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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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1I, Levi, was conceived in Haran and born there; and after that I came with my father to Shechem. 2And I was a young man, about twenty, when, with Simeon, I took vengeance on Hamor because of what he had done to our sister Dinah. 3And when we were 1 So bl: II ‘when I was’. feeding the flocks in Abel-meholah a spirit of understanding from the Lord came upon me, and I observed all men's evil ways, 2 Lit. ‘all men having destroyed their way’. and that unrighteousness had built itself walls, and iniquity had entrenched itself behind ramparts. 3 Lit. ‘iniquity sat upon towers’. 4And I was grieved on man's behalf; and I prayed to the Lord that I might be saved. 5Then sleep fell upon me, and I saw a high mountain — that is mount Aspis in Abel-meholah. 6And behold, the heavens opened, and an angel of the Lord said to me, Levi, come in. 7And I went from the first heaven into the second; and I saw there water hanging between the two. 8And I saw 4 So bk: II adds ‘yet’. a third heaven, far brighter and more brilliant 5 So II: bk om. ‘and more brilliant’. than these two, and infinite in height. 9And I said to the angel, Why is this? And the angel said to me, Do not stay wondering at these, for when you have gone up there, you will see four other heavens even more 10brilliant and beyond comparison with them; for you will stand close to the Lord and be his minister, and you will declare his mysteries to men and be the herald of the good news about the one who is to come to set Israel free. 11And through you and Judah will the Lord appear among men and bring salvation through them 6 Lit. ‘in them’ (so bk lm): g eaf ‘for himself’; chi ‘in himself’; d om. to all mankind. 12And the Lord's portion will provide your livelihood; and he will be your field and vineyard, your fruits, and your gold and silver.

Notes:

1 So bl: II ‘when I was’.

2 Lit. ‘all men having destroyed their way’.

3 Lit. ‘iniquity sat upon towers’.

4 So bk: II adds ‘yet’.

5 So II: bk om. ‘and more brilliant’.

6 Lit. ‘in them’ (so bk lm): g eaf ‘for himself’; chi ‘in himself’; d om.

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