Bible: Genesis 24:1-33

The Wife for Isaac

24:1 Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years, 1  and the Lord had blessed him 2  in everything. 24:2 Abraham said to his servant, the senior one 3  in his household who was in charge of everything he had, “Put your hand under my thigh 4  24:3 so that I may make you solemnly promise 5  by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of the earth: You must not acquire 6  a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living. 24:4 You must go instead to my country and to my relatives 7  to find 8  a wife for my son Isaac.”

24:5 The servant asked him, “What if the woman is not willing to come back with me 9  to this land? Must I then 10  take your son back to the land from which you came?

24:6Be careful 11  never to take my son back there!” Abraham told him. 12  24:7 The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and the land of my relatives, 13  promised me with a solemn oath, 14  ‘To your descendants I will give this land.’ He will send his angel 15  before you so that you may find 16  a wife for my son from there. 24:8 But if the woman is not willing to come back with you, 17  you will be free 18  from this oath of mine. But you must not take my son back there! 24:9 So the servant placed his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham and gave his solemn promise he would carry out his wishes. 19 

24:10 Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed with all kinds of gifts from his master at his disposal. 20  He journeyed 21  to the region of Aram Naharaim 22  and the city of Nahor. 24:11 He made the camels kneel down by the well 23  outside the city. It was evening, 24  the time when the women would go out to draw water. 24:12 He prayed, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, guide me today. 25  Be faithful 26  to my master Abraham. 24:13 Here I am, standing by the spring, 27  and the daughters of the people 28  who live in the town are coming out to draw water. 24:14 I will say to a young woman, ‘Please lower your jar so I may drink.’ May the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac reply, ‘Drink, and I’ll give your camels water too.’ 29  In this way I will know that you have been faithful to my master.” 30 

24:15 Before he had finished praying, there came Rebekah 31  with her water jug on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah (Milcah was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor). 32  24:16 Now the young woman was very beautiful. She was a virgin; no man had ever had sexual relations with her. 33  She went down to the spring, filled her jug, and came back up. 24:17 Abraham’s servant 34  ran to meet her and said, “Please give me a sip of water from your jug.” 24:18 Drink, my lord,” she replied, and quickly lowering 35  her jug to her hands, she gave him a drink. 24:19 When she had done so, 36  she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have drunk as much as they want.” 24:20 She quickly emptied 37  her jug into the watering trough and ran back to the well to draw more water until she had drawn enough for all his camels. 24:21 Silently the man watched her with interest to determine 38  if the Lord had made his journey successful 39  or not.

24:22 After the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring weighing a beka 40  and two gold bracelets weighing ten shekels 41  and gave them to her. 42  24:23 Whose daughter are you?” he asked. 43 Tell me, is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?

24:24 She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom Milcah bore to Nahor. 44  24:25 We have plenty of straw and feed,” she added, 45 and room for you 46  to spend the night.”

24:26 The man bowed his head and worshiped the Lord, 24:27 saying “Praised be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his faithful love 47  for my master! The Lord has led me 48  to the house 49  of my master’s relatives! 50 

24:28 The young woman ran and told her mother’s household all about 51  these things. 24:29 (Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban.) 52  Laban rushed out to meet the man at the spring. 24:30 When he saw the bracelets on his sister’s wrists and the nose ring 53  and heard his sister Rebekah say, 54 This is what the man said to me,” he went out to meet the man. There he was, standing 55  by the camels near the spring. 24:31 Laban said to him, 56  “Come, you who are blessed by the Lord! 57  Why are you standing out here when I have prepared 58  the house and a place for the camels?

24:32 So Abraham’s servant 59  went to the house and unloaded 60  the camels. Straw and feed were given 61  to the camels, and water was provided so that he and the men who were with him could wash their feet. 62  24:33 When food was served, 63  he said, “I will not eat until I have said what I want to say.” 64 Tell us,” Laban said. 65 

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