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The Marriage of Isaac

The Marriage of Isaac
Genesis

By this time Abraham had become a very old man,  and the Lord had blessed him in all that he did . Abraham said to his all his possessions,  'Put your hand under my thigh; I want you to swear by the Lord had blessed him in all that he did Abraham said to his servant , who had been ling in his service and was in charge of all his possessions , 'Put your hand under my thigh: I want you to swear by the Lord , the God of heaven and earth , that you will not take a wife for my son from the women of the Canaanites in whose land I dwell;  you must go to my own country and to my own kindred to find a wife for my son Isaac. '. . . . So the servant put his hand under his master Abraham's thigh and swore an oath in those terms .
The servant took ten camels from his master's herds , and also all kinds of gifts from his master; he wet out for Aramnaharaim and arrived at the city where Nahor lived. Towards evening , the time when the women come out to draw water, he made the camels kneel down by the well outside the city . He said , 'O Lord God of my master Abraham , give me good fortune this day ; keep faith with my master Abraham here I stand by the spring , and the women of the city are coming out to draw water. Let it be like this: I shall say to a girl , "please lower your jar so that I may drink "; and if she answers , "Drink, and I will water your camels also", that will be the girl whom thou dost intend for thy servant Isaac. In this way I shall know that thou hast kept faith with my master . '
Before he had finished praying silently he saw Rebecca coming out with her water -jug on her shoulder . Abraham 's servant hurried to meet her and said , "Give me a sip of water from your jar . 'Drink , sir '. she answered , and at once lowered her jar on to her hand to let him drink . When she had finished giving him a drink , she said , 'Now I will draw water for your camels until they have had enough . 'So she quickly empfied her jar into the water-through, hurried again to the well to draw water and watered all the camels . When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold nose -ring weighing half a shekel, and two bracelets for her wrists weighing ten shekels , also of gold , and said , 'Tell me , please, whose daughter you are Is there room in your father's house for us to spend the night ?'She answered , 'Ian the daughter of Bethuel , the son of Nahor and Milcah ; and we daughter of Bethuel, the won of Nahor and Milcah; and we have plenty of straw and fodder and also room for you to spend the night . 'So the man bowed down and prostrated to the Lord. He said , 'Blessed be the Lord the God of my master Abraham , who has mot failed to keep faith and truth with my master ; for I have been guided by the Lord to the house of my master's kinsman . '
The girl ran to her mother 's house and told them what had happened . now Rebecca had a brother named Laban ; and, when he saw the nosering , and also the bracelets on his sister's wrists , and heard his sister Rebecca tell what the man had said to her , he ran out to the man at the spring. When he came to him , he said , 'come in , sir , whom the Lord has blessed . Why stay outside ?I have prepared the house , and there is room for the camels . 'So he brought the man into the house , unloaded the camels and provided straw and fodder for them , and water for him and all his men to wash their feet . Food was set before him , but he said , 'I will not eat until I have delivered my message. 'Laban said , 'Let us hear it . 'He answered , 'I am the servant of Abraham . . . Now tell me if you will keep faith and truth with my master . If not , say so , and I will turn elsewhere. '
Laban and Bethuel answered, 'This is from the Lord ; we can say nothing for or against . Here is Rebecca herself ; take her and go . She shall be the wife of your master's son , as the Lord has decreed . 'So they let their sister Rebecca and her nurse go with Abraham 's servant and his men .
Isaac meanwhile had moved on as far as Beer-lahai-roi and was living in the    Negeb . One evening when he had gone out into the open country to relieve himself, he looked up and saw camels approaching . When Rebecca raised her eyes and saw Isaac, she slipped hastily from her camel , saying to the servant , 'Who is that man walking across the open towards us ?'The servant answered , 'It is my master . 'So she took her veil and covered herself . The servant related to Isaac all that had happened . Isaac conducted her into the tent and took her as his wife . So she became his wife , and he loved her and was consoled for the death of his mother.