Book of Jasher 34

Book of Jasher 34

Chapter 34


And the number of all the males that
were circumcised, were six hundred and forty-five men, and two hundred and
forty-six children.

But Chiddekem, son of Pered, the
father of Hamor, and his six brothers, would not listen unto Shechem and his
father Hamor, and they would not be circumcised, for the proposal of the sons
of Jacob was loathsome in their sight, and their anger was greatly roused at
this, that the people of the city had not hearkened to them.

And in the evening of the second day,
they found eight small children who had not been circumcised, for their mothers
had concealed them from Shechem and his father Hamor, and from the men of the

And Shechem and his father Hamor sent
to have them brought before them to be circumcised, when Chiddekem and his six
brothers sprang at them with their swords, and sought to slay them.

And they sought to slay also Shechem
and his father Hamor and they sought to slay Dinah with them on account of this

And they said unto them, What is this
thing that you have done? are there no women amongst the daughters of your
brethren the Canaanites, that you wish to take unto yourselves daughters of the
Hebrews, whom ye knew not before, and will do this act which your fathers never
commanded you?

Do you imagine that you will succeed
through this act which you have done? and what will you answer in this affair
to your brethren the Canaanites, who will come tomorrow and ask you concerning
this thing?

And if your act shall not appear just
and good in their sight, what will you do for your lives, and me for our lives,
in your not having hearkened to our voices?

And if the inhabitants of the land
and all your brethren the children of Ham, shall hear of your act, saying,

On account of a Hebrew woman did
Shechem and Hamor his father, and all the inhabitants of their city, do that
with which they had been unacquainted and which their ancestors never commanded
them, where then will you fly or where conceal your shame, all your days before
your brethren, the inhabitants of the land of Canaan?

Now therefore we cannot bear up
against this thing which you have done, neither can we be burdened with this
yoke upon us, which our ancestors did not command us.

Behold tomorrow we will go and
assemble all our brethren, the Canaanitish brethren who dwell in the land, and
we will all come and smite you and all those who trust in you, that there shall
not be a remnant left from you or them.

And when Hamor and his son Shechem
and all the people of the city heard the words of Chiddekem and his brothers,
they were terribly afraid of their lives at their words, and they repented of
what they had done.

And Shechem and his father Hamor
answered their father Chiddekem and his brethren, and they said unto them, All
the words which you spoke unto us are true.

Now do not say, nor imagine in your
hearts that on account of the love of the Hebrews we did this thing that our
ancestors did not command us.

But because we saw that it was not
their intention and desire to accede to our wishes concerning their daughter as
to our taking her, except on this condition, so we hearkened to their voices
and did this act which you saw, in order to obtain our desire from them.

And when we shall have obtained our
request from them, we will then return to them and do unto them that which you
say unto us.

We beseech you then to wait and tarry
until our flesh shall be healed and we again become strong, and we will then go
together against them, and do unto them that which is in your hearts and in

And Dinah the daughter of Jacob heard
all these words which Chiddekem and his brothers had spoken, and what Hamor and
his son Shechem and the people of their city had answered them.

And she hastened and sent one of her
maidens, that her father had sent to take care of her in the house of Shechem,
to Jacob her father and to her brethren, saying:

Thus did Chiddekem and his brothers
advise concerning you, and thus did Hamor and Shechem and the people of the
city answer them.

And when Jacob heard these words he
was filled with wrath, and he was indignant at them, and his anger was kindled
against them.

And Simeon and Levi swore and said,
As the Lord liveth, the God of the whole earth, by this time tomorrow, there
shall not be a remnant left in the whole city.

And twenty young men had concealed
themselves who were not circumcised, and these young men fought against Simeon
and Levi, and Simeon and Levi killed eighteen of them, and two fled from them
and escaped to some lime pits that were in the city, and Simeon and Levi sought
for them, but could not find them.

And Simeon and Levi continued to go
about in the city, and they killed all the people of the city at the edge of
the sword, and they left none remaining.

And there was a great consternation
in the midst of the city, and the cry of the people of the city ascended to
heaven, and all the women and children cried aloud.

And Simeon and Levi slew all the
city; they left not a male remaining in the whole city.

