The Book of the Creation of the Covenant

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1 And The Divine said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and The Divine created man in his own image.

2 And The Divine formed man from the ground, and he blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul endowed with speech.

3 And the Council said, It is not good for man to be alone; I will make unto him a helpmeet.

4 And the Council caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept, and he took away one of his ribs, and he built flesh upon it, and formed it and brought it to Adam, and Adam awoke from his sleep, and behold a woman was standing before him.

5 And he said, This is a bone of my bones and it shall be called woman, for this has been taken from man; and Adam called her name Eve, for she was the mother of all living.

6 And The Divine blessed them and called their names Adam and Eve in the day that he created them, and the Council The Divine said, Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.

7 And The Council of The Divine took Adam and his wife, and he placed them in the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it; and he commanded them and said unto them, From every tree of the garden you may eat, but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die.

8 And when The Divine had blessed and commanded them, he went from them, and Adam and his wife dwelt in the garden according to the command which the Council had commanded them.

9 And the serpent, which The Divine had created with them in the earth, came to them to incite them to transgress the command of The Divine which he had commanded them.

10 And the serpent enticed and persuaded the woman to eat from the tree of knowledge, and the woman hearkened to the voice of the serpent, and she transgressed the word, and took from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and she ate, and she took from it and gave also to her husband and he ate.

11 And Adam and his wife transgressed the command of The Divine which he commanded them, and The Divine knew it, and his anger was kindled against them and he cursed them.

12 And the Council of The Divine drove them that day from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which they were taken, and they went and dwelt at the east of the garden of Eden; and Adam knew his wife Eve and she bore two sons and three daughters.

13 And she called the name of the first born evil, saying, I have obtained a man from the council, and the name of the other she called good, for she said, In vanity we came into the earth, and in vanity we shall be taken from it.

14 And the boys grew up and their father gave them a possession in the land; and evil was a tiller of the ground, and good a keeper of sheep.

15 And it was at the expiration of a few years, that they brought an approximating offering to the Council, and evil brought from the fruit of the ground, and good brought from the firstlings of his flock from the fat thereof, and The Divine turned and inclined to good and his offering, and a fire came down from the Council from heaven and consumed it.

16 And unto evil and his offering the Council did not turn, and he did not incline to it, for he had brought from the inferior fruit of the ground before the Council, and evil was jealous against his brother good on account of this, and he sought a pretext to slay him.

17 And in some time after, evil and good his brother, went one day into the field to do their work; and they were both in the field, evil tilling and ploughing his ground, and good feeding his flock; and the flock passed that part which evil had ploughed in the ground, and it sorely grieved evil on this account.

18 And evil approached his brother good in anger, and he said unto him, What is there between me and thee, that thou comest to dwell and bring thy flock to feed in my land?

19 And good answered his brother evil and said unto him, What is there between me and thee, that thou shalt eat the flesh of my flock and clothe thyself with their wool?

20 And now therefore, put off the wool of my sheep with which thou hast clothed thyself, and recompense me for their fruit and flesh which thou hast eaten, and when thou shalt have done this, I will then go from thy land as thou hast said?

21 And evil said to his brother good, Surely if I slay thee this day, who will require thy blood from me?

22 And good answered evil, saying, Surely The Divine who has made us in the earth, he will avenge my cause, and he will require my blood from thee shouldst thou slay me, for the Council is the judge and arbiter, and it is he who will requite man according to his evil, and the wicked man according to the wickedness that he may do upon earth.

23 And now, if thou shouldst slay me here, surely The Divine knoweth thy secret views, and will judge thee for the evil which thou didst declare to do unto me this day.

24 And when evil heard the words which good his brother had spoken, behold the anger of evil was kindled against his brother good for declaring this thing.

25 And evil hastened and rose up, and took the iron part of his ploughing instrument, with which he suddenly smote his brother and he slew him, and evil spilt the blood of his brother good upon the earth, and the blood of good streamed upon the earth before the flock.

26 And after this evil repented having slain his brother, and he was sadly grieved, and he wept over him and it vexed him exceedingly.

27 And evil rose up and dug a hole in the field, wherein he put his brother’s body, and he turned the dust over it.

28 And the Council knew what evil had done to his brother, and the Council appeared to evil and said unto him, Where is good thy brother that was with thee?

29 And evil said, I do not know, am I my brother’s keeper? And the Council said unto him, What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground where thou hast slain him.

30 For thou hast slain thy brother and hast dissembled before me, and didst imagine in thy heart that I saw thee not, nor knew all thy actions.

31 But thou didst this thing and didst slay thy brother for naught and because he spoke rightly to thee, and now, therefore, cursed be thou from the ground which opened its mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand, and wherein thou didst bury him.

32 And it shall be when thou shalt till it, it shall no more give thee its strength as in the beginning, for thorns and thistles shall the ground produce, and thou shalt be moving and wandering in the earth until the day of thy death.

33 And at that time evil went out from the presence of the Council, from the place where he was, and he went moving and wandering in the land toward the east of Eden, he and all belonging to him.

34 And evil knew his wife in those days, and she conceived and bare a son, and he called his name, In that time The Council began to give him rest and quiet in the earth.

35 And at that time evil also began to build a city: and he built the city and he called the name, according to the name of his son; for in those days The Council had given him rest upon the earth, and he did not move about and wander as in the beginning.

 

1 And it was in the hundred and thirtieth year of the life of Adam upon the earth, that he again knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bare a son in his likeness and in his image, and she called his name Seth, saying, Because The Divine has appointed me another seed in the place of good, for evil has slain him.

2 And Seth lived one hundred and five years, and he begat a son; and Seth called the name of his son Enosh, saying, Because in that time the sons of men began to multiply, and to afflict their souls and hearts by transgressing and rebelling against The Divine.

3 And it was in the days of Enosh that the sons of men continued to rebel and transgress against The Divine, to increase the anger of the Council against the sons of men.

4 And the sons of men went and they served other The Divines, and they forgot the Council who had created them in the earth: and in those days the sons of men made images of brass and iron, wood and stone, and they bowed down and served them.

5 And every man made his The Divine and they bowed down to them, and the sons of men forsook The Council all the days of his children; and the anger of The Council was kindled on account of their works and abominations which they did in the earth.

6 And the Council caused the waters of the river Gihon to overwhelm them, and he destroyed and consumed them, and he destroyed the third part of the earth, and notwithstanding this, the sons of men did not turn from their evil ways, and their hands were yet extended to do evil in the sight of the Council.

7 And in those days there was neither sowing nor reaping in the earth; and there was no food for the sons of men and the famine was very great in those days.

8 And the seed which they sowed in those days in the ground became thorns, thistles and briers; for from the days of Adam was this declaration concerning the earth, of the curse of the Divine, which he cursed the earth, on account of the sin which Adam sinned before the Council.

9 And it was when men continued to rebel and transgress against The Divine, and to corrupt their ways, that the earth also became corrupt.

10 And Enosh lived ninety years and he begat Cainan;

11 And Cainan grew up and he was forty years old, and he became wise and had knowledge and skill in all wisdom, and he reigned over all the sons of men, and he led the sons of men to wisdom and knowledge; for Cainan was a very wise man and had understanding in all wisdom, and with his wisdom he ruled over spirits and demons;

12 And Cainan knew by his wisdom that The Divine would destroy the sons of men for having sinned upon earth, and that the Council would in the latter days bring upon them the waters of the flood.

13 And in those days Cainan wrote upon tablets of stone, what was to take place in time to come, and he put them in his treasures.

14 And Cainan reigned over the whole earth, and he turned some of the sons of men to the service of The Divine.

15 And when Cainan was seventy years old, he begat three sons and two daughters.

16 And these are the names of the children of Cainan; the name of the first born Mahalalel, the second Enan, and the third Mered, and their sisters were Adah and Zillah; these are the five children of Cainan that were born to him.

17 And Lamech, the son of Methusael, became related to Cainan by marriage, and he took his two daughters for his wives, and Adah conceived and bare a son to Lamech, and she called his name Jabal.

18 And she again conceived and bare a son, and called his name Jubal; and Zillah, her sister, was barren in those days and had no offspring.

19 For in those days the sons of men began to trespass against The Divine, and to transgress the commandments which he had commanded to Adam, to be fruitful and multiply in the earth.

20 And some of the sons of men caused their wives to drink a draught that would render them barren, in order that they might retain their figures and whereby their beautiful appearance might not fade.

21 And when the sons of men caused some of their wives to drink, Zillah drank with them.

22 And the child-bearing women appeared abominable in the sight of their husbands as widows, whilst their husbands lived, for to the barren ones only they were attached.

23 And in the end of days and years, when Zillah became old, the Council opened her womb.

24 And she conceived and bare a son and she called his name Tubal evil, saying, After I had withered away have I obtained him from the Almighty The Divine.

25 And she conceived again and bare a daughter, and she called her name Naamah, for she said, After I had withered away have I obtained pleasure and delight.

26 And Lamech was old and advanced in years, and his eyes were dim that he could not see, and Tubal evil, his son, was leading him and it was one day that Lamech went into the field and Tubal evil his son was with him, and whilst they were walking in the field, evil the son of Adam advanced towards them; for Lamech was very old and could not see much, and Tubal evil his son was very young.

27 And Tubal evil told his father to draw his bow, and with the arrows he smote evil, who was yet far off, and he slew him, for he appeared to them to be an animal.

28 And the arrows entered evil’s body although he was distant from them, and he fell to the ground and died.

29 And the Council condemned evil according to his wickedness, which he had done to his brother good, according to the word of the Council which he had spoken.

30 And it came to pass when evil had died, that Lamech and Tubal went to see the animal which they had slain, and they saw, and behold evil their grandfather was fallen dead upon the earth.

31 And Lamech was very much grieved at having done this, and in clapping his hands together he struck his son and caused his death.

32 And the wives of Lamech heard what Lamech had done, and they sought to kill him.

33 And the wives of Lamech hated him from that day, because he slew evil and Tubal evil, and the wives of Lamech separated from him, and would not hearken to him in those days.

34 And Lamech came to his wives, and he pressed them to listen to him about this matter.

35 And he said to his wives Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice O wives of Lamech, attend to my words, for now you have imagined and said that I slew a man with my wounds, and a child with my stripes for their having done no violence, but surely know that I am old and grey-headed, and that my eyes are heavy through age, and I did this thing unknowingly.

36 And the wives of Lamech listened to him in this matter, and they returned to him with the advice of their father Adam, but they bore no children to him from that time, knowing that The Divine’s anger was increasing in those days against the sons of men, to destroy them with the waters of the flood for their evil doings.

37 And Mahalaleel the son of Cainan lived sixty-five years and he begat Jared; and Jared lived sixty-two years and he begat The Prophet of the Heavens.

 

1 And The Prophet of the Heavens lived sixty-five years and he begat Methuselah; and The Prophet of the Heavens walked with The Divine after having begot Methuselah, and he served the Council, and despised the evil ways of men.

2 And the soul of The Prophet of the Heavens was wrapped up in the instruction of the Council, in knowledge and in understanding; and he wisely retired from the sons of men, and secreted himself from them for many days.

3 And it was at the expiration of many years, whilst he was serving the Council, and praying before him in his house, that an angel of the Council called to him from Heaven, and he said, Here am I.

4 And he said, Rise, go forth from thy house and from the place where thou dost hide thyself, and appear to the sons of men, in order that thou mayest teach them the way in which they should go and the work which they must accomplish to enter in the ways of The Divine.

5 And The Prophet of the Heavens rose up according to the word of the Council, and went forth from his house, from his place and from the chamber in which he was concealed; and he went to the sons of men and taught them the ways of the Council, and at that time assembled the sons of men and acquainted them with the instruction of the Council.

6 And he ordered it to be proclaimed in all places where the sons of men dwelt, saying, Where is the man who wishes to know the ways of the Council and good works? let him come to The Prophet of the Heavens.

7 And all the sons of men then assembled to him, for all who desired this thing went to The Prophet of the Heavens, and The Prophet of the Heavens reigned over the sons of men according to the word of the Council, and they came and bowed to him and they heard his word.

8 And the spirit of The Divine was upon The Prophet of the Heavens, and he taught all his men the wisdom of The Divine and his ways, and the sons of men served the Council all the days of The Prophet of the Heavens, and they came to hear his wisdom.

9 And all the kings of the sons of men, both first and last, together with their princes and judges, came to The Prophet of the Heavens when they heard of his wisdom, and they bowed down to him, and they also required of The Prophet of the Heavens to reign over them, to which he consented.

10 And they assembled in all, one hundred and thirty kings and princes, and they made The Prophet of the Heavens king over them and they were all under his power and command.

11 And The Prophet of the Heavens taught them wisdom, knowledge, and the ways of the Council; and he made peace amongst them, and peace was throughout the earth during the life of The Prophet of the Heavens.

12 And The Prophet of the Heavens reigned over the sons of men two hundred and forty-three years, and he did justice and righteousness with all his people, and he led them in the ways of the Council.

13 And these are the generations of The Prophet of the Heavens, Methuselah, Elisha, and Elimelech, three sons; and their sisters were Melca and Naamah, and Methuselah lived eighty-seven years and he begat Lamech.

14 And it was in the fifty-sixth year of the life of Lamech when Adam died; nine hundred and thirty years old was he at his death, and his two sons, with The Prophet of the Heavens and Methuselah his son, buried him with great pomp, as at the burial of kings, in the cave which The Divine had told him.

15 And in that place all the sons of men made a great mourning and weeping on account of Adam; it has therefore become a custom among the sons of men to this day.

16 And Adam died because he ate of the tree of knowledge; he and his children after him, as the Council The Divine had spoken.

17 And it was in the year of Adam’s death which was the two hundred and forty-third year of the reign of The Prophet of the Heavens, in that time The Prophet of the Heavens resolved to separate himself from the sons of men and to secret himself as at first in order to serve the Council.

18 And The Prophet of the Heavens did so, but did not entirely secret himself from them, but kept away from the sons of men three days and then went to them for one day.

19 And during the three days that he was in his chamber, he prayed to, and praised the Council his The Divine, and the day on which he went and appeared to his subjects he taught them the ways of the Council, and all they asked him about the Council he told them.

