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

Chapter XLII

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I spread out my hands, and drew near to my Lord, Because the stretching out of my hands is his sign, 2 And my spreading out 1 These two words could be translated ‘simplicity’ and ‘simple’ respectively. is the outspread 1 These two words could be translated ‘simplicity’ and ‘simple’ respectively. wood, Which was set up on the way of the Upright One. 3 And I became useless To those 2 So B: H om. who knew me, In order that I might be hidden from those 2 So B: H om. Who did not take hold of me; 4 And I will be with those Who love me. 5 All my persecutors died; And they who trusted in me sought me, because I am alive; 6 And I arose and am with them, And I will speak through their mouths. 7 For they rejected those who persecute them, And I have laid upon them the yoke of my love. 8 As the arm of the bridegroom upon the bride, So is my yoke upon those who know me; 9 And as the bed that is spread in the bridal chamber, So is my love upon those who believe in me. 10 I was not rejected, even though I was thought to be, And I did not perish, even though they supposed it of me. 11 Sheol saw me and was grieved, And Death disgorged me, and many with me: 12 I was vinegar and bitterness to him, And I went down with him as far as his depth extended; 13 And he let feet and head hang loose, 3 Or ‘let go of feet and head’. Because they 4 So H: B ‘he’. could not endure my face. 14 And I made an assembly of living men among his dead, And I spoke to them with living lips, In order that my word might not be without effect. 15 And those who had died ran to me, And cried and said, Have pity on us, Son of God! 16 And deal with us according to thy kindness, And bring us out of the bonds of darkness, 17 And open for us the gate, That by it we may come out with thee, For we see that our death does not touch thee. 18 May we too be delivered with thee, Because thou art our deliverer. 19 And I heard their voice, And set their faith in my heart, 5 H omits this line. 20 And I set 6 So B: H unintelligible. my name on their heads, Because they are free men 7 Lit. ‘they are sons of free men’. and are mine. Hallelujah.

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1 These two words could be translated ‘simplicity’ and ‘simple’ respectively.

2–2 So B: H om.

3 Or ‘let go of feet and head’.

4 So H: B ‘he’.

5 H omits this line.

6 So B: H unintelligible.

7 Lit. ‘they are sons of free men’.

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