131And it came to pass after seven days, I dreamed a dream by night:
2And, lo, there arose a wind from the sea, that it moved all the waves thereof.
3And 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.
4And 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.
5And 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.
6But I beheld, and, lo, he had graved himself a great mountain, and flew up upon it.
7But I would have seen the region or place whereout the hill was graven, and I could not.
8And after this I beheld, and, lo, all they which were gathered together to subdue him were sore afraid, and yet durst fight.
9And, 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:
10But 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.
11And 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.
12Afterward saw I the same man come down from the mountain, and call unto him another peaceable multitude.
13And 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,
14Thou hast shewed thy servant these wonders from the beginning, and hast counted me worthy that thou shouldest receive my prayer:
15Shew me now yet the interpretation of this dream.
16For 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!
17For they that were not left were in heaviness.
18Now understand I the things that are laid up in the latter days, which shall happen unto them, and to those that are left behind.
19Therefore are they come into great perils and many necessities, like as these dreams declare.
20Yet 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,
21The interpretation of the vision shall I shew thee, and I will open unto thee the thing that thou hast required.
22Whereas thou hast spoken of them that are left behind, this is the interpretation:
23He 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.
24Know this therefore, that they which be left behind are more blessed than they that be dead.
25This is the meaning of the vision: Whereas thou sawest a man coming up from the midst of the sea:
26The 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.
27And whereas thou sawest, that out of his mouth there came as a blast of wind, and fire, and storm;
28And 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:
29Behold, the days come, when the most High will begin to deliver them that are upon the earth.
30And he shall come to the astonishment of them that dwell on the earth.
31And one shall undertake to fight against another, one city against another, one place against another, one people against another, and one realm against another.
32And 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.
33And when all the people hear his voice, every man shall in their own land leave the battle they have one against another.
34And an innumerable multitude shall be gathered together, as thou sawest them, willing to come, and to overcome him by fighting.
35But he shall stand upon the top of the mount Sion.
36And Sion shall come, and shall be shewed to all men, being prepared and builded, like as thou sawest the hill graven without hands.
37And this my Son shall rebuke the wicked inventions of those nations, which for their wicked life are fallen into the tempest;
38And 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 fire.
39And whereas thou sawest that he gathered another peaceable multitude unto him;
40Those 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.
41But 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,
42That they might there keep their statutes, which they never kept in their own land.
43And they entered into Euphrates by the narrow places of the river.
44For the most High then shewed signs for them, and held still the flood, till they were passed over.
45For through that country there was a great way to go, namely, of a year and a half: and the same region is called Arsareth.
46Then dwelt they there until the latter time; and now when they shall begin to come,
47The Highest shall stay the springs of the stream again, that they may go through: therefore sawest thou the multitude with peace.
48But those that be left behind of thy people are they that are found within my borders.
49Now when he destroyeth the multitude of the nations that are gathered together, he shall defend his people that remain.
50And then shall he shew them great wonders.
51Then said I, O Lord that bearest rule, shew me this: Wherefore have I seen the man coming up from the midst of the sea?
52And 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.
53This is the interpretation of the dream which thou sawest, and whereby thou only art here lightened.
54For thou hast forsaken thine own way, and applied thy diligence unto my law, and sought it.
55Thy life hast thou ordered in wisdom, and hast called understanding thy mother.
56And 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.
57Then went I forth into the field, giving praise and thanks greatly unto the most High because of his wonders which he did in time;
58And because he governeth the same, and such things as fall in their seasons: and there I sat three days.
141And it came to pass upon the third day, I sat under an oak, and, behold, there came a voice out of a bush over against me, and said, Esdras, Esdras.
2And I said, Here am I, Lord And I stood up upon my feet.
3Then said he unto me, In the bush I did manifestly reveal myself unto Moses, and talked with him, when my people served in Egypt:
4And I sent him and led my people out of Egypt, and brought him up to the mount of where I held him by me a long season,
5And told him many wondrous things, and shewed him the secrets of the times, and the end; and commanded him, saying,
6These words shalt thou declare, and these shalt thou hide.
7And now I say unto thee,
8That thou lay up in thy heart the signs that I have shewed, and the dreams that thou hast seen, and the interpretations which thou hast heard:
9For thou shalt be taken away from all, and from henceforth thou shalt remain with my Son, and with such as be like thee, until the times be ended.
10For the world hath lost his youth, and the times begin to wax old.
11For the world is divided into twelve parts, and the ten parts of it are gone already, and half of a tenth part:
12And there remaineth that which is after the half of the tenth part.
13Now therefore set thine house in order, and reprove thy people, comfort such of them as be in trouble, and now renounce corruption,
14Let go from thee mortal thoughts, cast away the burdens of man, put off now the weak nature,
15And set aside the thoughts that are most heavy unto thee, and haste thee to flee from these times.
