1 But now, those younger in years scorn me, whose fathers I would not have seen fit to place with the dogs of my flock,
2 the strength of whose hands was nothing to me, and they were considered unworthy of life itself.
3 They were barren from poverty and hunger; they gnawed in solitude, layered with misfortune and misery.
4 And they chewed grass and the bark from trees, and the root of junipers was their food.
5 They took these things from the steep valleys, and when they discovered one of these things, they rushed to the others with a cry.
6 They lived in the parched desert and in caves underground or above the rocks.
7 They rejoiced among these kinds of things, and they considered it delightful to be under thorns.
8 These are the sons of foolish and base men, not even paying any attention to the land.
9 Now I become their song, and I have been made into their proverb.
10 They loathe me, and so they flee far from me, and they are not reluctant to spit in my face.
11 For he has opened his quiver and has afflicted me, and he has placed a bridle in my mouth.
12 Immediately, upon rising, my calamities rise up to the right. They have overturned my feet and have pressed me down along their way like waves.
13 They have diverted my journeys; they have waited to ambush me, and they have prevailed, and there was no one who might bring help.
14 They have rushed upon me, as when a wall is broken or a gate opened, and they have been pulled down into my miseries.
15 I have been reduced to nothing. You have taken away my desire like a wind, and my health has passed by like a cloud.
16 But now my soul withers within myself, and the days of affliction take hold of me.
17 At night, my bone is pierced with sorrows, and those who feed on me, do not sleep.
18 By the sheer number of them my clothing is worn away, and they have closed in on me like the collar of my coat.
19 I have been treated like dirt, and I have been turned into embers and ashes.
20 I cry to you, and you do not heed me. I stand up, and you do not look back at me.
21 You have changed me into hardness, and, with the hardness of your hand, you oppose me.
22 You have lifted me up, and, placing me as if on the wind, you have thrown me down powerfully.
23 I know that you will hand me over to death, where a home has been established for all the living.
24 Truly, then, you do not extend your hand in order to consume them, and if they fall down, you will save them.
25 Once, I wept over him who was afflicted, and my soul had compassion on the poor.
26 I expected good things, but evil things have come to me. I stood ready for light, yet darkness burst forth.
27 My insides have seethed, without any rest, for the days of affliction have prevented it.
28 I went forth mourning, without anger, and rising up, I cried out in confusion.
29 I was the brother of snakes, and the companion of ostriches.
30 My skin has become blackened over me, and my bones have dried up because of the heat.
31 My harp has been turned into mourning, and my pipes have been turned into a voice of weeping.
1 I reached an agreement with my eyes, that I would not so much as think about a virgin.
2 For what portion should God from above hold for me, and what inheritance should the Almighty from on high keep?
3 Is not destruction held for the wicked and repudiation kept for those who work injustice?
4 Does he not examine my ways and number all my steps?
5 If I have walked in vanity, or if my foot has hurried towards deceitfulness,
6 let him weigh me in a just balance, and let God know my simplicity.
7 If my steps have turned aside from the way, or if my heart has followed my eyes, or if a blemish has clung to my hands,
8 then may I sow, and let another consume, and let my offspring be eradicated.
9 If my heart has been deceived over a woman, or if I have waited in ambush at my friend’s door,
10 then let my wife be the harlot of another, and let other men lean over her.
11 For this is a crime and a very great injustice.
12 It is a fire devouring all the way to perdition, and it roots out all that springs forth.
13 If I have despised being subject to judgment with my servant or my maid, when they had any complaint against me,
14 then what will I do when God rises to judge, and, when he inquires, how will I respond to him?
15 Is not he who created me in the womb, also he who labored to make him? And did not one and the same form me in the womb?
16 If I have denied the poor what they wanted and have made the eyes of the widow wait;
17 if I have eaten my morsel of food alone, while orphans have not eaten from it;
18 (for from my infancy mercy grew with me, and it came out with me from my mother’s womb;)
19 if I have looked down on him who was perishing because he had no clothing and the poor without any covering,
20 if his sides have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;
21 if I have lifted up my hand over an orphan, even when it might seem to me that I the advantage over him at the gate;
22 then may my shoulder fall from its joint, and may my arm, with all its bones, be broken.
