1 It is for man to prepare the soul, and for the Lord to govern the tongue.
2 All the ways of a man are open to his eyes; the Lord is the one who weighs spirits.
3 Open your works to the Lord, and your intentions will be set in order.
4 The Lord has wrought all things because of himself. Likewise the impious is for the evil day.
5 All the arrogant are an abomination to the Lord. Even if hand will be joined to hand, he is not innocent. The beginning of a good way is to do justice. And this is more acceptable with God than to immolate sacrifices.
6 By mercy and truth, iniquity is redeemed. And by the fear of the Lord, one turns away from evil.
7 When the ways of man will please the Lord, he will convert even his enemies to peace.
8 Better is a little with justice, than many fruits with iniquity.
9 The heart of man disposes his way. But it is for Lord to direct his steps.
10 Foreknowledge is in the lips of the king. His mouth shall not err in judgment.
11 Weights and scales are judgments of the Lord. And all the stones in the bag are his work.
12 Those who act impiously are abominable to the king. For the throne is made firm by justice.
13 Just lips are the will of kings. He who speaks honestly shall be loved.
14 The indignation of a king is a herald of death. And the wise man will appease it.
15 In the cheerfulness of the king’s countenance, there is life. And his clemency is like belated rain.
16 Possess wisdom, for it is better than gold. And acquire prudence, for it is more precious than silver.
17 The path of the just turns away from evils. He who guards his soul preserves his way.
18 Arrogance precedes destruction. And the spirit is exalted before a fall.
19 It is better to be humbled with the meek, than to divide spoils with the arrogant.
20 The learned in word shall find good things. And whoever hopes in the Lord is blessed.
21 Whoever is wise in heart shall be called prudent. And whoever is sweet in eloquence shall attain to what is greater.
22 Learning is a fountain of life to one who possesses it. The doctrine of the foolish is senseless.
23 The heart of the wise shall instruct his mouth and add grace to his lips.
24 Careful words are a honeycomb: sweet to the soul and healthful to the bones.
25 There is a way which seems right to a man, and its end result leads to death.
26 The soul of the laborer labors for himself, because his mouth has driven him to it.
27 The impious man digs up evil, and in his lips is a burning fire.
28 A perverse man stirs up lawsuits. And one who is verbose divides leaders.
29 A man of iniquity entices his friend, and he leads him along a way that is not good.
30 Whoever, with astonished eyes, thinks up depravities, biting his lips, accomplishes evil.
31 Old age is a crown of dignity, when it is found in the ways of justice.
32 A patient man is better than a strong one. And whoever rules his soul is better than one who assaults cities.
33 Lots are cast into the lap, but they are tempered by the Lord.
1 A dry morsel with gladness is better than a house full of sacrifices along with conflict.
2 A wise servant shall rule over foolish sons, and he will divide the inheritance among brothers.
3 Just as silver is tested by fire, and gold is tested in the furnace, so also does the Lord test hearts.
4 The evil obey an unjust tongue. And the false are submissive to lying lips.
5 Whoever despises the poor rebukes his Maker. And whoever rejoices in the ruin of another will not go unpunished.
6 Sons of sons are the crown of old age. And the glory of sons is their fathers.
7 Well-chosen words are not fitting for the foolish, nor are lying lips fitting for a leader.
8 The expectation of those who stand ready is a most pleasing jewel. Whichever way he turns himself, he understands prudently.
9 Whoever conceals an offense seeks friendships. Whoever repeats the words of another separates allies.
10 A correction benefits more with a wise man, than a hundred stripes with a fool.
11 The evil one continually seeks conflicts. But a cruel Angel shall be sent against him.
12 It is more expedient to meet a bear robbed of her young, than the foolish trusting in his own folly.
13 Whoever repays evil for good, evil shall not withdraw from his house.
14 Whoever releases the water is the head of the conflict. And just before he suffers contempt, he abandons judgment.
15 Those who justify the impious, and those who condemn the just, both are abominable with God.
16 What does it profit the foolish to have riches, when he is not able to buy wisdom? Whoever makes his house high seeks ruin. And whoever shuns learning shall fall into evils.
17 Whoever is a friend loves at all times. And a brother is proved by distress.
18 A foolish man will clap his hands, when he makes a pledge for his friend.
19 Whoever dwells on discord loves disputes. And whoever exalts his door seeks ruin.
20 Whoever is of a perverse heart shall not find good. And whoever turns his tongue shall fall into evil.
21 A foolish one is born into his own disgrace. But his father will not rejoice in one who is senseless.
22 A joyful soul makes a lifetime flourish. A gloomy spirit dries out the bones.
23 The impious receives gifts from the bosom, so that he may pervert the paths of judgment.
24 Prudence shines from the face of the wise. The eyes of the foolish are on the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is the anger of the father and the grief of the mother who conceived him.
