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Chapter 23. – Cornelius' affectionate care. The angel's instructions to Joseph regarding the departure to Jerusalem and the presentation in the temple. Mary's dream. The sentry in front of the cave.

23,1. So Joseph spent six days in the cave and was visited daily by Cornelius, who diligently saw to it that the family would not lack anything.

23,2. During the early morning of the sixth day, an angel appeared to Joseph and spoke: "Obtain a pair of turtledoves, and depart for Jerusalem on the eighth day!

23,3. Mary shall sacrifice the turtledoves according to the law, and the Child must be circumcised and bear the name that has been indicated to you and Mary!

23,4. Return to this place after the circumcision, and stay here until I tell you when and where you shall go from here!

23,5. You, Joseph, will prepare to leave earlier; but I must tell you: you will not be able to leave this place one heartbeat earlier than it is the will of Him, who is with you in the cave!"

23,6. After these words the angel disappeared, and Joseph went to Mary and notified her of the angel's words.

23,7. And Mary said to Joseph: "I am a maidservant of the Lord at all times, so may His will be done unto me!

23,8. And I had a dream today, and in this dream all happened as you disclosed now; so just get me the pair of turtledoves, and I will confidently leave here on the eighth day to go to the city of the Lord."

23,9. Soon after the angel's appearance, the captain came once again for a morning visit, and Joseph notified him as to why he would have to go to Jerusalem on the eighth day.

23,10. And the captain instantly offered Joseph all his facilities and wanted to give him a guide to lead him to Jerusalem.

23,11. But Joseph thanked him for his magnificent good will and spoke: "See, it is the will of my Lord God that I go into Jerusalem, just as I came to this place!

23,12. And so I will make the short journey in the same way, so that the Lord does not punish me for disobedience of His will.

23,13. However, as you wish to do something for me on this occasion, please provide me with two turtledoves, which have to be offered to the temple, and take care of this dwelling place for me!

23,14. For I will come back to this place on the ninth day and remain here as long as the Lord demands!"

23,15. And Cornelius promised Joseph to offer all that was requested, and thereupon departed, and himself brought Joseph a cage full of turtledoves, from which Joseph could select the most beautiful ones.

23,16. Subsequently, the captain returned to his duties and, in the meantime, left the cage of turtledoves in the cave until evening, till the time he himself went to fetch it back.

23,17. On the eighth day, after Joseph had departed for Jerusalem, Cornelius placed a guard in front of the cave, who prevented all from entering or leaving it, with the exception of the two eldest sons of Joseph who were left behind and Salome, who provided them with food and drink; for the midwife had also travelled to Jerusalem.

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