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

Chapter XXVI

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1And Aseneth got up early in the morning and said to Joseph, I am going to our estate in the country; but I am frightened because you are not coming with me. 2And Joseph said to her, Take heart and do not be afraid, but go; for the Lord is with you and he will keep you from all evil 1 B ‘danger’. as the apple of an eye. 3And I will go and distribute my corn, and give corn to all the men in the city, 2 all … city = FA: BD ‘those in the city’; Slav. ‘all men’. so that no one dies of famine in the land of Egypt. 3 So DA: Slav. ‘in all the land’; B ‘in Egypt, in all the land which is under it’. 4And Aseneth departed on her journey and Joseph to the distribution of the corn. 5And Aseneth came to where the brook was with her six hundred men; and suddenly 4 Slav. om. the men that were with Pharaoh's son leaped out from their ambush 5 from their ambush: Slav. om. and joined battle with Aseneth's soldiers, and they cut them down with their swords and killed all 6 killed all: B om. Aseneth's outrunners. 6,7And Aseneth fled 7 And As. fled = EFGA Slav.: D ‘And As. was distressed and fled’; B om. in her chariot. And Levi, the son of Leah, was informed about all this (for he was a prophet), and he told his brothers 8 And Levi … brothers = B: D ‘And Levi was informed about … told the men of his counsel’; Slav. ‘And Levi told his brothers’. about Aseneth's danger; and they took, each one of them, 9 of them = BA Slav.: DEFG om. his sword on his thigh, and their shields on their arms, 10 and … arms = DA Slav.: BF ‘and their shields’. and their spears in their right hands, 11 and … hands = EA Slav. (cp. F ‘and their spears in their hands’): B ‘and their spears on their arms’; D om. and they went after Aseneth with what speed they could. 12 with what speed they could (lit. ‘at a swift run’) = EF(A) Slav.: BD om. 8And Aseneth fled, and lo, Pharaoh's son met her, and fifty men with him; and Aseneth saw him, and she was afraid and trembled. 13 A Slav. add ‘and she called upon the name of (A + ‘the Lord’) her God’.

Notes:

1 B ‘danger’.

2 all … city = FA: BD ‘those in the city’; Slav. ‘all men’.

3 So DA: Slav. ‘in all the land’; B ‘in Egypt, in all the land which is under it’.

4 Slav. om.

5 from their ambush: Slav. om.

6 killed all: B om.

7 And As. fled = EFGA Slav.: D ‘And As. was distressed and fled’; B om.

8 And Levi … brothers = B: D ‘And Levi was informed about … told the men of his counsel’; Slav. ‘And Levi told his brothers’.

9 of them = BA Slav.: DEFG om.

10 and … arms = DA Slav.: BF ‘and their shields’.

11 and … hands = EA Slav. (cp. F ‘and their spears in their hands’): B ‘and their spears on their arms’; D om.

12 with what speed they could (lit. ‘at a swift run’) = EF(A) Slav.: BD om.

13 A Slav. add ‘and she called upon the name of (A + ‘the Lord’) her God’.

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