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

Chapter XLI

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1And after this I saw all the secrets of heaven, and how the kingdom is divided, and how the deeds of men are weighed in the balance. 2There I saw the dwelling of the chosen and the resting-places 1 of the chosen and the resting-places: some Eth: MSS ‘of the chosen and the dwelling(s)’; UN ‘of the chosen and’; QC′ om.; D′ ‘of the sinners and the communities’. of the holy; and my eyes saw there all the sinners who deny the name of 2 the name of: ADXY om. the Lord of Spirits being driven from there, and they dragged them off, 3 GQD′ ‘and being dragged off’. and they were not able to remain because of the punishment which went out from the Lord of Spirits. 3And there my eyes saw the secrets of the flashes of lightning and of the thunder, and the secrets of the winds, how they are distributed in order to blow over the earth, and the secrets of the clouds and of the dew; and there I saw whence they go out in that place, and how from there the dust of the earth is saturated. 4And there I saw closed storehouses from which the winds are distributed, and the storehouse of the hail, 4 Eth.I HOB′ add ‘and of the winds’. and the storehouse of the mist, and the storehouse of the clouds; 5 and the storehouse of the clouds: so APX; GU2D′ om.; many MSS ‘and of the clouds’. and its cloud remained over the earth from the beginning of the world. 5And I saw the chambers 6 Lit. ‘storehouses’. of the sun and the moon, whence they go out and whither they return, and their glorious return, and how one is more honoured than the other, and their magnificent course, and how they do not leave the course, neither adding anything to, nor omitting anything from their course, and how they keep faith with one another, observing their oath. 6And the sun goes out first and completes its journey at the command of the Lord of Spirits – and his name endures for ever and ever. 7And after this begins the hidden 7 U ‘And after this I saw the hidden’. and visible journey of the moon, and it travels the course of its journey in that place by day and by night. One stands opposite the other before 8 MT1UD′ add ‘the glory of’. the Lord of Spirits, and they give thanks, and sing praises, and do not rest, because their thanksgiving is rest for them. 8For the shining 9 GQT1UD′ om. sun makes many revolutions, for a blessing and for a curse, and the path of the journey of the moon is for the righteous light, but for the sinners darkness, in the name of the Lord 10 D′ adds ‘of Spirits’. who has created a division between light and darkness, and has divided the spirits of men, and has established the spirits of the righteous in the name of his righteousness. 9For no angel hinders, 11 GT1D′Y ‘is able’. and no power 12 D′ ‘and no satan’. is able to hinder, because the Judge sees them all and judges them all before himself.

Notes:

1 of the chosen and the resting-places: some Eth: MSS ‘of the chosen and the dwelling(s)’; UN ‘of the chosen and’; QC′ om.; D′ ‘of the sinners and the communities’.

2 the name of: ADXY om.

3 GQD′ ‘and being dragged off’.

4 Eth.I HOB′ add ‘and of the winds’.

5 and the storehouse of the clouds: so APX; GU2D′ om.; many MSS ‘and of the clouds’.

6 Lit. ‘storehouses’.

7 U ‘And after this I saw the hidden’.

8 MT1UD′ add ‘the glory of’.

9 GQT1UD′ om.

10 D′ adds ‘of Spirits’.

11 GT1D′Y ‘is able’.

12 D′ ‘and no satan’.

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