1 The remembrance of Josias is like the composition of the perfume that is made by the art of the apothecary: it is sweet as honey in all mouths, and as musick at a banquet of wine.
2 He behaved himself uprightly in the conversion of the people, and took away the abominations of iniquity.
3 He directed his heart unto the Lord, and in the time of the ungodly he established the worship of God.
4 All, except David and Ezekias and Josias, were defective: for they forsook the law of the most High, even the kings of Juda failed.
5 Therefore he gave their power unto others, and their glory to a strange nation.
6 They burnt the chosen city of the sanctuary, and made the streets desolate, according to the prophecy of Jeremias.
7 For they entreated him evil, who nevertheless was a prophet, sanctified in his mother's womb, that he might root out, and afflict, and destroy; and that he might build up also, and plant.
8 It was Ezekiel who saw the glorious vision, which was shewed him upon the chariot of the cherubims.
9 For he made mention of the enemies under the figure of the rain, and directed them that went right.
10 And of the twelve prophets let the memorial be blessed, and let their bones flourish again out of their place: for they comforted Jacob, and delivered them by assured hope.
11 How shall we magnify Zorobabel? even he was as a signet on the right hand:
12 So was Jesus the son of Josedec: who in their time builded the house, and set up an holy temple to the Lord, which was prepared for everlasting glory.
13 And among the elect was Neemias, whose renown is great, who raised up for us the walls that were fallen, and set up the gates and the bars, and raised up our ruins again.
14 But upon the earth was no man created like Enoch; for he was taken from the earth.
15 Neither was there a young man born like Joseph, a governor of his brethren, a stay of the people, whose bones were regarded of the Lord.
16 Sem and Seth were in great honour among men, and so was Adam above every living thing in creation.
1 μνημόσυνον Ιωσιου εἰς σύνθεσιν θυμιάματος ἐσκευασμένον ἔργῳ μυρεψοῦ ἐν παντὶ στόματι ὡς μέλι γλυκανθήσεται καὶ ὡς μουσικὰ ἐν συμποσίῳ οἴνου
2 αὐτὸς κατευθύνθη ἐν ἐπιστροφῇ λαοῦ καὶ ἐξῆρεν βδελύγματα ἀνομίας
3 κατεύθυνεν πρὸς κύριον τὴν καρδίαν αὐτοῦ ἐν ἡμέραις ἀνόμων κατίσχυσεν τὴν εὐσέβειαν
4 πάρεξ Δαυιδ καὶ Εζεκιου καὶ Ιωσιου πάντες πλημμέλειαν ἐπλημμέλησαν κατέλιπον γὰρ τὸν νόμον τοῦ ὑψίστου οἱ βασιλεῖς Ιουδα ἐξέλιπον
5 ἔδωκαν γὰρ τὸ κέρας αὐτῶν ἑτέροις καὶ τὴν δόξαν αὐτῶν ἔθνει ἀλλοτρίῳ
6 ἐνεπύρισαν ἐκλεκτὴν πόλιν ἁγιάσματος καὶ ἠρήμωσαν τὰς ὁδοὺς αὐτῆς
7 ἐν χειρὶ Ιερεμιου ἐκάκωσαν γὰρ αὐτόν καὶ αὐτὸς ἐν μήτρᾳ ἡγιάσθη προφήτης ἐκριζοῦν καὶ κακοῦν καὶ ἀπολλύειν ὡσαύτως οἰκοδομεῖν καὶ καταφυτεύειν
8 Ιεζεκιηλ ὃς εἶδεν ὅρασιν δόξης ἣν ὑπέδειξεν αὐτῷ ἐπὶ ἅρματος χερουβιν
9 καὶ γὰρ ἐμνήσθη τῶν ἐχθρῶν ἐν ὄμβρῳ καὶ ἀγαθῶσαι τοὺς εὐθύνοντας ὁδούς
10 καὶ τῶν δώδεκα προφητῶν τὰ ὀστᾶ ἀναθάλοι ἐκ τοῦ τόπου αὐτῶν παρεκάλεσαν γὰρ τὸν Ιακωβ καὶ ἐλυτρώσαντο αὐτοὺς ἐν πίστει ἐλπίδος
11 πῶς μεγαλύνωμεν τὸν Ζοροβαβελ καὶ αὐτὸς ὡς σφραγὶς ἐπὶ δεξιᾶς χειρός
12 οὕτως Ἰησοῦς υἱὸς Ιωσεδεκ οἳ ἐν ἡμέραις αὐτῶν ᾠκοδόμησαν οἶκον καὶ ἀνύψωσαν ναὸν ἅγιον κυρίῳ ἡτοιμασμένον εἰς δόξαν αἰῶνος
13 καὶ Νεεμιου ἐπὶ πολὺ τὸ μνημόσυνον τοῦ ἐγείραντος ἡμῖν τείχη πεπτωκότα καὶ στήσαντος πύλας καὶ μοχλοὺς καὶ ἀνεγείραντος τὰ οἰκόπεδα ἡμῶν
14 οὐδεὶς ἐκτίσθη ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς τοιοῦτος οἷος Ενωχ καὶ γὰρ αὐτὸς ἀνελήμφθη ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς
15 οὐδὲ ὡς Ιωσηφ ἐγεννήθη ἀνὴρ ἡγούμενος ἀδελφῶν στήριγμα λαοῦ καὶ τὰ ὀστᾶ αὐτοῦ ἐπεσκέπησαν
16 Σημ καὶ Σηθ ἐν ἀνθρώποις ἐδοξάσθησαν καὶ ὑπὲρ πᾶν ζῷον ἐν τῇ κτίσει Αδαμ
1 [Memoria Josiæ in compositionem odoris facta
2 In omni ore quasi mel indulcabitur ejus memoria,
3 Ipse est directus divinitus in pnitentiam gentis,
4 Et gubernavit ad Dominum cor ipsius,
5 [Præter David et Ezechiam et Josiam,
6 nam reliquerunt legem Altissimi reges Juda,
7 Dederunt enim regnum suum aliis,
8 Incenderunt electam sanctitatis civitatem,
9 Nam male tractaverunt illum
10 Ezechiel, qui vidit conspectum gloriæ
11 Nam commemoratus est inimicorum in imbre,
12 Et duodecim prophetarum ossa pullulent de loco suo:
13 [Quomodo amplificemus Zorobabel?
14 sic et Jesum filium Josedec,
15 Et Nehemias in memoriam multi temporis,
16 [Nemo natus est in terra qualis Henoch,
17 neque ut Joseph, qui natus est homo princeps fratrum,
18 et ossa ipsius visitata sunt,
19 Seth et Sem apud homines gloriam adepti sunt,