haYashar Jasher 54
:And when Y'hudah (3063) saw the dealings of Yoseph (3130) with them, Y'hudah (3063) approached him and broke open the door, and came with his brethren before Yoseph (3130).
:And Y'hudah (3063) said unto Yoseph (3130), Let it not seem grievous in the sight of my lord, may thy servant I pray thee speak a word before thee? and Yoseph (3130) said unto him, Speak.
:And Y'hudah (3063) spoke before Yoseph (3130), and his brethren were there standing before them; and Y'hudah (3063) said unto Yoseph (3130), Surely when we first came to our lord to buy food, thou didst consider us as spies of the land, and we brought Bin'yamin (1144) before thee, and thou still makest sport of us this day.
:Now therefore let the king hear my words, and send I pray thee our brother that he may go along with us to our father, lest thy soul perish this day with all the souls of the inhabitants of Mits'rayim (4714).
:Dost thou not know what two of my brethren, Shim'on (8095) and Levi (3878), did unto the city of Sh'khem (7927), and unto seven cities of the Emori (567), on account of our sister Dinah (1783), and also what they would do for the sake of their brother Bin'yamin (1144)?
:And I with my strength, who am greater and mightier than both of them, come this day upon thee and thy land if thou art unwilling to send our brother.
:Hast thou not heard what our Elohim (430) who made choice of us did unto Pharaoh on account of Sarah (8283) our mother, whom he took away from our father, that he smote him and his household with heavy plagues, that even unto this day Mits'rayim (4714) relate this wonder to each other? so will our Elohim (430) do unto thee on account of Bin'yamin (1144) whom thou hast this day taken from his father, and on account of the evils which thou this day heapest over us in thy land; for our Elohim (430) will remember his covenant with our father Av'raham (85) and bring evil upon thee, because thou hast grieved the soul of our father this day.
:Now therefore hear my words that I have this day spoken unto thee, and send our brother that he may go away lest thou and the people of thy land die by the sword, for you cannot all prevail over me.
:And Yoseph (3130) answered Y'hudah (3063), saying, Why hast thou opened wide thy mouth and why dost thou boast over us, saying, Strength is with thee? as Pharaoh liveth, if I command all my valiant men to fight with you, surely thou and these thy brethren would sink in the mire.
:And Y'hudah (3063) said unto Yoseph (3130), Surely it becometh thee and thy people to fear me; as Y'hovah (3068) liveth if I once draw my sword I shall not sheathe it again until I shall this day have slain all Mits'rayim (4714), and I will commence with thee and finish with Pharaoh thy master.
:And Yoseph (3130) answered and said unto him, Surely strength belongeth not alone to thee; I am stronger and mightier than thou, surely if thou drawest thy sword I will put it to thy neck and the necks of all thy brethren.
:And Y'hudah (3063) said unto him, Surely if I this day open my mouth against thee I would swallow thee up that thou be destroyed from off the earth and perish this day from thy kingdom. And Yoseph (3130) said, Surely if thou openest thy mouth I have power and might to close thy mouth with a stone until thou shalt not be able to utter a word; see how many stones are before us, truly I can take a stone, and force it into thy mouth and break thy jaws.
:And Y'hudah (3063) said, Elohim (430) is witness between us, that we have not hitherto desired to battle with thee, only give us our brother and we will go from thee; and Yoseph (3130) answered and said, As Pharaoh liveth, if all the kings of K'na'an (3667) came together with you, you should not take him from my hand.
:Now therefore go your way to your father, and your brother shall be unto me for a slave, for he has robbed the king's house. And Y'hudah (3063) said, What is it to thee or to the character of the king, surely the king sendeth forth from his house, throughout the land, silver and gold either in gifts or expenses, and thou still talkest about thy cup which thou didst place in our brother's bag and sayest that he has stolen it from thee?
:Elohim (430) forbid that our brother Bin'yamin (1144) or any of the seed of Av'raham (85) should do this thing to steal from thee, or from any one else, whether king, prince, or any man.
