Abraham was now old and well advanced in years,1 and the LORD had blessed2 him in every way.3
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He said to the chief servant4 in his household, the one in charge of all that he had,5 "Put your hand under my thigh.6
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I want you to swear7 by the LORD, the God of heaven8 and the God of earth,9 that you will not get a wife for my son10 from the daughters of the Canaanites,11 among whom I am living,12
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but will go to my country and my own relatives13 and get a wife for my son Isaac.14"
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The servant asked him, "What if the woman is unwilling to come back with me to this land?15 Shall I then take your son back to the country you came from?16"
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"Make sure that you do not take my son back there,"17 Abraham said.
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"The LORD, the God of heaven,18 who brought me out of my father's household and my native land19 and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, 'To your offspring20 I will give this land'21--he will send his angel before you22 so that you can get a wife for my son from there.
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If the woman is unwilling to come back with you, then you will be released from this oath23 of mine. Only do not take my son back there."24
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So the servant put his hand under the thigh25 of his master26 Abraham and swore an oath to him concerning this matter.
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Then the servant took ten of his master's camels27 and left, taking with him all kinds of good things28 from his master. He set out for Aram Naharaim29 and made his way to the town of Nahor.30
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He had the camels kneel down near the well31 outside the town; it was toward evening, the time the women go out to draw water.32
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Then he prayed, "O LORD, God of my master Abraham,33 give me success34 today, and show kindness35 to my master Abraham.
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See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water.36
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May it be that when I say to a girl, 'Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,' and she says, 'Drink,37 and I'll water your camels too'38--let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac.39 By this I will know40 that you have shown kindness to my master."
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Before he had finished praying,41 Rebekah42 came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel43 son of Milcah,44 who was the wife of Abraham's brother Nahor.45
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The girl was very beautiful,46 a virgin;47 no man had ever lain with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again.
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The servant hurried to meet her and said, "Please give me a little water from your jar."48
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"Drink,49 my lord," she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.
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After she had given him a drink, she said, "I'll draw water for your camels50 too,51 until they have finished drinking."
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So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, ran back to the well to draw more water, and drew enough for all his camels.52
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Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the LORD had made his journey successful.53
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When the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring54 weighing a beka and two gold bracelets55 weighing ten shekels.
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Then he asked, "Whose daughter are you?56 Please tell me, is there room in your father's house for us to spend the night?57"
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She answered him, "I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son that Milcah bore to Nahor.58"
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And she added, "We have plenty of straw and fodder,59 as well as room for you to spend the night."
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Then the man bowed down and worshiped the LORD,60
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saying, "Praise be to the LORD,61 the God of my master Abraham,62 who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness63 to my master. As for me, the LORD has led me on the journey64 to the house of my master's relatives."65
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The girl ran and told her mother's household about these things.66
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Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban,67 and he hurried out to the man at the spring.
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As soon as he had seen the nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister's arms,68 and had heard Rebekah tell what the man said to her, he went out to the man and found him standing by the camels near the spring.
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"Come, you who are blessed by the LORD,"69 he said. "Why are you standing out here? I have prepared the house and a place for the camels."
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So the man went to the house, and the camels were unloaded. Straw and fodder70 were brought for the camels, and water for him and his men to wash their feet.71
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Then food was set before him, but he said, "I will not eat until I have told you what I have to say." "Then tell us," [Laban] said.
So he said, "I am Abraham's servant.72
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The LORD has blessed73 my master abundantly,74 and he has become wealthy.75 He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, menservants and maidservants, and camels and donkeys.76
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My master's wife Sarah has borne him a son in her old age,77 and he has given him everything he owns.78
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And my master made me swear an oath,79 and said, 'You must not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live,80
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but go to my father's family and to my own clan, and get a wife for my son.'81
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"Then I asked my master, 'What if the woman will not come back with me?'82
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"He replied, 'The LORD, before whom I have walked,83 will send his angel with you84 and make your journey a success,85 so that you can get a wife for my son from my own clan and from my father's family.86
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Then, when you go to my clan, you will be released from my oath even if they refuse to give her to you--you will be released from my oath.'87
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"When I came to the spring today, I said, 'O LORD, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant success88 to the journey on which I have come.
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See, I am standing beside this spring;89 if a maiden90 comes out to draw water and I say to her, "Please let me drink a little water from your jar,"91
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and if she says to me, "Drink, and I'll draw water for your camels too," let her be the one the LORD has chosen for my master's son.'92
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"Before I finished praying in my heart,93 Rebekah came out, with her jar on her shoulder.94 She went down to the spring and drew water, and I said to her, 'Please give me a drink.'95
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"She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and said, 'Drink, and I'll water your camels too.'96 So I drank, and she watered the camels also.97
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"I asked her, 'Whose daughter are you?'98 "She said, 'The daughter of Bethuel99 son of Nahor, whom Milcah bore to him.'100 "Then I put the ring in her nose101 and the bracelets on her arms,102
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and I bowed down and worshiped the LORD.103 I praised the LORD, the God of my master Abraham,104 who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master's brother for his son.105
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Now if you will show kindness and faithfulness106 to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so I may know which way to turn."
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Laban and Bethuel107 answered, "This is from the LORD;108 we can say nothing to you one way or the other.109
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Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master's son, as the LORD has directed.110"
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When Abraham's servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the LORD.111
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Then the servant brought out gold and silver jewelry and articles of clothing112 and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave costly gifts113 to her brother and to her mother.
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Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank and spent the night there. When they got up the next morning, he said, "Send me on my way114 to my master."
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But her brother and her mother replied, "Let the girl remain with us ten days or so;115 then you may go."
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But he said to them, "Do not detain me, now that the LORD has granted success116 to my journey. Send me on my way117 so I may go to my master."
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Then they said, "Let's call the girl and ask her about it."118
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So they called Rebekah and asked her, "Will you go with this man?" "I will go,"119 she said.
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So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way,120 along with her nurse121 and Abraham's servant and his men.
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And they blessed122 Rebekah and said to her, "Our sister, may you increase to thousands upon thousands;123 may your offspring possess the gates of their enemies."124
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Then Rebekah and her maids125 got ready and mounted their camels and went back with the man. So the servant took Rebekah and left.
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Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi,126 for he was living in the Negev.127
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He went out to the field one evening to meditate,128 and as he looked up,129 he saw camels approaching.
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Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel130
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and asked the servant, "Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?" "He is my master," the servant answered. So she took her veil131 and covered herself.
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Then the servant told Isaac all he had done.
Isaac brought her into the tent132 of his mother Sarah,133 and he married Rebekah.134 So she became his wife, and he loved her;135 and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.136
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