You may want to refer to this map again when you are reading the Bible verses below.

compiled by Dee Finney

I put these three dreams on one page because I had one after the other and I believe they go together. After I looked up the verses where Moses cried to God and saw what the problems were in those chapters, I found that we in the world are now facing the same problems that Moses did.  When you read the verses for yourself, you will see that our challenges now are the same as what Moses faced.


3-17-08 - DREAM - I was in Milwaukee with my ex-husband.  We were walking down the street quite quickly holding hands and swinging them together in unison to show the world that a miracle had happened and that anything is possible because we were back together again.

We came to Erv's father's house. (Erv was a long time friend)  Erv's father was outside.  It was harvest time and he had three huge - human-sized - silver canning kettles out on the sidewalk. He was going to use these kettles to can during the harvest.

The boy's name Erwin \e-rwin, er-win\ is pronounced ER-win. It is of Old English origin, and its meaning is "boar friend". From the phrase "eofor wine". Erwin and the Ervin variants may also derive from Irving.

Erv's house was next door and we went there and from Erv's house we watched as Erv's father went crazy from grief and set fire to his own house.

Erv's father headed for Erv's house next door where I was.  I saw that there was a back door and I planned to run out the back door when Erv's father came in the front door.  But somehow, after Erv's father came in the door, I was able to subdue him and stop him from setting fire to the house by hugging him and I thought the danger was over.

A moment later, there was another man with dark hair, who I think was a Jewish man I saw on TV.  Next to him was a young blonde woman who looked very angelic - she was standing there with some kind of jewels in her hands - she seemed to be praying and was facing the wall behind me.

All of a sudden I saw fire between the walls high up and I yelled at everyone, "Get out of the house! There is no way to stop a fire like that. We can pick the jewels out of the ashes when the fire is over."

I woke up and immediately I heard a loud bell ring in my left ear.  I said to myself, "I am ready for the message". A loud voice boomed in my ear, "This is a warning to tell you that dreams can come true."


3-17-08 - DREAM - I was in a large house taking care of two adorable little boys about 3 years old.  One had dark hair and one had light hair. The light haired one wore wire rim glasses.

The dark haired boy said, "My name was Gaia." (He pronounced it  Gee-ya)

I wanted the boys to take a nap and I took them into an office with me where a woman named Karen (means pure) was working at a desk.

I sat down on a chair in front of her desk. I said, "Karen! I'd like to introduce you to these sweet little boys."

I took the dark haired one by the hand and said, "This one's name is Gaia!  The other one hasn't told me his name yet."   (see Gaia below)

The blond boy turned around and looked at us but didn't say anything.

I told little Gaia that he needed to take a nap. He went over aways and got two blue and white striped ticked pillows (like small mattresses)  He put the pillow on my lap, then climbed up and lay down on the pillow and lay down.

Just then two little girls stood up from behind some box that Karen was taking care of.

Here again was a beautiful dark haired girl and a smaller pretty blonde girl.

The dark haired girl spoke emphatically.  "There will be no more miracles."

I woke up and the telephone rang.  It was a friend telling me a dream she had about HAARP and a scientist.  I couldn't stop yawning so we made the call short and I lay down again.

I closed my eyes and immediately had a dream/vision.  I saw a book open and on the right hand side, the title on the page was the words:



NOTE: It is interesting to me that we see the earth as feminine, like the picture below, but in the dream, the little boy said 'HIS' name was Gaia.  Are we wrong?



Gaia is the Earth. She is the offspring of Chaos or comes into being after it.


Gaia appears The first to exist was Chaos, a void of unexplained origin. After Chaos, Gaia appeared, whether she was the offspring of Chaos or not, and also Eros, through whom the whole Cosmos came to be; for the world is not created, but procreated through Love and intercourse.
Birth of Uranus Then Gaia bore Uranus (Sky, or Heaven), as an equal to herself; for as the gods have in her a sure standing-place, they have, in Uranus, a secure resting place. This is why Heaven and Earth, though being different, are equal.

And after Uranus, she brought forth, by herself, the MOUNTAINS and Pontus, the sea.

Her mate But she gave birth to Uranus, so that he would cover her all over; so laying with him, she bore the TITANS, the CYCLOPES, and the HECATONCHEIRES.

However, Uranus, hating his offspring, hid some or many of them away in a secret place on earth, or as some say, cast them into Tartarus, which is a gloomy place in the Underworld as far from Earth as Earth is from Heaven.

Gaia behind Cronos' coup d'état And since it seems to be written in the fate of stern tyrants that they will be conspired against, Gaia, grieved at the destruction of her children, and being strained and stretched inside her (where the children were hidden), addressed the TITANS, persuading them to attack their father. To help this purpose, she gave Cronos an adamantine sickle, with which he castrated his father, and dethroned him.
Cronos new ruler When the TITANS had deposed Uranus, the latter prophesied that vengeance for the terrible deed they had performed would come afterwards. The TITANS then liberated their brethren, who had been hurled down to Tartarus, and Cronos became the second ruler of the universe.
Cronos' rule as good as his father's Being in power, however, Cronos started seeing things much as his predecessor, and soon he again bound and shut the CYCLOPES and the HECATONCHEIRES up in the same dark depth. And since both Gaia and Uranus foretold to their son that he would dethroned by his own son, Cronos began to swallow his offspring at birth, in an attempt to escape fate.
Gaia foretells victory to Zeus Such attempts are vain; and Rhea 1 (Cronos' wife), tired of being so often pregnant yet never a mother, deceived her husband by wrapping a stone in clothes, and giving it to him to swallow, as if it were the newborn child Zeus.

When Zeus grew up, he and the gods waged war against the TITANS for ten years. It was then that Gaia prophesied victory to Zeus if he would have the CYCLOPES and the HECATONCHEIRES to help him. And he, taking them as allies, dethroned Cronos, and shut the TITANS up in Tartarus, appointing the HECATONCHEIRES as their guards.

Gaia angry at the gods Yet some have said that Gaia was vexed because the OLYMPIANS had defeated the TITANS, and that this was the reason why she gave birth to GIANTS who attacked heaven [see also Gigantomachy]. They add that when the OLYMPIANS had overcome the GIANTS, Gaia, still more enraged, had intercourse with Tartarus, giving birth to Typhon 1; this was a hybrid creature, between man and beast, who in size and strength surpassed all her offspring [for the attack of Typhon 1 against heaven see Zeus].

The gods can cope with such beasts. But when Orion boasted that he was able to kill anything the earth produced, Gaia, angered at this boast, sent the Scorpion (now among the CONSTELLATIONS) that killed him.

Prophetic powers According to a Pythian priestess, the first to have prophetic powers was Gaia, who appointed Daphnis 4, a Mountain Nymph (Oread), as prophetess at Delphi. It is said that Gaia was succeeded at this oracle by Themis, and the latter by the Titaness Phoebe 1, who finally ceded her seat to Phoebus Apollo, who was surnamed after her.

It was Gaia (along with Uranus) who told Zeus that Metis 1, after giving birth to the maiden who was in her womb, would bear a son fated to become the lord of heaven. The god then, listening to that prophetic warning, swallowed the goddess with whom he had intercourse so that, having her in his belly, she should advise him in good and evil plans.

Zeus takes the soul of man and Gaia his body Concerning the soul and body of man, this has been told:

Cura fashioned a man out of mud, and asked Zeus to give him life. The god granted his request, but forbade her to call man after herself, as she wished. When Zeus wanted to call him after himself, however, Gaia said it should have hers, since it was made out of her own body. Cronos then decided the dispute, letting Zeus take the soul, and Gaia the body, after death. Cura, since she first fashioned him, would possess him as long as he lived. His name would be Homo, since he was made from humus.



In the year 2003, I had this vision:


I had never heard of such a term before, so I had to look on the internet to see if anyone else might know what it was.  Following is what I found.

1. "See" = to perceive with the eyes so that you will have an absolute positive knowledge of the facts, in this case
       signs and wonders.
2.. "Signs" = miracles; finger posts of God; proof that Jesus was sent from God.
3. "Wonders" = the unusual or remarkable events which attended Jesus and caused wonder or amazement.

