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

Chapter VII

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1And after this the times shall come to an end, in a moment the…course shall 〈come to an end〉: the four hours shall come. 2They will be forced… 1 At the beginning of this chapter the MS is so defective as to be virtually untranslatable. 3And in their time 2 Or ‘And from among these’. pestilential and impious men will bear rule, alleging that they are righteous. 4And these will stir up their minds to anger, 3 Lit. ‘stir up the anger of their minds’. for they will be crafty men, self-indulgent, hypocritical, ready for a party at any hour of the day, gluttons, 5,6guzzlers,…, 4 MS again defective. who devour the goods of the 〈poor〉 on the pretext of 7 justice, but in reality to destroy them, grumblers, deceitful people who hide themselves away in case they should be recognized, impious, 8full of every vice and villany, who say from sunrise to sunset, Let us 5 Lit. ‘We shall’. have feasts and revels, eating and drinking; and let us behave like princes. 6 Lit. ‘and we shall esteem ourselves as though we shall be princes’. 9And although their hands and minds are occupied with things unclean, they will make a fine show in words, even saying, 7 Lit. ‘and moreover they will say’. Do not touch 〈me〉, lest you pollute me in the place where.… 8 MS defective.

Notes:

1 At the beginning of this chapter the MS is so defective as to be virtually untranslatable.

2 Or ‘And from among these’.

3 Lit. ‘stir up the anger of their minds’.

4 MS again defective.

5 Lit. ‘We shall’.

6 Lit. ‘and we shall esteem ourselves as though we shall be princes’.

7 Lit. ‘and moreover they will say’.

8 MS defective.

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