Baruch

Baruch 1

1 Et hæc verba libri quæ scripsit Baruch filius Neriæ, filii Maasiæ, filii Sedeciæ, filii Sedei, filii Helciæ, in Babylonia, And these are the words of the book, which Baruch the son of Nerias, the son of Maasias, the son of Sedecias, the son of Sedei, the son of Helcias, wrote in Babylonia.
2 in anno quinto, in septimo die mensis, in tempore quo ceperunt Chaldæi Jerusalem, et succenderunt eam igni. In the fifth year, in the seventh day of the month, at the time that the Chaldeans took Jerusalem, and burnt it with fire.
3 Et legit Baruch verba libri hujus ad aures Jechoniæ filii Joakim regis Juda, et ad aures universi populi venientis ad librum, And Baruch read the words of this book in the hearing of Jechonias the son of Joakim king of Juda, and in the hearing of all the people that came to hear the book.
4 et ad aures potentium, filiorum regum, et ad aures presbyterorum, et ad aures populi, a minimo usque ad maximum eorum, omnium habitantium in Babylonia, ad flumen Sodi. And in the hearing of the nobles, the sons of the kings, and in the hearing of the ancients, and in the hearing of the people, from the least even to the greatest of them that dwelt in Babylonia, by the river Sedi.
5 Qui audientes plorabant, et jejunabant, et orabant in conspectu Domini. And when they heard it they wept, and fasted, and prayed before the Lord.
6 Et collegerunt pecuniam, secundum quod potuit uniuscujusque manus, And they made a collection of money, according to every man’s power.
7 et miserunt in Jerusalem ad Joakim filium Helciæ filii Salom sacerdotem, et ad sacerdotes, et ad omnem populum qui inventi sunt cum eo in Jerusalem : And they sent it to Jerusulem to Joakim the priest, the son of Helcias, the son of Salom, and to the priests, and to all the people, that were found with him in Jerusalem:
8 cum acciperet vasa templi Domini, quæ ablata fuerant de templo, revocare in terram Juda, decima die mensis Sivan, vasa argentea quæ fecit Sedecias filius Josiæ rex Juda, At the time when he received the vessels of the temple of the Lord, which had been taken away out of the temple, to return them into the land of Juda the tenth day of the month Sivan, the silver vessels, which Sedecias the son of Josias king of Juda had made,
9 posteaquam cepisset Nabuchodonosor rex Babylonis Jechoniam, et principes, et cunctos potentes, et populum terræ, ab Jerusalem, et duxit eos vinctos in Babylonem. After that Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon had carried away Jechonias, and the princes, and all the powerful men, and the people of the land from Jerusalem, and brought them bound to Babylon.
10 Et dixerunt : Ecce misimus ad vos pecunias, de quibus emite holocautomata et thus : et facite manna, et offerte pro peccato, ad aram Domini Dei nostri : And they said: Behold we have sent you money, buy with it holocausts, and frankincense, and make meat offerings, and offerings for sin at the altar of the Lord our God:
11 et orate pro vita Nabuchodonosor regis Babylonis, et pro vita Baltassar filii ejus, ut sint dies eorum sicut dies cæli super terram : And pray ye for the life of Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon, and for the life of Balthasar his son, that their days may be upon earth as the days of heaven:
12 et ut det Dominus virtutem nobis, et illuminet oculos nostros, ut vivamus sub umbra Nabuchodonosor regis Babylonis, et sub umbra Baltassar filii ejus, et serviamus eis multis diebus, et inveniamus gratiam in conspectu eorum. And that the Lord may give us strength, and enlighten our eyes, that we may live under the shadow of Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon, and under the shadow of Balthasar his son, and may serve them many days, and may find favour in their sight.
13 Et pro nobis ipsis orate ad Dominum Deum nostrum, quia peccavimus Domino Deo nostro, et non est aversus furor ejus a nobis usque in hunc diem. And pray ye for us to the Lord our God: for we have sinned against the Lord our God, and his wrath is not turned away from us even to this day.
14 Et legite librum istum quem misimus ad vos recitari in templo Domini, in die solemni et in die opportuno : And read ye this book, which we have sent to you to be read in the temple of the Lord, on feasts, and proper days.
15 et dicetis : Domino Deo nostro justitia, nobis autem confusio faciei nostræ, sicut est dies hæc omni Juda, et habitantibus in Jerusalem : And you shall say: To the Lord our God belongeth justice, but to us confusion of our face: as it is come to pass at this day to all Juda, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
16 regibus nostris, et principibus nostris, et sacerdotibus nostris, et prophetis nostris, et patribus nostris. To our kings, and to our princes, and to our priests, and to our prophets, and to our fathers.
17 Peccavimus ante Dominum Deum nostrum, et non credidimus, diffidentes in eum : We have sinned before the Lord our God, and have not believed him, nor put our trust in him:
18 et non fuimus subjectibiles illi, et non audivimus vocem Domini Dei nostri, ut ambularemus in mandatis ejus, quæ dedit nobis. And we were not obedient to him, and we have not harkened to the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his commandments, which he hath given us.
19 A die qua eduxit patres nostros de terra Ægypti, usque ad diem hanc, eramus incredibiles ad Dominum Deum nostrum : et dissipati recessimus, ne audiremus vocem ipsius : From the day that he brought our fathers out of the land of Egypt, even to this day, we were disobedient to the Lord our God: and going astray we turned away from hearing his voice.
20 et adhæserunt nobis multa mala et maledictiones quæ constituit Dominus Moysi servo suo, qui eduxit patres nostros de terra Ægypti, dare nobis terram fluentem lac et mel, sicut hodierna die. And many evils have cleaved to us, and the curses which the Lord foretold by Moses his servant: who brought our fathers out of the land of Egypt, to give us a land flowing with milk and honey, as at this day.
21 Et non audivimus vocem Domini Dei nostri, secundum omnia verba prophetarum quos misit ad nos : And we have not hearkened to the voice of the Lord our God according to all the words of the prophets whom he sent to us:
22 et abivimus unusquisque in sensum cordis nostri maligni, operari diis alienis, facientes mala ante oculos Domini Dei nostri. And we have gone away every man after the inclinations of his own wicked heart, to serve strange gods, and to do evil in the sight of the Lord our God.

