Bible/King James/Documentary Hypothesis/Elohist source

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According to the documentary hypothesis, the Torah is composed from a number of originally independent sources joined by a redactor. One of these supposed sources is named the "Elohist source", due to its preference of referring to God as Elohim (usually translated as "God").

There follows the reconstructed text of the Elohist Source, using the King James Translation of the Torah.

  • The main body of the source is highlighted in black
  • The text of the Covenant Code is highlighted in red (view in isolation)
  • Interpolated sections, believed to be removed by a redactor, are included in brackets
  • Sections moved from their place in the final text to their original location are surrounded by asterisks

Although the text is ordered as it appears in the bible, the partitions do not reflect, in any way, the original partitioning of the text, and simply exists for the ease of modern readership

Part 1 - The Blessing of Melchizedek[edit | edit source]

1And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

2And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abra[ha]m of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:

3And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

Part 2 - The Covenant of the Pieces[edit | edit source]

1After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abra[ha]m in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abra[ha]m: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

2And Abra[ha]m said, [lord] what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?

3And Abra[ha]m said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

4And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.

5And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

6And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

7And he said unto him, I am the [God] to give thee this land to inherit it.

8And he said, [lord] whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?

9And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.

10And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.

11And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abra[ha]m drove them away.

12And he said unto Abra[ha]m, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs,

13But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

14And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.

15In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abra[ha]m, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

16The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,

17And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,

18And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

Part 3 - Abraham's wife as his sister[edit | edit source]

1And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.

2And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

3But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife.

4But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, LORD, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?

5Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: In the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.

6And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; For I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.

7Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.

8Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears: and the men were sore afraid.

9Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? And what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? Thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.

10And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?

11And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.

12And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.

13And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father's house, that I said unto her, This is thy kindness which thou shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He is my brother.

14And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.

15And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.

16And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved.

17So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.

18For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.

Part 4 - The exile of Hagar and Ismael[edit | edit source]

1[And Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son, and she named him Isaac.][1]

2And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all who hear will laugh with me.

3And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.

4And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.

5Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.

6And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight because of his son.

7And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman;

8In all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.

9And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.

10And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water,

11And gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away:

12And she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.

13And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.

14And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bow shot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child.

15And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.

16And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her,

17What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.

18Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.

19And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.

20And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.

21And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.

Part 5 - Conflict with Abimelech at Beersheba[edit | edit source]

1And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

2And Abimelech said, I wot not who hath done this thing: neither didst thou tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to day.

3And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.

4And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?

5And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.

6[Wherefore he called that place Beersheba; because of the seven ewe lambs.][2]

7And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines' land many days.

Part 6 - The sacrifice of Isaac[edit | edit source]

1And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

2And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

3And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

4Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

5And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and I shall come again to you.

6And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

7And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

8And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

9And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

10And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

11And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

12And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

13And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

14And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

15So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.

Part 8 - Jacob's ladder[edit | edit source]

1And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.

2And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

3And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

4And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.

5And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

6And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, So that I come again to my father's house in peace, this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

Part 9 - The children of Jacob[edit | edit source]

Due to the extreme textual difficulties of this section, the parts ascribed to the J source are included in brackets.[3]

1[And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.]

2[And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.]

3[And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the LORD hath heard that I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon.]

4[And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.]

5[And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.]

6[And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.]

7[And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?]

8And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.

9[And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife:] and Jacob went in unto her.

10[And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son.]

11[And Rachel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan.]

12[And Bilhah Rachel's maid conceived again, and bare Jacob a second son.]

13[And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.]

14[When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife.]

15[And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a son.]

16[And Leah said, A troop cometh: and she called his name Gad.]

17[And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a second son.]

18[And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher.]

19[And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son's mandrakes.]

20[And she said unto her, Is it a small matter that thou hast taken my husband? and wouldest thou take away my son's mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with thee to night for thy son's mandrakes.]

21[And Jacob came out of the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, Thou must come in unto me; for surely I have hired thee with my son's mandrakes. And he lay with her that night.]

22And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare Jacob the fifth son.

23And Leah said, God hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband: and she called his name Issachar.

24And Leah conceived again, and bare Jacob the sixth son.

25And Leah said, God hath endued me with a good dowry; [now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons:] and she called his name Zebulun.

26And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah.

27And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.

28And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach:

29And she called his name Joseph; [and said, The LORD shall add to me another son.]

Part 10 - The blemished flock[edit | edit source]

1And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father's; and of that which was our father's hath he gotten all this glory.

2And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him as before.

3And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock,

4And said unto them, I see your father's countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father hath been with me.

5And ye know that with all my power I have served your father.

6And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.

7If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattle bare speckled: and if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire; then bare all the cattle ringstraked.

8Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.

9And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were ringstraked, speckled, and grisled.

10And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I.

11And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee.

12I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.

Part 11 - The stones of Galeed[edit | edit source]

1And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house?

