THE BOOK OF THE SECRETS OF ENOCH

 

THE BOOK

OF

THE SECRETS

OF ENOCH

 

THIS new fragment of early literature came to light through certain manuscripts which were recently found in Russia and Servia and so far as is yet known has been preserved only in Slavonic. Little is known of its origin except that in its present form it was written somewhere about the beginning of the Christian era.   Its final ditor was a Greek and the place of its composition Egypt.   Its value lies in the unquestioned influence which it has exerted on the writers of the New Testament. Some of the dark passages of the latter being all but inexplicable without its aid.

Although the very knowledge that such a book ever existed was lost.for probably 1200 years, it_neyertheless was much used by both Christian and heretic in the early centuries and forms a most valuable document in any study of the forms of early Christianity.

The writing appeals to the reader who thrills to lend wings to his thoughts and fly to mystical realms. Here is a strange dramati­zation of eternity—with views on Creation, Anthropology, and Ethics. As the world was made in six days, so its history would be accomplished in 6,000 years (or 6,000,000 years), and this would be followed by 1,000 years of rest (possibly when the "balance of conflicting moral forces has been struck and human life has reached the ideal state). At its close would begin the 8th Eternal Day, when time should be no more.

 

I.

 

An account of the mechanism of the world showing the machinery of the sun and moon in operation. Astronomy and an interesting ancient calendar. See Chapter 15-17 also 21. What the world was like before Creation, see Chapter 84- Chapter 26 is especially picturesque. A unique account of how Satan was created

(Chapter 29.)

THERE was a wise man, a great artificer, and the Lord conceived love for him and received him, that he should behold the uppermost dwellings and be an eye-witness of the wise and great and inconceivable and immutable realm of God Almighty, of the very wonderful and glorious and bright and many-eyed station of the Lord's servants, and of the inaccessible throne of the Lord, and of the degrees and manifestations of the incorporeal hosts, and of the ineffable ministration of the multitude of the elements, and of the various apparition and inexpressible singing of the host of Cherubim, and of the boundless light.

 

II.

The Instruction.How Enoch instructed his sons.

 

LISTEN to me, my children, , I know not whither I go, or what will befall me; now therefore, my children, I tell you: turn not from God before the face of the vain, who made not Heaven and earth, for these shall perish and those who wor­ship them, and may the Lord make confident your hearts in the fear of him. And now, my children, let no one think to seek me, until the Lord return me to you.

III.

Of Enoch's assumption;

how the angels took him into the first heaven.

 

IT came to pass, when Enoch had told his sons, that the angels took him on to their wings and bore him up on to Jhg,,,. first .heaven and placed him on the clouds. And there I looked, and again I looked higher, and saw_ the ether, and they placed me on the first heaven and showed me a very great Sea, ;reater than the earthly sea.

IV.

Of the Angels ruling the stars.

THEY brought before myface the elders and rulers of the stellar orders, and showed me two hundred angels, who rule the stars and their services to the heavens, and fly with their wings and come round all those, who sail.

 

V.

Of  how  the Angels keep   the store-houses of the snow.

AND here I looked down and saw the treasure-houses of the snow, and the angels who keep their terrible store-houses, and the clouds whence they come out and into which they go.

VI.

Of the dew and of the olive-oil, and   various flowers.

THEY showed me the treasure-house of the dew, like oil of the olive, and the appear­ance of its form, as of all the flowers of the earth; further many angels guarding the treas­ure-houses of these things, and how they are made to shut and open.

 

VII.

Of how Enoch was taken on to the second heaven.

AND those men took me and led me up on to the sec­ond heaven, and showed me darkness, greater than earthly darkness, and there I saw pris­oners hanging, watched, awaiting the great and boundless judge­ment, and , these angels were dark-looking, more than earthly darkness, and incessantly making weeping through all hours.

2 And I said to the men who were with me: 'Wherefore ar these incessantly tortured?' they answered me: /These are God's ipostates, who obeyed not God's ommands, but took counsel with their own will, and turned away with their prince, who also is 'astened on the fifth heaven.

3 And I felt great pity for them, and they saluted me, and said to me: 'Man of God, pray for us to the'Lord'; and I an­swered to them: 'Who_ am I, a mortal man, that I sFould pray for "angels? who knoweth whither I go, or what will befall me? or who will pray for me?'

 

VIII.

Of the assumption of Enoch to the third heaven.

AND those men took me thence, and led me up on to the third heaven, and placed me there; and I looked down­wards, and saw the produce of these places, such as has never been known for goodness.

2  And I  saw all the sweet flowering trees and beheld their fruits,  which  were sweet-smell­ ing, and all the foods borne by

them   bubbling   with   fragra nt  exhalation.

3  And in the midst of the trees that of life, in that place whereon  the  Lord  rests,  when he goes up into paradise;   and this tree is of ineffable goodness and fragrance, and adorned more than every existing thing; and on all sides.it is in form goldlooking and vermilion and firelike and covers all, and it has produce from all fruits.

4  Its root is in the garden at the earth's end.

5  And paradise is between  corruptibility and  incorruptibil­ity.

6  And two springs come out which   send   forth   honey   and milk, and their springs send forth oil and wine, and they separate into four parts,  and go round with quiet course, and go down into the PARADISE OF EDEN, between   corruptibility and incorruptibility.

7  And thence they go  forth along the earth, and have a revo­

lution to  their circle even as other elements.

8  And here there is no un­ fruitful tree, and every place is blessed.

9  And there are three hundrec angels very bright, who keep the garden, and with incessant sweet singing  and  never-silent  voices serve the Lord throughout all days and hours.

10  And  I said: 'How  very sweet is this place,' and those

men said to me:

IX.

The showing to Enoch of the place of the righteous and compassionate.

THIS place, 0 Enoch, is prepared for the righteous, who endure all manner of of­fence from those that exasperate their souls, who avert their eyes from iniquity, and make right­eous judgement, and give bread to the hungering, and cover the naked with clothing, and raise up the fallen, and help injured orphans, and who walk without fault before the face of the Lord, and serve him alone, and for them is prepared this place for eternal inheritance.

X.

Here they showed Enoch the terrible place and various tortures.

AND those two men led me up on to the Northern side, and showed me there a very terrible place, and there were all manner of tortures in that place: cruel darkness and un-illumined gloom, and there is no light there, but murky fire con­stantly flameth aloft, and there is a fiery river coming forth, and that whole place is every­where fire, and everywhere there is frost and ice, thirst and shiver­ing, while the bonds are very cruel, and the angels fearful and merciless, bearing angry weapons, merciless   torture,   and  I  said:

2  Woe, woe, how very terrible is this place.'

3  And those men said to me: This place, 0 Enoch, is prepared for those who  dishonour God, who on earth practise sin against nature, which is child-corruption after the sodomitic    fashion, magic-making, enchantments and devilish   witchcrafts,   and   who boast of their wicked deeds, stealing, lies, calumnies, envy, rancour, fornication, murder, and who, accursed, steal the souls of men, who, seeing the poor take away their goods and themselves wax rich, injuring them for other men's goods; who being able to satisfy the empty, made the hungering to die; being able to clothe, stripped the naked; and who knew not their creator, and bowed down to soulless (se. life­ less) Gods, who cannot see nor hear, vain gods, who also built hewn images and bow down to unclean handiwork, for all these is prepared this place amongst these, for eternal inheritance.

 

XL

Here they took Enoch up on to the fourth heaven where is the course of sun and moon.

