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will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of • my father's house : then shalt thou be clear from this my
oath, when thou comest to my kindred; and if they give • not thee one, thou shalt be clear from my oath.” 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: behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth • to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink, and she say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy
camels : let the same be the woman whom the LORD . hath appointed out for my master's son."
." And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth • with her pitcher on her shoulder ; and she went down
unto the well, and drew water: and I said unto her, " " Let me drink, I pray thee.” And she made haste, and let down 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. And I asked her, and ' said, “Whose daughter art thou ?” And she said, " The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bare • unto him : and I put the earring upon her face, and
the bracelets upon her hands. And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the LORD, and blessed the LORD God of my master Abraham, which had. led me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter unto
And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left.' Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The
• his son.
thing proceedeth from the LORD : we cannot speak unto *thee bad or good. Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take • her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the · LORD hath spoken.' And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the Lord, bowing himself to the earth. And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah : he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things. And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto
master.' And her brother and her mother said, “Let the damsel abide with us a few
days, at the least ten; after that she shall go.' And he said unto them, “Hinder me not, seeing the LORD hath
prospered my way ; send me away that I may go to my master.' And they said, “We will call the damsel, and inquire at her mouth.' And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, “Wilt thou go with this man?' And she said, I will go.' And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men. And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art
our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, ' and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate • them.'
And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man. And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide : and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming. And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel. For she had said unto the servant, 'What man is this that walketh in the field to meet
us?' And the servant had said, 'It is my master :' therefore she took a vail, and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done. And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife.
These are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years. 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. 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; the field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth : there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.
IS A A C.
AND it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahai-roi.
And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan-aram, the sister to Laban the Syrian. And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren : and the LORD was intreated of him. And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins, and the first they called Esau, and his brother was called Jacob; and Isaac was three score years old when she bare them.
And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field ; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling
in tents. 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: 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. And Jacob said, “Sell me this day thy
birthright.' And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point ' to die : and what profit shall this birthright do to me?' And Jacob said, Swear to me this day;' and he sware unto him : and he 'sold his birthright unto Jacob. 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.
And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.
And the LORD appeared unto him, and said
Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall • tell thee of: 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 sware unto Abraham, thy father : and 'I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, • and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in • thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed ; • because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.'
Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold ; and the LORD blessed him : and the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great : for he had possession of flocks, and
possession of herds, and great store of servants : and the Philistines envied him. 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. And Abimelech said unto Isaac, 'Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we.'
And 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.' And he said, “ Behold
I am old, I know not the day of my death: now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison; and make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that • I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.' And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.
And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, “Be· hold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, 'saying, Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, · that I may eat, and bless thee before the Lord before my · death. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice. Go
now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good • kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat ' for thy father, such as he loveth: and thou shalt bring • it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless • thee before his death."
And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, "Behold, Esau 'my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth -man :
my father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to ' him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me,