YOḆELIM 22 (Jubilees 22)

1 And it came to be in the first week in the forty-fourth Yoḇĕl, in the second year, that is, the year in which Aḇraham died, that Yitsḥaq and Yishma’ĕl came from Be’ĕrsheḇa to celebrate the Feast of Shaḇuoth – that is, the feast of the first-fruits of the harvest – to Aḇraham, their father. And Aḇraham rejoiced because his two sons had come.

2 For Yitsḥaq had many possessions in Be’ĕrsheḇa, and Yitsḥaq used to go and see his possessions and to return to his father.

3 And in those days Yishma’ĕl came to see his father, and they both came together, and Yitsḥaq offered a slaughtering for a burnt offering, and presented it on the altar of his father which he had made in Ḥeḇron.

4 And he offered a slaughtering of thanksgiving and made a feast of joy before Yishma’ĕl, his brother. And Riḇqah made new cakes from the new grain, and gave them to Ya’aqoḇ, her son, to take them to Aḇraham, his father, from the first-fruits of the land, that he might eat and baraḵ the Creator of all matters before he died.

5 And Yitsḥaq, too, sent by the hand of Ya’aqoḇ to Aḇraham a best slaughtering of thanksgiving, that he might eat and drink.

6 And he ate and drank, and baraḵ the Most High Ĕl, who has created the shamayim and earth, who has made all the fatness of the earth, and given them to the children of men that they might eat and drink and baraḵ their Creator.

7 “And now I give thanks to You, my Elohim, because You have caused me to see this day. See, I am one hundred and seventy-five years, an old man and full of days, and all my days have been peace unto me.

8 “The sword of the adversary has not overcome me in all that You have given my children and I, all the days of my life until this day.

9 “My Elohim, may Your kindness and Your peace be upon Your servant, and upon the seed of his sons, that they may be to You a chosen nation and an inheritance from among all the nations of the earth from this time to forever of the generations of the earth, unto all the ages.”

10 And he called Ya’aqoḇ and said, “My son Ya’aqoḇ, may the Elohim of all baraḵ you and strengthen you to do righteousness, and His desire before Him, and may He choose you and your seed that you become a people for His inheritance according to His desire always. And you, my son Ya’aqoḇ, draw near and kiss me.”

11 And he drew near and kissed him, and he said, “Baruḵ be my son Ya’aqoḇ and all the sons of Elohim Most High, unto all the ages. May Elohim give unto you a Seed of Righteousness; and some of your sons may He qadosh in the midst of the whole earth. May nations serve you, and all the nations bow themselves before your seed.

12 “Be strong in the presence of men, and exercise authority over all the seed of Shĕth. Then your ways and the ways of your sons shall be declared right, so that they shall become a qodesh nation.

13 “May the Most High Ĕl give you all the bireḵoth with which He has baraḵ me and with which He baraḵ Noaḥ and Aḏam. May they rest on the qodesh head of your seed from generation to generation forever.

14 “And may He cleanse you from all unrighteousness and impurity, that you may be forgiven all transgressions – your sins of ignorance. And may He strengthen you, and baraḵ you, and may you inherit the whole earth.

15 “And may He renew His Covenant with you, that you may be to Him a nation for His inheritance for all the ages, and that He may be to you and to your seed an Elohim in truth and righteousness throughout all the days of the earth.

16 “And you, my son Ya’aqoḇ, remember my words, and observe the Commands of Aḇraham, your father. Separate yourself from the nations, and do not eat with them and do not do according to their works, and do not become their associate; for their works are unclean, and all their ways are defiled and an abomination and uncleanness.

17 “They offer their offerings to the dead and they worship evil spirits, and they eat over the graves, and all their works are worthless and emptyness.

18 “They have no heart to understand and their eyes do not see what their works are, and how they stray in saying to a piece of wood, ‘You are my mighty one,’ and to a stone, ‘You are my master and you are my deliverer.’

19 “And as for you, my son Ya’aqoḇ, may the Most High Ĕl help you. And the Elohim of the shamayim baraḵ you and remove you from their uncleanness and from all their straying.

20 “Beware, my son Ya’aqoḇ, of taking a wife from any seed of the daughters of Kena’an; for all his seed is to be rooted out of the earth.

21 “For, owing to the transgression of Ḥam, Kena’an strayed, and all his seed shall be destroyed from off the earth and all his remnant, and none springing from him shall be saved on the Day of judgment.

22 “And as for all the worshippers of idols and the profane, there shall be no hope for them in the land of the living; and there shall be no remembrance of them on the earth; for they shall descend into the grave, and into the place of condemnation they shall go. As the children of Seḏom were taken away from the earth, so shall all those who worship idols be taken away.

23 “Do not fear, my son Ya’aqoḇ, and be not dismayed, O son of Aḇraham. May the Most High Ĕl preserve you from destruction, and may He deliver you from all the paths of straying.

24 “This house I have built for myself that I might put my name upon it in the earth, and it shall be named, the house of Aḇraham, it is given to you and to your seed forever; for you shall build my house and establish my name before Elohim forever. Your seed and your name shall stand throughout all generations of the earth.”

25 And he ceased commanding him and to baraḵ him.

26 And the two lay together on one bed, and Ya’aqoḇ slept in the bosom of Aḇraham, his father’s father and he kissed him seven times, and his affection and his heart rejoiced over him.

27 And he baraḵ him with all his heart and said, “The Most High Ĕl, the Elohim of all, and Creator of all, who brought me out from Ur-Kasdim, that He might give me this land to inherit it forever, and that I might establish a qodesh seed – baruḵ be the Most High forever.”

28 And he baraḵ Ya’aqoḇ and said, “My son, over whom with all my heart and my affection I rejoice, may Your favour and Your kindness be lifted up on him and upon his seed always.

29 “And do not forsake him, nor despise him from this time and forever, and may Your eyes be open on him and upon his seed, that You may preserve him, and baraḵ him, and may qadosh him as a nation for Your inheritance.

30 “And baraḵ him with all Your bireḵoth from this time and forever, and renew Your Covenant and Your favour with him and with his seed according to all Your good pleasure unto all the generations of the earth.”