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Abimelech's covenant.

GENESIS.

Trial of Abraham's faith.

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and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.

20 And God rwas with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, «and became an archer.

21 And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother •took him a wife out of the land of Egypt,

22 l And it came to pass at that time, that b Abimelech and Phiehol the chief captain of his host spake unto Abraham, saying, c God is with thee in all that thou doest:

23 Now therefore sswear unto me here by God, t that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son's son: but according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou hast sojourned.

24 And Abraham said, I will swear.

25 And Abraham reproved Abimcleeh because of a well of water, which Abimelech's servants •had violently taken away.

26 And Abimelech said, I wot not who hath done this thing: neither didst thou tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to day.

27 And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them 'made a covenant.

28 And Abraham 6ct seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.

29 And Abimelech said unto Abraham, ffWhat mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?

30 And lie said, For these seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that h they may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.

31 Wherefore he 'called that place II Beer-sheba; because there they sware both of them.

32 Thus they made a covenant at Beer-sheba: then Abimelech rose up, and Pliichol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.

33 K And Abraham planted a II grove in Beer-sheba, and k called there on the name of the Lord, 'the everlasting God.

34 And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines' land many days.

CHAPTER XXII.

1 Abraham is templed to offer Isaac. 3 lie gireth proof of his faith autf oliedience. 11 The angel stoyeth him. 18 Isaac is exchanged with a ram. U The placets called Jehovah-jireh. 15 Abraham is blessed again. 20 The generation of Xahor unto liebekah.

AND it came to pass after these things, that *God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, tBehold, here I am.

2 And he said, Take now thy son, bthine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee cinto the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

3 T| And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and Jlaid It upon Isaac his 6on; and he took the tire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them to-' gether.

7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, t Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the II lamb for a burnt offering t

H And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and "laid him on the altar upon the wood.

10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slav his son.

11 And the Angel of the Lord

Abraham is blessed again.

GENESIS.

The death of Sarah.

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called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

12 And he said, 'Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thon any thing unto him: for snow I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, from me.

13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

14 And Abraham called the name of that place iijehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.

15 If And the Angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,

16 And said, hBy myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son,

17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed 'as the stars of the heaven, k and as the sand which is upon the sea tshore; and 1 thy seed shall possess m the gate of his enemies;

18 "And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

19 So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beer- sheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beer-sheba.

20 If And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, 1 Milcah, she hath also borne children unto thy brother Nahor;

21 rHuz his firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Kemucl the father s of Aram,

22 And Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel.

23 And 'Bethuel begat "Rebekah: these eight Milcah did bear to Nahor, Abraham's brother.

24 And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, she bare also Tebah, and Gaham, aud Thahash, and Maaehah.

CHAPTER XXIII.

1 The age. and death of Sarah. 3 The purchase of Machpelali. 11) where Sarah was buried.

AND Sarah was a hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah.

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

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

4 CI am a stranger and a sojourner with you: dgive me a possession of a buryingplaee with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.

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

6 Hear us, my lord: thou art t = 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.

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

8 And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and entreat 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 tas much money as it is worth he shall give it me for a possession of a buryingplaee amongst you.

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

11 'Nay, my lord, hear riie: the field give I thee, and the cave that M therein, I give it thee; in the presence of the souls 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

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Abraham senckth his servant

GENESIS

to seek a wife for Isaac.

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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 to worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead.

16 And Abraham hearkened upto Ephron; and Abraham 1 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 T And "the field of Ephron, which was in Maehpclah, 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 Maehpclah before Mamre: the same to Hebron in the land of Canaan.

20 And the field, and the cave that is therein, 1 were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a buryingplaee by the souls of Heth.

CHAPTER XXIV.

1 Abraham sweareth hi* servant. 10 The servant's journey: 12 Hi* jtrayer: 14 Ms sign. 15 Rebekah meeteth him, ,*.titlfilleth his sign, 22 receiveth Jewels, 2.'t sheweth her kindred, 25 and invtteth him home. 20 The servant blesseth God. 29 Lalian entertain

eth him. M The servant sheweth his message. 50 Lafyan and Ilcthurl a/ijirove it. 58 Jlrhekah consenteth to go. 02 Isaac meeteth here

AND Abraham '« old, and twell stricken in age: and the Lord bhad blessed Abraham in all things.

2 And Abraham said cunto his eldest servant of his house, that J ruled over all that he had,e 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 hBut 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 earnest?

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

7 H The Lord God of heaven, which k 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; mhe 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 T And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; °IIfor all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto Pthe city of Nahor.

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

12 And he said, rO 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 H And it came to pass, be

Rebekah meeteth the servant.

GENESIS.

He telleth his errand,

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fore he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethnel, son of *Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.

16 And the damsel 7 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 athe 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 b 1 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?

21 And she said unto him, CI am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Mileah, 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 d bowed down his head, and worshipped the Lord.

27 And he said,e 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 sled 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 IT And Rebekah had a broth

er, and his name was hLaban: 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,1 thou blessed of the Lord; wherefore standest thou without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels.

32 If 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.

31 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 0 unto him hath he given all that he hath.

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

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

39 r And I said unto lny 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

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of my master Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way which I go:

43 » Behold, I stand by the well o.f 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 Loud hath appointed out for my master's son.

45 zAnd before I had done y 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 tthotdder, 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 (laughter of Bethuel, Nahor's Bon, whom Milcaa«J bare unto him: and I 2put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.

48 »Aud I bowed down my head, and worshipped the Lord, and blessed the Loitr> God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take bmy master's brother's daughter unto his son.

49 And now, if ye will cdeal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turu to the right hand, or to the left.

50 Then Laban and Bethnel answered and said, dThe thing proeeedeth from the Lonn: 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 e worshipped the Lord, bowinrj himself to the earth.

53 And the servant brought forth thjewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and

gave them to Kebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother 1 precious things.

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, k Send me away unto my master.

55 And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us I! 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 inquire 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 mthe mother of thousands of millions, and "let thy Beed possess the gate of those which hate them.

61 T[ And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the sonant 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 llrto 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, q'she lighted ofTthe 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.

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