Nimrod establishes the City of Ur to rival the City of Enoch. He establishes wicked combinations and becomes Master Mahan. Terah, the father of Abram, is Nimrod's Prime Minister in Ur.
1. I, Abraham, was born the son of Terah, who was Prime Minister to Nimrod, who reigned in Ur of the Chaldees.
2. Now this Nimrod was a wicked man and an idolater; and my father was led to follow after his abominations.
3. Moreover, Nimrod was a man of mighty power for he was the Master Mahan2 and had in his hands the secrets of the ancients as they had come down from Cain wherein he knew the words of power.
4. And this power did Nimrod use to get gain after the manner of the secret combination.
5. With this power he had set out to build a tower3 which would reach unto Heaven, even the city of my father Enoch which had been taken up, that he, Nimrod, might depose God from His throne, for God had taken up His abode among the people of Enoch.
6. But God frustrated the plans of Nimrod by confounding the language of him and his people that they could no longer remember the sacred words; and they scattered forth over the face of the earth.
7. At that time Nimrod came and established the city of Ur4, which by interpretation meaneth City of Light, for he yet retained his determination to build a city to rival the City of God, that the light and power thereof might centre in him.
8. And through the ministration of Satan he did receive again some of the words of power and did re-establish the secret combination among his people; but he had not power as at first for the fulness of the pure language was not restored to him according to the decree of the Most High God.
9. Now, in all the wickedness of Nimrod, my father stood by his side, for he was deceived by the subtle cunning and power which Nimrod possessed.
The genealogy of Abram. The annunciation of the birth of Noah through an angel to his father, Lamech. Warnings of a Great Flood. The fallen angels.
1. My father Terah was the son of Nahor, and Nahor was the son of Serug, and Serug was the son of Reu, and Reu was the son of Peleg in whose days the earth was divided.
2. Peleg was the son of Eber, who was the son of Salah, who was the son of Shem, who was Melchizedek, which by interpretation is king-priest, for he was a king and priest of the Most High God.
3. Noah was the son of Lamech, the son of Methusaleh, the son of Enoch, who was taken up with his city that they might minister unto those in the flesh who sought a higher law than was available to them on earth.
4. Now the birth of Noah was after this manner: while his father Lamech was journeying toward his home from preaching the gospel among the sons of men, most of whom had rejected his testimony, an angel of the Lord appeared unto him and saluted him, saying:
5. Hail, Lamech, thou favoured one of God, for according to the promise of the Lord God to thy father Enoch thou hast been chosen to be he through whom the seed of the Covenant will be preserved through the great flood which God will send upon the earth in judgment;
6. For all the sons of men have gone astray through the corruption of those angels who fell from Heaven and mingled their seed with the daughters of men and begat sons of great strength who were mighty in wickedness.
7. Yea, these have caused all flesh to corrupt their way before the Lord; wherefore they shall be destroyed, save thy son who shall be the seed of the Covenant.
The birth of Noah. The newborn child stands upon his feet. The psalm and prophecies of the baby Noah.
1. The mother of Noah was also the daughter of Methusaleh, for Lamech and his wife had the same father but different mothers.
2. And when Noah was born, his body was full of light, which thing caused great consternation to his father and mother, and his father's wives and children, and all his house.
3. Moreover, the child stood upon his feet when he had come forth from the womb, and his tongue was loosed, and he did sing praises unto the Lord, saying:
4. I will praise Thee, O Lord, for Thou art the source of all power, yea, the well-spring whence it floweth unto the sons of God, and Thou art also abounding in wisdom and in great and mighty counsel unto Thy servants.
5. Nevertheless though Thou, O God, art longsuffering in judgement, the sins of the children of men have come up before Thy face, and Thy fury hath waxed strong and will be visited with judgments upon the earth.
6. Thy mercies, O Lord, are beyond number, but Thou art a God that visiteth wrongdoing upon the children of men when the fullness of their iniquity hath come upon them.
7. Therefore shall the earth be destroyed according to to the Word of God which cannot fail; for the waters of the flood shall come upon the earth and all things shall perish from before Thy face, O Lord.
8. Nevertheless in Thee do we put our trust, for in whatsoever Thou doest, O Lord, Thou hast ever done justly.
Lamech consults Methuselah who consults the Lord. Noah's hair and eyes burn with celestial fire for eight days.
1. These things were a source of amazement and concern unto Lamech who thereupon went unto his father Methuselah, and finding him in the temple, he said:
2. My father; this day did my wife, thy daughter, bear a manchild. And at his birth the room was full of light so that we could not look upon him.
3. The child's hair was white and fire seemed to come from his eyes; and then he stood on his feet and sang an hymn of praise unto the Lord, and lo, he seemed to have the tongue of an angel.
4. Tell me now the meaning of these things and how I can raise such a son?
5. Hearing these words Methuselah too was troubled and said: Fear not, my son, for although I know not the meaning of these things, I will go unto the Lord, for He will explain all things unto us.
6. Whereupon Methuselah traveled to the top of of the highest mountain whence he could speak unto the Lord, and said unto Him:
7. Father, my daughter, who is the wife of my son Lamech, hath this day brought forth a manchild.
8. And at his birth the room was full of light so that they could not look upon him; and when they could look upon him, behold, the child's hair hair was white and fire seemed to come from his eyes;
9. And then he stood upon his feet and sang a hymn of praise unto Thee, and lo, he seemed to have the tongue of an angel.
10. Thus saith my son Lamech and he is greatly perplexed as to the meaning of these things, and how he can raise such a son.
11. Hearing this report, the Lord comforted Methuselah, saying: Fear not, My son, nor trouble thyself about this matter, for did I not send an holy angel to visit thy son Lamech and tell him that this should be the seed of the Covenant?
12. For this cause have these things happened, but on the eighth day when the child is circumcised he shall be covered, and shall appear as other men except that his hair shall remain white as a token that I, the Lord, will do a mighty work.
13. With this word did Methuselah return to his son Lamech, and he was comforted.
Noah is circumcised. His hair remains white as a token. Noah takes twelve wives. The universal corruption of the second generation.
1. And on the eighth day when the child was circumcised, he was covered that he became as other men except that his hair remained white. And they called his name Noah, which by interpretation is "comfort" because Lamech said: My heart is comforted to know that my seed shall be preserved through the great flood.
2. And the child grew and waxed strong in wisdom, and mighty in the Name of the Lord, for he was initiated into the mysteries of the Firstborn in his childhood and grew in grace wherewith he could call upon the powers of Heaven to combat the forces of the adversary.
3. And when he was come of age he took twelve wives and begat many sons and daughters who grew up in righteousness and served the Lord all their days. And some died, and others were caught up unto the City of Enoch.
4. But in the next generation they corrupted themselves, for the daughters of Noah's sons did go forth and lay with the the sons of men, who were not of the Covenant and were not sanctified by the Priesthood, which thing was an abomination in the eyes of God.
5. Wherefore the Lord said unto Noah: Behold, the daughters of thy sons have sold themselves, for behold, Mine anger is kindled against the sons of men for they will not hearken unto My voice5; wherefore, all those who go in unto them will be destroyed with them.
1. When Noah was four hundred and fifty years old, he begat a son, and he called his name Japheth. Forty-two years later he begat another son of her who was the mother of Japheth; and he called his name Shem.
2. Eighty years later Noah begat a son of his wife Naamah, who was of the seed of Cain, and he called his name Ham, for he said: Throught him will the curse be preserved in the land.
3. Now Noah had taken a wife of the seed of Cain, and she was a righteous woman; nevertheless, the curse remained with her seed according to the Word of God.
4. And Noah took her on this wise: for the Word of the Lord came unto Noah, saying: Take unto thyself Naamah6, the daughter of Lamech, who dwelleth here in the city of thy fathers, for she hath been faithful to My gospel, wherefore I shall preserve through her the seed of Cain through the flood.
5. This Lamech who was the father of Naamah was of the seed of Cain, being the son of Methusael, the son of Mahujael, the son of Irad, the son of Enoch, the son of Cain.
6. Lamech had married Adah and Zillah, the daughters of Cainan, the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam. Adah bare children unto Lamech, but Zillah was barren until her old age when the Lord opened her womb, and she conceived and bare a son and daughter.
7. Her son she named Tubal Cain, saying: After I had withered away have I obtained him from the Almighty God. Her daughter she named Naamah, saying: After I had withered away have I obtained pleasure and delight.
1. While Naamah was yet a child, great consternation fell upon the seed of Cain, for Irad the son of Enoch, the son of Cain, had become a member of the secret combination and was privy to all its secrets, until one night the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying:
2. Irad, thou hast done evil instead of good, and hast followed after Satan rather than God; wherefore I shall destroy thee and thy house when I send the floods upon the earth.
3. But Irad was pricked in his heart and pled with the Lord to show mercy and preserve his seed through the great flood.
4. Seeing that his repentance was true, the Lord said to him: Irad, if thou wilt repent and reveal the evils of the secret combination unto the sons of Seth, I will have mercy upon thee, and I will join thy seed unto the seed of Seth that it may be preserved through the great flood.
5. Wherefore Irad went forth and began to reveal the secrets of the sons of Cain unto the sons of Seth.
6. Lamech, being Master Mahan at that time, found Irad sitting in his garden with Joram, the young son of Irad, and slew him.
7. Thus Lamech slew Irad for the sake of the oath of the secret combination. And he slew Irad's son with him.
8. But Tubal Cain, the son of Lamech, had followed him and viewed this evil did which he had committed. And he revealed it unto his mother Zillah, and she unto her sister Adah.
9. Wherefore Adah and Zillah confronted Lamech with his evil and cursed him in the name of the Lord for having slain Irad who had repented of his wickedness from among the sons of men.
10. And Lamech said unto his wives Adah and Zillah: Hear my voice, ye wives of Lamech; hearken unto my speech, for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt. If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech shall be seventy and seven fold.
11. Lamech's wives, therefore, feared to confront him further, but Lamech repented not of his evil deeds. And finding his son Tubal Cain at prayer, he slew him for having revealed his murders.
12. When Adah and Zillah, the wives of Lamech, learned of this, they took their remaining sons and daughters and went unto their father Cainan's city, and revealed the remainder of the secrets of this evil combination among the sons of Adam.
13. Thus did Naamah come to dwell among the sons of Adam. And she grew up before the Lord in righteousness and was known for her tender care toward the sick and unfortunate. Nevertheless, she had no husband, because she was of the forbidden race.
Noah gets drunk and is castrated by Ham. Ham is cursed and departs with his family. His daughter Zeptah settles the land of Egypt.
1. Now when the flood had abated and the ark had come to rest upon the top of a mountain, Noah and his family descended the mountain, and after offering sacrifices unto the Lord and dedicating the land, they began to till the ground and raise all manner of crops.
2. And when the grape harvest was come in, Noah made wine, and drank of the wine, which thing was forbidden, and became drunk; and he was uncovered within his tent.
3. And Ham, the son of Noah, entered his father's tent, and saw his father sleeping naked, for he was drunk. And he told his two brethren standing outside.
4. And Ham, being filled with jealousy on account of the curse of Cain which was upon him and his descendants, castrated his father, Noah, while he was yet asleep, that he might have no further seed through the mother of his brothers, for he feared that they would rule over him and encompass his seed about8.
5. And when Ham came forth from his father's tent, Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon their shoulders, and went backward that they might not see the nakedness of their father, for it is a shame for a son to see the nakedness of his mother or father on account of the Fall.
6. And they covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness, nor the evil deed of their brother.
7. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him, and said: Cursed be Ham: a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren until Messiah cometh.
8. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Ham shall be his servant.
9. Wherefore Ham, being sorely afraid, hurried to his tents, and led his family to the plain of Shinar where he dwelt and where he died.
10. Now Ham's wife was named Zeptah, and she was also of the seed of Cain, and they had a daughter named Zeptah.
11. This daughter, after the death of Ham, led a body of his people westward until they reached a body of water in the land of Zeptah, which is Egypt, where they settled; and as the waters receeded from off the land they spread out and built many temples.
12. And this Zeptah was also known as Egyptus, the daughter of Ham; and her son became the first king of Egypt.
1. And the son of Ham was Cush; and the son of Cush was Nimrod, who was instructed in all the secrets of the evil combination by his father Cain, for Cain had not perished in the flood on account of the curse.
2. Wherefore Nimrod9 became a mighty man among the sons of men and established his kingdom and grew stronger and stronger in wickedness after the order of the secret combinations which was from the beginning, for Nimrod spread his dominions over all mankind save those in the City of Salem.
3. Shem ruled in the City of Salem and he was called Melchizedek, for he reigned as king under his father Noah and was a priest of the Most High God.
4. After the departure of Ham from the presence of his father, Noah, Shem and Japheth dwelt together in peace under the benign rule of Noah, but in time conflict arose among them and Noah led the seed of Shem to a new land which the Lord showed him, where they built a city which they called Salem, the City of Peace.
5. Noah invested his son Shem with authority to reign as Prince of Salem, the Prince of Peace, and Noah devoted his days to instructing his people after the order of the Covenant.
6. And his people dwelt in righteousness and worshipped the Lord their God, and served Him. They established the Church of the Firstborn among them, and sought after the City of Enoch. And the Lord came among them and ministered to them.
7. And those who sought for the gain of this world went out from among them, for they held all things in common after the Order of Enoch. And no man had above his neighbour.
8. Among those who went forth from the City of Salem was Peleg, who travelled to the northwest and established a city after the order of his father Noah, for Peleg was the son of Eber, the son of Salah, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem; and his people sought after the heavenly order and obtained it, for they were caught up like the City of Enoch.
9. But Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, followed not after the ways of his fathers, for he sought after gain for himself; wherefore he led those who were of like mind with himself out of the City of Peleg and they journied even unto the land of Shinar and became confederate with Nimrod.
10. Under the direction of Nimrod, Serug and his companions entered into the secret combination and became men of power and wealth in Nimrod's kingdom.
11. In the land of Shinar, Serug begat Nahor, and Nahor begat Terah, my father. And Terah became great in the eyes of Nimrod, and Nimrod elevated him over all his people, to stand at his right side and advise him on all matters.
1. Now my father Terah took many wives and begat many children. And when he was sixty-five years of age, he took to wife Amthelo, the daughter of Cornebo, the son of Serug; and she was a young woman of fifteen years.
2. And when Terah was seventy years of age, his wife Amthelo conceived, and bare a son, whom he named Abram, which by interpretation is, Exalted Father, for he said: Nimrod hath raised me on high over all his host, wherefore my seed shall reign as gods forever.
3. Now this prophecy he spake, not knowing that it was of the Lord God.
4. On the night that I was born, there were great signs in the heavens, and when Nimrod's astrologers saw them, they were astonished, and they spake evil of me to the king, saying that surely I should overthrow his kingdom.
5. Wherefore they counselled the king to purchase me of my father that they might slay me and thus frustrate the plans of God. King Nimrod thereupon sent for my father Terah and spake unto him the words of the astrologers, and asked for his son in return for a great sum of gold and silver.
6. But the Spirit of the Lord wrought upon my father, that he was loathe to give me up to the king. On the night that I was born, a son was also born unto one of my father's concubines, and this child my father took unto the king. And the king slew him in my stead, for thus had God ordained that I might grow up to serve Him, the only wise and true God, and strive to establish His Covenant in the earth all my days.
7. Thus was my life saved by my father Terah, and he took me with my mother, Amthelo, and my nurse Edna, unto a cave hidden in the mountains some distance from the city of Ur, where he secreted us and visited us each month at the new moon.
8. For my father thus informed the king that he went each month on the new moon to a spot sacred to his family to worship his family deity. For in the kingdom of Nimrod each man worshipped gods of his own make -- gods of wood and stone, each after the imagination of his own heart.
9. Thus did I dwell in the cave with my mother Amthelo and my nurse Edna, and knew no other man save my father Terah and my elder brothers Haran and Nahor, who accompanied my father on his visits.
God visits Abram in a dream. An angel takes the ten year old by to the City of Salam where he remains for thirty nine years. Shem instructs Abram to seek for his wife in Ur.
1. When I was three years of age, the Lord visited me in a dream of the night and said unto Me: Abram. And I said unto Him: Here am I. And He said unto me: Abram, I am the God of thy fathers Peleg, Shem and Noah.
2. It is I who preserved thy life when the wicked king Nimrod would have destroyed thee, for I softened the heart of thy father that he should hide thee away.
