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

Chapter III

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1And the prophet said, Lord, thou knowest that I am but 2human, 1 Lit. ‘I wear human flesh’. and how can I count the stars of heaven and the sand of the sea? 3And God said, My prophet, my chosen one, no man may know that great day and the manifestation that must precede the judgement of the world. 2 Lit. ‘the manifestation which holds back to judge the world’. 4For your sake, my prophet, I have told you the day, but the hour I have not told you. 5And the prophet said, Lord, tell me also the years. 6And 〈God said,〉 If I see that the world's righteousness has increased, I will be patient with them. But if not, I will stretch my hand out and take hold of the world by the four corners, and I will collect all the peoples into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and I will wipe out the race of men, and the world will be no more. 7And the prophet said, How then can thy right hand be glorified? 8,9And God said, I am glorified by my angels. And the prophet said, Lord, if thou didst purpose so, why didst thou fashion man? 10Thou didst say to Abraham our father, I will greatly multiply your descendants until they are as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand on the sea shore. Where, then, is thy promise? 11And God said, First I will make earthquakes and bring ruin on beasts and men. 12And when you see that brother betrays brother to death, and children turn against parents, and a wife 13leaves her own husband, and when nation makes war upon nation, then you will know that the end is near. 14Then brother will have no mercy on brother, nor man on wife, nor children on parents, nor friends on friends, nor slave on master. 15For the Adversary of men himself will ascend from Tartarus and make a great display before men. 16What shall I do with you, Esdras; and why do you plead with me?

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1 Lit. ‘I wear human flesh’.

2 Lit. ‘the manifestation which holds back to judge the world’.

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