REBEKAH

MILCAH, REBEKAH & REUMAH

Genesis 24:1-73

1 And now Abraham was old, being 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 forth, I pray thee, thy hand under my hand, and I will make thee swear before 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. 3 And the servant said unto him, Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land; then I must needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest. 4 And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again. 5 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 thee will I give this land– 6 He shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence. 7 And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this thine oath; only bring not my son thither again. 8 And the servant put his hand under the hand of Abraham, his master, and sware to him concerning that matter. 9 And the servant took ten camels of his master and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand. 10 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 evening, the time that women go out to draw water.12 And he said, O Lord God of my master Abraham, I pray thee this day, that thou wouldest show kindness unto my master Abraham and send me good speed.13 Behold, I stand 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 her be the one whom thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac. And thereby shall I know that thou hast showed 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, being a virgin, very fair to look upon, such as the servant of Abraham had not seen, neither had any man known the like unto 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 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, and drew for all his camels. 21 And the man, wondering at her, held his peace, pondering in his heart 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 gold earring of half a shekel weight and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold, and said, Whose daughter art thou? Tell me, I pray thee. And is there room in thy father’s house for us to lodge in? 23 And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor. 24 She said, moreover, unto him, We have both straw, and provender enough, and room to lodge in. 25 And the man bowed down his head and worshiped the Lord. 26 And he said, Blessed is the Lord God of my master Abraham, who hath not left my master destitute of his mercy and his truth; and when I was in the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master’s brethren. 27 And the damsel ran to the house and told her mother these things. 28 And Rebekah had a brother, whose name was Laban; and Laban ran out to the man, unto the well. 29 And it came to pass when he saw the earrings, and bracelets upon his sister’s hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah, his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me, and I came unto the man, and behold, he stood by the camels at the well, 30 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. 31 And the man came into the house. 32 And he unburdened his camels and gave straw, and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet and the men’s feet that came with him. 33 And there was set before him food to eat; but he said, I will not eat until I have told mine errand. 34 And Laban said, Speak on. 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, Perhaps 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 he will prosper thy way; 41 And thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred and of my father’s house; then shalt thou be clear of my oath. 42 When thou comest to my kindred, and if they give thee not a wife for my son, thou shalt be clear from my oath. 43 And I came this day unto the well and said, O Lord God of my master Abraham, if now thou wilt prosper my way which I go, 44 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, 45 And if she say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels, the same is the woman whom the Lord hath appointed out for my master’s son. 46 And before I had done speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well and drew water. 47 And I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee. 48 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. 49 And I asked her and said, Whose daughter art thou? 50 And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bare unto him. 51 And I gave the earrings unto her to put into her ears and the bracelets upon her hands. 52 And I bowed down my head, and worshiped the Lord, and blessed the Lord God of my master Abraham, who had led me in the right way to take my master’s brother’s daughter unto his son. 53 And now, if thou wilt 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. 54 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the Lord; we cannot speak unto thee bad or good. 55 Behold, Rebekah is before thee. Take her and go; and let her be thy master’s son’s wife, as the Lord hath spoken. 56 And it came to pass that, when Abraham’s servant heard these words, he worshiped the Lord, bowing himself to the earth. 57 And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave to Rebekah. He gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things. 58 And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night. 59 And they arose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto my master. 60 And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us at the least ten days; after that she shall go. 61 And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the Lord hath prospered my way; send me away, that I may go unto my master. 62 And they said, We will call the damsel and inquire at her mouth. 63 And they called Rebekah and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? 64 And she said, I will go. And they sent away Rebekah, their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham’s servant, and his men. 65 And they blessed Rebekah and said unto her, O thou, our sister, be thou blessed of thousands–of millions; and let thy seed possess the gate of those who hate them. 66 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. 67 And Isaac came from the way of the well La-hai-roi; for he dwelt in the south country. 68 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at eventide; and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and beheld the camels coming. 69 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes; and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel; for she said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? 70 And the servant said, It is my master; therefore, she took a veil and covered herself. 71 And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done. 72 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent and took Rebekah; and she became his wife, and he loved her.73 And Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death. 

