Bibelen på hverdagsdansk

1. Mosebog 24:1-67

En brud til Isak

1Abraham var nu blevet en gammel mand og havde oplevet Herrens rige velsignelse.

2En dag kaldte han på sin ældste og mest betroede tjener, som havde ansvar for alt, hvad han ejede: „Læg din hånd under min lænd,” sagde han, 3„og sværg ved Herren, Himlens og jordens Gud, at du aldrig vil lade min søn gifte sig med en af de kana’anæiske piger, som vi bor iblandt. 4Rejs til mit hjemland og min slægt og find en kone til Isak der.”

5„Men hvad nu, hvis pigen ikke er villig til at rejse tilbage sammen med mig?” spurgte tjeneren. „Skal jeg så bringe Isak tilbage til dit gamle fædreland, så han kan slå sig ned der?”

6„Nej,” sagde Abraham. „Det må du under ingen omstændigheder gøre! 7For Herren, Himlens Gud, gav mig ordre til at forlade mit land og mit folk, og han lovede at give mig og mine efterkommere det land, vi nu bor i som fremmede. Herren vil sende sin engel i forvejen og sørge for, at du finder den pige, som skal være min søns brud. 8Hvis pigen ikke vil følge med dig tilbage, er du løst fra din ed, men du må under ingen omstændigheder bringe min søn tilbage til mit hjemland!” 9Så lagde tjeneren hånden under sin herres lænd og svor på, at han ville gøre, som Abraham havde sagt.

10Derpå tog tjeneren ti af Abrahams kameler og alle slags kostbare gaver, og begav sig på vej til Nakors by i Aram-Naharajim.24,10 Det vil sige Aram mellem de to floder i det nordlige Mesopotamien. 11Da han nåede frem, lod han kamelerne lægge sig ned ved brønden uden for byen. Det var hen ad aften—ved den tid, hvor byens kvinder gik ud til brønden for at hente vand.

12„Herre, du, min herres Gud!” bad han. „Vis godhed mod min herre Abraham og lad det lykkes for mig at udføre den opgave, han har pålagt mig. 13Jeg stiller mig her ved brønden, nu hvor byens unge kvinder kommer ud for at hente vand. 14Når jeg så spørger en af dem, om jeg må få en slurk vand, og hun svarer: ‚Drik kun, og lad mig også sørge for, at dine kameler får noget at drikke!’—lad det så være hende, du har udset til at blive Isaks kone. På den måde vil jeg være klar over, at du har været nådig mod min herre!”

15-16Endnu mens han bad, kom en ung pige gående hen mod brønden med sin vandkrukke på skulderen. Hun hed Rebekka og var datter af Betuel, en søn af Milka og Nakor, Abrahams bror. Rebekka var meget smuk, og hun var jomfru. Hun gik ned til brønden og fyldte sin krukke. Da hun kom op igen, 17skyndte tjeneren sig hen til hende og sagde: „Giv mig lidt vand fra din krukke!”

18„Gerne!” svarede hun og tog krukken ned fra skulderen, så han kunne drikke. 19Da han havde slukket sin tørst, tilføjede hun: „Lad mig også sørge for, at dine kameler får noget at drikke!” 20Straks løb hun hen til vandtruget og tømte sin krukke. Derefter hentede hun mere vand og hældte det i truget, indtil kamelerne var færdige med at drikke. 21Imens stod tjeneren og betragtede hende i tavshed—spændt på, om Gud havde ladet hans rejse lykkes.

22Da kamelerne endelig havde slukket deres tørst, gav tjeneren pigen en guldnæsering24,22 Teksten tilføjer: „som vejede en halv shekel”, dvs. ca. 8 g. og satte to tunge guldarmbånd på hendes arme.24,22 Teksten tilføjer: „som vejede ti shekel”, ca. 160 g. 23„Sig mig, hvem du er datter af,” sagde han, „og om der er plads i din fars hus, så jeg og mine folk kan få husly der i nat.”

24Hun svarede: „Jeg er datter af Betuel, som er Milkas og Nakors søn. 25Vi har masser af halm og foder og plads, så I kan overnatte hos os.”

