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

Chapter XXIII

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1And Satan, when he heard about this, disguised himself as a breadseller. 2And, quite by chance, my wife went to him and asked for bread, thinking he was human. 3And Satan said to her, Put down the purchase-money, and take what you want. 4She answered him and said, Where am I to get money from? Do you not know about the evils that have come upon us? 5Have pity, if you can: if not, then let it be. 1 Lit. ‘but if not, see to it yourself’. 6And he answered her, saying, Had you not deserved your ills, they would not have come upon you. 2 Lit. ‘you would not have received them’. 7But now, if you have no money with you, leave the hair of your head with me as a pledge and take three loaves: maybe you will be able to live on them for three days more. 8Then she thought, Well, what is the hair of my head to me compared with my hungry husband? 9And so with scant respect for her hair, she said to him, Very well, 3 Lit. ‘Arise and’. take it. 10Then with a pair of scissors he cut her hair off and gave her three loaves, publicly. 11She took them and came and brought them to me; and Satan followed her along the road, but so as she should not see him, 4 Lit. ‘walking secretly’. and led her heart astray.

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1 Lit. ‘but if not, see to it yourself’.

2 Lit. ‘you would not have received them’.

3 Lit. ‘Arise and’.

4 Lit. ‘walking secretly’.

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