The First Book of Enoch: Enoch’s Mission

Previous Chapter: The Watchers

Before these things took place, I, Enoch was hidden, and none of the children of men knew where I was or what had become of me. My activities had to do with the Watchers, who called me Enoch the scribe, and my days were spent with the holy ones. I was blessing the Lord of majesty and the King of the ages, when he spoke to me.

“Enoch, scribe of righteousness, go, declare to the Watchers, who have left high heaven, the holy eternal place, defiled themselves with women, and done as the children of earth do, taking wives. Tell them that have wrought great destruction on the earth. They shall have no peace nor forgiveness of sin. As much as they delight in their children, they will see the murders of their beloved ones, and lament over the destruction of their children. Though they make supplication for eternity, they will not attain mercy or peace.”

I went down to the earth.

“Azazel, you shall have no peace,” I said. “A severe sentence has gone forth to put you in bonds. You will not be tolerated or have any request granted to you, because of the unrighteousness that you have taught, and because of all the works of godlessness, unrighteousness and sin that you have shown to men.”

I then went and spoke to all of the Watchers together, and they were afraid; fear and trembling seized them. They begged me to draw up a petition for them so that they could find forgiveness, and to read their petition in the presence of the Lord of heaven. From that time forward, they could not speak with Him, nor lift up their eyes to heaven due to shame of the sins for which they had been condemned. I wrote out their petition, their prayers for their spirits, and their request for forgiveness of their individual deeds.


Mt. Hermon

I went off and sat down next to the waters of Dan river, in the land of Dan, southwest of Mount Hermon. I read their petition til I fell asleep. A dream came to me, and visions came upon me, and I saw visions of chastisement, and a voice bid me to tell it to the sons of heaven, and reprimand them.

When I awakened, I returned to them, and they were all sitting gathered together, weeping in Abelsjail, which is between Lebanon and Seneser, with their faces covered. I delivered words of righteousness, and the reprimand of the eternal Watchers in accordance with the command of the Holy Great One in my vision. What I had seen in my sleep, I now said with tongue, breath, and mouth, which the Great One had given to men to converse with and to understand with the heart. As He has created men and gave us the power to understand the word of wisdom, so He created me and gave me the power to reprimanding the Watchers, the children of heaven.

“I wrote out your petition,” I said, “and in my vision, it appeared that your petition will not be granted to you for all the days of eternity, and that final judgment has been passed on you. From now on, you shall not ascend into heaven for all eternity, and the decree has gone forth to bind you in bonds of the earth for all the days of the world. You will see the destruction of your beloved sons, and you shall have no pleasure in them. They shall fall before you by the sword. Your petition on their behalf shall not be granted, even though you weep and pray and speak all the words contained in the petition that I have written.”

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