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The Book of the Secrets of Enoch II

Also known as "Slavonic Enoch" or "Enoch 2"

The Second Book of Enoch (generally abbreviated Enoch 2) is also known as the Slavonic Enoch or The Secrets of Enoch. It is distinct from the Book of Enoch, known as Enoch 1. The text is generally considered to be part of apocalyptic literature, and the generally accepted period for the writing of Enoch 2 is towards the end of the 1st century AD. The text has been preserved in its entirety only in Slavonic; Greek is the language from which the Slavonic version was translated. Most scholars consider Enoch 2 to have been composed by an unknown Jewish sectarian group, some authors believe it to be a 1st-century Christian text, and others consider it to be a later Christian work. Enoch 2 is not considered sacred scripture by Jews or any Christian group, despite the fact that it was widely read in many circles during the first three centuries of the Church, and left more traces of its influence compared to other well-known books of the same literature; however, it is undoubtedly a considerably important scripture in terms of exegesis.

 

Enoch is taken by two angels through the various heavens. Guided by Gabriel, he talks face to face with God. He is later anointed by Michael and becomes like the angels. Then the Lord himself reveals to Enoch the secrets of Creation up to the Flood: how the visible came into being, the creation of water and lightning, the constituents of the human being, and many more. Enoch is then sent back to Earth for a period of thirty days.

01.  Enoch's encounter with the two angels of God

There was a very wise man and a worker of great things God loved him, and received him, so that he, should see the heavenly abodes, the kingdoms of the wise , great, inconceivable and never-changing God, the Lord of all, the wonderful and glorious, and bright and all-beholding station of the servants of the Lord, and the unapproachable throne of the Lord, and the degrees and manifestations of the incorporeal hosts, and should be an eye-witness of the unspeakable ministrations of the multitude of creatures , and of the varying appearance, and indescribable singing of the host of Cherubim, and of the immeasurable world.

 

1. At that time he said: ‘Hardly had I accomplished 165 years, when I begat my son Methusal after that I lived 200 years and accomplished all the years of my life 365 years.

2. On the first day of the first month I was alone in my house, and I rested on my bed and slept.

3. And as I slept a great grief came upon my heart, and I wept with mine eyes in my dream, and I could not understand what this grief meant, or what would happen to me.  

4. And there appeared to me two men very tall, such as I have never seen on earth.

5. And their faces shone like the sun, and their eyes were like burning lamps; and fire came forth from their lips. Their dress had the appearance of feathers their feet were purple, their wings were brighter than gold, their hands whiter than snow. They stood at the head of my bed and called me by my name.

6. I awoke from my sleep and saw clearly these men standing in front of me.

7. I hastened and made obeisance to them and was terrified, and the appearance of my countenance was changed from fear.

8. And these men said to me: “Be of good cheer, Enoch, be not afraid; the everlasting God hath sent us to thee, and lo! today thou shalt ascend with us into heaven.

9. And tell thy sons and thy servants, all who work in thy house, and let no one seek thee, till the Lord bring thee back to them.”

10. And I hastened to obey them, and went out of my house And I called my sons Methusal, Begim and Gaidal and told them what wonderful things the two men had said to me.

02. The instruction of Enoch to his sons

1. Hear me, my children, for I do not know whither I am going, or what awaits me.

2. Now, my children, I say unto you, turn not aside from God, walk before the face of the Lord and keep his judgements and do not worship vain gods, who did not make heaven and earth for these will perish, and also those who worship them.

3. But may God make confident your hearts in the fear of Him.

4. And now, my children, let no one seek me till the Lord brings me back to you.

03. Of the taking up of Enoch; how the Angels took him up into the first heaven

1. It came to pass when I had spoken to my sons, these men summoned me and took me on their wings and placed me on the clouds. And lo! the clouds moved.

2. And again (going) higher I saw the air and (going still ) higher I saw the ether, and they placed me in the first heaven.

3. And they showed me a very great sea, greater than the earthly sea.

04. Of the Angels who rule the Stars

1. And they brought before my face the elders, and the rulers of the orders of the stars, and they showed me the two hundred angels who rule the stars and their heavenly service.

2. And they fly with their wings and go round all ( the stars ) as they float.

05. How the Angels guard the Habitations of the Snow

1. And then I looked and saw the treasuries of the snow and ice, and the angels who guard their terrible store places.

2. And the treasuries of the clouds from which they come forth and into which they enter.

 

06. Concerning the Dew and the oil, and different colours

1. And they showed me the treasuries of the dew, like oil for anointing, and its form was in appearance like that of all earthly colours; also many angels keeping their treasuries, and they shut and open them.

 

07. How Enoch was taken into the second Heaven

1. And the men took me and brought me to the second heaven, and showed me the darkness, and there I saw the prisoners suspended, reserved for ( and) awaiting the eternal judgement.

  • Jude 1:6-7 “And the angels who did not stay within their own domain but abandoned their proper dwelling— these He has kept in eternal chains under darkness, bound for judgment on that great day. In like manner, Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, who indulged in sexual immorality and pursued strange flesh, are on display as an example of those who sustain the punishment of eternal fire.”

2. And these angels were gloomy, in appearance, more than the darkness of the earth. And they unceasingly wept every hour, and I said to the men who were with me: Why are these men continually tortured?

3. And the men answered me: ‘These are they who apostatized from Lord: who obeyed not the commandments of God, and took counsel of their own will and transgressed together with their prince and have been already confined to the second heaven.

4. And I felt great pity for them. And the angels made obeisance to me, and said to me: Ô man of God pray for us to the Lord.

5. And I answered them: “Who am I, a mortal man, that I should pray for angels? Who knows whither I go, or what awaits me; or who prays for me

08. Of the taking of Enoch to the third Heaven

1. And these men took me from thence, and brought me to the third heaven, and placed me in the midst of a garden a place such as has never been known for the goodliness of its appearance 

2. And I saw all the trees of beautiful colours and their fruits ripe and fragrant, and all kinds of food which they produced, springing up with delightful fragrance. 

3. And in the midst ( there is ) the tree of life, in that place, on which God rests, when He comes into Paradise. And this tree cannot be described for its excellence and sweet odour.

4. And it is beautiful more than any created thing. And on all sides in appearance it is like gold and crimson and transparent as fire, and it covers everything

5. From its root in the garden there go forth four streams which pour honey and milk, oil and wine, and are separated in four directions , and go about with a soft course.

6. And they go down to the Paradise of Eden, between corruptibility and incorruptibility. And thence they go along the earth, and have a revolution in their circle like also the other elements.

7. And there is another tree, an olive tree always distilling oil And there is no tree there without fruit, and every tree is blessed.

8. And there are three hundred angels very glorious, who keep the garden, and with never ceasing voices and blessed singing they serve the Lord every day

9. And I said 'What a very blessed place is this! And those men spake unto me:

 

09. The showing to Enoch of the Righteous, and the Place of Prayers

1. ‘This place O Enoch, is prepared for the righteous, who endure every kind of attack in their lives from those who afflict their souls: who turn away their eyes from unrighteousness, and accomplish a righteous judgement, and also give bread to the hungry, and clothe the naked, and raise the fallen, and assist the orphans who are oppressed, and who walk without blame before the face of the Lord, and serve him only. For them this place is prepared as an eternal inheritance.’

10. Here they showed Enoch the terrible Places, and various Tortures

1. And the men then led me to the Northern region, and showed me there a very terrible place.

2. And there are all sorts of tortures in that place. Savage darkness and impenetrable gloom; and there is no light there but a gloomy fire is always burning, and a fiery river goes forth. And all that place has fire on all sides, and on all sides cold and ice, thus it burns and freezes.

  • Jeremiah 36:30 "“He shall have no one to sit on the throne of David, and his dead body shall be cast out to the heat of the day and the frost of the night."

  • Ezekiel 38:22 "And I will judge him with pestilence, and with blood, and with violent rain, and vast hailstones: I will rain fire and brimstone upon him, and upon his army, and upon the many nations that are with him."

3. And The prisoners are very savage and the angels terrible and without pity, carrying savage weapons, and their torture was unmerciful.

4. . And I said: ‘Woe, woe How terrible is this place! And those men said to me: This place, O Enoch, is prepared for those who do not honour God; who commit evil deeds on earth, vitium sodomiticum*, witchcraft enchantments, devilish magic; and who boast of their evil deeds, stealing, lying, calumnies, envy, evil thoughts, fornication, and murder . 

5. Who steal the souls of wretched men, Oppressing the poor and spoiling them of their possessions and themselves grow rich by the taking of other men’s possessions, injuring them. Who when they might feed the hungry, allow them to die of famine; who when they might clothe them, strip them naked .

