Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Book of Baruch

"Where are the princes of the heathen become, and such as ruled the beasts upon the earth; They that had their pastime with the fowls of the air, and they that hoarded up silver and gold, wherein men trust, and made no end of their getting? For they that wrought in silver, and were so careful, and whose works are unsearchable, They are vanished and gone down to the grave, and others are come up in their steads. Young men have seen light, and dwelt upon the earth: but the way of knowledge have they not known, Nor understood the paths thereof, nor laid hold of it: their children were far off from that way." -- Baruch 3:16-21

"There were the giants famous from the beginning, that were of so great stature, and so expert in war. Those did not the Lord choose, neither gave he the way of knowledge unto them: But they were destroyed, because they had no wisdom, and perished through their own foolishness. Who hath gone up into heaven, and taken her, and brought her down from the clouds? Who hath gone over the sea, and found her, and will bring her for pure gold? No man knoweth her way, nor thinketh of her path. But he that knoweth all things knoweth her, and hath found her out with his understanding:" -- Baruch 3:26-32

"When God caused the deluge upon earth, and destroyed all flesh, and four hundred and nine thousand giants, and the water rose fifteen cubits above the highest mountains, then the water entered into paradise and destroyed every flower;" -- III Baruch 4:10


Fungus FitzJuggler III said...

There is just a touch of shadenfraude about ol'Baruch, doncha think? A jeering about those who may have lorded it over him and his kin?
The clue is in the deluge. There are wonders 50 fathom deep?

OilIsMastery said...

Hi Fungus FitzJuggler III,

Welcome to the website.

I agree with the schadenfreude. But I also agree with his words.

"There are wonders 50 fathom deep?"

There may have been and might still be. There are certainly wonders deep, e.g. the flooded Osirion.