And they slew Hamor and Shechem his
son at the edge of the sword, and they brought away Dinah from the house of
Shechem and they went from there.

And the sons of Jacob went and
returned, and came upon the slain, and spoiled all their property which was in
the city and the field.

And whilst they were taking the
spoil, three hundred men stood up and threw dust at them and struck them with
stones, when Simeon turned to them and he slew them all with the edge of the
sword, and Simeon turned before Levi, and came into the city.

And they took away their sheep and
their oxen and their cattle, and also the remainder of the women and little
ones, and they led all these away, and they opened a gate and went out and came
unto their father Jacob with vigor.

And when Jacob saw all that they had
done to the city, and saw the spoil that they took from them, Jacob was very
angry at them, and Jacob said unto them, What is this that you have done to me?
behold I obtained rest amongst the Canaanitish inhabitants of the land, and
none of them meddled with me.

And now you have done to make me
obnoxious to the inhabitants of the land, amongst the Canaanites and the
Perizzites, and I am but of a small number, and they will all assemble against
me and slay me when they hear of your work with their brethren, and I and my
household will be destroyed.

And Simeon and Levi and all their brothers
with them answered their father Jacob and said unto him, Behold we live in the
land, and shall Shechem do this to our sister? why art thou silent at all that
Shechem has done? and shall he deal with our sister as with a harlot in the

And the number of women whom Simeon
and Levi took captives from the city of
Shechem, whom they
did not slay, was eighty-five who had not known man.

And amongst them was a young damsel
of beautiful appearance and well favored, whose name was Bunah, and Simeon took
her for a wife, and the number of the males which they took captives and did
not slay, was forty-seven men, and the rest they slew.

And all the young men and women that
Simeon and Levi had taken captives from the city of
Shechem, were
servants to the sons of Jacob and to their children after them, until the day
of the sons of Jacob going forth from the
land of Egypt.

And when Simeon and Levi had gone
forth from the city, the two young men that were left, who had concealed
themselves in the city, and did not die amongst the people of the city, rose
up, and these young men went into the city and walked about in it, and found
the city desolate without man, and only women weeping, and these young men
cried out and said, Behold, this is the evil which the sons of Jacob the Hebrew
did to this city in their having this day destroyed one of the Canaanitish
cities, and were not afraid of their lives of all the land of Canaan.

And these men left the city and went
to the city of
Tapnach, and they
came there and told the inhabitants of Tapnach all that had befallen them, and
all that the sons of Jacob had done to the city of

And the information reached Jashub
king of Tapnach, and he sent men to the city of Shechem to see those young men,
for the king did not believe them in this account, saying, How could two men
lay waste such a large town as Shechem?

And the messengers of Jashub came
back and told him, saying, We came unto the city, and it is destroyed, there is
not a man there; only weeping women; neither is any flock or cattle there, for
all that was in the city the sons of Jacob took away.

And Jashub wondered at this, saying,
How could two men do this thing, to destroy so large a city, and not one man
able to stand against them?

For the like has not been from the
days of Nimrod, and not even from the remotest time, has the like taken place;
and Jashub, king of Tapnach, said to his people, Be courageous and we will go
and fight against these Hebrews, and do unto them as they did unto the city,
and we will avenge the cause of the people of the city.

And Jashub, king of Tapnach,
consulted with his counsellors about this matter, and his advisers said unto
him, Alone thou wilt not prevail over the Hebrews, for they must be powerful to
do this work to the whole city.

If two of them laid waste the whole
city, and no one stood against them, surely if thou wilt go against them, they
will all rise against us and destroy us likewise.

But if thou wilt send to all the
kings that surround us, and let them come together, then we will go with them
and fight against the sons of Jacob; then wilt thou prevail against them.

And Jashub heard the words of his
counsellors, and their words pleased him and his people, and he did so; and
Jashub king of Tapnach sent to all the kings of the Amorites that surrounded
Shechem and Tapnach, saying,

Go up with me and assist me, and we
will smite Jacob the Hebrew and all his sons, and destroy them from the earth,
for thus did he do to the city of Shechem, and do you not know of it?

