Avraham was old, and well stricken in age. The LORD had blessed Avraham in all things.
Avraham said to his servant, the elder of his house, who ruled over all that he had, "Please put your hand under my thigh.
I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of the eretz, that you shall not take a wife for my son of the daughters of the Kana`anim, among whom I live.
But you shall go to my country, and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Yitzchak."
The servant said to him, "What if the woman isn't willing to follow me to this land? Must I bring your son again to the land you came from?"
Avraham said to him, "Beware that you don't bring my son there again.
The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father's house, and from the land of my birth, who spoke to me, and who swore to me, saying, 'To your descendants I will give this land.' He will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there.
If the woman isn't willing to follow you, then you shall be clear from this my oath. Only you shall not bring my son there again."
The servant put his hand under the thigh of Avraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter.
The servant took ten camels, of his master's camels, and departed, having all goodly things of his master's in his hand. He arose, and went to Aram-Naharayim, to the city of Nachor.
He made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time that women go out to draw water.