YOḆELIM 14 (Jubilees 14)

1 After these matters, in the fourth year of this week, on the new moon of the third month, the word of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 came to Aḇram in a dream, saying, “Do not fear, Aḇram; I am your defender, and your reward shall be exceedingly great.”

2 And he said, “Aḏonai, Aḏonai, what shall you give me, seeing I go childless, and the son of Masĕq, the son of my female servant, is Ĕl’azar of Dammeseq: he shall be my heir, and to me you have given no seed.”

3 And He said to him, “This shall not be your heir, but one that shall come out of your own body; he shall be your heir.”

4 And He brought him outside, and said to him, “Look toward the shamayim and number the stars, if you are able to number them.”

5 And he looked toward the shamayim, and saw the stars. And He said to him, “So shall your seed be.”

6 And he believed in 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, and it was reckoned to him for righteousness.

7 And He said to him, “I am 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 that brought you out of Ur-Kasdim, to give you the land of the Kena’anites to possess it forever. And I shall be Elohim to you and to your seed after you.”

8 And he said, “Aḏonai, Aḏonai, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?”

9 And he said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, and a three-year-old ram, and a three-year-old sheep, and a turtle-dove, and a young pigeon.”

10 And he took all these in the middle of the month; and he dwelt at the terebinth tree of Mamrĕ, which is near Ḥeḇron.

11 And he built there an altar, and slaughtered all these; and he poured their blood on the altar, and cut them in the middle, and placed each half opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds.

12 And birds of prey came down upon the carcasses, but Aḇram drove them away, and did not allow the birds of prey to touch them.

13 And it came to be, when the sun had gone down, that a deep sleep fell on Aḇram, and see, a frightening great darkness fell upon him, and it was said to Aḇram, “Know for certainty that your seed shall be sojouners in a land that is not theirs, and they shall bring them into bondage, and afflict them four hundred years.

14 “And the nation also to whom they shall be in bondage I shall judge, and after that they shall come out from there with great possessions.

15 “And you shall go to your fathers in peace, and be buried in a good old age.

16 “But in the fourth generation they shall return here; for the wickedness of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

17 And he awoke from his sleep, and he arose, and the sun had gone down; and there was a flame, and see, a smoking oven, and a burning torch passed between the pieces.

18 And on that day 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 made a Covenant with Aḇram, saying, “To your seed I shall give this land: from the river of Mitsrayim to the great river, the river Perath, the Qĕynites, the Qenizzites, the Qaḏmonites, the Perizzites, and the Repha’im, the Phakorites, and the Ḥiwwites, and the Amorites, and the Kena’anites, and the Girgashites, and the Yeḇusites.”

19 And the day passed, and Aḇram offered the pieces, and the birds, and their grain offerings, and their drink offerings, and the fire devoured them.

20 And on that day we made a Covenant with Aḇram accordingly, as we had Covenanted with Noaḥ in this month; and Aḇram renewed the Festival and Law for himself forever.

21 And Aḇram rejoiced, and made all these matters known to Sarai his wife; and he believed that he would have seed, but she did not bear.

22 And Sarai advised her husband Aḇram, and said to him, “Go in to Haḡar, my Mitsrite female servant, it may be that I shall build up seed to you by her.”

23 Aḇram listened to the voice of Sarai his wife, and said to her, “Do so.” And Sarai took Haḡar, her female servant, the Mitsrite, and gave her to Aḇram, her husband, to be his wife.

24 And he went in to her, and she conceived and bore him a son, and he called his name Yishma’ĕl, in the fifth year of this week; and this was the eiqhty-sixth year in the life of Aḇram.