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

Chapter LXII

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1And thus 1 D′ ‘And after this’. the Lord commanded the kings and the mighty and the exalted, and those who dwell upon the earth, 2 Q ‘who dwell upon the dry ground’; D′ ‘who possess the earth’. and said, Open your eyes, and raise your horns, 3 and raise your horns: U om.; D′ ‘and raise your eyelids’. if you are able to acknowledge the Chosen One. 2And the Lord of Spirits sat 4 So all MSS, but often emended to ‘set him’. on the throne of his glory, and the spirit of righteousness was poured out on him, and the word of his mouth kills all the sinners and all the lawless, and they are destroyed 5 GQTU ‘and all the lawless are destroyed’ (U om. ‘all’); MDY ‘and all the lawless; they are destroyed’. before him. 3And on that day all the kings and the mighty and the exalted, and those who possess the earth, 6 Some Eth.II MSS ‘dry ground’. will stand up; and they will see and recognise how he sits on the throne of his glory, and the righteous are judged in righteousness 7 and the righteous…righteousness: NOB′ om. ‘in righteousness’; GMQD′ ‘and righteousness is judged’; T ‘and righteousness does not fail’; U defective. before him, and no idle word is spoken before him. 4And pain will come upon them as upon a woman in labour for whom giving birth is difficult, when her child enters the mouth of the womb, and she has difficulty in giving birth. 5And one half of them will look at the other, and they will be terrified, and will cast down their faces, and pain will take hold of them, when they see that Son of a Woman 8 GQTUD′ ‘Son of Man’. sitting on the throne of his glory. 6And the mighty kings, 9 GMQU ‘And the kings and the mighty’. and all those who possess the earth, will praise and bless and exalt him who rules everything which is hidden. 10 Or (less plausibly) ‘who rules everything, who was hidden’. 7For from the beginning the Son of Man was hidden, and the Most High kept him in the 8presence of his power, and revealed him only to the chosen; and the community of the holy and the chosen will be sown, and all the chosen will stand before him on that day. 9And all the mighty kings, 11 GMQTD′KN ‘And all the kings and the mighty’; EH ‘And all the mighty’; BX ‘And all the kings’. and the exalted, and those who rule the dry ground, will fall down before him on their faces and worship; and they will set their hope upon that Son of Man, and will entreat him, and will petition for mercy from him. 10But that Lord of Spirits will then 12 GMTUD′ om. so press them that they will hasten to go out from before him, and their faces will be filled with shame, and the darkness will grow deeper on their faces. 11And the angels of punishment will take them, 13 M ‘And the angels will take them for punishment’ (and so probably intended by T2); T1 ‘And they will hand them over to the angels for punishment’; GQD′ make no sense; U defective throughout verses 11f. that they may repay them for the wrong which they did to his children 14 to his children: QOB′ om. and to his chosen ones. 15 and to his chosen ones: OB′ om.; Q ‘to his Chosen One’. 12And they 16 QD′OB′ ‘it’. will become a spectacle to the righteous 17 and to his chosen ones … to the righteous: some Eth.II MSS om. and to his 18 D′ ‘my’. chosen ones; they will rejoice over them, for the anger of the Lord of Spirits will rest upon them, and the sword of the Lord of Spirits will be drunk with them. 13And the righteous and the chosen will be saved on that day, and they will never see the face of the sinners and the lawless from then on. 14And the Lord of Spirits will remain over them, and with that Son of Man they will dwell, and 19 dwell and: GMQTUN1 om.; D′ ‘… Son of Man, and they will eat’. eat, and lie down, and rise up for ever and ever. 15And the righteous and chosen will have risen from the earth, and will have ceased to cast down their faces, and will have put on the garment of life. 20 Eth.I and JNP1 (?)C′ ‘glory’. 16And this will be a garment of life 21 GMTUD′ ‘And this shall be your garment, the garment of life’. from the Lord of Spirits; and your garments will not wear out, and your glory will not fail before the Lord of Spirits.

Notes:

1 D′ ‘And after this’.

2 Q ‘who dwell upon the dry ground’; D′ ‘who possess the earth’.

3 and raise your horns: U om.; D′ ‘and raise your eyelids’.

4 So all MSS, but often emended to ‘set him’.

5 GQTU ‘and all the lawless are destroyed’ (U om. ‘all’); MDY ‘and all the lawless; they are destroyed’.

6 Some Eth.II MSS ‘dry ground’.

7 and the righteous…righteousness: NOB′ om. ‘in righteousness’; GMQD′ ‘and righteousness is judged’; T ‘and righteousness does not fail’; U defective.

8 GQTUD′ ‘Son of Man’.

9 GMQU ‘And the kings and the mighty’.

10 Or (less plausibly) ‘who rules everything, who was hidden’.

11 GMQTD′KN ‘And all the kings and the mighty’; EH ‘And all the mighty’; BX ‘And all the kings’.

12 GMTUD′ om.

13 M ‘And the angels will take them for punishment’ (and so probably intended by T2); T1 ‘And they will hand them over to the angels for punishment’; GQD′ make no sense; U defective throughout verses 11f.

14 to his children: QOB′ om.

15 and to his chosen ones: OB′ om.; Q ‘to his Chosen One’.

16 QD′OB′ ‘it’.

17 and to his chosen ones … to the righteous: some Eth.II MSS om.

18 D′ ‘my’.

19 dwell and: GMQTUN1 om.; D′ ‘… Son of Man, and they will eat’.

20 Eth.I and JNP1 (?)C′ ‘glory’.

21 GMTUD′ ‘And this shall be your garment, the garment of life’.

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