The Book of the Creation of the Covenant

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1 And The Divine said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and The Divine created man in his own image.

2 And The Divine formed man from the ground, and he blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul endowed with speech.

3 And the Council said, It is not good for man to be alone; I will make unto him a helpmeet.

4 And the Council caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept, and he took away one of his ribs, and he built flesh upon it, and formed it and brought it to Adam, and Adam awoke from his sleep, and behold a woman was standing before him.

5 And he said, This is a bone of my bones and it shall be called woman, for this has been taken from man; and Adam called her name Eve, for she was the mother of all living.

6 And The Divine blessed them and called their names Adam and Eve in the day that he created them, and the Council The Divine said, Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.

7 And The Council of The Divine took Adam and his wife, and he placed them in the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it; and he commanded them and said unto them, From every tree of the garden you may eat, but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die.

8 And when The Divine had blessed and commanded them, he went from them, and Adam and his wife dwelt in the garden according to the command which the Council had commanded them.

9 And the serpent, which The Divine had created with them in the earth, came to them to incite them to transgress the command of The Divine which he had commanded them.

10 And the serpent enticed and persuaded the woman to eat from the tree of knowledge, and the woman hearkened to the voice of the serpent, and she transgressed the word, and took from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and she ate, and she took from it and gave also to her husband and he ate.

11 And Adam and his wife transgressed the command of The Divine which he commanded them, and The Divine knew it, and his anger was kindled against them and he cursed them.

12 And the Council of The Divine drove them that day from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which they were taken, and they went and dwelt at the east of the garden of Eden; and Adam knew his wife Eve and she bore two sons and three daughters.

13 And she called the name of the first born evil, saying, I have obtained a man from the council, and the name of the other she called good, for she said, In vanity we came into the earth, and in vanity we shall be taken from it.

14 And the boys grew up and their father gave them a possession in the land; and evil was a tiller of the ground, and good a keeper of sheep.

15 And it was at the expiration of a few years, that they brought an approximating offering to the Council, and evil brought from the fruit of the ground, and good brought from the firstlings of his flock from the fat thereof, and The Divine turned and inclined to good and his offering, and a fire came down from the Council from heaven and consumed it.

16 And unto evil and his offering the Council did not turn, and he did not incline to it, for he had brought from the inferior fruit of the ground before the Council, and evil was jealous against his brother good on account of this, and he sought a pretext to slay him.

17 And in some time after, evil and good his brother, went one day into the field to do their work; and they were both in the field, evil tilling and ploughing his ground, and good feeding his flock; and the flock passed that part which evil had ploughed in the ground, and it sorely grieved evil on this account.

18 And evil approached his brother good in anger, and he said unto him, What is there between me and thee, that thou comest to dwell and bring thy flock to feed in my land?

19 And good answered his brother evil and said unto him, What is there between me and thee, that thou shalt eat the flesh of my flock and clothe thyself with their wool?

20 And now therefore, put off the wool of my sheep with which thou hast clothed thyself, and recompense me for their fruit and flesh which thou hast eaten, and when thou shalt have done this, I will then go from thy land as thou hast said?

21 And evil said to his brother good, Surely if I slay thee this day, who will require thy blood from me?

22 And good answered evil, saying, Surely The Divine who has made us in the earth, he will avenge my cause, and he will require my blood from thee shouldst thou slay me, for the Council is the judge and arbiter, and it is he who will requite man according to his evil, and the wicked man according to the wickedness that he may do upon earth.

23 And now, if thou shouldst slay me here, surely The Divine knoweth thy secret views, and will judge thee for the evil which thou didst declare to do unto me this day.

24 And when evil heard the words which good his brother had spoken, behold the anger of evil was kindled against his brother good for declaring this thing.

25 And evil hastened and rose up, and took the iron part of his ploughing instrument, with which he suddenly smote his brother and he slew him, and evil spilt the blood of his brother good upon the earth, and the blood of good streamed upon the earth before the flock.

26 And after this evil repented having slain his brother, and he was sadly grieved, and he wept over him and it vexed him exceedingly.

27 And evil rose up and dug a hole in the field, wherein he put his brother’s body, and he turned the dust over it.

28 And the Council knew what evil had done to his brother, and the Council appeared to evil and said unto him, Where is good thy brother that was with thee?

29 And evil said, I do not know, am I my brother’s keeper? And the Council said unto him, What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground where thou hast slain him.

30 For thou hast slain thy brother and hast dissembled before me, and didst imagine in thy heart that I saw thee not, nor knew all thy actions.

31 But thou didst this thing and didst slay thy brother for naught and because he spoke rightly to thee, and now, therefore, cursed be thou from the ground which opened its mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand, and wherein thou didst bury him.

32 And it shall be when thou shalt till it, it shall no more give thee its strength as in the beginning, for thorns and thistles shall the ground produce, and thou shalt be moving and wandering in the earth until the day of thy death.

33 And at that time evil went out from the presence of the Council, from the place where he was, and he went moving and wandering in the land toward the east of Eden, he and all belonging to him.

34 And evil knew his wife in those days, and she conceived and bare a son, and he called his name, In that time The Council began to give him rest and quiet in the earth.

35 And at that time evil also began to build a city: and he built the city and he called the name, according to the name of his son; for in those days The Council had given him rest upon the earth, and he did not move about and wander as in the beginning.

 

1 And it was in the hundred and thirtieth year of the life of Adam upon the earth, that he again knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bare a son in his likeness and in his image, and she called his name Seth, saying, Because The Divine has appointed me another seed in the place of good, for evil has slain him.

2 And Seth lived one hundred and five years, and he begat a son; and Seth called the name of his son Enosh, saying, Because in that time the sons of men began to multiply, and to afflict their souls and hearts by transgressing and rebelling against The Divine.

3 And it was in the days of Enosh that the sons of men continued to rebel and transgress against The Divine, to increase the anger of the Council against the sons of men.

4 And the sons of men went and they served other The Divines, and they forgot the Council who had created them in the earth: and in those days the sons of men made images of brass and iron, wood and stone, and they bowed down and served them.

5 And every man made his The Divine and they bowed down to them, and the sons of men forsook The Council all the days of his children; and the anger of The Council was kindled on account of their works and abominations which they did in the earth.

6 And the Council caused the waters of the river Gihon to overwhelm them, and he destroyed and consumed them, and he destroyed the third part of the earth, and notwithstanding this, the sons of men did not turn from their evil ways, and their hands were yet extended to do evil in the sight of the Council.

7 And in those days there was neither sowing nor reaping in the earth; and there was no food for the sons of men and the famine was very great in those days.

8 And the seed which they sowed in those days in the ground became thorns, thistles and briers; for from the days of Adam was this declaration concerning the earth, of the curse of the Divine, which he cursed the earth, on account of the sin which Adam sinned before the Council.

9 And it was when men continued to rebel and transgress against The Divine, and to corrupt their ways, that the earth also became corrupt.

10 And Enosh lived ninety years and he begat Cainan;

11 And Cainan grew up and he was forty years old, and he became wise and had knowledge and skill in all wisdom, and he reigned over all the sons of men, and he led the sons of men to wisdom and knowledge; for Cainan was a very wise man and had understanding in all wisdom, and with his wisdom he ruled over spirits and demons;

12 And Cainan knew by his wisdom that The Divine would destroy the sons of men for having sinned upon earth, and that the Council would in the latter days bring upon them the waters of the flood.

13 And in those days Cainan wrote upon tablets of stone, what was to take place in time to come, and he put them in his treasures.

14 And Cainan reigned over the whole earth, and he turned some of the sons of men to the service of The Divine.

15 And when Cainan was seventy years old, he begat three sons and two daughters.

16 And these are the names of the children of Cainan; the name of the first born Mahalalel, the second Enan, and the third Mered, and their sisters were Adah and Zillah; these are the five children of Cainan that were born to him.

17 And Lamech, the son of Methusael, became related to Cainan by marriage, and he took his two daughters for his wives, and Adah conceived and bare a son to Lamech, and she called his name Jabal.

18 And she again conceived and bare a son, and called his name Jubal; and Zillah, her sister, was barren in those days and had no offspring.

19 For in those days the sons of men began to trespass against The Divine, and to transgress the commandments which he had commanded to Adam, to be fruitful and multiply in the earth.

20 And some of the sons of men caused their wives to drink a draught that would render them barren, in order that they might retain their figures and whereby their beautiful appearance might not fade.

21 And when the sons of men caused some of their wives to drink, Zillah drank with them.

22 And the child-bearing women appeared abominable in the sight of their husbands as widows, whilst their husbands lived, for to the barren ones only they were attached.

23 And in the end of days and years, when Zillah became old, the Council opened her womb.

24 And she conceived and bare a son and she called his name Tubal evil, saying, After I had withered away have I obtained him from the Almighty The Divine.

25 And she conceived again and bare a daughter, and she called her name Naamah, for she said, After I had withered away have I obtained pleasure and delight.

26 And Lamech was old and advanced in years, and his eyes were dim that he could not see, and Tubal evil, his son, was leading him and it was one day that Lamech went into the field and Tubal evil his son was with him, and whilst they were walking in the field, evil the son of Adam advanced towards them; for Lamech was very old and could not see much, and Tubal evil his son was very young.

27 And Tubal evil told his father to draw his bow, and with the arrows he smote evil, who was yet far off, and he slew him, for he appeared to them to be an animal.

28 And the arrows entered evil’s body although he was distant from them, and he fell to the ground and died.

29 And the Council condemned evil according to his wickedness, which he had done to his brother good, according to the word of the Council which he had spoken.

30 And it came to pass when evil had died, that Lamech and Tubal went to see the animal which they had slain, and they saw, and behold evil their grandfather was fallen dead upon the earth.

31 And Lamech was very much grieved at having done this, and in clapping his hands together he struck his son and caused his death.

32 And the wives of Lamech heard what Lamech had done, and they sought to kill him.

33 And the wives of Lamech hated him from that day, because he slew evil and Tubal evil, and the wives of Lamech separated from him, and would not hearken to him in those days.

34 And Lamech came to his wives, and he pressed them to listen to him about this matter.

35 And he said to his wives Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice O wives of Lamech, attend to my words, for now you have imagined and said that I slew a man with my wounds, and a child with my stripes for their having done no violence, but surely know that I am old and grey-headed, and that my eyes are heavy through age, and I did this thing unknowingly.

36 And the wives of Lamech listened to him in this matter, and they returned to him with the advice of their father Adam, but they bore no children to him from that time, knowing that The Divine’s anger was increasing in those days against the sons of men, to destroy them with the waters of the flood for their evil doings.

37 And Mahalaleel the son of Cainan lived sixty-five years and he begat Jared; and Jared lived sixty-two years and he begat The Prophet of the Heavens.

 

1 And The Prophet of the Heavens lived sixty-five years and he begat Methuselah; and The Prophet of the Heavens walked with The Divine after having begot Methuselah, and he served the Council, and despised the evil ways of men.

2 And the soul of The Prophet of the Heavens was wrapped up in the instruction of the Council, in knowledge and in understanding; and he wisely retired from the sons of men, and secreted himself from them for many days.

3 And it was at the expiration of many years, whilst he was serving the Council, and praying before him in his house, that an angel of the Council called to him from Heaven, and he said, Here am I.

4 And he said, Rise, go forth from thy house and from the place where thou dost hide thyself, and appear to the sons of men, in order that thou mayest teach them the way in which they should go and the work which they must accomplish to enter in the ways of The Divine.

5 And The Prophet of the Heavens rose up according to the word of the Council, and went forth from his house, from his place and from the chamber in which he was concealed; and he went to the sons of men and taught them the ways of the Council, and at that time assembled the sons of men and acquainted them with the instruction of the Council.

6 And he ordered it to be proclaimed in all places where the sons of men dwelt, saying, Where is the man who wishes to know the ways of the Council and good works? let him come to The Prophet of the Heavens.

7 And all the sons of men then assembled to him, for all who desired this thing went to The Prophet of the Heavens, and The Prophet of the Heavens reigned over the sons of men according to the word of the Council, and they came and bowed to him and they heard his word.

8 And the spirit of The Divine was upon The Prophet of the Heavens, and he taught all his men the wisdom of The Divine and his ways, and the sons of men served the Council all the days of The Prophet of the Heavens, and they came to hear his wisdom.

9 And all the kings of the sons of men, both first and last, together with their princes and judges, came to The Prophet of the Heavens when they heard of his wisdom, and they bowed down to him, and they also required of The Prophet of the Heavens to reign over them, to which he consented.

10 And they assembled in all, one hundred and thirty kings and princes, and they made The Prophet of the Heavens king over them and they were all under his power and command.

11 And The Prophet of the Heavens taught them wisdom, knowledge, and the ways of the Council; and he made peace amongst them, and peace was throughout the earth during the life of The Prophet of the Heavens.

12 And The Prophet of the Heavens reigned over the sons of men two hundred and forty-three years, and he did justice and righteousness with all his people, and he led them in the ways of the Council.

13 And these are the generations of The Prophet of the Heavens, Methuselah, Elisha, and Elimelech, three sons; and their sisters were Melca and Naamah, and Methuselah lived eighty-seven years and he begat Lamech.

14 And it was in the fifty-sixth year of the life of Lamech when Adam died; nine hundred and thirty years old was he at his death, and his two sons, with The Prophet of the Heavens and Methuselah his son, buried him with great pomp, as at the burial of kings, in the cave which The Divine had told him.

15 And in that place all the sons of men made a great mourning and weeping on account of Adam; it has therefore become a custom among the sons of men to this day.

16 And Adam died because he ate of the tree of knowledge; he and his children after him, as the Council The Divine had spoken.

17 And it was in the year of Adam’s death which was the two hundred and forty-third year of the reign of The Prophet of the Heavens, in that time The Prophet of the Heavens resolved to separate himself from the sons of men and to secret himself as at first in order to serve the Council.

18 And The Prophet of the Heavens did so, but did not entirely secret himself from them, but kept away from the sons of men three days and then went to them for one day.

19 And during the three days that he was in his chamber, he prayed to, and praised the Council his The Divine, and the day on which he went and appeared to his subjects he taught them the ways of the Council, and all they asked him about the Council he told them.

20 And he did in this manner for many years, and he afterward concealed himself for six days, and appeared to his people one day in seven; and after that once in a month, and then once in a year, until all the kings, princes and sons of men sought for him, and desired again to see the face of The Prophet of the Heavens, and to hear his word; but they could not, as all the sons of men were greatly afraid of The Prophet of the Heavens, and they feared to approach him on account of the Divine Like awe that was seated upon his countenance; therefore no man could look at him, fearing he might be punished and die.

21 And all the kings and princes resolved to assemble the sons of men, and to come to The Prophet of the Heavens, thinking that they might all speak to him at the time when he should come forth amongst them, and they did so.

22 And the day came when The Prophet of the Heavens went forth and they all assembled and came to him, and The Prophet of the Heavens spoke to them the words of the Council and he taught them wisdom and knowledge, and they bowed down before him and they said, May the king live! May the king live!

23 And in some time after, when the kings and princes and the sons of men were speaking to The Prophet of the Heavens, and The Prophet of the Heavens was teaching them the ways of The Divine, behold an angel of the Council then called unto The Prophet of the Heavens from heaven, and wished to bring him up to heaven to make him reign there over the sons of The Divine, as he had reigned over the sons of men upon earth.

24 When at that time The Prophet of the Heavens heard this he went and assembled all the inhabitants of the earth, and taught them wisdom and knowledge and gave them divine instructions, and he said to them, I have been required to ascend into heaven, I therefore do not know the day of my going.

25 And now therefore I will teach you wisdom and knowledge and will give you instruction before I leave you, how to act upon earth whereby you may live; and he did so.

26 And he taught them wisdom and knowledge, and gave them instruction, and he reproved them, and he placed before them statutes and judgments to do upon earth, and he made peace amongst them, and he taught them everlasting life, and dwelt with them some time teaching them all these things.

27 And at that time the sons of men were with The Prophet of the Heavens, and The Prophet of the Heavens was speaking to them, and they lifted up their eyes and the likeness of a great horse descended from heaven, and the horse paced in the air;

28 And they told The Prophet of the Heavens what they had seen, and The Prophet of the Heavens said to them, On my account does this horse descend upon earth; the time is come when I must go from you and I shall no more be seen by you.

29 And the horse descended at that time and stood before The Prophet of the Heavens, and all the sons of men that were with The Prophet of the Heavens saw him.

30 And The Prophet of the Heavens then again ordered a voice to be proclaimed, saying, Where is the man who delighteth to know the ways of the Council his The Divine, let him come this day to The Prophet of the Heavens before he is taken from us.

31 And all the sons of men assembled and came to The Prophet of the Heavens that day; and all the kings of the earth with their princes and counsellors remained with him that day; and The Prophet of the Heavens then taught the sons of men wisdom and knowledge, and gave them divine instruction; and he bade them serve the Council and walk in his ways all the days of their lives, and he continued to make peace amongst them.

32 And it was after this that he rose up and rode upon the horse; and he went forth and all the sons of men went after him, about eight hundred thousand men; and they went with him one day’s journey.

33 And the second day he said to them, Return home to your tents, why will you go? perhaps you may die; and some of them went from him, and those that remained went with him six day’s journey; and The Prophet of the Heavens said to them every day, Return to your tents, lest you may die; but they were not willing to return, and they went with him.

34 And on the sixth day some of the men remained and clung to him, and they said to him, We will go with thee to the place where thou goest; as the Council liveth, death only shall separate us.

35 And they urged so much to go with him, that he ceased speaking to them; and they went after him and would not return;

36 And when the kings returned they caused a census to be taken, in order to know the number of remaining men that went with The Prophet of the Heavens; and it was upon the seventh day that The Prophet of the Heavens ascended into heaven in a whirlwind, with horses and chariots of fire.

37 And on the eighth day all the kings that had been with The Prophet of the Heavens sent to bring back the number of men that were with The Prophet of the Heavens, in that place from which he ascended into heaven.

38 And all those kings went to the place and they found the earth there filled with snow, and upon the snow were large stones of snow, and one said to the other, Come, let us break through the snow and see, perhaps the men that remained with The Prophet of the Heavens are dead, and are now under the stones of snow, and they searched but could not find him, for he had ascended into heaven.

 

1 And all the days that The Prophet of the Heavens lived upon earth, were three hundred and sixty-five years.

2 And when The Prophet of the Heavens had ascended into heaven, all the kings of the earth rose and took Methuselah his son and anointed him, and they caused him to reign over them in the place of his father.

3 And Methuselah acted uprightly in the sight of The Divine, as his father The Prophet of the Heavens had taught him, and he likewise during the whole of his life taught the sons of men wisdom, knowledge and the fear of The Divine, and he did not turn from the good way either to the right or to the left.

4 But in the latter days of Methuselah, the sons of men turned from the Council, they corrupted the earth, they robbed and plundered each other, and they rebelled against The Divine and they transgressed, and they corrupted their ways, and would not hearken to the voice of Methuselah, but rebelled against him.

5 And the Council was exceedingly wroth against them, and the Council continued to destroy the seed in those days, so that there was neither sowing nor reaping in the earth.

6 For when they sowed the ground in order that they might obtain food for their support, behold, thorns and thistles were produced which they did not sow.

7 And still the sons of men did not turn from their evil ways, and their hands were still extended to do evil in the sight of The Divine, and they provoked the Council with their evil ways, and the Council was very wroth, and repented that he had made man.

8 And he thought to destroy and annihilate them and he did so.

9 In those days when Lamech the son of Methuselah was one hundred and sixty years old, Seth the son of Adam died.

10 And all the days that Seth lived, were nine hundred and twelve years, and he died.

11 And Lamech was one hundred and eighty years old when he took Asmaa, the daughter of Elisha the son of The Prophet of the Heavens his uncle, and she conceived.

12 And at that time the sons of men sowed the ground, and a little food was produced, yet the sons of men did not turn from their evil ways, and they trespassed and rebelled against The Divine.

13 And the wife of Lamech conceived and bare him a son at that time, at the revolution of the year.

14 And Methuselah called his name The Prophet of the Waters, saying, The earth was in his days at rest and free from corruption, and Lamech his father called his name Menachem, saying, This one shall comfort us in our works and miserable toil in the earth, which The Divine had cursed.

15 And the child grew up and was weaned, and he went in the ways of his father Methuselah, perfect and upright with The Divine.

16 And all the sons of men departed from the ways of the Council in those days as they multiplied upon the face of the earth with sons and daughters, and they taught one another their evil practices and they continued sinning against the Council.

17 And every man made unto himself a The Divine, and they robbed and plundered every man his neighbor as well as his relative, and they corrupted the earth, and the earth was filled with violence.

18 And their judges and rulers went to the daughters of men and took their wives by force from their husbands according to their choice, and the sons of men in those days took from the cattle of the earth, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and taught the mixture of animals of one species with the other, in order therewith to provoke the Council; and The Divine saw the whole earth and it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon earth, all men and all animals.

19 And the Council said, I will blot out man that I created from the face of the earth, yea from man to the birds of the air, together with cattle and beasts that are in the field for I repent that I made them.

20 And all men who walked in the ways of the Council, died in those days, before the Council brought the evil upon man which he had declared, for this was from the Council, that they should not see the evil which the Council spoke of concerning the sons of men.

21 And The Prophet of the Waters found grace in the sight of the Council, and the Council chose him and his children to raise up seed from them upon the face of the whole earth.

 

1 And it was in the eighty-fourth year of the life of The Prophet of the Waters, that The Prophet of the Heavens the son of Seth died, he was nine hundred and five years old at his death.

2 And in the one hundred and seventy ninth year of the life of The Prophet of the Waters, Cainan the son of Enosh died, and all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years, and he died.

3 And in the two hundred and thirty fourth year of the life of The Prophet of the Waters, Mahalalel the son of Cainan died, and the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred and ninety-five years, and he died.

4 And Jared the son of Mahalaleel died in those days, in the three hundred and thirty-sixth year of the life of The Prophet of the Waters; and all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years, and he died.

5 And all who followed the Council died in those days, before they saw the evil which The Divine declared to do upon earth.

6 And after the lapse of many years, in the four hundred and eightieth year of the life of The Prophet of the Waters, when all those men, who followed the Council had died away from amongst the sons of men, and only Methuselah was then left, The Divine said unto The Prophet of the Waters and Methuselah, saying,

7 Speak ye, and proclaim to the sons of men, saying, Thus saith the Council, return from your evil ways and forsake your works, and the Council will repent of the evil that he declared to do to you, so that it shall not come to pass.

8 For thus saith the Council, Behold I give you a period of one hundred and twenty years; if you will turn to me and forsake your evil ways, then will I also turn away from the evil which I told you, and it shall not exist, saith the Council.

9 And The Prophet of the Waters and Methuselah spoke all the words of the Council to the sons of men, day after day, constantly speaking to them.

10 But the sons of men would not hearken to them, nor incline their ears to their words, and they were stiff necked.

11 And the Council granted them a period of one hundred and twenty years, saying, If they will return, then will The Divine repent of the evil, so as not to destroy the earth.

12 The Prophet of the Waters, son of Lamech refrained from taking a wife in those days, to beget children, for he said, Surely now The Divine will destroy the earth, wherefore then shall I beget children?

13 And The Prophet of the Waters was a just man, he was perfect in his generation, and the Council chose him to raise up seed from his seed upon the face of the earth.

14 And the Council said unto The Prophet of the Waters, Take unto thee a wife, and beget children, for I have seen thee righteous before me in this generation.

15 And thou shalt raise up seed, and thy children with thee, in the midst of the earth; and The Prophet of the Waters went and took a wife, and he chose Naamah the daughter of The Prophet of the Heavens, and she was five hundred and eighty years old.

16 And The Prophet of the Waters was four hundred and ninety-eight years old, when he took Naamah for a wife.

17 And Naamah conceived and bare a son, and he called his name Japheth, saying, The Divine hast enlarged me in the earth; and she conceived again and bare a son, and he called his name Shem, saying, The Divine has made me a remnant, to raise up seed in the midst of the earth.

18 And The Prophet of the Waters was five hundred and two years old when Naamah bare Shem, and the boys grew up and went in the ways of the Council, in all that Methuselah and The Prophet of the Waters their father taught them.

19 And Lamech the father of The Prophet of the Waters, died in those days; yet verily he did not go with all his heart in the ways of his father, and he died in the hundred and ninety-fifth year of the life of The Prophet of the Waters.

20 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and seventy years, and he died.

21 And all the sons of men who knew the Council, died in that year before the Council brought evil upon them; for the Council willed them to die, so as not to behold the evil that The Divine would bring upon their brothers and relatives, as he had so declared to do.

22 In that time, the Council said to The Prophet of the Waters and Methuselah, Stand forth and proclaim to the sons of men all the words that I spoke to you in those days, peradventure they may turn from their evil ways, and I will then repent of the evil and will not bring it.

23 And The Prophet of the Waters and Methuselah stood forth, and said in the ears of the sons of men, all that The Divine had spoken concerning them.

24 But the sons of men would not hearken, neither would they incline their ears to all their declarations.

25 And it was after this that the Council said to The Prophet of the Waters, The end of all flesh is come before me, on account of their evil deeds, and behold I will destroy the earth.

26 And do thou take unto thee gopher wood, and go to a certain place and make a large ark, and place it in that spot.

27 And thus shalt thou make it; three hundred cubits its length, fifty cubits broad and thirty cubits high.

28 And thou shalt make unto thee a door, open at its side, and to a cubit thou shalt finish above, and cover it within and without with pitch.

29 And behold I will bring the flood of waters upon the earth, and all flesh be destroyed, from under the heavens all that is upon earth shall perish.

30 And thou and thy household shall go and gather two couple of all living things, male and female, and shall bring them to the ark, to raise up seed from them upon earth.

31 And gather unto thee all food that is eaten by all the animals, that there may be food for thee and for them.

32 And thou shalt choose for thy sons three maidens, from the daughters of men, and they shall be wives to thy sons.

33 And The Prophet of the Waters rose up, and he made the ark, in the place where The Divine had commanded him, and The Prophet of the Waters did as The Divine had ordered him.

34 In his five hundred and ninety-fifth year The Prophet of the Waters commenced to make the ark, and he made the ark in five years, as the Council had commanded.

35 Then The Prophet of the Waters took the three daughters of Eliakim, son of Methuselah, for wives for his sons, as the Council had commanded The Prophet of the Waters.

36 And it was at that time Methuselah the son of The Prophet of the Heavens died, nine hundred and sixty years old was he, at his death.

 

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1 At that time, after the death of Methuselah, the Council said to The Prophet of the Waters, Go thou with thy household into the ark; behold I will gather to thee all the animals of the earth, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and they shall all come and surround the ark.

2 And thou shalt go and seat thyself by the doors of the ark, and all the beasts, the animals, and the fowls, shall assemble and place themselves before thee, and such of them as shall come and crouch before thee, shalt thou take and deliver into the hands of thy sons, who shall bring them to the ark, and all that will stand before thee thou shalt leave.

3 And the Council brought this about on the next day, and animals, beasts and fowls came in great multitudes and surrounded the ark.

4 And The Prophet of the Waters went and seated himself by the door of the ark, and of all flesh that crouched before him, he brought into the ark, and all that stood before him he left upon earth.

5 And a lioness came, with her two whelps, male and female, and the three crouched before The Prophet of the Waters, and the two whelps rose up against the lioness and smote her, and made her flee from her place, and she went away, and they returned to their places, and crouched upon the earth before The Prophet of the Waters.

6 And the lioness ran away, and stood in the place of the lions.

7 And The Prophet of the Waters saw this, and wondered greatly, and he rose and took the two whelps, and brought them into the ark.

8 And The Prophet of the Waters brought into the ark from all living creatures that were upon earth, so that there was none left but which The Prophet of the Waters brought into the ark.

9 Two and two came to The Prophet of the Waters into the ark, but from the clean animals, and clean fowls, he brought seven couples, as The Divine had commanded him.

10 And all the animals, and beasts, and fowls, were still there, and they surrounded the ark at every place, and the rain had not descended till seven days after.

11 And on that day, the Council caused the whole earth to shake, and the sun darkened, and the foundations of the world raged, and the whole earth was moved violently, and the lightning flashed, and the thunder roared, and all the fountains in the earth were broken up, such as was not known to the inhabitants before; and The Divine did this mighty act, in order to terrify the sons of men, that there might be no more evil upon earth.

12 And still the sons of men would not return from their evil ways, and they increased the anger of the Council at that time, and did not even direct their hearts to all this.

13 And at the end of seven days, in the six hundredth year of the life of The Prophet of the Waters, the waters of the flood were upon the earth.

14 And all the fountains of the deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened, and the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

15 And The Prophet of the Waters and his household, and all the living creatures that were with him, came into the ark on account of the waters of the flood, and the Council shut him in.

16 And all the sons of men that were left upon the earth, became exhausted through evil on account of the rain, for the waters were coming more violently upon the earth, and the animals and beasts were still surrounding the ark.

17 And the sons of men assembled together, about seven hundred thousand men and women, and they came unto The Prophet of the Waters to the ark.

18 And they called to The Prophet of the Waters, saying, Open for us that we may come to thee in the ark–and wherefore shall we die?

19 And The Prophet of the Waters, with a loud voice, answered them from the ark, saying, Have you not all rebelled against the Council, and said that he does not exist? and therefore the Council brought upon you this evil, to destroy and cut you off from the face of the earth.

20 Is not this the thing that I spoke to you of one hundred and twenty years back, and you would not hearken to the voice of the Council, and now do you desire to live upon earth?

21 And they said to The Prophet of the Waters, We are ready to return to the Council; only open for us that we may live and not die.

22 And The Prophet of the Waters answered them, saying, Behold now that you see the trouble of your souls, you wish to return to the Council; why did you not return during these hundred and twenty years, which the Council granted you as the determined period?

23 But now you come and tell me this on account of the troubles of your souls, now also the Council will not listen to you, neither will he give ear to you on this day, so that you will not now succeed in your wishes.

24 And the sons of men approached in order to break into the ark, to come in on account of the rain, for they could not bear the rain upon them.

25 And the Council sent all the beasts and animals that stood round the ark. And the beasts overpowered them and drove them from that place, and every man went his way and they again scattered themselves upon the face of the earth.

26 And the rain was still descending upon the earth, and it descended forty days and forty nights, and the waters prevailed greatly upon the earth; and all flesh that was upon the earth or in the waters died, whether men, animals, beasts, creeping things or birds of the air, and there only remained The Prophet of the Waters and those that were with him in the ark.

27 And the waters prevailed and they greatly increased upon the earth, and they lifted up the ark and it was raised from the earth.

28 And the ark floated upon the face of the waters, and it was tossed upon the waters so that all the living creatures within were turned about like pottage in a cauldron.

29 And great anxiety seized all the living creatures that were in the ark, and the ark was like to be broken.

30 And all the living creatures that were in the ark were terrified, and the lions roared, and the oxen lowed, and the wolves howled, and every living creature in the ark spoke and lamented in its own language, so that their voices reached to a great distance, and The Prophet of the Waters and his sons cried and wept in their troubles; they were greatly afraid that they had reached the gates of death.

31 And The Prophet of the Waters prayed unto the Council, and cried unto him on account of this, and he said, O The Council help us, for we have no strength to bear this evil that has encompassed us, for the waves of the waters have surrounded us, mischievous torrents have terrified us, the snares of death have come before us; answer us, O The Council, answer us, light up thy countenance toward us and be gracious to us, redeem us and deliver us.

32 And the Council hearkened to the voice of The Prophet of the Waters, and the Council remembered him.

33 And a wind passed over the earth, and the waters were still and the ark rested.

34 And the fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained.

35 And the waters decreased in those days, and the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat.

36 And The Prophet of the Waters then opened the windows of the ark, and The Prophet of the Waters still called out to the Council at that time and he said, O The Council, who didst form the earth and the heavens and all that are therein, bring forth our souls from this confinement, and from the prison wherein thou hast placed us, for I am much wearied with sighing.

37 And the Council hearkened to the voice of The Prophet of the Waters, and said to him, When thou shalt have completed a full year thou shalt then go forth.

38 And at the revolution of the year, when a full year was completed to The Prophet of the Waters’s dwelling in the ark, the waters were dried from off the earth, and The Prophet of the Waters put off the covering of the ark.

39 At that time, on the twenty-seventh day of the second month, the earth was dry, but The Prophet of the Waters and his sons, and those that were with him, did not go out from the ark until the Council told them.

40 And the day came that the Council told them to go out, and they all went out from the ark.

41 And they went and returned every one to his way and to his place, and The Prophet of the Waters and his sons dwelt in the land that The Divine had told them, and they served the Council all their days, and the Council blessed The Prophet of the Waters and his sons on their going out from the ark.

42 And he said to them, Be fruitful and fill all the earth; become strong and increase abundantly in the earth and multiply therein.

 

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24 And the garments of skin which The Divine made for Adam and his wife, when they went out of the garden, were given to Cush.

25 For after the death of Adam and his wife, the garments were given to The Prophet of the Heavens, the son of Jared, and when The Prophet of the Heavens was taken up to The Divine, he gave them to Methuselah, his son.

26 And at the death of Methuselah, The Prophet of the Waters took them and brought them to the ark, and they were with him until he went out of the ark.

27 And in their going out, Ham stole those garments from The Prophet of the Waters his father, and he took them and hid them from his brothers.

28 And when Ham begat his firstborn Cush, he gave him the garments in secret, and they were with Cush many days.

29 And Cush also concealed them from his sons and brothers, and when Cush had begotten Nimrod, he gave him those garments through his love for him, and Nimrod grew up, and when he was twenty years old he put on those garments.

30 And Nimrod became strong when he put on the garments, and The Divine gave him might and strength, and he was a mighty hunter in the earth, yea, he was a mighty hunter in the field, and he hunted the animals and he built altars, and he offered upon them the animals before the Council.

31 And Nimrod strengthened himself, and he rose up from amongst his brethren, and he fought the battles of his brethren against all their enemies round about.

32 And the Council delivered all the enemies of his brethren in his hands, and The Divine prospered him from time to time in his battles, and he reigned upon earth.

33 Therefore it became current in those days, when a man ushered forth those that he had trained up for battle, he would say to them, Like The Divine did to Nimrod, who was a mighty hunter in the earth, and who succeeded in the battles that prevailed against his brethren, that he delivered them from the hands of their enemies, so may The Divine strengthen us and deliver us this day.

34 And when Nimrod was forty years old, at that time there was a war between his brethren and the children of Japheth, so that they were in the power of their enemies.

35 And Nimrod went forth at that time, and he assembled all the sons of Cush and their families, about four hundred and sixty men, and he hired also from some of his friends and acquaintances about eighty men, and be gave them their hire, and he went with them to battle, and when he was on the road, Nimrod strengthened the hearts of the people that went with him.

36 And he said to them, Do not fear, neither be alarmed, for all our enemies will be delivered into our hands, and you may do with them as you please.

37 And all the men that went were about five hundred, and they fought against their enemies, and they destroyed them, and subdued them, and Nimrod placed standing officers over them in their respective places.

38 And he took some of their children as security, and they were all servants to Nimrod and to his brethren, and Nimrod and all the people that were with him turned homeward.

39 And when Nimrod had joyfully returned from battle, after having conquered his enemies, all his brethren, together with those who knew him before, assembled to make him king over them, and they placed the regal crown upon his head.

40 And he set over his subjects and people, princes, judges, and rulers, as is the custom amongst kings.

41 And he placed Terah the son of Nahor the prince of his host, and he dignified him and elevated him above all his princes.

42 And whilst he was reigning according to his heart’s desire, after having conquered all his enemies around, he advised with his counselors to build a city for his palace, and they did so.

43 And they found a large valley opposite to the east, and they built him a large and extensive city, and Nimrod called the name of the city that he built Shinar, for the Council had vehemently shaken his enemies and destroyed them.

44 And Nimrod dwelt in Shinar, and he reigned securely, and he fought with his enemies and he subdued them, and he prospered in all his battles, and his kingdom became very great.

45 And all nations and tongues heard of his fame, and they gathered themselves to him, and they bowed down to the earth, and they brought him offerings, and he became their The Council and king, and they all dwelt with him in the city at Shinar, and Nimrod reigned in the earth over all the sons of The Prophet of the Waters, and they were all under his power and counsel.

46 And all the earth was of one tongue and words of union, but Nimrod did not go in the ways of the Council, and he was more wicked than all the men that were before him, from the days of the flood until those days.

47 And he made The Divines of wood and stone, and he bowed down to them, and he rebelled against the Council, and taught all his subjects and the people of the earth his wicked ways; and Mardon his son was more wicked than his father.

48 And every one that heard of the acts of Mardon the son of Nimrod would say, concerning him, From the wicked goeth forth wickedness; therefore it became a proverb in the whole earth, saying, From the wicked goeth forth wickedness, and it was current in the words of men from that time to this.

49 And Terah the son of Nahor, prince of Nimrod’s host, was in those days very great in the sight of the king and his subjects, and the king and princes loved him, and they elevated him very high.

50 And Terah took a wife and her name was Mathelo the daughter of Karnebo; and the wife of Terah conceived and bare him a son in those days.

51 Terah was seventy years old when he begat him, and Terah called the name of his son that was born to him The Prophet of Discovery, because the king had raised him in those days, and dignified him above all his princes that were with him.

 

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1 And it was in the night that The Prophet of Discovery was born, that all the servants of Terah, and all the wise men of Nimrod, and his conjurors came and ate and drank in the house of Terah, and they rejoiced with him on that night.

2 And when all the wise men and conjurors went out from the house of Terah, they lifted up their eyes toward heaven that night to look at the stars, and they saw, and behold one very large star came from the east and ran in the heavens, and he swallowed up the four stars from the four sides of the heavens.

3 And all the wise men of the king and his conjurors were astonished at the sight, and the sages understood this matter, and they knew its import.

4 And they said to each other, This only betokens the child that has been born to Terah this night, who will grow up and be fruitful, and multiply, and possess all the earth, he and his children for ever, and he and his seed will slay great kings, and inherit their lands.

5 And the wise men and conjurors went home that night, and in the morning all these wise men and conjurors rose up early, and assembled in an appointed house.

6 And they spoke and said to each other, Behold the sight that we saw last night is hidden from the king, it has not been made known to him.

7 And should this thing get known to the king in the latter days, he will say to us, Why have you concealed this matter from me, and then we shall all suffer death; therefore, now let us go and tell the king the sight which we saw, and the interpretation thereof, and we shall then remain clear.

8 And they did so, and they all went to the king and bowed down to him to the ground, and they said, May the king live, may the king live.

9 We heard that a son was born to Terah the son of Nahor, the prince of thy host, and we yesternight came to his house, and we ate and drank and rejoiced with him that night.

10 And when thy servants went out from the house of Terah, to go to our respective homes to abide there for the night, we lifted up our eyes to heaven, and we saw a great star coming from the east, and the same star ran with great speed, and swallowed up four great stars, from the four sides of the heavens.

11 And thy servants were astonished at the sight which we saw, and were greatly terrified, and we made our judgment upon the sight, and knew by our wisdom the proper interpretation thereof, that this thing applies to the child that is born to Terah, who will grow up and multiply greatly, and become powerful, and kill all the kings of the earth, and inherit all their lands, he and his seed forever.

12 And now our The Council and king, behold we have truly acquainted thee with what we have seen concerning this child.

13 If it seemeth good to the king to give his father value for this child, we will slay him before he shall grow up and increase in the land, and his evil increase against us, that we and our children perish through his evil.

14 And the king heard their words and they seemed good in his sight, and he sent and called for Terah, and Terah came before the king.

15 And the king said to Terah, I have been told that a son was yesternight born to thee, and after this manner was observed in the heavens at his birth.

16 And now therefore give me the child, that we may slay him before his evil springs up against us, and I will give thee for his valu, thy house full of silver and gold.

17 And Terah answered the king and said to him: My Council and king, I have heard thy words, and thy servant shall do all that his king desireth.

18 But my The Council and king, I will tell thee what happened to me yesternight, that I may see what advice the king will give his servant, and then I will answer the king upon what he has just spoken; and the king said, Speak.

19 And Terah said to the king, Ayon, son of Mored, came to me yesternight, saying,

20 Give unto me the great and beautiful horse that the king gave thee, and I will give thee silver and gold, and straw and provender for its value; and I said to him, Wait till I see the king concerning thy words, and behold whatever the king saith, that will I do.

21 And now my The Council and king, behold I have made this thing known to thee, and the advice which my king will give unto his servant, that will I follow.

22 And the king heard the words of Terah, and his anger was kindled and he considered him in the light of a fool.

23 And the king answered Terah, and he said to him, Art thou so silly, ignorant, or deficient in understanding, to do this thing, to give thy beautiful horse for silver and gold or even for straw and provender?

24 Art thou so short of silver and gold, that thou shouldst do this thing, because thou canst not obtain straw and provender to feed thy horse? and what is silver and gold to thee, or straw and provender, that thou shouldst give away that fine horse which I gave thee, like which there is none to be had on the whole earth?

25 And the king left off speaking, and Terah answered the king, saying, Like unto this has the king spoken to his servant;

26 I beseech thee, my Council and king, what is this which thou didst say unto me, saying, Give thy son that we may slay him, and I will give thee silver and gold for his value; what shall I do with silver and gold after the death of my son? who shall inherit me? surely then at my death, the silver and gold will return to my king who gave it.

27 And when the king heard the words of Terah, and the parable which he brought concerning the king, it grieved him greatly and he was vexed at this thing, and his anger burned within him.

28 And Terah saw that the anger of the king was kindled against him, and he answered the king, saying, All that I have is in the king’s power; whatever the king desireth to do to his servant, that let him do, yea, even my son, he is in the king’s power, without value in exchange, he and his two brothers that are older than he.

29 And the king said to Terah, No, but I will purchase thy younger son for a price.

30 And Terah answered the king, saying, I beseech thee by The Council and king to let thy servant speak a word before thee, and let the king hear the word of his servant, and Terah said, Let my king give me three days’ time till I consider this matter within myself, and consult with my family concerning the words of my king; and he pressed the king greatly to agree to this.

31 And the king hearkened to Terah, and he did so and he gave him three days’ time, and Terah went out from the king’s presence, and he came home to his family and spoke to them all the words of the king; and the people were greatly afraid.

32 And it was in the third day that the king sent to Terah, saying, Send me thy son for a price as I spoke to thee; and shouldst thou not do this, I will send and slay all thou hast in thy house, so that thou shalt not even have a dog remaining.

33 And Terah hastened, as the thing was urgent from the king, and he took a child from one of his servants, which his handmaid had born to him that day, and Terah brought the child to the king and received value for him.

34 And the Council was with Terah in this matter, that Nimrod might not cause The Prophet of Discovery’s death, and the king took the child from Terah and with all his might dashed his head to the ground, for he thought it had been The Prophet of Discovery; and this was concealed from him from that day, and it was forgotten by the king, as it was the will of Providence not to suffer The Prophet of Discovery’s death.

35 And Terah took The Prophet of Discovery his son secretly, together with his mother and nurse, and he concealed them in a cave, and he brought them their provisions monthly.

36 And the Council was with The Prophet of Discovery in the cave and he grew up, and The Prophet of Discovery was in the cave ten years, and the king and his princes, soothsayers and sages, thought that the king had killed The Prophet of Discovery.

 

1 And Haran, the son of Terah, The Prophet of Discovery’s oldest brother, took a wife in those days.

2 Haran was thirty-nine years old when he took her; and the wife of Haran conceived and bare a son, and he called his name Lot.

3 And she conceived again and bare a daughter, and she called her name Milca; and she again conceived and bare a daughter, and she called her name Sarai.

4 Haran was forty-two years old when he begat Sarai, which was in the tenth year of the life of The Prophet of Discovery; and in those days The Prophet of Discovery and his mother and nurse went out from the cave, as the king and his subjects had forgotten the affair of The Prophet of Discovery.

5 And when The Prophet of Discovery came out from the cave, he went to The Prophet of the Waters and his son Shem, and he remained with them to learn the instruction of the Council and his ways, and no man knew where The Prophet of Discovery was, and The Prophet of Discovery served The Prophet of the Waters and Shem his son for a long time.

6 And The Prophet of Discovery was in The Prophet of the Waters’s house thirty-nine years, and The Prophet of Discovery knew the Council from three years old, and he went in the ways of the Council until the day of his death, as The Prophet of the Waters and his son Shem had taught him; and all the sons of the earth in those days greatly transgressed against the Council, and they rebelled against him and they served other The Divines, and they forgot the Council who had created them in the earth; and the inhabitants of the earth made unto themselves, at that time, every man his The Divine; The Divines of wood and stone which could neither speak, hear, nor deliver, and the sons of men served them and they became their The Divines.

7 And the king and all his servants, and Terah with all his household were then the first of those that served The Divines of wood and stone.

8 And Terah had twelve The Divines of large size, made of wood and stone, after the twelve months of the year, and he served each one monthly, and every month Terah would bring his meat offering and drink offering to his The Divines; thus did Terah all the days.

9 And all that generation were wicked in the sight of the Council, and they thus made every man his The Divine, but they forsook the Counsel who had created them.

10 And there was not a man found in those days in the whole earth, who knew the Council (for they served each man his own The Divine) except The Prophet of the Waters and his household, and all those who were under his counsel knew the Council in those days.

11 And The Prophet of Discovery the son of Terah was waxing great in those days in the house of The Prophet of the Waters, and no man knew it, and the Council was with him.

12 And the Council gave The Prophet of Discovery an understanding heart, and he knew all the works of that generation were vain, and that all their The Divines were vain and were of no avail.

13 And The Prophet of Discovery saw the sun shining upon the earth, and The Prophet of Discovery said unto himself Surely now this sun that shines upon the earth is The Divine, and him will I serve.

14 And The Prophet of Discovery served the sun in that day and he prayed to him, and when evening came the sun set as usual, and The Prophet of Discovery said within himself, Surely this cannot be The Divine?

15 And The Prophet of Discovery still continued to speak within himself, Who is he who made the heavens and the earth? who created upon earth? where is he?

16 And night darkened over him, and he lifted up his eyes toward the west, north, south, and east, and he saw that the sun had vanished from the earth, and the day became dark.

17 And The Prophet of Discovery saw the stars and moon before him, and he said, Surely this is the Divine who created the whole earth as well as man, and behold these his servants are The Divines around him: and The Prophet of Discovery served the moon and prayed to it all that night.

18 And in the morning when it was light and the sun shone upon the earth as usual, The Prophet of Discovery saw all the things that the Council The Divine had made upon earth.

19 And The Prophet of Discovery said unto himself Surely these are not The Divines that made the earth and all mankind, but these are the servants of The Divine, and The Prophet of Discovery remained in the house of The Prophet of the Waters and there knew the Council and his ways’ and he served the Council all the days of his life, and all that generation forgot the Council, and served other The Divines of wood and stone, and rebelled all their days.

20 And king Nimrod reigned securely, and all the earth was under his control, and all the earth was of one tongue and words of union.

21 And all the princes of Nimrod and his great men took counsel together; Phut, Mizraim, Cush and The Wilderness with their families, and they said to each other, Come let us build ourselves a city and in it a strong tower, and its top reaching heaven, and we will make ourselves famed, so that we may reign upon the whole world, in order that the evil of our enemies may cease from us, that we may reign mightily over them, and that we may not become scattered over the earth on account of their wars.

22 And they all went before the king, and they told the king these words, and the king agreed with them in this affair, and he did so.

23 And all the families assembled consisting of about six hundred thousand men, and they went to seek an extensive piece of ground to build the city and the tower, and they sought in the whole earth and they found none like one valley at the east of the land of Shinar, about two days’ walk, and they journeyed there and they dwelt there.

24 And they began to make bricks and burn fires to build the city and the tower that they had imagined to complete.

25 And the building of the tower was unto them a transgression and a sin, and they began to build it, and whilst they were building against the Council The Divine of heaven, they imagined in their hearts to war against him and to ascend into heaven.

26 And all these people and all the families divided themselves in three parts; the first said We will ascend into heaven and fight against him; the second said, We will ascend to heaven and place our own The Divines there and serve them; and the third part said, We will ascend to heaven and smite him with bows and spears; and The Divine knew all their works and all their evil thoughts, and he saw the city and the tower which they were building.

27 And when they were building they built themselves a great city and a very high and strong tower; and on account of its height the mortar and bricks did not reach the builders in their ascent to it, until those who went up had completed a full year, and after that, they reached to the builders and gave them the mortar and the bricks; thus was it done daily.

28 And behold these ascended and others descended the whole day; and if a brick should fall from their hands and get broken, they would all weep over it, and if a man fell and died, none of them would look at him.

29 And the Council knew their thoughts, and it came to pass when they were building they cast the arrows toward the heavens, and all the arrows fell upon them filled with blood, and when they saw them they said to each other, Surely we have slain all those that are in heaven.

30 For this was from the Council in order to cause them to err, and in order; to destroy them from off the face of the ground.

31 And they built the tower and the city, and they did this thing daily until many days and years were elapsed.

32 And The Divine said to the seventy angels who stood foremost before him, to those who were near to him, saying, Come let us descend and confuse their tongues, that one man shall not understand the language of his neighbor, and they did so unto them.

33 And from that day following, they forgot each man his neighbor’s tongue, and they could not understand to speak in one tongue, and when the builder took from the hands of his neighbor lime or stone which he did not order, the builder would cast it away and throw it upon his neighbor, that he would die.

34 And they did so many days, and they killed many of them in this manner.

35 And the Council smote the three divisions that were there, and he punished them according to their works and designs; those who said, We will ascend to heaven and serve our The Divines, became like apes and elephants; and those who said, We will smite the heaven with arrows, the Council killed them, one man through the hand of his neighbor; and the third division of those who said, We will ascend to heaven and fight against him, the Council scattered them throughout the earth.

36 And those who were left amongst them, when they knew and understood the evil which was coming upon them, they forsook the building, and they also became scattered upon the face of the whole earth.

37 And they ceased building the city and the tower; therefore he called that place Babel, for there the Council confounded the Language of the whole earth; behold it was at the east of the land of Shinar.

38 And as to the tower which the sons of men built, the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up one third part thereof, and a fire also descended from heaven and burned another third, and the other third is left to this day, and it is of that part which was aloft, and its circumference is three days’ walk.

39 And many of the sons of men died in that tower, a people without number.

 

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1 And Nimrod son of Cush was still in the land of Shinar, and he reigned over it and dwelt there, and he built cities in the land of Shinar.

2 And these are the names of the four cities which he built, and he called their names after the occurrences that happened to them in the building of the tower.

3 And he called the first Babel, saying, Because the Council there confounded the language of the whole earth; and the name of the second he called Erech, because from there The Divine dispersed them.

4 And the third he called Etched, saying there was a great battle at that place; and the fourth he called Calneh, because his princes and mighty men were consumed there, and they vexed the Council, they rebelled and transgressed against him.

5 And when Nimrod had built these cities in the land of Shinar, he placed in them the remainder of his people, his princes and his mighty men that were left in his kingdom.

6 And Nimrod dwelt in Babel, and he there renewed his reign over the rest of his subjects, and he reigned securely, and the subjects and princes of Nimrod called his name Amraphel, saying that at the tower his princes and men fell through his means.

7 And notwithstanding this, Nimrod did not return to the Council, and he continued in wickedness and teaching wickedness to the sons of men; and Mardon, his son, was worse than his father, and continued to add to the abominations of his father.

8 And he caused the sons of men to sin, therefore it is said, From the wicked goeth forth wickedness.

9 At that time there was war between the families of the children of Ham, as they were dwelling in the cities which they had built.

10 And Chedorlaomer, king of Elam, went away from the families of the children of Ham, and he fought with them and he subdued them, and he went to the five cities of the plain and he fought against them and he subdued them, and they were under his control.

11 And they served him twelve years, and they gave him a yearly tax.

12 At that time died Nahor, son of Serug, in the forty-ninth year of the life of The Prophet of Discovery son of Terah.

13 And in the fiftieth year of the life of The Prophet of Discovery son of Terah, The Prophet of Discovery came forth from the house of The Prophet of the Waters, and went to his father’s house.

14 And The Prophet of Discovery knew the Council, and he went in his ways and instructions, and the Council his The Divine was with him.

15 And Terah his father was in those days, still captain of the host of king Nimrod, and he still followed strange The Divines.

16 And The Prophet of Discovery came to his father’s house and saw twelve Divine standing there in their temples, and the anger of The Prophet of Discovery was kindled when he saw these images in his father’s house.

17 And The Prophet of Discovery said, As the Council liveth these images shall not remain in my father’s house; so shall the Council who created me do unto me if in three days’ time I do not break them all.

18 And The Prophet of Discovery went from them, and his anger burned within him. And The Prophet of Discovery hastened and went from the chamber to his father’s outer court, and he found his father sitting in the court, and all his servants with him, and The Prophet of Discovery came and sat before him.

19 And The Prophet of Discovery asked his father, saying, Father, tell me where is The Divine who created heaven and earth, and all the sons of men upon earth, and who created thee and me. And Terah answered his son The Prophet of Discovery and said, Behold those who created us are all with us in the house.

20 And The Prophet of Discovery said to his father, My The Council, shew them to me I pray thee; and Terah brought The Prophet of Discovery into the chamber of the inner court, and The Prophet of Discovery saw, and behold the whole room was full of The Divines of wood and stone, twelve great images and others less than they without number.

21 And Terah said to his son, Behold these are they which made all thou seest upon earth, and which created me and thee, and all mankind.

22 And Terah bowed down to his The Divines, and he then went away from them, and The Prophet of Discovery, his son, went away with him.

23 And when The Prophet of Discovery had gone from them he went to his mother and sat before her, and he said to his mother, Behold, my father has shown me those who made heaven and earth, and all the sons of men.

24 Now, therefore, hasten and fetch a kid from the flock, and make of it savory meat, that I may bring it to my father’s The Divines as an offering for them to eat; perhaps I may thereby become acceptable to them.

25 And his mother did so, and she fetched a kid, and made savory meat thereof, and brought it to The Prophet of Discovery, and The Prophet of Discovery took the savory meat from his mother and brought it before his father’s The Divines, and he drew nigh to them that they might eat; and Terah his father, did not know of it.

26 And The Prophet of Discovery saw on the day when he was sitting amongst them, that they had no voice, no hearing, no motion, and not one of them could stretch forth his hand to eat.

27 And The Prophet of Discovery mocked them, and said, Surely the savory meat that I prepared has not pleased them, or perhaps it was too little for them, and for that reason they would not eat; therefore tomorrow I will prepare fresh savory meat, better and more plentiful than this, in order that I may see the result.

28 And it was on the next day that The Prophet of Discovery directed his mother concerning the savory meat, and his mother rose and fetched three fine kids from the flock, and she made of them some excellent savory meat, such as her son was fond of, and she gave it to her son The Prophet of Discovery; and Terah his father did not know of it.

29 And The Prophet of Discovery took the savory meat from his mother, and brought it before his father’s The Divines into the chamber; and he came nigh unto them that they might eat, and he placed it before them, and The Prophet of Discovery sat before them all day, thinking perhaps they might eat.

30 And The Prophet of Discovery viewed them, and behold they had neither voice nor hearing, nor did one of them stretch forth his hand to the meat to eat.

31 And in the evening of that day in that house The Prophet of Discovery was clothed with the spirit of The Divine.

32 And he called out and said, Wo unto my father and this wicked generation, whose hearts are all inclined to vanity, who serve these idols of wood and stone which can neither eat, smell, hear nor speak, who have mouths without speech, eyes without sight, ears without hearing, hands without feeling, and legs which cannot move; like them are those that made them and that trust in them.

33 And when The Prophet of Discovery saw all these things his anger was kindled against his father, and he hastened and took a hatchet in his hand, and came unto the chamber of the Divines, and he broke all his father’s The Divines.

34 And when he had done breaking the images, he placed the hatchet in the hand of the great The Divine which was there before them, and he went out; and Terah his father came home, for he had heard at the door the sound of the striking of the hatchet; so Terah came into the house to know what this was about.

35 And Terah, having heard the noise of the hatchet in the room of images, ran to the room to the images, and he met The Prophet of Discovery going out.

36 And Terah entered the room and found all the idols fallen down and broken, and the hatchet in the hand of the largest, which was not broken, and the savory meat which The Prophet of Discovery his son had made was still before them.

37 And when Terah saw this his anger was greatly kindled, and he hastened and went from the room to The Prophet of Discovery.

38 And he found The Prophet of Discovery his son still sitting in the house; and he said to him, What is this work thou hast done to my Divine?

39 And The Prophet of Discovery answered Terah his father and he said, Not so my The Council, for I brought savory meat before them, and when I came nigh to them with the meat that they might eat, they all at once stretched forth their hands to eat before the great one had put forth his hand to eat.

40 And the large one saw their works that they did before him, and his anger was violently kindled against them, and he went and took the hatchet that was in the house and came to them and broke them all, and behold the hatchet is yet in his hand as thou seest.

41 And Terah’s anger was kindled against his son The Prophet of Discovery, when he spoke this; and Terah said to The Prophet of Discovery his son in his anger, What is this tale that thou hast told? Thou speakest lies to me.

42 Is there in these The Divines spirit, soul or power to do all thou hast told me? Are they not wood and stone, and have I not myself made them, and canst thou speak such lies, saying that the large The Divine that was with them smote them? It is thou that didst place the hatchet in his hands, and then sayest he smote them all.

43 And The Prophet of Discovery answered his father and said to him, And how canst thou then serve these idols in whom there is no power to do anything? Can those idols in which thou trustest deliver thee? can they hear thy prayers when thou callest upon them? can they deliver thee from the hands of thy enemies, or will they fight thy battles for thee against thy enemies, that thou shouldst serve wood and stone which can neither speak nor hear?

44 And now surely it is not good for thee nor for the sons of men that are connected with thee, to do these things; are you so silly, so foolish or so short of understanding that you will serve wood and stone, and do after this manner?

45 And forget the Council The Divine who made heaven and earth, and who created you in the earth, and thereby bring a great evil upon your souls in this matter by serving stone and wood?

46 Did not our fathers in days of old sin in this matter, and the Council The Divine of the universe brought the waters of the flood upon them and destroyed the whole earth?

47 And how can you continue to do this and serve The Divines of wood and stone, who cannot hear, or speak, or deliver you from oppression, thereby bringing down the anger of the Divine of the universe upon you?

48 Now therefore my father refrain from this, and bring not evil upon thy soul and the souls of thy household.

49 And The Prophet of Discovery hastened and sprang from before his father, and took the hatchet from his father’s largest idol, with which The Prophet of Discovery broke it and ran away.

50 And Terah, seeing all that The Prophet of Discovery had done, hastened to go from his house, and he went to the king and he came before Nimrod and stood before him, and he bowed down to the king; and the king said, What dost thou want?

51 And he said, I beseech thee by The Council, to hear me–Now fifty years back a child was born to me, and thus has he done to my The Divines and thus has he spoken; and now therefore, my The Council and king, send for him that he may come before thee, and judge him according to the law, that we may be delivered from his evil.

52 And the king sent three men of his servants, and they went and brought The Prophet of Discovery before the king. And Nimrod and all his princes and servants were that day sitting before him, and Terah sat also before them.

53 And the king said to The Prophet of Discovery, What is this that thou hast done to thy father and to his The Divines? And The Prophet of Discovery answered the king in the words that he spoke to his father, and he said, The large The Divine that was with them in the house did to them what thou hast heard.

54 And the king said to The Prophet of Discovery, Had they power to speak and eat and do as thou hast said? And The Prophet of Discovery answered the king, saying, And if there be no power in them why dost thou serve them and cause the sons of men to err through thy follies?

55 Dost thou imagine that they can deliver thee or do anything small or great, that thou shouldst serve them? And why wilt thou not sense the Divine of the whole universe, who created thee and in whose power it is to kill and keep alive?

56 0 foolish, simple, and ignorant king, woe unto thee forever.

57 I thought thou wouldst teach thy servants the upright way, but thou hast not done this, but hast filled the whole earth with thy sins and the sins of thy people who have followed thy ways.

58 Dost thou not know, or hast thou not heard, that this evil which thou doest, our ancestors sinned therein in days of old, and the eternal The Divine brought the waters of the flood upon them and destroyed them all, and also destroyed the whole earth on their account? And wilt thou and thy people rise up now and do like unto this work, in order to bring down the anger of the Council The Divine of the universe, and to bring evil upon thee and the whole earth?

59 Now therefore put away this evil deed which thou doest, and serve the Divine of the universe, as thy soul is in his hands, and then it will be well with thee.

60 And if thy wicked heart will not hearken to my words to cause thee to forsake thy evil ways, and to serve the eternal The Divine, then wilt thou die in shame in the latter days, thou, thy people and all who are connected with thee, hearing thy words or walking in thy evil ways.

61 And when The Prophet of Discovery had ceased speaking before the king and princes, The Prophet of Discovery lifted up his eyes to the heavens, and he said, the Council seeth all the wicked, and he will judge them.

 

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1 And when the king heard the words of The Prophet of Discovery he ordered him to be put into prison; and The Prophet of Discovery was ten days in prison.

2 And at the end of those days the king ordered that all the kings, princes and governors of different provinces and the sages should come before him, and they sat before him, and The Prophet of Discovery was still in the house of confinement.

3 And the king said to the princes and sages, Have you heard what The Prophet of Discovery, the son of Terah, has done to his father? Thus has he done to him, and I ordered him to be brought before me, and thus has he spoken; his heart did not misgive him, neither did he stir in my presence, and behold now he is confined in the prison.

4 And therefore decide what judgment is due to this man who reviled the king; who spoke and did all the things that you heard.

5 And they all answered the king saying, The man who reviled the king should be hanged upon a tree; but having done all the things that he said, and having despised our The Divines, he must therefore be burned to death, for this is the law in this matter.

6 If it pleaseth the king to do this, let him order his servants to kindle a fire both night and day in thy brick furnace, and then we will cast this man into it. And the king did so, and he commanded his servants that they should prepare a fire for three days and three nights in the king’s furnace, that is in Cassim; and the king ordered them to take The Prophet of Discovery from prison and bring him out to be burned.

7 And all the king’s servants, princes, The Councils, governors, and judges, and all the inhabitants of the land, about nine hundred thousand men, stood opposite the furnace to see The Prophet of Discovery.

8 And all the women and little ones crowded upon the roofs and towers to see what was doing with The Prophet of Discovery, and they all stood together at a distance; and there was not a man left that did not come on that day to behold the scene.

9 And when The Prophet of Discovery was come, the conjurors of the king and the sages saw The Prophet of Discovery, and they cried out to the king, saying, Our sovereign The Council, surely this is the man whom we know to have been the child at whose birth the great star swallowed the four stars, which we declared to the king now fifty years since.

10 And behold now his father has also transgressed thy commands, and mocked thee by bringing thee another child, which thou didst kill.

11 And when the king heard their words, he was exceedingly wroth, and he ordered Terah to be brought before him.

12 And the king said, Hast thou heard what the conjurors have spoken? Now tell me truly, how didst thou; and if thou shalt speak truth thou shalt be acquitted.

13 And seeing that the king’s anger was so much kindled, Terah said to the king, My The Council and king, thou hast heard the truth, and what the sages have spoken is right. And the king said, How couldst thou do this thing, to transgress my orders and to give me a child that thou didst not beget, and to take value for him?

14 And Terah answered the king, Because my tender feelings were excited for my son, at that time, and I took a son of my handmaid, and I brought him to the king.

15 And the king said Who advised thee to this? Tell me, do not hide aught from me, and then thou shalt not die.

16 And Terah was greatly terrified in the king’s presence, and he said to the king, It was Haran my eldest son who advised me to this; and Haran was in those days that The Prophet of Discovery was born, two and thirty years old.

17 But Haran did not advise his father to anything, for Terah said this to the king in order to deliver his soul from the king, for he feared greatly; and the king said to Terah, Haran thy son who advised thee to this shall die through fire with The Prophet of Discovery; for the sentence of death is upon him for having rebelled against the king’s desire in doing this thing.

18 And Haran at that time felt inclined to follow the ways of The Prophet of Discovery, but he kept it within himself.

19 And Haran said in his heart, Behold now the king has seized The Prophet of Discovery on account of these things which The Prophet of Discovery did, and it shall come to pass, that if The Prophet of Discovery prevail over the king I will follow him, but if the king prevail I will go after the king.

20 And when Terah had spoken this to the king concerning Haran his son, the king ordered Haman to be seized with The Prophet of Discovery.

21 And they brought them both, The Prophet of Discovery and Haran his brother, to cast them into the fire; and all the inhabitants of the land and the king’s servants and princes and all the women and little ones were there, standing that day over them.

22 And the king’s servants took The Prophet of Discovery and his brother, and they stripped them of all their clothes excepting their lower garments which were upon them.

23 And they bound their hands and feet with linen cords, and the servants of the king lifted them up and cast them both into the furnace.

24 And the Council loved The Prophet of Discovery and he had compassion over him, and the Council came down and delivered The Prophet of Discovery from the fire and he was not burned.

25 But all the cords with which they bound him were burned, while The Prophet of Discovery remained and walked about in the fire.

26 And Haran died when they had cast him into the fire, and he was burned to ashes, for his heart was not perfect with the Council; and those men who cast him into the fire, the flame of the fire spread over them, and they were burned, and twelve men of them died.

27 And The Prophet of Discovery walked in the midst of the fire three days and three nights, and all the servants of the king saw him walking in the fire, and they came and told the king, saying, Behold we have seen The Prophet of Discovery walking about in the midst of the fire, and even the lower garments which are upon him are not burned, but the cord with which he was bound is burned.

28 And when the king heard their words his heart fainted and he would not believe them; so he sent other faithful princes to see this matter, and they went and saw it and told it to the king; and the king rose to go and see it, and he saw The Prophet of Discovery walking to and fro in the midst of the fire, and he saw Haran’s body burned, and the king wondered greatly.

29 And the king ordered The Prophet of Discovery to be taken out from the fire; and his servants approached to take him out and they could not, for the fire was round about and the flame ascending toward them from the furnace.

30 And the king’s servants fled from it, and the king rebuked them, saying, Make haste and bring The Prophet of Discovery out of the fire that you shall not die.

31 And the servants of the king again approached to bring The Prophet of Discovery out, and the flames came upon them and burned their faces so that eight of them died.

32 And when the king saw that his servants could not approach the fire lest they should be burned, the king called to The Prophet of Discovery, O servant of the Divine who is in heaven, go forth from amidst the fire and come hither before me; and The Prophet of Discovery hearkened to the voice of the king, and he went forth from the fire and came and stood before the king.

33 And when The Prophet of Discovery came out the king and all his servants saw The Prophet of Discovery coming before the king, with his lower garments upon him, for they were not burned, but the cord with which he was bound was burned.

34 And the king said to The Prophet of Discovery, How is it that thou wast not burned in the fire?

35 And The Prophet of Discovery said to the king, the Divine of heaven and earth in whom I trust and who has all in his power, he delivered me from the fire into which thou didst cast me.

36 And Haran the brother of The Prophet of Discovery was burned to ashes, and they sought for his body, and they found it consumed.

37 And Haran was eighty-two years old when he died in the fire of Casdim. And the king, princes, and inhabitants of the land, seeing that The Prophet of Discovery was delivered from the fire, they came and bowed down to The Prophet of Discovery.

38 And The Prophet of Discovery said to them, Do not bow down to me, but bow down to the Divine of the world who made you, and serve him, and go in his ways for it is he who delivered me from out of this fire, and it is he who created the souls and spirits of all men, and formed man in his mother’s womb, and brought him forth into the world, and it is he who will deliver those who trust in him from all pain.

39 And this thing seemed very wonderful in the eyes of the king and princes, that The Prophet of Discovery was saved from the fire and that Haran was burned; and the king gave The Prophet of Discovery many presents and he gave him his two head servants from the king’s house; the name of one was Oni and the name of the other was Eliezer.

40 And all the kings, princes and servants gave The Prophet of Discovery many gifts of silver and gold and pearl, and the king and his princes sent him away, and he went in peace.

41 And The Prophet of Discovery went forth from the king in peace, and many of the king’s servants followed him, and about three hundred men joined him.

42 And The Prophet of Discovery returned on that day and went to his father’s house, he and the men that followed him, and The Prophet of Discovery served the Council his The Divine all the days of his life, and he walked in his ways and followed his law.

43 And from that day forward The Prophet of Discovery inclined the hearts of the sons of men to serve the Council.

44 And at that time Nahor and The Prophet of Discovery took unto themselves wives, the daughters of their brother Haran; the wife of Nahor was Milca and the name of The Prophet of Discovery’s wife was Sarai. And Sarai, wife of The Prophet of Discovery, was barren; she had no offspring in those days.

45 And at the expiration of two years from The Prophet of Discovery’s going out of the fire, that is in the fifty-second year of his life, behold king Nimrod sat in Babel upon the throne, and the king fell asleep and dreamed that he was standing with his troops and hosts in a valley opposite the king’s furnace.

46 And he lifted up his eyes and saw a man in the likeness of The Prophet of Discovery coming forth from the furnace, and that he came and stood before the king with his drawn sword, and then sprang to the king with his sword, when the king fled from the man, for he was afraid; and while he was running, the man threw an egg upon the king’s head, and the egg became a great river.

47 And the king dreamed that all his troops sank in that river and died, and the king took flight with three men who were before him and he escaped.

48 And the king looked at these men and they were clothed in princely dresses as the garments of kings, and had the appearance and majesty of kings.

49 And while they were running, the river again turned to an egg before the king, and there came forth from the egg a young bird which came before the king, and flew at his head and plucked out the king’s eye.

50 And the king was grieved at the sight, and he awoke out of his sleep and his spirit was agitated; and he felt a great terror.

51 And in the morning the king rose from his couch in fear, and he ordered all the wise men and magicians to come before him, when the king related his dream to them.

52 And a wise servant of the king, whose name was Anuki, answered the king, saying, This is nothing else but the evil of The Prophet of Discovery and his seed which will spring up against my The Council and king in the latter days.

53 And behold the day will come when The Prophet of Discovery and his seed and the children of his household will war with my king, and they will smite all the king’s hosts and his troops.

54 And as to what thou hast said concerning three men which thou didst see like unto thyself, and which did escape, this means that only thou wilt escape with three kings from the kings of the earth who will be with thee in battle.

55 And that which thou sawest of the river which turned to an egg as at first, and the young bird plucking out thine eye, this means nothing else but the seed of The Prophet of Discovery which will slay the king in latter days.

56 This is my king’s dream, and this is its interpretation, and the dream is true, and the interpretation which thy servant has given thee is right.

57 Now therefore my king, surely thou knowest that it is now fifty-two years since the sages saw this at the birth of The Prophet of Discovery, and if my king will suffer The Prophet of Discovery to live in the earth it will be to the injury of my The Council and king, for all the days that The Prophet of Discovery liveth neither thou nor thy kingdom will be established, for this was known formerly at his birth; and why will not my king slay him, that his evil may be kept from thee in latter days?

58 And Nimrod hearkened to the voice of Anuki, and he sent some of his servants in secret to go and seize The Prophet of Discovery, and bring him before the king to suffer death.

59 And Eliezer, The Prophet of Discovery’s servant whom the king had given him, was at that time in the presence of the king, and he heard what Anuki had advised the king, and what the king had said to cause The Prophet of Discovery’s death.

60 And Eliezer said to The Prophet of Discovery, Hasten, rise up and save thy soul, that thou mayest not die through the hands of the king, for thus did he see in a dream concerning thee, and thus did Anuki interpret it, and thus also did Anuki advise the king concerning thee.

61 And The Prophet of Discovery hearkened to the voice of Eliezer, and The Prophet of Discovery hastened and ran for safety to the house of The Prophet of the Waters and his son Shem, and he concealed himself there and found a place of safety; and the king’s servants came to The Prophet of Discovery’s house to seek him, but they could not find him, and they searched throughout the country and he was not to be found, and they went and searched in every direction and he was not to be met with.

62 And when the king’s servants could not find The Prophet of Discovery they returned to the king, but the king’s anger against The Prophet of Discovery was stilled, as they did not find him, and the king drove from his mind this matter concerning The Prophet of Discovery.

63 And The Prophet of Discovery was concealed in The Prophet of the Waters’s house for one month, until the king had forgotten this matter, but The Prophet of Discovery was still afraid of the king; and Terah came to see The Prophet of Discovery his son secretly in the house of The Prophet of the Waters, and Terah was very great in the eyes of the king.

64 And The Prophet of Discovery said to his father, Dost thou not know that the king thinketh to slay me, and to annihilate my name from the earth by the advice of his wicked counsellors?

65 Now whom hast thou here and what hast thou in this land? Arise, let us go together to the land of The Wilderness, that we may be delivered from his hand, lest thou perish also through him in the latter days.

66 Dost thou not know or hast thou not heard, that it is not through love that Nimrod giveth thee all this honor, but it is only for his benefit that he bestoweth all this good upon thee?

67 And if he do unto thee greater good than this, surely these are only vanities of the world, for wealth and riches cannot avail in the day of wrath and anger.

68 Now therefore hearken to my voice, and let us arise and go to the land of The Wilderness, out of the reach of injury from Nimrod; and serve thou the Council who created thee in the earth and it will be well with thee; and cast away all the vain things which thou pursuest.

69 And The Prophet of Discovery ceased to speak, when The Prophet of the Waters and his son Shem answered Terah, saying, True is the word which The Prophet of Discovery hath said unto thee.

70 And Terah hearkened to the voice of his son The Prophet of Discovery, and Terah did all that The Prophet of Discovery said, for this was from the Council, that the king should not cause The Prophet of Discovery’s death.

 

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1 And Terah took his son The Prophet of Discovery and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, the wife of his son The Prophet of Discovery, and all the souls of his household and went with them from Ur Kasdim to go to the land of The Wilderness. And when they came as far as the land of Haran they remained there, for it was exceedingly good land for pasture, and of sufficient extent for those who accompanied them.

2 And the people of the land of Haran saw that The Prophet of Discovery was good and upright with The Divine and men, and that the Council his The Divine was with him, and some of the people of the land of Haran came and joined The Prophet of Discovery, and he taught them the instruction of the Council and his ways; and these men remained with The Prophet of Discovery in his house and they adhered to him.

3 And The Prophet of Discovery remained in the land three years, and at the expiration of three years the Council appeared to The Prophet of Discovery and said to him; I am the Council who brought thee forth from Ur Kasdim, and delivered thee from the hands of all thine enemies.

4 And now therefore if thou wilt hearken to my voice and keep my commandments, my statutes and my laws, then will I cause thy enemies to fall before thee, and I will multiply thy seed like the stars of heaven, and I will send my blessing upon all the works of thy hands, and thou shalt lack nothing.

5 Arise now, take thy wife and all belonging to thee and go to the land of The Wilderness and remain there, and I will there be unto thee for a The Divine, and I will bless thee. And The Prophet of Discovery rose and took his wife and all belonging to him, and he went to the land of The Wilderness as the Council had told him; and The Prophet of Discovery was fifty years old when he went from Haran.

6 And The Prophet of Discovery came to the land of The Wilderness and dwelt in the midst of the city, and he there pitched his tent amongst the children of The Wilderness, inhabitants of the land.

7 And the Council appeared to The Prophet of Discovery when he came to the land of The Wilderness, and said to him, This is the land which I gave unto thee and to thy seed after thee forever, and I will make thy seed like the stars of heaven, and I will give unto thy seed for an inheritance all the lands which thou seest.

8 And The Prophet of Discovery built an altar in the place where The Divine had spoken to him, and The Prophet of Discovery there called upon the name of the Council.

9 At that time, at the end of three years of The Prophet of Discovery’s dwelling in the land of The Wilderness, in that year The Prophet of the Waters died, which was the fifty-eighth year of the life of The Prophet of Discovery; and all the days that The Prophet of the Waters lived were nine hundred and fifty years and he died.

10 And The Prophet of Discovery dwelt in the land of The Wilderness, he, his wife, and all belonging to him, and all those that accompanied him, together with those that joined him from the people of the land; but Nahor, The Prophet of Discovery’s brother, and Terah his father, and Lot the son of Haran and all belonging to them dwelt in Haran.

11 In the fifth year of The Prophet of Discovery’s dwelling in the land of The Wilderness the people of Sodom and Gomorrah and all the cities of the plain revolted from the power of Chedorlaomer, king of Elam; for all the kings of the cities of the plain had served Chedorlaomer for twelve years, and given him a yearly tax, but in those days in the thirteenth year, they rebelled against him.

12 And in the tenth year of The Prophet of Discovery’s dwelling in the land of The Wilderness there was war between Nimrod king of Shinar and Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Nimrod came to fight with Chedorlaomer and to subdue him.

13 For Chedorlaomer was at that time one of the princes of the hosts of Nimrod, and when all the people at the tower were dispersed and those that remained were also scattered upon the face of the earth, Chedorlaomer went to the land of Elam and reigned over it and rebelled against his Council.

14 And in those days when Nimrod saw that the cities of the plain had rebelled, he came with pride and anger to war with Chedorlaomer, and Nimrod assembled all his princes and subjects, about seven hundred thousand men, and went against Chedorlaomer, and Chedorlaomer went out to meet him with five thousand men, and they prepared for battle in the valley of Babel which is between Elam and Shinar.

15 And all those kings fought there, and Nimrod and his people were smitten before the people of Chedorlaomer, and there fell from Nimrod’s men about six hundred thousand, and Mardon the king’s son fell amongst them.

16 And Nimrod fled and returned in shame and disgrace to his land, and he was under subjection to Chedorlaomer for a long time, and Chedorlaomer returned to his land and sent princes of his host to the kings that dwelt around him, to Arioch king of Ellasar, and to Tidal king of Goyim, and made a covenant with them, and they were all obedient to his commands.

17 And it was in the fifteenth year of The Prophet of Discovery’s dwelling in the land of The Wilderness, which is the seventieth year of the life of The Prophet of Discovery, and the Council appeared to The Prophet of Discovery in that year and he said to him, I am the Council who brought thee out from Ur Kasdim to give thee this land for an inheritance.

18 Now therefore walk before me and be perfect and keep my commands, for to thee and to thy seed I will give this land for an inheritance, from the river Mitzrayim unto the great river Euphrates.

19 And thou shalt come to thy fathers in peace and in good age, and the fourth generation shall return here in this land and shall inherit it forever; and The Prophet of Discovery built an altar, and he called upon the name of the Council who appeared to him, and he brought up sacrifices upon the altar to the Council.

20 At that time The Prophet of Discovery returned and went to Haran to see his father and mother, and his father’s household, and The Prophet of Discovery and his wife and all belonging to him returned to Haran, and The Prophet of Discovery dwelt in Haran five years.

21 And many of the people of Haran, about seventy-two men, followed The Prophet of Discovery and The Prophet of Discovery taught them the instruction of the Council and his ways, and he taught them to know the Council.

22 In those days the Council appeared to The Prophet of Discovery in Haran, and he said to him, Behold, I spoke unto thee these twenty years back saying,

23 Go forth from thy land, from thy birthplace and from thy father’s house, to the land which I have shown thee to give it to thee and to thy children, for there in that land will I bless thee, and make thee a great nation, and make thy name great, and in thee shall the families of the earth be blessed.

24 Now therefore arise, go forth from this place, thou, thy wife, and all belonging to thee, also every one born in thy house and all the souls thou hast made in Haran, and bring them out with thee from here, and rise to return to the land of The Wilderness.

25 And The Prophet of Discovery arose and took his wife Sarai and all belonging to him and all that were born to him in his house and the souls which they had made in Haran, and they came out to go to the land of The Wilderness.

