Gymnasiums, stadiums, hippodromes, and theaters were erected. By this word is generally meant those sacred books of the Jewish people that were not included in the Hebrew Bible (see Canon). In 1569 the Spanish Reina Bible, following the example of the pre-Clementine Latin Vulgate, contained the deuterocanonical books in its Old Testament. These same books are also listed in Article VI of the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England. This preface to the Scriptures may serve as a "helmeted" introduction to all the books which we turn from Hebrew into Latin, so that we may be assured that what is not found in our list must be placed amongst the Apocryphal writings. Protestants who were raised Roman Catholic would probably say, “Of course!” They have come to learn that the Apocrypha is uninspired and supports erroneous Roman Catholic dogma.  The KJV followed the Geneva Bible of 1560 almost exactly (variations are marked below). They are deemed theologically suspicious and even heretical by many. Jesus and the New Testament authors never directly quote the Apocrypha. ↩, All quotations from the Apocrypha come from the New Revised Standard Version. (See, for example, Codex Vaticanus, Codex Sinaiticus, Codex Alexandrinus, Vulgate, and Peshitta.) During Origen’s day, the Apocrypha became a normal part of the liturgy in church. Bible Answer: “Apocrypha” is from the Greek for “concealed” or “hidden” (cf. Skilled in guerrilla warfare, he and his men raided villages, overthrew pagan altars, killed Hellenist sympathizers, and circumcised children by force. This follows the tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church where the Septuagint is the received version of Old Testament scripture, considered itself inspired in agreement with some of the Fathers, such as St Augustine, rather than the Hebrew Masoretic text followed by all other modern translations. His Bible was the first major edition to have a separate section called Apocrypha.Books and portions of books not found in the Masoretic Text of Judaism were moved out of the body of the Old Testament to this section. The Apocrypha consists of a set of books written between approximately 400 B.C. Hellenization continued to take place under these dynasties (though you can read Ecclesiasticus to see how many remained faithful to traditional Jewish ideals during King Ptolemy’s reign). The Hasidim were appalled, to say the least. " Later, during the English Civil War, the Westminster Confession of 1647 excluded the Apocrypha from the canon and made no recommendation of the Apocrypha above "other human writings", and this attitude toward the Apocrypha is represented by the decision of the British and Foreign Bible Society in the early 19th century not to print it (see below). The Apocrypha provides us with rich historical information that illumines our understanding of the New Testament, gives us a greater appreciation of our place in redemptive history, and helps us appreciate the witness of the church during the four hundred silent years. Judas also took up a collection and sent it to Jerusalem as “a sin offering” (2 Maccabees 12:43). The 1st edition omitted the Prayer of Manasseh and the Rest of Esther, although these were included in the 2nd edition. (Prayer of Azariah 16–17). It is hardly possible to form any classification not open to some objection. The pro-Hellenizers worked with the Seleucid military settlers to incorporate the worship of Baal (who was identified with Zeus) into the temple service. It comes from Greek and is formed from the combination of apo (away) and kryptein (hide or conceal). A distinction can be made between the Palestinian and the Hellenistic literature of the Old Testament, though even this is open to serious objections. However, none of these texts were ever considered secret. After the Lutheran and Catholic canons were defined by Luther (c. 1534) and Trent (8 April 1546) respectively, early Protestant editions of the Bible (notably the Luther Bible in German and 1611 King James Version in English) did not omit these books, but placed them in a separate Apocrypha section apart from the Old and NewTestaments to indic… He interacted with the Apocrypha in ways that would make some Protestants cringe. ↩, See session 25 of the Council of Trent and section 1031 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. However, a second set of booklets had been assembled through the years, and these were given the name Apocrypha (meaning “hidden”). But the Roman Catholic Council of Trent (1546) did. "The Canon of Scripture". After he refused to do so, a fellow Jew complied with the request. ↩, “How Firm a Foundation, Ye Saints of the Lord” (1787). These are the books most frequently referred to by the casual appellation "the Apocrypha". Question: "What are the books of 1 Esdras and 2 Esdras?" So, rather than thrusting the Apocrypha out of your sight and out of your mind, I want to