Baruch 2

1 Propter quod statuit Dominus Deus noster verbum suum, quod locutus est ad nos, et ad judices nostros qui judicaverunt Israël, et ad reges nostros, et ad principes nostros, et ad omnem Israël et Juda : Wherefore the Lord our God hath made good his word, that he spoke to us, and to our judges that have judged Israel, and to our kings, and to our princes, and to all Israel and Juda:
2 ut adduceret Dominus super nos mala magna, quæ non sunt facta sub cælo quemadmodum facta sunt in Jerusalem, secundum quæ scripta sunt in lege Moysi, That the Lord would bring upon us great evils, such as never happened under heaven, as they have come to pass in Jerusalem, according to the things that are written in the law of Moses:
3 et manducaret homo carnes filii sui et carnes filiæ suæ. That a man should eat the flesh of his own son, and the flesh of his own daughter.
4 Et dedit eos sub manu regum omnium qui sunt in circuitu nostro, in improperium et in desolationem in omnibus populis in quibus nos dispersit Dominus : And he hath delivered them up to be under the hand of all the kings that are round about us, to be a reproach, and desolation among all the people, among whom the Lord hath scattered us.
5 et facti sumus subtus, et non supra, quia peccavimus Domino Deo nostro, non obaudiendo voci ipsius. And we are brought under, and are not uppermost: because we have sinned against the Lord our God, by not obeying his voice.
6 Domino Deo nostro justitia, nobis autem et patribus nostris confusio faciei, sicut est dies hæc : To the Lord our God belongeth justice: but to us, and to our fathers confusion of face, as at this day.
7 quia locutus est Dominus super nos omnia mala hæc quæ venerunt super nos : For the Lord hath pronounced against us all these evils that are come upon us:
8 et non sumus deprecati faciem Domini Dei nostri, ut reverteremur unusquisque nostrum a viis nostris pessimis. And we have not entreated the face of the Lord our God, that we might return every one of us from our most wicked ways.
9 Et vigilavit Dominus in malis, et adduxit ea super nos : quia justus est Dominus in omnibus operibus suis quæ mandavit nobis, And the Lord hath watched over us for evil, and hath brought it upon us: for the Lord is just in all his works which he hath commanded us:
10 et non audivimus vocem ipsius ut iremus in præceptis Domini, quæ dedit ante faciem nostram. And we have not hearkened to his voice to walk in the commandments of the Lord which he hath set before us.
11 Et nunc, Domine Deus Israël, qui eduxisti populum tuum de terra Ægypti in manu valida, et in signis, et in prodigiis, et in virtute tua magna, et in brachio excelso, et fecisti tibi nomen sicut est dies iste : And now, O Lord God of Israel, who hast brought thy people out of the land of Egypt with a strong hand, and with signs, and with wonders, and with thy great power, and with a mighty arm, and hast made thee a name as at this day,
12 peccavimus, impie egimus, inique gessimus, Domine Deus noster, in omnibus justitiis tuis. We have sinned, we have done wickedly, we have acted unjustly, O Lord our God, against all thy justices.
13 Avertatur ira tua a nobis, quia derelicti sumus pauci inter gentes ubi dispersisti nos. Let thy wrath be turned away from us: for we are left a few among the nations where thou hast scattered us.
14 Exaudi, Domine, preces nostras et orationes nostras, et educ nos propter te, et da nobis invenire gratiam ante faciem eorum qui nos abduxerunt : Hear, O Lord, our prayers, and our petitions, and deliver us for thy own sake: and grant that we may find favour in the sight of them that have led us away:
15 ut sciat omnis terra quia tu es Dominus Deus noster, et quia nomen tuum invocatum est super Israël, et super genus ipsius. That all the earth may know that thou art the Lord our God, and that thy name is called upon Israel, and upon his posterity.
16 Respice, Domine, de domo sancta tua in nos, et inclina aurem tuam, et exaudi nos. Look down upon us, O Lord, from thy holy house, and incline thy ear, and hear us.
17 Aperi oculos tuos et vide : quia non mortui qui sunt in inferno, quorum spiritus acceptus est a visceribus suis, dabunt honorem et justificationem Domino : Open thy eyes, and behold: for the dead that are in hell, whose spirit is taken away from their bowels, shall not give glory and justice to the Lord:
18 sed anima quæ tristis est super magnitudine mali, et incedit curva et infirma, et oculi deficientes, et anima esuriens, dat tibi gloriam et justitiam Domino. But the soul that is sorrowful for the greatness of evil she hath done, and goeth bowed down, and feeble, and the eyes that fail, and the hungry soul giveth glory and justice to thee the Lord.
19 Quia non secundum justitias patrum nostrorum nos fundimus preces et petimus misericordiam ante conspectum tuum, Domine Deus noster : For it is not for the justices of our fathers that we pour out our prayers, and beg mercy in thy sight, O Lord our God:
20 sed quia misisti iram tuam et furorem tuum super nos, sicut locutus es in manu puerorum tuorum prophetarum, dicens : But because thou hast sent out thy wrath, and thy indignation upon us, as thou hast spoken by the hand of thy servants the prophets, saying:
21 Sic dicit Dominus : Inclinate humerum vestrum et cervicem vestram, et opera facite regi Babylonis, et sedebitis in terra quam dedi patribus vestris. Thus saith the Lord: Bow down your shoulder, and your neck, and serve the king of Babylon: and you shall remain in the land which I have given to your fathers.
22 Quod si non audieritis vocem Domini Dei vestri, operari regi Babyloniæ, defectionem vestram faciam de civitatibus Juda, et a foris Jerusalem, But if you will not hearken to the voice of the Lord your God, to serve the king of Babylon: I will cause you to depart out of the cities of Juda, and from without Jerusalem.
23 et auferam a vobis vocem jucunditatis et vocem gaudii, et vocem sponsi et vocem sponsæ, et erit omnis terra sine vestigio ab inhabitantibus eam. And I will take away from you the voice of mirth, and the voice of joy, and the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, and all the land shall be without any footstep of inhabitants.
