1He lifted his eyes towards the radiance of the angel who was speaking to him, who was in appearance and in face like his father Isaac: he was afraid and troubled. 2The angel said to him, Do not be afraid, Jacob: I am the angel who has been 1 Lit. ‘walked’. with you from your youth. 3I chose you to receive your father Isaac's blessing, and your mother Rebecca's. 4I am with you, Israel, in everything you do and everything you have seen. 5It was I who delivered you from Laban when he pursued you: I blessed you, and all your wives, and your sons, and all your cattle. 6,7It was I too who rescued you from Esau. It was I too who brought you down into the land of Egypt, Israel; and I have spread you out far and wide. 8Blessed is your father Abraham, for he became a friend of the Most High God because of his hospitality. 9Blessed is your father Isaac who gave you life, for his sacrifice was perfect and pleasing to God. 10Blessed are you too, Jacob, for you saw God face to face and beheld the host of the angels of the Most High God. 11You saw the ladder set up on the earth with its top reaching to heaven. 12You also saw the Lord set on the top of it in power too great for words. 13You cried out saying, This is the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. 14Blessed are you, for you have found strength in God and are strong among men. 15,16Now, therefore, do not be troubled, beloved of God. Blessed are you, Israel, and blessed are all your descendants, for you shall be called patriarchs until the end of this age; for you are my people, and you are the root of the servants of God. 17Blessed is every nation which emulates your purity, and your virtues, and your righteousness, and your good works. 18Blessed is the man who commemorates you on your honoured festival. 19Blessed is he who does a charitable deed in your name, or gives a man a cup of cold water, or brings a perfect offering to your place, 2 Either Jacob's burial place, or (more probably) a shrine dedicated to him. or to any place, in your name, or receives a stranger, or visits the sick, or comforts an orphan, or clothes someone who is naked, in your name. 20He shall lack no good thing in this world; and in the world to come 〈he shall have〉 3 These words were perhaps omitted under the influence of Mark x. 30 || Luke xviii. 30 . eternal life. 21And further, whoever writes an account of your life with its 4 Or ‘his’. labours, or whoever makes a copy of it 5 Lit. ‘whoever writes it’. with his hands, or whoever reads it attentively, and whoever listens to it with faith and a resolute heart, and whoever emulates your manner of life – they shall be forgiven all their sins, and they shall be freely granted you in the kingdom of the heavens. 22So get up now, for you are to exchange trouble and sorrow for eternal rest, and you are to be borne away to a repose that never ceases, to a rest that never ends, and to a light that never sets, and to pleasure and gladness and spiritual joy. 23So now, give your commands to your sons, and peace be with you; for I am about to go to him who sent me.