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The servant meets Rebekah :

Tells his errand. 17 And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.

CHAP. XXIV. 2 And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:

3 And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites among whom I dwell:

4 But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.

18 And she said, Drink, my lord. And she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.

19 And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking 20 And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his

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5 And the servant said unto him, Perad- camels. venture the woman will not be willing to 21 And the man, wondering at her, held follow me unto this land: must I needs his peace, to wit whether the LORD had made bring thy son again unto the land from his journey prosperous, or not. whence thou camest? 22 And it came to pass as the camels 6 And Abraham said unto him, Beware had done drinking, that the man took a thou, that thou bring not my son thither golden ear-ring of half a shekel weight, and again. two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels The LORD God of heaven, which weight of gold, took me from my father's house, and from 23 And said, Whose daughter art thou? the land of my kindred, and which spake tell me, I pray thee: is there room in thy unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, father's house for us to lodge in? Unto thy seed will I give this land: he shall 24 And she said unto him, I am the send his angel before thee, and thou shalt daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, take a wife unto my son from thence. which she bare unto Nahor.

8 And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath; only bring not my son thither again.

9 And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.

10 And the servant took ten camels, of the camels of his master, and departed; (for all the goods of his master were in his hand;) and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.

11 And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water, at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water:

12 And he said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.

13 Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:

25 She said moreover unto him, We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in.

26 And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD.

27 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's brethren.

28 And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house these things.

29 ¶ And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the well.

30 And it came to pass when he saw the ear-ring and bracelets upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; that he came unto the man, and behold, he stood by the camels at the well.

31 And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the LORD, wherefore standest thou with14 And let it come to pass, that the dam-out? for I have prepared the house, and sel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitch-room for the camels.

er, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she 32 And the man came into the house: shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels and he ungirded his camels, and gave straw drink also: let the same be she that thou hast and provender for the camels, and water to appointed for thy servant Isaac; and there- wash his feet, and the men's feet that were by shall I know that thou hast shewed kind- with him. ness unto my master.

33 And there was set meat before him to

15 And it came to pass before he had eat: but he said, I will not eat until I have done speaking, that behold, Rebekah came told mine errand. And he said, Speak on. out, who was born to Bethuel son of Mil- 34 ¶ And he said, I am Abraham's servant. cah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, 35 And the LORD hath blessed my maswith her pitcher upon her shoulder. ter greatly, and he is become great: and he 16 And the damsel was very fair to look hath given him flocks, and herds, and silupon, a virgin, neither had any man known ver, and gold, and men-servants, and maidher: and she went down to the well, and servants, and camels, and asses. filled her pitcher, and came up, 36 And Sarah my master's wife bare a

Rebekah solicited for Isaac.


Isaac marries Rebekah. son to my master when she was old: and shipped the LORD, bowing himself to the unto him hath he given all that he hath. earth.

37 And my master made me swear, say- 53 And the servant brought forth jewels ing, Thou shalt not take a wife to my son of of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose and gave them to Rebekah: He gave also land I dwell: to her brother and to her mother precious

38 But thou shalt go unto my father's things. house, and to my kindred, and take a wife

unto my son.

54 And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all 39 And I said unto my master, Perad-night; and they rose up in the morning, venture the woman will not follow me, and he said, Send me away unto my mas

40 And he said unto me, the LORD, be- ter. fore whom I walk, will send his angel with 55 And her brother and her mother said, thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt Let the damsel abide with us a few days, take a wife for my son of my kindred, and at the least ten; after that she shall go. of my father's house. 56 And he said unto them, Hinder me 41 Then shalt thou be clear from this my not, seeing the LORD hath prospered my oath, when thou comest to my kindred; and way: send me away, that I may go to my if they give not thee one, thou shalt be clear from my oath.

42 And I came this day unto the well, and said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way which I go:


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57 And they said, We will call the damsel, and inquire at her mouth.