THOSE men took me, and led me up on to the fourth heaven, and showed me all the successive goings, and all the rays of the light of sun and moon.

2  And I measured their goings, and  compared  their light,  and saw that the sun's light is greater than the moon's.

3  Its circle and the wheels on which it goes always, like a wind going past with very marvellous speed, and day and night it has no rest.*

'4 Its passage and return are accompanied by four great stars, and each star has under it a thousand stars, to the right of the sun's wheel, and by four to the left, each having under it a thousand stars, altogether eight thousand, issuing with the sun continually.

5  And by day fifteen myriads of angels attend it, and by night a thousand.

6  And  six-winged  ones  issue with the angels before the sun's wheel into the fiery flames, and a hundred angels kindle the sun and set it alight.

 

XII.

Of the very marvellous elements of the sun.

AND I looked and saw other flying elements of the sun, whose names are Phoenixes and Chalkydri, marvellous and won­derful, with feet and tails in the form of a lion, and a crocodile's head, their appearance is em­purpled, like the rainbow; their size_ is nine hundred measures, their wings are like those of angels, each has twelve, and they attend and accompany the sun, bearing heat and dew, as it is ordered them from God.

2 Thus the sun revolves and goes, and rises under the heaven and its course goes under the earth with the light of its rays incessantly.

 

XIII.

The angels took Enoch anc placed him in the east at the sun's gates.

THOSE men bore me away to the east, and placed me at the sun's gates,  where the sun goes forth according to the  regulation  of the seasons  anc

*Cf. "Eapid Transit."  

he circuit of the months of the whole year, and the number of ;he hours day and night.

2 And I saw six gates open, each gate having sixty-one stadia and a quarter of one stadium, and I measured them truly, and understood their size to be so much, through which the sun goes forth, and goes to the west, and is made even, and rises throughout all the months, and turns back again from the six gates according to the succession of the seasons; thus the period of the whole year is finished after the returns of the four seasons.

 

                  XIV.

                             They took Enoch to the West.

AND again those men led me away to the western parts, and showed me six great gates open corresponding to the East­ern gates, opposite to where the sun sets, according to the num­ber of the days three hundred and sixty-five and a quarter.

2 Thus again it goes down to the western gates, and draws away its light, the greatness of its brightness, under the earth; for since the crown of its shin­ing is in heaven with the Lord, and guarded by four hundred angels, while the sun goes round on wheel under the earth, and stands seven great hours in night, and spends half its course under the earth, when it comes to the eastern approach in the eighth hour of the night, it brings its lights, and the crown of shining, and the sun flames forth more than fire.

 

XV.

The elements of the sun, the Phoenixes and Chalkydri broke into song.

 

THEN the elements of the sun, called Phoenixes  and  Chalkydri break into song, therefore every bird flutters with its wings, rejoicing at the giver of light, and they broke into song at the command of the Lord.

2  The giver of light comes to give   brightness   to   the   whole world, and the morning guard takes shape, which is the rays of the sun, and the sun of the earth goes out, and receives its brightness to light up the wholeface   of   the   earth,   and   they showed me this calculation of the sun's going.

3  And the gates which it en­ ters, these are the great gates of the computation of the hours of the year; for this reason the sun is a great creation, whose { circuit lasts twenty-eight years, anoT begins again from the begin­ning.

 

XVI.

They took Enoch and again placed him in the east

at the course of the moon.

 

THOSE men showed me the other course, that of the moon,    twelve great gates,crowned from west to east, by which the moon goes in and out of the customary times.

2 It goes in at the first gate to the western places of the sun, by the first gates with thirty-one days exactly, by the second gates with thirty-one days exactly, by the third with thirty days exactly, by the fourth with thirty days exactly, by the fifth with thirty-one days exactly, by the sixth with thirty-one days exactly, by the seventh with thirty days exactly, by the eighth with thirty-one days per­fectly, by the ninth with thirty-one days exactly, by the tenth with thirty days perfectly, by the eleventh with thirty-one days exactly, by the twelfth with twenty-eight days exactly.

3  And  it  goes  through   the western gates in the order and number of the eastern, and ac­ complishes the   three...,hundred and sixty-five and a quarter days of the solar year, while the lunar year has three hundred and fifty-four, and there are wanting to it twelve days of the solar circle, wlieh are the lunar epacts of the whole year.

4  [Thus, too, the great circle contains five hundred, and thirty-

two years.]

5  The  quarter of a day is omitted   for   three   years,   the fourth fulfils it exactly.

6  Therefore   they   are   taken outside of heaven for three years and are not added to the num­ ber of days, because they change the time of the years to two new months towards  completion, to two others towards diminution.

7  And when the western gates are finished, it returns and goes

to the eastern to the lights, and goes thus day and night about

the heavenly circles, lower than all circles,  swifter than "We heav­

enly winds, and spirits and ele­ments  and  angels flying;   each angel has six wings.

8  It has a sevenfold course in nineteen years.

 

XVII.

Of the singings of the angels, which it is impossible to describe.

 

IN the midst of the heavens X I saw armed soldiers, serv­ing the. Lord, with tympana and organs, with incessant voice, with sweet voice, with sweet and .incessant voice and various sing ing, which it is impossible to describe, and which astonishes every mind, so wonderful and marvellous is the singing of those angels, and I was delighted list­ening to it.

 

XVIII.

Of the taking of Enoch on to the fifth heaven.

 

THE men took me on to the fifth heaven and placed me, there I saw many and count­less soldiers, called Grigori, of human appearance, and their size was greater than that of great giants and their faces withered, and the silence of their mouths perpetual, and there was no service on the fifth heaven, and I said to the men who were with me:

2  Wherefore  are  these  very withered  and their faces mel­ ancholy, and their mouths silent, and wherefore is there no serv­ ice on this heaven?'

3  And they said to me: These are the Grigori, who with their

prince    Satanail    rejected    the Lord of light, and after them are those who are held in great darkness on the second heaven, and three of them went down on to earth from the Lord's throne, to the place Ermon, and broke through their vows on the shoul­ der of the hill Ermon* and saw the daughters of men how good they are, and took to themselves wives,   and  befouled  the  earth with   their   deeds,   who   in   all  times of their age made lawless­ ness and mixing, and giants are

born  and  marvellous big men and great enmity.

4  And therefore God judged them with great judgement, and

they  weep   for  their  brethren and they will be punished on the Lord's great day.

5  And I said to the Grigori: 'I saw your brethren and their

works, and their great torments, and I prayed for them, but the Lord has condemned them to be under earth till heaven and earth shall end for ever.'

6  And I said: 'Wherefore do you wait, brethren, and do not serve before the Lord's face, and have not put your services before the Lord's face, lest you anger your Lord utterly?'

7 And they listened to my ad­monition, and spoke to the four ranks in heaven, and lo! as I stood with those two men four trumpets trumpeted together with great voice, and the Grigori broke into song with one voice, and their voice went up before the Lord pitifully and affectingly.

 

XIX.

Of the taking of Enoch on to the sixth heaven.

AND thence those men took me and bore me up on to the sixth heaven, and there I saw seven bands of angels, very bright and very glorious, and their faces shining more than the sun’s shining, glistening, and there is no difference in their faces, or behaviour, or manner of dress; and these make the orders, and learn the goings of the stars, and the alteration of the moon, or revolution of the sun, and the good government of the world.

2  And when they see evil doing they make commandments and instruction, and sweet and loud singing, and all songs of praise.