FROM: http://4-11.org/books/hebrews/heb05.html

Instructive "Signs" 'semeion'

S Zodhiates in the Hebrew/Greek Key Study Bible explains, "Sign, miracle with an ethical end and purpose. In the plural, miracles which lead to something out and beyond themselves; finger-posts of God; valuable not so much for what they are as for what they indicate of the grace and power of the doer or his immediate connection with a higher spiritual world."

The sign, miracle of Cana of Galilee - the turning of water into wine, revealed the glory of Jesus Christ to His disciples (John 2:11; 4:54; 6:14; 9:16; 11:47 ). All the signs of John's gospel faithfully indicated who Jesus was and also instructed in spiritual matters. His gracious signs today should not be regarded by us as the end in themselves, but we should discern to what they point, and apply the instruction they contain. While marvelling at His wonderful works, do not fail to mark their significations and to take action accordingly.

Arresting "Wonders" 'teras'

"Often associated with 'semeion' and usually translated as "wonder". These two words refer not to different classes of miracles, but to different qualities of the same miracle. 'Teras' is derived from 'tereo' - to watch, as being that which for its extraordinary character is apt to be observed and kept in the memory. It is a miracle regarded as startling , imposing, amazing, frequently used elsewhere for strange appearances in the heavens." Spiros Zodhiates

Paul's apostolic ministry was marked by such signs and wonders (2 Corinthians 12:12; Acts 19:11 ). They will surely mark apostolic ministry today to some measure. There are, of course,

Revelation 2:2 " ... those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;" (NKJV)

The holy Spirit is faithful, and works mightily with those who truly are His special messengers. Expect to see wonders that will arrest the attention of the lost, affecting whole communities (Acts 8:12; 2 Corinthians 12:12 ).

Undisputible "Miracles" 'dunamis'

"Power, especially inherent power - - powers, miracles coming out of that mighty power of God inherent in Christ, and which power lent to His witnesses and ambassadors." Spiros Zodhiates

The various miracles wrought by the Holy Spirit, in the name of the Lord Jesus, are divine acts (Acts 19:11-12 ) not soulish power - or psychic suggestion. And those who would attempt to copy, find that no human knowledge or effort can reproduce them. In fact, their vulnerability is exposed (Acts 19:13- 16 ). A mighty enduement of the Holy Spirit upon His special messengers will reveal the inherent powers of the Lord through their ministries, thus giving divine witness to the gospel.


Hebrews 2:4 "... and gifts of the Holy Spirit ... " (NKJV)

The gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 are not human abilities. They are the giving to the redeemed of humanity, the abilities of the Holy Spirit. Every operation of them is a manifestation of God the Holy Spirit. The Greek word 'phanerosis' translated "manifestation" (1 Corinthians 12:7 KJV) means "making visible" (Dake) healings, miracles, prophecies, tongues, interpretations, a word of His wisdom, knowledge, and discernment - make visible the Holy Spirit whose abilities they are, and so divinely attest the gospel.


Hebrews 2:4 "... according to His own will." (KJV)

The Holy Spirit is not only a great giver, He is the all-wise decider as to the manifestations at any given time - and the filler of the vessel He will use.

1 Corinthians 12:11 "But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills." (NKJV)

It would appear that those who "earnestly desire" (1 Corinthians 12:31; (NKJV) 1 Corinthians 14:1 ) the best gifts, will be available to the Holy Spirit for His impartation. The great purpose of the gifts of the Spirit is to equip us as witnesses. (Acts 1:8; Mark 16:17-20; John 14:12 ). Those who disbelieve and despise the gospel, do so in the face of divine attestation. They will awake from their deception at the judgment to know the awful cost of rejecting Jesus.

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Basic Text: Isa. 8:18; Heb. 2:13

Part 1: Technical Definitions

-sign, miracle with an ethical end and purpose. In the plural (semeia), refers to miracles which lead to something out of and beyond themselves; fingerposts of God, valuable not so much for what they are as for what they indicate of the grace and power of the doer or of his immediate connections with a higher spiritual world. (Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible, Lexical Aids to the New Testament)

-that by which a person or thing is distinguished by others and known; an unusual occurence, transcending the common course of nature; miracles and wonders by which God authenticates the men sent by Him, or by which men prove that the cause they are leading is God's. (Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon)

Practical Definition:

A supernatural event, occurrence, or miracle which points to something beyond itself as a waymarker. If believed, the sign serves as a turning point in someone's life to lead him or her into the right direction, toward a deeper knowledge of God. The sign itself is not the end, but the means to it [except in the instance in Luke 2:34,35 where Christ Himself is spoken of as a sign. He is both a sign toward an end (knowing God) and the end in itself (to know Jesus is to know the Father)].

Illustration: street sign points us in the right direction. We are grateful for the sign, but do not worship it. Signs produce awe and worship of God in amazement for His extravagant expressions of love and the realization He is truly near.

Two-fold purpose in signs: God uses them as pathfinders, to help bring men to Him or bring them into more of Him. God uses signs as heart revealers so a person can know what is really inside and come to repentance or else, by rejection of the sign, give witness to others of their true spiritual state.

A sign can be a scandalon (offense). God uses offenses to help us see ourselves. When signs are offensive to us, it is a clear indication that we are not doing as well as we think we are. ìGod offends the mind to reveal the heartî (unknown)

Part 2: Scriptural Examples

As finger-posts of God marking the way for men:

Mark 16:20, Acts 14:33, Heb. 2:4 - Signs confirmed the Gospel preached by early believers and proved the Lord was working with them.

Acts 5:12,13 - Caused non-believers to highly regard the labors of the apostles, and many of them became believers as a result of signs.

2 Cor. 12:12 - Paul's defense of the validity of his apostleship includes signs, wonders, and miracles in contrast with false apostles who disguised themselves as true apostles (2 Cor. 11:13).

As a witness to bring men to God and cause others to be hardened:

Luke 2:34,35 - Christ was appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel. He would be a sign many would believe and, therefore, rise in their spiritual elevation. Many others would reject Him and fall to a lower place in their relationship with God. He would be a sign some religious leaders would oppose and speak against, thus revealing the true condition of their hearts. Luther-The same sun that melts snow, hardens soil.

Part 3: Signs That Some Have Stumbled Over

1. Tongues (1 Cor. 14:22)
2. Falling
3. Laughter
4. Gold

The sign that has offended more people than any other: The Cross! (1 Cor. 1:23,24) Everyone wants eternal life and it is a gift, but God placed a scandalon in front of it.

Personal Application:


Wonders Greek: teras (Strong's #5059)

Technical Definitions:

-something strange causing the beholder to marvel...and generally follows ìsignsî (Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words)

-often associated with semeion (#4592), sign, and usually translated ìwonder.î These two words (semeion and teras) refer not to different classes of miracles, but to different qualities of the same miracle. Teras is derived from tereo, to watch, as being that which for its extraordinary character is apt to be observed and kept in the memory. It is a miracle regarded as startling, imposing, amazing, frequently used elsewhere for strange appearances in the heavens. (Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible, Lexical Aids to the New Testament)

Acts 2:19 - We have personally witnessed two signs in the heavens in the Fall of 1999. These were wonders of grace, not judgment. Sept. '99 - Edmonton, Alberta aurora borealis above Bethel Bible Church witnessed by over a hundred people. Oct. '99 - Clouds that were scattered across the sky were ringed around the moon in a perfect wreath. Above Craig Orrick's home near St. Joseph, Missouri.

related word: thumasios (#2297)

Technical Definition: wonderful things, miracles provoking admiration and astonishment as in Matthew 21:15 where religious leaders became indignant when they saw the ìwonderful thingsî Christ did. (Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible, Lexical Aids to the New Testament)

A derivative of this word thaumata is translated as miracles in modern Greek. (In NT Greek the word for miracles is dunamis.) Thaumazo (verb) to wonder, marvel, admire as in:

Matt. 8:27The disciples, half of whom were fishermen and knew the nature of the sea, were astonished and marveled at the immediate calming of the storm.

Matt. 15:31 Multitude marveled at Christ's miracles - perhaps at the creative miracles in particular. (ìmaimedî = kullos; ìwholeî = hugies)

Mark 5:20 The curing of the Gadarene demoniac caused men to marvel.

Acts 3:12 Healing of the lame beggar made the men of Israel marvel - perhaps because they thought they got rid of the Miracle-Worker with the crucifixion, but now His followers were doing the same things!

