The Book of Jasher
|XL:1 And the sons of Jacob led away all the spoil of Gaash, and went out of the city by night.
XL:2 They were going out marching toward the castle of Bethchorin, and the inhabitants of
Bethchorin were going to the castle to meet them, and on that night the sons of Jacob fought
with the inhabitants of Bethchorin, in the castle of Bethchorin.
XL:3 And all the inhabitants of Bethchorin were mighty men, one of them would not flee from before
a thousand men, and they fought on that night upon the castle, and their shouts were heard
on that night from afar, and the earth quaked at their shouting.
XL:4 And all the sons of Jacob were afraid of those men, as they were not accustomed to fight in
the dark, and they were greatly confounded, and the sons of Jacob cried unto Yehuveh, saying,
Give help to us O Yehuveh, deliver us that we may not die by the hands of these uncircumcised
XL:5 And Yehuveh hearkened to the voice of the sons of Jacob, and Yehuveh caused great terror
and confusion to seize the people of Bethchorin, and they fought amongst themselves the one
with the other in the darkness of night, and smote each other in great numbers.
XL:6 And the sons of Jacob, knowing that Yehuveh had brought a spirit of perverseness amongst those
men, and that they fought each man with his neighbor, went forth from among the bands of the
people of Bethchorin and went as far as the descent of the castle of Bethchorin, and farther, and
they tarried there securely with their young men on that night.
XL:7 And the people of Bethchorin fought the whole night, one man with his brother, and the other
with his neighbor, and they cried out in every direction upon the castle, and their cry was heard
at a distance, and the whole earth shook at their voice, for they were powerful above all the
people of the earth.
XL:8 And all the inhabitants of the cities of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Hivites
and all the king of Canaan, and also those who were on the other side of the Jordan, heard
the noise of the shouting on that night.
XL:9 And they said, Surely these are the battles of the Hebrews who are fighting against the seven
cities, who came nigh unto them; and who can stand against those Hebrews?
XL:10 And all the inhabitants of the cities of the Canaanites, and all those who were on the other side
of the Jordan, were greatly afraid of the sons of Jacob, for they said, Behold the same will be
done to us as was done to those cities, for who can stand against their mighty strength?
Commentary on Jasher XL:1 (21 April 2009):
Originally Written: 21 April 2009
Latest Update: 21 April 2009
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