3  These are the archangels who are above angels, measure all life in heaven and on earth, and the angels who are are ap­  pointed over seasons and years, the angels who are over rivers

and sea, and who are over the fruits of the earth, and the angels

who are over every grass, giving food to all, to every living thing, deeds, and their lives before the Lord' face; in their midst are and the angels who write all the souls of men, and all their six Phoenixes and six Cherubim and six sixwinged ones  continually

with one voice singing one voice and it is not possibleto describi their singing, and they rejoict before the Lord at his

footstool.

 

XX.

Hence they took Enoch into th Seventh Heaven.

AND those two men lifted me up thence on to th seventh Heaven, and I saw therv a very great light, and fierj troops of great archangels, in­corporeal forces, and dominions, oTdefs and governments, cher­ubim and seraphim, thrones and many-eyed ones, nine regiments, the Ioanit stations of light, and I became afraid, and began to tremble with great terror, and those men took me, and led me after them, and said to me:

2  'Have   courage,  Enoch,   do not fear,' and showed me the Lord from afar, sitting on His very high throne. For what is there on the tenthTTSaven; since the Lord dwells here?

3  On the tenth heaven is God, in the Hebrew tongue he is called

Aravat,

4  And all the heavenly troops would come and stand on the ten steps according to their rank, and  would  bow  down  to   the Lord,  and would again go to their places in joy and felicity, singing songs in the boundless fight with small and   tender voices, gloriously serving him.

 

XXI.

Of how the angels here left Enoch, at the end of the seventh Heaven, and went away from him unseen.

 

AND the cherubim and seraphim standing about the throne, the six-winged and manyeyed ones do not depart,  standin,g before the Lord's face doing his will, and , cover his whole throne, singing with gentle voice before the Lord's face: Holy, holy, holy     Lord Ruler of Sabaoth,  heavens  and  earth  are full of Thy glory.'

2  When I saw all these things, those men said to me: 'Enoch, thus far is it commanded us to journey  with  thee,'  and those men went away from me and thereupon I saw them not.

3  And I remained alone at the end of the seventh heaven and became afraid, and fell on my face, and said to myself: 'Woe

is me, what has befallen me?'

4  And the Lord sent one of his glorious ones, the archangel

Gabriel^ and  he  safd  to  me: 'Have*" courage,  Enoch,  do  not fear, arise before the Lord's face into eternity, arise, come with me?

5  And I answered him, andsaid in myself: 'My Lord, my soul is departed from me, from terror   and   trembling,'   and I called to the men who led me up to this place, on them I relied, and it is with them I go before the Lord's face.

6  And Gabriel caught me up,as a leaf caught up by the wind, and placed me before the Lord's face.

7  And I saw the eighth Heaven, which is called in the Hebrew tongue M u z a 1 o t h, changer of the seasons, of drought, and of wet, and of the twelve,.signs., of .the zodiac, which are above the seventh Heaven.

8  And I saw the ninth Heaven, which is called in Hebrew Ku-

chavim, where are the heavenly homes of the twelve signs of the

zodiac.

 

XXII.

In the tenth Heaven the arch­angel Michael led Enoch to before the Lord's face.

ON the tenth Heaven, Aravoth I saw the appearance of the Lord's face, like iron made to glow in fire, and brought out, mitting sparks, and it burns.

2 Thus I saw the Lord's face, but the Lord's face is ineffable, marvellous and very awful, and very, very terrible.

3  And who am I to tell of the Lord's  unspeakable  being, and

of his very wonderful face?  And I cannot tell the quantity of his many instructions, and various voices, the Lord's throne very great and not made with hands, nor the quantity of those stand­ ing round him, troops of cher­ ubim  and  seraphim,  nor their incessant singing, nor his immu­ table beauty, andwhb shall tell of the ineffable greatness of his glory?

4  And I fell prone and bowed down to the Lord, and the Lord

with his lips said to me:

5  'Have  courage,  Enoch, do not fear, arise and stand before

my face into eternity.'

6  And  the archistratege Mi­ chael liftedTni up, and led me to

before the Lord's face.

7  And the Lord said to his servants   tempting   them:   'Let Enoch stand before my face into eternity,' and the glorious ones bowed down to the Lord, and said:  'Let Enoch go according to Thy word.'

8  And   the   Lord   said   to Michael:  'Go and take Enoch from out his earthly garments, and anoint him with my sweet ointment, and put him into the garments of My glory.'

9  And Michael did thus, as the Lord told him.   He anointed

me, and dressed me, and the ap­ pearance  of  that ointment   is more than the great light, and his ointment is like sweet Sew; and its smell mild, shining like the sun's ray, and I looked at myself, and was like one of his glorious ones.

10And the Lord summoned one of his archangels by name

Pravuil, whose knowledge was quicker in wisdom than the other

archangels,  who  wrote  all  the deeds of the Lord; and the Lord said to Pravuil:

11 'Bring put the books from my store-houses, and a reed of quick-writing, and give it to Enoch, and deliver to him the choice and comforting books out of thy hand.'

 

XXIII.

Of Enoch's writing, how he wrote his wonderful journey-ings and the heavenly appari­tions and himself wrote three hundred and sixty-six books.

AND he was telling me all the works of heaven, earth and sea, and all the elements,, their passages and goings, and the thunderings of the thunders, the sun and moon, the goings and changes of the stars, the seasons, years, days, and hours, the risings of the wind, the num­bers of the angels, and the for­mation of their songs, and all human things, the tongue of every human song and life, the commandments, instructions, and sweet-voiced singings, and all things that it is fitting to learn.

2 And Pravuil told me: 'All the things that I have told thee, we have written. Sit and write all the souls of mankind, how­ever many of them are born, and the places prepared for them to eternity; for all souls are pre­pared to eternity, before the formation of the world.'

3 And all double thirty days and thirty nights, and I wrote out all things exactly, and wrote three hundred and sixty-six books.

 

XXIV.

Of the great secrets of God, which God revealed and told to Enoch, and spoke with him face to face.

AND the Lord summoned me, and said to me:  'Enoch, sit   down on my left with Gabriel’.

 2 And I bowed down to the Lord, and the Lord spoke to me: Enoch, beloved, all thou seest, SIT things that are standing finished I tell to thee even be­fore the very beginning, all that I created from non-being, and visible things from invisible.

3  Hear, Enoch, and take in these my words, for not to My

angels have I told my secret, and I have not told them their rise, norjtny endless realm, nor have they   understood   my   creating, which I tell thee to-day.

4  For before all things were visible, I alone used to go about

in the invisible things, like the sun from east to west, and from west to east.

5  But even the sun has peace in itself, while I found no peace,

because I was creating all things, and I conceived the thought of placing foundations, and of creat­ ing visible creation.

 

XXV.

God relates to Enoch, how out of the very lowest darkness comes down the visible and invisible.

 

I COMMANDED in the very lowest parts, that visible things should come down from invisible, and Adoil came down very great, and I beheld him, and lo! he had a belly of great light.

2  And I said to him:   'Be­ come undone, Adoil, and let the

visible come out of thee.'

3  And he came undone, and a great light came out.   And I

was in the midst of the great light, and as there is born light

from light, there came forth a great age, and showed all crea­

tion,  which I  had thought to create.

4  And I saw that it was good.

5  And I placed for myself a throne, and took my seat on it,

and said to the light: 'Go thou up higher and fit thyself high above the throne, and be a foun­dation to the highest things.'

6 And above the light there is nothing else, and then I bent up and looked up from my throne.

 

XXVI.

God summons from the very low­est a second time that Archas, heavy and very red should come forth.

