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The Apocryphal Old Testament Collection of the most important non-canonical Old Testament books designed for general use.

Chapter VII

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1And they took wives for themselves, and everyone chose for himself one each. 1 Gk.a ‘And they took wives for themselves; each of them chose for himself a wife’; Gk.s ‘(vi. 8 … the others) in the one thousand, one hundred and seventieth year of the world took wives for themselves’. And they began to go in to them and were promiscuous with them. 2 Gk.a ‘And they began to go in to them and to defile themselves with them’; Gk.s ‘And they began to defile themselves with them until the flood’. And they taught them charms and spells, and showed to them the cutting of roots and trees. 3 GQT1 (?) NY Gk.a ‘And they taught them charms and spells and the cutting of roots, and showed to them trees (Gk.a ‘plants’)’; Gk.s om. (but Aram. supports Eth. Gk.a). 2And they became pregnant 4 And they became pregnant: so Eth. Gk.a Aram.; Gk.s om., and then instead of verse 2 continues ‘And they bore to them three kinds: first large giants, and the giants begat the Naphilim, and to the Naphilim were born the Elioud. And they grew according to their greatness, and they taught themselves and their wives charms and spells’. and bore large giants, and their height was three thousand cubits. 5 and their … cubits: Gk.a ‘three thousand cubits in height’. 3These 6 MFC′ Gk.a ‘who’; Gk.s om. vii. 3–6. devoured all the toil of men, 7 all the toil of men: Gk.a om. ‘all’; C′ Aram. ‘the toil of all men’. until 8 Gk.a ‘And when’. men were unable to sustain them. 4And the giants turned against them in order to devour men. 9 And the giants … men: Gk.a ‘the giants acted with effrontery against them and devoured men’; Aram., whose text is incomplete and in part uncertain, used the verb ‘to kill’, not ‘to devour’. 5And they began to sin against birds, and against animals, and against reptiles and against fish, and they devoured 10 ABCX Gk.a ‘and to devour’. one another's flesh and drank the blood from it. 11 from it: D′ Gk.a om. 6Then the earth complained about the lawless ones.

Notes:

1 Gk.a ‘And they took wives for themselves; each of them chose for himself a wife’; Gk.s ‘(vi. 8 … the others) in the one thousand, one hundred and seventieth year of the world took wives for themselves’.

2 Gk.a ‘And they began to go in to them and to defile themselves with them’; Gk.s ‘And they began to defile themselves with them until the flood’.

3 GQT1 (?) NY Gk.a ‘And they taught them charms and spells and the cutting of roots, and showed to them trees (Gk.a ‘plants’)’; Gk.s om. (but Aram. supports Eth. Gk.a).

4 And they became pregnant: so Eth. Gk.a Aram.; Gk.s om., and then instead of verse 2 continues ‘And they bore to them three kinds: first large giants, and the giants begat the Naphilim, and to the Naphilim were born the Elioud. And they grew according to their greatness, and they taught themselves and their wives charms and spells’.

5 and their … cubits: Gk.a ‘three thousand cubits in height’.

6 MFC′ Gk.a ‘who’; Gk.s om. vii. 3–6.

7 all the toil of men: Gk.a om. ‘all’; C′ Aram. ‘the toil of all men’.

8 Gk.a ‘And when’.

9 And the giants … men: Gk.a ‘the giants acted with effrontery against them and devoured men’; Aram., whose text is incomplete and in part uncertain, used the verb ‘to kill’, not ‘to devour’.

10 ABCX Gk.a ‘and to devour’.

11 from it: D′ Gk.a om.

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