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Chapter 107 - HORADAL REVEALS A SECRET FROM HIS PAST AT LAMECH'S COURT IN THE CITY OF HANOCH
107,1. When Horadal with his ten companions had appeased his hunger with the tasty food and quenched his thirst with the juice of sweet berries and given due thanks to the Lord as the sole Giver of all good gifts, Adam stepped up to Horadal and informed him of the Lord's will regarding polygamy.
107,2. Having heard this from the mouth of Adam, Horadal became full of joy, thanked the Lord for this privilege from the bottom of his heart and, finally, standing up asked Abedam's permission to make a confession before Adam.
107,3. And the high Abedam permitted this with the following words: "Horadal, I tell you, this is the place where everyone can and may talk freely.
107,4. “Therefore, if you want to speak, speak freely without restraint. Amen.
107,5. Horadal thanked the high Abedam fervently for this permission and then began the following speech to Adam, saying:
107,6. "Most venerable old father, most respected first man of the earth and highly venerable procreator of the entire human generation presently living! Do lend a willing ear to a descendant of your son Cain, and listen to what I have to say to you.
107,7. "For as truly as God, the infinite, eternal, holy, almighty Creator is now amongst us, just as truly what I shall now reveal to you, was a most profound secret of my heart If this were not so, - father Adam, you can believe me that I would not have so soon recognized God and you; and He, the personified eternal, endless Love and Mercy would never have allowed my feet to ever tread this holy ground of the mountains, - were it not as I am just going to reveal it to you briefly.
107,8. "Therefore, hear from my mouth what lay deeply hidden within me so that even the well-known cunning serpent had been incapable of ever fathoming, let alone perceiving, this most profound secret.
107,9. "But now the time has come, and so I will openly reveal it. And this is what it is:
107,10. "Behold, it was still at the time of Enoch when it pleased the endless love of the almighty God to awaken in spirit a man, a brother of Enoch, to proclaim to all the people the sole true God.
107,11. "His noble teaching was always kept intact until Lamech.
107,12. "I, with some others, was well instructed in this teaching by his exalted brothers.
107,13. "But when Lamech had allied himself with the serpent, slaying his two divinely inspired brothers through the strong hand of Tatahar, also the noble teaching of the divinely inspired Farak was slain.
107,14. "Since I had always been Lamech's friend from his early youth, it so happened that as soon as he entered his most cruel reign he appointed me his counselor, without anyone knowing about it. Thus I was merely his secret counselor.
107,15. "At first I tried to awaken Farak's teaching in him. However, it was an utterly futile attempt.
107,16. "For he had been ensnared by the serpent, so much so that even the great words of God which he heard soon after slaying his brothers did not make an impression on him.
107,17. "However, when he revealed this to me secretly I took the opportunity of admonishing him earnestly to quickly turn back to God since God still showed him so much grace.
107,18. "But instead of listening to me he declared, full of bitterness and earnest: 'Horadal! So far you are still my friend; but as king and god I earnestly admonish you for the last time to keep silent about your God for all time.
107,19. "If you will break this commandment you will fare like my brothers who also preached a God not heeding the fact that I myself am the almighty god!
107,20. "Go out there and in justice to me and yourself repudiate before all the people the ancient, ridiculous God of Farak and teach them to get to know me, the alone true, just, most severe, inexorable, almighty and strong god!
107,21. "I swear to you by my divinity: Unless you do this you shall be torn to shreds before all the people!
107,22. "Grasp this; now go and fulfill my will!'
107,23. "I went and, keeping Farak's teaching hidden away in my heart and pretending to be even more cruel than Lamech, taught the people Lamech's will.
107,24. "When Lamech saw that I was his faithful servant he soon delegated to me full regal power; but he remained a God to me and to all the people.
107,25. "However, the serpent, seeing what a faithful servant to Lamech I was, and unable to fathom the secret hidden in my heart, also made a covenant with me in the form of a most beautiful woman and I made a superficial vow to her by the god Lamech to do everything to please her and him.
107,26. "The serpent was quite satisfied with this and made me great promises in return.
107,27. "However, when it left me, I made a secret vow and said: ‘O serpent, you super-sly Satan, cunning as you may be in your actions, you shall nevertheless soon learn the might of Him Whom I must now keep hidden!
107,28. "This I swear to you by my sole true God!'
107,29. "After this I asked my hidden God in His grace to withhold this my most secret plan even from the most exalted angel. And God granted my request and from then on inspired me in every situation arising in my regal office.
107,30. "So I became a cruelly judicial tool in God's hand carrying out for form's sake every imaginable atrocity through the pretended might of Lamech, - but not so in truth!
107,31. “Thus when Meduhed, my true brother, led away a numerous people, it was I who, full of exasperation, advised Lamech to declare a veritable war on the old God and under the leadership of the evil Tatahar burn all the forests through fire, in case the old God should have abducted the people of Meduhed. - But why did I do this?
107,32. "I well knew from my hidden depth what fate awaited the evil Tatahar!
107,33. "Again it was I who then by Lamech's order commanded the few survivors to take the second revenge on the true old God. For I well knew the Lord's plans with them.
107,34. "I advised Lamech to forbid on pain of death speech to all common people; and no one was to be allowed ever to utter the super-holy name of the god Lamech, or even to think of the same.
107,35. "Why did I do this? - So that the still purer hearts of the innocent might not be desecrated by the greatest sacrileges of Lamech; for the speechless cannot be preached to.
107,36. "I had many executed. Why? Because my secret Counselor told me, always saying: 'Lo, over these the serpent has opened its jaws. I have rendered them insensible. So tear their bodies to pieces lest the serpent become suspicious of you:
107,37. "I blasphemed God ten times worse than even Lamech and advised him to bury Jehovah's name under the dirt of the most common people.
107,38. "Why did I do this? - In order to preserve this Name; for it was better to completely bury the most holy Name under the filth of poverty, which is the purest thing left in the lowlands, than to still see it exposed to the most abominable blasphemies.
107,39. "And so I did one thing after another for this reason.
107,40. "And when the time was ripe I took the force which you see here with me, thus leading almost the entire poverty here as Lamech's unrelenting commander, and up to this moment no one, except God, knew what prompted me in going everywhere and thus also in coming here.
107,41. "Now it has pleased the Lord that I take off my harsh mask and so I am standing before you, revealed in my innermost loyalty, just as I always was in my innermost depth.
107,42. "Thus I also blasphemed you and God before my still blind people. However, knowing how and why I did this, you will surely be able to forgive me, for I did nothing but the most secret will of Him Who is here.
107,43. "So be also without concern on account of polygamy; for as far as we are concerned God's will shall at all times be fully observed! Amen."
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