And all the kings of the Amorites
heard the evil that the sons of Jacob had done to the city of Shechem, and they
were greatly astonished at them.

And the seven kings of the Amorites
assembled with all their armies, about ten thousand men with drawn swords, and
they came to fight against the sons of Jacob; and Jacob heard that the kings of
the Amorites had assembled to fight against his sons, and Jacob was greatly
afraid, and it distressed him.

And Jacob exclaimed against Simeon
and Levi, saying, What is this act that you did? why have you injured me, to
bring against me all the children of Canaan to destroy me and my household? for
I was at rest, even I and my household, and you have done this thing to me, and
provoked the inhabitants of the land against me by your proceedings.

And Judah answered his father,
saying, Was it for naught my brothers Simeon and Levi killed all the
inhabitants of Shechem? Surely it was because Shechem had humbled our sister,
and transgressed the command of our God to Noah and his children, for Shechem
took our sister away by force, and committed adultery with her.

And Shechem did all this evil and not
one of the inhabitants of his city interfered with him, to say, Why wilt thou
do this? surely for this my brothers went and smote the city, and the Lord
delivered it into their hands, because its inhabitants had transgressed the
commands of our God. Is it then for naught that they have done all this?

And now why art thou afraid or
distressed, and why art thou displeased at my brothers, and why is thine anger
kindled against them?

Surely our God who delivered into
their hand the city of Shechem and its people, he will also deliver into our
hands all the Canaanitish kings who are coming against us, and we will do unto
them as my brothers did unto Shechem.

Now be tranquil about them and cast
away thy fears, but trust in the Lord our God, and pray unto him to assist us
and deliver us, and deliver our enemies into our hands.

And Judah called to one of his
father’s servants, Go now and see where those kings, who are coming against us,
are situated with their armies.

And the servant went and looked far
off, and went up opposite Mount Sihon, and saw all the camps of the kings
standing in the fields, and he returned to Judah and said, Behold the kings are
situated in the field with all their camps, a people exceedingly numerous, like
unto the sand upon the sea shore.

And Judah said unto Simeon and Levi,
and unto all his brothers, Strengthen yourselves and be sons of valor, for the
Lord our God is with us, do not fear them.

Stand forth each man, girt with his
weapons of war, his bow and his sword, and we will go and fight against these
uncircumcised men; the Lord is our God, He will save us.

And they rose up, and each girt on his
weapons of war, great and small, eleven sons of Jacob, and all the servants of
Jacob with them.

And all the servants of Isaac who
were with Isaac in Hebron, all came to them equipped in all sorts of war
instruments, and the sons of Jacob and their servants, being one hundred and
twelve men, went towards these kings, and Jacob also went with them.

And the sons of Jacob sent unto their
father Isaac the son of Abraham to Hebron, the same is Kireath-arba, saying,

Pray we beseech thee for us unto the
Lord our God, to protect us from the hands of the Canaanites who are coming
against us, and to deliver them into our hands.

And Isaac the son of Abraham prayed
unto the Lord for his sons, and he said, O Lord God, thou didst promise my
father, saying, I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and thou didst
also promise me, and establish thou thy word, now that the kings of Canaan are
coming together, to make war with my children because they committed no

Now therefore, O Lord God, God of the
whole earth, pervert, I pray thee, the counsel of these kings that they may not
fight against my sons.

And impress the hearts of these kings
and their people with the terror of my sons and bring down their pride, and
that they may turn away from my sons.

And with thy strong hand and
outstretched arm deliver my sons and their servants from them, for power and
might are in thy hands to do all this.

And the sons of Jacob and their
servants went toward these kings, and they trusted in the Lord their God, and
whilst they were going, Jacob their father also prayed unto the Lord and said,
O Lord God, powerful and exalted God, who has reigned from days of old, from
thence till now and forever;

Thou art He who stirreth up wars and
causeth them to cease, in thy hand are power and might to exalt and to bring
down; O may my prayer be acceptable before thee that thou mayest turn to me
with thy mercies, to impress the hearts of these kings and their people with
the terror of my sons, and terrify them and their camps, and with thy great
kindness deliver all those that trust in thee, for it is thou who canst bring
people under us and reduce nations under our power.

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