1 Do not imitate evil men, nor desire to be among them.
2 For their mind meditates on robberies, and their lips speak deceptions.
3 By wisdom shall a house be built, and by prudence shall it be strengthened.
4 By doctrine, the storerooms shall be filled with every substance that is precious and most beautiful.
5 A wise man is strong, and a well-taught man is robust and valiant.
6 For war is undertaken in an orderly manner, and safety shall be where there are many counsels.
7 Wisdom is beyond the foolish; at the gate he will not open his mouth.
8 Whoever intends to do evil shall be called foolish.
9 The intention of the foolish is sin. And the detractor is an abomination among men.
10 If you despair, being weary in the day of anguish, your strength will be diminished.
11 Rescue those who are led away to death. And do not cease from delivering those who are dragged away to a violent death.
12 If you would say: “I do not have sufficient strength.” He who inspects the heart, the same one understands, and nothing slips past the one who preserves your soul. And he shall repay a man according to his works.
13 My son, eat honey, because it is good, and the honeycomb, because it is so sweet to your throat.
14 So, too, is the doctrine of wisdom to your soul. When you have found it, you will have hope in the end, and your hope shall not perish.
15 Do not lie in wait, and do not seek impiety in the house of the just, nor spoil his rest.
16 For the just one will fall seven times, and he shall rise again. But the impious will fall into evil.
17 When your enemy will fall, do not be glad, and do not let your heart exult in his ruin,
18 lest perhaps the Lord see, and it displease him, and he may take away his wrath from him.
19 Do not contend with the most wicked, and do not be a rival to the impious.
20 For the evil hold no hope in the future, and the lamp of the impious will be extinguished.
21 My son, fear the Lord, as well as the king. And do not mingle with detractors.
22 For their perdition shall up rise suddenly. And who knows what ruin will be for each of them?
23 Likewise, these things are for the wise. It is not good to base judgment on knowledge of character.
24 Those who say to the impious, “You are just,” shall be cursed by the people, and the tribes shall detest them.
25 Those who argue against the impious shall be praised, and a blessing shall come upon them.
26 He shall kiss the lips, who responds with upright words.
27 Prepare your outdoor work, and diligently cultivate your field, so that afterward, you may build your house.
28 Do not be a witness without cause against your neighbor. And do not mislead anyone with your lips.
29 Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me.” I will repay each one according to his work.
30 I passed by the field of a lazy man, and by the vineyard of a foolish man,
31 and behold, it was entirely filled with nettles, and thorns had covered its surface, and the stonewall was destroyed.
32 When I had seen this, I laid it up in my heart, and by this example, I received discipline.
33 You will sleep a little,” I said. “You will slumber briefly. You will fold your hands a little, so as to rest.
34 And destitution will overtake you like a runner, and begging will overtake you like an armed man.”
1 These, too, are parables of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transferred.
2 It is to the glory of God to conceal a word, and it is to the glory of kings to investigate speech.
3 Heaven above, and earth below, and the heart of kings are each unsearchable.
4 Take away the tarnish from silver, and a most pure vessel will go forth.
5 Take away impiety from the face of the king, and his throne shall be made firm by justice.
6 Do not appear glorious before the king, and do not stand in the place of the great.
7 For it is better that it should be said to you, “Ascend to here,” than that you should be humbled before the prince.
8 The things that your eyes have seen, do not offer hastily in a quarrel, lest afterward you may not be able to make amends, when you have dishonored your friend.
9 Argue your case with your friend, and do not reveal the secret to an outsider,
10 lest perhaps he may insult you, when he has heard it, and he might not cease to reproach you. Grace and friendship free a man; preserve these for yourself, lest you fall under reproach.
11 Whoever speaks a word at an opportune time is like apples of gold on beds of silver.
12 Whoever reproves the wise and obedient ear is like an earring of gold with a shining pearl.
13 Just like the cold of snow in a time of harvest, so also is a faithful messenger to him who sent him: he causes his soul to rest.
