Book of Jubilees

About the Book of Jubliees


Prologue

Est. Date of Text - 125 - 10 B.C.

Est. Orig. Date of Text - pre 100 B.C.

Orig. Language - Hebrew - Greek

Orig. Writer - 

Translated by - Georg Steindorff 1899


Information

Scholars believe this version of the book of Jubilees was completed roughly 200 b.c. It is the account from Moses on the creation of the world and is divided into Jubilees or 49 years. The author of this book is unknown.

The only known complete version of this work is in Ethiopian with large fragmented pieces in Greek translated from Hebrew. Portions of this book where incorporated into the Septuagint according to Biblical Scholar R.H. Charles. Variants of the text have been found among the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Chapter 1


Chapter 2


Chapter 3

 

 

Chapter 4

 

Chapter 5

 

Chapter 6

 

Chapter 7

 

Chapter 8

 

 

Chapter 9

 

 

Chapter 10

'God of the spirits of all flesh, who hast shown mercy unto me

And hast saved me and my sons from the waters of the flood,

And hast not caused me to perish as Thou didst the sons of perdition;

For Thy grace has been great towards me,

And great has been Thy mercy to my soul;

Let Thy grace be lift up upon my sons,

And let not wicked spirits rule over them

Lest they should destroy them from the earth.

 

 

Chapter 11

 

 

Chapter 12

'What help and profit have we from those idols which thou dost worship,

And before which thou dost bow thyself?

And has created everything by His word,

And all life is from before His face.

And on your shoulders do ye bear them,

And ye have no help from them,

But they are a great cause of shame to those who make them,

And a misleading of the heart to those who worship them:

Worship them not.'

And stablish Thou me and my seed for ever

That we go not astray from henceforth and for evermore.'

May the eternal God make thy path straight.

And the Lord [(be) with thee, and] protect thee from all evil,

And grant unto thee grace, mercy and favour before those who see thee,

And may none of the children of men have power over thee to harm thee;

Go in peace.

 

 

Chapter 13

 

 

Chapter 14

 

 

Chapter 15

 

 

Chapter 16

 

 

Chapter 17

 

 

Chapter 18

Because thou hast done this thing,

And hast not withheld thy son, thy beloved son, from Me,

That in blessing I will bless thee,

And in multiplying I will multiply thy seed

As the stars of heaven, And as the sand which is on the seashore.

And thy seed shall inherit the cities of its enemies,

Because thou hast obeyed My voice,

And I have shown to all that thou art faithful unto Me in all that I have said unto thee:

Go in peace.'

 

 

Chapter 19

My daughter, watch over my son Jacob,

For he shall be in my stead on the earth,

And for a blessing in the midst of the children of men,

And for the glory of the whole seed of Shem.

He shall be blessed for ever,

And his seed shall fill the whole earth.

To lay the foundations of the heaven,

And to strengthen the earth,

And to renew all the luminaries which are in the firmament.

 

 

Chapter 20

Lest ye make our name a curse,

And your whole life a hissing,

And all your sons to be destroyed by the sword,

And ye become accursed like Sodom,

And all your remnant as the sons of Gomorrah.

And walk not after their idols, and after their uncleannesses,

For they are vanity,

And there is no spirit in them;

For they are work of (men's) hands,

And all who trust in them, trust in nothing.

That He may have pleasure in you and grant you His mercy,

And send rain upon you morning and evening,

And bless all your works which ye have wrought upon the earth,

And bless thy bread and thy water,

And bless the fruit of thy womb and the fruit of thy land,

And the herds of thy cattle, and the flocks of thy sheep.

And bless your sons in my name,

That they may be blessed as I am.

 

 

Chapter 21

Else He will [hide His face from thee

And] give thee back into the hands of thy transgression,

And root thee out of the land, and thy seed likewise from under heaven,

And thy name and thy seed shall perish from the whole earth.

 

 

Chapter 22

Who hath created heaven and earth,

Who hath made all the fat things of the earth,

And given them to the children of men

That they might eat and drink and bless their Creator.

'Blessed be my son Jacob

And all the sons of God Most High, unto all the ages:

May God give unto thee a seed of righteousness;

And some of thy sons may He sanctify in the midst of the whole earth;

May nations serve thee,

And all the nations bow themselves before thy seed.

Then thy ways and the ways of thy sons will be justified,

So that they shall become a holy nation.

And wherewith He blessed Noah and Adam;

May they rest on the sacred head of thy seed from generation to generation for ever.

And may He strengthen thee,

And bless thee.

And mayest thou inherit the whole earth,

Separate thyself from the nations,

And eat not with them:

And do not according to their works,

And become not their associate;

For their works are unclean,

And all their ways are a Pollution and an abomination and uncleanness.

And they eat over the graves,

And all their works are vanity and nothingness.

And how they err in saying to a piece of wood: 'Thou art my God,'

And to a stone: 'Thou art my Lord and thou art my deliverer.'

[And they have no heart.]

For all his seed is to be rooted out of the earth.

As the children of Sodom were taken away from the earth

So will all those who worship idols be taken away.

May the Most High God preserve thee from destruction,

And from all the paths of error may he deliver thee.

 

 

Chapter 23

And they shall use violence against Israel and transgression against Jacob,

And much blood shall be shed upon the earth,

And there shall be none to gather and none to bury.

And the righteous shall see and be thankful,

And rejoice with joy for ever and ever,

And shall see all their judgments and all their curses on their enemies.

 

 

Chapter 24

And though he make himself strong on earth,

Thence shall he be dragged forth,

And though he hide himself amongst the nations,

Even from thence shall he be rooted out;

And though he descend into Sheol,

There also shall his condemnation be great,

And there also he shall have no peace.