58 And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.

43 Behold, I stand by the well of water;| 59 And they sent away Rebekah their and it shall come to pass, that when the vir-sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's sergin cometh forth to draw water, and I say vant, and his men.

to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water 60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said of thy pitcher to drink; unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the

44 And she say to me, Both drink thou, mother of thousands of millions, and let thy and I will also draw for thy camels: let the seed possess the gate of those which hate same be the woman whom the LORD hath them. appointed out for my master's son. 61 And Rebekah arose, and her dam45 And before I had done speaking in sels, and they rode upon the camels, and mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth followed the man: and the servant took Rewith her pitcher on her shoulder; and she bekah, and went his way. went down unto the well, and drew water: 62 ¶ And Isaac came from the way of the and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee. well Lahai-roi; for he dwelt in the south 46 And she made haste, and let down country. her pitcher from her shoulder, and said, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: so I drank, and she made the camels drink also.

63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the even-tide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and behold, the camels were coming.

47 And I asked her, and said, Whose 64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and daughter art thou? And she said, The when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom camel.

Milcah bare unto him: and I put the ear- 65 For she had said unto the servant, ring upon her face, and the bracelets upon What man is this that walketh in the field her hands. to meet us? And the servant had said, It

48 And I bowed down my head, and is my master: therefore she took a vail and worshipped the LORD, and blessed the covered herself.

LORD God of my master Abraham, which 66 And the servant told Isaac all things had led me in the right way to take my that he had done

master's brother's daughter unto his son. 67 And Isaac brought her into his mo49 And now if ye will deal kindly and ther Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and truly with my master, tell me and if not, she became his wife; and he loved her: tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, and Isaac was comforted after his mother's or to the left.

50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered, and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.

51 Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the LORD hath spoken.


CHAP. XXV. · THEN again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah.

2 And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.

3 And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan 52 And it came to pass, that when Abra- And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and ham's servant heard their words, he wor-Letushim, and Leummim.

Abraham's death and burial. CHAP. XXVI. The birth of Esau and Jacob. 4 And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and 23 And the LORD said unto her, 'Two naEpher, and Hanoch, and Abidah, and El- tions are in thy womb, and two manner of diah. All these were the children of Ke- people shall be separated from thy bo vels: and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.


5 ¶ And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.

6 But unto the sons of the concubines which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son (while he yet lived) eastward, unto the east country.

7 And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.

8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people. 9 And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the Son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre;

10 The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.

11 ¶ And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac: and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahai-roi.

12 ¶ Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's handmaid, bare unto Abraham.

13 And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the first-born of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,


14 And Mishma, and Dumah, and Mas

15 Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah:

16 These are the sons of Ishmael, and

these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.

17 And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died, and was gathered unto his people.

18 And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur, that is before Egypt, as thou goest towards Assyria: and he died in the presence of all his brethren.

19 And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham begat Isaac:

24 ¶ And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.

25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment: and they called his name Esau.

26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.

27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man dwelling in tents.

28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.


And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint. 30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.

31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.

32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?

33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.


ANDside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.

there was a famine in the land,

2 ¶ And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt: dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of.

3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee: for unto thee, and unto thy seed I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I swear unto Abraham thy father;

4 And I will make thy seed to multiply 20 And Isaac was forty years old when as the stars of heaven, and will give unto he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of thy seed all these countries: and in thy Bethuel the Syrian of Padan-aram, the sis-seed shall all the nations of the earth be ter to Laban the Syrian. blessed:

21 And Isaac entreated the LORD for 5 Because that, Abraham obeyed my his wife, because she was barren: and the voice, and kept my charge, my commandLORD was entreated of him, and Rebekah ments, my statutes, and my laws. his wife conceived.

6 ¶ And Isaac dwelt in Gerar: 22 And the children struggled together 7 And the men of the place asked him within her: and she said, If it be so, why of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: am I thus? And she went to inquire of the for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, LORD. Isaid he, the men of the place should kill

The Philistines envy Isaac.

look upon.

