Book of Sethantes Chapters 7 and 8
1. As mortals sail corporeal ships across the corporeal ocean, so sailed the ship of God in
the atmospherean ocean. As a man having five sons sendeth four away to far-off countries
and keepeth one at home, so did God with the five Lords bequeathed him by Great
2. And now had God departed from the foundation of Hored, in a ship, in heaven to visit
his four far-off sons, the Lords of the four great divisions of the earth, who had to do with
both mortals and the spirits of the dead, for the glory of Jehovih.
3. First to Jud, Lord of Jud, he headed his ship, running close to the earth, bounding forth,
and sapping up fuel from the tall forests to feed the phosphorescent flame, running easy
till the wild coast on the west of Waga was reached. Here halted he his ship, first God of
the first Lords of earth, till his navigators told the distance of the wide sea before; then
gathering fuel and substance from the rich growing lands, he stowed the ship to the full,
he and his traveling host.
4. And God went in, commanding: Go forth, go forth! Forth into the sea of heaven!
And on plunged the ship of God in the blue winds of the firmament, high soaring,
above the black clouds sprung from the corporeal ocean. And the music of his
thousand es’enaurs leaped forth in time and tune to the waves, plenteous and most defiant.
5. Jehovih looked down from the highest of all the heavens, His everlasting throne of
thrones, saying: Onward! Onward! Tame the elements, O God! O man! The earth is thine,
the air above is thine. Stretch forth thine arm and tame the elements I have made.
6. Onward sped the ship of God, by the force of wills matured; and from its hallowed
light displaying its purpose before other traveling Gods and men, in other ships cruising,
on adventurous paths in Jehovih’s wide oceans of splendor.
7. Merrily sang the crew, and danced, and sighted the wide expanse, premising of the
scattering ships coursing hither and yon, in strange colors and marvelous swiftness.
8. On one side the rising moon, the setting sun on the other; beneath lay the black clouds
and great corporeal ocean; and yet high above twinkled the stars and the planets of the
Great Serpent on his long journey.
9. God came forth and surveyed the scene; and the power of Jehovih moved upon him.
Then gathered around him his seven thousand loves and traveling companions. God said:
10. All Thy places are new, Great Jehovih! For thousands of years have I gazed on Thy
matchless splendors, seen and unseen; but Thy glory groweth richer day by day. When
Thy voice came to me, more than a hundred years ago, saying: Go, My son, I have a new
garden planted; take some workmen and till the soil; I foresaw the long labor of the
generations that would spring up out of the earth. I feared and trembled. I said:
11. How shall it be, O Jehovih? Shall the new earth be peopled over, and mortals
run their course as on other worlds before? First, in wholesome love and worship
and due reverence to the Gods, and then for ages and ages bury themselves in
bloody wars? O lead me forth, Father! Jehovih! I will take Thy garden for a season,
and fence it round with Lords, and wise kingdoms. And with Thy potent spirit hedge
mortals on every side, that the earth shall bloom as a paradise for angels and men.
12. And Thy sons and daughters came with me, and engrafted Thy immortal kingdom.
13. How is it now? How compares my labor with that of other Gods on other worlds?
14. O ye archangels, Gods and Goddesses! Look down on the great earth! Jehovih hath
filled my arms with a great load! I tremble on the immortal scales!
15. And God, transfixed, looked up into the swift-passing sky, for his voice reached
to the thrones of etherean worlds whereon the Osirian regents reigned in all power.
And down from admidst the stars shot a single ray of light engrossed with the
adorable words: JEHOVIH’S SON! ALL HAIL! HAIL, GOD OF EARTH, JEHOVIH’S
SON! GLORY! GLORY TO GREAT JEHOVIH, FOR ALL THOU HAST DONE!
16. Then upward furled the shining light till it faded midst the far-off stars. Anew
the trumpeters and singers sent forth a strain of sweet music, spirited and sounding
full of soul. And as the music glided forth across the waters, lo, other music,
strange and welcome, came from the west lands to the borders of the ocean.
17. The ship was across the sea, and the hosts of the Lord had come to meet the God
of earth and heaven. And now, saluting loud and long, the two ships drew
to close anchorage. Presently the messengers interchanged, and in Jehovih’s
name greeted God and His hosts, who were old-time friends to the Lord and His.
18. God said: By Thy will, O Jehovih, let us take course for the Lord’s kingdom and place
of labor. And presently the two ships sped forth, close to the earth, conjoined in the music
of anthems of olden times.
19. Far up into the heart of the country, where fertile lands and mountains and waters
were close companioned to the asuan race, the ships led on till one pillar of fire, standing
on a mountain side, proclaimed the place of the Lord, and here they halted and made fast
the vessels, unseen by mortals.
1. These chieftains had been long friends on other worlds, and pledged to join in an
adventure on some new corporeal world, to raise up to Jehovih, sons and daughters. Now
was it being fulfilled in the Lord and God remotely situated, and the time of this visit
much looked forward to.
2. And so God and the Lord came forth, saying: In Jehovih’s name! met at last! And they
embraced and re-assured each other that it was really true, which they had talked of a
thousand years before.
3. And then came forward all the hosts of God and the hosts of the Lord, knowing one
another and saluting and embracing also. Thereupon they proceeded to the house of the
Lord, which mortals had been inspired to build of wood and clay. And when they were
within they joined in prayer and thanks to Jehovih, and they sang and danced, and
rejoiced to their souls’content.