:Now therefore cease this accusation lest the whole earth hear thy words, saying, For a little silver the one reigning of Mits'rayim (4714) wrangled with the men, and he accused them and took their brother for a slave.
:And Yoseph (3130) answered and said, Take unto you this cup and go from me and leave your brother for a slave, for it is the judgment of a thief to be a slave.
:And Y'hudah (3063) said, Why art thou not ashamed of thy words, to leave our brother and to take thy cup? Surely if thou givest us thy cup, or a thousand times as much, we will not leave our brother for the silver which is found in the hand of any man, that we will not die over him.
:And Yoseph (3130) answered, And why did you forsake your brother and sell him for twenty pieces of silver unto this day, and why then will you not do the same to this your brother?
:And Y'hudah (3063) said, Y'hovah (3068) Elohim (430) is witness between me and thee that we desire not thy battles; now therefore give us our brother and we will go from thee without quarreling.
:And Yoseph (3130) answered and said, If all the kings of the land should assemble they will not be able to take your brother from my hand; and Y'hudah (3063) said, What shall we say unto our father, when he seeth that our brother cometh not with us, and will grieve over him?
:And Yoseph (3130) answered and said, This is the thing which you shall tell unto your father, saying, The rope has gone after the bucket.
:And Y'hudah (3063) said, Surely thou art a king, and why speakest thou these things, giving a false judgment? woe unto the king who is like unto thee.
:And Yoseph (3130) answered and said, There is no false judgment in the word that I spoke on account of your brother Yoseph (3130), for all of you sold him to the Mid'yanim (4084) for twenty pieces of silver, and you all denied it to your father and said unto him, An evil beast has devoured him, Yoseph (3130) has been torn to pieces.
:And Y'hudah (3063) said, Behold the fire of Shem (8035) burneth in my heart, now I will burn all your land with fire; and Yoseph (3130) answered and said, Surely thy sister-in-law Tamar (8559), who killed your sons, extinguished the fire of Sh'khem (7927).
:And Y'hudah (3063) said, If I pluck out a single hair from my flesh, I will fill all Mits'rayim (4714) with its blood.
:And Yoseph (3130) answered and said, Such is your custom to do as you did to your brother whom you sold, and you dipped his coat in blood and brought it to your father in order that he might say an evil beast devoured him and here is his blood.
:And when Y'hudah (3063) heard this thing he was exceedingly wroth and his anger burned within him, and there was before him in that place a stone, the weight of which was about four hundred shekels, and the anger of Y'hudah (3063) was kindled and he took the stone in one hand and cast it to the heavens and caught it with his left hand.
:And he placed it afterward under his legs, and he sat upon it with all his strength and the stone was turned into dust from the force of Y'hudah (3063).
:And Yoseph (3130) saw the act of Y'hudah (3063) and he was very much afraid, but he commanded M'nasheh (4519) his son and he also did with another stone like unto the act of Y'hudah (3063), and Y'hudah (3063) said unto his brethren, Let not any of you say, this man is an Mits'rayim (4714), but by his doing this thing he is of our father's family.
:And Yoseph (3130) said, Not to you only is strength given, for we are also powerful men, and why will you boast over us all? and Y'hudah (3063) said unto Yoseph (3130), Send I pray thee our brother and ruin not thy country this day.
:And Yoseph (3130) answered and said unto them, Go and tell your father, an evil beast hath devoured him as you said concerning your brother Yoseph (3130).
:And Y'hudah (3063) spoke to his brother Naph'tali (5321), and he said unto him, Make haste, go now and number all the streets of Mits'rayim (4714) and come and tell me; and Shim'on (8095) said unto him, Let not this thing be a trouble to thee; now I will go to the mount and take up one large stone from the mount and level it at every one in Mits'rayim (4714), and kill all that are in it.
:And Yoseph (3130) heard all these words that his brethren spoke before him, and they did not know that Yoseph (3130) understood them, for they imagined that he knew not to speak Hebrew.
