1 Enoch 99:8


5 And in those days the destitute shall go forth and carry off their children, And they shall abandon them, so that their children shall perish through them: Yea, they shall abandon their children (that are still) sucklings, and not return to them, And shall have no pity on their beloved ones. 6 And again I swear to you, ye sinners, that sin is prepared for a day of unceasing bloodshed. 7 And they who worship stones, and grave images of gold and silver and wood 〈and stone〉 and clay, and those who worship impure spirits and demons, and all kinds of idols not according to knowledge, shall get no manner of help from them. 8 And they shall become godless by reason of the folly of their hearts, And their eyes shall be blinded through the fear of their hearts And through visions in their dreams. 9 Through these they shall become godless and fearful; For they shall have wrought all their work in a lie, And shall have worshiped a stone: Therefore in an instant shall they perish.

2 Thessalonians 2:11

New Testament

9 The arrival of the lawless one will be by Satan’s working with all kinds of miracles and signs and false wonders, 10 and with every kind of evil deception directed against those who are perishing, because they found no place in their hearts for the truth so as to be saved. 11 Consequently God sends on them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false. 12 And so all of them who have not believed the truth but have delighted in evil will be condemned.

 Notes and References

"... 1 Enoch 99.8 ... in the figurative sense with reference to the organs of religious and moral perception, cf. 11:10 (quoting Ps 68:24) and T. 12 Patr. (T. Reub. 3.8; T. Levi 14.4; T. Goo 6.2). 'void of understanding, not able to understand' (cf. 1:31; 10:19). it had a broader use than its modern equivalent ('heart'), denoting the seat of the inner life, the inner experiencing 'I,' but not only in reference to emotions, wishes, or desires (e.g., 1:24; 9:2), but also in reference to the will and decision making (e.g., 2 Cor 9:7) and to the faculty of thought and understanding, as here (see BGD; Jewett, Anthropological Terms, 305-33); see also on 2:15 and 8:27. Paul's point is that man's whole ability to respond and function not least as a rational being has been damaged; without the illumination and orientation which comes from the proper recognition of God his whole center is operating in the dark, lacking direction and dissipating itself in what are essentially trifles ..."

Dunn, James D. G. Romans 1-8 (p. 60) Word Books, 2008

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