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

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1And above it, above these, above the mountains of the east, and not far away, 1 And above it … not far away: so Eth, but corrupt; Gk.a ‘And beyond these I went towards the east, far away, and’; Aram. (so far as it exists) supports Gk.a. Eth. I and some Eth.II MSS read ‘and’ before ‘I saw’. I saw another 2 Gk.a adds ‘large’. place, valleys of water 3 GMQT1D′ Gk.a ‘a valley of water’; U defective. like that which does not fail. 4 like that … not fail: Gk.a om. 2And I saw a beautiful tree and its fragrance was like that of the mastic. 5 So Eth.II: QT ‘And I saw a beautiful tree which was like a fragrant tree like the mastic’; other Eth.I MSS corrupt or defective; Gk.a (?) ‘where also there was a tree, the colour of fragrant plants like the mastic’. Underlying Eth. ‘beautiful tree’, ‘fragrant tree’ is the O.T. ‘sweet cane’ or ‘aromatic cane’ as the fragmentary Aram. makes clear. 3And by the banks of these valleys I saw fragrant cinnamon. And beyond those 6 Gk.a ‘these’. valleys I came near towards the east.

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1 And above it … not far away: so Eth, but corrupt; Gk.a ‘And beyond these I went towards the east, far away, and’; Aram. (so far as it exists) supports Gk.a. Eth. I and some Eth.II MSS read ‘and’ before ‘I saw’.

2 Gk.a adds ‘large’.

3 GMQT1D′ Gk.a ‘a valley of water’; U defective.

4 like that … not fail: Gk.a om.

5 So Eth.II: QT ‘And I saw a beautiful tree which was like a fragrant tree like the mastic’; other Eth.I MSS corrupt or defective; Gk.a (?) ‘where also there was a tree, the colour of fragrant plants like the mastic’. Underlying Eth. ‘beautiful tree’, ‘fragrant tree’ is the O.T. ‘sweet cane’ or ‘aromatic cane’ as the fragmentary Aram. makes clear.

6 Gk.a ‘these’.

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