1 Enoch 5:6


1 Observe how the trees clothe themselves in green leaves and produce fruit: therefore, pay attention and understand all His creations, and realize how the Eternal One has made them so. 2 And all His works continue year after year forever, and all the tasks they perform for Him, and their tasks do not change, but happen just as God has decreed. 3 And see how the sea and the rivers also fulfill their tasks unchangingly according to His commands. 4 But you have not remained faithful, nor have you obeyed the Lord's commandments. Instead, you have turned away and spoken arrogantly and harshly with your impure mouths against His greatness. Oh, you stubborn-hearted, you will find no peace. 5 Therefore, you will curse your own days, and the years of your life will vanish, and the years of your doom will increase in eternal condemnation, and you will find no mercy. 6 In those days, your names will become a curse forever to all the righteous, and all who curse will use your name, and all the sinners and the godless will swear by your name. 7 And all the righteous will rejoice, and there will be forgiveness of sins, and every kind of mercy and peace and tolerance: There will be salvation for them, a splendid light. And for you sinners, there will be no salvation, but a curse will remain on you all.

Avot D'Rabbi Natan 32


Rabbi Elazar ben Parta would say about the verse (Genesis 6:3), “My spirit shall not judge human beings forever,” that the Holy Blessed one said: I will not judge them until I double their reward, as it says (Job 21:13), “They spend their days well (and their years pleasantly), and they calmly go down into Sheol.” Rabbi Yosei HaGalili would say: See, it says, “My spirit shall not judge”; the Holy Blessed One said: I do not equate those with evil intentions to those with good intentions. Until when? Until their final judgment has been sealed. But when it is sealed, then both are judged equally (for their sins).

 Notes and References

"... In order to illustrate the overbearing arrogance of the Generation of the Flood towards God, the early Tanna, Rabbi Akiva, cites a verse which figures prominently in Aggadic sources relating to the Antediluvians, Job 21:15 (See Avot d'Rabbi Natan, Version A) ... Akiva's association of Job 21:15 with the very early tradition of Antediluvians' rejection of Divine Authority, (See 1 Enoch 8:2-3, also 5:6; 2 Enoch 34:1-2 - recensions A and B) which is a major theme in rabbinic Aggadah, may presuppose a more comprehensive exposition of a whole series of verses from chapter 21, which occurs widely in tannaitic sources. The detailed account of the well-being of the wicked contained in verses 9-13 was regarded by early rabbinic exegetes as a record of the considerable prosperity bestowed by God upon the Generation of the Flood, who responded with an arrogant denial of their Benefactor's authority ..."

Jacobs, Irving The Midrashic Process: Tradition and Interpretation in Rabbinic Judaism (p. 27) Cambridge University Press, 1995

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