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Charles < < Chapter XLVI / Chapter 46 > > Laurence

XLVI. THE HEAD OF DAYS AND THE SON OF MAN.

XLVI

1And there I saw One who had a head of days,
And His head was white like wool,
And with Him was another being whose countenance had the appearance of a man,
And his face was full of graciousness, like one of the holy angels.
2And I asked the angel who went with me and showed me all the hidden things, concerning that 3Son of Man, who he was, and whence he was, [and] why he went with the Head of Days? And he answered and said unto me:
This is the son of Man who hath righteousness,
With whom dwelleth righteousness,
And who revealeth all the treasures of that which is hidden,

Because the Lord of Spirits hath chosen him,
And whose lot hath the pre-eminence before the Lord of Spirits in uprightness for ever.

4And this Son of Man whom thou hast seen
Shall raise up the kings and the mighty from their seats,
{And the strong from their thrones}
And shall loosen the reins of the strong,
And break the teeth of the sinners.

5{And he shall put down the kings from their thrones and kingdoms}
Because they do not extol and praise Him,
Nor humbly acknowledge whence the kingdom was bestowed upon them.
6And he shall put down the countenance of the strong,
And shall fill them with shame.

And darkness shall be their dwelling,
And worms shall be their bed,
And they shall have no hope of rising from their beds,
Because they do not extol the name of the Lord of Spirits.

7And these are they who judge the stars of heaven,
{And raise their hands against the Most High},
And tread upon the earth and dwell upon it.
And all their deeds manifest unrighteousness,
And their power rests upon their riches,
And their faith is in the gods which they have made with their hands,
And they deny the name of the Lord of Spirits,

8And they persecute the houses of His congregations,
And the faithful who hang upon the name of the Lord of Spirits.

 

46

46:1 There I beheld the Ancient of days, whose head was like white wool, and with him another, whose countenance resembled that of man. His countenance was full of grace, like [that of] one of the holy angels. Then I inquired of one of the angels, who went with me, and who showed me every secret thing, concerning this Son of man; who he was; whence he was and why he accompanied the Ancient of days.

46:2 He answered and said to me, This is the Son of man, to whom righteousness belongs; with whom righteousness has dwelt; and who will reveal all the treasures of that which is concealed: for the Lord of spirits has chosen him; and his portion has surpassed all before the Lord of spirits in everlasting uprightness.

46:3 This Son of man, whom you behold, shall raise up kings and the mighty from their dwelling places, and the powerful from their thrones; shall loosen the bridles of the powerful, and break in pieces the teeth of sinners.

46:4 He shall hurl kings from their thrones and their dominions; because they will not exalt and praise him, nor humble themselves [before him], by whom their kingdoms were granted to them. The countenance likewise of the mighty shall He cast down, filling them with confusion. Darkness shall be their habitation, and worms shall be their bed; nor from [that] their bed shall they hope to be again raised, because they exalted not the name of the Lord of spirits.

46:5 They shall condemn the stars of heaven, shall lift up their hands against the Most High, shall tread upon and inhabit the earth, exhibiting all their acts of iniquity, even their works of iniquity. Their strength shall be in their riches, and their faith in the gods whom they have formed with their own hands. They shall deny the name of the Lord of spirits, and shall expel him from the temples, in which they assemble;

46:6 And [with him] the faithful, (43) who suffer in the name of the Lord of spirits.

(43) Shall expel him…the faithful. Or, "will be driven from the houses of his congregation, and of the faithful" (Knibb, p. 132; cp. Charles, p. 131).


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