3. This I did for I have a mighty work for thee to do in establishing My order upon the earth. And verily I say unto thee: In the end, through thee this wicked Nimrod shall be destroyed from off the face of the earth.
4. Behold, thou shalt remain in this cave with thy mother and thy nurse for yet seven years, and at the end of that time thou shalt depart and I will send My angel to guide thee unto the city of thy father Noah, where thou shalt be instructed in the way of life.
5. And from that time forth the Lord instructed me often in dreams of the night that my mind was opened to the ways of His kingdom.
6. When I was ten years of age I departed from the cave by night while and my nurse slept. And the angel of God met me and led me to the City of Salem where Noah and his son Shem dwelt. And no man knew where I was. And I dwelt with Noah and Shem for thirty-nine years, being instructed in all the ways of the Most High God.
7. And finding great happiness and peace and rest therein, I sought for the blessings of the fathers, and I received, under the direction of Noah and Shem, those keys whereby I might enter into the Church of the Firstborn. And I became a rightful heir, a High Priest holding all the rights belonging to the fathers. For I was ushered into the Church of the Firstborn and tasted of the fruits of heavenly life.
8. In my fifteenth year, father Shem called me into his presence and instructed me to return to the house of my father, for there were many there who were seeking after light and truth, for they had seen the foolishness of worshipping idols of wood and stone, but they knew not where to find the true God.
9. And father Shem blessed me, saying: Blessed art thou, Abram of the Most High God, for He hath looked upon thee and found thy heart right before Him. For this cause the Most High shall visit thee and thou shalt stand at the head and be a father of a multitude, for many nations shall spring forth from thy loins.
10. Behold, in thy father's house dwelleth she to whom the promises belong, for she is a princess in the House of the Most High and shall reign as a queen over thy posterity forever. Seek after her and take her to wife, for she will be the mother of the promised seed.
11. The blessings of the God of Noah attend thee, my son, as thou journeyest on thy way, for from this time forth thou shalt be a wanderer in the earth until thy seed shall come in to inherit this land by the power of God and the sword of His might.
12. Be faithful always, preach the truth with soberness and be valiant in the cause of God, and thou shalt be blessed for ever more. Amen.
1. With this blessing resting upon me, I gathered together my family, for I had taken seven wives in the City of Salem who had borne me fifty daughters. And although I had no sons of my own flesh, yet I had adopted twelve sons of those who were faithful to the order of the Covenant. And foremost among these were Eliezer of Damascus who had come to the City of Salem seeking after the blessings of the fathers and had remained as my son.
2. Him I appointed as steward over all I possessed for this journey, for he stood as mine heir, for I loved him as my son and brother. But father Shem said unto me: Eliezer is a good and righteous man and shall be greatly blessed in time and in eternity, but he shall not be thine heir, for another shall be thine heir who shall come forth from the womb of thy wife whom thou shalt take in the house of thy father, for she is ordained to be thy queen of queens, and the mother of thine heir.
3. Wherefore as I have said, I gathered together my wives and my daughters and my adopted sons and their wives and children, and I said unto them: Hear my words, beloved, and hearken unto my speech, for I have been sent with a mission unto the house of my father in the land of Shinar to gather out the pure in heart who are seeking after the true God.
4. Gather together all your goods and make you tents in which to dwell, and sadle your asses to travel upon; for the Most High God hath declared that we shall be wanderers upon the earth from this time forth until our seed shall come in to inherit this land by the power of God and the sword of His might.
5. Then commenced they their preparations and on the appointed day all was in readiness for our departure. And when father Shem came forth to bless us, father Noah came also with him.
6. Now father Noah dwelt in the temple in the heart of the City of Salem and seldom came out of the holy place, for I had never seen him without its sacred precincts. But he came forth at this time and lifted up his hands and blessed us in the name of the Most High God. And we departed from his house.
7. We journeyed slowly for the sake of the women and children, and we journeyed not upon the Sabbath day nor upon any of the holy days, for we thought it better to worship the Lord our God according to the pattern of Heaven than to proceed rapidly upon our way. And we knew that the Lord prospered us in our journey and protected us from the power of all our enemies because we did faithfully serve Him and worship before His Throne according to the divine pattern
8. But at length we did arrive in the land of Shinar at the City of Ur. Now the size of this city was immense. Its buildings were grand and beautiful with gardens upon the rooftops and rivers of water running down from level to level. The streets were wide and smooth and the inhabitants wealthy, dwelling in luxury.
9. Merchant caravans continually entered and left her gates, and the great of all nations came there to pay homage to the mighty king Nimrod. Nevertheless the wealth of this great city was built upon sin, for the people served many idol-gods and offered upon their altars men, women and children after the same manner as the Egyptians.
10. And they had numerous slaves who were kept down in bondage and poverty and were driven like dumb beasts to provide the luxury in which their masters dwelled. Behold, the inhabitants of the city did delight in whoredom and adultery and murder and all manner of evil whereby they might get gain.
11. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them. Nevertheless He did let them go on that they might be fully ripened in inquity before the fullness of His wrath should fall upon them.
12. All these things did the Lord God show unto me in a dream on the night before we entered into the City of Ur and He said unto me: Abram, this city is vile and corrupt, but in it are some few souls who have not bowed the knee to their idol-gods and it is because of their prayers that I have brought you here that they might be taught to worship the true God after the order of Heaven and be led out from wickedness and bondage.
13. Wherefore go unto thy father's house; for thy mother hath sorrowed for thee these many years, and I have softened the heart of thy father toward thee that he shall make thee welcome and will protect thee against the anger of the king such that thou shalt be able to accomplish thy mission.
14. Behold Abram, I am the Lord God of thy fathers Shem and Noah and of all the righteous fathers back to Adam. Wherefore I will remain with thee and confirm upon thee all the blessings of the fathers, and thou shalt stand at the head of a multitude. Amen.
Abram returns to his father's house. His reunion with his mother, Amthelo. He discourses on the true religion to Amthelo and other believers formerly of the City of Peleg.
1. In the morning beforer entering the city, I gathered my family together consisting of my seven wives, my fifty daughters, my twelve adopted sons and three hundred and fifty menservants whom Shem had sent with me with their families, being in all six thousand three hundred and seventy souls.
2. And I said unto them, Behold, this great city is steeped in wickedness and sin for the secret combination which was from the beginning doth here hold sway.
3. Wherefore, ye shall remain here under the direction of Eliezer while I go alone into the city unto my father's house, for the Lord God of Shem and of Noah hath promised me that He will protect me against the anger of the king such that I will be able to accomplish my mission,
4. I led my family in prayer before the Lord, kissed them all, and departing from them entered into the city.
5. Being led by the Spirit of the Lord, I found my father's house and, entering the gate, addressed the guard who was standing there, saying: Behold, I am Abram, son of Terah, who hath spent these forty years in the house of Shem. Take me now to my father.
6. The guard stood as one dumbfounded, knowing not what to make of such a greeting, but at length called a boy whom he dispatched to locate my father.
7. At length the lad returned followed closely by my father who was greatly surprised to see me, but who recognised me as his son by the inspiration of the Spirit of the Lord.
8. By this time my arrival had caused great excitement throughout my father's household which was very large; and my mother, having heard of my coming, hastened to the place where we were, weeping and rejoicing, for she had thought that I had wandered from the cave and been slain by wild beasts in the wilderness.
9. At length she led me away to her chamber to talk with me and I told her of all that had transpired with me since my leaving the cave -- of my being led by the angel to the City of Salem, of being instructed under the direction of Shem, of the increase of my family and of the mercies of the true God of Heaven exercised in my behalf.
10. I talked to her of the futility of worshipping idols of wood and stone made by man's hands which have no power in them, and of the order of the Covenant which was preserved in the City of Salem under Noah and Shem, which I had been sent to proclaim in the great City of Ur.
11. My mother heard all my words and rejoiced in them for she was one whose heart had been turned from the worship of dumb idols to the worship of the unknown God.
12. Moreover, a small body of like believers numbering about one hundred souls met secretly in my father's house to worship the unseen God and to pray for further light concerning His ways, among whom were my brother Haran with his son Lot and his daughters Milcah and Sarai, and my brother Nahor.
13. Now when my mother had heard my words, she bade me remain with her until evening when the believers were to meet in her rooms. Wherefore that night I met with those who had rejected the idolatry of their fathers; and they were all of the seed of those who had come out from the City of Peleg.
14. Wherefore I rehearsed unto them all the things I had told unto my mother and they likewise rejoiced therein. But unto my father I spake not these things at this time for he was yet privy to Nimrod and was steeped in his evil ways.
Abram destroys the gods of his father Terah by strategem. He warns his father of the consequences of idol worship.
1. When I had dwelt in my father's house for seven days teaching the Word of life unto the believers, I went unto my father as he sat in his outer court with his servants attending to the affairs of state.
2. And when he would hear me, I said unto him: Father, where is the God who created Heaven and earth and all the hosts of them? My father Terah answered me and said: Behold, my son, those gods who created all things are here with us in the house.
3. My Lord, show them unto me, I pray thee, I exclaimed. Whereupon my father Terah led me unto a chamber in the centre of his house wherein were twelve great idol gods and numerous smaller ones.
4. And my father said unto me: Behold, my son, these twelve great ones are rulers among the gods, and this largest one is ruler above all; and these others were their assistants in creating all things. And my father Terah bowed down and worshipped before his idol gods and we departed from them.
5. When I departed from the presence of my father, I went unto my mother and said unto her: My mother, there is a great evil in this place, for my father keepeth a room full of idols in the centre of his house, which thing is contrary to the commandments of God. Wherefore the wrath of God shall not depart from this house until they are destroyed.
6. Let one of the young men be sent, therefore, to fetch a kid of the goats, and make thereof sweet meat, for therewith shall I destroy these idols in which is neither life nor power.
7. My mother therefore summoned one of the young men who was with her in the house and sent him to fetch a kid of the goats whereof she made savoury meat.
8. When it was prepared I took the savoury meat from her and went unto the room where my father kept his gods. And I prayed there unto the Lord my God saying: O Lord God of Shem and Noah, look upon me here in my weakness and strengthen my arm that I may destroy these false gods, and give me the wisdom and strength to go through all that follows and endure unto the end and in service unto my God.
9. When I had said these words the Spirit of the Lord fell upon me, even the Spirit of prophecy, and I was led to exlaim: Wo unto my father and this wicked and corrupt people among whom he dwelleth, whose hearts are all inclined to vanity, for they serve idol gods of wood and stone, the workmanship of their own hands, which neither eat nor smell nor hear nor speak, for there is no power in them. And those who serve them shall likewise be powerless to escape when the wrath of God shall overtake them in a day they think not.
10. At this time the Spirit of God fell upon me in mighty power to strengthen my arm, and picking up a hatchet which I had brought with me for that purpose, I destroyed all my father's idols, both wood and stone, by the power of God which was in me, except for the largest in whose hands I placed the hatchet.
11. Then, going to my father, I said unto him: My father, I have seen a wonderous thing, for my mother did make me savoury meat this day to offer before the gods who created all things. And when I took the meat in unto them, they all reached forth their hands to partake thereof.
12. When the one who is ruler above all saw their works, he being angered, left the room and returned with an hatchet wherewith he destroyed the other gods, both wood and stone, and behold, he standeth there even now with the hatchet in his hand and savoury meat before him.
13. Hearing these words, my father hastened unto the room of his gods and found it even as I had said, and his anger was kindled against me, and he said: This is an idle tale thou hast told me, and false. Why hast thou done this thing and lied unto me?
14. These gods have no life in them to do these things, for they are wood and stone, and behold, I myself have had them made by craftsmen. Why hast thou then come into my house to destroy my gods?
15. The Spirit of the Lord fell upon me at this time that I should answer my father, and I said unto him: How is it thou servest these idols of wood and stone, the handiwork of the craftsmen, in which is neither life nor power to act?
16. Can these which cannot deliver themselves from the hatchet deliver thee from the power of the enemy? Can they hear thy prayers when thou callest upon them from out of the midst of thine afflictions?
17. Surely it is an evil thing that thou and thy people should serve these false gods, for the Lord Yahweh [Jehovah], He is the God Who created Heaven and earth and all that in them is, and He hath commanded all men to worship Him only, and to serve Him all their days.
18. Behold, your fathers in the days before the great flood worshipped false idols after the same evil combination into which ye have entered, and because of their perversions they were destroyed.
19. Will ye also go on in their wickedness to bring down the wrath of the Most High God upon you, that ye too should be destroyed from under Heaven? Nay, my father, but repent of this evil and turn unto the Lord thy God and live.
20. So saying, I took the hatchet from the hands of the remaining idol and smote him with it until he was destroyed.
Abram brought before Nimrod's court by Terah for destroying his idols. Abram condemns Nimrod and prophesies his kingdom's destruction.
1. My father, hearing my words and seeing what I had done, increased in anger against me and hastened from his house unto the king, for he had access to King Nimrod both day and night.
2. When he entered the king's presence, he bowed down before him and said unto him: My lord king, fifty years ago a manchild was born unto my wife Amthelo, and when he was ten years old, we went on the new moon to worship our ancestral god when my son wandered off into the desert and was lost.
3. But he was found by the people of the desert and raised by them, and he hath recently found his way back into my house, and I have received him with honour as my son.
4. Notwithstanding this, he did this day enter into the room of my gods and destroyed them, and hath spoken against our gods and against that ancient order which hath been handed down from our first father whereunto we are called.
5. Now therefore, my lord king, send for him that he may be judged according to our law, that this evil may be put away from among us.
6. The king thereupon sent three of his mighty men who fetched me from my father's house and brought me before the king. When I appeared before King Nimrod he was seated upon his throne in all his glory; but it was as darkness to me. At his right hand sat my father Terah, and around them sat the princes and noble ones of his realm.
7. And the king said unto me: What is this thing that thy father saith unto me, that thou didst this day enter the room of his gods and destroy them, and that thou hast spoken against our gods and against that ancient order which hath been handed down from our first father whereunto we are called?
8. I answered the king, saying: Why dost thou go on in wickedness to worship these dumb idols in which there is no power even to save themselves?
9. Not only this, but thou hast led others to worship them and to enter into that order which is most abominable in the eyes of the Most High God, for your father whence it cometh is the devil, and is full of lies and blasphemies, and all manner of evil that men should lie and murder to get gain.
10. O foolish, ignorant, wicked king, wo shall be unto thee forever and ever for thou art the son of Perdition, for it is he who is thy father. Thou hast corrupted the earth with thy sins and with the sins of thy people who follow thee.
11. It was for entering into this wicked combination to get gain that your ancestors were destroyed in the flood when only eight souls were saved. Wilt thou and thy people follow in their paths? Then the wrath of the Most High God will descend upon thee and smite thee from before His face.
12. Now put away these evil ways and turn unto the Most High God and serve Him that there might be hope for thee. But behold, I see that thy heart is hardened in iniquity that there is no repentance for thee, for the evil one hath sealed thee his; wherefore all thy ways shall come to naught. and thou and thy people shall be destroyed from off the face of the earth.
13. Then I lifted up my hands to Heaven and prayed, saying: O Lord God, Thou who seest all the ways of the wicked and will bring every evil deed into judgment, look upon these evil ones and destroy them that the whole earth be not corrupted by them and brought to destruction.
Abram cast into prison. He is strengthened by angels. Nimrod's astrologers recognise him as a messenger of doom. Abram and his brother Haran cast into the king's furnace at Casdim.
1. When the king heard my words and the prayer which I uttered, he ordered me to be cast into the prison house until he had determined what to do with me. And after ten days the king gathered together all his counsellors and rehearsed unto them all things concerning me.
2. And when he had rehearsed all things unto them, he asked them, saying: What judgment shall such an one receive who hath reviled the king and our gods and our holy order?
3. And they returned judgment unto him, saying: The man who revileth the king should be hanged from a tree until he is dead, and the tree then felled to the ground while all the people shall shout: Thus shall it befall him who revileth the king.
4. But this man hath not only reviled the king but also our gods and our holy order, and according to our law such an one shall be cast into a furnace of fire until he be consumed and naught remain of him in the earth. Let therefore the fire be increased in the king's furnace which is in Casdim where the king's bricks are made, and let this blasphemer be cast into the fire that he be consumed.
