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Baruch 4


1 This 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.

2 Turn thee, O Jacob, and take hold of it: walk in the presence of the light thereof, that thou mayest be illuminated.

3 Give not thine honour to another, nor the things that are profitable unto thee to a strange nation.

4 O Israel, happy are we: for things that are pleasing to God are made known unto us.

5 Be of good cheer, my people, the memorial of Israel.

6 Ye were sold to the nations, not for [your] destruction: but because ye moved God to wrath, ye were delivered unto the enemies.

7 For ye provoked him that made you by sacrificing unto devils, and not to God.

8 Ye have forgotten the everlasting God, that brought you up; and ye have grieved Jerusalem, that nursed you.

9 For 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;

10 For I saw the captivity of my sons and daughters, which the Everlasting brought upon them.

11 With joy did I nourish them; but sent them away with weeping and mourning.

12 Let 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.

13 They knew not his statutes, nor walked in the ways of his commandments, nor trod in the paths of discipline in his righteousness.

14 Let them that dwell about Sion come, and remember ye the captivity of my sons and daughters, which the Everlasting hath brought upon them.

15 For 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.

16 These have carried away the dear beloved children of the widow, and left her that was alone desolate without daughters.

17 But what can I help you?

18 For he that brought these plagues upon you will deliver you from the hands of your enemies.

19 Go your way, O my children, go your way: for I am left desolate.

20 I 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.

21 Be of good cheer, O my children, cry unto the Lord, and he will deliver you from the power and hand of the enemies.

22 For 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.

23 For I sent you out with mourning and weeping: but God will give you to me again with joy and gladness for ever.

24 Like 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.

25 My 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.

26 My delicate ones have gone rough ways, and were taken away as a flock caught of the enemies.

27 Be of good comfort, O my children, and cry unto God: for ye shall be remembered of him that brought these things upon you.

28 For as it was your mind to go astray from God: so, being returned, seek him ten times more.

29 For he that hath brought these plagues upon you shall bring you everlasting joy with your salvation.

30 Take a good heart, O Jerusalem: for he that gave thee that name will comfort thee.

31 Miserable are they that afflicted thee, and rejoiced at thy fall.

32 Miserable are the cities which thy children served: miserable is she that received thy sons.

33 For as she rejoiced at thy ruin, and was glad of thy fall: so shall she be grieved for her own desolation.

34 For I will take away the rejoicing of her great multitude, and her pride shall be turned into mourning.

35 For fire shall come upon her from the Everlasting, long to endure; and she shall be inhabited of devils for a great time.

36 O Jerusalem, look about thee toward the east, and behold the joy that cometh unto thee from God.

37 Lo, 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.


1 αὕτη ἡ βίβλος τῶν προσταγμάτων τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ ὁ νόμος ὁ ὑπάρχων εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα πάντες οἱ κρατοῦντες αὐτῆς εἰς ζωήν οἱ δὲ καταλείποντες αὐτὴν ἀποθανοῦνται

2 ἐπιστρέφου Ιακωβ καὶ ἐπιλαβοῦ αὐτῆς διόδευσον πρὸς τὴν λάμψιν κατέναντι τοῦ φωτὸς αὐτῆς

3 μὴ δῷς ἑτέρῳ τὴν δόξαν σου καὶ τὰ συμφέροντά σοι ἔθνει ἀλλοτρίῳ

4 μακάριοί ἐσμεν Ισραηλ ὅτι τὰ ἀρεστὰ τῷ θεῷ ἡμῖν γνωστά ἐστιν

5 θαρσεῖτε λαός μου μνημόσυνον Ισραηλ

6 ἐπράθητε τοῖς ἔθνεσιν οὐκ εἰς ἀπώλειαν διὰ δὲ τὸ παροργίσαι ὑμᾶς τὸν θεὸν παρεδόθητε τοῖς ὑπεναντίοις

