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

Chapter VIII

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1Now when the people gathered about him heard him, they cried out aloud saying, This is meet and right: Amen. 2But the God-loving old man was silent: he drew up his blanket: he covered his face. 3And the people and the priest were silent, so that he could rest himself a little. 4But the angel of his father Abraham came to him and took him up into the heavens. 5He saw terrors and tumults spread abroad on this side and on that; and it was a terror and a tumult fearful to behold. 6Some had the face of a camel, others had the face of a lion: some had the face of a dog, others had but one eye and had tongs in their hands, three ells long, all of iron. 1 In the list of animals Boh. adds hyenas and leopards and omits the reference to tongs. 7I looked, and behold, a man was brought, and those who brought him went with him. 2 Lit. ‘and behold, one they brought him, they going with him’. 8When they reached the beasts, those who went with him withdrew to one side: the lion advanced towards him, tore him apart into little pieces, and swallowed him: it then vomited him up, and he became like himself again; and the next beast treated him in just the same way. 9In short, they passed him on from one to the other: 3 Lit. ‘they gave him into one another's hand’. each one would tear him into pieces, swallow him, and then vomit him up; and he would become like himself again. 10I said to the angel, What sin has this man committed, my lord, that all this is done to him? 11The angel said to me, This man you are looking at now had a quarrel with his neighbour, 4 According to Boh. the quarrel had lasted for five hours. and he died without their being reconciled. 12See, he has been handed over to five chief 5 Boh. has no equivalent for this word. tormentors: they spend a year tormenting him for every hour 4 According to Boh. the quarrel had lasted for five hours. he spent quarreling with his neighbour. 13The angel also said to me, My beloved Isaac, do you think these are the only ones? Believe me, Isaac, beloved of God, there are six hundred thousand 6 Boh. ‘seventy thousand’. tormentors. 14They spend a year tormenting a man for every hour that he spends sinning – if he did not repent, that is, before he went forth from the body.

Notes:

1 In the list of animals Boh. adds hyenas and leopards and omits the reference to tongs.

2 Lit. ‘and behold, one they brought him, they going with him’.

3 Lit. ‘they gave him into one another's hand’.

4 According to Boh. the quarrel had lasted for five hours.

5 Boh. has no equivalent for this word.

6 Boh. ‘seventy thousand’.

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