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Abraham's servant goeth

GENESIS.

to seek a wife for Isaac. master were in his hand;) and he arose, 22 And it came to pass, as the camels and went to Mesopotamia, unto the had done drinking, that the man took a city of Nahor.

golden earring, of half a shekel weight, 11 And he made his camels to kneel and two bracelets for her hands of ten down without the city by a well of shekels weight of gold, water, at the time of the evening, even 23 And said, Whose daughter art the time that women go out to draw thou? tell me, I pray thee: is there water.

room in thy father's house for us to 12 And he said, O LORD God of lodge in ? my master Abraham, I pray thee, send 24 And she said unto him, I am the me good speed this day, and shew kind daughter of Bethuel the son of Milness unto my master Abraham. cah, which she bare unto Nahor.

13 Behold, I stand here by the well 25 She said, moreover, unto him, We of water; and the daughters of the have both straw and provender enough, men of the city come out to draw and room to lodge in. water:

26 And the man bowed down his 14 And let it come to pass, that the head, and worshipped the LORD. damsel to whom I shall

say,

Let down 27 And he said, Blessed be the thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may LORD God of my master Abraham, drink; and she shall say, Drink, and who hath rot left destitute my master I will give thy camels drink also: let of his merey and his truth: I being in the same be she that thou hast ap- the way, the Lord led me to the pointed for thy servant Isaac; and house of my master's brethren. thereby shall I know that thou hast 29 And the damsel ran, and told them shewed kindness unto my master. of her mother's house these things.

15 9 And it came to pass, before 29 | And Rebekah had a brother, he had done speaking, that behold, and his name was Laban : and Laban Rebekah came out, who was born to ran out unto the man, unto the well. Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of 30 And it came to pass, when he Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her saw the earring, and bracelets upon pitcher upon her shoulder.

his sister's hands, and when he heard 16 And the damsel was very fair to the words of Rebekah his sister, saylook upon, a virgin; neither had any ing, Thus spake the man unto me; man known her: and she went down that he came unto the man, and beto the well, and filled her pitcher, and hold, he stood by the camels at the came up:

well. 17 And the servant ran to meet her, 31 And he said, Come in, thou blessand said, Let me, I pray thee, drink ed of the Lord, wherefore standest a little water of thy pitcher.

thou without? for I have prepared the 18 And she said, Drink, my lord : house, and room for the camels. and she hasted, and let down her pitch 32 | And the man came into the er upon her hand, and gave him drink. house: and he ungirded his camels,

19 And when she had done giving and gave straw and provender for the him drink, she said, I will draw water camels, and water to wash his feet, for thy camels also, until they have and the men's feet that were with him. done drinking:

33 And there was set meat before 20 And she hasted, and emptied her him to eat: but he said, I will not eat pitcher into the trough, and ran again until I have told mine errand. And unto the well to draw water, and drew he said, Speak on. for all his camels.

34 And he said, I am Abraham's 21 And the man, wondering at her, servant. held his peace, tó wit whether the 35 And the Lord hath blessed my Lord had made his journey prosper- master greatly, and he is become ous, or not.

great: and he hath given him flocks,

me.

The serrant sheweth his message. CHAP. XXIV. Laban and Bethuel approve it. and herds, and silver, and gold, and daughter art thou? And she said, The menservants, and maidservants, and daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, camels, and asses.

whom Milcah bare unto him : and I 36 And Sarah, my master's wife,bare put the earring upon her face, and the a son to my master when she was old: bracelets upon her hands. and unto hîm hath he given all that he 48 And I bowed down my head, hath.

and worshipped the LORD, and bless37 And my master made me swear, ed the LORD God of my master Abrasaying, Thou shalt not take a wife to ham, which had led me in the right my son of the daughters of the Ca- way to take my master's brother's naanites, in whose land I dwell: daughter unto his son.

