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אֲדֹנָי אַבְרָהָם אִם־יֶשְׁךְ־נָא מַצְלִיחַ דַּרְכִּי אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי הלֶךְ עָלֶיהָ: 43 הִנֵּה אָנֹכִי נִצָּב עַל־עֵין הַמָּיִם וְהָיָה הָעַלְמָה הַיצאת לִשְׁאֹב וְאָמַרְתִּי אֵלֶיהָ הַשְׁקִינִי־נָא מְעַט־מַיִם מִכַּדִּךְ
וְאָמְרָה אֵלַי גַם־אַתָּה שְׁתֵה וְגַם לִגְמַלֶךְ אֶשְׁאָב הָוא הָאִשָּׁה, אֲשֶׁר־הכִיחַ יְהוָה לְבֶן־אֲדֹנִי: 45 אֲנִי טרם אֲכלָּה לְדַבֵּר אֶל-לִבִּי וְהִנֵּה רִבְקָה יֹצֵאת וְכַדָּהּ עַל־שִׁכְמָהּ וַתֵּרֶד הָעַיְנָה וַתִּשְׁאָב ואמר אֵלֶיהָ הַשְׁקִינִי נָא : 46 וַתְּמַהֵר וַתּוֹרֶד כַּדָּהּ מַעֲלִיהָ וַתֹּאמֶר שְׁתֵה וְגַם־גְמַלֵּיִךְ אַשְׁקֶה וְאֶשְׁתְּ וְגַם הַגְּמַלִים הִשְׁקָתָה : 47 וְאֶשְׁאַל אֹתָה וָאֹמַר בַּת־מֵי אַתְּ וַתֹּאמֶר בַּת־בְּתוּאֵל בֶּן־נָחוֹר אֲשֶׁר יָלְדָה־לו מַלְכָּה וָאָשָׁם הַנָּחֶם עַל־אַתָּה וְהַצְמִידִים עַל־יִדֶיהָ: 48 וְאֶקְד וְאֶשְׁתַּחֲוֶה לַיהוָה וָאֵבָרֵךְ אֶת־יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי אֲדֹנִי אַבְרָהָם אֲשֶׁר הִנְחַנִי בְּדֶרֶךְ אֱמֶת לָקַחַת אֶת־ בַּת־אֲחִי אֲדֹנִי לִבְנְוֹ: 49 וְעַתָּה אִם־יִשְׁכֶם עשים חֶסֶד וַאֲמַת אֶת־אֲדֹנִי הַגִּידוּ לִי וְאִם־לא הַגִּידוּ לִי וְאֶפְנה עַל־יָמִין אוֹ עַל־שְׂמְאל: 50 ויען לָבָן וּבְתוּאֵל וַיֹּאמְרוּ
מֵיהוָה יָצָא הַדָּבָר לֹא נוּכַל דַבֵּר אֵלֶיךְ רַע ארטְוֹב : ו 51 הִנֵּה־רִבְקָה לְפָנֶיךָ קַח וָלֵךְ וּתְהִי אִשָּׁה לְבֶן־אֲדֹנִיך
כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר יְהוָה: 52 וַיְהִי כַּאֲשֶׁר שָׁמַע עֶבֶד אַבְרָהָם חמישי אֶת־דִּבְרֵיהֶם וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ אַרְצָה לַיְהוֹהָ: 53 וַיּוֹצֵא הָעֶבֶד
כְּלֵי-כֶסֶף וּכְלֵי זָהָב וּבְגָדִים וַיִּתֵּן לְרִבְקָה וּמִנְהֶלֶת נָתַן לְאָחִיהָ וּלְאִמָּה : 54 ויאכְלוּ וַיִּשְׁתּוּ הוּא וְהָאֲנָשִׁים
אֲשֶׁר־עַמּוֹ וַיְלִינוּ וַיָּקוּמוּ בַבּקֶר וַיֹּאמֶר שַׁלְחני לַאדֹנִי : הנערה 55 וַיֹּאמֶר אָחִיהָ וְאִמָּהּ תֵּשֶׁב הַנַּעַר אִתָּנוּ יָמִים אֱוֹ
עֶשְׂוֹר אַחַר תֵּלֶךְ: 56 וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵהֶם אַל־תְּאַחֲרוּ אתי
וַיהוָה הִצְלִיחַ דַּרְכִּי שַׁלְדוּנִי וְאֵלְכָה לַאדֹנִי: 57 וַיֹּאמְרוּ לנערה נִקְרָא לַבַּעַל וְנִשְׁאֲלָה אֶת־פִיהָ : 58 וַיִּקְרְאוּ לְרִבְקָה
וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֵלֶיהָ הֲתֵלְכִי עִם־הָאִישׁ הַזֶּה וַתֹּאמֶר אֵלֵךְ :
the daughter of Bethuel the son 33 And there was set meat before of Milcah, which she bare unto him to eat: but he said, I will Nahor,
not eat until I have told mine 25 She said moreover unto him,' errand : 9 And he said, Speak on. We have both straw and provender 34 And he said, 'I am Abraham's enough, and room to lodge in. servant.
