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

Chapter III

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1And as I went on my way a number of questions arose in my mind which disturbed me. 1 Lit. ‘… way, my heart was troubled and my thought strayed within me’. 2,5And I thought, 2 RJK add verses 3 and 4. ‘What is this evil that my father is doing? Is he not himself rather the god of his gods, since they owe their existence to his carving and planing and skill? Would it not be rather better for them to worship my father since they owe their existence to his work? What is this delusion of my father in his works?’ Behold, Marumath fell down and could not get up in his own temple, nor could I lift him up on my own, until my father came, and we both lifted him; 6and while we were unable to do this, his head fell off him, and my father 3 Lit. ‘he’. put it on another stone of a second god, which he had made without a head. 7And the other five gods, which were smashed when they fell off the ass, were not able either to save themselves, or to do harm to the ass because it had destroyed them; nor did their fragments come up out of the river. 8And I thought, If this be so, how then shall Marumath, my father's god, with a head made from one stone and a body made from another stone, 4 Lit. ‘having the head of a second stone, and made from a second stone’. The translation attempts to give a sense that is in accordance with what we are told at i. 12. be able to save a man, or hear a man's prayer, and reward him?

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1 Lit. ‘… way, my heart was troubled and my thought strayed within me’.

2 RJK add verses 3 and 4. ‘What is this evil that my father is doing? Is he not himself rather the god of his gods, since they owe their existence to his carving and planing and skill? Would it not be rather better for them to worship my father since they owe their existence to his work? What is this delusion of my father in his works?’

3 Lit. ‘he’.

4 Lit. ‘having the head of a second stone, and made from a second stone’. The translation attempts to give a sense that is in accordance with what we are told at i. 12.

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