38 But thou shaltgounto my father's 49 And now if ye will deal kindly house, and to my kindred, and take a and truly with my master, tell me: wife unto my son.

and if not, tell me; that I may turn 39 And I said unto my master, Per- to the right hand, or to the left. adventure the woman will not follow 50 Then Laban and Bethuel an.

swered, and said, The thing proceed40 And he said unto me, The LORD, eth from the LORD: we cannot speak before whom I walk, will send his unto thee bad or good. angel with thee, and prosper thy way;

y; 51 Behold, Rebekah is before thee, and thou shalt take a wife for my son take her, and go, and let her be thy of my kindred, and of my father's master's son's wife, as the Lord hath house.

spoken. 41 Then shalt thou be clear from 52 And it came to pass, that, when this mine oath, when thoucomest to my Abraham's servant heard their words, kindred; and if they give not thee one, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himthou shalt be clear from my oath. self to the earth.

42 And I came this day unto the 53 And the servant brought forth well, and said, O Lord God of my jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, master Abraham, if now thou do pros- and raiment, and gave them to Rebeper my way which I go::

kah. He gave also to her brother and to 43 Behold, I stand by the well of her mother precious things. water; and it shall come to pass,

that 54 And they did eat and drink, he when the virgin cometh forth to draw and the men that were with him, and water, and I say to her, Give me, Itarried all night; and they rose up in pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher the morning, and he said, Send me to drink;

my master. 44 And she say to me, Both drink 55 And her brother and her mother thou, and I will also draw for thy said, Let the damsel abide with us a camels: let the same be the woman few days, at the least ten; after that whom the LORD hath appointed out she shall go. for my master's son.

56 And he said unto them, Hinder 45 And before I had done speaking me not, seeing the Lord hath prosin mine heart, behold, Rebekah came pered my way: send me away, that I forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; may go to my master. and she went down unto the well, and 57 And they said, We will call the drew water: and I said unto her, damsel, and inquire at her mouth. Let me drink, I pray thee.

58 And they called Rebekah, and 46 And she made haste, and let said unto her, Wilt thou go with this down her pitcher from her shoulder, man? And she said, I will go. and said, Drink, and I will give thy 59 And they sent away Rebekah camels drink also : so I drank, and their sister, and her nurse, and Abrashe made the camels drink also. ham's servant, and his men. 47 And I asked her, and said, Whose 60 And they blessed Rebekah, and

away unto

Rebekah meeteth Isaac.

GENESIS. Abrahani's death and burial. said unto her, Thou art our sister, bebines, which Abraham had, Abraham thou the mother of thousands of mil- gave gifts, and sent them away from lions, and let thy seed possess the gate Isaac his son (while he yet lived) eastof those which hate them.

ward, unto the east country. 61 | And Rebekah arose, and her 7 And these are the days of the years damsels, and they rode upon the ca of Abraham's life which he lived, an mels, and followed the man: and the hundred threescore and fifteen years

. servant took Rebekah, and went his 8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, way.

and died in a good old age, an old man, 62 And Isaac came from the way of and full of years; and was gathered to the well Lahai-roi; for he dwelt in his people. the south country.

9 And his sons Isaac and Ishmael 63 And Isaac went out to meditate buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field at the eventide: and he in the field of Ephron the son of Zolifted up his eyes, and saw, and be- har the Hittite which is before Mamre; hold, the camels were coming.

10 The field which Abraham pur64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, chased of the sons of Heth: there and when she saw Isaac, she lighted was Abraham buried, and Sarah his off the camel.

wife. 65 For she had said unto the servant, 11 | And it came to pass after the What man is this that walketh in the death of Abraham, that God blessed field to meet us ? And the servant had his son Isaac: and Isaac dwelt by the said, It is my master : therefore she well Lahai-roi. took a vail and covered herself. 12 | Now these are the generations

66 And the servant told Isaac all of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom things that he had done.

Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's hand67 And Isaac brought her into his maid, bare unto Abraham : mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebe 13 And these are the names of the kah, and she became his wife; and he sons of Ishmael, by their names, acloved her: and Isaac was comforted cording to their generations: the firstafter his mother's death.

born of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and KeCHAP. XXV.

dar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,

14 And Mishma, and Dumah, and I The sons of Abraham by Keturah. 5 The

division of his goods. 7 His age, and death. Massa, 9 His burial. 12 The generations of Ishmael. 15 Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Na17 His age, and death. 21 Isaac prayeth for Rebekah, being barren. 22 The children strive phish, and Kedemah : in her womb. 24 The birth of Esau and Jacob.

