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

Chapter XXXIX

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1And he answered and said to me, Baruch, this is the interpretation of the vision you have seen. 2You saw the great forest with high and rugged mountains round it – the meaning is this: 3Behold, the time is coming when this kingdom, which once destroyed Zion, will itself be destroyed, and it will be made subject by another that will come after it. 4And then, after a time, that kingdom also will be destroyed, and yet another, a third, will arise; and that also will have the sovereignty for its time, and then it will be destroyed. 5And after this a fourth kingdom will arise, which will prove far more tyrannical and savage than any of those that went before it; and it will extend its rule 1 Lit. ‘and it will rule many times’. like the forests on the plain, and it will hold sway for many years 2 Lit. ‘for times’. and exalt itself even more than the cedars of Lebanon. 6Truth will be hidden by it, and all those who are polluted by iniquity will take refuge in it, just as evil beasts take refuge and creep into the forest. 7And when the time for its end has come, and its fall is imminent, then will be revealed my Messiah's kingdom, 3 Text ‘beginning’ (probably through a misunderstanding of an underlying Gk. ἀϱχή = either ‘beginning, origin’ or ‘first place, sovereignty’). which is like the stream and the vine; and when that is revealed, it will destroy 4 Lit. ‘uproot’. the hosts that are gathered round it. 8And as for the lofty cedar that you saw, 5 Or ‘And as for the cedar you saw lying on the ground’ (cp. xxxvi. 6). the sole survivor of the forest, and what you heard the vine saying to it, the meaning is this:

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1 Lit. ‘and it will rule many times’.

2 Lit. ‘for times’.

3 Text ‘beginning’ (probably through a misunderstanding of an underlying Gk. ἀϱχή = either ‘beginning, origin’ or ‘first place, sovereignty’).

4 Lit. ‘uproot’.

5 Or ‘And as for the cedar you saw lying on the ground’ (cp. xxxvi. 6).

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