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The Queen of Sheba and Her Only Son Menyelek (81-117)

The Queen of Sheba and Her Only Son Menyelek (81-117)

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81.
 How the son of 
SAMSON
slew the son of the King of the
PHILISTINES
Now that other son
AKAM
ÊL
, the son of 
SAMSON
, spake unto his mother 
DELILAH
, saying,"Why am I not reigning and sitting upon this throne?" And his mother said unto him, "Cease,my son. This throne did not belong to thy father, and this city was not thy father's city; whenthe God of thy father hath let thee grow up thou shalt go to thy father's throne." And her sonsaid unto her, "Nay, I will neither forsake thee, my mother, nor 
MAKSÂBÂ
my mother, and Iwill be king here."And one day the two youths were drunk after [their] meal was ended, and the doors wereshut. And the two women were sitting together about to eat flesh, and the two youths were playing before them, and they ate with them, and a maidservant held the dish between them.And
’AKÊMÊ
ÊL
, the son of 
DELILAH
, took from the dish [a piece of] flesh, which would fill both his hands, and put it to his mouth, and
 Ṭ
EBRÊLÊS
, the son of 
MAKSÂBÂ
, the King of the
PHILISTINES
, snatched away that part of the flesh that was outside his mouth. And
’AKÊMÊ
ÊL
drew his sword and cut off his head, and it fell into the dish before he couldswallow what he had seized; and his body fell upon the paving of the house; and his handsand his feet twitched convulsively, and he died straightway. And fear and dismay laid holdupon their two mothers, and they spake never a word to anyone because they were afraid, butthey swallowed the food which was in their mouths, and they looked at each other, notknowing what to do.
 p. 140
 And that handmaiden rose up from them, and she took the head of 
 Ṭ
EBRÊLÊS
out of thedish, and put it back on its neck and covered it over with her garment. And
DELILAH
rose upand seized the sword of the dead son of her sister, and went to kill
’AKÊMÊ
ÊL
, but he savedhimself by hiding behind a pillar. And he made ready to kill his mother. And her sister rose upand seized her, saying, "Why should we be destroyed through their [quarrel?]. This [youth] is[sprung] from a bad root, and cannot [bear] good fruit; come, my sister, let him not destroythee also." And she took the sword from her hand, and drew up from her pillow (?) rich purpleclothing which kings wear, and she gave it to him, and she spake kindly words unto him,saying, "Take the apparel, my son, and thou thyself shalt sit upon the throne of the kingdom of the
PHILISTINES
." And
’AKÊMÊ
ÊL
raged like a savage bear, for he wished to slay bothwomen until he made them to leave the house. And they went out, and when he had madethem leave the house he took the purple apparel, and went out. And the two women came back, and made the dead body ready for burial, and they buried it secretly.And when the time for the evening meal had come, the young men and the stewards soughtfor [their king] and found him not, and they asked about him, and his mother said unto them,"Your king is sick, and this man will sit in place of him." And they took him and set him onthe throne, and they prepared a feast, and rejoiced. And from that time onward the son of 
SAMSON
reigned over them, and there was none who transgressed his commandment—nowhe committed this act [of murder] fif[teen] winters after he was born—and the kingdom of the
PHILISTINES
became his and his seed's after him. Therefore, beloved, it is well known that thekingdom of the
PHILISTINES
belongeth to the seed of 
SHEM
 
82.
Concerning the going down of 
ABRAHAM
into
EGYPT
And we could also inform you that when God had given unto
ABRAHAM
glory and riches,he lacked a son. And
SÂRÂH
and
ABRAHAM
talked together on their bed, and he said unto her,"Thou art barren," and she said unto him, "It is not I who am barren but thyself"; and theycontinued to discuss the matter and to dispute together about it. And there came a famine inthe land of 
CANAAN
, and
ABRAHAM
heard that there was some food in the land of 
EGYPT
, thecountry of 
PHARAOH
. And when he had spent all his possessions in charity to the poor duringthe days of the famine, without providing for the morrow, the famine waxed strong in the landof 
CANAAN
, and he lacked food to eat. And he said, "I give thanks unto God that what Hehath given unto me I have expended on my servants. But as for thee, my sister 
SÂRÂH
, come,let us go into the land of 
EGYPT
in order to save ourselves from death by famine." And shesaid unto him, "Thy will be done, O my lord, and if thou die I will die with thee, and if thoulive I will live with thee; it is not for me to gainsay thy word for ever." And then they rose upand set out on their journey.And when they drew nigh [to
EGYPT
]
ABRAHAM
said unto
SÂRÂH
, "One thing I must ask of thee, and do thou what I ask of thee"; and
SÂRÂH
said, "Speak, my lord." And he said untoher, "I have heard that the habits of the
EGYPTIANS
are lawless, and that they live in idolatryand fornication. And when they have seen thee they will plot evil against me, and slay me because of the goodliness of thy beautiful form; for there is among them no one that can becompared unto thee. And now, in order that thou mayest save my life, do thou say, if theyhappen to ask thee questions about me, 'I am his sister,' so that thou mayest save my soul from
 p. 142
death by the hand of the strangers." And
SÂRÂH
said, "Thy will shall be done. The wordwhich thou tellest me I will speak, and what thou tellest me to do I will do." And they weptand worshipped God, and they came into the great city of the King of 
EGYPT
.And when the
EGYPTIANS
saw
ABRAHAM
and
SÂRÂH
they marvelled at the beauty of their appearance, for they imagined that they had been brought forth by the same mother. And theysaid unto
ABRAHAM
, "What is this woman to thee?" And
ABRAHAM
said unto them, "She ismy sister." And they also asked
SÂRÂH
"What is this man to thee?" And she said unto them,"He is my brother." Therefore did the people make a report to
PHARAOH
that a pair of goodlyform had arrived, one a woman and the other a young man, and that there was no one likeunto them in all the land. And
PHARAOH
rejoiced, and he sent a message to
ABRAHAM
,saying, "Give me thy sister that I may betroth her to myself." And
ABRAHAM
pondered in hismind, saying, "If I keep her back he will kill me and take her"; and he said, "Do so, providedthat thou dost make me well content." And
PHARAOH
gave him one thousand, silver 
ṭ 
aflâ
et 
,
1
and took 
SÂRÂH
to make her his wife. And he brought her into his house, and set her upon his bed and
PHARAOH
the King of 
EGYPT
would have companied with her. But the Angel of theLord appeared unto him by night carrying a sword of fire, and he drew nigh unto him, and helighted up the whole chamber with his fiery flame, and he wished to slay
PHARAOH
. And
PHARAOH
fled from one wall of the chamber to the other, and from one corner of the chamber to the other; wheresoever he went the Angel followed him; and there was no place leftwhereto he could flee and hide himself. Then
PHARAOH
stretched out his hands and said untothe Angel, "O lord, forgive me this my sin." And the Angel said unto him, "Why dost thouattack 
 p. 143
the wife of [another] man?" And
PHARAOH
said unto him, "O lord, slay thou notinnocent blood. For he said unto me 'She is my sister,' and therefore I took her to myself innocently. What shall I do to deliver myself from thy hands?" And the Angel said unto him,"Give
ABRAHAM'S
wife back to him, and give him a gift, and send him away to his owncountry." And straightway
PHARAOH
called
ABRAHAM
, and gave unto him his wife
SÂRÂH
,
 
