The first hour of the night is the praise of the demons; and at that hour they do not injure or harm any human being.

The second hour is the praise of the doves.

The third hour is the praise of the fish and of fire and of all the lower depths.

The fourth hour is the “holy, holy, holy” praise of the seraphim. And so I used hear, before I sinned, the sound of their wings in Paradise when the seraphim would beat them to the sound of their triple praise. But after I transgressed against the law, I no longer heard that sound.

The fifth hour is the praise of the waters that are above heaven. And so I, together with the angels, used to hear the sound of mighty waves, a sign which would prompt them to lift a hymn of praise to the Creator.

The sixth hour is the construction of clouds and of the great fear which comes in the middle of the night.

The seventh hour is the viewing of their powers while the waters are asleep. And at that hour the waters (can be) taken up and the priest of God mixes them with consecrated oil and anoints those who are afflicted and they rest.

The eighth hour is the sprouting up of the grass of the earth while the dew descends from heaven.

The ninth hour is the praise of the cherubim.

The tenth hour is the praise of human beings, and the gate of heaven is opened through which the prayers of all living things enter, and they worship and depart. And at that hour whatever a man will ask of God is given him when the seraphim and the roosters beat their wings.

The eleventh hour there is joy in all the earth when the sun rises from Paradise and shines forth upon creation.

The twelfth hour is the waiting for incense, and silence is imposed on all the ranks of fire and wind until all the priests burn incense to his divinity. And at that time all the heavenly powers are dismissed.

The End of the Hours of the Night.

From S. E. Robinson, “Testament of Adam,” in The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, ed. James H. Charlesworth, vol. 1: Apocalyptic Literature and Testaments, 2 vols. (London: Darton Longman & Todd, 1983), 989–95.