Commentary on the
Book of Enoch, Chapter 15:1-7.


15:1  And He answered and said to me, and I heard His voice: ‘Fear not, Enoch, thou righteous
          man and scribe of righteousness: approach hither and hear My voice.
15:2  And go, say to the Watchers of heaven, who have sent thee to intercede for them: “You
          should intercede for men, and not men for you:
15:3  Wherefore have ye left the high, holy, and eternal heaven, and lain with women, and
          defiled yourselves with the daughters of men and taken to yourselves wives, and done
          like the children of earth, and begotten giants sons.
15:4  And though ye were holy, spiritual, living the eternal life, you have defiled yourselves with
          the blood of women, and have begotten with the blood of flesh, and, as children of men,
          have lusted after flesh and blood as those also do who die and perish.
15:5  Therefore have I given them wives also that they might impregnate them, and beget
          children by them, and that thus nothing might be wanting to them on earth.
15:6  But you were formerly spiritual, living the eternal life, and immortal for all generations
          of the world.
15:7  And therefore I have not appointed wives for you; for as for the spiritual ones of the
          heaven, in heaven is their dwelling.

15:1 So often Yehuveh speaks to men with the words, “Fear not.” This simple phrase is noted 48 times in Torah, and the expression, “be not afraid,” another 17. It is natural that men fear the encounter with supernatural beings, but as noted here, we do not need to be afraid of Yehuveh in this manner. He loves us.

15:2 Intuitively, we believe this statement of reversal: “You should intercede for men, and not men for you.” Instinctively, we know that things are decidedly out of order here, yet there is no Scripture that makes it clear that heavenly beings are to intercede for men. Jeremiah 27:18 and other texts state that men were to intercede for one another: “But if they be prophets, and if the word of Yehuveh be with them, let them now make intercession to Yehuveh of hosts.” But nowhere in Scriptures is there any clear statement that angels intercede for men. [Also see: Jeremiah 7:16; 15:1; 18:20; 42:2; Genesis 18:24-33; 20:17; 1 Samuel 7:8; 12:19, 23; 2 Chronicles 32:20; Job 42:8-9; Ezekiel 14:14, 18-20; 22:30; Malachi 1:9.]
This Book of Enoch was well known anciently and it appears that we carry this concept with us into the present even though serious efforts were made and succeeded in taking this text out of our awareness for centuries. How much more “foundational truth” do we intuitively know that remains our heritage in spite of all efforts to destroy it?

15:3-7 The only Torah Scriptures which supports these verses are Genesis 6:1-6. Why is there no other Torah correlation to this insight?
The Book of Jubilees 5:1-14 present the story very close to the way it appears here, stating “When the sons of the children of men commenced to increase over the face of the whole earth and daughters were born to them, that the angels of Yehuveh saw them in one year of this jubilee, that they were beautiful to look upon; and they took unto themselves wives from all of them whomever they chose, and they bore them sons, and these were giants. And injustice increased over the earth and all flesh corrupted its way, from men to animals and to beasts and to birds and to all that walks upon the earth; all corrupted their ways and their orders and began to devour each other, and unrighteousness increased over the earth, and all the thoughts of the knowledge of all the sons of men were thus wicked all the days.”

Gael Bataman
Originally Written:           11 July 2006
Latest Update:                30 November 2011

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