He said to the chiefa servant1 in his household, the one in charge of all that he had,2 "Put your hand under my thigh.33
I want you to swear4 by the LORD, the God of heaven5 and the God of earth,6 that you will not get a wife for my son7 from the daughters of the Canaanites,8 among whom I am living,94
but will go to my country and my own relatives10 and get a wife for my son Isaac.11"
The servant asked him, "What if the woman is unwilling to come back with me to this land?12 Shall I then take your son back to the country you came from?13"
"Make sure that you do not take my son back there,"14 Abraham said.
"The LORD, the God of heaven,15 who brought me out of my father's household and my native land16 and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, 'To your offspringb17 I will give this land'18--he will send his angel before you19 so that you can get a wife for my son from there.
If the woman is unwilling to come back with you, then you will be released from this oath20 of mine. Only do not take my son back there."219
So the servant put his hand under the thigh22 of his master23 Abraham and swore an oath to him concerning this matter.
Then the servant took ten of his master's camels24 and left, taking with him all kinds of good things25 from his master. He set out for Aram Naharaimc26 and made his way to the town of Nahor.2711
He had the camels kneel down near the well28 outside the town; it was toward evening, the time the women go out to draw water.2912
Then he prayed, "O LORD, God of my master Abraham,30 give me success31 today, and show kindness32 to my master Abraham.
See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water.3314
May it be that when I say to a girl, 'Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,' and she says, 'Drink,34 and I'll water your camels too'35--let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac.36 By this I will know37 that you have shown kindness to my master."
Before he had finished praying,38 Rebekah39 came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel40 son of Milcah,41 who was the wife of Abraham's brother Nahor.4216
The girl was very beautiful,43 a virgin;44 no man had ever lain with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again.
The servant hurried to meet her and said, "Please give me a little water from your jar."4518
"Drink,46 my lord," she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.
After she had given him a drink, she said, "I'll draw water for your camels47 too,48 until they have finished drinking."
So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, ran back to the well to draw more water, and drew enough for all his camels.4921
Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the LORD had made his journey successful.5022
When the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring51 weighing a bekad and two gold bracelets52 weighing ten shekels.e23
Then he asked, "Whose daughter are you?53 Please tell me, is there room in your father's house for us to spend the night?54"
She answered him, "I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son that Milcah bore to Nahor.55"
And she added, "We have plenty of straw and fodder,56 as well as room for you to spend the night."
Then the man bowed down and worshiped the LORD,5727
saying, "Praise be to the LORD,58 the God of my master Abraham,59 who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness60 to my master. As for me, the LORD has led me on the journey61 to the house of my master's relatives."6228
The girl ran and told her mother's household about these things.63