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Genesis 24 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Abraham was now an old man. God had blessed Abraham in every way. 1 Abraham was now old and well advanced in years, and the LORD had blessed him in every way.
2 Abraham spoke to the senior servant in his household, the one in charge of everything he had, "Put your hand under my thigh 2 He said to the chief servant in his household, the one in charge of all that he had, "Put your hand under my thigh.
3 and swear by God - God of Heaven, God of Earth - that you will not get a wife for my son from among the young women of the Canaanites here, 3 I want you to swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living,
4 but will go to the land of my birth and get a wife for my son Isaac." 4 but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac."
5 The servant answered, "But what if the woman refuses to leave home and come with me? Do I then take your son back to your home country?" 5 The servant asked him, "What if the woman is unwilling to come back with me to this land? Shall I then take your son back to the country you came from?"
6 Abraham said, "Oh no. Never. By no means are you to take my son back there. 6 "Make sure that you do not take my son back there," Abraham said.
7 God, the God of Heaven, took me from the home of my father and from the country of my birth and spoke to me in solemn promise, 'I'm giving this land to your descendants.' This God will send his angel ahead of you to get a wife for my son. 7 "The LORD, the God of heaven, who brought me out of my father's household and my native land and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, 'To your offspring I will give this land'--he will send his angel before you so that you can get a wife for my son from there.
8 And if the woman won't come, you are free from this oath you've sworn to me. But under no circumstances are you to take my son back there." 8 If the woman is unwilling to come back with you, then you will be released from this oath of mine. Only do not take my son back there."
9 So the servant put his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham and gave his solemn oath. 9 So the servant put his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham and swore an oath to him concerning this matter.
10 The servant took ten of his master's camels and, loaded with gifts from his master, traveled to Aram Naharaim and the city of Nahor. 10 Then the servant took ten of his master's camels and left, taking with him all kinds of good things from his master. He set out for Aram Naharaim and made his way to the town of Nahor.
11 Outside the city, he made the camels kneel at a well. It was evening, the time when the women came to draw water. 11 He had the camels kneel down near the well outside the town; it was toward evening, the time the women go out to draw water.
12 He prayed, "O God, God of my master Abraham, make things go smoothly this day; treat my master Abraham well! 12 Then he prayed, "O LORD, God of my master Abraham, give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.
13 As I stand here by the spring while the young women of the town come out to get water, 13 See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water.
14 let the girl to whom I say, 'Lower your jug and give me a drink,' and who answers, 'Drink, and let me also water your camels' - let her be the woman you have picked out for your servant Isaac. Then I'll know that you're working graciously behind the scenes for my master." 14 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, and I'll water your camels too'--let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master."
15 It so happened that the words were barely out of his mouth when Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel whose mother was Milcah the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, came out with a water jug on her shoulder. 15 Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, who was the wife of Abraham's brother Nahor.
16 The girl was stunningly beautiful, a pure virgin. She went down to the spring, filled her jug, and came back up. 16 The girl was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever lain with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again.
17 The servant ran to meet her and said, "Please, can I have a sip of water from your jug?" 17 The servant hurried to meet her and said, "Please give me a little water from your jar."
18 She said, "Certainly, drink!" And she held the jug so that he could drink. 18 "Drink, my lord," she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.
19 When he had satisfied his thirst she said, "I'll get water for your camels, too, until they've drunk their fill." 19 After she had given him a drink, she said, "I'll draw water for your camels too, until they have finished drinking."
20 She promptly emptied her jug into the trough and ran back to the well to fill it, and she kept at it until she had watered all the camels. 20 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.
21 The man watched, silent. Was this God's answer? Had God made his trip a success or not? 21 Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the LORD had made his journey successful.
22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man brought out gifts, a gold nose ring weighing a little over a quarter of an ounce and two arm bracelets weighing about four ounces, and gave them to her. 22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring weighing a beka and two gold bracelets weighing ten shekels.
