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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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1I answered and said to them, Lift me up, so that I can stand. 2So they lifted me up and supported my arms on either side. And then, standing up, I gave thanks to the Father. 1 So P: S Slav. ‘first (om. Slav.) to the Lord and to God’; V ‘to God first’. 3And after my prayer I said to them, Lift up your eyes to the east and see my children with crowns on their heads beside the glory of the Heavenly One. 4When my wife Sitidos saw them, she fell to the ground in worship and said, Now I know that I have a memorial with the Lord. I will get up and go into the city and shut my eyes a little and refresh myself for my menial tasks. 5And she set off to the city, and she went into the byre where her own cattle were that had been seized by the rulers whose slave she was. 6And beside a manger she fell asleep and died content. 7The ruler, who owned her, searched for her without success. 8In the evening he went into the cattle-byre and found her prostrate corpse. 9All who saw her cried out, lowing and wailing over her, 2 Of this incident James wrote (TS V. i, p. c): ‘The sense of the original … is I think this, that when the employer of Sitis found her dead in the stable, all the beasts cried out over her μετὰ μυκήματος κλαυθμου̂: and the noise they made attracted the citizens, who rushed in and found her dead, and the beasts weeping over her’. and the noise was heard throughout the city. 10,11Then they rushed in to find out what had happened. And they found her dead, and the animals standing round and wailing for her. 12So they carried her out and buried her; and they laid her in the ruins of the house that had collapsed over her children. 13And the beggars in the city made a great lamentation, saying,

See! This is Sitidos, the wife to boast about and glory in! She was not thought worthy of a proper burial!

14And the dirge made over her you will find in the Paraleipomena.

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1 So P: S Slav. ‘first (om. Slav.) to the Lord and to God’; V ‘to God first’.

2 Of this incident James wrote (TS V. i, p. c): ‘The sense of the original … is I think this, that when the employer of Sitis found her dead in the stable, all the beasts cried out over her μετὰ μυκήματος κλαυθμου̂: and the noise they made attracted the citizens, who rushed in and found her dead, and the beasts weeping over her’.

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