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The Life of Moses

The Slavonic Life of the Holy Prophet Moses

The Life of Moses

This section features Slavonic Apocrypha/Pseudepigrapha. These documents are very rare and SeRMoN had to resort to translating the only known translations from Russian. We left them in their literal translations, except for a couple.

Lord, bless, Father.

When Jacob was 87 years old, he gave birth to Levi, Levi was 49 when he gave birth to the Army, Gayid, Hebron and Kayatu. Kayat at the age of 60 gave birth to Ambrave. Ambrave was a hundred years old when he gave birth to Aaron, Miriam and Moses in the 101st year of the Israelites' coming to Egypt. Moses was the seventh from the tribe of Abraham, his mother was Agavef, the daughter of Levi.

One day King Pharaoh saw a dream: here he sits on his royal throne in Egypt and looked up his eyes, and saw an old man who stood opposite him, and in his hands - the scales. And he put one cup of all the Egyptian elders and all his nobles, and put the other lambs on another bowl. Waking up early the next morning, (the king) called all his slaves and told them a dream. And the people were frightened with great fear, and the wise man said: "There will be an evil in Egypt soon." And the king said: "What will be, tell us." And Balaam said to the king: "The Israelites will have a baby and waste all the kingdom of Egypt, know this, king, write in the laws of Egypt, so that in the water every child born to the Jews can be drowned, let them kill him."

And Pharaoh called the midwives of the Hebrews and ordered them to kill the babies, and to throw others into the river. But the grandmothers were afraid of God and did not do as the king of Egypt the Pharaoh commanded them. (. . .)

The Jewish wives went to the field and gave birth there. The angels of God bathed the newborns and weighed them, and put two stones in both hands, so that one of them sucked the oil, and the other - honey. And the Egyptians went out on the field to seek them, but by the command of God the earth was opened and accepted. The same followed the plows and their plows and could not find them, because God hid them. And when they grew up (children) on the field, they came to their homes in plenty. And the Jewish people multiplied, and became stronger in Egypt. King of the Egyptian Pharaoh did not like that the Israelis are multiplying.

There was a husband among the Israelis named Ambra. And he took to himself his wife Agavef, his cousin. And she gave birth to that daughter and called her by the name of Mariam.And in those days the sons of Ham began to do evil to the children of Israel. Ambram begot and begot a son and gave him the name Aaron. In those days, Pharaoh began to shed the blood of infants to the earth, and to throw others into the river. Then many parted with their wives, Ambra and his wife parted. And at the end of the 3rd year, the Spirit of God, Mariam, fell and, prophesying, she said: "This son will be born to my father this year, and he will save Israel from the power of Egypt."

Hearing this from Mariam, Ambra returned to his wife and knew her in the sixth month, and, having conceived, she gave birth to a son, and named him Melkia. And the house of light was filled, and the wife saw how beautiful her child was, and held him for 3 months in hiding.

In those days the Egyptians ordered to carry their young children to Jewish homes, whether the child would respond to the Jewish child of the Egyptian. And the wife, fearing this, made a reed basket, smearing the bottom of her inside with clay, and on the outside with tar, and put the child there, and let the basket between the river reeds. His sister, standing at a distance, looked at him.

And God sent heat to the land of Egypt, and people were tormented by the heat. And Pharaoh's daughter Fermuf went down to the river to swim with the girls and with many women. And she saw a reed basket floating on the river, and sent a slave to take it. And when she opened it, she saw in her a crying baby, and felt sorry for him, and said: "This one is from Jewish children." And she gave him the name of Moses, explaining that she had taken it from the water. And they brought the women of Egypt to nurse him, but he did not want to suck, because from God it was (destined) to return to his mother's breast. And Miriam said: "If you want, I'll bring you a female wet nurse from the Jews, and she will give you that baby." And she went and brought his mother, and Pharaoh's daughter said to her: "Feed this child to me, and I'll put two silver coins for you for a day." And she took from her (child) and nurtured him.

At the end of the second year they brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he was her son. And in the third year from the birth of Moses, Pharaoh was sitting at the table, and the queen to his right. Fermuf was sitting to his left. The child was in her arms, and around him sat the nobles.

