THE BOOK OF ENOCH
1) THE BLESSING OF ENOCH
(Notes: This section is Enoch’s introduction to the book. At 1.2, he explains how the angels
showed him a vision of the future. At 1.5 the Watchers are mentioned; here Enoch means the
fallen rebel angels, the ‘Watchers’ who came to live in his area.
In the bible (Gen. 6.4), the descendants of the Watchers are described as giants or Nephilim,
they were much bigger than the local people, Enoch describes them as giants.
Archaeological discoverings prove that a race of unusually large people did once exist.
The main theme is that of destruction. This is the Flood of Noah which was still some way off
when Enoch wrote the book, although there are details of a ‘second end’ later in the book.)
1.1 These are the words of the blessing of Enoch; according to which he blessed the chosen
and righteous who must be present on the day of distress, which is appointed, for the removal
of all the wicked and impious.
1.2 And Enoch began his story and said: – There was a righteous man whose eyes were opened
by the Lord, and he saw a Holy vision in the Heavens, which the Angels showed to me.
And I heard everything from them, and I understood what I saw: but not for this generation, but
for a distant generation that will come.
1.3 Concerning the Chosen I spoke; and I uttered a parable concerning them: The Holy and
Great One will come out of his dwelling.
1.4 And the Eternal God will tread from there upon Mount Sinai, and he will appear with his Host,
and will appear in the strength of his power from Heaven.
1.5 And all will be afraid, and the Watchers will shake, and fear and great trembling will seize
them, up to the ends of the earth.
1.6 And the high mountains will be shaken; and the high hills will be laid low and will melt like wax
in a flame.
1.7 And the earth will sink, and everything that is on the earth will be destroyed, and there will be
judgment upon all, and upon all the righteous.
1.8 But for the righteous: He will make peace, and He will keep safe the Chosen, and mercy will
be upon them. They will all belong to God, and will prosper and be blessed, and the light of God
will shine on them.
1.9 And behold! He comes with ten thousand Holy Ones; to execute judgment upon them and to
destroy the impious, and to contend with all flesh concerning everything that the sinners and the
impious have done and wrought against Him.
2) GOD’S LAWS
2.1 Contemplate all the events in the sky; how the lights in the sky do not change their courses,
how each rises and sets in order, each at its proper time, and they do not transgress their law.
2.2 Consider the earth and understand from the work that is done upon it, from the beginning to
the end, that no work of God changes as it becomes manifest.
2.3 Consider the summer and the winter; how the whole earth is full of water and the clouds and
dew and rain rest upon it.
3.1 Contemplate and see how all the trees appear withered and all their leaves are stripped, with
the exception of the fourteen trees, which are not stripped, which remain with the old leaves until
the new come after two or three years.
4.1 And, again, contemplate the days of summer; how at its beginning the Sun is above it. You
seek shelter and shade because of the heat of the Sun and the earth burns with scorching heat,
and you cannot tread upon the earth or upon a rock, because of its heat.
5.1 Contemplate how the trees are covered with green leaves and bear fruit. And understand, in
respect of everything, and perceive how He Who Lives Forever made all these things for you.
5.2 And how His works are before Him in each succeeding year, and all His works serve Him and
do not change; but as God has decreed – so everything is done.
5.3 And consider how the seas and rivers together complete their tasks.
5.4 But you have not persevered in, nor observed, the Law of the Lord. But you have transgressed
and have spoken proud and hard words with your unclean mouth against his majesty. You hard of
heart! You will not have peace!
5.5 And because of this you will curse your days, and the years of your life you will destroy. And
the eternal curse will increase and you will not receive mercy.
5.6 In those days, you will transform your name into an eternal curse to all the righteous. And they
will curse you sinners forever.
5.7 For the chosen; there will be light, joy, and peace, and they will inherit the earth. But for you,
the impious, there will be a curse.
5.8 When wisdom is given to the chosen they will all live, and will not again do wrong, either through
forgetfulness, or through pride. But those who possess wisdom will be humble.
5.9 They will not again do wrong, and they will not be judged in all the days of their life, and they
will not die of wrath or anger. But they will complete the number of the days of their life. And their
life will grow in peace, and the years of their joy will increase in gladness and eternal peace; all
the days of their life.
3) REBELS AMONG THE WATCHERS
(Notes: This is the story of the fallen angels. The beginning, 6.1-2, is virtually identical with Genesis 6.1-2.
In Enoch’s book, we get their names and many other details.
