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

Chapter XXIV

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1As soon as my wife came near me, she cried out, wailing, and said to me, Job, Job, how long will you go on sitting on the dunghill outside the city, thinking it will only be for a little while longer, and waiting and hoping for your deliverance? 2As for me, I wander about from place to place, a vagabond serving-maid; and 1 P ‘wherefore’: SV ‘for already’ – cp. Job ii. 9 b (LXX). your memorial has vanished from the earth – that is, the sons and daughters that I bore and endured the pains of labour for, all to no purpose. 3You yourself sit stinking and infested with worms, and you spend the night under the open sky. 4And I, again, utterly wretched, work by day and suffer at night to get bread to bring you. 5For it is difficult enough now to get my own food, 2 So (it seems) P: SV Slav. have a longer text. and I share it out 6between us; for I do not think it right that you should be racked with pain and at the same time have nothing to eat. 7That is why I made up my mind to go out shamelessly into the market-place. 8And when the breadseller said to me, Pay me the money and you can take the bread, 3 The text here is in considerable confusion. The MSS differ widely and several conjectural restorations have been proposed. Our translation is based on V, which offers a sense that is reasonably consecutive, even if not perfect. I told him about our poverty. 9And I heard him say, If you have no money, woman, let me have the hair of your head, and take three loaves; maybe you will be able to live on them for three days more. 10And I lost heart and said to him, Very well, 4 Lit. ‘Arise and’. cut it off. And 5 So SV Slav.: P om. ‘Very well…And’. so he got up and dishonoured me by cutting off my hair with a pair of scissors in the market-place, while a gaping crowd stood by.

Notes:

1 P ‘wherefore’: SV ‘for already’ – cp. Job ii. 9 b (LXX).

2 So (it seems) P: SV Slav. have a longer text.

3 The text here is in considerable confusion. The MSS differ widely and several conjectural restorations have been proposed. Our translation is based on V, which offers a sense that is reasonably consecutive, even if not perfect.

4 Lit. ‘Arise and’.

5 So SV Slav.: P om. ‘Very well…And’.

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