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Chapter 5 9 And salt waters shall be found in the sweet, and all friends shall destroy one another; then shall wit hide itself, and understanding withdraw itself into his secret chamber,10 And shall be sought of many, and yet not be found: then shall unrighteousness and incontinency be multiplied upon earth.11 One land also shall ask another, and say, Is righteousness that maketh a man righteous gone through thee? And it shall say, No.12 At the same time shall men hope, but nothing obtain: they shall labour, but their ways shall not prosper.13 To shew thee such tokens I have leave; and if thou wilt pray again, and weep as now, and fast even days, thou shalt hear yet greater things.14 Then I awaked, and an extreme fearfulness went through all my body, and my mind was troubled, so that it fainted.15 So the angel that was come to talk with me held me, comforted me, and set me up upon my feet.16 And in the second night it came to pass, that Salathiel the captain of the people came unto me, saying, Where hast thou been? and why is thy countenance so heavy?17 Knowest thou not that Israel is committed unto thee in the land of their captivity?18 Up then, and eat bread, and forsake us not, as the shepherd that leaveth his flock in the hands of cruel wolves.19 Then said I unto him, Go thy ways from me, and come not nigh me. And he heard what I said, and went from me.20 And so I fasted seven days, mourning and weeping, like as Uriel the angel commanded me.21 And after seven days so it was, that the thoughts of my heart were very grievous unto me again,22 And my soul recovered the spirit of understanding, and I began to talk with the most High again,23 And said, O Lord that bearest rule, of every wood of the earth, and of all the trees thereof, thou hast chosen thee one only vine:24 And of all lands of the whole world thou hast chosen thee one pit: and of all the flowers thereof one lily:25 And of all the depths of the sea thou hast filled thee one river: and of all builded cities thou hast hallowed Sion unto thyself:26 And of all the fowls that are created thou hast named thee one dove: and of all the cattle that are made thou hast provided thee one sheep:27 And among all the multitudes of people thou hast gotten thee one people: and unto this people, whom thou lovedst, thou gavest a law that is approved of all.28 And now, O Lord, why hast thou given this one people over unto many? and upon the one root hast thou prepared others, and why hast thou scattered thy only one people among many?29 And they which did gainsay thy promises, and believed not thy covenants, have trodden them down.30 If thou didst so much hate thy people, yet shouldest thou punish them with thine own hands.31 Now when I had spoken these words, the angel that came to me the night afore was sent unto me,