Suddenly the child, stretching, took off the crown from the king's head and laid it on his head. And the king and his nobles were frightened. And the magician exclaimed Balaam and said: "Remember, master, the dream that you saw, and the way your servant interpreted it to you. This Jewish child carries within him the Spirit of God, and it consciously did so, for he wants to take the kingdom of Egypt. So after all, Abraham, his grandfather, acted when the king intercepted their glory: Abimelech, the king of the Gararsky expelled, and he himself came to Egypt and called his wife his sister in order to destroy their king. So Isaac acted with foreigners and got his strength from foreigners, he wanted to kill their king, capturing them, and he also gave his wife for his sister. And also by cunning, Jacob took away his brother's primacy and blessing. He went to Mesopotamia to Laban, his uncle from the maternal side, and took away his daughter, his cattle, and his whole house. And he fled to the land of Canaan, and returned. And his sons sold Joseph, and he was in prison, until the king thy father saw a dream. He dismissed him from prison and exalted all the nobles of Egypt because he interpreted the dream. And when God sent famine to the land, he sent for his father and his brothers to Egypt, and brought them. And he fed them without pay. We also bought ourselves into slavery. If you want, king, we'll kill this baby, so that when he grows up, he does not take your kingdom away from you and that the hope of Egypt does not perish."

And God sent the archangel Gabriel, who took the form of one of the royal princes, and he said: "If you want, king, let them bring a precious sparkling stone and burning coals and put them in front of the child. If he stretches out his hand to the stone, then know that he did it consciously, then we kill him. If, however, he extends his hand to the fire, we learn that he has not done it by reason and will leave it." And it pleased the king and his nobles.

And they brought to him a precious stone and burning coals. And the angel of the Lord sent his hand to the fire. And taking coal, he touched them to the tip of the tongue, and from this became a gougie. And they did not kill him.

And Moses lived in Pharaoh's house for 15 years, grew up with royal children in the same clothes (walked). And at the end of the year 15 he wanted to see his father and mother, and went to them. And he came to his brothers, and saw an Egyptian who beat a Jew out of his brothers. And looking around, back and forth, and not noticing anyone, he killed an Egyptian and buried him in the sand. The next day Moses went to his brothers and saw two cursing men and asked: "O villain, why do you offend your friend?" And he said to him: "Who put you as judge over us, or do you want to kill me, just as yesterday killed an Egyptian?" Moses was frightened and said:"Apparently, it became known."

This rumor reached Pharaoh's ears. And Pharaoh commanded to kill Moses.

And God sent his archangel Michael, he assumed the appearance of Pharaoh's apprentice, and tore the sword from his hand, and took off his head. And the angel took Moses by the right hand, and brought him out of the land of Egypt. And he settled it outside the limits of the Egyptian at a distance of 40 versts. And Aaron was left alone, and he began to prophesy in Egypt to the children of Israel. And he said, "Cast down every idol in Egyptian filth, but do not be polluted." And they did not listen to him.

And God said that they would destroy them, but he remembered the covenant that he laid with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and Pharaoh's power increased over the sons of Israel until he sent his word and remembered them.

At that time there was a war between the Ethiopians and the sons of the East and between the Arameans. And Kikanos, the king of Saracen, went out to fight against the Arameans and the sons of the East. And king Kikanos of the Arameans defeated the sons of the East and took them prisoner. And Balaam came running from Egypt to Kikanos, for his prophecy had not come true. And Kikanos had two sons, Anos and Akris, they sowed discord in the city, and with them were the worst people. And he planned Valaam with local people to renounce King Kikanos, and they did not let him enter the city. And his people obeyed him, swore to him, and made him king over all. His son was appointed a voivode, and the walls of this city were high erected on both sides, and on the third side ditches and pits large without number were dug out, and on the fourth side Valaom collected many snakes and scorpions by conspiracy and sorcery. They closed the city and did not allow it to enter or enter it. And so, when King Kikanos returned with the soldiers and, raising their eyes, they saw such high city walls, they were surprised and said: "Our people, while we fought for a long time, strengthened our city, saying:" No matter how the army came to us "". But when they came to the city, they saw the gates of the city at the castle, and they told the gatekeepers: "Open the gate to enter our city." But they did not want to open them because of the ban on Balaam the sorcerer. And they did not let the army enter, leaving it before the gates. And one hundred and thirty husbands perished from the soldiers of Kikanos one day, and on the next day they fought on the river bank. And thirty riders entered the water, wishing to get over to the other side, and could not. And they drowned in the ditches. And the king commanded to chop down trees and make rafts to swim over them. And they did so, and went on rafts into these ditches, and their whirlpool turned them, and on that day two hundred men sank on ten rafts.

And on the third day (soldiers) approached from the side where the snakes (lived), and could not do anything. And the snakes ate a hundred and seven men. And they withdrew from them (warriors), and they stood near the city for nine years, and they did not allow them to either take it or enter it. And when the Saracens stood against him, Moses fled from Egypt and came to Kikanos, the king of Saracen. Moses was 18 years old when he fled from the Pharaoh.

And he came to Kikanos to the camp, and the king and all his nobles and his soldiers received him, for he is noble and rich. was in their eyes. And he was as tall as a yew, his face shone like the sun, his courage was great. And Moses became an adviser to the king.

