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

Chapter II

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1But as for the Assyrian kings and the destruction of the heaven and the earth and the things under the earth 1 Sa CB and St om. ‘and the things under the earth’. – from now on they shall not prevail over 〈those who are mine〉, said the Lord; and those who are mine 2 Lit ‘and they’. shall not be afraid (A 25) in the war. 2When they 〈see a king〉 appearing in the north, 〈they will call him〉 the 〈Assyrian〉 king 〈and〉 the King of Unrighteousness. 3〈He will make endless〉 wars on Egypt and be the cause of many disturbances: there will be groaning throughout the land, for your children will be carried away. 4Many will seek death in those days, but death will elude them. 3 Sa CB and St om. ‘but death will elude them’. 5And a king will arise in the lands of the west, who will be called the King of Peace. 6He will run upon the sea like a roaring lion; and he will kill the King of Unrighteousness. 7He will take vengeance on Egypt with much fighting and bloodshed. 8(A 26) And it will come to pass in those days that †he orders 〈peace〉 from 〈Egypt〉 and an 〈empty〉 gift. † 9〈He will give〉 peace to the 〈saints, saying〉, The name of 〈God〉 is one. 10〈He will〉 do honour to the priests of God 4 So CB and St: A ‘to the saints’. and exalt 5 Or ‘erect’. the places of the saints. 6 Sa CB and St ‘the holy places’. 11He will give †empty† gifts to the house of God: he will wander about in the cities of Egypt in secret and without their knowledge. 12He will count the holy places: he will weigh the idols of the Gentiles: he will count their riches: he will set up priests for them. 13He will order the wise men of the land and the great men of the people to be arrested and taken to the metropolis that is by the sea, saying, There is but one single language. 14And when you hear, There is peace and joy…(Sa CB 7) behold, I will tell you what is distinctive about him, 7 Lit. ‘I will tell you his signs’. so that you can recognize him. 15For he has two sons, one on his right and one on his left. Now, the one on his right will look like a devil, and he will defy the name of God (for four kings come from that king). 16But in his thirtieth year he will come down 8 Or ‘up’. to Memphis, and he will build a temple in Memphis then. 17His own son will rise up against him and kill him: the whole land will be in turmoil on that day. 18He will issue an edict throughout the whole land that the priests of the land and all the saints be arrested, saying, All the gifts and all the good things my father gave you, (Sa CB 8) you shall give back twice over. 19He will shut up the holy places: he will take away their houses: 9 Lit. ‘their house’. he will make captives of their children. 20He will give orders that they offer sacrifices which are abominations and bring deep distress upon the land: he will appear beneath the sun and the moon on that day. 21The priests of the land will rend their garments. 22Woe to you, rulers of Egypt, in those days, for your day has passed: the violence done to the poor will redound on you; and your children will be carried off as spoil. 23(A 27) The cities of Egypt will groan in those days, for they will not hear the voice of the seller nor the voice of the buyer. 24The market-places of the cities of Egypt will gather dust: those in Egypt will weep together: they will seek death, but death will elude them and pass them by. 25In those days they will run up onto the rocks and jump off, saying, Fall down upon us; and still they will not die. 10 Sa CB adds ‘but death will elude them’. 26Two further afflictions will come upon the whole land in those days. 27The king will give orders that all women with children at the breast be arrested and brought before him bound, and that they suckle dragons, (A 28) and that 28their blood be squeezed out of their breasts, and that it be used as poison for arrows. 11 Lit. ‘and that it (or ‘they’) be given to the poison of the arrows’. 29Because of the need for soldiers for the wars 12 So Sa CB (lit. ‘the need of the wars’): A ‘the need of (i.e. ‘the famine in’) the cities’. he will also order that all children of twelve and under be taken and made to learn how to shoot with bow and arrow. 30 Every midwife in the land will mourn; and the woman who has children will raise her eyes to heaven, saying, Why ever did I sit on the birth-stool to bring children into the world? The childless and the virgin will 31rejoice, saying, Now is the time for us to rejoice because we have no children upon earth: our children are in the heavens.

