31O Lord Almighty, God of Israel, the soul in anguish the troubled spirit, crieth unto thee.
2Hear, O Lord, and have mercy; for thou art merciful: and have pity upon us, because we have sinned before thee.
3For thou endurest for ever, and we perish utterly.
4O Lord Almighty, thou God of Israel, hear now the prayers of the dead Israelites, and of their children, which have sinned before thee, and not hearkened unto the voice of thee their God: for the which cause these plagues cleave unto us.
5Remember not the iniquities of our forefathers: but think upon thy power and thy name now at this time.
6For thou art the Lord our God, and thee, O Lord, will we praise.
7And for this cause thou hast put thy fear in our hearts, to the intent that we should call upon thy name, and praise thee in our captivity: for we have called to mind all the iniquity of our forefathers, that sinned before thee.
8Behold, we are yet this day in our captivity, where thou hast scattered us, for a reproach and a curse, and to be subject to payments, according to all the iniquities of our fathers, which departed from the Lord our God.
9Hear, Israel, the commandments of life: give ear to understand wisdom.
10How happeneth it Israel, that thou art in thine enemies’ land, that thou art waxen old in a strange country, that thou art defiled with the dead,
11That thou art counted with them that go down into the grave?
12Thou hast forsaken the fountain of wisdom.
13For if thou hadst walked in the way of God, thou shouldest have dwelled in peace for ever.
14Learn where is wisdom, where is strength, where is understanding; that thou mayest know also where is length of days, and life, where is the light of the eyes, and peace.
15Who hath found out her place? or who hath come into her treasures?
16Where are the princes of the heathen become, and such as ruled the beasts upon the earth;
17They that had their pastime with the fowls of the air, and they that hoarded up silver and gold, wherein men trust, and made no end of their getting?
18For they that wrought in silver, and were so careful, and whose works are unsearchable,
19They are vanished and gone down to the grave, and others are come up in their steads.
20Young men have seen light, and dwelt upon the earth: but the way of knowledge have they not known,
21Nor understood the paths thereof, nor laid hold of it: their children were far off from that way.
22It hath not been heard of in Chanaan, neither hath it been seen in Theman.
23The Agarenes that seek wisdom upon earth, the merchants of Meran and of Theman, the authors of fables, and searchers out of understanding; none of these have known the way of wisdom, or remember her paths.
24O Israel, how great is the house of God! and how large is the place of his possession!
25Great, and hath none end; high, and unmeasurable.
26There were the giants famous from the beginning, that were of so great stature, and so expert in war.
27Those did not the Lord choose, neither gave he the way of knowledge unto them:
28But they were destroyed, because they had no wisdom, and perished through their own foolishness.
29Who hath gone up into heaven, and taken her, and brought her down from the clouds?
30Who hath gone over the sea, and found her, and will bring her for pure gold?
31No man knoweth her way, nor thinketh of her path.
32But he that knoweth all things knoweth her, and hath found her out with his understanding: he that prepared the earth for evermore hath filled it with fourfooted beasts:
33He that sendeth forth light, and it goeth, calleth it again, and it obeyeth him with fear.
34The stars shined in their watches, and rejoiced: when he calleth them, they say, Here we be; and so with cheerfulness they shewed light unto him that made them.
35This is our God, and there shall none other be accounted of in comparison of him
36He hath found out all the way of knowledge, and hath given it unto Jacob his servant, and to Israel his beloved.
37Afterward did he shew himself upon earth, and conversed with men.
41This is the book of the commandments of God, and the law that endureth for ever: all they that keep it shall come to life; but such as leave it shall die.
2Turn thee, O Jacob, and take hold of it: walk in the presence of the light thereof, that thou mayest be illuminated.
3Give not thine honour to another, nor the things that are profitable unto thee to a strange nation.
4O Israel, happy are we: for things that are pleasing to God are made known unto us.
5Be of good cheer, my people, the memorial of Israel.
6Ye were sold to the nations, not for your destruction: but because ye moved God to wrath, ye were delivered unto the enemies.