And by the end of the ninth year the king of Saracen Kikanos was ill, and on the seventh day he died. And the slaves smeared with oil and buried at the city gate. And they built a beautiful and very high chamber above him and wrote on the stone about all his wars and all his courage.

And so, when they erected the chamber, they conferred with each other: "What should I do? If we fight with this city, then we die, whether we will do something to stay here, then all the Aramaic kings and sons of the East will know that our king has died, and they will suddenly attack us and leave us completely, so let's go yes and put the king himself. We'll settle the city until we take it." They quickly took off their clothes and left them in a pile, making a big mountain. And they planted Moses and said: "Live for ever, king!" And all the grandees and all the people swore to him. And Moses took to himself the wife of Kikanos, with consent and at her will.

Moses was 27 years old when he became king over the Saracens. On the second day of his reign, the whole people gathered and said to him: "King, think about what to do: nine years have passed since we did not see our wives and children." And the king answered his people: "If you listen to me, know that this city will be given into our hands. If we fight with them, as in the beginning, then we will die a lot, like the first time. If we go on rafts in the pools, then many of us will drown, as well as the first time. Now, standing up, go to the forest and bring the young flocks of storks, each his own. Take care of them until they grow up. Teach them to fly in a hawkish way." And they went (men) and brought the stork, as Moses commanded them.

And so, when the storks grew, the king ordered them to starve them for seven days. And people did that. The third day came, and the king said to them: "Put on your armor and sit on your horses and take each one's armpit into your hand, and let's go to the city to the place where the snakes are."

And the king said: "Let the storks go." And they let them out, and the storks flew to the snakes, and ate them, and that place emptied. And the king and the people saw that the serpents were lost and the place was cleansed, and the people blew trumpets and encircled the city, and took it. And everyone went back to his house. And they killed 1000 and 100 urban residents that day, and not a single person was killed from outside. And the wise man saw Balaam, that the city was taken, with his two sons, jumped on horses and fled to the land of Midian, to King Balak. After all, they were magicians and sorcerers, of whom it is written in Paremia, who taught how to erase the tribe of Jacob from the face of the earth. (. . .)

Moses sat on the throne of Saracen, and the wife of Kikanos was married to him. Moses, fearing God, did not come to her, remembering how Abraham Eleazar, his slave, had sworn: "Do not take a wife from the Canaanite's daughter for my son!" Isak also ordered Jacob, his son, not to be related to the sons of Hamov , since they were sold into slavery to the sons of Simov and the sons of Afetov. And Moses was afraid of his God, and did not touch the wife of Kikanos, for it was from the sons of Hamov.

King Moses gained strength and fought with the demigods and overcame them, and defeated in time of wars, like Jacob, his grandfather.

In the 40th year of the reign Moses sat on the throne, and the queen was away from him. And the queen turned to the people and the nobles: "Already now 40 years, as Moses reigns over you, and did not touch me, and did not bow to our gods. Now listen to me, Saracen sons! From now on, Moses will not be king over you. Here is Mukaris, my son, he will reign over you. It is better to obey your master's son than to a stranger." And all the people argued about this until the evening and did not want to let Moses go. But the queen overpowered. And the next day, early in the morning, Mukaris was appointed king over all. And the people were afraid to put their hand on Moses, for they feared swearing to him.They gave him great gifts and released him with honor.

And Moses went out from there by his way. It was Moses 67 years old when he left Saracens. All this was created by God. And the time came, prepared from the first days, to bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt. And Moses went to Midian, fearing to return to Egypt.

And he sat by the well, and the seven daughters of Raguel the Midian came to feed their father's sheep. They approached the well and collected water to water the sheep. But the shepherds of Midian came and drove them away. And then Moses got up and protected them, and watered their sheep. They returned to their father and told what Moses did and how he saved them and watered their sheep.

And Raguel sent for him and called him to his house. He shared bread with him, and Moses told him how he fled from Egypt and how he reigned over the Saracens, and how they took the kingdom away from him and released him. And when he heard Raguel's story, he cried out in his heart: "I will put him in prison and so I will please the Saracens. It's a fugitive." So they seized Moses and put him in prison, and he was in prison for 10 years.

But Simpora, Raguel's daughter, took pity on him, she fed him bread and water. And when the 10 years ended, Simpora said to her father: "This Jew, whom you put in prison, is already there for the tenth year, and no one is looking for him and asking about him. If it pleases your eyes, my father, you should send to see if this man is alive or has died." Her father did not know that she was feeding him. And Raguel said: "I have never seen in the world that a man who has been in prison for ten years without bread and water, was alive."And Simpora answered her father: "Did you not hear, my father, that God is Jewish and formidable and always surprises with miracles? Did not he deliver Abraham from the Chaldean furnace, Isaac from the sword, Jacob from the angel's hand, when he fought with him in the crossing? And after all, God created many miracles for his husband: he freed him from the Egyptians, and from the sword of Pharaoh, and still can deliver him." And these words were pleasant to Raguel. And he did as his daughter said: he sent to the prison to find out what had happened to Moses. And they saw that he was praying to the God of his fathers. And they released him from prison, shaved him, changed his prison garments, and Moses ate bread with Raguel.

