Book of Jasher 82
And the children of
from Rephidim and they encamped in the wilderness of Sinai, in the third month
from their going forth from
At that time came Reuel the
Midianite, the father-in-law of Moses, with Zipporah his daughter and her two
sons, for he had heard of the wonders of the Lord which he had done to
delivered them from the hand of
And Reuel came to Moses to the
wilderness where he was encamped, where was the
And Moses went forth to meet his
father-in-law with great honor, and all
And Reuel and his children remained
amongst the Israelites for many days, and Reuel knew the Lord from that day
And in the third month from the
sixth day thereof, the Lord gave to
these commandments, and all
exceedingly in the Lord on that day.
And the glory of the Lord rested upon
Moses came in the midst of a cloud and ascended the mountain.
And Moses was upon the mount forty
days and forty nights; he ate no bread and drank no water, and the Lord
instructed him in the statutes and judgments in order to teach the children of
And the Lord wrote the ten
commandments which he had commanded the children of
tablets of stone, which he gave to Moses to command the children of
And at the end of forty days and
forty nights, when the Lord had finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, then
the Lord gave to Moses the tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.
And when the children of
Moses tarried to come down from the mount, they gathered round Aaron, and said,
As for this man Moses we know not what has become of him.
Now therefore rise up, make unto us a
god who shall go before us, so that thou shalt not die.
And Aaron was greatly afraid of the
people, and he ordered them to bring him gold and he made it into a molten calf
for the people.
And the Lord said to Moses, before he
had come down from the mount, Get thee down, for thy people whom thou didst
bring forth from
They have made to themselves a molten
calf, and have bowed down to it, now therefore leave me, that I may consume
them from off the earth, for they are a stiffnecked people.
And Moses besought the countenance of
the Lord, and he prayed to the Lord for the people on account of the calf which
they had made, and he afterward descended from the mount and in his hands were
the two tablets of stone, which God had given him to command the Israelites.
And when Moses approached the camp
and saw the calf which the people had made, the anger of Moses was kindled and
he broke the tablets under the mount.
And Moses came to the camp and he
took the calf and burned it with fire, and ground it till it became fine dust,
and strewed it upon the water and gave it to the Israelites to drink.
And there died of the people by the
swords of each other about three thousand men who had made the calf.
And on the morrow Moses said to the
people, I will go up to the Lord, peradventure I may make atonement for your
sins which you have sinned to the Lord.
And Moses again went up to the Lord,
and he remained with the Lord forty days and forty nights.
And during the forty days did Moses
entreat the Lord in behalf of the children of
hearkened to the prayer of Moses, and the Lord was entreated of him in behalf
Then spake the Lord to Moses to hew
two stone tablets and to bring them up to the Lord, who would write upon them
the ten commandments.
Now Moses did so, and he came down
and hewed the two tablets and went up to
and the Lord wrote the ten commandments upon the tablets.
And Moses remained yet with the Lord
forty days and forty nights, and the Lord instructed him in statutes and
judgments to impart to
And the Lord commanded him respecting
the children of
should make a sanctuary for the Lord, that his name might rest therein, and the
Lord showed him the likeness of the sanctuary and the likeness of all its
And at the end of the forty days,
Moses came down from the mount and the two tablets were in his hand.
And Moses came to the children of
them all the words of the Lord, and he taught them laws, statutes and judgments
which the Lord had taught him.
And Moses told the children of
the Lord, that a sanctuary should be made for him, to dwell amongst the
And the people rejoiced greatly at all
the good which the Lord had spoken to them, through Moses, and they said, We
will do all that the Lord has spoken to thee.
And the people rose up like one man
and they made generous offerings to the sanctuary of the Lord, and each man
brought the offering of the Lord for the work of the sanctuary, and for all its
And all the children of
man of all that was found in his possession for the work of the sanctuary of
the Lord, gold, silver and brass, and every thing that was serviceable for the
And all the wise men who were
practiced in work came and made the sanctuary of the Lord, according to all
that the Lord had commanded, every man in the work in which he had been
practiced; and all the wise men in heart made the sanctuary, and its furniture
and all the vessels for the holy service, as the Lord had commanded Moses.
And the work of the sanctuary of the
tabernacle was completed at the end of five months, and the children of
the Lord had commanded Moses.
And they brought the sanctuary and
all its furniture to Moses; like unto the representation which the Lord had
shown to Moses, so did the children of
And Moses saw the work, and behold
they did it as the Lord had commanded him, so Moses blessed them.