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

Chapter XXXIX

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1And as I was saying this to them, my wife Sitidos came in her rags. 2She had run away from the master, to whom she was in service, because she had been prevented from going out in case my fellow-kings should see her and take her off. 3And when she came, she flung herself at their feet, and she wailed and said, Do you remember me, Eliphaz and your two friends? 4 Do you remember what I used to be like among you and how gorgeously I used to be arrayed? 5,6But now, see how I am dressed when I go out! Then they set up a great wailing, till they became doubly weary and grew silent. 7Eliphaz took hold of his purple cloak to tear it off and throw it round my wife. 8And she begged them saying, Bid your soldiers, I ask you, to dig in the ruins of the house that collapsed over my children, so that their bones may be preserved as a memorial of them. 1 Or ‘for a commemoration of them’, or ‘for a tomb’. 9For we have not been able to do it ourselves 2 may be preserved … able: so S(V) Slav.; P corrupt. because of the expense: we shall at least then be able to look upon their bones. 10Am I only a wild beast or have I the womb of a brute that my ten children are dead, and not one of them have I buried? 11And they were going off to dig, but I restrained them, saying, Do not labour in vain. 12You will not find my children, because they have been taken up into heaven by their maker and their king. 13Then again they answered me and said, Who now will not say you are out of your mind and mad to say, My children have been taken up into heaven? Show us how this can be true.

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1 Or ‘for a commemoration of them’, or ‘for a tomb’.

2 may be preserved … able: so S(V) Slav.; P corrupt.

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