26 It is not good to inflict damage on the just, nor to strike the leader who judges uprightly.
27 Whoever moderates his words is learned and prudent. And a man of learning has a precious spirit.
28 If he would remain silent, even the foolish would be considered wise, and if he closes his lips, intelligent.
1 In the one hundred and fifty-first year, Demetrius, the son of Seleucus, departed from the city of Rome, and he went up with a few men to a maritime city, and he reigned there.
2 And it happened that, as he entered into the house of the kingdom of his fathers, the army captured Antiochus and Lysias, to bring them to him.
3 And the matter became known to him, and he said, “Do not show me their face.”
4 And so the army killed them. And Demetrius sat upon the throne of his kingdom.
5 And there came to him iniquitous and impious men from Israel. And Alcimus was their leader, who wanted to be made a priest.
6 And they accused the people to the king, saying: “Judas and his brothers have destroyed all your friends, and he has scattered us from our land.
7 Now, therefore, send a man, whom you trust, and let him go and see all the destruction he has done to us and to the regions of the king. And let him punish all his friends and their helpers.”
8 And so the king chose, from among his friends, Bacchides, who ruled across the great river in the kingdom, and who was faithful to the king. And he sent him
9 to see the destruction that Judas had done. Moreover, he appointed the wicked Alcimus to the priesthood, and he commanded him to take revenge on the sons of Israel.
10 And they rose up and came forth with a great army into the land of Judah. And they sent messengers, who spoke to Judas and his brothers with words of peace, in deceitfulness.
11 But they did not heed their words, for they saw that they arrived with a great army.
12 Then there assembled to Alcimus and Bacchides, a congregation of scribes, to seek just terms.
13 And first, the Hasideans, who were among the sons of Israel, also sought peace from them.
14 For they said, “A man who is a priest from the offspring of Aaron has arrived; he will not deceive us.”
15 And he spoke to them peaceful words, and he swore to them, saying, “We will not carry out any evil against you or your friends.”
16 And they believed him. And he captured sixty of their men and killed them in one day, according to the word that is written:
17 The flesh of your saints, and their blood, they have poured out all around Jerusalem, and there was no one who would bury them.
18 Then fear and trembling hovered over all the people. For they said: “There is no truth or judgment among them. For they have transgressed the agreement and the oath that they swore.”
19 And Bacchides moved the camp from Jerusalem, and he took up a position at Bethzaith. And he sent and captured many of those who had fled from him, and some of the people he killed in sacrifice, and he threw them into a great pit.
20 Then he committed the country to Alcimus, and he left behind troops with him to assist him. And so Bacchides went away to the king.
21 And Alcimus did what he pleased by means of his leadership of the priesthood.
22 And all those who disturbed the people assembled before him, and they obtained the land of Judah, and they caused a great scourging in Israel.
23 And Judas saw all the evils that Alcimus, and those who were with him, did to the sons of Israel, even more than the Gentiles did.
24 And he went out into all the parts surrounding Judea, and he took vengeance on the men who had rebelled, and they ceased to go forth into the region any longer.
25 But Alcimus saw that Judas, and those who were with him, prevailed. And he knew that he was not able to withstand them. And so he returned to the king, and he accused them of many crimes.
145 COPH. I cried with my whole heart, hear me, O Lord: I will seek thy justifications.
146 I cried unto thee, save me: that I may keep thy commandments.
147 I prevented the dawning of the day, and cried: because in thy words I very much hoped.
148 My eyes to thee have prevented the morning: that I might meditate on thy words.
149 Hear thou my voice, O Lord, according to thy mercy: and quicken me according to thy mercy.
150 They that persecute me have drawn nigh to iniquity; but they are gone far off from the law.
151 Thou art near, O Lord: and all thy ways are truth.
1 Admonish them to be subordinate to the rulers and authorities, to obey their dictates, to be prepared for every good work,
2 to speak evil of no one, not to be litigious, but to be reserved, displaying all meekness toward all men.
3 For, in times past, we ourselves were also unwise, unbelieving, erring, servants of various desires and pleasures, acting with malice and envy, being hateful and hating one another.
4 But then the kindness and humanity of God our Savior appeared.
5 And he saved us, not by works of justice that we had done, but, in accord with his mercy, by the washing of regeneration and by the renovation of the Holy Spirit,
6 whom he has poured out upon us in abundance, through Jesus Christ our Savior,
7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we may become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
8 This is a faithful saying. And I want you to confirm these things, so that those who believe in God may take care to excel in good works. These things are good and useful to men.
9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, as well as arguments against the law. For these are useless and empty.
10 Avoid a man who is a heretic, after the first and second correction,
11 knowing that one who is like this has been subverted, and that he offends; for he has been condemned by his own judgment.
12 When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, hurry to return to me at Nicopolis. For I have decided to winter there.
13 Send Zenas the lawyer and Apollo ahead with care, and let nothing be lacking to them.
14 But let our men also learn to excel in good works pertaining to the necessities of life, so that they may not be unfruitful.
15 All those who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. May the grace of God be with you all. Amen.