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; אֲדֹנִי אַבְרָהָם אִם־יִשְׁךְ־נָא מַצְלִיחַ דַּרְכִּי אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי

הלֵךְ עָלֶיהָ: 43 הִנֵּה אָנֹכִי נְצָב עַל־עֵין הַמָּיִם וְהָיָה הָעַלְמָה הַיֹּצֵאת לִשְׁאֹב וְאָמַרְתִּי אֵלֶיהָ הַשְׁקִינִי־נָא מְעַט־מַיִם מִכַּדִּךְ : 4 וְאָמְרָה אֵלַי גַם־אַתָּה שְׁתֵה וְגַם לִגְמַלֵּיךְ אֶשְׁאָב הָוא הָאִשָּׁה, אֲשֶׁר־הָכִיחַ יְהוָה

לְבֶן־אֲדֹנִי: 45 אֲנִי טֶרֶם אֲכַלֶּה לְדַבֵּר אֶל־לִבִּי וְהִנֵּה ; רִבְקָה יֹצֵאת וְכַדָּה על־שְׁכְמָהּ וַתֵּרֶד הָעַיְנָה וַתִּשְׁאָב . ז וָאֹמַר אֵלֶיהָ הַשְׁקִינִי נָא : 46 וַתְּמַהֵר וַתּוֹרֵד כַּדָּה

מַעֲלִיהָ וַתֹּאמֶר שְׁתֵה וְגַם־גְמַלֶךְ אַשְׁקֶה וָאֵשֶׁת וְגַם

הַגְּמַלִים הִשְׁקָתָה : 47 וְאֶשְׁאַל אֶחָה וָאֹמַר בַּת־מִי . אַתְּ וַתֹּאמֶר בַּת־בְּתוּאֵל בֶּן־נָחוֹר אֲשֶׁר יָלְדָה־לוֹ

מִלְכָּה וָאָשָׂם הַנֵּזֶם עַל־אַפָּה וְהֶצְמִידִים עַל־יָדֶיהָ : . 48 וָאֵקַד וָאֶשְׁתַּחֲוֶה לַיהוָה וַאֲבָרֵךְ 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־לֹא הַגִּידוּ לִי וְאֶפְנֶה '; עַל־יָמִין אוֹ עַל־שְׂמְאל: 50 וַיַּעַן לָבָן וּבְתוּאֵל וַיֹּאמְרוּ

מֵיהוָה יָצָא הַדָּבָר לֹא נוּכַל דִּבֶּר אֵלֶיךְ רַע אוֹ־טוֹב:

51 הִנֵּה־רִבְקָה לְפָנִיךְ קַח וֶלֶךְ וּתְהִי אִשָּׁה לְבֶן־אֲדנִיךְ . כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר יְהוָה: 52 וַיְהִי כַּאֲשֶׁר שָׁמַע עֶבֶד אַבְרָהָם חמישי אֶת־דִּבְרֵיהֶם וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ אַרְצָה לַיהוָה: 53 וַיּוֹצֵא הָעֶבֶד

כְּלֵי כֶסֶף וּכְלֵי זָהָב וּבְגָדִים וַיִּתֵּן לְרִבְקָה וּמִגְדָּגַת נָתַן : לְאָחִיהָ וּלְאִמָּה : 54 וַיֹּאכְלְוּ וַיִּשְׁתּוּ הָוּא וְהָאֲנָשִׁים

אֲשֶׁר־עַמּוֹ וַיָּלִינוּ וַיָּקוּמוּ בַבֹּקֶר וַיֹּאמֶר שַׁלְחָנִי לַאדֹנִי ; הנערה 55 וַיֹּאמֶר אָחִיהָ וְאִמָּה תֵּשֶׁב הַנַּעַר אַתָּנוּ יָמִים אוֹ

עֶשְׂוֹר אַחַר תֵּלֶךְ: 56 וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵהֶם אַל־תְּאַחַרְוּ אֹתִי

וַיְהוָה הַצְלִיחַ דַּרְכִּי שַׁלְחוּנִי וְאֵלְכָה לַאדֹנִי: 57 וַיֹּאמְרוּ לנערה נִקְרָא לָגַעַר וְנִשְׁאֲלָה אֶת־פִיהָ : 58 וַיִּקְרְאִוּ לְרִבְקָה ? וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֵלֶיהָ הֵתֵלְכִי עִם־הָאִישׁ הַזֶּה וַיֹּאמֶר 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 : s 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. A

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 my 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 . :: a. 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 by40 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, I 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. When 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. <

Ś 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 another instance of God's blessing bestowed on Abraham, in giving him such a faithful servant.

# For as he had been speaking in praise of Abraham'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 niarry 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 wa continually under the eye of the Supreme Being, from whom nothing is hid.