  • 1 Timothy 1:10-11 "We realize that law is not enacted for the righteous, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and profane, for killers of father or mother, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for homosexuals, for slave traders and liars and perjurers, and for anyone else who is averse to sound teaching that agrees with the glorious gospel of the blessed God"

6. Who do not know their Creator and have worshipped gods without life who can neither see nor hear, being vain gods, and have fashioned the forms of idols, and bow down to a contemptible thing, made with hands; for all these this place is prepared for an eternal inheritance .

vitium sodomiticum

The most renowned medieval theologian, Saint Thomas Aquinas (January 1225 - March 1274), provided his lucid and rigorous definition of sexual sins: These are those that prevent reproduction, which is the ultimate finality of sexual acts, and are therefore sins against nature (peccata contra naturam). They are more serious than acts of fornication or adultery, which do not prevent reproduction, and are therefore in accordance with nature (peccata secumdum naturam).

Saint Thomas distinguished four vices against nature, which are, in ascending order of seriousness:

1. masturbation (mollities).

2. heterosexual relations in which the reproductive organs are misused.

3. sodomitic vice (vitium sodomiticum), committed with a person of the same sex; corruption of children in the manner of sodomites.

4. bestiality, committed with a being of a different species.

 

Within this category of violations of nature, sodomy refers to carnal relations between man with man, or woman with woman, although St Thomas places greater emphasis on the former, which he calls coitus masculorum, anal intercourse between men, or concubitus masculorum, men sleeping together, which can refer to a wider range of sexual practices.

  • Genesis 18:20 "And the LORD said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave"

  • Isaiah 3:8-9 "Because they spoke and acted against the LORD, defying His glorious presence. The expression on their faces testifies against them, and like Sodom they flaunt their sin; they do not conceal it. Woe to them, for they have brought disaster upon themselves."

  • Romans 1:26-32 "Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. Likewise, the men abandoned natural relations with women and burned with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error....Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things are worthy of death, they not only continue to do these things, but also approve of those who practice them.

  • Leviticus 20:13 "If a man lies with a man as with a woman, they have both committed an abomination. They must surely be put to death; their blood is upon them."

11. Here they took Enoch up on to the fourth heaven where is the course of sun and moon

1. Those men took me, and led me up on to the fourth heaven, and showed me all the successive goings, and all the rays of the light of sun and moon. And I measured their goings, and computed their light.

2. And I saw that the sun has a light seven times greater than the moon. I beheld their circle, and their chariot on which each goes like a wind advancing with astonishing swiftness, and they have no rest day or night coming or going.

3. There are four great stars; each star has under it a thousand stars at the right of the chariot of the sun and four at the left, each having under it a thousand stars, altogether eight thousand.

4. Fifteen myriads of angels go out with the sun and attend him during the dav, and by night one thousand.

5. Each angel has six wings. They go before the chariot of the sun. And a hundred angels keep warm and light up the sun

12. Of the very marvellous elements of the sun

1. And I looked and saw other flying creatures their names phoenixes and chalkadri wonderful and strange in appearance, with the feet and tails of lions, and the heads of crocodiles; their appearance was of a purple colour, like the rainbow; their size nine hundred measures

2.Their wings were like those of angels, each with twelve, and they attend the chariot of the sun, and go with him, bringing heat and dew as they are ordered by God.

3. So the sun makes his revolutions, and goes under the heavens, and goes under the earth with the light of his beams unceasingly.

13. The angels took Enoch and placed him in the east at the sun's gates

1. These men brought me to the East and showed me the gates by which the sun goes forth at the appointed seasons, and according to the revolution of the months of the whole year, and according to the number of the hours, day and night.

2. And I saw the six great gates open, each gate having sixty - one stadia and a quarter of one stadium and I truly measured them and understood their size to be so much, by which the sun goes forth; and he goes to the west and makes his course correspond. And he proceeds through all the months.

3. And so the days of the whole year are finished according to the alternation of the four seasons.

 

14.  They took Enoch to the west

1. And then these men took me to the West of the heavens and showed me six great gates open, corresponding to the Eastern gates. Opposite to which the sun goes out by the Eastern gates, according to the number of the days three hundred and sixty five, and the quarter of a day.

2. So he sets by the Western gates. When he goes out by the Western gates four hundred angels take his crown and bring it to the Lord.

3. And the sun revolves in his chariot and goes without light for seven complete hours in the night . And when he comes near the East at the eighth hour of the night, the four hundred angels bring his crown and crown him.

 

15. The elements of the sun, the Phoenixes and Chalkydri broke into song

1. Then the elements of the sun, called Phoenixes and Chalkydri break into song, therefore every bird (roosters)* flutters with its wings, rejoicing at the giver of light, and they broke into song at the command of the Lord.

2. The giver of light comes to give brightness to the whole world, and the morning guard takes shape, which is the rays of the sun, and the sun of the earth goes out, and receives its brightness to light up the whole face of the earth.

3. And they showed me this calculation of the sun's going. And the gates which it enters, these are the great gates of the calculation of the hours of the year.

4. For this reason the sun is a great creation, whose circuit lasts twenty-eight years, and begins again from the beginning.

Some facts about roosters

It's a fact that roosters crow a few hours before daybreak, slightly before sunrise. Roosters also crow in response to daylight, and humans tend to notice this particular crowing moment because we, too, are just beginning to emerge from our profound sleep. Science is at a loss as to why roosters perform this morning crowing ritual.

In 2013, Takashi Yoshimura and Tsuyoshi Shimmura conducted experiments on the morning crowing of roosters, in which they exposed roosters to a constant, near-dark environment 24 hours a day. Yoshimura and Shimmura observed that the constant darkness did not seem to influence their behavior as that they would automatically begin crowing at exactly the same time each day, just before dawn.

According to folk legends and beliefs night ghosts, spirits and devils disappear with the first cry of the rooster. In Christian tradition, the rooster is the symbol of Christ, like the eagle and the lamb, particularly emphasizing the solar symbolism, light and resurrection. As Christ, the rooster announces the light that follows darkness.

16. They took Enoch and again placed him in the east at the course of the moon

1. The other, the computation of the moon these men showed me  all the goings and revolutions.

2. And they pointed out the gates to me, twelve great gates extending from the West to the East, by which the moon enters and goes out at the customary times.

3. She enters the first gate when the sun i s in the West thirty-one days exactly; by the second gate thirty-one days exactly; by the third gate thirty days exactly; by the fourth gate thirty days exactly; by the fifth gate thirty-one days exactly; by the sixth gate thirty-one days exactly; by the seventh gate thirty days exactly; by the eighth gate thirty-one days exactly; by the ninth gate thirty-one days exactly; by the tenth gate thirty exactly; by the eleventh gate thirty-one days exactly; by the twelfth gate twenty-eight days exactly

4. And so by the Western gates in her revolutions, and corresponding to the number of the Eastern gates she goes, and accomplishes the year. And unto the sun there are three hundred and sixty-five days and a quarter of one day.

5. But in the lunar year there are three hundred and fifty-four days, making twelve months of twenty nine days; and there remain eleven days over, which belong to the solar circle of the whole year, and are lunar epacts of the whole year. [Thus the great circle has five hundred and thirty-two years]

6. The fourth part (of one day) is neglected during three years and the fourth year completes it exactly. On account of this they are omitted from the heavens during three years, and are not added to the number of the days, on which account these change the seasons of the year in two new months, to make the number complete and the re are two others to diminish.

7. And when she has gone through the Western gates, she returns and goes to the Eastern, with her light, and so she goes day and night in the heavenly circles, below all the circles more quickly than the winds of the heavens, and there are spirits and creatures, and angels flying, with six wings to each of the angels.

8. And seven (months) are computed to the circle of the moon during a revolution of nineteen years.

17. Of the singings of the angels, which it is impossible to describe

1. In the midst of the heavens I saw armed soldiers, serving the Lord, with tympana and organs, with incessant voice, with sweet voice, with sweet and incessant voice and various singing, which it is impossible to describe, and which astonishes every mind, so wonderful and marvellous is the singing of those angels, and I was delighted listening to it.

18. Of the taking of Enoch on to the fifth heaven

1. The men took and brought me up into the fifth heaven, and I saw there many hosts not to be counted, called Grigori and their appearance was like men, and their size was greater than that of the giants.

