And he was very sad on account of this, and one day he assembled the astrologers and the learned men and the wizards and explained to them his condition and the matter of his barrenness.
And they said to him,
Go, sacrifice to the gods and beg them that perhaps they might provide you with a boy.
He did as they told him and offered sacrifices to the idols, and begged them and implored them with request and pleading.
But they did not answer him one word. And he went away sorrowful and dejected, departing with a pain at his heart.
Then he returned, and implored the Most High God, and believed, begging Him with a burning in his heart, saying,
O Most High God, O Creator of the Heavens and of the earth, O Creator of all created things!
I beg You to give me a boy, that I may be consoled by him, that he may be present at my death, that he may close my eyes, and that he may bury me.
Then there came to him a voice saying,
Because you have relied first of all on graven images, and have offered sacrifices to them, you will remain childless your life long.
But take Nadan your sister
s son, and make him your child and teach him your learning and your good breeding, and at your death he will bury you.
Therefore, he took Nadan his sister
s son, who was a little suckling. And he handed him over to eight wet-nurses, that they might suckle him and bring him up.
They brought him up with good food and gentle training and silken clothing, and purple and crimson. And he was seated upon couches of silk.
And when Nadan grew big and walked, shooting up like a tall cedar, he taught him good manners, writing, science, and philosophy.
And after many days King Sennacherib looked at Haiqar and saw that he had grown very old, and moreover he said to him,
O my honored friend, the skilful, the trusty, the wise, the governor, my secretary, my vizier, my Chancellor and director; truly you are grown very old and weighted with years; and your departure from this world must be near.
Tell me who will have a place in my service after you.
And Haiqar said to him,
O my lord, may your reign live forever! There is Nadan my sister
s son, I have made him my child.
And I have brought him up and taught him my wisdom and my knowledge.