The Book of Jasher
|LXV:1 And it came to pass after these things, that all the counselors of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and
all the elders of Egypt assembled and came before the king and bowed down to the ground, and
they sat before him.
LXV:2 And the counselors and elders of Egypt spoke unto the kings, saying,
LXV:3 Behold the people of the children of Israel is greater and mightier than we are, and thou
knowest all the evil which they did to us in the road when we returned from battle.
LXV:4 And thou hast also seen their strong power, for this power is unto them from their fathers,
for but a few men stood up against a people numerous as the sand, and smote them at the edge
of the sword, and of themselves not one has fallen, so that if they had been numerous they
would then have utterly destroyed them.
LXV:5 Now therefore give us counsel what to do with them, until we gradually destroy them from
amongst us, lest they become too numerous for us in the land.
LXV:6 For if the children of Israel should increase in the land, they will become an obstacle to us,
and if any war should happen to take place, they with their great strength will join our enemy
against us, and fight against us, destroy us from the land and go away from it.
LXV:7 So the king answered the elders of Egypt and said unto them, This is the plan advised
against Israel, from which we will not depart,
LXV:8 Behold in the land are Pithom and Rameses, cities unfortified against battle, it behoves you
and us to build them, and to fortify them.
LXV:9 Now therefore go you also and act cunningly toward them, and proclaim a voice in Egypt and
in Goshen at the command of the king, saying,
LXV:10 All ye men of Egypt, Goshen, Pathros and all the inhabitants the king has commanded us
to build Pithom and Rameses, and to fortify them for battle; who amongst you of all Egypt, of
the children of Israel and of all the inhabitants of the cities, are willing to build with us, shall
each have his wages given to him daily at the king’s order; so go you first and do cunningly,
and gather yourselves and come to Pithom and Rameses to build.
Commentary on Jasher LXV:1 (27 May 2009):
Originally Written: 27 May 2009
Latest Update: 27 May 2009
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