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2 Esdras 13


1 And it came to pass after seven days, I dreamed a dream by night:

2 And, lo, there arose a wind from the sea, that it moved all the waves thereof.

3 And I beheld, and, lo, that man waxed strong with the thousands of heaven: and when he turned his countenance to look, all the things trembled that were seen under him.

4 And whensoever the voice went out of his mouth, all they burned that heard his voice, like as the earth faileth when it feeleth the fire.

5 And after this I beheld, and, lo, there was gathered together a multitude of men, out of number, from the four winds of the heaven, to subdue the man that came out of the sea

6 But I beheld, and, lo, he had graved himself a great mountain, and flew up upon it.

7 But I would have seen the region or place whereout the hill was graven, and I could not.

8 And after this I beheld, and, lo, all they which were gathered together to subdue him were sore afraid, and yet durst fight.

9 And, lo, as he saw the violence of the multitude that came, he neither lifted up his hand, nor held sword, nor any instrument of war:

10 But only I saw that he sent out of his mouth as it had been a blast of fire, and out of his lips a flaming breath, and out of his tongue he cast out sparks and tempests.

11 And they were all mixed together; the blast of fire, the flaming breath, and the great tempest; and fell with violence upon the multitude which was prepared to fight, and burned them up every one, so that upon a sudden of an innumerable multitude nothing was to be perceived, but only dust and smell of smoke: when I saw this I was afraid.

12 Afterward saw I the same man come down from the mountain, and call unto him another peaceable Multitude.

13 And there came much people unto him, whereof some were glad, some were sorry, and some of them were bound, and other some brought of them that were offered: then was I sick through great fear, and I awaked, and said,

14 Thou hast shewed thy servant these wonders from the beginning, and hast counted me worthy that thou shouldest receive my prayer:

15 Shew me now yet the interpretation of this dream.

16 For as I conceive in mine understanding, woe unto them that shall be left in those days and much more woe unto them that are not left behind!

17 For they that were not left were in heaviness.

18 Now understand I the things that are laid up in the latter days, which shall happen unto them, and to those that are left behind.

19 Therefore are they come into great perils and many necessities, like as these dreams declare.

20 Yet is it easier for him that is in danger to come into these things, than to pass away as a cloud out of the world, and not to see the things that happen in the last days. And he answered unto me, and said,

21 The interpretation of the vision shall I shew thee, and I will open unto thee the thing that thou hast required.

22 Whereas thou hast spoken of them that are left behind, this is the interpretation:

23 He that shall endure the peril in that time hath kept himself: they that be fallen into danger are such as have works, and faith toward the Almighty.

24 Know this therefore, that they which be left behind are more blessed than they that be dead.

25 This is the meaning of the vision: Whereas thou sawest a man coming up from the midst of the sea:

26 The same is he whom God the Highest hath kept a great season, which by his own self shall deliver his creature: and he shall order them that are left behind.

27 And whereas thou sawest, that out of his mouth there came as a blast of wind, and fire, and storm;

28 And that he held neither sword, nor any instrument of war, but that the rushing in of him destroyed the whole multitude that came to subdue him; this is the interpretation:

29 Behold, the days come, when the most High will begin to deliver them that are upon the earth.

30 And he shall come to the astonishment of them that dwell on the earth.

31 And one shall undertake to fight against another, one city against another, one place against another, one people against another, and one realm against another.

32 And the time shall be when these things shall come to pass, and the signs shall happen which I shewed thee before, and then shall my Son be declared, whom thou sawest as a man ascending.

33 And when all the people hear his voice, every man shall in their own land leave the battle they have one against another.

34 And an innumerable multitude shall be gathered together, as thou sawest them, willing to come, and to overcome him by fighting.

35 But he shall stand upon the top of the mount Sion.

36 And Sion shall come, and shall be shewed to all men, being prepared and builded, like as thou sawest the hill graven without hands.

37 And this my Son shall rebuke the wicked inventions of those nations, which for their wicked life are fallen into the tempest;

38 And shall lay before them their evil thoughts, and the torments wherewith they shall begin to be tormented, which are like unto a flame: and he shall destroy them without labour by the law which is like unto me.

