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

Chapter XIII

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1Look upon my orphanhood, O Lord, for unto thee did I flee, O Lord. 1 O Lord … O Lord = D: B ‘O Lord’; Slav. om. altogether. 2Lo, I took off my royal robe interwoven with gold and put on a black tunic instead. 3Lo, I loosed my golden girdle and girt myself with a rope and sackcloth. 4Lo, I threw off my diadem from my head and sprinkled myself with ashes. 5Lo, the floor of my room once scattered with stones of different colours and of purple, and besprinkled with myrrh, 2 and bespr. with m.: B om. is now sprinkled with my tears 3 with my tears: D om. and 4 BD om.; Slav. adds ‘to-day’. scattered with ashes. 5 scattered with ashes: D om. 6Lo, Lord, from the ashes and from my tears there is as much mud inside my room as there is on a public 6 Lit. ‘broad’. highway. 7Lo, Lord, 7 B ‘my Lord’. my royal dinner and my fatted beasts have I given to the dogs. 8 So BA: DFH Slav. ‘the strange dogs’. 8And lo, for seven days and seven nights 9 and seven nights: Slav. om. I have neither eaten bread nor drunk water; and my mouth is dry like a drum, and my tongue like horn, and my lips like a potsherd, and my face is shrunken, and my eyes are failing as a result of my incessant tears. 10 Lit. ‘as a result of the inflammation of my tears’. 9But do thou, O Lord, pardon me, for in ignorance did I sin against thee and uttered calumnies against my lord Joseph. 10And I did not know, wretch that I am, that he is thy son, O Lord; for they told me that Joseph was a shepherd's son from the land of Canaan, and I believed them; but I was wrong, and I despised Joseph, thine elect one, and I spoke evil of him, not knowing that he is thy son. 11For what man ever was so handsome, and who else is as wise and strong as Joseph? But to thee, my Lord, do I entrust him; for I love him more than mine own soul. 12Preserve him in the wisdom of thy grace, and give me to him as a servant, so that I may wash his feet and serve him and be his slave for all 11 B om. the seasons of my life.

Notes:

1 O Lord … O Lord = D: B ‘O Lord’; Slav. om. altogether.

2 and bespr. with m.: B om.

3 with my tears: D om.

4 BD om.; Slav. adds ‘to-day’.

5 scattered with ashes: D om.

6 Lit. ‘broad’.

7 B ‘my Lord’.

8 So BA: DFH Slav. ‘the strange dogs’.

9 and seven nights: Slav. om.

10 Lit. ‘as a result of the inflammation of my tears’.

11 B om.

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