 

AND I summoned the very lowest a second time, and said:   'Let  Archas   come  forth hard,' and he came forth hard from the invisible.

2  And   Archas   came   forth, hard, heavy, and very red.

3  And   I   said:   'Be  opened, Archas, and let there be born

from thee,' and he came undo ne,an age came forth, very great and very dark, bearing the crea­ tion of all lower things, and I saw that it was good and said to him:

4  'Go thou down below, and make thyself firm, and be for a

foundation for the lower things,' and it happened and he went down and fixed himself, and be­ came   the   foundation   for   the lower things, and below the dark­ ness there is nothing else.

 

XXVII.

Of how God founded the water, and surrounded it with light, and established on it seven islands.

 

AND I commanded that there should be taken from light and darkness, and I said: 'Be thick,' and it became thus, and I spread it out with the light, and it became water, and I spread it out over the darkness, below the light, and then I made firm the waters, that is to say the bottomless, and I made foun­dation of light around the water, and created seven circles from inside, and imaged it (sc. the water) like crystal wet and dry, that is to say like glass, and the circumcession of the waters and the other elements, and I showed each one of them its road, and the seven stars each one of them in its heaven, that they go thus, and I saw that it was good.

2 And I separated between light and between darkness, that is to say in the midst of the water hither and thither, and I said to the light, that it should be the day, and to the darkness, that it should be the night, and there was evening and there was morning the first day.

 

XXVIII.

The week in which God showed Enoch all his wisdom and power, throughout all the seven days, how he created all the heavenly and earthly forces and all moving things even down to man.

 

AND then I made firm the heavenly circle, and made that the lower water which is under heaven collect itself to­gether, into one whole, and that the chaos become dry, and it became so.

2  Out of the waves I created rock hard and big, and from the

rock I piled up the dry, and the dry I called earth, and the midst of the earth I called abyss, that is to say the bottomless, I col­ lected the sea in one place and bound it together with a yoke.

3  And I said to the sea: 'Be­ hold I give thee thy eternal lim­

its,  and  thou  shalt  not  break loose from thy component parts.'

4  Thus I made fast the firma ment.   This day I called me th

first-created.

 

XXIX.

Then it became evening, and then again morning, and it was the second day. [Monday is the first day.'] The fiery Essence.

 

AND for all the heavenly xV. troops I imaged the image and essence of fire, and my eye ooked at the very hard, firm rock, and from the gleam of my eye . the lightning received its wonderful nature, which is both fire in water and water in fire, and one does not put out the other, nor does the one dry up the other, therefore the lightning is brighter ffian the sun, softer than water and firmer than hard rock.

2 And from the rock I cut off a great fire, and from the fire

I created the orders of the in-Sorpoxeal ten troops of angels,

and their weapons are fiery and their raiment a burning flame, and I commanded that each one should stand in his order.

 

Here Satanail with his angels was thrown down from the height.

 

3 And one from out the order of angels, having turned away

with the order that was under him, conceived  an   impossible though  to   place   His   throne  higher "tEan  the  clouds  above the earth, that he might become equal in rank to my power.

4 And I threw him out from the height with his angels, and

he was flying in the air continu­ ously above the bottomless.

 

XXX.

And then I created all the heavens, and the third day was, [Tuesday]

 

ON   the   third   day  I   com­manded the earth to make grow great and fruitful trees, and hills, and seed to sow, and I lanted Paradise, and enclosed it, and placed as armed guardians naming angels, and thus I created renewal.

2  Then   came   evening,   and came morning the fourth day

3  [Wednesday].  On the fourth day I commanded that there should be great lights on the heavenly circles.

4  On the first uppermost circL I placed the stars, Kruno, and on the second Aphrodit, on the third Aris, on the fifth Zeus, on the sixth Ermis, on the seventh lesser  the moon,  and  adorned it with the lesser stars.

5  And on the lower I placed the sun for the illumination of day, and the moon and stars for the illumination of night.

6  The sun that it should go according  to  each   animal   (sc signs of the zodiac), twelve, and I   appointed  the  succession  of the months and their names and lives, their   thunderings, and their hour-markings, how they should succeed.

7  Then   evening   came   and morning came the fifth day.

8  [Thursday].  On the fifth day I commanded the sea, that it should bring forth fishes, and feathered birds of many varie­ ties,  and  all  animals  creeping over the earth, going forth over the   earth   on   four  legs,   and soaring in the air, male sex and

female, and every soul breathing the spirit of life.

9  And   there   came   evening, and   there   came  morning   the sixth day.

10[Friday].  On  the  sixth day I commanded my wisdom to create man from seven con­ sistencies: one, his flesh from the earth;  two, his blood from the dew;  three, his eyes from the

sun; four, his bones from stone; five,   his   intelligence   from   the

swiftness of the angels and from cloud; six, his veins and his TSafr from the grass of the earth; seven, his soul from my breath and from the wind.

11And I gave him seven na­ tures: to the flesh hearing, the eyes for sight, to the soul smell, the veins for touch, the blood for taste, the bones for endurance, to the intelligence sweetness (sc. enjoyment).

12   I conceived a cunning say­ ing to say, I created man from invisible and from visible nature, of both are his death and life

and image, he knows speech like some   created   thing,   small   in, greatness   and   again   great   in smallness, and I placed him on earth,  a^jecond angel, honour­ able, great and glorious, and I appointed him as ruler to rule on earth and to have my wis­ dom, and there was none like him of earth of all my existing creatures.

13   And  I   appointed  him   a name, from the four component

parts,   from   east,   from   west from south, from north, and I

appointed for him four special stars,   and  I   called  his  name

Adam, and showed him the two ways, the light and the darkness, and I told him:

14   'This   is   good,   and   that bad,' that I should learn whether

he has love towards me, or ha tred, that it be clear which in

his race love me.

15    For I have seen his nature, but he has not seen his own

nature,   therefore   through   not seeing he will sin worse, and I

said 'After sin what is there but death?'

16 And I put sleep into him md he fell asleep.  And I took from him a rib, and created him a wife, that death should come

to him by his wife, and I took his last word and called her name

mother, that is to say, Eva.

 

XXXI.

God gives over paradise to Adam, and gives him a command

to see the heavens opened, and that he should see the angels singing

the song oj victory,

 

ADAM has life on earth, and I created a garden in Eden an the east, that he should ob­serve the testament and keep the command.

2  I made the heavens open to him,   that   he  should  see   the

angels singing the song of vic­ tory, and the gloomless light.

3  And he was continuously in paradise, and the devil under­

stood that I wanted to create an­ other world, because Adam was lord on earth, to rule and con­ trol it.

4  The devil is the evilg spirit, of the lower places, as a fugitive he made Sotona from the heavens as his name was Satanail, thus he bekam diferent from the angles, bat his nature did not change his inteligens as far as his understanding of rigteous and sinful things.

5  And he understud his condemnation and the sin wich he had sinned before, therefore he conceived thought against Adam, in such formhe inetered and seduced Eva, but did not tuch Adam.

6 But I cursed ignorance, but what I had blessed previously, those I did not curse, I cursed not man, nor the earth, nor other creatures, but man's evil fruit, and his works.

 

 

XXXII.

After Adam's sin God sends him away into the earth

'whence I took thee,' but does not wish to ruin him

 for all years to come.

 

 I SAID to him: 'Earth thou art,   and   into   the   earth hence I took thee thou shalt go, and I will not ruin thee, but send thee whence I took thee.

2  Then I can again take thee at My second coming.'

3  And I blessed all my crea­ tures visible and invisible.   And

Adam was five and half hours in paradise.

