Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

When Abraham was old, he grew anxious for Isaac, his son and heir, to marry a girl from his own clan from the region where he'd been raised. He certainly didn't want Isaac to marry an ungodly Canaanite! So Abraham sent a trusted servant to find a wife for Isaac. The servant posed a legitimate question: How could he travel a thousand miles to an unknown region and find just the right bride for his master?

To his everlasting credit, this servant was wise enough to commit his nearly impossible mission to God's direction. The miraculous result was that out of all the cities, all the wells, and all the girls in the land of the East, Rebekah came out to the well. The servant's secret to success was in committing his journey to God's providence.

If God has the hairs of your head numbered (Matthew 10:30), He can surely do a better job of running your life than you can. If you lean upon your own understanding, you face an endless, impossible task. But God, who is infinite in understanding, can quickly bring a positive solution to the assignment.

The servant reported to Abraham, saying, "Before I had finished praying these words, I saw Rebekah" (Genesis 24:45). Pray, commit, and watch. Your answer may already be there.

Genesis 23:1-24:51

The Death of Sarah

23 Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old.She died at Kiriath ArbaJos 14:15; 15:13; 20:7; 21:11 (that is, Hebron)ver 19; S Ge 13:18 in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her.Ge 24:67

Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites.Or the descendants of Heth; also in verses 5, 7, 10, 16, 18 and 20S Ge 10:15 He said,“I am a foreigner and strangerS Ge 17:8; 19:9; Ex 2:22; Lev 25:23; Ps 39:12; 105:12; 119:19; Heb 11:9, 13 among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead.Ge 49:30; Ac 7:16

The Hittites replied to Abraham,“Sir, listen to us. You are a mighty princeGe 14:14-16; 24:35 among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb for burying your dead.”

Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites.He said to them, “If you are willing to let me bury my dead, then listen to me and intercede with Ephron son of ZoharGe 25:9 on my behalfso he will sell me the cave of Machpelah,ver 17, 19; Ge 25:9; 47:30; 49:30; 50:13 which belongs to him and is at the end of his field. Ask him to sell it to me for the full price as a burial site among you.”

10 Ephron the Hittite was sitting among his people and he replied to Abraham in the hearing of all the Hittitesver 18 who had come to the gateS Ge 18:1; Dt 22:15; 25:7; Jos 20:4; Ru 4:11; 2Sa 15:2; 2Ki 15:35; Ps 127:5; Pr 31:23; Jer 26:10; 36:10 of his city.11 “No, my lord,” he said. “Listen to me; I giveOr sell2Sa 24:23 you the field, and I giveOr sell you the cave that is in it. I giveOr sell it to you in the presence of my people. Bury your dead.”

12 Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land13 and he said to Ephron in their hearing, “Listen to me, if you will. I will pay the price of the field. Accept it from me so I can bury my dead there.”

14 Ephron answered Abraham,15 “Listen to me, my lord; the land is worth four hundred shekelsThat is, about 10 pounds or about 4.6 kilograms of silver,Eze 45:12 but what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.”

16 Abraham agreed to Ephron’s terms and weighed out for him the price he had named in the hearing of the Hittites: four hundred shekels of silver,2Sa 24:24; Jer 32:9; Zec 11:12 according to the weight current among the merchants.2Sa 14:26

17 So Ephron’s field in MachpelahS ver 9 near MamreS Ge 13:18—both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field—was deeded18 to Abraham as his propertyS Ge 12:7 in the presence of all the Hittitesver 10 who had come to the gateS Ge 18:1 of the city.19 Afterward Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of MachpelahS ver 9 near Mamre (which is at HebronS Ge 13:18; Jos 14:13; 1Ch 29:27) in the land of Canaan.Ge 49:3120 So the field and the cave in it were deededJer 32:10 to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.S Ge 10:15; 35:29; 47:30; 49:30; 50:5, 13

