Book of Jasher 20

Book of Jasher 20

Chapter 20


And at that time Abraham 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 Abraham’s being in the land of Canaan, and the hundredth
year of the life of Abraham, that he came to Gerar in
the land of the Philistines.

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

And as Abraham 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
Abraham concerning her, and he said, She is my sister.

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

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

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

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 Canaan to dwell
wherever we could find a place.

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.

And Abimelech
sent for Abraham, and Abraham came to Abimelech.

And Abimelech
said to Abraham, Behold I have given orders that thou shalt
be honored as thou desirest on account of thy sister

And Abraham went forth from the king,
and the king’s present followed him.

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.

And he dreamed that an angel of the
Lord 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


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 Abraham 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.

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

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

And every womb was
closed, and all their issues, and the hand of the Lord was upon them on account
of Sarah, wife of Abraham, whom Abimelech had taken.

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.

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
when this man came to

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.

And Pharaoh sent
and took this woman for a wife and the Lord brought upon him grievous plagues
until he returned the woman to her husband.

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

Now, therefore,
restore this woman to her husband, lest it should befall us as it did to
Pharaoh king of Egypt 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 Abraham called for, and he came before him.

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?

And Abraham 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 Abraham, and he
returned Sarah to him.

And Abimelech said to Abraham, Behold the whole land is before
thee, dwell in it wherever thou shalt choose.

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

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.

And Abimelech sent for Abraham, saying, Pray now for thy
servants to the Lord thy God, that he may put away this mortality from amongst

And Abraham prayed
on account of Abimelech and his subjects, and the
Lord heard the prayer of Abraham, and he healed Abimelech
and all his subjects.

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