These four are reckoned to have died on account of original sin,
and not solely because of actual transgression, which, says
Rashi, they never committed.
The traveler who is overtaken with the approach of Sabbath-eve before he
has completed his journey should hand over his purse to a Gentile to
carry; and if there be no Gentile at hand, let him stow it away on his
ass. As soon as the nearest halting-place is reached, those burdens
which may be lifted on the Sabbath should then be removed, and then the
cords should be slackened that the rest may slip off of its own accord.
THE TALMUD, _Shabbath_, fol. 153, col. 1.