The Epistle of Enoch

From: 1 Enoch

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The Epistle of Enoch (Chapters 92–105) Introduction (Chapter 92) 92:1 Written by Enoch the scribe (this complete sign of wisdom)a (who is) praised by all people and a leader of the whole earth, to all my sons who will dwell on the earth, and to the last generations who will observe truth and peace. 2 Let not your spirit be troubled because of the times; for the Great Holy One has appointed days for everything. 3 The righteous one will arise from sleep; he will arise and walk in the paths of righteousness, and all his path and his journey (will be) in piety and everlasting mercy. 4 And (God) will be merciful to the righteous one, and to him he will give everlasting truth; and (to him) he will give authority, and he will judgeb in piety and in righteousness; and he will walk in everlasting light. 5 Sin will be destroyed in darkness forever; and it will not be seen from that day forever. a Somewhat different fragmentary Aram here and in v 2 cannot be reconstructed with certainty. b Eth: wayekweμnnen. Many mss read wayekawwen (and he will be). 138 EnochHermtrans.indd 138 EnochHermtrans.indd 138 8/24/2012 10:41:51 AM 8/24/2012 10:41:51 AM 1 Enoch 93:1-4 139 The Apocalypse of Weeks (93:1-10; 91:11-17) Introduction 93:1 After this Enoch took up his discoursea, saying, 2 “Concerning the sons of righteousness, and concerning the chosen of eternity, and concerning the plant of truth, these things I say to you and I make known to you, my sons, I myself, Enoch. The vision of heaven was shown to me, and from the words of the watchers and holy ones I have learned everything, and in the heavenly tablets I read everything and I understood.”b The Apocalypse 3 And Enoch took up his discourse and said, “I was born the seventh in the first week, and until my time righteousness endured. 4 After me there will arise a second week, in which deceit and violence will spring up, and in it will be the first end, and in it a man will be saved. And after ,c iniquity will increase, and a law will be made for sinners. a Lit. parable; cf.1:2. Translation follows reconstructed Aram. Eth or its Gk corrupt . See 1 Enoch 1, 435. b Aram and Eth of these two lines differ. Original wording uncertain. See 1 Enoch 1, 435. c Eth after it is completed. Emended by analogy with Eth 93:5, 6, 7, 8, 10; 91:13. EnochHermtrans.indd 139 EnochHermtrans.indd 139 8/24/2012 10:41:51 AM 8/24/2012 10:41:51 AM 140 1 Enoch 93:5-10 5 After this a a man will be chosen as the plant of righteous judgment, and after him will go forth the plant of righteousness forever and ever. 6 After this , visions of the holy and righteous will be seen, and a covenant for all generations and a tabernacle will be made in it.b 7 After this , c will be built forever. 8 After this all who live in it will become blind, and the hearts of all will stray from wisdom; and in it a man will ascend. And at its conclusion,d the temple of the kingdom will be burned with fire, and in it the whole race of the chosen root will be dispersed. 9 After this, in the seventh week, there will arise a perverse generation, and many will be its deeds, and all its deeds will be perverse. 10 And at its conclusion, the chosen will be chosen, as witnesses of righteousnesse from the everlasting plant of righteousness, to whom will be given sevenfold wisdom and knowledge.f a Verb arise supplied in 93:5, 6, 7, 8 by analogy with Aram Eth v 4 and Eth v 9. See 1 Enoch 1, 436. b Copt: Eth for them. c Eth the house of glory and kingdom. Translation imitates Aram 91:13. d Eth at the close of the week. e Phrase from Aram: Eth omits. f Phrase from Aram: Eth sevenfold wisdom concerning all his creation, reflecting verse’s juxtaposition with 93:11 in all mss. EnochHermtrans.indd 140 EnochHermtrans.indd 140 8/24/2012 10:41:52 AM 8/24/2012 10:41:52 AM 1 Enoch 91:11-16 141 91:11 And...