Lord on the fourth day unto Marmoth the priest the son of Iri.
63And with him was Eleazar the son of Phinees, and with them were Josabad the son of Jesu and Moeth the son of Sabban, Levites: all was delivered them by number and weight.
64And all the weight of them was written up the same hour.
65Moreover they that were come out of the captivity offered sacrifice unto the Lord God of Israel, even twelve bullocks for all Israel, fourscore and sixteen rams,
66Threescore and twelve lambs, goats for a peace offering, twelve; all of them a sacrifice to the Lord.
67And they delivered the king's commandments unto the king's stewards' and to the governors of Celosyria and Phenice; and they honoured the people and the temple of God.
68Now when these things were done, the rulers came unto me, and said,
69The nation of Israel, the princes, the priests and Levites, have not put away from them the strange people of the land, nor the pollutions of the Gentiles to wit, of the Canaanites, Hittites, Pheresites, Jebusites, and the Moabites, Egyptians, and Edomites.
70For both they and their sons have married with their daughters, and the holy seed is mixed with the strange people of the land; and from the beginning of this matter the rulers and the great men have been partakers of this iniquity.
71And as soon as I had heard these things, I rent my clothes, and the holy garment, and pulled off the hair from off my head and beard, and sat me down sad and very heavy.
72So all they that were then moved at the word of the Lord God of Israel assembled unto me, whilst I mourned for the iniquity: but I sat still full of heaviness until the evening sacrifice.
73Then rising up from the fast with my clothes and the holy garment rent, and bowing my knees, and stretching forth my hands unto the Lord,
74I said, O Lord, I am confounded and ashamed before thy face;
75For our sins are multiplied above our heads, and our ignorances have reached up unto heaven.
76For ever since the time of our fathers we have been and are in great sin, even unto this day.
77And for our sins and our fathers' we with our brethren and our kings and our priests were given up unto the kings of the earth, to the sword, and to captivity, and for a prey with shame, unto this day.
78And now in some measure hath mercy been shewed unto us from thee, O Lord, that there should be left us a root and a name in the place of thy sanctuary;
79And to discover unto us a light in the house of the Lord our God, and to give us food in the time of our servitude.
80Yea, when we were in bondage, we were not forsaken of our Lord; but he made us gracious before the kings of Persia, so that they gave us food;
81Yea, and honoured the temple of our Lord, and raised up the desolate Sion, that they have given us a sure abiding in Jewry and Jerusalem.
82And now, O Lord, what shall we say, having these things? for we have transgressed thy commandments, which thou gavest by the hand of thy servants the prophets, saying,
83That the land, which ye enter into to possess as an heritage, is a land polluted with the pollutions of the strangers of the land, and they have filled it with their uncleanness.
84Therefore now shall ye not join your daughters unto their sons, neither shall ye take their daughters unto your sons.
85Moreover ye shall never seek to have peace with them, that ye may be strong, and eat the good things of the land, and that ye may leave the inheritance of the land unto your children for evermore.
86And all that is befallen is done unto us for our wicked works and great sins; for thou, O Lord, didst make our sins light,
87And didst give unto us such a root: but we have turned back again to transgress thy law, and to mingle ourselves with the uncleanness of the nations of the land.
88Mightest not thou be angry with us to destroy us, till thou hadst left us neither root, seed, nor name?
89O Lord of Israel, thou art true: for we are left a root this day.
90Behold, now are we before thee in our iniquities, for we cannot stand any longer by reason of these things before thee.
91And as Esdras in his prayer made his confession, weeping, and lying flat upon the ground before the temple, there gathered unto him from Jerusalem a very great multitude of men and women and children: for there was great weeping among the multitude.
92Then Jechonias the son of Jeelus, one of the sons of Israel, called out, and said, O Esdras, we have sinned against the Lord God, we have married strange women of the nations of the land, and now is all Israel aloft.
93Let us make an oath to the Lord, that we will put away all our wives, which we have taken of the heathen, with their children,
94Like as thou hast decreed, and as many as do obey the law of the Lord.
95Arise and put in execution: for to thee doth this matter appertain, and we will be with thee: do valiantly.
96So Esdras arose, and took an oath of the chief of the priests and Levites of all Israel to do after these things; and so they sware.