4  And I blessed the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, on

which he  rested  from  all  his works.

 

       XXXIII.

God shows Enoch the age of this world, its existence of

seven thousand years, and the eighth thousand is the end,

 neither years, nor months, nor weeks, nor days.

 

AND I appointed the eighth day also, that the eighth day should be the first-created 'after my work, and that the first seven revolve in the form, of the seventh thousand, and that at the beginning of the eighth thousand there should be a time of not-counting, endless, with neither years nor months nor weeks nor days nor hours.

2  And now, Enoch, all that I have told thee, all that thou hast understood, all that thou hast seen of heavenly things, all that thou hast seen on earth,  and all that I have written in books by my great wisdom, all these things I have devised and cre­ ated from the uppermost foun­ dation to the lower and to the end, and there is no counsellor nor inheritor to my creations.

3  I am  self-eternal, not made with hands, and without change.

4  My  thought  is  my   coun­ sellor, my wisdom and my word

are made, and my eyes observe all things how they stand here and tremble with terror.

5.If I turn away my face, then all things will be destroyed.

6 And apply thy mind, Enoch, and know him who is speaking to thee, and take thou the books which thou thyself hast written.

7  And I give thee Samuil anc Raguil, who led thee up, and the

books,  and go  down  to  earth, and tell thy sons all that I have

told thee, and all that thou hast seen, from the lower heaven up to my throne, and all the troops.

8  For I created all forces, and there is none that resisteth me

or that does not subject him self to me.   For all subject them­

selves   to   my   monarchy,   and labour for my sole rule.

9  Give them the books of the handwriting, and they will read

them and will know me for the creator of all  things,  and will

Understand how there is no other God but me.

10   And let them distribute the books of thy handwriting—children to children, generation to generation, nations to nations.

11And I will give thee, Enoch, my intercessor, the archistratege

Michael, for the handwritings of thy fathers Adam, Seth, Enos,

Cainan,  Mahaleleel,  and  Jared thy father.

 

 

XXXIV.

God convicts the idolaters and sodomitic jornicators, and therefore brings down a deluge upon them.

THEY have rejected my com­mandments and my yoke, worthless seed has come up, not fearing God, and they would not bow down to me, but have begun to bow down to vain gods, and denied my unity, and have laden the whole earth with untruths, offences, abominable lecheries, namely one with another, and all manner of other unclean wick­ednesses, which, are disgusting to relate.

2 And therefore I will bring down a deluge upon the earth and will destroy all men, and the whole earth will crumble to­gether into great darkness.

 

XXXV.

God leaves one righteous man of Enoch's tribe with his whole house, who did God's pleasure according to his will.

 

BEHOLD   from   their   seed shall arise another genera­tion,  much  afterwards,  but  of them   many   will   be   very   insatiate.

2 He who raises that genera­tion, shall reveal to them the books of thy handwriting, of thy fathers, to them to whom he must point out the guardianship of the world, to the faithful men and workers of my pleasure, who do not acknowledge,my name in vain.

3 And they shall tell another generation, and those others hav­ing read shall be glorified there­after, more than the first.

 

 

XXXVI.

God commanded Enoch to live on earth thirty days,

to give instruction to his sons and to his children's children.

After thirty days he was again taken on to heaven.

 

NOW, Enoch, I give thee the term of thirty days to spend in thy house, and tell thy sons and all thy household, that all may hear from my face what is told them by thee, that they may read and understand, how there is no other God but me.

2  And that they may always keep   my   commandments,   and

begin to read and take in the books of thy handwriting.

3  And   after   thirty   days   I shall send my angel for thee, and

fie will take thee from earth and from thy sons to me.

 

 

XXXVII.

Here God summons an  angel.

AND the Lord called up one of the older angels, terrible and menacing, and placed him

by me, in appearance white as snow, and his hands like ice, having the appearance of great frost, and he froze my face, be­cause I could not endure the terror of the Lord, just as it is not possible to endure a stove's fire and the sun's heat, and the frost of the air.

2 And the Lord said to me: 'Enoch, if thy face be not frozen here, no man will be able to behold thy face.'

 

 

XXXVIII.

 

Mathusal continued to have hope and to await his father Enoch at his couch day and night.

 

AND the Lord said to those men who first led me up: Enoch go down on to earth with you, and await him till the determined day.'

2  And  they  placed   me  by night on my couch. And  Mathusal expecting my coming^ keeping watch by day and by night at my couch, was filled with awe when he heard

my coming, and I told him, 'Let all my household come together, that I tell, them everything.'

 

 

XXXIX.

Enoch's pitiful admonition to his sons with weeping and great lamentation, as he spoke to them.

 

Oh my children, my beloved ones, hear the admonition oiyour father, as much as is ac­cording to the Lord's will.

2  I have been let come to you to-day,   and  announce  to  you,

not from my lips, but from the Lord's lips, all that is and was

and all that is now, and all that will be till judgement-day.

3  For the  Lord  has  let  me come to you, you hear therefore

the words of my lips, of a man made big for you, but I am one

who has seen the Lord's "face like iron made to glow from fire

it sends forth sparks and burns

4  You look now upon my eyes,  the eyes of a man big with mean-:ng for you, but I have seen the Lord's eyes," shining like the sun's rays and filling the eyes of man with awe.

5  You see now, my children, ihe right hand of a man that

lelps you, but I have seen the Lord's right hand filling heaven

as he helped me.

6  You see the compass of my work like your own, but I have

seen   the   Lord's   limitless   and perfect compass, which has no

end.

7  You hear the words of my lips, as I heard the .words of the

Lord,   like   great;  "thunder   in­ cessantly with hurling of clouds.

8  And now, my children, hear the discourses of the father of

the earth, how fearful and awful it is to come before the face of

the ruler of the earth, how much  more terrible and awful it is to come before the face of the ruler of heaven, the controller of quick and dead, and of the heavenly troops. Who can endure that endless pain?

 

 

 

XL.

 

Enoch admonishes his children truly of

all things from the Lord's lips,

how he saw and heard and wrote down.

 

AND now, my children, Iknow all things, for this is from the Lord's lips, and this my eyes have seen, from begin­ning to end.

2  I know all things, and have written all things into books, the

heavens and their end, and their plenitude, and all the armies and their marchings.

3  I  have  measured  and  de­ scribed   the   stars,   the   great

countless multitude of them.

4  What man  has  seen  their revolutions, and their entrances?

For not even the angels see th eir number, while I have written all their names.

5  And I measured the aun's circle, and measured its rays, counted the hours, I wrote down too all things that go over the earth, I have written the things that are nourished, and all seed sown and unsown, which the earth produces and all plants, and every grass and every flower, and their sweet smells, and their names, and the dwelling-places of the clouds, and their composition, and their wings, and how they bear rain and rain­drops.

6  And I investigated all things, and" wrote the road of the thun­

der and of the lightning, and they showed me the keys and

their guardians, their rise, the way they go;   it is let out in

measure (sc. gently) by a chain, lest by a heavy chain and vio­

lence it hurl  down the  angry clouds and destroy all things on earth.

7  I wrote the treasure-houses of the snow, and the store-houses of the cold and the frosty airs, and  I  observed  their  season's key-holder,  he  fills  the  clouds with them, and does not exhaust the treasure-houses.

8  And I  wrote the  restingplaces of the winds and observed

arid saw how their key-holders bear weighing-scales and meas­

ures; first, they put them in one weighing-scale, then in the other the weights and let them out ac­ cording   to" "measure   cunningly over the whole earth,  lest  by heavy breathing they make the earth to rock.

