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

Chapter II

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1〈And now〉 under your leadership 1 Lit. ‘through you’. they shall enter the land which he determined to give them and promised to their fathers. 2You shall bless them and give to each one of them a portion in it, and confirm their inheritance in it, 2 Text ‘in me’. and establish for them a kingdom; and you shall appoint local magistrates for them, 3 Lit. ‘and you shall send out offices of places for them’. in accordance with their Lord's design, in justice and in righteousness.…3But after they enter their land…years; and afterwards they shall be ruled by chiefs and kings for eighteen years, and for nineteen years.… 4 The text here is untranslatable (et · xviiii · annos abrumpens tib · x ·). Charles suggested either ‘the ten tribes will be apostates’ or ‘the ten tribes will break away’. 4For two 5 So text. Charles emended to ‘twelve’ and saw here a reference to 2 Sam. vi. 1–2 . tribes will go down and transfer the Tabernacle of the Testimony. 6 Lit. ‘the testimony of the tabernacle’. 5Then the God of heaven will make there the court of his tabernacle and the tower of his sanctuary, and the two holy tribes shall be established there (but the ten tribes will establish kingdoms for themselves according to their own arrangements). 6And they will offer sacrifices for twenty years. 7And seven will surround the place with walls, 7 Lit. ‘surround the walls’. Cp. iv. 7. and I will protect 8 Lit. ‘go round’, ‘encircle’. nine, and 〈four〉 shall transgress the Lord's covenant and profane the oath the Lord made with them. 8And they will sacrifice their sons to foreign gods, and they will set up idols in the sanctuary and serve them. 9And in the Lord's house they will commit all kinds of abominations and carve representations of every kind of animal all round the walls.

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1 Lit. ‘through you’.

2 Text ‘in me’.

3 Lit. ‘and you shall send out offices of places for them’.

4 The text here is untranslatable (et · xviiii · annos abrumpens tib · x ·). Charles suggested either ‘the ten tribes will be apostates’ or ‘the ten tribes will break away’.

5 So text. Charles emended to ‘twelve’ and saw here a reference to 2 Sam. vi. 1–2 .

6 Lit. ‘the testimony of the tabernacle’.

7 Lit. ‘surround the walls’. Cp. iv. 7.

8 Lit. ‘go round’, ‘encircle’.

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