24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
24:34 So he said, "I am Abraham's servant.
The LORD has greatly blessed my master, and he has become wealthy;
he has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and
female slaves, camels and donkeys.
And Sarah my master's wife bore a son to my master when she was
old; and he has given him all that he has.
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;
but you shall go to my father's house, to my kindred, and get a
wife for my son.'
"I came today to the spring, and said, 'O LORD, the God of my
master Abraham, if now you will only make successful the way I am
I am standing here by the spring of water; let the young woman who
comes out to draw, to whom I shall say, "Please give me a
little water from your jar to drink,"
and who will say to me, "Drink, and I will draw for your
camels also" --let her be the woman whom the LORD has
appointed for my master's son.'
"Before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was
Rebekah coming out with her water jar on her shoulder; and she
went down to the spring, and drew. I said to her, 'Please let me
She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder, and said, 'Drink,
and I will also water your camels.' So I drank, and she also
watered the camels.
Then I asked her, 'Whose daughter are you?' She said, 'The
daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him.' So I
put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her arms.
Then I bowed my head and worshiped the LORD, and blessed the LORD,
the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to
obtain the daughter of my master's kinsman for his son.
Now then, if you will deal loyally and truly with my master, tell
me; and if not, tell me, so that I may turn either to the right
hand or to the left."
And they called Rebekah, and said to her, "Will you go with
this man?" She said, "I will."
So they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse along with
Abraham's servant and his men.
And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, "May you, our
sister, become thousands of myriads; may your offspring gain
possession of the gates of their foes."
Then Rebekah and her maids rose up, mounted the camels, and
followed the man; thus the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
Now Isaac had come from Beer-lahai-roi, and was settled in the
Isaac went out in the evening to walk in the field; and looking
up, he saw camels coming.
And Rebekah looked up, and when she saw Isaac, she slipped quickly
from the camel,
and said to the servant, "Who is the man over there, walking
in the field to meet us?" The servant said, "It is my
master." So she took her veil and covered herself.
And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.
Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent. He took
Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. So Isaac was
comforted after his mother's death.
7:15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what
I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good.
But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells
For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my
flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it.
For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is
what I do.
Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but
sin that dwells within me.
So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil
lies close at hand.
For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self,
but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my
mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my
Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
11:16 "But to what
will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the
marketplaces and calling to one another,
'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed,
and you did not mourn.'
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a
the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look, a
glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!'
Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds."
At that time Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven
and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and
the intelligent and have revealed them to infants;
yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one
knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father
except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy
burdens, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and
humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."