9  And  I   measured  out  the whole earth, its mountains, and

all. hills,   fields,   trees,   stones, rivers, all existing things I wrote

down, the height from earth to the seventh heaven, and down­

wards to the very lowest hell, and  the   judgement-place,   and the very great, open and weep­ ing hell.

10And I saw how the pris­ oners are in pain, expecting the

limitless judgement.

11 And I wrote down all those being judged by the judge, and all their judgements (sc. sen­tences) and all their works.

 

 

XLI.

0f how Enoch lamented Adam's sin.

AND I saw  all  forefathers from all time with Adam and   Eva,   and   I   sighed   and broke into tears and said of the ruin of their dishonour:

2 Woe is me for my infirmjty and for That of my forefathers’ and thought in my heart ana said:

3 'Blessed is the  man, who has not been born or who has been born and shall not sin before the Lord's face, that he come not into this place, nor bring the yoke of this place.'

 

 

XLII.

 

Of how Enoch saw the key-hold­ers and guards of

the gates of hell standing.

 

I  SAW the key-holders and guards of the gates of hell standing, like great serpents, and their faces like extinguished lamps, and their eyes of fire, their sharp teeth, and I saw all the Lord's works, how they are right, while the works of man are some good, and others bad, and in their works are known those who lie evilly.

 

 

XLIII.

Enoch shows his children how he measured and wrote out God's judgements.

 

I, my children, measured and wrote out every work and every measure and every right­eous judgement.

2 As. one year is more honour­able than another, so is one man more honourable than another, some for great possessions, some for wisdom of heart, some for particular intellect, some for cunning, one for silence of lip, another for cleanliness, one for strength, another for comeliness, one for youth, another for sharp wit, one for shape of body, an­other for sensibility, let it be heard everywhere, but there is none better than he who fears God, he shall be more glorious in time to come.

 

XLIV.

 

Enoch instructs his sons, that they revile not the face

of man, small or great.

 

THE  Lord with  his  hands  having created man, in the likeness  of  his  own   face,  the Lord made him small and great.

2  Whoever reviles the ruler's face, and abhors the Lord's face, has despised the Lord's face, and he who vents anger on any man without injury, the Lord's great anger will cut him down, he who spits on the face of man re­ proachfully, will be cut down at the Lord's great judgement.

3  Blessed   is   the   man   who does not direct his heart with

malice  against   any   man,   and helps the injured and condemned, and raises the broken down, and shall do  charity to the needy, because on. the day of the great judgement every weight, every measure and every makeweight

will be as in the market, that is to say they are hung on scales

and stand in the market, and every one shall learn his own

measure, 'and according to his measure shall take his reward.

 

XLV.

God shows how he does not want from men sacrifices, nor burnt-offerings, but pure and con­trite hearts.

 

WHOEVER hastens to make offering before the Lord's face, the Lord for his part will hasten that offering by granting of his work.

2  But  whoever  increases  his lamp before the Lord's face and

make not  true judgement,  the Lord will not increase his treas­

ure in the realm of the highest.

3  When   the   Lord   demands bread, or candles, or flesh {sc.

cattle),  or any  other sacrifice, then that is nothing;  but God

demands pure hearts, and withall that only tests the heart of

man.

 

XLVI.

 

Of how an earthly ruler does not accept from man abominable and unclean gifts, then how much more does God abomi­nate unclean gifts, but sends them away with wrath and does not accept his gifts.

 

HEAR, my people, and take in the words of my lips.

2  If any one bring any gifts to  an  earthly ruler,  and have

disloyal thoughts in his heart, and the ruler know this, will he not be angry with him, and not refuse his gifts, and not give him over to judgement?

3  Or if one man make himself appear good to another by de­

ceit of tongue, but have evil in his heart, then will not the other

understand the treachery of his heart, and himself be condemned, since his untruth was plain to all?

4  And  when  the  Lord  shall sencT "a great light, then there

will be judgement for the just and the unjust, and there no one shall escape notice.

 

 

XLVII.

 

Enoch instructs his sons from God's lips,

and hands them the handwriting of this book.

 

AND now, my children, lay thought   on   your   hearts, mark welt the words of your father, which are all come to you from the Lord's lips.

2 Take these books of you: father's handwriting and read them.

3  For the books  are many and in them you will learn all the Lord's works, all that has been from the beginning of creation,

and will be till the end of time

4  And if you will observe my handwriting,   you   will   not   sin

against the Lord; because then is  no   other   except  the  Lord,

neither in heaven, nor in earth nor_Jn the very lowest places.

nor In the one foundation.

5  The  Lord  has  placed   the foundations in the unknown, and

has spread forth heavens visible and invisible; he fixed the earth Off   the   waters,    and   created countless creatures, and who has counted the water and the foun­ dation of the unfixed, or the dust of the earth, or the sand of the sea, or the drops of the rain, or the morning dew, or the wind': breathings?   Who    has  filled earth and sea, and the indis­ soluble winter?

6  I cut the stars out of fire, and decorated heaven, and put

it in their midst.

 

XLVIII.

Of the sun's passage along the seven circles.

THAT the sun go along the seven heavenly circles, which are the appointment of one hundred and eighty-two thrones, that it go down on a short day, and again one hundred and eighty-two, that it go down on a big day, and he has two thrones on which he rests, re­volving hither and thither above the thrones of the months, from the seventeenth day of the month Tsivan it goes down to the month Thevan, from the seven­teenth of Thevan it goes up.

3 And thus it goes close to the earth, then the earth is glad and makes grow its fruit, and when it goes away, then the earth is sad, and trees and all fruits have no florescence.

4  All this he measured, with good measurement of hours, and

fixed a measure by his wisdom, of the visible and. the invisible.

5  From the invisible he made all things visible, himself being

invisible.

6  Thus I make known to you, my children, and distribute the

books to youf"children, into all your generations,  and amongst

the nations who shall have the sense to fear God, let them re­

ceive them, and may they come to love them more than any food or earthly sweets, and read them and apply themselves to them.

7  And those who understand not the Lord, who fear not God, who accept not, bat reject, who do not receive them (sc. The books), a terrible judgement awaits these.

8  Blessed is the man who shall bear their yoke and shall drag them along, for he shall be re­leased on the day of the great judgement.

 

XLIX.

Enoch instructs his sons not to swear either by heaven or earth, and shows God's prom­ise, even in the mother's womb.

I  SWEAR to  you,  my  chil­dren, but I swear not by any oath, neither by heaven nor by earth, nor by any other creature which God created.

2  The Lord  said: 'There is no oath in me, nor injustice, but

truth.'

3  If there is no truth in men, let  them swear by  the  words

'yea, yea,' or else, 'nay, nay.'

4  And I swear to you, yea,yea, that there has been no man

in his motEer's womb, but that already before, even to each one

there is a place prepared for the repose of that soul, and a measure fixed how much it is intended that a man be tried in this world.

5  Yea, children, deceive not yourselves, for there has been previously prepared a place for every soul of man.

 

L.

 

Of how none born on earth can remain hidden nor his work remain concealed, but he (sc. God) bids us be meek, to en­dure attack and insult, and not to offend widows and orphans.

 

I  HAVE put every man's work in writing and none born on earth* can remain hidden nor his works remain concealed.

2  I see all things.

3  Now therefore, my children, in patience and meekness spend

the number of your days, that you inherit endless life.

4  Endure for the sake of the Lord every wound, every injury,

every evil word and attack.