23 He asked her, "Tell me about your family? Whose daughter are you? Is there room in your father's house for us to stay the night?" 23 Then he asked, "Whose daughter are you? Please tell me, is there room in your father's house for us to spend the night?"
24 She said, "I'm the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah and Nahor. 24 She answered him, "I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son that Milcah bore to Nahor."
25 And there's plenty of room in our house for you to stay - and lots of straw and feed besides." 25 And she added, "We have plenty of straw and fodder, as well as room for you to spend the night."
26 At this the man bowed in worship before God 26 Then the man bowed down and worshiped the LORD,
27 and prayed, "Blessed be God, God of my master Abraham: How generous and true you've been to my master; you've held nothing back. You led me right to the door of my master's brother!" 27 saying, "Praise be to the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the LORD has led me on the journey to the house of my master's relatives."
28 And the girl was off and running, telling everyone in her mother's house what had happened. 28 The girl ran and told her mother's household about these things.
29 Rebekah had a brother named Laban. Laban ran outside to the man at the spring. 29 Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban, and he hurried out to the man at the spring.
30 He had seen the nose ring and the bracelets on his sister and had heard her say, "The man said this and this and this to me." So he went to the man and there he was, still standing with his camels at the spring. 30 As soon as he had seen the nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister's arms, 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.
31 Laban welcomed him: "Come on in, blessed of God! Why are you standing out here? I've got the house ready for you; and there's also a place for your camels." 31 "Come, you who are blessed by the LORD," he said. "Why are you standing out here? I have prepared the house and a place for the camels."
32 So the man went into the house. The camels were unloaded and given straw and feed. Water was brought to bathe the feet of the man and the men with him. 32 So the man went to the house, and the camels were unloaded. Straw and fodder were brought for the camels, and water for him and his men to wash their feet.
33 Then Laban brought out food. But the man said, "I won't eat until I tell my story." Laban said, "Go ahead; tell us." 33 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.
34 The servant said, "I'm the servant of Abraham. 34 So he said, "I am Abraham's servant.
35 God has blessed my master - he's a great man; God has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, servants and maidservants, camels and donkeys. 35 The LORD has blessed my master abundantly, and he has become wealthy. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, menservants and maidservants, and camels and donkeys.
36 And then to top it off, Sarah, my master's wife, gave him a son in her old age and he has passed everything on to his son. 36 My master's wife Sarah has borne him a son in her old age, and he has given him everything he owns.
37 My master made me promise, 'Don't get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites in whose land I live. 37 And my master made me swear an oath, and said, 'You must not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live,
38 No, go to my father's home, back to my family, and get a wife for my son there.' 38 but go to my father's family and to my own clan, and get a wife for my son.'
39 I said to my master, 'But what if the woman won't come with me?' 39 "Then I asked my master, 'What if the woman will not come back with me?'
40 He said, 'God before whom I've walked faithfully will send his angel with you and he'll make things work out so that you'll bring back a wife for my son from my family, from the house of my father. 40 "He replied, 'The LORD, before whom I have walked, will send his angel with you and make your journey a success, so that you can get a wife for my son from my own clan and from my father's family.
41 Then you'll be free from the oath. If you go to my family and they won't give her to you, you will also be free from the oath.' 41 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.'
42 "Well, when I came this very day to the spring, I prayed, 'God, God of my master Abraham, make things turn out well in this task I've been given. 42 "When I came to the spring today, I said, 'O LORD, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant success to the journey on which I have come.
43 I'm standing at this well. When a young woman comes here to draw water and I say to her, Please, give me a sip of water from your jug, 43 See, I am standing beside this spring; if a maiden comes out to draw water and I say to her, "Please let me drink a little water from your jar,"
44 and she says, Not only will I give you a drink, I'll also water your camels - let that woman be the wife God has picked out for my master's son.' 44 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.'
