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Book of Jasher 64



Book of Jasher 64

Chapter 64

 

1.                 
And Balaam the son of Beor was at
that time with Angeas in the battle, and when he saw that Zepho prevailed over
Angeas, he fled from there and came to Chittim.

2.                 
And Zepho and the children of Chittim
received him with great honor, for Zepho knew Balaam’s wisdom, and Zepho gave
unto Balaam many gifts and he remained with him.

3.                 
And when Zepho had returned from the
war, he commanded all the children of Chittim to be numbered who had gone into
battle with him, and behold not one was missed.

4.                 
And Zepho rejoiced at this thing, and
he renewed his kingdom, and he made a feast to all his subjects.

5.                 
But Zepho remembered not the Lord and
considered not that the Lord had helped him in battle, and that he had
delivered him and his people from the hand of the king of Africa, but still
walked in the ways of the children of Chittim and the wicked children of Esau,
to serve other gods which his brethren the children of Esau had taught him; it
is therefore said, From the wicked goes forth wickedness.

6.                 
And Zepho reigned over all the
children of Chittim securely, but knew not the Lord who had delivered him and
all his people from the hand of the king of Africa; and the troops of Africa
came no more to Chittim to plunder as usual, for they knew of the power of
Zepho who had smitten them all at the edge of the sword, so Angeas was afraid
of Zepho the son of Eliphaz, and of the children of Chittim all the days.

7.                 
At that time when Zepho had returned
from the war, and when Zepho had seen how he prevailed over all the people of
Africa and had smitten them in battle at the edge of the sword, then Zepho advised
with the children of Chittim, to go to Egypt to fight with the sons of Jacob
and with Pharaoh king of Egypt.

8.                 
For Zepho heard that the mighty men
of
Egypt were dead
and that Joseph and his brethren the sons at Jacob were dead, and that all
their children the children of
Israel remained in Egypt.

9.                 
And Zepho considered to go to fight
against them and all Egypt, to avenge the cause of his brethren the children of
Esau, whom Joseph with his brethren and all Egypt had smitten in the land of
Canaan, when they went up to bury Jacob in Hebron.

10.            
And Zepho sent messengers to Hadad,
son of Bedad, king of
Edom, and to all
his brethren the children of Esau, saying,

11.            
Did you not say that you would not
fight against the king of
Africa for he is a
member of your covenant? behold I fought with him and smote him and all his
people.

12.            
Now therefore I have resolved to
fight against Egypt and the children of Jacob who are there, and I will be
revenged of them for what Joseph, his brethren and ancestors did to us in the
land of Canaan when they went up to bury their father in Hebron.

13.            
Now then if you are willing to come
to me to assist me in fighting against them and
Egypt, then shall
we avenge the cause of our brethren.

14.            
And the children of Esau hearkened to
the words of Zepho, and the children of Esau gathered themselves together, a
very great people, and they went to assist Zepho and the children of Chittim in
battle.

15.            
And Zepho sent to all the children of
the east and to all the children of Ishmael with words like unto these, and
they gathered themselves and came to the assistance of Zepho and the children
of Chittim in the war upon
Egypt.

16.            
And all these kings, the king of Edom and the
children of the east, and all the children of Ishmael, and Zepho the king of
Chittim went forth and arrayed all their hosts in
Hebron.

17.            
And the camp was very heavy,
extending in length a distance of three days’ journey, a people numerous as the
sand upon the sea shore which can not be counted.

18.            
And all these kings and their hosts
went down and came against all
Egypt in battle,
and encamped together in the
valley of Pathros.

19.            
And all Egypt heard their
report, and they also gathered themselves together, all the people of the
land of Egypt, and of all
the cities belonging to
Egypt, about three
hundred thousand men.

20.            
And the men of Egypt sent also to
the children of
Israel who were in
those days in the
land of Goshen, to come to
them in order to go and fight with these kings.

21.            
And the men of Israel assembled
and were about one hundred and fifty men, and they went into battle to assist
the Egyptians.

22.            
And the men of Israel and of Egypt went forth,
about three hundred thousand men and one hundred and fifty men, and they went
toward these kings to battle, and they placed themselves from without the
land of Goshen opposite
Pathros.

23.            
And the Egyptians believed not in Israel to go with
them in their camps together for battle, for all the Egyptians said, Perhaps
the children of
Israel will deliver
us into the hand of the children of Esau and Ishmael, for they are their brethren.