:And Yoseph (3130) was greatly afraid at the words of his brethren lest they should destroy Mits'rayim (4714), and he commanded his son M'nasheh (4519), saying, Go now make haste and gather unto me all the inhabitants of Mits'rayim (4714), and all the valiant men together, and let them come to me now upon horseback and on foot and with all sorts of musical instruments, and M'nasheh (4519) went and did so.
:And Naph'tali (5321) went as Y'hudah (3063) had commanded him, for Naph'tali (5321) was lightfooted as one of the swift stags, and he would go upon the ears of corn and they would not break under him.
:And he went and numbered all the streets of Mits'rayim (4714), and found them to be twelve, and he came hastily and told Y'hudah (3063), and Y'hudah (3063) said unto his brethren, Hasten you and put on every man his sword upon his loins and we will come over Mits'rayim (4714), and smite them all, and let not a remnant remain.
:And Y'hudah (3063) said, Behold, I will destroy three of the streets with my strength, and you shall each destroy one street; and when Y'hudah (3063) was speaking this thing, behold the inhabitants of Mits'rayim (4714) and all the mighty men came toward them with all sorts of musical instruments and with loud shouting.
:And their number was five hundred cavalry and ten thousand infantry, and four hundred men who could fight without sword or spear, only with their hands and strength.
:And all the mighty men came with great storming and shouting, and they all surrounded the sons of Ya'aqov (3290) and terrified them, and the ground quaked at the sound of their shouting.
:And when the sons of Ya'aqov (3290) saw these troops they were greatly afraid of their lives, and Yoseph (3130) did so in order to terrify the sons of Ya'aqov (3290) to become tranquilized.
:And Y'hudah (3063), seeing some of his brethren terrified, said unto them, Why are you afraid whilst the grace of Elohim (430) is with us? and when Y'hudah (3063) saw all the people of Mits'rayim (4714) surrounding them at the command of Yoseph (3130) to terrify them, only Yoseph (3130) commanded them, saying, Do not touch any of them.
:Then Y'hudah (3063) hastened and drew his sword, and uttered a loud and bitter scream, and he smote with his sword, and he sprang upon the ground and he still continued to shout against all the people.
:And when he did this thing Y'hovah (3068) Elohim (430) caused the terror of Y'hudah (3063) and his brethren to fall upon the valiant men and all the people that surrounded them.
:And they all fled at the sound of the shouting, and they were terrified and fell one upon the other, and many of them died as they fell, and they all fled from before Y'hudah (3063) and his brethren and from before Yoseph (3130).
:And whilst they were fleeing, Y'hudah (3063) and his brethren pursued them unto the house of Pharaoh, and they all escaped, and Y'hudah (3063) again sat before Yoseph (3130) and roared at him like a lion, and gave a great and tremendous shriek at him.
:And the shriek was heard at a distance, and all the inhabitants of Sukot (5523) heard it, and all Mits'rayim (4714) quaked at the sound of the shriek, and also the walls of Mits'rayim (4714) and of the land of Goshen (1657) fell in from the shaking of the earth, and Pharaoh also fell from his throne upon the ground, and also all the pregnant women of Mits'rayim (4714) and Goshen (1657) miscarried when they heard the noise of the shaking, for they were terribly afraid.
:And Pharaoh sent word, saying, What is this thing that has this day happened in the land of Mits'rayim (4714) ? and they came and told him all the things from beginning to end, and Pharaoh was alarmed and he wondered and was greatly afraid.
:And his fright increased when he heard all these things, and he sent unto Yoseph (3130), saying, Thou hast brought unto me the Hebrews to destroy all Mits'rayim (4714) ; what wilt thou do with that thievish slave? send him away and let him go with his brethren, and let us not perish through their evil, even we, you and all Mits'rayim (4714).
:And if thou desirest not to do this thing, cast off from thee all my valuable things, and go with them to their land, if thou delightest in it, for they will this day destroy my whole country and slay all my people; even all the women of Mits'rayim (4714) have miscarried through their screams; see what they have done merely by their shouting and speaking, moreover if they fight with the sword, they will destroy the land; now therefore choose that which thou desirest, whether me or the Hebrews, whether Mits'rayim (4714) or the land of the Hebrews.
