Book of Jasher 70

Book of Jasher 70

Chapter 70


And in the third year from the birth
of Moses, Pharaoh was sitting at a banquet, when Alparanith the queen was
sitting at his right and Bathia at his left, and the lad Moses was lying upon
her bosom, and Balaam the son of Beor with his two sons, and all the princes of
the kingdom were sitting at table in the king’s presence.

And the lad stretched forth his hand
upon the king’s head, and took the crown from the king’s head and placed it on
his own head.

And when the king and princes saw the
work which the boy had done, the king and princes were terrified, and one man
to his neighbor expressed astonishment.

And the king said unto the princes
who were before him at table, What speak you and what say you, O ye princes, in
this matter, and what is to be the judgment against the boy on account of this

And Balaam the son of Beor the
magician answered before the king and princes, and he said, Remember now, O my
lord and king, the dream which thou didst dream many days since, and that which
thy servant interpreted unto thee.

Now therefore this is a child from
the Hebrew children, in whom is the spirit of God, and let not my lord the king
imagine that this youngster did this thing without knowledge.

For he is a Hebrew boy, and wisdom
and understanding are with him, although he is yet a child, and with wisdom has
he done this and chosen unto himself the kingdom of Egypt.

For this is the manner of all the
Hebrews to deceive kings and their nobles, to do all these things cunningly, in
order to make the kings of the earth and their men tremble.

Surely thou knowest that Abraham
their father acted thus, who deceived the army of Nimrod king of Babel, and
Abimelech king of Gerar, and that he possessed himself of the land of the
children of Heth and all the kingdoms of Canaan.

And that he descended into Egypt and said of
Sarah his wife, she is my sister, in order to mislead
Egypt and her

His son Isaac also did so when he
went to Gerar and dwelt there, and his strength prevailed over the army of
Abimelech king of the Philistines.

He also thought of making the kingdom
of the Philistines stumble, in saying that Rebecca his wife was his sister.

Jacob also dealt treacherously with
his brother, and took from his hand his birthright and his blessing.

He went then to Padan-aram to the house
of Laban his mother’s brother, and cunningly obtained from him his daughter,
his cattle, and all belonging to him, and fled away and returned to the
land of Canaan to his

His sons sold their brother Joseph,
who went down into
Egypt and became a
slave, and was placed in the prison house for twelve years.

Until the former Pharaoh dreamed
dreams, and withdrew him from the prison house, and magnified him above all the
princes in
Egypt on account
of his interpreting his dreams to him.

And when God caused a famine
throughout the land he sent for and brought his father and all his brothers,
and the whole of his father’s household, and supported them without price or
reward, and bought the Egyptians for slaves.

Now therefore my lord king behold
this child has risen up in their stead in Egypt, to do according to their deeds
and to trifle with every king, prince and judge.

If it please the king, let us now
spill his blood upon the ground, lest he grow up and take away the government
from thy hand, and the hope of Egypt perish after he shall have reigned.

And Balaam said to the king, Let us
moreover call for all the judges of Egypt and the wise men thereof, and let us
know if the judgment of death is due to this boy as thou didst say, and then we
will slay him.

And Pharaoh sent and called for all
the wise men of Egypt and they came before the king, and an angel of the Lord
came amongst them, and he was like one of the wise men of Egypt.

And the king said to the wise men,
Surely you have heard what this Hebrew boy who is in the house has done, and
thus has Balaam judged in the matter.

Now judge you also and see what is
due to the boy for the act he has committed.

And the angel, who seemed like one of
the wise men of Pharaoh, answered and said as follows, before all the wise men
of Egypt and before the king and the princes:

If it please the king let the king
send for men who shall bring before him an onyx stone and a coal of fire, and
place them before the child, and if the child shall stretch forth his hand and
take the onyx stone, then shall we know that with wisdom has the youth done all
that he has done, and we must slay him.

But if he stretch forth his hand upon
the coal, then shall we know that it was not with knowledge that he did this
thing, and he shall live.

And the thing seemed good in the eyes
of the king and the princes, so the king did according to the word of the angel
of the Lord.

And the king ordered the onyx stone
and coal to be brought and placed before Moses.

And they placed the boy before them, and
the lad endeavored to stretch forth his hand to the onyx stone, but the angel
of the Lord took his hand and placed it upon the coal, and the coal became
extinguished in his hand, and he lifted it up and put it into his mouth, and
burned part of his lips and part of his tongue, and he became heavy in mouth
and tongue.

And when the king and princes saw
this, they knew that Moses had not acted with wisdom in taking off the crown
from the king’s head.

So the king and princes refrained
from slaying the child, so Moses remained in Pharaoh’s house, growing up, and
the Lord was with him.

And whilst the boy was in the king’s
house, he was robed in purple and he grew amongst the children of the king.

And when Moses grew up in the king’s
house, Bathia the daughter of Pharaoh considered him as a son, and all the
household of Pharaoh honored him, and all the men of Egypt were afraid of him.

And he daily went forth and came into
the land of Goshen, where his brethren the children of Israel were, and Moses
saw them daily in shortness of breath and hard labor.

And Moses asked them, saying,
Wherefore is this labor meted out unto you day by day?

And they told him all that had
befallen them, and all the injunctions which Pharaoh had put upon them before
his birth.

And they told him all the counsels
which Balaam the son of Beor had counselled against them, and what he had also
counselled against him in order to slay him when he had taken the king’s crown
from off his head.

And when Moses heard these things his
anger was kindled against Balaam, and he sought to kill him, and he was in
ambush for him day by day.

And Balaam was afraid of Moses, and
he and his two sons rose up and went forth from Egypt, and they fled and
delivered their souls and betook themselves to the land of Cush to Kikianus,
king of Cush.

And Moses was in the king’s house
going out and coming in, the Lord gave him favor in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in
the eyes of all his servants, and in the eyes of all the people of Egypt, and
they loved Moses exceedingly.

And the day arrived when Moses went
to Goshen to see his brethren, that he saw the children of Israel in their
burdens and hard labor, and Moses was grieved on their account.

And Moses returned to Egypt and came
to the house of Pharaoh, and came before the king, and Moses bowed down before
the king.

And Moses said unto Pharaoh, I pray
thee my lord, I have come to seek a small request from thee, turn not away my
face empty; and Pharaoh said unto him, Speak.

And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Let
there be given unto thy servants the children of Israel who are in Goshen, one
day to rest therein from their labor.

And the king answered Moses and said,
Behold I have lifted up thy face in this thing to grant thy request.

And Pharaoh ordered a proclamation to
be issued throughout Egypt and Goshen, saying,

To you, all the children of Israel,
thus says the king, for six days you shall do your work and labor, but on the
seventh day you shall rest, and shall not preform any work, thus shall you do
all the days, as the king and Moses the son of Bathia have commanded.

And Moses rejoiced at this thing
which the king had granted to him, and all the children of Israel did as Moses
ordered them.

For this thing was from the Lord to
the children of Israel, for the Lord had begun to remember the children of
Israel to save them for the sake of their fathers.

And the Lord was with Moses and his
fame went throughout Egypt.

And Moses became great in the eyes of
all the Egyptians, and in the eyes of all the children of Israel, seeking good
for his people Israel and speaking words of peace regarding them to the king.

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