Romance Roles A Mate At Last
Romance roles and the man exclaimed, Here is someone like me! She is part of my body, my own flesh and bones. She came from me, a man. So I will name her Woman! Genesis 2:23
Bride for Isaac
Abraham was now a very old man. The Lord had made him rich, and he was successful in everything he did. One day, Abraham called in his most trusted servant and said to him, Solemnly promise me in the name of the Lord, who rules heaven and earth, that you wont choose a wife for my son Isaac from the people here in the land of Canaan. Instead, go back to the land where I was born and
find a wife for him from among my relatives. But the servant asked, What if the young woman I choose refuses to leave home and come here with me? Should I send Isaac there to look for a wife? No! Abraham answered. Dont ever do that, no matter what.
The Lord who rules heaven brought me here from the land where I was born and promised that he would give this land to my descendants forever. When you go back there, the Lord will send his angel ahead of you to help you find a wife for my son. If the woman refuses to come along, you dont have to keep this promise.
But dont ever take my son back there. So the servant gave Abraham his word that he would do everything he had been told to do. Soon after that, the servant loaded ten of Abrahams camels with valuable gifts. Then he set out for the city in northern Syria, where Abrahams brother Nahor lived. When he got there, he let the camels rest near the well
outside the city.
It was late afternoon, the time when the women came out for water. The servant prayed: You, Lord, are the God my master Abraham worships. Please keep your promise to him and let me find a wife for Isaac today. Romance roles The young women of the city will soon come to this well for water, and Ill ask one of them for a drink. If she gives me a drink and then offers to get some water for
my camels, Ill know she is the one you have chosen and that you have kept your promise to my master. While he was still praying,
a beautiful unmarried young woman
came by with a water jar on her shoulder. She was Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Abrahams brother Nahor and his wife Milcah. Rebekah walked past Abrahams servant, then went over to the well, and filled her water jar. Romance roles When she started back, Abrahams servant ran to her and said, Please let me have a drink of water. Ill be glad to, she answered. Then she
quickly took the jar from her shoulder and held it while he drank. After he had finished, she said, Now Ill give your camels all the water they want. She quickly poured out water for them, and she kept going back for more, until his camels had drunk all they wanted. Abrahams servant did not say a word, but he watched everything Rebekah did, because he wanted to know for certain
if this was the woman the Lord had chosen. Romance roles The servant had brought along an expensive gold ring and two large gold bracelets.
When Rebekah had finished bringing the water
he gave her the ring for her nose and the bracelets for her arms. Then he said, Please tell me who your father is. Does he have room in his house for me and my men to spend the night? She answered, My father is Bethuel, the son of Nahor and Milcah.
We have a place where you and your men can stay, and we also have enough straw and feed for your camels. Then the servant bowed his head and prayed, I thank you, Lord God of my master Abraham! You have led me to his relatives and kept your promise to him. Rebekah ran straight home and told her family everything. Romance roles Her brother Laban heard her tell what the
servant had said, and he saw the ring and the bracelets she was wearing. So Laban ran out to Abrahams servant, who was standing by his camels at the well. Then Laban said, The Lord has brought you safely here. Come home with me. Theres no need for you to keep on standing outside.
I have a room ready
for you in our house, and theres also a place for your camels. Abrahams servant went home with Laban, where Labans servants unloaded his camels and gave them straw and feed. Then they brought water into the house, so Abrahams servant and his men could wash their feet. Romance roles After that, they brought in food. But the servant said, Before I eat, I must tell you
why I have come. Go ahead and tell us, Laban answered. The servant explained: I am Abrahams servant. The Lord has been good to my master and has made him very rich. He has given him many sheep, goats, cattle, camels, and donkeys, as well as a lot of silver and gold, and many slaves.
Sarah, my masters wife,
didnt have any children until she was very old. Then she had a son, and my master has given him everything. Romance roles I solemnly promised my master that I would do what he said. And he told me, Dont choose a wife for my son from the women in this land of Canaan. Instead, go back to the land where I was born and find a wife for my son from among my relatives. I asked my master, What if
the young woman refuses to come with me? My master answered, I have always obeyed the Lord, and he will send his angel to help you find my son a wife from among my own relatives.
