II Esdras 14:1-48
1 And it came to pass upon the third day, I sat under an
oak, and, behold, there came a voice out of a bush over against me, and
said, Esdras, Esdras.
2 And I said, Here
am I, Lord And I stood up upon my
3 Then said he unto me, In the bush I
did manifestly reveal myself unto Moses, and talked with him, when my people
served in Egypt:
4 And I sent him and led
my people out of Egypt, and brought him up to the mount of where I held him
by me a long season,
told him many wondrous things, and shewed him the secrets of the times, and
the end; and commanded him, saying,
6 These words shalt thou
declare, and these shalt thou hide.
7 And now I say unto
8 That thou lay up in
thy heart the signs that I have shewed, and the dreams that thou hast seen,
and the interpretations which thou hast heard:
thou shalt be taken away from all, and from henceforth thou shalt remain
with my Son, and with such as be like thee, until the times be ended.
( The Clock )
For the world hath
lost his youth, and the times begin to wax old.
For the world is divided into twelve parts, and the ten parts of it are gone
already, and half of a tenth part:
And there remaineth that which is after the half of the tenth part.
13 Now therefore set thine house in
order, and reprove thy people, comfort such of them as be in trouble, and
now renounce corruption,
14 Let go from thee
mortal thoughts, cast away the burdens of man, put off now the weak nature,
15 And set aside the
thoughts that are most heavy unto thee, and haste thee to flee from these
yet greater evils than
those which thou hast seen happen shall be done hereafter.
look how much the world shall be weaker through age, so much the more shall
evils increase upon them that dwell therein.
18 For the time is fled far away, and leasing is hard
at hand: for now hasteth the vision to come, which thou hast seen.
19 Then answered I before thee, and said,
20 Behold, Lord, I will go,
as thou hast commanded me, and reprove the people which are present: but
they that shall be born afterward, who shall admonish them? thus the world
is set in darkness, and they that dwell therein are without light.
21 For thy law is burnt, therefore no man knoweth the
things that are done of thee, or the work that shall begin.
But if I have found grace before thee, send
the Holy Ghost into me, and I shall write all that hath
been done in the world since the beginning, which were written in thy law,
that men may find thy path, and that they
which will live in the latter days may live.