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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 while I was still singing my song, the tongues 1 Lit. ‘lips’. of fire on the expanse rose up higher. 2And I heard a voice, like the roaring of the sea; and it was not affected by the strength of the fire. 2 Lit. ‘and it did not cease because of the strength (JK ‘great abundance’) of the fire’. 3And as the fire rose up, soaring into the height, I saw beneath the fire a throne of fire, and, round about it, a throng of many-eyed ones singing the song, and, beneath the throne, four living creatures of fire singing. 3 K adds ‘beautifully and loudly’. 4And they all looked the same: each one had four faces. 5One face was like a lion's, another like a man's, another like an ox's, and another like an eagle's – each one had four heads. 4 JK add ‘on their bodies, so that there were sixteen (J ‘thirteen’) faces to the four living creatures’. 6And each one had three pairs of wings, 5 JK ‘had six wings’. one pair at their shoulders, and another at their sides, 6 and another at their sides: S om. and another at their loins. 7And with the wings at their shoulders they covered their faces, and with the wings at their loins they covered their feet, and the middle wings they stretched out and flew forward with them. 8And when they had finished singing, they looked at one another in a threatening manner. 7 So JK (Lit. ‘… another, and threatened one another’): S ‘… another, and deceived one another’. 9And when the angel who was with me saw them threatening one another, he left me, and hurried towards them, and turned each 8 Lit. ‘the’. face of each living creature from the face opposite it, so that they could not see each other's threatening faces. 10And he taught them the song of peace which has its origin in the Eternal One. 11And while I was standing alone and looking, I saw behind the living creatures a chariot with wheels of fire, each wheel full of eyes all round. 12And over the wheels was the throne that I saw; and it was covered with fire, and fire encircled it all round; and an ineffable light of a fiery host surrounded it. 13And I heard their holy voices 9 Lit. ‘the voice of their holiness’. like the voice of one man.

Notes:

1 Lit. ‘lips’.

2 Lit. ‘and it did not cease because of the strength (JK ‘great abundance’) of the fire’.

3 K adds ‘beautifully and loudly’.

4 JK add ‘on their bodies, so that there were sixteen (J ‘thirteen’) faces to the four living creatures’.

5 JK ‘had six wings’.

6 and another at their sides: S om.

7 So JK (Lit. ‘… another, and threatened one another’): S ‘… another, and deceived one another’.

8 Lit. ‘the’.

9 Lit. ‘the voice of their holiness’.

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