Isaac and Rebekah

24 Abraham was now very old,S Ge 17:17; Jos 23:1 and the Lord had blessedGe 12:2; Gal 3:9 him in every way.ver 35He said to the senior servantS Ge 15:3 in his household, the one in charge of all that he had,Ge 39:4-6 “Put your hand under my thigh.ver 9; Ge 47:29I want you to swearGe 47:31; 50:25 by the Lord, the God of heavenver 7 and the God of earth,S Ge 14:19; S Nu 20:14 that you will not get a wife for my sonDt 7:3; 2Co 6:14-17 from the daughters of the Canaanites,S Ge 10:15-19 among whom I am living,ver 37but will go to my country and my own relativesS Ge 12:1; Jdg 14:3 and get a wife for my son Isaac.S ver 29; S Ge 21:21

The servant asked him, “What if the woman is unwilling to come back with me to this land?ver 39 Shall I then take your son back to the country you came from?Heb 11:15

“Make sure that you do not take my son back there,”ver 8 Abraham said.“The Lord, the God of heaven,ver 3 who brought me out of my father’s household and my native landGe 12:1 and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, ‘To your offspringOr seedRo 4:13; Gal 3:16* I will give this land’S Ge 12:7—he will send his angel before youS Ge 16:7 so that you can get a wife for my son from there.If the woman is unwilling to come back with you, then you will be released from this oathver 41; Jos 2:12, 17, 20; 9:20 of mine. Only do not take my son back there.”S ver 6So the servant put his hand under the thighS ver 2 of his masterGe 32:4; 33:8 Abraham and swore an oath to him concerning this matter.

10 Then the servant left, taking with him ten of his master’s camelsver 19; 1Ki 10:2; 1Ch 12:40; Isa 30:6 loaded with all kinds of good thingsver 22, 30, 47, 53; Ge 43:11; 45:23 from his master. He set out for Aram NaharaimThat is, Northwest MesopotamiaNu 23:7; Dt 23:4; Jdg 3:8 and made his way to the town of Nahor.S Ge 11:2911 He had the camels kneel down near the wellEx 2:15 outside the town; it was toward evening, the time the women go out to draw water.ver 13; Ge 29:2, 9-10; Ex 2:16; 1Sa 9:11; Jn 4:7

12 Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham,ver 27, 42, 48; Ge 26:24; 28:13; 31:42, 53; 32:9; 43:23; 46:3; Ex 3:6, 15, 16; 4:5; 1Ki 18:36; Ps 75:9; 94:7 make me successfulver 21, 40, 51, 56; Ge 27:20; Ne 1:11 today, and show kindnessS Ge 19:19; Jos 2:12; Job 10:12 to my master Abraham.13 See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water.S ver 11, 43; Ge 29:814 May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink,ver 18, 46 and I’ll water your camels too’ver 19—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac.ver 44 By this I will knowJos 2:12; Jdg 6:17, 37; 1Sa 14:10; 1Ki 13:3; Ps 86:17; Isa 38:7; Jer 44:29 that you have shown kindness to my master.”

15 Before he had finished praying,ver 45 RebekahS Ge 22:23 came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of BethuelS Ge 22:22 son of Milkah,S Ge 11:29 who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor.S Ge 11:2916 The woman was very beautiful,S Ge 12:11 a virgin;Dt 22:15-21 no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again.

17 The servant hurried to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water from your jar.”ver 45; 1Ki 17:10; Jn 4:7

18 “Drink,S ver 14 my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.

19 After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camelsS ver 10 too,ver 14 until they have had enough to drink.”20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, ran back to the well to draw more water, and drew enough for all his camels.ver 4621 Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey successful.S ver 12

22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ringver 47; Ge 41:42; Isa 3:21; Eze 16:11-12 weighing a bekaThat is, about 1/5 ounce or about 5.7 grams and two gold braceletsS ver 10 weighing ten shekels.That is, about 4 ounces or about 115 grams23 Then he asked, “Whose daughter are you?ver 47 Please tell me, is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?Jdg 19:15; 20:4

24 She answered him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son that Milkah bore to Nahor.ver 29, 47; S Ge 11:2925 And she added, “We have plenty of straw and fodder,ver 32; Jdg 19:19 as well as room for you to spend the night.”