16For yet greater evils than those which thou hast seen happen shall be done hereafter.
17For look how much the world shall be weaker through age, so much the more shall evils increase upon them that dwell therein.
18For the time is fled far away, and leasing is hard at hand: for now hasteth the vision to come, which thou hast seen.
19Then answered I before thee, and said,
20Behold, Lord, I will go, as thou hast commanded me, and reprove the people which are present: but they that shall be born afterward, who shall admonish them? thus the world is set in darkness, and they that dwell therein are without light.
21For thy law is burnt, therefore no man knoweth the things that are done of thee, or the work that shall begin.
22But if I have found grace before thee, send the Holy Ghost into me, and I shall write all that hath been done in the world since the beginning, which were written in thy law, that men may find thy path, and that they which will live in the latter days may live.
23And he answered me, saying, Go thy way, gather the people together, and say unto them, that they seek thee not for forty days.
24But look thou prepare thee many box trees, and take with thee Sarea, Dabria, Selemia, Ecanus, and Asiel, these five which are ready to write swiftly;
25And come hither, and I shall light a candle of understanding in thine heart, which shall not be put out, till the things be performed which thou shalt begin to write.
26And when thou hast done, some things shalt thou publish, and some things shalt thou shew secretly to the wise: to morrow this hour shalt thou begin to write.
27Then went I forth, as he commanded, and gathered all the people together, and said,
28Hear these words, O Israel.
29Our fathers at the beginning were strangers in Egypt, from whence they were delivered:
30And received the law of life, which they kept not, which ye also have transgressed after them.
31Then was the land, even the land of Sion, parted among you by lot: but your fathers, and ye yourselves, have done unrighteousness, and have not kept the ways which the Highest commanded you.
32And forasmuch as he is a righteous judge, he took from you in time the thing that he had given you.
33And now are ye here, and your brethren among you.
34Therefore if so be that ye will subdue your own understanding, and reform your hearts, ye shall be kept alive and after death ye shall obtain mercy.
35For after death shall the judgment come, when we shall live again: and then shall the names of the righteous be manifest, and the works of the ungodly shall be declared.
36Let no man therefore come unto me now, nor seek after me these forty days.
37So I took the five men, as he commanded me, and we went into the field, and remained there.
38And the next day, behold, a voice called me, saying, Esdras, open thy mouth, and drink that I give thee to drink.
39Then opened I my mouth, and, behold, he reached me a full cup, which was full as it were with water, but the colour of it was like fire.
40And I took it, and drank: and when I had drunk of it, my heart uttered understanding, and wisdom grew in my breast, for my spirit strengthened my memory:
41And my mouth was opened, and shut no more.
42The Highest gave understanding unto the five men, and they wrote the wonderful visions of the night that were told, which they knew not: and they sat forty days, and they wrote in the day, and at night they ate bread.
43As for me. I spake in the day, and I held not my tongue by night.
44In forty days they wrote two hundred and four books.
45And it came to pass, when the forty days were filled, that the Highest spake, saying, The first that thou hast written publish openly, that the worthy and unworthy may read it:
46But keep the seventy last, that thou mayest deliver them only to such as be wise among the people:
47For in them is the spring of understanding, the fountain of wisdom, and the stream of knowledge.
48And I did so.
151Behold, speak thou in the ears of my people the words of prophecy, which I will put in thy mouth, saith the Lord:
2And cause them to be written in paper: for they are faithful and true.
3Fear not the imaginations against thee, let not the incredulity of them trouble thee, that speak against thee.
4For all the unfaithful shall die in their unfaithfulness.
5Behold, saith the Lord, I will bring plagues upon the world; the sword, famine, death, and destruction.
6For wickedness hath exceedingly polluted the whole earth, and their hurtful works are fulfilled.
7Therefore saith the Lord,
8I will hold my tongue no more as touching their wickedness, which they profanely commit, neither will I suffer them in those things, in which they wickedly exercise themselves: behold, the innocent and righteous blood crieth unto me, and the souls of the just complain continually.
9And therefore, saith the Lord, I will surely avenge them, and receive unto me all the innocent blood from among them.
10Behold, my people is led as a flock to the slaughter: I will not suffer them now to dwell in the land of Egypt:
11But I will bring them with a mighty hand and a stretched out arm, and smite Egypt with plagues, as before, and will destroy all the land thereof.
12Egypt shall mourn, and the foundation of it shall be smitten with the plague and punishment that God shall bring upon it.
13They that till the ground shall mourn: for their seeds shall fail through the blasting and hail, and with a fearful constellation.
14Woe to the world and them that dwell therein!
15For the sword and their destruction draweth nigh, and one people shall stand up and fight against another, and swords in their hands.
16For there shall be sedition among men, and invading one another; they shall not regard their kings nor princes, and the course of their actions shall stand in their power.
17A man shall desire to go into a city, and shall not be able.