23 For I have always feared God, like waves flowing over me, whose weight I was unable to bear.
24 If I have considered gold to be my strength, or if I have called purified gold ‘my Trust;’
25 if I have rejoiced over my great success, and over the many things my hand has obtained;
26 if I gazed upon the sun when it shined and the moon advancing brightly,
27 so that my heart rejoiced in secret and I kissed my hand with my mouth,
28 which is a very great iniquity and a denial against the most high God;
29 if I have been glad at the ruin of him who hated me and have exulted that evil found him,
30 for I have not been given my throat to sin by asking for a curse on his soul;
31 if the men around my tabernacle have not said: “He might give us some of his food, so that we will be filled,”
32 for the foreigner did not remain at the door, my door was open to the traveler;
33 if, as man does, I have hidden my sin and have concealed my iniquity in my bosom;
34 if I became frightened by an excessive crowd, and the disrespect of close relatives alarmed me, so that I would much rather have remained silent or have gone out the door;
35 then, would he grant me a hearing, so that the Almighty would listen to my desire, and he who judges would himself write a book,
36 which I would then carry on my shoulder and wrap around me like a crown?
37 With each of my steps, I would pronounce and offer it, as if to a prince.
38 So, if my land cries out against me, and if its furrows weep with it,
39 if I have used its fruits for nothing but money and have afflicted the souls of its tillers,
40 then, may thistles spring forth for me instead of grain, and thorns instead of barley. (This ended the words of Job.)
49 And he ordered the holy places to be defiled, along with the holy people of Israel.
50 And he ordered altars to be built, and temples, and idols, and he ordered the immolation of the flesh of swine and of unclean cattle,
51 and that they should leave their sons uncircumcised, and defile their souls with all that is unclean, and with abominations, so that they would forget the law and would alter all the justifications of God,
52 and that whoever would not act according to the word of king Antiochus should be put to death.
53 According to all these words, he wrote to all his kingdom. And he appointed leaders over the people, who would compel them to do these things.
54 And these ordered the cities of Judah to sacrifice.
55 And many from the people, who had abandoned the law of the Lord, were gathered together by them. And they committed evils upon the land.
56 And they drove the people of Israel into hiding and into the secret places of fugitives.
57 On the fifteenth day of the month of Kislev, in the one hundred and forty-fifth year, king Antiochus set up the abominable idol of desolation on the altar of God, and they built altars throughout all the surrounding cities of Judah.
58 And they burned frankincense, and they sacrificed before the doors of houses and in the streets.
59 And they cut up the books of the law of God and destroyed them with fire.
60 And all those who were found with the books of the testament of the Lord, and whoever observed the law of the Lord, they butchered, according to the edict of the king.
61 By their power, they did these things to the people of Israel, as they were discovered in the cities, month after month.
62 And on the twenty-fifth day of the month, they sacrificed on that altar which was opposite the high altar.
63 And the women who circumcised their sons were butchered, according to the order of king Antiochus.
64 And they suspended the children by their necks in all their houses, and those who had circumcised them, they butchered.
65 And many of the people of Israel decided within themselves that they would not eat unclean things. And they chose to die, rather than to be defiled with unclean foods.
66 And they were not willing to infringe upon the holy law of God, and they were butchered.
67 And there was a very great wrath upon the people.
25 DALETH. My soul hath cleaved to the pavement: quicken thou me according to thy word.
26 I have declared my ways, and thou hast heard me: teach me thy justifications.
27 Make me to understand the way of thy justifications: and I shall be exercised in thy wondrous works.
28 My soul hath slumbered through heaviness: strengthen thou me in thy words.
29 Remove from me the way of iniquity: and out of thy law have mercy on me.
30 I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments I have not forgotten.
31 I have stuck to thy testimonies, O Lord: put me not to shame.
1 Paul and Sylvanus and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians, in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Grace and peace to you. We give thanks to God always for all of you, keeping the memory of you in our prayers without ceasing,
3 remembering your work of faith, and hardship, and charity, and enduring hope, in our Lord Jesus Christ, before God our Father.
4 For we know, brothers, beloved of God, of your election.
5 For our Gospel has not been among you in word alone, but also in virtue, and in the Holy Spirit, and with a great fullness, in the same manner as you know we have acted among you for your sake.
6 And so, you became imitators of us and of the Lord, accepting the Word in the midst of great tribulation, but with the joy of the Holy Spirit.
7 So have you become a pattern for all who believe in Macedonia and in Achaia.
8 For from you, the Word of the Lord was spread, not only in Macedonia and in Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith, which is toward God, has advanced so much so that we do not need to speak to you about anything.
9 For others are reporting among us of the kind of acceptance we had among you, and how you were converted from idols to God, to the service of the living and true God,
10 and to the expectation of his Son from heaven (whom he raised up from the dead), Jesus, who has rescued us from the approaching wrath.