Where did Enoch go?
1Afterwards my spirit was concealed, ascending into the heavens
. I beheld the sons of the holy angels treading on flaming fire, whose garments and robes were white, and whose countenances were transparent as crystal.
2I saw two rivers of fire glittering like the hyacinth.
3Then I fell on my face before the Lord of spirits.
4And Michael, one of the archangels, took me by my right hand, raised me up, and brought me out to where was every secret of mercy and secret of righteousness.5He showed me all the hidden things of the extremities of heaven
, all the receptacles of the stars, and the splendours of all, from whence they went forth before the face of the holy.6And he concealed the spirit of Enoch in the heaven of heavens.
7There I beheld, in the midst of that light, a building raised with stones of ice;
8And in the midst of these stone vibrations (72) of living fire. My spirit saw around the circle of this flaming habitation, on one of its extremities, that there were rivers full of living fire, which encompassed it.
(72) Vibrations. Literally, "tongues" (Laurence, p. 90).
9Then the Seraphim, the Cherubim, and Ophanin (73) surrounded it: these are those who never sleep, but watch the throne of his glory.
(73) Ophanin. The "wheels" of Ezek. 1:15-21 (Charles, p. 162).
10And I beheld angels innumerable, thousands of thousands, and myriads and myriads, who surrounded that habitation.
11Michael, Raphael, Gabriel, Phanuel and the holy angels who were in the heavens above, went in and out of it. Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel went out of that habitation, and holy angels innumerable.
12With them was the Ancient of days, whose head was white as wool, and pure, and his robe was indescribable.
13Then I fell upon my face, while all my flesh was dissolved, and my spirit became changed.
14I cried out with a loud voice, with a powerful spirit, blessing, glorifying, and exalting.
15And those blessings, which proceeded from my mouth, became acceptable in the presence of the Ancient of days.
16The Ancient of days came with Michael and Gabriel, Raphael and Phanuel, with thousands of thousands, and myriads and myriads, which could not be numbered.
17Then that angel came to me, and with his voice saluted me, saying, You are the Son of man
, (74) who art born for righteousness, and righteousness has rested upon you.(74) Son of man. Laurence's original translation renders this phrase "offspring of man." Knibb (p. 166) and Charles (p. 185) indicate that it should be "Son of man," consistent with the other occurrences of that term in the Book of Enoch.
18The righteousness of the Ancient of days shall not forsake you.
19He said, On you shall he confer peace in the name of the existing world; for from thence has peace gone forth since the world was created.
20And thus shall it happen to you for ever and ever.
21All who shall exist, and who shall walk in your path of righteousness, shall not forsake you for ever.
22With you shall be their habitations, with you their lot; nor from you shall they be separated for ever and ever.
23And thus shall length of days be with the Son of man. (75)(75) Son of man. Literally, "offspring of man," or "the Christ who comes from the offspring of man."
24Peace shall be to the righteous; and the path of integrity shall the righteous pursue, in the name of the Lord of spirits, for ever and ever.