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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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1Then God said to me, Do you know, Esdras, the names of the 2angels at the consummation – Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, Raphael, Gabuthelon, Aker, Arphugitonos, Beburos, and Zebulon? 3Then came a voice to me, Come die, Esdras my beloved, and give up what was entrusted to you. 4And the prophet said, And how will you get at my soul to take it away? 5And the angels said, We can get at it and expel it through your mouth. 6And the prophet said, Mouth to mouth I spoke with God, and it shall not come out 1 Lit. ‘it does not come out’. from there. 7,8And the angels said, Let us take it through your nostrils. And the prophet said, My nostrils have savoured the glory of God. 9And the angels said, Let us get it and take it through your eyes. 10And the prophet said, My eyes did see the back parts of God. 11And the angels said, Let us get it and take it through the top of your head. 12And the prophet said, I walked together with Moses on the mountain-top, and it shall not come out 1 Lit. ‘it does not come out’. from there. 13And the angels said, Let us take it and expel it through your toes. 14And the prophet said, My feet also walked at the altar. 15And the angels went away without success, saying, Lord, we cannot take his soul. 16Then he said to his only-begotten Son, Go down, my beloved Son, with a great host of angels, and take the soul of my beloved Esdras. 17And 2 Lit. ‘For’. the Lord took a great host of angels and went down and said to the prophet, Give up to me what was entrusted to you – what I entrusted to you: the crown has been made ready for you. 18And the prophet said, Lord, if thou takest my soul from me, who will remain to plead with thee on behalf of the human race? 19And God said, Since you are mortal and of the earth you should not plead with me. 20And the prophet said, I will not stop my pleading with thee. 21And God said, Even so, give up now what has been entrusted to you: the crown has been made ready for you. 22Come die, so that you may obtain it. 23Then the prophet began to weep and say, O Lord, what have I gained from my pleading with thee, if I am now to sink down into the earth? 24Alas, alas, for I am to be consumed by worms. 25Weep for me all saints and righteous men; for I pleaded much. 26Weep for me all saints and righteous men, for I have entered the depths of hell. 4 Lit. ‘the dish of Hades’.

Notes:

1 Lit. ‘it does not come out’.

2 Lit. ‘For’.

3 Lit. ‘the dish of Hades’.

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