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

Chapter LXIV

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1And the black ninth waters that you saw – these represent all the wickedness there was in the days of Manasseh, Hezekiah's son. 2For he did very many wicked things: he killed the righteous: he perverted judgement: he shed the blood of the innocent: he violated and polluted married women; and he demolished the altars and destroyed their offerings, and drove out the priests so that they could not minister in the sanctuary. 3And he made an image with five faces, four of them looked to the four winds, and the fifth at the top of the image was there to provoke the jealousy of the Mighty One. 4At that time a sentence of wrath went out from the presence of the Mighty One that Zion should be rooted up (and it has happened in your days). 5And also against the two and a half tribes there went out a decree that they too should be carried off as captives (as you have now seen). 6And to such lengths did the impiety of Manasseh go that the glory of the Most High departed from the sanctuary. 7For this reason Manasseh was even in his own day called ‘The Impious’, and his final lodging was in the fire. 8For though the Most High at last heard his prayer when he was shut up in 1 Lit. ‘when he was thrown into’. the bronze horse, and the horse was melting, and a sign was 9given to him then, his life was far from perfect, and all he deserved was to know by whom he would be tormented in the end. 2 ‘Text corrupt’ (Charles). 10For he who is able to do good is also able to punish.

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1 Lit. ‘when he was thrown into’.

2 ‘Text corrupt’ (Charles).

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