5. The king so commanded and for three days and three nights was the fire preparing in Casdim. And at the end of that time I was brought forth from the prison to be cast therein.
6. Nevertheless, while I was in the prison the Lord sent His angels to minister unto me, and to comfort me. And they said unto me: Fear not, Abram, for thy work is not yet finished, for thou shalt yet become the father of many nations, and thou shalt preach the Gospel in far places, even in the land of Egypt shalt thou declare the mysteries of thy God.
7. And though they cast thee into the furnace, is not the Lord able to deliver thee therefrom? For through thy deliverance shall many be brought to bow down and worship the Lord thy God and forsake the evils of Nimrod.
8. Therefore I came forth from the prison confident in the power of my God and in His promise that I should be delivered from the fire. But as I came forth, the astrologers of the king looked upon me, and by the power of Satan they recognised me, for they saw me clothed in light.
9. And they cried out unto the king, saying: O king of all the earth, surely this is the man of whom we spake unto thee fifty years ago that he should rise up to overthrow thy kingdom. Wherefore was he not slain?
10. Hearing these words the king was greatly troubled, and calling my father Terah before him, he exclaimed: Is this then thy son who was to have been slain? And what child then did I slay at his birth? Speak now the truth and thou shalt go free; but if thou speakest not the truth, thou shalt die with thy son.
11. And Nimrod caused my father to swear concerning the matter. And my father answered the king, saying: My lord king, I am guilty! For because of my tender feelings toward my son, I did substitute for him the son of my concubine who was born on the same night.
12. The king's wrath mounted and in his anger he cried: Who advised thee to do this thing? Surely that man shall die. My father, being terrified at the king's anger, said: It was my son Haran who so advised me.
13. Now Haran had not advised my father of anything, but the Spirit of the Lord had wrought upon my father that he was loathe to give me up to the king. Nevertheless, Haran was privy to what my father had done, and Haran was one of the believers in the true God of Heaven, but his heart was not firm nor his faith sure.
14. Whereupon Haran said in his heart: If Abram be delivered from the furnace, then shall I know that the God of Abram is indeed the true God. Wherefore Haran waivered in his faith and his confidence waxed not great in the Most High God. But my confidence was secure, for I knew that it rested upon the Rock of my salvation and that the Word of God faileth not.
15. Now when the king heard the words of my father, he caused that Haran should also be taken with me. And leading us to the vale of Casdim they stripped us of all our clothing and bound us with cords, and cast us into the fire.
Haran is consumed in the furnace but Abram is preserved because of his faith. Nimrod frees Abram and allows him to preach. Three hundred of Nimrod's court are converted to the Gospel.
1. Now Haran, because his faith was not perfect in the Lord his God, was consumed in the fire that no trace of his body remained; but my faith remained firm in the Lord, and He sent His angels to sustain me and release me from my bonds. And I was three days and three nights in the furnace with the angels, conversing with them, and being instructed by them.
2. After the third day the king sent his servants to govern the fire that it might be used again for the making of bricks. But when they came up to the furnace,. behold, I was sitting therein conversing with the angels whom God had sent.
3. Therefore the servants of the king, being greatly astonished, went and told him of this matter, but he would not believe them. However, when the men persisted in their tale and showed great consternation, King Nimrod himself came unto the furnace, but the angels had departed and I sat alone in the flames.
4. When he saw me therein unconsumed, the king cried out in alarm: O Abram. art thou a sorcerer greater than ours that thou shouldst live in the flames unconsumed? But I answered him, saying: No so, O king, but the God of Heaven who is the true God above all hath sent His angels unto me, and hath preserved me from this fire.
5. Being much amazed the king exclaimed: Come forth then from the fire, for I see that no power of mine can harm thee. Whereupon I ascended from the furnace and stood before the king and his counsellors who examined me closely. But behold, even my hair was not singed.
6. Wherefore the king caused garments from his own wardrobe to be brought and I was clothed thereof. And he caused me to be seated upon a throne at his right hand where my father was wont to sit, and said unto me: What of Haran thy brother who was cast into the furnace with thee? Did the angels carry him away to some far place that he might be saved?
7. But I answered him: Nay, but the faith of my brother was not perfect in the Most High God; wherefore he was consumed in the flames.
8. Upon hearing this the king marvelled and permitted me to speak in his court concerning the Most High God and the redemption which should be wrought in behalf of those who believed on His Name. Nevertheless the heart of the king was not changed, for he gloried in power and he thought to learn my power by pertmitting me to speak.
9. But about three hundred men of those who sat in the king's court were converted to the Lord and followed no more after the evil order of Nimrod; wherefore they were cast out of the king's presence. But as for me, the king gave me many gifts and sent me away in peace. And many were joined unto the believers in the Lord from that day.
10. For having heard of my salvation from the fire, multitudes came to my father's house to hear of the God who could do such mighty things. And many were converted unto the truth.
Sarai is among the believers in Ur. Her beauty and virtues are extolled. Abram marries Sarai.
1. Now among the believers were Lot, the son of Haran, and Haran's daughters Milcah and Sarai. Milcah was fair but Sarai was beautiful above all women.
2. Her face was as that of an angel filled with light, her cheeks as two roses in full bloom, her hair as spun gold which men treasure above all, her eyes as pools of blue reflecting the glory of God's sky, her nose delicate and lovely, and her countenance truly was fair as the sun.
3. Her breasts like two mountains rising above the plain of Shinar were fair to behold, and her complexion truly like the clouds in purity. Her arms were comely, her hands perfect and delightful to behold, always in the service of those in need and quick to hasten to the service of the Lord her God.
4. Her palms were lovely, unmarred by her constant labour, her fingers long and slender. Her feet were comely and always set in the path of truth. Her thighs were well-rounded and soft, yet never failing to sustain her in her labours in behalf of the servants of God. Truly was no maiden fairer than Sarai, the daughter of Haran, for her beauty was greater than all other women's and she excelled them all.
5. But with her beauty was great wisdom and perfect faith in the Lord, and constant service in behalf of the saints, for her hands never ceased from blessing the people of God.
6. Wherefore my brother Nahor took Milcah, the daughter of Haran, to wife; but I, Abram, took Sarai at the direction of the Lord. And I found great joy in her.
Nimrod's dream. Zeptah, Lilith and Nefritiri slain on Potiphar's hill. Abram escapes the priest of Pharaoh. The Lord destroys the idol gods by an earthquake. Abram and the believers leave Ur for Shinar.
1. But behold, Satan was not content to have me continue to disrupt his kingdom in peace; wherefore he sent a dream unto King Nimrod in which the king did see that I should be the destruction of himself and of his kingdom.
2. And moreover it was shown the king in his dream that three of his own household, even Zeptah, Lilith and Nefritiri, daughters to Onitah, the son of Nimrod, who were virgins, had joined the believers of the Most High God.
3. When the king awoke from his sleep, he was angry and caused that I, with these three virgins, Zeptah, Lilith and Nefritiri, should be seized and bound and carried to Potiphar's hill at the head of the plain of Olishem, to be sacrificed unto the god of Pharaoh, king of Egypt.
4. And these three virgins did the priest of Pharaoh offer up on the altar; and they died singing praises to the Lord and bearing witness to the truth. Wherefore they shall be blessed forever, for they have entered into the rest of the Lord.
5. And when these virgins were slain, the priests of Pharaoh took me also and laid me upon the altar to slay me. But I cried unto the Lord my God for I knew that my mission was not yet ended. And the Lord heard my voice and sent His angel to loose the cords wherewith I was bound.
6. And I saw the Lord seated upon His throne, and He said unto me: Abram, Abram, behold, My Name is Yahweh [Jehovah], and I have heard thee and have come down to deliver thee and to take thee away from thy father's house, and from all thy kindred into a land which is unknown to thee, a land which I have promised unto Noah should be an eternal inheritance unto the promised seed.
7. Behold, I will lead thee by My hand and will put upon thee My Name, that thou shalt bear the Priesthood of the fathers and the power thereof. As it was with Noah, so shall it be with thee, that through thy ministry and the ministry of thy seed bearing this Priesthood, My Name shall be known in the earth forever, for I am thy God.
8. And the Lord broke down the altar of the idol gods by an earthquake and smote their priests that they were all destroyed.
9. But I hastened to my father's house where all the believers were gathered, fasting and praying for me. And I said unto them: Up, for this day we shall depart from this city that the Lord may visit it in wrath and vengeance.
10. Wherefore all the believers gathered together and followed me out of the city to my camp. And we struck our tents and departed from the land of Shinar to go to the City of Salem to confer with father Shem.
11. And my father also, seeing that the king's face would be set against him, gathered together his goods and followed after me. We journeyed slowly, for I had with me many souls, both women and children, and women with child.
Shem blesses Abram's family. Abram settles in Haran and preaches the Gospel. A famine in the land. God appears before Abram.
1. When at length we arrived at the City of Salem, father Shem came forth to greet us bearing bread and unfermented wine which he blessed and gave to us. And he said unto me: Blessed art thou, Abram, for the Most High God hath multiplied thee and behold, thy seed shall be even as the sand upon the seashore without number.
2. Go to now with this great multitude into the land of Canaan, for unto thee and thy seed will I give this land for an everlasting inheritance, saith the Lord God Almighty. Amen.
3. Thus we departed from the presence of Shem and moved into the vicinity of Ludor, which city we renamed Haran. And we dwelt in the suburbs of Haran for three years, for there was much pasture there, and space sufficient for the multitude which accompanied me. And I preached the gospel in Haran, and many souls were added unto the faithful in that place.
4. And there was a famine in the land, but the land of Haran was blessed for our sakes, that the famine there was light. But at the end of three years, the famine abated throughout the land; wherefore Lot, my brother's son, and I went before the Lord in prayer. And in answer to our prayer the Lord appeared to me and said:
5. Arise, Abram, and take Lot with thee and all who follow after thee, for I have purposed to take thee out of Haran and to make of thee a minister to bear My Name in a strange land which I will give unto thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession when they hearken unto My Voice. For I am the Lord thy God. I dwell in the Heavens; the earth is my footstool, for I shall surely walk upon it when I come to redeem My people from their sins.
6. My Name is Yahweh, and I know the end from the beginning; therefore My hand shall be over thee and I will make of thee a great nation; and I will bless thee above measure and make thy name great among all nations. And thou shalt be a blessing unto thy seed after thee, that in their hands they shall bear this ministry and Priesthood, even the Priesthood of the fathers after the Holy Order of God, which is the Church of the Firstborn, unto all nations
7. And I will bless them, even as many as shall receive this Gospel, through thy name, for they shall be called after thy name, even the seed of Abram, as though they were the seed of thine own flesh. And they shall rise up and bless thee as their father.
8. For I will bless them who bless thee, and curse them who curse thee. In thee, through the Priesthood, which is the Light which thou bearest, and in thy seed, through the Priesthood which they shall bear which cometh down from Heaven, shall all the families of the earth be blessed with the blessings of the Gospel, which are the blessings of salvation, even of life eternal.
9. For I give unto thee this promise, that thy seed shall sprinkle all nations, that through them the right to this Priesthood may encomapss all mankind, that all may be brought into the Covenant through obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
10. Now when the Lord had ceased speaking with me, I praised the Lord, saying: Thy servant hath sought thee earnestly; now I have found thee. Thou didst send Thine angels to deliver me from death many times; shall I not do all things which the Lord my God requireth of me? Blessed art Thou, O Lord, who bestowest Thy love without measure upon the righteous but hatest all iniquity.
11. But I have kept thy statutes to walk therein, and have received Thine ordinances, which are Thy keys of light, unto myself, where Thou hast blessed me with the Spirit of knowledge and truth. For my part, I will love Thee freely with all my heart and soul. I will cleave unto Thy holy law to not turn aside therefrom in all Thou hast commanded.
12. I have learned through the gift of Thy Holy Spirit that no man is able to choose his own way, nor direct his own steps, for all such will fall into the pit. In Thine hand is the shaping of each man's soul which thou hast foreordained to conform to the image of the Son. Wherefore I will embrace the Son and call upon God for mercy for evermore. Amen.
Abram takes his family into Canaan. God appears to him at Moreh. He journies into Egypt. The dream of the cedar and the palm tree.
1. Therefore I took Sarai and Lot and all my family, and all Lot's family, and all the souls who had joined us in Ur and in Haran who would come, and we departed out of the land of Haran unto the land of Canaan.
2. But my father had departed not from his idolatry; wherefore he remained in the land of Haran, and Nahor also remained with some others who departed not from the truth of the living God.
3. When we had come into the land of Canaan, I built an altar in the plains of Moreh and offered sacrifice unto the Lord. And the Lord appeared unto me and said: This is the land which I will give unto thee and to thy seed after thee forever.
4. I will make thy seed like the stars of Heaven and will give unto them for an inheritance all the land which belongeth unto the Canaanites, for surely I will destroy them from off the face of the land when their wickedness is full.
5. Wherefore I praised the Lord for His mercy and we departed from that place and journeyed toward Bethel.
6. And when I reached Hebron, I tarried there for two years, but the famine again waxed great in the land. Hearing that there was no famine in Egypt, I determined to journey into that land, remembering the Word of the Lord unto me in Ur, that I should declare the mysteries of my God in the land of Egypt.
7. And behold, the Lord blessed us on our journey that it was made light unto us. And we journeyed until we reached the Kirmyon, one of the branches of the river of Egypt, where we rested from our journey for a season, for here the famine was not so severe.
8. But remembering the Word of the Lord my God unto me, when we were recovered from our journey, I determined to move across the seven branches of the river of Egypt into the heart of the country of the Egyptians.
9. But on the night before I entered into Egypt I dreamed a dream. And behold, in my dream I saw a cedar and a palm tree. And the branches of the palm tree were wrapped around the cedar. Suddenly, a group of men approached, seeking to cut down the cedar and leave the palm tree to stand alone.
10. But the palm tree cried out, saying: Cut not down the cedar. for whosoever seeketh to fell it shall find the curse of God resting upon him. So the men desisted and the cedar was spared by the act of the palm tree.
11. When the dream was ended, I awoke from my sleep and wondered at it. Wherefore I went before the Lord in prayer and besought Him, saying: O Lord, show me the interpretation of this dream which I have had this night.
12. And the Lord said unto me: Behold, Sarai thy wife is a beautiful woman to look upon above all the women of the earth. Therefore it shall come to pass that when the Egyptians shall see her, they will say: She is his wife, and they will seek to slay thee for the sake of obtaining thy wife.
13. Let Sarai thy wife, therefore, say unto them: He is my kinsman, and thy soul shall live. For thou art the cedar, O Abram, and Sarai is the palm tree. And this is the interpretation of the dream. For through the act of thy wife thou shalt be saved, and the way will be opened for thee to preach the mysteries of godliness in the court of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. For these Egyptians are thy kindred of the seed of Eber, and it is My will that the truths of the everlasting Gospel should be brought to them.
14. Now I had heard while I dwelt in Haran that some of the seed of Eber had entered into Egypt and driven the seed of Ham to the south, and taken possession of the land. But these followed not after the God of their father Eber but worshipped idol-gods, even as did my father Terah, but they followed not after the abominations of Nimrod.
15. Now these Hebrews were of the seed of Hadoram, the son of Joktan, the son of Eber [from whom comes the name "Hebrew"]. And Joktan was the brother of Peleg. And Eber was the son of Salah, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem. Wherefore the Lord had sent me to preach the Gospel unto these who had departed from the God of their fathers.
16. Wherefore I awakened my wife Sarai and I said unto her: I have had a dream of the Lord. She said unto me: Tell it to me, that I may know what it is. Therefore I related unto her the dream and all that the Lord had said to me concerning it. And I said unto her: When the men of the land shall enquire of thee, saying: Who is this who accompanyeth thee, say unto them simply: He is my kinsman.
17. Thus shall my soul live and the Lord will use their love for thee as a woman as a means whereby the Gospel shall be preached amongst them. Fear not to do this thing for they will neither defile thee contrary to the covenants nor slay me, but all shall come to pass to the glory of our God.
18. But Sarai, my wife, was fearful when she heard of the danger through which we must pass. And she wept that night before the Lord. But she placed her trust in Him and was comforted by His Holy Spirit.
Abram crosses into Zoan. Sarai's beauty causes a sensation in the court of Pharaoh. He seizes her and takes her as wife. God curses all the Egyptians with impotence. Pharaoh asks Abram to heal him.
