And measures and matters of The Truth of the "time" we are in ...how "man" ..."thought to change time and times ...
Dearly beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, how that one day is with the Lord, as a thousand year, and a thousand year as one day.
The Lord is not slack to fulfil his promise, as some men count slackness: but is patient to us ward, and would have no man lost, but would receive all men to repentance.
Behold in a blessed dream during the dread nightmare of the dark season ...of the times and time ..of the season of man ...see son of man ...
and i was taken and show as in a mist ...a cloud ...
and a word appeared ...
and the word was Hope.
and in the midst and mist of the cloud did a book appear ...
and the book was open.
and the open book drew near and nearer ...
and the book was the recorded word of God and Jesus.
and the word Hope danced in the midst and mist of the cloud ...as though waiting...
and when the book drew nearer and nearer did the word Hope appear to dance the more ...
and when the book came close ...did the word Hope fly to the book ...
and enter in ...to the the book ...and the word of God and Jesus.
even wheresoever it appeared did it enter in.
and every each place where there was any hope ...was the Hope of God and Jesus...was the Hope in God and Jesus...was the Hope for God and Jesus
and only was there Hope in God our father and Jesus our brother and Lord.
and that in spirit and truth.
even in the flesh.
and there was no other Hope.
and scripture came back to remembrance ...
THE GOSPELL OF ST. JOHN Chpt 1
In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God: and the word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by it, and without it, was made nothing that was made. In it was life, and the life was the light of men, and the light shineth in the darkness, but the darkness comprehended it not.
THE GOSPELL OF ST. MATTHEW Chpt 4
Then was Jesus led away of the spirit into wilderness, to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. Then came to him the tempter, and said: if thou be the son of God, command that these stones be made bread. He answered and said: it is written, man shall not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God
Then the devil took him up into the holy city, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him: if thou be the son of God, cast thy self down. For it is written: he shall give his angels charge over thee, and with their hands they shall hold thee up, that thou dash not thy foot against a stone. And Jesus said to him, it is written also: Thou shall not tempt thy Lord God.
The devil took him up again and led him in to an exceeding high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and all the glory of them, and said to him: all these will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then said Jesus unto him. Avoid, Satan. For it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Then the devil left him, and behold, the angels came and ministered unto him.
THE BOOK OF WISDOM Chpt 2
For the ungodly talk and imagine thus among themselves ( but not right: ) The time of our life is but short and tedious, and when a man is once gone, he hath no more joy ner pleasure, neither know we any man that turneth again from death: for we are born of naught and we shall be here after as though we had never been. For our breath is as a smoke in our nostrils, and the words as a spark to move our heart. As for our body, it shall be very ashes that are quenched, and our soul shall vanish as the soft air. Our life shall pass away as the trace of a cloud, and come to nought as the mist that is driven away with the beams of the *Son, and put down with the heat thereof. Our name shall be forgotten by little and little, and no man shall have our works in remembrance.
For our time is a very shadow that passeth away, and after our end there is no returning, for it is fast sealed, so that no man cometh again. Come on therefore, let us enjoy the pleasures that there are, and let us soon use the creature like as in youth. We will fill ourselves with good wine and ointment, and there shall no flower of the time go by us. We will crown ourselves with rose afore they be withered. There shall be no fair meadow, but our lust shall go through it. Let everyone of you be partaker of our *voluptuousness. Let us leave some token of our pleasure in every place, for this is our portion, else we get nothing. Let us oppress the poor righteous, let us not spare the widow, ner old man, let us not regard the heads that are gray for age. Let the law of unrighteousness be our authority, for the thing that is feeble is nothing worth. Therefore let us *defraud the righteous; And why? He is not for our profit, yee he is clean contrary to our doings. He checketh us for offending against the law, and sclander us as transgressors of all nurture. He maketh his boast to have the knowledge of God, yee he calleth himself Gods son. He is the betrayer of our thoughts: It grieveth us also to look upon him, for his life is not like other mens, his ways are of another fashion. He counteth us as but vain persons, he withdraweth himself from our ways as from filthiness: he commendeth greatly the latter end of the just, and maketh his boast that God is his father. Let us see if his words be true, let us prove what shall come upon him: so we will know what end he shall have. For if he be the true son of God, he will receive him and deliver him from the hands of his enemies. Let us examine him with despiteful rebuke and tormenting, that we may know his dignity and prove his patience. Let us condemn him with the most shameful death: for like as he hath spoken, so shall he be rewarded.
