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    1 Esdras

    [1] Josiah kept the passover to his Lord in Jerusalem; he killed the passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the first month,
    [2] having placed the priests according to their divisions, arrayed in their garments, in the temple of the Lord.
    [3] And he told the Levites, the temple servants of Israel, that they should sanctify themselves to the Lord and put the holy ark of the Lord in the house which Solomon the king, the son of David, had built;
    [4] and he said, "You need no longer carry it upon your shoulders. Now worship the Lord your God and serve his people Israel; and prepare yourselves by your families and kindred,
    [5] in accordance with the directions of David king of Israel and the magnificence of Solomon his son. Stand in order in the temple according to the groupings of the fathers' houses of you Levites, who minister before your brethren the people of Israel,
    [6] and kill the passover lamb and prepare the sacrifices for your brethren, and keep the passover according to the commandment of the Lord which was given to Moses."
    [7] And Josiah gave to the people who were present thirty thousand lambs and kids, and three thousand calves; these were given from the king's possessions, as he promised, to the people and the priests and Levites.

    [8] And Hilkiah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, the chief officers of the temple, gave to the priests for the passover two thousand six hundred sheep and three hundred calves.
    [9] And Jeconiah and Shemaiah and Nethanel his brother, and Hashabiah and Ochiel and Joram, captains over thousands, gave the Levites for the passover five thousand sheep and seven hundred calves.
    [10] And this is what took place. The priests and the Levites, properly arrayed and having the unleavened bread, stood according to kindred

    [11] and the grouping of the fathers' houses, before the people, to make the offering to the Lord as it is written in the book of Moses; this they did in the morning.
    [12] They roasted the passover lamb with fire, as required; and they boiled the sacrifices in brass pots and caldrons, with a pleasing odor,
    [13] and carried them to all the people. Afterward they prepared the passover for themselves and for their brethren the priests, the sons of Aaron,
    [14] because the priests were offering the fat until night; so the Levites prepared it for themselves and for their brethren the priests, the sons of Aaron.
    [15] And the temple singers, the sons of Asaph, were in their place according to the arrangement made by David, and also Asaph, Zechariah, and Eddinus, who represented the king.
    [16] The gatekeepers were at each gate; no one needed to depart from his duties, for their brethren the Levites prepared the passover for them.
    [17] So the things that had to do with the sacrifices to the Lord were accomplished that day: the passover was kept

    [18] and the sacrifices were offered on the altar of the Lord, according to the command of King Josiah.
    [19] And the people of Israel who were present at that time kept the passover and the feast of unleavened bread seven days.
    [20] No passover like it had been kept in Israel since the times of Samuel the prophet;
    [21] none of the kings of Israel had kept such a passover as was kept by Josiah and the priests and Levites and the men of Judah and all of ...
    by Published on 01-05-2012 07:33 PM
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    Additions to the Book of Esther

    [2] In the second year of the reign of Artaxerxes the Great, on the first day of Nisan, Mordecai the son of Jair, son of Shimei, son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, had a dream.
    [3] He was a Jew, dwelling in the city of Susa, a great man, serving in the court of the king.
    [4] He was one of the captives whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had brought from Jerusalem with Jeconiah king of Judea. And this was his dream:
    [5] Behold, noise and confusion, thunders and earthquake, tumult upon the earth!
    [6] And behold, two great dragons came forward, both ready to fight, and they roared terribly.
    [7] And at their roaring every nation prepared for war, to fight against the nation of the righteous.
    [8] And behold, a day of darkness and ...


