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

Chapter XII

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1And when Joshua had finished speaking, he threw himself to the ground again at the feet of Moses. 2And Moses took his hand and lifted him up into the seat in front of him. 3And he answered and said to him, Joshua, do not belittle yourself, but take courage 4and listen to me, God has created all the nations on the earth, and he has created us: he has foreseen what will happen to both them and us from the beginning of the creation of the earth to the end of the age; and nothing has been overlooked by him, not even the smallest detail, but he has foreseen everything and brought everything about. 5〈 And 〉 everything that is to be on this earth the Lord has foreseen, and lo, it is brought 〈 into the light.… 6The Lord 〉 has appointed me 〈 to pray 〉 for them and for their sins and 〈 to make intercession 〉 for them. 7For it was not because of any virtue or steadfastness on my part, but because he willed it so, 1 Lit. ‘but by careful arrangement’. If Charles was right the original will have meant ‘but of his good pleasure’. that his pity and patience took hold of me. 8And I tell you, Joshua, it is not because of this people's godliness that you are to destroy the nations. 9All the pillars of the heaven and the earth have been made and approved by God and are under the signet ring of his right hand. 10Thus, those who keep and observe God's commandments will increase and prosper. 11But those who sin and ignore the commandments will be denied the blessings that have been mentioned, and they will be punished with many torments by the nations. 12Yet it is impossible that he should wholly destroy them and forsake them. 13For God has gone forth, he who has foreseen everything to the end, and his covenant has been established; and by the oath which… 2 The MS breaks off in mid-sentence.

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1 Lit. ‘but by careful arrangement’. If Charles was right the original will have meant ‘but of his good pleasure’.

2 The MS breaks off in mid-sentence.

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