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1In the thirtieth year after the ruin of the city I was in Babylon, and lay troubled upon my bed, and my thoughts came up over my heart: 2For I saw the desolation of Sion, and the wealth of them that dwelt at Babylon. 3And my spirit was sore moved, so that I began to speak words full of fear to the most High, and said, 4O Lord, who bearest rule, thou spakest at the beginning, when thou didst plant the earth, and that thyself alone, and commandedst the people, 5And gavest a body unto Adam without soul, which was the workmanship of thine hands, and didst breathe into him the breath of life, and he was made living before thee. 6And thou leadest him into paradise, which thy right hand had planted, before ever the earth came forward. 7And unto him thou gavest commandment to love thy way: which he transgressed, and immediately thou appointedst death in him and in his generations, of whom came nations, tribes, people, and kindreds, out of number. 8And every people walked after their own will, and did wonderful things before thee, and despised thy commandments. 9And again in process of time thou broughtest the flood upon those that dwelt in the world, and destroyedst them. 10And it came to pass in every of them, that as death was to Adam, so was the flood to these. 11Nevertheless one of them thou leftest, namely, Noah with his household, of whom came all righteous men. 12And it happened, that when they that dwelt upon the earth began to multiply, and had gotten them many children, and were a great people, they began again to be more ungodly than the first. 13Now when they lived so wickedly before thee, thou didst choose thee a man from among them, whose name was Abraham. 14Him thou lovedst, and unto him only thou shewedst thy will: 15And madest an everlasting covenant with him, promising him that thou wouldest never forsake his seed. 16And unto him thou gavest Isaac, and unto Isaac also thou gavest Jacob and Esau. As for Jacob, thou didst choose him to thee, and put by Esau: and so Jacob became a great multitude. 17And it came to pass, that when thou leadest his seed out of Egypt, thou broughtest them up to the mount Sinai. 18And bowing the heavens, thou didst set fast the earth, movedst the whole world, and madest the depths to tremble, and troubledst the men of that age. 19And thy glory went through four gates, of fire, and of earthquake, and of wind, and of cold; that thou mightest give the law unto the seed of Jacob, and diligence unto the generation of Israel. 20And yet tookest thou not away from them a wicked heart, that thy law might bring forth fruit in them. 21For the first Adam bearing a wicked heart transgressed, and was overcome; and so be all they that are born of him. 22Thus infirmity was made permanent; and the law (also) in the heart of the people with the malignity of the root; so that the good departed away, and the evil abode still. 23So the times passed away, and the years were brought to an end: then didst thou raise thee up a servant, called David: 24Whom thou commandedst to build a city unto thy name, and to offer incense and oblations unto thee therein. 25When this was done many years, then they that inhabited the city forsook thee, 26And in all things did even as Adam and all his generations had done: for they also had a wicked heart: 27And so thou gavest thy city over into the hands of thine enemies. 28Are their deeds then any better that inhabit Babylon, that they should therefore have the dominion over Sion? 29For when I came thither, and had seen impieties without number, then my soul saw many evildoers in this thirtieth year, so that my heart failed me. 30For I have seen how thou sufferest them sinning, and hast spared wicked doers: and hast destroyed thy people, and hast preserved thine enemies, and hast not signified it. 31I do not remember how this way may be left: Are they then of Babylon better than they of Sion? 32Or is there any other people that knoweth thee beside Israel? or what generation hath so believed thy covenants as Jacob? 33And yet their reward appeareth not, and their labour hath no fruit: for I have gone here and there through the heathen, and I see that they flow in wealth, and think not upon thy commandments. 34Weigh thou therefore our wickedness now in the balance, and their's also that dwell the world; and so shall thy name no where be found but in Israel. 35Or when was it that they which dwell upon the earth have not sinned in thy sight? or what people have so kept thy commandments? 36Thou shalt find that Israel by name hath kept thy precepts; but not the heathen.
