and working mercy unto all themthat are afar off, and to them thatare near.CHAPTER 5
For in the fortieth year of mylife, I saw a vision on the Mount of Olives, on the east of Jerusalem,that the sun and the moon werestanding still.
And behold Isaac, the father of my father, said to us: Run and layhold of them, each one according tohis strength; and to him that seizeththem will the sun and moon belong.
And we all of us ran together, andLevi laid hold of the sun, and Judahoutstripped the others and seized themoon, and they were both of themlifted up with them.
And when Levi became as a sun,lo, a certain young man gave to himtwelve branches of palm; and Judahwas bright as the moon, and undertheir feet were twelve rays.
And the two, Levi and Judah, ran,and laid hold of them.
And lo, a bull upon the earth,with two great horns, and an eagle'swings upon his back; and we wishedto seize him, but could not.
But Joseph came, and seized him,and ascended up with him on high.
And I saw, for I was there, andbehold a holy writing appeared tous, saying: Assyrians, Medes, Per-sians, Chaldeans, Syrians, shall pos-sess in captivity the twelve tribes of Israel.CHAPTER 6
And again, after seven days, Isaw our father Jacob standing by thesea of Jamnia, and we were withhim.
And, behold, there came a shipsailing by, without sailors or pilot;and there was written upon the ship,The ship of Jacob.
And our father saith to us: Comelet us embark on our ship.
And when we had gone on board,there arose a vehement storm, and amighty tempest of wind; and our fa-ther, who was holding the helm, de-parted from us.
And we, being tost with thetempest, were borne along over thesea; and the ship was filled with wa-ter, (and was) pounded by mightywaves, until it was broken up.
And Joseph fled away upon a lit-tle boat, and we all were dividedupon nine planks, and Levi and Ju-dah were together.
And we were all scattered untothe ends of the earth.
Then Levi, girt about with sack-cloth, prayed for us all unto theLord.
And when the storm ceased, theship reached the land, as it were inpeace.
And, lo, our father came, and weall rejoiced with one accord.CHAPTER 7
These two dreams I told to my fa-ther; and he said to me: Thesethings must be fulfilled in their sea-son, after that Israel hath enduredmany things.
Then my father saith unto me: Ibelieve God that Joseph liveth, for Isee always that the Lord numberethhim with you.
And he said, weeping: Ah me, myson, Joseph, thou livest, though Ibehold thee not, and thou seest notJacob that begat thee.
He caused me also, therefore, toweep by these words, and I burned