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

Chapter LII

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1And after those days, in that place where I had seen all the visions of that which is secret – for I had been carried off by a 2whirlwind, and they had brought me to the west – there my eyes saw the secrets of heaven, everything that will occur on earth: 1 GMQTU ‘all the secret things of heaven that will occur (QT2 add ‘on earth’)’; D′ ‘all the secrets of heaven and what will occur’. a mountain of iron, and a mountain of copper, and a mountain of silver, and a mountain of gold, and a mountain of soft metal, and a mountain of lead. 3And I asked the angel who went with me, saying, What are these things which I have seen in secret? 4And he said to me, All these things which you have seen serve the authority of his Messiah, that he may be strong and powerful on the earth. 5And that angel of peace answered me, saying, Wait a little, and you will see, 2 and you will see: Eth.I om. and everything which is secret, which the Lord of Spirits has established, 3 GQT1UD′ (?) ‘which surrounds the Lord of Spirits’. will be revealed to you. 6And these mountains which you have seen, 4 GMQTU ‘your eyes have seen’; D′ ‘you have seen with your eyes’. the mountain of iron, and the mountain of copper, and the mountain of silver, and the mountain of gold, and the mountain of soft metal, and the mountain of lead – all these before the Chosen One will be like wax before fire, and like the water which comes down from above on 5 on: D′ om. these mountains, and they will become weak under 6 Many MSS ‘before’. his feet. 7And it will come to pass in those days that neither by gold, nor by silver, will men save themselves; they will be unable to save themselves or 7 to save themselves or: GMQD′ om. to flee. 8And there will be neither iron for war, nor material 8 material: lit. ‘clothing, covering’; for the noun ‘material’ QD′, although corrupt, have verbal forms which may point to an original text ‘nor will men put on a breast-plate’. After ‘material’ (or its equivalent) GMQT add by dittography ‘for war, nor material’. for a breast-plate; 9 nor material for a breast-plate: U ‘nor a coat of mail for the breast’. bronze will be of no use, and tin will be of no use and will count for nothing, and lead will not be wanted. 9All these will be wiped out and destroyed from the face of the earth, when the Chosen One appears before the Lord of Spirits.

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1 GMQTU ‘all the secret things of heaven that will occur (QT2 add ‘on earth’)’; D′ ‘all the secrets of heaven and what will occur’.

2 and you will see: Eth.I om.

3 GQT1UD′ (?) ‘which surrounds the Lord of Spirits’.

4 GMQTU ‘your eyes have seen’; D′ ‘you have seen with your eyes’.

5 on: D′ om.

6 Many MSS ‘before’.

7 to save themselves or: GMQD′ om.

8 material: lit. ‘clothing, covering’; for the noun ‘material’ QD′, although corrupt, have verbal forms which may point to an original text ‘nor will men put on a breast-plate’. After ‘material’ (or its equivalent) GMQT add by dittography ‘for war, nor material’.

9 nor material for a breast-plate: U ‘nor a coat of mail for the breast’.

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