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

Chapter LIII

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1And I Nereos, his brother, and the seven boys, 1 Lit. ‘male children’. together with the poor and orphans and all the helpless, made lamentation. 2And they said, Woe to us to-day, double woe, for to-day the strength of 3the helpless has been taken away, the light of the blind has been taken away, the father of the orphans has been taken away, he who received strangers has been taken away, he who clothed the widows 2 Lit. ‘the clothing of the widows’. So P: the other MSS have some additional clauses in the catalogue. has been taken away. 4Who, then, will not mourn for the man of God? 5No sooner had they brought the body near the grave than all the widows and orphans gathered round and prevented his being put in it. 3 Lit. ‘in the grave’. 6But after three days they laid him in the grave, sleeping peacefully as he was, having won for himself a name to be honoured in every succeeding generation. Amen. 4 So P Slav.: SV om. ‘Amen’. Then S Slav. adds: ‘And Job lived after the plague (Slav. + ‘and his sufferings’) one hundred and seventy years, and the whole span of his life was two hundred and forty-eight years. And he saw his children's children (Slav. ‘children and grandchildren and great grandchildren’) to the fourth (Slav. ‘third’) generation’. V adds: ‘He left seven sons and three daughters; and there were not found under heaven any fairer than Job's daughters. Job was formerly named Jobab; but his name was changed to Job by the Lord. He lived before the plague for eighty-five years; and after the plague he received double of all things, including also his years, one hundred and seventy. So he lived altogether two hundred and forty-eight years. And he saw his children's children to the fourth generation. It is written also that he rose with those whom the Lord raised. To God be glory’.

Notes:

1 Lit. ‘male children’.

2 Lit. ‘the clothing of the widows’. So P: the other MSS have some additional clauses in the catalogue.

3 Lit. ‘in the grave’.

4 So P Slav.: SV om. ‘Amen’. Then S Slav. adds:

‘And Job lived after the plague (Slav. + ‘and his sufferings’) one hundred and seventy years, and the whole span of his life was two hundred and forty-eight years. And he saw his children's children (Slav. ‘children and grandchildren and great grandchildren’) to the fourth (Slav. ‘third’) generation’.

V adds:

‘He left seven sons and three daughters; and there were not found under heaven any fairer than Job's daughters. Job was formerly named Jobab; but his name was changed to Job by the Lord. He lived before the plague for eighty-five years; and after the plague he received double of all things, including also his years, one hundred and seventy. So he lived altogether two hundred and forty-eight years. And he saw his children's children to the fourth generation. It is written also that he rose with those whom the Lord raised. To God be glory’.

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