will become of his dreams.
Therefore it is written in the writ-ing of the law of Moses, that who-soever will not raise up seed to hisbrother, his sandal should be un-loosed, and they should spit into hisface.
And the brethren of Josephwished not that their brother shouldlive, and the Lord loosed from themthe sandal which they wore against joseph their brother.
For when they came into Egyptthey were unloosed by the servantsof Joseph outside the gate, and sothey made obeisance to Joseph afterthe fashion of King Pharaoh.
And not only did they make ob-eisance to him, but were spit uponalso, falling down before himforthwith, and so they were put toshame before the Egyptians.
For after this the Egyptians heardall the evils that they had done toJoseph.CHAPTER 4
And after he was sold my broth-ers sat down to eat and drink.
But I, through pity for Joseph,did not eat, but watched the pit,since Judah feared lest Simeon,Dan, and Gad should rush off andslay him.
But when they saw that I did noteat, they set me to watch him, till hewas sold to the Ishmaelites.
And when Reuben came andheard that while he was away (Jo-seph) had been sold, he rent hisgarments, (and) mourning, said:How shall I look on the face of myfather Jacob?
And he took the money and ranafter the merchants, but as he failedto find them he returned grieving.But the merchants had left the broadroad and marched through the Trog-lodytes by a short cut.
But Reuben was grieved, and ateno food that day. Dan thereforecame to him and said:
Weep not, neither grieve; for wehave found what we can say to ourfather Jacob.
Let us slay a kid of the goats, anddip in it the coat of Joseph; and letus send it to Jacob, saying : Know,is this the coat of thy son? And theydid so.
For they stripped off from Jo-seph his coat when they were sellinghim, and put upon him the garmentof a slave.
Now Simeon took the coat, andwould not give it up, for he wishedto rend it with his sword, as he wasangry that Joseph lived and that hehad not slain him.
Then we all rose up and said un-to him: If thou givest not up thecoat, we will say to our father thatthou alone didst this evil thing inIsrael.
And so he gave it unto them,and they did even as Dan had said.CHAPTER 5
And now, my children, I bid youto keep the commands of the Lord,and to show mercy to your neigh-bours, and to have compassion to-wards all, not towards men only, butalso towards beasts.
For, for this thing's sake the Lordblessed me, and when all my breth-ren were sick, I escaped withoutsickness, for the Lord knoweth thepurposes of each.
Have, therefore, compassion inyour hearts, my children, becauseeven as a man doeth to his neigh-