Click to Change

Return to Top

Return to Top

Printer Icon


Copy Options
Format by: Verse Paragraph
Red Letter
Audio Bibles
The Blue Letter Bible

Genesis 24 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

Choose a new font size and typeface
Audio Bibles

A Bride for Isaac

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:1 -

Now Abraham was old, advanced in age; and the LORD had blessed Abraham in every way.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:2 - Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household who was in charge of all that he owned, “Please place your hand under my thigh,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:3 - and I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:4 - but you will go to my country and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:5 - The servant said to him, “Suppose the woman is not willing to follow me to this land; should I take your son back to the land from where you came?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:6 - Then Abraham said to him, “Beware that you do not take my son back there!
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:7 - “The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me and who swore to me, saying, ‘To your [fn]descendants I will give this land’—He will send His angel ahead of you, and you will take a wife for my son from there.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:8 - “But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free of this oath of mine; only do not take my son back there.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:9 - So the servant placed his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham, and swore to him concerning this matter.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:10 -

Then the servant took ten camels from the camels of his master, and went out with a variety of good things of his master’s in his hand; so he set out and went to [fn]Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:11 - He made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water [fn]when it was evening, the time when women go out to draw water.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:12 - And he said, “LORD, God of my master Abraham, please [fn]grant me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:13 - “Behold, I am standing by the [fn]spring, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:14 - now may it be that the young woman to whom I say, ‘Please let down your jar so that I may drink,’ and [fn]who answers, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also’—may she be the one whom You have appointed for Your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master.”

Rebekah Is Chosen

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:15 -

And it came about, before he had finished speaking, that behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor, came out with her jar on her shoulder.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:16 - The young woman was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had [fn]had relations with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar, and came up.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:17 - Then the servant ran to meet her, and said, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:18 - And she said, “Drink, my lord”; then she quickly lowered her jar to her hand, and gave him a drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:19 - Now when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will also draw water for your camels until they have finished drinking.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:20 - So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, and ran back to the well to draw, and she drew for all his camels.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:21 - Meanwhile, the man was taking a close look at her [fn]in silence, to find out whether the LORD had made his journey successful or not.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:22 -

When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing a [fn]half-shekel, and two bracelets for her [fn]wrists weighing ten shekels in gold,

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:23 - and he said, “Whose daughter are you? Please tell me, is there room for us to stay overnight at your father’s house?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:24 - She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel, Milcah’s son, whom she bore to Nahor.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:25 - Again she said to him, “We have plenty of both straw and feed, and room to stay overnight.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:26 - Then the man bowed low and worshiped the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:27 - And he said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned His kindness and His trustworthiness toward my master; as for me, the LORD has guided me in the way to the house of my master’s brothers.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:28 -

Then the young woman ran and told her mother’s household about these things.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:29 - Now Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban; and Laban ran outside to the man at the spring.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:30 - When he saw the ring and the bracelets on his sister’s [fn]wrists, and when he heard the words of his sister Rebekah, saying, “[fn]This is what the man said to me,” he went to the man; and behold, he was standing by the camels at the spring.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:31 - And he said, “Come in, blessed of the LORD! Why do you stand outside, since I have prepared the house, and a place for the camels?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:32 - So the man entered the house. Then [fn]Laban unloaded the camels, and he gave straw and feed to the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:33 - But when food was set before him to eat, he said, “I will not eat until I have stated my business.” And he said, “Speak on.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:34 - So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:35 - “The LORD has greatly blessed my master, so that he has become [fn]rich; and He has given him flocks and herds, and silver and gold, and servants and slave women, and camels and donkeys.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:36 - “Now my master’s wife Sarah bore a son to my master [fn]in her old age, and he has given him all that he has.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:37 - “My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:38 - but you shall go to my father’s house and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son.’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:39 - “Then I said to my master, ‘Suppose the woman does not follow me.’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:40 - “And he said to me, ‘The LORD, before whom I have walked, will send His angel with you to make your journey successful, and you will take a wife for my son from my relatives and from my father’s house;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:41 - then you will be free from my oath, when you come to my relatives; and if they do not give her to you, you will be free from my oath.’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:42 -

