THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

Book of Genesis (Author Moses)

23:1¤ And Sara lived a hundred and twenty-seven years.

23:2And she died in the city of Arbee which is Hebron, in the land of Chanaan: and Abraham came to mourn and weep for her.

23:3And after he rose up from the funeral obsequies, he spoke to the children of Heth, saying:

23:4I am a stranger and sojourner among you: give me the right of a burying place with you, that I may bury my dead.

23:5The children of Heth answered, saying:

23:6My lord, hear us, thou art a prince of God among us: bury thy dead in our principal sepulchres: and no man shall have power to hinder thee from burying thy dead in his sepulchre.

23:7Abraham rose up, and bowed down to the people of the land, to wit, the children of Heth:

23:8And said to them: If it please your soul that I should bury my dead, hear me, and intercede for me to Ephron the son of Seor.

23:9That he may give me the double cave, which he hath in the end of his field: For as much money as it is worth he shall give it me before you, for a possession of a burying place.

23:10Now Ephron dwelt in the midst of the children of Heth. And Ephron made answer to Abraham in the hearing of all that went in at the gate of the city, saying:

23:11Let it not be so, my lord, but do thou rather hearken to what I say: The field I deliver to thee, and the cave that is therein; in the presence of the children of my people, bury thy dead.

23:12Abraham bowed down before the people of the land.

23:13And he spoke to Ephron, in the presence of the people: I beseech thee to hear me: I will give money for the field; take it, and so will I bury my dead in it.

23:14And Ephron answered:

23:15My lord, hear me. The ground which thou desirest, is worth four hundred sicles of silver: this is the price between me and thee: but what is this? bury thy dead.

23:16And when Abraham had heard this, he weighed out the money that Ephron had asked, in the hearing of the children of Heth, four hundred sicles of silver, of common current money.

23:17And the field that before was Ephron's, wherein was the double cave, looking towards Mambre, both it and the cave, and all the trees thereof, in all its limits round about,

23:18Was made sure to Abraham for a possession, in the sight of the children of Heth, and of all that went in at the gate of his city.

23:19And so Abraham buried Sara, his wife, in the double cave of the field, that looked towards Mambre, this is Hebron in the land of Chanaan.

23:20And the field was made sure to Abraham, and the cave that was in it, for a possession to bury in, by the children of Heth.

24:1¤ Now Abraham was old, and advanced in age; and the Lord had blessed him in all things.

24:2And he said to the elder servant of his house, who was ruler over all he had: Put thy hand under my thigh,

24:3That I may make thee swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and earth, that thou take not a wife for my son, of the daughters of the Chanaanites, among whom I dwell:

24:4But that thou go to my own country and kindred, and take a wife from thence for my son Isaac.

24:5The servant answered: If the woman will not come with me into this land, must I bring thy son back again to the place from whence thou camest out?

24:6And Abraham said: Beware thou never bring my son back again thither.

24:7The Lord God of heaven, who took me out of my father's house, and out of my native country, who spoke to me, and swore to me, saying: To thy seed will I give this land: he will send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take from thence a wife for my son.

24:8But if the woman will not follow thee, thou shalt not be bound by the oath: only bring not my son back thither again.

24:9The servant, therefore, put his hand under the thigh of Abraham, his lord, and swore to him upon his word.

24:10And he took ten camels of his master's herd, and departed, carrying something of all his goods with him, and he set forth and went on to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nachor.

24:11And when he had made the camels lie down without the town, near a well of water, in the evening, at the time when women are wont to come out to draw water, he said:

24:12O Lord, the God of my master, Abraham, meet me today, I beseech thee, and shew kindness to my master, Abraham.

24:13Behold, I stand nigh the spring of water, and the daughters of the inhabitants of this city will come out to draw water:

24:14Now, therefore, the maid to whom I shall say: Let down thy pitcher that I may drink: and she shall answer, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let it be the same whom thou hast provided for thy servant Isaac: and by this, I shall understand that thou hast shewn kindness to my master.

24:15He had not yet ended these words within himself, and behold Rebecca came out, the daughter of Bathuel, son of Melcha, wife to Nachor the brother of Abraham, having a pitcher on her shoulder:

24:16An exceedingly comely maid, and a most beautiful virgin, and not known to man: and she went down to the spring, and filled her pitcher, and was coming back.

