For Svetlana Alexievich
I. (Radiation sickness ICD-I0 T66)
And the LORD spake unto Moses after the death of the two sons of
Aaron, when they offered before the LORD, and died.
Upon making their sacrifice they soon thereafter felt great pangs
in their bodies, and this anguish they did make to hide from sight in
silence and constraint; but then they did vomit, wailing curses of woe.
And when they had long retched and their bellies were empty, they
could not partake of water nor bread, instead spewing out all water and
bread; and for that most foul of stenches were they carried forth from
the house of Aaron and laid upon the earth.
They did bewail their ailments and pain and gnashed their teeth. And
in so suffering they did shudder and were beset with consumption and
the burning ague.
And they did pray for mercy, but the LORD smote them with boils and
putrid sores; and their terror and woe were very great; for they felt that
the LORD had forsaken them in His ire.
Their minds were further plagued by demons so that they did observe
with their waking eyes maddening spectres and unreal things and they
could not find respite in unconscious sleep; for they would awaken to
their own weeping and wailing.
And having suffered these agonies for two days and two nights on the
third day they died.
II. (Hazmat Type I prEN943/1)
And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that
he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the
mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in
the cloud upon the mercy seat.
Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place: He shall put on the holy
linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and
shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be
attired: these are holy garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in
water, and so put them on.
This must he do, so that he should not perish; for upon the mercy seat
I shall show myself as a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a
brightness shall be about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour
of amber, out of the midst of the fire.
And if someone should come before me without preparing themselves
in accordance with my will I shall blow as a whirlwind across the earth,
and it shall be a day of the LORD’s wrath.
As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like
burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps. And their feet
were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf’s
foot. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal, and
lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth
of hair, and the moon became as blood. And the kings of the earth, and
the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty
men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the
dens and in the rocks of the mountains.
And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the
face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
And Moses went to his brother and said unto him what the LORD had
instructed, and together they thanked and praised the LORD.
Translated by Kasper Salonen