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

Chapter VII

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1And Abraham left Sarah and went back inside the room, and he said to Isaac, Come, dear son: tell me the truth. 2What was it that you saw, and what happened to you that you came to us in such a hurry? 3And Isaac made answer and began, In my sleep to-night, my lord, I saw the sun and moon over my head. 4 The sun encircled me with its rays and gave me light. 1 Lit. ‘… the sun and the moon over my head, and encircling me with its rays and giving me light’. 5And while I was looking on at this and rejoicing at it, I saw heaven wide open; and I saw a brilliant 2 Lit. ‘light-bearing’. Cp. xii. 7; xiv. 10; xvi. 16. man coming down out of heaven, who shone more brightly than seven suns. 6And that man, who was like the sun, came and took the sun away from my head, and he went back into the heavens, where he had come from; and I was very upset, because he had taken the sun from me. 7And after a little, while I was still upset and ill at ease, I saw that man leave heaven a second time; and he took away the moon from my head as well. 8,9And I wept bitterly. And I implored that brilliant man and said, No, my lord, please do not take my glory from me: have pity on me and hear me! Even if you must take the sun from me, at least leave me the moon. 10And he said, You must let them be taken up to the King above, for he wills to have them there. 11And he took them from me; but the rays he left upon me.

12The sun and the moon and the stars mourned, saying, Do not take away our glorious might. 13And that radiant man answered and said to me, Do not weep because I have taken the light of your house; for he has been removed from toils to rest, and from a humble state to an exalted one. 14He is being lifted 3 Lit. ‘They are lifting him’. from adversity into prosperity: he is being lifted 3 Lit. ‘They are lifting him’. from darkness into light. 15And I said to him, I beg you sir, take the rays with him as well. 16And he said to me, There are twelve hours in the day, and then will I take all the rays. 17And while the radiant man was speaking I saw the sun of my house going up into heaven; but I saw that crown no more. And that sun was like you, father.

18And the Prince said, Listen, rightous Abraham. The sun your boy has seen is you, his father; and the moon, similarly, is his mother Sarah. The brilliant man, who came down out of heaven, he is a man sent from God, and he is about to take your righteous soul away from you. 19For you must realize, most honoured Abraham, that you are now about to leave your earthly life behind you and depart to God. 20Then said Abraham to the Prince, This is the most astonishing thing I have ever heard! 4 Lit. ‘O, latest wonder of wonders’. So it is you, is it, who are to take my soul away from me? 21The Prince said to him, I am 22Michael, the Prince, who stands in the presence of God, I have been sent to you in order to put into your mind the thought 5 Lit. ‘mention’. Cp. iv. 15; v. 6. of death. 23After that I shall go back to him, as we were commanded. 24And Abraham said, Now I know that you are an angel of the Lord and you have been sent to take away my soul: yet I will not follow you. 25But do whatever he commands.

Notes:

1 Lit. ‘… the sun and the moon over my head, and encircling me with its rays and giving me light’.

2 Lit. ‘light-bearing’. Cp. xii. 7; xiv. 10; xvi. 16.

3 Lit. ‘They are lifting him’.

4 Lit. ‘O, latest wonder of wonders’.

5 Lit. ‘mention’. Cp. iv. 15; v. 6.

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