And their countenances were withered, and their lips are always silent. And there was no service in the fifth heaven. And I said to the men who were with me: Why are these men very withered, and their faces melancholy, and their lips silent, and there is no service in this heaven? ’

3. And they said to me: ‘These are the Grigori, who, with their prince Satanail, rejected the holy Lord. And in consequence of these things they are kept in great darkness in the second heaven and of them there went three to the earth from the throne of God to the place Ermon; and they entered into dealings.

4. And in consequence of these on the side of Mount Ermon, and they saw the daughters of men, that they were fair, and took unto themselves wives.

5. And they made the earth foul with their deeds. And they acted lawlessly in all times of this age, and wrought confusion, and the giants were born, and the strangely tall men, and there was much wickedness.

6. And on account of this God judged them with a mighty judgement. And they lament for their brethren, and they will be punished at the great day of the Lord .

7. And I said to the Grigori, I have seen your brethren and their works, and their great torments. And I have prayed for them, but God has condemned them (to be) under the earth, till the heaven and earth are ended forever. ’

8. And I said: Why do ye wait, brethren, and not serve before the face of the Lord? and perform your duties before the face of the Lord, and do not anger your Lord to the end.’

9. And they listened to my rebuke. And they stood in the four orders in this heaven, and lo! as I was standing with these men, four trumpets resounded together with a loud voice, and the Grigori sang with one voice, and their voices went forth before the Lord with sadness and tenderness.

 

19. Of the taking of Enoch to the sixth heaven

1. And these men took me thence and brought me to the sixth heaven, and I saw there seven bands of angels, very bright and glorious, and their faces shining more than the rays of the sun. They are resplendent, and there is no difference in their countenances, or their manner, or the style of their clothing. 

2. And these orders arrange and study of the moon, and revolutions of the sun, and superintend the good or evil condition of the world.

3. And they arrange teachings, and instructions, and sweet speaking, and singing, and all kinds of glorious praise. These are the archangels who are appointed over the angels! They hold in subjection all living things both in heaven and earth.

4. And there are the angels who are over seasons and years, and the angels who are over rivers and the sea, and those who are over the fruits of the earth, and the angels over every herb, giving all kinds of nourishment to every living thing.

5. And the angels over all souls of men, who write down all their works and their lives before the face of the Lord.

6. And In the midst of them are seven phoenixes and seven cherubim's, and seven six-winged creature, being as one voice and singing with one voice; and it is not possible to describe their singing, and they rejoice before the Lord at His footstool.

20. Thence Enoch is taken into the seventh Heaven

1. And these men took me thence and brought me to the seventh heaven, and I saw there a very great light and all the fiery hosts of great archangels and incorporeal powers and lordships, and principalities, and powers cherubim and seraphim, thrones and the watchfulness of many eyes. There were ten troops , a station of brightness, and I was afraid, and trembled with a great terror.

2. And those men took hold of me and brought me into their midst and said to me: ‘Be of good cheer, Enoch, be not afraid.’

3. And they showed me the Lord from afar sitting on His lofty throne. And all the heavenly hosts having approached stood on the ten steps, according to their rank and made obeisance to the Lord.

4. And so they proceeded to their places in joy and mirth, and in boundless light singing songs with low and gentle voices and gloriously serving Him

 

21. Of how the angels here left Enoch, at the end of the seventh heaven, and went away from him unseen

1. They leave not nor depart day or night standing before the face of the Lord, working His will, cherubim and seraphim, standing round His throne. And the six - winged creatures overshadow all His throne, singing with a soft voice before the face of the Lord: ‘Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth! heaven and earth are full of Thy glory

  • Isaiah 6:2-3 "Above Him stood seraphim, each having six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling out to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Hosts; all the earth is full of His glory.” ​

  • Ezekiel 10:12 "Their entire bodies, including their backs, hands, and wings, were full of eyes all around, as were their four wheels"

2. When I had seen all these things , these men said unto me: ‘Enoch, up to this time we have been ordered to accompany thee.’ And those men departed from me, and I saw them no more. And I remained alone at the extremity of the heaven, and was afraid, and fell on my face, and said within myself: Woe is me! what has come upon me?.

3. And the Lord sent one of His glorious archangels, Gabriel, and he said to me: ‘Be of good cheer, Enoch, be not afraid, get up, come with me, and stand up before the face of the Lord in eternity.

4. And I answered him, and said in myself: My Lord, my soul is departed from me, from terror and trembling, and I called to the men who led me up to this place, on them I relied, and it is with them I go before the Lord's face.

5. And Gabriel caught me up, as a leaf caught up by the wind, and placed me before the Lord's face.

6. And I saw the eighth heaven, Muzaloth, changer of the seasons, of drought, and of wet, and of the twelve constellations of the circle of the firmament, which are above the seventh heaven. And I saw the ninth heaven, Kuchavim, where are the heavenly homes of the twelve constellations of the circle of the firmament.

22. In the tenth heaven the archangel Michael led Enoch to before the Lord's face

Tenth Heaven?

Most texts mention the seventh heaven as God's dwelling place. The terms, Muzaloth, Kuchavim and Aravoth, have the following meanings:

  • Muzaloth is the Hebrew name for the twelve signs of the zodiac.

  • Kuchavim is the place where are found the celestial dwellings of the twelve constellations, of the circle of the firmament.

  • According to Chagigah 12b, Aravoth is the transliteration of the word "heaven". It's in the Aravoth (heavens) that the Lord dwells.

Furthermore, the Book of Enoch 1 indicates that the path of the stars is above the throne of God, which suggests that the tenth heaven mentioned here could in fact be an extrapolation of the description of the seventh heaven.

 

1. On the tenth heaven, which is called Aravoth, I saw the appearance of the Lord's face, like iron made to glow in fire, and brought out, emitting sparks, and it burns.

  • Daniel 10:6 "His body was like beryl, his face like the brilliance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of polished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude."

2. So I saw the face of the Lord; but the face of the Lord cannot be told. It is very glorious, marvellous and terrible, threatening, and strange. And who am I that I should tell of the unspeakable being of God, and His wonderful face. And I cannot tell of the unspeakable being of God, and His wonderful face. And it is not for me to tell of His wonderful knowledge and various utterances and the very great throne of the Lord not made with hands, nor the quantity of those standing round him, troops of cherubim and seraphim, nor their incessant singing, nor his immutable beauty, and who shall tell of the ineffable greatness of his glory.

  • Ezekiel 43:2 "and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of many waters, and the earth shone with His glory.​"

  • Revelations 14:2 "And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps."

  • Revelations 19:6 "And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia!"

This passage teaches the importance of not making any kind of representation of God, because to make an image of God is to define God. Although the combination of black and white are symbolic divine colors in the image of ELOHIM, all these depictions of him as a white man, or a black man, distort his true nature. What may have been intended to show respect can turn into a form of worship of matter, which is nothing more than a limited and misleading perception of reality. And when the visible image replaces the true and authentic incarnation, it becomes an idol.

  • Exodus 20:4-5 "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in the heavens above, on the earth below, or in the waters beneath. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on their children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me."

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How did Enoch saw the face of ELOHIM if the Bible declares that no one has seen his face and no one can see his face and live?

  • John 6:46 "Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father.."

  • John 1:18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him."

  • Exodus 33:20 "But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live."

 

Enoch saw his face in eternity, which for us translates into death. Therefore, Enoch was not in our temporal dimension when he saw the face of ELOHIM. Also, very often, Elohim has communicated his will to man, either through theophanical manifestations or by adopting an anthropomorphic form. These visible apparitions of God are perhaps a phenomenon by which an unlimited divine dimension is made available to the temporal senses.

Yet the face Enoch saw can neither be described nor defined in human terms, for the LORD is indefinable. In these verses, the word "ἑώρακεν" which is translated as "seen", in most English translations, is the third person singular of "ὁράω" which, according to Thayer, has three basic definitions |The 1981 New Thayer's Greek English Lexicon, p 451|:

1. Seeing with the eyes;

2. Seeing, knowing and perceiving with the mind;

3. Becoming familiar through a pragmatic experience.
 

Now, if you want to sketch out a drawing or representation that would come close to the likeness of ELOHIM, you'll have to produce an image that simultaneously resembles the faces of every human being on earth.

  • "God made man with His own hands in the likeness of His countenance, both small and great the Lord created him. He who reviles the countenance of man, reviles the countenance of the Lord." |Enoch 2, chap. 44:1|

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4. And I fell prone and bowed down to the Lord, and the Lord with his lips said to me:

5. Enoch, be not afraid: rise up and stand before my face in eternity. 

6. And Michael, the chief captain, lifted me up, and brought me before the face of the Lord.

7. And the Lord said to His servants making trial of them, "Let Enoch come to stand before My face in eternity!" And the glorious ones made obeisance to the Lord, and said, "Let Enoch proceed according to Thy word!"