24:17And the servant ran to meet her, and said: Give me a little water to drink of thy pitcher.

24:18And she answered: Drink, my lord. And quickly she let down the pitcher upon her arm, and gave him drink.

24:19And when he had drunk, she said: I will draw water for thy camels also, till they all drink.

24:20And pouring out the pitcher into the troughs, she ran back to the well to draw water; and having drawn, she gave to all the camels.

24:21But he musing, beheld her with silence, desirous to know whether the Lord had made his journey prosperous or not.

24:22And after that the camels had drunk, the man took out golden earrings, weighing two sicles; and as many bracelets, of ten sicles weight.

24:23And he said to her: Whose daughter art thou? tell me: is there any place in thy father's house to lodge?

24:24And she answered: I am the daughter of Bathuel, the son of Melcha, whom she bore to Nachor.

24:25And she said, moreover, to him: We have good store of both straw and hay, and a large place to lodge in.

24:26The man bowed himself down, and adored the Lord,

24:27Saying: Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who hath not taken away his mercy and truth from my master, and hath brought me the straight way into the house of my master's brother.

24:28Then the maid ran, and told in her mother's house all that she had heard.

24:29And Rebecca had a brother, named Laban, who went out in haste to the man, to the well.

24:30And when he had seen the earrings and bracelets in his sister's hands, and had heard all that she related, saying, Thus and thus the man spoke to me: he came to the man who stood by the camels, and near to the spring of water,

24:31And said to him: Come in, thou blessed of the Lord; why standest thou without? I have prepared the house, and a place for the camels.

24:32And he brought him into his lodging; and he unharnessed the camels, and gave straw and hay, and water to wash his feet, and the feet of the men that were come with him.

24:33And bread was set before him. But he said: I will not eat, till I tell my message. He answered him: Speak.

24:34And he said: I am the servant of Abraham:

24:35And the Lord hath blessed my master wonderfully, and he is become great: and he hath given him sheep and oxen, silver and gold, men servants and women servants, camels and asses.

24:36And Sara, my master's wife, hath borne my master a son in her old age, and he hath given him all that he had.

24:37And my master made me swear, saying: Thou shalt not take a wife for my son of the Chanaanites, in whose land I dwell:

24:38But thou shalt go to my father's house, and shalt take a wife of my own kindred for my son:

24:39But I answered my master: What if the woman will not come with me?

24:40The Lord, said he, in whose sight I walk, will send his angel with thee, and will direct thy way: and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my own kindred, and of my father's house.

24:41But thou shalt be clear from my curse, when thou shalt come to my kindred, if they will not give thee one.

24:42And I came today to the well of water, and said: O Lord God of my master, Abraham, if thou hast prospered my way, wherein I now walk,

24:43Behold, I stand by the well of water, and the virgin, that shall come out to draw water, who shall hear me say: Give me a little water to drink of thy pitcher:

24:44And shall say to me: Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels: let the same be the woman, whom the Lord hath prepared for my master's son.

24:45And whilst I pondered these things secretly with myself, Rebecca appeared, coming with a pitcher, which she carried on her shoulder: and she went down to the well and drew water. And I said to her: Give me a little to drink.

24:46And she speedily let down the pitcher from her shoulder, and said to me: Both drink thou, and to thy camels I will give drink. I drank, and she watered the camels.

24:47And I asked her, and said: Whose daughter art thou? And she answered: I am the daughter of Bathuel, the son of Nachor, whom Melcha bore to him. So I put earrings on her to adorn her face, and I put bracelets on her hands.

24:48And falling down, I adored the Lord, blessing the Lord God of my master, Abraham, who hath brought me the straight way to take the daughter of my master's brother for his son.

24:49Wherefore, if you do according to mercy and truth with my master, tell me: but if it please you otherwise, tell me that also, that I may go to the right hand, or to the left.

24:50And Laban and Bathuel answered: The word hath proceeded from the Lord: we cannot speak any other thing to thee but his pleasure.

24:51Behold, Rebecca is before thee, take her and go thy way, and let her be the wife of thy master's son, as the Lord hath spoken.

24:52Which when Abraham's servant heard, falling down to the ground, he adored the Lord.

24:53And bringing forth vessels of silver and gold, and garments, he gave them to Rebecca, for a present. He offered gifts also to her brothers, and to her mother.

