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

Chapter LXXXIII

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1For the Most High will assuredly speed up his times,

And he will assuredly bring on his seasons. 2 And he will assuredly judge those who are in his world, And will truly punish all men, 1 Lit. ‘all things’. In accordance with their hidden 2 Another reading is ‘sinful’. works. 3 And he will assuredly examine their secret thoughts, And what is stored away in the innermost recesses of their being, 3 Lit. ‘in the chambers which are in all the limbs of man’. And he will expose and censure them openly.

4Do not, then, worry yourselves about these present things, 4 Lit. ‘Let none of these present things, therefore, go up into your hearts’. but rather look to the future, because what has been promised to us will come. 5And let us not now fix our attention upon the delights the Gentiles enjoy in the present age, but let us remember what has been promised to us in the end. 6For set times and seasons, 5 Lit. ‘For the limits of the times and of the seasons’. and all that goes with them, 6 Lit. ‘and all that is in them’. will assuredly pass away. 7And then the consummation of the age will reveal the great might of its ruler, when all things come to judgement. 8So prepare yourselves for the coming of what you have believed in in the past, so that you do not find yourselves the losers in both worlds, by having been carried off as captives here, and being tormented there. 9For in what is now, or in what has been, or in what is to come, in all these things, the evil is not entirely evil, nor, again, is the good entirely good.10

For all the health that now is is turning into disease. 11 And all the strength that now is is turning into weakness, And all the might that now is is turning into impotence. 12 And all the energy of youth is turning into old age and dissolution, And all the beauty and gracefulness that now are are turning into decay and ugliness. 13 And all the proud dominion that now is is turning into humiliation and shame. 14 And all praise of the splendour that now is is turning into the shame of speechlessness, And all the luxury and pomp that now are are turning into silent ruin. 15 And all the delight and joy that now are are turning to worms and corruption. 16 And all acclaim of the pride that now is is turning into dust and stillness. 17 And all heaping-up of riches that now is is turning only into Sheol. 18 And all the spoils of passion that now are are turning into inexorable death, And all passion of the lusts that now is is turning into a judgement of torment. 19 And all artifice and craftiness that now are are turning into a proof of truth. 20 And all sweet-smelling ointments that now are are turning into judgement and condemnation. 21 And all love of falsehood is turning into well-earned degradation.

22Since, then, all these things are happening now, can anyone believe that vengeance is far off? 7 Lit. ‘that they will not be avenged?’ 23The consummation of all things will result in truth.

Notes:

1 Lit. ‘all things’.

2 Another reading is ‘sinful’.

3 Lit. ‘in the chambers which are in all the limbs of man’.

4 Lit. ‘Let none of these present things, therefore, go up into your hearts’.

5 Lit. ‘For the limits of the times and of the seasons’.

6 Lit. ‘and all that is in them’.

7 Lit. ‘that they will not be avenged?’

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