1. The next day we moved across the seven branches of the river and proceeded toward Zoan where Pharaoh dwelt. But I kept Sarai hidden until we reached Zoan, for it was in the home of Pharaoh that the Lord purposed to use her great beauty to open the heart of Pharaoh unto the Word of God.
2. When we reached the City of Zoan, three of Pharaoh's officers met us and I brought Sarai forth to sit at my right hand while I gave them audience.
3. And according to the Word of the Lord, while I attempted to explain unto them our having come there because of the famine in the land of Canaan, and that we had means wherewith to support ourselves while we sojourned among them, they kept bestowing compliments upon Sarai for her great beauty and wisdom and the lustre of her countenance.
4. When the men departed from me, they went directly into the presence of Pharaoh. And when they had eaten with him, he had good wine brought forth. While they drank together, they began to speak unto him of what had transpired, but all they could speak of were the beauties of Sarai.
5. How beautiful is the woman Sarai, they said, who sitteth at Abram's right hand. How comely is the shape of her face; how delicate and finespun her tresses. How beautiful her eyes. How delicate is her nose and the whole lustre of her countenance. How fair are her breasts and how comely withal is her complexion. How comely too are her arms and how perfect her hands. How pleasing are her hands to behold; how lovely her palms; how long and slender her fingers. How comely are her feet. How well-rounded her thighs.
6. None of the maidens and none of the brides that enter the bridal chamber are fairer than she. Her beauty is greater than all other women's and she excells them all. Moreover, along with this beauty she hath great wisdom. And the workmanship of her hands is fair indeed. When he heard these words Pharaoh lusted after Sarai and sent his servants to fetch her to him.
7. Knowing it to be the will of the Lord, I let her go, although my heart was grieved within me.
8. When Pharaoh saw her, his lust grew within him, for he was overcome by her beauty. And he took her into his household as his wife and sent men to slay me that I might not rise up to claim her. But Sarai, seeing these things, said unto Pharaoh: He is but my kinsman; wherefore Pharaoh called back his men and my life was spared.
9. But Lot and I and all our household spent that night in prayer before the Lord for Sarai, that she might accomplish her mission, and that she might not be defiled contrary to the covenant of marriage.
10. And I stood with my arms stretched out toward Heaven and I said: Blessed art thou, O Lord, the Most High God, Lord of all the worlds, and Lord and Ruler over all things. I know that thou dost rule over all the kings of the earth, executing judgment upon them in righteousness, even as thou didst save me from the evil designs of the mighty king Nimrod.
11. Now I do complain before Thee concerning Pharaoh of Zoan, king of Egypt, who hath violently abducted my wife Sarai from me. Wreck justice upon him in my behalf, and let me behold Thy hand wax mightily against him and against all his household. And let him not be able this night to defile my wife contrary to her covenants.
12. Let them come to know, O lord. that Thou art the Lord of all the kings of the earth and the Ruler of all men, for for this cause did I suffer Sarai to go among them according to Thy counsel.
13. And God hearkened unto my prayer and withheld His Spirit from among the Egyptians that none of them were able to come at their wives that night. In the morning consternation reigned throughout the land of Egypt, for no man had been able to lie with his wife that night.
14. Pharaoh was also greatly perplexed for although his lust toward Sarai had grown throughout the night, he had been unable to satisfy his lust because of the curse of God which rested upon him. Therefore he summoned all of his wise men and the physicians of the household, but none could heal him, and all had suffered the same affliction.
15. Then the Spirit of the Lord fell upon Sarai and she said: My lord, it is indeed a sad matter that this affliction should be upon thee. My kinsman Abram is a man full of wisdom and of the Spirit of God. Send for him, therefore, and he shall tell thee how to be delivered from these bonds.
16. Now this she said at the direction of the Lord our God. And the Lord softened Pharaoh's heart that he hearkened unto her words, and he sent Shulem, one of his chief ministers, unto my camp.
17. When Shulem arrived in camp, he was, according to my directions, led to the tent of Lot. And when he had entered the tent, he bowed before Lot and said: My lord Pharaoh and all the males of the land of Egypt have been cursed that they are unable to come at their wives.
18. But it hath been told Pharaoh by his handmaiden Sarai that her kinsman Abram is a man full of wisdom and of the Spirit of your God. Let him therefore come and lay his hands upon my lord Pharaoh and pray for him that he may be healed and live.
19. But Lot said unto him: As long as his wife Sarai remains with the king, my uncle Abram will not be able to pray for him. Be off thou and tell the king to release the woman to her husband. Then he will pray for him and he will be healed.
20. When Shulem heard these words, he was amazed, and went straightway to the king. My lord king, he said, this curse hath come on account of Sarai the wife of Abram. Let Sarai be but restored to her husband Abram and this curse will be lifted from off all the males of Egypt.
21. Upon hearing these words, the king asked Sarai, saying: Is this thing so? Whereupon Sarai said: Yea, my lord, and it is done that thou mightest behold the power of God. For when thy heart lusted after me, thou shouldst have asked and not taken me by force. But this is done that the glory of God might be revealed, that thou shouldst turn from the worship of dumb idols to the worship of the true and living God.
Pharaoh and the Egyptians are healed. Sarai is returned to Abram. The whole of Egypt is converted to the Gospel. Pharaoh is sealed into the Abramic Covenant. The Temple of Seth and Shem restablished.
1. Hearing these words, Pharaoh summoned me to him, and when I entered his presence he asked: What is this that hath been done? or I have taken Sarai to wife while she was yet thy wife, and for this thing a curse hath fallen upon me and all the males in the land of Egypt. Therefore pray for me that this curse may be removed from me.
2. According to Pharaoh's request I laid my hands upon him and prayed over him. And he and all the males of Egypt were healed. When the king had been blessed, he saw that he had recovered, and he praised the Lord for his recovery. Wherefore I took him into his garden and baptized him in the Name of the Lord, and all his household with him.
3. And when I had blessed him again, Sarai came before him, and he knew that he had been healed of his lust toward her, for the Spirit of God fell upon him with this testimony. And the witness thereof was sure.
4. Then Pharaoh arose and praised the Lord and proclaimed to all his people that they should worship the Most High God who had healed them. And he desired to enter into a covenant of eternal brotherhood with me, that I should be his spiritual father and he should be my spiritual son.
5. Wherefore I said unto Pharaoh: Put forth thy hand upon my thigh and I will make thee swear before the Lord, the God of Heaven and earth, that thou shalt be true to me, and thine heirs to my heirs forever. And I shall receive thee unto myself to be my son and brother, to inherit all the blessings of my house and to bear the Priesthood of God forever.
6. Wherefore Pharaoh put his hand upon my thigh and sware unto me according to this oath. And when he had sworn, Lot sealed him into the Patriarchal Covenant that he might belong to Yahweh [Jehovah] forever. And Pharaoh rejoiced therein.
7. And the king clothed me in his own robes and seated me upon his throne, placing his crown upon my head and his sceptre in my right hand. And I did teach him and his people in all the mysteries of godliness from the first to last.
8. For Pharaoh did intruduce me into the temple which had been built by the fathers, commenced by father Seth and completed by father Shem after the great flood. And therein I did officiate in the rites and ordinances of the House of the Lord.
9. And Pharaoh made all matters right with Sarai, and he blessed her with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that was in him. And she was blessed by his ministry. And he gave unto her Hagar, his own daughter, also, to be her companion. And to Hagar he gave many gifts.
10. And I was seven years in the land of Egypt teaching the Gospel and administering unto Pharaoh and his household, and all the Egyptians, the blessings, rites and ordinances of the Gospel, and the power thereof. And I established among them the Order of the Fathers or Patriarchs and the Priesthood thereof, until the name of Yahweh was glorified through the land of Egypt.
11. And I taught the people the nature of the Heavens and of the earth, and the plan of salvation, and the blessinmgs of the Lord unto those who serve Him in purity of heart; and to believe on the Son of God who should come and make an atonement for their sins.
12. And so great was the power of God among us that in time all of the Egyptians had turned away from their idolatry to the worship of the true God. And I, and my people, had cause to rejoice in the fruits of our labours.
Abram and Sarai renamed Abraham and Sarah. God fortells of a day when the present Hebrew rulers of Egypt will be overrun by the Hamites and Abraham's posterity taken into bondage. The rise of Moses prophesised. Abraham is commanded to return to Canaan.
1. At the end of seven years the Lord visited me and said unto me: Blessed art thou, Abram, servant of the Most High, for thy joy shall be great in My mansion with this multitude which thou hast brought unto Me; wherefore, Thy name shall no more be called Abram, but Abraham shalt thou be called, which is by interpretation, Father of a Multitude.
2. Moreover thy wife Sarai shall no longer be called by that name, but Sarah shall she be called, which signifieth a Queen. For Sarah have I chosen and appointed to be thy queen of queens, for from her shall issue the promised seed, even he who shall be thine heir.
3. Behold, the day cometh when the seed of Ham shall again rule in this land, and in that day thy seed shall be in bondage to them. But I will raise up a prince from among the Egyptians who shall lead them out of bondage, and they shall inherit the land of Canaan, even that land which I have promised unto thee and to thy seed after thee for an everlasting inheritance.
4. Moreover, from the loins of thine heir shall proceed the Messiah, even the Son of God, who shall walk upon the earth ministering to the poor and lowly, who shall be lifted up that the price might be paid for the original sin of Adam and for the sins of all mankind, that all who will believe on His Name might be saved through obedience and a righteous walk.
5. These promises are thine, My son, and I say unto thee: Thou shalt be exalted and dwel with Me in the mansion of My Father. 6. Now take thy people and return into the land of Canaan for there I have a mission for thee, and there shall the promises come to pass in thy behalf.
7. When I had received this Word of the Lord and He had departed from me, I went unto Pharaoh and told him that I must depart from his realm as the Lord had a work for me to do in the land of Canaan.
8. Though he was loathe to see me go, Pharaoh bowed to the will of God and appointed men from his own bodyguard to escort me to the borders of Egypt. And he gave me gifts of cattle and silver and gold and fine cloth and precious jewels of every kind.
Abraham moves to Bethel and offers sacrifices. Abraham and Lot part and Lot settles in Sodom. Lot's faction is unwilling to live the United Order. The Holy Order prospers under Abraham.
1. So I went up out of Egypt and Lot accompanied me who had taken three wives in Egypt, namely Jennifer, daughter of Eliezer of Damascus, Deborah, daughter of Kumen who had come out of the City of Ur, and Asterah, daughter of Pharaoh, king of Egypt.
2. Travelling slowly and stoppping often to camp upon our way, we eventually reached Bethel, where yet stood the altar that I had built there at first. I restored it to its perfect form and offered sacrifices thereon to the Most High God.
3. And I called there upon the Name of the Lord of all worlds and offered praise to the Name of God, and blessed God, and gave thanks before Him for all the possessions and prosperity which he had bestowed upon us, and for the many souls we had won in Egypt, and for having brought us back safely to that land.
4. Now ater our departure from Egypt, a faction arose among our people upon seeing the great wealth which Pharaoh had entrusted to us, for they desired property which they could call their own. Lot was also among them, which thing grieved me greatly, but seeing they would not be reconciled, we gave unto them a portion of the common property and they departed from us under Lot's direction and settled in the Valley of the River Jordan.
5. There they went from place to place as their flocks needed pasture until they reached the City of Sodom where they mingled with the inhabitants and became one with them. Lot also built a house in Sodom and settled there, but of all the company that went out from us, only Lot maintained his integrity and did not violate the covenants of his Priesthood nor bow to heathen idolgods.
6. Nevertheless Lot did not walk perfectly in the way of the fathers for he dwelt not among the people of God but built his own house. And he coveted his own property that he should govern it rather than holding all things common with the saints.
7. Nevertheless, Lot did continue to serve the Lord, and the Lord loved him and his family. And his property grew very large. But I was grieved in my heart that Lot had parted from me, for he had stood at my right hand and had been instructed in a better way.
8. Meanwhile I, with my people, dwelt in Bethel where we did worship the Lord our God after the Covenant and did strive diligently to establish the Holy Order of God among us in ever increasing perfection. Wherefore we did banish from among us all contention, all covetousness, all selfishness, and we were of one heart and of one mind, and dedicated all of our service unto the Lord. And our material possessions we held in common, for no man called anything his own.
God shows Abraham the extent of the Promised Land. He settles his family at Mamre. Abraham gives a great feast and blesses the Lord.
1. One night God appeared to me in a vision and said: Go up to the top of Hazor and lift up thine eyes and gaze eastward and westward, and southward and northward, and behold all this land. For behold, unto thee and to thy seed after thee shall I give it for an everlasting inheritance.
2. The next day I ascended Hazor as the Lord had commanded me and I gazed upon all the land from the river of Egypt unto Lebanon and Shenir, from the Great Sea unto Hauran, the whole area of Seir as far as Kadesh, the whole of the great wilderness which lieth east of the Hauran and the region of Shenir as far as the Euphrates.
3. And as I beheld the land, the Lord my God spake in my heart, saying: Blessed art thou, Abraham, for I have chosen thee to stand at the head of a multitude. Wherefore unto thee and to thy seed after thee I will give this land, even all that thine eye beholdeth, that ye may possess it forever.
4. And I will multiply thy seed like the dust of the earth, for even as no man can count the dust of the earth, so shall thy seed be without number. Rise up now and compass this land. Behold the length of it and the breadth of it, for I will give it unto thee and to thy seed forever.
5. Even so I, Abraham, descended from the high place and set out to behold all the land. I commenced at the river of Egypt and came to the shore of the lake beside which I travelled until I reached the mountain of the Ox. Thence I turned from the Great Lake [Dead Sea] which is by Sodom and walked across the breadth of the land until I reached Euphrates.
6. Thence I journeyed even unto the Red Sea which I followed unto its head. Thence I went onward to the river of Egypt again, having compassed the whole land according to the command of God. When I had completed my journey, I bowed down and praised the Lord and returned safely unto my family where I found everyone well.
7. Not many days hence, under the direction of the Lord, I departed from Bethel and settled in the plains of Mamre on the northeast of Hebron, and there I built an altar and offered an offering unto the Most High God and dedicated that land unto the Lord.
8. And I held a great feast unto the Lord and together with all the men of my household I invited Mamre, Aneram and Eshcol, my friends who were wanderers in the land as we were, and who had joined the believers in the Most high God, into the Solemn Assembly. And after this all my people ate and drank together with me before the Lord.
9. At this feast the Spirit of the Lord fell upon me and, laying aside my garments, I danced before the Lord and sang unto the Lord a new song, saying: Blessed art thou, O Lord, who hast given unto man knowledge of Thy ways that he might understand Thy wonders and discern Thy truths and see Thine abundant mercies.
10. Blessed art Thou, O God, Who art full of compassion and grace, for the greatness of Thy power, the abundancer of Thy truth, and the profusion of Thy mercies over all Thy works. Rejoice the soul of Thy servant in Thy truth and through Thy righteousness make me clean before Thee.
11. Blessed art Thou, O Lord, for Thou hast placed in the mouth of Thy servant the sacred words of power that I might stand as thy minister continually, that I may confer Thy grace upon Thy children, and that I myself may return to Thy presence.
Sarah, Kadar and Judith, and the whole congregation sing and dance to the Lord. Angels appear and some have visions of God.
1. Sarah also rose up, full of the Holy Spirit, and danced and sang before the Lord. And this is the song of Sarah: In Thee, O Lord, will my soul be raised up, for thou hast bestowed upon me Thy grace whereby I am restored to Thy presence, for I have entered into Thy Holy House and received the Spirit of Thy presence.
2. Surely in my tent at night I will sing songs of joy unto the Lord as I am overshadowed by my beloved and lifted up in the foreshadowing of eternity. And surely in receiving Thy Spirit through the overshadowing of the Priesthood, which is the Messiah in my beloved, I have received salvation. Wherefore in the midst of Thy people, those who reverence Thy Holy Name, I will praise Thee and glorify Thy Name forever.
3. My wife Kadar also arose and proceeded to dance and sing before the Lord. And her song was: Bless the Lord, O my soul; exalt His Name among the people. I will praise Thee, O Lord, upon my bed when the wellsprings of my joy are opened up. I will praise Thee at all times and seasons.
4. When the sun riseth upon the earth, I will praise Thy Holy Name. When in its ordered course day reacheth its turnming point at the meridian [noon] I shal not fail to praise Thee. Again in the evening when the daylight departeth, I will marvel at Thy wonders and glorify Thy Name.