At 6.6 Enoch explains the naming of Mount Hermon, in Hebrew it means curses. The mountain that he was
actually referring to is possibly somewhere near Lake Van in Turkey. They were probably quite young,
these runaway angels. They had weapons and knowledge (8.1) that meant they were able to dominate Enoch’s
Though they could have children, by women, they were regarded as angels by Enoch and his people. Enoch
also says they could appear like men when they wished (17.1), so he never seems to doubt their divinity.)
6.1 And it came to pass, when the sons of men had increased, that in those days there were born to
them fair and beautiful daughters.
6.2 And the Watchers saw them and desired them. And they said to one another: “Come, let us choose
for ourselves wives, from the children of men, and let us beget for ourselves children.”
6.3 And Semyaza, who was their leader, said to them : “I fear that you may not wish this deed to be
done and that I alone will pay for this great sin.”
6.4 And they all answered him, and said: “Let us all swear an oath, and bind one-another with curses,
so not to alter this plan, but to carry out this plan effectively.”
6.5 Then they all swore together and all bound one another with curses to it.
6.6 And they were, in all, two hundred and they came down on Ardis, which is the summit of Mount
And they called the mountain Hermon, because on it they swore and bound one another with curses.
6.7 And these are the names of their leaders: Semyaza, who was their leader, Urakiba, Ramiel, Kokabiel,
Tamiel, Ramiel, Daniel, Ezeqiel, Baraqiel, Asael, Armaros, Ananel, Zaqiel, Samsiel, Satael, Turiel, Yomiel,
6.8 These are the leaders of the two hundred angels and of all the others with them.
7.1 And they took wives for themselves and everyone chose for himself one each. And they began to go
into them and were promiscuous with them. And they taught them charms and spells, and they showed
them the cutting of roots and trees.
7.2 And they became pregnant and bore large giants. And their height was three thousand cubits.
7.3 These devoured all the toil of men; until men were unable to sustain them.
7.4 And the giants turned against them in order to devour men.
7.5 And they began to sin against birds, and against animals, and against reptiles, and against fish, and
they devoured one another’s flesh, and drank the blood from it.
7.6 Then the Earth complained about the lawless ones.
8.1 And Azazel taught men to make swords, and daggers, and shields, and breastplates. And he showed
them the things after these, and the art of making them; bracelets, and ornaments, and the art of making
up the eyes, and of beautifying the eyelids, and the most precious stones, and all kinds of coloured dyes.
And the world was changed.
8.2 And there was great impiety, and much fornication, and they went astray, and all their ways became
8.3 Amezarak taught all those who cast spells and cut roots, Armaros the release of spells, and Baraqiel
astrologers, and Kokabiel portents, and Tamiel taught astrology, and Asradel taught the path of the Moon.
8.4 And at the destruction of men they cried out; and their voices reached Heaven.
9.1 And then Michael, Gabriel, Suriel and Uriel, looked down from Heaven and saw the mass of blood that
was being shed on the earth and all the iniquity that was being done on the earth.
9.2 And they said to one another: “Let the devastated Earth cry out with the sound of their cries, up to the
Gate of Heaven.”
9.3 And now to you, Oh Holy Ones of Heaven, the souls of men complain, saying: “Bring our complaint
before the Most High.”
9.4 And they said to their Lord, the King: “Lord of Lords, God of Gods, King of Kings! Your glorious throne
endures for all the generations of the world, and blessed and praised !
9.5 You have made everything, and power over everything is yours. And everything is uncovered, and open,
in front of you, and you see everything, and there is nothing that can be hidden from you.
9.6 See then what Azazel has done; how he has taught all iniquity on the earth and revealed the eternal
secrets that are made in Heaven.
9.7 And Semyaza has made known spells, he to whom you gave authority to rule over those who are with
9.8 And they went into the daughters of men together, lay with those women, became unclean, and revealed
to them these sins.
9.9 And the women bore giants, and thereby the whole Earth has been filled with blood and iniquity.
9.10 And now behold the souls which have died cry out and complain unto the Gate of Heaven, and their
lament has ascended, and they cannot go out in the face of the iniquity which is being committed on the
9.11 And you know everything, before it happens, and you know this, and what concerns each of them. But
you say nothing to us. What ought we to do with them, about this?”
4) THE MOST HIGH SPEAKS OUT
(Notes: Enoch presents us with a condemnation of the Watchers, the giants and all the lawless ones.
