Chapter 24

Abraham seeks a wife for Isaac

24:1 And Abraham was old, [and] well stricken in age and Yehovah had blessed Abraham in all things.
24:2 And Abraham said to his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray you, your hand under my thigh
24:3 And I will make you swear by Yehovah, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that you shall not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I stay
24:4 But you shall go to my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife to my son Isaac.
24:5 And the servant said to him, Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land must I needs bring your son again to the land from where you came ?
24:6 And Abraham said to him, Beware you that you bring not my son there again.
24:7 Yehovah God of heaven, which took me from my father's house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spoke to me, and that swore to me, saying, to your seed will I give this land ; he shall send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife to my son from there.
24:8 And if the woman will not be willing to follow you, then you shall be clear from this my oath only bring not my son there again.

Servant's visit to the east

24:9 And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.
24:10 And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed ; for all the goods of his master [were] in his hand and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor.
24:11 And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, [even] the time that women go out to draw [water].
24:12 And he said, O Yehovah God of my master Abraham, I pray you, send me good speed this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham.
24:13 Behold, I stand [here] by the well of water ; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water
24:14 And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down your pitcher, I pray you, that I may drink ; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give your camels drink also [let the same be] she [that] you have appointed for your servant Isaac ; and thereby shall I know that you have shown kindness to my master.
24:15 And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.
24:16 And the damsel [was] very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.
24:17 And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray you, drink a little water of your pitcher.
24:18 And she said, Drink, my lord and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.
24:19 And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw [water ] for your camels also, until they have done drinking.
24:20 And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again to the well to draw [water ], and drew for all his camels.
24:21 And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether Yehovah had made his journey prosperous or not.
24:22 And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten [shekels ] weight of gold ;
24:23 And said, Whose daughter [are] you? tell me, I pray you is there room [in] your father's house for us to lodge in?
24:24 And she said to him, I [am] the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which she bare to Nahor.
24:25 She said moreover to him, We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in.
24:26 And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped Yehovah.
24:27 And he said, Blessed [be] Yehovah God of my master Abraham, who has not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth I [being] in the way, Yehovah led me to the house of my master's brethren.
And the girl ran, and told [them of] her mother's house these things.
And Rebekah had a brother, and his name [was] Laban and Laban ran out to the man, to the well.
24:30 And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, This spoke the man to me; that he came to the man ; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the well.
24:31 And he said, Come in, you blessed of Yehovah ; wherefore stands you outside ? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels.
24:32 And the man came into the house and he ungirded his camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet, and the men's feet that [were] with him.
24:33 And there was set [meat] before him to eat but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.
24:34 And he said, I [am] Abraham's servant.
24:35 And Yehovah has blessed my master greatly ; and he is become great and he has given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.
24:36 And Sarah my master's wife bare a son to my master when she was old and to him has he given all that he has.
24:37 And my master made me swear, saying, you shall not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I stay
24:38 But you shall go to my father's house, and to my kindred, and take a wife to my son.
24:39 And I said to my master, perhaps the woman will not follow me.
24:40 And he said to me, Yehovah, before whom I walk, will send his angel with you, and prosper your way ; and you shall take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father's house
24:41 Then shall you be clear from [this] my oath, when you come to my kindred ; and if they give not you [one], you shall be clear from my oath.
24:42 And I came this day to the well, and said, Yehovah God of my master Abraham, if now you do prosper my way which I go
24:43 Behold, I stand by the well of water ; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin come forth to draw [water], and I say to her, Give me, I pray you, a little water of your pitcher to drink ;
24:44 And she say to me, Both drink you, and I will also draw for your camels [let] the same [be] the woman whom Yehovah has appointed out for my master's son.
24:45 And before I had done speaking in mine 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, Let me drink, I pray you.
24:46 And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her [shoulder], and said, Drink, and I will give your camels drink also so I drank, and she made the camels drink also.
24:47 And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter [are] you? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bare to him and I put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.
24:48 And I bowed down my head, and worshipped Yehovah, and blessed Yehovah God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter to his son.
24:49 And 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.

Rebekah chosen

24:50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceed from Yehovah we cannot speak to you bad or good.
24:51 Behold, Rebekah [is] before you, take [her], and go, and let her be your master's son's wife, as Yehovah has spoken.
24:52 And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped Yehovah, [bowing himself] to the earth.
24:53 And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave [them] to Rebekah he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.
24:54 And they did eat and drink, he and the men that [were] with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away to my master.
24:55 And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us [a few] days, at the least ten ; after that she shall go.
24:56 And he said to them, Hinder me not, seeing Yehovah has prospered my way ; send me away that I may go to my master.
24:57 And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth.
24:58 And they called Rebekah, and said to her, Wilt you go with this man ? And she said, I will go.
24:59 And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men.
24:60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said to her, you [are] our sister, be you [the mother] of thousands of millions, and let your seed possess the gate of those which hate them.
24:61 And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
24:62 And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi ; for he dwelt in the south country.

Isaac meets Rebekah

24:63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels [were] coming.
24:64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she quickly dismounted from the camel.
24:65 For she [had] said to the servant, What man [is] this that walks in the field to meet us? And the servant [had] said, It [is] my master therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.
24:66 And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.
24:67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife ; and he loved her and Isaac was comforted after his mother's [death].

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