THE STORY OF A JOURNEY AFTER A WIFE
Genesis xxiv: 1, to xxv: 18.
FTER the death of Sarah, Isaac, her son, was lonely; and as
he was now old enough to marry, Abraham sought a wife
for him; for in those countries the parents have always
chosen the wives for their sons, and husbands for their
daughters. Abraham did not wish Isaac to marry any
woman of the people in the land where he was living,
for they were all worshippers of idols, and would not
teach their children the ways of the Lord. For the same
reason, Abraham did not settle in one place, and build
for himself and his people a city. By moving from place
to place, Abraham kept his people apart.
You remember that when Abraham made his long journey to
the land of Canaan (see Story Five), he stayed for a
time at a place called Haran, in Mesopotamia, between
the two rivers Tigris and Euphrates, far to the
northeast of Canaan. When Abraham left Haran to go to
Canaan, his brother Nahor and his family stayed in
Haran. They worshipped the Lord, as Abraham and his
family did; and Abraham thought that it would be well
to find among them a wife for his son Isaac.
As Abraham could not leave his own land of Canaan and
go to Haran in Mesopotamia to find a wife for his son
Isaac, he called his chief servant, Eliezer, the man
whom he trusted, who cared for all his flocks and
cattle, and who ruled over his other servants, and sent
him to Haran to find a wife for his son Isaac.
And the servant took ten camels, and many presents and
went on a long journey, and at last came to the city of
Haran, where the family of Nahor, the brother of
Abraham, was living. And at the well, just outside of
the city, at the time of evening, he made his camels
kneel down. Then the servant prayed
 to the Lord that he would send to him just the right
young woman to be the wife of his master's son Isaac.
And just as the servant was praying, a beautiful young
woman came to the well, with her pitcher upon her
shoulder. As she drew the water and filled her pitcher,
the servant came up and bowed to her, and said, "Will
you kindly give me a drink of water from your pitcher?"
ABRAHAM'S SERVANT MEETING REBEKAH AT THE WELL
And she said, "Drink, my lord," and she held her
pitcher for him to drink. And then she said, "I will
draw some water for your camels also to drink."
And she emptied her pitcher into the trough by the
well, and drew more water, until she had given drink to
all the camels.
 And the servant of Abraham looked at her, and wondered
whether she might be the right woman for Isaac to
marry. And he said to her, "Will you tell me your name,
young lady, and whose daughter you are? And do you
suppose that I could find a place to stay at your
father's house?" And then he gave her a gold ring and
gold bracelets for her wrists. And the beautiful young
woman said, "My name is Rebekah; and my father is
Bethuel, who is the son of Nahor. You can come right to
our house. We have room for you, and a place and food
for your camels."
HE GAVE HER GOLD BRACELETS AND A GOLD RING
Then the man bowed his head and thanked God, for he saw
that his prayer was answered, since this kind and
lovely young woman was a cousin to Isaac, his master's
son. And he told Rebekah that he was the servant of
Abraham, who was so near a relative to her own family.
Then Rebekah ran home and told her parents of the
stranger, and showed them the presents that he had
given to her. And her brother Laban went out to the
man, and brought him into the house, and found a place
for his camels. And they washed his feet,
 for that was the custom of the land, where people did
not wear shoes, but sandals: and they set the table for
a supper, and asked him to sit down and eat with them.
But the man said, "I will not eat until I have told my
ABRAHAM'S SERVANT SHOWS THE PRESENTS
After this he told them all about Abraham's riches: and
how Abraham had sent him to Haran to find a wife for
Isaac, his son; and how he had met Rebekah, and felt
sure that Rebekah was the one whom the Lord would
choose for Isaac's wife: and then he asked that they
would give him Rebekah to be taken home to be married
When he had told his errand, Laban, Rebekah's brother,
and Bethuel, her father, said, "This comes from the
Lord; it is his will; and it is not for us to oppose
it. Here is Rebekah; take her, and let her be the wife
of your master's son, for the Lord has shown it to be
Then Abraham's servant gave rich presents to Rebekah,
and to her mother, and her brother Laban. And that
night they had a feast, with great joy. And the next
morning Abraham's servant said, "Now I must go home to
my master." But they said, "O, not so soon! Let Rebekah
stay with us for a few days, ten days at least, before
she goes away from her home."
And he said to them, "Do not hinder me; since God has
given me what I came for, I must go back to my master."
And they called Rebekah, and asked her, "Will you go
with this man?" And she said, "I will go."
So the servant of Abraham went away, and took with him
Rebekah, with good wishes, and blessings, and prayers,
 in her father's house. And after a long journey, they
came to the place where Abraham and Isaac were living.
And when Isaac saw Rebekah, he loved her; and she
became his wife, and they were faithful to each other
as long as they both lived.
Afterward Abraham, great and good man that he was,
died, almost a hundred and eighty years old. And Isaac
and Ishmael buried Abraham in the cave where Abraham
had buried Sarah at Hebron. Then Isaac became the owner
of all the riches of Abraham, his tents, and flocks of
sheep, and herds of cattle, and camels, and servants.
Isaac was a peaceful, quiet man. He did not move his
tents often, as his father had done, but stayed in one
place nearly all his life.