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

Chapter XXVI

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1Now I took wives without number from every land and kingdom. And I was on a visit to the king of the Jebusites; and I saw a woman in their kingdom, and fell violently in love, and wanted to add her to my wives. 2And I said to their priests, Give me this Shumanite (sic), because I have fallen violently in love with her. They said to me, If you have fallen in love with our daughter, worship our gods, great Raphan and Moloch, and take her. 3But I refused to worship and said, I do not worship a foreign god. 4But they made the girl promise, saying, If it should happen that you go into Solomon's kingdom, say to him, I will not sleep with you, unless you do what my people do: 1 Lit. ‘unless you become like my people’. take five locusts and slaughter them in the name of Raphan and Moloch. 5I, because I loved the damsel (for she was very beautiful), and because I was without understanding, thought nothing of the blood of the locusts; and I took them under my hands and sacrificed in the name of Raphan and Moloch. And I took the girl into my royal palace.

6And the spirit of God was taken away from me, and from that day onwards what I said seemed like nonsense. And she forced me to build temples to idols. 7So I, miserable wretch, did what she told me; and the glory of God departed from me altogether, and my spirit was plunged in darkness, and I became a laughing-stock to idols and to demons.

8That is why I have written this my Testament, so that you, who hear may pray, and give heed to the last things and not the first, and so may find a full measure of grace for ever and ever. Amen.

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1 Lit. ‘unless you become like my people’.

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