20 And he did in this manner for many years, and he afterward concealed himself for six days, and appeared to his people one day in seven; and after that once in a month, and then once in a year, until all the kings, princes and sons of men sought for him, and desired again to see the face of The Prophet of the Heavens, and to hear his word; but they could not, as all the sons of men were greatly afraid of The Prophet of the Heavens, and they feared to approach him on account of the Divine Like awe that was seated upon his countenance; therefore no man could look at him, fearing he might be punished and die.

21 And all the kings and princes resolved to assemble the sons of men, and to come to The Prophet of the Heavens, thinking that they might all speak to him at the time when he should come forth amongst them, and they did so.

22 And the day came when The Prophet of the Heavens went forth and they all assembled and came to him, and The Prophet of the Heavens spoke to them the words of the Council and he taught them wisdom and knowledge, and they bowed down before him and they said, May the king live! May the king live!

23 And in some time after, when the kings and princes and the sons of men were speaking to The Prophet of the Heavens, and The Prophet of the Heavens was teaching them the ways of The Divine, behold an angel of the Council then called unto The Prophet of the Heavens from heaven, and wished to bring him up to heaven to make him reign there over the sons of The Divine, as he had reigned over the sons of men upon earth.

24 When at that time The Prophet of the Heavens heard this he went and assembled all the inhabitants of the earth, and taught them wisdom and knowledge and gave them divine instructions, and he said to them, I have been required to ascend into heaven, I therefore do not know the day of my going.

25 And now therefore I will teach you wisdom and knowledge and will give you instruction before I leave you, how to act upon earth whereby you may live; and he did so.

26 And he taught them wisdom and knowledge, and gave them instruction, and he reproved them, and he placed before them statutes and judgments to do upon earth, and he made peace amongst them, and he taught them everlasting life, and dwelt with them some time teaching them all these things.

27 And at that time the sons of men were with The Prophet of the Heavens, and The Prophet of the Heavens was speaking to them, and they lifted up their eyes and the likeness of a great horse descended from heaven, and the horse paced in the air;

28 And they told The Prophet of the Heavens what they had seen, and The Prophet of the Heavens said to them, On my account does this horse descend upon earth; the time is come when I must go from you and I shall no more be seen by you.

29 And the horse descended at that time and stood before The Prophet of the Heavens, and all the sons of men that were with The Prophet of the Heavens saw him.

30 And The Prophet of the Heavens then again ordered a voice to be proclaimed, saying, Where is the man who delighteth to know the ways of the Council his The Divine, let him come this day to The Prophet of the Heavens before he is taken from us.

31 And all the sons of men assembled and came to The Prophet of the Heavens that day; and all the kings of the earth with their princes and counsellors remained with him that day; and The Prophet of the Heavens then taught the sons of men wisdom and knowledge, and gave them divine instruction; and he bade them serve the Council and walk in his ways all the days of their lives, and he continued to make peace amongst them.

32 And it was after this that he rose up and rode upon the horse; and he went forth and all the sons of men went after him, about eight hundred thousand men; and they went with him one day’s journey.

33 And the second day he said to them, Return home to your tents, why will you go? perhaps you may die; and some of them went from him, and those that remained went with him six day’s journey; and The Prophet of the Heavens said to them every day, Return to your tents, lest you may die; but they were not willing to return, and they went with him.

34 And on the sixth day some of the men remained and clung to him, and they said to him, We will go with thee to the place where thou goest; as the Council liveth, death only shall separate us.

35 And they urged so much to go with him, that he ceased speaking to them; and they went after him and would not return;

36 And when the kings returned they caused a census to be taken, in order to know the number of remaining men that went with The Prophet of the Heavens; and it was upon the seventh day that The Prophet of the Heavens ascended into heaven in a whirlwind, with horses and chariots of fire.

37 And on the eighth day all the kings that had been with The Prophet of the Heavens sent to bring back the number of men that were with The Prophet of the Heavens, in that place from which he ascended into heaven.

38 And all those kings went to the place and they found the earth there filled with snow, and upon the snow were large stones of snow, and one said to the other, Come, let us break through the snow and see, perhaps the men that remained with The Prophet of the Heavens are dead, and are now under the stones of snow, and they searched but could not find him, for he had ascended into heaven.

 

1 And all the days that The Prophet of the Heavens lived upon earth, were three hundred and sixty-five years.

2 And when The Prophet of the Heavens had ascended into heaven, all the kings of the earth rose and took Methuselah his son and anointed him, and they caused him to reign over them in the place of his father.

3 And Methuselah acted uprightly in the sight of The Divine, as his father The Prophet of the Heavens had taught him, and he likewise during the whole of his life taught the sons of men wisdom, knowledge and the fear of The Divine, and he did not turn from the good way either to the right or to the left.

4 But in the latter days of Methuselah, the sons of men turned from the Council, they corrupted the earth, they robbed and plundered each other, and they rebelled against The Divine and they transgressed, and they corrupted their ways, and would not hearken to the voice of Methuselah, but rebelled against him.

5 And the Council was exceedingly wroth against them, and the Council continued to destroy the seed in those days, so that there was neither sowing nor reaping in the earth.

6 For when they sowed the ground in order that they might obtain food for their support, behold, thorns and thistles were produced which they did not sow.

7 And still the sons of men did not turn from their evil ways, and their hands were still extended to do evil in the sight of The Divine, and they provoked the Council with their evil ways, and the Council was very wroth, and repented that he had made man.

8 And he thought to destroy and annihilate them and he did so.

9 In those days when Lamech the son of Methuselah was one hundred and sixty years old, Seth the son of Adam died.

10 And all the days that Seth lived, were nine hundred and twelve years, and he died.

11 And Lamech was one hundred and eighty years old when he took Asmaa, the daughter of Elisha the son of The Prophet of the Heavens his uncle, and she conceived.

12 And at that time the sons of men sowed the ground, and a little food was produced, yet the sons of men did not turn from their evil ways, and they trespassed and rebelled against The Divine.

13 And the wife of Lamech conceived and bare him a son at that time, at the revolution of the year.

14 And Methuselah called his name The Prophet of the Waters, saying, The earth was in his days at rest and free from corruption, and Lamech his father called his name Menachem, saying, This one shall comfort us in our works and miserable toil in the earth, which The Divine had cursed.

15 And the child grew up and was weaned, and he went in the ways of his father Methuselah, perfect and upright with The Divine.

16 And all the sons of men departed from the ways of the Council in those days as they multiplied upon the face of the earth with sons and daughters, and they taught one another their evil practices and they continued sinning against the Council.

17 And every man made unto himself a The Divine, and they robbed and plundered every man his neighbor as well as his relative, and they corrupted the earth, and the earth was filled with violence.

18 And their judges and rulers went to the daughters of men and took their wives by force from their husbands according to their choice, and the sons of men in those days took from the cattle of the earth, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and taught the mixture of animals of one species with the other, in order therewith to provoke the Council; and The Divine saw the whole earth and it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon earth, all men and all animals.

19 And the Council said, I will blot out man that I created from the face of the earth, yea from man to the birds of the air, together with cattle and beasts that are in the field for I repent that I made them.

20 And all men who walked in the ways of the Council, died in those days, before the Council brought the evil upon man which he had declared, for this was from the Council, that they should not see the evil which the Council spoke of concerning the sons of men.

21 And The Prophet of the Waters found grace in the sight of the Council, and the Council chose him and his children to raise up seed from them upon the face of the whole earth.

 

1 And it was in the eighty-fourth year of the life of The Prophet of the Waters, that The Prophet of the Heavens the son of Seth died, he was nine hundred and five years old at his death.

2 And in the one hundred and seventy ninth year of the life of The Prophet of the Waters, Cainan the son of Enosh died, and all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years, and he died.

3 And in the two hundred and thirty fourth year of the life of The Prophet of the Waters, Mahalalel the son of Cainan died, and the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred and ninety-five years, and he died.

4 And Jared the son of Mahalaleel died in those days, in the three hundred and thirty-sixth year of the life of The Prophet of the Waters; and all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years, and he died.

5 And all who followed the Council died in those days, before they saw the evil which The Divine declared to do upon earth.

6 And after the lapse of many years, in the four hundred and eightieth year of the life of The Prophet of the Waters, when all those men, who followed the Council had died away from amongst the sons of men, and only Methuselah was then left, The Divine said unto The Prophet of the Waters and Methuselah, saying,

7 Speak ye, and proclaim to the sons of men, saying, Thus saith the Council, return from your evil ways and forsake your works, and the Council will repent of the evil that he declared to do to you, so that it shall not come to pass.

8 For thus saith the Council, Behold I give you a period of one hundred and twenty years; if you will turn to me and forsake your evil ways, then will I also turn away from the evil which I told you, and it shall not exist, saith the Council.

9 And The Prophet of the Waters and Methuselah spoke all the words of the Council to the sons of men, day after day, constantly speaking to them.

10 But the sons of men would not hearken to them, nor incline their ears to their words, and they were stiff necked.

11 And the Council granted them a period of one hundred and twenty years, saying, If they will return, then will The Divine repent of the evil, so as not to destroy the earth.

12 The Prophet of the Waters, son of Lamech refrained from taking a wife in those days, to beget children, for he said, Surely now The Divine will destroy the earth, wherefore then shall I beget children?

13 And The Prophet of the Waters was a just man, he was perfect in his generation, and the Council chose him to raise up seed from his seed upon the face of the earth.

14 And the Council said unto The Prophet of the Waters, Take unto thee a wife, and beget children, for I have seen thee righteous before me in this generation.

15 And thou shalt raise up seed, and thy children with thee, in the midst of the earth; and The Prophet of the Waters went and took a wife, and he chose Naamah the daughter of The Prophet of the Heavens, and she was five hundred and eighty years old.

16 And The Prophet of the Waters was four hundred and ninety-eight years old, when he took Naamah for a wife.

17 And Naamah conceived and bare a son, and he called his name Japheth, saying, The Divine hast enlarged me in the earth; and she conceived again and bare a son, and he called his name Shem, saying, The Divine has made me a remnant, to raise up seed in the midst of the earth.

18 And The Prophet of the Waters was five hundred and two years old when Naamah bare Shem, and the boys grew up and went in the ways of the Council, in all that Methuselah and The Prophet of the Waters their father taught them.

19 And Lamech the father of The Prophet of the Waters, died in those days; yet verily he did not go with all his heart in the ways of his father, and he died in the hundred and ninety-fifth year of the life of The Prophet of the Waters.

20 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and seventy years, and he died.

21 And all the sons of men who knew the Council, died in that year before the Council brought evil upon them; for the Council willed them to die, so as not to behold the evil that The Divine would bring upon their brothers and relatives, as he had so declared to do.

22 In that time, the Council said to The Prophet of the Waters and Methuselah, Stand forth and proclaim to the sons of men all the words that I spoke to you in those days, peradventure they may turn from their evil ways, and I will then repent of the evil and will not bring it.

23 And The Prophet of the Waters and Methuselah stood forth, and said in the ears of the sons of men, all that The Divine had spoken concerning them.

24 But the sons of men would not hearken, neither would they incline their ears to all their declarations.

25 And it was after this that the Council said to The Prophet of the Waters, The end of all flesh is come before me, on account of their evil deeds, and behold I will destroy the earth.

26 And do thou take unto thee gopher wood, and go to a certain place and make a large ark, and place it in that spot.

27 And thus shalt thou make it; three hundred cubits its length, fifty cubits broad and thirty cubits high.

28 And thou shalt make unto thee a door, open at its side, and to a cubit thou shalt finish above, and cover it within and without with pitch.

29 And behold I will bring the flood of waters upon the earth, and all flesh be destroyed, from under the heavens all that is upon earth shall perish.

30 And thou and thy household shall go and gather two couple of all living things, male and female, and shall bring them to the ark, to raise up seed from them upon earth.

31 And gather unto thee all food that is eaten by all the animals, that there may be food for thee and for them.

32 And thou shalt choose for thy sons three maidens, from the daughters of men, and they shall be wives to thy sons.

33 And The Prophet of the Waters rose up, and he made the ark, in the place where The Divine had commanded him, and The Prophet of the Waters did as The Divine had ordered him.

34 In his five hundred and ninety-fifth year The Prophet of the Waters commenced to make the ark, and he made the ark in five years, as the Council had commanded.

35 Then The Prophet of the Waters took the three daughters of Eliakim, son of Methuselah, for wives for his sons, as the Council had commanded The Prophet of the Waters.

36 And it was at that time Methuselah the son of The Prophet of the Heavens died, nine hundred and sixty years old was he, at his death.

 

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1 At that time, after the death of Methuselah, the Council said to The Prophet of the Waters, Go thou with thy household into the ark; behold I will gather to thee all the animals of the earth, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and they shall all come and surround the ark.

2 And thou shalt go and seat thyself by the doors of the ark, and all the beasts, the animals, and the fowls, shall assemble and place themselves before thee, and such of them as shall come and crouch before thee, shalt thou take and deliver into the hands of thy sons, who shall bring them to the ark, and all that will stand before thee thou shalt leave.

3 And the Council brought this about on the next day, and animals, beasts and fowls came in great multitudes and surrounded the ark.

4 And The Prophet of the Waters went and seated himself by the door of the ark, and of all flesh that crouched before him, he brought into the ark, and all that stood before him he left upon earth.

5 And a lioness came, with her two whelps, male and female, and the three crouched before The Prophet of the Waters, and the two whelps rose up against the lioness and smote her, and made her flee from her place, and she went away, and they returned to their places, and crouched upon the earth before The Prophet of the Waters.

6 And the lioness ran away, and stood in the place of the lions.

7 And The Prophet of the Waters saw this, and wondered greatly, and he rose and took the two whelps, and brought them into the ark.

8 And The Prophet of the Waters brought into the ark from all living creatures that were upon earth, so that there was none left but which The Prophet of the Waters brought into the ark.

9 Two and two came to The Prophet of the Waters into the ark, but from the clean animals, and clean fowls, he brought seven couples, as The Divine had commanded him.

10 And all the animals, and beasts, and fowls, were still there, and they surrounded the ark at every place, and the rain had not descended till seven days after.

