1 And an Angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to the Place of Weeping, and he said: “I led you away from Egypt, and I led you into the land, about which I swore to your fathers. And I promised that I would not nullify my covenant with you, even forever:
2 but only if you would not form a pact with the inhabitants of this land. Instead, you should overturn their altars. Yet you were not willing to listen to my voice. Why have you done this?
3 For this reason, I am not willing to destroy them before your face, so that you may have enemies, and so that their gods may be your ruin.”
4 And when the Angel of the Lord spoke these words to all the sons of Israel, they lifted up their voice, and they wept.
5 And the name of that place was called, the Place of Weeping, or the Place of Tears. And they immolated victims to the Lord in that place.
6 Then Joshua dismissed the people, and the sons of Israel went away, each one to his own possession, so that they might obtain it.
7 And they served the Lord, during all his days, and during all the days of the elders, who lived for a long time after him, and who knew all the works of the Lord, which he had done for Israel.
8 Then Joshua, the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being one hundred and ten years old.
9 And they buried him in the parts of his possession at Timnath-Serah, on Mount Ephraim, before the northern side of Mount Gaash.
10 And that entire generation was gathered to their fathers. And there rose up others, who had not known the Lord and the works that he had done for Israel.
11 And the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and they served the Baals.
12 And they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had led them away from the land of Egypt. And they followed foreign gods and the gods of the peoples who were living around them, and they adored them. And they provoked the Lord to wrath,
13 forsaking him, and serving Baal and Ashtaroth.
14 And the Lord, having become angry against Israel, delivered them into the hands of plunderers, who seized them and sold them to the enemies that were living on all sides. Neither were they able to withstand their adversaries.
15 Instead, wherever they wanted to go, the hand of the Lord was upon them, just as he said and just as he swore to them. And they were greatly afflicted.
16 And the Lord raised up judges, who would free them from the hands of their oppressors. But they were not willing to listen to them.
17 Fornicating with foreign gods and adoring them, they quickly deserted the way along which their fathers had advanced. And having heard the commandments of the Lord, they did all things to the contrary.
18 And while the Lord was raising up the judges, in their days, he was moved to mercy, and he listened to the groaning of the afflicted, and he freed them from the slaughter of their oppressors.
19 But after a judge had died, they turned back, and they were doing much worse things than their fathers had done, following strange gods, serving them, and adoring them. They did not abandon their pursuits and their very stubborn way, by which they were accustomed to walk.
20 And the fury of the Lord was enraged against Israel, and he said: “For this people has made void my covenant, which I had formed with their fathers, and they have despised listening to my voice.
21 And so, I will not destroy the nations that Joshua left behind when he died,
22 so that, by them, I may test Israel, as to whether or not they will keep the way of the Lord, and walk in it, just as their fathers kept it.”
23 Therefore, the Lord left all these nations, and he was not willing to quickly overthrow them, nor did he deliver them into the hands of Joshua.
1 These are the nations which the Lord left, so that by them he might instruct Israel and all who had not known the wars of the Canaanites,
2 so that afterward their sons might learn to contend with their enemies, and to have a willingness to do battle:
3 the five princes of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites who were living on Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal-Hermon as far as the entrance to Hamath.
4 And he left them, so that by them he might test Israel, as to whether or not they would listen to the commandments of the Lord, which he instructed to their fathers by the hand of Moses.
5 And so, the sons of Israel lived in the midst of the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Amorite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite.
6 And they took their daughters as wives, and they gave their own daughters to their sons, and they served their gods.
7 And they did evil in the sight of the Lord, and they forgot their God, while serving the Baals and Ashtaroth.
8 And the Lord, having become angry with Israel, delivered them into the hands of Cushan-Rishathaim, the king of Mesopotamia, and they served him for eight years.
9 And they cried out to the Lord, who raised up for them a savior, and he freed them, namely, Othniel, the son of Kenaz, a younger brother of Caleb.
10 And the Spirit of the Lord was in him, and he judged Israel. And he went out to fight, and the Lord delivered Cushan-Rishathaim, the king of Syria, and he overwhelmed him.
11 And the land was quiet for forty years. And Othniel, the son of Kenaz, died.
12 Then the sons of Israel resumed doing evil in the sight of the Lord, who strengthened Eglon, the king of Moab, against them because they did evil in his sight.
13 And he joined to him the sons of Ammon and the sons of Amalek. And he went forth and struck Israel, and he possessed the City of Palms.
14 And the sons of Israel served Eglon, the king of Moab, for eighteen years.
15 And afterward, they cried out to the Lord, who raised up for them a savior, called Ehud, the son of Gera, the son of Benjamin, who used either hand as well as the right hand. And the sons of Israel sent gifts to Eglon, the king of Moab, by him.
16 And he made for himself a two-edged sword, having a handle, reaching to the middle, the length of the palm of a hand. And he was girded with it under his cloak, on the right thigh.
