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2 Esdras 7:26-44 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

26 For behold, the time will come, when the signs which I have foretold to you will come to pass, that the city which now is not seen shall appear,[a] and the land which now is hidden shall be disclosed. 27 And every one who has been delivered from the evils that I have foretold shall see my wonders. 28 For my son the Messiah[b] shall be revealed with those who are with him, and those who remain shall rejoice four hundred years. 29 And after these years my son the Messiah shall die, and all who draw human breath. 30 And the world shall be turned back to primeval silence for seven days, as it was at the first beginnings; so that no one shall be left. 31 And after seven days the world, which is not yet awake, shall be roused, and that which is corruptible shall perish. 32 And the earth shall give up those who are asleep in it, and the dust those who dwell silently in it; and the chambers shall give up the souls which have been committed to them. 33 And the Most High shall be revealed upon the seat of judgment, and compassion shall pass away, and patience shall be withdrawn;[c] 34 but only judgment shall remain, truth shall stand, and faithfulness shall grow strong. 35 And recompense shall follow, and the reward shall be manifested; righteous deeds shall awake, and unrighteous deeds shall not sleep.[d] 36 Then the pit[e] of torment shall appear, and opposite it shall be the place of rest; and the furnace of hell[f] shall be disclosed, and opposite it the paradise of delight. 37 Then the Most High will say to the nations that have been raised from the dead, ‘Look now, and understand whom you have denied, whom you have not served, whose commandments you have despised! 38 Look on this side and on that; here are delight and rest, and there are fire and torments!’ Thus he will[g] speak to them on the day of judgment— 39 a day that has no sun or moon or stars, 40 or cloud or thunder or lightning or wind or water or air, or darkness or evening or morning, 41 or summer or spring or heat or winter[h] or frost or cold or hail or rain or dew, 42 or noon or night, or dawn or shining or brightness or light, but only the splendor of the glory of the Most High, by which all shall see what has been determined for them. 43 For it will last for about a week of years. 44 This is my judgment and its prescribed order; and to you alone have I shown these things.”


  1. 2 Esdras 7:26 Arm: Lat Syr that the bride shall appear, even the city appearing
  2. 2 Esdras 7:28 Syr Arab 1: Ethiop my Messiah; Arab 2 the Messiah; Arm the Messiah of God; Lat my son Jesus
  3. 2 Esdras 7:33 Lat gather together
  4. 2 Esdras 7:35 The passage from verse 36 to verse 105, formerly missing, has been restored to the text
  5. 2 Esdras 7:36 Syr Ethiop: Lat place
  6. 2 Esdras 7:36 Lat gehenna
  7. 2 Esdras 7:38 Syr Ethiop Arab 1: Lat thou shalt
  8. 2 Esdras 7:41 Or storm
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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