“So I came today to the spring, and said, ‘LORD, God of my master Abraham, if now You will make my journey on which I have been going successful;

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:43 - behold, I am standing by the [fn]spring, and may it be that the [fn]young unmarried woman who comes out to draw water, and to whom I say, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar”;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:44 - and she says to me, “You drink, and I will draw for your camels also”—let her be the woman whom the LORD has appointed for my master’s son.’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:45 -

“Before I had finished speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder, and went down to the spring and drew water, and I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:46 - “She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder, and said, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also’; so I drank, and she watered the camels also.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:47 - “Then I asked her, and said, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ And she said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him’; and I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her [fn]wrists.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:48 - “And I bowed low and worshiped the LORD, and blessed the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who had guided me in the right way to take the daughter of my master’s brother for his son.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:49 - “So now if you are going to [fn]deal kindly and truthfully with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me now, so that I may turn to the right or the left.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:50 -

Then Laban and Bethuel replied, “The matter has come from the LORD; so we cannot speak to you bad or good.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:51 - “Here is Rebekah before you, take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master’s son, as the LORD has spoken.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:52 -

When Abraham’s servant heard their words, he bowed himself to the ground [fn]before the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:53 - And the servant brought out articles of silver and articles of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:54 - Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank and spent the night. When they got up in the morning, he said, “Send me away to my master.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:55 - But her brother and her mother said, “Let the young woman stay with us a few days, say ten; afterward she may go.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:56 - However, he said to them, “Do not delay me, since the LORD has prospered my way. Send me away so that I may go to my master.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:57 - And they said, “We will call the young woman and [fn]ask her.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:58 - Then they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” And she said, “I will go.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:59 - So they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse with Abraham’s servant and his men.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:60 - And they blessed Rebekah and said to her,

“May you, our sister,

Become thousands of ten thousands,

And may your [fn]descendants possess

The gate of those who hate them.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:61 -

Then Rebekah got up with her female attendants, and they mounted the camels and followed the man. So the servant took Rebekah and departed.

Isaac Marries Rebekah

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:62 -

Now Isaac had come back from [fn]a journey to Beer-lahai-roi; for he was living in the [fn]Negev.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:63 - Isaac went out to [fn]meditate in the field toward evening; and he raised his eyes and looked, and behold, camels were coming.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:64 - Rebekah raised her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:65 - She said to the servant, “Who is that man walking in the field to meet us?” And the servant said, “He is my master.” Then she took her [fn]veil and covered herself.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:66 - The servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 24:67 - Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and he took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her; so Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit seed
Heb Aram-naharaim, Aram of the two rivers
Lit at time of evening
Lit cause to occur for me
Lit fountain of water
Lit she will say
Lit known her
Lit keeping silent
A shekel was about 0.4 oz. or 11 gm
Lit hands
Lit hands
Lit Thus the man
Lit he
Lit great
Lit after she was old
Lit fountain of water
Or virgin
Lit hands
Lit show kindness and truth to
Lit to
Lit ask her mouth
Lit seed
Lit coming to
I.e., South country
Or stroll; meaning uncertain
Or shawl

New American Standard Bible 2020
Copyright (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995, 2020
by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif.
All rights reserved

The "NASB," "NAS," "New American Standard Bible," and "New American Standard" trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by The Lockman Foundation. Use of these trademarks requires the permission of The Lockman Foundation.

For Permission To Quote visit

For more information on this translation, see the NASB20 Preface.

BLB Searches
Search the Bible

Advanced Options

Other Searches

Multi-Verse Retrieval

Daily Devotionals

Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness.

Daily Bible Reading Plans

Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year.

One-Year Plans

Two-Year Plan