1Michael turned the chariot and brought Abraham eastwards to the first gate of heaven. 2And Abraham saw two ways: the first way was narrow and restricted and the second broad and spacious. 3〈 And he saw there two gates: one broad gate 〉 across the broad way, and one narrow gate across the narrow way. 4And outside the two gates there, they saw a man seated on a golden throne. 5And the man's appearance was terrifying, like that of the Sovereign Lord himself. 1 So A: D ‘the Sovereign Messiah’ (or ‘Christ’); CE ‘our Lord Jesus Christ’. 6And they saw many souls being driven along by angels and herded through the broad gate; and they saw a few other souls being taken by angels through the narrow gate. 7And whenever the wondrous being who was seated on the golden throne saw a few going in through the narrow gate and many through the broad one, he 2 Lit. ‘that wondrous man’. at once tore the hair of his head and his beard, and hurled himself from his throne to the ground, weeping and wailing. 8But whenever he saw many souls going in through the narrow gate, then he got up from the ground and he took his seat on his throne rejoicing and exulting with great gladness. 9And Abraham asked the Prince, My lord Prince, who is this most wondrous man, who is decked out with so great a glory, and who at one moment weeps and wails, and at the next rejoices and exults? 10The spirit 3 Lit. ‘The incorporeal one’. made answer, This is Adam, the first man to be made, 4 Lit. ‘the first-formed’. who is in so great a glory. 11He surveys the world, inasmuch as all men owe their origin to him. 12Whenever he sees many souls going in through the narrow gate, then he gets up and sits on his throne, rejoicing and exulting with gladness. 13For this narrow gate is the gate of the righteous, which leads to life, and those who go in by it go to Paradise. 14That is why the first man 4 Lit. ‘the first-formed’. Adam rejoices, because he sees souls being saved. 15And when he sees many souls going in through the broad gate, then he plucks at the hair of his head and hurls himself to the ground, weeping and wailing bitterly. 16 It is because the broad gate is the gate of sinners, and it leads to destruction and eternal punishment. 17That is why the first man 4 Lit. ‘the first-formed’. Adam throws himself 5 Lit. ‘Adam falls’. from his throne and weeps and wails at the sinners' destruction, because those who are perishing are many, whereas those who are being saved are few. 18For in seven thousand there is scarcely to be found a single soul who is being saved, who is righteous and undefiled.
19And Abraham said, He that cannot enter through the narrow gate, can he not enter into life? 20Then Abraham wept and said, Ah me! What shall I do? I am a big man, 6 Lit. ‘a man broad in body’. and how can I enter through the narrow gate, when a youth of fifteen could not get through it? 21And Michael answered and said to Abraham, Do not be afraid, father, and do not worry; for you will go through it without hindrance, and so will all who are like you.