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

Chapter XII

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1See, then, my beloved, we have heard these things about our fathers the patriarchs. 2Let us therefore emulate their deeds and their virtues, and their love of God and their love of men, and their hospitality, that we may be worthy to become their sons in the kingdom of the heavens, and that they may pray for us to God that he may save us from punishments in hell which the holy patriarch Jacob spoke about in his words full of all sweetness, when he taught his sons about the punishments and called them the sword of the Lord God. 3These are the river of fire that is prepared, and which engulfs sinners in its waves and those that have defiled themselves. 4These are the things the patriarch Jacob revealed when he taught the rest of his sons, that those that love instruction should listen to him and do what is good at all times, and love one another, and strive after love and pity. 5For pity triumphs over judgement and love covers a multitude of sins; 1 Lit. ‘covers their many sins’. Cp. Prov. x. 12; James v. 20; 1 Pet. iv. 8 . and again, He who has pity on a poor man lends on usury to God. 2 Prov. xix. 17 .

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1 Lit. ‘covers their many sins’. Cp. Prov. x. 12; James v. 20; 1 Pet. iv. 8 .

2 Prov. xix. 17 .

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