121And it came to pass, whiles the lion spake these words unto the eagle, I saw,
2And, behold, the head that remained and the four wings appeared no more, and the two went unto it and set themselves up to reign, and their kingdom was small, and full of uproar.
3And I saw, and, behold, they appeared no more, and the whole body of the eagle was burnt so that the earth was in great fear: then awaked I out of the trouble and trance of my mind, and from great fear, and said unto my spirit,
4Lo, this hast thou done unto me, in that thou searchest out the ways of the Highest.
5Lo, yet am I weary in my mind, and very weak in my spirit; and little strength is there in me, for the great fear wherewith I was afflicted this night.
6Therefore will I now beseech the Highest, that he will comfort me unto the end.
7And I said, Lord that bearest rule, if I have found grace before thy sight, and if I am justified with thee before many others, and if my prayer indeed be come up before thy face;
8Comfort me then, and shew me thy servant the interpretation and plain difference of this fearful vision, that thou mayest perfectly comfort my soul.
9For thou hast judged me worthy to shew me the last times.
10And he said unto me, This is the interpretation of the vision:
11The eagle, whom thou sawest come up from the sea, is the kingdom which was seen in the vision of thy brother Daniel.
12But it was not expounded unto him, therefore now I declare it unto thee.
13Behold, the days will come, that there shall rise up a kingdom upon earth, and it shall be feared above all the kingdoms that were before it.
14In the same shall twelve kings reign, one after another:
15Whereof the second shall begin to reign, and shall have more time than any of the twelve.
16And this do the twelve wings signify, which thou sawest.
17As for the voice which thou heardest speak, and that thou sawest not to go out from the heads but from the midst of the body thereof, this is the interpretation:
18That after the time of that kingdom there shall arise great strivings, and it shall stand in peril of failing: nevertheless it shall not then fall, but shall be restored again to his beginning.
19And whereas thou sawest the eight small under feathers sticking to her wings, this is the interpretation:
20That in him there shall arise eight kings, whose times shall be but small, and their years swift.
21And two of them shall perish, the middle time approaching: four shall be kept until their end begin to approach: but two shall be kept unto the end.
22And whereas thou sawest three heads resting, this is the interpretation:
23In his last days shall the most High raise up three kingdoms, and renew many things therein, and they shall have the dominion of the earth,
24And of those that dwell therein, with much oppression, above all those that were before them: therefore are they called the heads of the eagle.
25For these are they that shall accomplish his wickedness, and that shall finish his last end.
26And whereas thou sawest that the great head appeared no more, it signifieth that one of them shall die upon his bed, and yet with pain.
27For the two that remain shall be slain with the sword.
28For the sword of the one shall devour the other: but at the last shall he fall through the sword himself.
29And whereas thou sawest two feathers under the wings passing over the head that is on the right side;
30It signifieth that these are they, whom the Highest hath kept unto their end: this is the small kingdom and full of trouble, as thou sawest.
31And the lion, whom thou sawest rising up out of the wood, and roaring, and speaking to the eagle, and rebuking her for her unrighteousness with all the words which thou hast heard;
32This is the anointed, which the Highest hath kept for them and for their wickedness unto the end: he shall reprove them, and shall upbraid them with their cruelty.
33For he shall set them before him alive in judgment, and shall rebuke them, and correct them.
34For the rest of my people shall he deliver with mercy, those that have been pressed upon my borders, and he shall make them joyful until the coming of the day of judgment, whereof I have spoken unto thee from the beginning.
35This is the dream that thou sawest, and these are the interpretations.
36Thou only hast been meet to know this secret of the Highest.
37Therefore write all these things that thou hast seen in a book, and hide them:
38And teach them to the wise of the people, whose hearts thou knowest may comprehend and keep these secrets.
39But wait thou here thyself yet seven days more, that it may be shewed thee, whatsoever it pleaseth the Highest to declare unto thee. And with that he went his way.