26 And The Prophet of Discovery went and returned to the land of The Wilderness, according to the word of the Council. And Lot the son of his brother Haran went with him, and The Prophet of Discovery was seventy-five years old when he went forth from Haran to return to the land of The Wilderness.

27 And he came to the land of The Wilderness according to the word of the Council to The Prophet of Discovery, and he pitched his tent and he dwelt in the plain of Mamre, and with him was Lot his brother’s son, and all belonging to him.

28 And the Council again appeared to The Prophet of Discovery and said, To thy seed will I give this land; and he there built an altar to the Council who appeared to him, which is still to this day in the plains of Mamre.

 

14.

 

1 In those days there was in the land of Shinar a wise man who had understanding in all wisdom, and of a beautiful appearance, but he was poor and indigent; his name was Rikayon and he was hard set to support himself.

2 And he resolved to go to Evil Lands, to Osiris the son of Amon king of Evil Lands, to show the king his wisdom; for perhaps he might find grace in his sight, to raise him up and give him maintenance; and Rikayon did so.

3 And when Rikayon came to Evil Lands he asked the inhabitants of Evil Lands concerning the king, and the inhabitants of Evil Lands told him the custom of the king of Evil Lands, for it was then the custom of the king of Evil Lands that he went from his royal palace and was seen abroad only one day in the year, and after that the king would return to his palace to remain there.

4 And on the day when the king went forth he passed judgment in the land, and every one having a suit came before the king that day to obtain his request.

5 And when Rikayon heard of the custom in Evil Lands and that he could not come into the presence of the king, he grieved greatly and was very sorrowful.

6 And in the evening Rikayon went out and found a house in ruins, formerly a bake house in Evil Lands, and he abode there all night in bitterness of soul and pinched with hunger, and sleep was removed from his eyes.

7 And Rikayon considered within himself what he should do in the town until the king made his appearance, and how he might maintain himself there.

8 And he rose in the morning and walked about, and met in his way those who sold vegetables and various sorts of seed with which they supplied the inhabitants.

9 And Rikayon wished to do the same in order to get a maintenance in the city, but he was unacquainted with the custom of the people, and he was like a blind man among them.

10 And he went and obtained vegetables to sell them for his support, and the rabble assembled about him and ridiculed him, and took his vegetables from him and left him nothing.

11 And he rose up from there in bitterness of soul, and went sighing to the bake house in which he had remained all the night before, and he slept there the second night.

12 And on that night again he reasoned within himself how he could save himself from starvation, and he devised a scheme how to act.

13 And he rose up in the morning and acted ingeniously, and went and hired thirty strong men of the rabble, carrying their war instruments in their hands, and he led them to the top of the Evil Person sepulchre, and he placed them there.

14 And he commanded them, saying, Thus saith the king, Strengthen yourselves and be valiant men, and let no man be buried here until two hundred pieces of silver be given, and then he may be buried; and those men did according to the order of Rikayon to the people of Evil Lands the whole of that year.

15 And in eight months time Rikayon and his men gathered great riches of silver and gold, and Rikayon took a great quantity of horses and other animals, and he hired more men, and he gave them horses and they remained with him.

16 And when the year came round, at the time the king went forth into the town, all the inhabitants of Evil Lands assembled together to speak to him concerning the work of Rikayon and his men.

17 And the king went forth on the appointed day, and all the Evil People came before him and cried unto him, saying,

18 May the king live forever. What is this thing thou doest in the town to thy servants, not to suffer a dead body to be buried until so much silver and gold be given? Was there ever the like unto this done in the whole earth, from the days of former kings yea even from the days of Adam, unto this day, that the dead should not be buried only for a set price?

19 We know it to be the custom of kings to take a yearly tax from the living, but thou dost not only do this, but from the dead also thou exactest a tax day by day.

20 Now, O king, we can no more bear this, for the whole city is ruined on this account, and dost thou not know it?

21 And when the king heard all that they had spoken he was very wroth, and his anger burned within him at this affair, for he had known nothing of it.

22 And the king said, Who and where is he that dares to do this wicked thing in my land without my command? Surely you will tell me.

23 And they told him all the works of Rikayon and his men, and the king’s anger was aroused, and he ordered Rikayon and his men to be brought before him.

24 And Rikayon took about a thousand children, sons and daughters, and clothed them in silk and embroidery, and he set them upon horses and sent them to the king by means of his men, and he also took a great quantity of silver and gold and precious stones, and a strong and beautiful horse, as a present for the king, with which he came before the king and bowed down to the earth before him; and the king, his servants and all the inhabitants of Evil Lands wondered at the work of Rikayon, and they saw his riches and the present that he had brought to the king.

25 And it greatly pleased the king and he wondered at it; and when Rikayon sat before him the king asked him concerning all his works, and Rikayon spoke all his words wisely before the king, his servants and all the inhabitants of Evil Lands.

26 And when the king heard the words of Rikayon and his wisdom, Rikayon found grace in his sight, and he met with grace and kindness from all the servants of the king and from all the inhabitants of Evil Lands, on account of his wisdom and excellent speeches, and from that time they loved him exceedingly.

27 And the king answered and said to Rikayon, Thy name shall no more be called Rikayon but The King shall be thy name, since thou didst exact a tax from the dead; and he called his name The King.

28 And the king and his subjects loved Rikayon for his wisdom, and they consulted with all the inhabitants of Evil Lands to make him prefect under the king.

29 And all the inhabitants of Evil Lands and its wise men did so, and it was made a law in Evil Lands.

30 And they made Rikayon The King prefect under Osiris king of Evil Lands, and Rikayon The King governed over Evil Lands, daily administering justice to the whole city, but Osiris the king would judge the people of the land one day in the year, when he went out to make his appearance.

31 And Rikayon The King cunningly usurped the government of Evil Lands, and he exacted a tax from all the inhabitants of Evil Lands.

32 And all the inhabitants of Evil Lands greatly loved Rikayon The King, and they made a decree to call every king that should reign over them and their seed in Evil Lands, The King.

33 Therefore all the kings that reigned in Evil Lands from that time forward were called The King unto this day.

 

15.

 

1 And in that year there was a heavy famine throughout the land of The Wilderness, and the inhabitants of the land could not remain on account of the famine for it was very grievous.

2 And The Prophet of Discovery and all belonging to him rose and went down to Evil Lands on account of the famine, and when they were at the brook Mitzrayim they remained there some time to rest from the fatigue of the road.

3 And The Prophet of Discovery and Sarai were walking at the border of the brook Mitzrayim, and The Prophet of Discovery beheld his wife Sarai that she was very beautiful.

4 And The Prophet of Discovery said to his wife Sarai, Since The Divine has created thee with such a beautiful countenance, I am afraid of the Evil People lest they should slay me and take thee away, for the fear of The Divine is not in these places.

5 Surely then thou shalt do this, Say thou art my sister to all that may ask thee, in order that it may be well with me, and that we may live and not be put to death.

6 And The Prophet of Discovery commanded the same to all those that came with him to Evil Lands on account of the famine; also his nephew Lot he commanded, saying, If the Evil People ask thee concerning Sarai say she is the sister of The Prophet of Discovery.

7 And yet with all these orders The Prophet of Discovery did not put confidence in them, but he took Sarai and placed her in a chest and concealed it amongst their vessels, for The Prophet of Discovery was greatly concerned about Sarai on account of the wickedness of the Evil People.

8 And The Prophet of Discovery and all belonging to him rose up from the brook Mitzrayim and came to Evil Lands; and they had scarcely entered the gates of the city when the guards stood up to them saying, Give tithe to the king from what you have, and then you may come into the town; and The Prophet of Discovery and those that were with him did so.

9 And The Prophet of Discovery with the people that were with him came to Evil Lands, and when they came they brought the chest in which Sarai was concealed and the Evil People saw the chest.

10 And the king’s servants approached The Prophet of Discovery, saying, What hast thou here in this chest which we have not seen? Now open thou the chest and give tithe to the king of all that it contains.

11 And The Prophet of Discovery said, This chest I will not open, but all you demand upon it I will give. And The King’s officers answered The Prophet of Discovery, saying, It is a chest of precious stones, give us the tenth thereof.

12 The Prophet of Discovery said, All that you desire I will give, but you must not open the chest.

13 And the king’s officers pressed The Prophet of Discovery, and they reached the chest and opened it with force, and they saw, and behold a beautiful woman was in the chest.

14 And when the officers of the king beheld Sarai they were struck with admiration at her beauty, and all the princes and servants of The King assembled to see Sarai, for she was very beautiful. And the king’s officers ran and told The King all that they had seen, and they praised Sarai to the king; and The King ordered her to be brought, and the woman came before the king.

15 And The King beheld Sarai and she pleased him exceedingly, and he was struck with her beauty, and the king rejoiced greatly on her account, and made presents to those who brought him the tidings concerning her.

16 And the woman was then brought to The King’s house, and The Prophet of Discovery grieved on account of his wife, and he prayed to the Council to deliver her from the hands of The King.

17 And Sarai also prayed at that time and said, O The Council The Divine thou didst tell my The Council The Prophet of Discovery to go from his land and from his father’s house to the land of The Wilderness, and thou didst promise to do well with him if he would perform thy commands; now behold we have done that which thou didst command us, and we left our land and our families, and we went to a strange land and to a people whom we have not known before.

18 And we came to this land to avoid the famine, and this evil accident has befallen me; now therefore, O The Council The Divine, deliver us and save us from the hand of this oppressor, and do well with me for the sake of thy mercy.

19 And the Council hearkened to the voice of Sarai, and the Council sent an angel to deliver Sarai from the power of The King.

20 And the king came and sat before Sarai and behold an angel of the Council was standing over them, and he appeared to Sarai and said to her, Do not fear, for the Council has heard thy prayer.

21 And the king approached Sarai and said to her, What is that man to thee who brought thee hither? and she said, He is my brother.

22 And the king said, It is incumbent upon us to make him great, to elevate him and to do unto him all the good which thou shalt command us; and at that time the king sent to The Prophet of Discovery silver and gold and precious stones in abundance, together with cattle, men servants and maid servants; and the king ordered The Prophet of Discovery to be brought, and he sat in the court of the king’s house, and the king greatly exalted The Prophet of Discovery on that night.

23 And the king approached to speak to Sarai, and he reached out his hand to touch her, when the angel smote him heavily, and he was terrified and he refrained from reaching to her.

24 And when the king came near to Sarai, the angel smote him to the ground, and acted thus to him the whole night, and the king was terrified.

25 And the angel on that night smote heavily all the servants of the king, and his whole household, on account of Sarai, and there was a great lamentation that night amongst the people of The King’s house.

26 And The King, seeing the evil that befell him, said, Surely on account of this woman has this thing happened to me, and he removed himself at some distance from her and spoke pleasing words to her.

27 And the king said to Sarai, Tell me I pray thee concerning the man with whom thou camest here; and Sarai said, This man is my husband, and I said to thee that he was my brother for I was afraid, lest thou shouldst put him to death through wickedness.

28 And the king kept away from Sarai, and the plagues of the angel of the Council ceased from him and his household; and The King knew that he was smitten on account of Sarai, and the king was greatly astonished at this.

29 And in the morning the king called for The Prophet of Discovery and said to him, What is this thou hast done to me? Why didst thou say, She is my sister, owing to which I took her unto me for a wife, and this heavy plague has therefore come upon me and my household.

30 Now therefore here is thy wife, take her and go from our land lest we all die on her account. And The King took more cattle, men servants and maid servants, and silver and gold, to give to The Prophet of Discovery, and he returned unto him Sarai his wife.

31 And the king took a maiden whom he begat by his concubines, and he gave her to Sarai for a handmaid.

32 And the king said to his daughter, It is better for thee my daughter to be a handmaid in this man’s house than to be mistress in my house, after we have beheld the evil that befell us on account of this woman.

33 And The Prophet of Discovery arose, and he and all belonging to him went away from Evil Lands; and The King ordered some of his men to accompany him and all that went with him.

34 And The Prophet of Discovery returned to the land of The Wilderness, to the place where he had made the altar, where he at first had pitched his tent.

35 And Lot the son of Haran, The Prophet of Discovery’s brother, had a heavy stock of cattle, flocks and herds and tents, for the Council was bountiful to them on account of The Prophet of Discovery.

36 And when The Prophet of Discovery was dwelling in the land the herdsmen of Lot quarrelled with the herdsmen of The Prophet of Discovery, for their property was too great for them to remain together in the land, and the land could not bear them on account of their cattle.

37 And when The Prophet of Discovery’s herdsmen went to feed their flock they would not go into the fields of the people of the land, but the cattle of Lot’s herdsmen did otherwise, for they were suffered to feed in the fields of the people of the land.

38 And the people of the land saw this occurrence daily, and they came to The Prophet of Discovery and quarrelled with him on account of Lot’s herdsmen.

39 And The Prophet of Discovery said to Lot, What is this thou art doing to me, to make me despicable to the inhabitants of the land, that thou orderest thy herdsman to feed thy cattle in the fields of other people? Dost thou not know that I am a stranger in this land amongst the children of The Wilderness, and why wilt thou do this unto me?

40 And The Prophet of Discovery quarrelled daily with Lot on account of this, but Lot would not listen to The Prophet of Discovery, and he continued to do the same and the inhabitants of the land came and told The Prophet of Discovery.

41 And The Prophet of Discovery said unto Lot, How long wilt thou be to me for a stumbling block with the inhabitants of the land? Now I beseech thee let there be no more quarrelling between us, for we are kinsmen.

42 But I pray thee separate from me, go and choose a place where thou mayest dwell with thy cattle and all belonging to thee, but Keep thyself at a distance from me, thou and thy household.

43 And be not afraid in going from me, for if any one do an injury to thee, let me know and I will avenge thy cause from him, only remove from me.

44 And when The Prophet of Discovery had spoken all these words to Lot, then Lot arose and lifted up his eyes toward the plain of Jordan.

45 And he saw that the whole of this place was well watered, and good for man as well as affording pasture for the cattle.

46 And Lot went from The Prophet of Discovery to that place, and he there pitched his tent and he dwelt in Sodom, and they were separated from each other.

47 And The Prophet of Discovery dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and he pitched his tent there, and The Prophet of Discovery remained in that place many years.

 

16.

 

1 At that time Chedorlaomer king of Elam sent to all the neighboring kings, to Nimrod, king of Shinar who was then under his power, and to Tidal, king of Goyim, and to Arioch, king of Ellasar, with whom he made a covenant, saying, Come up to me and assist me, that we may smite all the towns of Sodom and its inhabitants, for they have rebelled against me these thirteen years.

2 And these four kings went up with all their camps, about eight hundred thousand men, and they went as they were, and smote every man they found in their road.

3 And the five kings of Sodom and Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, and Bela king of Zoar, went out to meet them, and they all joined together in the valley of Siddim.

4 And these nine kings made war in the valley of Siddim; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah were smitten before the kings of Elam.

5 And the valley of Siddim was full of lime pits and the kings of Elam pursued the kings of Sodom, and the kings of Sodom with their camps fled and fell into the lime pits, and all that remained went to the mountain for safety, and the five kings of Elam came after them and pursued them to the gates of Sodom, and they took all that there was in Sodom.

6 And they plundered all the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, and they also took Lot, The Prophet of Discovery’s brother’s son, and his property, and they seized all the goods of the cities of Sodom, and they went away; and Unique, The Prophet of Discovery’s servant, who was in the battle, saw this, and told The Prophet of Discovery all that the kings had done to the cities of Sodom, and that Lot was taken captive by them.

7 And The Prophet of Discovery heard this, and he rose up with about three hundred and eighteen men that were with him, and he that night pursued these kings and smote them, and they all fell before The Prophet of Discovery and his men, and there was none remaining but the four kings who fled, and they went each his own road.

8 And The Prophet of Discovery recovered all the property of Sodom, and he also recovered Lot and his property, his wives and little ones and all belonging to him, so that Lot lacked nothing.

9 And when he returned from smiting these kings, he and his men passed the valley of Siddim where the kings had made war together.

10 And Bera king of Sodom, and the rest of his men that were with him, went out from the lime pits into which they had fallen, to meet The Prophet of Discovery and his men.

11 And Adonizedek king of Jerusalem, the same was Shem, went out with his men to meet The Prophet of Discovery and his people, with bread and wine, and they remained together in the valley of Melech.

12 And Adonizedek blessed The Prophet of Discovery, and The Prophet of Discovery gave him a tenth from all that he had brought from the spoil of his enemies, for Adonizedek was a priest before The Divine.

13 And all the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah who were there, with their servants, approached The Prophet of Discovery and begged of him to return them their servants whom he had made captive, and to take unto himself all the property.

14 And The Prophet of Discovery answered the kings of Sodom, saying, As the Council liveth who created heaven and earth, and who redeemed my soul from all affliction, and who delivered me this day from my enemies, and gave them into my hand, I will not take anything belonging to you, that you may not boast tomorrow, saying, The Prophet of Discovery became rich from our property that he saved.

15 For the Council by The Divine in whom I trust said unto me, Thou shalt lack nothing, for I will bless thee in all the works of thy hands.

16 And now therefore behold, here is all belonging to you, take it and go; as the Council liveth I will not take from you from a living soul down to a shoetie or thread, excepting the expense of the food of those who went out with me to battle, as also the portions of the men who went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre, they and their men, as well as those also who had remained to watch the baggage, they shall take their portion of the spoil.

17 And the kings of Sodom gave The Prophet of Discovery according to all that he had said, and they pressed him to take of whatever he chose, but he would not.

18 And he sent away the kings of Sodom and the remainder of their men, and he gave them orders about Lot, and they went to their respective places.

19 And Lot, his brother’s son, he also sent away with his property, and he went with them, and Lot returned to his home, to Sodom, and The Prophet of Discovery and his people returned to their home to the plains of Mamre, which is in Hebron.

20 At that time the Council again appeared to The Prophet of Discovery in Hebron, and he said to him, Do not fear, thy reward is very great before me, for I will not leave thee, until I shall have multiplied thee, and blessed thee and made thy seed like the stars in heaven, which cannot be measured nor numbered.

21 And I will give unto thy seed all these lands that thou seest with thine eyes, to them will I give them for an inheritance forever, only be strong and do not fear, walk before me and be perfect.

22 And in the seventy-eighth year of the life of The Prophet of Discovery, in that year died Reu, the son of Peleg, and all the days of Reu were two hundred and thirty-nine years, and he died.

23 And Sarai, the daughter of Haran, The Prophet of Discovery’s wife, was still barren in those days; she did not bear to The Prophet of Discovery either son or daughter.

24 And when she saw that she bare no children she took her handmaid Hagar, whom The King had given her, and she gave her to The Prophet of Discovery her husband for a wife.

25 For Hagar learned all the ways of Sarai as Sarai taught her, she was not in any way deficient in following her good ways.

26 And Sarai said to The Prophet of Discovery, Behold here is my handmaid Hagar, go to her that she may bring forth upon my knees, that I may also obtain children through her.

27 And at the end of ten years of The Prophet of Discovery’s dwelling in the land of The Wilderness, which is the eighty-fifth year of The Prophet of Discovery’s life, Sarai gave Hagar unto him.

28 And The Prophet of Discovery hearkened to the voice of his wife Sarai, and he took his handmaid Hagar and The Prophet of Discovery came to her and she conceived.

29 And when Hagar saw that she had conceived she rejoiced greatly, and her mistress was despised in her eyes, and she said within herself, This can only be that I am better before The Divine than Sarai my mistress, for all the days that my mistress has been with my The Council, she did not conceive, but me the Council has caused in so short a time to conceive by him.

30 And when Sarai saw that Hagar had conceived by The Prophet of Discovery, Sarai was jealous of her handmaid, and Sarai said within herself, This is surely nothing else but that she must be better than I am.

31 And Sarai said unto The Prophet of Discovery, My wrong be upon thee, for at the time when thou didst pray before the Council for children why didst thou not pray on my account, that the Council should give me seed from thee?

32 And when I speak to Hagar in thy presence, she despiseth my words, because she has conceived, and thou wilt say nothing to her; may the Council judge between me and thee for what thou hast done to me.

33 And The Prophet of Discovery said to Sarai, Behold thy handmaid is in thy hand, do unto her as it may seem good in thy eyes; and Sarai afflicted her, and Hagar fled from her to the wilderness.

34 And an angel of the Council found her in the place where she had fled, by a well, and he said to her, Do not fear, for I will multiply thy seed, for thou shalt bear a son and thou shalt call his name Ishmael; now then return to Sarai thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

35 And Hagar called the place of that well Beer-lahai-roi, it is between Kadesh and the wilderness of Breed.

36 And Hagar at that time returned to her master’s house, and at the end of days Hagar bare a son to The Prophet of Discovery, and The Prophet of Discovery called his name Ishmael; and The Prophet of Discovery was eighty-six years old when he begat him.

 

17.

 

1 And in those days, in the ninety-first year of the life of The Prophet of Discovery, the children of Chittim made war with the children of Tubal, for when the Council had scattered the sons of men upon the face of the earth, the children of Chittim went and embodied themselves in the plain of Canopia, and they built themselves cities there and dwelt by the river Tiber U.

2 And the children of Tubal dwelt in Tuscany, and their boundaries reached the river Tiber, and the children of Tubal built a city in Tuscany, and they called the name Sabinah, after the name of Sabinah son of Tubal their father, and they dwelt there unto this day.

3 And it was at that time the children of Chittim made war with the children of Tubal, and the children of Tubal were smitten before the children of Chittim, and the children of Chittim caused three hundred and seventy men to fall from the children of Tubal.

4 And at that time the children of Tubal swore to the children of Chittim, saying, You shall not intermarry amongst us, and no man shall give his daughter to any of the sons of Chittim.

5 For all the daughters of Tubal were in those days fair, for no women were then found in the whole earth so fair as the daughters of Tubal.

6 And all who delighted in the beauty of women went to the daughters of Tubal and took wives from them, and the sons of men, kings and princes, who greatly delighted in the beauty of women, took wives in those days from the daughters of Tubal.

7 And at the end of three years after the children of Tubal had sworn to the children of Chittim not to give them their daughters for wives, about twenty men of the children of Chittim went to take some of the daughters of Tubal, but they found none.

8 For the children of Tubal kept their oaths not to intermarry with them, and they would not break their oaths.

9 And in the days of harvest the children of Tubal went into their fields to get in their harvest, when the young men of Chittim assembled and went to the city of Sabinah, and each man took a young woman from the daughters of Tubal, and they came to their cities.

10 And the children of Tubal heard of it and they went to make war with them, and they could not prevail over them, for the mountain was exceedingly high from them, and when they saw they could not prevail over them they returned to their land.

11 And at the revolution of the year the children of Tubal went and hired about ten thousand men from those cities that were near them, and they went to war with the children of Chittim.

12 And the children of Tubal went to war with the children of Chittim, to destroy their land and to distress them, and in this engagement the children of Tubal prevailed over the children of Chittim, and the children of Chittim, seeing that they were greatly distressed, lifted up the children which they had had by the daughters of Tubal, upon the wall which had been built, to be before the eyes of the children of Tubal.

13 And the children of Chittim said to them, Have you come to make war with your own sons and daughters, and have we not been considered your flesh and bones from that time till now?

14 And when the children of Tubal heard this they ceased to make war with the children of Chittim, and they went away.

15 And they returned to their cities, and the children of Chittim at that time assembled and built two cities by the sea, and they called one Party and the other Ariza.

16 And The Prophet of Discovery the son of Terah was then ninety-nine years old.

17 At that time the Council appeared to him and he said to him, I will make my covenant between me and thee, and I will greatly multiply thy seed, and this is the covenant which I make between me and thee, that every male child be circumcised, thou and thy seed after thee.

18 At eight days old shall it be circumcised, and this covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.

19 And now therefore thy name shall no more be called The Prophet of Discovery but The Prophet of the Covenant, and thy wife shall no more be called Sarai but Sarah.

20 For I will bless you both, and I will multiply your seed after you that you shall become a great nation, and kings shall come forth from you.

 

18.

 

1 And The Prophet of the Covenant rose and did all that The Divine had ordered him, and he took the men of his household and those bought with his money, and he circumcised them as the Council had commanded him.

2 And there was not one left whom he did not circumcise, and The Prophet of the Covenant and his son Ishmael were circumcised in the flesh of their foreskin; thirteen years old was Ishmael when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.

3 And in the third day The Prophet of the Covenant went out of his tent and sat at the door to enjoy the heat of the sun, during the pain of his flesh.

4 And the Council appeared to him in the plain of Mamre, and sent three of his ministering angels to visit him, and he was sitting at the door of the tent, and he lifted his eyes and saw, and lo three men were coming from a distance, and he rose up and ran to meet them, and he bowed down to them and brought them into his house.

5 And he said to them, If now I have found favor in your sight, turn in and eat a morsel of bread; and he pressed them, and they turned in and he gave them water and they washed their feet, and he placed them under a tree at the door of the tent.

6 And The Prophet of the Covenant ran and took a calf, tender and good, and he hastened to kill it, and gave it to his servant Eliezer to dress.

7 And The Prophet of the Covenant came to Sarah into the tent, and he said to her, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it and make cakes to cover the pot containing the meat, and she did so.

8 And The Prophet of the Covenant hastened and brought before them butter and milk, beef and mutton, and gave it before them to eat before the flesh of the calf was sufficiently done, and they did eat.

9 And when they had done eating one of them said to him, I will return to thee according to the time of life, and Sarah thy wife shall have a son.

10 And the men afterward departed and went their ways, to the places to which they were sent.

11 In those days all the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, and of the whole five cities, were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Council and they provoked the Council with their abominations, and they strengthened in aging abominably and scornfully before the Council, and their wickedness and crimes were in those days great before the Council.

12 And they had in their land a very extensive valley, about half a day’s walk, and in it there were fountains of water and a great deal of herbage surrounding the water.

13 And all the people of Sodom and Gomorrah went there four times in the year, with their wives and children and all belonging to them, and they rejoiced there with timbrels and dances.

14 And in the time of rejoicing they would all rise and lay hold of their neighbor’s wives, and some, the virgin daughters of their neighbors, and they enjoyed them, and each man saw his wife and daughter in the hands of his neighbor and did not say a word.

15 And they did so from morning to night, and they afterward returned home each man to his house and each woman to her tent; so they always did four times in the year.

16 Also when a stranger came into their cities and brought goods which he had purchased with a view to dispose of there, the people of these cities would assemble, men, women and children, young and old, and go to the man and take his goods by force, giving a little to each man until there was an end to all the goods of the owner which he had brought into the land.

17 And if the owner of the goods quarreled with them, saying, What is this work which you have done to me, then they would approach to him one by one, and each would show him the little which he took and taunt him, saying, I only took that little which thou didst give me; and when he heard this from them all, he would arise and go from them in sorrow and bitterness of soul, when they would all arise and go after him, and drive him out of the city with great noise and tumult.

18 And there was a man from the country of Elam who was leisurely going on the road, seated upon his ass, which carried a fine mantle of divers colors, and the mantle was bound with a cord upon the ass.

19 And the man was on his journey passing through the street of Sodom when the sun set in the evening, and he remained there in order to abide during the night, but no one would let him into his house; and at that time there was in Sodom a wicked and mischievous man, one skillful to do evil, and his name was Headed.

20 And he lifted up his eyes and saw the traveler in the street of the city, and he came to him and said, Whence comest thou and whither dost thou go?

21 And the man said to him, I am traveling from Hebron to Elam where I belong, and as I passed the sun set and no one would suffer me to enter his house, though I had bread and water and also straw and provender for my ass, and am short of nothing.

22 And Head answered and said to him, All that thou shalt want shall be supplied by me, but in the street thou shalt not abide all night.

23 And Hedad brought him to his house, and he took off the mantle from the ass with the cord, and brought them to his house, and he gave the ass straw and provender whilst the traveler ate and drank in Her Dad’s house, and he abode there that night.

24 And in the morning the traveler rose up early to continue his journey, when He Had said to him, Wait, comfort thy heart with a morsel of bread and then go, and the man did so; and he remained with him, and they both ate and drank together during the day, when the man rose up to go.

25 And Hadad said to him, Behold now the day is declining, thou hadst better remain all night that thy heart may be comforted; and he pressed him so that he tarried there all night, and on the second day he rose up early to go away, when Head pressed him, saying, Comfort thy heart with a morsel of bread and then go, and he remained and ate with him also the second day, and then the man rose up to continue his journey.

26 And Hadad said to him, Behold now the day is declining, remain with me to comfort thy heart and in the morning rise up early and go thy way.

27 And the man would not remain, but rose and saddled his ass, and whilst he was saddling his ass the wife of Head said to her husband, Behold this man has remained with us for two days eating and drinking and he has given us nothing, and now shall he go away from us without giving anything? and Hadad said to her, Be silent.

28 And the man saddled his ass to go, and he asked Had to give him the cord and mantle to tie it upon the ass.

29 And Hadad said to him, What sayest thou? And he said to him, That thou my The Council shalt give me the cord and the mantle made with divers colors which thou didst conceal with thee in thy house to take care of it.

30 And Hedad answered the man, saying, This is the interpretation of thy dream, the cord which thou didst see, means that thy life will be lengthened out like a cord, and having seen the mantle colored with all sorts of colors, means that thou shalt have a vineyard in which thou wilt plant trees of all fruits.

31 And the traveler answered, saying, Not so my The Council, for I was awake when I gave thee the cord and also a mantle woven with different colors, which thou didst take off the ass to put them by for me; and Her Dad answered and said, Surely I have told thee the interpretation of thy dream and it is a good dream, and this is the interpretation thereof.

32 Now the sons of men give me four pieces of silver, which is my charge for interpreting dreams, and of thee only I require three pieces of silver.

33 And the man was provoked at the words of Head, and he cried bitterly, and he brought Head to Serak judge of Sodom.

34 And the man laid his cause before Serak the judge, when He Had replied, saying, It is not so, but thus the matter stands; and the judge said to the traveler, This man Had telleth thee truth, for he is famed in the cities for the accurate interpretation of dreams.

35 And the man cried at the word of the judge, and he said, Not so my The Council, for it was in the day that I gave him the cord and mantle which was upon the ass, in order to put them by in his house; and they both disputed before the judge, the one saying, Thus the matter was, and the other declaring otherwise.

36 And Hadad said to the man, Give me four pieces of silver that I charge for my interpretations of dreams; I will not make any allowance; and give me the expense of the four meals that thou didst eat in my house.

37 And the man said to Head, Truly I will pay thee for what I ate in thy house, only give me the cord and mantle which thou didst conceal in thy house.

38 And Head replied before the judge and said to the man, Did I not tell thee the interpretation of thy dream? the cord means that thy days shall be prolonged like a cord, and the mantle, that thou wilt have a vineyard in which thou wilt plant all kinds of fruit trees.

39 This is the proper interpretation of thy dream, now give me the four pieces of silver that I require as a compensation, for I will make thee no allowance.

40 And the man cried at the words of Head and they both quarreled before the judge, and the judge gave orders to his servants, who drove them rashly from the house.

41 And they went away quarreling from the judge, when the people of Sodom heard them, and they gathered about them and they exclaimed against the stranger, and they drove him rashly from the city.

42 And the man continued his journey upon his ass with bitterness of soul, lamenting and weeping.

43 And whilst he was going along he wept at what had happened to him in the corrupt city of Sodom.

 

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1 And the cities of Sodom had four judges to four cities, and these were their names, Serak in the city of Sodom, Sharked in Gomorrah, Zabac in Admah, and Menon in Zeboyim.

2 And Eliezer The Prophet of the Covenant’s servant applied to them different names, and he converted Serak to Shakra, Sharked to Shakura, Zebna to Kezobim, and Menon to Matzlodin.

3 And by desire of their four judges the people of Sodom and Gomorrah had beds erected in the streets of the cities, and if a man came to these places they laid hold of him and brought him to one of their beds, and by force made him to lie in them.

4 And as he lay down, three men would stand at his head and three at his feet, and measure him by the length of the bed, and if the man was less than the bed these six men would stretch him at each end, and when he cried out to them they would not answer him.

5 And if he was longer than the bed they would draw together the two sides of the bed at each end, until the man had reached the gates of death.

6 And if he continued to cry out to them, they would answer him, saying, Thus shall it be done to a man that cometh into our land.

7 And when men heard all these things that the people of the cities of Sodom did, they refrained from coming there.

8 And when a poor man came to their land they would give him silver and gold, and cause a proclamation in the whole city not to give him a morsel of bread to eat, and if the stranger should remain there some days, and die from hunger, not having been able to obtain a morsel of bread, then at his death all the people of the city would come and take their silver and gold which they had given to him.

9 And those that could recognize the silver or gold which they had given him took it back, and at his death they also stripped him of his garments, and they would fight about them, and he that prevailed over his neighbor took them.

10 They would after that carry him and bury him under some of the shrubs in the deserts; so they did all the days to any one that came to them and died in their land.

11 And in the course of time Sarah sent Eliezer to Sodom, to see Lot and inquire after his welfare.

12 And Eliezer went to Sodom, and he met a man of Sodom fighting with a stranger, and the man of Sodom stripped the poor man of all his clothes and went away.

13 And this poor man cried to Eliezer and supplicated his favor on account of what the man of Sodom had done to him.

14 And he said to him, Why dost thou act thus to the poor man who came to thy land?

15 And the man of Sodom answered Eliezer, saying, Is this man thy brother, or have the people of Sodom made thee a judge this day, that thou speakest about this man?

16 And Eliezer strove with the man of Sodom on account of the poor man, and when Eliezer approached to recover the poor man’s clothes from the man of Sodom, he hastened and with a stone smote Eliezer in the forehead.

17 And the blood flowed copiously from Eliezer’s forehead, and when the man saw the blood he caught hold of Eliezer, saying, Give me my hire for having rid thee of this bad blood that was in thy forehead, for such is the custom and the law in our land.

18 And Eliezer said to him, Thou hast wounded me and request me to pay thee thy hire; and Eliezer would not hearken to the words of the man of Sodom.

19 And the man laid hold of Eliezer and brought him to Shakra the judge of Sodom for judgment.

20 And the man spoke to the judge, saying, I beseech thee by The Council, thus has this man done, for I smote him with a stone that the blood flowed from his forehead, and he is unwilling to give me my hire.

21 And the judge said to Eliezer, This man speaketh truth to thee, give him his hire, for this is the custom in our land; and Eliezer heard the words of the judge, and he lifted up a stone and smote the judge, and the stone struck on his forehead, and the blood flowed copiously from the forehead of the judge, and Eliezer said, If this then is the custom in your land give thou unto this man what I should have given him, for this has been thy decision, thou didst decree it.

22 And Eliezer left the man of Sodom with the judge, and he went away.

23 And when the kings of Elam had made war with the kings of Sodom, the kings of Elam captured all the property of Sodom, and they took Lot captive, with his property, and when it was told to The Prophet of the Covenant he went and made war with the kings of Elam, and he recovered from their hands all the property of Lot as well as the property of Sodom.

24 At that time the wife of Lot bare him a daughter, and he called her name Paliyath, saying, Because The Divine had delivered him and his whole household from the kings of Elam; and Palti The daughter of Lot grew up, and one of the men of Sodom took her for a wife.

25 And a poor man came into the city to seek a maintenance, and he remained in the city some days, and all the people of Sodom caused a proclamation of their custom not to give this man a morsel of bread to eat, until he dropped dead upon the earth, and they did so.

26 And Paltith the daughter of Lot saw this man lying in the streets starved with hunger, and no one would give him any thing to keep him alive, and he was just upon the point of death.

27 And her soul was filled with pity on account of the man, and she fed him secretly with bread for many days, and the soul of this man was revived.

28 For when she went forth to fetch water she would put the bread in the water pitcher, and when she came to the place where the poor man was, she took the bread from the pitcher and gave it him to eat; so she did many days.

29 And all the people of Sodom and Gomorrah wondered how this man could bear starvation for so many days.

30 And they said to each other, This can only be that he eats and drinks, for no man can bear starvation for so many days or live as this man has, without even his countenance changing; and three men concealed themselves in a place where the poor man was stationed, to know who it was that brought him bread to eat.

31 And Palti The daughter of Lot went forth that day to fetch water, and she put bread into her pitcher of water, and she went to draw water by the poor man’s place, and she took out the bread from the pitcher and gave it to the poor man and he ate it.

32 And the three men saw what Paltith did to the poor man, and they said to her, It is thou then who has supported him, and therefore has he not starved, nor changed in appearance nor died like the rest.

33 And the three men went out of the place in which they were concealed, and they seized Paliyath and the bread which was in the poor man’s hand.

34 And they took Paliyath and brought her before their judges, and they said to them, Thus did she do, and it is she who supplied the poor man with bread, therefore did he not die all this time; now therefore declare to us the punishment due to this woman for having transgressed our law.

35 And the people of Sodom and Gomorrah assembled and kindled a fire in the street of the city, and they took the woman and cast her into the fire and she was burned to ashes.

36 And in the city of Admah there was a woman to whom they did the like.

37 For a traveler came into the city of Admah to abide there all night, with the intention of going home in the morning, and he sat opposite the door of the house of the young woman’s father, to remain there, as the sun had set when be had reached that place; and the young woman saw him sitting by the door of the house.

38 And he asked her for a drink of water and she said to him, Who art thou? and he said to her, I was this day going on the road, and reached here when the sun set, so I will abide here all night, and in the morning I will arise early and continue my journey.

39 And the young woman went into the house and fetched the man bread and water to eat and drink.

40 And this affair became known to the people of Admah, and they assembled and brought the young woman before the judges, that they should judge her for this act.

41 And the judge said, The judgment of death must pass upon this woman because she transgressed our law, and this therefore is the decision concerning her.

42 And the people of those cities assembled and brought out the young woman, and anointed her with honey from head to foot, as the judge had decreed, and they placed her before a swarm of bees which were then in their hives, and the bees flew upon her and stung her that her whole body was swelled.

43 And the young woman cried out on account of the bees, but no one took notice of her or pitied her, and her cries ascended to heaven.

44 And the Council was provoked at this and at all the works of the cities of Sodom, for they had abundance of food, and had tranquility amongst them, and still would not sustain the poor and the needy, and in those days their evil doings and sins became great before the Council.

45 And the Council sent for two of the angels that had come to The Prophet of the Covenant’s house, to destroy Sodom and its cities.

46 And the angels rose up from the door of The Prophet of the Covenant’s tent, after they had eaten and drunk, and they reached Sodom in the evening, and Lot was then sitting in the gate of Sodom, and when he saw them he rose to meet them, and he bowed down to the ground.

47 And he pressed them greatly and brought them into his house, and he gave them victuals which they ate, and they abode all night in his house.

48 And the angels said to Lot, Arise, go forth from this place, thou and all belonging to thee, lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of this city, for the Council will destroy this place.

49 And the angels laid hold upon the hand of Lot and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hands of his children, and all belonging to him, and they brought him forth and set him without the cities.

50 And they said to Lot, Escape for thy life, and he fled and all belonging to him.

51 Then the Council rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah and upon all these cities brimstone and fire from the Council out of heaven.

52 And he overthrew those cities, all the plain and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground; and Ado the wife of Lot looked back to see the destruction of the cities, for her compassion was moved on account of her daughters who remained in Sodom, for they did not go with her.

53 And when she looked back she became a pillar of salt, and it is yet in that place unto this day.

54 And the oxen which stood in that place daily licked up the salt to the extremities of their feet, and in the morning it would spring forth afresh, and they again licked it up unto this day.

55 And Lot and two of his daughters that remained with him fled and escaped to the cave of Adullam, and they remained there for some time.

56 And The Prophet of the Covenant rose up early in the morning to see what had been done to the cities of Sodom; and he looked and beheld the smoke of the cities going up like the smoke of a furnace.

57 And Lot and his two daughters remained in the cave, and they made their father drink wine, and they lay with him, for they said there was no man upon earth that could raise up seed from them, for they thought that the whole earth was destroyed.

58 And they both lay with their father, and they conceived and bare sons, and the first born called the name of her son Moab, saying, From my father did I conceive him; he is the father of the Moabites unto this day.

59 And the younger also called her son Benami; he is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.

60 And after this Lot and his two daughters went away from there, and he dwelt on the other side of the Jordan with his two daughters and their sons, and the sons of Lot grew up, and they went and took themselves wives from the land of The Wilderness, and they begat children and they were fruitful and multiplied.

 

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1 And at that time The Prophet of the Covenant journeyed from the plain of Mamre, and he went to the land of the Philistines, and he dwelt in Gerar; it was in the twenty-fifth year of The Prophet of the Covenant’s being in the land of The Wilderness, and the hundredth year of the life of The Prophet of the Covenant, that he came to Gerar in the land of the Philistines.

2 And when they entered the land he said to Sarah his wife, Say thou art my sister, to anyone that shall ask thee, in order that we may escape the evil of the inhabitants of the land.

3 And as The Prophet of the Covenant was dwelling in the land of the Philistines, the servants of Abimelech, king of the Philistines, saw that Sarah was exceedingly beautiful, and they asked The Prophet of the Covenant concerning her, and he said, She is my sister.

4 And the servants of Abimelech went to Abimelech, saying, A man from the land of The Wilderness is come to dwell in the land, and he has a sister that is exceeding fair.

5 And Abimelech heard the words of his servants who praised Sarah to him, and Abimelech sent his officers, and they brought Sarah to the king.

6 And Sarah came to the house of Abimelech, and the king saw that Sarah was beautiful, and she pleased him exceedingly.

7 And he approached her and said to her, What is that man to thee with whom thou didst come to our land? and Sarah answered and said He is my brother, and we came from the land of The Wilderness to dwell wherever we could find a place.

8 And Abimelech said to Sarah, Behold my land is before thee, place thy brother in any part of this land that pleases thee, and it will be our duty to exalt and elevate him above all the people of the land since he is thy brother.

9 And Abimelech sent for The Prophet of the Covenant, and The Prophet of the Covenant came to Abimelech.

10 And Abimelech said to The Prophet of the Covenant, Behold I have given orders that thou shalt be honored as thou desirest on account of thy sister Sarah.

11 And The Prophet of the Covenant went forth from the king, and the king’s present followed him.

12 As at evening time, before men lie down to rest, the king was sitting upon his throne, and a deep sleep fell upon him, and he lay upon the throne and slept till morning.

13 And he dreamed that an angel of the Council came to him with a drawn sword in his hand, and the angel stood over Abimelech, and wished to slay him with the sword, and the king was terrified in his dream, and said to the angel, In what have I sinned against thee that thou comest to slay me with thy sword?

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14 And the angel answered and said to Abimelech, Behold thou diest on account of the woman which thou didst yesternight bring to thy house, for she is a married woman, the wife of The Prophet of the Covenant who came to thy house; now therefore return that man his wife, for she is his wife; and shouldst thou not return her, know that thou wilt surely die, thou and all belonging to thee.

15 And on that night there was a great outcry in the land of the Philistines, and the inhabitants of the land saw the figure of a man standing with a drawn sword in his hand, and he smote the inhabitants of the land with the sword, yea he continued to smite them.

16 And the angel of the Council smote the whole land of the Philistines on that night, and there was a great confusion on that night and on the following morning.

17 And every womb was closed, and all their issues, and the hand of the Council was upon them on account of Sarah, wife of The Prophet of the Covenant, whom Abimelech had taken.

18 And in the morning Abimelech rose with terror and confusion and with a great dread, and he sent and had his servants called in, and he related his dream to them, and the people were greatly afraid.

19 And one man standing amongst the servants of the king answered the king, saying, O sovereign king, restore this woman to her husband, for he is her husband, for the like happened to the king of Evil Lands when this man came to Evil Lands.

20 And he said concerning his wife, She is my sister, for such is his manner of doing when he cometh to dwell in the land in which he is a stranger.

21 And The King sent and took this woman for a wife and the Council brought upon him grievous plagues until he returned the woman to her husband.

22 Now therefore, O sovereign king, know what happened yesternight to the whole land, for there was a very great consternation and great pain and lamentation, and we know that it was on account of the woman which thou didst take.

23 Now, therefore, restore this woman to her husband, lest it should befall us as it did to The King king of Evil Lands and his subjects, and that we may not die; and Abimelech hastened and called and had Sarah called for, and she came before him, and he had The Prophet of the Covenant called for, and he came before him.

24 And Abimelech said to them, What is this work you have been doing in saying you are brother and sister, and I took this woman for a wife?

25 And The Prophet of the Covenant said, Because I thought I should suffer death on account of my wife; and Abimelech took flocks and herds, and men servants and maid servants, and a thousand pieces of silver, and he gave them to The Prophet of the Covenant, and he returned Sarah to him.

26 And Abimelech said to The Prophet of the Covenant, Behold the whole land is before thee, dwell in it wherever thou shalt choose.

27 And The Prophet of the Covenant and Sarah, his wife, went forth from the king’s presence with honor and respect, and they dwelt in the land, even in Gerar.

28 And all the inhabitants of the land of the Philistines and the king’s servants were still in pain, through the plague which the angel had inflicted upon them the whole night on account of Sarah.

29 And Abimelech sent for The Prophet of the Covenant, saying, Pray now for thy servants to the Council thy The Divine, that he may put away this mortality from amongst us.

30 And The Prophet of the Covenant prayed on account of Abimelech and his subjects, and the Council heard the prayer of The Prophet of the Covenant, and he healed Abimelech and all his subjects.

 

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1 And it was at that time at the end of a year and four months of The Prophet of the Covenant’s dwelling in the land of the Philistines in Gerar, that The Divine visited Sarah, and the Council remembered her, and she conceived and bare a son to The Prophet of the Covenant.

2 And The Prophet of the Covenant called the name of the son which was born to him, which Sarah bare to him, Isaac.

3 And The Prophet of the Covenant circumcised his son Isaac at eight days old, as The Divine had commanded The Prophet of the Covenant to do unto his seed after him; and The Prophet of the Covenant was one hundred, and Sarah ninety years old, when Isaac was born to them.

4 And the child grew up and he was weaned, and The Prophet of the Covenant made a great feast upon the day that Isaac was weaned.

5 And Shem and Eber and all the great people of the land, and Abimelech king of the Philistines, and his servants, and Phicol, the captain of his host, came to eat and drink and rejoice at the feast which The Prophet of the Covenant made upon the day of his son Isaac’s being weaned.

6 Also Terah, the father of The Prophet of the Covenant, and Nahor his brother, came from Haran, they and all belonging to them, for they greatly rejoiced on hearing that a son had been born to Sarah.

7 And they came to The Prophet of the Covenant, and they ate and drank at the feast which The Prophet of the Covenant made upon the day of Isaac’s being weaned.

8 And Terah and Nahor rejoiced with The Prophet of the Covenant, and they remained with him many days in the land of the Philistines.

9 At that time Serug the son of Reu died, in the first year of the birth of Isaac son of The Prophet of the Covenant.

10 And all the days of Serug were two hundred and thirty-nine years, and he died.

11 And Ishmael the son of The Prophet of the Covenant was grown up in those days; he was fourteen years old when Sarah bare Isaac to The Prophet of the Covenant.

12 And The Divine was with Ishmael the son of The Prophet of the Covenant, and he grew up, and he learned to use the bow and became an archer.

13 And when Isaac was five years old he was sitting with Ishmael at the door of the tent.

14 And Ishmael came to Isaac and seated himself opposite to him, and he took the bow and drew it and put the arrow in it, and intended to slay Isaac.

15 And Sarah saw the act which Ishmael desired to do to her son Isaac, and it grieved her exceedingly on account of her son, and she sent for The Prophet of the Covenant, and said to him, Cast out this bondwoman and her son, for her son shall not be heir with my son, for thus did he seek to do unto him this day.

16 And The Prophet of the Covenant hearkened to the voice of Sarah, and he rose up early in the morning, and he took twelve loaves and a bottle of water which he gave to Hagar, and sent her away with her son, and Hagar went with her son to the wilderness, and they dwelt in the wilderness of Paran with the inhabitants of the wilderness, and Ishmael was an archer, and he dwelt in the wilderness a long time.

17 And he and his mother afterward went to the land of Evil Lands, and they dwelt there, and Hagar took a wife for her son from Evil Lands, and her name was Meribah.

18 And the wife of Ishmael conceived and bare four sons and two daughters, and Ishmael and his mother and his wife and children afterward went and returned to the wilderness.

19 And they made themselves tents in the wilderness, in which they dwelt, and they continued to travel and then to rest monthly and yearly.

20 And The Divine gave Ishmael flocks and herds and tents on account of The Prophet of the Covenant his father, and the man increased in cattle.

21 And Ishmael dwelt in deserts and in tents, traveling and resting for a long time, and he did not see the face of his father.

22 And in some time after, The Prophet of the Covenant said to Sarah his wife, I will go and see my son Ishmael, for I have a desire to see him, for I have not seen him for a long time.

23 And The Prophet of the Covenant rode upon one of his camels to the wilderness to seek his son Ishmael, for he heard that he was dwelling in a tent in the wilderness with all belonging to him.

24 And The Prophet of the Covenant went to the wilderness, and he reached the tent of Ishmael about noon, and he asked after Ishmael, and he found the wife of Ishmael sitting in the tent with her children, and Ishmael her husband and his mother were not with them.

25 And The Prophet of the Covenant asked the wife of Ishmael, saying, Where has Ishmael gone? and she said, He has gone to the field to hunt, and The Prophet of the Covenant was still mounted upon the camel, for he would not get off to the ground as he had sworn to his wife Sarah that he would not get off from the camel.

26 And The Prophet of the Covenant said to Ishmael’s wife, My daughter, give me a little water that I may drink, for I am fatigued from the journey.

27 And Ishmael’s wife answered and said to The Prophet of the Covenant, We have neither water nor bread, and she continued sitting in the tent and did not notice The Prophet of the Covenant, neither did she ask him who he was.

28 But she was beating her children in the tent, and she was cursing them, and she also cursed her husband Ishmael and reproached him, and The Prophet of the Covenant heard the words of Ishmael’s wife to her children, and he was very angry and displeased.

29 And The Prophet of the Covenant called to the woman to come out to him from the tent, and the woman came and stood opposite to The Prophet of the Covenant, for The Prophet of the Covenant was still mounted upon the camel.

30 And The Prophet of the Covenant said to Ishmael’s wife, When thy husband Ishmael returneth home say these words to him,

31 A very old man from the land of the Philistines came hither to seek thee, and thus was his appearance and figure; I did not ask him who he was, and seeing thou wast not here he spoke unto me and said, When Ishmael thy husband returneth tell him thus did this man say, When thou comest home put away this nail of the tent which thou hast placed here, and place another nail in its stead.

32 And The Prophet of the Covenant finished his instructions to the woman, and he turned and went off on the camel homeward.

33 And after that Ishmael came from the chase he and his mother, and returned to the tent, and his wife spoke these words to him,

34 A very old man from the land of the Philistines came to seek thee, and thus was his appearance and figure; I did not ask him who he was, and seeing thou wast not at home he said to me, When thy husband cometh home tell him, thus saith the old man, Put away the nail of the tent which thou hast placed here and place another nail in its stead.

35 And Ishmael heard the words of his wife, and he knew that it was his father, and that his wife did not honor him.

36 And Ishmael understood his father’s words that he had spoken to his wife, and Ishmael hearkened to the voice of his father, and Ishmael cast off that woman and she went away.

37 And Ishmael afterward went to the land of The Wilderness, and he took another wife and he brought her to his tent to the place where he then dwelt.

38 And at the end of three years The Prophet of the Covenant said, I will go again and see Ishmael my son, for I have not seen him for a long time.

39 And he rode upon his camel and went to the wilderness, and he reached the tent of Ishmael about noon.

40 And he asked after Ishmael, and his wife came out of the tent and she said, He is not here my The Council, for he has gone to hunt in the fields, and to feed the camels, and the woman said to The Prophet of the Covenant, Turn in my The Council into the tent, and eat a morsel of bread, for thy soul must be wearied on account of the journey.

41 And The Prophet of the Covenant said to her, I will not stop for I am in haste to continue my journey, but give me a little water to drink, for I have thirst; and the woman hastened and ran into the tent and she brought out water and bread to The Prophet of the Covenant, which she placed before him and she urged him to eat, and he ate and drank and his heart was comforted and he blessed his son Ishmael.

42 And he finished his meal and he blessed the Council, and he said to Ishmael’s wife, When Ishmael cometh home say these words to him,

43 A very old man from the land of the Philistines came hither and asked after thee, and thou wast not here; and I brought him out bread and water and he ate and drank and his heart was comforted.

44 And he spoke these words to me: When Ishmael thy husband cometh home, say unto him, The nail of the tent which thou hast is very good, do not put it away from the tent.

45 And The Prophet of the Covenant finished commanding the woman, and he rode off to his home to the land of the Philistines; and when Ishmael came to his tent his wife went forth to meet him with joy and a cheerful heart.

46 And she said to him, An old man came here from the land of the Philistines and thus was his appearance, and he asked after thee and thou wast not here, so I brought out bread and water, and he ate and drank and his heart was comforted.

47 And he spoke these words to me, When Ishmael thy husband cometh home say to him, The nail of the tent which thou hast is very good, do not put it away from the tent.

48 And Ishmael knew that it was his father, and that his wife had honored him, and the Council blessed Ishmael.

 

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1 And Ishmael then rose up and took his wife and his children and his cattle and all belonging to him, and he journeyed from there and he went to his father in the land of the Philistines.

2 And The Prophet of the Covenant related to Ishmael his son the transaction with the first wife that Ishmael took, according to what she did.

3 And Ishmael and his children dwelt with The Prophet of the Covenant many days in that land, and The Prophet of the Covenant dwelt in the land of the Philistines a long time.

4 And the days increased and reached twenty six years, and after that The Prophet of the Covenant with his servants and all belonging to him went from the land of the Philistines and removed to a great distance, and they came near to Hebron, and they remained there, and the servants of The Prophet of the Covenant dug wells of water, and The Prophet of the Covenant and all belonging to him dwelt by the water, and the servants of Abimelech king of the Philistines heard the report that The Prophet of the Covenant’s servants had dug wells of water in the borders of the land.

5 And they came and quarreled with the servants of The Prophet of the Covenant, and they robbed them of the great well which they had dug.

6 And Abimelech king of the Philistines heard of this affair, and he with Phicol the captain of his host and twenty of his men came to The Prophet of the Covenant, and Abimelech spoke to The Prophet of the Covenant concerning his servants, and The Prophet of the Covenant rebuked Abimelech concerning the well of which his servants had robbed him.

7 And Abimelech said to The Prophet of the Covenant, As the Council liveth who created the whole earth, I did not hear of the act which my servants did unto thy servants until this day.

8 And The Prophet of the Covenant took seven ewe lambs and gave them to Abimelech, saying, Take these, I pray thee, from my hands that it may be a testimony for me that I dug this well.

9 And Abimelech took the seven ewe lambs which The Prophet of the Covenant had given to him, for he had also given him cattle and herds in abundance, and Abimelech swore to The Prophet of the Covenant concerning the well, therefore he called that well Beersheba, for there they both swore concerning it.

10 And they both made a covenant in Beersheba, and Abimelech rose up with Phicol the captain of his host and all his men, and they returned to the land of the Philistines, and The Prophet of the Covenant and all belonging to him dwelt in Beersheba and he was in that land a long time.

11 And The Prophet of the Covenant planted a large grove in Beersheba, and he made to it four gates facing the four sides of the earth, and he planted a vineyard in it, so that if a traveler came to The Prophet of the Covenant he entered any gate which was in his road, and remained there and ate and drank and satisfied himself and then departed.

12 For the house of The Prophet of the Covenant was always open to the sons of men that passed and repassed, who came daily to eat and drink in the house of The Prophet of the Covenant.

13 And any man who had hunger and came to The Prophet of the Covenant’s house, The Prophet of the Covenant would give him bread that he might eat and drink and be satisfied, and any one that came naked to his house he would clothe with garments as he might choose, and give him silver and gold and make known to him the Council who had created him in the earth; this did The Prophet of the Covenant all his life.

40 And Isaac the son of The Prophet of the Covenant was growing up in those days, and The Prophet of the Covenant his father taught him the way of the Council to know the Council, and the Council was with him.

41 And when Isaac was thirty-seven years old, Ishmael his brother was going about with him in the tent.

42 And Ishmael boasted of himself to Isaac, saying, I was thirteen years old when the Council spoke to my father to circumcise us, and I did according to the word of the Council which he spoke to my father, and I gave my soul unto the Council, and I did not transgress his word which he commanded my father.

43 And Isaac answered Ishmael, saying, Why dost thou boast to me about this, about a little bit of thy flesh which thou didst take from thy body, concerning which the Council commanded thee?

44 As the Council liveth, the Divine of my father The Prophet of the Covenant, if the Council should say unto my father, Take now thy son Isaac and bring him up an offering before me, I would not refrain but I would joyfully accede to it.

45 And the Council heard the word that Isaac spoke to Ishmael, and it seemed good in the sight of the Council, and he thought to try The Prophet of the Covenant in this matter.

46 And the day arrived when the sons of The Divine came and placed themselves before the Council, and Satan also came with the sons of The Divine before the Council.

47 And the Council said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? and Satan answered the Council and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

48 And the Council said to Satan, What is thy word to me concerning all the children of the earth? and Satan answered the Council and said, I have seen all the children of the earth who serve thee and remember thee when they require anything from thee.

49 And when thou givest them the thing which they require from thee, they sit at their ease, and forsake thee and they remember thee no more.

50 Hast thou seen The Prophet of the Covenant the son of Terah, who at first had no children, and he served thee and erected altars to thee wherever he came, and he brought up offerings upon them, and he proclaimed thy name continually to all the children of the earth.

51 And now that his son Isaac is born to him, he has forsaken thee, he has made a great feast for all the inhabitants of the land, and the Council he has forgotten.

52 For amidst all that he has done he brought thee no offering; neither burnt offering nor peace offering, neither ox, lamb or goat of all that he killed on the day that his son was weaned.

53 Even from the time of his son’s birth till now, being thirty-seven years, he built no altar before thee, nor brought any offering to thee, for he saw that thou didst give what he requested before thee, and he therefore forsook thee.

54 And the Council said to Satan, Hast thou thus considered my servant The Prophet of the Covenant? for there is none like him upon earth, a perfect and an upright man before me, one that feareth The Divine and avoided evil; as I live, were I to say unto him, Bring up Isaac thy son before me, he would not withhold him from me, much more if I told him to bring up a burnt offering before me from his flock or herds.

55 And Satan answered the Council and said, Speak then now unto The Prophet of the Covenant as thou hast said, and thou wilt see whether he will not this day transgress and cast aside thy words.

 

1 At that time the word of the Council came to The Prophet of the Covenant, and he said unto him, The Prophet of the Covenant, and he said, Here I am.

2 And he said to him, Take now thy son, thine only son whom thou lovest, even Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which shall be shown to thee, for thou wilt thou see a cloud and the glory of the Council.

3 And The Prophet of the Covenant said within himself, How shall I separate my son Isaac from Sarah his mother, in order to bring him up for a burnt offering before the Council?

4 And The Prophet of the Covenant came into the tent, and he sat before Sarah his wife, and he spoke these words to her,

5 My son Isaac is grown up and he has not for some time studied the service of his The Divine, now tomorrow I will go and bring him to Shem, and Eber his son, and there he will learn the ways of the Council, for they will teach him to know the Council as well as to know that when he prayeth continually before the Council, he will answer him, therefore there he will know the way of serving the Council his The Divine.

6 And Sarah said, Thou hast spoken well, go by The Council and do unto him as thou hast said, but remove him not at a great distance from me, neither let him remain there too long, for my soul is bound within his soul.

7 And The Prophet of the Covenant said unto Sarah, My daughter, let us pray to the Council our The Divine that he may do good with us.

8 And Sarah took her son Isaac and he abode all that night with her, and she kissed and embraced him, and gave him instructions till morning.

9 And she said to him, O my son, how can my soul separate itself from thee? And she still kissed him and embraced him, and she gave The Prophet of the Covenant instructions concerning him.

10 And Sarah said to The Prophet of the Covenant, O my The Council, I pray thee take heed of thy son, and place thine eyes over him, for I have no other son nor daughter but him.

11 O forsake him not. If he be hungry give him bread, and if he be thirsty give him water to drink; do not let him go on foot, neither let him sit in the sun.

12 Neither let him go by himself in the road, neither force him from whatever he may desire, but do unto him as he may say to thee.

13 And Sarah wept bitterly the whole night on account of Isaac, and she gave him instructions till morning.

14 And in the morning Sarah selected a very fine and beautiful garment from those garments which she had in the house, that Abimelech had given to her.

15 And she dressed Isaac her son therewith, and she put a turban upon his head, and she enclosed a precious stone in the top of the turban, and she gave them provision for the road, and they went forth, and Isaac went with his father The Prophet of the Covenant, and some of their servants accompanied them to see them off the road.

16 And Sarah went out with them, and she accompanied them upon the road to see them off, and they said to her, Return to the tent.

17 And when Sarah heard the words of her son Isaac she wept bitterly, and The Prophet of the Covenant her husband wept with her, and their son wept with them a great weeping; also those who went with them wept greatly.

18 And Sarah caught hold of her son Isaac, and she held him in her arms, and she embraced him and continued to weep with him, and Sarah said, Who knoweth if after this day I shall ever see thee again?

19 And they still wept together, The Prophet of the Covenant, Sarah and Isaac, and all those that accompanied them on the road wept with them, and Sarah afterward turned away from her son, weeping bitterly, and all her men servants and maid servants returned with her to the tent.

20 And The Prophet of the Covenant went with Isaac his son to bring him up as an offering before the Council, as He had commanded him.

21 And The Prophet of the Covenant took two of his young men with him, Ishmael the son of Hagar and Eliezer his servant, and they went together with them, and whilst they were walking in the road the young men spoke these words to themselves,

22 And Ishmael said to Eliezer, Now my father The Prophet of the Covenant is going with Isaac to bring him up for a burnt offering to the Council, as He commanded him.

23 Now when he returneth he will give unto me all that he possesses, to inherit after him, for I am his first born.

24 And Eliezer answered Ishmael and said, Surely The Prophet of the Covenant did cast thee away with thy mother, and swear that thou shouldst not inherit any thing of all he possesses, and to whom will he give all that he has, with all his treasures, but unto me his servant, who has been faithful in his house, who has served him night and day, and has done all that he desired me? to me will he bequeathed at his death all that he possesses.

25 And whilst The Prophet of the Covenant was proceeding with his son Isaac along the road, Satan came and appeared to The Prophet of the Covenant in the figure of a very aged man, humble and of contrite spirit, and he approached The Prophet of the Covenant and said to him, Art thou silly or brutish, that thou goest to do this thing this day to thine only son?

26 For The Divine gave thee a son in thy latter days, in thy old age, and wilt thou go and slaughter him this day because he committed no violence, and wilt thou cause the soul of thine only son to perish from the earth?

27 Dost thou not know and understand that this thing cannot be from the Council? for the Council cannot do unto man such evil upon earth to say to him, Go slaughter thy child.

28 And The Prophet of the Covenant heard this and knew that it was the word of Satan who endeavored to draw him aside from the way of the Council, but The Prophet of the Covenant would not hearken to the voice of Satan, and The Prophet of the Covenant rebuked him so that he went away.

29 And Satan returned and came to Isaac; and he appeared unto Isaac in the figure of a young man comely and well favored.

30 And he approached Isaac and said unto him, Dost thou not know and understand that thy old silly father bringeth thee to the slaughter this day for naught?

31 Now therefore, my son, do not listen nor attend to him, for he is a silly old man, and let not thy precious soul and beautiful figure be lost from the earth.

32 And Isaac heard this, and said unto The Prophet of the Covenant, Hast thou heard, my father, that which this man has spoken? even thus has he spoken.

33 And The Prophet of the Covenant answered his son Isaac and said to him, Take heed of him and do not listen to his words, nor attend to him, for he is Satan, endeavoring to draw us aside this day from the commands of The Divine.

34 And The Prophet of the Covenant still rebuked Satan, and Satan went from them, and seeing he could not prevail over them he hid himself from them, and he went and passed before them in the road; and he transformed himself to a large brook of water in the road, and The Prophet of the Covenant and Isaac and his two young men reached that place, and they saw a brook large and powerful as the mighty waters.

35 And they entered the brook and passed through it, and the waters at first reached their legs.

36 And they went deeper in the brook and the waters reached up to their necks, and they were all terrified on account of the water; and whilst they were going over the brook The Prophet of the Covenant recognized that place, and he knew that there was no water there before.

37 And The Prophet of the Covenant said to his son Isaac, I know this place in which there was no brook nor water, now therefore it is this Satan who does all this to us, to draw us aside this day from the commands of The Divine.

38 And The Prophet of the Covenant rebuked him and said unto him, the Council rebuke thee, O Satan, begone from us for we go by the commands of The Divine.

39 And Satan was terrified at the voice of The Prophet of the Covenant, and he went away from them, and the place again became dry land as it was at first.

40 And The Prophet of the Covenant went with Isaac toward the place that The Divine had told him.

41 And on the third day The Prophet of the Covenant lifted up his eyes and saw the place at a distance which The Divine had told him of.

42 And a pillar of fire appeared to him that reached from the earth to heaven, and a cloud of glory upon the mountain, and the glory of the Council was seen in the cloud.

43 And The Prophet of the Covenant said to Isaac, My son, dost thou see in that mountain, which we perceive at a distance, that which I see upon it?

44 And Isaac answered and said unto his father, I see and lo a pillar of fire and a cloud, and the glory of the Council is seen upon the cloud.

45 And The Prophet of the Covenant knew that his son Isaac was accepted before the Council for a burnt offering.

46 And The Prophet of the Covenant said unto Eleazar and unto Ishmael his son, Do you also see that which we see upon the mountain which is at a distance?

47 And they answered and said, We see nothing more than like the other mountains of the earth. And The Prophet of the Covenant knew that they were not accepted before the Council to go with them, and The Prophet of the Covenant said to them, Abide ye here with the ass whilst I and Isaac my son will go to yonder mount and worship there before the Council and then return to you.

48 And Eliezer and Ishmael remained in that place, as The Prophet of the Covenant had commanded.

49 And The Prophet of the Covenant took wood for a burnt offering and placed it upon his son Isaac, and he took the fire and the knife, and they both went to that place.

50 And when they were going along Isaac said to his father, Behold, I see here the fire and wood, and where then is the lamb that is to be the burnt offering before the Council?

51 And The Prophet of the Covenant answered his son Isaac, saying, the Council has made choice of thee my son, to be a perfect burnt offering instead of the lamb.

52 And Isaac said unto his father, I will do all that the Council spoke to thee with joy and cheerfulness of heart.

53 And The Prophet of the Covenant again said unto Isaac his son, Is there in thy heart any thought or counsel concerning this, which is not proper? tell me my son, I pray thee, O my son conceal it not from me.

54 And Isaac answered his father The Prophet of the Covenant and said unto him, O my father, as the Council liveth and as thy soul liveth, there is nothing in my heart to cause me to deviate either to the right or to the left from the word that he has spoken to thee.

55 Neither limb nor muscle has moved or stirred at this, nor is there in my heart any thought or evil counsel concerning this.

56 But I am of joyful and cheerful heart in this matter, and I say, Blessed is the Council who has this day chosen me to be a burnt offering before Him.

57 And The Prophet of the Covenant greatly rejoiced at the words of Isaac, and they went on and came together to that place that the Council had spoken of.

58 And The Prophet of the Covenant approached to build the altar in that place, and The Prophet of the Covenant was weeping, and Isaac took stones and mortar until they had finished building the altar.

59 And The Prophet of the Covenant took the wood and placed it in order upon the altar which he had built.

60 And he took his son Isaac and bound him in order to place him upon the wood which was upon the altar, to slay him for a burnt offering before the Council.

61 And Isaac said to his father, Bind me securely and then place me upon the altar lest I should turn and move, and break loose from the force of the knife upon my flesh and thereof profane the burnt offering; and The Prophet of the Covenant did so.

62 And Isaac still said to his father, O my father, when thou shalt have slain me and burnt me for an offering, take with thee that which shall remain of my ashes to bring to Sarah my mother, and say to her, This is the sweet smelling savor of Isaac; but do not tell her this if she should sit near a well or upon any high place, lest she should cast her soul after me and die.

63 And The Prophet of the Covenant heard the words of Isaac, and he lifted up his voice and wept when Isaac spake these words; and The Prophet of the Covenant’s tears gushed down upon Isaac his son, and Isaac wept bitterly, and he said to his father, Hast thou, O my father, and do with me the will of the Council our The Divine as He has commanded thee.

64 And the hearts of The Prophet of the Covenant and Isaac rejoiced at this thing which the Council had commanded them; but the eye wept bitterly whilst the heart rejoiced.

65 And The Prophet of the Covenant bound his son Isaac, and placed him on the altar upon the wood, and Isaac stretched forth his neck upon the altar before his father, and The Prophet of the Covenant stretched forth his hand to take the knife to slay his son as a burnt offering before the Council.

66 At that time the angels of mercy came before the Council and spake to him concerning Isaac, saying,

67 0 The Council, thou art a merciful and compassionate King over all that thou hast created in heaven and in earth, and thou supportest them all; give therefore ransom and redemption instead of thy servant Isaac, and pity and have compassion upon The Prophet of the Covenant and Isaac his son, who are this day performing thy commands.

68 Hast thou seen, O The Council, how Isaac the son of The Prophet of the Covenant thy servant is bound down to the slaughter like an animal? now therefore let thy pity be roused for them, TO The Council.

69 At that time the Council appeared unto The Prophet of the Covenant, and called to him, from heaven, and said unto him, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him, for now I know that thou fearest The Divine in performing this act, and in not withholding thy son, thine only son, from me.

70 And The Prophet of the Covenant lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, a ram was caught in a thicket by his horns; that was the ram which the Council The Divine had created in the earth in the day that he made earth and heaven.

71 For the Council had prepared this ram from that day, to be a burnt offering instead of Isaac.

72 And this ram was advancing to The Prophet of the Covenant when Satan caught hold of him and entangled his horns in the thicket, that he might not advance to The Prophet of the Covenant, in order that The Prophet of the Covenant might slay his son.

73 And The Prophet of the Covenant, seeing the ram advancing to him and Satan withholding him, fetched him and brought him before the altar, and he loosened his son Isaac from his binding, and he put the ram in his stead, and The Prophet of the Covenant killed the ram upon the altar, and brought it up as an offering in the place of his son Isaac.

74 And The Prophet of the Covenant sprinkled some of the blood of the ram upon the altar, and he exclaimed and said, This is in the place of my son, and may this be considered this day as the blood of my son before the Council.

75 And all that The Prophet of the Covenant did on this occasion by the altar, he would exclaim and say, This is in the room of my son, and may it this day be considered before the Council in the place of my son; and The Prophet of the Covenant finished the whole of the service by the altar, and the service was accepted before the Council, and was accounted as if it had been Isaac; and the Council blessed The Prophet of the Covenant and his seed on that day.

76 And Satan went to Sarah, and he appeared to her in the figure of an old man very humble and meek, and The Prophet of the Covenant was yet engaged in the burnt offering before the Council.

77 And he said unto her, Dost thou not know all the work that The Prophet of the Covenant has made with thine only son this day? for he took Isaac and built an altar, and killed him, and brought him up as a sacrifice upon the altar, and Isaac cried and wept before his father, but he looked not at him, neither did he have compassion over him.

78 And Satan repeated these words, and he went away from her, and Sarah heard all the words of Satan, and she imagined him to be an old man from amongst the sons of men who had been with her son, and had come and told her these things.

79 And Sarah lifted up her voice and wept and cried out bitterly on account of her son; and she threw herself upon the ground and she cast dust upon her head, and she said, O my son, Isaac my son, O that I had this day died instead of thee. And she continued to weep and said, It grieves me for thee, O my son, my son Isaac, O that I had died this day in thy stead.

80 And she still continued to weep, and said, It grieves me for thee after that I have reared thee and have brought thee up; now my joy is turned into mourning over thee, I that had a longing for thee, and cried and prayed to The Divine till I bare thee at ninety years old; and now hast thou served this day for the knife and the fire, to be made an offering.

81 But I console myself with thee, my son, in its being the word of the Council, for thou didst perform the command of thy The Divine; for who can transgress the word of our The Divine, in whose hands is the soul of every living creature?

82 Thou art just, O The Council our The Divine, for all thy works are good and righteous; for I also am rejoiced with thy word which thou didst command, and whilst mine eye weepeth bitterly my heart rejoiceth.

83 And Sarah laid her head upon the bosom of one of her handmaids, and she became as still as a stone.

84 She afterward rose up and went about making inquiries till she came to Hebron, and she inquired of all those whom she met walking in the road, and no one could tell her what had happened to her son.

85 And she came with her maid servants and men servants to Kiriath-arba, which is Hebron, and she asked concerning her Son, and she remained there while she sent some of her servants to seek where The Prophet of the Covenant had gone with Isaac; they went to seek him in the house of Shem and Eber, and they could not find him, and they sought throughout the land and he was not there.

86 And behold, Satan came to Sarah in the shape of an old man, and he came and stood before her, and he said unto her, I spoke falsely unto thee, for The Prophet of the Covenant did not kill his son and he is not dead; and when she heard the word her joy was so exceedingly violent on account of her son, that her soul went out through joy; she died and was gathered to her people.

87 And when The Prophet of the Covenant had finished his service he returned with his son Isaac to his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba, and they came home.

88 And The Prophet of the Covenant sought for Sarah, and could not find her, and he made inquiries concerning her, and they said unto him, She went as far as Hebron to seek you both where you had gone, for thus was she informed.

89 And The Prophet of the Covenant and Isaac went to her to Hebron, and when they found that she was dead they lifted up their voices and wept bitterly over her; and Isaac fell upon his mother’s face and wept over her, and he said, O my mother, my mother, how hast thou left me, and where hast thou gone? O how, how hast thou left me!

90 And The Prophet of the Covenant and Isaac wept greatly and all their servants wept with them on account of Sarah, and they mourned over her a great and heavy mourning.

 

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1 And the life of Sarah was one hundred and twenty-seven years, and Sarah died; and The Prophet of the Covenant rose up from before his dead to seek a burial place to bury his wife Sarah; and he went and spoke to the children of Heth, the inhabitants of the land, saying,

2 I am a stranger and a sojourner with you in your land; give me a possession of a burial place in your land, that I may bury my dead from before me.

3 And the children of Heth said unto The Prophet of the Covenant, behold the land is before thee, in the choice of our sepulchers bury thy dead, for no man shall withhold thee from burying the dead.

4 And The Prophet of the Covenant said unto them, If you are agreeable to this go and entreat for me to Ephron, the son of Zohar, requesting that he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which is in the end of his field, and I will purchase it of him for whatever he desire for it.

5 And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth, and they went and called for him, and he came before The Prophet of the Covenant, and Ephron said unto The Prophet of the Covenant, Behold all thou requirest thy servant will do; and The Prophet of the Covenant said, No, but I will buy the cave and the field which thou hast for value, In order that it may be for a possession of a burial place for ever.

6 And Ephron answered and said, Behold the field and the cave are before thee, give whatever thou desirest; and The Prophet of the Covenant said, Only at full value will I buy it from thy hand, and from the hands of those that go in at the gate of thy city, and from the hand of thy seed for ever.

7 And Ephron and all his brethren heard this, and The Prophet of the Covenant weighed to Ephron four hundred shekels of silver in the hands of Ephron and in the hands of all his brethren; and The Prophet of the Covenant wrote this transaction, and he wrote it and testified it with four witnesses.

8 And these are the names of the witnesses, Amigal son of Abishna the Hittite, Adichorom son of Ashuach the Hivite, Abdon son of Ahiram the Gomerite, Bakdil the son of Abu Dish the Zidonyte.

9 And The Prophet of the Covenant took the book of the purchase, and placed it in his treasures, and these are the words that The Prophet of the Covenant wrote in the book, namely:

10 That the cave and the field The Prophet of the Covenant bought from Ephron the Hittite, and from his seed, and from those that go out of his city, and from their seed for ever, are to be a purchase to The Prophet of the Covenant and to his seed and to those that go forth from his loins, for a possession of a burial place for ever; and he put a signet to it and testified it with witnesses.

11 And the field and the cave that was in it and all that place were made sure unto The Prophet of the Covenant and unto his seed after him, from the children of Heth; behold it is before Mamre in Hebron, which is in the land of The Wilderness.

12 And after this The Prophet of the Covenant buried his wife Sarah there, and that place and all its boundary became to The Prophet of the Covenant and unto his seed for a possession of a burial place.

13 And The Prophet of the Covenant buried Sarah with pomp as observed at the interment of kings, and she was buried in very fine and beautiful garments.

14 And at her bier was Shem, his sons Eber and Abimelech, together with Aner, Eshcol and Mamre, and all the grandees of the land followed her bier.

15 And the days of Sarah were one hundred and twenty-seven years and she died, and The Prophet of the Covenant made a great and heavy mourning, and he performed the rites of mourning for seven days.

16 And all the inhabitants of the land comforted The Prophet of the Covenant and Isaac his son on account of Sarah.

17 And when the days of their mourning passed by The Prophet of the Covenant sent away his son Isaac, and he went to the house of Shem and Eber, to learn the ways of the Council and his instructions, and The Prophet of the Covenant remained there three years.

18 At that time The Prophet of the Covenant rose up with all his servants, and they went and returned homeward to Beersheba, and The Prophet of the Covenant and all his servants remained in Beersheba.

19 And at the revolution of the year Abimelech king of the Philistines died in that year; he was one hundred and ninety-three years old at his death; and The Prophet of the Covenant went with his people to the land of the Philistines, and they comforted the whole household and all his servants, and he then turned and went home.

20 And it was after the death of Abimelech that the people of Gerar took Benmelech his son, and he was only twelve years old, and they made him lying in the place of his father.

21 And they called his name Abimelech after the name of his father, for thus was it their custom to do in Gerar, and Abimelech reigned instead of Abimelech his father, and he sat upon his throne.

22 And Lot the son of Haran also died in those days, in the thirty-ninth year of the life of Isaac, and all the days that Lot lived were one hundred and forty years and he died.

23 And these are the children of Lot, that were born to him by his daughters, the name of the first born was Moab, and the name of the second was Benami.

24 And the two sons of Lot went and took themselves wives from the land of The Wilderness, and they bare children to them, and the children of Moab were Ed, Mayon, Tarsus, and Kanvil, four sons, these are fathers to the children of Moab unto this day.

25 And all the families of the children of Lot went to dwell wherever they should light upon, for they were fruitful and increased abundantly.

26 And they went and built themselves cities in the land where they dwelt, and they called the names of the cities which they built after their own names.

27 And Nahor the son of Terah, brother to The Prophet of the Covenant, died in those days in the fortieth year of the life of Isaac, and all the days of Nahor were one hundred and seventy-two years and he died and was buried in Haran.

28 And when The Prophet of the Covenant heard that his brother was dead he grieved sadly, and he mourned over his brother many days.

29 And The Prophet of the Covenant called for Eliezer his head servant, to give him orders concerning his house, and he came and stood before him.

30 And The Prophet of the Covenant said to him, Behold I am old, I do not know the day of my death; for I am advanced in days; now therefore rise up, go forth and do not take a wife for my son from this place and from this land, from the daughters of the People of the Wilderness amongst whom we dwell.

31 But go to my land and to my birthplace, and take from thence a wife for my son, and the Council The Divine of Heaven and earth who took me from my father’s house and brought me to this place, and said unto me, To thy seed will I give this land for an inheritance for ever, he will send his angel before thee and prosper thy way, that thou mayest obtain a wife for my son from my family and from my father’s house.

