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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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1〈And〉 in those days a king from the east will come against them and his cavalry will cover their land. 2And he will burn their city 1 Lit. ‘colony’. Cp. v. 6; vi. 8. with fire, together with the Lord's holy temple, and he will carry off all the holy vessles. 3And he will drive out the whole population and take them to his own country; and the two tribes he will take along with him. 4Then will the two tribes call indignantly on the ten tribes, like a lioness on the dusty plains, hungry and thirsty. 5And they will cry out aloud, Righteous and holy is the Lord, for because you have sinned, we too, in just the same way, have been carried off with you, together with our children. 2 In the text ‘together with our children’ follows ‘thirsty’ at the end of verse 4. 6Then the ten tribes will mourn, when they hear the reproaches of the two tribes, 7and they will say, What can we do for you, brothers: has not this misery come to all the house of Israel? 8And all the tribes will mourn 9and cry to heaven saying, God of Abraham, and God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, remember thy covenant which thou didst make with them, and the oath which thou didst swear to them by thyself, that they should never lack descendants in the land which thou didst give them. 10Then will they remember me in that day, tribe saying to 11tribe, and one man saying to 3 Lit. ‘about’. another, Is not this what Moses said would happen to us 4 Lit. ‘Is not this what Moses was testifying to us’. in his prophecies – Moses who suffered much in Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years? 12He warned us 5 Lit. ‘he testified’. Cp. Deut. iv. 25–27 . (and summoned heaven and earth to witness against us) not to transgress God's 6 Lit. ‘his’. commandments, of which he was himself the mediator to us. 13These things have happened to us after his death, just as he said they would and as he warned us 7 Lit. ‘he testified to us’. at the time; and his prophecies have been fulfilled, 8 Lit. ‘and which things have come to pass’. even to our being carried off as captives into eastern lands. 14And they will be kept in slavery for some seventy-seven years.

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1 Lit. ‘colony’. Cp. v. 6; vi. 8.

2 In the text ‘together with our children’ follows ‘thirsty’ at the end of verse 4.

3 Lit. ‘about’.

4 Lit. ‘Is not this what Moses was testifying to us’.

5 Lit. ‘he testified’. Cp. Deut. iv. 25–27 .

6 Lit. ‘his’.

7 Lit. ‘he testified to us’.

8 Lit. ‘and which things have come to pass’.

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