A Wife for Isaac

Sarah died near the town of Hebron when she was 127 years old. So Abraham bought a field from one of the Hittite people there and buried his wife in the cave of Machpelah at the edge of the field. After that Abraham called his oldest servant and said, "Swear to me by God that you will not get a wife for my son from the people here in Canaan. You must go back to my homeland, to my relatives, and get a wife for him there." The servant asked him, "What if the woman will not come back here? Should I then take your son back there?" Abraham said, "Do not take my son back there! God will send an angel before you, so that you can find a wife for my son. But if she will not come back with you, you are free from this oath." So the servant swore to Abraham that he would do this.

Then the servant took ten camels and several men with him. He loaded the camels with all kinds of good things and started out for the city in northwestern Mesopotamia where Nahor, Abraham's brother, had lived. He got there late one afternoon at the time the women came out of the city to get water. So he stopped his camels beside the well and said, "O God, I am standing by this spring where the young women come to get water. When I ask one of them for a drink and she says, 'Yes, and I will get water for your camels too,' let her be the one that you have chosen for your servant Isaac."

Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came to the well with her water jar on her shoulder. Now she was Nahor's granddaughter and was a very beautiful young woman. The servant ran to meet her and said, "Please give me a drink of water." So she gave him a drink and then said, "I will get some water for your camels too. He watched while she poured out the water into the trough and then went back to get some more for them.

When the camels had finished drinking, the servant gave her a gold nose ring and two gold arm bracelets. Then he asked her, "Whose daughter are you? Is there room in your father's house for us to spend the night?" She said, "My father is Bethuel, the son of Nahor. We have food for the camels and room for you to stay." The man bowed his head and said, "Blessed be God, who has led me to the house of my master's relatives."

Then Rebekah ran and told her family what had happened. When her brother Laban saw the gold jewelry, he ran to the well and invited the men and camels to the house. He gave them food to eat but the servant said, "I will not eat until I have told you why I am here." Then Laban said, "Tell us." So the servant told about Abraham and Isaac and what had happened at the well. Then he asked if they would let him take Rebekah for Isaac's wife. They answered, "The thing is from God. Take her and go. Let her be the wife of your master's son, like God wants." So he bowed before God and then gave gold and silver jewelry to all the family.

The next day the servant asked to leave. They wanted him to stay ten days, but he wanted to leave that day. So they asked Rebekah, "Will you go with this man." She said, "I will go." So they blessed her and sent her and her servant girls home with the man.

Now Isaac was walking in the fields one evening when he looked up and saw camels coming. As he walked toward them, Rebekah saw him. She jumped down from her camel and went over to ask the servant, "Who is that man over there?" "It is my young master," he said. So she covered her face with her veil. After that she became Isaac's wife and lived in his mother's tent. He loved her and she was a comfort to him after his mother's death.

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