At 10.1-3, the Most High instructs an angel to save the son of Lamech (this will be Noah) from the flood.
This is interesting, because besides prophesying details of the flood, and its timing, it reveals that
this was written at a time when Enoch is a grandfather of Lamech, but he does not yet know what Lamech’s
son will be called.
The majority of this section consists of a prophecy of doom: They will see their families destroyed by
fighting amongst themselves during their lifetime. They will suffer in the afterlife and the societies they
founded will be wiped away by a flood.
The Most High says, at 10.22, that there will never again be another flood like the one to come.)
10.1 And then the Most High, the Great and Holy One, spoke and sent Arsyalalyur to the son of Lamech,
and said to him:
10.2 “Say to him in My Name; hide yourself ! And reveal to him the end, which is coming, because the whole
earth will be destroyed. A deluge is about to come on all the earth; and all that is in it will be destroyed.
10.3 And now teach him so that he may escape and his offspring may survive for the whole Earth.”
10.4 And further the Lord said to Raphael: “Bind Azazel by his hands and his feet and throw him into the
darkness. And split open the desert, which is in Dudael, and throw him there.
10.5 And throw on him jagged and sharp stones and cover him with darkness. And let him stay there forever.
And cover his face so that he may not see the light.
10.6 And so that, on the Great Day of Judgment, he may be hurled into the fire.
10.7 And restore the Earth which the angels have ruined. And announce the restoration of the Earth. For I
shall restore the Earth, so that not all the sons of men shall be destroyed, because of the knowledge which
the Watchers made known and taught to their sons.
10.8 And the whole Earth has been ruined by the teaching of the works of Azazel; and against him write:
10.9 And the Lord said to Gabriel: “Proceed against the bastards, and the reprobates, and against the sons
of the fornicators. And destroy the sons of the fornicators, and the sons of the Watchers, from amongst men.
And send them out, and send them against one another, and let them destroy themselves in battle; for they
will not have length of days.
10.10 And they will petition you, but the petitioners will gain nothing in respect of them, for they hope for
eternal life, and that each of them will live life for five hundred years.”
10.11 And the Lord said to Michael: “Go, inform Semyaza, and the others with him, who have associated with
the women to corrupt themselves with them in all their uncleanness.
10.12 When all their sons kill each other, and when they see the destruction of their loved ones, bind them
for seventy generations, under the hills of the earth, until the day of their judgment and of their consummation,
until the judgment, which is for all eternity, is accomplished.
10.13 And in those days, they will lead them to the Abyss of Fire; in torment, and in prison they will be shut
up for all eternity.
10.14 And then Semyaza will be burnt, and from then on destroyed with them; together they will be bound
until the end of all generations.
10.15 And destroy all the souls of lust, and the sons of the Watchers, for they have wronged men.
10.16 Destroy all wrong from the face of the Earth and every evil work will cease.
10.17 And now all the righteous will be humble, and will live until they beget thousands. And all the days of
their youth, and their sabbaths, they will fulfill in peace.
10.18 And in those days the whole earth will be tilled in righteousness and all of it will be planted with trees;
and it will be filled with blessing.
10.19 And all the pleasant trees they will plant on it and they will plant on it vines. And the vine that is
planted on it will produce fruit in abundance; and every seed that is sown on it, each measure will produce
a thousand, and each measure of olives will produce ten baths of oil.
10.20 And you cleanse the Earth from all wrong, and from all iniquity, and from all sin, and from all impiety,
and from all the uncleanness which is brought about on the earth.
10.21 And all the sons of men shall be righteous, and all the nations shall serve and bless Me and all shall
10.22 And the Earth will be cleansed from all corruption, and from all sin, and from all wrath, and from all
torment; and I will not again send a flood upon it, for all generations, forever.
11.1 And in those days, I will open the Storehouses of Blessing, which are in Heaven, so that I may send
them down upon the Earth, upon the work, and upon the toil, of the sons of men.
11.2 Peace and truth will be united, for all the days of eternity, and for all the generations of eternity.
5) ENOCH MEETS THE HOLY ONES AND THE WATCHERS
(Notes: This section describes how Enoch became involved. Enoch describes how the Holy Ones -Holy Angels-
approached him, while praying (12.3). They gave him a message to pass on. The message is outlined between
12.4 and 13.2. Enoch describes the terror among the Watchers when they discover they have been found guilty.
Enoch explains how they decided to send a letter (13.4-–6), begging forgiveness, and Enoch is given the job of
writing and delivering this letter.
