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

Chapter XXVIII

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Like the wings of doves over their young (And the mouths 1 So B: H ‘mouth’. of their young are towards their mouths) So, too, are the wings of the Spirit over my heart. 2 My heart is delighted and leaps for joy, Like the babe who leaps in the womb of his mother. 3 I believed: therefore 2 So H: B ‘therefore, also’. I was at rest, Because he is faithful in whom I believed. 4 He richly blessed me, And my head is towards him; And no sword shall separate me from him, Nor blade; 5 Because I was made ready 3 So H: B ‘I made ready’ or ‘I was made ready’. before destruction came, And I was placed on his incorruptible wings, 4 Or ‘the wings of incorruption’. 6 And immortal life came forth, 5 So H: B ‘embraced me’. And kissed me. 7 And from it is the Spirit in 6 So H:B ‘who is in’. me, And she 7 See note1 at Ode xix. 2. cannot die for she is living. 8 So H: B ‘life’. 8 Those who saw me wondered, Because I was persecuted; 9 And they thought that I was swallowed up, Because I appeared to them as one of those that perish. 10 But my oppression Became my deliverance. 11 And I became an abomination to them, Because there was no envy in me: 12 Because I did good to every man, I was hated; 13 And they surrounded me like mad dogs, Who ignorantly attack their masters, 14 Because their intelligence is corrupted, And their intellect perverted. 15 But I was holding waters in my right hand, And I endured 9 So H: B ‘forgot’. their bitterness by my sweetness; 16 And I did not perish, because I was not their brother, Nor was my birth like theirs. 10 So H: B ‘Nor did they recognize my birth’. 17 And they sought my death, but were not successful, Because I was older than their memory, And in vain did they attack 11 So H: Hmg. and B ‘cast lots upon’. me. 18 And those who were after me 12 So H: B om. ‘me’. Sought in vain to destroy The memory of him who was before them; 19 Because the mind of the Most High is not to be forestalled, And his heart is better than all wisdom. Hallelujah.

Notes:

1 So B: H ‘mouth’.

2 So H: B ‘therefore, also’.

3 So H: B ‘I made ready’ or ‘I was made ready’.

4 Or ‘the wings of incorruption’.

5 So H: B ‘embraced me’.

6 So H:B ‘who is in’.

7 See note1 at Ode xix. 2.

8 So H: B ‘life’.

9 So H: B ‘forgot’.

10 So H: B ‘Nor did they recognize my birth’.

11 So H: Hmg. and B ‘cast lots upon’.

12 So H: B om. ‘me’.

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