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The Apocryphal Old Testament Collection of the most important non-canonical Old Testament books designed for general use.

Chapter XXXIX

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1And it will come to pass in these 1 GQTUD′ ‘those’. days that the chosen and holy children 2 GQT2U ‘the children of the chosen and holy’. will come down from the high heavens, and their offspring will become one with the sons of men. 2In those days Enoch received books of indignation and anger, and books of tumult and confusion. And there will be no mercy for them, says the Lord of Spirits. 3And at that time clouds and 3 clouds and: GMQT1UD′ om. a storm-wind carried me off from the face of the earth, and set me down at the end of heaven. 4And there I saw another vision, the dwelling of the righteous and the resting-places of the holy. 4 righteous … holy: Eth.I ‘holy … righteous’. 5There my eyes saw their dwelling with the angels 5 GMQTU ‘the angels of his righteousness’; D′ ‘the holy angels’. and their resting-places with the holy ones, and they were petitioning and supplicating and praying on behalf of the sons of men; and righteousness like water flowed before them and mercy like dew upon the ground. Thus it is among them for ever and ever. 6And in those days my eyes saw the place of the chosen ones 6 GQT1U ‘And in that place my eyes saw the chosen one (Q ‘chosen ones’)’; MD′ ‘And in those days my eyes saw the chosen one’; T2 ‘And in those days my eyes saw the place of the chosen one’. of righteousness and faith; and there will be righteousness in their days, 7 GMQT1UD′ ‘his days’. and the righteous and chosen will be without number before him for ever and ever. 7And I saw their dwelling 8 GM ‘his dwelling’; D′ ‘the dwelling’. under the wings of the Lord of Spirits, and all the righteous and chosen shone 9 GQT1UD′ ‘were strong’. before him like the light of fire; and their mouth was full of blessing, and their lips praised the name of the Lord of Spirits. And righteousness will not fail before him, and truth will not fail before him. 10 and truth … before him: some Eth.II MSS om. 8There I wished to dwell, and my soul 11 GMTU ‘my spirit’. longed for that dwelling; there had my lot been assigned before, for thus it was decided about me before the Lord of Spirits. 9And in those days I praised and exalted the name of the Lord of Spirits with blessing and praise, for he has destined me for blessing and praise, in accordance with the wish of the Lord of Spirits. 10And for a long time my eyes looked at that place, and I blessed him and praised him, saying, Blessed is he, and may he be blessed from the beginning and for ever! 11And in his presence there is no end. He knew before the world was created what the world would be, 12 what the world would be (lit. ‘is’): GMQT1UD′ ‘what is for ever’. even for all the generations which are to come. 12Those who do not sleep bless you, and they stand before your glory and bless and praise and exalt, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord of Spirits; he fills the earth with spirits. 13And there my eyes saw all those who do not sleep standing before him and blessing and saying, Blessed are you, and blessed is the name of the Lord for ever and ever! 14And my face was transformed until 13 GMQT1UD′ ‘for’. I was unable to see.

Notes:

1 GQTUD′ ‘those’.

2 GQT2U ‘the children of the chosen and holy’.

3 clouds and: GMQT1UD′ om.

4 righteous … holy: Eth.I ‘holy … righteous’.

5 GMQTU ‘the angels of his righteousness’; D′ ‘the holy angels’.

6 GQT1U ‘And in that place my eyes saw the chosen one (Q ‘chosen ones’)’; MD′ ‘And in those days my eyes saw the chosen one’; T2 ‘And in those days my eyes saw the place of the chosen one’.

7 GMQT1UD′ ‘his days’.

8 GM ‘his dwelling’; D′ ‘the dwelling’.

9 GQT1UD′ ‘were strong’.

10 and truth … before him: some Eth.II MSS om.

11 GMTU ‘my spirit’.

12 what the world would be (lit. ‘is’): GMQT1UD′ ‘what is for ever’.

13 GMQT1UD′ ‘for’.

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