5. Then arose up My wife Judith who danced and sang, saying: Praise the Lord who hath shown me the wonders of His ways. For as I lay upon My bed enwrapped in the ecstasies of the Holy Spirit, when the Spirit rushed into me, I saw the vision of the Almighty and heard that which is unlawful to be spoken.
6. Yea, O Lord, Thou has visited me, and I have heard Thy wondrous voice, and I know Thy words are true. Through Thy Holy Spirit and the glorious inner vision to which Thou didst open my mind in the moment of ecstasy, Thou hast caused a spring of knowledge to well up within me, a fountain of strength and power, of loving kindness and glory in my God.
7. Thou hast put an end to the darkness of the world in me and the splendour of Thy glory hath become in me an eternal light. Wherefore I will praise Thy Name forever and give myself unto Thee.
8. When Judith had finished her song, all the congregation, being filled with the Holy Spirit, arose to their feet and began to dance and sing and praise the Lord, and to prophesy in His Name.
9. And some saw angels in our midst, and others saw the Heavens opened and beheld God seated upon His Throne, and all were filled with His Spirit, and shouted praises to the Lord in joyous lays until dawn.
10. Then we all arose up before the Lord and praised His Name for this great outpouring and worshipped Him all that day. And we rejoiced in the grace of the Lord our God.
Mesopotamian armies overrun the cities of the plains and take Lot priosner. Abraham and his confederates destroy the invaders.
1. Previous to this time Amraphel, son of Nimrod king of Shinar, Chederlaomer king of Elam, Arioch king of Ellashar [Larsa] and Tidal, king of Goyim in Mesopotamia, had waged war against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinah king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim and the king of Bela.
2. They assembled for combat in the valley of Siddim; and the king of Shinar and his royal allies overcame the king of Sodom and his confederates, and imposed tribute upon them. For twelve years they paid their tribute to the king of Shinar, but in the thirteenth year they revolted against him.
3. In the fourteeneth year the king of Shinar led forth all his allies and they went up along the way of the wilderness attacking and plundering all who were confederate with the king of Sodom. But the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela came forth to battle and met Amraphel and his allies in the valley of Siddim.
4. However, Amraphel and his allies prevailed against them and Bera king of Sodom turned and fled; and Birsha, king of Gomorrah, fell into the slime pits which were in the valley of Siddim and perished there. The remainder of the kings fled unto the mountain which was called Hanabal, and tarried there in great fear.
5. Thereupon the king of Shinar and his allies overran the cities of Sodom and Gomorah, seizing the inhabitants thereof captive and plundering all their goods, and proceeded back toward the land of Shinar.
6. With them also they took Lot, my brother's son, who had settled in Sodom together with all he possessed. But one of Lot's servants who dwelt in his house escaped and came to me in Hebron and told me that Lot, my brother's son, had been taken with all his possessions, but that he yet lived. He showed me, moreover, the route which the kings had taken toward the land of Damascus.
7. When I heard this news, my heart melted within me for Lot, who had stood at my right hand, had been as a brother to me in the place of my brother Haran, who had been slain in the land of Shinar. O that Lot had stayed among the body of the saints of the Most High God, I thought, and not gone off to possess his own property apart. Then these circumstances would never have befallen him that he should be in the hands of Amraphel, son of Nimrod king of Shinar and his hosts.
8. But as I thus mourned over Lot, the Word of the Lord came unto me, saying: Arise, Abraham, and take thee three hundred and eighty of the young men of the strength of thine house, and also thy friends Aneram, Eshcol and Mamre, each with one hundred and five of the strength of his house, and also Eliezer of Damascus who is with thee in the tent, and pursue after Amraphel, son of Nimrod king of Shinar, for truly I shall deliver his hosts into your hands.
9. Wherefore we did according to all that the Lord had commanded me, having in all seven hundreds of men. And we pursued after them even unto the valley of Lachish [Dan] where we found them encamped. And falling upon them by night from all four directions, we commenced the work of death and continued wrecking slaughter among them and discomforting them all that night.
10. And with the rising of the sun they fled from before us until they reached Hobah which is situated to the west of Damascus where we did again overtake them and overpower them. There we did strip them of all that they had taken as plunder and loot and likewise of all their own goods.
11. Lot also and his family we rescued from their hands and, restoring him to all his possessions and all that they had taken from him as spoil, we returned him to his home in peace.
1. When the king of Sodom heard that I had returned from the conquest of Amraphel son of Nimrod king of Shinar, he came forth to meet me at the valley of Shaveh which is west of the city of Salem where Noah and Melchizedek [Shem] dwelt. And Melchizedek [Shem] brought forth bread and unfermented wine from the city of Salem unto the valley of Shaveh where we were encamped.
2. And he [Melchizedek/Shem] being the High Priest after the Order of the Most High God brake the bread and blessed it. And he blessed the wine also and distributed them unto me and to those who were with me. And we partook and were filled.
3. And Melchizedek lifted up his hands to Heaven and blessed me, and said: Blessed Abraham: thou art a man of the Most High God, possessor of Heaven and of earth, wherefore His Name and Priesthood shall not depart from thee and thy seed after thee while the earth shall stand. And even in eternity shall it remain with thee. And blessed is the Name of the Most High God, and almighty His power which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand.
4. And I, Abraham, gave unto the hand of Melchizedek tithes of all I had taken, for he was the presiding High Priest after the Order of the Most High God, the first of the fathers unto me. And he reigned under his father Noah.
5. And when the king of Sodom had come unto me, he said unto me; my lord Abraham, give me the persons who are not thine but who are with thee whom thou hast rescued from the hand of Amraphel son of Nimrod king of Shinar, but let all the property be left with thee.
6. But I said unto him: This day do I, Abraham, lift up my hands before the Most High God, before His holy angels and before these witnesses who are with us, and declare that I will not take even so much as a thread of a shoe's latchet which is not mine, lest thou shouldst say that all Abraham's wealth cometh readily from thy possessions.
7. Only that which the young men who are with me have eaten and that which Aneram, Eshcol and Mamre -- these three stalworts who went with me -- have received as their share shall be excepted of all that I took from Amraphel son of Nimrod king of Shinar that was thine. The rest I return freely unto thee. Now go thy way in peace.
8. Thereupon I returned all the possessions and all the spoil and gave them unto the king of Sodom, and I released all the captives and sent them away rejoicing.
9. And when I had done this Melchizedek again lifted up his voice and blessed me, saying: Blessed art thou, Abraham, for the Most High shall visit thee and shall bestow upon thee riches and honour and lands for an everlasting possession because thou hast been true and faithful to the covenants which thou hast entered into before Him.
10. Wherefore thou shalt continue to increase, worlds without end, and the glory of the Lord shall never depart from thee. The blessings of thy fathers shall rest upon thee and thou shalt stand at the head. And in thee and in thy seed after thee -- those who shall bear thy Priesthood, which is the Priesthood of the Father -- shall all the nations of the earth be blessed. Therefore depart in peace.
The Order of the Ancients and the power thereof. Melchizedek and the City of Peace. Abraham questions God on Sarah's barrenness. He sees the days of Jesus Christ in vision and understands the work of Atonement.
1. Therewith I departed from Melchizedek, rejoicing in his blessing, for he was a man of faith who wrought righteousness, and when a child he feared God, and by his faith he stopped the mouths of lions and quenched the violence of fire when those of the evil combination sought to destroy him from off the face of the earth.
2. Therefore, having been approved of God, he was ordained a High Priest after the Order of the Covenant which God made with Enoch, which is after the Order of the Firstborn, even our father Adam. For this Holy Order came not by man, nor the will of men, neither by father nor mother, neither by beginning of days nor end of years, but of God.
3. For it was established in the beinning of the earth by the Ancient of Days, wherefore it is called by some the Order of the Ancients, and it was delivered unto men from the beginning by the calling of God's own voice according to His own will through the voice of His Priesthood, unto as many as believed on His Name and were faithful until they had obtained.
4. Behold, these could transcend the veil, according to the will of God, and commune with the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn in Heaven. And many were caught up to be with them.
5. For God had sworn unto Enoch and unto his seed with an oath by Himself that everyone being ordained after this order inwardly and outwardly should have power by faith to break mountains, to divide the seas, to dry up waters, to turn them out of their course, to put at defiance the armies of nations, to divide the earth, to break every band, to stand in the presence of God, to do all things according to His will and command, subdue principalities and powers, and this by the will of the Son of God, the Only Begotten of the Father which was from before the foundation of the world. And men having this faith and coming up unto this order of God could be translated and taken up into Heaven.
6. Now Melchizedek was a priest after this order which is the Holy Order of God; therefore he obtained peace in Salem and was called the Prince of Peace. And his people wrought righteousness and obtained Heaven, for they sought for the City of Enoch which God had before taken, separating it from the earth, having reserved it unto the latter days, or the end of the world.
7. For God hath said and sworn with an oath that the Heavens and the earth should come together again and the sons of God be tried even by fire. And thus Melchizedek, having established righteousness, was called the King of Heaven by his people, or in other words, the King of Peace. And they communed with those in the City of Enoch and in the City of Peleg, and had access to them and were blessed all their days.
8. After these things God appeared to me in a vision and He said unto me: Behold, Abraham, it is ten full years since thou camest into this land from Haran. Two years didst thou remain then in the land, seven years was thou in Egypt, and one year hath passed since thy return from Egypt.
9. Now, number all that thou hast and see how it hath increased to double that which went out with thee in the day thou camest forth from Haran. Therefore fear not, for I am with thee and will be thy help and the source of thy strength. I will be thy shield and thine exceeding great reward, and thy wealth, and thy possessions shall I increase exceedingly.
10. And I said unto Him: My Lord God, truly my wealth and my possessions have increased but, behold, Eliezer of Damascus standeth as mine heir whereas prior to my departure from the City of Salam, father Shem said unto me: Eliezer is a good and righteous man, and he shall be greatly blessed in time and in eternity, but he shall not be thine heir, for another shall be thine who shall come forth from the womb of thy wife whom thou shalt take in the house of thy father, for she is ordained to be thy queen of queens and the mother of thine heir.
11. Wherefore then doth Sarah remain barren, having neither son nor daughter? The Lord answered me saying: Nay, fear not, for none shall be thine save he that shall come forth from the womb of thy wife Sarah, for she is ordained to be thy queen of queens and the mother of thine heir. Therefore is her name called Sarah.
12. And the Lord took me out of the camp and said: Look now toward Heaven and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them. And he said unto me: So shall thy seed be. And I said unto Him: Lord God, how wilt Thou give me this land for an everlasting inheritance? And the Lord replied: Though thou wast dead, yet am I not able to give it thee? 13. And if thou shalt die, yet thou shalt possess it, for the day cometh that the Son of Man shall live, but how can He live if He be not dead? He must first be quickened.
14. And the Lord touched the eyes of my understanding that they were opened, and I beheld the days of the Son of Man, for I beheld Him ministering to my seed, teaching them the law of God, healing the sick, casting out devils and doing many wonderful works.
15. I also saw the Son of Man lifted up upon the Cross for the sins of men; wherefore I wept for the wickedness of man which would crucify the Son of God. Nevertheless I saw also that He should rise again from the dead, wherein my heart did rejoice and my soul found rest in the knowledge that though I should die, yet again in the flesh should I see God and dwell in the land of my inheritance.
16. For I saw also the days of the coming of the Son of Man upon the earth in the last days when He shall descend with ten thousands of His saints according to the prophecy of father Enoch, and the earth shall be cleansed by fire. Then all shall rise to stand before God, both the just and the unjust, to be judged according to their works.
Abraham offers sacrifice through which two personages pass. He is told of the future bondage of Israel in Egypt for four hundred years. The Messiah shall be born through his seed.
1. And the Lord said unto me: I, the Lord thy God, saved thee from the fire in the land of Shinar and from the hand of the wicked priest, and from the evil intentions of king Nimrod, and I brought thee into this land that I might give it to thee as an everlasting inheritance.
2. Now I knew that the Word of the Lord was true. Nevertheless I desired to know more of this inheritance which the Lord had promised me. Wherefore I said: Lord, how shall it be that I shall inherit this land wherein I am a stranger? And the Lord said unto me: 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 turtle dove and a young pigeon.
3. Divide each of these in the midst and lay one half on each side of an open place, except the birds thou shalt not divide but lay one on each side. Wherefore I went and did according to all that the Lord had commanded me and when the fowls came down upon the carcasses, I drove them away.
4. And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon me and lo, in the sleep was a great horror of darkness. And I cried unto the Lord, saying: O Lord, what meaneth this great horror and darkness? And the Lord said unto me: Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land which shall not be theirs, and shall be in bondage to strangers, even to the seed of Ham who shall again overrun the land of Egypt.
5. And thy seed shall be afflicted and serve them four hundred years. But at that time I shall judge the seed of Ham and thy seed shall come up out of the land of Egypt with great substance. And as for thee, thou shalt die and go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. But in the fourth generation thy seed shall come higher again, for the iniquity of the Canaanites is not yet full.
6. And it came to pass that when the sun was down and it was dark, behold, two Personages passed between those pieces which I had divided. And their countenance was as fire such that I could hardly look upon them. And the one said to me:
7. Behold, of thy seed shall the Messiah come who shall redeem all those who believe on His Name and walk in His footsteps. Wherefore repent and call upon the Name of the Son all thy days that in the end thou mayest dwell with Me in My mansion
Sarah gives Hagar to Abraham to wife. Hagar taunts Sarah and is expelled from the camp by her. An angel appears to Hagar at Beerla-hai-roi. Hagar gives birth to Ishmael.
1. Now when Sarah saw that she bare neither son nor daughter, it grieved her heart. And she said unto me: Take therefore Hagar, daughter of Pharaoh, to be thy wife, for she is a woman now. And let her come into my bed and let her womb be unto thee in the place of mine to raise up seed unto thee.
2. Hagar also was willing to enter into this covenant and it was according to the voice of the Spirit of God; wherefoere Sarah gave Hagar to be my wife, and Sarah and Hagar were as one wife unto me, that the seed of Hagar might also be the seed of Sarah. For Hagar had been raised by Sarah and been taught by her and had followed Sarah in the ways of righteousness.
3. And when I came in unto Hagar in Sarah's bed, she conceived. And when Hagar saw that she had conceived, she rejoiced greatly and began to be lifted up in pride, and to despise Sarah. And she taunted Sarah, saying: Suely I am better than thee, for in all the years thy lord hath lain with thee, thou hast not conceived, but lo, in this short time, I have conceived from the seed of my lord.
4. And Sarah was grieved in her heart, and she said unto me: Surely Hagar hath wronged me, and thou hast contributed to her wrong, for she hath spoken despitefully to me in thy presence, yet thou hast done nothing to correct her. But I replied to Sarah: Surely Hagar is thy child, for thou hast instructed her from her youth. Correct her therefore as seemeth thee good.
5. However, when Sarah attempted to correct Hagar, Hagar grew angry and determined to return unto her father's people; wherefore she departed into the wilderness. But an angel of the Lord met her by a well where she stopped to rest, and he said unto her:
6. Hagar, daughter of Sarah, who gave thee unto her husband Abraham and took thee into her own bed that thou mightest raise up seed unto her, why art thou thus fleeing into the wilderness from the camp of Abraham? And Hagar replied: I am returning to the land of my father for it grieveth me to be bound to Sarah.
7. And the angel of the Lord said to her: Return unto Sarah and be subject unto her, for she is given to thee to be a mother unto thee, and this seed is hers as well as yours.
8. The Lord will multiply thy seed exceedingly so that it shall not be numbered for multitudes, and thou shalt bear a son and shalt call his name Ishmael, because the Lord hath heard thy prayers and answered them. He will be a man of the desert and a man of war; nevertheless, many shall join themselves unto him and his people shall be great.
9. Hagar replied: What shall I say is the name of him who beareth these glad tidings? And the angel replied: Beer-la-hai-roi, for know thou that God seest thee in all places whithersoever thou shalt be. And Hagar said: I know that God seest me, for He hath this day sent His angel to minister unto me.
10. Wherefore Hagar returned unto the tent of Sarah and at the appointed time she bare unto me a son. And I called his name Ishmael according to the word of the angel. And I was four score and six years old when Hagar bare Ishmael unto me.
