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Zebu Lun

Zebu Lun

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THE TESTAMENT OF
ZEBULUN
 
CHAPTER 1
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The copy of the words of Zebu-lun, which he enjoined on his sonsbefore he died in the hundred andfourteenth year of his life, two yearsafter the death of Joseph.
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And he said to them : Hearken tome, ye sons of Zebulun, attend tothe words of your father.
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I, Zebulun, was born a good giftto my parents. For when I was bornmy father was increased very excee-dingly, both in flocks and herds,when with the straked rods he hadhis portion.
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I am not conscious that I havesinned all my days, save in thought.
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Nor yet do I remember that I havedone any iniquity, except the sin of ignorance which I committedagainst Joseph ; for I covenantedwith my brethren not to tell my fa-ther what had been done.
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But I wept in secret many days onaccount of Joseph, for I feared mybrethren, because they had allagreed, that if any one should dec-lare the secret, he should be slain.
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But when they wished to kill him,I adjured them much with tears notto be guilty of this sin.CHAPTER 2
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For Simeon and Gad came againstJoseph to kill him, and he said untothem with tears:
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Pity me, my brethren, have mercyupon the bowels of Jacob our father:lay not upon me your hands to shedinnocent blood, for I have notsinned against you.
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And if indeed I have sinned, withchastening chastise me, my breth-ren, but lay not upon me your hand,for the sake of Jacob our father.
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And as he spoke these words,wailing as he did so, I was unable tobear his lamentatioms, and began toweep, and my liver was poured out,and all the substance of my bowelswas loosened.
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And I wept with Joseph, and myheart sounded, and the joints of mybody trembled, and I was not able tostand.
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And when Joseph saw me weep-ing with him, and them comingagainst him to slay him, he fled be-hind me, beseeching them.
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But meanwhile Reuben rose andsaid: Come, my brethren, let us notslay him, but let us cast him intoone of these dry pits, which our fa-thers digged and found no water.
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For for this cause the Lord for-bade that water should rise up inthem, in order that Joseph should bepreserved.
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And they did so, until they soldhim to the Ishmaelites.CHAPTER 3
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For in his price I had no share,my children.
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But Simeon and Gad and six oth-er of our brethren took the price of Joseph, and bought sandals forthemselves, and their wives, andtheir children, saying:
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We will not eat of it, for it is theprice of our brother's blood, but wewill assuredly tread it under foot,because he said that he would beking over us, and so let us see what
 
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will become of his dreams.
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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.
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And the brethren of Josephwished not that their brother shouldlive, and the Lord loosed from themthe sandal which they wore against joseph their brother.
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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.
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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.
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For after this the Egyptians heardall the evils that they had done toJoseph.CHAPTER 4
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And after he was sold my broth-ers sat down to eat and drink.
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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.
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But when they saw that I did noteat, they set me to watch him, till hewas sold to the Ishmaelites.
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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?
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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.
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But Reuben was grieved, and ateno food that day. Dan thereforecame to him and said:
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Weep not, neither grieve; for wehave found what we can say to ourfather Jacob.
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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.
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For they stripped off from Jo-seph his coat when they were sellinghim, and put upon him the garmentof a slave.
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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.
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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.
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And so he gave it unto them,and they did even as Dan had said.CHAPTER 5
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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.
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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.
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Have, therefore, compassion inyour hearts, my children, becauseeven as a man doeth to his neigh-
 
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bour, even so also will the Lord doto him.
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For the sons of my brethren weresickening and were dying on ac-count of Joseph, because theyshowed not mercy in their hearts;but my sons were preserved withoutsickness, as ye know.
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And when I was in the land of Canaan, by the sea-coast, I made acatch of fish for Jacob my father;and when many were choked in thesea, I continued unhurt.CHAPTER 6
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I was the first to make a boat tosail upon the sea, for the Lord gaveme understanding and wisdom there-in.
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And I let down a rudder behind it,and I stretched a sail upon anotherupright piece of wood in the midst.
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And I sailed therein along theshores, catching fish for the houseof my father until we came toEgypt.
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And through compassion I sharedmy catch with every stranger.
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And if a man were a stranger, orsick, or aged, I boiled the fish, anddressed them well, and offered themto all men, as every man had need,grieving with and having compas-sion upon them.
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Wherefore also the Lord satisfiedme with abundance of fish whencatching fish; for he that sharethwith his neighbour receiveth mani-fold more from the Lord.
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For five years I caught fish, andgave thereof to every man whom Isaw, and sufficed for all the houseof my father.
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And in the summer I caught fish,and in the winter I kept sheep withmy brethren.CHAPTER 7
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Now I will declare unto you whatI did. I saw a man in distressthrough nakedness in wintertime,and had compassion upon him, andstole away a garment secretly frommy father's house, and gave it tohim who was in distress.
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Do ye, therefore, my children,from that which God bestowethupon you, show compassion andmercy without hesitation to all men,and give to every man with a goodheart.
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And if ye have not the wherewi-thal to give to him that needeth,have compassion for him in bowelsof mercy.
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I know that my hand found notthe wherewithal to give to him thatneeded, and I walked with himweeping for seven furlongs, and mybowels yearned towards him incompassion.CHAPTER 8
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Have, therefore, yourselves also,my children, compassion towardsevery man with mercy, that the Lordalso may have compassion and mer-cy upon you.
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Because also in the last days Godwill send His compassion on theearth, and wheresoever He findethbowels of mercy He dwelleth inhim.
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For in the degree in which a manhath compassion upon his neigh-bours, in the same degree hath theLord also upon him.
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And when we went down intoEgypt, Joseph bore no maliceagainst us.
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To whom taking heed, do ye also,my children, approve yourselves

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