Genesis 22 to 24

22:1 And it came to pass after these things that God tempted Abraam, and said to him, Abraam, Abraam; and he said, Lo! I [am here].

22:2 And he said, Take thy son, the beloved one, whom thou hast loved– Isaac, and go into the high land, and offer him there for a whole-burnt-offering on one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

22:3 And Abraam rose up in the morning and saddled his ass, and he took with him two servants, and Isaac his son, and having split wood for a whole-burnt-offering, he arose and departed, and came to the place of which God spoke to him,

22:4 on the third day; and Abraam having lifted up his eyes, saw the place afar off.

22:5 And Abraam said to his servants, Sit ye here with the ass, and I and the lad will proceed thus far, and having worshiped we will return to you.

22:6 And Abraam took the wood of the whole-burnt-offering, and laid it on Isaac his son, and he took into his hands both the fire and the knife, and the two went together.

22:7 And Isaac said to Abraam his father, Father. And he said, What is it, son? And he said, Behold the fire and the wood, where is the sheep for a whole-burnt-offering?

22:8 And Abraam said, God will provide himself a sheep for a whole-burnt-offering, [my] son. And both having gone together,

22:9 came to the place which God spoke of to him; and there Abraam built the altar, and laid the wood on it, and having bound the feet of Isaac his son together, he laid him on the altar upon the wood.

22:10 And Abraam stretched forth his hand to take the knife to slay his son.

22:11 And an angel of the Lord called him out of heaven, and said, Abraam, Abraam. And he said, Behold, I [am here].

22:12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the child, neither do anything to him, for now I know that thou fearest God, and for my sake thou hast not spared thy beloved son.

22:13 And Abraam lifted up his eyes and beheld, and lo! a ram caught by his horns in a plant of Sabec; and Abraam went and took the ram, and offered him up for a whole-burnt-offering in the place of Isaac his son.

22:14 And Abraam called the name of that place, The Lord hath seen; that they might say to-day, I the mount the Lord was seen.

22:15 And an angel of the Lord called Abraam the second time out of heaven, saying,

22:16 I have sworn by myself, says the Lord, because thou hast done this thing, and on my account hast not spared thy beloved son,

22:17 surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand which is by the shore of the sea, and thy seed shall inherit the cities of their enemies.

22:18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because thou hast hearkened to my voice.

22:19 And Abraam returned to his servants, and they arose and went together to the well of the oath; and Abraam dwelt at the well of the oath.

22:20 And it came to pass after these things, that it was reported to Abraam, saying, Behold, Melcha herself too has born sons to Nachor thy brother,

22:21 Uz the first-born, and Baux his brother, and Camuel the father of the Syrians, and Chazad, and

22:22 Azav and Phaldes, and Jeldaph, and Bathuel, and Bthuel begot Rebecca;

22:23 these are eight sons, which Melcha bore to Nachor the brother of Abraam.

22:24 And his concubine whose name was Rheuma, she also bore Tabec, and Taam, and Tochos, and Mocha.

 

23:1 And the life of Sarrha was an hundred and twenty-seven years.

23:2 And Sarrha died in the city of Arboc, which is in the valley, this is Chebron in the land of Chanaan; and Abraam came to lament for Sarrha and to mourn.

23:3 And Abraam stood up from before his dead; and Abraam spoke to the sons of Chet, saying,

23:4 I am a sojourner and a stranger among you, give me therefore possession of a burying-place among you, and I will bury my dead away from me.

23:5 And the sons of Chet answered to Abraam, saying, Not so, Sir,

23:6 but hear us; thou art in the midst of us a king from God; bury thy dead in our choice sepulchres, for not one of us will by any means withhold his sepulchre from thee, so that thou shouldest not bury thy dead there.

23:7 And Abraam rose up and did obeisance to the people of the land, to the sons of Chet.

23:8 And Abraam spoke to them, saying, If ye have it in your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hearken to me, and speak for me to Ephron the son Saar.

23:9 And let him give me the double cave which he has, which is in a part of his field, let him give it me for the money it is worth for possession of a burying-place among you.

23:10 Now Ephron was sitting in the midst of the children of Chet, and Ephron the Chettite answered Abraam and spoke in the hearing of the sons of Chet, and of all who entered the city, saying,

23:11 Attend to me, my lord, and hear me, I give to thee the field and the cave which is in it; I have given it thee before all my country men; bury thy dead.

23:12 And Abraam did obeisance before the people of the land.

23:13 And he said in the ears of Ephron before the people of the land, Since thou art on my side, hear me; take the price of the field from me, and I will bury my dead there.

