1By now Abraham was an old man, well on in years, and Yahweh had blessed Abraham in every way. 2Abraham said to the senior servant in his household, the steward of al his property, 'Place your handunder my thigh: 3I am going to make you swear by Yahweh, God of heaven and God of earth, that you wil not choosea wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites among whom I live 4but wil go to my native land and my own kinsfolk to choose a wife for my son Isaac.' 5The servant asked him, 'What if the girl does not want to fol ow me to this country? Should I then takeyour son back to the country from which you come?' 6Abraham replied, 'On no account are you to take my son back there. 7Yahweh, God of heaven and God of earth, who took me from my father's home, and from the land ofmy kinsfolk, and who promised me on oath, "I shal give this country to your descendants"-he will now send hisangel ahead of you, so that you can get a wife for my son from there. 8If then the girl refuses to follow you, you will be quit of this oath to me. Only do not take my son backthere.' 9And the servant placed his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham, and swore to him that hewould do it. 10The servant took ten of his master's camels and, carrying all kinds of gifts from his master, set out forthe city of Nahor in Aram Naharaim. 11In the evening, at the time when women come out to draw water, he made the camels kneel outsidethe town near the wel . 12And he said, 'Yahweh, God of my master Abraham, give me success today and show faithful love tomy master Abraham. 13While I stand by the spring as the young women from the town come out to draw water, 14I shal say to one of the girls, "Please lower your pitcher and let me drink." And if she answers,"Drink, and I shal water your camels too," let her be the one you have decreed for your servant Isaac; by this Ishall know you have shown faithful love to my master.' 15He had not finished speaking when out came Rebekah -- who was the daughter of Bethuel son ofMilcah, the wife of Abraham's brother Nahor -- with a pitcher on her shoulder. 16The girl was very beautiful, and a virgin; no man had touched her. She went down to the spring, fil edher pitcher and came up again. 17Running towards her, the servant said, 'Please give me a sip of water from your pitcher.' 18She replied, 'Drink, my lord,' and quickly lowered her pitcher on her arm and gave him a drink. 19When she had finished letting him drink, she said, 'I shall draw water for your camels, too, until theyhave had enough.' 20She quickly emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran to the wel again to draw, and drew for althe camels. 21Al the while, the man stood watching her, not daring to speak, wondering whether Yahweh hadmade his journey successful or not. 22When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing half a shekel, and put itthrough her nose, and put two bracelets weighing ten gold shekels on her arms, 23and said, 'Whose daughter are you? Please tel me. Is there room at your father's house for us tospend the night?' 24She replied, 'I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son whom Milcah bore to Nahor.' 25And she went on, 'We have plenty of straw and fodder, and room to spend the night.' 26Then the man bowed down and worshipped Yahweh 27saying, 'Blessed be Yahweh, God of my master Abraham, for not withholding his faithful love frommy master. Yahweh has led me straight to the house of my master's brother.' 28The girl ran to her mother's house to tel what had happened. 29Now Rebekah had a brother cal ed Laban, and Laban ran out to the man at the spring. 30As soon as he had seen the ring and the bracelets his sister was wearing, and had heard his sisterRebekah saying, 'This is what the man said to me,' he went to the man and found him stil standing by hiscamels at the spring. 31He said to him, 'Come in, blessed of Yahweh, why stay out here when I have cleared the house andmade room for the camels?' 32The man went to the house, and Laban unloaded the camels. He provided straw and fodder for thecamels and water for him and his companions to wash their feet. 33They offered him food, but he said, 'I wil eat nothing before I have said what I have to say.' Labansaid, 'Speak.' 34He said, 'I am Abraham's servant. 35Yahweh has loaded my master with blessings, and Abraham is now very rich. He has given himflocks and herds, silver and gold, men and women slaves, camels and donkeys. 36Sarah, my master's wife, bore my master a son in his old age, and he has made over al his propertyto him. 37My master made me take this oath, "You are not to choose a wife for my son from the daughters ofthe Canaanites in whose country I live. 38Instead, you are to go to my father's home and to my own kinsfolk to choose a wife for my son." 39I said to my master, "Suppose the girl wil not agree to come with me?" 40and his reply was, "Yahweh, in whose presence I have walked, will send his angel with you andmake your journey successful, for you to choose a wife for my son from my own kinsfolk, from my father's house. 41Then you wil be quit of my curse: if you go to my family and they refuse you, you will be quit of mycurse." 42Arriving today at the spring I said, "Yahweh, God of my master Abraham, please grant a successfuloutcome to the course I propose to take. 43While I stand by the spring, if a girl comes out to draw water and I say to her, 'Please give me a littlewater to drink from your pitcher,' 44if she replies, 'Drink by all means, and I shall draw water for your camels too,' let her be the girlwhom Yahweh has decreed for my master's son." 45I was stil saying this in my mind when Rebekah came out, her pitcher on her shoulder. She camedown to the spring and drew water. I said to her, "Please give me a drink." 46Quickly she lowered her pitcher saying, "Drink, and I shal water your camels too." 47I asked her, "Whose daughter are you?" She replied, "I am the daughter of Bethuel, whom Milcahbore to Nahor." Then I put this ring through her nose and these bracelets on her arms. 48I bowed down and worshipped Yahweh, and I blessed Yahweh, God of my master Abraham, whohad led me by a direct path to choose the daughter of my master's brother for his son. 49Now tel me whether you are prepared to show constant and faithful love to my master; if not, say so,and I shall know what to do.' 50Laban and Bethuel replied, 'This is from Yahweh; it is not for us to say yes or no to you. 51Rebekah is there before you. Take her and go; and let her become the wife of your master's son, asYahweh has decreed.' 52On hearing this, Abraham's servant bowed to the ground before Yahweh. 53He brought out silver and gold ornaments and clothes which he gave to Rebekah; he also gave richpresents to her brother and to her mother. 54They ate and drank, he and his companions, and spent the night there. Next morning when theywere up, he said, 'Let me go back to my master.' 55Rebekah's brother and mother replied, 'Let the girl stay with us for ten days or so; then she can go.' 56But he replied, 'Do not delay me, since Yahweh has made my journey successful; let me leave andgo back to my master.' 57They replied, 'Let us cal the girl and find out what she has to say.' 58They cal ed Rebekah and asked her, 'Wil you go with this man?' She replied, 'I will.' 59Accordingly they let their sister Rebekah go, with her nurse, and Abraham's servant and his men. 60They blessed Rebekah and said to her: Sister of ours, from you may there spring thousands andtens of thousands! May your descendants gain possession of the gates of their enemies! 61And forthwith, Rebekah and her maids mounted the camels, and fol owed the man. The servant tookRebekah and departed. 62Isaac meanwhile had come back from the wel of Lahai Roi and was living in the Negeb. 63While Isaac was out walking towards evening in the fields, he looked up and saw camelsapproaching. 64And Rebekah looked up and saw Isaac. She jumped down from her camel, 65and asked the servant, 'Who is that man walking through the fields towards us?' The servant replied,'That is my master.' So she took her veil and covered herself up. 66The servant told Isaac the whole story. 67Then Isaac took her into his tent. He married Rebekah and made her his wife. And in his love for her,Isaac was consoled for the loss of his mother.
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