The Testament & Heraldry of Gad

The Testament & Heraldry of Gad

Chapter 1

1 The copy of the testament of Gad, what things he spake unto his sons, in the hundred and twenty

2 fifth year of his life, saying unto them: Hearken, my children, I was the ninth son born to Jacob,

3 and I was valiant in keeping the flocks. Accordingly I guarded at night
the flock; and whenever the lion came, or the wolf, or any wild beast against the fold, I pursued it, and overtaking (it)

4 I seized its foot with my hand and hurled it about a stone’s throw, and so killed it. Now Joseph my brother was feeding the flock with us for upwards of thirty days, and being young, he fell sick

5 by reason of the heat. And he returned to Hebron to our father, who made him lie down near him,

6 because he loved him greatly. And Joseph told our father that the sons of Zilpah and Bilhah were slaying the best of the flock and eating them against the judgement of Reuben and Judah.

7 For he saw that I had delivered a lamb out of the mouth of a bear, and put the bear to death; but

8 had slain the lamb, being grieved concerning it that it could not live, and that we had eaten it. And