1 Enoch (Ethiopic) Parallel Translations

Charles < < Chapter XXII / Chapter 22 > > Laurence

XXII. SHEOL OR THE UNDERWORLD.

XXII

1And thence I went to another place, and he showed me in the west another great and high mountain {and} of hard rock.

Ethiopic

2And there was in it four hollow places, deep and wide and very smooth. How smooth are the hollow places and deep and dark to look at.

Greek

2And there were four hollow places in it, deep and very smooth: three of them were dark and one bright; and there was a fountain of water in its midst. And I said: 'How smooth are the hollow places and deep and dark to view.'

3Then Raphael answered, one of the holy angels who was with me, and said unto me: 'These hollow places have been created for this very purpose, that the spirits of the souls of the dead should 4assemble therein, yea that all the souls of the children of men should assemble here. And these places have been made to receive them till the day of their judgement and till their appointed period {till the period appointed}, till the great judgement [comes] upon them.'

Ethiopic

5I saw the spirits of the children of men who were dead, and their voice went forth to heaven and made suit. 6Then I asked Raphael the angel who was with me, and I said unto him: "This spirit--whose is it whose voice goeth forth and maketh suit?"

Greek

5I saw [the spirit of] a dead man making suit, and his voice went forth to heaven and made suit. 6And I asked Raphael the angel who was with me, and I said unto him: 'This spirit which maketh suit, whose is it, whose voice goeth forth and maketh suit to heaven?'

7And he answered me saying: 'This is the spirit which went forth from Abel, whom his brother Cain slew, and he makes his suit against him till his seed is destroyed from the face of the earth, and his seed is annihilated from amongst the seed of men.'

Ethiopic

8Then I asked regarding it, and regarding all the hollow places: 'Why is one separated from the other?'

9And he answered me and said unto me: 'These three have been made that the spirits of the dead might be separated. And such a division has been make [for] the spirits of the righteous, in which there is the bright spring of water. 10And such has been made for sinners when they die and are buried in the earth and judgement has not been executed on them in their lifetime. 11Here their spirits shall be set apart in this great pain till the great day of judgement and punishment and torment of those who curse for ever and retribution for their spirits. There He shall bind them for ever. 12And such a division has been made for the spirits of those who make their suit, who make disclosures concerning their destruction, when they were slain in the days of the sinners. 13Such has been made for the spirits of men who were not righteous but sinners, who were complete in transgression, and of the transgressors they shall be companions: but their spirits shall not be slain in the day of judgement nor shall they be raised from thence.' 14The I blessed the Lord of glory and said: 'Blessed be my Lord, the Lord of righteousness, who ruleth for ever.'

Greek

8Then I asked regarding all the hollow places: 'Why is one separaged from the other?'

9Then he answered me saying: "These three have been made that the spirits of the dead might be separated. And this division has bas been made for the spirits of the righteous, in which there is a bright spring of water. 10And this has been made for sinners when they die and are buried in the earth and judgement has not been executed upon them in their lifetime. 11Here their spirits shall be set apart in this great pain, till the great day of judgement, scourgings, and torments of the accursed for ever, so that [there may be] retribution for their spirits. There he shall bind them for ever. 12And this division has been made for the spirits of those who make their suit, who make disclosures concerning their distruction, when they were slain in the days of the sinners. 13And this has been made for the spirits of men who shall not be righteous but sinners, who are godless, and of the lawless they shall be companions: but their spirits shall not be punished in the day of judgement nor shall they be raised from thence.' 14Then I blessed the Lord of Glory and said: 'Blessed art Thou, Lord of righteousness, who rulest over the world.'

 

22

22:1 From there I proceeded to another spot, where I saw on the west a great and lofty mountain, a strong rock, and four delightful places.

22:2 Internally it was deep, capacious, and very smooth; as smooth as if it had been rolled over: it was both deep and dark to behold.

22:3 Then Raphael, one of the holy angels who were with me, answered and said, These are the delightful places where the spirits, the souls of the dead, will be collected; for them were they formed; and here will be collected all the souls of the sons of men.

22:4 These places, in which they dwell, shall they occupy until the day of judgment, and until their appointed period.

22:5 Their appointed period will be long, even until the great judgment. And I saw the spirits of the sons of men who were dead; and their voices reached to heaven, while they were accusing.

22:6 Then I inquired of Raphael, an angel who was with me, and said, Whose spirit is that, the voice of which reaches [to heaven], and accuses?

22:7 He answered, saying, This is the spirit of Abel who was slain by Cain his brother; and who will accuse that brother, until his seed be destroyed from the face of the earth;

22:8 Until his seed perish from the seed of the human race.

22:9 At that time therefore I inquired respecting him, and respecting the general judgment, saying, Why is one separated from another? He answered, Three [separations] have been made between the spirits of the dead, and thus have the spirits of the righteous been separated.

22:10 Namely, [by] a chasm, [by] water, and [by] light above it.

22:11 And in the same way likewise are sinners separated when they die, and are buried in the earth; judgment not overtaking them in their lifetime.

22:12 Here their souls are separated. Moreover, abundant is their suffering until the time of the great judgment, the castigation, and the torment of those who eternally execrate, whose souls are punished and bound there for ever.

22:13 And thus has it been from the beginning of the world. Thus has there existed a separation between the souls of those who utter complaints, and of those who watch for their destruction, to slaughter them in the day of sinners.

22:14 A receptacle of this sort has been formed for the souls of unrighteous men, and of sinners; of those who have completed crime, and associated with the impious, whom they resemble. Their souls shall not be annihilated in the day of judgment, neither shall they arise from this place. Then I blessed God,

22:15 And said, Blessed by my Lord, the Lord of glory and of righteousness, who reigns over all for ever and for ever.


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