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

Chapter XLVII

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1And in those days the prayer of the righteous and the blood of the righteous 1 and the blood of the righteous: here all MSS except MQ have ‘the righteous’ in the singular, but the form is to be understood as a collective (cp. verse 4); M does have ‘the righteous’ in the plural; Q om. ‘the blood’ and reads ‘and of righteousness’. The preceding and following occurrences of ‘the righteous’ in verses 1f. are all in the plural. will have ascended from the earth before the Lord of Spirits. 2In these days the holy ones who dwell in the heavens above will unite with one voice, and supplicate, and pray, and praise, and give thanks, and bless in the name of 2 in the name of: U om.; GMQD′ABCE ‘the name of’. the Lord of Spirits, because of the blood of the righteous which has been poured out, and because of the prayer of the righteous, that it may not cease 3 Or ‘that it may not be in vain’. before the Lord of Spirits, that justice may be done to them, and that their patience may not have to last for ever. 3And in those days I saw the Head 4 C′ ‘the Ancient’. of Days sit down on the throne of his glory, and the books of the living were opened before him, and all his host, which dwells in the heavens above, and his council were standing before him. 4And the hearts of the holy ones were full of joy that the number of righteousness 5 MD′ ‘of the righteous’ – the form is in the singular, but is to be understood as a collective (cp. below and verse 1). had been reached, 6 Eth.I ‘had drawn near’. and the prayer of the righteous 7 of the righteous: QC′ ‘of the holy’ – in both cases the forms are plural. had been heard, and the blood of the righteous 8 of the righteous: the form is singular, but is to be understood as a collective (cp. above and verse 1). had been required before the Lord of Spirits.

Notes:

1 and the blood of the righteous: here all MSS except MQ have ‘the righteous’ in the singular, but the form is to be understood as a collective (cp. verse 4); M does have ‘the righteous’ in the plural; Q om. ‘the blood’ and reads ‘and of righteousness’. The preceding and following occurrences of ‘the righteous’ in verses 1f. are all in the plural.

2 in the name of: U om.; GMQD′ABCE ‘the name of’.

3 Or ‘that it may not be in vain’.

4 C′ ‘the Ancient’.

5 MD′ ‘of the righteous’ – the form is in the singular, but is to be understood as a collective (cp. below and verse 1).

6 Eth.I ‘had drawn near’.

7 of the righteous: QC′ ‘of the holy’ – in both cases the forms are plural.

8 of the righteous: the form is singular, but is to be understood as a collective (cp. above and verse 1).

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