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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.

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11To 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.fratribus qui sunt per Aegyptum Iudaeis salutem dicunt fratres qui sunt in Hierosolymis Iudaei et qui in regione Iudaeae et pacem bonam
12May God be gracious to you, and remember his covenant that he made with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, his faithful servants:benefaciat vobis Deus et meminerit testamenti sui quod est ad Abraham et Isaac et Iacob servorum suorum fidelium
13And give you all a heart to worship him, and to do his will with a great heart, and a willing mind.et det vobis cor omnibus ut colatis eum et faciatis eius voluntatem corde magno et animo volente
14May he open your heart in his law, and in his commandments, and send you peace.adaperiat cor vestrum in lege sua et in praeceptis eius et faciat pacem
15May he hear your prayers, and be reconciled unto you, and never forsake you in the evil time.exaudiat orationes vestras et reconcilietur vobis nec vos deserat in tempore malo
16And now here we are praying for you.et nunc hic sumus orantes pro vobis
17When 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.regnante Demetrio anno centesimo sexagesimo nono nos Iudaei scripsimus vobis in tribulatione et impetu qui supervenit nobis in istis annis ex quo recessit Iason a sancta terra et a regno
18They 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.portam succenderunt et effuderunt sanguinem innocentem et oravimus ad Dominum et exauditi sumus et obtulimus sacrificium et similaginem et accendimus lucernas et proposuimus panes
19And now celebrate ye the days of Scenopegia in the month of Casleu.et nunc frequentate dies scenophegiae mensis casleu
110In 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.anno centesimo octogesimo octavo populus qui est Hierosolymis et in Iudaea senatusque et Iudas Aristobolo magistro Ptolomei regis qui est de genere christorum sacerdotum et his qui in Aegypto sunt Iudaeis salutem et sanitatem
111Having been delivered by God out of great dangers, we give him great thanks, forasmuch as we have been in war with such a king.de magnis periculis a Deo liberati magnifice gratias ipsi utpote qui adversus talem regem dimicavimus
112For he made numbers of men swarm out of Persia, that have fought against us, and the holy city.ipse enim ebullire fecit de Perside eos qui pugnaverunt contra nos
113For 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.nam cum in Perside esset dux ipse et cum ipso inmensus exercitus cecidit in templo Naneae consilio deceptus sacerdotis Naneae
114For 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.ut enim cum ea habitaturus venit ad locum Antiochus et amici eius et ut acciperet pecunias multas dotis nomine
115And 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,cumque proposuissent eas sacerdotes Naneae et ipse cum paucis ingressus esset intra ambitum fani clauserunt templum
116When 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.cum intrasset Antiochus apertoque occulto aditu templi mittentes lapides percusserunt ducem et qui cum eo erant et diviserunt membratim et capitibus amputatis foras proiecerunt
117Blessed be God in all things, who hath delivered up the wicked.per omnia benedictus Deus qui tradidit impios
118Therefore, 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.facturi igitur quinta et vicesima mensis casleu purificationem templi necessarium duximus significare vobis ut vos quoque agatis diem scenophegiae et diem ignis qui datus est quando Neemias aedificato templo et altari obtulit sacrificia
119For 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.nam cum in Persidem ducerentur patres nostri sacerdotes qui tunc Dei cultores erant acceptum ignem de altario occulte absconderunt in valle ubi erat puteus altus siccus et in eo contutati sunt eum ita ut omnibus ignotus esset locus
120But 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.cum praeterissent autem multi anni et placuit Deo ut mitteretur Neemias a rege Persidis nepotes sacerdotum illorum qui absconderant misit ad requirendum ignem et sicut narraverunt nobis non invenerunt ignem sed aquam crassam
121Then 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.et iussit eos haurire et adferre sibi et sacrificia quae inposita erant iussit sacerdos Neemias aspargi aqua ipsa et ligna et quae erant superposita
122And 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.utque hoc factum est et tempus adfuit quo sol refulsit qui prius erat in nubilo accensus est ignis magnus ita ut omnes mirarentur
123And all the priests made prayer, while the sacrifice was consuming, Jonathan beginning, and the rest answering.orationem autem faciebant omnes sacerdotes dum consummaretur sacrificium Ionatha inchoante ceteris autem respondentibus
124And 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,et Neemiae erat oratio hunc habens modum Domine Deus omnium creator terribilis et fortis iustus et misericors qui solus es rex bonus
125Who 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:solus praestans solus iustus et omnipotens et aeternus qui liberas Israhel de omni malo qui fecisti patres electos et sanctificasti eos
126Receive the sacrifice for all thy people Israel, and preserve thy own portion, and sanctify it.accipe sacrificium pro universo populo tuo Israhel et custodi partem tuam et sanctifica
127Gather 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 Godcongrega dispersionem nostram libera eos qui serviunt gentibus contemptos et abominatos respice ut sciant gentes quod tu es Deus noster
128Punish them that oppress us, and that treat us injuriously with pride.adflige opprimentes et contumeliam facientes in superbia
129Establish thy people in thy holy place, as Moses hath spoken.constitue populum tuum in loco sancto tuo sicut dixit Moses
130And the priests sung hymns till the sacrifice was consumed.sacerdotes autem psallebant hymnos usquequo consumptum esset sacrificium
131And when the sacrifice was consumed, Nehemias commanded the water that was left to be poured out upon the great stones.cum autem consummatum fuisset sacrificium ex residua aqua Neemias iussit lapides maiores perfundi
132Which being done, there was kindled a flame from them: but it was consumed by the light that shined from the altar.quod ut factum est flamma ex eis accensa est sed ex lumine quod refulsit ab altari consumpta est
133And 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.ut vero manifestata essent haec renuntiatum est regi Persarum quod in loco in quo ignem absconderant hii qui translati erant sacerdotes aqua apparuit de qua Neemias et qui cum eo erant purificaverunt sacrificia
134And the king considering, and diligently examining the matter, made a temple for it, that he might prove what had happened.considerans autem rex et rem diligenter examinans fecit ei templum
135And 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.et si quibus donaverat rex multa bona accipiebat ex hoc et tribuebat
136And Nehemias called this place Nephthar, which is interpreted purification. But many call it Nephi.appellavit autem Neemias hoc Nepthar quod interpretatur purificatio vocatur autem apud plures Nephi
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