24 Et non audierunt vocem tuam, ut operarentur regi Babylonis : et statuisti verba tua, quæ locutus es in manibus puerorum tuorum prophetarum, ut transferrentur ossa regum nostrorum et ossa patrum nostrorum de loco suo : And they hearkened not to thy voice, to serve the king of Babylon: and thou hast made good thy words, which thou spokest by the hands of thy servants the prophets, that the bones of our kings, and the bones of our fathers should be removed out of their place:
25 et ecce projecta sunt in calore solis et in gelu noctis, et mortui sunt in doloribus pessimis, in fame et in gladio, et in emissione. And behold they are cast out to the heat of the sun, and to the frost of the night: and they have died in grievous pains, by famine, and by the sword, and in banishment.
26 Et posuisti templum in quo invocatum est nomen tuum in ipso sicut hæc dies, propter iniquitatem domus Israël et domus Juda. And thou hast made the temple, in which thy name was called upon, as it is at this day, for the iniquity of the house of Israel, and the house of Juda.
27 Et fecisti in nobis, Domine Deus noster, secundum omnem bonitatem tuam et secundum omnem miserationem tuam illam magnam : And thou hast dealt with us, O Lord our God, according to all thy goodness, and according to all that great mercy of thine:
28 sicut locutus es in manu pueri tui Moysi, in die qua præcepisti ei scribere legem tuam coram filiis Israël, As thou spokest by the hand of thy servant Moses, in the day when thou didst command him to write thy law before the children of Israel,
29 dicens : Si non audieritis vocem meam, multitudo hæc magna convertetur in minimam inter gentes, quo ego eos dispergam : Saying: If you will not hear my voice, this great multitude shall be turned into a very small number among the nations, where I will scatter them:
30 quia scio quod me non audiet populus : populus est enim dura cervice. Et convertetur ad cor suum in terra captivitatis suæ, For I know that the people will not hear me, for they are a people of a stiff neck: but they shall turn to their heart in the land of their captivity:
31 et scient quia ego sum Dominus Deus eorum : et dabo eis cor, et intelligent ; aures, et audient : And they shall know that I am the Lord their God: and I will give them a heart, and they shall understand: and ears, and they shall hear.
32 et laudabunt me in terra captivitatis suæ, et memores erunt nominis mei, And they shall praise me in the land of their captivity, and shall be mindful of my name.
33 et avertent se a dorso suo duro, et a malignitatibus suis : quia reminiscentur viam patrum suorum, qui peccaverunt in me. And they shall turn away themselves from their stiff neck, and from their wicked deeds: for they shall remember the way of their fathers, that sinned against me.
34 Et revocabo illos in terram quam juravi patribus eorum, Abraham, Isaac, et Jacob : et dominabuntur ejus, et multiplicabo eos, et non minorabuntur : And I will bring them back again into the land which I promised with an oath to their fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and they shall be masters thereof: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be diminished.
35 et statuam illis testamentum alterum sempiternum, ut sim illis in Deum, et ipsi erunt mihi in populum : et non movebo amplius populum meum, filios Israël, a terra quam dedi illis. And I will make with them another covenant that shall be everlasting, to be their God, and they shall be my people: and I will no more remove my people, the children of Israel, out of the land that I have given them.

Baruch 3

1 Et nunc, Domine omnipotens, Deus Israël, anima in angustiis, et spiritus anxius clamat ad te. And now, O Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, the soul in anguish, and the troubled spirit crieth to thee:
2 Audi, Domine, et miserere, quia Deus es misericors : et miserere nostri, quia peccavimus ante te : Hear, O Lord, and have mercy, for thou art a merciful God, and have pity on us: for we have sinned before thee.
3 quia tu sedes in sempiternum, et nos, peribimus in ævum ? For thou remainest for ever, and shall we perish everlastingly?
4 Domine omnipotens, Deus Israël, audi nunc orationem mortuorum Israël, et filiorum ipsorum qui peccaverunt ante te, et non audierunt vocem Domini Dei sui, et agglutinata sunt nobis mala. O Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, hear now the prayer of the dead of Israel, and of their children, that have sinned before thee, and have not hearkened to the voice of the Lord their God, wherefore evils have cleaved fast to us.
5 Noli meminisse iniquitatum patrum nostrorum, sed memento manus tuæ et nominis tui in tempore isto : Remember not the iniquities of our fathers, but think upon thy hand, and upon thy name at this time:
6 quia tu es Dominus Deus noster, et laudabimus te, Domine : For thou art the Lord our God, and we will praise thee, O Lord:
7 quia propter hoc dedisti timorem tuum in cordibus nostris, et ut invocemus nomen tuum, et laudemus te in captivitate nostra, quia convertimur ab iniquitate patrum nostrorum, qui peccaverunt ante te. Because for this end thou hast put thy fear in our hearts, to the intent that we should call upon thy name, and praise thee in our captivity, for we are converted from the iniquity of our fathers, who sinned before thee.
8 Et ecce nos in captivitate nostra sumus hodie, qua nos dispersisiti in improperium, et in maledictum, et in peccatum, secundum omnes iniquitates patrum nostrorum, qui recesserunt a te, Domine Deus noster. And behold we are at this day in our captivity, whereby thou hast scattered us to be a reproach, and a curse, and an offence, according to all the iniquities of our fathers, who departed from thee, O Lord our God.
9 Audi, Israël, mandata vitæ : auribus percipe, ut scias prudentiam. Hear, O Israel, the commandments of life: give ear, that thou mayst learn wisdom.
10 Quid est, Israël, quod in terra inimicorum es, How happeneth it, O Israel, that thou art in thy enemies’ land?
11 inveterasti in terra aliena, coinquinatus es cum mortuis, deputatus es cum descendentibus in infernum ? Thou art grown old in a strange country, thou art defiled with the dead: thou art counted with them that go down into hell.
12 Dereliquisti fontem sapientiæ : Thou hast forsaken the fountain of wisdom :
13 nam si in via Dei ambulasses, habitasses utique in pace sempiterna. For if thou hadst walked in the way of God, thou hadst surely dwelt in peace for ever.
14 Disce ubi sit prudentia, ubi sit virtus, ubi sit intellectus, ut scias simul ubi sit longiturnitas vitæ et victus, ubi sit lumen oculorum, et pax. Learn where is wisdom, where is strength, where is understanding: that thou mayst know also where is length of days and life, where is the light of the eyes, and peace.