8. And the Lord said to Michael, "Go and take from Enoch his earthly robe , and anoint him with My holy oil, and clothe him with the raiment of My glory."

9. And so Michael did as the Lord spake unto him. He anointed me and clothed me, and the appearance of that oil was more than a great light, and its anointing was like excellent dew and its fragrance like myrrh, shining like a ray of the sun. And I gazed upon myself, and I was like one of His glorious ones. And there was no difference, and fear and trembling departed from me.

10. And the Lord summoned one of his archangels by name Pravuil (also called Vretil), whose knowledge was quicker in wisdom than the other archangels, who wrote all the deeds of the Lord; and the Lord said to Pravuil: Bring out the books from my store-houses, and a reed of quick-writing, and give it to Enoch, and deliver to him the choice and comforting books out of your hand.

 

23. Of Enoch's writing, how he wrote his wonderful journeys and the heavenly hosts and himself wrote three hundred and sixty-six books

1. And he told me all the works of the heaven and the earth and the sea, and their goings and comings, the noise of the thunder; the sun and moon and the movement of the stars; their changings; the seasons and years; days and hours; and goings of the winds; and the numbers of the angels; the songs of the armed hosts.

2. And everything relating to man, and every language of their songs, and the lives of men, and the precepts and instructions, and sweet - voiced singings, and all which it is suitable to be instructed in.

3 . And Pravuil (Vretil) instructed me thirty days and thirty nights, and his lips never ceased speaking; and I did not cease thirty days and thirty nights writing all the remarks.

4. And Pravuil (Vretil) said to me: ‘All the things which I have told thee, thou hast written down. Sit down and write all about the souls of men, those of them which are not born, and the places.

5. For every soul was created eternally before the foundation of the world.

6. And I wrote all out continuously during thirty days and thirty nights. and I copied all out accurately, and I wrote 366 books.

 

24.  Of the great secrets of God, which God revealed and told Enoch, and spoke with him face to face

1. And the Lord called me and said to me: ‘Enoch, sit thou on My left hand with Gabriel’. And I made obeisance to the Lord.

2, And the Lord spake to me ‘Enoch, the things which thou seest at rest and in motion were completed by me. I will tell thee now, even from the first, what things I created from the non existent, and what visible things from the invisible.

3. Not even to My angels have I told My secrets, nor have I informed them of their origin, nor have they understood My infinite creation which I tell thee of today.

4. For before anything which is visible existed, I alone held my course among the invisible things, like the sun from the east to the west, and from the west to the east .

5. But even the sun has rest in himself, but I did not find rest, because I was creating every thing. And I planned to lay the foundations and to make the visible creation.

 

25. God relates to Enoch, how out of the very deepest parts came forth the visible and invisible

And I commanded in the depths that visible things should come out of invisible. And out came Adoil very great and I gazed upon him. And lo! his colour was red, of great brightness.

2. And I said unto him: Burst asunder, Adoil, and let that which comes from thee be visible.

3. And he burst asunder, and there came forth a great light, and I was in the midst of that great light, and as the light came forth from The Light, there came forth the great world, revealing all the creation, which I had purposed to make, and I saw that it was good.

4. And I made for Myself a throne, and sat upon it, and I said to the light 'Go forth on high and be established above My throne and be the foundation for things on high.'

5. And there was nothing higher than the light, and as I reclined, I saw it from My throne.

26. God summons from the very deepest a second time that Archas, heavy and very red should come forth

1. And I summoned a second time from the depths, and said : Let the solid thing which is visible come forth from the invisible. And Arkhas came forth firm and heavy and very red.

2. And I said: ‘Be thou divided, 0 Arkhas, and let that be seen which is produced from thee.’ And when he was divided, the world came forth, very dark and great, bringing the creation of all things below.

3. And I saw that it was good. And I said to him: Go thou down and be thou established, and be a foundation for things below’ and it was so. And it came forth and was established, and was a foundation for things below. And there was nothing else below the darkness

  • Job 26:7 "He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth upon nothing."​

 

27. Of how God founded the water, and surrounded it with light, and established on it seven islands

1. And I commanded that there should be taken from light and darkness, and I said: let there be a thick substance, and it was so.

2. And I spread it out with the light, and it became water, and I spread it out over the darkness, below the light.

3. And thus I made firm the waters, that is, the depths, and I surrounded the waters with light, and I created seven circles and I fashioned them like crystal, moist and dry, that is to say, like glass and ice, and as for the waters, and also the other elements, I showed each of them their paths, to the seven stars, each of them in their heaven, how they should go; and I saw that it was good.

  • Psalm 136:6 "To Him who laid out the earth above the waters, For His mercy endures forever."

  • Proverbs 8:27 "I was there when He established the heavens, when He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,"

  • Job 26:10 "He has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters At the boundary of light and darkness."

4. And I separated between the light and the darkness; that is to say, between the waters here and there. And I said to the light: Let it be day and to the darkness, ‘Let it be night.’ And the evening and the morning were the first day.

  • Genesis 1:5 "God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day."

2 Peter 3:5-6 "But they deliberately overlook the fact that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world of that time perished in the flood."

28. The week in which God showed Enoch all his wisdom and power, throughout all the seven days, how he created all the heavenly and earthly forces and all moving things even down to man

1. And thus I made firm the circles of the heavens, and caused the waters below, which are under the heavens to be gathered into one place, and that the waves should be dried up, and it was so.

  • Genesis 1:9-10 "And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so."

2. Out of the waves I made firm and great stones, and out of the stones I heaped together a dry substance, and I called the dry substance earth.

3. And in the midst of the earth I appointed a pit, that is to say an abyss.

4. I gathered the sea into one place, and I restrained it with a yoke. And I said to the sea: Lo! I give thee an eternal portion and thou shalt not move from thy established position. So I made fast the firmament and fixed it above the water.

  • Psalm 104:9 "You have set a boundary that they may not pass over, That they may not return to cover the earth."

  • Proverbs 8:29 "When He assigned to the sea its limit, So that the waters would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth."

5. This I called the first day of the creation. Then it was evening, and again morning, and it was the second day!

  • Genesis 1:6-7 "And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters, to separate the waters from the waters.” So God made the expanse and separated the waters beneath it from the waters above. And it was so."

29. Then it became evening, and then again morning, and it was the second day, the fiery essence

1. And for all the heavenly hosts I fashioned a nature like that of fire, and My eye gazed on the very firm and hard stone. And from the brightness of My eye the lightning received its wonderful nature.

2. And fire is in the water and water in the fire, and neither is the one quenched, nor the other dried up. On this account lightning is brighter than the sun, and soft water is stronger than hard stone.

  • Job 38:25 "Who has divided a channel for the overflowing water, Or a path for the thunderbolt."

  • Job 36:33 "The thunder declares His presence; even the cattle regard the rising storm."

  • Psalm 135:7 "He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain; He brings the wind out of His treasuries."

  • Revelations 4:5 "From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings, and peals of thunder. Before the throne burned seven torches of fire. These are the seven Spirits of God."

  • Jeremiah 10:13-14 " He generates the lightning with the rain and brings forth the wind from His storehouses. Every man is senseless and devoid of knowledge."

3. And from the rock I cut the mighty fire, and from the fire I created the orders of the incorporeal ten troops of angels, and their weapons are fiery and their raiment a burning flame, and I commanded that each one should stand in his order.

4. One of these in the ranks of the Archangels, having turned away with the rank below him, entertained an impossible idea, that he should make his throne higher than the clouds over the earth, and should be equal in rank to My power.

5. And I hurled him from the heights with his angels. And he was flying in the air continually, above the abyss.

  • Isaiah 14:12-14 "How you have fallen from heaven, O day star, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the ground, O destroyer of nations. You said in your heart: “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God. I will sit on the mount of assembly, in the far reaches of the north. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High"

 

30. And then I created all the heavens, [the work of the third day until the sixth]

1. [Tuesday]. On the third day I ordered the earth to produce great trees, such as bear fruit, and mountains, and every sort of herb and every seed that is sown, and I planted Paradise, and enclosed it, and placed fiery angels armed, and so I made a renewing..

2. Then it was evening, and it was morning, being the fourth day.

3. [Wednesday]. On the fourth day I ordered that there should be great lights in the circles of the heavens.

4. On the first and highest circle I placed the star Kruno; on the second Aphrodit; on the third Ares; on the fourth the Sun; on the fifth Zoues; on the sixth Ermis; on the seventh the moon. And the lower air I adorned with the lesser stars.

