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

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1,2But I took note of my father's fury and went out. 1 R ‘But I, because of my father's fury, went out’. RJK add ‘And after I had gone out’. He called me, saying, Abraham; and I said, Here am I. 3And he said, 2 And he said = RJK: S om. Collect the shavings of the wood, from which I was making gods of pine-wood before you came, and take them and make me food for dinner. 4And while I was picking up the wood shavings I found among them a little god, lying in the shelter on my left; and on his forehead was written, God Barisat. 5And I did not tell my father I had found the wooden god Barisat among the shavings. 6And when I put the shavings on the fire to make food for my father, before I went away to ask about the food, I stood Barisat by the fire I had made. 7And I gave him instructions and said, Barisat, look after the fire until I come back, so that it does not go out: if it is going out, blow on it, so that it burns up. 8,9I went away and did what I had intended. When I came back, I found Barisat lying prostrate, his feet well into 3 Lit. ‘surrounded by’. the fire, and terribly burnt. 10And I burst into laughter and said to myself, Barisat, you can indeed make a fire and cook food! 11And as I was saying this in my mockery, 4 RJK ‘in my mind’: K adds ‘and laughed’. he was gradually burnt up by the fire and reduced to ashes. 12And I took the food to my father, and he ate it. 13And I gave him wine and milk, and he drank it and was satisfied; and he blessed his god Marumath. 14And I said to him, Father Tera, do not bless your god Marumath, do not praise him: praise rather your god Barisat, for he, out of love for you, threw himself into the fire to cook your food. 15And he said to me, Where is he now? 16And I said, He has been reduced to ashes by the fury of the fire and is become dust. 17And he said, Great is the might of Barisat: I will make another today; and tomorrow he shall make my food.

Notes:

1 R ‘But I, because of my father's fury, went out’. RJK add ‘And after I had gone out’.

2 And he said = RJK: S om.

3 Lit. ‘surrounded by’.

4 RJK ‘in my mind’: K adds ‘and laughed’.

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