26 Then the man bowed down and worshiped the Lord,ver 48, 52; Ex 4:31; 12:27; 1Ch 29:20; 2Ch 20:1827 saying, “Praise be to the Lord,Ge 14:20; Ex 18:10; Ru 4:14; 1Sa 25:32; 2Sa 18:28; 1Ki 1:48; 8:56; Ps 28:6; 41:13; 68:19; 106:48; Lk 1:68 the God of my master Abraham,S ver 12 who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulnessver 49; Ge 32:10; 47:29; Jos 2:14; Ps 98:3 to my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the journeyver 21 to the house of my master’s relatives.”S ver 12, 48; S Ge 12:1

28 The young woman ran and told her mother’s household about these things.Ge 29:1229 Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban,ver 4; Ge 25:20; 27:43; 28:2, 5; 29:5, 12, 13 and he hurried out to the man at the spring.30 As soon as he had seen the nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister’s arms,S ver 10; Eze 23:42 and had heard Rebekah tell what the man said to her, he went out to the man and found him standing by the camels near the spring.31 “Come, you who are blessed by the Lord,”Ge 26:29; Ps 115:15 he said. “Why are you standing out here? I have prepared the house and a place for the camels.”

32 So the man went to the house, and the camels were unloaded. Straw and fodderS ver 25 were brought for the camels, and water for him and his men to wash their feet.S Ge 18:433 Then food was set before him, but he said, “I will not eat until I have told you what I have to say.”

“Then tell us,” Laban said.

34 So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant.S Ge 15:335 The Lord has blessedS Ge 12:2 my master abundantly,ver 1 and he has become wealthy.S Ge 23:6 He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys.S Ge 12:1636 My master’s wife Sarah has borne him a son in her old age,S Ge 17:17 and he has given him everything he owns.Ge 25:5; 26:1437 And my master made me swear an oath,Ge 50:5, 25 and said, ‘You must not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live,ver 338 but go to my father’s family and to my own clan, and get a wife for my son.’S Ge 21:21

39 “Then I asked my master, ‘What if the woman will not come back with me?’S ver 5

40 “He replied, ‘The Lord, before whom I have walked faithfully,S Ge 5:22 will send his angel with youS Ge 16:7 and make your journey a success,S ver 12 so that you can get a wife for my son from my own clan and from my father’s family.S Ge 12:141 You will be released from my oath if, when you go to my clan, they refuse to give her to you—then you will be released from my oath.’S ver 8

42 “When I came to the spring today, I said, ‘Lord, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant successS ver 12 to the journey on which I have come.43 See, I am standing beside this spring.S ver 13 If a young womanPr 30:19; Isa 7:14 comes out to draw water and I say to her, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar,”S ver 1444 and if she says to me, “Drink, and I’ll draw water for your camels too,” let her be the one the Lord has chosen for my master’s son.’ver 14

45 “Before I finished praying in my heart,1Sa 1:13 Rebekah came out, with her jar on her shoulder.ver 15 She went down to the spring and drew water, and I said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’S ver 17; Jn 4:7

46 “She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too.’ver 18-19 So I drank, and she watered the camels also.ver 20

47 “I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ver 23

“She said, ‘The daughter of BethuelS Ge 22:22 son of Nahor, whom Milkah bore to him.’S ver 24

“Then I put the ring in her noseS ver 22 and the bracelets on her arms,S ver 10; Isa 3:19; Eze 16:11-1248 and I bowed down and worshiped the Lord.S ver 26 I praised the Lord, the God of my master Abraham,S ver 12 who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son.S ver 2749 Now if you will show kindness and faithfulnessS ver 27 to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so I may know which way to turn.”

