Chayei Sarah חַיֵּ֣י שָׂרָ֔ה is translated as “Life of Sarah”. Life can be spelled four different ways — (1) c-h-a-y-e-i, (2) c-h-a-y-e, (3) h-a-y-y-e or (4) h-a-y-y-e-i. This is the fifth parsha reading for the yearly cycle.
In parsha Chayei Sarah we have two deaths and two marriages. Sarah dies and Abraham purchases the cave of Machpelah from a Hittite named Ephron. After burying Sarah, Abraham charges his servant to locate a wife for Isaac from Abraham’s homeland and not from the Cannanites. Much of this portion is about that task. Rebekah returns with the servant and marries Isaac. Afterward, we discover Abraham marries Keturah and has six sons with her. This portion reveals the twelve chieftain sons of Ishmael and ends with Ishmael dying at the ripe old age of 137 years.
Chayei Sarah חַיֵּ֣י שָׂרָ֔ה is the second and third words and in the Hebrew text (see text below).
- Hebrew letters – 5,314
- Hebrew words – 1,402
- Pesukim (sentences) – 105
- Verses – 105
- Lines in a Torah Scroll- 171
- Number of Mitzvot – 0
- Positive – 0
- Negative – 0
- Double Count – 2
- Scribal Practices – 1 (dotted- 23.2)
- Hebrew text: Parsha Chayei Sarah – Hebrew
Halftorah: 1 Kings ( ) 1.1 – 31
Brit Hahagaddah: Matthew 1.1 – 17
First reading — Genesis (Bereshit) 23.1-16
Second reading — Genesis (Bereshit) 23.17-24.9
Third reading — Genesis (Bereshit) 24.10-26
Fourth reading — Genesis (Bereshit) 24.27-52
Fifth reading — Genesis (Bereshit) 24.53-67
Sixth reading — Genesis (Bereshit) 25.1-11
Seventh reading — Genesis (Bereshit) 25.12-28
Gen 23:1 And the life of Sarah was a hundred and seven and twenty years; these were the years of the life of Sarah.
Gen 23:2 And Sarah died in Kiriatharba – the same is Hebron – in the land of Canaan; and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.
Gen 23:3 And Abraham rose up from before his dead, and spoke unto the children of Heth, saying:
Gen 23:4 ‘I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a burying-place with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.’
Gen 23:5 And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto him:
Gen 23:6 ‘Hear us, my lord: thou art a mighty prince among us; in the choice of our sepulchres bury thy dead; none of us shall withhold from thee his sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury thy dead.’
Gen 23:7 And Abraham rose up, and bowed down to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth.
Gen 23:8 And he spoke with them, saying: ‘If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and entreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar,
Gen 23:9 that he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he hath, which is in the end of his field; for the full price let him give it to me in the midst of you for a possession of a burying-place.’
Gen 23:10 Now Ephron was sitting in the midst of the children of Heth; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the children of Heth, even of all that went in at the gate of his city, saying:
Gen 23:11 ‘Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give I thee, and the cave that is therein, I give it thee; in the presence of the sons of my people give I it thee; bury thy dead.’
Gen 23:12 And Abraham bowed down before the people of the land.
Gen 23:13 And he spoke unto Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, saying: ‘But if thou wilt, I pray thee, hear me: I will give the price of the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there.’
Gen 23:14 And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him:
Gen 23:15 ‘My lord, hearken unto me: a piece of land worth four hundred shekels of silver, what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead.’
Gen 23:16 And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the hearing of the children of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant.
Gen 23:17 So the field of Ephron, which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the border thereof round about, were made sure
Gen 23:18 unto Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his city.
Gen 23:19 And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre – the same is Hebron – in the land of Canaan.
Gen 23:20 And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a burying-place by the children of Heth.
Gen 24:1 And Abraham was old, well stricken in age; and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.
Gen 24:2 And Abraham said unto his servant, the elder of his house, that ruled over all that he had: ‘Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh.
Gen 24:3 And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife for my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell.
Gen 24:4 But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son, even for Isaac.’
