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

Chapter XI

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1And there were also some strangers who saw my goodwill and were anxious to help in the service themselves. 2And there were some others who were at the time without the wherewithal and so were unable to contribute anything, 1 Lit. ‘unable to spend’. and they would come and appeal to me, saying, Might we also share in this service, 2 Lit. ‘We beg you, can we also perform this service?’ although we have nothing? 3As a favour to us, lend us money, so that we can go off and trade in cities far away, and so be able to render service to the poor. 4,5And afterwards we can repay you what is yours. And when I heard this, I was glad that they would actually take money from me to care for the beggars. 6And I would eagerly accept the bond and give them as much as they wanted. 7And I took no security from them, apart from just the written record. 8And so they would trade with what was mine. 9And sometimes they would be successful in their trading and make enough to give to the beggars. 10Sometimes, again, they would be robbed; and they would come and appeal to me, saying, Be patient with us, we beg you, while we see 3 SV Slav. ‘that we may see’: P ‘let us see’. how we can pay you back. 11And when I heard this, I would feel sympathy for them and bring out their note of hand and read it in their presence and tear it up and release them from their debt, 4 And when I heard … debt: so V; PS obscure. saying, Inasmuch as I trusted you in the cause of the poor, I will take nothing from you. 12And I would not accept anything from any debtor. 5 Lit. ‘from my debtor’.

Notes:

1 Lit. ‘unable to spend’.

2 Lit. ‘We beg you, can we also perform this service?’

3 SV Slav. ‘that we may see’: P ‘let us see’.

4 And when I heard … debt: so V; PS obscure.

5 Lit. ‘from my debtor’.

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