Context21Meanwhile, the man was gazing at her in silence, to know whether the LORD had made his journey successful or not.
22When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing a half-shekel and two bracelets for her wrists weighing ten shekels in gold, 23and said, Whose daughter are you? Please tell me, is there room for us to lodge in your fathers house? 24She said to him, I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor. 25Again she said to him, We have plenty of both straw and feed, and room to lodge in. 26Then the man bowed low and worshiped the LORD. 27He said, Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His lovingkindness and His truth toward my master; as for me, the LORD has guided me in the way to the house of my masters brothers.
28Then the girl ran and told her mothers household about these things. 29Now Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban; and Laban ran outside to the man at the spring. 30When he saw the ring and the bracelets on his sisters wrists, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, This is what the man said to me, he went to the man; and behold, he was standing by the camels at the spring. 31And he said, Come in, blessed of the LORD! Why do you stand outside since I have prepared the house, and a place for the camels? 32So the man entered the house. Then Laban unloaded the camels, and he gave straw and feed to the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him. 33But when food was set before him to eat, he said, I will not eat until I have told my business. And he said, Speak on. 34So he said, I am Abrahams servant. 35The LORD has greatly blessed my master, so that he has become rich; and He has given him flocks and herds, and silver and gold, and servants and maids, and camels and donkeys. 36Now Sarah my masters wife bore a son to my master in her old age, and he has given him all that he has. 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 live; 38but you shall go to my fathers house and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son. 39I said to my master, Suppose the woman does not follow me. 40He said to me, The LORD, before whom I have walked, will send His angel with you to make your journey successful, and you will take a wife for my son from my relatives and from my fathers house; 41then you will be free from my oath, when you come to my relatives; and if they do not give her to you, you will be free from my oath.
42So I came today to the spring, and said, O LORD, the God of my master Abraham, if now You will make my journey on which I go successful; 43behold, I am standing by the spring, and may it be that the maiden who comes out to draw, and to whom I say, Please let me drink a little water from your jar; 44and she will say to me, You drink, and I will draw for your camels also; let her be the woman whom the LORD has appointed for my masters son.
45Before I had finished speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder, and went down to the spring and drew, and I said to her, Please let me drink. 46She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder, and said, Drink, and I will water your camels also; so I drank, and she watered the camels also. 47Then I asked her, and said, Whose daughter are you? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahors son, whom Milcah bore to him; and I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her wrists. 48And I bowed low and worshiped the LORD, and blessed the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who had guided me in the right way to take the daughter of my masters kinsman for his son. 49So now if you are going to deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, let me know, that I may turn to the right hand or the left.
50Then Laban and Bethuel replied, The matter comes from the LORD; so we cannot speak to you bad or good. 51Here is Rebekah before you, take her and go, and let her be the wife of your masters son, as the LORD has spoken.
52When Abrahams servant heard their words, he bowed himself to the ground before the LORD. 53The servant brought out articles of silver and articles of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother. 54Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank and spent the night. When they arose in the morning, he said, Send me away to my master. 55But her brother and her mother said, Let the girl stay with us a few days, say ten; afterward she may go. 56He said to them, Do not delay me, since the LORD has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master. 57And they said, We will call the girl and consult her wishes. 58Then they called Rebekah and said to her, Will you go with this man? And she said, I will go. 59Thus they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse with Abrahams servant and his men.
60They blessed Rebekah and said to her,
61Then Rebekah arose with her maids, and they mounted the camels and followed the man. So the servant took Rebekah and departed.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
And the man looked stedfastly on her, holding his peace, to know whether Jehovah had made his journey prosperous or not.
But he musing beheld her with silence, desirous to know whether the Lord had made his journey prosperous or not.
Darby Bible Translation
And the man was astonished at her, remaining silent, to know whether Jehovah had made his journey prosperous or not.
English Revised Version
And the man looked stedfastly on her; holding his peace, to know whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.
Webster's Bible Translation
And the man, wondering at her, held his peace, to know whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous, or not.
World English Bible
The man looked steadfastly at her, remaining silent, to know whether Yahweh had made his journey prosperous or not.
Young's Literal Translation
And the man, wondering at her, remaineth silent, to know whether Jehovah hath made his way prosperous or not.
LibraryGuidance in the Way
'I being in the way, the Lord led me.'--GENESIS xxiv. 27. So said Abraham's anonymous servant when telling how he had found Rebekah at the well, and known her to be the destined bride of his master's servant. There is no more beautiful page, even amongst the many lovely ones in these ancient stories, than this domestic idyll of the mission of the faithful servant from far Canaan across the desert. The homely test by which he would determine that the maiden should be pointed out to him, the glimpse …
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