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Ahiqar (or Ahikar) was an Assyrian sage known in the ancient Near East for his outstanding wisdom.
The Story of Ahikar
- Quotes by or about Ahikar in The Story of Ahikar, as translated in The Forgotten Books of Eden (1926) by Rutherford H. Platt, Jr.
- O my boy! thou hast been to me like a man who took a stone, and threw it up to heaven to stone his Lord with it. And the stone did not hit, and did not reach high enough, but it became the cause of guilt and sin.
O my boy! if thou hadst honoured me and respected me and hadst listened to my words thou wouldst have been my heir and wouldst have reigned over my dominions.
O my son! know thou that if the tail of the dog or the pig were ten cubits long it would not approach to the worth of the horse's even if it were like silk.
O my boy! I thought that thou wouldst have been my heir at my death; and thou through thy envy and thy insolence didst desire to kill me. But the Lord delivered me from thy cunning.
- 7:10 -13.
- O my boy! he who doeth good shall meet with good; and he who doeth evil shall meet with evil, for the Lord requiteth a man according to the measure of his work.
O my boy! what shall I say more to thee than these sayings? for the Lord knoweth what is hidden, and is acquainted with the mysteries and the secrets.
And He will requite thee and will judge, betwixt me and thee, and will recompense thee according to thy desert.
- He who digs a pit for his brother shall fall into it; and he who sets up traps shall be caught in them.