1 A wise son is the doctrine of his father. But he who ridicules does not listen when he is reproved.
2 From the fruit of his own month, a man shall be satisfied with good things. But the soul of betrayers is iniquity.
3 Whoever guards his mouth guards his soul. But whoever gives no consideration to his speech shall experience misfortunes.
4 The lazy one is willing and then not willing. But the soul of he who labors shall be made fat.
5 The just shall detest a lying word. But the impious confound and will be confounded.
6 Justice guards the way of the innocent. But impiety undermines the sinner.
7 One is like the rich, though he has nothing. And another is like the poor, though he has many riches.
8 The redemption of a man’s life is his riches. But he who is poor cannot tolerate correction.
9 The light of the just enriches. But the lamp of the impious will be extinguished.
10 Among the arrogant, there are always conflicts. But those who do everything with counsel are ruled by wisdom.
11 Substance obtained in haste will be diminished. But what is collected by hand, little by little, shall be multiplied.
12 Hope, when it is delayed, afflicts the soul. The arrival of the desired is a tree of life.
13 Whoever denounces something obligates himself for the future. But whoever fears a lesson shall turn away in peace. Deceitful souls wander into sins. The just are merciful and compassionate.
14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, so that he may turn aside from the ruin of death.
15 Good doctrine bestows grace. In the way of the contemptuous, there is a chasm.
16 The discerning do everything with counsel. But whoever is senseless discloses his stupidity.
17 The messenger of the impious will fall into evil. But a faithful ambassador shall prosper.
18 Destitution and disgrace are for those who abandon discipline. But whoever agrees with a reproof shall be glorified.
19 The desired, when perfected, shall delight the soul. The foolish detest those who flee from evils.
20 Whoever keeps step with the wise shall be wise. A friend of the foolish will become like them.
21 Evil pursues sinners. And good things shall be distributed to the just.
22 The good leave behind heirs: children and grandchildren. And the substance of the sinner is preserved for the just.
23 Much nourishment is in the fallow land of the fathers. But for others, it is gathered without judgment.
24 He who spares the rod hates his son. But he who loves him urgently instructs him.
25 The just eats and fills his soul. But the belly of the impious is never satisfied.
1 A wise woman builds up her household. But a foolish one will pull down with her own hands what has been built up.
2 One who walks on a virtuous journey, and who fears God, is despised by him who advances along a disreputable way.
3 In the mouth of the foolish, there is a rod of arrogance. But the lips of the wise guard them.
4 Where there are no oxen, the feeding trough is empty. But where there are many crops, there the strength of the ox is manifest.
5 A faithful witness will not lie. But a deceitful witness offers a lie.
6 A mocker seeks wisdom and does not find it. The doctrine of the prudent is accessible.
7 Go against a foolish man, and he does not acknowledge lips of prudence.
8 The wisdom of a discerning man is to understand his way. And the imprudence of the foolish is to be wandering astray.
9 The foolish will speak mockingly of sin. But grace lingers among the just.
10 The heart that knows the bitterness of its own soul, in its gladness the outsider shall not meddle.
11 The house of the impious will be wiped away. Yet truly, the tabernacles of the just shall spring forth.
12 There is a way which seems just to a man, but its conclusion leads to death.
13 Laughter shall be mingled with sorrow, and mourning occupies the limits of joy.
14 The foolish will be filled up by his own ways. And the good man shall be above him.
15 The innocent trust every word. The astute one considers his own steps. Nothing good will be for the deceitful son. But the wise servant shall act prosperously and his way will be set in order.
16 The wise fear, and so turn away from evil. The foolish leap ahead with confidence.
17 The impatient will work foolishness. And a resourceful man is hated.
18 The childish will possess foolishness, and the discerning will anticipate knowledge.
19 The evil will fall down before the good. And the impious will fall down before the gates of the just.
20 The pauper will be hated, even by his own neighbor. Yet truly, the friends of the wealthy are many.
21 Whoever despises his neighbor, sins. But whoever pities the poor shall be blessed. Whoever trusts in the Lord loves mercy.
22 They wander astray who work evil. But mercy and truth prepare good things.
23 In every work, there shall be abundance. But where there are many words, there is often need.
24 The crown of the wise is their wealth. The senselessness of the foolish is imprudence.
25 A faithful witness frees souls. And the chameleon utters lies.
26 In the fear of the Lord is the faithfulness of strength, and there shall be hope for his sons.
27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, so as to turn aside from the ruin of death.
28 In a multitude of people, there is dignity for the king. And in a paucity of people, there is disgrace for the prince.
