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

Chapter V

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1And the men took me from there and led me up to the third heaven, and set me in the midst of Paradise. 2And that place is more beautiful than anything there is to see – all trees in full bloom, all fruit ripe, every kind of food always in abundance, every breeze fragrant. 3And there are four rivers flowing by in silent course: the whole garden is good, producing what is good to eat. 1 B ‘producing every kind that is good to eat’. 4And 2 R adds ‘in the midst’. the tree of life is in that place, where the Lord rests, when he 3 U ‘the Lord’. goes into Paradise; and that tree is indescribable for the quality of its fragrance. 5And there is another tree nearby, an olive, which flows ceaselessly with oil. 6And every tree is laden with good fruit: there is no tree there without fruit; and the whole place is blessed. 4 So BNBa: U ‘sweet smelling’. 7And the angels who guard Paradise are most glorious, and they serve God continually 5 Lit. ‘throughout all days’. with unceasing voice and sweet singing. 8And I said, How very blessed is this place. 9The men answered me, This place, Enoch, is prepared for the righteous, who will endure hardships in this life, and mortify themselves, and turn their eyes away from unrighteousness, and execute true justice, to give bread to the hungry, and to cover the naked with a garment, and to lift up anyone who has fallen, and to help those who have been wronged, who live their lives in the Lord's presence and serve him alone. 10For them is this place 6 U om. prepared as their eternal inheritance.

11And those men took me from there and carried me up to the north of the heaven and showed me there a very terrible place. 12Every kind of torment and torture is in that place, and darkness and mist; and there is no light there, but a dark fire flaming up eternally in that place, and a river of fire rising up against all that place. 13 And there are cold and ice and prisons in that place, and fierce and cruel angels who carry weapons and inflict torments 7 and inflict torments = B etc.: U is corrupt. without mercy. 14And I said, How very terrible is this place. 15And the men answered me. This place, Enoch, is prepared for the impious, who do godless deeds on earth, who deal in spells and incantations 8 So NBaR: U ‘calumnies’. and boast of what they do, who steal the souls of men 9 U om. ‘of men’. secretly, who 16loose the yoke that binds them, who grow rich from others' possessions through injustice, and have left the man who is hungry to die of starvation when they could have satisfied him, and have stripped 17the naked when they could have clothed them, who did not acknowledge their creator, but worshipped idols and made images, and bowed down to the work of their own hands. 18And for all these is this place prepared as their eternal inheritance.

Notes:

1 B ‘producing every kind that is good to eat’.

2 R adds ‘in the midst’.

3 U ‘the Lord’.

4 So BNBa: U ‘sweet smelling’.

5 Lit. ‘throughout all days’.

6 U om.

7 and inflict torments = B etc.: U is corrupt.

8 So NBaR: U ‘calumnies’.

9 U om. ‘of men’.

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