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

Chapter XIX

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1And he answered and said to me, That is why he established a covenant for them at that time and said, Behold I have set before you life and death; and he summoned heaven and earth to witness against them. 2For he knew that his time was short, but that heaven and earth would endure for ever. 3Yet after his death they sinned and transgressed, though they knew that they had the law against them, and the light which nothing could deceive, and the celestial spheres to add their testimony, and also me. 4Now so far as the present state of things is concerned, it is for me to pass judgement, so do not worry about them nor distress yourself because of what has happened. 5For it is now the end of time that should be considered (whether it is a matter of business, or of prosperity, or of misfortune) and not the beginning of it. 6Because though a man may have been prosperous when he was young, if misfortune comes upon him in his old age, he will forget all his former prosperity. 7Conversely, though a man may have been the victim of misfortune when he was young, if at the end of his life he becomes prosperous, he will not remember his former misfortunes. 8Furthermore, even if, from the day on which death was decreed against transgressors, every single man had been prosperous all through his life, 1 Lit. ‘all that time’. and in the end had been destroyed, it would all have been in vain.

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1 Lit. ‘all that time’.

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