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

Chapter XLVIII

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1And in that place I saw an inexhaustible spring of righteousness, and many springs of wisdom surrounded it, and all the thirsty drank from them and were filled with wisdom, and their dwelling was with the righteous and the holy and the chosen. 2And at that hour that Son of Man was named in the presence of the Lord of Spirits, and his name was named before the Head of Days. 3Even before the sun and the constellations were created, before the stars of heaven were made, his name was named before the Lord of Spirits. 4He will be a staff to the righteous and the holy, 1 and the holy: GMQT1UD′ om. that they may lean on him and not fall, and he will be the light of the nations, and he will be the hope of those who grieve in their hearts. 5All those who dwell upon the dry ground will fall down and worship before him, and they will bless, and praise, and celebrate with psalms the name of 2 the name of: GTU om. the Lord of Spirits. 6And because of this he was chosen and hidden before him before the world was created, and for ever. 7But the wisdom of the Lord of Spirits has revealed him to the holy and the righteous, for he has kept safe the lot of the righteous, for they have hated and rejected this world of iniquity, and all its works and its ways they have hated in the name of the Lord of Spirits; for in his name they are saved, and he is the one who will require their lives. 3 and he … their lives: G(?) ‘and according to his wish has it been in regard to their lives’; Q corrupt; D′OYB′ ‘and his wish has been for their lives’. 8And in those days the kings of the earth and the strong who possess the dry ground will have downcast faces because of the works of their hands, for on the day of their distress and trouble they will not save themselves. 9And I will give them into the hands of my chosen ones; like straw in the fire, and like lead in water, so they will burn before the righteous, 4 GQTUD′ ‘the holy’. and sink before the holy, 5 GMQTU ‘the righteous’. and no trace will be found of them. 10And on the day of their trouble there will be rest 6 D′ ‘a stumbling block’. on the earth, and they will fall down before him 7 Eth.I C′ ‘before them’. and will not rise; and there will be no one who will take them with his hands and raise them, for they denied the Lord of Spirits and his Messiah. May the name of the Lord of Spirits be blessed!

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1 and the holy: GMQT1UD′ om.

2 the name of: GTU om.

3 and he … their lives: G(?) ‘and according to his wish has it been in regard to their lives’; Q corrupt; D′OYB′ ‘and his wish has been for their lives’.

4 GQTUD′ ‘the holy’.

5 GMQTU ‘the righteous’.

6 D′ ‘a stumbling block’.

7 Eth.I C′ ‘before them’.

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