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Baruch 4

4:1 This is the book of the commandments of God, and the law, that is for ever: all they that keep it, shall come to life: but they that have forsaken it, to death. (4:1-30) "This is the book of the commandments of God, and the law, that is for ever...."
4:2 Return, O Jacob, and take hold of it, walk in the way by its brightness, in the presence of the light thereof.
4:3 Give not thy honour to another, nor thy dignity to a strange nation.
4:4 We are happy, O Israel: because the things that are pleasing to God, are made known to us.
4:5 Be of good comfort, O people of God, the memorial of Israel:
4:6 You have been sold to the Gentiles, not for your destruction: but because you provoked God to wrath, you are delivered to your adversaries.
4:7 For you have provoked him who made you, the eternal God, offering sacrifice to devils, and not to God.
4:8 For you have forgotten God, who brought you up, and you have grieved Jerusalem that nursed you.
4:9 For she saw the wrath of God coming upon you, and she said: Give ear, all you that dwell near Sion, for God hath brought upon me great mourning:
4:10 For I have seen the captivity of my people, of my sons, and my daughters, which the Eternal hath brought upon them.
4:11 For I nourished them with joy: but I sent them away with weeping and mourning.
4:12 Let no man rejoice over me, a widow, and desolate: I am forsaken of many for the sins of my children, because they departed from the law of God.
4:13 And they have not known his justices, nor walked by the ways of God's commandments, neither have they entered by the paths of his truth and justice.
4:14 Let them that dwell about Sion come, and remember the captivity of my sons and daughters, which the Eternal hath brought upon them.
4:15 For he hath brought a nation upon them from afar, a wicked nation, and of a strange tongue:
4:16 Who have neither reverenced the ancient, nor pitied children, and have carried away the beloved of the widow, and have left me all alone without children.
4:17 But as for me, what help can I give you?
4:18 But he that hath brought the evils upon you, he will deliver you out of the hands of your enemies.
4:19 Go your way, my children, go your way: for I am left alone.
4:20 I have put off the robe of peace, and have put upon me the sackcloth of supplication, and I will cry to the most High in my days.
4:21 Be of good comfort, my children, cry to the Lord, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the princes your enemies.
4:22 For my hope is in the Eternal that he will save you: and joy is come upon me from the Holy One, because of the mercy which shall come to you from our everlasting Saviour.
4:23 For I sent you forth with mourning and weeping: but the Lord will bring you back to me with joy and gladness for ever.
4:24 For as the neighbours of Sion have now seen your captivity from God: so shall they also shortly see your salvation from God, which shall come upon you with great honour, and everlasting glory.
4:25 My children, suffer patiently the wrath that is come upon you: for thy enemy hath persecuted thee, but thou shalt quickly see his destruction: and thou shalt get up upon his neck.
4:26 My delicate ones have walked rough ways, for they were taken away as a flock made a prey by the enemies.
4:27 Be of good comfort, my children, and cry to the Lord: for you shall be remembered by him that hath led you away.
4:28 For as it was your mind to go astray from God; so when you return again you shall seek him ten times as much.
4:29 For he that hath brought evils upon you, shall bring you everlasting joy again with your salvation.
4:30 Be of good heart, O Jerusalem: for he exhorteth thee, that named thee.

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