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

Chapter VII

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1And God said to him, Listen, Esdras my beloved. I, although immortal, endured a cross; I tasted vinegar and gall: I was buried in a tomb; and I raised up my chosen ones. 2Adam I called forth from hell, that the human race might have no cause to be afraid of death. 3For that part of man which is of me, that is his soul, departs to heaven; that part of him which is of the earth, that is his body, departs to the earth from which it was taken. 4And the prophet said, Alas, alas, What shall I do? 5How shall I fare? I do not know. And then the blessed Esdras began to say,

O eternal God, the creator of all that is, Who didst measure the heaven with thine outstretched hand, And dost hold the earth in thy grasp, 6 Who ridest upon the cherubim, Who didst take up the prophet Elijah to heaven In a chariot of fire, 7 Who givest food to all flesh, Whose power all things fear, And before whose face they tremble; 1 Lit. ‘at whom all things shudder and tremble before the face of thy power’. 8 Give ear to me and my constant pleading with thee, 9 And grant to all who transcribe this book, And to all who have charge of it, And remember my name and preserve my memory, Grant to them blessing from heaven. 10 And bless all their 2 MSS. ‘his’. concerns As thou didst also bless the end of Joseph, 11 And remember not their 2 MSS. ‘his’. former sins In the day of their 2 MSS. ‘his’. judgement. 12 But as many as do not believe this book Will be utterly consumed, As were Sodom and Gomorrah.

13And there came to him a voice saying, Esdras, my beloved, whatever you have asked I will grant to each one. 14And immediately he surrendered his precious soul with much honour, in the month of October on the eighteenth day. 15And they buried him with due ceremony; 3 Lit. ‘with incense and psalms’. and his honoured and holy body is a perpetual source of strength, both of soul and body, to those who are moved to come to him. 16To Him to whom it belongs be glory, power, honour, and worship, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and always, world without end. Amen.

Notes:

1 Lit. ‘at whom all things shudder and tremble before the face of thy power’.

2 MSS. ‘his’.

3 Lit. ‘with incense and psalms’.

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