The ordinance of circumcision is instituted for men until the coming of the Messiah. The circumcision of women explained. Noah appears to Abraham and confers all the Enochian Keys. Ishmael ordained a Priest.
1. At the end of thirteen years, the Lord appeared unto me and He said unto me: Abraham, because thou hast been faithful in all things unto Me from the time thou wast three years old, and behold, now thou art ninety and nine, therefore I will establish My Covenant with thee, for with thee I shall commence a new dispensation of the Gospel, that from this time forth all those who would be sealed into Me must be sealed into thee.
2. Whereforer, I will send Noah unto thee in the tabernacle, and he will bestow upon thee the keys of this Priesthood, for the City of Melchizedek [Salem] will I take up from off the earth, and there will be a new beginning in thee. For I will greatly multiply thy seed, and I will make them My ministers, that through thy Priesthood all the peoples of the earth shall be blessed.
3. Therefore from this time forth shall every male child among you be circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin until Messiah cometh, whence the ordinance shall be done away with and a man shall be circumcised in his heart only, yielding himself unto the light of the Gospel. And on the eighth day shall ye do it in token of the eighth year when they shall be baptized, that the blessings of the Gospel may be invoked on their behalf.
4. This is according to the Covenant I made with Adam in the garden of Eden, but I instructed Noah and Shem not to administer this Covenant unto thee, that thou mightest receive it in token of this New Covenant which I make with thee. Although I gave these ordinances in the beginning unto Adam, yet the sons of men have continually gone astray from My precepts and have not kept My ordinances which I gave unto their fathers.
5. They have neglected the ordinance of baptism which I commanded unto them in token of the burial of the natural man and have ceased to receive the anointing whereby they become kings and priests unto Me. Yea, they have turned from My comandments and changed My ordinances and have replaced baptism with the washing of children which they call baptism.
6. But, behold, this is not baptism, for I will atone for the fall of Adam; wherefore, little children are innocent until they reach the age of accountability.
7. But the sons of men have rejected My Atonement wherein I will offer Mine Only Begotten Son for the sins of the world, for they say that the blood of righteous Abel was shed for sins, thereby rejecting Me as their Saviour. But thou hast upheld My ordinances. Therefore thy seed shall sprinkle all nations, for thou shalt be a father of many nations.
8. And thou shalt be fruitful, and many nations shall come of thee and kings of nations shall be of thy seed. Moreover, ye shall cut yourselves in your foreskins as a token that ye are cut off from the presence of God, until Messiah cometh, when ye shall no more do this.
9. For your hearts shall be opened unto the fulness of the Gospel which cometh through the Son; and ye will no more be cut off, but receive grace for grace, until ye are restored in perfect wholeness, spirit and flesh, through the merits of the Son. For the Son of Man shall yield Himself unto death, being circumcised body and soul for the sake of the sins of the world.
10. And in the dispensation of the New and Everlasting Covenant the ordinances of the flesh shall be nailed to the tree; therefore receive ye the circumcision of the flesh, looking forward to the time when ye may be perfectly circumcised in your hearts.
11. Your daughters also shall be circumcised upon the marriage bed when the matrix is opened by the entrance of her husband, for this is an holy ordinance, and it is completed at the birth of her firstborn; wherefore it is written that the firstborn which openeth the matrix is holy because it is an instrument in the performance of an holy ordinance.
12. Now. go into the tabernacle and fast and pray until Noah cometh to bestow thee the keys of which I have spoken.
13. When the Lord had departed from me, I went into the tabernacle and remained there fasting and praying for three days. And at the end of that time Noah came to me and he said: Hail, Abraham, for thou art highly favoured of the Lord. Behold, I come to thee from the City of Enoch my father to bestow upon thee the keys which I received from Enoch many years ago, for thou shalt stand at the head, and thy posterity shall be without number. And in thee and in thy seed after thee shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.
14. When Noah had departed from me, I rose up and was circumcised by Eliezer and all the males of mine house were circumcised with me including my son Ishmael who was thirteen years old at this time. And I conferred upon my son Ishmael the Priesthood and ordained him to be a Priest that he might minister before the Lord.
15. But Ishmael did not honour his Priesthood, taking it to be a light thing, which was a grief of heart unto me for I knew that in Heaven he was counted as having no Priesthood because he honoured it not; wherefore, I did not call upon him to act in the Priest's office.
God promises Abraham a son, Isaac. Three angels from the City of Enoch tell Abraham that Sarah will get pregnant. Sarah conceives.
1. And the Lord appeared unto me in the plains of Mamre and said unto me: Behold, Ishmael shall not be thine heir, neither Eliezer, for Sarah will I bless and I will give thee a son of her. She shall be the mother of nations and kings; and people shall be of her.
2. Then I fell upon my face before the Lord and I rejoiced and I said unto Him, O Lord, it is a wonderous thing that this promise should be fulfilled when I am an hundred years old and Sarah is ninety. And the Lord said: Prepare thy heart to receive it. And I rejoiced therein.
3. When the Lord had told me these things, I thought of my son Ishmael and I prayed: O God, grant that Ishmael might live uprightly before Thee. And the Lord God replied: Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son and thou shalt call his name Isaac. And I will continue in him the Covenant which I have established with thee to be an everlasting Covenant with his seed after him.
4. As for Ishmael, I have heard thee. Behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly. Twelve princes shall he beget and I will make him a great nation.
5. But My covenant will I establish with Isaac whom Sarah shall bear unto thee at this same time in the next year. Then God left me, and I saw Him ascend up into Heaven and my heart rejoiced in the promises of the Lord unto me.
6. Three months later the Lord sent unto me three of His ministering angels who were holy men of God from the City of Enoch. For I was sitting at the door of my tent. And I lifted up my eyes from my meditations and, behold, three men in the distance were walking toward our camp.
7. And the Spirit of the Lord whispered unto me that they were holy men of God who had a blessing for me; wherefore I rose up to meet them and, bowing down before them, I led them toward Sarah's tent. Taking water from Sarah, I washed their feet and spread a carpet under the tree which was at the door of Sarah's tent, spreading cushions upon it and caused them to sit down there.
8. And I called Eliezer and instructed him to send one of the young men to fetch a young and tender calf, and supervise the preparation of it. Sarah also supervised the young women in preparing cakes, and milk, and cheese, and mutton and beef to eat until the calf was prepared.
9. When they had eaten, one of the holy men said unto me: We shall return to thee nine months hence and, behold, at that time Sarah shall bear a son. Now Sarah was listening at the door of the tent, and when she heard these words, she laughed within herself, knowing that she was past the age of bearing. And I also was very old.
10. But the holy men of God rebuked her, saying: Is anything too hard for the Lord? Surerly when we return here in nine months hence, thou shalt bear a son. Whereupon the three holy men of God entered with me into Sarah's tent and blessed her. And the Holy Spirit fell upon Sarah in mighty power in the blessing so that after the holy men had departed from the tent and I had gone in unto her, she conceived according to the word of the man of God.
The three angels head for Sodom. The awful blasphemies and cruelties of Sodom. Abraham pleads with the Lord to spare the righteous there.
1. Then the three holy men of God departed from our camp, and I walked with them to bring them on their way to Sodom. And the one who had before spoken said unto Me: Abraham, we are from the City of Enoch and are ordained after the Holy Order of God. We have come not only to bless Sarah, that thou mightest have seed raised up unto thee out of her, but we also serve a mission which bringeth us much sorrow.
2. Nevertheless, the Word of the Lord came unto me saying: Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I will do? Nay, surely for his integrity shall he know what I am about to do. Wherefore, Abraham, hast thou looked upon the iniquities of Sodom and her sister cities? For they have provoked the Lord with their abominations.
3. For four times in each year they gather together to sing and dance before their idol-gods; and when they are dancing every man layeth hold upon the wives and daughters of his neighbours and lieth with them. And this they do contrary to the strict Laws of God, which thing is an abomination in His sight. But behold, this is the least of their sins.
4. For no man is safe who entereth their city, for when a stranger entereth there, they will take from him his goods by force and they will abuse his body, for both men and women will they bind; and crowds of the Sodomites will gather about them, and lie with them by force until every one who desireth to lie with them hath done so. And not only do men abuse women, and women men, but men lie with men, and women with women, which thing is contrary to the Law of God, whether they desire it or not.
5. Now it is a wicked thing that men or women should be forced to lie with another against their will, but here the whole city uniteth to force this wicked thing. Moreover, when they have stolen a man's goods and abused his flesh, they will torture him. And when they tire of torturing him, they will leave him naked and without food or water to die in the streets of their city. And it is forbidden by their law for anyone top help such an one by giving him food or drink.
6. Moreover, the people of these cities have numerous idolgods before which they practice every kind of abomination. Wherefore the Lord hath sent us to gather the righteous out of the cities before they are destroyed. So saying, the three embraced me, and kissed me, and went on their way toward Sodom.
7. But I remained a long time where they had departed from me, thinking on the things they had said, for it grieved my heart that these great cities with all their inhabitants should be destroyed. Wherefore I, too, went down to the vicinity of Sodom and called upon the Name of the Lord there.
8. And when He answered me out of Heaven I said unto Him: O Lord God, merciful and kind, wilt Thou destroy the inheritances of the righteous because of the wicked? Nay, O Lord, far be it from Thee to do this thing. Wilt Thou not spare the inheritances of the righteous? Peradventure there may be fifty righteous in the city, wilt Thou in Thine anger destroy the city and not spare the place for the sake of fifty righteous that are in it?
9. Surely Thou wilt not destroy the inheritances of the righteous because of the wicked. Such a judgment should never be passed according to the justice of Thy Holy Law which is in Thy bosom. And the Lord said: If I find in these cities fifty righteous souls who keep the laws and precepts of God and have not partaken of the abominations of the Sodomites, then surely I will spare the whole country for their sake.
10. Nevertheless I ventured to speak before the Lord again, for I know that all His ways are just. And I said unto Him: O Lord, suppose there shall lack but five of the fifty righteous -- wilt Thou destroy the whole land for the lack of five men? And He said: If there be forty-five righteous in the land, I will not destroy it.
11. And I spake unto the Lord again, saying: O Lord, I know that I am but dust and ashes, for although I am, by the testimony of Thine own mouth, declared to be a son of God, yet I am not glorified to be like Thee. Nevertheless, be not displeased with me when I plead in behalf of the righteous; for suppose there shall be forty righteous in the land? And the Lord said: I will not destroy it if I find there forty righteous souls.
12. Then I said: O Lord, Thou hast been patient indeed with Thy servant. Wherefore, I shall speak yet again before Thee. Suppose there shall thirty righteous be found there? The Lord replied: I will not destroy if I find thirty there. Then I spoke again, saying: I have ventured to speak before the Lord; shall I now cease lest the righteous be destroyed with the wicked? Suppose there shall be twenty righteous found in the land? And the Lord said: I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty.
13. Finally I said: O, let not the Lord be displeased and I will speak only once more. Suppose ten righteous shall be found there? And He said: I will not destroy it for the sake of ten. But thou, Abraham, remain here in prayer and fasting until My messengers return unto thee, for if ten righteous be not found in the land, I shall gather out those righteous who are found there.
14. And thou shalt be caught up off the earth to call down fire and brimstone upon the land by an holy ordinance inasmuch as thou art a priest and a king forever after the Order of the Most High God, having the right of the Firstborn, which hath come down from the fathers to exercise absolute authority over thy postertity, even to the right of life and death under the direction of the Holy One.
15. Nevertheless, remember that this authority can only be exercised under the direction of Heaven, for when any man exerciseth his Priesthood contrary to the will of Heaven, his Priesthood is forfeited, his authority passeth away and he cannot call upon the powers of Heaven to accomplish any work from that day forward.
16. Wherefore let all men repent of the exercise of unrighteous dominion and turn unto the Lord their God, that they be severed not from the rights of His House. So saying, the Lord departed from me and I remained in that place in fasting and prayer, awaiting the return of the three messengers.
The three angels visit Lot's house in Sodom. The Soddomites are condemned and struck blind. Lot tries to persuade his family to leave.
1. This is the account which Lot told me, Abraham, concerning the coming of the three messengers unto him in Sodom. For Lot was sitting in the door of his house in the city of Sodom conversing with two of his sons-in-law who were Sodomites, when he saw three men approaching down the street of the city.
2. And the Spirit of the Lord whispered unto Lot, saying: Behold, these are My messengers who bring tidings of salvation. Lot therefore rose up to meet them and bowing down before them, said: Behold, my lords, turn in I pray you into your servant's house and tarry all night that I may wash your feet and anoint your heads and feed you, and in the morning ye may go on leaving only a blessing upon the head of your servant.
3. And they said: Nay, but we will abide in the street tonight for we have heard that it is not safe to enter into the house of a Sodomite lest we be abused and tortured and killed and our property stolen from us. But Lot replied: Not so, my lords, for I am no Sodomite, but a true worshipper of the Lord Yahweh, and I know that ye are His messengers for His Spirit hath shown me this thing.
4. Then, when Lot had confessed his faith in the Lord Yahweh, the angels entered with him into his house. And he did set before them a feast with unleavened bread and unfermented wine. And they blessed it and partook thereof; and Lot's family also partook and were filled.
5. Now when Lot's two sons-in-law saw him take the strangers into his home, they went straightway unto the magistrates of the city, for it was unlawful in the City of Sodom to entertain a stranger in your home. Wherefore the people of Sodom surrounded Lot's house, both young and old, even all the people of the city.
6. And one of them called to Lot and said: Where are the men whom thou tookest into thy house tonight? Behold, thou knowest that it is contrary to our laws to thus entertain strangers. Nevertheless, we will forgive thee, for thou art a mighty prince among us; therefore bring forth the men unto us that we may lie with them and do unto them according to all the desires of our hearts.
7. But Lot went out the door to the front of his house and securing the door behind him, he confronted the Sodomites. And Lot said to them: I pray you, my brethren. do not these wicked things, for it is contrary to the Law of the Most High God who is king over all, to force anyone to lie with another. Repent now, therefore, that the wrath of the Most High God fall not upon you, and ye with your city be destroyed.
8. But they were angry with Lot, and they cried unto him: Stand away from the door lest we take thee also. Thou hast come among us and partaken of the good of our land, and we have treated thee with honour although thou wast a stranger. Dost thou now make thyself a judge over us?
9. And their anger increased against Lot and they said unto him: Behold, we will deal worse with thee than with them. Wherefore we shall take thee and thy daughters and the men who have come in unto thee, and any others in thy household who shall please us, and we will do with youaccording to all our desires
10. But Lot replied: Behold now, I have two daughters who have not lain with man. Let me, I pray, plead with you that ye take them not according to this wickedness and abuse them according to your abominations, for the Most High God will surely destroy this city if ye repent not. Wherefore ye shall do nothing unto me nor my daughters nor the strangers that are within my gate, nor any of my household, for God will smite you in the attempt.
11. And their anger increased yet more against Lot, and they came near to break down the door. But the messengers of God, who were holy men bearing the power of the Priesthood after God's Holy Order, put forth their hands, pulled Lot into the house, and shut the door behind him. Then they smote the people of Sodom with blindness so that they could not find the door.
12. And one of these holy men said unto Lot: Take now all that appertaineth unto thee, whether persons or goods, out of this city, for the wrath of God is upon this place. And tomorrow it shall be destroyed because the cries of those who have been abused here have risen unto the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth; and the abominations of the Sodomites have come up before His face.
13. Wherefore surely upon the morrow the vengeance of the Lord shall fall upon Sodom, that neither root nor branch shall be left here, for the fullness of their iniquity hath come upon them, and in the fullness thereof they shall be cut off.
14. Therefore Lot went forth at that time and spake unto his sons-in-law and his married daughters, and all who had gone forth with him from our camp, saying: Up, get ye out of this place for on the morrow the Lord will destroy this city. But his words were as foolishness unto them and they mocked him. And Lot returned unto his house in sorrow.
Lot flees with his wife Ado and two daughters to Zoar. Ado turns back and is destroyed in the conflagration. Abraham causes Sodom to be destroyed. Moab and Benammi are conceived in a cave through the incest of Lot's daughters. Lot moves to Trans-Jordan.
1. When morning came, the men of God hastened Lot saying: Arise, take thy wives and thy daughters who are here with thee in the house, and depart hence lest ye be consumed by the wrath of God which shall be visited upon the iniquities of Sodom.
