Tobit 12:15


12 So now when you and Sarah prayed, it was I who brought and read the record of your prayer before the glory of the Lord, and likewise whenever you would bury the dead. 13 And that time when you did not hesitate to get up and leave your dinner to go and bury the dead, 14 I was sent to you to test you. And at the same time God sent me to heal you and Sarah your daughter-in-law. 15 I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who stand ready and enter before the glory of the Lord." 16 The two of them were shaken; they fell face down, for they were afraid. 17 But he said to them, "Do not be afraid; peace be with you. Bless God forevermore.

1 Enoch 9:3


1 And then Michael, Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel looked down from heaven and saw much blood being shed on the earth, and all lawlessness being committed on the earth. 2 And they said to one another: 'The earth, left without inhabitants, cries out, and the voice of their crying reaches the gates of heaven.' 3 'And now to you, the holy ones of heaven, the souls of men plead, saying, "Present our case before the Most High."' 4 And they said to the Lord of the ages: 'Lord of lords, God of gods, King of kings, and God of the ages, the throne of Your glory stands through all generations, and Your name is holy and glorious and blessed through all ages! 5 You have created all things, and over all things, You have power: all things are open and visible in Your sight, and You see all things, and nothing can hide from You.

 Notes and References

"... The singular reference to blindness on the part of the angel-shepherds ties them in to the same moral framework as humans. Apparently, beholding the glory of Yahweh is essential for the spiritual health of angels just as it is for humans. The notion that higher angels enjoy an access to the glorious presence of God that lesser angels are denied is found in the “Book of the Watchers” (9:3–4; 14:20–23), (A classic expression of this idea is in Tobit 12:15) but an explicitly moral component to this division does not appear in 1Enoch until the “Parables,” where we are told that the satans are forbidden access ..."

Olson, Daniel C. A New Reading of the Animal Apocalypse of 1 Enoch (p. 200) Studia in Veteris Testamenti Pseudepigrapha, Vol. 24, 2013

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