But if they refuse to let her come back with you, then you are freed from your promise. When I came to the well today, I silently prayed, You, Lord, are the God my master Abraham worships, so please lead me to a wife for his son while I am here at the well.
When a young woman comes out to get
water, Ill ask her to give me a drink. If she gives me a drink and offers to get some water for my camels, Ill know she is the one you have chosen. Even before I had finished praying, Rebekah came by with a water jar on her shoulder. When she had filled the jar, I asked her for a drink. She quickly lowered the jar from her shoulder and said, Have a drink. Romance roles Then
Ill get water for your camels. So I drank, and after that she got some water for my camels. I asked her who her father was, and she answered, My father is Bethuel the son of Nahor and Milcah. Right away I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her arms. Then I bowed my head and gave thanks to the God my master Abraham worships. The Lord had led me straight to my masters
relatives, and I had found a wife for his son. Now please tell me if you are willing to do the right thing for my master. Will you treat him fairly, or do I have to look for another young woman? Laban and Bethuel answered, The Lord has done this. Romance roles We have no choice in the matter.
Take Rebekah with you; she can marry your masters son, just as the Lord has said. Abrahams servant bowed down and thanked the Lord. Then he gave clothing, as well as silver and gold jewelry, to Rebekah. He also gave expensive gifts to her brother and her mother. Abrahams servant and the men with him ate and drank, then spent the night there. Romance roles The next morning
they got up, and the servant told Rebekahs mother and brother, I would like to go back to my master now. Let Rebekah stay with us for a week or ten days, they answered. Then she may go. But he said, Dont make me stay any longer. The Lord has already helped me find a wife for my masters son. Now let us return. They answered, Lets ask Rebekah what she wants to
do. They called her and asked, Are you willing to leave with this man right now? Yes, she answered. Genesis 24:1-58
Isaac was the son of Abraham, 20 and he was forty years old when he married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel. She was also the sister of Laban, the Aramean from northern Syria. Genesis 25:19-20
From time to time, you men will serve as soldiers and go off to war. The Lord your God will help you defeat your enemies, and you will take many prisoners. One of these prisoners may be a beautiful woman, and you may want to marry her. Romance roles But first you must bring her into your home, and have her shave her head, cut her nails, get rid of her foreign clothes, and start
wearing Israelite clothes. She will mourn a month for her father and mother, then you can marry her. Later on, if you are not happy with the woman, you can divorce her, and she can go free. But you have slept with her as your wife, so you cannot sell her as a slave or make her into your own slave. Deuteronomy 21:10-14
Men outnumbered women
When the Israelites had met at Mizpah before the war with Benjamin, they had made this sacred promise: None of us will ever let our daughters marry any man from Benjamin. After the war with Benjamin, the Israelites went to the place of worship at Bethel and sat there until sunset. Romance roles They cried loudly and bitterly and prayed, Our Lord, you are the God of Israel. Why did
you let this happen? Now one of our tribes is almost gone. Early the next morning, the Israelites built an altar and offered sacrifices to please the Lord and to ask his blessing. Romance roles Then they asked each other, Did any of the tribes of Israel fail to come to the place of worship? We made a sacred promise that anyone who didnt come to the meeting at Mizpah would be put to death. The
Israelites were sad about what had happened to the Benjamin tribe, and they said, One of our tribes was almost wiped out. Only a few men of Benjamin werent killed in the war.
We need to get wives for them, so the tribe wont completely disappear. But how can we do that,
after promising in the Lords
name that we wouldnt let them marry any of our daughters? Again the Israelites asked, Did any of the tribes stay away from the meeting at Mizpah? After asking around, they discovered that no one had come from Jabesh in Gilead. Romance roles So they sent twelve thousand warriors with these orders: Attack Jabesh in Gilead and kill everyone, except the women who have never
been married. The warriors attacked Jabesh in Gilead, and returned to their camp in Canaan with four hundred young women. The Israelites met and sent messengers to the men of Benjamin at Rimmon Rock, telling them that the Israelites were willing to make peace with them. So the men of Benjamin came back from Rimmon Rock, and the Israelites let them marry the
young women from
Jabesh. Romance roles But there werent enough women. The Israelites were very sad, because the Lord had almost wiped out one of their tribes. Then their national leaders said: All the women of the Benjamin tribe were killed. How can we get wives for the men of Benjamin who are left? If they dont have children, one of the Israelite tribes will die out. Romance roles But we cant let the
men of Benjamin marry any of our daughters. We made a sacred promise not to do that, and if we break our promise, we will be under our own curse. Then someone suggested, What about the Lords Festival that takes place each year in Shiloh? Its held north of Bethel, south of Lebonah, and just east of the road that goes from Bethel to Shechem. The leaders told the men of Benjamin who still
did not have wives: Go to Shiloh and hide in the vineyards near the festival. Wait there for the young women of Shiloh to come out and perform their dances.
