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me to rejoice; and also all that know went and filled the bottle with water, me will rejoice with me.

and gave the lad drink. 6 And she said unto Abraham, Who 18 And God was with the lad; and would have said that Sarah should he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, have given children suck ? For I and became an archer; and he dwelt was barren, but the Lord promised, in the wilderness of Paran, he and and I have borne unto Abraham a son his mother. in his old age.

19 And he took him a wife out of 7 And the child

grew,

and the land of Egypt. weaned. And the day that Isaac was 20 And it came to pass at the time, weaned, Abraham made a great feast, that Abimelech and Phicol the chief and Sarah saw the son of Hagar the captain of his host spake unto AbraEgyptian, which Hagar had borne bam, saying, God is with thee in all unto Abraham, mocking; and she was that thou doest. troubled.

21 Now therefore, sware unto me 8 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, bere, that, by the help of God thou Cast out this bond-woman and her wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with son : for the son of this bond-woman my son, nor with my son's son; but, shall not be heir with iny son, Isaac. that according to the kindness that

9 And this thing was very grievous I have shown unto: thee, thou shalt unto Abraham because of his son. do unto me, and to the land wherein 10 And God said unto Abraham, thou hast sojourned. Let it not be grievous in thy sight, 22 And Abraham said, I will swear. because of the lad, and because of 23 And Abraham reproved Abithy bond-woman; in all that Sarah melech, because of a well of water has said unto thee, hearken unto her which Abimelech's servants had revoice; for in Isanc shall thy seed becently taken away. called.

24 And Abimelech said, Thou didst 11 And also of the son of the bond- not tell me; and I know not who woman will I make a nation, because hath done this thing; neither yet he is thy seed.

have I heard that it was done until 12 And Abraham rose up early in

this day. the morning, and took bread, and a 25 And Abrahain took sheep and bottle of water, and gave unto Hagar, oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and she took the child, and he sent and both of them made a covenant. her away; and she departed, and 26 And Abraham set wandered in the wilderness of Beer- lambs of the flock by themselves. sheba.

27 And Abimelech said unto Abra13 And it came to pass that the ham, What wilt thou do with these water was spent in the bottle, and she seven ewe lambs which thou hast set cast the child under one of the shrubs, by themselves? and she went and sat her down over 28 And he said, Seven ewe lambs against the child, a good way off, as it shalt thou take at my hand, that were a bowshot; for she said, Let me they may be a witness unto me that I not see the death of the child. have digged this well.

14 And she sat over against the 29 And because they sware, both of child, and lifted up her voice and them, wherefore he called that place wept.

Beer-sheba; 15 And God heard the voice of the 30 And thus they made a covenant lad; and the angel of the Lord called there at Beer-sheba. to Hagar out of heaven, and said 31 Then Abimelech, and Phicol, the unto her:

chief captain of his hosts, rose up, 16 What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not, and they planted a grove in Beerfor God hath heard the voice of th sheba, and called there on the name lad where he lieth: arise, lift up the of the Lord ; and they returned unto lad, and hold him in thine hand, for the land of the Philistines. I will make of him a great nation. 32 And Abraham worshipped the

17 And God opened her eyes, and everlasting God, and sojourned in the she saw a well of water; and she land of the Philistines many days.

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hand upon the lad, neither do thou Abraham commandeui tonffer Isaac- His will anything unto him;

la?ness accepted--Relieved by dirine in- 15 For now I know that thou fear. terparitim- Names of Valor's children.

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things, that God did try Abra- 16 And Abraham lifted up his eyes ham and said unto him, Abraham ; and looked, and behold, behind a and Abrabam said, Behold, here thicket, there was a ram caught in it am I.

by his horns. 2 And the Lord said, Take now thy 17 And Abraham went and took SOD, thine only Isaac, whom thou the ram, and offered him up for a lorest, and get thee into the land of burnt offering, in the stead of his Moriab: and offer him there for a son. burnt offering, upon one of the moun

18 And Abraham called the name tains of which I will tell thee, of that place Jehovah-jireh ; as it is

3 And Abrabam rose up early in the said unto this day, In the mounmorning and saddled his ass, and tain of the Lord it shall be seen. took two of his young men with him, 19 And the angel of the Lord calland Isaac his son,

ed unto Abraham out of heaven the 4 And clare the wood for the burnt second time, and said, offering: and rose up, and went into 20 Thus saith the Lord, I have the place of which God bad told

sworn by myself, because that thou him.

hast done this thing, and hast not 5 Then on the third day, Abraham withheld thy son, thine only Isaac lifted up his eyes and saw the place from me ; afar oft.

