YOḆELIM 36 (Jubilee 36)

1 And in the sixth year of this week, Yitsḥaq called his two sons, Ĕsaw and Ya’aqoḇ, and they came to him, and he said to them, “My sons, I am going the way of my fathers, to the everlasting dwelling where my fathers are.

2 “Therefore bury me near Aḇraham my father, in the cave of Maḵpĕlah in the field of Ephron the Ḥittite, where Aḇraham purchased a grave to bury in; in the grave which I dug for myself, bury me there.

3 “And this I command you, my sons: that you do righteousness and uprightness on the earth, so that 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 may bring upon you all that 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 said that he would do to Aḇraham and to his seed.

4 “And love one another, my sons, your brothers as a man who loves his own being, and let each seek how he may benefit his brother, and work together on the earth; and let them love each other as their own beings.

5 “And concerning the question of idols, I command and admonish you to reject them and hate them, and love them not; for they are full of deception for those that worship them, and for those that bow down to them.

6 “Remember my sons, 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 Elohim of Aḇraham your father, and how I too worshipped Him and served Him in righteousness and in joy, that He might multiply you and increase your seed as the stars of the shamayim in multitude, and establish you on the earth as the plant of righteousness which shall not be rooted out unto all the generations forever.

7 “And now I shall make you swear a great oath – for there is no oath which is greater than it; by the Name esteemed and honoured and great and splendid and wonderful and mighty, which created the shamayim and the earth and all matters together – that you shall fear Him and worship Him.

8 “And that each shall love his brother with affection and righteousness, and that neither shall desire evil against his brother from this time and forever all the days of your life, so that you may prosper in all your deeds and not be destroyed.

9 “And if either of you plans evil against his brother; know that from this time on, every one that plans evil against his brother shall fall into his hand, and shall be rooted out of the land of the living, and his seed shall be destroyed from under the shamayim.

10 “But on the day of tribulation and abhorrence and displeasure and wrath, with flaming devouring fire as He burned Seḏom, so likewise shall He burn his land and his city and all that is his, and he shall be blotted out of the Book of the Instruction of the children of men, and not be recorded in the Book of Ḥai, but in that which is appointed to destruction. And he shall depart into everlasting abhorrence; so that their condemnation may be always renewed in abomination and in abhorrence and in wrath and in torment and in displeasure and in plagues and in disease forever.

11 “I say and witness to you, my sons, according to the judgment which shall come upon the man who wishes to injure his brother.”

12 And he divided all his possessions between the two on that day, and he gave the larger portion to him that was the first-born, and the tower and all that was about it, and all that Aḇraham possessed at Be’ĕrsheḇa.

13 And he said, “This larger portion I shall give to the first-born.”

14 And Ĕsaw said, “I have sold to Ya’aqoḇ and given my birthright to Ya’aqoḇ. Let it be given to him, and I have not a single word to say regarding it, for it is his.”

15 And Yitsḥaq said, “May a beraḵah rest upon you, my sons, and upon your seed this day, for you have given me rest, and my heart is not pained concerning the birthright, lest you should do wickedness on account of it.

16 “May the Most High Ĕl baraḵ the man that works righteousness; he and his seed forever.”

17 And he ended commanding them and to baraḵ them, and they ate and drank together before him, and he rejoiced because there was one mind between them, and they went out from him and rested that day and slept.

18 And Yitsḥaq slept on his bed that day rejoicing; and he slept the everlasting sleep, and died one hundred and eighty years old. He completed twenty-five weeks and five years; and his two sons Ĕsaw and Ya’aqoḇ buried him.

19 And Ĕsaw went to the land of Eḏom, to the mountains of Sĕ’ir, and dwelt there.

20 And Ya’aqoḇ dwelt in the mountains of Ḥeḇron, in the tower of the land of the sojournings of his father Aḇraham, and he worshipped 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 with all his heart and according to the visible commands accordingly as He had divided the days of his generations.

21 And Lĕ’ah his wife died in the fourth year of the second week of the forty-fifth Yoḇĕl, and he buried her in the cave of Maḵpĕlah near Riḇqah his mother, to the left of the grave of Sarah, his father’s mother.

22 And all her sons and his sons came to mourn over Lĕ’ah his wife with him, and to comfort him regarding her, for he was lamenting her.

23 For he loved her exceedingly after Raḥĕl her sister died; for she was perfect and upright in all her ways and honoured Ya’aqoḇ, and all the days that she lived with him he did not hear from her mouth a harsh word, for she was gentle and peaceable and upright and honourable.

24 And he remembered all her deeds which she had done during her life, and he lamented her exceedingly; for he loved her with all his heart and with all his being.