The Book of Jasher
|XIX:1. And the cities of Sodom had four judges to four cities, and these were their names, Serak
in the city of Sodom, Sharkad in Gomorrah, Zabaac in Admah, and Menon in Zeboyim.
XIX:2. And Elizer Abramís servant applied to them different names, and he converted Serak to
Shakra, Sharkad to Shakrura, Zednac to Kezobim, and Menon to Matzlodin.
XIX: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.
XIX: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.
XIX: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.
XIX:6. And if he continued to cry out to them, they would answer him, saying, Thus shall it be done
to a man that cometh into our land.
XIX:7. And when men heard all these things that the people of the cities of Sodom did, they
refrained from coming there.
XIX:8. And when a poor man came to their land they would give him silver and gold, and cause
a proclamation in the whole city not to give him a morsel of bread to eat, and if the
stranger should remain there some days, and die from hunger, not having been able to
obtain a morsel of bread, then at his death all the people of the city would come and take
their silver and gold which they had given to him.
XIX:9. And those that could recognize the silver or gold which they had given him took it back,
and at his death they also stripped him of his garments, and they would fight about them,
and he that prevailed over his neighbor took them.
XIX:10. They would after that carry him and bury him under some of the shrubs in the deserts;
so they did all the days to any one that came to them and died in their land.
Commentary on Jasher XIX:1 (25 February 2009):
Originally Written: 25 February 2009
Latest Update: 25 February 2009
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