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

Chapter XV

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1And every day, when the ministry of service was over, my sons would have their dinner. 2And they would go to their eldest 3brother's house to dine with him; and they would take with them their three sisters and their attendant maidservants 1 Lit. ‘and the things laid upon the maidservants’. (for when my sons were at table they had male slaves waiting on them). 4And I would get up early and offer sacrifices on their behalf according to their number, three hundred pigeons, fifty he-goats, and twelve sheep. 5All this, after what was needed for the actual sacrifices had been set aside, 2 Lit. ‘after the arrangement’. I would order to be got ready for the beggars; and I would say to them, Take this, which is over and above what is needed for the sacrifices, 3 Lit. ‘which is superfluous after the arrangement’. so that you can pray for my children. 6It may be that my sons have sinned in the Lord's sight by boasting, 7saying superciliously, We are this rich man's children and these goods are ours. 8Why then should we do service too? – because pride is an abominable thing in the sight of God. 9And again would I offer on God's altar a choice bullock, in case my sons had plotted evil in their heart before God.

Notes:

1 Lit. ‘and the things laid upon the maidservants’.

2 Lit. ‘after the arrangement’.

3 Lit. ‘which is superfluous after the arrangement’.

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