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

Chapter II

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1,2And God blessed our father Jacob. He made for himself a place apart, to which he withdrew and offered his prayers to God day and night, while the angels visited him and guarded him and kept him safe and gave him strength in everything. 3God blessed him; and his people increased greatly in numbers in the land of Egypt. 4For at the time he went down to Egypt to his son Joseph, his sight was failing as a result of continual weeping and worrying over his son Joseph; but after he arrived in Egypt and had seen his son Joseph's face, he saw everything clearly again. 5And Jacob Israel flung himself on 1 Lit. ‘cast himself upon his face on’. his son Joseph's neck: he greeted him with tears and said, Now let me die, for I have seen your face once more while you are still alive, my beloved. 6And Joseph ruled over the whole of Egypt. 7,8Jacob lived in the land of Gashen for seventeen years. He became very old and attained a great age: he kept all the commandments and lived always in the fear of the Lord; and his sight failed so that he could see no one because of extreme old age.

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1 Lit. ‘cast himself upon his face on’.

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