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The First Book of Moses
also called Genesis from the Latin(Part Two)
The 8th Chapter
And God remembered Noe and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to blow upon the earth, and the waters ceased: and the fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain of heaven was forbidden, and the waters returned from off the earth, and abated after the end of an hundred and fifty days.
And the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat, the seventeenth day of the seventh month. And the waters went away, and decreased until the tenth month. And the first day of the tenth month, the tops of the mountains appeared.
And after the end of forty days Noe opened the window of the ark which he had made, and sent forth a raven, which went out, ever going and coming again, until the waters were dried up upon the earth.
Then sent he forth a dove from him, to know whether the waters were fallen from off the earth. And when the dove could find no resting place for her foot, she returned to him again unto the ark, for the waters were upon the face of all the earth. And he put out his hand, and took her and pulled her to him into the ark.
And he abode yet seven days more, and sent out the dove again out of the ark, and the dove came to him again about eventide, and behold, there was in her mouth a leaf of an olive tree which she had plucked: whereby Noe perceived that the waters were abated upon the earth. And he tarried yet seven other days, and sent forth the dove, which from then forth came no more again to him.
And it came to pass, the six hundred and one year and the first day of the first month, that the waters were dried up upon the earth. And Noe took off the hatches of the ark, and looked: and behold, the face of the earth was dry. So by the twenty seventh day of the second month the earth was dry.
And God spoke unto Noe, saying: Come out of the ark, both you and your wife and your sons and your sons wives with you. And all the beasts that are with you whatsoever flesh it be, both fowl and cattle, and all manner worms that creep on the earth, bring out with you, and let them move, grow and multiply upon the earth. And Noe came out, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons wives with him. And all the beasts, and all the worms, and all the fowls and all that moved upon the earth, came also out of the ark, all of one kind together.
And Noe made an altar unto the Lord, and took of all manner of clean beasts, and all manner of clean fowls, and offered sacrifice upon the altar. And the Lord smelled a sweet savour and said in his heart: I will from this time forth no more curse the earth for mans sake, for the imagination of mans heart is evil, even from the very youth of him. Moreover I will not destroy from this time forth all that lives as I have done. Neither shall sowing time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night cease, as long as the earth endures.
The 9th Chapter
And God blessed Noe and his sons and said unto them: Increase and multiply and fill the earth. The fear also and dread of you be upon all beasts of the earth, and upon all fowls of the air, and upon all that creeps on the earth, and upon all fishes of the sea, which are given unto your hands. And all that moves upon the earth having life, shall be your meat: Even as the green herbs so give I you all things. Only the flesh with his life which is his blood, see that you eat not.
For verily the blood of you wherein your lives are will I require: Even of the hand of all beasts will I require it, and of the hand of man and of the hand of every mans brother will I require the life of man: so that he which sheds mans blood, shall have his blood shed by man again: for God made man after his own likeness. See that you increase, and wax, and be occupied upon the earth, and multiply therein.
Furthermore God spoke unto Noe and to his sons with him, saying: See, I make my bond with you and your seed after you, and with all living things that is with you: both fowl and cattle, and all manner beasts of the earth that is with you, of all that comes out of ark, what soever beast of the earth it be. I make my bond with you, that from this time forth all flesh shall not be destroyed with the waters of any flood, and that from this time forth there shall not be a flood to destroy the earth.
And God said: This is the token of my bond which I make between me and you, and between all living things that is with you for ever: I will set my bow in the clouds and it shall be a sign of the appointment made between me and the earth: so that when I bring in clouds upon the earth, the bow shall appear in the clouds. And then will I think upon my testament which I have made between me and you, and all that lives whatsoever flesh it be. So that from this time forth there shall be no more waters to make a flood to destroy all flesh.
The bow shall be in the clouds, and I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting testament between God and all that lives upon the earth, whatsoever flesh it be. And God said unto Noe: This is the sign of the testament which I have made between me and all flesh that is on the earth.
