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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 I did everything the angel had commanded me. And I gave the divided animals to the angels who had come to us; but the angel 1 K adds ‘Jaoil’. took the birds. 2,3And I waited for the evening offering. And an unclean bird flew down upon the carcasses; and I drove it away. 4And the unclean bird spoke to me and said, What are you doing, Abraham, on the sacred heights, where men neither eat nor drink, nor is there human food here: all these things will be consumed with fire, and you will be burnt up as well. 5Leave the man who is with you and make your escape; for if you persist, 2 Lit. ‘for if you go up into the height’. you will be destroyed. 6And when I saw the bird speaking, I said to the angel, What is this, my lord? 7And he said, This is Wickedness, Azazil; for Abraham's lot is in the heavens, but yours on earth. 8He said to him, Shame upon you, Zazal; 3 K ‘Azazil’: J om. ‘He said … Zazal’, and K places it before ‘for Abraham's lot …’. for you have chosen and have loved to live in your uncleanness 4 Lit. ‘and have loved the dwelling-place of your uncleanness’. here. 9That is why the Eternal Ruler, the Mighty One, has appointed you to be a dweller upon earth. 10And through you the evil and deceitful spirit works among men, and through you retribution 5 Lit. ‘wrath’. and misfortunes fall on the generations of the unrighteous. 11Yet the Eternal Mighty God has not decreed that the bodies of the righteous should be in your hands: for them a righteous life is assured, and perdition for wickedness. 12Listen, fellow, be ashamed of yourself and go. 13For you were not appointed to tempt all the righteous. 14Leave this man alone: you cannot beguile him for he is your enemy, and the enemy of those who follow you and dote on what you want. 15The garment that of old was set apart in the heavens for you, is now set apart for him; and the corruption that was his has been transferred to you.

Notes:

1 K adds ‘Jaoil’.

2 Lit. ‘for if you go up into the height’.

3 K ‘Azazil’: J om. ‘He said … Zazal’, and K places it before ‘for Abraham's lot …’.

4 Lit. ‘and have loved the dwelling-place of your uncleanness’.

5 Lit. ‘wrath’.

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