Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
34 So he said, “I am Abraham’sI servant.II 35 The LordIII
has greatlyIV blessedV my master,VI and he has become wealthy;VII
he has givenVIII him flocksIX and herds,X silverXI and gold,XII
maleXIII and female slaves,XIV camelsXV and donkeys.XVI
36 And SarahXVII my master’s wifeXVIII boreXIX
a sonXX to my master whenXXI she was old,XXII and he has given him allXXIII that he has.
37 My master made me swear,XXIV saying, ‘You shall not takeXXV a wife for my son from the daughtersXXVI
of the CanaanitesXXVII in whose landXXVIII I live,XXIX
38 but you shall goXXX to my father’sXXXI house,XXXII to my kindred,XXXIII and getXXXIV a wife for my son.’
42 “I cameXXXV todayXXXVI to the springXXXVII and said, ‘O Lord, GodXXXVIII of my master Abraham,
ifXXXIX now you will onlyXL make successfulXLI the wayXLII I am going!
43 XLIIII am standingXLIV here by the spring of water;XLV
letXLVI the young womanXLVII who comes outXLVIII to draw,XLIX
to whom I shall say, “PleaseL give me a littleLI water from your jarLII to drink,”LIII
44 and who will say to me, “Drink,LIV and I will draw for your camels also”—let her be the womanLV whom the Lord has appointedLVI for my master’s son.’
45 “BeforeLVII I had finishedLVIII
speakingLIX in my heart,LX LXIthere was RebekahLXII coming out
with her water jar on her shoulder,LXIII and she went downLXIV to the spring and drew. I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’LXV
46 She quicklyLXVI let downLXVII her jar from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink,LXVIII and I will also water your camels.’ So I drank,LXIX and she also wateredLXX the camels.
47 Then I askedLXXI her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel,LXXII Nahor’sLXXIII son, whom MilcahLXXIV bore to him.’
So I putLXXV the ringLXXVI on her noseLXXVII and the braceletsLXXVIII on her arms.LXXIX
48 Then I bowed my headLXXX and worshipedLXXXI the Lord and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had ledLXXXII me
by the rightLXXXIII way to obtainLXXXIV the daughter of my master’s kinsmanLXXXV for his son.
49 Now then, if you willLXXXVI dealLXXXVII loyallyLXXXVIII
and trulyLXXXIX with my master, tellXC me; and if not, tell me, so that I may turnXCI either to the right handXCII or to the left.”XCIII
58 And they calledXCIV Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?”XCV
She said, “I will.”XCVI
59 So they sent awayXCVII their sisterXCVIII Rebekah and her nurseXCIX along with Abraham’s servant and his men.
60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her,
“May you, our sister, becomeC
thousandsCI of myriads;CII
may your offspringCIII gain possessionCIV
of the gatesCV of their foes.”CVI
61 Then Rebekah and her maidsCVII rose up,CVIII mountedCIX the camels, and followedCX the man, and the servant took Rebekah and went his way.
62 Now IsaacCXI had comeCXII from Beer-lahai-roiCXIII
and was settledCXIV in theCXV Negeb.CXVI 63 Isaac went outCXVII in the eveningCXVIII
to walkCXIX in the field,CXX and,CXXI looking up,CXXII
he sawCXXIII, CXXIV camels coming. 64 And Rebekah looked up, and when she saw Isaac, she slippedCXXV quickly from the camel 65 and said to the servant, “Who is the man over there, walking in the field to meetCXXVI us?”
The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veilCXXVII and coveredCXXVIII herself. 66 And the servant toldCXXIX Isaac all the thingsCXXX that he had done.CXXXI
67 Then Isaac brought her intoCXXXII his motherCXXXIII Sarah’s tent.CXXXIV He took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he lovedCXXXV her. So Isaac was comfortedCXXXVI afterCXXXVII his mother’s death.
Image credit: Depiction of Rebecca on a stained glass window at Church of Notre-Dame de Melun, France. Photo by GFreihalter, 2012.