Enoch does not disclose the actual contents of their letter or much about how it was delivered. He says he went
to the waters of Dan (Lake Van?) and read it out, and a reply came to him in a dream (13.7-8).)
12.1 And then Enoch disappeared and none of the sons of men knew where he was hidden, where he was,
or what had happened.
12.2 And all his doings were with the Holy Ones, and with the Watchers, in his days.
12.3 And I Enoch, was blessing the Great Lord and the King of Eternity. And behold, the Holy Ones called
to me -Enoch the scribe- and said to me:
12.4 “Enoch, scribe of righteousness. Go and inform the Watchers, who have left the High Heaven and the
Holy Eternal Place, and have corrupted themselves with women, and have done as the sons of men do and
have taken wives for themselves, and have become completely corrupt on the earth.
12.5 They will have on Earth, neither peace, nor forgiveness of sin, for they will not rejoice in their sons.
12.6 The slaughter of their beloved ones they will see; and over the destruction of their sons they will
lament and petition forever. But they will have neither mercy nor peace.”
13.1 And Enoch went and said to Azazel: “You will not have peace. A severe sentence has come out against
you that you should be bound.
13.2 And you will have neither rest nor mercy, nor the granting of any petitions, because of the wrong which
you have taught, and because of all the works of blasphemy and wrong and sin which you have shown to the
sons of men.”
13.3 And then I went and spoke to them all together, and they were all afraid; fear and trembling seized them.
13.4 And they asked me to write out for them the record of a petition, so that they might receive forgiveness,
and to take a record of their petition up to the Lord in Heaven.
13.5 For they were not able, from then on, to speak and they did not raise their eyes to Heaven, out of shame
for the sins, for which they had been condemned.
13.6 And then I wrote out the record of their petition, and their supplication in regard to their spirits,
and the deeds of each one of them, and in regard to what they asked; that they should obtain absolution and
13.7 And I went and sat down by the waters of Dan, which is southwest of Hermon; and I read out the record
of their petition, until I fell asleep.
13.8 And behold a dream came to me, and visions fell upon me, and I saw a vision of wrath; that I should speak
to them and reprove them.
13.9 And I woke up and went to them, and they were all sitting gathered together as they mourned, between
Lebanon and Senir, with their faces covered.
13.10 And I spoke in front of them all; the visions that I had seen in my sleep, and I began to speak these
words to reprove the Watchers.
6) THE BOOK OF REPROOF
(Notes: This is the reply to the Watchers’ letter. The judgment is outlined at 14.4-7. They are to be bound on
earth (14.5). At 14.6, the deaths of their sons, is predicted again, and at 14.7, they are further criticized for
the form of their petition.
The section at 14.8 is interesting; here Enoch goes into more detail about how he saw this vision. It sounds to
me, as though Enoch was taken in a vehicle that could fly!
(See also section 15 at 81.5, here three of the Holy Angels take Enoch home, and drop him off outside his front
From-14.9 – 15.1, Enoch describes his journey, and the place where he was taken. He was obviously very
impressed and rather frightened. At 15.1, the Most High speaks to Enoch, and He criticizes the Watchers for
sending Enoch to carry their petition (15.2). He goes on to explain the reasons for the harshness of the judgment.)
14.1 This book is the word of righteousness, and of reproof, for the Watchers who are from Eternity; as the
Holy and Great One commanded in that vision.
14.2 I saw in my sleep what I will now tell, with the tongue of flesh, and with my breath, which the Great One has
given men in the mouth, so that they might speak with it, and understand with the heart.
14.3 As He has created, and appointed, men to understand the word of knowledge, so He created and appoin-
ted me to reprove the Watchers, the sons of Heaven.
14.4 And I wrote out your petition, but in my vision, thus it appeared, that your petition would not be granted
to you, for all the days of eternity; and complete judgment has been decreed against you, and you will not have
14.5 And from now on, you will not ascend into Heaven, for all eternity, and it has been decreed that you will
be bound on Earth for all the days of eternity.
14.6 And before this, you will have seen the destruction of your beloved sons, and you will not be able to enjoy
them, but they will fall before you by the sword.
14.7 And your petition will not be granted in respect of them or in respect of yourselves. And while you weep
and supplicate you do not speak a single word from the writings which I have written.
14.8 And the vision appeared to me, as follows: -Behold; clouds called me in the vision, and mist called me.
And the path of the stars, and flashes of lightning, hastened me and drove me. And in the vision winds
caused me to fly, and hastened me, and lifted me up into the sky.
