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

Chapter IX

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1After this, Jacob said to his sons, Behold I am about to be taken away and laid to rest with my people: lay my body with my people in the double grave in the field of Ephron the Hittite, where Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried, where Isaac was buried, in the path of the field and the grave that is in it, which was bought from the sons of Heth. 2And when Jacob had finished saying this, he drew his feet up on to his bed: he went forth from the body like every man. 3And the Lord came from heaven with Michael and Gabriel accompanying him, and many legions of angels singing before him. 4They took the soul of Jacob Israel to abodes of light with his holy fathers Abraham and Isaac. 5Such was 1 Lit. ‘Now these are the years of’. the life of Jacob Israel the patriarch. 6Joseph presented him to Pharaoh when he was a hundred and thirty years old, and he spent another seventeen years in Egypt: together this makes a hundred and forty-seven years. 7He went to his rest in a ripe old age, perfect in every virtue and spiritual grace; and he glorified God in all his ways, in the peace of God. Amen.

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1 Lit. ‘Now these are the years of’.

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