Testament of Naphtali 3:2Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs
Be ye, therefore, not eager to corrupt your doings through covetousness or with vain words to beguile your souls; because if ye keep silence in purity of heart, ye shall understand how to hold fast the will of God, and to cast away the will of Beliar. Sun and moon and stars change not their order; so do ye also change not the law of God in the disorderliness of your doings. The Gentiles went astray, and forsook the Lord, and changed their order, and obeyed stocks and stones, spirits of deceit. But ye shall not be so, my children, recognizing in the firmament, in the earth, and in the sea, and in all created things, the Lord who made all things, that ye become not as Sodom, which changed the order of nature. In like manner the Watchers also changed the order of their nature, whom the Lord cursed at the flood, on whose account He made the earth without inhabitants and fruitless.
11 Woe to them! For they have traveled down Cain’s path, and because of greed have abandoned themselves to Balaam’s error; hence, they will certainly perish in Korah’s rebellion. 12 These men are dangerous reefs at your love feasts, feasting without reverence, feeding only themselves. They are waterless clouds, carried along by the winds; autumn trees without fruit—twice dead, uprooted; 13 wild sea waves, spewing out the foam of their shame; wayward stars for whom the utter depths of eternal darkness have been reserved. 14 Now Enoch, the seventh in descent beginning with Adam, even prophesied of them, saying, “Look! The Lord is coming with thousands and thousands of his holy ones, 15 to execute judgment on all, and to convict every person of all their thoroughly ungodly deeds that they have committed, and of all the harsh words that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
Notes and References
"... 1 Enoch draws a parallel between the stars and the angels. Just as there are obedient and disobedient angels, there are also obedient and disobedient stars. 1 Enoch 18.15 describes the place of punishment for stars who did not arrive punctually for their duties in the sky and 1 En. 21 speaks of seven stars who are bound for their sin for ten million years. Nickelsberg identifies a long-standing tradition in the ancient Near East and Hellenistic world in which the stars are personified, and in 1 Enoch the disobedient stars are an allusion to the disobedient angels. The Animal Apocalypse (1 Enoch 83–90) adds another condemnation of the fallen angels in that the fallen stars have sex with cows (1 En. 83), are punished (then the great flood follows immediately) (1 En. 88), and are judged and thrown into a fiery abyss (1 En. 90.21). Testament of Naphtali 3.2–5 illustrates the obedience of the sun, moon, and stars in contrast to the disobedience of others, including the sinful angels. Jude’s focus on the failure of the angels to keep their proper place also fits well with Jude 13, where he speaks of his opponents as wandering stars (ἀστέρες πλανῆται). In comparing his opponents to wandering stars, he makes an analogy between his opponents and the fallen angels who were represented as stars in 1 En. 17–21 ..."
Devivo, Jenny 2 Peter 2:4-16: The Redaction of the Biblical and Intertestamental References Dependent on Jude 5-11 and Their Overall Significance (p. 42) Loyola University Chicago, 2014
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