Summary: A slave of Yasher-Baal, Azotus was sent from Sumer to scout the area surrounding
Zion prior to the siege against the holy city. Azotus came to a well outside of Zion
where he met Marisa, the daughter of Adami and Bashia. Azotus was smitten by the
beauty and grace of Marisa, and fearing she would be taken captive by Yasher-Baal’s
army, he swore a personal oath to protect her (B:8:22-39). Marisa and Azotus returned
to Zion, and were eventually married. They raised a family and dwelt happily in Zion
for thirty years (B:12:1).
One day while tending the fields outside the walls of Zion, Azotus was captured by
servants of Yasher-Baal and brought back to Sumer where he was convicted of treason
and sentenced to die on the stake (B:12:2-60).
Azrael’s Commentary - Azotus
A large black man who was famous for his speed of foot. He had a gentle disposition
and was loyal to those he loved. As a young man he was sold into the service of Yasher-Baal
by his father, Paran. A copper band was placed around the neck of Azotus which signified
his forced servitude to the king. This copper band was fused into a single piece
and could not be removed without the aid of a metal smith. At his marriage to Marisa,
Adami removed the copper band and Azotus lived peacefully in Zion as a free man for
thirty years. He was re-captured and tried for treason in Sumer and sentenced to
a cruel death.
50. So spoke Yasher-Baal in the midst of his pride and splendor. But Azotus, standing
boldly before his accusers spoke, saying: “Death is but a fleeting thing, and the
pain that men endure, but a moment.
51. For all things, whether great or small, shall pass away. But the life of man,
this shall not pass away, even though death press hard against us. For behold how
the day flees into night, and the night rushes into day; even so is the life of all
52. Consider, therefore, the life of man. For we are born unto death, that in our
passing we might be born again unto life.
53. How then shall you destroy the life of the soul, seeing that it is of God and
must ever continue? Did you not know that the ways of God are as one eternal round,
even until that day when the soul of man is exalted again unto God?
54. Ponder, therefore, and learn wisdom. For the evil which you have brought upon
the innocent shall the eternal round of God cause to vanish away, and all your glory
also. For in the hand of God shall the good alone find place.”