And Moses came to the garden to Raguel that was behind his palace, and prayed to his God, who did wonders and freed him from that prison. When he prayed, he looked up and saw that a mace was stuck in the middle of the garden. And he went up to the club, and on it was written the name of the Lord God of hosts. And when he came near, he pulled it out, and it turned out that in his hands the trumpet was a trestate, with which the miracles of God were created, when He created the heaven and the earth and everything in them, the sea and rivers, and all their fish. And when He drove Adam out of the Garden of Eden, Adam took that club with him in his hands. And this pallet passed from Adam to Noah, Noah passed it to Sima and his offspring and so on until the mace reached the hands of Abraham. Abraham gave it to Isaac, and Isaac gave it to Jacob. And Jacob, when he fled to the limits of the Aramaic, took the club with him. He gave it to Joseph, bypassing his brothers and sisters. And when, after the death of Joseph, the Egyptians ravaged the house of Joseph, it was Raguel's palm, and he planted it in the middle of the garden. And all the warriors who wanted to get his daughter (as wives) wanted to take her, and they could not do this until Moses came: who was destined, he pulled it. And it so happened that Raguel saw the club in Moses' hands and was surprised. And he gave his daughter Simpora his wife.

Moses lived the same 70 and 6 years, when he left the dungeon and took Simphorus a scribbling to his wife. And Simphor set off by the women of the family of Jacob, no less destiny fell to her than Sarah, and Rebekah, and Rachel, and Leah.

Having conceived, Moses gave birth to a son and named him Hersan, saying that he was empty in a strange land. But he did not perform circumcision on him, because his father-in-law Raguel had so ordered. And at the end of the third year he begged and gave birth to a son and named him Eleazar, saying that "the God of my father was my helper, he delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh." (. . .)

At that time Moses walked through the wilderness, (grazing) the flock of his father-in-law, with the baton of God in his hands. And he went up to the mountain of Horivsk and saw that there was a bush of the bush, enveloped in a burning flame, but it did not burn from the flame of the bush. And Moses said to himself: "What kind of vision do I see, I will approach and see why the burning bush burns in the burning fire, why does it burn?" Moses said in surprise: "Fire burns up everything alive and eats, why does the bush remain burning? I look at the fire and in the middle of it I see a blossoming bush. " Moses began to approach her, saying: "Oh, an extraordinary miracle, I see a flaming fire, and not a single leaf from this bush has come off, I see. About a miracle, this is extraordinary, amazing surprise." Then the Lord called to him from the bush and said: "About Moses, Moses!" He replied: "What is this, Lord?" The Lord replied: "Do not come here, but take off your shoes, for the place on which you stand, Is the holy land."

You hear how Vladyka makes him reverent and, with fear, tells you to listen to what has been said. For the removal of shoes means a renunciation of worldly sorrows, but also it is said that the consecration of the earth will come when the Lord Himself, clothed with the flesh of man, will walk on foot on the ground.

And the Lord said to Moses: "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob." And Moses turned away his face, dreading to look upon God.

You see, the accursed Jew, like a bush, having taken fire, did not sing out, in spite of nature! Kupina after all - the image of the Virgin, as this unquenchable fire by the will of God did not burn the plants, so God's word preserved imperishable its virginity after the birth. Understand that God can do anything he wants. So, in fact, our Most Blessed Lady, the Mother of God, having taken God into the womb, remained burning, and after her birth she again was a pure virgin. "Wherever God wants, there the law of nature recedes." Born of her Lord God confirmed the faith and fierce nations tamed, and the whole world pacified like a man!

And again the Lord said to Moses, "I have seen the afflictions of my people in Egypt, but you, having gone there, lead my people, for all who sought your soul died. And those who stayed after them, are no longer able to harm you. " Then Moses said to the Lord, "Who am I, Lord, that you want me to lead your people? But I ask you, Lord, choose another who can (do this), or give me a sign that my people will believe me, that I saw you. " And the Lord said to Moses: "Throw off your rod, which you hold in your hand, to the ground."Moses threw the rod, and immediately he became a huge creeping serpent. And when he saw him, Moses rebounded. And the Lord said to him: "Do not be afraid, Moses, take him by the tail." Moses bent down and grabbed the snake by the tail, and he again became a rod.