26 And the man bowed down. 35 And the LORD hath blessed his head, and worshipped the LORD. my master greatly and he is
27 And he said, Blessed be the become great and he hath given LORD God of my master Abraham, him flocks, and herds, and silver, who hath not left destitute my and gold, and men-servants, and master of his mercy and his truth: maid-servants, and camels, and I being in the way, the LORD led asses. me to "the house of
master's 36 And Sarah my master's wife brethren.
bare a son to my master when she 28 And the damsel ran, and was old : and unto him hath he told them of her mother's house * given all that he hath. these things.
37 And my master made me 29 | And Rebekah had a brother, swear, saying, Thou shalt not take and his name was Laban : and a wife to my son of the daughters Laban ran out unto the man, unto of the Canaanites, in whose land the well.
I dwell: 30 And it came to pass when 38 But thou shalt go unto my he saw the ear-ring and bracelets father's house, and to mykindred, I upon his sister's hands, and when and take a wife unto my son. he heard the words of Rebekah 39 And I said unto my master, his sister, -saying, Thus spake the Peradventure the woman will not man unto me; that he came unto follow me. the man, and behold he stood by 40 And he said unto me, The the camels at the well.
LORD before whom I walk, will 31 And he said, Come in, thou send his angel with thee, || and blessed of the LORD; wherefore prosper thy way; and thou shalt standest thou without? for I have take a wife for my son of my kinprepared the house, and room for dred, and of my father's house. the camels.
41 Then shalt thou be clear 32 And the man came into from this 'my oath, when thou the house : and he ungirded his comest to my kindred; and if they camels, and gave straw and pro- give not thee one, thou shalt be vender for the camels, and water clear from my oath. to wash his feet, and the men's 42. And I. came this day unto feet that were with him.
the well, and said, 0 LORD God
* As it was then customary for the women's apartment to be separate from the men, she naturally ran to her mother's to disclose the matter, rather than to her father's ; agreeable to female modesty.
♡ As he perceived that God's blessing attended him in this affair, he would not suffer any thing to divert him from his master's service, till he had finished it And, here we may observe agother instance of God's blessing bestowed on Abraham, in giving him such a faithful servant.
# For as he had been speaking in praise of Abrahain's riches, and that he had bestowed all those on Isaac; he wisely judged, that they might have doubted the truth of what he had said, by observing to him, that if the case was as he had stated it, why had he not gotten a wife for his son ere now as he undoubtedly might, if so rich and honourable : for this reason he observed, my master made me swear, that I should not take a wife for his son of the nations among whom he dwelt: for had he been so inclined, he might have had the most honourable of them, as every one was ambitious of his alliance; but he would by no means marry his son to any, but such as were of his own kindred,
|| This expression signifies, that in all his actions he was careful to act in such a manner, as if he was continually under the eye of the Supreme Being, from whom nothing is hid.