Such things do the ungodly imagine, and go astray, for their own wickedness hath blinded them. As for the mysteries of God, they understand them not: they neither hope for the reward of righteousness, ner regard the worship that holy souls shall have. For God created man to be undestroyed, yee after the image of his own likeness made he him. Nevertheless through envy of the devil came death into the world, and they that do hold his side, do as he doeth
*Son: cap S and exactly as found in the text, and they did spell son: sonne and sun: sunne different. *voluptuousness. (sensory wantonness) *defraud (cheat by deceiption)
THE BOOK OF WISDOM Chpt 3
But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and the pain of death shall not touch them. In the sight of the unwise they appear to die, and their end is taken for very destruction, but they are in rest. And though they suffer pain before men, yet is their hope full of immortality. They are punished but in few things, nevertheless in many things shall they be well rewarded. For God proved them, and findeth them *mete for himself: yee as gold in the furnace doth he try them, and receiveth them as a burnt offering, and when the time cometh they shall be looked upon.
THE BOOK OF WISDOM Chpt 5
Then shall the righteous stand in great steadfastness against such as have dealt extremely with them, and taken away their labors. When they see it, they shall be vexed with horrible fear, and shall wonder at the hastiness of the sudden health: groaning for the very distress of the mind, and shall say within themselves, having inward sorrow, and mourning for very anguish of mind:
These are they, whom we sometime had in derision, and jested upon. We fools thought their life was very madness, and their end to be without honour. But lo, how they are counted among the children of God, and their portion is among the saints. Therefore have we erred from the way of truth, the light of righteousness hath not shined unto us, and the sun of understanding rose not up upon us. We have wearied ourselves in the way of wickedness and destruction. Tedious ways have we gone: but as for the way of the Lord, we have not known it.
What good hath our pride done unto us? Or, what profit hath the pomp of riches brought us? All those things are passed away like a shadow, and as a messenger running before: As a ship that passeth over the waves of the water, which when it is gone by, the trace thereof cannot be found, neither the path of it in the floods. Or as a bird that flyeth through the air, and no man can see any token where she is flown, but only heareth the noise of her wings, beating the light wind, parting the air through the vehemence of her going, and flyeth on shaking her wings, where as afterward no token of her way can be found. Or like as when an arrow is shot at a mark, it parteth the air, which immediately cometh together again, so that a no man can know where it went through. Even so we in like manner, as soon as we were born, began immediately to draw to our end, and have showed no token of virtue, but are consumed in our own wickedness.
Such words shall they that have sinned speak in hell: For the hope of the ungodly is like a dry thistle flower ( or dust ) that is blown away with the wind: like as thin scum that is scattered abroad with the storm: like as the smoke which is dispersed here and there with the wind, and as the remembrance of a stranger that tarryeth for a day, and then departeth. But the righteous shall live for evermore: their reward also is with the Lord: and their remembrance with the Highest. Therefore shall they receive a glorious Kingdom and a beautiful crown of the Lords hand: for with his right hand shall he cover them, and with his own arm shall he cover them, and with his own arm shall he defend them. His jealousy also shall take away the harness, and he shall weapon the creature to be avenged of the enemies. He shall put unrighteousness as a breastplate, and take sure judgment instead of an helmet. The invincible shield of equity shall he take, his cruel wrath shall he sharpen for a spear, and the whole compass of the world shall fight with him against the unwise.
Then shall the thunder bolts go out of the lightnings, and come out of the rainbow of the clouds to the place appointed: out of the hard and stony indignation there shall fall thick hails, and the water of the sea shall be wroth against them, and the floods shall run roughly together. Yee a mighty wind shall stand up against them, and a storm shall scatter them abroad. Thus the unrighteous dealing of them shall bring all the land to a wilderness, and wickedness shall over throw the dwellings of the mighty.
THE BOOK OF WISDOM Chpt 12
By such works now hast thou taught thy people, that a man should be just and loving: and hast made thy children to be of a good hope: for even when thou judgest, thou givest room to amend from sins. For in so much as thou hast punished, and with such diligence delivered the enemies of thy servants, which were worthy to die ( where though thou gavest them time and place of amendment that they might turn from their wickedness ) with how great diligence then punishest thou thine own children, unto whose fathers thou hast sworn and made covenants of good promises? So where as thou dost but chasten us, thou punishest our enemies diverse ways to the intent that when we punish we should remember thy goodness: and when we ourselves are punished, to put our trust in thy mercy.
Wherefore where as men have lived ignorantly and unrighteously thou hast punished them sore even through the same things that they worshiped. For they went astray very long in the way of error, held the beasts ( which even their enemies despised ) for gods living as children of no understanding. Therefore hast thou sent a scornful punishment among them, as among the children of ignorance. As for such as would not be reformed by those scorns and rebukes, they felt the worthy judgement of God. For the things that they suffered, they bare them unpatiently, being not content in them but unwilling. And when they perished by the same things that they took for gods, they knowledged then, that there is but one true God, whom afore they would not know: therefore came the end of their damnation upon them
THE BOOK OF WISDOM Chpt 13
For by the greatness and beauty of the creature, the maker thereof may plainly be known. Not withstanding they are the less to be blamed, that sought God, and would have found him, and yet missed. And why? for so much as they went about his works and sought after them, it is a token, that they regarded and held much of his works that are seen. howbeit they are not wholly to be excused. For if their knowledge and understanding was so great, that they could discern the world and its creatures, why did they not rather find out the Lord thereof?
