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The Second Book of Esdras

Chapter 2

2:1 “Thus says the Lord: I brought that people out of bondage, and gave them commandments through my servants the prophets; but they would not listen to them, but made my counsels void.”
2:2 “The mother that bore them said to them, “Go, my children, for I am a widow and deserted;”
2:3 “I brought you up in gladness, but in grief and sorrow I have lost you, for you have sinned before the Lord God and done what is evil in my sight.”
2:4 “But now what can I do for you? For I am a widow and deserted. Go, my children, and ask for mercy from the Lord.”
2:5 “I call you, father, as a witness, in addition to the mother of the children, because they would not keep my agreement,”
2:6 “To bring confusion upon them, and to give their mother up to pillage, so that they may have no descendants.”
2:7 “Let them be scattered among the heathen, let their names be blotted out from the earth, because they have scorned my agreement.”
2:8 “Alas for you, Assyria, who conceal the unrighteous with you. O wicked nation, remember what I did to Sodom and Gomorrah,”
2:9 “Whose land lies in lumps of pitch and heaps of ashes. So l will make those who would not listen to me, says the Lord Almighty.”
2:10 “Thus speaks the Lord to Ezra: Tell my people that I will give them the kingdom of Jerusalem, which I was going to give to Israel.”
2:11 “And I will take back to myself their glory, and I will give to these the everlasting dwellings which I had prepared for those others.”
2:12 “The tree of life will give them fragrant perfume, and they will not toil or be weary.”
2:13 “Ask, and you will receive; pray for few days for yourselves, that they may be shortened; the kingdom is already prepared for you; be on the watch.”
2:14 “Call heaven and earth to witness; call them to witness, for I have left out evil and created good, because I live, says the Lord.”
2:15 “Mother, embrace your sons, bring them up in gladness like a dove, strengthen their feet, for I have chosen you, says the Lord.”
2:16 “And I will raise up the dead from their places, and bring them out of their tombs, because I recognize my name in them.”
2:17 “Do not fear, mother of sons, for I have chosen you, says the Lord.”
2:18 “I will send to help you my servants Isaiah and Jeremiah, for whose counsel I have consecrated and prepared for you twelve trees loaded with different fruits,”
2:19 “And an equal number of springs flowing with milk and honey, and seven huge mountains on which roses and lilies grow, with which I will fill your sons with joy.”
2:20 “Do justice to the widow, judge the fatherless, give to the needy, protect the orphan, clothe the naked,”
2:21 “Cure the injured and the weak, do not laugh at a lame man, defend the maimed, and let the blind man behold my glory.”
2:22 “Preserve the old man and the youth within your walls.”
2:23 “When you find any who are dead, give them burial and mark the place, and I will give you the first place in my resurrection.”
2:24 “Pause and be quiet, my people, for your rest will come.”
2:25 “Good nurse, nourish your sons, for you must strengthen their feet.”
2:26 “As for the slaves whom I have given you, not one of them shall perish, for I will require them from your number.”
2:27 “Do not worry, for when the day of affliction and anguish comes, others will lament and be sad, but you will be joyful and rich.”
2:28 “The heathen will be jealous, but they will be not able to do anything against you, says the Lord.”
2:29 “My hands will cover you, so that your sons will not see the Pit.”
2:30 “Be joyful, mother, with your sons, for I will rescue you, says the Lord.”
2:31 “Remember your sons who are asleep, for I will bring them forth from the hiding places of the earth and show mercy to them, for I am merciful, says the Lord Almighty.”
2:32 “Embrace your children until I come, and proclaim mercy to them, for my springs run over, and my favor will not fail.”
2:33 “I, Ezra, received a command from the Lord on Mount Horeb, to go to Israel; but when I went to them, they refused me and rejected the Lord’s command.”
2:34 “Therefore I say to you, heathen, who hear and understand, expect your shepherd; he will give you everlasting rest for he is close at hand, who will come at the end of the world.”
2:35 “Be ready for the rewards of the kingdom, for everlasting light will shine upon you forever.”
2:36 “Flee from the shadow of this world, receive the enjoyment of your glory. I call my Savior to witness publicly.”
2:37 “Receive the approval of the Lord, and rejoice, with thanksgiving to him who has called you to heavenly realms.”
2:38 “Get up and stand and see the number of those who are marked with his seal at the feast of the Lord.”
2:39 “Those who have removed from the shadow of the world have received splendid garments from the Lord.”
2:40 “Receive your number, Zion, and close the list of your people who are clothed in white, who have fulfilled the Law of the Lord.”
2:41 “The number of your sons whom you desired is full; entreat the Lord’s power that your people which was called from the beginning may be made holy.”
2:42 “I, Ezra, saw on Mount Zion a great throng which I could not count, and they all praised the Lord with songs.”
2:43 “And in the midst of them was a youth of lofty stature, taller than all the rest, and he put crowns upon the heads of each of them, and he was still more exalted. But I was possessed with wonder.”
2:44 “Then I asked the angel, and said, “Who are these, sir?”
2:45 “And he answered and said to me, “These are those who have laid aside their mortal clothing, and have put on immortal, and have confessed the name of God; now they are crowned and receive palms.”
2:46 “And I said to the angel, “Who is that young man, who puts the crowns on them and the palms in their hands?”
2:47 “He answered and said to me, “He is the Son of God, whom they confessed in the world.” Then I began to glorify those who had stood firmly for the name of the Lord.”
2:48 “Then the angel said to me, “Go, tell my people what kind of wonders of the Lord you have seen, and how great they are.”

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