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

Chapter XXIII

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1And from there I went to another place towards the west, to the ends 1 Gk.a ‘of the ends’. of the earth. 2And I saw a fire which burnt and 2 burnt and: Gk.a om. ran without resting or ceasing from running 3 Lit. ‘from its running’ or ‘from its course’; Gk.a om. ‘its’. by day or night, but continued in exactly the same way. 4 Gk.a uncertain, but perhaps emend to read ‘but remained constant’. 3And I asked saying, What is this which has no rest? 4Then Raguel, one of the holy angels who was with me, answered me and said to me, 5 and said to me: Gk.a om. This burning fire whose course you saw, towards the west, is the fire of all the lights of heaven. 6 Gk.a ‘This course of fire is the fire towards the west which persecutes all the lights of heaven’. Neither version inspires complete confidence, but Gk.a ‘persecutes’ may be corrupt for ‘takes vengeance’, cp. xx. 4.

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1 Gk.a ‘of the ends’.

2 burnt and: Gk.a om.

3 Lit. ‘from its running’ or ‘from its course’; Gk.a om. ‘its’.

4 Gk.a uncertain, but perhaps emend to read ‘but remained constant’.

5 and said to me: Gk.a om.

6 Gk.a ‘This course of fire is the fire towards the west which persecutes all the lights of heaven’. Neither version inspires complete confidence, but Gk.a ‘persecutes’ may be corrupt for ‘takes vengeance’, cp. xx. 4.

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