Book of Jasher 69

Book of Jasher 69

Chapter 69


And the king of Edom died in
those days, in the eighteenth year of his reign, and was buried in his temple
which he had built for himself as his royal residence in the
land of Edom.

And the children of Esau sent to
Pethor, which is upon the river, and they fetched from there a young man of
beautiful eyes and comely aspect, whose name was Saul, and they made him king
over them in the place of Samlah.

And Saul reigned over all the
children of Esau in the
land of Edom for forty

And when Pharaoh king of Egypt saw
that the counsel which Balaam had advised respecting the children of Israel did
not succeed, but that still they were fruitful, multiplied and increased
throughout the land of Egypt,

Then Pharaoh commanded in those days
that a proclamation should be issued throughout
Egypt to the
children of
Israel, saying, No
man shall diminish any thing of his daily labor.

And the man who shall be found
deficient in his labor which he performs daily, whether in mortar or in bricks,
then his youngest son shall be put in their place.

And the labor of Egypt strengthened
upon the children of Israel in those days, and behold if one brick was
deficient in any man’s daily labor, the Egyptians took his youngest boy by
force from his mother, and put him into the building in the place of the brick
which his father had left wanting.

And the men of Egypt did so to
all the children of
Israel day by day,
all the days for a long period.

But the tribe of Levi did not at that
time work with the Israelites their brethren, from the beginning, for the
children of Levi knew the cunning of the Egyptians which they exercised at
first toward the Israelites.

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