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

Chapter XV

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1And she came back to the man; and when the man saw her he said to her, Take now the veil off your head, for to-day you are a pure virgin and your head is like a young man's. 2So she took it off her head; and the man said to her, Take heart, Aseneth, 1 BFHA Slav. add ‘you pure virgin’. for lo, the Lord has heard the words of your confession. 3Take heart, Aseneth: 2 Take heart Aseneth: D om.; BA add ‘you (A + ‘pure’) virgin’. your name is written in the book of life, and it will never be blotted out. 4From to-day you will be made new, and refashioned, and given new life; and you shall eat the bread of life and drink the cup of immortality, and be anointed with the unction of incorruption. 3 The authorities differ not a little in detail here. All, however, refer to Aseneth's eating of the bread and all except F to her drinking of the cup. Her anointing with the unction appears in HGA Arm., but not in BDEF Slav. Cp. viii. 5. 5Take heart, Aseneth: 4 BA add ‘you (A + ‘pure’) virgin’. lo, the Lord has given you to Joseph to be his bride, and he shall be your bridegroom. 6And you shall no more be called Aseneth, but ‘City of Refuge’ shall be your name; for many nations shall take refuge in you, and under your wings shall 5 under … shall: D om. many peoples 6 B ‘nations’; G om. find shelter, 7 find shelter (lit. ‘shelter themselves’) = EGH: B ‘lodge and sh. th.’; D om. and within your walls those who give their allegiance to God in penitence will find security. 7For Penitence is the Most High's daughter and she entreats the Most High on your behalf every hour, 8 on your b. every hour: B om. and on behalf of all who repent; 9 and (B om.) on b. of all (BG om.) who r.: D om. for he is the father of Penitence 10 for … Penitence: D om. and she the mother of virgins, and every hour she petitions him for those who repent; for 11 she the mother … for: B om. she has prepared a heavenly bridal chamber for those who love her, 12 B ‘him’. and she will look after them for ever. 8And Penitence is herself a virgin, very beautiful and pure and chaste and gentle; and God Most High loves her, and all his angels do her reverence. 9And lo, I am on my way to Joseph, and I will talk to him about you, and he will come to you to-day and see you and rejoice over you; and he shall be your bridegroom. 10So listen to me, Aseneth, and put on your wedding robe, the ancient 13 So BEFHA: D om. robe, 14 So BFA:DEH om. the first 15 So BD: HA ‘even the first’; EF om. that was stored away in your room, and deck yourself in all your finest jewellry, and adorn yourself as a bride, and be ready to meet him. 11For lo, he is coming to you to-day; and he will see you and rejoice. 12And when the man had finished speaking Aseneth was overjoyed. 13And she fell at his feet and said to him, Blessed be the Lord God 16 B om. that sent you out to deliver me from darkness and bring me into light; and blessed be his name for ever. 14Let me speak now, my lord, if I have found favour with you: sit down a little on the bed, and I will get a table ready and food for you to eat; 17 Lit. ‘… and bread, and eat’ (imperative). and I will bring you good wine, of the finest flavour, for you to drink; 18 Lit. ‘wine, whose savour reaches to the heavens, and drink’ (imperative). and then you shall go your way.

Notes:

1 BFHA Slav. add ‘you pure virgin’.

2 Take heart Aseneth: D om.; BA add ‘you (A + ‘pure’) virgin’.

3 The authorities differ not a little in detail here. All, however, refer to Aseneth's eating of the bread and all except F to her drinking of the cup. Her anointing with the unction appears in HGA Arm., but not in BDEF Slav. Cp. viii. 5.

4 BA add ‘you (A + ‘pure’) virgin’.

5 under … shall: D om.

6 B ‘nations’; G om.

7 find shelter (lit. ‘shelter themselves’) = EGH: B ‘lodge and sh. th.’; D om.

8 on your b. every hour: B om.

9 and (B om.) on b. of all (BG om.) who r.: D om.

10 for … Penitence: D om.

11 she the mother … for: B om.

12 B ‘him’.

13 So BEFHA: D om.

14 So BFA:DEH om.

15 So BD: HA ‘even the first’; EF om.

16 B om.

17 Lit. ‘… and bread, and eat’ (imperative).

18 Lit. ‘wine, whose savour reaches to the heavens, and drink’ (imperative).

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