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

Chapter XXXVIII

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1And to this I said, I do have understanding, and my mind is sane enough. Why, then, should I not speak of the Lord's mighty works? Should my mouth fail altogether in its duty to my Master? 2God forbid! For who are we to pry into heavenly things, seeing we are mortal and our portion dust and ashes? 3So, in order to prove to you that I am sane, listen to a question I will put to you. Food enters the body through the mouth, and through the same mouth water too is drunk, and it passes down the same throat; but when both go lower still, 1 Lit. ‘go into the drain’. they are separated from one another. Who, then, makes the separation? 4,5Bildad said, I do not know. I answered and said to him, If, then, you do not comprehend the working of the body, how can you comprehend celestial things. 6And Zophar, answering, said, We are not conducting an enquiry into what is beyond our powers: what we want to know is whether you are in your right mind; and in fact we have discovered that your powers of thought have not deserted you. 7What, then, would you have us do for you? For, see, we have brought with us 2 Following Brock's restoration: all MSS are corrupt. the physicians of our three kingdoms. Will you be treated by them, and so, perhaps, find relief? 8But I answered and said, My healing and my treatment are from the Lord, who is the creator even of physicians.

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1 Lit. ‘go into the drain’.

2 Following Brock's restoration: all MSS are corrupt.

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