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The First Book of Moses

also called Genesis from the Latin

(Part Eight)


The 48th Chapter
     After these deeds, tidings were brought unto Joseph, that his father was sick. And he took with him his two sons, Manasse and Ephraim. Then was it said unto Jacob: behold, your son Joseph comes unto you. And Israel took his strength unto him, and sat up on the bed, and said unto Joseph: God almighty appeared unto me at Lus in the land of Canaan, and blessed me, and said unto me: behold, I will make you grow and will multiply you, and will make a great number of people of you, and will give this land unto you and unto your seed after you unto an everlasting possession. Now therefore your two sons Manasse and Ephraim which were born unto you before I came to you, into Egypt, shall be mine: even as Ruben and Simeon shall they be unto me. And the children which you get after them, shall be your own: but shall be called with the names of their brethren in their inheritances. And after I came from Mesopotamia, Rahel died upon my hand in the land of Canaan, by the way: when I had but a fields breadth to go unto Ephrat. And I buried her there in the way to Ephrat which is now called Bethlehem.
     And Israel beheld Josephs sons and said: what are these? And Joseph said unto his father: they are my sons, which God has given me here. And he said: bring them to me, and let me bless them. And the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them to him, and he kissed them and embraced them. And Israel said unto Joseph: I had not thought to have seen your face, and yet lo, God has showed it me and also your seed. And Joseph took them away from his lap, and they fell on the ground before him.
     Then took Joseph them both: Ephraim in his right hand toward Israels left hand and Manasse in his left hand, toward Israels right hand, and brought them unto him. And Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it upon Ephraims head which was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasses head, crossing his hands, for Manasse was the elder. And he blessed Joseph saying: God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, and the God which has fed me all my life long unto this day, And the angel which has delivered me from all evil, bless these lads: that they may be called after my name, and after my father Abraham and Isaac, and that they may grow and multiply upon the earth.
     When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him. And he lifted up his fathers hand, to have removed it from Ephraims head unto Manasses head, and said unto his father: Not so my father, for this is the eldest. Put your right hand upon his head. And his father would not, but said: I know it well my son, I know it well. He shall be also a people and shall be great. But of a truth his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall be full of people. And he blessed them saying: At the example of these, the Israelites shall bless and say: God make you as Ephraim and as Manasse. Thus set he Ephraim before Manasse.
     And Israel said unto Joseph: behold, I die. And God shall be with you and bring you again unto the land of your fathers. Moreover I give unto you, a portion of land above your brethren which I got out of the hands of the Amorites with my sword and with my bow.

The 49th Chapter
     And Jacob called for his sons and said: come together, that I may tell you what shall happen you in the last days. Gather you together and hear you sons of Jacob, and hearken unto Israel your father.
     Ruben, you are mine eldest son, my might and the beginning of my strength, chief in receiving and chief in power. As unstable as water was you: you shall therefore not be the chiefest, for you went up upon your fathers bed, and then defiled you my couch with going up.
     The brethren Simeon and Levi, wicked instruments are their weapons. Into their secrets come not my soul, and unto their congregation be my honor not coupled: for in their wrath they slew a man, and in their self will they *houghed an ox. Cursed be their wrath for it was strong, and their fierceness for it was cruel. I will therefore divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel. *houghed; marginal note: to cut the senows of the leg so that it could not walk. (hamstring)
     Juda, your brethren shall praise you, and your hand shall be in the neck of your enemies, and your fathers children shall stoop unto you. Juda is a lions whelp. From spoil my son you are come on high: he laid him down and couched himself as a lion, and as a lioness. Who dare stir him up? The scepter shall not depart from Juda, nor a ruler from between his legs, until Silo come, unto whom the people shall hearken. He shall bind his foal unto the vine, and his asses colt unto the vine branch, and shall wash his garment in wine and his mantle in the blood of grapes: his eyes are *roudier than wine, and his teeth whiter then milk. *roudier (unknown of sources) maybe rowdier: wilder or red from rouge.
     Zabulon shall dwell in the haven of the sea and in the port of ships, and shall reach unto Sidon.
     Isachar is a strong ass, he couched him down between two borders, and saw that rest was good and the land that it was pleasant, and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute. Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. Dan shall be a serpent in the way, and an adder in the path, and bite the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward. After your saving look I, Lord.
     Gad, men of war shall invade him. And he shall turn them to flight.
     Of Asser comes fat bread, and he shall give pleasures for a king.
     Nephtalim is a swift hind, and gives goodly words. That flourishing child Joseph, that flourishing child and goodly unto the eye: the daughters ran upon the wall. The shooters have envied him and chide with him and hated him, and yet his bow bode fast, and his arms and his hands were strong, by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob: out of him shall come an herdsman, a stone in Israel. your father s God shall help you, and the almighty shall bless you with blessings from heaven above, and with blessings of the water that lies under, and with blessings of the breasts and of the womb. The blessings of your father were strong: even as the blessings of my elders, after the desire of the highest in the world, and these blessings shall fall on the head of Joseph, and on the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren.
     Ben Jamin is a ravishing wolf. In the morning he shall devour his prey, and at night he shall divide his spoil.
     All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is that which their father spoke unto them when he blessed them, every man with a several blessing. And he charged them and said unto them. I shall be put unto my people: see that you bury me with my fathers, in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hethite, in the double cave that is in the field before Mare in the land of Canaan. Which field Abraham bought of Ephron the Hethite for a possession to bury in. There they buried Abraham and Sara his wife, there they buried Isaac and Rebecca his wife. And there I buried Lea: which field and the cave that is therein, was bought of the children of Heth.
     When Jacob had commanded all that he would unto his sons, he plucked up his feet upon the bed and died, and was put unto his people, And Joseph fell upon his fathers face, and wept upon him, and kissed him.