give you a glimpse of what you’d be missing if you did. We’re on a mission to change that. First Esdras is part of what is considered the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical scripture. We can read it discerningly yet constructively, critically yet charitably. Eventually, however, the Seleucids reigned supreme, and a vicious Seleucid king occupied the throne: Antiochus Epiphanes IV (a name every Jewish person would never forget). James D.G. The Apocrypha should not be considered Scripture because these books bear none of the marks of authority within them. The second was never among the Hebrews, the very style of which reeks of Greek eloquence. The first book of Maccabees I have found to be Hebrew, the second is Greek, as can be proved from the very style. The Apocrypha proper then would be classified as follows: At which I was greatly encouraged in my soul. This is contrary to Roman Catholic theology, which makes the basis of a rich person’s salvation the heavenly treasure of good works. Can it benefit Protestants historically, theologically, and even spiritually? , Luther also expressed some doubts about the canonicity of four New Testament books, although he never called them apocrypha: the Epistle to the Hebrews, the Epistles of James and Jude, and the Revelation to John. Apocrypha definition, a group of 14 books, not considered canonical, included in the Septuagint and the Vulgate as part of the Old Testament, but usually omitted from Protestant editions of the Bible. Brenton's edition of the Septuagint includes all of the Apocrypha found in the King James Bible with the exception of 2 Esdras, which was not in the Septuagint and is no longer extant in Greek. Thus I continued above a year, and could not find the place; but at last, casting my eye upon the Apocrypha books, I found it in Ecclesiasticus, chap. The apocrypha was a part of the KJV for 274 years until being removed in 1885 A.D. A portion of these books were called deuterocanonical books by some entities, such as the Catholic church. But I do believe it can be historically, theologically, and spiritually beneficial to students of God’s word, whether they be a scholar, pastor, or armchair theologian. The Deuterocanonical Books of the Bible These are books which are included in some version of the canonical Bible, but which have been excluded at one time or another, for textual or doctrinal issues. The New Testament was written in Greek. Answer: The books of 1 and 2 Esdras are not part of the biblical canon. They wanted victory through glory. The Prayer of Manasseh claims to be that ancient prayer. ↩, Bruce M. Metzger, An Introduction to the Apocrypha (New York: Oxford University Press, 1957), 5. 6], The Additions to the Greek Book of Daniel, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees); Books in the Greek and Slavonic Bibles; Not in the Roman Catholic Canon (1 Esdras [2 Esdras in Slavonic, 3 Esdras in Appendix to Vulgate], Prayer of Manasseh [in Appendix to Vulgate], Psalm 151 [following Psalm 150 in the Greek Bible], 3 Maccabees); In the Slavonic Bible and in the Latin Vulgate Appendix (2 Esdras [3 Esdras in Slavonic, 4 Esdras in Vulgate Appendix]); In an Appendix to the Greek Bible (4 Maccabees). What resulted was a divided nation, with foreign influence threatening their national identity, their unity, and even their lives. Similarly, the Book of Enoch, Book of Jubilees and 4 Baruch are often listed with the pseudepigrapha although they are commonly included in Ethiopian Bibles. Additionally, the apocryphal versions of Esther and Daniel are included in their entirety. Martin Luther translated the Bible into German during the early part of the 16th century, first releasing a complete Bible in 1534. Nevertheless, they can also communicate error. And the day following Judas came with his company, to take away the bodies of them that were slain, and to bury them with their kinsmen, in the sepulchers of their fathers. Once this is understood, then perhaps the Apocrypha can be of great value in our quest to understand the divine Scriptures. He then called on all those zealous for the law of their fathers to follow him. The Bible needs a visible, external authority guided by the Holy Spirit to define both the OT and NT Canons. He destroyed the Scriptures. He did not put them in a separate named section, but he did move them to the end of his New Testament. The Westminster Confession of Faith, composed during the British Civil Wars (1642–1651), excluded the Apocrypha from the canon. Christ was merely prefigured in the Old Testament as “the angel of the Lord.” But when Christ appeared, and all the shadows turned into reality (Colossians 2:17), the Lord Jesus tabernacled among us, not in the form of an angel communicating God’s presence, but as God himself (John 1:14). When he got back, he tore down the walls of Jerusalem, erected a new citadel to dominate the temple area, and stationed a