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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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1And he took me and brought me to the west. And when the time of the setting came, I again saw the bird coming in front, and the sun coming with the angels; and as soon as it came I saw the angels, and they took the crown off its head. 2But the bird stood exhausted and with its wings folded. 3And when I saw this I said, Why did they take the crown off the sun's head, my lord, and why is the bird so exhausted? 4And the angel said to me, The sun's crown, when it has been through the day, four angels take it and carry it up to heaven and renew it, because its rays have been defiled on earth; and so it is renewed in this way each day. 5And I, Baruch, said, And why, my lord, are its rays defiled on earth? And the angel said to me, Because it beholds the lawlessness and unrighteousness of men – their fornications, adulteries, thefts, extortions, idolatries, carousals, murders, quarrels, jealousies, slanders, wranglings, gossipings, divinations, and so forth, which are not pleasing to God: that is why it is defiled, and that is why it is renewed. 6And you asked about the bird, how it gets exhausted. It keeps the suns rays under control through the fire and burning heat of the entire day, and it gets exhausted by it. 7For, as we said before, unless its wings acted as a screen to the sun's rays, no living creature would be preserved.

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