But unhappy are they, and among the dead is their hope, that call them Gods, which are but the works of mens hands: gold, silver, and the thing that is found out by conning, the similitude of beasts, or any vain stone that hath been made by hand of old. Or as when a carpenter cutteth down a tree out of the wood, and pareth the bark of it conningly: and so with the one part maketh a vessel to be used, and *dighteth meat with the residue. As for the other part that is left, which is profitable for nothing ( for it is a crooked piece of wood and full of knobs, he carveth it diligently through his vanity, and according to the knowledge of his conning ) he giveth it some proportion, fashioneth it after the similitude of a man, or maketh it like some beast, streak it over with red, and painteth it, and look what foul spot is in it he casteth some color upon it.
Then maketh he a convenient tabernacle for it, setteth it in the wall, and maketh it fast with iron, providing so for it, least it happen to fall: for it is well known, that it can not help itself: And why? it is but an image, and must of necessity be helped.
Then goeth he and offereth of his goods unto it, for his children and his wife: he seeketh help at it, he asketh counsel at it: he is not ashamed to speak unto it that hath no soul: for health, he maketh his petition unto him that is sick: for life, he prayeth unto him that is dead: he calleth upon him for help, that is not able to help himself: and to send him a good journey, he prayeth him that may not go. And in all the things that he taketh in hand ( whether it be to obtain anything or to work ) he prayeth unto him that can do no manner of good.
THE BOOK OF WISDOM Chpt 14
For in the old time also, when the proud giants perished, he ( in whom the hope was left to increase the world ) went into the ship, which was governed through thy hand, and so left seed behind him unto the world. For happy is the tree where through righteousness cometh: but cursed is the image of wood, that is made with hands, yee both it and he that made it. He, because he made it: and it because it was called God, where as it is but a frail thing. For the ungodly and his ungodliness are both like abominable unto God. Even so the work and he that made it also shall be punished together. Therefore shall there a plague come upon the images of the Heathen: for out of the creature of God they are become an abomination, a temptation unto the souls of men, and a snare for the feet of the unwise. And why the seeking out of images is the beginning of whoredom, and the bringing up of them is the destruction of life. For they were not from the beginning, neither shall they continue forever. The wealthy idleness of men hath found them out upon the earth, therefore shall they come shortly to an end.
For a father mourned for his son that was taken away from him, he made an image ( in all the hast ) of his dead son: and so began to worship him as God, which was but a dead man, and *ordained his servants to offer unto him. Thus by process of time and through long custom, this error was kept as a law, and tyrants compelled men by violence to honor images. As for those that were so far off, that men might not worship them presently, their picture was brought from far, like the image of a King whom they would honor, to the intent that with great diligence they might worship him which was far off, as though he had been present. Again, the singular conning of the craftsman gave the ignorant also a great occasion to worship images. For the workman willing to do him a pleasure that set him a work, labored with all his conning to make the image of the best fashion. And so ( through the beauty of the work ) the common people was deceived, in so much that they took him now for a God, which alittle afore was honored as a man. And this was the error of mans life, when men ( either for to serve their own affection, or to do some pleasure unto Kings ) ascribed unto stones and stocks the name of God, which ought to be given unto no man.
Moreover, this was not enough for them that they erred in the knowledge of God: but where as they lived in the great wars of ignorance, those many and great plagues called they peace. For either they slew their own children, and offered them, or did sacrifice in the night season, or else held unreasonable watches: so that they kept neither life ner marriage clean: but either one slew another to death maliciously or else grieved his neighbor with *advoutry. And thus were all things mixed together: blood manslaughter, theft, dissimulation, corruption, unfaithfulness, sedition, perjury, disquietness of good men, unthankfulness, defiling of souls, changing of birth, unsteadfastness of marriage, misorder of *advoutry and uncleanness. And why? the honoring of abominable images is the cause, the beginning and end of all evil. For they worship Idols, either they are mad when they be merry, or prophesy lies, or live ungodly, or else lightly foreswear themselves. For in so much as their trust is in the Idols ( which have neither souls ner understanding ) though they swear falsely, yet they think it shall not hurt them.
Therefore cometh a great plague upon them, and that worthily: for they have an evil opinion of God, giving heed unto Idols, swearing unjustly to deceive, and despising righteousness. For their swearing is no virtue, but a plague of them that sin, and goeth ever with the offense of the ungodly
*ordened: ordained (ordered).