Miracles Greek: dunamis (Strong's #1411)

Technical Definitions:

-power, especially inherent power...powers, miracles coming out of that mighty power of God inherent in Christ and which power was lent to His witnesses and ambassadors. (Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible, Lexical Aids to the New Testament)

-ìpower, inherent ability,î is used of works of a supernatural origin and character, such as could not be produced by natural agents and means. (Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words)

-strength, ability, power; inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth. (Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon)

Acts 1:8 - Jesus told His disciples they would receive ìpowerî when they received the Holy Spirit. Jesus actually said they would receive ìmiraclesî! As a result of miracles they would give supernatural witness of Him to the entire world.

Acts 19:11 - Paul wrought special ìmiraclesî through handkerchiefs and aprons through dunamis.

1 Cor. 12:10,28,29 - the working of ìmiraclesî (dunamis) is one of the gifts of the Spirit.

Gal. 3:5 - the individual who was working ìmiraclesî (dunamis) by the hearing of faith at Galatia.


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There are some who claim no more miracles could happen after the Apostles.  Here is one minister's reply:

V1.Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ, yesterday, and today; and the same forever.z

Q1: Why did Jesus perform miracles "yesterday" and why doesn't he today or forever more?

V2.James 5:14 Is any man sick among you? Let him bring in the priests of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
Q2:What the purpose of this ritual? Q2b Wouldnt it be nonsense to take the name of our Lord, in vain with such a ritual.

V3. 1st Corinthians 11:30 Are all workers of miracles? Have all the grace of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?
Q3 Why did the Holy Spirit prompt St Paul to write such words, if they were only relevent to the believers of the Apostolic Age?

V4. Matthew 7:7-11 Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you. For every one that asketh, receiveth: and he that seeketh, findeth: and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened. Or what man is there among you, of whom if his son shall ask bread, will he reach him a stone? Or if he shall ask him a fish, will he reach him a serpent? If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much more will your Father who is in heaven, give good things to them that ask him?
Q4: What's the meaning/purpose of this inspired verse?

V5. Luke 11:9-10 And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you. For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.  
Q5:Whats the meaning/purpose of this inspired verse?

V6 Mark16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name they shall cast out devils: they shall speak with new tongues. 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover. 19 And the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God.
Q6: Where in the bible does it state that this promise was only those of the Apostolic Age.

From: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Catholics-955/miracles-Apostles-biblical.htm

Also see:

The ten plagues in Egypt (Book of Exodus) were
  1. Water to Blood
      7:19 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone.
  2. Frogs
      8:2 And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs: 8:3 And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs: 8:4 And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants.
  3. Gnats
      8:16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.
  4. Flies
      8:21 Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are.
  5. Livestock Diseased
      9:3 Behold, the hand of the LORD is upon thy cattle which is in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep: there shall be a very grievous murrain.
  6. Boils
      9:8 And the LORD said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. 9:9 And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt.
  7. Thunder and Hail
      9:18 Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now.
  8. Locusts
      10:4 Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast: 10:5 And they shall cover the face of the earth, that one cannot be able to see the earth: and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which groweth for you out of the field
  9. Darkness
      10:21 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. 10:22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days
  10. Death of the Firstborn
      11:4 And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: 11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first born of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.



Exodus 8:12

Then Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh, and Moses cried to the LORD concerning the frogs which He had inflicted upon Pharaoh.

8:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 8:2 Speak unto Aaron, and say unto him, When thou lightest the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light over against the candlestick.

 8:3 And Aaron did so; he lighted the lamps thereof over against the candlestick, as the LORD commanded Moses.

 8:4 And this work of the candlestick [was of] beaten gold, unto the shaft thereof, unto the flowers thereof, [was] beaten work: according unto the pattern which the LORD had shewed Moses, so he made the candlestick.

 8:5 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 8:6 Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them.

 8:7 And thus shalt thou do unto them, to cleanse them: Sprinkle water of purifying upon them, and let them shave all their flesh, and let them wash their clothes, and [so] make themselves clean.

 8:8 Then let them take a young bullock with his meat offering, [even] fine flour mingled with oil, and another young bullock shalt thou take for a sin offering.

 8:9 And thou shalt bring the Levites before the tabernacle of the congregation: and thou shalt gather the whole assembly of the children of Israel together:

 8:10 And thou shalt bring the Levites before the LORD: and the children of Israel shall put their hands upon the Levites:

 8:11 And Aaron shall offer the Levites before the LORD [for] an offering of the children of Israel, that they may execute the service of the LORD.

 8:12 And the Levites shall lay their hands upon the heads of the bullocks: and thou shalt offer the one [for] a sin offering, and the other [for] a burnt offering, unto the LORD, to make an atonement for the Levites.

 8:13 And thou shalt set the Levites before Aaron, and before his sons, and offer them [for] an offering unto the LORD.

 8:14 Thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine.

 8:15 And after that shall the Levites go in to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation: and thou shalt cleanse them, and offer them [for] an offering.

 8:16 For they [are] wholly given unto me from among the children of Israel; instead of such as open every womb, [even instead of] the firstborn of all the children of Israel, have I taken them unto me.

 8:17 For all the firstborn of the children of Israel [are] mine, [both] man and beast: on the day that I smote every firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for myself.

 8:18 And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel.

 8:19 And I have given the Levites [as] a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of the congregation, and to make an atonement for the children of Israel: that there be no plague among the children of Israel, when the children of Israel come nigh unto the sanctuary.

 8:20 And Moses, and Aaron, and all the congregation of the children of Israel, did to the Levites according unto all that the LORD commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so did the children of Israel unto them.

 8:21 And the Levites were purified, and they washed their clothes; and Aaron offered them [as] an offering before the LORD; and Aaron made an atonement for them to cleanse them.

 8:22 And after that went the Levites in to do their service in the tabernacle of the congregation before Aaron, and before his sons: as the LORD had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so did they unto them.

 8:23 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 8:24 This [is it] that [belongeth] unto the Levites: from twenty and five years old and upward they shall go in to wait upon the service of the tabernacle of the congregation:

 8:25 And from the age of fifty years they shall cease waiting upon the service [thereof], and shall serve no more:

 8:26 But shall minister with their brethren in the tabernacle of the congregation, to keep the charge, and shall do no service. Thus shalt thou do unto the Levites touching their charge.

THE PLAGUE OF FROGS  Florida - year 2000   PLAGUE OF FROGS  Minnesota - year 1995

The plague of frogs is the second of 10 plagues


Exodus 15:25 And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, [which] when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,

15:1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

 15:2 The LORD [is] my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he [is] my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.

 15:3 The LORD [is] a man of war: the LORD [is] his name.

 15:4 Pharaoh's chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.

 15:5 The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone.

 15:6 Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.

 15:7 And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, [which] consumed them as stubble.

 15:8 And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, [and] the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.

 15:9 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.

 15:10 Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.

 15:11 Who [is] like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who [is] like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful [in] praises, doing wonders?

 15:12 Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them.

 15:13 Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people [which] thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided [them] in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.

 15:14 The people shall hear, [and] be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina.

 15:15 Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away.

 15:16 Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be [as] still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, [which] thou hast purchased.

 15:17 Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, [in] the place, O LORD, [which] thou hast made for thee to dwell in, [in] the Sanctuary, O Lord, [which] thy hands have established.

 15:18 The LORD shall reign for ever and ever.

 15:19 For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea, and the LORD brought again the waters of the sea upon them; but the children of Israel went on dry [land] in the midst of the sea.

 15:20 And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.

 15:21 And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

 15:22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.

 15:23 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they [were] bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.

 15:24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?

 15:25 And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, [which] when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,

 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I [am] the LORD that healeth thee.

 15:27 And they came to Elim, where [were] twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.

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Exodus 17:4

So Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, "What shall I do to this people? A little more and they will stone me."

17:1 And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim: and [there was] no water for the people to drink.

 17:2 Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?

 17:3 And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore [is] this [that] thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?

 17:4 And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.

 17:5 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go.

 17:6 Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.

 17:7 And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the LORD, saying, Is the LORD among us, or not?

 17:8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.

 17:9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.

 17:10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.

 17:11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.

 17:12 But Moses' hands [were] heavy; and they took a stone, and put [it] under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

 17:13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

 17:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this [for] a memorial in a book, and rehearse [it] in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.

