EXCERPTS FROM THE BOOK OF ENOCH
Richard Laurence translation
1THE SECOND PARABLE, respecting these who deny the Name of the habitation of the holy ones, and of the Lord of Spirits.
2Heaven they shall not ascend, nor shall they come on the earth. This shall be the portion of sinners, who deny the Name of the Lord of Spirits, and who are thus reserved for the day of punishment and of affliction.
3In that day shall the Elect One sit upon a throne of glory; and shall choose their conditions and countless habitations, while their spirits within them shall be strengthened, when they behold MY Elect One, for those who have fled for protection to My Holy and Glorious NAME.
4In that day I will cause MY Elect One to dwell in the midst of them; will change the face of heaven; will bless it, and illuminate it for ever.
5I will also change the face of the earth, will bless it; and cause those whom I have elected to dwell upon it. But those who have committed sin and iniquity shall not inhabit it, for I have marked their proceedings. My righteous ones will I satisfy with peace, placing them before me; but the condemnation of sinners shall draw near, that I may destroy them from the face of the earth.
1There I beheld the Ancient of Days, whose head was like white wool, and with HIM another, whose countenance resembled that of man. His countenance was full of grace, like that of one of the holy angels. Then I inquired of one of the angels, who went with me, and who showed me every secret thing, concerning this SON OF MAN; who He was; whence He was and why He accompanied the Ancient of Days.
2He answered and said to me, This is the SON OF MAN, to whom RIGHTEOUSNESS BELONGS; with whom RIGHTEOUSNESS has dwelt; and who will REVEAL ALL THE TREASURES of that which is CONCEALED: for the LORD OF SPIRITS has CHOSEN HIM; and HIS PORTION has SURPASSED ALL before the LORD OF SPIRITS in EVERLASTING UPRIGHTNESS/ RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Luke 17:29, Isaiah 45:1-6, 1Cor.3:18-4:5)
3This SON OF MAN, whom you behold, SHALL RAISE UP KINGS and the MIGHTY from their DWELLING PLACES, and the POWERFUL from their THRONES; shall LOOSEN the BRIDLES of the POWERFUL, and break in pieces the TEETH/ silence the mouths of SINNERS. (Isaiah 40:27-41:4, 13:7)
4He shall hurl KINGS from their THRONES and their DOMINIONS; because they will not exalt and praise HIM, nor humble themselves before HIM, by whom their kingdoms were granted to them. The countenance likewise of the mighty shall He cast down, filling them with confusion. Darkness shall be their habitation, and worms shall be their bed; nor from that their bed shall they hope to be again raised, because they exalted not the NAME of the LORD of SPIRITS.
5They shall condemn the stars of heaven, shall lift up their hands against the Most High, shall tread upon and inhabit the earth, exhibiting all their acts of iniquity, even their works of iniquity. Their strength shall be in their riches, and their faith in the gods whom they have formed with their own hands. They shall deny the NAME OF THE LORD OF SPIRITS, and shall expel HIM from the TEMPLES, in which they assemble;
6And with HIM the faithful, (43) who suffer in the NAME OF THE LORD OF SPIRITS.
(43) Shall expel Him…the faithful. Or, “will be driven from the houses of His congregation, and of the faithful” (Knibb, p. 132; cp. Charles, p. 131).
1In that day the prayer of the holy and the righteous, and the blood of the righteous, shall ascend from the earth into the presence of the LORD OF SPIRITS.
2In that day shall the holy ones assemble, who dwell above the heavens, and with united voice petition, supplicate, praise, laud, and BLESS the NAME OF THE LORD OF SPIRITS, on account of the blood of the righteous which has been shed; that the prayer of the righteous may not be intermitted before the Lord of Spirits; that for them HE would execute judgment; and that HIS patience may not endure for ever. (44)
(44) That his patience…endure for ever. Or, “(that) their patience may not have to last for ever” (Knibb, p. 133). (Revelation 6:10-7:17)
3At that time I beheld the ANCIENT OF DAYS, while HE sat upon the throne of HIS glory, while the book of the living was opened in his presence, and while all the powers which were above the heavens stood around and before HIM.
4Then were the hearts of the saints full of joy, because the consummation of righteousness was arrived, the supplication of the saints heard, and the blood of the righteous appreciated by the Lord of Spirits.
1In that place I beheld a fountain of righteousness, which never failed, encircled by many springs of wisdom. Of these all the thirsty drank, and were filled with wisdom, having their habitation with the righteous, the elect, and the holy.