:And they came and told Yoseph (3130) all the words of Pharaoh that he had said concerning him, and Yoseph (3130) was greatly afraid at the words of Pharaoh and Y'hudah (3063) and his brethren were still standing before Yoseph (3130) indignant and enraged, and all the sons of Ya'aqov (3290) roared at Yoseph (3130), like the roaring of the sea and its waves.
:And Yoseph (3130) was greatly afraid of his brethren and on account of Pharaoh, and Yoseph (3130) sought a pretext to make himself known unto his brethren, lest they should destroy all Mits'rayim (4714).
:And Yoseph (3130) commanded his son M'nasheh (4519), and M'nasheh (4519) went and approached Y'hudah (3063), and placed his hand upon his shoulder, and the anger of Y'hudah (3063) was stilled.
:And Y'hudah (3063) said unto his brethren, Let no one of you say that this is the act of an Mits'rayim (4714) youth for this is the work of my father's house.
:And Yoseph (3130) seeing and knowing that the anger of Y'hudah (3063) was stilled, he approached to speak unto Y'hudah (3063) in the language of mildness.
:And Yoseph (3130) said unto Y'hudah (3063), Surely you speak truth and have this day verified your assertions concerning your strength, and may your Elohim (430) who delighteth in you, increase your welfare; but tell me truly why from amongst all thy brethren dost thou wrangle with me on account of the lad, as none of them have spoken one word to me concerning him.
:And Y'hudah (3063) answered Yoseph (3130), saying, Surely thou must know that I was security for the lad to his father, saying, If I brought him not unto him I should bear his blame forever.
:Therefore have I approached thee from amongst all my brethren, for I saw that thou wast unwilling to suffer him to go from thee; now therefore may I find grace in thy sight that thou shalt send him to go with us, and behold I will remain as a substitute for him, to serve thee in whatever thou desirest, for wheresoever thou shalt send me I will go to serve thee with great energy.
:Send me now to a mighty king who has rebelled against thee, and thou shalt know what I will do unto him and unto his land; although he may have cavalry and infantry or an exceeding mighty people, I will slay them all and bring the king's head before thee.
:Dost thou not know or hast thou not heard that our father Av'raham (85) with his servant Eli'ezer (461) smote all the kings of Eylam (5867) with their hosts in one night, they left not one remaining? and ever since that day our father's strength was given unto us for an inheritance, for us and our seed forever.
:And Yoseph (3130) answered and said, You speak truth, and falsehood is not in your mouth, for it was also told unto us that the Hebrews have power and that Y'hovah (3068) Elohim (430) their Elohim (430) delighteth much in them, and who then can stand before them?
:However, on this condition will I send your brother, if you will bring before me his brother the son of his mother, of whom you said that he had gone from you down to Mits'rayim (4714) ; and it shall come to pass when you bring unto me his brother I will take him in his stead, because not one of you was security for him to your father, and when he shall come unto me, I will then send with you his brother for whom you have been security.
:And the anger of Y'hudah (3063) was kindled against Yoseph (3130) when he spoke this thing, and his eyes dropped blood with anger, and he said unto his brethren, How doth this man this day seek his own destruction and that of all Mits'rayim (4714) !
:And Shim'on (8095) answered Yoseph (3130), saying, Did we not tell thee at first that we knew not the particular spot to which he went, and whether he be dead or alive, and wherefore speaketh my lord like unto these things?
:And Yoseph (3130) observing the countenance of Y'hudah (3063) discerned that his anger began to kindle when he spoke unto him, saying, Bring unto me your other brother instead of this brother.
:And Yoseph (3130) said unto his brethren, Surely you said that your brother was either dead or lost, now if I should call him this day and he should come before you, would you give him unto me instead of his brother?
:And Yoseph (3130) began to speak and call out, Yoseph (3130), Yoseph (3130), come this day before me, and appear to thy brethren and sit before them.
