1 Whoever has a will to withdraw from a friend, seeks occasions; he shall be reproached at all times.
2 The foolish do not accept words of prudence, unless you say what is already turning in his heart.
3 The impious, when he has arrived within the depths of sin, thinks little of it. But ill repute and disgrace follow him.
4 Words from the mouth of a man are deep waters. And the fountain of wisdom is a torrent overflowing.
5 It is not good to accept the character of the impious, so as to turn away from true judgment.
6 The lips of the foolish meddle in disputes. And his mouth provokes conflicts.
7 The mouth of the foolish is his destruction, and his own lips are the ruin of his soul.
8 The words of the double-tongued seem simple.
9 Whoever is dissolute and slack in his work is the brother of him who wastes his own works.
10 The name of the Lord is very strong tower. The just one rushes to it, and he shall be exalted.
11 The substance of the wealthy is the city of his strength, and it is like a strong wall encircling him.
12 The heart of a man is exalted before it is crushed and humbled before it is glorified.
13 Whoever responds before he listens, demonstrates himself to be foolish and deserving of confusion.
14 The spirit of a man sustains his weakness. Yet who can sustain a spirit that is easily angered?
15 A prudent heart shall possess knowledge. And the ear of the wise seeks doctrine.
16 A man’s gift expands his way and makes space for him before leaders.
17 The just is the first accuser of himself; his friend arrives and shall investigate him.
18 Casting a lot suppresses contentions and passes judgment, even among the powerful.
19 A brother who is helped by a brother is like a reinforced city, and judgments are like the bars of cities.
20 From the fruit of a man’s mouth shall his belly be filled. And the harvest of his own lips shall satisfy him.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Whoever values it shall eat from its fruits.
22 He who has found a good wife has found goodness, and he shall draw contentment from the Lord. He who expels a good wife expels goodness. But he who holds on to an adulteress is foolish and impious.
23 The poor will speak with supplications. And the rich will express themselves roughly.
24 A man amiable to society shall be more friendly than a brother.
1 Better is the poor who walks in his simplicity, than the rich who twists his lips and is unwise.
2 Where there is no knowledge of the soul, there is no good. And whoever hurries with his feet will stumble.
3 The foolishness of a man undermines his steps. And then he seethes in his soul against God.
4 Riches adds many friends. But from the pauper, even those whom he had become separated.
5 A false witness shall not go unpunished. And whoever speaks lies will not escape.
6 Many honor the character of one who is powerful, and there are friends for a giver of gifts.
7 The brothers of the poor man hate him. Moreover, even his friends have withdrawn far from him. Whoever pursues only words shall have nothing.
8 But whoever possesses reason loves his own soul. And one who guards prudence shall discover good things.
9 A false witness shall not go unpunished. And whoever speaks lies will perish.
10 Fine things are not fitting for the foolish, nor is it fitting for a servant to rule over princes.
11 The doctrine of a man is known through patience. And his glory is to pass beyond iniquities.
12 Like the roaring of a lion, so also is the wrath of a king. And his cheerfulness is like the dew upon the grass.
13 A foolish son is the grief of his father. And an argumentative wife is like a roof that is continually leaking.
14 A house and its riches are given by parents. But a prudent wife is particularly from the Lord.
15 Laziness sends one into a deep sleep, and a dissolute soul will go hungry.
16 Whoever guards a commandment guards his own soul. But whoever neglects his own way will die.
17 Whoever is merciful to the poor lends to the Lord. And he will repay him for his efforts.
18 Teach your son; do not despair. But do not set your soul toward putting him to death.
19 Whoever is impatient will sustain damage. And when it has been taken away, he will set up another.
20 Listen to counsel and take up discipline, so that you may be wise in your latter days.
21 There are many intentions in the heart of a man. But the will of the Lord shall stand firm.
22 An indigent man is merciful. And a pauper is better than a deceitful man.
23 The fear of the Lord is unto life. And he shall linger in plentitude, without being visited by disaster.
24 The lazy conceals his hand under his arm, and he will not so much as bring it to his mouth.
25 When the pestilent are scourged, the foolish will become wiser. But if you chastise the wise, he will understand discipline.
26 Whoever afflicts his father and flees from his mother is disreputable and unhappy.
27 Son, do not cease listening to doctrine, and do not be ignorant of the sermons of knowledge.
28 An unjust witness ridicules judgment. And the mouth of the impious devours iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for those who ridicule. And striking hammers are prepared for the bodies of the foolish.
26 And the king sent Nicanor, one of his principal noblemen, who was a cultivator of hostility against Israel. And he commanded him to overthrow the people.
27 And Nicanor came to Jerusalem with a great army, and he sent to Judas and his brothers words of peace, with deceitfulness,
28 saying: “Let there be no fighting between me and you. I will come with a few men, to see your faces with peace.”
