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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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1And he answered and said to me, I will explain these things to you as well. 2You asked, Who will take part in this, and how many of them will there be? Believers will receive the good things they have been promised and scoffers the reverse. 3And you asked about those who have embraced the covenant and those who have abandoned it. 1 Lit. ‘those who have drawn near and those who have gone away’. 4The answer is this. Those who were at one time subject to the covenant, and afterwards went off and mingled with foreigners of mixed descent – their former manner of life will count for nothing. 5And those who started in ignorance but afterwards found the secret of life, and joined the people 1 Text ‘the peoples’. set apart from other peoples – their former manner of life will count for nothing either. 2 The whole of this passage is obscure and verses 4 and 5 are peculiarly difficult. We have taken our cue from Bogaert, whose translation not only makes good sense, but also has the merit of being in line with the doctrine of retribution formulated by Ezekiel. Charles rendered the verses, ‘As for those who were before subject, and afterwards withdrew and mingled themselves with the seed of mingled peoples, the time of these was the former, and was accounted as something exalted. And as for those who before knew not but afterwards knew life, and mingled only with the seed of the people which had separated itself, the time of these is the latter, and is accounted as something exalted’ (= APOT ii, p. 502: his earlier version in The Apocalypse of Baruch, pp. 67–68, has several significant differences). 6And time will succeed to time, and season to season, and one will recive from another; and then, at the end, everything will be compared 3 So Charles: Bogaert rendered ‘toutes choses deviendront égales’. according to the measure of the times and the hours of the seasons. 7For corruption will claim those who belong to it, and life those who belong to it. 8And the dust will be summoned and told, Give up what is not yours, and surrender everything you have guarded until its appointed time.

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1 Lit. ‘those who have drawn near and those who have gone away’.

1 Text ‘the peoples’.

2 The whole of this passage is obscure and verses 4 and 5 are peculiarly difficult. We have taken our cue from Bogaert, whose translation not only makes good sense, but also has the merit of being in line with the doctrine of retribution formulated by Ezekiel. Charles rendered the verses, ‘As for those who were before subject, and afterwards withdrew and mingled themselves with the seed of mingled peoples, the time of these was the former, and was accounted as something exalted. And as for those who before knew not but afterwards knew life, and mingled only with the seed of the people which had separated itself, the time of these is the latter, and is accounted as something exalted’ (= APOT ii, p. 502: his earlier version in The Apocalypse of Baruch, pp. 67–68, has several significant differences).

3 So Charles: Bogaert rendered ‘toutes choses deviendront égales’.

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