14 A man who boasts and does not fulfill his promises is like clouds and wind, when rain does not follow.
15 By patience, a leader shall be appeased, and a soft tongue shall break hardness.
16 You have discovered honey; eat what is sufficient for you, lest perhaps, being filled up, you may vomit it.
17 Withdraw your feet from the house of your neighbor, lest, when he has had his fill, he may hate you.
18 A man who speaks false testimony against his neighbor is like a dart and a sword and a sharp arrow.
19 Whoever sets his hopes on the unfaithful in a day of anguish is like a rotten tooth and weary foot,
20 and like one who loosens his garment in cold weather. Whoever sings verses to a wicked heart is like vinegar on baking soda. Just like a moth to a garment, and a worm to wood, so too does the sadness of a man do harm to the heart.
21 If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22 For you will gather hot coals upon his head, and the Lord will repay you.
23 The north wind brings forth the rain, and a sorrowful face brings forth a detracting tongue.
24 It is better to sit in a corner of the attic, than with an argumentative woman and in a shared house.
25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so too are good reports from a far away land.
26 The just falling down before the impious is like a fountain stirred up by feet and like a corrupted spring.
27 Just as whoever eats too much honey, it is not good for him, so also whoever is an investigator of what is majestic will be overwhelmed by glory.
28 Just like a city lying in the open and without surrounding walls, so also is a man who is unable to restrain his own spirit in speaking.
25 And Bacchides chose impious men, and he appointed them as rulers of the region.
26 And they sought out and persecuted the friends of Judas, and they led them to Bacchides, and he took vengeance on them and abused them.
27 And there occurred a great tribulation in Israel, such as had never been, since the day that there was no prophet seen in Israel.
28 And all the friends of Judas gathered together, and they said to Jonathan:
29 Since your brother Judas has fallen away, there is not a man like him to go forth against our enemies, against Bacchides and those who are the enemies of our nation.
30 And so now, we have chosen you in his place, on this day, to be our leader and commander in order to wage our wars.”
31 And so, at that time, Jonathan took upon himself the leadership, and he rose up in the place of Judas, his brother.
32 And Bacchides knew of it, and he sought to kill him.
33 And Jonathan and his brother Simon knew of this, and so did all who were with them. And they fled into the desert of Tekoa, and they settled by the water of lake Asphar.
34 And Bacchides knew of it, and on the day of the Sabbath, he himself arrived, with all his army, across the Jordan.
35 And Jonathan sent his brother, a commander of the people, to ask the Nabateans, his friends, to lend them their equipment, which was abundant.
36 And the sons of Jambri went forth from Medeba, and they captured John, and all that he had, and they went away in possession of these.
37 After these events, it was reported to Jonathan and his brother Simon that the sons of Jambri were having a great marriage celebration, and that they would be leading the bride, a daughter of one of the great leaders of Canaan, out of Medeba with great fanfare.
38 And they remembered the blood of John, their brother. And they went up and hid themselves under the cover of the mountain.
39 And they lifted up their eyes and saw. And behold, a tumult and a well-prepared multitude. And the bridegroom proceeded, with his friends and his brothers, to meet them with timbrels, and musical instruments, and many weapons.
40 And they rose up against them out of ambush, and they killed them, and there fell many wounded, and the remainder fled into the mountains, and they took all their spoils.
41 And the marriage celebration was turned into mourning, and the voice of their musical instruments into lamentation.
42 And they took revenge for the blood of their brother, and they returned to the bank of the Jordan.
43 And Bacchides heard about this, and he came on the day of the Sabbath all the way to the coast of the Jordan, with a great force.
44 And Jonathan said to his own: “Let us rise up and fight against our enemies. For it is not today, as it was yesterday, or the day before.