15 Quis invenit locum ejus ? et quis intravit in thesauros ejus ? Who hath found out her place? and who hath gone in to her treasures?
16 Ubi sunt principes gentium, et qui dominantur super bestias quæ sunt super terram ? Where are the princes of the nations, and they that rule over the beasts that are upon the earth?
17 qui in avibus cæli ludunt, That take their diversion with the birds of the air.
18 qui argentum thesaurizant, et aurum, in quo confidunt homines, et non est finis acquisitionis eorum ? qui argentum fabricant, et solliciti sunt, nec est inventio operum illorum ? That hoard up silver and gold, wherein men trust, and there is no end of their getting? who work in silver and are solicitous, and their works are unsearchable.
19 Exterminati sunt, et ad inferos descenderunt, et alii loco eorum surrexerunt. They are cut off, and are gone down to hell, and others are risen up in their place.
20 Juvenes viderunt lumen, et habitaverunt super terram, viam autem disciplinæ ignoraverunt, Young men have seen the light, and dwelt upon the earth: but the way of knowledge they have not known,
21 neque intellexerunt semitas ejus, neque filii eorum susceperunt eam : a facie ipsorum longe facta est ; Nor have they understood the paths thereof, neither have their children received it, it is far from their face.
22 non est audita in terra Chanaan, neque visa est in Theman. It hath not been heard of in the land of Chanaan, neither hath it been seen in Theman.
23 Filii quoque Agar, qui exquirunt prudentiam quæ de terra est, negotiatores Merrhæ et Theman, et fabulatores, et exquisitores prudentiæ et intelligentiæ : viam autem sapientiæ nescierunt, neque commemorati sunt semitas ejus. The children of Agar also, that search after the wisdom that is of the earth, the merchants of Merrha, and of Theman, and the tellers of fables, and searchers of prudence and understanding: but the way of wisdom they have not known, neither have they remembered her paths.
24 O Israël, quam magna est domus Dei, et ingens locus possessionis ejus ! O Israel, how great is the house of God, and how vast is the place of his possession!
25 magnus est, et non habet finem : excelsus, et immensus. It is great, and hath no end: it is high and immense.
26 Ibi fuerunt gigantes nominati illi, qui ab initio fuerunt, statura magna, scientes bellum. There were the giants, those renowned men that were from the beginning, of great stature, expert in war.
27 Non hos elegit Dominus, neque viam disciplinæ invenerunt : propterea perierunt, The Lord chose not them, neither did they find the way of knowledge: therefore did they perish.
28 et quoniam non habuerunt sapientiam, interierunt propter suam insipientiam. And because they had not wisdom, they perished through their folly.
29 Quis ascendit in cælum, et accepit eam, et eduxit eam de nubibus ? Who hath gone up into heaven, and taken her, and brought her down from the clouds?
30 Quis transfretavit mare, et invenit illam, et attulit illam super aurum electum ? Who hath passed over the sea, and found her, and brought her preferably to chosen gold?
31 Non est qui possit scire vias ejus, neque qui exquirat semitas ejus : There is none that is able to know her ways, nor that can search out her paths :
32 sed qui scit universa novit eam, et adinvenit eam prudentia sua qui præparavit terram in æterno tempore : et replevit eam pecudibus et quadrupedibus But he that knoweth all things, knoweth her, and hath found her out with his understanding: he that prepared the earth for evermore, and filled it with cattle and fourfooted beasts:
33 qui emittit lumen, et vadit, et vocavit illud, et obedit illi in tremore. He that sendeth forth light, and it goeth: and hath called it, and it obeyeth him with trembling.
34 Stellæ autem dederunt lumen in custodiis suis, et lætatæ sunt : And the stars have given light in their watches, and rejoiced:
35 vocatæ sunt, et dixerunt : Adsumus, et luxerunt ei cum jucunditate, qui fecit illas. They were called, and they said: Here we are: and with cheerfuIness they have shined forth to him that made them.
36 Hic est Deus noster, et non æstimabitur alius adversus eum. This is our God, and there shall no other be accounted of in comparison of him.
37 Hic adinvenit omnem viam disciplinæ, et tradidit illam Jacob puero suo, et Israël dilecto suo. He found out all the way of knowledge, and gave it to Jacob his servant, and to Israel his beloved.
38 Post hæc in terris visus est, et cum hominibus conversatus est. Afterwards he was seen upon earth, and conversed with men.

Baruch 4

1 Hic liber mandatorum Dei, et lex quæ est in æternum : omnes qui tenent eam pervenient ad vitam : qui autem dereliquerunt eam, in mortem. This is the book of the commandments of God, and the law, that is for ever: all they that keep it, shall come to life: but they that have forsaken it, to death.
2 Convertere, Jacob, et apprehende eam : ambula per viam ad splendorem ejus contra lumen ejus. Return, O Jacob, and take hold of it, walk in the way by its brightness, in the presence of the light thereof.
3 Ne tradas alteri gloriam tuam, et dignitatem tuam genti alienæ. Give not thy honour to another, nor thy dignity to a strange nation.
4 Beati sumus, Israël, quia quæ Deo placent manifesta sunt nobis. We are happy, O Israel: because the things that are pleasing to God, are made known to us.
5 Animæquior esto, populus Dei, memorabilis Israël : Be of good comfort, O people of God, the memorial of Israel:
6 venundati estis gentibus non in perditionem : sed propter quod in ira ad iracundiam provocastis Deum, traditi estis adversariis. You have been sold to the Gentiles, not for your destruction: but because you provoked God to wrath, you are delivered to your adversaries.
7 Exacerbastis enim eum qui fecit vos, Deum æternum, immolantes dæmoniis, et non Deo. For you have provoked him who made you, the eternal God, offering sacrifice to devils, and not to God.
8 Obliti enim estis Deum qui nutrivit vos, et contristastis nutricem vestram Jerusalem. For you have forgotten God, who brought you up, and you have grieved Jerusalem that nursed you.