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1And the angel that was sent unto me, whose name was Uriel, gave me an answer, 2And said, Thy heart hath gone to far in this world, and thinkest thou to comprehend the way of the most High? 3Then said I, Yea, my lord. And he answered me, and said, I am sent to shew thee three ways, and to set forth three similitudes before thee: 4Whereof if thou canst declare me one, I will shew thee also the way that thou desirest to see, and I shall shew thee from whence the wicked heart cometh. 5And I said, Tell on, my lord. Then said he unto me, Go thy way, weigh me the weight of the fire, or measure me the blast of the wind, or call me again the day that is past. 6Then answered I and said, What man is able to do that, that thou shouldest ask such things of me? 7And he said unto me, If I should ask thee how great dwellings are in the midst of the sea, or how many springs are in the beginning of the deep, or how many springs are above the firmament, or which are the outgoings of paradise: 8Peradventure thou wouldest say unto me, I never went down into the deep, nor as yet into hell, neither did I ever climb up into heaven. 9Nevertheless now have I asked thee but only of the fire and wind, and of the day wherethrough thou hast passed, and of things from which thou canst not be separated, and yet canst thou give me no answer of them. 10He said moreover unto me, Thine own things, and such as are grown up with thee, canst thou not know; 11How should thy vessel then be able to comprehend the way of the Highest, and, the world being now outwardly corrupted to understand the corruption that is evident in my sight? 12Then said I unto him, It were better that we were not at all, than that we should live still in wickedness, and to suffer, and not to know wherefore. 13He answered me, and said, I went into a forest into a plain, and the trees took counsel, 14And said, Come, let us go and make war against the sea that it may depart away before us, and that we may make us more woods. 15The floods of the sea also in like manner took counsel, and said, Come, let us go up and subdue the woods of the plain, that there also we may make us another country. 16The thought of the wood was in vain, for the fire came and consumed it. 17The thought of the floods of the sea came likewise to nought, for the sand stood up and stopped them. 18If thou wert judge now betwixt these two, whom wouldest thou begin to justify? or whom wouldest thou condemn? 19I answered and said, Verily it is a foolish thought that they both have devised, for the ground is given unto the wood, and the sea also hath his place to bear his floods. 20Then answered he me, and said, Thou hast given a right judgment, but why judgest thou not thyself also? 21For like as the ground is given unto the wood, and the sea to his floods: even so they that dwell upon the earth may understand nothing but that which is upon the earth: and he that dwelleth above the heavens may only understand the things that are above the height of the heavens. 22Then answered I and said, I beseech thee, O Lord, let me have understanding: 23For it was not my mind to be curious of the high things, but of such as pass by us daily, namely, wherefore Israel is given up as a reproach to the heathen, and for what cause the people whom thou hast loved is given over unto ungodly nations, and why the law of our forefathers is brought to nought, and the written covenants come to none effect, 24And we pass away out of the world as grasshoppers, and our life is astonishment and fear, and we are not worthy to obtain mercy. 25What will he then do unto his name whereby we are called? of these things have I asked. 26Then answered he me, and said, The more thou searchest, the more thou shalt marvel; for the world hasteth fast to pass away, 27And cannot comprehend the things that are promised to the righteous in time to come: for this world is full of unrighteousness and infirmities. 28But as concerning the things whereof thou askest me, I will tell thee; for the evil is sown, but the destruction thereof is not yet come. 29If therefore that which is sown be not turned upside down, and if the place where the evil is sown pass not away, then cannot it come that is sown with good. 30For the grain of evil seed hath been sown in the heart of Adam from the beginning, and how much ungodliness hath it brought up unto this time? and how much shall it yet bring forth until the time of threshing come? 31Ponder now by thyself, how great fruit of wickedness the grain of evil seed hath brought forth. 32And when the ears shall be cut down, which are without number, how great a floor shall they fill? 33Then I answered and said, How, and when shall these things come to pass? wherefore are our years few and evil? 34And he answered me, saying, Do not thou hasten above the most Highest: for thy haste is in vain to be above him, for thou hast much exceeded. 35Did not the souls also of the righteous ask question of these things in their chambers, saying, How long shall I hope on this fashion? when cometh the fruit of the floor of our reward? 36And unto these things Uriel the archangel gave them answer, and said, Even when the number of seeds is filled in you: for he hath weighed the world in the balance. 37By measure hath he measured the times; and by number hath he numbered the times; and he doth not move nor stir them, until the said measure be fulfilled. 38Then answered I and said, O Lord that bearest rule, even we all are full of impiety. 39And for our sakes peradventure it is that the floors of the righteous are not filled, because of the sins of them that dwell upon the earth. 