29 Whoever is patient is governed by much prudence. But whoever is impatient exalts his foolishness.
30 The well-being of the heart is life for the flesh. But envy is decay for the bones.
31 Whoever slanders the indigent argues against his Maker. But he who has compassion on the poor honors his Maker.
32 The impious will be expelled in his malice. But the just finds hope even in his own death.
33 In the heart of the prudent, wisdom finds rest. And so shall he instruct all the uneducated.
34 Justice elevates a nation. But sin makes the peoples miserable.
35 An intelligent minister is acceptable to the king. Whoever is useless shall bear his wrath.
29 But there even came to him mercenary armies from other kingdoms and from the islands of the sea.
30 And the number of his army was one hundred thousand footmen, and twenty thousand horsemen, and thirty-two elephants trained for battle.
31 And they traveled through Idumea, and they took a position near Bethzur. And they fought for many days, and they made machines of war. But they came out and burnt them with fire, and they fought manfully.
32 And Judas departed from the stronghold, and he moved the camp to Bethzechariah, opposite the camp of the king.
33 And the king rose up, before it was light, and he forced his troops to march toward the way of Bethzechariah. And the armies prepared themselves for battle, and they sounded the trumpets.
34 And they showed the elephants the blood of grapes and mulberries, to provoke them to fight.
35 And they divided the beasts by the legions, and there stood by every elephant a thousand men, with shields joined together and with brass helmets on their heads. And five hundred well-ordered horsemen were chosen for every beast.
36 These were ready beforehand, and wherever the beast was, they were there; and whenever it moved, they moved, and they did not depart from it.
37 Moreover, upon them there were strong wooden turrets, watching over every beast, with machines upon them, and on them were thirty-two valiant men, who fought from above, and an Indian to rule each beast.
38 And the rest of the horsemen, he stationed here and there, in two parts, with trumpets to stir up the army and to urge on those who were slow to move within its legions.
39 And so, when the sun reflected off the shields of gold and of brass, the mountains were resplendent from them, and they glowed like lamps of fire.
40 And part of the king’s army was divided to the high mountains, and the other part to the low places. And they went forth with order and caution.
41 And all the inhabitants of the land were shaken at the voice of their multitude, and at the advance of the company, and at the clash of the armor. For the army was very great and strong.
42 And Judas and his army drew near for battle. And there fell of the king’s army six hundred men.
43 And Eleazar, the son of Saura, saw one of the beasts shielded with the king’s shield, and it was higher than the other beasts. So it seemed to him that the king must be on it.
44 And he gave himself for the freedom of his people, and to obtain for himself a name in eternity.
45 And he ran up to it boldly in the midst of the legion, killing on the right and on the left, and they fell down before him on this side and that.
46 And he went between the feet of the elephant, and put himself under it, and he killed it. And it fell to the ground upon him, and he died there.
47 And, seeing the strength of the king and the forcefulness of his army, they turned themselves away from them.
48 But the king’s camp went up against them in Jerusalem. And the king’s camp took up a position near Judea and Mount Zion.
131 I opened my mouth and panted: because I longed for thy commandments.
132 Look thou upon me, and have mercy on me, according to the judgment of them that love thy name.
133 Direct my steps according to thy word: and let no iniquity have dominion over me.
134 Redeem me from the calumnies of men: that I may keep thy commandments.
135 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: and teach me thy justifications.
136 My eyes have sent forth springs of water: because they have not kept thy law.
137 SADE. Thou art just, O Lord: and thy judgment is right.
1 I testify before God, and before Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead through his return and his kingdom:
2 that you should preach the word urgently, in season and out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke, with all patience and doctrine.
3 For there shall be a time when they will not endure sound doctrine, but instead, according to their own desires, they will gather to themselves teachers, with itching ears,
4 and certainly, they will turn their hearing away from the truth, and they will be turned toward fables.
5 But as for you, truly, be vigilant, laboring in all things. Do the work of an Evangelist, fulfilling your ministry. Show self-restraint.
6 For I am already being worn away, and the time of my dissolution presses close.
7 I have fought the good fight. I have completed the course. I have preserved the faith.
8 As for the remainder, a crown of justice has been reserved for me, one which the Lord, the just judge, will render to me in that day, and not only to me, but also to those who look forward to his return. Hurry to return to me soon.
9 For Demas has abandoned me, out of love for this age, and he has departed for Thessalonica.
10 Crescens has gone to Galatia; Titus to Dalmatia.
11 Luke alone is with me. Take Mark and bring him with you; for he is useful to me in the ministry.
12 But Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.
13 When you return, bring with you the supplies that I left with Carpus at Troas, and the books, but especially the parchments.
14 Alexander the coppersmith has shown me much evil; the Lord will repay him according to his works.
15 And you should also avoid him; for he has strongly resisted our words.
16 At my first defense, no one stood by me, but everyone abandoned me. May it not be counted against them!
17 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the preaching would be accomplished, and so that all the Gentiles would hear. And I was freed from the mouth of the lion.
18 The Lord has freed me from every evil work, and he will accomplish salvation by his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.
19 Greet Prisca, and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.
20 Erastus remained at Corinth. And Trophimus I left sick at Miletus.
21 Hurry to arrive before winter. Eubulus, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brothers greet you.
22 May the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. May grace be with you. Amen.