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

Chapter XII

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He filled me with the words of truth, In order that I might speak it; 2 And truth flowed from my mouth like the flow of waters, And my lips declared its 1 These pronouns can be translated into English as either masculine or neuter. fruits. 3 And he 1 These pronouns can be translated into English as either masculine or neuter. made his 1 These pronouns can be translated into English as either masculine or neuter. knowledge abound in me, Because the mouth of the Lord is the true Word, And the gate of his light. 4 And the Most High gave him 1 These pronouns can be translated into English as either masculine or neuter. to his worlds, The interpreters of his beauty, And the narrators of his glory, And the confessors of his thought, And the preachers of his mind, And the sanctifiers (?) of his works. 5 For the swiftness of the Word cannot be told, And like its 2 i.e. of the swiftness: a slight change in the pointing would render possible the translation ‘his’. telling, so too are its 2 i.e. of the swiftness: a slight change in the pointing would render possible the translation ‘his’. swiftness and its 2 i.e. of the swiftness: a slight change in the pointing would render possible the translation ‘his’. speed, And his course is without limit: 6 He never falls, but stands fast, And he knows not his descent, nor his way. 3 With a slight emendation, ‘And his descent and his way are unknown’. 7 For as is his work, so is his expectation; 4 The form is anomalous but very close to the word for ‘his expectation’. For it is the light and sunrise of thought. 8 And by him the worlds spoke one to another, And those that were silent acquired speech; 9 And by him friendship and agreement came into being, And they spoke one to the other what they had to say; 10 And they were goaded on by the Word; And they knew him who made them, Because they were in agreement; 11 For the mouth of the Most High spoke to them, And through him his explanation had free course. 12 For the habitation of the Word is a man, 5 Or ‘man’: or ‘the Son of man’. And his truth is love. 13 Blessed are those who have understood everything through him, 1 These pronouns can be translated into English as either masculine or neuter. And have known the Lord in his truth. Hallelujah.

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1 These pronouns can be translated into English as either masculine or neuter.

2 i.e. of the swiftness: a slight change in the pointing would render possible the translation ‘his’.

3 With a slight emendation, ‘And his descent and his way are unknown’.

4 The form is anomalous but very close to the word for ‘his expectation’.

5 Or ‘man’: or ‘the Son of man’.

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