9 Vidit enim iracundiam a Deo venientem vobis, et dixit : Audite, confines Sion : adduxit enim mihi Deus luctum magnum. For she saw the wrath of God coming upon you, and she said: Give ear, all you that dwell near Sion, for God hath brought upon me great mourning:
10 Vidi enim captivitatem populi mei, filiorum meorum et filiarum, quam superduxit illis Æternus. For I have seen the captivity of my people, of my sons, and my daughters, which the Eternal hath brought upon them.
11 Nutrivi enim illos cum jucunditate ; dimisi autem illos cum fletu et luctu. For I nourished them with joy: but I sent them away with weeping and mourning.
12 Nemo gaudeat super me viduam et desolatam : a multis derelicta sum propter peccata filiorum meorum, quia declinaverunt a lege Dei. Let no man rejoice over me, a widow, and desolate: I am forsaken of many for the sins of my children, because they departed from the law of God.
13 Justitias autem ipsius nescierunt, nec ambulaverunt per vias mandatorum Dei, neque per semitas veritatis ejus cum justitia ingressi sunt. And they have not known his justices, nor walked by the ways of God’s commandments, neither have they entered by the paths of his truth and justice.
14 Veniant confines Sion, et memorentur captivitatem filiorum et filiarum mearum, quam superduxit illis Æternus. Let them that dwell about Sion come, and remember the captivity of my sons and daughters, which the Eternal hath brought upon them.
15 Adduxit enim super illos gentem de longinquo, gentem improbam, et alterius linguæ, For he hath brought a nation upon them from afar, a wicked nation, and of a strange tongue:
16 qui non sunt reveriti senem, neque puerorum miserti sunt, et abduxerunt dilectos viduæ, et a filiis unicam desolaverunt. Who have neither reverenced the ancient, nor pitied children, and have carried away the beloved of the widow, and have left me all alone without children.
17 Ego autem, quid possum adjuvare vos ? But as for me, what help can I give you?
18 qui enim adduxit super vos mala, ipse vos eripiet de manibus inimicorum vestrorum. But he that hath brought the evils upon you, he will deliver you out of the hands of your enemies.
19 Ambulate, filii, ambulate : ego enim derelicta sum sola. Go your way, my children, go your way: for I am left alone.
20 Exui me stola pacis, indui autem me sacco obsecrationis, et clamabo ad Altissimum in diebus meis. I have put off the robe of peace, and have put upon me the sackcloth of supplication, and I will cry to the most High in my days.
21 Animæquiores estote, filii ; clamate ad Dominum, et eripiet vos de manu principum inimicorum. Be of good comfort, my children, cry to the Lord, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the princes your enemies.
22 Ego enim speravi in æternum salutem vestram, et venit mihi gaudium a Sancto, super misericordia quæ veniet vobis ab æterno salutari nostro. For my hope is in the Eternal that he will save you: and joy is come upon me from the Holy One, because of the mercy which shall come to you from our everlasting Saviour.
23 Emisi enim vos cum luctu et ploratu : reducet autem vos mihi Dominus cum gaudio et jucunditate in sempiternum. For I sent you forth with mourning and weeping: but the Lord will bring you back to me with joy and gladness for ever.
24 Sicut enim viderunt vicinæ Sion captivitatem vestram a Deo, sic videbunt et in celeritate salutem vestram a Deo, quæ superveniet vobis cum honore magno et splendore æterno. For as the neighbours of Sion have now seen your captivity from God: so shall they also shortly see your salvation from God, which shall come upon you with great honour, and everlasting glory.
25 Filii, patienter sustinete iram quæ supervenit vobis : persecutus est enim te inimicus tuus : sed cito videbis perditionem ipsius, et super cervices ipsius ascendes. My children, suffer patiently the wrath that is come upon you: for thy enemy hath persecuted thee, but thou shalt quickly see his destruction: and thou shalt get up upon his neck.
26 Delicati mei ambulaverunt vias asperas : ducti sunt enim ut grex direptus ab inimicis. My delicate ones have walked rough ways, for they were taken away as a flock made a prey by the enemies.
27 Animæquiores estote, filii, et proclamate ad Dominum : erit enim memoria vestra ab eo qui duxit vos. Be of good comfort, my children, and cry to the Lord: for you shall be remembered by him that hath led you away.
28 Sicut enim fuit sensus vester ut erraretis a Deo, decies tantum iterum convertentes requiretis eum : For as it was your mind to go astray from God; so when you return again you shall seek him ten times as much.
29 qui enim induxit vobis mala, ipse rursum adducet vobis sempiternam jucunditatem cum salute vestra. For he that hath brought evils upon you, shall bring you everlasting joy again with your salvation.
30 Animæquior esto, Jerusalem : exhortatur enim te, qui te nominavit. Be of good heart, O Jerusalem: for he exhorteth thee, that named thee.
31 Nocentes peribunt, qui te vexaverunt : et qui gratulati sunt in tua ruina, punientur. The wicked that have afflicted thee, shall perish: and they that have rejoiced at thy ruin, shall be punished.
32 Civitates quibus servierunt filii tui, punientur, et quæ accepit filios tuos. The cities which thy children have served, shall be punished: and she that received thy sons.
33 Sicut enim gavisa est in tua ruina, et lætata est in casu tuo, sic contristabitur in sua desolatione, For as she rejoiced at thy ruin, and was glad of thy fall: so shall she be grieved for her own desolation.
34 et amputabitur exsultatio multitudinis ejus, et gaudimonium ejus erit in luctum. And the joy of her multitude shall be cut off: and her gladness shall be turned to mourning.
35 Ignis enim superveniet ei ab Æterno in longiturnis diebus, et habitabitur a dæmoniis in multitudine temporis. For fire shall come upon her from the Eternal, long to endure, and she shall be inhabited by devils for a great time.
36 Circumspice, Jerusalem, ad orientem, et vide jucunditatem a Deo tibi venientem. Look about thee, O Jerusalem, towards the east, and behold the joy that cometh to thee from God.
37 Ecce enim veniunt filii tui, quos dimisisti dispersos : veniunt collecti ab oriente usque ad occidentem, in verbo Sancti, gaudentes in honorem Dei. For behold thy children come, whom thou sentest away scattered, they come gathered together from the east even to the west, at the word of the Holy One rejoicing for the honour of God.

