Monday, September 10, 2012

As Above, so Below -- As Below, so Above in the 2nd Book of Enoch

Even the sun has peace in itself, while I found no peace...and I conceived the thought of placing foundations.

- II Enoch 24:4

EYE ABOVE: the sun'
EYE BELOW: 'placing foundations'

There is no other except the Lord, neither in heaven, nor in earth, nor in the very lowest places, nor in the one foundation. The Lord has placed the foundations in the unknown, and has spread forth.

- II Enoch 47:4-5

EYE ABOVE:  in Heaven' 
EYE BELOW: 'in earth' and 'lowest places' and 'one foundation'

The sun goes along the seven Heavenly circles and...has two thrones on which he rests, revolving hither and thither above...And thus it goes close to the earth, then the earth is glad which cause its fruits to grow, and when it goes away, then the earth is sad.

- II Enoch 48:1-2

EYE ABOVE: Seven Heavenly circles' and 'ithther and thither above'
EYE BELOW: 'close to the earth' and 'the earth'

Then I made firm the Heavenly circle, and made the lower water which is under Heaven collect itself together, into one whole, so that the chaos become dry.

- II Enoch 28:1

EYE ABOVE: 'Heavenly circle' and 'Heaven'
EYE BELOW: 'lower water' and 'the chaos'

I created rock hard and big and from the rock I piled up the dry, and the dry I called earth. The midst of the earth I called the abyss, that is to say the bottomless.

- II Enoch 28:2

EYE ABOVE:'from the rock, i piled up... the dry I called earth'
EYE BELOW: 'the abyss' and 'the bottomless'  

If you look to Heaven, the LORD is there. if you take thought of the sea’s deep and all the under-earth, the LORD is there.

- II Enoch 66:5

EYE ABOVE:  'look to Heaven'
EYE BELOW:'sea's deep and all the under-earth'

Enoch, all that I have told you, all that you have understood, all that you have seen of Heavenly things, all that you have seen on earth,...all these things I have devised and created from the uppermost foundation to the lower and to the end.

- II Enoch 33:2-4

EYE ABOVE: Heavenly things' and 'uppermost foundation'
EYE BELOW: on earth' and 'the lower end to the end' 

And one from out the order of angels...conceived an impossible thought, to place his throne higher than the clouds above the earth, that he might become equal in rank to my power. And I threw him out from the height with his angels, and he was flying in the air continuously above the bottomless.

- II Enoch 29:3-4

EYE ABOVE: 'to place his throne higher than the clouds above the earth'
EYE BELOW: threw him out from the height' and 'the bottomless'

Thus the sun revolves and goes. It rises under the heaven and its course goes under the earth with the light of its rays incessantly.

- II Enoch 12:2

EYE ABOVE: 'the sun revolves and goes' and 'rises under the Heaven'
EYE BELOW: 'goes under the earth'

/ Understanding the Eyes of Both Above and Below /

The Sanhedrin were known by the designation, 'The Eyes of the community.'

- Jewish Midrash, Song 4


The Devil is the evil spirit of the lower places, as a fugitive he made Satana from the Heavens as his name was Satan thus he became different from the angels, but his nature did not change.

- II Enoch 31:4

EYE BELOW: 'the lower places'' 
EYE ABOVE: the Heavens'

Blessed is he who looks down and raises the fallen.  

- II Enoch 52:7

EYE BELOW: 'Looks down'
EYE ABOVE: 'Raises the fallen'

Hear the words of the father of the earth. How fearful and awful it is to come before the face of the ruler of the earth, but how much more terrible and awful it is to come before the face of the ruler of Heaven, the Judge of the living and the dead, and of the Heavenly troops. Who can endure that endless pain?

-  II Enoch 39:8

EYE BELOW: 'father of the earth' and  'ruler of the earth'
EYE ABOVE: 'Ruler of Heaven' and 'Heavenly troops'

I measured out the whole earth, its mountains, and a hills, fields, trees, stones, rivers, all existing things I wrote down, the height from earth to the Seventh Heaven, and downwards to the very lowest Hell, and the judgment-place, and the very great, open and weeping hell.

- II Enoch 40:9

EYE BELOW: 'The height' and 'Seventh Heaven'
EYE ABOVE: Downwards' and 'lowest Hell'

I placed for myself a throne, and took my seat on it, and said to the light: 'Go thence up higher and fix yourself high above the throne, and be a foundation to the highest things'. 6 And above the light there is nothing else, and then I bent up and looked up from my throne.'

- II Enoch 25:5-6

EYE BELOW: 'a throne' and  'my throne'
EYE ABOVE: 'Up higher' and  'high above' and 'bent up and looked up'

I spread it out with the light and it became water. I spread it out over the darkness, below the light and then I made firm the waters, that is to say the bottomless, and I made the foundation of light...and created seven circles from inside...and placed each of the seven its Heaven.

- II Enoch 27:1

EYE BELOW:  'Below the light' and 'the bottomless'
EYE ABOVE: 'Foundation of light' and 'in its Heaven'


/ Understanding the Eyes of Both Below and Above /

The Sanhedrin were known by the designation, 'The Eyes of the community.'

- Jewish Midrash Song 4

 May the LORD God bless you in the name of St. Judas Maccabaeus.

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