Genesis 24

Abraham Sends a Servant to Find Isaac a Wife

(1) Abraham was old, well advanced in age, and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.

(2) Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, "Please 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 shall not take a wife for my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell,

(4) but you shall go to my country, and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac."

(5) And the servant said to him, "Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Will I need to take your son back to the land from which you came?"

(6) Abraham said to him, "Beware that you do not take my son back there.

(7) The LORD God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my family, and who spoke to me, and that swore to me, saying, 'To your descendants I will give this land.' He shall 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 shall be free from this oath, only do not take my son back there."

(9) So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning the matter.

The Servant Leaves on His Journey

(10) Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels, and departed, for all the goods of his master were in his hand. He arose, and went to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor.

(11) And he made his camels kneel down outside the city by a well of water in the evening. The time that women go out to draw water.

(12) Then he said, "O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray that you send me good fortune this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham.

(13) Behold, I stand here by the well of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water.

(14) And let it be that the young woman to whom I shall say, 'Please let down your pitcher that I may drink,' and she shall say, 'Drink, and I will also give your camels water to drink,' let her be the one that you have appointed for your servant Isaac, and by that I shall know that you have shown kindness to my master."

God Answers the Servant’s Prayer with Rebekah

(15) And it came to pass, before he had finished speaking that Rebekah came out. She was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, with her pitcher on her shoulder.

(16) The young woman was very beautiful to look on, a virgin, no man had known her. She went down to the well, filled her pitcher, and came up.

(17) And the servant ran to meet her, and said, "Please let me drink a little water from your pitcher."

(18) She said, "Drink, my lord." And she quickly let down her pitcher to her hand, and gave him water to drink.

(19) When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, "I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking."

(20) And she quickly emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran back again to the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.

(21) The man wondering about her, held his peace, to learn whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.

(22) And it came to pass, when the camels had finished drinking, that the man took a golden earring weighing half a shekel, and two bracelets for her hands weighing ten shekels of gold,

(23) and said, "Whose daughter are you? Please tell me. Is there room in your father’s house for us to lodge in?"

(24) She said to him, "I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Nahor and his wife Milcah."

(25) She also said to him, "We have both straw and feed enough, and room to lodge in."

(26) The man then bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD.

(27) And he said, "Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken my master of his mercy and his truth. I being on the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master’s brethren."

(28) The young woman ran, and told them in her mother’s house these things.

(29) Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban. Laban ran out to the man, at the well.

(30) It came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets on his sister’s hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, "Thus spoke the man to me," that he went to the man. And, behold, he was standing by the camels at the well.

The Servant Meets with Rebekah’s Family

(31) And he said, "Come in, you blessed of the LORD. Why do you stand outside? I have prepared the house for you, and room for the camels."

(32) And the man came to the house, and he loosened his camels, and gave straw and feed to the camels, and water to wash his feet, and the feet of the men that were with him.

(33) When food was set before him to eat, he said, "I will not eat until I have stated my business." And he said, "Speak on."

(34) And he said, "I am Abraham’s servant.

(35) The LORD has blessed my master greatly, and he has become great. He has given him flocks, herds, silver, gold, menservants, maidservants, camels, and donkeys.

(36) And Sarah my master’s wife gave birth to a son for my master when she was old, and to him he has given all that he has.

(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 dwell,

(38) but you shall go to my father’s house, and to my family, and take a wife for my son.'

(39) And I said to my master, 'Perhaps the woman will not follow me.'

(40) He said to me, 'The LORD, before whom I walk, will send his angel with you, and prosper your way, and you shall take a wife for my son from my family, and of my father’s house.

(41) You shall be clear from my oath, when you go to my family, and if they do not give her to you. Then you shall be clear from my oath.'

(42) And this day I came to the well, and said, 'O LORD God of my master Abraham, if now you will prosper the way which I go.

(43) Behold, I stand by the well of water, and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin comes to draw water, and I say to her, "Please give me a little water from your pitcher to drink,"

(44) and she says to me, "You drink, and I will also draw water for your camels," let her be the woman whom the LORD has appointed for my master’s son.'

(45) And before I had finished speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder, and she went down to the well, and drew water, and I said to her, 'Please, let me drink.'

(46) She hurried and let down her pitcher 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, and said, 'Whose daughter are you?' She replied, 'The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him.' I then put the earring on her face, and the bracelets on her hands.

(48) 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 for his son.

(49) Now if YOU will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me. And if not, tell me, that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left."

Laban and Bethuel Agree to let Rebekah Go

(50) Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, "The thing comes from the LORD, we cannot speak to you bad or good.

(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 jewels of gold, and clothing, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave to her brother and to her mother precious things.

(54) And they ate and drank, he and the men that were with him, and stayed all night. They rose up in the morning, and he said, "Send me away unto my master."

(55) Her brother and her mother said, "Let the young woman abide with us a few days, at least ten, after that she shall go."

(56) And he said to them, "Do not hinder me, seeing the LORD has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master."

(57) They replied, "We will call the young woman, and ask her to speak for herself."

Rebekah Agrees to Leave

(58) So 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 nurse, and Abraham’s servant, and his men.

(60) And they blessed Rebekah, and said to her, "You are our sister, may you be the mother of thousands of millions, and let your descendants possess the gate of those who hate them."

(61) Rebekah and her maids arose, and they rode on the camels, and followed the man. The servant took Rebekah, and went his way.

(62) Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi, for he dwelt in the south country.

Rebekah and Isaac Meet, then Marry

(63) In the evening Isaac went out to meditate in the field, and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, there were camels coming.

(64) And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she got down off the camel.

(65) She said to the servant, "Who is that man walking in the field to meet us?" And the servant said, "It is my master." Therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.

66 And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.

(67) Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

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