*advoutry: prefix "a" meaning not or without, devout: devotion; plain hearted to God, being devoted to something or some one else. see James 2 for adultery
THE BOOK OF WISDOM Chpt 15
But thou ( O' our God ) art sweet, long suffering and true, and in mercy orderest thou all things. Though we sin, yet we are thine, for we know thy strength. If we sin not, then are we sure, that thou regard us. For to know thee, is perfect righteousness: Yee to know thy righteousness and power, is the root of immortality. As for the thing that men have found out through their evil science, it hath not deceived us: as the painting of a picture ( an unprofitable labor ) an carved image, with diverse colors, whose sight enticeth the ignorant: so that he honoreth and loveth the picture of the dead image that hath no soul.
Nevertheless, they that love such evil things, are worthy of death: they that trust in them, they that make them, they that love them, and they that honor them. The potter also taketh and tempereth soft earth, laboreth it, and giveth it the fashion of a vessel, whatsoever serveth for our use: and so of one piece of clay he maketh some clean vessel for service, and some contrary. But where to every vessel serveth, that knoweth not the potter himself. So with his vain labor he maketh a God of the same clay: this doth even he, which a little afore was made of earth himself, and within a little while after ( when he dieth ) turneth to earth again.
Notwithstanding, he careth not the more because he shall labor, ner because his life is short: but striveth to excel goldsmiths, the silversmiths and coppersmiths, and taketh it for an honor to make vain things. For his heart is ashes, his hope is but vain earth, and his life is more vile than clay: for so much as he knoweth not his own maker, that gave him his soul to work, and breath in him the breath of life. They count our life but a pastime and our conversation to be but a market, and that men should ever be getting, and that by evil means. Now he that of earth maketh frail vessels and images, knoweth himself to offend above all other.
All the enemies of thy people and that hold them in subjection, are unwise, unhappy, and exceedingly proud unto their own souls: for they judge all the Idols of the Heathen to be gods, which neither have eye sight to see, ner noses to smell, ner ears to hear, nor fingers of hands for to grope: and as for their feet, they are too slow to go. For man made them, and he that hath but a borrowed spirit, fashioned them. But no man can make a God like unto him: for seeing he is but mortal himself, it is but mortal that he maketh with ungodly hands. He himself is better then they whom he worshipeth, for he lived though he was mortal, but so did never they. Yee they worship beasts also, which are most miserable: for compare things that cannot feel unto them, and they are worse then those. Yet is there not one of these beasts, that with his sight can behold any good thing, neither have they given praise ner thanks unto God
THE BOOK OF WISDOM Chpt 16
For these and such other things have they suffered worthy punishment, and through the multitude of beasts are they rooted out. Instead of the which punishments thou hast graciously ordered on thy own people, and given them their desire that they longed for: a new and strange taste, preparing them quails to be their meat: to the intent that ( by the things which were showed and sent unto them ) they that were so greedy of meat, might be withdrawn even from the desire that was necessary. But these within a short time were brought unto poverty, and tasted a new meat. For it was *requisite that ( without any excuse ) destruction should come upon those which used tyranny, and to show only unto the other, how their enemies were destroyed. For the cruel woodiness of the beasts came upon them, they perished through the stings of the cruel serpents.
Not with standing thy wrath endured not perpetually, but they were put in fear for a little season, that they might be reformed, having a token of salvation, to remember the commandment of thy law. For he that converted, was not healed by the thing that he saw, but by thee, O' Savior of all. So in this thou showest thine enemies, that it is thou, which deliverest from all evil. As for then when they were bitten with grasshoppers and flys, they died, for they were worthy to perish by such: But neither the teeth of the dragons ner the venomous worms over came thy children, for thy mercy was ever by them and helped them. Therefore were they punished to remember thy words, but hastily were they healed again: lest they should fall into so deep forgetfulness, that they might not use thy help.
