By now Abraham was old, and the LORD had blessed him in every way.
So Abraham said to the senior servant of his household who was in charge of all that he owned, "Take a solemn oath.
I want you to swear by the LORD God of heaven and earth that you will not get my son a wife from the daughters of the Canaanites among whom I'm living.
Instead, you will go to the land of my relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac."
The servant asked him, "What if the woman doesn't want to come back to this land with me? Should I take your son all the way back to the land you came from?"
"Make sure that you do not take my son back there," Abraham said to him.
"The LORD God of heaven took me from my father's home and the land of my family. He spoke to me and swore this oath: 'I will give this land to your descendants.' "God will send his angel ahead of you, and you will get my son a wife from there.
If the woman doesn't want to come back with you, then you'll be free from this oath that you swear to me. But don't take my son back there."
So the servant did as his master Abraham commanded and swore the oath to him concerning this.
Then the servant took ten of his master's camels and left, taking with him all of his master's best things. He traveled to Aram Naharaim, Nahor's city.
The servant had the camels kneel down outside the city by the well. It was evening, when the women would go out to draw water.
Then he prayed, "LORD, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today. Show your kindness to Abraham.
Here I am standing by the spring, and the girls of the city are coming out to draw water.
I will ask a girl, 'May I please have a drink from your jar?' If she answers, 'Have a drink, and I'll also water your camels,' let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. This way I'll know that you've shown your kindness to my master."
Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel, son of Milcah, who was the wife of Abraham's brother Nahor.
The girl was a very attractive virgin. No man had ever had sexual intercourse with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar, and came back.