The 50th Chapter
     And Joseph commanded his servants that were Physicians, to embalm his father, and the Physicians embalmed Israel forty days long, for so long does the embalming last, and the Egyptians bewept him seventy days.
     And when the days of weeping were ended, Joseph spoke unto the house of Pharao saying: If I have found favour in your eyes, speak unto Pharao and tell him, how that my father made me swear and said: lo, I die, see that you bury me in my grave which I have made me in the land of Canaan. Now therefore let me go and bury my father, and then will I come again. And Pharao said, go and bury your father, according as he made you swear.
     And Joseph went up to bury his father, and with him went all the servants of Pharao that were the elders of his house, and all the elders of Egypt, and all the house of Joseph and his brethren and his fathers house: only their children and their sheep and their cattle left they behind them in the land of Gosan. And there went with him also Chariots and horsemen: so that they were an exceeding great company.
     And when they came to the field of Atad beyond Jordan, there they made great and exceeding sore lamentation. And he mourned for his father seven days. When the inhabiters of the land the Cananites saw the mourning in the field of Atad, they said: this is a great mourning which the Egyptians make. Wherefore the name of the place is called Abelmizraim, which place lies beyond Jordan. And his sons did unto him according as he had commanded them.
     And his sons carried him into the land of Canaan and buried him in the double cave which Abraham had bought with the field to be a place to bury in, of Ephron the Hethite before Mamre. And Joseph returned to Egypt again and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, as soon as he had buried him.
     When Josephs brethren saw that their father was dead, they said: Joseph might fortune to hate us and reward us again all the evil which we did unto him. They did therefore a commandment unto Joseph saying: your father charged before his death saying: This wise say unto Joseph, forgive I pray you the trespass of your brethren and their sin, for they rewarded you evil. Now therefore we pray you, forgive the trespass of the servants of your fathers God. And Joseph wept when they spoke unto him.
     And his brethren came and fell before him and said: behold we be your servants. And Joseph said unto them: fear not, for am not I under God? you thought evil unto me: but God turned it unto good to bring to pass, as it is this day, even to save much people alive. Fear not therefore, for I will care for you and for your children, and he spoke kindly unto them.
     Joseph dwelt in Egypt and his fathers house also, and lived an hundred and ten years. And Joseph saw Ephraims children, even unto the third generation. And unto Machir the son of Manasse were children born, and sat on Josephs knees.
     And Joseph said unto his brethren: I die. And God will surely visit you and bring you out of this land, unto the land which he sware unto Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel and said: God will not fail but visit you: see therefore that you carry my bones from this place . And so Joseph died, when he was an hundred and ten years old. And they embalmed him and put him in a chest in Egypt.

The end of the first book of Moses


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