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Kĩambĩrĩria 24:1-67

Isaaka na Rebeka

124:1 Kĩam 17:17; Kĩam 24:35Na rĩrĩ, Iburahĩmu aarĩ mũkũrũ na agatindĩka mĩaka. Nake Jehova nĩamũrathimĩte maũndũ-inĩ make mothe. 2Nake akĩĩra ndungata ĩrĩa yarĩ nene mũciĩ-inĩ wake, o ĩrĩa yarũgamĩrĩire indo ciothe iria aarĩ nacio atĩrĩ, “Ta iga guoko gwaku rungu rwa kĩero gĩakwa. 324:3 Kĩam 14:19; 1Akor 6:14Nĩngwenda wĩhĩte na rĩĩtwa rĩa Jehova, o we Ngai wa igũrũ na Ngai wa thĩ, atĩ ndũgethera mũrũ wakwa mũtumia kuuma kũrĩ airĩtu a Akaanani aya ndũũraga thĩinĩ wao, 424:4 Kĩam 12:1; Kĩam 21:21no nĩũgathiĩ bũrũri-inĩ wakwa na kũrĩ andũ a nyũmba iitũ, na wethere mũrũ wakwa Isaaka mũtumia kũu.”

5Ndungata ĩyo ĩkĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Ĩ mũndũ-wa-nja ũcio angĩkaarega gũũka na niĩ bũrũri-inĩ ũyũ? Ngaacookia mũrũguo bũrũri ũrĩa woimire?”

6Iburahĩmu akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Menyerera, ndũkanacookie mũrũ wakwa kũu! 724:7 Agal 3:16; Kĩam 12:7Jehova, o we Ngai wa igũrũ ũrĩa wandutire kuuma nyũmba ya baba na kuuma bũrũri ũrĩa ndaciarĩirwo na akĩnjarĩria na akĩnjĩĩra na mwĩhĩtwa atĩrĩ, ‘Rũciaro rwaku nĩngarũhe bũrũri ũyũ’ we nĩwe ũgaatũma mũraika wake mbere yaku nĩguo ũkoonera mũrũ wakwa mũtumia kuuma kuo. 824:8 Joh 2:12, 17, 20; 9:20Mũndũ-wa-nja ũcio angĩkaarega gũũka nawe-rĩ, ndũkoohwo nĩ mwĩhĩtwa ũyũ wakwa; no ndũkanacookie mũrũ wakwa kũu.” 924:9 Kĩam 32:4Nĩ ũndũ ũcio ndungata ĩyo ĩkĩiga guoko kwayo rungu rwa kĩero kĩa Iburahĩmu ũcio mwathi wayo, na ĩkĩĩhĩta na mwĩhĩtwa harĩ we kũringana na ũhoro ũcio.

1024:10 1Maũ 12:40; Isa 30:6Ndungata ĩyo ĩgĩcooka ĩkĩoya ngamĩĩra ikũmi cia mwathi wayo na ĩkiumagara ĩkuĩte mĩthemba yothe ya indo njega kuuma kũrĩ mwathi wayo. Ĩgĩthiĩ ĩgĩkinya itũũra rĩrĩa Nahoru aatũũraga mwena wa gathigathini-ithũĩro wa Mesopotamia. 1124:11 Kĩam 29:2; 1Sam 9:11Nayo ĩgĩtũma ngamĩĩra ikome nja ya itũũra hakuhĩ na gĩthima kĩa maaĩ; kwarĩ kĩhwaĩ-inĩ rĩrĩa andũ-a-nja maathiiaga gũtaha maaĩ.

1224:12 Kĩam 24:27, 42, 48; 26:24; Thaam 3:6, 15, 16Ĩgĩcooka ĩkĩhooya, ĩkiuga atĩrĩ, “Wee Jehova, Ngai wa Iburahĩmu mwathi wakwa, tũma ngaacĩre ũmũthĩ na ũtuge mwathi wakwa Iburahĩmu. 13Rora, ndũgamĩte haha gĩthima-inĩ kĩa maaĩ, nao airĩtu a ene itũũra nĩ maroka gũtaha maaĩ. 14Kũrotuĩka atĩrĩ, atĩ rĩrĩa ndĩrĩĩra mũirĩtu atĩrĩ, ‘Ndakũhooya, he ndigithũ yaku nyue maaĩ,’ nake oige atĩrĩ, ‘Nyua na nĩngũtahĩra o na ngamĩĩra ciaku,’ reke ũcio atuĩke nĩwe ũthuurĩire ndungata yaku Isaaka. Na ũndũ ũcio ũtũme niĩ menye atĩ nĩũtugĩte mwathi wakwa.”

