The Law of the Sun (72:2–37)

From: 1 Enoch 2

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416 The Law of the Sun 72:2-37 72 2 This isa the first law of the luminaries: the luminary (called) the sun has its emergence throughb the heavenly gates in the east andc its setting through the western gates of the sky. 3/ I saw six gates through whicha the sun emerges and six gates through which the sun sets. The moon rises and sets in those gates and the leaders ofb the stars with the ones they lead, six in the eastc and six in the west,d all of them—one directly after the other. There were many windows on the right and left ofe those gates. 4 The first one to emerge is the greata luminary whose name is the sun; its roundness is like the roundness of the sky. It is entirelyb filled with fire,c which gives lightd and heat. 5/ The wind blowsa the chariot where it rises, and the sun sets from the sky and goes back through the north in order to reach the east. It is guided so that it enters that gateb and gives light in the firmament. 6/ This is how it emerges in the first month through the large gate; it emergesa through that fourth one ofb those six gates on the side where the sun rises.c 7/ In that fourth gate from which the sun emerges ina the first month there are twelve open windowsb from whichc heat comes out when they are open at their times. 8/ When the suna rises in the sky it emerges throughb that fourth gate for thirty mornings, and it accurately goes down in the fourth gatec on the west side of the sky. 9/ Duringa those days, day becomes longer than day and night becomes shorter than night forb thirty days. 10/ Ona that day the daytime is two units moreb than the night—one-ninth,c with the daytime being exactly ten parts, and the night exactlyd eight parts. 11/ The sun emerges from that fourth gate and sets through the fourth (gate).a It returnsb to the fifth gate in the eastc for thirty mornings,d and it emerges from it and sets through the fifthe gate. 12/ Then the daytime becomes longera by two (additional) parts: the day is eleven parts, while the night decreasesb and is seven parts. 13/ Ita returns tob the east and enters the sixth (gate).c It emerges and sets through the sixth gate for thirty-oned days because of its sign.e 14/ Duringa that day the daytime growsb longer than the night, withc the daytime being doubled the night. The daytime ise twelve parts,f while the night grows shorterg and ish six parts. 15/ The sun rises so that the daytime becomes shortera and the night longer;b the sun returnsc tod the east and enters the sixth gate. It rises from it and sets for thirty days.e 16/ When the thirty days are completed, daytime decreases one parta exactly; the daytime is eleven parts and the night seven.b 17/ The sun emerges from the west from that sixth gate, goes to the east, and rises in the fifth gate for thirty mornings.a It again sets in the west,b inc the fifth westernd gate. 18/ On that day the daytime is two parts fewer, with the daytimea being ten parts and the nightb eight parts. 19/ The sun emerges from that fifth gate and sets through the fifth gate in the west; it risesa through the fourth gateb because of its signc —in the fourth gate in the eastd —thirty-one morningse and sets in the west. 20/ On that day the daytime is equal to the night; it is the same: the night is nine parts and daytime nine parts as well. 21/ The sun emerges from that gate and sets in the west; it returns to the easta and emerges through the third gate for thirty mornings and sets in the west through the third gate. 22/ On that day the night is longer than the daytime; night becomes longer than night,a day becomes shorter than day for thirty days.b The night is ten parts exactly and the daytime eight parts. 23/ The sun emergesa from that third gate and sets through the third gateb in the west;c it returns to the east and emergesd through the second gate ine the east for thirty mornings;f in...