All this time Zepho did not leave off urging Agnias to
invade Egypt, and he succeeded finally in persuading the
king to consider his wish, and a great army was equipped
against Egypt and the sons of Jacob. Among the shield-
bearers was Balaam, the fifteen year old son of Beor, a wise
youth and an adept in magic, and the king bade him acquaint
him with the issue of the war upon which they were entering.
Balaam took wax and moulded the figures of men,
to represent the army of Agnias and the army of the Egyptians,
and he plunged them into magic water and let them
swim, and it appeared that the African army was subdued
by the Egyptians. Agnias accordingly gave up the campaign,
and Zepho, seeing that his sovereign could not be

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