You see, also, a Jew, how a serpent has turned into a rod! Is not everything subject to God's accomplishment, so indeed in our Law. In the time of King Constantine was the miracle worker Spyridon, Bishop of Cyprus. Once he saw a certain pawnbroker, who was carrying a beggar. And this Elder Spiridon, seeing a creeping snake, turned her in the name of Christ into a golden hryvnia and gave it to the usurer. And so the beggar again ransomed, bringing a pledge to the old man. Spiridon, the blessed one, turned him into a serpent again and released him to the ground.

Moses said to the Lord God: "I beg of you, Lord, for I am tongue-tied to you, since I began to speak!" The Lord said to Moses: "Who gave the mouth to man? Who made him deaf, or dumb, or blind? It's me, Lord God. I want you, tongue-tied, to shame the wise men of Egypt. "

Look, then, a Jew to his words, what the Lord God said to Moses! Even if the Lord created the mute, and the deaf, and the blind, and the sighted, then everything is possible for God to create, as it used to be.

Moses returned to Midian and told everything in the ear of his father-in-law. His father-in-law Raguel answered: "Go in peace."

Moses went up and went with his wife and children. And when he stopped, the angel of God descended and wanted to kill Moses, because he did not circumcise the flesh to his sons, he transgressed the law that God put to Abraham. And Sethorah hastened, took a plate of stone, and cut off her sons, and delivered her husband from the hand of an angel.

The Lord appeared to Aaron and Levi in ​​Egypt, when they walked along the bank of the river, and said: "Go to meet Moses in the wilderness." And Aaron went and met him in the wilderness, in the grief of God, and kissed him. And lifting up his eyes, he saw his wife and children, and asked: "Who are they?" And Moses answered: "This is my wife and my children, whom God gave me in Midian." And evil flashed in the eyes of Aaron, and he said: "Let the wife and children go to her father's house." And Moses did so. And Sephora and her two sons went to her father's house until the time when God remembered about his people and brought them out of Egypt by the hand of Pharaoh.

And Moses told Aaron all that the Lord had spoken to him. And they came to Egypt, and appeared in the congregation of the sons of Israel, and told them of all the speeches of God, and the people rejoiced in their words.

And the next day they went early to Pharaoh's house, taking with him the God's club. And when they approached the gates of the royal house, there were two lions tied with iron chains, so that no man could enter or leave, unless the king himself told him to come, and then the breadwinner would come, feed the lions and conduct man of that. And Moses and Aaron went up and lifted the club against the lions, and the lions were freed. And Moses and Aaron came to the king's house, and the lions entered with them, rejoicing. And as Pharaoh saw it, he was very surprised and horrified, for the sight of them was like that of the sons of God.

And the king said to them, "What do you want?" And they answered him: "Let us go into the wilderness to offer a sacrifice to the Lord our God and serve him." Pharaoh was very frightened and told them: "Now go to your home, and tomorrow you will come to me." And they did as the king commanded them. And when they left, the king sent and called Balaam the sorcerer and his sons Enos and Akris and all the magicians of Egypt. And they came to the king, and the king told them about what Moses and Aaron had said. And the sorcerers said to him: "But how did they pass, answer us?" And the king said: "They only lifted a rod on the lions, and those were freed, and ran to them, rejoicing." He answered Valaam, saying: "These are the same sorcerers, the king, like us, and now they go after them, let them come, and we will test their words." And the king did so, sent for them. They took the stake of God in their hands and came to the king and said to him the words of God: "Let the people of Israel go, and they shall offer a sacrifice to the Lord their God." And the king said to them, "But who will believe you that you are the messengers of God and have come, obeying His words? What banner do you make before me, that you may believe your words?" And Aaron quickly threw his club before the king and his grandees. And it became this big creeping snake. And the sorcerers did the same, they threw their wands, and they became serpents. Therefore, God allowed the wise men of Egypt to turn their wands into serpents, so that they would not tell Pharaoh that Moses is a magician and does all this with magic, but resisted him with resistance, and then became exhausted.

For the serpent that was from the rod of Moses lifted up his head and devoured all their serpents. And the wise man said to Balaam: "It has already happened in former days that the snake of another was eating, like the sea fish eating others, and now make your club like it used to be; if you can, and our eaten clubs will be the same, then we recognize that the Spirit of God is in you. If you can not, then the wizard is the same as us." And he held out his hand to Aaron and grabbed the snake by the tail, and his mace appeared in his hand, and their maces were the same as they were.

