life.[190] They were bred in chastity and fear of God by their
father, and they were wise, and well-instructed in all knowledge
and in the affairs of state, so that they became the
favorites of the court, and were educated with the royal

Before the famine broke over the land, Joseph found an
opportunity of rendering the king a great service. He
equipped an army of four thousand six hundred men, providing
all the soldiers with shields and spears and bucklers
and helmets and slings. With this army, and aided by the
servants and officers of the king, and by the people of Egypt,
he carried on a war with Tarshish in the first year after his
appointment as viceroy. The people of Tarshish had invaded
the territory of the Ishmaelites, and the latter, few

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