garrison. His kingdom was divided, but it ultimately came down to two successors: the Ptolemies and the Seleucids. Concerning these ancient books, the word apocrypha originally meant a text too sacred and secret to be in everyone's hands. Septuagint Bible w/ Apocrypha. Just then, out of zeal for God and his covenant, Mattathias sacrificed his fellow Jew on the altar and killed the official. Discerning readers of the Apocrypha gain a fuller understanding of first-century Judaism, including the messianic fervor that led, in part, to Jesus’s passion. When a person performs good works, such as almsgiving, he accrues merit that is stored up until the day of judgment. I’ll never, no, never, no, never forsake.19. For centuries … ↩, More could be added. Christians toda… " In 1826, the National Bible Society of Scotland petitioned the British and Foreign Bible Society not to print the Apocrypha, resulting in a decision that no BFBS funds were to pay for printing any Apocryphal books anywhere. . He confirms God’s goodness despite their current state of punishment in Babylonian exile. ↩, David Briones is associate professor of New Testament at. Paul’s Financial Policy: A Socio-Theological Approach. They longed for God’s messianic king to reign over their enemies and bring them peace, but they could put their hope only in mortal men. Neither do they introduce it with labels that would suggest inspiration, such as “as it is written” or “as the Scripture says.” Many echoes and allusions have been detected in the New Testament,5 but no direct quotes or obvious paraphrases appear in the New Testament. The lowest blow came when Antiochus IV erected an altar and sacrificed pigs on it. See Michael D. Coogan et al., eds., The New Oxford Annotated Bible: New Revised Standard Version with the Apocrypha, 4th ed. . Is this a bad thing? It is both theologically illuminating and spiritually uplifting as the reader considers the repentance, faith, and hope of three men in a blazing furnace. But when I repeat what the Jews say against the Story of Susanna and the Hymn of the Three Children, and the fables of Bel and the Dragon, which are not contained in the Hebrew Bible, the man who makes this a charge against me proves himself to be a fool and a slanderer; for I explained not what I thought but what they commonly say against us.  Luther was making a polemical point about the canonicity of these books. What is "The Apocrypha?" , Some editions add additional books, such as Psalm 151 or the Odes (including the Prayer of Manasseh). Unlike the Old and New Testaments, every human writing contains, to varying degrees, truth and error. Rather, they are referred to as the Anagignoskomena (ἀναγιγνωσκόμενα, "things that are read" or "profitable reading"). IVP Academic, 2010, Location 1478–86 (Kindle Edition). They are valuable as forming a link connecting the Old and New Testaments and are regarded in the Church as useful reading, although not all the books are of equal value. For more details see, Jerome, To Paulinus, Epistle 58 (AD 395), in NPNF2, VI:119.: "Do not, my dearest brother, estimate my worth by the number of my years. Matthew's Bible, published in 1537, contains all the Apocrypha of the later King James Version in an inter-testamental section. The Apocrypha in the Septuagint In the third century B.C., Jewish scholars translated the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament) into Greek, resulting in the Septuagint. The Apocrypha generally consists of 14 booklets of which 1 and 2 Maccabees and 1 Esdras are the main documents and form the bulk of the apocryphal writings. As accurate as that negative assessment is, disregarding the Apocrypha isn’t necessarily the right response. For almsgiving saves from death and purges away every sin. 'hidden') denotes the collection of apocryphal ancient books thought to have been written some time between 200 BC and 400 AD. Those who give alms will enjoy a full life, but those who commit sin and do wrong are their own worst enemies. Now, how did these two monumental events inform the consciousness and ideology of every Jewish person who lived in the first century AD? This translation is quoted in the New Testament, particularly by Paul, and also by the Greek Church Fathers. His prayer of repentance, according to 2 Chronicles 33:18–19, can be found in the lost Chronicles of the Kings of Israel. In this sense, only those who bear the sanctified fruit of justifying faith in Christ will experience life eternal. For almsgiving delivers from death and keeps you from going into the Darkness. The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose, And so “it became clear to all that this was the reason these men had fallen” (2 Maccabees 12:40).14 They then prayed for these dead brothers, requesting that “the sin that had been committed might be wholly blotted out” (2 Maccabees 12:42). To this day, Anglicans and Episcopalians read sections of the Apocrypha