23:14 But Ephron answered Abraam, saying,

23:15 Nay, my lord, I have heard indeed, the land [is worth] four hundred silver didrachmas, but what can this be between me and thee? nay, do thou bury thy dead.

23:16 And Abraam hearkened to Ephron, and Abraam rendered to Ephron the money, which he mentioned in the ears of the sons of Chet, four hundred didrachmas of silver approved with merchants.

23:17 And the field of Ephron, which was in Double Cave, which is opposite Mambre, the field and the cave, which was in it, and every tree which was in the field, and whatever is in its borders round about, were made sure in its borders round about, were made sure

23:18 to Abraam for a possession, before the sons of Chet, and all that entered into the city.

23:19 After this Abraam buried Sarrha his wife in the Double Cave of the field, which is opposite Mambre, this is Chebron in the land of Chanaan.

23:20 So the field and the cave which was in it were made sure to Abraam for possession of a burying place, by the sons of Chet.

 

24:1 And Abraam was old, advanced in days, and the Lord blessed Abraam in all things.

24:2 And Abraam said to his servant the elder of his house, who had rule over all his possessions, Put thy hand under my thigh,

24:3 and I will adjure thee by the Lord the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou take not a wife for my son Isaac from the daughters of the Chananites, with whom I dwell, in the midst of them.

24:4 But thou shalt go instead to my country, where I was born, and to my tribe, and thou shalt take from thence a wife for my son Isaac.

24:5 And the servant said to him, Shall I carry back thy son to the land whence thou camest forth, if haply the woman should not be willing to return with me to this land?

24:6 And Abraam said to him, Take heed to thyself that thou carry not my son back thither.

24:7 The Lord the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, who took me out of my father’s house, and out of the land whence I sprang, who spoke to me, and who swore to me, saying, I will give this land to thee and to thy seed, he shall send his angel before thee, an thou shalt take a wife to my son from thence.

24:8 And if the woman should not be willing to come with thee into this land, thou shalt be clear from my oath, only carry not my son thither again.

24:9 And the servant put his hand under the thigh of his master Abraam, and swore to him concerning this matter.

24:10 And the servant took ten camels of his master’s camels, and [he took] of all the goods of his master with him, and he arose and went into Mesopotamia to the city of Nachor.

24:11 And he rested his camels without the city by the well of water towards evening, when damsels go forth to draw water.

24:12 And he said, O Lord God of my master Abraam, prosper my way before me to day, and deal mercifully with my master Abraam.

24:13 Lo! I stand by the well of water, and the daughters of them that inhabit the city come forth to draw water.

24:14 And it shall be, the virgin to whomsoever I shall say, Incline thy water-pot, that I may drink, and she shall say, Drink thou, and I will give thy camels drink, until they shall have done drinking– even this one thou hast prepared for thy servant Isaac, and hereby shall I know that thou hast dealt mercifully with my master Abraam.

24:15 And it came to pass before he had done speaking in his mind, that behold, Rebecca the daughter of Bathuel, the son of Melcha, the wife of Nachor, and [the same] the brother of Abraam, came forth, having a water-pot on her shoulders.

24:16 And the virgin was very beautiful in appearance, she was a virgin, a man had not known her; and she went down to the well, and filled her water-pot, and came up.

24:17 And the servant ran up to meet her, and said, Give me a little water to drink out of thy pitcher;

24:18 and she said, Drink, Sir; and she hasted, and let down the pitcher upon her arm, and gave him to drink, till he ceased drinking.

24:19 And she said, I will also draw water for thy camels, till they shall all have drunk.

24:20 And she hasted, and emptied the water-pot into the trough, and ran to the well to draw again, and drew water for all the camels.

24:21 And the man took great notice of her, and remained silent to know whether the Lord had made his way prosperous or not.

24:22 And it came to pass when all the camels ceased drinking, that the man took golden ear-rings, each of a drachm weight, and he [put] two bracelets on her hands, their weight was ten pieces of gold.

24:23 And he asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? Tell me if there is room for us to lodge with thy father.

24:24 And she said to him, I am the daughter of Bathuel the son of Melcha, whom she bore to Nachor.

24:25 And she said to him, We have both straw and much provender, and a place for resting.

24:26 And the man being well pleased, worshiped the Lord,

24:27 and said, Blessed be the Lord the God of my master Abraam, who has not suffered his righteousness to fail, nor his truth from my master, and the Lord has brought me prosperously to the house of the brother of my lord.

24:28 And the damsel ran and reported to the house of her mother according to these words.

24:29 And Rebecca had a brother whose name was Laban; and Laban ran out to meet the man, to the well.

24:30 And it came to pass when he saw the ear-rings and the bracelets on the hands of his sister, and when he heard the words of Rebecca his sister, saying, Thus the man spoke to me, that he went to the man, as he stood by the camels at the well.

