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

Chapter XVIII

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1And after judgement has come upon them from the Lord the priesthood will fail.2

Then will the Lord raise up a new priest, 1 So II: b ‘1And after … from the Lord, 2then will the Lord raise for the priesthood a new priest’. To whom all the words of the Lord will be revealed; And he will execute true judgement on earth for many days. 3 And his star will arise in heaven, as a king, Lighting up the light of knowledge as the sun the day; 2 The MSS vary here: none is entirely satisfactory. And he will rank as great in the world until he is taken up. 4 He will shine forth like the sun on the earth, And dispel all darkness from under heaven; And there will be peace in all the earth. 5 The heavens will exult in his days, And the earth will be glad, and the clouds rejoice; And the knowledge of the Lord will be poured out on the earth, Like the water of the seas. And the angels of glory of the Lord's presence will be glad in him. 6 The heavens will be opened, And from the temple of glory will come his call to his sacred office 3 Lit. ‘will come upon him the sacred thing’. With the Father's voice, as from Abraham Isaac's father. 7 And the glory of the Most High will be uttered over him, And the spirit of understanding and holiness will rest upon him in the water. 8 He will declare 4 Lit. ‘give’. the majesty of the Lord to his sons in truth for evermore, And there will be no successor to him from generation to generation for ever. 9 And in his priesthood the Gentiles will increase in knowledge on the earth, And be enlightened through the grace of the Lord; But Israel will be weakened through ignorance, And plunged into darkness by sorrow. 5 So II: bk om. ‘And in his priesthood … sorrow’. In his priesthood will all sin come to an end, And the lawless cease to do evil; And the righteous will rest in him. 10 And he will open the gates of Paradise, And destroy the power of the sword that threatened Adam. 11 And he will give the saints the right to eat from the tree of life, And the spirit of holiness will be on them. 12 And Beliar will be bound by him, And he will give power to his children to tread the evil spirits underfoot. 13 And the Lord will rejoice over his children, And 6 So II: b (k) add ‘the Lord’. take pleasure in those who are dear to him for ever. 14 Then will Abraham and Isaac and Jacob shout in exultation, And I will be glad, And all the saints will be clothed with joy.

Notes:

1 So II: b1And after … from the Lord, 2then will the Lord raise for the priesthood a new priest’.

2 The MSS vary here: none is entirely satisfactory.

3 Lit. ‘will come upon him the sacred thing’.

4 Lit. ‘give’.

5 So II: bk om. ‘And in his priesthood … sorrow’.

6 So II: b (k) add ‘the Lord’.

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