The Book of Jasher
|XXVIII:1 And in those days, after the death of Abraham, in that year Yehuveh brought a heavy
famine in the land, and whilst the famine was raging in the land of Canaan, Isaac rose up to
go down to Egypt on account of the famine, as his father Abraham had done.
XXVIII:2 And Yehuveh appeared that night to Isaac and he said to him, Do not go down to Egypt
but rise and go to Gerar, to Abimelech king of the Philistines, and remain there till the famine
XXVIII:3 And Isaac rose up and went to Gerar, as Yehuveh commanded him, and he remained there
a full year.
XXVIII:4 And when Isaac came to Gerar, the people of the land saw that Rebecca his wife was of a
beautiful appearance, and the people of Gerar asked Isaac concerning his wife, and he said,
She is my sister, for he was afraid to say she was his wife lest the people of the land should
slay him on account of her.
XXVIII:5 And the princes of Abimelech went and praised the woman to the king, but he answered
them not, neither did he attend to their words.
XXVIII:6 But he heard them say that Isaac declared her to be his sister, so the king reserved
this within himself.
XXVIII:7 And when Isaac had remained three months in the land, Abimelech looked out at the
window, and he saw, and behold Isaac was sporting with Rebecca his wife, for Isaac dwelt in
the outer house belonging to the king, so that the house of Isaac was opposite the house of
XXVIII:8 And the king said unto Isaac, What is this thou hast done to us in saying of thy wife, She
is my sister? How easily might one of the great men of the people have lain with her, and thou
wouldst then have brought guilt upon us.
XXVIII:9 And Isaac said unto Abimelech, Because I was afraid lest I die on account of my wife,
therefore I said, She is my sister.
XXVIII:10 At that time Abimelech gave orders to all his princes and great men, and they took Isaac
and Rebecca his wife and brought them before the king.
Commentary on Jasher XXVIII:1 (21 April 2009):
Originally Written: 21 April 2009
Latest Update: 21 April 2009
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