And Pharaoh commanded him to bring him the scriptures of all the Egyptian gods, and read them before them, and he said: "I did not find in these scriptures your God, and his name did not see." They answered, they said to the king: "Adanai of Sabaoth is his name." And Pharaoh said, "Where is Adanai, that I see him and his voice hear, and let the Israelites go? If I do not know Adana, I will not let the Israelis go." And they said: "The name of the Jewish God is upon us from the first days of ours, and now let us go, so that we go into the wilderness and make a sacrifice to our God. Since Israel came to Egypt, He did not receive anything from our hands. If you do not let us go, then know that He will be angry and destroy the land with Egyptian pestilence or sword."

And Pharaoh said unto them, "Tell me of his strength and power." And they answered: "He made the heavens and all their power, and the earth with all that is on it, and the sea, and all the fishes. And he created light, and gave birth to darkness, and rains, and gives the earth a drink. And he created man, and cattle, and wild beasts, and the birds of the air, and the fishes of the sea. He also created you in the womb of your mother. He put in you the spirit of life and nurtured you, and planted the kingdom of your kingdom upon the throne. He will take your soul from you and bring you back to the land from which you were taken."

And Pharaoh was angry and said: "But who among all human gods can do this to me? I made all my own hand! "And he became very furious with them and ordered violence for them to create. And the Egyptians tortured the Israelites. And Moses cried out to the Lord God, saying, "Why did you betray your people, Lord?" And the Lord said to Moses: "You will see that I will make Pharaoh a mighty hand, I will let you go, and I will take you out of his land with a high arm." I am the Lord God who appeared to Abraham, to Jacob, to Isaac, and I laid down my covenant for them to give them the land of Canaan, I want to abide in the same land myself."

And God angered his anger against Pharaoh and his people. And he struck with the plague of the great Pharaoh and the Egyptians. He turned their waters into blood and brought the toads on their land, and when they drank water, the toads fell into their belly toward them, and there they croaked. And they climbed into their houses, the quads, and their beds, and attacked their lice's bosoms, two cubits high, and on the body, and above the wrists. And God sent wild beasts against them, to tear them, and snakes, scorpions and mice, and into their eyes gadflies.

They climbed into houses and on their roofs, shut themselves there. And Nilonith the beast climbed up there, who lives in the sea, and his paws - ten male elbows; and he climbed the house and opened it, and grabbing his paw, he broke the locks. And God sent evil beasts upon them, and they searched there, and God beat all their cattle. And God kindled their flesh with fire, and there were pimples on them from head to foot, and their whole body was stunned. Hanged their hailstones with grapes and all the Egyptian trees, and nothing remained on them.

And the grass of the field withered, and the people, and the cattle that was found on it, died of hunger.

And the locusts attacked them, and devoured what was left of the hail, and the Egyptians rejoiced, saying: "This is our food," and many of them were annoyed!

And God sent a strong wind from the sea, he seized the locusts and threw it into the sea, and salted too, and not a single one remained in all the land of Egypt.

And the LORD sent to them darkness for seven days, so that his brother's husband could not see, nor lift his hand to his mouth.

But there were also Jews who did not listen to Moses and Aaron, saying: "We will not go into the wilderness, we will die of hunger and pestilence". And God beat them in those three days dark, so that the Egyptians would not see, and they would not rejoice, nor say: "As for us the wound of God, so on them." And God caused the thorns of his grapes. And he took every firstborn of the land of Egypt, from man to beast, even the images of the firstborn that were written on the walls, and they were destroyed, which were wood, and gold or silver, they melted. And those first-born, who had been buried shortly before, were taken out by the dogs and put them before their fathers and their mothers. And the sons of Hamov cried out in a terrible voice.

And the Lord called Moses and Aaron and said: "This night will be killed every firstborn in the land of Egypt, from man and beast, and to all the Egyptian gods I will take vengeance, I am the Lord God of each one of you. On this night, kill the clean and undefiled lamb and anoint it with the blood of its rapids (houses), and let blood be a sign on your houses in which you will be. And when I see you, I will cover you, and not one of you will perish." The Jewish people did as Moses commanded (by order) of the Lord.

Look, Jew, how you have found the banner of blood on the doorsteps of the houses, for the blood of the immaculate lamb is the image of the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, what is called the Holy of Holies, and what rest in the hearts of holy husbands and wives, in a single - triple. Then was the anointing of the rapids, now it is the blood of Christ; the anointing of the rapids, which are our mouth; then the sprinkling of both door jambs, now the sprinkling of the soul and body with holy baptism.

That night, they killed all the firstborn of Egypt, because Israel was named the first-born, and he accepted many executions and torments from the Egyptians, therefore the first-born Egyptians were killed, from man and to beast.