 17:15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi:

 17:16 For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn [that] the LORD [will have] war with Amalek from generation to generation.


Numbers 11:11 

11:11 And Moses cried unto the LORD, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me?

11:1 And [when] the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard [it]; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed [them that were] in the uttermost parts of the camp.

 11:2 And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the fire was quenched.

 11:3 And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the fire of the LORD burnt among them.

 11:4 And the mixt multitude that [was] among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?

 11:5 We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:

11:6 But now our soul [is] dried away: [there is] nothing at all, beside this manna, [before] our eyes.

11:7 And the manna [was] as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium.

 11:8 [And] the people went about, and gathered [it], and ground [it] in mills, or beat [it] in a mortar, and baked [it] in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil.

 11:9 And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it.

 11:10 Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased.

 11:11 And Moses cried unto the LORD, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me?

 11:12 Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers?

 11:13 Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? for they weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat.

 11:14 I am not able to bear all this people alone, because [it is] too heavy for me.

 11:15 And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.

 11:16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee.

 11:17 And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which [is] upon thee, and will put [it] upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear [it] not thyself alone.

 11:18 And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for [it was] well with us in Egypt: therefore the LORD will give you flesh, and ye shall eat.

 11:19 Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days;

 11:20 [But] even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the LORD which [is] among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?

 11:21 And Moses said, The people, among whom I [am], [are] six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month.

 11:22 Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them?

 11:23 And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD'S hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.

 11:24 And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the LORD, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle.

 11:25 And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that [was] upon him, and gave [it] unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, [that], when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.

 11:26 But there remained two [of the] men in the camp, the name of the one [was] Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they [were] of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp.

 11:27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.

 11:28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, [one] of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them.

 11:29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD'S people were prophets, [and] that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!

 11:30 And Moses gat him into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.

 11:31 And there went forth a wind from the LORD, and brought quails from the sea, and let [them] fall by the camp, as it were a day's journey on this side, and as it were a day's journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits [high] upon the face of the earth.

 11:32 And the people stood up all that day, and all [that] night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread [them] all abroad for themselves round about the camp.

 11:33 And while the flesh [was] yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.

 11:34 And he called the name of that place Kibrothhattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted.

 11:35 [And] the people journeyed from Kibrothhattaavah unto Hazeroth; and abode at Hazeroth.


Numbers 12:13

And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee.

12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

 12:2 And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard [it].

 12:3 (Now the man Moses [was] very meek, above all the men which [were] upon the face of the earth.)

 12:4 And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.

 12:5 And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood [in] the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.

 12:6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, [I] the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, [and] will speak unto him in a dream.

 12:7 My servant Moses [is] not so, who [is] faithful in all mine house.

 12:8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?

 12:9 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.

 12:10 And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam [became] leprous, [white] as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, [she was] leprous.

 12:11 And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned.

 12:12 Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he cometh out of his mother's womb.

 12:13 And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee.

 12:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in [again].

 12:15 And Miriam was shut out from the camp seven days: and the people journeyed not till Miriam was brought in [again].

 12:16 And afterward the people removed from Hazeroth, and pitched in the wilderness of Paran.


13:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 13:2 Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.

 13:3 And Moses by the commandment of the LORD sent them from the wilderness of Paran: all those men [were] heads of the children of Israel.

 13:4 And these [were] their names: of the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur.

 13:5 Of the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori.

 13:6 Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.

 13:7 Of the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph.

 13:8 Of the tribe of Ephraim, Oshea the son of Nun.

 13:9 Of the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu.

 13:10 Of the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi.

 13:11 Of the tribe of Joseph, [namely], of the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi.

 13:12 Of the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli.

 13:13 Of the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael.

 13:14 Of the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi.

 13:15 Of the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi.

 13:16 These [are] the names of the men which Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Oshea the son of Nun Jehoshua.

 13:17 And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this [way] southward, and go up into the mountain:

 13:18 And see the land, what it [is]; and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they [be] strong or weak, few or many;

 13:19 And what the land [is] that they dwell in, whether it [be] good or bad; and what cities [they be] that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds;

 13:20 And what the land [is], whether it [be] fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time [was] the time of the firstripe grapes.

 13:21 So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath.

 13:22 And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, [were]. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)

 13:23 And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and [they brought] of the pomegranates, and of the figs.

 13:24 The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence.

 13:25 And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.

 13:26 And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.

 13:27 And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this [is] the fruit of it.

 13:28 Nevertheless the people [be] strong that dwell in the land, and the cities [are] walled, [and] very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.

 13:29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.

 13:30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

 13:31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they [are] stronger than we.

 13:32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, [is] a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it [are] men of a great stature.

 13:33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, [which come] of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.


14:1 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.

 14:2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!

 14:3 And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?

 14:4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

 14:5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.

 14:6 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, [which were] of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:

 14:7 And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, [is] an exceeding good land.

 14:8 If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.

 14:9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they [are] bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD [is] with us: fear them not.

 14:10 But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel.

 14:11 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?

 14:12 I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.

 14:13 And Moses said unto the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear [it], (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;)

 14:14 And they will tell [it] to the inhabitants of this land: [for] they have heard that thou LORD [art] among this people, that thou LORD art seen face to face, and [that] thy cloud standeth over them, and [that] thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.

 14:15 Now [if] thou shalt kill [all] this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying,

 14:16 Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness.

 14:17 And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying,

 14:18 The LORD [is] longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing [the guilty], visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation].

 14:19 Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.

 14:20 And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word:

 14:21 But [as] truly [as] I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.

 14:22 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;

 14:23 Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:

 14:24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.

 14:25 (Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelt in the valley.) To morrow turn you, and get you into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea.

 14:26 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,

 14:27 How long [shall I bear with] this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.

 14:28 Say unto them, [As truly as] I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:

 14:29 Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me,

 14:30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, [concerning] which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.

 14:31 But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.

 14:32 But [as for] you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.

 14:33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.

 14:34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, [even] forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, [even] forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.

 14:35 I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.

 14:36 And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land,

 14:37 Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the LORD.

 14:38 But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, [which were] of the men that went to search the land, lived [still].

 14:39 And Moses told these sayings unto all the children of Israel: and the people mourned greatly.

 14:40 And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we [be here], and will go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we have sinned.

 14:41 And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper.

 14:42 Go not up, for the LORD [is] not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.

 14:43 For the Amalekites and the Canaanites [are] there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you.

 14:44 But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp.

 14:45 Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, [even] unto Hormah.



15:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 15:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land of your habitations, which I give unto you,

 15:3 And will make an offering by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, or a sacrifice in performing a vow, or in a freewill offering, or in your solemn feasts, to make a sweet savour unto the LORD, of the herd, or of the flock:

 15:4 Then shall he that offereth his offering unto the LORD bring a meat offering of a tenth deal of flour mingled with the fourth [part] of an hin of oil.

 15:5 And the fourth [part] of an hin of wine for a drink offering shalt thou prepare with the burnt offering or sacrifice, for one lamb.

 15:6 Or for a ram, thou shalt prepare [for] a meat offering two tenth deals of flour mingled with the third [part] of an hin of oil.

 15:7 And for a drink offering thou shalt offer the third [part] of an hin of wine, [for] a sweet savour unto the LORD.

 15:8 And when thou preparest a bullock [for] a burnt offering, or [for] a sacrifice in performing a vow, or peace offerings unto the LORD:

 15:9 Then shall he bring with a bullock a meat offering of three tenth deals of flour mingled with half an hin of oil.

 15:10 And thou shalt bring for a drink offering half an hin of wine, [for] an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

 15:11 Thus shall it be done for one bullock, or for one ram, or for a lamb, or a kid.

 15:12 According to the number that ye shall prepare, so shall ye do to every one according to their number.

 15:13 All that are born of the country shall do these things after this manner, in offering an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

 15:14 And if a stranger sojourn with you, or whosoever [be] among you in your generations, and will offer an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD; as ye do, so he shall do.

 15:15 One ordinance [shall be both] for you of the congregation, and also for the stranger that sojourneth [with you], an ordinance for ever in your generations: as ye [are], so shall the stranger be before the LORD.

 15:16 One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.