2Are we not counted of him strangers? for he hath sold us, and hath quite devoured also our money.

3For all the riches which God hath taken from our father, that is ours, and our children's: now then, whatsoever God hath said unto thee, do.

4And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images that were her father's.

5And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled.

6So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the river, and set his face toward the mount Gilead.

7And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled.

8And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey; and they overtook him in the mount Gilead.

9And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.

10Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead.

11And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast stolen away unawares to me, and carried away my daughters, as captives taken with the sword?

12Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp?

13And hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters? thou hast now done foolishly in so doing.

14It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your father spake unto me yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.

15And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou sore longedst after thy father's house, yet wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?

16And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid: for I said, Peradventure thou wouldest take by force thy daughters from me.

17With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, let him not live: before our brethren discern thou what is thine with me, and take it to thee. For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them.

18And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent, and into the two maidservants' tents; but he found them not. Then went he out of Leah's tent, and entered into Rachel's tent.

19Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel's furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found them not.

20And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me. And he searched, but found not the images.

21And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? what is my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me?

22Whereas thou hast searched all my things, what hast thou found of all thy household things? Set it here before my brethren and thy brethren, that they may judge betwixt us both.

23This twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten.

24That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it; Of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night.

25Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes.

26Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times.

27Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight.

28And Laban answered and said unto Jacob, These daughters are my daughters, and these children are my children, and these cattle are my cattle, and all that thou seest is mine: and what can I do this day unto these my daughters, or unto their children which they have born?

29Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee.

30And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar.

31And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made an heap: and they did eat there upon the heap.

32And Laban called it Jegarsahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed.

33And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed;

34If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take other wives beside my daughters, no man is with us; see, God is witness betwixt me and thee.

35And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and thee:

36This heap be witness, and this pillar be witness, that I will not pass over this heap to thee, and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm.

37The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt us. And Jacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac.

38Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat bread: and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount.

39And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban departed, and returned unto his place.

Part 12 - Jacob is Named Israel[edit | edit source]

1And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.

2And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God's host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.

3And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.

4And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God.

5And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name?

6And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

Part 14 - Jacob's reconciliation with Esau[edit | edit source]

1And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, and pitched his tent before the city.

2And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for an hundred pieces of money.

3And he erected there an altar, and called it EleloheIsrael.

4And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.

5And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife.

6And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to commune with him.

7And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you give her him to wife.

8And make ye marriages with us, and give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters unto you.

9And ye shall dwell with us: and the land shall be before you; dwell and trade ye therein, and get you possessions therein.

10And Shechem said unto her father and unto her brethren, Let me find grace in your eyes, and what ye shall say unto me I will give.

11Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say unto me: but give me the damsel to wife.

12And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully,

13And they said unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised; for that were a reproach unto us:

14But in this will we consent unto you: If ye will be as we be, that every male of you be circumcised;

15Then will we give our daughters unto you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people.

16But if ye will not hearken unto us, to be circumcised; then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone.

17And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son.

18And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob's daughter: and he was more honourable than all the house of his father.

19And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,

20These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade therein; for the land, behold, it is large enough for them; let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters.

21Only herein will the men consent unto us for to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us be circumcised, as they are circumcised.

22Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of theirs be ours? only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us.

23And unto Hamor and unto Shechem his son hearkened all that went out of the gate of his city; and every male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his city.

24And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, [they] came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males.

25The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city,

26They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field,

27And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their wives took they captive, and spoiled even all that was in the house.

Part 15 - The birth of Benjamin[edit | edit source]

1And Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour.

2And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also.

3And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.

4And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day.

Part 16 - Joseph enslaved[edit | edit source]

1Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report, but his father observed the saying.

2And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.

3And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I.

4And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of [the place], and he came to Shechem.

5And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

6And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.

7And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.

8And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.

9And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.

10And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.

11And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.

12And they sat down to eat bread.

13There passed by some Midianite merchantmen; and they drew and lifted Joseph up out of the pit.

14And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.

15And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not there; and I, whither shall I go?

16And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard.

Part 17 - The butler and the baker[edit | edit source]

1And it came to pass after these things, that the servant of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt.

2And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.

3And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard.

4And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward.

5And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt,

6And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad.

7And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the ward of his lord's house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day?

8And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.

9And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me;

10And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes:

11And Pharaoh's cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand.

12And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days:

13Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler.

14But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house:

15For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews.

16When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head:

17And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.

18And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days:

19Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee.

20And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.

21And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand:

22But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them.

23Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgat him.

Part 18 - Pharaoh's dreams[edit | edit source]

1And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river.

2And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favoured kine and fatfleshed; and they fed in a meadow.

3And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, ill favoured and leanfleshed; and stood by the other kine upon the brink of the river.

4And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke.

5And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good.

6And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them.

7And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream.

8And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.

9Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day:

10Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the captain of the guard's house, both me and the chief baker:

11And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream.

12And there was there with us a young man, an Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret.

