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Genesis 24

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GEN 24:1 Abraham was old, and well stricken in age. Yahweh had blessed Abraham in all things.

GEN 24:2 Abraham said to his servant, the elder of his house, who ruled over all that he had, "Please put your hand under my thigh.

GEN 24:3 I will make you swear by Yahweh, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you shall not take a wife for my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live.

GEN 24:4 But you shall go to my country, and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac."

GEN 24:5 The servant said to him, "What if the woman isn't willing to follow me to this land? Must I bring your son again to the land you came from?"

GEN 24:6 Abraham said to him, "Beware that you don't bring my son there again.

GEN 24:7 Yahweh, the 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 seed{or, offspring}.' He will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there.

GEN 24:8 If the woman isn't willing to follow you, then you shall be clear from this my oath. Only you shall not bring my son there again."

GEN 24:9 The servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter.

GEN 24:10 The servant took ten camels, of his master's camels, and departed, having all goodly things of his master's in his hand. He arose, and went to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor.

GEN 24:11 He 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.

GEN 24:12 He said, "Yahweh, the God of my master Abraham, please give me success this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham.

GEN 24:13 Behold, I am standing by the spring of water. The daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water.

GEN 24:14 Let it happen, that the young lady to whom I will say, 'Please let down your pitcher, that I may drink.' She will say, 'Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink.' Let the same be she who you have appointed for your servant Isaac. Thereby will I know that you have shown kindness to my master."

GEN 24:15 It happened, 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 on her shoulder.

GEN 24:16 The young lady was very beautiful to look at, a virgin, neither had any man known her. She went down to the spring, filled her pitcher, and came up.

GEN 24:17 The servant ran to meet her, and said, "Please give me a drink, a little water from your pitcher."

GEN 24:18 She said, "Drink, my lord." She hurried, and let down her pitcher on her hand, and gave him drink.

GEN 24:19 When she had done giving him drink, she said, "I will also draw for your camels, until they have done drinking."

GEN 24:20 She hurried, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again to the well to draw, and drew for all his camels.

GEN 24:21 The man looked steadfastly at her, holding his peace, to know whether Yahweh had made his journey prosperous or not.

GEN 24:22 It happened, 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 are you? Please tell me. Is there room in your father's house for us to lodge in?"

GEN 24:24 She said to him, "I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor."

GEN 24:25 She said moreover to him, "We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in."

GEN 24:26 The man bowed his head, and worshiped Yahweh.

GEN 24:27 He said, "Blessed be Yahweh, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his loving kindness and his truth toward my master. As for me, Yahweh has led me in the way to the house of my master's relatives."

GEN 24:28 The young lady ran, and told her mother's house about these words.

GEN 24:29 Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban. Laban ran out to the man, to the spring.

GEN 24:30 It happened, when he saw the 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. Behold, he was standing by the camels at the spring.

GEN 24:31 He said, "Come in, you blessed of Yahweh. Why do you stand outside? For I have prepared the house, and room for the camels."

GEN 24:32 The man came into the house, and he unloaded the camels. He gave straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him.

GEN 24:33 Food was set before him to eat. But he said, "I will not eat until I have told my message." He said, "Speak on."

GEN 24:34 He said, "I am Abraham's servant.

GEN 24:35 Yahweh has blessed my master greatly. He has become great. He has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, men-servants and maid-servants, and camels and donkeys.

GEN 24:36 Sarah, my master's wife, bore a son to my master when she was old. He has given all that he has to him.

GEN 24:37 My master made me swear, saying, 'You shall not take a wife for my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live,

GEN 24:38 but you shall go to my father's house, and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son.'

GEN 24:39 I said to my master, 'What if the woman will not follow me?'

GEN 24:40 He said to me, 'Yahweh, before whom I walk, will send his angel with you, and prosper your way. You shall take a wife for my son of my relatives, and of my father's house.

GEN 24:41 Then will you be clear from my oath, when you come to my relatives. If they don't give her to you, you shall be clear from my oath.'

GEN 24:42 I came this day to the spring, and said, 'Yahweh, the God of my master Abraham, if now you do prosper my way which I go.

GEN 24:43 Behold, I am standing by the spring of water. Let it happen, that the maiden who comes forth to draw, to whom I will say, Give me, I pray you, a little water from your pitcher to drink.

GEN 24:44 She will tell me, "Drink, and I will also draw for your camels." Let the same be the woman whom Yahweh has appointed for my master's son.'

GEN 24:45 Before I had done speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder. She went down to the spring, and drew. I said to her, 'Please let me drink.'

GEN 24:46 She 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.

GEN 24:47 I asked her, and said, 'Whose daughter are you?' She said, 'The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bare to him.' I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her hands.

GEN 24:48 I bowed my head, and worshiped Yahweh, and blessed Yahweh, 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 Now 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."

GEN 24:50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered, "The thing proceeds from Yahweh. We can't speak to you bad or good.

GEN 24:51 Behold, Rebekah is before you, take her, and go, and let her be your master's son's wife, as Yahweh has spoken."

GEN 24:52 It happened that when Abraham's servant heard their words, he bowed himself down to the earth to Yahweh.

GEN 24:53 The servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and clothing, and gave them to Rebekah. He gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.

GEN 24:54 They 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."

GEN 24:55 Her brother and her mother said, "Let the young lady stay with us a few days, at least ten. After that she will go."

GEN 24:56 He said to them, "Don't hinder me, seeing Yahweh has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master."

GEN 24:57 They said, "We will call the young lady, and ask her."

GEN 24:58 They called Rebekah, and said to her, "Will you go with this man?" She said, "I will go."

GEN 24:59 They sent away Rebekah, their sister, with her nurse, Abraham's servant, and his men.

GEN 24:60 They blessed Rebekah, and said to her, "Our sister, may you be the mother of thousands of ten thousands, and let your seed possess the gate of those who hate them."

GEN 24:61 Rebekah arose with her ladies. They rode on the camels, and followed the man. The servant took Rebekah, and went his way.

GEN 24:62 Isaac came from the way of Beer Lahai Roi. For he lived in the land of the South.

GEN 24:63 Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the evening. He lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, there were camels coming.

GEN 24:64 Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel.

GEN 24:65 She 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.

GEN 24:66 The servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.

GEN 24:67 Isaac 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.

 

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