70 MOSHEH AND KING'S CROWN
Mosheh puts the King's crown upon his own head. Baalam and the Wise Men make this a Pretext against him. When grown up, Mosheh visits his Brethren, and learns of their Grievances. Mosheh obtains a day's rest on the Sabbath for all Yisrael.
1 And in the third year from the birth of Mosheh, Pharaoh was sitting at a banquet, when Alparanith the queen was sitting at his right and Bathia at his left, and the lad Mosheh was lying upon her bosom, and Balaam the son of Beor with his two sons, and all the princes of the kingdom were sitting at table in the king's presence.
2 And the lad stretched forth his hand upon the king's head, and took the crown from the king's head and placed it on his own head.
3 And when the king and princes saw the work which the boy had done, the king and princes were terrified, and one man to his neighbor expressed astonishment.
4 And the king said unto the princes who were before him at table, What speak you and what say you, O ye princes, in this matter, and what is to be the judgment against the boy on account of this act?
5 And Balaam the son of Beor the magician answered before the king and princes, and he said, Remember now, O my lord and king, the dream which you did dream many days since, and that which your servant interpreted unto you.
6 Now therefore this is a child from the Hebrew children, in whom is the spirit of YAHWEH, and let not my lord the king imagine that this youngster did this thing without knowledge.
7 For he is a Hebrew boy, and wisdom and understanding are with him, although he is yet a child, and with wisdom has he done this and chosen unto himself the kingdom of Egypt.
8 For this is the manner of all the Hebrews to deceive kings and their nobles, to do all these things cunningly, in order to make the kings of the earth and their men tremble.
9 Surely you know that Abraham their father acted thus, who deceived the army of Nimrod king of Babel, and Abimelech king of Gerar, and that he possessed himself of the land of the children of Heth and all the kingdoms of Canaan.
10 And that he descended into Egypt and said of Sarah his wife, she is my sister, in order to mislead Egypt and her king.
11 His son Isaac also did so when he went to Gerar and dwelt there, and his strength prevailed over the army of Abimelech king of the Philistines.
12 He also thought of making the kingdom of the Philistines stumble, in saying that Rebecca his wife was his sister.
13 Yacob also dealt treacherously with his brother, and took from his hand his birthright and his blessing.
14 He went then to Padan-aram to the house of Laban his mother's brother, and cunningly obtained from him his daughter, his cattle, and all belonging to him, and fled away and returned to the land of Canaan to his father.
15 His sons sold their brother Yoseph, who went down into Egypt and became a slave, and was placed in the prison house for twelve years.
16 Until the former Pharaoh dreamed dreams, and withdrew him from the prison house, and magnified him above all the princes in Egypt on account of his interpreting his dreams to him.
17 And when YAHWEH caused a famine throughout the land he sent for and brought his father and all his brothers, and the whole of his father's household, and supported them without price or reward, and bought the Egyptians for slaves.
18 Now therefore my lord king behold this child has risen up in their stead in Egypt, to do according to their deeds and to trifle with every king, prince and judge.
19 If it please the king, let us now spill his blood upon the ground, lest he grow up and take away the government from your hand, and the hope of Egypt perish after he shall have reigned.
20 And Balaam said to the king, Let us moreover call for all the judges of Egypt and the wise men thereof, and let us know if the judgment of death is due to this boy as you did say, and then we will slay him.
21 And Pharaoh sent and called for all the wise men of Egypt and they came before the king, and an heavenly messenger of YAHWEH came among them, and he was like one of the wise men of Egypt.
22 And the king said to the wise men, Surely you have heard what this Hebrew boy who is in the house has done, and thus has Balaam judged in the matter.
23 Now judge you also and see what is due to the boy for the act he has committed.
24 And the heavenly messenger, who seemed like one of the wise men of Pharaoh, answered and said as follows, before all the wise men of Egypt and before the king and the princes:
25 If it please the king let the king send for men who shall bring before him an onyx stone and a coal of fire, and place them before the child, and if the child shall stretch forth his hand and take the onyx stone, then shall we know that with wisdom has the youth done all that he has done, and we must slay him.
26 But if he stretch forth his hand upon the coal, then shall we know that it was not with knowledge that he did this thing, and he shall live.
27 And the thing seemed good in the eyes of the king and the princes, so the king did according to the word of the heavenly messenger of YAHWEH.
28 And the king ordered the onyx stone and coal to be brought and placed before Mosheh.
29 And they placed the boy before them, and the lad endeavored to stretch forth his hand to the onyx stone, but the heavenly messenger of YAHWEH took his hand and placed it upon the coal, and the coal became extinguished in his hand, and he lifted it up and put it into his mouth, and burned part of his lips and part of his tongue, and he became heavy in mouth and tongue.
30 And when the king and princes saw this, they knew that Mosheh had not acted with wisdom in taking off the crown from the king's head.
31 So the king and princes refrained from slaying the child, so Mosheh remained in Pharaoh's house, growing up, and YAHWEH was with him.
32 And while the boy was in the king's house, he was robed in purple and he grew among the children of the king.
33 And when Mosheh grew up in the king's house, Bathia the daughter of Pharaoh considered him as a son, and all the household of Pharaoh honored him, and all the men of Egypt were afraid of him.
34 And he daily went forth and came into the land of Goshen, where his brethren the children of Yisrael were, and Mosheh saw them daily in shortness of breath and hard labor.
35 And Mosheh asked them, saying, Wherefore is this labor meted out unto you day by day?
36 And they told him all that had befallen them, and all the injunctions which Pharaoh had put upon them before his birth.
37 And they told him all the counsels which Balaam the son of Beor had counselled against them, and what he had also counselled against him in order to slay him when he had taken the king's crown from off his head.
38 And when Mosheh heard these things his anger was kindled against Balaam, and he sought to kill him, and he was in ambush for him day by day.
39 And Balaam was afraid of Mosheh, and he and his two sons rose up and went forth from Egypt, and they fled and delivered their souls and betook themselves to the land of Cush to Kikianus, king of Cush.
40 And Mosheh was in the king's house going out and coming in, YAHWEH gave him favor in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants, and in the eyes of all the people of Egypt, and they loved Mosheh exceedingly.
41 And the day arrived when Mosheh went to Goshen to see his brethren, that he saw the children of Yisrael in their burdens and hard labor, and Mosheh was grieved on their account.
42 And Mosheh returned to Egypt and came to the house of Pharaoh, and came before the king, and Mosheh bowed down before the king.
43 And Mosheh said unto Pharaoh, I pray you my lord, I have come to seek a small request from you, turn not away my face empty; and Pharaoh said unto him, Speak.
44 And Mosheh said unto Pharaoh, Let there be given unto your servants the children of Yisrael who are in Goshen, one day to rest therein from their labor.
45 And the king answered Mosheh and said, Behold I have lifted up your face in this thing to grant your request.
46 And Pharaoh ordered a proclamation to be issued throughout Egypt and Goshen, saying,
47 To you, all the children of Yisrael, thus says the king, for six days you shall do your work and labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest, and shall not preform any work, thus shall you do all the days, as the king and Mosheh the son of Bathia have commanded.
48 And Mosheh rejoiced at this thing which the king had granted to him, and all the children of Yisrael did as Mosheh ordered them.
49 For this thing was from YAHWEH to the children of Yisrael, for YAHWEH had begun to remember the children of Yisrael to save them for the sake of their fathers.
50 And YAHWEH was with Mosheh and his fame went throughout Egypt.
51 And Mosheh became great in the eyes of all the Egyptians, and in the eyes of all the children of Yisrael, seeking good for his people Yisrael and speaking words of peace regarding them to the king.