1524:15 Kĩam 22:23; Kĩam 11:29Ĩtanarĩkia kũhooya-rĩ, Rebeka agĩũka akuuĩte ndigithũ kĩande-inĩ. Aarĩ mũirĩtu wa Bethueli mũrũ wa Milika, ũrĩa warĩ mũtumia wa Nahoru mũrũ wa nyina na Iburahĩmu. 1624:16 Kĩam 12:11; Gũcook 22:15-21Mũirĩtu ũcio aarĩ mũthaka mũno, mũirĩtu gathirange; gũtirĩ mũndũ mũrũme wakomete nake. Agĩikũrũka gĩthima-inĩ kĩa maaĩ, akĩiyũria ndigithũ yake maaĩ, agĩcooka akĩambata rĩngĩ.

1724:17 1Ath 17:10; Joh 4:7Nayo ndungata ĩyo ĩkĩhiũha ĩkamũtũnge, na ĩkĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Ndagũthaitha, he tũũĩ tũnini twa kũnyua kuuma ndigithũ-inĩ yaku.”

1824:18 Kĩam 24:14Nake agĩcookia atĩrĩ, “Mwathi wakwa, nyua,” nake akĩruta ndigithũ mũtwe na ihenya, akĩmĩnyiita na moko, na akĩmũhe maaĩ.

1924:19 Kĩam 24:10, 14Na aarĩkia kũmũhe maaĩ ma kũnyua, agĩcooka akiuga atĩrĩ, “Nĩngũtahĩra ngamĩĩra ciaku, o nacio o nginya ciiganie kũnyua.” 2024:20 Kĩam 24:46Agĩkĩonoreria maaĩ marĩa maarĩ ndigithũ yake mũharatĩ-inĩ na ihenya, agĩcooka agĩtengʼera gĩthima-inĩ gũtaha maaĩ mangĩ, agĩtaha ma kũigana ngamĩĩra ciake ciothe. 2124:21 Kĩam 24:12Mũndũ ũcio akĩmwĩrorera atekwaria, nĩguo amenye kana Jehova nĩagacĩrithĩtie rũgendo rwake kana ndaarũgacĩrithĩtie.

2224:22 Kĩam 41:42; Isa 3:21; Ezek 16:11-12Rĩrĩa ngamĩĩra ciarĩkirie kũnyua maaĩ-rĩ, mũndũ ũcio akĩruta gĩcũhĩ kĩa iniũrũ gĩa thahabu kĩa ũritũ wa nuthu cekeri,24:22 nĩ ta giramu ithano na nuthu (5:5). na bangiri igĩrĩ cia thahabu cia ũritũ wa cekeri ikũmi,24:22 nĩ ta giramu 110. akĩmwĩkĩra. 2324:23 Atiir 19:15; 20:4Agĩcooka akĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Wee ũrĩ mwarĩ wa ũ? Ndagũthaitha ta njĩĩra atĩrĩ, mũciĩ gwa thoguo-rĩ, he handũ tũngĩrarĩrĩra?”

2424:24 Kĩam 24:47Nake akĩmũcookeria atĩrĩ, “Niĩ ndĩ mwarĩ wa Bethueli, mũriũ ũrĩa Milika aaciarĩire Nahoru.” 2524:25 Atiir 19:19Ningĩ akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Tũrĩ na riya na nyeki nyingĩ, o na handũ wee ũngĩrarĩrĩra.”

2624:26 Kĩam 24:48, 52; 1Maũ 29:20Mũndũ ũcio akĩinamĩrĩra thĩ, akĩhooya Jehova, 27akiuga atĩrĩ, “Jehova arogaathwo, o we Ngai wa Iburahĩmu mwathi wakwa, o ũcio ũtatigĩte kuonania ũtugi na wĩhokeku wake kũrĩ mwathi wakwa. Hakwa-rĩ, Jehova nĩandongoretie rũgendo-inĩ, akanginyia kwa andũ a nyũmba ya mwathi wakwa.”