26Ved disse ord bøjede tjeneren sig og lovpriste Gud. 27„Tak Herre, du min herre Abrahams Gud,” udbrød han. „Tak for din godhed og trofasthed imod min herre, og tak, fordi du førte mig direkte til min herres slægtninge.”

28Imidlertid løb pigen hjem og fortalte sin familie, hvad der var sket. 29-30Da hendes bror Laban så næseringen og armbåndene på sin søsters arme og hørte hende fortælle, hvad manden havde sagt til hende, skyndte han sig ud til brønden, hvor manden stadig stod med sine kameler. 31„Velkommen, kære ven,” sagde han. „Kom dog og vær vores gæst! Hvorfor står du herude? Vi har allerede gjort klar til at modtage dig og dine kameler.”

32Så fulgte manden med Laban hjem. Bagagen blev læsset af kamelerne og Laban sørgede for halm og foder til dem. Så bragte han vand til den gamle tjener og hans kameldrivere, så de kunne vaske deres fødder. 33Derefter blev der serveret mad, men Abrahams tjener sagde: „Jeg vil ikke spise noget, før jeg har fortalt jer om mit ærinde.”

„Sig frem!” svarede Laban.

34„Jeg er Abrahams tjener,” begyndte manden. 35„Herren har velsignet min herre i rigt mål, så han er blevet en velhavende mand med masser af får, kvæg, sølv og guld, tjenere, kameler og æsler.

36Min herres kone, Sara, fødte ham en søn i hans alderdom, og den søn har han givet alt, hvad han ejer. 37Og nu har min herre ladet mig sværge på, at jeg ikke vil lade hans søn gifte sig med en af de lokale kana’anæiske piger. 38I stedet bad han mig tage hertil og opsøge hans slægt og finde en brud til hans søn. 39‚Hvad nu, hvis jeg ikke kan finde en pige, der vil følge med tilbage?’ spurgte jeg. 40Han svarede: ‚Den Herre, i hvis nærhed jeg har levet mit liv, vil sende sin engel i forvejen og lade din rejse lykkes, så du kan finde min søn en kone fra min egen slægt. 41Hvis ikke, er du løst fra din ed. Det samme er tilfældet, hvis hendes familie ikke vil lade hende følge med dig.’

42Da jeg i dag gjorde holdt ved brønden, bad jeg følgende bøn: ‚Herre, du min herre Abrahams Gud! Lad det ærinde lykkes, som jeg er kommet for at udføre. 43Jeg stiller mig her ved brønden, og så siger jeg til en af pigerne, der kommer for at hente vand: „Giv mig lidt vand at drikke fra din krukke!” 44Hvis pigen så svarer: „Drik kun, og lad mig også sørge for dine kameler!”—lad det da være tegnet på, at det er den pige, du har udset til min herres søn.’

45Mens jeg endnu bad, kom Rebekka gående med sin vandkrukke på skulderen. Hun gik ned til brønden og fyldte krukken. Da jeg sagde: ‚Giv mig lidt vand at drikke fra din krukke!’ 46sænkede hun straks krukken og gav mig vand, idet hun sagde: ‚Drik kun, herre, og lad mig også sørge for, at dine kameler får noget at drikke!’ Så drak jeg, og hun sørgede for kamelerne. 47Bagefter sagde jeg til hende: ‚Sig mig, hvem du er datter af.’ Hun svarede: ‚Min far hedder Betuel og er søn af Milka og Nakor.’ Da gav jeg hende næseringen og satte armbåndene på hendes arme. 48Og jeg takkede min herre Abrahams Gud, fordi han havde ledt mig hele vejen, til jeg stod over for min herres brors barnebarn, der skulle være hans søns brud. 49Derfor vil jeg nu gerne vide, om I vil opfylde min herres ønske. Jeg vil gerne have et klart svar, ja eller nej, så jeg ved, hvad jeg har at rette mig efter.”

50Da svarede Laban og Betuel: „Det er helt klart, at Herren har ført dig herhen! Hvad kan vi sige mere? 51Tag kun Rebekka med dig! Lad hende gifte sig med din herres søn, sådan som Herren har bestemt det.”

