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The Sacred Scriptures:

Chapter One

St. Pachomius Library Translation of the Septuagint

Chapter 1

  1. In the twelfth year of the reign of Nabuchodonosor, who reigned over the Assyrians in Nineve, the great city; in the days of Arphaxad, which reigned over the Medes in Ecbatane, COMMENTARY
  2. And built in Ecbatane a wall round about of stones hewn three cubits broad and six cubits long, and made the height of the wall seventy cubits, and the breadth thereof fifty cubits: COMMENTARY
  3. And set the towers thereof upon the gates of it an hundred cubits [high], and the breadth thereof in the foundation threescore cubits: COMMENTARY
  4. And he made the gates thereof, [even] gates that were raised to the height of seventy cubits, and the breadth of them was forty cubits, for the going forth of his mighty forces, and for the setting in array of his footmen: COMMENTARY
  5. And king Nabuchodonosor made war upon king Arphaxad in the great plain, which is [the plain] in the borders of Rhagau. COMMENTARY
  6. And there came unto him all they that dwelt in the hill country, and all that dwelt by Euphrates, and Tigris and Hydaspes, and the plain of Arioch the king of the Elymæans, and very many nations of the sons of Cheleud, assembled themselves into battle-lines. COMMENTARY
  7. Then Nabuchodonosor king of the Assyrians sent unto all that dwelt in Persia, and to all that dwelt westward, and to those that dwelt in Cilicia, and Damascus, and the Lebanon, and Antilebanon, and to all that dwelt facing the sea coast, COMMENTARY
  8. And to those among the nations that were of Carmel, and Galaad, and the inland parts of Galilee, and the great plain of Esdrelon, COMMENTARY
  9. And to all that were in Samaria and the cities thereof, and beyond Jordan unto Jerusalem, and Betane, and Chellus, and Kades, and the river of Egypt, and Taphnas, and Ramesse, and all the land of Gesem, COMMENTARY
  10. Until ye come beyond Tanis and Memphis, and to all the inhabitants of Egypt, until ye come to the borders of Ethiopia. COMMENTARY
  11. But all the inhabitants of the land made light of the word of Nabuchodonosor king of the Assyrians, neither went they with him to the war; for they were not afraid of him: yea, he was before them as one man, and they sent away his ambassadors from before their face without effect, and with disgrace. COMMENTARY
  12. And [therefore] Nabuchodonosor was very angry with all this country, and sware by his throne and kingdom, that he would surely be avenged upon all the borders of Cilicia, and Damascus, and Syria, and that he would slay with the sword all the inhabitants of the land of Moab, and the sons of Ammon, and all Judæa, and all that were in Egypt, till ye come to the borders of the two seas. COMMENTARY
  13. Then he marched in battle array with his power against king Arphaxad in the seventeenth year, and he prevailed in his battle: for he overthrew all the power of Arphaxad, and all his cavalry, and all his chariots, COMMENTARY
  14. And became lord of his cities, and came unto Ecbatane, and took the towers, and spoiled the streets thereof, and turned the adornment thereof into reproach. COMMENTARY
  15. He took also Arphaxad in the mountains of Rhagau, and smote him through with his darts, and destroyed him utterly that day. COMMENTARY
  16. So he returned afterward [to Nineve], both he and all his company of sundry nations being a very great multitude of men of war, and there he took his ease, and banqueted, both he and his forces, an hundred and twenty days. COMMENTARY



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