The Book of Jubilees

Chapter 23

23:1 “And he laid two fingers of Jacob upon his eyes, and he blessed/praised the God of gods, and he covered his face and stretched out his feet and slept the sleep of eternity and was gathered to his father.”
23:2 “And during all this, Jacob was lying on his bosom and did not know that Abraham, the father of his father, was dead.”
23:3 “And Jacob awoke from his sleep, and, behold, Abraham was cold like ice, and he said, “Father! father!” and no one answered, and he knew that Abraham was dead.”
23:4 “And he arose from his bosom and ran and told it to Rebecca, his mother, and Rebecca went to Isaac in the night and told him, and they went together and Jacob with them, and a lamp was in his hand, and going they found Abraham as a corpse.”
23:5 “And Isaac fell upon the face of his father Abraham, and wept and blessed him and kissed him; and the words were heard in the house of Abraham, and Ishmael, his son, arose and came to his father Abraham, and wept over Abraham, his father, he and all the house of Abraham, and they wept exceedingly.”
23:6 “And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the double cave, near to Sarah, his wife, and they mourned over him forty days, all the people of his house, Isaac and Ishmael and all their children and the children of Keturah in their places; and the lamentation and weeping over Abraham was ended.”
23:7 “And he lived three jubilees and four weeks of years, one hundred and seventy-five years, and the days of his life were completed, and he was old, perfect in days.”
23:8 “For the days of the lives of the first fathers were nineteen jubilees, and after the flood they began to decrease from nineteen jubilees, diminishing the jubilees and becoming speedily old and satisfying their days on account of the many sufferings and the wickedness of their ways, with the exception of Abraham.”
23:9 “But Abraham was perfect in his deeds with the Lord and well pleasing and in righteousness all the days of his life; and behold, he did not complete four jubilees in his life until he grew old on account of wickedness, and satisfied with days.”
23:10 “And all the generations that arise from then and unto the day of the great judgment age die speedily before completing two jubilees.”
23:11 “And it will be since their knowledge leaves them on account of their old age that also all their knowledge ceases.”
23:12 “And on that day if a man lives a jubilee and a half jubilee, they say concerning him, “He has lived long”; and the mass of his days are sufferings and pain and trouble and no peace, for punishment follows upon punishment, hostility upon hostility, trouble upon trouble, wickedness upon wickedness, sickness upon sickness, and all evil judgments of this kind, as sickness and inflammation and hail and ice and snow and fever and suffering and becoming stiff, and sterility and death and sword and captivity and all the punishments and sufferings.”
23:13 “All this comes in the evil generation which sins upon the earth with the uncleanness of fornication and defilement and the abomination of their deeds.”
23:14 “And then they will say: “The days of the fathers were many, even to one thousand years, and were good, and behold the days of our lives, if a man has lived many, are seventy years, and if he is strong, eighty years, and all were evil and no peace will be in this evil generation.”
23:15 “And in that generation the children will be about to upbraid their fathers and their sires concerning the sin, and concerning the injustice and concerning the words of their mouth, and concerning the great wickedness which they do, and concerning their deserting the ordinances which the Lord had covenanted between them and him, that they should observe and do all his commandments and his ordinances and all his laws and not depart to the right or to the left.”
23:16 “For all are wicked, and every mouth speaks transgression, and all their deeds are unclean and an abomination, and all their paths are contamination and uncleanness and destruction.”
23:17 “Behold, the earth will be destroyed on account of all their deeds, and there will be no seed of wine and no oil, because all their deeds are unbelief, and they all will be destroyed together, the beasts and the animals and the birds and all the fish of the sea, on account of the sons of men.”
23:18 “And they will contend with each other, the young with the old and the old with the young; the poor with the rich, and the lowly with the great, and the beggar with the prince, on account of the law and on account of the covenant, for they have forgotten his commandments and his covenant and the festivals and the months and the sabbaths and the jubilees and all law.”
23:19 “And they will arise with swords and murder to bring them back to the path, but they will not return until the blood of many has been spilt upon the earth, one over the other.”
23:20 “And those who escape will not return on the path of righteousness from their wickedness, for they all will arise for a robbery for wealth, that each one may take that which is his neighbors’ and be called by a great name, but not in reality and in truth, and the most holy will be defiled in the uncleanness of the destruction of their defilement.”
23:21 “And a great punishment will be over the deeds of this generation from the Lord, and he will give them over to the sword and to judgment and to captivity and to robbery and to devouring.”
23:22 “And he will awaken over them the sinners of the Gentiles/hethan, who will have no mercy or grace for them, and who regard the face of none, neither old nor young nor any one; for they are wicked and powerful that they act more wickedly than all the children of men; and in Israel they practice violence and sin in Jacob, and the blood of many will be spilt on the land; and there will be none to gather and to bury.”
23:23 “And in those days they will cry aloud and call and pray that they will be saved from the hands of the sinful Gentiles/hethan, and there will be none to save them.”
23:24 “And the heads of the children will be white with gray hair, and a child of three weeks will appear as old as a man of a hundred years, and their standing will be destroyed by trouble and oppression.”
23:25 “And in those days the children will begin to seek the laws and to seek the commandments and to return to the path of righteousness.”
23:26 “And the days will begin to increase and grow many, and the children of men generation by generation and day by day, until their days approach to one thousand years and to a multitude of years and days.”
23:27 “And no one will be old or satisfied with days, for all will be (like) children and youths.”
23:28 “And all their days will be in peace, and in joy they will end them and live, and there will be no satan nor any destroyer, for all their days will be days of peace and healings and blessings.”
23:29 “And at that time the Lord will heal his servants, and they will arise and see great peace and will cast out their enemies; and the just shall see it and be thankful and rejoice in joy to all eternity and shall see judgment and curses upon all their enemies.”
23:30 “And their bones shall rest in the earth, but their spirits shall increase in joy, and they shall know that the Lord is the doer of judgment, and gives mercy to the hundreds and thousands and to all that love him.”
23:31 “And you, Moses, write down all these words, for thus are they written, and they have raised them upon the tablets of heaven to the generation of eternity.”

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