1 The impious flees, though no one pursues. But the just, like a confident lion, shall be without dread.
2 Because of the sins of the land, it has many princes. And because of the wisdom of a man, and the knowledge of those things that are said, the life of the leader shall be prolonged.
3 A poor man slandering the poor is like a violent rainstorm in advance of a famine.
4 Those who abandon the law praise the impious. Those who guard it are inflamed against him.
5 Evil men do not intend judgment. But those who inquire after the Lord turn their souls toward all things.
6 Better is the pauper walking in his simplicity, than the rich walking in ways of depravity.
7 Whoever keeps the law is a wise son. But whoever feeds gluttons brings shame to his father.
8 Whoever piles up riches by usury and profit gathers them for him who will give freely to the poor.
9 Whoever turns away his ears from listening to the law: his prayer will be detestable.
10 Whoever deceives the just in a malicious way will fall into his own perdition. And the simple shall possess his goods.
11 The rich one seems wise to himself. But the poor one, being prudent, shall evaluate him.
12 In the exultation of the just, there is great glory. When the impious reign, men are brought to ruin.
13 Whoever hides his crimes will not be guided. But whoever will have confessed and abandoned them shall overtake mercy.
14 Blessed is the man who is ever fearful. Yet truly, whoever is hardened in mind will fall into evil.
15 An impious leader over a poor people is like a roaring lion and a hungry bear.
16 A leader destitute of prudence will oppress many through false accusations. But whoever hates avarice shall prolong his days.
17 A man who slanders the blood of a life, even if he flees to the pit, no one will tolerate him.
18 Whoever walks simply shall be saved. Whoever is perverse in his steps will fall all at once.
19 Whoever works his land shall be satisfied with bread. But whoever pursues leisure will be filled with need.
20 A faithful man shall be greatly praised. But whoever rushes to become rich will not be innocent.
21 Whoever shows favoritism in judgment does not do well; even if it is for a morsel of bread, he forsakes the truth.
22 A man who hurries to become rich, and who envies others, does not know that destitution will overwhelm him.
23 Whoever corrects a man, afterward he shall find favor with him, more so than he who deceives him with a flattering tongue.
24 Whoever takes away anything from his father or mother, and who says, “This is not a sin,” is the associate of a murderer.
25 Whoever boasts and enlarges himself stirs up conflicts. Yet truly, whoever trusts in the Lord will be healed.
26 Whoever trusts in his own heart is a fool. But whoever treads wisely, the same shall be saved.
27 Whoever gives to the poor shall not be in need. Whoever despises his petition will suffer scarcity.
28 When the impious rise up, men will hide themselves. When they perish, the just shall be multiplied.
1 And in the one hundred and sixtieth year, Alexander, the son of Antiochus, who was surnamed the illustrious, came up and occupied Ptolemais, and they received him, and he reigned there.
2 And king Demetrius heard of it, and he gathered together an exceedingly great army, and he went forth to meet him in battle.
3 And Demetrius sent a letter to Jonathan, with peaceful words, to magnify him.
4 For he said, “Let us first make a peace with him, before he makes one with Alexander against us.
5 For he will remember all the evils that we have done to him, and to his brother, and to his nation.”
6 And he gave him the authority to gather together an army, and to fabricate weapons, so that he would be his associate. And the hostages who were in the stronghold, he ordered to be handed over to him.
7 And Jonathan came to Jerusalem, and he read the letters in the hearing of all the people and of those who were in the stronghold.
8 And they were struck with a great fear, because they heard that the king gave him the authority to gather together an army.
9 And the hostages were handed over to Jonathan, and he restored them to their parents.
10 And Jonathan lived in Jerusalem, and he began to rebuild and repair the city.
11 And he told those doing the work to build up the walls, and mount Zion, all around, with square stones, as a fortification. And they did so.
1 I rejoiced at the things that were said to me: We shall go into the house of the Lord.
2 Our feet were standing in thy courts, O Jerusalem.
3 Jerusalem, which is built as a city, which is compact together.
4 For thither did the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord: the testimony of Israel, to praise the name of the Lord.
5 Because their seats have sat in judgment, seats upon the house of David.
6 Pray ye for the things that are for the peace of Jerusalem: and abundance for them that love thee.
7 Let peace be in thy strength: and abundance in thy towers.
8 For the sake of my brethren, and of my neighbours, I spoke peace of thee.
9 Because of the house of the Lord our God, I have sought good things for thee.
13 For he about whom these things have been spoken is from another tribe, in which no one attends before the altar.
14 For it is evident that our Lord arose out of Judah, a tribe about which Moses said nothing concerning priests.
15 And yet it is far more evident that, according to the likeness of Melchizedek, there rises up another priest,
16 who was made, not according to the law of a carnal commandment, but according to the virtue of an indissoluble life.
17 For he testifies: “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”
18 Certainly, there is a setting aside of the former commandment, because of its weakness and lack of usefulness.
19 For the law led no one to perfection, yet truly it introduced a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
20 Moreover, it is not without an oath. For certainly, the others were made priests without an oath.
21 But this man was made a priest with an oath, by the One who said to him: “The Lord has sworn and he will not repent. You are a priest forever.”
22 By so much, Jesus has been made the sponsor of a better testament.
23 And certainly, so many of the others became priests because, due to death, they were prohibited from continuing.
24 But this man, because he continues forever, has an everlasting priesthood.
25 And for this reason, he is able, continuously, to save those who approach God through him, since he is ever alive to make intercession on our behalf.
26 For it was fitting that we should have such a High Priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, set apart from sinners, and exalted higher than the heavens.
27 And he has no need, daily, in the manner of other priests, to offer sacrifices, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people. For he has done this once, by offering himself.
28 For the law appoints men as priests, though they have infirmities. But, by the word of the oath that is after the law, the Son has been perfected for eternity.