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

Chapter LXXXIV

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1And I raised my hands in righteousness, and I blessed the Holy and Great One, and I spoke with the breath of my mouth, and with the tongue of flesh which God has made for men born of flesh, 1 Lit. ‘for the children of the flesh of men’; some Eth.II MSS ‘for the children of men’; Q ‘for the children of men of flesh’. that they might speak with it; and he has given them breath, and a tongue and a mouth, that they might speak with them. 2Blessed are you, O Lord King, and great and powerful in your majesty, Lord of the whole creation of heaven, King of Kings, and God of the whole world! And your kingly authority, and your sovereignty and your majesty will last for ever, and for ever and ever, and your power for all generations. And all the heavens are your throne for ever, and the whole earth your footstool for ever, and for ever and ever. 3For you made, and you rule 2 Some Eth.II MSS ‘fill’. everything, and nothing is too hard for you, and no wisdom escapes you; it does not turn away from your throne, 3 So Q: all other MSS except U have a corrupt dittograph ‘from her life, your throne’; U defective. nor from your presence. And you know and see and hear everything, and nothing is hidden from you, for you see everything. 4And now the angels of your heaven are doing wrong, and your anger rests upon the flesh of men until the day of the great judgement. 5And now, O God and Lord and Great King, I entreat and ask that you will fulfil my prayer to leave me a posterity on earth, and not to wipe out all the flesh of men and make the earth empty, so that there is destruction for ever. 6And now, my Lord, wipe out from the earth the flesh which has provoked you to anger, but the flesh of righteousness and uprightness establish as a seed-bearing plant for ever. And do not hide your face from the prayer of your servant, O Lord.

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1 Lit. ‘for the children of the flesh of men’; some Eth.II MSS ‘for the children of men’; Q ‘for the children of men of flesh’.

2 Some Eth.II MSS ‘fill’.

3 So Q: all other MSS except U have a corrupt dittograph ‘from her life, your throne’; U defective.

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