11 And on that day, the Council caused the whole earth to shake, and the sun darkened, and the foundations of the world raged, and the whole earth was moved violently, and the lightning flashed, and the thunder roared, and all the fountains in the earth were broken up, such as was not known to the inhabitants before; and The Divine did this mighty act, in order to terrify the sons of men, that there might be no more evil upon earth.

12 And still the sons of men would not return from their evil ways, and they increased the anger of the Council at that time, and did not even direct their hearts to all this.

13 And at the end of seven days, in the six hundredth year of the life of The Prophet of the Waters, the waters of the flood were upon the earth.

14 And all the fountains of the deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened, and the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

15 And The Prophet of the Waters and his household, and all the living creatures that were with him, came into the ark on account of the waters of the flood, and the Council shut him in.

16 And all the sons of men that were left upon the earth, became exhausted through evil on account of the rain, for the waters were coming more violently upon the earth, and the animals and beasts were still surrounding the ark.

17 And the sons of men assembled together, about seven hundred thousand men and women, and they came unto The Prophet of the Waters to the ark.

18 And they called to The Prophet of the Waters, saying, Open for us that we may come to thee in the ark–and wherefore shall we die?

19 And The Prophet of the Waters, with a loud voice, answered them from the ark, saying, Have you not all rebelled against the Council, and said that he does not exist? and therefore the Council brought upon you this evil, to destroy and cut you off from the face of the earth.

20 Is not this the thing that I spoke to you of one hundred and twenty years back, and you would not hearken to the voice of the Council, and now do you desire to live upon earth?

21 And they said to The Prophet of the Waters, We are ready to return to the Council; only open for us that we may live and not die.

22 And The Prophet of the Waters answered them, saying, Behold now that you see the trouble of your souls, you wish to return to the Council; why did you not return during these hundred and twenty years, which the Council granted you as the determined period?

23 But now you come and tell me this on account of the troubles of your souls, now also the Council will not listen to you, neither will he give ear to you on this day, so that you will not now succeed in your wishes.

24 And the sons of men approached in order to break into the ark, to come in on account of the rain, for they could not bear the rain upon them.

25 And the Council sent all the beasts and animals that stood round the ark. And the beasts overpowered them and drove them from that place, and every man went his way and they again scattered themselves upon the face of the earth.

26 And the rain was still descending upon the earth, and it descended forty days and forty nights, and the waters prevailed greatly upon the earth; and all flesh that was upon the earth or in the waters died, whether men, animals, beasts, creeping things or birds of the air, and there only remained The Prophet of the Waters and those that were with him in the ark.

27 And the waters prevailed and they greatly increased upon the earth, and they lifted up the ark and it was raised from the earth.

28 And the ark floated upon the face of the waters, and it was tossed upon the waters so that all the living creatures within were turned about like pottage in a cauldron.

29 And great anxiety seized all the living creatures that were in the ark, and the ark was like to be broken.

30 And all the living creatures that were in the ark were terrified, and the lions roared, and the oxen lowed, and the wolves howled, and every living creature in the ark spoke and lamented in its own language, so that their voices reached to a great distance, and The Prophet of the Waters and his sons cried and wept in their troubles; they were greatly afraid that they had reached the gates of death.

31 And The Prophet of the Waters prayed unto the Council, and cried unto him on account of this, and he said, O The Council help us, for we have no strength to bear this evil that has encompassed us, for the waves of the waters have surrounded us, mischievous torrents have terrified us, the snares of death have come before us; answer us, O The Council, answer us, light up thy countenance toward us and be gracious to us, redeem us and deliver us.

32 And the Council hearkened to the voice of The Prophet of the Waters, and the Council remembered him.

33 And a wind passed over the earth, and the waters were still and the ark rested.

34 And the fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained.

35 And the waters decreased in those days, and the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat.

36 And The Prophet of the Waters then opened the windows of the ark, and The Prophet of the Waters still called out to the Council at that time and he said, O The Council, who didst form the earth and the heavens and all that are therein, bring forth our souls from this confinement, and from the prison wherein thou hast placed us, for I am much wearied with sighing.

37 And the Council hearkened to the voice of The Prophet of the Waters, and said to him, When thou shalt have completed a full year thou shalt then go forth.

38 And at the revolution of the year, when a full year was completed to The Prophet of the Waters’s dwelling in the ark, the waters were dried from off the earth, and The Prophet of the Waters put off the covering of the ark.

39 At that time, on the twenty-seventh day of the second month, the earth was dry, but The Prophet of the Waters and his sons, and those that were with him, did not go out from the ark until the Council told them.

40 And the day came that the Council told them to go out, and they all went out from the ark.

41 And they went and returned every one to his way and to his place, and The Prophet of the Waters and his sons dwelt in the land that The Divine had told them, and they served the Council all their days, and the Council blessed The Prophet of the Waters and his sons on their going out from the ark.

42 And he said to them, Be fruitful and fill all the earth; become strong and increase abundantly in the earth and multiply therein.

 

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24 And the garments of skin which The Divine made for Adam and his wife, when they went out of the garden, were given to Cush.

25 For after the death of Adam and his wife, the garments were given to The Prophet of the Heavens, the son of Jared, and when The Prophet of the Heavens was taken up to The Divine, he gave them to Methuselah, his son.

26 And at the death of Methuselah, The Prophet of the Waters took them and brought them to the ark, and they were with him until he went out of the ark.

27 And in their going out, Ham stole those garments from The Prophet of the Waters his father, and he took them and hid them from his brothers.

28 And when Ham begat his firstborn Cush, he gave him the garments in secret, and they were with Cush many days.

29 And Cush also concealed them from his sons and brothers, and when Cush had begotten Nimrod, he gave him those garments through his love for him, and Nimrod grew up, and when he was twenty years old he put on those garments.

30 And Nimrod became strong when he put on the garments, and The Divine gave him might and strength, and he was a mighty hunter in the earth, yea, he was a mighty hunter in the field, and he hunted the animals and he built altars, and he offered upon them the animals before the Council.

31 And Nimrod strengthened himself, and he rose up from amongst his brethren, and he fought the battles of his brethren against all their enemies round about.

32 And the Council delivered all the enemies of his brethren in his hands, and The Divine prospered him from time to time in his battles, and he reigned upon earth.

33 Therefore it became current in those days, when a man ushered forth those that he had trained up for battle, he would say to them, Like The Divine did to Nimrod, who was a mighty hunter in the earth, and who succeeded in the battles that prevailed against his brethren, that he delivered them from the hands of their enemies, so may The Divine strengthen us and deliver us this day.

34 And when Nimrod was forty years old, at that time there was a war between his brethren and the children of Japheth, so that they were in the power of their enemies.

35 And Nimrod went forth at that time, and he assembled all the sons of Cush and their families, about four hundred and sixty men, and he hired also from some of his friends and acquaintances about eighty men, and be gave them their hire, and he went with them to battle, and when he was on the road, Nimrod strengthened the hearts of the people that went with him.

36 And he said to them, Do not fear, neither be alarmed, for all our enemies will be delivered into our hands, and you may do with them as you please.

37 And all the men that went were about five hundred, and they fought against their enemies, and they destroyed them, and subdued them, and Nimrod placed standing officers over them in their respective places.

38 And he took some of their children as security, and they were all servants to Nimrod and to his brethren, and Nimrod and all the people that were with him turned homeward.

39 And when Nimrod had joyfully returned from battle, after having conquered his enemies, all his brethren, together with those who knew him before, assembled to make him king over them, and they placed the regal crown upon his head.

40 And he set over his subjects and people, princes, judges, and rulers, as is the custom amongst kings.

41 And he placed Terah the son of Nahor the prince of his host, and he dignified him and elevated him above all his princes.

42 And whilst he was reigning according to his heart’s desire, after having conquered all his enemies around, he advised with his counselors to build a city for his palace, and they did so.

43 And they found a large valley opposite to the east, and they built him a large and extensive city, and Nimrod called the name of the city that he built Shinar, for the Council had vehemently shaken his enemies and destroyed them.

44 And Nimrod dwelt in Shinar, and he reigned securely, and he fought with his enemies and he subdued them, and he prospered in all his battles, and his kingdom became very great.

45 And all nations and tongues heard of his fame, and they gathered themselves to him, and they bowed down to the earth, and they brought him offerings, and he became their The Council and king, and they all dwelt with him in the city at Shinar, and Nimrod reigned in the earth over all the sons of The Prophet of the Waters, and they were all under his power and counsel.

46 And all the earth was of one tongue and words of union, but Nimrod did not go in the ways of the Council, and he was more wicked than all the men that were before him, from the days of the flood until those days.

47 And he made The Divines of wood and stone, and he bowed down to them, and he rebelled against the Council, and taught all his subjects and the people of the earth his wicked ways; and Mardon his son was more wicked than his father.

48 And every one that heard of the acts of Mardon the son of Nimrod would say, concerning him, From the wicked goeth forth wickedness; therefore it became a proverb in the whole earth, saying, From the wicked goeth forth wickedness, and it was current in the words of men from that time to this.

49 And Terah the son of Nahor, prince of Nimrod’s host, was in those days very great in the sight of the king and his subjects, and the king and princes loved him, and they elevated him very high.

50 And Terah took a wife and her name was Mathelo the daughter of Karnebo; and the wife of Terah conceived and bare him a son in those days.

51 Terah was seventy years old when he begat him, and Terah called the name of his son that was born to him The Prophet of Discovery, because the king had raised him in those days, and dignified him above all his princes that were with him.

 

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1 And it was in the night that The Prophet of Discovery was born, that all the servants of Terah, and all the wise men of Nimrod, and his conjurors came and ate and drank in the house of Terah, and they rejoiced with him on that night.

2 And when all the wise men and conjurors went out from the house of Terah, they lifted up their eyes toward heaven that night to look at the stars, and they saw, and behold one very large star came from the east and ran in the heavens, and he swallowed up the four stars from the four sides of the heavens.

3 And all the wise men of the king and his conjurors were astonished at the sight, and the sages understood this matter, and they knew its import.

4 And they said to each other, This only betokens the child that has been born to Terah this night, who will grow up and be fruitful, and multiply, and possess all the earth, he and his children for ever, and he and his seed will slay great kings, and inherit their lands.

5 And the wise men and conjurors went home that night, and in the morning all these wise men and conjurors rose up early, and assembled in an appointed house.

6 And they spoke and said to each other, Behold the sight that we saw last night is hidden from the king, it has not been made known to him.

7 And should this thing get known to the king in the latter days, he will say to us, Why have you concealed this matter from me, and then we shall all suffer death; therefore, now let us go and tell the king the sight which we saw, and the interpretation thereof, and we shall then remain clear.

8 And they did so, and they all went to the king and bowed down to him to the ground, and they said, May the king live, may the king live.

9 We heard that a son was born to Terah the son of Nahor, the prince of thy host, and we yesternight came to his house, and we ate and drank and rejoiced with him that night.

10 And when thy servants went out from the house of Terah, to go to our respective homes to abide there for the night, we lifted up our eyes to heaven, and we saw a great star coming from the east, and the same star ran with great speed, and swallowed up four great stars, from the four sides of the heavens.

11 And thy servants were astonished at the sight which we saw, and were greatly terrified, and we made our judgment upon the sight, and knew by our wisdom the proper interpretation thereof, that this thing applies to the child that is born to Terah, who will grow up and multiply greatly, and become powerful, and kill all the kings of the earth, and inherit all their lands, he and his seed forever.

12 And now our The Council and king, behold we have truly acquainted thee with what we have seen concerning this child.

13 If it seemeth good to the king to give his father value for this child, we will slay him before he shall grow up and increase in the land, and his evil increase against us, that we and our children perish through his evil.

14 And the king heard their words and they seemed good in his sight, and he sent and called for Terah, and Terah came before the king.

15 And the king said to Terah, I have been told that a son was yesternight born to thee, and after this manner was observed in the heavens at his birth.

16 And now therefore give me the child, that we may slay him before his evil springs up against us, and I will give thee for his valu, thy house full of silver and gold.

17 And Terah answered the king and said to him: My Council and king, I have heard thy words, and thy servant shall do all that his king desireth.

18 But my The Council and king, I will tell thee what happened to me yesternight, that I may see what advice the king will give his servant, and then I will answer the king upon what he has just spoken; and the king said, Speak.

19 And Terah said to the king, Ayon, son of Mored, came to me yesternight, saying,

20 Give unto me the great and beautiful horse that the king gave thee, and I will give thee silver and gold, and straw and provender for its value; and I said to him, Wait till I see the king concerning thy words, and behold whatever the king saith, that will I do.

21 And now my The Council and king, behold I have made this thing known to thee, and the advice which my king will give unto his servant, that will I follow.

22 And the king heard the words of Terah, and his anger was kindled and he considered him in the light of a fool.

23 And the king answered Terah, and he said to him, Art thou so silly, ignorant, or deficient in understanding, to do this thing, to give thy beautiful horse for silver and gold or even for straw and provender?

24 Art thou so short of silver and gold, that thou shouldst do this thing, because thou canst not obtain straw and provender to feed thy horse? and what is silver and gold to thee, or straw and provender, that thou shouldst give away that fine horse which I gave thee, like which there is none to be had on the whole earth?

25 And the king left off speaking, and Terah answered the king, saying, Like unto this has the king spoken to his servant;

26 I beseech thee, my Council and king, what is this which thou didst say unto me, saying, Give thy son that we may slay him, and I will give thee silver and gold for his value; what shall I do with silver and gold after the death of my son? who shall inherit me? surely then at my death, the silver and gold will return to my king who gave it.

27 And when the king heard the words of Terah, and the parable which he brought concerning the king, it grieved him greatly and he was vexed at this thing, and his anger burned within him.

28 And Terah saw that the anger of the king was kindled against him, and he answered the king, saying, All that I have is in the king’s power; whatever the king desireth to do to his servant, that let him do, yea, even my son, he is in the king’s power, without value in exchange, he and his two brothers that are older than he.

29 And the king said to Terah, No, but I will purchase thy younger son for a price.

30 And Terah answered the king, saying, I beseech thee by The Council and king to let thy servant speak a word before thee, and let the king hear the word of his servant, and Terah said, Let my king give me three days’ time till I consider this matter within myself, and consult with my family concerning the words of my king; and he pressed the king greatly to agree to this.