7 παρωξύνατε γὰρ τὸν ποιήσαντα ὑμᾶς θύσαντες δαιμονίοις καὶ οὐ θεῷ

8 ἐπελάθεσθε δὲ τὸν τροφεύσαντα ὑμᾶς θεὸν αἰώνιον ἐλυπήσατε δὲ καὶ τὴν ἐκθρέψασαν ὑμᾶς Ιερουσαλημ

9 εἶδεν γὰρ τὴν ἐπελθοῦσαν ὑμῖν ὀργὴν παρὰ τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ εἶπεν ἀκούσατε αἱ πάροικοι Σιων ἐπήγαγέν μοι ὁ θεὸς πένθος μέγα

10 εἶδον γὰρ τὴν αἰχμαλωσίαν τῶν υἱῶν μου καὶ τῶν θυγατέρων ἣν ἐπήγαγεν αὐτοῖς ὁ αἰώνιος

11 ἔθρεψα γὰρ αὐτοὺς μετ᾽ εὐφροσύνης ἐξαπέστειλα δὲ μετὰ κλαυθμοῦ καὶ πένθους

12 μηδεὶς ἐπιχαιρέτω μοι τῇ χήρᾳ καὶ καταλειφθείσῃ ὑπὸ πολλῶν ἠρημώθην διὰ τὰς ἁμαρτίας τῶν τέκνων μου διότι ἐξέκλιναν ἐκ νόμου θεοῦ

13 δικαιώματα δὲ αὐτοῦ οὐκ ἔγνωσαν οὐδὲ ἐπορεύθησαν ὁδοῖς ἐντολῶν θεοῦ οὐδὲ τρίβους παιδείας ἐν δικαιοσύνῃ αὐτοῦ ἐπέβησαν

14 ἐλθάτωσαν αἱ πάροικοι Σιων καὶ μνήσθητε τὴν αἰχμαλωσίαν τῶν υἱῶν μου καὶ θυγατέρων ἣν ἐπήγαγεν αὐτοῖς ὁ αἰώνιος

15 ἐπήγαγεν γὰρ ἐπ᾽ αὐτοὺς ἔθνος μακρόθεν ἔθνος ἀναιδὲς καὶ ἀλλόγλωσσον οἳ οὐκ ᾐσχύνθησαν πρεσβύτην οὐδὲ παιδίον ἠλέησαν

16 καὶ ἀπήγαγον τοὺς ἀγαπητοὺς τῆς χήρας καὶ ἀπὸ τῶν θυγατέρων τὴν μόνην ἠρήμωσαν

17 ἐγὼ δὲ τί δυνατὴ βοηθῆσαι ὑμῖν

18 ὁ γὰρ ἐπαγαγὼν τὰ κακὰ ὑμῖν ἐξελεῖται ὑμᾶς ἐκ χειρὸς ἐχθρῶν ὑμῶν

19 βαδίζετε τέκνα βαδίζετε ἐγὼ γὰρ κατελείφθην ἔρημος

20 ἐξεδυσάμην τὴν στολὴν τῆς εἰρήνης ἐνεδυσάμην δὲ σάκκον τῆς δεήσεώς μου κεκράξομαι πρὸς τὸν αἰώνιον ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις μου

21 θαρσεῖτε τέκνα βοήσατε πρὸς τὸν θεόν καὶ ἐξελεῖται ὑμᾶς ἐκ δυναστείας ἐκ χειρὸς ἐχθρῶν

22 ἐγὼ γὰρ ἤλπισα ἐπὶ τῷ αἰωνίῳ τὴν σωτηρίαν ὑμῶν καὶ ἦλθέν μοι χαρὰ παρὰ τοῦ ἁγίου ἐπὶ τῇ ἐλεημοσύνῃ ἣ ἥξει ὑμῖν ἐν τάχει παρὰ τοῦ αἰωνίου σωτῆρος ὑμῶν

23 ἐξέπεμψα γὰρ ὑμᾶς μετὰ πένθους καὶ κλαυθμοῦ ἀποδώσει δέ μοι ὁ θεὸς ὑμᾶς μετὰ χαρμοσύνης καὶ εὐφροσύνης εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα

