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

Chapter XCIV

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1And now I say to you, my children, love righteousness and walk in it; for the paths of righteousness are worthy of acceptance, but the paths of iniquity will quickly be destroyed and vanish. 2And to certain men from a future generation the paths of wrongdoing and of death will be revealed, and they will keep away from them and will not follow them. 3And now I say to you, the righteous: do not walk in the wicked path, nor in wrongdoing, 1 nor in wrongdoing: GMQTD′ om. nor in the paths of death, and do not draw near to them, lest you be destroyed. 4But seek 2 But seek: G ‘like those who seek wickedness’. and choose for yourselves righteousness and a life that is pleasing, and walk in the paths of peace, that you may live and prosper. 5And hold my words firmly in the thoughts of your heart, and let them not be erased from your heart, for I know that sinners will tempt men to debase wisdom, 3 Lit. ‘to make wisdom bad’. and no place will be found for it, and temptation will in no way decrease. 6Woe to those who build iniquity and wrongdoing and found deceit, for they will quickly be thrown down and will not have peace. 7Woe to those who build their houses with sin, for from their whole foundation they will be thrown down, and by the sword they will fall; and those who acquire gold and silver will quickly be destroyed in the judgement. 8Woe to you, you rich, for you have trusted in your riches, but from your riches you will depart, for you did not remember the Most High in the days of your riches. 9You have committed blasphemy and iniquity and are ready for the day of the outpouring of blood and for the day of darkness and for the day of the great judgement. 10Thus I say and make known to you that He who created you will throw you down, and over your fall there will be no mercy, but your creator will rejoice at your destruction. 11And your 4 your: Eth.II has plural, GMQTD′ singular. righteous in those days will be a reproach to the sinners and to the impious.

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1 nor in wrongdoing: GMQTD′ om.

2 But seek: G ‘like those who seek wickedness’.

3 Lit. ‘to make wisdom bad’.

4 your: Eth.II has plural, GMQTD′ singular.

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