 15:17 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 15:18 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land whither I bring you,

 15:19 Then it shall be, that, when ye eat of the bread of the land, ye shall offer up an heave offering unto the LORD.

 15:20 Ye shall offer up a cake of the first of your dough [for] an heave offering: as [ye do] the heave offering of the threshing floor, so shall ye heave it.

 15:21 Of the first of your dough ye shall give unto the LORD an heave offering in your generations.

 15:22 And if ye have erred, and not observed all these commandments, which the LORD hath spoken unto Moses,

 15:23 [Even] all that the LORD hath commanded you by the hand of Moses, from the day that the LORD commanded [Moses], and henceforward among your generations;

 15:24 Then it shall be, if [ought] be committed by ignorance without the knowledge of the congregation, that all the congregation shall offer one young bullock for a burnt offering, for a sweet savour unto the LORD, with his meat offering, and his drink offering, according to the manner, and one kid of the goats for a sin offering.

 15:25 And the priest shall make an atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and it shall be forgiven them; for it [is] ignorance: and they shall bring their offering, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD, and their sin offering before the LORD, for their ignorance:

 15:26 And it shall be forgiven all the congregation of the children of Israel, and the stranger that sojourneth among them; seeing all the people [were] in ignorance.

 15:27 And if any soul sin through ignorance, then he shall bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering.

 15:28 And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sinneth ignorantly, when he sinneth by ignorance before the LORD, to make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him.

 15:29 Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, [both for] him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them.

 15:30 But the soul that doeth [ought] presumptuously, [whether he be] born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

 15:31 Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity [shall be] upon him.

 15:32 And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day.

 15:33 And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation.

 15:34 And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him.

 15:35 And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.

 15:36 And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses.

 15:37 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 15:38 Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:

 15:39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:

 15:40 That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.

 15:41 I [am] the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I [am] the LORD your God.





16:35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.

16:1 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took [men]:

 16:2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:

 16:3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, [Ye take] too much upon you, seeing all the congregation [are] holy, every one of them, and the LORD [is] among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?

 16:4 And when Moses heard [it], he fell upon his face:

 16:5 And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will shew who [are] his, and [who is] holy; and will cause [him] to come near unto him: even [him] whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him.

 16:6 This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company;

 16:7 And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the LORD to morrow: and it shall be [that] the man whom the LORD doth choose, he [shall be] holy: [ye take] too much upon you, ye sons of Levi.

 16:8 And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi:

 16:9 [Seemeth it but] a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them?

 16:10 And he hath brought thee near [to him], and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek ye the priesthood also?

 16:11 For which cause [both] thou and all thy company [are] gathered together against the LORD: and what [is] Aaron, that ye murmur against him?

 16:12 And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab: which said, We will not come up:

 16:13 [Is it] a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over us?

 16:14 Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up.

 16:15 And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the LORD, Respect not thou their offering: I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them.

 16:16 And Moses said unto Korah, Be thou and all thy company before the LORD, thou, and they, and Aaron, to morrow:

 16:17 And take every man his censer, and put incense in them, and bring ye before the LORD every man his censer, two hundred and fifty censers; thou also, and Aaron, each [of you] his censer.

 16:18 And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, and stood in the door of the tabernacle of the congregation with Moses and Aaron.

 16:19 And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the congregation.

 16:20 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,

 16:21 Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.

 16:22 And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation?

 16:23 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 16:24 Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.

 16:25 And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him.

 16:26 And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins.

 16:27 So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children.

 16:28 And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for [I have] not [done them] of mine own mind.

 16:29 If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; [then] the LORD hath not sent me.

 16:30 But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that [appertain] unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.

 16:31 And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that [was] under them:

 16:32 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that [appertained] unto Korah, and all [their] goods.

 16:33 They, and all that [appertained] to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.

 16:34 And all Israel that [were] round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up [also].

 16:35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.

 16:36 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 16:37 Speak unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that he take up the censers out of the burning, and scatter thou the fire yonder; for they are hallowed.

 16:38 The censers of these sinners against their own souls, let them make them broad plates [for] a covering of the altar: for they offered them before the LORD, therefore they are hallowed: and they shall be a sign unto the children of Israel.

 16:39 And Eleazar the priest took the brasen censers, wherewith they that were burnt had offered; and they were made broad [plates for] a covering of the altar:

 16:40 [To be] a memorial unto the children of Israel, that no stranger, which [is] not of the seed of Aaron, come near to offer incense before the LORD; that he be not as Korah, and as his company: as the LORD said to him by the hand of Moses.

 16:41 But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of the LORD.

 16:42 And it came to pass, when the congregation was gathered against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tabernacle of the congregation: and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared.

 16:43 And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of the congregation.

 16:44 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 16:45 Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces.

 16:46 And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun.

 16:47 And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people.

 16:48 And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

 16:49 Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah.

 16:50 And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the plague was stayed.



'Now a man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer and deposit them outside the camp in a clean place, and the congregation of the sons of Israel shall keep it as water to remove impurity; it is purification from sin.

19:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,

 19:2 This [is] the ordinance of the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein [is] no blemish, [and] upon which never came yoke:

 19:3 And ye shall give her unto Eleazar the priest, that he may bring her forth without the camp, and [one] shall slay her before his face:

 19:4 And Eleazar the priest shall take of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle of her blood directly before the tabernacle of the congregation seven times:

 19:5 And [one] shall burn the heifer in his sight; her skin, and her flesh, and her blood, with her dung, shall he burn:

 19:6 And the priest shall take cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast [it] into the midst of the burning of the heifer.

 19:7 Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the even.

 19:8 And he that burneth her shall wash his clothes in water, and bathe his flesh in water, and shall be unclean until the even.

 19:9 And a man [that is] clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and lay [them] up without the camp in a clean place, and it shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for a water of separation: it [is] a purification for sin.

 19:10 And he that gathereth the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: and it shall be unto the children of Israel, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among them, for a statute for ever.

 19:11 He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days.

 19:12 He shall purify himself with it on the third day, and on the seventh day he shall be clean: but if he purify not himself the third day, then the seventh day he shall not be clean.

 19:13 Whosoever toucheth the dead body of any man that is dead, and purifieth not himself, defileth the tabernacle of the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from Israel: because the water of separation was not sprinkled upon him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness [is] yet upon him.

 19:14 This [is] the law, when a man dieth in a tent: all that come into the tent, and all that [is] in the tent, shall be unclean seven days.

 19:15 And every open vessel, which hath no covering bound upon it, [is] unclean.

 19:16 And whosoever toucheth one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, or a dead body, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days.

 19:17 And for an unclean [person] they shall take of the ashes of the burnt heifer of purification for sin, and running water shall be put thereto in a vessel:

 19:18 And a clean person shall take hyssop, and dip [it] in the water, and sprinkle [it] upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, and upon the persons that were there, and upon him that touched a bone, or one slain, or one dead, or a grave:

 19:19 And the clean [person] shall sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, and wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at even.

 19:20 But the man that shall be unclean, and shall not purify himself, that soul shall be cut off from among the congregation, because he hath defiled the sanctuary of the LORD: the water of separation hath not been sprinkled upon him; he [is] unclean.

 19:21 And it shall be a perpetual statute unto them, that he that sprinkleth the water of separation shall wash his clothes; and he that toucheth the water of separation shall be unclean until even.

 19:22 And whatsoever the unclean [person] toucheth shall be unclean; and the soul that toucheth [it] shall be unclean until even.




everything that can stand the fire, you shall pass through the fire, and it shall be clean, but it shall be purified with water for impurity. But whatever cannot stand the fire you shall pass through the water.

31:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 31:2 Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people.

 31:3 And Moses spake unto the people, saying, Arm some of yourselves unto the war, and let them go against the Midianites, and avenge the LORD of Midian.

 31:4 Of every tribe a thousand, throughout all the tribes of Israel, shall ye send to the war.

 31:5 So there were delivered out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand of [every] tribe, twelve thousand armed for war.

 31:6 And Moses sent them to the war, a thousand of [every] tribe, them and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war, with the holy instruments, and the trumpets to blow in his hand.

 31:7 And they warred against the Midianites, as the LORD commanded Moses; and they slew all the males.

 31:8 And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; [namely], Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.