בַּת־בְּתוּאֵל אָנְבִי בֶּן־מִלְכָּה אֲשֶׁר יָלֶדֶה לְנָחוֹר :
25 וַתֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו גַם־תֵּבֶן גַם־מִסְפָּוֹא רֶב עמָנוּ גַם־מָקוֹם רביעי לָלְוּן : 26 ויקר הָאִישׁ וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ לַיהיָה : 27 וַיֹּאמֶר
בָּרוּךְ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי אֲדֹנִי אַבְרָהָם אֲשֶׁר לֹא־עָב חַסְדּוֹ
וַאֲמִתּוֹ מֵעָם אֲדֹנָי אָנֹכִי בַּדֶּרֶךְ נָחַנִי יְהוָה בֵּית אֲחִי הנערה אֲדֹנִי : 28 וַתָּרָץ הַנַּעַר וַתַּגֵּד לְבֵית אִמָּה כָּדְבָרִים
הָאֵלֶה: 29 וּלְרִבְקָה אָח וּשְׁמוֹ לָבָן וַיָּרָץ לָבָן אֶל־הָאִישׁ הַחוּצָה אֶל־הָעָן : 30 וַיְהִי כִּרְאֹת אֶת־הַבָּזָם וְאֶת־ הַצְמְרִים עַל־יְדֵי אֲחֹתוֹ וּכְשָׁמְעוֹ אֶת־דִּבְרֵי רִבְקָה אחתוֹ לֵאמֹר כֹּה־דְבֶּר אֵלַי הָאִישׁ וַיָּבא אֶל־הָאִישׁ וְהִנֵּה עֹמֵד עַל־הַגְּמַלִּים עַל־הָעֶיִן : 31 וַיֹּאמֶר בּוֹא בְּרִוּךְ יְהוָה לָמָּה תַעֲמֹד בַּחוּץ וְאָנֹכִי פָּנִיתִי הַבַּיִת וּמָקוֹם לַגְמַלִים : 32 וַיָּבֵא הָאִישׁ הַבַּיְתָה וַיְפַתָּח הַגְּמַלִּים וַיִּתֵּן תֵּבֵן וּמִסְפּוֹא לַגְמַלִים וּמַיִם לִרְחַץ רַגְלָיו וְרַגְלֵי הָאֲנָשִׁים אֲשֶׁר אִתּוֹ : 33 ויישם לְפָנָיו לאכל וַיֹּאמֶר לֹא אֹכַל עֶר אִם־דִּבַּרְתִּי דְבָרָי וַיֹּאמֶר דַּבֵּך : 34 וַיֹּאמַר עֶבֶד אַבְרָהָם אָנֹכִי : 35 וַיהוָה בַּרָךְ אֶת־ אֲדֹנָי מְאֹד וַיִּגְדָּל וַיִּתֶּן־לו צאן וּבָקָר וְכֶסֶף וְזָהָב יַעֲבָדָם וּשְׁפָחֹת וּנְמַלִים וַחֲמֹרִים: 36 וַתֵּלֶד שָׂרָה אֵשֶׁת אֲדֹנִי בֶן לַאדֹנִי אַחֲרֵי זִקְנָתָהּ וַיִּתֶּן־לוֹ אֶת־כָּל־אֲשֶׁר־לו : 37 וַיִּשְׁבַּעֲנִי אֲדֹנִי לֵאמֹר לֹא־תְקַח אִשָּׁה לִבְנִי מִבְּנוֹת הַכְּנַעֲנִי אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי יְשֵׁב בְּאַרְצְוֹ : 38 אִם־־לָא אֶל־ בֵּית־אָבִי תֵּלֶךְ וְאֶל־מִשְׁפַּחְתִּי וְלָקַחְתָּ אִשֶׁה לִבְנֵי : 39 וָאֹמַר אֶל־אֲדֹנָי אִלַי לֹא־תֵלֵךְ הָאִשָּׁה אַחֲרֵי : 40 וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָי יְהוָה אֲשֶׁר־הִתְהַלָּכְתִּי לְפָנָיו יִשְׁלַח מַלְאָכוֹ אִתָּךְ וְהִצְלִיחַ דַּרְכֵּךְ וְלָקַחְתָּ אִשָּׁה לִבְנִי מְמִשְׁפַּחְתִּי וּמִבֵּית אָבִי : 41 אָז תִּנָּקָה מֵאָלָתִי כִּי תָבוֹא אֶל־מִשְׁפַּחְתִּי וְאִם־לֹא יִתְּנוּ לָךְ וְהָיִיתָ נָקִי מֵאָלָתִי: 42 וְאָלֹא הַיוֹם אֶל־הָעִין וָאֹמַר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי
this land; he shall send his angel 15 | And it came to pass before before thee, and thou shalt take he had done speaking, that behold, a wife unto my 'son from thence. Rebekah came out, who was born
8 And if the woman will not be to Bethuel son of Milcah, the willing to follow thee, then 'thou wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, shalt be clear from this my oath : with her pitcher upon her shoulder. only bring not my son 'thither 16 `And the damsel was very again.
fair | to look upon, a virgin, 9 And the servant put his hand neither had any man kŋown her: under the thigh of Abraham his and she went down to the well, master, and sware to him concern- and filled her pitcher and came ing that matter.