40So he answered me, and said, Go thy way to a woman with child, and ask of her when she hath fulfilled her nine months, if her womb may keep the birth any longer within her. 41Then said I, No, Lord, that can she not. And he said unto me, In the grave the chambers of souls are like the womb of a woman: 42For like as a woman that travaileth maketh haste to escape the necessity of the travail: even so do these places haste to deliver those things that are committed unto them. 43From the beginning, look, what thou desirest to see, it shall be shewed thee. 44Then answered I and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, and if it be possible, and if I be meet therefore, 45Shew me then whether there be more to come than is past, or more past than is to come. 46What is past I know, but what is for to come I know not. 47And he said unto me, Stand up upon the right side, and I shall expound the similitude unto thee. 48So I stood, and saw, and, behold, an hot burning oven passed by before me: and it happened that when the flame was gone by I looked, and, behold, the smoke remained still. 49After this there passed by before me a watery cloud, and sent down much rain with a storm; and when the stormy rain was past, the drops remained still. 50Then said he unto me, Consider with thyself; as the rain is more than the drops, and as the fire is greater than the smoke; but the drops and the smoke remain behind: so the quantity which is past did more exceed. 51Then I prayed, and said, May I live, thinkest thou, until that time? or what shall happen in those days? 52He answered me, and said, As for the tokens whereof thou askest me, I may tell thee of them in part: but as touching thy life, I am not sent to shew thee; for I do not know it
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1Nevertheless as coming the tokens, behold, the days shall come, that they which dwell upon earth shall be taken in a great number, and the way of truth shall be hidden, and the land shall be barren of faith. 2But iniquity shall be increased above that which now thou seest, or that thou hast heard long ago. 3And the land, that thou seest now to have root, shalt thou see wasted suddenly. 4But if the most High grant thee to live, thou shalt see after the third trumpet that the sun shall suddenly shine again in the night, and the moon thrice in the day: 5And blood shall drop out of wood, and the stone shall give his voice, and the people shall be troubled: 6And even he shall rule, whom they look not for that dwell upon the earth, and the fowls shall take their flight away together: 7And the Sodomitish sea shall cast out fish, and make a noise in the night, which many have not known: but they shall all hear the voice thereof. 8There shall be a confusion also in many places, and the fire shall be oft sent out again, and the wild beasts shall change their places, and menstruous women shall bring forth monsters: 9And salt waters shall be found in the sweet, and all friends shall destroy one another; then shall wit hide itself, and understanding withdraw itself into his secret chamber, 10And shall be sought of many, and yet not be found: then shall unrighteousness and incontinency be multiplied upon earth. 11One land also shall ask another, and say, Is righteousness that maketh a man righteous gone through thee? And it shall say, No. 12At the same time shall men hope, but nothing obtain: they shall labour, but their ways shall not prosper. 13To shew thee such tokens I have leave; and if thou wilt pray again, and weep as now, and fast even days, thou shalt hear yet greater things. 14Then I awaked, and an extreme fearfulness went through all my body, and my mind was troubled, so that it fainted. 15So the angel that was come to talk with me held me, comforted me, and set me up upon my feet. 16And in the second night it came to pass, that Salathiel the captain of the people came unto me, saying, Where hast thou been? and why is thy countenance so heavy? 17Knowest thou not that Israel is committed unto thee in the land of their captivity? 18Up then, and eat bread, and forsake us not, as the shepherd that leaveth his flock in the hands of cruel wolves. 19Then said I unto him, Go thy ways from me, and come not nigh me. And he heard what I said, and went from me. 20And so I fasted seven days, mourning and weeping, like as Uriel the angel commanded me. 21And after seven days so it was, that the thoughts of my heart were very grievous unto me again, 22And my soul recovered the spirit of understanding, and I began to talk with the most High again, 23And said, O Lord that bearest rule, of every wood of the earth, and of all the trees thereof, thou hast chosen thee one only vine: 24And of all lands of the whole world thou hast chosen thee one pit: and of all the flowers thereof one lily: 25And of all the depths of the sea thou hast filled thee one river: and of all builded cities thou hast hallowed Sion unto thyself: 26And of all the fowls that are created thou hast named thee one dove: and of all the cattle that are made thou hast provided thee one sheep: 27And among all the multitudes of people thou hast gotten thee one people: and unto this people, whom thou lovedst, thou gavest a law that is approved of all. 28And now, O Lord, why hast thou given this one people over unto many? and upon the one root hast thou prepared others, and why hast thou scattered thy only one people among many? 29And they which did gainsay thy promises, and believed not thy covenants, have trodden them down. 30If thou didst so much hate thy people, yet shouldest thou punish them with thine own hands. 