The Book of Jasher
|LXIV:1 And Balaam the son of Beor was at that time with Angeas in the battle, and when he saw
that Zepho prevailed over Angeas, he fled from there and came to Chittim.
LXIV:2 And Zepho and the children of Chittim received him with great honor, for Zepho knew
Balaam’s wisdom, and Zepho gave unto Balaam many gifts and he remained with him.
LXIV:3 And when Zepho had returned from the war, he commanded all the children of Chittim to
be numbered who had gone into battle with him, and behold not one was missed.
LXIV:4 And Zepho rejoiced at this thing, and he renewed his kingdom, (i.e. after the fatigues of
war, to attend again to domestic government) and he made a feast to all his subjects.
LXIV:5 But Zepho remembered not Yehuveh and considered not that Yehuveh had helped him in
battle, and that he had delivered him and his people from the hand of the king f Africa, but
still walked in the ways of the children of Chittim and the wicked children of Esau, to serve
other elohims which his brethren the children of Esau had taught him; it is therefore said,
From the wicked goes forth wickedness.
LXIV:6 And Zepho reigned over all the children of Chittim securely, but knew not Yehuveh who
had delivered him and all his people from the hand of the king of Africa; and the troops of
Africa came no more to Chittim to plunder as usual, for they knew of the power of Zepho who
had smitten them all at the edge of the sword, so Angeas was afraid of Zepho the son of
Eliphaz, and of the children of Chittim all the days.
LXIV:7 At that time when Zepho had returned from the war, and when Zepho had seen how he
prevailed over all the people of Africa and had smitten them in battle at the edge of the sword,
then Zepho advised with the children of Chittim, to go to Egypt to fight with the sons of Jacob
and with Pharaoh king of Egypt.
LXIV:8 For Zepho heard that the mighty men of Egypt were dead and that Joseph and he brethren
the sons of Jacob were dead, and that all their children the children of Israel remained in
LXIV:9 And Zepho considered to go to fight against them and all Egypt, to avenge the cause of
his brethren the children of Esau, whom Joseph with his brethren and all Egypt had smitten in
the land of Canaan, when they went up to bury Jacob in Hebron.
LXIV:10 And Zepho sent messengers to Hadad, son of Bedad, king of Edom, and to all his brethren
the children of Esau, saying,
Commentary on Jasher LXIV:1 (27 May 2009):
Originally Written: 27 May 2009
Latest Update: 27 May 2009
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