And there was no place where they would not cry, but not in the sons of Israel. And the nations cried to the king, saying: "Let go, O king, let the sons of Israel go. If not, then we all die because of them." The king was frightened and sent to Moses and Aaron, saying: "If you want to sacrifice to the Lord your God, go all." Then all went away with silver and gold and with clothes, each calling his friend. And so, leaving the Egyptians with nothing, they left, because the people of Israel were languishing in Egypt, building their cities and temples, and not receiving payments. Therefore, the Lord commanded them to take this bribe as a payment for labor. And they sent out the servants of God with prey and many gifts according to the covenant of God given to Abraham, their grandfather.

And rising up, Moses began to find out who had told Jacob that Joseph lived in Egypt, and how to find the bones of Joseph, because the oath was sworn by Joseph, saying: "By the mercy of God, which the Lord has bestowed upon you, take with me my bones." How were the bones of Joseph found in Egypt in 400 years? Judas told the daughter of Jacob (that Joseph is alive), she exclaimed, referring to her father: "Father, Joseph is alive!" He put his hand on her head and said: "Live Forever." And so she lived for 400 years. She told Moses where the bones of Joseph are. There is a river in Egypt called Voilday. There, Joseph's bones are buried in tin cancer. Because first the Egyptians were afraid of the Israelites' departure, they thought they would keep the sons of Israel by tearing the cancer of Joseph with tin and secretly immersed in the river, so saying: "If they do not bear Joseph's bones with them, the sons of Israel will not come out of Egypt."

When the Lord said to Moses: "Take my people out of Egypt with all their possessions," God turned seven nights into one night. And Moses asked about Joseph's bones, walking with candles. And Mary met him and said to him: "There are bones of Joseph in the river, in Voilday". And Moses, taking candles and 30 husbands with him, came to the river and said: "Bring down the bones of Joseph to the top!" But they did not appear. And again for the second time he said, and did not appear. The third time he wrote on the parchment Voileu: "Take it out and put it on the water." And the cancer of Joseph appeared. Moses rejoiced and took the cancer, but did not take the parchment. But one cruel Jew approached and took him. And they took many skulls of their fathers with them.

Many foreigners went with them for three days. And at the end of the third day they said to Moses and Aaron: "You have walked three days, and tomorrow return to Egypt, as they said." The same, answering them, said: "The Lord commanded us not to return to Egypt, but to go to the land that exudes milk and honey." Then the foreigners began to fight, and they beat many of them. And they hurt them badly. And some escaped from them and told Pharaoh about what the Israelites did. And Pharaoh said to all the elders of Egypt and all the people: "See, how the Israelites deceived us, fled from us." And the sovereigns of Egypt said: "What should I do? Let us leave the sons of Israel, now they no longer work for us. "And Pharaoh said, "Let us go after them, and since there is a desert before them, then, as they see us, follow them, they will return in terror." And Pharaoh pursued after them, taking all his men and six hundred chariots of choice, and on them stood three warriors in full arms. And overtook them opposite to Epavlya, between Maglas, directly at Sefomara, there is a place in the so-called Cosmaty.

And looking back, the sons of Israel saw that the Egyptians were chasing after them, and the people cried to Moses, saying: "It would be better for us a grave in Egypt than this place in the wilderness to which you brought us!"

And Moses answered them, "The Lord God is protecting us, and you will be silent!" And the Lord God showed His wonders. And Moses stretched out his hand upon the sea, and smote the rod with the rod into the Red Sea, as the Lord had said to him, and the sea divided into twelve ways, and each went his own way, and they passed through dryness in the midst of the sea.

Then, after all, a miracle showed the image of the marriage of an unsophisticated bride. Then, after all, Moses was the divider of water. Here the archistratigus Gabriel was a servant of the marvelous marvelous Thy Christmas, the Creator!

Then the depth passed on foot, without dousing itself, Israel, now Christ gave birth to the Virgin without seed. The sea after the passage of the Israelites was impassable, and the virgin Virgo after the Nativity of Emmanuel was chaste. For Jehovah and Eternal Who appeared in the name of humanity, and the cloud became his veil.

Pharaoh chased after them and as he was in the middle of the sea with his soldiers in chariots and horses, so all the Egyptians were drowned. And Moses smote the rod in the sea, and the water covered them both there and here, and none of them escaped. And the sea became their tomb. Pharaoh also God delivered from drowning, and the angel of God led him to the city of Nineveh, and he was there king for nine years. (. . .)

Like a snake, when her eyes grow old and blind and starve for forty days and forty nights, until her body strength weakens, then suddenly she will lose her decayed skin and be renewed, so you, a Jew, unreasonable and wordless, like a snake, You read prophecies, you know the time of Being - renew your body and open your eyes, tear off dilapidated clothes, which is unbelief, renew in holy baptism, come to Christ and be like us. Then remember Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron, and how, when she saw a miracle, she glorified God, having gathered a choir of wives. She took a tambourine herself, and ordered other women to take two copper plates, and clap her third. Itself, being filled with the Holy Spirit, began to chant the Lord. (. . .)

