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

Chapter XIX

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A cup of milk was offered to me, And I drank it in the sweetness of the kindness of the Lord. 2 The Son is the cup, And he who was milked is the Father, And the Holy Spirit milked him; 1 So H: B ‘And she who milked him is the Holy Spirit’ (The Syriac word for ‘Spirit’ is feminine). 3 Because his breasts were full, And it was not desirable that his milk should be emitted without reason; 4 The Holy Spirit opened her 2 Cp. note1. If a point were removed, ‘his’ (i.e. the Father's) could be read. bosom, And mixed the milk of the two breasts of the Father, 5 And gave the mixture to the world without their knowing; And those who receive it are in the fulness of the right hand. 6 The womb of the Virgin embraced 3 Or ‘caught’. it, And she conceived and bore; 7 And the Virgin became a mother with great compassion; 8 And she was in labour, and bore a Son without feeling pain, Because it did not happen without a reason; 9 And she did not seek a midwife, Because he delivered 4 Or ‘kept alive’. her. 10 She bore as it were a man by the will of God, 5 Or ‘by her own will’. And bore him and made him known, 6 Lit. ‘And bore him in showing forth’. And obtained him in great power; 11 And she loved him in deliverance, And guarded him in kindness, And made him known in greatness. Hallelujah.

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1 So H: B ‘And she who milked him is the Holy Spirit’ (The Syriac word for ‘Spirit’ is feminine).

2 Cp. note1. If a point were removed, ‘his’ (i.e. the Father's) could be read.

3 Or ‘caught’.

4 Or ‘kept alive’.

5 Or ‘by her own will’.

6 Lit. ‘And bore him in showing forth’.

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