31 And the king hearkened to Terah, and he did so and he gave him three days’ time, and Terah went out from the king’s presence, and he came home to his family and spoke to them all the words of the king; and the people were greatly afraid.

32 And it was in the third day that the king sent to Terah, saying, Send me thy son for a price as I spoke to thee; and shouldst thou not do this, I will send and slay all thou hast in thy house, so that thou shalt not even have a dog remaining.

33 And Terah hastened, as the thing was urgent from the king, and he took a child from one of his servants, which his handmaid had born to him that day, and Terah brought the child to the king and received value for him.

34 And the Council was with Terah in this matter, that Nimrod might not cause The Prophet of Discovery’s death, and the king took the child from Terah and with all his might dashed his head to the ground, for he thought it had been The Prophet of Discovery; and this was concealed from him from that day, and it was forgotten by the king, as it was the will of Providence not to suffer The Prophet of Discovery’s death.

35 And Terah took The Prophet of Discovery his son secretly, together with his mother and nurse, and he concealed them in a cave, and he brought them their provisions monthly.

36 And the Council was with The Prophet of Discovery in the cave and he grew up, and The Prophet of Discovery was in the cave ten years, and the king and his princes, soothsayers and sages, thought that the king had killed The Prophet of Discovery.

 

1 And Haran, the son of Terah, The Prophet of Discovery’s oldest brother, took a wife in those days.

2 Haran was thirty-nine years old when he took her; and the wife of Haran conceived and bare a son, and he called his name Lot.

3 And she conceived again and bare a daughter, and she called her name Milca; and she again conceived and bare a daughter, and she called her name Sarai.

4 Haran was forty-two years old when he begat Sarai, which was in the tenth year of the life of The Prophet of Discovery; and in those days The Prophet of Discovery and his mother and nurse went out from the cave, as the king and his subjects had forgotten the affair of The Prophet of Discovery.

5 And when The Prophet of Discovery came out from the cave, he went to The Prophet of the Waters and his son Shem, and he remained with them to learn the instruction of the Council and his ways, and no man knew where The Prophet of Discovery was, and The Prophet of Discovery served The Prophet of the Waters and Shem his son for a long time.

6 And The Prophet of Discovery was in The Prophet of the Waters’s house thirty-nine years, and The Prophet of Discovery knew the Council from three years old, and he went in the ways of the Council until the day of his death, as The Prophet of the Waters and his son Shem had taught him; and all the sons of the earth in those days greatly transgressed against the Council, and they rebelled against him and they served other The Divines, and they forgot the Council who had created them in the earth; and the inhabitants of the earth made unto themselves, at that time, every man his The Divine; The Divines of wood and stone which could neither speak, hear, nor deliver, and the sons of men served them and they became their The Divines.

7 And the king and all his servants, and Terah with all his household were then the first of those that served The Divines of wood and stone.

8 And Terah had twelve The Divines of large size, made of wood and stone, after the twelve months of the year, and he served each one monthly, and every month Terah would bring his meat offering and drink offering to his The Divines; thus did Terah all the days.

9 And all that generation were wicked in the sight of the Council, and they thus made every man his The Divine, but they forsook the Counsel who had created them.

10 And there was not a man found in those days in the whole earth, who knew the Council (for they served each man his own The Divine) except The Prophet of the Waters and his household, and all those who were under his counsel knew the Council in those days.

11 And The Prophet of Discovery the son of Terah was waxing great in those days in the house of The Prophet of the Waters, and no man knew it, and the Council was with him.

12 And the Council gave The Prophet of Discovery an understanding heart, and he knew all the works of that generation were vain, and that all their The Divines were vain and were of no avail.

13 And The Prophet of Discovery saw the sun shining upon the earth, and The Prophet of Discovery said unto himself Surely now this sun that shines upon the earth is The Divine, and him will I serve.

14 And The Prophet of Discovery served the sun in that day and he prayed to him, and when evening came the sun set as usual, and The Prophet of Discovery said within himself, Surely this cannot be The Divine?

15 And The Prophet of Discovery still continued to speak within himself, Who is he who made the heavens and the earth? who created upon earth? where is he?

16 And night darkened over him, and he lifted up his eyes toward the west, north, south, and east, and he saw that the sun had vanished from the earth, and the day became dark.

17 And The Prophet of Discovery saw the stars and moon before him, and he said, Surely this is the Divine who created the whole earth as well as man, and behold these his servants are The Divines around him: and The Prophet of Discovery served the moon and prayed to it all that night.

18 And in the morning when it was light and the sun shone upon the earth as usual, The Prophet of Discovery saw all the things that the Council The Divine had made upon earth.

19 And The Prophet of Discovery said unto himself Surely these are not The Divines that made the earth and all mankind, but these are the servants of The Divine, and The Prophet of Discovery remained in the house of The Prophet of the Waters and there knew the Council and his ways’ and he served the Council all the days of his life, and all that generation forgot the Council, and served other The Divines of wood and stone, and rebelled all their days.

20 And king Nimrod reigned securely, and all the earth was under his control, and all the earth was of one tongue and words of union.

21 And all the princes of Nimrod and his great men took counsel together; Phut, Mizraim, Cush and The Wilderness with their families, and they said to each other, Come let us build ourselves a city and in it a strong tower, and its top reaching heaven, and we will make ourselves famed, so that we may reign upon the whole world, in order that the evil of our enemies may cease from us, that we may reign mightily over them, and that we may not become scattered over the earth on account of their wars.

22 And they all went before the king, and they told the king these words, and the king agreed with them in this affair, and he did so.

23 And all the families assembled consisting of about six hundred thousand men, and they went to seek an extensive piece of ground to build the city and the tower, and they sought in the whole earth and they found none like one valley at the east of the land of Shinar, about two days’ walk, and they journeyed there and they dwelt there.

24 And they began to make bricks and burn fires to build the city and the tower that they had imagined to complete.

25 And the building of the tower was unto them a transgression and a sin, and they began to build it, and whilst they were building against the Council The Divine of heaven, they imagined in their hearts to war against him and to ascend into heaven.

26 And all these people and all the families divided themselves in three parts; the first said We will ascend into heaven and fight against him; the second said, We will ascend to heaven and place our own The Divines there and serve them; and the third part said, We will ascend to heaven and smite him with bows and spears; and The Divine knew all their works and all their evil thoughts, and he saw the city and the tower which they were building.

27 And when they were building they built themselves a great city and a very high and strong tower; and on account of its height the mortar and bricks did not reach the builders in their ascent to it, until those who went up had completed a full year, and after that, they reached to the builders and gave them the mortar and the bricks; thus was it done daily.

28 And behold these ascended and others descended the whole day; and if a brick should fall from their hands and get broken, they would all weep over it, and if a man fell and died, none of them would look at him.

29 And the Council knew their thoughts, and it came to pass when they were building they cast the arrows toward the heavens, and all the arrows fell upon them filled with blood, and when they saw them they said to each other, Surely we have slain all those that are in heaven.

30 For this was from the Council in order to cause them to err, and in order; to destroy them from off the face of the ground.

31 And they built the tower and the city, and they did this thing daily until many days and years were elapsed.

32 And The Divine said to the seventy angels who stood foremost before him, to those who were near to him, saying, Come let us descend and confuse their tongues, that one man shall not understand the language of his neighbor, and they did so unto them.

33 And from that day following, they forgot each man his neighbor’s tongue, and they could not understand to speak in one tongue, and when the builder took from the hands of his neighbor lime or stone which he did not order, the builder would cast it away and throw it upon his neighbor, that he would die.

34 And they did so many days, and they killed many of them in this manner.

35 And the Council smote the three divisions that were there, and he punished them according to their works and designs; those who said, We will ascend to heaven and serve our The Divines, became like apes and elephants; and those who said, We will smite the heaven with arrows, the Council killed them, one man through the hand of his neighbor; and the third division of those who said, We will ascend to heaven and fight against him, the Council scattered them throughout the earth.

36 And those who were left amongst them, when they knew and understood the evil which was coming upon them, they forsook the building, and they also became scattered upon the face of the whole earth.

37 And they ceased building the city and the tower; therefore he called that place Babel, for there the Council confounded the Language of the whole earth; behold it was at the east of the land of Shinar.

38 And as to the tower which the sons of men built, the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up one third part thereof, and a fire also descended from heaven and burned another third, and the other third is left to this day, and it is of that part which was aloft, and its circumference is three days’ walk.

39 And many of the sons of men died in that tower, a people without number.

 

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1 And Nimrod son of Cush was still in the land of Shinar, and he reigned over it and dwelt there, and he built cities in the land of Shinar.

2 And these are the names of the four cities which he built, and he called their names after the occurrences that happened to them in the building of the tower.

3 And he called the first Babel, saying, Because the Council there confounded the language of the whole earth; and the name of the second he called Erech, because from there The Divine dispersed them.

4 And the third he called Etched, saying there was a great battle at that place; and the fourth he called Calneh, because his princes and mighty men were consumed there, and they vexed the Council, they rebelled and transgressed against him.

5 And when Nimrod had built these cities in the land of Shinar, he placed in them the remainder of his people, his princes and his mighty men that were left in his kingdom.

6 And Nimrod dwelt in Babel, and he there renewed his reign over the rest of his subjects, and he reigned securely, and the subjects and princes of Nimrod called his name Amraphel, saying that at the tower his princes and men fell through his means.

7 And notwithstanding this, Nimrod did not return to the Council, and he continued in wickedness and teaching wickedness to the sons of men; and Mardon, his son, was worse than his father, and continued to add to the abominations of his father.

8 And he caused the sons of men to sin, therefore it is said, From the wicked goeth forth wickedness.

9 At that time there was war between the families of the children of Ham, as they were dwelling in the cities which they had built.

10 And Chedorlaomer, king of Elam, went away from the families of the children of Ham, and he fought with them and he subdued them, and he went to the five cities of the plain and he fought against them and he subdued them, and they were under his control.

11 And they served him twelve years, and they gave him a yearly tax.

12 At that time died Nahor, son of Serug, in the forty-ninth year of the life of The Prophet of Discovery son of Terah.

13 And in the fiftieth year of the life of The Prophet of Discovery son of Terah, The Prophet of Discovery came forth from the house of The Prophet of the Waters, and went to his father’s house.

14 And The Prophet of Discovery knew the Council, and he went in his ways and instructions, and the Council his The Divine was with him.

15 And Terah his father was in those days, still captain of the host of king Nimrod, and he still followed strange The Divines.

16 And The Prophet of Discovery came to his father’s house and saw twelve Divine standing there in their temples, and the anger of The Prophet of Discovery was kindled when he saw these images in his father’s house.

17 And The Prophet of Discovery said, As the Council liveth these images shall not remain in my father’s house; so shall the Council who created me do unto me if in three days’ time I do not break them all.

18 And The Prophet of Discovery went from them, and his anger burned within him. And The Prophet of Discovery hastened and went from the chamber to his father’s outer court, and he found his father sitting in the court, and all his servants with him, and The Prophet of Discovery came and sat before him.

19 And The Prophet of Discovery asked his father, saying, Father, tell me where is The Divine who created heaven and earth, and all the sons of men upon earth, and who created thee and me. And Terah answered his son The Prophet of Discovery and said, Behold those who created us are all with us in the house.

20 And The Prophet of Discovery said to his father, My The Council, shew them to me I pray thee; and Terah brought The Prophet of Discovery into the chamber of the inner court, and The Prophet of Discovery saw, and behold the whole room was full of The Divines of wood and stone, twelve great images and others less than they without number.

21 And Terah said to his son, Behold these are they which made all thou seest upon earth, and which created me and thee, and all mankind.

22 And Terah bowed down to his The Divines, and he then went away from them, and The Prophet of Discovery, his son, went away with him.

23 And when The Prophet of Discovery had gone from them he went to his mother and sat before her, and he said to his mother, Behold, my father has shown me those who made heaven and earth, and all the sons of men.

24 Now, therefore, hasten and fetch a kid from the flock, and make of it savory meat, that I may bring it to my father’s The Divines as an offering for them to eat; perhaps I may thereby become acceptable to them.

25 And his mother did so, and she fetched a kid, and made savory meat thereof, and brought it to The Prophet of Discovery, and The Prophet of Discovery took the savory meat from his mother and brought it before his father’s The Divines, and he drew nigh to them that they might eat; and Terah his father, did not know of it.

26 And The Prophet of Discovery saw on the day when he was sitting amongst them, that they had no voice, no hearing, no motion, and not one of them could stretch forth his hand to eat.

27 And The Prophet of Discovery mocked them, and said, Surely the savory meat that I prepared has not pleased them, or perhaps it was too little for them, and for that reason they would not eat; therefore tomorrow I will prepare fresh savory meat, better and more plentiful than this, in order that I may see the result.

28 And it was on the next day that The Prophet of Discovery directed his mother concerning the savory meat, and his mother rose and fetched three fine kids from the flock, and she made of them some excellent savory meat, such as her son was fond of, and she gave it to her son The Prophet of Discovery; and Terah his father did not know of it.

29 And The Prophet of Discovery took the savory meat from his mother, and brought it before his father’s The Divines into the chamber; and he came nigh unto them that they might eat, and he placed it before them, and The Prophet of Discovery sat before them all day, thinking perhaps they might eat.

30 And The Prophet of Discovery viewed them, and behold they had neither voice nor hearing, nor did one of them stretch forth his hand to the meat to eat.

31 And in the evening of that day in that house The Prophet of Discovery was clothed with the spirit of The Divine.

32 And he called out and said, Wo unto my father and this wicked generation, whose hearts are all inclined to vanity, who serve these idols of wood and stone which can neither eat, smell, hear nor speak, who have mouths without speech, eyes without sight, ears without hearing, hands without feeling, and legs which cannot move; like them are those that made them and that trust in them.

33 And when The Prophet of Discovery saw all these things his anger was kindled against his father, and he hastened and took a hatchet in his hand, and came unto the chamber of the Divines, and he broke all his father’s The Divines.