Genesis 25:19-28

19 And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham begat Isaac; 20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel, the Syrian of Padan-aram, the sister to Laban, the Syrian. And Isaac entreated the Lord for his wife, that she might bear children, because she was barren. And the Lord was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together within her womb; and she said, If I am with child, why is it thus with me? And she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red all over like a hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. And after that, came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob; and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them. And the boys grew; and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau because he did eat of his venison; but Rebekah loved Jacob.

Genesis 26:7-11

7 And the men of the place asked him concerning his wife. And he said, She is my sister; for he feared to say, She is my wife, lest the men of the place should kill him for to get Rebekah because she was fair to look upon. 8 And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech, king of the Philistines, looked out at a window and saw–and behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah, his wife. 9 And Abimelech called Isaac and said, Behold, of a surety Rebekah is thy wife. And how saidst thou she is thy sister? And Isaac said unto him, I said it because I feared lest I die for her. 10 And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? One of the people might lightly have lain with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us. 11 And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.

Genesis 27:1-46

1 And it came to pass that when Isaac was old and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called Esau, his eldest son, and said unto him, My son. And he said unto him, Behold, here am I. 2 And he said, Behold, now I am old; I know not the day of my death; 3 Now, therefore, take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field and take me some venison, 4 And make me savory meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat, that my soul may bless thee before I die. 5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau, his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison and to bring it. 6 And Rebekah spake unto Jacob, her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau, thy brother, saying, Bring me venison and make me savory meat, that I may eat and bless thee before the Lord before my death. 8 Now, therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee. 9 Go now to the flock and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savory meat for thy father, such as he loveth; 10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat and that he may bless thee before his death. 11 And Jacob said to Rebekah, his mother, Behold, Esau, my brother, is a hairy man; and I am a smooth man; 12 My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me and not a blessing. 13 And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son; only obey my voice and go fetch me them. 14 And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother; and his mother made savory meat, such as his father loved. 15 And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob, her younger son; 16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands and upon the smooth of his neck; 17 And she gave the savory meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob. 18 And he came unto his father and said, My father. And he said, Here am I. Who art thou, my son? 19 And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau, thy firstborn; I have done according as thou badest me; arise, I pray thee, sit, and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me. 20 And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the Lord, thy God, brought it to me. 21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not. 22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac, his father; and he felt him and said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. 23 And he discerned him not because his hands were hairy as his brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed him. 24 And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am. 25 And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat; and he brought him wine, and he drank. 26 And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now and kiss me, my son. 27 And he came near and kissed him. And he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the Lord hath blessed; 28 Therefore, God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine; 29 Let people serve thee and nations bow down to thee; be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee; cursed be everyone that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee. 30 And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac, his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31 And he also had made savory meat, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father, Let my father arise and eat of his son’s venison, that thy soul may bless me. 32 And Isaac, his father, said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn, Esau. 33 And Isaac trembled very exceedingly and said, Who? Where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? Yea, and he shall be blessed. 34 And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father. 35 And he said, Thy brother came with subtlety and hath taken away thy blessing. 36 And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? For he hath supplanted me these two times: He took away my birthright; and behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me? 37 And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him. And what shall I do now unto thee, my son? 38 And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice and wept. 39 And Isaac, his father, answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth and of the dew of heaven from above; 40 And by thy sword shalt thou live and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck. 41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him; and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob. 42 And these words of Esau, her elder son, were told to Rebekah; and she sent and called Jacob, her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee. 43 Now, therefore, my son, obey my voice and arise; flee thou to Laban, my brother, to Haran, 44 And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother’s fury turn away, 45 Until thy brother’s anger turn away from thee and he forget that which thou hast done to him; then I will send and fetch thee from thence. Why should I be deprived also of you both in one day? 46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth; if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me?

Genesis 28:1-5

1 And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan. 2 Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the house of Bethuel, thy mother’s father, and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban, thy mother’s brother. 3 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people, 4 And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee and to thy seed with thee, that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham. 5 And Isaac sent away Jacob; and he went to Padan-aram unto Laban, son of Bethuel, the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob and Esau’s mother.