Commentary on
The Book of Jasher
Chapter 71:1-10.

LXXI:1  And when Moses was eighteen years old, he desired to see his father and mother and
          he went to them to Goshen, and when Moses had come near Goshen, he came to the place
          where the children of Israel were engaged in work, and he observed their burdens, and
          he saw an Egyptian smiting one of his Hebrew brethren.
LXXI:2  And when the man who was beaten saw Moses he ran to him for help, for the man
          Moses was greatly respected in the house of Pharaoh, and he said to him, My lord
          attend to me, this Egyptian came to my house in the night, bound me, and came to my
          wife in my presence, and now he seeks to take my life away.
LXXI:3  And when Moses heard this wicked thing, his anger was kindled against the Egyptian,
          and he turned this way and the other, and when he saw there was no man there he smote
          the Egyptian and hid him in the sand, and delivered the Hebrew from the hand of him
          that smote him.
LXXI:4  And the Hebrew went to his house, and Moses returned to his home, and went forth
          and came back to the king’s house.
LXXI:5  And when the man had returned home, he thought of repudiating his wife, for it was
          not right in the house of Jacob, for any man to come to his wife after she had been defiled.
LXXI:6  And the woman went and told her brothers, and the woman’s brothers sought to slay
          him, and he fled to his house and escaped.
LXXI:7  And on the second day Moses went forth to his brethren, and saw, and behold two
          men were quarreling, and he said to the wicked one, Why dost thou smite thy neighbor?
LXXI:8  And he answered him and said to him, Who has set thee for a prince and judge over
          us? Dost thou think to slay me as thou didst slay the Egyptian? And Moses was afraid
          and he said, Surely the thing is known?
LXXI:9  And Pharaoh heard of this affair, and he ordered Moses to be slain, so
Elohim sent
          His angel, and he appeared unto Pharaoh in the likeness of a captain of the guard.
LXXI:10  And the angel of
Yehuveh took the sword from the hand of the captain of the guard,
          and took his head off with it, for the likeness of the captain of the guard was turned
          into the likeness of Moses.


Commentary on Jasher LXXI:1
(13 October 2009): 

Gael Bataman
Originally Written:       13 October 2009
Latest Update:             13 October 2009

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