21 Tbat in blessing I will bless thee; 6 And Abraham said unto his young and in multiplying I will multiply men, Abide you here with the ass, thy seed as the stars of heaven, and and I and the lad will go yonder and as the sand upon the sea-shore. worship, and come to you again. 22 And thy seed shall possess the

7 And Abraham took the wood of gate of his enemies; and in thy seed the burnt offering, and laid it upon shall all the nations of the earth be his back: and he took the fire in his blessed; because thou hast obeyed band, and a knife, and Isaac his son;

my voice. end they went both of them together. 23 So Abraham returned unto his

8 And Isaac spake unto Abraham young men, and they rose up and his father, and said, My father! went to Beer-sheba; and Abrabam And he said, Here am I, iny son. dwelt at Beer-sheba.

9 And he said, Behold the fire and 24 And it came to pass after these the wood; but where is the lamb for things, that it was told Abraham, a burnt offering?

saving, 10 And Abraham said, My son, God 25 Behold, Milcah, she bath also will provide himself a lamh for a borne children unto thy brother Naburnt offering. So they went both hor; Iluz is his first-born, and Buz is of them together; and they came to his brother, the place of which God had told 26 And Kemuel is the father of him.

Aram, and Chesed, and Haza, and 11 And Abraham built an altar Bildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel; there, and laid the wood in order, 27 And Bethuel begat Rebekah. and bound Isaac his son, and laid | 28 These cight Milcah did bear to him on the altar, upon the wood. Nahor, Abraham's brother; and his

12 And Abraham stretched forth concubine, whose name was Reumah, bis hand and took the knife to slay she bare also Tehah, and Gaham. bis son.

Thahash, and Maachah. 13 And the angel of the Lord called

CIIAPTER XXIII. unto him out of heaven, and said, Sarah's death and burial-Purchase of the Abraha! Abraham! And Abraham

ficul of Ephron. said, Here am I.

ND Sarah was an hundred and 14 And the angel said, Lay not thine twenty-seven years old, and she

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died ; and thus ended the years of | 14 And Ephron answered Abraham, the life of Saralı.

saying unto him, My lord, hearken 2 And Sarah died in Kirjath-arba ; unto me; the land thou shalt have the same is now called Hebron, in for four hundred shekels of silver; the land of Canaan.

what shall that be betwixt me and 3 And Abraham came to mourn for thee? Bury therefore thy dead. Sarah, and to weep for her, his wife 15 And Abraham hearkened unto which was dead.

Ephron; and Abraham weighed unto 4 And Abraham stood up from be- Ephron the silver which he had fore his dead, and spake unto the nained in the audience of the sons sons of Heth, saying, I am a stranger of Heth, four hundred shekels of and a sojourner with you ; give me silver, which was current with the a possession of a burying-place with merchant. you, that I may bury my dead out of 16 And the field of Ephron, which my sight.

was in Machpelah, which was before 6. And the children of Heth answer- Mamre ; the field, and the cave which ed Abraham, saying unto him, Hear was therein, and all the trees that us, my lord; thou art a mighty prince were in the field, and that were in all among us; in the choicest of our se- the borders round about, were inade pulchres bury thou thy dead; none sure unto Abraham for a possession, of us shall withhoill from thee his

in the presence of the children of sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury Heth, before all that went in at the thy dead.

gate of the city. 6 And Abraham stood up, and 17 And after this, Abraham buried bowed himself to the people of the Sarah his wife in the cave of the land, and to the children of Hleth: field of Machpelah, which is before and he communed with them, saving. Mamre; the same is called Hebron,

7 If it be your mind that I should in the land of Canaan. bury my dead out of my sight, hear IS And the field and the cave that me, and entreat Ephron the son of was therein, were made sure unto Zohar for me. that he inay give me Abraham for a possession of a burythe cave of Machpelah, which he hath ing-place by the sons of Heth. in the end of his ficii:

CHAPTER XXIV. 8 For, as much money as it is worth he shall have, if he will give it me

Oath of Abraham's servant-History of the

betrothal and marriuge of Isauc and Refor a possession of a burying-place bekah. among yon.

