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

Chapter III

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1And it came to pass 1 BH Slav. add ‘in the first year of the seven years of plenty’. in the fourth month, on the eighteenth 2 So H Slav. Syr. Arm. Lat.: BDFA ‘twenty eighth’. day of the month, that Joseph came into the district of Heliopolis. 3 B Slav. add ‘and he was gathering the corn of that land’ (Slav. + ‘as the sand of the sea’). 2And as he approached the city, Joseph sent twelve men in front of him to Pentephres, the priest of Heliopolis, saying, May I be your guest to-day, 4 Lit. ‘I will stay with you to-day’. for it is near noon and time for the mid-day meal? 3The sun's heat is overpowering, and I would enjoy some refreshment under your roof. 4When Pentephres heard this, he was over-joyed and said, Blessed be the Lord, the God of Joseph. 5And 6Pentephres called his steward 5 Lit. ‘him who was over his house’. and said to him, Make haste and get my house into order, and prepare a great feast, because Joseph, the mighty man of God, is coming to us to-day. 7And Aseneth heard that her father and mother had come back from their family estate in the country. 6 Lit. ‘the field of their inheritance’. And so similarly at iii. 8, iv. 3, xvi. 2, xx. 5, xxiv. 14, and xxvi. 1. 8And she rejoiced and said, I will go and see my father and my mother 7 and my mother: BF om. for they have come back from our estate in the country. 9And Aseneth hurried 8 B adds ‘into the room where her robes lay’. and put on a fine linen robe of blue woven with gold and a golden girdle round her waist, and she put 9 she put = Slav.: BD om. bracelets round her hands and feet, and she put on golden trousers and a necklace round her neck. 10And there were precious stones all about her, with the names of the Egyptian gods inscribed on them everywhere, on the bracelets and on the stones; and the names of the idols were stamped on the stones. 11And she put a tiara on her head and bound a diadem round her temples and covered her head with a veil.

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1 BH Slav. add ‘in the first year of the seven years of plenty’.

2 So H Slav. Syr. Arm. Lat.: BDFA ‘twenty eighth’.

3 B Slav. add ‘and he was gathering the corn of that land’ (Slav. + ‘as the sand of the sea’).

4 Lit. ‘I will stay with you to-day’.

5 Lit. ‘him who was over his house’.

6 Lit. ‘the field of their inheritance’. And so similarly at iii. 8, iv. 3, xvi. 2, xx. 5, xxiv. 14, and xxvi. 1.

7 and my mother: BF om.

8 B adds ‘into the room where her robes lay’.

9 she put = Slav.: BD om.

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