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

Chapter XXXVIII

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1The first parable. When the community of the righteous appears, and the sinners are judged for their sins and are driven 2from the face of the dry ground, and when the Righteous One 1 the Righteous One: GQTUD′A ‘righteousness’. appears before the chosen righteous whose works are weighed by the Lord of Spirits, and when light appears to the righteous and chosen who dwell on the dry ground, where will be the dwelling of the sinners, and where the resting-place of those who have denied 2 D′ adds ‘the name of’. the Lord of Spirits? It would have been better for them if they had not been born. 3And when the secrets of the righteous are revealed, the sinners will be judged and the impious driven from the presence of the righteous and the chosen. 4And from then on those who possess the earth will not be mighty and exalted, nor will they be able to look at the face of the holy ones for the light of the Lord of Spirits will have appeared on the face of the holy, the righteous and the chosen. 5And the mighty kings will at that time be destroyed and given into the hand of the righteous and the holy. 6And from then on no one will be able to seek mercy from the Lord of Spirits, for their life will be at an end.

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1 the Righteous One: GQTUD′A ‘righteousness’.

2 D′ adds ‘the name of’.

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