Try out the new BibleStudyTools.com. Click here!

Genesis 24 NKJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
  Search
New King James Version (NKJV) New International Version (NIV)
1 Now Abraham was old, well 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 So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, "Please, 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 I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from 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 you shall go to my country and to my family, 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, "Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I take your son back to the land from which you came?" 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 But Abraham said to him, "Beware that you do not take my son back there. 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 family, and who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, 'To your descendants I give this land,' He will send His angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from 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 And if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be released from this oath; only do 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 the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning this 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 Then the servant took ten of his master's camels and departed, for all his master's goods were in his hand. 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 kneel down outside the city by a well of water at evening time, 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 Then he said, "O Lord God of my master Abraham, please give me success 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, here I stand by the well of water, and the daughters of the men of the city 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 Now let it be that the young woman to whom I say, 'Please let down your pitcher that I may drink,' and she says, 'Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink'--let her be the one You have appointed for Your servant Isaac. And 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 And it happened, before he had finished speaking, that behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, came out with her pitcher 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 Now the young woman was very beautiful to behold, a virgin; no man had known her. And she went down to the well, 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, "Please let me drink a little water from your pitcher." 17 The servant hurried to meet her and said, "Please give me a little water from your jar."
18 So she said, "Drink, my lord." Then she quickly let her pitcher down to her hand, 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 And when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, "I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished 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 Then she quickly emptied her pitcher into the trough, ran back 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, remained silent so as 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 So it was, when the camels had finished drinking, that the man took a golden nose ring weighing half a shekel, and two bracelets for her wrists weighing ten shekels 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 are you? Tell me, please, is there room in your father's house for us to lodge?" 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 So she said to him, "I am the daughter of Bethuel, Milcah's son, whom she bore to Nahor." 24 She answered him, "I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son that Milcah bore to Nahor."
25 Moreover she said to him, "We have both straw and feed enough, and room to lodge." 25 And she added, "We have plenty of straw and fodder, as well as room for you to spend the night."
26 Then the man bowed down his head and worshiped 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 has not forsaken His mercy and His truth toward my master. As for me, being on 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 So the young woman ran and told her mother's household these things. 28 The girl ran and told her mother's household about these things.
29 Now Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban, and Laban ran out to the man by the well. 29 Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban, and he hurried out to the man at the spring.
30 So it came to pass, when he saw the nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister's wrists, and when he heard the words of his sister Rebekah, saying, "Thus the man spoke to me," that he went to the man. And there 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, O blessed of the Lord! Why do you stand outside? For I have prepared the house, and a place 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 Then the man came to the house. And he unloaded the camels, and provided straw and feed for the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who 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 Food was set before him to eat, but he said, "I will not eat until I have told about 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 So he said, "I am Abraham's servant. 34 So he said, "I am Abraham's servant.
35 The Lord has blessed my master greatly, and he has become great; and He has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female 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 And Sarah my master's wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and to him he has given all that he has. 36 My master's wife Sarah has borne him a son in her old age, and he has given him everything he owns.
37 Now my master made me swear, saying, 'You shall not take a wife for my son from 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 you shall go to my father's house and to my family, 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, 'Perhaps the woman will not follow me.' 39 "Then I asked my master, 'What if the woman will not come back with me?'
40 But he said to me, 'The Lord, before whom I walk, will send His angel with you and prosper your way; and you shall take a wife for my son from my family and from 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 You will be clear from this oath when you arrive among my family; for if they will not give her to you, then you will be released 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 this day I came to the well and said, 'O Lord God of my master Abraham, if You will now prosper the way in 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 comes out to draw water, and I say to her, "Please give me a little water from your 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 says to me, "Drink, and I will draw for your camels also,"--let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed 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 "But before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah, coming out with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down to the well and drew water. And I said to her, 'Please let me 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 And she made haste and let her pitcher down from her shoulder, and said, 'Drink, and I will give your camels a drink also.' So I drank, and she gave the camels a 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 Then I asked her, and said, 'Whose daughter are you?' And she said, 'The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him.' So I put the nose ring on her nose and the bracelets on her wrists. 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 worshiped the Lord, and blessed the Lord God of my master Abraham, who had led me in the way of truth to take the daughter 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 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 comes from the Lord; we cannot speak to you either 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 Here is Rebekah before you; take her and go, and let her be your master's son's wife, as the Lord has 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, when Abraham's servant heard their words, that he worshiped 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 Then the servant brought out jewelry of silver, jewelry of gold, and clothing, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave precious things to her brother and to her 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 And he and the men who were with him ate and drank and stayed all night. Then they arose 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 But her brother and her mother said, "Let the young woman stay with us a few days, at least ten; 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 And he said to them, "Do not hinder me, since the Lord has prospered my way; send me away so 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 So they said, "We will call the young woman and ask her personally." 57 Then they said, "Let's call the girl and ask her about it."
58 Then they called Rebekah and said to her, "Will you 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 So 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: "Our sister, may you become The mother of thousands of ten thousands; And may your descendants possess The gates 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 Then Rebekah and her maids arose, and they rode on the camels and followed the man. So the servant took Rebekah and departed. 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 Now Isaac came from the way of Beer Lahai Roi, for he dwelt in the South. 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 in the evening; and he lifted his eyes and looked, and there, 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 Then Rebekah lifted her eyes, and when she saw Isaac she dismounted from her camel; 64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel
65 for she had said to the servant, "Who is this man walking in the field to meet us?" The servant said, "It is my master." So she took a 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 And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. 66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done.
67 Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent; and he took Rebekah and she became his wife, and he loved her. So 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.