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

Chapter XLV

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1And this is the second parable about those who deny the name of the dwelling of the holy ones and of the Lord of Spirits. 1 the name … Spirits: so T2 Eth.II, but T2B′ read ‘community’ for ‘dwelling’; GMQT1U ‘the name of the dwelling of the holy ones and the Lord of Spirits’ (M om. ‘the name of’); D′N ‘the name of the Lord of Spirits and of the community (N ‘and the dwelling’) of the holy ones’. 2They will not ascend into heaven, nor will they come upon earth: such will be the lot of the sinners who deny 2 GQTU ‘have denied’. the name of the Lord of Spirits, who will thus be kept for the day of affliction and distress. 3On that day the 3 GQT1UD′ ‘my’. Chosen One will sit on the throne of glory, and will choose 4 So all Eth. MSS (perhaps a mistranslation of an Aramaic word which can mean both ‘to choose’ and ‘to test’). their works, and their resting-places will be without number; and their spirits 5 Eth.I ‘souls’. within them will grow strong when they see my Chosen One 6 Some Eth. MSS ‘my chosen ones’; D′ corrupt. and those who appeal to my 7 C′ ‘his’. holy and 8 holy and: GMQT1UD′ om. glorious name. 4And on that day I will cause my Chosen One to dwell among them, 9 C ‘I will cause him to dwell among my chosen ones’, and so in effect G; QUD′Y1 read ‘my chosen ones’, but in other respects are corrupt or defective. and I will transform heaven and make it an eternal blessing and light. 5And I will transform the dry ground and make it a blessing, and I will cause my chosen ones to dwell upon it; but those who commit sin and evil will not tread upon it. 6For I have seen, and have satisfied with peace, my righteous ones, and have placed them before me; but for the sinners my judgement 10 T2 and some Eth.II MSS ‘but for the sinners judgement’; GMQT1U ‘but the judgement of the sinners’. draws near before me, 11 D′ (?) ‘but the sinners draw near before me in judgement’. that I may destroy them from the face of the earth.

Notes:

1 the name … Spirits: so T2 Eth.II, but T2B′ read ‘community’ for ‘dwelling’; GMQT1U ‘the name of the dwelling of the holy ones and the Lord of Spirits’ (M om. ‘the name of’); D′N ‘the name of the Lord of Spirits and of the community (N ‘and the dwelling’) of the holy ones’.

2 GQTU ‘have denied’.

3 GQT1UD′ ‘my’.

4 So all Eth. MSS (perhaps a mistranslation of an Aramaic word which can mean both ‘to choose’ and ‘to test’).

5 Eth.I ‘souls’.

6 Some Eth. MSS ‘my chosen ones’; D′ corrupt.

7 C′ ‘his’.

8 holy and: GMQT1UD′ om.

9 C ‘I will cause him to dwell among my chosen ones’, and so in effect G; QUD′Y1 read ‘my chosen ones’, but in other respects are corrupt or defective.

10 T2 and some Eth.II MSS ‘but for the sinners judgement’; GMQT1U ‘but the judgement of the sinners’.

11 D′ (?) ‘but the sinners draw near before me in judgement’.

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