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

Chapter XVII

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1Enoch answered his people, saying, Listen, my children. Before all things were, before all creation came into being, the Lord appointed the age of creation: after that he created all his creation, both what is visible and what is invisible; and after all that he made man in his own image, and he set in him eyes to see and ears to hear and a heart to think and a mind to consider. 2Then the Lord arranged 1 Lit. ‘delivered’. the age for man's benefit, and he divided it into seasons 2 into seasons = U: BNBa ‘into years and into months’. and into hours, that man might consider the changes 3 So NR: U ‘seasons’. and ends of the seasons, the beginnings of the years and the ends of the months and the days and the hours, and that he might reckon the length of his own life. 4 U ‘that he might give his life and death’. 3When the whole creation which the Lord has made comes to an end, and every man goes to the Lord's great judgement, then the seasons will perish, and there will be no years any more, nor will the months nor the days and hours be reckoned any more, but there will be a single age. 4And all the righteous who escape the Lord's great judgement will be united with the great age, and the age 5 U om. ‘and the age’. will be united with the righteous, and they shall live eternally. 6 Lit. ‘and they shall be eternally’ (or ‘and they shall be belonging to the age’). 5And they shall have no more labour nor suffering nor sorrow nor fear of persecution, 7 Lit. ‘nor expectation of violence’. nor labour nor night nor darkness; 8 nor labour … darkness: U ‘and no labour neither of night nor of darkness’. but they shall have about them a great light for ever and an indestructible wall, and in the great Paradise shall they have the shelter of an eternal dwelling-place. 6Happy the righteous who escape the Lord's great judgement, for their faces will shine as brightly as the sun.

7So now, my children, keep your souls from all unrighteousness; from all that the Lord hates. Live your lives as in the Lord's presence, and serve him alone, and bring him every offering he has ordained. 8If you look up to heaven, 9 So BR: U ‘If he looks upward’. the Lord is there, for the Lord created the heavens: 10 So BR: U ‘if he looks … and he considers’. if you look at the earth and the sea, and you consider 10 So BR: U ‘if he looks … and he considers’. the things under the earth, the Lord is there also, for the Lord created all things. 9Nothing you do can be hidden from the Lord's eyes. 10 Let it be in patience, in gentleness, and in the affliction of 11 of: U ‘and in’ (but the case endings show that this is corrupt). your sorrows, that you leave this world of suffering.

Notes:

1 Lit. ‘delivered’.

2 into seasons = U: BNBa ‘into years and into months’.

3 So NR: U ‘seasons’.

4 U ‘that he might give his life and death’.

5 U om. ‘and the age’.

6 Lit. ‘and they shall be eternally’ (or ‘and they shall be belonging to the age’).

7 Lit. ‘nor expectation of violence’.

8 nor labour … darkness: U ‘and no labour neither of night nor of darkness’.

9 So BR: U ‘If he looks upward’.

10 So BR: U ‘if he looks … and he considers’.

11 of: U ‘and in’ (but the case endings show that this is corrupt).

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