1 A deceitful scale is an abomination with the Lord, and a fair weighing is his will.
2 Wherever arrogance may be, there too is insult. But wherever humility is, there too is wisdom.
3 The simplicity of the just shall direct them, and the rebellion of the perverse will devastate them.
4 Wealth will not profit in the day of vengeance. But justice shall liberate from death.
5 The justice of the simple shall direct his way. And the impious will fall in his impiety.
6 The justice of the upright shall free them. And the iniquitous will be seized by their own treachery.
7 When the impious man is dead, there will no longer be any hope. And the expectation of the anxious will perish.
8 The just one is freed from anguish. And the impious one will be handed over instead of him.
9 The pretender deceives his friend by mouth. But the just shall be freed by knowledge.
10 In the good of the just, the city shall exult. And in the perdition of the impious, there shall be praise.
11 By the blessing of the just, the city shall be exalted. And by the mouth of the impious, it will be subverted.
12 Whoever despises his friend is destitute in heart. But the prudent man will remain silent.
13 Whoever walks dishonestly reveals secrets. But whoever is of a faithful soul conceals what is confided by a friend.
14 Where there is no governor, the people shall fall. But where there is much counsel, well-being shall be.
15 He will be afflicted with evil, who provides a guarantee for an outsider. But whoever is wary of traps shall be secure.
16 A gracious woman shall discover glory. And the robust will have wealth.
17 A merciful man benefits his own soul. But whoever is cruel casts out even his close relatives.
18 The impious does work with inconstancy. But for the sower of justice, there is the reward of faithfulness.
19 Clemency prepares life. And the pursuit of evils prepares death.
20 A depraved heart is abominable to the Lord. And his will is with those who walk in simplicity.
21 Hand in hand, the evil shall not be innocent. But the offspring of the just shall be saved.
22 A beautiful and senseless woman is like a gold ring in the snout of a swine.
23 The desire of the just is entirely good. The anticipation of the impious is fury.
24 Some distribute their own goods, and they become wealthier. Others seize what is not their own, and they are always in need.
25 The soul that blesses shall be made fat. And whoever inebriates will likewise be inebriated himself.
26 Whoever hides away grain shall be cursed among the people. But a blessing is upon the head of those who sell it.
27 He does well to rise early, who seeks what is good. But whoever is a seeker of evils shall be oppressed by them.
28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall. But the just shall spring up like a green leaf.
29 Whoever troubles his own house will possess the winds. And whoever is foolish will serve the wise.
30 The fruit of the just one is the tree of life. And whoever receives souls is wise.
31 If the just are repaid upon the earth, how much more the impious and the sinner!
1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge. But whoever hates correction is unwise.
2 Whoever is good shall draw grace from the Lord. But whoever trusts in his own thoughts acts impiously.
3 Man will not be made strong from impiety. And the root of the just shall not be moved.
4 A diligent woman is a crown to her husband. And she who acts with confusion as to which things are worthy is decay to his bones.
5 The thoughts of the just are judgments. And the counsels of the impious are dishonest.
6 The words of the impious lie in wait for blood. The mouth of the just shall free them.
7 Turn from the impious, and they will not be. But the house of the just shall stand firm.
8 A man will be known by his doctrine. But whoever is vain and heartless will suffer contempt.
9 Better is a pauper who has what he needs, than someone glorious and in need of bread.
10 The just one knows the lives of his beasts. But the inner most parts of the impious are cruel.
11 Whoever works his land shall be satisfied with bread. But whoever continually pursues leisure is most foolish. Whoever is soothed by lingering over wine leaves behind contempt in his strongholds.
12 The desire of the impious is the fortification of what is most wicked. But the root of the just shall prosper.
13 For the sins of the lips draw ruin to the evil. But the just shall escape from distress.
14 By the fruit of his own mouth, each one shall be filled with good things, and according to the works of his own hands, it will be distributed to him.
15 The way of the foolish is right in his own eyes. But whoever is wise listens to counsels.
16 The senseless immediately reveals his anger. But whoever ignores injuries is clever.
17 He is a sign of justice, who speaks what he knows. But whoever deceives is a dishonest witness.
18 He who makes promises is also jabbed, as if with a sword, in conscience. But the tongue of the wise is reasonable.
19 The lips of truth shall be steadfast forever. But a hasty witness readies a lying tongue.
20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evils. But gladness follows those who take up counsels of peace.
21 Whatever may befall the just, it will not discourage him. But the impious will be filled with disasters.
22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord. But whoever acts faithfully pleases him.
23 A resourceful man conceals knowledge. And the heart of the unwise provokes foolishness.
24 The hand of the strong will rule. But anyone who is neglectful will pay tribute.
25 Grief in the heart of a man humbles him. And with a good word he shall be made glad.
26 He who ignores a loss for the sake of a friend is just. But the way of the impious will deceive them.
27 The dishonest will not discover gain. But the substance of a man will be like precious gold.
28 In the path of justice, there is life. But the devious way leads to death.
1 And king Antiochus was traveling through the upper regions, and he heard that the city of Elymais in Persia was very noble and abundant in silver and gold,
2 and that the temple in it was very opulent, and that there were, in that place, coverings of gold, and breastplates and shields, which Alexander, the son of Philip, king of Macedonia, who reigned first in Greece, had left behind.
