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

Chapter VII

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1And the men took me from there and carried me up to the fifth heaven. 2And I saw there an immense host 1 So B etc.: U corrupt. – the Watchers. 2 See 1 Enoch i.5, etc. Their appearance 1 So B etc.: U corrupt. was like men's appearance: in size they were bigger than great giants, and their faces were sad and their mouths silent; 3 Lit. ‘and the silence of their mouths (R adds ‘perpetual’)’. and there was no service in the fifth heaven. 4 in the fifth heaven = BR: U om. 3And I said to the men who were with me, Why are they so very sad, and their faces downcast, and their mouths silent, and why is there no service in this heaven? 4And the men answered me, These are the Watchers, who did not join their brothers, 5 Lit. ‘who separated from themselves’ (B ‘who drove themselves out’). two 6 So B: U ‘two hundred’. princes and the two hundred others who followed after them 7 after them = B: U om. and went down to earth and broke their vow on the shoulder of mount Hermon to defile themselves with human women; and because they defiled themselves the Lord condemned them. 5And these are bewailing their brothers and the punishment which was laid upon them. 8 punishment…upon them = B: U corrupt. 6And I said to the Watchers, I have seen your brothers, and I have heard what they did; and I know 9 So B: U corrupt. their prayers, and I have prayed for them. 7And behold, the Lord has condemned them below the earth 10 There is some confusion here. That the condemned angels were imprisoned ‘below the earth’ would seem to be part of a generally accepted tradition (e.g. Jub. v. 6, 10; 1 Enoch lxxxviii. 3; 2 Pet. ii. 4 ), yet the angels Enoch is referring to would seem to be those he has already met and talked with in the second heaven (see chap. iv above). until the heavens and the earth pass away: why then are you waiting for your brothers, and why are you not serving in the Lord's presence? 8Resume your previous services: offer your service in the Lord's name, 11 BR ‘in the Lord's presence’. in case you anger the Lord your God, and he throws you down from this place. 9They listened to what I said and were persuaded; and they stood in four ranks in the heaven. 10And behold, 12 They listened…in the heaven. And behold = BR: U om. as I stood there, they began to blow together on four trumpets, and the Watchers began to serve, as if with a single voice, and their voice went up into the Lord's presence.

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1 So B etc.: U corrupt.

2 See 1 Enoch i.5, etc.

3 Lit. ‘and the silence of their mouths (R adds ‘perpetual’)’.

4 in the fifth heaven = BR: U om.

5 Lit. ‘who separated from themselves’ (B ‘who drove themselves out’).

6 So B: U ‘two hundred’.

7 after them = B: U om.

8 punishment…upon them = B: U corrupt.

9 So B: U corrupt.

10 There is some confusion here. That the condemned angels were imprisoned ‘below the earth’ would seem to be part of a generally accepted tradition (e.g. Jub. v. 6, 10; 1 Enoch lxxxviii. 3; 2 Pet. ii. 4 ), yet the angels Enoch is referring to would seem to be those he has already met and talked with in the second heaven (see chap. iv above).

11 BR ‘in the Lord's presence’.

12 They listened…in the heaven. And behold = BR: U om.

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