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

Chapter XXIV

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The dove flew upon the head of our Lord 1 the head of our Lord: om. H. Christ, Because he was her head. 2 And she sang over him, And her voice was heard. 3 And the inhabitants feared, And the settlers trembled. 4 The birds 2 So H: B ‘It flew and’. forsook their wings, 3 The exact meaning of these three words is uncertain: the translation ‘took to flight’ has also been suggested. And all the reptiles died in their holes. 5 And the depths were opened and were covered again, And they sought the Lord like those in travail; 6 But he was not given to them for food, Because he was not theirs. 7 But the depths were immersed in the immersion of the Lord, And those who existed from of old perished in that thought; 8 For they became corrupt 4 Or ‘travailed’. from the beginning, And the completion of their corruption 5 This is the usual meaning. But the cognate verb can mean ‘travailed’ (cp. note4), and so perhaps this noun means ‘travail’. was life. 9 And every one of them that was lacking perished, Because they were not permitted to utter a word 6 Or ‘Because they had no word to utter’. in order to remain. 10 And the Lord destroyed the thoughts Of all those with whom the truth was not; 11 For they lacked wisdom, Those who were proud of heart. 12 And they were rejected, Because the truth was not with them, 13 Because the Lord made his way manifest, And enlarged his grace. 14 And those who perceived it Know his holiness. Hallelujah.

Notes:

1 the head of our Lord: om. H.

2 So H: B ‘It flew and’.

3 The exact meaning of these three words is uncertain: the translation ‘took to flight’ has also been suggested.

4 Or ‘travailed’.

5 This is the usual meaning. But the cognate verb can mean ‘travailed’ (cp. note4), and so perhaps this noun means ‘travail’.

6 Or ‘Because they had no word to utter’.

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