18For because of their pride the cities shall be troubled, the houses shall be destroyed, and men shall be afraid.
19A man shall have no pity upon his neighbour, but shall destroy their houses with the sword, and spoil their goods, because of the lack of bread, and for great tribulation.
20Behold, saith God, I will call together all the kings of the earth to reverence me, which are from the rising of the sun, from the south, from the east, and Libanus; to turn themselves one against another, and repay the things that they have done to them.
21Like as they do yet this day unto my chosen, so will I do also, and recompense in their bosom. Thus saith the Lord God;
22My right hand shall not spare the sinners, and my sword shall not cease over them that shed innocent blood upon the earth.
23The fire is gone forth from his wrath, and hath consumed the foundations of the earth, and the sinners, like the straw that is kindled.
24Woe to them that sin, and keep not my commandments! saith the Lord.
25I will not spare them: go your way, ye children, from the power, defile not my sanctuary.
26For the Lord knoweth all them that sin against him, and therefore delivereth he them unto death and destruction.
27For now are the plagues come upon the whole earth and ye shall remain in them: for God shall not deliver you, because ye have sinned against him.
28Behold an horrible vision, and the appearance thereof from the east:
29Where the nations of the dragons of Arabia shall come out with many chariots, and the multitude of them shall be carried as the wind upon earth, that all they which hear them may fear and tremble.
30Also the Carmanians raging in wrath shall go forth as the wild boars of the wood, and with great power shall they come, and join battle with them, and shall waste a portion of the land of the Assyrians.
31And then shall the dragons have the upper hand, remembering their nature; and if they shall turn themselves, conspiring together in great power to persecute them,
32Then these shall be troubled, and keep silence through their power, and shall flee.
33And from the land of the Assyrians shall the enemy besiege them, and consume some of them, and in their host shall be fear and dread, and strife among their kings.
34Behold clouds from the east and from the north unto the south, and they are very horrible to look upon, full of wrath and storm.
35They shall smite one upon another, and they shall smite down a great multitude of stars upon the earth, even their own star; and blood shall be from the sword unto the belly,
36And dung of men unto the camel’s hough.
37And there shall be great fearfulness and trembling upon earth: and they that see the wrath shall be afraid, and trembling shall come upon them.
38And then shall there come great storms from the south, and from the north, and another part from the west.
39And strong winds shall arise from the east, and shall open it; and the cloud which he raised up in wrath, and the star stirred to cause fear toward the east and west wind, shall be destroyed.
40The great and mighty clouds shall be puffed up full of wrath, and the star, that they may make all the earth afraid, and them that dwell therein; and they shall pour out over every high and eminent place an horrible star,
41Fire, and hail, and flying swords, and many waters, that all fields may be full, and all rivers, with the abundance of great waters.
42And they shall break down the cities and walls, mountains and hills, trees of the wood, and grass of the meadows, and their corn.
43And they shall go stedfastly unto Babylon, and make her afraid.
44They 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 the heaven, and all they that be about her shall bewail her.
45And they that remain under her shall do service unto them that have put her in fear.
46And thou, Asia, that art partaker of the hope of Babylon, and art the glory of her person:
47Woe be unto thee, thou wretch, because thou hast made thyself like unto her; and hast decked thy daughters in whoredom, that they might please and glory in thy lovers, which have always desired to commit whoredom with thee.
48Thou hast followed her that is hated in all her works and inventions: therefore saith God,
49I will send plagues upon thee; widowhood, poverty, famine, sword, and pestilence, to waste thy houses with destruction and death.
50And the glory of thy Power shall be dried up as a flower, the heat shall arise that is sent over thee.
51Thou shalt be weakened as a poor woman with stripes, and as one chastised with wounds, so that the mighty and lovers shall not be able to receive thee.
52Would I with jealousy have so proceeded against thee, saith the Lord,
53If thou hadst not always slain my chosen, exalting the stroke of thine hands, and saying over their dead, when thou wast drunken,
54Set forth the beauty of thy countenance?
55The reward of thy whoredom shall be in thy bosom, therefore shalt thou receive recompence.
56Like as thou hast done unto my chosen, saith the Lord, even so shall God do unto thee, and shall deliver thee into mischief.
57Thy children shall die of hunger, and thou shalt fall through the sword: thy cities shall be broken down, and all thine shall perish with the sword in the field.
58They 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.
59Thou as unhappy shalt come through the sea, and receive plagues again.
60And in the passage they shall rush on the idle city, and shall destroy some portion of thy land, and consume part of thy glory, and shall return to Babylon that was destroyed.
61And thou shalt be cast down by them as stubble, and they shall be unto thee as fire;
62And shall consume thee, and thy cities, thy land, and thy mountains; all thy woods and thy fruitful trees shall they burn up with fire.
63Thy children shall they carry away captive, and, look, what thou hast, they shall spoil it, and mar the beauty of thy face.