40And it came to pass, when all the people saw that the seven days were past, and I not come again into the city, they gathered them all together, from the least unto the greatest, and came unto me, and said,
41What have we offended thee? and what evil have we done against thee, that thou forsakest us, and sittest here in this place?
42For of all the prophets thou only art left us, as a cluster of the vintage, and as a candle in a dark place, and as a haven or ship preserved from the tempest.
43Are not the evils which are come to us sufficient?
44If thou shalt forsake us, how much better had it been for us, if we also had been burned in the midst of Sion?
45For we are not better than they that died there. And they wept with a loud voice. Then answered I them, and said,
46Be of good comfort, O Israel; and be not heavy, thou house of Jacob:
47For the Highest hath you in remembrance, and the Mighty hath not forgotten you in temptation.
48As for me, I have not forsaken you, neither am I departed from you: but am come into this place, to pray for the desolation of Sion, and that I might seek mercy for the low estate of your sanctuary.
49And now go your way home every man, and after these days will I come unto you.
50So the people went their way into the city, like as I commanded them:
51But I remained still in the field seven days, as the angel commanded me; and did eat only in those days of the flowers of the field, and had my meat of the herbs.
131And it came to pass after seven days, I dreamed a dream by night:
2And, lo, there arose a wind from the sea, that it moved all the waves thereof.
3And I beheld, and, lo, that man waxed strong with the thousands of heaven: and when he turned his countenance to look, all the things trembled that were seen under him.
4And whensoever the voice went out of his mouth, all they burned that heard his voice, like as the earth faileth when it feeleth the fire.
5And after this I beheld, and, lo, there was gathered together a multitude of men, out of number, from the four winds of the heaven, to subdue the man that came out of the sea.
6But I beheld, and, lo, he had graved himself a great mountain, and flew up upon it.
7But I would have seen the region or place whereout the hill was graven, and I could not.
8And after this I beheld, and, lo, all they which were gathered together to subdue him were sore afraid, and yet durst fight.
9And, lo, as he saw the violence of the multitude that came, he neither lifted up his hand, nor held sword, nor any instrument of war:
10But only I saw that he sent out of his mouth as it had been a blast of fire, and out of his lips a flaming breath, and out of his tongue he cast out sparks and tempests.
11And they were all mixed together; the blast of fire, the flaming breath, and the great tempest; and fell with violence upon the multitude which was prepared to fight, and burned them up every one, so that upon a sudden of an innumerable multitude nothing was to be perceived, but only dust and smell of smoke: when I saw this I was afraid.
12Afterward saw I the same man come down from the mountain, and call unto him another peaceable multitude.
13And there came much people unto him, whereof some were glad, some were sorry, and some of them were bound, and other some brought of them that were offered: then was I sick through great fear, and I awaked, and said,
14Thou hast shewed thy servant these wonders from the beginning, and hast counted me worthy that thou shouldest receive my prayer:
15Shew me now yet the interpretation of this dream.
16For as I conceive in mine understanding, woe unto them that shall be left in those days and much more woe unto them that are not left behind!
17For they that were not left were in heaviness.
18Now understand I the things that are laid up in the latter days, which shall happen unto them, and to those that are left behind.
19Therefore are they come into great perils and many necessities, like as these dreams declare.
20Yet is it easier for him that is in danger to come into these things, than to pass away as a cloud out of the world, and not to see the things that happen in the last days. And he answered unto me, and said,
21The interpretation of the vision shall I shew thee, and I will open unto thee the thing that thou hast required.
22Whereas thou hast spoken of them that are left behind, this is the interpretation:
23He that shall endure the peril in that time hath kept himself: they that be fallen into danger are such as have works, and faith toward the Almighty.
24Know this therefore, that they which be left behind are more blessed than they that be dead.
25This is the meaning of the vision: Whereas thou sawest a man coming up from the midst of the sea:
26The same is he whom God the Highest hath kept a great season, which by his own self shall deliver his creature: and he shall order them that are left behind.
