Two years after the death of Joseph, Reuben fell sick.
Feeling that his end was nigh, he called together his sons,
his grandsons, and his brethren, to give them his last
from out of the fulness of his experience. He
spake: "Hear, my brethren, and do ye, my children, give
ear unto Reuben your father in the commands that I enjoin
upon you. And, behold, I adjure you this day by the
God of heaven that ye walk not in the follies of youth and
the fornications to which I was addicted, and wherewith I
defiled the bed of my father Jacob. For I tell you now that
for seven months the Lord afflicted my loins with a terrible
plague, and if my father Jacob had not interceded for me,

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