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

Chapter II

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1And as I heard his voice from the height, fear and trembling fell on me. 2And I got up from my sleep; and while the voice was still speaking, and the word of God was in my ears, I said, How awesome is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. 3And the stone, which had been my pillow, I set up as a pillar, and I poured oil 1 Oil from trees (not animal oil). on the top of it; and I called the name of that place the house of God … 2 Lacuna in the MS. We must supply at least ‘And I prayed to God and spoke as follows’ (or something similar) as in SK: cp p. 460 below. 4O Lord God of Adam, thy …, 3 Lacuna in the MS: Pypin suggests ‘creature’. and Lord God of Abraham and Isaac my fathers, who were righteous in 5all their ways before thee, who sittest in might upon the cherubim and on the fiery throne of glory and the many-eyed ones (as I saw 6in my dream), thou who sustainest the four-faced cherubim, who bearest also the many-eyed seraphim, who bearest the age of 7all beneath thine arm and art supported by nothing; thou hast established the heavens to the glory of thy name and stretched out 8on the clouds of heaven the shining heaven beneath thee, that thou mightest move the sun below it, and hide it in the night, that it should not be taken for God. 9Thou hast set on them a course for the moon and the stars: the former thou makest to wane and to wax; and the stars thou commandest to pass by, that they too should not be taken for gods. 10Of the face of thy glory the six-winged seraphim are afraid; and they hide their feet and their faces with their wings. 11And, as they fly with the others, they sing … 4 Lacuna in the MS. High One, with twelve faces, many-named, Fiery One, in form like lightening, Holy One, holy, holy, holy, Jao, Jaova, Jaoil, Sabakdos, Chabod, 12Sabaoth, Omlelech, Ilabir, 5 Bonwetsch ‘Ame (?), S'me Barech’. Amis'mi, Barech, 5 Bonwetsch ‘Ame (?), S'me Barech’. Eternal King, Strong One, Mighty One, Most Great, longsuffering, blessed, who fillest the heavens and the earth and the sea and the abyss and all the ages with thy glory. 13Hear my song which I have sung to thee, and grant me my request which I shall ask of thee; and tell me the interpretation of my dream, as thou art God, mighty, powerful, and glorious, holy God, Lord of my fathers and my God.

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1 Oil from trees (not animal oil).

2 Lacuna in the MS. We must supply at least ‘And I prayed to God and spoke as follows’ (or something similar) as in SK: cp p. 460 below.

3 Lacuna in the MS: Pypin suggests ‘creature’.

4 Lacuna in the MS.

5–5 Bonwetsch ‘Ame (?), S'me Barech’.

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