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

Chapter XIII

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1So now, my sons, let neither prayer nor fasting 〈be lacking〉, and persist in them continually; for they drive away the demons. 2My sons, keep yourselves from fornication, and anger, and adultery, and every evil thing, and especially from violence, and blasphemy, and theft. 3For no man of violence will inherit the kingdom of the heavens, neither will any fornicator, nor catamite, nor sodomite, nor blasphemer, nor covetous man, nor curser, nor anyone who is defiled. 4In short, these and the others we have mentioned will not inherit the kingdom of God. 5My sons, honour the saints, for it is they who pray for you, that your descendants may prosper 1 Lit. ‘may increase in numbers’. and that the land may be yours as an inheritance for ever. 6My sons, be hospitable, that you may share the lot of our father Abraham, the great patriarch. 7My sons, love the poor, that, as you do to the poor man here, so God may give you the bread of eternal life in the heavens unto the end. 8He who feeds a poor man with bread here, God will feed him from the tree of life. 9Clothe the poor man who is naked here on earth, that God 2 Lit. ‘he’. may put on you a robe of glory in the heavens, and so you may become a true son of our holy fathers the patriarchs, Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, in the heavens for ever. 10Call to mind the word of God here and remember the saints, and take care that copies of their memoirs and their hymns are made 3 Lit. ‘… saints, that they may write their memoirs and their hymns’. for the encouragement of those who hear them, so that your name also may be written in the book of life in the heavens, and you too may be numbered with the number of God's 4 Lit. ‘his’. saints who have pleased him in their generation, and take part in the chorus with the angels in the land of the living. 11We commemorate the saints, our fathers the patriarchs, at this very time every year: our father Abraham the patriarch on the twenty-eighth of Mesore, also our father Isaac the patriarch on the twenty-eighth of Mesore, and again our father Jacob on the twenty-eighth of this same month Mesore, as we have found it written in the ancient books of our holy fathers who were pleasing unto God. 12Through their supplication and their prayers may all of us together be granted to share their lot in the kingdom of our Lord and our God and our Saviour Jesus Christ, through whom is the glory of the Father with him and the Holy life-giving Spirit now and always and for ever. Amen.

Remember me, that God may forgive me all my sins and give me understanding and give me stability without sin. Amen. 5 This last sentence is the scribe's colophon.

Notes:

1 Lit. ‘may increase in numbers’.

2 Lit. ‘he’.

3 Lit. ‘… saints, that they may write their memoirs and their hymns’.

4 Lit. ‘his’.

5 This last sentence is the scribe's colophon.

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