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

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1So, when all that I had was lost, Satan realized that he could not turn me into a mocker. 2And he went off and begged my body from the Lord, so that he might strike me with diseases. 3Then the Lord handed me over to him to do with my body as he would, but over my life 1 Or ‘soul’. Gk. ψυχή as in the LXX at Job ii. 6 for the Hebrew nephesh. he gave him no authority. 4And he came to me as I was sitting on my throne, mourning the loss of my children. 5And he was like a great hurricance and overturned my throne, and I spent three hours in my throne, unable to get out. 2 So PS: V ‘…three hours lying on the ground’. 6And he struck me with a cruel disease from head to foot. 7And in great agitation and distress I went outside the city and sat on a dunghill. 8My body was eaten by worms, and I drenched the earth with moisture: pus streamed from me, and 3 So V (reading καὶ ἰχω̂ϱες τόυ σώματός μου ἔϱϱεον καί): PS om. ἔϱϱεον καί. many were the worms in my body. 9And if ever a worm crawled out, I would pick it up and put it back 4 So V: PS ‘bring it near’. in the same place, saying, Stay in the same place where you were put, till instructions are given by him who gave you your orders.

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1 Or ‘soul’. Gk. ψυχή as in the LXX at Job ii. 6 for the Hebrew nephesh.

2 So PS: V ‘…three hours lying on the ground’.

3 So V (reading καὶ ἰχω̂ϱες τόυ σώματός μου ἔϱϱεον καί): PS om. ἔϱϱεον καί.

4 So V: PS ‘bring it near’.

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