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

Chapter VII

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Like the course of anger over wickedness, So is the course of joy over the Beloved One; And he 1 Or ‘it’ (i.e. the course). brings in of its fruits without hindrance. 2 My joy is the Lord, and my course is towards him: This my path is beautiful; 3 For I have a helper to the Lord. He made himself known to me, without grudging, 2 Or ‘as one without envy’. in his generosity; For in his kindness he set aside his majesty. 3 Lit. ‘For his kindness made little his greatness’. 4 He became like me, in order that I might accept him: In appearance he seemed like me, in order that I might put him on. 5 And I did not tremble when I saw him, Because he had pity on me. 6 He became like my nature, in order that I might learn to know him, And like my form, in order that I might not turn away from him. 7 The Father of knowledge Is the Word of knowledge: 8 He who created Wisdom Is wiser than his works; 9 And he who created me before I came into being Knew 4 MS ‘knows’. what I should do when I came into being. 10 Therefore he had pity on me in his great pity, And granted me to ask of him, and to receive of his sacrifice; 11 Because he is incorruptible, The completion of the ages and their Father. 12 He granted him to appear to those who are his, In order that they might recognize him who made them, And that they might not think that they had come into being of themselves. 13 For to knowledge he set his way: 5 Or ‘For he appointed knowledge as his way’. He made it broad and long, and brought it to all perfection; 14 And he set upon it the footprints of his light, And it 6 Some prefer to point the consonants so as to read ‘I’. went from the beginning to the end; 15 For by him was he served, 7 Or ‘was it made’. And he was well pleased with the Son. 16 And because of his deliverance he will take hold of everything; And the Most High will be known in his saints, 17 To proclaim to those who have psalms of the coming of the Lord, That they may go out to meet him, and may sing to him, With joy and with the harp of many sounds. 18 The seers will go before him, And be seen before him; 19 And they will praise the Lord in his love, Because he is near and sees. 20 And hatred will be taken away from the earth, And will be drowned together with jealousy; 21 For ignorance has been destroyed, Because the knowledge of the Lord has come. 22 Those who sing will sing of the grace of the Lord Most High, 8 Or ‘Those who sing of the grace of the Lord Most High will sing’. And will offer their psalms; 23 And their heart will be like the day, And the sound of their voices like the great beauty of the Lord. And there will be nothing that lives That is either ignorant or dumb; 9 Lit. ‘And there will be nothing with life, Nor with ignorance, nor with sorcery’. 24 For he has given a mouth to his creation, To open the voice of the mouth to him, and to praise him. 25 Praise his power, and proclaim his grace. Hallelujah.

Notes:

1 Or ‘it’ (i.e. the course).

2 Or ‘as one without envy’.

3 Lit. ‘For his kindness made little his greatness’.

4 MS ‘knows’.

5 Or ‘For he appointed knowledge as his way’.

6 Some prefer to point the consonants so as to read ‘I’.

7 Or ‘was it made’.

8 Or ‘Those who sing of the grace of the Lord Most High will sing’.

9 Lit. ‘And there will be nothing with life, Nor with ignorance, nor with sorcery’.

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