New International Reader's Version

Genesis 24:1-67

Abraham’s Servant Finds a Wife for Isaac

1By that time Abraham was very old. The Lord had blessed Abraham in every way. 2The best servant in his house was in charge of everything Abraham had. Abraham said to him, “Put your hand under my thigh. 3The Lord is the God of heaven and the God of earth. I want you to make a promise to me in his name. I’m living among the people of Canaan. But I want you to promise me that you won’t get a wife for my son from their daughters. 4Instead, promise me that you will go to my country and to my own relatives. Get a wife for my son Isaac from there.”

5The servant asked Abraham, “What if the woman doesn’t want to come back with me to this land? Then should I take your son back to the country you came from?”

6“Make sure you don’t take my son back there,” Abraham said. 7“The Lord, the God of heaven, took me away from my father’s family. He brought me out of my own land. He made me a promise. He said, ‘I will give this land to your family after you.’ The Lord will send his angel ahead of you. So you will be able to get a wife for my son from there. 8The woman may not want to come back with you. If she doesn’t, you will be free from your promise. But don’t take my son back there.” 9So the servant put his hand under Abraham’s thigh. He promised to do what his master wanted.

10The servant chose ten of his master’s camels and left. He loaded the camels with all kinds of good things from his master. He started out for Aram Naharaim and made his way to the town of Nahor. 11He stopped near the well outside the town. There he made the camels get down on their knees. It was almost evening, the time when women go out to get water.

12Then he prayed, “Lord, you are the God of my master Abraham. Make me successful today. Be kind to my master Abraham. 13I’m standing beside this spring. The daughters of the people who live in the town are coming out here to get water. 14I will speak to a young woman. I’ll say to her, ‘Please lower your jar so I can have a drink.’ Suppose she says, ‘Have a drink of water, and I’ll get some for your camels too.’ Then let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. That’s how I’ll know you have been kind to my master.”

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

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

18“Have a drink, sir,” she said. She quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.

19After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll get water for your camels too. I’ll keep doing it until they have had enough to drink.” 20So she quickly emptied her jar into the stone tub. Then she ran back to the well to get more water. She got enough for all his camels. 21The man didn’t say a word. He watched her closely. He wanted to learn whether the Lord had given him success on the journey he had made.

22The camels finished drinking. Then the man took out a gold nose ring. It weighed about a fifth of an ounce. He also took out two gold bracelets. They weighed about four ounces. 23Then he asked, “Whose daughter are you? And please tell me something else. Is there room in your father’s house for us? Can we spend the night there?”

24She answered, “I’m the daughter of Bethuel. He’s the son Milkah had by Nahor.” 25She continued, “We have plenty of straw and feed for your camels. We also have room for you to spend the night.”

26Then the man bowed down and worshiped the Lord. 27He said, “I praise the Lord, the God of my master Abraham. The Lord hasn’t stopped being kind and faithful to my master. The Lord has led me on this journey. He has brought me to the house of my master’s relatives.”

28The young woman ran home. She told her mother’s family what had happened. 29Rebekah had a brother named Laban. He hurried out to the spring to meet the man. 30Laban had seen the nose ring. He had seen the bracelets on his sister’s arms. And he had heard Rebekah tell what the man had said to her. So Laban went out to the man. He found him standing by the camels near the spring. 31“The Lord has given you his blessing,” he said. “So come with me. Why are you standing out here? I’ve prepared my house for you. I also have a place for the camels.”

32So the man went to the house. The camels were unloaded. Straw and feed were brought for the camels. And water was brought for him and his men to wash their feet. 33Then food was placed in front of him. But he said, “I won’t eat until I’ve 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 greatly, and he has become rich. The Lord has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold. He has also given him male and female servants, camels and donkeys. 36My master’s wife Sarah had a son by him when she was old. He has given that son everything he owns. 37My master made me promise him. He said, ‘I’m living in the land of the people of Canaan. But promise me that you won’t get a wife for my son from their daughters. 38Instead, go to my father’s family and to my own relatives. Get a wife for my son there.’

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

40“He replied, ‘I have walked faithfully with the Lord. He will send his angel with you. He will give you success on your journey. So you will be able to get a wife for my son. She will be from my own relatives and from my father’s family. 41When you go to my relatives, suppose they refuse to give her to you. Then you will be free from the promise you made to me.’

42“Today I came to the spring. I said, ‘Lord, you are the God of my master Abraham. Please make me successful on this journey I’ve made. 43I’m standing beside this spring. A young woman will come out to get water. I’ll say to her, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar.” 44Suppose she says, “Have a drink of water, and I’ll get some for your camels too.” Then 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. She was carrying a jar on her shoulder. She went down to the spring and got water. I said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’

46“She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder. She said, ‘Have a drink, and I’ll get water for your camels too.’ So I drank. She also got water for the camels.