50 Laban and BethuelGe 22:22 answered, “This is from the Lord;Ps 118:23 we can say nothing to you one way or the other.Ge 31:7, 24, 29, 42; 48:1651 Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has directed.S ver 12

The Burial of Sarah

23 When Sarah was 127 years old,she died at Kiriath-arba (now called Hebron) in the land of Canaan. There Abraham mourned and wept for her.

Then, leaving her body, he said to the Hittite elders,“Here I am, a stranger and a foreigner among you. Please sell me a piece of land so I can give my wife a proper burial.”

The Hittites replied to Abraham,“Listen, my lord, you are an honored prince among us. Choose the finest of our tombs and bury her there. No one here will refuse to help you in this way.”

Then Abraham bowed low before the Hittitesand said, “Since you are willing to help me in this way, be so kind as to ask Ephron son of Zoharto let me buy his cave at Machpelah, down at the end of his field. I will pay the full price in the presence of witnesses, so I will have a permanent burial place for my family.”

10 Ephron was sitting there among the others, and he answered Abraham as the others listened, speaking publicly before all the Hittite elders of the town.11 “No, my lord,” he said to Abraham, “please listen to me. I will give you the field and the cave. Here in the presence of my people, I give it to you. Go and bury your dead.”

12 Abraham again bowed low before the citizens of the land,13 and he replied to Ephron as everyone listened. “No, listen to me. I will buy it from you. Let me pay the full price for the field so I can bury my dead there.”

14 Ephron answered Abraham,15 “My lord, please listen to me. The land is worth 400 piecesHebrew 400 shekels, about 10 pounds or 4.6 kilograms in weight; also in 23:16. of silver, but what is that between friends? Go ahead and bury your dead.”

16 So Abraham agreed to Ephron’s price and paid the amount he had suggested—400 pieces of silver, weighed according to the market standard. The Hittite elders witnessed the transaction.

17 So Abraham bought the plot of land belonging to Ephron at Machpelah, near Mamre. This included the field itself, the cave that was in it, and all the surrounding trees.18 It was transferred to Abraham as his permanent possession in the presence of the Hittite elders at the city gate.19 Then Abraham buried his wife, Sarah, there in Canaan, in the cave of Machpelah, near Mamre (also called Hebron).20 So the field and the cave were transferred from the Hittites to Abraham for use as a permanent burial place.

A Wife for Isaac

24 Abraham was now a very old man, and the Lord had blessed him in every way.One day Abraham said to his oldest servant, the man in charge of his household, “Take an oath by putting your hand under my thigh.Swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and earth, that you will not allow my son to marry one of these local Canaanite women.Go instead to my homeland, to my relatives, and find a wife there for my son Isaac.”

The servant asked, “But what if I can’t find a young woman who is willing to travel so far from home? Should I then take Isaac there to live among your relatives in the land you came from?”

“No!” Abraham responded. “Be careful never to take my son there.For the Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and my native land, solemnly promised to give this land to my descendants.Hebrew seed; also in 24:60. He will send his angel ahead of you, and he will see to it that you find a wife there for my son.If she is unwilling to come back with you, then you are free from this oath of mine. But under no circumstances are you to take my son there.”

So the servant took an oath by putting his hand under the thigh of his master, Abraham. He swore to follow Abraham’s instructions.10 Then he loaded ten of Abraham’s camels with all kinds of expensive gifts from his master, and he traveled to distant Aram-naharaim. There he went to the town where Abraham’s brother Nahor had settled.11 He made the camels kneel beside a well just outside the town. It was evening, and the women were coming out to draw water.

12 “O Lord, God of my master, Abraham,” he prayed. “Please give me success today, and show unfailing love to my master, Abraham.13 See, I am standing here beside this spring, and the young women of the town are coming out to draw water.14 This is my request. I will ask one of them, ‘Please give me a drink from your jug.’ If she says, ‘Yes, have a drink, and I will water your camels, too!’—let her be the one you have selected as Isaac’s wife. This is how I will know that you have shown unfailing love to my master.”

