Genesis 24:15-61

Rebekah Is Chosen

15 1Before he had finished speaking, behold, 2Rebekah who was born to Bethuel the son of 3Milcah, the wife of Abraham's brother Nahor, came out with her jar on her shoulder.
16 The girl was 4very beautiful, a virgin, and no man had had relations with her; and she went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up.
17 Then the servant ran to meet her, and said, "5Please let me drink a little water from your jar."
18 6She said, "Drink, my lord "; and she quickly lowered her jar to her hand, and gave him a drink.
19 Now when she had finished giving him a drink, 7she said, "I will draw also for your camels until * they have finished drinking."
20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, and ran back to the well to draw, and she drew for all his camels.
21 8Meanwhile, the man was gazing at her in silence, to know whether the LORD had made his journey successful or not.
23 and said, "Whose daughter are you? Please tell me, is there room for us to lodge in your father's house?"
24 She said to him, "10I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor."
25 Again she said to him, "We have plenty of both straw and feed, and room to lodge in."
26 Then the man 11bowed low and worshiped the LORD.
27 He said, "12Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken 13His lovingkindness and His truth toward * my master; as for me, 14the LORD has guided me in the way to the house of my master's brothers."
28 Then 15the girl ran and told her mother's household about these things.
29 Now Rebekah had a brother whose name was 16Laban; and Laban ran outside to the man at the spring.
30 When he saw the ring and the bracelets on his sister's wrists, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, "This is what the man said to me," he went to the man; and behold, he was standing by the camels at the spring.
31 And he said, "17Come in, 18blessed of the LORD! Why do you stand outside since 19I have prepared the house, and a place for the camels?"
32 So the man entered the house. Then 20Laban unloaded the camels, and he gave straw and feed to the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him.
33 But when food was set before him to eat, he said, "I will not eat until * I have told my business." And he said, "Speak on."
34 So he said, "I am 21Abraham's servant.
35 "The LORD has greatly 22blessed my master, so that he has become rich; and He has given him 23flocks and herds, and silver and gold, and servants and maids, and camels and donkeys.
36 "Now 24Sarah my master's wife bore a son to my master in her old age, and 25he has given him all that he has.
37 "26My master made me swear, saying, 'You shall not take 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 relatives, and take a wife for my son.'
39 "27I said to my master, 'Suppose the woman does not follow * me.'
40 "He said to me, '28The LORD, before whom I have 29walked, will send 30His angel with you to make your journey successful, and you will take a wife for my son from my relatives and from my father's house;
41 31then you will be free from my oath, when you come to my relatives; and if they do not give her to you, you will be free from my oath.'
42 "So 32I came today to the spring, and said, 'O LORD, the God of my master Abraham, if now You will make my journey on which I go 33successful;
43 behold, 34I am standing by the spring, and may it be that the maiden who comes out to draw, and to whom I say, "35Please let me drink a little water from your jar ";
44 and she will say to me, "You drink, and I will draw for your camels also "; let her be the woman whom the LORD has appointed for my master's son.'
45 "Before I had finished 36speaking in my heart, behold, 37Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder, and went down to the spring and drew, and 38I said to her, 'Please let me drink.'
46 "She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder, and said, '39Drink, and I will water your camels also '; so I drank, and she watered the camels also.
47 "40Then I asked her, and said, 'Whose daughter are you?' And she said, 'The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him'; and I put the 41ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her wrists.
48 "And I 42bowed low and worshiped the LORD, and blessed the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, 43who had guided me in the right way to take the daughter of my master's kinsman for his son.
49 "So now if you are going to 44deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, let me know, that I may turn to the right hand or the left."
50 Then Laban and Bethuel replied, "45The matter comes from the LORD; 46so we cannot * speak to you bad or good.
51 "Here is Rebekah before you, take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master's son, as the LORD has spoken."
52 When Abraham's servant heard their words, he 47bowed himself to the ground before the LORD.
53 The servant brought out 48articles of silver and articles of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother.
54 Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank and spent the night. When they arose in the morning, he said, "49Send me away to my master."
55 But her brother and her mother said, "50Let the girl stay with us a few days, say ten; afterward she may go."
56 He said to them, "Do not delay me, since 51the LORD has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master."
57 And they said, "We will call the girl and consult her wishes."
58 Then they called Rebekah and said to her, "Will you go with this man?" And she said, "I will go."
59 Thus they sent away their sister Rebekah and 52her nurse with Abraham's servant and his men.
60 They blessed Rebekah and said to her, "May you, our sister, 53Become thousands of ten thousands, And may 54your descendants possess The gate of those who hate them."
61 Then Rebekah arose with her maids, and they mounted the camels and followed * the man. So the servant took Rebekah and departed.
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