YASHAR 78 (Jasher 78)

1 At that time Ba’al-Ḥanan son of Akbor, sovereign of Eḏom died, and was buried in his house in the land of Eḏom.

2 And after his death the children of Ĕsaw sent to the land of Eḏom, and took from there a man who was in Eḏom, whose name was Haḏaḏ, and they made him sovereign over them in the place of Ba’al-Ḥanan, their sovereign.

3 And Haḏaḏ reigned over the children of Eḏom forty-eight years,

4 and when he reigned he resolved to fight against the children of Mo’aḇ, to bring them under the power of the children of Ĕsaw as they were before, but he was not able, because the children of Mo’aḇ heard this matter, and they rose up and hastened to elect a sovereign over them from among their brothers.

5 And afterward they gathered together a great people, and sent to the children of Ammon their brothers for help to fight against Haḏaḏ sovereign of Eḏom.

6 And Haḏaḏ heard the matter which the children of Mo’aḇ had done, and was greatly afraid of them, and refrained from fighting against them.

7 In those days in Miḏyan, Mosheh son of Amram took Tsipporah, the daughter of Re’uw’ĕl the Midyanite for a wife.

8 And Tsipporah walked in the Ways of the daughters of Ya’aqoḇ; she was not below the righteousness of Sarah, Riḇqah, Raḥĕl and Lĕ’ah.

9 And Tsipporah conceived and bore a son and he called his name Gĕreshom, for he said, “I was a stranger in a foreign land.” But he did not circumcise his foreskin, by the command of Re’uw’ĕl his father-in-law.

10 And she conceived again and bore a son, but circumcised his foreskin, and called his name El’azar, for Mosheh said, “Because the Elohim of my fathers was my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh.”

11 And Pharaoh sovereign of Mitsrayim greatly increased the labour of the children of Yisra’ĕl in those days, and continued to make his yoke heavier upon the children of Yisra’ĕl.

12 And he ordered a call to be made in Mitsrayim, saying, “Give no more straw to the people to make bricks with; let them go and gather themselves straw as they can find it.

13 “Also the amount of bricks which they shall make let them give each day, and diminish none from them, for they are idle in their work!”

14 And the children of Yisra’ĕl heard this, and they mourned and sighed, and they cried out to 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 because of the bitterness of their beings.

15 And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 heard the cries of the children of Yisra’ĕl, and saw the oppression with which the Mitsrites oppressed them.

16 And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 was jealous for His people and His inheritance, and heard their voice, and He resolved to take them out of the affliction of Mitsrayim, to give them the land of Kena’an for a possession.