1However, you have asked the Most High to reveal to you the interpretation of the vision you have seen, and I have been sent to tell you. 2For the Mighty One has indeed made known to you the sequence of the times that have passed and of those that are yet to be in the world, from the beginning of its creation right up to its consummation – times of falsehood and times of truth. 3You saw a great cloud coming up out of the sea that went on and covered the earth: this cloud is the duration of the age of the world, which the Mighty One determined when he decided to make the world. 4And so it was that when the world had gone out from his presence, the duration of the world came into being, something of small account, established according to the richness of the understanding of him who sent it. 5And you saw at the top of the cloud black waters descending first upon the earth – this is the transgression of the first man, Adam. 6For when he transgressed untimely death appeared: sorrow came to be, and suffering was produced and pain created, and toil became the rule: pride reared its head: 1 Charles rendered ‘disease began to be established’. Sheol insisted on being renewed by blood: the conception of children was brought about and the passion of parents roused: man's whole status received a blow; and goodness languished. 7What could be blacker or darker than all this? 8This is the beginning of the black waters that you saw. 9And from these black waters again other black waters were derived, and even greater darkness 2 Lit. ‘and the darknesses of darknesses’. was produced. 10For the man who was a danger to himself became a danger even to the angels. 11,12For at the time he was created they enjoyed freedom. And some of them came down to earth and had intercourse with women. 13,14And those who did so then were tormented in chains. But the rest of the innumerable 3 The text has no negative. host of angels restrained themselves. 15And those who lived on earth perished all together through the waters of the flood. 16These are the first black waters.