Book of Jasher 28

Book of Jasher 28

Chapter 28


And in those days, after the death of
Abraham, in that year the Lord brought a heavy famine in the land, and whilst
the famine was raging in the land of Canaan, Isaac rose up to go down to Egypt
on account of the famine, as his father Abraham had done.

And the Lord appeared that night to
Isaac and he said to him, Do not go down to
Egypt but rise and
go to Gerar, to Abimelech
king of the Philistines, and remain there till the famine shall cease.

And Isaac rose up and went to Gerar, as the Lord commanded him, and he remained there a
full year.

And when Isaac came to Gerar, the people of the land saw that Rebecca his wife was
of a beautiful appearance, and the people of Gerar
asked Isaac concerning his wife, and he said, She is my sister, for he was
afraid to say she was his wife lest the people of the land should slay him on
account of her.

And the princes of Abimelech went and praised the woman to the king, but he
answered them not, neither did he attend to their words.

But he heard them say that Isaac declared
her to be his sister, so the king reserved this within himself.

And when Isaac had remained three
months in the land, Abimelech looked out at the
window, and he saw, and behold Isaac was sporting with Rebecca his wife, for
Isaac dwelt in the outer house belonging to the king, so that the house of
Isaac was opposite the house of the king.

And the king said unto Isaac, What is
this thou hast done to us in saying of thy wife, She is my sister? how easily
might one of the great men of the people have lain with her, and thou wouldst
then have brought guilt upon us.

And Isaac said unto Abimelech, Because I was afraid lest I die on account of my
wife, therefore I said, She is my sister.

At that time Abimelech
gave orders to all his princes and great men, and they took Isaac and Rebecca
his wife and brought them before the king.

And the king commanded that they
should dress them in princely garments, and make them ride through the streets
of the city, and proclaim before them throughout the land, saying, This is the
man and this is his wife; whoever toucheth this man
or his wife shall surely die. And Isaac returned with his wife to the king’s
house, and the Lord was with Isaac and he continued to wax great and lacked

And the Lord caused Isaac to find
favor in the sight of Abimelech, and in the sight of
all his subjects, and Abimelech acted well with
Isaac, for Abimelech remembered the oath and the
covenant that existed between his father and Abraham.

And Abimelech
said unto Isaac, Behold the whole earth is before thee; dwell wherever it may
seem good in thy sight until thou shalt return to thy
land; and Abimelech gave Isaac fields and vineyards
and the best part of the land of Gerar, to sow and
reap and eat the fruits of the ground until the days of the famine should have
passed by.

And Isaac sowed in that land, and
received a hundred-fold in the same year, and the Lord blessed him.

And the man waxed great, and he had
possession of flocks and possession of herds and great store of servants.

And when the days of the famine had
passed away the Lord appeared to Isaac and said unto him, Rise up, go forth
from this place and return to thy land, to the land of Canaan; and Isaac rose
up and returned to Hebron which is in the land of Canaan, he and all belonging
to him as the Lord commanded him.

And after this Shelach
the son at Arpachshad died in that year, which is the
eighteenth year of the lives of Jacob and Esau; and all the days that Shelach lived were four hundred and thirty-three years and
he died.

At that time Isaac sent his younger
son Jacob to the house of Shem and Eber, and he
learned the instructions of the Lord, and Jacob remained in the house of Shem
and Eber for thirty-two years, and Esau his brother
did not go, for he was not willing to go, and he remained in his father’s house
in the land of Canaan.

And Esau was continually hunting in
the fields to bring home what he could get, so did Esau all the days.

And Esau was a designing and
deceitful man, one who hunted after the hearts of men and inveigled them, and
Esau was a valiant man in the field, and in the course of time went as usual to
hunt; and he came as far as the field of Seir, the
same is Edom.

And he remained in the land of Seir hunting in
the field a year and four months.

And Esau there saw in the land of Seir the daughter
of a man of
Canaan, and her name was Jehudith, the daughter of Beeri,
son of Epher, from the families of Heth the son of

And Esau took her for a wife, and he
came unto her; forty years old was Esau when he took her, and he brought her to
Hebron, the land of
his father’s dwelling place, and he dwelt there.

And it came to pass in those days, in
the hundred and tenth year of the life of Isaac, that is in the fiftieth year
of the life of Jacob, in that year died Shem the son of Noah; Shem was six
hundred years old at his death.

And when Shem died Jacob returned to
his father to
Hebron which is in
land of Canaan.

And in the fifty-sixth year of the
life of Jacob, people came from
Haran, and Rebecca
was told concerning her brother Laban the son of Bethuel.

For the wife of Laban
was barren in those days, and bare no children, and also all his handmaids bare
none to him.

And the Lord afterward remembered Adinah the wife of Laban, and she
conceived and bare twin daughters, and Laban called
the names of his daughters, the name of the elder Leah, and the name of the
younger Rachel.

And those people came and told these
things to Rebecca, and Rebecca rejoiced greatly that the Lord had visited her
brother and that he had got children.

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