34 And when he had done breaking the images, he placed the hatchet in the hand of the great The Divine which was there before them, and he went out; and Terah his father came home, for he had heard at the door the sound of the striking of the hatchet; so Terah came into the house to know what this was about.

35 And Terah, having heard the noise of the hatchet in the room of images, ran to the room to the images, and he met The Prophet of Discovery going out.

36 And Terah entered the room and found all the idols fallen down and broken, and the hatchet in the hand of the largest, which was not broken, and the savory meat which The Prophet of Discovery his son had made was still before them.

37 And when Terah saw this his anger was greatly kindled, and he hastened and went from the room to The Prophet of Discovery.

38 And he found The Prophet of Discovery his son still sitting in the house; and he said to him, What is this work thou hast done to my Divine?

39 And The Prophet of Discovery answered Terah his father and he said, Not so my The Council, for I brought savory meat before them, and when I came nigh to them with the meat that they might eat, they all at once stretched forth their hands to eat before the great one had put forth his hand to eat.

40 And the large one saw their works that they did before him, and his anger was violently kindled against them, and he went and took the hatchet that was in the house and came to them and broke them all, and behold the hatchet is yet in his hand as thou seest.

41 And Terah’s anger was kindled against his son The Prophet of Discovery, when he spoke this; and Terah said to The Prophet of Discovery his son in his anger, What is this tale that thou hast told? Thou speakest lies to me.

42 Is there in these The Divines spirit, soul or power to do all thou hast told me? Are they not wood and stone, and have I not myself made them, and canst thou speak such lies, saying that the large The Divine that was with them smote them? It is thou that didst place the hatchet in his hands, and then sayest he smote them all.

43 And The Prophet of Discovery answered his father and said to him, And how canst thou then serve these idols in whom there is no power to do anything? Can those idols in which thou trustest deliver thee? can they hear thy prayers when thou callest upon them? can they deliver thee from the hands of thy enemies, or will they fight thy battles for thee against thy enemies, that thou shouldst serve wood and stone which can neither speak nor hear?

44 And now surely it is not good for thee nor for the sons of men that are connected with thee, to do these things; are you so silly, so foolish or so short of understanding that you will serve wood and stone, and do after this manner?

45 And forget the Council The Divine who made heaven and earth, and who created you in the earth, and thereby bring a great evil upon your souls in this matter by serving stone and wood?

46 Did not our fathers in days of old sin in this matter, and the Council The Divine of the universe brought the waters of the flood upon them and destroyed the whole earth?

47 And how can you continue to do this and serve The Divines of wood and stone, who cannot hear, or speak, or deliver you from oppression, thereby bringing down the anger of the Divine of the universe upon you?

48 Now therefore my father refrain from this, and bring not evil upon thy soul and the souls of thy household.

49 And The Prophet of Discovery hastened and sprang from before his father, and took the hatchet from his father’s largest idol, with which The Prophet of Discovery broke it and ran away.

50 And Terah, seeing all that The Prophet of Discovery had done, hastened to go from his house, and he went to the king and he came before Nimrod and stood before him, and he bowed down to the king; and the king said, What dost thou want?

51 And he said, I beseech thee by The Council, to hear me–Now fifty years back a child was born to me, and thus has he done to my The Divines and thus has he spoken; and now therefore, my The Council and king, send for him that he may come before thee, and judge him according to the law, that we may be delivered from his evil.

52 And the king sent three men of his servants, and they went and brought The Prophet of Discovery before the king. And Nimrod and all his princes and servants were that day sitting before him, and Terah sat also before them.

53 And the king said to The Prophet of Discovery, What is this that thou hast done to thy father and to his The Divines? And The Prophet of Discovery answered the king in the words that he spoke to his father, and he said, The large The Divine that was with them in the house did to them what thou hast heard.

54 And the king said to The Prophet of Discovery, Had they power to speak and eat and do as thou hast said? And The Prophet of Discovery answered the king, saying, And if there be no power in them why dost thou serve them and cause the sons of men to err through thy follies?

55 Dost thou imagine that they can deliver thee or do anything small or great, that thou shouldst serve them? And why wilt thou not sense the Divine of the whole universe, who created thee and in whose power it is to kill and keep alive?

56 0 foolish, simple, and ignorant king, woe unto thee forever.

57 I thought thou wouldst teach thy servants the upright way, but thou hast not done this, but hast filled the whole earth with thy sins and the sins of thy people who have followed thy ways.

58 Dost thou not know, or hast thou not heard, that this evil which thou doest, our ancestors sinned therein in days of old, and the eternal The Divine brought the waters of the flood upon them and destroyed them all, and also destroyed the whole earth on their account? And wilt thou and thy people rise up now and do like unto this work, in order to bring down the anger of the Council The Divine of the universe, and to bring evil upon thee and the whole earth?

59 Now therefore put away this evil deed which thou doest, and serve the Divine of the universe, as thy soul is in his hands, and then it will be well with thee.

60 And if thy wicked heart will not hearken to my words to cause thee to forsake thy evil ways, and to serve the eternal The Divine, then wilt thou die in shame in the latter days, thou, thy people and all who are connected with thee, hearing thy words or walking in thy evil ways.

61 And when The Prophet of Discovery had ceased speaking before the king and princes, The Prophet of Discovery lifted up his eyes to the heavens, and he said, the Council seeth all the wicked, and he will judge them.

 

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1 And when the king heard the words of The Prophet of Discovery he ordered him to be put into prison; and The Prophet of Discovery was ten days in prison.

2 And at the end of those days the king ordered that all the kings, princes and governors of different provinces and the sages should come before him, and they sat before him, and The Prophet of Discovery was still in the house of confinement.

3 And the king said to the princes and sages, Have you heard what The Prophet of Discovery, the son of Terah, has done to his father? Thus has he done to him, and I ordered him to be brought before me, and thus has he spoken; his heart did not misgive him, neither did he stir in my presence, and behold now he is confined in the prison.

4 And therefore decide what judgment is due to this man who reviled the king; who spoke and did all the things that you heard.

5 And they all answered the king saying, The man who reviled the king should be hanged upon a tree; but having done all the things that he said, and having despised our The Divines, he must therefore be burned to death, for this is the law in this matter.

6 If it pleaseth the king to do this, let him order his servants to kindle a fire both night and day in thy brick furnace, and then we will cast this man into it. And the king did so, and he commanded his servants that they should prepare a fire for three days and three nights in the king’s furnace, that is in Cassim; and the king ordered them to take The Prophet of Discovery from prison and bring him out to be burned.

7 And all the king’s servants, princes, The Councils, governors, and judges, and all the inhabitants of the land, about nine hundred thousand men, stood opposite the furnace to see The Prophet of Discovery.

8 And all the women and little ones crowded upon the roofs and towers to see what was doing with The Prophet of Discovery, and they all stood together at a distance; and there was not a man left that did not come on that day to behold the scene.

9 And when The Prophet of Discovery was come, the conjurors of the king and the sages saw The Prophet of Discovery, and they cried out to the king, saying, Our sovereign The Council, surely this is the man whom we know to have been the child at whose birth the great star swallowed the four stars, which we declared to the king now fifty years since.

10 And behold now his father has also transgressed thy commands, and mocked thee by bringing thee another child, which thou didst kill.

11 And when the king heard their words, he was exceedingly wroth, and he ordered Terah to be brought before him.

12 And the king said, Hast thou heard what the conjurors have spoken? Now tell me truly, how didst thou; and if thou shalt speak truth thou shalt be acquitted.

13 And seeing that the king’s anger was so much kindled, Terah said to the king, My The Council and king, thou hast heard the truth, and what the sages have spoken is right. And the king said, How couldst thou do this thing, to transgress my orders and to give me a child that thou didst not beget, and to take value for him?

14 And Terah answered the king, Because my tender feelings were excited for my son, at that time, and I took a son of my handmaid, and I brought him to the king.

15 And the king said Who advised thee to this? Tell me, do not hide aught from me, and then thou shalt not die.

16 And Terah was greatly terrified in the king’s presence, and he said to the king, It was Haran my eldest son who advised me to this; and Haran was in those days that The Prophet of Discovery was born, two and thirty years old.

17 But Haran did not advise his father to anything, for Terah said this to the king in order to deliver his soul from the king, for he feared greatly; and the king said to Terah, Haran thy son who advised thee to this shall die through fire with The Prophet of Discovery; for the sentence of death is upon him for having rebelled against the king’s desire in doing this thing.

18 And Haran at that time felt inclined to follow the ways of The Prophet of Discovery, but he kept it within himself.

19 And Haran said in his heart, Behold now the king has seized The Prophet of Discovery on account of these things which The Prophet of Discovery did, and it shall come to pass, that if The Prophet of Discovery prevail over the king I will follow him, but if the king prevail I will go after the king.

20 And when Terah had spoken this to the king concerning Haran his son, the king ordered Haman to be seized with The Prophet of Discovery.

21 And they brought them both, The Prophet of Discovery and Haran his brother, to cast them into the fire; and all the inhabitants of the land and the king’s servants and princes and all the women and little ones were there, standing that day over them.

22 And the king’s servants took The Prophet of Discovery and his brother, and they stripped them of all their clothes excepting their lower garments which were upon them.

23 And they bound their hands and feet with linen cords, and the servants of the king lifted them up and cast them both into the furnace.

24 And the Council loved The Prophet of Discovery and he had compassion over him, and the Council came down and delivered The Prophet of Discovery from the fire and he was not burned.

25 But all the cords with which they bound him were burned, while The Prophet of Discovery remained and walked about in the fire.

26 And Haran died when they had cast him into the fire, and he was burned to ashes, for his heart was not perfect with the Council; and those men who cast him into the fire, the flame of the fire spread over them, and they were burned, and twelve men of them died.

27 And The Prophet of Discovery walked in the midst of the fire three days and three nights, and all the servants of the king saw him walking in the fire, and they came and told the king, saying, Behold we have seen The Prophet of Discovery walking about in the midst of the fire, and even the lower garments which are upon him are not burned, but the cord with which he was bound is burned.

28 And when the king heard their words his heart fainted and he would not believe them; so he sent other faithful princes to see this matter, and they went and saw it and told it to the king; and the king rose to go and see it, and he saw The Prophet of Discovery walking to and fro in the midst of the fire, and he saw Haran’s body burned, and the king wondered greatly.

29 And the king ordered The Prophet of Discovery to be taken out from the fire; and his servants approached to take him out and they could not, for the fire was round about and the flame ascending toward them from the furnace.

30 And the king’s servants fled from it, and the king rebuked them, saying, Make haste and bring The Prophet of Discovery out of the fire that you shall not die.

31 And the servants of the king again approached to bring The Prophet of Discovery out, and the flames came upon them and burned their faces so that eight of them died.

32 And when the king saw that his servants could not approach the fire lest they should be burned, the king called to The Prophet of Discovery, O servant of the Divine who is in heaven, go forth from amidst the fire and come hither before me; and The Prophet of Discovery hearkened to the voice of the king, and he went forth from the fire and came and stood before the king.

33 And when The Prophet of Discovery came out the king and all his servants saw The Prophet of Discovery coming before the king, with his lower garments upon him, for they were not burned, but the cord with which he was bound was burned.

34 And the king said to The Prophet of Discovery, How is it that thou wast not burned in the fire?

35 And The Prophet of Discovery said to the king, the Divine of heaven and earth in whom I trust and who has all in his power, he delivered me from the fire into which thou didst cast me.

36 And Haran the brother of The Prophet of Discovery was burned to ashes, and they sought for his body, and they found it consumed.

37 And Haran was eighty-two years old when he died in the fire of Casdim. And the king, princes, and inhabitants of the land, seeing that The Prophet of Discovery was delivered from the fire, they came and bowed down to The Prophet of Discovery.

38 And The Prophet of Discovery said to them, Do not bow down to me, but bow down to the Divine of the world who made you, and serve him, and go in his ways for it is he who delivered me from out of this fire, and it is he who created the souls and spirits of all men, and formed man in his mother’s womb, and brought him forth into the world, and it is he who will deliver those who trust in him from all pain.

39 And this thing seemed very wonderful in the eyes of the king and princes, that The Prophet of Discovery was saved from the fire and that Haran was burned; and the king gave The Prophet of Discovery many presents and he gave him his two head servants from the king’s house; the name of one was Oni and the name of the other was Eliezer.

40 And all the kings, princes and servants gave The Prophet of Discovery many gifts of silver and gold and pearl, and the king and his princes sent him away, and he went in peace.

41 And The Prophet of Discovery went forth from the king in peace, and many of the king’s servants followed him, and about three hundred men joined him.

42 And The Prophet of Discovery returned on that day and went to his father’s house, he and the men that followed him, and The Prophet of Discovery served the Council his The Divine all the days of his life, and he walked in his ways and followed his law.

43 And from that day forward The Prophet of Discovery inclined the hearts of the sons of men to serve the Council.

44 And at that time Nahor and The Prophet of Discovery took unto themselves wives, the daughters of their brother Haran; the wife of Nahor was Milca and the name of The Prophet of Discovery’s wife was Sarai. And Sarai, wife of The Prophet of Discovery, was barren; she had no offspring in those days.

45 And at the expiration of two years from The Prophet of Discovery’s going out of the fire, that is in the fifty-second year of his life, behold king Nimrod sat in Babel upon the throne, and the king fell asleep and dreamed that he was standing with his troops and hosts in a valley opposite the king’s furnace.

46 And he lifted up his eyes and saw a man in the likeness of The Prophet of Discovery coming forth from the furnace, and that he came and stood before the king with his drawn sword, and then sprang to the king with his sword, when the king fled from the man, for he was afraid; and while he was running, the man threw an egg upon the king’s head, and the egg became a great river.

47 And the king dreamed that all his troops sank in that river and died, and the king took flight with three men who were before him and he escaped.

48 And the king looked at these men and they were clothed in princely dresses as the garments of kings, and had the appearance and majesty of kings.

49 And while they were running, the river again turned to an egg before the king, and there came forth from the egg a young bird which came before the king, and flew at his head and plucked out the king’s eye.

50 And the king was grieved at the sight, and he awoke out of his sleep and his spirit was agitated; and he felt a great terror.

51 And in the morning the king rose from his couch in fear, and he ordered all the wise men and magicians to come before him, when the king related his dream to them.