:And when Yoseph (3130) spoke this thing before them, they looked each a different way to see from whence Yoseph (3130) would come before them.
:And Yoseph (3130) observed all their acts, and said unto them, Why do you look here and there? I am Yoseph (3130) whom you sold to Mits'rayim (4714), now therefore let it not grieve you that you sold me, for as a support during the famine did Elohim (430) send me before you.
:And his brethren were terrified at him when they heard the words of Yoseph (3130), and Y'hudah (3063) was exceedingly terrified at him.
:And when Bin'yamin (1144) heard the words of Yoseph (3130) he was before them in the inner part of the house, and Bin'yamin (1144) ran unto Yoseph (3130) his brother, and embraced him and fell upon his neck, and they wept.
:And when Yoseph (3130) brethren saw that Bin'yamin (1144) had fallen upon his brother's neck and wept with him, they also fell upon Yoseph (3130) and embraced him, and they wept a great weeping with Yoseph (3130).
:And the voice was heard in the house of Yoseph (3130) that they were the brethren of Yoseph (3130), and it pleased Pharaoh exceedingly, for he was afraid of them lest they should destroy Mits'rayim (4714).
:And Pharaoh sent his servants unto Yoseph (3130) to congratulate him concerning his brethren who had come to him, and all the captains of the armies and troops that were in Mits'rayim (4714) came to rejoice with Yoseph (3130), and all Mits'rayim (4714) rejoiced greatly about Yoseph (3130) brethren.
:And Pharaoh sent his servants to Yoseph (3130), saying, Tell thy brethren to fetch all belonging to them and let them come unto me, and I will place them in the best part of the land of Mits'rayim (4714), and they did so.
:And Yoseph (3130) commanded him that was set over his house to bring out to his brethren gifts and garments, and he brought out to them many garments being robes of royalty and many gifts, and Yoseph (3130) divided them amongst his brethren.
:And he gave unto each of his brethren a change of garments of gold and silver, and three hundred pieces of silver, and Yoseph (3130) commanded them all to be dressed in these garments, and to be brought before Pharaoh.
:And Pharaoh seeing that all Yoseph (3130) brethren were valiant men, and of beautiful appearance, he greatly rejoiced.
:And they afterward went out from the presence of Pharaoh to go to the land of K'na'an (3667), to their father, and their brother Bin'yamin (1144) was with them.
:And Yoseph (3130) rose up and gave unto them eleven chariots from Pharaoh, and Yoseph (3130) gave unto them his chariot, upon which he rode on the day of his being crowned in Mits'rayim (4714), to fetch his father to Mits'rayim (4714) ; and Yoseph (3130) sent to all his brothers' children, garments according to their numbers, and a hundred pieces of silver to each of them, and he also sent garments to the wives of his brethren from the garments of the king's wives, and he sent them.
:And he gave unto each of his brethren ten men to go with them to the land of K'na'an (3667) to serve them, to serve their children and all belonging to them in coming to Mits'rayim (4714).
:And Yoseph (3130) sent by the hand of his brother Bin'yamin (1144) ten suits of garments for his ten sons, a portion above the rest of the children of the sons of Ya'aqov (3290).
:And he sent to each fifty pieces of silver, and ten chariots on the account of Pharaoh, and he sent to his father ten asses laden with all the luxuries of Mits'rayim (4714), and ten she asses laden with corn and bread and nourishment for his father, and to all that were with him as provisions for the road.
:And he sent to his sister Dinah (1783) garments of silver and gold, and frankincense and myrrh, and aloes and women's ornaments in great plenty, and he sent the same from the wives of Pharaoh to the wives of Bin'yamin (1144).
:And he gave unto all his brethren, also to their wives, all sorts of onyx stones and bdellium, and from all the valuable things amongst the great people of Mits'rayim (4714), nothing of all the costly things was left but what Yoseph (3130) sent of to his father's household.
:And he sent his brethren away, and they went, and he sent his brother Bin'yamin (1144) with them.
:And Yoseph (3130) went out with them to accompany them on the road unto the borders of Mits'rayim (4714), and he commanded them concerning his father and his household, to come to Mits'rayim (4714).
