Parsha Chayei Sarah Aliyah 4

Bereishit (Genesis) 24:27-52

27He said, “Blessed is HaShem, G-d of my master Abraham, Who has not withheld His kindness and truth from my master. As for me, HaShem has guided me on the way to the house of my master’s brothers.”

28The maiden ran and told her mother’s household according to these events. 29Rivkah had a brother whose name was Lavan: Lavan ran to the man, outside to the spring. 30For upon seeing the nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister’s hands, and upon his hearing his sister Rivkah’s words, saying, “Thus the man spoken to me,” and he approached the man who was still standing by the camels by the spring. 31He said, “Come, O blessed of HaShem! Why should you stand outside when I have cleared the house, and place for the camels?”

32So the men entered the house, and unmuzzled the camels. He gave straw and feed for the camels, and water to bathe his feet and the feet of the men and who were with him. 33Food was set before him, but he said, “I will not eat until I have spoken my piece.” And he said, “Speak.”

34Then he said, “A servant of Abraham am I. 35HaShem has greatly blessed my master, and he prospered: He has given him flocks, cattle, silver and gold, servants and maidservants, camels and donkeys. 36Sarah, my master’s wife, bore my master a son after she had grown old, and he gave him all that he possesses. 37And my master had me take an oath saying, ‘Do not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites in whose land I dwell. 38Unless you go to my father’s house and to my family and take a wife for my son.’ 39And I said to my master, ‘Perhaps the woman will not follow me?’ 40‘He replied to me, HaShem, before Whom I have walked, will send His angel with you and make your journey successful, and you will take a wife for my son from my family and my father’s house. 41Then will you be absolved from my oath when you have come to my family; and if they will not give her to you, then, you shall be absolved from my oath.’ ”

42I came today to the spring and said, “HaShem, G-d of my master Abraham, if you would graciously make successful the way on which I go. 43Behold, I am standing by the spring of water; let it be that the young woman who comes out to draw and to whom I shall say, ‘Please give me some water to drink from your jug,’ 44and who will answer, ‘You may also drink and I will draw water for your camels, too, she shall be the woman whom HaShem has designated for my master’s son.’ 45I had not yet finished meditating and suddenly Rivkah came out with the jug on her shoulder and descended to the spring and drew water. Then I said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’ 46She hurried and lowered her jug from upon herself and said ‘Drink, and I will even watered your camels.’ So I drink and she watered the camels also.”

47Then I questioned her and said, “Whose daughter are you?” And she said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, the son of Nahor, whom Milcah bore to him.’ And I placed the ring on her nose and the bracelets on her hands. 48Then I bowed and prostrated myself to HaShem and blessed HaShem, G-d of my master Abraham, Who led me on a true path to take the daughter of my master’s brother for his son. 49And now, if you intend to do kindness and truth with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, and I will turn to the right or the left.”

50Then Lavan and Bethuel answered and said, “The matter stemmed from HaShem! We can say to you neither bad nor good. 51Here, Rivkah, is before you; take her and go, and let her be a wife to your masters son as HaShem has spoken.” 52And it was, when Abraham’s servant heard their words, he prostrated himself to the ground unto HaShem.

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