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Genesis 24 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Abraham was now a very old man, and the LORD had blessed him in every way. 1 Abraham was now old and well advanced in years, and the LORD had blessed him in every way.
2 One day Abraham said to the man in charge of his household, who was his oldest servant, 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 "Swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and earth, that you will not let my son marry one of these local Canaanite women. 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 Go instead to my homeland, to my relatives, and find a wife there 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 asked, "But suppose I can't find a young woman who will travel so far from home? May I then take Isaac there to live among your relatives?" 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 "No!" Abraham warned. "Be careful never to take my son there. 6 "Make sure that you do not take my son back there," Abraham said.
7 For the LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and my native land, solemnly promised to give this land to my offspring. He will send his angel ahead of you, and he will see to it that you find a young woman there to be my son's wife. 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 If she is unwilling to come back with you, then you are free from this oath. But under no circumstances are you to take my son 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 took a solemn oath that he would follow Abraham's instructions. 9 So the servant put his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham and swore an oath to him concerning this matter.
10 He loaded ten of Abraham's camels with gifts and set out, taking with him the best of everything his master owned. He traveled to Aram-naharaim and went to the village where Abraham's brother Nahor had settled. 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 There the servant made the camels kneel down beside a well just outside the village. It was evening, and the women were coming out 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 "O LORD, God of my master," he prayed. "Give me success and show kindness to my master, Abraham. Help me to accomplish the purpose of my journey. 12 Then he prayed, "O LORD, God of my master Abraham, give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.
13 See, here I am, standing beside this spring, and the young women of the village are coming out to draw water. 13 See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water.
14 This is my request. I will ask one of them for a drink. If she says, 'Yes, certainly, and I will water your camels, too!' -- let her be the one you have appointed as Isaac's wife. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to 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 As he was still praying, a young woman named Rebekah arrived with a water jug on her shoulder. Her father was Bethuel, who was the son of Abraham's brother Nahor and his wife, Milcah. 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 Now Rebekah was very beautiful, and she was a virgin; no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jug, and came up again. 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 Running over to her, the servant asked, "Please give me a drink." 17 The servant hurried to meet her and said, "Please give me a little water from your jar."
18 "Certainly, sir," she said, and she quickly lowered the jug for him to drink. 18 "Drink, my lord," she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.
19 When he had finished, she said, "I'll draw water for your camels, too, until they have had enough!" 19 After she had given him a drink, she said, "I'll draw water for your camels too, until they have finished drinking."
20 So she quickly emptied the jug into the watering trough and ran down to the well again. She kept carrying water to the camels until they had finished drinking. 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 servant watched her in silence, wondering whether or not she was the one the LORD intended him to meet. 21 Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the LORD had made his journey successful.
22 Then at last, when the camels had finished drinking, he gave her a gold ring for her nose and two large gold bracelets for her wrists. 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 "Whose daughter are you?" he asked. "Would your father have any room to put us up for 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 "My father is Bethuel," she replied. "My grandparents are Nahor and Milcah. 24 She answered him, "I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son that Milcah bore to Nahor."
25 Yes, we have plenty of straw and food for the camels, and we have a room for guests." 25 And she added, "We have plenty of straw and fodder, as well as room for you to spend the night."
26 The man fell down to the ground and worshiped the LORD. 26 Then the man bowed down and worshiped the LORD,
27 "Praise be to the LORD, the God of my master, Abraham," he said. "The LORD has been so kind and faithful to Abraham, for he has led me straight to my master's relatives." 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 The young woman ran home to tell her family about all that had happened. 28 The girl ran and told her mother's household about these things.
29 Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban. 29 Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban, and he hurried out to the man at the spring.
30 When he saw the nose-ring and the bracelets on his sister's wrists, and when he heard her story, he rushed out to the spring, where the man was still standing beside his camels. Laban said to him, 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 "Come and stay with us, you who are blessed by the LORD. Why do you stand here outside the village when we have a room all ready for you and a place prepared for the 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 home with Laban, and Laban unloaded the camels, gave him straw to bed them down, fed them, and provided water for the camel drivers to wash their feet. 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 supper was served. But Abraham's servant said, "I don't want to eat until I have told you why I have come." "All right," Laban said, "tell us your mission." 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 "I am Abraham's servant," he explained. 34 So he said, "I am Abraham's servant.
