With this intention he went to the well, and desired the maidens
to give him some water to drink: but while the others refused, on pretense
that they wanted it all at home, and could spare none for him, one only
of the company rebuked them for their peevish behavior towards the stranger;
and said, What is there that you will ever communicate to anybody, who
have not so much as given the man some water? She then offered him water
in an obliging manner. And now he began to hope that his grand affair would
succeed; but desiring still to know the truth, he commended her for her
generosity and good nature, that she did not scruple to afford a sufficiency
of water to those that wanted it, though it cost her some pains to draw
it; and asked who were her parents, and wished them joy of such a daughter.
"And mayst thou be espoused," said he, "to their satisfaction,
into the family of an agreeable husband, and bring him legitimate children."
Nor did she disdain to satisfy his inquiries, but told him her family.
"They," says she, "call me Rebeka; my father was Bethuel,
but he is dead; and Laban is my brother; and, together with my mother,
takes care of all our family affairs, and is the guardian of my virginity."
When the servant heard this, he was very glad at what had happened, and
at what was told him, as perceiving that God had thus plainly directed
his journey; and producing his bracelets, and some other ornaments which
it was esteemed decent for virgins to wear, he gave them to the damsel,
by way of acknowledgment, and as a reward for her kindness in giving him
water to drink; saying, it was but just that she should have them, because
she was so much more obliging than any of the rest. She desired also that
he would come and lodge with them, since the approach of the night gave
him not time to proceed farther. And producing his precious ornaments for
women, he said he desired to trust them to none more safely than to such
as she had shown herself to be; and that he believed he might guess at
the humanity of her mother and brother, that they would not be displeased,
from the virtue he found in her; for he would not be burdensome, but would
pay the hire for his entertainment, and spend his own money. To which she
replied, that he guessed right as to the humanity of her parents; but complained
that he should think them so parsimonious as to take money, for that he
should have all on free cost. But she said she would first inform her brother
Laban, and, if he gave her leave, she would conduct him in.