24:54And a banquet was made, and they ate and drank together, and lodged there. And in the morning, the servant arose, and said: Let me depart, that I may go to my master.

24:55And her brother and mother answered: Let the maid stay, at least, ten days with us, and afterwards she shall depart.

24:56Stay me not, said he, because the Lord hath prospered my way: send me away, that I may go to my master.

24:57And they said: Let us call the maid, and ask her will.

24:58And they called her, and when she was come, they asked: Wilt thou go with this man? She said: I will go.

24:59So they sent her away, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his company.

24:60Wishing prosperity to their sister, and saying: Thou art our sister, mayst thou increase to thousands of thousands; and may thy seed possess the gates of their enemies.

24:61So Rebecca and her maids, being set upon camels, followed the man: who with speed returned to his master.

24:62At the same time, Isaac was walking along the way to the well which is called Of the living and the seeing: for he dwelt in the south country:

24:63And he was gone forth to meditate in the field, the day being now well spent: and when he had lifted up his eyes, he saw camels coming afar off.

24:64Rebecca also, when she saw Isaac, lighted off the camel,

24:65And said to the servant: Who is that man who cometh towards us along the field? And he said to her: That man is my master. But she quickly took her cloak, and covered herself.

24:66And the servant told Isaac all that he had done.

24:67Who brought her into the tent of Sara his mother, and took her to wife: and he loved her so much, that it moderated the sorrow which was occasioned by his mother's death.

25:1¤ And Abraham married another wife named Cetura:

25:2Who bore him Zamram, and Jecsan, and Madan, and Madian, and Jesboc, and Sue.

25:3Jecsan also begot Saba, and Dadan. The children of Dadan were Assurim, and Latusim, and Loomim.

25:4But of Madian was born Epha, and Opher, and Henoch, and Abida, and Eldaa: all these were the children of Cetura.

25:5And Abraham gave all his possessions to Isaac:

25:6And to the children of the concubines he gave gifts, and separated them from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, to the east country.

25:7And the days of Abraham's life were a hundred and seventy-five years.

25:8And decaying he died in a good old age, and having lived a long time, and being full of days: and was gathered to his people.

25:9And Isaac and Ismael his sons buried him in the double cave, which was situated in the field of Ephron the son of Seor the Hethite, over against Mambre,

25:10Which he had bought of the children of Heth: there was he buried, and Sara his wife.

25:11And after his death, God blessed Isaac his son, who dwelt by the well named Of the living and seeing.

25:12These are the generations of Ismael the son of Abraham, whom Agar the Egyptian, Sara's servant, bore unto him:

25:13And these are the names of his children according to their calling and generations. The firstborn of Ismael was Nabajoth, then Cedar, and Adbeel, and Mabsam,

25:14And Masma, and Duma, and Massa,

25:15Hadar, and Thema, and Jethur, and Naphis, and Cedma.

25:16These are the sons of Ismael: and these are their names by their castles and towns, twelve princes of their tribes.

25:17And the years of Ismael's life were a hundred and thirty-seven, and decaying he died, and was gathered unto his people.

25:18And he dwelt from Hevila as far as Sur, which looketh towards Egypt, to them that go towards the Assyrians. He died in the presence of all his brethren.

25:19These also are the generations of Isaac the son of Abraham: Abraham begot Isaac:

25:20Who when he was forty years old, took to wife Rebecca the daughter of Bathuel the Syrian of Mesopotamia, sister to Laban.

25:21And Isaac besought the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and he heard him, and made Rebecca to conceive.

25:22But the children struggled in her womb, and she said: If it were to be so with me, what need was there to conceive? And she went to consult the Lord.

25:23And he answering, said: Two nations are in thy womb, and two peoples shall be divided out of thy womb, and one people shall overcome the other, and the elder shall serve the younger.

25:24And when her time was come to be delivered, behold twins were found in her womb.

25:25He that came forth first was red, and hairy like a skin: and his name was called Esau. Immediately the other coming forth, held his brother's foot in his hand: and therefore he was called Jacob.

25:26Isaac was threescore years old when the children were born unto him.

25:27And when they were grown up, Esau became a skilful hunter, and a husbandman: but Jacob, a plain man, dwelt in tents.

25:28Isaac loved Esau, because he ate of his hunting: and Rebecca loved Jacob.

