YASHAR 69 (Jasher 69)

1 And in those days the sovereign of Eḏom died, in the eighteenth year of his reign, and was buried in his palace which he had built for himself as his royal dwelling in the land of Eḏom.

2 And the children of Ĕsaw sent to Pethor, which is on the river, and they brought from there a young man of good-looking eyes and handsome appearance, whose name was Sha’ul, and they made him sovereign over them in the place of Samlah.

3 And Sha’ul reigned over all the children of Ĕsaw in the land of Eḏom for forty years.

4 And when Pharaoh sovereign of Mitsrayim saw that the counsel which Bil’am had advised regarding the children of Yisra’ĕl did not succeed, but that they were still fruitful, multiplied and increased throughout the land of Mitsrayim,

5 then Pharaoh commanded in those days that a call should be issued throughout Mitsrayim to the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying, “No man shall diminish any matter of his daily labour.

6 “And the man who shall be found deficient in his labour which he performs daily, whether in mortar or in bricks, then his youngest son shall be put in their place.”

7 And the labour of Mitsrayim increased on the children of Yisra’ĕl in those days, and see, if one brick was deficient in any man’s daily labour, the Mitsrites took his youngest boy by force from his mother, and put him to the building in place of the brick which his father had left lacking.

8 And the men of Mitsrayim did so to all the children of Yisra’ĕl day by day, all the days for a long period.

9 But the tribe of Lĕwi did not at that time work with the Yisra’ĕlites their brothers, from the beginning, for the children of Lĕwi knew the cunning of the Mitsrites which they exercised at first toward the Yisra’ĕlites.