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Job's final counsels and the division of the inheritance

And now, my children, behold I am dying. Above all, do not forget the Lord. Do good to the poor. Do not overlook the helpless. Do not take to yourselves wives from strangers. Look, my children, I am dividing among you everything that is mine, so each one may have unrestricted control over his own share.

Job and his three daughters

The daughter's inheritance: their father's phylactery

And they brought forth the estate for distribution among the seven males only. For he did not present any of the goods to the females. They were grieved and said to their father, "Our father, sir, are we not also your children? Why then did you not give us some of your goods?"

But Job said to the females, "Do not be troubled, my daughters: I have not forgotten you. I have already designated for you an inheritance better than that of your seven brothers."

Then when he called his daughter who was named Hemera he said to her, "Take the signet ring, go to the vault. And bring the three golden boxes, so that I may give you your inheritance." So she left and brought them back.

And he opened them and brought out three muticoloured cords whose appearance was such that no man could describe, since they were not from earth but from heaven, shimmering with fiery sparks like the rays of the sun. And he gave each one a cord, saying, "Place these about your breast, so that it may go well with you all the days of your life."

Then the other daughter named Kasia, said to him, "Father. Is this the inheritance which you said was better than that of our brothers? Who has any use for these unusual cords? We cannot gain a living from them, can we?"

And their father said to them, "Not only shall you gain a living from these, but these cords will lead you into a better world, to live in the heavens. Are you then ignorant, my children, of the value of these strings? The Lord considered me worthy of these in the day in which He wished to show me mercy and to rid my body of the plagues and the worms.

"Calling me, he furnished me with these cords and said, 'Arise, gird your loins like a man. I shall question you, and you answer me.'

"So I took them and put them on. And immediately from that time the worms disappeared from my body and the plagues, too. And when my body got strength through the Lord as if I actually had not suffered a thing. I also forgot the pains in my heart. And the Lord spoke to me in power, showing me things present and things to come.

"Now then, my children, since you have these objects you will not have to face the enemy at all, but neither will you have worries of him in your mind, since it is a protective amulet of the Father. Rise then, gird yourselves with them before I die in order that you may be able to see those who are coming for my soul, in order that you may marvel over the creatures of God."

The charismatic sashes

Thus, when the one called Hemera arose, she wrapped around her own string just as her father said. And she took on another heart - no longer minded toward earthly things - but she spoke ecstatically in the angelic dialect, sending up a hymn to God in accord with the hymnic style of the angels. And as she spoke ecstatically, she allowed "The Spirit" to be inscribed on her garment.

Then Kasia bound hers on and had her heart changed so that she no longer regarded worldly things. And her mouth took on the dialect of the archons and she praised God for the creation of the heights. So, if anyone wishes to know "The creation of the Heavens," he will be able to find it in "The Hymns of Kasia."

Then the other one also, names Amaltheia's Horn, bound her cord. And her mouth spoke ecstatically in the dialect of those on high, since her heart also was changed, keeping aloof from worldly things. For she spoke in the dialect of the cherubim, glorifying the Master of the virtues by exhibiting their splendor. And finally whoever wishes to grasp a trace of "The Paternal Splendor" will find it written down in "The prayer of Amaltheia's Horn."

Nereus' literary activity

After the three had stopped singing hymns, while the Lord was present as was I, Nereus, the brother of Job, and while the holy angel also was present, I sat near Job on the couch. And I heard the magnificent things, while each one made explanation to the other. And I wrote out a complete book of most of the contents of hymns that issued from the three daughters of my brother, so that these things would be preserved. For these are the magnificent things of God.

Job's death, soul ascent, and burial

After three days, as Job fell ill on his bed (without suffering or pain, however, since suffering could no longer touch him on account of the omen of the sash he wore), after those three days he saw those who had come for his soul. And rising immediately he took a lyre and gave it to his daughter Hemera. To Kasia, he gave a censer, and to Amaltheia's Horn, he gave a kettle drum, so that they might bless those who had come for his soul. And when they took them, they saw the gleaming chariots which had come for his soul. And they blessed and glorified God each one in her own distinctive dialect.

After these things the one who sat in the great chariot got off and greeted Job as the three daughters and their father himself looked on, though others did not see. And taking the soul he flew up, embracing it, and mounted the chariot and set off for the east. But his body, prepared for burial, was borne to the tomb as his three daughters went ahead girded about and singing hymns to God.

And I, Nereus, his brother, with the seven male children accompanied by the poor and the orphans and all the helpless, we were weeping and saying:

"Woe to us today! A double woe!

Gone today is the strength of the helpless!

Gone is the light of the blind!

Gone is the father of the orphans!

Gone is the host of the strangers!

Gone is the clothing of widows!

Who then will not weep over the man of God?"

And as soon as they brought the body to the tomb, all the widows and orphans circled about forbidding it to be brought into the tomb. But after three days they laid him in the tomb in a beautiful sleep, since he received a name renowned in all generations forever.

AMEN.

 

End The Testament of Job

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