|Commentary on the
Book of Enoch, Chapter 22:1-7.
Sheol, the Underworld
22:1 And thence I went to another place, and he showed me in the west another great and
high mountain and of hard rock.
22:2 And there was in it four hollow places, deep and wide and very smooth: three of them
were dark and one bright and there was a fountain of water in its midst. and I said, How
smooth are the hollow places and deep and dark to look at.
22:3 Then Raphael answered, one of the holy angels who was with me, and said unto me:
‘These hollow places have been created for this very purpose, that the spirits of the souls
of the dead should assemble therein, yea that all the souls of the children of men should
22:4 And these places have been made to receive them till the day of their judgment and till
their appointed period, till the great judgment comes upon them.’
22:5 I saw the spirits of the children of men who were dead, and their voice went forth to
heaven and made suit.
22:6 Then I asked Raphael the angel who was with me, and I said unto him: ‘This spirit—whose
is it whose voice goeth forth and maketh suite to heaven?’
22:7 And he answered me saying: ‘This is the spirit which went forth from Abel, whom his
brother Cain slew, and he maketh his suit against him till his seed is destroyed from the
face of the earth, and his seed is annihilated from amongst the seed of men.’
Originally Written: 11 July 2006
Latest Update: 1 December 2011
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