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

Chapter XIV

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5The angel said to Abraham, 1 JK ‘1The angel said to me, Abraham; and I said, Here am I, your servant. 2And he said, By this will you know that the Eternal One, whom you have loved, has chosen you. 3Take courage, and do with vigour what I tell you against him who maligns the truth. 4Shall I not be able to reprove him who has betrayed the heavenly secrets and taken counsel against the Mighty One?’ Say to him, May you be a burning coal of the earthly furnace. Azazil went into the inaccessible parts of the earth. 2 Azazil … earth: JK ‘Go, Azazil, into the inaccessible parts of the earth. 6For your dominion is over those who are with you, with the stars and the clouds, who give birth (K ‘who are born’) with the men whose lot is to judge you by your being (K ‘whose lot you are, and who exist to you by your being’); and righteousness is your enemy (lit. ‘enmity’). 7For this reason, because your doom is sealed (lit. ‘by your perdition’), get out of my sight! 8And I spoke the words that he had taught me. 9And he said, Abraham; and I said, Behold, your servant’. 10And the angel said to me, Do not answer him, for God has given him power 3 Lit. ‘will’. over those who answer him. 4 JK add ‘And he spoke to me a second time: and the angel said, Whatever he says to you, do not answer, so that his power (lit. ‘will’) may not prevail over you. 11For the Mighty One, before the ages, gave him authority and power (lit. ‘weight and will’). 12I did what the angel commanded me’. 13And however much he begged me to go down with him, 5 Lit. ‘And however much he said to me that I should go down’. Landsman translates simply ‘And however much he spake to me’, following Sreznevsky's interpretation. I did not answer him.

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1 JK ‘1The angel said to me, Abraham; and I said, Here am I, your servant. 2And he said, By this will you know that the Eternal One, whom you have loved, has chosen you. 3Take courage, and do with vigour what I tell you against him who maligns the truth. 4Shall I not be able to reprove him who has betrayed the heavenly secrets and taken counsel against the Mighty One?’

2 Azazil … earth: JK ‘Go, Azazil, into the inaccessible parts of the earth. 6For your dominion is over those who are with you, with the stars and the clouds, who give birth (K ‘who are born’) with the men whose lot is to judge you by your being (K ‘whose lot you are, and who exist to you by your being’); and righteousness is your enemy (lit. ‘enmity’). 7For this reason, because your doom is sealed (lit. ‘by your perdition’), get out of my sight! 8And I spoke the words that he had taught me. 9And he said, Abraham; and I said, Behold, your servant’.

3 Lit. ‘will’.

4 JK add ‘And he spoke to me a second time: and the angel said, Whatever he says to you, do not answer, so that his power (lit. ‘will’) may not prevail over you. 11For the Mighty One, before the ages, gave him authority and power (lit. ‘weight and will’). 12I did what the angel commanded me’.

5 Lit. ‘And however much he said to me that I should go down’. Landsman translates simply ‘And however much he spake to me’, following Sreznevsky's interpretation.

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