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The Apocryphal Old Testament Collection of the most important non-canonical Old Testament books designed for general use.

Chapter LIV

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1And I looked and turned to another part of the earth, and I saw there a deep valley with burning fire. 2And they brought the kings and the powerful and threw them into that 1 Q and some Eth.II MSS ‘the’; many MSS add ‘deep’. valley. 3And there my eyes saw how they made instruments for them – iron chains of immeasurable weight. 4And I asked the angel of peace who went with me, saying, These chain-instruments – for whom are they being prepared? 5And he said to me, These are being prepared for the hosts of Azazel, that they may take them and throw them into the lowest part of Hell; and they will cover their jaws with rough stones, as the Lord of Spirits commanded. 6And Michael and Gabriel, Raphael 2 Gabriel, Raphael: MTUD′ ‘Raphael, Gabriel’. and Phanuel – these will take hold of them on that great day, and throw them 3 and throw them: QD′ om.; GM om. ‘throw them’. on that day into the furnace of burning fire, 4 GMT1UD′ ‘into the burning furnace’; QY ‘into the burning fire’. that the Lord of Spirits may 5 D′ ‘for the Lord of Spirits will’. take vengeance on them 6 on them: G om. for their iniquity, in that they became servants of Satan and led astray those who dwell upon the dry ground. 7And in those days the punishment of the Lord of Spirits will go out, and all the storehouses of the waters which are above the heavens 7 All MSS except B′ add ‘and in addition to the springs which are under the heavens’ or similar. … and 8under the earth 8 and under the earth: QU ‘and the springs which are under the earth’; GM corrupt; D′ om. will be opened, 9 and all the storehouses … will be opened: GT1U ‘and will open all the storehouses …’; M ‘and all the storehouses … will have been opened’; D′ ‘and he will open all the storehouses …’. and all the waters will be joined with the waters 10 with the waters: T1UN om.; Q corrupt. which are above the heavens. 11 which are above the heavens: Eth.I N om. The water 12 The water: GMT1UN ‘That’. which is above heaven is male, and the water 13 and the water: D′ ‘and that’. which is under the earth is female. 9And all those who dwell upon the dry ground and those who dwell under the ends of heaven will be wiped out. 10And because of this 14 Q ‘Because of this’; TUE ‘And because’; D′ ‘because’. they will acknowledge 15 D′ ‘they have not acknowledged’. their iniquity which they have committed on the earth, and through this 16 and through this: so MT1U; Q Eth.II ‘and because of this’; T2 ‘and because of this through this’; G ‘and this’; D′ ‘and through it’; C′ om. they will be destroyed.

Notes:

1 Q and some Eth.II MSS ‘the’; many MSS add ‘deep’.

2 Gabriel, Raphael: MTUD′ ‘Raphael, Gabriel’.

3 and throw them: QD′ om.; GM om. ‘throw them’.

4 GMT1UD′ ‘into the burning furnace’; QY ‘into the burning fire’.

5 D′ ‘for the Lord of Spirits will’.

6 on them: G om.

7 All MSS except B′ add ‘and in addition to the springs which are under the heavens’ or similar.

8 and under the earth: QU ‘and the springs which are under the earth’; GM corrupt; D′ om.

9 and all the storehouses … will be opened: GT1U ‘and will open all the storehouses …’; M ‘and all the storehouses … will have been opened’; D′ ‘and he will open all the storehouses …’.

10 with the waters: T1UN om.; Q corrupt.

11 which are above the heavens: Eth.I N om.

12 The water: GMT1UN ‘That’.

13 and the water: D′ ‘and that’.

14 Q ‘Because of this’; TUE ‘And because’; D′ ‘because’.

15 D′ ‘they have not acknowledged’.

16 and through this: so MT1U; Q Eth.II ‘and because of this’; T2 ‘and because of this through this’; G ‘and this’; D′ ‘and through it’; C′ om.

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