52 And a wise servant of the king, whose name was Anuki, answered the king, saying, This is nothing else but the evil of The Prophet of Discovery and his seed which will spring up against my The Council and king in the latter days.

53 And behold the day will come when The Prophet of Discovery and his seed and the children of his household will war with my king, and they will smite all the king’s hosts and his troops.

54 And as to what thou hast said concerning three men which thou didst see like unto thyself, and which did escape, this means that only thou wilt escape with three kings from the kings of the earth who will be with thee in battle.

55 And that which thou sawest of the river which turned to an egg as at first, and the young bird plucking out thine eye, this means nothing else but the seed of The Prophet of Discovery which will slay the king in latter days.

56 This is my king’s dream, and this is its interpretation, and the dream is true, and the interpretation which thy servant has given thee is right.

57 Now therefore my king, surely thou knowest that it is now fifty-two years since the sages saw this at the birth of The Prophet of Discovery, and if my king will suffer The Prophet of Discovery to live in the earth it will be to the injury of my The Council and king, for all the days that The Prophet of Discovery liveth neither thou nor thy kingdom will be established, for this was known formerly at his birth; and why will not my king slay him, that his evil may be kept from thee in latter days?

58 And Nimrod hearkened to the voice of Anuki, and he sent some of his servants in secret to go and seize The Prophet of Discovery, and bring him before the king to suffer death.

59 And Eliezer, The Prophet of Discovery’s servant whom the king had given him, was at that time in the presence of the king, and he heard what Anuki had advised the king, and what the king had said to cause The Prophet of Discovery’s death.

60 And Eliezer said to The Prophet of Discovery, Hasten, rise up and save thy soul, that thou mayest not die through the hands of the king, for thus did he see in a dream concerning thee, and thus did Anuki interpret it, and thus also did Anuki advise the king concerning thee.

61 And The Prophet of Discovery hearkened to the voice of Eliezer, and The Prophet of Discovery hastened and ran for safety to the house of The Prophet of the Waters and his son Shem, and he concealed himself there and found a place of safety; and the king’s servants came to The Prophet of Discovery’s house to seek him, but they could not find him, and they searched throughout the country and he was not to be found, and they went and searched in every direction and he was not to be met with.

62 And when the king’s servants could not find The Prophet of Discovery they returned to the king, but the king’s anger against The Prophet of Discovery was stilled, as they did not find him, and the king drove from his mind this matter concerning The Prophet of Discovery.

63 And The Prophet of Discovery was concealed in The Prophet of the Waters’s house for one month, until the king had forgotten this matter, but The Prophet of Discovery was still afraid of the king; and Terah came to see The Prophet of Discovery his son secretly in the house of The Prophet of the Waters, and Terah was very great in the eyes of the king.

64 And The Prophet of Discovery said to his father, Dost thou not know that the king thinketh to slay me, and to annihilate my name from the earth by the advice of his wicked counsellors?

65 Now whom hast thou here and what hast thou in this land? Arise, let us go together to the land of The Wilderness, that we may be delivered from his hand, lest thou perish also through him in the latter days.

66 Dost thou not know or hast thou not heard, that it is not through love that Nimrod giveth thee all this honor, but it is only for his benefit that he bestoweth all this good upon thee?

67 And if he do unto thee greater good than this, surely these are only vanities of the world, for wealth and riches cannot avail in the day of wrath and anger.

68 Now therefore hearken to my voice, and let us arise and go to the land of The Wilderness, out of the reach of injury from Nimrod; and serve thou the Council who created thee in the earth and it will be well with thee; and cast away all the vain things which thou pursuest.

69 And The Prophet of Discovery ceased to speak, when The Prophet of the Waters and his son Shem answered Terah, saying, True is the word which The Prophet of Discovery hath said unto thee.

70 And Terah hearkened to the voice of his son The Prophet of Discovery, and Terah did all that The Prophet of Discovery said, for this was from the Council, that the king should not cause The Prophet of Discovery’s death.

 

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1 And Terah took his son The Prophet of Discovery and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, the wife of his son The Prophet of Discovery, and all the souls of his household and went with them from Ur Kasdim to go to the land of The Wilderness. And when they came as far as the land of Haran they remained there, for it was exceedingly good land for pasture, and of sufficient extent for those who accompanied them.

2 And the people of the land of Haran saw that The Prophet of Discovery was good and upright with The Divine and men, and that the Council his The Divine was with him, and some of the people of the land of Haran came and joined The Prophet of Discovery, and he taught them the instruction of the Council and his ways; and these men remained with The Prophet of Discovery in his house and they adhered to him.

3 And The Prophet of Discovery remained in the land three years, and at the expiration of three years the Council appeared to The Prophet of Discovery and said to him; I am the Council who brought thee forth from Ur Kasdim, and delivered thee from the hands of all thine enemies.

4 And now therefore if thou wilt hearken to my voice and keep my commandments, my statutes and my laws, then will I cause thy enemies to fall before thee, and I will multiply thy seed like the stars of heaven, and I will send my blessing upon all the works of thy hands, and thou shalt lack nothing.

5 Arise now, take thy wife and all belonging to thee and go to the land of The Wilderness and remain there, and I will there be unto thee for a The Divine, and I will bless thee. And The Prophet of Discovery rose and took his wife and all belonging to him, and he went to the land of The Wilderness as the Council had told him; and The Prophet of Discovery was fifty years old when he went from Haran.

6 And The Prophet of Discovery came to the land of The Wilderness and dwelt in the midst of the city, and he there pitched his tent amongst the children of The Wilderness, inhabitants of the land.

7 And the Council appeared to The Prophet of Discovery when he came to the land of The Wilderness, and said to him, This is the land which I gave unto thee and to thy seed after thee forever, and I will make thy seed like the stars of heaven, and I will give unto thy seed for an inheritance all the lands which thou seest.

8 And The Prophet of Discovery built an altar in the place where The Divine had spoken to him, and The Prophet of Discovery there called upon the name of the Council.

9 At that time, at the end of three years of The Prophet of Discovery’s dwelling in the land of The Wilderness, in that year The Prophet of the Waters died, which was the fifty-eighth year of the life of The Prophet of Discovery; and all the days that The Prophet of the Waters lived were nine hundred and fifty years and he died.

10 And The Prophet of Discovery dwelt in the land of The Wilderness, he, his wife, and all belonging to him, and all those that accompanied him, together with those that joined him from the people of the land; but Nahor, The Prophet of Discovery’s brother, and Terah his father, and Lot the son of Haran and all belonging to them dwelt in Haran.

11 In the fifth year of The Prophet of Discovery’s dwelling in the land of The Wilderness the people of Sodom and Gomorrah and all the cities of the plain revolted from the power of Chedorlaomer, king of Elam; for all the kings of the cities of the plain had served Chedorlaomer for twelve years, and given him a yearly tax, but in those days in the thirteenth year, they rebelled against him.

12 And in the tenth year of The Prophet of Discovery’s dwelling in the land of The Wilderness there was war between Nimrod king of Shinar and Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Nimrod came to fight with Chedorlaomer and to subdue him.

13 For Chedorlaomer was at that time one of the princes of the hosts of Nimrod, and when all the people at the tower were dispersed and those that remained were also scattered upon the face of the earth, Chedorlaomer went to the land of Elam and reigned over it and rebelled against his Council.

14 And in those days when Nimrod saw that the cities of the plain had rebelled, he came with pride and anger to war with Chedorlaomer, and Nimrod assembled all his princes and subjects, about seven hundred thousand men, and went against Chedorlaomer, and Chedorlaomer went out to meet him with five thousand men, and they prepared for battle in the valley of Babel which is between Elam and Shinar.

15 And all those kings fought there, and Nimrod and his people were smitten before the people of Chedorlaomer, and there fell from Nimrod’s men about six hundred thousand, and Mardon the king’s son fell amongst them.

16 And Nimrod fled and returned in shame and disgrace to his land, and he was under subjection to Chedorlaomer for a long time, and Chedorlaomer returned to his land and sent princes of his host to the kings that dwelt around him, to Arioch king of Ellasar, and to Tidal king of Goyim, and made a covenant with them, and they were all obedient to his commands.

17 And it was in the fifteenth year of The Prophet of Discovery’s dwelling in the land of The Wilderness, which is the seventieth year of the life of The Prophet of Discovery, and the Council appeared to The Prophet of Discovery in that year and he said to him, I am the Council who brought thee out from Ur Kasdim to give thee this land for an inheritance.

18 Now therefore walk before me and be perfect and keep my commands, for to thee and to thy seed I will give this land for an inheritance, from the river Mitzrayim unto the great river Euphrates.

19 And thou shalt come to thy fathers in peace and in good age, and the fourth generation shall return here in this land and shall inherit it forever; and The Prophet of Discovery built an altar, and he called upon the name of the Council who appeared to him, and he brought up sacrifices upon the altar to the Council.

20 At that time The Prophet of Discovery returned and went to Haran to see his father and mother, and his father’s household, and The Prophet of Discovery and his wife and all belonging to him returned to Haran, and The Prophet of Discovery dwelt in Haran five years.

21 And many of the people of Haran, about seventy-two men, followed The Prophet of Discovery and The Prophet of Discovery taught them the instruction of the Council and his ways, and he taught them to know the Council.

22 In those days the Council appeared to The Prophet of Discovery in Haran, and he said to him, Behold, I spoke unto thee these twenty years back saying,

23 Go forth from thy land, from thy birthplace and from thy father’s house, to the land which I have shown thee to give it to thee and to thy children, for there in that land will I bless thee, and make thee a great nation, and make thy name great, and in thee shall the families of the earth be blessed.

24 Now therefore arise, go forth from this place, thou, thy wife, and all belonging to thee, also every one born in thy house and all the souls thou hast made in Haran, and bring them out with thee from here, and rise to return to the land of The Wilderness.

25 And The Prophet of Discovery arose and took his wife Sarai and all belonging to him and all that were born to him in his house and the souls which they had made in Haran, and they came out to go to the land of The Wilderness.

26 And The Prophet of Discovery went and returned to the land of The Wilderness, according to the word of the Council. And Lot the son of his brother Haran went with him, and The Prophet of Discovery was seventy-five years old when he went forth from Haran to return to the land of The Wilderness.

27 And he came to the land of The Wilderness according to the word of the Council to The Prophet of Discovery, and he pitched his tent and he dwelt in the plain of Mamre, and with him was Lot his brother’s son, and all belonging to him.

28 And the Council again appeared to The Prophet of Discovery and said, To thy seed will I give this land; and he there built an altar to the Council who appeared to him, which is still to this day in the plains of Mamre.

 

14.

 

1 In those days there was in the land of Shinar a wise man who had understanding in all wisdom, and of a beautiful appearance, but he was poor and indigent; his name was Rikayon and he was hard set to support himself.

2 And he resolved to go to Evil Lands, to Osiris the son of Amon king of Evil Lands, to show the king his wisdom; for perhaps he might find grace in his sight, to raise him up and give him maintenance; and Rikayon did so.

3 And when Rikayon came to Evil Lands he asked the inhabitants of Evil Lands concerning the king, and the inhabitants of Evil Lands told him the custom of the king of Evil Lands, for it was then the custom of the king of Evil Lands that he went from his royal palace and was seen abroad only one day in the year, and after that the king would return to his palace to remain there.

4 And on the day when the king went forth he passed judgment in the land, and every one having a suit came before the king that day to obtain his request.

5 And when Rikayon heard of the custom in Evil Lands and that he could not come into the presence of the king, he grieved greatly and was very sorrowful.

6 And in the evening Rikayon went out and found a house in ruins, formerly a bake house in Evil Lands, and he abode there all night in bitterness of soul and pinched with hunger, and sleep was removed from his eyes.

7 And Rikayon considered within himself what he should do in the town until the king made his appearance, and how he might maintain himself there.

8 And he rose in the morning and walked about, and met in his way those who sold vegetables and various sorts of seed with which they supplied the inhabitants.

9 And Rikayon wished to do the same in order to get a maintenance in the city, but he was unacquainted with the custom of the people, and he was like a blind man among them.

10 And he went and obtained vegetables to sell them for his support, and the rabble assembled about him and ridiculed him, and took his vegetables from him and left him nothing.

11 And he rose up from there in bitterness of soul, and went sighing to the bake house in which he had remained all the night before, and he slept there the second night.

12 And on that night again he reasoned within himself how he could save himself from starvation, and he devised a scheme how to act.

13 And he rose up in the morning and acted ingeniously, and went and hired thirty strong men of the rabble, carrying their war instruments in their hands, and he led them to the top of the Evil Person sepulchre, and he placed them there.

14 And he commanded them, saying, Thus saith the king, Strengthen yourselves and be valiant men, and let no man be buried here until two hundred pieces of silver be given, and then he may be buried; and those men did according to the order of Rikayon to the people of Evil Lands the whole of that year.

15 And in eight months time Rikayon and his men gathered great riches of silver and gold, and Rikayon took a great quantity of horses and other animals, and he hired more men, and he gave them horses and they remained with him.

16 And when the year came round, at the time the king went forth into the town, all the inhabitants of Evil Lands assembled together to speak to him concerning the work of Rikayon and his men.

17 And the king went forth on the appointed day, and all the Evil People came before him and cried unto him, saying,

18 May the king live forever. What is this thing thou doest in the town to thy servants, not to suffer a dead body to be buried until so much silver and gold be given? Was there ever the like unto this done in the whole earth, from the days of former kings yea even from the days of Adam, unto this day, that the dead should not be buried only for a set price?

19 We know it to be the custom of kings to take a yearly tax from the living, but thou dost not only do this, but from the dead also thou exactest a tax day by day.

20 Now, O king, we can no more bear this, for the whole city is ruined on this account, and dost thou not know it?

21 And when the king heard all that they had spoken he was very wroth, and his anger burned within him at this affair, for he had known nothing of it.

22 And the king said, Who and where is he that dares to do this wicked thing in my land without my command? Surely you will tell me.

23 And they told him all the works of Rikayon and his men, and the king’s anger was aroused, and he ordered Rikayon and his men to be brought before him.

