hen I looked and turned myself to another part of the earth, where I beheld a deep valley burning with fire.
To this valley they brought monarchs and the mighty.
And there my eyes beheld the instruments which they were making, fetters of iron without weight. (47)
(47) Without weight. Or, "of immeasurable weight" (Knibb, p. 138). Compare
Then I inquired of the angel of peace, who proceeded with me, saying, For whom are these fetters and instruments prepared?
He replied, These are prepared for the host of Azazeel, that they may be delivered over and adjudged to the lowest condemnation; and that their angels may be overwhelmed with hurled stones, as the Lord of spirits has commanded.
Michael and Gabriel, Raphael and Phanuel shall be strengthened in that day, and shall then cast them into a furnace of blazing fire, that the Lord of spirits may be avenged of them for their crimes; because they became ministers of Satan, and seduced those who dwell upon earth.
In those days shall punishment go forth from the Lord of spirits; and the receptacles of water which are above the heavens shall be opened, and the fountains likewise, which are under the heavens and under the earth.
All the waters, which are in the heavens and above them, shall be mixed together. The water which is above heaven shall be the agent; (48)
And the water which is under the earth shall be the recipient: (49)
(48) Agent. Literally, "male" (Laurence, p. 61). (49) Recipient. Literally, "female" (Laurence, p. 61). Compare
and all shall be destroyed who dwell upon earth, and who dwell under the extremities of heaven.
By these means shall they understand the iniquity which they have committed on earth: and by these means shall they perish.