BENJAMIN EXTOLS JOSEPH
Benjamin was one hundred and twenty-five years old, and
he called his children to come to him. When they appeared,
he kissed them, and spake: "As Isaac was born unto Abraham
in his old age, so was I born unto Jacob when he was
stricken in years. Therefore I was called Benjamin, 'the
son of days.' My mother Rachel died at my birth, and Bilhah
her slave suckled me. Rachel had no children for
twelve years after bearing Joseph. Therefore she prayed to
God, and fasted twelve days, and she conceived and bare me.
Our father loved Rachel fondly, and he had longed greatly
to have two sons by her.
"When I came down to Egypt, and my brother Joseph