27And whereas thou sawest, that out of his mouth there came as a blast of wind, and fire, and storm;
28And that he held neither sword, nor any instrument of war, but that the rushing in of him destroyed the whole multitude that came to subdue him; this is the interpretation:
29Behold, the days come, when the most High will begin to deliver them that are upon the earth.
30And he shall come to the astonishment of them that dwell on the earth.
31And one shall undertake to fight against another, one city against another, one place against another, one people against another, and one realm against another.
32And the time shall be when these things shall come to pass, and the signs shall happen which I shewed thee before, and then shall my Son be declared, whom thou sawest as a man ascending.
33And when all the people hear his voice, every man shall in their own land leave the battle they have one against another.
34And an innumerable multitude shall be gathered together, as thou sawest them, willing to come, and to overcome him by fighting.
35But he shall stand upon the top of the mount Sion.
36And Sion shall come, and shall be shewed to all men, being prepared and builded, like as thou sawest the hill graven without hands.
37And this my Son shall rebuke the wicked inventions of those nations, which for their wicked life are fallen into the tempest;
38And shall lay before them their evil thoughts, and the torments wherewith they shall begin to be tormented, which are like unto a flame: and he shall destroy them without labour by the law which is like unto fire.
39And whereas thou sawest that he gathered another peaceable multitude unto him;
40Those are the ten tribes, which were carried away prisoners out of their own land in the time of Osea the king, whom Salmanasar the king of Assyria led away captive, and he carried them over the waters, and so came they into another land.
41But they took this counsel among themselves, that they would leave the multitude of the heathen, and go forth into a further country, where never mankind dwelt,
42That they might there keep their statutes, which they never kept in their own land.
43And they entered into Euphrates by the narrow places of the river.
44For the most High then shewed signs for them, and held still the flood, till they were passed over.
45For through that country there was a great way to go, namely, of a year and a half: and the same region is called Arsareth.
46Then dwelt they there until the latter time; and now when they shall begin to come,
47The Highest shall stay the springs of the stream again, that they may go through: therefore sawest thou the multitude with peace.
48But those that be left behind of thy people are they that are found within my borders.
49Now when he destroyeth the multitude of the nations that are gathered together, he shall defend his people that remain.
50And then shall he shew them great wonders.
51Then said I, O Lord that bearest rule, shew me this: Wherefore have I seen the man coming up from the midst of the sea?
52And he said unto me, Like as thou canst neither seek out nor know the things that are in the deep of the sea: even so can no man upon earth see my Son, or those that be with him, but in the day time.
53This is the interpretation of the dream which thou sawest, and whereby thou only art here lightened.
54For thou hast forsaken thine own way, and applied thy diligence unto my law, and sought it.
55Thy life hast thou ordered in wisdom, and hast called understanding thy mother.
56And therefore have I shewed thee the treasures of the Highest: after other three days I will speak other things unto thee, and declare unto thee mighty and wondrous things.
57Then went I forth into the field, giving praise and thanks greatly unto the most High because of his wonders which he did in time;
58And because he governeth the same, and such things as fall in their seasons: and there I sat three days.
141And it came to pass upon the third day, I sat under an oak, and, behold, there came a voice out of a bush over against me, and said, Esdras, Esdras.
2And I said, Here am I, Lord And I stood up upon my feet.
3Then said he unto me, In the bush I did manifestly reveal myself unto Moses, and talked with him, when my people served in Egypt:
4And I sent him and led my people out of Egypt, and brought him up to the mount of where I held him by me a long season,
5And told him many wondrous things, and shewed him the secrets of the times, and the end; and commanded him, saying,
6These words shalt thou declare, and these shalt thou hide.
