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

Chapter XCIII

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1,2And after this Enoch began to speak 1 Enoch began to speak: so Eth.II; MTD′ ‘Enoch was speaking’; G ‘Enoch gave and Enoch began to speak’; Q unintelligible; U ‘Enoch gave’. from the books. And Enoch said, Concerning the sons of righteousness and concerning the chosen of the world 2 of the world: C′ ‘for ever’. and concerning the plant of righteousness and uprightness 3 righteousness and uprightness: GMTD′ ‘uprightness’; Q ‘righteousness’. I will speak these things to you and make them known 4 MTD′ ‘and have made them known’. to you, my children, I Enoch, according to that which appeared to me in the heavenly vision, and which I know from the words of the holy angels and understand from the tablets of heaven. 3And Enoch 5 MQTD′ ‘he’. then 6 C′ om. began to speak from the books and said, I was born the seventh in the first week, while justice and righteousness still lasted. 7 Or ‘while judgement and righteousness held back’. 4And after me in the second week great wickedness will arise, and deceit will have sprung up; and in it there will be the first end, and in it a man will be saved. And after it has ended, iniquity will grow, and he will make a law 8 Or ‘covenant’; QNC′ ‘and a law will be made’; GM corrupt. for the sinners. 5And after this in the third week, at its end, a man will be chosen as the plant of righteous judgement; and after him will come the plant of righteousness 9 and after him … righteousness: so Eth.II; G om. (hmt.); MQTD′ of uncertain meaning. for ever. 6And after this in the fourth week, at its end, visions of the holy and righteous 10 G ‘a vision of the holy and righteousness’; TC′ ‘holy and righteous visions’. will be seen, and a law 11 Or ‘covenant’. for all generations and an enclosure will be made for them. 7And after this in the fifth week, at its end, a house of glory and of sovereignty will be built for ever. 8And after this in the sixth week all those who live in it will be blinded, and the hearts of all, lacking wisdom, will sink into impiety. And in it a man will ascend; and at its end the house of sovereignty 12 E ‘the house of the sanctuary’. will be burnt with fire, and in it the whole race of the chosen root 13 chosen root: M(Q)T ‘root of power’. will be scattered. 9And after this in the seventh week an apostate 14 GM om. generation will arise, and many will be its deeds, but all its deeds will be apostasy. 10And at its end the chosen righteous from the eternal plant of righteousness will be chosen, 15 Some Eth.II MSS ‘rewarded’; Aram. adds ‘to be witnesses of righteousness’. to whom will be given sevenfold teaching concerning his whole creation. 16 GQD′ ‘property’. 11For is there any man who can hear the voice of the Holy One, and not be disturbed? And who is there who can think his thoughts? And who is there who can look at all the works of heaven? 17 MD′DFP2 ‘of goodness’. 12And how should there be anyone who could 18 G adds ‘look at heaven, and who is there who can’; MT add ‘look at (T ‘understand’) heaven, and how should there be anyone who could’; Q defective, but based on a similar text. understand the works of heaven and see a soul 19 So GMQD′XY: other MSS ‘his soul’. or a spirit 20 So MTD′XY: GQ corrupt; other MSS ‘or his spirit’. and could tell about it, 21 GMQ ‘and could make them’; D′ ‘and could remain’. or ascend and see all their ends and comprehend them or make anything like them? 13And is there 22 MQTD′ ‘And how should there be’. any man who could know what is the breadth and the length of the earth? And to whom have all its measurements 23 all its measurements: so T; other MSS ‘the measurements of all of them’. been shown? 14Or is there any man who could know the length of heaven, and what is its height, and on what it is fixed, and how large is the number of the stars, and where all the lights rest?

Notes:

1 Enoch began to speak: so Eth.II; MTD′ ‘Enoch was speaking’; G ‘Enoch gave and Enoch began to speak’; Q unintelligible; U ‘Enoch gave’.

2 of the world: C′ ‘for ever’.

3 righteousness and uprightness: GMTD′ ‘uprightness’; Q ‘righteousness’.

4 MTD′ ‘and have made them known’.

5 MQTD′ ‘he’.

6 C′ om.

7 Or ‘while judgement and righteousness held back’.

8 Or ‘covenant’; QNC′ ‘and a law will be made’; GM corrupt.

9 and after him … righteousness: so Eth.II; G om. (hmt.); MQTD′ of uncertain meaning.

10 G ‘a vision of the holy and righteousness’; TC′ ‘holy and righteous visions’.

11 Or ‘covenant’.

12 E ‘the house of the sanctuary’.

13 chosen root: M(Q)T ‘root of power’.

14 GM om.

15 Some Eth.II MSS ‘rewarded’; Aram. adds ‘to be witnesses of righteousness’.

16 GQD′ ‘property’.

17 MD′DFP2 ‘of goodness’.

18 G adds ‘look at heaven, and who is there who can’; MT add ‘look at (T ‘understand’) heaven, and how should there be anyone who could’; Q defective, but based on a similar text.

19 So GMQD′XY: other MSS ‘his soul’.

20 So MTD′XY: GQ corrupt; other MSS ‘or his spirit’.

21 GMQ ‘and could make them’; D′ ‘and could remain’.

22 MQTD′ ‘And how should there be’.

23 all its measurements: so T; other MSS ‘the measurements of all of them’.

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