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

Chapter XIII

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1And there came in the same way other angels weeping and wailing, and saying in fear, See, lord, how worn out we are, 1 Lit. ‘how blackened we are’. for we were allotted to evil men, and we want to get away from them. 2And Michael said, You cannot get away from them, or the Enemy will win the victory in the end; but tell me what you are asking for. 3And they said, We beg you, Michael, our prince, transfer us away from them, for we cannot remain attached to wicked and foolish men, for there is nothing good in them, but only every kind of unrighteousness and greed. 4For we have never seen them devoting themselves [in the church either to their spiritual fathers or] to any one good thing, 2 Lit. ‘For we did not see them enter in church ever either into spiritual fathers or into one good thing’. The syntax here is very difficult and it may well be that the original text has been tampered with. but where there is murder, there are they in the middle of it, and where there are fornications, adulteries, thefts, slanders, perjuries, envyings, carousals, quarrels, jealousies, wranglings, idolatry, divination, and so forth, there are they doing things like this, and others worse. So we beg you to let us be quit of them. 5And Michael said to the angels, Wait till I have been told by the Lord what is to happen.

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1 Lit. ‘how blackened we are’.

2 Lit. ‘For we did not see them enter in church ever either into spiritual fathers or into one good thing’. The syntax here is very difficult and it may well be that the original text has been tampered with.

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