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

Chapter XVII

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1And while he was speaking, behold a fire round about, and it was coming towards us; and there was a voice in the fire like the sound of rushing waters, like the roaring of the sea. 2And the angel with me bowed his head and worshipped. 1 So JK: S ‘And the angel, bowing more, worshipped’. 3And I would have fallen prostrate on the ground; but the place on the height, where we were standing, at one moment lifted itself up 2 at one… up: S om. and at the next sank back again. 4And he said, Only worship, Abraham, and sing the song I have taught you (for there was no ground to fall on). 5And I worshipped only, and I sang the song he had taught me. 6And he said, Sing without stopping; and I sang, and he himself also sang the song, 3 K adds ‘the first song of Abraham, which the holy angel Jaoil taught him, going with him through the air’.

7Eternal One, Mighty One, Holy One, El, God, Monarch, 8Self-begotten, incorruptible, unsullied, unborn, immaculate, immortal, self-perfect, self-illumined,

9Without mother, without father, without birth, the High One, the Fiery One, 4 JK add ‘the Righteous One’.

10Lover of man, 5 JK add ‘loving’. generous, bountiful, my defender, longsuffering, most merciful,

11Eli (that is my God), eternal, mighty, holy, Sabaoth, most glorious, El, El, El, El, Jaoil.

12Thou art he whom my soul hath loved, preserver, Eternal One, fire, Shining One, whose voice is like thunder, 6 So JK: S ‘whose voice is not like thunder’. whose aspect is like lightning, many-eyed, who receivest the prayers of those who honour thee. 7 JK add ‘and turning thyself from the prayers of those who importune thee with their importunities by their provocations. 13Resolver of the confusions of the universe in the corruptible age, which are among the unclean and the unrighteous (K ‘righteous’), renewing the age of the righteous’.

14 Thou, the Light, shinest before the light of morning on thy creation; and 8 JK ‘and from thy face it is day on earth. 15And’ in the heavenly dwelling places sufficient is the other light from the inexpressible dawn of the lights of thy face.

16Receive my prayer, 9 JK add ‘and have pleasure in it’. and also the sacrifice which thou hast made for thyself through me who sought thee. 17Receive me favourably, and show me, and teach me, and tell thy servant what thou hast promised me.

Notes:

1 So JK: S ‘And the angel, bowing more, worshipped’.

2 at one… up: S om.

3 K adds ‘the first song of Abraham, which the holy angel Jaoil taught him, going with him through the air’.

4 JK add ‘the Righteous One’.

5 JK add ‘loving’.

6 So JK: S ‘whose voice is not like thunder’.

7 JK add ‘and turning thyself from the prayers of those who importune thee with their importunities by their provocations. 13Resolver of the confusions of the universe in the corruptible age, which are among the unclean and the unrighteous (K ‘righteous’), renewing the age of the righteous’.

8 JK ‘and from thy face it is day on earth. 15And’

9 JK add ‘and have pleasure in it’.

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