Gen 24:5 And the servant said unto him: ‘Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land; must I needs bring thy son back unto the land from whence thou camest?’
Gen 24:6 And Abraham said unto him: ‘Beware thou that thou bring not my son back thither.
Gen 24:7 The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house, and from the land of my nativity, and who spoke unto me, and who swore unto me, saying: Unto thy seed will I give this land; He will send His angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife for my son from thence.
Gen 24:8 And if the woman be not willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath; only thou shalt not bring my son back thither.’
Gen 24:9 And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter.
Gen 24:10 And the servant took ten camels, of the camels of his master, and departed; having all goodly things of his master’s in his hand; and he arose, and went to Aram-naharaim, unto the city of Nahor.
Gen 24:11 And he made the camels to kneel down without the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time that women go out to draw water.
Gen 24:12 And he said: ‘O LORD, the God of my master Abraham, send me, I pray Thee, good speed this day, and show kindness unto my master Abraham.
Gen 24:13 Behold, I stand by the fountain of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water.
Gen 24:14 So let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say: Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say: Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also; let the same be she that Thou hast appointed for Thy servant, even for Isaac; and thereby shall I know that Thou hast shown kindness unto my master.’
Gen 24:15 And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.
Gen 24:16 And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her; and she went down to the fountain, and filled her pitcher, and came up.
Gen 24:17 And the servant ran to meet her, and said: ‘Give me to drink, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher.’
Gen 24:18 And she said: ‘Drink, my lord’; and she hastened, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.
Gen 24:19 And when she had done giving him drink, she said: ‘I will draw for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.’
Gen 24:20 And she hastened, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw, and drew for all his camels.
Gen 24:21 And the man looked stedfastly on her; holding his peace, to know whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.
Gen 24:22 And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden ring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold;
Gen 24:23 and said: ‘Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee. Is there room in thy father’s house for us to lodge in?’
Gen 24:24 And she said unto him: ‘I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore unto Nahor.’
Gen 24:25 She said moreover unto him: ‘We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in.’
Gen 24:26 And the man bowed his head, and prostrated himself before the LORD.
Gen 24:27 And he said: ‘Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who hath not forsaken His mercy and His truth toward my master; as for me, the LORD hath led me in the way to the house of my master’s brethren.’
Gen 24:28 And the damsel ran, and told her mother’s house according to these words.
Gen 24:29 And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban; and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the fountain.
Gen 24:30 And it came to pass, when he saw the ring, and the bracelets upon his sister’s hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying: ‘Thus spoke the man unto me,’ that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the fountain.
Gen 24:31 And he said: ‘Come in, thou blessed of the LORD; wherefore standest thou without? for I have cleared the house, and made room for the camels.’
Gen 24:32 And the man came into the house, and he ungirded the camels; and he gave straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men that were with him.
Gen 24:33 And there was set food before him to eat; but he said: ‘I will not eat, until I have told mine errand.’ And he said: ‘Speak on.’
Gen 24:34 And he said: ‘I am Abraham’s servant.
Gen 24:35 And the LORD hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great; and He hath given him flocks and herds, and silver and gold, and men-servants and maid-servants, and camels and asses.
Gen 24:36 And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and unto him hath he given all that he hath.
Gen 24:37 And my master made me swear, saying: Thou shalt not take a wife for my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell.
Gen 24:38 But thou shalt go unto my father’s house, and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son.
Gen 24:39 And I said unto my master: Peradventure the woman will not follow me.
Gen 24:40 And he said unto me: The LORD, before whom I walk, will send His angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father’s house;
Gen 24:41 then shalt thou be clear from my oath, when thou comest to my kindred; and if they give her not to thee, thou shalt be clear from my oath.
Gen 24:42 And I came this day unto the fountain, and said: O LORD, the God of my master Abraham, if now Thou do prosper my way which I go:
Gen 24:43 behold, I stand by the fountain of water; and let it come to pass, that the maiden that cometh forth to draw, to whom I shall say: Give me, I pray thee, a little water from thy pitcher to drink;
Gen 24:44 and she shall say to me: Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels; let the same be the woman whom the LORD hath appointed for my master’s son.