39 And whereas thou sawest that he gathered another peaceable multitude unto him;

40 Those are the ten tribes, which were carried away prisoners out of their own land in the time of Osea the king, whom Salmanasar the king of Assyria led away captive, and he carried them over the waters, and so came they into another land.

41 But they took this counsel among themselves, that they would leave the multitude of the heathen, and go forth into a further country, where never mankind dwelt,

42 That they might there keep their statutes, which they never kept in their own land.

43 And they entered into Euphrates by the narrow places of the river.

44 For the most High then shewed signs for them, and held still the flood, till they were passed over.

45 For through that country there was a great way to go, namely, of a year and a half: and the same region is called Arsareth.

46 Then dwelt they there until the latter time; and now when they shall begin to come,

47 The Highest shall stay the springs of the stream again, that they may go through: therefore sawest thou the multitude with peace.

48 But those that be left behind of thy people are they that are found within my borders.

49 Now when he destroyeth the multitude of the nations that are gathered together, he shall defend his people that remain.

50 And then shall he shew them great wonders.

51 Then said I, O Lord that bearest rule, shew me this: Wherefore have I seen the man coming up from the midst of the sea?

52 And he said unto me, Like as thou canst neither seek out nor know the things that are in the deep of the sea: even so can no man upon earth see my Son, or those that be with him, but in the day time.

53 This is the interpretation of the dream which thou sawest, and whereby thou only art here lightened.

54 For thou hast forsaken thine own way, and applied thy diligence unto my law, and sought it.

55 Thy life hast thou ordered in wisdom, and hast called understanding thy mother.

56 And therefore have I shewed thee the treasures of the Highest: after other three days I will speak other things unto thee, and declare unto thee mighty and wondrous things.

57 Then went I forth into the field, giving praise and thanks greatly unto the most High because of his wonders which he did in time;

58 And because he governeth the same, and such things as fall in their seasons: and there I sat three days.


1 καὶ ἀνέστη Ελισουβ ὁ ἱερεὺς ὁ μέγας καὶ οἱ ἀδελφοὶ αὐτοῦ οἱ ἱερεῖς καὶ ᾠκοδόμησαν τὴν πύλην τὴν προβατικήν αὐτοὶ ἡγίασαν αὐτὴν καὶ ἔστησαν θύρας αὐτῆς καὶ ἕως πύργου τῶν ἑκατὸν ἡγίασαν ἕως πύργου Ανανεηλ

2 καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρας υἱῶν ἀνδρῶν Ιεριχω καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρας υἱῶν Ζακχουρ υἱοῦ Αμαρι

3 καὶ τὴν πύλην τὴν ἰχθυηρὰν ᾠκοδόμησαν υἱοὶ Ασανα αὐτοὶ ἐστέγασαν αὐτὴν καὶ ἔστησαν θύρας αὐτῆς καὶ κλεῖθρα αὐτῆς καὶ μοχλοὺς αὐτῆς

4 καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτῶν κατέσχεν ἀπὸ Ραμωθ υἱὸς Ουρια υἱοῦ Ακως καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτῶν κατέσχεν Μοσολλαμ υἱὸς Βαραχιου υἱοῦ Μασεζεβηλ καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτῶν κατέσχεν Σαδωκ υἱὸς Βαανα

5 καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτῶν κατέσχοσαν οἱ Θεκωιν καὶ αδωρηεμ οὐκ εἰσήνεγκαν τράχηλον αὐτῶν εἰς δουλείαν αὐτῶν

6 καὶ τὴν πύλην τοῦ Ισανα ἐκράτησαν Ιοϊδα υἱὸς Φασεκ καὶ Μεσουλαμ υἱὸς Βασωδια αὐτοὶ ἐστέγασαν αὐτὴν καὶ ἔστησαν θύρας αὐτῆς καὶ κλεῖθρα αὐτῆς καὶ μοχλοὺς αὐτῆς

8 καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτῶν ἐκράτησεν Ανανιας υἱὸς τοῦ Ρωκεϊμ καὶ κατέλιπον Ιερουσαλημ ἕως τοῦ τείχους τοῦ πλατέος

9 καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτῶν ἐκράτησεν Ραφαια ἄρχων ἡμίσους περιχώρου Ιερουσαλημ

