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Issachar

Issachar

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THE TESTAMENT OF
ISSACHAR
 
CHAPTER 1
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The copy of the words of Issa-char. For he called his sons and saidto them: Hearken, my children, toIssachar your father; Give ear to thewords of him who is beloved of theLord.
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I was born the fifth son to Jacob,by way of hire for the mandrakes.
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For Reuben my brother broughtin mandrakes from the field, andRachel met him and took them.
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And Reuben wept, and at hisvoice Leah my mother came forth.
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Now these (mandrakes) weresweet-smelling apples which wereproduced in the land of Haran belowa ravine of water.
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And Rachel said: I will not givethem to thee, but they shall be to meinstead of children. For the Lordhath despised me, and I have notborne children to Jacob.
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Now there were two apples; andLeah said to Rachel: Let it sufficethee that thou hast taken my hus-band: wilt thou take these also?
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And Rachel said to her: Thoushalt have Jacob this night for themandrakes of thy son.
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And Leah said to her: Jacob ismine, for I am the wife of his youth.
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But Rachel said: Boast not, andvaunt not thyself; for he espousedme before thee, and for my sake heserved our father fourteen years.
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And had not craft increased onthe earth and the wickedness of menprospered, thou wouldest not nowsee the face of Jacob.
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For thou art not his wife, but incraft wert taken to him in my stead.
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And my father deceived me, andremoved me on that night, and didnot suffer Jacob to see me; for had Ibeen there, this had not happened tohim.
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Nevertheless, for the mandrakesI am hiring Jacob to thee for onenight.
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And Jacob knew Leah, and sheconceived and bare me, and on ac-count of the hire I was called Issa-char.CHAPTER 2
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Then appeared to Jacob an angelof the Lord, saying: Two childrenshall Rachel bear, inasmuch as shehath refused company with her hus-band, and hath chosen continency.
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And had not Leah my mother paidthe two apples for the sake of hiscompany, she would have borneeight sons; for this reason she baresix, and Rachel bare the two: for onaccount of the mandrakes the Lordvisited her.
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For He knew that for the sake of children she wished to companywith Jacob, and not for lust of plea-sure.
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For on the morrow also she againgave up Jacob. Because of the man-drakes, therefore, the Lord hear-kened to Rachel.
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For though she desired them, sheate them not, but offered them in thehouse of the Lord, presenting themto the priest of the Most High whowas at that time.CHAPTER 3
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When, therefore, I grew up, my
 
ISSACHAR
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children, I walked in uprightness of heart, and I became a husbandmanfor my father and my brethren, and Ibrought in fruits from the field ac-cording to their season.
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And my father blessed me, for hesaw that I walked in rectitude beforehim.
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And I was not a busybody in mydoings, nor envious and maliciousagainst my neighbour.
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I never slandered any one, nordid I censure the life of any man,walking as I did in singleness of eye.
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Therefore, when I was thirty-fiveyears old, I took to myself a wife,for my labour wore away mystrength, and I never thought uponpleasure with women; but owing tomy toil, sleep overcame me.
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And my father always rejoiced inmy rectitude, because I offeredthrough the priest to the Lord allfirst-fruits; then to my father also.
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And the Lord increased ten thou-sandfold His benefits in my hands;and also Jacob, my father, knew thatGod aided my singleness.
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For on all the poor and oppressedI bestowed the good things of theearth in the singleness of my heart.CHAPTER 4
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And now, hearken to me, mychildren,
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The single-(minded) man cove-teth not gold, He overreacheth nothis neighbour, He longeth not aftermanifold dainties, He delighteth notin varied apparel.
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He doth not desire to live a longlife, But only waiteth for the will of God.
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And the spirits of deceit have nopower against him, For he lookethnot on the beauty of women, Lest heshould pollute his mind with corrup-tion.
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There is no envy in his thoughts,Nor malicious person maketh hissoul to pine away, Nor worry withinsatiable desire in his mind.
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For he walketh in singleness rof soul, And beholdeth all things inuprightness of heart, Shunning eyes(made) evil through the error of theworld, Lest he should see the per-version of any of the command-ments of the Lord.CHAPTER 5
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Keep, therefore, my children, thelaw of God, And get singleness,rAnd walk in guilelessness, Notplaying the busybody with the busi-ness of your neighbour.
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But love the Lord and yourneighbour, Have compassion on thepoor and weak.
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Bow down your back unto hus-bandry, And toil in labours rin allmanner of husbandry, offering giftsto the Lord with thanksgiving.
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For with the first-fruits of theearth will the Lord bless you, evenas He blessed all the saints fromAbel even until now.
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For no other portion is given toyou than of the fatness of the earth,whose fruits are raised by toil.
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For our father Jacob blessed mewith blessings of the earth and of first-fruits.
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And Levi and Judah were glori-fied by the Lord even among thesons of Jacob; for the Lord gavethem an inheritance, and to Levi Hegave the priesthood, and to Judahthe kingdom.
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And do ye therefore obey them,and walk in the singleness of your

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