Of the Transmission of the Art of Playing the Harp,

That is to say, of Music and Singing and Dancing



Yôbâl (Jubal) and Tôbalkin (Tubal-Cain), the two brethren,

the sons of Lamech, the blind man, who killed Cain,

invented and made all kinds of instruments of music.


Jôbâl made reed instruments, and harps, and flutes, and whistles,

and the devils went and dwelt inside them.


When men blew into the pipes, the devils sang inside them, and sent out sounds from inside them.


Tôbalkîn made cymbals, and sistra, and tambourines (or drums).




And lasciviousness and fornication increased among the children of Cain,

and they had nothing to occupy them except fornication,


--Now they had no obligation [to pay] tribute, and they had neither prince nor governor--


and eating, and drinking,

and lasciviousness, and drunkenness,

and dancing and singing to instruments of music,


and the wanton sportings of the devils,

and the laughter which affordeth pleasure to the devils,

and the sounds of the furious lust of men neighing after women.


And Satan, finding [his] opportunity in this work of error, rejoiced greatly,

because thereby he could compel the sons of Seth to come down from that holy mountain.


There they had been made to occupy the place of that army [of angels] that fell [with Satan],

there they were beloved by God,

there they were held in honour by the angels,

and were called "sons of God," even as the blessed David saith in the psalm,


"I have said,

Ye are gods, and all of you sons of the Most High."                                                    Psalm 82:6




Meanwhile fornication reigned among the daughters of Cain,

and without shame [several] women would run after one man.


And one man would attack another,

and they committed fornication in the presence of each other shamelessly,

for all the devils were gathered together in that camp of Cain,

and unclean spirits entered into the women, and took possession of them.


The old women were more lascivious than the maidens,

fathers and sons defiled themselves with their mothers and sisters,

sons respected not even their own fathers.

and fathers made no distinction between their sons [and other men].


And Satan had been made ruler (or prince) of that camp.



And when the men and women were stirred up to lascivious frenzy

by the devilish playing of the reeds which emitted musical sounds,

and by the harps which the men played through the operation of the power of the devils,

and by the sounds of the tambourines and of the sistra

which were beaten and rattled through the agency of evil spirits,

the sounds of their laughter were heard in the air above them, and ascended to that holy mountain.


And when the children of Seth heard the noise, and uproar,

and shouts of laughter in the camp of the children of Cain,

about 100 of them who were mighty men of war gathered together,

and set their faces to go down to the camp of the children of Cain.




When Yârêd heard their words and knew their intention, he became sorely afflicted,

and he sent and called them to him, and said unto them,


"By the holy blood of Abel,

I will have you swear that not one of you shall go down from this holy mountain.


Remember ye the oaths

which our fathers Seth, and Anôsh, and Kainân, and Mahlâlâîl made you to swear."




And Enoch also said unto them,


"Hearken, O ye children of Seth,

no man who shall transgress the commandment of Yârêd,

and [break] the oaths of our fathers, and go down from this mountain, shall never again ascend it."


Yet the children of Seth would neither hearken to the commandment of Yârêd,

nor to the words of Enoch, and they dared to transgress the ocmmandment,

and those 100 men, who were mighty men of war, went down [to the camp of Cain].


And when they saw that the daughters of Cain were beautiful in form

and that they were naked and unashamed,

the children of Seth became inflamed with the fire of lust.


And when the daughters of Cain saw the goodliness of the children of Seth,

they gripped them like ravening beasts and defiled their bodies.




And the children of Seth slew their souls by fornication with the daughers of Cain.


 And when the children of Seth wished to go up [again] to that holy mountain,

after they had come down and fallen,

the stones of that holy mountain became fire in their sight,

and having defiled their souls with the fire of fornication,

God did not permit them to ascend to that holy place.


And moreover, very many others made bold and went down after them, and they, too, fell.

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