The sons of Noe that came out of the ark were: Sem, Ham and Japheth. And Ham he is the father of Canaan. These are the three sons of Noe, and of these was all the world overspread.
And Noe being an husbandman, went forth and planted a vineyard, and drank of the wine and was drunk, and lay uncovered in the midst of his tent. And Ham the father of Canaan saw his fathers privities, and told his two brethren that were without. And Sem and Japheth took a mantle, and put it on both their shoulders and went backward, and covered their fathers secrets, but their faces were backward, so that they saw not their fathers nakedness.
As soon as Noe was awakened from his wine, and knew what his youngest son had done unto him, he said: Cursed be Canaan, and a servant of all servants be he to his brethren. And he said: Blessed be the Lord God of Sem, and Canaan be his servant. God increase Japheth that he may dwell in the tents of Sem. And Canaan be their servant.
And Noe lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years: So that all the days of Noe were nine hundred and fifty years, and then he died.
The 10th Chapter
These are the generations of the sons of Noe: of Sem, Ham and Japheth, which begat them children after the flood.
The sons of Japheth were: Gomir, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tuball, Mesech and Thyras. And the sons of Gomir were: Ascenas, Riphat and Togarma. And the sons of Javan were: Elisa, Tharsis, Cithim and Dodanim. Of these came the Isles of the gentiles in their countries, every man in his speech, kindred and nation.
The sons of Ham were: Chus, Misraim, Phut and Canaan. The sons of Chus were Seba, Hevila, Sabta, Raima and Sabtema. And the sons of Raima were: Sheba, and Dedan. Chus also beget Nimrod, which began to be mighty in the earth. He was a mighty hunter in the sight of the Lord: Whereof came the proverb: he is as Nimrod that mighty hunter in the sight of the Lord. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babell, Erech, Achad, and Chalne in the land of Sinear: Out of that land came Assur, and builded Ninive, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah, and Ressen between Nineve and Calah. That is a great city. And Mizrim begat Ludim, Enanim, Leabim, Naphtuhim, Pathrusim and Casluhim: from where came the Philistins, and the Caphtherines.
Canaan also begat Zidon his eldest son and Heth, Jebusi, Emori, Girgosi, Him, Arki, Sini, Arvadi, Zemari and Harmati. And afterward sprang the kindreds of the Cananites. And the coasts of the Cananites were from Sidon till you come to Gerara and to Asa, and till you come to Sodoma, Gomorra, Adama, Zeboim, even unto Lasa. These were the children of Ham in their kindreds, tongues, lands and nations.
And Sem the father of all the children of Eber, and the eldest brother of Japheth begat children also. And his sons were: Elam, Assur, Arphachsad, Lud and Aram. And the children of Aram were: Ur, Hul, Gether and Mas. And Arphachsad begat Sala, and Sala begat Eber. And Eber begat two sons. The name of the one was Peleg, for in his time the earth was divided. And the name of his brother was Jaketan.
Jaketan begat Almodad, Saleph, Hizarmoneth, Jarah, Hadoram, Usal, Dikela, Obal, Abimael, Seba, Ophir, Hevila and Jobab. All these are the sons of Jaketan. And the dwelling of them was from Mesa until you come unto Sephara a mountain of the east land. These are the sons of Sem in their kindreds, languages, countries and nations. These are the kindreds of the sons of Noe, in their generations and nations. And of these came the people that were in the world after the flood.
The 11th Chapter
And all the world was of one tongue and one language. And as they came from the east, they found a plain in the land of Sinear, and there they dwelled. And they said one to another: come on, let us make brick and burn it with fire. So brick was their stone and slime was their mortar. And they said: Come on, let us build us a city and a tower, that the top may reach unto heaven. And let us make us a name, for peradventure we shall be scattered abroad over all the earth. And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the children of Adam had builded. And the Lord said: See, the people is one, and have one tongue among them all: And this have they begun to do, and will not leave off from all that they have purposed to do. Come on, let us descend, and mingle their tongue even there, that one understand not what another says. Thus the Lord scattered them from there upon all the earth. And they left off to build the city. Wherefore the name of it is called Babell, because that the Lord there confounded the tongue of all the world. And because that the Lord from there scattered them abroad upon all the earth.
