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

Chapter XXIII

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1Look further into the picture and see who it was that beguiled Eve and what the fruit of the tree was, and you will learn what will be and what will happen to your name among the people as this age runs its course. 2Or, if you cannot understand it, I will explain it to you (for I was pleased with it); 1 what will happen … with it: JK ‘what will happen to your descendants in the course of the years. 2And what you cannot understand, I will tell you because I have been pleased with you’. and I will tell you what is determined. 2 Lit. ‘and I will tell you the things laid up in my heart’. 3And I looked into the picture, and my eyes ran to the side of the garden of Eden. 4And I saw there a man, immensely tall, alarmingly solid, such as I had never seen before, 3 Lit. ‘incomparable in aspect’. who was embracing a woman that was the man's equal both in her appearance and her size. 5And they were standing under one of the trees in Eden; and the fruit on that tree looked like a bunch of dates. And behind the tree there stood what looked like a snake, with hands and feet like a man's, and wings on its shoulders, three on its right and three on its left. 4 JK ‘six wings on its right and six on its left’. 6And they held in their hands a bunch from the tree; and they were eating 5 Or ‘having intercourse’. All MSS are corrupt. – the two I had seen embracing. 7And I said, Who are these who are embracing each other? Who is it who is between them? And what is the fruit they are eating, Mighty Eternal One? 8And he said, This is the human world: 6 K ‘the human counsel’. this is Adam, and this is their desire upon earth: this is Eve. 9And what is between them is the wicked path they started on towards perdition, namely Azazil. 10And I said, Eternal Mighty One, why hast thou granted anyone like him the power to destroy in this way the race of men through what they do on earth? 11And he said to me, Listen, Abraham, I hate those who desire evil, because of what they do; and I have granted him authority over them to rule and to be loved by them. 12And I answered and said, Eternal Mighty One, why hast thou willed that men should desire evil in their hearts? 13For thou art angry with what thou hast willed thyself when a man goes after the things that are of no substance in thy world.

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1 what will happen … with it: JK ‘what will happen to your descendants in the course of the years. 2And what you cannot understand, I will tell you because I have been pleased with you’.

2 Lit. ‘and I will tell you the things laid up in my heart’.

3 Lit. ‘incomparable in aspect’.

4 JK ‘six wings on its right and six on its left’.

5 Or ‘having intercourse’. All MSS are corrupt.

6 K ‘the human counsel’.

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