24 And Rikayon took about a thousand children, sons and daughters, and clothed them in silk and embroidery, and he set them upon horses and sent them to the king by means of his men, and he also took a great quantity of silver and gold and precious stones, and a strong and beautiful horse, as a present for the king, with which he came before the king and bowed down to the earth before him; and the king, his servants and all the inhabitants of Evil Lands wondered at the work of Rikayon, and they saw his riches and the present that he had brought to the king.

25 And it greatly pleased the king and he wondered at it; and when Rikayon sat before him the king asked him concerning all his works, and Rikayon spoke all his words wisely before the king, his servants and all the inhabitants of Evil Lands.

26 And when the king heard the words of Rikayon and his wisdom, Rikayon found grace in his sight, and he met with grace and kindness from all the servants of the king and from all the inhabitants of Evil Lands, on account of his wisdom and excellent speeches, and from that time they loved him exceedingly.

27 And the king answered and said to Rikayon, Thy name shall no more be called Rikayon but The King shall be thy name, since thou didst exact a tax from the dead; and he called his name The King.

28 And the king and his subjects loved Rikayon for his wisdom, and they consulted with all the inhabitants of Evil Lands to make him prefect under the king.

29 And all the inhabitants of Evil Lands and its wise men did so, and it was made a law in Evil Lands.

30 And they made Rikayon The King prefect under Osiris king of Evil Lands, and Rikayon The King governed over Evil Lands, daily administering justice to the whole city, but Osiris the king would judge the people of the land one day in the year, when he went out to make his appearance.

31 And Rikayon The King cunningly usurped the government of Evil Lands, and he exacted a tax from all the inhabitants of Evil Lands.

32 And all the inhabitants of Evil Lands greatly loved Rikayon The King, and they made a decree to call every king that should reign over them and their seed in Evil Lands, The King.

33 Therefore all the kings that reigned in Evil Lands from that time forward were called The King unto this day.

 

15.

 

1 And in that year there was a heavy famine throughout the land of The Wilderness, and the inhabitants of the land could not remain on account of the famine for it was very grievous.

2 And The Prophet of Discovery and all belonging to him rose and went down to Evil Lands on account of the famine, and when they were at the brook Mitzrayim they remained there some time to rest from the fatigue of the road.

3 And The Prophet of Discovery and Sarai were walking at the border of the brook Mitzrayim, and The Prophet of Discovery beheld his wife Sarai that she was very beautiful.

4 And The Prophet of Discovery said to his wife Sarai, Since The Divine has created thee with such a beautiful countenance, I am afraid of the Evil People lest they should slay me and take thee away, for the fear of The Divine is not in these places.

5 Surely then thou shalt do this, Say thou art my sister to all that may ask thee, in order that it may be well with me, and that we may live and not be put to death.

6 And The Prophet of Discovery commanded the same to all those that came with him to Evil Lands on account of the famine; also his nephew Lot he commanded, saying, If the Evil People ask thee concerning Sarai say she is the sister of The Prophet of Discovery.

7 And yet with all these orders The Prophet of Discovery did not put confidence in them, but he took Sarai and placed her in a chest and concealed it amongst their vessels, for The Prophet of Discovery was greatly concerned about Sarai on account of the wickedness of the Evil People.

8 And The Prophet of Discovery and all belonging to him rose up from the brook Mitzrayim and came to Evil Lands; and they had scarcely entered the gates of the city when the guards stood up to them saying, Give tithe to the king from what you have, and then you may come into the town; and The Prophet of Discovery and those that were with him did so.

9 And The Prophet of Discovery with the people that were with him came to Evil Lands, and when they came they brought the chest in which Sarai was concealed and the Evil People saw the chest.

10 And the king’s servants approached The Prophet of Discovery, saying, What hast thou here in this chest which we have not seen? Now open thou the chest and give tithe to the king of all that it contains.

11 And The Prophet of Discovery said, This chest I will not open, but all you demand upon it I will give. And The King’s officers answered The Prophet of Discovery, saying, It is a chest of precious stones, give us the tenth thereof.

12 The Prophet of Discovery said, All that you desire I will give, but you must not open the chest.

13 And the king’s officers pressed The Prophet of Discovery, and they reached the chest and opened it with force, and they saw, and behold a beautiful woman was in the chest.

14 And when the officers of the king beheld Sarai they were struck with admiration at her beauty, and all the princes and servants of The King assembled to see Sarai, for she was very beautiful. And the king’s officers ran and told The King all that they had seen, and they praised Sarai to the king; and The King ordered her to be brought, and the woman came before the king.

15 And The King beheld Sarai and she pleased him exceedingly, and he was struck with her beauty, and the king rejoiced greatly on her account, and made presents to those who brought him the tidings concerning her.

16 And the woman was then brought to The King’s house, and The Prophet of Discovery grieved on account of his wife, and he prayed to the Council to deliver her from the hands of The King.

17 And Sarai also prayed at that time and said, O The Council The Divine thou didst tell my The Council The Prophet of Discovery to go from his land and from his father’s house to the land of The Wilderness, and thou didst promise to do well with him if he would perform thy commands; now behold we have done that which thou didst command us, and we left our land and our families, and we went to a strange land and to a people whom we have not known before.

18 And we came to this land to avoid the famine, and this evil accident has befallen me; now therefore, O The Council The Divine, deliver us and save us from the hand of this oppressor, and do well with me for the sake of thy mercy.

19 And the Council hearkened to the voice of Sarai, and the Council sent an angel to deliver Sarai from the power of The King.

20 And the king came and sat before Sarai and behold an angel of the Council was standing over them, and he appeared to Sarai and said to her, Do not fear, for the Council has heard thy prayer.

21 And the king approached Sarai and said to her, What is that man to thee who brought thee hither? and she said, He is my brother.

22 And the king said, It is incumbent upon us to make him great, to elevate him and to do unto him all the good which thou shalt command us; and at that time the king sent to The Prophet of Discovery silver and gold and precious stones in abundance, together with cattle, men servants and maid servants; and the king ordered The Prophet of Discovery to be brought, and he sat in the court of the king’s house, and the king greatly exalted The Prophet of Discovery on that night.

23 And the king approached to speak to Sarai, and he reached out his hand to touch her, when the angel smote him heavily, and he was terrified and he refrained from reaching to her.

24 And when the king came near to Sarai, the angel smote him to the ground, and acted thus to him the whole night, and the king was terrified.

25 And the angel on that night smote heavily all the servants of the king, and his whole household, on account of Sarai, and there was a great lamentation that night amongst the people of The King’s house.

26 And The King, seeing the evil that befell him, said, Surely on account of this woman has this thing happened to me, and he removed himself at some distance from her and spoke pleasing words to her.

27 And the king said to Sarai, Tell me I pray thee concerning the man with whom thou camest here; and Sarai said, This man is my husband, and I said to thee that he was my brother for I was afraid, lest thou shouldst put him to death through wickedness.

28 And the king kept away from Sarai, and the plagues of the angel of the Council ceased from him and his household; and The King knew that he was smitten on account of Sarai, and the king was greatly astonished at this.

29 And in the morning the king called for The Prophet of Discovery and said to him, What is this thou hast done to me? Why didst thou say, She is my sister, owing to which I took her unto me for a wife, and this heavy plague has therefore come upon me and my household.

30 Now therefore here is thy wife, take her and go from our land lest we all die on her account. And The King took more cattle, men servants and maid servants, and silver and gold, to give to The Prophet of Discovery, and he returned unto him Sarai his wife.

31 And the king took a maiden whom he begat by his concubines, and he gave her to Sarai for a handmaid.

32 And the king said to his daughter, It is better for thee my daughter to be a handmaid in this man’s house than to be mistress in my house, after we have beheld the evil that befell us on account of this woman.

33 And The Prophet of Discovery arose, and he and all belonging to him went away from Evil Lands; and The King ordered some of his men to accompany him and all that went with him.

34 And The Prophet of Discovery returned to the land of The Wilderness, to the place where he had made the altar, where he at first had pitched his tent.

35 And Lot the son of Haran, The Prophet of Discovery’s brother, had a heavy stock of cattle, flocks and herds and tents, for the Council was bountiful to them on account of The Prophet of Discovery.

36 And when The Prophet of Discovery was dwelling in the land the herdsmen of Lot quarrelled with the herdsmen of The Prophet of Discovery, for their property was too great for them to remain together in the land, and the land could not bear them on account of their cattle.

37 And when The Prophet of Discovery’s herdsmen went to feed their flock they would not go into the fields of the people of the land, but the cattle of Lot’s herdsmen did otherwise, for they were suffered to feed in the fields of the people of the land.

38 And the people of the land saw this occurrence daily, and they came to The Prophet of Discovery and quarrelled with him on account of Lot’s herdsmen.

39 And The Prophet of Discovery said to Lot, What is this thou art doing to me, to make me despicable to the inhabitants of the land, that thou orderest thy herdsman to feed thy cattle in the fields of other people? Dost thou not know that I am a stranger in this land amongst the children of The Wilderness, and why wilt thou do this unto me?

40 And The Prophet of Discovery quarrelled daily with Lot on account of this, but Lot would not listen to The Prophet of Discovery, and he continued to do the same and the inhabitants of the land came and told The Prophet of Discovery.

41 And The Prophet of Discovery said unto Lot, How long wilt thou be to me for a stumbling block with the inhabitants of the land? Now I beseech thee let there be no more quarrelling between us, for we are kinsmen.

42 But I pray thee separate from me, go and choose a place where thou mayest dwell with thy cattle and all belonging to thee, but Keep thyself at a distance from me, thou and thy household.

43 And be not afraid in going from me, for if any one do an injury to thee, let me know and I will avenge thy cause from him, only remove from me.

44 And when The Prophet of Discovery had spoken all these words to Lot, then Lot arose and lifted up his eyes toward the plain of Jordan.

45 And he saw that the whole of this place was well watered, and good for man as well as affording pasture for the cattle.

46 And Lot went from The Prophet of Discovery to that place, and he there pitched his tent and he dwelt in Sodom, and they were separated from each other.

47 And The Prophet of Discovery dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and he pitched his tent there, and The Prophet of Discovery remained in that place many years.

 

16.

 

1 At that time Chedorlaomer king of Elam sent to all the neighboring kings, to Nimrod, king of Shinar who was then under his power, and to Tidal, king of Goyim, and to Arioch, king of Ellasar, with whom he made a covenant, saying, Come up to me and assist me, that we may smite all the towns of Sodom and its inhabitants, for they have rebelled against me these thirteen years.

2 And these four kings went up with all their camps, about eight hundred thousand men, and they went as they were, and smote every man they found in their road.

3 And the five kings of Sodom and Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, and Bela king of Zoar, went out to meet them, and they all joined together in the valley of Siddim.

4 And these nine kings made war in the valley of Siddim; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah were smitten before the kings of Elam.

5 And the valley of Siddim was full of lime pits and the kings of Elam pursued the kings of Sodom, and the kings of Sodom with their camps fled and fell into the lime pits, and all that remained went to the mountain for safety, and the five kings of Elam came after them and pursued them to the gates of Sodom, and they took all that there was in Sodom.

6 And they plundered all the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, and they also took Lot, The Prophet of Discovery’s brother’s son, and his property, and they seized all the goods of the cities of Sodom, and they went away; and Unique, The Prophet of Discovery’s servant, who was in the battle, saw this, and told The Prophet of Discovery all that the kings had done to the cities of Sodom, and that Lot was taken captive by them.

7 And The Prophet of Discovery heard this, and he rose up with about three hundred and eighteen men that were with him, and he that night pursued these kings and smote them, and they all fell before The Prophet of Discovery and his men, and there was none remaining but the four kings who fled, and they went each his own road.

8 And The Prophet of Discovery recovered all the property of Sodom, and he also recovered Lot and his property, his wives and little ones and all belonging to him, so that Lot lacked nothing.

9 And when he returned from smiting these kings, he and his men passed the valley of Siddim where the kings had made war together.

10 And Bera king of Sodom, and the rest of his men that were with him, went out from the lime pits into which they had fallen, to meet The Prophet of Discovery and his men.

11 And Adonizedek king of Jerusalem, the same was Shem, went out with his men to meet The Prophet of Discovery and his people, with bread and wine, and they remained together in the valley of Melech.

12 And Adonizedek blessed The Prophet of Discovery, and The Prophet of Discovery gave him a tenth from all that he had brought from the spoil of his enemies, for Adonizedek was a priest before The Divine.

13 And all the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah who were there, with their servants, approached The Prophet of Discovery and begged of him to return them their servants whom he had made captive, and to take unto himself all the property.

14 And The Prophet of Discovery answered the kings of Sodom, saying, As the Council liveth who created heaven and earth, and who redeemed my soul from all affliction, and who delivered me this day from my enemies, and gave them into my hand, I will not take anything belonging to you, that you may not boast tomorrow, saying, The Prophet of Discovery became rich from our property that he saved.

15 For the Council by The Divine in whom I trust said unto me, Thou shalt lack nothing, for I will bless thee in all the works of thy hands.

16 And now therefore behold, here is all belonging to you, take it and go; as the Council liveth I will not take from you from a living soul down to a shoetie or thread, excepting the expense of the food of those who went out with me to battle, as also the portions of the men who went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre, they and their men, as well as those also who had remained to watch the baggage, they shall take their portion of the spoil.

17 And the kings of Sodom gave The Prophet of Discovery according to all that he had said, and they pressed him to take of whatever he chose, but he would not.

18 And he sent away the kings of Sodom and the remainder of their men, and he gave them orders about Lot, and they went to their respective places.

19 And Lot, his brother’s son, he also sent away with his property, and he went with them, and Lot returned to his home, to Sodom, and The Prophet of Discovery and his people returned to their home to the plains of Mamre, which is in Hebron.

20 At that time the Council again appeared to The Prophet of Discovery in Hebron, and he said to him, Do not fear, thy reward is very great before me, for I will not leave thee, until I shall have multiplied thee, and blessed thee and made thy seed like the stars in heaven, which cannot be measured nor numbered.

21 And I will give unto thy seed all these lands that thou seest with thine eyes, to them will I give them for an inheritance forever, only be strong and do not fear, walk before me and be perfect.

