Isaac and Rebekah
1 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age:
and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.
2 And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house,
that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand
under my thigh:
3 And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of
heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a
wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among
whom I dwell:
4 But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred,
and take a wife unto my son Isaac.
5 And the servant said unto him, Peradventure 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?
6 And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring
not my son thither again.
7 The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father'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 land; he shall send his angel before thee, and
thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.
8 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.
9 And the servant put his hand under the thigh of
Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.
10 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 Mesopotamia, unto the
city of Nahor.
11 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.
12 And he said O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray
thee, send me good speed this day, and show kindness unto my
13 Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the
daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:
14 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 she that thou hast appointed for
thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast
showed kindness unto my master.
15 And it came to pass, before he had done speaking,
that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son
of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her
pitcher upon her shoulder.
16 And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin,
neither had any man known her: and she went down to the
well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.
17 And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I
pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.
18 And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let
down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.
19 And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I
will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done
20 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.
21 And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit
whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.
22 And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking,
that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight,
and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of
23 And said, Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray
thee: is there room in thy father's house for us to lodge
24 And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel
the son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor.
25 She said moreover unto him, We have both straw and
provender enough, and room to lodge in.
26 And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the
27 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master
Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy
and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the
house of my master's brethren.
28 And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's
house these things.
29 And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban:
and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the well.
30 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.
31 And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the LORD;
wherefore standest thou without? for I have prepared the
house, and room for the camels.
32 And the man came into the house: and he ungirded his
camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels, and
water to wash his feet, and the men's feet that were with
33 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.
34 And he said, I am Abraham's servant.
35 And the LORD hath blessed my master greatly; and he
is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds,
and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and
camels, and asses.
36 And Sarah my master's wife bare a son to my master
when she was old: and unto him hath he given all that he
37 And my master made me swear, saying, Thou shalt not
take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in
whose land I dwell:
38 But thou shalt go unto my father's house, and to my
kindred, and take a wife unto my son.
39 And I said unto my master, Peradventure the woman
will not follow me.
40 And he said unto me, The LORD, before whom I walk,
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
41 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.
42 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:
43 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;
44 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
hath appointed out for my master's son.
45 And before I had done speaking in mine heart, 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.
46 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.
47 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 earring upon her face,
and the bracelets upon her hands.
48 And I bowed 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 daughter
unto his son.
49 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.
50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing
proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or
51 Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and
let her be thy master's son's wife, as the LORD hath spoken.
52 And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant
heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to
53 And the servant brought forth jewels 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.
54 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.
55 And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel
abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she
56 And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the LORD
hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my
57 And they said, We will call the damsel, and inquire
at her mouth.
58 And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou
go with this man? And she said, I will go.
59 And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her
nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men.
60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art
our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and
let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.
61 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.
62 And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for
he dwelt in the south country.
63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the
eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold,
the camels were coming.
64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw
Isaac, she lighted off the camel.
65 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
66 And the servant told Isaac all things that he had
67 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 comforted after his mother's death.