YOḆELIM 33 (Jubilee 33)

1 And Ya’aqoḇ went and dwelt to the south of Maḡdaladra’ĕph. And he went to his father Yitsḥaq, he and Lĕ’ah his wife, on the new moon of the tenth month.

2 And Re’uḇĕn saw Bilhah, Raḥĕl’s female servant, the concubine of his father, washing in water in a secret place, and he loved her.

3 And he hid himself at night, and he entered the house of Bilhah, and he found her sleeping alone on a bed in her house.

4 And he lay with her, and she awoke and looked, and see, Re’uḇĕn was lying with her in the bed, and she uncovered the border of her covering and seized him, and cried out, and discovered that it was Re’uḇĕn.

5 And she was ashamed because of him, and released her hand from him, and he fled.

6 And she lamented because of this matter exceedingly, and did not tell it to anyone.

7 And when Ya’aqoḇ returned and sought her, she said to him, “I am unclean for you, for I have been defiled in regard to you; for Re’uḇĕn has defiled me, and has lain with me in the night, and I was asleep, and did not discover until he uncovered my skirt and slept with me.”

8 And Ya’aqoḇ was exceedingly wroth with Re’uḇĕn because he had lain with Bilhah, because he had uncovered his father’s skirt.

9 And Ya’aqoḇ did not approach her again because Re’uḇĕn had defiled her. And as for any man who uncovers his father’s skirt, his deed is exceedingly wicked, for he is abominable before 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄.

10 For this reason it is written and ordained on the tablets of the shamayim that a man should not lie with his father’s wife, and should not uncover his father’s skirt, for this is unclean. They shall certainly die together, the man who lies with his father’s wife and the woman also, for they have wrought uncleanness on the earth.

11 And there shall be none unclean before our Elohim in the nation which He has chosen for Himself as a possession.

12 And again, it is written a second time, “Cursed is he who lies with the wife of his father, for he has uncovered his father’s shame.” And all the qodeshim of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 said, “So be it, so be it.”

13 And you, Mosheh, shall command the children of Yisra’ĕl that they observe this word: a punishment of death is for it, and it is unclean, and there is no atonement forever to atone for the man who has committed this, but he is to be put to death and slain, and stoned with stones, and rooted out from the midst of the people of our Elohim.

14 For to no man who does so in Yisra’ĕl is it permitted to remain alive a single day on the earth, for he is abominable and unclean.

15 And let them not say, “To Re’uḇĕn was granted life and forgiveness after he had lain with his father’s concubine.” And to her also though she had a husband, and her husband Ya’aqoḇ, his father, was still alive.

16 For until that time there had not been revealed the Law and Right-Ruling and Torah in its completeness for all, but in your days, as a Law of seasons and of days, and an everlasting Law for the generations forever.

17 And for this Law there is no end of days, and no atonement for it, but they must both be rooted out in the midst of the nation, on the day on which they committed it, they shall slay them.

18 And you, Mosheh, shall write down for Yisra’ĕl that they may observe it, and do according to these words, and not commit a sin unto death. For 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 our Elohim is Judge, who does not respect faces and accepts no bribes.

19 And tell them these words of the Covenant, that they may hear and observe, and be on their guard in regard to them, and not be destroyed and rooted out of the land. For all they who do so are an uncleanness, and an abomination, and a contamination, and a pollution on the earth before our Elohim.

20 And there is no greater sin than the whoring which they commit on earth. For Yisra’ĕl is a qodesh nation unto 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 its Elohim, and a nation of inheritance, and a kehunnah and royal nation and for a possession. And no such uncleanness shall appear in the midst of the qodesh nation.

21 And in the third year of this sixth week Ya’aqoḇ and all his sons went and dwelt in the house of Aḇraham, near Yitsḥaq his father and Riḇqah his mother.

22 And these were the names of the sons of Ya’aqoḇ: the first-born Re’uḇĕn, Shim’on, Lĕwi, Yahuḏah, Yissasḵar, Zeḇulun, the sons of Lĕ’ah; and the sons of Raḥĕl, Yosĕph and Binyamin; and the sons of Bilhah, Dan and Naphtali, and the sons of Zilpah, Gaḏ and Ashĕr; and Dinah, the daughter of Lĕ’ah, the only daughter of Ya’aqoḇ.

23 And they came and bowed themselves to Yitsḥaq and Riḇqah. And when they saw them they baraḵ Ya’aqoḇ and all his sons, and Yitsḥaq rejoiced exceedingly, for he saw the sons of Ya’aqoḇ, his younger son, and he baraḵ them.