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The Second Book of Esdras

Chapter 15

15:1 “Behold, speak in the hearing of my people the words of prophecy which I will put in your mouth,” says the Lord,”
15:2 “And have them written on paper, for they are trustworthy and true.”
15:3 “Do not fear what they imagine against you, or let the unbelief of those who oppose you trouble you.”
15:4 “For all unbelievers will die in their unbelief.”
15:5 “Behold,” says the Lord, “I will bring evils upon the whole world, the sword and famine and death and destruction.”
15:6 “For wickedness has spread over the whole earth, and their harmful doings are complete.”
15:7 “Therefore, says the Lord,”
15:8 “I will not be silent any longer about their ungodly acts which they impiously commit, or endure them in their wicked practices. Behold, innocent and upright blood cries to me, and the souls of the upright cry out continually.”
15:9 “I will certainly avenge them,” says the Lord, “and all innocent blood I will require of them for myself.”
15:10 “Behold, my people is led to slaughter like a flock. I will not suffer them to live in the land of Egypt any longer,”
15:11 “But I will bring them out with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, and I will strike Egypt with plague as I did before, and destroy all its land.”
15:12 “Let Egypt lament, and its foundations, for the plague of punishment and correction that the Lord will bring upon it.”
15:13 “Let the farmers who cultivate the soil lament, for their grain will fail, and their trees will be destroyed by blight and hail and a fearful star.”
15:14 “Alas for the world and those who live in it!”
15:15 “For the sword and their destruction have drawn near, and nation will rise against nation to fight, with swords in their hands.”
5:16 “For there will be inconstancy among men; they will grow strong, one party against another, and have no regard for their king or the chief of their princes, in their strength.”
5:17 “For a man will want to enter a city, and will not be able.”
5:18 “For because of their pride, the cities will be in confusion, the houses will be wiped out, men will be afraid.”
5:19 “A man will not have pity on his neighbor, when it comes to making an attack on their houses with the sword, and plundering their property, because of hunger for bread, and because of great distress.”
15:20 “Behold, I will call together,” says God, “all the kings of the earth, to fear me, from the sunrise and from the south, from the east and from Lebanon, to turn and give back what they have given them.”
15:21 “For as they have done unto this day to my chosen, I will do, and will pay it back into their laps.” This is what the Lord God says:”
15:22 “My right hand will not spare the sinners, and my sword will not cease from those who shed innocent blood on the earth.”
15:23 “And a fire went forth from his wrath, and consumed the foundations of the earth and the sinners like burnt straw.”
15:24 “Alas for those who sin, and do not keep my commandments,” says the Lord;”
15:25 “I will not spare them. Begone, you rebellious sons, do not pollute my sanctuary.”
15:26 “For the Lord knows all who offend against him, therefore he has given them up to die and to be killed.”
15:27 “For now disasters have come upon the whole world, and you will stay among them, for God will not deliver you, because you have sinned against him.”
15:28 “Behold, a dreadful vision appearing from the east!”
15:29 “And the nations of Arabian serpents will come out with many chariots, and from the day they set out, their hissing will be carried over the earth, so that all who hear them will fear and tremble.”
15:30 “The Carmonians will come out frantic with anger, like wild boars from the forest, and they will come in great strength, and engage them in battle, and will lay waste a part of the land of Assyria with their teeth.”
15:31 “And afterward the serpents, mindful of their origin, will prevail, and if they conspire in great strength and turn to pursue them,”
15:32 “They also will be thrown into confusion and be silenced by their strength, and turn and flee.”
15:33 “And from the land of Assyria a waylayer will beset them and destroy one of them, and fear and trembling will come upon their army, and indecision upon their kings.”
15:34 “Behold, clouds from the east, and from the north to the south, and their appearance is very dreadful, full of wrath and storm;”
15:35 “And they will strike against one another, and will shed an abundance of stars upon the earth, and their own star, and there will be blood from the sword up to a horse’s belly,”
15:36 “And a man’s thigh and a camel’s hock,”
15:37 “And there will be great fear and trembling on the earth, and those who witness that wrath will shudder, and trembling will seize them.”
15:38 “And after that, heavy rainstorms will come from the south and the north, and another part from the west.”
15:39 “And winds from the east will grow strong, and will reveal it, and the cloud that he raised in his wrath, and the star will be driven violently from the east to the south and west to produce destruction.”
15:40 “And great clouds will rise, huge and angry, with the star, to destroy all the earth and its inhabitants, and they will pour every deep and height a dreadful star,”
15:41 “Fire and hail and flying swords and floods of water, so that all the fields and streams will be filled with the abundance of those waters.”
15:42 “And they will break down cities and walls and mountains and hills and forest trees and grass in the meadows and their grain.”
15:43 “And they will cross steadily to Babylon and destroy her.”
15:44 “They will come to her and surround her and pour out the star and all its wrath upon her, and the dust and smoke will go up to heaven, and they will all lament her, round about her.”
15:45 “And those who survive will serve those who have destroyed her.”
15:46 “And you, Asia, partner of the beauty of Babylon, and the glory of her person,”
15:47 “Alas for you, poor wretch, because you have become like her; you have ornamented your daughters in immortality to please and glory in your lovers, who have always desired you!”
15:48 “You have imitated that hateful adulteress in all her deeds and devices. Therefore, God says,”
15:49 “I will send misfortunes upon you, widowhood, poverty, famine, the sword, pestilence, to lay waste your houses and bring them to destruction and death.”
15:50 “And the glory of your strength will dry up like a flower, when the heat that is directed upon you rises.”
15:51 “And you will grow weak like a poor creature beaten with stripes and wounds, so that you cannot receive your heroes and lovers.”
15:52 “Would I act against you with such zeal,” says the Lord,”
15:53 “If you had not always killed my chosen, exulting and clapping your hands, and speaking over their dead bodies, drunk as you were?”
15:54 “So adorn the beauty of your face!”
15:55 “A prostitutes wages will be in your lap, so you will receive your recompense.”
15:56 “As you shall do to my chosen,” says the Lord, “so God will do to you, and he will deliver you to misfortunes.”
15:57 “And your children will die of hunger, and you will fall by the sword, and your cities will be destroyed and all your people in the country will fall by the sword,”
15:58 “And those who are in the mountains will perish with hunger, and will eat their own flesh and drink their own blood in their hunger for bread and thirst for water.”
15:59 “Unhappy beyond others, you will come and endure fresh afflictions.”
15:60 “And as they pass by they will crush the unprofitable city, and destroy a part of your land, and do away with a portion of your glory, as they return from the destruction of Babylon.”
15:61 “And you will be demolished by them like stubble, and they will be like fire to you.”
15:62 “And they will devour you and your cities, your land and your mountains, all your forests and fruit trees they will burn with fire.”
15:63 “They will carry your sons away as captives, and take your wealth as plunder, and spoil the beauty of your face.”

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