1,2And Benjamin was sitting with her in the chariot. And Benjamin was a sturdy 1 So BA: the others vary not a little here. lad, about eighteen years old, indescribably handsome, 2 D adds ‘beyond the nature of man’. and as strong as a young lion; and he feared God. 3And Benjamin jumped down from the chariot, and he took a round stone from the brook and hurled it with all his might 3 Lit. ‘filled his hand and hurled it’: cp. 2 Kings ix. 24 . at Pharaoh's son and hit him on his left 4 BD om. temple and wounded him severely, 5 Lit. ‘and wounded him with a great and grievous wound’ (= G Slav.: EFA ‘and wounded him with a grievous wound’): BD om. and he fell from his horse half-dead. 4And Benjamin clambered up on a rock and said to the driver of Aseneth's chariot, Give me fifty stones from the brook; and he gave him fifty stones. 5And Benjamin hurled the stones and killed the fifty men that were with Pharaoh's son; and the stones sank into the temples of each one of them. 6Then the sons of Leah, Reuben and Simeon, Levi and Judah, Issachar 6 Slav. om. and Zebulon, went after the men who had lain in ambush; and they fell upon them suddenly, and cut down 7 D adds ‘all’. the two thousand men, and the six of them 8 Lit. ‘the six (D add ‘hundred’) men’. killed them. 7And their brothers, the sons of 9 the sons of: D om. Bilhah and Zilpah, fled; and they said, We have been ruined through our brothers; 10 Lit. ‘We are perished from out of our brethren’. and 11 D ‘for’. Pharaoh's son is dead, killed by Benjamin, and all those with him have perished at his hand: 12 and all … hand: BD om. come now, let us kill 13 So EFGA Slav.: BD ‘make war against’. Aseneth [and Benjamin], 14 So all MSS: Slav. om. and let us make for the woods. 8And they came, with their swords drawn, covered in blood; and Aseneth saw them, and she said, O Lord my God, that didst quicken me from death, that didst say to me, Thy soul shall live for ever, deliver me from these men. And the Lord God heard her voice, and immediately 15 she said … immediately = (A) Slav.: BD om. their swords fell from their hands to the ground and were reduced to dust.
1 So BA: the others vary not a little here.
2 D adds ‘beyond the nature of man’.
4 BD om.
5 Lit. ‘and wounded him with a great and grievous wound’ (= G Slav.: EFA ‘and wounded him with a grievous wound’): BD om.
6 Slav. om.
7 D adds ‘all’.
8 Lit. ‘the six (D add ‘hundred’) men’.
9 the sons of: D om.
10 Lit. ‘We are perished from out of our brethren’.
11 D ‘for’.
12 and all … hand: BD om.
13 So EFGA Slav.: BD ‘make war against’.
14 So all MSS: Slav. om.
15 she said … immediately = (A) Slav.: BD om.