1And after that the Head of Days repented and said: 'In vain have I destroyed all who dwell 2on the earth.' And He sware by His great name: 'Henceforth I will not do so to all who dwell on the earth, and I will set a sign in the heaven: and this shall be a pledge of good faith between Me and them for ever, so long as heaven is above the earth. And this is in accordance with My command.
LV.3.-LVI.4. FINAL JUDGEMENT OF AZAZEL, THE WATCHERS AND THEIR CHILDREN.
3When I have desired to take hold of them by the hand of the angels on the day of tribulation and pain because of this, I will cause My chastisement and My wrath to abide upon them, saith 4God, the Lord of Spirits. Ye mighty kings who dwell on the earth, ye shall have to behold Mine Elect One, how he sits on the throne of glory and judges Az‚zÍl, and all his associates, and all his hosts in the name of the Lord of Spirits.'
1And I saw there the hosts of the angels of punishment going, and they held scourges and chains 2of iron and bronze. And I asked the angel of peace who went with me, saying: 'To whom are 3these who hold the scourges going?' And he said unto me: 'To their elect and beloved ones, that they may be cast into the chasm of the abyss of the valley.
4And then that valley shall be filled with their elect and beloved,
LVI.5-8. LAST STRUGGLE OF THE HEATHEN POWERS AGAINST ISRAEL.
5And in those days the angels shall return
They shall stir up the kings, so that a spirit of unrest shall come upon them,
That they may break forth as lions from their lairs,
6And they shall go up and tread under foot the land of His elect ones
And they shall begin to fight among themselves,
And a man shall not know his brother,
Till there be no number of the corpses through their slaughter,
8In those days Sheol shall open its jaws,
And their destruction shall be at an end;
54:1 Afterwards the Ancient of days repented, and said, In vain have I destroyed all the inhabitants of the earth.
54:2 And he sware by his great name, [saying], Henceforwards I will not act thus towards all those who dwell upon earth.
(50) Cp. Gen. 9:13, "I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth."
54:4 Afterwards, according to this my decree, when I shall be disposed to seize them beforehand, by the instrumentality of angels, in the day of affliction and trouble, my wrath and my punishment shall remain upon them, my punishment and my wrath, saith God the Lord of spirits.
54:5 O you kings, O you mighty, who inhabit the world you shall behold my Elect One, sitting upon the throne of my glory. And he shall judge Azazeel, all his associates, and all his hosts, in the name of the Lord of spirits.
54:6 There likewise I beheld hosts of angels who were moving in punishment, confined in a net-work of iron and brass. Then I inquired of the angel of peace, who proceeded with me, To whom those under confinement were going.
(51) To each ofÖtheir beloved. Or, "Each to his own chosen ones and to his own beloved ones" (Knibb, p. 139).
54:8 And that valley shall be filled with their elect and beloved; the days of whose life shall be consumed, but the days of their error shall be innumerable.
54:9 Then shall princes (52) combine together, and conspire. The chiefs of the east, among the Parthians and Medes, shall remove kings, in whom a spirit of perturbation shall enter. They shall hurl them from their thrones, springing as lions from their dens, and like famished wolves into the midst of the flock.
(52) Princes. Or, "angels" (Charles, p. 149; Knibb, p. 140).
54:10 They shall go up, and tread upon the land of their elect. The land of their elect shall be before them. The threshing-floor, the path, and the city of my righteous [people] shall impede [the progress of] their horses. They shall rise up to destroy each other; their right hand shall be strengthened; nor shall a man acknowledge his friend or his brother;
54:11 Nor the son his father and his mother; until the number of the dead bodies shall be [completed], by their death and punishment. Neither shall this take place without cause.
54:12 In those days shall the mouth of hell be opened, into which they shall be immerged; hell shall destroy and swallow up sinners from the face of the elect.
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