10 Then the servant took ten of his master's camels and departed, taking all sorts of choice gifts from his master; and he arose and went to (A)Mesopotamia[a] to the city of Nahor. 11 And he made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time when (B)women go out to draw water. 12 And he said, “O Lord, (C)God of my master Abraham, (D)please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. 13 Behold, (E)I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. 14 Let the young woman to whom I shall say, ‘Please let down your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. (F)By this[b] I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.”

15 Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of (G)Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, came out with her water jar on her shoulder. 16 The young woman (H)was very attractive in appearance, a maiden[c] whom no man had known. She went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up. 17 Then the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water to drink from your jar.” 18 She said, “Drink, my lord.” And she quickly let down her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink. 19 When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.” 20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well to draw water, and she drew for all his camels. 21 The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the Lord had prospered his journey or not.

22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing a half shekel,[d] and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels, 23 and said, “Please tell me whose daughter you are. Is there room in your father's house for us to spend the night?” 24 She said to him, (I)“I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.” 25 She added, “We have plenty of both straw and fodder, and room to spend the night.” 26 (J)The man bowed his head and worshiped the Lord 27 and said, “Blessed be the Lord, (K)the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken (L)his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the Lord (M)has led me in the way to the house of my master's kinsmen.” 28 Then the young woman ran and told her mother's household about these things.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 24:10 Hebrew Aram-naharaim
  2. Genesis 24:14 Or By her
  3. Genesis 24:16 Or a woman of marriageable age
  4. Genesis 24:22 A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams

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