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

Chapter XXIV

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1And from there I went to another place of the earth, 1 And from … earth: Gk.a om. and he showed me a mountain 2 Gk.a ‘mountains’. of fire which blazed day and night. 3 day and night: HKOB′ ‘by day’; Gk.a ‘by night’. 2And I went towards it 4 Gk.a ‘beyond them’. and saw seven magnificent mountains, and all were different from one another, and precious and beautiful stones, and all were precious and their appearance glorious and their form beautiful; 5 seven magnificent … form beautiful: Gk.a ‘seven mountains, all magnificent, each differing from the other, whose stones were precious in their beauty, and all were precious and glorious and beautiful’. three of the mountains towards 6 three … towards: Gk.a om. the east, one fixed firmly on another, and three towards the south, one on another, and deep and rugged valleys, no one of which was near another. 3And there was a seventh mountain in the middle of these, and in their height they were all like the seat of a throne, 7 Gk.a ‘and it was superior in height, like the seat of a throne’. and fragrant 8 Gk.a (corrupt) ‘beautiful’. trees surrounded it. 4And there was among them a tree such as I have never smelt, and none of them nor any others were like it: 9 Gk.a ‘and no one else had enjoyed it, and no other one was like it’. it smells more fragrant than any fragrance, and its leaves and its flowers and its wood never wither; its fruit 10 its fruit: Gk.a corrupt. is good, and its fruit 11 is good, and its fruit: Gk.a om. is like the bunches of dates on a palm. 5And then I said, Behold, 12 Behold: Eth.I om. this beautiful tree! Beautiful to look at and pleasant are its leaves, and its fruit very 13 and its fruit very: D′ ‘and its flowers’. delightful in appearance. 14 Behold … in appearance: Gk.a ‘How beautiful this tree is, and fragrant, and the leaves pleasant, and its flowers pleasant in appearance’. 6And then Michael, one of the holy and honoured 15 and honoured: Gk.a om. angels who was with me and was in charge of them, 16 Gk.a ‘and was the leader of them’. answered me

Notes:

1 And from … earth: Gk.a om.

2 Gk.a ‘mountains’.

3 day and night: HKOB′ ‘by day’; Gk.a ‘by night’.

4 Gk.a ‘beyond them’.

5 seven magnificent … form beautiful: Gk.a ‘seven mountains, all magnificent, each differing from the other, whose stones were precious in their beauty, and all were precious and glorious and beautiful’.

6 three … towards: Gk.a om.

7 Gk.a ‘and it was superior in height, like the seat of a throne’.

8 Gk.a (corrupt) ‘beautiful’.

9 Gk.a ‘and no one else had enjoyed it, and no other one was like it’.

10 its fruit: Gk.a corrupt.

11 is good, and its fruit: Gk.a om.

12 Behold: Eth.I om.

13 and its fruit very: D′ ‘and its flowers’.

14 Behold … in appearance: Gk.a ‘How beautiful this tree is, and fragrant, and the leaves pleasant, and its flowers pleasant in appearance’.

15 and honoured: Gk.a om.

16 Gk.a ‘and was the leader of them’.

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