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

Chapter I

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1Now Abraham had lived out his life's span of nine hundred and ninety-five years. 2All the years of his life he had lived in peace, gentleness, and righteousness. 3He was, moreover, very hospitable; 1 Lit. ‘The righteous one was very hospitable’. for he pitched his tent at the crossroads by the oak of Mamre and welcomed everyone, rich and poor, kings and rulers, the maimed and the weak, friends and strangers, neighbours and travellers. 4And the pious, all-holy, righteous, and hospitable Abraham made them all welcome without distinction. 5But the bitter cup of death, which is universal and inevitable, and life's uncertain end, overtook even him. 6So it came about that the Lord God summoned his archangel Michael and said to him, Prince Michael! 7Go down to Abraham and tell him about his death, so that he can set his affairs in order. 8For I have blessed him as the stars of heaven and as the sand of the sea shore: throughout his life and in his many business concerns he has prospered exceedingly; and he is very rich indeed. 9He has been righteous beyond all men in every good deed, hospitable and loving to the end of his days. 10Go, archangel Michael, to Abraham, my well-loved friend, and inform him about his death. 11Give him this assurance, You are going now to leave this vain world: you are going to forsake your body, and amid blessings 2 Or ‘among the company of the good’. Lit. ‘in good things’ or ‘in good men’. come to your Lord.

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1 Lit. ‘The righteous one was very hospitable’.

2 Or ‘among the company of the good’. Lit. ‘in good things’ or ‘in good men’.

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