It was neither herb ner plaster that restored them to health, but thy word ( O' Lord ) which healeth all things. It is thou ( O' Lord ) that hast the power of life and death: thou leadest unto deaths door, and bringest up again. But man through wickedness slayeth his own soul, and when his spirit goeth forth, it turneth not again, neither may he call again the soul that is taken away: It is not possible to escape thy hand. For the ungodly that wouldnt know thee, were punished by the strength of thine arm: with strange waters, hails and rains were they persecute, and through fire were they consumed. For it was a wondrous thing that fire might do more then water which quencheth all things: but the world is the avenger of the righteous. Some time was the fire so tame, that the beasts which were sent to punish the ungodly, burnt not: and that because they should see and know, that they were persecuted with the punishment of God. And some time burnt the fire in the water on every side, that it might destroy the unrighteous nation of the earth. Again, thou hast fed thy own people with Angels food, and sent them bread ready from heaven ( without their labor ) being very pleasant and well *gusted. And to show thy riches and sweetness unto thy children, thou gavest every one their desire, so that every man might take what liked him best. But the snow and ice abode the violence of thy fire, and melted not: that they might know, that the fire burning in the hail and rain, destroyed the fruit of the enemies: the fire also forgot his strength again, that the righteous might be nourished. For the creature that serveth thee ( which art the maker ) is fierce in punishing the unrighteous, but is easy and gentle to do good, unto such as put their trust in thee. Therefore did all things alter at the same time, and were all obedient unto thy grace, which is the nurse of all things, according to the desire of them that had need thereof: that thy children, O' Lord, whom thou lovest, might know, that it is not nature and the growing of fruits that feedeth men, but that it is thy word, which preserveth them that put their trust in thee. For look what might not be destroyed with the fire, as soon as it was warmed with alittle Sun beam, it melted: that all men might know, that thanks ought to be given unto thee before the *Sun rise, and that thou oughtest to be worshiped before the day spring. For the hope of the unthankful shall melt away as the winter ice, and perish as water, that is not necessary
requisite; (required, essential) *gusted (strong wind, out burst of emotion)
*Sun (cap S
THE BOOK OF WISDOM Chpt 17
For it is a heavy thing, when a mans own conscience beareth record of his wickedness and condemneth him. And why? a vexed and wounded conscience, taketh ever cruel things in hand, fearfulness is nothing else, but declaring that a man seeketh help and defense, to answer for himself. And look how much less hope is within, the more the uncertainty of the matter for the which he is punished. But they that came in the mighty night: slept the sleep that fell upon them from under and from above: sometime were they afraid through the fear of the wonders, and sometime they were so weak that they swooned withal: for an hasty and sudden fearfulness came upon them. Afterward, if any of them had fallen, he was kept and shut in prison but with out chains. But if any dwelt in a village, if he had been an *herd or husbandman he suffered intolerable necessity: for they were all bound with one chain of darkness.
Whether it were a blasting wind, or a sweet song of the birds among the thick branches of the trees, or the vehemence of hasty running water, or the great noise of the falling down of stones, or the playing and running of beasts whom they saw not, or the mighty noise of roaring beasts, or the sound that answereth again in the high mountains: it made them swoon for very fear. For all the earth shined with clear light, and no man was hindered in his labor. Only upon them fell a heavy night, an image of darkness that was to come upon them. Yee they were unto themselves the most heavy and horrible darkness
*derision (contemptuous ridicule). *herd (hired)
THE FOURTH BOOK OF ESDRAS Chpt 4
But as concerning the things whereof thou asked me, I will tell thee. The evil is sown, but the destruction thereof is not yet come. If the evil now that is sown, be not turned upside down, and the place where the evil is sown, pass not away, then can not the thing come that is sown with good. For the corn of evil seed hath been sown in the heart of man from the beginning, and how much ungodliness hath he brought up unto this time? and how much shall he yet bring forth, until he come into the barn?
Ponder now by thy self, when the corn of the evil seed is cut down, how great a barn it shall fill: I answered and said: How and when shall these things come to pass? Wherefore are our years few from evil? And he answered me, saying: Ask not thou too much upon the Highest, for thy hastiness to be above him is but vain, thou makest to much a do. Did not the souls also of the righteous ask question of these things in their holiness:* How long shall I hope of this fashion? When cometh the fruit of my barn, and my reward? And upon this Jeremiel the Archangel gave them answer, and said: Even when the number of the seeds is filled in you: for he hath weighed the world in the balance: in measure and number hath he measured the time, and moveth it not, until the same measure be fulfilled. Then answered I and said: O' Lord, Lord, now are we all full of sin, and for our sake peradventure is it not, that the barn of the righteous shall not be filled, because of the sins of them that dwell upon the earth.
So he answered me., and said: Go thy way to a woman with children, and ask of her, when she hath fulfilled her nine months, if her childbed may keep the birth any longer within her. Then said I: No Lord, that can she not. And he said unto me: In hell the secret places of souls are like the privy chamber of a woman. For like as a woman that travaileth, maketh haste, when the time and necessity of the birth is at hand: Even so doth she hast to deliver it that is committed unto her. Look what thou desirest to see, it shall be shown thee from the beginning. Then answered I , and said: If I have found favor in thy sight, and if it be possible, and if I be meet therefore, show me then, whether there be more to come than is past, or more past then there is for to come. What is past, I know: but what is for to come, I know not.
And he said unto me: Stand up upon the right side, and I shall expound the similitude unto thee. So I stood, and behold, an hot burning oven went over before me: and it happened when the flame was gone by, the smoke had the upper hand. After this there went over before me a watery cloud, and sent down much rain with a storm: and when the stormy rain was past the drops remained still. Then said he unto me: like as the rain is more than the drops, and as the fire exceedeth the smoke, even so the measure of the things that are past, hath the upper hand. Then went the drops and the smoke above: and I prayed and said: May I live (thinkest thou) until that time? Or what shall happen in those days? He answered me, and said: As for the tokens whereof thou ask me, I may tell thee of them in a part: but as touching thy life, I may not show thee, for I am not sent therefore
* How long shall I hope of this fashion? (marginal note Revelation 6)
THE FOURTH BOOK OF ESDRAS Chpt 5
Nevertheless, as concerning the tokens, mark this: Behold, the days shall come, that they which dwell upon the earth, shall be taken in a great number, and the way of the truth shall be hid, and the land shall be barren from faith: but iniquity will have the upper hand, like as thou have seen now, and as thou hast heard long ago. And the land that thou seest now to have rule, shall thou shortly see waste. But if God grant thee to live, thou shalt see after the third trumpet, that the sun shall suddenly shine again in the night, and the moon three times in the day, and blood shall drop out of wood, and the stone shall give his voice, and the people shall be unquiet: and even shall rule, whom they hope not that dwell upon the earth, and the fowls shall flight, and the *Sodomitish sea shall cast out his fish, and make a noise in the night, which many shall not know, but they shall all hear the voice thereof.
