1 Enoch (Ethiopic) Parallel Translations

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X

1Then said the Most High, the Holy and Great One spake, and sent Uriel to the son of Lamech, 2and said to him: 'Go to Noah and tell him in my name "Hide thyself!" and reveal to him the end that is approaching: that the whole earth will be destroyed, and a deluge is about to come 3upon the whole earth, and will destroy all that is on it. And now instruct him that he may escape 4and his seed may be preserved for all the generations of the world.' And again the Lord said to Raphael: 'Bind Azzl hand and foot, and cast him into the darkness: and make an opening 5in the desert, which is in Ddl, and cast him therein. And place upon him rough and jagged rocks, and cover him with darkness, and let him abide there for ever, and cover his face that he may 6,7not see light. And on the day of the great judgement he shall be cast into the fire. And heal the earth which the angels have corrupted, and proclaim the healing of the earth, that they may heal the plague, and that all the children of men may not perish through all the secret things that the 8Watchers have disclosed and have taught their sons. And the whole earth has been corrupted 9through the works that were taught by Azzl: to him ascribe all sin.' And to Gabriel said the Lord: 'Proceed against the bastards and the reprobates, and against the children of fornication: and destroy {the children of fornication and} the children of the Watchers from amongst men {and cause them to go forth}: send them one against the other that they may destroy each other in 10battle: for length of days shall they not have. And no request that they [i.e. their fathers] make of thee shall be granted unto their fathers on their behalf; for they hope to live an eternal life, and 11that each one of them will live five hundred years.' And the Lord said unto Michael: 'Go, bind Semjz and his associates who have united themselves with women so as to have defiled themselves 12with them in all their uncleanness. And when their sons have slain one another, and they have seen the destruction of their beloved ones, bind them fast for seventy generations in the valleys of the earth, till the day of their judgement and of their consummation, till the judgement that is 13for ever and ever is consummated. In those days they shall be led off to the abyss of fire: and 14to the torment and the prison in which they shall be confined for ever. And whosoever shall be condemned and destroyed will from thenceforth be bound together with them to the end of all 15generations. And destroy all the spirits of the reprobate and the children of the Watchers, because 16they have wronged mankind. Destroy all wrong from the face of the earth and let every evil work come to an end: and let the plant of righteousness and truth appear: and it shall prove a blessing; the works of righteousness and truth' shall be planted in truth and joy for evermore.

17And then shall all the righteous escape,
And shall live till they beget thousands of children,
And all the days of their youth and their old age
Shall they complete in peace.

18And then shall the whole earth be tilled in righteousness, and shall all be planted with trees and 19be full of blessing. And all desirable trees shall be planted on it, and they shall plant vines on it: and the vine which they plant thereon shall yield wine in abundance, and as for all the seed which is sown thereon each measure [of it] shall bear a thousand, and each measure of olives shall yield 20ten presses of oil. And cleanse thou the earth from all oppression, and from all unrighteousness, and from all sin, and from all godlessness: and all the uncleanness that is wrought upon the earth 21destroy from off the earth. And all the children of men shall become righteous, and all nations 22shall offer adoration and shall praise Me, and all shall worship Me. And the earth shall be cleansed from all defilement, and from all sin, and from all punishment, and from all torment, and I will never again send [them] upon it from generation to generation and for ever.

XI

1And in those days I will open the store chambers of blessing which are in the heaven, so as to send 2them down upon the earth over the work and labour of the children of men. And truth and peace shall be associated together throughout all the days of the world and throughout all the generations of men.'

 

10

10:1 Then the Most High, the Great and Holy One spoke,

10:2 And sent Arsayalalyur (12) to the son of Lamech,

(12) Arsayalalyur. Here one Greek text reads "Uriel."

10:3 Saying, Say to him in my name, Conceal yourself.

10:4 Then explain to him the consummation which is about to take place; for all the earth shall perish; the waters of a deluge shall come over the whole earth, and all things which are in it shall be destroyed.

10:5 And now teach him how he may escape, and how his seed may remain in all the earth.

10:6 Again the Lord said to Raphael, Bind Azazyel hand and foot; cast him into darkness; and opening the desert which is in Dudael, cast him in there.

10:7 Throw upon him hurled and pointed stones, covering him with darkness;

10:8 There shall he remain for ever; cover his face, that he may not see the light.

10:9 And in the great day of judgment let him be cast into the fire.

10:10 Restore the earth, which the angels have corrupted; and announce life to it, that I may revive it.

10:11 All the sons of men shall not perish in consequence of every secret, by which the Watchers have destroyed, and [which] they have taught, their offspring.

10:12 All the earth has been corrupted by the effects of the teaching of Azazyel. To him therefore ascribe the whole crime.

10:13 To Gabriel also the Lord said, Go to the biters, (13) to the reprobates, to the children of fornication; and destroy the children of fornication, the offspring of the Watchers, from among men; bring them forth, and excite them one against another. Let them perish by [mutual] slaughter; for length of days shall not be theirs.

(13) Biters. More accurately, "bastards" (Charles, p. 73; Michael A. Knibb, ed. and trans., The Ethiopic Book of Enoch [Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978], p. 88).

10:14 They shall all entreat you, but their fathers shall not obtain [their wishes] respecting them; for they shall hope for eternal life, and that they may live, each of them, five hundred years.

10:15 To Michael likewise the Lord said, Go and announce [his crime] to Samyaza, and to the others who are with him, who have been associated with women, that they might be polluted with all their impurity. And when all their sons shall be slain, when they shall see the perdition of their beloved, bind them for seventy generations underneath the earth, even to the day of judgment, and of consummation, until the judgment, [the effect of] which will last for ever, be completed.

10:16 Then shall they be taken away into the lowest depths of the fire in torments; and in confinement shall they be shut up for ever.

10:17 Immediately after this shall he, (14) together with them, burn and perish; they shall be bound until the consummation of many generations.

(14) He. I.e., Samyaza.

10:18 Destroy all the souls addicted to dalliance, (15) and the offspring of the Watchers, for they have tyrannized over mankind.

(15) Dalliance. Or, "lust" (Knibb, p. 90; cp. Charles, p. 76).

10:19 Let every oppressor perish from the face of the earth;

10:20 Let every evil work be destroyed;

10:21 The plant of righteousness and of rectitude appear, and its produce become a blessing.

10:22 Righteousness and rectitude shall be for ever planted with delight.

10:23 And then shall all the saints give thanks, and live until they have begotten a thousand [children], while the whole period of their youth, and their sabbaths shall be completed in peace. In those days all the earth shall be cultivated in righteousness; it shall be wholly planted with trees, and filled with benediction; every tree of delight shall be planted in it.

10:24 In it shall vines be planted; and the vine which shall be planted in it shall yield fruit to satiety; every seed, which shall be sown in it, shall produce for one measure a thousand; and one measure of olives shall produce ten presses of oil.

10:25 Purify the earth from all oppression, from all injustice, from all crime, from all impiety, and from all the pollution which is committed upon it. Exterminate them from the earth.

10:26 Then shall all the children of men be righteous, and all nations shall pay me divine honours, and bless me; and all shall adore me.

10:27 The earth shall be cleansed from all corruption, from every crime, from all punishment, and from all suffering; neither will I again send a deluge upon it from generation to generation for ever.

10:28 In those days I will open the treasures of blessing which are in heaven, that I may cause them to descend upon earth, and upon all the works and labour of man.

10:29 Peace and equity shall associate with the sons of men all the days of the world, in every generation of it.


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