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LXXVI. THE TWELVE WINDS AND THEIR PORTALS.

LXXVI

1And at the ends of the earth I saw twelve portals open to all the quarters [of the heaven], from 2which the winds go forth and blow over the earth. Three of them are open on the face [i.e. the east] of the heavens, and three in the west, and three on the right [i.e. the south] of the heaven, and 3three on the left [i.e. the north]. And the three first are those of the east, and three are of the 4north, and three {after those on the left} of the south, and three of the west. Through four of these come winds of blessing and prosperity, and from those eight come hurtful winds: when they are sent, they bring destruction on all the earth and on the water upon it, and on all who dwell thereon, and on everything which is in the water and on the land. 5And the first wind from those portals, called the east wind, comes forth through the first portal which is in the east, inclining towards the south: from it come forth desolation, drought, heat, 6and destruction. And through the second portal in the middle comes what is fitting, and from it there come rain and fruitfulness and prosperity and dew; and through the third portal which lies toward the north come cold and drought. 7And after these come forth the south winds through three portals: through the first portal of 8them inclining to the east comes forth a hot wind. And through the middle portal next to it there 9come forth fragrant smells, and dew and rain, and prosperity and health. And through the third portal lying to the west come forth dew and rain, locusts and desolation. 10And after these the north winds: from the seventh portal in the east come dew and rain, locusts 11and desolation. And from the middle portal come in a direct direction health and rain and dew and prosperity; and through the third portal in the west come cloud and hoar-frost, and snow and rain, and dew and locusts. 12And after these {four} are the west winds: through the first portal adjoining the north come forth 13dew and hoar-frost, and cold and snow and frost. And from the middle portal come forth dew and rain, and prosperity and blessing; and through the last portal which adjoins the south come forth 14drought and desolation, and burning and destruction. And the twelve portals of the four quarters of the heaven are therewith completed, and all their laws and all their plagues and all their benefactions have I shown to thee, my son Methuselah.

 

75

75:1 And at the extremities of the earth I beheld twelve gates open for all the winds, from which they proceed and blow over the earth.

75:2 Three of them are open in the front of heaven, three in the west, three on the right side of heaven, and three on the left. The first three are those which are towards the east, three are towards the north, three behind those which are upon the left, towards the south, and three on the west.

75:3 From four of them proceed winds of blessing, and of health; and from eight proceed winds of punishment; when they are sent to destroy the earth, and the heaven above it, all its inhabitants, and all which are in the waters, or on dry land.

75:4 The first of these winds proceeds from the gate termed the eastern, through the first gate on the east, which inclines southwards. From this goes forth destruction, drought, heat, and perdition.

75:5 From the second gate, the middle one, proceeds equity. There issue from it rain, fruitfulness, health, and dew; and from the third gate northwards, proceed cold and drought.

75:6 After these proceed the south winds through three principal gates; through their first gate, which inclines eastwards, proceeds a hot wind.

75:7 But from the middle gate proceed grateful odour, dew, rain, health, and life.

75:8 From the third gate, which is westwards, proceed dew, rain, blight, and destruction.

75:9 After these are the winds to the north, which is called the sea. [They proceed] from three gates. The first (80) gate [is that] which is on the east, inclining southwards; from this proceed dew, rain, blight, and destruction. From the middle direct gate proceed rain, dew, life, and health. And from the third gate, which is westwards, inclining towards the south, proceed mist, frost, snow, rain, dew, and blight.

(80) First. Or, "seventh" (Knibb, p. 178).

75:10 After these [in the] fourth [quarter] are the winds to the west. From the first gate, inclining northwards, proceed dew, rain, frost, cold, snow, and chill; from the middle gate proceed rain, health, and blessing;

75:11 And from the last gate, which is southwards, proceed drought, destruction, scorching, and perdition.

75:12 The [account of the] twelve gates of the four quarters of heaven is ended.

75:13 All their laws, all their [infliction] of punishment, and the health [produced] by them, have I explained to you, my son Mathusala. (81)

(81) Mathusala. Enoch's son, Methuselah. Cp. Gen. 5:21.


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