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

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1And when I had finished this prayer, I sat down there under a tree, to rest in the shade of its branches. 2And as I considered it, I was astonished and amazed at the immensity of the goodness that sinners on earth have rejected, and the scale of the torment they have despised, although they were very well aware that they would be tormented for their sins. 3And while I was pondering these and similar things, lo, the angel Ramiel, who presides over genuine 4visions, was sent to me; and he said to me, Why are you so distraught, Baruch, and why so troubled in mind? 5For if you are so moved 〈when〉 you have only heard about the judgement, what are you going to be like when you see it happening before your eyes? 6And if you are so overwrought at the prospect of the coming of the day of the Mighty One, what will you be like when it actually arrives? 7And if you are so upset by what you have been told about the torment of the evil-doers, how much more so will you be when the complex details are disclosed? 1 Lit. ‘when the work (‘event’) reveals marvels’. 8And if you are distressed about what you have heard is to happen then (things both good and bad), how will it be with you when you see what the Mighty One in his majesty will reveal, when he convicts some and gives others cause for rejoicing?

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1 Lit. ‘when the work (‘event’) reveals marvels’.

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