|Genesis 24:1-61 |
1 Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years, and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.
2 And Abraham said to the eldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, "Put your hand under my thigh;
3 And I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell;
4 But you shall go to my country and to my relatives and take a wife for my son Isaac."
5 And the servant said to him, "Suppose the woman is not willing to follow me to this land. Must I take your son to the land from which you came?"
6 And Abraham said to him, "Make sure that you do not take my son back there.
7 The LORD God of heaven, who took me from my father's house, from the land of my relatives, and who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, 'I will give this land to your descendants,' he will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there.
8 And if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be clear from this oath; only make sure you do not take my son back there."
9 And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning that matter.
10 And the servant took ten of his master's camels and departed; for he took some of his master's treasures with him. And he arose and went to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor.
11 There he made his camels kneel down outside the city by a well of water in the evening when women go out to draw water.
12 And he said, "O LORD, God of my master Abraham, I pray you, give me success this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham.
13 Behold, I stand here by the well, and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water.
14 Let it come to pass, that the young woman to whom I say, 'Let down your water jar, I pray you, so that I may drink,' and she replies, 'Drink, and I will give your camels water to drink also' — let her be the one whom you have selected for your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master."
15 And it came to pass, before he had finished speaking, that behold, Rebekah came out, who was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, who was the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her jar upon her shoulder.
16 The young woman was very beautiful to look upon, a virgin: no man had known her. And she went down to the well and filled her jar, and came up.
17 And the servant ran to meet her and said, "Let me, I pray you, drink a little water from your water jar."
18 And she said, "Drink, my lord;" and she quickly lowered her jar to her hands and gave him drink.
19 And when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, "I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking."
20 Then she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well to draw water for all his camels.
21 And the man, wondering at her, watched silently to see whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.
22 And when the camels had finished drinking, the man took a golden nose ring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her arms of ten shekels weight of gold,
23 And said, "Whose daughter are you? Tell me, is there room in your father's house for us to lodge there?"
24 And she said to him, "I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which she bore to Nahor."
25 She also said to him, "We have both straw and feed enough, and also room to lodge in."
26 Then the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD.
27 And he said, "Blessed be the LORD, God of my master Abraham, who has not left my master destitute of his mercy and his truth. As for me, the LORD has led me on the journey to the house of my master's brothers."
28 And the young woman ran and told those of her mother's household these things.
29 Now Rebekah had a brother whose his name was Laban, and Laban ran out to the man at the well.
30 For when he saw the nose ring and the bracelets on his sister's arms, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, "The man said this to me," he came to the man and found him as he stood by the camels at the well.
31 And he said, "Come in, blessed of the LORD! Why do you stand you outside? For I have prepared the house, and a place for the camels."
32 So the man went to the house, and the camels were unloaded and given straw and feed, and he was given water for he and his men to wash their feet.
33 Then food was set before him to eat, but he said, "I will not eat until I have told my errand." And Laban said, "Speak on."
34 So he said, "I am Abraham's servant.
35 The LORD has blessed my master greatly, and he has become wealthy; he has given him flocks, herds, silver, gold, menservants, maidservants, camels, and donkeys.
36 And Sarah, my master's wife, bore a son to my master when she was old, and he given his son all that he has.
37 Now my 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,
38 But you shall go to my father's house, and to my relatives and take a wife for my son.'
39 And I said to my master, 'Suppose the woman will not follow me.'
40 And he said to me, 'The LORD, in whose presence I walk, will send his angel with you and prosper your way, and you shall take a wife for my son from my relatives and from my father's house.
41 Then, when you come to my relatives, you will be free from this oath; and if they will not give her to you, you will be free from my oath.'
42 So I came this day to the well, and said, 'O LORD, God of my master Abraham, if you are now prospering my way that I go —
43 See, I stand by the well of water; and when the maiden comes out to draw water and I say to her, "Give me, I pray you, a little water from your jar to drink,"
44 And she replies to me, "Drink, and I will also draw water for your camels," let that be the woman whom the LORD has selected for my master's son.'
45 And before I had finished speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder, and she went down to the well, and drew water. And I said to her, "Let me drink, I pray you."
46 And she quickly let down her jar from her shoulder and said, "Drink, and I will give your camels water to drink also.' So I drank, and she gave the camels water to drink also.
47 And I asked her, 'Whose daughter are you?' And she said, 'The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him.' And I put the nose ring on her face, and the bracelets on her arms.
48 And I bowed down my head and worshipped the LORD and blessed the LORD, God of my master Abraham, who had led me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter to his son.
49 And now if you will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me; so that I may know which way to turn."
50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, "The thing proceeds from the LORD; we cannot speak bad or good to you.
51 Behold, Rebekah is before you; take her and go, and let her be your master's son's wife, as the LORD has spoken."
52 And it came to pass, that when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.
53 Then the servant brought out jewels of silver and of gold, and clothing and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother.
54 And they ate and drank, he and the men who were with him, and stayed there all night. And they rose up in the morning, and he said, "Send me away to my master."
55 But her brother and her mother said, "Let the maiden stay with us a few days, at least ten; after that she may go."
56 But he said to them, "Do not hinder me since the LORD has prospered my way. Send me away so that I may go to my master."
57 And they said, "We will call the maiden and ask her about it."
58 Then they called Rebekah and said to her, "Will you go with this man?" And she said, "I will go."
59 So they sent away Rebekah their sister and her maids and Abraham's servant and his men.
60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, "You are our sister; may you become the mother of thousands of ten thousands, and let your descendants possess the gate of those who hate them."
61 Then Rebekah and her maids arose, and they rode on the camels and followed the man. So the servant took Rebekah and went his way.