Genesis 24 WBT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And Abraham was old [and] far advanced in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. 1 Abraham was now old and well advanced in years, and the LORD had blessed him in every way.
2 And Abraham said to his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy 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 I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that thou wilt not take a wife for my son of the daughters of the Canaanites among whom I dwell: 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 thou shalt go to my country, and to my kindred, and take 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 And the servant said to him, It may be the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land: must I needs bring thy son again to the land from whence thou camest? 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 And Abraham said to him, Beware that thou bring not my son thither again. 6 "Make sure that you do not take my son back there," Abraham said.
7 The LORD God of heaven, who took me from my father's house, and from the land of my kindred, and who spoke to me, and who swore to me, saying, To thy seed I will give this land: he will send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife for my son from thence. 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 shall not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath; only bring not my son thither again. 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 And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning that matter. 9 So the servant put his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham and swore an oath to him concerning this matter.
10 And the servant took ten camels, of the camels of his master, and departed; (for all the goods of his master [were] in his hands:) and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, to 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 And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water, at the time of the evening, the time when women go 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 And he said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, prosper me this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham. 12 Then he prayed, "O LORD, God of my master Abraham, give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.
13 Behold, I stand [here] by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come 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 And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: [let the same be] she [that] thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and by that shall I know that thou hast 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 And it came to pass before he had done speaking, that behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon 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 And the damsel [was] very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came 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 And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water from thy pitcher. 17 The servant hurried to meet her and said, "Please give me a little water from your jar."
18 And she said, Drink, my lord. And she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink. 18 "Drink, my lord," she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.
19 And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw [water] for thy camels also, till they have done drinking. 19 After she had given him a drink, she said, "I'll draw water for your camels too, until they have finished drinking."
20 And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again to the well to draw [water], and drew for all his 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 And the man, wondering at her, held his peace, to know whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous, 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 And it came to pass as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden ear-ring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten [shekels] weight of gold; 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 And said, Whose daughter [art] thou? tell me, I pray thee: is there room [in] thy father's house for us to lodge in? 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 And she said to him, I [am] the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor. 24 She answered him, "I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son that Milcah bore to Nahor."
25 She said moreover to him, We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in. 25 And she added, "We have plenty of straw and fodder, as well as room for you to spend the night."
26 And the man bowed his head, and worshipped the LORD. 26 Then the man bowed down and worshiped the LORD,
27 And he said, Blessed [be] the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left my master destitute of his mercy and his truth: I [being] in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's brethren. 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 damsel ran, and told these things to her mother's house. 28 The girl ran and told her mother's household about these things.
29 And Rebekah had a brother, and his name [was] Laban: and Laban ran out to the man, to the well. 29 Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban, and he hurried out to the man at the spring.
30 And it came to pass when he saw the ear-ring and bracelets upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spoke the man to me; that he came to the man; and behold, he stood by the camels at the well. 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 And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the LORD; why standest thou without? for I have prepared the house, and room 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 And the man came into the house: and he ungirded his camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet, and the men's feet that [were] 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 And there was set [food] before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told my errand. And he said, Speak on. 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 And he said, I [am] Abraham's servant. 34 So he said, "I am Abraham's servant.
35 And the LORD hath blessed my master greatly, and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and men-servants, and maid-servants, and camels, and asses. 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 Sarah, my master's wife, bore a son to my master when she was old: and to him hath he given all that he hath. 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, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife for my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell: 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 But thou shalt go to my father's house, and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son. 38 but go to my father's family and to my own clan, and get a wife for my son.'
39 And I said to my master, It may be the woman will not follow me. 39 "Then I asked my master, 'What if the woman will not come back with me?'
40 And he said to me, The LORD, before whom I walk, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father's house. 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 shalt thou be clear from [this] my oath, when thou comest to my kindred; and if they give not thee [one], thou shalt be clear from my 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 And I came this day to the well, and said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, if now thou dost prosper my way which I go: 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 Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw [water], and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink; 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 saith to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels: [let] the same [be] the woman whom the LORD hath pointed 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 And before I had done speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down to the well, and drew [water]: and I said to her, Let me drink, I pray thee. 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 And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her [shoulder], and said, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: so I drank, and she made the camels drink also. 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 And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter [art] thou? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him: and I put the ear-ring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands. 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 I bowed my head, and worshipped the LORD, and blessed the LORD God of my master Abraham, who had led me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter 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 And now if you will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left. 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 answered, and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak to thee bad or good. 50 Laban and Bethuel answered, "This is from the LORD; we can say nothing to you one way or the other.
51 Behold, Rebekah [is] before thee, take [her], and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the LORD hath spoken. 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 And it came to pass, that when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, [bowing himself] to the earth. 52 When Abraham's servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the LORD.
53 And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave [them] to Rebekah: He gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things. 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 And they ate and drank, he and the men that [were] with him, and tarried all night; and they rose in the morning, and he said, Send me away 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 And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us [a few] days, at the least ten; after that she shall go. 55 But her brother and her mother replied, "Let the girl remain with us ten days or so; then you may go."
56 And he said to them, Hinder me not, seeing the LORD hath prospered my way: send me away, that I may go 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 And they said, We will call the damsel, and inquire at her mouth. 57 Then they said, "Let's call the girl and ask her about it."
58 And they called Rebekah, and said to her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go. 58 So they called Rebekah and asked her, "Will you go with this man?" "I will go," she said.
59 And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and 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, and said to her, Thou [art] our sister, be thou [the mother] of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those who hate them. 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 And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way. 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 And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahai-roi; for he dwelt in the south country. 62 Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev.
63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at evening: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and behold, the camels [were] coming. 63 He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching.
64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she alighted from the camel. 64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel
65 For she [had] said to the servant, What man [is] this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant [had] said, It [is] my master: therefore she took a vail 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 And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done. 66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done.
67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted 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.