The Testament of Simeon

The Testament of Simeon

Chapter 1

1 The copy of the words of Simeon, the things which he spake to his sons before he died, in the

2 hundred and twentieth year of his life, at which time Joseph, his brother,
died. For when Simeon was sick , his sons came to visit him, and he strengthened himself and sat up and kissed them, and said:-

Chapter 2

1 Hearken, my children, to Simeon your father, And I will declare unto you what things I have in my heart.

2 I was born of Jacob as my father’s second son; And my mother Leah called me Simeon, Because the Lord had heard her prayer.

3 Moreover, I became strong exceedingly; I shrank from no achievement, Nor was I afraid of ought.

4 For my heart was hard, And my liver was immovable, And my bowels without compassion.

5, 6 Because valour also has been given from the Most High to men in soul and body. For in the time of my youth I was jealous in many things of Joseph, because my father loved him beyond

7 all. And I set my mind against him to destroy him, because the prince of deceit sent forth the spirit of jealousy and blinded my mind, so that I regarded him not as a brother, nor did I spare even

8 Jacob my father. But his God and the God of his fathers sent forth His angel, and delivered him