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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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1I saw there what looked like the idol of Jealousy, 6 Cp. Ezek. viii. 3ff . like one of the carved wooden images my father made. 2Its body was of glittering brass; and before it stood a man worshipping it, and there was an altar in front of it, with young men slaughtered on it before the idol. And I said to him, What is this idol? 3What is this altar? Who are the victims? 4Who is it that is sacrificing? And what is the temple, which I see, so beautifully constructed? Its beauty is like thy 2 So JK: S ‘my’. glory, which is beneath the throne. 5And he said, Listen, Abraham: this temple and the altar you have seen, and the fine craftsmanship, are my idea of the sacredness of my glorious name, in which every prayer of men rejoices, and so too the kings and prophets who will arise, and whatever sacrifice I command them to make to me among my people who will come from your race. 6But the idol you have seen is my anger, with which my people, who will come from you, will anger me. 7And the man you have seen sacrificing, he it is who angers me with murderous sacrifices, which are a witness to me of the judgement of the end, even at the beginning of creation.

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1 Cp. Ezek. viii. 3ff .

2 So JK: S ‘my’.

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