31Now when I had spoken these words, the angel that came to me the night afore was sent unto me, 32And said unto me, Hear me, and I will instruct thee; hearken to the thing that I say, and I shall tell thee more. 33And I said, Speak on, my Lord. Then said he unto me, Thou art sore troubled in mind for Israel's sake: lovest thou that people better than he that made them? 34And I said, No, Lord: but of very grief have I spoken: for my reins pain me every hour, while I labour to comprehend the way of the most High, and to seek out part of his judgment. 35And he said unto me, Thou canst not. And I said, Wherefore, Lord? whereunto was I born then? or why was not my mother's womb then my grave, that I might not have seen the travail of Jacob, and the wearisome toil of the stock of Israel? 36And he said unto me, Number me the things that are not yet come, gather me together the dross that are scattered abroad, make me the flowers green again that are withered, 37Open me the places that are closed, and bring me forth the winds that in them are shut up, shew me the image of a voice: and then I will declare to thee the thing that thou labourest to know. 38And I said, O Lord that bearest rule, who may know these things, but he that hath not his dwelling with men? 39As for me, I am unwise: how may I then speak of these things whereof thou askest me? 40Then said he unto me, Like as thou canst do none of these things that I have spoken of, even so canst thou not find out my judgment, or in the end the love that I have promised unto my people. 41And I said, Behold, O Lord, yet art thou nigh unto them that be reserved till the end: and what shall they do that have been before me, or we that be now, or they that shall come after us? 42And he said unto me, I will liken my judgment unto a ring: like as there is no slackness of the last, even so there is no swiftness of the first. 43So I answered and said, Couldest thou not make those that have been made, and be now, and that are for to come, at once; that thou mightest shew thy judgment the sooner? 44Then answered he me, and said, The creature may not haste above the maker; neither may the world hold them at once that shall be created therein. 45And I said, As thou hast said unto thy servant, that thou, which givest life to all, hast given life at once to the creature that thou hast created, and the creature bare it: even so it might now also bear them that now be present at once. 46And he said unto me, Ask the womb of a woman, and say unto her, If thou bringest forth children, why dost thou it not together, but one after another? pray her therefore to bring forth ten children at once. 47And I said, She cannot: but must do it by distance of time. 48Then said he unto me, Even so have I given the womb of the earth to those that be sown in it in their times. 49For like as a young child may not bring forth the things that belong to the aged, even so have I disposed the world which I created. 50And I asked, and said, Seeing thou hast now given me the way, I will proceed to speak before thee: for our mother, of whom thou hast told me that she is young, draweth now nigh unto age. 51He answered me, and said, Ask a woman that beareth children, and she shall tell thee. 52Say unto her, Wherefore are unto they whom thou hast now brought forth like those that were before, but less of stature? 53And she shall answer thee, They that be born in the the strength of youth are of one fashion, and they that are born in the time of age, when the womb faileth, are otherwise. 54Consider thou therefore also, how that ye are less of stature than those that were before you. 55And so are they that come after you less than ye, as the creatures which now begin to be old, and have passed over the strength of youth. 56Then said I, Lord, I beseech thee, if I have found favour in thy sight, shew thy servant by whom thou visitest thy creature
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1And he said unto me, In the beginning, when the earth was made, before the borders of the world stood, or ever the winds blew, 2Before it thundered and lightened, or ever the foundations of paradise were laid, 3Before the fair flowers were seen, or ever the moveable powers were established, before the innumerable multitude of angels were gathered together, 4Or ever the heights of the air were lifted up, before the measures of the firmament were named, or ever the chimneys in Sion were hot, 5And ere the present years were sought out, and or ever the inventions of them that now sin were turned, before they were sealed that have gathered faith for a treasure: 6Then did I consider these things, and they all were made through me alone, and through none other: by me also they shall be ended, and by none other. 7Then answered I and said, What shall be the parting asunder of the times? or when shall be the end of the first, and the beginning of it that followeth? 8And he said unto me, From Abraham unto Isaac, when Jacob and Esau were born of him, Jacob's hand held first the heel of Esau. 9For Esau is the end of the world, and Jacob is the beginning of it that followeth. 10The hand of man is betwixt the heel and the hand: other question, Esdras, ask thou not. 11I answered then and said, O Lord that bearest rule, if I have found favour in thy sight, 12I beseech thee, shew thy servant the end of thy tokens, whereof thou shewedst me part the last night. 13So he answered and said unto me, Stand up upon thy feet, and hear a mighty sounding voice. 14And it shall be as it were a great motion; but the place where thou standest shall not be moved. 15And therefore when it speaketh be not afraid: for the word is of the end, and the foundation of the earth is understood. 16And why? because the speech of these things trembleth and is moved: for it knoweth that the end of these things must be changed. 17And it happened, that when I had heard it I stood up upon my feet, and hearkened, and, behold, there was a voice that spake, and the sound of it was like the sound of many waters. 