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The Book of Jubilees

Chapter 2

2:1 “And the angel of the face spoke to Moses by the command of the Lord, saying: “Write all the words of creation, how in six days the Lord God finished all the works which he created, and rested on the seventh day and sanctified it for all the years and established it as a sign for all his works.” For on the first day he created the heavens above and the earth and the waters and all the spirits that serve before him, and the angels of the face and the angels that cry “holy”, and the angels of the spirit of fire, and the angels of the spirit of wind, and the angels of the spirit of the clouds of darkness and of hail and of hoarfrost, and the angels of the abysses and of thunder and of lightning, and the angels of the spirits of cold and of heat, of winter and of spring and of fall and of summer and of all the spirits of the multitude of works which are in the heavens and on the earth and in all the depths, and of darkness and of light and of dawn and of eve which he has prepared in the knowledge of his heart.”
2:2 “And at that time we saw his work and praised him and lauded before him on account of all his work, for seven great things did he make on the first day.”
2:3 “And on the second day he made a firmament between the waters, and the waters divided on this day, and half of it ascended upward, and half of it descended beneath the firmament over the face of the earth. And this work alone was made on the second day.”
2:4 “And on the third day he did as he said to the waters that they should cross from the face of the whole earth to one place, and that dry land should appear.”
2:5 “And he made the waters thus as he said to them, and they gathered from over the face of the earth into one place outside of this firmament, and the dry land appeared.”
2:6 “And on that day he created for it (the water) the abysses of the seas, according to their separate gathering places, and all the rivers and the gathering places of the waters in the hills and in all the earth, and all the lakes, and all the dew of the earth, and the seed which is sown according to its kind, and every thing that is eaten, and the trees which bear fruit, and the wild trees, and the garden of Eden for pleasure; and all these four great creations he made on the third day.”
2:7 “And on the fourth day he made the sun and moon and stars and placed them in the firmament of heaven that they should shine over the earth and to rule over day and night and to divide between night and day and between darkness and light.”
2:8 “And God established the sun as a great sign over the earth and for days and for sabbaths and for months and for festivals and for years and for jubilees and for all seasons of the years.”
2:9 “And he shall divide between light and darkness and for prosperity that all things that sprout and grow on earth may prosper.”
2:10 “These three kinds God made on the fourth day.”
2:11 “And on the fifth day he created the great animals in the abysses of the seas (for these were the first things of flesh created by his hands), and every thing that moves in the waters, and the fishes and every thing that flies, the birds and their whole kind.”
2:12 “And the sun arose over them to prosper them, and over all that was on the earth, every thing that sprouts out of the earth and all the trees that bear fruit and all flesh: these three kinds he made on the fifth day.”
2:13 “And on the sixth day he made all the animals of the earth and all the beasts and every thing that moves over the earth.”
2:14 “And after all this he made mankind, a single one; male and female he created them, and made him ruler over all things upon the earth and in the seas and over that which flies and over all the animals and beasts and over every thing that moves on the earth, and over the whole earth; and over all this he made him ruler.”
2:15 “And these four kinds he made on the sixth day. And there were altogether twenty two kinds.”
2:16 “And he completed all his work on the sixth day, all that is in the heavens and on the earth and in the seas and in the abysses, in the light and in the darkness and in every thing; and he gave us (the angels) a great sign, the day of sabbaths, that we should do work six days, and should rest on the sabbath from all work.”
2:17 “And all the angels of the face and all the angels that cry “holy”, to us, these two great kinds, he said that we should observe the sabbath with him in heaven and on earth.”
2:18 “And he said to us: Behold, I shall separate for myself a people from among all the nations, and these shall celebrate the sabbath, and I shall sanctify them unto myself as a nation, and I will sanctify them unto myself as a people, and will bless them, as I have sanctified the day of sabbaths, and I will sanctify them unto me and thus I will bless them; and they shall be to me my people, and I will be to them a God.”
2:19 “And I chose the seed of Jacob from among all that I have seen and have written him down as a first born son, and I have sanctified him unto myself forever and ever; and the day of the sabbaths I will teach them, that they observe sabbath on it from all work.”
2:20 “And he made therein a sign that they too should observe the sabbath with us on the seventh day, to eat and to drink and to bless/praise him who has created all things, as he blessed and sanctified unto himself a people which shall appear from among the nations and that they should observe the sabbath together with us. And he caused that before him his commands should ascend like a sweet savor which should be acceptable before him all the days of the twenty two heads of men from Adam to Jacob. And twenty two kinds of works were made until this seventh day; this thing is blessed and holy, and the former too is blessed and holy and this one with that one serves for a sanctification and blessing.”
2:21 “And to this one (Jacob and his seed) was given that they should be for all the days the blessed and holy ones of the testimony and the first law, just as he had blessed and sanctified the seventh day on the seventh day.”
2:22 “He created heaven and earth and every thing that he created in six days, and the Lord established a holy festival day for all his creation; and therefore he commanded on its account that he who does any work on it shall die, and whoever defiles it shall surely die.”
2:23 “And you, command the children of Israel, and they shall observe this day, so that they keep it holy and do not work on it any work, and do not defile it; for it is holier than all the days.”
2:24 “All who profane this day shall surely die, and all who do any work on it shall surely die forever; so that the children of Israel observe this day in their generations and be not rooted out of the land; for it is a holy day and a blessed day.”
2:25 “And every man who observe it and keeps the sabbath on it away from all his work, will be blessed and holy for all his days like unto me.”
2:26 “And announce and say to the children of Israel the law of this day, and that they shall observe the sabbath on it, and do not desert it in the error of their hearts, and that they be not engaged in doing anything on it which should not be done, and that they do not prepare on it any thing that is eaten or drunk, nor draw water, nor on it carry in or bring out of their gates any thing that is carried, which they have not prepared for themselves as a work on the six days in their houses.”
2:27 “And they shall not carry out or bring in on that day from one house to another, for this is a holy and blessed day over all the days of jubilees; on it we observed the sabbath in heaven, before it was known to any mortal to observe the sabbath on it on earth.”
2:28 “And the Creator of all blessed it; but he did not sanctify all nations and peoples to observe the sabbath on it, only Israel alone: to them alone he granted to eat and to drink and to observe sabbath on it on the earth.”
2:29 “And the Creator of all blessed it, who had created this day for a blessing and a sanctification and for glory above all the days.”
2:30 “This law and testimony was given to the children of Israel as a law forever to their generations.”

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