YASHAR 24 (Jasher 24)

1 And the life of Sarah was one hundred and twenty-seven years, and Sarah died. And Aḇraham rose up from before his dead to seek a burial place to bury his wife Sarah, and he went and spoke to the children of Ḥĕth, the inhabitants of the land, saying,

2 “I am a stranger and a sojourner with you in your land. Give me a possession for a burial place in your land, that I may bury my dead from before me.”

3 And the children of Ḥĕth said to Aḇraham, “See, the land is before you. In the choicest of our burial places bury your dead, for no man shall withhold you from burying your dead.”

4 And Aḇraham said to them, “If you are agreeable to this, go and ask for me from Ephron, son of Tsoḥar, requesting that he may give me the cave of Maḵpĕlah, which is in the end of his field, and I will purchase it from him for whatever he desires for it.”

5 And Ephron dwelt among the children of Ḥĕth, and they went and called for him, and he came before Aḇraham. And Ephron said to Aḇraham, “See, all you require your servant will do.” And Aḇraham said, “No, but I will buy the cave and the field which you have for value, in order that it may be for a possession for a burial place forever.”

6 And Ephron answered and said, “See the field and the cave are before you, give whatever you desire.” And Aḇraham said, “Only at full value will I buy it from your hand, and from the hands of those that go in at the gate of your city, and from the hand of your seed forever.”

7 And Ephron and all his brothers heard this, and Aḇraham weighed to Ephron four hundred sheqels of silver into the hands of Ephron and into the hands of all his brothers. And Aḇraham wrote this matter, and he wrote it and witnessed it with four witnesses.

8 And these are the names of the witnesses, Amiḡal son of Aḇishna the Ḥittite, Aḏiḥorom son of Ashunaḵ the Ḥiwwite, Aḇdon son of Aḥiram the Gomerite, Baqdil son of Aḇuḏish the Tsiḏonian.

9 And Aḇraham took the book of the purchase, and placed it in his treasures. And these are the words that Aḇraham wrote in the book, namely:

10 That the cave and the field Aḇraham bought from Ephron the Ḥittite, and from his seed, and from those that go out of his city, and from their seed forever, are to be a purchase to Aḇraham and to his seed and to those that go forth from his loins, for a possession of a burial place forever. And he put a seal on it and witnessed it with witnesses.

11 And the field and the cave that was in it, and all that place were made secure to Aḇraham and to his seed after him, from the children of Ḥĕth; see, it is before Mamrĕ in Ḥeḇron, which is in the land of Kena’an.

12 And after this Aḇraham buried his wife Sarah there, and that place and all its boundary became to Aḇraham and to his seed as a possession for a burial place.

13 And Aḇraham buried Sarah with ceremony as observed at the burial of sovereigns, and she was buried in very fine and attractive garments.

14 And at her coffin was Shĕm, his sons Ĕḇer and Aḇimeleḵ, together with Anĕr, Eshkol and Mamrĕ. And all the noblemen of the land followed her coffin.

15 And the days of Sarah were one hundred and twenty-seven years and she died. And Aḇraham made a great and grievous mourning, and he performed the custom of mourning for seven days.

16 And all the inhabitants of the land comforted Aḇraham and Yitsḥaq his son for the sake of Sarah.

17 And when the days of their mourning passed by, Aḇraham sent his son Yitsḥaq away, and he went to the house of Shĕm and Ĕḇer, to learn the Ways of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 and His Torot. And Aḇraham remained there three years.

18 At that time Aḇraham rose up with all his servants, and they went and returned homeward to Be’ĕrsheḇa, and Aḇraham and all his servants remained in Be’ĕrsheḇa.

19 And at the turn of the year, Aḇimeleḵ sovereign of the Pelishtites died in that year. He was one hundred and ninety-three years old at his death. And Aḇraham went with his people to the land of the Pelishtites, and they comforted the whole household and all his servants, and he then turned and went home.

20 And it came to be, after the death of Aḇimeleḵ that the people of Gerar took Ben-Maliḵ his son, and he was only twelve years old, and they made him sit in the place of his father.

21 And they called his name Aḇimeleḵ after the name of his father, for thus was their custom to do in Gerar. And Aḇimeleḵ reigned instead of Aḇimeleḵ his father, and he sat upon his throne.

