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

Chapter XV

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1The voice of the Lord said also to the Prince, Michael, Michael, my minister, return Abraham to his house. 2For lo, his end is near and the span of his life complete. 3He will thus be able to set everything in order; and after that, take him and bring him up to me. 4And the Prince turned the chariot and the cloud and brought Abraham to his house. 5And Abraham went into his dining-room and sat upon his couch. 6And Sarah his wife came and flung her arms round the spirit's feet, 1 Lit. ‘the feet of the incorporeal one’. as if she were a suppliant, and said, I thank you, sir, for bringing back my lord Abraham; for lo, we thought he had been taken up from us. 7And his son Isaac also came and put his arms round his neck. 8And so too all his male and female slaves assembled about Abraham and embraced him, praising God. 9And the spirit 2 Lit. ‘the incorporeal one’. said to him, Listen, righteous Abraham, behold, your wife Sarah; and behold, your beloved son Isaac; and behold, your men-servants and maid-servants all around you. 10Set everything you have in order, because the day is at hand when you are to leave your body and go once again to the Lord. 11And Abraham said, Has the Lord said this, or are you saying it yourself? 12And the Prince said, Listen, righteous Abraham: the Sovereign Lord has commanded it, and I am telling you so. 13And Abraham said, I will not follow you. 14And when the Prince heard that answer he left Abraham immediately and went up into the heavens and stood before God Most High. 15And he said, Lord Almighty, behold, I have listened to everything thy friend Abraham has said to thee, and I have granted his request. 16I have shown him the extent of thy dominion, and all the land and sea that is under heaven. 17Judgement and retribution have I shown him by means of cloud and chariot. 18,19And yet again he says, I will not follow you. And the Most High said to the angel, Does my friend Abraham really say again, I will not follow you? 20And the archangel said, Lord Almighty, this is what he says. 21And I would not touch him because he has been thy friend from the beginning and has done everything that is pleasing in thy sight, and there is no man like him on earth, not even Job, that wondrous man; 3 So D (and, it would seem, the original text). A reads ‘Jacob’ for ‘Job’: B omits the negative: CE om. the entire clause. and that is why I would not touch him. 22So may I have instructions, Immortal King, about what should now be done?

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1 Lit. ‘the feet of the incorporeal one’.

2 Lit. ‘the incorporeal one’.

3 So D (and, it would seem, the original text). A reads ‘Jacob’ for ‘Job’: B omits the negative: CE om. the entire clause.

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