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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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A Hymn. Of Solomon.

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Happy is the man whom the Lord remembers by giving a reproof,  And who is fenced off 1 Lit. ‘encircled’: Syr. (by emending the Gk.) ‘restrained’. from the evil road by a whip,  That he may be cleansed of sin, so as not to multiply it. 2 He who prepares his back for lashes shall be purified;  For the Lord is good to those who endure his discipline. (3) 2For he will make straight the ways of the righteous, and not turn them aside by discipline; (4) 3And the mercy of the Lord is upon those who love him in truth. 4 And the Lord will remember his servants in mercy; (5) For the testimony is in the law of the everlasting covenant,  The testimony of the Lord for the ways of men at his visitiation. (6) 5Just and holy is our Lord in his judgements for ever,  And Israel shall praise the name of the Lord with gladness. (7) 6And the holy ones shall give thanks in the assembly of the people;  And upon the poor shall God have mercy, to the joy of Israel. (8) 7For God is eternally good and merciful,  And the congregations of Israel shall glorify the name of the Lord. 8 The salvation of the Lord be upon the house of Israel for everlasting joy.

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1 Lit. ‘encircled’: Syr. (by emending the Gk.) ‘restrained’.

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