THE FIRST BOOK OF MOSES CALLED
Abraham commands that Isaac shall not marry a Canaanite—The Lord guides Abraham’s servant in choosing Rebekah as a wife for Isaac—Rebekah blessed to be the mother of thousands of millions—She marries Isaac.
And Abraham said unto his eldest aservant
of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my bthigh
And I will make thee aswear
by the Lord
, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt bnot
take a cwife
unto my son of the daughters of the dCanaanites
, among whom I dwell:
But thou shalt go unto my acountry
, and to my bkindred
, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.
And the servant said unto him, aPeradventure
the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest?
And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.
¶ The aLord
God of heaven, which took me from my bfather
’s house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this cland
; he shall send his dangel
before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.
And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.
And the servant put his hand under the athigh
of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.
¶ And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were
in his hand: and he arose, and went to aMesopotamia
, unto the city of bNahor
And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water.
And he said, O aLord
God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, bsend
me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.
Behold, I stand here
by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw awater
And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be
thou hast aappointed
for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.
¶ And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to aBethuel
, son of bMilcah
, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.
And the damsel was
to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man bknown
her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.
And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.
And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.
And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.
And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.
And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the Lord
had made his journey aprosperous
And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden aearring
of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels
weight of gold;
And said, Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee: is there room in thy father’s house for us to lodge in?
And she said unto him, I am
the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which she bare unto aNahor
She said moreover unto him, We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in.
And the man abowed
down his head, and worshipped the Lord
And he said, Blessed be
God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his bmercy
and his truth: I being
in the way, the Lord cled
me to the house of my master’s brethren.
And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother’s house these things.
¶ And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was
Laban: and aLaban
ran out unto the man, unto the well.
And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his sister’s hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the well.
And he said, Come in, thou ablessed
of the Lord
; wherefore standest thou without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels.
¶ And the man came into the house: and he ungirded his camels, and gave straw and aprovender
for the camels, and water to bwash
his feet, and the men’s feet that were
And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.
And he said, I am Abraham’s servant.
And the Lord
my master greatly; and he is become bgreat
: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.
And Sarah my master’s wife bare a ason
to my master when she was bold
: and unto him hath he cgiven
all that he hath.
And my master made me aswear
, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell:
But thou shalt go unto my afather
’s house, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son.
And I said unto my master, aPeradventure
the woman will not follow me.
And he said unto me, The aLord
, before whom I bwalk
, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father’s house:
Then shalt thou be clear from this my oath, when thou comest to my kindred; and if they give not thee one, thou shalt be clear from my oath.
And I came this day unto the well, and said, O Lord God of my master Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way which I go:
Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink;
And she say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels: let
the same be
the woman whom the Lord
out for my master’s son.
And before I had done speaking in mine aheart
, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well, and drew water:
and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee.
And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: so I drank, and she made the camels drink also.
And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art
thou? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bare unto him: and I put the aearring
upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.
And I abowed
down my head, and worshipped the Lord
, and blessed the Lord
God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my master’s brother’s bdaughter
unto his son.
And now if ye 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.
Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the Lord
: we cannot aspeak
unto thee bad or good.
Behold, Rebekah is
before thee, take her,
and go, and let her be thy master’s son’s awife
, as the Lord
And it came to pass, that, when Abraham’s servant heard their words, he worshipped the Lord, bowing himself to the earth.
And the servant brought forth ajewels
of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them
to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.
And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto my master.
And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go.
And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the Lord
my way; send me away that I may go to my master.
And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth.
And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.
And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her anurse
, and Abraham’s servant, and his men.
And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art
our sister, be thou the amother
of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the bgate
of those which chate
¶ And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
And Isaac came from the way of the awell
Lahai-roi; for he dwelt in the south country.
And Isaac went out to ameditate
in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were
And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, ashe
lighted off the camel.
For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.
And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.
And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was acomforted
after his mother’s bdeath.