Baruch 5

1 Exue te, Jerusalem, stola luctus et vexationis tuæ, et indue te decore, et honore ejus, quæ a Deo tibi est, sempiternæ gloriæ. Put off, O Jerusalem, the garment of thy mourning, and affliction: and put on the beauty, and honour of that everlasting glory which thou hast from God.
2 Circumdabit te Deus diploide justitiæ, et imponet mitram capiti honoris æterni. God will clothe thee with the double garment of justice, and will set a crown on thy head of everlasting honour.
3 Deus enim ostendet splendorem suum in te, omni qui sub cælo est. For God will shew his brightness in thee, to every one under heaven.
4 Nominabitur enim tibi nomen tuum a Deo in sempiternum : pax justitiæ, et honor pietatis. For thy name shall be named to thee by God for ever: the peace of justice, and honour of piety.
5 Exsurge, Jerusalem, et sta in excelso : et circumspice ad orientem, et vide collectos filios tuos ab oriente sole usque ad occidentem, in verbo Sancti, gaudentes Dei memoria. Arise, O Jerusalem, and stand on high: and look about towards the east, and behold thy children gathered together from the rising to the setting sun, by the word of the Holy One rejoicing in the remembrance of God.
6 Exierunt enim abs te pedibus ducti ab inimicis : adducet autem illos Dominus ad te portatos in honore sicut filios regni : For they went out from thee on foot, led by the enemies: but the Lord will bring them to thee exalted with honour as children of the kingdom.
7 constituit enim Deus humiliare omnem montem excelsum et rupes perennes, et convalles replere in æqualitatem terræ, ut ambulet Israël diligenter in honorem Dei. For God hath appointed to bring down every high mountain, and the everlasting rocks, and to fill up the valleys to make them even with the ground: that Israel may walk diligently to the honour of God.
8 Obumbraverunt autem et silvæ, et omne lignum suavitatis Israël ex mandato Dei. Moreover the woods, and every sweet-smelling tree have overshadowed Israel by the commandment of God.
9 Adducet enim Deus Israël cum jucunditate in lumine majestatis suæ, cum misericordia et justitia quæ est ex ipso. For God will bring Israel with joy in the light of his majesty, with mercy, and justice, that cometh from him.

Baruch 6

1 Propter peccata quæ peccastis ante Deum, abducemini in Babyloniam captivi a Nabuchodonosor rege Babylonis. A copy of the epistle that Jeremias sent to them that were to be led away captives into Babylon, by the king of Babylon, to declare to them according to what was commanded him by God. For the sins that you have committed before God, you shall be carried away captives into Babylon by Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon.
2 Ingressi itaque in Babylonem, eritis ibi annis plurimis, et temporibus longis, usque ad generationes septem : post hoc autem educam vos inde cum pace. And when you are come into Babylon, you shall be there many years, and for a long time, even to seven generations: and after that I will bring you away from thence with peace.
3 Nunc autem videbitis in Babylonia deos aureos et argenteos, et lapideos et ligneos, in humeris portari, ostentantes metum gentibus. But now, you shall see in Babylon gods of gold, and of silver, and of stone, and of wood borne upon shoulders, causing fear to the Gentiles.
4 Videte ergo ne et vos similes efficiamini factis alienis, et metuatis, et metus vos capiat in ipsis. Beware therefore that you imitate not the doings of others, and be afraid, and the fear of them should seize upon you.
5 Visa itaque turba de retro et ab ante, adorantes dicite in cordibus vestris : Te oportet adorari, Domine. But when you see the multitude behind, and before, adoring them, say you in your hearts: Thou oughtest to be adored, O Lord.
6 Angelus enim meus vobiscum est : ipse autem exquiram animas vestras. For my angel is with you: And I myself will demand an account of your souls.
7 Nam lingua ipsorum polita a fabro ; ipsa etiam inaurata et inargentata : falsa sunt, et non possunt loqui. For their tongue that is polished by the craftsman, and themselves laid over with gold and silver, are false things, and they cannot speak.
8 Et sicut virgini amanti ornamenta, ita accepto auro fabricati sunt. And as if it were for a maiden that loveth to go gay: so do they take gold and make them up.
9 Coronas certe aureas habent super capita sua dii illorum : unde subtrahunt sacerdotes ab eis aurum et argentum, et erogant illud in semetipsos. Their gods have golden crowns upon their heads: whereof the priests secretly convey away from them gold, and silver, and bestow it on themselves.
10 Dant autem et ex ipso prostitutis, et meretrices ornant : et iterum cum receperint illud a meretricibus, ornant deos suos. Yea and they give thereof to prostitutes, and they dress out harlots: and again when they receive it of the harlots, they adorn their gods.
11 Hi autem non liberantur ab ærugine et tinea. And these gods cannot defend themselves from the rust, and the moth.
12 Opertis autem illis veste purpurea, extergunt faciem ipsorum propter pulverem domus qui est plurimus inter eos. But when they have covered them with a purple garment, they wipe their face because of the dust of the house, which is very much among them.
13 Sceptrum autem habet ut homo, sicut judex regionis, qui in se peccantem non interficit. This holdeth a sceptre as a man, as a judge of the country, but cannot put to death one that offendeth him.
14 Habet etiam in manu gladium et securim, se autem de bello et a latronibus non liberat. Unde vobis notum sit quia non sunt dii : And this hath in his hand a sword, or an axe, but cannot save himself from war, or from robbers, whereby be it known to you, that they are not gods.
15 non ergo timueritis eos. Sicut enim vas hominis confractum inutile efficitur, tales sunt et dii illorum. Therefore fear them not. For as a vessel that a man uses when it is broken becometh useless, even so are their gods:
16 Constitutis illis in domo, oculi eorum pleni sunt pulvere a pedibus introëuntium. When they are placed in the house, their eyes are full of dust by the feet of them that go in.
17 Et sicut alicui qui regem offendit circumseptæ sunt januæ, aut sicut ad sepulchrum adductum mortuum : ita tutantur sacerdotes ostia clausuris et seris, ne a latronibus expolientur. And as the gates are made sure on every side upon one that hath offended the king, or like a dead man carried to the grave, so do the priests secure the doors with bars and locks, lest they be stripped by thieves.
