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Matthew's Bible 1537



24:1Abraham was old and stryken in dayes, & the Lorde had blessed him in all thynges.
24:2And he sayd vnto his eldest seruaunte of hys house whyche had the rule ouer al that he had Put thy hand vnder my they
24:3that I may make the swere by the Lord that is God of heauen & God of the erth, that thou shalt not take a wyfe vnto my sonne, of the daughters of the Canaanytes, among whych I dwel.
24:4But shalt go vnto my contre and to my kynred, and there take a wyfe vnto my sonne Isaac.
24:5Than sayd the seruaunte vnto him: what & yf the woman wyl not agree to come wyth me vnto thys lande, shal I brynge thy sonne agayn vnto the lande which thou camest out of?
24:6And Abraham sayde vnto him: beware of that, that thou bryng not my sonne thyther.
24:7The Lorde God of heauen whyche toke me from my fathers house and from the lande where I was borne, & whych spake vnto me and sware vnto me sayinge: vnto thy seed wyl I geue thys lande, he shal sende hys angell before the that thou mayste take a wyfe vnto my sonne from thence.
24:8Neuerthelesse yf the woman wyl not agree to come wyth the than shalt thou be with out daunger of thys ooth. But aboue all thinge brynge not my sonne thyther agayne.
24:9And the seruaunt put his hand vnder the thye of Abraham & sware to hym as concernyng that matter.
24:10And the seruaunt toke .x. camels of the camels of his mayster & departed, & had of all maner goodes of his master with him, & stode vp & went to Mesopotamia, vnto the cytie of Nahor.
24:11And made his camels to lye doune wythout the cytie by a wels syde of water, at euen: about the tyme that women come out to drawe water,
24:12and he sayde. Lord God of my master Abraham, sende me good spede thys daye, and shewe mercye vnto my master Abraham.
24:13Lo I stonde here by the well of water and the doughters of the men of thys cytie wyll come out to draw water:
24:14Nowe the damsell to whome I saye, stoupe doune thy pytcher, and let me drinck. If she saye: Dryncke, and I wyll geue thy camels dryncke also, the same is she that thou hast ordened for thy seruaunte Isaac: yea and therby shall I knowe that thou hast shewed mercy on my master.
24:15And it came to passe yer he had left speakynge, that Rebecca cam out, the daughter of Bethuell, sonne to Milca the wyfe of Nahor Abrahams brother, and her pytcher vpon her shoulder:
24:16The damsel was very fayre to loke vpon, and yet a mayd and vnknowen of man. And she went doune to the well and fylled her pytcher and came vp agayne.
24:17Then the seruaunte ranne vnto her and sayde: let me suppe a lytle water of thy pytcher.
24:18And she sayd: dryncke my Lorde. And she hasted and late doune her pytcher vpon her arme & gaue him drincke.
24:19And when she had geuen him drincke, she sayde: I wyll drawe water for thy camels also, vntyll they haue dronck ynough.
24:20And she poured out her pitcher in to the tough hastely, & runne agayn vnto the well, to fet water: and drewe for all hys camels.
24:21And the felowe wondred at her. But helde hys peace, to wete whether the Lorde had made hys iourney prosperous or not.
24:22And as the camels had left drincking, he toke a golden earing of half a sicle weyght, & two bracelettes for her handes, of .x. sycles weyght of gold,
24:23and sayde vnto her: Whose doughter art thou? tell me: is there rowme in thy fathers house for vs to lodge in?
24:24And she sayd vnto him: I am the doughter of Bathuel the sonne of Milcha whyche she bare vnto Nahor:
24:25and sayde moreouer vnto hym: we haue litter and prauonder ynough, and also roume to lodge in.
24:26And the man bowed him self, & worship shypped the Lord,
24:27& sayd: blessed be the lorde God of my master Abraham whych ceasseth not to deale mercyfully & truly wyth my master, & hath brought me the waye to my masters brothers house.
24:28And the damsel ranne & tolde them of her mothers house these thynges.
24:29And Rebecca had a brother called Laban. And Laban ranne out vnto the man, to the wel:
24:30for as sonne as he had sene the earinges and the bracelettes vpon hys systers handes, and hearde the wordes of Rebecca hys syster sayinge thus sayde the man vnto me, then he wente out vnto the man. And loo, he stode yet wyth the camels by the wel syde.
24:31And Laban sayd come in thou blessed of the Lord. Wherefore standest thou wythout? I haue dressed the house, & made rowme for the camels.
24:32And then the man came into the house: & he vnbrideled the camels: & brought litter & prauender for the camels, & water to washe hys fete & their fete that were wt hym,
24:33& ther was meate sette before hym to eate. But he sayed: I wyll not eate, vntyll I haue sayed myne earande. And he sayd: saye on.
24:34And he sayed: I am Abrahams seruant,
24:35and the Lorde hath blessed my master out of measure, that he is become greate, & hath geuen hym shepe oxen, siluer & golde, men seruantes maydeseruantes, camels and asses.