13And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged.[4]

14Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.

15And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it.

16And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.

17And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river:

18And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fatfleshed and well favoured; and they fed in a meadow:

19And, behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill favoured and leanfleshed, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness:

20And the lean and the ill favoured kine did eat up the first seven fat kine:

21And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they were still ill favoured, as at the beginning. So I awoke.

22And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good:

23And, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them:

24And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears: and I told this unto the magicians; but there was none that could declare it to me.

25And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do.

26The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one.

27And the seven thin and ill favoured kine that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall be seven years of famine.

28This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh.

29Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt:

30And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land;

31And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.

32And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.

33Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.

34Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years.

35And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.

36And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.[5]

37And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.

38And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?

39And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:

40Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.

41And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.

42And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls.

43And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same.

44And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.

45And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came,

46And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house.

47And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.

48And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, were ended.

49And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said:

50And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do.

51And Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.

Part 20 - Joseph and his brothers[edit | edit source]

1And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

2And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land:

3And Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.

4And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them;

5And he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.

6And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother,

7In that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.

8And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear?

9Therefore, behold, also his blood is required.

10And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.

11And he turned himself about from them, and wept;

12And returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes.

13Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man's money into his sack,

14And to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them.

15And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man's bundle of money was in his sack:

16And when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.

17And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children:

18Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.

19And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee:

20Deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again.

21And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin.

22If I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.

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AAnd the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph's house;

BAnd they said, Because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time are we brought in;

CThat he may seek occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take us for bondmen, and our asses.

DAnd they came near to the of Joseph's house, and they communed with him at the door of the house,

EAnd said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food:

FAnd it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we opened our sacks,

GAnd, behold, every man's money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight:

HAnd we have brought it again in our hand.

IAnd other money have we brought down in our hands to buy food: we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks.

JAnd he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks:

KI had your money. And he brought Simeon out unto them.

LAnd Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live?

MAnd his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.

Part 21 - Israel's migration to Egypt[edit | edit source]

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1And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac.

2And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.

3And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:

4I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.

5And Jacob rose up from Beersheba.

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AAnd Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.

BAnd Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?

CAnd Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years:

DFew and evil have the days of the years of my life been,

EAnd have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.

FAnd Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.

Part 22 - Ephraim's pre-eminence[edit | edit source]

1And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick:

2And he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.

3And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.

4And Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and said, Who are these?

5And Joseph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place.

6And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them.

7Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see.

8And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them.

9And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed.

10And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.

11And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand,

12And Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near unto him.

13And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who was the younger,

14And his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.

15And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk,

16The God which fed me all my life long unto this day,

17The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads;

18And let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac;

19And let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.

20And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him:

21And he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head.

22And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.

23And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great:

24But truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.

25And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh:

26And he set Ephraim before Manasseh.

27And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers.

28Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.

Part 23 - The death of Joseph[edit | edit source]

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1And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die:

2And God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

3And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.

4So Joseph died, being a hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put into a coffin in Egypt.

Part 24 - The baby in the reeds[edit | edit source]

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1Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens.

2And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.

3But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

4And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah:

5And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools;

6If it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.

7But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.

8And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive?

9And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women;

10For they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.

11Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.

12And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.

13And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.

14And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.

15And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.

16And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch,

17And put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink.

18And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.

19And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side;

20And when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.

21And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept.

22And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children.

23Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?

24And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother.

25And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages.

26And the women took the child, and nursed it.

27And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son.

28And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.

Part 25 - The burning bush[edit | edit source]

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1Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian:

2And he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.

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AAnd he said, Here I am.

BMoreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham and the God of Jacob.

CNow therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me:

DAnd I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.

ECome now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.

FAnd Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?

GAnd he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee:

HWhen thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.

IAnd Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel,

JAnd shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you;

KAnd they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?

LAnd God said unto Moses, I AM WHAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

MAnd God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel,

NThe LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Jacob, hath sent me unto you:

OThis is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

PGo, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them,

QThe LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Jacob, appeared unto me,

RSaying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt:

SAnd I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites,

TAnd the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.)

UAnd they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt,

VAnd ye shall say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath met with us:

WAnd now let us go, we beseech thee, three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.

Part 26 - The signs of Moses[edit | edit source]

1And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice:

2For they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.

3And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.

4And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.

5And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail.

6And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:

7That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers,

8The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.

9And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom.

10And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.

11And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again.

12And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.

13And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee,

14Neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.

15And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice,

16That thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land:

17And the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.

18And Moses said unto the LORD, O my LORD, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant:

19But I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.

20And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth?

21Or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?

22Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.

23And he said, O my LORD, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.

24And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother?

25I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.

26And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth:

27And I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.

28And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth,

29And thou shalt be to him instead of God.

30And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.

31And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father in law,

32And said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive.

33And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace.

34And Moses took the rod of God in his hand.

