Book of Jasher 75
At that time, in the hundred and eightieth
year of the Israelites going down into
thirty thousand on foot, from the children of
all of the tribe of Joseph, of the children of Ephraim the son of Joseph.
For they said the period was
completed which the Lord had appointed to the children of Israel in the times
of old, which he had spoken to Abraham.
And these men girded themselves, and
they put each man his sword at his side, and every man his armor upon him, and
they trusted to their strength, and they went out together from
But they brought no provision for the
road, only silver and gold, not even bread for that day did they bring in their
hands, for they thought of getting their provision for pay from the
Philistines, and if not they would take it by force.
And these men were very mighty and
valiant men, one man could pursue a thousand and two could rout ten thousand,
so they trusted to their strength and went together as they were.
And they directed their course toward
went down and found the shepherds of
cattle of the children of
And they said to the shepherds, Give
us some of the sheep for pay, that we may eat, for we are hungry, for we have
eaten no bread this day.
And the shepherds said, Are they our
sheep or cattle that we should give them to you even for pay? so the children
of Ephraim approached to take them by force.
And the shepherds of
them that their cry was heard at a distance, so all the children of
And when the children of
doings of the children of Ephraim, they returned and assembled the men of
put on each man his armor, and came forth to the children of Ephraim for
And they engaged with them in the
battle was severe, and they smote from each other a great many on that day.
And on the second day the children of
the cities of the Philistines that they should come to their help, saying,
Come up unto us and help us, that we
may smite the children of Ephraim who have come forth from
cattle, and to fight against us without cause.
Now the souls of the children of
Ephraim were exhausted with hunger and thirst, for they had eaten no bread for
three days. And forty thousand men went forth from the cities of the
Philistines to the assistance of the men of Gath.
And these men were engaged in battle
with the children of Ephraim, and the Lord delivered the children of Ephraim
into the hands of the Philistines.
And they smote all the children of
Ephraim, all who had gone forth from Egypt, none were remaining but ten men who
had run away from the engagement.
For this evil was from the Lord
against the children of Ephraim, for they transgressed the word of the Lord in
going forth from Egypt, before the period had arrived which the Lord in the
days of old had appointed to Israel.
And of the Philistines also there
fell a great many, about twenty thousand men, and their brethren carried them
and buried them in their cities.
And the slain of the children of
Ephraim remained forsaken in the valley of Gath for many days and years, and
were not brought to burial, and the valley was filled with men’s bones.
And the men who had escaped from the
battle came to Egypt, and told all the children of Israel all that had befallen
And their father Ephraim mourned over
them for many days, and his brethren came to console him.
And he came unto his wife and she
bare a son, and he called his name Beriah, for she was unfortunate in his