1 Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and Jehovah had blessed Abraham in all
2 And Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had,
Please, put your hand under my thigh,
3 and I will make you swear by Jehovah the God of the Heavens and God of the earth, that
you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I
4 but you shall go to my land and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.
5 And the servant said to him, Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this
land; must I take your son back to the land from which you came?
6 And Abraham said to him, Beware that you do not take my son back there.
7 Jehovah the God of Heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of
my kindred, and who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, To your seed I give this land,
He will send His Angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there.
8 And if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you have been released from this
oath; only, do not take my son back there.
9 So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him
concerning this matter.
10 And the servant took ten of his master's camels and departed, for all his master's
goods were in his hand. And he arose and went to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor.
11 And he made the camels kneel down outside the city by a well of water at evening
time, the time when women go out to draw.
12 And he said, O Jehovah the God of my master Abraham, please cause the meeting before
me this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham.
13 Behold, here I stand by the well of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are
coming out to draw water.
14 Now let it be that the young woman to whom I shall say, Please let down your pitcher
that I may drink, and she says, Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink; let her be
the one You have appointed for Your servant Isaac. And by this I shall know that You
have shown kindness to my master.
15 And it happened, before he had finished speaking, that behold, Rebekah, who was
born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, came out with her
pitcher on her shoulder.
16 And the young woman was of a very pleasant appearance, a virgin; no man had known
her. And she went down to the well, filled her pitcher, and came up.
17 And the servant ran to meet her and said, Please let me drink a little water from your
18 And she said, Drink, my lord. Then she quickly let her pitcher down to her hand, and
gave him a drink.
19 And when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, I will draw water for your
camels also, until they have finished drinking.
20 And she quickly emptied her pitcher into the trough, ran back to the well to draw
water, and drew for all his camels.
21 And the man, gazing at her, remained silent so as to know whether Jehovah had
prospered his journey or not.
22 And it came to pass, when the camels had finished drinking, that the man took a golden
ring weighing half a shekel, and two bracelets for her hands weighing ten shekels of gold,
23 and said, Whose daughter are you? Tell me, please, is there room in your father's
house for us to lodge?
24 And she said to him, I am the daughter of Bethuel, Milcah's son, whom she bore to
25 Moreover she said to him, We have both straw and feed enough, and room to lodge.
26 And the man bowed down and prostrated himself before Jehovah.
27 And he said, Blessed be Jehovah the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken
His goodness and His truth toward my master. As for me, being on the way, Jehovah has
led me to the house of my master's brethren.
28 And the girl ran and told these things in the house of her mother.
29 And Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban, and Laban ran out to the man
by the well.
30 And it came to pass, when he saw the ring, and the bracelets on his sister's hands, and
when he heard the words of his sister Rebekah, saying, Thus the man spoke to me, that he
went to the man. And there he stood by the camels at the well.
31 And he said, Come in, O blessed of Jehovah! Why do you stand outside? I have
prepared the house, and a place for the camels.
32 And the man came into the house. And he unloaded the camels, and provided straw
and feed for the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with
33 And food was set before him to eat, but he said, I will not eat until I have spoken my
business. And he said, Speak.
34 And he said, I am Abraham's servant.
35 Jehovah has blessed my master greatly, and he has become great; and He has given
him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys.
36 And Sarah my master's wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and to him he
has given all that he has.
37 And my master made me swear, saying, You shall not take a wife for my son from the
daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell;
38 but you shall go to my father's house and to my family, and take a wife for my son.
39 And I said to my master, Perhaps the woman will not follow me.
40 And he said to me, Jehovah, before whom I walk, will send His Angel with you and
prosper your way; and you shall take a wife for my son from my family and from my
41 Then you shall be free from this oath when you come to my family; and if they will not
give her to you, then you will be released from my oath.
42 And this day I came to the well and said, O Jehovah the God of my master Abraham, if
You will now prosper the way in which I go,
43 behold, I am standing by the well of water; and it shall come to pass that when the virgin comes out to draw water, and I say to her, Please give me a little water from your pitcher to drink,
44 and she says to me, Drink, and I will draw for your camels also; let her be the woman
whom Jehovah has appointed for my master's son.
45 And before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah, coming out with
her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down to the well and drew water. And I said to
her, Please let me drink.
46 And she made haste and let her pitcher down from her shoulder, and said, Drink, and
I will give your camels water also. So I drank, and she gave the camels water also.
47 Then I asked her, and said, Whose daughter are you? And she said, The daughter of
Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him. And I put the ring on her nose and the
bracelets on her hands.
48 And I bowed and prostrated myself before Jehovah, and blessed Jehovah the God of my
master Abraham, who had led me in the way of truth to take the daughter of my master's
brother for his son.
49 And now if you 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 has come forth from Jehovah;
we cannot speak to you either bad or good.
51 Behold, Rebekah is before you; take her and go, and let her be your master's son's
wife, as Jehovah has spoken.
52 And it came to pass, when Abraham's servant heard their words, that he prostrated
himself to the earth before Jehovah.
53 And the servant brought out articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing, and gave
them to Rebekah. He also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother.
54 And he and the men who were with him ate and drank and stayed the night. And
they arose in the morning, and he said, Send me away to my master.
55 And her brother and her mother said, Let the girl stay with us perhaps ten days; after
that she may go.
56 And he said to them, Do not delay me, since Jehovah has prospered my way; send me
away so that I may go to my master.
57 So they said, We will call the girl and ask at her mouth.
58 And they called Rebekah and said to her, Will you go with this man? And she said, I
59 And they sent away Rebekah their sister and her nurse, and Abraham's servant and his
60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her: Our sister, may you become the mother of
thousands of ten thousands; and may your seed possess the gates of those who hate them.
61 And Rebekah and her maids arose, and they rode on the camels and followed the man.
So the servant took Rebekah and departed.
62 And Isaac came from the gates of Beer Lahai Roi, for he dwelt in the land toward the
63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field in the evening; and he lifted up his eyes and
looked, and behold, the camels were coming.
64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac she dismounted from her
65 for she had said to the servant, Who is this man walking in the field to meet us? And
the servant said, It is my master. Therefore she took a veil and covered herself.
66 And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.
67 And Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah; and he took Rebekah and she
became his wife, and he loved her. And Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.