7For ye provoked him that made you by sacrificing unto devils, and not to God.
8Ye have forgotten the everlasting God, that brought you up; and ye have grieved Jerusalem, that nursed you.
9For when she saw the wrath of God coming upon you, she said, Hearken, O ye that dwell about Sion: God hath brought upon me great mourning;
10For I saw the captivity of my sons and daughters, which the Everlasting brought upon them.
11With joy did I nourish them; but sent them away with weeping and mourning.
12Let no man rejoice over me, a widow, and forsaken of many, who for the sins of my children am left desolate; because they departed from the law of God.
13They knew not his statutes, nor walked in the ways of his commandments, nor trod in the paths of discipline in his righteousness.
14Let them that dwell about Sion come, and remember ye the captivity of my sons and daughters, which the Everlasting hath brought upon them.
15For he hath brought a nation upon them from far, a shameless nation, and of a strange language, who neither reverenced old man, nor pitied child.
16These have carried away the dear beloved children of the widow, and left her that was alone desolate without daughters.
17But what can I help you?
18For he that brought these plagues upon you will deliver you from the hands of your enemies.
19Go your way, O my children, go your way: for I am left desolate.
20I have put off the clothing of peace, and put upon me the sackcloth of my prayer: I will cry unto the Everlasting in my days.
21Be of good cheer, O my children, cry unto the Lord, and he will deliver you from the power and hand of the enemies.
22For my hope is in the Everlasting, that he will save you; and joy is come unto me from the Holy One, because of the mercy which shall soon come unto you from the Everlasting our Saviour.
23For I sent you out with mourning and weeping: but God will give you to me again with joy and gladness for ever.
24Like as now the neighbours of Sion have seen your captivity: so shall they see shortly your salvation from our God which shall come upon you with great glory, and brightness of the Everlasting.
25My children, suffer patiently the wrath that is come upon you from God: for thine enemy hath persecuted thee; but shortly thou shalt see his destruction, and shalt tread upon his neck.
26My delicate ones have gone rough ways, and were taken away as a flock caught of the enemies.
27Be of good comfort, O my children, and cry unto God: for ye shall be remembered of him that brought these things upon you.
28For as it was your mind to go astray from God: so, being returned, seek him ten times more.
29For he that hath brought these plagues upon you shall bring you everlasting joy with your salvation.
30Take a good heart, O Jerusalem: for he that gave thee that name will comfort thee.
31Miserable are they that afflicted thee, and rejoiced at thy fall.
32Miserable are the cities which thy children served: miserable is she that received thy sons.
33For as she rejoiced at thy ruin, and was glad of thy fall: so shall she be grieved for her own desolation.
34For I will take away the rejoicing of her great multitude, and her pride shall be turned into mourning.
35For fire shall come upon her from the Everlasting, long to endure; and she shall be inhabited of devils for a great time.
36O Jerusalem, look about thee toward the east, and behold the joy that cometh unto thee from God.
37Lo, thy sons come, whom thou sentest away, they come gathered together from the east to the west by the word of the Holy One, rejoicing in the glory of God.
51Put off, O Jerusalem, the garment of mourning and affliction, and put on the comeliness of the glory that cometh from God for ever.
2Cast about thee a double garment of the righteousness which cometh from God; and set a diadem on thine head of the glory of the Everlasting.
3For God will shew thy brightness unto every country under heaven.
4For thy name shall be called of God for ever The peace of righteousness, and The glory of God’s worship.
5Arise, O Jerusalem, and stand on high, and look about toward the east, and behold thy children gathered from the west unto the east by the word of the Holy One, rejoicing in the remembrance of God.
6For they departed from thee on foot, and were led away of their enemies: but God bringeth them unto thee exalted with glory, as children of the kingdom.
7For God hath appointed that every high hill, and banks of long continuance, should be cast down, and valleys filled up, to make even the ground, that Israel may go safely in the glory of God,
8Moreover even the woods and every sweetsmelling tree shall overshadow Israel by the commandment of God.
9For God shall lead Israel with joy in the light of his glory with the mercy and righteousness that cometh from him.