Genesis 24
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1Now Abraham was old, and well advanced in years. The LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. 2Abraham said to his servant, the elder of his house, who ruled over all that he had, "Please put your hand under my thigh. 3I will make you swear by the God of heaven and earth, that you shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live. 4But you shall go to my country, and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac." 5The servant said to him, "What if the woman isn't willing to follow me to this land? Must I then bring your son back to the land from which you came?" 6Abraham said to him, "Be careful that you do not take my son back there. 7The God of heaven, who took me from my father's house, and from the land of my birth, who spoke to me, and who swore to me, saying, 'I will give this land to your offspring? -- he will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. 8If the woman isn't willing to follow you, then you shall be free from this oath to me. Only you shall not bring my son there again." 9The servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter.

10The servant took ten camels, of his master's camels, and departed, having a variety of good things of his master's with him. He arose, and went to Aram Naharaim, to the city of Nahor. 11He made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time that women go out to draw water. 12He said, "God of my master Abraham, please give me success this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham. 13Look, I am standing by the spring of water. The daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. 14Let it happen, that the young woman to whom I will say, 'Please let down your pitcher, that I may drink,' and she will say, 'Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink,'--let her be the one you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master."

15It happened, before he had finished speaking, that look, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher on her shoulder. 16The young woman was very beautiful to look at, a virgin; no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her pitcher, and came up. 17The servant ran to meet her, and said, "Please give me a drink, a little water from your pitcher." 18She said, "Drink, my lord." She hurried, and let down her pitcher to her hands, and gave him a drink. 19When she had finished giving him drink, she said, "I will also draw for your camels, until they have finished drinking." 20She hurried, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again to the well to draw, and drew for all his camels. 21The man looked steadfastly at her, remaining silent, to know whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.

22It happened, as the camels had finished drinking, that the man took a gold ring weighing a beka, which he put on her nose, and two bracelets for her hands weighing ten [shekels] of gold, 23and said, "Whose daughter are you? Please tell me. Is there room in your father's house for us to lodge in?" 24She said to him, "I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor." 25She said moreover to him, "We have plenty of straw and feed, and room to lodge in." 26The man bowed his head, and worshiped God. 27He said, "Blessed be the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his loving kindness and his truth toward my master. As for me, he has led me on the journey to the house of my master's relatives."

28The young woman ran, and told her mother's house about these words. 29Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban. Laban ran out to the man, to the spring. 30It happened, when he saw the nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, "This is what the man said to me," that he came to the man. Look, he was standing by the camels at the spring. 31He said, "Come in, you blessed of God. Why do you stand outside? For I have prepared the house, and room for the camels." 32The man came into the house, and he unloaded the camels. He gave straw and feed for the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him. 33Food was set before him to eat, but he said, "I will not eat until I have told my message." He said, "Speak on." 34He said, "I am Abraham's servant. 35God has blessed my master greatly. He has become great. He has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male servants and female servants, and camels and donkeys. 36Sarah, my master's wife, bore a son to my master when she was old. He has given all that he has to him. 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 father's house, and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son.' 39I said to my master, 'What if the woman will not follow me?' 40He said to me, 'God, before whom I walk, will send his angel with you, and prosper your journey. You shall take a wife for my son of my relatives, and of my father's house. 41Then will you be free from my oath, when you come to my relatives. If they do not give her to you, you shall be free from my oath.'

42I came this day to the spring, and said, 'God of my master Abraham, if now you will prosper my journey in which I go-- 43look, I am standing by this spring of water. Let it happen, that the virgin who comes out to draw, to whom I will say, "Please give me a little water from your pitcher to drink," 44and she will tell me, "Drink, and I will also draw for your camels,"--let her be the woman who has been appointed for my master's son.'

45Before I had done speaking in my heart, look, Rebekah came out with her pitcher on her shoulder. She went down to the spring, and drew. I said to her, 'Please give me a drink.' 46She hurried and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said, 'Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink.' So I drank, and she made the camels drink also. 47I asked her, and said, 'Whose daughter are you?' She said, 'The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him.' I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her hands. 48I bowed my head, and worshiped the LORD, and blessed 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. 49Now if you will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me. If not, tell me, that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left."

50Then Laban and Bethuel answered, "The thing proceeds from the LORD. We can't speak to you bad or good. 51Look, Rebekah is before you. Take, and go, and let her be your master's son's wife, as the LORD has spoken."

52It happened that when Abraham's servant heard their words, he bowed himself down to the ground. 53The servant brought out articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave valuable gifts to her brother and her mother. 54They ate and drank, he and the men who were with him, and stayed all night. They rose up in the morning, and he said, "Send me away to my master." 55Her brother and her mother said, "Let the young woman stay with us a few days, at least ten. After that she will go." 56He said to them, "Do not hinder me, seeing that he has prospered my journey. Send me away that I may go to my master." 57They said, "We will call the young woman, and ask her." 58They called Rebekah, and said to her, "Will you go with this man?" She said, "I will go." 59They sent away Rebekah, their sister, with her nurse, Abraham's servant, and his men.

60They blessed Rebekah, and said to her, "Our sister, may you be the mother of thousands of ten thousands, and let your descendants possess the gate of those who hate them."

61Rebekah arose with her female servants. They rode on the camels, and followed the man. The servant took Rebekah, and went his way.

62Isaac came from the way of Beer Lahai Roi, for he lived in the land of the Negev. 63Isaac went out to walk in the field at the evening. He lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, look, there were camels coming. 64Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel. 65She said to the servant, "Who is the man who is walking in the field to meet us?" The servant said, "It is my master." She took her veil, and covered herself. 66The servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. 67Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife. He loved her. Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.

New Heart English Bible
Edited by Wayne A. Mitchell.
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