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

Chapter XXI

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1And on the third day, at sunset, the elders of the people spoke to Methusalom, saying, Go and stand before the Lord and before your people, 1 and … people = BR: U om. (and in consequence, Methusalom's statement, which follows, is attributed to the elders). and before the altar of the Lord, and you will be glorified by 2 Lit. ‘in’. your people. 2And Methusalom answered his people, 1 and … people = BR: U om. (and in consequence, Methusalom's statement, which follows, is attributed to the elders). The Lord, the God of my 3 So BR: U ‘your’. father Enoch, he himself will raise up a priest over his people. 3And the people waited there the whole of that night in the place Azuchan; 4 So UB: R ‘Achuzan’. and Methusalom stayed by the altar and prayed to the Lord and said, Eternal Lord, the only God, 5 Lit. ‘Lord of all the age, who art alone’. who hast chosen our 6 BR ‘my’. father Enoch, do thou, Lord, appoint 7 So U (lit. ‘show forth’): BR ‘raise up’. a priest for thy people, and give their hearts understanding to fear thy glory and to do all things according to thy will. 4And Methusalom fell asleep, and the Lord appeared to him in a vision by night and said to him, Listen, Methusalom, I am the Lord, the God of your father Enoch: pay attention to what your people are saying, and stand before them and before my altar, and I will glorify you before these my people all the days of your life. 5And Methusalom rose up from his sleep and blessed him 8 So U: BR ‘the Lord’. who had appeared to him. 6And the elders of the people came to Methusalom in the morning; and the Lord God turned Methusalom's heart so that he listened to what the people said, and he said to them, The Lord our 9 B ‘your’. God, let him do what he pleases to these his people.

7And Sarsan and Charmis and Zazas 10 So UR: B ‘And Sarsai and Charlis’ (om. Zazas). and the elders of the people made haste and arrayed Methusalom in a gorgeous robe and put a splendid crown on his head; and the people made haste and brought sheep and cattle and the kinds of birds that were appointed, so that Methusalom could sacrifice before 11 R ‘in the name of’. the Lord and before 11 R ‘in the name of’. the people. 8And Methusalom went up to the altar of the Lord, like the morning-star when it rises, and all the people followed after him. 9And Methusalom stood at the altar, and all the people were round about the altar. And the elders of the people took the sheep and the cattle and bound them by the four feet, and they laid them at the head of the altar; and the people said to Methusalom, Take your knife and slaughter these appointed victims before the Lord. 10And Methusalom stretched out his hands to heaven and invoked the Lord, saying, Ah me, Lord! Who am I to stand at the head of thine altar and at the head of all thy people? 11 12 And now … people = B, supported by R: U om. And now, Lord, Lord, look upon thy servant, and on the head of all thy people, 12 And now … people = B, supported by R: U om. and on all these who have been chosen, and give grace to thy servant before these people, that they may understand that thou hast ordained 13 So BR: U ‘that thou art: ordain’. a priest for thy people. 12And it came to pass, while Methusalom was praying, the altar trembled, and the knife rose up from the altar, and the knife leapt into Methusalom's hands before all the people. 13And all the people trembled and glorified the Lord; and Methusalom was honoured before the Lord and before all the people from that day onwards. 14And Methusalom took 14 R adds ‘the knife’. and slaughtered all that had come from the people. 15 BR ‘all that had been brought by the people’. 15And the people rejoiced and made merry before the Lord and before Methusalom on that day; and after that they went to their own homes.

Notes:

1–1 and … people = BR: U om. (and in consequence, Methusalom's statement, which follows, is attributed to the elders).

2 Lit. ‘in’.

3 So BR: U ‘your’.

4 So UB: R ‘Achuzan’.

5 Lit. ‘Lord of all the age, who art alone’.

6 BR ‘my’.

7 So U (lit. ‘show forth’): BR ‘raise up’.

8 So U: BR ‘the Lord’.

9 B ‘your’.

10 So UR: B ‘And Sarsai and Charlis’ (om. Zazas).

11 R ‘in the name of’.

12–12 And now … people = B, supported by R: U om.

13 So BR: U ‘that thou art: ordain’.

14 R adds ‘the knife’.

15 BR ‘all that had been brought by the people’.

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