5. And I placed the sun to give light to the day, and the moon and the stars to give light to the night; the sun that he should go according to each sign of the Zodiac; and the course of the moon through the twelve signs of the Zodiac.

6. And I fixed their names and existence, the thunders, and the revolutions of the hours, how they take place.

7. Then it was evening and the morning, the fifth day.

8. [Thursday]. On the fifth day I commanded the sea to produce fish, winged fowls of all kinds, and all things that creep upon the earth, and four - footed things that go about the earth, and the things that fly in the air, male and female, and every living thing breathing with life..

9. And it was evening and morning the sixth day.

10. [Friday]. On the sixth day I ordered My Wisdom to make man of seven substances:

  • his flesh from the earth,

  • his blood from the dew,

  • his eyes from the sun,

  • his bones from the stones,

  • his thoughts from the swiftness of the angels, and the clouds,

  • his veins and hair from the grass of the earth,

  • his spirit from My spirit and from the wind.

11. And I gave him seven natures: hearing to his body, sight to his eyes, smell to the perception, touch to the veins, taste to the blood, the bones for endurance , sweetness for thought.

12. I purposed a subtle thing: from the invisible and visible nature I made man. From both are his death and life, and his form and the word was like a deed both small in a great thing, and great in a small thing.

  • 2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day."

  • Galatians 5:17 "For the flesh craves what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are opposed to each other, so that you do not do what you want."

  • Romans 8:6 "For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace."

13. And I placed him upon the earth; like a second angel, in an honourable, great, and glorious way.

14. And I made him a ruler to rule upon the earth, and to have My wisdom. And there was no one like him upon the earth of all My creations.

15. And I gave him a name from the four substances: the East, the West, the North, and the South. I appointed for him four special stars, and I gave him the name Adam. I gave him free will, and I showed him the two ways, the light and the darkness. And I said unto him:

16. ‘This is good and this is evil’; that I should learn whether he has love towards me, or hatred, that it be clear which in his race love me

17. I knew his nature, he did not know his nature. Therefore his ignorance is a woe to him that he should sin, and I appointed death on account of his sin. I caused him to sleep, and he slumbered. 

18. And I took from him a rib and I made him a wife. And by his wife death came, and I received his last word. And I called her by a name, the mother; that is Eve

 

31. God gives over paradise to Adam, and gives him a command to see the heavens opened, and that he should see the angels singing the song of victory

1. Adam had a life on earth, and I made a garden in Eden in the East. And (I ordained) that he should observe the law and keep the instruction.

2. I made for him the heavens open that he should perceive the angels singing the song of triumph.

3. And there was light without any darkness continually in Paradise. And the devil took thought, as if wishing to make another world, things were subservient to Adam on earth, to rule it and have lordship over it.

4. The devil is to be the evil spirit of the lowest places; he became Satan, after he left the heavens. His name was formerly Satanail. And then, though he became different from the angels in nature, he did not change his understanding of just and sinful thoughts.

5. He understood the judgement upon him, and the former sin which he had sinned. And on account of this, he conceived designs against Adam in such a manner he entered and deceived Eve. But he did not touch Adam.

6. I cursed him (the devil) for his ignorance, but those I previously blessed, them I did not curse, nor man did I curse, nor the earth, nor any other things created, but the evil fruit of man, and then his works.

Did Elohim curse the Earth?

  • Genesis 3:17-19 “And to Adam He said: “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat, cursed is the ground because of you; through toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. 18Both thorns and thistles it will yield for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your bread, until you return to the ground—because out of it were you taken. For dust you are, and to dust you shall return."

Most people read this passage and claim that Elohim cursed the Earth, then blame Him for the fallen condition of the Earth and everything therein. But this passage is often widely misread and misinterpreted.

In fact, Elohim did not curse His world, but He cursed the soil. Humans would undoubtedly still have worked in this respect (as when Adam and Eve were entrusted with tending the Garden in which they had been placed (Genesis 2:15), but instead of it being a laborious and arduous task that would cause humans to sweat, this work would rather have been accomplished without any hardship, complication or constraint. For, had man not sinned, every time he would have planted seeds for germination, the soil would have promptly yielded continuous and abundant vegetation for his consumption, without the various negative factors that contribute to the difficulties of agriculture: climate change, dry soils, sterility or uncultivable grounds, erosion, weeds, noxious insects and animals, etc.

32. After Adam's sin God sends him away into the earth from which he took him, but does not wish to ruin him for all years to come

1. I said to him: ‘Earth thou art, and to earth also from whence I took thee shalt thou return. I will not destroy thee, but will send thee whence I took thee.

2. Then I can also take thee in My second coming’.

3. And I have blessed all My creation, visible and invisible. And Adam was five* and half hours in paradise

*Note that celestial hours and years are not the same as our physical hours and years. Thus "five and a half hours" cannot be interpreted in the literal sense, since a celestial year is equivalent to 1,000 years. (Psalms 90:4; 2 Peter 3:8

4. And I blessed the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, for in it I rested from all My labours.

33. God shows Enoch the age of this world, its existence of seven thousand years, and the eighth thousand is the end, neither years, nor months, nor weeks, nor days

1. Then also I established the eighth day. Let the eighth be the first after My work, and let the days be after the fashion of seven thousand. Let there be at the beginning of the eighth thousand a time when there is no computation, and no end; neither years, nor months, nor weeks, nor days, nor hours. 

2. And now Enoch, what things I have told thee, and what thou hast understood, and what heavenly things thou hast seen l, and what thou hast seen upon the earth, and what thou hast written in books, by My wisdom all these things I devised so as to create them, and I made them from the highest foundation to the lowest, and to the end. And there is no counsellor nor inheritor of my works.

3. I am the eternal One, and the One not made with hands.

  • Isaiah 43:10 "Before Me no god was formed, and after Me none will come."

  • Psalms 93:2 "Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting."

4. My wisdom is My counsellor and My word is reality; and My eyes see all things.

5. If I look to all things they stand fast. If I turn away My face, all are in need of Me.

6. And now pay attention, Enoch, and know thou who is speaking to thee, and do thou take the books which thou thyself hast written.

7. And I give thee Samuil and Kaguil who brought thee to Me. Go with them upon the earth, and tell thy sons what things I have said to thee, and what thou hast seen from the lowest heaven up to My throne.

8. For I have created all the hosts, and all the powers, and there is none that opposes Me, or is disobedient to Me. For all are obedient to My sole power, and labour for My rule alone.

9. Give them the works written out by thee, and they shall read them, and know Me to be the Creator of all; and shall understand that there is no other God beside Me.

10. They shall distribute the books of thy writing to their children’s children, and from generation to generation, and from nation to nation.

11. And I will give thee, Enoch, My messenger, the great captain Michael, for thy writings and for the writings of thy fathers, Adam, Seth, Enos, Kainan, Mahalaleel, and Jared, thy father. And I shall not require them till the last age, for I have instructed My two angels, Ariukh and Pariukh, Whom I have put upon the earth as their guardians. And I have ordered them in time to guard them that the account of what I shall do in thy family may not be lost in the deluge to come.

 

34. God convicts the idolaters and sodomite fornicators, and therefore brings down a deluge upon them

1. For I know the wickedness of men that they will not bear the yoke which I have put upon them, nor sow the seeds which I have given them, but will cast of My yoke and accept another, and sow vain seeds and bow to vain gods, and deny Me the only God. And they will fill all the world with wickedness and iniquity, and foul impurities with one another, sodomy and all other impure practices , which it is foul to Speak about.

2. And on this account I will bring a deluge upon the earth and I will destroy all and the earth shall be destroyed in great corruption. 

 

35. God leaves one righteous man of Enoch's tribe with his whole house, who did God's pleasure according to his will

1. And I will leave a righteous man of thy race, with all his house who shall act according to My will. From their seed after some time will be raised up a numerous generation, but of these, many will be very insatiable.

2. Then on the extinction of that family, I will show them the books of thy writings, and of thy fathers, and the guardians of them on earth will show them to the men who are true, and please Me, who do not take My name in vain.

3. And they shall tell to another generation, and these having read them, shall be glorified at last more than before.

 

36. God commanded Enoch to live on earth thirty days, to give instruction to his sons and to his children's children and after thirty days he was again taken on to heaven

1. And now, Enoch, I give thee a period of thirty days to work in thy house. And tell thou thy sons, and all thy household before Me; that they may listen to what is spoken to them by thee; that they read and understand, how there is no other God beside Me.