28Nake mũirĩtu ũcio agĩtengʼera, agĩthiĩ akĩhe andũ a nyũmba ya nyina ndeto icio. 2924:29 Kĩam 24:4; Kĩam 29:5, 12, 13Na rĩrĩ, Rebeka aarĩ na mũrũ wa nyina wetagwo Labani, nake akiumagara ahiũhĩte, agĩthiĩ kũrĩ mũndũ ũcio hau gĩthima-inĩ kĩa maaĩ. 30Rĩrĩa onire gĩcũhĩ kĩu kĩa iniũrũ na bangiri irĩ moko-inĩ ma mwarĩ wa nyina, na aigua Rebeka akiuga ũrĩa mũndũ ũcio aamwĩrĩte-rĩ, agĩthiĩ kũrĩ mũndũ ũcio, akĩmũkora arũgamĩte harĩ ngamĩĩra ciake hakuhĩ na gĩthima kĩa maaĩ. 3124:31 Kĩam 26:29; Thab 115:15Akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Ũka tũthiĩ mũciĩ, wee ũrathimĩtwo nĩ Jehova. Ũrũgamĩte haha nja nĩkĩ? Nĩhaarĩirie nyũmba yaku na handũ ha ngamĩĩra.”

32Nĩ ũndũ ũcio mũndũ ũcio agĩtoonya nyũmba, nacio ngamĩĩra ikĩaũrwo mĩrigo. Ngamĩĩra ikĩreherwo riya na nyeki, nake mũndũ ũcio na andũ arĩa aarĩ nao makĩreherwo maaĩ ma gwĩthamba magũrũ. 33Ningĩ akĩreherwo irio, nowe akiuga atĩrĩ, “Niĩ ndingĩrĩa, itambĩte kũmwĩra ũndũ ũrĩa ũndehete gũkũ.”

Nake Labani akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Gĩtwĩre.”

34Nake agĩkiuga atĩrĩ, “Niĩ ndĩ ndungata ya Iburahĩmu.” 3524:35 Kĩam 12:2; Kĩam 24:1“Jehova nĩarathimĩte mwathi wakwa mũno, na nĩ atongete mũno. Nĩamũheete ngʼondu na ngʼombe, betha na thahabu, ndungata cia arũme na cia andũ-a-nja, na ngamĩĩra o na ndigiri. 3624:36 Kĩam 17:17; Kĩam 25:5Nake Sara mũtumia wa mwathi wakwa nĩamũciarĩire kĩmwana arĩ o mũkũrũ, nake nĩakĩheete indo ciake ciothe. 3724:37 Kĩam 24:3Nake mwathi wakwa agĩtũma ndĩĩhĩte akĩnjĩĩra atĩrĩ, ‘Ndũkanethere mũriũ wakwa mũtumia kuuma kũrĩ airĩtu a Akaanani, a gũkũ bũrũri ũyũ ndũũraga, 38no ũthiĩ kũrĩ nyũmba ya baba na kũrĩ mũhĩrĩga wakwa, na ũrutĩre mũriũ wakwa mũtumia kuo.’

3924:39 Kĩam 24:5“Ningĩ ngĩũria mwathi wakwa atĩrĩ, ‘Ĩ mũndũ-wa-nja ũcio angĩrega gũũka na niĩ?’

40“Nake akĩnjookeria atĩrĩ, ‘Jehova ũrĩa ndũire thiiaga mbere yake, nĩagatũma mũraika wake athiĩ nawe, na atũme rũgendo rwaku rũgaacĩre, nĩgeetha ũkaarutĩra mũriũ wakwa mũtumia kuuma kũrĩ mũhĩrĩga wakwa na kuuma kũrĩ andũ a nyũmba ya baba. 4124:41 Kĩam 24:8Ningĩ wathiĩ kũrĩ mũhĩrĩga wakwa-rĩ, nĩũkohorwo kuuma kũrĩ mwĩhĩtwa wakwa; o na mangĩkaarega kũmũnengerana kũrĩ we, nĩũkohorwo kuuma kũrĩ mwĩhĩtwa ũcio wakwa.’ ”

