The Book of Jubilees

Chapter 11

11:1 “In the thirty fifth jubilee, in the third week, in the first year thereof, Ragev took unto himself a wife, and her name was Ora, the daughter of Or, the daughter of the son of Kesed, and she bore him a son, and he called his name Serug, in the seventh year of this week of this jubilee.”
11:2 “And the sons of Noah began to fight with each other, to take captive and to slay each one his brother, and to spill the blood of men over the earth, and to eat blood, and to build strong cities, and walls, and towers (and single men elevated themselves above the people, and first founded kingdoms), and to make war, a nation against a nation, and nations against nations, and city against city, and all things became worse, and they acquired for themselves arms, and taught their sons war, and began to take captive the cities and to sell male and female slaves.”
11:3 “And Ur, the son of Kesed, built Era of the Chaldees, and called its name after his own name and by the name of his father.”
11:4 “And he made for himself molten images, and they worshipped each one his own image which they had made for themselves by molding, and they began to make sculptured images and unclean forms, and the terrible spirits assisted them and misled them to commit transgression and uncleanness.”
11:5 “And the prince Mastema gave his power to make all this, and through the angels who had been given under his hand, he sent out his hand to do all wickedness and sin and all transgression, and to destroy and to murder and to shed blood over the earth.”
11:6 “On this account his name was called Serach, for Serach turned himself in all things to do all kinds of sin.”
11:7 “And he grew and dwelt in Ur of the Chaldees near to the father of the mother of his wife, and he worshipped idols, and he took to himself a wife in the thirty sixth jubilee, in the fifth week, in the first year thereof, and her name was Melka, the daughter of Keher, the daughter of the brother of his father. And she bore him a son Nakor, in the first year of this week, and he grew and dwelt in Ur of the Chaldees, and his father taught him the researches of the Chaldees, divination and astrology according to the signs of the heavens.”
11:8 “And in the thirty seventh jubilee, in the sixth week, in the first year thereof, he took to himself a wife, and her name was Ijosek, the daughter of Nesteg of the Chaldees.”
11:9 “And she bore him Tarah in the seventh year of this week.”
11:10 “And the prince Mastema sent ravens and birds that they should eat what was sown on the land, in order to destroy the land, so that they might deprive the children of men of their labor, for before they plowed in the seed the ravens picked it up from the surface of the ground.”
11:11 “On that account his father called his name Tarah, because the ravens and the birds robbed them and devoured their seed.”
11:12 “And the years began to be barren on account of the birds, and all the fruit of the trees they ate from the trees; with great strength they were able to save a little from all the fruit of the land in their days.”
11:13 “And in the thirty ninth jubilee, in the second week, in the first year, Tarah took to himself a wife, and her name was Edna, the daughter of Abram, the daughter of the sister of his father.”
11:14 “And in the seventh year of this week she bore him a son, and he called his name Abram by the name of the father of his mother, for he had died before his daughter conceived a son.”
11:15 “And the child began to understand the errors of the earth, that all went astray after the images and after uncleanness; and his father taught him writing when two weeks of years old; and he separated himself from his father that he might not worship the idols with him.”
11:16 “And he began to pray to the Creator of all things that he should save him from the errors of the children of men, and that his portion should not fall into error after uncleanness and shame.”
11:17 “And the time of seed came to sow it upon the land, and all came out together to watch their seed against the ravens, and Abram came out with those that came out, and he was a boy of fourteen years.”
11:18 “And a cloud of ravens came to devour the seed, and Abram ran to scatter them before they sat down on the earth to eat the seed, and said: “Do not devour; return to the place whence you came!” and they turned back.”
11:19 “And clouds of ravens returned that day seven times, and of all the ravens none sat down upon any of the land where Abram was, and not one was left there.”
11:20 “And all those that were with him on the whole land saw him crying, and all the ravens turned back, and great was his name in all the land of the Chaldees.”
11:21 “And there came to him in this year all those that had sowed seed, and he would go with them until the time sowing in the land ceased, and they sowed in their land, and in this year they brought home grain, and ate it and were satisfied.”
11:22 “And in the fifth year of the fifth week Abram taught those who make the instruments for oxen, the workmen in wood, and they made utensils over the earth, opposite the crook timber of the plows in order to put the seed thereon, and to let the seed fall out of it into the seed furrows.”
11:23 “And it was hidden in the earth, and they no longer feared the ravens; and thus they did on all the crook timber of the plows over the earth, and they sowed and worked the land each one as Abram had commanded them, and no longer feared the ravens.”

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