Genesis 24:1-14 (New American Standard)

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A Bride for Isaac

1 Now 1Abraham was old, advanced in age; and the LORD had 2blessed Abraham in every way. 2 Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had 3charge of all that he owned, "4Please place your hand under my thigh, 3 and I will make you swear by the LORD, 5the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you 6shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of 7the Canaanites, among whom I live, 4 but you will go to 8my country and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac." 5 The servant said to him, "Suppose the woman is not willing to follow me to this land; should I take your son back to the land from where you came?" 6 Then Abraham said to him, "9Beware that you do not take my son back there! 7 "10The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me and who swore to me, saying, '11To your adescendants I will give this land,' He will send 12His angel before you, and you will take a wife for my son from there. 8 "But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will 13be free from this my oath; 14only do not take my son back there." 9 So the servant 15placed his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter. 10 Then the servant took ten camels from the camels of his master, and set out with a variety of 16good things of his master's in his hand; and he arose and went to bMesopotamia, to 17the city of Nahor. 11 He made the camels kneel down outside the city by 18the well of water at evening time, 19the time when women go out to draw water. 12 He said, "20O LORD, the God of my master Abraham, please c21grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham. 13 "Behold, 22I am standing by the dspring, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water; 14 now may it be that the girl to whom I say, 'Please let down your jar so that I may drink,' and ewho answers, 'Drink, and I will water your camels also '-may she be the one whom You have appointed for Your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown lovingkindness to my master."
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