    by Published on 01-05-2012 08:50 PM
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    [1] These are the words of the book which Baruch the son of Neraiah, son of Mahseiah, son of Zedekiah, son of Hasadiah, son of Hilkiah, wrote in Babylon,
    [2] in the fifth year, on the seventh day of the month, at the time when the Chaldeans took Jerusalem and burned it with fire.
    [3] And Baruch read the words of this book in the hearing of Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and in the hearing of all the people who came to hear the book,
    [4] and in the hearing of the mighty men and the princes, and in the hearing of the elders, and in the hearing of all the people, small and great, all who dwelt in Babylon by the river Sud.
    [5] Then they wept, and fasted, and prayed before the Lord;
    [6] and they collected money, each giving what he could;
    [7] and they sent it to Jerusalem to Jehoiakim the high priest, the son of Hilkiah, son of Shallum, and to the priests, and to all the people who were present with him in Jerusalem.
    by Published on 01-05-2008 08:48 PM
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    Bel and the Dragon

    [1] When King Astyages was laid with his fathers, Cyrus the Persian received his kingdom.
    [2] And Daniel was a companion of the king, and was the most honored of his friends.
    [3] Now the Babylonians had an idol called Bel, and every day they spent on it twelve bushels of fine flour and forty sheep and fifty gallons of wine. ...


    by Published on 01-05-2011 07:31 PM
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    [1] In the twelfth year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, who ruled over the Assyrians in the great city of Nineveh, in the days of Arphaxad, who ruled over the Medes in Ecbatana --
    [2] he is the king who built walls about Ecbatana with hewn stones three cubits thick and six cubits long; he made the walls seventy cubits high and fifty cubits wide;
    [3] at the gates he built towers a hundred cubits high and sixty cubits wide at the foundations;
    [4] and he made its gates, which were seventy cubits high and forty cubits wide, so that his armies could march out in force and his infantry form their ranks --
    [5] it was in those days that King Nebuchadnezzar made war against King Arphaxad in the great plain which is on the borders of Ragae.
    [6] He was joined by all the people of the hill country and all those who lived along the Euphrates and the Tigris and the Hydaspes and in the plain where Arioch ruled the Elymaeans. Many nations joined the forces of the Chaldeans.
    [7] Then Nebuchadnezzar king of the Assyrians sent to all who lived in Persia and to all who lived in the west, those who lived in Cilicia and Damascus and Lebanon and Antilebanon and all who lived along the seacoast,
    [8] and those among the nations of Carmel and Gilead, and Upper Galilee and the great Plain of Esdraelon,
    [9] and all who were in Samaria and its surrounding towns, and beyond the Jordan as far as Jerusalem and Bethany and Chelous and Kadesh and the river of Egypt, and Tahpanhes and Raamses and the whole land of Goshen,
    [10] even beyond Tanis and Memphis, and all who lived in Egypt as far as the borders of Ethiopia.
    [11] But all who lived in the whole region disregarded the orders of Nebuchadnezzar king of the Assyrians, and refused to join him in the war; for they were not afraid of him, but looked upon him as only one man, and they sent back his messengers empty-handed and shamefaced.
    [12] Then Nebuchadnezzar was very angry with this whole region, and swore by his throne and kingdom that he would surely take revenge on the whole territory of Cilicia and Damascus and Syria, that he would kill them by the sword, and also all the inhabitants of the land of Moab, and the people of Ammon, and all Judea, and every one in Egypt, as far as ...
    by Published on 01-05-2010 08:52 PM
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    Letter of Jeremiah

    [1] A copy of a letter which Jeremiah sent to those who were to be taken to Babylon as captives by the king of the Babylonians, to give them the message which God had commanded him.
    [2] Because of the sins which you have committed before God, you will be taken to Babylon as captives by Nebuchadnezzar, king of the Babylonians.
    [3] Therefore when you have come to Babylon you will remain there for many years, for a long time, up to seven generations; after that I will bring you away from there in peace.
    [4] Now ...
    by Published on 01-05-2011 08:49 PM
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    Prayer of Manasseh

    [2] thou who hast made heaven and earth with all their order;
    [3] who hast shackled the sea by thy word of command, who hast confined the deep and sealed it with thy terrible ...
    by Published on 01-05-2012 07:30 PM
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    Psalm 151

    [2] My hands made a harp, my fingers fashioned a lyre.
    [3] And who will declare it to my Lord? The Lord himself; it is he who hears. ...

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