Jubilees 10:3


1 And in the third week of this jubilee the unclean demons began to lead astray the children of the sons of Noah, and to make to err and destroy them. 2 And the sons of Noah came to Noah their father, and they told him concerning the demons which were leading astray and blinding and slaying his sons' sons. 3 And he prayed before the Lord his God, and said: 'God of the spirits of all flesh, who hast shown mercy unto me And hast saved me and my sons from the waters of the flood, And hast not caused me to perish as Thou didst the sons of perdition; For Thy grace has been great towards me, And great has been Thy mercy to my soul; Let Thy grace be lift up upon my sons, And let not wicked spirits rule over them Lest they should destroy them from the earth. 4 But do Thou bless me and my sons, that we may increase and Multiply and replenish the earth. 5 And Thou knowest how Thy Watchers, the fathers of these spirits, acted in my day: and as for these spirits which are living, imprison them and hold them fast in the place of condemnation, and let them not bring destruction on the sons of thy servant, my God; for these are malignant, and created in order to destroy.

2 Thessalonians 2:3

New Testament

1 Now regarding the arrival of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to be with him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, 2 not to be easily shaken from your composure or disturbed by any kind of spirit or message or letter allegedly from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not arrive until the rebellion comes and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. 4 He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, and as a result he takes his seat in God’s temple, displaying himself as God. 5 Surely you recall that I used to tell you these things while I was still with you.

 Notes and References

"... The Johannine image of Jesus the 'shepherd', of which the reader will undoubtedly be reminded here, has a deeper and more all-embracing grasp of Jesus' care to preserve in faith (compare contra, 10:13): he 'knows' his own, gives his life for them, gives them eternal life (10:28a) and keeps them in God's sphere. The continuation of this verse, with the 'son of perdition' in view, is a justification on Jesus' part with regard to the traitor, whom he himself chose from among the twelve (see 6:70; 13: 18). What is striking here is the new beginning, since this verb (which is used elsewhere in the gospel only in 12:25 and 12:47, but with a different meaning) narrows down the idea of 'keeping' to 'guarding' or 'protecting'. The only one of this protected discipleship who has been lost is the 'son of perdition', who can only be the traitor Judas. The obscure fact of his betrayal and his elimination from the group of disciples chosen by Jesus, the circle of 'his own' (see 13:1, 30), is once again, as in 13:18, illuminated by the statement that 'the scripture might be fulfilled'. The scriptural text of Psalm 41:10 quoted explicitly in 13:18 is clearly in mind here. No other scriptural reference to the 'son of perdition' can be found. Other texts that have been considered here are: 2 Samuel 12:5 ('a son of death'); Isaiah 57:4 ('children of transgression'); Jubilees 10:3 (the same); Matthew 23:15 ('a son of hell'). These are similar formations to those that occur in the Qumran documents (1 QS 9:16; 10:19; Dam 6:15; 13:14), but they are not the source of John 17:12, nor are they closely analogous, since the Johannine text mentions an individual person ..."

Schnackenburg, Rudolf The Gospel According to St. John (pp. 181-182) Burns & Oates, 1980

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