The Ancient of Days appears to Enoch – Enoch and Methuselah are called to teach and
comfort – God’s indictment against the high priest Rahob, and blood sacrifice – The
sacrifice that God desires – The promises of God – Enoch begins his mission and testifies
against the workers of iniquity
1 Now on a certain day while Enoch was praying privately upon the walls of the city,
the Ancient of Days came forth unto him, saying:
2 “Enoch, my son, go forth from the city of peace and take with you your son Methuselah,
and go forth throughout the lands of Sumer and speak unto the people the words of
comfort which I shall give you to speak.
3 That they might turn again unto the Father who gave them life, that I might restore
unto my soul the children of my glory.
4 For I desire to stretch forth my hand to save and to heal all whose souls have
been made to grieve because of transgression.
5 And unto all who do wickedly shall you declare the word of the Lord with sharpness,
for the word of my power is sharper than a two-edged sword, even the dividing asunder
of both spirit and body.
6 Therefore, speak unto the transgressors; for their hearts have grown hard with
evil, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes cannot see from afar.
7 For I am God and I delight in mercy, but all their ways are an abomination before
me. Go forth among them and speak unto them the judgments which I shall give concerning
8 For why should men die in their sins, seeing that I am able to save? Does the
God of Heaven and earth delight in the death of transgressors? Why then will they
not turn, even every man, from their wicked ways and live?
9 For in the death of the wicked does Lucifer delight, that he might possess unto
himself the souls of the disobedient.
10 Wherefore, my son, wrap your soul in the wisdom of God, and the power of God
shall descend upon you to overshadow you against the evil of the day.
11 Go forth with much boldness and declare unto the generations of men words of
counsel and of comfort, and as many as shall turn from their evil ways will I pardon,
and in those souls shall I delight.
12 But against the high priest of Sumer, even Rahob the son of Zereth Shahar, shall
you bring forth strong accusation before all the people who dwell in the land of
the two great rivers. For by cunning words and dark designs has he established the
atonement of blood sacrifice.
13 He has laid upon the people a burden too grievous to be borne; by the sorrowing
of many people has Rahob enriched himself; by wickedness has he made merchandise
of their souls. Therefore, of this man shall I demand accounting.
14 For I have heard the cries of many mothers, for the fruit of their wombs has
he made to perish in the fires of idolatry; in abominations and whoredoms are the
innocent made to perish.
15 Is this the sacrifice which I have chosen? Shall I take delight in the sacrifice
of children? Have I desired the weeping of mothers and the lamentations of your daughters?
16 Consider, you sons of men, the afflictions and the abominations wherewith Rahob
has corrupted you unto destruction, that the father of lies should follow hard after
you to devour you in the midst of your wickedness, according to his pleasure.
17 Therefore, go my son, Enoch, and speak these words of judgment against the blasphemer,
Rahob, and unto all the mockers of iniquity speak with great sharpness of word, that
perchance they might turn again from their evil ways and live.
18 But unto the broken of spirit speak tenderly the words of eternal life, that
they might find therein wisdom and healing, for by the cunning of Rahob and Yasher-Baal
are they made to sacrifice the children of their loins.
19 Is this not the sacrifice which I have chosen, that you should deal, every man,
justly with his neighbor, that you should desire mercy and holiness, that you might
walk humbly beside the Lord your God and obey him only?
20 Is it not to proclaim aloud liberty throughout the land, to loose the bands of
wickedness, to undo the heavy burden which conspiring men have made as a snare unto
many, that you might let the oppressed go free, that you might break asunder every
21 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, that you bring the poor who are
cast out to your house? And when you see the naked that you clothe them again; and
that you lift the hand of blessing and curse not?
22 Have I not proclaimed the decree that you hide not yourself from the father and
mother of your flesh, that they suffer not from want in the days of their great age?
23 For when you were but a child, did they not nurture you upon their bosom? Therefore,
give happily what you owe unto your parents before God, lest I, the Lord, should
bring you to account also.