9 And Ephron dwelt among the well striken in age; and the children of Heth.

Lord had blessed Abraham in all 10 And Ephron, the Hittite, answer- things. ed Abraham in the audience of the 2 And Abraham said unto his eldest children of Heth, among all of them servant of his house, that ruled over that went in at the gates of the city, all that he had: Put forth I pray saying,

thee thy hand under my hanıl, and I 11 Hearken, iny lord, and hear me; will make thee swear before the Lord, the field I give thee, and the cave the God of heaven, and the God of that is therein ; I give it thee in the the earth, that thou shalt not take a prescnee of the sons of my people; wife unto my son, of the daughters and I give it thee; therefore, bury of the Canaanites among whom I thy dead.

dwell; but thou shalt go unto my 12 And Abraham howed himself country, and to my kindred and take down before the people of the land, a wife unto my son Isaac. and he spake unto Ephron in the 3 And the servant said unto him, audience of the people of the land, Perhaps the woman will not be willsaving, I pray thee, hear me; ing to follow me unto this land, then

13 If thou wilt take it of me, I will I must necds bring thy son again give thee money for the field, and I into the land from whence thou will bury my dead there, but I will camest. give thee money for it.

4 And Abraham said unto him, Be

ware thou that thou bring not my 17 And the servant ran to meet her, son thither again.

and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink 5 The Lord God of heaven which a little water of thy pitcher. took one from my father's house, and 18 And she said, Drink, my lord; from the land of my kindred, and and she basted and let down her wbieb spake unto me, and that swear pitcher upon her hand, and gave him unto me, saying, Unto thee will I drink. gire this land;

19 And when she had done giving 6 He shall send his angel before him drink, she said, I will draw for thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto thy camels also, until they have done my son from thence.

drinking. 7 And if the woman will not be 20 And she hasted, and emptied willing to follow thee, then thou shalt her pitcher into the trough, and ran be clear from this thine oath, only again unto the well to draw, and drew bring not my son thither again. for all his camels.

8 And the servant put his hand un- 21 And the man, wondering at her, der the band of Abraham his master, held his peace, pondering in his heart and sware to him concerning that whether the Lord had made his jourmatter.

nev prosperous or not. 9 And the servant took ten camels 22 And it came to pass, as the caof his master, and departed; for all mels had done drinking, that the the goods of his master were in his inan took a gold ear-ring of half a haod.

shekel weight, and two bracelets for 10 And be arose and went to Meso- her hands of ten shekels weight of potamia, unto the city of Nahor. gold, and said, Whose daughter art

11 And be made his camels to kneel thou? tell me, I pray thee; and is down without the city, by a well of there room in thy father's house for water, at evening, the time that wo- us to lo.ize in ? men go out to draw water.

23 And she said unto him, I am the 12 And he said, O Lord God of my daughter of Bethuel, the son of Milmaster Abraham, I prav tore this cah, which she bare unto Nahor. day, that thou wouldst show kind- 24 She said moreover, unto him, Dess unto my master Abraham, and we have both straw and provender send me good speed.

enough, and room to lodge in. 13 Behold, I stand by the well of 25 And the man bowed down his water, and the daughters of the men head and worshipped the Lord. of the cits coine out to draw water; 26 And he said, Blessed is the Lord

14 And let it come to pass, that the God of my master Abrabam, who dainsel to whom I shall say, Let down hath not left my master destitute of thy pitcher I pray thee, that I may bis mercy and his truth ; and when drink : and she shall say, Drink, and I was in the way, the Lord led me to I will give thy camels drink also; let the house of my master's brethren. her be the one whom thou hast ap- 27 And the damsel ran to the house, pointed for thy servant Isaac; and and told her mother these things. thereby shall I know that thou hast 28 And Rebekah had a brother, showed kindness unto my master. whose name was Laban; and Laban

15 And it came to pass, before he ran out to the man, unto the well. bas done speaking, that behold, Re- 29 And it came to pass when he bekah came out, who was born to saw the ear-rings, and bracelets upon Petbuel, son of Milcah, the wife of his sister's hands, and when he heard Nahor, Abrabam's brother, with her the word of Rebekah his sister, saypiteher upon her shoulder.

ing. Thus spake the man unto me, 16 And the damsel being a virgin, and I came unto the man, and bevery fair to look upon, such as the hold, he stood by the camels at the servant of Abraham had not seen, well. neither bad any man known the like 30 And he said, Come in, thou blessunto ber; and she went down to the ed of the Lord; wherefore standest well, and filled her pitcher, and came thou without ? for I have prepared op.

the house, and room for the camels.

man

31 And the
came into the

46 And before I had done speaking house.

in my heart, behold, Rebekah came 32 And he unburdened his camels, forth with her pitcher on her shoulder, and gave straw and provender for the and she went down unto the well and camels, and water to wash his feet, drew water. and the men's feet that came with 47 And I said unto her, Let me him.

drink I pray thee; 33 And there was set before him 48 And she made haste, and let food to eat; but he said, I will not down ber pitcher from ber shoulder, cat until I have told mine errand. and said, Drink, and I will give thy

34 And Laban said, Speak on. And camels drink also ; so I drank, and he said, I am Abraham's servant ; she made the camels drink also.

35 And the Lord hath blessed my 49 And I asked her and said, Whose master greatly, and he is become daughter art thou? great, and he hath given him flocks. 50 And she said, The daughter of and herds, and silver, and gold; and Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah men servants, and maid servants, and bare unto him. camels, and asses.

51 And I gave the ear-rings unto 36 And Sarah, my master's wife, her, to put into her cars, and the bare a son to my master when she bracelets upon her hands. was old; and unto him hath be given 52 And I bowed down my head, all that he hath.

and worshipped the Lord, and blessed 37 And my master made me swear, the Lord God of my master Abraham, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to who had led me in the right way to my son of the daughters of the take my master's brother's daughter Canaanites, in whose land I dwell; unto his son.

38 But thou shalt go unto my father's 53 And now, if thou wilt deal kindly house, and to my kindred, and take a and truly with my master, tell me; wife unto my son.

and if not, tell me; that I may turn 39 And I said unto my master, Per- to the right band or to the left. haps the

will not follow 54 Then Laban and Bethuel answer.

ed, and said, The thing proceedeth 10 And he said unto me. The Lord, from the Lord; we cannot speak unto before whom I walk, will send bis thee bad or good. angel with thee, and he will prosper 55 Behold, Rebekah is before thee, thy way;

take her and go, and let her be thy 41 And thou shalt take a wife for master's son's wife, as the Lord hath my son, of my kindred, and of my spoken. father's house; then shalt thou be 56 And it came to pass, that, when clear of my oath.

Abraham's servant heard these words, 42 When thon omest to my kindred, he worshipped the Lord, bowing himand if they give thee not a wife for self to the earth. my son, thou shalt be clear from my 57 And the servant brought forth oath.

jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, 43 And I came this day unto the and raiment, and gave to Rebekah. well, and said, O Lord God of my He gave also to her brother, and to master Abraham, if now thou wilt her mother, precious things. prosper my way which I go;

58 And they did eat and drink, he 44 Behold, I stand by the well of and the men that were with bim, and water; and it shall come to pass, that tarried all night. when the virgin cometh forth to draw 59 And they arose up in the mornwater, and I say to her, Give me I ing, and he said, Send mo away unto pray thee a little water of thy pitcher my master. to drink;

60 And her brother, and her mother, 45 And if she say to me, Both drink said, Let the damsel abide with us at thou, and will also draw for thy the least ten days; after that she shall camels: the same is the woman whom go. the Lord hath appointed out for my

61 And he said unto them, Hinder master's son.

me not, seeing the Lord hath pros

woman

me.

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