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Apocrypha. life and spirit to restore him those again, he a lover of the brethren, who prayeth much thus died.

for the people, and for the holy city, to CHAP. XV.

wit, Jeremias the prophet of God. 5 Nicanor's blaspbemy : 28 be is slain. 15 Whereupon Jeremias holding forth UT Nicanor, hearing that Judas and his his right hand, gave to Judas a sword of

company were in the strong places a- gold, and in giving it spake thus, bout Samaria, resolved without any danger 16 Take this holy sword, a gift from to set upon them on the sabbath day. God, with the which thou shalt wound the

2 Nevertheless the Jews that were com- adversaries. pelled to go with him said, O destroy not 17 Thus being well comforted by the so cruelly and barbarously, but give honour words of Judas, which were very good, and to that day, which he, that seeth all things, able to stir them up to valour, and to enhath honoured with holiness above other courage the hearts of the young men, they days.

determined not to pitch camp, but courage3 Then the most ungracious wretch de- ously to set upon them, and manfully to try manded, If there were a mighty One in the matter by conflict, because the city and heaven, that had commanded the sabbath the sanctuary and the temple were in danger. day to be kept.

18 For the care that they took for their 4 And when they said, There is in heaven wives, and their children, their brethren, and a living Lord, and mighty, who commanded kinsfolks, was in least account with them: the seventh day to be kept :

but the greatest and principal fear was for 5 Then said the other, And I also am the holy temple. mighty upon earth, and I command to take

19 Also they that were in the city took arms, and to do the king's business. Yet he not the least care, being troubled for the obtained not to have his wicked will done. conflict abroad.

6 So Nicanor in exceeding pride and 20 And now, when as all looked what haughtiness determined to set up a publick should be the trial, and the enemies were monument of his victory over Judas and already come near, and the army was set in them that were with him.

array, and the beasts conveniently placed, 7 But Maccabeus had ever sure confi- and the horsemen set in wings, dence that the Lord would help him :

21 Maccabeus seeing the coming of the 8 Wherefore he exhorted his people not multitude, and the divers preparations of arto fear the coming of the heathen against mour, and the fierceness of the beasts, stretchthem, but to remember the help which in ed out his hands toward heaven, and called former times they had received from heaven, upon the Lord that worketh wonders, knowand now to expect the victory and aid, ing that victory cometh not by arms, but which should come unto them from the Al. even as it seemeth good to him, he givetli mighty.

it to such as are worthy: 9 And so comforting them out of the law 22 Therefore in his prayer he said after and the prophets, and withal putting them this manner; O Lord, thou didst send thine in mind of the battles that they won afore, angel in the time of Ezekias king of Judea, he made them more cheerful.

and didst slay in the host of Sennacherib an 10 And when he had stirred up their hundred four score and five thousand : minds, he gave them the charge, shewing 23 Wherefore now also, O Lord of heav. them therewithal the falsehood of the hea- en, send a good angel before us for a fear then, and the breach of oaths.

and dread unto them; 11 Thus he armed every one of them, not 24 And through the might of thine arm so much with defence of shields and spears,

let those be stricken with terror, that come as with comfortable and good words: and against thy holy people to blaspheme. And beside that, he told them a dream worthy he ended thus. to be believed, as if it had been so indeed, 25 Then Nicanor and they that were which did not a little rejoice them.

with him came forward with trumpets and 12 And this was his vision : That Onias, songs. who had been high priest, a virtuous and a 26 But Judas and his company encoungood man, reverend in conversation, gentle tered the enemies with invocation and prayer. in condition, well spoken also, and exercised 27 So that fighting with their hands, and from a child in all points of virtue, holding | praying unto God with their hearts, they up his hands, prayed for the whole body of slew no less than thirty and five thousand the Jews.

men: for through the appearance of God 13 This done, in like manner there ap- they were greatly cheered. peared a man with gray hairs, and exceed- 28 Now when the battle was done, reing glorious, who was of a wonderful and turning again with joy, they knew that Niexcellent majesty.

canor lay dead in his harness. 14 Then Onias answered, saying, This is 29 Then they made a great shout and a


Apocrypka. noise, praising the Almighty in their own that hath kept his own place undefiled. language.