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25 . 5 וַתֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו גַם־תֵּבָן גַּם־מִסְפּוֹא רַב עמָּנוּ גַּם־מָקוֹם רביעי לָלְוּן : 26 וְיִקָר הָאִישׁ וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ לַיהוָה : 27 וַיֹּאמֶר

בָּרוּךְ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי אֲדֹנִי אַבְרָהָם אֲשֶׁר לֹא־עָב חַסְדֶוֹ

וַאֲמִתּוֹ מֵעָם אֲדֹנָי אָנֹכִי בַּדֶּרֶךְ נָחַנִי יְהוָה בֵּית אֲחֵי הנערה אֲדֹנִי : 28 וַתָּרָץ הַנער וַתַּגַּד לְבֵית אִמָּה כָּדְבָרִים ? הָאֵלֶה: 29 וּלְרִבְקָה אָח וּשְׁמוֹ לָבָן וַיָּרָץ לָבָן אֶל־הָאִישׁ

הַחוּצָה אֶל־הָעֶיִן : 30 וַיְהִי כִּרְאֹת אֶת־הַנֵּס וְאֶת־ , הַצְמִדִים עַל־יְדֵי אֲחֹתוֹ וּבְשָׁמְע אֶת־־דִּבְרֵי רִבְקָה

אֲחֹתוֹ לֵאמֹר כֹּה־דְבֶּר אֵלַי הָאִישׁ וַיָּבֹא אֶל־הָאִישׁ וְהִנֵּה עֹמֵד עַל־הַגְּמַלִים עַל־הָעֶיִן : 31 וַיֹּאמֶר בְּוֹא בְּרִיךְ יְתָה לָמָּה תַעֲמֹד בַּחוּץ וְאָנֹכִי פְנִיתִי הַבַּיִת וּמָקוֹם לַגְמַלִּים: 32 וַיָּבֵא הָאִישׁ הַבַּיְתָה וַיְפַתַּח

הַגְּמַלִים וַיִּתֵּן תֵּבֵן וּמִסְפּוֹא לַגְמַלִים וּמַיִם לִרְחַץ רַגְלָיו יושם וְרַגְלֵי הָאֲנָשִׁים אֲשֶׁר אִתּוֹ : 33 וַיִשֵׂם לְפָנָיו לֶאֱכֹל ? וַיֹּאמֶר לֹא אֹכַל עֶר אִם־דִּבַּרְתִּי דְבָרָי וַיֹּאמֶר דַבֵּר : , 34 וַיֹּאמַר עֶבֶד אַבְרָהָם אָנְבִי : 35 וַיְהוָה בְּרָךְ אֶת־

אֲדֹנָי מְאֹד וַיִּנְהֶל וַיִּתֶּן־לוֹ צאן וּבָקָר וְכֶסֶף וְזָהָב עֲבָדִם וּשְׁפָחֹת וּנְמַלִים וַחֲמֹרִים: 36 וַתֵּלֶד שָׂרָה אֵשֶׁת אֲדֹנִי בֶן לַאדֹנִי אַחֲרֵי זִקְנָתָה 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 תֵּלֵךְ וְאֶל־מִשְׁפַּחְתִּי וְלָקַחְתָּ אִשֶׁה לִבְנֵי : 39 וָאֹמַר אֶל־אֲדֹנִי אִלַי לֹא־תֵלֶךְ הָאִשָּׁה אַחֲרֵי : 40, וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָי יְהוָה אֲשֶׁר־הִתְהַלָּכְתִּי לְפָנָיו יִשְׁלַח מַלְאָכָוֹ אִתָּךְ וְהִצְלִיחַ דַּרְכֵּךְ וְלָקַחְתָּ אִשָּׁה לִבְנֵי מִמִּשְׁפַּחְתִּי וּמִבֵּית אָבִי : 41 אָז תִּנָּקָה מֵאֱלָתִי כִּי תָבוֹא אֶל־מִשְׁפַּחְתִּי וְאִם־לָא יִתְּנוּ לָךְ וְהָיִיתָ נָקִי מֵאָלָתִי : 42 וָאָלֹא הַיּוֹם אֶל־הָעֶיִן וָאֹמַר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי

and des af the camervant took

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.

is fair || to look upon,.,a virgin, 9 And the servant put his hand neither had any man known 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. **** quid ** * 10 | 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 Mesopotamia, lord : 'and she hasted, and let down unto the city of Nahor.ii hér pitcher upon her hand, and

11 And he made his camels to gave him drink. A kneel down' without the city, by 19 And when she had done a well of water, at the time of the 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, 0 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 inan 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. '.***..*

.; 22 And it came to pass as the 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 a*shekel weight, and two that I may drink; and she shall bracelets før 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 forurt 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 ind power 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 earth also, as I have brought numbers to acknowledge him as the creator of both heaven and earth. Jarchi. . S i : :- , ' heti

* 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. , :.. . . .