35And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt,

36See that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand:

37And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:

38And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me:

39And if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.

40And the LORD said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.

41And he went, and met him in the mount of God, and kissed him.

42And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the signs which he had commanded him.

43And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel:

44And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people.

45And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel,

52And that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.

Part 27 - Bricks without straw[edit | edit source]

1And so they said unto the king of Egypt, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us:

2Let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God;

3Lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.

4And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your burdens.

5And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens.

6And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,

7Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.

8And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them;

9Ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God.

10Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words.

11And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spake to the people, saying, Thus saith Pharaoh, I will not give you straw.

12Go ye, get you straw where ye can find it: yet not ought of your work shall be diminished.

13So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw.

14And the taskmasters hasted them, saying, Fulfil your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.

15And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten,

16And demanded, Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and to day, as heretofore?

17Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants?

18There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, Make brick:

19And, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people.

20But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD.

21Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks.

22And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were in evil case,

23After it was said, Ye shall not minish ought from your bricks of your daily task.

24And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way, as they came forth from Pharaoh:

25And they said unto them, The LORD look upon you, and judge;

26Because ye have made our savour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us.

27And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, LORD, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me?

28For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.

Part 28 - The plagues of Egypt[edit | edit source]

1Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh:

2For with a strong hand shall he let them go, with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.

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AAnd the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand,

BSaying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear.

CBehold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood.

DAnd all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.

EAnd all the Egyptians dug round about the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river.

FAnd the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him,

GThus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

HAnd if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs:

IAnd the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed,

JAnd into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs.

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A2And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water;

B2And say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

C2Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses:

D2And the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are.

E2And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there;

F2To the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth.

G2And I will put a division between my people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be.

H2And the LORD did so; the land was corrupted by reason of the swarm of flies.

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A3Then the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews,

B3Let my people go, that they may serve me. For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still,

C3Behold, the hand of the LORD is upon thy cattle which is in the field,

D3Upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep: there shall be a very grievous murrain.

E3And the LORD shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all that is the children's of Israel.

F3And the LORD appointed a set time, saying, To morrow the LORD shall do this thing in the land.

G3And the LORD did that thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died: but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one.

H3And Pharaoh sent, and, behold, there was not one of the cattle of the Israelites dead.

I3And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go.

J3And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh,

K3And say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

L3For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people;

M3That thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth.

N3For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth.

O3And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power;

P3And that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.

Q3As yet exaltest thou thyself against my people, that thou wilt not let them go?

R3Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail,

S3Such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now.

T3Send therefore now, and gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field;

U3For upon every man and beast which shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home,

V3The hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die.

W3He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses:

X3And he that regarded not the word of the LORD left his servants and his cattle in the field.

Y3And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven,

Z3That there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.

A4And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground;

B4Such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.

C4And the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field.

D4Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.

E4And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was boiled.

F4But the wheat and the rye were not smitten: for they were not grown up.

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A5And the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh:

B5For I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him:

C5And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son's son, what things I have wrought in Egypt,

D5And my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD.

F5And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews,

G5How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me.

H5Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast:

I5And they shall cover the face of the earth, that one cannot be able to see the earth:

J5And they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail,

L5And shall eat every tree which groweth for you out of the field:

M5And they shall fill thy houses, and the houses of all thy servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians;

N5Which neither thy fathers, nor thy fathers' fathers have seen, since the day that they were upon the earth unto this day.

O5And he turned himself, and went out from Pharaoh.

P5And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts,

Q5That they may come up upon the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land, even all that the hail hath left.

R5And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt,

S5And the locust went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such.

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A6And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven,

B6That there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.

C6And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days:

D6They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.

Part 29 - The passover[edit | edit source]

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1And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt;

2Afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether.

7And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:

8And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first born of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne,

9Even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.

10And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more.

11But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast:

12That ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.

13And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me,

14Saying, Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee: and after that I will go out.

15And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger.

16Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel,

17And said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.

18And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason,

19And strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason;

20And none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.

21For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians;

22And when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door,

23And will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.

24And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.

25And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you,

26According as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.

27And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?

28That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD's passover,

29Who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses.

30And the people bowed the head and worshipped.

Part 30 - The departure from Egypt[edit | edit source]

1And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men.

2[And] about six hundred thousand [left] on foot that were men, beside children.

3And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.

4And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

5Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine.

6And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go,

7That God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near;

8For God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:

9But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea:

10And the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.

11And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel,

12Saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you.

Part 31 - The crossing of the red sea[edit | edit source]

1And the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people,

2And they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?

3And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them.

4And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness?

5Wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?

6Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians?

7For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

8And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them;

9And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel;

10And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily:

11And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand;

12And all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.

13And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously;

14The horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

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AThere he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,

BAnd said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God,

CAnd wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes,

DI will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

Part 32 - The waters of Massah[edit | edit source]

1Wherefore the people said, Give us water that we may drink.

2And Moses said unto them, Wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?

