Abraham sweareth his servant.
Genesis 24:1 Now, Abraham, was old, far gone in days,and, Yahweh, had blessed Abraham, in all things. Genesis 24:2 So Abraham said unto his servant, elder of his house, ruler of all that he had,Place, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh; Genesis 24:3 that I may put thee on oath, by Yahweh God of the heavens, and God of the earthThat thou wilt not take a wife for my son, from among the daughters of the Canaanites, in the midst of whom, I, am dwelling: Genesis 24:4 but, unto my own land and unto my own kindred, wilt go,So shalt thou take a wife, for my sonfor Isaac. Genesis 24:5 And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman may not be willing to follow me into this land,May I, take back, thy son, into the land from whence thou camest? Genesis 24:6 And Abraham said unto him,Beware, that thou do not take back my son thither!
Genesis 24:7 Yahweh, God of the heavens, and God of the earth, who took me out of the house of my father, and out of the land of my kindred, and who spake to me, and who sware to me, saying, To thy seed, will I give this land, he, will send his messenger, before thee, so shalt thou take a wife for my son, from thence. Genesis 24:8 But, if unwilling be the woman to follow thee, then shalt thou be clear, from this mine oath,Only, my son, shalt thou not take back thither! Genesis 24:9 So the servant placed his hand, under the thigh of Abraham, his lord,and sware to him, over this thing.
The servant's journey.
Genesis 24:10 Then took the servant ten camels, from among the camels of his lord, and went his way,all the goods of his master, being in his hand,so be mounted, and went his way unto Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor. Genesis 24:11 And he made the camels kneel down outside the city, against the well of water,at the time of evening, at the time of the coming forth of the women that drew water.
Genesis 24:12 Then he said, O Yahweh, God of my lord Abraham! I pray thee, cause it to fall out before me today,that thou deal in lovingkindness, with my lord Abraham. Genesis 24:13 Here am, I, stationed by the fountain of water,and, the daughters of the men of the city, are coming forth to draw water:
Genesis 24:14 so it shall come to pass that, the young woman unto whom I shall say, Let down, pray, thy pitcher, that I may drink, and she shall say, Drink, and, to thy camels also, will I give to drink, that, her, hast thou appointed for thy servant, for Isaac, And, hereby, shall I get to know, that thou hast dealt in lovingkindness with my lord!
Rebekah meeteth him,
Genesis 24:15 And it came to pass, ere yet, he, had done speaking, that lo! Rebekah, was coming forth, who had been born to Bethuel son of Milcah, wife of Nahor, brother of Abraham,with her pitcher upon her shoulder. Genesis 24:16 Now, the young woman, was of very pleasing appearance, a virgin whom, no man, had known,and she went down unto the fountain, and filled her pitcher, and came up. Genesis 24:17 And the servant ran to meet her,and said, I pray thee, let me drink a little water, out of thy pitcher.
fulfilleth his sign,
Genesis 24:18 And she said, Drink, my lord,And she hastened, and lowered her pitcher on her hand, and let him drink. Genesis 24:19 And, when she had done giving him drink,she said, For thy camels also, will I draw, until they have done drinking. Genesis 24:20 So she hastened, and emptied her pitcher into the drinking-trough, and ran again unto the well, to draw,and she drew for all his camels. Genesis 24:21 Now, the man, was eagerly watching her,keeping silence, to seewhether Yahweh had prospered his way, or not.
Genesis 24:22 And it came to pass, when the camels had done drinking, that the man took a ring of gold, half a shekel its weight,and two bracelets, for her hands, ten of gold their weight;
sheweth her kindred,
Genesis 24:23 and said, Whose daughter art, thou? I pray thee, tell me. Is there, in the house of thy father, a place for us to tarry the night? Genesis 24:24 And she said unto him, Daughter of Bethuel, am, I,[Bethuel] son of Milcah, whom she bare to Nahor.
and inviteth him home.
Genesis 24:25 And she said unto him, Both straw and fodder in plenty, have we,also a place, to tarry the night.
The servant blesseth God.
Genesis 24:26 Then the man bowed his head, and bent himself down unto Yahweh; Genesis 24:27 and said, Blessed be Yahweh, God of my lord Abraham, who hath not withdrawn his lovingkindness and his faithfulness, from my lord,Ibeing in the way, Yahweh led me unto the house of the brethren of my lord! Genesis 24:28 And the young woman ran, and told the household of her mother,according to these words.
Laban entertaineth him.
Genesis 24:29 Now, Rebekah, had a brother, whose name, was Laban,so Laban ran unto the man, outside, unto the fountain. Genesis 24:30 And it came to pass, when he saw the ring, and the bracelets on the hands of his sister, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister saying, Thus, did the man speak unto me, that he came unto the man, and lo! he was standing by the camels, near the fountain; Genesis 24:31 and he said, Come in, thou blessed of Yahweh,Wherefore shouldst thou stand outside, when, I, have made ready the house and a place for the camels?