together with a handmaiden whose name was
’AGÂR 
(
HAGAR 
), and he gave unto him gold,and silver, and costly apparel, and sent him away in peace.And
ABRAHAM
and his wife returned to their country in peace. And
SÂRÂH
said unto
ABRAHAM
, "I know that I am barren. Go thou in to this my handmaiden whom
PHARAOH
gave unto me; peradventure God will give thee seed in her. As for me, my person is shrunk and withered, and the flower of my body hath dried up." And she gave
’AGÂR 
unto him. And
ABRAHAM
went in to
’AGÂR 
, and she conceived by him, and she brought forth a son andcalled his name
ISHMAEL
, which is, being interpreted, "God hath heard me." And afterwardsGod gave
ABRAHAM
seed from his wife
SÂRÂH
and he begat
ISAAC
. And afterwards
SÂRÂH
 became jealous of 
ISHMAEL
, the son of her handmaiden, because he would reach manhood before her son, and she said, "Peradventure he will slay my son and inherit his father's house."And
ABRAHAM
offered up offerings to God and said, "Lord, what shall I do in respect of 
ISHMAEL
, my son, my firstborn? I wish him to live for me before Thee, but
SÂRÂH
, my sister,is jealous because Thou hast given me seed in her old age." Now
ISHMAEL
was fourteen yearsold before
ISAAC
was born. And God said unto
ABRAHAM
, "What
SÂRÂH
saith is true; castout the handmaiden with her son
ISHMAEL
. Let
ISHMAEL
live before Me, and I will make hima great nation, and he shall beget twelve nations and shall reign over 
 p. 144
them. And I willestablish My covenant with
ISAAC
My servant, the son of 
SÂRÂH
, and in him I will bless allthe nations of the earth, and I will make for him a great kingdom over all the nations of theearth, and in the heavens also I will make him king."
1
Footnotes
 p. 142
 1Pieces of money in silver.
 p. 144
 1Genesis xii ff.
83.
Concerning the King of the
ISHMAELITES
And therefore the children of 
ISHMAEL
became kings over 
TEREB
, and over 
Ḳ 
EBE
 Ṭ
, andover 
 NÔBÂ
, and
SÔBA
, and
KUERGUE
, and
KÎFÎ
, and
MÂKÂ
, and
MÔRNÂ
, and
FÎN
Ḳ 
ÂNÂ
, and
’ARSÎBÂNÂ
, and
LÎBÂ
, and
MASE‛A
, for they were the seed of 
SHEM
. And
ISAAC
reigned over 
JUDAH
and over 
’AMÔRÊWÔN
, and over 
 Ṭ
ÊWÔN
, and
’ÎYÂBÛSÊWÔN
, and
FÊRZÊWÔN
, and
’EÊWÊWÔN
, and
Ḳ 
ÊDÊWÔN
, and
RÔMYÂ
, and
’AN
ÔKYÂ
(
ANTIOCHIA
), and
SÔRYÂ
(
SYRIA
), and
ARMENIA
, and
FELES
 Ṭ
EÊM
(
PALESTINE
), and
ETHIOPIA
, and
EDOM
, and
PHILISTIA
, and
ÎYÔÂB
, and
AMALEK 
, and
PHRYGIA
, and
BABYLON
, and
YÔNÂNES
 Ṭ
, and
’EBRÂYAST
. For as God sware He gave all kingdoms to the seed of 
SHEM
, and an exaltedthrone and dominion to the seed of 
SHEM
, even as his father 
 NOAH
, by the word of God, blessed his son
SHEM
, saying, "Be lord to thy brethren and reign over them." And this that hesaid had reference to the Redeemer, the King of us all,
JESUS CHRIST
the King of heaven and

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