3And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses,

4And said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?

5And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.

6And the LORD said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel;

7And thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go.

8Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb;

9And thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink.

10And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.

11And he called the name of the place Massah, because they tempted the LORD, saying, Is the LORD among us, or not?

Part 33 - Amalek[edit | edit source]

1Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.

2And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek:

3To morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.

4So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.

5And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.

6But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon;

7And Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side;

8And his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

9And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

10And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua:

11For I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.

12And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi:

13For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

Part 34 - Jethro[edit | edit source]

1When Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father in law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people,

2And that the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt;

3Then Jethro, Moses' father in law, took Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her back,

4And her two sons; of which the name of the one was Gershom; for he said, I have been an alien in a strange land:

5And the name of the other was Eliezer; for the God of my father, said he, was mine help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh:

6And Jethro, Moses' father in law, came with his sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped at the mount of God:

7And he said unto Moses, I thy father in law Jethro am come unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.

8And Moses went out to meet his father in law, and did obeisance, and kissed him;

9And they asked each other of their welfare; and they came into the tent.

10And Moses told his father in law all that the LORD had done unto Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel's sake,

11And all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and how the LORD delivered them.

12And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the LORD had done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians.

13And Jethro said, Blessed be the LORD, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians,

14And out of the hand of Pharaoh, who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians.

15Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them.

16And Jethro, Moses' father in law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices for God:

17And Aaron came, and all the elders of Israel, to eat bread with Moses' father in law before God.

18And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people:

19And the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening.

20And when Moses' father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people?

21Why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even?

22And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God:

23When they have a matter, they come unto me;

24And I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.

25And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.

26Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee:

27For this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.

28Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee:

29Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:

30And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.

31Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness;

32And place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:

33And let them judge the people at all seasons:

34And it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge:

35So shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee.

36If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure,

37And all this people shall also go to their place in peace.

38So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.

39And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people,

40Rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.

41And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.

42And Moses let his father in law depart; and he went his way into his own land.

Part 35 - The arrival at Sinai[edit | edit source]

1And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain,

2Saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel;

3Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself.

4Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant,

5Then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

6And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.

7These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

8And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him.

9And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do.

10And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.

11And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud,

12That the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever.

13And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD.

14And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount.

15And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire:

16And the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.

17And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.

18So Moses went down unto the people, and spake unto them.

19And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking:

20And when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.

21And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

22And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.

23And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

Part 36 - The covenant[edit | edit source]

1And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.

2Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.

3An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen:

4In all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.

5And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.

6Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.

7Now these are the judgments which thou shalt set before them.

8If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.

9If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him.

10If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters;

11The wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself.

12And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free:

13Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post;

14And his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever.

15And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do.

16If she please not her master, who hath betrothed her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed:

17To sell her unto a strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her.

18And if he have betrothed her unto his son, he shall deal with her after the manner of daughters.

19If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.

20And if he do not these three unto her, then shall she go out free without money.

21He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.

22And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he shall flee.

23But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbour, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die.

24And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.

25And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.

26And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.

27And if men strive together, and one smite another with a stone, or with his fist, and he die not, but keepeth his bed:

28If he rise again, and walk abroad upon his staff, then shall he that smote him be quit:

29Only he shall pay for the loss of his time, and shall cause him to be thoroughly healed.

30And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished.

31Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money.

32If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow:

33He shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.

34And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth,

35Hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

36And if a man smite the eye of his servant, or the eye of his maid, that it perish; he shall let him go free for his eye's sake.

37And if he smite out his manservant's tooth, or his maidservant's tooth; he shall let him go free for his tooth's sake.

38If an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die:

39Then the ox shall be surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be quit.

40But if the ox were wont to push with his horn in time past, and it hath been testified to his owner,

41And he hath not kept him in, but that he hath killed a man or a woman;

42The ox shall be stoned, and his owner also shall be put to death.

43If there be laid on him a sum of money, then he shall give for the ransom of his life whatsoever is laid upon him.

44Whether he have gored a son, or have gored a daughter, according to this judgment shall it be done unto him.

45If the ox shall push a manservant or a maidservant; he shall give unto their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.

46And if a man shall open a pit, or if a man shall dig a pit, and not cover it, and an ox or an ass fall therein;

47The owner of the pit shall make it good, and give money unto the owner of them; and the dead beast shall be his.

48And if one man's ox hurt another's, that he die; then they shall sell the live ox, and divide the money of it;

49And the dead ox also they shall divide.

50Or if it be known that the ox hath used to push in time past, and his owner hath not kept him in;

51He shall surely pay ox for ox; and the dead shall be his own.

52If a man shall steal an ox, or a sheep, and kill it, or sell it; he shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep.

53If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him.

54If the sun be risen upon him, there shall be blood shed for him; for he should make full restitution;

55If he have nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.

56If the theft be certainly found in his hand alive, whether it be ox, or ass, or sheep; he shall restore double.