There shall be a confusion also in many places, and the fire shall be often sent again, and the wild beasts shall go their way, and menstruous women shall bear monsters, and salt waters will be found in the sweat: one friend shall fight against another: then shall all wit and understanding be hid and put into their secret places, and shall be sought of many, and yet not be found: then shall unrighteousness and voluptuousness have the upper hand upon the earth. One land shall also ask another, and say: Is righteousness gone through thee? And it shall say: No, at the same time shall men hope, but nothing obtain: they shall labor but their wages shall not prosper.
*Sodomitish sea (*note current events RN) shall cast out his fish
THE FOURTH BOOK OF ESDRAS Chpt 7
If they now which are entered into this world, may not comprehend these straight and vain things, much less they comprehend and understand the secrete things: Why disquietest thy self then, seeing thou art but a corruptible man: And what wouldest thou know, where as thou art but mortal? And why hast thou not received in thine heart the thing that is for to come, but that is present?
Then said I: O' Lord, Lord, thou hast ordered in thy law, that the righteous should inherit these things, but that the unfaithful and ungodly shall perish. Nevertheless the righteous shall suffer straight things, and hope for wide: for they that have lived ungodly and *suffered straight things, shall not see the wide.
And he said unto me: There is no judge above God, and none that have understanding above the Highest. For there be many that perish, because they despise the law of God that is set before them. For God hath given straight commandment to such as come, that they know what they do, and how they should live: and if they keep this they should not be punished.
Nevertheless they were not obedient unto him, but spoke against him: and said moreover that there was no God, and that God regarded it not. His ways they have not known, his law they have despised, and denied his promises: in his statutes and ordinances they have not been faithful and steadfast, and have not performed his works.
THE FOURTH BOOK OF ESDRAS Chpt 11
And the fourth came, and *overwane, subdue all the beasts that were past, and had power over the world with great fearfulness, and over the whole compass of the earth with the most wicked labor, and so long time dwelt he upon the earth with deceit, and the earth thou hast not judged with truth. For thou hast troubled the meek, thou hast hurt the peaceable and quiet, thou hast loved lies, and destroyed the dwellings of them that brought forth fruit, and hast cast down the walls of such as did thee no harm. Therefore is thy wrongeous dealing and blasphemy come up unto the Highest, and thy pride unto the Mighty. The Highest also hath looked upon the proud times, and behold, they are ended, and their abominations are fulfilled. And therefore appear no more thou Eagle, and thy horrible wings, and thy wicked feathers, and thy ungracious heads, and thy sinful claws, and all thy vain body: that the earth may be refreshed, and come again to herself, when she is delivered from thy violence, and that she may hope for the judgement and mercy of him that made her
Note Eagle *he spread his wings "over all the earth". *overwane= lord over (sml l ) over / diminish, weaken
THE FOURTH BOOK OF ESDRAS Chpt 15
Behold speak thou in the ears of my people the words of the prophecy, which I will put in thy mouth, sayeth the Lord: and cause this to be written in a letter, for it is the truth. Fear not the imaginations against thee, let not the unfaithfulness of them trouble thee, that speak against thee. For all the unfaithful shall die in their unfaithfulness. Behold sayeth the Lord, I will bring plagues upon the world, the sword hunger, death and destruction: for wickedness hath the upper hand in all the earth, and their shameful works are fulfilled.
Therefore sayeth the Lord: I will hold my tongue no more unto their wickedness, which they do so ungodly: neither will I suffer them in the things, that they deal with all so wickedly. Behold the innocent blood of the troubled crieth unto me, and the souls of the righteous complain continually: And therefore (sayeth the Lord) I will surely avenge and recause unto me all the innocent blood from among them.
Behold, my people, is led as a flock of sheep to be slain, I will not suffer them now to dwell in Egypt, but will bring them out with a mighty hand and a stretched out arm, and smite it with plagues as before, and will destroy all the land of it. Egypt will mourn, and the foundations of it shall be smitten with the plague and punishment, that God shall bring upon it.