Then rush out and grab one of the young women, then take her home as your wife. If the fathers or brothers of these women complain about this, well say, Be kind enough to let those men keep your daughter. After all, we couldnt get enough wives for all the men of Benjamin in the battle at Jabesh. And because you didnt give them permission to marry your daughters, you wont
be under the curse we earlier agreed on. Romance roles The men of Benjamin went to Shiloh and hid in the vineyards. The young women soon started dancing, and each man grabbed one of them and carried her off. Then the men of Benjamin went back to their own land and rebuilt their towns and started living in them again. Judges 21:1-23
Woman proposed to man
Who are you? he asked. Sir, I am Ruth, she answered, and you are the relative who is supposed to take care of me. So spread the edge of your cover over me. Ruth 3:9 Love, infatuation Saul had another daughter. Her name was Michal, and Saul found out that she was in love with David. Romance roles This made Saul happy, and he thought, Ill tell David he can marry Michal, but Ill set
it up so that the Philistines will kill him. He told David, Im going to give you a second chance to marry one of my daughters. Saul ordered his officials to speak to David in private, so they went to David and said, Look, the king likes you, and all of his officials are loyal to you. Why not ask the king if you can marry his daughter Michal? Im not rich or famous
enough to marry princess Michal! David answered. Romance roles The officials went back to Saul and told him exactly what David had said. Saul was hoping that the Philistines would kill David, and he told his officials to tell David, The king doesnt want any silver or gold.
He only wants to get even with his enemies.
All you have to do is to bring back proof that you have killed a hundred Philistines! The officials told David, and David wanted to marry the princess. King Saul had set a time limit, and before it ran out, David and his men left and killed two hundred Philistines. He brought back the proof and showed it to Saul, so he could marry Michal. Saul agreed to let David marry Michal. Saul knew
that she loved David, and he also realized that the Lord was helping David. But knowing those things made Saul even more afraid of David, and he was Davids enemy for the rest of his life. 1 Samuel 18:20-29
Demanding another mans wife
Abner sent some of his men to David with this message: You should be the ruler of the whole nation. Romance roles If you make an agreement with me, I will persuade everyone in Israel to make you their king. David sent this message back: Good! Ill make an agreement with you. But before I will even talk with you about it, you must get Sauls daughter Michal back for me. David sent a few of
his officials to Ishbosheth to give him this message: Give me back my wife Michal! I killed a hundred Philistines so I could marry her. Ishbosheth sent some of his men to take Michal away from her new husband, Paltiel the son of Laish. Paltiel followed Michal and the men all the way to Bahurim, crying as he walked. But he went back home after Abner ordered him to leave. 2 Samuel 3:12-16
David had a beautiful daughter named Tamar, who was the sister of Absalom. Romance roles She was also the half sister of Amnon, who fell in love with her. But Tamar was a virgin, and Amnon could not think of a way to be alone with her. He was so upset about it that he made himself sick. Amnon had a friend named Jonadab, who was the son of Davids brother Shimeah. Jonadab always knew
how to get what he wanted, and he said to Amnon, Whats the matter? Youre the kings son! You shouldnt have to go around feeling sorry for yourself every morning.Amnon said, Im in love with Tamar, my brother Absaloms sister. 2 Samuel 13:1-4
Man and maid
There are three or four things I cannot understand: How eagles fly so high or snakes crawl on rocks, how ships sail the ocean or people fall in love. Proverbs 30:18-19 Time of restraint for throwing stones and gathering stones, embracing and parting. Ecclesiastes 3:5 Expressing affection My darling, you are lovely, so very lovelyyour eyes are those of a dove. Song of Solomon
1:15 You are my dove hiding among the rocks on the side of a cliff. Let me see how lovely you are! Let me hear the sound of your melodious voice. Song of Solomon 2:14 My darling, you are lovely, so very lovelyas you look through your veil, your eyes are those of a dove. Romance roles Your hair tosses about as gracefully as goats coming down from Gilead. Your teeth are whiter than
sheep freshly washed; they match perfectly, not one is missing. Your lips are crimson cords, your mouth is shapely; behind your veil are hidden beautiful rosy cheeks.
