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

Chapter XCVI

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1Be hopeful, 1 TU ‘Rejoice’. you righteous, for the sinners will quickly be destroyed before you, and you will have power over them as you desire. 2And in the day of the distress of the sinners your young will mount up and rise 2 D′ ‘and be revealed’; GTU ‘and be thrown down’. like eagles, and your nest will be higher than that of vultures; and you will go up and like badgers enter the crevices of the earth and the clefts of the rock for ever before the lawless, but they will groan and weep because of you, like satyrs. 3And do not be afraid, you who have suffered, for you will receive healing, and a bright light will shine upon you, and the voice of rest you will hear from heaven. 4Woe to you, you sinners, for your riches make you appear righteous, but your hearts prove to you that you are sinners; and this word will be a testimony against you as a reminder of your evil deeds. 5Woe to you who devour the finest of the wheat and drink the best of the water and trample upon the humble through your power. 6Woe to you who drink water all the time, for you will quickly be repaid and 3 will quickly be repaid and: MQTD′ om. ‘will be repaid and’. will become exhausted and dry, 4 and dry: BCX ‘and you do wrong’. for you have left the spring of life. 7Woe to you who commit iniquity and deceit and blasphemy; it will be a reminder against you for evil. 8Woe to you, you powerful, who through power oppress the righteous, for the day of your destruction will come; in those days many good days will come for the righteous – in the day of your judgement.

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1 TU ‘Rejoice’.

2 D′ ‘and be revealed’; GTU ‘and be thrown down’.

3 will quickly be repaid and: MQTD′ om. ‘will be repaid and’.

4 and dry: BCX ‘and you do wrong’.

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