24Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. 2Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his house, who had charge of all that he had, Put your hand under my thigh 3and I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live, 4but will go to my country and to my kindred and get a wife for my son Isaac. 5The servant said to him, Perhaps the woman may not be willing to follow me to this land; must I then take your son back to the land from which you came? 6Abraham said to him, See to it that you do not take my son back there. 7The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my fathers house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me and swore to me, To your offspring I will give this land, he will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. 8But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this oath of mine; only you must not take my son back there. 9So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning this matter.
10Then the servant took ten of his masters camels and departed, taking all kinds of choice gifts from his master; and he set out and went to Aram-naharaim, to the city of Nahor. 11He made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water; it was toward evening, the time when women go out to draw water. 12And he said, O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. 13I am standing here by the spring of water, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. 14Let the girl to whom I shall say, Please offer your jar that I may drink, and who shall say, Drink, and I will water your camels let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master. 15Before he had finished speaking, there was Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abrahams brother, coming out with her water jar on her shoulder. 16The girl was very fair to look upon, a virgin, whom no man had known. She went down to the spring, filled her jar, and came up. 17Then the servant ran to meet her and said, Please let me sip a little water from your jar. 18Drink, my lord, she said, and quickly lowered her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink. 19When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, I will draw for your camels also, until they have finished drinking. 20So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well to draw, and she drew for all his camels. 21The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey successful. 22When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold nose-ring weighing a half shekel, and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels, 23and said, Tell me whose daughter you are. Is there room in your fathers house for us to spend the night? 24She said to him, I am the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor. 25She added, We have plenty of straw and fodder and a place to spend the night. 26The man bowed his head and worshiped the Lord 27and said, Blessed be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the way to the house of my masters kin.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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