These are the generations of Sem: Sem was an hundred years old and begat Arphachsad two years after the flood. And Sem lived after he had beget Arphachsad five hundred years and begat sons and daughters.
And Arphachsad lived thirty five years and begat Sala, and lived after he had beget Sala four hundred years and three and begat sons and daughters. And Sala was thirty years old and begat Eber, and lived after he had beget Eber four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters. When Eber was thirtyfour years old, he begat Peleg, and lived after he had beget Peleg, four hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters.
And Peleg when he was thirty years old begat Regu, and lived after he had begot Regu two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters. And Regu when he had lived thirty two years begat Serug, and lived after he had begot Serug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters.
And when Serug was thirty years old, he begat Nahor, and lived after he had begot Nahot two hundred years, and begat sons and daughters. And Nahor when he was twenty nine years old, begat Terah, and lived after he had begot Terah, an hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters.
And when Terah was seventy years old, he begat Abram, Nahor and Haran.
And these are the generations of Terah. Terah begat Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran begat Lot. And Haran died before Terah his father in the land where he was born, at Ur in Chaldea. And Abram and Nahor took them wives. Abrams wife was called Sarai. And Nahors wife Mylca the daughter of Haran which was father of Milca and of Iisca. But Sarai was barren, and had no child.
Then took Terah Abram his son and Lot his son, Harans son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abrams wife. And they went with him from Ur in Chaldea, to go into the land of Chanaan. And they came to Haran and dwelled there. And when Terah was two hundred years old and five he died in Haran.
The 12th Chapter
Then the Lord said unto Abram: Get you out of your country and from thy kindred, and out of your fathers house, into a land which I will show you. And I will make of you a mighty people, and will bless you, and make your name great, that you may be a blessing. And I will bless them that bless you, and curse them that curse you. And in you shall be blessed all the generations of the earth.
And Abram went as the Lord bade him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy five years old, when he went out of Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brothers son, with all their goods which they had gotten, and souls which they had begotten in Haran. And they departed to go into the land of Chanaan. And when they were come into the land of Chanaan, Abram went forth into the land till he came unto a place called Sichem, and unto the oak of More. And the Cananites dwelled then in the land.
Then the Lord appeared unto Abram and said: unto your seed will I give this land. And he builded an altar there unto the Lord which appeared to him. Then departed he there unto a mountain that lies on the east side of Bethel and pitched his tent: Bethel being on the west side, and Ay on the east: and he builded there an altar unto the Lord, and called on the name of the Lord. And then Abram departed and took his journey southward.
After this there came a dearth in the land. And Abram went down into Egypt, to sojourn there, for the dearth was sore in the land. And when he was come near for to enter into Egypt, he said unto Sarai his wife. Behold, I know that you are a fair woman to look upon. It will come to pass therefore when the Egyptians see you, that they will say: she is his wife. And so shall they slay me and save you. Say I pray you therefore that you are my sister, that I may fare the better by reason of you, and that my soul may live for your sake.
As soon as he came into Egypt, the Egyptians saw the woman that she was very fair. And Pharaos lords saw her also, and praised her unto Pharao: So that she was taken into Pharaos house, which entreated Abram well for her sake, so that he had sheep, oxen and he asses, men servants, maid servants, she asses and camels.
But God plagued Pharao and his house with great plagues, because of Sarai Abrams wife. Then Pharao called Abram and said: Why have you thus dealt with me? Wherefore told you me not that she was your wife? Why said you that she was your sister, and caused me to take her to my wife? But now lo, there is your wife, take her and be walking. Pharao also gave a charge unto his men over Abram, to lead him out, with his wife and all that he had.