Heb. That women which draw water go forth. # It is not to be presumed that he put his trust in this divination, if it may be so called, but rather trusted to what his niaster said in verse 7. “ He shall send his angel before thee: and therefore hoped that she youtd be the person,

Heb. Good countenance. * * I Thắt those good signs 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, and therefore, verse 23, he asked, Whose daughter art thou ? no 14.ma l

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: וְלָקַחְתָּ אִשָּׁה לִבְנֵי מִשָּׁם : 8 וְאִם־לֹא תאבֶה הָאִשָּׁה ו לָלֶכֶת אַחֲרֵיךְ וְנָלִיתָ מִשְׁבֶעָתִי זְאת רַק אֶת־בְּנִי לְא . חָשַׁב שָׁמָּה: 9 וַיָּשֶׂם הָעֶבֶד אֶת־יָלֹוֹ תַּחַת יֶרֶךְ שלישי אַבְרָהָם אֲדֹנָיו וַיִּשְׁמַע לוֹ עַל־הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה: 10 וַיִּקְח

הָעֶבֶד עֲשָׂרָה גְמַלִים מִגְמַלֵּי אֲדֹנָיו וַיֵּלֶךְ וְכָל־טוּב אֲדֹנָיו בְּיָדוֹ וַיָּקָם וַיֵּלֶךְ אֶל־אֲרָם נַהֲרַיִם אֶל-עיר נָחוֹר :

11 וַיַּבְרֶךְ הַגְּמַלִּים מִחוּץ לָעִיר אֶל־בְּאֵר הַמָּיִם לְעֵת עֶרֶב . לְעֵת צֵאת הַשְׁאֲבָת: 12 וַיֹּאמַר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי אֲדֹנִי אַבְרָהָם ; הַקְרֵה נָא לְפָנַי הַיוֹם יֶעֲשֶׂה־חֶסֶד עִם אֲדֹנִי אֶבְרָהָם :

13 הִנֵּה אָנֹכִי נְצָב עַל-עֵין הַמָּיִם וּבָנוֹת אַנְשֵׁי הָעִיר הנערה יְצֵאת לִשְׁאֹב מָיִם: 14 וְהָיָה הַנַּעַר אֲשֶׁר אֹמַר אֵלֶיהָ

הַמִּי־נָא כַדִּךְ וְאֶשְׁתֶּה וְאָמְרָה שְׁתֵה וְגַם־גְמַלֶךְ אַשְׁקֶה אֹתָהּ הָלַחְתָּ לְעַבְדְּךָ לְיִצְחָק וּבָה אֵדַע כִּי־עָשִׂיתָ חֶסֶד עַם־אֲדֹנִי: 15 וַיְהִי־הוּא טֶרֶם כַּלָּה לְדַבֵּר וְהִנֵּה

רִבְקָה יְצֵאת אֲשֶׁר יִלְדָה לִבְתוּאֵל בֶּן־מַלְכָּה אֵשֶׁת והנערהנָחוֹר אֲחִי אַבְרָהָם וְכַדָּהּ עַל־שִׁכְמָה: 16 וְהַפּער טבת ? מַרְאֶה מְאֹד בְּתוּלָה וְאִישׁ לֹא יְדָעָהּ וַתֵּרֶד הָעַיִנָה

וַתְּמַלֵא כַדָּה וַתַּעַל : 17 וַיָּרָץ הָעֶבֶד לִקְרָאתָהּ וַיֹּאמֶר הַגְמִיאֵינִי נָא מְעַט־מַיִם מִכַּבֵּךְ : 18 וַתֹּאמֶר שְׁתָה אֲדֹנִי וַתְּמַהֵר וַתָּרֶד כַּדָּהּ עַל־יָדָהּ וַתַּשְׁקֵהוּ: 19 וַתְּכַל לְהַשְׁקתּוֹ וַיֹּאמֶר גַם לִגְמַלֵּיךְ אֶשְׁאָב עֶר אִם־כַּלְוּ לִשְׁתּת : 20 וַתְּמַהֵר וַתִּעֶר כַּדָּה אֶל־הַשׁקֶת וַתָּרָץ עָוֹד אֶל־הַבְּאֵר לִשְׁאֹב וַתִּשְׁאַב לְכָל־בְּמַלָּיו : 21 וְהָאִישׁ מִשְׁתָּאֵה לָהּ מַחֲרִישׁ לָדַעַת הַהִצְלִיחַ יְהוָה דַרְכּוֹ אִם לֹא : 22 וַיְהִי כַּאֲשֶׁר כַּלָּוּ הַגְּמַלִים לִשֶׁתות וַיקח הָאִישׁ

נֶזֶם זָהָב בָּקַע מִשְׁקָלוֹ וּשְׁנֵי צְמִידִים עַל־יֶרֶיהָ עֲשָׂרָה - זָהָב מִשְׁקָלָם : 23 וַיֹּאמֶר בַּת־מִי אַתְּ הַגִּידִי נָא לִי

הַיְשׁ בֵּית־אָבִיךְ מָקוֹם לָנוּ לָלִין: 24 וַתֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו

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