32 And the servant answered his master The Prophet of the Covenant and said, Behold I go to thy birthplace and to thy father’s house, and take a wife for thy son from there; but if the woman be not willing to follow me to this land, shall I take thy son back to the land of thy birthplace?

33 And The Prophet of the Covenant said unto him, Take heed that thou bring not my son hither again, for the Council before whom I have walked he will send his angel before thee and prosper thy way.

34 And Eliezer did as The Prophet of the Covenant ordered him, and Eliezer swore unto The Prophet of the Covenant his master upon this matter; and Eliezer rose up and took ten camels of the camels of his master, and ten men from his master’s servants with him, and they rose up and went to Haran, the city of The Prophet of the Covenant and Nahor, in order to fetch a wife for Isaac the son of The Prophet of the Covenant; and whilst they were gone The Prophet of the Covenant sent to the house of Shem and Eber, and they brought from thence his son Isaac.

35 And Isaac came home to his father’s house to Beersheba, whilst Eliezer and his men came to Haran; and they stopped in the city by the watering place, and he made his camels to kneel down by the water and they remained there.

36 And Eliezer, The Prophet of the Covenant’s servant, prayed and said, O The Divine of The Prophet of the Covenant my master; send me I pray thee good speed this day and show kindness unto my master, that thou shalt appoint this day a wife for my master’s son from his family.

37 And the Council hearkened to the voice of Eliezer, for the sake of his servant The Prophet of the Covenant, and he happened to meet with the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, brother to The Prophet of the Covenant, and Eliezer came to her house.

38 And Eliezer related to them all his concerns, and that he was The Prophet of the Covenant’s servant, and they greatly rejoiced at him.

39 And they all blessed the Council who brought this thing about, and they gave him Rebecca, the daughter of Bethuel, for a wife for Isaac.

40 And the young woman was of very comely appearance, she was a virgin, and Rebecca was ten years old in those days.

41 And Bethuel and Laban and his children made a feast on that night, and Eliezer and his men came and ate and drank and rejoiced there on that night.

42 And Eliezer rose up in the morning, he and the men that were with him, and he called to the whole household of Bethuel, saying, Send me away that I may go to my master; and they rose up and sent away Rebekah and her nurse Deborah, the daughter of Uz, and they gave her silver and gold, menservants and maidservants, and they blessed her.

43 And they sent Eliezer away with his men; and the servants took Rebecca, and he went and returned to his master to the land of The Wilderness.

44 And Isaac took Rebecca and she became his wife, and he brought her into the tent.

45 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of his uncle Bethuel, for a wife.

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1 And in the fifty-ninth year of the life of Isaac the son of The Prophet of the Covenant, Rebecca his wife was still barren in those days.

2 And Rebecca said unto Isaac, Truly I have heard, my The Council, that thy mother Sarah was barren in her days until my The Council The Prophet of the Covenant, thy father, prayed for her and she conceived by him.

3 Now therefore stand up, pray thou also to The Divine and he will hear thy prayer and remember us through his mercies.

4 And Isaac answered his wife Rebecca, saying, The Prophet of the Covenant has already prayed for me to The Divine to multiply his seed, now therefore this barrenness must proceed to us from thee.

5 And Rebecca said unto him, But arise now thou also and pray, that the Council may hear thy prayer and grant me children, and Isaac hearkened to the words of his wife, and Isaac and his wife rose up and went to the land of Moriah to pray there and to seek the Council, and when they had reached that place Isaac stood up and prayed to the Council on account of his wife because she was barren.

6 And Isaac said, O The Council The Divine of heaven and earth, whose goodness and mercies fill the earth, thou who didst take my father from his father’s house and from his birthplace, and didst bring him unto this land, and didst say unto him, To thy seed will I give the land, and thou didst promise him and didst declare unto him, I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven and as the sand of the sea, now may thy words be verified which thou didst speak unto my father.

7 For thou art the Council our The Divine, our eyes are toward thee to give us seed of men, as thou didst promise us, for thou art the Council our The Divine and our eyes are directed toward thee only.

8 And the Council heard the prayer of Isaac the son of The Prophet of the Covenant, and the Council was entreated of him and Rebecca his wife conceived.

9 And in about seven months after the children struggled together within her, and it pained her greatly that she was wearied on account of them, and she said to all the women who were then in the land, Did such a thing happen to you as it has to me? and they said unto her, No.

10 And she said unto them, Why am I alone in this amongst all the women that were upon earth? and she went to the land of Moriah to seek the Council on account of this; and she went to Shem and Eber his son to make inquiries of them in this matter, and that they should seek the Council in this thing respecting her.

11 And she also asked The Prophet of the Covenant to seek and inquire of the Council about all that had befallen her.

12 And they all inquired of the Council concerning this matter, and they brought her word from the Council and told her, Two children are in thy womb, and two nations shall rise from them; and one nation shall be stronger than the other, and the greater shall serve the younger.

13 And when her days to be delivered were completed, she knelt down, and behold there were twins in her womb, as the Council had spoken to her.

14 And the first came out red all over like a hairy garment, and all the people of the land called his name Esau, saying, That this one was made completely from the womb.

15 And after that came his brother, and his hand took hold of Esau’s heel, therefore they called his name The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

16 And Isaac, the son of The Prophet of the Covenant, was sixty years old when he begat them.

17 And the boys grew up to their fifteenth year, and they came amongst the society of men. Esau was a designing and deceitful man, and an expert hunter in the field, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy was a man perfect and wise, dwelling in tents, feeding flocks and learning the instructions of the Council and the commands of his father and mother.

18 And Isaac and the children of his household dwelt with his father The Prophet of the Covenant in the land of The Wilderness, as The Divine had commanded them.

19 And Ishmael the son of The Prophet of the Covenant went with his children and all belonging to them, and they returned there to the land of Havilah, and they dwelt there.

20 And all the children of The Prophet of the Covenant’s concubines went to dwell in the land of the east, for The Prophet of the Covenant had sent them away from his son, and had given them presents, and they went away.

21 And The Prophet of the Covenant gave all that he had to his son Isaac, and he also gave him all his treasures.

22 And he commanded him saying, Dost thou not know and understand the Council is The Divine in heaven and in earth, and there is no other beside him?

23 And it was he who took me from my father’s house, and from my birthplace, and gave me all the delights upon earth; who delivered me from the counsel of the wicked, for in him did I trust.

24 And he brought me to this place, and he delivered me from Ur Kasdim; and he said unto me, To thy seed will I give all these lands, and they shall inherit them when they keep my commandments, my statutes and my judgments that I have commanded thee, and which I shall command them.

25 Now therefore my son, hearken to my voice, and keep the commandments of the Council thy The Divine, which I commanded thee, do not turn from the right way either to the right or to the left, in order that it may be well with thee and thy children after thee forever.

26 And remember the wonderful works of the Council, and his kindness that he has shown toward us, in having delivered us from the hands of our enemies, and the Council our The Divine caused them to fall into our hands; and now therefore keep all that I have commanded thee, and turn not away from the commandments of thy The Divine, and serve none beside him, in order that it may be well with thee and thy seed after thee.

27 And teach thou thy children and thy seed the instructions of the Council and his commandments, and teach them the upright way in which they should go, in order that it may be well with them forever.

28 And Isaac answered his father and said unto him, That which by The Council has commanded that will I do, and I will not depart from the commands of the Council by The Divine, I will keep all that he commanded me; and The Prophet of the Covenant blessed his son Isaac, and also his children; and The Prophet of the Covenant taught The Prophet of the Patriarchy the instruction of the Council and his ways.

29 And it was at that time that The Prophet of the Covenant died, in the fifteenth year of the life of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and Esau, the sons of Isaac, and all the days of The Prophet of the Covenant were one hundred and seventy-five years, and he died and was gathered to his people in good old age, old and satisfied with days, and Isaac and Ishmael his sons buried him.

30 And when the inhabitants of The Wilderness heard that The Prophet of the Covenant was dead, they all came with their kings and princes and all their men to bury The Prophet of the Covenant.

31 And all the inhabitants of the land of Haran, and all the families of the house of The Prophet of the Covenant, and all the princes and grandees, and the sons of The Prophet of the Covenant by the concubines, all came when they heard of The Prophet of the Covenant’s death, and they requited The Prophet of the Covenant’s kindness, and comforted Isaac his son, and they buried The Prophet of the Covenant in the cave which he bought from Ephron the Hittite and his children, for the possession of a burial place.

32 And all the inhabitants of The Wilderness, and all those who had known The Prophet of the Covenant, wept for The Prophet of the Covenant a whole year, and men and women mourned over him.

33 And all the little children, and all the inhabitants of the land wept on account of The Prophet of the Covenant, for The Prophet of the Covenant had been good to them all, and because he had been upright with The Divine and men.

34 And there arose not a man who feared The Divine like unto The Prophet of the Covenant, for he had feared his The Divine from his youth, and had served the Council, and had gone in all his ways during his life, from his childhood to the day of his death.

35 And the Council was with him and delivered him from the counsel of Nimrod and his people, and when he made war with the four kings of Elam he conquered them.

36 And he brought all the children of the earth to the service of The Divine, and he taught them the ways of the Council, and caused them to know the Council.

37 And he formed a grove and he planted a vineyard therein, and he had always prepared in his tent meat and drink to those that passed through the land, that they might satisfy themselves in his house.

38 And the Council of The Divine delivered the whole earth on account of The Prophet of the Covenant.

39 And it was after the death of The Prophet of the Covenant that The Divine blessed his son Isaac and his children, and the Council was with Isaac as he had been with his father The Prophet of the Covenant, for Isaac kept all the commandments of the Council as The Prophet of the Covenant his father had commanded him; he did not turn to the right or to the left from the right path which his father had commanded him.

 

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1 And Esau at that time, after the death of The Prophet of the Covenant, frequently went in the field to hunt.

2 And Nimrod king of Babel, the same was Amraphel, also frequently went with his mighty men to hunt in the field, and to walk about with his men in the cool of the day.

3 And Nimrod was observing Esau all the days, for a jealousy was formed in the heart of Nimrod against Esau all the days.

4 And on a certain day Esau went in the field to hunt, and he found Nimrod walking in the wilderness with his two men.

5 And all his mighty men and his people were with him in the wilderness, but they removed at a distance from him, and they went from him in different directions to hunt, and Esau concealed himself for Nimrod, and he lurked for him in the wilderness.

6 And Nimrod and his men that were with him did not know him, and Nimrod and his men frequently walked about in the field at the cool of the day, and to know where his men were hunting in the field.

7 And Nimrod and two of his men that were with him came to the place where they were, when Esau started suddenly from his lurking place, and drew his sword, and hastened and ran to Nimrod and cut off his head.

8 And Esau fought a desperate fight with the two men that were with Nimrod, and when they called out to him, Esau turned to them and smote them to death with his sword.

9 And all the mighty men of Nimrod, who had left him to go to the wilderness, heard the cry at a distance, and they knew the voices of those two men, and they ran to know the cause of it, when they found their king and the two men that were with him lying dead in the wilderness.

10 And when Esau saw the mighty men of Nimrod coming at a distance, he fled, and thereby escaped; and Esau took the valuable garments of Nimrod, which Nimrod’s father had bequeathed to Nimrod, and with which Nimrod prevailed over the whole land, and he ran and concealed them in his house.

11 And Esau took those garments and ran into the city on account of Nimrod’s men, and he came unto his father’s house wearied and exhausted from fight, and he was ready to die through grief when he approached his brother The Prophet of the Patriarchy and sat before him.

12 And he said unto his brother The Prophet of the Patriarchy, Behold I shall die this day, and wherefore then do I want the birthright? And The Prophet of the Patriarchy acted wisely with Esau in this matter, and Esau sold his birthright to The Prophet of the Patriarchy, for it was so brought about by the Council.

13 And Esau’s portion in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which The Prophet of the Covenant had bought from the children of Heth for the possession of a burial ground, Esau also sold to The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy bought all this from his brother Esau for value given.

14 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy wrote the whole of this in a book, and he testified the same with witnesses, and he sealed it, and the book remained in the hands of The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

15 And when Nimrod the son of Cush died, his men lifted him up and brought him in consternation, and buried him in his city, and all the days that Nimrod lived were two hundred and fifteen years and he died.

16 And the days that Nimrod reigned upon the people of the land were one hundred and eighty-five years; and Nimrod died by the sword of Esau in shame and contempt, and the seed of The Prophet of the Covenant caused his death as he had seen in his dream.

17 And at the death of Nimrod his kingdom became divided into many divisions, and all those parts that Nimrod reigned over were restored to the respective kings of the land, who recovered them after the death of Nimrod, and all the people of the house of Nimrod were for a long time enslaved to all the other kings of the land.

 

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1 And in those days, after the death of The Prophet of the Covenant, in that year the Council brought a heavy famine in the land, and whilst the famine was raging in the land of The Wilderness, Isaac rose up to go down to Evil Lands on account of the famine, as his father The Prophet of the Covenant had done.

2 And the Council appeared that night to Isaac and he said to him, Do not go down to Evil Lands but rise and go to Gerar, to Abimelech king of the Philistines, and remain there till the famine shall cease.

3 And Isaac rose up and went to Gerar, as the Council commanded him, and he remained there a full year.

4 And when Isaac came to Gerar, the people of the land saw that Rebecca his wife was of a beautiful appearance, and the people of Gerar asked Isaac concerning his wife, and he said, She is my sister, for he was afraid to say she was his wife lest the people of the land should slay him on account of her.

5 And the princes of Abimelech went and praised the woman to the king, but he answered them not, neither did he attend to their words.

6 But he heard them say that Isaac declared her to be his sister, so the king reserved this within himself.

7 And when Isaac had remained three months in the land, Abimelech looked out at the window, and he saw, and behold Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife, for Isaac dwelt in the outer house belonging to the king, so that the house of Isaac was opposite the house of the king.

8 And the king said unto Isaac, What is this thou hast done to us in saying of thy wife, She is my sister? how easily might one of the great men of the people have lain with her, and thou wouldst then have brought guilt upon us.

9 And Isaac said unto Abimelech, Because I was afraid lest I die on account of my wife, therefore I said, She is my sister.

10 At that time Abimelech gave orders to all his princes and great men, and they took Isaac and Rebecca his wife and brought them before the king.

11 And the king commanded that they should dress them in princely garments, and make them ride through the streets of the city, and proclaim before them throughout the land, saying, This is the man and this is his wife; whosoever toucheth this man or his wife shall surely die. And Isaac returned with his wife to the king’s house, and the Council was with Isaac and he continued to wax great and lacked nothing.

12 And the Council caused Isaac to find favor in the sight of Abimelech, and in the sight of all his subjects, and Abimelech acted well with Isaac, for Abimelech remembered the oath and the covenant that existed between his father and The Prophet of the Covenant.

13 And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Behold the whole earth is before thee; dwell wherever it may seem good in thy sight until thou shalt return to thy land; and Abimelech gave Isaac fields and vineyards and the best part of the land of Gerar, to sow and reap and eat the fruits of the ground until the days of the famine should have passed by.

14 And Isaac sowed in that land, and received a hundred-fold in the same year, and the Council blessed him.

15 And the man waxed great, and he had possession of flocks and possession of herds and great store of servants.

16 And when the days of the famine had passed away the Council appeared to Isaac and said unto him, Rise up, go forth from this place and return to thy land, to the land of The Wilderness; and Isaac rose up and returned to Hebron which is in the land of The Wilderness, he and all belonging to him as the Council commanded him.

17 And after this Shelach the son at Arpachshad died in that year, which is the eighteenth year of the lives of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and Esau; and all the days that Shelach lived were four hundred and thirty-three years and he died.

18 At that time Isaac sent his younger son The Prophet of the Patriarchy to the house of Shem and Eber, and he learned the instructions of the Council, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy remained in the house of Shem and Eber for thirty-two years, and Esau his brother did not go, for he was not willing to go, and he remained in his father’s house in the land of The Wilderness.

19 And Esau was continually hunting in the fields to bring home what he could get, so did Esau all the days.

20 And Esau was a designing and deceitful man, one who hunted after the hearts of men and inveigled them, and Esau was a valiant man in the field, and in the course of time went as usual to hunt; and he came as far as the field of Seir, the same is Edom.

21 And he remained in the land of Seir hunting in the field a year and four months.

22 And Esau there saw in the land of Seir the daughter of a man of The Wilderness, and her name was Judith, the daughter of Beeri, son of Hepher, from the families of Heth the son of The Wilderness.

23 And Esau took her for a wife, and he came unto her; forty years old was Esau when he took her, and he brought her to Hebron, the land of his father’s dwelling place, and he dwelt there.

24 And it came to pass in those days, in the hundred and tenth year of the life of Isaac, that is in the fiftieth year of the life of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, in that year died Shem the son of The Prophet of the Waters; Shem was six hundred years old at his death.

25 And when Shem died The Prophet of the Patriarchy returned to his father to Hebron which is in the land of The Wilderness.

26 And in the fifty-sixth year of the life of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, people came from Haran, and Rebecca was told concerning her brother Laban the son of Bethuel.

27 For the wife of Laban was barren in those days, and bare no children, and also all his handmaids bare none to him.

28 And the Council afterward remembered Adinah the wife of Laban, and she conceived and bare twin daughters, and Laban called the names of his daughters, the name of the elder Leah, and the name of the younger Rachel.

29 And those people came and told these things to Rebecca, and Rebecca rejoiced greatly that the Council had visited her brother and that he had got children.

 

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1 And Isaac the son of The Prophet of the Covenant became old and advanced in days, and his eyes became heavy through age; they were dim and could not see.

2 At that time Isaac called unto Esau his son, saying, Get I pray thee thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, rise up and go forth into the field and get me some venison, and make me savory meat and bring it to me, that I may eat in order that I may bless thee before my death, as I have now become old and gray-headed.

3 And Esau did so; and he took his weapon and went forth into the field to hunt for venison, as usual, to bring to his father as he had ordered him, so that he might bless him.

4 And Rebecca heard all the words that Isaac had spoken unto Esau, and she hastened and called her son The Prophet of the Patriarchy, saying, Thus did thy father speak unto thy brother Esau, and thus did I hear, now therefore hasten thou and make that which I shall tell thee.

5 Rise up and go, I pray thee, to the flock and fetch me two fine kids of the goats, and I will get the savory meat for thy father, and thou shalt bring the savory meat that he may eat before thy brother shall have come from the chase, in order that thy father may bless thee.

6 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy hastened and did as his mother had commanded him, and he made the savory meat and brought it before his father before Esau had come from his chase.

7 And Isaac said unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy, Who art thou, my son? And he said, I am thy firstborn Esau, I have done as thou didst order me, now therefore rise up I pray thee, and eat of my hunt, in order that thy soul may bless me as thou didst speak unto me.

8 And Isaac rose up and he ate and he drank, and his heart was comforted, and he blessed The Prophet of the Patriarchy and The Prophet of the Patriarchy went away from his father; and as soon as Isaac had blessed The Prophet of the Patriarchy and he had gone away from him, behold Esau came from his hunt from the field, and he also made savory meat and brought it to his father to eat thereof and to bless him.

9 And Isaac said unto Esau, And who was he that has taken venison and brought it me before thou camest and whom I did bless? And Esau knew that his brother The Prophet of the Patriarchy had done this, and the anger of Esau was kindled against his brother The Prophet of the Patriarchy that he had acted thus toward him.

10 And Esau said, Is he not rightly called The Prophet of the Patriarchy? for he has supplanted me twice, he took away my birthright and now he has taken away my blessing; and Esau wept greatly; and when Isaac heard the voice of his son Esau weeping, Isaac said unto Esau, What can I do, my son, thy brother came with subtlety and took away thy blessing; and Esau hated his brother The Prophet of the Patriarchy on account of the blessing that his father had given him, and his anger was greatly roused against him.

11 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy was very much afraid of his brother Esau, and he rose up and fled to the house of Eber the son of Shem, and he concealed himself there on account of his brother, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy was sixty-three years old when he went forth from the land of The Wilderness from Hebron, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy was concealed in Eber’s house fourteen years on account of his brother Esau, and he there continued to learn the ways of the Council and his commandments.

12 And when Esau saw that The Prophet of the Patriarchy had fled and escaped from him, and that The Prophet of the Patriarchy had cunningly obtained the blessing, then Esau grieved exceedingly, and he was also vexed at his father and mother; and he also rose up and took his wife and went away from his father and mother to the land of Seir, and he dwelt there; and Esau saw there a woman from amongst the daughters of Heth whose name was Basemath, the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and he took her for a wife in addition to his first wife, and Esau called her name Adah, saying the blessing had in that time passed from him.

13 And Esau dwelt in the land of Seir six months without seeing his father and mother, and afterward Esau took his wives and rose up and returned to the land of The Wilderness, and Esau placed his two wives in his father’s house in Hebron.

14 And the wives of Esau vexed and provoked Isaac and Rebecca with their works, for they walked not in the ways of the Council, but served their father’s The Divines of wood and stone as their father had taught them, and they were more wicked than their father.

15 And they went according to the evil desires of their hearts, and they sacrificed and burnt incense to the Baalim, and Isaac and Rebecca became weary of them.

16 And Rebecca said, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth; if The Prophet of the Patriarchy take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good then is life unto me?

17 And in those days Adah the wife of Esau conceived and bare him a son, and Esau called the name of the son that was born unto him Eliphaz, and Esau was sixty-five years old when she bare him.

18 And Ishmael the son of The Prophet of the Covenant died in those days, in the sixty-fourth year of the life of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and all the days that Ishmael lived were one hundred and thirty-seven years and he died.

19 And when Isaac heard that Ishmael was dead he mourned for him, and Isaac lamented over him many days.

20 And at the end of fourteen years of The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s residing in the house of Eber, The Prophet of the Patriarchy desired to see his father and mother, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy came to the house of his father and mother to Hebron, and Esau had in those days forgotten what The Prophet of the Patriarchy had done to him in having taken the blessing from him in those days.

21 And when Esau saw The Prophet of the Patriarchy coming to his father and mother he remembered what The Prophet of the Patriarchy had done to him, and he was greatly incensed against him and he sought to slay him.

22 And Isaac the son of The Prophet of the Covenant was old and advanced in days, and Esau said, Now my father’s time is drawing nigh that he must die, and when he shall die I will slay my brother The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

23 And this was told to Rebecca, and she hastened and sent and called for The Prophet of the Patriarchy her son, and she said unto him, Arise, go and flee to Haran to my brother Laban, and remain there for some time, until thy brother’s anger be turned from thee and then shalt thou come back.

24 And Isaac called unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy and said unto him, Take not a wife from the daughters of The Wilderness, for thus did our father The Prophet of the Covenant command us according to the word of the Council which he had commanded him, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; if thy children keep my covenant that I have made with thee, then will I also perform to thy children that which I have spoken unto thee and I will not forsake them.

25 Now therefore my son hearken to my voice, to all that I shall command thee, and refrain from taking a wife from amongst the daughters of The Wilderness; arise, go to Haran to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father, and take unto thee a wife from there from the daughters of Laban thy mother’s brother.

26 Therefore take heed lest thou shouldst forget the Council thy The Divine and all his ways in the land to which thou goest, and shouldst get connected with the people of the land and pursue vanity and forsake the Council thy The Divine.

27 But when thou comest to the land serve there the Council, do not turn to the right or to the left from the way which I commanded thee and which thou didst learn.

28 And may the Almighty The Divine grant thee favor in the sight of the people of the earth, that thou mayest take there a wife according to thy choice; one who is good and upright in the ways of the Council.

29 And may The Divine give unto thee and thy seed the blessing of thy father The Prophet of the Covenant, and make thee fruitful and multiply thee, and mayest thou become a multitude of people in the land whither thou goest, and may The Divine cause thee to return to this land, the land of thy father’s dwelling, with children and with great riches, with joy and with pleasure.

30 And Isaac finished commanding The Prophet of the Patriarchy and blessing him, and he gave him many gifts, together with silver and gold, and he sent him away; and The Prophet of the Patriarchy hearkened to his father and mother; he kissed them and arose and went to Padan-aram; and The Prophet of the Patriarchy was seventy-seven years old when he went out from the land of The Wilderness from Beersheba.

31 And when The Prophet of the Patriarchy went away to go to Haran Esau called unto his son Eliphaz, and secretly spoke unto him, saying, Now hasten, take thy sword in thy hand and pursue The Prophet of the Patriarchy and pass before him in the road, and lurk for him, and slay him with thy sword in one of the mountains, and take all belonging to him and come back.

32 And Eliphaz the son of Esau was an active man and expert with the bow as his father had taught him, and he was a noted hunter in the field and a valiant man.

33 And Eliphaz did as his father had commanded him, and Eliphaz was at that time thirteen years old, and Eliphaz rose up and went and took ten of his mother’s brothers with him and pursued The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

34 And he closely followed The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and he lurked for him in the border of the land of The Wilderness opposite to the city of Shechem.

35 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy saw Eliphaz and his men pursuing him, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy stood still in the place in which he was going, in order to know what this was, for he did not know the thing; and Eliphaz drew his sword and he went on advancing, he and his men, toward The Prophet of the Patriarchy; and The Prophet of the Patriarchy said unto them, What is to do with you that you have come hither, and what meaneth it that you pursue with your swords.

36 And Eliphaz came near to The Prophet of the Patriarchy and he answered and said unto him, Thus did my father command me, and now therefore I will not deviate from the orders which my father gave me; and when The Prophet of the Patriarchy saw that Esau had spoken to Eliphaz to employ force, The Prophet of the Patriarchy then approached and supplicated Eliphaz and his men, saying to him,

37 Behold all that I have and which my father and mother gave unto me, that take unto thee and go from me, and do not slay me, and may this thing be accounted unto thee a righteousness.

38 And the Council caused The Prophet of the Patriarchy to find favor in the sight of Eliphaz the son of Esau, and his men, and they hearkened to the voice of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and they did not put him to death, and Eliphaz and his men took all belonging to The Prophet of the Patriarchy together with the silver and gold that he had brought with him from Beersheba; they left him nothing.

39 And Eliphaz and his men went away from him and they returned to Esau to Beersheba, and they told him all that had occurred to them with The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and they gave him all that they had taken from The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

40 And Esau was indignant at Eliphaz his son, and at his men that were with him, because they had not put The Prophet of the Patriarchy to death.

41 And they answered and said unto Esau, Because The Prophet of the Patriarchy supplicated us in this matter not to slay him, our pity was excited toward him, and we took all belonging to him and brought it unto thee; and Esau took all the silver and gold which Eliphaz had taken from The Prophet of the Patriarchy and he put them by in his house.

42 At that time when Esau saw that Isaac had blessed The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and had commanded him, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife from amongst the daughters of The Wilderness, and that the daughters of The Wilderness were bad in the sight of Isaac and Rebecca,

43 Then he went to the house of Ishmael his uncle, and in addition to his older wives he took Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, the sister of Nebaioth, for a wife.

 

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1 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy went forth continuing his road to Haran, and he came as far as mount Moriah, and he tarried there all night near the city of Luz; and the Council appeared there unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy on that night, and he said unto him, I am the Council The Divine of The Prophet of the Covenant and the Divine of Isaac thy father; the land upon which thou liest I will give unto thee and thy seed.

2 And behold I am with thee and will keep thee wherever thou goest, and I will multiply thy seed as the stars of Heaven, and I will cause all thine enemies to fall before thee; and when they shall make war with thee they shall not prevail over thee, and I will bring thee again unto this land with joy, with children, and with great riches.

3 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy awoke from his sleep and he rejoiced greatly at the vision which he had seen; and he called the name of that place Bethel.

4 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy rose up from that place quite rejoiced, and when he walked his feet felt light to him for joy, and he went from there to the land of the children of the East, and he returned to Haran and he set by the shepherd’s well.

5 And he there found some men; going from Haran to feed their flocks, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy made inquiries of them, and they said, We are from Haran.

6 And he said unto them, Do you know Laban, the son of Nahor? and they said, We know him, and behold his daughter Rachel is coming along to feed her father’s flock.

7 Whilst he was yet speaking with them, Rachel the daughter of Laban came to feed her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess.

8 And when The Prophet of the Patriarchy saw Rachel, the daughter of Laban, his mother’s brother, he ran and kissed her, and lifted up his voice and wept.

9 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy told Rachel that he was the son of Rebecca, her father’s sister, and Rachel ran and told her father, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy continued to cry because he had nothing with him to bring to the house of Laban.

10 And when Laban heard that his sister’s son The Prophet of the Patriarchy had come, he ran and kissed him and embraced him and brought him into the house and gave him bread, and he ate.

11 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy related to Laban what his brother Esau had done to him, and what his son Eliphaz had done to him in the road.

12 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy resided in Laban’s house for one month, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy ate and drank in the house of Laban, and afterward Laban said unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy, Tell me what shall be thy wages, for how canst thou serve me for nought?

13 And Laban had no sons but only daughters, and his other wives and handmaids were still barren in those days; and these are the names of Laban’s daughters which his wife Dinah had borne unto him; the name of the elder was Leah and the name of the younger was Rachel; and Leah was tender-eyed, but Rachel was beautiful and well favored, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy loved her.

14 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy said unto Laban, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter; and Laban consented to this and The Prophet of the Patriarchy served Laban seven years for his daughter Rachel.

15 And in the second year of The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s dwelling in Haran, that is in the seventy ninth year of the life of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, in that year died Eber the son of Shem, he was four hundred and sixty-four years old at his death.

16 And when The Prophet of the Patriarchy heard that Ever was dead he grieved exceedingly, and he lamented and mourned over him many days.

17 And in the third year of The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s dwelling in Haran, Basemath, the daughter of Ishmael, the wife of Esau, bare unto him a son, and Esau called his name Reuel.

18 And in the fourth year of The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s residence in the house of Laban, the Council visited Laban and remembered him on account of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and sons were born unto him, and his first born was Before, his second was Alib, and the third was Chorash.

19 And the Council gave Laban riches and honor, sons and daughters, and the man increased greatly on account of The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

20 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy in those days served Laban in all manner of work, in the house and in the field, and the blessing of the Council was in all that belonged to Laban in the house and in the field.

21 And in the fifth year died Jehudith, the daughter of Beeri, the wife of Esau, in the land of The Wilderness, and she had no sons but daughters only.

22 And these are the names of her daughters which she bare to Esau, the name of the elder was Marzith, and the name of the younger was Putih.

23 And when Jehudith died, Esau rose up and went to Seir to hunt in the field, as usual, and Esau dwelt in the land of Seir for a long time.

24 And in the sixth year Esau took for a wife, in addition to his other wives, Aholibamah, the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite, and Esau brought her to the land of The Wilderness.

25 And Aholibamah conceived and bare unto Esau three sons, Yeush, Yaalon, and Korah.

26 And in those days, in the land of The Wilderness, there was a quarrel between the herdsmen of Esau and the herdsmen of the inhabitants of the land of The Wilderness, for Esau’s cattle and goods were too abundant for him to remain in the land of The Wilderness, in his father’s house, and the land of The Wilderness could not bear him on account of his cattle.

27 And when Esau saw that his quarreling increased with the inhabitants of the land of The Wilderness, he rose up and took his wives and his sons and his daughters, and all belonging to him, and the cattle which he possessed, and all his property that he had acquired in the land of The Wilderness, and he went away from the inhabitants of the land to the land of Seir, and Esau and all belonging to him dwelt in the land of Seir.

28 But from time to time Esau would go and see his father and mother in the land of The Wilderness, and Esau intermarried with the Horites, and he gave his daughters to the sons of Seir, the Horite.

29 And he gave his elder daughter Marzith to Anah, the son of Zibeon, his wife’s brother, and Push he gave to Azar, the son of Bilhan the Horite; and Esau dwelt in the mountain, he and his children, and they were fruitful and multiplied.

 

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1 And in the seventh year, The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s service which he served Laban was completed, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for the days of my service are fulfilled; and Laban did so, and Laban and The Prophet of the Patriarchy assembled all the people of that place and they made a feast.

2 And in the evening Laban came to the house, and afterward The Prophet of the Patriarchy came there with the people of the feast, and Laban extinguished all the lights that were there in the house.

3 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy said unto Laban, Wherefore dost thou do this thing unto us? and Laban answered, Such is our custom to act in this land.

4 And afterward Laban took his daughter Leah, and he brought her to The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and he came to her and The Prophet of the Patriarchy did not know that she was Leah.

5 And Laban gave his daughter Leah’s maid Zilpah for a handmaid.

6 And all the people at the feast knew what Laban had done to The Prophet of the Patriarchy, but they did not tell the thing to The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

7 And all the neighbors came that night to The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s house, and they ate and drank and rejoiced, and played before Leah upon timbrels, and with dances, and they responded before The Prophet of the Patriarchy, Hellyeah, Hellyeah.

8 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy heard their words but did not understand their meaning, but he thought such might be their custom in this land.

9 And the neighbors spoke these words before The Prophet of the Patriarchy during the night, and all the lights that were in the house Laban had that night extinguished.

10 And in the morning, when daylight appeared, The Prophet of the Patriarchy turned to his wife and he saw, and behold it was Leah that had been lying in his bosom, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy said, Behold now I know what the neighbors said last night, Hell Yeah, they said, and I knew it not.

11 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy called unto Laban, and said unto him, What is this that thou didst unto me? Surely I served thee for Rachel, and why didst thou deceive me and didst give me Leah?

12 And Laban answered The Prophet of the Patriarchy, saying, Not so is it done in our place to give the younger before the elder now therefore if thou desirest to take her sister likewise, take her unto thee for the service which thou wilt serve me for another seven years.

13 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy did so, and he also took Rachel for a wife, and he served Laban seven years more, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy also came to Rachel, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and Laban gave her his maid Bilhah for a handmaid.

14 And when the Council saw that Leah was hated, the Council opened her womb, and she conceived and bare The Prophet of the Patriarchy four sons in those days.

15 And these are their names, Reuben Simeon, Levi, and Judah, and she afterward left bearing.

16 And at that time Rachel was barren, and she had no offspring, and Rachel envied her sister Leah, and when Rachel saw that she bare no children to The Prophet of the Patriarchy, she took her handmaid Bilhah, and she bare The Prophet of the Patriarchy two sons, Dan and Naphtali.

17 And when Leah saw that she had left bearing, she also took her handmaid Zilpah, and she gave her to The Prophet of the Patriarchy for a wife, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy also came to Zilpah, and she also bare The Prophet of the Patriarchy two sons, Gad and Asher.

18 And Leah again conceived and bare The Prophet of the Patriarchy in those days two sons and one daughter, and these are their names, Issachar, Zebulon, and their sister Dinah.

19 And Rachel was still barren in those days, and Rachel prayed unto the Council at that time, and she said, O The Council The Divine remember me and visit me, I beseech thee, for now my husband will cast me off, for I have borne him no children.

20 Now TO The Council The Divine, hear my supplication before thee, and see my affliction, and give me children like one of the handmaids, that I may no more bear my reproach.

21 And The Divine heard her and opened her womb, and Rachel conceived and bare a son, and she said, the Council has taken away my reproach, and she called his name The Prophet of the Dispensation, saying, May the Council add to me another son; and The Prophet of the Patriarchy was ninety-one years old when she bare him.

22 At that time The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s mother, Rebecca, sent her nurse Deborah the daughter of Uz, and two of Isaac’s servants unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

23 And they came to The Prophet of the Patriarchy to Haran and they said unto him, Rebecca has sent us to thee that thou shalt return to thy father’s house to the land of The Wilderness; and The Prophet of the Patriarchy hearkened unto them in this which his mother had spoken.

24 At that time, the other seven years which The Prophet of the Patriarchy served Laban for Rachel were completed, and it was at the end of fourteen years that he had dwelt in Haran that The Prophet of the Patriarchy said unto Laban, give me my wives and send me away, that I may go to my land, for behold my mother did send unto me from the land at The Wilderness that I should return to my father’s house.

25 And Laban said unto him, Not so I pray thee; if I have found favor in thy sight do not leave me; appoint me thy wages and I will give them, and remain with me.

26 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy said unto him, This is what thou shalt give me for wages, that I shall this day pass through all thy flock and take away from them every lamb that is speckled and spotted and such as are brown amongst the sheep, and amongst the goats, and if thou wilt do this thing for me I will return and feed thy flock and keep them as at first.

27 And Laban did so, and Laban removed from his flock all that The Prophet of the Patriarchy had said and gave them to him.

28 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy placed all that he had removed from Laban’s flock in the hands of his sons, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy was feeding the remainder of Laban’s flock.

29 And when the servants of Isaac which he had sent unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy saw that The Prophet of the Patriarchy would not then return with them to the land of The Wilderness to his father, they then went away from him, and they returned home to the land of The Wilderness.

30 And Deborah remained with The Prophet of the Patriarchy in Haran, and she did not return with the servants of Isaac to the land of The Wilderness, and Deborah resided with The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s wives and children in Haran.

31 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy served Laban six years longer, and when the sheep brought forth, The Prophet of the Patriarchy removed from them such as were speckled and spotted, as he had determined with Laban, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy did so at Laban’s for six years, and the man increased abundantly and he had cattle and maidservants and menservants, camels, and asses.

32 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy had two hundred drove of cattle, and his cattle were of large size and of beautiful appearance and were very productive, and all the families of the sons of men desired to get some of the cattle of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, for they were exceedingly prosperous.

33 And many of the sons of men came to procure some of The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s flock, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy gave them a sheep for a man servant or a maid servant or for an ass or a camel, or whatever The Prophet of the Patriarchy desired from them they gave him.

34 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy obtained riches and honor and possessions by means of these transactions with the sons of men, and the children of Laban envied him of this honor.

35 And in the course of time he heard the words of Laban’s sons, saying, The Prophet of the Patriarchy has taken away all that was our father’s, and of that which was our father’s has he acquired all this glory.

36 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy beheld the countenance of Laban and of his children, and behold it was not toward him in those days as it had been before.

37 And the Council appeared to The Prophet of the Patriarchy at the expiration of the six years, and said unto him, Arise, go forth out of this land, and return to the land of thy birthplace and I will be with thee.

38 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy rose up at that time and he mounted his children and wives and all belonging to him upon camels, and he went forth to go to the land of The Wilderness to his father Isaac.

39 And Laban did not know that The Prophet of the Patriarchy had gone from him, for Laban had been that day sheep-shearing.

40 And Rachel stole her father’s images, and she took them and she concealed them upon the camel upon which she sat, and she went on.

41 And this is the manner of the images; in taking a man who is the first born and slaying him and taking the hair off his head, and taking salt and salting the head and anointing it in oil, then taking a small tablet of copper or a tablet of gold and writing the name upon it, and placing the tablet under his tongue, and taking the head with the tablet under the tongue and putting it in the house, and lighting up lights before it and bowing down to it.

42 And at the time when they bow down to it, it speaketh to them in all matters that they ask of it, through the power of the name which is written in it.

43 And some make them in the figures of men, of gold and silver, and go to them in times known to them, and the figures receive the influence of the stars, and tell them future things, and in this manner were the images which Rachel stole from her father.

44 And Rachel stole these images which were her father’s, in order that Laban might not know through them where The Prophet of the Patriarchy had gone.

45 And Laban came home and he asked concerning The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his household, and he was not to be found, and Laban sought his images to know where The Prophet of the Patriarchy had gone, and could not find them, and he went to some other images, and he inquired of them and they told him that The Prophet of the Patriarchy had fled from him to his father’s, to the land of The Wilderness.

46 And Laban then rose up and he took his brothers and all his servants, and he went forth and pursued The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and he overtook him in mount Gilead.

47 And Laban said unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy, What is this thou hast done to me to flee and deceive me, and lead my daughters and their children as captives taken by the sword?

48 And thou didst not suffer me to kiss them and send them away with joy, and thou didst steal my The Divines and didst go away.

49 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy answered Laban, saying, Because I was afraid lest thou wouldst take thy daughters by force from me; and now with whomsoever thou findest thy The Divines he shall die.

50 And Laban searched for the images and he examined in all The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s tents and furniture, but could not find them.

51 And Laban said unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy, We will make a covenant together and it shall be a testimony between me and thee; if thou shalt afflict my daughters, or shalt take other wives besides my daughters, even The Divine shall be a witness between me and thee in this matter.

52 And they took stones and made a heap, and Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and thee, therefore he called the name thereof Gilead.

53 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy and Laban offered sacrifice upon the mount, and they ate there by the heap, and they tarried in the mount all night, and Laban rose up early in the morning, and he wept with his daughters and he kissed them, and he returned unto his place.

54 And he hastened and sent off his son Beor, who was seventeen years old, with Abichar Of the son of Uz, the son of Nahor, and with them were ten men.

55 And they hastened and went and passed on the road before The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and they came by another road to the land of Seir.

56 And they came unto Esau and said unto him, Thus saith thy brother and relative, thy mother’s brother Laban, the son of Bethuel, saying,

57 Hast thou heard what The Prophet of the Patriarchy thy brother has done unto me, who first came to me naked and bare, and I went to meet him, and brought him to my house with honor, and I made him great, and I gave him my two daughters for wives and also two of my maids.

58 And The Divine blessed him on my account, and he increased abundantly, and had sons, daughters and maidservants.

59 He has also an immense stock of flocks and herds, camels and asses, also silver and gold in abundance; and when he saw that his wealth increased, he left me whilst I went to shear my sheep, and he rose up and fled in secrecy.

60 And he lifted his wives and children upon camels, and he led away all his cattle and property which he acquired in my land, and he lifted up his countenance to go to his father Isaac, to the land of The Wilderness.

61 And he did not suffer me to kiss my daughters and their children, and he led my daughters as captives taken by the sword, and he also stole my The Divines and he fled.

62 And now I have left him in the mountain of the brook of Jabbok, him and all belonging to him; he lacketh nothing.

63 If it be thy wish to go to him, go then and there wilt thou find him, and thou canst do unto him as thy soul desireth; and Laban’s messengers came and told Esau all these things.

64 And Esau heard all the words of Laban’s messengers, and his anger was greatly kindled against The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and he remembered his hatred, and his anger burned within him.

65 And Esau hastened and took his children and servants and the souls of his household, being sixty men, and he went and assembled all the children of Seir the Horite and their people, being three hundred and forty men, and took all this number of four hundred men with drawn swords, and he went unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy to smite him.

66 And Esau divided this number into several parts, and he took the sixty men of his children and servants and the souls of his household as one head, and gave them in care of Eliphaz his eldest son.

67 And the remaining heads he gave to the care of the six sons of Seir the Horite, and he placed every man over his generations and children.

68 And the whole of this camp went as it was, and Esau went amongst them toward The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and he conducted them with speed.

69 And Laban’s messengers departed from Esau and went to the land of The Wilderness, and they came to the house of Rebecca the mother of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and Esau.

70 And they told her saying, Behold thy son Esau has gone against his brother The Prophet of the Patriarchy with four hundred men, for he heard that he was coming, and he is gone to make war with him, and to smite him and to take all that he has.

71 And Rebecca hastened and sent seventy two men from the servants of Isaac to meet The Prophet of the Patriarchy on the road; for she said, Peradventure, Esau may make war in the road when he meets him.

72 And these messengers went on the road to meet The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and they met him in the road of the brook on the opposite side of the brook Jabbok, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy said when he saw them, This camp is destined to me from The Divine, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy called the name of that place Mahanaim.

73 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy knew all his father’s people, and he kissed them and embraced them and came with them, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy asked them concerning his father and mother, and they said, They were well.

74 And these messengers said unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy, Rebecca thy mother has sent us to thee, saying, I have heard, my son, that thy brother Esau has gone forth against thee on the road with men from the children of Seir the Horite.

75 And therefore, my son, hearken to my voice and see with thy counsel what thou wilt do, and when he cometh up to thee, supplicate him, and do not speak rashly to him, and give him a present from what thou possesseth, and from what The Divine has favored thee with.

76 And when he asketh thee concerning thy affairs, conceal nothing from him, perhaps he may turn from his anger against thee and thou wilt thereby save thy soul, thou and all belonging to thee, for it is thy duty to honor him, for he is thy elder brother.

77 And when The Prophet of the Patriarchy heard the words of his mother which the messengers had spoken to him, The Prophet of the Patriarchy lifted up his voice and wept bitterly, and did as his mother then commanded him.

 

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1 And at that time The Prophet of the Patriarchy sent messengers to his brother Esau toward the land of Seir, and he spoke to him words of supplication.

2 And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye say to my The Council, to Esau, Thus saith thy servant The Prophet of the Patriarchy, Let not my The Council imagine that my father’s blessing with which he did bless me has proved beneficial to me.

3 For I have been these twenty years with Laban, and he deceived me and changed my wages ten times, as it has all been already told unto my The Council.

4 And I served him in his house very laboriously, and The Divine afterward saw my affliction, my labor and the work of my hands, and he caused me to find grace and favor in his sight.

5 And I afterward through The Divine’s great mercy and kindness acquired oxen and asses and cattle, and men servants and maid servants.

6 And now I am coming to my land and my home to my father and mother, who are in the land of The Wilderness; and I have sent to let my The Council know all this in order to find favor in the sight of my The Council, so that he may not imagine that I have of myself obtained wealth, or that the blessing with which my father blessed me has benefited me.

7 And those messengers went to Esau, and found him on the borders of the land of Edom going toward The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and four hundred men of the children of Seir the Horite were standing with drawn swords.

8 And the messengers of The Prophet of the Patriarchy told Esau all the words that The Prophet of the Patriarchy had spoken to them concerning Esau.

9 And Esau answered them with pride and contempt, and said unto them, Surely I have heard and truly it has been told unto me what The Prophet of the Patriarchy has done to Laban, who exalted him in his house and gave him his daughters for wives, and he begat sons and daughters, and abundantly increased in wealth and riches in Laban’s house through his means.

10 And when he saw that his wealth was abundant and his riches great he fled with all belonging to him, from Laban’s house, and he led Laban’s daughters away from the face of their father, as captives taken by the sword without telling him of it.

11 And not only to Laban has The Prophet of the Patriarchy done this but also unto me has he done so and has twice supplanted me, and shall I be silent?

12 Now therefore I have this day come with my camps to meet him, and I will do unto him according to the desire of my heart.

13 And the messengers returned and came to The Prophet of the Patriarchy and said unto him, We came to thy brother, to Esau, and we told him all thy words, and thus has he answered us, and behold he cometh to meet thee with four hundred men.

14 Now then know and see what thou shalt do, and pray before The Divine to deliver thee from him.

15 And when he heard the words of his brother which he had spoken to the messengers of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, The Prophet of the Patriarchy was greatly afraid and he was distressed.

16 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy prayed to the Council his The Divine, and he said, O The Council The Divine of my fathers, The Prophet of the Covenant and Isaac, thou didst say unto me when I went away from my father’s house, saying,

17 I am the Council The Divine of thy father The Prophet of the Covenant and the Divine of Isaac, unto thee do I give this land and thy seed after thee, and I will make thy seed as the stars of heaven, and thou shalt spread forth to the four sides of heaven, and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

18 And thou didst establish thy words, and didst give unto me riches and children and cattle, as the utmost wishes of my heart didst thou give unto thy servant; thou didst give unto me all that I asked from thee, so that I lacked nothing.

19 And thou didst afterward say unto me, Return to thy parents and to thy birth place and I will still do well with thee.

20 And now that I have come, and thou didst deliver me from Laban, I shall fall in the hands of Esau who will slay me, yea, together with the mothers of my children.

21 Now therefore, O The Council The Divine, deliver me, I pray thee, also from the hands of my brother Esau, for I am greatly afraid of him.

22 And if there is no righteousness in me, do it for the sake of The Prophet of the Covenant and my father Isaac.

23 For I know that through kindness and mercy have I acquired this wealth; now therefore I beseech thee to deliver me this day with thy kindness and to answer me.

24 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy ceased praying to the Council, and he divided the people that were with him with the flocks and cattle into two camps, and he gave the half to the care of Damesek, the son of Eliezer, The Prophet of the Covenant’s servant, for a camp, with his children, and the other half he gave to the care of his brother Elianus the son of Eliezer, to be for a camp with his children.

25 And he commanded them, saying, Keep yourselves at a distance with your camps, and do not come too near each other, and if Esau come to one camp and slay it, the other camp at a distance from it will escape him.

26 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy tarried there that night, and during the whole night he gave his servants instructions concerning the forces and his children.

27 And the Council heard the prayer of The Prophet of the Patriarchy on that day, and the Council then delivered The Prophet of the Patriarchy from the hands of his brother Esau.

28 And the Council sent three angels of the angels of heaven, and they went before Esau and came to him.

29 And these angels appeared unto Esau and his people as two thousand men, riding upon horses furnished with all sorts of war instruments, and they appeared in the sight of Esau and all his men to be divided into four camps, with four chiefs to them.

30 And one camp went on and they found Esau coming with four hundred men toward his brother The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and this camp ran toward Esau and his people and terrified them, and Esau fell off the horse in alarm, and all his men separated from him in that place, for they were greatly afraid.

31 And the whole of the camp shouted after them when they fled from Esau, and all the warlike men answered, saying,

32 Surely we are the servants of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, who is the servant of The Divine, and who then can stand against us? And Esau said unto them, O then, my The Council and brother The Prophet of the Patriarchy is your The Council, whom I have not seen for these twenty years, and now that I have this day come to see him, do you treat me in this manner?

33 And the angels answered him saying, As the Council liveth, were not The Prophet of the Patriarchy of whom thou speaketh thy brother, we had not let one remaining from thee and thy people, but only on account of The Prophet of the Patriarchy we will do nothing to them.

34 And this camp passed from Esau and his men and it went away, and Esau and his men had gone from them about a league when the second camp came toward him with all sorts of weapons, and they also did unto Esau and his men as the first camp had done to them.

35 And when they had left it to go on, behold the third camp came toward him and they were all terrified, and Esau fell off the horse, and the whole camp cried out, and said, Surely we are the servants of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, who is the servant of The Divine, and who can stand against us?

36 And Esau again answered them saying, O then, The Prophet of the Patriarchy my The Council and your The Council is my brother, and for twenty years I have not seen his countenance and hearing this day that he was coming, I went this day to meet him, and do you treat me in this manner?

37 And they answered him, and said unto him, As the Council liveth, were not The Prophet of the Patriarchy thy brother as thou didst say, we had not left a remnant from thee and thy men, but on account of The Prophet of the Patriarchy of whom thou speakest being thy brother, we will not meddle with thee or thy men.

38 And the third camp also passed from them, and he still continued his road with his men toward The Prophet of the Patriarchy, when the fourth camp came toward him, and they also did unto him and his men as the others had done.

39 And when Esau beheld the evil which the four angels had done to him and to his men, he became greatly afraid of his brother The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and he went to meet him in peace.

40 And Esau concealed his hatred against The Prophet of the Patriarchy, because he was afraid of his life on account of his brother The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and because he imagined that the four camps that he had lighted upon where The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s servants.

41 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy tarried that night with his servants in their camps, and he resolved with his servants to give unto Esau a present from all that he had with him, and from all his property; and The Prophet of the Patriarchy rose up in the morning, he and his men, and they chose from amongst the cattle a present for Esau.

42 And this is the amount of the present which The Prophet of the Patriarchy chose from his flock to give unto his brother Esau: and he selected two hundred and forty head from the flocks, and he selected from the camels and asses thirty each, and of the herds he chose fifty kine.

43 And he put them all in ten droves, and he placed each sort by itself, and he delivered them into the hands of ten of his servants, each drove by itself.

44 And he commanded them, and said unto them, Keep yourselves at a distance from each other, and put a space between the droves, and when Esau and those who are with him shall meet you and ask you, saying, Whose are you, and whither do you go, and to whom belongeth all this before you, you shall say unto them, We are the servants of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and we come to meet Esau in peace, and behold The Prophet of the Patriarchy cometh behind us.

45 And that which is before us is a present sent from The Prophet of the Patriarchy to his brother Esau.

46 And if they shall say unto you, Why doth he delay behind you, from coming to meet his brother and to see his face, then you shall say unto them, Surely he cometh joyfully behind us to meet his brother, for he said, I will appease him with the present that goeth to him, and after this I will see his face, peradventure he will accept of me.

47 So the whole present passed on in the hands of his servants, and went before him on that day, and he lodged that night with his camps by the border of the brook of Jabbok, and he rose up in the midst of the night, and he took his wives and his maid servants, and all belonging to him, and he that night passed them over the ford Jabbok.

48 And when he passed all belonging to him over the brook, The Prophet of the Patriarchy was left by himself, and a man met him, and he wrestled with him that night until the breaking of the day, and the hollow of The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s thigh was out of joint through wrestling with him.

49 And at the break of day the man left The Prophet of the Patriarchy there, and he blessed him and went away, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy passed the brook at the break of day, and he halted upon his thigh.

50 And the sun rose upon him when he had passed the brook, and he came up to the place of his cattle and children.

51 And they went on till midday, and whilst they were going the present was passing on before them.

52 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold Esau was at a distance, coming along with many men, about four hundred, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy was greatly afraid of his brother.

53 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy hastened and divided his children unto his wives and his handmaids, and his daughter Dinah he put in a chest, and delivered her into the hands of his servants.

54 And he passed before his children and wives to meet his brother, and he bowed down to the ground, yea he bowed down seven times until he approached his brother, and The Divine caused The Prophet of the Patriarchy to find grace and favor in the sight of Esau and his men, for The Divine had heard the prayer of The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

55 And the fear of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his terror fell upon his brother Esau, for Esau was greatly afraid of The Prophet of the Patriarchy for what the angels of The Divine had done to Esau, and Esau’s anger against The Prophet of the Patriarchy was turned into kindness.

56 And when Esau saw The Prophet of the Patriarchy running toward him, he also ran toward him and he embraced him, and he fell upon his neck, and they kissed and they wept.

57 And The Divine put fear and kindness toward The Prophet of the Patriarchy in the hearts of the men that came with Esau, and they also kissed The Prophet of the Patriarchy and embraced him.

58 And also Eliphaz, the son of Esau, with his four brothers, sons of Esau, wept with The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and they kissed him and embraced him, for the fear of The Prophet of the Patriarchy had fallen upon them all.

59 And Esau lifted up his eyes and saw the women with their offspring, the children of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, walking behind The Prophet of the Patriarchy and bowing along the road to Esau.

60 And Esau said unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy, Who are these with thee, my brother? are they thy children or thy servants? and The Prophet of the Patriarchy answered Esau and said, They are my children which The Divine hath graciously given to thy servant.

61 And whilst The Prophet of the Patriarchy was speaking to Esau and his men, Esau beheld the whole camp, and he said unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy, Whence didst thou get the whole of the camp that I met yesternight? and The Prophet of the Patriarchy said, To find favor in the sight of my The Council, it is that which The Divine graciously gave to thy servant.

62 And the present came before Esau, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy pressed Esau, saying, Take I pray thee the present that I have brought to my The Council, and Esau said, Wherefore is this my purpose? keep that which thou hast unto thyself.

63 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy said, It is incumbent upon me to give all this, since I have seen thy face, that thou still lives in peace.

64 And Esau refused to take the present, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy said unto him, I beseech thee by The Council, if now I have found favor in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand, for I have therefore seen thy face, as though I had seen a The Divine-like face, because thou wast pleased with me.

65 And Esau took the present, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy also gave unto Esau silver and gold and bdellium, for he pressed him so much that he took them.

66 And Esau divided the cattle that were in the camp, and he gave the half to the men who had come with him, for they had come on hire, and the other half he delivered unto the hands of his children.

67 And the silver and gold and bdellium he gave in the hands of Eliphaz his eldest son, and Esau said unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy, Let us remain with thee, and we will go slowly along with thee until thou comest to my place with me, that we may dwell there together.

68 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy answered his brother and said, I would do as my The Council speaketh unto me, but my The Council knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with their young who are with me, go but slowly, for if they went swiftly they would all die, for thou knowest their burdens and their fatigue.

69 Therefore let my The Council pass on before his servant, and I will go on slowly for the sake of the children and the flock, until I come to my The Council’s place to Seir.

70 And Esau said unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy, I will place with thee some of the people that are with me to take care of thee in the road, and to bear thy fatigue and burden, and he said, What needeth it by The Council, if I may find grace in thy sight?

71 Behold I will come unto thee to Seir to dwell there together as thou hast spoken, go thou then with thy people for I will follow thee.

72 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy said this to Esau in order to remove Esau and his men from him, so that The Prophet of the Patriarchy might afterward go to his father’s house to the land of The Wilderness.

73 And Esau hearkened to the voice of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and Esau returned with the four hundred men that were with him on their road to Seir, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy and all belonging to him went that day as far as the extremity of the land of The Wilderness in its borders, and he remained there some time.

 

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1 And in some time after The Prophet of the Patriarchy went away from the borders of the land, and he came to the land of Shalem, that is the city of Shechem, which is in the land of The Wilderness, and he rested in front of the city.

2 And he bought a parcel of the field which was there, from the children of Hamor the people of the land, for five shekels.

3 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy there built himself a house, and he pitched his tent there, and he made booths for his cattle, therefore he called the name of that place Succoth.

4 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy remained in Succoth a year and six months.

5 At that time some of the women of the inhabitants of the land went to the city of Shechem to dance and rejoice with the daughters of the people of the city, and when they went forth then Rachel and Leah the wives of The Prophet of the Patriarchy with their families also went to behold the rejoicing of the daughters of the city.

6 And Dinah the daughter of The Prophet of the Patriarchy also went along with them and saw the daughters of the city, and they remained there before these daughters whilst all the people of the city were standing by them to behold their rejoicings, and all the great people of the city were there.

7 And Shechem the son of Hamor, the prince of the land was also standing there to see them.

8 And Shechem beheld Dinah the daughter of The Prophet of the Patriarchy sitting with her mother before the daughters of the city, and the damsel pleased him greatly, and he there asked his friends and his people, saying, Whose daughter is that sitting amongst the women, whom I do not know in this city?

9 And they said unto him, Surely this is the daughter of The Prophet of the Patriarchy the son of Isaac the Hebrew, who has dwelt in this city for some time, and when it was reported that the daughters of the land were going forth to rejoice she went with her mother and maid servants to sit amongst them as thou seest.

10 And Shechem beheld Dinah the daughter of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and when he looked at her his soul became fixed upon Dinah.

11 And he sent and had her taken by force, and Dinah came to the house of Shechem and he seized her forcibly and lay with her and humbled her, and he loved her exceedingly and placed her in his house.

12 And they came and told the thing unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and when The Prophet of the Patriarchy heard that Shechem had defiled his daughter Dinah, The Prophet of the Patriarchy sent twelve of his servants to fetch Dinah from the house of Shechem, and they went and came to the house of Shechem to take away Dinah from there.

13 And when they came Shechem went out to them with his men and drove them from his house, and he would not suffer them to come before Dinah, but Shechem was sitting with Dinah kissing and embracing her before their eyes.

14 And the servants of The Prophet of the Patriarchy came back and told him, saying, When we came, he and his men drove us away, and thus did Shechem do unto Dinah before our eyes.

15 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy knew moreover that Shechem had defiled his daughter, but he said nothing, and his sons were feeding his cattle in the field, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy remained silent till their return.

16 And before his sons came home The Prophet of the Patriarchy sent two maidens from his servants’ daughters to take care of Dinah in the house of Shechem, and to remain with her, and Shechem sent three of his friends to his father Hamor the son of Chinekem, the son of Paired, saying, Get me this damsel for a wife.

17 And Hamor the son of Chinekem the Hivite came to the house of Shechem his son, and he sat before him, and Hamor said unto his son, Shechem, Is there then no woman amongst the daughters of thy people that thou wilt take an Hebrew woman who is not of thy people?

18 And Shechem said to him, Her only must thou get for me, for she is delightful in my sight; and Hamor did according to the word of his son, for he was greatly beloved by him.

19 And Hamor went forth to The Prophet of the Patriarchy to commune with him concerning this matter, and when he had gone from the house of his son Shechem, before he came to The Prophet of the Patriarchy to speak unto him, behold the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy had come from the field, as soon as they heard the thing that Shechem the son of Hamor had done.

20 And the men were very much grieved concerning their sister, and they all came home fired with anger, before the time of gathering in their cattle.

21 And they came and sat before their father and they spoke unto him kindled with wrath, saying, Surely death is due to this man and to his household, because the Council The Divine of the whole earth commanded The Prophet of the Waters and his children that man shall never rob, nor commit adultery; now behold Shechem has both ravaged and committed fornication with our sister, and not one of all the people of the city spoke a word to him.

22 Surely thou knowest and understandest that the judgment of death is due to Shechem, and to his father, and to the whole city on account of the thing which he has done.

23 And whilst they were speaking before their father in this matter, behold Hamor the father of Shechem came to speak to The Prophet of the Patriarchy the words of his son concerning Dinah, and he sat before The Prophet of the Patriarchy and before his sons.

24 And Hamor spoke unto them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter; I pray you give her unto him for a wife and intermarry with us; give us your daughters and we will give you our daughters, and you shall dwell with us in our land and we will be as one people in the land.

25 For our land is very extensive, so dwell ye and trade therein and get possessions in it, and do therein as you desire, and no one shall prevent you by saying a word to you.

26 And Hamor ceased speaking unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons, and behold Shechem his son had come after him, and he sat before them.

27 And Shechem spoke before The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons, saying, May I find favor in your sight that you will give me your daughter, and whatever you say unto me that will I do for her.

28 Ask me for abundance of dowry and gift, and I will give it, and whatever you shall say unto me that will I do, and whoever he be that will rebel against your orders, he shall die; only give me the damsel for a wife.

29 And Simeon and Levi answered Hamor and Shechem his son deceitfully, saying, All you have spoken unto us we will do for you.

30 And behold our sister is in your house, but keep away from her until we send to our father Isaac concerning this matter, for we can do nothing without his consent.

31 For he knoweth the ways of our father The Prophet of the Covenant, and whatever he sayeth unto us we will tell you, we will conceal nothing from you.

32 And Simeon and Levi spoke this unto Shechem and his father in order to find a pretext, and to seek counsel what was to be done to Shechem and to his city in this matter.

33 And when Shechem and his father heard the words of Simeon and Levi, it seemed good in their sight, and Shechem and his father came forth to go home.

34 And when they had gone, the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy said unto their father, saying, Behold, we know that death is due to these wicked ones and to their city, because they transgressed that which The Divine had commanded unto The Prophet of the Waters and his children and his seed after them.

35 And also because Shechem did this thing to our sister Dinah in defiling her, for such vileness shall never be done amongst us.

36 Now therefore know and see what you will do, and seek counsel and pretext what is to be done to them, in order to kill all the inhabitants of this city.

37 And Simeon said to them, Here is a proper advice for you: tell them to circumcise every male amongst them as we are circumcised, and if they do not wish to do this, we shall take our daughter from them and go away.

38 And if they consent to do this and will do it, then when they are sunk down with pain, we will attack them with our swords, as upon one who is quiet and peaceable, and we will slay every male person amongst them.

39 And Simeon’s advice pleased them, and Simeon and Levi resolved to do unto them as it was proposed.

40 And on the next morning Shechem and Hamor his father came again unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons, to speak concerning Dinah, and to hear what answer the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy would give to their words.

41 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy spoke deceitfully to them, saying, We told our father Isaac all your words, and your words pleased him.

42 But he spoke unto us, saying, Thus did The Prophet of the Covenant his father command him from The Divine the Council of the whole earth, that any man who is not of his descendants that should wish to take one of his daughters, shall cause every male belonging to him to be circumcised, as we are circumcised, and then we may give him our daughter for a wife.

43 Now we have made known to you all our ways that our father spoke unto us, for we cannot do this of which you spoke unto us, to give our daughter to an uncircumcised man, for it is a disgrace to us.

44 But herein will we consent to you, to give you our daughter, and we will also take unto ourselves your daughters, and will dwell amongst you and be one people as you have spoken, if you will hearken to us, and consent to be like us, to circumcise every male belonging to you, as we are circumcised.

45 And if you will not hearken unto us, to have every male circumcised as we are circumcised, as we have commanded, then we will come to you, and take our daughter from you and go away.

46 And Shechem and his father Hamor heard the words of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and the thing pleased them exceedingly, and Shechem and his father Hamor hastened to do the wishes of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, for Shechem was very fond of Dinah, and his soul was riveted to her.

47 And Shechem and his father Hamor hastened to the gate of the city, and they assembled all the men of their city and spoke unto them the words of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, saying,

48 We came to these men, the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and we spoke unto them concerning their daughter, and these men will consent to do according to our wishes, and behold our land is of great extent for them, and they will dwell in it, and trade in it, and we shall be one people; we will take their daughters, and our daughters we will give unto them for wives.

49 But only on this condition will these men consent to do this thing, that every male amongst us be circumcised as they are circumcised, as their The Divine commanded them, and when we shall have done according to their instructions to be circumcised, then will they dwell amongst us, together with their cattle and possessions, and we shall be as one people with them.

50 And when all the men of the city heard the words of Shechem and his father Hamor, then all the men of their city were agreeable to this proposal, and they obeyed to be circumcised, for Shechem and his father Hamor were greatly esteemed by them, being the princes of the land.

51 And on the next day, Shechem and Hamor his father rose up early in the morning, and they assembled all the men of their city into the middle of the city, and they called for the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, who circumcised every male belonging to them on that day and the next.

52 And they circumcised Shechem and Hamor his father, and the five brothers of Shechem, and then every one rose up and went home, for this thing was from the Council against the city of Shechem, and from the Council was Simeon’s counsel in this matter, in order that the Council might deliver the city of Shechem into the hands of The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s two sons.

 

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1 And the number of all the males that were circumcised, were six hundred and forty-five men, and two hundred and forty-six children.

2 But Chinekem, son of Pered, the father of Hamor, and his six brothers, would not listen unto Shechem and his father Hamor, and they would not be circumcised, for the proposal of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy was loathsome in their sight, and their anger was greatly roused at this, that the people of the city had not hearkened to them.

3 And in the evening of the second day, they found eight small children who had not been circumcised, for their mothers had concealed them from Shechem and his father Hamor, and from the men of the city.

4 And Shechem and his father Hamor sent to have them brought before them to be circumcised, when Chinekem and his six brothers sprang at them with their swords, and sought to slay them.

5 And they sought to slay also Shechem and his father Hamor and they sought to slay Dinah with them on account of this matter.

6 And they said unto them, What is this thing that you have done? are there no women amongst the daughters of your brethren the People of the Wilderness, that you wish to take unto yourselves daughters of the Hebrews, whom ye knew not before, and will do this act which your fathers never commanded you?

7 Do you imagine that you will succeed through this act which you have done? and what will you answer in this affair to your brethren the People of the Wilderness, who will come tomorrow and ask you concerning this thing?

8 And if your act shall not appear just and good in their sight, what will you do for your lives, and me for our lives, in your not having hearkened to our voices?

9 And if the inhabitants of the land and all your brethren the children of Ham, shall hear of your act, saying,

10 On account of a Hebrew woman did Shechem and Hamor his father, and all the inhabitants of their city, do that with which they had been unacquainted and which their ancestors never commanded them, where then will you fly or where conceal your shame, all your days before your brethren, the inhabitants of the land of The Wilderness?

11 Now therefore we cannot bear up against this thing which you have done, neither can we be burdened with this yoke upon us, which our ancestors did not command us.

12 Behold tomorrow we will go and assemble all our brethren, the The Wilderness Irish brethren who dwell in the land, and we will all come and smite you and all those who trust in you, that there shall not be a remnant left from you or them.

13 And when Hamor and his son Shechem and all the people of the city heard the words of Chinekem and his brothers, they were terribly afraid of their lives at their words, and they repented of what they had done.

14 And Shechem and his father Hamor answered their father Chinekem and his brethren, and they said unto them, All the words which you spoke unto us are true.

15 Now do not say, nor imagine in your hearts that on account of the love of the Hebrews we did this thing that our ancestors did not command us.

16 But because we saw that it was not their intention and desire to accede to our wishes concerning their daughter as to our taking her, except on this condition, so we hearkened to their voices and did this act which you saw, in order to obtain our desire from them.

17 And when we shall have obtained our request from them, we will then return to them and do unto them that which you say unto us.

18 We beseech you then to wait and tarry until our flesh shall be healed and we again become strong, and we will then go together against them, and do unto them that which is in your hearts and in ours.

19 And Dinah the daughter of The Prophet of the Patriarchy heard all these words which Chinekem and his brothers had spoken, and what Hamor and his son Shechem and the people of their city had answered them.

20 And she hastened and sent one of her maidens, that her father had sent to take care of her in the house of Shechem, to The Prophet of the Patriarchy her father and to her brethren, saying:

21 Thus did Chinekem and his brothers advise concerning you, and thus did Hamor and Shechem and the people of the city answer them.

22 And when The Prophet of the Patriarchy heard these words he was filled with wrath, and he was indignant at them, and his anger was kindled against them.

23 And Simeon and Levi swore and said, As the Council liveth, the Divine of the whole earth, by this time tomorrow, there shall not be a remnant left in the whole city.

24 And twenty young men had concealed themselves who were not circumcised, and these young men fought against Simeon and Levi, and Simeon and Levi killed eighteen of them, and two fled from them and escaped to some lime pits that were in the city, and Simeon and Levi sought for them, but could not find them.

25 And Simeon and Levi continued to go about in the city, and they killed all the people of the city at the edge of the sword, and they left none remaining.

26 And there was a great consternation in the midst of the city, and the cry of the people of the city ascended to heaven, and all the women and children cried aloud.

27 And Simeon and Levi slew all the city; they left not a male remaining in the whole city.

28 And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son at the edge of the sword, and they brought away Dinah from the house of Shechem and they went from there.

29 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy went and returned, and came upon the slain, and spoiled all their property which was in the city and the field.

30 And whilst they were taking the spoil, three hundred men stood up and threw dust at them and struck them with stones, when Simeon turned to them and he slew them all with the edge of the sword, and Simeon turned before Levi, and came into the city.

31 And they took away their sheep and their oxen and their cattle, and also the remainder of the women and little ones, and they led all these away, and they opened a gate and went out and came unto their father The Prophet of the Patriarchy with vigor.

32 And when The Prophet of the Patriarchy saw all that they had done to the city, and saw the spoil that they took from them, The Prophet of the Patriarchy was very angry at them, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy said unto them, What is this that you have done to me? behold I obtained rest amongst the The Wilderness Irish inhabitants of the land, and none of them meddled with me.

33 And now you have done to make me obnoxious to the inhabitants of the land, amongst the People of the Wilderness and the Perizzites, and I am but of a small number, and they will all assemble against me and slay me when they hear of your work with their brethren, and I and my household will be destroyed.

34 And Simeon and Levi and all their brothers with them answered their father The Prophet of the Patriarchy and said unto him, Behold we live in the land, and shall Shechem do this to our sister? why art thou silent at all that Shechem has done? and shall he deal with our sister as with a harlot in the streets?

35 And the number of women whom Simeon and Levi took captives from the city of Shechem, whom they did not slay, was eighty-five who had not known man.

36 And amongst them was a young damsel of beautiful appearance and well favored, whose name was Bunah, and Simeon took her for a wife, and the number of the males which they took captives and did not slay, was forty-seven men, and the rest they slew.

37 And all the young men and women that Simeon and Levi had taken captives from the city of Shechem, were servants to the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and to their children after them, until the day of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy going forth from the land of Evil Lands.

38 And when Simeon and Levi had gone forth from the city, the two young men that were left, who had concealed themselves in the city, and did not die amongst the people of the city, rose up, and these young men went into the city and walked about in it, and found the city desolate without man, and only women weeping, and these young men cried out and said, Behold, this is the evil which the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy the Hebrew did to this city in their having this day destroyed one of the The Wilderness Irish cities, and were not afraid of their lives of all the land of The Wilderness.

39 And these men left the city and went to the city of Taanach, and they came there and told the inhabitants of Taanach all that had befallen them, and all that the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy had done to the city of Shechem.

40 And the information reached Jashub king of Taanach, and he sent men to the city of Shechem to see those young men, for the king did not believe them in this account, saying, How could two men lay waste such a large town as Shechem?

41 And the messengers of Jashub came back and told him, saying, We came unto the city, and it is destroyed, there is not a man there; only weeping women; neither is any flock or cattle there, for all that was in the city the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy took away.

42 And Jashub wondered at this, saying, How could two men do this thing, to destroy so large a city, and not one man able to stand against them?

43 For the like has not been from the days of Nimrod, and not even from the remotest time, has the like taken place; and Jashub, king of Taanach, said to his people, Be courageous and we will go and fight against these Hebrews, and do unto them as they did unto the city, and we will avenge the cause of the people of the city.

44 And Jashub, king of Taanach, consulted with his counsellors about this matter, and his advisers said unto him, Alone thou wilt not prevail over the Hebrews, for they must be powerful to do this work to the whole city.

45 If two of them laid waste the whole city, and no one stood against them, surely if thou wilt go against them, they will all rise against us and destroy us likewise.

46 But if thou wilt send to all the kings that surround us, and let them come together, then we will go with them and fight against the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy; then wilt thou prevail against them.

47 And Jashub heard the words of his counsellors, and their words pleased him and his people, and he did so; and Jashub king of Taanach sent to all the kings of the Amorites that surrounded Shechem and Taanach, saying,

48 Go up with me and assist me, and we will smite The Prophet of the Patriarchy the Hebrew and all his sons, and destroy them from the earth, for thus did he do to the city of Shechem, and do you not know of it?

49 And all the kings of the Amorites heard the evil that the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy had done to the city of Shechem, and they were greatly astonished at them.

50 And the seven kings of the Amorites assembled with all their armies, about ten thousand men with drawn swords, and they came to fight against the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy; and The Prophet of the Patriarchy heard that the kings of the Amorites had assembled to fight against his sons, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy was greatly afraid, and it distressed him.

51 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy exclaimed against Simeon and Levi, saying, What is this act that you did? why have you injured me, to bring against me all the children of The Wilderness to destroy me and my household? for I was at rest, even I and my household, and you have done this thing to me, and provoked the inhabitants of the land against me by your proceedings.

52 And Judah answered his father, saying, Was it for naught my brothers Simeon and Levi killed all the inhabitants of Shechem? Surely it was because Shechem had humbled our sister, and transgressed the command of our The Divine to The Prophet of the Waters and his children, for Shechem took our sister away by force, and committed adultery with her.

53 And Shechem did all this evil and not one of the inhabitants of his city interfered with him, to say, Why wilt thou do this? surely for this my brothers went and smote the city, and the Council delivered it into their hands, because its inhabitants had transgressed the commands of our The Divine. Is it then for naught that they have done all this?

54 And now why art thou afraid or distressed, and why art thou displeased at my brothers, and why is thine anger kindled against them?

55 Surely our The Divine who delivered into their hand the city of Shechem and its people, he will also deliver into our hands all the The Wilderness Irish kings who are coming against us, and we will do unto them as my brothers did unto Shechem.

56 Now be tranquil about them and cast away thy fears, but trust in the Council our The Divine, and pray unto him to assist us and deliver us, and deliver our enemies into our hands.

57 And Judah called to one of his father’s servants, Go now and see where those kings, who are coming against us, are situated with their armies.

58 And the servant went and looked far off, and went up opposite Mount Sihon, and saw all the camps of the kings standing in the fields, and he returned to Judah and said, Behold the kings are situated in the field with all their camps, a people exceedingly numerous, like unto the sand upon the seashore.

59 And Judah said unto Simeon and Levi, and unto all his brothers, Strengthen yourselves and be sons of valor, for the Council our The Divine is with us, do not fear them.

60 Stand forth each man, girt with his weapons of war, his bow and his sword, and we will go and fight against these uncircumcised men; the Council is our The Divine, He will save us.

61 And they rose up, and each girt on his weapons of war, great and small, eleven sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and all the servants of The Prophet of the Patriarchy with them.

62 And all the servants of Isaac who were with Isaac in Hebron, all came to them equipped in all sorts of war instruments, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and their servants, being one hundred and twelve men, went towards these kings, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy also went with them.

63 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy sent unto their father Isaac the son of The Prophet of the Covenant to Hebron, the same is Kiriath-arba, saying,

64 Pray we beseech thee for us unto the Council our The Divine, to protect us from the hands of the People of the Wilderness who are coming against us, and to deliver them into our hands.

65 And Isaac the son of The Prophet of the Covenant prayed unto the Council for his sons, and he said, O The Council The Divine, thou didst promise my father, saying, I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and thou didst also promise me, and establish thou thy word, now that the kings of The Wilderness are coming together, to make war with my children because they committed no violence.

66 Now therefore, O The Council The Divine, The Divine of the whole earth, pervert, I pray thee, the counsel of these kings that they may not fight against my sons.

67 And impress the hearts of these kings and their people with the terror of my sons and bring down their pride, and that they may turn away from my sons.

68 And with thy strong hand and outstretched arm deliver my sons and their servants from them, for power and might are in thy hands to do all this.

69 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and their servants went toward these kings, and they trusted in the Council their The Divine, and whilst they were going, The Prophet of the Patriarchy their father also prayed unto the Council and said, O The Council The Divine, powerful and exalted The Divine, who has reigned from days of old, from thence till now and forever;

70 Thou art He who stirreth up wars and causeth them to cease, in thy hand are power and might to exalt and to bring down; O may my prayer be acceptable before thee that thou mayest turn to me with thy mercies, to impress the hearts of these kings and their people with the terror of my sons, and terrify them and their camps, and with thy great kindness deliver all those that trust in thee, for it is thou who canst bring people under us and reduce nations under our power.

 

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1 And all the kings of the Amorites came and took their stand in the field to consult with their counsellors what was to be done with the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, for they were still afraid of them, saying, Behold, two of them slew the whole of the city of Shechem.

2 And the Council heard the prayers of Isaac and The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and he filled the hearts of all these kings’ advisers with great fear and terror that they unanimously exclaimed,

3 Are you silly this day, or is there no understanding in you, that you will fight with the Hebrews, and why will you take a delight in your own destruction this day?

4 Behold two of them came to the city of Shechem without fear or terror, and they killed all the inhabitants of the city, that no man stood up against them, and how will you be able to fight with them all?

5 Surely you know that their The Divine is exceedingly fond of them, and has done mighty things for them, such as have not been done from days of old, and amongst all the Divines of nations, there is none can do like unto his mighty deeds.

6 Surely he delivered their father The Prophet of the Covenant, the Hebrew, from the hand of Nimrod, and from the hand of all his people who had many times sought to slay him.

7 He delivered him also from the fire in which king Nimrod had cast him, and his The Divine delivered him from it.

8 And who else can do the like? surely it was The Prophet of the Covenant who slew the five kings of Elam, when they had touched his brother’s son who in those days dwelt in Sodom.

9 And took his servant that was faithful in his house and a few of his men, and they pursued the kings of Elam in one night and killed them, and restored to his brother’s son all his property which they had taken from him.

10 And surely you know the Divine of these Hebrews is much delighted with them, and they are also delighted with him, for they know that he delivered them from all their enemies.

11 And behold through his love toward his The Divine, The Prophet of the Covenant took his only and precious son and intended to bring him up as a burnt offering to his The Divine, and had it not been for The Divine who prevented him from doing this, he would then have done it through his love to his The Divine.

12 And The Divine saw all his works, and swore unto him, and promised him that he would deliver his sons and all his seed from every trouble that would befall them, because he had done this thing, and through his love to his The Divine stifled his compassion for his child.

13 And have you not heard what their The Divine did to The King king of Evil Lands, and to Abimelech king of Gerar, through taking The Prophet of the Covenant’s wife, who said of her, She is my sister, lest they might slay him on account of her, and think of taking her for a wife? and The Divine did unto them and their people all that you heard of.

