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The Book of Jubilees

Chapter 25

25:1 “And in the second year of this week in this jubilee Rebecca called Jacob her son, and spoke to him, saying: “My son, do not take to yourself a wife from among the daughters of Canaan, like Esau, your brother, who took to himself as wives two from the seed of Canaan, and they embittered my spirit with all their unclean deeds, for all their deeds are fornication and shame, and there is no righteousness in them, but it is evil.”
25:2 “And I, my son, love you exceedingly, and my mercy, my son, blesses you at every hour and watch of the night; and now, my son, hear my voice, and do the will of your mother, and do not take to yourself a wife from among the daughters of this land, except from the house of your father and except from the family of your father: take to yourself a wife from the house of my father, and the Most High God will bless you, and your children will be a generation of righteousness and your seed holy.”
25:3 “And then spoke Jacob with his mother Rebecca, and said to her: Behold, I am now nine weeks of years old and know no woman: I have touched none nor betrothed myself to any, nor do I think of taking to myself a wife from all the seed of the daughters of Canaan.”
25:4 “For I remember, O mother, the words of Abraham, our father that he commanded me not to take my wife from among all the seed of the house of Canaan, but from the seed of my father’s house I should take to myself a wife and from my relationship.”
25:5 “I have heard before that daughters have been born to Laban, your brother, and upon them is my heart set to take a wife of them.”
25:6 “On this account I have preserved myself in my spirit not to sin nor defile myself in all my ways all the days of my life, for with reference to lust and fornication my father Abraham gave me many commands.”
25:7 “And with all that he has commanded me these twenty-two years my brother contends with me and continually converses, saying: “My brother, take to wife one of the sisters of my two wives”; but I am not willing to do as my brother has done.”
25:8 “I swear before you, my mother, that all the days of my life I will not take to myself a wife from the seed of all the daughters of Canaan, and will not act wickedly as my brother has done.”
25:9 “And do not fear, mother; trust me that I will do your will, and will walk in rectitude, and my paths will not be destroyed in eternity.”
25:10 “And then he lifted up her face to heaven and extended the fingers of her hand heaven, and opened her mouth and blessed/praised the Most High God, who had created heaven and earth, and she gave him thanks and praise.”
25:11 “And she said: “Blessed/praised be the Lord God and blessed/praised be His name for ever and ever, who has given to me Jacob as a pure son and a holy seed; for yours he is and yours shall be his seed unto all the days and in all the generations of the world.”
25:12 “Bless him, O Lord, and place the blessing of righteousness in my mouth that I may bless.”
25:13 “And at that hour the Holy Spirit descended into her mouth, and she placed her two hands upon the head of Jacob, and she said: “Blessed/praised are you, Lord of righteousness and God of the world, and you do all the generations of men praise: may he give you, my son, the path of righteousness, and reveal to your seed righteousness.”
25:14 “And may your sons increase in your life, and stand to the number of the months of the year, and may your sons increase and grow more than the stars of the heavens, and more than the sand of the sea increase their numbers.”
25:15 “And may he give to them this fruitful land, as he said he would give it to Abraham and his seed after him in all the days, and may they possess it to eternity.”
25:16 “And may I see for you, my son, blessed children in this life, and may holy seed be all your seed.”
25:17 “And as the spirit of your mother in her life caused you to rest in her womb to give you birth, thus my affection blesses you, and my breasts bless you and my mouth and my tongue praise you.”
25:18 “Increase and be poured over the earth, and your seed be perfect in all the earth in the joy of heaven and earth, and may your seed rejoice and on the great day of peace may the peace of your name be theirs.”
25:19 “And may your seed abide to all the world, and may the Most High God be their God, and may the Most High God dwell with them and his sanctuary be built to all the eternities.”
25:20 “He that blesses you be blessed, and all flesh that curses you in lies, may it be cursed.”
25:21 “And she kissed him and said to him, “May the Lord of the world love you as the heart of your mother, and may her affection rejoice in you and bless you.”
25:22 “And she ceased from blessing him.”

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