Book of Jasher 83

Book of Jasher 83

Chapter 83


And in the twelfth month, in the
twenty-third day of the month, Moses took Aaron and his sons, and he dressed
them in their garments, and anointed them and did unto them as the Lord had
commanded him, and Moses brought up all the offerings which the Lord had on
that day commanded him.

Moses afterward took Aaron and his
sons and said to them, For seven days shall you remain at the door of the
tabernacle, for thus am I commanded.

And Aaron and his sons did all that
the Lord had commanded them through Moses, and they remained for seven days at
the door of the tabernacle.

And on the eighth day, being the
first day of the first month, in the second year from the Israelites’ departure
from Egypt, Moses erected the sanctuary, and Moses put up all the furniture of
the tabernacle and all the furniture of the sanctuary, and he did all that the
Lord had commanded him.

And Moses called to Aaron and his
sons, and they brought the burnt offering and the sin offering for themselves
and the children of
Israel, as the Lord
had commanded Moses.

On that day the two sons of Aaron,
Nadab and Abihu, took strange fire and brought it before the Lord who had not
commanded them, and a fire went forth from before the Lord, and consumed them,
and they died before the Lord on that day.

Then on the day when Moses had
completed to erect the sanctuary, the princes of the children of
Israel began to
bring their offerings before the Lord for the dedication of the altar.

And they brought up their offerings
each prince for one day, a prince each day for twelve days.

And all the offerings which they
brought, each man in his day, one silver charger weighing one hundred and
thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels after the shekel of the
sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour, mingled with oil for a meat

One spoon, weighing ten shekels of
gold, full of incense.

One young bullock, one ram, one lamb
of the first year for a burnt offering.

And one kid of the goats for a sin

And for a sacrifice of peace
offering, two oxen, five rams, five he-goats, five lambs of a year old.

Thus did the twelve princes of Israel day by day,
each man in his day.

And it was after this, in the
thirteenth day of the month, that Moses commanded the children of
Israel to observe
the Passover.

And the children of Israel kept the
Passover in its season in the fourteenth day of the month, as the Lord had
commanded Moses, so did the children of

And in the second month, on the first
day thereof, the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying,

Number the heads of all the males of
the children of
Israel from twenty
years old and upward, thou and thy brother Aaron and the twelve princes of

And Moses did so, and Aaron came with
the twelve princes of
Israel, and they
numbered the children of
Israel in the
wilderness of Sinai.

And the numbers of the children of Israel by the
houses of their fathers, from twenty years old and upward, were six hundred and
three thousand, five hundred and fifty.

But the children of Levi were not
numbered amongst their brethren the children of

And the number of all the males of
the children of
Israel from one
month old and upward, was twenty-two thousand, two hundred and seventy-three.

And the number of the children of
Levi from one month old and above, was twenty-two thousand.

And Moses placed the priests and the
Levites each man to his service and to his burden to serve the sanctuary of the
tabernacle, as the Lord had commanded Moses.

And on the twentieth day of the
month, the cloud was taken away from the tabernacle of testimony.

At that time the children of Israel continued
their journey from the wilderness of Sinai, and they took a journey of three
days, and the cloud rested upon the wilderness of Paran; there the anger of the
Lord was kindled against
Israel, for they
had provoked the Lord in asking him for meat, that they might eat.

And the Lord hearkened to their
voice, and gave them meat which they ate for one month.

But after this the anger of the Lord
was kindled against them, and he smote them with a great slaughter, and they
were buried there in that place.

And the children of Israel called that
place Kebroth Hattaavah, because there they buried the people that lusted

And they departed from Kebroth
Hattaavah and pitched in Hazeroth, which is in the wilderness of Paran.

And whilst the children of Israel were in
Hazeroth, the anger of the Lord was kindled against Miriam on account of Moses,
and she became leprous, white as snow.

And she was confined without the camp
for seven days, until she had been received again after her leprosy.

The children of Israel afterward
departed from Hazeroth, and pitched in the end of the wilderness of Paran.

At that time, the Lord spoke to Moses
to send twelve men from the children of
Israel, one man to
a tribe, to go and explore the
land of Canaan.

And Moses sent the twelve men, and
they came to the
land of Canaan to search
and examine it, and they explored the whole land from the wilderness of Sin to
Rechob as thou comest to Chamoth.

And at the end of forty days they
came to Moses and Aaron, and they brought him word as it was in their hearts,
and ten of the men brought up an evil report to the children of Israel, of the
land which they had explored, saying, It is better for us to return to Egypt
than to go to this land, a land that consumes its inhabitants.

But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb
the son of Jephuneh, who were of those that explored the land, said, The land
is exceedingly good.

If the Lord delight in us, then he
will bring us to this land and give it to us, for it is a land flowing with
milk and honey.

But the children of Israel would not
hearken to them, and they hearkened to the words of the ten men who had brought
up an evil report of the land.

And the Lord heard the murmurings of
the children of Israel and he was angry and swore, saying,

Surely not one man of this wicked
generation shall see the land from twenty years old and upward excepting Caleb
the son of Jephuneh and Joshua the son of Nun.

But surely this wicked generation
shall perish in this wilderness, and their children shall come to the land and
they shall possess it; so the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and
he made them wander in the wilderness for forty years until the end of that
wicked generation, because they did not follow the Lord.

And the people dwelt in the
wilderness of Paran a long time, and they afterward proceeded to the wilderness
by the way of the Red Sea.

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