2 In that hour was this Son of man invoked before the Lord of spirits, and His name in the presence of the Ancient of days. (Daniel 7:13-14)
3 Before the sun and the signs were created, before the stars of heaven were formed, His name was invoked in the presence of the Lord of spirits. A support shall he be for the righteous and the holy to lean upon, without falling; and HE shall be the LIGHT TO THE NATIONS. (Isaiah 49:1-6)
4He shall be the HOPE of those whose hearts are troubled. All, who dwell on earth, shall fall down and worship before Him; shall bless and glorify Him, and sing praises to the NAME of the LORD OF SPIRITS.
5 Therefore the ELECT and the CONCEALED ONE* existed in HIS presence, before the world was created*, and for ever. *(John 1:1-3) *(Isaiah 41:25, 45:15, 49:1-6, Luke 17:20)
6In HIS presence He existed, and has revealed to the saints and to the righteous the wisdom of the Lord of spirits; for he has preserved the lot of the righteous, because they have hated and rejected this world of iniquity, and have detested all its works and ways, in the NAME of the LORD OF SPIRITS.
7 For in His NAME shall they be preserved; and His will shall be their life. In those days shall the kings of the earth and the mighty men, who have gained the world by their achievements, become humble in countenance.
8 For in the day of their anxiety and trouble their souls shall not be saved; and they shall be in subjection to those whom I have chosen. (*Isaiah 14:1-5)
9 I will cast them like hay into the fire, and like lead into the water. Thus shall they burn in the presence of the righteous, and sink in the presence of the holy; nor shall a tenth part of them be found.
10 But in the day of their trouble, the world shall obtain tranquillity.
11In His presence shall they fall, and not be raised up again; nor shall there be any one to take them out of his hands, and to lift them up: for they have denied the Lord of Spirits, and HIS Messiah. The name of the Lord of Spirits shall be blessed.
1 Wisdom is poured forth like water, and glory fails not before him for ever and ever; for potent is He in all the secrets of righteousness.
2But iniquity passes away like a shadow, and possesses not a fixed station: for the Elect One stands before the Lord of Spirits; and His glory is for ever and ever; and His power from generation to generation.
3With Him dwells the spirit of intellectual wisdom, the spirit of instruction and of power, and the spirit of those who sleep in righteousness; He shall judge secret things.
4Nor shall any be able to utter a single word before him; for the Elect One is in the presence of the Lord of Spirits, according to his own pleasure.
1In those days the saints and the chosen shall undergo a change. The light of day shall rest upon them; and the splendour and glory of the saints shall be changed.
2In the day of trouble evil shall be heaped up upon sinners; but the righteous shall triumph in the name of the Lord of spirits.
3 Others shall be made to see, that they must repent, and forsake the works of their hands; and that glory awaits them not in the presence of the Lord of spirits; yet that by His NAME they may be SAVED. The Lord of spirits will have compassion on them; for great is His mercy; and righteousness is in His judgment, and in the presence of His glory; nor in His judgment shall iniquity stand. He who repents not before Him shall perish.
4Henceforward I will not have mercy on them, saith the Lord of spirits.
1In those days shall the earth deliver up from her womb, and hell deliver up from hers, that which it has received; and destruction shall restore that which it owes.
2He shall select the righteous and holy from among them; for the day of their salvation has approached.
3And in those days shall the Elect One sit upon His throne, while every secret of intellectual wisdom shall proceed from His mouth, for the Lord of Spirits has gifted and glorified Him.
4In those days the mountains shall skip like rams, and the hills shall leap like young sheep (46) satiated with milk; and all the righteous shall become like angels in heaven.
(46) Cp. Psalm 114:4
5Their countenance shall be bright with joy; for in those days shall the Elect One be exalted. The earth shall rejoice; the righteous shall inhabit it, and the elect possess it.
1Thus the Lord commanded the kings, the princes, the exalted, and those who dwell on earth, saying, OPEN YOUR EYES! And lift up your horns, IF you are CAPABLE of COMPREHENDING the ELECT ONE! (Daniel 12:10) (Isaiah 24:1-<26:7-13)
2The Lord of spirits sat upon the throne of His glory.
3And the Spirit of Righteousness was poured out over Him.
