1 Enoch 104:9
7 And, although ye sinners say: "All our sins shall not be searched out and be written down," nevertheless they shall write down all your sins every day. 8 And now I show unto you that light and darkness, day and night, see all your sins. 9 Be not godless in your hearts, and lie not and alter not the words of uprightness, nor charge with lying the words of the Holy Great One, nor take account of your idols; for all your lying and all your godlessness issue not in righteousness but in great sin. 10 And now I know this mystery, that sinners will alter and pervert the words of righteousness in many ways, and will speak wicked words, and lie, and practice great deceits, and write books concerning their words. 11 But when they write down truthfully all my words in their languages, and do not change or minish ought from my words but write them all down truthfully--all that I first testified concerning them. 12 Then, I know another mystery, that books will be given to the righteous and the wise to become a cause of joy and uprightness and much wisdom.
16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star!” 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say: “Come!” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wants it take the water of life free of charge. 18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy contained in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book. 20 The one who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! 21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all.
Notes and References
"... The point, on which both agree, seems to be that John does not just stick to the original or historical meaning of the text, but that he uses the texts in a creative way for new situations. However, each one of the two has a different assessment of the written text. Michaels sees the written text as an obstacle to what John was trying to do. His view of a 'written' text emphasises the aspect of it being hardened or fixed. This is a modern understanding, but it would be an anachronism to apply this to the situation in New Testament times. The many warnings against interfering with texts make clear that it was a regular occurrence: Revelation 22:18-19; Deuteronomy 4:2; 13:1; Letter of Aristeas 310-311; Josephus Contra Apionem 1.8 par 42; 1 Enoch 104:9-13 ..."
Decock, Paul B. The Scriptures in the Book of Revelation (pp. 373-410) Neotestamentica 33(2), 1999
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