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the Third Book of Enoch

the Third Book of Enoch

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THE THIRD BOOK OF:THE THIRD BOOK OF:
ENOCH.ENOCH.
BY RABBI, ISHMAEL BEN ELISHA.BY RABBI, ISHMAEL BEN ELISHA.THE HIGH PRIEST.THE HIGH PRIEST.
R. Ishmael ascends to heaven to behold the visionR. Ishmael ascends to heaven to behold the vision of the Merkaba and is given in charge to Metatron.of the Merkaba and is given in charge to Metatron.AND ENOCH WALKED WITH GOD: AND HE WAS NOT;AND ENOCH WALKED WITH GOD: AND HE WAS NOT; FOR GOD TOOK HIM.FOR GOD TOOK HIM.
(Gen. V:24)
CHAPTER NOTES IN B18.CHAPTER NOTES IN B18.3 ENOCH.CHAPTER 1.
Rabbi Ishmael said:
 
1:1
When I ascended on high to behold the vision of theMerkaba (1) and had entered the six Halls, one within theother:
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as soon as I reached the door of the seventh Hall I stoodstill in prayer before the Holy One, blessed be He, and, liftingup my eyes on high (i.e. towards the Divine Majesty), I said:
1:3
"Lord of the Universe, I pray thee, that the merit of Aaron,the son of Amram, the lover of peace and pursuer of peace,who received the crown of priesthood from Thy Glory on themount of Sinai, be valid for me in this hour, so that Qafsiel, (2)the prince, and the Angels with him may not get power overme nor throw me down from the heavens".
1:4
Forthwith the Holy One, blessed be He, sent to meMetatron, his Servant ('Ebed) the Angel, the Prince of thePresence, and he, spreading his wings, with great joy came tomeet me so as to save me from their hand.
1:5
And he took me by his hand in their sight, saying to me:"Enter in peace before the high and exalted King (3) andbehold the picture of the Merkaba".
1:6
Then I entered the seventh (4) Hall, and he led me to thecamp(s) (5) of Shekina and placed me before (6) the Holy One, blessed be He, to behold the Merkaba.
1:7
As soon as the princes of the Merkaba and the flamingSeraphim perceived me, they fixed their eyes upon me.Instantly trembling and shuddering seized me and I fell down(7) and was benumbed by the radiant image of their eyes andthe splendid appearance of their faces; until the Holy One,blessed be He, rebuked them, saying:
1:8
"My servants, my Seraphim, my Kerubim and my'Ophannim! Cover ye your eyes before Ishmael, (8) my son,my friend, my beloved one and my glory, that he tremble notnor shudder!”
1:9
Forthwith Metatron the Prince of the Presence, came andrestored my spirit and put me upon my feet.
1:10
After that (moment) there was not in me strength enoughto say a song before the Throne of Glory of the glorious King,
 
the mightiest of all kings, the most excellent of all princes,until after the hour had passed.
1:11
After one hour (had passed) the Holy One, blessed be He,opened to me the gates of Shekina, the gates of Peace, thegates of Wisdom, the gates of Strength, the gates of Power,the gates of Speech (Dibbur), the gates of Song, the gates of Qedushsha, the gates of Chant.
1:12
And he enlightened my eyes and my heart by words of psalm, song, praise, exaltation, thanksgiving, extolment,glorification, hymn and eulogy. (9) And as I opened my mouth,uttering a song before (10) the Holy One, blessed be He, theHoly Chayyoth beneath and above the Throne of Gloryanswered and said: "HOLY" and "BLESSED BE THE GLORY OF YHWH FROM HIS PLACE!” (I.e. chanted the Qedushsha).
THE HIGHEST CLASSES OF ANGELS MAKE INQUIRIESTHE HIGHEST CLASSES OF ANGELS MAKE INQUIRIES ABOUT R. ISHMAEL WHICH ARE ANSWERED BY ABOUT R. ISHMAEL WHICH ARE ANSWERED BY  METATRONMETATRON
3 ENOCH.CHAPTER 2.
R. Ishmael said:
2:1
In that hour the eagles (1) of the Merkaba, the flaming'Ophannim and the Seraphim of consuming fire (2) asked (2a) Metatron, saying to him:
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"Youth! Why sufferest thou one born of woman to enterand behold the Merkaba? From which nation, from which tribeis this one? What is his character?"
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Metatron answered and said to them: "From the nation of Israel whom the Holy One, blessed be He, chose for his people(3) from among seventy tongues (nations), from the tribe of Levi, (4) whom he set aside as a contribution to his name andfrom the seed of Aaron whom the Holy One, blessed be He, didchoose for his servant and put upon him the crown opriesthood on Sinai".

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