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

Chapter LIII

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1And when I said this I fell asleep there, and I saw a vision; and lo, a very great cloud was coming up out of the sea. And I kept looking at it. And lo, it was full of waters, white and black; and there were many colours in those waters, and what looked like flashes of lightning appeared at the top of it. 2And I watched the cloud as it moved, and it quickly covered all the earth. 3And after this, the cloud began to pour the waters that were in it on the earth. 4And I saw that the waters that descended from it were not all the same. 5For at first, for a time, they were all black; but afterwards I saw that the waters became bright (though there were fewer of them); and after this again I saw black waters, and then again bright; and again black, and again bright. 6This happened twelve times; but there were always more black waters than bright. 7And when the end of the cloud came, lo, it rained black waters, darker than all that had been before, with fire mixed with them; and where those waters descended they left a trail of devastation and destruction. 8And after this I saw the lightning I had seen at the top of the cloud take hold of it and hurl it to the earth. 9And the lightning shone so brilliantly that it lit up the whole earth, and it restored those regions where the last waters had descended and left such devastation. 10And it took hold of the whole earth and subjected it to its control. 11And after this I looked and I saw twelve rivers coming up out of the sea; and they began to surround the lightning and become subject to it. 12And I woke up in terror.

The Prayer of Baruch.

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