57If a man shall cause a field or vineyard to be eaten, and shall put in his beast, and shall feed in another man's field;

58Of the best of his own field, and of the best of his own vineyard, shall he make restitution.

59If fire break out, and catch in thorns, so that the stacks of corn, or the standing corn, or the field, be consumed therewith;

60He that kindled the fire shall surely make restitution.

61If a man shall deliver unto his neighbour money or stuff to keep, and it be stolen out of the man's house;

62If the thief be found, let him pay double.

63If the thief be not found, then the master of the house shall be brought unto the judges,

64To see whether he have put his hand unto his neighbour's goods.

65For all manner of trespass, whether it be for ox, for ass, for sheep, for raiment,

66Or for any manner of lost thing which another challengeth to be his, the cause of both parties shall come before the judges;

67And whom the judges shall condemn, he shall pay double unto his neighbour.

68If a man deliver unto his neighbour an ass, or an ox, or a sheep, or any beast, to keep;

69And it die, or be hurt, or driven away, no man seeing it:

70Then shall an oath of the LORD be between them both, that he hath not put his hand unto his neighbour's goods;

71And the owner of it shall accept thereof, and he shall not make it good.

72And if it be stolen from him, he shall make restitution unto the owner thereof.

73If it be torn in pieces, then let him bring it for witness, and he shall not make good that which was torn.

74And if a man borrow ought of his neighbour, and it be hurt, or die, the owner thereof being not with it, he shall surely make it good.

75But if the owner thereof be with it, he shall not make it good: if it be an hired thing, it came for his hire.

76And if a man entice a maid that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his wife.

77If her father utterly refuse to give her unto him, he shall pay money according to the dowry of virgins.

78Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

79Whosoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death.

80He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed.

81Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

82Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.

83If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry;

84And my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.

85If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury.

86If thou at all take thy neighbour's raiment to pledge, thou shalt deliver it unto him by that the sun goeth down:

87For that is his covering only, it is his raiment for his skin: wherein shall he sleep?

88And it shall come to pass, when he crieth unto me, that I will hear; for I am gracious.

89Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people.

90Thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits, and of thy liquors: the firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto me.

91Likewise shalt thou do with thine oxen, and with thy sheep: seven days it shall be with his dam; on the eighth day thou shalt give it me.

92And ye shall be holy men unto me: neither shall ye eat any flesh that is torn of beasts in the field; ye shall cast it to the dogs.

93Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

94Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:

95Neither shalt thou countenance a poor man in his cause.

96If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again.

97If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him.

98Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause.

99Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.

100And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous.

101Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

102And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof:

103But the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat:

104And what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat.

105In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard.

106Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest:

107That thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed.

108And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect:

109And make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.

110Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.

111Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread:

112(thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib;

113For in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)

114And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field:

115And the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.

116Three items in the year all thy males shall appear before the LORD God.

117Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread; neither shall the fat of my sacrifice remain until the morning.

118The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God.

119Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.

120Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.

121Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.

122But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak;

123Then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.

124For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites,

125And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites:

126And I will cut them off.

127Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works:

128But thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images.

129And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water;

130And I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.

131There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil.

132I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come,

133And I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee.

134And I will send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee.

135I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee.

136By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.

137And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river:

138For I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.

139Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.

140They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.

Part 37 - The reading of the covenant[edit | edit source]

1And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments:

2And all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do.

3And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning,

4And builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.

5And he sent young men of the children of Israel, which offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto the LORD.

6And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basons; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar.

7And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people:

8And they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient.

9And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people,

10And said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.

11And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there:

12And I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.

13And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God.

14And he said unto the elders, Tarry ye here for us, until we come again unto you:

15And, behold, Aaron and Hur are with you: if any man have any matters to do, let him come unto them.

16And Moses went up into the mount, and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.

Part 38 - The golden calf[edit | edit source]

1And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron,

2And said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us;

3For as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

4And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.

5And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.

6And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron.

7And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf:

8And they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

9And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD.

10And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings;

11And the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.

12And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down;

13For thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves:

14They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them:

15They have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto,

16And said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

17And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand:

18The tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written.

19And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.

20And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.

21And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery,

22Neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear.

23And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing:

24And Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.

25And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire,

26And ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.

27And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them?

28And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief.

29For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us:

30For as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

31And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off.

32So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.

33And when Moses saw that the people were naked;

34(For Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:)

35Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD's side? let him come unto me.

36And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.

37And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side,

38And go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother,

39And every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.

40And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.

41For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves today to the LORD, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother;

42That he may bestow upon you a blessing this day.

43And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned a great sin:

44And now I will go up unto the LORD; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin.

45And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.

46Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

47And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

48Therefore now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto thee:

49Behold, mine Angel shall go before thee: nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them.

50And the LORD plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.

Part 39 - The condemnation of the Israelites[edit | edit source]

1For the LORD had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, Ye are a stiffnecked people:

2I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee:

3Therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee.