Your neck is more graceful
than the tower of David, decorated with thousands of warriors shields. Your breasts are perfect; they are twin deer feeding among lilies. Romance roles I will hasten to those hills sprinkled with sweet perfume and stay there till sunrise. My darling, you are lovely in every way.
My bride, together we will leave Lebanon! We will say good-by to the peaks of Mount Amana, Senir, and Hermon, where lions and leopards live in the caves.
My bride, my very own,
you have stolen my heart! With one glance from your eyes and the glow of your necklace, you have stolen my heart. Your love is sweeter than wine; the smell of your perfume is more fragrant than spices. Romance roles Your lips are a honeycomb; milk and honey flow from your tongue. Your dress has the aroma of cedar trees from Lebanon. My bride, my very own, you are a garden, a fountain
closed off to all others. Your arms are vines, covered with delicious fruits and all sorts of spiceshenna, nard, saffron, calamus, cinnamon, frankincense, myrrh, and aloes all the finest spices. You are a spring in the garden, a fountain of pure water,and a refreshing stream from Mount Lebanon. She Speaks: Let the north wind blow, the south wind too! Let them spread the aroma of my garden,
so the one I love may enter and taste its delicious fruits. Song of Solomon 4:1-16
the cities of Tirzah and Jerusalem are not as lovely as you. Your charms are more powerful than all of the stars in the heavens. Turn away your eyesthey make me melt. Romance roles Your hair tosses about as gracefully as goats coming down from Gilead. Your teeth are whiter than sheep freshly washed; they match perfectly, not one is missing. Behind your veil are hidden beautiful rosy
cheeks. What if I could have sixty queens, eighty wives, and thousands of others! You would be my only choice, my flawless dove, the favorite child of your mother.
The young women, the queens,
and all the others tell how excited you are as they sing your praises: You are as majestic as the morning skyglorious as the moonblinding as the sun! Your charms are more powerful than all the stars above. Romance roles I went down to see if blossoms were on the walnut trees, grapevines, and fruit trees. But in my imagination I was suddenly riding on a glorious chariot. Song of Solomon 6:4-12 You
are a princess, and your feet are graceful in their sandals. Your thighs are works of art, each one a jewel; your navel is a wine glass filled to overflowing. Romance roles Your body is full and slender like a bundle of wheat bound together by lilies. Your breasts are like twins of a deer Your neck is like ivory, and your eyes sparkle like the pools of Heshbon by the gate of Bath-Rabbim.
Your nose is beautiful like Mount Lebanon above the city of Damascus. Romance roles Your head is held high like Mount Carmel; your hair is so lovely it holds a king prisoner. You are beautiful, so very desirable! You are tall and slender like a palm tree, and your breasts are full. I will climb that tree and cling to its branches. I will discover that your breasts are clusters of grapes, and that your
breath is the aroma of apples. Song of Solomon 7:1-8
Romantic garden song
My bride, my very own, I come to my garden and enjoy its spices. I eat my honeycomb and honey; I drink my wine and milk. Eat and drink until you are drunk with love. I was asleep, but dreaming: Romance roles The one I love was at the door, knocking and saying, My darling, my very own, my flawless dove, open the door for me! My head is drenched with evening dew. But
I had already undressed and bathed my feet. Romance roles Should I dress again and get my feet dirty? Then my darlings hand reached to open the latch, and my heart stood still. When I rose to open the door, my hands and my fingers dripped with perfume. Romance roles My heart stood still while he spoke to me, but when I opened the door, my darling had disappeared. I searched and
shouted, but I could not find himthere was no answer. Then I was found by the guards patrolling the town and guarding the wall. They beat me up and stripped off my robe. Young women of Jerusalem, if you find the one I love, please say to him,
She is weak with desire.
Song of Solomon 5:1-8
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