28 The young woman ran and told her mother’s household about these things.(A) 29 Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban,(B) and he hurried out to the man at the spring. 30 As soon as he had seen the nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister’s arms,(C) 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,”(D) he said. “Why are you standing out here? I have prepared the house and a place for the camels.”

32 So the man went to the house, and the camels were unloaded. Straw and fodder(E) were brought for the camels, and water for him and his men to wash their feet.(F) 33 Then 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.

34 So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant.(G) 35 The Lord has blessed(H) my master abundantly,(I) and he has become wealthy.(J) He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys.(K) 36 My master’s wife Sarah has borne him a son in her old age,(L) and he has given him everything he owns.(M) 37 And my master made me swear an oath,(N) and said, ‘You must not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live,(O) 38 but go to my father’s family and to my own clan, and get a wife for my son.’(P)

39 “Then I asked my master, ‘What if the woman will not come back with me?’(Q)

40 “He replied, ‘The Lord, before whom I have walked faithfully,(R) will send his angel with you(S) and make your journey a success,(T) so that you can get a wife for my son from my own clan and from my father’s family.(U) 41 You 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.’(V)

42 “When I came to the spring today, I said, ‘Lord, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant success(W) to the journey on which I have come. 43 See, I am standing beside this spring.(X) If a young woman(Y) comes out to draw water and I say to her, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar,”(Z) 44 and 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.’(AA)

45 “Before I finished praying in my heart,(AB) Rebekah came out, with her jar on her shoulder.(AC) She went down to the spring and drew water, and I said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’(AD)

46 “She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too.’(AE) So I drank, and she watered the camels also.(AF)

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

“She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel(AH) son of Nahor, whom Milkah bore to him.’(AI)

“Then I put the ring in her nose(AJ) and the bracelets on her arms,(AK) 48 and I bowed down and worshiped the Lord.(AL) I praised the Lord, the God of my master Abraham,(AM) who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son.(AN) 49 Now if you will show kindness and faithfulness(AO) to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so I may know which way to turn.”

50 Laban and Bethuel(AP) answered, “This is from the Lord;(AQ) we can say nothing to you one way or the other.(AR) 51 Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has directed.(AS)

52 When Abraham’s servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the Lord.(AT) 53 Then the servant brought out gold and silver jewelry and articles of clothing(AU) and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave costly gifts(AV) to her brother and to her mother. 54 Then 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(AW) to my master.”

55 But her brother and her mother replied, “Let the young woman remain with us ten days or so;(AX) then you[a] may go.”

56 But he said to them, “Do not detain me, now that the Lord has granted success(AY) to my journey. Send me on my way(AZ) so I may go to my master.”

57 Then they said, “Let’s call the young woman and ask her about it.”(BA) 58 So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?”

“I will go,”(BB) she said.

59 So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way,(BC) along with her nurse(BD) and Abraham’s servant and his men. 60 And they blessed(BE) Rebekah and said to her,

“Our sister, may you increase
    to thousands upon thousands;(BF)
may your offspring possess
    the cities of their enemies.”(BG)

61 Then Rebekah and her attendants(BH) got ready and mounted the camels and went back with the man. So the servant took Rebekah and left.

62 Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi,(BI) for he was living in the Negev.(BJ) 63 He went out to the field one evening to meditate,[b](BK) and as he looked up,(BL) he saw camels approaching. 64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel(BM) 65 and 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(BN) and covered herself.

66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. 67 Isaac brought her into the tent(BO) of his mother Sarah,(BP) and he married Rebekah.(BQ) So she became his wife, and he loved her;(BR) and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.(BS)

The Death of Abraham(BT)

25 Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah. She bore him Zimran,(BU) Jokshan, Medan, Midian,(BV) Ishbak and Shuah.(BW) Jokshan was the father of Sheba(BX) and Dedan;(BY) the descendants of Dedan were the Ashurites, the Letushites and the Leummites. The sons of Midian were Ephah,(BZ) Epher, Hanok, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah.

Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac.(CA) But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines(CB) and sent them away from his son Isaac(CC) to the land of the east.(CD)

Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years.(CE) Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age,(CF) an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people.(CG) His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him(CH) in the cave of Machpelah(CI) near Mamre,(CJ) in the field of Ephron(CK) son of Zohar the Hittite,(CL) 10 the field Abraham had bought from the Hittites.[c](CM) There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. 11 After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac,(CN) who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi.(CO)

Ishmael’s Sons(CP)

12 This is the account(CQ) of the family line of Abraham’s son Ishmael, whom Sarah’s slave, Hagar(CR) the Egyptian, bore to Abraham.(CS)

13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, listed in the order of their birth: Nebaioth(CT) the firstborn of Ishmael, Kedar,(CU) Adbeel, Mibsam, 14 Mishma, Dumah,(CV) Massa, 15 Hadad, Tema,(CW) Jetur,(CX) Naphish and Kedemah. 16 These were the sons of Ishmael, and these are the names of the twelve tribal rulers(CY) according to their settlements and camps.(CZ) 17 Ishmael lived a hundred and thirty-seven years. He breathed his last and died, and he was gathered to his people.(DA) 18 His descendants(DB) settled in the area from Havilah to Shur,(DC) near the eastern border of Egypt, as you go toward Ashur. And they lived in hostility toward[d] all the tribes related to them.(DD)


  1. Genesis 24:55 Or she
  2. Genesis 24:63 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
  3. Genesis 25:10 Or the descendants of Heth
  4. Genesis 25:18 Or lived to the east of

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