32In those days three (A 29) kings will arise among the Persians and will take the Jews that are in Egypt, and transport them to Jerusalem; and they will inhabit it and dwell there. 33Then if you hear, Safety is 13 Sa CB ‘Safety and security are’. in Jerusalem, then rend your garments, you priests of the land, for the coming of 〈the〉 Son of Perdition will not long be delayed. 34The Lawless One will appear in those days in the holy places.

35The kings of the Persians will flee in 〈those〉 days to Hrearit 14 Obscure: perhaps a place-name, or alternatively a verb of unknown meaning. with the Assyrian kings. 36Four kings will fight with three. They will spend three years in that place until they can lay their hands upon the riches of the temple 15 Sa CB om. ‘of the temple’. there.

37In those days (A 30) blood will flow from Kos to Memphis. The river of Egypt will turn into blood, and no one will be able to drink from it for three days. 38Woe to Egypt and those who live there!

39In those days a king will appear in the city called the City of the Sun; 16 The translation of verses 39b–42 follows Sa CB , which seems to give a better sense in the context. A reads ‘…and the whole land will be in turmoil 〈and〉 flee up to Memphis. In the sixth year the Persian kings will start a rebellion in Memphis. They will kill the Assyrian king; and the Persians will wreak vengeance on the land and order the slaughter of all the Gentiles and the lawless. They will order the holy temples to be (re)built: they will give double gifts (A 31) to the house of God. They will say. The name of God is one’. and the whole land will be in turmoil. He will hurry up to Memphis in the sixth year of the Persian kings. 40He will start a rebellion 17 Lit. ‘he will act treacherously’. in Memphis: he will kill the Assyrian kings; and the Persians will wreak vengeance on the land. 41He will order the slaughter of all the Gentiles and the lawless: he will order the temples of the Gentiles to be plundered and their priests destroyed: he will order the temples of the saints to be (re)built; and he will give double gifts (A 31) to the house of God. 42He will say, The name of God is one. 43The whole land will worship the Persians; and the remnant which has survived the onslaught will say, The Lord has sent us a righteous king so that the land might not become a desert. 44†He will command not to give any king † 18 A possible emendation might be ‘… anything to the king’ (i.e. ‘He will command that nothing be given to the king’). Pietersma and Comstock rendered Sa CB ‘He will command that no king be given them’. for three years and six months. The land will be full of good things in great abundance. 45The living will turn towards the dead and say, Rise up and share with us this life of peace. 19 Lit. ‘and be with us in this rest’.

Notes:

1 Sa CB and St om. ‘and the things under the earth’.

2 Lit ‘and they’.

3 Sa CB and St om. ‘but death will elude them’.

4 So CB and St: A ‘to the saints’.

5 Or ‘erect’.

6 Sa CB and St ‘the holy places’.

7 Lit. ‘I will tell you his signs’.

8 Or ‘up’.

9 Lit. ‘their house’.

10 Sa CB adds ‘but death will elude them’.

11 Lit. ‘and that it (or ‘they’) be given to the poison of the arrows’.

12 So Sa CB (lit. ‘the need of the wars’): A ‘the need of (i.e. ‘the famine in’) the cities’.

13 Sa CB ‘Safety and security are’.

14 Obscure: perhaps a place-name, or alternatively a verb of unknown meaning.

15 Sa CB om. ‘of the temple’.

16 The translation of verses 39b–42 follows Sa CB , which seems to give a better sense in the context. A reads ‘…and the whole land will be in turmoil 〈and〉 flee up to Memphis. In the sixth year the Persian kings will start a rebellion in Memphis. They will kill the Assyrian king; and the Persians will wreak vengeance on the land and order the slaughter of all the Gentiles and the lawless. They will order the holy temples to be (re)built: they will give double gifts (A 31) to the house of God. They will say. The name of God is one’.

17 Lit. ‘he will act treacherously’.

18 A possible emendation might be ‘… anything to the king’ (i.e. ‘He will command that nothing be given to the king’). Pietersma and Comstock rendered Sa CB ‘He will command that no king be given them’.

19 Lit. ‘and be with us in this rest’.

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