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Where is the phrase "im yirtzah Hashem" as an amending clause first found in writing? For example "I will see you tomorrow, im yirtzah Hashem." I am looking for the first writing of this phrase in Hebrew with the name Hashem either abbreviated or written out.

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From judaism.stackexchange.com/a/13347 : "I've found only one example that might correspond to our 'im yirtzeh Hashem' - in Sanhedrin 98a (אם ירצה אדון הזה, see Rashi there, although I think other commentaries explain it differently)." –  Fred Nov 3 '13 at 21:39
One version of the Rambam's הקדמה לפירוש המשניות has this phrase. In another version, בעזרת השם appears instead. –  Fred Nov 3 '13 at 22:30
In some versions of the Rambam's introductions to Perek Cheilek and to Seder Taharos, he similarly uses this expression. (He uses it in שמנה פרקים, too, but not in the manner of the popular expression: הנה זה גם היה לחכמה מאת ה' להודיעו כי אם ירצה ה' לבטל את בחירתו יבטלה). –  Fred Nov 3 '13 at 22:47
As early as in the writings of the Maharshal, this expression was in frequent use (e.g. Yam Shel Sh'lomo on K'suvos, 1:42). –  Fred Nov 3 '13 at 23:00
@Fred see edits –  not-allowed to change my name Nov 4 '13 at 0:08
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