10 καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτῶν ἐκράτησεν Ιεδαια υἱὸς Ερωμαφ καὶ κατέναντι οἰκίας αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτοῦ ἐκράτησεν Ατους υἱὸς Ασβανια

11 καὶ δεύτερος ἐκράτησεν Μελχιας υἱὸς Ηραμ καὶ Ασουβ υἱὸς Φααθμωαβ καὶ ἕως πύργου τῶν θαννουριμ

12 καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτοῦ ἐκράτησεν Σαλουμ υἱὸς Αλλωης ἄρχων ἡμίσους περιχώρου Ιερουσαλημ αὐτὸς καὶ αἱ θυγατέρες αὐτοῦ

13 τὴν πύλην τῆς φάραγγος ἐκράτησαν Ανουν καὶ οἱ κατοικοῦντες Ζανω αὐτοὶ ᾠκοδόμησαν αὐτὴν καὶ ἔστησαν θύρας αὐτῆς καὶ κλεῖθρα αὐτῆς καὶ μοχλοὺς αὐτῆς καὶ χιλίους πήχεις ἐν τῷ τείχει ἕως πύλης τῆς κοπρίας

14 καὶ τὴν πύλην τῆς κοπρίας ἐκράτησεν Μελχια υἱὸς Ρηχαβ ἄρχων περιχώρου Βηθαχαρμ αὐτὸς καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐσκέπασαν αὐτὴν καὶ ἔστησαν θύρας αὐτῆς καὶ κλεῖθρα αὐτῆς καὶ μοχλοὺς αὐτῆς

15 καὶ τὸ τεῖχος κολυμβήθρας τῶν κωδίων τῇ κουρᾷ τοῦ βασιλέως καὶ ἕως τῶν κλιμάκων τῶν καταβαινουσῶν ἀπὸ πόλεως Δαυιδ

16 ὀπίσω αὐτοῦ ἐκράτησεν Νεεμιας υἱὸς Αζαβουχ ἄρχων ἡμίσους περιχώρου Βηθσουρ ἕως κήπου τάφου Δαυιδ καὶ ἕως τῆς κολυμβήθρας τῆς γεγονυίας καὶ ἕως Βηθαγγαβαριμ

17 ὀπίσω αὐτοῦ ἐκράτησαν οἱ Λευῖται Ραουμ υἱὸς Βανι ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτοῦ ἐκράτησεν Ασαβια ἄρχων ἡμίσους περιχώρου Κεϊλα τῷ περιχώρῳ αὐτοῦ

18 μετ᾽ αὐτὸν ἐκράτησαν ἀδελφοὶ αὐτῶν Βενι υἱὸς Ηναδαδ ἄρχων ἡμίσους περιχώρου Κεϊλα

19 καὶ ἐκράτησεν ἐπὶ χεῖρα αὐτοῦ Αζουρ υἱὸς Ἰησοῦ ἄρχων τοῦ Μασφε μέτρον δεύτερον πύργου ἀναβάσεως τῆς συναπτούσης τῆς γωνίας

20 μετ᾽ αὐτὸν ἐκράτησεν Βαρουχ υἱὸς Ζαβου μέτρον δεύτερον ἀπὸ τῆς γωνίας ἕως θύρας Βηθελισουβ τοῦ ἱερέως τοῦ μεγάλου

21 μετ᾽ αὐτὸν ἐκράτησεν Μεραμωθ υἱὸς Ουρια υἱοῦ Ακως μέτρον δεύτερον ἀπὸ θύρας Βηθελισουβ ἕως ἐκλείψεως Βηθελισουβ

22 καὶ μετ᾽ αὐτὸν ἐκράτησαν οἱ ἱερεῖς ἄνδρες Αχεχαρ

23 καὶ μετ᾽ αὐτὸν ἐκράτησεν Βενιαμιν καὶ Ασουβ κατέναντι οἴκου αὐτῶν μετ᾽ αὐτὸν ἐκράτησεν Αζαρια υἱὸς Μαασηα υἱοῦ Ανανια ἐχόμενα οἴκου αὐτοῦ

24 μετ᾽ αὐτὸν ἐκράτησεν Βανι υἱὸς Ηναδαδ μέτρον δεύτερον ἀπὸ Βηθαζαρια ἕως τῆς γωνίας καὶ ἕως τῆς καμπῆς

