nd now I have shown you, my son Mathusala, every sight which I saw prior to your birth.
I will relate another vision, which I saw before I was married; they resemble each other. The first was when I was learning a book; and the other before I was married to your mother. I saw a potent vision; And on account of these things besought the Lord.
I was lying down in the house of my grandfather Malalel, when
I saw in a vision heaven purifying, and snatched away. (90)
(90) Purifying, and snatched away. Or, "was thrown down and removed" (Knibb, p. 192).
And falling to the earth, (91)
I saw likewise the earth absorbed by a great abyss; and mountains suspended over mountains. Hills were sinking upon hills, lofty trees were gliding off from their trunks, and were in the act of being projected, and of sinking into the abyss.
(91) And falling to the earth. Or, "and when it fell upon the earth" (Knibb, p. 192).
5. Being alarmed
at these things, my voice faltered. (92)
I cried out and said, The earth is destroyed.
Then my grandfather Malalel raised me up, and said to me: Why do you thus cry out, my son? And wherefore thus do you lament?
(92) My voice faltered. Literally, "the word fell down in my mouth" (Laurence, p. 118).
I related to him the whole vision which I had seen. He said to me, Confirmed is that which you have seen, my son; And potent the vision of your dream respecting every secret sin of the earth. Its substance shall sink into the abyss, and a great destruction take place.
Now, my son, rise up; and beseech the Lord of glory (for you are faithful), that a remnant may be left upon earth, and that he would not wholly destroy it.
My son, all this calamity
upon earth comes down from heaven; upon earth shall there be a great destruction.
Then I arose, prayed, and entreated; and wrote down my prayer for the generations of the world, explaining everything to my son Mathusala.
When I went down below, and looking up to heaven, beheld the sun proceeding from the east, the moon descending to the west, a few scattered
stars, and everything which God has known from the beginning, I blessed the Lord of judgment, and magnified him: because he hath sent forth the sun from the chambers (93)
of the east; that, ascending and rising in the face of heaven, it might spring up, and pursue the path which has been pointed out to it.
(93) Chambers. Literally, "windows" (Laurence, p. 119).