The Book of Jasher
|XIV: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.
XIV:2. And he resolved to go to Egypt, to Oswiris the son of Anom king of Egypt, 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.
XIV:3. And when Rikayon came to Egypt he asked the inhabitants of Egypt concerning the king,
and the inhabitants of Egypt told him the custom of the king of Egypt, for it was then the
custom of the king of Egypt 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.
XIV: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.
XIV:5. And when Rikayon heard of the custom in Egypt and that he could not come into the
presence of the king, he grieved greatly and was very sorrowful.
XIV:6. And in the evening Rikayon went out and found a house in ruins, formerly a bake house
in Egypt, and he abode there all night in bitterness of soul and pinched with hunger, and
sleep was removed from his eyes.
XIV: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.
XIV: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.
XIV: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.
XIV: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 vegetable from him and left him
Commentary on Jasher XIV:1 (25 February 2009):
Originally Written: 25 February 2009
Latest Update: 25 February 2009
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