2 Jul 2021
Photo is by Ann Garrido, taken near Big Sandy, Montana
Sarah lived for one hundred and twenty-seven years; this was the length of Sarahâ€™s life. And Sarah died at Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan; and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. Abraham rose up from beside his dead, and said to the Hittites, â€˜I am a stranger and an alien residing among you; give me property among you for a burying-place, so that I may bury my dead out of my sight.â€™ After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah facing Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan.
Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his house, who had charge of all that he had, â€˜Put your hand under my thigh and I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live, but will go to my country and to my kindred and get a wife for my son Isaac.â€™ The servant said to him, â€˜Perhaps the woman may not be willing to follow me to this land; must I then take your son back to the land from which you came?â€™ Abraham said to him, â€˜See to it that you do not take my son back there. The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my fatherâ€™s house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me and swore to me, â€œTo your offspring I will give this landâ€, he will send his angel before you; you shall take a wife for my son from there. But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this oath of mine; only you must not take my son back there.â€™
Now Isaac had come from Beer-lahai-roi, and was settled in the Negeb. 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, â€˜Who is the man over there, walking in the field to meet us?â€™ The servant said, â€˜It is my master.â€™ 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 Sarahâ€™s tent. He took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his motherâ€™s death.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.