52Ved de ord bøjede Abrahams tjener sig med ansigtet mod jorden og lovpriste Herren. 53Så hentede han smykker af sølv og guld tillige med smukke dragter, som han gav til Rebekka. Også hendes bror og mor fik gaver. 54Så spiste han og hans ledsagere til aften og overnattede i huset. Da de var stået op næste morgen, sagde han: „Lad mig nu tage tilbage til min herre.”

55„Vi vil gerne beholde Rebekka en halv snes dage endnu,” svarede pigens bror og mor. „Derefter kan I tage af sted.”

56„Ophold mig ikke længere end nødvendigt,” bad tjeneren. „Herren har jo ladet mit ærinde lykkes, og jeg må tilbage til min herre.”

57„Lad os kalde på pigen og lade hende afgøre sagen,” svarede de. 58Så kaldte de på Rebekka og spurgte hende: „Er du parat til at rejse med denne mand?”

„Ja, jeg er,” svarede hun.

59De tog så afsked med Rebekka. Den kvinde, som havde passet Rebekka fra lille, fik besked på også at tage med. 60Familien velsignede Rebekka med følgende ord: „Må dine efterkommere blive talt i tusinder! Må dine efterkommere besejre alle deres fjender!”

61Så satte Rebekka og hendes tjenestepiger sig op på kamelerne og fulgte med Abrahams tjener.

62I mellemtiden ventede Isak hjemme hos sin far. Han boede ellers selv i Negev, ved brønden Be’er-Lahaj-Roi.24,62 Navnet betyder: „Den levende, som ser”. 63En dag hen imod aftenstid, da han gik sig en tur ude på marken fordybet i egne tanker, så han op og fik øje på en karavane af kameler, der nærmede sig. 64Da Rebekka fik øje på ham, gjorde hun straks holdt og steg af sin kamel.

65„Hvem er den mand, der kommer gående dér på marken for at møde os?” spurgte hun Abrahams tjener.

„Det er min herres søn,” svarede tjeneren. Da skyndte hun sig at trække sløret for ansigtet. 66Så fortalte tjeneren hele historien til Isak.

67Isak førte nu Rebekka ind i sin mors telt, og hun blev hans kone. Han kom til at holde meget af hende, og hun var til stor trøst for ham efter tabet af moderen.

King James Version

Genesis 24:1-67

1And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.24.1 well…: Heb. gone into days 2And 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: 3And 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: 4But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac. 5And 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? 6And 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. 8And 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. 9And 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.24.10 for: or, and 11And 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.24.11 that…: Heb. that women who draw water go forth 12And he said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham. 13Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water: 14And 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 shewed 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. 16And 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.24.16 very…: Heb. good of countenance 17And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher. 18And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink. 19And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking. 20And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels. 21And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not. 22And 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 gold;24.22 earring: or, jewel for the forehead 23And said, Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee: is there room in thy father’s house for us to lodge in? 24And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor. 25She said moreover unto him, We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in. 26And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD. 27And 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. 28And 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. 30And 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. 31And 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 him. 33And 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. 34And he said, I am Abraham’s servant. 35And 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. 36And Sarah my master’s wife bare a son to my master when she was old: and unto him hath he given all that he hath. 37And 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: 38But thou shalt go unto my father’s house, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son. 39And I said unto my master, Peradventure the woman will not follow me. 40And 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 father’s house: 41Then 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. 42And 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: 43Behold, 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; 44And 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. 45And 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. 46And 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. 47And 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. 48And 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. 49And 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. 50Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good. 51Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master’s son’s wife, as the LORD hath spoken. 52And it came to pass, that, when Abraham’s servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth. 53And 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.24.53 jewels: Heb. vessels

54And 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. 55And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go.24.55 a few…: or, a full year, or ten months 56And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the LORD hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master. 57And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth. 58And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go. 59And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham’s servant, and his men. 60And 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.

62And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahai-roi; for he dwelt in the south country. 63And 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.24.63 to meditate: or, to pray 64And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel. 65For 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. 66And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done. 67And 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.