18 Lucernas accendunt illis, et quidem multas, ex quibus nullam videre possunt : sunt autem sicut trabes in domo. They light candles to them, and in great number, of which they cannot see one: but they are like beams in the house.
19 Corda vero eorum dicunt elingere serpentes qui de terra sunt, dum comedunt eos, et vestimentum ipsorum, et non sentiunt. And they say that the creeping things which are of the earth, gnaw their hearts, while they eat them and their garments, and they feel it not.
20 Nigræ fiunt facies eorum a fumo qui in domo fit. Their faces are black with the smoke that is made in the house.
21 Supra corpus eorum et supra caput eorum volant noctuæ, et hirundines, et aves etiam, similiter et cattæ. Owls, and swallows, and other birds fly upon their bodies, and upon their heads, and cats in like manner.
22 Unde sciatis quia non sunt dii : ne ergo timueritis eos. Whereby you may know that they are no gods. Therefore fear them not.
23 Aurum etiam quod habent ad speciem est : nisi aliquis exterserit æruginem, non fulgebunt : neque enim dum conflarentur, sentiebant. The gold also which they have, is for shew, but except a man wipe off the rust, they will not shine: for neither when they were molten, did they feel it.
24 Ex omni pretio empta sunt, in quibus spiritus non inest ipsis. Men buy them at a high price, whereas there is no breath in them.
25 Sine pedibus, in humeris portantur, ostentantes ignobilitatem suam hominibus : confundantur etiam qui colunt ea. And having not the use of feet they are carried upon shoulders, declaring to men how vile they are. Be they confounded also that worship them.
26 Propterea si ceciderint in terram, a semetipsis non consurgunt : neque si quis eum statuerit rectum, per semetipsum stabit : sed sicut mortuis munera eorum illis apponentur. Therefore if they fall to the ground, they rise not up again of themselves, nor if a man set them upright, will they stand by themselves, but their gifts shall be set before them, as to the dead.
27 Hostias illorum vendunt sacerdotes ipsorum, et abutuntur : similiter et mulieres eorum decerpentes, neque infirmo, neque mendicanti, aliquid impertiunt. The things that are sacrificed to them, their priests sell and abuse: in like manner also their wives take part of them, but give nothing of it either to the sick, or to the poor.
28 De sacrificiis eorum fœtæ et menstruatæ contingunt. Sciens itaque ex his quia non sunt dii, ne timeatis eos. The childbearing and menstruous women touch their sacrifices: knowing therefore by these things that they are not gods, fear them not.
29 Unde enim vocantur dii ? quia mulieres apponunt diis argenteis, et aureis, et ligneis : For how can they be called gods? because women set offerings before the gods of silver, and of gold, and of wood:
30 et in domibus eorum sacerdotes sedent habentes tunicas scissas, et capita et barbam rasam, quorum capita nuda sunt. And priests sit in their temples, having their garments rent, and their heads and beards shaven, and nothing upon their heads.
31 Rugiunt autem clamantes contra deos suos sicut in cœna mortui. And they roar and cry before their gods, as men do at the feast when one is dead.
32 Vestimenta eorum auferunt sacerdotes, et vestiunt uxores suas et filios suos. The priests take away their garments, and clothe their wives and their children.
33 Neque si quid mali patiuntur ab aliquo, neque si quid boni, poterunt retribuere : neque regem constituere possunt, neque auferre. And whether it be evil that one doth unto them, or good, they are not able to recompense it: neither can they set up a king nor put him down:
34 Similiter neque dare divitias possunt, neque malum retribuere. Si quis illis votum voverit et non reddiderit, neque hoc requirunt. In like manner they can neither give riches, nor requite evil. If a man make a vow to them, and perform it not, they cannot require it.
35 Hominem a morte non liberant, neque infirmum a potentiori eripiunt. They cannot deliver a man from death nor save the weak from the mighty.
36 Hominem cæcum ad visum non restituunt ; de necessitate hominem non liberabunt. They cannot restore the blind man to his sight: nor deliver a man from distress.
37 Viduæ non miserebuntur, neque orphanis benefacient. They shall not pity the widow, nor do good to the fatherless.
38 Lapidibus de monte similes sunt dii illorum, lignei, et lapidei, et aurei, et argentei : qui autem colunt ea, confundentur. Their gods, of wood, and of stone, and of gold, and of silver, are like the stones that are hewn out of the mountains: and they that worship them shall be confounded.
39 Quomodo ergo æstimandum est aut dicendum illos esse deos ? How then is it to be supposed, or to be said, that they are gods?
40 Adhuc enim ipsis Chaldæis non honorantibus ea : qui cum audierint mutum non posse loqui, offerunt illud ad Bel, postulantes ab eo loqui : Even the Chaldeans themselves dishonour them: who when they hear of one dumb that cannot speak, they present him to Bel, entreating him, that he may speak,
41 quasi possint sentire qui non habent motum ! Et ipsi, cum intellexerint, relinquent ea : sensum enim non habent ipsi dii illorum. As though they could be sensible that have no motion themselves: and they, when they shall perceive this, will leave them: for their gods themselves have no sense.
42 Mulieres autem circumdatæ funibus in viis sedent, succendentes ossa olivarum : The women also with cords about them, sit in the ways, burning olive stones.
43 cum autem aliqua ex ipsis, attracta ab aliquo transeunte, dormierit cum eo, proximæ suæ exprobrat quod ea non sit digna habita, sicut ipsa, neque funis ejus diruptus sit. And when any one of them, drawn away by some passenger, lieth with him, she upbraideth her neighbour, that she was not thought as worthy as herself, nor her cord broken.
44 Omnia autem quæ illi fiunt, falsa sunt : quomodo æstimandum aut dicendum est illos esse deos ? But all things that are done about them, are false: how is it then to be thought, or to be said, that they are gods?
45 A fabris autem et ab aurificibus facta sunt : nihil aliud erunt, nisi id quod volunt esse sacerdotes. And they are made by workmen, and by goldsmiths. They shall be nothing else but what the priests will have them to be.
