Chapter 46 1 Jesus the son a Nave was valiant in the wars, and was the successor of Moses in prophecies, who according to his name was made great for the saving of the elect of God, and taking vengeance of the enemies that rose up against them, that he might set Israel in their inheritance.2 How great glory gat he, when he did lift up his hands, and stretched out his sword against the cities!3 Who before him so stood to it? for the Lord himself brought his enemies unto him.4 Did not the sun go back by his means? and was not one day as long as two?5 He called upon the most high Lord, when the enemies pressed upon him on every side; and the great Lord heard him.6 And with hailstones of mighty power he made the battle to fall violently upon the nations, and in the descent [of Beth-horon] he destroyed them that resisted, that the nations might know all their strength, because he fought in the sight of the Lord, and he followed the Mighty One.7 In the time of Moses also he did a work of mercy, he and Caleb the son of Jephunne, in that they withstood the congregation, and withheld the people from sin, and appeased the wicked murmuring.8 And of six hundred thousand people on foot, they two were preserved to bring them in to the heritage, even unto the land that floweth with milk and honey.9 The Lord gave strength also unto Caleb, which remained with him unto his old age: so that he entered upon the high places of the land, and his seed obtained it for an heritage:10 That all the children of Israel might see that it is good to follow the Lord.11 And concerning the judges, every one by name, whose heart went not a whoring, nor departed from the Lord, let their memory be blessed.12 Let their bones flourish out of their place, and let the name of them that were honoured be continued upon their children.13 Samuel, the prophet of the Lord, beloved of his Lord, established a kingdom, and anointed princes over his people.14 By the law of the Lord he judged the congregation, and the Lord had respect unto Jacob.15 By his faithfulness he was found a true prophet, and by his word he was known to be faithful in vision.16 He called upon the mighty Lord, when his enemies pressed upon him on every side, when he offered the sucking lamb.17 And the Lord thundered from heaven, and with a great noise made his voice to be heard.18 And he destroyed the rulers of the Tyrians, and all the princes cf the Philistines.19 And before his long sleep he made protestations in the sight of the Lord and his anointed, I have not taken any man's goods, so much as a shoe: and no man did accuse him.20 And after his death he prophesied, and shewed the king his end, and lifted up his voice from the earth in prophecy, to blot out the wickedness of the people.
Chapter 47 1 And after him rose up Nathan to prophesy in the time of David.2 As is the fat taken away from the peace offering, so was David chosen out of the children of Israel.3 He played with lions as with kids, and with bears as with lambs.4 Slew he not a giant, when he was yet but young? and did he not take away reproach from the people, when he lifted up his hand with the stone in the sling, and beat down the boasting of Goliath?5 For he called upon the most high Lord; and he gave him strength in his right hand to slay that mighty warrior, and set up the horn of his people.6 So the people honoured him with ten thousands, and praised him in the blessings of the Lord, in that he gave him a crown of glory.7 For he destroyed the enemies on every side, and brought to nought the Philistines his adversaries, and brake their horn in sunder unto this day.8 In all his works he praised the Holy One most high with words of glory; with his whole heart he sung songs, and loved him that made him.9 He set singers also before the altar, that by their voices they might make sweet melody, and daily sing praises in their songs.10 He beautified their feasts, and set in order the solemn times until the end, that they might praise his holy name, and that the temple might sound from morning.11 The Lord took away his sins, and exalted his horn for ever: he gave him a covenant of kings, and a throne of glory in Israel.12 After him rose up a wise son, and for his sake he dwelt at large.13 Solomon reigned in a peaceable time, and was honoured; for God made all quiet round about him, that he might build an house in his name, and prepare his sanctuary for ever.14 How wise wast thou in thy youth and, as a flood, filled with understanding!15 Thy soul covered the whole earth, and thou filledst it with dark parables.