1The Lord said to Sedrach, I made three periods in man's life. 1 Lit. ‘I made man in three orders’. 2When he is a youth I overlook his failures because they are the failures of a youth: when later he becomes a man, I keep watch over his thoughts; and when later still he grows old, I watch over him also, in the hope that he may repent. 3Sedrach said, Lord, thou knowest all these things and understandest them: only be compassionate towards sinners. 4The Lord said to him, Sedrach, my beloved, I promise to be compassionate; and I will reduce the forty days to twenty. 2 Lit. ‘… compassionate even from below the forty days as far as twenty’. 5And whoever makes mention of your name shall not see the place of punishment, but shall be with the righteous in a place of refreshment and rest. 6And if anyone records this admirable discussion 3 Or ‘saying’. in writing, his sin shall never be reckoned against him. 7And Sedrach said, Lord, if anyone brings illumination to thy servant, deliver him, Lord, from every evil. 8And Sedrach, the servant of God, said, Now take my soul, Lord. 9And God took him and set him in Paradise with all the saints. To whom be glory and might for ever and ever. Amen.