1 Enoch (Ethiopic) Parallel Translations

Charles < < Chapter LXXV / Chapter 74 > > Laurence


1And the leaders of the heads of the thousands, who are placed over the whole creation and over all the stars, have also to do with the four intercalary days, being inseparable from their office, according to the reckoning of the year, and these render service on the four days which are not 2reckoned in the reckoning of the year. And owing to them men go wrong therein, for those luminaries truly render service on the world-stations, one in the first portal, one in the third portal of the heaven, one in the fourth portal, and one in the sixth portal, and the exactness of the year is 3accomplished through its separate three hundred and sixty-four stations. For the signs and the times and the years and the days the angel Uriel showed to me, whom the Lord of glory hath set for ever over all the luminaries of the heaven, in the heaven and in the world, that they should rule on the face of the heaven and be seen on the earth, and be leaders for the day and the night, i.e. the sun, moon, and stars, and all the ministering creatures which make their revolution in all the chariots 4of the heaven. In like manner twelve doors Uriel showed me, open in the circumference of the sun's chariot in the heaven, through which the rays of the sun break forth: and from them is warmth 5diffused over the earth, when they are opened at their appointed seasons. {And for the winds and 6the spirit of the dew when they are opened, standing open in the heavens at the ends.} As for the twelve portals in the heaven, at the ends of the earth, out of which go forth the sun, moon, and stars, 7and all the works of heaven in the east and in the west, There are many windows open to the left and right of them, and one window at its [appointed] season produces warmth, corresponding [as these do] to those doors from which the stars come forth according as He has commanded them, 8and wherein they set corresponding to their number. And I saw chariots in the heaven, running 9in the world, above those portals in which revolve the stars that never set. And one is larger than all the rest, and it is that that makes its course through the entire world.



74:1 [These are] the leaders of the chiefs of the thousands, [those] which [preside] over all creation, and over all the stars; with the four [days] which are added and never separated from the place allotted them, according to the complete calculation of the year.

74:2 And these serve four days, which are not calculated in the calculation of the year.

74:3 Respecting them, men greatly err, for these luminaries truly serve, in the dwelling place of the world, one [day] in the first gate, one in the third gate, one in the fourth gate, and one in the sixth gate.

74:4 And the harmony of the world becomes complete every three hundred and sixty-fourth state of it. For the signs,

74:5 The seasons,

74:6 The years,

74:7 And the days, Uriel showed me; the angel whom the Lord of glory appointed over all the luminaries.

74:8 Of heaven in heaven, and in the world; that they might rule in the face of the sky, and appearing over the earth, become

74:9 Conductors of the days and nights: the sun, the moon, the stars, and all the ministers of heaven, which make their circuit with all the chariots of heaven.

74:10 Thus Uriel showed me twelve gates open for the circuit of the chariots of the sun in heaven, from which the rays of the sun shoot forth.

74:11 From these proceed heat over the earth, when they are opened in their stated seasons. They are for the winds, and the spirit of the dew, when in their seasons they are opened; opened in heaven at [its] extremities.

74:12 Twelve gates I beheld in heaven, at the extremities of the earth, through which the sun, moon, and stars, and all the works of heaven, proceed at their rising and setting.

74:13 Many windows also are open on the right and on the left.

74:14 One window at a [certain] season grows extremely hot. So also are there gates from which the stars go forth as they are commanded, and in which they set according to their number.

74:15 I saw likewise the chariots of heaven, running in the world above to those gates in which the stars turn, which never set. One of these is greater than all, which goes round the whole world.

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