Gen 24:45 And before I had done speaking to my heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the fountain, and drew. And I said unto her: Let me drink, I pray thee.
Gen 24:46 And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said: Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also. So I drank, and she made the camels drink also.
Gen 24:47 And I asked her, and said: Whose daughter art thou? And she said: The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore unto him. And I put the ring upon her nose, and the bracelets upon her hands.
Gen 24:48 And I bowed my head, and prostrated myself before the LORD, and blessed the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me in the right way to take my master’s brother’s daughter for his son.
Gen 24:49 And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left.’
Gen 24:50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said: ‘The thing proceedeth from the LORD; we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.
Gen 24:51 Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master’s son’s wife, as the LORD hath spoken.’
Gen 24:52 And it came to pass, that, when Abraham’s servant heard their words, he bowed himself down to the earth unto the LORD.
Gen 24:53 And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah; he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.
Gen 24:54 And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said: ‘Send me away unto my master.’
Gen 24:55 And her brother and her mother said: ‘Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go.’
Gen 24:56 And he said unto them: ‘Delay me not, seeing the LORD hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master.’
Gen 24:57 And they said: ‘We will call the damsel, and inquire at her mouth.’
Gen 24:58 And they called Rebekah, and said unto her: ‘Wilt thou go with this man?’ And she said: ‘I will go.’
Gen 24:59 And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham’s servant, and his men.
Gen 24:60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her: ‘Our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of ten thousands, and let thy seed possess the gate of those that hate them.’
Gen 24:61 And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man. And the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
Gen 24:62 And Isaac came from the way of Beer-lahai-roi; for he dwelt in the land of the South.
Gen 24:63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide; and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, there were camels coming.
Gen 24:64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she alighted from the camel.
Gen 24:65 And she said unto the servant: ‘What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us?’ And the servant said: ‘It is my master.’ And she took her veil, and covered herself.
Gen 24:66 And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.
Gen 24:67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. And Isaac was comforted for his mother.
Gen 25:1 And Abraham took another wife, and her name was Keturah.
Gen 25:2 And she bore him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.
Gen 25:3 And Jokshan begot Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim.
Gen 25:4 And the sons of Midian: Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.
Gen 25:5 And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.
Gen 25:6 But unto the sons of the concubines, that Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts; and he sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.
Gen 25:7 And these are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived, a hundred threescore and fifteen years.
Gen 25:8 And Abraham expired, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.
Gen 25:9 And Isaac and Ishmael his sons buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre;
Gen 25:10 the field which Abraham purchased of the children of Heth; there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.
Gen 25:11 And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed Isaac his son; and Isaac dwelt by Beer-lahai-roi.
Gen 25:12 Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s handmaid, bore unto Abraham.
Gen 25:13 And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the first-born of Ishmael, Nebaioth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,
Gen 25:14 and Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa;
Gen 25:15 Hadad, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedem;
Gen 25:16 these are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their villages, and by their encampments; twelve princes according to their nations.
Gen 25:17 And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, a hundred and thirty and seven years; and he expired and died; and was gathered unto his people.
Gen 25:18 And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur that is before Egypt, as thou goest toward Asshur: over against all his brethren he did settle.
Gen 25:19 And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham begot Isaac.
Gen 25:20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean, of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife.
Gen 25:21 And Isaac entreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD let Himself be entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
Gen 25:22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said: ‘If it be so, wherefore do I live?’ And she went to inquire of the LORD.
Gen 25:23 And the LORD said unto her: Two nations are in thy womb, and two peoples shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
Gen 25:24 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.
Gen 25:25 And the first came forth ruddy, all over like a hairy mantle; and they called his name Esau.
Gen 25:26 And after that came forth his brother, and his hand had hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob. And Isaac was threescore years old when she bore them.
Gen 25:27 And the boys grew; and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents.
Gen 25:28 Now Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison; and Rebekah loved Jacob.
1Ki 1:1 Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he could get no heat.
