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

Chapter LXIII

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1In those days the mighty kings 1 Eth.I ‘the kings and the mighty’; AEHKNC′ ‘the kings’. who possess the dry ground 2 QDY ‘the earth’. will entreat the angels of his punishment 3 QT ‘of punishment’; U ‘of his anger’. to whom they have been handed over that they 4 So H2C′: all other MSS ‘he’. might give them a little respite, and 5 Eth.I om. that they might fall down and worship before the Lord of Spirits, and confess their sin before him. 2And they will bless and praise the Lord of Spirits, and say, Blessed be the Lord of Spirits and the Lord of kings, the Lord of the mighty and the Lord of the rich, 6 U ‘exalted’. and the Lord of glory and the Lord of wisdom! 3And everything secret is clear before you, 7 before you: so C′; all other MSS om. and your power is for all generations, 8 GQTD′ ‘And in everything secret your power shines for all generations’; M corrupt; U defective. and your glory for ever and ever; deep, and without number, are all your secrets, and your righteousness is beyond reckoning. 9 C′ ‘deep are all your secrets, and your righteousness is beyond measure’. 4Now we realise that we ought to praise and bless the Lord of kings and the one who is king over all kings. 5And they will say, Would that we might be given a respite, that we might praise and thank and bless him, 10 praise … him: GMTUD′ ‘sing praises and give thanks’; Q ‘praise and thank him’. and make our confession before his 11 GQTUD′ ‘your’. glory. 6And now we long for a little respite, but do not find it; we are driven off, and do not obtain it; and the light has passed away from before us, and darkness will be our dwelling for ever and ever. 7For we have not made our confession before him, and we have not praised the name of the Lord of kings, 12 GD′EFC′ ‘the name of the Lord of Spirits (D′ adds ‘and of kings’)’; Q ‘the Lord of spirits and his name’; M ‘the name of the Lord of lords’. and we have not praised the Lord 13 GMQTD′ ‘our Lord’; U defective. for all his works, 14 for all his works: GMQT1UD′ om. but our hope has been on the sceptre of 15 the sceptre of: so some MSS; other MSS ‘the throne of’, or ‘the sceptre of the throne of’, or ‘the throne of the sceptre of’; BCX om. our kingdom and of our glory. 16 and of our glory: UD′ om.; GM ‘and on our glory’; Q ‘and of our glory and of our riches’. 8And on the day of our affliction and distress he does not save us, and we find no respite to make our confession that our Lord is faithful in all his doings, and in all 17 in all: GMTUD′ om.; Q corrupt. his judgements and his justice, and that his judgements show no respect for persons. 9And we pass away from before him because of our works, and all our sins have been counted exactly. 10Then they will say to them, Our souls are sated with possessions gained through iniquity, but they do not prevent our going down into the flames 18 the flames: D′ om.; GQU ‘the heart’. of the torment of Sheol. 11And after this their faces will be filled with darkness and shame before that Son of Man, and they will be driven from before him, and the sword will dwell 19 D′ ‘may the sword dwell’. among them before him. 12And thus says the Lord of Spirits, This is the law and the judgement for the mighty and the kings and the exalted, and for those who possess the dry ground, before the Lord of Spirits.

Notes:

1 Eth.I ‘the kings and the mighty’; AEHKNC′ ‘the kings’.

2 QDY ‘the earth’.

3 QT ‘of punishment’; U ‘of his anger’.

4 So H2C′: all other MSS ‘he’.

5 Eth.I om.

6 U ‘exalted’.

7 before you: so C′; all other MSS om.

8 GQTD′ ‘And in everything secret your power shines for all generations’; M corrupt; U defective.

9 C′ ‘deep are all your secrets, and your righteousness is beyond measure’.

10 praise … him: GMTUD′ ‘sing praises and give thanks’; Q ‘praise and thank him’.

11 GQTUD′ ‘your’.

12 GD′EFC′ ‘the name of the Lord of Spirits (D′ adds ‘and of kings’)’; Q ‘the Lord of spirits and his name’; M ‘the name of the Lord of lords’.

13 GMQTD′ ‘our Lord’; U defective.

14 for all his works: GMQT1UD′ om.

15 the sceptre of: so some MSS; other MSS ‘the throne of’, or ‘the sceptre of the throne of’, or ‘the throne of the sceptre of’; BCX om.

16 and of our glory: UD′ om.; GM ‘and on our glory’; Q ‘and of our glory and of our riches’.

17 in all: GMTUD′ om.; Q corrupt.

18 the flames: D′ om.; GQU ‘the heart’.

19 D′ ‘may the sword dwell’.

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