This tale relates how the General Djehuty captured the city of Joppa - at first he attempts a direct assault upon the walls of Joppa, which failed - Djehuty then smuggled 200 of his soldiers who were hidden in baskets, the soldiers guarding the city of Joppa were made to believe that the baskets contained treasure captured by the Prince of Joppa. Once it was dark the Egyptian soldiers emerged from their baskets, opened the city gates allowing the city to be taken. CLICK HERE to read more about the General Djehuty
THERE was once in the time of King Men-kheper-ra (Tuthmosis III) a revolt of the servants of his majesty who were in Joppa; and his majesty said, "Let Djehuty go with his footmen and destroy this wicked Foe in Joppa." And he called one of his followers, and said moreover, " Hide thou my great cane, which works wonders, in the baggage of Djehuty that my power may go with him."
Now when Djehuty came near to Joppa, with all the footmen of Pharaoh, he sent unto the Foe in Joppa, and said, " Behold now his majesty, King Men-kheper-ra, has sent all this great army against thee; but what is that if my heart is as thy heart ? Do thou come, and let us talk in the field, and see each other face to face." So Djehuty came with certain of his men; and the Foe in Joppa came likewise, but his charioteer that was with him was true of heart unto the king of Egypt. And they spoke with one another in his great tent, which Djehuty had placed far off from the soldiers. But Djehuty had made ready two hundred sacks, with cords and fetters, and had made a great sack of skins with bronze fetters, and many baskets: and they were in his tent, the sacks and the baskets, and he had placed them as the forage for the horses is put in baskets. For whilst the Foe in Joppa drank with Djehuty, the people who were with him drank with the footmen of Pharaoh, and made merry with them. And when their bout of drinking was past, Djehuty said to the Foe in Joppa, " If it please thee, while
I remain with the women and children of thy own city, let one bring of my people with their horses, that they may give them provender, or let one of the Apuro run to fetch them." So they came, and hobbled their horses, and gave them provender, and one found the great cane of Men-kheper-ra (Tuthmosis III.), and came to tell of it to Djehuty. And thereupon the Foe in Joppa said to Djehuty, " My heart is set on examining the great cane of Men-kheper-ra, which is named ' . . . tautnefer.' By the ka of the King Men-kheper-ra it will be in thy hands to-day; now do thou well and bring thou it to me." And Djehuty did thus, and he brought the cane of King Men-kheper-ra. And he laid hold on the Foe in Joppa by his garment, and he arose and stood up, and said, " Look on me, O Foe in Joppa; here is the great cane of King Men-kheper-ra, the terrible lion, the son of Sekhet, to whom Amen his father gives power and strength." And he raised his hand and struck the forehead of the Foe in Joppa, and he fell helpless before him. He put him in the sack of skins and he bound with gyves the hands of the Foe in Joppa, and put on his feet the fetters with four rings. And he made them bring the two hundred sacks which he had cleaned, and made to enter into them two hundred soldiers, and filled the hollows with cords and fetters of wood, he sealed them with a seal, and added to them their rope-nets and the poles to bear them. And he put every strong footman to bear them, in all six hundred men, and said to them, " When you come into the town you shall open your burdens, you shall seize on all the inhabitants of the town, and you shall quickly put fetters upon them."
went out and said unto the charioteer of the Foe in Joppa, '`
Thy master is fallen; go, say to thy mistress, 'A pleasant message!
For Sutekh has given Djehuty to us, with his wife and his children;
behold the beginning of their tribute,' that she may comprehend
the two hundred sacks, which are full of men and cords and fetters."
So he went before them to please the heart of his mistress, saying,
" We have laid hands on Djehuty." Then the gates of
the city were opened before the footmen: they entered the city,
they opened their burdens, they laid hands on them of the city,
both small and great, they put on then1 the cords and fetters
quickly; the power of Pharaoh seized upon that city. After he
had rested Djehuty sent a message to Egypt to the King Men-kheper-ra
his lord, saying, " Be pleased, for Amen thy good father
has given to thee the Foe in Joppa, together with all his people,
likewise also his city. Send, therefore, people to take them as
captives that thou mayest fill the house of thy father Amen Ra,
king of the gods, with men-servants and maid-servants, and that
they may be overthrown beneath thy feet for ever and ever."