3 So he came and sought to seize the city and to pillage it. And he was not able, because this plan became known to those who were in the city.
4 And they rose up in battle, and he fled away from there, and he departed with great sadness, and he returned into Babylon.
5 And someone arrived to report to him in Persia, that those who were in the land of Judah were forced to flee the camp,
6 and that Lysias went forth with a particularly strong army, and he was forced to flee before the face of the Jews, and that they were strengthened by the weapons, and resources, and many spoils which they seized from the camps they demolished,
7 and that they had destroyed the abomination, which he had established on the altar that was in Jerusalem, and that the sanctuary, just as before, had been encircled with high walls, along with Bethzur, his city.
8 And it happened that, when the king heard these words, he was terrified and very moved. And he fell down on his bed, and he fell into feebleness out of grief. For it had not happened to him as he had intended.
9 And he was in that place through many days. For a great grief was renewed in him, and he concluded that he would die.
10 And he called all his friends, and he said to them: “Sleep has withdrawn from my eyes, and I am declining, and my heart has collapsed out of anxiety.
11 And I said in my heart: How much trouble has come to me, and what floods of sorrow there are, where I am now! I used to be cheerful and beloved in my power!
12 Truly, now, I remember the evils that I did in Jerusalem, from which place I also took away all the spoils of gold and silver that were in it, and I sent to carry away the inhabitants of Judah without cause.
13 Therefore, I know that it is because of this that these evils have found me. And behold, I perish with great sorrow in a foreign land.”
14 Then he called Philip, one of his friends, and he placed him first over all his kingdom.
15 And he gave him the diadem, and his robe, and his ring, so that he would guide Antiochus, his son, and raise him, and so that he would reign.
16 And king Antiochus died there, in the one hundred and forty-ninth year.
17 And Lysias knew that the king was dead, and he appointed Antiochus, his son, to reign, whom he had raised from adolescence. And he called his name Eupator.
18 And those who were in the stronghold had enclosed the Israelites by surrounding the holy places. And they continually sought to do evil to them and to support the Gentiles.
19 And Judas intended to disperse them. And he called together all the people, in order to besiege them.
20 And they came together and besieged them in the one hundred and fiftieth year, and they made catapults and other machines.
21 And certain ones of these, who were besieged, escaped. And some of the impious out of Israel joined themselves to them.
22 And they went to the king, and they said: “How long will you not act with judgment and vindicate our brothers?
23 We resolved to serve your father, and to walk according to his precepts, and to obey his edicts.
24 And because of this, the sons of our people have alienated themselves from us, and they have put to death as many of us as they could find, and they have torn apart our inheritances.
25 And they have not extended their hand against us only, but also against all within our borders.
26 And behold, this day they have taken a position near the stronghold of Jerusalem to occupy it, and they have fortified the stronghold of Bethzur.
27 And, unless you quickly act to prevent them, they will do greater things than these, and you will not be able to subdue them.”
28 And the king was angry when he heard this. And he called together all his friends, and the leaders of his army, and those who were over the horsemen.
124 Deal with thy servant according to thy mercy: and teach me thy justifications.
125 I am thy servant: give me understanding that I may know thy testimonies.
126 It is time, O Lord, to do: they have dissipated thy law.
127 Therefore have I loved thy commandments above gold and the topaz.
128 Therefore was I directed to all thy commandments: I have hated all wicked ways.
129 PHE. Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore my soul hath sought them.
130 The declaration of thy words giveth light: and giveth understanding to little ones.
1 And know this: that in the last days perilous times will press near.
2 Men will be lovers of themselves, greedy, self-exalting, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked,
3 without affection, without peace, false accusers, unchaste, cruel, without kindness,
4 traitorous, reckless, self-important, loving pleasure more than God,
5 even having the appearance of piety while rejecting its virtue. And so, avoid them.
6 For among these are ones who penetrate houses and lead away, like captives, foolish women burdened with sins, who are led away by means of various desires,
7 always learning, yet never achieving knowledge of the truth.
8 And in the same manner that Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so also will these resist the truth, men corrupted in mind, reprobates from the faith.
9 But they will not advance beyond a certain point. For the folly of the latter shall be made manifest to all, just as that of the former.
10 But you have fully comprehended my doctrine, instruction, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, patience,
11 persecutions, afflictions; such things as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra; how I endured persecutions, and how the Lord rescued me from everything.
12 And all those who willingly live the piety in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
13 But evil men and deceivers will advance in evil, erring and sending into error.
14 Yet truly, you should remain in those things which you have learned and which have been entrusted to you. For you know from whom you have learned them.
15 And, from your infancy, you have known the Sacred Scriptures, which are able to instruct you toward salvation, through the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All Scripture, having been divinely inspired, is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in justice,
17 so that the man of God may be perfect, having been trained for every good work.