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

Chapter IV

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1Then one of those set over them will go into his house and spread out his hands and fall on his knees and pray for them, 2saying, Lord of all, king who sittest on the lofty throne, who rulest the world, and dost will that this people should be thy chosen people: then didst thou will that thou shouldest be called their God, according to the covenant thou didst make with their fathers. 3And they have gone as captives into another land with their wives and their children, and they are living among 1 Lit. ‘and around the gate of’. foreign peoples and where there is much idolatry. 2 Text ‘great majesty’. The translation offered is based on Charles's emendation ‘great vanity’ (‘vanity’ in the Old Testament is not infrequently associated with idols). 4Look upon them and have pity on them, O Lord of heaven. 5Then will God remember them because of the covenant that he made with their fathers, and he will show his pity at that time also. 6And he will put it into the mind of a king to pity them; and he will send them back to their own land and country. 7Then some from the tribes 3 Lit. ‘some parts of the tribes’. will go up and come to their appointed place and once again surround the place with walls. 8And the two tribes will continue in the faith appointed for them, in sadness and lamentation because they will be unable to offer sacrifices to the Lord of their fathers. 9And the ten tribes will be fruitful and increase among the Gentiles during the time of their captivity. 4 After ‘And the ten tribes will be fruitful’ the text becomes more than usually uncertain.

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1 Lit. ‘and around the gate of’.

2 Text ‘great majesty’. The translation offered is based on Charles's emendation ‘great vanity’ (‘vanity’ in the Old Testament is not infrequently associated with idols).

3 Lit. ‘some parts of the tribes’.

4 After ‘And the ten tribes will be fruitful’ the text becomes more than usually uncertain.

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