 31:9 And the children of Israel took [all] the women of Midian captives, and their little ones, and took the spoil of all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods.

 31:10 And they burnt all their cities wherein they dwelt, and all their goodly castles, with fire.

 31:11 And they took all the spoil, and all the prey, [both] of men and of beasts.

 31:12 And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, unto Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and unto the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the camp at the plains of Moab, which [are] by Jordan [near] Jericho.

 31:13 And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp.

 31:14 And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, [with] the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, which came from the battle.

 31:15 And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive?

 31:16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.

 31:17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.

 31:18 But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.

 31:19 And do ye abide without the camp seven days: whosoever hath killed any person, and whosoever hath touched any slain, purify [both] yourselves and your captives on the third day, and on the seventh day.

 31:20 And purify all [your] raiment, and all that is made of skins, and all work of goats' [hair], and all things made of wood.

 31:21 And Eleazar the priest said unto the men of war which went to the battle, This [is] the ordinance of the law which the LORD commanded Moses;

 31:22 Only the gold, and the silver, the brass, the iron, the tin, and the lead,

 31:23 Every thing that may abide the fire, ye shall make [it] go through the fire, and it shall be clean: nevertheless it shall be purified with the water of separation: and all that abideth not the fire ye shall make go through the water.

 31:24 And ye shall wash your clothes on the seventh day, and ye shall be clean, and afterward ye shall come into the camp.

 31:25 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 31:26 Take the sum of the prey that was taken, [both] of man and of beast, thou, and Eleazar the priest, and the chief fathers of the congregation:

 31:27 And divide the prey into two parts; between them that took the war upon them, who went out to battle, and between all the congregation:

 31:28 And levy a tribute unto the LORD of the men of war which went out to battle: one soul of five hundred, [both] of the persons, and of the beeves, and of the asses, and of the sheep:

 31:29 Take [it] of their half, and give it unto Eleazar the priest, [for] an heave offering of the LORD.

 31:30 And of the children of Israel's half, thou shalt take one portion of fifty, of the persons, of the beeves, of the asses, and of the flocks, of all manner of beasts, and give them unto the Levites, which keep the charge of the tabernacle of the LORD.

 31:31 And Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the LORD commanded Moses.

 31:32 And the booty, [being] the rest of the prey which the men of war had caught, was six hundred thousand and seventy thousand and five thousand sheep,

 31:33 And threescore and twelve thousand beeves,

 31:34 And threescore and one thousand asses,

 31:35 And thirty and two thousand persons in all, of women that had not known man by lying with him.

 31:36 And the half, [which was] the portion of them that went out to war, was in number three hundred thousand and seven and thirty thousand and five hundred sheep:

 31:37 And the LORD'S tribute of the sheep was six hundred and threescore and fifteen.

 31:38 And the beeves [were] thirty and six thousand; of which the LORD'S tribute [was] threescore and twelve.

 31:39 And the asses [were] thirty thousand and five hundred; of which the LORD'S tribute [was] threescore and one.

 31:40 And the persons [were] sixteen thousand; of which the LORD'S tribute [was] thirty and two persons.

 31:41 And Moses gave the tribute, [which was] the LORD'S heave offering, unto Eleazar the priest, as the LORD commanded Moses.

 31:42 And of the children of Israel's half, which Moses divided from the men that warred,

 31:43 (Now the half [that pertained unto] the congregation was three hundred thousand and thirty thousand [and] seven thousand and five hundred sheep,

 31:44 And thirty and six thousand beeves,

 31:45 And thirty thousand asses and five hundred,

 31:46 And sixteen thousand persons;)

 31:47 Even of the children of Israel's half, Moses took one portion of fifty, [both] of man and of beast, and gave them unto the Levites, which kept the charge of the tabernacle of the LORD; as the LORD commanded Moses.

 31:48 And the officers which [were] over thousands of the host, the captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds, came near unto Moses:

 31:49 And they said unto Moses, Thy servants have taken the sum of the men of war which [are] under our charge, and there lacketh not one man of us.

 31:50 We have therefore brought an oblation for the LORD, what every man hath gotten, of jewels of gold, chains, and bracelets, rings, earrings, and tablets, to make an atonement for our souls before the LORD.

 31:51 And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of them, [even] all wrought jewels.

 31:52 And all the gold of the offering that they offered up to the LORD, of the captains of thousands, and of the captains of hundreds, was sixteen thousand seven hundred and fifty shekels.

 31:53 ([For] the men of war had taken spoil, every man for himself.)

 31:54 And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and brought it into the tabernacle of the congregation, [for] a memorial for the children of Israel before the LORD.



2 Maccabees Chapter 1


Letters of the Jews of Jerusalem to them that were in Egypt. They give thanks for their delivery from Antiochus: and exhort their brethren to keep the feast of the dedication of the altar, and of the miraculous fire.

1 To the brethren, the Jews that are throughout Egypt; the brethren, the Jews that are in Jerusalem, and in the land of Judea, send health and good peace. 2 May God be gracious to you, and remember his covenant that he made with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, his faithful servants: 3 And give you all a heart to worship him, and to do his will with a great heart, and a willing mind. 4 May he open your heart in his law, and in his commandments, and send you peace. 5 May he hear your prayers, and be reconciled unto you, and never forsake you in the evil time. 6 And now here we are praying for you. 7 When Demetrius reigned, in the year one hundred and sixty-nine, we Jews wrote to you in the trouble and violence that came upon us in those years, after Jason withdrew himself from the holy land, and from the kingdom. 8 They burnt the gate, and shed innocent blood: then we prayed to the Lord, and were heard, and we offered sacrifices, and fine flour, and lighted the lamps, and set forth the loaves. 9 And now celebrate ye the days of Scenopegia in the month of Casleu. Scenopegia... Viz., the Encenia, or feast of the dedication of the altar, called here Scenopegia, or feast of tabernacles, from being celebrated with the like solemnity.

10 In the year one hundred and eighty-eight, the people that is at Jerusalem, and in Judea, and the senate, and Judas, to Aristobolus, the preceptor of king Ptolemee, who is of the stock of the anointed priests, and to the Jews that are in Egypt, health and welfare. 11 Having been delivered by God out of great dangers, we give him great thanks, forasmuch as we have been in war with such a king. Such a king... Viz., Antiochus Sidetes, who began to make war upon the Jews, whilst Simon was yet alive. 1 Maccabees 15:39. And afterwards besieged Jerusalem under John Hircanus. So that the Judas here mentioned, verse 10, is not Judas Machabeus, who was dead long before the year 188 of the kingdom of the Greeks, for he died in the year 146 of that epoch, (see above 1 Maccabees 2:70, also the note on 1:2), but either Judas the eldest son of John Hircanus, or Judas the Essene, renowned for the gift of prophecy, who flourished about that time. 12 For he made numbers of men swarm out of Persia, that have fought against us, and the holy city. 13 For when the leader himself was in Persia, and with him a very great army, he fell in the temple of Nanea, being deceived by the counsel of the priests of Nanea. Nanea... A Persian goddess, which some have taken for Diana, others for Venus. 14 For Antiochus, with his friends, came to the place as though he would marry her, and that he might receive great sums of money under the title of a dowry. 15 And when the priests of Nanea had set it forth, and he with a small company had entered into the compass of the temple, they shut the temple, 16 When Antiochus was come in: and opening a secret entrance of the temple, they cast stones and slew the leader, and them that were with him, and hewed them in pieces; and cutting off their heads, they threw them forth. 17 Blessed be God in all things, who hath delivered up the wicked. 18 Therefore, whereas we purpose to keep the purification of the temple on the five and twentieth day of the month of Casleu, we thought it necessary to signify it to you: that you also may keep the day of Scenopegia, and the day of the fire, that was given when Nehemias offered sacrifice, after the temple and the altar was built. 19 For when our fathers were led into Persia, the priests that then were worshippers of God, took privately the fire from the altar, and hid it in a valley where there was a deep pit without water, and there they kept it safe, so that the place was unknown to all men. Persia... Babylonia, called here Persia, from being afterwards a part of the Persian empire. 20 But when many years had passed, and it pleased God that Nehemias should be sent by the king of Persia, he sent some of the posterity of those priests that had hid it, to seek for the fire: and as they told us, they found no fire, but thick water. 21 Then he bade them draw it up, and bring it to him: and the priest, Nehemias, commanded the sacrifices that were laid on, to be sprinkled with the same water, both the wood, and the things that were laid upon it. 22 And when this was done, and the time came that the sun shone out, which before was in a cloud, there was a great fire kindled, so that all wondered. 23 And all the priests made prayer, while the sacrifice was consuming, Jonathan beginning, and the rest answering. 24 And the prayer of Nehemias was after this manner: O Lord God, Creator of all things, dreadful and strong, just and merciful, who alone art the good king, 25 Who alone art gracious, who alone art just, and almighty, and eternal, who deliverest Israel from all evil, who didst choose the fathers, and didst sanctify them: 26 Receive the sacrifice for all thy people Israel, and preserve thy own portion, and sanctify it. 27 Gather together our scattered people, deliver them that are slaves to the Gentiles, and look upon them that are despised and abhorred: that the Gentiles may know that thou art our God. 28 Punish them that oppress us, and that treat us injuriously with pride. 29 Establish thy people in thy holy place, as Moses hath spoken. 30 And the priests sung hymns till the sacrifice was consumed. 31 And when the sacrifice was consumed, Nehemias commanded the water that was left to be poured out upon the great stones. 32 Which being done, there was kindled a flame from them: but it was consumed by the light that shined from the altar. 33 And when this matter became public, it was told to the king of Persia, that in the place where the priests that were led away, had hid the fire, there appeared water, with which Nehemias and they that were with him had purified the sacrifices. 34 And the king considering, and diligently examining the matter, made a temple for it, that he might prove what had happened. A temple... That is, an enclosure, or a wall round about the place where the fire was hid, to separate it from profane uses, to the end that it might be respected as a holy place. 35 And when he had proved it, he gave the priests many goods, and divers presents, and he took and distributed them to them with his own hand. 36 And Nehemias called this place Nephthar, which is interpreted purification. But many call it Nephi.