4224:42 Kĩam 24:12Agĩthiĩ na mbere, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Ũmũthĩ rĩrĩa nginyire gĩthima-inĩ kĩa maaĩ, njugire atĩrĩ, ‘Wee Jehova Ngai wa Iburahĩmu mwathi wakwa, ũngĩenda, ndagũthaitha, gaacĩrithia rũgendo rũrũ njũkĩte. 4324:43 Kĩam 24:13; Isa 7:14Ta kĩone, nũngiĩ haha gĩthima-inĩ kĩa maaĩ; mũirĩtu angĩũka gũtaha maaĩ na niĩ ndĩmwĩre atĩrĩ, “Ĩtĩkĩra nyue tũũĩ tũnini kuuma ndigithũ-inĩ yaku,” 44nake angĩnjĩĩra atĩrĩ, “Nyua na nĩngũtahĩra ngamĩĩra ciaku o nacio,” nĩagĩtuĩke nĩwe mũndũ-wa-nja ũrĩa Jehova athuurĩire mũriũ wa mwathi wakwa.’

4524:45 Kĩam 24:15; 1Sam 1:13“Itanarĩkia kũhooya ũguo na ngoro-rĩ, Rebeka oka arĩ na ndigithũ yake kĩande. Nake aikũrũka gĩthima-inĩ kĩa maaĩ, aataha maaĩ na niĩ ndamwĩra atĩrĩ, ‘Ndagũthaitha he maaĩ nyue.’

46“Aaruta ndigithũ yake kĩande o naihenya anjĩĩra atĩrĩ, ‘Nyua, na nĩngũnyuithia o na ngamĩĩra ciaku.’ Nĩ ũndũ ũcio ndanyua maaĩ na ahe ngamĩĩra o nacio.

4724:47 Isa 3:19; Ezek 16:11-12“Na niĩ ndamũũria atĩrĩ, ‘Ũrĩ mwarĩ wa ũ?’

“Nake anjookeria atĩrĩ, ‘Ndĩ mwarĩ wa Bethueli mũrũ wa Nahoru, ũrĩa Milika aamũciarĩire.’

“Na niĩ ndakĩmwĩkĩra gĩcũhĩ iniũrũ, na bangiri moko, 4824:48 Kĩam 24:26ndacooka ndainamĩrĩra ndahooya Jehova. Ndagatha Jehova, o we Ngai wa Iburahĩmu mwathi wakwa, ũrĩa ũndongoretie na njĩra ĩrĩa njagĩrĩru nyonere mũrũ wa mwathi wakwa mwarĩ wa mũriũ wa mũrũ wa nyina nake. 49Na rĩrĩ, angĩkorwo nĩ mũkuonania ũtugi na wĩhokeku kũrĩ mwathi wakwa, njĩĩrai; na angĩkorwo tiguo, mũnjĩĩre nĩgeetha na niĩ menye na kũrĩa ngũrora.”

5024:50 Thab 118:23; Kĩam 31:7, 24, 29, 42Labani na Bethueli magĩcookia atĩrĩ, “Ũndũ ũyũ uumĩte kũrĩ Jehova; ithuĩ tũngĩgĩkwĩra atĩa? 51Rebeka nĩwe ũyũ; muoe mũthiĩ agatuĩke mũtumia wa mũriũ wa mwathi waku, o ta ũrĩa Jehova oigĩte.”

5224:52 Kĩam 24:26Rĩrĩa ndungata ya Iburahĩmu yaiguire ũrĩa moigire, ĩkĩinamĩrĩra, ĩgĩturumithia ũthiũ wayo thĩ mbere ya Jehova. 53Ningĩ ndungata ĩyo ĩkĩruta thahabu, na mathaga ma betha na nguo, na ĩgĩcihe Rebeka; ĩgĩcooka ĩkĩhe Labani mũrũ wa nyina, o na nyina, iheo cia goro. 54Ndungata ĩyo na andũ arĩa yarĩ nao makĩrĩa na makĩnyua, na makĩraara kũu ũtukũ ũcio.

Na rĩrĩa mookĩrire mũthenya ũyũ ũngĩ rũciinĩ tene, ĩkiuga atĩrĩ, “Rekei ndĩthiĩre kũrĩ mwathi wakwa.”

