Book of Jasher 22
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.
And Abraham related to Ishmael his
son the transaction with the first wife that Ishmael took, according to what
And Ishmael and his children dwelt
with Abraham many days in that land, and Abraham dwelt in the land of the
Philistines a long time.
And the days increased and reached
twenty six years, and after that Abraham 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 Abraham
dug wells of water, and Abraham and all belonging to him dwelt by the water,
and the servants of Abimelech king of the Philistines
heard the report that Abraham’s servants had dug wells of water in the borders
of the land.
And they came and quarreled with the
servants of Abraham, and they robbed them of the great well which they had dug.
king of the Philistines heard of this affair, and he with Phicol
the captain of his host and twenty of his men came to Abraham, and Abimelech spoke to Abraham concerning his servants, and
Abraham rebuked Abimelech concerning the well of
which his servants had robbed him.
said to Abraham, As the Lord liveth who created the
whole earth, I did not hear of the act which my servants did unto thy servants
until this day.
And Abraham 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.
took the seven ewe lambs which Abraham had given to him, for he had also given
him cattle and herds in abundance, and Abimelech
swore to Abraham concerning the well, therefore he called that well Beersheba, for there
they both swore concerning it.
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 Abraham and all belonging to him
dwelt in Beersheba and he was in that land a long time.
And Abraham 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 Abraham he entered
any gate which was in his road, and remained there and ate and drank and
satisfied himself and then departed.
For the house of Abraham was always
open to the sons of men that passed and repassed, who
came daily to eat and drink in the house of Abraham.
And any man who had hunger and came
to Abraham’s house, Abraham 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 Lord who had created him in the earth; this did Abraham all his life.
And Abraham and his children and all
belonging to him dwelt in Beersheba, and he
pitched his tent as far as Hebron.
And Abraham’s brother Nahor and his father and all belonging to them dwelt in Haran, for they
did not come with Abraham to the land of Canaan.
And children were born to Nahor which Milca the daughter of
Haran, and sister
to Sarah, Abraham’s wife, bare to him.
And these are the names of those that
were born to him, Uz, Buz, Kemuel, Kesed, Chazo, Pildash, Tidlaf, and Bethuel, being eight
sons, these are the children of Milca which she bare
to Nahor, Abraham’s brother.
had a concubine and her name was Reumah, and she also
bare to Nahor, Zebach, Gachash, Tachash and Maacha, being four sons.
And the children that were born to Nahor were twelve sons besides his daughters, and they also
had children born to them in Haran.
And the children of Uz the first born of Nahor were Abi, Cheref, Gadin,
Melus, and Deborah their sister.
And the sons of Buz
were Berachel, Naamath, Sheva, and Madonu.
And the sons of Kemuel
were Aram and Rechob.
And the sons of Kesed
were Anamlech, Meshai, Benon and Yifi; and the sons of Chazo were Pildash, Mechi and Opher.
And the sons of Pildash
were Arud, Chamum, Mered and Moloch.
And the sons of Tidlaf
were Mushan, Cushan and Mutzi.
And the children of Bethuel were Sechar, Laban and their sister Rebecca.
These are the families of the
children of Nahor, that were born to them in Haran; and Aram the son of Kemuel and Rechob his brother
went away from Haran, and they found a valley in the
land by the river Euphrates.
And they built a city there, and they
called the name of the city after the name of Pethor
the son of Aram, that is Aram Naherayim unto this day.
And the children of Kesed also went to dwell where they could find a place, and
they went and they found a valley opposite to the land of Shinar, and they
And they there built themselves a
city, and they called the name at the city Kesed
after the name of their father, that is the land Kasdim
unto this day, and the Kasdim dwelt in that land and
they were fruitful and multiplied exceedingly.
father of Nahor and Abraham, went and took another
wife in his old age, and her name was Pelilah, and
she conceived and bare him a son and he called his name Zoba.
lived twenty-five years after he begat Zoba.
died in that year, that is in the thirty-fifth year of the birth of Isaac son
And the days of Terah
were two hundred and five years, and he was buried in Haran.
the son of Terah lived thirty years and he begat Aram, Achlis and Merik.
And Aram son of Zoba son of Terah, had three
wives and he begat twelve sons and three daughters; and the Lord gave to Aram the son of Zoba, riches and possessions, and abundance of cattle, and
flocks and herds, and the man increased greatly.
And Aram the son of Zoba and his brother and all his household journeyed from Haran, and they
went to dwell where they should find a place, for their property was too great
to remain in Haran; for they
could not stop in Haran together
with their brethren the children of Nahor.
And Aram the son of Zoba went with his brethren, and they found a valley at a
distance toward the eastern country and they dwelt there.
And they also built a city there, and
they called the name thereof Aram, after the
name of their eldest brother; that is Aram Zoba to this day.
And Isaac the son of Abraham was
growing up in those days, and Abraham his father taught him the way of the Lord
to know the Lord, and the Lord was with him.
And when Isaac was thirty-seven years
old, Ishmael his brother was going about with him in the tent.
And Ishmael boasted of himself to
Isaac, saying, I was thirteen years old when the Lord spoke to my father to
circumcise us, and I did according to the word of the Lord which he spoke to my
father, and I gave my soul unto the Lord, and I did not transgress his word
which he commanded my father.
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 Lord commanded thee?
As the Lord liveth,
the God of my father Abraham, if the Lord 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.
And the Lord heard the word that
Isaac spoke to Ishmael, and it seemed good in the sight of the Lord, and he
thought to try Abraham in this matter.
And the day arrived when the sons of
God came and placed themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with the
sons of God before the Lord.
And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? and Satan answered the Lord and said, From
going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
And the Lord said to Satan, What is
thy word to me concerning all the children of the earth? and Satan answered the
Lord and said, I have seen all the children of the earth who serve thee and
remember thee when they require anything from thee.
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.
Hast thou seen Abraham 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.
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 Lord he has forgotten.
For amidst all that he has done he
brought thee no offering; neither burnt offering nor peace offering, neither
ox, lamb nor goat of all that he killed on the day that his son was weaned.
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.
And the Lord said to Satan, Hast thou
thus considered my servant Abraham? for there is none like him upon earth, a
perfect and an upright man before me, one that feareth
God and avoideth 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
And Satan answered the Lord and said,
Speak then now unto Abraham as thou hast said, and thou wilt see whether he
will not this day transgress and cast aside thy words.