24 ὥσπερ γὰρ νῦν ἑωράκασιν αἱ πάροικοι Σιων τὴν ὑμετέραν αἰχμαλωσίαν οὕτως ὄψονται ἐν τάχει τὴν παρὰ τοῦ θεοῦ ὑμῶν σωτηρίαν ἣ ἐπελεύσεται ὑμῖν μετὰ δόξης μεγάλης καὶ λαμπρότητος τοῦ αἰωνίου

25 τέκνα μακροθυμήσατε τὴν παρὰ τοῦ θεοῦ ἐπελθοῦσαν ὑμῖν ὀργήν κατεδίωξέν σε ὁ ἐχθρός σου καὶ ὄψει αὐτοῦ τὴν ἀπώλειαν ἐν τάχει καὶ ἐπὶ τραχήλους αὐτῶν ἐπιβήσῃ

26 οἱ τρυφεροί μου ἐπορεύθησαν ὁδοὺς τραχείας ἤρθησαν ὡς ποίμνιον ἡρπασμένον ὑπὸ ἐχθρῶν

27 θαρσήσατε τέκνα καὶ βοήσατε πρὸς τὸν θεόν ἔσται γὰρ ὑμῶν ὑπὸ τοῦ ἐπάγοντος μνεία

28 ὥσπερ γὰρ ἐγένετο ἡ διάνοια ὑμῶν εἰς τὸ πλανηθῆναι ἀπὸ τοῦ θεοῦ δεκαπλασιάσατε ἐπιστραφέντες ζητῆσαι αὐτόν

29 ὁ γὰρ ἐπαγαγὼν ὑμῖν τὰ κακὰ ἐπάξει ὑμῖν τὴν αἰώνιον εὐφροσύνην μετὰ τῆς σωτηρίας ὑμῶν

30 θάρσει Ιερουσαλημ παρακαλέσει σε ὁ ὀνομάσας σε

31 δείλαιοι οἱ σὲ κακώσαντες καὶ ἐπιχαρέντες τῇ σῇ πτώσει

32 δείλαιαι αἱ πόλεις αἷς ἐδούλευσαν τὰ τέκνα σου δειλαία ἡ δεξαμένη τοὺς υἱούς σου

33 ὥσπερ γὰρ ἐχάρη ἐπὶ τῇ σῇ πτώσει καὶ εὐφράνθη ἐπὶ τῷ πτώματί σου οὕτως λυπηθήσεται ἐπὶ τῇ ἑαυτῆς ἐρημίᾳ

34 καὶ περιελῶ αὐτῆς τὸ ἀγαλλίαμα τῆς πολυοχλίας καὶ τὸ ἀγαυρίαμα αὐτῆς ἔσται εἰς πένθος

35 πῦρ γὰρ ἐπελεύσεται αὐτῇ παρὰ τοῦ αἰωνίου εἰς ἡμέρας μακράς καὶ κατοικηθήσεται ὑπὸ δαιμονίων τὸν πλείονα χρόνον

36 περίβλεψαι πρὸς ἀνατολάς Ιερουσαλημ καὶ ἰδὲ τὴν εὐφροσύνην τὴν παρὰ τοῦ θεοῦ σοι ἐρχομένην

37 ἰδοὺ ἔρχονται οἱ υἱοί σου οὓς ἐξαπέστειλας ἔρχονται συνηγμένοι ἀπ᾽ ἀνατολῶν ἕως δυσμῶν τῷ ῥήματι τοῦ ἁγίου χαίροντες τῇ τοῦ θεοῦ δόξῃ


1 [Hic liber mandatorum Dei,
et lex quæ est in æternum:
omnes qui tenent eam pervenient ad vitam:
qui autem dereliquerunt eam, in mortem.

2 Convertere, Jacob, et apprehende eam:
ambula per viam ad splendorem ejus contra lumen ejus.

3 Ne tradas alteri gloriam tuam,
et dignitatem tuam genti alienæ.

4 Beati sumus, Israël,
quia quæ Deo placent manifesta sunt nobis.]

5 [Animæquior esto, populus Dei, memorabilis Israël:

6 venundati estis gentibus non in perditionem:
sed propter quod in ira ad iracundiam provocastis Deum,
traditi estis adversariis.