The 13th Chapter
Then Abram departed out of Egypt both he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him unto the south. Abram was very rich in cattle, silver and gold. And he went on his journey from the south even unto Bethel, and unto the place where his tent was at the first time between Bethel and Ay, and unto the place of the altar which he made before. And there called Abram upon the name of the Lord.
Lot also which went with him had sheep, cattle and tents: so that the land was not able to receive them that they might dwell together, for the substance of their riches was so great, that they could not dwell together. And there fell a strife between the herdsmen of Abrams cattle, and the herdsmen of Lots cattle. Moreover the Cananites and the Pherisites dwelled at that time in the land. Then said Abram unto Lot: Let there be no strife (I pray you) between you and me, and between my herdsmen and yours, for we be brethren. Is not all the whole land before you? Depart I pray you from me. If you will take the left hand, I will take the right: or if you take the right hand I will take the left. And Lot lift up his eyes, and beheld all the country about Jordan, which was a plenteous country of water every where, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorra, even as the garden of the Lord, and as the land of Egypt till you come to Zoar.
Then Lot chose all the coasts of Jordan and took his journey from the east. And so departed the one brother from the other. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan: And Lot in the cities of the plain, and tented till he came to Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinned exceedingly against the Lord.
And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was departed from him: Lift up your eyes, and look from the place where you are, northward, southward, eastward and westward, for all the land which you sees will I give unto you and to your seed for ever. And I will make your seed, as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall your seed also be numbered. Arise and walk about in the land, in the length of it and in the breadth, for I will give it unto you. Then Abram took down his tent and went and dwelled in the oak grove of Mamre which is in Ebron, and builded there an altar to the Lord.
The 14th Chapter
And it chanced within a while, that Amraphel king of Sinthr, Arioch king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer king of Elam and Thydeall king of the nations, made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsa king of Gomorra. And with Sineab king of Adama, and with Semeaber king of Zeboim, and with the king of Bela which Bela is called Zoar. All these came together unto the vale of Siddim, which is now the salt sea. Twelve years were they subject to king Kedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year rebelled. Therefore in the fourteenth year came Kedorlaomer and the kings that were with him, and smote the Raphaims in Astaroth Karnaim, and the Susims in Ham, and the Emims in Sabe Kariathaim, and the Horims in their own mount Seir unto the plain of Pharan, which borders upon the wilderness. And then turned they and came to the well of judgement which is Cades, and smote all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites that dwell in Hazezon Thamar.
Then went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorra, and the king of Adama and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela now called Zoar. And set their men in the array to fight with them in the vale of Siddim, that is to say, with Kedorlaomer the king of Elam and with Thydeall king of the Nations, and with Amraphel king of Sinear. And with Arioch king of Ellasar: four kings against five. And that vale of Siddim was full of slime pits.
And the kings of Sodom and Gomorra fled, and fell there. And the residue fled to the mountains. And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorra and all their victuals, and went their way. And they took Lot also, Abrams brothers son and his goods (for he dwelled at Sodom) and departed. Then came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew which dwelt in the oak grove of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eschol and Aner: which were confederate with Abram. When Abram heard that his brother was taken, he harnessed his servants born in his own house three hundred and eighteen, and followed till they came at Dan. And set himself and his servants in array, and fell upon them by night, and smote them, and chased them away unto Hoba: which lies on the left hand of Damasco, and brought again all the goods and also his brother Lot, and his goods, the women also and the people.
And as he returned again from the slaughter of Kedorlaomer and of the kings that were with him, then came the king of Sodom to meet him in the vale of Saue, which now is called kings dale.
Then Melchisedech king of Salem brought forth bread and wine. And he being the Priest of the most highest God, blessed him saying: Blessed be Abram unto the most highest God, possessor of heaven and earth. And blessed be God the most highest, which has delivered your enemies into your hands. And Abram gave him tithes of all.