5  If  ill-requitals  ,befall  you, return TKerh not either to neigh­

bour or enemy, because the Lord will returnjAem for you and be your avenger on the day of great judgement,   that   there   be   no avenging here" among men.

6  Whoever of you spends gold or silver for his brother's sake,

he will receive ample treasure in the world to come.

7  Injure not widows nor or­ phans nor strangers, lest God's

wrath come upon you.

 

LI.

 

Enoch instructs his sons, that they hide not treasures in the earth, but bids them give alms to the poor.

STRETCH mtyour hands to the jlqoj; according to your strength.

2 Hide not your silver in the earth.

3 Help  the faithful man  in affliction, and affliction will not

find you in the time of your trouble.

4 And   every   grievous   and rue! yoke that come upon you bear all for the sake of the Lord, and thus you will find your re­ward in the day of judgement.

5  It Js good to go morning, midday,   and  evening into   the

Lord's dwelling, for the glory of your creator.

6  Because    every    breathing thing  glorifies  him,  and  every

creature visible and invisible re­ turns him praise.

 

LII.

 

God instructs his faithful, how they are to praise his name.

BLESSED is the man who opens Tiis lips in praise of God of Sabaoth and praises the Lord with his heart.

2 Cursed every man who opens his lips for the bringing into contempt and calumny of his neighbour, because he brings God into contempt.

3 Blessed is he who opens his lips blessing and praising God.

4 Cursed is he before the Lord all the days of his life, who opens

his lips to curse and abuse:

5 Blessed is he who blesses all the Lord's works.

6  Cursed is he who brings the Lord's  creation into  contempt.

7  Blessed   is   he   who   looks down and raises the fallen.

8  Cursed is he who looks to and is eager for the destruction

of what is not his.

9  Blessed is he who keeps the foundations of his fathers made

firm from the beginning.

10   Cursed is he who perverts the decrees of his forefathers.

11Blessed is he who implants peace and love

12   Cursed is he who disturb those that love their neighbours

13   Blessed is he who speak, with humble tongue and heart

to all.

14    Cursed is he who speaks peace with his tongue, while in

his heart there is no peace bu a sword.

15    For all these things will be laid bare in the weighing-scales

and in the books, on the day of the great judgement.

 

LIII.

[Let us not say: 'Our father is before God, he will stand for­ward for us on the day of judgement,' for there father cannot help son, nor yet son father.}

AND now, my children, do. not say: 'Our father is standing before God, and is praying for our sins,' for there is there no helper of any man who has sinned.

2  You see how I  wrote all works of every man, before his

creation, all that is done amongst all men for all time, and none

can tell or relate my handwrit­ ing, because the Lord sees all the

imaginings   of  man,   how   they are vain, where they lie in the treasure-houses of the heart.

3  And now, my children, markwell all the words of your father,

that I tell you, lest you regret, saying: 'Why did our father not

tell us?'

LIV.

 

Enoch instructs his sons, that they should hand the books to others also.

 

AT   that   time,   not  understanding  this let  these books which I have given you be for an inheritance of your peace.

2 Hand them to all who want them, and instruct them, that "they 'may see the Lord's very great and marvellous works.

 

LV.

 

Here Enoch shows his sons, tell­ing them with tears: 'My chil­dren, the hour has approached for me to go up on to heaven; behold, the angels are stand­ing before me.'

 

MY children, behold, the day of my term and the time approached.

2  For the angels who shall go with me are standing before me

and urge me to my departure from you; they are standing here on earth, awaiting what has been told them.

3  For to-morrow I shall go up on to heaven, to the uppermost

Jerusalem   to   my   eternal   in­ heritance.

4  Therefore I bid you do be­ fore the Lord's face all his good

pleasure.

 

LVI.

Methosalam asks of his father blessing, that he (sc. Metho­salam) may make him (sc. Enoch) food to eat.

METHOSALAM having an­swered his father Enoch, said: 'What is agreeable to thy ?yes, father, that I may make before thy face, that thou mayst ) less our dwellings, and thy sons, ind that thy people may be nade glorious through thee, and ihen that thou mayst depart ihus, as the Lord said?'

2 Enoch answered to his son Methosalam and said: 'Hear, jhild, from the time when the Lord anointed me with the oint­ment of his glory, there has been no food in me, and my soul re­members not earthly enjoyment, neither do I want anything earthly.'

 

LVII.

 

Enoch bade his son Methosalam to summon all hk brethren.

MY child Methosalam, sum­mon all thy brethren and all   your   household   and   the elders of the people, that I may talk to them and depart, as is planned for me.'

2 And Methosalam made haste, and summoned his brethren, Regim, Riman, Uchan, Chermion, Gaidad, and all the elders of the people before the face of his father Enoch; and he blessed them, and said to them:

 

                                                 LVIII.

                             Enoch's instruction to his sons.

 

LISTEN to me, my children, to-day.

2  In those days when the Lord came   down   on   to   earth   for

Adam's sake, and visited all his creatures, which he created him­ self, after all these he created Adam, and the Lord called all the beasts of the earth, all the reptiles, and all the birds that soar in the air, and brought them all before the face of our father Adam.

3  And Adam gave the names to all things living on earth.

4  And the Lord appointed him ruler over all, and subjected to him all things under his hands, and made them dumb and made them dull that they be  com­ manded of man, and be in sub­ jection and obedience to him.

5  Thus also the Lord created every   man  lord  over   all  his

possessions.

6  The Lord will not judge a single soul of beast for man's

sake, but adjudges the souls of men to their beasts in this world; for men have a special place.

7  And as every soul of man is according  to  number,  similarly beasts will not perish, nor all souls of beasts which the Lord created, till the great judge­ment, and they will accuse man, if he feed them ill.

 

LIX.

Enoch instructs his sons where­fore they may not touch beef because of what comes from it.

 

WHOEVER defiles the soul of beasts, defiles Ms own soul.

2  For man brings clean ani­ mals to make sacrifice for sin,

that he may have cure of his soul.

3  And if they bring for sacri­ fice   clean   animals,   and  birds,

man has cure, he cures his soul.

4  AH is given you for food, bind it by the four feet, that is

to make good the cure, he cures his soul.

5  But   whoever   kills   beast without wounds, kills his own

soul and defiles his own flesh.

6  And he who does any beast any injury whatsoever, in secret, it is evil practice, and he defiles his own soul.

 

LX.

He who does injury to soul of man, does injury to his own soul, and there is no cure for his flesh, nor pardon for all time. How it is not fitting to kill man neither1 by weapon nor by tongue.

HE who works the killing of a man's soul, kills his own soul, and kills his own body, and there is no cure for him for all time.

2  He who puts a man in any snare, shall stick in it himself,

and there is no cure for him for alT time.

3  He who puts a man in any vessel, his retribution will not be

wanting at the great judgement for all time.

He who works crookedly o speaks evil against any soul, wil not make justice for himself fo: all time.

 

LXI.

Enoch instructs his sons to keep themselves from injustice and often to stretch forth handi to the poor, to give a share o} their labours.

 

AND now, my children, keep your hearts from every in­justice, which the Lord hates. Just as a man asks (sc. some­thing) for his own soul from God, so let him do to every liv­ing soul, because I know all things, how in the great time (sc. to come) are many man­sions prepared for men, good for the good, and bad for the bad, without number many.

2  Blessed are those who enter the good houses, for in the bad

(sc. houses)  there is no peace nor return (sc. from them).

