The Book of Jasher
|XV:1. And in that year there was a heavy famine throughout the land of Canaan, and the
inhabitants of the land could not remain on account of the famine for it was very grievous.
XV:2. And Abram and all belonging to him rose and went down to Egypt on account of the famine,
and when they were at the brook Mitzraim they remained there some time to rest from
the fatigue of the road.
XV:3. And Abram and Sarai were walking at the border of the brook Mitzraim, and Abram beheld
his wife Sarai that she was very beautiful.
XV:4. And Abram said to his wife Sarai, Since Elohim has created thee with such a beautiful
countenance, I am afraid of the Egyptians lest they should slay me and take thee away, for
the fear of Elohim is not in these places.
XV: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.
XV:6. And Abram commanded the same to all those that came with him to Egypt on account of the
famine; also his nephew Lot he commanded, saying, If the Egyptians ask thee concerning
Sarai say she is the sister of Abram.
XV:7. And yet with all these orders Abram did not put confidence in them, but he took Sarai and
placed her in a chest and concealed it amongst their vessels, for Abram was greatly concerned
about Sarai on account of the wickedness of the Egyptians.
XV:8. And Abram and all belonging to him rose up from the brook Mitzraim and came to Egypt;
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 Abram
and those that were with him did so.
XV:9. And Abram with the people that were with him came to Egypt, and when they came they
brought the chest in which Sarai was concealed and the Egyptians saw the chest.
XV:10. And the king’s servants approached Abram, 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.
Commentary on Jasher XV:1 (25 February 2009):
Originally Written: 25 February 2009
Latest Update: 25 February 2009
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