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Joseph and Aseneth

Chapter 21

21:1 “And Joseph stayed that day with Pentephres, and he did not sleep with Aseneth, because Joseph said, It does not befit a man who worships God to sleep with his wife before the wedding.”
21:2 “And Joseph rose at daybreak and went away to Pharaoh and said to him, Give me Aseneth, daughter of Pentephres, priest of Heliopolis, for my wife.”
21:3 “And Pharaoh rejoiced with great joy and said to Joseph, Behold, is not this one betrothed to you since eternity? And she shall be your wife from now on and for ever and ever.”
21:4 “And Pharaoh sent and called Pentephres, and he came and brought Aseneth, and stood her before Pharaoh. And Pharaoh saw her and was amazed at her beauty and said, May the Lord, the God of Joseph bless you, child, and let this beauty of yours remain for ever and ever, because justly the Lord, the God of Joseph, has chosen you as a bride for Joseph, because he is the firstborn son of God. And you shall be called a daughter of the Most High and a bride of Joseph from now on and for ever.”
21:5 “And Pharaoh took Joseph and Aseneth and put golden crowns on their heads which had been in his house from the beginning and of old. And Pharaoh set Aseneth at Joseph’s right side,”
21:6 “And put his hands on their heads, and his right hand was on Aseneth’s head. And Pharaoh said, May the Lord God the Most High bless you and multiply you and magnify you and glorify you forever.”
21:7 “And Pharaoh turned them around toward each other face to face and brought them mouth to mouth and joined them by their lips, and they kissed each other.”
21:8 “And after this Pharaoh gave a marriage feast and a great dinner and a big banquet for seven days. And he called together all the chiefs of the land of Egypt and all the kings of the nations and proclaimed to the whole land of Egypt, saying, Every man who does any work during the seven days of Joseph’s and Aseneth’s wedding shall surely die.”
21:9 “And it happened after this, Joseph went in to Aseneth, and Aseneth conceived from Joseph, and gave birth to Manasseh and Ephraim, his brother, in Joseph’s house.”
21:10 “And then Aseneth began to confess to the Lord God and gave thanks, preying, for all the good things of which she was deemed worthy by the Lord:”
21:11 “I have sinned, Lord, I have sinned; before you I have sinned much, I Aseneth, daughter of Pentephres, priest of Heliopolis, who is an overseer of everything.”
21:12 “I have sinned, Lord, I have sinned; before you I have sinned much, I was prospering in my father’s house, and was a boastful and arrogant virgin.”
21:13 “I have sinned, Lord, I have sinned; before you I have sinned much, And have worshiped strange gods who were without number, and eaten bread from their sacrifices.”
21:14 “I have sinned, Lord, I have sinned; before you I have sinned much, Bread of strangulation I have eaten, and a cup of insidiousness I have drunk from the table of death.”
21:15 “I have sinned, Lord, I have sinned; before you I have sinned much. And I did not know the Lord the God of Heaven, and I did not trust in the Most High God of life.”
21:16 “I have sinned, Lord, I have sinned; before you I have sinned much. For I trusted in the richness of my glory and in my beauty, and I was boastful and arrogant.”
21:17 “I have sinned, Lord, I have sinned; before you I have sinned much. And I despised every man on earth, and there was no one who achieved something before me.”
21:18 “I have sinned, Lord, I have sinned; before you I have sinned much. And I had come to hate all who had asked my hand in marriage, and despised them and scorned them.”
21:19 “I have sinned, Lord, I have sinned; before you I have sinned much. And I spoke bold words in vanity and said, There is no prince on earth who may loosen the girdle of my virginity.”
21:20 “I have sinned, Lord, I have sinned; before you I have sinned much. But will be the bride of the great king’s firstborn son.”
21:21 “I have sinned, Lord, I have sinned; before you I have sinned much, until Joseph the Powerful One of God came. He pulled me down from my dominating position and made me humble after my arrogance, and by his beauty he caught me, and by his wisdom he grasped me like a fish on a hook, and by his spirit, as by bait of life, he ensnared me, and by his power he confirmed me, and brought me to the God of the ages and to the chief of the house of the Most High, and gave me to eat bread of life, and to drink a cup of wisdom, and I became his bride for ever and ever.”

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