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

Chapter LV

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1And after this the Head of Days repented and said, I have destroyed to no purpose all those who dwell upon the dry ground. 2And he swore by his great Name, From now on I will not act like this 1 like this: GMT1UD′X om. towards all those who dwell upon the dry ground; and I will put a sign in heaven, and it will be a pledge of faith between me and them for ever, so long as heaven is above the earth. 3And this will be in accordance with my command; 2 So GT1: M ‘And this is my command’; Q corrupt; D′ ‘And it will be in accordance with my command’; T2U Eth.II ‘And after this it will be in accordance with my command’. when I want to take hold of them by the hand of the angels on the day of distress and pain in the face of this my anger and my wrath, 3 Eth.I ‘my wrath and my anger’. my wrath and my anger will remain upon them, 4 my wrath … upon them: some Eth.II MSS ‘my anger and my wrath will remain upon them’; UD om. (hmt.); Q ‘will remain upon them’; GMT1D′ ‘I will cause my wrath and my anger to remain upon them’. says the Lord, 5 the Lord: GMD′BCXB′ om. the Lord of Spirits. 4You powerful kings, who dwell upon the dry ground, will be obliged to watch my Chosen One 6 D′ ‘my chosen ones’. sit down on the throne of my glory, 7 GMT1UD′ ‘on the throne of glory’; CH1OB′ ‘at the right hand of the throne of my glory’. and judge, in the name of the Lord of Spirits, Azazel and all his associates and all his hosts.

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1 like this: GMT1UD′X om.

2 So GT1: M ‘And this is my command’; Q corrupt; D′ ‘And it will be in accordance with my command’; T2U Eth.II ‘And after this it will be in accordance with my command’.

3 Eth.I ‘my wrath and my anger’.

4 my wrath … upon them: some Eth.II MSS ‘my anger and my wrath will remain upon them’; UD om. (hmt.); Q ‘will remain upon them’; GMT1D′ ‘I will cause my wrath and my anger to remain upon them’.

5 the Lord: GMD′BCXB′ om.

6 D′ ‘my chosen ones’.

7 GMT1UD′ ‘on the throne of glory’; CH1OB′ ‘at the right hand of the throne of my glory’.

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