GENESIS. He covenants with Abimelech. me for Rebekah; because she was fair to called upon the name of the LORD, a pitched his tent there: and there Isaad 8 And it came to pass when he had been servants digged a well. there a long time, that Abimelech king of 26 Then Abimelech went to him fro the Philistines looked out at a window, and Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, an saw, and behold, Isaac was sporting with Phichol the chief captain of his army. Rebekah his wife. 27 And Isaac said unto them, Wherefor

9 And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and hav Behold, of a surety she is thy wife: and how sent me away from you? saidst thou, She is my sister? and Isaac 28 And they said, We saw certainly tha said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for the LORD was with thee: and we said, Le her. there be now an oath betwixt us, even be twixt us and thee, and let us make a cove nant with thee:

10 And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us. 11 And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.

12 ¶ Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundred-fold: and the LORD blessed him:

13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great:

14 For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: And the Philistines envied him.

15 For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.

29 That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the LORD.

30 And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.

31 And they rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one to another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.

32 And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac's servants came and told him concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him, We have found water.

33 And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba unto this day.

16 And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go 34 And Esau was forty years old when from us: for thou art much mightier than we. he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri 17 And Isaac departed thence, and pitch- the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of ed his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt Elon the Hittite:


18 ¶ And Isaac digged again the wells of water which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.

19 And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing


20 And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him.

35 Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.


A ND it came to pass, that when Isaac

was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.

2 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death:

3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison; 4 And make me savoury meat, such as 21 And they digged another well, and love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; strove for that also: and he called the name that my soul may bless thee before I die. of it Sitnah. 5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake

22 And he removed from thence, and dig-to Esau his son: and Esau went to the field ged another well; and for that they strove to hunt for venison, and to bring it. not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; 6 ¶ And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her and he said, For now the LORD hath made son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,

7 Bring me venison, and make me sa-
23 ¶ And he vent up from thence to Beer-voury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee
before the LORD, before my death.

24 And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake.

8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice,
according to that which I command thee.
9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me from
thence two good kids of the goats; and 1
will make them savoury meat for thy father

25 And he builded an altar there, and such as he loveth:

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Isaac blesses Jacob.


Esau obtains a blessing.

10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, thren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to that he may eat, and that he may bless thee thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, before his death. and blessed be he that blesseth thee.

11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man:

12 My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a Lessing.

13 And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son; only obey my Foice, and go fetch me them.

14 And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made Savoury meat, such as his father loved.

15 And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son:

16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck:

17 And she gave the savoury meat, and the bread which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.

30 And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.

31 And he also had made savoury meat, and brought it unto his father; and said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison, that thy soul may bless

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34 ¶ And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.

35 And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy bless

18 And he came unto his father, and said, My father. And he said, Here am I; ing. who art thou, my son?

36 And he said, Is not he rightly named 19 And Jacob said unto his father, I am Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these Esan thy first-born; I have done according two times: he took away my birth-right; as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and and behold, now he hath taken away my cat of my venison, that thy soul may bless blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?


20 And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the LORD thy God brought it to me.

21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau, or not. 22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.

37 And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him: and what shall I do now unto thee, my son?

38 And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.

39 And Isaac his father answered, and 23 And he discerned him not, because said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew hands: so he blessed him.

24 And he said, Art thou my very son

Esau! And he said, I am.

of heaven from above;

40 And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother: and it shall come 25 And he said, Bring it near to me, and to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, I will eat of my son's venison, that my soul that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy may bless thee. And he brought it near to neck.

him, and he did eat: and he brought him 41 And Esau hated Jacob, because of wine, and he drank. the blessing wherewith his father blessed 26 And his father Isaac said unto him, him: and Esau said in his heart, the days Come near now, and kiss me, my son. of mourning for my father are at hand, then 27 And he came near, and kissed him: will I slay my brother Jacob. and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and 42 T And these words of Esau her elder blessed him, and said, See the smell of my son were told to Rebekah: and she sent son is as the smell of a field which the LORD and called Jacob her younger son, and said hath blessed: unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as 28 Therefore God give thee of the dew touching thee, doth comfort himself, purof heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and posing to kill thee. plenty of corn and wine;

43 Now therefore, my son, obey my 29 Let people serve thee, and nations voice: and arise, flee thou to Laban my bow down to thee; be lord over thy bre-brother to Haran;

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