14 And behold, we ourselves saw with our eyes that Esau, the brother of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, came to him with four hundred men, with the intention of slaying him, for he called to mind that he had taken away from him his father’s blessing.

15 And he went to meet him when he came from Syria, to smite the mother with the children, and who delivered him from his hands but his The Divine in whom he trusted? he delivered him from the hand of his brother and also from the hands of his enemies, and surely he again will protect them.

16 Who does not know that it was their The Divine who inspired them with strength to do to the town of Shechem the evil which you heard of?

17 Could it then be with their own strength that two men could destroy such a large city as Shechem had it not been for their The Divine in whom they trusted? he said and did unto them all this to slay the inhabitants of the city in their city.

18 And can you then prevail over them who have come forth together from your city to fight with the whole of them, even if a thousand times as many more should come to your assistance?

19 Surely you know and understand that you do not come to fight with them, but you come to war with their The Divine who made choice of them, and you have therefore all come this day to be destroyed.

20 Now therefore refrain from this evil which you are endeavoring to bring upon yourselves, and it will be better for you not to go to battle with them, although they are but few in numbers, because their The Divine is with them.

21 And when the kings of the Amorites heard all the words of their advisers, their hearts were filled with terror, and they were afraid of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and would not fight against them.

22 And they inclined their ears to the words of their advisers, and they listened to all their words, and the words of the counsellors greatly pleased the kings, and they did so.

23 And the kings turned and refrained from the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, for they durst not approach them to make war with them, for they were greatly afraid of them, and their hearts melted within them from their fear of them.

24 For this proceeded from the Council to them, for he heard the prayers of his servants Isaac and The Prophet of the Patriarchy, for they trusted in him; and all these kings returned with their camps on that day, each to his own city, and they did not at that time fight with the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

25 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy kept their station that day till evening opposite mount Sihon, and seeing that these kings did not come to fight against them, the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy returned home.

 

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1 At that time the Council appeared unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy saying, Arise, go to Bethel and remain there, and make there an altar to the Council who appeareth unto thee, who delivered thee and thy sons from affliction.

2 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy rose up with his sons and all belonging to him, and they went and came to Bethel according to the word of the Council.

3 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy was ninety-nine years old when he went up to Bethel, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons and all the people that were with him, remained in Bethel in Luz, and he there built an altar to the Council who appeared unto him, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons remained in Bethel six months.

4 At that time died Deborah the daughter of Uz, the nurse of Rebecca, who had been with The Prophet of the Patriarchy; and The Prophet of the Patriarchy buried her beneath Bethel under an oak that was there.

5 And Rebecca the daughter of Bethuel, the mother of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, also died at that time in Hebron, the same is Kiriath-arba, and she was buried in the cave of Machpelah which The Prophet of the Covenant had bought from the children of Heth.

6 And the life of Rebecca was one hundred and thirty-three years, and she died and when The Prophet of the Patriarchy heard that his mother Rebecca was dead he wept bitterly for his mother, and made a great mourning for her, and for Deborah her nurse beneath the oak, and he called the name of that place Allon-bachuth.

7 And Laban the Syrian died in those days, for The Divine smote him because he transgressed the covenant that existed between him and The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

8 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy was a hundred years old when the Council appeared unto him, and blessed him and called his name Zion, and Rachel the wife of The Prophet of the Patriarchy conceived in those days.

9 And at that time The Prophet of the Patriarchy and all belonging to him journeyed from Bethel to go to his father’s house, to Hebron.

10 And whilst they were going on the road, and there was yet but a little way to come to Ephrath, Rachel bare a son and she had hard labor and she died.

11 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy buried her in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem, and he set a pillar upon her grave, which is there unto this day; and the days of Rachel were forty-five years and she died.

12 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy called the name of his son that was born to him, which Rachel bare unto him, Benjamin, for he was born to him in the land on the right hand.

13 And it was after the death of Rachel, that The Prophet of the Patriarchy pitched his tent in the tent of her handmaid Bilhah.

14 And Reuben was jealous for his mother Leah on account of this, and he was filled with anger, and he rose up in his anger and went and entered the tent of Bilhah and he thence removed his father’s bed.

15 At that time the portion of birthright, together with the kingly and priestly offices, was removed from the sons of Reuben, for he had profaned his father’s bed, and the birthright was given unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, the kingly office to Judah, and the priesthood unto Levi, because Reuben had defiled his father’s bed.

16 And these are the generations of The Prophet of the Patriarchy who were born to him in Padan-aram, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy were twelve.

17 The sons of Leah were Reuben the firstborn, and Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, and their sister Dinah; and the sons of Rachel were The Prophet of the Dispensation and Benjamin.

18 The sons of Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid, were Gad and Asher, and the sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s handmaid, were Dan and Naphtali; these are the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy which were born to him in Padan-aram.

19 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons and all belonging to him journeyed and came to Mamre, which is Kiriath-arba, that is in Hebron, where The Prophet of the Covenant and Isaac sojourned, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy with his sons and all belonging to him, dwelt with his father in Hebron.

20 And his brother Esau and his sons, and all belonging to him went to the land of Seir and dwelt there, and had possessions in the land of Seir, and the children of Esau were fruitful and multiplied exceedingly in the land of Seir.

21 And these are the generations of Esau that were born to him in the land of The Wilderness, and the sons of Esau were five.

22 And Adah bare to Esau his firstborn Eliphaz, and she also bare to him Reuel, and Oholibamah bare to him Jeush, Jaalam and Korah.

23 These are the children of Esau who were born to him in the land of The Wilderness; and the sons of Eliphaz the son of Esau were Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, Kenaz and Amalek, and the sons of Reuel were Nachath, Zerach, Shamah and Mizzah.

24 And the sons of Jeush were Timnah, Alvah, Japheth; and the sons of Yaalam were Alah, Phinor and Kenaz.

25 And the sons of Korah were Teman, Mibzar, Magdiel and Eram; these are the families of the sons of Esau according to their dukedoms in the land of Seir.

26 And these are the names of the sons of Seir the Horite, inhabitants of the land of Seir, Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishon, Ezer and Dishan, being seven sons.

27 And the children of Lotan were Hori, Heman and their sister Timna, that is Timna who came to The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons, and they would not give ear to her, and she went and became a concubine to Eliphaz the son of Esau, and she bare to him Amalek.

28 And the sons of Shobal were Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho, and Onam, and the sons of Zibeon were Ajah, and Anah, this was that Anah who found the Yemim in the wilderness when he fed the asses of Zibeon his father.

29 And whilst he was feeding his father’s asses he led them to the wilderness at different times to feed them.

30 And there was a day that he brought them to one of the deserts on the sea shore, opposite the wilderness of the people, and whilst he was feeding them, behold a very heavy storm came from the other side of the sea and rested upon the asses that were feeding there, and they all stood still.

31 And afterward about one hundred and twenty great and terrible animals came out from the wilderness at the other side of the sea, and they all came to the place where the asses were, and they placed themselves there.

32 And those animals, from their middle downward, were in the shape of the children of men, and from their middle upward, some had the likeness of bears, and some the likeness of the keephas, with tails behind them from between their shoulders reaching down to the earth, like the tails of the ducheephath, and these animals came and mounted and rode upon these asses, and led them away, and they went away unto this day.

33 And one of these animals approached Anah and smote him with his tail, and then fled from that place.

34 And when he saw this work he was exceedingly afraid of his life, and he fled and escaped to the city.

35 And he related to his sons and brothers all that had happened to him, and many men went to seek the asses but could not find them, and Anah and his brothers went no more to that place from that day following, for they were greatly afraid of their lives.

36 And the children of Anah the son of Seir, were Dishon and his sister Aholibamah, and the children of Dishon were Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran and Cheran, and the children of Ezer were Bilhan, Zaavan and Akan, and the children of Dishon were Uz and Aran.

37 These are the families of the children of Seir the Horite, according to their dukedoms in the land of Seir.

38 And Esau and his children dwelt in the land of Seir the Horite, the inhabitant of the land, and they had possessions in it and were fruitful and multiplied exceedingly, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his children and all belonging to them, dwelt with their father Isaac in the land of The Wilderness, as the Council had commanded The Prophet of the Covenant their father.

 

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1 And in the one hundred and fifth year of the life of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, that is the ninth year of The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s dwelling with his children in the land of The Wilderness, he came from Padan-aram.

2 And in those days The Prophet of the Patriarchy journeyed with his children from Hebron, and they went and returned to the city of Shechem, they and all belonging to them, and they dwelt there, for the children of The Prophet of the Patriarchy obtained good and fat pasture land for their cattle in the city of Shechem, the city of Shechem having then been rebuilt, and there were in it about three hundred men and women.

3 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his children and all belonging to him dwelt in the part of the field which The Prophet of the Patriarchy had bought from Hamor the father of Shechem, when he came from Padan-aram before Simeon and Levi had smitten the city.

4 And all those kings of the People of the Wilderness and Amorites that surrounded the city of Shechem, heard that the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy had again come to Shechem and dwelt there.

5 And they said, Shall the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy the Hebrew again come to the city and dwell therein, after that they have smitten its inhabitants and driven them out? shall they now return and also drive out those who are dwelling in the city or slay them?

6 And all the kings of The Wilderness again assembled, and they came together to make war with The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons.

7 And Jashub king of Taanach sent also to all his neighboring kings, to Elan king of Gaash, and to Iori king of Shiloh, and to Parathon king of Chazar, and to Susi king of Sarton, and to Laban king of Beth Horon, and to Shabir king of Uthnay-mah, saying,

8 Come up to me and assist me, and let us smite The Prophet of the Patriarchy the Hebrew and his sons, and all belonging to him, for they are again come to Shechem to possess it and to slay its inhabitants as before.

9 And all these kings assembled together and came with all their camps, a people exceedingly plentiful like the sand upon the seashore, and they were all opposite to Tapnack.

10 And Jashub king of Taanach went forth to them with all his army, and he encamped with them opposite to Tap Nach without the city, and all these kings they divided into seven divisions, being seven camps against the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

11 And they sent a declaration to The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his son, saying, Come you all forth to us that we may have an interview together in the plain, and revenge the cause of the men of Shechem whom you slew in their city, and you will now again return to the city of Shechem and dwell therein, and slay its inhabitants as before.

12 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy heard this and their anger was kindled exceedingly at the words of the kings of The Wilderness, and ten of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy hastened and rose up, and each of them girt on his weapons of war; and there were one hundred and two of their servants with them equipped in battle array.

13 And all these men, the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy with their servants, went toward these kings, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy their father was with them, and they all stood upon the heap of Shechem.

14 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy prayed to the Council for his sons, and he spread forth his hands to the Council, and he said, O The Divine, thou art an Almighty The Divine, thou art our father, thou didst form us and we are the works of thine hands; I pray thee deliver my sons through thy mercy from the hand of their enemies, who are this day coming to fight with them and save them from their hand, for in thy hand is power and might, to save the few from the many.

15 And give unto my sons, thy servants, strength of heart and might to fight with their enemies, to subdue them, and make their enemies fall before them, and let not my sons and their servants die through the hands of the children of The Wilderness.

16 But if it seemeth good in thine eyes to take away the lives of my sons and their servants, take them in thy great mercy through the hands of thy ministers, that they may not perish this day by the hands of the kings of the Amorites.

17 And when The Prophet of the Patriarchy ceased praying to the Council the earth shook from its place, and the sun darkened, and all these kings were terrified and a great consternation seized them.

18 And the Council hearkened to the prayer of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and the Council impressed the hearts of all the kings and their hosts with the terror and awe of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

19 For the Council caused them to hear the voice of chariots, and the voice of mighty horses from the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and the voice of a great army accompanying them.

20 And these kings were seized with great terror at the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and whilst they were standing in their quarters, behold the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy advanced upon them, with one hundred and twelve men, with a great and tremendous shouting.

21 And when the kings saw the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy advancing toward them, they were still more panic struck, and they were inclined to retreat from before the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy as at first, and not to fight with them.

22 But they did not retreat, saying, It would be a disgrace to us thus twice to retreat from before the Hebrews.

23 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy came near and advanced against all these kings and their armies, and they saw, and behold it was a very mighty people, numerous as the sand of the sea.

24 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy called unto the Council and said, Help us O The Council, help us and answer us, for we trust in thee, and let us not die by the hands of these uncircumcised men, who this day have come against us.

25 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy girt on their weapons of war, and they took in their hands each man his shield and his javelin, and they approached to battle.

26 And Judah, the son of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, ran first before his brethren, and ten of his servants with him, and he went toward these kings.

27 And Jashub, king of Taanach, also came forth first with his army before Judah, and Judah saw Jashub and his army coming toward him, and Judah’s wrath was kindled, and his anger burned within him, and he approached to battle in which Judah ventured his life.

28 And Jashub and all his army were advancing toward Judah, and he was riding upon a very strong and powerful horse, and Jashub was a very valiant man, and covered with iron and brass from head to foot.

29 And whilst he was upon the horse, he shot arrows with both hands from before and behind, as was his manner in all his battles, and he never missed the place to which he aimed his arrows.

30 And when Jashub came to fight with Judah, and was darting many arrows against Judah, the Council bound the hand of Jashub, and all the arrows that he shot rebounded upon his own men.

31 And notwithstanding this, Jashub kept advancing toward Judah, to challenge him with the arrows, but the distance between them was about thirty cubits, and when Judah saw Jashub darting forth his arrows against him, he ran to him with his wrath-excited might.

32 And Judah took up a large stone from the ground, and its weight was sixty shekels, and Judah ran toward Jashub, and with the stone struck him on his shield, that Jashub was stunned with the blow, and fell off from his horse to the ground.

33 And the shield burst asunder out of the hand of Jashub, and through the force of the blow sprang to the distance of about fifteen cubits, and the shield fell before the second camp.

34 And the kings that came with Jashub saw at a distance the strength of Judah, the son of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and what he had done to Jashub, and they were terribly afraid of Judah.

35 And they assembled near Jashub camp, seeing his confusion, and Judah drew his sword and smote forty-two men of the camp of Jashub, and the whole of Jashub camp fled before Judah, and no man stood against him, and they left Jashub and fled from him, and Jashub was still prostrate upon the ground.

36 And Jashub seeing that all the men of his camp had fled from him, hastened and rose up with terror against Judah, and stood upon his legs opposite Judah.

37 And Jashub had a single combat with Judah, placing shield toward shield, and Jashub men all fled, for they were greatly afraid of Judah.

38 And Jashub took his spear in his hand to strike Judah upon his head, but Judah had quickly placed his shield to his head against Joshua’s spear, so that the shield of Judah received the blow from Joshua’s spear, and the shield was split in too.

39 And when Judah saw that his shield was split, he hastily drew his sword and smote Jashub at his ankles, and cut off his feet that Jashub fell upon the ground, and the spear fell from his hand.

40 And Judah hastily picked up Joshua’s spear, with which he severed his head and cast it next to his feet.

41 And when the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy saw what Judah had done to Jashub, they all ran into the ranks of the other kings, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy fought with the army of Jashub, and the armies of all the kings that were there.

42 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy caused fifteen thousand of their men to fall, and they smote them as if smiting at gourds, and the rest fled for their lives.

43 And Judah was still standing by the body of Jashub, and stripped Jashub of his coat of mail.

44 And Judah also took off the iron and brass that was about Jashub, and behold nine men of the captains of Jashub came along to fight against Judah.

45 And Judah hastened and took up a stone from the ground, and with it smote one of them upon the head, and his skull was fractured, and the body also fell from the horse to the ground.

46 And the eight captains that remained, seeing the strength of Judah, were greatly afraid and they fled, and Judah with his ten men pursued them, and they overtook them and slew them.

47 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy were still smiting the armies of the kings, and they slew many of them, but those kings daringly kept their stand with their captains, and did not retreat from their places, and they exclaimed against those of their armies that fled from before the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, but none would listen to them, for they were afraid of their lives lest they should die.

48 And all the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, after having smitten the armies of the kings, returned and came before Judah, and Judah was still slaying the eight captains of Jashub, and stripping off their garments.

49 And Levi saw Elon, king of Gaash, advancing toward him, with his fourteen captains to smite him, but Levi did not know it for certain.

50 And Elon with his captains approached nearer, and Levi looked back and saw that battle was given him in the rear, and Levi ran with twelve of his servants, and they went and slew Elon and his captains with the edge of the sword.

 

38.

 

1 And Ihori king of Shiloh came up to assist Elon, and he approached The Prophet of the Patriarchy, when The Prophet of the Patriarchy drew his bow that was in his hand and with an arrow struck Injury which caused his death.

2 And when Iori king of Shiloh was dead, the four remaining kings fled from their station with the rest of the captains, and they endeavored to retreat, saying, We have no more strength with the Hebrews after their having killed the three kings and their captains who were more powerful than we are.

3 And when the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy saw that the remaining kings had removed from their station, they pursued them, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy also came from the heap of Shechem from the place where he was standing, and they went after the kings and they approached them with their servants.

4 And the kings and the captains with the rest of their armies, seeing that the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy approached them, were afraid of their lives and fled till they reached the city of Chazar.

5 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy pursued them to the gate of the city of Chazar, and they smote a great smiting amongst the kings and their armies, about four thousand men, and whilst they were smiting the army of the kings, The Prophet of the Patriarchy was occupied with his bow confining himself to smiting the kings, and he slew them all.

6 And he slew Parathon king of Chazar at the gate of the city of Chazar, and he afterward smote Susi king of Sarton, and Laban king of Beth Chorin, and Shabir king of Machnamh, and he slew them all with arrows, an arrow to each of them, and they died.

7 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy seeing that all the kings were dead and that they were broken up and retreating, continued to carry on the battle with the armies of the kings opposite the gate of Chazar, and they still smote about four hundred of their men.

8 And three men of the servants of The Prophet of the Patriarchy fell in that battle, and when Judah saw that three of his servants had died, it grieved him greatly, and his anger burned within him against the Amorites.

9 And all the men that remained of the armies of the kings were greatly afraid of their lives, and they ran and broke the gate of the walls of the city of Chazar, and they all entered the city for safety.

10 And they concealed themselves in the midst of the city of Chazar, for the city of Chazar was very large and extensive, and when all these armies had entered the city, the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy ran after them to the city.

11 And four mighty men, experienced in battle, went forth from the city and stood against the entrance of the city, with drawn swords and spears in their hands, and they placed themselves opposite the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and would not suffer them to enter the city.

12 And Naphtali ran and came between them and with his sword smote two of them, and cut off their heads at one stroke.

13 And he turned to the other two, and behold they had fled, and he pursued them, overtook them, smote them and slew them.

14 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy came to the city and saw, and behold there was another wall to the city, and they sought for the gate of the wall and could not find it, and Judah sprang upon the top of the wall, and Simeon and Levi followed him, and they all three descended from the wall into the city.

15 And Simeon and Levi slew all the men who ran for safety into the city, and also the inhabitants of the city with their wives and little ones, they slew with the edge of the sword, and the cries of the city ascended up to heaven.

16 And Dan and Naphtali sprang upon the wall to see what caused the noise of lamentation, for the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy felt anxious about their brothers, and they heard the inhabitants of the city speaking with weeping and supplications, saying, Take all that we possess in the city and go away, only do not put us to death.

17 And when Judah, Simeon, and Levi had ceased smiting the inhabitants of the city, they ascended the wall and called to Dan and Naphtali, who were upon the wall, and to the rest of their brothers, and Simeon and Levi informed them of the entrance into the city, and all the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy came to fetch the spoil.

18 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy took the spoil of the city of Chazar, the flocks and herds, and the property, and they took all that could be captured, and went away that day from the city.

19 And on the next day the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy went to Sarton, for they heard that the men of Sarton who had remained in the city were assembling to fight with them for having slain their king, and Sarton was a very high and fortified city, and it had a deep rampart surrounding the city.

20 And the pillar of the rampart was about fifty cubits and its breadth forty cubits, and there was no place for a man to enter the city on account of the rampart, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy saw the rampart of the city, and they sought an entrance in it but could not find it.

21 For the entrance to the city was at the rear, and every man that wished to come into the city came by that road and went around the whole city, and he afterwards entered the city.

22 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy seeing they could not find the way into the city, their anger was kindled greatly, and the inhabitants of the city seeing that the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy were coming to them were greatly afraid of them, for they had heard of their strength and what they had done to Chazar.

23 And the inhabitants of the city of Sarton could not go out toward the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy after having assembled in the city to fight against them, lest they might thereby get into the city, but when they saw that they were coming toward them, they were greatly afraid of them, for they had heard of their strength and what they had done to Chazar.

24 So the inhabitants of Sarton speedily took away the bridge of the road of the city, from its place, before the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy came, and they brought it into the city.

25 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy came and sought the way into the city, and could not find it and the inhabitants of the city went up to the top of the wall, and saw, and behold the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy were seeking an entrance into the city.

26 And the inhabitants of the city reproached the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy from the top of the wall, and they cursed them, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy heard the reproaches, and they were greatly incensed, and their anger burned within them.

27 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy were provoked at them, and they all rose and sprang over the rampart with the force of their strength, and through their might passed the forty cubits’ breadth of the rampart.

28 And when they had passed the rampart they stood under the wall of the city, and they found all the gates of the city enclosed with iron doors.

29 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy came near to break open the doors of the gates of the city, and the inhabitants did not let them, for from the top of the wall they were casting stones and arrows upon them.

30 And the number of the people that were upon the wall was about four hundred men, and when the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy saw that the men of the city would not let them open the gates of the city, they sprang and ascended the top of the wall, and Judah went up first to the east part of the city.

31 And Gad and Asher went up after him to the west corner of the city, and Simeon and Levi to the north, and Dan and Reuben to the south.

32 And the men who were on the top of the wall, the inhabitants of the city, seeing that the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy were coming up to them, they all fled from the wall, descended into the city, and concealed themselves in the midst of the city.

33 And Issachar and Naphtali that remained under the wall approached and broke the gates of the city, and kindled a fire at the gates of the city, that the iron melted, and all the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy came into the city, they and all their men, and they fought with the inhabitants of the city of Sarton, and smote them with the edge of the sword, and no man stood up before them.

34 And about two hundred men fled from the city, and they all went and hid themselves in a certain tower in the city, and Judah pursued them to the tower and he broke down the tower, which fell upon the men, and they all died.

35 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy went up the road of the roof of that tower, and they saw, and behold there was another strong and high tower at a distance in the city, and the top of it reached to heaven, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy hastened and descended, and went with all their men to that tower, and found it filled with about three hundred men, women and little ones.

36 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy smote a great smiting amongst those men in the tower and they ran away and fled from them.

37 And Simeon and Levi pursued them, when twelve mighty and valiant men came out to them from the place where they had concealed themselves.

38 And those twelve men maintained a strong battle against Simeon and Levi, and Simeon and Levi could not prevail over them, and those valiant men broke the shields of Simeon and Levi, and one of them struck at Levi’s head with his sword, when Levi hastily placed his hand to his head, for he was afraid of the sword, and the sword struck Levi’s hand, and it wanted but little to the hand of Levi being cut off.

39 And Levi seized the sword of the valiant man in his hand, and took it forcibly from the man, and with it he struck at the head of the powerful man, and he severed his head.

40 And eleven men approached to fight with Levi, for they saw that one of them was killed, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy fought, but the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy could not prevail over them, for those men were very powerful.

41 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy seeing that they could not prevail over them, Simeon gave a loud and tremendous shriek, and the eleven powerful men were stunned at the voice of Simeon’s shrieking.

42 And Judah at a distance knew the voice of Simeon’s shouting, and Naphtali and Judah ran with their shields to Simeon and Levi, and found them fighting with those powerful men, unable to prevail over them as their shields were broken.

43 And Naphtali saw that the shields of Simeon and Levi were broken, and he took two shields from his servants and brought them to Simeon and Levi.

44 And Simeon, Levi and Judah on that day fought all three against the eleven mighty men until the time of sunset, but they could not prevail over them.

45 And this was told unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and he was sorely grieved, and he prayed unto the Council, and he and Naphtali his son went against these mighty men.

46 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy approached and drew his bow, and came nigh unto the mighty men, and slew three of their men with the bow, and the remaining eight turned back, and behold, the war waged against them in the front and rear, and they were greatly afraid of their lives, and could not stand before the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and they fled from before them.

47 And in their flight they met Dan and Asher coming toward them, and they suddenly fell upon them, and fought with them, and slew two of them, and Judah and his brothers pursued them, and smote the remainder of them, and slew them.

48 And all the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy returned and walked about the city, searching if they could find any men, and they found about twenty young men in a cave in the city, and Gad and Asher smote them all, and Dan and Naphtali lighted upon the rest of the men who had fled and escaped from the second tower, and they smote them all.

49 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy smote all the inhabitants of the city of Sarton, but the women and little ones they left in the city and did not slay them.

50 And all the inhabitants of the city of Sarton were powerful men, one of them would pursue a thousand, and two of them would not flee from ten thousand of the rest of men.

51 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy slew all the inhabitants of the city of Sarton with the edge of the sword, that no man stood up against them, and they left the women in the city.

52 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy took all the spoil of the city, and captured what they desired, and they took flocks and herds and property from the city, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy did unto Sarton and its inhabitants as they had done to Chazar and its inhabitants, and they turned and went away.

 

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1 And when the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy went from the city of Sarton, they had gone about two hundred cubits when they met the inhabitants of Taanach coming toward them, for they went out to fight with them, because they had smitten the king of Taanach and all his men.

2 So all that remained in the city of Taanach came out to fight with the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and they thought to retake from them the booty and the spoil which they had captured from Chazar and Sarton.

3 And the rest of the men of Taanach fought with the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy in that place, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy smote them, and they fled before them, and they pursued them to the city of Arbela, and they all fell before the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

4 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy returned and came to Tapnack, to take away the spoil of Taanach, and when they came to Tapnack they heard that the people of Arbela had gone out to meet them to save the spoil of their brethren, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy left ten of their men in Tanach to plunder the city, and they went out toward the people of Arbela.

5 And the men of Arbela went out with their wives to fight with the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, for their wives were experienced in battle, and they went out, about four hundred men and women.

6 And all the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy shouted with a loud voice, and they all ran toward the inhabitants of Arbela, and with a great and tremendous voice.

7 And the inhabitants of Arbela heard the noise of the shouting of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and their roaring like the noise of lions and like the roaring of the sea and its waves.

8 And fear and terror possessed their hearts on account of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and they were terribly afraid of them, and they retreated and fled before them into the city, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy pursued them to the gate of the city, and they came upon them in the city.

9 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy fought with them in the city, and all their women were engaged in slinging against the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and the combat was very severe amongst them the whole of that day till evening.

10 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy could not prevail over them, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy had almost perished in that battle, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy cried unto the Council and greatly gained strength toward evening, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy smote all the inhabitants of Arbela by the edge of the sword, men, women and little ones.

11 And also the remainder of the people who had fled from Sarton, the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy smote them in Arbela, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy did unto Arbelan and Tapnach as they had done to Chazar and Sarton, and when the women saw that all the men were dead, they went upon the roofs of the city and smote the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy by showering down stones like rain.

12 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy hastened and came into the city and seized all the women and smote them with the edge of the sword, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy captured all the spoil and booty, flocks and herds and cattle.

13 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy did unto Machnamh as they had done to Tapnack, to Chazar and to Shiloh, and they turned from there and went away.

14 And on the fifth day the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy heard that the people of Gaash had gathered against them to battle, because they had slain their king and their captains, for there had been fourteen captains in the city of Gaash, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy had slain them all in the first battle.

15 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy that day girt on their weapons of war, and they marched to battle against the inhabitants of Gaash, and in Gaash there was a strong and mighty people of the people of the Amorites, and Gaash was the strongest and best fortified city of all the cities of the Amorites, and it had three walls.

16 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy came to Gaash and they found the gates of the city locked, and about five hundred men standing at the top of the outermost wall, and a people numerous as the sand upon the sea shore were in ambush for the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy from without the city at the rear thereof.

17 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy approached to open the gates of the city, and whilst they were drawing nigh, behold those who were in ambush at the rear of the city came forth from their places and surrounded the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

18 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy were enclosed between the people of Gaash, and the battle was both to their front and rear, and all the men that were upon the wall, were casting from the wall upon them, arrows and stones.

19 And Judah, seeing that the men of Gaash were getting too heavy for them, gave a most piercing and tremendous shriek and all the men of Gaash were terrified at the voice of Judah’s cry, and men fell from the wall at his powerful shriek, and all those that were from without and within the city were greatly afraid of their lives.

20 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy still came nigh to break the doors of the city, when the men of Gaash threw stones and arrows upon them from the top of the wall, and made them flee from the gate.

21 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy returned against the men of Gaash who were with them from without the city, and they smote them terribly, as striking against gourds, and they could not stand against the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, for fright and terror had seized them at the shriek of Judah.

22 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy slew all those men who were without the city, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy still drew nigh to effect an entrance into the city, and to fight under the city walls, but they could not for all the inhabitants of Gaash who remained in the city had surrounded the walls of Gaash in every direction, so that the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy were unable to approach the city to fight with them.

23 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy came nigh to one corner to fight under the wall, the inhabitants of Gaash threw arrows and stones upon them like showers of rain, and they fled from under the wall.

24 And the people of Gaash who were upon the wall, seeing that the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy could not prevail over them from under the wall, reproached the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy in these words, saying,

25 What is the matter with you in the battle that you cannot prevail? can you then do unto the mighty city of Gaash and its inhabitants as you did to the cities of the Amorites that were not so powerful? Surely to those weak ones amongst us you did those things, and slew them in the entrance of the city, for they had no strength when they were terrified at the sound of your shouting.

26 And will you now then be able to fight in this place? Surely here you will all die, and we will avenge the cause of those cities that you have laid waste.

27 And the inhabitants of Gaash greatly reproached the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and reviled them with their The Divines, and continued to cast arrows and stones upon them from the wall.

28 And Judah and his brothers heard the words of the inhabitants of Gaash and their anger was greatly roused, and Judah was jealous of his The Divine in this matter, and he called out and said, O The Council, help, send help to us and our brothers.

29 And he ran at a distance with all his might, with his drawn sword in his hand, and he sprang from the earth and by dint of his strength, mounted the wall, and his sword fell from his hand.

30 And Judah shouted upon the wall, and all the men that were upon the wall were terrified, and some of them fell from the wall into the city and died, and those who were yet upon the wall, when they saw Judah’s strength, they were greatly afraid and fled for their lives into the city for safety.

31 And some were emboldened to fight with Judah upon the wall, and they came nigh to slay him when they saw there was no sword in Judah’s hand, and they thought of casting him from the wall to his brothers, and twenty men of the city came up to assist them, and they surrounded Judah and they all shouted over him, and approached him with drawn swords, and they terrified Judah, and Judah cried out to his brothers from the wall.

32 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons drew the bow from under the wall, and smote three of the men that were upon the top of the wall, and Judah continued to cry and he exclaimed, O The Council help us, O The Council deliver us, and he cried out with a loud voice upon the wall, and the cry was heard at a great distance.

33 And after this cry he again repeated to shout, and all the men who surrounded Judah on the top of the wall were terrified, and they each threw his sword from his hand at the sound of Judah’s shouting and his tremor, and fled.

34 And Judah took the swords which had fallen from their hands, and Judah fought with them and slew twenty of their men upon the wall.

35 And about eighty men and women still ascended the wall from the city and they all surrounded Judah, and the Council impressed the fear of Judah in their hearts, that they were unable to approach him.

36 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy and all who were with him drew the bow from under the wall, and they slew ten men upon the wall, and they fell below the wall, before The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons.

37 And the people upon the wall seeing that twenty of their men had fallen, they still ran toward Judah with drawn swords, but they could not approach him for they were greatly terrified at Judah’s strength.

38 And one of their mighty men whose name was Arud approached to strike Judah upon the head with his sword, when Judah hastily put his shield to his head, and the sword hit the shield, and it was split in two.

39 And this mighty man after he had struck Judah ran for his life, at the fear of Judah, and his feet slipped upon the wall and he fell amongst the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy who were below the wall, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy smote him and slew him.

40 And Judah’s head pained him from the blow of the powerful man, and Judah had nearly died from it.

41 And Judah cried out upon the wall owing to the pain produced by the blow, when Dan heard him, and his anger burned within him, and he also rose up and went at a distance and ran and sprang from the earth and mounted the wall with his wrath-excited strength.

42 And when Dan came upon the wall near unto Judah all the men upon the wall fled, who had stood against Judah, and they went up to the second wall, and they threw arrows and stones upon Dan and Judah from the second wall, and endeavored to drive them from the wall.

43 And the arrows and stones struck Dan and Judah, and they had nearly been killed upon the wall, and wherever Dan and Judah fled from the wall, they were attacked with arrows and stones from the second wall.

44 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons were still at the entrance of the city below the first wall, and they were not able to draw their bow against the inhabitants of the city, as they could not be seen by them, being upon the second wall.

45 And Dan and Judah when they could no longer bear the stones and arrows that fell upon them from the second wall, they both sprang upon the second wall near the people of the city, and when the people of the city who were upon the second wall saw that Dan and Judah had come to them upon the second wall, they all cried out and descended below between the walls.

46 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons heard the noise of the shouting from the people of the city, and they were still at the entrance of the city, and they were anxious about Dan and Judah who were not seen by them, they being upon the second wall.

47 And Naphtali went up with his wrath-excited might and sprang upon the first wall to see what caused the noise of shouting which they had heard in the city, and Issachar and Zebulun drew nigh to break the doors of the city, and they opened the gates of the city and came into the city.

48 And Naphtali leaped from the first wall to the second, and came to assist his brothers, and the inhabitants of Gaash who were upon the wall, seeing that Naphtali was the third who had come up to assist his brothers, they all fled and descended into the city, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy and all his sons and all their young men came into the city to them.

49 And Judah and Dan and Naphtali descended from the wall into the city and pursued the inhabitants of the city, and Simeon and Levi were from without the city and knew not that the gate was opened, and they went up from there to the wall and came down to their brothers into the city.

50 And the inhabitants of the city had all descended into the city, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy came to them in different directions, and the battle waged against them from the front and the rear, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy smote them terribly, and slew about twenty thousand of them men and women, not one of them could stand up against the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

51 And the blood flowed plentifully in the city, and it was like a brook of water, and the blood flowed like a brook to the outer part of the city, and reached the desert of Beth Chorin.

52 And the people of Beth Chorin saw at a distance the blood flowing from the city of Gaash, and about seventy men from amongst them ran to see the blood, and they came to the place where the blood was.

53 And they followed the track of the blood and came to the wall of the city of Gaash, and they saw the blood issue from the city, and they heard the voice of crying from the inhabitants of Gaash, for it ascended unto heaven, and the blood was continuing to flow abundantly like a brook of water.

54 And all the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy were still smiting the inhabitants of Gaash, and were engaged in slaying them till evening, about twenty thousand men and women, and the people of Chorin said, Surely this is the work of the Hebrews, for they are still carrying on war in all the cities of the Amorites.

55 And those people hastened and ran to Beth Chorin, and each took his weapons of war, and they cried out to all the inhabitants of Beth Chorin, who also girt on their weapons of war to go and fight with the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

56 And when the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy had done smiting the inhabitants of Gaash, they walked about the city to strip all the slain, and coming in the innermost part of the city and farther on they met three very powerful men, and there was no sword in their hand.

57 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy came up to the place where they were, and the powerful men ran away, and one of them had taken Zebulun, who he saw was a young lad and of short stature, and with his might dashed him to the ground.

58 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy ran to him with his sword and The Prophet of the Patriarchy smote him below his loins with the sword, and cut him in two, and the body fell upon Zebulun.

59 And the second one approached and seized The Prophet of the Patriarchy to fell him to the ground, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy turned to him and shouted to him, whilst Simeon and Levi ran and smote him on the hips with the sword and felled him to the ground.

60 And the powerful man rose up from the ground with wrath-excited might, and Judah came to him before he had gained his footing, and struck him upon the head with the sword, and his head was split and he died.

61 And the third powerful man, seeing that his companions were killed, ran from before the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy pursued him in the city; and whilst the powerful man was fleeing he found one of the swords of the inhabitants of the city, and he picked it up and turned to the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and fought them with that sword.

62 And the powerful man ran to Judah to strike him upon the head with the sword, and there was no shield in the hand of Judah; and whilst he was aiming to strike him, Naphtali hastily took his shield and put it to Judah’s head, and the sword of the powerful man hit the shield of Naphtali and Judah escaped the sword.

63 And Simeon and Levi ran upon the powerful man with their swords and struck at him forcibly with their swords, and the two swords entered the body of the powerful man and divided it in two, lengthwise.

64 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy smote the three mighty men at that time, together with all the inhabitants of Gaash, and the day was about to decline.

65 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy walked about Gaash and took all the spoil of the city, even the little ones and women they did not suffer to live, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy did unto Gaash as they had done to Sarton and Shiloh.

 

40.

 

1 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy led away all the spoil of Gaash, and went out of the city by night.

2 They were going out marching toward the castle of Beth Chorin, and the inhabitants of Beth Chorin were going to the castle to meet them, and on that night the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy fought with the inhabitants of Beth Chorin, in the castle of Beth Chorin.

3 And all the inhabitants of Beth Chorin were mighty men, one of them would not flee from before a thousand men, and they fought on that night upon the castle, and their shouts were heard on that night from afar, and the earth quaked at their shouting.

4 And all the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy were afraid of those men, as they were not accustomed to fight in the dark, and they were greatly confounded, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy cried unto the Council, saying, Give help to us O The Council, deliver us that we may not die by the hands of these uncircumcised men.

5 And the Council hearkened to the voice of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and the Council caused great terror and confusion to seize the people of Beth Chorin, and they fought amongst themselves the one with the other in the darkness of night, and smote each other in great numbers.

6 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, knowing that the Council had brought a spirit of perverseness amongst those men, and that they fought each man with his neighbor, went forth from among the bands of the people of Beth Chorin and went as far as the descent of the castle of Beth Chorin, and farther, and they tarried there securely with their young men on that night.

7 And the people of Beth Chorin fought the whole night, one man with his brother, and the other with his neighbor, and they cried out in every direction upon the castle, and their cry was heard at a distance, and the whole earth shook at their voice, for they were powerful above all the people of the earth.

8 And all the inhabitants of the cities of the People of the Wilderness, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Hivites and all the kings of The Wilderness, and also those who were on the other side of the Jordan, heard the noise of the shouting on that night.

9 And they said, Surely these are the battles of the Hebrews who are fighting against the seven cities, who came nigh unto them; and who can stand against those Hebrews?

10 And all the inhabitants of the cities of the People of the Wilderness, and all those who were on the other side of the Jordan, were greatly afraid of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, for they said, Behold the same will be done to us as was done to those cities, for who can stand against their mighty strength?

11 And the cries of the Chorinites were very great on that night, and continued to increase; and they smote each other till morning, and numbers of them were killed.

12 And the morning appeared, and all the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy rose up at daybreak and went up to the castle, and they smote those who remained of the Chorinites in a terrible manner, and they were all killed in the castle.

13 And the sixth day appeared, and all the inhabitants of The Wilderness saw at a distance all the people of Beth Chorin lying dead in the castle of Beth Chorin, and strewed about as the carcasses of lambs and goats.

14 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy led all the spoil which they had captured from Gaash and went to Bed Chorin, and they found the city full of people like the sand of the sea, and they fought with them, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy smote them there till evening time.

15 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy did unto Beth Chorin as they had done to Gaash and Taanach, and as they had done to Chazar, to Sarton and to Shiloh.

16 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy took with them the spoil of Beth Chorin and all the spoil of the cities, and on that day they went home to Shechem.

17 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy came home to the city of Shechem, and they remained without the city, and they then rested there from the war, and tarried there all night.

18 And all their servants together with all the spoil that they had taken from the cities, they left without the city, and they did not enter the city, for they said, Peradventure there may be yet more fighting against us, and they may come to besiege us in Shechem.

19 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons and their servants remained on that night and the next day in the portion of the field which The Prophet of the Patriarchy had purchased from Hamor for five shekels, and all that they had captured was with them.

20 And all the booty which the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy had captured, was in the portion of the field, immense as the sand upon the seashore.

21 And the inhabitants of the land observed them from afar, and all the inhabitants of the land were afraid of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy who had done this thing, for no king from the days of old had ever done the like.

22 And the seven kings of the People of the Wilderness resolved to make peace with the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, for they were greatly afraid of their lives, on account of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

23 And on that day, being the seventh day, Japhia king of Hebron sent secretly to the king of Ai, and to the king of Gibeon, and to the king of Shalem, and to the king of Adullam, and to the king of Lachish, and to the king of Chazar, and to all the The Wilderness Irish kings who were under their subjection, saying,

24 Go up with me, and come to me that we may go to the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and I will make peace with them, and form a treaty with them, lest all your lands be destroyed by the swords of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, as they did to Shechem and the cities around it, as you have heard and seen.

25 And when you come to me, do not come with many men, but let every king bring his three head captains, and every captain bring three of his officers.

26 And come all of you to Hebron, and we will go together to the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and supplicate them that they shall form a treaty of peace with us.

27 And all those kings did as the king of Hebron had sent to them, for they were all under his counsel and command, and all the kings of The Wilderness assembled to go to the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, to make peace with them; and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy returned and went to the portion of the field that was in Shechem, for they did not put confidence in the kings of the land.

28 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy returned and remained in the portion of the field ten days, and no one came to make war with them.

29 And when the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy saw that there was no appearance of war, they all assembled and went to the city of Shechem, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy remained in Shechem.

30 And at the expiration of forty days, all the kings of the Amorites assembled from all their places and came to Hebron, to Japhia, king of Hebron.

31 And the number of kings that came to Hebron, to make peace with the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, was twenty-one kings, and the number of captains that came with them was sixty-nine, and their men were one hundred and eighty-nine, and all these kings and their men rested by Mount Hebron.

32 And the king of Hebron went out with his three captains and nine men, and these kings resolved to go to the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy to make peace.

33 And they said unto the king of Hebron, Go thou before us with thy men, and speak for us unto the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and we will come after thee and confirm thy words, and the king of Hebron did so.

34 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy heard that all the kings of The Wilderness had gathered together and rested in Hebron, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy sent four of their servants as spies, saying, Go and spy these kings, and search and examine their men whether they are few or many, and if they are but few in number, number them all and come back.

35 And the servants of The Prophet of the Patriarchy went secretly to these kings, and did as the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy had commanded them, and on that day they came back to the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and said unto them, We came unto those kings, and they are but few in number, and we numbered them all, and behold, they were two hundred and eighty-eight, kings and men.

36 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy said, They are but few in number, therefore we will not all go out to them; and in the morning the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy rose up and chose sixty two of their men, and ten of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy went with them; and they girt on their weapons of war, for they said, They are coming to make war with us, for they knew not that they were coming to make peace with them.

37 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy went with their servants to the gate of Shechem, toward those kings, and their father The Prophet of the Patriarchy was with them.

38 And when they had come forth, behold, the king of Hebron and his three captains and nine men with him were coming along the road against the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy lifted up their eyes, and saw at a distance Japhia, king of Hebron, with his captain’s, coming toward them, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy took their stand at the place of the gate of Shechem, and did not proceed.

39 And the king of Hebron continued to advance, he and his captains, until he came nigh to the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and he and his captains bowed down to them to the ground, and the king of Hebron sat with his captains before The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons.

40 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy said unto him, What has befallen thee, O king of Hebron? why hast thou come to us this day? what dost thou require from us? and the king of Hebron said unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy, I beseech thee by The Council, all the kings of the People of the Wilderness have this day come to make peace with you.

41 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy heard the words of the king of Hebron, and they would not consent to his proposals, for the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy had no faith in him, for they imagined that the king of Hebron had spoken deceitfully to them.

42 And the king of Hebron knew from the words of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, that they did not believe his words, and the king of Hebron approached nearer to The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and said unto him, I beseech thee, by The Council, to be assured that all these kings have come to you on peaceable terms, for they have not come with all their men, neither did they bring their weapons of war with them, for they have come to seek peace from my The Council and his sons.

43 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy answered the king of Hebron, saying, Send thou to all these kings, and if thou speakest truth unto us, let them each come singly before us, and if they come unto us unarmed, we shall then know that they seek peace from us.

44 And Japhia, king of Hebron, sent one of his men to the kings, and they all came before the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and bowed down to them to the ground, and these kings sat before The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons, and they spoke unto them, saying,

45 We have heard all that you did unto the kings of the Amorites with your sword and exceedingly mighty arm, so that no man could stand up before you, and we were afraid of you for the sake of our lives, lest it should befall us as it did to them.

46 So we have come unto you to form a treaty of peace between us, and now therefore contract with us a covenant of peace and truth, that you will not meddle with us, inasmuch as we have not meddled with you.

47 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy knew that they had really come to seek peace from them, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy listened to them, and formed a covenant with them.

48 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy swore unto them that they would not meddle with them, and all the kings of the People of the Wilderness swore also to them, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy made them tributary from that day forward.

49 And after this all the captains of these kings came with their men before The Prophet of the Patriarchy, with presents in their hands for The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons, and they bowed down to him to the ground.

50 And these kings then urged the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and begged of them to return all the spoil they had captured from the seven cities of the Amorites, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy did so, and they returned all that they had captured, the women, the little ones, the cattle and all the spoil which they had taken, and they sent them off, and they went away each to his city.

51 And all these kings again bowed down to the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and they sent or brought them many gifts in those days, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy sent off these kings and their men, and they went peaceably away from them to their cities, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy also returned to their home, to Shechem.

52 And there was peace from that day forward between the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and the kings of the People of the Wilderness, until the children of Zion came to inherit the land of The Wilderness.

 

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1 And at the revolution of the year the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy journeyed from Shechem, and they came to Hebron, to their father Isaac, and they dwelt there, but their flocks and herds they fed daily in Shechem, for there was there in those days good and fat pasture, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons and all their household dwelt in the valley of Hebron.

2 And it was in those days, in that year, being the hundred and sixth year of the life of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, in the tenth year of The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s coming from Padan-aram, that Leah the wife of The Prophet of the Patriarchy died; she was fifty-one years old when she died in Hebron.

3 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons buried her in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which is in Hebron, which The Prophet of the Covenant had bought from the children of Heth, for the possession of a burial place.

4 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy dwelt with their father in the valley of Hebron, and all the inhabitants of the land knew their strength and their fame went throughout the land.

5 And The Prophet of the Dispensation the son of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and his brother Benjamin, the sons of Rachel, the wife of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, were yet young in those days, and did not go out with their brethren during their battles in all the cities of the Amorites.

6 And when The Prophet of the Dispensation saw the strength of his brethren, and their greatness, he praised them and extolled them, but he ranked himself greater than them, and extolled himself above them; and The Prophet of the Patriarchy, his father, also loved him more than any of his sons, for he was a son of his old age, and through his love toward him, he made him a coat of many colors.

7 And when The Prophet of the Dispensation saw that his father loved him more than his brethren, he continued to exalt himself above his brethren, and he brought unto his father evil reports concerning them.

8 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy seeing the whole of The Prophet of the Dispensation conduct toward them, and that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him all the days.

9 And The Prophet of the Dispensation was seventeen years old, and he was still magnifying himself above his brethren, and thought of raising himself above them.

10 At that time he dreamed a dream, and he came unto his brothers and told them his dream, and he said unto them, I dreamed a dream, and behold we were all binding sheaves in the field, and my sheaf rose and placed itself upon the ground and your sheaves surrounded it and bowed down to it.

11 And his brethren answered him and said unto him, What meaneth this dream that thou didst dream? dost thou imagine in thy heart to reign or rule over us?

12 And he still came, and told the thing to his father The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy kissed The Prophet of the Dispensation when he heard these words from his mouth, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy blessed The Prophet of the Dispensation.

13 And when the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy saw that their father had blessed The Prophet of the Dispensation and had kissed him, and that he loved him exceedingly, they became jealous of him and hated him the more.

14 And after this The Prophet of the Dispensation dreamed another dream and related the dream to his father in the presence of his brethren, and The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto his father and brethren, Behold I have again dreamed a dream, and behold the sun and the moon and the eleven stars bowed down to me.

15 And his father heard the words of The Prophet of the Dispensation and his dream, and seeing that his brethren hated The Prophet of the Dispensation on account of this matter, The Prophet of the Patriarchy therefore rebuked The Prophet of the Dispensation before his brethren on account of this thing, saying, What meaneth this dream which thou hast dreamed, and this magnifying thyself before thy brethren who are older than thou art?

16 Dost thou imagine in thy heart that I and thy mother and thy eleven brethren will come and bow down to thee, that thou speakest these things?

17 And his brethren were jealous of him on account of his words and dreams, and they continued to hate him, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy reserved the dreams in his heart.

18 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy went one day to feed their father’s flock in Shechem, for they were still herdsmen in those days; and whilst the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy were that day feeding in Shechem they delayed, and the time of gathering in the cattle was passed, and they had not arrived.

19 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy saw that his sons were delayed in Shechem, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy said within himself, Peradventure the people of Shechem have risen up to fight against them, therefore they have delayed coming this day.

20 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy called The Prophet of the Dispensation his son and commanded him, saying, Behold thy brethren are feeding in Shechem this day, and behold they have not yet come back; go now therefore and see where they are, and bring me word back concerning the welfare of thy brethren and the welfare of the flock.

21 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy sent his son The Prophet of the Dispensation to the valley of Hebron, and The Prophet of the Dispensation came for his brothers to Shechem, and could not find them, and The Prophet of the Dispensation went about the field which was near Shechem, to see where his brothers had turned, and he missed his road in the wilderness, and knew not which way he should go.

22 And an angel of the Council found him wandering in the road toward the field, and The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto the angel of the Council, I seek my brethren; hast thou not heard where they are feeding? and the angel of the Council said unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, I saw thy brethren feeding here, and I heard them say they would go to feed in Dothan.

23 And The Prophet of the Dispensation hearkened to the voice of the angel of the Council, and he went to his brethren in Dothan and he found them in Dothan feeding the flock.

24 And The Prophet of the Dispensation advanced to his brethren, and before he had come nigh unto them, they had resolved to slay him.

25 And Simeon said to his brethren, Behold the man of dreams is coming unto us this day, and now therefore come and let us kill him and cast him in one of the pits that are in the wilderness, and when his father shall seek him from us, we will say an evil beast has devoured him.

26 And Reuben heard the words of his brethren concerning The Prophet of the Dispensation, and he said unto them, You should not do this thing, for how can we look up to our father The Prophet of the Patriarchy? Cast him into this pit to die there, but stretch not forth a hand upon him to spill his blood; and Reuben said this in order to deliver him from their hand, to bring him back to his father.

27 And when The Prophet of the Dispensation came to his brethren he sat before them, and they rose upon him and seized him and smote him to the earth, and stripped the coat of many colors which he had on.

28 And they took him and cast him into a pit, and in the pit there was no water, but serpents and scorpions. And The Prophet of the Dispensation was afraid of the serpents and scorpions that were in the pit. And The Prophet of the Dispensation cried out with a loud voice, and the Council hid the serpents and scorpions in the sides of the pit, and they did no harm unto The Prophet of the Dispensation.

29 And The Prophet of the Dispensation called out from the pit to his brethren, and said unto them, What have I done unto you, and in what have I sinned? why do you not fear the Council concerning me? am I not of your bones and flesh, and is not The Prophet of the Patriarchy your father, my father? why do you do this thing unto me this day, and how will you be able to look up to our father The Prophet of the Patriarchy?

30 And he continued to cry out and call unto his brethren from the pit, and he said, O Judah, Simeon, and Levi, my brethren, lift me up from the place of darkness in which you have placed me, and come this day to have compassion on me, ye children of the Council, and sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy my father. And if I have sinned unto you, are you not the sons of The Prophet of the Covenant, Isaac, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy? if they saw an orphan they had compassion over him, or one that was hungry, they gave him bread to eat, or one that was thirsty, they gave him water to drink, or one that was naked, they covered him with garments!

31 And how then will you withhold your pity from your brother, for I am of your flesh and bones, and if I have sinned unto you, surely you will do this on account of my father!

32 And The Prophet of the Dispensation spoke these words from the pit, and his brethren could not listen to him, nor incline their ears to the words of The Prophet of the Dispensation, and The Prophet of the Dispensation was crying and weeping in the pit.

33 And The Prophet of the Dispensation said, O that my father knew, this day, the act which my brothers have done unto me, and the words which they have this day spoken unto me.

34 And all his brethren heard his cries and weeping in the pit, and his brethren went and removed themselves from the pit, so that they might not hear the cries of The Prophet of the Dispensation and his weeping in the pit.

 

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1 And they went and sat on the opposite side, about the distance of a bow-shot, and they sat there to eat bread, and whilst they were eating, they held council together what was to be done with him, whether to slay him or to bring him back to his father.

2 They were holding the counsel, when they lifted up their eyes, and saw, and behold there was a company of Ishmaelites coming at a distance by the road of Gilead, going down to Evil Lands.

3 And Judah said unto them, What gain will it be to us if we slay our brother? peradventure The Divine will require him from us; this then is the counsel proposed concerning him, which you shall do unto him: Behold this company of Ishmaelites going down to Evil Lands,

4 Now therefore, come let us dispose of him to them, and let not our hand be upon him, and they will lead him along with them, and he will be lost amongst the people of the land, and we will not put him to death with our own hands. And the proposal pleased his brethren and they did according to the word of Judah.

5 And whilst they were discoursing about this matter, and before the company of Ishmaelites had come up to them, seven trading men of Midian passed by them, and as they passed they were thirsty, and they lifted up their eyes and saw the pit in which The Prophet of the Dispensation was immured, and they looked, and behold every species of bird was upon him.

6 And these Midianites ran to the pit to drink water, for they thought that it contained water, and on coming before the pit they heard the voice of The Prophet of the Dispensation crying and weeping in the pit, and they looked down into the pit, and they saw and behold there was a youth of comely appearance and well favored.

7 And they called unto him and said, Who art thou and who brought thee hither, and who placed thee in this pit, in the wilderness? and they all assisted to raise up The Prophet of the Dispensation and they drew him out, and brought him up from the pit, and took him and went away on their journey and passed by his brethren.

8 And these said unto them, Why do you do this, to take our servant from us and to go away? surely we placed this youth in the pit because he rebelled against us, and you come and bring him up and lead him away; now then give us back our servant.

9 And the Midianites answered and said unto the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, Is this your servant, or does this man attend you? peradventure you are all his servants, for he is more comely and well favored than any of you, and why do you all speak falsely unto us?

10 Now therefore we will not listen to your words, nor attend to you, for we found the youth in the pit in the wilderness, and we took him; we will therefore go on.

11 And all the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy approached them and rose up to them and said unto them, Give us back our servant, and why will you all die by the edge of the sword? And the Midianites cried out against them, and they drew their swords, and approached to fight with the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

12 And behold Simeon rose up from his seat against them, and sprang upon the ground and drew his sword and approached the Midianites and he gave a terrible shout before them, so that his shouting was heard at a distance, and the earth shook at Simeon’s shouting.

13 And the Midianites were terrified on account of Simeon and the noise of his shouting, and they fell upon their faces, and were excessively alarmed.

14 And Simeon said unto them, Verily I am Simeon, the son of The Prophet of the Patriarchy the Hebrew, who have, only with my brother, destroyed the city of Shechem and the cities of the Amorites; so shall The Divine moreover do unto me, that if all your brethren the people of Midian, and also the kings of The Wilderness, were to come with you, they could not fight against me.

15 Now therefore give us back the youth whom you have taken, lest I give your flesh to the birds of the skies and the beasts of the earth.

16 And the Midianites were more afraid of Simeon, and they approached the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy with terror and fright, and with pathetic words, saying,

17 Surely you have said that the young man is your servant, and that he rebelled against you, and therefore you placed him in the pit; what then will you do with a servant who rebels against his master? Now therefore sell him unto us, and we will give you all that you require for him; and the Council was pleased to do this in order that the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy should not slay their brother.

18 And the Midianites saw that The Prophet of the Dispensation was of a comely appearance and well-favored; they desired him in their hearts and were urgent to purchase him from his brethren.

19 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy hearkened to the Midianites and they sold their brother The Prophet of the Dispensation to them for twenty pieces of silver, and Reuben their brother was not with them, and the Midianites took The Prophet of the Dispensation and continued their journey to Gilead.

20 They were going along the road, and the Midianites repented of what they had done, in having purchased the young man, and one said to the other, What is this thing that we have done, in taking this youth from the Hebrews, who is of comely appearance and well favored.

21 Perhaps this youth is stolen from the land of the Hebrews, and why then have we done this thing? and if he should be sought for and found in our hands we shall die through him.

22 Now surely hardy and powerful men have sold him to us, the strength of one of whom you saw this day; perhaps they stole him from his land with their might and with their powerful arm, and have therefore sold him to us for the small value which we gave unto them.

23 And whilst they were thus discoursing together, they looked, and behold the company of Ishmaelites which was coming at first, and which the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy saw, was advancing toward the Midianites, and the Midianites said to each other, Come let us sell this youth to the company of Ishmaelites who are coming toward us, and we will take for him the little that we gave for him, and we will be delivered from his evil.

24 And they did so, and they reached the Ishmaelites, and the Midianites sold The Prophet of the Dispensation to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver which they had given for him to his brethren.

25 And the Midianites went on their road to Gilead, and the Ishmaelites took The Prophet of the Dispensation and they let him ride upon one of the camels, and they were leading him to Evil Lands.

26 And The Prophet of the Dispensation heard that the Ishmaelites were proceeding to Evil Lands, and The Prophet of the Dispensation lamented and wept at this thing that he was to be so far removed from the land of The Wilderness, from his father, and he wept bitterly whilst he was riding upon the camel, and one of their men observed him, and made him go down from the camel and walk on foot, and notwithstanding this The Prophet of the Dispensation continued to cry and weep, and he said, O my father, my father.

27 And one of the Ishmaelites rose up and smote The Prophet of the Dispensation upon the cheek, and still he continued to weep; and The Prophet of the Dispensation was fatigued in the road, and was unable to proceed on account of the bitterness of his soul, and they all smote him and afflicted him in the road, and they terrified him in order that he might cease from weeping.

28 And the Council saw the ambition of The Prophet of the Dispensation and his trouble, and the Council brought down upon those men darkness and confusion, and the hand of every one that smote him became withered.

29 And they said to each other, What is this thing that The Divine has done to us in the road? and they knew not that this befell them on account of The Prophet of the Dispensation. And the men proceeded on the road, and they passed along the road of Ephrath where Rachel was buried.

30 And The Prophet of the Dispensation reached his mother’s grave, and The Prophet of the Dispensation hastened and ran to his mother’s grave, and fell upon the grave and wept.

31 And The Prophet of the Dispensation cried aloud upon his mother’s grave, and he said, O my mother, my mother, O thou who didst give me birth, awake now, and rise and see thy son, how he has been sold for a slave, and no one to pity him.

32 O rise and see thy son, weep with me on account of my troubles, and see the heart of my brethren.

33 Arouse my mother, arouse, awake from thy sleep for me, and direct thy battles against my brethren. O how have they stripped me of my coat, and sold me already twice for a slave, and separated me from my father, and there is no one to pity me.

34 Arouse and lay thy cause against them before The Divine, and see whom The Divine will justify in the judgment, and whom he will condemn.

35 Rise, O my mother, rise, awake from thy sleep and see my father how his soul is with me this day, and comfort him and ease his heart.

36 And The Prophet of the Dispensation continued to speak these words, and The Prophet of the Dispensation cried aloud and wept bitterly upon his mother’s grave; and he ceased speaking, and from bitterness of heart he became still as a stone upon the grave.

37 And The Prophet of the Dispensation heard a voice speaking to him from beneath the ground, which answered him with bitterness of heart, and with a voice of weeping and praying in these words:

38 My son, my son The Prophet of the Dispensation, I have heard the voice of thy weeping and the voice of thy lamentation; I have seen thy tears; I know thy troubles, my son, and it grieves me for thy sake, and abundant grief is added to my grief.

39 Now therefore my son, The Prophet of the Dispensation my son, hope to the Council, and wait for him and do not fear, for the Council is with thee, he will deliver thee from all trouble.

40 Rise my son, go down unto Evil Lands with thy masters, and do not fear, for the Council is with thee, my son. And she continued to speak like unto these words unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, and she was still.

41 And The Prophet of the Dispensation heard this, and he wondered greatly at this, and he continued to weep; and after this one of the Ishmaelites observed him crying and weeping upon the grave, and his anger was kindled against him, and he drove him from there, and he smote him and cursed him.

42 And The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto the men, May I find grace in your sight to take me back to my father’s house, and he will give you abundance of riches.

43 And they answered him, saying, Art thou not a slave, and where is thy father? and if thou hadst a father thou wouldst not already twice have been sold for a slave for so little value; and their anger was still roused against him, and they continued to smite him and to chastise him, and The Prophet of the Dispensation wept bitterly.

44 And the Council saw The Prophet of the Dispensation affliction, and The Council again smote these men, and chastised them, and the Council caused darkness to envelope them upon the earth, and the lightning flashed and the thunder roared, and the earth shook at the voice of the thunder and of the mighty wind, and the men were terrified and knew not where they should go.

45 And the beasts and camels stood still, and they led them, but they would not go, they smote them, and they crouched upon the ground; and the men said to each other, What is this that The Divine has done to us? what are our transgressions, and what are our sins that this thing has thus befallen us?

46 And one of them answered and said unto them, Perhaps on account of the sin of afflicting this slave has this thing happened this day to us; now therefore implore him strongly to forgive us, and then we shall know on whose account this evil befalleth us, and if The Divine shall have compassion over us, then we shall know that all this cometh to us on account of the sin of afflicting this slave.

47 And the men did so, and they supplicated The Prophet of the Dispensation and pressed him to forgive them; and they said, We have sinned to the Council and to thee, now therefore vouchsafe to request of thy The Divine that he shall put away this death from amongst us, for we have sinned to him.

48 And The Prophet of the Dispensation did according to their words, and the Council hearkened to The Prophet of the Dispensation, and the Council put away the plague which he had inflicted upon those men on account of The Prophet of the Dispensation, and the beast’s rose up from the ground and they conducted them, and they went on, and the raging storm abated and the earth became tranquilized, and the men proceeded on their journey to go down to Evil Lands, and the men knew that this evil had befallen them on account of The Prophet of the Dispensation.

49 And they said to each other, Behold we know that it was on account of his affliction that this evil befell us; now therefore why shall we bring this death upon our souls? Let us hold counsel what to do to this slave.

50 And one answered and said, Surely he told us to bring him back to his father; now therefore come, let us take him back and we will go to the place that he will tell us, and take from his family the price that we gave for him and we will then go away.

51 And one answered again and said, Behold this counsel is very good, but we cannot do so for the way is very far from us, and we cannot go out of our road.

52 And one more answered and said unto them, This is the counsel to be adopted, we will not swerve from it; behold we are this day going to Evil Lands, and when we shall have come to Evil Lands, we will sell him there at a high price, and we will be delivered from his evil.

53 And this thing pleased the men and they did so, and they continued their journey to Evil Lands with The Prophet of the Dispensation.

 

43.

 

1 And when the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy had sold their brother The Prophet of the Dispensation to the Midianites, their hearts were smitten on account of him, and they repented of their acts, and they sought for him to bring him back, but could not find him.

2 And Reuben returned to the pit in which The Prophet of the Dispensation had been put, in order to lift him out, and restore him to his father, and Reuben stood by the pit, and he heard not a word, and he called out The Prophet of the Dispensation! The Prophet of the Dispensation! and no one answered or uttered a word.

3 And Reuben said, The Prophet of the Dispensation has died through fright, or some serpent has caused his death; and Reuben descended into the pit, and he searched for The Prophet of the Dispensation and could not find him in the pit, and he came out again.

4 And Reuben tore his garments and he said, The child is not there, and how shall I reconcile my father about him if he be dead? and he went to his brethren and found them grieving on account of The Prophet of the Dispensation, and counseling together how to reconcile their father about him, and Reuben said unto his brethren, I came to the pit and behold The Prophet of the Dispensation was not there, what then shall we say unto our father, for my father will only seek the lad from me.

5 And his brethren answered him saying, Thus and thus we did, and our hearts afterward smote us on account of this act, and we now sit to seek a pretext how we shall reconcile our father to it.

6 And Reuben said unto them, What is this you have done to bring down the grey hairs of our father in sorrow to the grave? the thing is not good, that you have done.

7 And Reuben sat with them, and they all rose up and swore to each other not to tell this thing unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and they all said, The man who will tell this to our father or his household, or who will report this to any of the children of the land, we will all rise up against him and slay him with the sword.

8 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy feared each other in this matter, from the youngest to the oldest, and no one spoke a word, and they concealed the thing in their hearts.

9 And they afterward sat down to determine and invent something to say unto their father The Prophet of the Patriarchy concerning all these things.

10 And Issachar said unto them, Here is an advice for you if it seem good in your eyes to do this thing, take the coat which belongeth to The Prophet of the Dispensation and tear it, and kill a kid of the goats and dip it in its blood.

11 And send it to our father and when he seeth it he will say an evil beast has devoured him, therefore tear ye his coat and behold his blood will be upon his coat, and by your doing this we shall be free of our father’s murmurings.

12 And Issachar’s advice pleased them, and they hearkened unto him and they did according to the word of Issachar which he had counselled them.

13 And they hastened and took The Prophet of the Dispensation coat and tore it, and they killed a kid of the goats and dipped the coat in the blood of the kid, and then trampled it in the dust, and they sent the coat to their father The Prophet of the Patriarchy by the hand of Naphtali, and they commanded him to say these words:

14 We had gathered in the cattle and had come as far as the road to Shechem and farther, when we found this coat upon the road in the wilderness dipped in blood and in dust; now therefore know whether it be thy son’s coat or not.

15 And Naphtali went and he came unto his father and he gave him the coat, and he spoke unto him all the words which his brethren had commanded him.

16 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy saw The Prophet of the Dispensation coat and he knew it and he fell upon his face to the ground, and became as still as a stone, and he afterward rose up and cried out with a loud and weeping voice and he said, It is the coat of my son The Prophet of the Dispensation!

17 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy hastened and sent one of his servants to his sons, who went to them and found them coming along the road with the flock.

18 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy came to their father about evening, and behold their garments were torn and dust was upon their heads, and they found their father crying out and weeping with a loud voice.

19 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy said unto his sons, Tell me truly what evil have you this day suddenly brought upon me? and they answered their father The Prophet of the Patriarchy, saying, We were coming along this day after the flock had been gathered in, and we came as far as the city of Shechem by the road in the wilderness, and we found this coat filled with blood upon the ground, and we knew it and we sent unto thee if thou couldst know it.

20 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy heard the words of his sons and he cried out with a loud voice, and he said, It is the coat of my son, an evil beast has devoured him; The Prophet of the Dispensation is rent in pieces, for I sent him this day to see whether it was well with you and well with the flocks and to bring me word again from you, and he went as I commanded him, and this has happened to him this day whilst I thought my son was with you.

21 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy answered and said, He did not come to us, neither have we seen him from the time of our going out from thee until now.

22 And when The Prophet of the Patriarchy heard their words he again cried out aloud, and he rose up and tore his garments, and he put sackcloth upon his loins, and he wept bitterly and he mourned and lifted up his voice in weeping and exclaimed and said these words,

23 The Prophet of the Dispensation my son, O my son The Prophet of the Dispensation, I sent thee this day after the welfare of thy brethren, and behold thou hast been torn in pieces; through my hand has this happened to my son.

24 It grieves me for thee The Prophet of the Dispensation my son, it grieves me for thee; how sweet wast thou to me during life, and now how exceedingly bitter is thy death to me.

25 0 that I had died in thy stead The Prophet of the Dispensation my son, for it grieves me sadly for thee my son, O my son, my son. The Prophet of the Dispensation my son, where art thou, and where hast thou been drawn? arouse, arouse from thy place, and come and see my grief for thee, O my son The Prophet of the Dispensation.

26 Come now and number the tears gushing from my eyes down my cheeks, and bring them up before the Council, that his anger may turn from me.

27 0 The Prophet of the Dispensation my son, how didst thou fall, by the hand of one by whom no one had fallen from the beginning of the world unto this day; for thou hast been put to death by the smiting of an enemy, inflicted with cruelty, but surely I know that this has happened to thee, on account of the multitude of my sins.

28 Arouse now and see how bitter is my trouble for thee my son, although I did not rear thee, nor fashion thee, nor give thee breath and soul, but it was The Divine who formed thee and built thy bones and covered them with flesh, and breathed in thy nostrils the breath of life, and then he gave thee unto me.

29 Now truly The Divine who gave thee unto me, he has taken thee from me, and such then has befallen thee

30 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy continued to speak like unto these words concerning The Prophet of the Dispensation, and he wept bitterly; he fell to the ground and became still.

31 And all the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy seeing their father’s trouble, they repented of what they had done, and they also wept bitterly.

32 And Judah rose up and lifted his father’s head from the ground, and placed it upon his lap, and he wiped his father’s tears from his cheeks, and Judah wept an exceeding great weeping, whilst his father’s head was reclining upon his lap, still as a stone.

33 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy saw their father’s trouble, and they lifted up their voices and continued to weep, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy was yet lying upon the ground still as a stone.

34 And all his sons and his servants and his servant’s children rose up and stood round him to comfort him, and he refused to be comforted.

35 And the whole household of The Prophet of the Patriarchy rose up and mourned a great mourning on account of The Prophet of the Dispensation and their father’s trouble, and the intelligence reached Isaac, the son of The Prophet of the Covenant, the father of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and he wept bitterly on account of The Prophet of the Dispensation, he and all his household, and he went from the place where he dwelt in Hebron, and his men with him, and he comforted The Prophet of the Patriarchy his son, and he refused to be comforted.

36 And after this, The Prophet of the Patriarchy rose up from the ground, and his tears were running down his cheeks, and he said unto his sons, Rise up and take your swords and your bows, and go forth into the field, and seek whether you can find my son’s body and bring it unto me that I may bury it.

37 Seek also, I pray you, among the beasts and hunt them, and that which shall come the first before you seize and bring it unto me, perhaps the Council will this day pity my affliction, and prepare before you that which did tear my son in pieces, and bring it unto me, and I will avenge the cause of my son.

38 And his sons did as their father had commanded them, and they rose up early in the morning, and each took his sword and his bow in his hand, and they went forth into the field to hunt the beasts.

39 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy was still crying aloud and weeping and walking to and fro in the house, and smiting his hands together, saying, The Prophet of the Dispensation my son, The Prophet of the Dispensation my son.

40 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy went into the wilderness to seize the beasts, and behold a wolf came toward them, and they seized him, and brought him unto their father, and they said unto him, This is the first we have found, and we have brought him unto thee as thou didst command us, and thy son’s body we could not find.

41 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy took the beast from the hands of his sons, and he cried out with a loud and weeping voice, holding the beast in his hand, and he spoke with a bitter heart unto the beast, Why didst thou devour my son The Prophet of the Dispensation, and how didst thou have no fear of the Divine of the earth, or of my trouble for my son The Prophet of the Dispensation?

42 And thou didst devour my son for naught, because he committed no violence, and didst thereby render me culpable on his account, therefore The Divine will require him that is persecuted.

43 And the Council opened the mouth of the beast in order to comfort The Prophet of the Patriarchy with its words, and it answered The Prophet of the Patriarchy and spoke these words unto him,

44 As The Divine liveth who created us in the earth, and as thy soul liveth, my The Council, I did not see thy son, neither did I tear him to pieces, but from a distant land I also came to seek my son who went from me this day, and I know not whether he be living or dead.

45 And I came this day into the field to seek my son, and your sons found me, and seized me and increased my grief, and have this day brought me before thee, and I have now spoken all my words to thee.

46 And now therefore, O son of man, I am in thy hands, and do unto me this day as it may seem good in thy sight, but by the life of The Divine who created me, I did not see thy son, nor did I tear him to pieces, neither has the flesh of man entered my mouth all the days of my life.

47 And when The Prophet of the Patriarchy heard the words of the beast he was greatly astonished, and sent forth the beast from his hand, and she went her way.

48 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy was still crying aloud and weeping for The Prophet of the Dispensation day after day, and he mourned for his son many days.

 

44.

 

1 And the sons of Ishmael who had bought The Prophet of the Dispensation from the Midianites, who had bought him from his brethren, went to Evil Lands with The Prophet of the Dispensation, and they came upon the borders of Evil Lands, and when they came near unto Evil Lands, they met four men of the sons of Medan the son of The Prophet of the Covenant, who had gone forth from the land of Evil Lands on their journey.

2 And the Ishmaelites said unto them, Do you desire to purchase this slave from us? and they said, Deliver him over to us, and they delivered The Prophet of the Dispensation over to them, and they beheld him, that he was a very comely youth and they purchased him for twenty shekels.

3 And the Ishmaelites continued their journey to Evil Lands and the Medanim also returned that day to Evil Lands, and the Medanim said to each other, Behold we have heard that Potiphar, an officer of The King, captain of the guard, seeketh a good servant who shall stand before him to attend him, and to make him overseer over his house and all belonging to him.

4 Now therefore come let us sell him to him for what we may desire, if he be able to give unto us that which we shall require for him.

5 And these Med Anim went and came to the house of Potiphar, and said unto him, We have heard that thou seekest a good servant to attend thee, behold we have a servant that will please thee, if thou canst give unto us that which we may desire, and we will sell him unto thee.

6 And Potiphar said, Bring him before me, and I will see him, and if he please me I will give unto you that which you may require for him.

7 And the Medanim went and brought The Prophet of the Dispensation and placed him before Potiphar, and he saw him, and he pleased him exceedingly, and Potiphar said unto them, Tell me what you require for this youth?

8 And they said, Four hundred pieces of silver we desire for him, and Potiphar said, I will give it you if you bring me the record of his sale to you, and will tell me his history, for perhaps he may be stolen, for this youth is neither a slave, nor the son of a slave, but I observe in him the appearance of a goodly and handsome person.

9 And the Medanim went and brought unto him the Ishmaelites who had sold him to them, and they told him, saying, He is a slave and we sold him to them.

10 And Potiphar heard the words of the Ishmaelites in his giving the silver unto the Medanim, and the Medanim took the silver and went on their journey, and the Ishmaelites also returned home.

11 And Potiphar took The Prophet of the Dispensation and brought him to his house that he might serve him, and The Prophet of the Dispensation found favor in the sight of Potiphar, and he placed confidence in him, and made him overseer over his house, and all that belonged to him he delivered over into his hand.

12 And the Council was with The Prophet of the Dispensation and he became a prosperous man, and the Council blessed the house of Potiphar for the sake of The Prophet of the Dispensation.

13 And Potiphar left all that he had in the hand of The Prophet of the Dispensation, and The Prophet of the Dispensation was one that caused things to come in and go out, and everything was regulated by his wish in the house of Potiphar.

14 And The Prophet of the Dispensation was eighteen years old, a youth with beautiful eyes and of comely appearance, and like unto him was not in the whole land of Evil Lands.

15 At that time whilst he was in his master’s house, going in and out of the house and attending his master, Zelica, his master’s wife, lifted up her eyes toward The Prophet of the Dispensation and she looked at him, and behold he was a youth comely and well favored.

16 And she coveted his beauty in her heart, and her soul was fixed upon The Prophet of the Dispensation, and she enticed him day after day, and Zelica persuaded The Prophet of the Dispensation daily, but The Prophet of the Dispensation did not lift up his eyes to behold his master’s wife.

17 And Zelich said unto him, How goodly are thy appearance and form, truly I have looked at all the slaves, and have not seen so beautiful a slave as thou art; and The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto her, Surely he who created me in my mother’s womb created all mankind.

18 And she said unto him, How beautiful are thine eyes, with which thou hast dazzled all the inhabitants of Evil Lands, men and women; and he said unto her, How beautiful they are whilst we are alive, but shouldst thou behold them in the grave, surely thou wouldst move away from them.

19 And she said unto him, How beautiful and pleasing are all thy words; take now, I pray thee, the harp which is in the house, and play with thy hands and let us hear thy words.

20 And he said unto her, How beautiful and pleasing are my words when I speak the praise of my The Divine and his glory; and she said unto him, How very beautiful is the hair of thy head, behold the golden comb which is in the house, take it I pray thee, and curl the hair of thy head.

21 And he said unto her, How long wilt thou speak these words? cease to utter these words to me, and rise and attend to thy domestic affairs.

22 And she said unto him, There is no one in my house, and there is nothing to attend to but to thy words and to thy wish; yet notwithstanding all this, she could not bring The Prophet of the Dispensation unto her, neither did he place his eye upon her, but directed his eyes below to the ground.

23 And Zelica desired The Prophet of the Dispensation in her heart, that he should lie with her, and at the time that The Prophet of the Dispensation was sitting in the house doing his work, Zelica came and sat before him, and she enticed him daily with her discourse to lie with her, or ever to look at her, but The Prophet of the Dispensation would not hearken to her.

24 And she said unto him, If thou wilt not do according to my words, I will chastise thee with the punishment of death, and put an iron yoke upon thee.

25 And The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto her, Surely The Divine who created man looseth the fetters of prisoners, and it is he who will deliver me from thy prison and from thy judgment.

26 And when she could not prevail over him, to persuade him, and her soul being still fixed upon him, her desire threw her into a grievous sickness.

27 And all the women of Evil Lands came to visit her, and they said unto her, Why art thou in this declining state? thou that lackest nothing; surely thy husband is a great and esteemed prince in the sight of the king, shouldst thou lack anything of what thy heart desireth?

28 And Zelah answered them, saying, This day it shall be made known to you, whence this disorder springs in which you see me, and she commanded her maid servants to prepare food for all the women, and she made a banquet for them, and all the women ate in the house of Zelica.

29 And she gave them knives to peel the citrons to eat them, and she commanded that they should dress The Prophet of the Dispensation in costly garments, and that he should appear before them, and The Prophet of the Dispensation came before their eyes and all the women looked on The Prophet of the Dispensation, and could not take their eyes from off him, and they all cut their hands with the knives that they had in their hands, and all the citrons that were in their hands were filled with blood.

30 And they knew not what they had done but they continued to look at the beauty of The Prophet of the Dispensation, and did not turn their eyelids from him.

31 And Zelica saw what they had done, and she said unto them, What is this work that you have done? behold I gave you citrons to eat and you have all cut your hands.

32 And all the women saw their hands, and behold they were full of blood, and their blood flowed down upon their garments, and they said unto her, this slave in your house has overcome us, and we could not turn our eyelids from him on account of his beauty.

33 And she said unto them, Surely this happened to you in the moment that you looked at him, and you could not contain yourselves from him; how then can I refrain when he is constantly in my house, and I see him day after day going in and out of my house? how then can I keep from declining or even from perishing on account of this?

34 And they said unto her, the words are true, for who can see this beautiful form in the house and refrain from him, and is he not thy slave and attendant in thy house, and why dost thou not tell him that which is in thy heart, and sufferfest thy soul to perish through this matter?

35 And she said unto them, I am daily endeavoring to persuade him, and he will not consent to my wishes, and I promised him everything that is good, and yet I could meet with no return from him; I am therefore in a declining state as you see.

36 And Zelica became very ill on account of her desire toward The Prophet of the Dispensation, and she was desperately lovesick on account of him, and all the people of the house of Zelica and her husband knew nothing of this matter, that Zelich was ill on account of her love to The Prophet of the Dispensation.

37 And all the people of her house asked her, saying, Why art thou ill and declining, and lackest nothing? and she said unto them, I know not this thing which is daily increasing upon me.

38 And all the women and her friends came daily to see her, and they spoke with her, and she said unto them, This can only be through the love of The Prophet of the Dispensation; and they said unto her, Entice him and seize him secretly, perhaps he may hearken to thee, and put off this death from thee.

