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

Chapter XIV

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1And now, children, I understand from the writing of Enoch that at the end you will sin against 1 Lit. ‘you will act godlessly towards’. the Lord, and lay hands … 2 An object is required here: chi have ‘upon him’. in all wickedness, and your brothers will be ashamed because of you, and you will become 3 So kl eaf c: b gdm hi ‘and there will become’. a laughing-stock among all the Gentiles. 2But our father Israel will not be held responsible for 4 Lit. ‘will be pure from’ (so bkl: II-l ‘is pure from’). the godlessness of the chief priests who will lay their hands upon the Saviour of the world. 3The heaven is purer than the earth; and you are the lights of heaven, 5 So bkl: II-l ‘Israel’. like sun and moon. 4What will all the Gentiles do, if you are darkened by ungodliness and bring a curse upon our race, for whose sake the light of the law 6 So gm eaf ch: bki ‘the light of the world’; ld ‘the light of the world and the law’. was given (for what was given through you was given for the enlightenment of every man)? Him you will desire to kill; and you will teach commandments contrary to the precepts of God. 5You will rob the Lord's offerings; from the portions alloted to him you will steal; and before sacrificing to the Lord you will take for yourselves the choicest pieces and share them like common food 7 Lit. ‘and eat them in contempt’. with whores. 6You will teach the Lord's commandments for your own personal gain. You will pollute married women and defile the virgins of Jerusalem, 8 So b k: II ‘Israel’. and you will be united with prostitutes and adulteresses. You will take Gentile women as wives and purify them with a form of purification contrary to the law; and your unions will be like Sodom and Gomorrah in ungodliness. 7And you will be full of self-importance on account of the priesthood and set yourselves up against other men; and not only so, but you will think yourselves of more importance even than the commandments of God, and you will mock at holy things 9 Or ‘the holy place’. and make cheap jokes about them. 10 and make … them: lit. ‘jesting in contempt’.

Notes:

1 Lit. ‘you will act godlessly towards’.

2 An object is required here: chi have ‘upon him’.

3 So kl eaf c: b gdm hi ‘and there will become’.

4 Lit. ‘will be pure from’ (so bkl: II-l ‘is pure from’).

5 So bkl: II-l ‘Israel’.

6 So gm eaf ch: bki ‘the light of the world’; ld ‘the light of the world and the law’.

7 Lit. ‘and eat them in contempt’.

8 So b k: II ‘Israel’.

9 Or ‘the holy place’.

10 and make … them: lit. ‘jesting in contempt’.

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