1. And at the new moon of the
third month he came out
of the ark and built an altar on that hill.
2. And he appeared on the earth, and he took a young goat and
atoned by its blood for all the guilt of the earth, because every
thing that had been on it was destroyed except those that were in the
ark with Noah; and he placed the fat on the altar, and he took an ox
and a goat and a sheep and young goats and salt and a turtle dove and
the young of a dove and brought a burnt sacrifice upon the altar and
scattered over them fruit offerings baked in oil and sprinkled the
blood and wine, and placed upon it frankiricense, and a sweet savor
arose which was acceptable before the Lord.
3. And the Lord smelt the sweet savor, and he made
with him a covenant
that there should no more be a flood upon the earth which would
destroy the earth: all the days of the earth, seed and harvest shall
not cease, frost and heat and summer and winter and day and night
shall not change their order and shall not cease forever.
4. "And ye, grow and increase on the earth and increase over it,
and be for a blessing in its midst: your fear and your terror I will
put upon every thing that is on the earth and in the sea.
5. And, behold, I have given you all the animals and all the beasts
and every thing that flies and every thing that moves on the earth and
the fish in the waters and all things for food; like the herbs of
grass, I have given them all to you to eat.
6. Only flesh which is in its life with blood ye shall not eat: for
the blood is the soul of all flesh, so that your blood in your souls
be not demanded of you.
7. From the hands of each one I will demand the blood of a man;
every one that sheddeth the blood of a man, by the hand of a man shall
his blood be shed; for in the image of God did he create Adam.
8. But ye, grow and increase upon the earth."
9. And Noah and his sons swore that they would not eat any blood
that is in any flesh, and they made a covenant before the Lord God for
ever, in all the generations of the world, in this month,
l0. On this account he
spoke to thee that thou shouldst make a covenant with the children of
Israel in this month upon the mountain, with an oath, and
shouldst sprinkle blood over them on account of all the words of the
covenant which the Lord has made with them for all days.*
(The footnote here reads, "The covenant at Sinai is regarded as
the renewal of the Noahic covenant.)
11. And this testimony is written concerning you, that you observe
it in all days, that ye do not in all days eat any blood of animals
and birds and beasts in all the days of the earth; and the man who
eats the blood of an animal or of beasts or of birds in all the days
of the earth, he and his seed shall be rooted out of the land.
12. And thou command the children of Israel that they shall not eat
any blood, so that their names and their seed may be before the Lord
our God all the days.
13. And for this law there
is no limit of days, for it is for eternity; and they shall observe it
to generation and generation, so that they may continue
supplicating in their behalf with blood before the Lord on the altar
on each day and day; mornings and evenings they shall supplicate in
their behalf perpetually before the Lord, that they may observe this
and not be rooted out.
14. And he gave to Noah and his sons a sign that there should not
again be a deluge over the earth; he placed his bow in the clouds as a
sign of the eternal covenant that no water of the deluge should again
come over the earth to destroy it all the days of the earth.
15. On this account it is
ordained and written on the tablets of heaven that the celebration of
the festival of weeks should be in this month, once a year, for a
renewed covenant in each year*
|* Footnote reads: It will be observed here and
throughout the book that the author connects the religious
system and worship in Israel not only with the ordinances of the
tablets of heaven, but also with important events in the lives
of the patriarchs.
16. And during the time this festival was being celebrated in
heaven, from the days of creation to the days of Noah, it was
twenty-six jubilees and five weeks of years; and Noah and his sons
observed it seven jubilees and one week of years until the time when
17. But his
children violated it until the days of Abraham, and they ate blood.
But Abraham alone observed it, and Isaac and Jacob observed it, for
these are his children, up to thy day; and in thy day the children of
Israel forgot it until I renewed it for them on this mountain.**
|** This was the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai
according to the first words in the Book of Jubilees.
18. And thou command the children of Israel that they should
observe this festival in all their generations as a commandment for
them: one day in the year, in this month, they shall celebrate this
19. For it is the festival of weeks and is a festival of
first fruits; for this festival is of a double nature and double kind,
as is written and engraved concerning its celebration.
20. For I
have written it in the book of the first law in which I write to thee
that thou shouldst observe it in its time one day a y/ear; and I have
explained to thee the offerings on that day, that they should be
remembered and that the children of Israel should celebrate it one day
in each year.
21. And at the new moon of the first month, and in the
new moon of the fourth month, and in the new moon of the seventh
month, and in the new moon of the tenth month are the days of
remembrance and the days of the festivals in the four divisions of the
years: written and ordained they are for a testimony until eternity.
|As shown elsewhere the words "at the new moon of the first
month" should have been translated "on the first day of the
21. And on the first day of the first month, and on
the first day of the fourth month, and on the first day
of the seventh month, and on the first day of the
tenth month are the days of remembrance and the days of the
festivals in the four divisions of the years: written and
ordained they are for a testimony until eternity.
22. And Noah ordained them for himself as festivals for future
generations, for on them there was to him a remembrance.
23. At the
new moon of the first month it was said to him that he should make for
himself an ark, and on it the earth became dry, and he opened (the
ark) and saw the earth. And at the new moon of the fourth month the
mouth of the flood-gates of the earth were opened and the waters began
to descend into the depth beneath.
25. And at the new moon of the
tenth month the tops of the mountains appeared, and Noah became glad.
26. And on this account he ordained them as festivals of remembrance
unto himself unto eternity, and thus they are ordained.