1 Enoch 10:4


3 And now instruct him that he may escape and his seed may be preserved for all the generations of the world.' 4 And again the Lord said to Raphael: 'Bind Azâzêl hand and foot, and cast him into the darkness: and make an opening in the desert, which is in Dûdâêl, and cast him therein. 5 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.

Jubilees 10:9


8 And the chief of the spirits, Mastêmâ, came and said: 'Lord, Creator, let some of them remain before me, and let them harken to my voice, and do all that I shall say unto them; for if some of them are not left to me, I shall not be able to execute the power of my will on the sons of men; for these are for corruption and leading astray before my judgment, for great is the wickedness of the sons of men.' 9 And He said: 'Let the tenth part of them remain before him, and let nine parts descend into the place of condemnation.' 10 And one of us He commanded that we should teach Noah all their medicines; for He knew that they would not walk in uprightness, nor strive in righteousness.

 Notes and References

"... Mastema ... asks God to leave him a minimal number of followers, and God agrees: a tenth of the evil spirits who had previously been his are to remain unbound. (The theme of the evil spirits being bound up after the food is apparently borrowed from 1 Enoch 10:4-6, 11-14; 13:1-2, where the evil Shemihazah [or—another version—'Asael] and his associates are sentenced to be bound up for seventy generations ..."

Kugel, James L. A Walk through Jubilees: Studies in the Book of Jubilees and the World of Its Creation (p. 83) Brill, 2012

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