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

Chapter XV

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A Psalm. Of Solomon. With a Song.

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When I was in distress I called upon the name of the Lord,  I hoped for the help of the God of Jacob, and was saved; (2) 1For thou art the hope and the refuge of the poor, O God. (3) 2For who, O God, is strong, except to give thanks to thee in truth? (4) And how can a man show his power, 1 Lit. ‘And wherein is a man mighty’. except in giving thanks to thy name? (5) 3A new psalm with song in gladness of heart,  The fruit of the lips together with the tongue in harmony, 2 Lit. ‘The fruit of the lips with a well-tuned instrument of the tongue’.  The first-fruits of the lips from a holy and righteous heart – (6) 4He who performs these things shall never be shaken by evil:  The flame of fire and the wrath against the unrighteous shall not touch him, (7) 5When it goes forth from before the Lord against sinners,  To destroy all the substance of sinners; (8) 6For the mark of God is upon the righteous for salvation. 7 Famine and sword and death shall be far from the righteous, (9) For they shall flee from the holy as men pursued in war; 3 The MSS read ‘famine’. 8 But they shall pursue sinners and overtake them,  And those who act lawlessly shall not escape the judgement of the Lord: 9As by enemies skilled in war shall they be overtaken, (10) For the mark of destruction is upon their forehead. (11) 10And the inheritance of sinners is destruction and darkness,  And their iniquities shall pursue them to Sheol below: (12) 11Their inheritance shall not be found by their children, (13) For sins shall devastate the houses of sinners; 12 And sinners shall perish for ever on the day of the Lord's judgement, (14) When God visits the earth with his judgement. (15) 13But those who fear the Lord shall find mercy on it,  And shall live by the compassion of their God;  But sinners shall perish eternally.

Notes:

1 Lit. ‘And wherein is a man mighty’.

2 Lit. ‘The fruit of the lips with a well-tuned instrument of the tongue’.

3 The MSS read ‘famine’.

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