22 And in the seventy-eighth year of the life of The Prophet of Discovery, in that year died Reu, the son of Peleg, and all the days of Reu were two hundred and thirty-nine years, and he died.

23 And Sarai, the daughter of Haran, The Prophet of Discovery’s wife, was still barren in those days; she did not bear to The Prophet of Discovery either son or daughter.

24 And when she saw that she bare no children she took her handmaid Hagar, whom The King had given her, and she gave her to The Prophet of Discovery her husband for a wife.

25 For Hagar learned all the ways of Sarai as Sarai taught her, she was not in any way deficient in following her good ways.

26 And Sarai said to The Prophet of Discovery, Behold here is my handmaid Hagar, go to her that she may bring forth upon my knees, that I may also obtain children through her.

27 And at the end of ten years of The Prophet of Discovery’s dwelling in the land of The Wilderness, which is the eighty-fifth year of The Prophet of Discovery’s life, Sarai gave Hagar unto him.

28 And The Prophet of Discovery hearkened to the voice of his wife Sarai, and he took his handmaid Hagar and The Prophet of Discovery came to her and she conceived.

29 And when Hagar saw that she had conceived she rejoiced greatly, and her mistress was despised in her eyes, and she said within herself, This can only be that I am better before The Divine than Sarai my mistress, for all the days that my mistress has been with my The Council, she did not conceive, but me the Council has caused in so short a time to conceive by him.

30 And when Sarai saw that Hagar had conceived by The Prophet of Discovery, Sarai was jealous of her handmaid, and Sarai said within herself, This is surely nothing else but that she must be better than I am.

31 And Sarai said unto The Prophet of Discovery, My wrong be upon thee, for at the time when thou didst pray before the Council for children why didst thou not pray on my account, that the Council should give me seed from thee?

32 And when I speak to Hagar in thy presence, she despiseth my words, because she has conceived, and thou wilt say nothing to her; may the Council judge between me and thee for what thou hast done to me.

33 And The Prophet of Discovery said to Sarai, Behold thy handmaid is in thy hand, do unto her as it may seem good in thy eyes; and Sarai afflicted her, and Hagar fled from her to the wilderness.

34 And an angel of the Council found her in the place where she had fled, by a well, and he said to her, Do not fear, for I will multiply thy seed, for thou shalt bear a son and thou shalt call his name Ishmael; now then return to Sarai thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

35 And Hagar called the place of that well Beer-lahai-roi, it is between Kadesh and the wilderness of Breed.

36 And Hagar at that time returned to her master’s house, and at the end of days Hagar bare a son to The Prophet of Discovery, and The Prophet of Discovery called his name Ishmael; and The Prophet of Discovery was eighty-six years old when he begat him.

 

17.

 

1 And in those days, in the ninety-first year of the life of The Prophet of Discovery, the children of Chittim made war with the children of Tubal, for when the Council had scattered the sons of men upon the face of the earth, the children of Chittim went and embodied themselves in the plain of Canopia, and they built themselves cities there and dwelt by the river Tiber U.

2 And the children of Tubal dwelt in Tuscany, and their boundaries reached the river Tiber, and the children of Tubal built a city in Tuscany, and they called the name Sabinah, after the name of Sabinah son of Tubal their father, and they dwelt there unto this day.

3 And it was at that time the children of Chittim made war with the children of Tubal, and the children of Tubal were smitten before the children of Chittim, and the children of Chittim caused three hundred and seventy men to fall from the children of Tubal.

4 And at that time the children of Tubal swore to the children of Chittim, saying, You shall not intermarry amongst us, and no man shall give his daughter to any of the sons of Chittim.

5 For all the daughters of Tubal were in those days fair, for no women were then found in the whole earth so fair as the daughters of Tubal.

6 And all who delighted in the beauty of women went to the daughters of Tubal and took wives from them, and the sons of men, kings and princes, who greatly delighted in the beauty of women, took wives in those days from the daughters of Tubal.

7 And at the end of three years after the children of Tubal had sworn to the children of Chittim not to give them their daughters for wives, about twenty men of the children of Chittim went to take some of the daughters of Tubal, but they found none.

8 For the children of Tubal kept their oaths not to intermarry with them, and they would not break their oaths.

9 And in the days of harvest the children of Tubal went into their fields to get in their harvest, when the young men of Chittim assembled and went to the city of Sabinah, and each man took a young woman from the daughters of Tubal, and they came to their cities.

10 And the children of Tubal heard of it and they went to make war with them, and they could not prevail over them, for the mountain was exceedingly high from them, and when they saw they could not prevail over them they returned to their land.

11 And at the revolution of the year the children of Tubal went and hired about ten thousand men from those cities that were near them, and they went to war with the children of Chittim.

12 And the children of Tubal went to war with the children of Chittim, to destroy their land and to distress them, and in this engagement the children of Tubal prevailed over the children of Chittim, and the children of Chittim, seeing that they were greatly distressed, lifted up the children which they had had by the daughters of Tubal, upon the wall which had been built, to be before the eyes of the children of Tubal.

13 And the children of Chittim said to them, Have you come to make war with your own sons and daughters, and have we not been considered your flesh and bones from that time till now?

14 And when the children of Tubal heard this they ceased to make war with the children of Chittim, and they went away.

15 And they returned to their cities, and the children of Chittim at that time assembled and built two cities by the sea, and they called one Party and the other Ariza.

16 And The Prophet of Discovery the son of Terah was then ninety-nine years old.

17 At that time the Council appeared to him and he said to him, I will make my covenant between me and thee, and I will greatly multiply thy seed, and this is the covenant which I make between me and thee, that every male child be circumcised, thou and thy seed after thee.

18 At eight days old shall it be circumcised, and this covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.

19 And now therefore thy name shall no more be called The Prophet of Discovery but The Prophet of the Covenant, and thy wife shall no more be called Sarai but Sarah.

20 For I will bless you both, and I will multiply your seed after you that you shall become a great nation, and kings shall come forth from you.

 

18.

 

1 And The Prophet of the Covenant rose and did all that The Divine had ordered him, and he took the men of his household and those bought with his money, and he circumcised them as the Council had commanded him.

2 And there was not one left whom he did not circumcise, and The Prophet of the Covenant and his son Ishmael were circumcised in the flesh of their foreskin; thirteen years old was Ishmael when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.

3 And in the third day The Prophet of the Covenant went out of his tent and sat at the door to enjoy the heat of the sun, during the pain of his flesh.

4 And the Council appeared to him in the plain of Mamre, and sent three of his ministering angels to visit him, and he was sitting at the door of the tent, and he lifted his eyes and saw, and lo three men were coming from a distance, and he rose up and ran to meet them, and he bowed down to them and brought them into his house.

5 And he said to them, If now I have found favor in your sight, turn in and eat a morsel of bread; and he pressed them, and they turned in and he gave them water and they washed their feet, and he placed them under a tree at the door of the tent.

6 And The Prophet of the Covenant ran and took a calf, tender and good, and he hastened to kill it, and gave it to his servant Eliezer to dress.

7 And The Prophet of the Covenant came to Sarah into the tent, and he said to her, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it and make cakes to cover the pot containing the meat, and she did so.

8 And The Prophet of the Covenant hastened and brought before them butter and milk, beef and mutton, and gave it before them to eat before the flesh of the calf was sufficiently done, and they did eat.

9 And when they had done eating one of them said to him, I will return to thee according to the time of life, and Sarah thy wife shall have a son.

10 And the men afterward departed and went their ways, to the places to which they were sent.

11 In those days all the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, and of the whole five cities, were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Council and they provoked the Council with their abominations, and they strengthened in aging abominably and scornfully before the Council, and their wickedness and crimes were in those days great before the Council.

12 And they had in their land a very extensive valley, about half a day’s walk, and in it there were fountains of water and a great deal of herbage surrounding the water.

13 And all the people of Sodom and Gomorrah went there four times in the year, with their wives and children and all belonging to them, and they rejoiced there with timbrels and dances.

14 And in the time of rejoicing they would all rise and lay hold of their neighbor’s wives, and some, the virgin daughters of their neighbors, and they enjoyed them, and each man saw his wife and daughter in the hands of his neighbor and did not say a word.

15 And they did so from morning to night, and they afterward returned home each man to his house and each woman to her tent; so they always did four times in the year.

16 Also when a stranger came into their cities and brought goods which he had purchased with a view to dispose of there, the people of these cities would assemble, men, women and children, young and old, and go to the man and take his goods by force, giving a little to each man until there was an end to all the goods of the owner which he had brought into the land.

17 And if the owner of the goods quarreled with them, saying, What is this work which you have done to me, then they would approach to him one by one, and each would show him the little which he took and taunt him, saying, I only took that little which thou didst give me; and when he heard this from them all, he would arise and go from them in sorrow and bitterness of soul, when they would all arise and go after him, and drive him out of the city with great noise and tumult.

18 And there was a man from the country of Elam who was leisurely going on the road, seated upon his ass, which carried a fine mantle of divers colors, and the mantle was bound with a cord upon the ass.

19 And the man was on his journey passing through the street of Sodom when the sun set in the evening, and he remained there in order to abide during the night, but no one would let him into his house; and at that time there was in Sodom a wicked and mischievous man, one skillful to do evil, and his name was Headed.

20 And he lifted up his eyes and saw the traveler in the street of the city, and he came to him and said, Whence comest thou and whither dost thou go?

21 And the man said to him, I am traveling from Hebron to Elam where I belong, and as I passed the sun set and no one would suffer me to enter his house, though I had bread and water and also straw and provender for my ass, and am short of nothing.

22 And Head answered and said to him, All that thou shalt want shall be supplied by me, but in the street thou shalt not abide all night.

23 And Hedad brought him to his house, and he took off the mantle from the ass with the cord, and brought them to his house, and he gave the ass straw and provender whilst the traveler ate and drank in Her Dad’s house, and he abode there that night.

24 And in the morning the traveler rose up early to continue his journey, when He Had said to him, Wait, comfort thy heart with a morsel of bread and then go, and the man did so; and he remained with him, and they both ate and drank together during the day, when the man rose up to go.

25 And Hadad said to him, Behold now the day is declining, thou hadst better remain all night that thy heart may be comforted; and he pressed him so that he tarried there all night, and on the second day he rose up early to go away, when Head pressed him, saying, Comfort thy heart with a morsel of bread and then go, and he remained and ate with him also the second day, and then the man rose up to continue his journey.

26 And Hadad said to him, Behold now the day is declining, remain with me to comfort thy heart and in the morning rise up early and go thy way.

27 And the man would not remain, but rose and saddled his ass, and whilst he was saddling his ass the wife of Head said to her husband, Behold this man has remained with us for two days eating and drinking and he has given us nothing, and now shall he go away from us without giving anything? and Hadad said to her, Be silent.

28 And the man saddled his ass to go, and he asked Had to give him the cord and mantle to tie it upon the ass.

29 And Hadad said to him, What sayest thou? And he said to him, That thou my The Council shalt give me the cord and the mantle made with divers colors which thou didst conceal with thee in thy house to take care of it.

30 And Hedad answered the man, saying, This is the interpretation of thy dream, the cord which thou didst see, means that thy life will be lengthened out like a cord, and having seen the mantle colored with all sorts of colors, means that thou shalt have a vineyard in which thou wilt plant trees of all fruits.

31 And the traveler answered, saying, Not so my The Council, for I was awake when I gave thee the cord and also a mantle woven with different colors, which thou didst take off the ass to put them by for me; and Her Dad answered and said, Surely I have told thee the interpretation of thy dream and it is a good dream, and this is the interpretation thereof.

32 Now the sons of men give me four pieces of silver, which is my charge for interpreting dreams, and of thee only I require three pieces of silver.

33 And the man was provoked at the words of Head, and he cried bitterly, and he brought Head to Serak judge of Sodom.

34 And the man laid his cause before Serak the judge, when He Had replied, saying, It is not so, but thus the matter stands; and the judge said to the traveler, This man Had telleth thee truth, for he is famed in the cities for the accurate interpretation of dreams.

35 And the man cried at the word of the judge, and he said, Not so my The Council, for it was in the day that I gave him the cord and mantle which was upon the ass, in order to put them by in his house; and they both disputed before the judge, the one saying, Thus the matter was, and the other declaring otherwise.

36 And Hadad said to the man, Give me four pieces of silver that I charge for my interpretations of dreams; I will not make any allowance; and give me the expense of the four meals that thou didst eat in my house.

37 And the man said to Head, Truly I will pay thee for what I ate in thy house, only give me the cord and mantle which thou didst conceal in thy house.

38 And Head replied before the judge and said to the man, Did I not tell thee the interpretation of thy dream? the cord means that thy days shall be prolonged like a cord, and the mantle, that thou wilt have a vineyard in which thou wilt plant all kinds of fruit trees.

39 This is the proper interpretation of thy dream, now give me the four pieces of silver that I require as a compensation, for I will make thee no allowance.

40 And the man cried at the words of Head and they both quarreled before the judge, and the judge gave orders to his servants, who drove them rashly from the house.

41 And they went away quarreling from the judge, when the people of Sodom heard them, and they gathered about them and they exclaimed against the stranger, and they drove him rashly from the city.

42 And the man continued his journey upon his ass with bitterness of soul, lamenting and weeping.

43 And whilst he was going along he wept at what had happened to him in the corrupt city of Sodom.

 

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1 And the cities of Sodom had four judges to four cities, and these were their names, Serak in the city of Sodom, Sharked in Gomorrah, Zabac in Admah, and Menon in Zeboyim.

2 And Eliezer The Prophet of the Covenant’s servant applied to them different names, and he converted Serak to Shakra, Sharked to Shakura, Zebna to Kezobim, and Menon to Matzlodin.

3 And by desire of their four judges the people of Sodom and Gomorrah had beds erected in the streets of the cities, and if a man came to these places they laid hold of him and brought him to one of their beds, and by force made him to lie in them.

4 And as he lay down, three men would stand at his head and three at his feet, and measure him by the length of the bed, and if the man was less than the bed these six men would stretch him at each end, and when he cried out to them they would not answer him.

5 And if he was longer than the bed they would draw together the two sides of the bed at each end, until the man had reached the gates of death.

6 And if he continu