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

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1After this the angel took me up into the heavens: I saw my father Abraham and I made obeisance to him. 2He saluted me, with all the saints, and the saints honoured me because of my father: they walked with me and took me to my Father. 3I worshipped him with all the saints. 4Songs of praise rang out, Thou art holy, thou art holy, thou art holy, King, Lord Sabaoth: the heavens and the earth are full of thy holy glory. 5The Lord said to my father from the holy place, 1 Boh. adds ‘Every man who shall give the name of my beloved Isaac to his son, my blessing shall be on his house for ever’. It is good that you have come, Abraham, you righteous root and faithful saint: it is good that you have come to our city. 6Whatever you may want to ask now, make your requests in the name of your beloved son Isaac, and they shall be yours indeed. 2 Lit. ‘yours for a covenant’. Cp. xii. 10. 7My father Abraham said, Thine is the power, O Lord Almighty. 8The Lord said to Abraham, As for all those who are given the name of my beloved Isaac, let each one of them copy out his testament 3 Lit. ‘write his testament’. and honour it, and feed a poor man with bread in the name of my beloved Isaac on the day of his holy commemoration: to you will I grant them as sons in my kingdom. 9Abraham said, My Lord Almighty, if a man cannot copy out his testament, 3 Lit. ‘write his testament’. can'st thou not in thy mercy accept him, for thou art merciful and compassionate? 10The Lord said to Abraham, Let him feed a poor man with bread, and I will give him to you as a gift and as a son in my kingdom, and he shall come with you to the first hour of the thousand years. 11Abraham said, Suppose he is poor and has no means of getting 4 Lit. ‘has not found’. bread? 12The Lord said, Let him spend the night of my beloved Isaac's commemoration without sleep, and I will give him to you as a gift and an inheritor in my kingdom. 13My father Abraham said, Suppose he is weak and has no strength, can'st thou not in thy mercy accept him in love. 14The Lord said to him, Let him offer up a little incense in the name of your beloved son Isaac, and I will give him to you as a son in my kingdom. 15If he has no means of getting 4 Lit. ‘has not found’. incense, let him seek out a copy of his testament and read it on my beloved Isaac's day. 16If he cannot read it, let him go and listen to others who can. 17If he is unable to do any of these things, let him go into his house and say a hundred prayers, and I will give him to you as a son in my kingdom. 18But the most essential thing of all is that he should offer a sacrifice in my beloved Isaac's name, for his body was offered as a sacrifice. 5 Boh. omits the reference to the sacrifice of Isaac. 19Yet not only will I give you everyone called by my beloved Isaac's name as a son in my kingdom: I will give you also everyone who does one of the things I have mentioned. 20And I will give you everyone who concerns himself about Isaac's 6 Lit. ‘his’. life and his testament, or does any compassionate act, such as giving someone a cup of water to drink, or who copies out his testament 7 Lit. ‘writes his testament’. with his own hand, and those who read it with all their heart in faith, believing everything that I have said. 21My power and the power of my beloved Son and 8 Boh. omits ‘my beloved Son and’. the Holy Spirit shall be with them, and I will give them to you as sons in my kingdom. 22Peace to all of you, all my saints.

Notes:

1 Boh. adds ‘Every man who shall give the name of my beloved Isaac to his son, my blessing shall be on his house for ever’.

2 Lit. ‘yours for a covenant’. Cp. xii. 10.

3 Lit. ‘write his testament’.

4 Lit. ‘has not found’.

5 Boh. omits the reference to the sacrifice of Isaac.

6 Lit. ‘his’.

7 Lit. ‘writes his testament’.

8 Boh. omits ‘my beloved Son and’.

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