1 Fratribus qui sunt per Ægyptum Judæis, salutem dicunt fratres qui sunt in Jerosolymis Judæi, et qui in regione Judææ, et pacem bonam. 2 Benefaciat vobis Deus, et meminerit testamenti sui, quod locutus est ad Abraham, et Isaac, et Jacob servorum suorum fidelium: 3 et det vobis cor omnibus ut colatis eum, et faciatis ejus voluntatem, corde magno et animo volenti. 4 Adaperiat cor vestrum in lege sua, et in præceptis suis, et faciat pacem. 5 Exaudiat orationes vestras, et reconcilietur vobis, nec vos deserat in tempore malo. 6 Et nunc hic sumus orantes pro vobis. 7 Regnante Demetrio, anno centesimo sexagesimo nono, nos Judæi scripsimus vobis in tribulatione et impetu qui supervenit nobis in istis annis, ex quo recessit Jason a sancta terra, et a regno. 8 Portam succenderunt, et effuderunt sanguinem innocentem: et oravimus ad Dominum, et exauditi sumus, et obtulimus sacrificium et similaginem, et accendimus lucernas, et proposuimus panes. 9 Et nunc frequentate dies scenopegiæ mensis Casleu.

10 Anno centesimo octogesimo octavo, populus qui est Jerosolymis et in Judæa, senatusque et Judas, Aristobolo magistro Ptolemæi regis, qui est de genere christorum sacerdotum, et his qui in Ægypto sunt Judæis, salutem et sanitatem. 11 De magnis periculis a Deo liberati, magnifice gratias agimus ipsi, utpote qui adversus talem regem dimicavimus. 12 Ipse enim ebullire fecit de Perside eos qui pugnaverunt contra nos et sanctam civitatem. 13 Nam cum in Perside esset dux ipse, et cum ipso immensus exercitus, cecidit in templo Naneæ, consilio deceptus sacerdotum Naneæ. 14 Etenim cum ea habitaturus venit ad locum Antiochus et amici ejus, et ut acciperet pecunias multas dotis nomine. 15 Cumque proposuissent eas sacerdotes Naneæ, et ipse cum paucis ingressus esset intra ambitum fani, clauserunt templum, 16 cum intrasset Antiochus: apertoque occulto aditu templi, mittentes lapides percusserunt ducem et eos qui cum eo erant: et diviserunt membratim, et capitibus amputatis foras projecerunt. 17 Per omnia benedictus Deus, qui tradidit impios. 18 Facturi igitur quinta et vigesima die mensis Casleu purificationem templi, necessarium duximus significare vobis: ut et vos quoque agatis diem scenopegiæ, et diem ignis, qui datus est quando Nehemias ædificato templo et altari obtulit sacrificia. 19 Nam cum in Persidem ducerentur patres nostri, sacerdotes qui tunc cultores Dei erant, acceptum ignem de altari occulte absconderunt in valle, ubi erat puteus altus et siccus, et in eo contutati sunt eum, ita ut omnibus ignotus esset locus. 20 Cum autem præterissent anni multi, et placuit Deo ut mitteretur Nehemias a rege Persidis, nepotes sacerdotum illorum qui absconderant, misit ad requirendum ignem: et sicut narraverunt nobis, non invenerunt ignem, sed aquam crassam. 21 Et jussit eos haurire, et afferre sibi: et sacrificia quæ imposita erant, jussit sacerdos Nehemias aspergi ipsa aqua: et ligna, et quæ erant superposita. 22 Utque hoc factum est, et tempus affuit quo sol refulsit, qui prius erat in nubilo, accensus est ignis magnus, ita ut omnes mirarentur. 23 Orationem autem faciebant omnes sacerdotes, dum consummaretur sacrificium, Jonatha inchoante, ceteris autem respondentibus. 24 Et Nehemiæ erat oratio hunc habens modum: Domine Deus omnium creator, terribilis et fortis, justus et misericors, qui solus est bonus rex, 25 solus præstans, solus justus et omnipotens et æternus, qui liberas Israël de omni malo; qui fecisti patres electos, et sanctificasti eos: 26 accipe sacrificium pro universo populo tuo Israël, et custodi partem tuam, et sanctifica. 27 Congrega dispersionem nostram, libera eos qui serviunt gentibus, et contemptos et abominatos respice, ut sciant gentes quia tu es Deus noster. 28 Afflige opprimentes nos, et contumeliam facientes in superbia. 29 Constitue populum tuum in loco sancto tuo, sicut dixit Moyses. 30 Sacerdotes autem psallebant hymnos usquequo consumptum esset sacrificium. 31 Cum autem consumptum esset sacrificium, ex residua aqua Nehemias jussit lapides majores perfundi. 32 Quod ut factum est, ex eis flamma accensa est: sed ex lumine quod refulsit ab altari, consumpta est. 33 Ut vero manifestata est res, renuntiatum est regi Persarum quod in loco in quo ignem absconderent hi qui translati fuerant sacerdotes, aqua apparuit, de qua Nehemias, et qui cum eo erant, purificaverunt sacrificia. 34 Considerans autem rex, et rem diligenter examinans, fecit ei templum, ut probaret quod factum erat: 35 et cum probasset, sacerdotibus donavit multa bona, et alia atque alia munera: et accipiens manu sua, tribuebat eis. 36 Appellavit autem Nehemias hunc locum Nephthar, quod interpretatur Purificatio: vocatur autem apud plures Nephi.


2 Maccabees Chapter 2


A continuation of the second letter. Of Jeremias' hiding the ark at the time of the captivity. The author's preface.

1 Now it is found in the descriptions of Jeremias, the prophet, that he commanded them that went into captivity, to take the fire, as it hath been signified, and how he gave charge to them that were carried away into captivity. The descriptions... That is, the records or memoirs of Jeremias, a work that is now lost. 2 And how he gave them the law, that they should not forget the commandments of the Lord, and that they should not err in their minds, seeing the idols of gold, and silver, and the ornaments of them. 3 And with other such like speeches, he exhorted them that they would not remove the law from their heart. 4 It was also contained in the same writing, how the prophet, being warned by God, commanded that the tabernacle and the ark should accompany him, till he came forth to the mountain where Moses went up, and saw the inheritance of God. 5 And when Jeremias came thither he found a hollow cave: and he carried in thither the tabernacle, and the ark, and the altar of incense, and so stopped the door. 6 Then some of them that followed him, came up to mark the place: but they could not find it. 7 And when Jeremias perceived it, he blamed them, saying: The place shall be unknown, till God gather together the congregation of the people, and receive them to mercy. 8 And then the Lord will show these things, and the majesty of the Lord shall appear, and there shall be a cloud as it was also showed to Moses, and he showed it when Solomon prayed that the place might be sanctified to the great God. 9 For he treated wisdom in a magnificent manner: and like a wise man, he offered the sacrifice of the dedication, and of the finishing of the temple. 10 And as Moses prayed to the Lord, and fire came down from heaven, and consumed the holocaust: so Solomon also prayed, and fire came down from heaven and consumed the holocaust. 11 And Moses said: Because the sin offering was not eaten, it was consumed. 12 So Solomon also celebrated the dedication eight days.

