1 Esdras

1 Esdras[1] Josiah kept the passover to his Lord in Jerusalem; he killed the passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the first month,[2] having placed the priests according to their divisions, arrayed in their garments, in the temple of the Lord.[3] And he told the Levites, the temple servants of Israel, that they should

2 Esdras

2 Esdras 4Ezra.1 [1] The second book of the prophet Ezra the son of Seraiah, son of Azariah, son of Hilkiah, son of Shallum, son of Zadok, son of Ahitub, [2] son of Ahijah, son of Phinehas, son of Eli, son of Amariah, son of Azariah, son of Meraioth, son of Arna, son of Uzzi, son of Borith,

1 Maccabees

1 Maccabees 1Mac.1 [1] After Alexander son of Philip, the Macedonian, who came from the land of Kittim, had defeated Darius, king of the Persians and the Medes, he succeeded him as king. (He had previously become king of Greece.) [2] He fought many battles, conquered strongholds, and put to death the kings of the earth. [3] He advanced

2 Maccabees

2 Maccabees 2Mac.1 [1] The Jewish brethren in Jerusalem and those in the land of Judea, To their Jewish brethren in Egypt, Greeting, and good peace. [2] May God do good to you, and may he remember his covenant with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, his faithful servants. [3] May he give you all a heart to worship him

3 Maccabees

3 Maccabees 3Mac.1 [1] When Philopator learned from those who returned that the regions which he had controlled had been seized by Antiochus, he gave orders to all his forces, both infantry and cavalry, took with him his sister Arsinoe, and marched out to the region near Raphia, where Antiochus's supporters were encamped. [2] But a certain Theodotus,

4 Maccabees

4Mac.1 [1] The subject that I am about to discuss is most philosophical, that is, whether devout reason is sovereign over the emotions. So it is right for me to advise you to pay earnest attention to philosophy. [2] For the subject is essential to everyone who is seeking knowledge, and in addition it includes the praise

Letter of Jeremiah

EpJer.6 [1] A copy of a letter which Jeremiah sent to those who were to be taken to Babylon as captives by the king of the Babylonians, to give them the message which God had commanded him. [2] Because of the sins which you have committed before God, you will be taken to Babylon as captives by

Prayer of Azariah

1 [2] Then Azariah stood and offered this prayer; in the midst of the fire he opened his mouth and said: [3] "Blessed art thou, O Lord, God of our fathers, and worthy of praise; and thy name is glorified for ever. [4] For thou art just in all that thou hast done to us, and all thy


Bar.1 [1] These are the words of the book which Baruch the son of Neraiah, son of Mahseiah, son of Zedekiah, son of Hasadiah, son of Hilkiah, wrote in Babylon, [2] in the fifth year, on the seventh day of the month, at the time when the Chaldeans took Jerusalem and burned it with fire. [3] And Baruch

Prayer of Manasseh

PrMan.1 [2] thou who hast made heaven and earth with all their order; [3] who hast shackled the sea by thy word of command, who hast confined the deep and sealed it with thy terrible and glorious name; [4] at whom all things shudder, and tremble before thy power, [5] for thy glorious splendor cannot be borne, and the