8 But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be freeXLVI from this oathXLVII of mine; onlyXLVIII you must not take my son back there.” 9 So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his masterXLIX and swore to him concerning this matter.L
and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will waterLXXXII your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointedLXXXIII for your servant Isaac. By this I shall knowLXXXIV that you have shown steadfast love to my master.”
18 “Drink, my lord,”CVI she said, and quicklyCVII loweredCVIII her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink.CIX 19 When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.”
20 So she quickly emptiedCX her jar into the troughCXI and ran again to the well to draw, and she drew for all his camels. 21 The man gazedCXII at her in silenceCXIII to learnCXIV whether or not the Lord had made his journeyCXV successful.CXVI
26 The man bowed his headCXXXIII and worshipedCXXXIV the Lord 27 and said, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsakenCXXXV his steadfast love and his faithfulnessCXXXVI toward my master. As for me, the Lord has ledCXXXVII me on the wayCXXXVIII to the house of my master’s kin.”CXXXIX
31 He said, “Come in,CLII O blessed of the Lord. Why do you stand outside when I have preparedCLIII the house and a place for the camels?” 32 So the man came into the house; and Laban unloadedCLIV the camels, and gave him straw and fodder for the camels, and water to washCLV his feetCLVI and the feet of the menCLVII who were with him.
37 My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; 38 but you shall go to my father’s house, to my kindred,CLXXI and get a wife for my son.’ 39 I said to my master, ‘Perhaps the woman will not follow me.’ 40 But he said to me, ‘The Lord, beforeCLXXII whom I walk, will send his angel with you and make your way successful. You shall get a wife for my son from my kindred, from my father’s house. 41 Then you will be free from my oath,CLXXIII when you come to my kindred; even if they will not give her to you, you will beCLXXIV freeCLXXV from my oath.’
42 “I came today to the spring, and said, ‘O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if now you will onlyCLXXVI make successful the way I am going! 43 CLXXVIII am standing here by the spring of water; letCLXXVIII the young womanCLXXIX who comes out to draw, to whom I shall say, “Please give me a little water from your jar to drink,” 44 and who will say to me, “Drink, and I will draw for your camels also”—let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.’
45 “Before I had finished speaking in my heart,CLXXX, CLXXXI there was Rebekah coming out with her water jar on her shoulder; and she went down to the spring, and drew. I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’ 46 She quickly let downCLXXXII her jar from her shoulder, and said, ‘Drink, and I will also water your camels.’ So I drank, and she also watered the camels. 47 Then I askedCLXXXIII her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him.’ So I put the ringCLXXXIV on her nose,CLXXXV and the bracelets on her arms.
48 Then I bowed my head and worshiped the Lord, and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the rightCLXXXVI way to obtainCLXXXVII the daughter of my master’s kinsmanCLXXXVIII for his son.
50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered,CXCV “The thing comes from the Lord; we cannotCXCVI speak to you anything badCXCVII or good.CXCVIII 51 Look,CXCIX Rebekah is beforeCC you, take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has spoken.”
54 Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank, and they spent the night there. When they roseCCIX in the morning,CCX he said, “Send me backCCXI to my master.”
55 Her brother and her mother said, “Let the girl remainCCXII with us a while, at least tenCCXIII days; after that she may go.”
56 But he said to them, “Do not delayCCXIV me, since the Lord has made my journey successful; let me goCCXV that I may go to my master.”
57 They said, “We will callCCXVI the girl, and ask her.”CCXVII 58 And they called Rebekah, and said to her, “Will you go with this man?”
61 Then Rebekah and her maidsCCXXVI rose up, mountedCCXXVII the camels, and followed the man; thus the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
62 Now Isaac had come from Beer-lahai-roi,CCXXVIII and was settledCCXXIX in theCCXXX Negeb.CCXXXI
64 And Rebekah looked up,CCXXXVII and when she saw Isaac, she slippedCCXXXVIII quickly from the camel, 65 and said to the servant, “Who is the man over there, walking in the field to meet us?”
The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veilCCXXXIX and coveredCCXL herself.
66 And the servant toldCCXLI Isaac all the things that he had done.CCXLII 67 Then Isaac brought her intoCCXLIII his mother Sarah’s tent.CCXLIV He took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he lovedCCXLV her. So Isaac was comfortedCCXLVI after his mother’s death.
Image credit: “Isaac Gets a Bride” by Lambsongs by Jill Kemp & Richard Gunther.