35 He hanged also Nicanor's head upou 30 And Judas, who was ever the chief the tower, an evident and manifest sign unto defender of the citizens both in body and all of the help of the Lord. mind, and who continued his love toward 36 And they ordained all with a comman his countrymen all his life, commanded to decree in no case to let that day pass without strike off Nicanor's head, and his hand with solemnity, but to celebrate the thirteenth day his shoulder, and bring them to Jerusalem. of the twelfth month, which in the Syrian

31 So when he was there, and had called | tongue is called Adar, the day before Mar. them of his nation together, and set the docheus' day. priests before the altar, he sent for them that 37 Thus went it with Nicanor : and from were of the tower,

that time forth the Hebrews had the city in 32 And shewed them vile Nicanor's head, their power. And here will I make an end. and the hand of that blasphemer, which with 38 And if I bave done well, and as is fitting proud brags he had stretched out against the the story, it is that which I desired : but if holy temple of the Almighty.

slenderly and meanly, it is that which I 33 And when he had cut out the tongue could attain unto. of that ungod!y Nicanor, he commanded that 39 For as it is hurtful to drink wine or they should give it by pieces unto the fowls, water alone ; and as wine mingled with waand hang up the reward of his madness be- ter is pleasant, and delighteth the taste: eren fore the temple.

so speech finely framed delighteth the ears of 34 So every man praised toward the heav- them that read the story. And here shall be en the glorious Lord, saying, Blessed be he || an end.

















together, she was found with child of the 1 The genealogy of Christ. 18 His concep- Holy Ghost.

tion and birth. 21, 23 His names. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a

HE book of the generation of Jesus just man, and not willing to make her a Abraham.

away privily. 2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac be- 20 But while he thought on these things, gat Jacob ; and Jacob begat Judas and behold, the angel of the Lord appeared his brethren ;

to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou 3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of son of David, fear not to take unto thee Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom ; and Mary thy wife : for that which is conEsrom begat Aram ;

ceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 4 And Aram begat Aminadab ; and 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and Aminadab begat Naasson ; and Naasson thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he begat Salmon";

shall save his people from their sins. 5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab ; 22 Now all this was done, that it might and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and 0- be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord bed begat Jesse ;

by the prophet, saying, 6 And Jesse begat David the king; and 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, David the king begat Solomon of her that and shall bring forth a son, and they had been the wife of Urias;

shall call his name Emmanuel, which be7 And Solomon begat Roboam ; and ing interpreted is, God with us. Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; 24 Then Joseph, being raised from sleep,

8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josa- did as the angel of the Lord had bidden phat begat Joram; and Joram begatOzias; him, and took unto him his wife :

9 And Ozias begat Joatham ; and Jo- 25 And knew her not till she had brought atham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat forth her first-born son: and he called his Ezekias ;

name JESUS. 10 And Ezekias begat Manasses ; and

CHAP. II. Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat 1 The wise men coming to Christ, 11 worJosias ;

ship him. 14 Joseph fleeth into Egypt. 11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his OW when Jesus was born in Bethbrethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon :

the king, behold, there came wise men 12 And after they were brought to from the east to Jerusalem, Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and 2. Saying, Where is he that is born king Salathiel begat Zorobabel ;

of the Jews ? for we have seen his star 13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud ; and in the east, and are come to worship him. Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat 3 When Herod the king had heard Azor;

these things, he was troubled, and all 14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc Jerusalem with him. begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud ; 4 And when he had gathered all the

15 And Eliud begat Eleazar ; and E-chief priests and scribes of the people toleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan be- gether, he demanded of them where gat Jacob;

Christ should be born. 16 And Jacob begat Joseph the hus- 5 And they said unto him, In Bethle, band of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, hem of Judea : for thus it is written by who is called Christ.

the prophet, 17 So all the generations from Abra- 6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of ham to David are fourteen generations ; Juda, art not the least among the princes and from David until the carrying away of Juda : for out of thee shall come a into Babylon are fourteen generations ; || Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. and from the carrying away into Babylon 7 Then Herod, when he had privily unto Christ are fourteen generations. called the wise men, inquired of them

18 | Now the birth of Jesus Christ was diligently what time the star appeared. on this wise: When as his mother Mary 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and was espoused to Joseph, before they came !! said, Go, and search diligently for the

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