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

Chapter III

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1And as they were going from the field towards his house, a cypress tree 1 In Recension B the tree is ‘like a tamarisk’. by the roadside cried out with a human voice at God's bidding and said, Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God who calls to himself those who love him. 2Abraham said nothing, 2 Lit. ‘Abraham hid the mystery’. supposing the Prince had not heard the tree's voice. 3And when they came to the house they sat down in the court. 4And Isaac saw the angel's face and said to Sarah his mother, My lady mother, the man sitting with my father Abraham is no member of the race that dwells on earth. 5And Isaac ran out and welcomed him respectfully, falling at the spirit 3 Lit. ‘the incorporeal one’. 's feet. 6The spirit 3 Lit. ‘the incorporeal one’. blessed him and said, The Lord God will graciously grant you his promise which he made to your father Abraham and his descendants, and he will also graciously grant you your father's and mother's dear prayer. 7And Abraham said to his son Isaac, Isaac, my child, draw some water from the well and bring it to me in a basin, so that we can wash our guest's feet; for he has come to us after a long journey and is tired. 8So Isaac ran to the well, drew water in the basin, and brought it to them. 9Abraham got up and washed the Prince Michael's feet; and he 4 Lit. ‘Abraham’. was much moved and wept over the stranger. 10Isaac saw his father weeping, and he wept too. 11And the Prince saw them weeping, and he also wept with them. 12And the Prince's tears fell onto the basin, into the water of the bowl, and became precious stones. 13When Abraham saw the wonder he was astonished, and he took the stones surreptitiously and said nothing 5 Lit. ‘and hid the mystery’. and kept the matter to himself.

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1 In Recension B the tree is ‘like a tamarisk’.

2 Lit. ‘Abraham hid the mystery’.

3 Lit. ‘the incorporeal one’.

4 Lit. ‘Abraham’.

5 Lit. ‘and hid the mystery’.

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