46 Artifices etiam ipsi, qui ea faciunt, non sunt multi temporis : numquid ergo possunt ea, quæ fabricata sunt ab ipsis, esse dii ? For the artificers themselves that make them, are of no long continuance. Can those things then that are made by them be gods?
47 Reliquerunt autem falsa et opprobrium postea futuris. But they have left false things and reproach to them that come after.
48 Nam cum supervenerit illis prælium et mala, cogitant sacerdotes apud se ubi se abscondant cum illis. For when war cometh upon them, or evils, the priests consult with themselves where they may hide themselves with them.
49 Quomodo ergo sentiri debeant quoniam dii sunt, qui nec de bello se liberant, neque de malis se eripiunt ? How then can they be thought to be gods, that can neither deliver themselves from war, nor save themselves from evils?
50 Nam cum sint lignea, inaurata et inargentata, scietur postea quia falsa sunt ab universis gentibus et regibus : quæ manifesta sunt quia non sunt dii, sed opera manuum hominum, et nullum Dei opus cum illis. For seeing they are but of wood, and laid over with gold, and with silver, it shall be known hereafter that they are false things, by all nations and kings: and it shall be manifest that they are no gods, but the work of men’s hands, and that there is no work of God in them.
51 Unde ergo notum est quia non sunt dii, sed opera manuum hominum, et nullum Dei opus in ipsis est. Whence therefore is it known that they are not gods, but the work of men’s hands, and no work of God is in them?
52 Regem regioni non suscitant, neque pluviam hominibus dabunt. They cannot set up a king over the land, nor give rain to men.
53 Judicium quoque non discernent, neque regiones liberabunt ab injuria, quia nihil possunt, sicut corniculæ inter medium cæli et terræ. They determine no causes, nor deliver countries from oppression; because they can do nothing, and are as daws between heaven and earth.
54 Etenim cum inciderit ignis in domum deorum ligneorum, argenteorum et aureorum, sacerdotes quidem ipsorum fugient, et liberabuntur : ipsi vero sicut trabes in medio comburentur. For when fire shall fall upon the house of these gods of wood, and of silver, and of gold, their priests indeed will flee away, and be saved: but they themselves shall be burnt in the midst like beams.
55 Regi autem et bello non resistent. Quomodo ergo æstimandum est aut recipiendum quia dii sunt ? And they cannot withstand a king and war. How then can it be supposed, or admitted that they are gods?
56 Non a furibus, neque a latronibus se liberabunt dii lignei, et lapidei, et inaurati, et inargentati : quibus hi qui fortiores sunt, Neither are these gods of wood, and of stone, and laid over with gold, and with silver, able to deliver themselves from thieves or robbers: they that are stronger than them
57 aurum et argentum, et vestimentum quo operti sunt, auferent illis, et abibunt, nec sibi auxilium ferent. Shall take from them the gold, and silver, and the raiment wherewith they are clothed, and shall go their way, neither shall they help themselves.
58 Itaque melius est esse regem ostentantem virtutem suam, aut vas in domo utile, in quo gloriabitur qui possidet illud, vel ostium in domo, quod custodit quæ in ipsa sunt, quam falsi dii. Therefore it is better to be a king that sheweth his power: or else a profitable vessel in the house, with which the owner thereof will be well satisfied: or a door in the house, to keep things safe that are therein, than such false gods.
59 Sol quidem et luna ac sidera, cum sint splendida et emissa ad utilitates, obaudiunt : The sun, and the moon, and the stars being bright, and sent forth for profitable uses, are obedient.
60 similiter et fulgur cum apparuerit, perspicuum est : idipsum autem et spiritus in omni regione spirat : In like manner the lightning, when it breaketh forth, is easy to be seen: and after the same manner the wind bloweth in every country.
61 et nubes, quibus cum imperatum fuerit a Deo perambulare universum orbem, perficiunt quod imperatum est eis : And the clouds when God commandeth them to go over the whole world, do that which is commanded them.
62 ignis etiam missus desuper, ut consumat montes et silvas, facit quod præceptum est ei : hæc autem neque speciebus, neque virtutibus, uni eorum similia sunt. The fire also being sent from above to consume mountains and woods, doth as it is commanded. But these neither in shew, nor in power are like to any one of them.
63 Unde neque existimandum est, neque dicendum illos esse deos, quando non possunt neque judicium judicare, neque quidquam facere hominibus. Wherefore it is neither to be thought, nor to be said, that they are gods: since they are neither able to judge causes, nor to do any good to men.
64 Scientes itaque quia non sunt dii, ne ergo timueritis eos. Knowing therefore that they are not gods, fear them not.
65 Neque enim regibus maledicent, neque benedicent. For neither can they curse kings, nor bless them.
66 Signa etiam in cælo gentibus non ostendunt : neque ut sol lucebunt, neque illuminabunt ut luna. Neither do they shew signs in the heaven to the nations, nor shine as the sun, nor give light as the moon.
67 Bestiæ meliores sunt illis, quæ possunt fugere sub tectum ac prodesse sibi. Beasts are better than they, which can fly under a covert, and help themselves.
68 Nullo itaque modo nobis est manifestum quia sunt dii : propter quod ne timeatis eos. Therefore there is no manner of appearance that they are gods: so fear them not.
69 Nam sicut in cucumerario formido nihil custodit, ita sunt dii illorum lignei, et argentei, et inaurati. For as a scarecrow in a garden of cucumbers keepeth nothing, so are their gods of wood, and of silver, and laid over with gold.
70 Eodem modo et in horto spina alba, supra quam omnis avis sedet, similiter et mortuo projecto in tenebris, similes sunt dii illorum lignei, et inaurati, et inargentati. They are no better than a white thorn in a garden, upon which every bird sitteth. In like manner also their gods of wood, and laid over with gold, and with silver, are like to a dead body cast forth in the dark.
71 A purpura quoque et murice, quæ supra illos tineant, scietis itaque quia non sunt dii : ipsi etiam postremo comeduntur, et erunt opprobrium in regione. By the purple also and the scarlet which are motheaten upon them, you shall know that they are not gods. And they themselves at last are consumed, and shall be a reproach in the country.
72 Melior est homo justus qui non habet simulacra, nam erit longe ab opprobriis. Better therefore is the just man that hath no idols: for he shall be far from reproach.