THE PROPHECY OF BARUCH
BARUCH was a man of noble extraction, and learned in the
law, secretary and disciple to the prophet JEREMIAS, and a
sharer in his labours and persecutions: which is the reason
why the ancient fathers have considered this book as a part
of the prophecy of JEREMIAS, and have usually quoted it
under his name.
Baruch Chapter 1
The Jews of Babylon send the book of Baruch with money to
Jerusalem, requesting their brethren there to offer
sacrifice, and to pray for the king and for them,
acknowledging their manifold sins.
1:1. 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 Helcias, wrote in Babylonia.
1:2. In the fifth year, in the seventh day of the month, at
the time that the Chaldeans took Jerusalem, and burnt it
1:3. 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.
1:4. 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.
1:5. And when they heard it they wept, and fasted, and
prayed before the Lord.
1:6. And they made a collection of money according to every
1:7. And they sent it to Jerusalem 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:
1:8. 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,
1:9. 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.
1:10. 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:
1:11. 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:
1:12. 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.
1:13. 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.
1:14. 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.
1:15. 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
1:16. To our kings, and to our princes, and to our priests,
and to our prophets, and to our fathers.
1:17. We have sinned before the Lord our God, and have not
believed him, nor put our trust in him:
1:18. And we were not obedient to him, and we have not
hearkened to the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his
commandments which he hath given us.
1:19. 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
1:20. 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.
1:21. And we have not hearkened to the voice of the Lord our
God according to all the words of the prophets whom he sent
1:22. 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 Chapter 2
A further confession of the sins of the people, and of the
justice of God.
2:1. 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:
2:2. 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:
2:3. That a man should eat the flesh of his own son, and the
flesh of his own daughter.
2:4. 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
2:5. And we are brought under, and are not uppermost:
because we have sinned against the Lord our God, by not
obeying his voice.
2:6. To the Lord our God belongeth justice: but to us, and
to our fathers confusion of face, as at this day.
2:7. For the Lord hath pronounced against us all these evils
that are come upon us:
2:8. And we have not entreated the face of the Lord our God,
that we might return every one of us from our most wicked
2:9. 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:
2:10. And we have not hearkened to his voice to walk in the
commandments of the Lord which he hath set before us.
2:11. 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,
2:12. We have sinned, we have done wickedly, we have acted
unjustly, O Lord our God, against all thy justices.
2:13. Let thy wrath be turned away from us: for we are left
a few among the nations where thou hast scattered us.
2:14. 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:
2:15. That all the earth may know that thou art the Lord our
God, and that thy name is called upon Israel, and upon his
2:16. Look down upon us, O Lord, from thy holy house, and
incline thy ear, and hear us.
2:17. 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:
Justice, etc... They that are in hell shall not give
justice to God; that is, they shall not acknowledge and
glorify his justice as penitent sinners do upon earth.
2:18. 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.
2:19. 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
2:20. 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:
2:21. 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.
2:22. 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
2:23. 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.
2:24. 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:
2:25. 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
2:26. 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.
2:27. And thou hast dealt with us, O Lord our God, according
to all thy goodness, and according to all that great mercy
2:28. 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,
2:29. 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:
2:30. 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:
2:31. 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.
2:32. And they shall praise me in the land of their
captivity, and shall be mindful of my name.
2:33. 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.
2:34. 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.
2:35. 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 Chapter 3
They pray for mercy, acknowledging that they are justly
punished for forsaking true wisdom. A prophecy of Christ.
3:1. And now, O Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, the soul
in anguish, and the troubled spirit crieth to thee:
3:2. Hear, O Lord, and have mercy, for thou art a merciful
God, and have pity on us: for we have sinned before thee.
3:3. For thou remainest for ever, and shall we perish
3:4. 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.
3:5. Remember not the iniquities of our fathers, but think
upon thy hand, and upon thy name at this time:
3:6. For thou art the Lord our God, and we will praise thee,
3:7. 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.
3:8. 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.
3:9. Hear, O Israel, the commandments of life: give ear,
that thou mayst learn wisdom.
3:10. How happeneth it, O Israel, that thou art in thy
3:11. Thou art grown old in a strange country, thou art
defiled with the dead: thou art counted with them that go
down into hell.
3:12. Thou hast forsaken the fountain of wisdom:
3:13. For if thou hadst walked in the way of God, thou hadst
surely dwelt in peace for ever.
3:14. 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.
3:15. Who hath found out her place? and who hath gone in to
3:16. Where are the princes of the nations, and they that
rule over the beasts that are upon the earth?
3:17. That take their diversion with the birds of the air.
3:18. 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.
3:19. They are cut off, and are gone down to hell, and
others are risen up in their place.
3:20. Young men have seen the light, and dwelt upon the
earth: but the way of knowledge they have not known,
3:21. Nor have they understood the paths thereof, neither
have their children received it, it is far from their face.
3:22. It hath not been heard of in the land of Chanaan,
neither hath it been seen in Theman.
