1O Lord Almighty, you God of Israel, the soul in anguish, the troubled spirit, cries to you. 2Hear, O Lord, and have mercy; for you are a merciful God: yes, have mercy upon us, because we have sinned before you. 3For you sit as king for ever, and we perish evermore. 4O Lord Almighty, you God of Israel, hear now the prayer of #Probably a mistake for the men of Israel. the dead Israelites, and of the children of them which were sinners before you, that hearkened not to the voice of you their God: for the which cause these plagues clave to us. 5Remember not the iniquities of our fathers: but remember your power and your name now at this time. 6For you are the Lord our God, and you, O Lord, will we praise. 7For for this cause you have put your fear in our hearts, #Another reading is, and made us to call. to the intent that we should call upon your name: and we will praise you in our captivity, for we have #Another reading is, put away from our heart all etc. called to mind all the iniquity of our fathers, that sinned before you. 8Behold, we are yet this day in our captivity, where you have scattered us, for a reproach and a curse, and to be subject to penalty, according to all the iniquities of our fathers, which departed from the Lord our God.
9Hear, O Israel, the commandments of life: give ear to understand wisdom. 10How is it, O Israel, that you are in your enemies’ land, that you have become old in a strange country, that you are defiled with the dead, 11that you are counted with them that go down into #Gr. Hades. the grave? 12You have forsaken the fountain of wisdom. 13For if you had walked in the way of God, you should have dwelled in peace for ever. 14Learn where is #Or, prudence wisdom, where is strength, where is understanding; that you may know also where is length of days, and life, where is the light of the eyes, and peace. 15Who has found out her place? and who has come into her treasuries? 16Where are the princes of the heathen, and such as ruled the beasts that are 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 of whose getting there is no end? 18For they that #Or, diligently sought after: Proverbs 11:27 (Sept.). wrought in silver, and were so careful, and whose works are past finding out, 19they are vanished and gone down to #Gr. Hades. the grave, and others are come up in their steads. 20Younger men have seen the light, and lived upon the earth: but the way of knowledge have they not known, 21neither understood they the paths thereof: neither have their children laid hold of it: they are far off from #Another reading is, the way thereof. their way. 22It has not been heard of in Canaan, neither has it been seen in Teman. 23The sons also of Agar that seek understanding, which are in the land, the merchants of Merran and Teman, and the authors of fables, and the searchers out of understanding; none of these have known the way of wisdom, or remembered her paths. 24O Israel, how great is the house of God! and how large is the place of his possession! 25great, and has none end; high, and unmeasurable. 26There were the giants born that were famous of old, great of stature, and expert in war. 27These did not God choose, neither gave he the way of knowledge to them: 28so they perished, because they had no #Or, prudence wisdom, they perished through their own foolishness. 29Who has gone up into heaven, and taken her, and brought her down from the clouds? 30Who has gone over the sea, and found her, and will bring her for choice gold? 31There is none that knows her way, nor any that comprehendeth her path. 32But he that knows all things knows her, he found her out with his understanding: he that prepared the earth for evermore has filled it with four-footed beasts: 33he that sends forth the light, and it goes; he called it, and it obeyed him with fear: 34and the stars shined in their watches, and were glad: when he called them, they said, Here we be; they shined with gladness to him that made them. 35This is our God, and there shall none other be accounted of in comparison of him. 36He has found out all the way of knowledge, and has given it to Jacob his servant, and to Israel that is beloved of him. 37Afterward did she appear upon earth, and was conversant with men.
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