16 These are the sons of Ishmael, 27 Their difference. 29 Esau selleth his birth and these are their names, by their right.

towns, and by their castles; twelve Then again Abraham took a wife, princes according to their nations. and her name was Keturah.

17 And these are the years of the 2 And she bare him Zimran, and life of Ishmael: an hundred and thirty Jokshan, and Medan, and Mídian, and seven years: and he gave up the and Ishbak, and Shuah.

ghost and died; and was gathered 3 And Jokshan begat Sheba, and De- unto his people. dan. And the sons of Dedan were As 18 And they dwelt from Havilah shurim, and Letushim, and Leummim. unto Shur, that is before Egypt, as

4 And the sons of Midian; Ephah, thou goest toward Assyria : and he and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abidah, died in the presence of all his brethren. and Eīdaah. All these were the chil 19 ( And these are the generations dren of Keturah.

of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham 5 | And Abraham gave all that he begat Isaac: had unto Isaac.

20 And Isaac was forty years

old 6 But unto the sons of the concu- / when he took Rebekah to wife, the

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The birth of Esau and Jacob. CHAP. XXVI.

God blesseth Isaac. daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of

CHAP. XXVI. Padan-aram, the sister to Laban the 1 Isaac because of famine went to Gerar. ? Syrian.

God instructeth and blesseth him. 9 He is 21 And Isaac entreated the LORD reproved by Abimelech for denying his wife.

12 He groweth rich. 18 He diggeth Esek, for his wife, because she was barren :

Sitnah, and Rehoboth. 26 Abimelech maketh and the LORD was entreated of him, a covenant with him at Beer-sheba. 34 Esau's

wives. and Rebekah his wife conceived.

22 And the children struggled to- And there was a famine in the land, gether within her : and she said, If it besides the first famine that was in the be so, why am I thus ? And she went days of Abraham. And Isaac went to inquire of the LORD.

unto Abimelech king of the Philistines 23 And the LORD said unto her, Two unto Gerar. nations are in thy womb, and two man 2 And the LORD appeared unto him, ner of people shall be separated from and said, Go not down into Egypt: thy bowels: and the one people shall dwell in the land which I shall tell be stronger than the other people; and thee of. the elder shall serve the younger.

3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be 24 And when her days to be de- with thee, and will bless thee : for livered were fulfilled, behold, there unto thee, and unto thy seed I will were twins in her womb.

give all these countries, and I will 25 And the first came out red, all perform the oath which I sware unto over like an hairy garment: and they Abraham thy father ; called his name Esau.

4 And I will make thy seed to mul26 And after that came his brother tiply as the stars of heaven, and will out, and his hand took hold on Esau's give unto thy seed all these countries : heel; and his name was called Jacob: and in thy seed shall all the nations of and Isaac was threescore years old the earth be blessed : when she bare them.

5 Because that Abraham obeyed my 27 And the boys grew: and Esau voice, and kept my charge, my comwas a cunning hunter, a man of the mandments, my statutes, and my laws. field; and Jacob was a plain man 6 | And Isaac dwelt in Gerar: dwelling in tents.

7 And the men of the place asked 28 And Isaac loved Esau, because him of his wife; and he said, She is he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah my sister : for he feared to say, She is loved Jacob.

my wife; lest, said he, the men of the 29 And Jacob sod pottage: and place should kill me for Rebekah; beEsau came from the field, and he was cause she was fair to look

upon. faint.

