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

Chapter XXIV

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1And he said to me, It has been arranged like this as a wound to the nations 1 Lit. ‘near to the nations’. The emendation is obtained by reading blizna rodom instead of bliz narodom. Landsman and Bonwetsch render ‘Being angered at the nations’. for your sake, and for the sake of the people of your race who are set apart after you, and whose afflictions you will see in the picture. 2 Lit. ‘as you will see the afflictions on them in the picture’. 2And I will tell you what will befall you, and what will happen in the last days. 3,4Now look at the picture yourself. And I looked, and I saw there the things in creation that were before me. 5I saw what looked like Adam, and Eve with him, and with them the wily adversary, and Cain who transgressed through the adversary. 6 And I saw the murdered Abel and the violence the transgressor displayed against him. 3 Lit. ‘and the destruction brought upon him and given through the transgressor’. 7I saw there fornication and those who lust after it, and how abominable it is, and how devoted to it they are who practice it; and I saw too the fire of their corruption in the lowest parts of the earth. 8I saw there theft and those who are concerned in it, and how they go to work. 4 JK add ‘and I saw their retribution and the judgement of the great judgement’. 9I saw there naked men, with their foreheads against each other, and their shame, and their passion for one another; and I saw their retribution. 10I saw there Desire, and in her hands the fount of every kind of lawlessness. 5 JK add ‘and her silence (or ‘scorn’) and her waste, given over to destruction’.

Notes:

1 Lit. ‘near to the nations’. The emendation is obtained by reading blizna rodom instead of bliz narodom. Landsman and Bonwetsch render ‘Being angered at the nations’.

2 Lit. ‘as you will see the afflictions on them in the picture’.

3 Lit. ‘and the destruction brought upon him and given through the transgressor’.

4 JK add ‘and I saw their retribution and the judgement of the great judgement’.

5 JK add ‘and her silence (or ‘scorn’) and her waste, given over to destruction’.

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