Chapter 6 45 Upon the fourth day thou commandedst that the sun should shine, and the moon give her light, and the stars should be in order:46 And gavest them a charge to do service unto man, that was to be made.47 Upon the fifth day thou saidst unto the seventh part, where the waters were gathered that it should bring forth living creatures, fowls and fishes: and so it came to pass.48 For the dumb water and without life brought forth living things at the commandment of God, that all people might praise thy wondrous works.49 Then didst thou ordain two living creatures, the one thou calledst Enoch, and the other Leviathan;50 And didst separate the one from the other: for the seventh part, namely, where the water was gathered together, might not hold them both.51 Unto Enoch thou gavest one part, which was dried up the third day, that he should dwell in the same part, wherein are a thousand hills:52 But unto Leviathan thou gavest the seventh part, namely, the moist; and hast kept him to be devoured of whom thou wilt, and when.53 Upon the sixth day thou gavest commandment unto the earth, that before thee it should bring forth beasts, cattle, and creeping things:54 And after these, Adam also, whom thou madest lord of all thy creatures: of him come we all, and the people also whom thou hast chosen.55 All this have I spoken before thee, O Lord, because thou madest the world for our sakes56 As for the other people, which also come of Adam, thou hast said that they are nothing, but be like unto spittle: and hast likened the abundance of them unto a drop that falleth from a vessel.57 And now, O Lord, behold, these heathen, which have ever been reputed as nothing, have begun to be lords over us, and to devour us.58 But we thy people, whom thou hast called thy firstborn, thy only begotten, and thy fervent lover, are given into their hands.59 If the world now be made for our sakes, why do we not possess an inheritance with the world? how long shall this endure?
Chapter 7 1 And when I had made an end of speaking these words, there was sent unto me the angel which had been sent unto me the nights afore:2 And he said unto me, Up, Esdras, and hear the words that I am come to tell thee.3 And I said, Speak on, my God. Then said he unto me, The sea is set in a wide place, that it might be deep and great.4 But put the case the entrance were narrow, and like a river;5 Who then could go into the sea to look upon it, and to rule it? if he went not through the narrow, how could he come into the broad?6 There is also another thing; A city is builded, and set upon a broad field, and is full of all good things:7 The entrance thereof is narrow, and is set in a dangerous place to fall, like as if there were a fire on the right hand, and on the left a deep water:8 And one only path between them both, even between the fire and the water, so small that there could but one man go there at once.