24:31 And he said to him, Come in hither, thou blessed of the Lord, why standest thou without, whereas I have prepared the house and a place for the camels?

24:32 And the man entered into the house, and unloaded the camels, and gave the camels straw and provender, and water to wash his feet, and the feet of the men that were with him.

24:33 And he set before them loaves to eat; but he said, I will not eat, until I have told my errand. And he said, Speak on.

24:34 And he said, I am a servant of Abraam;

24:35 and the Lord has blessed my master greatly, and he is exalted, and he has given him sheep, and calves, and silver, and gold, servants and servant-maids, camels, and asses.

24:36 And Sarrha my master’s wife bore one son to my master after he had grown old; and he gave him whatever he had.

24:37 And my master caused me to swear, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Chananites, among whom I sojourn in their land.

24:38 But thou shalt go to the house of my father, and to my tribe, and thou shalt take thence a wife for my son.

24:39 And I said to my master, Haply the woman will not go with me.

24:40 And he said to me, The Lord God to whom I have been acceptable in his presence, himself shall send out his angel with thee, and shall prosper thy journey, and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my tribe, and of the house of my father.

24:41 Then shalt thou be clear from my curse, for whensoever thou shalt have come to my tribe, and they shall not give her to thee, then shalt thou be clear from my oath.

24:42 And having come this day to the well, I said, Lord God of my master Abraam, if thou prosperest my journey on which I am now going,

24:43 behold, I stand by the well of water, and the daughters of the men of the city come forth to draw water, and it shall be [that] the damsel to whom I shall say, Give me a little water to drink out of thy pitcher,

24:44 and she shall say to me, Both drink thou, and I will draw water for thy camels, this [shall be] the wife whom the Lord has prepared for his own servant Isaac; and hereby shall I know that thou hast wrought mercy with my master Abraam.

24:45 And it came to pass before I had done speaking in my mind, straightway Rebecca came forth, having her pitcher on her shoulders; and she went down to the well, and drew water; and I said to her, Give me to drink.

24:46 And she hasted and let down her pitcher on her arm from her head, and said, Drink thou, and I will give thy camels drink; and I drank, and she gave the camels drink.

24:47 And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? tell me; and she said, I am daughter of Bathuel the son of Nachor, whom Melcha bore to him; and I put on her the earrings, and the bracelets on her hands.

24:48 And being well-pleased I worshiped the Lord, and I blessed the Lord the God of my master Abraam, who has prospered me in a true way, so that I should take the daughter of my master’s brother for his son.

24:49 If then ye [will] deal mercifully and justly with my lord, [tell me], and if not, tell me, that I may turn to the right hand or to the left.

24:50 And Laban and Bathuel answered and said, This matter has come forth from the Lord, we shall not be able to answer thee bad or good.

24:51 Behold, Rebecca is before thee, take her and go away, and let her be wife to the son of thy master, as the Lord has said.

24:52 And it came to pass when the servant of Abraam heard these words, he bowed himself to the Lord down to the earth.

24:53 And the servant having brought forth jewels of silver and gold and raiment, gave them to Rebecca, and gave gifts to her brother, and to her mother.

24:54 And both he and the men with him ate and drank and went to sleep. And he arose in the morning and said, Send me away, that I may go to my master.

24:55 And her brethren and her mother said, Let the virgin remain with us about ten days, and after that she shall depart.

24:56 But he said to them, Hinder me not, for the Lord has prospered my journey for me; send me away, that I may depart to my master.

24:57 And they said, Let us call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth.

24:58 And they called Rebecca, and said to her, Wilt thou go with this man? and she said, I will go.

24:59 So they sent forth Rebecca their sister, and her goods, and the servant of Abraam, and his attendants.

24:60 And they blessed Rebecca, and said to her, Thou art our sister; become thou thousands of myriads, and let thy seed possess the cities of their enemies.

24:61 And Rebecca rose up and her maidens, and they mounted the camels and went with the man; and the servant having taken up Rebecca, departed.

24:62 And Isaac went through the wilderness to the well of the vision, and he dwelt in the land toward the south.

24:63 And Isaac went forth into the plain toward evening to meditate; and having lifted up his eyes, he saw camels coming.

24:64 And Rebecca lifted up her eyes, and saw Isaac; and she alighted briskly from the camel,

24:65 and said to the servant, Who is that man that walks in the plain to meet us? And the servant said, This is my master; and she took her veil and covered herself.

24:66 And the servant told Isaac all that he had done.

24:67 And Isaac went into the house of his mother, and took Rebecca, and she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted for Sarrha his mother.