The Book of Jasher
At that time Chedorlaomer king of Elam sent to all the neighboring kings, to Nimrod, king of
Shinar who was then under his power, and to Tidal, king of Goyim, and to Arioch, king of
Elasar, with whom he made a covenant, saying, Come up to me and assist me, that we may
smite all the towns of Sodom and its inhabitants, for they have rebelled against me these
And these four kings went up with all their camps, about eight hundred thousand men, and
they went as they were, and smote every man they found in their road.
And the five kings of Sodom and Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of
Zeboyim, Bera king of Sodom, Bersha king of Gomorrah, and Bela king of Zoar, went out to meet them, and they all joined together in the valley of Siddim.
And these nine kings made war in the valley of Siddim; and the kings of Sodom and
Gomorrah were smitten before the kings of Elam.
And the valley of Siddim was full of lime pits and the kings of Elam pursued the kings of
Sodom, and the kings of Sodom with their camps fled and fell into the lime pits, and all that
remained went to the mountain for safety, and the five kings of Elam came after them and
pursued them to the gates of Sodom, and they took all that there was in Sodom.
And they plundered all the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, and they also took Lot, Abram's
brother's son, and his property, and they seized all the goods of the cities of Sodom, and they
went away; and Unic, Abram's servant, who was in the battle, saw this, and told Abram all
that the kings had done to the cities of Sodom, and that Lot was taken captive by them.
And Abram heard this, and he rose up with about three hundred and eighteen men that
were with him, and he that night pursued these kings and smote them, and they all fell before
Abram and his men, and there was none remaining but the four kings who fled, and they went
each his own road.
And Abram recovered all the property of Sodom, and he also recovered Lot and his
property, his wives and little ones and all belonging to him, so that Lot lacked nothing.
And when he returned from smiting these kings, he and his men passed the valley of
Siddim where the kings had made war together.
And Bera king of Sodom, and the rest of his men that were with him, went out from the
lime pits into which they had fallen, to meet Abram and his men.
And Adonizedek king of Jerusalem, the same was Shem, went out with his men to meet
Abram and his people, with bread and wine, and they remained together in the valley of
And Adonizedek blessed Abram, and Abram gave him a tenth from all that he had brought
from the spoil of his enemies, for Adonizedek was a priest before God.
And all the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah who were there, with their servants,
approached Abram and begged of him to return them their servants whom he had made
captive, and to take unto himself all the property.
And Abram answered the kings of Sodom, saying, As the Lord liveth who created heaven
and earth, and who redeemed my soul from all affliction, and who delivered me this day from
my enemies, and gave them into my hand, I will not take anything belonging to you, that you
may not boast tomorrow, saying, Abram became rich from our property that he saved.
For the Lord my God in whom I trust said unto me, Thou shalt lack nothing, for I will bless
thee in all the works of thy hands.
And now therefore behold, here is all belonging to you, take it and go; as the Lord liveth I
will not take from you from a living soul down to a shoetie or thread, excepting the expense of
the food of those who went out with me to battle, as also the portions of the men who went
with me, Anar, Ashcol, and Mamre, they and their men, as well as those also who had
remained to watch the baggage, they shall take their portion of the spoil.
And the kings of Sodom gave Abram according to all that he had said, and they pressed
him to take of whatever he chose, but he would not.
And he sent away the kings of Sodom and the remainder of their men, and he gave them
orders about Lot, and they went to their respective places.
And Lot, his brother's son, he also sent away with his property, and he went with them,
and Lot returned to his home, to Sodom, and Abram and his people returned to their home to
the plains of Mamre, which is in Hebron.
At that time the Lord again appeared to Abram in Hebron, and he said to him, Do not fear,
thy reward is very great before me, for I will not leave thee, until I shall have multiplied thee,
and blessed thee and made thy seed like the stars in heaven, which cannot be measured nor
And I will give unto thy seed all these lands that thou seest with thine eyes, to them will I
give them for an inheritance forever, only be strong and do not fear, walk before me and be
And in the seventy-eighth year of the life of Abram, in that year died Reu, the son of Peleg,
and all the days of Reu were two hundred and thirty-nine years, and he died.
And Sarai, the daughter of Haran, Abram's wife, was still barren in those days; she did not
bear to Abram either son or daughter.
And when she saw that she bare no children she took her handmaid Hagar, whom
Pharaoh had given her, and she gave her to Abram her husband for a wife.
For Hagar learned all the ways of Sarai as Sarai taught her, she was not in any way
deficient in following her good ways.
And Sarai said to Abram, Behold here is my handmaid Hagar, go to her that she may bring
forth upon my knees, that I may also obtain children through her.
And at the end of ten years of Abram's dwelling in the land of Canaan, which is the
eighty-fifth year of Abram's life, Sarai gave Hagar unto him.
And Abram hearkened to the voice of his wife Sarai, and he took his handmaid Hagar and
Abram came to her and she conceived.
And when Hagar saw that she had conceived she rejoiced greatly, and her mistress was
despised in her eyes, and she said within herself, This can only be that I am better before
God than Sarai my mistress, for all the days that my mistress has been with my lord, she did
not conceive, but me the Lord has caused in so short a time to conceive by him.
And when Sarai saw that Hagar had conceived by Abram, Sarai was jealous of her
handmaid, and Sarai said within herself, This is surely nothing else but that she must be
better than I am.
And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee, for at the time when thou didst pray
before the Lord for children why didst thou not pray on my account, that the Lord should give
me seed from thee?
And when I speak to Hagar in thy presence, she despiseth my words, because she has
conceived, and thou wilt say nothing to her; may the Lord judge between me and thee for
what thou hast done to me.
And Abram said to Sarai, Behold thy handmaid is in thy hand, do unto her as it may seem
good in thy eyes; and Sarai afflicted her, and Hagar fled from her to the wilderness.
And an angel of the Lord found her in the place where she had fled, by a well, and he said
to her, Do not fear, for I will multiply thy seed, for thou shalt bear a son and thou shalt call his
name Ishmael; now then return to Sarai thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
And Hagar called the place of that well Beer-lahai-roi, it is between Kadesh and the
wilderness of Bered.
And Hagar at that time returned to her master's house, and at the end of days Hagar bare
a son to Abram, and Abram called his name Ishmael; and Abram was eighty-six years old
when he begat him.