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

Chapter III

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A Psalm. Of Solomon. Concerning the Righteous.

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Why do you sleep, my soul, and why do you not bless the Lord? (2) 1Sing a new song to God who is worthy of praise. 2 Sing and be wakeful in vigilance for him,  For pleasing to God is a psalm from a glad heart. (3) 3The righteous remember the Lord continually,  With thanksgiving and justification, the Lord's judgements. (4) 4The righteous man will not be heedless when chastened by the Lord,  His good pleasure is always before the Lord. (5) 5The righteous man stumbled, and yet held the Lord righteous;  He fell, and watches what God will do for him, (6) He gazes eagerly towards the source whence his deliverance will come. (7) 6The steadfastness of the righteous is from God their saviour.  In the righteous man's house sin has no permanent lodging 1 Lit. ‘In the righteous man's house there does not lodge sin upon sin’: cp. verse 10(12). : (8) 7The righteous man continually searches his house,  So as to remove unrighteousness arising from unwitting sin. (9) 8He made atonement for sins of ignorance by fasting and affliction of his soul; (10) And the Lord purifies every man that is holy together with his house. (11) 9The sinner stumbled, and he curses his life,  The day of his birth, and his mother's travail. (12) 10He has added sins to sins in his lifetime. (13) He fell – how 2 Gk. ‘because’: the underlying Heb. ky, however, was probably exclamatory. grievous his fall! And he shall not rise up. 11 The destruction of the sinner is for ever, (14) And God 3 Gk. ‘he’. will not remember him when he visits the righteous. (15) 12This is the portion of sinners for ever; (16) But they that fear the Lord shall rise to life eternal,  And their life shall be in the light of the Lord, and shall come to an end no more.

Notes:

1 Lit. ‘In the righteous man's house there does not lodge sin upon sin’: cp. verse 10(12).

2 Gk. ‘because’: the underlying Heb. ky, however, was probably exclamatory.

3 Gk. ‘he’.

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