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

Chapter VIII

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1And when he heard what Abraham said, the Prince at once disappeared. 2And he went up to heaven and stood before God and gave an account of everything he had seen in Abraham's house. 3Furthermore, the Prince also told his Lord, Thy friend Abraham also says this, I will not follow you; but do whatever he commands. 4Is there then anything, Almighty Lord, that thy Glory and immortal Majesty now commands? 5And God said to the Prince Michael, Go 6down to my friend Abraham once again and tell him, Thus says the Lord your God, who has brought you into the land of promise, who has blessed you above the sand of the sea and above the stars of heaven, and who granted you the child Isaac, born of the barren 7Sarah, in your old age: I promise you I will bless you in every way and make your descendants too many to be counted. 8I will give you everything you can ask of me; for I am the Lord your God and there is none other but me. 9But why are you resisting me, and why are you distressed? 10Tell me. And why are you resisting my archangel Michael? 11Do you not know that all men who are descended from Adam and Eve have died? 12Not one of the prophets has escaped death: no ruler has ever been immortal: none of your ancestors has escaped death's mystery. 13All have died: all have been received in Hades: all have been gathered by the reaping-hook of Death. 14But to you 1 Lit. ‘upon you’. I did not send Death. 15I did not allow any deadly disease to come near you: I did not agree that Death's reaping-hook should visit you; nor did I permit the nets of Hades to enfold you. 16I willed that no evil should befall you at any time. 17Instead, I have sent you my Prince Michael for your good comfort, to inform you of your departure from the world, so that you can make arrangements about your house and all your goods, and so that you can pronounce a blessing over your dear son Isaac. 18And you must know that I have done this out of no desire to cause you pain. 19Why, then, did you say to my Prince, I will not follow you? 20Why did you say this? 21Are you not aware that if I were to allow Death to come to you, then I could indeed see whether you would come or not?

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1 Lit. ‘upon you’.

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