55No Labani mũrũ wa nyina na mũirĩtu, o na nyina, makiuga atĩrĩ, “Reke mũirĩtu ũyũ aikare na ithuĩ ta matukũ ikũmi; mũcooke mũthiĩ.”

56No yo ĩkĩmeera atĩrĩ, “Tigai kũngiria thiĩ, kuona atĩ Jehova nĩagacĩrithĩtie rũgendo rwakwa. Rekei ndĩthiĩre kũrĩ mwathi wakwa.”

57Nao makiuga atĩrĩ, “Rekei twĩte mũirĩtu tũmũũrie ũhoro ũcio.” 58Nĩ ũndũ ũcio magĩĩta Rebeka, makĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Nĩũgũthiĩ na mũndũ ũyũ?”

Nake akiuga atĩrĩ, “Nĩngũthiĩ.”

5924:59 Kĩam 35:8Nĩ ũndũ ũcio magĩtĩkĩria Rebeka mwarĩ wa nyina ũcio ethiĩre, hamwe na mũmũrori, na ndungata ya Iburahĩmu na andũ ake. 6024:60 Kĩam 17:16Nao magĩkĩrathima Rebeka makĩmwĩra atĩrĩ,

“Mwarĩ wa maitũ,

ũroingĩha ũtuĩke nyina wa ngiri maita ngiri,

naruo rũciaro rwaku rũroĩgwatĩra ihingo cia thũ ciao.”

61Nake Rebeka na ndungata ciake, cia andũ-a-nja, makĩĩhaarĩria na makĩhaica ngamĩĩra, na magĩthiĩ na mũndũ ũcio. Nĩ ũndũ ũcio ndungata ĩyo ĩkĩoya Rebeka ĩgĩĩthiĩra.

6224:62 Kĩam 16:14; Kĩam 12:9Na rĩrĩ, Isaaka nĩoimĩte Biri-Lahai-Roi, nĩ ũndũ aatũũraga Negevu. 6324:63 Thab 1:2; Thab 77:12; 119:15, 27, 48, 97, 148; 143:5Hwaĩ-inĩ ũmwe-rĩ, nĩathiire na kũu mũgũnda-inĩ agecũũranganie, na aatiira maitho, akĩona ngamĩĩra ciũkĩte. 6424:64 Kĩam 31:17, 34; 1Sam 30:17O nake Rebeka agĩtiira maitho akĩona Isaaka. Akiuma ngamĩĩra igũrũ, 6524:65 Kĩam 38:14; Isa 47:2na akĩũria ndungata ĩyo atĩrĩ, “Mũndũ ũrĩa ũrĩ kũũrĩa mũgũnda ũroka gũtũtũnga nũũ?”

Ndungata ĩyo ĩgĩcookia atĩrĩ, “Nĩ mwathi wakwa.” Nake Rebeka akĩoya taama wake akĩĩhumbĩra.

66Nayo ndungata ĩyo ĩkĩĩra Isaaka ũrĩa wothe yekĩte. 6724:67 Kĩam 31:33; 18:9; 29:18, 20Nake Isaaka agĩtoonyia Rebeka hema-inĩ ya nyina Sara, akĩmũhikia. Nĩ ũndũ ũcio agĩtuĩka mũtumia wake, na akĩmwenda; nake Isaaka akĩhoorerio ihooru rĩa gĩkuũ kĩa nyina.24:67 Mĩaka ĩtatũ nĩyathirĩte kuuma Sara aakua (17:17; 23:1; 25:20).

New International Version

Genesis 24:1-67

Isaac and Rebekah

1Abraham was now very old, and the Lord had blessed him in every way. 2He said to the senior servant in his household, the one in charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh. 3I want you to swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living, 4but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac.”

5The servant asked him, “What if the woman is unwilling to come back with me to this land? Shall I then take your son back to the country you came from?”

6“Make sure that you do not take my son back there,” Abraham said. 7“The Lord, the God of heaven, who brought me out of my father’s household and my native land and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, ‘To your offspring24:7 Or seed I will give this land’—he will send his angel before you so that you can get a wife for my son from there. 8If the woman is unwilling to come back with you, then you will be released from this oath of mine. Only do not take my son back there.” 9So the servant put his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham and swore an oath to him concerning this matter.

