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 Genesis 24:1 - 67
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   Book of Genesis
   Chapter 24
24:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Abraham was now old and well advanced in years, and the LORD had blessed him in every way.
 
24:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He said to the chief F110 servant in his household, the one in charge of all that he had, "Put your hand under my thigh.
 
24:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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,
 
24:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac."
 
24:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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?"
 
24:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"Make sure that you do not take my son back there," Abraham said.
 
24:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"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 F111 I will give this land' - he will send his angel before you so that you can get a wife for my son from there.
 
24:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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."
 
24:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So the servant put his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham and swore an oath to him concerning this matter.
 
24:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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 F112 and made his way to the town of Nahor.
 
24:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
24:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then he prayed, "O LORD, God of my master Abraham, give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.
 
24:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water.
 
24:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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."
 
24:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
24:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
24:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The servant hurried to meet her and said, "Please give me a little water from your jar."
 
24:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"Drink, my lord," she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.
 
24:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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After she had given him a drink, she said, "I'll draw water for your camels too, until they have finished drinking."
 
24:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
24:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the LORD had made his journey successful.
 
24:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring weighing a beka F113 and two gold bracelets weighing ten shekels. F114
 
24:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then he asked, "Whose daughter are you? Please tell me, is there room in your father's house for us to spend the night?"
 
24:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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She answered him, "I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son that Milcah bore to Nahor."
 
24:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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And she added, "We have plenty of straw and fodder, as well as room for you to spend the night."
 
24:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then the man bowed down and worshiped the LORD,
 
24:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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."
 
24:28 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The girl ran and told her mother's household about these things.
 
24:29 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban, and he hurried out to the man at the spring.
 
24:30 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
24:31 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"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."
 
24:32 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
24:33 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
24:34 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So he said, "I am Abraham's servant.
 
24:35 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
24:36 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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My master's wife Sarah has borne him a son in her F115 old age, and he has given him everything he owns.
 
24:37 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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,
 
24:38 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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but go to my father's family and to my own clan, and get a wife for my son.'
 
24:39 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"Then I asked my master, 'What if the woman will not come back with me?'
 
24:40 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"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.
 
24:41 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.'
 
24:42 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"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.
 
24:43 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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,"
 
24:44 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.'
 
24:45 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"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.'
 
24:46 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"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.
 
24:47 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"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,
 
24:48 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
24:49 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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."
 
24:50 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Laban and Bethuel answered, "This is from the LORD; we can say nothing to you one way or the other.
 
24:51 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master's son, as the LORD has directed."
 
24:52 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When Abraham's servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the LORD.
 
24:53 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
24:54 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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."
 
24:55 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But her brother and her mother replied, "Let the girl remain with us ten days or so; then you F116 may go."
 
24:56 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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."
 
24:57 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then they said, "Let's call the girl and ask her about it."
 
24:58 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So they called Rebekah and asked her, "Will you go with this man?" "I will go," she said.
 
24:59 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way, along with her nurse and Abraham's servant and his men.
 
24:60 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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."
 
24:61 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then Rebekah and her maids got ready and mounted their camels and went back with the man. So the servant took Rebekah and left.
 
24:62 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev.
 
24:63 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He went out to the field one evening to meditate, F117 and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching.
 
24:64 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel
 
24:65 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
24:66 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then the servant told Isaac all he had done.
 
24:67 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F110 Or oldest
F111 Or seed
F112 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
F113 That is, about 1/5 ounce (about 5.5 grams)
F114 That is, about 4 ounces (about 110 grams)
F115 Or his
F116 Or she
F117 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.

 
 

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