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

Chapter XXVII

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1And I looked and I saw; and behold, the picture started to move. And a heathen people ran from the left side of it, and they pillaged those on the right side, men, women, and children. 2And some they killed, 1 And some they killed: S om. and some they retained as slaves. 3I saw them running towards them for four generations; 2 Skhod (lit. ‘descent’, ‘issue’; hence ‘generation’). JK read ukhod (‘entrance’). Landsman translates ‘I saw them run towards them through four entrances’. In any case it is probable that the reference is to the four world empires – Babylon, Media, Greece, and Rome. and they burned the temple with fire, and they plundered the holy things that were in it. 4And I said, Eternal One, behold, the hordes of the heathen are pillaging the people thou hast appointed to be born from me; and some of them they are killing, and some they are keeping to take into 5exile; and they have burned down the temple with fire, and they are stealing the works of art in it. 6Eternal Mighty One, if this be so, why hast thou saddened 3 K ‘provoked’. my heart, and why must this be so? And he said, Listen Abraham. Everything you have seen must be because your descendants will provoke my anger with the idol and the murder you have seen in the picture – the idol of Jealousy in the temple: everything you have seen must be. And I said, Eternal Mighty One, let the evil done in ungodliness pass by, and ordain punishments for them, but show me rather the righteous deeds of this one; 4 This sentence is manifestly corrupt in S. JK read ‘let the evil honour and the deeds of those who have fulfilled the ordinances pass by rather than his righteous deeds.’ Landsman translates ‘May the works of evil (wrought) in ungodliness now pass by, but (show me) rather those who fulfilled the commandments, even the works of his (?) righteousness’. for this thou canst do. 7And he said to me, The righteous period will come first, through the holiness of their kings; and I will judge truly those whom at the first I chose 5 Lit. ‘created’. JK read ‘by the holiness of kings, to those who judge truly (K ‘to those who are in truth’), whom I created from them at the first to rule among them’. to rule among them. 8From them shall men come forth to care for them, as I have told you and you have seen.

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1 And some they killed: S om.

2 Skhod (lit. ‘descent’, ‘issue’; hence ‘generation’). JK read ukhod (‘entrance’). Landsman translates ‘I saw them run towards them through four entrances’. In any case it is probable that the reference is to the four world empires – Babylon, Media, Greece, and Rome.

3 K ‘provoked’.

4 This sentence is manifestly corrupt in S. JK read ‘let the evil honour and the deeds of those who have fulfilled the ordinances pass by rather than his righteous deeds.’ Landsman translates ‘May the works of evil (wrought) in ungodliness now pass by, but (show me) rather those who fulfilled the commandments, even the works of his (?) righteousness’.

5 Lit. ‘created’. JK read ‘by the holiness of kings, to those who judge truly (K ‘to those who are in truth’), whom I created from them at the first to rule among them’.

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