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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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1And now, my children, I command you to fear the Lord with all your heart and live in sincerity in accordance with all his law. 2And you too must teach your children how to read, 1 Lit. ‘teach your children letters’. so that they may have understanding all their life through reading the law of God continually. 3For everyone that knows the law of God will be honoured and accepted wherever he goes. 4He will in fact find many more friends than his parents; and not a few will be anxious to do him service and hear the law from his mouth. 5Do good works, my children, on earth, so that you may find your reward in heaven. 6And sow good things in your souls, so that you may find them in your life; for if you sow evil things, you will reap every kind of trouble and tribulation. 7Acquire wisdom in the fear of God with diligence; for even if exile comes, and cities and lands are devastated, and gold and silver and all possessions become a total loss, no one can take away the wise man's wisdom – only the blindness of ungodliness and the disablement 2 So bg: dlm eaf chi ‘callousness’. that comes of sin. 8For wisdom 3 Lit. ‘she’. will be for him a shining light even among enemies, and in a strange country a fatherland, and in the midst of foes she will be found a friend. 9If anyone teaches these things and acts on them, he will share a king's throne, as indeed Joseph our brother did.

Notes:

1 Lit. ‘teach your children letters’.

2 So bg: dlm eaf chi ‘callousness’.

3 Lit. ‘she’.

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