1 Enoch (Ethiopic) Parallel Translations

Charles < < Chapter LX.11-24 / Chapter 59 > > Laurence

LX {continued}

11And the other angel who went with me and showed me what was hidden told me what is first and last in the heaven in the height, and beneath the earth in the depth, and at the ends of the 12heaven, and on the foundation of the heaven. And the chambers of the winds, and how the winds are divided, and how they are weighed, and [how] the portals of the winds are reckoned, each according to the power of the wind, and the power of the lights of the moon, and according to the power that is fitting: and the divisions of the stars according to their names, and how all the divisions 13are divided. And the thunders according to the places where they fall, and all the divisions that are made among the lightnings that it may lighten, and their host that they may at once obey. 14For the thunder has places of rest [which] are assigned [to it] while it is waiting for its peal; and the thunder and lightning are inseparable, and although not one and undivided, they both go together 15through the spirit and separate not. For when the lightning lightens, the thunder utters its voice, and the spirit enforces a pause during the peal, and divides equally between them; for the treasury of their peals is like the sand, and each one of them as it peals is held in with a bridle, and turned back by the power of the spirit, and pushed forward according to the many quarters of the earth. 16And the spirit of the sea is masculine and strong, and according to the might of his strength he draws it back with a rein, and in like manner it is driven forward and disperses amid all the mountains 17of the earth. And the spirit of the hoar-frost is his own angel, and the spirit of the hail is a good 18angel. And the spirit of the snow has forsaken his chambers on account of his strength -There is a 19special spirit therein, and that which ascends from it is like smoke, and its name is frost. And the spirit of the mist is not united with them in their chambers, but it has a special chamber; for its course is glorious both in light and in darkness, and in winter and in summer, and in its chamber is an angel. 20And the spirit of the dew has its dwelling at the ends of the heaven, and is connected with the chambers of the rain, and its course is in winter and summer: and its clouds and the clouds of the 21mist are connected, and the one gives to the other. And when the spirit of the rain goes forth from its chamber, the angels come and open the chamber and lead it out, and when it is diffused over the whole earth it unites with the water on the earth. And whensoever it unites with the water on 22the earth {...} For the waters are for those who dwell on the earth; for they are nourishment for the earth from the Most High who is in heaven: therefore there is a measure for the rain, 23and the angels take it in charge. And these things I saw towards the Garden of the Righteous. 24And the angel of peace who was with me said to me: 'These two monsters, prepared conformably to the greatness of God, shall feed {...}

 

59

59:1 Then another angel, who proceeded with me, spoke to me;

59:2 And showed me the first and last secrets in heaven above, and in the depths of the earth:

59:3 In the extremities of heaven, and in the foundations of it, and in the receptacle of the winds.

59:4 [He showed me] how their spirits were divided; how they were balanced; and how both the springs and the winds were numbered according to the force of their spirit.

59:5 [He showed me] the power of the moon's light, that its power is a just one; as well as the divisions of the stars, according to their respective names;

59:6 [That] every division is divided; that the lightning flashes;

59:7 That its troops immediately obey; and that a cessation takes place during thunder in continuance of its sound. Nor are the thunder and the lightning separated; neither do both of them move with one spirit; yet they are not separated.

59:8 For when the lightning lightens, the thunder sounds, and the spirit at a proper period pauses, making an equal division between them; for the receptacle, upon which their periods depend, is [loose] as sand. Each of them at a proper season is restrained with a bridle; and turned by the power of the spirit, which thus propels [them] according to the spacious extent of the earth.

59:9 The spirit likewise of the sea is potent and strong; and as a strong power causes it to ebb, so is it driven forwards, and scattered against the mountains of the earth. The spirit of the frost has its angel; in the spirit of hail there is a good angel; the spirit of snow ceases in its strength, and a solitary spirit is in it, which ascends from it like vapour, and is called refrigeration.

59:10 The spirit also of mist dwells with them in their receptacle; but it has a receptacle to itself; for its progress is in splendour.

59:11 In light, and in darkness, in winter and in summer. Its receptacle is bright, and an angel is [in it].

59:12 The spirit of dew [has] its abode in the extremities of heaven, in connection with the receptacle of rain; and its progress is in winter and in summer. The cloud produced by it, and the cloud of the mist, become united; one gives to the other; and when the spirit of rain is in motion from its receptacle, angels come, and opening its receptacle, bring it forth.

59:13 When likewise it is sprinkled over all the earth, it forms an union with every kind of water on the ground; for the waters remain on the ground, because [they afford] nourishment to the earth from the Most High, who is in heaven.

59:14 Upon this account therefore there is a regulation in the quantity of rain, which the angels receive.

59:15 These things I saw; all of them, even paradise.


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