24:36And Sara my masters wife bare him a sonne, when she was olde: & vnto hym hath he geuen al that he hath.
24:37And my master made me swere saying: thou shalt not take a wife to my sonne amonge the doughters of the Cananites in whose lande I dwell.
24:38But thou shalt go vnto my fathers house: & to my kynred, and ther take a wyfe vnto my sonne.
24:39And I said vnto my master: what if the wyfe wyll not folow me?
24:40And he sayed vnto me: The Lorde before whome I walke wyll send hys angell wyth the, and prospere thy iorney that thou shalte take a wife for my sonne, of my kinred, & of my fathers house.
24:41But & if (when thou commest vnto my kynred) they wyl not giue the one, then shalt thou bear no peryll of myne oth.
24:42And I came this day vnto the wel & said: O Lorde, the God of my master Abraham, if it be so that thou makest my iorney which I go, prosperous:
24:43beholde I stand by thys wel of water, and when a virgin commeth forth to drawe water, & I say to hyr: geue me a lyttle water of thy pytcher to dryncke,
24:44and she say agayne to me: dryncke thou, and I wyll also draw water for thy camels: that same is the wyfe whom the Lord hath prepared for my maisters sonne.
24:45And before I had made an ende of speakinge in myne herte: beholde Rebecca came forth, & hir pitcher on hir shoulder, & she went downe vnto the wel & drew. And I sayd vnto hir: giue me drincke.
24:46And she made hast, & toke downe hir pytcher from of hyr & sayed: drincke, & I wyll giue thy camels drinke also.
24:47And I dranke, & she gaue the camels drynke also. And I asked hyr saying: whose daughter art thou? And she answered: the doughter of Bathuel Nahors sonne, whom Milca bare vnto him. And I put the earing vpon hir face & the bracelets vpon hir handes.
24:48And I bowed my selfe. & worshypped the Lorde, & blessed the Lorde God of my master Abraham which had brought me the ryght waye, to take my masters brothers doughter vnto hys sonne.
24:49Now therfore if ye wyll deale mercifully and truly wyth my master, tel me, and if not tell me also: that I maye turne me to the, right hand or to the lyft,
24:50Then answered Laban & Bethuel saying: The thing is proceaded euen out of the Lord, we can not therfore say vnto the, either good or bad:
24:51behold Rebecca before thy face, take hyr & go, and let hyr be thy maisters sonnes wyfe, euen as the Lord hath sayed.
24:52And when Abrahams seruaunt hearde theyr wordes, he bowed him selfe vnto the Lorde, flatte vpon the earth.
24:53And the seruaunt toke forthe iewels of siluer, & iewels of golde, & rayment, & gaue them to Rebecca: but vnto hyr brother, & to hir mother he gaue spyces.
24:54And then they ate and dranke both he & the men that were wt him, and taried al nyght and rose vp in the mornyng. And he sayed: let me depart vnto my master.
24:55But hir brother and hir mother sayed: let the damsel abyde with vs a whyle, & it be but euen ten dayes, and then go the wayes.
24:56And he sayed vnto them: hinder me not for the Lord hath prospered my iorney. Sende me awaye that I may go vnto my master.
24:57And they sayd: let vs call the damsell, & witt what she saith to the matter.
24:58And they called forth Rebecca, and said vnto hyr: wilte thou go wyth this man? And she sayed: yea.
24:59So they let Rebecca theyr syster go wyth hir nurse & Abrahams seruaunte, & the men that were wyth him.
24:60And they blessed Rebecca, & sayd vnto hyr: Thou art oure syster growe into thousande thousandes, and thy seed possesse the gates of theyr enemies.
24:61And Rebecca arose & hir damsels, & sat them vp vpon the camels, & went theyr way after the man. And the seruaunt toke Rebecca, & went his way.
24:62And Isaac was a commynge from the wel of the lyuynge & seynge, for he dwelt in the south contrey,
24:63& was gone out to walke in his meditations before the euen tide. And he lift vp his eyes & loked, and beholde the camels were comming.
24:64And Rebecca lyft vp hir eyes & when she sawe Isaac, she lighted of the camel,
24:65& sayd vnto the seruaunt: what man is this that cometh against vs in the feld? And the seruaunt sayd: it is my master. And then she toke hyr mantil, & put it about hyr.
24:66And the seruaunt tolde Isaac all that he had done.
24:67Then Isaac broughte hir into hys mother Saras tente, and toke Rebecca, and she became hys wyfe. & he loued hir: & so was Isaac comforted ouer hys mother.
Matthew's Bible 1537

Matthew's Bible 1537

The Matthew Bible, also known as Matthew's Version, was first published in 1537 by John Rogers, under the pseudonym "Thomas Matthew". It combined the New Testament of William Tyndale, and as much of the Old Testament as he had been able to translate before being captured and put to death, with the translations of Myles Coverdale as to the balance of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha, except the Apocryphal Prayer of Manasses. It is thus a vital link in the main sequence of English Bible translations.