By Michael E. Stone, Matthias Henze
Clean translations of early Jewish texts four Ezra and a pair of Baruch, written within the many years after the Judean struggle, which observed Jerusalem conquered, the temple destroyed, and Judaism replaced ceaselessly. this convenient quantity makes those very important texts available to scholars, offers professional introductions, and illuminates the interrelationship of the texts via parallel columns.
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7:63 For it would have been better if the dust itself had not been born, so that the mind might not have been made from it. Compare: 2 Baruch 15:6; 48:39-40; 55:2 7:64 But now the mind grows with us, and therefore we are tormented, because we perish and know it. 7:65 Let the human race lament, but let the beasts of the field be glad; let all who have been born lament, but let the four-footed beasts and the flocks rejoice! 7:66 For it is much better with them than with us; for they do not look for a judgment, nor do they know of any torment or life promised to them after death.
51. “thirty” Syr; “a thousand” Ar2. Eth and Arm omit the phrase. Ar1, Arm omit v. 29; Arm omits vv. 29-32. 4 Ezra | 43 Compare: 2 Baruch 21:19; 21:23; 40:3; 42:7 7:31 And after seven days the world, which is not yet Compare: 2 Baruch 11:4 30:1-2; 42:8; 50:2 7:32 And the earth shall give back those who are asleep in it, and the dust those who rest in it; and the treasuries shall give up the souls which have been committed to them. Compare: 2 Baruch 21:23 7:33 And the Most High shall be revealed upon the seat of judgment, and compassion shall pass away, mercy shall be made distant,52 and patience shall be withdrawn; 7:34 but only judgment shall remain, truth shall stand, and faithfulness shall grow strong.
7:13 But the entrances of that coming world are broad and safe and yield the fruit of immortality. 44. “ways” Eth, Ar1. 4 Ezra | 41 Compare: 2 Baruch 84:6 7:14 Therefore unless the living pass through the difficult and bad experiences, they can never receive those things that have been reserved for them. Compare: 2 Baruch 22:2; 23:2; 55:4-5 7:15 “But now why are you disturbed, seeing that you are to perish? And why are you moved, seeing that you are mortal? ” EZRA: WHY DO THE RIGHTEOUS SUFFER? Compare (for 7:17-18): 2 Baruch 14:12-14 7:17 Then I answered and said, “O sovereign Lord, behold, thou hast ordained in thy law that the righteous shall inherit these things, but that the ungodly shall perish.