24 Therefore, seek diligently to follow the Lord your God. Then shall your light
break forth as the morning, and your health shall spring forth speedily, and your
righteousness shall go before you, and in the moment of your need shall God remember
you, for kindness sake, and the glory of the Lord shall descend upon you round about.
25 Then shall you not put up your petition in vain unto the Lord, for when you shall
call, I shall answer; in the hour of great distress shall you cry aloud, and the
Lord shall say: ‘Here am I.’
26 Wherefore, seek the Lord while he may be found, call unto the Lord while he is
27 Let the wicked forsake his ways and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let
him return again unto the Lord and Father, and I will have mercy upon him, for I
will abundantly pardon.
28 And I, the Lord, shall guide you continually, and I shall satisfy your soul in
the midst of famine. I shall fill you to overflowing, and you shall be like unto
a spring of water whose strength never fails.
29 Surely you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths
to dwell in. For in the kingdom of God shall you find welcome; and I, the Lord, shall
draw you unto my bosom and I shall exalt you on high.
30 Thus shall I deal righteously with the wicked who shall turn from his evil ways,
and I shall remove his sins far from him, and I shall remember them no more, neither
shall the righteous make mention of them.
31 For him whom I have forgiven let no man bring to account, lest there be laid
on him the greater condemnation, for truly I say unto you, whosoever shall do this
shall deny the mercies of the Father and except they repent speedily, they shall
have no forgiveness of sins.
32 Now go forth among the children of men, and throughout all the lands round about
cry repentance unto this people, saying:
33 ‘Turn you, turn you from your wicked ways: For why will you die in your sins,
seeing that God is able to cleanse you from all unrighteousness and to restore the
34 Surely the hand of the Lord is willing to save and his ear able to hear. But
your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and all your sins
have hid his face from you, that he should not attend unto you.
35 Wherefore, if you have need of blessing and wisdom, why will you halt in coming
to God? For he has desired that you should receive from him a living hope whereby
you might attain unto his glory.
36 Now, therefore, worship the Lord your God, and serve him in the sincerity of
your soul and walk before him in truth always. Remove from yourselves the gods of
Yasher-Baal and Rahob, and serve the God who made you.
37 For in the image of God are you fearfully and wonderfully made, that all who
should be faithful unto the Lord might receive unto their souls the promise of exaltation
in the kingdom of God.
38 Now if it seem evil to you to serve the Lord, even this decide among yourselves,
for his ways are not grievous to bear: for what has the Lord required of you, except
that you do justly, and love mercy, and walk humbly with your God?’
39 These words speak to as many as shall give heed unto you. Go forth in the power
and might of the Lord, and the Spirit of my holiness shall attend all the words which
I shall cause you to speak, even unto the piercing of every man his bosom.”
40 Thus spoke the Ancient of Days unto Enoch. And Enoch took a shepherd’s staff
and a horn of oil and he journeyed forth from the city of peace, and with his son,
Methuselah, did travel throughout all the land of the two great rivers, speaking
unto all the children of men the words of God.
41 And he testified boldly against the workers of iniquity, and many men were offended
because of him, for they sent word unto the rulers of the land, saying:
42 “Behold, a wild man has come among us making strong accusations. A strange man
with hard words has come forth to trouble the ways of men.”
43 Now there were many who heard the words of Enoch with much gladness, and unto
these did he speak as a loving father, and as many as did turn again unto God did
he purify in the waters round about, and these did he consecrate with precious oil
44 And great multitudes did leave the cities to go into the wilderness to see this
strange thing. For it was whispered throughout the land that a prophet and a seer
had come forth among them, preaching the love of God and the forgiveness of sins.
45 And everywhere that Enoch went great multitudes would follow after him, for there
abided with him the Spirit of God, and they listened to all the words which Enoch
spoke concerning the iniquities of the people.