up: 10 T And the servant took ten 17 And the servant ran to meet camels, of the camels of his master," her, and said, Let me (I pray thee) and departed (for all the goods of drink a little water of thy pitcher. his master were in his hand *) and 18 And she. said, Drink, my he arose and went to Mesopotamią, lord: 'and she hasted, and let down unto the city of Nahor.
her pitcher upon her hand, and 11 And he made his camels to gave him drink. kneel down without the city, by 19 And when she had done a well of water, at the time of the giving him
giving him drink, she said, I will evening, even the time that women draw water for thy camels also, go out § to draw. water.
" until they have done drinking. 12 And he said, O LORD God- 20 And she hasted, and emptied of my master Abraham, 'I pray her pitcher into the trough, and thee send me good speed this day, ran again unto the well to draw and shew. kindness unto my master water, and drew for all his camels. Abraham.
21 And the man wondering at 13 Behold, I stand here by the her, held his peace, to wit, well of water, and the daughters whether the LORD had made his of the men of the city come out. journey prosperous, or not. to draw water.
14 And let it come to pass that camels had done drinking, that the damsel to whom I shall say, : the man took a golden ear-ring ** Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee of half ashekel weight, and two that I may drink; and she shall bracelets for her hands, of ten say, Drink, and I will give thy shekels weight of gold; camels drink also: let the same be 23 And said, Whose daughter she that thou hast appointed for art thou? tell me, I pray thee: thy seryant Isaac; I and thereby Is there room in thy father's house shall I know that thou hast shewed for us to lodge in?. kindness unto my master.
24 And she said unto him, I am his father s'house, he might with propriety be stiled the Gnd of heaven only: because the world were idolators, but now says he, (i. e. when he made his servant swear,) he may be called the God of the carth also, as I have brought numbers to acknowledge him as the creator of both heaven and earth. Jarchi.
* This old man seems to have been Eliezer, who was mentioned, in chap. xv. verse 2, whose eldership in dignity and trust is possibly meant, rather than in years. # It is not to be presumed that he put
Heb. That wo.. rust in this divination, if it may be so called, but rather
which draw water go forth. trusted to'what his niaster said in verse 7. “ He shall send his angel before thee: and therefore boped that she would be the person.
Heb. Good countenance. 9 That those good sigris of humility, and good nature were so visible in her; but was not yet certain of having the other part fulfilled, viz, her being of Abraham's family, aņd therefore, verse 23, he asked, Whose daughter art thou ?
** Or Jewel for the forelieail.
de la 22 And it came to pass - as the