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

Chapter XVII

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I was crowned by my God, And my crown is the Living One; 2 And I was justified by my Lord, And my deliverance is incorruptible: 3 I was released from vain things, And I am not a man condemned: 4 My bonds were severed by his 1 The removal of a point gives this translation instead of the ‘her’ in the MS. hands: I received the face and likeness of a new person; And I walked in him 2 Or ‘I entered into it’. and was delivered, 5 And the thought of truth led me; And I went after it and did not go astray. 6 And all who saw me were amazed, And I seemed to them to be a stranger. 7 And he who knew and brought me up is the Most High in all his perfection; And he held me in honour 3 So H: B ‘And he is glorified’. in his kindness, And he raised my mind to the height of truth. 8 And thence he gave me the way of his steps, And I opened the gates that were shut; 9 And I broke in pieces the bars of iron; But my fetters 4 Lit. ‘my own iron’. grew hot and melted before me. 10 And nothing seemed to me to be shut, Because I was the opening of everything; 11 And I went to all my 5 So H: B ‘the’. prisoners to release them, That I might leave no man bound and 6 So H: B ‘or’. binding. 12 And I gave my knowledge without grudging, 7 Or ‘envy’. And my prayer was in my love. 13 And I sowed my fruits in hearts, And I transformed them in myself. 14 And they received my blessing and lived, And were gathered to me and delivered, 15 Because they became my members, And I am their head. 16 Glory be to thee, our head, O Lord Christ. Hallelujah.

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1 The removal of a point gives this translation instead of the ‘her’ in the MS.

2 Or ‘I entered into it’.

3 So H: B ‘And he is glorified’.

4 Lit. ‘my own iron’.

5 So H: B ‘the’.

6 So H: B ‘or’.

7 Or ‘envy’.

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