14.9 And I proceeded until I came near a wall which was made of hailstones, and a tongue of fire surrounded
it, and it began to make me afraid.
14.10 And I went into the tongue of fire and came near to a large house, which was built of hailstones, and
the wall of that house was like a mosaic of hailstones and its floor was snow.
14.11 Its roof was like the path of the stars and flashes of lightning, and among them was fiery cherubim,
and their sky was like water.
14.12 And there was a fire burning around its wall and its door was ablaze with fire.
14.13 And I went into that house, and it was as hot as fire and as cold as snow, and there was neither
pleasure nor life in it. Fear covered me and trembling took hold of me.
14.14 And as I was shaking and trembling, I fell on my face.
14.15 And I saw in the vision, and behold, another house which was larger than the former and all its doors
were open before me, and it was built of a tongue of fire.
14.16 And in everything, it so excelled in glory and splendor and size, so that I am unable to describe to
you its glory and its size.
14.17 And its floor was fire, and above lightning and the path of the stars, and its roof also was a burning
14.18 And I looked, and I saw in it, a high throne, and its appearance was like ice, and its surrounds like
the shining Sun and the sound of cherubim.
14.19 And from underneath the high throne there flowed out rivers of fire so that it was impossible to look
14.20 And He who is Great in Glory sat upon it, and his raiment was brighter than the Sun, and whiter than
14.21 And no Angel could enter, and at the appearance of the face of Him who is Honoured and Praised,
no creature of flesh could look.
14.22 A sea of fire burnt around Him, and a great fire stood in front of Him, and none of those around Him
came near to Him. Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him but He needed no Holy Council.
14.23 And the Holy Ones who were near to Him did not leave by night or day and did not depart from Him.
14.24 And until then I had a covering on my face, as I trembled. And the Lord called me with his own mouth,
and said to me: “Come here, Enoch, to my Holy Word.”
14.25 And He lifted me up and brought me near to the door. And I looked, with my face down.
15.1 And He answered me, and said to me with His voice: “Hear! Do not be afraid, Enoch, you righteous man,
and scribe of righteousness. Come here and hear my voice.
15.2 And go say to the Watchers of Heaven, who sent you to petition on their behalf: You ought to petition on
behalf of men, not men on behalf of you.
15.3 Why have you left the High, Holy and Eternal Heaven, and lain with women, and become unclean with
the daughters of men, and taken wives for yourselves, and done as the sons of the earth, and begotten giant
15.4 And you were spiritual, Holy, living an eternal life, but you became unclean upon the women, and begot
children through the blood of flesh, and lusted after the blood of men, and produced flesh and blood, as
they do, who die and are destroyed.
15.5 And for this reason I give men wives; so that they might sow seed in them, and so that children might be
born by them, so that deeds might be done on the Earth.
15.6 But you, formerly, were spiritual, living an eternal, immortal life, for all the generations of the world.
15.7 For this reason I did not arrange wives for you; because the dwelling of the spiritual ones is in Heaven.
15.8 And now, the giants who were born from body and flesh will be called Evil Spirits on the Earth, and on
the Earth will be their dwelling.
15.9 And evil spirits came out from their flesh, because from above they were created, from the Holy Watchers
was their origin and first foundation.
Evil spirits they will be on Earth and ‘Spirits of the Evil Ones’ they will be called.
15.10 And the dwelling of the Spirits of Heaven is Heaven, but the dwelling of the spirits of the Earth, who were
born on the Earth, is Earth.
15.11 And the spirits of the giants do wrong, are corrupt, attack, fight, break on the Earth, and cause sorrow.
And they eat no food, do not thirst, and are not observed.
15.12 And these spirits will rise against the sons of men, and against the women, because they came out of
them during the days of slaughter and destruction.
16.1 And the death of the giants, wherever the spirits have gone out from their bodies, their flesh will be
destroyed, before the Judgment. Thus they will be destroyed until the Day of the Great Consummation is
accomplished, upon the Great Age, upon the Watchers and the impious ones.”
16.2 And now to the Watchers, who sent you to petition on their behalf, who were formerly in Heaven:
16.3 “You were in Heaven but its secrets had not yet been revealed to you; and a worthless mystery you knew.
This you made known to women, in the hardness of your hearts. And through this mystery the women and the
men cause evil to increase on the Earth.”
16.4 Say to them therefore: “You will not have peace.”
To be continued …