Book of Jasher 13
took his son Abram and his grandson
all the souls of his household and went with them from Ur Casdim
to go to the
they came as far as the
remained there, for it was exceedingly good land for pasture, and of sufficient
extent for those who accompanied them.
And the people of the land of Haran saw that Abram was good and upright with God and men,
and that the Lord his God was with him, and some of the people of the land of Haran came and joined Abram, and he taught them the
instruction of the Lord and his ways; and these men remained with Abram in his
house and they adhered to him.
And Abram remained in the land three
years, and at the expiration of three years the Lord appeared to Abram and said
to him; I am the Lord who brought thee forth from Ur Casdim,
and delivered thee from the hands of all thine
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.
Arise now, take thy wife and all
belonging to thee and go to the
there, and I will there be unto thee for a God, and I will bless thee. And
Abram rose and took his wife and all belonging to him, and he went to the
had told him; and Abram was fifty years old when he went from
And Abram came to the
the midst of the city, and he there pitched his tent amongst the children of
of the land.
And the Lord appeared to Abram when
he came to the land of Canaan, 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.
And Abram built an altar in the place
where God had spoken to him, and Abram there called upon the name of the Lord.
At that time, at the end of three
years of Abram’s dwelling in the land of Canaan, in that year Noah died, which
was the fifty-eighth year of the life of Abram; and all the days that Noah
lived were nine hundred and fifty years and he died.
And Abram dwelt in the
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,
Abram’s brother, and Terah his father, and
belonging to them dwelt in
In the fifth year of Abram’s dwelling
in the land of Canaan 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.
And in the tenth year of Abram’s
dwelling in the
war between Nimrod king of
came to fight with Chedorlaomer and to subdue him.
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 lord.
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.
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.
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 Elasar, and to
Tidal king of Goyim, and made a covenant with them, and they were all obedient
to his commands.
And it was in the fifteenth year of
Abram’s dwelling in the
the seventieth year of the life of Abram, and the Lord appeared to Abram in
that year and he said to him, I am the Lord who brought thee out from Ur Casdim to give thee this land for an inheritance.
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 Mitzraim unto the
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 Abram built an
altar, and he called upon the name of the Lord who appeared to him, and he
brought up sacrifices upon the altar to the Lord.
At that time Abram returned and went
father and mother, and his father’s household, and Abram and his wife and all
belonging to him returned to
And many of the people of
seventy-two men, followed Abram and Abram taught them the instruction of the
Lord and his ways, and he taught them to know the Lord.
In those days the Lord appeared to
to him, Behold, I spoke unto thee these twenty years back saying,
Go forth from thy land, from thy
birth-place 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.
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
them out with thee from here, and rise to return to the
And Abram 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
came out to go to the
And Abram went and returned to the
to the word of the Lord. And
him, and Abram was seventy-five years old when he went forth from
And he came to the
the word of the Lord to Abram, and he pitched his tent and he dwelt in the
plain of Mamre, and with him was
son, and all belonging to him.
And the Lord again appeared to Abram
and said, To thy seed will I give this land; and he there built an altar to the
Lord who appeared to him, which is still to this day in the plains of Mamre.