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

Chapter LIII

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Text Commentary

1And there my eyes saw a deep valley, and its mouth was open; 1 So Eth.II: D′ is partially corrupt, but reads ‘deep valleys, and their mouth(s) were open’; GMQTU also read ‘their mouths’ (QT ‘their mouth’), but otherwise have an awkward or corrupt text. and all those who dwell upon the dry ground and the sea and the islands will bring gifts and presents and offerings to him, but that deep valley will not become full. 2And their hands commit evil, and everything at which the righteous toil, the sinners evilly devour; 2 and everything … devour: so Eth.II, but the text is difficult and possibly corrupt; the Eth.I MSS do not provide a better text. and so the sinners will be destroyed from before the Lord of Spirits, and will be banished from the face of his earth, unceasingly, 3 Lit. ‘and they will not cease’; T1D′ ‘and they will cease’ (i.e. ‘and they will perish’). for ever and ever. 3For I saw 4 Eth.I N add ‘all’. the angels of punishment going 5 Eth.I and some Eth.II MSS ‘remaining’. and preparing all the instruments of Satan. 4And I asked the angel of peace who went with me, and I said to him, 6 and I said to him: so NP2; all other MSS om. These instruments – for whom are they preparing them? And he said to 5me, 7 D′ ‘And he answered me’; GMTD′ add ‘saying’. They are preparing these 8 They are preparing these: QU om.; GMT om. ‘They are preparing’, but read ‘these’ in the accusative. for the kings and the powerful of this earth, that by means of them they may be destroyed. 6And after this the Righteous and Chosen One will cause the house of his congregation to appear; from then on, in the name of the Lord of Spirits, they will not be hindered. 7And before him 9 before him (lit. ‘before his face’): GT1UD′ ‘before his righteousness’; M. corrupt. these mountains will not 10 D′BCXC′ om. be firm like the earth, and the hills will be like a spring of water; and the righteous will have rest from the illtreatment of the sinners.

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1 So Eth.II: D′ is partially corrupt, but reads ‘deep valleys, and their mouth(s) were open’; GMQTU also read ‘their mouths’ (QT ‘their mouth’), but otherwise have an awkward or corrupt text.

2 and everything … devour: so Eth.II, but the text is difficult and possibly corrupt; the Eth.I MSS do not provide a better text.

3 Lit. ‘and they will not cease’; T1D′ ‘and they will cease’ (i.e. ‘and they will perish’).

4 Eth.I N add ‘all’.

5 Eth.I and some Eth.II MSS ‘remaining’.

6 and I said to him: so NP2; all other MSS om.

7 D′ ‘And he answered me’; GMTD′ add ‘saying’.

8 They are preparing these: QU om.; GMT om. ‘They are preparing’, but read ‘these’ in the accusative.

9 before him (lit. ‘before his face’): GT1UD′ ‘before his righteousness’; M. corrupt.

10 D′BCXC′ om.

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