2. Let them always keep My commandments, and begin to read and understand the books written out by thee.

3. And after thirty days, I will send My angels for thee, and they shall take thee from the earth, and from thy sons, according to My will.

37. Here God summons an angel

1. And God called one of His greatest angels, terrible and awful, and placed him by me, and the appearance of that angel was like 2 snow, and his hands were like ice; he had a very cold appearance, and my face was chilled because I could not endure the fear of the Lord“; just as it is not possible to endure the mighty fire and heat of the sun, and the frost of the air.

2. And the Lord said to me, Enoch, if thy face is not chill here, no man can look upon thy face.

38. Mathusal continued to have hope and to await his father Enoch in his house day and night

1. And the Lord said to those men who first led me up: Let Enoch go down on to earth with you, and await him till the determined day.

2. And they placed me by night on my bed.

3. And Mathusal expecting my coming, keeping watch by day and by night at my bed, was filled with awe when he heard my coming, and I told him, Let all my household come together, that I tell them everything.

39. Enoch's pitiful admonition to his sons with weeping and great lamentation, as he spoke to them

1. Oh my children, my beloved ones, hear the admonition of your father, as much as is according to the Lord's will.

2. for I do not speak to you today from my lips, but from the lips of the Lord who has sent me to you. For you hear the words of my lips, a mortal man like yourselves.

3. I have seen the face of the Lord as it were iron that is heated in the fire, and when brought out sends forth sparks and burns.

4. Look at the eyes of me, a man laden with a sign for you. I have seen the eyes of the Lord shining like a ray of the sun and striking with terror human eyes.

5. You, my children, see the right hand of a man made like yourselves assisting you. I have seen the right hand of the Lord assisting me, and filling the heavens.

6.You see the compass of my actions, like to your own. I have seen the measureless and harmonious form of the Lord. To Him there is no end.

7. You therefore hear the words of my lips, but I have heard the words of the Lord, like great thunder, with continual agitation of the clouds.

8. And now, my children, listen to the discourses of your earthly father. It is terrible and awful to stand before the face of an earthly prince, terrible and very awful because the will of the prince is death and the will of the prince is life; how much more is it terrible and awful to stand before the face of the Lord of lords, and of the earthly and the heavenly hosts. Who can endure this never-ending terror?

40. Enoch admonishes his children truly of all things from the Lord's lips, how he saw and heard and wrote down

1. And now my children, I know all things from the lips of the Lord; for my eyes have seen from the beginning to the end.

2. I know all things and have written all things in the books, both the heavens and the end of them, and their fullness, and all the hosts.

3. And I have measured their goings, and written down the stars and their innumerable quantity.

4. What man has seen their alternations and their goings? Not even the angels know their number; I have written down the names of all.

5. And I have measured the circle of the sun, and I have measured his rays and his coming in and going out, through all the months, and all his courses, and their names I have written down. I have measured the circle of the moon, and its waning which occurs during every day, and the secret places in which it hides every day and ascends according to all the hours. I have laid down the four seasons, and from the seasons I made four circles, and in the circles I placed the years; I placed the months, and from the months I calculated the days , and from the days I have calculated the hours. Moreover, I have written down all things moving upon the earth. I have written down all things that are nourished, all seed sown and unsown which grows on the earth, and all things belonging to the garden. and every herb and every flower, and their fragrance and their names. And the dwellings of the clouds, and their conformations and their wings, how they bring rain and the rain-drops, I investigated all.

6. And I wrote down the course of the thunder and lightning, and they showed me the keys, and their guardians and their path by which they go. They are brought forth in bonds, in measured degree, and are let go in bonds, lest by their heavy course and vehemence they should overload the clouds of wrath and destroy everything on earth.

7. I have written down the treasuries of the snow, and the store-houses of the hail , and the cool breezes. I observed the holder of the keys of them during the season: and how he fills the clouds with them, and yet does not exhaust their treasuries.

8. I wrote down the abodes of the winds, and I observed and saw how those who hold their keys bear balances and measures, and in the first place they put them on a balance, in the second they let them go in measure moderately, with care over the whole earth, lest by heavy breathing they make the earth to rock.

9. And I measured out the whole earth, its mountains, and all hills, fields, trees, stones, rivers, all existing things I wrote down, the height from earth to the seventh heaven, and downwards to the very lowest hell, and the judgment-place, and the very great, open and weeping hell.

10. And I saw how the prisoners are in pain, expecting the limitless judgment.

11. And I wrote down all those being judged by the judge, and all their judgment and sentences and all their works.

41. Of how Enoch lamented Adam's sin

1. And I saw all our forefathers from the beginning with Adam and Eve, and I sighed and wept, and spake of the ruin (caused by) their wickedness.

2. Woe is me for my infirmity and that of my forefathers. And I meditated in my heart and said:

3. ‘Blessed is the man who was not born, or, having been born, has never sinned before the face of the Lord, so that he should not come into this place, to bear the yoke of this place!'

42. Of how Enoch saw the key-holders and guards of the gates of hell standing

1. I saw those who keep the keys, and are the guardians of the gates of hell, standing like great serpents, and their faces were like quenched lamps, and their eyes were fiery, and their teeth were sharp. And they were stripped to the waist. 

2. And I said before their faces Would that I had not seen you, nor heard of your doings and that those of my race had never come to you! Now they have only sinned a little in this life, and always suffer in the eternal life. 

3. I went out to the East, to the paradise of Eden, where rest has been prepared for the just and it is open to the third heaven, and shut from this world.

4. And guards are placed at the very great gates of the east of the sun, fiery angels, singing triumphant songs, that never cease rejoicing in the presence of the just.

5. At the last coming they will lead forth Adam with our forefathers, and conduct them there, that they may rejoice, as a man calls those whom he loves to feast with him; and they having come with joy hold converse, before the dwelling of that man, with joy awaiting his feast, the enjoyment and the immeasurable wealth, and joy and merriment in the light, and eternal life.

6. Then I said, I tell you , my children: blessed is he who fears the name of the Lord, and serves continually before His face, and brings his gifts with fear continually in this life and lives all his life justly, and dies.

7. Blessed is he who executes a just judgement, not for the sake of recompense, but for the sake of righteousness, expecting nothing in return: a sincere judgement shall afterwards come to him. 

8. Blessed is he who clothes the naked with a garment, and gives his bread to the hungry.

9. Blessed is he who gives a just judgement for the orphan and the widow, and assists every one who is wronged.

10. Blessed is he who turns from the unstable path of this vain world, and walks by the righteous path which leads to eternal life.

11. Blessed is he who sows just seed.

 

43. Enoch shows his children how he measured and wrote out God's judgments

1. I, my children, measured and wrote out every work and every measure and every righteous judgment.

2. As one year is more honourable than another, so is one man more honourable than another man on account of many possessions, that man on account of the wisdom of the heart; this man on account of understanding, another on account of cunning; this man for the silence of the lips; this man on account of purity, that on account of strength; this man on account of comeliness, another on account of youth, this man on account of sharpness of mind, another on account of quick sightedness of body and another for the perception of many things.

3. Let it be heard everywhere there i s no one greater than he who fears God. He shall be the most glorious for ever.

 

44. Enoch instructs his sons, that they revile not the face of man, small or great

1. God made man with His own hands in the likeness of His countenance, both small and great the Lord created him. He who reviles the countenance of man, reviles the countenance of the Lord.

2. He who shows wrath against another without injury, the great wrath of the Lord shall consume him. If a man spits at the face of another insultingly, he shall be consumed in the great judgement of the Lord.

3. Blessed is the man who does not direct his heart with malice against any man and who assists the man who is injured, and under judgement and raises up the oppressed, and accomplishes the prayer of him who asks. For in the day of the great judgement, every measure and standard and weight, which is for traffic, namely, that which is hung on a balance and stands for traffic, knows its own measure, and shall receive its reward by measure.

 

45. God shows how he does not want from men sacrifices, nor burnt-offerings, but pure and contrite hearts

1. He who hastens and brings his offering before the face of the Lord, then the Lord will hasten the accomplishment of his work, and will execute a just judgement for him.

2. He who increases his lamp before the face of the Lord, the Lord increases greatly his treasure in the heavenly kingdom.

3. God does not require bread, nor a light, nor an animal, nor any other sacrifice for it is as nothing But God requires a pure heart and by means of all this, He tries the heart of man.

 

46. Of how an earthly ruler does not accept from man abominable and unclean gifts, then how much more does God abominate unclean gifts, but sends them away with wrath and does not accept his gifts

1. Hear, my people, and pay attention to the words of my lips

2. If any one brings gifts to an earthly prince, but having unfaithfulness in his heart, if the prince knows it, will he not be angry with him on account of that, and he will not take his gifts, and will hand him over to condemnation?

