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

Chapter XII

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1And we went both together, forty days and nights; and I ate no bread, nor did I drink water, for to look upon the angel who was with me was food to me, 1 So JK: S adds ‘and drink’. and his conversation with me was my drink. 2,3And I 2 J ‘we’; K ‘they’. came to the glorious mountain of God, to Horeb. And I said to the angel, Singer of the Eternal One, behold, I have no sacrifice with me, nor do I know of any altar on the mountain; and how shall I make a sacrifice? 4,5And he said, Look behind you. And I looked behind me; and behold, following us were all the prescribed victims for the sacrifice – a calf, a she-goat, and a ram, and a turtle-dove, and a pigeon. 6And the angel said to me, Abraham; and I said, Here am I. 7And he said to me, Slaughter all these, and divide the animals into halves, and place each piece opposite its corresponding piece, 3 and place … corresponding piece: lit. ‘one against another’. but do not divide the birds. 8And give them to the men, whom I will show you, who will be standing by you; for they are the altar on the mountain, on which you must offer 4 Lit ‘… mountain to offer (or ‘bring’)’. the sacrifice to the Eternal One. 9 But the turtle-dove and the pigeon you must give to me; and I will go up on the wings of the birds to show you what is in heaven and on earth, and in the sea and the abysses, and in the lowest parts, and in the garden of Eden, and in its rivers, and in the fulness of the universe and its circle: you shall see it all. 5 Lit. ‘see in all’.

Notes:

1 So JK: S adds ‘and drink’.

2 J ‘we’; K ‘they’.

3 and place … corresponding piece: lit. ‘one against another’.

4 Lit ‘… mountain to offer (or ‘bring’)’.

5 Lit. ‘see in all’.

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