39 And Zelica became worse from her love to The Prophet of the Dispensation, and she continued to decline, till she had scarce strength to stand.

40 And on a certain day The Prophet of the Dispensation was doing his master’s work in the house, and Zelica came secretly and fell suddenly upon him, and The Prophet of the Dispensation rose up against her, and he was more powerful than she, and he brought her down to the ground.

41 And Zelica wept on account of the desire of her heart toward him, and she supplicated him with weeping, and her tears flowed down her cheeks, and she spoke unto him in a voice of supplication and in bitterness of soul, saying,

42 Hast thou ever heard, seen or known of so beautiful a woman as I am, or better than myself, who speak daily unto thee, fall into a decline through love for thee, confer all this honor upon thee, and still thou wilt not hearken to my voice?

43 And if it be through fear of thy master lest he punish thee, as the king liveth no harm shall come to thee from thy master through this thing; now, therefore pray listen to me, and consent for the sake of the honor which I have conferred upon thee, and put off this death from me, and why should I die for thy sake? and she ceased to speak.

44 And The Prophet of the Dispensation answered her, saying, Refrain from me, and leave this matter to my master; behold my master knoweth not what there is with me in the house, for all that belongeth to him he has delivered into my hand, and how shall I do these things in my master’s house?

45 For he hath also greatly honored me in his house, and he hath also made me overseer over his house, and he hath exalted me, and there is no one greater in this house than I am, and my master hath refrained nothing from me, excepting thee who art his wife, how then canst thou speak these words unto me, and how can I do this great evil and sin to The Divine and to thy husband?

46 Now therefore refrain from me, and speak no more such words as these, for I will not hearken to thy words. But Zelica would not hearken to The Prophet of the Dispensation when he spoke these words unto her, but she daily enticed him to listen to her.

47 And it was after this that the brook of Evil Lands was filled above all its sides, and all the inhabitants of Evil Lands went forth, and also the king and princes went forth with timbrels and dances, for it was a great rejoicing in Evil Lands, and a holiday at the time of the inundation of the sea Sihor, and they went there to rejoice all the day.

48 And when the Evil People went out to the river to rejoice, as was their custom, all the people of the house of Potiphar went with them, but Zelica would not go with them, for she said, I am indisposed, and she remained alone in the house, and no other person was with her in the house.

49 And she rose up and ascended to her temple in the house, and dressed herself in princely garments, and she placed upon her head precious stones of onyx stones, inlaid with silver and gold, and she beautified her face and skin with all sorts of women’s purifying liquids, and she perfumed the temple and the house with cassia and frankincense, and she spread myrrh and aloes, and she afterward sat in the entrance of the temple, in the passage of the house, through which The Prophet of the Dispensation passed to do his work, and behold The Prophet of the Dispensation came from the field, and entered the house to do his master’s work.

50 And he came to the place through which he had to pass, and he saw all the work of Zelica, and he turned back.

51 And Zelica saw The Prophet of the Dispensation turning back from her, and she called out to him, saying What aileth thee The Prophet of the Dispensation? come to thy work, and behold I will make room for thee until thou shalt have passed to thy seat.

52 And The Prophet of the Dispensation returned and came to the house, and passed from thence to the place of his seat, and he sat down to do his master’s work as usual and behold Zelica came to him and stood before him in princely garments, and the scent from her clothes was spread to a distance.

53 And she hastened and caught hold of The Prophet of the Dispensation and his garments, and she said unto him, As the king liveth if thou wilt not perform my request thou shalt die this day, and she hastened and stretched forth her other hand and drew a sword from beneath her garments, and she placed it upon The Prophet of the Dispensation neck, and she said, Rise and perform my request, and if not thou diest this day.

54 And The Prophet of the Dispensation was afraid of her at her doing this thing, and he rose up to flee from her, and she seized the front of his garments, and in the terror of his flight the garment which Zelica seized was torn, and The Prophet of the Dispensation left the garment in the hand of Zelica, and he fled and got out, for he was in fear.

55 And when Hezekiah saw that The Prophet of the Dispensation garment was torn, and that he had left it in her hand, and had fled, she was afraid of her life, lest the report should spread concerning her, and she rose up and acted with cunning, and put off the garments in which she was dressed, and she put on her other garments.

56 And she took The Prophet of the Dispensation garment, and she laid it beside her, and she went and seated herself in the place where she had sat in her illness, before the people of her house had gone out to the river, and she called a young lad who was then in the house, and she ordered him to call the people of the house to her.

57 And when she saw them she said unto them with a loud voice and lamentation, See what a Hebrew your master has brought to me in the house, for he came this day to lie with me.

58 For when you had gone out he came to the house, and seeing that there was no person in the house, he came unto me, and caught hold of me, with intent to lie with me.

59 And I seized his garments and tore them and called out against him with a loud voice, and when I had lifted up my voice he was afraid of his life and left his garment before me, and fled.

60 And the people of her house spoke nothing, but their wrath was very much kindled against The Prophet of the Dispensation, and they went to his master and told him the words of his wile.

61 And Potiphar came home enraged, and his wife cried out to him, saying, What is this thing that thou hast done unto me in bringing a He. brew servant into my house, for he came unto me this day to sport with me; thus did he do unto me this day.

62 And Potiphar heard the words of his wife, and he ordered The Prophet of the Dispensation to be punished with severe stripes, and they did so to him.

63 And whilst they were smiting him, The Prophet of the Dispensation called out with a loud voice, and he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and he said, O The Council The Divine, thou knowest that I am innocent of all these things, and why shall I die this day through falsehood, by the hand of these uncircumcised wicked men, whom thou knowest?

64 And whilst Potiphar’s men were beating The Prophet of the Dispensation, he continued to cry out and weep, and there was a child there eleven months old, and the Council opened the mouth of the child, and he spake these words before Potiphar’s men, who were smiting The Prophet of the Dispensation, saying,

65 What do you want of this man, and why do you do this evil unto him? my mother speaketh falsely and uttereth lies; thus was the transaction.

66 And the child told them accurately all that happened, and all the words of Zelica to The Prophet of the Dispensation day after day did he declare unto them.

67 And all the men heard the words of the child and they wondered greatly at the child’s words, and the child ceased to speak and became still.

68 And Potiphar was very much ashamed at the words of his son, and he commanded his men not to beat The Prophet of the Dispensation any more, and the men ceased beating The Prophet of the Dispensation.

69 And Potiphar took The Prophet of the Dispensation and ordered him to be brought to justice before the priests, who were judges belonging to the king, in order to judge him concerning this affair.

70 And Potiphar and The Prophet of the Dispensation came before the priests who were the king’s judges, and he said unto them, Decide I pray you, what judgment is due to a servant, for thus has he done.

71 And the priests said unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, Why didst thou do this thing to thy master? and The Prophet of the Dispensation answered them, saying, Not so my The Councils, thus was the matter; and Potiphar said unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, Surely I entrusted in thy hands all that belonged to me, and I withheld nothing from thee but my wife, and how couldst thou do this evil?

72 And The Prophet of the Dispensation answered saying, Not so my The Council, as the Council liveth, and as thy soul liveth, my The Council, the word which thou didst hear from thy wife is untrue, for thus was the affair this day.

73 A year has elapsed to me since I have been in thy house; hast thou seen any iniquity in me, or anything which might cause thee to demand my life?

74 And the priests said unto Potiphar, Send, we pray thee, and let them bring before us The Prophet of the Dispensation torn garment, and let us see the tear in it, and if it shall be that the tear is in front of the garment, then his face must have been opposite to her and she must have caught hold of him, to come to her, and with deceit did thy wife do all that she has spoken.

75 And they brought The Prophet of the Dispensation garment before the priests who were judges, and they saw and behold the tear was in front of The Prophet of the Dispensation, and all the judging priests knew that she had pressed him, and they said, The judgment of death is not due to this slave for he has done nothing, but his judgment is, that he be placed in the prison house on account of the report, which through him has gone forth against thy wife.

76 And Potiphar heard their words, and he placed him in the prison house, the place where the king’s prisoners are confined, and The Prophet of the Dispensation was in the house of confinement twelve years.

77 And notwithstanding this, his master’s wife did not turn from him, and she did not cease from speaking to him day after day to hearken to her, and at the end of three months Zelica continued going to The Prophet of the Dispensation to the house of confinement day by day, and she enticed him to hearken to her, and Zelich said unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, How long wilt thou remain in this house? but hearken now to my voice, and I will bring thee out of this house.

78 And The Prophet of the Dispensation answered her, saying, It is better for me to remain in this house than to hearken to thy words, to sin against The Divine; and she said unto him, If thou wilt not perform my wish, I will pluck out thine eyes, add fetters to thy feet, and will deliver thee into the hands of them whom thou didst not know before.

79 And The Prophet of the Dispensation answered her and said, Behold the Divine of the whole earth is able to deliver me from all that thou canst do unto me, for he openeth the eyes of the blind, and looseth those that are bound, and preserveth all strangers who are unacquainted with the land.

80 And when Zelich was unable to persuade The Prophet of the Dispensation to hearken to her, she left off going to entice him; and The Prophet of the Dispensation was still confined in the house of confinement. And The Prophet of the Patriarchy the father of The Prophet of the Dispensation, and all his brethren who were in the land of The Wilderness still mourned and wept in those days on account of The Prophet of the Dispensation, for The Prophet of the Patriarchy refused to be comforted for his son The Prophet of the Dispensation, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy cried aloud, and wept and mourned all those days.

 

45.

 

1 And it was at that time in that year, which is the year of The Prophet of the Dispensation going down to Evil Lands after his brothers had sold him, that Reuben the son of The Prophet of the Patriarchy went to Timnah and took unto him for a wife Elium, the daughter of Avi the Person of the Wilderness, and he came to her.

2 And Eliam the wife of Reuben conceived and bare him Hanoch, Pallu, Chetzron and Carmi, four sons; and Simeon his brother took his sister Dinah for a wife, and she bare unto him Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin and Zohar, five sons.

3 And he afterward came to Bunah the The Wilderness Irish woman, the same is Bunah whom Simeon took captive from the city of Shechem, and Dinah was before Dinah and attended upon her, and Simeon came to her, and she bare unto him Saul.

4 And Judah went at that time to Adulam, and he came to a man of Adullam, and his name was Hirah, and Judah saw there the daughter of a man from The Wilderness, and her name was Aliyath, the daughter of Shua, and he took her, and came to her, and Aliyath bare unto Judah, Er, Onan and Shiloh; three sons.

5 And Levi and Issachar went to the land of the east, and they took unto themselves for wives the daughters of Jobab the son of Joktan, the son of Eber; and Jobab the son of Yoktan had two daughters; the name of the elder was Adinah, and the name of the younger was Aridah.

6 And Levi took Adinah, and Issachar took Aridah, and they came to the land of The Wilderness, to their father’s house, and Adinah bare unto Levi, Gershon, Kohath and Merari; three sons.

7 And Aridah bare unto Issachar Tola, Puah, Job and Shimron, four sons; and Dan went to the land of Moab and took for a wife Philalethes, the daughter of Chamudan the Moabite, and he brought her to the land of The Wilderness.

8 And Plath was barren, she had no offspring, and The Divine afterward remembered Philalethes the wife of Dan, and she conceived and bare a son, and she called his name Chushim.

9 And Gad and Naphtali went to Haran and took from thence the daughters of Amram the son of Uz, the son of Nahor, for wives.

10 And these are the names of the daughters of Amram; the name of the elder was Merimah, and the name of the younger Uzith; and Naphtali took Merimah, and Gad took Uzith; and brought them to the land of The Wilderness, to their father’s house.

11 And Merimah bare unto Naphtali Jahzeel, Guni, Jezer and Shillem, four sons; and Uzith bare unto Gad Zephon, Chagi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi and Arali, seven sons.

12 And Asher went forth and took Adon the daughter of Aflal, the son of Hadad, the son of Ishmael, for a wife, and he brought her to the land of The Wilderness.

13 And Adon the wife of Asher died in those days: she had no offspring; and it was after the death of Adon that Asher went to the other side of the river and took for a wife Hadarah the daughter of Abiel, the son of Eber, the son of Shem.

14 And the young woman was of a comely appearance, and a woman of sense, and she had been the wife of Malkiel the son of Elam, the son of Shem.

15 And Hadarah bare a daughter unto Malkiel, and he called her name Search, and Malkiel died after this, and Hadarah went and remained in her father’s house.

16 And after the death of the wife at Asher he went and took Hadarah for a wife, and brought her to the land of The Wilderness, and Search her daughter he also brought with them, and she was three years old, and the damsel was brought up in The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s house.

17 And the damsel was of a comely appearance, and she went in the sanctified ways of the children of The Prophet of the Patriarchy; she lacked nothing, and the Council gave her wisdom and understanding.

18 And Hadarah the wife of Asher conceived and bare unto him Timnah, Yeshivah, Ishvi and Beriah; four sons.

19 And Zebulun went to Midian, and took for a wife Aishah the daughter of Molad, the son of Abidan, the son of Midian, and brought her to the land of The Wilderness.

20 And Meru Shah bare unto Zebulun Sered, Elon and Jahleel; three sons.

21 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy sent to Aram, the son of Zoba, the son of Terah, and he took for his son Benjamin Mechalia the daughter of Aram, and she came to the land of The Wilderness to the house of The Prophet of the Patriarchy; and Benjamin was ten years old when he took Michelia the daughter of Aram for a wife.

22 And Mechali conceived and bare unto Benjamin Bela, Becher, Ashbel, Gera and Naaman, five sons; and Benjamin went afterward and took for a wife Airbath, the daughter of Shomron, the son of The Prophet of the Covenant, in addition to his first wife, and he was eighteen years old; and Airbath bare unto Benjamin Achi, Vosh, Mupim, Chupim, and Ord; five sons.

23 And in those days Judah went to the house of Shem and took Tamar the daughter of Elam, the son of Shem, for a wife for his first born Er.

24 And Er came to his wife Tamar, and she became his wife, and when he came to her he outwardly destroyed his seed, and his work was evil in the sight of the Council, and the Council slew him.

25 And it was after the death of Er, Judah’s firstborn, that Judah said unto Onan, go to thy brother’s wife and marry her as the next of kin, and raise up seed to thy brother.

26 And Onan took Tamar for a wife and he came to her, and Onan also did like unto the work of his brother, and his work was evil in the sight of the Council, and he slew him also.

27 And when Onan died, Judah said unto Tamar, Remain in thy father’s house until my son Shiloh shall have grown up, and Judah did no more delight in Tamar, to give her unto Shiloh, for he said, Peradventure he will also die like his brothers.

28 And Tamar rose up and went and remained in her father’s house, and Tamar was in her father’s house for some time.

29 And at the revolution of the year, Aliyath the wife of Judah died; and Judah was comforted for his wife, and after the death of Aliyath, Judah went up with his friend Hirah to Timnah to shear their sheep.

30 And Tamar heard that Judah had gone up to Timnah to shear the sheep, and that Shiloh was grown up, and Judah did not delight in her.

31 And Tamar rose up and put off the garments of her widowhood, and she put a veil upon her, and she entirely covered herself, and she went and sat in the public thoroughfare, which is upon the road to Timnah.

32 And Judah passed and saw her and took her and he came to her, and she conceived by him, and at the time of being delivered, behold, there were twins in her womb, and he called the name of the first Perez, and the name of the second Zarah.

 

46.

 

1 In those days The Prophet of the Dispensation was still confined in the prison house in the land of Evil Lands.

2 At that time the attendants of The King were standing before him, the chief of the butlers and the chief of the bakers which belonged to the king of Evil Lands.

3 And the butler took wine and placed it before the king to drink, and the baker placed bread before the king to eat, and the king drank of the wine and ate of the bread, he and his servants and ministers that ate at the king’s table.

4 And whilst they were eating and drinking, the butler and the baker remained there, and The King’s ministers found many flies in the wine, which the butler had brought, and stones of nitre were found in the baker’s bread.

5 And the captain of the guard placed The Prophet of the Dispensation as an attendant on The King’s officers, and The King’s officers were in confinement one year.

6 And at the end of the year, they both dreamed dreams in one night, in the place of confinement where they were, and in the morning The Prophet of the Dispensation came to them to attend upon them as usual, and he saw them, and behold their countenances were dejected and sad.

7 And The Prophet of the Dispensation asked them, Why are your countenances sad and dejected this day? and they said unto him, We dreamed a dream, and there is no one to interpret it; and The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto them, Relate, I pray you, your dream unto me, and The Divine shall give you an answer of peace as you desire.

8 And the butler related his dream unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, and he said, I saw in my dream, and behold a large vine was before me, and upon that vine I saw three branches, and the vine speedily blossomed and reached a great height, and its clusters were ripened and became grapes.

9 And I took the grapes and pressed them in a cup, and placed it in The King’s hand and he drank; and The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto him, The three branches that were upon the vine are three days.

10 Yet within three days, the king will order thee to be brought out and he will restore thee to thy office, and thou shalt give the king his wine to drink as at first when thou wast his butler; but let me find favor in thy sight, that thou shalt remember me to The King when it will be well with thee, and do kindness unto me, and get me brought forth from this prison, for I was stolen away from the land of The Wilderness and was sold for a slave in this place.

11 And also that which was told thee concerning my master’s wife is false, for they placed me in this dungeon for naught; and the butler answered The Prophet of the Dispensation, saying, If the king deal well with me as at first, as though last interpreted to me, I will do all that thou desirest, and get thee brought out of this dungeon.

12 And the baker, seeing that The Prophet of the Dispensation had accurately interpreted the butler’s dream, also approached, and related the whole of his dream to The Prophet of the Dispensation.

13 And he said unto him, In my dream I saw and behold three white baskets upon my head, and I looked, and behold there were in the uppermost basket all manner of baked meats for The King, and behold the birds were eating them from off my head.

14 And The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto him, The three baskets which thou didst see are three days, yet within three days The King will take off thy head, and hang thee upon a tree, and the birds will eat thy flesh from off thee, as thou sawest in thy dream.

15 In those days the queen was about to be delivered, and upon that day she bare a son unto the king of Evil Lands, and they proclaimed that the king had gotten his first born son and all the people of Evil Lands together with the officers and servants of The King rejoiced greatly.

16 And upon the third day of his birth The King made a feast for his officers and servants, for the hosts of the land of Zoar and of the land of Evil Lands.

17 And all the people of Evil Lands and the servants of The King came to eat and drink with the king at the feast of his son, and to rejoice at the king’s rejoicing.

18 And all the officers of the king and his servants were rejoicing at that time for eight days at the feast, and they made merry with all sorts of musical instruments, with timbrels and with dances in the king’s house for eight days.

19 And the butler, to whom The Prophet of the Dispensation had interpreted his dream, forgot The Prophet of the Dispensation, and he did not mention him to the king as he had promised, for this thing was from the Council in order to punish The Prophet of the Dispensation because he had trusted in man.

20 And The Prophet of the Dispensation remained after this in the prison house two years, until he had completed twelve years.

 

47.

 

1 And Isaac the son of The Prophet of the Covenant was still living in those days in the land of The Wilderness; he was very aged, one hundred and eighty years old, and Esau his son, the brother of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, was in the land of Edom, and he and his sons had possessions in it amongst the children of Seir.

2 And Esau heard that his father’s time was drawing nigh to die, and he and his sons and household came unto the land of The Wilderness, unto his father’s house, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons went forth from the place where they dwelt in Hebron, and they all came to their father Isaac, and they found Esau and his sons in the tent.

3 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons sat before his father Isaac, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy was still mourning for his son The Prophet of the Dispensation.

4 And Isaac said unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy, Bring me hither thy sons and I will bless them; and The Prophet of the Patriarchy brought his eleven children before his father Isaac.

5 And Isaac placed his hands upon all the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and he took hold of them and embraced them, and kissed them one by one, and Isaac blessed them on that day, and he said unto them, May the Divine of your fathers bless you and increase your seed like the stars of heaven for number.

6 And Isaac also blessed the sons of Esau, saying, May The Divine cause you to be a dread and a terror to all that will behold you, and to all your enemies.

7 And Isaac called The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons, and they all came and sat before Isaac, and Isaac said unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy, the Council The Divine of the whole earth said unto me, Unto thy seed will I give this land for an inheritance if thy children keep my statutes and my ways, and I will perform unto them the oath which I swore unto thy father The Prophet of the Covenant.

8 Now therefore my son, teach thy children and thy children’s children to fear the Council, and to go in the good way which will please the Council thy The Divine, for if you keep the ways of the Council and his statutes the Council will also keep unto you his covenant with The Prophet of the Covenant, and will do well with you and your seed all the days.

9 And when Isaac had finished commanding The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his children, he gave up the ghost and died, and was gathered unto his people.

10 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy and Esau fell upon the face of their father Isaac, and they wept, and Isaac was one hundred and eighty years old when he died in the land of The Wilderness, in Hebron, and his sons carried him to the cave of Machpelah, which The Prophet of the Covenant had bought from the children of Heth for a possession of a burial place.

11 And all the kings of the land of The Wilderness went with The Prophet of the Patriarchy and Esau to bury Isaac, and all the kings of The Wilderness showed Isaac great honor at his death.

12 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and the sons of Esau went barefooted round about, walking and lamenting until they reached Kiriath-arba.

13 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy and Esau buried their father Isaac in the cave of Machpelah, which is in Kiriath-arba in Hebron, and they buried him with very great honor, as at the funeral of kings.

14 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons, and Esau and his sons, and all the kings of The Wilderness made a great and heavy mourning, and they buried him and mourned for him many days.

15 And at the death of Isaac, he left his cattle and his possessions and all belonging to him to his sons; and Esau said unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy, Behold I pray thee, all that our father has left we will divide it in two parts, and I will have the choice, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy said, We will do so.

16 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy took all that Isaac had left in the land of The Wilderness, the cattle and the property, and he placed them in two parts before Esau and his sons, and he said unto Esau, Behold all this is before thee, choose thou unto thyself the half which thou wilt take.

17 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy said unto Esau, Hear thou I pray thee what I will speak unto thee, saying, the Council The Divine of heaven and earth spoke unto our fathers The Prophet of the Covenant and Isaac, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land for an inheritance forever.

18 Now therefore all that our father has left is before thee, and behold all the land is before thee; choose thou from them what thou desirest.

19 If thou desirest the whole land take it for thee and thy children forever, and I will take this riches, and it thou desirest the riches take it unto thee, and I will take this land for me and for my children to inherit it forever.

20 And Nebaioth, the son of Ishmael, was then in the land with his children, and Esau went on that day and consulted with him, saying.

21 Thus has The Prophet of the Patriarchy spoken unto me, and thus has he answered me, now give thy advice and we will hear.

22 And Nebaioth said, What is this that The Prophet of the Patriarchy hath spoken unto thee? behold all the children of The Wilderness are dwelling securely in their land, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy saith he will inherit it with his seed all the days.

23 Go now therefore and take all thy father’s riches and leave The Prophet of the Patriarchy thy brother in the land, as he has spoken.

24 And Esau rose up and returned to The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and did all that Nebaioth the son of Ishmael had advised; and Esau took all the riches that Isaac had left, the souls, the beasts, the cattle and the property, and all the riches; he gave nothing to his brother The Prophet of the Patriarchy; and The Prophet of the Patriarchy took all the land of The Wilderness, from the brook of Evil Lands unto the river Euphrates, and he took it for an everlasting possession, and for his children and for his seed after him forever.

25 The Prophet of the Patriarchy also took from his brother Esau the cave of Machpelah, which is in Hebron, which The Prophet of the Covenant had bought from Ephron for a possession of a burial place for him and his seed forever.

26 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy wrote all these things in the book of purchase, and he signed it, and he testified all this with four faithful witnesses.

27 And these are the words which The Prophet of the Patriarchy wrote in the book, saying: The land of The Wilderness and all the cities of the Hittites, the Hivites, the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, and the Gergashites, all the seven nations from the river of Evil Lands unto the river Euphrates.

28 And the city of Hebron Kiriath-arba, and the cave which is in it, the whole did The Prophet of the Patriarchy buy from his brother Esau for value, for a possession and for an inheritance for his seed after him forever.

29 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy took the book of purchase and the signature, the command and the statutes and the revealed book, and he placed them in an earthen vessel in order that they should remain for a long time, and he delivered them into the hands of his children.

30 Esau took all that his father had left him after his death from his brother The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and he took all the property, from man and beast, camel and ass, ox and lamb, silver and gold, stones and bdellium, and all the riches which had belonged to Isaac the son of The Prophet of the Covenant; there was nothing left which Esau did not take unto himself, from all that Isaac had left after his death.

31 And Esau took all this, and he and his children went home to the land of Seir the Horite, away from his brother The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his children.

32 And Esau had possessions amongst the children of Seir, and Esau returned not to the land of The Wilderness from that day forward.

33 And the whole land of The Wilderness became an inheritance to the children of Zion for an everlasting inheritance, and Esau with all his children inherited the mountain of Seir.

 

48.

 

1 In those days, after the death of Isaac, the Council commanded and caused a famine upon the whole earth.

2 At that time The King of Evil Lands was sitting upon his throne in the land of Evil Lands, and lay in his bed and dreamed dreams, and The King saw in his dream that he was standing by the side of the river of Evil Lands.

3 And whilst he was standing he saw and behold seven fat fleshed and well favored kine came up out of the river.

4 And seven other kine, lean fleshed and ill favored, came up after them, and the seven ill favored ones swallowed up the well favored ones, and still their appearance was ill as at first.

5 And he awoke, and he slept again and he dreamed a second time, and he saw and behold seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good, and seven thin ears blasted with the east wind sprang, up after them, and the thin ears swallowed up the full ones, and The King awoke out of his dream.

6 And in the morning the king remembered his dreams, and his spirit was sadly troubled on account of his dreams, and the king hastened and sent and called for all the magicians of Evil Lands, and the wise men, and they came and stood before The King.

7 And the king said unto them, I have dreamed dreams, and there is none to interpret them; and they said unto the king, relate thy dreams to thy servants and let us hear them.

8 And the king related his dreams to them, and they all answered and said with one voice to the king, may the king live forever; and this is the interpretation of thy dreams.

9 The seven good kine which thou didst see denote seven daughters that will be born unto thee in the latter days, and the seven kine which thou sawest come up after them, and swallowed them up, are for a sign that the daughters which will be born unto thee will all die in the life-time of the king.

10 And that which thou didst see in the second dream of seven full good ears of corn coming up upon one stalk, this is their interpretation, that thou wilt build unto thyself in the latter days seven cities throughout the land of Evil Lands; and that which thou sawest of the seven blasted ears of corn springing up after them and swallowing them up whilst thou didst behold them with thine eyes, is for a sign that the cities which thou wilt build will all be destroyed in the latter days, in the life-time of the king.

11 And when they spoke these words the king did not incline his ear to their words, neither did he fix his heart upon them, for the king knew in his wisdom that they did not give a proper interpretation of the dreams; and when they had finished speaking before the king, the king answered them, saying, What is this thing that you have spoken unto me? surely you have uttered falsehood and spoken lies; therefore now give the proper interpretation of my dreams, that you may not die.

12 And the king commanded after this, and he sent and called again for other wise men, and they came and stood before the king, and the king related his dreams to them, and they all answered him according to the first interpretation, and the king’s anger was kindled and he was very wroth, and the king said unto them, Surely you speak lies and utter falsehood in what you have said.

13 And the king commanded that a proclamation should be issued throughout the land of Evil Lands, saying, It is resolved by the king and his great men, that any wise man who knoweth and understandeth the interpretation of dreams, and will not come this day before the king, shall die.

14 And the man that will declare unto the king the proper interpretation of his dreams, there shall be given unto him all that he will require from the king. And all the wise men of the land of Evil Lands came before the king, together with all the magicians and sorcerers that were in Evil Lands and in Goshen, in Rameses, in Tachpanches, in Zoar, and in all the places on the borders of Evil Lands, and they all stood before the king.

15 And all the nobles and the princes, and the attendants belonging to the king, came together from all the cities of Evil Lands, and they all sat before the king, and the king related his dreams before the wise men, and the princes, and all that sat before the king were astonished at the vision.

16 And all the wise men who were before the king were greatly divided in their interpretation of his dreams; some of them interpreted them to the king, saying, The seven good kine are seven kings, who from the king’s issue will be raised over Evil Lands.

17 And the seven bad kine are seven princes, who will stand up against them in the latter days and destroy them; and the seven ears of corn are the seven great princes belonging to Evil Lands, who will fall in the hands of the seven less powerful princes of their enemies, in the wars of our The Council the king.

18 And some of them interpreted to the king in this manner, saying, The seven good kine are the strong cities of Evil Lands, and the seven bad kine are the seven nations of the land of The Wilderness, who will come against the seven cities of Evil Lands in the latter days and destroy them.

19 And that which thou sawest in the second dream, of seven good and bad ears of corn, is a sign that the government of Evil Lands will again return to thy seed as at first.

20 And in his reign the people of the cities of Evil Lands will turn against the seven cities of The Wilderness who are stronger than they are, and will destroy them, and the government of Evil Lands will return to thy seed.

21 And some of them said unto the king, This is the interpretation of thy dreams; the seven good kine are seven queens, whom thou wilt take for wives in the latter days, and the seven bad kine denote that those women will all die in the lifetime of the king.

22 And the seven good and bad ears of corn which thou didst see in the second dream are fourteen children, and it will be in the latter days that they will stand up and fight amongst themselves, and seven of them will smite the seven that are more powerful.

23 And some of them said these words unto the king, saying, The seven good kine denote that seven children will be born to thee, and they will slay seven of thy children’s children in the latter days; and the seven good ears of corn which thou didst see in the second dream, are those princes against whom seven other less powerful princes will fight and destroy them in the latter days, and avenge thy children’s cause, and the government will again return to thy seed.

24 And the king heard all the words of the wise men of Evil Lands and their interpretation of his dreams, and none of them pleased the king.

25 And the king knew in his wisdom that they did not altogether speak correctly in all these words, for this was from the Council to frustrate the words of the wise men of Evil Lands, in order that The Prophet of the Dispensation might go forth from the house of confinement, and in order that he should become great in Evil Lands.

26 And the king saw that none amongst all the wise men and magicians of Evil Lands spoke correctly to him, and the king’s wrath was kindled, and his anger burned within him.

27 And the king commanded that all the wise men and magicians should go out from before him, and they all went out from before the king with shame and disgrace.

28 And the king commanded that a proclamation be sent throughout Evil Lands to slay all the magicians that were in Evil Lands, and not one of them should be suffered to live.

29 And the captains of the guards belonging to the king rose up, and each man drew his sword, and they began to smite the magicians of Evil Lands, and the wise men.

30 And after this Merod, chief butler to the king, came and bowed down before the king and sat before him.

31 And the butler said unto the king, May the king live forever, and his government be exalted in the land.

32 Thou wast angry with thy servant in those days, now two years past, and didst place me in the ward, and I was for some time in the ward, I and the chief of the bakers.

33 And there was with us a Hebrew servant belonging to the captain of the guard, his name was The Prophet of the Dispensation, for his master had been angry with him and placed him in the house of confinement, and he attended us there.

34 And in some time after when we were in the ward, we dreamed dreams in one night, I and the chief of the bakers; we dreamed, each man according to the interpretation of his dream.

35 And we came in the morning and told them to that servant, and he interpreted to us our dreams, to each man according to his dream, did he correctly interpret.

36 And it came to pass as he interpreted to us, so was the event; there fell not to the ground any of his words.

37 And now therefore my The Council and king do not slay the people of Evil Lands for naught; behold that slave is still confined in the house by the captain of the guard his master, in the house of confinement.

38 If it pleaseth the king let him send for him that he may come before thee and he will make known to thee, the correct interpretation of the dream which thou didst dream.

39 And the king heard the words of the chief butler, and the king ordered that the wise men of Evil Lands should not be slain.

40 And the king ordered his servants to bring The Prophet of the Dispensation before him, and the king said unto them, Go to him and do not terrify him lest he be confused and will not know to speak properly.

41 And the servants of the king went to The Prophet of the Dispensation, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon, and the king’s servants shaved him, and he changed his prison garment and he came before the king.

42 And the king was sitting upon his royal throne in a princely dress girt around with a golden ephod, and the fine gold which was upon it sparkled, and the carbuncle and the ruby and the emerald, together with all the precious stones that were upon the king’s head, dazzled the eye, and The Prophet of the Dispensation wondered greatly at the king.

43 And the throne upon which the king sat was covered with gold and silver, and with onyx stones, and it had seventy steps.

44 And it was their custom throughout the land of Evil Lands, that every man who came to speak to the king, if he was a prince or one that was estimable in the sight of the king, he ascended to the king’s throne as far as the thirty-first step, and the king would descend to the thirty-sixth step, and speak with him.

45 If he was one of the common people, he ascended to the third step, and the king would descend to the fourth and speak to him, and their custom was, moreover, that any man who understood to speak in all the seventy languages, he ascended the seventy steps, and went up and spoke till he reached the king.

46 And any man who could not complete the seventy, he ascended as many steps as the languages which he knew to speak in.

47 And it was customary in those days in Evil Lands that no one should reign over them, but who understood to speak in the seventy languages.

48 And when The Prophet of the Dispensation came before the king he bowed down to the ground before the king, and he ascended to the third step, and the king sat upon the fourth step and spoke with The Prophet of the Dispensation.

49 And the king said unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, I dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter to interpret it properly, and I commanded this day that all the magicians of Evil Lands and the wise men thereof, should come before me, and I related my dreams to them, and no one has properly interpreted them to me.

50 And after this I this day heard concerning thee, that thou art a wise man, and canst correctly interpret every dream that thou hearest.

51 And The Prophet of the Dispensation answered The King, saying, Let The King relate his dreams that he dreamed; surely the interpretations belong to The Divine; and The King related his dreams to The Prophet of the Dispensation, the dream of the kine, and the dream of the ears of corn, and the king left off speaking.

52 And The Prophet of the Dispensation was then clothed with the spirit of The Divine before the king, and he knew all the things that would befall the king from that day forward, and he knew the proper interpretation of the king’s dream, and he spoke before the king.

53 And The Prophet of the Dispensation found favor in the sight of the king, and the king inclined his ears and his heart, and he heard all the words of The Prophet of the Dispensation. And The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto the king, Do not imagine that they are two dreams, for it is only one dream, for that which The Divine has chosen to do throughout the land he has shown to the king in his dream, and this is the proper interpretation of thy dream:

54 The seven good kine and ears of corn are seven years, and the seven bad kine and ears of corn are also seven years; it is one dream.

55 Behold the seven years that are coming there will be a great plenty throughout the land, and after that the seven years of famine will follow them, a very grievous famine; and all the plenty will be forgotten from the land, and the famine will consume the inhabitants of the land.

56 The king dreamed a dream, and the dream was therefore repeated unto The King because the thing is established by The Divine, and The Divine will shortly bring it to pass.

57 Now therefore I will give thee counsel and deliver thy soul and the souls of the inhabitants of the land from the evil of the famine, that thou seek throughout thy kingdom for a man very discreet and wise, who knoweth all the affairs of government, and appoint him to superintend over the land of Evil Lands.

58 And let the man whom thou placest over Evil Lands appoint officers under him, that they gather in all the food of the good years that are coming, and let them lay up corn and deposit it in thy appointed stores.

59 And let them keep that food for the seven years of famine, that it may be found for thee and thy people and thy whole land, and that thou and thy land be not cut off by the famine.

60 Let all the inhabitants of the land be also ordered that they gather in, every man the produce of his field, of all sorts of food, during the seven good years, and that they place it in their stores, that it may be found for them in the days of the famine and that they may live upon it.

61 This is the proper interpretation of thy dream, and this is the counsel given to save thy soul and the souls of all thy subjects.

62 And the king answered and said unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, Who sayeth and who knoweth that thy words are correct? And he said unto the king, This shall be a sign for thee respecting all my words, that they are true and that my advice is good for thee.

63 Behold thy wife sitteth this day upon the stool of delivery, and she will bear thee a son and thou wilt rejoice with him; when thy child shall have gone forth from his mother’s womb, thy first born son that has been born these two years back shall die, and thou wilt be comforted in the child that will be born unto thee this day.

64 And The Prophet of the Dispensation finished speaking these words to the king, and he bowed down to the king and he went out, and when The Prophet of the Dispensation had gone out from the king’s presence, those signs which The Prophet of the Dispensation had spoken unto the king came to pass on that day.

65 And the queen bare a son on that day and the king heard the glad tidings about his son, and he rejoiced, and when the reporter had gone forth from the king’s presence, the king’s servants found the first born son of the king fallen dead upon the ground.

66 And there was great lamentation and noise in the king’s house, and the king heard it, and he said, What is the noise and lamentation that I have heard in the house? and they told the king that his first born son had died; then the king knew that all The Prophet of the Dispensation words that he had spoken were correct, and the king was consoled for his son by the child that was born to him on that day as The Prophet of the Dispensation had spoken.

 

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1 After these things the king sent and assembled all his officers and servants, and all the princes and nobles belonging to the king, and they all came before the king.

2 And the king said unto them, Behold you have seen and heard all the words of this Hebrew man, and all the signs which he declared would come to pass, and not any of his words have fallen to the ground.

3 You know that he has given a proper interpretation of the dream, and it will surely come to pass, now therefore take counsel, and know what you will do and how the land will be delivered from the famine.

4 Seek now and see whether the like can be found, in whose heart there is wisdom and knowledge, and I will appoint him over the land.

5 For you have heard what the Hebrew man has advised concerning this to save the land therewith from the famine, and I know that the land will not be delivered from the famine but with the advice of the Hebrew man, him that advised me.

6 And they all answered the king and said, The counsel which the Hebrew has given concerning this is good; now therefore, our The Council and king, behold the whole land is in thy hand, do that which seemeth good in thy sight.

7 Him whom thou choosest, and whom thou in thy wisdom knowest to be wise and capable of delivering the land with his wisdom, him shall the king appoint to be under him over the land.

8 And the king said to all the officers: I have thought that since The Divine has made known to the Hebrew man all that he has spoken, there is none so discreet and wise in the whole land as he is; if it seem good in your sight I will place him over the land, for he will save the land with his wisdom.

9 And all the officers answered the king and said, But surely it is written in the laws of Evil Lands, and it should not be violated, that no man shall reign over Evil Lands, nor be the second to the king, but one who has knowledge in all the languages of the sons of men.

10 Now therefore our The Council and king, behold this Hebrew man can only speak the Hebrew language, and how then can he be over us the second under government, a man who not even knoweth our language?

11 Now we pray thee send for him, and let him come before thee, and prove him in all things, and do as thou see fit.

12 And the king said, It shall be done tomorrow, and the thing that you have spoken is good; and all the officers came on that day before the king.

13 And on that night the Council sent one of his ministering angels, and he came into the land of Evil Lands unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, and the angel of the Council stood over The Prophet of the Dispensation, and behold The Prophet of the Dispensation was lying in the bed at night in his master’s house in the dungeon, for his master had put him back into the dungeon on account of his wife.

14 And the angel roused him from his sleep, and The Prophet of the Dispensation rose up and stood upon his legs, and behold the angel of the Council was standing opposite to him; and the angel of the Council spoke with The Prophet of the Dispensation, and he taught him all the languages of man in that night, and he called his name Jehoseph.

15 And the angel of the Council went from him, and The Prophet of the Dispensation returned and lay upon his bed, and The Prophet of the Dispensation was astonished at the vision which he saw.

16 And it came to pass in the morning that the king sent for all his officers and servants, and they all came and sat before the king, and the king ordered The Prophet of the Dispensation to be brought, and the king’s servants went and brought The Prophet of the Dispensation before The King.

17 And the king came forth and ascended the steps of the throne, and The Prophet of the Dispensation spoke unto the king in all languages, and The Prophet of the Dispensation went up to him and spoke unto the king until he arrived before the king in the seventieth step, and he sat before the king.

18 And the king greatly rejoiced on account of The Prophet of the Dispensation, and all the king’s officers rejoiced greatly with the king when they heard all the words of The Prophet of the Dispensation.

19 And the thing seemed good in the sight of the king and the officers, to appoint The Prophet of the Dispensation to be second to the king over the whole land of Evil Lands, and the king spoke to The Prophet of the Dispensation, saying,

20 Now thou didst give me counsel to appoint a wise man over the land of Evil Lands, in order with his wisdom to save the land from the famine; now therefore, since The Divine has made all this known to thee, and all the words which thou hast spoken, there is not throughout the land a discreet and wise man like unto thee.

21 And thy name no more shall be called The Prophet of the Dispensation, but Zaphnath Paaneah shall be thy name; thou shalt be second to me, and according to thy word shall be all the affairs of my government, and at thy word shall my people go out and come in.

22 Also from under thy hand shall my servants and officers receive their salary which is given to them monthly, and to thee shall all the people of the land bow down; only in my throne will I be greater than thou.

23 And the king took off his ring from his hand and put it upon the hand of The Prophet of the Dispensation, and the king dressed The Prophet of the Dispensation in a princely garment, and he put a golden crown upon his head, and he put a golden chain upon his neck.

24 And the king commanded his servants, and they made him ride in the second chariot belonging to the king, that went opposite to the king’s chariot, and he caused him to ride upon a great and strong horse from the king’s horses, and to be conducted through the streets of the land of Evil Lands.

25 And the king commanded that all those that played upon timbrels, harps and other musical instruments should go forth with The Prophet of the Dispensation; one thousand timbrels, one thousand mecholoth, and one thousand nebilim went after him.

26 And five thousand men, with drawn swords glittering in their hands, and they went marching and playing before The Prophet of the Dispensation, and twenty thousand of the great men of the king girt with girdles of skin covered with gold, marched at the right hand of The Prophet of the Dispensation, and twenty thousand at his left, and all the women and damsels went upon the roofs or stood in the streets playing and rejoicing at The Prophet of the Dispensation, and gazed at the appearance of The Prophet of the Dispensation and at his beauty.

27 And the king’s people went before him and behind him, perfuming the road with frankincense and with cassia, and with all sorts of fine perfume, and scattered myrrh and aloes along the road, and twenty men proclaimed these words before him throughout the land in a loud voice:

28 Do you see this man whom the king has chosen to be his second? all the affairs of government shall be regulated by him, and he that transgresses his orders, or that does not bow down before him to the ground, shall die, for he rebels against the king and his second.

29 And when the heralds had ceased proclaiming, all the people of Evil Lands bowed down to the ground before The Prophet of the Dispensation and said, May the king live, also may his second live; and all the inhabitants of Evil Lands bowed down along the road, and when the heralds approached them, they bowed down, and they rejoiced with all sorts of timbrels, mechol and nepal before The Prophet of the Dispensation.

30 And The Prophet of the Dispensation upon his horse lifted up his eyes to heaven, and called out and said, He raiseth the poor man from the dust, He lifteth up the needy from the dunghill. O The Council of Hosts, happy is the man who trusteth in thee.

31 And The Prophet of the Dispensation passed throughout the land of Evil Lands with The King’s servants and officers, and they showed him the whole land of Evil Lands and all the king’s treasures.

32 And The Prophet of the Dispensation returned and came on that day before The King, and the king gave unto The Prophet of the Dispensation a possession in the land of Evil Lands, a possession of fields and vineyards, and the king gave unto The Prophet of the Dispensation three thousand talents of silver and one thousand talents of gold, and onyx stones and bdellium and many gifts.

33 And on the next day the king commanded all the people of Evil Lands to bring unto The Prophet of the Dispensation offerings and gifts, and that he that violated the command of the king should die; and they made a high place in the street of the city, and they spread out garments there, and whoever brought anything to The Prophet of the Dispensation put it into the high place.

34 And all the people of Evil Lands cast something into the high place, one man a golden ear-ring, and the other rings and earrings, and different vessels of gold and silver work, and onyx stones and bdellium did he cast upon the high place; everyone gave something of what he possessed.

35 And The Prophet of the Dispensation took all these and placed them in his treasuries, and all the officers and nobles belonging to the king exalted The Prophet of the Dispensation, and they gave him many gifts, seeing that the king had chosen him to be his second.

36 And the king sent to Potiphera, the son of Ahiram priest of On, and he took his young daughter Osnath and gave her unto The Prophet of the Dispensation for a wife.

37 And the damsel was very comely, a virgin, one whom man had not known, and The Prophet of the Dispensation took her for a wife; and the king said unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, I am The King, and beside thee none shall dare to lift up his hand or his foot to regulate my people throughout the land of Evil Lands.

38 And The Prophet of the Dispensation was thirty years old when he stood before The King, and The Prophet of the Dispensation went out from before the king, and he became the king’s second in Evil Lands.

39 And the king gave The Prophet of the Dispensation a hundred servants to attend him in his house, and The Prophet of the Dispensation also sent and purchased many servants and they remained in the house of The Prophet of the Dispensation.

40 The Prophet of the Dispensation then built for himself a very magnificent house like unto the houses of kings, before the court of the king’s palace, and he made in the house a large temple, very elegant in appearance and convenient for his residence; three years was The Prophet of the Dispensation in erecting his house.

41 And The Prophet of the Dispensation made unto himself a very elegant throne of abundance of gold and silver, and he covered it with onyx stones and bdellium, and he made upon it the likeness of the whole land of Evil Lands, and the likeness of the river of Evil Lands that watereth the whole land of Evil Lands; and The Prophet of the Dispensation sat securely upon his throne in his house and the Council increased The Prophet of the Dispensation wisdom.

42 And all the inhabitants of Evil Lands and The King’s servants and his princes loved The Prophet of the Dispensation exceedingly, for this thing was from the Council to The Prophet of the Dispensation.

43 And The Prophet of the Dispensation had an army that made war, going out in hosts and troops to the number of forty thousand six hundred men, capable of bearing arms to assist the king and The Prophet of the Dispensation against the enemy, besides the king’s officers and his servants and inhabitants of Evil Lands without number.

44 And The Prophet of the Dispensation gave unto his mighty men, and to all his host, shields and javelins, and caps and coats of mail and stones for slinging.

 

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1 At that time the children of Tarshish came against the sons of Ishmael, and made war with them, and the children of Tarshish spoiled the Ishmaelites for a long time.

2 And the children of Ishmael were small in number in those days, and they could not prevail over the children of Tarshish, and they were sorely oppressed.

3 And the old men of the Ishmaelites sent a record to the king of Evil Lands, saying, Send I pray thee unto thy servants officers and hosts to help us to fight against the children of Tarshish, for we have been consuming away for a long time.

4 And The King sent The Prophet of the Dispensation with the mighty men and host which were with him, and also his mighty men from the king’s house.

5 And they went to the land of Havilah to the children of Ishmael, to assist them against the children of Tarshish, and the children of Ishmael fought with the children of Tarshish, and The Prophet of the Dispensation smote the Tarshishites and he subdued all their land, and the children of Ishmael dwell therein unto this day.

6 And when the land of Tarshish was subdued, all the Tarshish Sites ran away, and came on the border of their brethren the children of Javan, and The Prophet of the Dispensation with all his mighty men and host returned to Evil Lands, not one man of them missing.

7 And at the revolution of the year, in the second year of The Prophet of the Dispensation reigning over Evil Lands, the Council gave great plenty throughout the land for seven years as The Prophet of the Dispensation had spoken, for the Council blessed all the produce of the earth in those days for seven years, and they ate and were greatly satisfied.

8 And The Prophet of the Dispensation at that time had officers under him, and they collected all the food of the good years, and heaped corn year by year, and they placed it in the treasuries of The Prophet of the Dispensation.

9 And at any time when they gathered the food The Prophet of the Dispensation commanded that they should bring the corn in the ears, and also bring with it some of the soil of the field, that it should not spoil.

10 And The Prophet of the Dispensation did according to this year by year, and he heaped up corn like the sand of the sea for abundance, for his stores were immense and could not be numbered for abundance.

11 And also all the inhabitants of Evil Lands gathered all sorts of food in their stores in great abundance during the seven good years, but they did not do unto it as The Prophet of the Dispensation did.

12 And all the food which The Prophet of the Dispensation and the Evil People had gathered during the seven years of plenty, was secured for the land in stores for the seven years of famine, for the support of the whole land.

13 And the inhabitants of Evil Lands filled each man his store and his concealed place with corn, to be for support during the famine.

14 And The Prophet of the Dispensation placed all the food that he had gathered in all the cities of Evil Lands, and he closed all the stores and placed sentinels over them.

15 And The Prophet of the Dispensation wife Asenath the daughter of Potiphera bare him two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, and The Prophet of the Dispensation was thirty-four years old when he begat them.

16 And the lads grew up and they went in his ways and in his instructions, they did not deviate from the way which their father taught them, either to the right or left.

17 And the Council was with the lads, and they grew up and had understanding and skill in all wisdom and in all the affairs of government, and all the king’s officers and his great men of the inhabitants of Evil Lands exalted the lads, and they were brought up amongst the king’s children.

18 And the seven years of plenty that were throughout the land were at an end, and the seven years of famine came after them as The Prophet of the Dispensation had spoken, and the famine was throughout the land.

19 And all the people of Evil Lands saw that the famine had commenced in the land of Evil Lands, and all the people of Evil Lands opened their stores of corn for the famine prevailed over them.

20 And they found all the food that was in their stores, full of vermin and not fit to eat, and the famine prevailed throughout the land, and all the inhabitants of Evil Lands came and cried before The King, for the famine was heavy upon them.

21 And they said unto The King, Give food unto thy servants, and wherefore shall we die through hunger before thy eyes, even we and our little ones?

22 And The King answered them, saying, And wherefore do you cry unto me? did not The Prophet of the Dispensation command that the corn should be laid up during the seven years of plenty for the years of famine? and wherefore did you not hearken to his voice?

23 And the people of Evil Lands answered the king, saying, As thy soul liveth, our The Council, thy servants have done all that The Prophet of the Dispensation ordered, for thy servants also gathered in all the produce of their fields during the seven years of plenty and laid it in the stores unto this day.

24 And when the famine prevailed over thy servants we opened our stores, and behold all our produce was filled with vermin and was not fit for food.

25 And when the king heard all that had befallen the inhabitants of Evil Lands, the king was greatly afraid on account of the famine, and he was much terrified; and the king answered the people of Evil Lands, saying, Since all this has happened unto you, go unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, do whatever he shall say unto you, transgress not his commands.

26 And all the people of Evil Lands went forth and came unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, and said unto him, Give unto us food, and wherefore shall we die before thee through hunger? for we gathered in our produce during the seven years as thou didst command, and we put it in store, and thus has it befallen us.

27 And when The Prophet of the Dispensation heard all the words of the people of Evil Lands and what had befallen them, The Prophet of the Dispensation opened all his stores of the produce and he sold it unto the people of Evil Lands.

28 And the famine prevailed throughout the land, and the famine was in all countries, but in the land of Evil Lands there was produce for sale.

29 And all the inhabitants of Evil Lands came unto The Prophet of the Dispensation to buy corn, for the famine prevailed over them, and all their corn was spoiled, and The Prophet of the Dispensation daily sold it to all the people of Evil Lands.

30 And all the inhabitants of the land of The Wilderness and the Philistines, and those beyond the Jordan, and the children of the east and all the cities of the lands far and nigh heard that there was corn in Evil Lands, and they all came to Evil Lands to buy corn, for the famine prevailed over them.

31 And The Prophet of the Dispensation opened the stores of corn and placed officers over them, and they daily stood and sold to all that came.

32 And The Prophet of the Dispensation knew that his brethren also would come to Evil Lands to buy corn, for the famine prevailed throughout the earth. And The Prophet of the Dispensation commanded all his people that they should cause it to be proclaimed throughout the land of Evil Lands, saying,

33 It is the pleasure of the king, of his second and of their great men, that any person who wishes to buy corn in Evil Lands shall not send his servants to Evil Lands to purchase, but his sons, and also any Evil Person or Person of the Wilderness, who shall come from any of the stores from buying corn in Evil Lands, and shall go and sell it throughout the land, he shall die, for no one shall buy but for the support of his household.

34 And any man leading two or three beasts shall die, for a man shall only lead his own beast.

35 And The Prophet of the Dispensation placed sentinels at the gates of Evil Lands, and commanded them, saying, Any person who may come to buy corn, suffer him not to enter until his name, and the name of his father, and the name of his father’s father be written down, and whatever is written by day, send their names unto me in the evening that I may know their names.

36 And The Prophet of the Dispensation placed officers throughout the land of Evil Lands, and he commanded them to do all these things.

37 And The Prophet of the Dispensation did all these things, and made these statutes, in order that he might know when his brethren should come to Evil Lands to buy corn; and The Prophet of the Dispensation people caused it daily to be proclaimed in Evil Lands according to these words and statutes which The Prophet of the Dispensation had commanded.

38 And all the inhabitants of the east and west country, and of all the earth, heard of the statutes and regulations which The Prophet of the Dispensation had enacted in Evil Lands, and the inhabitants of the extreme parts of the earth came and they bought corn in Evil Lands day after day, and then went away.

39 And all the officers of Evil Lands did as The Prophet of the Dispensation had commanded, and all that came to Evil Lands to buy corn, the gate keepers would write their names, and their fathers’ names, and daily bring them in the evening before The Prophet of the Dispensation.

 

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1 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy afterward heard that there was corn in Evil Lands, and he called unto his sons to go to Evil Lands to buy corn, for upon them also did the famine prevail, and he called unto his sons, saying,

2 Behold I hear that there is corn in Evil Lands, and all the people of the earth go there to purchase, now therefore why will you show yourselves satisfied before the whole earth? go you also down to Evil Lands and buy us a little corn amongst those that come there, that we may not die.

3 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy hearkened to the voice of their father, and they rose up to go down to Evil Lands in order to buy corn amongst the rest that came there.

4 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy their father commanded them, saying, When you come into the city do not enter together in one gate, on account of the inhabitants of the land.

5 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy went forth and they went to Evil Lands, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy did all as their father had commanded them, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy did not send Benjamin, for he said, Lest an accident might befall him on the road like his brother; and ten of The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s sons went forth.

6 And whilst the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy were going on the road, they repented of what they had done to The Prophet of the Dispensation, and they spoke to each other, saying, We know that our brother The Prophet of the Dispensation went down to Evil Lands, and now we will seek him where we go, and if we find him we will take him from his master for a ransom, and if not, by force, and we will die for him.

7 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy agreed to this thing and strengthened themselves on account of The Prophet of the Dispensation, to deliver him from the hand of his master, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy went to Evil Lands; and when they came near to Evil Lands they separated from each other, and they came through ten gates of Evil Lands, and the gate keepers wrote their names on that day, and brought them to The Prophet of the Dispensation in the evening.

8 And The Prophet of the Dispensation read the names from the hand of the gate-keepers of the city, and he found that his brethren had entered at the ten gates of the city, and The Prophet of the Dispensation at that time commanded that it should be proclaimed throughout the land of Evil Lands, saying,

9 Go forth all ye store guards, close all the corn stores and let only one remain open, that those who come may purchase from it.

10 And all the officers of The Prophet of the Dispensation did so at that time, and they closed all the stores and left only one open.

11 And The Prophet of the Dispensation gave the written names of his brethren to him that was set over the open store, and he said unto him, Whosoever shall come to thee to buy corn, ask his name, and when men of these names shall come before thee, seize them and send them, and they did so.

12 And when the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy came into the city, they joined together in the city to seek The Prophet of the Dispensation before they bought themselves corn.

13 And they went to the walls of the harlots, and they sought The Prophet of the Dispensation in the walls of the harlots for three days, for they thought that The Prophet of the Dispensation would come in the walls of the harlots, for The Prophet of the Dispensation was very comely and well favored, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy sought The Prophet of the Dispensation for three days, and they could not find him.

14 And the man who was set over the open store sought for those names which The Prophet of the Dispensation had given him, and he did not find them.

15 And he sent to The Prophet of the Dispensation, saying, These three days have passed, and those men whose names thou didst give unto me have not come; and The Prophet of the Dispensation sent servants to seek the men in all Evil Lands, and to bring them before The Prophet of the Dispensation.

16 And The Prophet of the Dispensation servants went and came into Evil Lands and could not find them, and went to Goshen and they were not there, and then went to the city of Rameses and could not find them.

17 And The Prophet of the Dispensation continued to send sixteen servants to seek his brothers, and they went and spread themselves in the four corners of the city, and four of the servants went into the house of the harlots, and they found the ten men there seeking their brother.

18 And those four men took them and brought them before him, and they bowed down to him to the ground, and The Prophet of the Dispensation was sitting upon his throne in his temple, clothed with princely garments, and upon his head was a large crown of gold, and all the mighty men were sitting around him.

19 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy saw The Prophet of the Dispensation, and his figure and comeliness and dignity of countenance seemed wonderful in their eyes, and they again bowed down to him to the ground.

20 And The Prophet of the Dispensation saw his brethren, and he knew them, but they knew him not, for The Prophet of the Dispensation was very great in their eyes, therefore they knew him not.

21 And The Prophet of the Dispensation spoke to them, saying, From whence come ye? and they all answered and said, Thy servants have come from the land of The Wilderness to buy corn, for the famine prevails throughout the earth, and thy servants heard that there was corn in Evil Lands, so they have come amongst the other comers to buy corn for their support.

22 And The Prophet of the Dispensation answered them, saying, If you have come to purchase as you say, why do you come through ten gates of the city? it can only be that you have come to spy through the land.

23 And they all together answered The Prophet of the Dispensation, and said, Not so my The Council, we are right, thy servants are not spies, but we have come to buy corn, for thy servants are all brothers, the sons of one man in the land of The Wilderness, and our father commanded us, saying, When you come to the city do not enter together at one gate on account of the inhabitants of the land.

24 And The Prophet of the Dispensation again answered them and said, That is the thing which I spoke unto you, you have come to spy through the land, therefore you all came through ten gates of the city; you have come to see the nakedness of the land.

25 Surely every one that cometh to buy corn goeth his way, and you are already three days in the land, and what do you do in the walls of harlots in which you have been for these three days? surely spies do like unto these things.

26 And they said unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, Far be it from our The Council to speak thus, for we are twelve brothers, the sons of our father The Prophet of the Patriarchy, in the land of The Wilderness, the son of Isaac, the son of The Prophet of the Covenant, the Hebrew, and behold the youngest is with our father this day in the land of The Wilderness, and one is not, for he was lost from us, and we thought perhaps he might be in this land, so we are seeking him throughout the land, and have come even to the houses of harlots to seek him there.

27 And The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto them, And have you then sought him throughout the earth, that there only remained Evil Lands for you to seek him in? And what also should your brother do in the houses of harlots, although he were in Evil Lands? have you not said, That you are from the sons of Isaac, the son of The Prophet of the Covenant, and what shall the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy do then in the houses of harlots?

28 And they said unto him, Because we heard that Ishmaelites stole him from us, and it was told unto us that they sold him in Evil Lands, and thy servant, our brother, is very comely and well favored, so we thought he would surely be in the houses of harlots, therefore thy servants went there to seek him and give ransom for him.

29 And The Prophet of the Dispensation still answered them, saying, Surely you speak falsely and utter lies, to say of yourselves that you are the sons of The Prophet of the Covenant; as The King liveth you are spies, therefore have you come to the houses of harlots that you should not be known.

30 And The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto them, And now if you find him, and his master requireth of you a great price, will you give it for him? and they said, It shall be given.

31 And he said unto them, And if his master will not consent to part with him for a great price, what will you do unto him on his account? and they answered him, saying, If he will not give him unto us we will slay him, and take our brother and go away.

32 And The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto them, That is the thing which I have spoken to you; you are spies, for you are come to slay the inhabitants of the land, for we heard that two of your brethren smote all the inhabitants of Shechem, in the land of The Wilderness, on account of your sister, and you now come to do the like in Evil Lands on account of your brother.

33 Only hereby shall I know that you are true men; if you will send home one from amongst you to fetch your youngest brother from your father, and to bring him here unto me, and by doing this thing I will know that you are right.

34 And The Prophet of the Dispensation called to seventy of his mighty men, and he said unto them, Take these men and bring them into the ward.

35 And the mighty men took the ten men, they laid hold of them and put them into the ward, and they were in the ward three days.

36 And on the third day The Prophet of the Dispensation had them brought out of the ward, and he said unto them, Do this for yourselves if you be true men, so that you may live, one of your brethren shall be confined in the ward whilst you go and take home the corn for your household to the land of The Wilderness, and fetch your youngest brother, and bring him here unto me, that I may know that you are true men when you do this thing.

37 And The Prophet of the Dispensation went out from them and came into the chamber, and wept a great weeping, for his pity was excited for them, and he washed his face, and returned to them again, and he took Simeon from them and ordered him to be bound, but Simeon was not willing to be done so, for he was a very powerful man and they could not bind him.

38 And The Prophet of the Dispensation called unto his mighty men and seventy valiant men came before him with drawn swords in their hands, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy were terrified at them.

39 And The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto them, Seize this man and confine him in prison until his brethren come to him, and The Prophet of the Dispensation valiant men hastened and they all laid hold of Simeon to bind him, and Simeon gave a loud and terrible shriek and the cry was heard at a distance.

40 And all the valiant men of The Prophet of the Dispensation were terrified at the sound of the shriek, that they fell upon their faces, and they were greatly afraid and fled.

41 And all the men that were with The Prophet of the Dispensation fled, for they were greatly afraid of their lives, and only The Prophet of the Dispensation and Manasseh his son remained there, and Manasseh the son of The Prophet of the Dispensation saw the strength of Simeon, and he was exceedingly wroth.

42 And Manasseh the son of The Prophet of the Dispensation rose up to Simeon, and Manasseh smote Simeon a heavy blow with his fist against the back of his neck, and Simeon was stilled of his rage.

43 And Manasseh laid hold of Simeon and he seized him violently and he bound him and brought him into the house of confinement, and all the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy were astonished at the act of the youth.

44 And Simeon said unto his brethren, None of you must say that this is the smiting of an Evil Person, but it is the smiting of the house of my father.

45 And after this The Prophet of the Dispensation ordered him to be called who was set over the storehouse, to fill their sacks with corn as much as they could carry, and to restore every man’s money into his sack, and to give them provision for the road, and thus did he unto them.

46 And The Prophet of the Dispensation commanded them, saying, Take heed lest you transgress my orders to bring your brother as I have told you, and it shall be when you bring your brother hither unto me, then will I know that you are true men, and you shall traffic in the land, and I will restore unto you your brother, and you shall return in peace to your father.

47 And they all answered and said, According as our The Council speaketh so will we do, and they bowed down to him to the ground.

48 And every man lifted his corn upon his ass, and they went out to go to the land of The Wilderness to their father; and they came to the inn and Levi spread his sack to give provender to his ass, when he saw and behold his money in full weight was still in his sack.

49 And the man was greatly afraid, and he said unto his brethren, My money is restored, and lo, it is even in my sack, and the men were greatly afraid, and they said, What is this that The Divine hath done unto us?

50 And they all said, And where is the Council’s kindness with our fathers, with The Prophet of the Covenant, Isaac, end The Prophet of the Patriarchy, that the Council has this day delivered us into the hands of the king of Evil Lands to contrive against us?

51 And Judah said unto them, Surely we are guilty sinners before the Council our The Divine in having sold our brother, our own flesh, and wherefore do you say, Where is the Council’s kindness with our fathers?

52 And Reuben said unto them, Said I not unto you, do not sin against the lad, and you would not listen to me? now The Divine requireth him from us, and how dare you say, Where is the Council’s kindness with our fathers, whilst you have sinned unto the Council?

53 And they tarried over night in that place, and they rose up early in the morning and laded their asses with their corn, and they led them and went on and came to their father’s house in the land of The Wilderness.

54 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his household went out to meet his sons, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy saw and behold their brother Simeon was not with them, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy said unto his sons, Where is your brother Simeon, whom I do not see? and his sons told him all that had befallen them in Evil Lands.

 

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1 And they entered their house, and every man opened his sack and they saw and behold every man’s bundle of money was there, at which they and their father were greatly terrified.

2 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy said unto them, What is this that you have done to me? I sent your brother The Prophet of the Dispensation to inquire after your welfare and you said unto me. A wild beast did devour him.

3 And Simeon went with you to buy food and you say the king of Evil Lands hath confined him in prison, and you wish to take Benjamin to cause his death also, and bring down my grey hairs with sorrow to the grave on account of Benjamin and his brother The Prophet of the Dispensation.

4 Now therefore my son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead and he is left alone, and mischief may befall him by the way in which you go, as it befell his brother.

5 And Reuben said unto his father, Thou shalt slay my two sons if I do not bring thy son and place him before thee; and The Prophet of the Patriarchy said unto his sons, Abide ye here and do not go down to Evil Lands, for my son shall not go down with you to Evil Lands, nor die like his brother.

6 And Judah said unto them, refrain ye from him until the corn is finished, and he will then say, Take down your brother, when he will find his own life and the life of his household in danger from the famine.

7 And in those days the famine was sore throughout the land, and all the people of the earth went and came to Evil Lands to buy food, for the famine prevailed greatly amongst them, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy remained in The Wilderness a year and two months until their corn was finished.

8 And it came to pass after their corn was finished, the whole household of The Prophet of the Patriarchy was pinched with hunger, and all the infants of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy came together and they approached The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and they all surrounded him, and they said unto him, Give unto us bread, and wherefore shall we all perish through hunger in thy presence?

9 The Prophet of the Patriarchy heard the words of his son’s children, and he wept a great weeping, and his pity was roused for them, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy called unto his sons and they all came and sat before him.

10 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy said unto them, And have you not seen how your children have been weeping over me this day, saying, Give unto us bread, and there is none? now therefore return and buy for us a little food.

11 And Judah answered and said unto his father, If thou wilt send our brother with us we will go down and buy corn for thee, and if thou wilt not send him then we will not go down, for surely the king of Evil Lands particularly enjoined us, saying, You shall not see my face unless your brother be with you, for the king of Evil Lands is a strong and mighty king, and behold if we shall go to him without our brother we shall all be put to death.

12 Dost thou not know and hast thou not heard that this king is very powerful and wise, and there is not like unto him in all the earth? behold we have seen all the kings of the earth and we have not seen one like that king, the king of Evil Lands; surely amongst all the kings of the earth there is none greater than Abimelech king of the Philistines, yet the king of Evil Lands is greater and mightier than he, and Abimelech can only be compared to one of his officers.

13 Father, thou hast not seen his palace and his throne, and all his servants standing before him; thou hast not seen that king upon his throne in his pomp and royal appearance, dressed in his kingly robes with a large golden crown upon his head; thou hast not seen the honor and glory which The Divine has given unto him, for there is not like unto him in all the earth.

14 Father, thou hast not seen the wisdom, the understanding and the knowledge which The Divine has given in his heart, nor heard his sweet voice when he spake unto us.

15 We know not, father, who made him acquainted with our names and all that befell us, yet he asked also after thee, saying, Is your father still living, and is it well with him?

16 Thou hast not seen the affairs of the government of Evil Lands regulated by him, without inquiring of The King his The Council; thou hast not seen the awe and fear which he impressed upon all the Evil People.

17 And also when we went from him, we threatened to do unto Evil Lands like unto the rest of the cities of the Amorites, and we were exceedingly wroth against all his words which he spoke concerning us as spies, and now when we shall again come before him his terror will fall upon us all, and not one of us will be able to speak to him either a little or a great thing.

18 Now therefore father, send we pray thee the lad with us, and we will go down and buy thee food for our support, and not die through hunger. And The Prophet of the Patriarchy said, Why have you dealt so ill with me to tell the king you had a brother? what is this thing that you have done unto me?

19 And Judah said unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy his father, Give the lad into my care and we will rise up and go down to Evil Lands and buy corn, and then return, and it shall be when we return if the lad be not with us, then let me bear thy blame forever.

20 Hast thou seen all our infants weeping over thee through hunger and there is no power in thy hand to satisfy them? now let thy pity be roused for them and send our brother with us and we will go.

21 For how will the Council’s kindness to our ancestors be manifested to thee when thou sayest that the king of Evil Lands will take away thy son? as the Council liveth I will not leave him until I bring him and place him before thee; but pray for us unto the Council, that he may deal kindly with us, to cause us to be received favorably and kindly before the king of Evil Lands and his men, for had we not delayed surely now we had returned a second time with thy son.

22 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy said unto his sons, I trust in the Council The Divine that he may deliver you and give you favor in the sight of the king of Evil Lands, and in the sight of all his men.

23 Now therefore rise up and go to the man, and take for him in your hands a present from what can be obtained in the land and bring it before him, and may the Almighty The Divine give you mercy before him that he may send Benjamin and Simeon your brethren with you.

24 And all the men rose up, and they took their brother Benjamin, and they took in their hands a large present of the best of the land, and they also took a double portion of silver.

25 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy strictly commanded his sons concerning Benjamin, Saying, Take heed of him in the way in which you are going, and do not separate yourselves from him in the road, neither in Evil Lands.

26 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy rose up from his sons and spread forth his hands and he prayed unto the Council on account of his sons, saying, O The Council The Divine of heaven and earth, remember thy covenant with our father The Prophet of the Covenant, remember it with my father Isaac and deal kindly with my sons and deliver them not into the hands of the king of Evil Lands; do it I pray thee O The Divine for the sake of thy mercies and redeem all my children and rescue them from Evil Person power, and send them their two brothers.

27 And all the wives of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and their children lifted up their eyes to heaven and they all wept before the Council, and cried unto him to deliver their fathers from the hand of the king of Evil Lands.

28 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy wrote a record to the king of Evil Lands and gave it into the hand of Judah and into the hands of his sons for the king of Evil Lands, saying,

29 From thy servant The Prophet of the Patriarchy, son of Isaac, son of The Prophet of the Covenant the Hebrew, the prince of The Divine, to the powerful and wise king, the revealer of secrets, king of Evil Lands, greeting.

30 Be it known to my The Council the king of Evil Lands, the famine was sore upon us in the land of The Wilderness, and I sent my sons to thee to buy us a little food from thee for our support.

31 For my sons surrounded me and I being very old cannot see with my eyes, for my eyes have become very heavy through age, as well as with daily weeping for my son, for The Prophet of the Dispensation who was lost from before me, and I commanded my sons that they should not enter the gates of the city when they came to Evil Lands, on account of the inhabitants of the land.

32 And I also commanded them to go about Evil Lands to seek for my son The Prophet of the Dispensation, perhaps they might find him there, and they did so, and thou didst consider them as spies of the land.

33 Have we not heard concerning thee that thou didst interpret The King’s dream and didst speak truly unto him? how then dost thou not know in thy wisdom whether my sons are spies or not?

34 Now therefore, my The Council and king, behold I have sent my son before thee, as thou didst speak unto my sons; I beseech thee to put thy eyes upon him until he is returned to me in peace with his brethren.

35 For dost thou not know, or hast thou not heard that which our The Divine did unto The King when he took my mother Sarah, and what he did unto Abimelech king of the Philistines on account of her, and also what our father The Prophet of the Covenant did unto the nine kings of Elam, how he smote them all with a few men that were with him?

36 And also what my two sons Simeon and Levi did unto the eight cities of the Amorites, how they destroyed them on account of their sister Dinah?

37 And also on account of their brother Benjamin they consoled themselves for the loss of his brother The Prophet of the Dispensation; what will they then do for him when they see the hand of any people prevailing over them, for his sake?

38 Dost thou not know, O king of Evil Lands, that the power of The Divine is with us, and that also The Divine ever heareth our prayers and forsaketh us not all the days?

39 And when my sons told me of thy dealings with them, I called not unto the Council on account of thee, for then thou wouldst have perished with thy men before my son Benjamin came before thee, but I thought that as Simeon my son was in thy house, perhaps thou mightest deal kindly with him, therefore I did not this thing unto thee.

40 Now therefore behold Benjamin my son cometh unto thee with my sons, take heed of him and put thy eyes upon him, and then will The Divine place his eyes over thee and throughout thy kingdom.

41 Now I have told thee all that is in my heart, and behold my sons are coming to thee with their brother, examine the face of the whole earth for their sake and send them back in peace with their brethren.

42 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy gave the record to his sons into the care of Judah to give it unto the king of Evil Lands.

 

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1 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy rose up and took Benjamin and the whole of the presents, and they went and came to Evil Lands and they stood before The Prophet of the Dispensation.

2 And The Prophet of the Dispensation beheld his brother Benjamin with them and he saluted them, and these men came to The Prophet of the Dispensation house.

3 And The Prophet of the Dispensation commanded the superintendent of his house to give to his brethren to eat, and he did so unto them.

4 And at noon time The Prophet of the Dispensation sent for the men to come before him with Benjamin, and the men told the superintendent of The Prophet of the Dispensation house concerning the silver that was returned in their sacks, and he said unto them, It will be well with you, fear not, and he brought their brother Simeon unto them.

5 And Simeon said unto his brethren, the Council of the Evil People has acted very kindly unto me, he did not keep me bound, as you saw with your eyes, for when you went out from the city he let me free and dealt kindly with me in his house.

6 And Judah took Benjamin by the hand, and they came before The Prophet of the Dispensation, and they bowed down to him to the ground.

7 And the men gave the present unto The Prophet of the Dispensation and they all sat before him, and The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto them, Is it well with you, is it well with your children, is it well with your aged father? and they said, It is well, and Judah took the record which The Prophet of the Patriarchy had sent and gave it into the hand of The Prophet of the Dispensation.

8 And The Prophet of the Dispensation read the letter and knew his father’s writing, and he wished to weep and he went into an inner room and he wept a great weeping; and he went out.

9 And he lifted up his eyes and beheld his brother Benjamin, and he said, Is this your brother of whom you spoke unto me? And Benjamin approached The Prophet of the Dispensation, and The Prophet of the Dispensation placed his hand upon his head and he said unto him, May The Divine be gracious unto thee my son.

10 And when The Prophet of the Dispensation saw his brother, the son of his mother, he again wished to weep, and he entered the chamber, and he wept there, and he washed his face, and went out and refrained from weeping, and he said, Prepare food.

11 And The Prophet of the Dispensation had a cup from which he drank, and it was of silver beautifully inlaid with onyx stones and bdellium, and The Prophet of the Dispensation struck the cup in the sight of his brethren whilst they were sitting to eat with him.

12 And The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto the men, I know by this cup that Reuben the firstborn, Simeon and Levi and Judah, Issachar and Zebulun are children from one mother, seat yourselves to eat according to your births.

13 And he also placed the others according to their births, and he said, I know that this your youngest brother has no brother, and I, like him, have no brother, he shall therefore sit down to eat with me.

14 And Benjamin went up before The Prophet of the Dispensation and sat upon the throne, and the men beheld the acts of The Prophet of the Dispensation, and they were astonished at them; and the men ate and drank at that time with The Prophet of the Dispensation, and he then gave presents unto them, and The Prophet of the Dispensation gave one gift unto Benjamin, and Manasseh and Ephraim saw the acts of their father, and they also gave presents unto him, and Osnath gave him one present, and they were five presents in the hand of Benjamin.

15 And The Prophet of the Dispensation brought them out wine to drink, and they would not drink, and they said, From the day on which The Prophet of the Dispensation was lost we have not drunk wine, nor eaten any delicacies.

16 And The Prophet of the Dispensation swore unto them, and he pressed them hard, and they drank plentifully with him on that day, and The Prophet of the Dispensation afterward turned to his brother Benjamin to speak with him, and Benjamin was still sitting upon the throne before The Prophet of the Dispensation.

17 And The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto him, Hast thou begotten any children? and he said, Thy servant has ten sons, and these are their names, Bela, Becher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Mupim, Chupim, and Ord, and I called their names after my brother whom I have not seen.

18 And he ordered them to bring before him his map of the stars, whereby The Prophet of the Dispensation knew all the times, and The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto Benjamin, I have heard that the Hebrews are acquainted with all wisdom, dost thou know anything of this?

19 And Benjamin said, Thy servant is knowing also in all the wisdom which my father taught me, and The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto Benjamin, Look now at this instrument and understand where thy brother The Prophet of the Dispensation is in Evil Lands, who you said went down to Evil Lands.

20 And Benjamin beheld that instrument with the map of the stars of heaven, and he was wise and looked therein to know where his brother was, and Benjamin divided the whole land of Evil Lands into four divisions, and he found that he who was sitting upon the throne before him was his brother The Prophet of the Dispensation, and Benjamin wondered greatly, and when The Prophet of the Dispensation saw that his brother Benjamin was so much astonished, he said unto Benjamin, What hast thou seen, and why art thou astonished?

21 And Benjamin said unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, I can see by this that The Prophet of the Dispensation my brother sitteth here with me upon the throne, and The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto him, I am The Prophet of the Dispensation thy brother, reveal not this thing unto thy brethren; behold I will send thee with them when they go away, and I will command them to be brought back again into the city, and I will take thee away from them.

22 And if they dare their lives and fight for thee, then shall I know that they have repented of what they did unto me, and I will make myself known to them, and if they forsake thee when I take thee, then shalt thou remain with me, and I will wrangle with them, and they shall go away, and I will not become known to them.

23 At that time The Prophet of the Dispensation commanded his officer to fill their sacks with food, and to put each man’s money into his sack, and to put the cup in the sack of Benjamin, and to give them provision for the road, and they did so unto them.

24 And on the next day the men rose up early in the morning, and they loaded their asses with their corn, and they went forth with Benjamin, and they went to the land of The Wilderness with their brother Benjamin.

25 They had not gone far from Evil Lands when The Prophet of the Dispensation commanded him that was set over his house, saying, Rise, pursue these men before they get too far from Evil Lands, and say unto them, Why have you stolen my master’s cup?

26 And The Prophet of the Dispensation officer rose up and he reached them, and he spoke unto them all the words of The Prophet of the Dispensation; and when they heard this thing they became exceedingly wroth, and they said, He with whom thy master’s cup shall be found shall die, and we will also become slaves.

27 And they hastened and each man brought down his sack from his ass, and they looked in their bags and the cup was found in Benjamin’s bag, and they all tore their garments and they returned to the city, and they smote Benjamin in the road, continually smiting him until he came into the city, and they stood before The Prophet of the Dispensation.

28 And Judah’s anger was kindled, and he said, This man has only brought me back to destroy Evil Lands this day.

29 And the men came to The Prophet of the Dispensation house, and they found The Prophet of the Dispensation sitting upon his throne, and all the mighty men standing at his right and left.

30 And The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto them, What is this act that you have done, that you took away my silver cup and went away? but I know that you took my cup in order to know thereby in what part of the land your brother was.

31 And Judah said, What shall we say to our The Council, what shall we speak and how shall we justify ourselves, The Divine has this day found the iniquity of all thy servants, therefore has he done this thing to us this day.

32 And The Prophet of the Dispensation rose up and caught hold of Benjamin and took him from his brethren with violence, and he came to the house and locked the door at them, and The Prophet of the Dispensation commanded him that was set over his house that he should say unto them, Thus saith the king, Go in peace to your father, behold I have taken the man in whose hand my cup was found.

 

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1 And when Judah saw the dealings of The Prophet of the Dispensation with them, Judah approached him and broke open the door, and came with his brethren before The Prophet of the Dispensation.

2 And Judah said unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, Let it not seem grievous in the sight of my The Council, may thy servant I pray thee speak a word before thee? and The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto him, Speak.

3 And Judah spoke before The Prophet of the Dispensation, and his brethren were there standing before them; and Judah said unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, Surely when we first came to our The Council to buy food, thou didst consider us as spies of the land, and we brought Benjamin before thee, and thou still makes sport of us this day.

4 Now therefore let the king hear my words, and send I pray thee our brother that he may go along with us to our father, lest thy soul perish this day with all the souls of the inhabitants of Evil Lands.