15 Before he had finished praying, he saw a young woman named Rebekah coming out with her water jug on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel, who was the son of Abraham’s brother Nahor and his wife, Milcah.16 Rebekah was very beautiful and old enough to be married, but she was still a virgin. She went down to the spring, filled her jug, and came up again.17 Running over to her, the servant said, “Please give me a little drink of water from your jug.”

18 “Yes, my lord,” she answered, “have a drink.” And she quickly lowered her jug from her shoulder and gave him a drink.19 When she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels, too, until they have had enough to drink.”20 So she quickly emptied her jug into the watering trough and ran back to the well to draw water for all his camels.

21 The servant watched her in silence, wondering whether or not the Lord had given him success in his mission.22 Then at last, when the camels had finished drinking, he took out a gold ring for her nose and two large gold braceletsHebrew a gold nose-ring weighing a beka [0.2 ounces or 6 grams] and two gold bracelets weighing 10 [shekels] [4 ounces or 114 grams]. for her wrists.

23 “Whose daughter are you?” he asked. “And please tell me, would your father have any room to put us up for the night?”

24 “I am the daughter of Bethuel,” she replied. “My grandparents are Nahor and Milcah.25 Yes, we have plenty of straw and feed for the camels, and we have room for guests.”

26 The man bowed low and worshiped the Lord.27 “Praise the Lord, the God of my master, Abraham,” he said. “The Lord has shown unfailing love and faithfulness to my master, for he has led me straight to my master’s relatives.”

28 The young woman ran home to tell her family everything that had happened.29 Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban, who ran out to meet the man at the spring.30 He had seen the nose-ring and the bracelets on his sister’s wrists, and had heard Rebekah tell what the man had said. So he rushed out to the spring, where the man was still standing beside his camels.31 Laban said to him, “Come and stay with us, you who are blessed by the Lord! Why are you standing here outside the town when I have a room all ready for you and a place prepared for the camels?”

32 So the man went home with Laban, and Laban unloaded the camels, gave him straw for their bedding, fed them, and provided water for the man and the camel drivers to wash their feet.33 Then food was served. But Abraham’s servant said, “I don’t want to eat until I have told you why I have come.”

“All right,” Laban said, “tell us.”

34 “I am Abraham’s servant,” he explained.35 “And the Lord has greatly blessed my master; he has become a wealthy man. The Lord has given him flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, a fortune in silver and gold, and many male and female servants and camels and donkeys.

36 “When Sarah, my master’s wife, was very old, she gave birth to my master’s son, and my master has given him everything he owns.37 And my master made me take an oath. He said, ‘Do not allow my son to marry one of these local Canaanite women.38 Go instead to my father’s house, to my relatives, and find a wife there for my son.’

39 “But I said to my master, ‘What if I can’t find a young woman who is willing to go back with me?’40 He responded, ‘The Lord, in whose presence I have lived, will send his angel with you and will make your mission successful. Yes, you must find a wife for my son from among my relatives, from my father’s family.41 Then you will have fulfilled your obligation. But if you go to my relatives and they refuse to let her go with you, you will be free from my oath.’

42 “So today when I came to the spring, I prayed this prayer: ‘O Lord, God of my master, Abraham, please give me success on this mission.43 See, I am standing here beside this spring. This is my request. When a young woman comes to draw water, I will say to her, “Please give me a little drink of water from your jug.”44 If she says, “Yes, have a drink, and I will draw water for your camels, too,” let her be the one you have selected to be the wife of my master’s son.’

45 “Before I had finished praying in my heart, I saw Rebekah coming out with her water jug on her shoulder. She went down to the spring and drew water. So I said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’46 She quickly lowered her jug from her shoulder and said, ‘Yes, have a drink, and I will water your camels, too!’ So I drank, and then she watered the camels.

47 “Then I asked, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She replied, ‘I am the daughter of Bethuel, and my grandparents are Nahor and Milcah.’ So I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her wrists.

