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The Fall of the Watchers

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    When the Children of Humanity had multiplied, beautiful and comely daughters were born to them. The angels (messengers), the Children of the Heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: 'Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget children.'

    Semyaza, who was their leader, said to them: 'I fear you will not wholeheartedly agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.' They all answered him and said: 'Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations not to abandon this plan but to do this thing.'

    They all swore together and bound themselves by mutual imprecations. They were, in all, two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they called it Har Hermon because they had sworn and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it.

    These are the names of their leaders:
    Samlazaz, their leader,
    Araklba, Rameel, Kokablel, Tamlel, Ramlel, Danel, Ezeqeel, Baraqijal, Asael, Armaros, Batarel, Ananel, Zaqel, Samsapeel, Satarel, Turel, Jomjael, Sariel.
    These are their chiefs of tens.

    All the others, together with them, took to themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in to them and to defile themselves with them, and they taught them charms and enchantments, and the cutting of roots, and made them acquainted with plants.

    And they became pregnant, and they bore great giants, whose height was three thousand ells: Who consumed all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another's flesh, and drink the blood. Then the earth laid accusation against the lawless ones.

    Azazel taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made known to them the metals of the earth and the art of working them, and bracelets, and ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all colouring tinctures. And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they were led astray, and became corrupt in all their ways.

    Semyaza taught enchantments, and root-cuttings, 'Armaros the resolving of enchantments, Baraqijal astrology, Kokabel the constellations, Ezeqeel the knowledge of the clouds, Araqiel the signs of the earth, Shamsiel the signs of the sun, and Sariel the course of the moon.

    And as men perished, they cried, and their cry went up to heaven. Michael, Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel looked down from Heaven and saw much blood being shed upon the Earth, and all lawlessness being wrought upon the Earth. And they said one to another: 'The Earth, made without inhabitants, cries their cries up to the Gates of Heaven. And now to you, the Holy Ones of Heaven, the Souls of Humanity make their suit, saying, "Bring our cause before the Most High."

    And they said to the Lord of the Ages: "Lord of Lords, God of Gods, King of Kings, and God of the Ages - the Throne of Your Glory to all the generations of the ages! And Your Name - Holy and Glorious and Blessed to all the ages! You have made all things, and have Power over all things, and all things are naked and open in Your Sight, and You see all things, and nothing can hide itself from You."

    "You see what Azazel has done, who has taught all unrighteousness on earth and revealed the eternal secrets which were in heaven, which humans were striving to learn; and Semyaza, to whom You have given authority to bear rule over his associates. They have gone to the daughters of men upon the earth, and have slept with the women, and have defiled themselves, and revealed to them all kinds of sins. The women have borne giants, and the whole earth has thereby been filled with blood and unrighteousness. And now the souls of those who have died are crying and making their suit to the Gates of Heaven, and their lamentations have ascended, and cannot cease because of the lawless deeds which are wrought on the earth!"

    "You know all things before they come to pass, and You see these things and You suffer them, and You do not say to us what we are to do to them in regard to these."

    Then spoke The Most High. The Holy And Great One spoke, and sent Uriel to the son of Lamech, and said to him: "Go to Noah and tell him in my name 'Hide yourself!' and reveal to him the end that is approaching; that the whole earth will be destroyed, and a deluge is about to come upon the whole earth, and will destroy all that is on it. And now instruct him that he may escape and his seed may be preserved for all the generations of the world."

    The Lord said to Raphael: "Bind Azazel hand and foot, and cast him into the darkness: and make an opening in the desert, which is in Dudael, and cast him therein. And place upon him rough and jagged rocks, and cover him with darkness, and let him abide there for ever, and cover his face that he may not see light. And on the day of the great judgment he shall be cast into the fire."

    "Heal the earth which the angels have corrupted, and proclaim the healing of the earth, that they may heal the plague, and that all the children of men may not perish through all the secret things that the Watchers have disclosed and have taught their children. The whole earth has been corrupted through the works that were taught by Azazel: to him ascribe all sin."

    To Gabriel said the Lord: "Proceed against the bastards and the reprobates, and against the children of fornication: and destroy the children of the Watchers from amongst men. Send them one against the other that they may destroy each other in battle: for length of days shall they not have. And no request that they make of you shall be granted to their fathers on their behalf; for they hope to live an eternal life, and that each one of them will live five hundred years."

    And the Lord said to Michael: "Go, bind Semyaza and his associates who have united themselves with women so as to have defiled themselves with them in all their uncleanness. And when their sons have slain one another, and they have seen the destruction of their beloved ones, bind them fast for seventy generations in the valleys of the earth, till the day of their judgment and of their consummation; till the judgment that is for ever and ever is consummated. In those days they shall be led off to the abyss of fire: and to the torment and the prison in which they shall be confined for ever. And whosoever shall be condemned and destroyed will from thenceforth be bound together with them to the end of all generations. "

    "Destroy all the spirits of the reprobate and the children of the Watchers, because they have wronged mankind. Destroy all wrong from the face of the earth and let every evil work come to an end: and let the plant of righteousness and truth appear: and it shall prove a blessing; the works of righteousness and truth shall be planted in truth and joy for evermore."

    "Then shall all the righteous escape,
    And shall live till they beget thousands of children,
    And all the days of their youth and their old age
    Shall they complete in peace."

    "Then shall the whole earth be tilled in righteousness, and shall all be planted with trees and be full of blessing. And all desirable trees shall be planted on it, and they shall plant vines on it: and the vine which they plant thereon shall yield wine in abundance. As for all the seed which is sown thereon, each measure shall bear a thousand, and each measure of olives shall yield ten presses of oil. "

    "Cleanse the earth from all oppression, and from all unrighteousness, and from all sin, and from all godlessness: and all the uncleanness that is wrought upon the earth destroy from off the earth. And all the children of men shall become righteous, and all nations shall offer adoration and shall praise Me, and all shall worship Me. And the earth shall be cleansed from all defilement, and from all sin, and from all punishment, and from all torment, and I will never again send (them) upon it from generation to generation and for ever."

    "In those days I will open the store chambers of blessing which are in the heaven, so as to send them down upon the earth over the work and labour of the children of humanity. And Truth and Peace shall be associated together throughout all the days of the world and throughout all the generations of humankind."
    The Way is always uncontrived. Yet there's nothing it doesn't do. -- Tao te Ching