Have you heard, a Jew, about a wonderful miracle, how then did the sons of Israel pass dry in the middle of the sea?

Have you heard, a Jew, how Pharaoh was hardened against God? You have become like Pharaoh in all things, seeing all the Divine Signs that Christ, the Son of God gives, and were hardened in heart, as if Pharaoh were unbelief, and he was devoted to the depth of the sea.

Now look, you wicked Jew, that you are no better than Pharaoh, but how he died because of his madness, so you lost your mind. (. . .)

Afterwards the sons of Israel rose from the sea of ​​the Red into the desert called Surya, and walked through the desert for three days and three nights, but could not drink water, because it was very bitter, and they called this place "bitterness". And the people were angry with Moses, saying: "What shall we drink?" And we, and our cattle, will die from this water, in Egypt water was sweet for us, and in this wilderness our bodies fall, burning with thirst of water. Show us now the water to drink!" And the people were angry with Moses.

Moses prayed to God about these people, and the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, holding in his hands 3 branches of wood: pevg, cedar and cypress. And the angel of the Lord said to Moses, "Bring these branches together by weaving in the sign of the image of the Holy Trinity and put them in the water of Merra, and by this you will make the Merrian waters sweet. This branch will turn into a large tree, this branch will reach the four sides of the universe. And this tree is Salvation to the world. This tree will be defeated the cunning of the first enemy." And about what else to do, the Angel said to Moses, and then left him.

And Moses did as the Angel of the Lord commanded him. He wove the branches of the tree and stuck them in a spring by the shore. And Moses said: "This tree is the life of the whole world, this tree will be a great honor. Over time, he will be cut down. Then the Most High will deign to come. But then, when he wants to appear in the flesh to the whole world, sanctifying the crime of the feminine nature, then the true light will ascend to this tree with the hands of the lawless. And you will see our life with your own eyes. And those lawless will soon be in perdition, and the ascended to the tree will bow the whole world. And just as this tree is watering the water, so the blood of the crucified will sanctify this tree. For as the tree bitterly bitter waters of Merry, so the cross of Christ has overcome the bitterness of heathen unbelief. And now you, who are murmuring against me, will shut up, this water has gone wrong, you, come, scoop and drink, and feed your cattle." And at that same hour the waters of Merah were mellowed, and all the people and cattle began to drink it.

Have you heard, the Jew, Pharaoh's henchman cursed, as the Lord in the Trinity was represented through the interweaving of various tree branches? How did Moses prophesy about the incarnation of the Most High, and about the crucifix on the tree, and about the salvation of the world?

After this Moses took the sons of Israel and led them to Elim, and there were twelve water sources and nine branches of dates. These sources were represented by the Lord, the twelve apostles of the supreme, who diverged like rivers throughout the world. As springs emanate streams, which the people, even in many, draw, but they are not depleted, so the Apostles of the Lord came to every people and proclaimed the greatness of God in his language. For the Lord God said to them: "I send you as a sheep in a wolf herd, you do not care how and what and where to say. The Holy Spirit will teach you immediately, as it should be."

Nine branches of the date represent the nine apostolic disciples, because as the dates grow the sweet taste, so the apostles preach the Gentiles with their sweet teaching and lead them to their intelligent faith with their teaching. (. . .)

On the death of Moses

Then Moses ascended from Tabor of Moab to the top of Mount Phasgah, which is opposite to Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land of Gilead to Dan, and all the land of Ephraim, and all the land of Manasseh, and all the land of Judah to the utmost sea, and the wilderness and the surrounding villages of the city Jericho. And the Lord said to Moses, "This is the land that your fathers swore to Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob, saying, 'I will give it to your offspring.' And I showed it to your eyes, but you will not go in there."

And Moses the servant of the Lord died in the land of Moab, near the house of Fagor.

At the death of his was here the archistratigus Michael, the arch -stratig of the power of the Lord. And so the devil shamelessly insulted was here. And he argued about the body of Moses, because he committed, that they say, the murder of an Egyptian, and he erected some other accusations. He was answered by the archistratigus Michael, and said: "God forbid, the all-evil Devil." For Michael did not dare, he did not dare to condemn Moses, but, preaching the greatness of the Godhead, he said: "God forbid, the all-evil Devil", and, exposing his cruel shamelessness, for which he was overthrown, the archistratist in the name of the Lord forbids him to proclaim the greatness of the Godhead.

And immediately the cunning man disappeared. The Apostle Judah also testified in the first epistle. Therefore, the sons of Israel did not know about the body (Moses) even to this day.

Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died, and all the sons of Israel wept for him for thirty days in Tabor of Moab, near the Jordan, near Jericho.

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