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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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1 And they said,

2Who is not amazed that this is Sitidos, the wife of Job, she who used to have fourteen curtains to protect her sitting-room, and a door inside the other doors so that only someone who was of real importance could gain access to her?

3Now she exchanges her hair for bread!

4Her camels loaded with good things used to carry them abroad for beggars,

Yet now she gives her hair in return for bread!

5Lo! She who at home had seven tables that were never moved, at which the beggars and every stranger used to eat,

Yet now she sells her hair for bread!

6See! She who had a basin to wash her feet in, made of gold and silver,

But now she goes barefoot, 1 Lit. ‘she treads the ground with her feet’. and even gives her hair in exchange for bread!

7Lo! This is she who had clothing of fine linen embroidered with gold,

But now she is dressed in rags and gives her hair in exchange for bread!

8See her that had gold and silver couches,

But is now selling her hair for bread!

9,10Once for all, Job, 2 So SV Slav.: P ‘Job, Job’. to cut a long story short, 3 Lit. ‘many things there are that have been said’. I tell you straight, My will is broken and my strength is gone: 4 Lit. ‘Because of the weakness of my heart my bones are broken’. In Hebrew ‘bones’ in the plural are not infrequently used for the whole personality: for the parallelism ‘heart … bones’ cp. Isa. lxvi. 14. get up, take the loaves, and satisfy your hunger; and then curse 5 Lit. ‘speak a work against’. the Lord and die; and I, at least, shall be spared the exhaustion that comes from my concern for your body's pain.

Notes:

1 Lit. ‘she treads the ground with her feet’.

2 So SV Slav.: P ‘Job, Job’.

3 Lit. ‘many things there are that have been said’.

4 Lit. ‘Because of the weakness of my heart my bones are broken’. In Hebrew ‘bones’ in the plural are not infrequently used for the whole personality: for the parallelism ‘heart … bones’ cp. Isa. lxvi. 14.

5 Lit. ‘speak a work against’.

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