45 "I had barely finished offering this prayer, when Rebekah arrived, her jug on her shoulder. She went to the spring and drew water and I said, 'Please, can I have a drink?' 45 "Before I finished praying in my heart, Rebekah came out, with her jar on her shoulder. She went down to the spring and drew water, and I said to her, 'Please give me a drink.'
46 She didn't hesitate. She held out her jug and said, 'Drink; and when you're finished I'll also water your camels.' I drank, and she watered the camels. 46 "She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and said, 'Drink, and I'll water your camels too.' So I drank, and she watered the camels also.
47 I asked her, 'Whose daughter are you?' She said, 'The daughter of Bethuel whose parents were Nahor and Milcah.' I gave her a ring for her nose, bracelets for her arms, 47 "I asked her, 'Whose daughter are you?' "She said, 'The daughter of Bethuel son of Nahor, whom Milcah bore to him.' "Then I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her arms,
48 and bowed in worship to God. I praised God, the God of my master Abraham who had led me straight to the door of my master's family to get a wife for his son. 48 and I bowed down and worshiped the LORD. I praised the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master's brother for his son.
49 "Now, tell me what you are going to do. If you plan to respond with a generous yes, tell me. But if not, tell me plainly so I can figure out what to do next." 49 Now if you will show kindness and faithfulness to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so I may know which way to turn."
50 Laban and Bethuel answered, "This is totally from God. We have no say in the matter, either yes or no. 50 Laban and Bethuel answered, "This is from the LORD; we can say nothing to you one way or the other.
51 Rebekah is yours: Take her and go; let her be the wife of your master's son, as God has made plain." 51 Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master's son, as the LORD has directed."
52 When Abraham's servant heard their decision, he bowed in worship before God. 52 When Abraham's servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the LORD.
53 Then he brought out gifts of silver and gold and clothing and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave expensive gifts to her brother and mother. 53 Then the servant brought out gold and silver jewelry and articles of clothing and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave costly gifts to her brother and to her mother.
54 He and his men had supper and spent the night. But first thing in the morning they were up. He said, "Send me back to my master." 54 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 way to my master."
55 Her brother and mother said, "Let the girl stay a while, say another ten days, and then go." 55 But her brother and her mother replied, "Let the girl remain with us ten days or so; then you may go."
56 He said, "Oh, don't make me wait! God has worked everything out so well - send me off to my master." 56 But he said to them, "Do not detain me, now that the LORD has granted success to my journey. Send me on my way so I may go to my master."
57 They said, "We'll call the girl; we'll ask her." 57 Then they said, "Let's call the girl and ask her about it."
58 They called Rebekah and asked her, "Do you want to go with this man?" She said, "I'm ready to go." 58 So they called Rebekah and asked her, "Will you go with this man?" "I will go," she said.
59 So they sent them off, their sister Rebekah with her nurse, and Abraham's servant with his men. 59 So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way, along with her nurse and Abraham's servant and his men.
60 And they blessed Rebekah saying, You're our sister - live bountifully! And your children, triumphantly! 60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, "Our sister, may you increase to thousands upon thousands; may your offspring possess the gates of their enemies."
61 Rebekah and her young maids mounted the camels and followed the man. The servant took Rebekah and set off for home. 61 Then Rebekah and her maids got ready and mounted their camels and went back with the man. So the servant took Rebekah and left.
62 Isaac was living in the Negev. He had just come back from a visit to Beer Lahai Roi. 62 Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev.
63 In the evening he went out into the field; while meditating he looked up and saw camels coming. 63 He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching.
64 When Rebekah looked up and saw Isaac, she got down from her camel 64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel
65 and asked the servant, "Who is that man out in the field coming toward us?" "That is my master." She took her veil and covered herself. 65 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 veil and covered herself.
66 After the servant told Isaac the whole story of the trip, 66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done.
67 Isaac took Rebekah into the tent of his mother Sarah. He married Rebekah and she became his wife and he loved her. So Isaac found comfort after his mother's death. 67 Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.