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1This 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. 2Return, O Jacob, and take hold of it, walk in the way by its brightness, in the presence of the light thereof. 3Give not thy honour to another, nor thy dignity to a strange nation. 4We are happy, O Israel: because the things that are pleasing to God, are made known to us. 5Be of good comfort, O people of God, the memorial of Israel: 6You have been sold to the Gentiles, not for your destruction: but because you provoked God to wrath, you are delivered to your adversaries. 7For you have provoked him who made you, the eternal God, offering sacrifice to devils, and not to God. 8For you have forgotten God, who brought you up, and you have grieved Jerusalem that nursed you. 9For 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: 10For I have seen the captivity of my people, of my sons, and my daughters, which the Eternal hath brought upon them. 11For I nourished them with joy: but I sent them away with weeping and mourning. 12Let 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. 13And 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. 14Let them that dwell about Sion come, and remember the captivity of my sons and daughters, which the Eternal hath brought upon them. 15For he hath brought a nation upon them from afar, a wicked nation, and of a strange tongue: 16Who 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. 17But as for me, what help can I give you? 18But he that hath brought the evils upon you, he will deliver you out of the hands of your enemies. 19Go your way, my children, go your way: for I am left alone. 20I 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. 21Be of good comfort, my children, cry to the Lord, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the princes your enemies. 22For 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. 23For I sent you forth with mourning and weeping: but the Lord will bring you back to me with joy and gladness for ever. 24For 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. 25My 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. 26My delicate ones have walked rough ways, for they were taken away as a flock made a prey by the enemies. 27Be of good comfort, my children, and cry to the Lord: for you shall be remembered by him that hath led you away. 28For as it was your mind to go astray from God; so when you return again you shall seek him ten times as much. 29For he that hath brought evils upon you, shall bring you everlasting joy again with your salvation. 30Be of good heart, O Jerusalem: for he exhorteth thee, that named thee. 31The wicked that have afflicted thee, shall perish: and they that have rejoiced at thy ruin, shall be punished. 32The cities which thy children have served, shall be punished: and she that received thy sons. 33For as she rejoiced at thy ruin, and was glad of thy fall: so shall she be grieved for her own desolation. 34And the joy of her multitude shall be cut off: and her gladness shall be turned to mourning. 35For fire shall come upon her from the Eternal, long to endure, and she shall be inhabited by devils for a great time. 36Look about thee, O Jerusalem, towards the east, and behold the joy that cometh to thee from God. 37For behold thy children come, whom thou sentest away scattered, they come gathered together from the east even to the west, at the word of the Holy One rejoicing for the honour of God.
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