Then said the king of Sodom unto Abram: Give me the souls, and take the goods to your self. And Abram answered the king of Sodom: I lift up my hand unto the Lord God most high possessor of heaven and earth, that I will not take of all that is yours, so much as a thread or a shoe latchet, least you should say, I have made Abram rich. Save only that which the young men have eaten and the parts of the men which went with me. Aner, Eschol and Mamre. Let them take their parts.
The 15th Chapter
After these deeds, the word of God came unto Abram in a vision saying: fear not Abram, I am your shield, and your reward shall be exceeding great. And Abram answered: Lord Jehovah what will you give me: I go childless, and the cater of mine house, this Eleasar of Damasco has a son. And Abram said: See, to me have you given to seed: lo, a lad born in my house shall be mine heir.
And behold, the word of the Lord spoke unto Abram, saying: He shall not be your heir, but one that shall come out of your own body shall be your heir. And he brought him out of the doors, and said: Look up unto heaven, and tell the stars, if you be able to number them. And said unto him: Even so shall your seed be.
And Abram believed the Lord, and it was counted to him for righteousness. And he said unto him: I am the Lord that brought you out of Ur in Chaldea to give you this land to possess it.
And he said: Lord God, whereby shall I know that I shall possess it? And he said unto him: take an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a three year old ram, a turtle dove and a young pigeon. And he took all these and divided them in the midst, and laid every piece, one against another. But the fowls divided he not. And the birds fell on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away. And when the sun was down, there fell a slumber upon Abram. And lo, fear and great darkness came upon him.
And he said unto Abram: know this of a surety, that your seed shall be a stranger in a land that pertains not unto them. And they shall make bondmen of them and entreat them evil four hundred years. But the nation whom they shall serve, will I judge. And afterward shall they come out with great substance. Nevertheless you shall go unto your fathers in peace, and shall be buried when you are of a good age: and in the fourth generation they shall come *hither (to this) again, for the wickedness of the Amorites is not yet full.
When the sun was down and it was waxed dark: behold, there was a smoking furnace and a fire brand that went between the said pieces.
And that same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram saying: unto your seed will I give this land, from the river of Egypt, even unto the great river Euphrates, the Kenites, the Kenizites, the Cadmonites, the Hethites, the Pherezites, the Raphaims, the Amorites, the Cananites, the Gergesites and the Jebusites.
The 16th Chapter
Sarai Abrams wife bare him no children. But she had an hand maid an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. Wherefore she said unto Abram: Behold the Lord has closed me, that I cannot bear. I pray you go in unto my maid, peradventure I shall be multiplied by means of her. And Abram heard the voice of Sarai. Then Sarai Abrams wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian (after Abram had dwelled ten years in the land of Canaan) and gave her to her husband Abram, to be his wife.
And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived: her mistress was despised in her sight. Then said Sarai unto Abram: You do me unright, for I have given my maid into your bosom: and now because she sees that she has conceived, I am despised in her sight: the Lord judge between you and me. Then said Abram to Sarai: behold, your maid is in your hand, do with her as it pleases you.
And because Sarai fared foul with her, she fled from her. And the Angel of the Lord found her beside a fountain of water in the wilderness: even by a well in the way to Sur. And he said: Hagar Sarais maid, from where come you and where ever will you go? And she answered: I flee from my mistress Sarai. And the Angel of the Lord said unto her: return to your mistress again, and submit yourself under her hands.
And the angel of the Lord said unto her: I will so increase your seed, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. And the Lords angel said further unto her: see, you are with child and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Ismael: because the Lord has heard your tribulation. He will be a wild man, and his hand will be against every man, and every mans hand against him. And yet shall he dwell fast by all his brethren. And she called the name of the Lord that spoke unto her: you are the God that looks on me, for she said: I have of a surety seen here the back parts of him that sees me. Wherefore she called the well, the well of the living that sees me which well is between Cades and Bared. And Hagar bare Abram a son, and Abram called his sons name which Hagar bare Ismael. And Abram was eighty six years old when Hagar bare him Ismael.
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