Theman... The capital city of Edom.
3:23. 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.
Agar... The mother of the Ismaelites.
3:24. O Israel, how great is the house of God, and how vast
is the place of his possession!
3:25. It is great, and hath no end: it is high and immense.
3:26. There were the giants, those renowned men that were
from the beginning, of great stature, expert in war.
3:27. The Lord chose not them, neither did they find the way
of knowledge: therefore did they perish.
3:28. And because they had not wisdom, they perished through
3:29. Who hath gone up into heaven, and taken her, and
brought her down from the clouds?
3:30. Who hath passed over the sea, and found her, and
brought her preferably to chosen gold?
3:31. There is none that is able to know her ways, nor that
can search out her paths:
3:32. 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
3:33. He that sendeth forth the light, and it goeth: and
hath called it, and it obeyeth him with trembling.
3:34. And the stars have given light in their watches, and
3:35. They were called, and they said: Here we are: and with
cheerfulness they have shined forth to him that made them.
3:36. This is our God, and there shall no other be accounted
of in comparison of him.
3:37. He found out all the way of knowledge, and gave it to
Jacob his servant, and to Israel his beloved.
3:38. Afterwards he was seen upon earth, and conversed with
Was seen upon earth, etc... viz., by the mystery of the
incarnation, by means of which the son of God came visibly
amongst us, and conversed with men. The prophets often
speak of things to come as if they were past, to express
the certainty of the event of the things foretold.
Baruch Chapter 4
The prophet exhorts to the keeping of the law of wisdom, and
encourages the people to be patient, and to hope for their
4:1. 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.
4:2. Return, O Jacob, and take hold of it, walk in the way
by its brightness, in the presence of the light thereof.
4:3. Give not thy honour to another, nor thy dignity to a
4:4. We are happy, O Israel: because the things that are
pleasing to God, are made known to us.
4:5. Be of good comfort, O people of God, the memorial of
4:6. You have been sold to the Gentiles, not for your
destruction: but because you provoked God to wrath, you are
delivered to your adversaries.
4:7. For you have provoked him who made you, the eternal
God, offering sacrifice to devils, and not to God.
4:8. For you have forgotten God, who brought you up, and you
have grieved Jerusalem that nursed you.
4:9. 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:
4:10. For I have seen the captivity of my people, of my
sons, and my daughters, which the Eternal hath brought upon
4:11. For I nourished them with joy: but I sent them away
with weeping and mourning.
4:12. 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.
4:13. 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.
4:14. Let them that dwell about Sion come, and remember the
captivity of my sons and daughters, which the Eternal hath
brought upon them.
4:15. For he hath brought a nation upon them from afar, a
wicked nation, and of a strange tongue:
4:16. 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.
4:17. But as for me, what help can I give you?
4:18. But he that hath brought the evils upon you, he will
deliver you out of the hands of your enemies.
4:19. Go your way, my children, go your way: for I am left
4:20. 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.
4:21. Be of good comfort, my children, cry to the Lord, and
he will deliver you out of the hand of the princes your
4:22. 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.
4:23. For I sent you forth with mourning and weeping: but
the Lord will bring you back to me with joy and gladness for
4:24. 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.
4:25. 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
4:26. My delicate ones have walked rough ways, for they were
taken away as a flock made a prey by the enemies.
4:27. Be of good comfort, my children, and cry to the Lord:
for you shall be remembered by him that hath led you away.
4:28. For as it was your mind to go astray from God; so when
you return again you shall seek him ten times as much.
4:29. For he that hath brought evils upon you, shall bring
you everlasting joy again with your salvation.
4:30. Be of good heart, O Jerusalem: for he exhorteth thee,
that named thee.
4:31. The wicked that have afflicted thee, shall perish: and
they that have rejoiced at thy ruin, shall be punished.
4:32. The cities which thy children have served, shall be
punished: and she that received thy sons.
She that received, etc... viz., Babylon.
4:33. For as she rejoiced at thy ruin, and was glad of thy
fall: so shall she be grieved for her own desolation.
4:34. And the joy of her multitude shall be cut off: and her
gladness shall be turned to mourning.
4:35. For fire shall come upon her from the Eternal, long to
endure, and she shall be inhabited by devils for a great
4:36. Look about thee, O Jerusalem, towards the east, and
behold the joy that cometh to thee from God.
4:37. 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 Chapter 5
Jerusalem is invited to rejoice and behold the return of her
children out of their captivity.
5:1. 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.
5:2. God will clothe thee with the double garment of
justice, and will set a crown on thy head of everlasting
5:3. For God will shew his brightness in thee, to every one
5:4. For thy name shall be named to thee by God for ever:
the peace of justice, and honour of piety.
5:5. 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.
5:6. 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.
5:7. 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.
5:8. Moreover the woods, and every sweetsmelling tree have
overshadowed Israel by the commandment of God.
