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

Chapter VI

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1In the twentieth year of the reign of Hezekiah, king of Judah, Isaiah the son of Amoz, and Josab, Isaiah's son, came from Gilgal 1 So C, supported by GL: AB ‘from Galilee’; L2 Slav. om. to Hezekiah in Jerusalem. 2And Isaiah sat down on the king's couch; and they brought him a seat, but he would not sit on it. 2 and they brought … on it: L2 Slav. om. 3And Isaiah began to talk to king Hezekiah about what was certain and sure, and all the princes of Israel and the eunuchs and the king's counsellors were seated round him; 3 L2Slav. ‘were standing before him’. and there were forty 4 L2Slav. om. prophets and sons of the prophets who had come from the villages and the mountains and the plains, when they heard that Isaiah had come from Gilgal 5 So BC L2Slav.: A ‘Galilee’. to Hezekiah. 4And they had come to greet him, and to hear what he said. 5And they hoped he would lay his hands on them, and that they might prophesy and he would listen to their prophecy; 6 So AC: B ‘and that he might prophesy and that they might listen to his prophecy’. L2 and Slav. have the whole passage differently ordered and slightly abbreviated, though it is clear that they support AC in that it was the prophets who were to prophesy and not Isaiah (as in B). and all of them were assembled before Isaiah. 6And while Isaiah was talking about what was sure and certain 7 Lit. ‘was speaking words of truth and of faith’ (and similarly in verse 3). to Hezekiah, 8 So AC: B om. ‘to Hezekiah’; L2 Slav. om. ‘and of faith to H.’ they all heard a door opened and the voice of the Holy Spirit. 9 L2 Slav. ‘the Holy Spirit came upon him, and all saw and heard the words of the Holy Spirit’. 7And the king gathered together all the prophets and all the people that could be found there, and they came; and Micah and the aged Hananiah and Joel and Josab 10 L2Slav. om. ‘and Josab’. were sitting on his right. 11 L2Slav. add ‘and on his left’. 8And when they all heard the voice of the Holy Spirit, all of them worshipped and fell on their knees and glorified the God of truth, the Most High – he who is in the world above, the Holy One, who sits on high, and who takes his rest among the saints. 12 Or ‘holy ones’. L2Slav. abbreviate ‘… knees and sang to the Most High God, who takes … saints’. 9And they gave praise to him who had thus given to a man a door into an unknown world. 13 Lit. ‘who thus has given a door in an unknown world, has given it to a man’: L2 Slav. differ here. 10And while he was speaking in the Holy Spirit in the hearing of all, he suddenly became silent, and his spirit was caught up into heaven, 14 and … heaven: L2Slav. om. and he no longer saw the men who were standing in front of him. 11But his eyes were open although his lips were silent, and the spirit of his body was taken up from him. 15 and … from him: L2Slav. om. 12And only his breath remained in him, 16 L2 ‘sed inspiratio sancti spiritus erat cum illo’, and similarly Slav. without ‘sancti’. Both L2 and Slav. om the end of this verse and verse 13. for he was in a vision. 13And the angel that was sent to explain things to him in the vision 17 Lit. ‘sent to make him see’. was not of this world, 18 Lit. ‘firmament’. nor was he one of the angels of glory of this world, but had come from the seventh heaven. 14And, apart from the circle of the prophets, the people who were there did 〈not〉 19 Supplied from L2 Slav.: Eth. has no negative. believe that the holy Isaiah had been caught up into heaven. 15For the vision that the holy Isaiah saw was not a vision of this world, but of the world that is hidden from man. 20 Lit. ‘from his (i.e. man's) flesh’. So AC: B ‘whilst he (i.e. man) is in the flesh’; L2 Slav. ‘from all flesh’. 16After Isaiah had seen this vision he gave an account of it to Hezekiah and to his son Josab 21 and to the other … vii. 1 his son Josab: L2Slav. om. and to the other prophets who had come. 17But the magistrates and eunuchs and the people did not hear it, but only Samnas the scribe, and Joachim, and Asaph 22 We should probably emend ‘Joachim, son of Asaph’ (see 2 Kings xviii. 18, 37 , and par.). the secretary of state; for they were men who did what is right and were approved of by the Spirit. 23 Lit. ‘and had upon them the soothing odour of the Spirit’. And the people did not hear it either, for Micah and his son Josab had sent them away when the wisdom of this world had been taken from him, and he was left looking like a corpse.

Notes:

1 So C, supported by GL: AB ‘from Galilee’; L2 Slav. om.

2 and they brought … on it: L2 Slav. om.

3 L2Slav. ‘were standing before him’.

4 L2Slav. om.

5 So BC L2Slav.: A ‘Galilee’.

6 So AC: B ‘and that he might prophesy and that they might listen to his prophecy’. L2 and Slav. have the whole passage differently ordered and slightly abbreviated, though it is clear that they support AC in that it was the prophets who were to prophesy and not Isaiah (as in B).

7 Lit. ‘was speaking words of truth and of faith’ (and similarly in verse 3).

8 So AC: B om. ‘to Hezekiah’; L2 Slav. om. ‘and of faith to H.’

8–9 L2 Slav. ‘the Holy Spirit came upon him, and all saw and heard the words of the Holy Spirit’.

10 L2Slav. om. ‘and Josab’.

11 L2Slav. add ‘and on his left’.

12 Or ‘holy ones’. L2Slav. abbreviate ‘… knees and sang to the Most High God, who takes … saints’.

13 Lit. ‘who thus has given a door in an unknown world, has given it to a man’: L2 Slav. differ here.

14 and … heaven: L2Slav. om.

15 and … from him: L2Slav. om.

16 L2 ‘sed inspiratio sancti spiritus erat cum illo’, and similarly Slav. without ‘sancti’. Both L2 and Slav. om the end of this verse and verse 13.

17 Lit. ‘sent to make him see’.

18 Lit. ‘firmament’.

19 Supplied from L2 Slav.: Eth. has no negative.

20 Lit. ‘from his (i.e. man's) flesh’. So AC: B ‘whilst he (i.e. man) is in the flesh’; L2 Slav. ‘from all flesh’.

21 and to the other … vii. 1 his son Josab: L2Slav. om.

22 We should probably emend ‘Joachim, son of Asaph’ (see 2 Kings xviii. 18, 37 , and par.).

23 Lit. ‘and had upon them the soothing odour of the Spirit’.

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