2. And while they were preparing to depart, Lot's heart being full of sorrow at leaving his daughters and his daughter's children to be destroyed, the men of God took him by the hand with his wives and his daughters, for the Lord had mercy on Lot because of his integrity, because he had not bowed down unto false gods nor entered into the abominations of Sodom.
3. And Lot thought to dwell in Zoar; wherefore he hastened there, but his wife Ado turned back unto the City of Sodom. Ado was the daughter of Eli, the son of Eliezer, which Eli had accompanied Lot to Sodom. And when Ado thought upon her parents and her daughters who remained in the city, her heart was pained within her, and she turned back unto them and was lost. But Lot entered with the rest of his family into Zoar and was there when the cities of the plains were overthrown.
4. Then the three holy men came unto me, Abraham, where I was fasting and praying nigh unto Sodom, and they lifted me up into the heavens -- whether in body or spirit I cannot tell -- and there taught me the mysteries of the Firstborn pertaining to the work to which I had been called. And I saw the creation like unto father Enoch, and I beheld the cities of the plain. And I did as I was commanded by the angels of God, and the cities were destroyed.
5. And when I saw the destruction of the land my heart was sorrowful. But the Lord said unto me: I have had mercy upon Lot and have sent him out of the city that he was not destroyed, for he was the only righteous man in all the cities. Wherefore my heart was comforted.
6. And when the destruction was over Lot feared to continue dwelling in Zoar lest it also should be destroyed. Wherefore he took his family and went into the cave of Adullam and dwelt there.
7. And the firstborn of his two daughters said unto the secondborn: Our father is old, and there is not a man upon the earth to conceive children through us. Therefore let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that his posterity shall not be cut off from the earth.
8. And they made their father drink fermented wine contrary to the commandments, which they had obtained from the Zoarites, to console him over the loss of his wife Ado and his other daughters, supposing that in their design they might do righteously by preserving the seed of their father and be justiied, not comprehending the law of chastity which forbiddeth incest.
9. Therefore the firstborn went and lay with her father, doing that which is abominable in the sight of the Lord; and Lot perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose, for he was drunk.
10. And it came to pass on the morrow that the firstborn said unto the secondborn: I lay yesternight with my father; let us make him drink wine this night also. And go thou in and lie with him that his posterity may not be cut off from the earth. And they made their father drink wine that night also; and the younger arose and lay with him. And he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
11. Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father, defiling his Priesthood and the generations of Lot. And the firstborn bore a son and called his name Moab, who became the father of the Noabites who, being defiled, became the enemies of the Covenant of Jacob. And the secondborn also bore a son, and called his name Benammi, who became the father of the Anmonites who, being defiled, also became the enemies of the Covenant of Jacob.
12. And Lot dwelt in the cave for five years and after that he took his daughters and his sons whom his daughters had born unto him and dwelt on the other side of Jordan. And the Lord blessed him and prospered him and he dwelt in safety.
Abraham moves to Gerar where Abimelech tries to take Sarah to wife. Abimelech is warned in a dream and returns Sarah to her husband. Abraham is invited to settle in Gerar. The three angels return and Isaac is born. Abraham holds a great feast to celebrate Isaac's weaning.
1. After the destruction of the cities of the plains I, Abraham, journeyed toward the south country between Kadesh and Shur, and dwelt in Gerar. Now the king of the land of Gerar was Abimelech. And I said of Sarah my wife unto Abimelech; she is my sister. And this I did to preserve my life again, and the seed of the Covenant which the Lord had promised me, and for a wise purpose.
2. And Abimelech, king of Gerar, took my wife Sarah that he might satisfy the lust of his heart, for even in old age she was exceedingly beautiful. But the Lord appeared unto Abimilech in a night dream, and said unto him: Behold, thou art a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken is another man's wife.
3. But Abimelech, king of Gerar, had not come near her, nor gone in unto her, and therefore he said: Wilt Thou slay a righteous nation? Did not Abraham say unto me: She is my sister? And she, even herself, said: He is my brother. In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands have I done this!
4. And the Lord said unto him the the dream: Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also kept thee back from her that thou mightest not sin against Me and My Law, which was established from the beginning. Therefore I suffered thee not to touch her, nor to defile the bed of Abraham.
5. Now therefore return the man his wife, for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee and thou shalt live. And if thou return her not, and defile her, know that thou shalt surely die, and all thy household, for adultery is an abomination, and its wages are death.
6. Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and related his dream unto them. And his household was sore afraid. Then Abimilech called me and said unto me: What hast thou done unto us? Why hast thou lied unto me? For what cause have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom this great sin? Thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.
7. And Abimelech said unto me: What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing? And I said unto him: Because I thought the fear of God was not in this place, nor His laws and statutes; for I feared that thy household would slay me for my wife's sake. And yet indeed she is my sister, for she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
8. And it came to pass that when the Lord caused me to wander from my father's house, that I said unto her: Do this for my sake; at every place we shall journey, say of me that I am thy brother.
9. And Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto me, and returned my wife Sarah unto me. And Abimelech said; Behold, my land is before thee; dwell where it pleaseth thee. And to my wife Sarah he said: Behold I have given thy husband a thousand pieces of silver. Behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all others. Thus he reproved her.
10. So I prayed unto the Lord my God and He healed Abimelech and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare him children. For the Lord had quickly closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah, my wife.
11. We had dwelt in Gerar nine months when the three holy men of God again visited us and Sarah gave birth to a son. And on the eighth day he was circumcised according to the commandment of the Lord to me; and I called his name Isaac. The child grew and when he was three years old he was weaned; and I made a great feast the day he was weaned.
12. And Melchizedek [Shem] king of Salem with Eber his heir, and Abimelech king of Gerar with his son Abimelech, and Pharaoh king of Egypt, father to Hagar and Ishmael, and all the mighty princes in the land, came to the feast which I prepared, for these were the men whom I loved, with my brethren Aneram, Eshcol and Mamre.
13. My father Terah also and my brother Nahor came unto the feast having heard that Sarah had given birth to a son. And we all rejoiced before the Lord for many days that my son Isaac had reached the age of weaning from his mother. And from that time forth Sarah and I introduced the lad into the tabernacle and began to instruct him in the mysteries of godliness, that he might be prepared in his youth to enter into the Holy of Holies and be instructed there.
14. For Shem had instructed me in the City of Salem that children should be instructed in the temple from the age of weaning which is three years old, that they should be instructed in the Holy of Holies from the age of puberty which is twelve years old, and that they should be endowed with power from on high from the age of maturity which is fourteen years.
15. But inasmuch as I had not journeyed unto the City of Salem until I was ten years old, I was prepared from the blessings of the Lord's House in only a few years.
16. My son Ishmael I did not introduce into the Lord's House in his childhood because he was not spiritual in his nature, but he was a hunter proficient in the use of the bow and other instruments of death. Nevertheless the Lord was with Ishmael and blessed him for my sake in all to which he put his hand.
Ishmael attempts to slay Isaac. Hagar and Ishmael sent to dwell in the deserts of Arabia. They dwell in Egypt ten years and Ishmael marries Meribah. Ishmael divorces Meribah and obtains two wives from his father. Ishmael and his family come to live with Abraham in Gerar.
1. When Isaac was five years old, he was sitting with Ishmael at the door of Hagar's tent where Ishmael was sharpening his arrows, for Ishmael was sixteen years old at this time. As they thus sat at the door of Hagar's tent, Isaac picked up one of Ishmael's arrows and broke it.
2. Seeing this Ishmael grew angry and taking another arrow, he fitted it to the bow intending to slay Isaac, but the Lord touched his heart so that he did not slay him. But Sarah saw this thing which Ishmael had intended to do to Isaac and she was grieved at it.
3. That night when I entered the tent of Sarah, she said to me: Let Hagar and her son be sent to dwell apart, for this day did Ishmael seek to slay Isaac. Now these words caused me great sorrow for I did not desire to see my family divided.
4. But that night an angel of the Lord came unto me in a dream, saying: Hearken unto the words of Sarah thy wife, and let Hagar and her son Ishmael dwell apart lest harm come upon thy son Isaac who shall be thine heir.
5. Therefore I arose early in the morning and took Hagar and my son Ishmael into the deserts of Arabia where dwelt a people who were friendly unto me. And there I built with Ishmael a temple unto the Lord our God that his seed might always be kept in remembrance of the Lord. And Hagar and Ishmael dwelt among the people of the desert and were content; and Ishmael was a mighty hunter with the bow among them.
6. And every year at a certain time I went and dwelt with my wife Hagar and with my son Ishmael. And when Ishmael was twenty years of age his mother asked my consent to take him to the house of her father, for she longed to see her family again. Wherefore I gave them my blessing and they departed into the land of Egypt where they remained one year.
7. And while they were in Egypt, Ishmael took to wife Meribah daughter of Phanes, son of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. And after he had taken Meribah to wife, they remained in the land of Egypt yet ten years. And Meribah bare unto Ishmael four sons and two daughters.
8. After this time Ishmael took his mother and his wife and his children and returned to the deserts of Arabia. And the Lord blessed Ishmael for my sake, and increased him in flocks and in herds and in good things.
9. When Ishmael had returned from the land of Egypt, I went, as was my custom, to stay with my wife Hagar and my son Ishmael. And when Ishmael was away hunting, his wife Meribah spake disrespectfully to me and complained of my being in their tents. Moreover, she abused her children; and when I chastised her for this thing, she rose up in anger against me.
10. My wife Hagar saw all these things, and when her son Ishmael had returned from the hunt, she complained unto him of the action of Meribah toward me. And Ishmael came unto me and said: My father, what shall I do with such a wife who abuseth my father and my children, and speaketh evil of me, for she hath spoken against her husband Ishmael also.
11. And I said unto him: Such an one is not fit to be thy wife nor the mother of thy children, nor to dwell in thy tents; wherefore give her a bill of divorcement and send her back to the home of her father in shame and find another more worthy than she to be thy wife and the mother of these children.
12. So Ishmael gave unto Meribah a bill of divorcement and sent her back to her father Phanes in the land of Egypt; and her mother Hagar raised his children until he took another wife.
13. The next year Ishmael came to my camp and when he had kissed me and we had eaten together he said unto me: My father, according to thy instructions I did give unto my wife Meribah a bill of divorcement and sent her back to the home of her father in shame. Now therefore I come unto thee to seek thy counsel concerning obtaining another in her place.
14. Now it pleased me that my son Ishmael had come to me regarding choosing a wife. Therefore I sought among the women of my camp and found two who were desirous of being wife to Ishmael, even Zola the daughter of my wife Peliliah, and Naomi the daughter of Kemuel, the son of Kish, who had been among the believers who met in the room of my mother in the City of Ur.
15. And I was pleased to give them unto my son Ishmael because he had come to me for counsel and because he had begun to magnify his Priesthood, for he did worship the Lord our God and sought to overcome his weaknesses. And Ishmael and his family dwelt with me a long time in Gerar and after that when I moved my camp to Beersheba, which is by Hebron.
Ishmael boasts of his righteousness. Lucifer demands to test Abraham in the Council of Heaven. Abraham is instructed to offer his son Isaac up as a sacrifice and burnt offering. Sarah's love for Isaac.
1. And Sarah and I continued to teach our son Isaac and instruct him in the ways of the ancients, that he might be initiated into the Holy Order of God and receive the blessings of eternal lives. And Isaac did know the Lord, and the Lord was with him and did bless him greatly because he was full of faith and love, and did good to all he met.
2. When Isaac was thirty-seven years old, he was one day talking with his brother Ishmael. And Ishmael was boasting of his righteousness, saying: I was thirteen years old when the Lord spake to my father to circumcise us, and from that time I have consecrated my soul unto the Lord, and kept His commandments as they have come unto me from my father.
3. But Isaac answered him, saying: Why dost thou boast in thy righteousness, for none of us are without sin, and all mankind is as nothing before the Lord. And we must be prepared to be offered upon the altar as a sacrifice to our God with joy that we can glorify Him before our calling and election is made sure.
4. This saying of Isaac pleased the Lord, and the Lord visited me, saying: Thy son Isaac have I seen and his heart is right before Me; and he is clean and pure, an acceptable sacrifice unto the Lord. And the Lord touched the eyes of my understanding that they were opened, and I saw the sons of God gathered in council with the Father. And Lucifer was also among them.
5. And the Lord said to Lucifer: Surely thou hast been abroad in the earth trying the hearts of men. Whom hast thou found standing in his integrity who should be further tried to know whether he be thine or Mine? And Lucifer replied: Hast thou considered Abraham and Sarah and Isaac? For I am unable to lead them into sin in whatever matter I place before them.
6. They are united in the perfect bonds of love and purity, and even Abraham hath united all his family again which was divided. Surely they should be tried to know whether they are faithful only in their prosperity or whether they will be faithful also in adversity.
7. And the Lord said to Lucifer: Were I to say unto Abraham: Bring up Isaac thy son unto the high place and offer him as a burnt offering unto Me, he would not withhold him from Me, nor would Isaac refuse to be offered.
8. And Lucifer answered the Lord, saying: Speak now unto Abraham as thou hast said, and we shall see whether his heart is perfect with the Lord or whether his end shall be in my kingdom.
9. With these words, the vision was closed to my mind and the Lord said unto me: Abraham, take now thy son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and go to the land of Moriah and offer him there for a burnt offering upon the mountain upon which thou shalt see the glory of the Lord resting as a cloud. And the Lord departed from me and left me to consider these things.
10. Now Sarah's heart was knit unto Isaac's insomuch that she did keep him by her side whenever possible. And he did sleep upon her bed at night. Wherefore, I thought, how shall I separate Isaac from his mother Sarah for such a journey lest her heart be grieved and she die in her grief?
11. So I went in unto Sarah and comforted her, and afterwards I said unto her: Our son Isaac we have taught these many years, and I feel now that I should take him unto Shem and Eber his son where he can be instructed by the ancient ones in the mysteries of the ancients, that he may become a perfect servant of the Lord our God.
12. Sarah replied: Thou hast spoken well, my lord. Go to now and do all as thou hast said, only let the lad remain not too long apart from me, for my soul is bound to his soul with the pure love of God. And I answered Sarah, saying: My daughter, let us pray to the Lord our God, that we may yield to His will in all things, and that all things will work together for our good.
13. And Isaac slept with us that night, and Sarah kissed and embraced him and instructed him until morning. And then she said to him: O my son, how can my soul separate itself from thee? And she still kissed him and embraced him until the time of preparation had come.
14. Then Sarah took a beautiful and costly robe which Abimelech had given her as atonement for his wrong against her and her husband. With this robe, which had never been worn, Sarah clothed Isaac and put a turban upon his head in which she wrapped a precious stone.
15. And she said unto him: Even as this stone art thou precious unto me, my son. Nevertheless, I would have thee so conduct thy life that when the Lord shall come to gather up His jewells, thou wilt be among the number.
Abraham and Isaac depart for Moriah, the place of sacrifice. Saran tries to tempt them both and then sends a flood to destroy them. The flood is turned back by the Lord.
1. Thus, taking provisions for our journey, we started out; and Sarah and others of our people accompanied us upon the road. And when the time of parting had arrived, Sarah wept bitterly; and I also wept with her as did Isaac our son, and those who accompanied her.
2. And Sarah caught hold of Isaac and held him in her arms, and embraced him, and kissed him, and wept over him. And Sarah said unto him: Who knoweth if after this day I shall ever see thee again? Nevertheless, our hope is in the Lord Yahweh in whom is life. Therefore, if I see thee not again in this vale of tears, yet surely we shall again embrace before the Throne of God.
3. God bless thee, my son, and keep thee secure in His ways; and I will be close to thee all thy days. So saying, Sarah kissed Isaac again and turned back to the camp with all who had accompanied us.
4. As we proceeded upon our journey, Satan came to me in the form of an aged man, humble and contrite, who said unto me: How canst thou think to do so unto thy son? Did not God not give thee this son, and visit thy wife in her old age as He promised, and dost thou think so little of this precious gift that thou wilt take his life as thou wouldst slaughter a dumb beast, and thus cut off thine only hope of a royal posterity upon the earth?
5. What evil hath He done unto thee that thou shouldst do this thing? Dost thou not understand that this thing cannot be from the Lord? Behold, the Lord delighteth not in human sacrifice. Did He not smite the priest of Nimrod for seeking to take thy life in like manner? Surely thou shouldst repent of this thy purpose and return thy son unto the bed of his mother Sarah.
