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

Chapter VIII

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Open, open your hearts to the exultation of the Lord, And let your love overflow 1 Lit. ‘increase’. from the heart to the lips, 2 To bring forth fruits to the Lord, even a holy life, And to speak with watchfulness in his light. 3 Arise and stand up, You who once were brought low: 4 You who were in silence, Speak, for your mouths have been opened: 5 You who were despised, From henceforth be raised up, for your righteousness has been raised up; 6 For the right hand of the Lord is with you, And he is your helper, 7 And peace was prepared for you Before your war began. 8 Hear the word of truth, And receive the knowledge of the Most High. 9 Your flesh will not know what I am saying to you, Nor your clothing what I am declaring to you. 10 Keep my secret, you who are kept by it: 11 Keep my faith, you who are kept by it; 12 And know my knowledge, you who know me in truth. 13 Love me with affection, You who love. 14 For I do not turn my face from those that are mine, Because I know them; 15 And before they came into being I perceived them; And on their faces I set my seal. 16 I fashioned their members; And my breasts I prepared for them, That they might drink my holy milk, that they might live by it. 17 I was well pleased with them, And I am not ashamed of them; 18 For they are my own work, And the power of my thoughts. 19 Who, therefore, will stand against my work, Or who is he that is not subject to them? 20 I willed and formed mind and heart, And they are mine; And I set my chosen ones at my right hand. 21 And my righteousness goes before them; And they will not be separated from my name, Because it is with them. 22 Pray and continue earnestly in the love of the Lord, And, you who are beloved, in the Beloved One; And, you who are kept, in him who lived again; And, you who are delivered, in him who was delivered; 23 And you will be found incorruptible in all ages because of the name of your Father. Hallelujah.

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1 Lit. ‘increase’.

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