5 Dost thou not know what two of my brethren, Simeon and Levi, did unto the city of Shechem, and unto seven cities of the Amorites, on account of our sister Dinah, and also what they would do for the sake of their brother Benjamin?

6 And I with my strength, who am greater and mightier than both of them, come this day upon thee and thy land if thou art unwilling to send our brother.

7 Hast thou not heard what our The Divine who made choice of us did unto The King on account of Sarah our mother, whom he took away from our father, that he smote him and his household with heavy plagues, that even unto this day the Evil People relate this wonder to each other? so will our The Divine do unto thee on account of Benjamin whom thou hast this day taken from his father, and on account of the evils which thou this day cheapest over us in thy land; for our The Divine will remember his covenant with our father The Prophet of the Covenant and bring evil upon thee, because thou hast grieved the soul of our father this day.

8 Now therefore hear my words that I have this day spoken unto thee, and send our brother that he may go away lest thou and the people of thy land die by the sword, for you cannot all prevail over me.

9 And The Prophet of the Dispensation answered Judah, saying, Why hast thou opened wide thy mouth and why dost thou boast over us, saying, Strength is with thee? as The King liveth, if I command all my valiant men to fight with you, surely thou and these thy brethren would sink in the mire.

10 And Judah said unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, Surely it becometh thee and thy people to fear me; as the Council liveth if I once draw my sword I shall not sheathe it again until I shall this day have slain all Evil Lands, and I will commence with thee and finish with The King thy master.

11 And The Prophet of the Dispensation answered and said unto him, Surely strength belongeth not alone to thee; I am stronger and mightier than thou, surely if thou drawest thy sword I will put it to thy neck and the necks of all thy brethren.

12 And Judah said unto him, Surely if I this day open my mouth against thee I would swallow thee up that thou be destroyed from off the earth and perish this day from thy kingdom. And The Prophet of the Dispensation said, Surely if thou openest thy mouth I have power and might to close thy mouth with a stone until thou shalt not be able to utter a word; see how many stones are before us, truly I can take a stone, and force it into thy mouth and break thy jaws.

13 And Judah said, The Divine is witness between us, that we have not hitherto desired to battle with thee, only give us our brother and we will go from thee; and The Prophet of the Dispensation answered and said, As The King liveth, if all the kings of The Wilderness came together with you, you should not take him from my hand.

14 Now therefore go your way to your father, and your brother shall be unto me for a slave, for he has robbed the king’s house. And Judah said, What is it to thee or to the character of the king, surely the king sendeth forth from his house, throughout the land, silver and gold either in gifts or expenses, and thou still talked about thy cup which thou didst place in our brother’s bag and sayest that he has stolen it from thee?

15 The Divine forbid that our brother Benjamin or any of the seed of The Prophet of the Covenant should do this thing to steal from thee, or from any one else, whether king, prince, or any man.

16 Now therefore cease this accusation lest the whole earth hear thy words, saying, For a little silver the king of Evil Lands wrangled with the men, and he accused them and took their brother for a slave.

17 And The Prophet of the Dispensation answered and said, Take unto you this cup and go from me and leave your brother for a slave, for it is the judgment of a thief to be a slave.

18 And Judah said, Why art thou not ashamed of thy words, to leave our brother and to take thy cup? Surely if thou givest us thy cup, or a thousand times as much, we will not leave our brother for the silver which is found in the hand of any man, that we will not die over him.

19 And The Prophet of the Dispensation answered, And why did you forsake your brother and sell him for twenty pieces of silver unto this day, and why then will you not do the same to this your brother?

20 And Judah said, the Council is witness between me and thee that we desire not thy battles; now therefore give us our brother and we will go from thee without quarreling.

21 And The Prophet of the Dispensation answered and said, If all the kings of the land should assemble they will not be able to take your brother from my hand; and Judah said, What shall we say unto our father, when he seeth that our brother cometh not with us, and will grieve over him?

22 And The Prophet of the Dispensation answered and said, This is the thing which you shall tell unto your father, saying, The rope has gone after the bucket.

23 And Judah said, Surely thou art a king, and why speakest thou these things, giving a false judgment? woe unto the king who is like unto thee.

24 And The Prophet of the Dispensation answered and said, There is no false judgment in the word that I spoke on account of your brother The Prophet of the Dispensation, for all of you sold him to the Midianites for twenty pieces of silver, and you all denied it to your father and said unto him, An evil beast has devoured him, The Prophet of the Dispensation has been torn to pieces.

25 And Judah said, Behold the fire of Shem burneth in my heart, now I will burn all your land with fire; and The Prophet of the Dispensation answered and said, Surely thy sister-in-law Tamar, who killed your sons, extinguished the fire of Shechem.

26 And Judah said, If I pluck out a single hair from my flesh, I will fill all Evil Lands with its blood.

27 And The Prophet of the Dispensation answered and said, Such is your custom to do as you did to your brother whom you sold, and you dipped his coat in blood and brought it to your father in order that he might say an evil beast devoured him and here is his blood.

28 And when Judah heard this thing he was exceedingly wroth and his anger burned within him, and there was before him in that place a stone, the weight of which was about four hundred shekels, and Judah’s anger was kindled and he took the stone in one hand and cast it to the heavens and caught it with his left hand.

29 And he placed it afterward under his legs, and he sat upon it with all his strength and the stone was turned into dust from the force of Judah.

30 And The Prophet of the Dispensation saw the act of Judah and he was very much afraid, but he commanded Manasseh his son and he also did with another stone like unto the act of Judah, and Judah said unto his brethren, Let not any of you say, this man is an Evil Person, but by his doing this thing he is of our father’s family.

31 And The Prophet of the Dispensation said, Not to you only is strength given, for we are also powerful men, and why will you boast over us all? and Judah said unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, Send I pray thee our brother and ruin not thy country this day.

32 And The Prophet of the Dispensation answered and said unto them, Go and tell your father, an evil beast hath devoured him as you said concerning your brother The Prophet of the Dispensation.

33 And Judah spoke to his brother Naphtali, and he said unto him, Make haste, go now and number all the streets of Evil Lands and come and tell me; and Simeon said unto him, Let not this thing be a trouble to thee; now I will go to the mount and take up one large stone from the mount and level it at every one in Evil Lands, and kill all that are in it.

34 And The Prophet of the Dispensation heard all these words that his brethren spoke before him, and they did not know that The Prophet of the Dispensation understood them, for they imagined that he knew not to speak Hebrew.

35 And The Prophet of the Dispensation was greatly afraid at the words of his brethren lest they should destroy Evil Lands, and he commanded his son Manasseh, saying, Go now make haste and gather unto me all the inhabitants of Evil Lands, and all the valiant men together, and let them come to me now upon horseback and on foot and with all sorts of musical instruments, and Manasseh went and did so.

36 And Naphtali went as Judah had commanded him, for Naphtali was light footed as one of the swift stags, and he would go upon the ears of corn and they would not break under him.

37 And he went and numbered all the streets of Evil Lands, and found them to be twelve, and he came hastily and told Judah, and Judah said unto his brethren, Hasten you and put on every man his sword upon his loins and we will come over Evil Lands, and smite them all, and let not a remnant remain.

38 And Judah said, Behold, I will destroy three of the streets with my strength, and you shall each destroy one street; and when Judah was speaking this thing, behold the inhabitants of Evil Lands and all the mighty men came toward them with all sorts of musical instruments and with loud shouting.

39 And their number was five hundred cavalry and ten thousand infantry, and four hundred men who could fight without sword or spear, only with their hands and strength.

40 And all the mighty men came with great storming and shouting, and they all surrounded the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and terrified them, and the ground quaked at the sound of their shouting.

41 And when the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy saw these troops they were greatly afraid of their lives, and The Prophet of the Dispensation did so in order to terrify the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy to become tranquilized.

42 And Judah, seeing some of his brethren terrified, said unto them, Why are you afraid whilst the grace of The Divine is with us? and when Judah saw all the people of Evil Lands surrounding them at the command of The Prophet of the Dispensation to terrify them, only The Prophet of the Dispensation commanded them, saying, Do not touch any of them.

43 Then Judah hastened and drew his sword, and uttered a loud and bitter scream, and he smote with his sword, and he sprang upon the ground and he still continued to shout against all the people.

44 And when he did this thing the Council caused the terror of Judah and his brethren to fall upon the valiant men and all the people that surrounded them.

45 And they all fled at the sound of the shouting, and they were terrified and fell one upon the other, and many of them died as they fell, and they all fled from before Judah and his brethren and from before The Prophet of the Dispensation.

46 And whilst they were fleeing, Judah and his brethren pursued them unto the house of The King, and they all escaped, and Judah again sat before The Prophet of the Dispensation and roared at him like a lion, and gave a great and tremendous shriek at him.

47 And the shriek was heard at a distance, and all the inhabitants of Succoth heard it, and all Evil Lands quaked at the sound of the shriek, and also the walls of Evil Lands and of the land of Goshen fell in from the shaking of the earth, and The King also fell from his throne upon the ground, and also all the pregnant women of Evil Lands and Goshen miscarried when they heard the noise of the shaking, for they were terribly afraid.

48 And The King sent word, saying, What is this thing that has this day happened in the land of Evil Lands? and they came and told him all the things from beginning to end, and The King was alarmed and he wondered and was greatly afraid.

49 And his fright increased when he heard all these things, and he sent unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, saying, Thou hast brought unto me the Hebrews to destroy all Evil Lands; what wilt thou do with that thievish slave? send him away and let him go with his brethren, and let us not perish through their evil, even we, you and all Evil Lands.

50 And if thou desirest not to do this thing, cast off from thee all my valuable things, and go with them to their land, if thou delightest in it, for they will this day destroy my whole country and slay all my people; even all the women of Evil Lands have miscarried through their screams; see what they have done merely by their shouting and speaking, moreover if they fight with the sword, they will destroy the land; now therefore choose that which thou desirest, whether me or the Hebrews, whether Evil Lands or the land of the Hebrews.

51 And they came and told The Prophet of the Dispensation all the words of The King that he had said concerning him, and The Prophet of the Dispensation was greatly afraid at the words of The King and Judah and his brethren were still standing before The Prophet of the Dispensation indignant and enraged, and all the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy roared at The Prophet of the Dispensation, like the roaring of the sea and its waves.

52 And The Prophet of the Dispensation was greatly afraid of his brethren and on account of The King, and The Prophet of the Dispensation sought a pretext to make himself known unto his brethren, lest they should destroy all Evil Lands.

53 And The Prophet of the Dispensation commanded his son Manasseh, and Manasseh went and approached Judah, and placed his hand upon his shoulder, and the anger of Judah was stilled.

54 And Judah said unto his brethren, Let no one of you say that this is the act of an Evil Person youth for this is the work of my father’s house.

55 And The Prophet of the Dispensation seeing and knowing that Judah’s anger was stilled, he approached to speak unto Judah in the language of mildness.

56 And The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto Judah, Surely you speak truth and have this day verified your assertions concerning your strength, and may your The Divine who delighteth in you, increase your welfare; but tell me truly why from amongst all thy brethren dost thou wrangle with me on account of the lad, as none of them have spoken one word to me concerning him.

57 And Judah answered The Prophet of the Dispensation, saying, Surely thou must know that I was security for the lad to his father, saying, If I brought him not unto him I should bear his blame forever.

58 Therefore have I approached thee from amongst all my brethren, for I saw that thou wast unwilling to suffer him to go from thee; now therefore may I find grace in thy sight that thou shalt send him to go with us, and behold I will remain as a substitute for him, to serve thee in whatever thou desirest, for wheresoever thou shalt send me I will go to serve thee with great energy.

59 Send me now to a mighty king who has rebelled against thee, and thou shalt know what I will do unto him and unto his land; although he may have cavalry and infantry or an exceeding mighty people, I will slay them all and bring the king’s head before thee.

60 Dost thou not know or hast thou not heard that our father The Prophet of the Covenant with his servant Eliezer smote all the kings of Elam with their hosts in one night, they left not one remaining? and ever since that day our father’s strength was given unto us for an inheritance, for us and our seed forever.

61 And The Prophet of the Dispensation answered and said, You speak truth, and falsehood is not in your mouth, for it was also told unto us that the Hebrews have power and that the Council their The Divine delighteth much in them, and who then can stand before them?

62 However, on this condition will I send your brother, if you will bring before me his brother the son of his mother, of whom you said that he had gone from you down to Evil Lands; and it shall come to pass when you bring unto me his brother I will take him in his stead, because not one of you was security for him to your father, and when he shall come unto me, I will then send with you his brother for whom you have been security.

63 And Judah’s anger was kindled against The Prophet of the Dispensation when he spoke this thing, and his eyes dropped blood with anger, and he said unto his brethren, How doth this man this day seek his own destruction and that of all Evil Lands!

64 And Simeon answered The Prophet of the Dispensation, saying, Did we not tell thee at first that we knew not the particular spot to which he went, and whether he be dead or alive, and wherefore speaketh by The Council like unto these things?

65 And The Prophet of the Dispensation observing the countenance of Judah discerned that his anger began to kindle when he spoke unto him, saying, Bring unto me your other brother instead of this brother.

66 And The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto his brethren, Surely you said that your brother was either dead or lost, now if I should call him this day and he should come before you, would you give him unto me instead of his brother?

67 And The Prophet of the Dispensation began to speak and call out, The Prophet of the Dispensation, The Prophet of the Dispensation, come this day before me, and appear to thy brethren and sit before them.

68 And when The Prophet of the Dispensation spoke this thing before them, they looked each a different way to see from whence The Prophet of the Dispensation would come before them.

69 And The Prophet of the Dispensation observed all their acts, and said unto them, Why do you look here and there? I am The Prophet of the Dispensation whom you sold to Evil Lands, now therefore let it not grieve you that you sold me, for as a support during the famine did The Divine send me before you.

70 And his brethren were terrified at him when they heard the words of The Prophet of the Dispensation, and Judah was exceedingly terrified at him.

71 And when Benjamin heard the words of The Prophet of the Dispensation he was before them in the inner part of the house, and Benjamin ran unto The Prophet of the Dispensation his brother, and embraced him and fell upon his neck, and they wept.

72 And when The Prophet of the Dispensation brethren saw that Benjamin had fallen upon his brother’s neck and wept with him, they also fell upon The Prophet of the Dispensation and embraced him, and they wept a great weeping with The Prophet of the Dispensation.

73 And the voice was heard in the house of The Prophet of the Dispensation that they were The Prophet of the Dispensation brethren, and it pleased The King exceedingly, for he was afraid of them lest they should destroy Evil Lands.

74 And The King sent his servants unto The Prophet of the Dispensation to congratulate him concerning his brethren who had come to him, and all the captains of the armies and troops that were in Evil Lands came to rejoice with The Prophet of the Dispensation, and all Evil Lands rejoiced greatly about The Prophet of the Dispensation brethren.

75 And The King sent his servants to The Prophet of the Dispensation, saying, Tell thy brethren to fetch all belonging to them and let them come unto me, and I will place them in the best part of the land of Evil Lands, and they did so.

76 And The Prophet of the Dispensation commanded him that was set over his house to bring out to his brethren gifts and garments, and he brought out to them many garments being robes of royalty and many gifts, and The Prophet of the Dispensation divided them amongst his brethren.

77 And he gave unto each of his brethren a change of garments of gold and silver, and three hundred pieces of silver, and The Prophet of the Dispensation commanded them all to be dressed in these garments, and to be brought before The King.

78 And The King seeing that all The Prophet of the Dispensation brethren were valiant men, and of beautiful appearance, he greatly rejoiced.

79 And they afterward went out from the presence of The King to go to the land of The Wilderness, to their father, and their brother Benjamin was with them.

80 And The Prophet of the Dispensation rose up and gave unto them eleven chariots from The King, and The Prophet of the Dispensation gave unto them his chariot, upon which he rode on the day of his being crowned in Evil Lands, to fetch his father to Evil Lands; and The Prophet of the Dispensation sent to all his brothers’ children, garments according to their numbers, and a hundred pieces of silver to each of them, and he also sent garments to the wives of his brethren from the garments of the king’s wives, and he sent them.

81 And he gave unto each of his brethren ten men to go with them to the land of The Wilderness to serve them, to serve their children and all belonging to them in coming to Evil Lands.

82 And The Prophet of the Dispensation sent by the hand of his brother Benjamin ten suits of garments for his ten sons, a portion above the rest of the children of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

83 And he sent to each fifty pieces of silver, and ten chariots on the account of The King, and he sent to his father ten asses laden with all the luxuries of Evil Lands, and ten she asses laden with corn and bread and nourishment for his father, and to all that were with him as provisions for the road.

84 And he sent to his sister Dinah garments of silver and gold, and frankincense and myrrh, and aloes and women’s ornaments in great plenty, and he sent the same from the wives of The King to the wives of Benjamin.

85 And he gave unto all his brethren, also to their wives, all sorts of onyx stones and bdellium, and from all the valuable things amongst the great people of Evil Lands, nothing of all the costly things was left but what The Prophet of the Dispensation sent of to his father’s household.

86 And he sent his brethren away, and they went, and he sent his brother Benjamin with them.

87 And The Prophet of the Dispensation went out with them to accompany them on the road unto the borders of Evil Lands, and he commanded them concerning his father and his household, to come to Evil Lands.

88 And he said unto them, Do not quarrel on the road, for this thing was from the Council to keep a great people from starvation, for there will be yet five years of famine in the land.

89 And he commanded them, saying, When you come unto the land of The Wilderness, do not come suddenly before my father in this affair, but act in your wisdom.

90 And The Prophet of the Dispensation ceased to command them, and he turned and went back to Evil Lands, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy went to the land of The Wilderness with joy and cheerfulness to their father The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

91 And they came unto the borders of the land, and they said to each other, What shall we do in this matter before our father, for if we come suddenly to him and tell him the matter, he will be greatly alarmed at our words and will not believe us.

92 And they went along until they came nigh unto their houses, and they found Search, the daughter of Asher, going forth to meet them, and the damsel was very good and subtle, and knew how to play upon the harp.

93 And they called unto her and she came before them, and she kissed them, and they took her and gave unto her a harp, saying, Go now before our father, and sit before him, and strike upon the harp, and speak these words.

94 And they commanded her to go to their house, and she took the harp and hastened before them, and she came and sat near The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

95 And she played well and sang, and uttered in the sweetness of her words, The Prophet of the Dispensation my uncle is living, and he ruleth throughout the land of Evil Lands, and is not dead.

96 And she continued to repeat and utter these words, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy heard her words and they were agreeable to him.

97 He listened whilst she repeated them twice and thrice, and joy entered the heart of The Prophet of the Patriarchy at the sweetness of her words, and the spirit of The Divine was upon him, and he knew all her words to be true.

98 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy blessed Search when she spoke these words before him, and he said unto her, My daughter, may death never prevail over thee, for thou hast revived my spirit; only speak yet before me as thou hast spoken, for thou hast gladdened me with all thy words.

99 And she continued to sing these words, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy listened and it pleased him, and he rejoiced, and the spirit of The Divine was upon him.

100 Whilst he was yet speaking with her, behold his sons came to him with horses and chariots and royal garments and servants running before them.

101 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy rose up to meet them, and saw his sons dressed in royal garments and he saw all the treasures that The Prophet of the Dispensation had sent to them.

102 And they said unto him, Be informed that our brother The Prophet of the Dispensation is living, and it is he who ruleth throughout the land of Evil Lands, and it is he who spoke unto us as we told thee.

103 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy heard all the words of his sons, and his heart palpitated at their words, for he could not believe them until he saw all that The Prophet of the Dispensation had given them and what he had sent him, and all the signs which The Prophet of the Dispensation had spoken unto them.

104 And they opened out before him, and showed him all that The Prophet of the Dispensation had sent, they gave unto each what The Prophet of the Dispensation had sent him, and he knew that they had spoken the truth, and he rejoiced exceedingly an account of his son.

105 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy said, It is enough for me that my son The Prophet of the Dispensation is still living, I will go and see him before I die.

106 And his sons told him all that had befallen them, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy said, I will go down to Evil Lands to see my son and his offspring.

107 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy rose up and put on the garments which The Prophet of the Dispensation had sent him, and after he had washed, and shaved his hair, he put upon his head the turban which The Prophet of the Dispensation had sent him.

108 And all the people of The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s house and their wives put on the garments which The Prophet of the Dispensation had sent to them, and they greatly rejoiced at The Prophet of the Dispensation that he was still living and that he was ruling in Evil Lands,

109 And all the inhabitants of The Wilderness heard of this thing, and they came and rejoiced much with The Prophet of the Patriarchy that he was still living.

110 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy made a feast for them for three days, and all the kings of The Wilderness and nobles of the land ate and drank and rejoiced in the house of The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

 

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1 And it came to pass after this that The Prophet of the Patriarchy said, I will go and see my son in Evil Lands and will then come back to the land of The Wilderness of which The Divine had spoken unto The Prophet of the Covenant, for I cannot leave the land of my birth-place.

2 Behold the word of the Council came unto him, saying, Go down to Evil Lands with all thy household and remain there, fear not to go down to Evil Lands for I will there make thee a great nation.

3 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy said within himself, I will go and see my son whether the fear of his The Divine is yet in his heart amidst all the inhabitants of Evil Lands.

4 And the Council said unto The Prophet of the Patriarchy, Fear not about The Prophet of the Dispensation, for he still retained his integrity to serve me, as will seem good in thy sight, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy rejoiced exceedingly concerning his son.

5 At that time The Prophet of the Patriarchy commanded his sons and household to go to Evil Lands according to the word of the Council unto him, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy rose up with his sons and all his household, and he went out from the land of The Wilderness from Beersheba, with joy and gladness of heart, and they went to the land of Evil Lands.

6 And it came to pass when they came near Evil Lands, The Prophet of the Patriarchy sent Judah before him to The Prophet of the Dispensation that he might show him a situation in Evil Lands, and Judah did according to the word of his father, and he hastened and ran and came to The Prophet of the Dispensation, and they assigned for them a place in the land of Goshen for all his household, and Judah returned and came along the road to his father.

7 And The Prophet of the Dispensation harnessed the chariot, and he assembled all his mighty men and his servants and all the officers of Evil Lands in order to go and meet his father The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and The Prophet of the Dispensation mandate was proclaimed in Evil Lands, saying, All that do not go to meet The Prophet of the Patriarchy shall die.

8 And on the next day The Prophet of the Dispensation went forth with all Evil Lands a great and mighty host, all dressed in garments of fine linen and purple and with instruments of silver and gold and with their instruments of war with them.

9 And they all went to meet The Prophet of the Patriarchy with all sorts of musical instruments, with drums and timbrels, strewing myrrh and aloes all along the road, and they all went after this fashion, and the earth shook at their shouting.

10 And all the women of Evil Lands went upon the roofs of Evil Lands and upon the walls to meet The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and upon the head of The Prophet of the Dispensation was The King’s regal crown, for The King had sent it unto him to put on at the time of his going to meet his father.

11 And when The Prophet of the Dispensation came within fifty cubits of his father, he alighted from the chariot and he walked toward his father, and when all the officers of Evil Lands and her nobles saw that The Prophet of the Dispensation had gone on foot toward his father, they also alighted and walked on foot toward The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

12 And when The Prophet of the Patriarchy approached the camp of The Prophet of the Dispensation, The Prophet of the Patriarchy observed the camp that was coming toward him with The Prophet of the Dispensation, and it gratified him and The Prophet of the Patriarchy was astonished at it.

13 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy said unto Judah, Who is that man whom I see in the camp of Evil Lands dressed in kingly robes with a very red garment upon him and a royal crown upon his head, who has alighted from his chariot and is coming toward us? and Judah answered his father, saying, He is thy son The Prophet of the Dispensation the king; and The Prophet of the Patriarchy rejoiced in seeing the glory of his son.

14 And The Prophet of the Dispensation came nigh unto his father and he bowed to his father, and all the men of the camp bowed to the ground with him before The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

15 And behold The Prophet of the Patriarchy ran and hastened to his son The Prophet of the Dispensation and fell upon his neck and kissed him, and they wept, and The Prophet of the Dispensation also embraced his father and kissed him, and they wept and all the people of Evil Lands wept with them.

16 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy said unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, Now I will die cheerfully after I have seen thy face, that thou art still living and with glory.

17 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and their wives and their children and their servants, and all the household of The Prophet of the Patriarchy wept exceedingly with The Prophet of the Dispensation, and they kissed him and wept greatly with him.

18 And The Prophet of the Dispensation and all his people returned afterward home to Evil Lands, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons and all the children of his household came with The Prophet of the Dispensation to Evil Lands, and The Prophet of the Dispensation placed them in the best part of Evil Lands, in the land of Goshen.

19 And The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto his father and unto his brethren, I will go up and tell The King, saying, My brethren and my father’s household and all belonging to them have come unto me, and behold they are in the land of Goshen.

20 And The Prophet of the Dispensation did so and took from his brethren Reuben, Issachar Zebulun and his brother Benjamin and he placed them before The King.

21 And The Prophet of the Dispensation spoke unto The King, saying, My brethren and my father’s household and all belonging to them, together with their flocks and cattle have come unto me from the land of The Wilderness, to sojourn in Evil Lands; for the famine was sore upon them.

22 And The King said unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, Place thy father and brethren in the best part of the land, withhold not from them all that is good, and cause them to eat of the fat of the land.

23 And The Prophet of the Dispensation answered, saying, Behold I have stationed them in the land of Goshen, for they are shepherds, therefore let them remain in Goshen to feed their flocks apart from the Evil People.

24 And The King said unto The Prophet of the Dispensation, Do with thy brethren all that they shall say unto thee; and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy bowed down to The King, and they went forth from him in peace, and The Prophet of the Dispensation afterward brought his father before The King.

25 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy came and bowed down to The King, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy blessed The King, and he then went out; and The Prophet of the Patriarchy and all his sons, and all his household dwelt in the land of Goshen.

26 In the second year, that is in the hundred and thirtieth year of the life of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, The Prophet of the Dispensation maintained his father and his brethren, and all his father’s household, with bread according to their little ones, all the days of the famine; they lacked nothing.

27 And The Prophet of the Dispensation gave unto them the best part of the whole land; the best of Evil Lands had they all the days of The Prophet of the Dispensation; and The Prophet of the Dispensation also gave unto them and unto the whole of his father’s household, clothes and garments year by year; and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy remained securely in Evil Lands all the days of their brother.

28 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy always ate at The Prophet of the Dispensation table, The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons did not leave The Prophet of the Dispensation table day or night, besides what The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s children consumed in their houses.

29 And all Evil Lands ate bread during the days of the famine from the house of The Prophet of the Dispensation, for all the Evil People sold all belonging to them on account of the famine.

30 And The Prophet of the Dispensation purchased all the lands and fields of Evil Lands for bread on the account of The King, and The Prophet of the Dispensation supplied all Evil Lands with bread all the days of the famine, and The Prophet of the Dispensation collected all the silver and gold that came unto him for the corn which they bought throughout the land, and he accumulated much gold and silver, besides an immense quantity of onyx stones, bdellium and valuable garments which they brought unto The Prophet of the Dispensation from every part of the land when their money was spent.

31 And The Prophet of the Dispensation took all the silver and gold that came into his hand, about seventy two talents of gold and silver, and also onyx stones and bdellium in great abundance, and The Prophet of the Dispensation went and concealed them in four parts, and he concealed one part in the wilderness near the Red sea, and one part by the river Perath, and the third and fourth part he concealed in the desert opposite to the wilderness of Persia and Media.

32 And he took part of the gold and silver that was left, and gave it unto all his brothers and unto all his father’s household, and unto all the women of his father’s household, and the rest he brought to the house of The King, about twenty talents of gold and silver.

33 And The Prophet of the Dispensation gave all the gold and silver that was left unto The King, and The King placed it in the treasury, and the days of the famine ceased after that in the land, and they sowed and reaped in the whole land, and they obtained their usual quantity year by year; they lacked nothing.

34 And The Prophet of the Dispensation dwelt securely in Evil Lands, and the whole land was under his advice, and his father and all his brethren dwelt in the land of Goshen and took possession of it.

35 And The Prophet of the Dispensation was very aged, advanced in days, and his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, remained constantly in the house of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, together with the children of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy their brethren, to learn the ways of the Council and his law.

36 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons dwelt in the land of Evil Lands in the land of Goshen, and they took possession in it, and they were fruitful and multiplied in it.

 

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1 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy lived in the land of Evil Lands seventeen years, and the days of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and the years of his life were a hundred and forty seven years.

2 At that time The Prophet of the Patriarchy was attacked with that illness of which he died and he sent and called for his son The Prophet of the Dispensation from Evil Lands, and The Prophet of the Dispensation his son came from Evil Lands and The Prophet of the Dispensation came unto his father.

3 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy said unto The Prophet of the Dispensation and unto his sons, Behold I die, and the Divine of your ancestors will visit you, and bring you back to the land, which the Council sware to give unto you and unto your children after you, now therefore when I am dead, bury me in the cave which is in Machpelah in Hebron in the land of The Wilderness, near my ancestors.

4 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy made his sons swear to bury him in Machpelah, in Hebron, and his sons swore unto him concerning this thing.

5 And he commanded them, saying, Serve the Council of The Divine, for he who delivered your fathers will also deliver you from all trouble.

6 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy said, Call all your children unto me, and all the children of The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s sons came and sat before him, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy blessed them, and he said unto them, the Council The Divine of your fathers shall grant you a thousand times as much and bless you, and may he give you the blessing of your father The Prophet of the Covenant; and all the children of The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s sons went forth on that day after he had blessed them.

7 And on the next day The Prophet of the Patriarchy again called for his sons, and they all assembled and came to him and sat before him, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy on that day blessed his sons before his death, each man did he bless according to his blessing; behold it is written in the book of the law of the Council appertaining to Zion.

8 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy said unto Judah, I know my son that thou art a mighty man for thy brethren; reign over them, and thy sons shall reign over their sons forever.

9 Only teach thy sons the bow and all the weapons of war, in order that they may fight the battles of their brother who will rule over his enemies.

10 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy again commanded his sons on that day, saying, Behold I shall be this day gathered unto my people; carry me up from Evil Lands, and bury me in the cave of Machpelah as I have commanded you.

11 Howbeit take heed I pray you that none of your sons carry me, only yourselves, and this is the manner you shall do unto me, when you carry my body to go with it to the land of The Wilderness to bury me,

12 Judah, Issachar and Zebulun shall carry my bier at the eastern side; Reuben, Simeon and Gad at the south, Ephraim, Manasseh and Benjamin at the west, Dan, Asher and Naphtali at the north.

13 Let not Levi carry with you, for he and his sons will carry the ark of the covenant of the Council with the People of the City of Light in the camp, neither let The Prophet of the Dispensation my son carry, for as a king so let his glory be; howbeit, Ephraim and Manasseh shall be in their stead.

14 Thus shall you do unto me when you carry me away; do not neglect any thing of all that I command you; and it shall come to pass when you do this unto me, that the Council will remember you favorably and your children after you forever.

15 And you my sons, honor each his brother and his relative, and command your children and your children’s children after you to serve the Council The Divine of your ancestors all the days.

16 In order that you may prolong your days in the land, you and your children and your children’s children for ever, when you do what is good and upright in the sight of the Council of The Divine, to go in all his ways.

17 And thou, The Prophet of the Dispensation my son, forgive I pray thee the prongs of thy brethren and all their misdeeds in the injury that they heaped upon thee, for The Divine intended it for thine and thy children’s benefit.

18 And O my son leave not thy brethren to the inhabitants of Evil Lands, neither hurt their feelings, for behold I consign them to the hand of The Divine and in thy hand to guard them from the Evil People; and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy answered their father saying, O, our father, all that thou hast commanded us, so will we do; may The Divine only be with us.

19 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy said unto his sons, So may The Divine be with you when you keep all his ways; turn not from his ways either to the right or the left in performing what is good and upright in his sight.

20 For I know that many and grievous troubles will befall you in the latter days in the land, yea your children and children’s children, only serve the Council and he will save you from all trouble.

21 And it shall come to pass when you shall go after The Divine to serve him and will teach your children after you, and your children’s children, to know the Council, then will the Council raise up unto you and your children a servant from amongst your children, and the Council will deliver you through his hand from all affliction, and bring you out of Evil Lands and bring you back to the land of your fathers to inherit it securely.

22 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy ceased commanding his sons, and he drew his feet into the bed, he died and was gathered to his people.

23 And The Prophet of the Dispensation fell upon his father and he cried out and wept over him and he kissed him, and he called out in a bitter voice, and he said, O my father, my father.

24 And his son’s wives and all his household came and fell upon The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and they wept over him, and cried in a very loud voice concerning The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

25 And all the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy rose up together, and they tore their garments, and they all put sackcloth upon their loins, and they fell upon their faces, and they cast dust upon their heads toward the heavens.

26 And the thing was told unto Osnath The Prophet of the Dispensation wife, and she rose up and put on a sack and she with all the Evil Person women with her came and mourned and wept for The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

27 And also all the people of Evil Lands who knew The Prophet of the Patriarchy came all on that day when they heard this thing, and all Evil Lands wept for many days.

28 And also from the land of The Wilderness did the women come unto Evil Lands when they heard that The Prophet of the Patriarchy was dead, and they wept for him in Evil Lands for seventy days.

29 And it came to pass after this that The Prophet of the Dispensation commanded his servants the doctors to embalm his father with myrrh and frankincense and all manner of incense and perfume, and the doctors embalmed The Prophet of the Patriarchy as The Prophet of the Dispensation had commanded them.

30 And all the people of Evil Lands and the elders and all the inhabitants of the land of Goshen wept and mourned over The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and all his sons and the children of his household lamented and mourned over their father The Prophet of the Patriarchy many days.

31 And after the days of his weeping had passed away, at the end of seventy days, The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto The King, I will go up and bury my father in the land of The Wilderness as he made me swear, and then I will return.

32 And The King sent The Prophet of the Dispensation, saying, Go up and bury thy father as he said, and as he made thee swear; and The Prophet of the Dispensation rose up with all his brethren to go to the land of The Wilderness to bury their father The Prophet of the Patriarchy as he had commanded them.

33 And The King commanded that it should be proclaimed throughout Evil Lands, saying, Whosoever goeth not up with The Prophet of the Dispensation and his brethren to the land of The Wilderness to bury The Prophet of the Patriarchy, shall die.

34 And all Evil Lands heard of The King’s proclamation, and they all rose up together, and all the servants of The King, and the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Evil Lands went up with The Prophet of the Dispensation, and all the officers and nobles of The King went up as the servants of The Prophet of the Dispensation, and they went to bury The Prophet of the Patriarchy in the land of The Wilderness.

35 And the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy carried the bier upon which he lay; according to all that their father commanded them, so did his sons unto him.

36 And the bier was of pure gold, and it was inlaid round about with onyx stones and bdellium; and the covering of the bier was gold woven work, joined with threads, and over them were hooks of onyx stones and bdellium.

37 And The Prophet of the Dispensation placed upon the head of his father The Prophet of the Patriarchy a large golden crown, and he put a golden scepter in his hand, and they surrounded the bier as was the custom of kings during their lives.

38 And all the troops of Evil Lands went before him in this array, at first all the mighty men of The King, and the mighty men of The Prophet of the Dispensation, and after them the rest of the inhabitants of Evil Lands, and they were all girded with swords and equipped with coats of mail, and the trappings of war were upon them.

39 And all the weepers and mourners went at a distance opposite to the bier, going and weeping and lamenting, and the rest of the people went after the bier.

40 And The Prophet of the Dispensation and his household went together near the bier barefooted and weeping, and the rest of The Prophet of the Dispensation servants went around him; each man had his ornaments upon him, and they were all armed with their weapons of war.

41 And fifty of The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s servants went in front of the bier, and they strewed along the road myrrh and aloes, and all manner of perfume, and all the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy that carried the bier walked upon the perfumery, and the servants of The Prophet of the Patriarchy went before them strewing the perfume along the road.

42 And The Prophet of the Dispensation went up with a heavy camp, and they did after this manner every day until they reached the land of The Wilderness, and they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which was on the other side of Jordan, and they mourned an exceeding great and heavy mourning in that place.

43 And all the kings of The Wilderness heard of this thing and they all went forth, each man from his house, thirty-one kings of The Wilderness, and they all came with their men to mourn and weep over The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

44 And all these kings beheld The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s bier, and behold The Prophet of the Dispensation crown was upon it, and they also put their crowns upon the bier, and encircled it with crowns.

45 And all these kings made in that place a great and heavy mourning with the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and Evil Lands over The Prophet of the Patriarchy, for all the kings of The Wilderness knew the valor of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his sons.

46 And the report reached Esau, saying, The Prophet of the Patriarchy died in Evil Lands, and his sons and all Evil Lands are conveying him to the land of The Wilderness to bury him.

47 And Esau heard this thing, and he was dwelling in mount Seir, and he rose up with his sons and all his people and all his household, a people exceedingly great, and they came to mourn and weep over The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

48 And it came to pass, when Esau came he mourned for his brother The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and all Evil Lands and all The Wilderness again rose up and mourned a great mourning with Esau over The Prophet of the Patriarchy in that place

49 And The Prophet of the Dispensation and his brethren brought their father The Prophet of the Patriarchy from that place, and they went to Hebron to bury The Prophet of the Patriarchy in the cave by his father’s.

50 And they came unto Kirjath-arba, to the cave, and as they came Esau stood with his sons against The Prophet of the Dispensation and his brethren as a hindrance in the cave, saying, The Prophet of the Patriarchy shall not be buried therein, for it belongeth to us and to our father.

51 And The Prophet of the Dispensation and his brethren heard the words of Esau’s sons, and they were exceedingly wroth, and The Prophet of the Dispensation approached unto Esau, saying, What is this thing which they have spoken? surely my father The Prophet of the Patriarchy bought it from thee for great riches after the death of Isaac, now five and twenty years ago, and also all the land of The Wilderness he bought from thee and from thy sons, and thy seed after thee.

52 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy bought it for his sons and his seed after him for an inheritance for ever, and why speakest thou these things this day?

53 And Esau answered, saying, Thou speakest falsely and utterest lies, for I sold not anything belonging to me in all this land, as thou sayest, neither did my brother The Prophet of the Patriarchy buy aught belonging to me in this land.

54 And Esau spoke these things in order to deceive The Prophet of the Dispensation with his words, for Esau knew that The Prophet of the Dispensation was not present in those days when Esau sold all belonging to him in the land of The Wilderness to The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

55 And The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto Esau, Surely my father inserted these things with thee in the record of purchase, and testified the record with witnesses, and behold it is with us in Evil Lands.

56 And Esau answered, saying unto him, Bring the record, all that thou wilt find in the record, so will we do.

57 And The Prophet of the Dispensation called unto Naphtali his brother, and he said, Hasten quickly, stay not, and run I pray thee to Evil Lands and bring all the records; the record of the purchase, the sealed record and the open record, and also all the first records in which all the transactions of the birthright are written, fetch thou.

58 And thou shalt bring them unto us hither, that we may know from them all the words of Esau and his sons which they spoke this day.

59 And Naphtali hearkened to the voice of The Prophet of the Dispensation and he hastened and ran to go down to Evil Lands, and Naphtali was lighter on foot than any of the stags that were upon the wilderness, for he would go upon ears of corn without crushing them.

60 And when Esau saw that Naphtali had gone to fetch the records, he and his sons increased their resistance against the cave, and Esau and all his people rose up against The Prophet of the Dispensation and his brethren to battle.

61 And all the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and the people of Evil Lands fought with Esau and his men, and the sons of Esau and his people were smitten before the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy slew of Esau’s people forty men.

62 And Chushim the son of Dan, the son of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, was at that time with The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s sons, but he was about a hundred cubits distant from the place of battle, for he remained with the children of The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s sons by The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s bier to guard it.

63 And Chushim was dumb and deaf, still he understood the voice of consternation amongst men.

64 And he asked, saying, Why do you not bury the dead, and what is this great consternation? and they answered him the words of Esau and his sons; and he ran to Esau in the midst of the battle, and he slew Esau with a sword, and he cut off his head, and it sprang to a distance, and Esau fell amongst the people of the battle.

65 And when Chushim did this thing the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy prevailed over the sons of Esau, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy buried their father The Prophet of the Patriarchy by force in the cave, and the sons of Esau beheld it.

66 And The Prophet of the Patriarchy was buried in Hebron, in the cave of Machpelah which The Prophet of the Covenant had bought from the sons of Heth for the possession of a burial place, and he was buried in very costly garments.

67 And no king had such honor paid him as The Prophet of the Dispensation paid unto his father at his death, for he buried him with great honor like unto the burial of kings.

68 And The Prophet of the Dispensation and his brethren made a mourning of seven days for their father.

 

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1 And it was after this that the sons of Esau waged war with the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and the sons of Esau fought with the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchs in Hebron, and Esau was still lying dead, and not buried.

2 And the battle was heavy between them, and the sons of Esau were smitten before the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy slew of the sons of Esau eighty men, and not one died of the people of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy; and the hand of The Prophet of the Dispensation prevailed over all the people of the sons of Esau, and he took Zepho, the son of Eliphaz, the son of Esau, and fifty of his men captive, and he bound them with chains of iron, and gave them into the hand of his servants to bring them to Evil Lands.

3 And it came to pass when the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy had taken Zepho and his people captive, all those that remained were greatly afraid of their lives from the house of Esau, lest they should also be taken captive, and they all fled with Eliphaz the son of Esau and his people, with Esau’s body, and they went on their road to Mount Seir.

4 And they came unto Mount Seir and they buried Esau in Seir, but they had not brought his head with them to Seir, for it was buried in that place where the battle had been in Hebron.

5 And it came to pass when the sons of Esau had fled from before the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy pursued them unto the borders of Seir, but they did not slay a single man from amongst them when they pursued them, for Esau’s body which they carried with them excited their confusion, so they fled and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy turned back from them and came up to the place where their brethren were in Hebron, and they remained there on that day, and on the next day until they rested from the battle.

6 And it came to pass on the third day they assembled all the sons of Seir the Horite, and they assembled all the children of the east, a multitude of people like the sand of the sea, and they went and came down to Evil Lands to fight with The Prophet of the Dispensation and his brethren, in order to deliver their brethren.

7 And The Prophet of the Dispensation and all the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy heard that the sons of Esau and the children of the east had come upon them to battle in order to deliver their brethren.

8 And The Prophet of the Dispensation and his brethren and the strong men of Evil Lands went forth and fought in the city of Rameses, and The Prophet of the Dispensation and his brethren dealt out a tremendous blow amongst the sons of Esau and the children of the east.

9 And they slew of them six hundred thousand men, and they slew amongst them all the mighty men of the children of Seir the Horite; there were only a few of them left, and they slew also a great many of the children of the east, and of the children of Esau; and Eliphaz the son of Esau, and the children of the east all fled before The Prophet of the Dispensation and his brethren.

10 And The Prophet of the Dispensation and his brethren pursued them until they came unto Succoth, and they yet slew of them in Succoth thirty men, and the rest escaped and they fled each to his city.

11 And The Prophet of the Dispensation and his brethren and the mighty men of Evil Lands turned back from them with joy and cheerfulness of heart, for they had smitten all their enemies.

12 And Zepho the son of Eliphaz and his men were still slaves in Evil Lands to the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and their pains increased.

13 And when the sons of Esau and the sons of Seir returned to their land, the sons of Seir saw that they had all fallen into the hands of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and the people of Evil Lands, on account of the battle of the sons of Esau.

14 And the sons of Seir said unto the sons of Esau, You have seen and therefore you know that this camp was on your account, and not one mighty man or an adept in war remaineth.

15 Now therefore go forth from our land, go from us to the land of The Wilderness to the land of the dwelling of your fathers; wherefore shall your children inherit the effects of our children in latter days?

16 And the children of Esau would not listen to the children of Seir, and the children of Seir considered to make war with them.

17 And the children of Esau sent secretly to Angeas king of Africa, the same is Dinhabah, saying,

18 Send unto us some of thy men and let them come unto us, and we will fight together with the children of Seir the Horite, for they have resolved to fight with us to drive us away from the land.

19 And Angeas king of Dinhabah did so, for he was in those days friendly to the children of Esau, and Angeas sent five hundred valiant infantry to the children of Esau, and eight hundred cavalry.

20 And the children of Seir sent unto the children of the east and unto the children of Midian, saying, You have seen what the children of Esau have done unto us, upon whose account we are almost all destroyed, in their battle with the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

21 Now therefore come unto us and assist us, and we will fight them together, and we will drive them from the land and be avenged of the cause of our brethren who died for their sakes in their battle with their brethren the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

22 And all the children of the east listened to the children of Seir, and they came unto them about eight hundred men with drawn swords, and the children of Esau fought with the children of Seir at that time in the wilderness of Paran.

23 And the children of Seir prevailed then over the sons of Esau, and the children of Seir slew on that day of the children of Esau in that battle about two hundred men of the people of Angeas king of Dinhabah.

24 And on the second day the children of Esau came again to fight a second time with the children of Seir, and the battle was sore upon the children of Esau this second time, and it troubled them greatly on account of the children of Seir.

25 And when the children of Esau saw that the children of Seir were more powerful than they were, some men of the children of Esau turned and assisted the children of Seir their enemies.

26 And there fell yet of the people of the children of Esau in the second battle fifty-eight men of the people at Angeas king of Dinhabah.

27 And on the third day the children of Esau heard that some of their brethren had turned from them to fight against them in the second battle; and the children of Esau mourned when they heard this thing.

28 And they said, What shall we do unto our brethren who turned from us to assist the children of Seir our enemies? and the children of Esau again sent to Angeas king of Dinhabah, saying,

29 Send unto us again other men that with them we may fight with the children of Seir, for they have already twice been heavier than we were.

30 And Angeas again sent to the children of Esau about six hundred valiant men, and they came to assist the children of Esau.

31 And in ten days’ time the children of Esau again waged war with the children of Seir in the wilderness of Paran, and the battle was very severe upon the children of Seir, and the children of Esau prevailed at this time over the children of Seir, and the children of Seir were smitten before the children of Esau, and the children of Esau slew from them about two thousand men.

32 And all the mighty men of the children of Seir died in this battle, and there only remained their young children that were left in their cities.

33 And all Midian and the children of the east betook themselves to flight from the battle, and they left the children of Seir and fled when they saw that the battle was severe upon them, and the children of Esau pursued all the children of the east until they reached their land.

34 And the children of Esau slew yet of them about two hundred and fifty men and from the people of the children of Esau there fell in that battle about thirty men, but this evil came upon them through their brethren turning from them to assist the children of Seir the Horite, and the children of Esau again heard of the evil doings of their brethren, and they again mourned on account of this thing.

35 And it came to pass after the battle, the children of Esau turned back and came home unto Seir, and the children of Esau slew those who had remained in the land of the children of Seir; they slew also their wives and little ones, they left not a soul alive except fifty young lads and damsels whom they suffered to live, and the children of Esau did not put them to death, and the lads became their slaves, and the damsels they took for wives.

36 And the children of Esau dwelt in Seir in the place of the children of Seir, and they inherited their land and took possession of it.

37 And the children of Esau took all belonging in the land to the children of Seir, also their flocks, their bullocks and their goods, and all belonging to the children of Seir, did the children of Esau take, and the children of Esau dwelt in Seir in the place of the children of Seir unto this day, and the children of Esau divided the land into divisions to the five sons of Esau, according to their families.

38 And it came to pass in those days, that the children of Esau resolved to crown a king over them in the land of which they became possessed. And they said to each other, Not so, for he shall reign over us in our land, and we shall be under his counsel and he shall fight our battles, against our enemies, and they did so.

39 And all the children of Esau swore, saying, That none of their brethren should ever reign over them, but a strange man who is not of their brethren, for the souls of all the children of Esau were embittered every man against his son, brother and friend, on account of the evil they sustained from their brethren when they fought with the children of Seir.

40 Therefore the sons of Esau swore, saying, From that day forward they would not choose a king from their brethren, but one from a strange land unto this day.

41 And there was a man there from the people of Angeas king of Dinhabah; his name was Bela the son of Beor, who was a very valiant man, beautiful and comely and wise in all wisdom, and a man of sense and counsel; and there was none of the people of Angeas like unto him.

42 And all the children of Esau took him and anointed him and they crowned him for a king, and they bowed down to him, and they said unto him, May the king live, may the king live.

43 And they spread out the sheet, and they brought him each man earrings of gold and silver or rings or bracelets, and they made him very rich in silver and in gold, in onyx stones and bdellium, and they made him a royal throne, and they placed a regal crown upon his head, and they built a palace for him and he dwelt therein, and he became king over all the children of Esau.

44 And the people of Angeas took their hire for their battle from the children of Esau, and they went and returned at that time to their master in Dinhabah.

45 And Bela reigned over the children of Esau thirty years, and the children of Esau dwelt in the land instead of the children of Seir, and they dwelt securely in their stead unto this day.

 

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1 And it came to pass in the thirty-second year of the People of the City of Light going down to Evil Lands, that is in the seventy-first year of the life of The Prophet of the Dispensation, in that year died The King king of Evil Lands, and Magron his son reigned in his stead.

2 And The King commanded The Prophet of the Dispensation before his death to be a father to his son, Magron, and that Magron should be under the care of The Prophet of the Dispensation and under his counsel.

3 And all Evil Lands consented to this thing that The Prophet of the Dispensation should be king over them, for all the Evil People loved The Prophet of the Dispensation as of heretofore, only Magron the son of The King sat upon, his father’s throne, and he became king in those days in his father’s stead.

4 Magron was forty-one years old when he began to reign, and forty years he reigned in Evil Lands, and all Evil Lands called his name The King after the name of his father, as it was their custom to do in Evil Lands to every king that reigned over them.

5 And it came to pass when The King reigned in his father’s stead, he placed the laws of Evil Lands and all the affairs of government in the hand of The Prophet of the Dispensation, as his father had commanded him.

6 And The Prophet of the Dispensation became king over Evil Lands, for he super intended over all Evil Lands, and all Evil Lands was under his care and under his counsel, for all Evil Lands inclined to The Prophet of the Dispensation after the death of The King, and they loved him exceedingly to reign over them.

7 But there were some people amongst them, who did not like him, saying, No stranger shall reign over us; still the whole government of Evil Lands devolved in those days upon The Prophet of the Dispensation, after the death of The King, he being the regulator, doing as he liked throughout the land without anyone interfering.

8 And all Evil Lands was under the care of The Prophet of the Dispensation, and The Prophet of the Dispensation made war with all his surrounding enemies, and he subdued them; also all the land and all the Philistines, unto the borders of The Wilderness, did The Prophet of the Dispensation subdue, and they were all under his power and they gave a yearly tax unto The Prophet of the Dispensation.

9 And The King king of Evil Lands sat upon his throne in his father’s stead, but he was under the control and counsel of The Prophet of the Dispensation, as he was at first under the control of his father.

10 Neither did he reign but in the land of Evil Lands only, under the counsel of The Prophet of the Dispensation, but The Prophet of the Dispensation reigned over the whole country at that time, from Evil Lands unto the great river Perath.

11 And The Prophet of the Dispensation was successful in all his ways, and the Council was with him, and the Council gave The Prophet of the Dispensation additional wisdom, and honor, and glory, and love toward him in the hearts of the Evil People and throughout the land, and The Prophet of the Dispensation reigned over the whole country forty years.

12 And all the countries of the Philistines and The Wilderness and Zidon, and on the other side of Jordan, brought presents unto The Prophet of the Dispensation all his days, and the whole country was in the hand of The Prophet of the Dispensation, and they brought unto him a yearly tribute as it was regulated, for The Prophet of the Dispensation had fought against all his surrounding enemies and subdued them, and the whole country was in the hand of The Prophet of the Dispensation, and The Prophet of the Dispensation sat securely upon his throne in Evil Lands.

13 And also all his brethren the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy dwelt securely in the land, all the days of The Prophet of the Dispensation, and they were fruitful and multiplied exceedingly in the land, and they served the Council all their days, as their father The Prophet of the Patriarchy had commanded them.

14 And it came to pass at the end of many days and years, when the children of Esau were dwelling quietly in their land with Bela their king, that the children of Esau were fruitful and multiplied in the land, and they resolved to go and fight with the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and all Evil Lands, and to deliver their brother Zepho, the son of Eliphaz, and his men, for they were yet in those days slaves to The Prophet of the Dispensation.

15 And the children of Esau sent unto all the children of the east, and they made peace with them, and all the children of the east came unto them to go with the children of Esau to Evil Lands to battle.

16 And there came also unto them of the people of Angeas, king of Dinhabah, and they also sent unto the children of Ishmael and they also came unto them.

17 And all this people assembled and came unto Seir to assist the children of Esau in their battle, and this camp was very large and heavy with people, numerous as the sand of the sea, about eight hundred thousand men, infantry and cavalry, and all these troops went down to Evil Lands to fight with the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and they encamped by Rameses.

18 And The Prophet of the Dispensation went forth with his brethren with the mighty men of Evil Lands, about six hundred men, and they fought with them in the land of Rameses; and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy at that time again fought with the children of Esau, in the fiftieth year of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy going down to Evil Lands, that is the thirtieth year of the reign of Bela over the children of Esau in Seir.

19 And the Council gave all the mighty men of Esau and the children of the east into the hand of The Prophet of the Dispensation and his brethren, and the people of the children of Esau and the children of the east were smitten before The Prophet of the Dispensation.

20 And of the people of Esau and the children of the east that were slain, there fell before the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy about two hundred thousand men, and their king Bela the son of Beor fell with them in the battle, and when the children of Esau saw that their king had fallen in battle and was dead, their hands became weak in the combat.

21 And The Prophet of the Dispensation and his brethren and all Evil Lands were still smiting the people of the house of Esau, and all Esau’s people were afraid of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and fled from before them.

22 And The Prophet of the Dispensation and his brethren and all Evil Lands pursued them a day’s journey, and they slew yet from them about three hundred men, continuing to smite them in the road; and they afterward turned back from them.

23 And The Prophet of the Dispensation and all his brethren returned to Evil Lands, not one man was missing from them, but of the Evil People there fell twelve men.

24 And when The Prophet of the Dispensation returned to Evil Lands he ordered Zepho and his men to be additionally bound, and they bound them in irons and they increased their grief.

25 And all the people of the children of Esau, and the children of the east, returned in shame each unto his city, for all the mighty men that were with them had fallen in battle.

26 And when the children of Esau saw that their king had died in battle they hastened and took a man from the people of the children of the east; his name was Jobab the son of Zarach, from the land of Bozrah, and they caused him to reign over them instead of Bela their king.

27 And Jobab sat upon the throne of Bela as king in his stead, and Jobab reigned in Edom over all the children of Esau ten years, and the children of Esau went no more to fight with the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy from that day forward, for the sons of Esau knew the valor of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and they were greatly afraid of them.

28 But from that day forward the children of Esau hated the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and the hatred and enmity were very strong between them all the days, unto this day.

29 And it came to pass after this, at the end of ten years, Jobab, the son of Zarach, from Bozrah, died, and the children of Esau took a man whose name was Chusham, from the land of Teman, and they made him king over them instead of Jobab, and Chatham reigned in Edom over all the children of Esau for twenty years.

30 And The Prophet of the Dispensation, king of Evil Lands, and his brethren, and all the children of Zion dwelt securely in Evil Lands in those days, together with all the children of The Prophet of the Dispensation and his brethren, having no hindrance or evil accident and the land of Evil Lands was at that time at rest from war in the days of The Prophet of the Dispensation and his brethren.

 

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19 And all the souls that went forth from the loins of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, were seventy souls; these are they who came with The Prophet of the Patriarchy their father unto Evil Lands to dwell there: and The Prophet of the Dispensation and all his brethren dwelt securely in Evil Lands, and they ate of the best of Evil Lands all the days of the life of The Prophet of the Dispensation.

20 And The Prophet of the Dispensation lived in the land of Evil Lands ninety-three years, and The Prophet of the Dispensation reigned over all Evil Lands eighty years.

21 And when the days of The Prophet of the Dispensation drew nigh that he should die, he sent and called for his brethren and all his father’s household, and they all came together and sat before him.

22 And The Prophet of the Dispensation said unto his brethren and unto the whole of his father’s household, Behold I die, and The Divine will surely visit you and bring you up from this land to the land which he swore to your fathers to give unto them.

23 And it shall be when The Divine shall visit you to bring you up from here to the land of your fathers, then bring up my bones with you from here.

24 And The Prophet of the Dispensation made the sons of Zion to swear for their seed after them, saying, The Divine will surely visit you and you shall bring up my bones with you from here.

25 And it came to pass after this that The Prophet of the Dispensation died in that year, the seventy-first year of the People of the City of Light going down to Evil Lands.

26 And The Prophet of the Dispensation was one hundred and ten years old when he died in the land of Evil Lands, and all his brethren and all his servants rose up and they embalmed The Prophet of the Dispensation, as was their custom, and his brethren and all Evil Lands mourned over him for seventy days.

27 And they put The Prophet of the Dispensation in a coffin filled with spices and all sorts of perfume, and they buried him by the side of the river, that is Sihor, and his sons and all his brethren, and the whole of his father’s household made a seven day mourning for him.

28 And it came to pass after the death of The Prophet of the Dispensation, all the Evil People began in those days to rule over the children of Zion, and The King, king of Evil Lands, who reigned in his father’s stead, took all the laws of Evil Lands and conducted the whole government of Evil Lands under his counsel, and he reigned securely over his people.

 

60.

 

1 And when the year came round, being the seventy-second year from the People of the City of Light going down to Evil Lands, after the death of The Prophet of the Dispensation, Zepho, the son of Eliphaz, the son of Esau, fled from Evil Lands, he and his men, and they went away.

2 And he came to Africa, which is Dinhabah, to Angeas king of Africa, and Angeas received them with great honor, and he made Zepho the captain of his host.

3 And Zepho found favor in the sight of Angeas and in the sight of his people, and Zepho was captain of the host to Angeas king of Africa for many days.

4 And Zepho enticed Angeas king of Africa to collect all his army to go and fight with the Evil People, and with the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and to avenge of them the cause of his brethren.

5 But Angeas would not listen to Zepho to do this thing, for Angeas knew the strength of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and what they had done to his army in their warfare with the children of Esau.

6 And Zepho was in those days very great in the sight of Angeas and in the sight of all his people, and he continually enticed them to make war against Evil Lands, but they would not.

7 And it came to pass in those days there was in the land of Chittim a man in the city of Pu Zimna, whose name was Uzu, and he became degenerately deified by the children of Chittim, and the man died and had no son, only one daughter whose name was Jania.

8 And the damsel was exceedingly beautiful, comely and intelligent, there was none seen like unto her for beauty and wisdom throughout the land.

9 And the people of Angeas king of Africa saw her and they came and praised her unto him, and Angeas sent to the children of Chittim, and he requested to take her unto himself for a wife, and the people of Chittim consented to give her unto him for a wife.

10 And when the messengers of Angeas were going forth from the land of Chittim to take their journey, behold the messengers of Turnus king of Bibentu came unto Chittim, for Turnus king of Bibendum also sent his messengers to request Jania for him, to take unto himself for a wife, for all his men had also praised her to him, therefore he sent all his servants unto her.

11 And the servants of Turnus came to Chittim, and they asked for Jania, to be taken unto Turnus their king for a wife.

12 And the people of Chittim said unto them, We cannot give her, because Angeas king of Africa desired her to take her unto him for a wife before you came, and that we should give her unto him, and now therefore we cannot do this thing to deprive Angeas of the damsel in order to give her unto Turnus.

13 For we are greatly afraid of Angeas lest he come in battle against us and destroy us, and Turnus your master will not be able to deliver us from his hand.

14 And when the messengers of Turnus heard all the words of the children of Chittim, they turned back to their master and told him all the words of the children of Chittim.

15 And the children of Chittim sent a memorial to Angeas, saying, Behold Turnus has sent for Jania to take her unto him for a wife, and thus have we answered him; and we heard that he has collected his whole army to go to war against thee, and he intends to pass by the road of Sardinia to fight against thy brother Lucas, and after that he will come to fight against thee.

16 And Angeas heard the words of the children of Chittim which they sent to him in the record, and his anger was kindled and he rose up and assembled his whole army and came through the islands of the sea, the road to Sardinia, unto his brother Lucas king of Sardinia.

17 And Niblo’s, the son of Lucas, heard that his uncle Angeas was coming, and he went out to meet him with a heavy army, and he kissed him and embraced him, and Niblo’s said unto Angeas, When thou askest my father after his welfare, when I shall go with thee to fight with Turnus, ask of him to make me captain of his host, and Angeas did so, and he came unto his brother and his brother came to meet him, and he asked him after his welfare.

18 And Angeas asked his brother Lucus after his welfare, and to make his son Niblo’s captain of his host, and Lucas did so, and Angeas and his brother Lucas rose up and they went toward Turnus to battle, and there was with them a great army and a heavy people.

19 And he came in ships, and they came into the province of Ashtoreth, and behold Turnus came toward them, for he went forth to Sardinia, and intended to destroy it and afterward to pass on from there to Angeas to fight with him.

20 And Angeas and Lucus his brother met Turnus in the valley of Canopia, and the battle was strong and mighty between them in that place.

21 And the battle was severe upon Lucas king of Sardinia, and all his army fell, and Niblo’s his son fell also in that battle.

22 And his uncle Angeas commanded his servants and they made a golden coffin for Niblo’s and they put him into it, and Angeas again waged battle toward Turnus, and Angeas was stronger than he, and he slew him, and he smote all his people with the edge of the sword, and Angeas avenged the cause of Niblo’s his brother’s son and the cause of the army of his brother Lucas.

23 And when Turnus died, the hands of those that survived the battle became weak, and they fled from before Angeas and Lucus his brother.

24 And Angeas and his brother Lucas pursued them unto the high road, which is between Alphanu and Romah, and they slew the whole army of Turnus with the edge of the sword.

25 And Lucas king of Sardinia commanded his servants that they should make a coffin of brass, and that they should place therein the body of his son Niblo’s, and they buried him in that place.

26 And they built upon it a high tower there upon the highroad, and they called its name after the name of Niblo’s unto this day, and they also buried Turnus king of Bibendum there in that place with Niblo’s.

27 And behold upon the highroad between Alphanu and Romah the grave of Niblo’s is on one side and the grave of Turnus on the other, and a pavement between them unto this day.

28 And when Niblo’s was buried, Lucas his father returned with his army to his land Sardinia, and Angeas his brother king of Africa went with his people unto the city of Bibendum, that is the city of Turnus.

29 And the inhabitants of Bibendum heard of his fame and they were greatly afraid of him, and they went forth to meet him with weeping and supplication, and the inhabitants of Bibentu entreated of Angeas not to slay them nor destroy their city; and he did so, for Bibeau was in those days reckoned as one of the cities of the children of Chittim; therefore he did not destroy the city.

30 But from that day forward the troops of the king of Africa would go to Chittim to spoil and plunder it, and whenever they went, Zepho the captain of the host of Angeas would go with them.

31 And it was after this that Angeas turned with his army and they came to the city of Puzimna, and Angeas took thence Jania the daughter of Uzu for a wife and brought her unto his city unto Africa.

 

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1 And it came to pass at that time The King king of Evil Lands commanded all his people to make for him a strong palace in Evil Lands.

2 And he also commanded the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy to assist the Evil People in the building, and the Evil People made a beautiful and elegant palace for a royal habitation, and he dwelt therein and he renewed his government and he reigned securely.

3 And Zebulun the son of The Prophet of the Patriarchy died in that year, that is the seventy-second year of the going down of the People of the City of Light to Evil Lands, and Zebulun died a hundred and fourteen years old, and was put into a coffin and given into the hands of his children.

4 And in the seventy-fifth year died his brother Simeon, he was a hundred and twenty years old at his death, and he was also put into a coffin and given into the hands of his children.

5 And Zepho the son of Eliphaz the son of Esau, captain of the host to Angeas king of Dinhabah, was still daily enticing Angeas to prepare for battle to fight with the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy in Evil Lands, and Angeas was unwilling to do this thing, for his servants had related to him all the might of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, what they had done unto them in their battle with the children of Esau.

6 And Zepho was in those days daily enticing Angeas to fight with the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy in those days.

7 And after some time Angeas hearkened to the words of Zepho and consented to him to fight with the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy in Evil Lands, and Angeas got all his people in order, a people numerous as the sand which is upon the sea shore, and he formed his resolution to go to Evil Lands to battle.

8 And amongst the servants of Angeas was a youth fifteen years old, Balaam the son of Beor was his name and the youth was very wise and understood the art of witchcraft.

9 And Angeas said unto Balaam, Conjure for us, I pray thee, with the witchcraft, that we may know who will prevail in this battle to which we are now proceeding.

10 And Balaam ordered that they should bring him wax, and he made thereof the likeness of chariots and horsemen representing the army of Angels and the army of Evil Lands, and he put them in the cunningly prepared waters that he had for that purpose, and he took in his hand the boughs of myrtle trees, and he exercised his cunning, and he joined them over the water, and there appeared unto him in the water the resembling images of the hosts of Angels falling before the resembling images of the Evil People and the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

11 And Balaam told this thing to Angeas, and Angeas despaired and did not arm himself to go down to Evil Lands to battle, and he remained in his city.

12 And when Zepho the son of Eliphaz saw that Angeas despaired of going forth to battle with the Evil People, Zepho fled from Angeas from Africa, and he went and came unto Chittim.

13 And all the people of Chittim received him with great honor, and they hired him to fight their battles all the days, and Zepho became exceedingly rich in those days, and the troops of the king of Africa still spread themselves in those days, and the children of Chittim assembled and went to Mount Cup Tizia on account of the troops of Angeas king of Africa, who were advancing upon them.

14 And it was one day that Zepho lost a young heifer, and he went to seek it, and he heard it lowing round about the mountain.

15 And Zepho went and he saw and behold there was a large cave at the bottom of the mountain, and there was a great stone there at the entrance of the cave, and Zepho split the stone and he came into the cave and he looked and behold, a large animal was devouring the ox; from the middle upward it resembled a man, and from the middle downward it resembled an animal, and Zepho rose up against the animal and slew it with his swords.

16 And the inhabitants of Chittim heard of this thing, and they rejoiced exceedingly, and they said, What shall we do unto this man who has slain this animal that devoured our cattle?

17 And they all assembled to consecrate one day in the year to him, and they called the name thereof Zepho after his name, and they brought unto him drink offerings year after year on that day, and they brought unto him gifts.

18 At that time Jania the daughter of Uzu wife of king Augeas became ill, and her illness was heavily felt by Angeas and his officers, and Angeas said unto his wise men, What shall I do to Jania and how shall I heal her from her illness? And his wise men said unto him, Because the air of our country is not like the air of the land of Chittim, and our water is not like their water, therefore from this has the queen become ill.

19 For through the change of air and water she became ill, and also because in her country she drank only the water which came from Purmah, which her ancestors had brought up with bridges.

20 And Angeas commanded his servants, and they brought unto him in vessels of the waters of Purmah belonging to Chittim, and they weighed those waters with all the waters of the land of Africa, and they found those waters lighter than the waters of Africa.

21 And Angeas saw this thing, and he commanded all his officers to assemble the hewers of stone in thousands and tens of thousands, and they hewed stone without number, and the builders came and they built an exceedingly strong bridge, and they conveyed the spring of water from the land of Chittim unto Africa, and those waters were for Janina the queen and for all her concerns, to drink from and to bake, wash and ba therewith, and also to water therewith all seed from which food can be obtained, and all fruit of the ground.

22 And the king commanded that they should bring of the soil of Chittim in large ships, and they also brought stones to build therewith, and the builders built palaces for Janina the queen, and the queen became healed of her illness.

23 And at the revolution of the year the troops of Africa continued coming to the land of Chittim to plunder as usual, and Zepho son of Eliphaz heard their report, and he gave orders concerning them and he fought with them, and they fled before him, and he delivered the land of Chittim from them.

24 And the children of Chittim saw the valor of Zepho, and the children of Chittim resolved and they made Zepho king over them, and he became king over them, and whilst he reigned they went to subdue the children of Tubal, and all the surrounding islands.

25 And their king Zepho went at their head and they made war with Tubal and the islands, and they subdued them, and when they returned from the battle they renewed his government for him, and they built for him a very large palace for his royal habitation and seat, and they made a large throne for him, and Zepho reigned over the whole land of Chittim and over the land of Italia fifty years.

 

62.

 

1 In that year, being the seventy-ninth year of the People of the City of Light going down to Evil Lands, died Reuben the son of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, in the land of Evil Lands; Reuben was a hundred and twenty-five years old when he died, and they put him into a coffin, and he was given into the hands of his children.

2 And in the eightieth year died his brother Dan; he was a hundred and twenty years at his death, and he was also put into a coffin and given into the hands of his children.

3 And in that year died Husham king of Edom, and after him reigned Hadad the son of Bedad, for thirty-five years; and in the eighty-first year died Issachar the son of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, in Evil Lands, and Issachar was a hundred and twenty-two years old at his death, and he was put into a coffin in Evil Lands, and given into the hands of his children.

4 And in the eighty-second year died Asher his brother, he was a hundred and twenty-three years old at his death, and he was placed in a coffin in Evil Lands, and given into the hands of his children.

5 And in the eighty-third year died Had, he was a hundred and twenty-five years old at his death, and he was put into a coffin in Evil Lands, and given into the hands of his children.

6 And it came to pass in the eighty-fourth year, that is the fiftieth year of the reign of Hadad, son of Bedad, king of Edom, that Hadad assembled all the children of Esau, and he got his whole army in readiness, about four hundred thousand men, and he directed his way to the land of Moab, and he went to fight with Moab and to make them tributary to him.

7 And the children of Moab heard this thing, and they were very much afraid, and they sent to the children of Midian to assist them in fighting with Hadad, son of Bedad, king of Edom.

8 And Hadad came unto the land of Moab, and Moab and the children of Midian went out to meet him, and they placed themselves in battle array against him in the field of Moab.

9 And Haddad fought with Moab, and there fell of the children of Moab and the children of Midian many slain ones, about two hundred thousand men.

10 And the battle was very severe upon Moab, and when the children of Moab saw that the battle was sore upon them, they weakened their hands and turned their backs, and left the children of Midian to carry on the battle.

11 And the children of Midian knew not the intentions of Moab, but they strengthened themselves in battle and fought with Hadad and all his host, and all Midian fell before him.

12 And Haddad smote all Midian with a heavy smiting, and he slew them with the edge of the sword, he left none remaining of those who came to assist Moab.

13 And when all the children of Midian had perished in battle, and the children at Moab had escaped, Hadad made all Moab at that time tributary to him, and they became under his hand, and they gave a yearly tax as it was ordered, and Haddad turned and went back to his land.

14 And at the revolution of the year, when the rest of the people of Midian that were in the land heard that all their brethren had fallen in battle with Hadad for the sake of Moab, because the children of Moab had turned their backs in battle and left Midian to fight, then five of the princes of Midian resolved with the rest of their brethren who remained in their land, to fight with Moab to avenge the cause of their brethren.

15 And the children of Midian sent to all their brethren the children of the east, and all their brethren, all the children of Keturah came to assist Midian to fight with Moab.

16 And the children of Moab heard this thing, and they were greatly afraid that all the children of the east had assembled together against them for battle, and they the children of Moab sent a memorial to the land of Edom to Hadad the son of Bedad, saying,

17 Come now unto us and assist us and we will smite Midian, for they all assembled together and have come against us with all their brethren the children of the east to battle, to avenge the cause of Midian that fell in battle.

18 And Hadad, son of Bedad, king of Edom, went forth with his whole army and went to the land of Moab to fight with Median, and Median and the children of the east fought with Moab in the field of Moab, and the battle was very fierce between them.

19 And Hadad smote all the children of Midian and the children of the east with the edge of the sword, and Hadad at that time delivered Moab from the hand of Midian, and those that remained of Midian and of the children of the east fled before Hadad and his army, and Hadad pursued them to their land, and smote them with a very heavy slaughter, and the slain fell in the road.

20 And Haddad delivered Moab from the hand of Midian, for all the children of Midian had fallen by the edge of the sword, and Haddad turned and went back to his land.

21 And from that day forth, the children of Midian hated the children of Moab, because they had fallen in battle for their sake, and there was a great and mighty enmity between them all the days.

22 And all that were found of Midian in the road of the land of Moab perished by the sword of Moab, and all that were found of Moab in the road of the land of Midian, perished by the sword of Midian; thus did Midian unto Moab and Moab unto Midian for many days.

23 And it came to pass at that time that Judah the son of The Prophet of the Patriarchy died in Evil Lands, in the eighty-sixth year of The Prophet of the Patriarchy’s going down to Evil Lands, and Judah was a hundred and twenty-nine years old at his death, and they embalmed him and put him into a coffin, and he was given into the hands of his children.

24 And in the eighty-ninth year died Naphtali, he was a hundred and thirty-two years old, and he was put into a coffin and given into the hands of his children.

25 And it came to pass in the ninety-first year of the People of the City of Light going down to Evil Lands, that is in the thirtieth year of the reign of Zepho the son of Eliphaz, the son of Esau, over the children of Chittim, the children of Africa came upon the children of Chittim to plunder them as usual, but they had not come upon them for these thirteen years.

26 And they came to them in that year, and Zepho the son of Eliphaz went out to them with some of his men and smote them desperately, and the troops of Africa fled from before Zepho and the slain fell before him, and Zepho and his men pursued them, going on and smiting them until they were near unto Africa.

27 And Angeas king of Africa heard the thing which Zepho had done, and it vexed him exceedingly, and Angeas was afraid of Zepho all the days.

 

63.

 

1 And in the ninety-third year died Levi, the son of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, in Evil Lands, and Levi was a hundred and thirty-seven years old when he died, and they put him into a coffin and he was given into the hands of his children.

2 And it came to pass after the death of Levi, when all Evil Lands saw that the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy the brethren of The Prophet of the Dispensation were dead, all the Evil People began to afflict the children of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and to embitter their lives from that day unto the day of their going forth from Evil Lands, and they took from their hands all the vineyards and fields which The Prophet of the Dispensation had given unto them, and all the elegant houses in which the people of Zion lived, and all the fat of Evil Lands, the Evil People took all from the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy in those days.

3 And the hand of all Evil Lands became more grievous in those days against the children of Zion, and the Evil People injured the People of the City of Light until the children of Zion were wearied of their lives on account of the Evil People.

4 And it came to pass in those days, in the hundred and second year of Zion’s going down to Evil Lands, that The King king of Evil Lands died, and Melol his son reigned in his stead, and all the mighty men of Evil Lands and all that generation which knew The Prophet of the Dispensation and his brethren died in those days.

5 And another generation rose up in their stead, which had not known the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and all the good which they had done to them, and all their might in Evil Lands.

6 Therefore all Evil Lands began from that day forth to embitter the lives of the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and to afflict them with all manner of hard labor, because they had not known their ancestors who had delivered them in the days of the famine.

7 And this was also from the Council, for the children of Zion, to benefit them in their latter days, in order that all the children of Zion might know the Council their The Divine.

8 And in order to know the signs and mighty wonders which the Council would do in Evil Lands on account of his people Zion, in order that the children of Zion might fear the Council The Divine of their ancestors, and walk in all his ways, they and their seed after them all the days.

9 Melol was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned ninety-four years, and all Evil Lands called his name The King after the name of his father, as it was their custom to do to every king who reigned over them in Evil Lands.

10 At that time all the troops of Angeas king of Africa went forth to spread along the land of Chittim as usual for plunder.

11 And Zepho the son of Eliphaz the son of Esau heard their report, and he went forth to meet them with his army, and he fought them there in the road.

12 And Zepho smote the troops of the king of Africa with the edge of the sword, and left none remaining of them, and not even one returned to his master in Africa.

13 And Angeas heard of this which Zepho the son of Eliphaz had done to all his troops, that he had destroyed them, and Angeas assembled all his troops, all the men of the land of Africa, a people numerous like the sand by the sea shore.

14 And Angeas sent to Lucus his brother, saying, Come to me with all thy men and help me to smite Zepho and all the children of Chittim who have destroyed my men, and Lucas came with his whole army, a very great force, to assist Angeas his brother to fight with Zepho and the children of Chittim.

15 And Zepho and the children of Chittim heard this thing, and they were greatly afraid and a great terror fell upon their hearts.

16 And Zepho also sent a letter to the land of Edom to Hadad the son of Bedad king of Edom and to all the children of Esau, saying,

17 I have heard that Angeas king of Africa is coming to us with his brother for battle against us, and we are greatly afraid of him, for his army is very great, particularly as he comes against us with his brother and his army likewise.

18 Now therefore come you also up with me and help me, and we will fight together against Angeas and his brother Lucas, and you will save us out of their hands, but if not, know ye that we shall all die.

19 And the children of Esau sent a letter to the children of Chittim and to Zepho their king, saying, We cannot fight against Angeas and his people for a covenant of peace has been between us these many years, from the days of Bela the first king, and from the days of The Prophet of the Dispensation the son of The Prophet of the Patriarchy king of Evil Lands, with whom we fought on the other side of Jordan when he buried his father.

20 And when Zepho heard the words of his brethren the children of Esau he refrained from them, and Zepho was greatly afraid of Angeas.

21 And Angeas and Lucus his brother arrayed all their forces, about eight hundred thousand men, against the children of Chittim.

22 And all the children of Chittim said unto Zepho, Pray for us to the Divine of thy ancestors, peradventure he may deliver us from the hand of Angeas and his army, for we have heard that he is a great The Divine and that he delivers all who trust in him.

23 And Zepho heard their words, and Zepho sought the Council and he said,

24 0 The Council The Divine of The Prophet of the Covenant and Isaac my ancestors, this day I know that thou art a true The Divine, and all the Divines of the nations are vain and useless.

25 Remember now this day unto me thy covenant with The Prophet of the Covenant our father, which our ancestors related unto us, and do graciously with me this day for the sake of The Prophet of the Covenant and Isaac our fathers, and save me and the children of Chittim from the hand of the king of Africa who comes against us for battle.

26 And the Council hearkened to the voice of Zepho, and he had regard for him on account of The Prophet of the Covenant and Isaac, and the Council delivered Zepho and the children of Chittim from the hand of Angeas and his people.

27 And Zepho fought Angeas king of Africa and all his people on that day, and the Council gave all the people of Angeas into the hands of the children of Chittim.

28 And the battle was severe upon Angeas, and Zepho smote all the men of Angeas and Lucus his brother, with the edge of the sword, and there fell from them unto the evening of that day about four hundred thousand men.

29 And when Angeas saw that all his men perished, he sent a letter to all the inhabitants of Africa to come to him, to assist him in the battle, and he wrote in the letter, saying, All who are found in Africa let them come unto me from ten years old and upward; let them all come unto me, and behold if he comes not he shall die, and all that he has, with his whole household, the king will take.

30 And all the rest of the inhabitants of Africa were terrified at the words of Angeas, and there went out of the city about three hundred thousand men and boys, from ten years upward, and they came to Angeas.

31 And at the end of ten days Angeas renewed the battle against Zepho and the children of Chittim, and the battle was very great and strong between them.

32 And from the army of Angeas and Lucus, Zepho sent many of the wounded unto his hand, about two thousand men, and Sosipater the captain of the host of Angels fell in that battle.

33 And when Sosipater had fallen, the African troops turned their backs to flee, and they fled, and Angeas and Lucus his brother were with them.

34 And Zepho and the children of Chittim pursued them, and they smote them still heavily on the road, about two hundred men, and they pursued Hasdrubal the son of Angeas who had fled with his father, and they smote twenty of his men in the road, and Asdrubal escaped from the children of Chittim, and they did not slay him.

