YASHAR 16 (Jasher 16)

1 At that time Keḏorla’omer sovereign of Ĕylam sent to all the neighbouring sovereigns, to Nimroḏ, sovereign of Shin’ar who was then under his power, and to Tiḏ’al, sovereign of Goyim, and to Aryoḵ, sovereign of Ellasar, with whom he made a covenant, saying, “Come up to me and assist me, that we may smite all the towns of Seḏom and its inhabitants, for they have rebelled against me these thirteen years.”

2 And these four sovereigns went up with all their armies – about eight hundred thousand men – and they went as they were, and smote every man they found in their way.

3 And the five sovereigns of Seḏom and Amorah, Shinaḇ sovereign of Aḏmah, Shem’ĕḇer sovereign of Tseḇoyim, Bera sovereign of Seḏom, Birsha sovereign of Amorah, and Bela sovereign of Tso’ar, went out to meet them, and they all joined together in the valley of Siddim.

4 And these nine sovereigns fought in the valley of Siddim, and the sovereigns of Seḏom and Amorah were smitten before the sovereigns of Ĕylam.

5 And the valley of Siddim was full of tar pits and the sovereigns of Ĕylam pursued the sovereigns of Seḏom, and the sovereigns of Seḏom with their armies fled and fell into the tar pits. And all that remained went to the mountain for safety, and the five sovereigns of Ĕylam came after them and pursued them to the gates of Seḏom, and they took all that there was in Seḏom.

6 And they plundered all the cities of Seḏom and Amorah, and they also took Lot, Aḇram’s brother’s son, and his property, and they seized all the goods of the cities of Seḏom, and they went away. And Unik, Aḇram’s servant, who was in the battle, saw this, and told Aḇram all that the sovereigns had done to the cities of Seḏom, and that Lot was taken captive by them.

7 And Aḇram heard this, and he rose up with about three hundred and eighteen men that were with him, and that night he pursued these sovereigns and smote them. And they all fell before Aḇram and his men, and there was none remaining but the four sovereigns who fled, and they went each his own way.

8 And Aḇram recovered all the property of Seḏom, and he also recovered Lot and his property, his wives and little ones and all belonging to him, so that Lot lacked nothing.

9 And when he returned from smiting these sovereigns, he and his men passed the valley of Siddim where the sovereigns had fought together.

10 And Bera sovereign of Seḏom, and the rest of his men that were with him, went out from the tar pits into which they had fallen, to meet Aḇram and his men.

11 And sovereign Aḏoni-Tseḏeq of Yerushalayim – the same was Shĕm – went out with his men to meet Aḇram and his people, with bread and wine, and they remained together in the valley of Meleḵ.

12 And Aḏoni-Tseḏeq baraḵ Aḇram, and Aḇram gave him a tenth from all that he had brought from the spoil of his enemies, for Aḏoni-Tseḏeq was a kohĕn before Elohim.

13 And all the sovereigns of Seḏom and Amorah who were there, with their servants, approached Aḇram and begged of him to return them their servants whom he had made captive, and to take for himself all the property.

14 And Aḇram answered the sovereigns of Seḏom, saying, “As 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 lives who created the shamayim and the earth, and who redeemed my being from all affliction, and who delivered me this day from my enemies, and gave them into my hand, I will not take anything belonging to you, that you may not boast tomorrow, saying, ‘Aḇram became rich from our property that he saved.’

15 “For 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 my Elohim in whom I trust said to me, ‘You shall lack nothing, for I will baraḵ you in all the works of your hands.’

16 “And now therefore see, here is all belonging to you, take it and go. As 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 lives I will not take from you from a living being down to a shoestring or thread, except the expense of the food of those who went out with me to battle. Also the portions of the men who went with me: Anĕr, Eshkol, and Mamrĕ, they and their men, as well as those also who had remained to watch the baggage, they shall take their portion of the spoil.”

17 And the sovereigns of Seḏom gave Aḇram according to all that he had said, and they pressed him to take of whatever he chose, but he would not.

18 And he sent away the sovereigns of Seḏom and the remainder of their men, and he gave them orders about Lot, and they went to their respective places.

19 And he also sent away Lot, his brother’s son, with his property, and he went with them, and Lot returned to his home, to Seḏom. And Aḇram and his people returned to their home to the plains of Mamrĕ, which is in Ḥeḇron.

20 At that time 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 again appeared to Aḇram in Ḥeḇron, and He said to him, “Do not fear, your reward is very great before Me, for I will not leave you, until I shall have multiplied you, and baraḵ you and made your seed like the stars in the shamayim, which cannot be measured nor numbered.

21 “And I will give to your seed all these lands that you see with your eyes. To them I will give them for an inheritance forever, only be strong and do not fear, walk before Me and be perfect.”

22 And in the seventy-eighth year of the life of Aḇram, in that year Re’u, son of Peleḡ died. And all the days of Re’u were two hundred and thirty-nine years, and he died.

23 And Sarai, the daughter of Haran, Aḇram’s wife, was still barren in those days; she did not bear to Aḇram either son or daughter.

24 And when she saw that she bore no children she took her female servant Haḡar, whom Pharaoh had given her, and she gave her to Aḇram her husband for a wife.

25 For Haḡar learned all the ways of Sarai as Sarai taught her, she was not in any way lacking in following her good ways.

26 And Sarai said to Aḇram, “See, here is my female servant Haḡar, go to her that she may give birth upon my knees, that I may also obtain children through her.”

27 And at the end of ten years of Aḇram’s dwelling in the land of Kena’an, which is the eighty-fifth year of Aḇram’s life, Sarai gave Haḡar to him.

28 And Aḇram listened to the voice of his wife Sarai, and he took his female servant Haḡar and Aḇram came to her and she conceived.

29 And when Haḡar saw that she had conceived she greatly rejoiced. But her mistress was despised in her eyes, and she said within herself, “This can only be that I am better before Elohim than Sarai my mistress, for all the days that my mistress has been with my master, she did not conceive, but 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 has caused me in so short a time to conceive by him.”

30 And when Sarai saw that Haḡar had conceived by Aḇram, Sarai was jealous of her female servant, and Sarai said within herself, “This is indeed none else other than she must be better than I am.”

31 And Sarai said to Aḇram, “My wrong be upon you, for at the time when you prayed before 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 for children, why did you not pray for my sake, that 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 should give me seed from you?

32 “And when I speak to Haḡar in your presence, she despises my words, because she has conceived, and you will say nothing to her! May 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 judge between you and I for what you have done to me.”

33 And Aḇram said to Sarai, “See, your female servant is in your hand, do to her as seems good in your eyes.” And Sarai afflicted her, and Haḡar fled from her to the wilderness.

34 And a Messenger of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 found her in the place where she had fled, by a well, and He said to her, “Do not fear, for I will multiply your seed, for you shall bear a son and you shall call his name Yishma’ĕl. Now then return to Sarai your mistress, and submit yourself under her hands.”

35 And Haḡar called the place of that well, Be’ĕr Laḥai Ro’i. It is between Qaḏĕsh and the wilderness of Bereḏ.

36 And at that time Haḡar returned to her master’s house. And at the end of days Haḡar bore a son to Aḇram, and Aḇram called his name Yishma’ĕl. And Aḇram was eighty-six years old when he brought him forth.