:And he said unto them, Do not quarrel on the road, for this thing was from Y'hovah (3068) Elohim (430) to keep a great people from starvation, for there will be yet five years of famine in the land.
:And he commanded them, saying, When you come unto the land of K'na'an (3667), do not come suddenly before my father in this affair, but act in your wisdom.
:And Yoseph (3130) ceased to command them, and he turned and went back to Mits'rayim (4714), and the sons of Ya'aqov (3290) went to the land of K'na'an (3667) with joy and cheerfulness to their father Ya'aqov (3290).
:And they came unto the borders of the land, and they said to each other, What shall we do in this matter before our father, for if we come suddenly to him and tell him the matter, he will be greatly alarmed at our words and will not believe us.
:And they went along until they came nigh unto their houses, and they found Serach (8294), the daughter of Asher (836), going forth to meet them, and the damsel was very good and subtle, and knew how to play upon the harp.
:And they called unto her and she came before them, and she kissed them, and they took her and gave unto her a harp, saying, Go now before our father, and sit before him, and strike upon the harp, and speak these words.
:And they commanded her to go to their house, and she took the harp and hastened before them, and she came and sat near Ya'aqov (3290).
:And she played well and sang, and uttered in the sweetness of her words, Yoseph (3130) my uncle is living, and he rules throughout the land of Mits'rayim (4714), and is not dead.
:And she continued to repeat and utter these words, and Ya'aqov (3290) heard her words and they were agreeable to him.
:He listened whilst she repeated them twice and thrice, and joy entered the heart of Ya'aqov (3290) at the sweetness of her words, and the spirit of Elohim (430) was upon him, and he knew all her words to be true.
:And Ya'aqov (3290) blessed Serach (8294) when she spoke these words before him, and he said unto her, My daughter, may death never prevail over thee, for thou hast revived my spirit; only speak yet before me as thou hast spoken, for thou hast gladdened me with all thy words.
:And she continued to sing these words, and Ya'aqov (3290) listened and it pleased him, and he rejoiced, and the spirit of Elohim (430) was upon him.
:Whilst he was yet speaking with her, behold his sons came to him with horses and chariots and royal garments and servants running before them.
:And Ya'aqov (3290) rose up to meet them, and saw his sons dressed in royal garments and he saw all the treasures that Yoseph (3130) had sent to them.
:And they said unto him, Be informed that our brother Yoseph (3130) is living, and it is he who rules throughout the land of Mits'rayim (4714), and it is he who spoke unto us as we told thee.
:And Ya'aqov (3290) heard all the words of his sons, and his heart palpitated at their words, for he could not believe them until he saw all that Yoseph (3130) had given them and what he had sent him, and all the signs which Yoseph (3130) had spoken unto them.
:And they opened out before him, and showed him all that Yoseph (3130) had sent, they gave unto each what Yoseph (3130) had sent him, and he knew that they had spoken the truth, and he rejoiced exceedingly an account of his son.
:And Ya'aqov (3290) said, It is enough for me that my son Yoseph (3130) is still living, I will go and see him before I die.
:And his sons told him all that had befallen them, and Ya'aqov (3290) said, I will go down to Mits'rayim (4714) to see my son and his offspring.
:And Ya'aqov (3290) rose up and put on the garments which Yoseph (3130) had sent him, and after he had washed, and shaved his hair, he put upon his head the turban which Yoseph (3130) had sent him.
:And all the people of house of Ya'aqov (3290) and their wives put on the garments which Yoseph (3130) had sent to them, and they greatly rejoiced at Yoseph (3130) that he was still living and that he was ruling in Mits'rayim (4714),
:And all the inhabitants of K'na'an (3667) heard of this thing, and they came and rejoiced much with Ya'aqov (3290) that he was still living.
:And Ya'aqov (3290) made a feast for them for three days, and all the kings of K'na'an (3667) and nobles of the land ate and drank and rejoiced in the house of Ya'aqov (3290).
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