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

Chapter IX

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1After receiving the Lord's instructions the Prince went down to Abraham. 2And when the righteous man saw him, he fell on his face to the ground as if he were dead; and the Prince told him everything he had heard from the Most High. 3Then the pious and righteous Abraham got up and threw himself at the spirit 1 Lit. ‘the incorporeal one’. 's feet 4and with many tears made supplication to him, saying, I implore you, Prince of the powers on high, since you yourself have deigned to come to me, your sinful and unworthy servant, I beg you now to take a message for me yet once more to the Most High. 5Tell him, Abraham thy slave has this to say, Lord, Lord, in every deed and word when I besought thee, thou hast heard me and hast brought to completion everything I planned. 6And now, O Lord, I would not resist thy might, for I know indeed that I am not immortal but must die. 7And so, just as all things yield to thine ordinance, and shudder and tremble in the presence of thy power, I also am full of fear. 8Yet one request I would make of thee; and now, O Sovereign Lord, listen to my prayer. 9I would, while yet in this body, see the whole earth and all created things, which thou didst establish by a single word. 10When I have seen these, then will I depart from life without regret.

11,12So the Prince went away again and stood before God. And he told him everything, saying, Thy friend Abraham has this to say, I would behold the whole earth in my life here before I die. 13And when the Most High heard this he gave instructions to the Prince Michael once again. 14And he said to him, Take a cloud of light and the angels who are in command of the chariots. 15Then go down and take the righteous Abraham and set him on the cherubim-chariot and lift him up to the heights 2 Lit. ‘upper air’. of heaven, so that he may see the whole earth.

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1 Lit. ‘the incorporeal one’.

2 Lit. ‘upper air’.

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