here likewise I beheld hosts of angels who were moving in punishment, confined in a net-work of iron and brass.
Then I inquired of the angel of peace, who proceeded with me, To whom those under confinement were going.
He said, To each of their elect and their beloved, (51)
that they may be cast into the fountains and deep recesses of the valley.
(51) To each ofâ€¦their beloved. Or, "Each to his own chosen ones and to his own beloved ones" (Knibb, p. 139).
And that valley shall be filled with their elect and beloved; the days of whose life shall be consumed, but the days of their error shall be innumerable.
Then shall princes (52)
combine together, and conspire. The chiefs of the east, among the Parthians and Medes, shall remove kings, in whom a spirit of perturbation shall enter. They shall hurl them from their thrones, springing as lions from their dens, and like famished wolves into the midst of the flock.
(52) Princes. Or, "angels" (Charles, p. 149; Knibb, p. 140).
They shall go up, and tread upon the land of their elect. The land of their elect shall be before them.
The threshing-floor, the path, and the city of my righteous people
shall impede the progress of
their horses. They shall rise up to destroy each other; their right hand shall be strengthened; nor shall a man acknowledge his friend or his brother; Nor the son his father and his mother; until the number of the dead bodies shall be completed
, by their death and punishment. Neither shall this take place without cause.
In those days shall the mouth of hell be opened, into which they shall be immerged; hell shall destroy and swallow up sinners from the face of the elect.