They that till the ground, shall mourn: for their seeds shall be destroyed through the blasting and hail, and an horrible star Do warneth the world and them that dwell therin, for the sword and their destruction draweth nigh, and one people shall stand up to fight against another, and swords in their hands. For men shall be unsteadfast, and some shall do violence unto the other: they shall not regard their king and princes, the ways of their doings and the handlings in their power. A man shall desire to go into the city, and shall not be able. For because of their pride the cities shall be brought in fear, the houses shall shake, and men shall be afraid. A man shall have no pity upon his neighbor, but one shall provoke another unto battle to spoil their goods because of the hunger of bread, and because of the great trouble.
Behold, I gather together and call together all the kings of the earth which are from the uprising, from the South, from the East and Libanus to turn unto them, and restore the things they have given them. Like as they do yet this day unto my chosen, so will I do also, and recompense them in their bosom. Thus sayeth the Lord God: My right hand shall not spare the sinners, and my sword shall not cease over them, that shed the innocent blood upon the earth. The fear has gone out from his wrath, and the sinners like the straw that is kindled. Do warneth them that sin, and keep not my commandments, sayeth the Lord. I will not spare them. Go your way ye children from violence, defile not my sanctuary: for the Lord knoweth all them that sin against him, and therefore delivereth he them unto death and destruction: for now are the plagues come upon the world, and ye shall remain in them. For God shall not deliver you, because you have sinned against him.
Behold, an horrible vision cometh from the East, where generations of Dragons shall come out, and the people of the Arabes with many chariots, and the multitude of them shall be as the wind upon the earth, that all that hear them raging in their wrath, may fear and be afraid: and as the wild boars out of the wood, so shall they go out, and with great power shall they come, and stand fighting with them, and shall waste the portion of the land of the Assirians.
And then shall the Dragons have the upper hand, not remembering their birth, and shall turn about swearing together in great power, to persecute them. But these shall be afraid, and keep silence at their power, and shall flee: and one out of the land of the Assirians shall besiege them, and consume one of them, and in their host shall be fear and dread, and strife among their kings.
Behold clouds from the East, and from the North unto the South, and they are very horrible to look upon, full of wrath and storm. They shall smite one upon another, and they shall smite at the great star upon earth and their star, and the blood shall be from the sword unto the belly, and the smoke of man unto the camels litter: And there shall be great fearfulness and trembling upon the earth, and they that see wrath shall be afraid, and a trembling shall come upon them.
And then shall there come great rains from the South and from the North, and part from the West, and from the stormy wind from the East, and shall shut them up again, and the cloud which he raised up in wrath, and the star to cause fear toward the East and West wind, shall be destroyed: and the great clouds shall be lift up, and the mighty clouds full of wrath, and the star, that they may make all the earth afraid and them that dwell therin, and that they may pour out over all places an horrible star, fire and hail and flying swords, and many waters: that all fields may be full, and all rivers, and they shall break down the cities and walls, mountains and hills, all trees, wood, and the grass of the meadows, and all their fruit. And they shall go steadfast into Babylon, and make her afraid, they shall come to her and besiege her: the star and all wrath shall they pour out upon her.
Then shall the dust and smoke go up unto heaven, and all they that be about her, shall bewail her: and they that remain under her, shall do service unto them that have put her in fear: And thou Asia that comfort thyself also upon the hope of Babylon, and art a worshipper of her person: Woe be unto thee thou wretch, because thou hast made thyself like unto her, and hast decked thy daughters in whoredom, that they might triumph and please thy lovers, which have always desired to commit whoredom with thee: thou hast followed the abominable city in all her works and inventions.
Therefore sayeth God: I will send plagues upon thee, widowhood, poverty, hunger, wars, and pestilence, to waste thy houses with destruction and death, and the glory of thy power shall be dried up as a flower, when the heat ariseth that is sent over thee. Thou shalt *bespeck as a poor wife that is plagued and beaten of women: so that the mighty and lover shall not be able to receive thee. Would I so hate thee sayeth the Lord? If thou haddest not always slain my chosen, exalting the stroke of thy hands, and said over their death, when thou wast drunken: set forth the beauty of thy countenance.
The reward of thy whoredom shall be recompensed thee in thy bosom, therefore shalt thou receive reward.
Like as thou hast done unto my chosen ( sayeth the Lord ) even so shall God do unto thee, and shall deliver thee into the plague. Thy children shall die of hunger, and thou shall fall through the sword. Thy cities shall be broken down, and all thine shall perish with the sword in the field. They that be in the mountains shall die of hunger, and eat their own flesh, and drink their own blood for very hunger of bread and thirst of water. Thou unhappy shalt come through the sea, and receive plagues again.
In the passage they shall cast down the slain city, and shall root out one part of thy land, and consume the portion of thy glory. They shall tread thee down like stubble, and they shall be thy fire and shall consume thee: thy cities and thy land, thy wood and thy fruitful trees shall they burn up with the fire. Thy children shall they carry away captive, and look what thou hast, they shall spoil it, and mar the beauty of thy face
*bespeck= speaking; to give grounds for believing
and other appearances of HOPE in the Word of God and Jesus.