from the lectionary, which are also found in the Book of Common Prayer.10 The Belgic and Westminster Confessions, like the Thirty-nine Articles, draw a sharp distinction between the Apocrypha and the Holy Scriptures, but, to my knowledge, no Presbyterian church today includes the Apocrypha in their liturgy. His Bible was the first major edition to have a separate section called Apocrypha. But if he was looking to the splendid reward that is laid up for those who fall asleep in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought. The same cannot be said of early church fathers. When the Apocrypha is mentioned in this article, we are referring to all of the books listed below: As the titles suggest, many of these books take the Old Testament as their starting point.4 Since Esther never explicitly mentions the God of Israel, Additions to Esther includes phrases or verses that describe God’s sovereign action and oversight of the story. When this occurred, the Hasidim fled to the rural parts of Jerusalem. In the Middle Ages, the Vulgate became the de facto standard version of the Bible in the West. All King James Bibles published before 1666 included the Apocrypha, though separately to denote them as not equal to Scripture proper, as noted by Jerome in the Vulgate, to which he gave the name, "The Apocrypha. The former literature was written in Hebrew or Aramaic, and seldom in Greek; the latter in Greek. The Apocrypha is unorthodox in many ways, but in many other ways it is orthodox, historically informative, and spiritually edifying. There are plenty of writings that inform our understanding of history and theology and, at the risk of sounding heretical, spirituality or piety. “And now with all our heart we follow you; we fear you and seek your presence” (v. 18). For other books generally excluded from Bibles, see, This article is about biblical books printed apart from the New and Old Testaments. So now you have the Bible, the Apocrypha and Catholic Tradition as co-equal sources of truth for the Catholic. And none of the ancient scribes affirm this one is of Philo Judaeus. Brief Outline of the Books of the Apocrypha . These texts are not traditionally segregated into a separate section, nor are they usually called apocrypha. ↩, Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., Invitation to the Apocrypha (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1999), 4. Cities were patterned after the Greek standard. ), cleanse the temple, and renew God’s covenant. It’s worth quoting three that describe the nature of the Apocrypha: Thirty-nine Articles (1571), article 6: “And the other Books (as Jerome saith) the Church doth read for example of life and instruction of manners; but yet doth it not apply them to establish any doctrine.”, Belgic Confession (1561) 6: “The church may certainly read these books and learn from them as far as they agree with the canonical books. , Martin Luther translated the Bible into German during the early part of the 16th century, first releasing a complete Bible in 1534. Following Augustine, they ruled most of the books of the Apocrypha (excluding 1 and 2 Esdras, Letter of Jeremiah, Prayer of Manasseh, and 3 and 4 Maccabees) to be canonical.9 Many Protestant confessions of faith pushed back against Trent. But Jesus’s victory would come through suffering, a truth that they should have seen in Isaiah 53 and that some would certainly see at the cross and the empty tomb.13. I do not believe it is inspired. The Complete Apocrypha offers a staggering two-thirds as much material as the canonical 66 books of the Holy Bible. Paul is referring to Christ’s second coming and judgment, not an intermediate state where a person suffers punishment for their sins. Except for 2 Esdras, since this book is thought to be contemporary with or later than the New Testament. “That version incorporated a number of works that later, non-Hellenisti… The New Cambridge Paragraph Bible was originally published in 2005 in a large format and, like the original King James Bible and successive editions until the nineteenth century, included the Apocrypha. “For you are just in all you have done; all your works are true and your ways right, and all your judgments are true” (Prayer of Azariah 4). Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. These events shaped the consciousness and ideology of every Jewish person living in the first century AD and are therefore vital for the study of the New Testament. Apocrypha are well attested in surviving manuscripts of the Christian Bible. To end on a personal note, I really enjoy reading the Apocrypha. The word apocrypha literally means “hidden away.” In an esteemed sense, these writings were “‘hidden’ or withdrawn from common use because they were regarded as containing mysterious or esoteric lore, too profound to be communicated to any except the initiated.”2 But in a pejorative sense, these writings are hidden for good reason. He then adds, “By a true judgment you have brought all this upon us because of our sins” (Prayer of Azariah 5). Some scholars think this is the origin of the Pharisees, since they emphasized loyalty to God’s law and covenant. It records the aftermath of a battle during the Maccabean revolt, where Judas Maccabeus and his men were picking up the bodies of their fallen comrades. ]” (Prayer of Azariah 24). Paul writes, “[The rich] are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” But without assuming an explicitly Roman Catholic theological framework, it would be really difficult to arrive at the doctrine of meritorious almsgiving from this passage. Antiochus IV plundered the Jewish temple to fund his campaign against the Egyptians. In their Preface to the Apocrypha in the 16 th c. Geneva Bible, the strongly Protestant editors urge readers to a significantly positive view: “as books proceeding from godly men they were received to be read for the advancement and furtherance of the knowledge of history and for the instruction of godly manners. This was translated by the Saint Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, from the Rahlfs Edition of the Septuagint using Brenton's English translation and the RSV Expanded Apocrypha as boilerplate. The British Puritan revolution of the 1600s brought a change in the way many British publishers handled the apocryphal material associated with the Bible. But Jesus has four loving words to share with him: “Get behind me, Satan!” (Mark 8:33).12 At Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, his followers spread palm branches on the ground (a national symbol of power and victory over oppressors during the Maccabean revolt) while crying out for “the King of Israel” to save them (John 12:13). My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply; So you will be laying up a good treasure for yourself against the day of necessity. (2 Maccabees 12:43–45). Anti-Hellenizers were referred to as the Hasidim (the “pious ones”). From texts like these in the Apocrypha,16 the RCC develops the idea of a heavenly treasury. The Bible is a compilation of 66 books and letters written by more than 40 authors during a period of approximately 1,500 years. (Tobit 12:8–10). Augustine argued for the canonicity of the Apocrypha, drawing from it frequently in his writings. It is better to give alms than to lay up gold. ↩, The editors of the New Revised Standard Version’s New Oxford Annotated Bible list the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books under four groupings: Books and Additions to Esther and Daniel That Are in the Roman Catholic, Greek, and Slavonic Bibles (Tobit, Judith, The Additions to the Book of Esther, Wisdom of Solomon, Sirach, Baruch, The Letter of Jeremiah [Baruch ch. . Deliver us in accordance with your marvelous works, and bring glory to your name, O Lord” (Prayer of Azariah 19–20). 2 Esd. They include 3 Maccabees, along with 1 Esdras & 2 Esdras. The 1560 Geneva Bible placed the Prayer of Manasseh after 2 Chronicles; the rest of the Apocrypha were placed in an inter-testamental section. “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). One clear indication of the pro-Hellenizers’ impiety was their installation, without ancestral grounds, of a person named Menelaus as high priest, which was contrary to Scripture. Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine. The Apocrypha first appeared in a Greek translation of the Old Testament called the Septuagint (LXX).1 The Septuagint was produced in Alexandria, Egypt, around 200 BC, but the individual books that constitute the Apocrypha were written roughly between 400 BC and AD 1. Alexander’s foreign policy differed from other rulers. I think so. Even more tragic, Antiochus IV prohibited Jewish religion. ↩, Cited in deSilva, Introducing the Apocrypha, 38. Under their tunics, however, they found idols. Shouldn’t the Apocrypha be kept out of sight and out of mind? A crucified Messiah just didn’t comport with his Jewish perception, one which came into prominence during the Maccabean period. Roman Catholic doctrine comes primarily from tradition stuck together with a few Bible names. But every Christian would do well to know what’s in it — what is harmful, and what is helpful. But the Apocrypha doesn’t contain only errors. The Anglican Communion accepts "the Apocrypha for instruction in life and manners, but not for the establishment of doctrine (Article VI in the Thirty-Nine Articles)", and many "lectionary readings in The Book of Common Prayer are taken from the Apocrypha", with these lessons being "read in the same ways as those from the Old Testament". The people try to make Jesus king, but he withdraws to a mountain (John 6:15).  In his reply to Rufinus, he affirmed that he was consistent with the choice of the church regarding which version of the deuterocanonical portions of Daniel to use, which the Jews of his day did not include: What sin have I committed in following the judgment of the churches? 