5:9. For God will bring Israel with joy in the light of his
majesty, with mercy, and justice, that cometh from him.
Baruch Chapter 6
The epistle of Jeremias to the captives, as a preservative
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.
6:1. For the sins that you have committed before God, you
shall be carried away captives into Babylon by
Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon.
6:2. 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.
Seven generations... That is, seventy years.
6:3. 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.
6:4. Beware therefore that you imitate not the doings of
others, and be afraid, and the fear of them should seize
6:5. But when you see the multitude behind, and before,
adoring them, say you in your hearts: Thou oughtest to be
adored, O Lord.
6:6. For my angel is with you: And I myself will demand an
account of your souls.
6:7. For their tongue that is polished by the craftsman, and
themselves laid over with gold and silver, are false things,
and they cannot speak.
6:8. And as if it were for a maiden that loveth to go gay:
so do they take gold and make them up.
6:9. Their gods have golden crowns upon their heads: whereof
the priests secretly convey away from them gold, and silver,
and bestow it on themselves.
6:10. 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.
6:11. And these gods cannot defend themselves from the rust,
and the moth.
6:12. 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.
6:13. This holdeth a sceptre as a man, as a judge of the
country, but cannot put to death one that offendeth him.
6:14. 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.
6:15. Therefore fear them not. For as a vessel that a man
uses when it is broken becometh useless, even so are their
6:16. When they are placed in the house, their eyes are full
of dust by the feet of them that go in.
6:17. 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.
6:18. They light candles to them, and in great number, of
which they cannot see one: but they are like beams in the
6:19. 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.
6:20. Their faces are black with the smoke that is made in
6:21. Owls, and swallows, and other birds fly upon their
bodies, and upon their heads, and cats in like manner.
6:22. Whereby you may know that they are no gods. Therefore
fear them not.
6:23. 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.
6:24. Men buy them at a high price, whereas there is no
breath in them.
6:25. 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.
6:26. 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.
6:27. 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
6:28. The childbearing and menstruous women touch their
sacrifices: knowing, therefore, by these things that they
are not gods, fear them not.
6:29. For how can they be called gods? because women set
offerings before the gods of silver, and of gold, and of
6:30. And priests sit in their temples, having their
garments rent, and their heads and beards shaven, and
nothing upon their heads.
6:31. And they roar and cry before their gods, as men do at
the feast when one is dead.
6:32. The priests take away their garments, and clothe their
wives and their children.
6:33. 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:
6:34. 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.
6:35. They cannot deliver a man from death, nor save the
weak from the mighty.
6:36. They cannot restore the blind man to his sight: nor
deliver a man from distress.
36:7. They shall not pity the widow, nor do good to the
6:38. 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.
6:39. How then is it to be supposed, or to be said, that
they are gods?
6:40. Even the Chaldeans themselves dishonor them: who when
they here of one dumb that cannot speak, they present him to
Bel, entreating him, that he may speak.
6:41. 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.
6:42. The women also, with cords about them, sit in the
ways, burning olive-stones.
6:43. And when any one of them, drawn away by some
passenger, lieth with him, she upbraideth her neighbor, that
she was not thought as worthy as herself, nor her cord
6:44. But all things that are done about them, are false:
how is it then to be thought, or to be said, that they are
6:45. And they are made by workmen, and by goldsmiths. They
shall be nothing else but what the priests will have them to
6:46. For the artificers themselves that make them, are of
no long continuance. Can those things then that are made by
them, be gods?
6:47. But they have left false things and reproach to them
that come after.
6:48. For when war cometh upon them , or evils: the priests
consult with themselves, where they may hide themselves with
6:49. How then can they be thought to be gods, that can
neither deliver themselves from war, nor save themselves
6:50. 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.
6:51. 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?
6:52. They cannot set up a king over the land, nor give rain
6:53. They determine no causes, nor deliver countries from
oppression: because they can do nothing, and are as daws
between heaven and earth.
6:54. 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.
6:55. And they cannot withstand a king and war. How then can
it be supposed, or admitted, that they are gods?
6:56. 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,
They that are stronger than them... That is, robbers and
thieves are stronger than these idols, being things
without life or motion.
6:57. 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.
6:58. 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
6:59. The sun, and the moon, and the stars being bright, and
sent forth for profitable uses, are obedient.
6:60. 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.
6:61. And the clouds, when God commandeth them to go over
the whole world, do that which is commanded them.
6:62. 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 alike to any one of them.
6:63. 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.
6:64. Knowing, therefore, that they are not gods, fear them
6:65. For neither can they curse kings, nor bless them.
6:66. Neither do they shew signs in the heaven to the
nations, nor shine as the sun, nor give light as the moon.
6:67. Beasts are better than they, which can fly under a
covert, and help themselves.
6:68. Therefore there is no manner of appearance that they
are gods: so fear them not.
6:69. 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.
6:70. 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.
6:71. 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
6:72. Better, therefore, is the just man that hath no idols:
for he shall be far from reproach.
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