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Genesis 24

Abraham sweareth his servant.

Genesis 24:1 Nowe Abraham was olde, and striken in yeeres, and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. Genesis 24:2 Therefore Abraham saide vnto his eldest seruant of his house, which had the rule ouer all that he had, Put nowe thine hand vnder my thigh, Genesis 24:3 And I will make thee sweare by ye Lorde God of the heauen, and God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife vnto my sonne of the daughters of the Canaanites among who I dwel. Genesis 24:4 But thou shalt go vnto my countrey, and to my kinred, & take a wife vnto my sone Izhak. Genesis 24:5 And the seruant saide to him, What if the woman will not come with me to this land? Shall I bring thy sonne againe vnto the lande from whence thou camest? Genesis 24:6 To whom Abraham answered, Beware that thou bring not my sonne thither againe.

Genesis 24:7 The Lord God of heauen, who tooke me from my fathers house, and from the land where I was borne, and that spake vnto me, and that sware vnto me, saying, Vnto thy seede wil I giue this land, he shall send his Angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife vnto my sonne fro thence. Genesis 24:8 Neuertheles if the woman wil not followe thee, then shalt thou bee discharged of this mine othe: onely bring not my sonne thither againe. Genesis 24:9 Then the seruant put his hand vnder the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him for this matter.

The servant's journey.

Genesis 24:10 So the seruant tooke ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed: (for he had all his masters goods in his hand:) and so he arose, and went to Aram Naharaim, vnto the citie of Nahor. Genesis 24:11 And he made his camels to lye downe without the citie by a well of water, at euentide about the time that the women come out to draw water.

His prayer.

Genesis 24:12 And he said, O Lord God of my master Abraham, I beseech thee, send me good speede this day, & shew mercy vnto my master Abraha. Genesis 24:13 Lo, I stand by the well of water, whiles the mens daughters of this citie come out to drawe water.

His sign.

Genesis 24:14 Graunt therefore that ye maide, to whom I say, Bowe downe thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drinke: if she say, Drinke, and I will giue thy camels drinke also: may be she that thou hast ordeined for thy seruant Izhak: and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed mercy on my master.

Rebekah meeteth him,

Genesis 24:15 And nowe yer he had left speaking, beholde, Rebekah came out, the daughter of Bethuel, sonne of Milcah the wife of Nahor Abrahams brother, and her pitcher vpon her shoulder. Genesis 24:16 (And the maide was very faire to looke vpon, a virgine and vnknowen of man) and she went downe to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came vp. Genesis 24:17 Then the seruant ranne to meete her, and said, Let me drinke, I pray thee, a litle water of thy pitcher.

fulfilleth his sign,

Genesis 24:18 And she said, Drinke sir: and she hasted, and let downe her pitcher vpon her hand and gaue him drinke. Genesis 24:19 And when she had giuen him drinke, she said, I will drawe water for thy camels also vntill they haue drunken inough. Genesis 24:20 And she powred out her pitcher into the trough speedily; and ranne againe vnto the well to drawe water, and she drewe for all his camels. Genesis 24:21 So the man wondred at her, and helde his peace, to knowe whether the Lord had made his iourney prosperous or not.

receiveth jewels,

Genesis 24:22 And when the camels had left drinking, the man tooke a golden abillement of halfe a shekell weight, and two bracelets for her hands, of ten shekels weight of golde:

sheweth her kindred,

Genesis 24:23 And he said, Whose daughter art thou? Tell me, I pray thee, Is there roume in thy fathers house for vs to lodge in? Genesis 24:24 Then she said to him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the sonne of Milcah whom she bare vnto Nahor.

and inviteth him home.

Genesis 24:25 Moreouer she said vnto him, We haue litter also & prouender ynough, & roume to lodge in.

The servant blesseth God.

Genesis 24:26 And the man bowed himselfe and worshipped the Lord, Genesis 24:27 And said, Blessed be the Lorde God of my master Abraham, which hath not withdrawen his mercie and his trueth from my master: for when I was in the way, the Lord brought me to my masters brethrens house. Genesis 24:28 And the maide ranne and tolde them of her mothers house according to these wordes.

Laban entertaineth him.

Genesis 24:29 Now Rebekah had a brother called Laban, and Laban ranne vnto the man to the well. Genesis 24:30 For when he had seene the earings and the bracelets in his sisters hands, and when he heard the wordes of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus said the man vnto me, then he went to the man, and loe, he stoode by the camels at the well. Genesis 24:31 And he saide, Come in thou blessed of the Lord: wherefore standest thou without, seeing I haue prepared the house, & roume for ye camels?

Genesis 24:32 Then the man came into the house, and he vnsadled the camels, and brought litter and prouender for the camels, and water to wash his feete, and the mens feete that were with him. Genesis 24:33 Afterward the meate was set before him: but he saide, I will not eate, vntill I haue saide my message: And he said, Speake on.