7And now I say unto thee,
8That thou lay up in thy heart the signs that I have shewed, and the dreams that thou hast seen, and the interpretations which thou hast heard:
9For thou shalt be taken away from all, and from henceforth thou shalt remain with my Son, and with such as be like thee, until the times be ended.
10For the world hath lost his youth, and the times begin to wax old.
11For the world is divided into twelve parts, and the ten parts of it are gone already, and half of a tenth part:
12And there remaineth that which is after the half of the tenth part.
13Now therefore set thine house in order, and reprove thy people, comfort such of them as be in trouble, and now renounce corruption,
14Let go from thee mortal thoughts, cast away the burdens of man, put off now the weak nature,
15And set aside the thoughts that are most heavy unto thee, and haste thee to flee from these times.
16For yet greater evils than those which thou hast seen happen shall be done hereafter.
17For look how much the world shall be weaker through age, so much the more shall evils increase upon them that dwell therein.
18For the time is fled far away, and leasing is hard at hand: for now hasteth the vision to come, which thou hast seen.
19Then answered I before thee, and said,
20Behold, Lord, I will go, as thou hast commanded me, and reprove the people which are present: but they that shall be born afterward, who shall admonish them? thus the world is set in darkness, and they that dwell therein are without light.
21For thy law is burnt, therefore no man knoweth the things that are done of thee, or the work that shall begin.
22But if I have found grace before thee, send the Holy Ghost into me, and I shall write all that hath been done in the world since the beginning, which were written in thy law, that men may find thy path, and that they which will live in the latter days may live.
23And he answered me, saying, Go thy way, gather the people together, and say unto them, that they seek thee not for forty days.
24But look thou prepare thee many box trees, and take with thee Sarea, Dabria, Selemia, Ecanus, and Asiel, these five which are ready to write swiftly;
25And come hither, and I shall light a candle of understanding in thine heart, which shall not be put out, till the things be performed which thou shalt begin to write.
26And when thou hast done, some things shalt thou publish, and some things shalt thou shew secretly to the wise: to morrow this hour shalt thou begin to write.
27Then went I forth, as he commanded, and gathered all the people together, and said,
28Hear these words, O Israel.
29Our fathers at the beginning were strangers in Egypt, from whence they were delivered:
30And received the law of life, which they kept not, which ye also have transgressed after them.
31Then was the land, even the land of Sion, parted among you by lot: but your fathers, and ye yourselves, have done unrighteousness, and have not kept the ways which the Highest commanded you.
32And forasmuch as he is a righteous judge, he took from you in time the thing that he had given you.
33And now are ye here, and your brethren among you.
34Therefore if so be that ye will subdue your own understanding, and reform your hearts, ye shall be kept alive and after death ye shall obtain mercy.
35For after death shall the judgment come, when we shall live again: and then shall the names of the righteous be manifest, and the works of the ungodly shall be declared.
36Let no man therefore come unto me now, nor seek after me these forty days.
37So I took the five men, as he commanded me, and we went into the field, and remained there.
38And the next day, behold, a voice called me, saying, Esdras, open thy mouth, and drink that I give thee to drink.
39Then opened I my mouth, and, behold, he reached me a full cup, which was full as it were with water, but the colour of it was like fire.
40And I took it, and drank: and when I had drunk of it, my heart uttered understanding, and wisdom grew in my breast, for my spirit strengthened my memory:
41And my mouth was opened, and shut no more.
42The Highest gave understanding unto the five men, and they wrote the wonderful visions of the night that were told, which they knew not: and they sat forty days, and they wrote in the day, and at night they ate bread.
43As for me. I spake in the day, and I held not my tongue by night.
44In forty days they wrote two hundred and four books.
45And it came to pass, when the forty days were filled, that the Highest spake, saying, The first that thou hast written publish openly, that the worthy and unworthy may read it:
46But keep the seventy last, that thou mayest deliver them only to such as be wise among the people:
47For in them is the spring of understanding, the fountain of wisdom, and the stream of knowledge.
48And I did so.