10Then the servant left, taking with him ten of his master’s camels loaded with all kinds of good things from his master. He set out for Aram Naharaim24:10 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia and made his way to the town of Nahor. 11He had the camels kneel down near the well outside the town; it was toward evening, the time the women go out to draw water.

12Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. 13See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. 14May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.”

15Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. 16The woman was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again.

17The servant hurried to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water from your jar.”

18“Drink, my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.

19After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have had enough to drink.” 20So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, ran back to the well to draw more water, and drew enough for all his camels. 21Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey successful.

22When the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring weighing a beka24:22 That is, about 1/5 ounce or about 5.7 grams and two gold bracelets weighing ten shekels.24:22 That is, about 4 ounces or about 115 grams 23Then he asked, “Whose daughter are you? Please tell me, is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?”

24She answered him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son that Milkah bore to Nahor.” 25And she added, “We have plenty of straw and fodder, as well as room for you to spend the night.”

26Then the man bowed down and worshiped the Lord, 27saying, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.”

28The young woman ran and told her mother’s household about these things. 29Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban, and he hurried out to the man at the spring. 30As soon as he had seen the nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister’s arms, and had heard Rebekah tell what the man said to her, he went out to the man and found him standing by the camels near the spring. 31“Come, you who are blessed by the Lord,” he said. “Why are you standing out here? I have prepared the house and a place for the camels.”

32So the man went to the house, and the camels were unloaded. Straw and fodder were brought for the camels, and water for him and his men to wash their feet. 33Then food was set before him, but he said, “I will not eat until I have told you what I have to say.”

“Then tell us,” Laban said.

34So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant. 35The Lord has blessed my master abundantly, and he has become wealthy. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys. 36My master’s wife Sarah has borne him a son in her old age, and he has given him everything he owns. 37And my master made me swear an oath, and said, ‘You must not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live, 38but go to my father’s family and to my own clan, and get a wife for my son.’

39“Then I asked my master, ‘What if the woman will not come back with me?’

40“He replied, ‘The Lord, before whom I have walked faithfully, will send his angel with you and make your journey a success, so that you can get a wife for my son from my own clan and from my father’s family. 41You will be released from my oath if, when you go to my clan, they refuse to give her to you—then you will be released from my oath.’

42“When I came to the spring today, I said, ‘Lord, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant success to the journey on which I have come. 43See, I am standing beside this spring. If a young woman comes out to draw water and I say to her, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar,” 44and if she says to me, “Drink, and I’ll draw water for your camels too,” let her be the one the Lord has chosen for my master’s son.’

45“Before I finished praying in my heart, Rebekah came out, with her jar on her shoulder. She went down to the spring and drew water, and I said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’

46“She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too.’ So I drank, and she watered the camels also.

47“I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’

“She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel son of Nahor, whom Milkah bore to him.’

“Then I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her arms, 48and I bowed down and worshiped the Lord. I praised the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son. 49Now if you will show kindness and faithfulness to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so I may know which way to turn.”

50Laban and Bethuel answered, “This is from the Lord; we can say nothing to you one way or the other. 51Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has directed.”

52When Abraham’s servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the Lord. 53Then the servant brought out gold and silver jewelry and articles of clothing and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave costly gifts to her brother and to her mother. 54Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank and spent the night there.

When they got up the next morning, he said, “Send me on my way to my master.”

55But her brother and her mother replied, “Let the young woman remain with us ten days or so; then you24:55 Or she may go.”

56But he said to them, “Do not detain me, now that the Lord has granted success to my journey. Send me on my way so I may go to my master.”

57Then they said, “Let’s call the young woman and ask her about it.” 58So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?”

“I will go,” she said.

59So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way, along with her nurse and Abraham’s servant and his men. 60And they blessed Rebekah and said to her,

“Our sister, may you increase

to thousands upon thousands;

may your offspring possess

the cities of their enemies.”

61Then Rebekah and her attendants got ready and mounted the camels and went back with the man. So the servant took Rebekah and left.

62Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev. 63He went out to the field one evening to meditate,24:63 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching. 64Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel 65and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?”

“He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself.

66Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. 67Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.