The servant sheweth his message.

Genesis 24:34 Then he said, I am Abrahams seruant, Genesis 24:35 And the Lord hath blessed my master wonderfully, that he is become great: for he hath giuen him sheepe, and beeues, and siluer, and golde, and men seruants, and maide seruants, and camels, and asses. Genesis 24:36 And Sarah my masters wife hath borne a sonne to my master, when she was olde, and vnto him hath he giuen all that he hath. Genesis 24:37 Now my master made me sweare, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to my sonne of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell: Genesis 24:38 But thou shalt go vnto my fathers house and to my kinred, and take a wife vnto my sonne. Genesis 24:39 Then I saide vnto my master, What if the woman will not followe me? Genesis 24:40 Who answered me, The Lord, before who I walke, will send his Angel with thee, and prosper thy iourney, and thou shalt take a wife for my sonne of my kinred and my fathers house. Genesis 24:41 Then shalt thou be discharged of mine othe, when thou commest to my kinred: and if they giue thee not one, thou shalt be free from mine othe. Genesis 24:42 So I came this day to the well, and said, O Lorde, the God of my master Abraham, if thou nowe prosper my iourney which I goe, Genesis 24:43 Behold, I stand by the wel of water: when a virgine commeth forth to drawe water, and I say to her, Giue me, I pray thee, a litle water of thy pitcher to drinke, Genesis 24:44 And she say to me, Drinke thou, and I will also drawe for thy camels, let her be ye wife, which the Lord hath prepared for my masters sonne. Genesis 24:45 And before I had made an end of speaking in mine heart, beholde, Rebekah came foorth, and her pitcher on her shoulder, and she went downe vnto the well, and drewe water. Then I said vnto her, Giue me drinke, I pray thee. Genesis 24:46 And she made haste, and tooke downe her pitcher from her shoulder, and said, Drinke, and I will giue thy camels drinke also. So I dranke, and she gaue the camels drinke also. Genesis 24:47 Then I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? And she answered, The daughter of Bethuel Nahors sonne, whom Milcah bare vnto him. Then I put the abillement vpon her face, and the bracelets vpon her hands: Genesis 24:48 And I bowed downe and worshipped the Lord, and blessed the Lord God of my master Abraham, which had brought me the right way to take my masters brothers daughter vnto his sone. Genesis 24:49 Now therefore, if ye will deale mercifully and truely with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me that I may turne me to the right hand or to the left.

Laban and Bethuel approve it.

Genesis 24:50 Then answered Laban and Bethuel, and said, This thing is proceeded of the Lorde: we cannot therefore say vnto thee, neither euill nor good. Genesis 24:51 Beholde, Rebehak is before thee, take her and goe, that she may be thy masters sonnes wife, euen as the Lord hath said. Genesis 24:52 And when Abrahams seruant heard their wordes, he bowed himselfe toward the earth vnto the Lord. Genesis 24:53 Then the seruant tooke foorth iewels of siluer, and iewels of golde, and raiment, and gaue to Rebekah: also vnto her brother and to her mother he gaue gifts. Genesis 24:54 Afterward they did eate & drinke, both he, and the men that were with him, and taried all night; when they rose vp in the morning, he said, Let me depart vnto my master. Genesis 24:55 Then her brother and her mother answered, Let the maide abide with vs, at the least ten dayes: then shall she goe. Genesis 24:56 But he said vnto them, Hinder you me not, seeing the Lord hath prospered my iourney: send me away, that I may goe to my master. Genesis 24:57 Then they said, We will call the maide, and aske her consent.

Rebekah consenteth to go.

Genesis 24:58 And they called Rebekah, and saide vnto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she answered, I will go. Genesis 24:59 So they let Rebekah their sister goe, & her nourse, with Abrahams seruant and his men. Genesis 24:60 And they blessed Rebekah, and sayde vnto her, Thou art our sister, growe into thousande thousands, and thy seede possesse the gate of his enemies.

Genesis 24:61 Then Rebekah arose, & her maydes, and rode vpon the camels, and followed the man; the seruant tooke Rebekah, and departed.

Isaac meeteth her.

Genesis 24:62 Nowe Izhak came from the way of Beer-lahai-roi, (for he dwelt in the South countrey) Genesis 24:63 And Izhak went out. to pray in the fielde toward the euening: who lift vp his eyes and looked, and behold, the camels came. Genesis 24:64 Also Rebekah lift vp her eyes, & when she saw Izhak, she lighted downe from the camel. Genesis 24:65 (For shee had sayde to the seruant, Who is yonder man, that commeth in the fielde to meete vs? and the seruant had said, It is my master) So she tooke a vaile, and couered her. Genesis 24:66 And the seruant tolde Izhak all things, that he had done. Genesis 24:67 Afterward Izhak brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother, and he tooke Rebekah, and she was his wife, and he loued her: So Izhak was comforted after his mothers death.

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