1 Enoch (Ethiopic) Parallel Translations

XXI-XXXVI. THE SECOND JOURNEY OF ENOCH.

Charles < < Chapter XXI / Chapter 21 > > Laurence

XXI. PRELIMINARY AND FINAL PLACE OF PUNISHMENT OF THE FALLEN ANGELS (STARS).

XXI

1,2And I proceeded to where things were chaotic. And I saw there something horrible: I saw neither 3a heaven above nor a firmly founded earth, but a place chaotic and horrible. And there I saw 4seven stars of the heaven bound together in it, like great mountains and burning with fire. Then 5I said: 'For what sin are they bound, and on what account have they been cast in hither?' Then said Uriel, one of the holy angels, who was with me, and was chief over them, and said: 'Enoch, why 6dost thou ask, and why art thou eager for the truth? These are of the number of the stars of heaven, which have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and are bound here till ten thousand years, 7the time entailed by their sins, are consummated.' And from thence I went to another place, which was still more horrible than the former, and I saw a horrible thing: a great fire there which burnt and blazed, and the place was cleft as far as the abyss, being full of great descending columns of 8fire: neither its extent or magnitude could I see, nor could I conjecture. Then I said: 'How 9fearful is the place and how terrible to look upon!' Then Uriel answered me, one of the holy angels who was with me, and said unto me: 'Enoch, why hast thou such fear and affright?' And 10I answered: 'Because of this fearful place, and because of the spectacle of the pain.' And he said unto me: 'This place is the prison of the angels, and here they will be imprisoned for ever.'

 

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21:1 Then I made a circuit to a place in which nothing was completed.

21:2 And there I beheld neither the tremendous workmanship of an exalted heaven, nor of an established earth, but a desolate spot, prepared, and terrific.

21:3 There, too, I beheld seven stars of heaven bound in it together, like great mountains, and like a blazing fire. I exclaimed, For what species of crime have they been bound, and why have they been removed to this place? Then Uriel, one of the holy angels who was with me, and who conducted me, answered: Enoch, wherefore do you ask; wherefore [do you] reason with yourself, and anxiously inquire? These are those of the stars which have transgressed the commandment of the most high God; and are here bound, until the infinite number of the days of their crimes be completed.

21:4 From there I afterwards passed on to another terrific place;

21:5 Where I beheld the operation of a great fire blazing and glittering, in the midst of which there was a division. Columns of fire struggled together to the end of the abyss, and deep was their descent. But neither its measurement nor magnitude was I able to discover; neither could I perceive its origin. Then I exclaimed, How terrible is this place, and how difficult to explore!

21:6 Uriel, one of the holy angels who was with me, answered and said: Enoch, why are you alarmed and amazed at this terrific place, at the sight of this [place of] suffering? This, he said, is the prison of the angels; and here they are kept for ever.


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