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

Chapter XXVIII

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1,2And after I had been smitten for twenty years, the neighbouring kings heard what had happened to me, and they set out and came to me, each one from his own country, to visit me and console me. 3When they were some distance off, they did not recognize me; but they cried out aloud and lamented, and they rent their robes and sprinkled themselves with earth. 4And they sat down by me for seven days and seven nights, and not one of them said a word to me. 5And it was not because they were being patient with me that they waited without speaking: it was because they had known me before these evils in my wealthy days, when I would display 1 Lit. ‘when I would begin to bring up’. to them my precious stones, and they would look on with amazement and clap their hands, and say, If all that we three kings possess were brought together into a single place, there would be no comparison with the splendid stones of your kingdom. 6For I was the leading nobleman of the East. 7And when they came to the land of Ausitis, they asked in the city, Where is Jobab, who is the king of all Egypt? 2 So all MSS. Perhaps an early copyist's slip for ‘Ausitis’. V adds ‘and of this country’. 8And people told them about me, He is sitting on the dunghill outside the city, for he has not come up inside the city for twenty years. 9They asked again about my possessions and it was explained to them what had happened to me.

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1 Lit. ‘when I would begin to bring up’.

2 So all MSS. Perhaps an early copyist's slip for ‘Ausitis’. V adds ‘and of this country’.

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