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

“She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel. He’s the son Milkah had by Nahor.’

“Then I put the ring in her nose. I put the bracelets on her arms. 48And I bowed down and worshiped the Lord. I praised the Lord, the God of my master Abraham. He had led me on the right road. He had led me to get for my master’s son the granddaughter of my master’s brother. 49Now will you be kind and faithful to my master? If you will, tell me. And if you won’t, tell me. Then I’ll know which way to turn.”

50Laban and Bethuel answered, “The Lord has done all of this. We can’t say anything to you one way or the other. 51Here is Rebekah. Take her and go. Let her become the wife of your master’s son, just as the Lord has said.”

52Abraham’s servant heard what they said. So he bowed down to the Lord with his face to the ground. 53He brought out gold and silver jewelry and articles of clothing. He gave all of them to Rebekah. He also gave expensive gifts to her brother and her mother. 54Then Abraham’s servant and the men who were with him ate and drank. They spent the night there.

When they got up the next morning, Abraham’s servant said, “Send me back to my master.”

55But her brother and her mother replied, “Let the young woman stay with us ten days or so. Then you can go.”

56But he said to them, “Don’t make me wait. The Lord has given me success on my journey. Send me on my way so I can go to my master.”

57Then they said, “Let’s get Rebekah and ask her about it.” 58So they sent for her and asked, “Will you go with this man?”

“Yes, I’ll go,” she said.

59So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way with Abraham’s servant and his men. They also sent Rebekah’s servant with her. 60And they gave Rebekah their blessing. They said to her,

“Dear sister, may your family grow

by thousands and thousands.

May they take over

the cities of their enemies.”

61Then Rebekah and her female servants got ready. They got on their camels to go back with the man. So Abraham’s servant took Rebekah and left.

62By that time Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi. He was living in the Negev Desert. 63One evening he went out to the field. He wanted to spend some time thinking. When he looked up, he saw camels approaching. 64Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel. 65She asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?”

“He’s my master,” the servant answered. So she covered her face with her veil.

66Then the servant told Isaac everything he had done. 67Isaac brought Rebekah into the tent that had belonged to his mother Sarah. And he married Rebekah. She became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother died.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

创世记 24:1-67


1亚伯拉罕已经年迈,耶和华在一切的事上都赐福给他。 2亚伯拉罕对他的老总管说:“请你把手放在我大腿底下, 3我要你凭耶和华——掌管天地的上帝起誓,你不会找这迦南的女子做我儿子的妻子。 4你要回到我的家乡,在我的亲族中为以撒物色妻子。” 5老总管问他:“如果那女子不肯跟我到这里来,我要把你儿子带回你的家乡吗?” 6亚伯拉罕说:“你千万不可带我的儿子回那里! 7因为带领我离开父家和本乡的耶和华——天上的主,曾经向我说话,起誓应许把这片土地赐给我的后代。祂必派天使在你前面引路,帮助你在那里为我儿子找到妻子。 8如果那女子不肯跟你来,你也算履行了你向我起的誓,只是你不可带我儿子回那里。” 9于是,老总管就把手放在他主人亚伯拉罕的大腿底下,为这事向他起誓。

10老总管带着主人的十匹骆驼和各种上好的礼物,启程前往美索不达米亚,来到拿鹤住的城。 11黄昏,妇女们出来打水的时候,他让骆驼跪在城外的井旁, 12然后祷告说:“我主人亚伯拉罕的上帝耶和华啊,求你施恩给我家主人亚伯拉罕,让事情今天能够成就。 13现在,我站在这泉水旁,城里的少女正出来打水。 14如果我对哪个少女说‘请放下你的水罐,让我喝点水’,如果她说‘请喝,我也打水给你的骆驼喝’,愿那女子做你为自己的仆人以撒选定的妻子。这样,我可以知道你施恩给我的主人了。”


15老总管的话还没有说完,就有一位名叫利百加的少女肩上扛着水罐走出来。她是彼土利的女儿,彼土利亚伯拉罕的兄弟拿鹤密迦所生的儿子。 16利百加长得非常美丽,是个处女,没有男人亲近过她。她下到井旁,把水罐盛满了水后上来。 17老总管跑上前去对她说:“求你给我一点水喝。” 18她回答说:“我主,请喝!”说完,立刻放下水罐,托在手上让他喝。 19等他喝完以后,利百加又说:“我再为你的骆驼打些水来,让它们喝个饱。” 20于是,她马上把水罐里的水倒进水槽里,又跑到井边为所有的骆驼打水。 21当时,老总管在一旁静静地注视着利百加,要看看耶和华是否使他此行顺利。

22骆驼喝过水以后,老总管拿出一只约六克重的金环和一对约一百一十克重的金镯给利百加23对她说:“请问你是谁的女儿?你父亲家里有地方让我们住宿吗?” 24利百加回答说:“我是彼土利的女儿,我父亲是拿鹤密迦的儿子。 25我家里有充足的粮草,也有地方让你留宿。” 26老总管听了,就俯伏敬拜耶和华, 27说:“我主人亚伯拉罕的上帝耶和华当受称颂,因为祂一直以慈爱和信实对待我的主人,引导我一路走到我主人兄弟的家里。”

28利百加跑回家中,把这事告诉了母亲和家人。 29利百加有个哥哥名叫拉班30他看见妹妹的金环和手上的金镯,听了她叙述老总管的话,就跑到井旁,见老总管跟骆驼仍然站在那里, 31便对他说:“你这蒙耶和华赐福的人,请到我家。为什么站在外面呢?我已经为你预备好了房间,也为骆驼预备了地方。” 32老总管就到了拉班的家里,拉班卸下骆驼背上的东西,给骆驼喂上草料,打水给老总管和随行的人洗脚。 33他们备好了晚餐给他吃,老总管却说:“不,等我说明来意后再吃。”拉班说:“请说。”

34老总管说:“我是亚伯拉罕的仆人。 35耶和华赐给我主人极大的福气,使他非常富有。耶和华赐给他牛群、羊群、金子、银子、男女仆婢、骆驼和驴。 36我主人的妻子撒拉在晚年生了一个儿子,主人把所有的财产都给了他。 37主人要我起誓,他说,‘你不可以给我的儿子娶迦南女子为妻, 38你要到我家乡的亲族中为我儿子物色妻子。’ 39我问我的主人,‘如果那女子不愿意跟我回来怎么办?’ 40他说,‘我一向事奉的耶和华必会派天使与你同行,使你一路顺利,为我儿子在家乡的亲族中物色妻子。 41你去就是履行了你向我起的誓,如果我的亲族不肯把女子交给你,你也算履行了你向我起的誓。’

42“所以,今天我来到井旁时曾祷告说,‘我主人亚伯拉罕的上帝耶和华啊,求你使我一路顺利。 43我现在站在井旁,有女子出来打水的时候,我会向她要水喝, 44如果她说,请喝,我也打水给你的骆驼喝,就让她做你为我家主人的儿子预备的妻子吧。’

45“我心中的话还没有说完,就看见利百加肩上扛着水罐到井旁打水。我上前向她要水喝, 46她就连忙放下肩上的水罐,说,‘请喝,我也打水给你的骆驼喝。’我喝了,她又打水给骆驼喝。 47我问她是谁家的女儿,她说,‘是拿鹤密迦的儿子彼土利的女儿。’我就替她戴上金鼻环和金手镯, 48然后俯伏敬拜耶和华——我主人亚伯拉罕的上帝,因为祂引导我走正确的路,找到了主人兄弟的孙女儿给主人的儿子做妻子。 49现在,你们若愿意以慈爱和信实对待我的主人,答应这门亲事,请告诉我;如果不答应,也请告诉我,好让我知道应该怎么办。”

50拉班彼土利回答说:“既然是耶和华的安排,我们不能再多说什么。 51你看,利百加就在这里,你可以照耶和华的话,把她带回去给你主人的儿子做妻子。” 52亚伯拉罕的仆人听见这话,就俯伏在地上敬拜耶和华, 53然后拿出金银首饰和衣裳送给利百加,又把贵重的礼物送给她的哥哥和母亲。 54老总管和随行的人用过晚饭以后,在那里住了一夜。第二天早晨,老总管说:“请让我返回我主人那里。” 55利百加的哥哥和母亲说:“让利百加和我们住上十来天再去吧!” 56可是,老总管说:“既然耶和华已经使我一路顺利,请你们不要挽留我,请让我回到我主人那里。” 57他们说:“我们问问利百加的意见吧。” 58他们就叫来利百加,问她:“你愿意跟这个人同去吗?”利百加说:“我愿意!” 59于是,他们让利百加和她的奶妈跟老总管及随行的人一同离去, 60并为利百加祝福,说:






62那时,以撒住在南地,他刚从庇耳·拉海·莱回来。 63傍晚的时候,以撒来到田间默想,他抬头一看,见一队骆驼迎面而来。 64利百加抬头看见以撒,就从骆驼上下来, 65问老总管:“那从田间来迎接我们的是谁?”老总管说:“是我的主人!”利百加听了就蒙上面纱。 66老总管向以撒讲述整个事情的经过。 67以撒就带利百加进入他母亲撒拉的帐篷,娶她为妻,并且很爱她。自从母亲去世后,以撒这才得到安慰。