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

Chapter IV

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1And she hurried and came down by the staircase from her storey at the top; and she came to her father and mother and greeted them. 2And it gave Pentephres and his wife great joy to see their daughter Aseneth adorned as the bride of God. 3And they took out all the good things they had brought from their estate in the country, and they gave them to their daughter. 1 and they gave … daughter: B om. 4And Aseneth rejoiced at the good things, and at the fruit, the grapes and the dates, and at the doves and at the pomegranates and the figs, for they were all delightful. 5And Pentephres said to his daughter Aseneth, My child: she said, Lo, here I am, my lord. And he said to her, Sit down, please, 2 So BH: D om. between us: I want to talk to you. 3 Lit. ‘and I will speak my words to you’. 6And Aseneth sat down between her father and her mother. 7And her father Pentephres 4 So D: B om. took her right hand in his right hand 5 in his right hand = B Slav.: D om. and said to her, My child; and Aseneth said, What is it, father? 6 Lit. ‘Let my lord and (B om. ‘my lord and’) my father speak’. 8And Pentephres said to her, See, Joseph, the mighty man of God, is coming to us to-day, and he is ruler of all the land of Egypt, for Pharaoh has appointed him ruler of all our land; 7 of all our land: DF om. and he is the distributor of corn throughout the country and is to save it from the famine that is to come upon it. 9And Joseph is a man that worships God: he is discriminating, and a virgin (as you are to-day), and a man of great wisdom and knowledge, and the spirit of God is 8 So FA: BD ‘was’; EH om. upon him, and the grace of the Lord is 9 BD ‘was’. with him. 10So come, my child, and I will give you to him as his wife: you shall be his bride, and he shall be your bridegroom for ever. 11And when Aseneth heard what her father said, a great red sweat came over her, and she was furious 10 Lit. ‘she was angry with a great wrath’. and looked sideways at her father. 11 at her father: B om. 12And she said, Why should my lord and my father speak like this and talk as if he would hand me over like a prisoner to a man of another race, a man who was a fugitive and was sold as a slave? 13Is not this the shepherd's son from the land of Canaan, and he was abandoned by him? 14Is not this the man who had intercourse with his mistress, 12 Is not … mistress = D Slav.: B om. and his master threw him into prison where he lay in darkness, 13 Lit. ‘into the prison of darkness’. and Pharaoh brought him out of prison, because he interpreted his dream? 15No! I will marry the eldest son of the king, for he is king of all the earth. 14 Or ‘land’: D adds ‘of Egypt’. 16On hearing this, Pentephres thought it wiser to say no more to his daughter about Joseph, for she had answered him arrogantly and in anger.

Notes:

1 and they gave … daughter: B om.

2 So BH: D om.

3 Lit. ‘and I will speak my words to you’.

4 So D: B om.

5 in his right hand = B Slav.: D om.

6 Lit. ‘Let my lord and (B om. ‘my lord and’) my father speak’.

7 of all our land: DF om.

8 So FA: BD ‘was’; EH om.

9 BD ‘was’.

10 Lit. ‘she was angry with a great wrath’.

11 at her father: B om.

12 Is not … mistress = D Slav.: B om.

13 Lit. ‘into the prison of darkness’.

14 Or ‘land’: D adds ‘of Egypt’.

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