48 “Then I bowed low and worshiped the Lord. I praised the Lord, the God of my master, Abraham, because he had led me straight to my master’s niece to be his son’s wife.49 So tell me—will you or won’t you show unfailing love and faithfulness to my master? Please tell me yes or no, and then I’ll know what to do next.”

50 Then Laban and Bethuel replied, “The Lord has obviously brought you here, so there is nothing we can say.51 Here is Rebekah; take her and go. Yes, let her be the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has directed.”

23 And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah.

And Sarah died in Kirjatharba; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.

And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying,

I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a buryingplace with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.

And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto him,

Hear us, my lord: thou art a mighty prince among us: in the choice of our sepulchres bury thy dead; none of us shall withhold from thee his sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury thy dead.

And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth.

And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and intreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar,

That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he hath, which is in the end of his field; for as much money as it is worth he shall give it me for a possession of a buryingplace amongst you.

10 And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth: and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth, even of all that went in at the gate of his city, saying,

11 Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give I thee, and the cave that is therein, I give it thee; in the presence of the sons of my people give I it thee: bury thy dead.

12 And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land.

13 And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there.

14 And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him,

15 My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead.

16 And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant.

17 And the field of Ephron which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made sure

18 Unto Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his city.

19 And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre: the same is Hebron in the land of 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.

24 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.

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:

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:

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

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?

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

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.

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.

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: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him 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 well.

30 And it came to pass, when he 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 the well.

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 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:

41 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.

42 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:

43 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;

44 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.

45 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.

46 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.

47 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.

48 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 his son.

49 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.

50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the Lord: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.

51 Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the Lord hath spoken.

Matthew 8:1-17

Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy8:2-4pp — Mk 1:40-44; Lk 5:12-14

When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him.A man with leprosyThe Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin.Lev 13:45; Mt 10:8; 11:5; 26:6; Lk 5:12; 17:12 came and knelt before himMt 9:18; 15:25; 18:26; 20:20 and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone.Mt 9:30; 12:16; Mk 5:43; 7:36; S 8:30; Lk 4:41 But go, show yourself to the priestLk 17:14 and offer the gift Moses commanded,Lev 14:2-32 as a testimony to them.”

The Faith of the Centurion8:5-13pp — Lk 7:1-10

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help.“Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed,S Mt 4:24 suffering terribly.”

Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.Ps 107:20For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.Mt 15:2811 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west,Ps 107:3; Isa 49:12; 59:19; Mal 1:11 and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.Lk 13:2912 But the subjects of the kingdomMt 13:38 will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”Mt 13:42, 50; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30; Lk 13:28

13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.”S Mt 9:22 And his servant was healed at that moment.

Jesus Heals Many8:14-16pp — Mk 1:29-34; Lk 4:38-41

14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.

16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.S Mt 4:23, 2417 This was to fulfillS Mt 1:22 what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

“He took up our infirmities

and bore our diseases.”Isaiah 53:4 (see Septuagint)Isa 53:4

Jesus Heals a Man with Leprosy

Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside.Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.”

Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.Then Jesus said to him, “Don’t tell anyone about this. Instead, go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy.See Lev 14:2-32. This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed.”

The Faith of a Roman Officer

When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officerGreek a centurion; similarly in 8:8, 13. came and pleaded with him,“Lord, my young servantOr child; also in 8:13. lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.”

Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.”

But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.”

10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!11 And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world—from east and west—and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven.12 But many Israelites—those for whom the Kingdom was prepared—will be thrown into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

13 Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour.

Jesus Heals Many People

14 When Jesus arrived at Peter’s house, Peter’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever.15 But when Jesus touched her hand, the fever left her. Then she got up and prepared a meal for him.

16 That evening many demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. He cast out the evil spirits with a simple command, and he healed all the sick.17 This fulfilled the word of the Lord through the prophet Isaiah, who said,

“He took our sicknesses

and removed our diseases.”Isa 53:4.