8 And it came to pass when he had 30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed been there a long time, that Abimelech me, I pray thee, with that same red king of the Philistines looked out at pottage; for I am faint: therefore was a window, and saw, and behold, Isaac his name called Edom.

was sporting with Rebekah his wife. 31 And Jacob said, Sell me this 9 And Abimelech called Isaac, and day thy birthright.

said, Behold, of a surety she is thy 32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at wife: and how saidst thou, She is my the point to die: and what profit shall sister? And Isaac said unto him, Béthis birthright do to me?

cause I said, Lest I die for her. 33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this 10 And Abimelech said, What is day; and he sware unto him: and he this thou hast done unto us? one of sold his birthright unto Jacob. the people might lightly have lien with 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and thy wife, and thou shouldest have pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and brought guiltiness upon us. drink, and rose up, and went his way: 11 And Abimelech charged all his thus Esau despised his birthright.

people, saying, He that toucheth this

Isaac growth rich.

GENESIS.

Esau's wives. inan or his wife shall surely be put to thee, and multiply thy seed for my death.

servant Abraham's sake. 12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, 25 And he builded an altar there, and received in the same year an and called upon the name of the LORD, hundredfold: and the LORD blessed and pitched his tent there: and there him :

Isaac's servants digged a well. 13 And the man waxed great, and 26 | Then Abimelech went to him went forward, and grew until he be- from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his came very great :

friends, and Phichol the chief captain 14 For he had possession of flocks, of his army. and possession of herds, and great 27 And Isaac said unto them, store of servants: and the Philistines | Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye envied him.

hate
me,
and have sent me away

from 15 For all the wells which his fa- you? ther's servants had digged in the days 28 And they said, We saw certainly of Abraham his father, the Philistines that the LORD was with thee: and we had stopped them, and filled them said, Let there be now an oath betwixt with earth.

us, even betwixt us and thee, and let 16 And Abimelech said unto Isaac, us make a covenant with thee : Go from us: for thou art much migh- | 29 That thou wilt do us no hurt, as tier than we.

we have not touched thee, and as we 17 | And Isaac departed thence, have done unto thee nothing but good, and pitched his tent in the valley of and have sent thee away in peace: thou Gerar, and dwelt there.

art now the blessed of the LORD. 18 And Isaac digged again the wells 30 And he made them a feast, and of water which they had digged in the they did eat and drink. days of Abraham his father; for the 31 And they rose up betimes in the Philistines had stopped them after the morning, and sware one to another : death of Abraham: and he called and Isaac sent them away, and they their names after the names by which departed from him in peace. his father had called them.

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pass

the same day, 19 And Isaac's servants digged in that Isaac's servants came and told the valley, and found there a well of him concerning the well which they springing water.

had digged, and said unto him, We 20 And the herdmen of Gerar did have found water. strive with Isaac's herdmen, saying, 33 And he called it Shebah: thereThe water is ours: and he called the fore the name of the city is Beername of the well Esek; because they sheba unto this day. strove with him.

34 | And Esau was forty years old 21 And they digged another well, when he took to wife Judith the daughand strove for that also: and he called ter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashethe name of it Sitnah.

math the daughter of Elon the Hittite: 22 And he removed from thence, and 35 Which were a grief of mind unto digged another well; and for that they Isaac and to Rebekah. strove not: and he called the name of

CHAP. XXVII. it Rehoboth; and he said, For now

1 Isaac sendeth Esau for venison. 6 Rebekah the Lord hath made room for us, and

instructeth Jacob to obtain the blessing. 15 we shall be fruitful in the land.

Jacob under the person of Esau obtaineth it.

30 Esau bringeth venison. 33 Isaac tremblethe 23 And he went up from thence to 34 Esau complaineth, and by importunity ob. Beer-sheba.

taineth a blessing. 41 He threateneth Jacob.

42 Rebekah disappointeth it. 24 And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am And it came to pass, that when Isaac the God of Abraham thy father: fear was old, and his eyes were dim, so not, for I am with thee, and will bless that he could not see, he called Esau

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