3. Or if a man flatters another in his language, but (plans) evil against him in his heart, will not the other understand the craft of his heart, and he himself will be condemned, so that his unrighteousness will be evident to all?

4. But when God shall send a great light, by means of that there will be judgement to the just and unjust, and nothing will be concealed.

47. Enoch instructs his sons from God's lips, and hands them the handwriting of this book

Now, my children, put my thoughts in your hearts; pay attention to the words of your father, which have come to you from the mouth of the Lord.

2. Take these books of the writings of your father, and read them.

3. And in them ye shall learn all the works of the Lord . There have been many books from the beginning of creation, and shall be to the end of the world.

4. And if you will observe my handwriting, you will not sin against the Lord; because there is no other except the Lord, neither in heaven, nor in earth, nor in the very lowest places, nor in the one foundation.

5. The Lord has placed the foundations in the unknown, and has spread forth heavens visible and invisible; he fixed the earth on the waters, and created countless creatures, and who has counted the water and the foundation of the unfixed, or the dust of the earth, or the sand of the sea, or the drops of the rain, or the morning dew, or the wind's breathings? Who has filled earth and sea, and the indissoluble winter? 

  • 2 Peter 3:5-6 "But they deliberately overlook the fact that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world of that time perished in the flood."

6. I cut the stars out of fire, and decorated heaven, and put it in their midst.

48. Of the sun's passage along the seven circles

1. That the sun go along the seven heavenly circles, which are the appointment of heavens, and I gave him 182 thrones when he goes on a short day, and also 182 thrones when he goes on a long day. And he has two great thrones on which he rests, returning hither and thither above the monthly thrones. From the month Tsivan after seventeen days he descends to the month Thevan, and from the seventeenth day of Thevad he ascends. 

2. And so the sun goes through all the courses of the heaven; when he goes near the earth, then the earth rejoices and produces its fruit; when he departs , then the earth is sad, and the trees and all the fruits have no development.

3. All this by measure and minute arrangement of time He has arranged by His wisdom, both in the case of things visible and invisible. 

4. He has made all things visible out of invisible, Himself being invisible. 

5. Thus I tell you, my children, distribute the books to your children, in all your families, and among the nations. Those who are wise let them fear God, and let them receive them and let them love them more than any kind of food, and read them.

6. But those who are senseless and have no thought of the Lord and do not fear God will not receive them but turn away, and keep themselves from them, the terrible judgement shall await them.

7. Blessed is the man who bears their yoke, and puts it on, for he shall be set free in the day of the great judgement.

49. Enoch instructs his sons not to swear either by heaven or earth, and shows God's promise, even in the mother's womb

1. For I swear to you my children 6 , but I will not swear by a single oath, neither by heaven, nor by earth, nor by any other creature which God made.

2. God said: There is no swearing in me, nor injustice, but truth.

3. If there is no truth in men, let them swear by a word, yea, yea, or nay, nay.

4. But I swear to you, yea, yea, that there has not been even a man in his mother ’s womb, for whom a place has not been prepared for every soul and a measure is fixed how long a man shall be tried in this world.

5. O! my children, be not deceived there is a place prepared there for every soul of man.

 

50. Of how none born on earth can remain hidden nor his work remain concealed, but God bids us to be meek, to endure attack and insult, and not to offend widows and orphans

1. have laid down in the writings the actions of every man, and no one born on the earth can hide himself, nor can his deeds be concealed.

2. I see all.

3. Now therefore, my children, in patience and meekness spend the number of your days, that you inherit endless life.

4. Endure for the sake of the Lord every wound, every injury, every evil word and attack.

5. If ill-requitals befall you, return them not either to neighbour or enemy, because the Lord will return them for you and be your avenger on the day of great judgment, that there be no avenging here among men.

6. Whoever of you spends gold or silver for his brother's sake, he will receive ample treasure in the world to come.

7. Injure not widows nor orphans nor strangers, lest God's wrath come upon you.

51. Enoch instructs his sons, that they hide not treasures in the earth, but bids them give alms to the poor

1. Stretch out your hands to the poor according to your strength.

2. Hide not your silver in the earth.

3. Assist the honest man in hi s affliction, and affliction shall not come upon you, in the time of your labour.

4. And whatever violent and grievous yoke shall be put upon you, endure all for the Lord’s sake, and so you will receive your reward in the day of judgement.

5. Morning, afternoon, and evening, it is good to go into the house of the Lord to glorify the Creator of all.

5. Wherefore let every thing that hath breath glorify Him, and let every creature visible and invisible give forth praise.

 

52. God instructs his faithful, how they are to praise his name

1. Blessed is the man who opens his lips to praise the God of Sabaoth, and praises the Lord with his heart

2. Cursed is every man who opens his lips to abuse and to calumniate his neighbour.

3. Blessed is he who Opens his lips to the blessing and praise of God!

4. Cursed is he who Opens his lips to swearing and blasphemy before the face of the Lord all his days.

5. Blessed is he who blesses all the works of the Lord. 

6. Cursed is he who speaks ill of the works of the Lord. 

7. Blessed is he who looks to raise his own hand for labour 

8. Cursed is he who looks to make use of another man ’s labour. 

9. Blessed is he who preserves the foundations of his fathers from the beginning.

10. Cursed is he who breaks the enactments of his fathers.

11. Blessed is he who establishes peace and love.

12. Cursed is he who troubles those who are at peace.

13. Blessed is he who does not speak peace with his tongue, but in his heart there is peace to all! 

14. Cursed is he who speaks peace with his tongue , but in his heart there is no peace.

15. For all these things in measures and in books will be revealed in the day of the great judgement

 

53. Enoch confirms the word from the Lord's lips to his children that they must obey the will of the Lord on their own

1. And now, my children, do not say; Our father stands before God and prays for us (to be released) from sin for there is no person there to help any man who has sinned

2. You see how I have written down all the works of every man before his creation, which is done in the case of all men for ever. And no man can say or unsay what I have written with my hand. For God sees all things, even the thoughts of wicked men, which lie in the store places of the heart.

3. And now, my children, mark well all the words of your father, that I tell you, lest you regret, saying: Why did our father not tell us?

 

54. Enoch instructs his sons, that they should hand the books to others also

1. At that time, not understanding this let these books which I have given you be for an inheritance of your peace.

2. Hand them to all who want them, and instruct them, that they may see the Lord's very great and marvellous works.

55. Here Enoch shows his sons, telling them with tears, that the time has approached for him to be taken up into heaven, as the angels are standing before him

1. My children, behold, the day of my term and time have approached.

2. For the angels who shall go with me are standing before me and urge me to my departure from you; they are standing here on earth, awaiting what has been told them.

3. For tomorrow I shall go up on to heaven, to the uppermost Jerusalem to my eternal inheritance.

4. Therefore I bid you do before the Lord's face all his good pleasure.

 

56. Methosalam asks of his father blessing, that he may take Enoch food to eat

1. Methosalam having answered his father Enoch, said: What is agreeable to your eyes, father that I may put food before thy face and then, having blessed our houses and thy sons, and all thy family, let thy people be glorified by thee; and then afterwards thou wilt depart, as God hath said.

2. Enoch answered his son Methosalem and said ‘Hear mv child, since God has anointed me with the oil of his glory, there has been no food in me, and my soul remembers nothing of earthly pleasure nor do I desire anything earthly.

 

57. Enoch bade his son Methusalam to summon all his brethren

1. But call all thy brothers and all your  families and the elders of the people, that I may speak to them and depart as is appointed for me.

2. And Methosalem hastened, and called his brethren Begim, Biman, Ukhan, Khermion, Gaidal and the elders of the people, and he brought them all  before the face of his father Enoch. And having blessed them, he spake to them.

 

58. Enoch's instructions to his sons

1. Listen to me, my sons.

2. In those days when the Lord came upon the earth for the sake of Adam, and visited all his creation, which He Himself had made. The Lord called all the cattle of the earth, and all creeping things, and all the fowls that fly in the air, and brought them all before the face of our father Adam.

3. And he gave names to all living things on the earth.

4. And the Lord made him lord over all and put all things under his hands, and subdued (them) to submission and to all obedience to man.

5. So the Lord created man as master over all His possessions.

6. The Lord will not judge any soul of beast on account of man, but he will judge the soul of man on account of the souls of beasts in the world to come.

7. For as there is a special place for mankind for all the souls of men according to their number, so there is also of beasts. And not one soul shall perish which God has made till the great judgement. And every soul of beast shall bring a charge against man if he feeds them badly.