Genesis 24:32 So the man came in towards the house, and ungirded the camels,and there was given him straw and fodder for the camels, and water for bathing his own feet, and the feet of the men who were with him; Genesis 24:33 and [food] was set before him to eat, But he said, I cannot eat, until I have spoken my words. And he saidSpeak!
The servant sheweth his message.
Genesis 24:34 Then said he,Servant of Abraham, am I. Genesis 24:35 Now, Yahweh, having blessed my lord exceedingly, and made him great,and given him flocks and herds, and silver and gold, and men-servants and maid-servants, and camels, and asses, Genesis 24:36 then did Sarah, wife of my lord, bear a son to my lord, after she had become old,so he gave to him all that he had; Genesis 24:37 And my lord put me on oath, saying,Thou shalt not take a wife for my son, of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land, I, am dwelling; Genesis 24:38 but, unto the house of my father, shalt thou go, and unto my family,and take a wife for my son. Genesis 24:39 So I said unto my lord,Peradventure the woman will not follow me. Genesis 24:40 And he said unto me,Yahweh, before whom I have walked to and fro, will send his messenger with thee, so shall he prosper thy way, and thou shalt take a wife for my son out of my kindred, and out of the house of my father. Genesis 24:41 Then, shalt thou clear thyself from mine oath, for thou shalt go in unto my kindred,and, if they will not grant her unto thee, then shalt thou be clear from mine oath. Genesis 24:42 So I came in today, unto the fountain,and I said, O Yahweh, God of my lord Abraham! if, I pray thee, thou art prospering my way whereon, I, am going, Genesis 24:43 here am I, stationed by the fountain of water,so then it shall come to pass that, the maiden that is coming forth to draw, and I shall say unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee, a little water out of thy pitcher; Genesis 24:44 and she shall say unto me, Both, thou, drink, and, for thy camels also, will I draw, the same, shall be the woman whom Yahweh hath appointed for the son of my lord. Genesis 24:45 Ere yet, I, could make an end of speaking unto mine own heart, lo! then, Rebekah, coming forth, with her pitcher on her shoulder, and she went down to the fountain, and drew,and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee! Genesis 24:46 So she hastened, and lowered her pitcher from off her, and said, Drink! and, to thy camels also, will I give to drink,So I drank, and, the camels also, she let drink. Genesis 24:47 Then I asked her, and said, Whose daughter, art, thou? And she said, Daughter of Bethuel, son of Nahor, whom, Milcah, bare to him,Then put I the ring upon her nose, and the bracelets upon her hands; Genesis 24:48 and bowed my head and bent myself down, unto Yahweh,and I blessed Yahweh, God of my lord Abraham, who had led me, in a way of faithfulness, to take the daughter of the brother of my lord, for his son. Genesis 24:49 Now, therefore, if ye are dealing in lovingkindness and faithfulness with my lord, tell me,and, if not, tell me, that I may turn unto the right hand, or unto the left.
Laban and Bethuel approve it.
Genesis 24:50 Then answered Laban and Bethuel, and said, from Yahweh, hath come forth the word,we cannot speak unto thee, ill or well. Genesis 24:51 Lo! Rebekah, is before thee, Take [her] and go thy way,And let her become wife unto the son of thy lord, as Yahweh hath spoken. Genesis 24:52 And it came to pass, when Abraham's servant heard their words, that he bowed himself down towards the earth unto Yahweh. Genesis 24:53 Then the servant brought forth jewels of silver and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave unto Rebekah,and, precious things, gave he to her brother, and to her mother. Genesis 24:54 And they did eat and drink, he, and the men who were with him, and they tarried the night,and when they arose in the morning, he said, Let me go unto my lord! Genesis 24:55 Then said her brother and her mother, Let the young woman remain with us some days, or rather ten,After that, she shall go. Genesis 24:56 And he said unto them, Do not hinder me, when, Yahweh, hath prospered my journey,Let me go, that I may take my journey unto my lord! Genesis 24:57 Then said they, We must call the young woman, and ask at her mouth.
Rebekah consenteth to go.
Genesis 24:58 So they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go. Genesis 24:59 So they let go Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men. Genesis 24:60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said to her, Our sister! become, thou, thousands of ten thousands,And let thy seed take possession of the gate of them that hate them!
Genesis 24:61 Then mounted Rebekah and her young woman, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man,so the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
Isaac meeteth her.
Genesis 24:62 Now, Isaac, had come in at the entrance, of Beer-lahai-roi,for, he, was dwelling in the land of the South: Genesis 24:63 and Isaac came forth to meditate in the field, at the approach of evening,so he lifted up his eyes, and looked, and lo! camels, coming in. Genesis 24:64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and saw Isaac,so she alighted with haste from off the camel; Genesis 24:65 and said unto the servant, Who, is this man that is walking in the field, to meet us? And the servant said, That, is my lord. So she took the veil, and covered herself. Genesis 24:66 And the servant recounted to Isaac,all the things which he had done. Genesis 24:67 And Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother; thus he took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her,and Isaac consoled himself, for the loss of his mother.