Illustration Showing ELIEZER AND REBEKAH, from The Bible (Old Testament) - drawing by Gustave Dore - 013th.jpg (36K)

And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham hismaster, and sware to him concerning that matter.

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. Andhe made his camels to kneel down, without the city by a well ofwater at the time of the evening, even the time that women go outto draw water. And he said, O Lord God of my master Abraham, Ipray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto mymaster Abraham. Behold, I stand here by the well of water; andthe daughters of the men of the city come out to draw: water: andlet it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Letdown thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shallsay, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the samebe she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; andthereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto mymaster.

And it came to pass before he had done speaking, that, behold,Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, thewife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon hershoulder. And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin,neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, andfilled her pitcher and came up. And the servant ran to meet her,and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thypitcher. And she said, Drink, my lord; and she hasted, and letdown her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink. And when shehad done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thycamels also, until they have done drinking. And she hasted andemptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the wellto draw water, and drew for all his camels.

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

And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that theman took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and twobracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold: and said,Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee; is there room inthy father's house for us to lodge in? And she said unto him, Iam the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which she bare untoNahor. She said moreover unto him, We have both straw andprovender enough, and room to lodge in.

And the man bowed down his head and worshiped the Lord. And hesaid, Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who hath notleft destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being inthe way, the Lord led me to the house of my master'sbrethren.

And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house thesethings.—Genesis xxiv, 9-28.

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