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24 1 BY THIS TIME Abraham had become a very old man, and the LORD had blessed him in all that he did. 24 2 Abraham said to his servant, who had been long in his service and was in charge of all his possessions, 'Put your hand under my thigh: 24 3 I want you to swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the women of the Canaanites in whose land I dwell; 24 4 you must go to my own country and to my own kindred to find a wife for my son Isaac.' 24 5 The servant said to him, 'What if the woman is unwilling to come with me to this country? Must I in that event take your son back to the land from which you came?' 24 6 Abraham said to him, 'On no account are you to take my son back there. 24 7 The LORD the God of heaven who took me from my father's house and the lam of my birth, the LORD who swore to me that he would give this land to my descendants—he will send his angel before you, and from there you shall take a wife for my son. 24 8 If the woman is unwilling to come with you, then you will be released from your oath to me; but you must not take my son back there.' 24 9 So the servant put his hand under his master Abraham's thigh and swore an oath in those terms.

24 10 The servant took ten camels from his master's herds, and also all kinds of gifts from his master; he set out for Aram-naharaim That is Aram of Two Rivers and arrived at the city where Nahor lived. 24 11 Towards evening, the time when the women come out to draw water, he made the camels kneel down by the well outside the city. 24 12 He said, 'O LORD God of my master Abraham, give me good fortune this day; keep faith with my master Abraham. 24 13 Here I stand by the spring, and the women of the city are coming out to draw water. 24 14 Let it be like this: I shall say to a girl, "Please lower your jar so that I may drink"; and if she answers, "Drink, and I will water your camels also", that will be the girl whom thou dost intend for thy servant Isaac. In this way I shall know that thou hast kept faith with my master.'

24 15 Before he had finished praying silently, he saw Rebecca coming out with her water-jug on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, the wife of Abraham's brother Nahor. 24 16 The girl was very beautiful, a virgin, who had had no intercourse with a man. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again. 24 17 Abraham's servant hurried to meet her and said, 'Give me a sip of water from your jar.' 24 18 'Drink, sir', she answered, and at once lowered her jar on to her hand to let him drink. 24 19 When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, 'Now I will draw water for your camels until they have had enough.' 24 20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the water-trough, hurried again to the well to draw water and watered all the camels. 24 21 The man was watching quietly to see whether or not the LORD had made his journey successful.

24 22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold nose-ring weighing half a shekel, and two bracelets for her wrists weighing ten shekels, also of gold, 24 23 and said, 'Tell me, please, whose daughter you are. Is there room in your father's house for us to spend the night?' 24 24 She answered, 'I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Nahor and Milcah; 24 25 and we have plenty of straw and fodder and also room for you to spend the night.' 24 26 So the man bowed down and prostrated himself to the LORD. 24 27 He said, 'Blessed be the LORD the God of my master Abraham, who has not failed to keep faith and truth with my master; for I have been guided by the LORD to the house of my master's kinsman.'

24 28 The girl ran to her mother's house and told them what had happened. 24 29 (29-30) Now Rebecca had a brother named Laban; and, when he saw the nose-ring, and also the bracelets on his sister's wrists, and heard his sister Rebecca tell what the man had said to her, he ran out to the man at the spring. When he came to him and found him still standing there by the camels, 24 30 24 31 he said, 'Come in, sir, whom the LORD has blessed. Why stay outside? I have prepared the house, and there is room for the camels.' 24 32 So he brought the man into the house, unloaded the camels and provided straw and fodder for them, and water for him and all his men to wash their feet. 24 33 Food was set before him, but he said, 'I will not eat until I have delivered my message.' Laban said, 'Let us hear it.'

24 34 He answered, 'I am the servant of Abraham. 24 35 The LORD has greatly blessed my master, and he has become a man of power. The LORD has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female slaves, camels and asses.' 24 36 My master's wife Sarah in her old age bore him a son, to whom he has given all that he has. 24 37 So my master made me swear an oath, saying, "You shall not take a wife for my son from the women of the Canaanites in whose land I dwell ; 24 38 but you shall go to my father's house and to my family to find a wife for him." 24 39 So I said to my master, "What if the woman will not come with me?" 24 40 He answered, "The LORD, in whose presence I have lived, will send his angel with you and will make your journey successful. You shall take a wife for my son from my family and from my father's house; 24 41 then you shall be released from the charge I have laid upon you. But if, when you come to my family, they will not give her to you, you shall still be released from the charge."

24 42 So I came to the spring today,' and I said, "O LORD God of my master Abraham, if thou wilt make my journey successful, let it be like this. 24 43 Here I stand by the spring. When a young woman comes out to draw water, I shall say to her, 'Give me a little water to drink from your jar.' 24 44 If she answers, 'Yes, do drink, and I will draw water for your camels as well', she is the woman whom the LORD intends for my master's son."

24 45 Before I had finished praying silently, I saw Rebecca coming out with her water-jar on her shoulder. She went down to the spring and drew some water, and I said to her, "Please give me a drink." 24 46 She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and said, "Drink; and I will water your camels as well." So I drank, and she also gave my camels water. 24 47 I asked her whose daughter she was, and she said, "I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Nahor and Milcah." Then I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her wrists, 24 48 and I bowed low and prostrated myself before the LORD. I blessed the LORD the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right road to take my master's niece for his son. 24 49 Now tell me if you will keep faith and truth with my master. If not, say so, and I will turn elsewhere.'

24 50 Laban and Bethuel answered, 'This is from the LORD; we can say nothing for or against. 24 51 Here is Rebecca herself; take her and go. She shall be the wife of your master's son, as the LORD has decreed.'

24 52 When Abraham's servant heard what they said, he prostrated himself on the ground before the LORD. 24 53 Then he brought out gold and silver ornaments, and robes, and gave them to Rebecca, and he gave costly gifts to her brother and her mother. 24 54 He and his men then ate and drank and spent the night there. When they rose in the morning, he said, 'Give me leave to go back to my master.' 24 55 Her brother and her mother said, 'Let the girl stay with us for a few days, say ten days and then she shall go.' 24 56 But he said to them, 'Do not detain me, for the LORD has granted me success: Give me leave to return to my master.' 24 57 They said, 'Let us call the girl and see what she says.' 24 58 They called Rebecca and asked her if she would go with the man, and she said, 'Yes, I will go.' 24 59 So they let their sister Rebecca and her nurse go with Abraham's servant and his men. 24 60 They blessed Rebecca and said to her: