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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.

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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.