1And the voice from the fire 1 JK ‘And a voice from the midst of the fire’. came to me saying, Abraham, Abraham! 2,3And I said, Here am I. And it said, Look now at the expanses which God set in order 2 Lit. ‘which are to God’. underneath the firmament on which you are now standing; and see how on no expanse is there anyone else but him whom you have sought or has set his love on you. 4And while he was still speaking, behold, the expanses parted, and beneath me lay the heavens. 5And I saw on the seventh firmament, on which I was standing, a spreading fire, and light, and dew, and a multitude of angels, and a power of invisible glory from above; and I saw the living creatures, but I saw no one else there. 6And I looked from the height where I stood to the sixth expanse; and there I saw a multitude of spiritual angels, without bodies – those, that is, who do the bidding of the fiery angels on the seventh 3 The MSS read ‘eighth’. firmament, on the heights of which I stood. 7And behold, there was no power on that expanse either, in any other form, but only that of the spiritual angels. 8And the power which I saw on the seventh firmament ordered the sixth 4 So JK: S ‘third’. expanse to remove itself. 9And I saw there, on the fifth expanse, the starry powers, and the commands they are bidden to fulfil, and the elements of earth which obey them.