1 Esdras - Offers a parallel account of the events recorded in 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah, with the addition of the Debate of the Three Youths. We share a citizenship with those from every nation who call upon the name of Jesus. And The Prayer of Azariah (Daniel’s friend, also known as Abednego; Daniel 1:6), Susanna, and Bel and the Dragon expound on the Daniel narrative in significant ways. Can the same be said of the Apocrypha? He simply wanted them coalesced with the Greek way of life. Manasseh was a wicked king over the southern kingdom (2 Kings 21:1–9) who repented after being imprisoned in Babylon (2 Chronicles 33:10–13). When Jesus tells Peter about his inevitable suffering as the Messiah, Peter rebukes him (Mark 8:32). I do not believe it should be a part of the church’s liturgy. In the Zürich Bible (1529–30), they are placed in an Appendix.  Luther placed these books between the Old and New Testaments. The apocrypha is a selection of books which were published in the original 1611 King James Bible. Moses too in choosing the seventy elders is told to take those whom he knows to be elders indeed, and to select them not for their years but for their discretion [Num. Bruce, F.F. Therefore, a Christian who passes from this life into the next has faith and good works. After the Lutheran and Catholic canons were defined by Luther (c. 1534) and Trent (8 April 1546) respectively, early Protestant editions of the Bible (notably the Luther Bible in German and 1611 King James Version in English) did not omit these books, but placed them in a separate Apocrypha section apart from the Old and New Testaments to indicate their status. There are golden nuggets of truth scattered throughout that align with God’s word. They disobeyed God’s law, a law that was given “for [their] own good” (Prayer of Azariah 7). The Confession provided the rationale for the exclusion: 'The books commonly called Apocrypha, not being of divine inspiration, are no part of the canon of the Scripture, and therefore are of no authority in the church of God, nor to be any otherwise approved, or made use of, than other human writings' (1.3). Examples are praying for the dead, petitioning “saints” in Heaven for their prayers, worshiping angels, … The apocrypha was a part of the KJV for 274 years until being removed in 1885 A.D. So, going back to the Apocrypha (capital A). Again, the Slavonic Enoch goes back undoubtedly in parts to a Semitic original, though most of it may have been written by a Greek Jew in Egypt.). Geneva Bible, 1560. Some are complete books and others are additional portions of books already in the Bible (like Daniel and Esther, for example). It helps us understand how the Jewish nation gained their land back after King Cyrus let them return, how King Herod came to rule in Judea, how the Pharisees and Sadducees became so powerful politically and why they opposed one another, and how the Romans came to rule over Israel. ", Jerome, Letter 51, 6, 7, NPNF2, VI:87–8: "For in the book of Wisdom, which is inscribed with his name, Solomon says: "God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of his own eternity."  Some Christian churches include some or all of the same texts within the body of their version of the Old Testament. While Jesus and Hs apostles often quoted from the Septuagint, they never quoted from the Apocrypha. That is because they were "first-written" in the Greek language. Ultimately, the Council of Carthage (AD 397) sided with Augustine, but the two views remained in the church until the Reformation.7, One of Jerome’s followers, Nicholas of Lyra, influenced a well-known Reformer: Martin Luther. The Psalms of Solomon are found in some editions of the Septuagint. And that’s more than enough reason to disregard it. A little with righteousness is better than wealth with wrongdoing. They also celebrated in the manner of the Feast of Tabernacles with “beautiful branches and also fronds of palm” in thanksgiving “to [God] who had given success to the purifying of his own holy place” (2 Maccabees 10:6–7). The 1538 Myles Coverdale Bible contained an Apocrypha that excluded Baruch and the Prayer of Manasseh. He mentions the book of Baruch in his prologue to the Jeremias but does not include it as 'apocrypha'; stating that "it is neither read nor held among the Hebrews".. , In his prologue to the books of Solomon, he says:. , Collection of ancient books found in some editions of Christian Bibles, This article is about a class of books included in some Bibles. Retrospectively, we can see how all of the hopes and desires found within Azariah’s prayer can be fully realized in the Lord Jesus Christ, who protects and sustains the church in the midst of fiery trials, as seen in the great hymn “How Firm a Foundation, Ye Saints of the Lord,”.  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