29 And he came to Judas, and they greeted one another in turns, peaceably. And the enemies were prepared to abduct Judas.
30 And the plan became known to Judas, that he came to him with deceit. And so he became very afraid of him, and he was no longer willing to see his face.
31 And Nicanor knew that his plan had been exposed, and he went out to meet Judas in battle near Capharsalama.
32 And there fell of the army of Nicanor nearly five thousand men, and they fled into the city of David.
33 And after these events, Nicanor ascended to mount Zion. And some of the priests of the people went out to greet him in peace, and to show him the holocausts that were offered for the king.
34 But he mocked and despised them, and he defiled them. And he spoke arrogantly,
35 and he swore with anger, saying, “Unless Judas and his army have been delivered into my hands, when I return in peace, I will burn this house.” And he went out with great anger.
36 And the priests went in and stood before the face of the altar and the temple. And weeping, they said:
37 You, O Lord, have chosen this house so that your name may be invoked in it, so that it may be a house of prayer and supplication for your people.
38 Accomplish vindication with this man and his army, and let them fall by the sword. Remember their blasphemies, and do not allow them to continue.”
39 Then Nicanor departed from Jerusalem, and he positioned his camp near Bethhoron, and an army of Syria met him there.
40 And Judas took a position in Adasa with three thousand men. And Judas prayed, and he said:
41 O Lord, when those who were sent by king Sennacherib blasphemed against you, an angel went out and struck one hundred and eighty-five thousand of them.
42 Just so, crush this army in our sight today, and so let the others know that he has spoken evil against your sanctuary. And judge him according to his wickedness.”
43 And the armies were sent into battle together on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar. And the camp of Nicanor was crushed, and he himself was among the first slain in the battle.
44 So then, when his army saw that Nicanor had fallen, they threw away their weapons and fled.
45 And they pursued them for one day’s journey from Adasa, even until one comes into Gazara, and they sounded the trumpets after them with signals.
46 And they went forth from all of the towns all around Judea. And they herded them with the horns, and they turned back again to them, and they were all felled with the sword, and there was not so much as one of them left behind.
47 And they took their spoils like a prey, and they cut off the head of Nicanor, and his right hand, which he had extended arrogantly, and they brought it, and hung it up opposite Jerusalem.
48 And the people rejoiced exceedingly, and they spent that day in great joy.
49 And he established that this day should be kept every year, on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar.
50 And the land of Judah was quieted for a brief time.
152 I have known from the beginning concerning thy testimonies: that thou hast founded them for ever.
153 RES. See my humiliation and deliver me: for I have not forgotten the law.
154 Judge my judgment and redeem me: quicken thou me for thy word’s sake.
155 Salvation is far from sinners; because they have not sought thy justifications.
156 Many, O Lord, are thy mercies: quicken me according to thy judgment.
157 Many are they that persecute me, and afflict me; but I have not declined from thy testimonies.
158 I beheld the transgressors, and I pined away; because they kept not thy word.
1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy, a brother, to Philemon, our beloved fellow laborer,
2 and to Apphia, most beloved sister, and to Archippus, our fellow soldier, and to the church which is in your house.
3 Grace and peace to you, from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I give thanks to my God, always keeping remembrance of you in my prayers,
5 (for I am hearing of your charity and faith, which you have in the Lord Jesus and with all the saints)
6 so that the participation of your faith may become evident by the recognition of every good work which is in you in Christ Jesus.
7 For I have found great joy and consolation in your charity, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.
8 Because of this, I have enough confidence in Christ Jesus to command you concerning certain things,
9 but I beg you instead, for the sake of charity, since you are so much like Paul: an old man and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
10 I beg you, on behalf of my son, whom I have begotten in my chains, Onesimus.
11 In times past, he was useless to you, but now he is useful both to me and to you.
12 So I have sent him back to you. And may you receive him like my own heart.
13 I myself wanted to retain him with me, so that he might minister to me, on your behalf, while I am in the chains of the Gospel.
14 But I was willing to do nothing without your counsel, so as not to make use of your good deed as if out of necessity, but only willingly.
15 So perhaps, then, he departed from you for a time, so that you might receive him again for eternity,
16 no longer as a servant, but, in place of a servant, a most beloved brother, especially to me: but how much so more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord!
17 Therefore, if you hold me to be a companion, receive him as you would me.
18 But if he has harmed you in any way, or if he is in your debt, charge it to me.
19 I, Paul, have written this with my own hand: I will repay. And I need not tell you, that you are also in debt yourself, to me.
20 So it is, brother. May I delight with you in the Lord! Refresh my heart in Christ.
21 I have written to you, trusting in your obedience, knowing, too, that you will do even more than what I say.
22 But also, at once, prepare a lodging for me. For I am hoping, through your prayers, to present myself to you.
23 Greet Epaphras, my fellow captive in Christ Jesus,
24 and Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my helpers.
25 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.