4And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by the mount Horeb.

5And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation.

6And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.

7And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up,

8And stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle.

9And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended,

10And stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses.

11And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door:

12And all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door.

13And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.

14And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

Part 40 - Eldad and Medad[edit | edit source]

1And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled;

2And the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.

3And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the fire was quenched.

4And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the fire of the LORD burnt among them.

5And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel,

6Whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them;

7And bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee.

8And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them;

9And they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.

10And [he] gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle.

11And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders:

12And it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.

13But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad:

14And the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle:

15And they prophesied in the camp.

16And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.

17And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them.

18And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake?

19Would God that all the LORD's people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!

Part 41 - Snow white Miriam[edit | edit source]

1And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married:

2For he had married an Ethiopian woman.

3And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.

4(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)

5And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam,

6Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.

7And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle,

8And called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.

9And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you,

10I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.

11My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.

12With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches;

13And the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?

14And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.

15And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow:

16And Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.

17And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee,

18Lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned.

19Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he cometh out of his mother's womb.

20And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee.

21And the LORD said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days?

22Let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in again.

23And Miriam was shut out from the camp seven days: and the people journeyed not till Miriam was brought in again.

24And afterward the people removed from Hazeroth, and pitched in the wilderness of Paran.

Part 42 - The Report of the Spies[edit | edit source]

1And [Moses] said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain:

2And see the land, what it is, whether they be strong or weak, few or many;

3And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not.

4And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes.

5So they went up, and they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes,

6And they bare it between two upon a staff;

7And they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.

8The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence.

9And [they] brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land:

10Surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.

11The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains:

12And the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.

13And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants:

14And we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

15And they cried; And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

16And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:

17And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel,

18If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.

19Neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

20(Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelt in the valley.)

21Tomorrow turn you, and get you into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea.

22And the people mourned greatly.

23And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain,

24Saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we have sinned.

Part 43 - The rebellion against Moses[edit | edit source]

1And Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, [son of Reuben, took men]:

2And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab: which said, We will not come up:

3Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards:

4And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him.

5And Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents,

6And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and the earth closed upon them:

7And they perished from among the congregation.

8And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also.

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Part 44 - The short route into Canaan[edit | edit source]

1And the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there.

2And Moses sent messengers from Kadesh unto the king of Edom,

3Thus saith thy brother Israel, Thou knowest all the travail that hath befallen us:

4How our fathers went down into Egypt, and we have dwelt in Egypt a long time; and the Egyptians vexed us, and our fathers:

5And when we cried unto the LORD, he heard our voice, and sent an angel, and hath brought us forth out of Egypt:

6And, behold, we are in Kadesh, a city in the uttermost of thy border:

7Let us pass, I pray thee, through thy country:

8We will not pass through the fields, or through the vineyards, neither will we drink of the water of the wells:

9We will go by the king's high way, we will not turn to the right hand nor to the left, until we have passed thy borders.

10And Edom said unto him, Thou shalt not pass by me, lest I come out against thee with the sword.

11Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his border.

Part 45 - The Nehustan[edit | edit source]

1And the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.

2And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?

3For there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.

4And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

5Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee;

6Pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.

7And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole:

8And it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.

9And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole,

10And it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

Part 46 - The conquest of the Amorites[edit | edit source]

1And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites, saying,

2Let me pass through thy land: we will not turn into the fields, or into the vineyards; we will not drink of the waters of the well:

3But we will go along by the king's high way, until we be past thy borders.

4And Sihon would not suffer Israel to pass through his border:

5But Sihon gathered all his people together, and went out against Israel into the wilderness:

6And he came to Jahaz, and fought against Israel.

7And Israel smote him with the edge of the sword, and possessed his land from Arnon unto Jabbok,

8Even unto the children of Ammon.

Part 47 - Balaam and Balak[edit | edit source]

1And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.

2And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many:

3And Moab said unto the elders of Midian, Now shall this company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field.

4Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt:

5Behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me:

6Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me:

7Peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land:

8For I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed.

9And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination in their hand;

10And they came unto Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak.

11And he said unto them, Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word again, as the LORD shall speak unto me:

12And the princes of Moab abode with Balaam.

13And God came unto Balaam, and said, What men are these with thee?

14And Balaam said unto God, Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent unto me,

15And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed.

16And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto the princes of Balak, Get you into your land:

17For the LORD refuseth to give me leave to go with you.

18And the princes of Moab rose up, and they went unto Balak, and said, Balaam refuseth to come with us.

19And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honourable than they.

20And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus saith Balak the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee from coming unto me:

21And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold,

22I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more.

23Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the LORD will say unto me more.

24And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them;

25But yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do.

26And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.

27And when Balak heard that Balaam was come, he went out to meet him

28Unto a city of Moab, which is in the border of Arnon, which is in the utmost coast.