1 In my trouble I cried to the Lord: and he heard me.
2 O Lord, deliver my soul from wicked lips, and a deceitful tongue.
3 What shall be given to thee, or what shall be added to thee, to a deceitful tongue.
4 The sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals that lay waste.
5 Woe is me, that my sojourning is prolonged! I have dwelt with the inhabitants of cedar:
6 My soul hath been long a sojourner.
7 With them that hate peace I was peaceable: when I spoke to them they fought against me without cause.
1 For every high priest, having been taken from among men, is appointed on behalf of men toward the things which pertain to God, so that he may offer gifts and sacrifices on behalf of sins;
2 he is able to commiserate with those who are ignorant and who wander astray, because he himself is also encompassed by infirmity.
3 And because of this, he also must make such offerings for sins even for himself, in the same manner as for the people.
4 Neither does anyone take up this honor himself, but rather he who is called by God, just as Aaron was.
5 Thus, even Christ did not glorify himself, so as to become High Priest, but instead, it was God who said to him: “You are my Son. Today I have begotten you.”
6 And similarly, he says in another place: “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”
7 It is Christ who, in the days of his flesh, with a strong cry and tears, offered prayers and supplications to the One who was able to save him from death, and who was heard because of his reverence.
8 And although, certainly, he is the Son of God, he learned obedience by the things that he suffered.
9 And having reached his consummation, he was made, for all who are obedient to him, the cause of eternal salvation,
10 having been called by God to be the High Priest, according to the order of Melchizedek.
11 Our message about him is great, and difficult to explain when speaking, because you have been made feeble when listening.
12 For even though it is the time when you ought to be teachers, you are still lacking, so that you must be taught the things that are the basic elements of the Word of God, and so you have been made like those who are in need of milk, and not of solid food.
13 For anyone who is still feeding on milk is still unskillful in the Word of Justice; for he is like an infant.
14 But solid food is for those who are mature, for those who, by practice, have sharpened their mind, so as to discern good from evil.
1 Therefore, interrupting an explanation of the basics of Christ, let us consider what is more advanced, not presenting again the fundamentals of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2 of the doctrine of baptism, and also of the imposition of hands, and of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3 And we shall do this, if indeed God permits it.
4 For it is impossible for those who were once illuminated, and have even tasted of the heavenly gift, and have become sharers in the Holy Spirit,
5 who, despite having tasted the good Word of God and the virtues of the future age, have yet fallen away,
6 to be renewed again to penance, since they are crucifying again in themselves the Son of God and are still maintaining pretenses.
7 For the earth accepts a blessing from God, by drinking in the rain that often falls upon it, and by producing plants that are useful to those by whom it is cultivated.
8 But whatever brings forth thorns and briers is rejected, and is closest to what is accursed; their consummation is in combustion.
9 But from you, most beloved, we are confident that there will be things better and closer to salvation; even though we speak in this way.
10 For God is not unjust, such that he would forget your work and the love that you have shown in his name. For you have ministered, and you continue to minister, to the saints.
11 Yet we desire that each one of you display the same solicitude toward the fulfillment of hope, even unto the end,
12 so that you may not be slow to act, but instead may be imitators of those who, through faith and patience, shall inherit the promises.
13 For God, in making promises to Abraham, swore by himself, (because he had no one greater by whom he might swear),
14 saying: “Blessing, I shall bless you, and multiplying, I shall multiply you.”
15 And in this way, by enduring patiently, he secured the promise.
16 For men swear by what is greater than themselves, and an oath as confirmation is the end of all their controversy.
17 In this matter, God, wanting to reveal more thoroughly the immutability of his counsel to the heirs of the promise, interposed an oath,
18 so that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have the strongest solace: we who have fled together so as to hold fast to the hope set before us.
19 This we have as an anchor of the soul, safe and sound, which advances even to the interior of the veil,
20 to the place where the forerunner Jesus has entered on our behalf, so as to become the High Priest for eternity, according to the order of Melchizedek.