Numbers 13:33

Hebrew Bible

32 Then they presented the Israelites with a discouraging report of the land they had investigated, saying, “The land that we passed through to investigate is a land that devours its inhabitants. All the people we saw there are of great stature. 33 We even saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak came from the Nephilim), and we seemed like grasshoppers both to ourselves and to them.”

1 Enoch 16:1


1 From the days of the slaughter and destruction and death ⌈of the giants⌉, from the souls of whose flesh the spirits, having gone forth, shall destroy without incurring judgement--thus shall they destroy until the day of the consummation, the great ⌈judgement⌉ in which the age shall be consummated, over the Watchers and the godless, yea, shall be wholly consummated." 2 And now as to the Watchers who have sent thee to intercede for them, who had been ⌈⌈aforetime⌉⌉ in heaven, (say to them): "You have been in heaven, but ⌈all⌉ the mysteries had not yet been revealed to you, and you knew worthless ones, and these in the hardness of your hearts you have made known to the women, and through these mysteries women and men work much evil on earth."

 Notes and References

"... The origins and connotations of nephilim as a term for giants (compare Numbrs 13:33) are obscure. If the Greek or the Hebrew with its plural ending does represent the original Semitic text, our author has taken over a word from the biblical text as a technical term. (Note the Hebrew ending also in the gloss of 1 Enoch 16:1) Even more obscure is the author's term for the third generation. Evidently, he has given a name to 'the men of name' ..."

Nickelsburg, George W. E. A Commentary on the Book of 1 Enoch Chapters 1-36, 81-108 (p. 185) Fortress Press, 2001

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