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these eight Milcah did bear to Na- || Hittite answered Abraham in the hor, Abraham's brother.

audience of the children of Heth, 24 And his concubine, whose even of all that went in at the gate name was Reumah, she bare also of his city, saying, Tebah, and Gaham, and Thahash, 11 Nay, my lord, hear me: the and Maachah.

field give I thee, and the cave that CHAP. XXIII.

is therein, I give it thee; in the pre

sence of the sons of my people give AND Sarah was an hundred and I it thee: bury thy dead. seven and twenty years old : these 12 And Abraham bowed down were the years of the life of Sarah. himself before the people of the

2 And Sarah died in Kirjath-arba; land. the same is Hebron in the land of 13 And he spake unto Ephron in Canaan: and Abraham came to the audience of the people of the mourn for Sarah, and to weep for land, saying, But if thou wilt give it,

I pray thee, hear me: I will give 3 And Abraham stood up from thee money for the field; take it of before his dead, and spake unto the me, and I will bury my dead there. sons of Heth, saying,

14 And Ephron answered Abra4 I am a stranger and a sojourner ham, saying unto him, with you: give me a possession of a 15 My lord, hearken unto me: buryingplace with you, that I may the land is worth four hundred shebury my dead out of iny sight. kels of silver; what is that betwixt

5 And the children of Heth an me and thee? bury therefore thy swered Abraham, saying unto him,

dead. 6 Hear us, my lord: thou art a 16 And Abraham hearkened unto mighty prince among us: in the Ephron; and Abraham weighed to choice of our sepulchres bury thy Ephron the silver, which he had dead; none of us shall withhold named in the audience of the sons from thee his sepulchre, but that of Heth, four hundred shekels of thou mayest bury thy dead.

silver, current money with the mer7 And Abraham stood up, and chant. bowed himself to the people of the 17 And the field of Ephron, which land, even to the children of Heth. was in Machpelah, which was before

8 And he communed with them, Mamre, the field, and the cave which saying, If it be your mind that I was therein, and all the trees that should bury my dead out of my were in the field, that were in all the sight; hear me, and intreat for me borders round about, were made sure tu Ephron the son of Zohar,

18 Unto Abraham for a posses9 That he may give me the cave sion in the presence of the children of Machpelah, which he hath, which of Heth, before all that went in at is in the end of his field; for as much the gate of his city. money as it is worth he shall give it 19 And after this, Abraham bume for a possession of a burying ried Sarah his wife in the cave of the place amongst you.

field of Machpelah before Mamre: 10 And Ephron dwelt among the the same is Hebron in the land of children of Heth : and Ephron the Canaan.

20 And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a buryingplace by the sons of Heth.

CHAP. XXIV. AND Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.

2 And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh :

3 And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell :

4 But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.

5 And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest?

6 And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.

7 The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father's house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.

8 And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.

. 9 And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his

master, and sware to him concerning that matter.

10 And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand : and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.

11 And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water.

12 And he said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.

13 Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water :

14 And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.

15 And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.

16 And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.

17 And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.

18 And she said, Drink, my lord: saw the earring and bracelets upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at

and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave bim drink.

19 And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking

20 And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.

21 And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the Lord had made his journey prosperous or not.

22 And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold;

23 And said, Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee: is there room in thy father's house for us to lodge in?

24 And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor.

25 She said moreover unto him, We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in.

26 And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD.

27 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's brethren.

28 And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house these things.

29 And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the

31 And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the LORD; wherefore standest thou without ? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels.

32 And the man came into the house: and he ungirded his camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet, and the men's feet that were with him.

33 And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.

34 And he said, I am Abraham's servant.

35 And the LORD hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.

36 And Sarah my master's wife bare a son to my master when she was old : and unto him hath he given all that he hath.

37 And my master made me swear, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell :

38 But thou shalt go unto my father's house, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son.

39 And I said unto my master, Peradventure the woman will not follow me.

40 And he said unto me, The LORD, before whom I walk, will


30 And it came to pass, when he

send his angel with thee, and pros- || right way to take my master's broper thy way; and thou shalt take a ther's daughter unto his son. wife for my son of my kindred, and 49 And now if ye will deal kindly of my father's house:

and truly with my master, tell me: 41 Then shalt thou be clear from and if not, tell me; that I may turn this my oath, when thou comest to to the right hand, or to the left. my kindred ; and if they give not 50 Then Laban and Bethuel anthee one, thou shalt be clear from swered and said, The thing proceedmy oath.

eth from the LORD: we cannot speak 42 And I came this day unto the unto thee bad or good. well, and said, O LORD God of my 51 Behold, Rebekah is before master Abraham, if now thou do thee, take her, and go, and let her prosper my way which I go:

be thy master's son's wife, as the 43 Behold, I stand by the well of Lord hath spoken. water; and it shall come to pass, 52 And it came to pass, that, that when the virgin cometh forth when Abraham's servant heard their to draw water, and I say to her, Give words, he worshipped the LORD, me, I pray thee, a little water of thy bowing himself to the earth. pitcher to drink;

53 And the servant brought forth 44 And she say to me, Both drink jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, thou, and I will also draw for thy and raiment, and gave them to Recamels : let the same be the woman bekah: he gave also to her brother whom the Lord hath appointed out and to her mother precious things. for my master's son.

54 And they did eat and drink, 45 And before I had done speak he and the men that were with him, ing in mine heart, behold, Rebekah and tarried all night; and they rose came forth with her pitcher on her up in the morning, and he said, Send shoulder; and she went down unto me away unto my master. the well, and drew water: and I said 55 And her brother and her mo unto her, Let me drink, I pray ther said, Let the damsel abide with thee.

us a few days, at the least ten; after 46 And she made haste, and let that she shall go. down her pitcher from her shoulder, 56 And he said unto them, Hinand said, Drink, and I will give thy der me not, seeing the Lord hath camels drink also : so I drank, and prospered my way; send me away she made the camels drink also. that I may go to my master.

47 And I asked her, and said, 57 And they said, We will call the Whose daughter art thou? And she damsel, and enquire at her mouth. said, The daughter of Bethuel, Na 58 And they called Rebekah, and hor's son, whom Milcah bare unto said unto her, Wilt thou go with him: and I put the earring upon her this man? And she said, I will go. face, and the bracelets upon her 59 And they sent away Rebekah hands.

their sister, and her nurse, and Abra48 And I bowed down my head, ham's servant, and his men. and worshipped the Lord, and bless 60 And they blessed Rebekah, ed the LORD God of my master and said unto her, Thou art our sisAbraham, which had led me in the ter, be thou the mother of thousands

.of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.

61 And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.

62 And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahai-roi; for he dwelt in the south country.

63 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.

64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.

65 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.

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

67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.

CHAP. XXV. THEN again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah.

2 And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.

3 And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim.

4 And the sons of Midian ; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abidah, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.

5 And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.

.6 But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.

7 And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.

8 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.

9 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;

10 The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth : there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.

11 And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahai-roi.

12 Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's handmaid, bare unto Abraham :

13 And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations : the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,

14 And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa,

15 Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah:

16 These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.

17 And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years : and he gave

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