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

Chapter VIII

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1And Aseneth's mother went up to the top storey and brought Aseneth down to Joseph; and Pentephres said to his daughter Aseneth, Greet your brother, for he too is a virgin as you are to-day, and he detests all strange women just as you detest all strange men. 2And Aseneth said to Joseph, May you have joy, my lord, blessed as you are of God Most High; and Joseph said to her, May God, who has given all things life, bless you. 3And Pentephres said to Aseneth, Come near and kiss your brother. 4And when she came near to kiss Joseph, Joseph stretched his right hand out, and 5laid it against her breast, and said, It is not right for a man who worships God, who with his mouth blesses the living God, and eats the blessed bread of life, and drinks the blessed cup of immortality, and is anointed with the blessed unction 1 of life … unction = HA: BD Slav. om.; cp. xv. 4. of incorruption, to kiss a strange woman, who with her mouth blesses dead and dumb idols, and eats of their table the bread of anguish, 2 Lit. ‘strangling’: D ‘shame’. and drinks of their libations the cup of treachery, 3 Lit. ‘ambush’. and is anointed with the unction of destruction. 6A man who worships God will kiss his mother and his sister that is of his own tribe and kin, 4 and kin: BE om. and the wife that shares his couch, who with their mouths bless the living God. 7So too it is not right for a woman who worships God to kiss a strange man, because this is an abomination in God's eyes. 8And when Aseneth heard what Joseph said, she was most distressed and cried out aloud; and she fixed her gaze on Joseph, and her eyes were filled with tears. 9And Joseph saw her and his heart went out to her – for Joseph was tender-hearted and compassionate and feared the Lord. 5 for Joseph … Lord: D om. 10And he lifted up his right hand above her head and said,

O Lord, the God of my father Israel, the Most High, the Mighty One, Who didst quicken all things, and didst call them from darkness into light, And from error into truth, 6 And from … truth = HA: BD Slav. om. and from death into life; Do thou, O Lord, thyself quicken and bless this virgin, 11 And renew her by thy spirit, 7 DA ‘holy spirit’. and remould her by thy secret hand, And quicken her with thy life. And may she eat the bread of thy life, 8 and remould … thy life = F Lat.: BD Slav. om. (A om. ‘and remould … hand’). And may she drink the cup of thy blessing, She whom thou didst choose before she was begotten, 9 She … begotten = BD Slav.: FA ‘And number her with thy people which thou didst choose before all things came into being’. And may she enter into thy rest, which thou hast prepared for thine elect.

Notes:

1 of life … unction = HA: BD Slav. om.; cp. xv. 4.

2 Lit. ‘strangling’: D ‘shame’.

3 Lit. ‘ambush’.

4 and kin: BE om.

5 for Joseph … Lord: D om.

6 And from … truth = HA: BD Slav. om.

7 DA ‘holy spirit’.

8 and remould … thy life = F Lat.: BD Slav. om. (A om. ‘and remould … hand’).

9 She … begotten = BD Slav.: FA ‘And number her with thy people which thou didst choose before all things came into being’.

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