35 "And the LORD has blessed my master richly; he has become a great man. The LORD has given him flocks of sheep and herds of cattle, a fortune in silver and gold, and many servants and 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 When Sarah, my master's wife, was very old, she gave birth to my master's son, and my master has given him everything he owns. 36 My master's wife Sarah has borne him a son in her old age, and he has given him everything he owns.
37 And my master made me swear that I would not let Isaac marry one of the local Canaanite women. 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 Instead, I was to come to his relatives here in this far-off land, to his father's home. I was told to bring back a young woman from here to marry his son. 38 but go to my father's family and to my own clan, and get a wife for my son.'
39 "'But suppose I can't find a young woman willing to come back with me?' I asked him. 39 "Then I asked my master, 'What if the woman will not come back with me?'
40 'You will,' he told me, 'for the LORD, in whose presence I have walked, will send his angel with you and will make your mission successful. Yes, you must get a wife for my son from among my relatives, from my father's family. 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 But if you go to my relatives and they refuse to let her come, you will be free from your 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 "So this afternoon when I came to the spring I prayed this prayer: 'O LORD, the God of my master, Abraham, if you are planning to make my mission a success, please guide me in a special way. 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 Here I am, standing beside this spring. I will say to some young woman who comes to draw water, "Please give me a drink of water!" 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 will reply, "Certainly! And I'll water your camels, too!" LORD, let her be the one you have selected to be the wife of 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 "Before I had finished praying these words, I saw Rebekah coming along with her water jug on her shoulder. She went down to the spring and drew water and filled the jug. So I said to her, 'Please give me 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 quickly lowered the jug from her shoulder so I could drink, and she said, 'Certainly, sir, and I will water your camels, too!' And she did. 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 When I asked her whose daughter she was, she told me, 'My father is Bethuel, the son of Nahor and his wife, Milcah.' So I gave her the ring and the bracelets. 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 "Then I bowed my head and worshiped the LORD. I praised the LORD, the God of my master, Abraham, because he had led me along the right path to find a wife from the family of my master's relatives. 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 So tell me -- will you or won't you show true kindness to my master? When you tell me, then I'll know what my next step should be, whether to move this way or that." 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 Then Laban and Bethuel replied, "The LORD has obviously brought you here, so what can we say? 50 Laban and Bethuel answered, "This is from the LORD; we can say nothing to you one way or the other.
51 Here is Rebekah; take her and go. Yes, let her be the wife of your master's son, as the LORD has directed." 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 At this reply, Abraham's servant bowed to the ground and worshiped the LORD. 52 When Abraham's servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the LORD.
53 Then he brought out silver and gold jewelry and lovely clothing for Rebekah. He also gave valuable presents to her mother and brother. 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 Then they had supper, and the servant and the men with him stayed there overnight. But early the next morning, 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 "But we want Rebekah to stay at least ten days," her brother and mother said. "Then she can go." 55 But her brother and her mother replied, "Let the girl remain with us ten days or so; then you may go."
56 But he said, "Don't hinder my return. The LORD has made my mission successful, and I want to report back 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 "Well," they said, "we'll call Rebekah and ask her what she thinks." 57 Then they said, "Let's call the girl and ask her about it."
58 So they called Rebekah. "Are you willing to go with this man?" they asked her.And she replied, "Yes, I will go." 58 So they called Rebekah and asked her, "Will you go with this man?" "I will go," she said.
59 So they said good-bye to Rebekah and sent her away with Abraham's servant and his men. The woman who had been Rebekah's childhood nurse went along with her. 59 So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way, along with her nurse and Abraham's servant and his men.
60 They blessed her with this blessing as she parted: "Our sister, may you become the mother of many millions! May your descendants overcome all their enemies." 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 Then Rebekah and her servants mounted the camels and left with Abraham's servant. 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 Meanwhile, Isaac, whose home was in the Negev, had returned from Beer-lahairoi. 62 Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev.
63 One evening as he was taking a walk out in the fields, meditating, he looked up and saw the 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 quickly dismounted. 64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel
65 "Who is that man walking through the fields to meet us?" she asked the servant.And he replied, "It is my master." So Rebekah covered her face with her veil. 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 Then the servant told Isaac the whole story. 66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done.
67 And Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother's tent, and she became his wife. He loved her very much, and she was a special comfort to him after the death of his mother. 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.