13 And these same things were set down in the memoirs, and commentaries of Nehemias: and how he made a library, and gathered together out of the countries, the books both of the prophets, and of David, and the epistles of the kings, and concerning the holy gifts. 14 And in like manner Judas also gathered together all such things as were lost by the war we had, and they are in our possession. 15 Wherefore, if you want these things, send some that may fetch them to you. 16 As we are then about to celebrate the purification, we have written unto you: and you shall do well, if you keep the same days. The purification... That is, the feast of the purifying or cleansing of the temple. 17 And we hope that God, who hath delivered his people, and hath rendered to all the inheritance, and the kingdom, and the priesthood, and the sanctuary, 18 As he promised in the law, will shortly have mercy upon us, and will gather us together from every land under heaven into the holy place. 19 For he hath delivered us out of great perils, and hath cleansed the place.

20 Now as concerning Judas Machabeus, and his brethren, and the purification of the great temple, and the dedication of the altar: 21 As also the wars against Antiochus, the Illustrious, and his son, Eupator: 22 And the manifestations that came from heaven to them, that behaved themselves manfully on the behalf of the Jews, so that, being but a few they made themselves masters of the whole country, and put to flight the barbarous multitude: 23 And recovered again the most renowned temple in all the world, and delivered the city, and restored the laws that were abolished, the Lord with all clemency showing mercy to them. 24 And all such things as have been comprised in five books by Jason, of Cyrene, we have attempted to abridge in one book. 25 For considering the multitude of books, and the difficulty that they find that desire to undertake the narrations of histories, because of the multitude of the matter, 26 We have taken care for those indeed that are willing to read, that it might be a pleasure of mind: and for the studious, that they may more easily commit to memory: and that all that read might receive profit. 27 And as to ourselves indeed, in undertaking this work of abridging, we have taken in hand no easy task; yea, rather a business full of watching and sweat. No easy task, etc... The spirit of God, that assists the sacred penmen, does not exempt them from labour in seeking out the matter which they are to treat of, and the order and manner in which they are to deliver it. So St. Luke writ the gospel having diligently attained to all things. Luke 1:3. 28 But as they that prepare a feast, and seek to satisfy the will of others: for the sake of many, we willingly undergo the labour. 29 Leaving to the authors the exact handling of every particular, and as for ourselves, according to the plan proposed, studying to be brief. 30 For as the master builder of a new house must have care of the whole building: but he that taketh care to paint it, must seek out fit things for the adorning of it: so must it be judged of us. 31 For to collect all that is to be known, to put the discourse in order, and curiously to discuss every particular point, is the duty of the author of a history: 32 But to pursue brevity of speech, and to avoid nice declarations of things, is to be granted to him that maketh an abridgment. 33 Here then we will begin the narration: let this be enough by way of a preface: for it is a foolish thing to make a long prologue, and to be short in the story itself.


1 Invenitur autem in descriptionibus Jeremiæ prophetæ, quod jussit eos ignem accipere qui transmigrabant, ut significatum est, et ut mandavit transmigratis. 2 Et dedit illis legem, ne obliviscerentur præcepta Domini, et non exerrarent mentibus, videntes simulacra aurea et argentea, et ornamenta eorum. 3 Et alia hujusmodi dicens, hortabatur ne legem amoverent a corde suo. 4 Erat autem in ipsa scriptura, quomodo tabernaculum et arcam jussit propheta divino responso ad se facto comitari secum, usquequo exiit in montem in quo Moyses ascendit, et vidit Dei hæreditatem. 5 Et veniens ibi Jeremias, invenit locum speluncæ: et tabernaculum, et arcam, et altare incensi intulit illuc, et ostium obstruxit. 6 Et accesserunt quidam simul, qui sequebantur, ut notarent sibi locum: et non potuerunt invenire. 7 Ut autem cognovit Jeremias, culpans illos dixit: Quod ignotus erit locus donec congreget Deus congregationem populi, et propitius fiat: 8 et tunc Dominus ostendet hæc, et apparebit majestas Domini, et nubes erit, sicut et Moysi manifestabatur, et sicut cum Salomon petiit ut locus sanctificaretur magno Deo, manifestabat hæc. 9 Magnifice etenim sapientiam tractabat: et ut sapientiam habens, obtulit sacrificium dedicationis et consummationis templi. 10 Sicut et Moyses orabat ad Dominum, et descendit ignis de cælo et consumpsit holocaustum, sic et Salomon oravit, et descendit ignis de cælo et consumpsit holocaustum. 11 Et dixit Moyses: Eo quod non sit comestum quod erat pro peccato, consumptum est. 12 Similiter et Salomon octo diebus celebravit dedicationem.

13 Inferebantur autem in descriptionibus et commentariis Nehemiæ hæc eadem: et ut construens bibliothecam congregavit de regionibus libros et prophetarum et David, et epistolas regum, et de donariis. 14 Similiter autem et Judas ea quæ deciderant per bellum quod nobis acciderat, congregavit omnia, et sunt apud nos. 15 Si ergo desideratis hæc, mittite qui perferant vobis. 16 Acturi itaque purificationem scripsimus vobis: bene ergo facietis, si egeritis hos dies. 17 Deus autem, qui liberavit populum suum, et reddidit hæreditatem omnibus, et regnum, et sacerdotium, et sanctificationem, 18 sicut promisit in lege, speramus quod cito nostri miserebitur, et congregavit de sub cælo in locum sanctum. 19 Eripuit enim nos de magnis periculis, et locum purgavit.

20 De Juda vero Machabæo, et fratribus ejus, et de templi magni purificatione, et de aræ dedicatione, 21 sed et de præliis quæ pertinent ad Antiochum Nobilem et filium ejus Eupatorem, 22 et de illuminationibus quæ de cælo factæ sunt ad eos qui pro Judæis fortiter fecerunt, ita ut universam regionem, cum pauci essent, vindicarent, et barbaram multitudinem fugarent, 23 et famosissimum in toto orbe templum recuperarent, et civitatem liberarent, et leges quæ abolitæ erant, restituerentur, Domino cum omni tranquillitate propitio facto illis. 24 Itemque ab Jasone Cyrenæo quinque libris comprehensa tentavimus nos uno volumine breviare. 25 Considerantes enim multitudinem librorum, et difficultatem volentibus aggredi narrationes historiarum propter multitudinem rerum, 26 curavimus volentibus quidem legere, ut esset animi oblectatio: studiosis vero, ut facilius possint memoriæ commendare: omnibus autem legentibus utilitas conferatur. 27 Et nobis quidem ipsis, qui hoc opus breviandi causa suscepimus, non facilem laborem, immo vero negotium plenum vigiliarum et sudoris assumpsimus. 28 Sicut hi qui præparant convivium, et quærunt aliorum voluntati parere propter multorum gratiam, libenter laborem sustinemus. 29 Veritatem quidem de singulis auctoribus concedentes, ipsi autem secundum datam formam brevitati studentes. 30 Sicut enim novæ domus architecto de universa structura curandum est; ei vero qui pingere curat, quæ apta sunt ad ornatum exquirenda sunt: ita æstimandum est et in nobis. 31 Etenim intellectum colligere, et ordinare sermonem, et curiosius partes singulas quasque disquirere, historiæ congruit auctori: 32 brevitatem vero dictionis sectari, et executiones rerum vitare, brevianti concedendum est. 33 Hinc ergo narrationem incipiemus: de præfatione tantum dixisse sufficiat. Stultum etenim est ante historiam effluere, in ipsa autem historia succingi.