Friday, May 1, 2015

2 Esdras 2:17-22 RSV (Apocrypha)(Esdras=Ezra, 1st century A.D.)

[17] Fear not, thou mother of the children: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord.
[18] For thy help will I send my servants Esau and Jeremy, after whose counsel I have sanctified and prepared for thee twelve trees laden with divers fruits,
[19] And as many fountains flowing with milk and honey, and seven mighty mountains, whereupon there grow roses and lilies, whereby I will fill thy children with joy.
[20] Do right to the widow, judge for the fatherless, give to the poor, defend the orphan, clothe the naked,
[21] Heal the broken and the weak, laugh not a lame man to scorn, defend the maimed, and let the blind man come into the sight of my clearness.
[22] Keep the old and young within thy walls.