25 Φαλαλ υἱοῦ Ευζαι ἐξ ἐναντίας τῆς γωνίας καὶ ὁ πύργος ὁ ἐξέχων ἐκ τοῦ οἴκου τοῦ βασιλέως ὁ ἀνώτερος ὁ τῆς αὐλῆς τῆς φυλακῆς καὶ μετ᾽ αὐτὸν Φαδαια υἱὸς Φορος

26 καὶ οἱ ναθινιμ ἦσαν οἰκοῦντες ἐν τῷ Ωφαλ ἕως κήπου πύλης τοῦ ὕδατος εἰς ἀνατολάς καὶ ὁ πύργος ὁ ἐξέχων

27 μετ᾽ αὐτὸν ἐκράτησαν οἱ Θεκωιν μέτρον δεύτερον ἐξ ἐναντίας τοῦ πύργου τοῦ μεγάλου τοῦ ἐξέχοντος καὶ ἕως τοῦ τείχους τοῦ Οφλα

28 ἀνώτερον πύλης τῶν ἵππων ἐκράτησαν οἱ ἱερεῖς ἀνὴρ ἐξ ἐναντίας οἴκου αὐτοῦ

29 μετ᾽ αὐτὸν ἐκράτησεν Σαδδουκ υἱὸς Εμμηρ ἐξ ἐναντίας οἴκου αὐτοῦ καὶ μετ᾽ αὐτὸν ἐκράτησεν Σαμαια υἱὸς Σεχενια φύλαξ τῆς πύλης τῆς ἀνατολῆς

30 μετ᾽ αὐτὸν ἐκράτησεν Ανανια υἱὸς Σελεμια καὶ Ανουμ υἱὸς Σελεφ ὁ ἕκτος μέτρον δεύτερον μετ᾽ αὐτὸν ἐκράτησεν Μεσουλαμ υἱὸς Βαρχια ἐξ ἐναντίας γαζοφυλακίου αὐτοῦ

31 μετ᾽ αὐτὸν ἐκράτησεν Μελχια υἱὸς τοῦ Σαραφι ἕως Βηθαναθινιμ καὶ οἱ ῥοποπῶλαι ἀπέναντι πύλης τοῦ Μαφεκαδ καὶ ἕως ἀναβάσεως τῆς καμπῆς

32 καὶ ἀνὰ μέσον ἀναβάσεως τῆς πύλης τῆς προβατικῆς ἐκράτησαν οἱ χαλκεῖς καὶ οἱ ῥοποπῶλαι

33 καὶ ἐγένετο ἡνίκα ἤκουσεν Σαναβαλλατ ὅτι ἡμεῖς οἰκοδομοῦμεν τὸ τεῖχος καὶ πονηρὸν ἦν αὐτῷ καὶ ὠργίσθη ἐπὶ πολὺ καὶ ἐξεγέλα ἐπὶ τοῖς Ιουδαίοις

34 καὶ εἶπεν ἐνώπιον τῶν ἀδελφῶν αὐτοῦ αὕτη ἡ δύναμις Σομορων ὅτι οἱ Ιουδαῖοι οὗτοι οἰκοδομοῦσιν τὴν ἑαυτῶν πόλιν

35 καὶ Τωβιας ὁ αμμανίτης ἐχόμενα αὐτοῦ ἦλθεν καὶ εἶπαν πρὸς ἑαυτούς μὴ θυσιάσουσιν ἢ φάγονται ἐπὶ τοῦ τόπου αὐτῶν οὐχὶ ἀναβήσεται ἀλώπηξ καὶ καθελεῖ τὸ τεῖχος λίθων αὐτῶν

36 ἄκουσον ὁ θεὸς ἡμῶν ὅτι ἐγενήθημεν εἰς μυκτηρισμόν καὶ ἐπίστρεψον ὀνειδισμὸν αὐτῶν εἰς κεφαλὴν αὐτῶν καὶ δὸς αὐτοὺς εἰς μυκτηρισμὸν ἐν γῇ αἰχμαλωσίας

37 καὶ μὴ καλύψῃς ἐπὶ ἀνομίαν

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