3  Hear,   my   children,   small and great!    When man puts a

good thought in his heart, brings gifts from his labours before the Lord's face and his hands made them not,  then the Lord will turn  away  his  face from the labour of his hand, and he (sc. man) cannot find the labour of his hands.

4  And if his hands made it, but his heart murmur, and his

heart cease not making murmur incessantly,   he   has   not   any advantage.

 

LXII.

Of how it is fitting to bring one's gift with faith, because there is no repentance after death.

 

BLESSED is the man who in his patience brings his gifts with faith before the Lord's face, because he will find forgiveness of sins.

2  But   if  he   take  back   his words before the time, there is

no repentance for him;  and If the time pass and he do not of his own will what is promised, there   is   no   repentance   after death.

3  Because every work which man does before the time, is all

deceit before men, and sin before God.

 

LXIII.

Of how not to despise the poor, but to share with them equally, lest thou be murmured against before God.

WHEN man clothes the naked and fills the hungry, he will find reward from God.

2 But, if his heart murmur, he commits a double evil: ruin of himself and of that which he gives; and for him there will be no finding of reward on account of that.

3  And if his own heart is filled with his food and his own flesh

(sc. clothed)  with his clothing, he commits contempt, and will

forfeit all his endurance of pov­ erty, and will not find reward

of his good deeds.

4  Every proud and magnilo­ quent man is hateful to the Lord,

and every false speech, clothed in untruth; it will be cut with

the blade of the sword of death, and thrown into  the fire,  and shall bum for all time.'

 

XLIV.

 

Of how the Lord calls up Enoch, and people took counsel to go and kiss him at the place called Achuzan.

WHEN Enoch had spoken these words to his sons, all people far and near heard how the Lord was calling Enoch. They took counsel together:

2 'Let us go and kiss Enoch,'and two thousand men came together and came to the place Achuzan where Enoch was, and his sons.

3  And the elders of the people, the whole assembly, came and

bowed down and began to kiss Enoch and said to him:

4  'Our father Enoch, be thou blessed of the Lord, the eternal

ruler, and now bless thy sons and all the people, that we may

be glorified to-day before thy face.

5  For thou shalt be glorified before the Lord's face for all

time, since the Lord chose thee, rather than all men on earth,

and designated thee writer of all his creation, visible and invisible, and redeemer of the sins of man, and helper of thy household.'

 

LXV.

Of  Enoch's  instruction  of  his sons.

 

AND Enoch answered all his  people saying: 'Hear, my children, before that all crea­tures were created, the Lord created the visible and invisible things.

2  And as much time as there was and went past, nderstand

that after all that he created man in the likeness of his own

form, and put into him eyes to see, and ears to hear, and heart to reflect, and intellect where­ with to deliberate.

3  And the Lord saw all man's works, and created all his crea­

tures,  and divided  time,  from time  he fixed the  years,   and

from the years he appointed the months, and from the months he appointed the days, and of days he appointed seven.

4  And in those he appointed the hours, measured them out

exactly, that man might reflect on time and count years, months, and hours, their alternation, be­ ginning, and end, and that he might count his own life, from the beginning until death, and reflect on his sin and write his work bad and good; because no work is hidden before the Lord, that every man might know his works and never transgress all his commandments, and keep my handwriting from generation to generation.

5  When   all   creation   visible and invisible, as the Lord created

it,  shall  end,  then  every man goes to the great judgement, and then all time shall perish, and the years, and    thenceforward there will be neither months nor days nor  hours,  they  will  be stuck together and will not be counted.

6  There will be one aeon, and all the righteous who shall escape

the Lord's great judgement, shall be collected in the great aeon,

for the righteous the great aeon will  begin,  and  they  will  live

eternally, and then too there will be amongst them neither labour, nor sickness, nor humiliation, nor anxiety, nor need, nor violence, nor   night,  nor  darkness,  but great light.

7  And they shall have a great indestructible wall, and a paradise bright and incorruptible, for all corruptible   things   shall   pass away, and there will be eternal life.

 

LXVI.

Enoch instructs his sons and all the elders of the people, how they are to walk with terror and trembling before the Lord, and serve him alone and not bow down to idols, but to God, who created heaven and earth and every creature, and to his image.

AND now, my children, keep your   souls   from   all   in­justice, such as the Lord hates.

2 Walk before his face with terror and trembling and serve ban alone.

Bow down to the true God not   to   dumb   idols,   but   bov

down to his picture, and brm all   just   offerings   before   th.

Lord's  face.    The  Lord  hates what is unjust.

4  For the Lord sees all things, when man takes thought in his

heart, then he counsels the in­ tellects, and every thought is al­

ways before "the Lord, who made firm the earth and put all crea­ tures on it.

5  If you look to heaven, the Lord   is   there;    if   you   take

thought of the sea's deep  and all the  under-earth,  the  ord

is there.

6  For   the  Lord   created   all things.   Bow not down to things

made by man, leaving the Lord of all creation, because no work

can remain hidden before the Lord's face.

7  Walk, my children, in longsuffering, in meekness, honesty,

in provocation, in grief, in faith and   in   truth,   in   reliance   on

promises, in illness, in abuse, in wounds, in temptation, in naked­ ness, In privation, loving one an­ other, till you go out from this age of ills, that you become in­ heritors of endless time.

8  Blessed   are  the  just  who shall escape the great judgement, I for they shall shine forth more than the sun sevenfold, for in this world the seventh part istaken off from all, light, dark­ ness,food,   enjoyment,   sorrow, paradise, torture, fire, frost, and other things; he put all down in writing, that you might read and understand.'

 

LXVII.

The Lord let out darkness on to earth and covered the people and Enoch, and he was taken up on high, and light came again in the heaven.

WHEN Enoch had talked to the people, the Lord sent out darkness on to the earth, and

there was darkness, and it cov­ered those men standing with Enoch, and they took Enoch up on to the highest'"Heaven, where the Lord is; and he received him and placed him before his face, and the darkness went off from the earth, and light came again.

2 And the people saw and understood not how Enoch had been taken, and glorified God, and found a. roll in which was traced 'the invisible God'; and all went to their homes.

 

LXVIII.

ENOCH  was  born  on  the sixth   day  of  the  month Tsivan,and lived three hundred and sixty-five years.

2  He was taken up to heaven on the first day of the month

Tsivan and remained in heaven sixty days.

3  He wrote all these signs of all   creation,   which   the   Lord

created, and wrote three hun­ dred  and sixty-six books,  and

handed them over to his sons and  remained  on earth thirty

days, and was again taken up to heaven on the sixth day of the month Tsivan, on the very day and hour when he was born.

4 As every man's nature in this life is dark, so are also his conception, birth, and depar­ture from this life.

5  At what hour he was con­ ceived, at that hour he was born,

and at that hour too he died.

6  Methosalam and his breth­ ren, all the sons of Enoch, made

haste, and erected an altar at the place called Achuzan, whence and where Enoch had been taken up to heaven.

7  And   they   took   sacrificial oxen and summoned all people

and sacrificed the sacrifice before '.he Lord's face.

8  All people, the elders of the people and the whole assembly

came to the feast and brought gifts to the sons of Enoch.

9 And they made a great feast, rejoicing and making merry three days, praising God, who had  given   them  such   a  sign

through Enoch, who had found favour with him, and that they should hand it on to their sons from generation to generation, from age to age.

10 Amen.

 

 

(THE FOGOTTEN BOOKS OF EDEN – edited by RUTHERFORD H. PLATT, Jr – Published by Word Bible Publishers, Inc - 1926)

 

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