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

Chapter II

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1The Prince left God's presence and went down to Abraham at the oak of Mamre. 2And he found the righteous Abraham in the field nearby, assisting with the yokes of oxen that did the ploughing, together with the sons of Masek, and with others of his servants, twelve in number. 1 Recension B adds ‘Abraham looked very old, and he was holding his son in his arms’. 3The Prince Michael was approaching, when lo, Abraham saw him in the distance looking like a most handsome soldier. 4So Abraham got up and went to meet him, as it was his custom to go out and welcome every stranger. 5But the Prince welcomed him first and said, Greetings, most honourable father, God's righteous chosen one, 2 Lit. ‘soul’. the Heavenly One's true friend! 6Abraham said to the Prince, Greetings, most honourable soldier, whose face shines like the sun and whose form is more handsome than any of the sons of men: you are welcome indeed! 7But I must ask your Presence, what is the secret of your youthful bloom? 8Tell me, I beg you, 3 Lit. ‘Tell me, your suppliant’. where do you come from, what army do you belong to, and what is the purpose of your Grace's journey that you have come here? 4 Lit. ‘and from what road has your beauty arrived’. 9And the Prince replied, I come, righteous Abraham, from a 5 Lit. ‘the’. great city. 10I have been sent by the great king of that city to arrange for the departure 6 Or ‘to take the place’. Lit. ‘to procure the succession’. of a true friend of his; for the king is calling for him. 11And Abraham said, Come sir! Come with me to my field. 12,13The Prince replied, I will come. They went to the field where the ploughing was going on and sat down to talk. 14And Abraham said to his servants, the sons of Masek, Go to the stable. 7 Lit. ‘the herd of horses’. 15And fetch two good-natured and gentle horses, that have been broken in, for me and this our guest to ride on. 16But the Prince said, No, my lord Abraham: let them not fetch horses, for I never ride on a four-footed beast. 8 Lit. ‘because I refrain from this – namely, from ever sitting on a four-footed beast’. 17My king is indeed rich, with great commercial interests; and he has every kind of man and animal at his command. 18,19But I myself never ride on a four-footed beast. 8 Lit. ‘because I refrain from this – namely, from ever sitting on a four-footed beast’. So, righteous one, 2 Lit. ‘soul’. let us make our way to your house, without fuss, on foot. 20And Abraham said, Very well: so let it be!

Notes:

1 Recension B adds ‘Abraham looked very old, and he was holding his son in his arms’.

2 Lit. ‘soul’.

3 Lit. ‘Tell me, your suppliant’.

4 Lit. ‘and from what road has your beauty arrived’.

5 Lit. ‘the’.

6 Or ‘to take the place’. Lit. ‘to procure the succession’.

7 Lit. ‘the herd of horses’.

8 Lit. ‘because I refrain from this – namely, from ever sitting on a four-footed beast’.

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