The Book of Jasher
|XX:11. And Abraham went forth from the king, and the king’s present followed him.
XX:12. And at evening time, before men like down to rest, the king was sitting upon his throne,
and a deep sleep fell upon him, and he lay upon the throne and slept till morning.
XX:13. And he dreamed that an angel of Yehuveh came to him with a drawn sword in his hand,
and the angel stood over Abimelech, and wished to slay him with the sword, and the king was
terrified in his dream, and said to the angel, In what have I sinned against thee that thou
comest to slay me with thy sword?
XX:14. And the angel answered and said to Abimelech, Behold thou diest on account of the woman
which thou didst yesternight bring to thy house, for she is a married woman, the wife of
Abraham who came to thy house; now therefore return that man his wife, for she is his wife;
and shouldst thou not return her, know that thou wilt surely die, thou and all belonging to thee.
XX:15. And on that night there was a great outcry in the land of the Philistines, and the inhabitants
of the land saw the figure of a man standing with a drawn sword in his hand, and he smote the
inhabitants of the land with the sword, yea he continued to smite them.
XX:16. And the angel of Yehuveh smote the whole land of the Philistines on that night, and there
was a great confusion on that night and on the following morning.
XX:17. And every womb was closed, and all their issues, and the hand of Yehuveh was upon them on
account of Sarah, wife of Abraham, whom Abimelech had taken.
XX:18. And in the morning Abimelech rose with terror and confusion and with a great dread, and
he sent and had his servants called in, and he related his dream to them, and the people were
XX:19. And one man standing amongst the servants of the king answered the king, saying, O
sovereign king, restore this woman to her husband, for he is her husband, for the like
happened to the king of Egypt when this man came to Egypt.
XX:20. And he said concerning his wife, She is my sister, for such is his manner of doing when
he cometh to dwell in the land in which he is a stranger.
Commentary on Jasher XX:11 (25 February 2009):
Originally Written: 25 February 2009
Latest Update: 25 February 2009
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