22 And Lot son of Haran also died in those days, in the thirty-ninth year of the life of Yitsḥaq. And all the days that Lot lived were one hundred and forty years, and he died.

23 And these are the children of Lot, that were born to him by his daughters. The name of the first-born was Mo’aḇ, and the name of the second was Ben-Ammi.

24 And the two sons of Lot went and took for themselves wives from the land of Kena’an, and they bore children to them. And the children of Mo’aḇ were Ĕḏ, Mayon, Tarsus, and Kanwil, four sons. These are fathers to the children of Mo’aḇ to this day.

25 And all the clans of the children of Lot went to dwell wherever they should settle, for they were fruitful and increased abundantly.

26 And they went and built themselves cities in the land where they dwelt, and they called the names of the cities which they built after their own names.

27 And Naḥor son of Teraḥ, brother to Aḇraham, died in those days, in the fortieth year of the life of Yitsḥaq. And all the days of Naḥor were one hundred and seventy-two years and he died, and was buried in Ḥaran.

28 And when Aḇraham heard that his brother was dead he grieved sadly, and he mourned over his brother many days.

29 And Aḇraham called for El’azar his head servant, to give him orders concerning his house, and he came and stood before him.

30 And Aḇraham said to him, “See, I am old. I do not know the day of my death; for I am advanced in days. Now therefore rise up, go forth, and do not take a wife for my son from this place and from this land, from the daughters of the Kena’anites among whom we dwell.

31 “But go to my land and to my birthplace, and take from there a wife for my son. And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 Elohim of the shamayim and earth who took me from my father’s house and brought me to this place, and said to me, ‘To your seed will I give this land for an inheritance forever,’ He will send His messenger before you and prosper your way, that you may obtain a wife for my son from my clan and from my father’s house.”

32 And the servant answered his master Aḇraham and said, “See, I go to your birthplace and to your father’s house, and take a wife for your son from there. But if the woman is not willing to follow me to this land, shall I take your son back to the land of your birthplace?”

33 And Aḇraham said to him, “Take heed that you do not bring my son there again! For 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 before whom I have walked, He will send His messenger before you and prosper your way.”

34 And El’azar did as Aḇraham ordered him, and El’azar swore to Aḇraham his master upon this matter. And El’azar rose up and took ten camels from the camels of his master, and ten men from his master’s servants with him, and they rose up and went to Ḥaran, the city of Aḇraham and Naḥor, in order to take a wife for Yitsḥaq son of Aḇraham. And while they were gone Aḇraham sent to the house of Shĕm and Ĕḇer, and they brought from there his son Yitsḥaq.

35 And Yitsḥaq came home to his father’s house to Be’ĕrsheḇa, while El’azar and his men came to Ḥaran. And they stopped in the city by the watering place, and he made his camels to kneel down by the water and they remained there.

36 And El’azar, Aḇraham’s servant, prayed and said, “O Elohim of Aḇraham my master; please meet before me this day and show kindness to my master, that You shall appoint this day a wife for my master’s son from his clan.”

37 And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 listened to the voice of El’azar, for the sake of his servant Aḇraham, and he encountered the daughter of Bethu’ĕl, son of Milkah, the wife of Naḥor, brother to Aḇraham. And El’azar came to her house.

38 And El’azar related to them all concerning him, and that he was Aḇraham’s servant, and they greatly rejoiced with him.

39 And they all baraḵ 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 who brought this matter about, and they gave him Riḇqah, the daughter of Bethu’ĕl, as a wife for Yitsḥaq.

40 And the young woman was of very attractive appearance. She was a maiden, and Riḇqah was ten years old in those days.

41 And Bethu’ĕl and Laḇan and his children made a feast on that night, and El’azar and his men came and ate and drank and rejoiced there on that night.

42 And El’azar rose up in the morning, he and the men that were with him, and he called to the whole household of Bethu’ĕl, saying, “Send me away that I may go to my master.” And they rose up and sent away Riḇqah and her nurse Deḇorah, the daughter of Uts, and they gave her silver and gold, male servants and female servants, and they baraḵ her.

43 And they sent El’azar away with his men, and the servants took Riḇqah, and he went and returned to his master to the land of Kena’an.

44 And Yitsḥaq took Riḇqah and she became his wife, and he brought her into the tent.

45 And Yitsḥaq was forty years old when he took Riḇqah, the daughter of his uncle Bethu’ĕl, for a wife.