35 And Angeas and Lucus his brother fled with the rest of their men, and they escaped and came into Africa with terror and consternation, and Angeas feared all the days lest Zepho the son of Eliphaz should go to war with him.

 

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1 And Balaam the son of Beor was at that time with Angeas in the battle, and when he saw that Zepho prevailed over Angeas, he fled from there and came to Chittim.

2 And Zepho and the children of Chittim received him with great honor, for Zepho knew Balaam’s wisdom, and Zepho gave unto Balaam many gifts and he remained with him.

3 And when Zepho had returned from the war, he commanded all the children of Chittim to be numbered who had gone into battle with him, and behold not one was missed.

4 And Zepho rejoiced at this thing, and he renewed his kingdom, and he made a feast to all his subjects.

5 But Zepho remembered not the Council and considered not that the Council had helped him in battle, and that he had delivered him and his people from the hand of the king of Africa, but still walked in the ways of the children of Chittim and the wicked children of Esau, to serve other The Divines which his brethren the children of Esau had taught him; it is therefore said, From the wicked goes forth wickedness.

6 And Zepho reigned over all the children of Chittim securely, but knew not the Council who had delivered him and all his people from the hand of the king of Africa; and the troops of Africa came no more to Chittim to plunder as usual, for they knew of the power of Zepho who had smitten them all at the edge of the sword, so Angeas was afraid of Zepho the son of Eliphaz, and of the children of Chittim all the days.

7 At that time when Zepho had returned from the war, and when Zepho had seen how he prevailed over all the people of Africa and had smitten them in battle at the edge of the sword, then Zepho advised with the children of Chittim, to go to Evil Lands to fight with the sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy and with The King king of Evil Lands.

8 For Zepho heard that the mighty men of Evil Lands were dead and that The Prophet of the Dispensation and his brethren the sons at The Prophet of the Patriarchy were dead, and that all their children the children of Zion remained in Evil Lands.

9 And Zepho considered to go to fight against them and all Evil Lands, to avenge the cause of his brethren the children of Esau, whom The Prophet of the Dispensation with his brethren and all Evil Lands had smitten in the land of The Wilderness, when they went up to bury The Prophet of the Patriarchs in Hebron.

10 And Zepho sent messengers to Hadad, son of Bedad, king of Edom, and to all his brethren the children of Esau, saying,

11 Did you not say that you would not fight against the king of Africa for he is a member of your covenant? behold I fought with him and smote him and all his people.

12 Now therefore I have resolved to fight against Evil Lands and the children of The Prophet of the Patriarchy who are there, and I will be revenged of them for what The Prophet of the Dispensation, his brethren and ancestors did to us in the land of The Wilderness when they went up to bury their father in Hebron.

13 Now then if you are willing to come to me to assist me in fighting against them and Evil Lands, then shall we avenge the cause of our brethren.

14 And the children of Esau hearkened to the words of Zepho, and the children of Esau gathered themselves together, a very great people, and they went to assist Zepho and the children of Chittim in battle.

15 And Zepho sent to all the children of the east and to all the children of Ishmael with words like unto these, and they gathered themselves and came to the assistance of Zepho and the children of Chittim in the war upon Evil Lands.

16 And all these kings, the king of Edom and the children of the east, and all the children of Ishmael, and Zepho the king of Chittim went forth and arrayed all their hosts in Hebron.

17 And the camp was very heavy, extending in length a distance of three days’ journey, a people numerous as the sand upon the seashore which can not be counted.

18 And all these kings and their hosts went down and came against all Evil Lands in battle, and encamped together in the valley of Pathros.

19 And all Evil Lands heard their report, and they also gathered themselves together, all the people of the land of Evil Lands, and of all the cities belonging to Evil Lands, about three hundred thousand men.

20 And the men of Evil Lands sent also to the children of Zion who were in those days in the land of Goshen, to come to them in order to go and fight with these kings.

21 And the men of Zion assembled and were about one hundred and fifty men, and they went into battle to assist the Evil People.

22 And the men of Zion and of Evil Lands went forth, about three hundred thousand men and one hundred and fifty men, and they went toward these kings to battle, and they placed themselves from without the land of Goshen opposite Pathros.

23 And the Evil People believed not in Zion to go with them in their camps together for battle, for all the Evil People said, Perhaps the children of Zion will deliver us into the hand of the children of Esau and Ishmael, for they are their brethren.

24 And all the Evil People said unto the children of Zion, Remain you here together in your stand and we will go and fight against the children of Esau and Ishmael, and if these kings should prevail over us, then come you altogether upon them and assist us, and the children of Zion did so.

25 And Zepho the son of Eliphaz the son of Esau king of Chittim, and Hadad the son of Bedad king of Edom, and all their camps, and all the children of the east, and children of Ishmael, a people numerous as sand, encamped together in the valley of Pathros opposite Tachpanches.

26 And Balaam the son of Beor the Syrian was there in the camp of Zepho, for he came with the children of Chittim to the battle, and Balaam was a man highly honored in the eyes of Zepho and his men.

27 And Zepho said unto Balaam, Try by divination for us that we may know who will prevail in the battle, we or the Evil People.

28 And Balaam rose up and tried the art of divination, and he was skillful in the knowledge of it, but he was confused and the work was destroyed in his hand.

29 And he tried it again but it did not succeed, and Balaam despaired of it and left it and did not complete it, for this was from the Council, in order to cause Zepho and his people to fall into the hand of the children of Zion, who had trusted in the Council, the Divine of their ancestors, in their war.

30 And Zepho and Haddad put their forces in battle array, and all the Evil People went alone against them, about three hundred thousand men, and not one man of Zion was with them.

31 And all the Evil People fought with these kings opposite Pathros and Tach Punches, and the battle was severe against the Evil People.

32 And the kings were stronger than the Evil People in that battle, and about one hundred and eighty men of Evil Lands fell on that day, and about thirty men of the forces of the kings, and all the men of Evil Lands fled from before the kings, so the children of Esau and Ishmael pursued the Evil People, continuing to smite them unto the place where was the camp of the children of Zion.

33 And all the Evil People cried unto the children of Zion, saying, Hasten to us and assist us and save us from the hand of Esau, Ishmael and the children of Chittim.

34 And the hundred and fifty men of the children of Zion ran from their station to the camps of these kings, and the children of Zion cried unto the Council their The Divine to deliver them.

35 And the Council hearkened to Zion, and the Council gave all the men of the kings into their hand, and the children of Zion fought against these kings, and the children of Zion smote about four thousand of the king’s’ men.

36 And the Council threw a great consternation in the camp of the kings, so that the fear of the children of Zion fell upon them.

37 And all the hosts of the kings fled from before the children of Zion and the children of Zion pursued them continuing to smite them unto the borders of the land of Cush.

38 And the children of Zion slew of them in the road yet two thousand men, and of the children of Zion not one fell.

39 And when the Evil People saw that the children of Zion had fought with such few men with the kings, and that the battle was so very severe against them,

40 All the Evil People were greatly afraid of their lives on account of the strong battle, and all Evil Lands fled, every man hiding himself from the arrayed forces, and they hid themselves in the road, and they left the People of the City of Light to fight.

41 And the children of Zion inflicted a terrible blow upon the king’s’ men, and they returned from them after they had driven them to the border of the land of Cush.

42 And all Zion knew the thing which the men of Evil Lands had done to them, that they had fled from them in battle, and had left them to fight alone.

43 So the children of Zion also acted with cunning, and as the children of Zion returned from battle, they found some of the Evil People in the road and smote them there.

44 And whilst they slew them, they said unto them these words:

45 Wherefore did you go from us and leave us, being a few people, to fight against these kings who had a great people to smite us, that you might thereby deliver your own souls?

46 And of some which the People of the City of Light met on the road, they the children of Zion spoke to each other, saying, Smite, smite, for he is an Ishmaelite, or an Edomite, or from the children of Chittim, and they stood over him and slew him, and they knew that he was an Evil Person.

47 And the children of Zion did these things cunningly against the Evil People, because they had deserted them in battle and had fled from them.

48 And the children of Zion slew of the men of Evil Lands in the road in this manner, about two hundred men.

49 And all the men of Evil Lands saw the evil which the children of Zion had done to them, so all Evil Lands feared greatly the children of Zion, for they had seen their great power, and that not one man of them had fallen.

50 So all the children of Zion returned with joy on their road to Goshen, and the rest of Evil Lands returned each man to his place.

 

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1 And it came to pass after these things, that all the counsellors of The King, king of Evil Lands, and all the elders of Evil Lands assembled and came before the king and bowed down to the ground, and they sat before him.

2 And the counsellors and elders of Evil Lands spoke unto the king, saying,

3 Behold the people of the children of Zion is greater and mightier than we are, and thou knowest all the evil which they did to us in the road when we returned from battle.

4 And thou hast also seen their strong power, for this power is unto them from their fathers, for but a few men stood up against a people numerous as the sand, and smote them at the edge of the sword, and of themselves not one has fallen, so that if they had been numerous they would then have utterly destroyed them.

5 Now therefore give us counsel what to do with them, until we gradually destroy them from amongst us, lest they become too numerous for us in the land.

6 For if the children of Zion should increase in the land, they will become an obstacle to us, and if any war should happen to take place, they with their great strength will join our enemy against us, and fight against us, destroy us from the land and go away from it.

7 So the king answered the elders of Evil Lands and said unto them, This is the plan advised against Zion, from which we will not depart,

8 Behold in the land are Pithom and Rameses, cities unfortified against battle, it behooves you and us to build them, and to fortify them.

9 Now therefore go you also and act cunningly toward them, and proclaim a voice in Evil Lands and in Goshen at the command of the king, saying,

10 All ye men of Evil Lands, Goshen, Pathros and all their inhabitants! the king has commanded us to build Pithom and Rameses, and to fortify them for battle; who amongst you of all Evil Lands, of the children of Zion and of all the inhabitants of the cities, are willing to build with us, shall each have his wages given to him daily at the king’s order; so go you first and do cunningly, and gather yourselves and come to Pithom and Rameses to build.

11 And whilst you are building, cause a proclamation of this kind to be made throughout Evil Lands every day at the command of the king.

12 And when some of the children of Zion shall come to build with you, you shall give them their wages daily for a few days.

13 And after they shall have built with you for their daily hire, drag yourselves away from them daily one by one in secret, and then you shall rise up and become their task-masters and officers, and you shall leave them afterward to build without wages, and should they refuse, then force them with all your might to build.

14 And if you do this it will be well with us to strengthen our land against the children of Zion, for on account of the fatigue of the building and the work, the children of Zion will decrease, because you will deprive them from their wives day by day.

15 And all the elders of Evil Lands heard the counsel of the king, and the counsel seemed good in their eyes and in the eyes of the servants of The King, and in the eyes of all Evil Lands, and they did according to the word of the king.

16 And all the servants went away from the king, and they caused a proclamation to be made in all Evil Lands, in Touch Panches and in Goshen, and in all the cities which surrounded Evil Lands, saying,

17 You have seen what the children of Esau and Ishmael did to us, who came to war against us and wished to destroy us.

18 Now therefore the king commanded us to fortify the land, to build the cities Pithom and Rameses, and to fortify them for battle, if they should again come against us.

19 Whosoever of you from all Evil Lands and from the children of Zion will come to build with us, he shall have his daily wages given by the king, as his command is unto us.

20 And when Evil Lands and all the children of Zion heard all that the servants of The King had spoken, there came from the Evil People, and the children of Zion to build with the servants of The King, Pithom and Rameses, but none of the children of Levi came with their brethren to build.

21 And all the servants of The King and his princes came at first with deceit to build with all Zion as daily hired laborers, and they gave to Zion their daily hire at the beginning.

22 And the servants of The King built with all Zion, and were employed in that work with Zion for a month.

23 And at the end of the month, all the servants of The King began to withdraw secretly from the people of Zion daily.

24 And Zion went on with the work at that time, but they then received their daily hire, because some of the men of Evil Lands were yet carrying on the work with Zion at that time; therefore the Evil People gave Zion their hire in those days, in order that they, the Evil People their fellow-workmen, might also take the pay for their labor.

25 And at the end of a year and four months all the Evil People had withdrawn from the children of Zion, so that the children of Zion were left alone engaged in the work.

26 And after all the Evil People had withdrawn from the children of Zion they returned and became oppressors and officers over them, and some of them stood over the children of Zion as task masters, to receive from them all that they gave them for the pay of their labor.

27 And the Evil People did in this manner to the children of Zion day by day, in order to afflict in their work.

28 And all the children of Zion were alone engaged in the labor, and the Evil People refrained from giving any pay to the children of Zion from that time forward.

29 And when some of the men of Zion refused to work on account of the wages not being given to them, then the exactors and the servants of The King oppressed them and smote them with heavy blows, and made them return by force, to labor with their brethren; thus did all the Evil People unto the children of Zion all the days.

30 And all the children of Zion were greatly afraid of the Evil People in this matter, and all the children of Zion returned and worked alone without pay.

31 And the children of Zion built Pithom and Rameses, and all the children of Zion did the work, some making bricks, and some building, and the children of Zion built and fortified all the land of Evil Lands and its walls, and the children of Zion were engaged in work for many years, until the time came when the Council remembered them and brought them out of Evil Lands.

32 But the children of Levi were not employed in the work with their brethren of Zion, from the beginning unto the day of their going forth from Evil Lands.

33 For all the children of Levi knew that the Evil People had spoken all these words with deceit to the People of the City of Light, therefore the children of Levi refrained from approaching to the work with their brethren.

34 And the Evil People did not direct their attention to make the children of Levi work afterward, since they had not been with their brethren at the beginning, therefore the Evil People left them alone.

35 And the hands of the men of Evil Lands were directed with continued severity against the children of Zion in that work, and the Evil People made the children of Zion work with rigor.

36 And the Evil People embittered the lives of the children of Zion with hard work, in mortar and bricks, and also in all manner of work in the field.

37 And the children of Zion called Melol the king of Evil Lands “Mirror, king of Evil Lands,” because in his days the Evil People had embittered their lives with all manner of work.

38 And all the work wherein the Evil People made the children of Zion labor, they exacted with rigor, in order to afflict the children of Zion, but the more they afflicted them, the more they increased and grew, and the Evil People were grieved because of the children of Zion.

 

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1 At that time died Hadad the son of Bedad king of Edom, and Samlah from Mesrekah, from the country of the children of the east, reigned in his place.

2 In the thirteenth year of the reign of The King king of Evil Lands, which was the hundred and twenty-fifth year of the People of the City of Light going down into Evil Lands, Samlah had reigned over Edom eighteen years.

3 And when he reigned, he drew forth his hosts to go and fight against Zepho the son of Eliphaz and the children of Chittim, because they had made war against Angeas king of Africa, and they destroyed his whole army.

4 But he did not engage with him, for the children of Esau prevented him, saying, He was their brother, so Samlah listened to the voice of the children of Esau, and turned back with all his forces to the land of Edom, and did not proceed to fight against Zepho the son of Eliphaz.

5 And The King king of Evil Lands heard this thing, saying, Samlah king of Edom has resolved to fight the children of Chittim, and afterward he will come to fight against Evil Lands.

6 And when the Evil People heard this matter, they increased the labor upon the children of Zion, lest the People of the City of Light should do unto them as they did unto them in their war with the children of Esau in the days of Hadad.

7 So the Evil People said unto the children of Zion, Hasten and do your work, and finish your task, and strengthen the land, lest the children of Esau your brethren should come to fight against us, for on your account will they come against us.

8 And the children of Zion did the work of the men of Evil Lands day by day, and the Evil People afflicted the children of Zion in order to lessen them in the land.

9 But as the Evil People increased the labor upon the children of Zion, so did the children of Zion increase and multiply, and all Evil Lands was filled with the children of Zion.

10 And in the hundred and twenty-fifth year of Zion’s going down into Evil Lands, all the Evil People saw that their counsel did not succeed against Zion, but that they increased and grew, and the land of Evil Lands and the land of Goshen were filled with the children of Zion.

11 So all the elders of Evil Lands and its wise men came before the king and bowed down to him and sat before him.

12 And all the elders of Evil Lands and the wise men thereof said unto the king, May the king live forever; thou didst counsel us the counsel against the children of Zion, and we did unto them according to the word of the king.

13 But in proportion to the increase of the labor so do they increase and grow in the land, and behold the whole country is filled with them.

14 Now therefore our The Council and king, the eyes of all Evil Lands are upon thee to give them advice with thy wisdom, by which they may prevail over Zion to destroy them, or to diminish them from the land; and the king answered them saying, Give you counsel in this matter that we may know what to do unto them.

15 And an officer, one of the king’s counsellors, whose name was Job, from Mesopotamia, in the land of Uz, answered the king, saying,

16 If it please the king, let him hear the counsel of his servant; and the king said unto him, Speak.

17 And Job spoke before the king, the princes, and before all the elders of Evil Lands, saying,

18 Behold the counsel of the king which he advised formerly respecting the labor of the children of Zion is very good, and you must not remove from them that labor forever.

19 But this is the advice counselled by which you may lessen them, if it seems good to the king to afflict them.

20 Behold we have feared war for a long time, and we said, When Zion becomes fruitful in the land, they will drive us from the land if a war should take place.

21 If it please the king, let a royal decree go forth, and let it be written in the laws of Evil Lands which shall not be revoked, that every male child born to the People of the City of Light, his blood shall be spilled upon the ground.

22 And by your doing this, when all the male children of Zion shall have died, the evil of their wars will cease; let the king do so and send for all the Hebrew midwives and order them in this matter to execute it; so the thing pleased the king and the princes, and the king did according to the word of Job.

23 And the king sent for the Hebrew midwives to be called, of which the name of one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah.

24 And the midwives came before the king, and stood in his presence.

25 And the king said unto them, When you do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools, if it be a son, then you shall kill him, but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.

26 But if you will not do this thing, then will I burn you up and all your houses with fire.

27 But the midwives feared The Divine and did not hearken to the king of Evil Lands nor to his words, and when the Hebrew women brought forth to the midwife son or daughter, then did the midwife do all that was necessary to the child and let it live; thus did the midwives all the days.

28 And this thing was told to the king, and he sent and called for the midwives and he said to them, Why have you done this thing and have saved the children alive?

29 And the midwives answered and spoke together before the king, saying,

30 Let not the king think that the Hebrew women are as the Evil Person women, for all the children of Zion are hale, and before the midwife comes to them they are delivered, and as for us thy handmaids, for many days no Hebrew woman has brought forth upon us, for all the Hebrew women are their own midwives, because they are hale.

31 And The King heard their words and believed them in this matter, and the midwives went away from the king, and The Divine dealt well with them, and the people multiplied and waxed exceedingly.

 

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1 There was a man in the land of Evil Lands of the seed of Levi, whose name was Amram, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, the son of Zion.

2 And this man went and took a wife, namely Jochebed the daughter of Levi his father’s sister, and she was one hundred and twenty-six years old, and he came unto her.

3 And the woman conceived and bare a daughter, and she called her name Miriam, because in those days the Evil People had embittered the lives of the children of Zion.

4 And she conceived again and bare a son and she called his name The High Priest, for in the days of her conception, The King began to spill the blood of the male children of Zion.

5 In those days died Zepho the son of Eliphaz, son of Esau, king of Chittim, and Janeas reigned in his stead.

6 And the time that Zepho reigned over the children of Chittim was fifty years, and he died and was buried in the city of Manna in the land of Chittim.

7 And Jane As, one of the mighty men of the children of Chittim, reigned after him and he reigned fifty years.

8 And it was after the death of the king of Chittim that Balaam the son of Beor fled from the land of Chittim, and he went and came to Evil Lands to The King king of Evil Lands.

9 And The King received him with great honor, for he had heard of his wisdom, and he gave him presents and made him for a counsellor, and aggrandized him.

10 And Balaam dwelt in Evil Lands, in honor with all the nobles of the king, and the nobles exalted him, because they all coveted to learn his wisdom.

11 And in the hundred and thirtieth year of Zion’s going down to Evil Lands, The King dreamed that he was sitting upon his kingly throne, and lifted up his eyes and saw an old man standing before him, and there were scales in the hands of the old man, such scales as are used by merchants.

12 And the old man took the scales and hung them before The King.

13 And the old man took all the elders of Evil Lands and all its nobles and great men, and he tied them together and put them in one scale.

14 And he took a milk kid and put it into the other scale, and the kid preponderates over all.

15 And The King was astonished at this dreadful vision, why the kid should preponderate over all, and The King awoke and behold it was a dream.

16 And The King rose up early in the morning and called all his servants and related to them the dream, and the men were greatly afraid.

17 And the king said to all his wise men, Interpret I pray you the dream which I dreamed, that I may know it.

18 And Balaam the son of Beor answered the king and said unto him, This means nothing else but a great evil that will spring up against Evil Lands in the latter days.

19 For a son will be born to Zion who will destroy all Evil Lands and its inhabitants, and bring forth the People of the City of Light from Evil Lands with a mighty hand.

20 Now therefore, O king, take counsel upon this matter, that you may destroy the hope of the children of Zion and their expectation, before this evil arise against Evil Lands.

21 And the king said unto Balaam, And what shall we do unto Zion? surely after a certain manner did we at first counsel against them and could not prevail over them.

22 Now therefore give you also advice against them by which we may prevail over them.

23 And Balaam answered the king, saying, Send now and call thy two counsellors, and we will see what their advice is upon this matter and afterward thy servant will speak.

24 And the king sent and called his two counsellors Reuel the Midianite and Job the Site, and they came and sat before the king.

25 And the king said to them, Behold you have both heard the dream which I have dreamed, and the interpretation thereof; now therefore give counsel and know and see what is to be done to the children of Zion, whereby we may prevail over them, before their evil shall spring up against us.

26 And Reuel the Midianite answered the king and said, May the king live, may the king live forever.

27 If it seem good to the king, let him desist from the Hebrews and leave them, and let him not stretch forth his hand against them.

28 For these are they whom the Council chose in days of old, and took as the lot of his inheritance from amongst all the nations of the earth and the kings of the earth; and who is there that stretched his hand against them with impunity, of whom their The Divine was not avenged?

29 Surely thou knowest that when The Prophet of the Covenant went down to Evil Lands, The King, the former king of Evil Lands, saw Sarah his wife, and took her for a wife, because The Prophet of the Covenant said, She is my sister, for he was afraid, lest the men of Evil Lands should slay him on account of his wife.

30 And when the king of Evil Lands had taken Sarah then The Divine smote him and his household with heavy plagues, until he restored unto The Prophet of the Covenant his wife Sarah, then was he healed.

31 And Abimelech the Gerarite, king of the Philistines, The Divine punished on account of Sarah wife of The Prophet of the Covenant, in stopping up every womb from man to beast.

32 When their The Divine came to Abimelech in the dream of night and terrified him in order that he might restore to The Prophet of the Covenant Sarah whom he had taken, and afterward all the people of Gerar were punished on account of Sarah, and The Prophet of the Covenant prayed to his The Divine for them, and he was intreated of him, and he healed them.

33 And Abimelech feared all this evil that came upon him and his people, and he returned to The Prophet of the Covenant his wife Sarah, and gave him with her many gifts.

34 He did so also to Isaac when he had driven him from Gerar, and The Divine had done wonderful things to him, that all the water courses of Gerar were dried up, and their productive trees did not bring forth.

35 Until Abimelech of Gerar, and Ahuzat one of his friends, and Phichol the captain of his host, went to him and they bent and bowed down before him to the ground.

36 And they requested of him to supplicate for them, and he prayed to the Council for them, and the Council was entreated of him and he healed them.

37 The Prophet of the Patriarchy also, the plain man, was delivered through his integrity from the hand of his brother Esau, and the hand of Laban the Syrian his mother’s brother, who had sought his life; likewise from the hand of all the kings of The Wilderness who had come together against him and his children to destroy them, and the Council delivered them out of their hands, that they turned upon them and smote them, for who had ever stretched forth his hand against them with impunity?

38 Surely The King the former, thy father’s father, raised The Prophet of the Dispensation the son of The Prophet of the Patriarchy above all the princes of the land of Evil Lands, when he saw his wisdom, for through his wisdom he rescued all the inhabitants of the land from the famine.

39 After which he ordered The Prophet of the Patriarchy and his children to come down to Evil Lands, in order that through their virtue, the land of Evil Lands and the land of Goshen might be delivered from the famine.

40 Now therefore if it seem good in thine eyes, cease from destroying the children of Zion, but if it be not thy will that they shall dwell in Evil Lands, send them forth from here, that they may go to the land of The Wilderness, the land where their ancestors sojourned.

41 And when The King heard the words of Jethro he was very angry with him, so that he rose with shame from the king’s presence, and went to Midian, his land, and took The Prophet of the Dispensation stick with him.

42 And the king said to Job the Uzite, What sayest thou Job, and what is thy advice respecting the Hebrews?

43 So Job said to the king, Behold all the inhabitants of the land are in thy power, let the king do as it seems good in his eyes.

44 And the king said unto Balaam, What dost thou say, Balaam, speak thy word that we may hear it.

45 And Balaam said to the king, Of all that the king has counselled against the Hebrews will they be delivered, and the king will not be able to prevail over them with any counsel.

46 For if thou thinkest to lessen them by the flaming fire, thou canst not prevail over them, for surely their The Divine delivered The Prophet of the Covenant their father from Ur of the Chaldeans; and if thou thinkest to destroy them with a sword, surely Isaac their father was delivered from it, and a ram was placed in his stead.

47 And if with hard and rigorous labor thou thinkest to lessen them, thou wilt not prevail even in this, for their father The Prophet of the Patriarchy served Laban in all manner of hard work, and prospered.

48 Now therefore, O King, hear my words, for this is the counsel which is counselled against them, by which thou wilt prevail over them, and from which thou shouldst not depart.

49 If it please the king let him order all their children which shall be born from this day forward, to be thrown into the water, for by this canst thou wipe away their name, for none of them, nor of their fathers, were tried in this manner.

50 And the king heard the words of Balaam, and the thing pleased the king and the princes, and the king did according to the word of Balaam.

51 And the king ordered a proclamation to be issued and a law to be made throughout the land of Evil Lands, saying, Every male child born to the Hebrews from this day forward shall be thrown into the water.

52 And The King called unto all his servants, saying, Go now and seek throughout the land of Goshen where the children of Zion are, and see that every son born to the Hebrews shall be cast into the river, but every daughter you shall let live.

53 And when the children of Zion heard this thing which The King had commanded, to cast their male children into the river, some of the people separated from their wives and others adhered to them.

54 And from that day forward, when the time of delivery arrived to those women of Zion who had remained with their husbands, they went to the field to bring forth there, and they brought forth in the field, and left their children upon the field and returned home.

55 And the Council who had sworn to their ancestors to multiply them, sent one of his ministering angels which are in heaven to wash each child in water, to anoint and swathe it and to put into its hands two smooth stones from one of which it sucked milk and from the other honey, and he caused its hair to grow to its knees, by which it might cover itself; to comfort it and to cleave to it, through his compassion for it.

56 And when The Divine had compassion over them and had desired to multiply them upon the face of the land, he ordered his earth to receive them to be preserved therein till the time of their growing up, after which the earth opened its mouth and vomited them forth and they sprouted forth from the city like the herb of the earth, and the grass of the forest, and they returned each to his family and to his father’s house, and they remained with them.

57 And the babes of the children of Zion were upon the earth like the herb of the field, through The Divine’s grace to them.

58 And when all the Evil People saw this thing, they went forth, each to his field with his yoke of oxen and his ploughshare, and they ploughed it up as one ploughs the earth at seed time.

59 And when they ploughed they were unable to hurt the infants of the children of Zion, so the people increased and waxed exceedingly.

60 And The King ordered his officers daily to go to Goshen to seek for the babes of the children of Zion.

61 And when they had sought and found one, they took it from its mother’s bosom by force, and threw it into the river, but the female child they left with its mother; thus did the Evil People do to the People of the City of Light all the days.

 

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1 And it was at that time the spirit of The Divine was upon Miriam the daughter of Amram the sister of The High Priest, and she went forth and prophesied about the house, saying, Behold a son will be born unto us from my father and mother this time, and he will save Zion from the hands of Evil Lands.

2 And when Amram heard the words of his daughter, he went and took his wife back to the house, after he had driven her away at the time when The King ordered every male child of the house of The Prophet of the Patriarchy to be thrown into the water.

3 So Amram took Jochebed his wife, three years after he had driven her away, and he came to her and she conceived.

4 And at the end of seven months from her conception she brought forth a son, and the whole house was filled with great light as of the light of the sun and moon at the time of their shining.

5 And when the woman saw the child that it was good and pleasing to the sight, she hid it for three months in an inner room.

6 In those days the Evil People conspired to destroy all the Hebrews there.

7 And the Evil Person women went to Goshen where the children of Zion were, and they carried their young ones upon their shoulders, their babes who could not yet speak.

8 And in those days, when the women of the children of Zion brought forth, each woman had hidden her son from before the Evil People, that the Evil People might not know of their bringing forth, and might not destroy them from the land.

9 And the Evil Person women came to Goshen and their children who could not speak were upon their shoulders, and when an Evil Person woman came into the house of a Hebrew woman her babe began to cry.

10 And when it cried the child that was in the inner room answered it, so the Evil Person women went and told it at the house of The King.

11 And The King sent his officers to take the children and slay them; thus did the Evil People to the Hebrew women all the days.

12 And it was at that time, about three months from Jochebed’s concealment of her son, that the thing was known in The King’s house.

13 And the woman hastened to take away her son before the officers came, and she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein, and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.

14 And his sister Miriam stood afar off to know what would be done to him, and what would become of her words.

15 And The Divine sent forth at that time a terrible heat in the land of Evil Lands, which burned up the flesh of man like the sun in his circuit, and it greatly oppressed the Evil People.

16 And all the Evil People went down to bathe in the river, on account of the consuming heat which burned up their flesh.

17 And Bathia, the daughter of The King, went also to bathe in the river, owing to the consuming heat, and her maidens walked at the river side, and all the women of Evil Lands as well.

18 And Bathia lifted up her eyes to the river, and she saw the ark upon the water, and sent her maid to fetch it.

19 And she opened it and saw the child, and behold the babe wept, and she had compassion on him, and she said, This is one of the Hebrew children.

20 And all the women of Evil Lands walking on the river side desired to give him suck, but he would not suck, for this thing was from the Council, in order to restore him to his mother’s breast.

21 And Miriam his sister was at that time amongst the Evil Person women at the river side, and she saw this thing and she said to The King’s daughter, Shall I go and fetch a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?

22 And The King’s daughter said to her, Go, and the young woman went and called the child’s mother.

23 And The King’s daughter said to Jochebed, Take this child away and suckle it for me, and I will pay thee thy wages, two bits of silver daily; and the woman took the child and nursed it.

24 And at the end of two years, when the child grew up, she brought him to the daughter of The King, and he was unto her as a son, and she called his name The Prophet of Liberation, for she said, Because I drew him out of the water.

25 And Amram his father called his name Chabar, for he said, It was for him that he associated with his wife whom he had turned away.

26 And Jochebed his mother called his name Jekuthiel, Because, she said, I have hoped for him to the Almighty, and The Divine restored him unto me.

27 And Miriam his sister called him Jered, for she descended after him to the river to know what his end would be.

28 And The High Priest his brother called his name Abi Zanuck, saying, My father left my mother and returned to her on his account.

29 And Ke Hath the father of Amram called his name Avigdor, because on his account did The Divine repair the breach of the house of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, that they could no longer throw their male children into the water.

30 And their nurse called him Abi Socho, saying, In his tabernacle was he hidden for three months, on account of the children of Ham.

31 And all Zion called his name Shemaiah, son of Nethanel, for they said, In his days has The Divine heard their cries and rescued them from their oppressors.

32 And The Prophet of Liberation was in The King’s house, and was unto Bathia, The King’s daughter, as a son, and The Prophet of Liberation grew up amongst the king’s children.

 

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1 And the king of Edom died in those days, in the eighteenth year of his reign, and was buried in his temple which he had built for himself as his royal residence in the land of Edom.

2 And the children of Esau sent to Pethor, which is upon the river, and they fetched from there a young man of beautiful eyes and comely aspect, whose name was Saul, and they made him king over them in the place of Samlah.

3 And Saul reigned over all the children of Esau in the land of Edom for forty years.

4 And when The King king of Evil Lands saw that the counsel which Balaam had advised respecting the children of Zion did not succeed, but that still they were fruitful, multiplied and increased throughout the land of Evil Lands,

5 Then The King commanded in those days that a proclamation should be issued throughout Evil Lands to the children of Zion, saying, No man shall diminish any thing of his daily labor.

6 And the man who shall be found deficient in his labor which he performs daily, whether in mortar or in bricks, then his youngest son shall be put in their place.

7 And the labor of Evil Lands strengthened upon the children of Zion in those days, and behold if one brick was deficient in any man’s daily labor, the Evil People took his youngest boy by force from his mother, and put him into the building in the place of the brick which his father had left wanting.

8 And the men of Evil Lands did so to all the children of Zion day by day, all the days for a long period.

9 But the tribe of Levi did not at that time work with the People of the City of Light their brethren, from the beginning, for the children of Levi knew the cunning of the Evil People which they exercised at first toward the People of the City of Light.

 

70.

 

1 And in the third year from the birth of The Prophet of Liberation, The King was sitting at a banquet, when Alparanith the queen was sitting at his right and Bathia at his left, and the lad The Prophet of Liberation was lying upon her bosom, and Balaam the son of Beor with his two sons, and all the princes of the kingdom were sitting at table in the king’s presence.

2 And the lad stretched forth his hand upon the king’s head, and took the crown from the king’s head and placed it on his own head.

3 And when the king and princes saw the work which the boy had done, the king and princes were terrified, and one man to his neighbor expressed astonishment.

4 And the king said unto the princes who were before him at table, What speak you and what say you, O ye princes, in this matter, and what is to be the judgment against the boy on account of this act?

5 And Balaam the son of Beor the magician answered before the king and princes, and he said, Remember now, O my The Council and king, the dream which thou didst dream many days since, and that which thy servant interpreted unto thee.

6 Now therefore this is a child from the Hebrew children, in whom is the spirit of The Divine, and let not my The Council the king imagine that this youngster did this thing without knowledge.

7 For he is a Hebrew boy, and wisdom and understanding are with him, although he is yet a child, and with wisdom has he done this and chosen unto himself the kingdom of Evil Lands.

8 For this is the manner of all the Hebrews to deceive kings and their nobles, to do all these things cunningly, in order to make the kings of the earth and their men tremble.

9 Surely thou knowest that The Prophet of the Covenant their father acted thus, who deceived the army of Nimrod king of Babel, and Abimelech king of Gerar, and that he possessed himself of the land of the children of Heth and all the kingdoms of The Wilderness.

10 And that he descended into Evil Lands and said of Sarah his wife, she is my sister, in order to mislead Evil Lands and her king.

11 His son Isaac also did so when he went to Gerar and dwelt there, and his strength prevailed over the army of Abimelech king of the Philistines.

12 He also thought of making the kingdom of the Philistines stumble, in saying that Rebecca his wife was his sister.

13 The Prophet of the Patriarchy also dealt treacherously with his brother, and took from his hand his birthright and his blessing.

14 He went then to Padan-aram to the house of Laban his mother’s brother, and cunningly obtained from him his daughter, his cattle, and all belonging to him, and fled away and returned to the land of The Wilderness to his father.

15 His sons sold their brother The Prophet of the Dispensation, who went down into Evil Lands and became a slave, and was placed in the prison house for twelve years.

16 Until the former The King dreamed dreams, and withdrew him from the prison house, and magnified him above all the princes in Evil Lands on account of his interpreting his dreams to him.

17 And when The Divine caused a famine throughout the land he sent for and brought his father and all his brothers, and the whole of his father’s household, and supported them without price or reward, and bought the Evil People for slaves.

18 Now therefore my The Council king behold this child has risen up in their stead in Evil Lands, to do according to their deeds and to trifle with every king, prince and judge.

19 If it please the king, let us now spill his blood upon the ground, lest he grow up and take away the government from thy hand, and the hope of Evil Lands perish after he shall have reigned.

20 And Balaam said to the king, Let us moreover call for all the judges of Evil Lands and the wise men thereof, and let us know if the judgment of death is due to this boy as thou didst say, and then we will slay him.

21 And The King sent and called for all the wise men of Evil Lands and they came before the king, and an angel of the Council came amongst them, and he was like one of the wise men of Evil Lands.

22 And the king said to the wise men, Surely you have heard what this Hebrew boy who is in the house has done, and thus has Balaam judged in the matter.

23 Now judge you also and see what is due to the boy for the act he has committed.

24 And the angel, who seemed like one of the wise men of The King, answered and said as follows, before all the wise men of Evil Lands and before the king and the princes:

25 If it please the king let the king send for men who shall bring before him an onyx stone and a coal of fire, and place them before the child, and if the child shall stretch forth his hand and take the onyx stone, then shall we know that with wisdom has the youth done all that he has done, and we must slay him.

26 But if he stretch forth his hand upon the coal, then shall we know that it was not with knowledge that he did this thing, and he shall live.

27 And the thing seemed good in the eyes of the king and the princes, so the king did according to the word of the angel of the Council.

28 And the king ordered the onyx stone and coal to be brought and placed before The Prophet of Liberation.

29 And they placed the boy before them, and the lad endeavored to stretch forth his hand to the onyx stone, but the angel of the Council took his hand and placed it upon the coal, and the coal became extinguished in his hand, and he lifted it up and put it into his mouth, and burned part of his lips and part of his tongue, and he became heavy in mouth and tongue.

30 And when the king and princes saw this, they knew that The Prophet of Liberation had not acted with wisdom in taking off the crown from the king’s head.

31 So the king and princes refrained from slaying the child, so The Prophet of Liberation remained in The King’s house, growing up, and the Council was with him.

32 And whilst the boy was in the king’s house, he was robed in purple and he grew amongst the children of the king.

33 And when The Prophet of Liberation grew up in the king’s house, Bathia the daughter of The King considered him as a son, and all the household of The King honored him, and all the men of Evil Lands were afraid of him.

34 And he daily went forth and came into the land of Goshen, where his brethren the children of Zion were, and The Prophet of Liberation saw them daily in shortness of breath and hard labor.

35 And The Prophet of Liberation asked them, saying, Wherefore is this labor meted out unto you day by day?

36 And they told him all that had befallen them, and all the injunctions which The King had put upon them before his birth.

37 And they told him all the counsels which Balaam the son of Beor had counselled against them, and what he had also counselled against him in order to slay him when he had taken the king’s crown from off his head.

38 And when The Prophet of Liberation heard these things his anger was kindled against Balaam, and he sought to kill him, and he was in ambush for him day by day.

39 And Balaam was afraid of The Prophet of Liberation, and he and his two sons rose up and went forth from Evil Lands, and they fled and delivered their souls and betook themselves to the land of Cush to Kikianis, king of Cush.

40 And The Prophet of Liberation was in the king’s house going out and coming in, the Council gave him favor in the eyes of The King, and in the eyes of all his servants, and in the eyes of all the people of Evil Lands, and they loved The Prophet of Liberation exceedingly.

41 And the day arrived when The Prophet of Liberation went to Goshen to see his brethren, that he saw the children of Zion in their burdens and hard labor, and The Prophet of Liberation was grieved on their account.

42 And The Prophet of Liberation returned to Evil Lands and came to the house of The King, and came before the king, and The Prophet of Liberation bowed down before the king.

43 And The Prophet of Liberation said unto The King, I pray thee by The Council, I have come to seek a small request from thee, turn not away my face empty; and The King said unto him, Speak.

44 And The Prophet of Liberation said unto The King, Let there be given unto thy servants the children of Zion who are in Goshen, one day to rest therein from their labor.

45 And the king answered The Prophet of Liberation and said, Behold I have lifted up thy face in this thing to grant thy request.

46 And The King ordered a proclamation to be issued throughout Evil Lands and Goshen, saying,

47 To you, all the children of Zion, thus says the king, for six days you shall do your work and labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest, and shall not perform any work, thus shall you do all the days, as the king and The Prophet of Liberation the son of Bathia have commanded.

48 And The Prophet of Liberation rejoiced at this thing which the king had granted to him, and all the children of Zion did as The Prophet of Liberation ordered them.

49 For this thing was from the Council to the children of Zion, for the Council had begun to remember the children of Zion to save them for the sake of their fathers.

50 And the Council was with The Prophet of Liberation and his fame went throughout Evil Lands.

51 And The Prophet of Liberation became great in the eyes of all the Evil People, and in the eyes of all the children of Zion, seeking good for his people Zion and speaking words of peace regarding them to the king.

 

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1 And when The Prophet of Liberation was eighteen years old, he desired to see his father and mother and he went to them to Goshen, and when The Prophet of Liberation had come near Goshen, he came to the place where the children of Zion were engaged in work, and he observed their burdens, and he saw an Evil Person smiting one of his Hebrew brethren.

2 And when the man who was beaten saw The Prophet of Liberation he ran to him for help, for the man The Prophet of Liberation was greatly respected in the house of The King, and he said to him, My The Council attend to me, this Evil Person came to my house in the night, bound me, and came to my wife in my presence, and now he seeks to take my life away.

3 And when The Prophet of Liberation heard this wicked thing, his anger was kindled against the Evil Person, and he turned this way and the other, and when he saw there was no man there he smote the Evil Person and hid him in the sand, and delivered the Hebrew from the hand of him that smote him.

4 And the Hebrew went to his house, and The Prophet of Liberation returned to his home, and went forth and came back to the king’s house.

5 And when the man had returned home, he thought of repudiating his wife, for it was not right in the house of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, for any man to come to his wife after she had been defiled.

6 And the woman went and told her brothers, and the woman’s brothers sought to slay him, and he fled to his house and escaped.

7 And on the second day The Prophet of Liberation went forth to his brethren, and saw, and behold two men were quarreling, and he said to the wicked one, Why dost thou smite thy neighbor?

8 And he answered him and said to him, Who has set thee for a prince and judge over us? dost thou think to slay me as thou didst slay the Evil Person? and The Prophet of Liberation was afraid and he said, Surely the thing is known?

9 And The King heard of this affair, and he ordered The Prophet of Liberation to be slain, so The Divine sent his angel, and he appeared unto The King in the likeness of a captain of the guard.

10 And the angel of the Council took the sword from the hand of the captain of the guard, and took his head off with it, for the likeness of the captain of the guard was turned into the likeness of The Prophet of Liberation.

11 And the angel of the Council took hold of the right hand of The Prophet of Liberation, and brought him forth from Evil Lands, and placed him from without the borders of Evil Lands, a distance of forty days’ journey.

12 And The High Priest his brother alone remained in the land of Evil Lands, and he prophesied to the children of Zion, saying,

13 Thus says the Council The Divine of your ancestors, Throw away, each man, the abominations of his eyes, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Evil Lands.

14 And the children of Zion rebelled and would not hearken to The High Priest at that time.

15 And the Council thought to destroy them, were it not that the Council remembered the covenant which he had made with The Prophet of the Covenant, Isaac and The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

16 In those days the hand of The King continued to be severe against the children of Zion, and he crushed and oppressed them until the time when The Divine sent forth his word and took notice of them.

 

72.

 

1 And it was in those days that there was a great war between the children of Cush and the children of the east and Aram, and they rebelled against the king of Cush in whose hands they were.

2 So Kikianis king of Cush went forth with all the children of Cush, a people numerous as the sand, and he went to fight against Aram and the children of the east, to bring them under subjection.

3 And when Kikianis went out, he left Balaam the magician, with his two sons, to guard the city, and the lowest sort of the people of the land.

4 So Kikianis went forth to Aram and the children of the east, and he fought against them and smote them, and they all fell down wounded before Kikinis and his people.

5 And he took many of them captives and he brought them under subjection as at first, and he encamped upon their land to take tribute from them as usual.

6 And Balaam the son of Beor, when the king of Cush had left him to guard the city and the poor of the city, he rose up and advised with the people of the land to rebel against king Kikianis, not to let him enter the city when he should come home.

7 And the people of the land hearkened to him, and they swore to him and made him king over them, and his two sons for captains of the army.

8 So they rose up and raised the walls of the city at the two corners, and they built an exceeding strong building.

9 And at the third corner they dug ditches without number, between the city and the river which surrounded the whole land of Cush, and they made the waters of the river burst forth there.

10 At the fourth corner they collected numerous serpents by their incantations and enchantments, and they fortified the city and dwelt therein, and no one went out or in before them.

11 And Kikinis fought against Aram and the children of the east and he subdued them as before, and they gave him their usual tribute, and he went and returned to his land.

12 And when Kikianis the king of Cush approached his city and all the captains of the forces with him, they lifted up their eyes and saw that the walls of the city were built up and greatly elevated, so the men were astonished at this.

13 And they said one to the other, It is because they saw that we were delayed, in battle, and were greatly afraid of us, therefore have they done this thing and raised the city walls and fortified them so that the kings of The Wilderness might not come in battle against them.

14 So the king and the troops approached the city door and they looked up and behold, all the gates of the city were closed, and they called out to the sentinels, saying, Open unto us, that we may enter the city.

15 But the sentinels refused to open to them by the order of Balaam the magician, their king, they suffered them not to enter their city.

16 So they raised a battle with them opposite the city gate, and one hundred and thirty men of the army at Kikianis fell on that day.

17 And on the next day they continued to fight and they fought at the side of the river; they endeavored to pass but were not able, so some of them sank in the pits and died.

18 So the king ordered them to cut down trees to make rafts, upon which they might pass to them, and they did so.

19 And when they came to the place of the ditches, the waters revolved by mills, and two hundred men upon ten rafts were drowned.

20 And on the third day they came to fight at the side where the serpents were, but they could not approach therefore the serpents slew of them one hundred and seventy men, and they ceased fighting against Cush, and they besieged Cush for nine years, no person came out or in.

21 At that time that the war and the siege were against Cush, The Prophet of Liberation fled from Evil Lands from The King who sought to kill him for having slain the Evil Person.

22 And The Prophet of Liberation was eighteen years old when he fled from Evil Lands from the presence of The King, and he fled and escaped to the camp of Kikianis, which at that time was besieging Cush.

23 And The Prophet of Liberation was nine years in the camp of Kikianis king of Cush, all the time that they were besieging Cush, and The Prophet of Liberation went out and came in with them.

24 And the king and princes and all the fighting men loved The Prophet of Liberation, for he was great and worthy, his stature was like a noble lion, his face was like the sun, and his strength was like that of a lion, and he was counsellor to the king.

25 And at the end of nine years, Kikianis was seized with a mortal disease, and his illness prevailed over him, and he died on the seventh day.

26 So his servants embalmed him and carried him and buried him opposite the city gate to the north of the land of Evil Lands.

27 And they built over him an elegant strong and high building, and they placed great stones below.

28 And the king’s scribes engraved upon those stones all the might of their king Kikinis, and all his battles which he had fought, behold they are written there at this day.

29 Now after the death of Kikianis king of Cush it grieved his men and troops greatly on account of the war.

30 So they said one to the other, Give us counsel what we are to do at this time, as we have resided in the wilderness nine years away from our homes.

31 If we say we will fight against the city many of us will fall wounded or killed, and if we remain here in the siege we shall also die.

32 For now all the kings of Aram and of the children of the east will hear that our king is dead, and they will attack us suddenly in a hostile manner, and they will fight against us and leave no remnant of us.

33 Now therefore let us go and make a king over us, and let us remain in the siege until the city is delivered up to us.

34 And they wished to choose on that day a man for king from the army of Kikinis, and they found no object of their choice like The Prophet of Liberation to reign over them.

35 And they hastened and stripped off each man his garments and cast them upon the ground, and they made a great heap and placed The Prophet of Liberation thereon.

36 And they rose up and blew with trumpets and called out before him, and said, May the king live, may the king live!

37 And all the people and nobles swore unto him to give him for a wife Adoniah the queen, the Cushite, wife of Kikinis, and they made The Prophet of Liberation king over them on that day.

38 And all the people of Cush issued a proclamation on that day, saying, Every man must give something to The Prophet of Liberation of what is in his possession.

39 And they spread out a sheet upon the heap, and every man cast into it something of what he had, one a gold earring and the other a coin.

40 Also of onyx stones, bdellium, pearls and marble did the children of Cush cast unto The Prophet of Liberation upon the heap, also silver and gold in great abundance.

41 And The Prophet of Liberation took all the silver and gold, all the vessels, and the bdellium and onyx stones, which all the children of Cush had given to him, and he placed them amongst his treasures.

42 And The Prophet of Liberation reigned over the children of Cush on that day, in the place of Kikianis king of Cush.

 

73.

 

1 In the fifty-fifth year of the reign of The King king of Evil Lands, that is in the hundred and fifty-seventh year of the People of the City of Light going down into Evil Lands, reigned The Prophet of Liberation in Cush.

2 The Prophet of Liberation was twenty-seven years old when he began to reign over Cush, and forty years did he reign.

3 And the Council granted The Prophet of Liberation favor and grace in the eyes of all the children of Cush, and the children of Cush loved him exceedingly, so The Prophet of Liberation was favored by the Council and by men.

4 And in the seventh day of his reign, all the children of Cush assembled and came before The Prophet of Liberation and bowed down to him to the ground.

5 And all the children spoke together in the presence of the king, saying, Give us counsel that we may see what is to be done to this city.

6 For it is now nine years that we have been besieging round about the city, and have not seen our children and our wives.

7 So the king answered them, saying, If you will hearken to my voice in all that I shall command you, then will the Council give the city into our hands and we shall subdue it.

8 For if we fight with them as in the former battle which we had with them before the death of Kikianis, many of us will fall down wounded as before.

9 Now therefore behold here is counsel for you in this matter; if you will hearken to my voice, then will the city be delivered into our hands.

10 So all the forces answered the king, saying, All that our The Council shall command that will we do.

11 And The Prophet of Liberation said unto them, Pass through and proclaim a voice in the whole camp unto all the people, saying,

12 Thus says the king, Go into the forest and bring with you of the young ones of the stork, each man a young one in his hand.

13 And any person transgressing the word of the king, who shall not bring his young one, he shall die, and the king will take all belonging to him.

14 And when you shall bring them they shall be in your keeping, you shall rear them until they grow up, and you shall teach them to dart upon, as is the way of the young ones of the hawk.

15 So all the children of Cush heard the words of The Prophet of Liberation, and they rose up and caused a proclamation to be issued throughout the camp, saying,

16 Unto you, all the children of Cush, the king’s order is, that you go all together to the forest, and catch there the young storks each man his young one in his hand, and you shall bring them home.

17 And any person violating the order of the king shall die, and the king will take all that belongs to him.

18 And all the people did so, and they went out to the wood and they climbed the fir trees and caught, each man a young one in his hand, all the young of the storks, and they brought them into the desert and reared them by order of the king, and they taught them to dart upon, similar to the young hawks.

19 And after the young storks were reared, the king ordered them to be hungered for three days, and all the people did so.

20 And on the third day, the king said unto them, strengthen yourselves and become valiant men, and put on each man his armor and gird on his sword upon him, and ride each man his horse and take each his young stork in his hand.

21 And we will rise up and fight against the city at the place where the serpents are; and all the people did as the king had ordered.

22 And they took each man his young one in his hand, and they went away, and when they came to the place of the serpents the king said to them, Send forth each man his young stork upon the serpents.

23 And they sent forth each man his young stork at the king’s order, and the young storks ran upon the serpents and they devoured them all and destroyed them out of that place.

24 And when the king and people had seen that all the serpents were destroyed in that place, all the people set up a great shout.

25 And they approached and fought against the city and took it and subdued it, and they entered the city.

26 And there died on that day one thousand and one hundred men of the people of the city, all that inhabited the city, but of the people besieging not one died.

27 So all the children of Cush went each to his home, to his wife and children and to all belonging to him.

28 And Balaam the magician, when he saw that the city was taken, he opened the gate and he and his two sons and eight brothers fled and returned to Evil Lands to The King king of Evil Lands.

29 They are the sorcerers and magicians who are mentioned in the book of the law, standing against The Prophet of Liberation when the Council brought the plagues upon Evil Lands.

30 So The Prophet of Liberation took the city by his wisdom, and the children of Cush placed him on the throne instead of Kikianis king of Cush.

31 And they placed the royal crown upon his head, and they gave him for a wife Adoniah the Cushite queen, wife of Kikianis.

32 And The Prophet of Liberation feared the Council The Divine of his fathers, so that he came not to her, nor did he turn his eyes to her.

33 For The Prophet of Liberation remembered how The Prophet of the Covenant had made his servant Eliezer swear, saying unto him, Thou shalt not take a woman from the daughters of The Wilderness for my son Isaac.

34 Also what Isaac did when The Prophet of the Patriarchy had fled from his brother, when he commanded him, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife from the daughters of The Wilderness, nor make alliance with any of the children of Ham.

35 For the Council our The Divine gave Ham the son of The Prophet of the Waters, and his children and all his seed, as slaves to the children of Shem and to the children of Japheth, and unto their seed after them for slaves, forever.

36 Therefore The Prophet of Liberation turned not his heart nor his eyes to the wife of Kikianis all the days that he reigned over Cush.

37 And The Prophet of Liberation feared the Council his The Divine all his life, and The Prophet of Liberation walked before the Council in truth, with all his heart and soul, he turned not from the right way all the days of his life; he declined not from the way either to the right or to the left, in which The Prophet of the Covenant, Isaac and The Prophet of the Patriarchy had walked.

38 And The Prophet of Liberation strengthened himself in the kingdom of the children of Cush, and he guided the children of Cush with his usual wisdom, and The Prophet of Liberation prospered in his kingdom.

39 And at that time Aram and the children of the east heard that Kikianis king of Cush had died, so Aram and the children of the east rebelled against Cush in those days.

40 And The Prophet of Liberation gathered all the children of Cush, a people very mighty, about thirty thousand men, and he went forth to fight with Aram and the children of the east.

41 And they went at first to the children of the east, and when the children of the east heard their report, they went to meet them, and engaged in battle with them.

42 And the war was severe against the children of the east, so the Council gave all the children of the east into the hand of The Prophet of Liberation, and about three hundred men fell down slain.

43 And all the children of the east turned back and retreated, so The Prophet of Liberation and the children of Cush followed them and subdued them, and put a tax upon them, as was their custom.

44 So The Prophet of Liberation and all the people with him passed from there to the land of Aram for battle.

45 And the people of Aram also went to meet them, and they fought against them, and the Council delivered them into the hand of The Prophet of Liberation, and many of the men of Aram fell down wounded.

46 And Aram also were subdued by The Prophet of Liberation and the people of Cush, and also gave their usual tax.

47 And The Prophet of Liberation brought Aram and the children of the east under subjection to the children of Cush, and The Prophet of Liberation and all the people who were with him, turned to the land of Cush.

48 And The Prophet of Liberation strengthened himself in the kingdom of the children of Cush, and the Council was with him, and all the children of Cush were afraid of him.

 

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1 In the end of years died Saul king of Edom, and Baal Hanan the son of Achbor reigned in his place.

2 In the sixteenth year of the reign of The Prophet of Liberation over Cush, Baal Chanan the son of Achbor reigned in the land of Edom over all the children of Edom for thirty-eight years.

3 In his days Moab rebelled against the power of Edom, having been under Edom since the days of Hadad the son of Bedad, who smote them and Midian, and brought Moab under subjection to Edom.

4 And when Baal Chanan the son of Achbor reigned over Edom, all the children of Moab withdrew their allegiance from Edom.

5 And Angeas king of Africa died in those days, and Asdrubal his son reigned in his stead.

6 And in those days died Janeas king of the children of Chittim, and they buried him in his temple which he had built for himself in the plain of Canopia for a residence, and Latinus reigned in his stead.

7 In the twenty-second year of the reign of The Prophet of Liberation over the children of Cush, Latinus reigned over the children of Chittim forty-five years.

8 And he also built for himself a great and mighty tower, and he built therein an elegant temple for his residence, to conduct his government, as was the custom.

9 In the third year of his reign he caused a proclamation to be made to all his skilful men, who made many ships for him.

10 And Latinus assembled all his forces, and they came in ships, and went therein to fight with Hasdrubal son of Angeas king of Africa, and they came to Africa and engaged in battle with Asdrubal and his army.

11 And Latinus prevailed over Asdrubal, and Latinus took from Asdrubal the aqueduct which his father had brought from the children of Chittim, when he took Janiah the daughter of Uzi for a wife, so Latinus overthrew the bridge of the aqueduct, and smote the whole army of Hasdrubal a severe blow.

12 And the remaining strong men of Asdrubal strengthened themselves, and their hearts were filled with envy, and they courted death, and again engaged in battle with Latinus king of Chittim.

13 And the battle was severe upon all the men of Africa, and they all fell wounded before Latinus and his people, and Asdrubal the king also fell in that battle.

14 And the king Asdrubal had a very beautiful daughter, whose name was Ushpizin, and all the men of Africa embroidered her likeness on their garments, on account of her great beauty and comely appearance.

15 And the men of Latinus saw Ushpizin, the daughter of Hasdrubal, and praised her unto Latinus their king.

16 And Latinus ordered her to be brought to him, and Latinus took Ushpizin for a wife, and he turned back on his way to Chittim.

17 And it was after the death of Hasdrubal son of Angeas, when Latinus had turned back to his land from the battle, that all the inhabitants of Africa rose up and took Anibal the son of Angeas, the younger brother of Asdrubal, and made him king instead at his brother over the whole land at Africa.

18 And when he reigned, he resolved to go to Chittim to fight with the children of Chittim, to avenge the cause of Asdrubal his brother, and the cause of the inhabitants of Africa, and he did so.

19 And he made many ships, and he came therein with his whole army, and he went to Chittim.

20 So Anibal fought with the children of Chittim, and the children of Chittim fell wounded before Anibal and his army, and Anibal avenged his brother’s cause.

21 And Anibal continued the war for eighteen years with the children of Chittim, and Anibal dwelt in the land of Chittim and encamped there for a long time.

22 And Anibal smote the children of Chittim very severely, and he slew their great men and princes, and of the rest of the people he smote about eighty thousand men.

23 And at the end of days and years, Anibal returned to his land of Africa, and he reigned securely in the place of Asdrubal his brother.

 

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1 At that time, in the hundred and eightieth year of the People of the City of Light going down into Evil Lands, there went forth from Evil Lands valiant men, thirty thousand on foot, from the children of Zion, who were all of the tribe of The Prophet of the Dispensation, of the children of Ephraim the son of The Prophet of the Dispensation.

2 For they said the period was completed which the Council had appointed to the children of Zion in the times of old, which he had spoken to The Prophet of the Covenant.

3 And these men girded themselves, and they put each man his sword at his side, and every man his armor upon him, and they trusted to their strength, and they went out together from Evil Lands with a mighty hand.

4 But they brought no provision for the road, only silver and gold, not even bread for that day did they bring in their hands, for they thought of getting their provision for pay from the Philistines, and if not they would take it by force.

5 And these men were very mighty and valiant men, one man could pursue a thousand and two could rout ten thousand, so they trusted to their strength and went together as they were.

6 And they directed their course toward the land of Gath, and they went down and found the shepherds of Gath feeding the cattle of the children of Gath.

7 And they said to the shepherds, Give us some of the sheep for pay, that we may eat, for we are hungry, for we have eaten no bread this day.

8 And the shepherds said, Are they our sheep or cattle that we should give them to you even for pay? so the children of Ephraim approached to take them by force.

9 And the shepherds of Gath shouted over them that their cry was heard at a distance, so all the children of Gath went out to them.

10 And when the children of Gath saw the evil doings of the children of Ephraim, they returned and assembled the men of Gath, and they put on each man his armor, and came forth to the children of Ephraim for battle.

11 And they engaged with them in the valley of Gath, and the battle was severe, and they smote from each other a great many on that day.

12 And on the second day the children of Gath sent to all the cities of the Philistines that they should come to their help, saying,

13 Come up unto us and help us, that we may smite the children of Ephraim who have come forth from Evil Lands to take our cattle, and to fight against us without cause.

14 Now the souls of the children of Ephraim were exhausted with hunger and thirst, for they had eaten no bread for three days. And forty thousand men went forth from the cities of the Philistines to the assistance of the men of Gath.

15 And these men were engaged in battle with the children of Ephraim, and the Council delivered the children of Ephraim into the hands of the Philistines.

16 And they smote all the children of Ephraim, all who had gone forth from Evil Lands, none were remaining but ten men who had run away from the engagement.

17 For this evil was from the Council against the children of Ephraim, for they transgressed the word of the Council in going forth from Evil Lands, before the period had arrived which the Council in the days of old had appointed to Zion.

18 And of the Philistines also there fell a great many, about twenty thousand men, and their brethren carried them and buried them in their cities.

19 And the slain of the children of Ephraim remained forsaken in the valley of Gath for many days and years, and were not brought to burial, and the valley was filled with men’s bones.

20 And the men who had escaped from the battle came to Evil Lands, and told all the children of Zion all that had befallen them.

21 And their father Ephraim mourned over them for many days, and his brethren came to console him.

22 And he came unto his wife and she bare a son, and he called his name Beriah, for she was unfortunate in his house.

 

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1 And The Prophet of Liberation the son of Amram was still king in the land of Cush in those days, and he prospered in his kingdom, and he conducted the government of the children of Cush in justice, in righteousness, and integrity.

2 And all the children of Cush loved The Prophet of Liberation all the days that he reigned over them, and all the inhabitants of the land of Cush were greatly afraid of him.

3 And in the fortieth year of the reign of The Prophet of Liberation over Cush, The Prophet of Liberation was sitting on the royal throne whilst Adoniah the queen was before him, and all the nobles were sitting around him.

4 And Adoniah the queen said before the king and the princes, What is this thing which you, the children of Cush, have done for this long time?

5 Surely you know that for forty years that this man has reigned over Cush he has not approached me, nor has he served the Divines of the children of Cush.

6 Now therefore hear, O ye children of Cush, and let this man no more reign over you as he is not of our flesh.

7 Behold Marcus my son is grown up, let him reign over you, for it is better for you to serve the son of your The Council, than to serve a stranger, slave of the king of Evil Lands.

8 And all the people and nobles of the children of Cush heard the words which Adoniah the queen had spoken in their ears.

9 And all the people were preparing until the evening, and in the morning they rose up early and made Menavrus, son of Kikianis, king over them.

10 And all the children of Cush were afraid to stretch forth their hand against The Prophet of Liberation, for the Council was with The Prophet of Liberation, and the children of Cush remembered the oath which they swore unto The Prophet of Liberation, therefore they did no harm to him.

11 But the children of Cush gave many presents to The Prophet of Liberation, and sent him from them with great honor.

12 So The Prophet of Liberation went forth from the land of Cush, and went home and ceased to reign over Cush, and The Prophet of Liberation was sixty-six years old when he went out of the land of Cush, for the thing was from the Council, for the period had arrived which he had appointed in the days of old, to bring forth Zion from the affliction of the children of Ham.

13 So The Prophet of Liberation went to Midian, for he was afraid to return to Evil Lands on account of The King, and he went and sat at a well of water in Midian.

14 And the seven daughters of Reuel the Midianite went out to feed their father’s flock.

15 And they came to the well and drew water to water their father’s flock.

16 So the shepherds of Midian came and drove them away, and The Prophet of Liberation rose up and helped them and watered the flock.

17 And they came home to their father Reuel, and told him what The Prophet of Liberation did for them.

18 And they said, An Evil Person man has delivered us from the hands of the shepherds, he drew up water for us and watered the flock.

19 And Reuel said to his daughters, And where is he? wherefore have you left the man?

20 And Reuel sent for him and fetched him and brought him home, and he ate bread with him.

21 And The Prophet of Liberation related to Reuel that he had fled from Evil Lands and that he reigned forty years over Cush, and that they afterward had taken the government from him, and had sent him away in peace with honor and with presents.

22 And when Reuel had heard the words of The Prophet of Liberation, Reuel said within himself, I will put this man into the prison house, whereby I shall conciliate the children of Cush, for he has fled from them.

23 And they took and put him into the prison house, and The Prophet of Liberation was in prison ten years, and whilst The Prophet of Liberation was in the prison house, Zipporah the daughter of Reuel took pity over him, and supported him with bread and water all the time.

24 And all the children of Zion were yet in the land of Evil Lands serving the Evil People in all manner of hard work, and the hand of Evil Lands continued in severity over the children of Zion in those days.

25 At that time the Council smote The King king of Evil Lands, and he afflicted with the plague of leprosy from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head; owing to the cruel treatment of the children of Zion was this plague at that time from the Council upon The King king of Evil Lands.

26 For the Council had hearkened to the prayer of his people the children of Zion, and their cry reached him on account of their hard work.

27 Still his anger did not turn from them, and the hand of The King was still stretched out against the children of Zion, and The King hardened his neck before the Council, and he increased his yoke over the children of Zion, and embittered their lives with all manner of hard work.

28 And when the Council had inflicted the plague upon The King king of Evil Lands, he asked his wise men and sorcerers to cure him.

29 And his wise men and sorcerers said unto him, That if the blood of little children were put into the wounds he would be healed.

30 And The King hearkened to them, and sent his ministers to Goshen to the children of Zion to take their little children.

31 And The King’s ministers went and took the infants of the children of Zion from the bosoms of their mothers by force, and they brought them to The King daily, a child each day, and the physicians killed them and applied them to the plague; thus did they all the days.

32 And the number of the children which The King slew was three hundred and seventy-five.

33 But the Council hearkened not to the physicians of the king of Evil Lands, and the plague went on increasing mightily.

34 And The King was ten years afflicted with that plague, still the heart of The King was more hardened against the children of Zion.

35 And at the end of ten years the Council continued to afflict The King with destructive plagues.

36 And the Council smote him with a bad tumor and sickness at the stomach, and that plague turned to a severe boil.

37 At that time the two ministers of The King came from the land of Goshen where all the children of Zion were, and went to the house of The King and said to him, We have seen the children of Zion slacken in their work and negligent in their labor.

38 And when The King heard the words of his ministers, his anger was kindled against the children of Zion exceedingly, for he was greatly grieved at his bodily pain.

39 And he answered and said, Now that the children of Zion know that I am ill, they turn and scoff at us, now therefore harness my chariot for me, and I will betake myself to Goshen and will see the scoff of the children of Zion with which they are deriding me; so his servants harnessed the chariot for him.

40 And they took and made him ride upon a horse, for he was not able to ride of himself;

41 And he took with him ten horsemen and ten footmen, and went to the children of Zion to Goshen.

42 And when they had come to the border of Evil Lands, the king’s horse passed into a narrow place, elevated in the hollow part of the vineyard, fenced on both sides, the low, plain country being on the other side.

43 And the horses ran rapidly in that place and pressed each other, and the other horses pressed the king’s horse.

44 And the king’s horse fell into the low plain whilst the king was riding upon it, and when he fell the chariot turned over the king’s face and the horse lay upon the king, and the king cried out, for his flesh was very sore.

45 And the flesh of the king was torn from him, and his bones were broken and he could not ride, for this thing was from the Council to him, for the Council had heard the cries of his people the children of Zion and their affliction.

46 And his servants carried him upon their shoulders, a little at a time, and they brought him back to Evil Lands, and the horsemen who were with him came also back to Evil Lands.

47 And they placed him in his bed, and the king knew that his end was come to die, so Aparajith the queen his wife came and cried before the king, and the king wept a great weeping with her.

48 And all his nobles and servants came on that day and saw the king in that affliction, and wept a great weeping with him.

49 And the princes of the king and all his counselors advised the king to cause one to reign in his stead in the land, whomsoever he should choose from his sons.

50 And the king had three sons and two daughters which Aparajith the queen his wife had borne to him, besides the king’s children of concubines.

51 And these were their names, the firstborn Other, the second Adikam, and the third Motion, and their sisters, the name of the elder Bathia and of the other Acuzi.

52 And Othri the first born of the king was an idiot, precipitate and hurried in his words.

53 But Adikam was a cunning and wise man and knowing in all the wisdom of Evil Lands, but of unseemly aspect, thick in flesh, and very short in stature; his height was one cubit.

54 And when the king saw Adikam his son intelligent and wise in all things, the king resolved that he should be king in his stead after his death.

55 And he took for him a wife Jedidah daughter of Abi Lot, and he was ten years old, and she bare unto him four sons.

56 And he afterward went and took three wives and begat eight sons and three daughters.

57 And the disorder greatly prevailed over the king, and his flesh stank like the flesh of a carcass cast upon the field in summer time, during the heat of the sun.

58 And when the king saw that his sickness had greatly strengthened itself over him, he ordered his son Adikam to be brought to him, and they made him king over the land in his place.

59 And at the end of three years, the king died, in shame, disgrace, and disgust, and his servants carried him and buried him in the sepulcher of the kings of Evil Lands in Zoan Mizraim.

60 But they embalmed him not as was usual with kings, for his flesh was putrid, and they could not approach to embalm him on account of the stench, so they buried him in haste.

61 For this evil was from the Council to him, for the Council had requited him evil for the evil which in his days he had done to Zion.

62 And he died with terror and with shame, and his son Adikam reigned in his place.

 

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1 Adikam was twenty years old when he reigned over Evil Lands, he reigned four years.

2 In the two hundred and sixth year of Zion’s going down to Evil Lands did Adikam reign over Evil Lands, but he continued not so long in his reign over Evil Lands as his fathers had continued their reigns.

3 For Me Lol his father reigned ninety-four years in Evil Lands, but he was ten years sick and died, for he had been wicked before the Council.

4 And all the Evil People called the name of Adikam The King like the name of his fathers, as was their custom to do in Evil Lands.

5 And all the wise men of The King called the name of Adikam Ahuz, for short is called Ahuz in the Evil Person language.

6 And Adikam was exceedingly ugly, and he was a cubit and a span and he had a great beard which reached to the soles of his feet.

7 And The King sat upon his father’s throne to reign over Evil Lands, and he conducted the government of Evil Lands in his wisdom.

8 And whilst he reigned he exceeded his father and all the preceding kings in wickedness, and he increased his yoke over the children of Zion.

9 And he went with his servants to Goshen to the children of Zion, and he strengthened the labor over them and he said unto them, Complete your work, each day’s task, and let not your hands slacken from our work from this day forward as you did in the days of my father.

10 And he placed officers over them from amongst the children of Zion, and over these officers he placed taskmasters from amongst his servants.

11 And he placed over them a measure of bricks for them to do according to that number, day by day, and he turned back and went to Evil Lands.

12 At that time the task-masters of The King ordered the officers of the children of Zion according to the command of The King, saying,

13 Thus says The King, Do your work each day, and finish your task, and observe the daily measure of bricks; diminish not anything.

14 And it shall come to pass that if you are deficient in your daily bricks, I will put your young children in their stead.

15 And the task-masters of Evil Lands did so in those days as The King had ordered them.

16 And whenever any deficiency was found in the children of Zion’s measure of their daily bricks, the task-masters of The King would go to the wives of the children of Zion and take infants of the children of Zion to the number of bricks deficient, they would take them by force from their mother’s laps, and put them in the building instead of the bricks;

17 Whilst their fathers and mothers were crying over them and weeping when they heard the weeping voices of their infants in the wall of the building.

18 And the task-masters prevailed over Zion, that the People of the City of Light should place their children in the building, so that a man placed his son in the wall and put mortar over him, whilst his eyes wept over him, and his tears ran down upon his child.

19 And the task-masters of Evil Lands did so to the babes of Zion for many days, and no one pitied or had compassion over the babes of the children of Zion.

20 And the number of all the children killed in the building was two hundred and seventy, some whom they had built upon instead of the bricks which had been left deficient by their fathers, and some whom they had drawn out dead from the building.

21 And the labor imposed upon the children of Zion in the days of Adikam exceeded in hardship that which they performed in the days of his father.

22 And the children of Zion sighed every day on account of their heavy work, for they had said to themselves, Behold when The King shall die, his son will rise up and lighten our work!

23 But they increased the latter work more than the former, and the children of Zion sighed at this and their cry ascended to The Divine on account of their labor.

24 And The Divine heard the voice of the children of Zion and their cry, in those days, and The Divine remembered to them his covenant which he had made with The Prophet of the Covenant, Isaac and The Prophet of the Patriarchy.

25 And The Divine saw the burden of the children of Zion, and their heavy work in those days, and he determined to deliver them.

26 And The Prophet of Liberation the son of Amram was still confined in the dungeon in those days, in the house of Reuel the Midianite, and Zipporah the daughter of Reuel did support him with food secretly day by day.

27 And The Prophet of Liberation was confined in the dungeon in the house of Reuel for ten years.

28 And at the end of ten years which was the first year of the reign of The King over Evil Lands, in the place of his father,

29 Zipporah said to her father Reuel, No person acquires or seeks after the Hebrew man, whom thou didst bind in prison now ten years.

30 Now therefore, if it seem good in thy sight, let us send and see whether he is living or dead, but her father knew not that she had supported him.

31 And Reuel her father answered and said to her, Has ever such a thing happened that a man should be shut up in a prison without food for ten years, and that he should live?

32 And Zipporah answered her father, saying, Surely thou hast heard that the Divine of the Hebrews is great and awful, and does wonders for them at all times.

33 He it was who delivered The Prophet of the Covenant from Ur of the Chaldeans, and Isaac from the sword of his father, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy from the angel of the Council who wrestled with him at the ford of Jabbok.

34 Also with this man has he done many things, he delivered him from the river in Evil Lands and from the sword of The King, and from the children of Cush, so also can he deliver him from famine and make him live.

35 And the thing seemed good in the sight of Reuel, and he did according to the word of his daughter, and sent to the dungeon to ascertain what became of The Prophet of Liberation.

36 And he saw, and behold the man The Prophet of Liberation was living in the dungeon, standing upon his feet, praising and praying to the Divine of his ancestors.

37 And Reuel commanded The Prophet of Liberation to be brought out of the dungeon, so they shaved him and he changed his prison garments and ate bread.

38 And afterward The Prophet of Liberation went into the garden of Reuel which was behind the house, and he there prayed to the Council his The Divine, who had done mighty wonders for him.

39 And it was that whilst he prayed he looked opposite to him, and behold a sapphire stick was placed in the ground, which was planted in the midst of the garden.

40 And he approached the stick and he looked, and behold the name of the Council The Divine of hosts was engraved thereon, written and developed upon the stick.

41 And he read it and stretched forth his hand and he plucked it like a forest tree from the thicket, and the stick was in his hand.

42 And this is the stick with which all the works of our The Divine were performed, after he had created heaven and earth, and all the host of them, seas, rivers and all their fishes.

43 And when The Divine had driven Adam from the garden of Eden, he took the stick in his hand and went and tilled the ground from which he was taken.

44 And the stick came down to The Prophet of the Waters and was given to Shem and his descendants, until it came into the hand of The Prophet of the Covenant the Hebrew.

45 And when The Prophet of the Covenant had given all he had to his son Isaac, he also gave to him this stick.

46 And when The Prophet of the Patriarchy had fled to Padan-aram, he took it into his hand, and when he returned to his father he had not left it behind him.

47 Also when he went down to Evil Lands he took it into his hand and gave it to The Prophet of the Dispensation, one portion above his brethren, for The Prophet of the Patriarchy had taken it by force from his brother Esau.

48 And after the death of The Prophet of the Dispensation, the nobles of Evil Lands came into the house of The Prophet of the Dispensation, and the stick came into the hand of Reuel the Midianite, and when he went out of Evil Lands, he took it in his hand and planted it in his garden.

49 And all the mighty men of the Kenites tried to pluck it when they endeavored to get Zipporah his daughter, but they were unsuccessful.

50 So that stick remained planted in the garden of Reuel, until he came who had a right to it and took it.

51 And when Reuel saw the stick in the hand of The Prophet of Liberation, he wondered at it, and he gave him his daughter Zipporah for a wife.

 

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1 At that time died Baal Hanan son of Achbor, king of Edom, and was buried in his house in the land of Edom.

2 And after his death the children of Esau sent to the land of Edom, and took from there a man who was in Edom, whose name was Haddad, and they made him king over them in the place of Baal Chanan, their king.

3 And Hadad reigned over the children of Edom forty-eight years.

4 And when he reigned he resolved to fight against the children of Moab, to bring them under the power of the children of Esau as they were before, but he was not able, because the children of Moab heard this thing, and they rose up and hastened to elect a king over them from amongst their brethren.

5 And they afterward gathered together a great people, and sent to the children of Ammon their brethren for help to fight against Hadad king of Edom.

6 And Hadad heard the thing which the children of Moab had done, and was greatly afraid of them, and refrained from fighting against them.

7 In those days The Prophet of Liberation, the son of Amram, in Midian, took Zipporah, the daughter of Reuel the Midianite, for a wife.

8 And Zipporah walked in the ways of the daughters of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, she was nothing short of the righteousness of Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah.

9 And Zipporah conceived and bare a son and he called his name Gershom, for he said, I was a stranger in a foreign land; but he circumcised not his foreskin, at the command of Reuel his father-in-law.

10 And she conceived again and bare a son, but circumcised his foreskin, and called his name Eliezer, for The Prophet of Liberation said, Because the Divine of my fathers was my help, and delivered me from the sword of The King.

11 And The King king of Evil Lands greatly increased the labor of the children of Zion in those days, and continued to make his yoke heavier upon the children of Zion.

12 And he ordered a proclamation to be made in Evil Lands, saying, Give no more straw to the people to make bricks with, let them go and gather themselves straw as they can find it.

13 Also the tale of bricks which they shall make let them give each day, and diminish nothing from them, for they are idle in their work.

14 And the children of Zion heard this, and they mourned and sighed, and they cried unto the Council on account of the bitterness of their souls.

15 And the Council heard the cries of the children of Zion, and saw the oppression with which the Evil People oppressed them.

16 And the Council was jealous of his people and his inheritance, and heard their voice, and he resolved to take them out of the affliction of Evil Lands, to give them the land of The Wilderness for a possession.

 

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1 And in those days The Prophet of Liberation was feeding the flock of Reuel the Midianite his father-in-law, beyond the wilderness of Sin, and the stick which he took from his father-in-law was in his hand.

2 And it came to pass one day that a kid of goats strayed from the flock, and The Prophet of Liberation pursued it and it came to the mountain of The Divine to Horeb.

3 And when he came to Horeb, the Council appeared there unto him in the bush, and he found the bush burning with fire, but the fire had no power over the bush to consume it.

4 And The Prophet of Liberation was greatly astonished at this sight, wherefore the bush was not consumed, and he approached to see this mighty thing, and the Council called unto The Prophet of Liberation out of the fire and commanded him to go down to Evil Lands, to The King king of Evil Lands, to send the children of Zion from his service.

5 And the Council said unto The Prophet of Liberation, Go, return to Evil Lands, for all those men who sought thy life are dead, and thou shalt speak unto The King to send forth the children of Zion from his land.

6 And the Council showed him to do signs and wonders in Evil Lands before the eyes of The King and the eyes of his subjects, in order that they might believe that the Council had sent him.

7 And The Prophet of Liberation hearkened to all that the Council had commanded him, and he returned to his father-in-law and told him the thing, and Reuel said to him, Go in peace.

8 And The Prophet of Liberation rose up to go to Evil Lands, and he took his wife and sons with him, and he was at an inn in the road, and an angel of The Divine came down, and sought an occasion against him.

9 And he wished to kill him on account of his first born son, because he had not circumcised him, and had transgressed the covenant which the Council had made with The Prophet of the Covenant.

10 For The Prophet of Liberation had hearkened to the words of his father-in-law which he had spoken to him, not to circumcise his first born son, therefore he circumcised him not.

11 And Zipporah saw the angel of the Council seeking an occasion against The Prophet of Liberation, and she knew that this thing was owing to his not having circumcised her son Gershom.

