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Joseph

Joseph

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 THE TESTAMENT OF
 JOSEPH
CHAPTER 1
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The copy of the testamentof Joseph. When he was aboutto die he called his sons andhis brethren together, andsaid to them:
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My brethren and mychildren, Hearken to Josephthe beloved of Israel; Giveear, my sons, unto yourfather.
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I have seen in my life envyand death, Yet I went notastray, but persevered in thetruth of the Lord.
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These my brethren hatedme, but the Lord loved me: They wished to slay me, butthe God of my fathers guardedme: They let me down into apit, and the Most High broughtme up again.
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I was sold into slavery, andthe Lord of all made me free: Iwas taken into captivity, andHis strong hand succouredme. I was beset with hunger,and the Lord Himselnourished me.
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I was alone, and Godcomforted me: I was sick, andthe Lord visited me: I was inprison, and my God showedfavour unto me; In bonds, andHe released me;
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Slandered, and He pleadedmy cause; Bitterly spokenagainst by the Egyptians, andHe delivered me; Envied bymy fellow-slaves, and Heexalted me.CHAPTER 2
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And this chief captain of Pharaoh entrusted to me hishouse.
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And I struggled against ashameless woman, urging meto transgress with her; but theGod of Israel my fatherdelivered me from the burningflame.
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I was cast into prison, I wasbeaten, I was mocked; but theLord granted me to find mercyin the sight of the keeper of the prison.
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For the Lord doth notforsake them that fear Him.Neither in darkness, nor inbonds, nor in tribulations, norin necessities.
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For God is not put to shameas a man, Nor as the son of man is He afraid, Nor as onethat is earth-born is He weakor affrighted.
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But in all these things dothHe give protection, And indivers ways doth He comfort,(Though) for a little space Hedeparteth to try theinclination of the soul.
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In ten temptations Heshowed me approved, And inall of them I endured; Forendurance is a mighty charm,And patience giveth manygood things.CHAPTER 3
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How often did the Egyptian
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 JOSEPH
woman threaten me withdeath! How often did she giveme over to punishment, andthen call me back andthreaten me, and when I wasunwilling to company with her,she said to me:
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Thou shalt be lord of me,and all that is in mine house,if thou wilt give thyself untome, and thou shalt be as ourmaster.
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But I remembered thewords of my father, and goinginto my chamber, I wept andprayed unto the Lord.
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And I fasted in those sevenyears, and I appeared to theEgyptians as one livingdelicately, for they that fastfor God's sake receive beautyof face.
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And if my lord were awayfrom home, I drank no wine;nor for three days did I takemy food, but I gave it to thepoor and sick.
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And I sought the Lord early,and I wept for the Egyptianwoman of Memphis, for veryunceasingly did she troubleme, for also at night she cameto me under pretence ovisiting me.
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And because she had nomale child she pretended toregard me as a son.
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And for a time sheembraced me as a son, and Iknew it not; but later, shesought to draw me intofornication.
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And when I perceived it Isorrowed unto death; andwhen she had gone out, Icame to myself, and Ilamented for her many days,because I recognised her guileand her deceit.
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And I declared unto herthe words of the Most High, if haply she would turn from herevil lust.CHAPTER 4
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Often, therefore, did sheflatter me with words as aholy man, and guilefully in hertalk praise my chastity beforeher husband, while desiring toensnare me when we werealone.
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For she lauded me openlyas chaste, and in secret shesaid unto me: Fear not myhusband; for he is persuadedconcerning thy chastity: foreven should one tell himconcerning us, he would notbelieve.
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Owing to all these things Ilay upon the ground, andbesought God that the Lordwould deliver me from herdeceit.
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And when she prevailednothing thereby, she cameagain to me under the plea of instruction, that she mightlearn the word of God.
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And she said unto me: If thou willest that I shouldleave my idols, lie with me,and I will persuade myhusband to depart from hisidols, and we will walk in thelaw of thy Lord.
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And I said unto her: TheLord willeth not that thosethat reverence Him should bein uncleanness, nor doth Hetake pleasure in them that
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commit adultery, but in thosethat approach Him with a pureheart and undefiled lips.
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But she held her peace,longing to accomplish her evildesire.
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And I gave myself yet moreto fasting and prayer, that theLord might deliver me fromher.CHAPTER 5
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And again, at another timeshe said unto me: If thou wiltnot commit adultery, I will killmy husband by poison, andtake thee to be my husband.
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I therefore, when I heardthis, rent my garments, andsaid unto her: Woman,reverence God, and do notthis evil deed, lest thou bedestroyed; for know indeedthat I will declare this thydevice unto all men.
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She therefore, being afraid,besought that I would notdeclare this device.
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And she departed, soothingme with gifts, and sending tome every delight of the sonsof men.CHAPTER 6
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And afterwards she sent mefood mingled withenchantments.
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And when the eunuch whobrought it came, I looked upand beheld a terrible mangiving me with the dish asword, and I perceived that(her) scheme was to beguileme.
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And when he had gone out Iwept, nor did I taste that norany other of her food.
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So then after one day shecame to me and observed thefood, and said unto me: Whyis it that thou hast not eatenof the food?
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And I said unto her: It isbecause thou hast filled itwith deadly enchantments;and how saidst thou: I comenot near to idols, but to theLord alone?
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Now therefore know thatthe God of my father hathrevealed unto me by His angelthy wickedness, and I havekept it to convict thee, ihaply thou mayest see andrepent.
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But that thou mayest learnthat the wickedness of theungodly hath no power overthem that worship God withchastity, behold I will take of it and eat before thee. Andhaving so said, I prayed thus: The God of my fathers and theangel of Abraham, be with me;and ate.
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And when she saw this shefell upon her face at my feet,weeping; and I raised her upand admonished her.
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And she promised to do thisiniquity no more.CHAPTER 7
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But her heart was still setupon evil, and she lookedaround how to ensnare me,and sighing deeply shebecame downcast, though shewas not sick.
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And when her husband sawher, he said unto her: Why isthy countenance fallen? And
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