17 And he offered the gifts to Eglon, the king of Moab. Now Eglon was exceedingly fat.
18 And when he had presented the gifts to him, he followed out his companions, who had arrived with him.
19 And then, returning from Gilgal where the idols were, he said to the king, “I have a secret word for you, O king.” And he ordered silence. And when all those who were around him had departed,
20 Ehud entered to him. Now he was sitting alone in a summer upper room. And he said, “I have a word from God to you.” And immediately he rose up from his throne.
21 And Ehud extended his left hand, and he took the dagger from his right thigh. And he thrust it into his abdomen
22 so strongly that the handle followed the blade into the wound, and was enclosed by the great amount of fat. Neither did he withdraw the sword. Instead, he left it in the body just as he had struck with it. And immediately, by the private parts of nature, the filth of the bowels went out.
23 Then Ehud carefully closed the doors of the upper room. And securing the bars,
24 he departed by a back exit. And the servants of the king, entering, saw that the doors of the upper room were closed, and they said, “Perhaps he is emptying his bowels in the summer room.”
25 And after waiting a long time, until they were embarrassed, and seeing that no one opened the door, they took the key, and opening it, they found their lord lying dead on the ground.
26 But Ehud, while they were in confusion, escaped and passed by the place of the idols, from which he had returned. And he arrived at Seirath.
27 And immediately he sounded the trumpet on Mount Ephraim. And the sons of Israel descended with him, he himself advancing at the front.
28 And he said to them: “Follow me. For the Lord has delivered our enemies, the Moabites, into our hands.” And they descended after him, and they occupied the fords of the Jordan, which cross over to Moab. And they did not permit anyone to cross.
29 And so, they struck down the Moabites at that time, about ten thousand, all strong and robust men. None of them were able to escape.
30 And Moab was humbled in that day under the hand of Israel. And the land was quiet for eighty years.
31 After him, there was Shamgar, the son of Anath, who struck down six hundred men of the Philistines with a plowshare. And he also defended Israel.
21 ZAIN. These recollections are in my heart; therefore, I shall hope.
22 HETH. By the mercies of the Lord, we are not consumed. For his compassion has not passed away.
23 HETH. I know it at first light; great is your faithfulness.
24 HETH. “The Lord is my portion,” said my soul. Because of this, I will wait for him.
25 TETH. The Lord is good to those who hope in him, to the soul that seeks him.
26 TETH. It is good to stand ready in silence for the salvation of God.
27 TETH. It is good for a man, when he has carried the yoke from his youth.
28 JOD. He shall sit solitary and silent. For he has lifted it upon himself.
29 JOD. He shall place his mouth in the dirt, if perhaps there may be hope.
30 JOD. He shall give his cheek to those who strike him; he shall be saturated with reproaches.
31 CAPH. For the Lord will not rebuke forever.
32 CAPH. For, if he has cast down, he will also have compassion, according to the multitude of his mercies.
33 CAPH. For he has not humiliated from his heart, nor has he thrown aside the sons of men,
34 LAMED. as if to crush under his feet all the prisoners of the land,
35 LAMED. as if to turn aside the judgment of a man in the sight of the presence of the Most High,
36 LAMED. as if to pervert a man in his judgment: the Lord does not do this.
37 MEM. Who is this, who said to do what the Lord did not command?
38 MEM. Does not both misfortune and good proceed from the mouth of the Most High?
39 MEM. Why has a living man murmured, a man suffering for his sins?
40 NUN. Let us examine our ways, and seek out, and return to the Lord.
9 Trust in him, all ye congregation of people: pour out your hearts before him. God is our helper for ever.
10 But vain are the sons of men, the sons of men are liars in the balances: that by vanity they may together deceive.
11 Trust not in iniquity, and cover not robberies: if riches abound, set not your heart upon them.
12 God hath spoken once, these two things have I heard, that power belongeth to God,
13 And mercy to thee, O Lord; for thou wilt render to every man according to his works.
1 And on the third day, a wedding was held in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.
2 Now Jesus was also invited to the wedding, with his disciples.
3 And when the wine was failing, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”
4 And Jesus said to her: “What is that to me and to you, woman? My hour has not yet arrived.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Now in that place, there were six stone water jars, for the purification ritual of the Jews, containing two or three measures each.
7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the water jars with water.” And they filled them to the very top.
8 And Jesus said to them, “Now draw from it, and carry it to the chief steward of the feast.” And they took it to him.
9 Then, when the chief steward had tasted the water made into wine, since he did not know where it was from, for only the servants who had drawn the water knew, the chief steward called the groom,
10 and he said to him: “Every man offers the good wine first, and then, when they have become inebriated, he offers what is worse. But you have kept the good wine until now.”
11 This was the beginning of the signs that Jesus accomplished in Cana of Galilee, and it manifested his glory, and his disciples believed in him.
12 After this, he descended to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, but they did not remain there for many days.
13 And the Passover of the Jews was near, and so Jesus ascended to Jerusalem.
14 And he found, sitting in the temple, sellers of oxen and sheep and doves, and the moneychangers.