1By that time Abraham was very old. The LORD had blessed Abraham in every way.2The best servant in his house was in charge of everything Abraham had. Abraham said to him, ‘Put your hand under my thigh.3The LORD is the God of heaven and the God of earth. I want you to make a promise to me in his name. I’m living among the people of Canaan. But I want you to promise me that you won’t get a wife for my son from their daughters.4Instead, promise me that you will go to my country and to my own relatives. Get a wife for my son Isaac from there.’5The servant asked Abraham, ‘What if the woman doesn’t want to come back with me to this land? Then should I take your son back to the country you came from?’6‘Make sure you don’t take my son back there,’ Abraham said.7‘The LORD, the God of heaven, took me away from my father’s family. He brought me out of my own land. He made me a promise. He said, “I will give this land to your family after you.” The LORD will send his angel ahead of you. So you will be able to get a wife for my son from there.8The woman may not want to come back with you. If she doesn’t, you will be free from your promise. But don’t take my son back there.’9So the servant put his hand under Abraham’s thigh. He promised to do what his master wanted.10The servant chose ten of his master’s camels and left. He loaded the camels with all kinds of good things from his master. He started out for Aram Naharaim and made his way to the town of Nahor.11He stopped near the well outside the town. There he made the camels get down on their knees. It was almost evening, the time when women go out to get water.12Then he prayed, ‘LORD, you are the God of my master Abraham. Make me successful today. Be kind to my master Abraham.13I’m standing beside this spring. The daughters of the people who live in the town are coming out here to get water.14I will speak to a young woman. I’ll say to her, “Please lower your jar so I can have a drink.” Suppose she says, “Have a drink of water, and I’ll get some for your camels too.” Then let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. That’s how I’ll know you have been kind to my master.’15Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out. She was carrying a jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Milkah’s son Bethuel. Milkah was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor.16The young woman was very beautiful. No man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring. She filled her jar and came up again.17The servant hurried to meet her. He said, ‘Please give me a little water from your jar.’18‘Have a drink, sir,’ she said. She quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.19After she had given him a drink, she said, ‘I’ll get water for your camels too. I’ll keep doing it until they have had enough to drink.’20So she quickly emptied her jar into the stone tub. Then she ran back to the well to get more water. She got enough for all his camels.21The man didn’t say a word. He watched her closely. He wanted to learn whether the LORD had given him success on the journey he had made.22The camels finished drinking. Then the man took out a gold nose ring. It weighed about 6 grams. He also took out two gold bracelets. They weighed about 120 grams.23Then he asked, ‘Whose daughter are you? And please tell me something else. Is there room in your father’s house for us? Can we spend the night there?’24She answered, ‘I’m the daughter of Bethuel. He’s the son Milkah had by Nahor.’25She continued, ‘We have plenty of straw and feed for your camels. We also have room for you to spend the night.’26Then the man bowed down and worshipped the LORD.27He said, ‘I praise the LORD, the God of my master Abraham. The LORD hasn’t stopped being kind and faithful to my master. The LORD has led me on this journey. He has brought me to the house of my master’s relatives.’28The young woman ran home. She told her mother’s family what had happened.29Rebekah had a brother named Laban. He hurried out to the spring to meet the man.30Laban had seen the nose ring. He had seen the bracelets on his sister’s arms. And he had heard Rebekah tell what the man had said to her. So Laban went out to the man. He found him standing by the camels near the spring.31‘The LORD has given you his blessing,’ he said. ‘So come with me. Why are you standing out here? I’ve prepared my house for you. I also have a place for the camels.’32So the man went to the house. The camels were unloaded. Straw and feed were brought for the camels. And water was brought for him and his men to wash their feet.33Then food was placed in front of him. But he said, ‘I won’t eat until I’ve told you what I have to say.’ ‘Then tell us,’ Laban said.34So he said, ‘I am Abraham’s servant.35The LORD has blessed my master greatly, and he has become rich. The LORD has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold. He has also given him male and female servants, camels and donkeys.36My master’s wife Sarah had a son by him when she was old. He has given that son everything he owns.37My master made me promise him. He said, “I’m living in the land of the people of Canaan. But promise me that you won’t get a wife for my son from their daughters.38Instead, go to my father’s family and to my own relatives. Get a wife for my son there.”39‘Then I asked my master, “What if the woman won’t come back with me?”40‘He replied, “I have walked faithfully with the LORD. He will send his angel with you. He will give you success on your journey. So you will be able to get a wife for my son. She will be from my own relatives and from my father’s family.41When you go to my relatives, suppose they refuse to give her to you. Then you will be free from the promise you made to me.”42‘Today I came to the spring. I said, “LORD, you are the God of my master Abraham. Please make me successful on this journey I’ve made.43I’m standing beside this spring. A young woman will come out to get water. I’ll say to her, ‘Please let me drink a little water from your jar.’44Suppose she says, ‘Have a drink of water, and I’ll get some for your camels too.’ Then let her be the one the LORD has chosen for my master’s son.”45‘Before I finished praying in my heart, Rebekah came out. She was carrying a jar on her shoulder. She went down to the spring and got water. I said to her, “Please give me a drink.”46‘She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder. She said, “Have a drink, and I’ll get water for your camels too.” So I drank. She also got water for the camels.47‘I asked her, “Whose daughter are you?” ‘She said, “The daughter of Bethuel. He’s the son Milkah had by Nahor.” ‘Then I put the ring in her nose. I put the bracelets on her arms.48And I bowed down and worshipped the LORD. I praised the LORD, the God of my master Abraham. He had led me on the right road. He had led me to get for my master’s son the granddaughter of my master’s brother.49Now will you be kind and faithful to my master? If you will, tell me. And if you won’t, tell me. Then I’ll know which way to turn.’50Laban and Bethuel answered, ‘The LORD has done all of this. We can’t say anything to you one way or the other.51Here is Rebekah. Take her and go. Let her become the wife of your master’s son, just as the LORD has said.’52Abraham’s servant heard what they said. So he bowed down to the LORD with his face to the ground.53He brought out gold and silver jewellery and articles of clothing. He gave all of them to Rebekah. He also gave expensive gifts to her brother and her mother.54Then Abraham’s servant and the men who were with him ate and drank. They spent the night there. When they got up the next morning, Abraham’s servant said, ‘Send me back to my master.’55But her brother and her mother replied, ‘Let the young woman stay with us ten days or so. Then you can go.’56But he said to them, ‘Don’t make me wait. The LORD has given me success on my journey. Send me on my way so I can go to my master.’57Then they said, ‘Let’s get Rebekah and ask her about it.’58So they sent for her and asked, ‘Will you go with this man?’ ‘Yes, I’ll go,’ she said.59So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way with Abraham’s servant and his men. They also sent Rebekah’s servant with her.60And they gave Rebekah their blessing. They said to her, ‘Dear sister, may your family grow by thousands and thousands. May they take over the cities of their enemies.’61Then Rebekah and her female servants got ready. They got on their camels to go back with the man. So Abraham’s servant took Rebekah and left.62By that time Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi. He was living in the Negev Desert.63One evening he went out to the field. He wanted to spend some time thinking. When he looked up, he saw camels approaching.64Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel.65She asked the servant, ‘Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?’ ‘He’s my master,’ the servant answered. So she covered her face with her veil.66Then the servant told Isaac everything he had done.67Isaac brought Rebekah into the tent that had belonged to his mother Sarah. And he married Rebekah. She became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother died.
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Isaac and Rebekah
1Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. (Ge 13:2; Ge 24:35)2And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh, (Ge 15:2; Ge 24:9; Ge 47:29)3that I may make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell, (Ge 26:34; Ge 27:46; De 7:3; 2Co 6:14)4but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” (Ge 28:2)5The servant said to him, “Perhaps the woman may not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I then take your son back to the land from which you came?”6Abraham said to him, “See to it that you do not take my son back there.7The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my kindred, and who spoke to me and swore to me, ‘To your offspring I will give this land,’ he will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. (Ge 12:1; Ge 12:7; Ex 23:20; Ex 23:23; Ex 33:2; Heb 1:14)8But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this oath of mine; only you must not take my son back there.” (Jos 2:17)9So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning this matter. (Ge 24:2)10Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed, taking all sorts of choice gifts from his master; and he arose and went to Mesopotamia to the city of Nahor. (De 23:4; Jud 3:8)11And he made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time when women go out to draw water. (1Sa 9:11; Joh 4:7)12And he said, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. (Ge 24:27; Ge 24:42; Ge 24:48; Ge 27:20)13Behold, I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. (Ge 24:43)14Let the young woman to whom I shall say, ‘Please let down your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.” (Ge 15:8)15Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, came out with her water jar on her shoulder. (Ge 11:29; Ge 22:23)16The young woman was very attractive in appearance, a maiden whom no man had known. She went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up. (Ge 26:7)17Then the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water to drink from your jar.”18She said, “Drink, my lord.” And she quickly let down her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink.19When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.”20So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well to draw water, and she drew for all his camels.21The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the Lord had prospered his journey or not.22When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing a half