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

Chapter V

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1And your descendants, Jacob, will be like strangers in a foreign land; and they will be ill-treated, and made slaves of, and flogged daily. 2But the heathen, to whom they will be subject, God will judge. When a king shall rise up and execute judgement, then will there be a place for him: then will your descendants, Israel, be delivered from the oppression of the heathen, who have held them by force, and they will be free from every reproach of their 1 So S and K in vi. 1 of the ‘long recension’ (below), where much of the material in this chapter is found in a different order: R reads ‘your’. enemies; for the king will be the source 2 Lit. ‘head’. of all vengeance 3 Reading m'štenie for the kreštenie (‘baptism’) of the text as in S and K. and retribution upon those who have afflicted you, O Israel. And at the end of the age, those who have suffered bitterly 4 Lit. ‘… the age, the bitter ones’. will rise up and cry out, and the Lord will hear them, and be moved, 5 Lit. ‘be entreated’. and the Mighty One will feel compassion for their suffering. 3For the angels and archangels pour out their prayers 6 So S and K:R ‘lightnings’. before him for the sparing 7 Lacuna in the MS: the words in italics are from the Palaea interpretation. of your tribe. 7 Lacuna in the MS: the words in italics are from the Palaea interpretation. 4Then will their women be fruitful; and then will the Lord protect your race. 8 Here follows the Palaea interpretation.

Notes:

1 So S and K in vi. 1 of the ‘long recension’ (below), where much of the material in this chapter is found in a different order: R reads ‘your’.

2 Lit. ‘head’.

3 Reading m'štenie for the kreštenie (‘baptism’) of the text as in S and K.

4 Lit. ‘… the age, the bitter ones’.

5 Lit. ‘be entreated’.

6 So S and K:R ‘lightnings’.

7–7 Lacuna in the MS: the words in italics are from the Palaea interpretation.

8 Here follows the Palaea interpretation.

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