1Ki 1:2 Wherefore his servants said unto him: ‘Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin; and let her stand before the king, and be a companion unto him; and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat.’
1Ki 1:3 So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the borders of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunammite, and brought her to the king.
1Ki 1:4 And the damsel was very fair; and she became a companion unto the king, and ministered to him; but the king knew her not.
1Ki 1:5 Now Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying: ‘I will be king’; and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.
1Ki 1:6 And his father had not grieved him all his life in saying: ‘Why hast thou done so?’ and he was also a very goodly man; and he was born after Absalom.
1Ki 1:7 And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest; and they following Adonijah helped him.
1Ki 1:8 But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men that belonged to David, were not with Adonijah.
1Ki 1:9 And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen and fatlings by the stone of Zoheleth, which is beside En-rogel; and he called all his brethren the king’s sons, and all the men of Judah the king’s servants;
1Ki 1:10 but Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and Solomon his brother, he called not.
1Ki 1:11 Then Nathan spoke unto Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon, saying: ‘Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith doth reign, and David our lord knoweth it not?
1Ki 1:12 Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel, that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son Solomon.
1Ki 1:13 Go and get thee in unto king David, and say unto him: Didst not thou, my lord, O king, swear unto thy handmaid, saying: Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne? why then doth Adonijah reign?
1Ki 1:14 Behold, while thou yet talkest there with the king, I also will come in after thee, and confirm thy words.’
1Ki 1:15 And Bath-sheba went in unto the king into the chamber. – Now the king was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto the king. –
1Ki 1:16 And Bath-sheba bowed, and prostrated herself unto the king. And the king said: ‘What wouldest thou?’
1Ki 1:17 And she said unto him: ‘My lord, thou didst swear by the LORD thy God unto thy handmaid: Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne.
1Ki 1:18 And now, behold, Adonijah reigneth; and thou, my lord the king, knowest it not.
1Ki 1:19 And he hath slain oxen and fatlings and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the sons of the king, and Abiathar, the priest, and Joab the captain of the host; but Solomon thy servant hath he not called.
1Ki 1:20 And thou, my lord the king, the eyes of all Israel are upon thee, that thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him.
1Ki 1:21 Otherwise it will come to pass, when my lord the king shall sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall be counted offenders.’
1Ki 1:22 And, lo, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan the prophet came in.
1Ki 1:23 And they told the king, saying: ‘Behold Nathan the prophet.’ And when he was come in before the king, he bowed down before the king with his face to the ground.
1Ki 1:24 And Nathan said: ‘My lord, O king, hast thou said: Adonijah shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne?
1Ki 1:25 For he is gone down this day, and hath slain oxen and fatlings and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king’s sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest; and, behold, they eat and drink before him, and say: Long live king Adonijah.
1Ki 1:26 But me, even me thy servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon hath he not called.
1Ki 1:27 Is this thing done by my lord the king, and thou hast not declared unto thy servant who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?’
1Ki 1:28 Then king David answered and said: ‘Call me Bath-sheba.’ And she came into the king’s presence, and stood before the king.
1Ki 1:29 And the king swore and said: ‘As the LORD liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity,
1Ki 1:30 verily as I swore unto thee by the LORD, the God of Israel, saying: Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne in my stead; verily so will I do this day.’
1Ki 1:31 Then Bath-sheba bowed with her face to the earth, and prostrated herself to the king, and said: ‘Let my lord king David live for ever.’
Mat 1:1 An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Mat 1:2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
Mat 1:3 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram,
Mat 1:4 and Aram the father of Aminadab, and Aminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Mat 1:5 and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse,
Mat 1:6 and Jesse the father of King David. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah,
Mat 1:7 and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph,
Mat 1:8 and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah,
Mat 1:9 and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
Mat 1:10 and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah,
Mat 1:11 and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
Mat 1:12 And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Salathiel, and Salathiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Mat 1:13 and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor,
Mat 1:14 and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud,
Mat 1:15 and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob,
Mat 1:16 and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.
Mat 1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.