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The Apocryphal Old Testament Collection of the most important non-canonical Old Testament books designed for general use.

Chapter XVIII

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1And I saw the storehouses of all the winds, and I saw how with them he has adorned all creation, and I saw the foundations of the earth. 2And I saw the cornerstone of the earth, and I saw the four winds which support the earth and the firmament of heaven. 3And I saw how the winds stretch out the height of heaven 1 And I saw how … heaven: Gk.a om. (hmt.). and how they position themselves between heaven and earth; 2 Gk.a ‘between earth and heaven’. they are the pillars of heaven. 3 they are … heaven: Gk.a om. (hmt.). 4And I saw the winds which turn heaven and cause the disk of the sun and all the stars to set. 5And I saw the winds on the earth which support the clouds, and I saw the paths of the angels. I saw 4 the paths … I saw: Gk.a om. (hmt.). at the end 5 Gk.a ‘〈at〉 the ends’. of the earth the firmament of heaven above. 6And I went towards the south – and it was burning day and night 6 Gk.a ‘And I proceeded and saw a place which was burning night and day’. – where there were seven mountains of precious stones, three towards the east and three towards the south. 7And those towards the east were of coloured stone, and one was of pearl and one of healing stone; 7 healing stone: so Eth., but the text is very doubtful; Gk.a corrupt. and those towards the south were of red stone. 8And the middle one reached to heaven, like the throne of the Lord, 8 Gk.a ‘of God’. of stibium, and the top of the throne was of sapphire. 9And I saw a burning fire and what was in all the 9 all the: D′ ‘these’. mountains. 10And I saw there a place beyond the great earth; 10 and what was … the great earth: Gk.a ‘And beyond these mountains there is a place which is the end of the great earth’. there the waters were gathered together. 11 GMQT1U1D′ ‘the heavens were gathered together’; Gk.a ‘the heavens were finished’. 11And I saw a deep chasm of the earth 12 of the earth: GMQT1UD′ Gk.a om. with pillars of heavenly fire, and I saw among them fiery pillars of heaven, 13 of heaven: GT2D′ om. which were falling, 14 with pillars … falling: Gk.a ‘with pillars of fire which were falling’. and as regards both height and depth they were immeasurable. 12And beyond this chasm I saw a place and it had neither the firmament of heaven above it, nor the foundation of earth below it; there was no water on it, 15 Gk.a ‘under it’. and no birds, but it was a desert place. 13And a terrible thing I saw there 16 QD′ ‘but it was a desert place, and terrible. I saw there’; Gk.a ‘but the place was desolate and terrible. There I saw’. – seven stars like great burning mountains. And like a spirit questioning me 17 And like … me: Gk.a ‘concerning which to me, when I inquired’. the 14angel said, This is the place of the end of heaven and earth; this is the prison for the stars of heaven 18 of heaven: GMTUD′ Gk.a om. and the host of heaven. 15And the stars which roll over 19 Gk.a ‘in’. the fire, these are the ones which transgressed the command of the Lord from 19 Gk.a adds ‘because the place outside heaven is empty’. the beginning of their rising 20 in the year of mystery: Gk.a ‘for ten thousand years’. because they did not come out at their proper times. 16And he was angry with them and bound them until the time of the consummation of their sin in the year of mystery. 21 in the year of mystery: Gk.a ‘for ten thousand years’.

Notes:

1 And I saw how … heaven: Gk.a om. (hmt.).

2 Gk.a ‘between earth and heaven’.

3 they are … heaven: Gk.a om. (hmt.).

4 the paths … I saw: Gk.a om. (hmt.).

5 Gk.a ‘〈at〉 the ends’.

6 Gk.a ‘And I proceeded and saw a place which was burning night and day’.

7 healing stone: so Eth., but the text is very doubtful; Gk.a corrupt.

8 Gk.a ‘of God’.

9 all the: D′ ‘these’.

10 and what was … the great earth: Gk.a ‘And beyond these mountains there is a place which is the end of the great earth’.

11 GMQT1U1D′ ‘the heavens were gathered together’; Gk.a ‘the heavens were finished’.

12 of the earth: GMQT1UD′ Gk.a om.

13 of heaven: GT2D′ om.

14 with pillars … falling: Gk.a ‘with pillars of fire which were falling’.

15 Gk.a ‘under it’.

16 QD′ ‘but it was a desert place, and terrible. I saw there’; Gk.a ‘but the place was desolate and terrible. There I saw’.

17 And like … me: Gk.a ‘concerning which to me, when I inquired’.

18 of heaven: GMTUD′ Gk.a om.

19 Gk.a ‘in’.

20 Gk.a adds ‘because the place outside heaven is empty’.

21 in the year of mystery: Gk.a ‘for ten thousand years’.

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