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.
Isake ndi Rebeka
1Tsopano Abrahamu anali atakalamba kwambiri, ndipo Yehova anamudalitsa mu zonse anachita. 2Tsiku lina Abrahamu anawuza wantchito wake wamkulu amene ankayangʼanira zonse anali nazo, kuti “Ika dzanja lako pansi pa ntchafu yanga. 3Ndikufuna kuti ulumbire pamaso pa Yehova, Mulungu wakumwamba ndi dziko lapansi, kuti sudzamupezera mwana wanga mkazi pakati pa atsikana Achikanaani a kuno kumene ndikukhala, 4koma kuti udzapita ku dziko la kwathu ndi kukamupezera mkazi mwana wanga Isake pakati pa abale anga.”
5Wantchito uja anafunsa kuti, “Nanga atakhala kuti mkaziyo sakufuna kubwera nane kuno? Kodi ine ndingadzatenge mwana wanu ndi kubwerera naye ku dziko kumene munachokera?”
6Abrahamu anati, “Uwonetsetse kuti usadzabwerere naye mwana wanga kumeneko. 7Yehova Mulungu wakumwamba amene ananditenga kwa makolo anga nanditulutsa mʼdziko lobadwira, ameneyo anayankhula nane molumbira kuti, ‘Kwa zidzukulu zako ndidzapereka dziko ili.’ Iyeyu adzatumiza mngelo wake kuti akutsogolere kumeneko kukapezera mwana wanga mkazi. 8Ngati mkaziyo adzakana kubwerera nawe ndiye kuti udzakhala womasuka ku lumbiro langa. Koma usadzamutenge mwana wanga ndi kubwerera naye kumeneko.” 9Choncho wantchitoyo anayika dzanja lake pansi pa ntchafu ya mbuye wake Abrahamu nalumbira kwa iye kuti adzachitadi monga mwa mawu a Abrahamu.
10Tsono wantchito uja anatengapo ngamira khumi mwa ngamira za mbuye wake pamodzi ndi zinthu zabwino za mitundumitundu. Ndipo ananyamuka kupita ku mzinda wa Nahori, mʼdziko la Mesopotamiya. 11Atafika, anagwaditsa pansi ngamira zija pafupi ndi chitsime chimene chinali kunja kwa mzinda uja. Awa anali madzulo ndithu, nthawi imene amayi amapita kukatunga madzi.
12Ndipo wantchito uja anapemphera nati, “Haa, Yehova, Mulungu wa mbuye wanga Abrahamu, mulole kuti zinthu zindiyendere ine lero, ndipo muonetseni mbuye wanga Abrahamu kukoma mtima kwanu kosasinthika. 13Taonani ndayima pambali pa chitsimechi, ndipo atsikana a mu mzindawu akubwera kudzatunga madzi. 14Ine ndipempha mtsikana wina kuti, ‘Chonde tula mtsuko wako kuti ndimweko madzi.’ Tsono iye akayankha kuti ‘Imwani,’ ndipo ndidzapatsanso ngamira zanu madziwo, ameneyo akhale mkazi amene mwasankhira mtumiki wanu Isake.” Zimenezi zikachitika, ndidzadziwa kuti mwaonetsadi kukoma mtima kwanu kosasinthika kwa mbuye wanga.
15Asanatsirize kupemphera, anangoona Rebeka watulukira atasenza mtsuko wake pa phewa. Iyeyu anali mwana wa Betueli mwana wa Milika, mkazi wa Nahori mʼbale wake wa Abrahamu. 16Mtsikanayo anali wokongola kwambiri, namwali amene sanadziwe mwamuna. Iye anatsikira ku chitsime nadzaza mtsuko nakweranso ku mtunda.
17Wantchito uja anathamanga kukakumana naye nati, “Chonde patseko madzi pangʼono a mu mtsuko wakowo kuti ndimwe.”
18Mtsikanayo anati, “Imwani mbuye wanga.” Ndipo mofulumira anatsitsa mtsuko uja nawuyika mʼmanja ndi kumupatsa kuti amwe.
19Atatha kupereka madzi akumwa kwa mlendo uja, mtsikanayo anati, “Ndikatungiranso ngamira madzi kuti zimwe mpaka zitakwana.” 20Choncho anafulumira kukhuthula madzi a mu mtsuko aja momwera ziweto, nathamanga kubwerera ku chitsime kukatunga madzi ena, ndipo anatunga okwanira ngamira zake zonse. 21Modekha, munthu uja anayangʼanitsitsa kwambiri mtsikana uja kuti adziwedi ngati Yehova anamutsogolera pa ulendo wake uja kapena ayi.
22Ngamira zija zitatha kumwa, mlendo uja anatulutsa chipini chagolide cholemera theka la sekeli ndi zibangiri zagolide ziwiri zolemera masekeli 100. 23Kenaka anafunsa namwaliyo kuti, “Chonde tandiwuza, kodi ndiwe mwana wa yani? Ndipo kodi malo alipo kwanu woti ife nʼkugona?”
24Anamuyankha kuti, “Ine ndine mwana wa Betueli, mwana amene Milika anaberekera Nahori.” 25Ndipo anapitiriza kunena kuti, “Chakudya chodyetsa nyamazi chilipo kwathu ndipo malo woti mugone aliponso.”
26Kenaka munthuyo anawerama pansi napembedza Yehova, 27nati, “Alemekezeke Yehova, Mulungu wa mbuye wanga Abrahamu, amene waonetsa kukoma mtima kwake kosasintha ndi kukhulupirika kwake kwa mbuye wanga. Yehova wanditsogolera pa ulendo wanga mpaka ndafika ku nyumba kwa abale ake a mbuye wanga.”
28Mtsikana uja anathamanga nakafotokozera zimenezi anthu a kwa amayi ake. 29Tsono Rebeka anali ndi mlongo wake dzina lake Labani. 30Iyeyu atangoona chipini pa mphuno ndi zibangiri pa mikono ya mlongo wake komanso kumva zimene mlendo uja ananena kwa Rebekayo, anathamangira kwa mlendo uja, ndipo anamupeza atangoyima ndi ngamira zake pafupi ndi chitsime. 31Iye anati, “Tiyeni kwathu, ndinu munthu amene Yehova wamudalitsa. Bwanji mwangoyimirira panja pano? Ine ndakukonzerani malo ogona inu ndi ngamira zanu.”
32Choncho munthu uja analowa mʼnyumba. Labani anatsitsa katundu anali pa ngamira uja. Kenaka anazipatsa ngamira zija chakudya, ndiponso anapereka madzi wosamba mapazi kwa mlendo uja ndi anthu ena onse. 33Chakudya chitabwera mlendo uja anati, “Sindidya mpaka nditakuwuzani zimene ndadzera kuno.”
Labani anati, “Yankhulani.”
34Motero iye anati, “Ine ndine wantchito wa Abrahamu. 35Yehova wadalitsa mbuye wanga kwambiri, ndiponso walemera. Wamupatsa nkhosa ndi ngʼombe, siliva ndi golide, antchito aamuna ndi antchito aakazi, komanso ngamira ndi abulu. 36Sara, mkazi wa mbuye wanga anamubalira iye mwana wamwamuna ngakhale kuti Sarayo anali wokalamba. Tsono mbuye wanga wamupatsa mwanayo chuma chonse. 37Tsono mbuye wanga anandilumbiritsa kuti ndisunge mawu ake akuti, ‘Usadzamupezere mwana wanga mkazi kuchokera mwa atsikana a dziko lino la Kanaani, 38koma upite ku banja la abambo anga ndi kwa abale anga kuti ukamupezere mkazi mwana wanga.’ ”
39“Ndipo ine ndinati kwa mbuye wanga, ‘Nanga mkaziyo akakapanda kubwera nane pamodzi?’
40“Iye anayankha, ‘Yehova amene ndakhala ndikumumvera nthawi zonse, adzatumiza mngelo wake kuti akuperekeze ndipo adzakuthandiza mpaka ukamupezere mwana wanga mkazi kuchokera ku mtundu wanga, wa fuko langa. 41Ukadzachita zimenezi udzakhala mfulu wosamangidwa ndi lumbiro langali. Koma tsono ukadzafika kwa fuko langa, ndipo ngati sadzalola kukupatsa mbeta ya mwana wanga, aponso udzamasuka ku lumbiro langali.’ ”
42“Tsono lero lino pamene ndafika pa chitsime, ndinapempha kuti, ‘Yehova, Mulungu wa mbuye wanga, Abrahamu, ngati Inu mwandidalitsadi pa ulendowu, 43taonani ndayima pambali pa chitsime ichi; ndipo ndidzati kwa namwali amene atabwere kudzatunga kuti, chonde nditamwako madzi a mu mtsuko wakowu,’ 44ndipo ngati adzandiyankha kuti, ‘Imwani ndipo ndizimwetsanso madzi ngamira zanuzi,’ ameneyo akhale yemwe Yehova wamusankhira mwana wa mbuye wanga.”
45“Ndisanatsirize kupemphera, ndinangoona Rebeka akutulukira mtsuko wake uli pa phewa. Anatsetserekera ku chitsime kukatunga madzi ndipo ndinati kwa iye, ‘Chonde patseko madzi akumwa.’
46“Mofulumira, anatsitsa mtsuko wake pa phewa pake nati, ‘Imwani ndiponso ndizimwetsa madzi ngamira zanuzi.’ Kotero ine ndinamwa ndipo anamwetsanso ngamirazo.
47“Ndinamufunsa kuti, ‘Ndiwe mwana wa yani?’
“Iye anati, ‘Ndine mwana wa Betueli mwana wa Nahori, amene Milika anamuberekera.’
“Tsono ndinayika chipini pa mphuno yake ndi kumveka zibangiri mʼmikono yake, 48kenaka ndinawerama pansi ndi kupembedza Yehova. Ndipo ndinatamanda Yehova, Mulungu wa mbuye wanga Abrahamu, amene anandilondolera mokhulupirika njira yanga. Iye wandifikitsa kwa mʼbale wake kumene ndapezera mbeta mwana wa mbuye wanga. 49Tsono ngati mukufuna kuonetsa kukoma mtima kwanu kwa mbuye wanga, ndikuonetsa kukhulupirika kwanu, ndiwuzeni; ndipo ngati si choncho ndiwuzeninso kuti ndidziwe chochita.”
50Labani ndi Betueli anayankha nati, “Izi ndi zochokera kwa Yehova, ndipo ife sitinganenepo kanthu. 51Nayu Rebeka, mutengeni muzipita naye kuti akakhale mkazi wa mwana wa mbuye wanu, monga Yehova wanenera.”
52Wantchito wa Abrahamu uja atamva zimene anawerama pansi pamaso pa Yehova. 53Kenaka wantchitoyo anatulutsa ziwiya zagolide ndi zasiliva ndi zovala nazipereka kwa Rebeka. Anaperekanso mphatso zina za mtengowapatali kwa mlongo wake ndi amayi ake a Rebeka. 54Tsono wantchito uja ndi anthu amene anali naye anadya, kumwa nagona komweko.
Kutacha mmawa wake, wantchito uja anati, “Mundilole ndibwerere kwa mbuye wanga.”
55Koma mlongo wake ndi amayi ake a Rebeka anayankha kuti, “Muloleni mtsikanayu abakhala nafe masiku khumi kapena kupyolerapo, kenaka mukhoza kupita.”
56Koma iye anawawuza kuti, “Chonde musandichedwetse. Yehova wandithandiza kale pa ulendo wanga. Mundilole ndibwerere kwa mbuye wanga.”
57Koma iwo anati, “Bwanji timuyitane mtsikanayo ndipo timufunse ngati afuna kupita nanu panopa.” 58Choncho iwo anamuyitana Rebeka uja namufunsa kuti, “Kodi ukufuna kupita ndi munthuyu panopa?”
Iye anayankha kuti, “Ndipita.”
59Kotero anamulola Rebeka pamodzi ndi mlezi wake kuti apite ndi wantchito wa Abrahamu pamodzi ndi anthu amene anali naye. 60Ndipo iwo anadalitsa Rebeka ndi kumuwuza kuti,
“Iwe ndiwe mlongo wathu, Mulungu akudalitse iwe, ukhale
mayi wa anthu miyandamiyanda;
ndi kuti zidzukulu zako zidzalanda
mizinda ya adani awo.”
61Kenaka Rebeka ndi antchito ake ananyamuka kukakwera ngamira zawo ndipo anapita naye pamodzi munthu uja. Choncho wantchito uja anatenga Rebeka nʼkumapita.
62Pa nthawiyi nʼkuti Isake atafika kuchokera ku chitsime cha Wamoyo Wondipenya (Beeri-lahai-roi), popeza tsopano ankakhala ku Negevi. 63Tsiku lina chakumadzulo, Isake anatuluka kukayendayenda ku munda, ndipo atakweza maso anaona ngamira zikubwera. 64Rebeka nayenso anatukula maso naona Isake. Ndipo anatsika pa ngamira yake 65nafunsa wantchito uja kuti, “Kodi munthu uyo ndi ndani akuyenda mʼmundamo kubwera kudzakumana nafe?”
Wantchitoyo anayankha, “Ndiye mbuye wanga.” Choncho Rebeka anatenga nsalu ndi kufunda kumaso.
66Tsono wantchito uja anawuza Isake zonse zimene anazichita. 67Isake analowa naye Rebeka mu tenti ya amayi ake Sara, ndipo anakhala mkazi wake. Isake anamukonda kwambiri Rebeka mkazi wake motero kuti zimenezi zinamutonthoza imfa ya amayi ake.