RUTH Chpt 1
FIRST BOOK OF SAMUEL Chpt 26
THE FIRST BOOK OF EZDRAS Chpt 10
JOB Chpt 5
JOB Chpt 8
JOB Chpt 11
JOB Chpt 13
JOB Chpt 14
JOB Chpt 18
JOB Chpt 19
JOB Chpt 27
JOB Chpt 32
THE PSALMS Chpt 16
THE PSALMS Chpt 22
THE PSALMS Chpt 25
THE PSALMS Chpt 28
THE PSALMS Chpt 31
THE PSALMS Chpt 33
THE PSALMS Chpt 37
THE PSALMS Chpt 39
THE PSALMS Chpt 40
THE PSALMS Chpt 52
THE PSALMS Chpt 56
THE PSALMS Chpt 61
THE PSALMS Chpt 62
THE PSALMS Chpt 65
THE PSALMS Chpt 68
THE PSALMS Chpt 71
THE PSALMS Chpt 91
THE PSALMS Chpt 119
THE PSALMS Chpt 142
THE PSALMS Chpt 144
THE PSALMS Chpt 146
THE PROVERBS Chpt 3
THE PROVERBS Chpt 10
THE PROVERBS Chpt 11
THE PROVERBS Chpt 14
THE PROVERBS Chpt 19
THE PROVERBS Chpt 24
THE PROVERBS Chpt 25
THE PROVERBS Chpt 26
ESAI or ISAIAH Chpt 20
ESAI or ISAIAH Chpt 26
ESAI or ISAIAH Chpt 30
ESAI or ISAIAH Chpt 37
ESAI or ISAIAH Chpt 42
ESAI or ISAIAH Chpt 50
ESAI or ISAIAH Chpt 51
ESAI or ISAIAH Chpt 59
JEREMIE or JEREMIAH Chpt 2
JEREMIE or JEREMIAH Chpt 17
JEREMIE or JEREMIAH Chpt 29
JEREMIE or JEREMIAH Chpt 33
THE LAMENTATIONS OF JEREMIAH Chpt 3
EZEKIEL or JEHEZEKIEL Chpt 19
EZEKIEL or JEHEZEKIEL Chpt 29
EZEKIEL or JEHEZEKIEL Chpt 37
HOSEA or OSEAS Chpt 2
HOSEA or OSEAS Chpt 12
MICHEAS or MICHEAH Chpt 1
ZACHARIE or ZACHARIAH Chpt 9
TOBIAH or TOBIE Chpt 2
TOBIAH or TOBIE Chpt 10
THE SECOND OF THE MACHABEES Chpt 2
THE SECOND OF THE MACHABEES Chpt 3
THE SECOND OF THE MACHABEES Chpt 7
THE SECOND OF THE MACHABEES Chpt 9
THE SECOND OF THE MACHABEES Chpt 15
THE GOSPELL OF ST. LUKE Chpt 6
THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES Chpt 2
THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES Chpt 16
THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES Chpt 23
THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES Chpt 24
THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES Chpt 26
THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES Chpt 27
THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES Chpt 28
ST. PAUL TO THE ROMANS Chpt 4
ST. PAUL TO THE ROMANS Chpt 5
ST. PAUL TO THE ROMANS Chpt 8
ST. PAUL TO THE ROMANS Chpt 12
ST. PAUL TO THE ROMANS Chpt 15
THE FIRST TO THE CORINTHIANS Chpt 9
THE FIRST TO THE CORINTHIANS Chpt 13
THE SECOND TO THE CORINTHIANS Chpt 1
THE SECOND TO THE CORINTHIANS Chpt 10
TO THE GALATHIANS Chpt 5
TO THE EPHESIANS Chpt 1
TO THE EPHESIANS Chpt 2
TO THE EPHESIANS Chpt 4
TO THE PHILIPPIANS Chpt 1
TO THE PHILIPPIANS Chpt 2
TO THE COLLOSSIANS Chpt 1
THE FIRST TO THE THESSALONIANS Chpt 1
THE FIRST TO THE THESSALONIANS Chpt 2
THE FIRST TO THE THESSALONIANS Chpt 4
THE FIRST TO THE THESSALONIANS Chpt 5
THE SECOND TO THE THESSALONIANS Chpt 2
THE FIRST TO TIMOTHYE Chpt 1
TO TITUS Chpt 1
TO TITUS Chpt 2
TO TITUS Chpt 3
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF ST. PETER Chpt 1
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF ST. PETER Chpt 3
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF ST. JOHN Chpt 3
TO THE HEBREWS Chpt 3
TO THE HEBREWS Chpt 6
TO THE HEBREWS Chpt 7
TO THE HEBREWS Chpt 10
TO THE HEBREWS Chpt 11
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