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

Chapter III

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1Now Jacob heard them talking together, but he said nothing. 2Our father Isaac said to the angel with a heavy heart, What shall I do about the light of my eyes, my beloved son Jacob? For I am afraid of what Esau might do to him – you know the situation. 1 Lit. ‘you know the end of everything’. 3The angel said to him, My beloved Isaac, if all the nations on earth were gathered together, they would not be able to bring these blessings pronounced over Jacob to nothing. 4When you blessed him, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit 2 Boh. omits the reference to the Son and the Holy Spirit. blessed him; and Michael and Gabriel 3 Boh. omits the reference to Gabriel. and all the angels and all the heavenly ones and the spirits of all the righteous and your father Abraham all answered, Amen. 5The sword, 4 Or ‘Chains’. therefore, shall not touch his body; but he shall be held in high honour and grow great and spread far and wide, and twelve thrones shall spring from him. 6Our father Isaac said to the angel, You have given me much comfort, but do not let Jacob know in case he is distressed. 7The angel said to him, My beloved Isaac, blessed is every righteous man who goes forth from the body: blessed are they when they meet with God. 8Woe, woe, woe, three times woe, to the sinner, because he has been born into this world: great sufferings will come to him, Isaac, beloved of God. 9Give these instructions, therefore, to your sons, and the instructions your father has given you. 10Hide nothing from Jacob, so that he can write them as instructions for the generations that will come after you, and those who love God may live their lives in accordance with them. 5 Lit. ‘may work by them’. 11And take care that I am able to fetch you with joy, without delay. 12The peace of my Lord that he has given me, I give to you, as I go to him who sent me.

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1 Lit. ‘you know the end of everything’.

2 Boh. omits the reference to the Son and the Holy Spirit.

3 Boh. omits the reference to Gabriel.

4 Or ‘Chains’.

5 Lit. ‘may work by them’.

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