Book of Jasher 73
In the fifty-fifth year of the reign
of Pharaoh king of
the hundred and fifty-seventh year of the Israelites going down into
Moses was twenty-seven years old when
he began to reign over
years did he reign.
And the Lord granted Moses favor and
grace in the eyes of all the children of
exceedingly, so Moses was favored by the Lord and by men.
And in the seventh day of his reign,
all the children of
and came before Moses and bowed down to him to the ground.
And all the children spoke together
in the presence of the king, saying, Give us counsel that we may see what is to
be done to this city.
For it is now nine years that we have
been besieging round about the city, and have not seen our children and our
So the king answered them, saying, If
you will hearken to my voice in all that I shall command you, then will the
Lord give the city into our hands and we shall subdue it.
For if we fight with them as in the
former battle which we had with them before the death of Kikianus, many of us
will fall down wounded as before.
Now therefore behold here is counsel
for you in this matter; if you will hearken to my voice, then will the city be
delivered into our hands.
So all the forces answered the king,
saying, All that our lord shall command that will we do.
And Moses said unto them, Pass
through and proclaim a voice in the whole camp unto all the people, saying,
Thus says the king, Go into the
forest and bring with you of the young ones of the stork, each man a young one
in his hand.
And any person transgressing the word
of the king, who shall not bring his young one, he shall die, and the king will
take all belonging to him.
And when you shall bring them they
shall be in your keeping, you shall rear them until they grow up, and you shall
teach them to dart upon, as is the way of the young ones of the hawk.
So all the children of
words of Moses, and they rose up and caused a proclamation to be issued
throughout the camp, saying,
Unto you, all the children of Cush,
the king’s order is, that you go all together to the forest, and catch there
the young storks each man his young one in his hand, and you shall bring them
And any person violating the order of
the king shall die, and the king will take all that belongs to him.
And all the people did so, and they
went out to the wood and they climbed the fir trees and caught, each man a
young one in his hand, all the young of the storks, and they brought them into
the desert and reared them by order of the king, and they taught them to dart
upon, similar to the young hawks.
And after the young storks were reared,
the king ordered them to be hungered for three days, and all the people did so.
And on the third day, the king said
unto them, strengthen yourselves and become valiant men, and put on each man
his armor and gird on his sword upon him, and ride each man his horse and take
each his young stork in his hand.
And we will rise up and fight against
the city at the place where the serpents are; and all the people did as the
king had ordered.
And they took each man his young one
in his hand, and they went away, and when they came to the place of the
serpents the king said to them, Send forth each man his young stork upon the
And they sent forth each man his
young stork at the king’s order, and the young storks ran upon the serpents and
they devoured them all and destroyed them out of that place.
And when the king and people had seen
that all the serpents were destroyed in that place, all the people set up a
And they approached and fought
against the city and took it and subdued it, and they entered the city.
And there died on that day one
thousand and one hundred men of the people of the city, all that inhabited the
city, but of the people besieging not one died.
So all the children of Cush went each
to his home, to his wife and children and to all belonging to him.
And Balaam the magician, when he saw
that the city was taken, he opened the gate and he and his two sons and eight
brothers fled and returned to Egypt to Pharaoh king of Egypt.
They are the sorcerers and magicians who
are mentioned in the book of the law, standing against Moses when the Lord
brought the plagues upon Egypt.
So Moses took the city by his wisdom,
and the children of Cush placed him on the throne instead of Kikianus king of
And they placed the royal crown upon
his head, and they gave him for a wife Adoniah the Cushite queen, wife of
And Moses feared the Lord God of his
fathers, so that he came not to her, nor did he turn his eyes to her.
For Moses remembered how Abraham had
made his servant Eliezer swear, saying unto him, Thou shalt not take a woman
from the daughters of Canaan for my son Isaac.
Also what Isaac did when Jacob had
fled from his brother, when he commanded him, saying, Thou shalt not take a
wife from the daughters of Canaan, nor make alliance with any of the children
For the Lord our God gave Ham the son
of Noah, and his children and all his seed, as slaves to the children of Shem
and to the children of Japheth, and unto their seed after them for slaves,
Therefore Moses turned not his heart
nor his eyes to the wife of Kikianus all the days that he reigned over Cush.
And Moses feared the Lord his God all
his life, and Moses walked before the Lord in truth, with all his heart and
soul, he turned not from the right way all the days of his life; he declined
not from the way either to the right or to the left, in which Abraham, Isaac
and Jacob had walked.
And Moses strengthened himself in the
kingdom of the children of Cush, and he guided the children of Cush with his
usual wisdom, and Moses prospered in his kingdom.
And at that time Aram and the
children of the east heard that Kikianus king of Cush had died, so Aram and the
children of the east rebelled against Cush in those days.
And Moses gathered all the children of
Cush, a people very mighty, about thirty thousand men, and he went forth to
fight with Aram and the children of the east.
And they went at first to the
children of the east, and when the children of the east heard their report,
they went to meet them, and engaged in battle with them.
And the war was severe against the
children of the east, so the Lord gave all the children of the east into the
hand of Moses, and about three hundred men fell down slain.
And all the children of the east
turned back and retreated, so Moses and the children of Cush followed them and
subdued them, and put a tax upon them, as was their custom.
So Moses and all the people with him
passed from there to the land of Aram for battle.
And the people of Aram also went to
meet them, and they fought against them, and the Lord delivered them into the
hand of Moses, and many of the men of Aram fell down wounded.
And Aram also were subdued by Moses
and the people of Cush, and also gave their usual tax.
And Moses brought Aram and the
children of the east under subjection to the children of Cush, and Moses and
all the people who were with him, turned to the land of Cush.
And Moses strengthened himself in the
kingdom of the children of Cush, and the Lord was with him, and all the
children of Cush were afraid of him.