Book of Jasher 16

Book of Jasher 16

Chapter 16


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 Elasar,
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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

And Abram 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 Abram and his men,
and there was none remaining but the four kings who fled, and they went each
his own road.

And Abram recovered all the property
Sodom, and he also
Lot and his property, his wives and
little ones and all belonging to him, so that
Lot lacked

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

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 Abram and his men.

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

And Adonizedek
blessed Abram, and Abram gave him a tenth from all that he had brought from the
spoil of his enemies, for Adonizedek was a priest
before God.

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

And Abram answered the kings of
Sodom, saying, As the Lord 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, Abram became rich
from our property that he saved.

For the Lord my God in whom I trust
said unto me, Thou shalt lack nothing, for I will
bless thee in all the works of thy hands.

And now therefore behold, here is all
belonging to you, take it and go; as the Lord 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, Anar,
Ashcol, 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.

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

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.

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 Abram and his people returned to their home to the plains
of Mamre, which is in Hebron.

At that time the Lord again appeared
to Abram 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.

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.

And in the seventy-eighth year of the
life of Abram, 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.

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

And when she saw that she bare no
children she took her handmaid Hagar, whom Pharaoh had given her, and she gave
her to Abram her husband for a wife.

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

And Sarai
said to Abram, 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.

And at the end of ten years of
Abram’s dwelling in the
land of Canaan, which is
the eighty-fifth year of Abram’s life, Sarai gave
Hagar unto him.

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

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 God than Sarai my mistress, for all the days that my mistress has
been with my lord, she did not conceive, but me the Lord has caused in so short
a time to conceive by him.

And when Sarai
saw that Hagar had conceived by Abram, 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.

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

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 Lord judge between me and
thee for what thou hast done to me.

And Abram 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.

And an angel of the Lord 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.

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

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

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