1 My son, guard my words and conceal my precepts within you.
2 Son, preserve my commandments, and you shall live. And keep my law as the pupil of your eye.
3 Bind it with your fingers; write it on the tablets of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call prudence your friend.
5 So may she guard you from the woman who is an outsider, and from the stranger who sweetens her words.
6 For I gaze from the window of my house, through the lattice,
7 and I see little ones. I consider a frenzied youth,
8 who crosses the street at the corner and close to the way of that house.
9 He steps into shadows, as day becomes evening, into the darkness and gloom of the night.
10 And behold, a woman meets him, dressed like a harlot, prepared to captivate souls: chattering and rambling,
11 unwilling to bear silence, unable to keep her feet at home,
12 now outside, now in the streets, now lying in ambush near the corners.
13 And overtaking the youth, she kisses him, and with a provocative face, she flatters him, saying:
14 I vowed sacrifices for well-being. Today I have repaid my vows.
15 Because of this, I have gone out to meet you, desiring to see you, and I have found you.
16 I have woven my bed with cords. I have strewn it with embroidered tapestries from Egypt.
17 I have sprinkled my bed with myrrh, aloe, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us be inebriated in abundance, and let us delight in the embraces of desire, until the day begins to dawn.
19 For my husband is not in his house. He has gone away on a very long journey.
20 He took with him a bag of money. He will return to his house on the day of the full moon.”
21 She enmeshed him with many words, and she drew him forward with the flattery of her lips.
22 Immediately, he follows her, like an ox being led to the sacrifice, and like a lamb acting lasciviously, and not knowing that he is being drawn foolishly into chains,
23 until the arrow pierces his liver. It is just as if a bird were to hurry into the snare. And he does not know that his actions endanger his own soul.
24 Therefore, my son, hear me now, and attend to the words of my mouth.
25 Do not let your mind be pulled into her ways. And do not be deceived by her paths.
26 For she has tossed aside many wounded, and some of those who were very strong have been slain by her.
27 Her household is the way to Hell, reaching even to the inner places of death.
16 So then, when Judas and the people heard these words, a great assembly came together, to consider what they should do for their brothers who were in trouble and were being assailed by them.
17 And Judas said to Simon his brother: “Choose men for yourself, and go, and free your brothers in Galilee. But I and my brother Jonathan, will go into the country of Gilead.”
18 And he left behind Joseph, son of Zachariah, and Azariah, as commanders of the people, with the remainder of the army, in Judea, to guard it.
19 And he instructed them, saying, “Take charge of this people, but do not go to war against the Gentiles, until we return.”
20 Now three thousand men were divided to Simon, to go into Galilee, but eight thousand were divided to Judas, to go into the land of Gilead.
21 And Simon went into Galilee, and he engaged in many battles with the Gentiles, and the Gentiles were crushed before his face, and he pursued them even to the gates of Ptolemais.
22 And there fell of the Gentiles nearly three thousand men, and he took their spoils.
23 And he took with him those who were in Galilee and in Arbatta, with their wives and children, and all that was theirs, and he led them into Judea with great rejoicing.
24 And Judas Maccabeus, and Jonathan his brother, crossed over the Jordan, and they traveled three days’ journey through the desert.
25 And the Nabateans met them, and they accepted them peacefully, and they described to them all that had happened to their brothers in the land of Gilead,
26 and that many of them were trapped in Bozrah, and Bosor, and Alema, and in Chaspho, and Maked, and Carnaim. All these are large and fortified cities.
27 Moreover, they were held in their grasp in the other cities of Gilead, and they had arranged to move their army, on the next day, to these cities, and to seize them, and to destroy them all in one day.
28 Then Judas and his army unexpectedly turned their path into the desert, to Bosor, and they occupied the city. And he killed every male by the edge of the sword, and took all their spoils, and burned it with fire.
29 And they arose from there by night, and they went forth all the way to the fortress.
30 And it happened that, at first light, when they lifted up their eyes, behold, there was a multitude of people, which could not be numbered, bringing ladders and machines, in order to seize the fortress, and to assault them.
31 And Judas saw that the fight had begun, and the cry of the battle went up to heaven like a trumpet, and a great cry went out of the city.
32 And he said to his army, “Fight today on behalf of your brothers.”
33 And he came, with three companies behind them, and they sounded the trumpets, and they cried out in prayer.
34 And the camp of Timothy knew that it was Maccabeus, and they took flight before his face. And they struck them with a great scourging. And there fell from them in that day nearly eight thousand men.
35 And Judas diverted to Mizpah, and he fought and seized it. And he killed all of its males, and he took its spoils, and he burned it with fire.
102 I have not declined from thy judgments, because thou hast set me a law.
103 How sweet are thy words to my palate! more than honey to my mouth.
104 By thy commandments I have had understanding: therefore have I hated every way of iniquity.
105 NUN. Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my paths.
106 I have sworn and am determined to keep the judgments of thy justice.
107 I have been humbled, O Lord, exceedingly: quicken thou me according to thy word.
108 The free offerings of my mouth make acceptable, O Lord: and teach me thy judgments.
1 Whoever are servants under the yoke, let them consider their masters to be worthy of every honor, lest the name and doctrine of the Lord be blasphemed.
2 But those who have believing masters, let them not despise them because they are brothers, but rather serve them all the more because they are believing and beloved, participants of the same
3 If anyone teaches otherwise, and does not consent to the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to that doctrine which is in accord with piety,
4 then he is arrogant, knowing nothing, yet languishing amid the questions and quarrels of words. From these arise envy, contention, blasphemy, evil suspicions:
5 the conflicts of men who have been corrupted in mind and deprived of truth, who consider profit to be piety.
6 But piety with sufficiency is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and there is no doubt that we can take nothing away.
8 But, having nourishment and some kind of covering, we should be content with these.
9 For those who want to become rich fall into temptation and into the snare of the devil and into many useless and harmful desires, which submerge men in destruction and in perdition.
10 For desire is the root of all evils. Some persons, hungering in this way, have strayed from the faith and have entangled themselves in many sorrows.
11 But you, O man of God, flee from these things, and truly pursue justice, piety, faith, charity, patience, meekness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you have been called, and make a good profession of faith in the sight of many witnesses.
13 I charge you, in the sight of God, who enlivens all things, and in the sight of Christ Jesus, who gave the testimony of a good profession under Pontius Pilate,
14 to observe the commandment, immaculately, irreproachably, unto the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 For at the proper time, he shall reveal the blessed and only Power, the King of kings and the Lord of lords,
16 who alone holds immortality, and who inhabits the inaccessible light, whom no man has seen, nor even is able to see, to whom is honor and everlasting dominion. Amen.
17 Instruct the wealthy of this age not to have a superior attitude, nor to hope in the uncertainty of riches, but in the living God, who offers us everything in abundance to enjoy,
18 and to do good, to become rich in good works, to donate readily, to share,
19 to gather for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may obtain true life.
20 O Timothy, guard what has been deposited with you, avoiding the voice of profane novelties and of opposing ideas, which are falsely called knowledge.
21 Certain persons, promising these things, have perished from the faith. May grace be with you. Amen.