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

Chapter XI

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1And the angel took me and brought me from there to a fifth heaven. 2And the gate was shut. And I said, My lord, cannot this gateway be opened 1 Lit. ‘is not this gateway opened’. for us to go in? And the angel said to me, We cannot go in until Michael comes, who holds the keys of the kingdom of heaven: only wait and you shall see the glory of God. 3And there was a great noise, like thunder. And I said, What is this noise, my lord? 4And he said to me, Prince Michael is now coming down to receive the prayers of men. 5And behold, a voice came, saying, Let the gates be opened! And they were opened; 2 Lit. ‘And they (impersonal) opened them’. and there was a roar, as of thunder. 6And Michael came, and the angel who was with me met him and made obeisance to him and said, Greetings, my prince, and prince of all our order. 7And Prince Michael said, Greetings to you also, our brother and the interpreter of the revelations to those who live good lives. 8And after saluting one another in this way, they stood still. And I saw that Prince Michael had in his hands an enormous bowl: it was as deep as the distance from heaven to earth, and as wide as the distance from north to south. 9And I said, My lord, what is it Prince Michael is holding? And he said to me, This is where the merits of the righteous enter, and such good works as they do, which are carried in it into the presence of the God of heaven.

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1 Lit. ‘is not this gateway opened’.

2 Lit. ‘And they (impersonal) opened them’.

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