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

Chapter XXII

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He who brought me down from the height, And raised me up from the lower regions, 2 And he who gathered the things that were in the middle And laid them 1 So B: om. H. low for me, 3 He who scattered my enemies, And my adversaries; 4 He who gave me power over bonds, That I might loose them; 5 He who overthrew by my hands the seven-headed dragon, (And thou didst set me over his roots, 2 So H: B ‘root’. that I might destroy his seed) – 6 It is thou: 3 The syntactical relationship of this verse to verses 1–5 is difficult. Thou wast there and didst help me, And in every place thy name was blessed by me. 4 So H: B ‘was encircling me’ (and similarly the Coptic). 7 Thy right hand destroyed his evil venom; 5 So H: B ‘the venom of evil’. And thy hand made the way level for those who believe in thee, 8 And chose them from the graves, And set them apart from the dead: 9 It took dead bones, And covered them with bodies; 10 And they were motionless, And it gave them help 6 So H: B ‘energy’. for life. 11 Thy way and thy person 7 According to the punctuation of the MSS ‘thy person’ goes with the next line to give ‘And thou didst bring thy person into the world, even into corruption’. were incorruptible: Thou didst bring thy world to corruption, That everything might be dissolved and renewed, 12 And that the foundation for everything might be thy rock; And upon it thou hast built thy kingdom; And thou didst become 8 So H: B ‘And it became’. the dwelling-place of the saints. Hallelujah.

Notes:

1 So B: om. H.

2 So H: B ‘root’.

3 The syntactical relationship of this verse to verses 1–5 is difficult.

4 So H: B ‘was encircling me’ (and similarly the Coptic).

5 So H: B ‘the venom of evil’.

6 So H: B ‘energy’.

7 According to the punctuation of the MSS ‘thy person’ goes with the next line to give ‘And thou didst bring thy person into the world, even into corruption’.

8 So H: B ‘And it became’.

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