4The word of His mouth shall destroy all the sinners and all the ungodly, who shall perish at His presence. (Isaiah 11:1-4>-14:5, 41:21-42:4)
5In that day shall all the kings, the princes, the exalted, and those who possessed the earth, stand up, behold, and perceive, that He is sitting on the throne of His glory; that before Him the saints shall be judged in righteousness; (Rev.6:12-7:17, Isaiah 52:15-53:1, 24:23)
6And that nothing, which shall be spoken before Him, shall be spoken in vain. (Matthew 12:36-37, 5:14-<17-21 … Isaiah 41:21-42:4, 26:7-13 .. Acts 3:18-23 .. Malachi ch.2-4)
7Trouble/ distress shall come upon them, as upon a woman in travail, whose labour is severe, when her child comes to the mouth of the womb, and she finds it difficult to bring forth. (Luke 21:23-28) (Isaiah 24:1-26:13)
8One portion of them shall look upon another. They shall be astonished, and shall humble their countenance; (Isaiah 19:1-5)
9And trouble/ distress shall seize them, when they shall behold this Son of woman sitting upon the throne of His glory. (Matthew 24:28-31) (Revelation 6:12-7:17 .. Isaiah 49:1-10)
10Then shall the kings, the princes, and all who possessed the earth, glorify Him who has dominion over all things, Him who was concealed; for from the beginning the Son of man existed in secret, whom the Most High preserved in the presence of HIS power, and revealed to the Elect. (Isaiah 45:19-46:13, 48:14-49:7)
11He shall sow the congregation of the saints, and of the elect; and all the elect shall stand before Him in that day.
12All the kings, the princes, the exalted, and those who rule over all the earth, shall fall down on their faces before Him, and shall worship Him. (Isaiah 45:19-25>-46:13)
13They shall fix their hopes on this Son of man, shall pray to Him, and petition Him for mercy. (Isaiah 11:1-4>-11, 40:27-42:4, 44:20-46:13)
14Then shall the Lord of spirits hasten to expel them from His presence. Their faces shall be full of confusion, and their faces shall darkness cover. The angels shall take them to punishment, that vengeance may be inflicted on those who have oppressed His children and His elect. And they shall become an example to the saints and to His elect. Through them shall the elect be made joyful; for the anger of the Lord of spirits shall rest upon them. (Isaiah chapters 24-27, ch.59-62, 66:16-24)
15Then the sword of the Lord of spirits shall be drunk with their blood; but the saints and Elect shall be safe in that day; nor the face of the sinners and the ungodly shall they thenceforwards behold. (Isaiah chapter 14, Revelation 14)
16The Lord of spirits shall remain over them:
17And with this Son of man shall they dwell, eat, lie down, and rise up, for ever and ever. (John 12:34)
18The saints and the elect have arisen from the earth, have left off to depress their countenances, and have been clothed with the garment of life. That garment of life is with the Lord of spirits, in whose presence your garment shall not wax old, nor shall your glory diminish. (Isaiah chapters 24-27, Ezekiel chapter 37, Revelation 6:12-7:17)
1In those days the kings who possessed the earth shall be punished by the angels of His wrath, wheresoever they shall be delivered up, that He may give rest for a short period; and that they may fall down and worship before the Lord of spirits, confessing their sins before Him. (Revelation 6:12-<7:2>-7:17, Isaiah 48:1-<9-12, 30:18, 24:17-25:3)
2They shall bless and glorify the Lord of spirits, saying, Blessed is the Lord of spirits, the Lord of kings, the Lord of princes, the Lord of abundance, the Lord of glory, and the Lord of wisdom.
3He shall enlighten every secret thing. (1Corinthians 3:18-4:5, Isaiah 44:20-45:6>-46:13, Isaiah 11:1-11, 8:16-9:8)
4Your power is from generation to generation; and your glory for ever and ever.
5Deep are all your secrets, and numberless; and your righteousness cannot be calculated. (Isaiah 40:1-<21-42:8)
6Now we know, that we should glorify and bless the Lord of kings, Him who is King over all things.
7They shall also say, Who has granted us rest to glorify, laud, bless, and confess in the presence of His glory? (Isaiah 40:27-41:4)
NOTE! …… Yet the kings and rulers who have corrupted the earth shall lament ……
8And now small is the rest we desire; but we do not find it; we reject, and do not possess it. Light has passed away from before us; and darkness has covered our thrones for ever.
9 For we have not confessed before Him; we have not glorified the name of the Lord of kings; we have not glorified the Lord in all His works; but we have trusted in the sceptre of our dominion and of our glory. (Isaiah 14:1-5, 11:1-11, 45:22-25)
10In the day of our suffering and of our trouble He will not save us, neither shall we find rest. We confess that our Lord is faithful in all His works, in all His judgments, and in His righteousness.
11In His judgments He pays no respect to persons; and we must depart from His presence, on account of our evil deeds.
12All our sins are truly without number.
13Then shall they say to themselves, Our souls are satiated with the instruments of crime;
14But that prevents us not from descending to the flaming womb of hell.
15Afterwards, their countenances shall be filled with darkness and confusion before the Son of man; from whose presence they shall be expelled, and before whom the sword shall remain to expel them.
16Thus saith the Lord of spirits, This is the decree and the judgment against the princes, the kings, the exalted, and those who have possessed the earth, in the presence of the Lord of spirits.