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Book of Jasher 81



Book of Jasher 81

Chapter 81

 

1.                 
And the children of Israel journeyed
from Rameses 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
Israel, who dwelt
in the
land of Egypt in hard
labor, was two hundred and ten years.

4.                 
And at the end of two hundred and ten
years, the Lord brought forth the children of
Israel from Egypt with a
strong hand.

5.                 
And the children of Israel traveled
from
Egypt and from Goshen and from
Rameses, and encamped in Succoth on the fifteenth day of the first month.

6.                 
And the Egyptians buried all their
first born whom the Lord had smitten, and all the Egyptians buried their slain
for three days.

7.                 
And the children of Israel traveled
from Succoth and encamped in Ethom, at the end of the wilderness.

8.                 
And on the third day after the
Egyptians had buried their first born, many men rose up from
Egypt and went
after
Israel to make them
return to
Egypt, for they
repented that they had sent the Israelites away from their servitude.

9.                 
And one man said to his neighbor,
Surely Moses and Aaron spoke to Pharaoh, saying, We will go a three days’
journey in the wilderness and sacrifice to the Lord our God.

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 Egypt 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 Pharaoh rose up
in the morning, and with them about seven hundred thousand men, and they went
forth from
Egypt on that day,
and came to the place where the children of
Israel were.

12.            
And all the Egyptians saw and behold
Moses and Aaron and all the children of
Israel were sitting
before Pi-hahiroth, eating and drinking and celebrating the feast of the Lord.

13.            
And all the Egyptians said to the
children of
Israel, Surely you
said, We will go a journey for three days in the wilderness and sacrifice to
our God and return.

14.            
Now therefore this day makes five
days since you went, why do you not return to your masters?

15.            
And Moses and Aaron answered them, saying,
Because the Lord our God has testified in us, saying, You shall no more return
to Egypt, but we will betake ourselves to a land flowing with milk and honey,
as the Lord our God had sworn to our ancestors to give to us.

16.            
And when the nobles of Egypt saw that the
children of
Israel did not
hearken to them, to return to
Egypt, they girded
themselves to fight with
Israel.

17.            
And the Lord strengthened the hearts
of the children of Israel over the Egyptians, that they gave them a severe
beating, and the battle was sore upon the Egyptians, and all the Egyptians fled
from before the children of Israel, for many of them perished by the hand of
Israel.

18.            
And the nobles of Pharaoh went to Egypt and told
Pharaoh, saying, The children of
Israel have fled,
and will no more return to
Egypt, and in this
manner did Moses and Aaron speak to us.

19.            
And Pharaoh heard this thing, and his
heart and the hearts of all his subjects were turned against
Israel, and they
repented that they had sent
Israel; and all the
Egyptians advised Pharaoh to pursue the children of
Israel 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
Israel from our
servitude?

21.            
And the Lord strengthened the hearts
of all the Egyptians to pursue the Israelites, for the Lord desired to
overthrow the Egyptians in the
Red Sea.

22.            
And Pharaoh rose up and harnessed his
chariot, and he ordered all the Egyptians to assemble, not one man was left
excepting the little ones and the women.

23.            
And all the Egyptians went forth with
Pharaoh to pursue the children of
Israel, and the
camp of
Egypt 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
Israel to bring
them back to
Egypt, and they
reached them encamping by the
Red Sea.

25.            
And the children of Israel lifted up
their eyes, and beheld all the Egyptians pursuing them, and the children of
Israel were greatly
terrified at them, and the children of
Israel cried to the
Lord.

26.            
And on account of the Egyptians, the
children of
Israel divided
themselves into four divisions, and they were divided in their opinions, for
they were afraid of the Egyptians, and Moses 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 Egyptians.

28.            
And Moses said to them, Fear not,
stand still and see the salvation of the Lord 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
Egypt with the
Egyptians.

30.            
And Moses said to them, Fear not, for
as you have seen the Egyptians this day, so shall you see them no more for
ever.

31.            
The third division was of the
children of Judah and Joseph, and they resolved to go to meet the Egyptians to
fight with them.

32.            
And Moses said to them, Stand in your
places, for the Lord 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
Egyptians to confound them, and Moses said to them, Remain in your stations and
fear not, only call unto the Lord that he may save you out of their hands.

34.            
After this Moses rose up from amidst
the people, and he prayed to the Lord and said,

35.            
O Lord God of the whole earth, save
now thy people whom thou didst bring forth from
Egypt, and let not
the Egyptians boast that power and might are theirs.

36.            
So the Lord said to Moses, Why dost
thou cry unto me? speak to the children of
Israel that they
shall proceed, and do thou stretch out thy rod upon the sea and divide it, and
the children of
Israel shall pass
through it.

37.            
And Moses 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
Israel passed
through on foot, with shoes, as a man would pass through a prepared road.

39.            
And the Lord manifested to the
children of
Israel his wonders
in
Egypt and in the
sea by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

40.            
And when the children of Israel had
entered the sea, the Egyptians 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 Pharaoh, who gave thanks to the Lord and believed in him, therefore
the Lord did not cause him to perish at that time with the Egyptians.

41.            
And the Lord ordered an angel to take
him from amongst the Egyptians, who cast him upon the
land of Ninevah and he
reigned over it for a long time.

42.            
And on that day the Lord saved Israel from the
hand of
Egypt, and all the
children of
Israel saw that the
Egyptians had perished, and they beheld the great hand of the Lord, in what he
had performed in
Egypt and in the
sea.

43.            
Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song
unto the Lord, on the day when the Lord caused the Egyptians to fall before
them.

44.            
And all Israel sang in
concert, saying, I will sing to the Lord 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 God.

45.            
After this the children of Israel
proceeded on their journey, and encamped in Marah, and the Lord gave to the
children of Israel statutes and judgments in that place in Marah, and the Lord
commanded the children of Israel 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
Egypt.

48.            
At that time the Lord gave the manna
to the children of
Israel to eat, and
the Lord caused food to rain from heaven for the children of
Israel day by day.

49.            
And the children of Israel ate the
manna for forty years, all the days that they were in the wilderness, until
they came to the
land of Canaan 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 Israel were in
Rephidim, Amalek the son of Eliphaz, the son of Esau, the brother of Zepho,
came to fight with
Israel.

53.            
And he brought with him eight hundred
and one thousand men, magicians and conjurers, and he prepared for battle with
Israel in Rephidim.

54.            
And they carried on a great and
severe battle against
Israel, and the
Lord delivered Amalek and his people into the hands of Moses and the children
of
Israel, and into
the hand of Joshua, the son of Nun, the Ephrathite, the servant of Moses.

55.            
And the children of Israel smote Amalek
and his people at the edge of the sword, but the battle was very sore upon the
children of
Israel.

56.            
And the Lord said to Moses, Write
this thing as a memorial for thee in a book, and place it in the hand of
Joshua, the son of Nun, thy servant, and thou shalt command the children of
Israel, saying, When thou shalt come to the land of Canaan, thou shalt utterly
efface the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.

57.            
And Moses 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 wentest forth from
Egypt.

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 Lord
thy God shall have given thee rest from all thine enemies round about in the
land which the Lord thy God 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 Moses wrote all these things in a
book, and he enjoined the children of
Israel respecting
all these matters.


Book of Jasher 81

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