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The Renewed Earth, 4Q475


A single fragment of a poem, palaeographically datable to the late first century BCE, depicts the eschatological bliss of the Holy land.


… [He has] chosen [Zio]n, and in righteous life … [And] they did forget [His precepts] and did not seek them. And the land … … (His) hands in the midst of them and explained to them all the [laws?] … [a]ll the earth so that there will be no more guilt in the land, nor will be… … [dest]ruction and all hatred and the whole world will be like a moth. And all [its] inhabitants … … And the land will be at rest for ever, And [its] inhabita[nts] will … [And they will become] a beloved son and they will seek all of it, and righteousness …


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