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

Chapter XVIII

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1And when the all-holy Abraham had seen all this in this way, he said to Death, I beg you, all-destructive Death, hide your ferocity, and put on the beauty and the form you had before. 2Thereupon Death hid his ferocity and put on his beauty he had had before. 3And Abraham said to Death, Why have you done this? You have killed all my men-servants and maid-servants: did God send you here to-day for this? 4And Death said, No, my lord Abraham, it is not as you suggest: 1 Lit. ‘say’. it was because of you I was sent here. 5And Abraham said to Death, And how then was it that these servants died, if the Lord had not given word? 6And Death said, Believe me, most righteous Abraham, the marvel is that you too were not taken off along with them. 7I am only telling you the truth when I say that if the right hand of God had not been with you in that hour, you too would have had to depart this life. 8And righteous Abraham said, I realize now that I have come to the brink of death, 2 Or ‘that I have entered the faint of death’. Lit. ‘… the neglect of death’. Cp. xvii. 23; xx. 12. and my spirit 3 Or ‘breath’. Cp. xvii. 23. fails me. 9Nevertheless, I beg you, all-destructive Death, since my servants have died before their time, come, let us beseech the Lord our God to hear us and raise up those who perished before their time through your ferocity. 10,11And Death said, Amen: so let it be! So Abraham got up and fell upon his face on the earth in prayer, and Death with him; and God sent the spirit of life upon those who had died, and they were restored to life. 12So then the righteous Abraham ascribed glory to God.

Notes:

1 Lit. ‘say’.

2 Or ‘that I have entered the faint of death’. Lit. ‘… the neglect of death’. Cp. xvii. 23; xx. 12.

3 Or ‘breath’. Cp. xvii. 23.

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