shekel, and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels,23and said, “Please tell me whose daughter you are. Is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?”24She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.” (Ge 22:23; Ge 24:15)25She added, “We have plenty of both straw and fodder, and room to spend the night.”26The man bowed his head and worshiped the Lord (Ge 24:48; Ge 24:52; Ex 4:31)27and said, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the Lord has led me in the way to the house of my master’s kinsmen.” (Ge 24:12; Ge 24:42; Ge 24:48; Ge 32:10; Ps 98:3)28Then the young woman ran and told her mother’s household about these things.29Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban. Laban ran out toward the man, to the spring. (Ge 25:20; Ge 28:2; Ge 29:5)30As soon as he saw the ring and the bracelets on his sister’s arms, and heard the words of Rebekah his sister, “Thus the man spoke to me,” he went to the man. And behold, he was standing by the camels at the spring.31He said, “Come in, O blessed of the Lord. Why do you stand outside? For I have prepared the house and a place for the camels.” (Ge 26:29; Jud 17:2; Ru 3:10)32So the man came to the house and unharnessed the camels, and gave straw and fodder to the camels, and there was water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him. (Ge 18:4; Ge 43:24; Jud 19:21)33Then food was set before him to eat. But he said, “I will not eat until I have said what I have to say.” He said, “Speak on.”34So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant.35The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become great. He has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male servants and female servants, camels and donkeys. (Ge 24:1)36And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master when she was old, and to him he has given all that he has. (Ge 21:2; Ge 25:5)37My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell, (Ge 24:3)38but you shall go to my father’s house and to my clan and take a wife for my son.’39I said to my master, ‘Perhaps the woman will not follow me.’40But he said to me, ‘The Lord, before whom I have walked, will send his angel with you and prosper your way. You shall take a wife for my son from my clan and from my father’s house. (Ge 17:1; Ge 24:21)41Then you will be free from my oath, when you come to my clan. And if they will not give her to you, you will be free from my oath.’42“I came today to the spring and said, ‘O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if now you are prospering the way that I go, (Ge 24:12; Ge 24:27; Ge 24:40)43behold, I am standing by the spring of water. Let the virgin who comes out to draw water, to whom I shall say, “Please give me a little water from your jar to drink,” (Ge 24:13)44and who will say to me, “Drink, and I will draw for your camels also,” let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.’ (Ge 24:14; Ge 24:18)45“Before I had finished speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her water jar on her shoulder, and she went down to the spring and drew water. I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’ (1Sa 1:13)46She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I will give your camels drink also.’ So I drank, and she gave the camels drink also.47Then I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him.’ So I put the ring on her nose and the bracelets on her arms. (Eze 16:11)48Then I bowed my head and worshiped the Lord and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to take the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son. (Ge 22:23; Ge 24:26; Ge 24:42; Ge 24:52)49Now then, if you are going to show steadfast love and faithfulness to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, that I may turn to the right hand or to the left.” (Ge 47:29; Jos 2:14)50Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, “The thing has come from the Lord; we cannot speak to you bad or good. (Ge 31:24; 2Sa 13:22)51Behold, Rebekah is before you; take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has spoken.” (Ge 24:13; Ge 24:42)52When Abraham’s servant heard their words, he bowed himself to the earth before the Lord. (Ge 24:48)53And the servant brought out jewelry of silver and of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave to her brother and to her mother costly ornaments.54And he and the men who were with him ate and drank, and they spent the night there. When they arose in the morning, he said, “Send me away to my master.” (Ge 24:56; Ge 24:59)55Her brother and her mother said, “Let the young woman remain with us a while, at least ten days; after that she may go.”56But he said to them, “Do not delay me, since the Lord has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master.”57They said, “Let us call the young woman and ask her.”58And they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” She said, “I will go.”59So they sent away Rebekah their sister and her nurse, and Abraham’s servant and his men. (Ge 35:8)60And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “Our sister, may you become thousands of ten thousands, and may your offspring possess the gate of those who hate him!” (Ge 17:16; Ge 22:17)61Then Rebekah and her young women arose and rode on the camels and followed the man. Thus the servant took Rebekah and went his way.62Now Isaac had returned from Beer-lahai-roi and was dwelling in the Negeb. (Ge 16:14; Ge 25:11)63And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, there were camels coming. (Ps 77:12; Ps 143:5)64And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel65and said to the servant, “Who is that man, walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veil and covered herself.66And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.67Then Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death. (Ge 23:2; Ge 37:35; Ge 38:12)