hey raised me up into a certain place, where there was (28)
the appearance of a burning fire; and when they pleased they assumed the likeness of men.
(28) Where there was. Or, "where they [the angels] were like" (Knibb, p. 103).
They carried me to a lofty spot, to a mountain, the top of which reach to heaven.
And I beheld the receptacles of light and of thunder at the extremities of the place, where it was deepest. There was a bow of fire, and arrows in their quiver, a sword of fire, and every species of lightning.
Then they elevated me to a babbling stream, (29)
and to a fire in the west, which received all the setting of the sun.
(29) To a babbling stream. Literally, "to water of life, which spoke" (Laurence, p. 23).
I came to a river of fire, which flowed like water, and emptied itself into the great sea westwards.
I saw every large river, until I arrived at the great darkness. I went to where all of flesh migrate;
and I beheld the mountains of the gloom which constitutes winter, and the place from which issues the water in every abyss.
I saw also the mouths of all the rivers in the world, and the mouths of the deep.