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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 when I, Solomon, heard this, I got up from my throne and saw the demon shivering and trembling; and I said to him, who are you, and what is your name? The demon said, I am called Ornias. 2And I said to him, Tell me what sign of the zodiac you lie under. And the demon answered and said, The Water-pourer; and I suffocate those who lie under the Water-pourer, who because of their lust for women have called upon the sign of the Virgin. 3I also appear in sleep, changing into three forms: sometimes I am like a man lusting for the beauty of young girls not yet fully grown, and at my touch they are in great pain: sometimes I take wings to heavenly regions: sometimes I take on the appearance of a lion. 4I am an offspring of the archangel, the Power of God, but I am inhibited by the archangel Uriel. 5When I, Solomon, heard the name of the archangel I prayed and glorified the God of heaven and earth; and when I had sealed the demon I set him to work at stone-cutting, to cut the stones of the temple that were lying by the sea shore and had been brought through the Arabian sea. 6And he was afraid to touch the cutting tools, 1 Lit. ‘to touch iron.’ and he said to me, I pray you, king Solomon, set me free and I will bring all the demons up to you. 7Since he refused to be subject to me, I prayed the archangel Uriel to come to my aid; and immediately I saw the archangel Uriel coming down to me from heaven. 8And he ordered great fish to come up out of the sea, and he dried up their province, and cast his portion upon the ground; and in that way and this he subjected the great demon Ornias so that he cut the stones and contributed to the construction of the temple which I, Solomon, was building. 9And again I glorified the God of heaven and earth; and I ordered Ornias to go round to his portion, and I gave him the seal and said, Be off! And bring me here the ruler of the demons.

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1 Lit. ‘to touch iron.’

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