| 1 ¶ 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.
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was old Around 140.
2 - Eldest servant Moses did not give his name here. We find it in ge1502 when Abraham thought maybe Eliezer would be his heir. After that, there is no more mention in the Genesis account. Isaac the promised heir was born.
2 - Under my thigh The Hebrew word is also translated, "loins." In ge3511. We may understand the term to show the sacred responsibility as a progenitor of the coming Messiah.
4 - My country ... kindred This was a 500-mile (800-km.) trip. Isaac was not to marry a Canaanite. We can see the importance of a spouse who is committed to the Lord. Eliezer would be gone for a long time and Abraham might not have been living when the servant returned.
| 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
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.
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not my son thither How often convenience and friends, rather
than mission, determine where a person chooses to live.
7 - Send his angel A provision of our heavenly Father's love.
¶ 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.
- Servant ... went to Mesopotamia Isaac was not to go because
he could be tempted to stay there and thwart God's plan for Palestine to
be the residence of His people.
10 - Mesopotamia The Hebrew word is 'Aram-naharayim, literally "Aram of the two rivers" — Northern Mesopotamia between the upper Euphrates and Chabur rivers.
10 - City of Nahor Archaeologists identify it not as Haran but as a settlement near that city. See ge1131.
11 - Camels ... without the city The journey would have taken a long time. Eleazar chose to stop at this point in order to watch the women getting water. This was women's work in those days ex0216, 1sa0911.
| 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.
- I pray This is the first recorded prayer. It was a humble
request. It does not appear to be a first prayer for Eleazar who was a
man of God.
14 - And she shall say Without divine direction, such a specific request would normally have had a near zero probability of being fulfilled. No doubt the Spirit of the Lord influenced both Eleazar and Rebekah.
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.
15 - Rebekah For more on her relationship see ge2222.
16 - Fair Moses who wrote the first four books of the Bible must have seen her in vision. Also her purity recommended her as an ancestor of the Messiah.
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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
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.
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.
|35 - The Lord hath blessed Eliezer recognized the source of Abraham's greatness. It seems likely that the relatives already knew the story.|
| 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.
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.
- Tell me A very abrupt request considering the oriental
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| 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.
52 And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.
.53 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.
- Laban and Bethuel They recognized God's leading and gave
the approval required by their culture for Eliezer to speak to Rebekah.
52 - Worshipped An example for us to commit every aspect of our lives to the Lord pr0306.
| 54 ¶ 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 my master.
55 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.
| 56 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.
57 And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth.
58 And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.
59 And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men.
60 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.
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.
|60 - Possess the gate See on ge2217.|
| 62 ¶ And Isaac came from
the way of the well Lahairoi; 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.
|63 - Meditate Some translate the Hebrew suach as "pray." Perhaps both describe the situation.|
| 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.
|65 - Took a vail According to custom the groom did not see the bride's face before the conclusion of the marriage ge2923,25.|
| 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.
|Sarah's tent ... wife It had been three years since Sarah had occupied the tent. Rebekah took her place in the family. Nothing is said about a wedding ceremony although we may have an idea from the marriage of Ruth re0410-13.|