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

Chapter LXIII

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1And the bright eighth waters that you saw – these are the integrity and honesty of Hezekiah, king of Judah, and the grace that was accorded him. 1 Lit ‘and his grace’. 2For when Sennacherib was stirred up to destroy himself, and his anger maddened him into leading to their destruction also the motley collection of peoples that were with 3him: when, moreover, king Hezekiah heard what the king of Assyria was plotting, to come and destroy his people (the two and a half tribes that were left – and he wanted to lay waste Zion too): then Hezekiah, in trust and reliance on his righteousness, spoke 4with the Mighty One and said, Behold, Sennacherib is ready to destroy us; and he will boast when he has laid Zion waste and take credit to himself. 5And the Mighty One heard him, for Hezekiah was wise, and he listened to his prayer, because he was righteous. 6And the Mighty One then gave instructions to his angel Ramiel (the angel who is speaking to you now). 7And I went and destroyed the whole host of them – the number of the officers alone was a hundred and eighty-five thousand, and each one of them had an equal number under his command. 8And on this occasion I burned their bodies inside, but their outer clothing and their armour I preserved intact, so that what the Mighty One had done might seem still more wonderful, and that as a result his name might be spoken of throughout the entire earth. 9Thus Zion was saved and Jerusalem delivered: Israel too was freed from its distress. 10And all those who were in the holy land rejoiced, and the name of the Mighty One was glorified so that it was spoken of everywhere. 11These are the bright waters that you saw.

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1 Lit ‘and his grace’.

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