 

59. Enoch instructs his sons wherefore they may not touch unclean meat because of what comes from it

1. Whoever defiles the soul of beasts, defiles his own soul.

2. For man brings clean animals to make sacrifice for sin, that he may have cure of his soul.

3. And if they bring for sacrifice clean animals, and birds, man has cure, he cures his soul.

4. All is given you for food, bind it by the four feet, that is to make good the cure, he cures his soul.

5. But whoever kills beast without wounds, kills his own souls and defiles his own flesh.

6. And he who does any beast any injury whatsoever, in secret, it is evil practice, and he defiles his own soul.

60. He who does injury to the soul of another man, does injury to his own soul

1. If he does an injury to the soul of man, he does an injury to his own soul; and there is no salvation for his flesh, nor forgiveness for ever.

2. He who kills the soul of a man, kills his own soul, and destroys his own body, and there is no salvation for him forever.

3. He who prepares a net for another man will fall into it himself and there is no salvation for him forever

4. He who prepares a weapon against a man, shall not escape punishment in the great judgement for ever.

5. If a man acts crookedly or speaks evil against any soul, he shall have no righteousness for himself for ever

 

61. Enoch instructs his sons to keep themselves from injustice, to help others and to share

1. Now therefore, my children, preserve your hearts from every unrighteousness which the Lord hates. As a man asks his soul from God, so let him do to every living soul. For in the world to come, I know all things how that there are many mansions prepared for men; good for the good; evil for the evil; many and without number.

2. Blessed are those who shall go to the mansions of the blessed; for in the evil ones there is no rest nor any means of return from them.

3. Listen, my children, both small and great; When a man conceives a good thought in his heart and brings gifts before the Lord of his labours — if his hands have not wrought them then the Lord turns away His face from the labour of his hands, and he cannot gain advantage from the work of his hand.

4. But if his hands have wrought, but his heart murmurs and he does not make an offering of hi s  heart , but murmurs continually, he has no success

62. Of how it is fitting to bring one's gifts in faith, because there is no repentance after death

1. Blessed is the man who in patience - shall bring his gifts before the face of the Lord , for he shall avert the recompense of his sin.

2. If he speaks words out of season there is no repentance for him; if he lets the appointed time pass and does not perform the work, he is not blessed; for there is no repentance after death.

3. For every deed which a man does unseasonably is an offence before men, and a sin before God.

 

63. Of how not to despise the poor, but to share with them equally, lest you be murmured against before God

1. When a man clothes the naked and feeds the hungry, he gets a recompense from God.

2. If his heart murmurs, he works for himself a double evil; he works destruction to that which he gives and there shall be no reward for it.

3. And the poor man, when his heart is satisfied or his flesh is clothed and he acts contemptuously, he destroys the effect of all hi s endurance of poverty and shall not gain the blessing of a recompense.

4. For the Lord hates every contemptuous and proud - speaking man; and likewise every lying word and that which is covered with unrighteousness. And it is cut with the sharpness of a deadly sword, and thrown into the fire, and burns for ever

 

64. Of how the Lord calls up Enoch, and people took counsel to go and kiss him at the place called Achuzan

1. When Enoch had spoken these words to his sons, all people far and near heard how the Lord was calling Enoch. They took counsel together:

2. Let us go and kiss Enoch, and two thousand men came together and came to the place Achuzan where Enoch was, and his sons.

And the elders of the people, the whole assembly, came and bowed down and began to kiss Enoch and said to him:

3. Our father Enoch, may you be blessed of the Lord, the eternal ruler, and now bless your sons and all the people, that we may be glorified to-day before your face.

4. For you shalt be glorified before the Lord's face for all time, since the Lord chose you, rather than all men on earth, and designated you writer of all his creation, visible and invisible, and redeemed of the sins of man, and helper of your household.

 

65. Of Enoch's instructions to his sons

1. And Enoch answered all his people saying: Hear, my children, before that all creatures were created, the Lord created the visible and invisible things.

2. And as much time had come and were passed, understand how after all these things He made man in His own image after His likeness, and placed in him eyes to see; and ears to hear; and a heart to understand, and reason to take counsel.

3. And the Lord contemplated the world for the sake of man, and made all the creation for his sake, and divided it into times. And from the times He made years, and from the years He made months, and from the months He made days , and of the days He made seven.

4. And in these He made the hours and divided them into small portions, that a man should understand the seasons, and compute years and months, and hours; their alternations and beginnings and ends; and that he should compute his life from the beginning till death, and should meditate upon his sin, and should write down his evil and good deeds. For nothing done is concealed before the Lord. Let each man know his deeds, and not transgress the commandments and let him keep My writings securely from generation to generation.

5. When all the creation of visible and invisible things comes to an end which the Lord has made; then every man shall come to the great judgement of the Lord. Then the times shall perish, and there shall be no year, nor month, nor day, and there shall be no hours nor shall they be reckoned.

6. There shall be one eternity, and all the just who shall escape the great judgement of the Lord shall be gathered together in eternal life for ever and ever the just shall be gathered together and they shall be eternal. Moreover there shall be no labour, nor sickness, nor sorrow, nor anxiety, nor need, nor night, nor darkness, but a great light.

7. And there shall be to them a great wall that cannot be broken down and bright and incorruptible paradise shall be their protection, and their eternal habitation. For all corruptible things shall vanish, and there shall be eternal life.

 

66. Enoch instructs his sons and all the elders of the people, how they are to walk with terror and trembling before the Lord, and serve him alone and not bow down to idols, but to God, who created heaven and earth and every creature, and to his image

And now, my children, preserve your souls from all unrighteousness, which the Lord hates. Walk before His face with fear and trembling, and serve Him alone Worship the true God, and not dumb idols.

2. But pay attention to His command, and bring every just offering before the face of the Lord. But the Lord hates that which is unrighteous.

3. For the Lord sees every thing; whatever man meditates in his heart, and what counsel he plans, and every thought is continually before the Lord.

4. If ye look at the heavens there is the Lord, as the Lord made the heavens. If ye look at the earth then the Lord i s there since the Lord made firm the earth and established every creature in it. If ye scrutinize the depths of the sea, and every thing under the earth there also is the Lord. For the Lord created all things.

5. Do not bow down to the work of men, nor to the work of the Lord, leaving the Lord of all creation; for no deed is concealed before the face of the Lord.

6. Walk, my children, in long suffering, in humility, in spite of calumny, and insult; in faith, and truth, in the promises, and sickness, in abuse, in wounds, in temptation, in nakedness, in deprivation, loving one another, till ye depart from this world of sickness. Then ye shall be heirs of eternity.

7. Blessed are the just, who shall escape the great judgements! And they shall be seven times brighter than the sun, for in this age altogether the seventh part is separated.

8. (Now concerning) the light, the darkness, the food, the sweetnesses, the bitternesses, the paradise, the tortures, the fires , the frosts and other things; I have put all this down in writing, that ye may read and understand.

67. The Lord let out darkness on to the earth and covered the people and Enoch, and Enoch was taken up on high, and light came again in the heaven

1. When Enoch had talked to the people, the Lord sent out darkness on to the earth, and there was darkness, and it covered those men standing with Enoch, and they took Enoch up on to the highest heaven, where the Lord is; and he received him and placed him before his face, and the darkness went off from the earth, and light came again.

2. And the people saw and understood not how Enoch had been taken, and glorified God, and found a roll in which was traced The Invisible God; and all went to their dwelling places.

68. Conclusion

1. Enoch was born on the sixth day of the month Tsivan, he lived 365 years. He was taken up into heaven on the first day of the month Tsivan, and he was in heaven sixty days.

2. He wrote down the descriptions of all the creation which the Lord had made, and he wrote 366 books, and gave them to his sons. 3. And he was on earth thirty days, and thus he was taken to heaven in the same month Tsivan on the same day the sixth day; the day on which he was born, and the same hour. 

4. As each man has but a dark existence in this life, so also is his beginning and birth, and departure from this life. In what how he began; in that he was born, and in that he departs.

5. And Methusalem hasted, and all his brethren, the sons of Enoch, and built an altar in the place called Achuzan, whence and when Enoch was taken up to heaven.

6. And they took cattle, and invited all the people and sacrificed victims before the face of the Lord.

7. All the people came and the elders of the people; all the host of them to the festivity, and brought their gifts to the sons of Enoch, and made a great festivity, rejoicing and being merry for three days; praising God who had given such a sign by means of Enoch, who had found favour with Him. And that they should hand it down to their son’s sons, from generation to generation, forever. 

Amen.

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