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

Chapter XVII

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1Then the Devil, when he saw my reaction, 1 Lit. ‘having come to know my heart’. contrived a plot against me. 2He disguised himself as the king of the Persians, appeared before my city, and assembled all the rogues that were in it. 3And he addressed them in a threatening manner and said, This man Jobab has squandered all the good things of the earth until there is nothing left, and he has shared them out among the needy, the blind, and the lame. 4He has also destroyed the shrine of the great God and laid waste the place of libation, and for this I will bring retribution on him – for what he has done to the house of God. So get together, and despoil him yourselves of all his animals and whatever else he has on earth. 5And they answered and said to him, He has seven sons and three daughters: suppose they flee for protection to other lands and lodge complaints against us for behaving like tyrants, and then, they might raise a force against us and kill us. 6And he said to them, Have no fear at all: the greater part of his possessions I have already destroyed by fire, the rest I have taken from him, behold, 2 So SV: P ‘now’. I will destroy 3 So SV: P om. ‘I will destroy’. his children also.

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1 Lit. ‘having come to know my heart’.

2 So SV: P ‘now’.

3 So SV: P om. ‘I will destroy’.

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