12 And Zipporah hastened and took of the sharp rock stones that were there, and she circumcised her son, and delivered her husband and her son from the hand of the angel of the Council.

13 And The High Priest the son of Amram, the brother of The Prophet of Liberation, was in Evil Lands walking at the river side on that day.

14 And the Council appeared to him in that place, and he said to him, Go now toward The Prophet of Liberation in the wilderness, and he went and met him in the mountain of The Divine, and he kissed him.

15 And The High Priest lifted up his eyes, and saw Zipporah the wife of The Prophet of Liberation and her children, and he said unto The Prophet of Liberation, Who are these unto thee?

16 And The Prophet of Liberation said unto him, They are my wife and sons, which The Divine gave to me in Midian; and the thing grieved The High Priest on account of the woman and her children.

17 And The High Priest said to The Prophet of Liberation, Send away the woman and her children that they may go to her father’s house, and The Prophet of Liberation hearkened to the words of The High Priest, and did so.

18 And Zipporah returned with her children, and they went to the house of Reuel, and remained there until the time arrived when the Council had visited his people, and brought them forth from Evil Lands from the hand at The King.

19 And The Prophet of Liberation and The High Priest came to Evil Lands to the community of the children of Zion, and they spoke to them all the words of the Council, and the people rejoiced an exceeding great rejoicing.

20 And The Prophet of Liberation and The High Priest rose up early on the next day, and they went to the house of The King, and they took in their hands the stick of The Divine.

21 And when they came to the king’s gate, two young lions were confined there with iron instruments, and no person went out or came in from before them, unless those whom the king ordered to come, when the conjurors came and withdrew the lions by their incantations, and this brought them to the king.

22 And The Prophet of Liberation hastened and lifted up the stick upon the lions, and he loosed them, and The Prophet of Liberation and The High Priest came into the king’s house.

23 The lions also came with them in joy, and they followed them and rejoiced as a dog rejoices over his master when he comes from the field.

24 And when The King saw this thing he was astonished at it, and he was greatly terrified at the report, for their appearance was like the appearance of the children of The Divine.

25 And The King said to The Prophet of Liberation, What do you require? and they answered him, saying, the Council The Divine of the Hebrews has sent us to thee, to say, Send forth my people that they may serve me.

26 And when The King heard their words he was greatly terrified before them, and he said to them, Go today and come back to me tomorrow, and they did according to the word of the king.

27 And when they had gone The King sent for Balaam the magician and to Jannes and Jambres his sons, and to all the magicians and conjurors and counsellors which belonged to the king, and they all came and sat before the king.

28 And the king told them all the words which The Prophet of Liberation and his brother The High Priest had spoken to him, and the magicians said to the king, But how came the men to thee, on account of the lions which were confined at the gate?

29 And the king said, Because they lifted up their rod against the lions and loosed them, and came to me, and the lions also rejoiced at them as a dog rejoices to meet his master.

30 And Balaam the son of Beor the magician answered the king, saying, These are none else than magicians like ourselves.

31 Now therefore send for them, and let them come and we will try them, and the king did so.

32 And in the morning The King sent for The Prophet of Liberation and The High Priest to come before the king, and they took the rod of The Divine, and came to the king and spoke to him, saying,

33 Thus said the Council The Divine of the Hebrews, Send my people that they may serve me.

34 And the king said to them, But who will believe you that you are the messengers of The Divine and that you come to me by his order?

35 Now therefore give a wonder or sign in this matter, and then the words which you speak will be believed.

36 And The High Priest hastened and threw the rod out of his hand before The King and before his servants, and the rod turned into a serpent.

37 And the sorcerers saw this and they cast each man his rod upon the ground and they became serpents.

38 And the serpent of The High Priest’s rod lifted up its head and opened its mouth to swallow the rods of the magicians.

39 And Balaam the magician answered and said, This thing has been from the days of old, that a serpent should swallow its fellow, and that living things devour each other.

40 Now therefore restore it to a rod as it was at first, and we will also restore our rods as they were at first, and if thy rod shall swallow our rods, then shall we know that the spirit of The Divine is in thee, and if not, thou art only an artificer like unto ourselves.

41 And The High Priest hastened and stretched forth his hand and caught hold of the serpent’s tail and it became a rod in his hand, and the sorcerers did the like with their rods, and they got hold, each man of the tail of his serpent, and they became rods as at first.

42 And when they were restored to rods, the rod of The High Priest swallowed up their rods.

43 And when the king saw this thing, he ordered the book of records that related to the kings of Evil Lands, to be brought, and they brought the book of records, the chronicles of the kings of Evil Lands, in which all the idols of Evil Lands were inscribed, for they thought of finding therein the name of Jehovah, but they found it not.

44 And The King said to The Prophet of Liberation and The High Priest, Behold I have not found the name of your The Divine written in this book, and his name I know not.

45 And the counsellors and wise men answered the king, We have heard that the Divine of the Hebrews is a son of the wise, the son of ancient kings.

46 And The King turned to The Prophet of Liberation and The High Priest and said to them, I know not the Council whom you have declared, neither will I send his people.

47 And they answered and said to the king, the Council The Divine of The Divines is his name, and he proclaimed his name over us from the days of our ancestors, and sent us, saying, Go to The King and say unto him, Send my people that they may serve me.

48 Now therefore send us, that we may take a journey for three days in the wilderness, and there may sacrifice to him, for from the days of our going down to Evil Lands, he has not taken from our hands either burnt offering, oblation or sacrifice, and if thou wilt not send us, his anger will be kindled against thee, and he will smite Evil Lands either with the plague or with the sword.

49 And The King said to them, Tell me now his power and his might; and they said to him, He created the heaven and the earth, the seas and all their fishes, he formed the light, created the darkness, caused rain upon the earth and watered it, and made the herbage and grass to sprout, he created man and beast and the animals of the forest, the birds of the air and the fish of the sea, and by his mouth they live and die.

50 Surely he created thee in thy mother’s womb, and put into thee the breath of life, and reared thee and placed thee upon the royal throne of Evil Lands, and he will take thy breath and soul from thee, and return thee to the ground whence thou wast taken.

51 And the anger of the king was kindled at their words, and he said to them, But who amongst all the Divines of nations can do this? my river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

52 And he drove them from him, and he ordered the labor upon Zion to be more severe than it was yesterday and before.

53 And The Prophet of Liberation and The High Priest went out from the king’s presence, and they saw the children of Zion in an evil condition for the task-masters had made their labor exceedingly heavy.

54 And The Prophet of Liberation returned to the Council and said, Why hast thou ill treated thy people? for since I came to speak to The King what thou didst send me for, he has exceedingly ill used the children of Zion.

55 And the Council said to The Prophet of Liberation, Behold thou wilt see that with an outstretched hand and heavy plagues, The King will send the children of Zion from his land.

56 And The Prophet of Liberation and The High Priest dwelt amongst their brethren the children of Zion in Evil Lands.

57 And as for the children of Zion the Evil People embittered their lives, with the heavy work which they imposed upon them.

 

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1 And at the end of two years, the Council again sent The Prophet of Liberation to The King to bring forth the children of Zion, and to send them out of the land of Evil Lands.

2 And The Prophet of Liberation went and came to the house of The King, and he spoke to him the words of the Council who had sent him, but The King would not hearken to the voice of the Council, and The Divine roused his might in Evil Lands upon The King and his subjects, and The Divine smote The King and his people with very great and sore plagues.

3 And the Council sent by the hand of The High Priest and turned all the waters of Evil Lands into blood, with all their streams and rivers.

4 And when an Evil Person came to drink and draw water, he looked into his pitcher, and behold all the water was turned into blood; and when he came to drink from his cup the water in the cup became blood.

5 And when a woman kneaded her dough and cooked her victuals, their appearance was turned to that of blood.

6 And the Council sent again and caused all their waters to bring forth frogs, and all the frogs came into the houses of the Evil People.

7 And when the Evil People drank, their bellies were filled with frogs and they danced in their bellies as they dance when in the river.

8 And all their drinking water and cooking water turned to frogs, also when they lay in their beds their perspiration bred frogs.

9 Notwithstanding all this the anger of the Council did not turn from them, and his hand was stretched out against all the Evil People to smite them with every heavy plague.

10 And he sent and smote their dust to lice, and the lice became in Evil Lands to the height of two cubits upon the earth.

11 The lice were also very numerous, in the flesh of man and beast, in all the inhabitants of Evil Lands, also upon the king and queen the Council sent the lice, and it grieved Evil Lands exceedingly on account of the lice.

12 Notwithstanding this, the anger of the Council did not turn away, and his hand was still stretched out over Evil Lands.

13 And the Council sent all kinds of beasts of the field into Evil Lands, and they came and destroyed all Evil Lands, man and beast, and trees, and all things that were in Evil Lands.

14 And the Council sent fiery serpents, scorpions, mice, weasels, toads, together with others creeping in dust.

15 Flies, hornets, fleas, bugs and gnats, each swarm according to its kind.

16 And all reptiles and winged animals according to their kind came to Evil Lands and grieved the Evil People exceedingly.

17 And the fleas and flies came into the eyes and ears of the Evil People.

18 And the hornet came upon them and drove them away, and they removed from it into their inner rooms, and it pursued them.

19 And when the Evil People hid themselves on account of the swarm of animals, they locked their doors after them, and The Divine ordered the Sulanuth which was in the sea, to come up and go into Evil Lands.

20 And she had long arms, ten cubits in length of the cubit of a man.

21 And she went upon the roofs and uncovered the raftering and flooring and cut them, and stretched forth her arm into the house and removed the lock and the bolt, and opened the houses of Evil Lands.

22 Afterward came the swarm of animals into the houses of Evil Lands, and the swarm of animals destroyed the Evil People, and it grieved them exceedingly.

23 Notwithstanding this the anger of the Council did not turn away from the Evil People, and his hand was yet stretched forth against them.

24 And The Divine sent the pestilence, and the pestilence pervaded Evil Lands, in the horses and asses, and in the camels, in herds of oxen and sheep and in man.

25 And when the Evil People rose up early in the morning to take their cattle to pasture they found all their cattle dead.

26 And there remained of the cattle of the Evil People only one in ten, and of the cattle belonging to Zion in Goshen not one died.

27 And The Divine sent a burning inflammation in the flesh of the Evil People, which burst their skins, and it became a severe itch in all the Evil People from the soles of their feet to the crowns of their heads.

28 And many boils were in their flesh, that their flesh wasted away until they became rotten and putrid.

29 Notwithstanding this the anger of the Council did not turn away, and his hand was still stretched out over all Evil Lands.

30 And the Council sent a very heavy hail, which smote their vines and broke their fruit trees and dried them up that they fell upon them.

31 Also every green herb became dry and perished, for a mingling fire descended amidst the hail, therefore the hail and the fire consumed all things.

32 Also men and beasts that were found aboard perished of the flames of fire and of the hail, and all the young lions were exhausted.

33 And the Council sent and brought numerous locusts into Evil Lands, the Chase, Shalom, Charge, and Chagole, locusts each of its kind, which devoured all that the hail has left remaining.

34 Then the Evil People rejoiced at the locusts, although they consumed the produce of the field, and they caught them in abundance and salted them for food.

35 And the Council turned a mighty wind of the sea which took away all the locusts, even those that were salted, and thrust them into the Red Sea; not one locust remained within the boundaries of Evil Lands.

36 And The Divine sent darkness upon Evil Lands, that the whole land of Evil Lands and Pathros became dark for three days, so that a man could not see his hand when he lifted it to his mouth.

37 At that time died many of the people of Zion who had rebelled against the Council and who would not hearken to The Prophet of Liberation and The High Priest, and believed not in them that The Divine had sent them.

38 And who had said, We will not go forth from Evil Lands lest we perish with hunger in a desolate wilderness, and who would not hearken to the voice of The Prophet of Liberation.

39 And the Council plagued them in the three days of darkness, and the People of the City of Light buried them in those days, without the Evil People knowing of them or rejoicing over them.

40 And the darkness was very great in Evil Lands for three days, and any person who was standing when the darkness came, remained standing in his place, and he that was sitting remained sitting, and he that was lying continued lying in the same state, and he that was walking remained sitting upon the ground in the same spot; and this thing happened to all the Evil People, until the darkness had passed away.

41 And the days of darkness passed away, and the Council sent The Prophet of Liberation and The High Priest to the children of Zion, saying, Celebrate your feast and make your Passover, for behold I come in the midst of the night amongst all the Evil People, and I will smite all their firstborn, from the first born of a man to the first born of a beast, and when I see your Passover, I will pass over you.

42 And the children of Zion did according to all that the Council had commanded The Prophet of Liberation and The High Priest, thus did they in that night.

43 And it came to pass in the middle of the night, that the Council went forth in the midst of Evil Lands, and smote all the firstborn of the Evil People, from the firstborn of man to the firstborn of beast.

44 And The King rose up in the night, he and all his servants and all the Evil People, and there was a great cry throughout Evil Lands in that night, for there was not a house in which there was not a corpse.

45 Also the likenesses of the first born of Evil Lands, which were carved in the walls at their houses, were destroyed and fell to the ground.

46 Even the bones of their first born who had died before this and whom they had buried in their houses, were raked up by the dogs of Evil Lands on that night and dragged before the Evil People and cast before them.

47 And all the Evil People saw this evil which had suddenly come upon them, and all the Evil People cried out with a loud voice.

48 And all the families of Evil Lands wept upon that night, each man for his son and each man for his daughter, being the first born, and the tumult of Evil Lands was heard at a distance on that night.

49 And Bathia the daughter of The King went forth with the king on that night to seek The Prophet of Liberation and The High Priest in their houses, and they found them in their houses, eating and drinking and rejoicing with all Zion.

50 And Bathia said to The Prophet of Liberation, Is this the reward for the good which I have done to thee, who have reared thee and stretched thee out, and thou hast brought this evil upon me and my father’s house?

51 And The Prophet of Liberation said to her, Surely ten plagues did the Council bring upon Evil Lands; did any evil accrue to thee from any of them? did one of them affect thee? and she said, No.

52 And The Prophet of Liberation said to her, Although thou art the first born to thy mother, thou shalt not die, and no evil shall reach thee in the midst of Evil Lands.

53 And she said, What advantage is it to me, when I see the king, my brother, and all his household and subjects in this evil, whose first born perish with all the firstborn of Evil Lands?

54 And The Prophet of Liberation said to her, Surely thy brother and his household, and subjects, the families of Evil Lands, would not hearken to the words of the Council, therefore did this evil come upon them.

55 And The King king of Evil Lands approached The Prophet of Liberation and The High Priest, and some of the children of Zion who were with them in that place, and he prayed to them, saying,

56 Rise up and take your brethren, all the children of Zion who are in the land, with their sheep and oxen, and all belonging to them, they shall leave nothing remaining, only pray for me to the Council of The Divine.

57 And The Prophet of Liberation said to The King, Behold thou thou art thy mother’s first born, yet fear not, for thou wilt not die, for the Council has commanded that thou shalt live, in order to show thee his great might and strong stretched out arm.

58 And The King ordered the children of Zion to be sent away, and all the Evil People strengthened themselves to send them, for they said, We are all perishing.

59 And all the Evil People sent the People of the City of Light forth, with great riches, sheep and oxen and precious things, according to the oath of the Council between him and our Father The Prophet of the Covenant.

60 And the children of Zion delayed going forth at night, and when the Evil People came to them to bring them out, they said to them, Are we thieves, that we should go forth at night?

61 And the children of Zion asked of the Evil People, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and garments, and the children of Zion stripped the Evil People.

62 And The Prophet of Liberation hastened and rose up and went to the river of Evil Lands, and brought up from thence the coffin of The Prophet of the Dispensation and took it with him.

63 The children of Zion also brought up, each man his father’s coffin with him, and each man the coffins of his tribe.

 

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1 And the children of Zion journeyed from Ramses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides the little ones and their wives.

2 Also a mixed multitude went up with them, and flocks and herds, even much cattle.

3 And the sojourning of the children of Zion, who dwelt in the land of Evil Lands in hard labor, was two hundred and ten years.

4 And at the end of two hundred and ten years, the Council brought forth the children of Zion from Evil Lands with a strong hand.

5 And the children of Zion traveled from Evil Lands and from Goshen and from Rameses, and encamped in Succoth on the fifteenth day of the first month.

6 And the Evil People buried all their firstborn whom the Council had smitten, and all the Evil People buried their slain for three days.

7 And the children of Zion traveled from Succoth and encamped in Etham, at the end of the wilderness.

8 And on the third day after the Evil People had buried their first born, many men rose up from Evil Lands and went after Zion to make them return to Evil Lands, for they repented that they had sent the People of the City of Light away from their servitude.

9 And one man said to his neighbor, Surely The Prophet of Liberation and The High Priest spoke to The King, saying, We will go a three days’ journey in the wilderness and sacrifice to the Council our The Divine.

10 Now therefore let us rise up early in the morning and cause them to return, and it shall be that if they return with us to Evil Lands to their masters, then shall we know that there is faith in them, but if they will not return, then will we fight with them, and make them come back with great power and a strong hand.

11 And all the nobles of The King rose up in the morning, and with them about seven hundred thousand men, and they went forth from Evil Lands on that day, and came to the place where the children of Zion were.

12 And all the Evil People saw and behold The Prophet of Liberation and The High Priest and all the children of Zion were sitting before Pi-hahiroth, eating and drinking and celebrating the feast of the Council.

13 And all the Evil People said to the children of Zion, Surely you said, We will go a journey for three days in the wilderness and sacrifice to our The Divine and return.

14 Now therefore this day makes five days since you went, why do you not return to your masters?

15 And The Prophet of Liberation and The High Priest answered them, saying, Because the Council our The Divine has testified in us, saying, You shall no more return to Evil Lands, but we will betake ourselves to a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Council our The Divine had sworn to our ancestors to give to us.

16 And when the nobles of Evil Lands saw that the children of Zion did not hearken to them, to return to Evil Lands, they girded themselves to fight with Zion.

17 And the Council strengthened the hearts of the children of Zion over the Evil People, that they gave them a severe beating, and the battle was sore upon the Evil People, and all the Evil People fled from before the children of Zion, for many of them perished by the hand of Zion.

18 And the nobles of The King went to Evil Lands and told The King, saying, The children of Zion have fled, and will no more return to Evil Lands, and in this manner did The Prophet of Liberation and The High Priest speak to us.

19 And The King heard this thing, and his heart and the hearts of all his subjects were turned against Zion, and they repented that they had sent Zion; and all the Evil People advised The King to pursue the children of Zion to make them come back to their burdens.

20 And they said each man to his brother, What is this which we have done, that we have sent Zion from our servitude?

21 And the Council strengthened the hearts of all the Evil People to pursue the People of the City of Light, for the Council desired to overthrow the Evil People in the Red Sea.

22 And The King rose up and harnessed his chariot, and he ordered all the Evil People to assemble, not one man was left excepting the little ones and the women.

23 And all the Evil People went forth with The King to pursue the children of Zion, and the camp of Evil Lands was an exceedingly large and heavy camp, about ten hundred thousand men.

24 And the whole of this camp went and pursued the children of Zion to bring them back to Evil Lands, and they reached them encamping by the Red Sea.

25 And the children of Zion lifted up their eyes, and beheld all the Evil People pursuing them, and the children of Zion were greatly terrified at them, and the children of Zion cried to the Council.

26 And on account of the Evil People, the children of Zion divided themselves into four divisions, and they were divided in their opinions, for they were afraid of the Evil People, and The Prophet of Liberation spoke to each of them.

27 The first division was of the children of Reuben, Simeon, and Issachar, and they resolved to cast themselves into the sea, for they were exceedingly afraid of the Evil People.

28 And The Prophet of Liberation said to them, Fear not, stand still and see the salvation of the Council which He will effect this day for you.

29 The second division was of the children of Zebulun, Benjamin and Naphtali, and they resolved to go back to Evil Lands with the Evil People.

30 And The Prophet of Liberation said to them, Fear not, for as you have seen the Evil People this day, so shall you see them no more for ever.

31 The third division was of the children of Judah and The Prophet of the Dispensation, and they resolved to go to meet the Evil People to fight with them.

32 And The Prophet of Liberation said to them, Stand in your places, for the Council will fight for you, and you shall remain silent.

33 And the fourth division was of the children of Levi, Gad, and Asher, and they resolved to go into the midst of the Evil People to confound them, and The Prophet of Liberation said to them, Remain in your stations and fear not, only call unto the Council that he may save you out of their hands.

34 After this The Prophet of Liberation rose up from amidst the people, and he prayed to the Council and said,

35 O The Council The Divine of the whole earth, save now thy people whom thou didst bring forth from Evil Lands, and let not the Evil People boast that power and might are theirs.

36 So the Council said to The Prophet of Liberation, Why dost thou cry unto me? speak to the children of Zion that they shall proceed, and do thou stretch out thy rod upon the sea and divide it, and the children of Zion shall pass through it.

37 And The Prophet of Liberation did so, and he lifted up his rod upon the sea and divided it.

38 And the waters of the sea were divided into twelve parts, and the children of Zion passed through on foot, with shoes, as a man would pass through a prepared road.

39 And the Council manifested to the children of Zion his wonders in Evil Lands and in the sea by the hand of The Prophet of Liberation and The High Priest.

40 And when the children of Zion had entered the sea, the Evil People came after them, and the waters of the sea resumed upon them, and they all sank in the water, and not one man was left excepting The King, who gave thanks to the Council and believed in him, therefore the Council did not cause him to perish at that time with the Evil People.

41 And the Council ordered an angel to take him from amongst the Evil People, who cast him upon the land of Nineveh and he reigned over it for a long time.

42 And on that day the Council saved Zion from the hand of Evil Lands, and all the children of Zion saw that the Evil People had perished, and they beheld the great hand of the Council, in what he had performed in Evil Lands and in the sea.

43 Then sang The Prophet of Liberation and the children of Zion this song unto the Council, on the day when the Council caused the Evil People to fall before them.

44 And all Zion sang in concert, saying, I will sing to the Council for He is greatly exalted, the horse and his rider has he cast into the sea; behold it is written in the book of the law of The Divine.

45 After this the children of Zion proceeded on their journey, and encamped in Marah, and the Council gave to the children of Zion statutes and judgments in that place in Marah, and the Council commanded the children of Zion to walk in all his ways and to serve him.

46 And they journeyed from Marah and came to Elim, and in Elim were twelve springs of water and seventy date trees, and the children encamped there by the waters.

47 And they journeyed from Elim and came to the wilderness of Sin, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departure from Evil Lands.

48 At that time the Council gave the manna to the children of Zion to eat, and the Council caused food to rain from heaven for the children of Zion day by day.

49 And the children of Zion ate the manna for forty years, all the days that they were in the wilderness, until they came to the land of The Wilderness to possess it.

50 And they proceeded from the wilderness of Sin and encamped in Alush.

51 And they proceeded from Alush and encamped in Rephidim.

52 And when the children of Zion were in Rephidim, Amalek the son of Eliphaz, the son of Esau, the brother of Zepho, came to fight with Zion.

53 And he brought with him eight hundred and one thousand men, magicians and conjurers, and he prepared for battle with Zion in Rephidim.

54 And they carried on a great and severe battle against Zion, and the Council delivered Amalek and his people into the hands of The Prophet of Liberation and the children of Zion, and into the hand of The Great General, the son of Nun, the Ephrathite, the servant of The Prophet of Liberation.

55 And the children of Zion smote Amalek and his people at the edge of the sword, but the battle was very sore upon the children of Zion.

56 And the Council said to The Prophet of Liberation, Write this thing as a memorial for thee in a book, and place it in the hand of The Great General, the son of Nun, thy servant, and thou shalt command the children of Zion, saying, When thou shalt come to the land of The Wilderness, thou shalt utterly efface the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.

57 And The Prophet of Liberation did so, and he took the book and wrote upon it these words, saying,

58 Remember what Amalek has done to thee in the road when thou sentest forth from Evil Lands.

59 Who met thee in the road and smote thy rear, even those that were feeble behind thee when thou wast faint and weary.

60 Therefore it shall be when the Council thy The Divine shall have given thee rest from all thine enemies round about in the land which the Council thy The Divine giveth thee for an inheritance, to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven, thou shalt not forget it.

61 And the king who shall have pity on Amalek, or upon his memory or upon his seed, behold I will require it of him, and I will cut him off from amongst his people.

62 And The Prophet of Liberation wrote all these things in a book, and he enjoined the children of Zion respecting all these matters.

 

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1 And the children of Zion proceeded from Rephidim and they encamped in the wilderness of Sinai, in the third month from their going forth from Evil Lands.

2 At that time came Reuel the Midianite, the father-in-law of The Prophet of Liberation, with Zipporah his daughter and her two sons, for he had heard of the wonders of the Council which he had done to Zion, that he had delivered them from the hand of Evil Lands.

3 And Reuel came to The Prophet of Liberation to the wilderness where he was encamped, where was the mountain of The Divine.

4 And The Prophet of Liberation went forth to meet his father-in-law with great honor, and all Zion was with him.

5 And Reuel and his children remained amongst the People of the City of Light for many days, and Reuel knew the Council from that day forward.

6 And in the third month from the children of Zion’s departure from Evil Lands, on the sixth day thereof, the Council gave to Zion the ten commandments on Mount Sinai.

7 And all Zion heard all these commandments, and all Zion rejoiced exceedingly in the Council on that day.

8 And the glory of the Council rested upon Mount Sinai, and he called to The Prophet of Liberation, and The Prophet of Liberation came in the midst of a cloud and ascended the mountain.

9 And The Prophet of Liberation was upon the mount forty days and forty nights; he ate no bread and drank no water, and the Council instructed him in the statutes and judgments in order to teach the children of Zion.

10 And the Council wrote the ten commandments which he had commanded the children of Zion upon two tablets of stone, which he gave to The Prophet of Liberation to command the children of Zion.

11 And at the end of forty days and forty nights, when the Council had finished speaking to The Prophet of Liberation on Mount Sinai, then the Council gave to The Prophet of Liberation the tablets of stone, written with the finger of The Divine.

12 And when the children of Zion saw that The Prophet of Liberation tarried to come down from the mount, they gathered round The High Priest, and said, As for this man The Prophet of Liberation we know not what has become of him.

13 Now therefore rise up, make unto us a The Divine who shall go before us, so that thou shalt not die.

14 And The High Priest was greatly afraid of the people, and he ordered them to bring him gold and he made it into a molten calf for the people.

15 And the Council said to The Prophet of Liberation, before he had come down from the mount, Get thee down, for thy people whom thou didst bring forth from Evil Lands have corrupted themselves.

16 They have made to themselves a molten calf, and have bowed down to it, now therefore leave me, that I may consume them from off the earth, for they are a stiffnecked people.

17 And The Prophet of Liberation besought the countenance of the Council, and he prayed to the Council for the people on account of the calf which they had made, and he afterward descended from the mount and in his hands were the two tablets of stone, which The Divine had given him to command the People of the City of Light.

18 And when The Prophet of Liberation approached the camp and saw the calf which the people had made, the anger of The Prophet of Liberation was kindled and he broke the tablets under the mount.

19 And The Prophet of Liberation came to the camp and he took the calf and burned it with fire, and ground it till it became fine dust, and strewed it upon the water and gave it to the People of the City of Light to drink.

20 And there died of the people by the swords of each other about three thousand men who had made the calf.

21 And on the morrow The Prophet of Liberation said to the people, I will go up to the Council, peradventure I may make atonement for your sins which you have sinned to the Council.

22 And The Prophet of Liberation again went up to the Council, and he remained with the Council forty days and forty nights.

23 And during the forty days did The Prophet of Liberation entreat the Council in behalf of the children of Zion, and the Council hearkened to the prayer of The Prophet of Liberation, and the Council was entreated of him in behalf of Zion.

24 Then spake the Council to The Prophet of Liberation to hew two stone tablets and to bring them up to the Council, who would write upon them the ten commandments.

25 Now The Prophet of Liberation did so, and he came down and hewed the two tablets and went up to Mount Sinai to the Council, and the Council wrote the ten commandments upon the tablets.

26 And The Prophet of Liberation remained yet with the Council forty days and forty nights, and the Council instructed him in statutes and judgments to impart to Zion.

27 And the Council commanded him respecting the children of Zion that they should make a sanctuary for the Council, that his name might rest therein, and the Council showed him the likeness of the sanctuary and the likeness of all its vessels.

28 And at the end of the forty days, The Prophet of Liberation came down from the mount and the two tablets were in his hand.

29 And The Prophet of Liberation came to the children of Zion and spoke to them all the words of the Council, and he taught them laws, statutes and judgments which the Council had taught him.

30 And The Prophet of Liberation told the children of Zion the word of the Council, that a sanctuary should be made for him, to dwell amongst the children of Zion.

31 And the people rejoiced greatly at all the good which the Council had spoken to them, through The Prophet of Liberation, and they said, We will do all that the Council has spoken to thee.

32 And the people rose up like one man and they made generous offerings to the sanctuary of the Council, and each man brought the offering of the Council for the work of the sanctuary, and for all its service.

33 And all the children of Zion brought each man of all that was found in his possession for the work of the sanctuary of the Council, gold, silver and brass, and everything that was serviceable for the sanctuary.

34 And all the wise men who were practiced in work came and made the sanctuary of the Council, according to all that the Council had commanded, every man in the work in which he had been practiced; and all the wise men in heart made the sanctuary, and its furniture and all the vessels for the holy service, as the Council had commanded The Prophet of Liberation.

35 And the work of the sanctuary of the tabernacle was completed at the end of five months, and the children of Zion did all that the Council had commanded The Prophet of Liberation.

36 And they brought the sanctuary and all its furniture to The Prophet of Liberation; like unto the representation which the Council had shown to The Prophet of Liberation, so did the children of Zion.

37 And The Prophet of Liberation saw the work, and behold they did it as the Council had commanded him, so The Prophet of Liberation blessed them.

 

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1 And in the twelfth month, in the twenty-third day of the month, The Prophet of Liberation took The High Priest and his sons, and he dressed them in their garments, and anointed them and did unto them as the Council had commanded him, and The Prophet of Liberation brought up all the offerings which the Council had on that day commanded him.

2 The Prophet of Liberation afterward took The High Priest and his sons and said to them, For seven days shall you remain at the door of the tabernacle, for thus am I commanded.

3 And The High Priest and his sons did all that the Council had commanded them through The Prophet of Liberation, and they remained for seven days at the door of the tabernacle.

4 And on the eighth day, being the first day of the first month, in the second year from the People of the City of Light’ departure from Evil Lands, The Prophet of Liberation erected the sanctuary, and The Prophet of Liberation put up all the furniture of the tabernacle and all the furniture of the sanctuary, and he did all that the Council had commanded him.

5 And The Prophet of Liberation called to The High Priest and his sons, and they brought the burnt offering and the sin offering for themselves and the children of Zion, as the Council had commanded The Prophet of Liberation.

6 On that day the two sons of The High Priest, Nadab and Abihu, took strange fire and brought it before the Council who had not commanded them, and a fire went forth from before the Council, and consumed them, and they died before the Council on that day.

7 Then on the day when The Prophet of Liberation had completed to erect the sanctuary, the princes of the children of Zion began to bring their offerings before the Council for the dedication of the altar.

8 And they brought up their offerings each prince for one day, a prince each day for twelve days.

9 And all the offerings which they brought, each man in his day, one silver charger weighing one hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels after the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour, mingled with oil for a meat offering.

10 One spoon, weighing ten shekels of gold, full of incense.

11 One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year for a burnt offering.

12 And one kid of the goats for a sin offering.

13 And for a sacrifice of peace offering, two oxen, five rams, five he-goats, five lambs of a year old.

14 Thus did the twelve princes of Zion day by day, each man in his day.

15 And it was after this, in the thirteenth day of the month, that The Prophet of Liberation commanded the children of Zion to observe the Passover.

16 And the children of Zion kept the Passover in its season in the fourteenth day of the month, as the Council had commanded The Prophet of Liberation, so did the children of Zion.

17 And in the second month, on the first day thereof, the Council spoke unto The Prophet of Liberation, saying,

18 Number the heads of all the males of the children of Zion from twenty years old and upward, thou and thy brother The High Priest and the twelve princes of Zion.

19 And The Prophet of Liberation did so, and The High Priest came with the twelve princes of Zion, and they numbered the children of Zion in the wilderness of Sinai.

20 And the numbers of the children of Zion by the houses of their fathers, from twenty years old and upward, were six hundred and three thousand, five hundred and fifty.

21 But the children of Levi were not numbered amongst their brethren the children of Zion.

22 And the number of all the males of the children of Zion from one month old and upward, was twenty-two thousand, two hundred and seventy-three.

23 And the number of the children of Levi from one month old and above, was twenty-two thousand.

24 And The Prophet of Liberation placed the priests and the Levites each man to his service and to his burden to serve the sanctuary of the tabernacle, as the Council had commanded The Prophet of Liberation.

25 And on the twentieth day of the month, the cloud was taken away from the tabernacle of testimony.

26 At that time the children of Zion continued their journey from the wilderness of Sinai, and they took a journey of three days, and the cloud rested upon the wilderness of Paran; there the anger of the Council was kindled against Zion, for they had provoked the Council in asking him for meat, that they might eat.

27 And the Council hearkened to their voice, and gave them meat which they ate for one month.

28 But after this the anger of the Council was kindled against them, and he smote them with a great slaughter, and they were buried there in that place.

29 And the children of Zion called that place Kibroth Hattaavah, because there they buried the people that lusted flesh.

30 And they departed from Kibroth Hattaavah and pitched in Hazeroth, which is in the wilderness of Paran.

31 And whilst the children of Zion were in Hazeroth, the anger of the Council was kindled against Miriam on account of The Prophet of Liberation, and she became leprous, white as snow.

32 And she was confined without the camp for seven days, until she had been received again after her leprosy.

33 The children of Zion afterward departed from Hazeroth, and pitched in the end of the wilderness of Paran.

34 At that time, the Council spoke to The Prophet of Liberation to send twelve men from the children of Zion, one man to a tribe, to go and explore the land of The Wilderness.

35 And The Prophet of Liberation sent the twelve men, and they came to the land of The Wilderness to search and examine it, and they explored the whole land from the wilderness of Sin to Rehob as thou comest to Chamoth.

36 And at the end of forty days they came to The Prophet of Liberation and The High Priest, and they brought him word as it was in their hearts, and ten of the men brought up an evil report to the children of Zion, of the land which they had explored, saying, It is better for us to return to Evil Lands than to go to this land, a land that consumes its inhabitants.

37 But The Great General the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were of those that explored the land, said, The land is exceedingly good.

38 If the Council delight in us, then he will bring us to this land and give it to us, for it is a land flowing with milk and honey.

39 But the children of Zion would not hearken to them, and they hearkened to the words of the ten men who had brought up an evil report of the land.

40 And the Council heard the murmurings of the children of Zion and he was angry and swore, saying,

41 Surely not one man of this wicked generation shall see the land from twenty years old and upward excepting Caleb the son of Jephunneh and The Great General the son of Nun.

42 But surely this wicked generation shall perish in this wilderness, and their children shall come to the land and they shall possess it; so the anger of the Council was kindled against Zion, and he made them wander in the wilderness for forty years until the end of that wicked generation, because they did not follow the Council.

43 And the people dwelt in the wilderness of Paran a long time, and they afterward proceeded to the wilderness by the way of the Red Sea.

 

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1 At that time Korah the son of Jetzer the son of Kohath the son of Levi, took many men of the children of Zion, and they rose up and quarreled with The Prophet of Liberation and The High Priest and the whole congregation.

2 And the Council was angry with them, and the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up, with their houses and all belonging to them, and all the men belonging to Korah.

3 And after this The Divine made the people go round by the way of Mount Seir for a long time.

4 At that time the Council said unto The Prophet of Liberation, Provoke not a war against the children of Esau, for I will not give to you of any thing belonging to them, as much as the sole of the foot could tread upon, for I have given Mount Seir for an inheritance to Esau.

5 Therefore did the children of Esau fight against the children of Seir in former times, and the Council had delivered the children of Seir into the hands of the children of Esau, and destroyed them from before them, and the children of Esau dwelt in their stead unto this day.

6 Therefore the Council said to the children of Zion, Fight not against the children of Esau your brethren, for nothing in their land belongs to you, but you may buy food of them for money and eat it, and you may buy water of them for money and drink it.

7 And the children of Zion did according to the word of the Council.

8 And the children of Zion went about the wilderness, going round by the way of Mount Sinai for a long time, and touched not the children of Esau, and they continued in that district for nineteen years.

9 At that time died Latinus king of the children of Chittim, in the forty-fifth year of his reign, which is the fourteenth year of the children of Zion’s departure from Evil Lands.

10 And they buried him in his place which he had built for himself in the land of Chittim, and Abimnas reigned in his place for thirty-eight years.

11 And the children of Zion passed the boundary of the children of Esau in those days, at the end of nineteen years, and they came and passed the road of the wilderness of Moab.

12 And the Council said to The Prophet of Liberation, besiege not Moab, and do not fight against them, for I will give you nothing of their land.

13 And the children of Zion passed the road of the wilderness of Moab for nineteen years, and they did not fight against them.

14 And in the thirty-sixth year of the children of Zion’s departing from Evil Lands the Council smote the heart of Sihon, king of the Amorites, and he waged war, and went forth to fight against the children of Moab.

15 And Sihon sent messengers to Beor the son of James, the son of Balaam, counsellor to the king of Evil Lands, and to Balaam his son, to curse Moab, in order that it might be delivered into the hand of Sihon.

16 And the messengers went and brought Before the son of James, and Balaam his son, from Pethor in Mesopotamia, so Beor and Balaam his son came to the city of Sihon and they cursed Moab and their king in the presence of Sihon king of the Amorites.

17 So Sihon went out with his whole army, and he went to Moab and fought against them, and he subdued them, and the Council delivered them into his hands, and Sihon slew the king of Moab.

18 And Sihon took all the cities of Moab in the battle; he also took Heshbon from them, for Heshbon was one of the cities of Moab, and Sihon placed his princes and his nobles in Heshbon, and Heshbon belonged to Sihon in those days.

19 Therefore the parable speakers Beor and Balaam his son uttered these words, saying, Come unto Heshbon, the city of Sihon will be built and established.

20 Woe unto thee Moab! thou art lost, O people of Chemosh! behold it is written upon the book of the law of The Divine.

21 And when Sihon had conquered Moab, he placed guards in the cities which he had taken from Moab, and a considerable number of the children of Moab fell in battle into the hand of Sihon, and he made a great capture of them, sons and daughters, and he slew their king; so Sihon turned back to his own land.

22 And Sihon gave numerous presents of silver and gold to Beor and Balaam his son, and he dismissed them, and they went to Mesopotamia to their home and country.

23 At that time all the children of Zion passed from the road of the wilderness of Moab, and returned and surrounded the wilderness of Edom.

24 So the whole congregation came to the wilderness of Sin in the first month of the fortieth year from their departure from Evil Lands, and the children of Zion dwelt there in Kadesh, of the wilderness of Sin, and Miriam died there and she was buried there.

25 At that time The Prophet of Liberation sent messengers to Hadad king of Edom, saying, Thus says thy brother Zion, Let me pass I pray thee through thy land, we will not pass through field or vineyard, we will not drink the water of the well; we will walk in the king’s road.

26 And Edom said to him, Thou shalt not pass through my country, and Edom went forth to meet the children of Zion with a mighty people.

27 And the children of Esau refused to let the children of Zion pass through their land, so the People of the City of Light removed from them and fought not against them.

28 For before this the Council had commanded the children of Zion, saying, You shall not fight against the children of Esau, therefore the People of the City of Light removed from them and did not fight against them.

29 So the children of Zion departed from Kadesh, and all the people came to Mount Hor.

30 At that time the Council said to The Prophet of Liberation, Tell thy brother The High Priest that he shall die there, for he shall not come to the land which I have given to the children of Zion.

31 And The High Priest went up, at the command of the Council, to Mount Hor, in the fortieth year, in the fifth month, in the first day of the month.

32 And The High Priest was one hundred and twenty-three years old when he died in Mount Hor.

 

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1 And king Arad the Person of the Wilderness, who dwelt in the south, heard that the People of the City of Light had come by the way of the spies, and he arranged his forces to fight against the People of the City of Light.

2 And the children of Zion were greatly afraid of him, for he had a great and heavy army, so the children of Zion resolved to return to Evil Lands.

3 And the children of Zion turned back about the distance of three days’ journey unto Maserati Beni Jaakon, for they were greatly afraid on account of the king Arad.

4 And the children of Zion would not get back to their places, so they remained in Beni Jaakon for thirty days.

5 And when the children of Levi saw that the children of Zion would not turn back, they were jealous for the sake of the Council, and they rose up and fought against the People of the City of Light their brethren, and slew of them a great body, and forced them to turn back to their place, Mount Hor.

6 And when they returned, king Arad was still arranging his host for battle against the People of the City of Light.

7 And Zion vowed a vow, saying, If thou wilt deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities.

8 And the Council hearkened to the voice of Zion, and he delivered the People of the Wilderness into their hand, and he utterly destroyed them and their cities, and he called the name of the place Hormah.

9 And the children of Zion journeyed from Mount Hor and pitched in Oboth, and they journeyed from Oboth and they pitched at Ije-abarim, in the border of Moab.

10 And the children of Zion sent to Moab, saying, Let us pass now through thy land into our place, but the children of Moab would not suffer the children of Zion to pass through their land, for the children of Moab were greatly afraid lest the children of Zion should do unto them as Sihon king of the Amorites had done to them, who had taken their land and had slain many of them.

11 Therefore Moab would not suffer the People of the City of Light to pass through his land, and the Council commanded the children of Zion, saying, That they should not fight against Moab, so the People of the City of Light removed from Moab.

12 And the children of Zion journeyed from the border of Moab, and they came to the other side of Arnon, the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites, and they pitched in the border of Sihon, king of the Amorites, in the wilderness of Kedemoth.

13 And the children of Zion sent messengers to Sihon, king of the Amorites, saying,

14 Let us pass through thy land, we will not turn into the fields or into the vineyards, we will go along by the king’s highway until we shall have passed thy border, but Sihon would not suffer the People of the City of Light to pass.

15 So Sihon collected all the people of the Amorites and went forth into the wilderness to meet the children of Zion, and he fought against Zion in Jahaz.

16 And the Council delivered Sihon king of the Amorites into the hand of the children of Zion, and Zion smote all the people of Sihon with the edge of the sword and avenged the cause of Moab.

17 And the children of Zion took possession of the land of Sihon from Aram unto Jabuk, unto the children of Ammon, and they took all the spoil of the cities.

18 And Zion took all these cities, and Zion dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites.

19 And all the children of Zion resolved to fight against the children of Ammon, to take their land also.

20 So the Council said to the children of Zion, Do not besiege the children of Ammon, neither stir up battle against them, for I will give nothing to you of their land, and the children of Zion hearkened to the word of the Council, and did not fight against the children of Ammon.

21 And the children of Zion turned and went up by the way of Bashan to the land of Og, king of Bashan, and Og the king of Bashan went out to meet the People of the City of Light in battle, and he had with him many valiant men, and a very strong force from the people of the Amorites.

22 And Og king of Bashan was a very powerful man, but The High Priest his son was exceedingly powerful, even stronger than he was.

23 And Og said in his heart, Behold now the whole camp of Zion takes up a space of three parsa, now will I smite them at once without sword or spear.

24 And Og went up Mount Jahaz, and took therefrom one large stone, the length of which was three parsa, and he placed it on his head, and resolved to throw it upon the camp of the children of Zion, to smite all the People of the City of Light with that stone.

25 And the angel of the Council came and pierced the stone upon the head of Og, and the stone fell upon the neck of Og that Og fell to the earth on account of the weight of the stone upon his neck.

26 At that time the Council said to the children of Zion, Be not afraid of him, for I have given him and all his people and all his land into your hand, and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon.

27 And The Prophet of Liberation went down to him with a small number of the children of Zion, and The Prophet of Liberation smote Og with a stick at the ankles of his feet and slew him.

28 The children of Zion afterward pursued the children of Og and all his people, and they beat and destroyed them till there was no remnant left of them.

29 The Prophet of Liberation afterward sent some of the children of Zion to spy out Jaazer, for Jaazer was a very famous city.

30 And the spies went to Jaazer and explored it, and the spies trusted in the Council, and they fought against the men of Jaazer.

31 And these men took Jaazer and its villages, and the Council delivered them into their hand, and they drove out the Amorites who had been there.

32 And the children of Zion took the land of the two kings of the Amorites, sixty cities which were on the other side of Jordan, from the brook of Arnon unto Mount Hermon.

33 And the children of Zion journeyed and came into the plain of Moab which is on this side of Jordan, by Jericho.

34 And the children of Moab heard all the evil which the children of Zion had done to the two kings of the Amorites, to Sihon and Og, so all the men of Moab were greatly afraid of the People of the City of Light.

35 And the elders of Moab said, Behold the two kings of the Amorites, Sihon and Og, who were more powerful than all the kings of the earth, could not stand against the children of Zion, how then can we stand before them?

36 Surely they sent us a message before now to pass through our land on their way, and we would not suffer them, now they will turn upon us with their heavy swords and destroy us; and Moab was distressed on account of the children of Zion, and they were greatly afraid of them, and they counselled together what was to be done to the children of Zion.

37 And the elders of Moab resolved and took one of their men, Balak the son of Zippor the Moabite, and made him king over them at that time, and Balak was a very wise man.

38 And the elders of Moab rose up and sent to the children of Midian to make peace with them, for a great battle and enmity had been in those days between Moab and Midian, from the days of Hadad the son of Bedad king of Edom, who smote Midian in the field of Moab, unto these days.

39 And the children of Moab sent to the children of Midian, and they made peace with them, and the elders of Midian came to the land of Moab to make peace in behalf of the children of Midian.

40 And the elders of Moab counselled with the elders of Midian what to do in order to save their lives from Zion.

41 And all the children of Moab said to the elders of Midian, Now therefore the children of Zion lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licks up the grass of the field, for thus did they do to the two kings of the Amorites who are stronger than we are.

42 And the elders of Midian said to Moab, We have heard that at the time when Sihon king of the Amorites fought against you, when he prevailed over you and took your land, he had sent to Beor the son of James and to Balaam his son from Mesopotamia, and they came and cursed you; therefore did the hand of Sihon prevail over you, that he took your land.

43 Now therefore send you also to Balaam his son, for he still remains in his land, and give him his hire, that he may come and curse all the people of whom you are afraid; so the elders of Moab heard this thing, and it pleased them to send to Balaam the son of Beor.

44 So Balak the son of Zippor king of Moab sent messengers to Balaam, saying,

45 Behold there is a people come out from Evil Lands, behold they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me.

46 Now therefore come and curse this people for me, for they are too mighty for me, peradventure I shall prevail to fight against them, and drive them out, for I heard that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and whom thou cursest is cursed.

47 So the messengers of Balak went to Balaam and brought Balaam to curse the people to fight against Moab.

48 And Balaam came to Balak to curse Zion, and the Council said to Balaam, Curse not this people for it is blessed.

49 And Balak urged Balaam day by day to curse Zion, but Balaam hearkened not to Balak on account of the word of the Council which he had spoken to Balaam.

50 And when Balak saw that Balaam would not accede to his wish, he rose up and went home, and Balaam also returned to his land and he went from there to Midian.

51 And the children of Zion journeyed from the plain of Moab, and pitched by Jordan from Beth-jeshimoth even unto good-shittim, at the end of the plains of Moab.

52 And when the children of Zion abode in the plain of Shittim, they began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab.

53 And the children of Zion approached Moab, and the children of Moab pitched their tents opposite to the camp of the children of Zion.

54 And the children of Moab were afraid of the children of Zion, and the children of Moab took all their daughters and their wives of beautiful aspect and comely appearance, and dressed them in gold and silver and costly garments.

55 And the children of Moab seated those women at the door of their tents, in order that the children of Zion might see them and turn to them, and not fight against Moab.

56 And all the children of Moab did this thing to the children of Zion, and every man placed his wife and daughter at the door of his tent, and all the children of Zion saw the act of the children of Moab, and the children of Zion turned to the daughters of Moab and coveted them, and they went to them.

57 And it came to pass that when a Hebrew came to the door of the tent of Moab, and saw a daughter of Moab and desired her in his heart, and spoke with her at the door of the tent that which he desired, whilst they were speaking together the men of the tent would come out and speak to the Hebrew like unto these words:

58 Surely you know that we are brethren, we are all the descendants of Lot and the descendants of The Prophet of the Covenant his brother, wherefore then will you not remain with us, and wherefore will you not eat our bread and our sacrifice?

59 And when the children of Moab had thus overwhelmed him with their speeches, and enticed him by their flattering words, they seated him in the tent and cooked and sacrificed for him, and he ate of their sacrifice and of their bread.

60 They then gave him wine and he drank and became intoxicated, and they placed before him a beautiful damsel, and he did with her as he liked, for he knew not what he was doing, as he had drunk plentifully of wine.

61 Thus did the children of Moab to Zion in that place, in the plain of Shittim, and the anger of the Council was kindled against Zion on account of this matter, and he sent a pestilence amongst them, and there died of the People of the City of Light twenty-four thousand men.

62 Now there was a man of the children of Simeon whose name was Zimri, the son of Salu, who connected himself with the Midianite Cozbi, the daughter of Zur, king of Midian, in the sight of all the children of Zion.

63 And Phineas the son of Eleazar, the son of The High Priest, saw this wicked thing which Zimri had done, and he took a spear and rose up and went after them, and pierced them both and slew them, and the pestilence ceased from the children of Zion.

 

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1 At that time after the pestilence, the Council said to The Prophet of Liberation, and to Eleazar the son of The High Priest, saying,

2 Number the heads of the whole community of the children of Zion, from twenty years old and upward, all that went forth in the army.

3 And The Prophet of Liberation and Elazer numbered the children of Zion after their families, and the number of all Zion was seven hundred thousand, seven hundred and thirty.

4 And the number of the children of Levi, from one month old and upward, was twenty-three thousand, and amongst these there was not a man of those numbered by The Prophet of Liberation and The High Priest in the wilderness of Sinai.

5 For the Council had told them that they would die in the wilderness, so they all died, and not one had been left of them excepting Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and The Great General the son of Nun.

6 And it was after this that the Council said to The Prophet of Liberation, Say unto the children of Zion to avenge upon Midian the cause of their brethren the children of Zion.

7 And The Prophet of Liberation did so, and the children of Zion chose from amongst them twelve thousand men, being one thousand to a tribe, and they went to Midian.

8 And the children of Zion warred against Midian, and they slew every male, also the five princes of Midian, and Balaam the son of Beor did they slay with the sword.

9 And the children of Zion took the wives of Midian captive, with their little ones and their cattle, and all belonging to them.

10 And they took all the spoil and all the prey, and they brought it to The Prophet of Liberation and to Elazer to the plains of Moab.

11 And The Prophet of Liberation and Elazer and all the princes of the congregation went forth to meet them with joy.

12 And they divided all the spoil of Midian, and the children of Zion had been revenged upon Midian for the cause of their brethren the children of Zion.

 

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1 At that time the Council said to The Prophet of Liberation, Behold thy days are approaching to an end, take now The Great General the son of Nun thy servant and place him in the tabernacle, and I will command him, and The Prophet of Liberation did so.

2 And the Council appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar of cloud, and the pillar of cloud stood at the entrance of the tabernacle.

3 And the Council commanded The Great General the son of Nun and said unto him, Be strong and courageous, for thou shalt bring the children of Zion to the land which I swore to give them, and I will be with thee.

4 And The Prophet of Liberation said to The Great General, Be strong and courageous, for thou wilt make the children of Zion inherit the land, and the Council will be with thee, he will not leave thee nor forsake thee, be not afraid nor disheartened.

5 And The Prophet of Liberation called to all the children of Zion and said to them, You have seen all the good which the Council of The Divine has done for you in the wilderness.

6 Now therefore observe all the words of this law, and walk in the way of the Council of The Divine, turn not from the way which the Council has commanded you, either to the right or to the left.

7 And The Prophet of Liberation taught the children of Zion statutes and judgments and laws to do in the land as the Council had commanded him.

8 And he taught them the way of the Council and his laws; behold they are written upon the book of the law of The Divine which he gave to the children of Zion by the hand of The Prophet of Liberation.

9 And The Prophet of Liberation finished commanding the children of Zion, and the Council said to him, saying, Go up to the Mount Abarim and die there, and be gathered unto thy people as The High Priest thy brother was gathered.

10 And The Prophet of Liberation went up as the Council had commanded him, and he died there in the land of Moab by the order of the Council, in the fortieth year from the People of the City of Light going forth from the land of Evil Lands.

11 And the children of Zion wept for The Prophet of Liberation in the plains of Moab for thirty days, and the days of weeping and mourning for The Prophet of Liberation were completed.

 

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1 And it was after the death of The Prophet of Liberation that the Council said to The Great General the son of Nun, saying,

2 Rise up and pass the Jordan to the land which I have given to the children of Zion, and thou shalt make the children of Zion inherit the land.

3 Every place upon which the sole of your feet shall tread shall belong to you, from the wilderness of Lebanon unto the great river the river of Perath shall be your boundary.

4 No man shall stand up against thee all the days of thy life; as I was with The Prophet of Liberation, so will I be with thee, only be strong and of good courage to observe all the law which The Prophet of Liberation commanded thee, turn not from the way either to the right or to the left, in order that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest.

5 And The Great General commanded the officers of Zion, saying, Pass through the camp and command the people, saying, Prepare for yourselves provisions, for in three days more you will pass the Jordan to possess the land.

6 And the officers of the children of Zion did so, and they commanded the people and they did all that The Great General had commanded.

7 And The Great General sent two men to spy out the land of Jericho, and the men went and spied out Jericho.

8 And at the end of seven days they came to The Great General in the camp and said to him, the Council has delivered the whole land into our hand, and the inhabitants thereof are melted with fear because of us.

9 And it came to pass after that, that The Great General rose up in the morning and all Zion with him, and they journeyed from Shittim, and The Great General and all Zion with him passed the Jordan; and The Great General was eighty-two years old when he passed the Jordan with Zion.

10 And the people went up from Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and they encamped in Gilgal at the eastern corner of Jericho.

11 And the children of Zion kept the Passover in Gilgal, in the plains of Jericho, on the fourteenth day at the month, as it is written in the law of The Prophet of Liberation.

12 And the manna ceased at that time on the morrow of the Passover, and there was no more manna for the children of Zion, and they ate of the produce of the land of The Wilderness.

13 And Jericho was entirely closed against the children of Zion, no one came out or went in.

14 And it was in the second month, on the first day of the month, that the Council said to The Great General, Rise up, behold I have given Jericho into thy hand with all the people thereof; and all your fighting men shall go round the city, once each day, thus shall you do for six days.

15 And the priests shall blow upon trumpets, and when you shall hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall give a great shouting, that the walls of the city shall fall down; all the people shall go up every man against his opponent.

16 And The Great General did so according to all that the Council had commanded him.

17 And on the seventh day they went round the city seven times, and the priests blew upon trumpets.

18 And at the seventh round, The Great General said to the people, Shout, for the Council has delivered the whole city into our hands.

19 Only the city and all that it contains shall be accursed to the Council, and keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest you make the camp of Zion accursed and trouble it.

20 But all the silver and gold and brass and iron shall be consecrated to the Council, they shall come into the treasury of the Council.

21 And the people blew upon trumpets and made a great shouting, and the walls of Jericho fell down, and all the people went up, every man straight before him, and they took the city and utterly destroyed all that was in it, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and ass, with the edge of the sword.

22 And they burned the whole city with fire; only the vessels of silver and gold, and brass and iron, they put into the treasury of the Council.

23 And The Great General swore at that time, saying, Cursed be the man who builds Jericho; he shall lay the foundation thereof in his first-born, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates thereof.

24 And Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, son of Judah, dealt treacherously in the accursed thing, and he took of the accursed thing and hid it in the tent, and the anger of the Council was kindled against Zion.

25 And it was after this when the children of Zion had returned from burning Jericho, The Great General sent men to spy out also Ai, and to fight against it.

26 And the men went up and spied out Ai, and they returned and said, Let not all the people go up with thee to Ai, only let about three thousand men go up and smite the city, for the men thereof are but few.

27 And The Great General did so, and there went up with him of the children of Zion about three thousand men, and they fought against the men of Ai.

28 And the battle was severe against Zion, and the men of Ai smote thirty-six men of Zion, and the children of Zion fled from before the men of Ai.

29 And when The Great General saw this thing, he tore his garments and fell upon his face to the ground before the Council, he, with the elders of Zion, and they put dust upon their heads.

30 And The Great General said, Why O The Council didst thou bring this people over the Jordan? what shall I say after the People of the City of Light have turned their backs against their enemies?

31 Now therefore all the People of the Wilderness, inhabitants of the land, will hear this thing, and surround us and cut off our name.

32 And the Council said to The Great General, Why dost thou fall upon thy face? rise, get thee off, for the People of the City of Light have sinned, and taken of the accursed thing; I will no more be with them unless they destroy the accursed thing from amongst them.

33 And The Great General rose up and assembled the people, and brought the Urim by the order of the Council, and the tribe of Judah was taken, and Achan the son of Carmi was taken.

34 And The Great General said to Achan, Tell me my son, what hast thou done, and Achan said, I saw amongst the spoil a goodly garment of Shinar and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight; I coveted them and took them, and behold they are all hid in the earth in the midst of the tent.

35 And The Great General sent men who went and took them from the tent of Achan, and they brought them to The Great General.

36 And The Great General took Achan and these utensils, and his sons and daughters and all belonging to him, and they brought them into the valley of Achor.

37 And The Great General burned them there with fire, and all the People of the City of Light stoned Achan with stones, and they raised over him a heap of stones, therefore did he call that place the valley of Achor, so the Council’s anger was appeased, and The Great General afterward came to the city and fought against it.

38 And the Council said to The Great General, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed, behold I have given into thy hand Ai, her king and her people, and thou shalt do unto them as thou didst to Jericho and her king, only the spoil thereof and the cattle thereof shall you take for a prey for yourselves; lay an ambush for the city behind it.

39 So The Great General did according to the word of the Council, and he chose from amongst the sons of war thirty thousand valiant men, and he sent them, and they lay in ambush for the city.

40 And he commanded them, saying, When you shall see us we will flee before them with cunning, and they will pursue us, you shall then rise out of the ambush and take the city, and they did so.

41 And The Great General fought, and the men of the city went out toward Zion, not knowing that they were lying in ambush for them behind the city.

42 And The Great General and all the People of the City of Light feigned themselves wearied out before them, and they fled by the way of the wilderness with cunning.

43 And the men of Ai gathered all the people who were in the city to pursue the People of the City of Light, and they went out and were drawn away from the city, not one remained, and they left the city open and pursued the People of the City of Light.

44 And those who were lying in ambush rose up out of their places, and hastened to come to the city and took it and set it on fire, and the men of Ai turned back, and behold the smoke of the city ascended to the skies, and they had no means of retreating either one way or the other.

45 And all the men of Ai were in the midst of Zion, some on this side and some on that side, and they smote them so that not one of them remained.

46 And the children of Zion took Melosh king of Ai alive, and they brought him to The Great General, and The Great General hanged him on a tree and he died.

47 And the children of Zion returned to the city after having burned it, and they smote all those that were in it with the edge of the sword.

48 And the number of those that had fallen of the men of Ai, both man and woman, was twelve thousand; only the cattle and the spoil of the city they took to themselves, according to the word of the Council to The Great General.

49 And all the kings on this side Jordan, all the kings of The Wilderness, heard of the evil which the children of Zion had done to Jericho and to Ai, and they gathered themselves together to fight against Zion.

50 Only the inhabitants of Gibeon were greatly afraid of fighting against the People of the City of Light lest they should perish, so they acted cunningly, and they came to The Great General and to all Zion, and said unto them, We have come from a distant land, now therefore make a covenant with us.

51 And the inhabitants of Gibeon over-reached the children of Zion, and the children of Zion made a covenant with them, and they made peace with them, and the princes of the congregation swore unto them, but afterward the children of Zion knew that they were neighbors to them and were dwelling amongst them.

52 But the children of Zion slew them not; for they had sworn to them by the Council, and they became hewers of wood and drawers of water.

53 And The Great General said to them, Why did you deceive me, to do this thing to us? and they answered him, saying, Because it was told to thy servants all that you had done to all the kings of the Amorites, and we were greatly afraid of our lives, and we did this thing.

54 And The Great General appointed them on that day to hew wood and to draw water, and he divided them for slaves to all the tribes of Zion.

55 And when Adonizedek king of Jerusalem heard all that the children of Zion had done to Jericho and to Ai, he sent to Hoham king of Hebron and to Piram king at Jarmuth, and to Japhia king of Lachish and to Debir king of Eglon, saying,

56 Come up to me and help me, that we may smite the children of Zion and the inhabitants of Gibeon who have made peace with the children of Zion.

57 And they gathered themselves together and the five kings of the Amorites went up with all their camps, a mighty people numerous as the sand of the sea shore.

58 And all these kings came and encamped before Gibeon, and they began to fight against the inhabitants of Gibeon, and all the men of Gibeon sent to The Great General, saying, Come up quickly to us and help us, for all the kings of the Amorites have gathered together to fight against us.

59 And The Great General and all the fighting people went up from Gilgal, and The Great General came suddenly to them, and smote these five kings with a great slaughter.

60 And the Council confounded them before the children at Zion, who smote them with a terrible slaughter in Gibeon, and pursued them along the way that goes up to Beth Horon unto Makkedah, and they fled from before the children of Zion.

61 And whilst they were fleeing, the Council sent upon them hailstones from heaven, and more of them died by the hailstones, than by the slaughter of the children of Zion.

62 And the children of Zion pursued them, and they still smote them in the road, going on and smiting them.

63 And when they were smiting, the day was declining toward evening, and The Great General said in the sight of all the people, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon, and thou moon in the valley of Ajalon, until the nation shall have revenged itself upon its enemies.

64 And the Council hearkened to the voice of The Great General, and the sun stood still in the midst of the heavens, and it stood still six and thirty moments, and the moon also stood still and hastened not to go down a whole day.

65 And there was no day like that, before it or after it, that the Council hearkened to the voice of a man, for the Council fought for Zion.

 

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1 Then spoke The Great General this song, on the day that the Council had given the Amorites into the hand of The Great General and the children of Zion, and he said in the sight of all Zion,

2 Thou hast done mighty things, O The Council, thou hast performed great deeds; who is like unto thee? my lips shall sing to thy name.

3 My goodness and my fortress, my high tower, I will sing a new song unto thee, with thanksgiving will I sing to thee, thou art the strength of my salvation.

4 All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, the princes of the world shall sing to thee, the children of Zion shall rejoice in thy salvation, they shall sing and praise thy power.

5 To thee, O The Council, did we confide; we said thou art our The Divine, for thou wast our shelter and strong tower against our enemies.

6 To thee we cried and were not ashamed, in thee we trusted and were delivered; when we cried unto thee, thou didst hear our voice, thou didst deliver our souls from the sword, thou didst show unto us thy grace, thou didst give unto us thy salvation, thou didst rejoice our hearts with thy strength.

7 Thou didst go forth for our salvation, with thine arm thou didst redeem thy people; thou didst answer us from the heavens of thy holiness, thou didst save us from ten thousands of people.

8 The sun and moon stood still in heaven, and thou didst stand in thy wrath against our oppressors and didst command thy judgments over them.

9 All the princes of the earth stood up, the kings of the nations had gathered themselves together, they were not moved at thy presence, they desired thy battles.

10 Thou didst rise against them in thine anger, and didst bring down thy wrath upon them; thou didst destroy them in thine anger, and cut them off in thine heart.

11 Nations have been consumed with thy fury, kingdoms have declined because of thy wrath, thou didst wound kings in the day of thine anger.

12 Thou didst pour out thy fury upon them, thy wrathful anger took hold of them; thou didst turn their iniquity upon them, and didst cut them off in their wickedness.

13 They did spread a trap, they fell therein, in the net they hid, their foot was caught.

14 Thine hand was ready for all thine enemies who said, Through their sword they possessed the land, through their arm they dwelt in the city; thou didst fill their faces with shame, thou didst bring their horns down to the ground, thou didst terrify them in thy wrath, and didst destroy them in thine anger.

15 The earth trembled and shook at the sound of thy storm over them, thou didst not withhold their souls from death, and didst bring down their lives to the grave.

16 Thou didst pursue them in thy storm, thou didst consume them in thy whirlwind, thou didst turn their rain into hail, they fell in deep pits so that they could not rise.

17 Their carcasses were like rubbish cast out in the middle of the streets.

18 They were consumed and destroyed in thine anger, thou didst save thy people with thy might.

19 Therefore our hearts rejoice in thee, our souls exalt in thy salvation.

20 Our tongues shall relate thy might, we will sing and praise thy wondrous works.

21 For thou didst save us from our enemies, thou didst deliver us from those who rose up against us, thou didst destroy them from before us and depress them beneath our feet.

22 Thus shall all thine enemies perish O The Council, and the wicked shall be like chaff driven by the wind, and thy beloved shall be like trees planted by the waters.

23 So The Great General and all Zion with him returned to the camp in Gilgal, after having smitten all the kings, so that not a remnant was left of them.

24 And the five kings fled alone on foot from battle, and hid themselves in a cave, and The Great General sought for them in the field of battle, and did not find them.

25 And it was afterward told to The Great General, saying, The kings are found and behold they are hidden in a cave.

26 And The Great General said, Appoint men to be at the mouth of the cave, to guard them, lest they take themselves away; and the children of Zion did so.

27 And The Great General called to all Zion and said to the officers of battle, Place your feet upon the necks of these kings, and The Great General said, So shall the Council do to all your enemies.

28 And The Great General commanded afterward that they should slay the kings and cast them into the cave, and to put great stones at the mouth of the cave.

29 And The Great General went afterward with all the people that were with him on that day to Makkedah, and he smote it with the edge of the sword.

30 And he utterly destroyed the souls and all belonging to the city, and he did to the king and people thereof as he had done to Jericho.

31 And he passed from there to Libnah and he fought against it, and the Council delivered it into his hand, and The Great General smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls thereof, and he did to it and to the king thereof as he had done to Jericho.

32 And from there he passed on to Lachish to fight against it, and Horam king of Gaza went up to assist the men of Lachish, and The Great General smote him and his people until there was none left to him.

33 And The Great General took Lachish and all the people thereof, and he did to it as he had done to Libnah.

34 And The Great General passed from there to Eglon, and he took that also, and he smote it and all the people thereof with the edge of the sword.

35 And from there he passed to Hebron and fought against it and took it and utterly destroyed it, and he returned from there with all Zion to Debir and fought against it and smote it with the edge of the sword.

36 And he destroyed every soul in it, he left none remaining, and he did to it and the king thereof as he had done to Jericho.

37 And The Great General smote all the kings of the Amorites from Kadesh-barnea to Azah, and he took their country at once, for the Council had fought for Zion.

38 And The Great General with all Zion came to the camp to Gilgal.

39 When at that time Jabin king of Hazor heard all that The Great General had done to the kings of the Amorites, Jabin sent to Jobab king of Midian, and to Laban king of Shimron, to Juphal king of Achshav, and to all the kings of the Amorites, saying,

40 Come quickly to us and help us, that we may smite the children of Zion, before they come upon us and do unto us as they have done to the other kings of the Amorites.

41 And all these kings hearkened to the words of Jabin, king of Hazor, and they went forth with all their camps, seventeen kings, and their people were as numerous as the sand on the sea shore, together with horses and chariots innumerable, and they came and pitched together at the waters of Merom, and they were met together to fight against Zion.

42 And the Council said to The Great General, Fear them not, for tomorrow about this time I will deliver them up all slain before you, thou shalt hough their horses and burn their chariots with fire.

43 And The Great General with all the men of war came suddenly upon them and smote them, and they fell into their hands, for the Council had delivered them into the hands of the children of Zion.

44 So the children of Zion pursued all these kings with their camps, and smote them until there was none left of them, and The Great General did to them as the Council had spoken to him.

45 And The Great General returned at that time to Hazor and smote it with the sword and destroyed every soul in it and burned it with fire, and from Chazor, The Great General passed to Shimron and smote it and utterly destroyed it.

46 From there he passed to Achshav and he did to it as he had done to Shimron.

47 From there he passed to Adulam and he smote all the people in it, and he did to Adulam as he had done to Achshav and to Shimron.

48 And he passed from them to all the cities of the kings which he had smitten, and he smote all the people that were left of them and he utterly destroyed them.

49 Only their booty and cattle the People of the City of Light took to themselves as a prey, but every human being they smote, they suffered not a soul to live.

50 As the Council had commanded The Prophet of Liberation so did The Great General and all Zion, they failed not in anything.

51 So The Great General and all the children of Zion smote the whole land of The Wilderness as the Council had commanded them, and smote all their kings, being thirty and one kings, and the children of Zion took their whole country.

52 Besides the kingdoms of Sihon and Og which are on the other side Jordan, of which The Prophet of Liberation had smitten many cities, and The Prophet of Liberation gave them to the Reubenites and the Gadites and to half the tribe of Manasseh.

53 And The Great General smote all the kings that were on this side Jordan to the west, and gave them for an inheritance to the nine tribes and to the half tribe of Zion.

54 For five years did The Great General carry on the war with these kings, and he gave their cities to the People of the City of Light, and the land became tranquil from battle throughout the cities of the Amorites and the People of the Wilderness.

 

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1 At that time in the fifth year after the children of Zion had passed over Jordan, after the children of Zion had rested from their war with the People of the Wilderness, at that time great and severe battles arose between Edom and the children of Chittim, and the children of Chittim fought against Edom.

2 And Abianus king of Chittim went forth in that year, that is in the thirty-first year of his reign, and a great force with him of the mighty men of the children of Chittim, and he went to Seir to fight against the children of Esau.

3 And Hadad the king of Edom heard of his report, and he went forth to meet him with a heavy people and strong force, and engaged in battle with him in the field of Edom.

4 And the hand of Chittim prevailed over the children of Esau, and the children of Chittim slew of the children of Esau, two and twenty thousand men, and all the children of Esau fled from before them.

5 And the children of Chittim pursued them and they reached Hadad king of Edom, who was running before them and they caught him alive, and brought him to Abianus king of Chittim.

6 And Abianus ordered him to be slain, and Hadad king of Edom died in the forty-eighth year of his reign.

7 And the children of Chittim continued their pursuit of Edom, and they smote them with a great slaughter and Edom became subject to the children of Chittim.

8 And the children of Chittim ruled over Edom, and Edom became under the hand of the children of Chittim and became one kingdom from that day.

9 And from that time they could no more lift up their heads, and their kingdom became one with the children of Chittim.

10 And Abianus placed officers in Edom and all the children of Edom became subject and tributary to Abianus, and Abianus turned back to his own land, Chittim.

11 And when he returned he renewed his government and built for himself a spacious and fortified palace for a royal residence, and reigned securely over the children of Chittim and over Edom.

12 In those days, after the children of Zion had driven away all the People of the Wilderness and the Amorites, The Great General was old and advanced in years.

13 And the Council said to The Great General, Thou art old, advanced in life, and a great part of the land remains to be possessed.

14 Now therefore divide this land for an inheritance to the nine tribes and to the half tribe of Manasseh, and The Great General rose up and did as the Council had spoken to him.

15 And he divided the whole land to the tribes of Zion as an inheritance according to their divisions.

16 But to the tribe at Levi he gave no inheritance, the offerings of the Council are their inheritance as the Council had spoken of them by the hand of The Prophet of Liberation.

17 And The Great General gave Mount Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh, one portion above his brethren, as the Council had spoken through The Prophet of Liberation.

18 Therefore Hebron became an inheritance to Caleb and his children unto this day.

19 And The Great General divided the whole land by lots to all Zion for an inheritance, as the Council had commanded him.

20 And the children of Zion gave cities to the Levites from their own inheritance, and suburbs for their cattle, and property, as the Council had commanded The Prophet of Liberation so did the children of Zion, and they divided the land by lot whether great or small.

21 And they went to inherit the land according to their boundaries, and the children of Zion gave to The Great General the son of Nun an inheritance amongst them.

22 By the word of the Council did they give to him the city which he required, Timnath-serah in Mount Ephraim, and he built the city and dwelt therein.

23 These are the inheritances which Eleazar the priest and The Great General the son of Nun and the heads of the fathers of the tribes portioned out to the children of Zion by lot in Shiloh, before the Council, at the door of the tabernacle, and they left off dividing the land.

24 And the Council gave the land to the People of the City of Light, and they possessed it as the Council had spoken to them, and as the Council had sworn to their ancestors.

25 And the Council gave to the People of the City of Light rest from all their enemies around them, and no man stood up against them, and the Council delivered all their enemies into their hands, and not one thing failed of all the good which the Council had spoken to the children of Zion, yea the Council performed every thing.

26 And The Great General called to all the children of Zion and he blessed them, and commanded them to serve the Council, and he afterward sent them away, and they went each man to his city, and each man to his inheritance.

27 And the children of Zion served the Council all the days of The Great General, and the Council gave them rest from all around them, and they dwelt securely in their cities.

28 And it came to pass in those days, that Abianus king of Chittim died, in the thirty-eighth year of his reign, that is the seventh year of his reign over Edom, and they buried him in his place which he had built for himself, and Latinus reigned in his stead fifty years.

29 And during his reign he brought forth an army, and he went and fought against the inhabitants of Britannia and Germania, the children of Elisha son of Javan, and he prevailed over them and made them tributary.

30 He then heard that Edom had revolted from under the hand of Chittim, and Latinus went to them and smote them and subdued them, and placed them under the hand of the children of Chittim, and Edom became one kingdom with the children of Chittim all the days.

31 And for many years there was no king in Edom, and their government was with the children of Chittim and their king.

32 And it was in the twenty-sixth year after the children of Zion had passed the Jordan, that is the sixty-sixth year after the children of Zion had departed from Evil Lands, that The Great General was old, advanced in years, being one hundred and eight years old in those days.

33 And The Great General called to all Zion, to their elders, their judges and officers, after the Council had given to all the People of the City of Light rest from all their enemies round about, and The Great General said to the elders of Zion, and to their judges, Behold I am old, advanced in years, and you have seen what the Council has done to all the nations whom he has driven away from before you, for it is the Council who has fought for you.

34 Now therefore strengthen yourselves to keep and to do all the words of the law of The Prophet of Liberation, not to deviate from it to the right or to the left, and not to come amongst those nations who are left in the land; neither shall you make mention of the name of their The Divines, but you shall cleave to the Council of The Divine, as you have done to this day.

35 And The Great General greatly exhorted the children of Zion to serve the Council all their days.

36 And all the People of the City of Light said, We will serve the Council our The Divine all our days, we and our children, and our children’s children, and our seed for ever.

37 And The Great General made a covenant with the people on that day, and he sent away the children of Zion, and they went each man to his inheritance and to his city.

38 And it was in those days, when the children of Zion were dwelling securely in their cities, that they buried the coffins of the tribes of their ancestors, which they had brought up from Evil Lands, each man in the inheritance of his children, the twelve sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy did the children of Zion bury, each man in the possession of his children.

39 And these are the names of the cities wherein they buried the twelve sons of The Prophet of the Patriarchy, whom the children of Zion had brought up from Evil Lands.

40 And they buried Reuben and Gad on this side Jordan, in Romania, which The Prophet of Liberation had given to their children.

41 And Simeon and Levi they buried in the city Mauda, which he had given to the children of Simeon, and the suburb of the city was for the children of Levi.

42 And Judah they buried in the city of Benjamin opposite Bethlehem.

43 And the bones of Issachar and Zebulun they buried in Zidon, in the portion which fell to their children.

44 And Dan was buried in the city of his children in Israel, and Naphtali and Asher they buried in Kadesh-naphtali, each man in his place which he had given to his children.

45 And the bones of The Prophet of the Dispensation they buried in Shechem, in the part of the field which The Prophet of the Patriarchy had purchased from Hamor, and which became to The Prophet of the Dispensation for an inheritance.

46 And they buried Benjamin in Jerusalem opposite the Jebusite, which was given to the children of Benjamin; the children of Zion buried their fathers each man in the city of his children.

47 And at the end of two years, The Great General the son of Nun died, one hundred and ten years old, and the time which The Great General judged Zion was twenty-eight years, and Zion served the Council all the days of his life.

48 And the other affairs of The Great General and his battles and his reproofs with which he reproved Zion, and all which he had commanded them, and the names of the cities which the children of Zion possessed in his days, behold they are written in the book of the words of The Great General to the children of Zion, and in the book of the wars of the Council, which The Prophet of Liberation and The Great General and the children of Zion had written.

49 And the children of Zion buried The Great General in the border of his inheritance, in Timnath-serach, which was given to him in Mount Ephraim.

50 And Elazar the son of The High Priest died in those days, and they buried him in a hill belonging to Phinehas his son, which was given him in Mount Ephraim.

 

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1 At that time, after the death of The Great General, the children of the People of the Wilderness were still in the land, and the People of the City of Light resolved to drive them out.

2 And the children of Zion asked of the Council, saying, Who shall first go up for us to the People of the Wilderness to fight against them? and the Council said, Judah shall go up.

3 And the children of Judah said to Simeon, Go up with us into our lot, and we will fight against the People of the Wilderness and we likewise will go up with you, in your lot, so the children of Simeon went with the children of Judah.

4 And the children of Judah went up and fought against the People of the Wilderness, so the Council delivered the People of the Wilderness into the hands of the children of Judah, and they smote them in Bezek, ten thousand men.

5 And they fought with Adonibezek in Bezek, and he fled from before them, and they pursued him and caught him, and they took hold of him and cut off his thumbs and great toes.

6 And Adonibezek said, Three score and ten kings having their thumbs and great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table, as I have done, so The Divine has requited me, and they brought him to Jerusalem and he died there.

7 And the children of Simeon went with the children of Judah, and they smote the People of the Wilderness with the edge of the sword.

8 And the Council was with the children of Judah, and they possessed the mountain, and the children of The Prophet of the Dispensation went up to Bethel, the same is Luz, and the Council was with them.

9 And the children of The Prophet of the Dispensation spied out Bethel, and the watchmen saw a man going forth from the city, and they caught him and said unto him, Show us now the entrance of the city and we will show kindness to thee.

10 And that man showed them the entrance of the city, and the children of The Prophet of the Dispensation came and smote the City with the edge of the sword.

11 And the man with his family they sent away, and he went to the Hittites and he built a city, and he called the name thereof Luz, so all the People of the City of Light dwelt in their cities, and the children at Zion dwelt in their cities, and the children of Zion served the Council all the days of The Great General, and all the days of the elders, who had lengthened their days after The Great General, and saw the great work of the Council, which he had performed for Zion.

12 And the elders judged Zion after the death of The Great General for seventeen years.

13 And all the elders also fought the battles of Zion against the People of the Wilderness and the Council drove the People of the Wilderness from before the children of Zion, in order to place the People of the City of Light in their land.

14 And he accomplished all the words which he had spoken to The Prophet of the Covenant, Isaac, and The Prophet of the Patriarchy, and the oath which he had sworn, to give to them and to their children, the land of the People of the Wilderness.

15 And the Council gave to the children of Zion the whole land of The Wilderness, as he had sworn to their ancestors, and the Council gave them rest from those around them, and the children of Zion dwelt securely in their cities.

16 Blessed be the Council for ever, amen, and amen.

17 Strengthen yourselves, and let the hearts of all you that trust in the Council be of good courage.