7 Exacerbastis enim eum qui fecit vos, Deum æternum,
immolantes dæmoniis, et non Deo.

8 Obliti enim estis Deum qui nutrivit vos,
et contristastis nutricem vestram Jerusalem.

9 Vidit enim iracundiam a Deo venientem vobis, et dixit:
Audite, confines Sion:
adduxit enim mihi Deus luctum magnum.

10 Vidi enim captivitatem populi mei,
filiorum meorum et filiarum,
quam superduxit illis Æternus.

11 Nutrivi enim illos cum jucunditate;
dimisi autem illos cum fletu et luctu.

12 Nemo gaudeat super me viduam et desolatam:
a multis derelicta sum propter peccata filiorum meorum,
quia declinaverunt a lege Dei.

13 Justitias autem ipsius nescierunt,
nec ambulaverunt per vias mandatorum Dei,
neque per semitas veritatis ejus cum justitia ingressi sunt.

14 Veniant confines Sion,
et memorentur captivitatem filiorum et filiarum mearum,
quam superduxit illis Æternus.

15 Adduxit enim super illos gentem de longinquo,
gentem improbam, et alterius linguæ,

16 qui non sunt reveriti senem,
neque puerorum miserti sunt,
et abduxerunt dilectos viduæ,
et a filiis unicam desolaverunt.

17 Ego autem, quid possum adjuvare vos?

18 qui enim adduxit super vos mala,
ipse vos eripiet de manibus inimicorum vestrorum.

19 Ambulate, filii, ambulate:
ego enim derelicta sum sola.

20 Exui me stola pacis,
indui autem me sacco obsecrationis,
et clamabo ad Altissimum in diebus meis.

21 Animæquiores estote, filii; clamate ad Dominum,
et eripiet vos de manu principum inimicorum.

22 Ego enim speravi in æternum salutem vestram,
et venit mihi gaudium a Sancto, super misericordia
quæ veniet vobis ab æterno salutari nostro.

23 Emisi enim vos cum luctu et ploratu:
reducet autem vos mihi Dominus
cum gaudio et jucunditate in sempiternum.

24 Sicut enim viderunt vicinæ Sion captivitatem vestram a Deo,
sic videbunt et in celeritate salutem vestram a Deo,
quæ superveniet vobis cum honore magno et splendore æterno.

25 Filii, patienter sustinete iram quæ supervenit vobis:
persecutus est enim te inimicus tuus:
sed cito videbis perditionem ipsius,
et super cervices ipsius ascendes.

26 Delicati mei ambulaverunt vias asperas:
ducti sunt enim ut grex direptus ab inimicis.

27 Animæquiores estote, filii, et proclamate ad Dominum:
erit enim memoria vestra ab eo qui duxit vos.

28 Sicut enim fuit sensus vester ut erraretis a Deo,
decies tantum iterum convertentes requiretis eum:

29 qui enim induxit vobis mala,
ipse rursum adducet vobis sempiternam jucunditatem cum salute vestra.]

30 [Animæquior esto, Jerusalem:
exhortatur enim te, qui te nominavit.

31 Nocentes peribunt, qui te vexaverunt:
et qui gratulati sunt in tua ruina, punientur.

32 Civitates quibus servierunt filii tui, punientur,
et quæ accepit filios tuos.

33 Sicut enim gavisa est in tua ruina, et lætata est in casu tuo,
sic contristabitur in sua desolatione,

34 et amputabitur exsultatio multitudinis ejus,
et gaudimonium ejus erit in luctum.

35 Ignis enim superveniet ei ab Æterno in longiturnis diebus,
et habitabitur a dæmoniis in multitudine temporis.

36 Circumspice, Jerusalem, ad orientem,
et vide jucunditatem a Deo tibi venientem.

37 Ecce enim veniunt filii tui, quos dimisisti dispersos:
veniunt collecti ab oriente usque ad occidentem, in verbo Sancti,
gaudentes in honorem Dei.]

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