1Another book which Enoch wrote for his son Methuselah and for those who should come after him and keep the law in the last days. 2You who have observed it 1 GGa ‘You who have done good’. and are waiting 2 and are waiting: GGaMQD′ ‘will wait’. in these days until an end shall be made of those who do evil, and an end shall be 3made of the power of the wrongdoers, do 3 GGaMQTD′ ‘And do’. indeed wait until sin shall pass away; for their names will be erased from 4 GGa add ‘the book of life and from’; Q adds ‘from the books of the living and from’; MTD′ add ‘the book and from’. the books of the holy ones, 5 the books of the holy ones: MQTD′EB′C′ ‘the holy books’; G ‘the book of the Holy One (or ‘holy ones’)’. and their offspring will be destroyed for ever, and their spirits will be killed, and they will cry out and moan in a chaotic 6 chaotic: lit. ‘that cannot be seen’, but in the light of the LXX of Gen. i. 2 probably to be translated ‘chaotic’. desert place, and will burn 7 will burn: so D′ABCXC′; other MSS ‘have burnt’. in fire, for there is no earth there. 4And there I saw something like a cloud which could not be discerned, for because of its depth I was not able to look up at it; and the flames of a fire I saw burning brightly, and things like bright mountains revolved and shook from side to side. 5And I asked one of the holy angels who were with me and said to him, What is this bright place? For there is no heaven, but only the flames of a burning fire and the sound of crying and weeping and moaning and severe pain. 6And he said to me, This place which you see – here will be thrown 8 GQD′ ‘led’. the spirits of the sinners and of the blasphemers, and of those who do evil, and of those who alter everything which the Lord has spoken 9 GGaQD′ ‘done’. by the mouth of the prophets about the things which shall be done. 7For there are books and records about them in heaven above, that the angels may read them and know what is to come upon the sinners, and upon the spirits of the humble, 10 Many Eth.II MSS ‘the humble spirits’; D′ ‘the spirits of those who have gone astray’. and of those who afflicted their bodies and were recompensed by God, 8and of those who were abused by evil men; who loved 11 So ABDEX: other MSS ‘love’. God, and did not love gold, or silver, or any worldly good, but gave up their 9bodies to torment; who, from the moment they existed, did not desire earthly food, but counted themselves as a breath which passes away, and kept to this; and the Lord tested them much, and their spirits were found pure that they might bless his name. 10And all their blessings I have recounted in the books; and he has assigned them their reward, for they were found to be such as loved heaven more than their life in the world, 12 in the world: so Ga; all other MSS ‘which is for ever’. and even though they were trampled under foot by evil men, and had to listen to reviling and reproach from them and were abused, yet they blessed me. 11And now I will call the spirits of the good who are of the generation of light, and I will transform those who were born in darkness, who in the flesh were not recompensed with honour, as was fitting to their faith. 12And I will bring out into shining light those who love 13 GMQTD′ ‘loved’. my holy name, and I will set each one on the throne of his honour. 13And they will shine for times without number, for righteousness is the judgement of God, for with the faithful he will keep faith in the dwelling of upright paths. 14And they will see those who were born in darkness thrown 14 GMQD′ ‘led’. into darkness, while the righteous shine. 15And the sinners will cry out as they see them shining, but they themselves will go where days and times have been written down for them.
1 GGa ‘You who have done good’.
2 and are waiting: GGaMQD′ ‘will wait’.
3 GGaMQTD′ ‘And do’.
4 GGa add ‘the book of life and from’; Q adds ‘from the books of the living and from’; MTD′ add ‘the book and from’.
5 the books of the holy ones: MQTD′EB′C′ ‘the holy books’; G ‘the book of the Holy One (or ‘holy ones’)’.
7 will burn: so D′ABCXC′; other MSS ‘have burnt’.
8 GQD′ ‘led’.
9 GGaQD′ ‘done’.
10 Many Eth.II MSS ‘the humble spirits’; D′ ‘the spirits of those who have gone astray’.
11 So ABDEX: other MSS ‘love’.
12 in the world: so Ga; all other MSS ‘which is for ever’.
13 GMQTD′ ‘loved’.
14 GMQD′ ‘led’.