25:29And Jacob boiled pottage: to whom Esau, coming faint out of the field,

25:30Said: Give me of this red pottage, for I am exceeding faint. For which reason his name was called Edom.

25:31And Jacob said to him: Sell me thy first birthright.

25:32He answered: Lo I die, what will the first birthright avail me?

25:33Jacob said: Swear therefore to me. Esau swore to him, and sold his first birthright.

25:34And so taking bread and the pottage of lentils, he ate, and drank, and went his way; making little account of having sold his first birthright.

26:1¤ And when a famine came in the land, after that barrenness which had happened in the days of Abraham, Isaac went to Abimelech, king of the Palestines, to Gerara.

26:2And the Lord appeared to him, and said: Go not down into Egypt, but stay in the land that I shall tell thee.

26:3And sojourn in it, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee: for to thee and to thy seed I will give all these countries, to fulfil the oath which I swore to Abraham thy father.

26:4And I will multiply thy seed like the stars of heaven: and I will give to thy posterity all these countries: and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.

26:5Because Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my precepts and commandments, and observed my ceremonies and laws.

26:6So Isaac abode in Gerara.

26:7And when he was asked by the men of that place, concerning his wife, he answered: She is my sister: for he was afraid to confess that she was his wife, thinking lest perhaps they would kill him because of her beauty.

26:8And when very many days were passed, and he abode there, Abimelech, king of the Palestines, looking out through a window, saw him playing with Rebecca, his wife.

26:9And calling for him, he said: It is evident she is thy wife: why didst thou feign her to be thy sister? He answered: I feared lest I should die for her sake.

26:10And Abimelech said: Why hast thou deceived us? Some man of the people might have lain with thy wife, and thou hadst brought upon us a great sin. And he commanded all the people, saying:

26:11He that shall touch this man's wife, shall surely be put to death.

26:12And Isaac sowed in that land, and he found that same year a hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him.

26:13And the man was enriched, and he went on prospering and increasing, till he became exceeding great.

26:14And he had possessions of sheep and of herds, and a very great family. Wherefore the Palestines envying him,

26:15Stopped up at that time all the wells, that the servants of his father, Abraham, had digged, filling them up with earth:

26:16Insomuch that Abimelech himself said to Isaac: Depart from us, for thou art become much mightier than we.

26:17So he departed, and came to the torrent of Gerara, to dwell there:

26:18And he digged again other wells, which the servants of his father, Abraham, had digged, and which, after his death, the Philistines had of old stopped up: and he called them by the same names, by which his father before had called them.

26:19And they digged in the torrent, and found living water:

26:20But there also the herdsmen of Gerara strove against the herdsmen of Isaac, saying: It is our water. Wherefore he called the name of the well, on occasion of that which had happened, Calumny.

26:21And they digged also another; and for that they quarrelled likewise, and he called the name of it, Enmity.

26:22Going forward from thence, he digged another well, for which they contended not; therefore he called the name thereof, Latitude, saying: Now hath the Lord given us room, and made us to increase upon the earth.

26:23And he went up from that place to Bersabee,

26:24Where the Lord appeared to him that same night, saying: I am the God of Abraham thy father, do not fear, for I am with thee: I will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake.

26:25And he built there an altar: and called upon the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent; and commanded his servants to dig a well.

26:26To which place when Abimelech, and Ochozath his friend, and Phicol chief captain of his soldiers, came from Gerara,

26:27Isaac said to them: Why are ye come to me, a man whom you hate, and have thrust out from you?

26:28And they answered: We saw that the Lord is with thee, and therefore we said: Let there be an oath between us, and let us make a covenant,

26:29That thou do us no harm, as we on our part have touched nothing of thine, nor have done any thing to hurt thee; but with peace have sent thee away, increased with the blessing of the Lord.

26:30And he made them a feast, and after they had eaten and drunk:

26:31Arising in the morning, they swore one to another: and Isaac sent them away peaceably to their own home.

26:32And behold, the same day the servants of Isaac came, telling him of a well which they had digged, and saying: We have found water.

26:33Whereupon he called it Abundance: and the name of the city was called Bersabee, even to this day.

26:34And Esau being forty years old, married wives, Judith, the daughter of Beeri, the Hethite, and Basemath, the daughter of Elon, of the same place.

26:35And they both offended the mind of Isaac and Rebecca.



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