6. But I knew that this was the word of Satan seeking to prevent my obeying the Word of the Lord; wherefore I commanded him to depart in the Name of the Lord and by the authorirty of the Holy Priesthood; and he departed from me in haste.
7. A short time later Satan came again, appearing to Isaac in the form of a handsome and pleasing young man. And he said unto Isaac: Dost thou not understand that thine old father in his foolishness bringeth thee to be slain today for no purpose? Now therefore, my brother, go not with him, for it is the foolishness of his old age that doeth this.
8. Therefore let not thy precious life and thy beautiful body be lost from the earth in such a manner, but come with me and I will introduce thee to the pleasures of the earth; and thou shalt take pleasure therein all the days of thy life.
9. When Isaac heard this, he said unto me: My father, surely this is Satan come to dissuade me from obeying the Word of the Lord, for thus doth he appear and thus doth he say unto me. Wherefore, my father, rebuke him in the Name of the Lord, that he shall cease from troubling me, for I know that thou art a servant of the Most High God, and that it is to fulfil the will of the Lord that we are come to this place.
10. Wherefore I, Abraham, rebuked Satan in the Name of the Lord Yahweh, the God of Noah and Shem; and he departed from us in fear.
11. As we continued our journey, we entered a narrow ravine with high walls. When we were in the midst of it, we heard a mighty rumbling, and the earth shook beneath our feet. Looking back, we saw a great wall of water coming down upon us bearing trees and boulders in a mighty flood.
12. My heart was moved within me for my son Isaac, and he sought also to protect me. But, raising my hands to Heaven, I called upon the Name of the Lord; and the Lord heard me out of Heaven, and stopped the flood until we had ascended from the ravine.
13. Thus did Satan seek to destroy us that we might not offer an acceptable sacrifice unto the Lord our God; but the power of God is mightier than that of Satan. Wherefore Satan can do no harm unto the children of men except the Lord God alloweth him to do it.
14. Therefore all things, whether they be good or evil, work together for the good of the saints of God who serve Him and keep His commandments.
15. And on the third day we saw the place afar off which the Lord had appointed for the sacrifice of my beloved son Isaac. And I knew the place because the glory of the Lord was there as a pillar of fire and a glorious cloud.
16. And when I saw the place, I said unto my son Isaac: My son, dost thou see aught upon yonder mountain? And Isaac replied: Yea, my father, for the glory of the Lord resteth upon it as a pillar of fire and a glorious cloud.
17. Then I rejoiced that my son was found worthy to see this sign also; and we bowed down there and worshipped the Lord our God.
Abraham examines Isaac's motives carefully. The similitude of the sacrifice explained. God intervenes and a ram is offered upon the altar in place of Isaac.
1. As we approached the mountain, Isaac said unto me: My father, we have with us the fire and the wood, but we have no lamb to serve as a burnt offering unto the Lord. Explain unto me the mystery hidden in this thing that I may be obedient unto all which the Lord thy God requireth of me.
2. Then I rejoiced, for I knew that the Lord had revealed in the heart of my son Isaac that which we must do. Therefore I said unto him: Isaac, my son, the Lord hath chosen thee to be a perfect burnt offering unto Him instead of a lamb. And this thing is a type of the Lord of spirits who is our first Father, and His Only Begotten Son, Who is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the earth.
3. For surely God will offer His Only Son as a sacrifice upon the Cross to atone for our sins and for the sins of all mankind, that all men might be redeemed from the power of death and be brought to stand before the judgment bar of the Great Yahweh, to be judged according to their works, that every man might receive a righteous and just judgment, and that mercy might have claim upon the penitent, the price of their sins having been paid by the Son of God.
4. Yea, surely, my son, we have been chosen to represent the Father and the Son in this thing, and though I grieve to think of losing thee, my beloved son, yet I rejoice that we are honoured thus to represent God.
5. And Isaac said unto me: I will do all that the Lord hath commanded thee, my father, with joy in my heart, that I am chosen to represent the Son of God in this sacrifice. And I have this hope in me, that if we are faithful to all the commandments of the Lord our God, I shall yet stand in the flesh with thee and my mother before before the Throne of the Ancient of Days and receive from Him the promise of exaltation and eternal lives.
6. When I heard this answer, I rejoiced in my son Isaac whose heart was pure and upright before the Lord. But the Spirit of God constrained me to test him further, and I said unto Him: Hast thou any thoughts or feelings which would prevent thy being offered as a perfect sacrifice before the Lord? For if thou dost in any way doubt the efficacy of this sacrifice, which is in the similitude of the sacrifice of the Only Begotten of the Father, which is full of grace and truth, it is not meet that thou shouldst be offered as a sacrifice before our God.
7. But Isaac answered me, saying: O my father, as the Lord liveth and as thou livest as an holy man of God, I know that thou art a servant of the Most High God and that thou dost hold the keys of the fathers inwardly. Thou hast never asked me to do anything which was not of God, but thou hast taught me by precept and example to serve the Lord thy God in every act in my life.
8. Shall I then shrink from being offered by thee as a sacrifice unto the Lord thy God? Nay, but I shall rejoice forever to have been so honoured. Blessed is the Lord thy God who hath this day chosen me to be sacrificed as a burnt offering before Him.
9. Thus we came unto the place which the Lord had appointed for the offering of my son, rejoicing in the glory of our God. Yet I did weep at the thought of losing my beloved son Isaac and at the knowledge of the pain this would bring to his mother Sarah, for their souls were united as one. Nevertheless, my heart rejoiced that I was chosen with my son for this holy ordinance, that we might thereby magnify the Name of the Lord.
10. After kneeling in prayer unto the Lord out God, Isaac and I constructed an altar before the Lord; and I laid the wood in order upon the altar which we had built. And Isaac lay on the altar, and I bound him there, and he said unto me: Bind me securely lest I move beneath the force of the knife and profane the offering before the Lord.
11. So I bound him securely that he could not move upon the altar. And I wept as I prepared my son for the sacrifice. And Isaac wept with me, yet our hearts rejoiced to have been found worthy of this great blessing.
12. When all was prepared I picked up the knife, kissed my son Isaac, and prepared to offer him as a sacrifice unto the Lord my God. But the voice of the Lord came unto me, saying: Abraham, slay not thy son, for I have tested you in this manner that I might know that your hearts are perfect before Me.
13. Now I know that ye fear the Lord your God in that thou hast not withheld thine heir from My altar. And he hath willingly lain thereon to be a sacrifice of a burnt offering unto the Lord. Therefore lift up thine eyes and behold the ram that was chosen from the beginning to stand in the place of thy son Isaac as a burnt offering before Me.
14. And I looked up and saw a ram caught by his horns in a thicket. But I went and freed it from the thicket and released my son Isaac.
15. I placed the ram upon the altar and offered it in Isaac's place, that its blood might be considered as the blood of Isaac before the Lord. And the Lord accepted the sacrifice of the ram as if it had been Isaac. And the Lord appeared unto us and blessed me and my seed on that day. And we rejoiced in the Lord.
Satan comes to tempt Sarah who goes searching for Abraham and Isaac. The Lord appears to her to comfort her in her anxiety and explains the nature of the sacrifice. She sees Paradise and then dies. Sarah is buried in Hebron. Many mourn her departure.
1. When all things were finished Isaac and I returned to our camp rejoicing in the Lord our God. But when we reached the place we found that Sarah was not there, for the agents of Satan had come to her, saying: Behold, dost thou not understand that Abraham goeth to offer thy son Isaac as a burnt offering unto the Lord his God?
2. Surely he doth this because he is jealous of thy love for thy son Isaac. Go, therefore, and stop this thing lest he to whom thy heart is knitted be destroyed from off the face of the earth. But Sarah said: Surely the heart of my lord Abraham is right with the Lord his God, for he walketh before Him in all His ways.
3. Nevertheless, shall my son Isaac be offered as a burnt offering and I not be there to weep over him and strengthen him, and pray for him that he be an acceptable offering to the Lord God of Abraham? Nay, but I shall go to him.
4. And Sarah departed with her men-servants and her maidservants and went as far as Hebron but found us not. Therefore Sarah rested in Hebron and sent her young men to find us. They searched all the land round about and even in the City of Shalom but found us not.
5. Then Sarah prayed unto the Lord, saying: O Lord God of Abraham, surely I know that all things are in Thy hands, and I do not fear for my son Isaac, for I know that My husband Abraham is an High Priest after Thy Holy Order. Nevertheless it is my desire to be with my son at this holy hour that I might share his joy and his sorrow before the Lord our God.
6. Then the Word of the Lord came unto Sarah, saying: Surely I have accepted the offering of Isaac and have provided a ram prepared at the beginning to be offered in his place; wherefore thy son liveth and is with his father Abraham, and even now searcheth for thee.
7. When Sarah heard these words her heart was filled with joy so that she could not contain it, and her spirit was lifted up to see the Paradise of God, and she exclaimed: Behold, I have seen my Redeemer and it sufficeth me. And she gave up the ghost.
8. Thus did Sarah die in Hebron being one hundred and twenty-seven years old. And she died having seen her Redeemer and having received from Him the promise of eternal life.
9. Then was word brought unto us that Sarah was gone unto Hebron; wherefore we journeyed there and found that she had died. But having enquired after the manner of her death, we rejoiced that she went with the promise of exaltation, and that she died knowing of Isaac's salvation, and his acceptance with God.
10. Then we took Sarah unto a cave which I purchased of Ephron the Hittite for that purpose. And we buried her there and wept over her; yet we rejoiced in her righteousness before God. And all the people of the land came to honour Sarah; and Pharaoh came from Egypt, and Abimelech from Gerar, and many others who honoured and loved Sarah.
11. For she was truly an handmaiden of the Lord and ministered unto many in the Name of the Lord in love and charity, and was greatly loved by all for her kindness and meekness, and her great wisdom and godliness.
Abraham rehearses his life in old age. Isaac is sent to Shem and Eber in the City of Salem. Abimelech and Lot pass away. Eulogy to Lot.
1. Thus I, Abraham, began to be old, having seen one hundred and thirty-seven years. Wherefore, I write this record of my life that others might benefit from the workings of the Lord my God with me. And I bear this witness that the Lord liveth, and reigneth in the Heavens, and He is the Most High God over all the earth.
2. He hath led me since He appeared to me in a dream when I was three years of age, even unto this time when I am old and bowed down with years. He hath only been good to me and not evil all the days of my life. Surely I will love Him and serve Him forever and ever, and will magnify His Name on High before all peoples. Amen.
3. After Sarah's death I sent my son Isaac unto Shem and Eber to learn more perfectly the ways of the ancients. And he remained there three years before returning to my camp.
4. In the one hundred and thirty-eighth year of my life Abimelech, king of Gerar, died, being one hundred and ninety-three years of age. Wherefore I took my people and journeyed to Gerar where we mourned over Abimelech. And his son Abimelech was chosen to reign in his stead.
5. The following year Lot, my brother's son, died, being one hundred and forty years old. He was a just man and accepted of the Lord. though he did not walk in all the ways of the ancients, for he had coveted his own property and separated from the community of God. Therefore he must receive a just reward.
6. Nevertheless the Lord loved him because he maintained his integrity, even in the midst of wicked Sodom, wherefore the Lord saved him and those of his household who would be saved from destruction. And the Lord made of him also a mighty people.
Abraham sends Eliezer to Haran to fetch Isaac a wife. Abraham marries Keturah and increases his family to 336 souls. Abraham and Isaac pray for Rebekah who is barren and she conceives. The birth of Jacob and Esau.
1. Now when my son Isaac was about to return unto me from the City of Salem, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying: Behold, in the City of Haran dwelleth Bethuel, the son of thy brother Nahor who is dead. Send now and fetch a wife for thy son Isaac from the house of Bethuel, for I have appointed that thy seed hall be multiplied.
2. So I called the eldest servant of my house, even Eliezer, and said unto him: Put now thine hand under my thigh and swear unto me before the Most High God that thou shalt go unto the City of Haran and bring a wife unto my son Isaac; but thou shalt not take unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites. But if the woman refuseth to come with thee, thou shalt be free of thine oath.
3. So Eliezer sware before the Most High God and departed from me in peace. He pursued his journey to Haran and found a woman; and her name was Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor. And he returned with her after the return of my son from the City of Salem.
4. Thus Isaac took Rebekah to wife when he was forty years old, he having four other wives; but Rebekah he took to wife in the tent of Sarah. And Rebekah bare no children; wherefore I knew that the Lord should work a marvelous work in her even as in Sarah before her.
5. Therefore my heart rejoiced in Rebekah, the wife of my son Isaac, for she was pure and virtuous like unto Sarah my beloved who had preceeded me into the rest of the Lord. 6. This same year I took to wife Keturah, the daughter of Abimelech, king of Gerar who was dead. Keturah bare me six sons so that in all I received of the Lord eight sons and three hundred and twenty-eight daughters, being in all three hundred and thirty-six souls.
7. Thus did the Lord increase me greatly besides the many sons who were adopted to me. And thus I increased continually before the Lord.
8. After nine years my son Isaac brought unto me his wife Rebekah for she was yet barren. And she said unto me: My father, surely I know that my mother Sarah was barren for many years before she bare Isaac unto thee. Wherefore, pray for me that I, like Sarah, may conceive. Therefore I prayed over my daughter Rebekah; and my son Isaac prayed over Rebekah his wife, intreating the Lord. And Isaac went in unto Rebekah, and Rebekah conceived.
9. And the children struggled together within her, and she said: If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said unto her: Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy womb. The one shall be strongeer than the other, and the elder shall serve the younger.
10. And Rebekah bare unto Isaac two sons. And the first came out all red, and covered all over with hair like a garment. After that came his brother out, and his hand took hold of the first's heel. 11. And on the eighth day, Isaac brought out the lads unto me to be named. And the first I called Esau, saying: Surely he shall be a mighty hunter before the Lord. And the second I called Jacob, saying: Surely the elder shall serve the younger. And he was a plain man, and dwelt in tents; but his brother was a cunning hunter, a man of the field.
Abraham instructs his sons and then divides his family up to settle new lands.
1. When my youngest son Shuach, whom Keturah had borne me (for she bare Zimram, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuach) was fifteen years of age, I called all of my sons unto me and instructed them in the ways of the Lord, and blessed them and gave unto each wives and a goodly inheritance of property according to the instructions of the Lord, and sent them away to inherit lands which the Lord had prepared for them.
2. Then I rested in peace knowing that I had done all the will of the Lord and that soon I should be gathered unto my fathers to be with Sarah and the righteous in the Paradise of God.
Isaac finishes his father's record. Abraham admonishes his son to be faithful and to walk in all the ways of the Lord. Abraham dies and his buried by his sons.
1. Behold, I am Isaac, the son of Abraham, and I finish my father's record. For when the end of my father's sojourn among men had come, he called me unto him and said: My son, according to the commandment of God unto thee, I have appointed thee to be mine heir, that all the authority I possess should rest with thee.
2. Thou knowest that the Lord is God in Heaven and earth, and that we serve only Him. He hath many times preserved me from destruction when the evil ones would have destroyed me, for I always placed my trust in Him.
3. He brought me into this land and said unto me: To thy seed will I give all this land and they shall inherit it when they shall keep My commandments, My statutes and My judgments that I have commanded thee and which I shall command them.
4. Now therefore my son, hearken unto my voice and keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, even as thou hast been instructed by me and by thy mother Sarah, and by Shem and Eber
5. Depart not from the Holy Order of God in any particular and remember always the mercies of our God and His blessings will never depart from thee.
6. Teach these things also unto thy children and thy children's children, that they may receive the like blessings with us, for all those who obey the law of the fathers will be blessed by the fathers.
7. Then I covenanted with my father to do all things as he had said, and to walk in his ways. And my father blessed me and my house, and he took my son Jacob into his tent, he being fifteen years old at this time, and instructed him for seven days and seven nights in the ways of the Lord.
8. Thus did my father end his days, and he died, being one hundred and seventy-five years of age. And Ishmael and his other sons returned unto me and we did bury our father with Sarah my mother. And all the inhabitants of the land did mourn over him, for he was a righteous man who did good unto all.
9. And truly this was his testimony: That the Lord [Yahweh] is God [Elohim] over all, and that those who serve Him shall inherit peace in this life and eternal joy in the life to come. Amen.