4. At sunrise the next morning the mortal priests and priestesses, led by a prophet, went
into the house of the Lord, to pray and sing and dance as they had been taught by
inspiration of the Lord, but many people lingered without, saying to one another:
5. I fear, I fear (ta hop)! For last night I saw lights in the house of the Lord, and I heard
like singing and dancing before the altar of God!
6. Nevertheless their companions persuaded them, and they went in and sang and danced
7. After a time of rejoicing and of quiet the Lord said: Behold, O God, the follies of
judgment, and the vain calculations of even Lords and Gods! We look upon the mature
man, saying: Alas, he is stubborn in his own way; we cannot convert him. Then we desire
the immature, saying: Him will I raise up in mine own way, and he shall not depart from
my judgment. But we tire of his immaturity and slow growth.
8. God said: Hereon hangeth the highest testimony of The Person of Great Jehovih. The
nearest blank of all the living created He man, purposely unlike all the rest and devoid of
sense. Whereas, according to the order of the other animal world, a newborn babe should
already be wise.
9. Jehovih said: All the living have I provided with certain paths to travel in; but
man alone I created new out of all things dead and dissolved, and he shall grow forever.
To the beast I gave an already created sense (instinct); to man I allotted angels.
And even these have I provided with others above them; and yet others above them,
forever and ever. Hence the first of man, the newborn babe, I created a blank in
sense and judgment, that he may be a witness that even he himself was fashioned
and created anew by My hand. Neither created I him imperfectly that he should
re-enter a womb and be born over again. That which I do is well done, saith Jehovih.
10. The Lord said: Thou art wise, O God. The opposites prove Jehovih. Water
runneth down hill, but man walketh up the hillside; the tree groweth up out of the
ground whilst it liveth, but after death it falleth. Man standeth on the earth, but
the earth resteth on that which is lighter than the earth. Jehovih saith: The life of
the tree is of Me; the unseen that holdeth the corporeal earth in its place, is of Me.
11. And yet, O God, who can attain to know Jehovih? The mortal saith: When I am dead
and risen in heaven I shall see the Great Spirit; but he faileth, being still helpless, yea, as
helpless in his place as he was helpless on the earth. Then he saith: when I am strong and
wise, like Lords and Gods, and can traverse the wide firmament, then I will see Jehovih.
But when he riseth and can shape his vessel through the whirlwinds of the vortices of
heaven, and he is called Lord or God, lo, he findeth the arcs and the ethea standing before
him still. More and more he is appalled at thought of the Great I AM who liveth still
12. He hurrieth down to the corporeal earth to teach mortals and spirits of Jehovih,
and His endless worlds and exalted heavens. But lo, the darkness of men, they say:
I see Him not; I hear Him not; I believe not in Him. He is but as the wind,
going without sense; as the water goeth down the hill, so is He; He is dead. He is nothing.
13. And the Lord inventeth ways and means; yea, he teacheth man to pray and sing
to Jehovih, that the sounds may lead his soul upward. The Lord telleth him to wear
clothes and hide his nakedness from the Lord; and the Lord sendeth angels to award
him for his good deeds. And the angels of the Lord lay plots and stratagems
in man’s pathway to stir him up. Yea, Jehovih gave man sleep, so that his corporeal-bound spirit might see and hear heavenly things. But man loadeth his stomach, and debaucheth on intoxicating smoke and drink till his soul is buried in darkness.
14. And the Lord crieth out in despair; How weak am I, O Jehovih, before Thee! I took
upon me to be Lord over men on the earth, to learn my lesson in the government of
worlds. But O Jehovih, I know I fail in Thy sight. What will Thy God say when he
beholdeth my little good? What pity have the archangels for Thy struggling Lord of earth?
15. God perceived the sorrow of his friend, and he said: O Jehovih, who art Almighty,
how keener has Thou made our sense of our own weakness, than those who look upon us!
Thy Lord is my God in the glories he hath wrought out of such crude substance,
and I sing to his praises and love. Lo I have looked upon the naked man and woman
of this great land, crawling on hands and feet, with no thought but to eat, and I
have seen them raised up by Thy Lord and his ashars, to walk upright and use
words of speech and to wear clothes and skins to hide their nakedness. Yea, O Father, I
have cried out with great joy, and I called aloud unto Thee, O Jehovih, saying: Who
knoweth the labor of the Lord! Will man ever forget to sing praises to the Lord God?
16. But Jehovih said: I will keep some of the tribes of men in darkness, till the last days;
for man in his conceit shall be confounded; for he shall perceive that the tribes of
darkness cannot put away their own darkness. Yea, man shall bow down in reverence to
My Lords in the early days of the earth.
17. Thus conversed God and his Lord, as they went forth to find the mortals that had
given up the places of asu and come to live in villages and cities. Around about over the
continent of Jud they traveled for many days and nights. And when God had seen all the
work of the Lord, he said:
18. Behold it is good. Thy toil and seclusion away from the Lords of the upper
heavens are severe, but thou art fashioning the love of millions, who shall bless thee.
19. Now whilst God sojourned hither, his hosts regaled themselves with the company of
the ashars and asaphs in the kingdom of the Lord, and great was the love and rejoicing