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

Chapter IX

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1Then in that day there will be a man of the tribe of Levi, whose name will be Taxo, and he will have seven sons. 2And he will ask them, saying, See, my sons, a second cruel and unclean retribution has come upon the people and a punishment without mercy and far worse than the first. 3For what nation or what region or what people among those who do not worship the Lord, who have done many atrocious things, have suffered as great calamities as have befallen us? 4So now, my sons, listen to me: you know well enough 1 Lit. ‘see and know’. that neither the fathers nor their forefathers provoked God by transgressing his commandments. 5For you know that our strength lies here, and let us act accordingly. 2 Lit. ‘For you know that these things are strength to us and this will we do’. 6Let us fast for three days; and on the fourth day let us go out to a cave in the country, and let us die rather than transgress the commandments of the Lord of lords, the God of our fathers. 7For if we do this and die, our blood will be avenged before the Lord.

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1 Lit. ‘see and know’.

2 Lit. ‘For you know that these things are strength to us and this will we do’.

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