18And it said, Behold, the days come, that I will begin to draw nigh, and to visit them that dwell upon the earth, 19And will begin to make inquisition of them, what they be that have hurt unjustly with their unrighteousness, and when the affliction of Sion shall be fulfilled; 20And when the world, that shall begin to vanish away, shall be finished, then will I shew these tokens: the books shall be opened before the firmament, and they shall see all together: 21And the children of a year old shall speak with their voices, the women with child shall bring forth untimely children of three or four months old, and they shall live, and be raised up. 22And suddenly shall the sown places appear unsown, the full storehouses shall suddenly be found empty: 23And tha trumpet shall give a sound, which when every man heareth, they shall be suddenly afraid. 24At that time shall friends fight one against another like enemies, and the earth shall stand in fear with those that dwell therein, the springs of the fountains shall stand still, and in three hours they shall not run. 25Whosoever remaineth from all these that I have told thee shall escape, and see my salvation, and the end of your world. 26And the men that are received shall see it, who have not tasted death from their birth: and the heart of the inhabitants shall be changed, and turned into another meaning. 27For evil shall be put out, and deceit shall be quenched. 28As for faith, it shall flourish, corruption shall be overcome, and the truth, which hath been so long without fruit, shall be declared. 29And when he talked with me, behold, I looked by little and little upon him before whom I stood. 30And these words said he unto me; I am come to shew thee the time of the night to come. 31If thou wilt pray yet more, and fast seven days again, I shall tell thee greater things by day than I have heard. 32For thy voice is heard before the most High: for the Mighty hath seen thy righteous dealing, he hath seen also thy chastity, which thou hast had ever since thy youth. 33And therefore hath he sent me to shew thee all these things, and to say unto thee, Be of good comfort and fear not 34And hasten not with the times that are past, to think vain things, that thou mayest not hasten from the latter times. 35And it came to pass after this, that I wept again, and fasted seven days in like manner, that I might fulfil the three weeks which he told me. 36And in the eighth night was my heart vexed within me again, and I began to speak before the most High. 37For my spirit was greatly set on fire, and my soul was in distress. 38And I said, O Lord, thou spakest from the beginning of the creation, even the first day, and saidst thus; Let heaven and earth be made; and thy word was a perfect work. 39And then was the spirit, and darkness and silence were on every side; the sound of man's voice was not yet formed. 40Then commandedst thou a fair light to come forth of thy treasures, that thy work might appear. 41Upon the second day thou madest the spirit of the firmament, and commandedst it to part asunder, and to make a division betwixt the waters, that the one part might go up, and the other remain beneath. 42Upon the third day thou didst command that the waters should be gathered in the seventh part of the earth: six pats hast thou dried up, and kept them, to the intent that of these some being planted of God and tilled might serve thee. 43For as soon as thy word went forth the work was made. 44For immediately there was great and innumerable fruit, and many and divers pleasures for the taste, and flowers of unchangeable colour, and odours of wonderful smell: and this was done the third day. 45Upon the fourth day thou commandedst that the sun should shine, and the moon give her light, and the stars should be in order: 46And gavest them a charge to do service unto man, that was to be made. 47Upon the fifth day thou saidst unto the seventh part, where the waters were gathered that it should bring forth living creatures, fowls and fishes: and so it came to pass. 48For the dumb water and without life brought forth living things at the commandment of God, that all people might praise thy wondrous works. 49Then didst thou ordain two living creatures, the one thou calledst Enoch, and the other Leviathan; 50And didst separate the one from the other: for the seventh part, namely, where the water was gathered together, might not hold them both. 51Unto Enoch thou gavest one part, which was dried up the third day, that he should dwell in the same part, wherein are a thousand hills: 52But unto Leviathan thou gavest the seventh part, namely, the moist; and hast kept him to be devoured of whom thou wilt, and when. 53Upon the sixth day thou gavest commandment unto the earth, that before thee it should bring forth beasts, cattle, and creeping things: 54And after these, Adam also, whom thou madest lord of all thy creatures: of him come we all, and the people also whom thou hast chosen. 55All this have I spoken before thee, O Lord, because thou madest the world for our sakes 56As for the other people, which also come of Adam, thou hast said that they are nothing, but be like unto spittle: and hast likened the abundance of them unto a drop that falleth from a vessel. 57And now, O Lord, behold, these heathen, which have ever been reputed as nothing, have begun to be lords over us, and to devour us. 58But we thy people, whom thou hast called thy firstborn, thy only begotten, and thy fervent lover, are given into their hands. 59If the world now be made for our sakes, why do we not possess an inheritance with the world? how long shall this endure?
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