24.            
And all the Egyptians said unto the
children of Israel, Remain you here together in your stand and we will go and
fight against the children of Esau and Ishmael, and if these kings should
prevail over us, then come you altogether upon them and assist us, and the
children of Israel did so.

25.            
And Zepho the son of Eliphaz the son
of Esau king of Chittim, and Hadad the son of Bedad king of Edom, and all their
camps, and all the children of the east, and children of Ishmael, a people
numerous as sand, encamped together in the valley of Pathros opposite
Tachpanches.

26.            
And Balaam the son of Beor the Syrian
was there in the camp of Zepho, for he came with the children of Chittim to the
battle, and Balaam was a man highly honored in the eyes of Zepho and his men.

27.            
And Zepho said unto Balaam, Try by
divination for us that we may know who will prevail in the battle, we or the
Egyptians.

28.            
And Balaam rose up and tried the art
of divination, and he was skillful in the knowledge of it, but he was confused
and the work was destroyed in his hand.

29.            
And he tried it again but it did not
succeed, and Balaam despaired of it and left it and did not complete it, for
this was from the Lord, in order to cause Zepho and his people to fall into the
hand of the children of Israel, who had trusted in the Lord, the God of their
ancestors, in their war.

30.            
And Zepho and Hadad put their forces
in battle array, and all the Egyptians went alone against them, about three
hundred thousand men, and not one man of
Israel was with
them.

31.            
And all the Egyptians fought with
these kings opposite Pathros and Tachpanches, and the battle was severe against
the Egyptians.

32.            
And the kings were stronger than the
Egyptians in that battle, and about one hundred and eighty men of Egypt fell on
that day, and about thirty men of the forces of the kings, and all the men of
Egypt fled from before the kings, so the children of Esau and Ishmael pursued
the Egyptians, continuing to smite them unto the place where was the camp of
the children of Israel.

33.            
And all the Egyptians cried unto the
children of Israel, saying, Hasten to us and assist us and save us from the
hand of Esau, Ishmael and the children of Chittim.

34.            
And the hundred and fifty men of the
children of Israel ran from their station to the camps of these kings, and the children
of Israel cried unto the Lord their God to deliver them.

35.            
And the Lord hearkened to Israel, and
the Lord gave all the men of the kings into their hand, and the children of
Israel fought against these kings, and the children of Israel smote about four
thousand of the kings’ men.

36.            
And the Lord threw a great
consternation in the camp of the kings, so that the fear of the children of
Israel fell upon them.

37.            
And all the hosts of the kings fled
from before the children of Israel and the children of Israel pursued them
continuing to smite them unto the borders of the land of Cush.

38.            
And the children of Israel slew of
them in the road yet two thousand men, and of the children of Israel not one
fell.

39.            
And when the Egyptians saw that the
children of Israel had fought with such few men with the kings, and that the
battle was so very severe against them,

40.            
All the Egyptians were greatly afraid
of their lives on account of the strong battle, and all Egypt fled, every man
hiding himself from the arrayed forces, and they hid themselves in the road,
and they left the Israelites to fight.

41.            
And the children of Israel inflicted
a terrible blow upon the kings’ men, and they returned from them after they had
driven them to the border of the land of Cush.

42.            
And all Israel knew the thing which
the men of Egypt had done to them, that they had fled from them in battle, and
had left them to fight alone.

43.            
So the children of Israel also acted
with cunning, and as the children of Israel returned from battle, they found
some of the Egyptians in the road and smote them there.

44.            
And whilst they slew them, they said
unto them these words:

45.            
Wherefore did you go from us and
leave us, being a few people, to fight against these kings who had a great
people to smite us, that you might thereby deliver your own souls?

46.            
And of some which the Israelites met
on the road, they the children of Israel spoke to each other, saying, Smite,
smite, for he is an Ishmaelite, or an Edomite, or from the children of Chittim,
and they stood over him and slew him, and they knew that he was an Egyptian.

47.            
And the children of Israel did these
things cunningly against the Egyptians, because they had deserted them in
battle and had fled from them.

48.            
And the children of Israel slew of
the men of Egypt in the road in this manner, about two hundred men.

49.            
And all the men of Egypt saw the evil
which the children of Israel had done to them, so all Egypt feared greatly the
children of Israel, for they had seen their great power, and that not one man
of them had fallen.

50.            
So all the children of Israel
returned with joy on their road to Goshen, and the rest of Egypt returned each
man to his place.

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