1Hear then the interpretation of the last black waters which are to come after the other black waters: this is the meaning. 2Behold, the days are coming, and when the time of the age has ripened, and the harvest 1 Plural in the MS. of its evil and its good seeds has come, the Mighty One will bring upon the earth and its inhabitants, and upon its rulers, trepidation of spirit 1 Plural in the MS. and consternation of mind. 3And they will hate one another, and provoke one another to fight; and obscure men will have dominion over men of reputation, and the lowly born will be exalted above the nobles. 4And the many will be delivered into the hands of the few, and those who were nothing will rule over the strong, and the poor will have much more than the rich, and the impious will set themselves up against the brave. 5And the wise will be silent, and only fools will speak: neither the designs of ordinary men, nor the plans of the powerful, 2 Singular in the MS. will come to anything, nor will any hopes for the future prove well-founded. 3 Lit. ‘nor will the hope of those who hope be confirmed’. 6And when what has been predicted has happened, then will confusion descend upon all men: some of them will fall in battle: some of them will perish in anguish, and some of them will be destroyed 4 Text ‘be hindered’. by their own people. 7Then will the Most High reveal those peoples whom he has prepared beforehand, and they will come and make war with the leaders that then are left. 8And whoever escapes in the war will die by earthquake, and whoever escapes the earthquake will be burned by fire, and whoever escapes the fire will be destroyed 5 Text ‘will add’. by famine. 9And whoever, whether of the victors or the vanquished, escapes all these things, and comes safely through them, will be delivered into the hands of my servant, the Messiah. 10For the whole earth will devour those who live on it.