When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,

And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

14 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever.

15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.

16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:

17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

Psalm 9:13-20

13 Lord, see how my enemiesNu 10:9; Ps 3:7; 18:3 persecute me!

Have mercyPs 6:2; 41:4; 51:1; 86:3, 16; 119:132 and lift me up from the gates of death,S Job 17:16; Mt 16:18

14 that I may declare your praisesPs 51:15; 1Pe 2:9

in the gates of Daughter Zion,2Ki 19:21; Isa 1:8; 10:32; 37:22; 62:11; Jer 4:31; 6:2; La 1:6; Mic 1:13; Zep 3:14; Zec 2:10; Mt 21:5; Jn 12:15

and there rejoice in your salvation.Ps 13:5; 35:9; 50:23; 51:12

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;S Job 4:8; Ps 35:7

their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.Ps 35:8; 57:6

16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice;

the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.The Hebrew has Higgaion and Selah (words of uncertain meaning) here; Selah occurs also at the end of verse 20.Pr 5:22

17 The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,S Nu 16:30; Pr 5:5

all the nations that forget God.S Job 8:13

18 But God will never forget the needy;

the hopePs 25:3; 39:7; 71:5; Pr 23:18; Jer 14:8 of the afflictedver 12; Ps 74:19 will never perish.

19 Arise,Ps 3:7 Lord, do not let mortals triumph;2Ch 14:11

let the nations be judgedPs 110:6; Isa 2:4; Joel 3:12 in your presence.

20 Strike them with terror,S Ge 35:5; Ps 31:13; Isa 13:8; Lk 21:26 Lord;

let the nations know they are only mortal.Ps 62:9; Isa 31:3; Eze 28:2

13 Lord, have mercy on me.

See how my enemies torment me.

Snatch me back from the jaws of death.

14 Save me so I can praise you publicly at Jerusalem’s gates,

so I can rejoice that you have rescued me.

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they dug for others.

Their own feet have been caught in the trap they set.

16 The Lord is known for his justice.

The wicked are trapped by their own deeds. Quiet InterludeHebrew Higgaion Selah. The meaning of this phrase is uncertain.

17 The wicked will go down to the grave.Hebrew to Sheol.

This is the fate of all the nations who ignore God.

18 But the needy will not be ignored forever;

the hopes of the poor will not always be crushed.

19 Arise, O Lord!

Do not let mere mortals defy you!

Judge the nations!

20 Make them tremble in fear, O Lord.

Let the nations know they are merely human. Interlude

13 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:

14 That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.

15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.

16 The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.

19 Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.

20 Put them in fear, O Lord: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

Proverbs 3:1-6

Wisdom Bestows Well-Being

My son,S Pr 1:8 do not forget my teaching,S Ps 44:17

but keep my commands in your heart,

for they will prolong your life many yearsS Dt 11:21

and bring you peace and prosperity.S Dt 5:16; S 30:15, 16; S 1Ki 3:13, 14; Pr 9:6, 10-11

Let love and faithfulnessS Ps 85:10 never leave you;

bind them around your neck,

write them on the tablet of your heart.S Ex 13:9; S Dt 6:6; Pr 6:21; 7:3; S 2Co 3:3

Then you will win favor and a good name

in the sight of God and man.S 1Sa 2:26; Lk 2:52

Trust in the LordS Ps 4:5 with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways submit to him,

and he will make your pathsS Job 33:11; S Isa 30:11 straight.Or will direct your pathsPs 5:8; Pr 16:3; Isa 40:3; Jer 42:3

Trusting in the Lord

My child,Hebrew My son; also in 3:11, 21. never forget the things I have taught you.

Store my commands in your heart.

If you do this, you will live many years,

and your life will be satisfying.

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!

Tie them around your neck as a reminder.

Write them deep within your heart.

Then you will find favor with both God and people,

and you will earn a good reputation.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;

do not depend on your own understanding.

Seek his will in all you do,

and he will show you which path to take.

My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

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