The King James Version Bible

2 Esdras 1:3-12

  1. 3 The son of Aaron, of the tribe of Levi; which was captive in the land of the Medes, in the reign of Artexerxes king of the Persians.

  2. 4 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

  3. 5 Go thy way, and shew my people their sinful deeds, and their children their wickedness which they have done against me; that they may tell their children's children:

  4. 6 Because the sins of their fathers are increased in them: for they have forgotten me, and have offered unto strange gods.

  5. 7 Am not I even he that brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage? but they have provoked me unto wrath, and despised my counsels.

  6. 8 Pull thou off then the hair of thy head, and cast all evil upon them, for they have not been obedient unto my law, but it is a rebellious people.

  7. 9 How long shall I forbear them, into whom I have done so much good?

  8. 10 Many kings have I destroyed for their sakes; Pharaoh with his servants and all his power have I smitten down.

  9. 11 All the nations have I destroyed before them, and in the east I have scattered the people of two provinces, even of Tyrus and Sidon, and have slain all their enemies.

  10. 12 Speak thou therefore unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord,