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

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1And when I had learned all these things from the archangel, he took me and brought me into a fourth 1 The text reads ‘third’. But Baruch is conducted into ‘a fifth heaven’ at xi. 1; hence we must presume that the events recorded in chaps. iv–ix happened in the third heaven, despite the absence of any explicit indication to that effect at iv. 1–2. Cp., however, vii. 2: also n.1 to chap. iv. heaven. 2And I saw a level plain, and in the middle of it a pool of water. 3And there were in it many flocks of birds of all kinds, but not like those here on earth; for the crane I saw was as big as great oxen, and all the birds were much bigger than those in the world. 4And I asked the angel, What is the plain, and what is the pool, and what are the many flocks of birds round it? 5And the angel said, Listen, Baruch: the plain that has the pool in it and other wonders is the place where the souls of the righteous come whenever they meet together in groups to talk to one another. 6But the water is what the clouds receive and rain upon the earth and cause its fruits to grow. 2 Lit. ‘and the fruits grow’. 7And I said to the angel of the Lord again, And the birds? And he said to me, They are those which sing the Lord's praises continually. 8And I, Baruch, said, My lord, how is it that men say that the water which descends as rain is from the sea? 9And the angel said, What descends as rain is from the sea, and also from the waters on earth; but what makes the fruits grow is from the latter source. 10You must understand that this is where what is called the dew of heaven comes from.

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1 The text reads ‘third’. But Baruch is conducted into ‘a fifth heaven’ at xi. 1; hence we must presume that the events recorded in chaps. iv–ix happened in the third heaven, despite the absence of any explicit indication to that effect at iv. 1–2. Cp., however, vii. 2: also n.1 to chap. iv.

2 Lit. ‘and the fruits grow’.

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