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

Chapter V

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1While the God-loving old man, our father Isaac, was saying this, all his household gathered round him and wept. 2His son told all his relations, and they came to him in tears. 3Now our father Isaac had made for himself a bedroom in his house; and when his sight began to fail he withdrew into it and remained there for a hundred years, fasting daily 1 Lit. ‘…in his house: when the light of his eyes was dim, he withdrew into it until the end of a hundred years, fasting daily’. It is here that Boh. rejoins our text, beginning ‘And God was with him until he had completed a hundred years, and he fasted daily’. until evening, and offering for himself and his household a young animal for their soul. 4And he spent half the night in prayer and praise to God. 5Thus he lived an ascetic life for a hundred years. 6And he kept three periods of forty days as fasts each year, neither drinking wine nor eating fruit nor sleeping on his bed. 7And he prayed and gave thanks to God continually.

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1 Lit. ‘…in his house: when the light of his eyes was dim, he withdrew into it until the end of a hundred years, fasting daily’. It is here that Boh. rejoins our text, beginning ‘And God was with him until he had completed a hundred years, and he fasted daily’.

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