29And Balak said unto Balaam, Did I not earnestly send unto thee to call thee?

30Wherefore camest thou not unto me? am I not able indeed to promote thee to honour?

31And Balaam said unto Balak, Lo, I am come unto thee: have I now any power at all to say any thing?

32The word that God putteth in my mouth, that shall I speak.

33And Balak offered oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.

34And it came to pass on the morrow, that Balak took Balaam,

35And brought him up into the high places of Baal, that thence he might see the utmost part of the people.

36And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams.

37And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram.

38And Balaam said unto Balak, Stand by thy burnt offering, and I will go:

39Peradventure the LORD will come to meet me: and whatsoever he sheweth me I will tell thee.

40And he went to an high place.

41And God met Balaam: and he said unto him, I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered upon every altar a bullock and a ram.

42And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.

43And he returned unto him, and, lo, he stood by his burnt sacrifice, he, and all the princes of Moab.

44And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east,

45Saying, Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel.

46How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied?

47For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him:

48Lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.

49Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel?

50Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!

51And Balak said unto Balaam, What hast thou done unto me?

52I took thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast blessed them altogether.

53And he answered and said, Must I not take heed to speak that which the LORD hath put in my mouth?

54And Balak said unto him, Come, I pray thee, with me unto another place, from whence thou mayest see them:

55Thou shalt see but the utmost part of them, and shalt not see them all: and curse me them from thence.

56And he brought him into the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.

57And he said unto Balak, Stand here by thy burnt offering, while I meet the LORD yonder.

58And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Go again unto Balak, and say thus.

59And when he came to him, behold, he stood by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him.

60And Balak said unto him, What hath the LORD spoken?

61And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear; hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor:

62God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent:

63Hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

64Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.

65He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel:

66The LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them.

67God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.

68Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel:

69According to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!

70Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion:

71He shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.

72And Balak said unto Balaam, Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all.

73But Balaam answered and said unto Balak, Told not I thee, saying, All that the LORD speaketh, that I must do?

74And Balak said unto Balaam, Come, I pray thee, I will bring thee unto another place;

75Peradventure it will please God that thou mayest curse me them from thence.

76And Balak brought Balaam unto the top of Peor, that looketh toward Jeshimon.

77And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.

78And Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.

79And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel,

80He went not, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness.

81And Balak's anger was kindled against Balaam, and he smote his hands together:

82And Balak said unto Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast altogether blessed them these three times.

83Therefore now flee thou to thy place: I thought to promote thee unto great honour; but, lo, the LORD hath kept thee back from honour.

84And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying,

85If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the commandment of the LORD,

86To do either good or bad of mine own mind; but what the LORD saith, that will I speak?

87And now, behold, I go unto my people: come therefore, and I will advertise thee what this people shall do to thy people in the latter days.

88And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations;

89But his latter end shall be that he perish for ever.

90And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwellingplace, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock.

91Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry thee away captive.

92And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this!

93And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim, and shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and he also shall perish for ever.

94And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place: and Balak also went his way.

Part 48 - The heresy of Peor[edit | edit source]

1And Israel abode in Shittim, and Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor:

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AAnd Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baalpeor.

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Part 49 - The allocation of Gilead[edit | edit source]

1Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad had a very great multitude of cattle:

2And they came near unto [Moses], and said, We will build sheepfolds here for our cattle, and cities for our little ones:

3But we ourselves will go ready armed before the children of Israel, until we have brought them unto their place:

4And our little ones shall dwell in the fenced cities because of the inhabitants of the land.

5We will not return unto our houses, until the children of Israel have inherited every man his inheritance.

6For we will not inherit with them on yonder side Jordan, or forward; because our inheritance is fallen to us on this side Jordan eastward.

7And Moses said unto them,

8Build you cities for your little ones, and folds for your sheep; and do that which hath proceeded out of your mouth.

9And the children of Gad built Dibon, and Ataroth, and Aroer,

10And Atroth, Shophan, and Jaazer, and Jogbehah,

11And Bethnimrah, and Bethharan, fenced cities: and folds for sheep.

12And the children of Reuben built Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Kirjathaim,

13And Nebo, and Baalmeon, (their names being changed,) and Shibmah:

14And gave other names unto the cities which they builded.

15And Moses gave Gilead unto Machir the son of Manasseh; and he dwelt therein.

Part 50 - The death of Moses[edit | edit source]

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1And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thy days approach that thou must die:

2Call Joshua, and present yourselves in the tabernacle of the congregation, that I may give him a charge.

3And Moses and Joshua went, and presented themselves in the tabernacle of the congregation.

4And the LORD appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar of a cloud: and the pillar of the cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle.

5And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, Be strong and of a good courage:

6For thou shalt bring the children of Israel into the land which I sware unto them: and I will be with thee.

7And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.

8And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho.

9And the LORD shewed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan,

10And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea,

11And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar.

12And the LORD said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed:

13I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither.

14So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.

15And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.

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