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Genesis 24 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Abraham was now very old, 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 Abraham said to his oldest servant, who was in charge of everything he owned, "Put your hand under my leg. 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 Make a promise to me before the Lord, the God of heaven and earth. Don't get a wife for my son from the Canaanite girls who live around 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 Instead, go back to my country, to the land of my relatives, 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 said to him, "What if this woman does not want to return with me to this land? Then, should I take your son with me back to your homeland?" 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 to him, "No! Don't take my son back there. 6 "Make sure that you do not take my son back there," Abraham said.
7 The Lord, the God of heaven, brought me from the home of my father and the land of my relatives. And he promised me, 'I will give this land to your descendants.' The Lord will send his angel before you to help you get a wife for my son there. 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 the girl won't come back with you, you will be free from this promise. But you must not 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 his master's leg and made a promise to Abraham about this. 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 Abraham's camels and left, carrying with him many different kinds of beautiful gifts. He went to Northwest Mesopotamia to Nahor's city. 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 In the evening, when the women come out to get water, he made the camels kneel down at the well outside the city. 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 The servant said, "Lord, God of my master Abraham, allow me to find a wife for his son today. Please show this 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 Here I am, standing by the spring, and the girls from the city are coming 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 I will say to one of them, 'Please put your jar down so I can drink.' Then let her say, 'Drink, and I will also give water to your camels.' If that happens, I will know she is the right one for your servant Isaac and 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 Before the servant had finished praying, Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel, came out of the city. (Bethuel was the son of Milcah and Nahor, Abraham's brother.) Rebekah was carrying her water jar 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 She was very pretty, a virgin; she had never had sexual relations with a man. She went down to the spring and filled her jar, then 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 her and said, "Please give me a little water from your jar." 17 The servant hurried to meet her and said, "Please give me a little water from your jar."
18 Rebekah said, "Drink, sir." She quickly lowered the jar from her shoulder and gave him a drink. 18 "Drink, my lord," she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.
19 After he finished drinking, Rebekah said, "I will also pour some water for your camels." 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 poured all the water from her jar into the drinking trough for the camels. Then she kept running to the well until she had given all the camels enough to drink. 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 quietly watched her. He wanted to be sure the Lord had made his trip successful. 21 Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the LORD had made his journey successful.
22 After the camels had finished drinking, he gave Rebekah a gold ring weighing one-fifth of an ounce and two gold arm bracelets weighing about four ounces each. 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, "Who is your father? Is there a place in his house for me and my men to spend 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 Rebekah answered, "My father is 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 Then she said, "And, yes, we have straw for your camels and a place for you to spend the night." 25 And she added, "We have plenty of straw and fodder, as well as room for you to spend the night."
26 The servant bowed and worshiped the Lord 26 Then the man bowed down and worshiped the LORD,
27 and said, "Blessed is the Lord, the God of my master Abraham. The Lord has been kind and truthful to him and has led me 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 Then Rebekah ran and told her mother's family about all these things. 28 The girl ran and told her mother's household about these things.
29 She had a brother named Laban, who ran out to Abraham's servant, who was still at the spring. 29 Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban, and he hurried out to the man at the spring.
30 Laban had heard what she had said and had seen the ring and the bracelets on his sister's arms. So he ran out to the well, and there was the man standing by the 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 said, "Sir, you are welcome to come in; you don't have to stand outside. I have prepared the house for you and 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 Abraham's servant went into the house. After Laban unloaded the camels and gave them straw and food, he gave water to Abraham's servant so he and the men with him could 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 Laban gave the servant food, but the servant said, "I will not eat until I have told you why I came." So Laban said, "Then 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 He said, "I am Abraham's servant. 34 So he said, "I am Abraham's servant.
35 The Lord has greatly blessed my master in everything, and he has become a rich man. The Lord has given him many flocks of sheep, herds of cattle, silver and gold, male and female servants, camels, and horses. 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 Sarah, my master's wife, gave birth to a son when she was old, and my master has given everything he owns to that 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 had me make a promise to him and said, 'Don't get a wife for my son from the Canaanite girls who live around here. 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, you must go to my father's people and to my family. There you must get 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 I said to my master, 'What if the woman will not come back with me?' 39 "Then I asked my master, 'What if the woman will not come back with me?'
40 But he said, 'I serve the Lord, who will send his angel with you and will help you. You will get a wife for my son from my family and my father's people. 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 will be free from the promise. But if they will not give you a wife for my son, you will be free from this promise.' 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 "Today I came to this spring. I said, 'Lord, God of my master Abraham, please make my trip successful. 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 am standing by this spring. I will wait for a young woman to come out to get water, and I will say, "Please give me water from your jar 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 Then let her say, "Drink this water, and I will also get water for your camels." By this I will know the Lord has chosen her 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 "Before I finished my silent prayer, Rebekah came out of the city with her water jar on her shoulder. She went down to the spring and got water. 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 jar from her shoulder and said, 'Drink this. I will also get water for your camels.' So I drank, and she gave water to my camels too. 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, 'Who is your father?' she answered, 'My father is Bethuel son of Milcah and Nahor.' Then I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on 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 I bowed my head and thanked the Lord. I praised the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, because he led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master's brother 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, will you be kind and truthful to my master? And if not, tell me so. Then I will know what I should do." 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 clearly from the Lord, and we cannot change what must happen. 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 marry your master's son as the Lord has commanded." 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 these words, he bowed facedown on the ground before the Lord. 52 When Abraham's servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the LORD.
53 Then he gave Rebekah gold and silver jewelry and clothes. 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 The servant and the men with him ate and drank and spent the night there. When they got up the next morning, the servant said, "Now let me go 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 Rebekah's mother and her brother said, "Let Rebekah stay with us at least ten days. After that she may 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 the servant said to them, "Do not make me wait, because the Lord has made my trip successful. Now let me go 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 Rebekah's brother and mother said, "We will call Rebekah and ask her what she wants to do." 57 Then they said, "Let's call the girl and ask her about it."
58 They called her and asked her, "Do you want to go with this man now?" She said, "Yes, I do." 58 So they called Rebekah and asked her, "Will you go with this man?" "I will go," she said.
59 So they allowed Rebekah and her nurse to go with 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 They blessed Rebekah and said, "Our sister, may you be the mother of thousands of people, and may your descendants capture the cities of 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 servant girls got on the camels and followed the servant and his men. So the servant took Rebekah and left. 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 At this time Isaac had left Beer Lahai Roi and was living in southern Canaan. 62 Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev.
63 One evening when he went out to the field to think, 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 Rebekah also looked and saw Isaac. Then she jumped down from the camel 64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel
65 and asked the servant, "Who is that man walking in the field to meet us?" The servant answered, "That 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 The servant told Isaac everything that had happened. 66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done.
67 Then Isaac brought Rebekah into the tent of Sarah, his mother, and she became his wife. Isaac loved her very much, and so he 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.