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

Chapter I

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1I, Baruch, was weeping in my mind and sorrowing 1 Reading πενθω̂ν for ἔχων. on account of the people, and because Nebuchadnezzar the king had been 2permitted by God to destroy his city, saying, Lord, why didst thou set on fire thy vineyard and lay it waste? Why didst thou do this? And why, Lord, didst thou not punish us in some other way, but didst deliver us to nations such as these, so that they reproach us and say, Where is their God? 3And behold, as I was weeping and saying such things, I saw an angel of the Lord coming and saying to me, Listen Baruch, 2 Lit. ‘Understand, O man’. for you are a man much beloved: do not be so distressed about the condition of Jerusalem – so says the Lord, the Almighty. 4For he has sent me to you to make known and to show you all the things of God. 5For your prayer has been heard by him and has reached the ears of the Lord God. 6And when he had said this to me, I was silent. And the angel said to me, Argue with God no more, and I will show you other mysteries, greater than these. 7And I, Baruch, said, As the Lord God lives, if you will show me and I hear from you, I will say nothing more: may God hold it against me 3 Lit. ‘God shall add judgement to me’. in the day of judgement if I do say more! 8And the angel of the powers said to me, Come and I will show you the mysteries of God.

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1 Reading πενθω̂ν for ἔχων.

2 Lit. ‘Understand, O man’.

3 Lit. ‘God shall add judgement to me’.

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